2016 Position Rankings: Catcher

CFor the second year in a row, the catcher crop is weak. It does, however, have a pretty strong 1-2 punch, in ACC rivals Zack Collins (Miami) and Chris Okey (Clemson). Both were drafted out of high school back in 2013, and both have drastically improved their game both behind the plate and at it. Collins gets the nod for having the superior bat skills, and while his defense has always lagged behind, he made enough strides this season that he now profiles as a long-term backstop.

After Collins and Okey, it’s kind of a mixed bag, although there are some interesting prospects, like NCAA-batting champion Jameson Fisher, who flirted with .500 for nearly the entire season, a year after missing the entire 2015 campaign with a torn labrum.

These rankings are current as of 5/22/16, and will be updated throughout the draft season.

# Player Pos School/University Ht Wt B-T
1 Zack Collins C University of Miami 6-3 220 L-R
2 Chris Okey C Clemson University 5-11 195 L-R
3 Jameson Fisher C/1B Southeastern Louisiana University 6-2 196 L-R
4 Jeremy Martinez C University of Southern California 5-11 200 R-R
5 Carlos A. Cortes C/2B/OF Oviedo HS (FL) 5-8 195 L-S
6 Cooper Johnson C Carmel Catholic HS (IL) 6-0 200 R-R
7 Mario Feliciano C Beltran Baseball Academy (PR) 6-1 195 R-R
8 Brett Cumberland C University of California 5-11 205 S-R
9 Michael Tinsley C/OF University of Kansas 6-0 190 L-R
10 Ben Rortvedt C Verona HS (WI) 5-10 190 L-R
11 Sean Murphy C Wright State University 6-3 218 R-R
12 Tres Barrera C University of Texas 6-0 211 R-R
13 Brad Debo C Orange HS (NC) 6-1 210 L-R
14 Michael Amditis C Boca Raton Community HS (FL) 5-10 185 R-R
15 Thomas Dillard C/1B Oxford HS (MS) 6-0 215 S-R
16 T.J. Collett C/1B Terra Haute North Vigo HS (IN) 6-1 220 L-R
17 Herbert Iser C/3B Osceola HS (FL) 6-3 217 L-R
18 Blake Sabol C/OF/1B Aliso Niguel HS (CA) 6-4 190 L-R
19 Karl Ellison C Vanderbilt University 6-0 200 R-R
20 Will Haynie C/1B University of Alabama 6-5 230 R-R

2 thoughts on “2016 Position Rankings: Catcher

  1. Ryan January Fr C at San Jacinto is flying up draft boards and will be drafted before most of the guys on this list

  2. Many MLB scouts have overlooked Chase Howell, a catcher, from Bethel University. He has a 1.78 in game pop time with a 6.68 60 yd dash. He batted .320 for 2015 & 2016. His best tool though his is his catching ability. He sits very low and spreads out so his framing ability is on par with MLB professionals. He gives the umpires a good look at the plate with his low setup.
    Agility wise he is explosive with his throw and has been clocked in game with a 90mph velocity ball leaving his glove headed for 2nd base. He routinely picks off players at first and keeps the pressure off the pitcher so they can focus on batters. Defensively, his blocking ability, due to his agility, is unbelievable and he has very few passed balls in his career. He blocks many wild pitches for this same reason. It’s a shame MLB scouts are not paying attention to what I consider a potential hall of famer catcher.

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