As January rolls into February it is once again time to turn a large majority of attentions to the baseball field. With games starting in late March, draft season is fast approaching, and many slow drafts will be starting in the next couple of weeks. Therefore, what better time to start looking at rankings and making plans than the present.
As is the standard for most people I will start with the catcher position. Anyone who has read my stuff before will know that the catcher position is far from my favourite to rank. In fact I came to the conclusion this season that I was going to do them first to get them out of the way.
The catcher position is extremely top heavy as always and very tumultuous further down the rankings. The top of the rankings are fascinating this year. With Buster Posey ageing and potentially no longer a lock to play somewhere in the region of 140 games, and Gary Sanchez coming off a really ugly 2018 there is a new face at the top of the rankings for me. J.T. Realtmuto does not offer that much upside but he offers a ton of security. Therefore, I am going to make him my number one this year, but I am unlikely to be the person who drafts him.
In a way the top-six is all one tier as I would feel comfortable with any of them as my starter. In fact any of the top nine are fine for me as starters, there are risks at the bottom end of those but I think you can make it work. Tier four has a ton of question marks but also a lot of upside. They are a mix of young and experienced catchers who can all put up good numbers if things click.
Outside of that and it is really messy. So much so that I have Isiah Kiner-Falefa in my top-20 because he is catcher eligible and may have a chance to play regularly for the Rangers at various different positions. There are upside options in this group but you are unlikely to feel comfortable with any of them.