Miguel Amaya

Miguel Amaya

25-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago Cubs
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Amaya made his MLB debut in 2023, appearing in 53 games for the Cubs. The catcher batted .214 with a .688 OPS, five home runs and 18 RBI. Amaya struck out nearly 26% of the time, which isn't too surprising for a young player getting his feet wet in the majors. The 24-year-old's strikeout rate wasn't much lower during his time in the minors, however, so that part of his game may stick. In the minors, Amaya offset the swings and misses by consistently walking at a high rate, which propped up his on-base percentage. He only walked 7.7% of the time during his time with the Cubs in 2023, and it remains to be seen if he'll be able to push that figure upward as he settles in at the nig-league level. Amaya figures to back up veteran Yan Gomes to begin the 2024 season, which caps the former's fantasy upside in the short term. However, the Cubs may mix things up if they fall out of contention. Amaya doesn't look like a fantasy regular quite yet, but that could happen in the near future. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2024.
Sitting out series finale
CChicago Cubs
July 21, 2024
Amaya is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.
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Amaya will take a seat for the second time in the three-game series with the Diamondbacks to open up the second half of the season. Though he's sported a hot bat of late with eight hits in his last 16 at-bats, Amaya is still slashing an underwhelming .213/.275/.298 on the season. Unless Amaya sustains his hot run at the dish for a longer period of time, the Cubs could prefer to prioritize Tomas Nido at catcher due to his defensive acumen.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
10
36
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
4
8
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+66%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2022
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .560 114 8 1 14 0 .196 .265 .294
Since 2022vs Right .650 251 22 7 22 0 .221 .313 .336
2024vs Left .381 50 1 0 6 0 .130 .163 .217
2024vs Right .634 159 12 3 12 0 .239 .310 .324
2023vs Left .701 64 7 1 8 0 .250 .344 .357
2023vs Right .679 92 10 4 10 0 .187 .319 .360
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
2022
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .635 182 15 5 20 0 .224 .300 .335
Since 2022Away .607 183 15 3 16 0 .203 .297 .310
2024Home .527 106 5 1 9 0 .208 .267 .260
2024Away .621 103 8 2 9 0 .217 .284 .337
2023Home .793 76 10 4 11 0 .246 .347 .446
2023Away .585 80 7 1 7 0 .182 .313 .273
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Miguel Amaya 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
0.32
 
BB Rate
6.7%
 
K Rate
21.1%
 
BABIP
.259
 
ISO
.085
 
AVG
.213
 
OBP
.275
 
SLG
.298
 
OPS
.573
 
wOBA
.259
 
Exit Velocity
88.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
27.7%
 
Barrels/PA
2.4%
 
Expected BA
.246
 
Expected SLG
.340
 
Sprint Speed
21.3 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
49.3%
 
Line Drive %
19.9%
 
Fly Ball %
30.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2020
As a 23-year-old in 2022, Amaya made the jump to Double-A and produced solid numbers following offseason Tommy John surgery. In 28 games for Tennessee, he recorded an .864 OPS to go along with four home runs and 19 RBI. He didn't see any time at catcher after the surgery, but the fact that he was able to perform well at the plate is encouraging. In 2023, the Cubs will want to see Amaya hit like that over a longer stretch of games and likely also get back behind the plate. If all goes well, Amaya could work his way up to Triple-A, and an MLB debut at some point during the season isn't out of the question. Chicago had Willson Contreras locked in as the top catcher the past seven seasons but he entered free agency following the 2022 campaign, so the Cubs are looking for their backstop of the future. Yan Gomes and P.J. Higgins don't figure to be long-term solutions even if they see the bulk of the playing time early in 2023, so Amaya is worth keeping an eye on if he can leap past those two veterans.
As is the case with many of the best catching prospects, Amaya is a significantly better real-life prospect. His top traits are a plus arm, good leadership skills and a propensity to draw walks, none of which are overly helpful in standard roto leagues. Amaya shows off 55-grade raw power to left field in batting practice and logged a career-high .167 ISO while playing half his games in the pitcher-friendly park in Myrtle Beach. The 20-year-old backstop flopped in the Arizona Fall League (.224/.291/.286, 21.8 K% in 55 PA), but that wasn't surprising given his age and lack of upper-level experience. He probably won't ever hit for a high batting average, so power and playing time will have to drive his fantasy value in most formats. He is still working to improve as a pitch framer. If it all comes together, he should make it as a starting catcher who hits around .240 with a solid OBP and 15-20 home runs.
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Getting afternoon off
CChicago Cubs
July 14, 2024
Amaya is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
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Slugs third homer
CChicago Cubs
July 14, 2024
Amaya went 1-for-2 with two walks and a two-run home run in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
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Productive in win Sunday
CChicago Cubs
July 7, 2024
Amaya went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Angels.
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Getting extended time off
CChicago Cubs
July 6, 2024
Manager Craig Counsell said Saturday that the Cubs are giving Amaya extra time off to work through his struggles at the plate, Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports Network reports.
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Sitting again Saturday
CChicago Cubs
July 6, 2024
Amaya isn't in the Cubs' lineup for Saturday's game versus the Angels.
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Returning Friday
CChicago Cubs
July 1, 2022
Amaya will serve as the designated hitter for Mesa in the Arizona Complex League Friday, reports Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic.
ANALYSIS
It's the first in-game action for Amaya since June 3 of last season after suffering an arm injury that resulted in him having Tommy John surgery last November. The 23-year-old is not expected to catch this season and will likely just appear in a hitting role as he rehabs. The Cubs assigned him to Double-A Tennessee back in March and that would appear to be the end goal for Amaya this season. With Willson Contreras' name swirling in trade rumors, the starting catching job could be available for the Cubs next season and, while Amaya will likely need more seasoning before his major-league debut, an appearance with Chicago in 2023 is possible.
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