Charlie Culberson
Charlie Culberson
30-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Atlanta Braves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
How does a guy double his career home-run total from one season to the next out of nowhere? We can't look at year-over-year launch angle because Culberson had all of 80 at-bats over 2016 and 2017. Last season, Atlanta used him around the diamond and he was able to turn one of every five flyballs into a home run. One thing he did do was try to pull pitches at a higher rate and it worked in 2018. We saw a similar season out of Sean Rodriguez in 2016 when he hit 18 homers in part-time duty out of nowhere. Rodriguez has hit 10 since that surprise season while Culberson will be lucky to hit that many for the rest of his career. Last season was fun but there is very little to point to it being repeatable. Let the Braves homer in your league believe while you move on to an option that has upside. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Braves in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Three hits in Sunday's start
SSAtlanta Braves
May 13, 2019
Culberson went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Sunday's win over the Diamondbacks.
ANALYSIS
With Freddie Freeman fighting off a cold, Culberson entered the lineup at first base and hit sixth, producing his second multi-hit performance in May. The veteran utility player is now hitting .429 (12-for-28) on the year in his limited opportunities off the bench, with four of his hits going for extra bases (two doubles, two homers).
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .770 136 17 4 16 1 .273 .309 .461
Since 2017vs Right .846 237 36 11 40 3 .287 .346 .500
2019vs Left 1.143 14 3 1 3 0 .429 .429 .714
2019vs Right 1.171 22 3 2 7 0 .429 .409 .762
2018vs Left .744 115 14 3 13 1 .262 .304 .439
2018vs Right .820 207 33 9 32 3 .275 .338 .481
2017vs Left .429 7 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .286
2017vs Right .542 8 0 0 1 0 .167 .375 .167
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .720 175 23 7 23 3 .242 .297 .422
Since 2017Away .905 198 30 8 33 1 .317 .364 .541
2019Home 1.053 19 3 2 5 0 .368 .368 .684
2019Away 1.283 17 3 1 5 0 .500 .471 .813
2018Home .693 145 20 5 18 3 .229 .297 .397
2018Away .871 177 27 7 27 1 .303 .350 .521
2017Home .455 11 0 0 0 0 .182 .182 .273
2017Away .500 4 0 0 1 0 .000 .500 .000
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Stat Review
How does Charlie Culberson 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 100 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
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
25.0%
 
BABIP
.500
 
ISO
.314
 
AVG
.429
 
OBP
.417
 
SLG
.743
 
OPS
1.160
 
wOBA
.493
 
Exit Velocity
90.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
44.4%
 
Barrels/PA
2.9%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Charlie Culberson
The Z Files: Early Player Pool Observations
217 days ago
Todd Zola offers his early thoughts on the shape of the 2019 player pool and suggests that J.T. Realmuto may be the only catcher left worth an early-round investment.
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228 days ago
The Rockies will be trying to avoid elimination and Chris Morgan thinks some of their hitters will be able to punish Brewers starter Wade Miley.
FanDuel MLB: Sunday Playoff Value Plays
228 days ago
Chris Bennett checks out today's NL matchups and suggests Walker Buehler and the Dodgers will close out the series against the Braves.
FanDuel MLB: Saturday Value Plays
236 days ago
Chris Bennett says that Arizona’s late-season slump has pushed their bats, including inexpensive Daniel Descalso, down in price to where a stack makes sense against a struggling Jacob Nix.
FanDuel MLB: Sunday Value Plays
249 days ago
While his price is high, Chris Bennett feels like Francisco Lindor is worth it considering his matchup versus Francisco Liriano and the Tigers.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Culberson hit more homers in the postseason than he did in the regular season in 2017. Sure, he had a total of 33 plate appearances, but that one World Series homer was about as improbable as it gets and why baseball is beautiful. What is not beautiful is the thought of having to roster Atlanta's newest version of Rafael Belliard. His World Series blast aside, Culberson hasn't hit for any power since leaving the comforts of the California and Pacific Coast leagues and he does not run much either. With Adonis Garcia now headed overseas, Culberson could stick around as a utility knife, seeing occasional starts around the infield when a regular needs the day off.
Culberson spent the 2016 season alternating between the majors and Triple-A Oklahoma City, occupying a depth role behind Corey Seager at shortstop while occasionally starting at second base against left-handed starters. His .313/.327/.417 line against southpaws was acceptable, but didn't do much to help a lineup that was last in the majors in OPS against left-handers. It did come in handy at least once though, when he hit a walk-off homer against Rockies lefty Boone Logan during the Dodgers' last home game of the season, ending Vin Scully's career at Chavez Ravine on an ideal note. Emotions notwithstanding, it's unlikely Culberson will see regular playing time in the 2017 season considering his .474 OPS against righties and Seager's presence at shortstop, not to mention the fact that he's no longer on the 40-man roster after being outrighted in December.
Aside from a brief demotion to Triple-A in April, Culberson stuck with the Rockies in a utility role for the entirety of the 2014 season, logging at least 20 games of action at every infield position but first base. He didn’t offer anything more than passable defense anywhere and was utterly atrocious at the plate, where he slashed .195/.253/.290 while striking out over five times for every walk he drew in 233 plate appearances. Other than providing a warm body for the Rockies when Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arendo missed significant chunks of action with injuries, the 25-year-old did little to make a case for sticking around with the parent club as long as he did. As a result, Culberson could find himself on the outside looking in for a backup infield job in spring training, especially after the late-September hitting surge of Rafael Ynoa, who already owned the better glove of the two players.
Culberson produced strong numbers in a repeat season at the Triple-A level, batting .310 with 14 homers and 13 steals for Colorado Springs before earning a second-half promotion. An infielder by trade, Culberson saw the majority of his time with the Rockies in the outfield. He continued to hit well in the majors while chipping in the occasional homer and stolen base, but his porous walk rate (3.7%) deflated his OBP and has been a consistent problem for him throughout his career. That deficiency in his game may forever confine him to a jack-of-all-trades role at the major league level, but Culberson should offer enough speed and defensive malleability to thrive in that capacity. His ability to play the outfield may give him the upper hand to win an Opening Day roster spot over the team's other utility types.
Culberson was acquired in a midseason trade from the Giants for Marco Scutaro and made a good impression upon arrival at Triple-A Colorado Springs, batting .336 while displaying moderate power and speed. For all his strengths, Culberson boasts a career minor league OBP of .311 and a strikeout rate approaching 20 percent, indications that he is not quite ready for the majors. Furthermore, while Culberson does have experience at three infield positions, he is viewed as below adequate defensively at any position besides second base, which could damage his chances of latching on in a utility role over the sure-handed D.J. LeMahieu.
Culberson hit .292 with 16 homers over 503 at-bats in High-A San Jose last season, and while his 33:99 BB:K ratio wasn't impressive, and the California League is conducive for hitting, it was still a solid line for a 21-year-old. Since he also added 25 stolen bases, he's on the radar in keeper fantasy leagues, but he's still quite a bit away from contributing at the big league level.
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Back-to-back starts
SSAtlanta Braves
May 2, 2019
Culberson will start in left field and hit eighth Thursday against the Padres.
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Smacks pinch-hit homer
SSAtlanta Braves
April 15, 2019
Culberson hit a two-run pinch-hit home run off Justin Wilson in the sixth inning of Sunday's win over the Mets.
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Having rough spring
SSAtlanta Braves
March 17, 2019
Culberson went 1-for-3 in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.
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Agrees to deal with Atlanta
SSAtlanta Braves
January 11, 2019
Culberson and the Braves avoided arbitration Friday with a one-year, $1.395 million deal, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Back in reserve role
SSAtlanta Braves
September 19, 2018
Culberson is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.
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