B/R’s MLB 20 for ’20: Projecting Top 20 Catchers in 2020

Baseball is a tough sport to predict on a day-in and day-out basis, and it becomes exponentially more difficult to predict looking years into the future. But that’s exactly what we’re going to be doing here.

Back in the summer of 2015, I wrote a series that we dubbed “B/R’s MLB 20 for ’20” wherein I attempted to predict who the top 20 players would be at each position when the 2020 season rolled around.authentic nfl jerseys

Three years later, it’s time for an update.

We’ll kick things off with the catcher position, where Gary Sanchez and Willson Contreras will look to unseat Buster Posey as the game’s top catcher between now and 2020.

Before we dive into the top 20, we’ll take a look back at that original list with the benefit of some hindsight and shine a light on a few prospects who could be making waves two years from now.

Enjoy.

Original Top 20 Catchers List

1. Salvador Perez, KC
2. Blake Swihart, BOS
3. Kyle Schwarber, CHC
4. Yasmani Grandal, LAD
5. Yan Gomes, CLE
6. Justin O’Conner, TB
7. Austin Hedges, SD
8. Devin Mesoraco, CIN
9. Derek Norris, SD
10. Reese McGuire, PIT
11, Andrew Susac, SF
12. Mike Zunino, SEA
13. J.T. Realmuto, MIA
14. Jorge Alfaro, TEX
15. Tom Murphy, COL
16. Travis d’Arnaud, NYM
17. Max Pentecost, TOR
18. Kevin Plawecki, NYM
19. Wilson Ramos, WAS
20. Gary Sanchez, NYY

Hindsight Breakdown

Yikes.

Aside from betting on Austin Hedges’ bat to eventually catch up to his glove enough that he can be an everyday catcher and making the easy call to say Salvador Perez would still be elite in what will be his age-30 season, this has not aged well.nfl jerseys cheap china

More than a few people thought Blake Swihart was going to be the catcher of the future and a perennial All-Star in Boston. The same goes for expectations surrounding Andrew Susac as the heir apparent to Buster Posey in San Francisco.

Speaking of Posey, I lumped him in with the first basemen the first time around, assuming he’d move out of the crouch full-time at some point. That no longer looks like the case.

I went out on a limb with Justin O’Conner, and that limb clearly snapped.nfl jerseys  He had just posted a .782 OPS with 35 doubles and 12 home runs between High-A and Double-A and was widely regarded as one of the best defensive catchers in the minors. Unfortunately, he’s stalled out in the upper levels and now looks like organizational depth.

In my defense, stock on Gary Sanchez was trending down when this was first written. He had been a top prospect for a number of years, and it was starting to look like he might never take that next step. I’m going to nfl jersey consider the fact that I included him at all to be a win.

All in all, not a great job projecting the catcher position. And really, that’s not surprising. It’s probably the most difficult position to develop, and there’s a reason it’s so hard to find that franchise guy.cheap nfl jerseys china