January 12, 2017
Dynasty League Positional Rankings
The Top 50 Catchers
We, at Baseball Prospectus, have been talking about catchers for a while now (three days and change to be exact, depending on when you are reading this) and the party continues to rage on. Yet before we rage, we shall calibrate—since rankings aren’t useful without knowing what you’re reading. The list you are about to read here presupposes a 16-team standard (read: 5x5 roto) dynasty format, in which there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever, and owners have minor-league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2016 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or -only formats. And if this list doesn't go deep enough for you (god bless your soul), Wilson Karaman has you covered with his Ocean's Floor column as well. We leave no stone unturned here.
There’s no getting around it—the position is brutal this year. Not only was it brutal last year, but two of the players with the most upside in the last version no longer have catcher eligibility, though I will point out where Kyle Schwarber and Blake Swihart would have ranked if they had catcher eligibility (since there are leagues in which they will). The riskier players have gotten riskier. The older players have gotten older. The prospects are still kinda interesting, but they remain catching prospects—which is not a plus. Pretty much the only improvement from last year is the birth of the Gary Sanchez Era, but we’ll get there shortly.
It’s time. Ordinal catchers await: