Top 100 Prospects Position Rankings: Catchers

Now that we’ve wrapped up the Top 10 Prospects lists and The Top 100, we turn our attention to how the best of the best stack up against each other with our position rankings.

Quality of the Class: Thin. Sparse. Barren. Pick your adjective. No catcher is going to crack the top 30 of the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects list and few will even make the Top 100. There are a number of future big leaguers on this list but there aren’t many catchers who project as long-term regulars.

Highest Ceiling: Jorge Alfaro, c, Phillies. If you dream on what Alfaro could be, you’re probably going to end up disappointed. But if his catching and his hitting ability ever catches up to the tools, he’s an all-star. Alfaro has one of the strongest arms in the game, runs extremely well for a catcher and has power potential.

Lowest Risk: Tom Murphy, c, Rockies. The Rockies have set the stage for Murphy to be a part of their 2016 plans for a reason. He is a solid defender with a strong arm and plenty of power, although he probably won’t hit for much average outside of his home park.

Bursting On The Scene: Aramis Garcia, c, Giants. He’s unlikely to be an everyday catcher in San Francisco any time soon, but Garcia has shown defensive improvement to go with a very promising bat. He should hit enough to at least be a useful backup with a chance to be more.

1. Gary Sanchez, Yankees
2. Willson Contreras, Cubs
3. Tom Murphy, Rockies
4. Tyler Stephenson, Reds
5. Andrew Knapp, Phillies
6. Jorge Alfaro, Phillies
7. Reese McGuire, Pirates
8. Chance Sisco, Orioles
9. Elias Diaz, Pirates
10. Austin Barnes, Dodgers
11. Chris Betts, Rays
12. Jacob Nottingham, Brewers
13. Aramis Garcia, Giants
14. Taylor Ward, Angels
15. Max Pentecost, Blue Jays
16. Dom Nunez, Rockies
17. Carson Kelly, Cardinals
18. Justin O’Conner, Rays
19. Pedro Severino, Nationals
20. Max Stassi, Astros