Jose Lobaton
Jose Lobaton
33-Year-Old CatcherC
New York Mets
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Mets in December of 2017.
Added as catching depth
CNew York Mets
September 8, 2018
Lobaton's contract was selected by the Mets on Saturday.
Lobaton will be the Mets' third catcher down the stretch, with Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) out for the season and Devin Mesoraco's (neck) status uncertain. The 33-year-old hit .152/.264/.239 in 19 games for the Mets earlier this season and is unlikely to play a significant role even if he earns unexpected at-bats.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .395 74 4 1 2 0 .145 .192 .203
Since 2016vs Right .635 252 20 6 21 0 .203 .299 .336
2018vs Left .301 17 1 0 0 0 .125 .176 .125
2018vs Right .597 37 2 0 4 0 .167 .297 .300
2017vs Left .416 39 2 0 1 0 .184 .205 .211
2017vs Right .564 119 9 4 10 0 .165 .263 .301
2016vs Left .443 18 1 1 1 0 .067 .176 .267
2016vs Right .737 96 9 2 7 0 .262 .344 .393
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Since 2016Home .593 175 13 3 12 0 .191 .277 .316
Since 2016Away .563 151 11 4 11 0 .187 .272 .291
2018Home .458 28 1 0 1 0 .125 .250 .208
2018Away .542 26 2 0 3 0 .182 .269 .273
2017Home .414 80 5 1 4 0 .127 .203 .211
2017Away .638 78 6 3 7 0 .214 .295 .343
2016Home .870 67 7 2 7 0 .298 .379 .491
2016Away .448 47 3 1 1 0 .143 .234 .214
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Although Lobaton was overshadowed by Wilson Ramos' career year in 2016, the switch hitter is quietly coming off his best season with the Nationals, slashing .232/.319/.374 in 114 plate appearances. After Washington lost Ramos to an ACL injury, the 32-year-old split catching duties with 23-year-old Pedro Severino, earning three of five playoff starts for Washington. Ramos left via free agency in December, leaving Lobaton to compete for the starting job with newly acquired Derek Norris and possibly Severino. Norris appears to be the favorite, chiefly because of his pitch framing and work behind the plate, though Lobaton isn't far behind in either category. Lobaton could threaten or supplant Norris if the latter can't confidently clear the Mendoza Line this year.
Lobaton saw less action in his second season in the nation's capital due mostly to Wilson Ramos' ability to not get hurt for once, but it's not as though the 31-year-old switch-hitter was demanding more at-bats with his play. Lobaton's .199 batting average and .573 OPS were both career worsts, and the only thing preventing the Nationals from looking elsewhere for a new backup catcher is his reputation as a strong pitch framer and his relationship with Gio Gonzalez. New manager Dusty Baker may be less inclined to lock Lobaton into a role as Gonzalez's personal catcher than Matt Williams, especially given Ramos' own issues at the plate in 2015. That could open up more playing time for Lobaton, but his track record and limited offensive skills don't suggest he'd be able to do much with it.
As far as backup catchers go, the Nationals could do a lot worse than Lobaton. His time in Tampa made him a master of the subtle art of pitch framing, he does a good job blocking pitches, throws out his fair share of base-stealers, and while his stats at the plate aren't much, hey, at least he can switch-hit. Wilson Ramos' inability to stay healthy makes the No. 2 spot on the Washington depth chart a little more interesting from a fantasy perspective than other backup catcher jobs, but after 700 big league at-bats, Lobaton's offensive limitations have become pretty clear. From a fantasy perspective, the 30-year-old is purely a "break glass in case of emergency" kind of guy.
Lobaton put together his best season as a major leaguer in 2013 working in a platoon with Jose Molina at catcher for the Rays. He posted career highs in every offensive category, hitting .249 with a .714 OPS that included seven home runs and 32 RBI in 277 at-bats. A switch-hitter, he tends to perform better against right-handers when he hits from the left side, as all but one of his home runs came from that side of the plate. He had a walkoff home run to keep the Rays alive in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Red Sox. He is not as strong defensively as many catchers in the game, so that may limit him from seeing everyday work as a catcher. His role with the Rays is now uncertain with the addition of Ryan Hanigan in December.
Lobaton was able to secure the backup catching job for the 2012 season out of spring training, but suffered a shoulder injury in April that knocked him out for over a month. His switch-hitting ability and decent bat earned him regular starts in the lineup throughout the season, though he had a tough time catching fire. While he only hit .222 with two home runs, he carried a strong .323 on-base percentage and hit left-handed pitching especially well (.310/.355/.397 in 58 at-bats). The 2013 starter is likely Jose Molina, who is a superior defender, but Lobaton's advantage with the bat will still earn him regular starts.
With the trade of John Jaso to the Mariners, Lobaton finds himself ready to compete for playing time with Jose Molina behind the plate for the Rays. While Molina is the better defender, Lobaton possesses more upside with the bat despite the lack of experience in the high minors. Lobaton did put together a nice body of work in limited time at Triple-A Durham with eight home runs and a .293 average in only 194 at-bats. One aspect of Lobaton's game that will endear him to the Rays is his patience at the plate; he's posted a walk rate of over 10 percent throughout the minors including a 16.5 percent mark at Durham last season. At 27, there's only so much upside to expect out of Lobaton but there is some sleeper potential in deeper leagues being a switch-hitter matched with a right-handed batter in a platoon.
The emergence of John Jaso blocks a path to the Rays for Lobaton, with Kelly Shoppach also on the roster. He'll likely begin the year at Triple-A and it will take an injury to one of the two catchers ahead of him to get a callup. Even if that were to happen, he's more of a defensive specialist with little offensive upside.
The Rays claimed Lobaton off waivers from the Padres in late July. Known as a defensive specialist, he faces an uphill battle for playing time with Dioner Navarro and Kelly Shoppach already on the big league roster. He should start the season at Triple-A Durham and will likely need an injury to get a callup.
Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Venezuela in 2002, Lobaton has steadily progressed through the Padres' farm system, so much that he was added to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Offensively, he possesses a little bit of pop with very good plate discipline, though he needs to improve his contact skills. Defensively, he is a good receiver and threw out 42-of-142 runners attempting to steal. Lobaton is slated to begin the season at Triple-A Portland but with the lack of catching depth in the Padres' organization, he could see time in the majors before 2009 is over.
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Reports to Triple-A
CNew York Mets
June 14, 2018
Lobaton cleared waivers Thursday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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Expected to be DFA'd on Tuesday
CNew York Mets
June 10, 2018
Lobaton will be designated for assignment by the Mets on Tuesday.
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Returns to big club
CNew York Mets
June 1, 2018
The Mets recalled Lobaton from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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Clears waivers
CNew York Mets
May 21, 2018
Lobaton cleared waivers Monday and will head to Triple-A Las Vegas, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
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DFA'd by Mets
CNew York Mets
May 19, 2018
Lobaton was designated for assignment by the Mets on Saturday.
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