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Here’s the top 10 catchers list going into 2018!
Obviously #1 is Posey. I think we can all agree on that. At #2 is Yadi. He’s not quite what he used to be, but he’s still a serviceable hitter and the best game caller in baseball. Next is El Cheapo. He’s a great hitter, but needs to work on his defence and especially his blocking. Catcher is a defensive position, so I can’t put him any higher till that improves. Then there is Contreras. He hasn’t played enough to break the top 3, but he’s been very good so far. He’s a better defender than Gary, and is coming along with his hitting. Once he stays healthy for a full year, I see him being a top 2 catcher. After Contreras I put Salvy. He had another solid year last year, and his game calling is still top notch. This will be an interesting season for him now being the last player left on the dynasty royals. Following Perez I listed Realmuto. He’s in the same spot as Perez, but may be traded. He’s a rare 5-tool caliber catcher, and I may have rated him a little low. I expect him to continue to get better in his age 27 season. Moving on to the #7 spot, there’s Castillo. He had a very good offensive season last year, and his defence improved along with it. He’s very underrated and could help his new, also underrated team to contention next year. Next is defensive darling Yasmani Grandal. He’s a solid player and would be ranked higher if he was going to be the starting catcher going into next year... but he’s not. At #9 is Lucroy. He’s coming off a down year, but his stats before last year can’t just be ignored, so he still makes the list. Hopefully he can prove last year was a fluke and do well with whatever team he signs with in 2018. Last Barnhart. He’s not the best hitter in the world, but he won a gold glove last year and was at least serviceable with the bat. Better than AL gold Glover Maldonado. People that just missed include Chrinos, McCann, Maldanado, Zunino, Flowers, Suzuki, and McCann.
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