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2020 Fantasy Baseball: AL-Only Catcher Rankings with Tiers and Projections

If you have a weak stomach you may want to pop a handful of Tums before you go any further. Yeah, it’s that bad. If you thought the catcher pool for mixed leagues was less than inspiring, my 2020 AL-Only Catcher Rankings will not help with your mental state. But then, if you clicked on this article you’ve probably braced yourself for the worst. Let’s trudge on through and try to make the best of it.


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About the Tiers

It is a bit of a challenge laying out tiers in a position as weak as this. We want the rankings to be linear and go from highest value to lowest. While my rankings follow that path, the differences in value after the top five or six catchers are almost negligible. It’s almost a case of pick your poison. Do you want some of the catchers who can pop 15 to 20 homers, but come with a .220 average. Or do you want the handful of catchers who won’t hurt your average, but offer little else. I’ve grouped them as logically as possible, but my feeling won’t be hurt if you diverge from my tiers in a draft… Just don’t tell me.

Drafting Catchers in AL-Only Leagues in 2020

So how should you approach catchers in your AL-Only drafts? Good question and as usual there’s no one right answer. If you want Gary Sanchez you’re going to have to reach further than you think. Even though he’s never quite lived up to that torrid stretch of his 2017 season, his potential is obvious. I’m not a fan of reaching for specific players, but if Sanchez plays up to his potential he offers a huge advantage in AL-Only leagues. I might reach a round earlier than what you think it will take to get him. Of course in AL-Only leagues that might mean grabbing him in round 3. Does he dominate the AL catcher pool enough to warrant that? I don’t think I can go there, but if you have confidence in your skills later in the draft I could see it working.

Once you get past Sanchez upside is really hard to find. Yasmani Grandal and Mitch Garver had very nice seasons in 2019, but I’m not sure they have additional ceiling. Salvador Perez is a nice power bat if he’s healthy, but he’s no explosion waiting to happen. Sean Murphy of the A’s may be the best combination of upside and cost.

Maybe the best strategy is to pair one of Murphy/Chirinos/Zunino with one of mcGuire/Astudillo/Kiner-Falefa. Cobined they will give you close to 30 HRs and hopefully an average over .250.  It doesn’t seem like much, but at the catcher position it’s about as good as you can expect.


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2020 AL-Only Catcher Rankings

Like all rankings, my 2020 AL-Only Catcher Rankings are a work in progress. There is still a few jobs in flux, with at least one decent free agent who could sign with an AL team. Whatever happens, I’ll be updating my rankings as news comes out and roles change. I’ll re-publish with each update so you can stay up with the latest. BTW if you also do the NL, you’ll want to see my NL-Only Catcher Rankings.

RnkTierPlayerHRRunsRBISBAvg.
11Gary Sanchez3773840.246
21Yasmani Grandal2868732.251
32Mitch Garver2264700.244
42Tom Murphy2448621.262
52Salvador Perez2454660.245
63Christian Vazquez1758573.256
74Reese McGuire1546412.267
84Robinson Chirinos1647541.222
94Sean Murphy1150501.235
105Roberto Perez1843550.210
115Austin Romine1038421.257
125James McCann1247491.220
135Martin Maldonado1345420.229
145Jason Castro1241420.226
155Willians Astudillo730280.303
165Mike Zunino1739410.199
176Pedro Severino1032371.229
186Chance Sisco827261.232
196Danny Jansen726250.232
206Austin Allen717180.239
216Zack Collins720230.210
226Michael Perez224220.235
236Chris Iannetta618190.217
246Sandy Leon522210.209
256Alex Avila718190.203
266Max Stassi520200.207
276Jose Trevino314131.255
286Isiah Kiner-Falefa116132.239
296Grayson Greiner319200.211
306Cam Gallagher312120.226

Got a beef with my rankings? Did I miss someone? Let me hear it in the comments below or call me out on Twitter (@rotodaddy). Just be gentle. Dealing with this AL catcher pool has taken a toll.


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