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Francisco Cervelli Named Seventh Best Catcher

Francisco Cervelli was ranked as the seventh best catcher in baseball. Photo Credit: David Hague
Francisco Cervelli Named Seventh Best Catcher
John Dreker

MLB Network continued their rankings of the best players at each position on Sunday night, looking at catchers and center fielders (more on this spot below). Francisco Cervelli was named the seventh best catcher. The entire top ten can be found at the bottom of this article.

These rankings are based on what to expect for the upcoming season. Each show has two hosts who submit their own top tens, plus a panel of experts who give their top ten. The main list for the show though, is submitted by “the Shredder”, which is just their name for the list put together by the show’s researchers based on offense and defense, using “analytic methodology”.

The catcher show tonight was hosted by Brian Kenny and former MLB catcher Dave Valle. Bill James, Vince Gennaro, who is the president of SABR, ...

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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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