Top 10 Catchers going into 2016

9. Francisco Cervelli, Pirates

Photo: Carlos Osorio/AP

Credit: Carlos Osorio/AP

After spending several years as a Yankee backup, Francisco Cervelli finally got his chance to start in Pittsburgh last year, and showed exactly what he could do. One of the 29-year-old catcher’s best attributes was his ability to get on base so well, and that trend continued with the Pirates. His .370 OBP was second only to Buster Posey in the MLB. Cervelli has never known for his power, and only hit seven home runs, but the Buccos were more than happy with a .295/.370/.401 slash.

There are two reasons why Francisco Cervelli isn’t higher on this list. First, he was absolutely horrid throwing out runners, allowing 101 runners to steal and only gunning down 22-percent of the stolen base attempts he faced. The other reason is that he’s not totally proven yet. While Cervelli has always had solid numbers, last year was the first time he put up those numbers in a full season. There’s a good chance that he’ll able to replicate his production from last year, but that’s never a sure thing and doesn’t quite compare to the other catchers who are hitting well year in and year out.

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