Victor Caratini
Victor Caratini
26-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago Cubs
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Caratini might be one of the 20 best catchers in the league, but he won't be a starter as long as he remains on the same roster as Willson Contreras. In 279 plate appearances for the Cubs last season, Caratini managed 11 homers and a .266/.348/.447 slash line. That was good for a 108 wRC+, ranking 11th among catchers who came to the plate at least 250 times. He was a contributor on the defensive end behind the plate and also showed the flexibility to start 11 games at first base. While his bat seems good enough to be an asset as a catcher, it's not at the level where the Cubs will feel compelled to keep him in the lineup when he's not catching. Caratini will have appeal in all formats if Contreras suffers an injury. His position on the depth chart puts him in the second-catcher bin in 15-team mixed leagues to start the year. You could do worse when digging through that bin. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
On bench Tuesday
CChicago Cubs
August 4, 2020
Caratini is not starting Tuesday against the Royals.
ANALYSIS
Caratini started seven of the first eight games for the Cubs but posted a poor .541 OPS. He's since gone on to sit for three straight. Kyle Schwarber will be the designated hitter Tuesday, with Steven Souza getting a start in left field.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
#4
#5
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#9
1
4
2
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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#3
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+147%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .581 110 11 1 6 0 .185 .309 .272
Since 2018vs Right .745 403 43 12 53 1 .274 .332 .414
2020vs Left .347 9 1 0 1 0 .125 .222 .125
2020vs Right .858 25 1 0 3 0 .375 .400 .458
2019vs Left .775 48 6 1 4 0 .250 .375 .400
2019vs Right .798 231 25 10 30 1 .270 .342 .456
2018vs Left .446 53 4 0 1 0 .136 .264 .182
2018vs Right .647 147 17 2 20 0 .263 .303 .343
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .688 270 28 5 28 1 .249 .321 .367
Since 2018Away .738 243 26 8 31 0 .264 .333 .405
2020Home .790 17 0 0 1 0 .313 .353 .438
2020Away .665 17 2 0 3 0 .313 .353 .313
2019Home .707 144 14 4 16 1 .234 .319 .387
2019Away .886 135 17 7 18 0 .300 .378 .508
2018Home .648 109 14 1 11 0 .258 .318 .330
2018Away .538 91 7 1 10 0 .202 .264 .274
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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 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.
  • 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
0.14
 
BB Rate
2.9%
 
K Rate
20.6%
 
BABIP
.400
 
ISO
.063
 
AVG
.313
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.375
 
OPS
.728
 
wOBA
.326
 
Exit Velocity
79.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
24.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
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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.
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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Not starting Monday
CChicago Cubs
August 3, 2020
Caratini is not in the lineup Monday against the Royals.
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On bench Sunday
CChicago Cubs
August 2, 2020
Caratini is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.
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Not in lineup Monday
CChicago Cubs
July 27, 2020
Caratini isn't in the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.
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Will DH on Sunday
CChicago Cubs
July 26, 2020
Caratini is the designated hitter and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Brewers.
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Starting behind the plate Saturday
CChicago Cubs
July 25, 2020
Caratini is the starting catcher and batting seventh in Saturday's game against the Brewers.
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