Victor Caratini
Victor Caratini
26-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago Cubs
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.
Hits 11th home run
CChicago Cubs
September 28, 2019
Caratini went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 8-6 win over the Cardinals.
Caratini launched a moon shot off St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright in the fifth inning, giving him a career-high 11 home runs this season. In fact, the 26-year-old came into 2019 with only three career MLB home runs in 107 games. Caratini has some definite talent, though the likes of Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo are keeping him from receiving everyday playing time in Chicago.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .676 116 11 1 5 0 .229 .353 .323
Since 2017vs Right .715 429 47 13 52 1 .258 .319 .397
2019vs Left .775 48 6 1 4 0 .250 .375 .400
2019vs Right .798 231 25 10 30 1 .270 .342 .456
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
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OPS on Road
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OPS at Home
OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .704 282 29 5 28 1 .253 .332 .371
Since 2017Away .713 263 29 9 29 0 .251 .319 .393
2019Home .707 144 14 4 16 1 .234 .319 .387
2019Away .886 135 17 7 18 0 .300 .378 .508
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.

* 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.
    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
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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Picks up start Saturday
CChicago Cubs
September 21, 2019
Caratini is starting at catcher and batting sixth in Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
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Surprise removal from lineup
CChicago Cubs
September 19, 2019
Caratini will not start at first base Thursday against the Cardinals as originally anticipated.
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Starting Sunday
CChicago Cubs
September 15, 2019
Caratini is starting at catcher and batting sixth in Sunday's game against the Pirates.
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Caps scoring with 10th homer
CChicago Cubs
September 14, 2019
Caratini went 1-for-1 with a solo home run in a 14-1 win over the Pirates on Saturday.
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Gets breather
CChicago Cubs
September 2, 2019
Caratini is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Mariners.
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