Fantasy baseball season is right around the corner and it is never too soon to gather as much valuable data as possible. Each person, stat or edge that you can find will go a long way in determining who you should draft and how to structure your team in hopes of winning the 2015 championship.
Below is my breakdown of who I believe will be the top-20 catchers in fantasy for the 2015 season. You will find a list and a further breakdown of a few select choices in my rankings. Over the next couple of weeks you will find my breakdowns of each major position heading into the new season and before you ever important drafts come due.
The breakdown below is based on a standard 5×5 mixed league with one catcher, first baseman, second baseman, short stop, and third baseman. The roster includes four outfielders, two utility players, four starting pitchers, two relief pitchers, two other pitchers and a five player bench. Obviously much of this data is transferable to numerous different league configurations but I wanted to ensure clarity up front. Let’s get to it and see how the breakdown begins.
|1||Buster Posey||San Francisco Giants|
|2||Carlos Santana||Cleveland Indians|
|3||Jonathan Lucroy||Milwaukee Brewers|
|4||Evan Gattis||Houston Astros|
|5||Matt Wieters||Baltimore Orioles|
|6||Devin Mesoraco||Cincinnati Reds|
|7||Yan Gomes||Cleveland Indians|
|8||Salvador Perez||Kansas City Royals|
|9||Brian McCann||New York Yankees|
|10||Yadier Molina||St Louis Cardinals|
|11||Wilin Rosario||Colorado Rockies|
|12||Russell Martin||Toronto Blue Jays|
|13||Travis d'Arnaud||New York Mets|
|14||Derek Norris||San Diego Padres|
|15||Jason Castro||Houston Astros|
|16||Yasmani Grandal||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|17||Mike Zunino||Seattle Mariners|
|18||Carlos Ruiz||Philadelphia Phillies|
|19||John Jaso||Tampa Bay Rays|
|20||Josmil Pinto||Minnesota Twins|
Buster Posey is a cut above the rest here. There is a stark drop off to number two on this list after Posey. That trend will continue in 2015. Evan Gattis is a player that I rank higher than many. He is moving to the American League and will finally get a chance to play more than 100 games in a year now that he is in Houston. He will spend a lot of time at DH and you can expect him to hit 30 home runs and drive in 80-90 in the AL.
Devin Mesoraco will continue to light it up in Cincinnati and will battle with Gatttis to lead all catchers in long balls in 2015. His .275, 28 home run and 80 RBI expected line in 2015 puts him near that top at a fantasy position that is traditionally lean.
Brian McCann will be in year number two in New York. If he is ever going to make it with the Yankees this will tell the tale. While he hit a horrid .232 in 2014, that number should climb back to around .280 if he does handle the environment. A steady 25 home runs and 80 RBI should be expected in New York.
Russell Martin had a career year in 2014 but there is no shock that he excelled in a contract year. He has his big deal and will be asked to focus on the staff in Toronto. He will not be able to match his .290 line from last year and should be expected to sit around .240 with 15 home runs. Decent but nothing to write home about.
If Josmil Pinto wins the starting job, he can be worth a late round pick and could possibly be a top-15 catcher by years end. In 57 games last year he hit seven home runs, had 18 RBI and scored 25 runs. Over a full season he could hit 20 home runs, score 70 runs and drive in 60. For a very late draft pick that could be a steal.
Top-20 Fantasy Predictions By Position
|First Base Rankings||Catcher Rankings|
|Second Base Rankings||Outfield Rankings|
|Short Stop Rankings||Starting Pitcher Rankings|
|Third Base Rankings||Relief Pitcher Rankings|