It is currently December, and Opening Day is over 100 days away. As Bill Veeck once perfectly said, “there are only two seasons; winter and baseball.” We won’t be seeing regular season baseball until April, but that makes it the perfect time to analyze and rank the players for the coming year. We will rank one position each week for the next couple weeks, until we complete all nine spots on the field.
The method is simple. We average the rankings of three of our analysts to create a collaborative list. Here, we collectively rank the catcher position for 2017.
1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Who else did you expect? Posey has been the gold standard of catchers since his rookie year in 2010. His high batting average and gold glove defense leave him at the top of the rankings, again.
2. Jonathan Lucroy, Texas Rangers
Above average offense and prowess as a veteran catcher leave Lucroy near the top of this list. After rejecting a trade to the Indians, he was sent to the Rangers, but that did not slow him down at all, putting up a 124 wRC+ in the second half.
3. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
Salvy is known for his gold-glove defense and his leadership role that helped the Royals win the 2015 World Series. Below average batting stats in 2016 keep him from being the best, but he is still near the top of the position.
4. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Yadi, also known for his gold glove defense, is getting up there in age. This might be his last year in the top-5 at catcher due to his declining skills.