2024 Dynasty Baseball Top 10 Catcher Prospects

by Jason Beckner
2024 Dynasty Baseball Top 10 Catcher Prospects

It's 2024, the sun has made another trip around the sun. With it being the middle of January it is now time to focus our attention on the baseball season. We start by giving you our 2024 Dynasty Baseball Top 10 lists for prospects, this time being the catcher position.

Catchers are not the sexy type of prospects. Teams are more and more trending towards defensive-minded catchers that excel at framing. The days of the catcher position being 10-15 deep are in the past. However, we still need to fill the position so more than ever it pays to be the first on the next big catching prospect. So let's take a look at the current top 10 catching prospects.

You can check out all the prospect top 10 lists by following the links in the table below.

2024 Prospect Top 10 Lists

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2024 Dynasty Baseball Top 10 Catcher Prospects

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10. Edgar Quero, Chicago White Sox

Quero is one of the prospects that I could not decide if they belong in the top 10 or not. But I ultimately decided to add him in the number 10 spot.

Quero is a switch-hitting catcher who is a bat-first prospect. Being only 20 years old he may still have maturing and developing to happen before he becomes a fantasy staple. However, he should have a ton of value in a two-catcher league.

Quero broke out in 2022 while in the Angels farm system when he exploded for 17 HR and 12 SB in 111 games. He took a small step back in 2023 but still put up solid enough numbers to be on this list.

9. Blake Mitchell, Kansas City Royals

Blake was the first catcher taken in this past year's draft when the Royals selected him eighth overall. Mitchell was one of the best high school catchers in the class and one of the best high school hitters in this class.

The left-handed hitter is athletic and should be able to stick behind the plate long-term. He doesn't bring a lot of speed, so don't expect stolen bases out of Mitchell, even as he matures.

Mitchell will still be a late first-round pick in this year's FYPD, therefore I have no trouble ranking him as a top-10 prospect in his position.

8. Daniel Susac, Oakland Athletics

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Susac has seen his prospect hype decline over this past year as he has failed to make a splash since being drafted. However, Susac was very successful at the University of Arizona. He had back-to-back years of 60 RBI+ and 12 HR seasons.

Susac has big-time power in his bat, which has not translated so far in his young professional career. He only has hit nine home runs in his first 139 games. He has also seen his ground ball rate increase above 50% in both the past two seasons.

However, the upside is there so I will continue to hold Susac as a top-catching prospect.

7. Ivan Herrera, St. Louis Cardinals

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Herrera has compiled enough plate appearances to graduate from the MLB standards of a rookie/prospect. However, for most fantasy and dynasty leagues his 66 plate appearances are not enough to lose his prospect status. Which is why I still have him listed.

With Molina spending his days on a beach or golf course somewhere, the Cardinals have been looking for his long-term replacement and they might have found one in Herrara. In his six seasons in the minors, he slashed .280/.391/.432 with a .832 OPS. Unfortunately, the Contreras signing has blocked Herrara from regular at-bats.

6. Kevin Parada, New York Mets

I currently have Parada outside the top five at the catcher position and it pains me. I wanted to sneak him in the top five as I believe he can be a top 10 catcher at the major league level. However, since being drafted 11th overall in 2022 he has not transitioned well to the professional levels. Combine that with his potential and we get him ranked as the sixth-best catching prospect

Parada was a stud at Georgia Tech, as a Freshman he finished with a .929 OPS, a .550 SLG, and 42 RBI. Then as a sophomore, he continued his offensive proficiencies as he hit 26 HR and 88 RBI.

In his first full season in the minors, he hit 14 HR, 54 RBI, and 50 runs scored. So clearly there is an upside here and Parada should be a valued catching prospect.

5. Kyle Teel, Boston Red Sox

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Yet another first-round draft pick. Mitchell was the first catcher and Teel was the second catcher taken in this past year's amateur draft. Even though Teel was the second catcher taken, I prefer him over Mitchell.

Teel has a great approach at the plate and can put the bat to the ball. He doesn't have a ton of power. However, he did hit 13 HR with a 1.130 OPS as a Junior at Virginia.

4. Diego Cartaya, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Diego was signed in the 2018 international class out of Venezuela. He was once considered the top-catching prospect in the organization, however with the drafting of Dalton Rushing this past year he has slid to the number two catcher in the organization.

Diego has a power bat as we have seen him hit double-digit home runs in back-to-back years including a career-high 19 long balls at Double-A in 2023. He has even received comps to fellow power-hitting catcher Salvador Perez.

3. Harry Ford, Seattle Mariners

I will admit I was not impressed with Ford at first. I was even fading him in many FYPD two seasons ago. However, I have had a change of heart on Ford. The Mariners liked Ford as they drafted him 12th overall in 2021. Ahead of such players as Matt McLain, Sal Frelick, and Colson Montgomery.

Since being drafted Ford has proven that he deserves to be a top-catching prospect as he has never had an OBP below .400 in all three years at the low minors. Ford also has some pop in his bat, as he has hit 29 HR in his first 241 games. He also brings speed to the table which is unique for most catching prospects and that is what has me intrigued.

The argument could be made Ford should be the top-catching prospect in the league right now.

2. Dalton Rushing, Los Angeles Dodgers

Dalton broke out as a Junior for Louisville after being blocked by former first-overall pick Henry Davis. He hit 23 HR with a 1.156 OPS in his final year at Louisville, which caused the Dodgers to draft him 40th overall in 2022.

In his first full season in the minors, Dalton had a .404 OBP which was the second best in the Midwest League and his 146 wRC+ led the Midwest League.

If he continues to have success at the low levels we could see Dalton start to rise through the minors which makes him an attractive catching prospect.

1. Ethan Salas, San Diego Padres

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It's hard to believe the number one prospect is only a 17-year-old. However, this is not just another teenager. Salas became the youngest player to appear in Spring Training. He followed that up when the Padres gave Salas two aggressive assignments in 2023 as Salas made his way to Double-A as a 17-year-old, a full seven years younger than the median age of Double-A.

Salas has an excellent all-around game, that includes a 5-tool offensive skill set. While he won't steal a ton of bags, he still has enough speed to make an impact at the catcher position. He should also continue to develop and ascend to a top-five catcher while in his prime.

Salas is a unique prospect, as most 17-year-old prospects are long-term investments. However, you may not have to wait that long for Salas to make a fantasy impact.

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