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2023 Catcher Prospect Rankings

Welcome to my positional prospect rankings series for 2023. The offseason is always a fun time, especially in the world of dynasty and prospect rankings. This is the time of year when we have additional time to dissect our rankings in many different ways and dive deeper into prospect profiles to see if we have them ranked appropriately. The two most beneficial ways to break them down are by team and position. Chris Clegg and I are posting our Top 20 prospect rankings for every MLB team this offseason and I’ll be going position by position as well, starting with my top Catcher Prospect Rankings here today.

To say this position is on the rise is a massive understatement. In fact, we’re in the middle of a revolution at the catcher position. There’s a copious amount of young rising talent right now. Some of them already debuted in 2022, others will in the next year or two. Out of all the years I’ve been ranking prospects, I can’t ever remember a year where I had more catching prospects in my top 100.

Player Notes

  • You’ll probably notice right off the bat that I have Endy Rodriguez over Francisco Alvarez at the top. I’m aware that I’m in the minority with this, but let me explain why. When it comes to power, you definitely have to give the edge to Alvarez. However, I don’t think there will be a drastic difference in their yearly HR totals. Alvarez should be a 25-30 homer bat while Rodriguez could settle into the 20-25 range with a better batting AVG. That’s the difference for me. Rodriguez should provide a better AVG than Alvarez while also chipping in a touch of speed as well. With all that said, both are going to be studs and you can’t go wrong either way.

  • The second tier consists of half a dozen players that are all incredibly close in my eyes. You could probably even lump many from tier 3 in with the tier 2 guys as well. The highest upside in this group for me either goes to Harry Ford or Austin Wells. Ford possesses an exciting all-around offensive blend of tools that could make him as valuable as Daulton Varsho one day, and Wells has that impactful left-handed bat at Yankee Stadium with the ability to add some speed as well. Both of these guys could be inside my top 25 overall by mid-season.
  • One name I wanted to put higher but just couldn’t due to the names ahead of him was Edgar Quero. At just 19 years old, Quero posted an impressive .312/.435/.530 line in 111 Hi-A games with 35 doubles, 17 home runs, 12 steals, a 14.2% walk rate, and a 17.7% strikeout rate. He’s already shown a solid blend of hit, power, and athleticism that should allow him to continue flying up prospect rankings in 2023. He’s only ranked where he is due to all of the top-level prospect talent at this position right now. Quero is legit and makes for a great target in dynasty leagues before his price tag inevitably continues to rise.
  • As for Quero’s new organizational catching buddy Logan O’Hoppe, his stock has risen considerably over the last two years, especially in 2022. And it’s 100% warranted too. After slashing .270/.331/.458 with 17 homers in 104 games in 2021, O’Hoppe turned up the heat in 2022 with a .283/.416/.544 slash line and 26 home runs in 104 games between the Phillies and Angels organizations. His blend of contact skills, on-base abilities, approach, and power gives him Top 10 fantasy catcher upside. On top of that, O’Hoppe should have a chance to grab the starting role for the Halos this season and never give it back. O’Hoppe is 100% legit.

  • You’re likely going to see a wide range of rankings for Dalton Rushing this off-season. After being selected in the 2nd round out of Louisville, Rushing proceeded to slash a ridiculous .404/.522/.740 in 134 plate appearances with 11 doubles, eight home runs, and as many walks as strikeouts (22). I’m not saying Rushing doesn’t project as an above-average offensive catcher, because he does. But what I am saying is that the hype has gotten to a point where it would be beneficial to at least shop him around to see what you could get via trade.
  • The other notable riser in this range is Hunter Goodman of the Rockies. In 134 games, Goodman cranked 33 doubles and 36 home runs with a .295/.354/.571 slash line. The power is legit, but I still question the hit tool and if he can keep the K rate in check.
  • If you’re looking for Gabriel Moreno, he graduated near the end of the season due to exceeding the Major League service time threshold. If I were to rank him below, he’d be right around Henry Davis. With Moreno, the hit tool is 100% legit. But the game power needs to start showing up more frequently to make an impact.
  • For deeper dynasty leagues, many of my favorite under-the-radar targets are in tier five. Mainly, the trio of Bryant Betancourt, Sandro Gaston, and Axiel Plaz. All three had impressive showings in 2022 and could rise up rankings further in 2023. Another one I’d keep an eye on is Yeiner Fernandez from the Dodgers.
  • Redraft Targets (In Order): Francisco Alvarez, Logan O’Hoppe, Bo Naylor, Endy Rodriguez, Yainer Diaz.
  • Notable Names That Likely Move from Catcher: Tyler Soderstom (1B), Endy Rodriguez (Probably outfield), and maybe Harry Ford (Probably outfield)

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2023 Catcher Prospect Rankings

Other positions can be found here, along with our overall prospect rankings, dynasty rankings, and team prospect rankings.

RankPlayerTeamAgeETA
TIER 1
1Endy RodriguezPIT22.62023
2Francisco AlvarezNYM21.1Debuted
TIER 2
3Harry FordSEA19.82024
4Austin WellsNYY23.52023
5Logan O'HoppeLAA22.9Debuted
6Tyler SoderstromOAK21.12023
7Bo NaylorCLE22.8Debuted
8Diego CartayaLAD21.32024
TIER 3
9Henry DavisPIT23.32023
10Kevin ParadaNYM21.42024
11Edgar QueroLAA19.72024
12Yainer DiazHOU24.3Debuted
TIER 4
13Dalton RushingLAD21.82024
14Moises BallesterosCHC19.12025
15Hunter GoodmanCOL23.22024
16Jeferson QueroMIL20.22024
17Daniel SusacOAK21.62024
TIER 5
18Drew RomoCOL21.32024
19Bryant BetancourtCOL19.22026
20Sandro GastonHOU202025
21Axiel PlazPIT17.42026
22Joe MackMIA202024
23Nathan HickeyBOS23.12024
24Yeiner FernandezLAD20.32025
TIER 6
25Ivan HerreraSTL22.6Debuted
26Korey LeeHOU24.4Debuted
27Carter JensenKCR19.52025
28Luca TreshKCR232024
29Blake SabolPIT252023
30Samuel BasalloBAL18.42026

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2 Comments
  1. CJ says

    Hello fine sir – lots of action these days makes for fun baseball thinking… Soooo. In a full dyno I have Will and MJ rostered currently and was thinking of grabbing a prospect not quiet ready-ready or even ready at Catcher. Endy is available but I know someone will grab him at waivers just because he is a hot name. Would you push for him or is a Quero (who I really dig) a better long term guy? Ford, Bo and Soder are there too.. Dart throwing here – who is the stud in 4-5 years if you had to pick? Maybe throw we me your top 3 darts! Regardless keep up the great work!
    Thanks as always

    1. Eric Cross says

      Endy would be my pick, but after him, give me Ford’s upside.

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