Mitch Garver
Mitch Garver
27-Year-Old CatcherC
Minnesota Twins
Out
Injury Concussion
Est. Return 12/1/2018
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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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.
ANALYSIS
Garver was hit in the mask by a foul ball last week and after sitting out a few days he reported concussion-like symptoms over the weekend. The Twins have refrained from ruling him out just yet but the 27-year-old doesn't have any sort of timetable and with just 10 games left in the season, there isn't a whole lot of time to recover. Look for Willians Astudillo and Chris Gimenez to continue splitting starts in his place.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+38%
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 .616 127 13 1 8 0 .211 .291 .325
Since 2016vs Right .774 250 28 6 34 0 .272 .341 .433
2018vs Left .583 103 10 1 7 0 .204 .282 .301
2018vs Right .805 222 26 6 32 0 .286 .353 .452
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
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+20%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+51%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .679 188 23 4 16 0 .232 .310 .369
Since 2016Away .762 189 18 3 26 0 .271 .339 .424
2018Home .666 161 19 4 15 0 .228 .300 .366
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
0.41
 
BB Rate
8.9%
 
K Rate
21.8%
 
BABIP
.321
 
ISO
.144
 
AVG
.260
 
OBP
.330
 
SLG
.404
 
OPS
.734
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Remains out Tuesday
CMinnesota Twins
Concussion
September 18, 2018
Garver (concussion) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Out with concussion
CMinnesota Twins
Concussion
September 18, 2018
Garver has missed five straight games with a concussion, La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reports.
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Still out Monday
CMinnesota Twins
Head
September 17, 2018
Garver (head) remains out of the lineup Monday against the Tigers, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Remains out Sunday
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Head
September 16, 2018
Garver (head) remains on the bench Sunday against the Royals.
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Won't return to Saturday's lineup
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September 15, 2018
Garver (head) is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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