Tucker Barnhart
Tucker Barnhart
29-Year-Old CatcherC
Cincinnati Reds
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Barnhart is consistent, but consistently below average. His wRC+ has ranged from 81-90 over the last four seasons, meaning he's been 10%-to-19% worse than league average, offensively. He walked at a career-high rate last season (12.1%) but also struck out at the highest rate of his career (22.8%) while the quality of his connections diminished. The expected statistics from Statcast are downright ugly. Formerly a switch hitter, Barnhart abandoned hitting from the right side and also changed his batting stance to be more upright in the box amidst his struggles. Those adjustments paid off, as Barnhart cut his K-rate back down and hit .273/.367/.448 after the break. Barnhart's defense rebounded, grading out as a plus after a big dip in 2018. Even as the primary option, Barnhart is borderline in two-catcher leagues, and there's a real chance he's supplanted from the No. 1 spot by Tyler Stephenson in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed four-year, $16 million extension through 2021, with a club option for 2022, in September 2017.
Getting day off
CCincinnati Reds
September 16, 2020
Barnhart is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates.
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Curt Casali will check in behind the dish while Barnhart sits for the second time in the series. The Reds value Barnhart mostly for his defensive work, but he's been an easy out at the plate this season, slashing .207/.301/.390 over 93 plate appearances. His sluggish bat could prompt the Reds to sit him more frequently over the final week and a half of the regular season in favor of Casali, or even prospect Tyler Stephenson.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#8
#9
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3
25
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+87%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+94%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .619 189 13 1 14 1 .221 .324 .294
Since 2018vs Right .716 788 75 23 81 0 .241 .325 .391
2020vs Left .378 17 0 0 1 0 .071 .235 .143
2020vs Right .705 74 6 3 8 0 .227 .311 .394
2019vs Left .391 51 4 0 3 1 .133 .235 .156
2019vs Right .760 313 28 11 37 0 .247 .343 .417
2018vs Left .750 121 9 1 10 0 .279 .375 .375
2018vs Right .684 401 41 9 36 0 .239 .313 .371
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+37%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+58%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .809 500 57 15 54 1 .272 .365 .445
Since 2018Away .590 479 32 10 42 0 .203 .284 .307
2020Home .697 45 5 3 7 0 .190 .244 .452
2020Away .679 48 2 1 3 0 .225 .354 .325
2019Home .771 187 19 5 17 1 .265 .364 .407
2019Away .640 177 13 6 23 0 .195 .290 .351
2018Home .855 268 33 7 30 0 .291 .386 .470
2018Away .540 254 17 3 16 0 .204 .266 .274
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Stat Review
How does Tucker Barnhart 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
0.46
 
BB Rate
11.8%
 
K Rate
25.8%
 
BABIP
.241
 
ISO
.183
 
AVG
.207
 
OBP
.301
 
SLG
.390
 
OPS
.691
 
wOBA
.309
 
Exit Velocity
79.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.0%
 
Barrels/PA
4.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Barnhart saw more work than ever behind the plate in 2018, and produced at a slightly lower rate than he did in 2017. Nearly all of his rate stats dropped as a function of a lower BABIP -- going from .312 in 2017 to .291 last season. Barnhart both walked and struck out slightly more as well, which tracks perfectly with his lower swing percentage (47.6% in 2017, 45.3% in 2018). The Reds moved him up to second in the order in the middle of the season in order to take advantage of his batting eye, but he had his worst output there, hitting just .245/.318/.309 in that slot. He'll likely move back down in the order in 2019, away from Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez, returning to the commons pile of fantasy catchers.
Barnhart was slated to operate as the Reds' secondary catching option in 2017, but was quickly thrust into the starting role when the oft-injured Devin Mesoraco was placed on the disabled list prior to Opening Day. Mesoraco was able to return in late April, but he continued to battle a myriad of injuries throughout the campaign, which allowed Barnhart to appear in a career-high 121 contests. The 26-year-old held his own in the batter's box, slashing .270/.347/.403 with seven home runs and 44 RBI, but provided a majority of his value behind the plate as one of the National League's premier defensive backstops. Impressed with his performance, the Reds inked Barnhart to a four-year, $16 million extension during the season. Barnhart will enter 2018 as the primary option ahead of Mesoraco, but the modest pop limits his appeal.
Though he was initially expected to serve in a backup capacity, Barnhart was pushed to the primary role behind the plate following another injury to Devin Mesoraco. Barnhart ended up starting 106 games behind the dish for the Reds in 2016, doing a serviceable job at the plate with career-best marks in average, home runs and RBI. True to his career form, the switch-hitter was much better hitting from the left side, as he hit .271 against righties compared to just .207 against southpaws. Mesoraco is expected to return to full-time catching duties in 2017, but Barnhart will be waiting in the wings in case Mesoraco's injury issues rear their ugly head yet again.
Barnhart is perfectly acceptable as a backup catcher. He'll draw a walk, he's very good at calling a game and has a great arm. However, he got exposed as a part-time starter splitting duties with Brayan Pena last season, slugging just .326 in 274 plate appearances. Devin Mesoraco will return in 2016, relegating Barnhart back to a caddy role, with Pena having moved on. Even if Mesoraco were to get hurt again and Barnhart takes on more of a role, it's unlikely he will gain even NL-only relevance given the lack of power in his profile.
Barnhart gets high marks for his defensive skills, particularly in his throwing ability, but provides no palpable power. He's your standard backup catcher, only less likely to play as much in 2015 as he did in 2014. He's behind both Devin Mesoraco and Brayan Pena on the Reds' depth chart.
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On bench for Game 2
CCincinnati Reds
September 14, 2020
Barnhart isn't starting the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Pirates.
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Not starting Sunday
CCincinnati Reds
September 13, 2020
Barnhart is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Sits again Friday
CCincinnati Reds
September 11, 2020
Barnhart remains on the bench Friday in St. Louis.
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Sitting Thursday
CCincinnati Reds
September 10, 2020
Barnhart is not in Thursday's lineup against the Cubs.
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Heads to bench
CCincinnati Reds
September 6, 2020
Barnhart is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates.
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