Updated Top 15 Catchers (2019): The Loss Of Salvador Perez & More

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The catching position isn’t particularly deep as it is, with many teams taking more of a platoon approach (even if they have a “name” talent, like in Washington where they will deploy both Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes).  That makes the loss of Salvador Perez, one of the few catchers who plays virtually every day, even more of a problem for fantasy owners.  Formerly #3 on our rankings, let’s take a look at how things now look:

  1. J.T. Realmuto – Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees
  3. Yasmani Grandal – Milwaukee Brewers
  4. Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
  5. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
  6. Danny Jansen – Toronto Blue Jays
  7. Welington Castillo – Chicago White Sox
  8. Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs
  9. Tucker Barnhart – Cincinnati Reds
  10. Carson Kelly – Arizona Diamondbacks
  11. Wilson Ramos – New York Mets
  12. Mike Zunino – Tampa Bay Rays
  13. Robinson Chirinos – Houston Astros
  14. Francisco Cervilli – Pittsburgh Pirates
  15. Jonathan Lucroy – Los Angeles Angels

Thoughts:

  • Granted we have our questions about Wilson Ramos, which we discussed in detail and you can view by clicking here, but we also know that he’s going to play regularly with the Mets.  Risk or not, he’s going to have value.
  • Carson Kelly has long been buried behind the ageless Yadier Molina in St. Louis, but being included in the Paul Goldschmidt trade gives him a new opportunity (and one he should be able to take advantage of).  He brings a strong approach (over his Triple-A career he has 105 K vs. 92 BB, and in ’18 he posted a 6.8% SwStr%) and enough power (think 12-15 HR) to make an impact at a relatively weak position.
  • Signing a one-year contract with the Brewers, there will certainly be motivation for Yasmani Grandal to produce.  All he needs to do is hit .260ish (something that’s not unreasonable) to go along with his power potential and we are going to get at worst a Tier 2 catcher (along the lines of Gary Sanchez) who should bounce back in ’19. 
  • We took a look at Buster Posey and gave our 2019 projection, which you can view by clicking here.    While he may look slightly more attractive, given the injury to Perez, at the same time don’t make the mistake of paying for the name as opposed to what he’s expected to do.

Sources – Fangraphs

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    • I have no issues with Barnes, though he’s nothing more than a low-end option (and one that I’d prefer in OBP formats as opposed to traditional AVG leagues)

  1. Congratulations to Jonathan Lucroy who now just gets into the top 15 with Perez’s departure. Woe be the manager who drafts that guy we all used to know so well…

    • The injury to Sano helps, because it re-opens the utility role a little bit with Marwin Gonzalez slotting in at 3B. He’s not going to catch regularly, so when everyone is healthy and Gonzalez is moving around the diamond Astudillo’s upside is going to be capped

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