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Catcher Keeper Rankings

Thursday, August 18, 2011

This year's final set of Strike Zone player rankings focuses strictly on 2012 and beyond. I'm looking mostly at the next two years in these keeper rankings, though I am providing a little credit for 2014 and '15. As always, there are position rankings with notes and an overall top 250 list.

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  • There was only one over-30 catcher in the top 10 of the August rankings, and there wasn't going to be any more than that here in the keeper list. I'm banking on Posey making it all of the way back from his broken ankle next year, though that isn't a lock. I do believe he has a better chance of catching 120 games next season than Mauer does.

  • Santana has been wedged into the fourth spot in the catcher rankings all season long, and that doesn't change here, but he is higher in the top 250 now. He's coming on strong in the second half of the season, and I think he might be the best bet to lead all catchers in homers and RBI next year.

  • I didn't get gutsy with the Arencibia ranking. He may well finish with 25 homers as a rookie, and he's good bet to find himself in that same territory next year. Still, he's a subpar defensive catcher without the on-base skills to survive as a first baseman or designated hitter and the Blue Jays have a superior prospect coming up in d'Arnaud. I wouldn't be surprised if the Blue Jays decided to shop Arencibia this winter.

  • The top three prospects not to make the list were the Reds' Yasmani Grandal, the Rockies' Wilin Rosario and the Rays' Robinson Chirinos. If Grandal didn't have Mesoraco ahead of him, he'd have been in the top 30. Mesoraco and Hanigan figure to share time behind the plate for Cincinnati next year, so Grandal is due a full season in Triple-A unless injuries strike. Rosario could make Iannetta expendable in Colorado, though I think Iannetta will be the better of the two players for at least a couple of more years. Chirinos has the bat to contribute in Tampa Bay, but defense is an issue there. I'm not very high on Jaso either, and I think the Rays might go outside of the organization for a catcher this winter.

  • RankPlayer NameTeam
    1 Buster Posey Giants
    2 Brian McCann Braves
    3 Joe Mauer Twins
    4 Carlos Santana Indians
    5 Victor Martinez Tigers
    6 Miguel Montero Diamondbacks
    7 Geovany Soto Cubs
    8 Matt Wieters Orioles
    9 Alex Avila Tigers
    10 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Red Sox
    11 Mike Napoli Rangers
    12 Chris Iannetta Rockies
    13 J.P. Arencibia Blue Jays
    14 Kurt Suzuki Athletics
    15 Yadier Molina Cardinals
    16 Jesus Montero Yankees
    17 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers
    18 Russell Martin Yankees
    19 Hank Conger Angels
    20 Wilson Ramos Nationals
    21 Carlos Ruiz Phillies
    22 Miguel Olivo Mariners
    23 Nick Hundley Padres
    24 Devin Mesoraco Reds
    25 Josh Thole Mets
    26 A.J. Pierzynski White Sox
    27 John Buck Marlins
    28 Ryan Doumit Pirates
    29 Ramon Hernandez Reds
    30 Jason Castro Astros
    31 John Jaso Rays
    32 Chris Snyder Pirates
    33 Tyler Flowers White Sox
    34 Taylor Teagarden Rangers
    35 Jesus Flores Nationals
    36 Salvador Perez Royals
    37 Ryan Lavarnway Red Sox
    38 Yorvit Torrealba Rangers
    39 Ryan Hanigan Reds
    40 Travis d'Arnaud Blue Jays

    Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.
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