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.
Takes seat Monday
CCincinnati Reds
April 15, 2019
Barnhart is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Dodgers.
ANALYSIS
Barnhart had started behind the plate in both of the past two days, so he'll just be receiving a breather in the series opener. Curt Casali will get the nod at catcher and serve as the Reds' leadoff hitter.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
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10
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+97%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .731 208 17 3 18 0 .267 .359 .372
Since 2017vs Right .722 777 64 14 72 4 .257 .335 .387
2019vs Left 1.350 5 2 0 0 0 .500 .600 .750
2019vs Right .686 35 3 0 0 0 .250 .400 .286
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
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+58%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .783 503 48 9 48 4 .274 .370 .413
Since 2017Away .663 482 33 8 42 0 .244 .308 .355
2019Home .756 31 5 0 0 0 .261 .452 .304
2019Away .778 9 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .444
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.
BB/K
1.50
 
BB Rate
20.9%
 
K Rate
14.0%
 
BABIP
.321
 
ISO
.059
 
AVG
.265
 
OBP
.419
 
SLG
.324
 
OPS
.742
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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 out series finale
CCincinnati Reds
April 11, 2019
Barnhart is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins.
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Sitting out Saturday
CCincinnati Reds
April 6, 2019
Barnhart will be on the bench for Saturday's game against the Pirates.
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Resting in series finale
CCincinnati Reds
April 3, 2019
Barnhart is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.
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Poor spring
CCincinnati Reds
March 26, 2019
Barnhart went 1-for-3 in the Reds' loss to the Braves on Monday and will finish spring training hitting .135/.256/.243, as he's not in the lineup Tuesday.
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Back in lineup Tuesday
CCincinnati Reds
February 26, 2019
Barnhart (personal) will start at catcher and bat seventh in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Giants.
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