Mitch Garver
Mitch Garver
28-Year-Old CatcherC
Minnesota Twins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
Gets first start behind plate
CMinnesota Twins
February 24, 2019
Garver started at catcher and went 1-for-3 in Sunday's spring training loss to Boston.
ANALYSIS
Garver missed time in September due to a concussion, but he looks healthy as spring begins. 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 could also be the primary catcher early in the year if Castro is slow to return from knee surgery.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+44%
OPS vs LHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .653 131 13 1 12 0 .229 .305 .347
Since 2016vs Right .776 256 30 6 36 0 .274 .341 .435
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
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
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+51%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .707 198 25 4 22 0 .247 .320 .388
Since 2016Away .762 189 18 3 26 0 .271 .339 .424
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
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 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.
BB/K
0.40
 
BB Rate
8.7%
 
K Rate
21.5%
 
BABIP
.330
 
ISO
.146
 
AVG
.268
 
OBP
.335
 
SLG
.414
 
OPS
.749
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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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Collects six RBI on Friday
CMinnesota Twins
September 28, 2018
Garver went 4-for-5 with two singles, two doubles, six RBI and one run in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against White Sox.
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Makes first appearance in two weeks
CMinnesota Twins
Concussion
September 27, 2018
Garver (concussion) entered Wednesday's 11-4 win over the White Sox in the bottom of the eighth inning as a pinch hitter, fouling out to left field in his lone at-bat. He stayed in the game to play first base in the top of the ninth.
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Cleared to hit
CMinnesota Twins
Concussion
September 26, 2018
Garver (concussion) has been cleared to hit, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Awaiting paperwork for return
CMinnesota Twins
Concussion
September 25, 2018
Garver (concussion) is awaiting paperwork to be cleared to catch Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Unlikely to return in 2018
CMinnesota Twins
Concussion
September 19, 2018
Garver (concussion) was sent back to Minnesota on Wednesday and will likely remain sidelined for the rest of this season, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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