Fantasy Baseball Catcher Preview: Sleepers, Breakouts, Busts, top prospects, rankings, and more for 2020

Catcher remains the weakest position in Fantasy — doubly so for those of you playing in two-catcher leagues. In 2019, Christian Vazquez finished as the No. 3 catcher in points leagues with 356.5 points, which would have been “good” for 20th at second base, 23rd at third base or 26th at first base.

Of course, the position is probably a bit deeper than that kind of analysis would lead you to believe — Mitch Garver, Gary Sanchez and Willson Contreras, among others, didn’t even reach 400 at bats. Add in a crop of extremely interesting prospects in the high minors — plus the No. 1 pick in last year’s MLB draft — and catcher could have some brighter days ahead.

Still, for now, you’re probably better off treating it like tight end in football — if you can’t get one of the big names, go for the bargain bin. The bar is so low at catcher that you might be best served streaming until you stumble on 2020’s version of Vazquez, Garver or Will Smith. Expect to see just three or four catchers go off the board inside of the top 100 on Draft Day, so you won’t have to pay much either way.

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Catcher Preview

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Catcher Sleeper, Breakout, & Bust

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Catcher Top Prospects

1. Adley Rutschman, Orioles

Age (on opening day): 22
Where he played in 2019: Rookie, short-season Class A, low Class A
Minor-league stats: .254 (130 AB), 4 HR, 8 2B, .774 OPS, 20 BB, 27 K

“With no holes in his game offensively or defensively, he’s considered as can’t-miss as catcher prospects get and a face-of-the-franchise type for a rebuilding club.”

2. Joey Bart, Giants

Age (on opening day): 23
Where he played in 2019: high Class A, Double-A
Minor-league stats: .278 (313 AB), 16 HR, .824 OPS, 21 BB, 71 K

The heir apparent for a broken-down Buster Posey would be poised to take over next year if he himself could stay healthy.”

3. Sean Murphy, Athletics

Age (on opening day): 25
Where he played in 2019: Rookie, Triple-A, majors
Minor-league stats: .293 (150 AB), 11 HR, 8 2B, .964 OPS, 22 BB, 36 K
Major-league stats: .245 (53 AB), 4 HR, 5 2B, .899 OPS, 6 BB, 16 K 

“The Athletics rode Josh Phegley as far as he could carry him, but once it became clear Murphy was past the torn meniscus that wrecked much of his 2019, they were happy to turn over catching duties to him during the heat of a playoff race.”

4. Keibert Ruiz, Dodgers

Age (on opening day): 21
Where he played in 2019: Double-A, Triple-A
Minor-league stats: .261 (314 AB), 6 HR, .679 OPS, 30 BB, 22 K

“Ruiz’s receiving ability keeps him high in the real-world ranks, and it’s true his contact rate is superhuman and a breath of fresh air in today’s environment.”

5. Daulton Varsho, Diamondbacks

Age (on opening day): 23
Where he played in 2019: Double-A
Minor-league stats: .301 (396 AB), 18 HR, 21 SB, .899 OPS, 42 BB, 63 K

“Varsho continues to bolster his prospect bona fides with every step up the ladder and straight-up demolished Double-A over the final two months, batting .352 with nine homers, 11 steals and a 1.056 OPS.”

6. Luis CampusanoPadres
7. Ronaldo HernandezRays
8. Andrew KniznerCardinals
9. Zack CollinsWhite Sox
10. Sam Huff, Rangers

So which sleepers should you snatch in your draft? And which undervalued first baseman can help you win a championship? Visit SportsLine now to get rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Kenta Maeda’s huge breakout last season, and find out.

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