Mitch Garver
Mitch Garver
29-Year-Old CatcherC
Minnesota Twins
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Garver took a quantum leap in his second full season. His 31 home runs ranked second among catchers, and he did that despite amassing just 359 plate appearances, 20th among backstops. The Twins made a concerted effort to keep their catchers well rested and didn't alter the plan even with Garver's success. Garver also improved with his defense as he changed up his catching stance behind the plate to get lower and improve his pitch framing. He went from -16 DRS to 0 DRS at catcher as a result. Garver drew walks (11.4 BB%), made hard contact and had a passable strikeout rate (24.2 K%), which indicate his improvement was mostly legitimate. However, a 29% HR/FB rate is clearly unsustainable. Thankfully, the inevitable dip in rate stats should be offset to an extent by more playing time, as Garver is the team's clear top catcher with Jason Castro leaving via free agency. Read Past Outlooks
Could be impacted by new schedule
CMinnesota Twins
March 20, 2020
Garver could get fewer starts than originally anticipated if MLB comes out with a condensed schedule with fewer off days, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic speculates.
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It's a double-edged sword, as the Twins' new-school approach to days off and workload management would point toward fewer starts for Garver if a 162-game season were condensed in a shorter period of time. However, it seems unlikely that there will be a 162-game season, and if it is a shorter season, he could possibly play a greater percentage of the Twins' games if it is more of a sprint than a marathon. Regardless of what the schedule ends up being, Garver is one of the top players at his position. He hit .250 with five strikeouts, five walks and zero extra-base hits in 25 plate appearances this spring before the shutdown.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
5
6
5
19
2
9
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
22
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+44%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .900 260 47 13 35 0 .272 .369 .531
Since 2017vs Right .835 486 66 25 80 0 .262 .334 .501
2019vs Left 1.170 129 34 12 23 0 .321 .434 .736
2019vs Right .902 230 36 19 44 0 .249 .326 .576
2018vs Left .629 107 10 1 11 0 .227 .299 .330
2018vs Right .806 228 28 6 34 0 .288 .352 .454
2017vs Left .762 24 3 0 1 0 .238 .333 .429
2017vs Right .530 28 2 0 2 0 .160 .250 .280
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+51%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .840 393 63 20 54 0 .249 .342 .499
Since 2017Away .876 353 50 18 61 0 .283 .351 .525
2019Home .984 195 38 16 32 0 .252 .364 .620
2019Away 1.008 164 32 15 35 0 .297 .366 .642
2018Home .699 171 21 4 21 0 .245 .312 .387
2018Away .802 164 17 3 24 0 .293 .360 .442
2017Home .762 27 4 0 1 0 .261 .370 .391
2017Away .504 25 1 0 2 0 .130 .200 .304
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Stat Review
How does Mitch Garver 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
0.47
 
BB Rate
11.4%
 
K Rate
24.2%
 
BABIP
.277
 
ISO
.357
 
AVG
.273
 
OBP
.365
 
SLG
.630
 
OPS
.995
 
wOBA
.423
 
Exit Velocity
91.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
47.3%
 
Barrels/PA
9.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Garver took over as the primary catcher last year when Jason Castro was lost for the season with a knee injury and showed he can hit well enough to be a significant part of the equation behind the plate in 2019. He hit .293/.340/.474 in the second half while splitting starts behind the plate. Garver draws walks at a decent clip (8.7%) and has modest power (seven HR, .146 ISO). However, he is not as strong against right-handed pitchers (.629 OPS) and wasn't a young rookie (turned 28 this offseason). He's a below-average defender behind the dish (-15 DRS, 34th among catchers), which could limit his playing time. He'll likely occupy the lesser side of a platoon with Jason Castro, which would help boost his batting average, if not his counting stats. Garver has shown he can hit well enough that even in a limited role he'll offer fantasy value in deeper two-catcher leagues.
Garver will contend for the backup catcher role with the Twins after a breakout season at Triple-A, where he hit 17 home runs with a .928 OPS. He showed some promise by posting a .753 OPS at Double-A in 2016, but wasn't considered a notable prospect since he was already 25. He hit for more power (.250 ISO), drew more walks (13.4 percent walk rate), and improved his defense at Triple-A, but it’s not clear if the improved offensive numbers were a product of him actually getting better or simply getting older. He could be a late bloomer at age 27 this season, although history tells us that is unlikely. That said, the catcher pool is so barren when it comes to offensive production, that Garver’s success at Triple-A, even as a 26-year-old merits notice. He is the favorite to win the backup spot over Chris Gimenez, but given Jason Castro’s contract and defensive prowess, Garver is unlikely to earn more than a third of the at-bats.
Given the dearth of catching in the Minnesota system, Garver has gained some steam as a sleeper at the position. He hit 11 home runs with a 118 wRC+ in 95 games at Double-A and dominated a brief run at Triple-A, thanks largely to a .436 BABIP. At age 25, he's not a top prospect but could find a role in the majors in 2017.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
CMinnesota Twins
September 29, 2019
Garver is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Kansas City.
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Hits two doubles
CMinnesota Twins
September 28, 2019
Garver went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs and a pair of doubles in Saturday's win over the Royals.
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Resting again Friday
CMinnesota Twins
September 27, 2019
Garver isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Royals.
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Out of Thursday's lineup
CMinnesota Twins
September 26, 2019
Garver is not in Thursday's lineup against the Tigers.
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Back in action
CMinnesota Twins
September 25, 2019
Garver (hip) returns to the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers.
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