With the 2020 MLB season rapidly approaching, it's time to begin preparation for this year's fantasy baseball drafts. Here at The Duel, we'll have you covered every step of the way.
We've already got our top 100 fantasy baseball players for the 2020 MLB season, but now we're going to take things a step further and break it down by position.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 catchers for fantasy baseball in 2020.
Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings
10. Omar Narvaez, Milwaukee Brewers
9. Christian Vazquez, Boston Red Sox
Christian Vazquez gains some immediate appeal from how regularly he's in the starting lineup for the Boston Red Sox. His 138 games played ranked fourth among catchers in 2019, when only seven players at the position had even 120 games played. He was also one of only four to make at least 500 plate appearances (521). Of course, it's not just volume that gives him fantasy value. His .331 weighted on-base average (wOBA) checked in at 11th among the 30 catchers with 300-plus plate appearances last season, and combining his volume and efficiency lifted him to 23 home runs (seventh at the position), 66 runs scored (fourth) and 72 RBI (fifth).
8. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
7. Wilson Ramos, New York Mets
6. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Chiefs
5. Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs
4. Mitch Garver, Minnesota Twins
Mitch Garver played 93 games last year, but his efficiency was in a class of its own at the position. He slashed .273/.365/.630, and his .404 wOBA was by far the best at the position, crushing the next-best mark of .368. Even though he didn't play triple-digit games, he still checked in at second (trailing Gary Sanchez) with 31 home runs, adding 70 runs scored and 67 RBI. He draws more free passes than most catchers (fifth with an 11.4 percent walk rate), and his 24.2 percent strikeout rate isn't especially concerning.
3. Yasmani Grandal, Chicago White Sox
2. Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
1. J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia Phillies
J.T. Realmuto's 2019 batted-ball profile was among the best at the position. He checked in at third with a 45.6 percent hard-hit rate, while his 14.2 percent soft-hit rate was the fourth-lowest. Adding in a 37.6 percent fly-ball rate, it's no surprise he swatted a career-best 25 home runs. His 20.7 percent strikeout rate was the third-lowest mark among the 10 catchers to post an isolated power (ISO) mark of at least .200, and his 9 stolen bases give him a little upside on the basepaths, which is not something you'll get out of many catchers in fantasy.
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