Baseball America has started their series of ranking prospects by position, which expands their list of the top prospects beyond their original top 100 list. They started with the catchers on Wednesday afternoon and Henry Davis was the only backstop from the Pittsburgh Pirates to make the top 20 for the position.
Yesterday I just happened to notice that the catcher position was strong this year when I looked at the top 100 prospects list from Fangraphs. I noted that Davis was ranked fifth among all catchers on their list, despite the fact that he was rated as 22nd overall, making it a strong year for catching prospects. I didn’t know that the list from Baseball America was about to come out, but it turned out to be good timing. Davis ranks seventh overall among all catchers for BA, and they gave the position five stars (out of five), meaning that it’s a stellar prospect year for the position.
It doesn’t really mean much when you’re talking about one specific position, but I’ll still note anyway that you don’t come across another catcher for an National League Central team until the 18th spot on the list.
I’m assuming that BA will list one position per day, so we will post an article on any list than has a member of the Pirates included. If no one from the Pirates makes a list, I’ll mention it in the next article, and then we will do a summary at the end.
You can read more about Davis here from Tim Williams, who interviewed him on Monday.