ADP Rankings Analysis: Catcher

Dilip Vishwanat

Ray takes a look at some recent average draft position (ADP) data from NFBC for catchers. No surprises at the top, as Buster Posey is atop the ADP rankings currently. Let's take a look who is ranked after Posey.

Catcher week would be incomplete without taking a look at the average draft position (ADP) for the catchers we have ranked for you this week. The ADP data is courtesy of the NFBC (National Fantasy Baseball Championship) rankings courtesy of NESN.com.

Along with the NFBC ADP rankings, the NESN site also provides the Min Pick and Max Pick data, which tells readers where the player was drafted the highest and the lowest thus far in the NFBC drafts. For example, Buster Posey has been picked as high as 26th overall (way too high) and as low as 73rd overall.

In addition, I thought it would be helpful to include the Fake Teams consensus catcher rankings in the table below as well to see how close eight independent writers collectively ranked catchers vs the NFBC ADP rankings. We did pretty good. Yes, I am giving away the rankings of our catchers ranked 16 - 30 a day early, but it comes without the player write-ups the you will see tomorrow morning.

Quick Thoughts

We differ slightly in our rankings for Carlos Santana and Joe Mauer, as we have them flip-flopped vs the NFBC ADP rankings. The NFBC drafters like Wilin Rosario a little higher than the Fake Teams' writers, but we like Brian McCann a little more, thanks to my #1 ranking.

Some of the wider differences in our rankings vs the NFBC drafters are with Carlos Ruiz, A.J. Pierzynski, Yan Gomes, Evan Gattis and John Jaso.

The NFBC data shows that eleven catchers are being drafted in the first 10-11 rounds in the 15 team drafts, with Buster Posey going in the third round, which I think is really early for a catcher who had such a bad second half last season. The next four catchers, Carlos Santana, Joe Mauer, Wilin Rosario and Yadi Molina are coming off the board by the fifth round, with Sal Perez, "Sheriff" Brian McCann and Jonathan Lucroy coming off soon after in the sixth round, so if you want a quality backstop in 2014, you need to grab him early.

If you want to wait a few more rounds to draft your catcher, you can wait on Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos and Astros catcher Jason Castro, who could both jump into the top 5-6 catcher rankings in 2014.

NFBC Ranking

Fake Teams Ranking

Player

Pos

Pick

Min Pick

Max Pick

1

1

Buster Posey

SF

40.39

26

73

2

3

Carlos Santana

Cle

66.43

47

81

3

2

Joe Mauer

Min

68.18

36

184

4

6

Wilin Rosario

Col

70.21

30

102

5

5

Yadier Molina

StL

73.04

53

165

6

8

Salvador Perez

KC

83.46

31

109

7

4

Brian McCann

NYY

85.93

36

185

8

7

Jonathan Lucroy

Mil

86.82

71

116

9

10

Matt Wieters

Bal

100.89

72

157

10

11

Wilson Ramos

Was

145.89

103

180

11

9

Jason Castro

Hou

157.93

102

220

12

16

A.J. Pierzynski

Bos

194.82

130

296

13

18

Yan Gomes

Cle

213.93

164

267

14

14

Jarrod Saltamacchia

Mia

216.32

173

374

15

12

Miguel Montero

Ari

227.25

158

348

16

23

Carlos Ruiz

Phi

250.54

159

354

17

13

Russell Martin

Pit

257

93

309

18

17

Travis d'Arnaud

NYM

264.68

88

314

19

13

Evan Gattis

Atl

267.04

212

357

20

20

Devin Mesoraco

Cin

275.79

214

354

21

19

Welington Castillo

ChC

289

185

359

22

22

Alex Avila

Det

295.57

248

334

23

26

Dioner Navarro

Tor

296.46

237

380

24

21

Mike Zunino

Sea

303.43

252

404

25

27

Josmil Pinto

Min

310.14

226

391

26

29

J.P. Arencibia

Tex

335.29

182

418

27

Geovany Soto

Tex

338.75

260

407

28

29

A.J. Ellis

LAD

340.39

218

410

29

25

Yasmani Grandal

SD

361.21

286

454

30

24

John Jaso

Oak

396.26

328

496

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