I have decided to begin a new series, where in I will rank my top 10 at each position in Chicago Cubs Franchise History.
While the rankings are somewhat subjective, as they always are, I looked closely at the players 162 game average during his tenure with the Cubs, as well as how he performed on Cubs playoff teams.
I hope you enjoy this, and follow the series as it continues. As always I look forward to your input.
Cubs Career Totals: .256 BA, 36 HR, 179 RBI
162 Game Average: .256 BA, 14 HR, 70 RBI
The fact that Servais is on this list shows you just how sad things have been at this position over the years. Servais was a nice guy, and a decent hitter, but overall he was adequate at best.
Other Catchers Recieving Consideration:
George Mitterwald: 1974-1977
Silver Flint: 1879-1889
Jimmy Archer: 1909-1917
Joe Girardi: 1989-1992, 2000-2002
Roger Bresnahan: 1900, 1913-1915
Cubs Career Totals: .279 BA, 27 HR, 255 RBI
162 Game Average: .279 BA, 7 HR, 62 RBI
O'Farrell was considered to be one of the premier defensive catchers of his time, but he contributed with the bat as well.
In his first season as starter in 1922 he hit .322, but he suffered a skull injury in 1924 that cost him the season and eventually his job to Gabby Hartnett and he was traded to the Cardinals
Coincidentally, he went on the win the NL MVP for the Cardinals in 1926, seemingly recovered from the injury.
Cubs Career Totals: .254 BA , 57 HR, 170 RBI
162 Game Average: .254 BA, 20 HR, 61 RBI
While his 162 games average makes him seem like quite the power hitting catcher, his numbers are heavily skewed thanks to a ridiculous 1993 season.
Wilkins put up a .303, 30, 73 season in '93, seemingly living up to the praise that made him one of the Cubs top prospects.
It proved to be a fluke though, as he would never top 14 long balls the rest of his career, and never again hit over .300.
Cubs Career Totals: .249 BA, 33 HR, 230 RBI
162 Game Average: .249 BA, 7 HR, 50 RBI
All-Star Appearances: 2
While he was one of the better defensive catchers of his time, McCullough put on a show on July 26, 1942 as he hit three home runs in three consecutive at-bats.
He is one of only three Cubs catchers to be named to multiple All-Star games.
Cubs Career Totals: .284 BA, 57 HR, 208 RBI
162 Game Average: .284 BA, 21 HR, 78 RBI
Silvers Sluggers: 1
While he did not leave on the best of terms, Barrett was a great offensive catcher and even took home a Silver Slugger Award.
He will forever be remembered for his fight with A.J. Pierszynski as much as he will be his fight with teammate Carlos Zambrano.
Cubs Career Totals: .278 BA, 27 HR, 106 RBI
162 Game Average: .278 BA, 22 HR, 85 RBI
All-Star Appearances: 1 (one start)
2008 NL ROY
It will only take a few more seasons similar to his rookie year for Soto to shoot up to number two on this list, but for the time being he is still deservingly in the top five.
He has a great combination of contact, power, as well as defense and should solve the revolving door problem at the catchers position for years to come.
Cubs Career Totals: .271 BA, 16 HR, 436 RBI, 116 SB
162 Game Average: .271 BA, 3 HR, 69 RBI
Kling put up great offensive numbers, considering he was a catcher and he was playing during the dead ball era.
A key component to the Cubs late 1900s World Series teams, Kling drove in over 40 runs in all seven of his seasons as the Cubs starter.
Cubs Career Totals: .240 BA, 80 HR, 364 RBI
162 Game Average: .240 BA, 14 HR, 62 RBI
All-Star Appearances: 1
Gold Gloves: 1
Hundley, unlike his son, was and still is a fan favorite, as he remains involved with the team.
He played a big role in the infamous 1969 team, with a .255, 18, 64 season. The '69 season also marked his third straight season catching 150+ games, the first time that had ever been done by a catcher.
Cubs Career Totals: .251 BA, 122 HR, 467 RBI
162 Game Average: .251 BA, 20 HR, 76 RBI
All-Star Appearances: 2
Gold Gloves: 1
Davis was one of the better offensive catchers in the clubs history, at least from a power stand point.
He was a key part of the 1984 playoff team, as he hit .256, 19, 94 and finished tenth in the NL MVP voting.
Cubs Career Totals: .297 BA, 231 HR, 1153 RBI
162 Game Average: .297 BA, 19 HR, 97 RBI
Hall of Famer
All-Star Appearances: 6 (three starts)
1935 NL MVP
Hartnett was a staple behind the plate for the Cubs for 18 seasons and was incredibly productive.
He received MVP votes in 10 different seasons and won it in 1935 finishing the season with a .344, 13, 91 line.
His best season came in 1930 as he posted a .339, 37, 122 line.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955, receiving 77.7 percent of the vote in his second to last time on the ballot.