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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. Up this week are all of May's rest-of-season position rankings and overall top 300. Remember that players are listed where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see someone you’re looking for, check another position. Designated hitters are listed with the first basemen. 


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



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Catcher Rankings



May Catcher Team 2016
1 Buster Posey Giants 2
2 Brian McCann Yankees 3
3 Jonathan Lucroy Brewers 6
4 Yasmani Grandal Dodgers 15
5 Wilson Ramos Nationals 11
6 Yan Gomes Indians 7
7 Welington Castillo Diamondbacks 20
8 Salvador Perez Royals 8
9 Matt Wieters Orioles 5
10 Stephen Vogt Athletics 13
11 J.T. Realmuto Marlins 12
12 Russell Martin Blue Jays 9
13 Francisco Cervelli Pirates 21
14 Nick Hundley Rockies 16
15 Travis d'Arnaud Mets 10
16 Derek Norris Padres 17
17 Cameron Rupp Phillies 22
18 Yadier Molina Cardinals 23
19 Jarrod Saltalamacchia Tigers 31
20 Jason Castro Astros 19
21 Geovany Soto Angels 32
22 Devin Mesoraco Reds 4
23 Dioner Navarro White Sox 27
24 Tyler Flowers Braves 30
25 Miguel Montero Cubs 26
26 James McCann Tigers 25
27 Christian Vazquez Red Sox 65
28 Mike Zunino Mariners 47
29 Blake Swihart Red Sox 14
30 Curt Casali Rays 35
31 Tucker Barnhart Reds 51
32 Hank Conger Rays 24
33 John Ryan Murphy Twins 28
34 Robinson Chirinos Rangers 18
35 Chris Iannetta Mariners 34
36 Josh Phegley Athletics 37
37 Kevin Plawecki Mets 41
38 Bryan Holaday Rangers 42
39 A.J. Pierzynski Braves 38
40 Alex Avila White Sox 39
41 Kurt Suzuki Twins 44
42 Caleb Joseph Orioles 40
43 David Ross Cubs 64
44 Gary Sanchez Yankees 36
45 Josmil Pinto Brewers 29
46 Carlos Ruiz Phillies 49
47 Willson Contreras Cubs 85
48 Carlos Perez Angels 33
49 Tom Murphy Rockies 48
50 A.J. Ellis Dodgers 46


Dropping off: Kyle Schwarber (1st), Christian Bethancourt (43rd), Andrew Susac (45th), J.P. Arencibia (50th)


  • The catcher field looks awfully weak at the moment, with Schwarber, Mesoraco and d’Arnaud on the DL, Swihart demoted and Wieters and Martin off to particularly lousy starts. Plus, one of April’s most pleasant surprises, Saltalamacchia, is returning to his backup role now that James McCann is back for Detroit. There simply aren’t any sure things here behind Posey and Brian McCann. Grandal and Ramos are health risks. Castillo has been great, but he’s probably not going to keep hitting for average. Salvador Perez could be a top-five catcher for the next couple of months, but he’ll likely fade afterwards.


  • Mesoraco, whose 2015 season was wrecked by a hip injury, is now weighing shoulder surgery for a torn labrum. He wants to try playing through it, but given that the Reds aren’t going anywhere with or without him, it would probably make more sense for him to have the surgery. Unfortunately, Barnhart, his replacement, doesn’t possess the power to be of much use in two-catcher mixed leagues.


  • The Angels badly need Soto’s offense in their lineup and are starting to play him more, making him useful in two-catcher mixed leagues.


  • Zunino is hitting .369/.413/.738 with eight homers and a modest 17 strikeouts in 84 at-bats at Triple-A Tacoma to make a strong push for another chance in Seattle. Unfortunately for him, the Mariners are doing quite well in the AL West, making it unlikely that they’ll have him replace Chris Iannetta right away. That’s for the best anyway; if Zunino is still hitting a month from now, then it would be appropriate to have him come up and share time behind the plate.
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.