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May Catcher Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: May 1, 2019, 4:50 am ET

Up this week are the May rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300. Remember that players are listed where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see someone you’re looking for, check another position. Designated hitters are listed with the first basemen.

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

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Catcher Rankings

May Catcher Team 2019
1 Gary Sanchez Yankees 1
2 J.T. Realmuto Phillies 2
3 Willson Contreras Cubs 3
4 Yasmani Grandal Brewers 5
5 Buster Posey Giants 4
6 Yadier Molina Cardinals 6
7 Wilson Ramos Mets 7
8 Austin Barnes Dodgers 9
9 Danny Jansen Blue Jays 8
10 Jorge Alfaro Marlins 14
11 Welington Castillo White Sox 11
12 Francisco Mejia Padres 10
13 Mike Zunino Rays 15
14 Willians Astudillo Twins 19
15 Isiah Kiner-Falefa Rangers 13
16 Yan Gomes Nationals 18
17 Omar Narvaez Mariners 26
18 Francisco Cervelli Pirates 17
19 Chris Iannetta Rockies 12
20 Tyler Flowers Braves 20
21 Mitch Garver Twins 29
22 Christian Vazquez Red Sox 22
23 Tucker Barnhart Reds 21
24 Austin Hedges Padres 23
25 Blake Swihart Diamondbacks 16
26 John Hicks Tigers 24
27 Robinson Chirinos Astros 32
28 Grayson Greiner Tigers 27
29 Kurt Suzuki Nationals 25
30 Sean Murphy Athletics 31
31 Elias Diaz Pirates 30
32 Jonathan Lucroy Angels 34
33 Carson Kelly Diamondbacks 28
34 Brian McCann Braves 37
35 Pedro Severino Orioles 55
36 Kevin Plawecki Indians 36
37 Max Stassi Astros 33
38 Josh Phegley Athletics 74
39 Tom Murphy Mariners 45
40 Chance Sisco Orioles 35
41 Martin Maldonado Royals 40
42 Roberto Perez Indians 42
43 Jason Castro Twins 39
44 Russell Martin Dodgers 43
45 Austin Wynns Orioles 60
46 Travis d'Arnaud Mets 38
47 John Ryan Murphy Diamondbacks 69
48 Tony Wolters Rockies 50
49 Kevan Smith Angels 51
50 Victor Caratini Cubs 47

 

Dropping off: Nick Hundley (41st), Alex Avila (44th), Manny Pina (46th), Brett Nicholas (48th), Austin Romine (49th)

 

  • The Twins, Cubs and Mariners have gotten the most production from their catchers of any team to date. It’s been a true team effort for Minnesota; folk hero Willians Astudillo gets all of the attention, but he’s played just five games at catcher. Mitch Garver is hitting .364/.404/.795 with five homers in 47 plate appearances behind the plate, and even Jason Castro has managed an .816 OPS in surprisingly limited action. I’d have Garver higher if he didn’t have the other two to contend with; he’s not nearly this good, of course, but he’d probably hit like a top-10 catcher if he were a regular. I’m just not sure the playing time will be there, especially with Miguel Sano on the way back.

  • Omar Narvaez has five homers already for Seattle. He’s been a solid hitter since the day he entered the league, but he had just three homers in 354 at-bats in his first two seasons and nine in 280 at-bats last year. Doubling his home run rate for a second year in a row would be quite an accomplishment. Unfortunately, defense remains a big issue for Narvaez, and even if he keeps hitting, the Mariners still might want to go in a different direction at some point.

  • Travis d’Arnaud might end up in a better situation after being designated for assignment by the Mets, but he just didn’t look ready to contribute last month after completing his rehab from Tommy John surgery. It’s unlikely that he’ll pay immediate dividends if he gets picked up.

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.