Position-by-Position Rankings: Catchers (VIDEO)


Our latest issue celebrates Baseball America’s 25th Top 100 Prospects list, and we just published our 14th Prospect Handbook with 900 scouting reports. Ranking players is our business as well as our hobby, though, so we just can’t stop ourselves. Here’s a look at how prospects rank by position, covering 300 of the best prospects in the game.

It’s not as loaded as shortstop, but this is one of the best catcher classes we’ve seen in years. Hedges is an elite defender. Sanchez is a very intriguing hitter. D’Arnaud is a very solid all-round catcher if he can ever stay healthy and Alfaro is the kind of prospect who could be a perennial all-star if his skills ever catch up to his outlandish tools. Further down on the list, you see a number of potentially solid big league backups scattered around higher-upside but riskier potential.

CATCHERS
GRADE B+
Rank, Player, Team
1. Austin Hedges, Padres
2. Gary Sanchez, Yankees
3. Travis d’Arnaud, Mets
4. Jorge Alfaro, Rangers
5. Christian Bethancourt, Braves
6. Blake Swihart, Red Sox
7. Reese McGuire, Pirates
8. Kevin Plawecki, Mets
9. Nick Ciuffo, Rays
10. A.J. Jimenez, Blue Jays
11. Josmil Pinto, Twins
12. J.R. Murphy, Yankees
13. Tony Sanchez, Pirates
14. Cameron Rupp, Phillies
15. Max Stassi, Astros
16. Tucker Barnhart, Reds
17. J.T. Realmuto, Marlins
18. Tyler Marlette, Mariners
19. Tom Murphy, Rockies
20. Andrew Susac, Giants
21. Michael Ohlman, Orioles
22. Christian Vazquez, Red Sox
23. Stryker Trahan, Diamondbacks
24. Wyatt Mathisen, Pirates
25. Chance Sisco, Orioles