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
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Doubles, drives in two in win
CChicago Cubs
September 11, 2018
Caratini went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the Brewers.
ANALYSIS
Caratini played offensive hero for the Cubs, as he recorded two of the team's three hits and drove in critical runs in the second and seventh innings. The 25-year-old doesn't get regular playing time with Willson Contreras entrenched as the starting catcher, but he does have a modest three-game hitting streak going with a home run and six RBI in that span.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+114%
OPS vs LHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .606 68 5 0 1 0 .214 .338 .268
Since 2016vs Right .622 198 22 3 22 0 .245 .291 .332
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
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
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+71%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .701 138 15 1 12 0 .273 .346 .355
Since 2016Away .535 128 12 2 11 0 .202 .258 .277
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
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 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.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
6.0%
 
K Rate
21.0%
 
BABIP
.290
 
ISO
.072
 
AVG
.232
 
OBP
.293
 
SLG
.304
 
OPS
.597
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Victor Caratini
The Z Files: Early Player Pool Observations
95 days ago
Todd Zola offers his early thoughts on the shape of the 2019 player pool and suggests that J.T. Realmuto may be the only catcher left worth an early-round investment.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
127 days ago
Jan Levine reminds fantasy waiver wire pickers to snag the surging David Dahl, who's teasing 2019 sleeper value in the closing weeks of 2018.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
141 days ago
Jan Levine takes a look at Arodys Vizcaino, who's set for a rehab assignment, and what his role might be for the Braves upon his return. Who else can help fantasy players following September roster expansion?
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
197 days ago
Jan Levine still believes in Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, who should be owned in far more fantasy leagues despite recently cooling off from a hot streak.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
239 days ago
Jan Levine reminds weekend waiver-wire pillagers to check if Josh Harrison is available following his return to the Pirates.
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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Smacks grand slam in doubleheader loss
CChicago Cubs
September 9, 2018
Caratini went 1-for-4 with a grand slam Saturday in the Cubs' 6-5 loss to the Nationals in the second game of a doubleheader.
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Knocks two-run homer
CChicago Cubs
August 29, 2018
Caratini went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's loss to the Reds.
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Starting Tuesday
CChicago Cubs
August 7, 2018
Caratini is starting at catcher and batting ninth in Tuesday's game against the Royals.
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Records three hits Thursday
CChicago Cubs
July 19, 2018
Caratini went 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and three runs scored in Thursday's win over the Cardinals.
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Starting at catcher Saturday
CChicago Cubs
July 7, 2018
Caratini is starting at catcher and batting seventh in Saturday's game against the Reds.
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