2020 Rankings: Top 15 Catchers (Where To Rank The 2019 Breakouts, Any Surprises? & More)

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Spring Training is upon us, and that means it’s time to ramp up our preparation for our 2020 Fantasy Baseball Drafts. Let’s kickoff our “official” rankings on the site, with even deeper rankings and more in-depth analysis available via our draft guide (click here for information on ordering the guide for just $8.25), with the Top 15 Catchers. Who are the players worth targeting? Who could surprise? Who is destined to disappoint?

Let’s answer all of these questions and more as we get to the rankings:

RankPlayerTeamQuick Thoughts
1)J.T. RealmutoPhiladelphia PhilliesRealmuto benefited from a better lineup around him, setting career highs in both runs (92) and RBI (83) in 2019. That's not about to change and he'll continue to play in a hitter friendly ballpark, so there's little reason to think he won't remain the one true elite catcher.
2) Gary SanchezNew York YankeesWhile he's unlikely to maintain last year's power pace (34 HR over 396 AB) and could see his AVG plummet (concerns in his strikeouts, flyball-centric approach and "luck metrics), considering he hit .194 on the road, he still brings more than enough to consider him one of the best at his position.
3) Will SmithLos Angeles DodgersSmith arrived with a bang, hitting .253 with 15 HR over 196 PA. While the power will likely slow down, he brings a strong approach and should be able to hit .250+ with 25 HR.
4) Yasmani GrandalChicago White SoxHe bet on himself when he signed a one-year contract with the Brewers, and it paid off in a big way. He should entrench himself as a fixture in the middle of a strong lineup, and with his power and approach that should yield another impressive season.
5) Mitch GarverMinnesota TwinsThere's risk that he's not going to play every day, especially after the team added Alex Avila, but there's no questioning the power and approach. He's not going to maintain the pace he set last season, with 31 HR over 359 PA, but he's establishing himself quickly.
6)Omar NarvaezMilwaukee BrewersNarvaez was acquired to replace Yasmani Grandal, and while he can't be expected to match that production he should be a solid option even in a platoon role (.227 with 2 HR against LHP).
7)Carson KellyArizona DiamondbacksFantasy owners have been waiting for Kelly to get out from under Yadier Molina's shadow, and this looks to be the year he gets his opportunity. He showed the signs last season (.245 with 18 HR over 314 AB), and with a full-time role should take the next step forward.
8) Willson ContrerasChicago CubsWill the be traded? Won't he be traded? The rumors are going to continue and where he calls home could ultimately impact his perceived value (especially with his poor 15.1% SwStr% hanging over him).
9) Salvador PerezKansas City RoyalsThere's going to be questions after he missed all of 2019, but Perez also could spend significant time at 1B and that adds value. Can he quickly rediscover his power after Tommy John surgery, though? Hopefully his return goes smoother than Didi Gregorius' a year ago.
10)Sean MurphyOakland A'sOvershadowed by the debut of Will Smith, Murphy hit .245 with 4 HR in 60 PA in the Majors (after hitting .308 with 10 HR in 140 PA at Triple-A). He has a strong approach and the power is developing, and he has the potential to mature into an elite option.
11) Christian VazquezBoston Red SoxWas the power breakout for real? He saw a downturn in the second half (9 HR in 228 AB), though even at that pace there would be value.
12)Wilson RamosNew York MetsThere are going to continue to be questions about his ability defensively, and the issues catching Noah Syndergaard could limit his playing time, but Ramos has proven he can handle the bat and make an impact. That's enough to make him a viable option, but it does drag him down a little bit.
13)Travis d'ArnaudAtlanta BravesHe's going to be part of a platoon with Tyler Flowers, though if healthy he has significantly higher upside. That's the million dollar question, and has been for some time.
14)Kurt SuzukiWashington NationalsHe's a platoon player, and that's not going to change. His power outbreak is for real, though overall his second half pace (.256 with 6 HR over 117 AB) is a fair expectation.
15) Danny JansenToronto Blue JaysHe fell flat in 2019, so it's fair to be down on Jansen. However we have to give him time to adjust and learn how to hit while also managing an MLB pitching staff. The underlying metrics support so much more, though.

Sources – Fangraphs, Brooks Baseball

Make sure to check out all of our 2020 preseason rankings:

PositionLast Updated
Catchers02/10/20
First Basemen02/13/20
Second Basemen02/18/20
Third Basemen02/21/20
Shortstops02/24/20
Outfielders--
Starting Pitchers--
Relief Pitchers--

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