Yan Gomes
Yan Gomes
31-Year-Old CatcherC
Washington Nationals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Gomes saw his batting average jump by 34 points year over year, even though he walked fewer times and struck out more frequently. That kind of fortune occurs when your batting average on balls in play jumps 53 points. Gomes does not hit for the average he once did, but last year's overall numbers were slightly above league average. He has been much better against lefties than against righties throughout his career, but last season had his best numbers against righties since 2014, which helped pull up his overall line. Twelve of his 16 homers came against righties while he raised his average 31 points against righties from 2017. His defense (postseason troubles aside) should afford Gomes the bulk of the playing time over Kurt Suzuki behind the plate following a November trade to Washington. Just keep your fingers crossed that the batting average does not sink back to 2016-2017 levels. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $23 million contract with the Indians in March of 2014. Traded to the Nationals in November of 2018.
Headed to Washington
CWashington Nationals
November 30, 2018
The Indians traded Gomes to the Nationals in exchange for Daniel Johnson on Friday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
Gomes will likely split time with the recently-signed Kurt Suzuki at the catching position after spending the past six seasons as the primary backstop for Cleveland. The 31-year-old slashed .266/.313/.449 with 16 home runs and 48 RBI in 112 games in 2018. Look for Gomes to provide decent value as a cheaper option at a very thin catcher position.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .819 320 41 13 48 0 .268 .339 .481
Since 2016vs Right .630 762 76 26 90 0 .213 .261 .369
2018vs Left .840 124 16 4 14 0 .288 .363 .477
2018vs Right .731 311 36 12 34 0 .257 .293 .438
2017vs Left .848 122 17 8 24 0 .245 .339 .509
2017vs Right .644 261 26 6 32 0 .226 .295 .349
2016vs Left .740 74 8 1 10 0 .271 .297 .443
2016vs Right .445 190 14 8 24 0 .127 .163 .282
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Since 2016Home .642 515 57 14 62 0 .220 .282 .360
Since 2016Away .723 567 60 25 76 0 .238 .286 .437
2018Home .738 207 26 5 21 0 .267 .314 .424
2018Away .783 228 26 11 27 0 .264 .311 .472
2017Home .595 176 18 5 22 0 .187 .278 .316
2017Away .803 207 25 9 34 0 .269 .335 .468
2016Home .552 132 13 4 19 0 .187 .235 .317
2016Away .503 132 9 5 15 0 .148 .167 .336
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Bouncing back from a downright abysmal 2016 season (32 wRC+), Gomes hit 14 homers and drove in 56 runs, with the latter total being good for 11th best at the catcher position. Improved patience fueled his bounce back, as Gomes upped his walk rate from 3.4 percent to 8.1 percent, resulting in an 82-point spike in wOBA (to .307). Gomes trimmed his strikeout rate slightly to 25.8 percent and lifted his isolated-power mark to .197 in the second half. Even so, he is still far from a good or even average major-league hitter, and his relevance will all but disappear if the Indians acquire an upgrade behind the plate this offseason or at any point in 2018. As a cheap catcher option at the end of a draft, you could do worse than Gomes, but don't feel the need to reach simply to fill the active roster spot.
Gomes stands as the reason that Jonathan Lucroy didn't get to play in the World Series. Gomes suffered a sinkhole of a season in which he only played in a little over one-third of the Indians' games and his bat failed to show up for most of them. Meanwhile, his extended contract and high likelihood of catching significant innings for Cleveland in 2017 was reportedly part of Lucroy's motivation to nix a deadline deal to the Tribe, given Lucroy's own free agent status at the end of the upcoming season. Gomes' injury is concerning on multiple levels going forward, as shoulder ailments tend to sap power at the plate and throwing strength behind it. His metrics have been trending in the wrong direction since his first year in Cleveland, with four consecutive seasons of declining batting averages, on-base and slugging percentages, and the prospect of a compromised shoulder contributing to that decline should raise the caution flag on draft day.
Gomes, a popular target at the catcher position in drafts last spring, suffered a sprained MCL in his knee just a week into the campaign that forced him onto the shelf until late May. From there, Gomes mostly struggled offensively, failing to hit above .260 in any full month and finishing with a .658 OPS in 389 plate appearances. The saving grace was his power, as Gomes' 12 homers were good enough for fifth in the American League among catchers (tied for 11th at the position in all of MLB). He coupled that power with a near-league-average contact rate, but Gomes' walk rate once again slid, down to a paltry 3.3% mark, and the strikeouts ticked up again to 26.7%. Regardless, Gomes' power and plus defense behind the dish has him locked into the starting role heading into camp, and the catcher position is thin, so he makes for a solid option outside of OBP leagues.
Expectations were high for Gomes entering 2014, as he was coming off a strong showing in a limited role in 2013 and had taken over primary catching duties in Cleveland from Carlos Santana. He easily surpassed those expectations by posting impressive numbers in all but one roto category, finishing fourth among catchers in 5x5 rotisserie value, only behind Buster Posey, Jonathan Lucroy and Devin Mesoraco. The 27-year-old played plus defense and was outstanding down the stretch, with an .847 OPS, nine homers and 38 RBI after the All-Star break, exceeding his RBI output from the first half in 89 fewer at-bats, en route to being named the Silver Slugger at the position in the AL. Some skepticism is understandable, as Gomes drew just 24 walks last season (4.6% BB%) while striking out at a 23.2% clip, and he still swings at too many pitches out of the zone, but the power is real and the Indians figure to continue relying on him as a key run producer, likely batting him fifth or sixth in the order.
Gomes parlayed an injury to backup Lou Marson into a significant role with the Indians, hitting 11 homers in just 88 games and grabbing a larger chunk of the catching duties as the season wore on. He struggled to control the strike zone down the stretch (25 strikeouts in 90 plate appearances) as the scouting reports made the rounds, but Gomes still managed to punish mistakes. Over his limited time in the big leagues, Gomes has carried a low (5.5%) walk rate, and it should be noted that his .294/.345/.481 line is supported more by hard contact than a discerning eye at the plate. Carlos Santana expressed some displeasure with his decreased time behind the plate, but Gomes figures to get most of the time as the Indians' primary catcher while the team moves Santana to DH and first base on a more regular basis.
Gomes made history in May, becoming the first Brazilian-born player in Major League Baseball history. The callup was well deserved as he was hitting .359 in Triple-A, and he proved to be a capable fill-in at first, third and catcher for the Jays. Of course Gomes didn't hit, so he was optioned back to the minors, only to get called up four more times during the year. The Indians acquired Gomes in November, and if the pre-PCL numbers are any indication, Gomes offers pop at the expense of mediocre plate discipline, but his versatility could lead him to a 25-man roster spot in Cleveland.
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'No restrictions' for ALDS
CCleveland Indians
October 4, 2018
Manager Terry Francona said that Gomes will start Game 1 of the ALDS versus Houston on Friday and will not have any restrictions in his throwing hand after requiring a two stitches in his right thumb last weekend, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Expects to return Friday
CCleveland Indians
October 2, 2018
Gomes (thumb) is not playing in Tuesday's intrasquad scrimmage but expects to be ready to go for the start of the ALDS on Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Remains out of Sunday's lineup
CCleveland Indians
September 30, 2018
Gomes (thumb) is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Sustains thumb injuries, but X-rays negative
CCleveland Indians
September 29, 2018
Gomes, who left Saturday's game in the third inning, was diagnosed with a right thumb contusion and laceration, though X-rays were negative for structural damage, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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On bench Friday
CCleveland Indians
September 28, 2018
Gomes is not in the lineup Friday against the Royals, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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