Catcher is a difficult position to pinpoint one player to say that he is the best in baseball. It is a dynamic position and one that is hard to quantify by numbers. There are many factors that come into play when deciding who the best of the best is.
With the numbers that are publically available to us writers, when we ask a question like I did at the top of this article, we must arrive at an answer with the information that we have.
The final top-five catchers of 2018 ranking will be broken down by consistency on both sides of the ball, longevity, recent improvements and 2018 projections.
- J.T. Realmuto
- Buster Posey
- Yadier Molina
- Francisco Cervelli
- Kurt Suzuki
Without any major injuries our terrible slumps, the top-three is firmly cemented this year. Yet, with Cervelli and Suzuki’s struggles behind the plate, do not be surprised if one of the other catchers mentioned on the first slide moves up into that four or five spot. Cervelli’s recent concussion also will not help his case for remaining in the top-five as will Sanchez’s groin strain will hurt his attempt to move into the group.
The Best of The Best
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As of now, J.T. Realmuto is the best catcher in baseball. I do not say this because this is a Marlins site, instead, Realmuto has proven to be the most complete catcher at this time. Defensively he is solid and offensively, he is in a league of his own at the position. The biggest thing that Realmuto could do to solidify his name in the top spot is working on his pitch receiving/framing and blocking. Those two things are what first turned Yadier Molina into a star and Jose Molina into a sabermetric legend. If Realmuto can continue to iron out that part of his game, he will hands down be the best catcher in baseball.
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