As a part of our 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit, we examine the elite options at each position. Let’s take a look at our top fantasy catchers for 2015, and compare our rankings to their current Average Draft Position (ADP) in mock drafts. As always, if your thoughts differ from these, please comment below or make use of our Fantasy Baseball Forum to share.
1. Buster Posey
To understand how good Posey is, we’ll examine his aggregate full-season floor for him MLB career so far: 15 HR, 67 RBI, 58 Runs, .284 BA, and .357 OBP. Those numbers look fairly similar to Yan Gomes’ career year in 2014, and they’re the absolute least you might expect from Posey. There’s a reason he’s being drafted about 50 picks before the next C selected – he’s literally in a class of his own.
2. Jonathan Lucroy
Lucroy had a masterful season in 2014, posting a .301 BA, .373 OBP, and 13 HR in 600+ AB. He found his way into the lineup virtually every day and clearly was a rock in the middle of a volatile Brewers lineup. We’re expecting more of the same in 2015. Lucroy’s average is so much higher than most of his C peers that any power and run production you get from him is almost a bonus.
3. Evan Gattis
I highlighted Gattis as an undervalued player in my C positional preview. I love him because he’s a huge hulk of a man with prodigious power, but more than that, he has opportunity. I think he’ll see 550+ AB in Houston, whether it be at OF, 1B or elsewhere – he might even pick up another position of eligibility along the way. Consider this: He’s belted 20+ HR in two straight seasons, but the most AB he’s had in either of them is 401. Imagine what he could do with 600.
4. Devin Mesoraco
Mesoraco got his big shot in 2014 and made the most of it, popping 25 HR to go with 80 RBI and a .273 BA in only 440 AB. Those numbers project to 30+ HR power over a full season of AB, and his manager says he think he’ll catch 145 games in 2015. The RBI totals are even more impressive to me when you consider that Joey Votto and Jay Bruce were injured / ineffective for virtually the entire season. Mesoraco has a legit shot at 30 HR / 100 RBI this year if he can stay healthy.
5. Yan Gomes
Every year fantasy owners are looking for the Catcher that comes from nowhere to post solid fantasy numbers. Gomes was that man in 2014, posting 21 HR / 74 / 61 to go with a very solid .278 average. We love him again for 2015, in part because even after this breakout performance, the price hasn’t gone crazy (ADP 123) but also he’s just 27 and will hit in the middle of a solid Cleveland lineup. Cheap price, solid C with upside. Sign me up!
Matt Wieters, Travis d’Arnaud, Salvador Perez, Yadier Molina, and Wilin Rosario round out our top 10 at the position. A lot can change during spring training, so be sure to check out our most up-to-date catcher rankings.