Updated 2018 Preseason Rankings: Top 15 Catchers: Lucroy Finally Signs, Realmuto At #2 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There haven’t been sweeping changes to the catcher rankings, but with Jonathan Lucroy signing in Oakland and Stephen Vogt unlikely to be ready for Opening Day there have been some changes.  Let’s take a look at how things currently stack up:

1. Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees
2. J.T. Realmuto – Miami Marlins
3. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
4. Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
5. Brian McCann – Houston Astros
6. Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs
7. Welington Castillo – Chicago White Sox
8. Evan Gattis – Houston Astros
9. Tyler Flower – Atlanta Braves
10. Wilson Ramos – Tampa Bay Rays
11. Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
12. Jonathan Lucroy – Oakland A’s
13. Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
14. Mike Zunino – Seattle Mariners
15. Robinson Chirinos – Texas Rangers

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Thoughts:

  • One of the constantly debated names on this list is Willson Contreras. We discussed him in detail about a month ago, highlighting why we felt he was destined to be overdrafted in 2018.  Make sure to check that out by clicking here.
  • Another question that’s often raised is in regards to J.T. Realmuto, considering the lineup he’s now going to be hitting in. That said he’s going to play a prominent role, there is some talent around him (Justin Bour, Starlin Castro, Lewis Brinson) and he offers a skill that’s nearly impossible to find at the position.  Not only is he capable of a solid average and is maturing into some power (he hit .278 with 17 HR in ’17), but he also chips in stolen bases (he had 8 last season but could reach 10+ if the team allows him to run more).  That can’t be overlooked.
  • Mike Zunino is going to be a popular name after hitting .251 with 25 HR over 387 AB last season, but he brings an excessive strikeout rate (36.8% in ’17) and benefited from luck (.355 BABIP). It’s easy to project him closer to a .220 average, with the potential to be even worse, so don’t make the mistake of overvaluing him.
  • Jonathan Lucroy failed to hit for much power in ’17, despite playing part of the season in Coors Field, so it’s hard to get excited about a move to Oakland. That said he did have 11 extra base hits in his 175 PA with the Rockies and he has the potential to hit for a solid average (he hit .310 during his time in Colorado).  There’s still upside and hope for a bounce back campaign, which keeps him on radars as a borderline option.

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Make sure to check out all of our 2018 Preseason Rankings:

Position
Standard League
OBP League
Catchers03/14/1802/02/18
First Basemen01/08/1802/09/18
Second Basemen01/15/1802/13/18
Shortstops03/21/1802/27/18
Third Basemen03/09/1803/06/18
Outfielders1-20: 03/18/18

21-40: 03/19/18
1-20: 03/12/18

21-40:
Starting Pitchers1-20: 03/24/18

21-40: 03/24/18
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Relief Pitchers02/12/18--

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