Austin Nola

Austin Nola

34-Year-Old CatcherC
Kansas City Royals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Austin Nola in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, major-league contract with the Royals in February of 2024.
Sent down to Triple-A
CKansas City Royals  AAA
March 22, 2024
The Royals optioned Nola to Triple-A Omaha on Friday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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As long as Salvador Perez and Freddy Fermin were healthy, Nola was always destined for Omaha to begin the season. He'll provide veteran catching depth in the minors.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
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+24%
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+26%
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+22%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .678 194 18 3 18 2 .261 .314 .364
Since 2022vs Right .547 357 31 2 30 0 .199 .298 .249
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2023vs Left .521 50 2 0 1 0 .196 .260 .261
2023vs Right .415 104 7 1 7 0 .119 .260 .155
2022vs Left .733 144 16 3 17 2 .285 .333 .400
2022vs Right .599 253 24 1 23 0 .230 .313 .286
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+31%
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+164%
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+9%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .678 266 24 2 25 2 .257 .355 .323
Since 2022Away .519 285 25 3 23 0 .191 .256 .263
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2023Home .673 74 4 1 4 0 .217 .356 .317
2023Away .255 80 5 0 4 0 .086 .169 .086
2022Home .679 192 20 1 21 2 .271 .354 .325
2022Away .621 205 20 3 19 0 .232 .289 .331
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Relegated to backup role?
CSan Diego Padres  AAA
May 30, 2023
Nola could operate as San Diego's backup catcher going forward after the club added Gary Sanchez to the major-league roster Tuesday.
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Sanchez was claimed off waivers Monday and is making his debut for the Friars on Tuesday against the Marlins. Nola opened the season with a secure hold on the starting job behind the plate, but he has a .434 OPS through 39 games and is just 3-for-35 since the start of May. Nola's solid defense could keep him around the big club for a bit longer, but he may need to show some signs of life offensively soon in order to retain his spot with the Padres.
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Nola is known more for his bat than his glove, but he struggled in both areas in 2022 with a .650 OPS and minus-six DRS. He played in 110 games and had a solid 8.9 percent walk rate, but he hit only four home runs and had a .290 wOBA. A .251 average was also about 20 points lower than his career mark, which is troubling since his. 284 BABIP wasn't a significant drop. Nola should open 2023 in at least a part-time role, but prospect Luis Campusano will be in the mix to start Opening Day and could be a lineup regular with a strong start to the campaign.
After years of pushing defensively minded players behind the plate, the Padres finally acquired a catcher who could hit and were excited to see what Nola could do over a full season of play in 2021. It was not meant to be as Nola played in just 56 games around a knee sprain which cost him a good chunk of the summer as well as a thumb injury later in the season which eventually sent him to the surgeon for repair. Those circumstances help explain the sizable drop in his power indicators while his ability to hit for average was still on display. Assuming he is healthy, he should have the majority of the catching duties while Victor Caratini caddies Yu Darvish and Jorge Alfaro spot catches when not needed as an outfield reserve. Nola is more of a gap power hitter, but his ability to hit for average is matched by few catchers.
Nola began last season with eligibility only at first base, but it wasn't long before he qualified at catcher, having taken over as Seattle's chief backstop with Tom Murphy sidelined. At the trade deadline, Nola was slashing .307/.377/.525, prompting a deal to the Padres. Nola slipped to .217/.314/.383 the final month but provided value with his glove. Despite the second-half swoon, Nola finished with a lower K% and higher BB% than his freshman campaign. He only has a career 451 MLB PA, but when analyzed in tandem with his minor-league history, Nola projects to offer a nice BA floor at a spot where most inflict harm. He also sports a HR/FB rate a tick above average with ample flyballs to contribute pop from behind the plate. San Diego has a crowded roster, but Nola's versatility should lead to ample volume, supporting a top-10 ranking at the position.
After spending parts of five seasons at Triple-A, Nola finally reached the major leagues at age 29. He even became a popular fantasy add, though he was appealing in large part because he was catcher-eligible, and unfortunately, he has lost that eligibility in most leagues heading into 2020 (seven appearances at catcher). As a 1B-only player in 20-game formats, with 2B-eligibility in leagues with a 15-game minimum, Nola is in the glut of fringe-useful position players. He was better than average in his 79 games with the Mariners, but it seems we can safely attribute a large portion of his 2019 success to the juiced ball, as Nola had never slugged even .400 at any stop prior to last year. The plate skills are strong enough for Nola to stick around in a super-utility role, but it's not a role that projects to be conducive to mixed-league relevance unless he were to regain C-eligibility in-season.
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Shifts to Royals
CKansas City Royals  AAA
February 22, 2024
Nola was released by the Brewers and signed a major-league deal with the Royals on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Gets NRI from Milwaukee
CMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
January 5, 2024
Nola signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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Non-tendered by San Diego
CFree Agent  AAA
November 17, 2023
Nola was non-tendered by the Padres on Friday, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Optioned to El Paso
CSan Diego Padres  AAA
July 18, 2023
San Diego optioned Nola to Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday.
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Back on bench
CSan Diego Padres  AAA
May 27, 2023
Nola will be on the bench for Saturday's game against the Yankees, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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