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2020 Catcher Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: July 17, 2019, 5:10 am ET

I usually do this over the All-Star break, but time didn’t allow for it last week. So here now are my very, very preliminary 2020 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.

Along with the position rankings is a top 300 list for 2020. Click to see other preliminary 2020 rankings:

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

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2020 Catcher Rankings

  Catcher Team 2019 July
1 Gary Sanchez Yankees 1 1
2 J.T. Realmuto Phillies 2 2
3 Willson Contreras Cubs 3 3
4 Yasmani Grandal Brewers* 5 4
5 Francisco Mejia Padres 10 9
6 Buster Posey Giants 4 5
7 Mitch Garver Twins 29 8
8 Danny Jansen Blue Jays 8 10
9 Wilson Ramos Mets 7 7
10 Salvador Perez Royals NR NR
11 Will Smith Dodgers 72 42
12 Jorge Alfaro Marlins 14 11
13 Yadier Molina Cardinals 6 6
14 Carson Kelly Diamondbacks 28 16
15 Chance Sisco Orioles 35 19
16 Christian Vazquez Red Sox 22 12
17 Willians Astudillo Twins 19 27
18 Mike Zunino Rays 15 17
19 Austin Barnes Dodgers 9 14
20 Omar Narvaez Mariners 26 13
21 Robinson Chirinos   32 15
22 Welington Castillo White Sox* 11 33
23 Sean Murphy Athletics 31 49
24 Tyler Flowers Braves* 20 25
25 Kurt Suzuki Nationals 25 21
26 James McCann White Sox 52 18
27 Travis d'Arnaud   38 32
28 Yan Gomes Nationals* 18 24
29 Isiah Kiner-Falefa Rangers 13 40
30 Francisco Cervelli   17 26
31 Tony Wolters Rockies 50 38
32 Austin Hedges Padres 23 31
33 Tucker Barnhart Reds 21 47
34 Roberto Perez Indians 42 28
35 Andrew Knizner Cardinals 79 NR
36 Josh Phegley Athletics 74 29
37 Jonathan Lucroy   34 22
38 Chris Iannetta Rockies* 12 20
39 Jason Castro   39 45
40 Brian McCann   37 23
41 Elias Diaz Pirates 30 30
42 Tom Murphy Mariners 45 44
43 Jake Rogers Tigers 90 NR
44 Keibert Ruiz Dodgers 92 NR
45 Grayson Greiner Tigers 27 37
46 Pedro Severino Orioles 55 35
47 John Hicks Tigers 24 34
48 Victor Caratini Cubs 47 50
49 Zack Collins White Sox 70 NR
50 Joey Bart Giants NR NR
51 Manny Pina Brewers 46 NR
52 Kevan Smith Angels 51 NR
53 Aramis Garcia Giants 66 1B NR
54 Austin Allen Padres 85 NR
55 Eric Haase Indians 81 NR
56 Russell Martin   43 39
57 Matt Wieters   67 NR
58 Curt Casali Reds 59 46
59 Alex Jackson Braves NR NR
60 Kevin Plawecki Indians 36 51

 

  • There isn’t much movement at the top here, but I am optimistic enough that the Padres will resolve their catching situation to put Francisco Mejia in the top five. Of course, it would be nice if Mejia would start to hit relatively soon. It’s going to happen, but until it does, the Padres will always have reason to go back to the defensively superior Austin Hedges. I still wonder if the Padres might not trade Mejia at some point and pair Austin Allen with Hedges.
  • With both of their young catchers in demand, the Dodgers are facing a decision on whether to trade Will Smith or Keibert Ruiz this month. Ruiz has been a disappointment as a Double-A repeater, hitting .249/.329/.326 to date, but he’s just turning 21 this month and he still seems like an excellent bet for the long term. The Dodgers can keep Smith and pair him with Austin Barnes next year if they’re confident enough in his glove. For fantasy purposes I’d like to see Smith as a true starter somewhere else; he’d likely move into the top eight here if that happened.
  • The free agent class is led by Yasmani Grandal, who seems likely to decline his half of a $16 million mutual option. Welington Castillo also figures to join the list, and Yan Gomes seems increasingly likely to have his $9 million option declined. Travis d’Arnaud is making a real push to be looked at as a starter this winter, but he still doesn’t seem like a very good bet to hold up physically.
Matthew Pouliot
Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.