Top 15 Catchers for 2010: A First Look

Just because the 2009 season has not officially wrapped up does not mean that it’s too early to start looking towards 2010.  First up in our early positional rankings are the catchers, so let’s get right to it and take a look at the Top 15 (keep in mind that these are going to be fluid throughout the offseason based on news, transactions and further research):

  1. Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins
  2. Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves
  3. Victor Martinez – Boston Red Sox
  4. Ryan Doumit – Pittsburgh Pirates
  5. Miguel Montero – Arizona Diamondbacks
  6. Jorge Posada – New York Yankees
  7. Kurt Suzuki – Oakland Athletics
  8. Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
  9. Mike Napoli – Los Angeles Angels
  10. Bengie Molina – San Francisco Giants
  11. Geovany Soto – Chicago Cubs
  12. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
  13. A.J. Pierzynski – Chicago White Sox
  14. Russell Martin – Los Angeles Dodgers
  15. Chris Iannetta – Colorado Rockies

Thoughts:

  • Jorge Posada not only has the advantage of playing in the new Yankees Stadium, but it is expected that he is going to spend a decent amount of time as the DH next season. That should offer him additional opportunities to contribute and with his renaissance 2009 campaign he’s going to be among the top catcher’s off the board.
  • Kurt Suzuki is among the biggest surprises behind the plate in 2009 and his numbers appear in line for an improvement next season. He hardly ever strikes out (10.3%), which helped him to his .272 average despite a .281 BABIP. Assuming improved luck, if he gets any additional power to go along with his stolen base potential, he could propel himself among the top catchers in the league.
  • Ryan Doumit or Miguel Montero? That’s going to be an interesting debate later on in the offseason.
  • In Bengie Molina, a lot of use value is going to depend on where he ends up. We’ll have to monitor his situation closely.
  • Maybe Wieters is a bit too high, but he’s shown signs these past few weeks of just how good he could be. Through Monday he was hitting .360 with 3 HR, 14 RBI and 13 R in September.
  • We all know how bad Geovany Soto was this season, but we’ve also seen how good he could be. He had little luck (.251 BABIP) and the power still showed signs of being present. He’s a risk, but one I’d be willing to take.
  • Will Tyler Flowers get some time behind the plate, eating into A.J. Pierzynski’s playing time? That certainly plays a role in his current ranking, but more light will be shed on it as the offseason progresses.
  • Yes, right now Buster Posey is ranked as #12 and I hope everyone learned from Matt Wieters struggles this season not to reach to high for Posey. If Molina does leave, Posey’s stock may rise a bit, or it could easily fall as well if Molina ends up resigning. He’s certainly a player of interest in the coming months, and one we will be profiling in detail.

What are your thoughts on the early rankings?  Who is too high?  Who is too low?  Who was omitted that shouldn’t have been?

To read the previous article, click here.

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7 Responses to Top 15 Catchers for 2010: A First Look

  1. Dave Humphrey says:

    Actually, I think you have Wieters too low. I’d be very comfortable taking him 4th among catchers next year. He got his adjustment period this year and the talent will shine next year hitting in the middle of a decent offense all year. Throw in some extra AB’s as DH, and you’ve got the best option past the drop-off after the top 3.

  2. Jimmy says:

    I agree with Dave… Wieters is a huge value pick at 8. He could easily be top 5. He definitely has the most upside out of the top three there.

  3. Rotoprofessor says:

    I agree that he could ultimately perform at that level, but he’s still a question mark so it’s tough to rank him at that level at this point.

    Could he start to inch his way up over someone like Kurt Suzuki? Obsolutely, it would be tough to select him among the first five catchers off the board at this point, given how badly he struggled. Still, I will certainly do my due dilegence as the offseason progresses and he’s one players’ value that will be insteresting to watch.

  4. Tony says:

    I would place Miguel Olivo just after Bengie and drop Russ Martin off the list

  5. Alex says:

    I don’t understand what Doumit is doing this high on the list. I would take Montero, Posada, and Napoli over him. His career average is .273 and his career highs in HR and RBI are 15 and 69. He has shown flashes of potential, but so has Weiters (and Soto and Martin, for that matter). Ranking him 4th is a reach, especially considering he has never put together a full season.

  6. matthole says:

    Id take Wieters, Posada, Napoli, Montero all over DOUMIT

  7. Pete says:

    I’d take Ramon Hernandez over Chris Iannetta. Pretty much all of his career averages are higher.

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