Andrew Knapp
Andrew Knapp
27-Year-Old CatcherC
Philadelphia Phillies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After posting a solid (for a catcher) .257/.368/.368 line in his rookie campaign, Knapp regressed across the board in 2018, hitting just .198/.294/.316 in 215 PA. The main culprit was a spike in his strikeout rate, which rose to an untenable 34.9% after sitting at 27.5% in 2017. Knapp's role diminished along with his performance, going from a 50-50 split with Jorge Alfaro to the clear No. 2 and eventually a minor-league demotion after the Phillies acquired Wilson Ramos at the trade deadline. Chances are, Knapp will spend most of 2019 as the backup behind the plate, a role he should be able to perform capably enough in given the low offensive standards for the position. There is a chance that he can provide a useful batting average should he find his way into a larger role, but the ceiling is low enough that he can safely be ignored in most formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in March of 2018.
Gets temporary starting job
CPhiladelphia Phillies
July 12, 2019
Knapp will start Friday against the Nationals and will remain the primary catcher over the weekend with J.T. Realmuto on paternity leave.
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Realmuto starts far more than the average first-choice catcher, but Knapp's numbers don't suggest he deserves anything more than the 15 starts he's received so far. He owns an awful .152/.291/.227 slash line on the season, striking out 32.1 percent of the time.
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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
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+70%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .586 99 11 1 5 0 .185 .327 .259
Since 2017vs Right .663 410 42 7 25 2 .222 .324 .339
2019vs Left .343 15 2 0 0 0 .143 .200 .143
2019vs Right .582 75 6 1 2 0 .167 .315 .267
2018vs Left .642 41 5 1 4 0 .167 .375 .267
2018vs Right .601 174 14 3 11 1 .204 .276 .325
2017vs Left .623 43 4 0 1 0 .216 .326 .297
2017vs Right .767 161 22 3 12 1 .269 .379 .388
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .638 247 26 3 13 0 .213 .324 .314
Since 2017Away .658 262 27 5 17 2 .218 .324 .333
2019Home .523 49 4 0 0 0 .175 .298 .225
2019Away .557 41 4 1 2 0 .147 .293 .265
2018Home .599 96 10 1 7 0 .209 .274 .326
2018Away .618 119 9 3 8 1 .188 .311 .307
2017Home .728 102 12 2 6 0 .235 .382 .346
2017Away .742 102 14 1 7 1 .278 .353 .389
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Stat Review
How does Andrew Knapp 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
0.45
 
BB Rate
14.4%
 
K Rate
32.2%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.081
 
AVG
.162
 
OBP
.295
 
SLG
.243
 
OPS
.539
 
wOBA
.253
 
Exit Velocity
86.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.8%
 
Barrels/PA
2.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Knapp had a decent rookie season as the Phillies' backup catcher. His 95 wRC+ ranked 20th among catchers with at least 200 plate appearances, 13 spots higher than starter Cameron Rupp. On most teams, that would be enough to give Knapp a good shot at taking the starting job next season, but the emergence of the younger and more talented Jorge Alfaro means Knapp's roster spot may be in jeopardy. Alfaro looks to be in line for the starting job after hitting .318/.360/.514 in 29 games, leaving Knapp and Rupp to fight for the backup job. Both have proven themselves to be capable major leaguers, so it's possible a trade may be in the works. If he ends up in a favorable situation, Knapp could provide close to average catcher value, especially in OBP leagues, as his .368 on-base percentage is much more of an asset than his .368 slugging percentage or his three home runs.
Knapp opened eyes in 2015 after slashing .360/.419/.631 with 11 home runs in 214 at-bats at Double-A. That performance and the presence of fellow catching prospect Jorge Alfaro were enough to get Knapp promoted to Triple-A in 2016. That proved to be more of a challenge. The switch-hitting Knapp struggled against righties, hitting just .258 with a .684 OPS, but was solid against lefties with a .277 average and .772 OPS. He saw his strikeout rate jump from 17.8 percent at Double-A to 24.2 percent last season. The Phillies brought in Bryan Holaday to serve as Cameron Rupp's backup in 2017, giving Knapp and Alfaro more time to work in the upper levels of the minors. He could be pushed to first base or a corner outfield spot this year as Alfaro will likely be moved up to Triple-A to continue his development as a hitter. Of course if one of Alfaro or Knapp is forcing the issue, the team would likely send Holaday to Triple-A and begin the youth movement behind the dish.
Knapp, a second-round pick in 2013, opened last season at High-A Clearwater and was promoted to Double-A Reading in late June after slashing .262/.356/.369 with two home runs. He really took off after his promotion, slashing .360/.419/.631 with 11 home runs in 214 at-bats at Reading. He obviously can't sustain that pace, but he is showing skill growth, which should allow him to remain successful as he advances. Knapp also cut his strikeout rate from 22.4% at Clearwater to 17.8% at Reading. His walk rate dipped slightly, but his BB/K ratio has improved thanks to the reduction in strikeouts. There have been questions about Knapp's ability to stick behind the plate, but recent reports suggest that he is showing enough improvement there that a position change not on the radar, though the Phillies have two solid catching prospects in Knapp and Jorge Alfaro. Knapp will likely make it to the majors first, perhaps as soon as 2016, but it remains to be seen which of the two will be the long term answer behind the dish for the Phils.
Knapp, a second-round pick in 2013, got a late start to his season last year while he finished up his recovery from offseason Tommy John surgery. He was initially assigned to High-A Clearwater where he started off slow at the plate. The Phillies opted to move him down a level and he went on to hit .290/.354/.438 with five home runs for Low-A Lakewood. The Phillies believe Knapp could move quickly through their system. He'll likely open the year at Clearwater and could be moved up to Double-A by midseason if he gets off to a good start at the plate.
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Sitting for third straight
CPhiladelphia Phillies
June 22, 2019
Knapp is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Marlins, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Back to bench after start
CPhiladelphia Phillies
May 12, 2019
Knapp is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
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On bench again
CPhiladelphia Phillies
April 17, 2019
Knapp is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets.
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Hitting well in camp
CPhiladelphia Phillies
March 20, 2019
Knapp is hitting .323/.382/.516 in 11 spring games.
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Favorite for backup gig
CPhiladelphia Phillies
February 19, 2019
Manager Gabe Kapler said Monday that Knapp is in the "driver's seat" for the Phillies' backup catcher spot, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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