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2017 Catcher Rankings: Projected

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Dave runs an early set of projections for Ray's 2017 Catcher Rankings

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Time keeps on moving. The last time we rolled out a set of positional projections we had just learned that the Cubs would be challenging the Indians in the World Series. Tonight Cleveland has a chance to take the series and extend misery on the north side of Chicago. Put another way, we're at the 1 yard line in terms of Major League Baseball being played in the 2016 season. 2017 fantasy baseball prep started here immediately following the conclusion of the regular season and we'll continue on today.

Earlier this week we ran through the projection process for Gary Sanchez, in an attempt to not only project future performance with limited data, but also historical data. Sanchez and a small handful of other options at the catcher position are the only reason worth getting excited when drafting in this player pool, in my opinion. Once the top guys are off the board you're left with quite a few similar players and even more players who will be negative in multiple categories. Ray started off his 2017 early ranking series with Catchers and today we put some early projection numbers to that list.

It is important to note that while a set of projections might add up to a dollar value when converted using a variety of methods that would rank a certain player above another, that doesn't necessarily mean the projection is correct and the updated ranking is incorrect. With a ranking things such as consistency and the odds of more or less playing time can be the difference between one spot in a ranking list and another. When converting projections straight over to dollar values, this can be lost at times. Using both projections and rankings from your favorite sources is an ideal way to build an appropriate expectation level for the coming season.

As always, please share any thoughts or questions in the comments below.

Ray's Rank Name Team LG PA HR R RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
1 Jonathan Lucroy Rangers AL 530 16 63 65 3 0.282 0.348 0.45
2 Buster Posey Giants NL 615 17 76 86 3 0.303 0.367 0.457
3 Yasmani Grandal Dodgers NL 480 26 54 69 1 0.237 0.347 0.473
4 Gary Sanchez Yankees AL 545 31 69 87 2 0.276 0.338 0.526
5 Salvador Perez Royals AL 563 20 55 67 0 0.254 0.286 0.423
6 J.T. Realmuto Marlins NL 500 10 52 49 9 0.269 0.307 0.404
7 Evan Gattis Astros AL 530 27 57 73 1 0.249 0.303 0.475
8 Russell Martin Blue Jays AL 500 19 62 72 3 0.247 0.349 0.427
9 Willson Contreras Cubs NL 485 15 62 66 5 0.265 0.347 0.444
10 Cameron Rupp Phillies NL 462 15 38 53 1 0.241 0.302 0.411
11 Brian McCann Yankees AL 518 23 60 75 0 0.237 0.317 0.421
12 Wilson Ramos FA NA 285 10 27 40 0 0.272 0.309 0.432
13 Yadier Molina Cardinals NL 530 6 45 54 3 0.290 0.338 0.393
14 Welington Castillo Diamondbacks NL 420 15 38 59 1 0.250 0.308 0.426
15 Matt Wieters FA NA 495 17 49 64 1 0.259 0.313 0.424
16 Sandy Leon Red Sox AL 375 7 40 36 0 0.243 0.307 0.366
17 Tom Murphy Rockies NL 350 19 40 58 3 0.263 0.321 0.498
18 Derek Norris Padres NL 400 11 44 42 5 0.229 0.300 0.373
19 Mike Zunino Mariners AL 480 22 44 56 0 0.192 0.268 0.386
20 Stephen Vogt Athletics AL 525 16 55 63 0 0.259 0.320 0.424