Dynasty Rankings - Catchers April 2022


As it always does, baseball season is flying by again - we've already reached the end of April and the first couple weeks of the fantasy baseball season are behind us. No matter the results on the field thus far, I think I'm not alone in suggesting that having baseball back and not enduring a year long strike is good for the soul. We've seen the White Sox struggle to win games and keep players on the field, the Oakland Athletics post attendance numbers lower than most minor league teams, and the Mets inexplicably leading their division. I mention the Mets a bit tongue in cheek, but it's good to see them competitive after their disappointing season last year. This week we return to the rankings, and I'm joined by Tyler and Nation to talk about some catchers in the Dynasty and Keep realms of our favorite fantasy sport. If you missed last week's starting pitcher rankings, they're here for your viewing pleasure. Swing by the forum and get registered to interact with writers and other fans. Be sure to check out the podcast - it's full of rankings, prospects, and weekly updates on players that are available on the waiver wire. Without further adieu, lets dive in.


Just like last week, while you may have catchers sliding into a different spot or two depending on your preference, the top four are pretty much locked in. Though we haven't seen the debut of Adley Rustchman yet he takes the top spot in the rankings to start the year. We've talked about him at length in our prospect articles and on the podcast, so I won't dive into him too much - suffice to say that he could lead the position for a decade. Will Smith, Salvador Perez, and JT Realmuto hold their usual top 5 rankings this week - though they have yet to really blow anyone away statistically, their consistency will see them retain their standing here for a while. New to the top 5 are a couple of younger catchers in Keibert Ruiz and Daulton Varsho. While both have certainly underwhelmed to start the year they possess the upside here long term. Varsho has 20/20 upside and has been plagued with an incredibly poor BABIP to start the year - expect him to rebound, especially given the uptick in walks, but I wonder how long he can retain eligibility here. Ruiz has been hitting the ball well, but has shown minimal power to date this season and has failed to get many hits with runners in scoring position at all.


The next spots in the rankings are taken by a couple of veterans who have been the center of your fantasy lineups for a long time, and both making their home for 2022 in the Windy City - Willson Contreras and Yasmani Grandal. Contreras gets the edge in our combined rankings and he's certainly looked better than Grandal to start the season as the BABIP struggles from 2021 continue to plague Yasmani in April. The next several players really highlight the influx of young talent at the position while also demonstrating the lack of quality fantasy options at the position currently. No matter which order you rank Alvarez, Moreno, Davis, and Soderstrom it's hard not to be excited about the potential each of them has and what they can do in your fantasy lineup down the road. In Nation's case he's ready for Tyler Soderstrom today - I love the upside here, but question how long he can remain at the position, especially if the Athletics want his bat sooner than later as he's underwhelmed defensively in the minor leagues. My personal favorite in this group is last year's #1 pick Henry Davis - Tyler may question his overall power based on his line drive ability, but I see a guy with 25 HR upside than can swipe 10-15 bags. Or, in other words, a supercharged JT Realmuto.


From here in the rankings it gets a little bit dicey on what you're getting out of the position. We've seen what Joey Bart has been able to do thus far in his career - nobody is impressed. Tyler Stephenson might have the best upside of all the catchers in this range that have debuted with a nice blend of hit and power tools, though I don't know how much more than 15 HR you can get from him in a given year. Gary Sanchez, Mike Zunino, and Mitch Garver are one trick ponies, and so far this year it looks like they're out of tricks. Some more nice prospects litter this group as well - MJ Melendez flew up prospect boards after blasting 41 HR last year, Austin Wells is a 20/20 candidate, and Harry Ford has been compared to Craig Biggio. Further down we see Diego Cartaya who boosted his stock by hitting 10 HR in 30 games last year in A ball - he could be a name to watch if he can turn around his poor start to the season. Shea Langeliers was a name I was very interested in - then he was traded to Oakland where he'll have a hard time unseating Sean Murphy if only because of his defensive prowess. He may have to find a new home to be relevant. I don't have anything good to say about anyone else in this range, but one name that has caught my eye early this year is Zack Collins - it'll be a tough road to consistent playing time with Kirk, Jansen, and Moreno all in the same organization. A trade could do wonders to the value of any of them.

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Adley Rutschman

Will Smith

Salvador Perez

JT Realmuto

Keibert Ruiz

Daulton Varsho

Willson Contreras

Yasmani Grandal

Francisco Alvarez

Gabriel Moreno

Henry Davis

Tyler Soderstrom

Alejandro Kirk

Joey Bart

Tyler Stephenson

MJ Melendez

Sean Murphy

Gary Sanchez

Austin Wells

Mitch Garver

Harry Ford

Diego Cartaya

Mike Zunino

Travis d'Arnaud

Christian Vazquez

Shea Langeliers

Omar Narvaez

Danny Jansen

Carson Kelly

Ryan Jeffers

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