Yesterday we unveiled our early top 15 catchers for 2018. Today was going to be 16-30, but another set of rankings is added to the mix so players have shifted around a bit. This is to your benefit, as we now have a stronger consensus. I am running out the entire set of rankings, which went 44-deep for some reason. I have no idea why you would consider drafting a guy like Derek Norris, but hey, some of you are weirdos.
We also added some pretty cool columns. You can see the consensus ranking on the left, but you also have each tout’s ranking, an average ranking, and each player’s minimum and maximum ranking. It is helpful to get an idea of how closely we cluster players together. For instance, while the Top 15 shifted around a little (Yadier now has a deluxe apartment in the sky) the players within the top 15 remained the same. There is also a clear dropoff after those top 15, at least according to us. Maybe that’s because those were the first 15 we chose, or maybe it’s because there IS a clear dropoff. I will do a little digging and report back.
Yadier Molina is now two spots up. Apparently some believe the 35-year-old will continue to stave off Father Time, who comes for us all. Austin Barnes “plummeted” a full three spots, which is akin to blasphemy. Still, this is why we have a consensus. Maybe I am too aggressive with my ranking. But that guy was arguably the best hitting catcher in baseball last year. I don’t know how the Dodgers don’t play him. In the dream world in which I live, Yasmani Grandal would get traded and we would all have another viable backstop to choose that didn’t have playing time concerns.
Okay, enough chatter. Rankings below. Come and haggle in the comments. Or tell us who you’d like to hear about as the week moves along. Peace!
Consensus Catcher Rankings