Bruce Maxwell
Bruce Maxwell
27-Year-Old CatcherC
Oakland Athletics
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Maxwell mostly struggled at the plate in 2017 and he was arrested on an assault charge in the offseason, but his standing on the team seems largely unaffected. He appears in line to open the season on the strong side of a catching platoon barring any discipline from the league or further off-the-field issues, starting against nearly all opposing right-handed pitchers while Josh Phegley or Dustin Garneau handle the lefties. The catcher position is so poor that even a platoon bat in an extreme pitcher's park is highly relevant. Maxwell walked at a great 12.3 percent clip last season, but even so, managed just a .296 wOBA and 84 wRC+. He struck out in one quarter of his plate appearances and the splash of home-run power that he showed at Triple-A in 2016 was completely absent although Maxwell did have a respectable 35.2 percent hard-hit rate. Read Past Outlooks
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$Drafted by the A's in the 2nd round of the 2012 Amateur Draft. Signed to a deal that included a $700,000 bonus.
Outrighted to Triple-A
COakland Athletics  AAA
September 6, 2018
Maxwell was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Maxwell will report to the Sounds after passing through waivers unclaimed. The 27-year-old backstop has spent the majority of the season in the minors, slashing .219/.300/.281 across 51 games with Triple-A Nashville. He owns a career .240/.314/.347 line across 127 major-league games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+72%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+216%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+43%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+81%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .416 73 7 0 0 0 .164 .222 .194
Since 2016vs Right .715 339 27 5 42 0 .258 .333 .381
2018vs Left .200 15 2 0 0 0 .067 .067 .133
2018vs Right .631 43 3 1 6 0 .225 .256 .375
2017vs Left .485 38 1 0 0 0 .188 .297 .188
2017vs Right .693 215 20 3 22 0 .246 .335 .358
2016vs Left .450 20 4 0 0 0 .200 .200 .250
2016vs Right .815 81 4 1 14 0 .306 .370 .444
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+57%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+46%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+26%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .587 207 17 1 22 0 .215 .280 .306
Since 2016Away .737 205 17 4 20 0 .267 .348 .389
2018Home .424 37 3 0 3 0 .147 .189 .235
2018Away .667 21 2 1 3 0 .238 .238 .429
2017Home .536 121 10 0 10 0 .198 .281 .255
2017Away .781 132 11 3 12 0 .274 .374 .407
2016Home .825 49 4 1 9 0 .304 .347 .478
2016Away .653 52 4 0 5 0 .261 .327 .326
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How does Bruce Maxwell 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.
BB/K
0.15
 
BB Rate
3.4%
 
K Rate
22.4%
 
BABIP
.214
 
ISO
.127
 
AVG
.182
 
OBP
.207
 
SLG
.309
 
OPS
.516
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Maxwell never overwhelmed scouts with his performance at the plate during his time in the minor leagues, but the German-born catcher broke out at the plate in his first taste of the Triple-A level. During his time in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, the 25-year-old slashed .321/.393/.539 to go with 10 home runs and 41 runs batted in. Thanks to this strong showing, Maxwell ended up being the player called up when the Athletics were short on catchers at the major league level, and he certainly made the most of his opportunity. In 92 at-bats, he batted .283 with six doubles, a home run and 14 RBI. He doesn't have much prospect shine, but results carry a lot of weight, which should allow the backstop to compete for a roster spot in spring training. That being said, looking at his historical numbers at the plate and his ridiculously high .373 BABIP, it's hard to believe that his 2016 campaign was anything more than an incredibly well-timed outlier.
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DFA'd by Oakland
COakland Athletics  AAA
September 1, 2018
Maxwell was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Saturday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Optioned to Triple-A
COakland Athletics  AAA
June 7, 2018
Maxwell was sent down to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Hits first home run
COakland Athletics  AAA
June 2, 2018
Maxwell went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Royals.
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Reinstated from restricted list
COakland Athletics  AAA
May 21, 2018
Maxwell was reinstated from the restricted list Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Will land on restricted list Thursday
COakland Athletics  AAA
May 16, 2018
Manager Bob Melvin said Maxwell will be placed on the restricted list when the A's travel to Toronto for a four-game series Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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