Welcome to the first Prime list of 2015! Last year, the “Pepper Prime” lists we a huge hit, and it left people debating. Before we get to Prime Catchers 2015, let’s take a look back at the Pepper Prime list prior to the 2014 season:
5) Johnathan Lucroy- Brewers
4) Jason Castro- Astros
3) Sal Perez- Royals
2) Buster Posey- Giants
1) Yadier Molina – Cardinals
Ok, now that we’ve finished with the housekeeping, let’s get to the list! The person just sneaking into the list at #5 is….
#5- Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians
Gomes sneaks into the 2015 list after having a very productive 2015 season. Gomes hit 21 home runs and drove in 74 runs in 2014, and his value behind the plate doesn’t go un-noticed either. Gomes and the Indians should have an even better 2015, the Indians are looking to re-bound after just missing the postseason in 2015. Next on the list plays on a rival of Gomes’ Indians.
#4- Sal Perez- Royals
Perez fell down one slot in one years time, but he was a huge part of the 2014 AL Championship Royals. Sal got the walk off hit during the wild Wild Card game versus the Athletics. Sal is a young and powerful catcher, and is probably the biggest offensive threat in the Kansas City lineup.
#3- Buster Posey- SF Giants
Buster Posey also dropped a slot in a years time, mainly because his power numbers have decreased steadily over the years. He has had 5 fewer home runs every year since 2012, and his slugging has gone down considerably since 2012. Posey is also the face of the Giants, so how can their be TWO players better than Posey? Is it possible? Yes.
#2 – Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
Wieters is one of the youngest up and coming Catchers in the industry. Wieters has been the subject of multiple injuries, and he hasn’t been so fortunate with power this year, but the batting average was above 300, and that’s all that matters for me, at least at the catcher position. Matt’s slugging was at 500 in a very small sample size, but his production in the past puts him this high into the future. Wieters is also the best catcher of everyone on this list ( if Molina was on this list, it would be a different story.), so his defensive intangibles bump him up.
**1** Johnathan Lucroy- Milwaukee Brewers
Lucroy climbed up four spots since we did this in 2014, he led the league in doubles with 53, and had a slugging percentage of 465, better than most on this list. Lucroy hit slightly less home runs, but when you take all other statistics into account, Lucroy was an obvious choice for the #1 slot on our list.
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