Chance Sisco
24-Year-Old CatcherC
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Sisco sputtered in his first extended taste of big-league action, hitting a miserable .181/.288/.269 in 184 plate appearances and getting sent to the minors twice despite the Orioles lacking a more compelling catching option. Sisco will be just 24 this season, so it's far too early to write him off, but the early returns have not been at all promising for a player who was supposed to be a bat-first catcher. He can't really blame bad luck for his poor output, as his BABIP sat at .293. What he can blame is a 35.9% strikeout rate. That's an acceptable mark if you're Joey Gallo, but not if you're Chance Sisco. Sisco's framing graded out quite poorly, so he'll have to hit if he's to be a starting catcher. If he does figure out how to hit, he'll have a friendly home park to boost his numbers. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in March of 2019.
Sitting season finale
CBaltimore Orioles
September 29, 2019
Sisco is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Boston, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Sisco will finish the season on the bench and received only two starts in the last eight games. Austin Wynns will work behind the plate Sunday for the Orioles.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .461 47 5 1 2 0 .105 .277 .184
Since 2017vs Right .703 357 40 11 38 1 .215 .325 .378
2019vs Left .397 24 3 0 0 0 .105 .292 .105
2019vs Right .772 174 26 8 20 0 .223 .339 .432
2018vs Left .651 17 2 1 2 0 .143 .294 .357
2018vs Right .548 167 11 1 14 1 .185 .287 .260
2017vs Left .167 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000
2017vs Right 1.639 16 3 2 4 0 .462 .563 1.077
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .730 194 29 6 23 1 .228 .335 .395
Since 2017Away .625 210 16 6 17 0 .180 .305 .320
2019Home .715 97 18 3 12 0 .217 .330 .386
2019Away .741 101 11 5 8 0 .202 .337 .405
2018Home .704 92 10 2 9 1 .228 .337 .367
2018Away .412 92 3 0 7 0 .136 .239 .173
2017Home 1.400 5 1 1 2 0 .400 .400 1.000
2017Away 1.163 17 2 1 2 0 .308 .471 .692
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How does Chance Sisco 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Orioles cleared the way for Sisco to be the primary catcher in 2018, yet in some ways, he is less exciting than ever from a fantasy perspective. He has been one of Baltimore's top prospects ever since he was drafted in 2013, but what was once seen as a potentially plus hit tool, may only be average or above average. What was once seen as potentially fringe-average power, may not even be that, although in today's game anything is possible. He was uncharacteristically pull-happy (54.5 percent) in a brief 10-game stint in the majors, cranking out two home runs while striking out seven times in 22 plate appearances. It's possible he forgets everything he learned in the minors and shows up this year looking to pull everything out of the park, in which case his batting average will suffer. He is still not a great defender, so if he's not hitting, Caleb Joseph will play over him. A lot of outcomes are in play for his age-23 season, and most of them involve him not finishing as a top-15 fantasy catcher.
One of the top pure hitters in the minors for a couple years now, Sisco seems to finally be solid enough defensively that most evaluators think he can stick behind the plate. The power has never projected to be a plus tool, and at this point it is hard to even throw a future 50 grade on it. However, as a catcher with a plus hit tool, he packs enough offensive punch to make him an eventual top-10 fantasy option at the position. He posted a 135 wRC+ and 83:59 K:BB in 112 games as a 21-year-old at Double-A Bowie, and he even earned a four-game run with Triple-A Norfolk to close out the season. Sisco lacks Jonathan Lucroy's defensive chops, but in a few years he could offer that kind of offensive output. He should start the year at Triple-A and may take over as Baltimore's starting catcher sometime this summer.
Sisco was slowed by a pair of injuries last season, but when healthy he showed why his bat figures to play well for the Orioles. At just 20 years old, Sisco displayed advanced plate discipline and contact skills with an 11.0% walk rate and 13.7% strikeout rate at High-A before earning a promotion to Double-A. There may not be another catching prospect in the game that has a better hit tool than Sisco and it led the Orioles to hang on to him despite other teams inquiring at the trade deadline. His power is still a work in progress and that facet of his game may never evolve beyond a fringe tool. His eight steals were a bit of a surprise. Oblique and finger injuries kept Sisco out for over a month, but he got enough game action to prove he is ready to begin the 2016 season at Double-A. Matt Wieters accepted his qualifying offer and will return as the starter in 2016, but Sisco could be an option later in the year.
Sisco spent the entire 2014 season at Low-A Delmarva, playing 74 games at catcher and 40 games at DH. It is not uncommon for a minor league team to play catching prospects at DH once or twice a week, but in Sisco’s case, a lot of his value hinges on him sticking behind the dish. He only threw out 20 percent of would-be basestealers, so he will need to improve upon that as he moves up to High-A. Sisco’s second half at the plate really put him on the prospect radar, as he slashed .361/.424/.456 in 66 games. However, he slashed just .267/.362/.344 in 90 at-bats against southpaws on the season, and if he’s not adding value on defense, and doesn’t improve upon those splits, he will need to make the big leagues as the strong side of a DH platoon, which means he really has to hit.
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Losing work to Severino
CBaltimore Orioles
September 1, 2019
Sisco is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Not in lineup
CBaltimore Orioles
August 30, 2019
Sisco is not starting Friday against the Royals, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Hits seventh homer
CBaltimore Orioles
August 28, 2019
Sisco went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Nationals.
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Stuck on bench
CBaltimore Orioles
August 27, 2019
Sisco sits for the fifth time in six games Tuesday against the Nationals, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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On bench again
CBaltimore Orioles
August 25, 2019
Sisco is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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