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Updated Consensus Ranks: Catcher

It’s time for the updated catcher ranks.

I do actually like the process of ranking players. It’s enjoyable to weight different inputs, and consider a player’s long-term track record as well as their short-term work. I like taking a look at the few things that stabilize quickly — contact and swing rates, and (soon) batted ball mix — and looking for legitimate change in the early season.

But it does seem to get us all riled up. And that can be exhausting.

It’s cool, it’s the way of the world. But the number one thing that seems to drive a lot of the discussion is power. And almost every power metric takes a long time to stabilize. Hit a couple of home runs and suddenly your ISO looks fine. Drive a few balls and your batted ball distance improves. As the weather improves, the balls go further.

So it’s not that worrisome to me that Jonathan Lucroy‘s power is down. You didn’t own him for power anyway, and he’s still just as likely to hit ten out. Brian McCann doesn’t jump in the rankings because of the homers — well not because of the homers themselves, but because they represent possibly decent health — and Miguel Montero looks to be about the same as ever (with a ground-ball asterisk).

But I tend to take the long view. It’s served me well to have faith that players will play to their track record. As long as they aren’t too old and their body isn’t starting to break down, they should be able to play that way again.

Who do you think we are too patient on? Who did we move too quickly on?

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.

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

Also appearing on one ranking list: Erik Kratz, Kyle Skipworth, Mike Zunino, Ryan Lavarnway, Nick Hundley and Kelly Shoppach.