Updated 2017 Rankings: Top 15 Catchers: Tom Murphy Drops Out & More

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
 

Thoughts:

  • 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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Make sure to check out our other 2017 Rankings:

Position
Standard League
OBP League
Catcher03/20/1702/28/17
First Base01/16/1703/07/17
Second Base03/22/1703/09/17
Third Base02/06/1703/12/17
Shortstop02/13/1703/15/17
Outfield#1-20 |03/16/17

#21-40 |03/16/17
03/19/17
Starting Pitcher#1-20 |02/27/17

#21-40 |03/02/17
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Relief Pitcher01/02/17--

12 comments

  1. Carlito says:

    Pujols or Chris Davis?

  2. Sean D says:

    Is it unrealistic to expect 20 homers from Contreras and what kind of stat line could we expect from him?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I think he’ll fall just short, but it’s not a stretch. I’d expect something in the .275ish with 15-28 HR and 60ish RBI (as well as a handful of SB)

  3. BillBoy says:

    I’m in a 2 catcher, 12 team points league. Im handcuffing Gattis and McCann.. Good move?

  4. Mike says:

    What’s your opinion on position scarcity? I’m in a five keeper league and I’m considering either Posey or Trevor Story with my fifth keeper pick. I already have Correa at short, so Story would be a utility player. Do you keep Story for the potential bigger numbers, or Posey for his solid numbers at a weak position? My other four keepers are Goldschmidt, Machado, Correa, and Scherzer.

  5. Rotoprofessor says:

    BillBoy – The both should have value, so it definitely doesn’t hurt!

    Mike – I’m going Story, but I’m also not the biggest fan of Posey. Depending on how long you can keep a player also, Posey may only have another year or two of “elite” production while Story could be an asset for the forseeable future

  6. Take Two says:

    2 catcher NL only 5×5 league.. worth keeping Wolters now as my 2nd catcher. He’s $1. I have Grandal, I am jeeping for $14.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Part of it depends on how many you get to keep, etc. That said, starting catchers are to find and even when Tom Murphy returns there’s a chance that Wolters catches 3 out of 5 days due to his defense

  7. danstreeter says:

    If you had to go deeper at C, who might be your next 5 or 10 beyond this list? I got stuck with James McCann and Cervelli at the end of our auction and wonder who might be best to pick up as an improvement.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      I could refer you to the Draft Guide, which includes Top 30 rankings :-p

      Catcher is extremely difficult/shallow this season. How deep of a league is it, because if it’s a two-catcher league chances are there aren’t many “sleepers” available

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