Victor Caratini
Victor Caratini
25-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago Cubs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Caratini spent the bulk of 2018 as the Cubs' backup catcher and performed the basic duties expected of a player in that role. In 200 plate appearances, he hit .232/.293/.304 and managed two home runs. Combined that with below-average framing numbers and there's little reason to believe Caratini is close to carving out a larger share of the workload, and he may even have trouble sticking around the big leagues. The mediocre defense was in line with his prospect reports, but he was supposed to hit well enough to be a solid backup with the potential for more. Catchers can be slow to develop, so it's certainly possible the bat eventually comes around for the 25-year-old. Nothing in Caratini's stat line in 2018 suggests he was particularly unlucky, however, so it will take real development rather than mere positive regression for him to be an asset in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Collects two hits in win
CChicago Cubs
June 8, 2019
Caratini went 2-for-2 with a walk, a double and an RBI in Friday's 3-1 win over the Cardinals.
ANALYSIS
Picking up a start at catcher, Caratini continued to produce at the plate. The 25-year-old has only recorded 40 at-bats so far this season, but he's slashing a strong .350/.469/.550 in his limited appearances behind regular catcher Willson Contreras.
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vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+102%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+114%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .696 75 7 0 2 0 .258 .373 .323
Since 2017vs Right .657 263 30 4 30 0 .246 .307 .350
2019vs Left 1.548 7 2 0 1 0 .667 .714 .833
2019vs Right .765 65 8 1 8 0 .250 .354 .411
2018vs Left .446 53 4 0 1 0 .136 .264 .182
2018vs Right .647 147 17 2 20 0 .263 .303 .343
2017vs Left 1.183 15 1 0 0 0 .500 .600 .583
2017vs Right .553 51 5 1 2 0 .191 .255 .298
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+71%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .724 171 18 1 17 0 .275 .355 .369
Since 2017Away .612 166 19 3 15 0 .224 .289 .322
2019Home .823 33 3 0 5 0 .286 .394 .429
2019Away .880 38 7 1 4 0 .303 .395 .485
2018Home .648 109 14 1 11 0 .258 .318 .330
2018Away .538 91 7 1 10 0 .202 .264 .274
2017Home .907 29 1 0 1 0 .333 .448 .458
2017Away .529 37 5 1 1 0 .200 .243 .286
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Stat Review
How does Victor Caratini 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.
  • 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
0.60
 
BB Rate
12.7%
 
K Rate
21.1%
 
BABIP
.378
 
ISO
.164
 
AVG
.295
 
OBP
.394
 
SLG
.459
 
OPS
.853
 
wOBA
.378
 
Exit Velocity
92.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
46.8%
 
Barrels/PA
4.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Catchers who can hit are so sparse that a player who projects to hit a somewhat empty .285 can be considered a bat-first catcher. Part of the "bat-first" label stems from the fact that he is a fringe-average defender, so his bat needs to carry the day. The 24-year-old had been splitting time between catcher and first base in the minors, but he won't be cutting into Anthony Rizzo's at-bats at the big-league level -- although he may technically be second on the depth chart there. Willson Contreras is superior in every facet of the game, so Caratini will be limited to a backup role for the foreseeable future, assuming he can beat out the veteran Chris Gimenez for a roster spot. He has a chance to be a plus hitter, flirting with .300 in his peak seasons, but it will likely take him a while to reach his offensive ceiling, as he will be seeing limited game reps going forward. He has some power, but would likely need 350-plus plate appearances to hit double-digit home runs, and he would need Contreras or Rizzo to get injured to approach that mark.
Converted from a third baseman to a catcher in 2014, Caratini is looking to follow the same career path as organizational mate Willson Contreras, who made the same conversion two years earlier. The switch-hitter has shown impressive plate skills, posting a 129 wRC+ and 80:54 K:BB in 480 plate appearances at Double-A. If he were to continue on this trajectory, Caratini would have a chance to be an above-average offensive contributor at the position. However, he needs to stick behind the plate for the profile to remain appealing in dynasty leagues. Most reports suggest the defense just is not there for him to project as a starting catcher in the big leagues, so for now he is simply a player to follow in case he can make major improvements with his arm and glove.
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Starting again Saturday
CChicago Cubs
May 25, 2019
Caratini is starting at catcher and batting sixth in Saturday's game against the Reds.
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Starting first game back
CChicago Cubs
May 16, 2019
Caratini (hand) was activated from the 10-day injured list Thursday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. He's starting at first base and hitting sixth against the Reds.
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Could return before weekend
CChicago Cubs
Hand
May 15, 2019
Caratini (hand) will probably be activated from the 10-day injured list in the next day or two, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
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Posts three hits in rehab game
CChicago Cubs
Hand
May 13, 2019
Caratini (hand) went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa on Monday.
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Beginning rehab stint
CChicago Cubs
Hand
May 6, 2019
Caratini (hand) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Low-A South Bend on Monday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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