Daulton Varsho

25-Year-Old CatcherC
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Varsho finished the season with a modest .246/.318/.437 line, but it's his 290/.349/.530 mark with five steals in five tries after the break that has everyone's attention. Well, that and catcher eligibility with the defensive chops to play the outfield. Last season, Varsho squatted 41 times while he shagged flies in 49. As a hitter, Varsho combined good plate skills (21.3 K% and 9.5 BB%) with 84th percentile sprint speed. After registering a 90.3 mph average exit velocity on flyballs over the first half, Varsho muscled it up to 93.1 mph after the break. With Carson Kelly handling the bulk of backstop duties, Varsho will be the primary backup. However, there are pathways to playing time in center and right field. Even if he only plays four or five times a week, Varsho has the potential to be a top-5 fantasy catcher with five-category potential, and he's being drafted as such. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#92
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$Signed an $800,100 contract with the Diamondbacks in June of 2017.
Slugs seventh homer
CArizona Diamondbacks
May 19, 2022
Varsho went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the Cubs.
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Varsho took Marcus Stroman yard in the fourth inning to record his seventh homer of the season. He's hit well for most of May, collecting three home runs, seven RBI and nine runs scored across 15 games. For the season, Varsho has maintained a .252/.324/.466 line across 148 plate appearances.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+127%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .678 157 14 3 16 2 .255 .306 .372
Since 2020vs Right .773 419 61 18 47 10 .230 .318 .455
2022vs Left .636 33 0 0 2 0 .267 .303 .333
2022vs Right .835 115 18 7 15 3 .248 .330 .505
2021vs Left .819 90 11 3 11 2 .293 .356 .463
2021vs Right .729 225 30 8 27 4 .228 .304 .426
2020vs Left .358 34 3 0 3 0 .152 .176 .182
2020vs Right .811 79 13 3 5 3 .212 .342 .470
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+39%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+47%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .740 302 33 5 25 11 .254 .342 .398
Since 2020Away .747 276 42 16 39 1 .218 .283 .464
2022Home .661 74 6 2 8 2 .227 .297 .364
2022Away .921 74 12 5 9 1 .277 .351 .569
2021Home .763 168 18 2 13 6 .275 .353 .409
2021Away .746 147 23 9 25 0 .215 .279 .467
2020Home .775 60 9 1 4 3 .224 .367 .408
2020Away .527 55 7 2 5 0 .154 .200 .327
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Stat Review
How does Daulton Varsho 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
0.35
 
BB Rate
8.8%
 
K Rate
25.0%
 
BABIP
.292
 
ISO
.214
 
AVG
.252
 
OBP
.324
 
SLG
.466
 
OPS
.790
 
wOBA
.344
 
Exit Velocity
79.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.7%
 
Barrels/PA
6.9%
 
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Varsho debuted with a disappointing .188/.287/.366 line across 115 PA in 2020. However, that has done little to dim his shine, and that's because Varsho brings to the table a unique combination of skills for a player who was primarily a catcher throughout his time in the minor leagues and is still catcher-eligible in most fantasy leagues (10 appearances in 2020). Most notably, Varsho can run with 86th percentile sprint speed which he is not afraid to use on the basepaths. He stole 40 bases in the minors from 2018-19 (188 games) and was 3-for-4 on steal attempts in 2020. Varsho also has legitimate power, even if that was missing in his first taste of the majors. Still only 24, Varsho is not going to be the primary catcher in Arizona in 2021, but he can move around and even play center field capably. Expect the team to take advantage of that versatility and get Varsho into the lineup more often than not.
The dream of a legitimate five-category catcher is alive and well with Varsho, who has 30 home runs and 40 steals (on 48 attempts) in 191 games over the past two seasons. At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, he does not look like a candidate for that kind of production, but he is a 55-grade runner with great instincts on the bases. His plus hit tool is what will get him to the majors -- he uses the whole field and rarely strikes out. Behind the plate, he is a good receiver, but his arm is below average for the position. Varsho has seen reps in the outfield, and is unlikely to be a full-time catcher at the highest level, but could get enough starts there to retain eligibility in most formats. He tore an ankle ligament playing in Japan this offseason and may not be ready for the start of spring training. Varsho will spend at least a couple months at Triple-A and could make his MLB debut this summer.
One of the most unique catching prospects in recent memory, Varsho could steal 20-plus bases while playing in the field on days he does not catch. Despite his stocky 5-foot-10, 190-pound build, he is a good athlete and above-average runner (34-for-43 on SB attempts in 151 career games, including the Arizona Fall League). His 31.5 IFFB% was the sixth-worst mark in the Cal League and his 50.9 Pull% was the 10th highest mark -- indicators that suggest he may struggle to hit much better than .250 in the big leagues. A broken hand cost him six weeks in the middle of the season, but he made up for lost time by going to the AFL, where he logged an impressive 14:12 K:BB in 18 games. Evaluators have speculated that Varsho could handle second base and the outfield in addition to catching, but Arizona has understandably kept him behind the dish for now. It is possible he could develop into a 20/20 catcher, but his home run output may fall short of that.
Varsho was selected from a small school in the Midwest (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) with the No. 68 overall pick in last year's draft, and while questions about his defense behind the plate remain, his bat stole the show in his pro debut. He was the best hitter in the Northwest League (150 wRC+) and belted seven home runs -- seven more than older teammate Pavin Smith, who was selected with the seventh overall pick in the same draft. At 5-foot-10 and with a fringe-average arm, Varsho may not stick at catcher, but unlike most catching prospects, his above-average speed allows him to profile in left field and perhaps even at second base. His bat might even be special enough that he is moved out from behind the plate strictly to maximize his offensive upside, a la Bryce Harper and Wil Myers. Varsho has an excellent feel at the plate, striking out just 14.2 percent of the time (sixth best in the NWL). He has 20-20 potential and has the potential to move very quickly, especially if he switches positions.
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Not starting Game 2
CArizona Diamondbacks
May 17, 2022
Varsho is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.
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Continues to rake
CArizona Diamondbacks
May 15, 2022
Varsho served as the designated hitter and went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Cubs.
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Resting Tuesday
CArizona Diamondbacks
May 10, 2022
Varsho is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.
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Notches two hits, stolen base
CArizona Diamondbacks
May 9, 2022
Varsho went 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and a stolen base Monday in a 4-3 victory against Miami.
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Takes seat Sunday
CArizona Diamondbacks
May 8, 2022
Varsho is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.
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