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All-Star Break Update - 2016 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings

Update (7/11)

1Buster Posey344
2Jonathan Lucroy321
3Wilson Ramos314
4Salvador Perez284
5Brian McCann260
6J.T. Realmuto253
7Derek Norris245
8Yadier Molina242
9Stephen Vogt230
10Russell Martin228
11Matt Wieters217
12Evan Gattis215
13Welington Castillo212
14Yasmani Grandal209
15Jason Castro200
16Cameron Rupp194
17Kurt Suzuki191
18Chris Iannetta176
19Chris Herrmann175
20Yan Gomes175
21Tucker Barnhart163
22Francisco Cervelli162
23Jarrod Saltalamacchia161
24Dioner Navarro154
25Tommy Joseph150

Kyle Schwarber's injury really impacted some fantasy baseball owners plans, but the position has actually provided us with some quality play in 2016.  Veterans like Kurt Suzuki, Chris Iannetta, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Dioner Navarro have given owners a way out, if they drafted Travis d'Arnaud or gave Devin Mesoraco one last chance.

We did not rank Evan Gattis at C during Spring Training as he did not catch a game for the Astros in 2015.  He was sent down to the Minors to get reacquainted with the position and has hit 13 home runs in just 65 games played, but is hitting just .215.  He has more than twice as many ABs at DH.

Heating Up

Over the last 14 days, Brian McCann and Yasmani Grandal have been the top catchers.  McCann has six XBH (4 HR) driving in 9 runs while Grandal has hit six home runs, picking up 11 RBI.

Original Post (3/22)

Fantasy Baseball Catcher C Rankings

Stats from Last Season (250 PA min)

  • Buster Posey led all catchers with a .318 BA
    • Nick Hundley and A.J. Pierzynski were the only others to hit .300
  • Derek Norris (33) was the only catcher to hit 30 doubles
  • Brian McCann led all catchers with 26 home runs
  • Salvador Perez and Russell Martin were the only catchers with 20+ home runs and 20+ doubles
  • Buster Posey and Russell Martin were the only catchers with 70+ runs scored and RBI
    • Brian McCann and Derek Norris were the only others with at least 60 in both categories
      • Stephen Vogt, Salvador Perez, Wilson Ramos and Yadier Molina each drove in 60+ runs but failed to score 60 times
      • Stephen Vogt, Francisco Cervelli, Kyle Schwarber and Jonathan Lucroy each scored 50+ runs but failed to knock in 50
  • Buster Posey had the highest OBP at .379
    • Francisco Cervelli was next at .370
      • Kyle Schwarber and Yasmani Grandal were the only other catchers with a .350 OBP or better
  • Yasmani Grandal led all catchers with a 15.3% BB%
    • Kyle Schwarber had a 13.2 BB%
      • Chris Iannetta (12.9%), Miguel Montero (12.2%), Stephen Vogt (11%),  Russell Martin (10.5%) and Robinson Chirinos (10.3%) were the only other catchers with a double-digit BB% 
  • Buster Posey (8.3%), A.J. Pierzynski (8.5%) and Brayan Pena (9.3%) were the only catchers with a single-digit K%
    • Stephen Vogt (19%) was the only catcher with a double-digit walk rate and a K% under 20%.  
      • Mike Zunino (34.2%) and Jason Castro (30.7%) struck out at a higher rate than all other catchers.
  • Blake Swihart (.359), Francisco Cervelli (.359) and Nick Hundley (.356) had the highest BABIP
  • Kyle Schwarber, Buster Posey and Travis d'Arnaud led all catchers in wOBA and wRC+ 
How and When to Draft a Catcher

PrePlayer NameASB
1Buster Posey1
2Kyle SchwarberINJ
3Jonathan Lucroy2
4Salvador Perez4
5Brian McCann5
6Russell Martin10
7Travis d'Arnaud51
8Matt Wieters11
9Stephen Vogt9
10Devin Mesoraco73
11Yan Gomes20
12Yasmani Grandal14
13Welington Castillo13
14Derek Norris7
15J.T. Realmuto6
16Francisco Cervelli22
17Wilson Ramos3
18Nick Hundley29
19Blake Swihart57
20Yadier Molina8
21Miguel Montero28
22Robinson Chirinos49
23Jason Castro15
24James McCann31
25A.J. Pierzynski35

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