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May Catcher Rankings

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

Welcome to the May catcher 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 wherever they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.


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 2015
1 Buster Posey Giants 1
2 Evan Gattis Astros 3
3 Brian McCann Yankees 5
4 Salvador Perez Royals 6
5 Stephen Vogt Athletics 27 1B
6 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 2
7 Russell Martin Blue Jays 9
8 Devin Mesoraco Reds 4
9 Wilson Ramos Nationals 10
10 Derek Norris Padres 19
11 Yan Gomes Indians 8
12 Yadier Molina Cardinals 11
13 Yasmani Grandal Dodgers 13
14 Matt Wieters Orioles 7
15 Travis d'Arnaud Mets 12
16 Miguel Montero Cubs 18
17 Nick Hundley Rockies 22
18 Mike Zunino Mariners 14
19 Blake Swihart Red Sox 31
20 Tyler Flowers White Sox 16
21 Robinson Chirinos Rangers 17
22 Wilin Rosario Rockies 15
23 Jason Castro Astros 24
24 A.J. Pierzynski Braves 41
25 Josmil Pinto Twins 39
26 Francisco Cervelli Pirates 26
27 Chris Iannetta Angels 21
28 Kurt Suzuki Twins 29
29 Alex Avila Tigers 28
30 Peter O'Brien Diamondbacks 40
31 J.T. Realmuto Marlins 69
32 John Jaso Rays 20
33 Carlos Ruiz Phillies 25
34 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Marlins 23
35 Rene Rivera Rays 27
36 Geovany Soto White Sox 34
37 Caleb Joseph Orioles 46
38 Kevin Plawecki Mets 62
39 Roberto Perez Indians 53
40 Dioner Navarro Blue Jays 36
41 Welington Castillo Cubs 32
42 James McCann Tigers 48
43 Michael McKenry Rockies 33
44 Brayan Pena Reds 44
45 Carlos Corporan Rangers 45
46 Josh Phegley Athletics 42
47 Tuffy Gosewisch Diamondbacks 37
48 Christian Bethancourt Braves 30
49 Hank Conger Astros 35
50 Austin Hedges Padres 96


Dropping off: Ryan Hanigan (38th), A.J. Ellis (43rd), David Ross (47th), John Ryan Murphy (49th), Hector Sanchez (50th)


o Since there are so few attractive long-term alternatives, a good number of injured catchers stay in the top 15 of the rankings, with Lucroy leading the way at No. 6. That said, I’m not feeling overly confident about Mesoraco’s hip or Wieters’ elbow. If Mesoraco were completely healthy, he’d come in at No. 2 or No. 3, and if I were more confident that he’d really go back to catching regularly in 2-3 weeks, I’d still have him in the top five. As is, he’s tucked in behind Martin, who has climbed from No. 9 to No. 7 even though I think less of him now than I did a month ago (that’s just because the Blue Jays bailed on batting him second a week into the season).


Wieters’ elbow was supposed to be ready for Opening Day. Then a week into the season. Then May 1. Now… maybe late May? It doesn’t bode overly well. Gomes (knee) should beat him back. D’Arnaud (finger) might, too.


o The Red Sox found themselves in need of Swihart much earlier than expected as a result of Hanigan’s fractured knuckle. Swihart had just one homer in 137 Triple-A at-bats dating back to last season, so don’t count on seeing a lot of power from him. He can run some, but he’s still not really all that much of a stolen base threat. He’s not a No. 1 catcher in mixed leagues at this point in his career, but he should be a decent enough No. 2, at least until Hanigan gets back. If he plays up to his ability, he’ll be the starter for the rest of the season.


o The original plan called for both Pinto and O’Brien to be placed ahead of Swihart in the rankings. Pinto, hitting .302/.389/.413 in Triple-A, could soon replace Kennys Vargas as the Twins’ primary DH. I’d rather see him supplant Kurt Suzuki at catcher, but DHing would make him more valuable for fantasy purposes. O’Brien, now a full-time outfielder despite the Diamondbacks’ protestations that he could make it as a catcher, is tearing up PCL pitching to the tune of a .386/.422/.747 line. He’s getting an assist from a strong offensive environment at Reno, but that still makes him one of the PCL’s best hitters. He just might beat out Yasmany Tomas for the first crack at an outfield job once one opens up, and while I wouldn’t expect him to hit for average, his power could make him a strong fantasy catcher right away.


o I don’t understand the Hedges callup. Maybe in July, but not now. I don’t imagine he’ll hit at all as Norris’s backup, and while he might be better defensively than Wil Nieves, it shouldn’t make a whole lot of difference. If the idea is simply to avoid running Norris into the ground, then I imagine we’ll see the Padres eventually trade for a catcher and send Hedges back down.

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.