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
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Remains out Monday
CMinnesota Twins
August 19, 2019
Garver is not in the lineup Monday against the White Sox, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Garver is hitting just .175 with three home runs and a .683 OPS through 10 games this month. As such, he'll sit for a second straight game in favor of Jason Castro.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
3
6
5
13
1
7
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
14
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+29%
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 .839 229 35 10 30 0 .260 .349 .490
Since 2017vs Right .808 432 58 20 70 0 .261 .327 .481
2019vs Left 1.103 98 22 9 18 0 .305 .408 .695
2019vs Right .853 176 28 14 34 0 .242 .307 .547
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
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+51%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .799 342 50 15 43 0 .244 .334 .465
Since 2017Away .839 319 43 15 57 0 .277 .335 .503
2019Home .933 144 25 11 21 0 .240 .354 .579
2019Away .946 130 25 12 31 0 .287 .331 .615
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 this season's data (min 200 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
0.38
 
BB Rate
9.5%
 
K Rate
24.8%
 
BABIP
.268
 
ISO
.333
 
AVG
.263
 
OBP
.343
 
SLG
.597
 
OPS
.940
 
wOBA
.402
 
Exit Velocity
90.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
45.5%
 
Barrels/PA
8.2%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Mitch Garver
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17 days ago
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27 days ago
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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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Takes seat Sunday
CMinnesota Twins
August 18, 2019
Garver is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.
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Gets breather
CMinnesota Twins
August 15, 2019
Garver is not in the lineup Thursday against the Rangers.
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Smacks 23rd homer
CMinnesota Twins
August 14, 2019
Garver went 1-for-5 with a solo home run Wednesday in a loss to the Brewers.
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Fourth straight start
CMinnesota Twins
August 14, 2019
Garver will start at catcher and bat leadoff Wednesday against the Brewers.
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Sitting again Monday
CMinnesota Twins
August 5, 2019
Garver is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Braves.
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