Jeff Mathis
Jeff Mathis
36-Year-Old CatcherC
Texas Rangers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Mathis' ability behind the plate will keep him employed at the big-league level for the 15th straight season and presumably into a 16th as well, as he signed a two-year deal with the Rangers this offseason. He should help develop some young pitchers, but that will likely be the extent of his value in Texas, as the only time his wRC+ has finished above 68 was when he went 1-for-3 back in 2005. His mark in that stat last season was 47, earned on the back of a .200/.272/.272 line in 218 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks. He figures to start multiple times per week for the Rangers, but Mathis' performance with the bat has been so consistently poor that he's well off the radar in standard leagues. If your league has found a way to give credit for pitch framing, Mathis has value, as he's a star in that regard. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $6.25 million contract with the Rangers in November of 2018.
Might be No. 2 catcher
CTexas Rangers
August 18, 2019
Mathis will start at catcher and bat ninth Sunday against the Twins.
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Though he'll enter the lineup for the series finale, Mathis seems to have slipped behind Jose Trevino in the pecking order for playing time at catcher. Trevino drew three of the past four starts behind the dish before getting Sunday off.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
30
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .584 199 17 2 11 2 .194 .286 .297
Since 2017vs Right .504 444 28 3 31 0 .192 .242 .262
2019vs Left .473 66 4 1 4 1 .164 .227 .246
2019vs Right .439 156 13 1 7 0 .166 .218 .221
2018vs Left .615 79 7 0 5 0 .209 .316 .299
2018vs Right .504 139 8 1 15 0 .195 .246 .258
2017vs Left .677 54 6 1 2 1 .213 .315 .362
2017vs Right .573 149 7 1 9 0 .216 .264 .309
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+32%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+49%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+64%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .603 321 22 4 22 2 .215 .284 .318
Since 2017Away .456 322 23 1 20 0 .171 .227 .228
2019Home .534 116 8 1 7 1 .200 .267 .267
2019Away .358 106 9 1 4 0 .129 .170 .188
2018Home .538 104 6 1 7 0 .194 .269 .269
2018Away .549 114 9 0 13 0 .206 .274 .275
2017Home .749 101 8 2 8 1 .253 .320 .429
2017Away .456 102 5 0 3 0 .179 .235 .221
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Stat Review
How does Jeff Mathis 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
0.20
 
BB Rate
6.8%
 
K Rate
33.8%
 
BABIP
.246
 
ISO
.063
 
AVG
.165
 
OBP
.221
 
SLG
.228
 
OPS
.449
 
wOBA
.204
 
Exit Velocity
86.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.6%
 
Barrels/PA
0.5%
 
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The D-backs signed Mathis last offseason to bolster their pitching staff with his ability as a defender and pitch-framer behind the plate. He eclipsed 200 plate appearances for the first time since 2013, but the value came mostly in the form of helping out the pitchers that he worked with. That playing time total may have checked in closer to 250 plate appearances if Mathis hadn't suffered a hand injury that put him on the DL for more than a month in late August. As has been the case throughout his career, Mathis didn't offer much as a hitter, and there is no reason to think that will change in his age-35 season. Nevertheless, he'll likely reprise his role starting once or twice per week, perhaps working as the personal catcher to Zack Greinke again, while serving the D-backs as a backup again despite the departure of Chris Iannetta via free agency.
Mathis has been a career backup catcher, known for his defense expertise. The 33-year-old hasn't appeared in more than 100 games in his career, and his career batting average is sitting at .197, but his defensive consistency has earned him a spot on an MLB roster for each of the 12 previous seasons. Mathis played in 41 games in 2016, starting 36 of those, slashing .238/.267/.333 in 132 plate appearances over that span. The defensive stalwart is a free agent this offseason and has attracted interest from teams as a backup catcher but is yet to sign. The Diamondbacks signed him over the offseason, but despite the change of scenery, Mathis has limited value as his best case scenario is maintaining his role as backup catcher.
Mathis landed on the DL with a fractured finger very early in the 2015 season, and when he returned he received limited time; this came as no surprise, because he was expected to be the Marlins' backup catcher from the beginning. He appeared in 32 games and batted .161/.214/.291 with just 15 hits and also striking out in more than 25 percent of his at bats. Though his offensive game is limited Mathis continues to play excellent defense and provides a veteran presence in the dugout. There is no reason to think that this role will change in 2016, and it is very likely he will be the second or third catcher next season.
Mathis is slated to begin the season as the Marlins' primary backup behind Jarrod Saltalamacchia at the catcher position after the team picked up his $1.5 million option for 2015. Though his offensive game is limited (.187/.239/.293 three-year average) Mathis continues to play excellent defense behind the dish and provides a veteran presence to help guide a dynamic young pitching staff. Mathis appeared in 64 games last season and figures to draw a couple of starts per week over the season's first few months. Although Mathis could eventually lose playing time to upcoming prospect J.T. Realmuto, he figures to stick on the roster throughout the season.
Brought in to provide a veteran presence behind Rob Brantly, Mathis missed the first month of the season after sustaining a broken collarbone in the spring before working his way into the primary catcher role down the stretch. The elevation to the everyday lineup, however, had everything to do with Mathis' defense and his handling of a young pitching staff rather than his underwhelming offensive output. While he did slug five home runs in 232 at-bats last season, the .181/.251/.284 line says it all. Mathis is better suited to serve as a backup, a role he will likely compete for during spring training with Brantly after the Marlins signed Jarrod Saltlamacchia to take over as the team's starter behind the plate in December.
Known for his defense, Mathis did little to help fantasy owners even in the deepest of leagues in 2012, batting .220 with a .261 OBP. Surprisingly, the Blue Jays extended him for two seasons. However, Mathis was then shipped to the Marlins where he'll likely serve as a backup and mentor to rookie Rob Brantly.
After spending parts of the last seven seasons with the Angels, Mathis was sent to the Blue Jays in an offseason trade. Mathis draws raves for his defensive skills, but with just a .194 batting average and .557 OPS at the major league level, it’s clear he does not hit enough to warrant regular playing time. As such, expect Mathis to serve as backup catcher behind J.P. Arencibia.
Mathis recorded a hit in each of his first 10 games last season, but a broken wrist knocked him out for the next two months and he really struggled with the bat the rest of the way. Mathis hit .170 and walked just four times in 170 at-bats after his June 18 return, and he was on the bench a lot even though fellow catcher Mike Napoli saw considerable action at first base. Mathis will enter the 2011 season healthy, but Napoli will likely catch more with Kendry Morales back at first base. While Mathis will make a few starts a week because he is better defensively than Napoli, he will not benefit fantasy owners at all unless he makes big strides with the bat.
His ALCS heroics aside, Mathis is a no-bat backup catcher with enough defensive skills to make a long career out of nothing. Manager Mike Scioscia seems very attached to him, enough to make him a slightly better than usual No. 2 catcher in AL-only leagues.
Mathis played in 94 games in 2008 and proved that his offensive game still needs some work. His production at the major league level is a far cry from our expectations generated by his early minor league numbers. Mathis will be Mike Napoli's backup again next season, but could become the starter if the injury-prone Napoli goes down again, or when Napoli goes into one of his patented slumps.
Mathis has long been expected to be the Angels' catcher of the future, but he hasn't been able to prove himself at the major league level yet. He is regarded more for his defense than for his offensive skills, but few catchers are going to get regular at-bats hitting .211 in the majors. Mathis' bat just hasn't looked ready for everyday duty and Mike Napoli will be the Angels' starting catcher to begin the 2008 season, so bid and draft accordingly.
Mathis survived the Bengie Molina era only to be lapped by Mike Napoli, then didn't hit all that well on his return to Salt Lake. He'll get another chance should Napoli falter, and like Casey Kotchman and Dallas McPherson, needs to convert the next opportunity or be cast aside. He's still just 24, and could end up as Mike Stanley down the road.
The Angels feel Mathis is ready for a regular spot on the 25 man roster after a nice rebound at Salt Lake City in 2005. The power is definitely there. If the plate discipline starts to improve, he could join the ranks of the AL upper echelon catchers sooner than later. He's more than adequate defensively, although not superior, but good enough that if he's hitting, he'll earn more than his fair share of starts behind the plate in 2006.
Mathis stalled at Double-A last year, with his OPS dropping from .827 to .695 and his average falling to an eyebrow-raising .221. It appeared as if he started pressing after teammates Casey Kotchman and Dallas McPherson were promoted. Even with the setback, Mathis is still considered a fine prospect and should bounce back in 2005.
Mathis is quickly advancing in the Angels organization. He hit .315 with 13 HR and 93 runs scored between Double-A Arkansas and at high Single-A Ranch Cucamonga. The combination of power, plate discipline and defensive skills at an early age (he'll be just 21 next season) suggest he'll be a star one day. A strong year at Double-A this season could make him a factor at the major-league level in 2005.
Mathis may turn out to be the best all-around catching prospect of the current crop. High praise considering the group includes super-prospect Joe Mauer. He excels in the areas that are most important for a backstop; athleticism, arm strength, receiving, and overall intelligence/makeup. While his home run potential is not off the charts, strong hands and a quick bat make it likely he’ll develop into a medium power hitter that will also produce a decent average. The Angels 2001 first round supplemental pick will begin the season at High Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. It would be unusual for him to advance to Double-A in 2003. Catchers are generally developed at a slower pace than other position players, but the 20-year-olds potential is so high this may the exception.
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Returns to bench Saturday
CTexas Rangers
August 17, 2019
Mathis is not in the starting lineup Saturday against the Twins, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
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Sitting again Thursday
CTexas Rangers
August 15, 2019
Mathis is out of Thursday's lineup against the Twins.
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Resting Wednesday
CTexas Rangers
August 14, 2019
Mathis is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Situated on bench
CTexas Rangers
August 12, 2019
Mathis is not in the lineup Monday against the Blue Jays.
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Grabs breather
CTexas Rangers
August 10, 2019
Mathis is not in Saturday's lineup against the Brewers.
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