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2022 Prospect Position Rankings: Catcher

Position Rankings are voted on by Baseball America staff members. Players are listed at their primary positions.

RATING: 5 Stars (Out of 5)

The 2022 prospect catching crop is the best in recent memory, topped by No. 1 overall prospect Adley Rutschman. A dozen catchers ranked in the Top 100, the most of any position aside from shortstop and pitcher, with many others not far off.

BEST HITTER: Adley Rutschman, Orioles

Rutschman is the complete package offensively as a switch-hitter with exceptional strike-zone discipline, enormous power and underrated pure contact ability, especially from the right side of the plate. He projects to be a middle-of-the-order force whose offensive production would make him an all-star even if he wasn't a catcher.

BEST DEFENDER: Drew Romo, Rockies

Romo earned raves in high school as the best defensive catcher to come out of the draft in years and lived up to the hype in his pro debut. His soft hands, smooth footwork, clean transfer and pinpoint throwing accuracy all give him the appearance of a big league catcher despite the fact he has yet to play above Low-A. If Romo can clean up his blocking a tick, he has multiple Gold Gloves in his future.

SLEEPER: Logan O'Hoppe, Phillies

A 23rd-round pick in 2018 out of a New York prep school, O'Hoppe made his full-season debut in 2021 and raced up three levels to Triple-A. He's a mature, polished defender who is strong in every aspect of catching and has plus raw power he is increasingly tapping into with an improved approach and swing path.

RankName, Team
1Adley Rutschman, Orioles
2Gabriel Moreno, Blue Jays
3Keibert Ruiz, National
4Francisco Alvarez, Mets
5Tyler Soderstrom, Athletics
6Diego Cartaya, C, Dodgers
7Henry Davis, C, Pirates
8M.J. Melendez, C, Royals
9Luis Campusano, C, Padres
10Shea Langeliers, Braves
11Korey Lee, Astros
12Joey Bart, Giants
13Drew Romo, Rockies
14Harry Ford, Mariners
15Austin Wells, Yankees
16Dillon Dingler, Tigers
17Bo Naylor, Guardians
18Jeferson Quero, Brewers
19Ivan Herrera, Cardinals
20Miguel Amaya, Cubs

Adley Rutschman (Photo By G Fiume Getty Images)

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