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The Greatest Rookie Seasons By A Catcher

To be eligible, players since 1957 had to meet the MLB qualifications for rookie status. Players prior to the 1957 season were considered rookies based on rookie status taken from Fangraphs. The other qualification for eligibility for this list is that players had to have a minimum of 300 plate appearances.


  1. Carlton Fisk – 1972
  2. Carlton Fisk
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    7.3 165 131 514 457 74 134 28 9 22 61 5 2 52 83 .293 .370 .538 .908

  3. Mike Piazza – 1993
  4. Mike Piazza
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    7.0 150 149 602 547 81 174 24 2 35 112 3 4 46 86 .318 .370 .561 .931

  5. Thurman Munson – 1970
  6. Thurman Munson
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    5.5 127 132 526 453 59 137 25 4 6 53 5 7 57 56 .302 .382 .415 .797

  7. Bill Salkeld – 1945
  8. Bill Salkeld
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.7 161 95 317 267 45 83 16 1 15 52 2 50 16 .311 .420 .547 .967

  9. Tom Haller – 1962
  10. Tom Haller
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.5 144 99 331 272 53 71 13 1 18 55 1 4 51 59 .261 .381 .515 .896

  11. Buster Posey – 2010
  12. Buster Posey
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.9 134 108 443 406 58 124 23 2 18 67 0 2 30 55 .305 .357 .505 .862

  13. Johnny Bench – 1968
  14. Johnny Bench
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    5.0 115 154 607 564 67 155 40 2 15 82 1 5 31 96 .275 .310 .433 .743

  15. Darrell Porter – 1973
  16. Darrell Porter
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.6 130 117 416 350 50 89 19 2 16 67 5 2 57 85 .254 .361 .457 .818

  17. Matt Nokes – 1987
  18. Matt Nokes
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.4 131 135 508 461 69 133 14 2 32 87 2 1 35 70 .289 .343 .536 .879

  19. Terry Steinbach – 1987
  20. Terry Steinbach
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.5 119 122 438 391 66 111 16 3 16 56 1 2 32 66 .284 .347 .463 .810

  21. Geovany Soto – 2008
  22. Geovany Soto
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.3 120 141 563 494 66 141 35 2 23 86 0 1 62 121 .285 .364 .504 .868

  23. Jim Sundberg – 1974
  24. Jim Sundberg
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    4.0 104 132 449 368 45 91 13 3 3 36 2 4 62 61 .247 .341 .323 .664

  25. Butch Wynegar – 1976
  26. Butch Wynegar
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.4 113 149 622 534 58 139 21 2 10 69 0 0 79 63 .260 .354 .363 .717

  27. Benito Santiago – 1987
  28. Benito Santiago
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.4 109 146 572 546 64 164 33 2 18 79 21 12 16 112 .300 .323 .467 .790

  29. Manny Sanguillen – 1969
  30. Manny Sanguillen
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.5 104 129 481 459 62 139 21 6 5 57 8 4 12 48 .303 .320 .407 .727

  31. Craig Biggio – 1989
  32. Craig Biggio
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    2.7 115 134 509 443 64 114 21 2 13 60 21 3 49 64 .257 .332 .402 .734

  33. Bill Dickey – 1929
  34. Bill Dickey
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.3 113 130 473 447 60 145 30 6 10 65 5 3 14 16 .324 .338 .485 .823

  35. John Jaso – 2010
  36. John Jaso
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    2.6 115 109 404 339 57 89 18 3 5 44 4 0 59 39 .263 .371 .378 .749

  37. Mike Napoli – 2006
  38. Mike Napoli
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    2.6 115 99 325 268 47 61 13 0 16 42 2 3 51 90 .228 .360 .455 .815

  39. Joe Torre – 1961
  40. Joe Torre
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    3.4 103 113 441 406 40 113 21 4 10 42 3 5 28 60 .278 .329 .424 .753

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