Baseball Fantasy Rankings: Catchers
1. Buster Posey– San Francisco Giants
2014 Stats: 147 GP, .311 BA, 22 HR, 89 RBI
Interesting Stat: Posey’s 547 at bats last season was the highest amount of his career.
Posey continues to be the most reliable and consistent fantasy option at catcher. I expect Buster’s numbers to be similar to his 2014 campaign.
2. Jonathan Lucroy– Milwaukee Brewers
2014 Stats: 153 GP, .301 BA, 13 HR, 69 RBI
Interesting Stat: Lucroy had a career high 66 walks in 2014.
Lucroy came on strong in the beginning of the 2014 season, and had a dominant June, but then saw his numbers begin to taper off. Look for Lucroy to top his 2014 season statistically.
3. Evan Gattis– Houston Astros
2014 Stats: 108 GP, .263 BA, 22 HR, 52 RBI
Interesting Stat: Gattis has yet to attempt a stolen base in his major league career.
The Braves trading Gattis to the Astros reunites Gattis with his home state of Texas. I fully expect Gattis to lead all catchers in Home Runs this season. The Astros are putting together a very good offense, which will allow Gattis to get his share of pitches. AL West look out for Houston.
4. Yan Gomes– Cleveland Indians
2014 Stats: 135 GP, .278 BA, 21 HR, 74 RBI
Interesting Stat: Gomes had a career high 14 errors behind the plate in 2014.
Gomes had a breakout year in 2014, as he was given the reigns to the everyday catcher job in Cleveland. With a full year under his belt I expect Gomes to improve on his impressive 2014 numbers.
5. Devin Mesoraco– Cincinnati Reds
2014 Stats: 114 GP, .273 BA, 25 HR, 80 RBI
Interesting Stat: Mesoraco’s previous season high for Home Runs prior to his 2014 campaign: 9 HRs in 2013.
Mesoraco is everyone’s breakout catcher in 2015. While I do believe Mesoraco will surely be a top ten fantasy catcher, don’t over draft him based on potential. The Reds catcher is only 24 years old, and I expect one more decent season before he really breaks through.
6. Salvador Perez- Kansas City Royals
2014 Stats: 150 GP, .260 BA, 17 HR, 70 RBI
Interesting Stat: Perez started a career high 143 games at catcher in 2014.
Perez and the rest of his Royals teammates enjoyed a wild 2014 season en route to Kansas City’s first World Series berth since 1985. Perez is known for his defense behind the plate, but his bat is not too shabby either. If Perez can improve his contact and get his BA up towards .275 he could be a top five catcher in 2015.
7. Matt Wieters- Baltimore Orioles
2014 Stats: 26 GP, .308 BA, 5 HR, 18 RBI
Interesting Stat: Wieters could only play 26 games in 2014 due to an elbow injury.
Wieters was on pace to have his best major league season in 2014 before an elbow injury cut his season short. I look for Matt to bounce back in 2015, and help lead the Orioles as a big bat in the middle of their lineup.
8. Travis D’Arnaud- New York Mets
2014 Stats: 108 GP, .242 BA, 13 HR, 41 RBI
Interesting Stat: D’Arnaud only threw out 19% of runners who attempted to steal a bases against him in 2014.
I’ll be honest I did not expect much from D’Arnaud in 2014, and to my surprise he played well for a Mets team that generally over-achieved last season. Look for D’Arnaud to continue to improve on his numbers that impressed many baseball fans in 2014.
9. Wilin Rosario- Colorado Rockies
2014 Stats: 106 GP, .267 BA, 13 HR, 54 RBI
Interesting Stat: Rosario finished 2014 strong, batting .392 in the month of September.
Rosario battled through injuries in 2014, but ended his campaign with a bang. Playing in the elevation in Colorado will inflate his numbers somewhat, so if he can stay healthy Rosario can surprise some in 2015.
10. Yadier Molina- St. Louis Cardinals
2014 Stats: 110 GP, .282 BA, 7 HR, 38 RBI
Interesting Stat: 2014 was Molina’s lowest RBI total (38) since his rookie year in 2004 (15 RBIs).
Molina now 31, is past the stage in his career where his physical tools are in top form. While he is a great leader in the clubhouse, Molina is no longer a top tier catcher and should be drafted as such in all fantasy leagues.