Mitch Garver
Mitch Garver
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Minnesota Twins
Day-To-Day
Injury Knee
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Garver's 2020 could hardly be more different than his 2019 breakout season. Garver went from hitting 31 home runs with a .630 SLG, to struggling with injuries, being lost at the plate and slugging just .264. Garver was hitting just .154 with a .474 OPS in his first 17 games before landing on the injured list with an intercostal strain. He missed a month with the injury and played sparingly when he returned. When he was healthy, he struggled to make contact with a 45.7 K%. He did at least maintain his improved defense with 3 DRS at catcher. Garver does draw walks (8.6%) and makes hard contact (41.7% hard hit rate). His 2019 season may have been unsustainable due to a 29% HR/FB rate. However, his 2020 campaign is likely the other extreme and his injury may have been a factor all season. Either way, the Twins will likely continue to make a concerted effort to keep their catchers well rested. As a result, he could split playing time with Ryan Jeffers, who established himself in Garver's absence, even though both hit right-handed. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#205
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $1.88 million contract with the Twins in December of 2020.
Diagnosed with bruised knee
CMinnesota Twins
Knee
May 17, 2021
Garver left Monday's game against the White Sox due to a right knee contusion, Megan Ryan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Garver is being considered day-to-day following the injury. He'll likely be re-evaluated Tuesday morning before the team provides another update on the backstop's status.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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3
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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5
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+35%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+43%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+124%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left 1.033 207 44 17 31 0 .290 .391 .642
Since 2019vs Right .766 332 44 22 54 0 .215 .289 .477
2021vs Left .820 52 6 4 7 0 .213 .288 .532
2021vs Right .575 47 4 2 6 0 .182 .234 .341
2020vs Left .819 26 4 1 1 0 .304 .385 .435
2020vs Right .365 55 4 1 4 0 .102 .182 .184
2019vs Left 1.170 129 34 12 23 0 .321 .434 .736
2019vs Right .902 230 36 19 44 0 .249 .326 .576
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .865 271 46 20 40 0 .223 .325 .541
Since 2019Away .865 257 41 18 44 0 .261 .335 .530
2021Home .678 47 5 3 7 0 .200 .234 .444
2021Away .723 52 5 3 6 0 .196 .288 .435
2020Home .407 29 3 1 1 0 .080 .207 .200
2020Away .463 41 4 0 3 0 .194 .268 .194
2019Home .984 195 38 16 32 0 .252 .364 .620
2019Away 1.008 164 32 15 35 0 .297 .366 .642
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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
0.22
 
BB Rate
8.2%
 
K Rate
36.7%
 
BABIP
.229
 
ISO
.233
 
AVG
.189
 
OBP
.255
 
SLG
.422
 
OPS
.677
 
wOBA
.296
 
Exit Velocity
84.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.0%
 
Barrels/PA
8.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
2017
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.
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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Leaves game early
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Knee
May 17, 2021
Garver was removed from Monday's game against the White Sox due to a right knee injury, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
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Receives breather Friday
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May 14, 2021
Garver is not in the lineup Friday against the A's.
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Not in Tuesday's lineup
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May 11, 2021
Garver is not starting Tuesday against the White Sox.
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Ready to play Sunday
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May 9, 2021
Garver (shoulder) will start at catcher and bat cleanup Sunday against the Tigers.
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Not starting Saturday
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May 8, 2021
Garver (shoulder) isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers.
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