by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
There is always risk when investing in a catcher, as there is the additional pressure of managing a pitching staff while also carrying an inherent chance of injury. Of course there are some options who are better, both long and short-term, and there also has been an influx of promising young talent at the position. Who should dynasty owners be looking to invest in? Let’s take a look:
1) Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants (29-years old)
2) Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs (23-years old)
3) Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals (25-years old)
4) Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers (29-years old)
5) Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles (29-years old)
6) Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets (26-years old)
7) J.T. Realmuto – Miami Marlins (25-years old)
8) Blake Swihart – Boston Red Sox (23-years old)
9) Devin Mesoraco – Cincinnati Reds (27-years old)
10) Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers (27-years old)
11) Derek Norris – San Diego Padres (27-years old)
12) Welington Castillo – Arizona Diamondbacks (28-years old)
13) Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays (33-years old)
14) Brian McCann – New York Yankees (32-years old)
15) Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs (23-years old)
16) Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees (23-years old)
17) Wilson Ramos – Washington Nationals (28-years old)
18) Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians (28-years old)
19) Stephen Vogt – Oakland A’s (31-years old)
20) Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals (33-years old)
- The questions facing Travis d’Arnaud aren’t about his ability with the bat, but whether or not he’s capable of staying on the field. He’s consistently shown an ability to make contact (16.7% strikeout rate over his MLB career) and the power is there (36 doubles, 4 triples and 25 home runs over 624 AB over the past two seasons). Would it really be surprising if he posted a few years in the .270/20 HR range if he can get 450 AB?
- J.T. Realmuto often doesn’t get the respect and is overlooked, but as we’ve said numerous times he has the looks of an early Russell Martin (.270/10/10) with even more upside as he develops. Don’t make the mistake of overlooking him. For more on Realmuto click here.
- There are obviously health concerns facing Devin Mesoraco, which suppresses his rankings for 2016. That said, if he’s healthy and able to stick behind the plate there is little question about his overall upside. You could argue that he should be ranked even higher than this, but we are going to be conservative until he is able to prove his health.
- It may look odd to have Welington Castillo ranked above both Brian McCann and Russell Martin, but he’s already a similar player and a few years younger. For an in-depth look at him, where we declared him a 2016 sleeper, click here.
- Catching prospects are never a guarantee, but would you rather take the gamble on a top prospect or a player who has proven to simply be mediocre in the Majors (or a veteran with only a year or two of productivity left)? Sometimes it makes sense to take the gamble.
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