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Catcher OBP Prospect Rankings for Fantasy Baseball

I feel that far too often, OBP leagues tend to be neglected. They are growing in popularity, but there seems to be little out there on them. Over the next several weeks, I will be releasing positional prospect rankings for OBP leagues. Today, we begin with catcher OBP prospect rankings.

The catcher position has been a black hole for Fantasy Baseball for some time. Outside of J.T. Realmuto at the top, very few catchers have provided consistent Fantasy production year-in and year-out. Could that change as these top-catching prospects get called up? Let’s dive into the top 25 catching prospects for OBP fantasy baseball leagues.

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Catcher OBP Prospect Rankings

1Adley RutschmanBAL232021
2Joey BartSF24Debuted
3Francisco AlvarezNYM192022
4Austin WellsNYY212022
5Alejandro KirkTOR22Debuted
6Tyler SoderstromOAK192024
7Heriberto HernandezTB212023
8Ryan JeffersMIN23Debuted
9Luis CampusanoSD22Debuted
10Patrick BaileySF212022
11Ivan HerreraSTL202022
12Tyler StephensonCIN24Debuted
13Diego CartayaLAD192023
14Dillon DinglerDET222023
15Miguel AmayaCHC222021
16Bo NaylorCLE212022
17Sam HuffTEX23Debuted
18Cal RaleighSEA242021
19Blake HuntTB222022
20Keibert RuizLAD22Debuted
21Ronnier QuinteroCHC182024
22Antonio GomezNYY192024
23Shea LangeliersATL232022
24Marco FelicianoMIL222022
25Gabriel MorenoTOR212023

Catcher Rankings Notes

  • There is no debate that Adley Rutschman is the top catching prospect in the game. For Fantasy Baseball purposes, he could dethrone J.T. Realmuto as the top Fantasy catcher as soon as 2022. There should be no questions as to why he tops the catcher OBP prospect rankings. Rutschman has the upside to hit 30 home runs with an excellent batting average.
  • If you are looking at a catcher who could supplant Adley Rutschman in the top spot in the catcher OBP prospect rankings once he graduates, it’s Francisco Alvarez. Alvarez was dominant in his professional debut in 2019. He slashed .312/.407/.312 with seven home runs in 182 plate appearances. Alvarez has a great feel to hit and monstrous raw power. He could be a big riser up rankings in 2021.

  • Alejandro Kirk is one of my personal favorites. He has an incredible hit tool and is one of the few catching prospects who could hit .300 in a season. Kirk was one of my favorite potential breakouts for 2021, but the Blue Jays signings have presented a potential playing time crunch. Still, Kirk should be a solid catcher in the coming years and could be an underrated catcher for Fantasy Baseball.
  • Cal Raleigh began to open eyes in 2019 and then saw his solid performance carry over to the Mariners alternate training site in 2020. Raleigh has huge raw power, hitting 29 home runs in 2019 over 507 plate appearances. He posts high-end exit velocities as well. Raleigh is a sneaky bet to contribute in 2021. If his hit tool continues to develop, Raleigh’s value could really take off.
  • Blake Hunt came to Tampa Bay as part of the Blake Snell trade this offseason. He may have been the least known in the trade, but that does not mean Hunt is not a really good asset. He worked on a new swing this offseason and really unlocked more power. Don’t be surprised when Blake Hunt is a huge riser this season and pushes his way towards a callup in Tampa.

Thank you for checking out my catcher OBP prospect rankings. Check back tomorrow for the first base position. Be sure to head over to our MLB Draft Kit at FantraxHQ if you want to win your leagues.

Media Credits: Mets Farm Report, Cliff Welsh/IconSportsWire

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