Rotographs Rankings First Run – Catchers

Some of this is being repeated from the Primer piece that went up this morning. 

We’re bringing them to you earlier this year, but that also means that they’re far from set in stone so take that into consideration as you peruse them. There are still strong arms on the free agent market, let alone all the moving and shaking that happens once players start reporting to camp.

We’re using Yahoo! eligibility requirements which is 5 starts or 10 appearances. These rankings assume the standard 5×5 categories and a re-draft league.  If we forgot someone, please let us know in the comments and we’ll make sure he’s added for the updates. If you have questions for a specific ranker on something he did, let us know in the comments.

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There will be differences, sharp differences, within the rankings. The rankers have different philosophies when it comes to ranking, some of which you’re no doubt familiar with through previous iterations. Of course the idea that we’d all think the same would be silly because then what would be the point of including multiple rankers?!

Think someone should be higher or lower? Make a case. Let us know why you think that. Like I said, it’s early. Things are going to change.

The chart is sortable and by default it’s sorted by AVG. If a ranker didn’t rank someone that the others did, he was given that ranker’s last rank +1. That would be 38 for Zach, 36 for Mike, 38 for Brad, 53 for me, and 46 for Paul K. Everyone in the top 50 (let’s be honest, we probably only needed a top 30 here) were on the lists of Jeff and Dan so they don’t have any +1s. They are indicated in red on the chart.

I was the only one to rank to Tom Murphy from Colorado and I slotted him 38th. Just wanted to mention that.

Key:

  • AVG– just the average of the seven ranking sets
  • Adj. AVG– the average minus the high and low rankings
  • SPLIT– the difference between the high and low rankings

Catchers – January Edition
PLAYER Jeff Zach Dan Mike Brad Paul S Paul K AVG Adj. AVG Split
1 Buster Posey 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.0 1.0 0
2 Kyle Schwarber 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2.1 2.0 1
3 Brian McCann 3 4 3 3 6 4 3 3.7 3.4 3
4 Jonathan Lucroy 5 5 5 4 5 2 5 4.4 4.8 3
5 Russell Martin 6 3 6 5 3 7 8 5.4 5.4 5
6 Salvador Perez 4 7 4 6 10 6 4 5.9 5.4 6
7 Travis d’Arnaud 17 8 10 7 4 5 6 8.1 7.2 13
8 Stephen Vogt 8 6 7 9 9 11 9 8.4 8.4 5
9 Yan Gomes 10 9 9 11 16 12 13 11.4 11.0 7
10 Yasmani Grandal 14 15 16 12 7 8 10 11.7 11.8 9
11 Devin Mesoraco 18 12 12 10 8 13 11 12.0 11.6 10
12 Francisco Cervelli 12 13 13 14 12 14 12 12.9 12.8 2
13 Nick Hundley 7 17 11 20 14 18 7 13.4 13.4 13
14 Derek Norris 15 10 17 15 11 10 17 13.6 13.6 7
15 Matt Wieters 20 19 15 8 17 9 16 14.9 15.2 12
16 Yadier Molina 9 18 8 21 24 19 14 16.1 16.2 16
17 Wilson Ramos 13 11 14 16 21 21 19 16.4 16.6 10
18 J.T. Realmuto 11 14 18 17 19 16 20 16.4 16.8 9
19 Welington Castillo 21 20 21 13 15 17 18 17.9 18.2 8
20 Blake Swihart 24 16 23 19 13 15 21 18.7 18.8 11
21 Miguel Montero 19 22 19 18 22 20 15 19.3 19.6 7
22 Robinson Chirinos 16 23 20 24 20 34 22 22.7 21.8 18
23 A.J. Pierzynski 23 21 24 23 29 23 23 23.7 23.2 8
24 Jason Castro 22 28 22 22 30 26 24 24.9 24.4 8
25 JR Murphy 30 24 25 25 18 24 32 25.4 25.6 14
26 Dioner Navarro 26 25 27 27 23 27 25 25.7 26.0 4
27 James McCann 27 26 28 26 26 25 29 26.7 26.6 4
28 Chris Iannetta 28 26 29 28 28 33 30 28.9 28.6 7
29 Carlos Perez 25 27 26 29 34 39 28 29.7 28.8 14
30 Cameron Rupp 34 29 31 31 27 22 38 30.3 30.4 16
31 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 33 31 30 30 32 42 34 33.1 32.0 12
32 Hank Conger 37 36 43 33 25 31 31 33.7 33.6 18
33 Alex Avila 31 38 32 34 38 32 33 34.0 33.8 7
34 Kurt Suzuki 29 32 42 35 38 45 27 35.4 35.2 18
35 Josh Phegley 39 34 33 36 31 37 39 35.6 35.8 8
36 Caleb Joseph 43 35 36 36 38 28 35 35.9 36.0 15
37 Curt Casali 35 30 41 36 38 30 42 36.0 36.0 12
38 Carlos Ruiz 36 33 40 32 38 52 26 36.7 35.8 26
39 Andrew Susac 41 38 34 36 36 36 37 36.9 36.6 7
40 Gary Sanchez 32 38 39 36 35 35 46 37.3 36.6 14
41 Tyler Flowers 48 38 37 36 38 29 36 37.4 37.0 19
42 Kevin Plawecki 40 37 35 36 38 44 41 38.7 38.4 9
43 Peter O’Brien 38 38 38 36 37 47 46 40.0 39.4 11
44 Dustin Garneau 42 38 44 36 38 53 44 42.1 41.2 17
45 Austin Hedges 45 38 46 36 38 53 40 42.3 41.4 17
46 A.J. Ellis 46 38 50 36 38 46 45 42.7 42.6 14
47 Geovany Soto 49 38 51 36 38 41 46 42.7 42.4 15
48 Michael McKenry 47 38 45 36 38 53 43 42.9 42.2 17
49 Chris Gimenez 44 38 49 36 38 53 46 43.4 43.0 17
50 Max Stassi 53 38 47 36 38 49 46 43.9 43.6 17

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Mike89
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Mike89

Schwaber the catcher?

Vic Romano
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Vic Romano

He played 21 games at C last year. If there’s a league that doesn’t give a guy eligibility after 20 games, I’m happy to not be playing in it.

Sleepy
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Sleepy

Our league uses 25 games (15% of the season), so Schwarber’s LF-eligible only. Then again, dude still has him signed for 2/$4, so I doubt he’s too upset…