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2020 Draft: Top 10 College Catchers

By Teddy Cahill

The 2019 draft class was a standout one for catchers, as the group was headlined by No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman and included two other first rounders (Shea Langeliers and Korey Lee).

This year’s class doesn’t have quite as much star power. But there is solid depth to be had and at least North Carolina State’s Patrick Bailey and Arizona’s Austin Wells figure to find themselves in first-round consideration. The pair offers something for everyone, as Bailey is the best defensive catcher in the class and Wells the best offensive catcher.

This list is based on draft status and was composed of players who played most of their games this season as catchers.

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    The best defensive catcher in the country got off to a solid start at the plate, cementing his status as the best catcher in the class. He’s been a key for the Wolfpack throughout his college career

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    While Bailey is the best defender, Wells is the best of the group offensively. He can hit for both average and power and has proven himself as a hitter everywhere he’s gone. He also can play first base and left field.

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    Dillon Dingler

    Ohio State C

    A solid all-around catcher, Dingler combines impressive athleticism with good hitting ability and power potential. He’s had experience in center field for Ohio State but has been locked in for the last two years behind the plate.

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    Opitz gives Bailey a run for his money as the best defender in the class. He played well during the summer with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team, has moved into the heart of the order this spring for Arkansas and has excellent arm strength.

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    Kale Emshoff

    Arkansas-Little Rock C

    Emshoff is the breakout player in the class. He missed last season due to Tommy John surgery but came back strong in fall ball and carried that performance into the spring. He has impressive power and throws well.

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    Mat Nelson

    Florida State C

    An eligible sophomore, Nelson is in his second season as Florida State’s starting catcher. He finished last season on a strong run at the plate and has gotten off to a solid start this spring.

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    Rothenberg was perhaps the most important position player for the Blue Devils, who pushed into the top 10 early this spring. He’s a strong defender and has power potential, hitting in the heart of the Duke lineup.

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    Adam Kerner

    San Diego C

    A Freshman All-American in 2018, Kerner has been San Diego’s starting catcher throughout his career. He’s a solid defender and provides some pop at the plate.

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    Joe Donovan

    Michigan C

    Donovan last season took over as Michigan’s starting catcher and played a key role in helping the Wolverines to the College World Series finals. He stands out for his defense and his ability to manage a pitching staff.

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    Justin Collins

    Rice C

    Collins has been a regular for Rice since arriving on campus. He was off to a slow start at the plate this spring but has established a solid track record of both hitting and defense during his career.

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