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May Catcher Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

Welcome to the May rankings. Players are ranked based on how I believe they will perform in 5x5 leagues over the remainder of the season. Included along with the position rankings is an updated top 300 list. I try to list players at the positions at which they're most valuable, so if you can't find that second baseman you're looking for, check shortstop instead.


Click to see other May rankings:

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


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Catcher Rankings


May Catcher Team 2014
1 Joe Mauer Twins 1
2 Carlos Santana Indians 2
3 Buster Posey Giants 3
4 Yadier Molina Cardinals 7
5 Brian McCann Yankees 5
6 Matt Wieters Orioles 8
7 Salvador Perez Royals 6
8 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 9
9 Evan Gattis Braves 11
10 Wilin Rosario Rockies 4
11 Miguel Montero Diamondbacks 12
12 Wilson Ramos Nationals 10
13 Jason Castro Astros 14
14 Yan Gomes Indians 16
15 A.J. Pierzynski Red Sox 13
16 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Marlins 17
17 Devin Mesoraco Reds 21
18 Josmil Pinto Twins 19
19 Carlos Ruiz Phillies 23
20 Derek Norris Athletics 25
21 Dioner Navarro Blue Jays 20
22 Russell Martin Pirates 18
23 Welington Castillo Cubs 22
24 Alex Avila Tigers 15
25 Travis d'Arnaud Mets 24
26 Mike Zunino Mariners 27
27 Ryan Hanigan Rays 35
28 Yasmani Grandal Padres 32
29 Chris Iannetta Angels 29
30 Kurt Suzuki Twins 34
31 Geovany Soto Rangers 30
32 John Jaso Athletics 28
33 Tyler Flowers White Sox 36
34 Hank Conger Angels 31
35 A.J. Ellis Dodgers 26
36 Josh Thole Blue Jays 63
37 Brayan Pena Reds 40
38 Robinson Chirinos Rangers 42 1B
39 Jesus Montero Mariners 41
40 Hector Sanchez Giants 39
41 Jordan Pacheco Rockies 40 1B
42 J.P. Arencibia Rangers 33
43 Nick Hundley Padres 37
44 Jose Lobaton Nationals 46
45 David Ross Red Sox 45


Dropping off: Stephen Vogt (38th), Francisco Cervelli (42nd), Ryan Doumit (43rd), Ryan Lavarnway (44th)


  • What? You weren’t expecting me to drop Mauer and Santana already, were you?


  • Always worth remembering with catchers: they get worse as the year goes along. Right now, we have 18 true catchers with 50 at-bats and .750 OPSs. That figure will go down as the battered fingers and sore knees pile up.


  • In the preseason, I had quite a drop off after the top 11, with Gattis occupying the last spot. Now I feel the drop off comes after No. 12, with Montero joining the top group. There really isn’t a lot separating the guys after that. Castro was overrated going in, but he does have the advantage of hitting third and he’ll get more at-bats than most of the guys behind him. Mesoraco, Pinto and Norris might have the most upside of the rest of the field, but injuries for Mesoraco and playing time issues for the other two cost them in the rankings.


  • Pierzynski is one I’m not sure about. He’s still seems to be the same hitter he’s always been, and he should be some team’s starting catcher the rest of the way. I’m just fairly well convinced that the Red Sox would be better off going with Christian Vazquez, a far superior defensive catcher. But even if they do go that route later on, Vazquez probably wouldn’t hit enough to be a top-30 catcher.
Matthew Pouliot
Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of RotoWorld.com and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.