Tucker Barnhart
Tucker Barnhart
28-Year-Old CatcherC
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed four-year, $16 million extension through 2021, with a club option for 2022, in September 2017.
Knocks in two
CCincinnati Reds
August 18, 2019
Barnhart went 1-for-2 with two RBI in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.
Barnhart didn't draw the start Sunday, but he entered the contest in the eighth inning and drove home a pair in the bottom of the ninth. The 28-year-old backstop is slashing .231/.332/.385 with nine homers and 32 RBI over 81 games this season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .676 245 19 3 21 1 .245 .342 .335
Since 2017vs Right .728 968 85 23 101 4 .253 .332 .396
2019vs Left .480 42 4 0 3 1 .167 .286 .194
2019vs Right .747 226 24 9 29 0 .240 .333 .413
2018vs Left .750 121 9 1 10 0 .279 .375 .375
2018vs Right .684 401 41 9 36 0 .239 .313 .371
2017vs Left .668 82 6 2 8 0 .236 .321 .347
2017vs Right .769 341 20 5 36 4 .279 .353 .416
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
OPS at Home
OPS at Home
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .774 626 61 13 62 5 .269 .363 .411
Since 2017Away .659 587 43 13 60 0 .234 .303 .356
2019Home .744 154 18 4 14 1 .250 .357 .386
2019Away .653 114 10 5 18 0 .200 .283 .370
2018Home .855 268 33 7 30 0 .291 .386 .470
2018Away .540 254 17 3 16 0 .204 .266 .274
2017Home .691 204 10 2 18 4 .253 .337 .354
2017Away .804 219 16 5 26 0 .286 .356 .448
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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 this season's data (min 200 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.
    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.
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Exit Velocity
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Sitting Sunday
CCincinnati Reds
August 18, 2019
Barnhart is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Reaches base three times in loss
CCincinnati Reds
August 15, 2019
Barnhart went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two RBI in Wednesday's 17-7 loss to the Nationals.
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Out of lineup
CCincinnati Reds
August 13, 2019
Barnhart is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.
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Heads to bench
CCincinnati Reds
August 8, 2019
Barnhart is not in the lineup Thursday against the Cubs.
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Goes yard twice
CCincinnati Reds
August 6, 2019
Barnhart went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs, three runs scored and a walk Tuesday against the Angels.
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