Ranking the projected starting National League catchers for 2019

J.T. Realmuto has been involved in trade rumors all offseason. [Image Source: Flickr | Benjamin White]
J.T. Realmuto has been involved in trade rumors all offseason. [Image Source: Flickr | Benjamin White]

J.T. Realmuto tops the list, but it is unclear what team he will begin the regular season with.

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After taking a look at the projected starting American League catchers, it’s time to look at their counterparts in the Senior Circuit. The projected starting catchers are according to Roster Resource.

There seems to be a lot more depth for the starting catchers in the National League. The man atop the list though has been involved in trade rumors all offseason and may be on a different team soon.

Some free agent catchers remain unsigned so the starters could change by the time the regular season kicks off. Also, just because someone is listed as the starting catcher now doesn’t mean he will remain so come Opening Day.

This should be seen as a subjective list as many of the catchers can almost be considered interchangeable as to where they are ranked.

1

J.T. Realmuto, Marlins

Realmuto is still on the Marlins...for now. Involved in trade rumors all offseason, Realmuto (turns 28 on March 18) made his first All-Star team last year. Arguably the best offensive catcher of 2018, he hit .277 with 21 home runs, 30 doubles, 74 RBIs, and 74 runs. He also threw out a career-best 38 percent of base stealers. MLB Trade Rumors mentions how the Reds have recently made progress towards working out a deal for Realmuto.

2

Buster Posey, Giants

Turning 32 on March 27, the 2012 National League MVP still provides a quality average but has seen slippage in his power. His homers have decreased every year since 2014 when he hit 22, and Posey only hit five last year. He threw out 29 percent of base stealers last year which is below his career average.

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