Josh Phegley
Josh Phegley
31-Year-Old CatcherC
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Phegley has been pigeonholed as an option to play primarily versus lefty pitching, based on early-career success against southpaws. However, for the past few seasons, he's been more effective versus right-handers, serving as another example why it takes righty swingers 2,000 plate appearances against lefties (approximately 10 years of full-time play) before he truly owns his splits. The reality is Phegley isn't especially productive in either scenario, even when factoring in the low expectations of the current catching inventory. Phegley spent the early part of 2018 alternating between Oakland and Triple-A Nashville before being promoted for good June 4. He played sparingly, appearing in only 39 games and posting a .631 OPS in 69 plate appearances versus righties and a .504 mark in 33 trips to the dish with the platoon edge. Phegley will return to Oakland, reprising his part-time role. Even in deep two-catcher formats, there are better options. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.08 million contract with the Athletics in November of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Sitting Sunday
COakland Athletics
April 21, 2019
Phegley is not in Sunday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
ANALYSIS
Phegley was on a tear earlier this month but is in the midst of a 1-for-12 skid with five strikeouts over that stretch. Nick Hundley will start behind the dish, hitting ninth.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
 
 
+47%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .629 117 13 3 12 0 .227 .256 .373
Since 2017vs Right .629 200 25 5 22 0 .207 .265 .364
2019vs Left 1.038 15 4 0 0 0 .429 .467 .571
2019vs Right .704 39 7 3 9 0 .211 .231 .474
2018vs Left .504 33 3 1 5 0 .161 .182 .323
2018vs Right .645 69 10 1 10 0 .226 .290 .355
2017vs Left .600 69 6 2 7 0 .215 .246 .354
2017vs Right .582 92 8 1 3 0 .190 .261 .321
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+40%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+182%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+36%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .526 162 19 1 14 0 .185 .241 .285
Since 2017Away .738 155 19 7 20 0 .245 .284 .455
2019Home .441 30 4 0 0 0 .172 .200 .241
2019Away 1.243 24 7 3 9 0 .391 .417 .826
2018Home .621 42 6 1 9 0 .205 .262 .359
2018Away .583 60 7 1 6 0 .204 .250 .333
2017Home .510 90 9 0 5 0 .181 .244 .265
2017Away .692 71 5 3 5 0 .227 .268 .424
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Stat Review
How does Josh Phegley compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.08
 
BB Rate
1.9%
 
K Rate
24.1%
 
BABIP
.306
 
ISO
.231
 
AVG
.269
 
OBP
.296
 
SLG
.500
 
OPS
.796
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Phegley's ceiling as a short-end platoon player is well established as he enters his age-30 season, as he has hit just .207/.249/.343 in 451 career chances against right-handed pitching. His numbers against lefty pitching aren't great, but they are much more respectable (.253/.290/.425). Phegley puts the ball in play often enough (16.1 strikeout percentage last season) and his batting average seems likely to rebound as his .223 BABIP corrects toward the mean. He can also run into one on occasion although the power has dipped in recent seasons as Phegley has battled through a variety of injuries (knee issues in 2016, concussion and an oblique injury in 2017). Even if something were to happen to primary catcher Bruce Maxwell, the A's would likely find a way to avoid expanding Phegley's role too much. He's only worth considering in deep two-catcher formats.
After Stephen Vogt underwent elbow surgery prior to the start of the 2016 season, Phegley was expected to carry a heavier load early on. Unfortunately, a decrease in power and health ended up limiting the 28-year-old to just 78 at-bats over the course of the season. During the times he was able to play, his slugging percentage and performance against left-handers endured precipitous drops from the previous season. He only put up a .658 OPS against southpaws (as compared to his .709 OPS versus right-handers). His season was then cut short when he suffered a setback while recovering from July surgery to remove a cruciate ligament cyst from his right knee. His past numbers should carry some weight as he fights for a roster spot during spring training. Vogt appears poised to see a good deal of starts at DH while Bruce Maxwell may have passed Phegley on the organizational depth chart at catcher. It is possible, however, that the A's will keep three catchers out of spring training, given Vogt's likely deployment at DH.
Phegley moved to Oakland in the offseason as part of the Jeff Samardzijia trade and spent most of the season as a right-handed platoon mate for Stephen Vogt. Phegley appeared in 72 games for the A's hitting .249 with nine homers. Phegley was more effective against lefties, posting a .788 OPS as opposed to a .709 against righties. He started the season strong with a .805 OPS at the break, but faded late in the season with an OPS under .700 in the second half. Phegley could have some hidden power upside as he has flashed a bigger power in the minors, including a 23-homer season in Triple-A in 2014. Assuming he is recovered from a late-season concussion, Phegley should be back in his platoon role and could also see some at-bats against righties when the A's move Vogt out from behind the plate to first base or DH to give him a rest.
After earning an extended look with the big club in 2013, Phegley spent much of 2014 at Triple-A Charlotte. He displayed 20-plus home run power for the second straight year, but did not earn a call up to the major leagues until September. Phegley enters 2015 as A's likely No. 2 option following a November trade from the White Sox, though he could find himself in the starting role following a flurry of trade in Oakland.
Is Phegley the White Sox's catcher of the future? It looked like he may be after he hit home runs off David Price, Matt Garza and Anibal Sanchez in his first five games in the majors. Then the answer became much more unclear after he hit just one more home run over his next 60 games to go with a .223 OBP. Defensively, he threw out 30 percent of would-be basestealers, but he also had a hard time blocking wild pitches. He heads into 2014 as a slightly better option than Tyler Flowers, but the two will likely battle it out for the team's starting catcher job.
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Out of lineup
COakland Athletics
April 13, 2019
Phegley is on the bench Saturday against the Rangers.
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Smashes third homer
COakland Athletics
April 11, 2019
Phegley went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in an 8-5 victory against the Orioles on Thursday.
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Emerging as No. 1 catcher
COakland Athletics
April 11, 2019
Phegley will start at catcher and bat ninth Sunday against the Orioles, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Leaves yard again
COakland Athletics
April 9, 2019
Phegley went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Orioles on Monday.
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Rips first homer in loss
COakland Athletics
April 8, 2019
Phegley went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs overall in a loss to the Astros on Sunday.
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