Justin Mason’s Top 40 Catchers for 2020 by Justin Mason December 16, 2019 It is that time of year again! With the new year upon us, I am releasing my first set of ranks during this week and next for those doing early drafts or prep over the holidays. All ADP and position eligibility are based on NFBC Draft Champions leagues. Justin Mason’s Top 40 Catchers Rank Player Team Position(s) ADP Comments 1 J.T. Realmuto PHI C 59.82 Career highs in homers, runs, and RBI while maintaining average in first year in Philly. 2 Gary Sanchez NYY C 88.27 All the tools to be the top catcher and a steal in two-catcher leagues. 3 Yasmani Grandal CWS 1B, C 103.55 Move from Miller Park is a small downgrade, but not enough for me to move him out of the 3 spot. 4 Willson Contreras CHC C 126.64 Rebounded nicely in 2019. If he can stay on the field, he could explode this year. 5 Mitch Garver MIN C 116.64 He has to regress, but how much? 6 Omar Narvaez MLW C 238.45 As long as he doesn’t lose time for defense, he could be a monster moving to Miller Park. 7 Will Smith LAD C 152.45 Feels very safe, but eerily reminds me of Danny Jansen coming into 2019 and that last month was dreadful. 8 Wilson Ramos NYM C 192.27 Where did the power go? 9 Carson Kelly ARZ C 228.55 .348 OBP with 18 homers is a nice get after pick 200. 10 Sal Perez KC C 195.18 Should be healthy, but we won’t know for sure until we see him. Can’t imagine Matheny gives him the same workload coming off the injury either. 11 Jorge Alfaro MIA C 224.18 That average should drop, but rest is pretty legit. 12 Yadier Molina STL C 268.91 Safe floor perfect for two-catcher leagues. 13 Christian Vazquez BOS C 199.27 Powerless catcher hit 23 bombs last year. Big step back expected. 14 Travis d’Arnaud ATL 1B, C 264.09 Surprising he stayed healthy. Could be a nice value if he can again. 15 Buster Posey SF C 283.77 This rank is either way too low or way too high depending on health. 16 Sean Murphy OAK C 239.09 This is a hedge. I expect he gets full run, but I don’t see a ton of upside. Maybe 18 HR/,250 BA upside? 17 Francisco Mejia SD C 247.09 Timeshare hurts potential 18 Danny Jansen TOR C 296.27 Bounceback chance after falling flat. 19 Kurt Suzuki WAS C 295.36 Safe floor with no real ceiling. 20 Chance Sisco BAL C 427.55 Probably still falling for the prospect pedigree a bit, but I believe the breakout is coming. 21 Roberto Perez CLE C 295.27 Propped up by both HRs and RBI totals last season, but I expect both will fall back. 22 James McCann CWS C 290 Breakout season quieted by Grandal signing. 23 Tom Murphy SEA C 307.23 Fake player. 24 Tucker Barnhart CIN C 347.73 Fell off in 2019 and needs to perform to avoid getting leapfrogged by Stephenson 25 Mike Zunino TB C 464.32 Average hurts his upside. 26 Reese McGuire TOR C 435.59 Defensive specialist that overperformed offensively last season. 27 Robinson Chirinos FA C 326.32 Landing spot means a lot here. 28 Willians Astudillo MIN C 329.91 Fan favorite needs a place to play. 29 Pedro Severino BAL C 387.95 Played well enough to hold off Sisco last year. Don’t buy that will happen again. 30 Victor Caratini CHC C, 1B 371.18 Gets added at bats when Rizzo is hurting. 31 Joey Bart SF C 439 Injury in AFL set him back, but if the Giants trade Brandon Belt, that could open a spot for him at some point. 32 Yan Gomes WAS C 442.36 Second fiddle to an old guy. 33 Tyler Flowers ATL C 434.55 Back home to ATL with an injury risk guy as his time share partner. 34 Welington Castillo FA C 443.95 Not draftable until we see landing spot. 35 Jacobs Stallings PIT C 528.59 Apparently the guy in Pitt? 36 Tony Wolters COL C 518.23 How is a starting catcher in Colorado ranked this low? Please sign someone. 37 Daulton Varsho ARZ C 537.64 Cannot play defense, but apparently the D-Backs do not care. Bat is ready. 38 Tyler Shephenson CIN C 684.86 Impressive in AFL this year. Could make debut pretty quick. 39 Austin Hedges SD C 613.91 Defense first catcher that has some pop, but can kill your average. 40 Austin Allen OAK C 673.82 Has promise and a chance to compete for time.