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August Catcher Rankings

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

Here’s the August rankings update. Players are ranked for the rest of the season based on a 5x5 scoring format. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300. Players are listed at the position at which they’re most valuable.

 

Click to see other August rankings:

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

 

 

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Catcher Rankings

 

Aug Catcher Team 2015 May June July
1 Buster Posey Giants 1 1 1 1
2 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 2 6 5 2
3 Brian McCann Yankees 5 3 3 3
4 Evan Gattis Astros 3 2 2 5
5 Russell Martin Blue Jays 9 7 6 6
6 Stephen Vogt Athletics 27 1B 5 4 4
7 Kyle Schwarber Cubs 165 OF NR 124 OF 113 OF
8 Yasmani Grandal Dodgers 13 13 8 9
9 Matt Wieters Orioles 7 14 12 7
10 Salvador Perez Royals 6 4 7 8
11 Yan Gomes Indians 8 11 9 10
12 Derek Norris Padres 19 10 10 11
13 Yadier Molina Cardinals 11 12 13 13
14 Wilson Ramos Nationals 10 9 11 12
15 Travis d'Arnaud Mets 12 15 14 18
16 Nick Hundley Rockies 22 17 16 16
17 Francisco Cervelli Pirates 26 26 18 17
18 John Jaso Rays 20 32 29 28
19 Chris Iannetta Angels 21 27 23 25
20 Wilin Rosario Rockies 15 22 19 14
21 A.J. Pierzynski Braves 41 24 32 22
22 Miguel Montero Cubs 18 16 15 15
23 Robinson Chirinos Rangers 17 21 21 19
24 Mike Zunino Mariners 14 18 17 21
25 Welington Castillo Diamondbacks 32 41 43 32
26 J.T. Realmuto Marlins 69 31 27 26
27 Jason Castro Astros 24 23 20 24
28 Blake Swihart Red Sox 31 19 25 23
29 Hank Conger Astros 35 49 48 34
30 James McCann Tigers 48 42 35 43
31 Tyler Flowers White Sox 16 20 22 30
32 Josh Phegley Athletics 42 46 45 20
33 Geovany Soto White Sox 34 36 34 27
34 Curt Casali Rays 86 NR NR NR
35 Alex Avila Tigers 28 29 38 33
36 Kurt Suzuki Twins 29 28 26 29
37 Brayan Pena Reds 44 44 33 31
38 Dioner Navarro Blue Jays 36 40 41 41
39 Peter O'Brien Diamondbacks 40 30 31 35
40 Carlos Ruiz Phillies 25 33 30 38
41 Ryan Hanigan Red Sox 38 NR 46 45
42 Caleb Joseph Orioles 46 37 39 48
43 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Diamondbacks 23 34 24 36
44 Michael McKenry Rockies 33 43 40 42
45 Kevin Plawecki Mets 62 38 44 44
46 Andrew Susac Giants 54 NR 49 40
47 Roberto Perez Indians 53 39 47 47
48 Cameron Rupp Phillies 67 NR NR NR
49 Tucker Barnhart Reds 93 NR NR 50
50 Carlos Perez Angels 68 NR 50 46

 

Catchers

 

Dropping off: Josmil Pinto (37th), Rene Rivera (39th), Chris Herrmann (49th)

 

o The catcher spot ended up being completely unaffected by trades, though it’s still possible Pierzynski, Pena or Ruiz could go in a waiver deal this month. I considered putting Christian Bethancourt back into the top 50 in case Pierzynski departs Atlanta, but even as a starter, he probably wouldn’t hit enough to be a top-30 guy anyway.

 

o After declining to give him a single inning there in the minors this year, the Cubs tried Schwarber in left field last week, giving themselves options for when Montero comes off the disabled list in a few days. Montero figures to go right back behind the plate against righties, but Schwarber could catch against some lefties and play left field versus some righties, with Chris Coghlan moving to center. Of course, that diminishes the Cubs’ defense, but it would be worth it if Schwarber keeps performing like this. If I were confident that Schwarber would play regularly in left, I’d probably have him all of the way up at No. 2 in the rankings. Since Joe Maddon will probably mix and match (and there’s still a slight chance Schwarber could get sent back down at some point), he’s No. 7 for now.

 

o Flowers hit .217/.229/.290 for the White Sox last month. Soto hit .316/.519/.895. Still, as much as I prefer Soto, Flowers moves back ahead in the rankings this month. After all, he had 69 at-bats in July to Soto’s 19 official at-bats.

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.