24-Year-Old Catcher – Tampa Bay Rays
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
O'Conner played just 20 games in 2016 between rookie ball and Double-A after being sidelined until August with a back strain. He got off to a strong start in the former, slashing .325/.400/.525 over 4...
O'Conner (back) cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Durham, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Justin O'Conner: Minor League Games Played By Position
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Tampa Bay Rays Roster
MajorsAndriese, Matt (P)
AAAdames, Willy (SS)
A+Alvarado, Jose (P)
ABurke, Brock (P)
RookieBetts, Chris (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
O’Conner simply cannot hit. It may seem harsh to say that about a prospect who has not yet played above Double-A, but at this point it is a fair statement. Even when he was taken with the 31st pick in the 2010 draft, there were major questions about his hit tool, and those concerns have been validated many times since. He has the best arm of any catcher in the minor leagues, and he could be a plus defensive catcher in the big leagues, but if he is hitting .200 then fantasy owners will be unable to chase the counting stats that could come with his being in the lineup on most days. Unlike players like Christian Bethancourt and Austin Hedges, who have similar all-defense profiles behind the dish, O’Conner actually has above average power, so he could run into 18 homers if he played 130 games. But that still would not be enough production for his low batting average to be palatable in most formats.