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List Rules Only current MLB catchers. No minor leaguers or recently retired players

Who are the best current MLB catchers in 2016-2017? The greatest current catchers playing in Major League Baseball include some veteran names, and some relative newcomers. These catchers are judged on many factors, including how well they call the game, the number of runners they catch stealing and certainly, their overall bating average and number of home runs. Either way, they are certainly among the top current baseball players in the game. Vote for the MLB catchers that you think are having the best seasons, vote down any who are under performing and, of course, feel free to rerank this list in any order you like.

Big current MLB catchers include Buster Posey, Russell Martin, A.J. Ellis, and Welington Castillo (leading the pack with the most runners they've caught stealing), Joe Mauer and Yadier Molina (batting average leaders) and J.P. Arencibia and John Buck (home run leaders).

Each and every one of the MLB catchers on this list have made their mark, whether it's by hitting tons of home runs, making sure the opposing team doesn't get points from steals or by calling amazing games. Being a catcher isn't easy - you have to have the perfect combination of athleticism and intelligence to become one of the greats.

For more great baseball lists, check out and vote on these lists of the best current MLB pitchers, the greatest overall baseball players of all time and of course, this votable list of the greatest catchers of all time.

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351 135
Yadier Molina is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals

2
329 136
Buster Posey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Buster Posey San Francisco Giants

3
173 79
Salvador Pérez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Salvador Pérez Kansas City Royals

4
135 102
Jonathan Lucroy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Jonathan Lucroy Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers

5
119 118
Matt Wieters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles

6
113 121
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Brian McCann Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees

7
114 79
Russell Martin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
danbunty25 added Russell Martin Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees

8
138 109
Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins

9
96 103
Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Carlos Santana Cleveland Indians

10
71 114
Miguel Montero is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Miguel Montero Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs

11
59 79
Alex Avila is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Alex Avila Detroit Tigers

12
43 14
Gary Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
MakenaBrouwer added Gary Sánchez Yankees

13
75 82
Víctor Martínez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Víctor Martínez Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers

14
52 68
Jason Castro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Jason Castro Houston Astros

The Top Current Baseball Players

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75 113
A. J. Pierzynski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
A. J. Pierzynski San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins

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38 13
Willson Contreras is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Willson Contreras Chicago Cubs

17
71 99
Mike Napoli is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Mike Napoli Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians

18
59 76
Carlos Ruiz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Carlos Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers

19
52 78
Jarrod Saltalamacchia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Jarrod Saltalamacchia Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins

20
43 61
Derek Norris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Derek Norris Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres

21
37 46
Travis d'Arnaud is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
muzziac added Travis d'Arnaud New York Mets

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53 62
Francisco Cervelli is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Francisco Cervelli New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates

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46 57
Kurt Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Kurt Suzuki Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins

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24 8
Willson Contreras is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
MakenaBrouwer added Willson Contreras Chicago Cubs

25
37 57
Devin Mesoraco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Devin Mesoraco Cincinnati Reds

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34 44
Mike Zunino is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
galenandrews added Mike Zunino Seattle Mariners

27
44 66
A. J. Ellis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
A. J. Ellis Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies

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20 13
Yasmani Grandal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers

The Best Current MLB Hitters

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20 13
J.T. Realmuto is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers

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46 73
Wilin Rosario is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Wilin Rosario Colorado Rockies

31
15 14
Wilson Ramos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers

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17 22
Yan Gomes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers

33
18 36
Chris Iannetta is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Chris Iannetta Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners

34
12 15
James McCann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers

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31 84
J. P. Arencibia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
J. P. Arencibia Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers

36
15 22
Welington Castillo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers

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10 15
Stephen Vogt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers

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13 40
Andrew Susac is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
_VillasenorRudy added Andrew Susac San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers

39
11 20
Tucker Barnhart is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
Tucker Barnhart Cincinnati Reds

40
8 17
Sandy León is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers

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5 2
Kevin Plawecki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
David Kleinworm added Kevin Plawecki

42
6 29
Tony Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current MLB Catchers
VeryOaty89 added Tony Sanchez Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants