2014 Rankings: Catcher

Rankings based on standard 5×5 rotisserie league.

Name – R / RBI / HR / SB / BA

  1. Buster Posey – 69 / 85 / 20 / 2 / .299
  2. Wilin Rosario – 67 / 78 / 27 / 4 / .267
  3. Jonathan Lucroy – 60 / 78 / 17 / 6 / .293
  4. Yadier Molina – 59 / 78 / 16 / 4 / .296
  5. Brian McCann – 58 / 82 / 20 / 3 / .281
  6. Joe Mauer – 72 / 66 / 10 / 5 / .297
  7. Wilson Ramos – 54 / 73 / 26 / 0 / .283
  8. Carlos Santana – 76 / 75 / 20 / 5 / .253
  9. Matt Wieters – 60 / 73 / 23 / 2 / .256
  10. Evan Gattis – 52 / 76 / 24 / 0 / .264
  11. Miguel Montero – 65 / 75 / 15 / 0 / .260
  12. A.J. Pierzynski – 58 / 64 / 15 / 1 / .277
  13. Jason Castro – 74 / 58 / 17 / 1 / .245
  14. Salvador Perez – 54 / 71 / 12 / 0 / .270
  15. Yan Gomes – 56 / 53 / 16 / 1 / .278

Thoughts:

  • McCann? At Yankee Stadium? Yes, please.
  • Gomes is Cleveland’s starting catcher; my projection doesn’t account for that. Give him a full year of at-bats and he’s easily a top-10 catcher who threatens the top 5.
  • Perez is “due” for a breakout, as everyone says. Try him for a bargain pick, but I think there are adequate substitutes you can still get for cheap without risking the lack of counting stats.
  • Castro may be safer than Gattis, but even an underwhelming Gattis may still rival Castro’s numbers fueled by an anemic team and spacious ballpark.
  • I love Lucroy but, like yesterday’s shortstops, he’s not definitively better than Molina. Just look at their projections — they’re almost identical. Go with your gut.
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3 comments

  1. Christian Camlin

    Whoever ranked Salvador Perez the 13th best catcher in the majors has got to quit smoking crack while doing Acid & Ecstasy simultaneously .Perez has never hit under .293 in the majors and drove in 79 runs last year.He is just scratching the surface of his power and his first full year he did not hit as well as in either of his previous 2 years.The projected season here is a joke.He would need to be quite ill to hit .270 during a year.And with Gordon& Butler hitting in front of him he is more likely to drive in 90 than 70.

    • Need a Streamer?

      That’s an interesting drug cocktail, Christian.

      The projections are spit out of a computer program, and they occasionally spit out some weird numbers. I agree that it’s strange it would expect a .270 batting average, although I think it is too overzealous to expect a .300 batting average every year. I think .285 is a good floor with .300 upside, personally. As for the power, numbers are numbers, and the computer can’t comprehend what we call “potential.” Perez hits an average number of fly balls, and a below-average number of them clear the fence. So he is not seen as a power threat.

      Additionally, because Perez has played more than 100 games only once, it doesn’t project him for a complete season. If he can stay off the DL, an extrapolated season looks more like 68 RBI, 89 runs and 15 home runs, putting him pretty comfortably in the top 7.

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