Jonathan Lucroy
Jonathan Lucroy
33-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago Cubs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Lucroy is no longer a force at the dish and his once elite framing skills have fallen off in recent seasons. However, due to the state of the catcher inventory, he's still relevant in two-catcher leagues. He signed a one-year, $3.35 million deal with the Angels, and should enter spring training as the favorite to break camp as the primary backstop, ahead of Kevan Smith. A high contact rate drives a batting average that should settle around the MLB average though a low average exit velocity caps it there with limited power. Still, if he is playing four days a week while hitting around .250, he will compile enough runs and RBI to be useful in those deeper formats. He's morphed into the prototypical "won't hurt you" backstop with little chance of more. If your power is adequate elsewhere, Lucroy makes some sense. His lack of walks will be a detriment in points and on-base formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3.35 million contract with the Angels in December of 2018. Released by the Angels in August of 2019.
Catching Saturday
CChicago Cubs
August 17, 2019
Lucroy is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Saturday's game against the Pirates.
Lucroy will be making his second straight start behind the plate after going 1-for-3 in Friday's contest. In five games since joining the Cubs, the veteran catcher is 5-for-15 with two RBI and a run. He'll continue to battle with Victor Caratini for playing time.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .640 360 28 7 40 0 .235 .294 .346
Since 2017vs Right .676 903 88 11 87 1 .252 .324 .352
2019vs Left .609 104 7 3 10 0 .227 .269 .340
2019vs Right .684 224 23 5 26 0 .235 .321 .362
2018vs Left .660 136 14 3 18 0 .236 .294 .366
2018vs Right .598 318 27 1 33 0 .243 .290 .308
2017vs Left .644 120 7 1 12 0 .243 .317 .327
2017vs Right .741 361 38 5 28 1 .272 .355 .386
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OPS at Home
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .662 607 54 9 60 1 .248 .313 .349
Since 2017Away .669 656 62 9 67 0 .247 .318 .352
2019Home .692 153 15 6 19 0 .232 .301 .391
2019Away .631 175 15 2 17 0 .232 .309 .323
2018Home .554 216 14 1 24 0 .220 .264 .290
2018Away .675 238 27 3 27 0 .260 .316 .358
2017Home .742 238 25 2 17 1 .285 .366 .377
2017Away .691 243 20 4 23 0 .245 .325 .366
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Stat Review
How does Jonathan Lucroy 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Among players taken in the top 60 on average last spring who stayed mostly healthy all year, Lucroy was the biggest bust. He posted just a .635 OPS during his time with Texas in 2017, down more than 200 points from his 2016 mark, and was ultimately dealt to Colorado at the trade deadline. Lucroy's numbers improved after he joined the Rockies (.310/.429/.437), although he managed just two homers in his 46 games after the move. Indeed the dip in power was the big story of his season on the whole, as Lucroy completely gave up power in the name of contact (10.6 percent strikeout rate), much to the detriment of his fantasy value. The catcher position is almost void of impact talent and Lucroy will remain relevant given his plate skills, but the fluctuation in his home-run totals combined with the rigors and inherent risks of the catcher position leave him with a wide range of outcomes. Bet on a batting-average rebound -- that's about as far as we'll go.
The Brewers sold Lucroy at the trade deadline, and he responded with a brilliant stint for the Rangers. He almost matched his homer total in 338 Milwaukee at-bats (13) during his 152 with Texas (11), and Lucroy quickly erased any doubts following his injury-marred 2015 campaign. The Rangers picked up his option basically hours after the 2016 World Series ended, which will keep him in one of the best run-producing spots of any catcher. The biggest fantasy question, though, is whether the 30-year-old will come close to repeating his career high in home runs. At Rangers Ballpark, he smacked six of them - one for every 12.5 at-bats there. Staying in Arlington bolsters his potential to do that again, to go along with his elite batting average profile (career .284 clip, 85.8 contact percentage). In most draft rooms, Gary Sanchez and Buster Posey will wind up as slightly more expensive options, but Lucroy could be acquired for less and easily outperform them, yielding the best profit of the trio.
Last season was a down year from day one for Lucroy, who suffered a toe injury on a foul tip in April that cost him 38 games and later missed significant time due to a concussion. His full-season numbers look mediocre at .264/.326/.391, but after returning from the toe injury on June 1, Lucroy wasn't far off from the All-Star player he was in 2014. In his final 364 plate appearances, Lucroy hit .282/.342/.420 with 29 extra-base hits, including seven home runs. He's still a rock-solid contact hitter with good power for the catcher position, even if the shine of 2014 has dimmed a bit. Lucroy owned a .297/.359/.472 line over the previous three seasons before his brief dip in early 2015. At 30 years old, Lucroy should still have a couple of peak years left in him, and he's a good bet to return to form in 2016.
Lucroy languished in anonymity for a few years, but he became a household name last season after smashing a league-best 53 doubles and finishing fourth in NL MVP voting. His home run and RBI numbers dipped a bit, but he also hit .300 and finished with the most at-bats among all catchers by playing at first base as well, something he figures to do again in 2015. Lucroy isn’t hiding any longer -- he will be among the first catchers taken in fantasy drafts this spring, and rightfully so.
Though his name doesn’t often come up when discussing the top hitting catchers in the league, Lucroy finished the 2013 season with the ninth best OPS among catchers who saw at least 400 plate appearances, and more impressively, the most RBI. Each of Lucroy’s slash numbers dipped from the previous season, but he played in a career-best 147 games and showed good power with 49 extra-base hits overall. Lucroy figures to bat in the middle third of the Brewers’ order, and his power production could be a bargain for fantasy owners in the mid-to-later rounds.
Lucroy made a big jump at the plate lat season, essentially matching his production from the season before despite playing in 40 fewer games. Lucroy does not take many walks, but he improved both his eye at the plate and his power, striking out just 44 times in 316 at-bats and slugging .513, the third highest rate for any catcher that appeared in 75 games. A full season from Lucroy in 2013 will give him a chance to end the year as a top-10 fantasy catcher.
Lucroy was respectable during his first full season in the majors, hitting .265/.313/.391, though he fell off a bit in the second half of the season. He should start 130-plus games again in 2012 and has the potential to be a bit above average, particularly if he's able recoup the sharp decline in his contact rate (84 percent in 2010 to 77 last season).
Lucroy started 2010 in Double-A Huntsville was pushed to the majors in May after Gregg Zaun went down with a season ending injury. He hit .253/.300/.329 in 75 games for Milwaukee with four home runs. It's doubtful that he'll ever hit for much power, but he's shown good plate discipline in the minors and could approach a .300 batting average during his peak seasons. He'll return as Milwaukee's starting catcher in 2011.
Lucroy saw his prospect status rise in 2009 despite putting up modest numbers at Double-A Huntsville where he hit .264/.377/.409. He saved his season by hitting .337/.426/.565 in 92 August at-bats and then following that up with an impressive Arizona Fall League. The Brewers will give him the chance to make the team as their starting catcher during spring training, which should keep him on every fantasy owner's radar. While he's no frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year award, he could be better than a number of other catchers if he gets regular playing time.
Lucroy is starting to get noticed after hitting .292/.364/.479 for High-A Brevard County after spending the first half of the season at Low-A West Virginia. He has shown good plate discipline and hit 20 home runs between both levels to become one of the Brewers' better prospects. The Brewers may start him at Double-A Huntsville in 2009 where he'll be one level behind another highly touted catcher in Angel Salome.
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Signs with Cubs
CChicago Cubs
August 7, 2019
Lucroy signed a contract with the Cubs on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Cut loose by Angels
CFree Agent
August 5, 2019
Lucroy was released by the Angels on Monday.
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DFA'd by Angels
CLos Angeles Angels
August 2, 2019
Lucroy was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday.
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Back from injury
CLos Angeles Angels
July 31, 2019
Lucroy (nose) was activated from the injured list Wednesday.
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Rehab pushed to Saturday
CLos Angeles Angels
July 26, 2019
Lucroy (nose) won't begin his rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire until Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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