CWS: Florida-Virginia - Matt Thaiss, JJ Schwarz

Position Power Rankings: Catcher

Now that we’ve finished ranking the top prospects for the 2016 draft, the 2017 draft, and the freshman class, it’s time to take off our prospect hound hats and focus on the upcoming season. For our Position Power Rankings, we are using the same guiding principle we followed when assembling our preseason All-America teams: If we were building a team to win the 2016 national title, which players would we choose?

We considered past performance and offensive statistics, but we tried to keep the numbers in context, because some leagues or ballparks are more offensive than others, and some leagues simply have more talent than others — so all stat lines are not created equal. So in addition to the numbers, we also considered raw talent, defensive ability, makeup and reports of development over the summer and fall.

We’ll revisit the Position Power Rankings over the course of the season. Let’s begin with a look at the top catchers in college baseball.

Top 50 Catchers: Preseason 2016

RANKPLAYER, SCHOOL2015 STATISTICS
1J.J. Schwarz, Florida.332/.398/.629, 18 HR
2Zack Collins, Miami.302/.445/.587, 15 HR
3Chris Okey, Clemson.315/.389/.545, 12 HR
4Sean Murphy, Wright State.329/.423/.458, 4 HR
5Matt Thaiss, Virginia.323/.413/.512, 10 HR

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