by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The days of Buster Posey being the elite catching option have come and gone. In fact he now shares a tier with Jonathan Lucroy, with Devin Mesoraco pounding on the door to join them. What else do we need to know about the rankings? Let’s take a look:
1. Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers
2. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
3. Devin Mesoraco – Cincinnati Reds
4. Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
5. Evan Gattis – Houston Astros
6. Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
7. Brian McCann – New York Yankees
8. Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
9. Wilin Rosario – Colorado Rockies
10. Miguel Montero – Chicago Cubs
11. Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets
12. Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians
13. Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
14. Wilson Ramos – Washington Nationals
15. Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Even prior to the trade to Los Angeles we had pegged Grandal as a potential sleeper at the position (click here to view). Now that he’s escaped Petco Park? Things are obviously looking up and he’s definitely worth the gamble if you find yourself searching for an option late in your draft.
- Yan Gomes is a player that we looked at in depth yesterday. He had a big season in 2014 (.278, 21 HR, 74 RBI), but the average could easily regress significantly (23.2% strikeout rate and a potentially unsustainable 24.0% line drive rate for a catcher). There’s definitely some pop, but it could come at a price. For a more detailed look at Gomes, click here.
- It seems like Salvador Perez has been considered a potential breakout power candidate for years, but it simply hasn’t happened. Could 2015 be the year? Time will tell, but we took an indepth look at him recently that you can view here.
- The question facing Matt Wieters is if he’s going to be healthy for Opening Day. The early word has been that he will be, so we are ranking him as such. Time will tell, though, and we’ll have to adjust our ranking depending on the news.
- Wilin Rosario’s spot on the rankings could be the most tenuous, as he’s coming off a down season and has been mentioned in numerous trade rumors. He could lose playing time to Nick Hundley, but there’s still power and RBI potential. As long as he gets 400+ AB he’s going to hold value, though consider him a risky option at this point.
Make sure to check out all of our early 2015 rankings:
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