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All Star Break Updated Consensus Ranks: Catcher

With all the ups and downs in the catcher position, the coloring on this table might be a surprise to some.

Yeah, until Russell Martin, nobody moves more than two spots in the rankings since our last update. Even Brian McCann only moved two spots by proving he was healthy. Jason Castro‘s new batted ball profile, and all that new power? It earns him a few spots.

Evan Gattis won a job, lost it, got hurt and got healthy again, and there he is, almost in the same spot (he was 18th). He’s actually a decent argument for the consensus approach. Others may have undervalued his power, while I definitely over-projected his playing time. But now that we know more about his playing time with a healthy McCann, our rankings are closer — all of us have him around #20 — and the result is the same. Because the consensus reins in any outlier.

Between the tenth-best and twenty-best catcher, there doesn’t seem to be much difference. .260 or something, double-digit home runs… it may not sound exactly like that for each one, but it’s an approximate thing. Maybe a catcher in green in that group is more interesting than the rest just because he’s in green. Maybe it’s Alex Avila or Wilson Ramos, finally getting healthy.

Jesus Montero slid the furthest, and some might want him to slide further. But it isn’t like he has no upside, or that he can’t carve out a role for himself if he starts hitting. He’ll still be catcher-eligible, too. Victor Martinez was gone for a second, due to mental error on the part of the author, but he’s back now. And even if his line doesn’t look great, among the disasterpieces that make up catcher offense, he looks like a king.

But if you are vehemently against movement in this ranking, at least you won’t be mad about a ton of different players.

With the color-coding we hope to highlight the biggest movers. That definition changes as you follow the ranks down the list — players had to move more to register a color change as you near the bottom of the list. These are rest-of-season rankings for 5×5 roto. Jeff Zimmerman’s rankings are a combination of ZiPs and Steamer rest-of-season projections with playing time determined by our depth charts. You can find the projections on every player page and the depth charts here.

RG Player ES JZ MP ZS
1 Buster Posey 1 1 1 1
2 Joe Mauer 2 3 2 2
3 Yadier Molina 3 2 3 6
4 Carlos Santana 4 5 4 4
5 Wilin Rosario 5 4 6 5
6 Brian McCann 7 8 7 3
7 Mike Napoli 6 10 5 11
8 Matt Wieters 8 7 8 12
9 Jonathan Lucroy 9 9 10 8
10 Victor Martinez 12 6 9 9
11 Salvador Perez 10 11 11 7
12 A.J. Pierzynski 11 12 14 10
13 Miguel Montero 13 13 12 14
14 Ryan Doumit 14 14 13 23
15 Russell Martin 15 16 16 19
16 Jason Castro 16 22 15 15
17 J.P. Arencibia 17 15 18 21
18 John Jaso 20 20 21 13
19 Carlos Ruiz 24 18 20 16
20 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 18 24 17 20
21 Evan Gattis 21 21 19 24
22 Wilson Ramos 19 23 25 22
23 Alex Avila 25 19 23 25
24 A.J. Ellis 23 27 29 17
25 Welington Castillo 28 25 33 18
26 Jordan Pacheco 22 17 28 38
27 Chris Iannetta 30 32 22 26
28 Kurt Suzuki 35 26 30 30
29 Mike Zunino 32 36 27 27
30 John Buck 37 29 24 32
31 Devin Mesoraco 26 34 36 28
32 Rob Brantly 39 28 34 31
33 Jesus Montero 27 30 41 36
34 Yan Gomes 31 39 37 29
35 Josh Phegley 29 41 31 35
36 Nick Hundley 33 41 26 39
37 Tyler Flowers 36 31 35 41
38 Ryan Hanigan 41 40 32 34
39 Derek Norris 38 35 38 41
40 Ryan Lavarnway 34 38 41 41
41 Miguel Olivo 40 33 41 41
42 Jose Lobaton 41 41 39 37
43 Erik Kratz 41 37 40 41
44 Geovany Soto 41 41 41 40

Also mentioned were Dioner Navarro and Wil Nieves.