Ranking the 15 projected American League starting catchers for 2020

Gary Sanchez improved a great deal in not allowing passed balls last season. [Image Source: Flickr | Jeffrey Hyde]
Gary Sanchez improved a great deal in not allowing passed balls last season. [Image Source: Flickr | Jeffrey Hyde]

Yasmani Grandal, Gary Sanchez, Mitch Garver, and Salvador Perez all provide plenty of pop as backstops.

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With the MLB regular season just over two months away, let’s take a look at the primary catchers for each American League team.

As a subjective list, many of these catchers can almost be considered interchangeable as to where they are ranked heading into the 2020 season. Depth charts were taken from Fangraphs.

1

Yasmani Grandal, White Sox

Grandal agreed to a four-year, $73 million deal in the offseason, which according to Bleacher Report, is the most money that the White Sox have ever handed to a free agent. He has easily been one of the most productive catchers in the game averaging about 25 home runs and an .814 OPS over the last four seasons.

2

Gary Sanchez, Yankees

For someone who is often scrutinized, very few (if any) catchers are as much of a threat at the plate than Sanchez. He hit 105 home runs in 372 career games. While passed balls were a major issue in 2017 and 2018 (he had 18 in both seasons), that number cut down considerably to seven in 2019.

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