Cervelli
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
AVG
.255
HR
11
RBI
48
R
33
SB
1
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy 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 hasn't had a contact rate below 77.2 percent in any of those years. It's a... read more
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 hasn't had a contact rate below 77.2 percent in any of those years. It's a skill set that won't harm two-catcher lineups. However, while backstops often generate more offense late in their careers, the soon-to-be 32-year-old seems like a weak bet for such a breakthrough, considering his career 50.0 percent groundball rate, which pegs him for single-digit homers most years. Injuries have piled up, including hand- and hamstring-related absences last season, but Cervelli boasts a fine reputation as a pitch framer. That should help keep him in the primary role to begin 2018.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'1"    WT: 210 lbs.    DOB: 3/6/1986    College: None    Drafted: 2003Show Contract
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Francisco Cervelli Contract Info:
Signed a three-year, $31 million extension with the Pirates in May 2016.
Back in action
CPittsburgh Pirates
August 14, 2018
Cervelli (concussion) is starting at catcher and hitting sixth Tuesday against the Twins, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Vs. Today's Pitcher
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Francisco Cervelli Vs Pitcher Stats
  • AB:
    36
  • H:
    10
  • 2B:
    1
  • 3B:
    0
  • HR:
    2
  • RBI:
    10
  • BB:
    2
  • K:
    6
  • SB:
    1
  • CS:
    0
  • HBP:
    0
  • SF:
    0
  • AVG:
    .278
  • OBP:
    .316
  • SLG:
    .472
  • OPS:
    .788
2018 Stat Review for Francisco Cervelli
0.65 BB/K
GREAT
13.6 % BB Rate
ELITE
21.1 % K Rate
WEAK
0.842 OPS
GREAT
0.382 OBP
ELITE
0.255 AVG
WEAK
0.296 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
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Second Baseman
  1. 1. JoshJ. Harrison (R)
  2. 2. AdamA. Frazier (L)
  3. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  4. X. JordyJ. Mercer (R) Day-To-Day
  5. 3. AdeinyA. Hechavarria (R)
Third Baseman
  1. 1. ColinC. Moran (L)
  2. 2. DavidD. Freese (R)
  3. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  4. 3. JoshJ. Harrison (R)
Shortstop
  1. X. JordyJ. Mercer (R) Day-To-Day
  2. 1. AdeinyA. Hechavarria (R)
  3. X. SeanS. Rodriguez (R) 10-Day DL
  4. 2. JoshJ. Harrison (R)
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  1. Francisco Cervelli 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Francisco Cervelli 2017 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  3. Francisco Cervelli 2016 Preseason Outlook
    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 — surprisingly high for a catcher. Cervelli threw out only 22 percent (29 of 102) of would-be basestealers, but there’s no reason why he can’t 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.
  4. Francisco Cervelli 2015 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  5. Francisco Cervelli 2014 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  6. Francisco Cervelli 2013 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  7. Francisco Cervelli 2012 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  8. Francisco Cervelli 2011 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  9. Francisco Cervelli 2010 Preseason Outlook
    Cervelli’s defensive prowess is rarely questioned; it’s his production with the bat in his hands that has some scouts believing he’ll 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 he’s 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.
  10. Francisco Cervelli 2009 Preseason Outlook
    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.
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Back in action
CPittsburgh Pirates
August 14, 2018
Cervelli (concussion) is starting at catcher and hitting sixth Tuesday against the Twins, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Makes appearance Sunday
CPittsburgh Pirates
Concussion
August 13, 2018
Cervelli (concussion), who struck out in a pinch-hitting appearance Sunday, is expected to continue catching in the coming week barring any setbacks, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
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Not in Sunday's lineup
CPittsburgh Pirates
Undisclosed
August 12, 2018
Cervelli (undisclosed) is out the lineup for Sunday's game at San Francisco, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
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Removed as precaution
CPittsburgh Pirates
Undisclosed
August 11, 2018
Cervelli (undisclosed) was removed from Saturday's game as a precaution after being struck in the mask by a foul ball, and he's being examined by the medical team.
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Leaves game after hit in mask
CPittsburgh Pirates
Undisclosed
August 11, 2018
Cervelli left Saturday's game after taking a foul ball off his mask, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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