Robinson Chirinos
Robinson Chirinos
34-Year-Old CatcherC
Houston Astros
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After a string of solid seasons playing at most half the time, Chirinos was the Rangers' primary backstop last season and set a career high in games and plate appearances. The volume fueled career-best counting stats across the board. However, his skills universally waned. He fanned at a career-worst rate, with his lowest ISO since 2014 and worst average ever in a season with more than 50 games played. Chirinos' defense graded above average with the exception of controlling the running game where a whopping 89.8% (53-of-59) of runners were successful. Texas opted to decline his club option, signing Jeff Mathis instead. Chirinos latched on with the Astros, but since he'll be 35 in July, it's probably best to bet on a relatively even timeshare. With the horrid shape of the catching pool, he is in play in most two-catcher leagues. He'll be in the churning tier, where you hope he retains power with better contact, but if he doesn't, it'll be time to cut bait and move on. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5.75 million contract with the Astros in December of 2018.
Not in lineup
CHouston Astros
April 20, 2019
Chirinos is not starting Saturday against Texas, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Chirinos sits after starting three straight games. Max Stassi will get the call behind the plate.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
1
7
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+44%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .910 219 34 11 36 2 .288 .388 .522
Since 2017vs Right .771 575 68 26 74 1 .220 .333 .437
2019vs Left .983 16 2 0 4 0 .364 .438 .545
2019vs Right .847 43 6 2 3 0 .243 .333 .514
2018vs Left .760 121 17 5 18 1 .225 .339 .422
2018vs Right .756 305 31 13 47 1 .221 .338 .419
2017vs Left 1.113 82 15 6 14 1 .366 .451 .662
2017vs Right .775 227 31 11 24 0 .214 .327 .448
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+43%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .823 390 57 21 59 0 .228 .350 .474
Since 2017Away .795 404 45 16 51 3 .249 .347 .448
2019Home 1.130 16 2 1 3 0 .308 .438 .692
2019Away .790 43 6 1 4 0 .257 .333 .457
2018Home .720 220 29 10 36 0 .196 .318 .402
2018Away .797 206 19 8 29 2 .250 .359 .438
2017Home .940 154 26 10 20 0 .266 .386 .555
2017Away .795 155 20 7 18 1 .244 .335 .459
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Stat Review
How does Robinson Chirinos 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.
BB/K
0.39
 
BB Rate
11.1%
 
K Rate
28.6%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.235
 
AVG
.255
 
OBP
.355
 
SLG
.490
 
OPS
.845
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Jonathan Lucroy's departure from Texas opened the door for Chirinos to play regularly behind the plate, and he ended up posting some of the better rate stats among catchers. Chirinos walked at an 11 percent clip and hit for impressive power in 309 plate appearances, resulting in a .369 wOBA and 127 wRC+. The "expected" numbers from Statcast don't paint quite as rosy a picture (.334 xwOBA, .217 xBA), but the power is very real. He had a 7.1 Brls/PA mark last year and has hit at least nine homers in four consecutive seasons despite not playing in more than 93 games in any of those years. He was worth two-plus wins above replacement in just 88 games last year (according to FanGraphs), so it seems like a near certainty that Chirinos will be the primary guy in 2018, but don't be surprised if his average falls into the .220s again with more exposure to right-handed pitching.
Chirinos was primed to be Texas' starting catcher for the 2016 campaign, but those plans were quickly put on hold after the fifth-year backstop broke his right forearm in the first week of the season. He returned to full-time action two months later, but then the Rangers traded for Jonathan Lucroy, sending Chirinos to the bench. After all of this tumult, the 32-year-old ended up mustering just a .224 batting average while striking out over a quarter of the time. However, not all was bad for him last season, as his OPS sat at a solid .797 mark thanks to nearly two-thirds of his hits going for extra bases. Given Lucroy's return to the Rangers' lineup, Chirinos will likely be relegated to backup catching duties once again, although with the departure of both Mitch Moreland and Prince Fielder, opportunities could arise at first base and designated hitter.
A shoulder injury limited Chirinos to just half a season as the Rangers' primary catcher, but he proved to be a decent source of power for the second straight season with 10 home runs in just 233 at-bats after swatting 13 in 93 games the year before. The power isn't accompanied by a good batting average, discounting the value a bit as a result, but there's some value here if you can snag him as a late-round second catcher. He's expected to be the Rangers' primary catcher again for 2016, particularly with the midseason trade of prospect Jorge Alfaro to Philadelphia in the Cole Hamels deal.
Chirinos' final numbers from 2014 were nothing to write home about, but he did finish with 13 home runs in just 93 games (338 PA), tying Shin-Soo Choo for the second on the team in homers, and a slugging percentage more than 100 points higher on the road (.467) than at Globe Life Park in Arlington (.364). His walk rate improve dramatically in the second half, jumping from 2.8% prior to the intermission to 8.7% after the All-Star break. The 30-year-old also played plus defense, putting him in the driver's seat for the starting role heading into 2015, ahead of Tomas Telis. More than likely, top prospect Jorge Alfaro will take the reins in 2016, perhaps relegating Chirinos to several years of backup duty, but Chirinos is on the radar at least in AL-only leagues.
Acquired by Texas in April, Chirinos saw occasional time in the majors as an injury replacement. During his time at Triple-A last season, Chirinos showed a good eye at the plate (12.2% walk rate) with an acceptable .257/.356/.400 line, but his success hasn't translated yet to the majors, though the sample size is limited (90 at-bats over parts of two seasons). He could be an option for Texas if either Geovany Soto or J.P. Arencibia go down.
Chirinos posted a solid, yet unspectacular double-slash line of .259/.343/.376 at Triple-A Durham before being promoted to the big club. He struggled against major league pitching, batting only .218 with one home run in 55 at-bats. With the Rays acquiring veteran Jose Molina during the offseason and Jose Lobaton ahead of him on the depth chart, Chirinos will likely start in Durham and will need an injury to see playing time with the Rays. A broken wrist in November shouldn't be an issue when he reports to camp in spring.
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Takes seat Sunday
CHouston Astros
April 14, 2019
Chirinos is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Pops second homer
CHouston Astros
April 13, 2019
Chirinos went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Mariners.
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On bench Wednesday
CHouston Astros
April 10, 2019
Chirinos is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Two doubles in win
CHouston Astros
April 8, 2019
Chirinos went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBI to help the Astros to a 4-3 victory over the Yankees on Monday.
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Checks out of lineup
CHouston Astros
April 7, 2019
Chirinos is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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