by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The injury to Tom Murphy, widely viewed as a sleeper option at the position, creates an even bigger void (similar to the injury to Wilson Ramos). That’s two potentially Top 10 options who fail to make our Top 15 so, while the recently released Derek Norris getting a starting job would help, it’s hard to get excited about the catching crop heading into ’17. Who is the best of the best? Let’s take a look at the relatively underwhelming options:
1. Jonathan Lucroy – Texas Rangers
2. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
3. Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees
4. J.T. Realmuto – Miami Marlins
5. Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs
6. Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
7. Brian McCann – Houston Astros
8. Matt Wieters – Washington Nationals
9. Stephen Vogt – Oakland A’s
10. Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
11. Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers
12. Evan Gattis – Houston Astros
13. Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets
14. Welington Castillo – Baltimore Orioles
15. Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
- The Mets continue to show commitment to Travis d’Arnaud, and if he can stay healthy he does have the potential to be a solid option. If you are looking for an under-the-radar catcher as a late draft play, he’s as good as any at this point. While he may not bring the power potential, his ability to hit for a decent average should overcome that “deficiency”.
- Do we believe that Gary Sanchez is going to regress from the torrid pace he set during his rookie season? Absolutely, but that doesn’t mean he’s not still going to be one of the better options in the league.
- We sit and wait on word of the health of Salvador Perez, who was banged up in a home plate collision during the World Baseball Classic. For now it doesn’t appear to be a significant issue, but there could be some missed time in his future. That could lead to a drop in his ranking, but not a significant one unless the narrative on his status changes dramatically.
- After you get past the Top 5 names on this list, the difference between #6-12 is minor, at best. The profiles are similar, so don’t make the mistake of reaching for one when the next man up could post a very similar stat line.
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