March Rankings Update – Catchers

We are updating our rankings for the stretch run of draft season! Today we’ll have third base and catcher.

We’re using Yahoo! eligibility requirements which is 5 starts or 10 appearances. These rankings assume the standard 5×5 categories and a re-draft league. If we forgot someone, please let us know in the comments and we’ll make sure he’s added for the updates. If you have questions for a specific ranker on something he did, let us know in the comments. We can also be reached via Twitter:

There will be differences, sharp differences, within the rankings. The rankers have different philosophies when it comes to ranking, some of which you’re no doubt familiar with through previous iterations. Of course the idea that we’d all think the same would be silly because then what would be the point of including multiple rankers?! Think someone should be higher or lower? Make a case. Let us know why you think that. The chart is sortable. If a ranker didn’t rank someone that the others did, he was given that ranker’s last rank +1.

March Updates:

February Editions:

Key:

  • AVG– just the average of the seven ranking sets
  • AVG– the average minus the high and low rankings
  • SPLIT– the difference between the high and low rankings

March C Rankings
NAME Paul S Brad Mike Jeff Al Justin AVG Adj. AVG Split
Buster Posey 1 2 1 1 1 1 1.2 1.0 1
Jonathan Lucroy 2 1 3 4 3 2 2.5 2.5 3
Gary Sanchez 4 4 2 2 2 3 2.8 2.8 2
Kyle Schwarber 3 3 5 3 4 4 3.7 3.5 2
Willson Contreras 6 6 7 5 6 10 6.7 6.3 5
J.T. Realmuto 10 8 6 8 7 6 7.5 7.3 4
Salvador Perez 14 11 4 6 8 5 8.0 7.5 10
Russell Martin 7 7 12 7 10 8 8.5 8.0 5
Yasmani Grandal 8 5 11 9 9 9 8.5 8.8 6
Evan Gattis 5 10 10 10 13 7 9.2 9.3 8
Brian McCann 9 9 14 13 5 11 10.2 10.5 9
Welington Castillo 12 12 16 14 12 14 13.3 13.0 4
Yadier Molina 17 15 8 12 14 15 13.5 14.0 9
Stephen Vogt 11 16 9 11 21 16 14.0 13.5 12
Matt Wieters 16 14 13 16 15 12 14.3 14.5 4
Mike Zunino 21 20 15 15 11 18 16.7 17.0 10
Cameron Rupp 22 13 18 20 16 13 17.0 16.8 9
Travis d’Arnaud 19 18 17 19 18 21 18.7 18.5 4
Devin Mesoraco 15 30 21 25 19 17 21.2 20.5 15
Wilson Ramos 18 22 24 24 17 23 21.3 21.8 7
Tom Murphy 34 25 19 18 20 19 22.5 20.8 16
Yan Gomes 20 32 25 17 23 22 23.2 22.5 15
Austin Hedges 23 17 20 21 29 35 24.2 23.3 18
Francisco Cervelli 31 26 22 23 22 24 24.7 23.8 9
James McCann 28 27 23 26 30 25 26.5 26.5 7
Derek Norris 25 19 34 32 26 29 27.5 28.0 15
Tony Wolters 13 29 33 31 35 27 28.0 30.0 22
Jason Castro 38 38 31 22 28 20 29.5 29.8 18
Sandy Leon 30 33 30 29 27 31 30.0 30.0 6
Chris Herrmann 29 28 32 28 25 40 30.3 29.3 15
Tyler Flowers 37 34 27 27 24 36 30.8 31.0 13
Andrew Susac 26 23 29 30 41 38 31.2 30.8 18
Blake Swihart 24 24 60 37 32 33 35.0 31.5 36
Jett Bandy 36 39 28 51 36 26 36.0 34.8 25
Martin Maldonado 33 41 39 33 41 39 37.7 38.0 8
Geovany Soto 39 41 26 35 31 55 37.8 36.5 29
Austin Barnes 41 36 36 43 41 30 37.8 38.5 13
Chris Iannetta 27 41 35 41 41 55 40.0 39.5 28
Miguel Montero 35 37 45 51 41 32 40.2 39.5 19
Jorge Alfaro 32 40 60 51 33 28 40.7 39.0 32



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normie15a
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normie15a

You guys all have Gattis ranked as a starter in all league sizes. Where do you see his playing time coming from with the additions of McCann, Beltran and Reddick?

Anon
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Anon

I think you can ask much the same thing of Contreras. If Schwarber hits like everyone expects him to hit, he is going to play. Maddon is going to have to balance PT between Schwarber, Zobrist and Baez between 2B and LF so Schwarber will be pushed to C quite often. Then at C, Montero is probably going to get crunched for PT but will still get some games back there. Unless they push Heyward to CF and free up a corner OF spot or trade Montero, I don’t see where Contreras is going to get more than 300 to maybe 400 PA.

claykenny
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claykenny

If Schwarber shows he can handle left field full time defensively, he’s going to catch very infrequently. The lineup is so much better with Schwarber in LF, Heyward in CF, and Zobrist in RF with Contreras behind the plate.

Contreras will get 400+ PAs and start 120 games behind the plate.

Brians Sticky Sock
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Brians Sticky Sock

No, Schwarber will not be “pushed to catcher quite often”… there is absolutely no talk of that in Chicago. Management has made it quite clear that he’s an emergency/once every couple of weeks guy. Schwarber has even admitted as much. Bryant, Russell, and Rizzo are the only guaranteed full time starters. Heyward’s playing time will depend on his offense. I’d bet about 500PA for the rest of the guys as Maddon wants to keep everybody fresh.

Anon
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Anon

I was basing that on a few articles from a month or two ago where Schwarber was saying he wanted to stay in the mix at catcher. I do see now that in the last week or so Maddon is saying Schwarber is effectively the emergency catcher and probably won’t even top 75 innings at catcher, mostly in late-inning matchup situations.

My bad. . . .

Brians Sticky Sock
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Brians Sticky Sock

Sorry if that first line or two was a little “forceful”. You’re right, Schwarber really wants to, the team is trying to steer him away without squashing his dream.

Anon
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Anon

No worries Brians – good info to have as it will probably affect playing time for someone. I thought Schwarber was going to catch at least a little bit. Now I know he probably isn’t.

MustBunique
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I think Contreras is going to play as the everyday catcher. I would be very surprised to see Schwarber behind the dish very often. The most important thing for Schwarber is to stay healthy. Catching will not help him stay healthy.

Gattis I do see having some playing time concerns. However Beltran and Reddick are not beacons of health, and McCann isn’t going to play every day. I see maybe an even split behind the dish, and Gattis will find his way in the lineup.

normie15a
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normie15a

I agree with you on Contreras. With Gattis, that’s all conjecture and maybe it’s fine if you’re playing in a roto format but I don’t see how can take him in an H2H league.