2019 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings
It’s that time of the year again as the football season winds down and we really start to crank up the Fantasy Baseball prep. I’ve done my rankings for all offensive positions so far (there will be tweaks throughout the coming weeks), but lets get started with the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings.
There is nothing sexy about the catcher position. J.T. Realmuto leads the way and rather easily for me as he came off a season where he hit a career high 21 home runs, drove in 74 runs, scored 74 runs and hit .277. He’s had 3 straight seasons with a .277 average or better and he will be entering his age 28 season where he should be ready to pick up where he left off for the lowly Marlins….unless he gets traded.
After Realmuto it gets a little more interesting. Salvador Perez is the next best, most consistent option at catcher. Salvy will be entering his age 29 season, yes he’s only 29 years old, as the main bat in the Kansas City Royals lineup. We used to be able to trust Salvy to hit .260 or better, but last season he did scuffle a bit hitting .235 (only a .245 BABIP). Even with the down average he did match his career high in home runs at 27 and his 4th straight season over 20 homers.
Rounding out the Top 5 you get Gary Sanchez who supplies more power than any other catcher, but is coming back from an injury riddled 2017 season. Wilson Ramos (a stud of mine last year) who has a new home with the New York Mets and looks to pick up where he left off in 2017. And Yadier Molina, who will be entering his 16th season (37 years old), where he is coming off another season with at least 18 home runs and his 13th season hitting at least .260.
After the Top 5 catchers there can be arguments made for many adjustments to the rankings. Does Willson Contreras bounce back? Where does Yasmani Grandal land? Can Buster Posey find some power? Youngsters like Danny Jansen and Willians Astudillo becoming regular Top 10 targets? Bottom line is the catcher position is quite nasty and leaves little to be desired after the, let’s say Top 10ish. You can wait and pray, But I’d like to get someone from my Top 11.