Catcher WAR Rankings

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Our Player Rankings are based on Wins Above Replacement (WAR) and a combination of career, short and long peak performance, prime performance, and performance during championship seasons.

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Our formula that combines career, peak, prime, and championship WAR.

WAR
Career Wins Above Replacement.

WAR7
Top 7 seasons, based on Wins Above Replacement.

WAR5C
Best 5 consecutive seasons by Wins Above Replacement.

WAR3
Top 3 seasons, based on Wins Above Replacement.

CHWAR
Wins Above Replacement in pennant-winning seasons.

RANK PLAYER HOF FROM TO SCORE WAR WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 CHWAR
1 Johnny Bench Y 1967 1983 321.3 75.2 47.2 32.7 23.9 27.2
2 Gary Carter Y 1974 1992 318.0 70.1 48.2 35.8 23.1 3.6
3 Ivan Rodriguez Y 1991 2011 284.2 68.7 39.6 30.3 19.3 7.6
4 Mike Piazza Y 1992 2007 280.9 59.6 42.2 30.9 21.9 5.1
5 Carlton Fisk Y 1969 1993 267.8 68.4 37.7 23.2 20.3 3.2
6 Yogi Berra Y 1946 1965 260.6 59.5 36.8 27.5 17.4 43.4
7 Thurman Munson N 1969 1979 254.5 46.0 37.0 27.0 19.3 13.4
8 Roy Campanella Y 1948 1957 250.1 35.6 34.3 26.9 18.9 21.1
9 Mickey Cochrane Y 1925 1937 248.2 49.1 36.2 27.0 17.6 24.0
10 Joe Mauer N 2004 2018 246.4 55.3 39.0 28.9 19.5 0.0
11 Bill Dickey Y 1928 1946 235.3 57.3 35.9 26.3 18.1 33.7
... HOF Catcher Y ... ... 232.7 53.0 35.2 25.3 17.3 13.2
12 Buster Posey N 2009 2019 227.1 41.8 37.2 29.2 19.0 16.9
13 Joe Torre N 1960 1977 225.2 57.6 37.2 25.7 17.8 0.0
14 Ted Simmons Y 1968 1988 220.0 50.3 34.8 22.9 16.2 3.3
15 Bill Freehan N 1961 1976 210.8 44.7 33.7 22.5 18.3 7.0
16 Gene Tenace N 1969 1983 209.7 46.8 34.9 25.4 16.3 12.5
17 Gabby Hartnett Y 1922 1941 207.5 56.9 31.0 20.6 15.1 10.3
18 Jorge Posada N 1995 2011 205.5 42.7 32.9 23.2 16.8 20.0
19 Jim Sundberg N 1974 1989 193.7 40.5 28.6 21.3 14.3 1.0
20 Yadier Molina N 2004 2020 191.3 40.1 28.7 22.4 16.5 8.2
21 Jason Kendall N 1996 2010 188.5 41.7 30.4 20.0 14.6 0.0
22 Darrell Porter N 1971 1987 182.9 40.9 29.0 18.3 15.7 7.1
23 Roger Bresnahan Y 1897 1915 182.2 42.1 30.5 22.9 16.0 3.7
24 Lance Parrish N 1977 1995 181.5 39.5 28.4 19.5 14.3 2.8
25 Wally Schang N 1913 1931 173.2 47.9 25.2 17.5 12.3 16.2
26 Russell Martin N 2006 2019 171.6 38.7 26.7 16.7 15.0 0.0
27 Elston Howard N 1955 1968 164.0 27.1 26.6 20.7 16.0 20.2
28 Ernie Lombardi Y 1931 1947 163.7 39.5 25.0 17.7 12.3 6.0
29 Brian McCann N 2005 2019 162.7 31.9 24.5 17.6 13.4 1.2
30 Victor Martinez N 2002 2018 161.3 31.9 28.3 17.1 15.0 0.0
31 Mickey Tettleton N 1984 1997 160.0 29.4 24.7 20.7 14.9 0.0
32 Manny Sanguillen N 1967 1980 151.3 27.6 26.4 18.9 13.7 5.0
33 Del Crandall N 1949 1966 149.7 28.2 24.6 17.3 13.6 6.3
34 Tony Pena N 1980 1997 149.2 24.7 24.7 20.7 13.8 0.0
35 Javy Lopez N 1992 2006 147.7 29.7 24.8 15.3 15.1 3.3
36 Tom Haller N 1961 1972 147.1 29.3 24.0 17.6 12.2 3.5
37 Smoky Burgess N 1949 1967 143.1 33.3 23.0 14.6 10.6 3.3
38 Tim McCarver N 1959 1980 143.0 28.3 21.5 17.3 12.8 11.4
39 Darren Daulton N 1983 1997 141.9 23.0 22.2 18.3 15.8 5.0
40 Chris Hoiles N 1989 1998 141.7 23.5 22.3 18.6 13.3 0.0
41 Terry Steinbach N 1986 1999 141.3 28.0 21.5 15.6 10.9 3.8
42 Carlos Ruiz N 2006 2017 141.2 22.5 20.9 16.2 11.8 2.7
43 Ray Schalk Y 1912 1929 140.9 33.0 22.0 18.0 10.5 5.5
44 Walker Cooper N 1940 1957 140.2 27.3 23.0 15.0 12.4 9.1
45 Ed Bailey N 1953 1966 139.3 27.2 23.0 17.4 12.2 1.9
46 Sherm Lollar N 1946 1963 136.7 30.1 21.9 15.7 10.8 3.4
47 Mike Scioscia N 1980 1992 134.2 26.1 21.7 15.7 12.1 3.7
48 Butch Wynegar N 1976 1988 133.4 26.5 22.8 15.4 11.8 0.0
49 Johnny Bassler N 1913 1927 131.3 21.3 19.7 18.8 10.9 0.0
50 Chief Meyers N 1909 1917 129.6 25.2 21.3 18.1 11.9 13.7
51 Bob Boone N 1972 1990 129.0 27.4 20.2 12.2 10.5 0.3
52 Mike Napoli N 2006 2017 128.5 26.3 22.7 16.6 12.7 10.4
53 Rick Ferrell Y 1929 1947 128.1 29.8 19.7 16.6 9.1 0.0
54 Johnny Kling N 1900 1913 128.0 29.0 22.4 15.5 11.4 13.5
55 Steve O\'Neill N 1911 1928 125.9 26.1 20.6 16.8 12.1 4.8
56 Charles Johnson N 1994 2005 125.8 22.6 20.4 16.1 12.6 4.4
57 Mike Stanley N 1986 2000 125.7 20.9 19.4 15.4 11.3 0.0
58 Spud Davis N 1928 1945 123.5 23.0 21.2 15.6 12.0 2.4
59 Salvador Perez N 2011 2020 122.3 22.1 20.9 15.9 10.9 5.9
60 Jason Varitek N 1997 2011 120.0 24.2 18.7 14.4 10.9 6.3
61 Terry Kennedy N 1978 1991 118.1 21.6 19.3 17.0 11.6 0.6
62 Jonathan Lucroy N 2010 2020 117.9 17.8 19.2 17.6 13.7 0.0
63 Rick Dempsey N 1969 1992 117.9 25.1 17.4 12.7 9.4 3.9
64 John Romano N 1958 1967 117.3 20.9 20.0 15.0 11.8 0.0
65 John Stearns N 1974 1984 117.2 19.7 19.5 14.7 12.5 0.0
66 Ramon Hernandez N 1999 2013 116.3 22.1 18.8 14.9 10.6 0.0
67 John Roseboro N 1957 1970 115.8 22.5 19.4 13.6 10.3 7.9
68 J.T. Realmuto N 2014 2020 115.2 18.4 17.7 17.5 12.6 0.0
69 Andy Seminick N 1943 1957 113.1 21.5 18.7 15.0 10.8 4.3
70 A.J. Pierzynski N 1998 2016 111.1 23.8 18.0 11.5 9.9 2.3
71 Bob O\'Farrell N 1915 1935 111.0 21.3 17.1 16.2 12.4 3.6
72 Benito Santiago N 1986 2005 110.4 27.4 18.6 13.1 9.4 2.6
73 Joe Ferguson N 1970 1983 108.6 21.0 19.7 9.9 13.2 3.5
74 Muddy Ruel N 1915 1934 108.0 20.5 16.4 16.8 9.8 4.8
75 Earl Battey N 1955 1967 107.6 18.8 18.7 13.9 10.6 3.2
76 Matt Wieters N 2009 2020 107.3 18.2 17.3 14.5 11.9 0.0
77 Hank Gowdy N 1910 1930 106.3 23.7 13.7 14.1 7.1 5.5
78 Kurt Suzuki N 2007 2020 104.6 20.1 18.3 11.4 10.0 0.4
79 Bubbles Hargrave N 1913 1930 103.3 16.4 17.9 13.9 12.3 0.0
80 Ernie Whitt N 1976 1991 102.5 18.3 18.3 13.1 8.9 0.0
81 Paul LoDuca N 1998 2008 101.1 17.9 18.7 16.0 11.6 0.0
82 Jody Davis N 1981 1990 100.4 15.8 16.9 14.4 9.8 0.0
83 Hank Severeid N 1911 1926 100.1 18.6 16.7 14.2 8.1 0.0
84 Harry Danning N 1933 1942 99.1 14.7 15.7 13.9 10.7 1.3
85 Clay Dalrymple N 1960 1971 95.2 16.8 14.8 13.0 10.5 0.0
86 Steve Yeager N 1972 1986 94.7 17.9 14.7 12.2 8.1 7.3
87 Stan Lopata N 1948 1960 93.4 15.3 16.2 13.3 9.9 0.0
88 Miguel Montero N 2006 2018 93.3 14.3 15.3 13.4 11.5 0.0
89 Don Slaught N 1982 1997 93.2 19.3 14.7 11.1 7.2 0.0
90 Brad Ausmus N 1993 2010 91.9 16.5 15.0 11.2 9.7 0.6
91 Alex Avila N 2009 2020 89.1 15.7 15.5 10.2 10.2 2.2
92 Todd Hundley N 1990 2003 88.0 10.8 15.5 12.8 11.3 0.0
93 Ray Fosse N 1967 1979 87.8 12.9 15.2 12.7 10.7 3.1
94 Mike Lieberthal N 1994 2007 87.7 15.3 14.7 11.7 9.1 0.0
95 Yasmani Grandal N 2012 2020 85.9 17.2 15.5 12.1 8.5 5.5
96 Johnny Edwards N 1961 1974 85.3 14.8 15.4 10.1 9.1 0.0
97 Frank Snyder N 1912 1927 84.5 17.5 14.5 9.0 9.2 7.5
98 Gus Triandos N 1953 1965 84.2 14.1 14.2 11.8 8.9 0.0
99 Sandy Alomar Jr. N 1988 2007 83.8 13.7 13.2 9.2 8.4 5.2
100 Bob Brenly N 1981 1989 83.5 12.7 13.9 12.3 10.2 0.0