Austin Barnes
Austin Barnes
29-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Barnes took over as the No. 1 during the 2017 postseason, starting 13 of 14 games after Yasmani Grandal started Game 1 of the NLDS, and many thought that he would end up being the primary backstop for most of 2018. Yeah, about that... Barnes logged just 238 plate appearances for the Dodgers and took a massive step back in terms of performance. His strikeout rate soared from 16.4% to 28.2% and in turn he lost more than 80 points from his batting average. Barnes' line-drive rate fell more than five percentage points and his rate-power stats absolutely cratered (.085 ISO, down from .197). Is all hope lost for the 29-year-old? He was an above-average contributor at every single stop on the farm and had a 142 wRC+ in 2017, so we'll say no and bet on a bounce back. With Grandal declining a qualifying offer, the door is open for Barnes to take over as the top option behind the plate, but he'll have to cement his spot atop the depth chart in spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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CLos Angeles Dodgers
April 20, 2019
Barnes is not starting Saturday against Milwaukee.
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Barnes has just three hits in his last 10 games. Rocky Gale gets the start in his absence.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
14
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+239%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+49%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .779 276 38 10 34 5 .241 .356 .422
Since 2017vs Right .730 292 39 4 23 4 .246 .380 .350
2019vs Left .231 13 1 0 1 0 .000 .231 .000
2019vs Right .782 55 9 2 4 1 .244 .382 .400
2018vs Left .722 134 22 4 11 2 .246 .353 .368
2018vs Right .484 104 10 0 3 2 .151 .298 .186
2017vs Left .886 129 15 6 22 3 .257 .372 .514
2017vs Right .902 133 20 2 16 1 .321 .444 .459
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+67%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .817 275 47 10 33 6 .267 .382 .435
Since 2017Away .694 293 30 4 24 3 .221 .356 .338
2019Home .827 35 7 2 3 1 .258 .343 .484
2019Away .494 33 3 0 2 0 .130 .364 .130
2018Home .653 113 17 2 8 3 .235 .336 .316
2018Away .587 125 15 2 6 1 .176 .323 .265
2017Home .967 127 23 6 22 2 .301 .433 .534
2017Away .829 135 12 2 16 2 .278 .385 .443
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Stat Review
How does Austin Barnes 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
1.00
 
BB Rate
17.6%
 
K Rate
17.6%
 
BABIP
.220
 
ISO
.130
 
AVG
.204
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.333
 
OPS
.686
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Dodgers turned to Barnes as their backup catcher for most of 2017, using him for 55 games behind the plate (49 starts) and another 21 as part of their rotation at second base. While most of his pop came against southpaws (six of his eight homers, .514 SLG), he handled right-handed pitching capably, and became more valuable to manager Dave Roberts as a result. Barnes controls the strike zone very well, walking nearly as much (14.9 percent) as he strikes out (16.4 percent), and he is athletic enough to chip in a handful of stolen bases well, having converted 4-of-5 chances last season. Barnes emerged as the preferred backstop during the postseason, but Yasmani Grandal is still on the roster. That leaves the playing-time split unclear entering 2018, but if there is a trade, Barnes will immediately become a viable first catcher in mixed leagues.
He started and ended the 2016 season in Los Angeles, but for four-and-a-half months in between he was watching fireworks in the minors. Barnes has had a couple disappointing cups of coffee in the majors, but that only includes 74 plate appearances over three short stretches. Meanwhile, he has hit a combined .304/.384/.460 in 166 games over the past two seasons at Triple-A Oklahoma City. His game is founded on walks and doubles, so Barnes is a player whose potential value shoots up immensely in leagues that value on-base and slugging percentage. He has also played second base and some third base over the past couple seasons, giving Barnes added real-life utility. Still, playing time will be limited as long as Yasmani Grandal is healthy.
Barnes came over from the Marlins in the blockbuster deal involving Dee Gordon and quickly played his way into the organization's good graces. In 292 Triple-A at-bats, Barnes hit a healthy .315/.389/.479 with nine home runs and a surprising 12 stolen bases. That athleticism allowed him to make one-game appearances at second base and third base, but his real long-term home is likely behind the plate. Barnes made his big league debut in May, but ultimately received just 29 MLB at-bats due to the presence of Yasmani Grandal and A.J. Ellis. Going forward, Barnes' OBP skills and average power would seem to point to him at least being an average big league offensive catcher. Ellis turns 35 this year, so Barnes could eventually slot in as the No. 2 catcher while making the occasional appearance elsewhere on the diamond. That said, it would not be a surprise to see him start in Triple-A and await an opening.
Barnes received time at High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville in 2014, seeing 78 games at the higher level and carrying an impressive .296/.406/.507 line. At age-24, the numbers are less surprising from a steady college bat with his level of experience, but Barnes' ability to serve as a useful catcher makes him intriguing as a potential super utility player if he continues to hit. Barnes played exclusively as a catcher at High-A last season, but he saw time at second base and third base at Double-A. A career .298/.390/.431 hitter in the minors, Barnes showed more pop at Jacksonville last season, and he now has a .503 slugging percentage at the level. Traded to the Dodgers in December, Barnes' path to the big leagues is more obstructed -- at least temporarily -- in Los Angeles.
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Absent from starting lineup
CLos Angeles Dodgers
April 16, 2019
Barnes isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Sits out day game
CLos Angeles Dodgers
April 11, 2019
Barnes is not in Thursday's lineup against the Cardinals.
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Could see increased workload
CLos Angeles Dodgers
April 10, 2019
Barnes is starting at catcher and hitting eighth against the Cardinals on Wednesday.
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In Tuesday's lineup
CLos Angeles Dodgers
April 9, 2019
Barnes is back in the lineup, catching and hitting eighth for the Dodgers' tilt with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Situated on bench
CLos Angeles Dodgers
April 8, 2019
Barnes is not in the lineup Monday against the Cardinals, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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