Preliminary 2020 Rankings: Top 10 Catchers (Where To Rank The 2019 Breakouts, Any Surprises? & More)

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As you view these rankings keep in mind that they are extremely preliminary and will change as we continue our evaluations and projections for 2020. They will also be expanded here on the site, with even deeper rankings and more in-depth analysis available via our draft guide (click here for information on pre-ordering the guide for just $8.25).

With that said, let’s get to the rankings:

RankPlayerTeamQuick Thoughts
1)J.T. RealmutoPhiladelphia PhilliesRealmuto benefited from a better lineup around him, setting career highs in both runs (92) and RBI (83). That's not about to change and he'll continue to play in a hitter friendly ballpark, so there's little reason to think he won't remain one of the elite.
2) Gary SanchezNew York YankeesWhile he's unlikely to maintain last year's power pace (34 HR over 396 AB) and could see his AVG plummet (concerns both in his strikeouts, flyball-centric approach and "luck metrics), considering he hit .194 on the road, he still brings more than enough to consider him one of the best at his position.
3) Will SmithLos Angeles DodgersSmith arrived with a bang, hitting .253 with 15 HR over 196 PA. While the power will likely slow down, he brings a strong approach and should be able to hit .250+ with 25 HR.
4) Yasmani GrandalChicago White SoxHe bet on himself when he signed a one-year contract with the Brewers, and it paid off in a big way. He should entrench himself as a fixture in the middle of a strong lineup, and with his power and approach that should yield another impressive season.
5) Mitch GarverMinnesota TwinsThere's risk that he's not going to play every day, especially after the team added Alex Avila, but there's no questioning the power and approach. He's not going to maintain the pace he set last season, with 31 HR over 359 PA, but he's establishing himself quickly.
6) Willson ContrerasChicago CubsWill the be traded? Won't he be traded? The rumors are going to continue and where he calls home could ultimately impact his perceived value (especially with his poor 15.1% SwStr% hanging over him).
7)Carson KellyArizona DiamondbacksFantasy owners have been waiting for Kelly to get out from under Yadier Molina's shadow, and this looks to be the year he truly gets his opportunity. He showed the signs last season (.245 with 18 HR over 314 AB), and with a full-time role should take that next step forward.
8)Omar NarvaezMilwaukee BrewersNarvaez was acquired to replace Yasmani Grandal, and while he can't be expected to match that production he should be a solid option even in a platoon role (.227 with 2 HR against LHP).
9)Sean MurphyOakland A'sOvershadowed by the debut of Will Smith, Murphy hit .245 with 4 HR in 60 PA in the Majors (after hitting .308 with 10 HR in 140 PA at Triple-A). He has a strong approach and the power is developing, and he has the potential to mature into an elite option.
10)Wilson RamosNew York MetsThere are going to continue to be questions about his ability defensively, and the issues catching Noah Syndergaard could limit his playing time, but Ramos proved he can handle the bat and make an impact. That's enough to make him a viable option, but it does drag him down a little bit.

Sources – Fangraphs, Brooks Baseball´╗┐

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