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Bernie Pleskoff’s Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings (2020)

by Bernie Pleskoff | @BerniePleskoff | Featured Writer
Feb 17, 2020

J.T. Realmuto sits atop Bernie Pleskoff’s catcher rankings for the 2020 season.

Welcome to the official kickoff of my fantasy baseball position rankings.

These catcher rankings are based upon this scout’s best projections for the coming season. 

Remember, fantasy baseball is a combination of skill, research, and luck. A fantasy team owner loses control when a player is injured. A fantasy team owner gains control when the owner is prepared for injury or poor performance. That’s why having a deep and flexible roster is key.

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Catcher Rankings for 2020

1. J.T. Realmuto (PHI)

  • Age: 28 (he will turn 29 in March); Bats: R
  • 2019 Stats: .275 AVG, 92 R, 25 HR, 83 RBI, 9 SB

2. Gary Sanchez (NYY)

  • Age: 27; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .232 AVG, 62 R, 34 HR, 77 RBI, 1 SB

3. Yasmani Grandal (CWS)

  • Age 31; Bats: Both
  • 2019 stats: .246 AVG, 79 R, 28 HR, 77 RBI, 5 SB

4. Mitch Garver (MIN)

  • Age: 29; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .273 AVG, 70 R, 31 HR, 67 RBI, 0 SB

5. Willson Contreras (CHC)

  • Age: 27; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .272 AVG, 57 R, 24 HR, 64 RBI, 1 SB

6. Wilson Ramos (NYM)

  • Age: 32; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .288 AVG, 52 R, 14 HR, 73 RBI, 1 SB

7. Will Smith (LAD)

  • Age 24; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .253 AVG, 30 R, 15 HR, 42 RBI, 2 SB

8. Christian Vazquez (BOS)

  • Age 29; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .276 AVG, 66 R, 23 HR, 72 RBI, 4 SB

9. Omar Narvaez (MIL)

  • Age: 28; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .278 AVG, 63 R, 22 HR, 55 RBI, 0 SB

10. Robinson Chirinos (TEX)

  • Age: 35; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .238 AVG, 57 R, 17 HR, 58 RBI, 1 SB

11. Jorge Alfaro (MIA)

  • Age: 26; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .262 AVG, 44 R, 18 HR, 57 RBI, 4 SB

12. Buster Posey (SF)

  • Age: 32; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .257 AVG, 43 R, 7 HR, 38 RBI, 0 SB

13. Salvador Perez (KC)

  • Age: 29; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: injured, did not play

14. Carson Kelly (ARI)

  • Age: 25; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .245 AVG, 46 R, 18 HR, 47 RBI, 0 SB

15. Francisco Mejia (SD)

  • Age: 21; Bats: Both
  • 2019 stats: .265 AVG, 27 R, 8 HR, 22 RBI, 1 SB

16. Sean Murphy (OAK)

  • Age: 25; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .245 AVG, 14 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB

17. Yadier Molina (STL)

  • Age: 37;  Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .270 AVG, 45 R, 10 HR, 57 RBI, 6 SB

18. Travis d’Arnaud (ATL)

  • Age: 31; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .263 AVG, 50 R, 16 HR, 67 RBI, 0 SB

19. Roberto Perez (CLE)

  • Age: 31; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .239 AVG, 46 R, 24 HR, 63 RBI, 0 SB

20. Kurt Suzuki (WSH)

  • Age: 36; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .264 AVG, 37 R, 17 HR, 63 RBI, 0 SB

21. Tucker Barnhart (CIN)

  • Age: 29; Bats: Both
  • 2019 stats: .231 AVG, 32 R, 11 HR, 40 RBI, 1 SB

22. Danny Jansen (TOR)

  • Age: 24; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .207 AVG, 41 R, 13 HR, 43 RBI, 0 SB

23. Tom Murphy (SEA)

  • Age: 28; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .273 AVG, 32 R, 18 HR, 40 RBI, 2 SB

24. Jason Castro (LAA)

  • Age: 32; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .232 AVG, 39 R, 13 HR, 30 RBI, 0 SB

25. Mike Zunino (TB)

  • Age: 28; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .165 AVG, 30 R, 9 HR, 32 RBI, 0 SB

26. Austin Romine (DET)

  • Age: 31; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .281 AVG, 29 R, 8 HR, 35 RBI, 1 SB

27. Pedro Severino (BAL)

  • Age 26; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .249 AVG, 37 R, 13 HR, 44 RBI, 3 SB

28. Jacob Stallings (PIT)

  • Age: 30; Bats: R
  • 2019 stats: .262 AVG, 26 R, 6 HR, 13 RBI, 0 SB

29. Martin Maldonado (HOU)

  • Age 33; Bats:  R
  • 2019 stats: .202 AVG, 20 R, 6 HR, 10 RBI, 0 SB

30. Tony Wolters (COL)

  • Age: 27; Bats: L
  • 2019 stats: .262 AVG, 42 R, 1 HR, 42 RBI, 0 SB

Extra Bases

  • Twins C Willians Astudillo would figure in the top 20 on this list if we knew he could make the club’s roster. That is far from certain at this point in the spring. Monitor that situation closely, because he can hit. He will also offer position flexibility.
  • Chance Sisco might beat out Pedro Severino in Baltimore. Neither is particularly attractive as a fantasy option.
  • Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki will likely each see playing time in Washington. Be careful with Washington’s catchers.
  • Caution is required with Salvador Perez. He has missed so much time due to his horrific injury. We don’t know as yet how he will respond in his return.
  • Jorge Alfaro is hampered by a tough home run park, but he can hit.

Improving

Jorge Alfaro, Francisco Mejia, Austin Romine

Declining

Roberto Perez, Yadier Molina

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