Yan Gomes
Yan Gomes
33-Year-Old CatcherC
Washington Nationals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The band is back together as Gomes re-signed with the Nationals after catching the final strike of the 2019 World Series. For the season, Gomes split time with Kurt Suzuki, essentially repeating his 2017 campaign with Cleveland. In between, Gomes had a more productive 2018, so last year was a bit of a disappointment, despite how it finished. Statcast data suggests 2018 was the outlier in terms of average exit velocity, responsible for the boost in batting average. Part of Gomes' downturn last year was due to facing southpaws proportionately less than usual, especially since his platoon splits were more exaggerated than normal (128 wRC+ vs. LHP, 64 wRC+ vs. RHP). Gomes is above average behind the dish which should help him continue to garner decent playing time, though likely still ceding the majority to Suzuki. Gomes is lumped with a large group of fungible low-average catchers with mid-teens pop. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#460
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$Signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Nationals in November of 2019.
Not starting Game 2
CWashington Nationals
September 26, 2020
Gomes is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets.
ANALYSIS
Gomes went 3-for-3 during the matinee but won't start both games of the twin bill. Kurt Suzuki takes over behind the plate for Washington in the nightcap.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
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4
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4
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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#2
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#4
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+34%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .852 236 27 9 33 0 .278 .369 .483
Since 2018vs Right .701 671 73 22 69 3 .243 .295 .406
2020vs Left .816 27 2 1 6 0 .280 .296 .520
2020vs Right .742 87 10 2 5 1 .284 .322 .420
2019vs Left .878 85 9 4 13 0 .261 .400 .478
2019vs Right .653 273 27 8 30 2 .212 .289 .363
2018vs Left .840 124 16 4 14 0 .288 .363 .477
2018vs Right .731 311 36 12 34 0 .257 .293 .438
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
Even Split
2020
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .736 428 53 16 48 0 .241 .306 .430
Since 2018Away .736 468 46 15 54 3 .256 .318 .418
2020Home .765 47 5 3 5 0 .233 .277 .488
2020Away .706 56 6 0 6 1 .288 .321 .385
2019Home .726 174 22 8 22 0 .211 .305 .421
2019Away .684 184 14 4 21 2 .235 .326 .358
2018Home .738 207 26 5 21 0 .267 .314 .424
2018Away .783 228 26 11 27 0 .264 .311 .472
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Stat Review
How does Yan Gomes 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
0.27
 
BB Rate
5.0%
 
K Rate
18.5%
 
BABIP
.314
 
ISO
.183
 
AVG
.284
 
OBP
.319
 
SLG
.468
 
OPS
.787
 
wOBA
.339
 
Exit Velocity
84.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.1%
 
Barrels/PA
6.1%
 
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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.
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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Scores twice in win
CWashington Nationals
September 18, 2020
Gomes went 2-for-4 with two runs and one strikeout during the win in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
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Smacks third home run
CWashington Nationals
September 11, 2020
Gomes went 3-for-5 with a home run, one double and two RBI in Friday's win against Atlanta.
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Not starting Saturday
CWashington Nationals
August 29, 2020
Gomes isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Red Sox.
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Out of Friday's lineup
CWashington Nationals
August 28, 2020
Gomes is not in the lineup Friday at Boston.
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Sitting Tuesday
CWashington Nationals
August 25, 2020
Gomes is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.
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