Jonah Heim

Jonah Heim

28-Year-Old CatcherC
Texas Rangers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Any concern Heim would split catching duties with Mitch Garver were vanquished early with Garver missing most of April and all of May with a knee injury. During that time, Heim posted a .785 OPS, locking down the primary backstop position. For the season, Heim posted a career-high 103 wRC+ while continuing to excel behind the plate as a receiver and pitch framer. For the second straight year, Heim experienced a second half swoon, posting a .282/.338/.474 line before the break, compared to .217/.282/.656 after. However, Heim's average exit velocity and hard-hit rate were nearly identical in both halves, so he likely benefited from a fortuitous .313 BABIP over the first half and a snake bit .246 mark the rest of the way. Heim has shed the all-glove label, and catchers tend to develop more power as they get older. He'll be entering his 29-year-old season, so it may manifest, but the catcher inventory is such it isn't necessary to chase the potential upside. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#165
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$Signed a one-year, $3.05 million contract with the Rangers in January of 2024.
Back from paternity leave
CTexas Rangers
June 18, 2024
The Rangers activated Heim from the paternity leave list Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Heim was away from the club for the last three games as he tended to more important life matters. Sam Huff was optioned in a corresponding move.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
9
17
13
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
16
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .791 293 36 10 50 2 .277 .334 .457
Since 2022vs Right .677 899 98 30 124 3 .230 .291 .386
2024vs Left .629 70 6 2 8 0 .234 .286 .344
2024vs Right .614 171 16 4 23 1 .235 .275 .340
2023vs Left .856 91 13 2 22 1 .325 .374 .482
2023vs Right .733 410 48 16 73 1 .243 .305 .428
2022vs Left .833 132 17 6 20 1 .267 .333 .500
2022vs Right .640 318 34 10 28 1 .210 .283 .357
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .734 578 69 23 86 0 .243 .298 .436
Since 2022Away .677 614 65 17 88 5 .240 .306 .371
2024Home .638 122 10 3 13 0 .237 .287 .351
2024Away .599 119 12 3 18 1 .232 .269 .330
2023Home .823 248 36 12 48 0 .261 .323 .500
2023Away .689 253 25 6 47 2 .255 .312 .377
2022Home .686 208 23 8 25 0 .227 .274 .412
2022Away .705 242 28 8 23 2 .226 .318 .387
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Stat Review
How does Jonah Heim 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
5.5%
 
K Rate
19.0%
 
BABIP
.267
 
ISO
.108
 
AVG
.234
 
OBP
.278
 
SLG
.342
 
OPS
.621
 
wOBA
.276
 
Exit Velocity
89.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.0%
 
Barrels/PA
5.1%
 
Expected BA
.234
 
Expected SLG
.368
 
Sprint Speed
21.1 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
41.2%
 
Line Drive %
17.5%
 
Fly Ball %
41.2%
 
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Offensive breakout
CTexas Rangers
June 7, 2023
Heim's .293 batting average ranks second among catchers, trailing only Elias Diaz of Colorado. Heim is also fifth in the AL in total RBI.
ANALYSIS
Heim has opened June with a 6-for-14 start, showing no signs of tailing off in a repeat manner to his 2022 campaign; Heim hit .262 before the All-Star break last season and just .181 after it. Heim's .286 expected batting average, combined with his consistent display of power, points to sustainable production moving forward.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
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2021
Heim appeared set to fill a part-time role in 2022 after the Rangers acquired Mitch Garver, but Heim ended up working as the team's primary backstop as Garver mostly served as a designated hitter before undergoing season-ending elbow surgery. Heim took advantage of the playing time and delivered a .781 OPS with 12 home runs during the first half of the season, but he struggled after the All-Star break with a .181/.279/.311 slash line. Despite the second half struggles, he showcased better plate discipline throughout the campaign and finished with a 9.2 percent walk rate, up from 5.4 percent in 2021. Garver is expected to be cleared for catching duties by Opening Day, but Heim flashed well enough last season to warrant regular reps behind the plate, especially since he's the far superior player defensively. Still, Heim's fantasy appeal would likely be limited to AL-only formats if he and Garver are splitting time.
A very strong defensive backstop, Heim played roughly half the time for Texas last season, hitting .196/.239/.358 with 10 home runs and three steals in 285 PA. He belongs on a big-league roster, but the Rangers traded for an upgrade atop the depth chart, acquiring Mitch Garver from the Twins shortly after the lockout. Garver's biggest weakness is his durability, so Heim could still set a career best in plate appearances this year. However, the Garver acquisition relegates Heim primarily to AL-only appeal.
After a strong showing in the upper minors in 2019, Heim made his big-league debut last year and appeared in 13 games without making much of an impact at the plate. The 25-year-old switch hitter excels at making contact, and he could emerge as a solid OBP source even without the kind of BABIP boost (.395) he saw at Triple-A Las Vegas, but it's his impressive defense that has locked him into the No. 2 spot on the depth chart for the A's. Starter Sean Murphy has a higher offensive ceiling but has also had some injury issues in his career, which should open the door for more playing time for his backup. Heim likely isn't going to supply enough power to be a real difference-maker in the modern fantasy environment, but in deeper formats he could settle in as a catcher who won't hurt you either, along the lines of Francisco Cervelli in his prime.
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Placed on paternity list
CTexas Rangers
Personal
June 15, 2024
Texas placed Heim on the paternity list Saturday.
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Enjoys big game in victory
CTexas Rangers
June 5, 2024
Heim went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, two total runs and two total RBI in a 9-1 win against Detroit on Wednesday.
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Day off Saturday
CTexas Rangers
June 1, 2024
Heim is not in the starting lineup Saturday versus the Marlins.
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Taking seat Thursday
CTexas Rangers
May 23, 2024
Heim is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Phillies.
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Drives in four in twin bill
CTexas Rangers
May 9, 2024
Heim went 2-for-7 with a walk, two runs scored and four RBI across both games of Wednesday's doubleheader split with the A's.
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