Nick Ciuffo
Nick Ciuffo
24-Year-Old CatcherC
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ciuffo reached the majors for the first time in September, coming to the plate 44 times that month and hitting .189/.262/.297. Nothing about that line or Ciuffo's .262/.301/.380 performance in 60 games for Triple-A Durham suggests a particularly bright future, but he'll nevertheless enter camp battling Michael Perez for the backup job behind Mike Zunino. A backup role is all Ciuffo projected for as a prospect, as he can hit and defend competently but doesn't stand out on either side of the ball. His batting lines have typically been brought down by low walk rates. With an uncertain role and a low ceiling, Ciuffo does not warrant a second thought at draft time. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Reds in July of 2019.
Back in action at Triple-A
CCincinnati Reds  AAA
August 26, 2019
The Reds reinstated Ciuffo (thumb) from the 7-day injured list at Double-A Chattanooga on Friday and assigned him to Triple-A Louisville.
ANALYSIS
Ciuffo underwent surgery on his right thumb in early June, a development that likely factored into the Rays' decision to release him just under a month later. The backstop quickly landed a minor-league deal with Cincinnati and was cleared for a rehab assignment in the lower rungs of the minors back in mid-August. Now that he's proven his health, Ciuffo should get an opportunity to play at least semi-regularly at Louisville as the International League season winds down.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .500 9 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250
Since 2017vs Right .536 41 3 1 5 0 .171 .250 .286
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right .333 6 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
2018vs Left .500 9 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250
2018vs Right .575 35 3 1 5 0 .172 .265 .310
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+201%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+245%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .707 33 2 1 5 0 .231 .323 .385
Since 2017Away .235 17 1 0 0 0 .118 .118 .118
2019Home .333 6 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home .810 27 2 1 5 0 .250 .360 .450
2018Away .235 17 1 0 0 0 .118 .118 .118
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Nick Ciuffo 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.
  • 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
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
50.0%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.167
 
OBP
.167
 
SLG
.167
 
OPS
.333
 
wOBA
.148
 
Exit Velocity
88.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
66.7%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2015
2014
Ciuffo has yet to advance past rookie ball since getting drafted out of high school in 2013, advancing through the Rays’ system at a tortoise-like pace, even by catcher standards. He slashed .224/.289/.333 with four home runs in 211 plate appearances last season, and while weak contact likely played a role in his .271 BABIP, he should be a bit more fortunate with balls in play going forward. This season, the Rays will probably send him to a short season league followed by an appearance with the Low-A affiliate, and barring an injury, he will be able to log closer to 400 plate appearances in his age-20 season. Ciuffo projects to be an average power producer with a slightly above average hit tool for his position, and he will definitely stick behind the plate. Even so, at his current pace there might be two presidential elections before Ciuffo reaches the big leagues.
Ciuffo, the Rays' top pick in the 2013 MLB draft, signed early enough to log 43 games in the Gulf Coast League. He hit .258 with a .604 OPS but did not homer in his first taste of professional baseball. As a catcher drafted out of high school, he's still a few years away from the majors, but he seems to have solid enough defensive skills behind the plate to stay there in the organization. The power is expected to develop for him over time as he is a solid left-handed bat. He could begin the season in rookie-ball again with a goal of advancing to Low-A over the course of the season.
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Lands deal with Cincy
CCincinnati Reds  AAA
Thumb
July 12, 2019
Ciuffo (thumb) agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Gets walking papers
CFree Agent  AAA
Thumb
July 1, 2019
The Rays placed Ciuffo (thumb) on unconditional release waivers Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Removed from 40-man roster
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
Thumb
June 28, 2019
Ciuffo (thumb) was designated for assignment by the Rays on Friday, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
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Undergoes thumb surgery
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
Thumb
June 4, 2019
Ciuffo underwent surgery on his thumb Tuesday and will miss 8-to-10 weeks, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Likely candidate for callup
CTampa Bay Rays  AAA
May 15, 2019
Ciuffo is likely to be called up from Triple-A Durham with Anthony Bemboom (knee) apparently headed to the injured list, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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