Austin Barnes
Austin Barnes
29-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Barnes took over as the No. 1 during the 2017 postseason, starting 13 of 14 games after Yasmani Grandal started Game 1 of the NLDS, and many thought that he would end up being the primary backstop for most of 2018. Yeah, about that... Barnes logged just 238 plate appearances for the Dodgers and took a massive step back in terms of performance. His strikeout rate soared from 16.4% to 28.2% and in turn he lost more than 80 points from his batting average. Barnes' line-drive rate fell more than five percentage points and his rate-power stats absolutely cratered (.085 ISO, down from .197). Is all hope lost for the 29-year-old? He was an above-average contributor at every single stop on the farm and had a 142 wRC+ in 2017, so we'll say no and bet on a bounce back. With Grandal declining a qualifying offer, the door is open for Barnes to take over as the top option behind the plate, but he'll have to cement his spot atop the depth chart in spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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May 22, 2019
Barnes is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Rays.
Barnes is hitting .263/.349/.395 with one home run and one steal in 38 at-bats this month. Russell Martin will start behind the dish and hit sixth.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .756 299 39 10 37 5 .237 .349 .407
Since 2017vs Right .748 331 45 6 27 5 .250 .375 .373
2019vs Left .417 36 2 0 4 0 .133 .250 .167
2019vs Right .818 94 15 4 8 2 .259 .362 .457
2018vs Left .722 134 22 4 11 2 .246 .353 .368
2018vs Right .484 104 10 0 3 2 .151 .298 .186
2017vs Left .886 129 15 6 22 3 .257 .372 .514
2017vs Right .902 133 20 2 16 1 .321 .444 .459
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .793 303 51 11 36 7 .256 .366 .426
Since 2017Away .713 327 33 5 28 3 .232 .359 .354
2019Home .707 63 11 3 6 2 .211 .286 .421
2019Away .706 67 6 1 6 0 .241 .373 .333
2018Home .653 113 17 2 8 3 .235 .336 .316
2018Away .587 125 15 2 6 1 .176 .323 .265
2017Home .967 127 23 6 22 2 .301 .433 .534
2017Away .829 135 12 2 16 2 .278 .385 .443
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Stat Review
How does Austin Barnes 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 100 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Dodgers turned to Barnes as their backup catcher for most of 2017, using him for 55 games behind the plate (49 starts) and another 21 as part of their rotation at second base. While most of his pop came against southpaws (six of his eight homers, .514 SLG), he handled right-handed pitching capably, and became more valuable to manager Dave Roberts as a result. Barnes controls the strike zone very well, walking nearly as much (14.9 percent) as he strikes out (16.4 percent), and he is athletic enough to chip in a handful of stolen bases well, having converted 4-of-5 chances last season. Barnes emerged as the preferred backstop during the postseason, but Yasmani Grandal is still on the roster. That leaves the playing-time split unclear entering 2018, but if there is a trade, Barnes will immediately become a viable first catcher in mixed leagues.
He started and ended the 2016 season in Los Angeles, but for four-and-a-half months in between he was watching fireworks in the minors. Barnes has had a couple disappointing cups of coffee in the majors, but that only includes 74 plate appearances over three short stretches. Meanwhile, he has hit a combined .304/.384/.460 in 166 games over the past two seasons at Triple-A Oklahoma City. His game is founded on walks and doubles, so Barnes is a player whose potential value shoots up immensely in leagues that value on-base and slugging percentage. He has also played second base and some third base over the past couple seasons, giving Barnes added real-life utility. Still, playing time will be limited as long as Yasmani Grandal is healthy.
Barnes came over from the Marlins in the blockbuster deal involving Dee Gordon and quickly played his way into the organization's good graces. In 292 Triple-A at-bats, Barnes hit a healthy .315/.389/.479 with nine home runs and a surprising 12 stolen bases. That athleticism allowed him to make one-game appearances at second base and third base, but his real long-term home is likely behind the plate. Barnes made his big league debut in May, but ultimately received just 29 MLB at-bats due to the presence of Yasmani Grandal and A.J. Ellis. Going forward, Barnes' OBP skills and average power would seem to point to him at least being an average big league offensive catcher. Ellis turns 35 this year, so Barnes could eventually slot in as the No. 2 catcher while making the occasional appearance elsewhere on the diamond. That said, it would not be a surprise to see him start in Triple-A and await an opening.
Barnes received time at High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville in 2014, seeing 78 games at the higher level and carrying an impressive .296/.406/.507 line. At age-24, the numbers are less surprising from a steady college bat with his level of experience, but Barnes' ability to serve as a useful catcher makes him intriguing as a potential super utility player if he continues to hit. Barnes played exclusively as a catcher at High-A last season, but he saw time at second base and third base at Double-A. A career .298/.390/.431 hitter in the minors, Barnes showed more pop at Jacksonville last season, and he now has a .503 slugging percentage at the level. Traded to the Dodgers in December, Barnes' path to the big leagues is more obstructed -- at least temporarily -- in Los Angeles.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
CLos Angeles Dodgers
May 19, 2019
Barnes is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Heads to bench
CLos Angeles Dodgers
May 15, 2019
Barnes is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Padres, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
CLos Angeles Dodgers
May 12, 2019
Barnes is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Nationals, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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Gets day off
CLos Angeles Dodgers
May 9, 2019
Barnes is not in the lineup Thursday against the Nationals, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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Out of Saturday's lineup
CLos Angeles Dodgers
May 4, 2019
Barnes is not in Saturday's lineup against the Padres, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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