Mark Canha
Mark Canha
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Canha quietly had a nice season for Oakland, finishing two wins above replacement according to FanGraphs. He muscled 39 extra-base hits in 411 plate appearances, good for an even .200 ISO. He shaved his strikeout rate by more than eight percentage points from his 2017 sample (to 21.4%) and walked at an above-average 8.3% clip. However, Canha really did nothing to shed the "platoon" label, slashing just .227/.323/.343 against right-handed pitching. Thirteen of his 17 homers came in just 149 at-bats against lefties. So while it's nice to see the year-to-year improvements with approach and plate discipline, realistically, Canha is what he is entering his age-30 season. We are seeing more and more teams platoon at more positions, but short-end platoon players are still primarily league-specific considerations. In mixed leagues, Canha is the type of player you pick up here and there to plug a gap, and hope for the best. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.05 million contract with the Athletics in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Reaches deal with Oakland
OFOakland Athletics
January 11, 2019
Canha avoided arbitration with the Athletics by signing a one-year, $2.05 million contract, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Canha had a breakout season in Oakland during 2018 with a .249/.328/.778 slash line with 17 home runs in 411 plate appearances. The 29-year-old receives a sizable pay raise for 2019, but he was largely relegated to a reserve role down the stretch last season following the emergence of Nick Martini and Ramon Laureano in the outfield.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .809 260 34 16 36 0 .248 .296 .512
Since 2016vs Right .653 382 46 9 36 3 .214 .297 .356
2018vs Left .941 163 29 13 28 0 .282 .337 .604
2018vs Right .665 248 31 4 24 1 .227 .323 .343
2017vs Left .581 78 3 1 5 0 .203 .244 .338
2017vs Right .689 109 13 4 9 2 .212 .275 .414
2016vs Left .632 19 2 2 3 0 .158 .158 .474
2016vs Right .352 25 2 1 3 0 .091 .125 .227
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Since 2016Home .675 301 34 12 32 1 .195 .280 .395
Since 2016Away .755 341 46 13 40 2 .256 .311 .444
2018Home .715 194 25 8 25 1 .202 .304 .411
2018Away .832 217 35 9 27 0 .289 .350 .482
2017Home .657 90 8 3 6 0 .207 .267 .390
2017Away .631 97 8 2 8 2 .209 .258 .374
2016Home .313 17 1 1 1 0 .063 .063 .250
2016Away .585 27 3 2 5 0 .160 .185 .400
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Since his promising 2015 campaign, Canha has disappointed, though last season's .644 OPS was an improvement on 2016's disastrous .481 mark. To be fair, Canha was battling back issues throughout the entire 2016 campaign. Last season, he just couldn't get it in gear. The Athletics love their platoon pieces, but back in 2015, the righty swinger was more effective versus same-side pitching and in limited playing time since, he's been equally ineffective versus all pitchers. Canha's primary issues the past two seasons were a high strikeout rate and low walk rate, both contrary to what he exhibited while progressing through Oakland's system. Coming off surgery to remove a cyst from his wrist, Canha should be healthy this spring. There is some pop in his bat, but he's going to need to hit in exhibition play to make the Opening Day roster since defensively, he's limited to first base and corner outfield.
A year after being a Rule 5 surprise for the Athletics, Canha encountered his fair share of problems in 2016. Things got off to a rocky start, as a back issue delayed his spring training debut, and his performance was lackluster at best once he was able to return. This led to him being placed on the short side of a platoon with Yonder Alonso at first base, where the 27-year-old only mustered a .122/.140/.341 slash line. Canha was then forced to miss the remainder of the season after his back problems flared up and a new hip injury appeared which required surgery. His excellent eye at the plate and solid power should work in his favor as he tries to work his way back into the fold for playing time next season, but his health issues and high strikeout rates could keep him from re-emerging now that Oakland's top prospects are knocking at the door of the major leagues and Alonso is back for another season.
Canha was taken by the A's in the Rule 5 draft and surprised everyone with a productive campaign, hitting 16 bombs with 70 RBI over 441 at-bats. Canha spent much of the first four months splitting time in the outfield and first base, but really broke out with full-time at-bats over the final two months. After Aug. 1, Canha hit .280 and slugged .474 over his 211 at-bats. His strong finish to the season should put him in the mix for nearly full-time at-bats in 2016, possibly cycling between first base, outfield and DH. He could be a sneaky late pick for those looking for power in deeper leagues.
Canha reached Triple-A New Orleans in 2014, his fifth season in the Marlins' organization since being selected in the seventh round of the 2010 draft. He continued to show steady improvement in his age-25 season, posting career-best .303/.384/.505 over 127 games while spending time at first base, third base and left field. Canha has displayed a solid eye at the dish, posting a walk rate over 10% in each of his five professional seasons while also exhibiting decent pop with 68 career home runs over 2,054 minor league at-bats. Acquired by the A's after the Rockies selected him in the Rule 5 draft, Canha will look to secure a bench role in Oakland during spring training. If he sticks, it's reasonable to think that Canha might end up on the small side of a platoon at the big league level to begin 2015.
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Drives in three
OFOakland Athletics
September 19, 2018
Canha went 1-for-1 with a double, a walk and three RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.
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Leaves park in win
OFOakland Athletics
September 4, 2018
Canha went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a win over the Yankees on Monday.
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Smacks 15th homer
OFOakland Athletics
September 2, 2018
Canha went 1-for-2 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored Saturday against the Mariners.
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Losing time to Laureano
OFOakland Athletics
August 26, 2018
Canha is out of the lineup Sunday against the Twins.
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Out of Thursday's lineup
OFOakland Athletics
August 23, 2018
Canha is not in the lineup against the Twins on Thursday.
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