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2019 Catcher Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Time for some All-Star break fun: here are my very, very preliminary 2019 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be eligible next year, and the free agents-to-be are listed without teams. Players with options for next year are still listed with their current teams if those options are likely to be exercised.
 
Along with the position rankings is a top 300 list for 2019. Click to see other preliminary 2019 rankings.

 

Top 300 | SP | RP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

 

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2019 Catcher Rankings

 

2019 Catcher Team 2018 July
1 Gary Sanchez Yankees 1 1
2 J.T. Realmuto Marlins 4 2
3 Willson Contreras Cubs 2 3
4 Buster Posey Giants 3 4
5 Austin Barnes Dodgers 5 13
6 Wilson Ramos   6 5
7 Yasmani Grandal   16 10
8 Salvador Perez Royals 10 7
9 Mike Zunino Mariners 8 9
10 Yadier Molina Cardinals 9 8
11 Welington Castillo White Sox 11 35
12 Tyler Flowers   14 14
13 Chance Sisco Orioles 19 18
14 Yan Gomes Indians 28 11
15 Jorge Alfaro Phillies 39 29
16 Chris Iannetta Rockies 12 12
17 Russell Martin Blue Jays 17 15
18 Austin Hedges Padres 22 23
19 Brian McCann Astros* 18 33
20 Blake Swihart Red Sox 25 38
21 Robinson Chirinos Rangers 24 19
22 Tom Murphy Rockies 34 32
23 Tucker Barnhart Reds 32 25
24 Jonathan Lucroy   15 16
25 Travis d'Arnaud Mets 13 NR
26 Kurt Suzuki   35 24
27 Kevin Plawecki Mets 43 36
28 Francisco Cervelli Pirates 36 21
29 Christian Vazquez Red Sox 23 30
30 John Ryan Murphy Diamondbacks 71 20
31 Matt Wieters   21 27
32 Danny Jansen Blue Jays 82 NR
33 Isiah Kiner-Falefa Rangers 63 3B 43 2B
34 Max Stassi Astros 70 26
35 John Hicks Tigers 44 1B 17
36 Elias Diaz Pirates 54 40
37 James McCann Tigers 20 37
38 Devin Mesoraco   33 22
39 Manny Pina Brewers 30 28
40 Sean Murphy Athletics 80 NR
41 Jason Castro Twins 31 NR
42 Alex Avila Diamondbacks 29 44
43 Andrew Knapp Phillies 26 39
44 Victor Caratini Cubs 46 49
45 Stephen Vogt Brewers 27 NR
46 Mitch Garver Twins 42 31
47 Will Smith Dodgers NR NR
48 Martin Maldonado   45 41
49 Carson Kelly Cardinals 62 NR
50 Raudy Read Nationals 85 NR
51 Cameron Rupp Mariners 37 NR
52 Zack Collins White Sox 79 NR
53 Pedro Severino Nationals 74 43
54 Sandy Leon Red Sox 50 47
55 Jacob Nottingham Brewers NR NR

 

  • I’m guessing that Indians prospect Francisco Mejia won’t have catcher eligibility to begin next year, so he’s listed with the DHs. If he does get eligibility, he’ll rank in the top 10 here, and he’d go into next season as a top-five catcher if it looks like he’ll have a starting job somewhere.

 

  • Obviously, I remain quite confident that Austin Barnes will be an excellent fantasy catcher going forward. Still, he needs a stronger second half to ensure that he is a starter next year. The Dodgers will have the money to re-sign Yasmani Grandal if they like. It will be interesting to see how they handle things, especially since they have two of the game’s top five catching prospects in Kelbert Ruiz and Will Smith.

 

  • Danny Jansen and Sean Murphy would both be in the top 20 here if I thought they’d have starting jobs on Opening Day. Jansen is especially interesting; he’s hit .286/.409/.482 in 65 games in Triple-A this year. Unfortunately for him, the Blue Jays do have Russell Martin signed for next year. The A’s would have an opening for Murphy with Jonathan Lucroy up for free agency, but he’s yet to make his Triple-A debut and might need another half-season in the minors to begin 2019.
Matthew Pouliot

Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of NBC Sports Edge and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.