ALL-TIME PLAYER RANKINGS

Catchers

Rankings
1
Johnny Bench
Best all-around catcher: power, defense, throwing arm, leader, winner.
2
Gary Carter
Excellent peak and long career put him ahead of the others on this list.
3
Mike Piazza
Not a great defender, but the best hitting stats of any catcher in history.
4
Carlton Fisk
A nice blend of offense, defense, and team leadership. A throwback.
5
Ivan Rodriguez
Rivals Bench as best defender. Great throwing arm, good power in his prime.
6
Yogi Berra
Run producer, team leader, and championship ballplayer. Played well into his 30s.
7
Roy Campanella
At his peak, he was a lot like Bench. Many inconsistent seasons drop him below the others.
8
Bill Dickey
Long, productive career. Was more of a hitter for average, not as much power. Above average defender.
9
Joe Mauer
Will move up this list as the second half of his career fills out. Could reach #2.
10
Mickey Cochrane
A unique offensive player with remarkable skills as a defender. Won title as player/manager.
11
Ted Simmons
Excellent hitter who stayed healthy for a long time. Never that great behind the plate.
12
Thurman Munson
Better than Simmons at his peak, but career cut short, obviously. One of 5 Yankees on this list.
13
Bill Freehan
Best catcher in baseball between 1960 and 1972, Freehan deserves more recognition.
14
Jorge Posada
Solid, long career as part of Yankee dynasty. Made himself into an excellent defender.
15
Gabby Hartnett
A notch below Dickey and Cochrane in his era, he was still a very good hitter.
16
Darrell Porter
Very good at almost every aspect of the game: defense, pitch-calling, power, drawing walks.
17
Joe Torre
Also a third baseman for many years, and never a great catcher. Rates here almost solely on offense.
18
Jason Kendall
Offensively a bit like Cochrane, but not at his level. An average defensive player.
19
Wally Schang
Excellent catcher, especially at blocking the plate. Won 3 World Series titles with 3 different teams.
20
Ernie Lombardi
Big, slow, but a great hitter. Won two batting crowns and an MVP award.