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.
Drives in two
CBaltimore Orioles
June 12, 2019
Sisco went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, two RBI and one run scored Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Sisco recorded his third double of the season in the eighth inning, driving in two in the midst of the Orioles' rally. While splitting time behind the dish with Pedro Severino, Sisco has managed four extra-base hits -- including a home run -- and is hitting .278/.435/.611 across 23 plate appearances since being recalled June 3.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .507 26 3 1 2 0 .095 .269 .238
Since 2017vs Right .698 207 17 5 23 1 .218 .324 .374
2019vs Left .333 3 1 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000
2019vs Right 1.167 24 3 2 5 0 .300 .417 .750
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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Since 2017Home .807 110 13 4 15 1 .253 .355 .453
Since 2017Away .561 123 7 2 10 0 .162 .285 .276
2019Home 1.280 13 2 1 4 0 .364 .462 .818
2019Away .903 14 2 1 1 0 .182 .357 .545
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 this season's data (min 100 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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Called up by Baltimore
CBaltimore Orioles
June 3, 2019
Sisco was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.
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Expected to be recalled
CBaltimore Orioles
June 2, 2019
Sisco will likely join the Orioles for their upcoming series in Texas, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Raking at Triple-A
CBaltimore Orioles
May 6, 2019
Sisco was named the International League Player of the Week on Monday after batting .565 with five home runs, two doubles, 15 RBI and nine runs over a six-game stretch for Triple-A Norfolk.
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Sent to minors
CBaltimore Orioles
March 24, 2019
Sisco was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Could be sent down
CBaltimore Orioles
March 23, 2019
Sisco could open the season with Triple-A Norfolk, Joe Trezza of reports.
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