Garrett Stubbs
Garrett Stubbs
26-Year-Old CatcherC
Houston Astros
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Both Robinson Chirinos and Martin Maldonando hit free agency this winter, leaving Stubbs atop the depth chart before the Winter Meetings began, but Maldonado ultimately returned on a two-year deal and will likely be the starting catcher. Houston allowed Stubbs to play other positions in the field last season because at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, he is not built for the rigors of a full-time catching position. He has spent time in Triple-A each of the past three seasons for Houston, hitting .273/.358/.412 over the course of 170 games. The Astros believe in the bat, which is why they want to see how he can play other positions so they can utilize his skills more frequently and keep him from getting too banged up behind the plate. The limited appeal here is you can draft him as a catcher, and then see how Houston deploys him throughout the season when he isn't being used behind the plate. Read Past Outlooks
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Ushered to minors
CHouston Astros  AAA
March 26, 2020
Stubbs was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
Stubbs impressed in his limited opportunities before spring training was suspended, slashing .455/.625/.727 with a homer and two steals in 16 plate appearances, but it wasn't enough for him to beat out Dustin Garneau for the job as Houston's backup catcher.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+155%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+155%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left 1.069 9 4 0 2 0 .375 .444 .625
Since 2017vs Right .419 30 4 0 0 1 .148 .233 .185
2019vs Left 1.069 9 4 0 2 0 .375 .444 .625
2019vs Right .419 30 4 0 0 1 .148 .233 .185
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+391%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+391%
OPS at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .883 22 7 0 2 0 .316 .409 .474
Since 2017Away .180 17 1 0 0 1 .063 .118 .063
2019Home .883 22 7 0 2 0 .316 .409 .474
2019Away .180 17 1 0 0 1 .063 .118 .063
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Garrett Stubbs 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 2019 data (min 400 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
0.57
 
BB Rate
10.3%
 
K Rate
17.9%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.086
 
AVG
.200
 
OBP
.282
 
SLG
.286
 
OPS
.568
 
wOBA
.260
 
Exit Velocity
84.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.7%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2017
As of early January, the Astros' two big-league catchers project to be Robinson Chirinos and Max Stassi. If J.T. Realmuto does not enter that mix, then it would seem likely Stubbs will throw his hat into the ring at some point in 2019. The 25-year-old has not yet reached the majors, but his production last year at Triple-A was promising. He led Pacific Coast League catchers with a .310 batting average and 120 wRC+. Additionally, his 26.3% line-drive rate was the ninth best mark among all PCL hitters with at least 300 PA. He gets rave reviews for his makeup and is reportedly a pretty good defensive backstop. At just 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, he may not hold up under a 120-game workload, but if he were only asked to start 90-100 games per year, that could be doable. The main selling point is that Stubbs has the potential to hit for a high average and get on base at a high clip while qualifying at a position where almost nobody does either of those things.
Stubbs put up fantastic numbers across stops at Lancaster and Corpus Christi last year, showing off a superb approach and potentially plus hit tool. Of course, Lancaster has propped up mediocre hitters before, but Corpus Christi skews more neutral and Stubbs was actually better after his promotion to Double-A, posting a 14:11 BB:K in 137 plate appearances. Stubbs' slight frame doesn't fit the prototype behind the dish but he is pretty athletic, grades out well as a pitch framer and has a good enough arm to not be a liability in the running game. He also has exceptional makeup, so there are signs that he could stick at catcher. The Astros have Brian McCann under contract for two more seasons, so Stubbs won't be rushed to fill a need. If he were larger, then there would be those who would label him as a top-100 prospect in the game. Instead he lingers on the periphery as a potential starting catcher with a plus hit tool, excellent approach and sneaky 10-15 homer pop.
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Hitting well during spring
CHouston Astros  AAA
March 16, 2020
Stubbs is batting .455 (5-for-11) with a home run, two RBI and two stolen bases over 10 spring games.
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To see infield work
CHouston Astros  AAA
December 12, 2019
Stubbs is expected to get looks in the infield during spring training, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Scores three runs off bench
CHouston Astros  AAA
September 9, 2019
Stubbs went 1-for-1 with a double, a walk and three runs Sunday in the Astros' 21-1 win over the Mariners.
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Joins big club as No. 3 catcher
CHouston Astros  AAA
September 2, 2019
The Astros recalled Stubbs from Triple-A Round Rock ahead of Monday's game against the Brewers, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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Returns to minors
CHouston Astros  AAA
August 9, 2019
Stubbs was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Friday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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