Catchers are a unique lot. They need to be intelligent and handle pitchers well. They tend to be bigger and bulkier than other fielders, so they rarely are the fastest players. They also see the most on-field action, so they can get injured more often.
But the best defensive catchers in Major League Baseball are not always the best overall catchers. When we rank them by career fielding percentage — total putouts and assists divided by total number of putouts, assists and errors — Hall of Famers, World Series stars and household names sometimes miss the cut.
The top defensive backstops (with a minimum of 500 major league games) have a Latin flavor. Some hail from Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba and other Spanish-speaking countries. And talk about good genes. Guess which three brothers all rank among the game's premiere defensive stalwarts?
These are the best defensive catchers in baseball history, ranked by fielding percentage. You might be surprised who's missing.
Note: All stats are from Baseball Reference through May 9, 2019.