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TDG’S 2024 TOP 50 CONSENSUS CATCHERS: #21-#40

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Here are our 2024 #21-#40 Catchers!!

#21-#30

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
21Harry Ford21.9
22Austin Wells22.2
23Salvador Perez23.1
24Mitch Garver23.2
25Kyle Teel24.4
26Dalton Rushing27.3
27Jeferson Quero27.6
28Thayron Liranzo29
29Ryan Jeffers29.8
30Tyler Stephenson30

A quick glance at the dynasty catcher position and my first thought is it just keeps looking like such a great dynasty position. The barren wasteland of fantasy catcher viability is well past us and the spigot of talent is wide open. Looking at these 21-30 ranks, and oh my, so much prospect goodness in here to boot. There are a couple of veterans too. Not sure why they want to join this party but let’s dive in!

As our 21st dynasty catcher Harry Ford seems to have been around forever, though it’s only been 3 minor league seasons for him. His performance in those 3 seasons has shown that he’s going to be a valuable fantasy player. Drafted out of high school in ’21 and billed as a toolsy catcher, he’s a rare breed. The fact that he’s showing a great plate approach (OBPs over .400 each year and level) while still filling those counting stats (15 homers and 24 steals just last year) AND sticking behind the plate? Yeah, his price just keeps clicking up and shows no signs of slowing down as he moves up the development ladder.

Austin Wells could be a great acquisition right now. His 2023 season saw him cross three levels (Double-A to the Majors) and he was pretty much average at every stop. His wRC+ of 97 during the 19-game cup of coffee seems to have further turned off the fantasy community. He’ll likely be in New York and in a strong side platoon to open the season. Combining that with his positive, albeit small sample, Statcast results (89 mph avgEV, 14% barrel rate) I think there’s still a buying opportunity for someone who wants a long-term solution behind the plate.

For those needing veteran bridges, both Sal Pérez and Mitch Garver present strong options for contenders and may keep eligibility for a few more seasons pending your league qualifications. Pérez will be 34 this year and the body is showing wear. He matched his ’22 stats last season, though it took him an extra 30 games. While that isn’t great, seeing that he’s still getting you 550+ plate appearances yearly really lets you feel cozy with him at catcher. Garver is the yin to Pérez’s yang as he’s only had 300+ plate appearances three times in his career and never more than 400. When he’s healthy he’s the quintessential masher but I’d only target him for depth, not as a starter unless I’m in a deep league.

Whew. We made it through those vets intact, and now we’re back to the hip young punks. We actually ranked four in a row here with Kyle Teel, Dalton Rushing, Jeferson Quero, and then Thayron Liranzo. All are likely names that dynasty players are aware of and each presents different spectrums of potential outcomes. Teel is considered a safe bat, and many assume he could debut as early as this year. He’d be a great late teen picks in your FYPDs. Rushing looked like an OPS league monster until concussion symptoms impacted the tail end of his season. I’m not out on him at all, neither should you. But be warned he may end up at first base though dual eligibility could be the dream. Quero began to show power last year at Double-A and has had great bat-to-ball skills throughout his time in the minors. The toughest nut for him to crack is that one of our top-ranked dynasty catchers is at the top of his org chart in Milwaukee. Liranzo is just ANOTHER catching prospect that’s laying waste to the minors within the Dodgers org. Hitting 24 homers and 50 extra base hits as a 19-year-old is ridiculous. Yeah, his K% is in the mid 20’s but he’s young for the level and could stick behind the plate. Don’t worry about his depth chart. The parent org will make playing time happen for their best prospects, either eventually in LA or via trade later. I think Liranzo is a great price currently and it may not last.

And fine, we can wrap up with two more veterans within this third grouping of backstops.  Ryan Jeffers is like his predecessor in Minnesota that I talked about before (Mitch Garver). Great power when healthy, though his OBP isn’t quite as consistently great. Last year was a strong 96-game sample (incidentally also his career high), where he hit 14 homers with a career-best triple slash as well: .276/.369/.490. If he can stay healthy, he should get the lion’s share of innings and hopefully keep replicating those numbers.

And lastly is Tyler Stephenson, the man who I wrote about in 2020 to get me the job at TDG to write about him again in 2024! I won’t lie, he has NOT shown the power that I hoped would come after his minor league and debut season. TStep has battled his share of injuries and those may have played a role in seasons past. But last year he played almost the entire year and just did not hit the ball hard at all. He doesn’t have a lot of competition at catcher currently, but being below average offensively isn’t the best way to maintain a starting role. He’s only 27 years old on opening day, so power can come. But I won’t look to roster him until it does show up. (Chris Knock)

#31-#40

RankPlayerAvg. Rank
31Danny Jansen30.8
32Endy Rodríguez34.9
33Moises Ballesteros33.2
34Shea Langeliers34.7
35Ivan Herrera34.8
36Ben Rice35.2
37Edgar Quero35.8
38Elias Díaz36.2
39Ralphy Velazquez36.4
40Patrick Bailey36.7

This tier of our catcher rankings has got a few different elements to it. There are your hot potatoes, like Danny Jansen, Elias Díaz, and Patrick Bailey. You’ve also got the ugly ducklings, such as Shea Langeliers, Ivan Herrera, and Edgar Quero. There are even some potential gems in Moises Ballesteros, Endy Rodríguez, Ben Rice, and Ralphy Velazquez. 

Looking first at the hot potatoes, these guys all get tossed from fantasy team to fantasy team and it’s abundantly clear as to why. They don’t give consistent production for their playing time, but they can get hot and provide valuable stats for stretches during the season. In the last three seasons, Jansen has not played in more than 86 games, but has shown he can contribute to a fantasy team’s power numbers when he is on the field. He has hit 11, 15, and 17 home runs in those last three seasons, but his triple slash line from 2023 about sums up the rest of the performance, .228/.312/.474. Díaz gets a lot more at-bats and in Colorado to boot, but put up similar power numbers with 41 home runs in his last three seasons. The two things he can provide are a better batting average and more total at-bats. Heading into spring training, Bailey looks to lock down the catcher spot over Tom Murphy. His rookie season in 2023 started out hot, as he hit over .315 in each of his first two months, with an OPS over .898 as well. From there, it went south fast, in July and September, he would hit below .166 and have an OPS below .421. I’m avoiding Bailey as much as I possibly can until he can string together some good months at the plate. He could be a good waiver wire target if he can do that. 

Moving on to the ugly ducklings of this tier, the player that stands out is Langeliers. He might actually resemble a hot potato, but his triple slash line is even more ugly, .205/.268/.413. If you can balance his bad with the good, you can get the best power in this tier. He hit 22 home runs and 19 doubles in 2023, but it comes at a steep sacrifice. Herrera looks to be the backup catcher in St. Louis and is tough to roster unless he can find a way to get a decent amount of at-bats. He brings some decent pop with him to the plate, along with some good bat-to-ball skills, and solid plate discipline. In 2023 at Triple-A, he had a triple slash line of .297/.451/.500, to go along with a 20% walk rate and a 20.5% strikeout rate. He slots into the ugly duckling section mostly due to a lack of projected consistent at-bats. Quero is a conundrum. In 2023, he hit 17 home runs and 35 doubles, with a monster triple slash line of .312/.435/.530 at Low-A. The Angels then bumped him up to Double-A for 2023, where his power numbers dwindled to six home runs and 27 doubles (adding in his stats after he was traded to the White Sox). 2023 is going to be an extremely pivotal year for him, he will have to show that the power is still there in order to avoid a hit to his prospect status. 

Lastly, we have some young gems to look at. Ballesteros I fell in love with in 2023 and wrote a spotlight on him within the Voyages of the Deep series. He is looking like a complete player, with good bat-to-ball skills, excellent plate discipline, and some decent power. Last year he had a triple slash line of .285/.375/.449 and added 14 home runs and 27 doubles. At the plate, he finished with a walk rate of 12.8% and a strikeout rate of 15.8%. If you can find him at this tier’s value then he could be an absolute steal. Rodriguez struggled at Triple-A and the majors last season, but is not too far removed from a 25 home run year in the minors. He has the power and skills to move up our catcher rankings. Unfortunately for him, he will miss the entire 2024 season and will push his value down as a result. Rice had a monster year in the minors, very similar to Ballesteros. His triple slash line was .324/.434/.615, as he added 20 home runs and 18 doubles. His plate discipline was also eerily similar with a 13.3% walk rate and a 18.7% strikeout rate. The dynasty knock on him is his age. He will be 25 years old by the time the 2024 season starts and he has only played 48 games above High-A. Velazquez is the biggest unknown, having been just drafted out of high school in the 2023 Major League draft. He could develop into a big power bat and is easily worth the value this far down in our rankings. (Brian Labude)

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