Tucker Barnhart
Tucker Barnhart
28-Year-Old CatcherC
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed four-year, $16 million extension through 2021, with a club option for 2022, in September 2017.
Sits out Sunday
CCincinnati Reds
September 30, 2018
Barnhart is not in the lineup Sunday against the Pirates, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
The 27-year-old started the first two games of the series, but he'll get a day off in the season finale. If he doesn't make an appearance Sunday, Barnhart will finish the season a .700 OPS, his lowest mark since 2015 despite tallying a career-high 10 home runs. Tim Federowicz will slide in behind the plate to replace him.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .664 291 20 5 25 0 .244 .319 .345
Since 2016vs Right .730 1074 90 19 116 5 .261 .336 .394
2018vs Left .750 121 9 1 10 0 .279 .375 .375
2018vs Right .684 401 41 9 36 0 .239 .313 .371
2017vs Left .668 82 6 2 8 0 .236 .321 .347
2017vs Right .769 341 20 5 36 4 .279 .353 .416
2016vs Left .546 88 5 2 7 0 .207 .241 .305
2016vs Right .744 332 29 5 44 1 .271 .344 .400
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Since 2016Home .783 673 61 15 79 4 .273 .354 .429
Since 2016Away .651 692 49 9 62 1 .243 .311 .340
2018Home .855 268 33 7 30 0 .291 .386 .470
2018Away .540 254 17 3 16 0 .204 .266 .274
2017Home .691 204 10 2 18 4 .253 .337 .354
2017Away .804 219 16 5 26 0 .286 .356 .448
2016Home .779 201 18 6 31 0 .269 .328 .451
2016Away .631 219 16 1 20 1 .246 .318 .313
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Records five-hit night
CCincinnati Reds
September 28, 2018
Barnhart went 5-for-5 with a triple and a two-run home run in Friday's loss to Pittsburgh.
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On bench Wednesday
CCincinnati Reds
September 26, 2018
Barnhart is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals.
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Out of lineup Friday
CCincinnati Reds
September 21, 2018
Barnhart is not in the lineup Friday against the Marlins.
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Day off Monday
CCincinnati Reds
September 17, 2018
Barnhart is not starting Monday against Milwaukee.
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Out of lineup Friday
CCincinnati Reds
September 14, 2018
Barnhart is not in the lineup against the Cubs on Friday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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