Victor Caratini
Victor Caratini
25-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago Cubs
10-Day IL
Injury Hand
Est. Return 5/10/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Caratini spent the bulk of 2018 as the Cubs' backup catcher and performed the basic duties expected of a player in that role. In 200 plate appearances, he hit .232/.293/.304 and managed two home runs. Combined that with below-average framing numbers and there's little reason to believe Caratini is close to carving out a larger share of the workload, and he may even have trouble sticking around the big leagues. The mediocre defense was in line with his prospect reports, but he was supposed to hit well enough to be a solid backup with the potential for more. Catchers can be slow to develop, so it's certainly possible the bat eventually comes around for the 25-year-old. Nothing in Caratini's stat line in 2018 suggests he was particularly unlucky, however, so it will take real development rather than mere positive regression for him to be an asset in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Begins throwing
CChicago Cubs
Hand
April 21, 2019
Victor Caratini (hand) has started to throw -- but not catch -- after having surgery, Madeline Kenney of the Chicago Sun Times reports.
ANALYSIS
Less than a week after his surgery, Caratini has begun throwing in an effort to keep his arm healthy. This doesn't appear to change his timeline at all, but it's a good sign nevertheless.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+65%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+114%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .667 70 6 0 2 0 .241 .357 .310
Since 2017vs Right .680 213 25 4 26 0 .260 .313 .367
2019vs Left 2.500 2 1 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.500
2019vs Right 1.517 15 3 1 4 0 .500 .600 .917
2018vs Left .446 53 4 0 1 0 .136 .264 .182
2018vs Right .647 147 17 2 20 0 .263 .303 .343
2017vs Left 1.183 15 1 0 0 0 .500 .600 .583
2017vs Right .553 51 5 1 2 0 .191 .255 .298
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+71%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .726 142 15 1 13 0 .280 .350 .376
Since 2017Away .631 141 16 3 15 0 .233 .298 .333
2019Home 1.500 4 0 0 1 0 .500 .500 1.000
2019Away 1.692 13 4 1 4 0 .600 .692 1.000
2018Home .648 109 14 1 11 0 .258 .318 .330
2018Away .538 91 7 1 10 0 .202 .264 .274
2017Home .907 29 1 0 1 0 .333 .448 .458
2017Away .529 37 5 1 1 0 .200 .243 .286
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Stat Review
How does Victor Caratini 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
0.75
 
BB Rate
17.6%
 
K Rate
23.5%
 
BABIP
.778
 
ISO
.429
 
AVG
.571
 
OBP
.647
 
SLG
1.000
 
OPS
1.647
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Catchers who can hit are so sparse that a player who projects to hit a somewhat empty .285 can be considered a bat-first catcher. Part of the "bat-first" label stems from the fact that he is a fringe-average defender, so his bat needs to carry the day. The 24-year-old had been splitting time between catcher and first base in the minors, but he won't be cutting into Anthony Rizzo's at-bats at the big-league level -- although he may technically be second on the depth chart there. Willson Contreras is superior in every facet of the game, so Caratini will be limited to a backup role for the foreseeable future, assuming he can beat out the veteran Chris Gimenez for a roster spot. He has a chance to be a plus hitter, flirting with .300 in his peak seasons, but it will likely take him a while to reach his offensive ceiling, as he will be seeing limited game reps going forward. He has some power, but would likely need 350-plus plate appearances to hit double-digit home runs, and he would need Contreras or Rizzo to get injured to approach that mark.
Converted from a third baseman to a catcher in 2014, Caratini is looking to follow the same career path as organizational mate Willson Contreras, who made the same conversion two years earlier. The switch-hitter has shown impressive plate skills, posting a 129 wRC+ and 80:54 K:BB in 480 plate appearances at Double-A. If he were to continue on this trajectory, Caratini would have a chance to be an above-average offensive contributor at the position. However, he needs to stick behind the plate for the profile to remain appealing in dynasty leagues. Most reports suggest the defense just is not there for him to project as a starting catcher in the big leagues, so for now he is simply a player to follow in case he can make major improvements with his arm and glove.
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Undergoes successful surgery
CChicago Cubs
Hand
April 15, 2019
Caratini underwent successful surgery on his fractured left hamate bone Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Requires surgery on broken hamate
CChicago Cubs
Hand
April 12, 2019
Caratini will undergo surgery on his fractured left hamate bone Monday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
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Injures hand in last at-bat
CChicago Cubs
Hand
April 11, 2019
Caratini is scheduled for further tests Friday morning after injuring his left hand in his final at-bat Thursday against the Pirates, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. He went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI prior to departing.
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Pops first homer of 2019
CChicago Cubs
April 6, 2019
Caratini went 3-for-3 with two walks, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Saturday's 14-8 win over the Brewers.
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Pops first spring home run
CChicago Cubs
March 6, 2019
Caratini went 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo home run in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Royals.
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