Jonathan Lucroy
Jonathan Lucroy
34-Year-Old CatcherC
Boston Red Sox
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Lucroy is firmly in the twilight of his career as 2016 looks further in the rearview mirror than it should be. He remains a high contact hitter with a willingness to accept walks, but the quality of his contact is mostly below average with absolutely no signs of rebounding to the level that helped drive his 2016 production. The free-agent catcher has a good reputation for his work behind the dish, but his 2019 pop times and pitch framing were both bottom 50th percentile on the leader boards. Lucroy is decidedly a single-league format catcher if you play in a two-catcher league. Otherwise, you can safely ignore his presence on draft day. If you subscribe to "once you display a skill, you own it," understand that it will take a miracle for the 2016 skills to show up again. The three-year average stats paint a decidedly ugly picture for his 2020 potential. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox in July of 2020.
Officially joins 60-man roster
CBoston Red Sox
July 2, 2020
Lucroy was added to the Red Sox's 60-man roster Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Boston adjusted Lucroy's contract earlier in the week with the intention of adding him to the player pool, and Thursday's announcement makes it official that he'll serve as a non-roster invitee as camp resumes. He'll likely compete for the backup catching job with Kevin Plawecki.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
6
9
20
10
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
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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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
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.
  • 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
0.53
 
BB Rate
8.2%
 
K Rate
15.5%
 
BABIP
.253
 
ISO
.123
 
AVG
.232
 
OBP
.305
 
SLG
.355
 
OPS
.660
 
wOBA
.294
 
Exit Velocity
86.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.5%
 
Barrels/PA
2.2%
 
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268 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Not in player pool yet
CBoston Red Sox
June 28, 2020
Lucroy's name was left of Boston's 60-man player pool, but he will be added to the list during the upcoming week, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Team may keep three catchers
CBoston Red Sox
March 30, 2020
The Red Sox will have the flexibility to keep both Lucroy and Kevin Plawecki if MLB expands rosters from 26 to 29 players for the first month of an abbreviated season, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
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Gets timing down
CBoston Red Sox
March 12, 2020
Lucroy went 2-for-2 with a walk and an RBI in Wednesday's spring game against the Rays.
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Serves as DH
CBoston Red Sox
February 28, 2020
Lucroy made his spring debut Thursday, substituting for designated hitter J.D. Martinez and going 1-for-2 in a loss to Phillies.
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Lands deal with Boston
CBoston Red Sox
February 18, 2020
Lucroy agreed Tuesday with the Red Sox on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to big-league spring training, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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