Caleb Joseph
Caleb Joseph
33-Year-Old CatcherC
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Joseph began 2018 sharing time behind the plate with Chance Sisco. The previous season, Joseph recorded a career-best .700 OPS, so there was hope he'd serve as a bridge until Sisco was ready for bell-cow duties. However, a .528 OPS prompted Baltimore to send him to Triple-A Norfolk in mid-May. Joseph was recalled a month later and spent the rest of the season with the Orioles, posting a slightly improved but still poor .591 OPS in that span. Baltimore opted to let the 32-year-old Joseph go after the season. The career backup should find a place to latch on as his defense is still above average, especially his throwing arm. Even in today's landscape replete with a horrible fantasy catching pool, it's hard to envision Joseph being relevant, even in the deepest of formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Diamondbacks in February of 2019.
Returns to Diamondbacks
CArizona Diamondbacks
September 1, 2019
Joseph was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Joseph had a couple stretches in the majors this season but spent the bulk of the year with Reno, where he had a .265/.324/.481 slash line in 48 games. He'll provide catching depth behind Carson Kelly and Alex Avila.
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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
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+38%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .646 162 18 3 17 0 .237 .284 .362
Since 2017vs Right .621 425 46 8 31 2 .235 .263 .358
2019vs Left .667 6 2 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
2019vs Right .485 35 3 0 1 0 .188 .235 .250
2018vs Left .540 90 8 0 6 0 .214 .267 .274
2018vs Right .591 190 20 3 11 2 .221 .249 .343
2017vs Left .787 66 8 3 9 0 .258 .303 .484
2017vs Right .672 200 23 5 19 0 .255 .281 .391
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .661 288 36 4 20 1 .257 .294 .368
Since 2017Away .596 299 28 7 28 1 .214 .245 .351
2019Home .490 26 4 0 3 0 .208 .240 .250
2019Away .552 15 1 0 0 0 .214 .267 .286
2018Home .664 138 17 1 10 1 .256 .299 .364
2018Away .491 142 11 2 7 1 .184 .211 .279
2017Home .693 124 15 3 7 0 .269 .298 .395
2017Away .706 142 16 5 21 0 .244 .277 .430
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Stat Review
How does Caleb Joseph 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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.10
 
BB Rate
2.4%
 
K Rate
24.4%
 
BABIP
.286
 
ISO
.053
 
AVG
.211
 
OBP
.250
 
SLG
.263
 
OPS
.513
 
wOBA
.232
 
Exit Velocity
87.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Baltimore's longtime backup catcher is set to reprise his role once again in 2018 after a successful bounce-back campaign in 2017. Joseph, who went without a single RBI in 2016, drove in 28 runs and chipped in 23 extra-base hits across 89 games as the reserve catcher behind Welington Castillo. Now that Castillo is no longer in the mix in Baltimore, the Orioles believe the time is now for Chance Sisco to take over as the top backstop. With that, Joseph is set to be the backup catcher once again; however, Sisco's lack of track record at the major-league level could result in Joseph seeing more playing time than the average backup. Still, Joseph's minuscule 3.8 percent walk rate and a .287 OBP suggest he'll merely be a low-end option in two-catcher AL-only leagues.
As the Orioles backup catcher, Joseph's fantasy value has been correlated with Matt Wieters' health over the past few seasons. Wieters missed significant time in 2014 and 2015, and Joseph was the main beneficiary, appearing in 82 and 100 games, respectively. The 2016 season was a different story, as Wieters was able to stay relatively healthy and Joseph missed extended time with a groin injury. Joseph, who has never been much of an offensive threat, struggled mightily in his limited playing time, hitting for a .174 average and failing to drive in a single run all season. He recorded only three extra-base hits and ended the season with an ISO of .023. Despite his forgettable performance, Joseph should retain his backup role heading into 2017. The Orioles signed Welington Castillo to a one-year deal with a player option for a second year. Look for Castillo to start four or five days each week with Joseph picking up the remaining starts.
Joseph was the surprise beneficiary of Matt Wieters' elbow injury in 2014, and he ended up with an extra dose of playing time in 2015 when Wieters continued to struggle with ailments. That afforded Joseph 100 games and he took the opportunity to improve his K rate (25.1 percent in 2014, 20.3 percent in 2015). Still, it's likely that Joseph will always be a better defender than hitter. Unfortunately for Joseph, he is probably the only person in the organization who was not a fan of Wieters' decision to accept a qualifying offer for an additional season with the Orioles. That means Joseph will take on a backup role as long as Wieters is healthy. Leagues that have two catcher spots might benefit by carrying both Baltimore backstops. Wieters still has arm concerns, he can also play first base, or he can be traded if the team struggles. All these potential paths to playing time are a good thing for Joseph.
Having passed Johnny Monell on the organizational depth chart after an outstanding 2013 season at Double-A Bowie (.299/.346/.494 with 22 homers and 97 RBI), Joseph was next in line for a promotion to Baltimore when the team needed a replacement for Matt Wieters (elbow) behind the plate in early May. The Orioles brought in the more experienced Nick Hundley from San Diego when Wieters' injury forced him out of action completely, and he and Joseph split time at catcher throughout the rest of the regular season and into October. Joseph certainly didn't endear himself to coaches or fans early on, slashing just .187/.262/.308 in the first half, but the 28-year-old got hot in early August, homering in five straight games, a record for Baltimore backstops. He went on a more dubious stretch in September, finishing the regular season on an 0-for-30 slide, during which he struck out 13 times while walking once (25.1% K% for season). Wieters is expected back to begin the year, but with Hundley gone, Joseph would be in line to inherit the true primary role should Wieters' elbow present more issues.
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Optioned to Triple-A
CArizona Diamondbacks
June 28, 2019
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Back in big leagues
CArizona Diamondbacks
June 14, 2019
Joseph was recalled by the Diamondbacks on Friday, Jack Magruder of The Sports Xchange reports.
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Booted to minors
CArizona Diamondbacks
May 2, 2019
Joseph was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Thursday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
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Back on bench
CArizona Diamondbacks
April 25, 2019
Joseph is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates.
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Earns call to bigs
CArizona Diamondbacks
April 10, 2019
Joseph was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Wednesday.
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