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Francisco Cervelli

32-Year-Old Catcher – Pittsburgh Pirates

2018 Stats

AVG

.280

HR

6

RBI

25

R

16

SB

0

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Cervelli has averaged 402 plate appearances with a .274/.365/.369 line and a 0.58 BB/K over the past three seasons. That's hardly exciting offense, but he's fueled by that helpful batting eye and he h...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 210   DOB: 3/6/1986   BORN: Valencia, Venezuela   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: By NYY In 2003   Show ContractHide Contract

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Francisco Cervelli Contract Information:

Signed a three-year, $31 million extension with the Pirates in May 2016.

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Francisco Cervelli Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 21 A TAM 89 326 290 34 81 28 24 2 2 32 4 3 36 59 0 0 0 .279 .387 .397 .784
2008 22 R GCL 3 8 8 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .250 .250 .375 .625
2008 22 A TAM 3 10 10 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .300 .364 .300 .664
2008 22 AA TRE 21 88 73 8 23 5 5 0 0 8 0 0 11 14 0 0 4 .315 .432 .384 .816
2008 22 MAJ NYY 3 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2009 23 R GCL 2 7 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .167 .286 .167 .453
2009 23 AA TRE 15 60 54 8 11 3 1 0 2 7 0 0 6 12 0 0 0 .204 .283 .333 .616
2009 23 AAA SCR 21 75 69 7 19 6 5 0 1 7 0 2 3 13 1 1 1 .275 .311 .391 .702
2009 23 MAJ NYY 42 101 94 13 28 5 4 0 1 11 0 3 2 11 4 1 0 .298 .309 .372 .682
2010 24 MAJ NYY 93 317 266 27 72 14 11 3 0 38 1 1 33 42 8 4 6 .271 .359 .335 .694
2011 25 A+ TAM 3 10 10 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .300 .300 .300 .600
2011 25 AAA SCR 3 15 13 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 .154 .267 .154 .421
2011 25 MAJ NYY 43 137 124 17 33 8 4 0 4 22 4 1 9 29 1 1 2 .266 .324 .395 .719
2012 26 AAA SCR 99 417 354 43 87 19 15 2 2 39 6 0 39 82 3 6 15 .246 .341 .316 .657
2012 26 MAJ NYY 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .500
2013 27 MAJ NYY 17 61 52 12 14 6 3 0 3 8 0 0 8 9 0 0 1 .269 .377 .500 .877
2014 28 A+ TAM 2 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .000 .143 .000 .143
2014 28 AA TRE 5 20 15 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 1 .133 .350 .133 .483
2014 28 AAA SCR 3 11 11 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182 .182 .182 .364
2014 28 MAJ NYY 49 162 146 18 44 14 11 1 2 13 1 0 11 41 0 0 5 .301 .370 .432 .802
2015 29 MAJ PIT 130 510 451 56 133 29 17 5 7 43 1 1 46 94 4 1 8 .295 .370 .401 .771
2016 30 AAA IND 3 13 10 1 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 .400 .538 .500 1.038
2016 30 MAJ PIT 101 393 326 42 86 16 14 1 1 33 6 2 56 72 0 5 6 .264 .377 .322 .699
2017 31 MAJ PIT 81 304 265 31 66 20 13 2 5 31 0 2 32 65 0 1 6 .249 .342 .370 .712
2018 32 MAJ PIT 37 147 118 16 33 14 6 2 6 25 0 2 20 27 0 3 6 .280 .401 .517 .918
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3-Year Averages     104 400 347 43 95 20 14 2 4 35 2 1 44 77 1 2 6 .274 .363 .360 .724
Career  (View All)     599 2,139 1,848 233 509 126 83 14 29 224 13 12 218 393 17 16 40 .275 .361 .383 .744

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Francisco Cervelli Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
May. 22 @Cin 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .280 .401 .517 .918
May. 20 SD 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 .278 .399 .522 .921
May. 19 SD 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .406 .536 .942
May. 18 SD Did not play.
May. 17 SD 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .296 .418 .556 .974
May. 16 CWS Did not play.
May. 15 CWS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .302 .415 .566 .981
May. 13 SF 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .305 .414 .571 .985
May. 12 SF 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 .307 .415 .574 .989
May. 11 SF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 .303 .403 .545 .948
May. 9 @CWS Did not play.
May. 8 @CWS 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .302 .400 .552 .952
May. 6 @Mil 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .301 .391 .559 .950
May. 5 @Mil 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .303 .396 .573 .969
May. 4 @Mil 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .314 .402 .593 .995
May. 3 @Was Did not play.
May. 2 @Was 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .310 .388 .595 .983
May. 1 @Was 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .313 .394 .575 .969
Apr. 30 @Was 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308 .391 .564 .955
Apr. 29 StL Did not play.
Apr. 28 StL 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .307 .393 .573 .966
Apr. 27 StL 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .306 .400 .542 .942
Apr. 26 Det 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .375 .529 .904
Apr. 25 Det Did not play.
Apr. 25 Det 4 1 3 1 0 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .292 .390 .554 .944
Apr. 22 @Phi Did not play.
Apr. 21 @Phi 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .262 .361 .475 .836
Apr. 20 @Phi 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .281 .382 .509 .891
Apr. 19 @Phi 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .278 .375 .519 .894
Apr. 18 Col Did not play.
Last 7 Games 13 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 3 0 0 1 1 0 .077 .316 .077 .393
Last 14 Games 32 5 6 1 0 1 3 9 10 0 2 3 2 1 .188 .391 .313 .704
Last 30 Games 66 10 19 3 0 4 13 14 17 0 2 4 2 2 .288 .430 .515 .945

Francisco Cervelli: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2018 36 1
2017 78
2016 95 2 1
2015 128 1
2014 42 5 1
2013 17 1
2012 3
2011 41 1 2
2010 90 2
2009 40

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Francisco Cervelli Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018223270.182.455.812
20175961110.237.339.677
20165210032.385.404.888

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201896134180.302.531.943
2017206254200.252.379.722
2016274321304.241.307.663

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20185473110.222.481.870
2017122132110.238.336.674
2016155160172.265.323.704

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20186493140.328.547.960
2017143183200.259.399.744
2016171261164.263.322.694
Francisco Cervelli vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Pitcher Team AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
Homer Bailey CIN 7 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 .286 .286 .429 .714

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Francisco Cervelli Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2007 21 A TAM 326 290 11% 18.1% 0.61 80% .345 .118
2008 22 R GCL 8 8 0% 12.5% 0.00 88% .286 .125
2008 22 A TAM 10 10 0% 30% 0.00 70% .429 .000
2008 22 AA TRE 88 73 12.5% 15.9% 0.79 81% .390 .069
2008 22 MAJ NYY 5 5 0% 60% 0.00 40% .000 .000
2009 23 R GCL 7 6 14.3% 0% 0.00 100% .167 .000
2009 23 AA TRE 60 54 10% 20% 0.50 78% .225 .129
2009 23 AAA SCR 75 69 4% 17.3% 0.23 81% .321 .116
2009 23 MAJ NYY 101 94 2% 10.9% 0.18 88% .325 .074
2010 24 MAJ NYY 317 266 10.4% 13.2% 0.79 84% .316 .064
2011 25 A+ TAM 10 10 0% 20% 0.00 80% .375 .000
2011 25 AAA SCR 15 13 6.7% 33.3% 0.20 62% .250 .000
2011 25 MAJ NYY 137 124 6.6% 21.2% 0.31 77% .315 .129
2012 26 AAA SCR 417 354 9.4% 19.7% 0.48 77% .308 .070
2012 26 MAJ NYY 2 1 50% 0% 0.00 100% .000 .000
2013 27 MAJ NYY 61 52 13.1% 14.8% 0.89 83% .275 .231
2014 28 A+ TAM 7 6 14.3% 14.3% 1.00 83% .000 .000
2014 28 AA TRE 20 15 20% 20% 1.00 73% .182 .000
2014 28 AAA SCR 11 11 0% 0% 0.00 100% .182 .000
2014 28 MAJ NYY 162 146 6.8% 25.3% 0.27 72% .408 .131
2015 29 MAJ PIT 510 451 9% 18.4% 0.49 79% .359 .106
2016 30 AAA IND 13 10 23.1% 15.4% 1.50 80% .500 .100
2016 30 MAJ PIT 393 326 14.2% 18.3% 0.78 78% .329 .058
2017 31 MAJ PIT 304 265 10.5% 21.4% 0.49 75% .311 .121
2018 32 MAJ PIT 147 118 13.6% 18.4% 0.74 77% .307 .237
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3-Year Averages     400 347 11% 19.3% 0.57 78% .340 .086
Career     2,139 1,848 10.2% 18.4% 0.55 79% .333 .108

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Francisco Cervelli Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
C 2015 1099.7 8 9 0 0 -1 0 1 0 0 -3 11
2016 808 6 9 0 0 -2 0 -2 -2 0 7 5
2017 645.3 -6 28 0 0 -1 0 1 -2 0 -1 -3
2018 204 -4 33 0 0 -3 0 0 1 0 -1 -1
1B 2016 9 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2018 Stat Review for Francisco Cervelli    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.74 BB/K
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13.6% BB Rate
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18.4% K Rate
GOOD
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.918 OPS
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.401 OBP
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Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.280 AVG
GOOD
.307 BABIP
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Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.517 SLG
GREAT
.237 ISO
GREAT

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Francisco Cervelli: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Cervelli (forearm) went 0-for-2 with one run and two walks Thursday against San Diego.

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Cervelli (forearm) will catch and bat third against the Padres on Thursday.

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Cervelli (forearm) is out of the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.

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Cervelli (forearm) reported Tuesday that he should be fine moving forward, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

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Cervelli exited Tuesday's game against the White Sox early with right forearm discomfort, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

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Cervelli is batting atop the Pirates' lineup Sunday against the Giants, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

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Cervelli is out of the lineup against the White Sox on Wednesday, Liz Bloom of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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Cervelli went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI against the Brewers on Friday.

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Cervelli is out of the lineup Thursday against the Nationals, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

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Cervelli went 1-for-4 with his fifth homer of the season Wednesday.

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Cervelli is batting .307/.393/.573 with four homers and 20 RBI in 75 at-bats.

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Cervelli is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

For the eighth time in nine MLB seasons, Cervelli missed significant action after breaking his hamate bone in June. Never known for power, the catcher hit just one home run (on Sept. 22) in 393 plate appearances. Cervelli's slash line of .264/.377/.322 varied little before or after surgery. While he offers little in the way of power -- his seven homers in 2015 represent a career high -- he does hold a .280 career batting average. The backstop, who's consistently been ranked among the top pitch-framers in baseball, signed a contract extension in the summer worth $31 million for three years. He'll see as much time as his fragile body allows as one of Pittsburgh's highest paid players.

2016

Cervelli exceeded expectations in 2015. First, and most importantly, he stayed healthy and caught a career-best 128 games. Second, he softened the blow of losing Russell Martin to free agency by slashing .295/.370/.401 with seven homers and 43 RBI. Even a .360 BABIP is offset by the fact he carries a career mark of .344 ó surprisingly high for a catcher. Cervelli threw out only 22 percent (29 of 102) of would-be basestealers, but thereís no reason why he canít put up relatively strong offensive numbers again in 2016, provided he can stay healthy. Just keep in mind that he has slugged .389 in parts of eight major league seasons, never exceeding four home runs at any level before last year.

2015

Two weeks into the 2014 campaign, Cervelli suffered a severe right hamstring strain while attempting to beat out a groundball at first base. Given the extent of the injury, the Yankees went ahead and bypassed the 15-day DL, instead giving Cervelli a 60-day designation and recalling John Ryan Murphy to serve as the backup to Brian McCann. Cervelli didn't need much more than the 60 days, as he returned to the active roster June 17, and went on to slash .314/.386/.461 with two homers in 114 plate appearances after the All-Star break. He began experiencing painful headaches in September, a troubling sign given his history of concussion issues, but Cervelli would return to play in nine more games before the end of the year, and the Pirates, whom acquired Cervelli in November, seem to have every intent to keep him behind the plate. In fact, he is expected to be the successor to the starting role in Pittsburgh, with Russell Martin departing via free agency in the offseason. Cervelli could make for an intriguing second-catcher option in deeper leagues just based off the workload, but he's never hit more than four homers in a season as a professional.

2014

Cervelli had a clear path to playing time with the Yankees in 2013, but the combination of a concussion and a Biogenesis-related suspension left him behind Chris Stewart in the pecking order. The Yankees will bring Cervelli back for 2014, and if he does get playing time he can put up a decent empty batting average that can help in very deep leagues. However, he will be limited to a backup role if he makes the roster out of spring training following the team's addition of Brian McCann in November.

2013

Cervelli has had a tumultous offseason, as he's appeared on client lists for the controversial Biogenesis lab, but has denied using any banned substances. Cervelli spent much of 2012 in the minor leagues after the Yankees turned to Chris Stewart, a superior defender to Cervelli, as their backup catcher behind Russell Martin. With Martin gone, the Yankees appear to be leaning toward Cervelli's offense over Stewart's defense as the near-term starter, but what offense Cervelli does provide only might consist of some empty batting average and decent on-base skills. Cervelli's most extended major league trial saw him hit .271 with a .359 OBP and 38 RBI over 266 at bats in 2010, and he's been trending downward ever since. He also may just be keeping the seat warm for Austin Romine later on in 2013, and perhaps for the far superior hitting prospect Gary Sanchez in the 2015 range.

2012

Cervelli is a serviceable enough backup catcher, and the Yankees like both his defense and his personality, but if Jesus Montero can demonstrate even a basic level of competence to play 20-30 games behind the plate, Cervelli is likely to be out of a job. He's unlikely to hit enough to ever be a full-time starter, but he should carve out a career as a backup somewhere.

2011

With Jorge Posada battling injuries and demonstrating increasing defensive deficiencies, Cervelli logged over 300 plate appearances last season. He makes decent contact and was good at generating walks (.359 OBP), but his .335 slugging percentage means the Yankees are basically devoid of any power from the catching position when he's in the lineup. Posada will transition to DH in 2011, leaving Cervelli and Russell Martin to handle the bulk of the playing time behind the plate until prospects Jesus Montero and Austin Romine are ready to enter the picture.

2010

Cervelliís defensive prowess is rarely questioned; itís his production with the bat in his hands that has some scouts believing heíll top out as a reserve catcher in the bigs. He made some strides at the plate in 2009, hitting .298 with a .309 OBP in 94 at-bats with the Yankees, though heís still almost completely devoid of home-run power. Still, his superb work behind the dish led New York to let the aging Jose Molina walk, so they may rely primarily on Cervelli as the No. 2 backstop behind Jorge Posada in 2010.

2009

A wrist injury took away most of Cervelli's 2008 season, but he did manage to put together a .315/.432/.384 line at Double-A before getting a late-season callup to the Yankees for depth behind the plate at Triple-A. He hasn't swung the bat well enough in the minors to get fantasy owners excited about him, but Cervelli is excellent defensively and should have a future in the big leagues as a capable reserve. Jorge Posada is expected to be ready for Opening Day, so veteran Jose Molina will slot in as the team's backup catcher barring an unforeseen setback. Unless another devastating injury strikes, Cervelli will spend most of 2009 at Triple-A preparing to take over as the eventual No. 2 backstop in New York.