Tucker Barnhart

Tucker Barnhart

33-Year-Old CatcherC
Arizona Diamondbacks
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Tucker Barnhart in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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#361
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2024.
Back on bench Monday
CArizona Diamondbacks
June 3, 2024
Barnhart is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Giants.
ANALYSIS
As expected, Barnhart will retreat to the bench after he filled in for a resting Gabriel Moreno in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Mets. Moreno entered the season as the Diamondbacks' clear No. 1 backstop, and Barnhart has done little to change the pecking order behind the plate by hitting just .154 over 52 at-bats.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+79%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+48%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .534 113 8 0 5 1 .216 .279 .255
Since 2022vs Right .545 397 26 2 24 1 .207 .290 .255
2024vs Left .327 26 4 0 1 0 .125 .160 .167
2024vs Right .585 53 8 0 3 1 .195 .365 .220
2023vs Left .753 17 0 0 2 1 .267 .353 .400
2023vs Right .508 106 6 1 7 0 .191 .274 .234
2022vs Left .558 70 4 0 2 0 .238 .304 .254
2022vs Right .552 238 12 1 14 0 .216 .282 .271
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+48%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+52%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .547 275 22 1 13 2 .204 .286 .261
Since 2022Away .538 235 12 1 16 0 .214 .291 .248
2024Home .590 41 7 0 3 1 .206 .325 .265
2024Away .399 38 5 0 1 0 .129 .270 .129
2023Home .439 66 5 0 1 1 .180 .242 .197
2023Away .667 57 1 1 8 0 .229 .333 .333
2022Home .580 168 10 1 9 0 .213 .293 .287
2022Away .523 140 6 0 7 0 .229 .279 .244
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Stat Review
How does Tucker Barnhart 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
0.50
 
BB Rate
16.0%
 
K Rate
32.0%
 
BABIP
.270
 
ISO
.033
 
AVG
.164
 
OBP
.301
 
SLG
.197
 
OPS
.498
 
wOBA
.246
 
Exit Velocity
79.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
10.3%
 
Barrels/PA
1.3%
 
Expected BA
.154
 
Expected SLG
.190
 
Sprint Speed
23.2 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
64.7%
 
Line Drive %
17.6%
 
Fly Ball %
17.6%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Close to deal with Cubs
CFree Agent
December 22, 2022
Barnhart is nearing a contract agreement with the Cubs, reports Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic.
ANALYSIS
The 31-year-old will be in line to share catching duties with Yan Gomes as the Cubs attempt to replace Willson Contreras. Barnhart batted just .221/.287/.267 with one home run in 2022 with the Tigers, but he has a strong defensive reputation. Barnhart will have limited fantasy appeal.
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Barnhart was acquired by Detroit last offseason but struggled in his final season before free agency, and he finished with a .221/.287/.267 slash line and one home run in 94 games. The 32-year-old was still a strong defender behind the plate, but the worst offensive season of his career mitigated that value behind the plate. He was still able to secure a big-league contract for this season -- plus a player option for 2024 -- with the Cubs. Barnhart should split playing time with Yan Gomes in Chicago, and he's unlikely to see enough playing time to be fantasy relevant, especially since he's a defensive-minded backstop.
Barnhart has the reputation of being a great defensive catcher and the hardware to back it up (two Gold Gloves), but he has never been a major threat with the bat. His batting average (career .248) can sometimes be a drag and he provides little power (career high is 11 homers). He's stolen one base in the last four seasons. Once a switch hitter, Barnhart now bats exclusively from the left side. Age might be catching up to him with his strikeout rate getting worse for four straight seasons (16.1% to 25.8%). Additionally, he had the lowest walk rate since his rookie season, which can't be attributed to fewer intentional walks in front of the pitcher. Now with the Tigers following an offseason trade, Barnhart will likely continue to contribute modestly in the counting stats. If Barnhart is your No. 1 catcher, you've messed up somewhere along the way.
In a regular-length season, Barnhart might have already lost his starting job to Tyler Stephenson, but the combination of the shorter season and his good defense behind the plate kept him as the Reds primary catcher. Year 2 of abandoning switch-hitting didn't go any better, as his .204/.291/.388 line translated into a wRC+ of 80. Behind the plate he rates better - Baseball Savant rates him in the 77th percentile as a pitch-framer, which explains the Reds' resistance to fully shelve him. If he continues in a platoon with Stephenson, he'll be on the left-hand side of the plate, which works in his favor, but the platoon might instead turn into an offense/defense platoon. If baseball ever transitions into using an automated strike zone, his advantage will be further diluted. As it stands, he's not anything more than a third catcher in fantasy leagues, with very little palpable ceiling.
Barnhart is consistent, but consistently below average. His wRC+ has ranged from 81-90 over the last four seasons, meaning he's been 10%-to-19% worse than league average, offensively. He walked at a career-high rate last season (12.1%) but also struck out at the highest rate of his career (22.8%) while the quality of his connections diminished. The expected statistics from Statcast are downright ugly. Formerly a switch hitter, Barnhart abandoned hitting from the right side and also changed his batting stance to be more upright in the box amidst his struggles. Those adjustments paid off, as Barnhart cut his K-rate back down and hit .273/.367/.448 after the break. Barnhart's defense rebounded, grading out as a plus after a big dip in 2018. Even as the primary option, Barnhart is borderline in two-catcher leagues, and there's a real chance he's supplanted from the No. 1 spot by Tyler Stephenson in 2020.
Barnhart saw more work than ever behind the plate in 2018, and produced at a slightly lower rate than he did in 2017. Nearly all of his rate stats dropped as a function of a lower BABIP -- going from .312 in 2017 to .291 last season. Barnhart both walked and struck out slightly more as well, which tracks perfectly with his lower swing percentage (47.6% in 2017, 45.3% in 2018). The Reds moved him up to second in the order in the middle of the season in order to take advantage of his batting eye, but he had his worst output there, hitting just .245/.318/.309 in that slot. He'll likely move back down in the order in 2019, away from Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez, returning to the commons pile of fantasy catchers.
Barnhart was slated to operate as the Reds' secondary catching option in 2017, but was quickly thrust into the starting role when the oft-injured Devin Mesoraco was placed on the disabled list prior to Opening Day. Mesoraco was able to return in late April, but he continued to battle a myriad of injuries throughout the campaign, which allowed Barnhart to appear in a career-high 121 contests. The 26-year-old held his own in the batter's box, slashing .270/.347/.403 with seven home runs and 44 RBI, but provided a majority of his value behind the plate as one of the National League's premier defensive backstops. Impressed with his performance, the Reds inked Barnhart to a four-year, $16 million extension during the season. Barnhart will enter 2018 as the primary option ahead of Mesoraco, but the modest pop limits his appeal.
Though he was initially expected to serve in a backup capacity, Barnhart was pushed to the primary role behind the plate following another injury to Devin Mesoraco. Barnhart ended up starting 106 games behind the dish for the Reds in 2016, doing a serviceable job at the plate with career-best marks in average, home runs and RBI. True to his career form, the switch-hitter was much better hitting from the left side, as he hit .271 against righties compared to just .207 against southpaws. Mesoraco is expected to return to full-time catching duties in 2017, but Barnhart will be waiting in the wings in case Mesoraco's injury issues rear their ugly head yet again.
Barnhart is perfectly acceptable as a backup catcher. He'll draw a walk, he's very good at calling a game and has a great arm. However, he got exposed as a part-time starter splitting duties with Brayan Pena last season, slugging just .326 in 274 plate appearances. Devin Mesoraco will return in 2016, relegating Barnhart back to a caddy role, with Pena having moved on. Even if Mesoraco were to get hurt again and Barnhart takes on more of a role, it's unlikely he will gain even NL-only relevance given the lack of power in his profile.
Barnhart gets high marks for his defensive skills, particularly in his throwing ability, but provides no palpable power. He's your standard backup catcher, only less likely to play as much in 2015 as he did in 2014. He's behind both Devin Mesoraco and Brayan Pena on the Reds' depth chart.
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Makes two straight starts
CArizona Diamondbacks
April 18, 2024
Barnhart went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs.
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Makes first start
CArizona Diamondbacks
March 31, 2024
Barnhart went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and one run in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Rockies.
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Added to Opening Day roster
CArizona Diamondbacks
March 25, 2024
The Diamondbacks selected Barnhart's contract Monday.
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Gets NRI deal from Arizona
CArizona Diamondbacks
January 2, 2024
Barnhart signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday and received an invitation to major-league spring training.
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Joins Dodgers on MiLB deal
CLos Angeles Dodgers
August 30, 2023
Barnhart agreed to a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
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