Robinson Chirinos
Robinson Chirinos
35-Year-Old CatcherC
Houston Astros
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After a string of solid seasons playing at most half the time, Chirinos was the Rangers' primary backstop last season and set a career high in games and plate appearances. The volume fueled career-best counting stats across the board. However, his skills universally waned. He fanned at a career-worst rate, with his lowest ISO since 2014 and worst average ever in a season with more than 50 games played. Chirinos' defense graded above average with the exception of controlling the running game where a whopping 89.8% (53-of-59) of runners were successful. Texas opted to decline his club option, signing Jeff Mathis instead. Chirinos latched on with the Astros, but since he'll be 35 in July, it's probably best to bet on a relatively even timeshare. With the horrid shape of the catching pool, he is in play in most two-catcher leagues. He'll be in the churning tier, where you hope he retains power with better contact, but if he doesn't, it'll be time to cut bait and move on. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5.75 million contract with the Astros in December of 2018.
Has four-hit night
CHouston Astros
August 22, 2019
Chirinos went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a solo home run in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Tigers.
Chirinos provided the Astros' lone run while also guiding Justin Verlander through a tough-luck, complete-game loss. The homer gives him 14 for the season and was just the second one he's hit in the last 42 games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .931 293 44 14 48 2 .292 .406 .525
Since 2017vs Right .747 807 96 35 100 1 .218 .326 .422
2019vs Left .993 90 12 3 16 0 .313 .456 .537
2019vs Right .715 275 34 11 29 0 .218 .311 .403
2018vs Left .760 121 17 5 18 1 .225 .339 .422
2018vs Right .756 305 31 13 47 1 .221 .338 .419
2017vs Left 1.113 82 15 6 14 1 .366 .451 .662
2017vs Right .775 227 31 11 24 0 .214 .327 .448
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS at Home
OPS at Home
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .834 540 76 27 83 0 .239 .359 .475
Since 2017Away .759 560 64 22 65 3 .235 .336 .423
2019Home .888 166 21 7 27 0 .272 .388 .500
2019Away .692 199 25 7 18 0 .213 .313 .379
2018Home .720 220 29 10 36 0 .196 .318 .402
2018Away .797 206 19 8 29 2 .250 .359 .438
2017Home .940 154 26 10 20 0 .266 .386 .555
2017Away .795 155 20 7 18 1 .244 .335 .459
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How does Robinson Chirinos 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 this season's data (min 200 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Jonathan Lucroy's departure from Texas opened the door for Chirinos to play regularly behind the plate, and he ended up posting some of the better rate stats among catchers. Chirinos walked at an 11 percent clip and hit for impressive power in 309 plate appearances, resulting in a .369 wOBA and 127 wRC+. The "expected" numbers from Statcast don't paint quite as rosy a picture (.334 xwOBA, .217 xBA), but the power is very real. He had a 7.1 Brls/PA mark last year and has hit at least nine homers in four consecutive seasons despite not playing in more than 93 games in any of those years. He was worth two-plus wins above replacement in just 88 games last year (according to FanGraphs), so it seems like a near certainty that Chirinos will be the primary guy in 2018, but don't be surprised if his average falls into the .220s again with more exposure to right-handed pitching.
Chirinos was primed to be Texas' starting catcher for the 2016 campaign, but those plans were quickly put on hold after the fifth-year backstop broke his right forearm in the first week of the season. He returned to full-time action two months later, but then the Rangers traded for Jonathan Lucroy, sending Chirinos to the bench. After all of this tumult, the 32-year-old ended up mustering just a .224 batting average while striking out over a quarter of the time. However, not all was bad for him last season, as his OPS sat at a solid .797 mark thanks to nearly two-thirds of his hits going for extra bases. Given Lucroy's return to the Rangers' lineup, Chirinos will likely be relegated to backup catching duties once again, although with the departure of both Mitch Moreland and Prince Fielder, opportunities could arise at first base and designated hitter.
A shoulder injury limited Chirinos to just half a season as the Rangers' primary catcher, but he proved to be a decent source of power for the second straight season with 10 home runs in just 233 at-bats after swatting 13 in 93 games the year before. The power isn't accompanied by a good batting average, discounting the value a bit as a result, but there's some value here if you can snag him as a late-round second catcher. He's expected to be the Rangers' primary catcher again for 2016, particularly with the midseason trade of prospect Jorge Alfaro to Philadelphia in the Cole Hamels deal.
Chirinos' final numbers from 2014 were nothing to write home about, but he did finish with 13 home runs in just 93 games (338 PA), tying Shin-Soo Choo for the second on the team in homers, and a slugging percentage more than 100 points higher on the road (.467) than at Globe Life Park in Arlington (.364). His walk rate improve dramatically in the second half, jumping from 2.8% prior to the intermission to 8.7% after the All-Star break. The 30-year-old also played plus defense, putting him in the driver's seat for the starting role heading into 2015, ahead of Tomas Telis. More than likely, top prospect Jorge Alfaro will take the reins in 2016, perhaps relegating Chirinos to several years of backup duty, but Chirinos is on the radar at least in AL-only leagues.
Acquired by Texas in April, Chirinos saw occasional time in the majors as an injury replacement. During his time at Triple-A last season, Chirinos showed a good eye at the plate (12.2% walk rate) with an acceptable .257/.356/.400 line, but his success hasn't translated yet to the majors, though the sample size is limited (90 at-bats over parts of two seasons). He could be an option for Texas if either Geovany Soto or J.P. Arencibia go down.
Chirinos posted a solid, yet unspectacular double-slash line of .259/.343/.376 at Triple-A Durham before being promoted to the big club. He struggled against major league pitching, batting only .218 with one home run in 55 at-bats. With the Rays acquiring veteran Jose Molina during the offseason and Jose Lobaton ahead of him on the depth chart, Chirinos will likely start in Durham and will need an injury to see playing time with the Rays. A broken wrist in November shouldn't be an issue when he reports to camp in spring.
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Gets night off
CHouston Astros
August 20, 2019
Chirinos isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.
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Out of Saturday's lineup
CHouston Astros
August 17, 2019
Chirinos is not in Saturday's lineup against the A's, Brian McTaggart of reports.
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Sitting Game 2
CHouston Astros
August 13, 2019
Chirinos is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader versus the White Sox, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Returns to bench Saturday
CHouston Astros
August 10, 2019
Chirinos is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Orioles, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Hits bench
CHouston Astros
August 7, 2019
Chirinos is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies, Brian McTaggart of reports.
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