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May Catcher Rankings

by Matthew Pouliot
Updated On: May 1, 2019, 4:50 am ET

Up this week are the May 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

MayCatcherTeam2019
1Gary SanchezYankees1
2J.T. RealmutoPhillies2
3Willson ContrerasCubs3
4Yasmani GrandalBrewers5
5Buster PoseyGiants4
6Yadier MolinaCardinals6
7Wilson RamosMets7
8Austin BarnesDodgers9
9Danny JansenBlue Jays8
10Jorge AlfaroMarlins14
11Welington CastilloWhite Sox11
12Francisco MejiaPadres10
13Mike ZuninoRays15
14Willians AstudilloTwins19
15Isiah Kiner-FalefaRangers13
16Yan GomesNationals18
17Omar NarvaezMariners26
18Francisco CervelliPirates17
19Chris IannettaRockies12
20Tyler FlowersBraves20
21Mitch GarverTwins29
22Christian VazquezRed Sox22
23Tucker BarnhartReds21
24Austin HedgesPadres23
25Blake SwihartDiamondbacks16
26John HicksTigers24
27Robinson ChirinosAstros32
28Grayson GreinerTigers27
29Kurt SuzukiNationals25
30Sean MurphyAthletics31
31Elias DiazPirates30
32Jonathan LucroyAngels34
33Carson KellyDiamondbacks28
34Brian McCannBraves37
35Pedro SeverinoOrioles55
36Kevin PlaweckiIndians36
37Max StassiAstros33
38Josh PhegleyAthletics74
39Tom MurphyMariners45
40Chance SiscoOrioles35
41Martin MaldonadoRoyals40
42Roberto PerezIndians42
43Jason CastroTwins39
44Russell MartinDodgers43
45Austin WynnsOrioles60
46Travis d'ArnaudMets38
47John Ryan MurphyDiamondbacks69
48Tony WoltersRockies50
49Kevan SmithAngels51
50Victor CaratiniCubs47

 

Dropping off: Nick Hundley (41st), Alex Avila (44th), Manny Pina (46th), Brett Nicholas (48th), Austin Romine (49th)

 

  • The Twins, Cubs and Mariners have gotten the most production from their catchers of any team to date. It’s been a true team effort for Minnesota; folk hero Willians Astudillo gets all of the attention, but he’s played just five games at catcher. Mitch Garver is hitting .364/.404/.795 with five homers in 47 plate appearances behind the plate, and even Jason Castro has managed an .816 OPS in surprisingly limited action. I’d have Garver higher if he didn’t have the other two to contend with; he’s not nearly this good, of course, but he’d probably hit like a top-10 catcher if he were a regular. I’m just not sure the playing time will be there, especially with Miguel Sano on the way back.

  • Omar Narvaez has five homers already for Seattle. He’s been a solid hitter since the day he entered the league, but he had just three homers in 354 at-bats in his first two seasons and nine in 280 at-bats last year. Doubling his home run rate for a second year in a row would be quite an accomplishment. Unfortunately, defense remains a big issue for Narvaez, and even if he keeps hitting, the Mariners still might want to go in a different direction at some point.

  • Travis d’Arnaud might end up in a better situation after being designated for assignment by the Mets, but he just didn’t look ready to contribute last month after completing his rehab from Tommy John surgery. It’s unlikely that he’ll pay immediate dividends if he gets picked up.

Matthew Pouliot

Matthew Pouliot is the Executive Editor of NBC Sports Edge and has been doing the site's baseball projections for the last 10 years. Follow him on Twitter @matthewpouliot.