Josh Phegley
Josh Phegley
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Oakland Athletics
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year deal with the A's in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Scores three runs
COakland Athletics
September 20, 2018
Phegley went 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored Thursday against the Angels.
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Phegley too advantage ofd his third start since September 5, recording his first multi-run game of the season. He had only nine at-bats in September entering Thursday's action, and that lack of playing time greatly limits his value.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .594 142 13 3 14 0 .212 .254 .341
Since 2016vs Right .625 194 21 3 20 0 .210 .273 .352
2018vs Left .504 33 3 1 5 0 .161 .182 .323
2018vs Right .628 56 6 1 9 0 .200 .268 .360
2017vs Left .600 69 6 2 7 0 .215 .246 .354
2017vs Right .582 92 8 1 3 0 .190 .261 .321
2016vs Left .658 40 4 0 2 0 .250 .325 .333
2016vs Right .709 46 7 1 8 0 .262 .304 .405
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+36%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .566 181 19 2 17 0 .192 .254 .311
Since 2016Away .667 155 15 4 17 0 .234 .277 .390
2018Home .556 36 3 1 8 0 .152 .222 .333
2018Away .599 53 6 1 6 0 .208 .245 .354
2017Home .510 90 9 0 5 0 .181 .244 .265
2017Away .692 71 5 3 5 0 .227 .268 .424
2016Home .663 55 7 1 4 0 .235 .291 .373
2016Away .725 31 4 0 6 0 .296 .355 .370
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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
0.19
 
BB Rate
5.3%
 
K Rate
27.4%
 
BABIP
.262
 
ISO
.149
 
AVG
.207
 
OBP
.253
 
SLG
.356
 
OPS
.609
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Logs two extra-base hits
COakland Athletics
August 18, 2018
Phegley went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in Saturday's win over the Astros.
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Another pair of hits in loss
COakland Athletics
July 29, 2018
Phegley went 2-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Rockies on Saturday.
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Singles in rare start
COakland Athletics
July 26, 2018
Phegley went 1-for-4 with a run in a win over the Rangers on Wednesday.
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Two-run homer Saturday
COakland Athletics
July 1, 2018
Phegley went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in a win over the Indians on Saturday.
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Homer and two RBI
COakland Athletics
June 20, 2018
Phegley went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Padres.
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