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
$Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in March of 2018.
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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Knapp's contributions on offense or defense over parts of two seasons in the big leagues haven't been overly impressive, but he's at least shown the ability to take walks at a prodigious clip (13.1 percent). While that may be enough to give him the edge over non-roster invitee Drew Butera for the No. 2 gig, Knapp shouldn't expect to play more than once or twice a week after the Phillies acquired one of the top backstops in baseball this offseason in J.T. Realmuto.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .633 84 9 1 5 0 .194 .349 .284
Since 2016vs Right .679 335 36 6 23 2 .234 .325 .354
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .665 198 22 3 13 0 .222 .330 .335
Since 2016Away .676 221 23 4 15 2 .230 .330 .346
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
0.32
 
BB Rate
11.2%
 
K Rate
34.9%
 
BABIP
.303
 
ISO
.118
 
AVG
.198
 
OBP
.294
 
SLG
.316
 
OPS
.610
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
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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Recalled for stretch run
CPhiladelphia Phillies
September 7, 2018
Knapp was called up by the Phillies on Friday.
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Sent back to minors
CPhiladelphia Phillies
August 28, 2018
Knapp was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Recalled from Lehigh Valley
CPhiladelphia Phillies
August 23, 2018
Knapp was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
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Heads back to Triple-A
CPhiladelphia Phillies
August 20, 2018
Knapp was sent back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Monday.
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Added as 26th man
CPhiladelphia Phillies
August 19, 2018
Knapp was added as the Phillies' 26th man for Sunday's Little League Classic against the Mets, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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