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2023 Catcher Rankings

Alejandro Kirk

Alejandro Kirk

Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Up this week are my mostly-for-fun 2023 player rankings. I’ve done my best to list players where they’ll be 20-game 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 have a legitimate chance of being exercised. Those players are noted with asterisks.

Click to see other other preliminary 2023 rankings:

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

Catcher rankings

2023 Catchers Team 2022 July
1 Will Smith Dodgers 2 1
2 Alejandro Kirk Blue Jays 5 2
3 Daulton Varsho Diamondbacks 4 3
4 J.T. Realmuto Phillies 3 4
5 Salvador Perez Royals 1 23
6 Willson Contreras 6 5
7 William Contreras Braves 48 16
8 Tyler Stephenson Reds 9 9
9 Adley Rutschman Orioles 15 8
10 MJ Melendez Royals 30 6
11 Sean Murphy Athletics 13 12
12 Yasmani Grandal White Sox 8 19
13 Keibert Ruiz Nationals 17 14
14 Gary Sanchez 10 7
15 Cal Raleigh Mariners 27 17
16 Francisco Álvarez Mets NR 49
17 Ryan Jeffers Twins 31 21
18 Christian Vazquez 11 13
19 Danny Jansen Blue Jays 22 11
20 Travis d’Arnaud Braves 14 10
21 Luis Campusano Padres 39 35
22 Jonah Heim Rangers 40 15
23 Joey Bart Giants 26 42
24 Victor Caratini Brewers 44 24
25 Elias Diaz Rockies 12 22
26 Nick Fortes Marlins 56 28
27 Bo Naylor Guardians NR NR
28 Jorge Alfaro Padres 23 20
29 Gabriel Moreno Blue Jays 54 45
30 Shea Langeliers Athletics 60 47
31 Yan Gomes Cubs 20 39
32 Jose Trevino Yankees NR 27
33 Sam Huff Rangers 33 43
34 Carson Kelly Diamondbacks 18 34
35 Austin Nola Padres 16 26
36 Max Stassi Angels 36 30
37 Mike Zunino 19 36
38 Francisco Mejía Rays 28 25
39 Eric Haase Tigers 21 29
40 Iván Herrera Cardinals NR NR
41 Omar Narvaez 24 31
42 Andrew Knizner Cardinals 37 44
43 Yainer Diaz Astros NR NR
44 Tom Murphy Mariners 52 NR
45 Christian Bethancourt Rays NR 18
46 Henry Davis Pirates NR NR
47 Korey Lee Astros NR NR
48 Jake Rogers Tigers 59 NR
49 James McCann Mets 35 37
50 Luis Torrens Mariners 34 40
51 Connor Wong Red Sox 38 NR
52 Curt Casali 62 32
53 Riley Adams Nationals 45 NR
54 Zack Collins Blue Jays 46 NR
55 Jacob Stallings Marlins 42 46

  • I’d have Mitch Garver 11th here, but since his arm injury limited him to 11 appearances behind the plate before he underwent season-ending surgery, he’s a DH-only and thus is listed in with the first basemen.

  • It’s tempting to go even higher than 16th with Francisco Álvarez. Then again, it’s been 30 years since the last time a 21-year-old catcher (Alvarez will be 21 next year) reached double figures in homers (Ivan Rodriguez had exactly 10 in 1993). Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez and Brian McCann broke in at that age and had successful runs, though they were all midseason callups (McCann played 59 games, Perez 39 and Mauer 35). It seems likely that Alvarez will have to wait a little while next year, too, but it might be hard to hold him down for long.

  • The Blue Jays are in a very enviable position here; Alejandro Kirk just started the All-Star Game, Danny Jansen is a Gold Glove-quality catcher hitting better than ever and Gabriel Moreno is right there with Alvarez as the game’s top catching prospect. The tough call will be whether to deal from that strength this winter. Jansen would place in the 12-15 range as a starting catcher elsewhere. If they instead trade Moreno in a deal for a top starter, he could be a top-15 catcher next year (either way, he should be a top-10 guy starting in 2024). If the Jays keep all three, then Jansen and Moreno would fall a few spots.