Cameron Rupp
Cameron Rupp
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Detroit Tigers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Through parts of five seasons in Philadelphia, Rupp never looked the part of a starting catcher, but it was something of a surprise for him to not latch on anywhere as a backup. Despite a career .234/.298/.407 line (certainly not good, but in line with typical backup catcher numbers), all he managed to do was kick around in Triple-A with the Rangers, Twins and Mariners, hitting .223/.320/.425 over 86 games. Rupp will enter 2019 fighting for a backup job with the Giants. Being Buster Posey's backup isn't actually a bad gig, as the perennial All-Star has actually caught fewer than 100 games in each of the last two seasons. On the other hand, the Giants appear to be rebuilding, which may give the edge to a younger option. Any at-bats he does get will be less valuable due to the Giants' tough home stadium. If he earns a run of playing time, he has enough power to be considered as a deep-league fill-in, but he's not worth targeting at draft time. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Giants in December of 2018. Traded to the Tigers in March of 2019.
Accepts assignment to minors
CDetroit Tigers  AAA
March 26, 2019
Rupp accepted an assignment to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.
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Rupp was the odd man out in the Tigers' catcher contest, falling third behind Grayson Greiner and John Hicks. He'll head to the minors and wait for an injury to open up playing time.
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+28%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .839 109 11 3 7 0 .267 .394 .444
Since 2017vs Right .657 222 24 11 27 1 .195 .252 .405
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2017vs Left .839 109 11 3 7 0 .267 .394 .444
2017vs Right .657 222 24 11 27 1 .195 .252 .405
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Since 2017Home .747 156 20 10 19 1 .197 .295 .453
Since 2017Away .689 175 15 4 15 0 .234 .303 .386
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2017Home .747 156 20 10 19 1 .197 .295 .453
2017Away .689 175 15 4 15 0 .234 .303 .386
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Rupp put up uninspiring numbers in what will probably be his final year as the Phillies' starting catcher. He hit just .217 with a .299 on-base percentage, and his 34.4 percent strikeout rate was eighth-worst among hitters with at least 300 plate appearances. The batting-average drain largely offset his considerable power contributions. The Phillies have a pair of younger, more exciting catchers who should cause Rupp to lose significant playing time in 2018, and could even cost him his roster spot entirely. Jorge Alfaro, a highly-rated prospect who hit .318/.360/.514 in 29 games last season, will look to take Rupp's starting job -- the transition began last August. That would leave Rupp battling for backup duties with 26-year-old Andrew Knapp, who posted an fWAR nearly identical to Rupp's mark in 32 fewer games last season. There is little reason to consider Rupp as a second catcher in mixed leagues.
Rupp worked he on his swing path last offseason, and he started hitting the ball with more authority, leading all hitters in exit velocity in early May, and he started hitting more of his flyballs out of the park. While Rupp's average exit velocity tailed off a bit, he still finished the season squarely among many of baseball's better hitters in that column. There is the potential for increased power output from Rupp if he can reverse the increase he saw in his groundball rate last season. Even with minimal change to his batted-ball profile, we should see more homers from Rupp this season as he is likely to earn more than the 389 at-bats he had in 2016. The primary concerns for Rupp's playing time are questions about his game calling and pitch framing, along with the presence of prospects Jorge Alfaro and Andrew Knapp. However, Rupp's bat is likely going to keep him in the lineup more often than not.
Rupp opened last season as the backup to Carlos Ruiz, but by June, he had started to secure the majority of the at-bats thanks to Ruiz's struggles at the plate. Things really picked up for Rupp in August when he hit seven of his nine home runs and posted a 1.086 OPS in 66 plate appearances. While the home runs did come all at once, the power is fairly legitimate as Rupp has hit double-digit home runs in the minors. His batting average may continue to suffer as he struggles against righties. He may ultimately settle into a platoon role with one of the Phillies' younger catching prospects when they are ready for the majors, but Rupp figures to see the majority of at-bats behind the dish in 2016.
Rupp hit just .165/.256/.299 with six home runs at Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season. It was a big step back after a solid performance at the same level in 2013. His biggest issue last season was the jump in his strikeout rate from 28 percent to 35 percent, though a .232 BABIP also aided in depressing his numbers. He did see time with the Phillies in the middle of the season when injuries to both of the team's catchers required them to dip into the minors, and he also got another look when rosters expanded in September. Rupp is good enough defensively that he should be able to hold down a backup job in the majors, but his bat will likely prevent him from ever being a starter. The Phillies may decide to have him back up Carlos Ruiz this season rather than bring in a veteran now that the team is undergoing a rebuild.
Rupp was a third-round pick in the 2010 draft out of the University of Texas. Though never hyped up as much of a prospect, he steadily worked his way through the Phillies' farm system, earning rave reviews for his defensive skills. He does not have a great offensive game, but Rupp has shown decent pop during his four years in the minors. He is probably not going to hit enough to be anything more than a major league backup throughout his career. There was some thought that Rupp might compete for an Opening Day roster spot in spring training before the Phillies signed Wil Nieves, but now he is more likely to start the season at Triple-A to provide the team with insurance against injuries.
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Won't make roster
CDetroit Tigers  AAA
March 25, 2019
Rupp will not be on the Tigers' Opening Day roster, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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Heading to Detroit
CDetroit Tigers  AAA
March 8, 2019
Rupp was traded from the Giants to the Tigers for cash considerations Friday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Latches on with Giants
CSan Francisco Giants  AAA
December 7, 2018
Rupp signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Friday which includes an invitation to spring training, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
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Inks minor-league deal
CSeattle Mariners  AAA
July 16, 2018
Rupp signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Monday.
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Let go Wednesday
CFree Agent  AAA
July 11, 2018
Rupp was cut by the Twins on Wednesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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