2022 Mixed League Top 35 Catcher Rankings & Tiers

Catcher isn’t quite the pit of despair it used to be. Doug Anderson breaks out his 2022 Mixed League Catcher Rankings and likes a few upside plays later in the ranks.

While it doesn’t exactly set my heart all a-flutter, sorting through my catcher rankings this year hasn’t been quite the absolute torture it was in recent years. On a relative scale, there are quite a few catchers I’m intrigued by, if not exactly excited. We’re by no means in a period where I put too much weight on position scarcity when it comes to the catcher position but I do think there are enough potentially useful bats, that it’s not an automatic punt until the last two rounds.

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Draft Strategy at the Catcher Position

As you’ll see ahead, my 2022 catcher rankings rely pretty heavily on upside and potential. The top of my catcher rankings will be quite similar to most others, with maybe a few minor differences. The further down the rankings you get though, the more I value the possibility of a player breaking out in one category or another. For example, I likely have Mitch Garver, Gary Sanchez, Austin Nola, and Tom Murphy higher than most analysts.

While I readily acknowledge that any or all of them could flop, I think the chance their breakout potential is worth more than the “safety” of catchers like Tucker Barnhart or Danny Jansen. The variance, once you get past the top three catchers, is minimal, meaning there’s very little risk in taking a shot on hitters with at least a glimmer of upside.

These catcher rankings are based on 15-team two-catcher leagues so there is the potential to run out of players with positive value. In one-catcher leagues, you might reach a tad on the top three to get a small edge, but there’s enough potential in the rest of the field to wait until the end rounds and not bypass better hitters at other positions. In two-catcher leagues, I definitely want to get one of the top 10 and then try to beat other managers to the punch on a Tom Murphy or Joey Bart type in the end game.

Catching Sleepers

It was just in 2019 that Mitch Garver hit .273 with 31 home runs and 70 RBIs. He’s had some health issues since then, but for the price (176 ADP in NFBC), he offers a nice combination of a pretty high floor with the chance to produce close to what the top few options do.

For deeper leagues, I’m a big fan of Austin Nola. The arrival of Jorge Alfaro complicates matters a bit, but Nola has the pop to put up 20+ homers and isn’t gonna kill your batting average while doing it. Nola makes for the perfect second catcher in NL-Only Leagues where getting two useful bats can be a pretty big advantage.

Catching Busts

Sean Murphy still has some prospect luster and he did pop 17 homers in 2021, but it came along with a .216 batting average. The A’s lineup is likely going to thin out real fast after the lockout ends putting the kabosh on another 59-RBI season. Unless Murphy can bounce back in the batting average department he’s nothing more than a poor man’s Mike Zunino.  His  241 ADP is not overly ambitious, but even so I’d rather draft other positions and just wait until the last few rounds.

2022 Mixed League Catcher Rankings

Again these rankings were formulated with 15-team two-catcher leagues in mind.

11Salvador PerezKC
21Will SmithLAD
31J.T. RealmutoPHI
42Yasmani GrandalCWS
52Willson ContrerasCHC
62Daulton VarshoARI
73Adley RutschmanBAL
83Travis d'ArnaudATL
93Omar NarvaezMIL
103Mitch GarverMIN
113Keibert RuizWSH
123Gary SanchezNYY
134Sean MurphyOAK
144Tyler StephensonCIN
154Christian VazquezBOS
165Austin NolaSD
175Elias DiazCOL
185Carson KellyARI
195Mike ZuninoTB
205Yadier MolinaSTL
215Tom MurphySEA
225Joey BartSF
236Max StassiLAA
246Alejandro KirkTOR
256James McCannNYM
266Eric HaaseDET
277Tucker BarnhartDET
287Danny JansenTOR
297Jacob StallingsMIA
307Yan GomesCHC
317Jonah HeimTEX
327Jorge AlfaroSD
337Francisco MejiaTB
347Kyle HigashiokaNYY
357Ryan JeffersMIN
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