CineSportsTalk vs MLB Network: 2015 Top 10 Catchers

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Every year MLB Network runs down their list of “Top 10 Right Now” at each position. They do it a few different ways. First, they use their machine called the “Shredder.” The Shredder takes all of the human factor out of it and goes based solely on numbers alone. They rank each position in that manner and use both offensive numbers as well as defensive numbers. Then the host of the show, Brian Kenny, gets his chance to count them down and then the special guest host for that particular countdown gets their say.

We will start with the Shredder, Brian Kenny and the special guest host and then move on to Steve, Scott and the Sportz Nutt from CineSportsTalk! Here we go and let us know what you think!

MLB Network

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CineSportsTalk

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Steve’s Top 10

10. Wilson Ramos

WilsonRamos

IF this guy ever stays healthy he will move up these rankings very quickly.

9. Brian McCann

McCann

He will not hit for average, but he will give you mid-20′s homeruns and that could go up in his second year in lefty friendly Yankee Stadium. I don’t like the man because he has played for the Braves and Yankees. I just thought I would throw that out there.

8. Russell Martin

Russell Martin

I wrote this guy off a long time ago. Looks like he is on a mission to prove me wrong. Yup, just me!

7. Travis d’Arnaud

Travisdarnaud

It’s always a good day when I can put a Met on one of these lists. I think this is a nice cozy spot for Travis. He had a great second half last year and he will look to build on that this season.

6. Yan Gomes

Yan Gomes

21 bombs and 78 rbi with an average near .280 – yes sir, I will take it.

5. Yadier Molina

Yadier

I wrist injury cut his season a bit short last season and there was a hefty dip in power. He lost a bunch of weight in the offseason, so I just don’t know that the power is coming back. Best defensive catcher out there today.

4. Devin Mesoraco

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Incredible power, but if he gets one more concussion who knows what will happen. Until then let’s look for 25-30 homeruns in Cincy.

3. Salvador Perez

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A solid catcher, but can be overtaken with a good year from a few of the rest.

2. Jonathan Lucroy

Lucroy

Still have trouble with the fact that he was an MVP candidate last year. Easily top 2 and maybe with a good season in 2015 a solid #1.

1. Buster Posey

Posey

The face of MLB is the number 1 catcher out there. Although he might not see this position for much longer as Lucroy is breathing down his back and Posey might not be playing catcher all that much longer.

Scott’s Top 10

10. Wilson Ramos

WilsonRamos

See Evan Gattis

9. Evan Gattis

EvanGattis

See Matt Wieters

8. Matt Wieters

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See Brian McCann.

7. Brian McCann

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All the rest of the catchers for me are crapshoots. This is easily the weakest of positions in the MLB and lets be honest, if you don’t have Posey or Lucroy the catcher position is interchangeable.

6. Travis d’Arnaud

Travisdarnaud

Love his potential this season. Beast or Bust?

5. Devin Mesoraco

DevinMesoraco

Love the power, just have to see it for one more year.

4. Yadier Molinda

Yadier

Mr. Reliable. If Molina is back from injury..I’m buying.

3. Salvador Perez

SalvadorPerez

Keeps getting better and better. The best of the rest.

2. Jonathan Lucroy

Lucroy

This MVP candidate looks to improve on a breakout 2014 campaign. I’m all in.

1. Buster Posey

Posey

This could be the year Posey looks over his shoulder for best catcher in the game.

The Sportz Nutt’s Top 10

10. Yasmani Grandal

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A sleeper for me, his power could propel him to 20+ HR.

9. Russell Martin

Russell Martin

I’ve never been a believer in him, which should show you the depth of the catcher position.

8. Salvador Perez

SalvadorPerez

When he plays, he’ll be as good if not better than last season, but rumor has him resting a lot this season.

7. Yadier Molina

Yadier

Not quite the days of old, but he should be able to produce for the Cards.

6. Brian McCann

McCann

He should bounce back with some pressure-free ballin’.

5. Yan Gomes

Yan Gomes

I guess he’s #5, but who really knows….I think he’ll regress.

4. Devin Mesoraco

DevinMesoraco

A powerful bat, he should be a top tier catcher, pending health.

3. Evan Gattis

EvanGattis

The injury has me worried, but he should hit over 30HR, if he stays healthy.

2. Jonathan Lucroy

Lucroy

A catcher with a good batting average and some speed….not too bad.

1. Buster Posey

Posey

In a league of his own.