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Week 5 Power Ranks: Catcher

Position Power Rankings

With five weeks in the books, we’re about a third of the way through the 2017 college baseball season, so it’s time to update our preseason Position Power Rankings. For this exercise, 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 2017 national title, which players would we choose?

Now we have more than a month of performance to draw upon, and we took early-season statistics into consideration, but we also tried to keep the numbers in context, because some leagues or ballparks are more offensive than others, and the quality of nonconference competition varies widely — so all stat lines are not created equal. In addition to the 2017 numbers, we also considered raw talent, long-term track record from previous seasons and makeup.

We’ll revisit the Position Power Rankings over the course of the season. Here’s our look at the top catchers in college baseball after five weeks.

Top 25 Catchers: March 22

RANKPLAYERSCHOOL2016 STATISTICSPREVIOUS RANK
1Joey BartGeorgia Tech.372/.430/.808, 9 HR, 24 RBI31
2Ben BreazealeWake Forest.414/.457/.729, 5 HR, 24 RBINR
3Grant KochArkansas.308/.400/.667, 6 HR, 20 RBINR
4Chris WilliamsClemson.350/.413/.675, 3 HR, 16 RBI26
5Travis WatkinsEast Carolina.341/.368/.524, 3 HR, 16 RBI7

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