Diego Cartaya

20-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Dodgers A
2022 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Diego Cartaya in 2022. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a $2.5 million contract with the Dodgers in July of 2018.
Expected to be out for season
CLos Angeles Dodgers  A
August 9, 2021
Cartaya (undisclosed) was placed on the 7-day injured list at Low-A Rancho Cucamonga on Aug. 1.
Before hitting the temporary inactive list and then the 7-day IL, Cartaya went 10-for-28 (.357) with three homers, a double and a 5:6 BB:K over his last eight games for Low-A Rancho Cucamonga. That lifted his season line to a sharp .298/.409/.614 with 10 homers, 31 RBI and 31 runs in 31 games. However, RotoWire can report that, per the minor-league team, he's at the Dodgers' complex in Arizona rehabbing an undisclosed injury and is not expected to return to action this season. Assuming Cartaya recovers well from whatever's ailing him, he'll head into next season as one of the Dodgers' top prospects and one of the top catching prospects in all of baseball.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Any catching prospect who is years away from the majors has a decent chance of not meeting expectations, but Cartaya's upside is high enough to justify stashing him in deeper dynasty leagues. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound backstop has a plus arm and a good chance to stick at the position, which is half the battle. He also has a high offensive ceiling, and the Dodgers have not been shy about giving him aggressive assignments befitting his high-end pedigree ($2.5 million bonus on July 2, 2018 out of Venezuela). Cartaya went to the AZL as a 17-year-old in 2019 and was invited to the alternate training site as an 18-year-old. It's too early to say what his offensive production will look like in the majors, and his approach will play a role. If he attempts to max out as a power hitter, he could access plus power in games. If he prioritizes getting on base, he could hit for a high average. Most catchers don't do both.
There are valid reasons not to worry about rostering 18-year-old catching prospects in dynasty leagues, but if one were so inclined, Cartaya has the type of upside worth waiting on. A consensus top-three real-life prospect from the July 2, 2018 international signing class, Cartaya received a $2.5 million bonus from the Dodgers and had a successful debut season. He projects to be a plus defensive catcher with a plus arm, so his defense won't cost him playing time and his advancement through the minors will not be slowed due to defensive struggles. At 6-foot-2, 199 pounds, he projects to grow into plus power -- a .180 ISO from a 17-year-old catcher in the AZL is pretty remarkable. He is already very adept at lifting the ball (GB% under 37%), which lessens the concerns over his pull-heavy approach. Cartaya could be a .275 hitter who hits 25-plus HR, but he is at least a few years away from the majors.
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Making mark in minors
CLos Angeles Dodgers  A
June 9, 2021
Cartaya is slashing .389/.439/.917 with five home runs and 13 RBI across 36 at-bats with Low-A Rancho Cucamonga.
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Joins team Saturday
CLos Angeles Dodgers  A
July 12, 2020
Cartaya arrived at the Dodgers' summer camp Saturday and logged time behind the plate in an intrasquad game, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Receives summer camp invite
CLos Angeles Dodgers  A
June 29, 2020
Cartaya has been added to the Dodgers' 60-man player pool.
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Headed to DSL
CLos Angeles Dodgers  A
April 4, 2019
Cartaya will begin the season in the Dominican Summer League, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports.
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Agrees to deal with Dodgers
CLos Angeles Dodgers  A
July 2, 2018
Cartaya has agreed to sign with the Dodgers for a multi-million dollar bonus, Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports.
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