MLB Top 10 Catchers Heading into 2019

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

It is really rare to find a really good catcher in baseball. They are constantly calling pitching signals. Catchers also need to throw out runners trying to steal bases. Some catchers are also good with the bat. Who are the Top 10 catchers heading into 2019?

10. Kurt Suzuki (ATL): Suzuki had a really good year behind the plate a season ago. He is 35 years old and his power dropped in 2018, but Kurt Suzuki was still productive. His batting average was .271 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI's. Suzuki's on-base percentage was .271.

9. Tucker Barnhart (CIN): Barnhart was a part of a Reds offense that was explosive last season. His batting average was .248 with 10 home runs and 46 RBI's. Tucker Barnhart's on-base percentage was .328. It was one of his best seasons in his MLB career. Barnhart is only 28 years old and could take his game to another level this season.

8. Francisco Cervelli (PIT): Cervelli was very effective defensively and offensively last season for Pittsburgh. He was one of the Pirates better offensive players. His batting average last season was .259 with 12 home runs and 57 RBI's, along with two stolen bases. Francisco Cervelli's on-base percentage was .378.

7. Yan Gomes (CLE): Gomes brought some power once again to Cleveland last season. His batting average was .266 with 16 home runs and 48 RBI's. Yan Gomes's on-base percentage was .313. He is also solid defensively.

6. Wilson Contreras (CHC): Contreras underachieved at the plate last season for Chicago and he is one of the most talented catchers in baseball. His batting average was .249 with 10 home runs and 54 RBI's, along with four stolen bases. Wilson Contreras's on-base percentage was .339. In 2017, his batting average was .276 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI's, along with five stolen bases. Contreras's on-base percentage was .356. He needs to have a big bounce back season for the Cubs if they want to get back to the postseason for the fifth straight season, Wilson Contreras needs to have a big season.

5. Wilson Rams (NYM): Ramos was an All-Star last season. He played for the Tampa Bay Rays and the Philadelphia Phillies. Wilson Ramos signed with the New York Mets for the next two years. He is very good defensively and offensively. His batting average last season was .306 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI's. Ramos's on-base percentage was .358.

4. Yasmani Grandal (MIL): Grandal has been one of the **best catchers in baseball over the past few years. He was an All-Star again last season. Yasmani Grandal was one of the reasons why the Los Angeles Dodgers went to back-to-back World Series. He signed with the Milwaukee Brewers on a 1-year deal. Grandal's batting average last season was .241 with 24 home runs and 68 RBI's, along with two stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .349.

3. Yadier Molina (STL): Molina has been one of the best catchers in baseball over the past several years. He is a leader inside St. Louis's clubhouse. Yadier Molina is 36 years old. He will one day be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Molina is very good at throwing out runners. His batting average last season was .261 with 20 home runs and 74 RBI's, along with four stolen bases. Yadier Molina's on-base percentage was .314.

2. J.T. Realmuto (MIA): Realmuto was an All-Star last season and Miami was trying to trade him this offseason, but the asking price was too high and teams wouldn't budge. J.T. Realmuto is the Marlins best player. The Miami Marlins are one of the few teams in baseball that has their catcher at their best player. Realmuto's batting average last season was .277 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI's, along with three stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .340.

1. Salvador Perez (KC): Perez is the best catcher in the game right now. He has size behind the plate and Salvador Perez has a cannon for an arm. He has also has a ton of power. Perez is the best player on the Kansas City Royals and they were one of the worst teams in baseball last season. His batting average last season was .235 with 27 home runs and 80 RBI's, along with one stolen base. Salvador Perez's on-base percentage was .274.