Mitch Garver

Mitch Garver

33-Year-Old CatcherC
Seattle Mariners
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Garver rebounded from an injury-riddled 2022 season with a productive campaign, posting a 138 wRC+, the third highest of his career. Garver played in 87 games, the most since 2019, but he missed just over one-third of the season after hurting his knee in early April. When healthy, Garver was the everyday designated hitter, mixing in 27 games behind the plate. Garver's success in the batter's box was fully supported by his underlying metrics, which bodes well for continuing to log playing time at designated hitter. Garver has never been known for his defensive prowess, so it's not a surprise the metrics were not kind to him in his limited time defensively. Even so, Garver regained catcher eligibility and at least for the upcoming season, he's borderline useful in single-catcher formats and a solid option in two catcher leagues. He will work as Cal Raleigh's backup and the Mariners' top option at designated hitter when healthy, after signing a two-year deal with Seattle this winter. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#175
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$Signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the Mariners in December of 2023. Contract includes $12 million mutual option ($1 million buyout) for 2026.
Sitting again Monday
CSeattle Mariners
May 20, 2024
Garver is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Yankees.
ANALYSIS
Garver returned to action Friday after missing a couple games due to back spasms, but he now finds himself on the bench for a second straight contest. Mitch Haniger will serve as the designated hitter while Luke Raley receives a start in the outfield.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#4
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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#4
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+37%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+66%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+79%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .955 186 29 9 27 0 .298 .425 .530
Since 2022vs Right .698 524 52 25 61 1 .207 .294 .404
2024vs Left .859 38 5 3 9 0 .257 .316 .543
2024vs Right .516 114 8 2 5 0 .137 .263 .253
2023vs Left .938 84 10 0 7 0 .344 .500 .438
2023vs Right .845 259 35 19 43 0 .250 .328 .517
2022vs Left 1.025 64 14 6 11 0 .269 .391 .635
2022vs Right .574 151 9 4 13 1 .184 .258 .316
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+33%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .809 345 45 16 44 1 .243 .357 .452
Since 2022Away .721 365 36 18 44 0 .217 .301 .419
2024Home .704 69 9 4 8 0 .155 .290 .414
2024Away .529 83 4 1 6 0 .181 .265 .264
2023Home .928 176 27 10 27 0 .291 .392 .536
2023Away .809 167 18 9 23 0 .248 .347 .462
2022Home .665 100 9 2 9 1 .217 .340 .325
2022Away .728 115 14 8 15 0 .200 .261 .467
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Stat Review
How does Mitch Garver 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
0.33
 
BB Rate
11.2%
 
K Rate
33.6%
 
BABIP
.224
 
ISO
.162
 
AVG
.169
 
OBP
.276
 
SLG
.331
 
OPS
.607
 
wOBA
.275
 
Exit Velocity
89.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.6%
 
Barrels/PA
3.3%
 
Expected BA
.172
 
Expected SLG
.309
 
Sprint Speed
21.6 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
40.7%
 
Line Drive %
13.6%
 
Fly Ball %
45.7%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Mariners interested
CFree Agent
December 8, 2023
Garver is among the free-agent hitters the Mariners are considering, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
ANALYSIS
The Mariners have Cal Raleigh, of course, but teams seem to be looking at Garver as an occasional catcher rather than an option to do it full time. He can also see time in the designated hitter spot and perhaps at first base. Miami is another club that has been connected to the 32-year-old.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Garver was acquired by the Rangers ahead of the 2022 campaign, but he was limited to 54 games due to a forearm injury that eventually required surgery. He saw action in only 14 contests at catcher and worked primarily as a designated hitter while he tried to play through the injury. Jonah Heim took advantage of the opportunity and had a bit of a breakout, which could put him in line to receive regular playing time behind the plate in 2023. Garver had a .207/.298/.404 slash line with 10 home runs, though the fact he played through the injury for a while likely affected those numbers. Now entering his final season of arbitration eligibility, Garver should split his time between catcher and designated hitter and could be a late-round option for fantasy managers looking for a rebound. Availability remains a question mark given he's played in over 100 games only once in his big-league career.
Garver found a happy medium between his breakout 2019 (31 home runs, 24.2 K%) and his disastrous 2020 (two homers, 45.7 K%), reaching 13 long balls and striking out at a 29.2% clip in 243 plate appearances. Most catchers are banged up early on in the Major League Baseball campaign and remain that way. Garver was no different in 2021, battling shoulder and knee injuries before finally requiring IL stints due to groin and back issues. That's been a theme throughout his career (he attributed his 2020 struggles to an intercostal injury) and the Twins managed him carefully when they were lucky enough to have Garver on the field over the past five seasons. Minnesota was ready to move on after the lockout, however, trading Garver to Texas in exchange for Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Ronny Henriquez. The change in home ballparks is negligible for a right-handed hitter, but Garver will be in a less talented lineup. Even so, his fantasy value in 2022 will be directly tied to how many games he is healthy for.
Garver's 2020 could hardly be more different than his 2019 breakout season. Garver went from hitting 31 home runs with a .630 SLG, to struggling with injuries, being lost at the plate and slugging just .264. Garver was hitting just .154 with a .474 OPS in his first 17 games before landing on the injured list with an intercostal strain. He missed a month with the injury and played sparingly when he returned. When he was healthy, he struggled to make contact with a 45.7 K%. He did at least maintain his improved defense with 3 DRS at catcher. Garver does draw walks (8.6%) and makes hard contact (41.7% hard hit rate). His 2019 season may have been unsustainable due to a 29% HR/FB rate. However, his 2020 campaign is likely the other extreme and his injury may have been a factor all season. Either way, the Twins will likely continue to make a concerted effort to keep their catchers well rested. As a result, he could split playing time with Ryan Jeffers, who established himself in Garver's absence, even though both hit right-handed.
Garver took a quantum leap in his second full season. His 31 home runs ranked second among catchers, and he did that despite amassing just 359 plate appearances, 20th among backstops. The Twins made a concerted effort to keep their catchers well rested and didn't alter the plan even with Garver's success. Garver also improved with his defense as he changed up his catching stance behind the plate to get lower and improve his pitch framing. He went from -16 DRS to 0 DRS at catcher as a result. Garver drew walks (11.4 BB%), made hard contact and had a passable strikeout rate (24.2 K%), which indicate his improvement was mostly legitimate. However, a 29% HR/FB rate is clearly unsustainable. Thankfully, the inevitable dip in rate stats should be offset to an extent by more playing time, as Garver is the team's clear top catcher with Jason Castro leaving via free agency.
Garver took over as the primary catcher last year when Jason Castro was lost for the season with a knee injury and showed he can hit well enough to be a significant part of the equation behind the plate in 2019. He hit .293/.340/.474 in the second half while splitting starts behind the plate. Garver draws walks at a decent clip (8.7%) and has modest power (seven HR, .146 ISO). However, he is not as strong against right-handed pitchers (.629 OPS) and wasn't a young rookie (turned 28 this offseason). He's a below-average defender behind the dish (-15 DRS, 34th among catchers), which could limit his playing time. He'll likely occupy the lesser side of a platoon with Jason Castro, which would help boost his batting average, if not his counting stats. Garver has shown he can hit well enough that even in a limited role he'll offer fantasy value in deeper two-catcher leagues.
Garver will contend for the backup catcher role with the Twins after a breakout season at Triple-A, where he hit 17 home runs with a .928 OPS. He showed some promise by posting a .753 OPS at Double-A in 2016, but wasn't considered a notable prospect since he was already 25. He hit for more power (.250 ISO), drew more walks (13.4 percent walk rate), and improved his defense at Triple-A, but it’s not clear if the improved offensive numbers were a product of him actually getting better or simply getting older. He could be a late bloomer at age 27 this season, although history tells us that is unlikely. That said, the catcher pool is so barren when it comes to offensive production, that Garver’s success at Triple-A, even as a 26-year-old merits notice. He is the favorite to win the backup spot over Chris Gimenez, but given Jason Castro’s contract and defensive prowess, Garver is unlikely to earn more than a third of the at-bats.
Given the dearth of catching in the Minnesota system, Garver has gained some steam as a sleeper at the position. He hit 11 home runs with a 118 wRC+ in 95 games at Double-A and dominated a brief run at Triple-A, thanks largely to a .436 BABIP. At age 25, he's not a top prospect but could find a role in the majors in 2017.
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Not in Sunday's lineup
CSeattle Mariners
May 19, 2024
Garver is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles.
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Drives in run in return
CSeattle Mariners
May 17, 2024
Garver (back) went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in a loss to the Orioles on Friday.
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Back in lineup
CSeattle Mariners
May 17, 2024
Garver (back) is batting third as the designated hitter for Friday's game against Baltimore.
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Out Wednesday with back spasms
CSeattle Mariners
Back
May 15, 2024
Garver (back) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
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Battling back spasms
CSeattle Mariners
Back
May 14, 2024
Garver was scratched from Seattle's lineup ahead of Tuesday's game against Kansas City due to upper-back spasms, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
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