Curt Casali
Curt Casali
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Cincinnati Reds
10-Day IL
Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 8/23/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In nearly every season you can find a handful of backup catchers who post good rate stats in a limited sample, but who are also unlikely to produce at that rate the following season, let alone play often enough for you to roster them on your fantasy team. That pretty much applies to Casali, who hit .293/.355/.450 in 156 plate appearances as Tucker Barnhart's caddy in 2018. He even played six games at first base when Joey Votto was on the DL. Unfortunately for Casali, Barnhart is the superior defender behind the plate and is signed to a multi-year deal, so the path to playing time is blocked for him in Cincinnati. Oh well, at least he'll have a good Strat-o-Matic card this year. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Reds in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Will resume rehab Tuesday
CCincinnati Reds
Hamstring
August 18, 2019
Casali (hamstring) will report back to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday to resume his rehab assignment, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
ANALYSIS
Working back from a sore right knee, Casali appeared in two games for Louisville a little over a week ago before being pulled off the assignment after he sustained a left hamstring strain. The hamstring tweak was apparently only minor in nature, as he was able to resume baseball activities after a few days off. If all goes well during the rehab assignment, the 30-year-old could be cleared to rejoin the Reds for their series in Pittsburgh next weekend.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
4
12
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
3
3
8
4
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+40%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .850 130 12 4 15 0 .304 .377 .473
Since 2017vs Right .756 211 24 7 28 0 .257 .333 .422
2019vs Left .724 71 7 3 10 0 .233 .324 .400
2019vs Right .780 101 12 3 14 0 .267 .347 .433
2018vs Left .988 54 4 1 5 0 .375 .426 .563
2018vs Right .708 102 11 3 11 0 .250 .317 .391
2017vs Left 1.100 5 1 0 0 0 .500 .600 .500
2017vs Right 1.175 8 1 1 3 0 .200 .375 .800
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+100%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .799 165 22 5 20 0 .270 .360 .440
Since 2017Away .784 176 14 6 23 0 .278 .341 .443
2019Home .701 81 8 2 8 0 .239 .321 .380
2019Away .807 91 11 4 16 0 .266 .352 .456
2018Home .852 74 12 2 9 0 .297 .384 .469
2018Away .763 82 3 2 7 0 .289 .329 .434
2017Home 1.333 10 2 1 3 0 .333 .500 .833
2017Away .667 3 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
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Stat Review
How does Curt Casali 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
0.43
 
BB Rate
11.0%
 
K Rate
25.6%
 
BABIP
.314
 
ISO
.167
 
AVG
.253
 
OBP
.337
 
SLG
.420
 
OPS
.757
 
wOBA
.333
 
Exit Velocity
86.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
38.9%
 
Barrels/PA
3.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
Following a disappointing 2016 campaign, Casali spent most of 2017 on the farm after Jesus Sucre beat him out for the backup catcher job out of spring training. He hit .263 with a .351 on-base percentage across 85 games with Triple-A Durham, but didn't see the majors until rosters expanded in September due to the strong play of Sucre as the team's backup and his own lack of power with the Bulls (15 extra-base hits in 343 plate appearances). The 29-year-old did compile a .333/.462/.667 line with one homer in 13 plate appearances with the Rays last season, though the sample size is too small to draw any conclusions from. He owns a career .199/.285/.385 line across four major-league seasons. After signing with the Angels in the offseason, he'll have a chance to win the backup catcher job with his new team.
Casali endured a mostly miserable 2016 campaign at the plate, slashing just .186/.273/.336 over 256 plate appearances, although, as he had in 2015, he was able to offer some pop. The 28-year-old blasted eight homers, and 18 of his 42 hits went for extra bases. Casali figures to split time with Luke Maile to begin 2017, but they will simply be buying time for Tampa Bay until Wilson Ramos is healthy. Casali will chip in the occasional long ball, but due to what is once again likely to be limited playing time, he would only be worthy of consideration in very deep formats.
Not typically regarded as a major offensive threat, Casali surpised many with his productivity and power in 2015. In a small sample size of 113 plate appearances, the backstop hit 10 home runs and posted an .898 OPS despite a paltry .238 batting average. This was a stark contrast to the .674 OPS he posted with Triple-A Durham, but is still promising considering the lack of strong-hitting catchers the Rays have recently had. The 26-year-old has plenty of competition at catcher for the Rays, including Hank Conger, Rene Rivera and Justin O'Conner, but if he can show that his production wasn't a fluke, Casali could see more time with the big club in 2016.
Let’s be frank – the Rays care more about how catchers handle the pitching staff and frame pitches than they do offensive abilities at the plate. They haven’t developed an offensive catcher since Toby Hall and Casali is not going to end that trend. The organization likes how he works behind the plate, but his bat has been exposed since he got to Triple-A. With the offseason acquisition of Rene Rivera, Casali will go to Durham and split playing time with bigger prospect Justin O’Conner who has more offensive upside. Even in deep, two-catcher AL-only leagues, Casali is unlikely to offer a useful contribution.
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Recovering from hamstring strain
CCincinnati Reds
Knee
August 17, 2019
Casali (knee) suffered a left hamstring strain last weekend on his minor-league rehab assignment, but he's making good progress in recovering from that setback, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Nearing rehab assignment
CCincinnati Reds
Knee
August 8, 2019
Casali (knee) is expected to begin a rehab assignment for Triple-A Louisville on Friday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Close to beginning activities
CCincinnati Reds
Knee
July 28, 2019
Manager David Bell said Sunday that Casali (knee) is "getting close" to resuming baseball activities, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Likely out for rest of July
CCincinnati Reds
Knee
July 25, 2019
Casali (knee) isn't expected to return from the 10-day injured list before the end of July, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Officially lands on IL
CCincinnati Reds
Knee
July 18, 2019
Casali (knee) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday.
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