Top 15 Catchers for 2010: Take Two

As the offseason rages on, it is time to revisit our early 2010 rankings (in the case of catchers, it was posted prior to the end of the 2009 season).  These are still fluid, as transactions and further research and projections will certainly cause some changes.  With that said, let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

  1. Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins
  2. Brian McCann – Atlanta Braves
  3. Victor Martinez – Boston Red Sox
  4. Miguel Montero – Arizona Diamondbacks
  5. Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
  6. Kurt Suzuki – Oakland Athletics
  7. Jorge Posada – New York Yankees
  8. Ryan Doumit – Pittsburgh Pirates
  9. Geovany Soto – Chicago Cubs
  10. Chris Iannetta – Colorado Rockies
  11. Bengie Molina – San Francisco Giants
  12. Mike Napoli – Los Angeles Angels
  13. Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
  14. Kelly Shoppach – Tampa Bay Rays
  15. Jesus Flores – Washington Nationals

Notes:

  • Ryan Doumit fell significantly from our original rankings.  To consider Doumit as a Top 5 option was a mistake, one that was corrected in the early Dynasty Rankings (click here to view).  Doumit has a ton of upside, but you don’t want to gamble on him too high in your draft.
  • I know seeing Kurt Suzuki so high may seem a bit odd, but I don’t think it is a stretch to see him fully breaking out in 2010.  He deserves a very in depth look, but the average could increase (.284 BABIP in 2009), the power could grow (HR/FB of just 8.0% in 2009) and he’s a main cog in a weak offense.  Couple that with a touch of speed and you have to like what you see.  At 26-years old, things just seem to be slanted in his favor, no?
  • While the new locations for Kelly Shoppach and Greg Zaun add intrigue for two-catcher formats, they still don’t merit much value in one-catcher formats.
  • Despite his 2009 struggles, Geovany Soto still has to be viewed as a solid option in all formats.
  • Where will Bengie Molina play in 2010?  That, along with his lack of speed leading to a lower potential for runs scored, limits his potential value at this point.
  • Buster Posey is not in the Top 15 rankings at this point, thanks to talk that the Giants would prefer to keep him in Triple-A early on.  We all saw what happened with Wieters in 2009, so don’t get overly excited about him.  As the offseason continues and the Giants plans fully play out, we’ll get a better idea and may reintroduce him here.  Time will tell.
  • I may be in the minority, but I am a huge supporter of Jesus Flores in 2010.  We are all quick to forget about him, after he was limited in 2009 due to injuries, but he has the potential to be a much own option in all formats.  Of course, the signing of Ivan Rodriguez could affect him significantly.
What are your thoughts on the early rankings?  Who is too high?  Who is too low?  Who was omitted that shouldn’t have been?

Previous Early Rankings:

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9 comments

  1. Matt says:

    Im with ya with Flores… he was a sleeper for me for next year… the Pudge signing was a bit worrisome… but reports are he (Pudge) will be a backup and mentor… which is good news; the bad news- Flores has a short leash if he struggles.

  2. Coleminer says:

    Re: Flores. Espm with the signing of pudge, his 2010 value should be suspect. How about another young catcher with good BB%, CT% for 1.5 seasons: John Baker.

    Not flashy, but I like him over Flores, Yadier, and Shoppach and maybe Doumit, depending how healthy he stays this year (over/under 350 abs)

  3. Jay says:

    I think Suzuki is in a fine position. He might not increase his HR total that much, but a higher average and more runs and rbis could be expected.

    The guy I see with the potential to disappoint the most is Miguel Montero. How sure are you on him? He might be on the shortest leash of anyone in the top 10.

  4. Andrew says:

    Maybe I’m crazy, but I think Russell Martin is still a top ten catcher

  5. rolf says:

    look for geovany soto and matt wieters to make the biggest jumps this year. soto suffered a sophomore slump…and wieters won’t!

  6. Aaron says:

    I at least partially agree with Andrew. Its surprising to see Martin not even on this list. I would think he is above Shoppach at the very least.

  7. Jack says:

    No love for Pierzynski? He should be in the top 15 without question.

  8. Rotoprofessor says:

    Jack, the longer the Rays keep both Kelly Shoppach and Dioner Navarro, the more likely it becomes that Shoppach slips from these rankings. I’d have to think that they will share time (or just go with the hot hand), meaning Shoppach may not get enough AB to perform like a Top 15 catcher. That will open up a spot, and while I’m not sure who will slip in, Pierzynski (as well as Martin) will be among the candidates.

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