Daulton Varsho
23-Year-Old CatcherC
Arizona Diamondbacks AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
One of the most unique catching prospects in recent memory, Varsho could steal 20-plus bases while playing in the field on days he does not catch. Despite his stocky 5-foot-10, 190-pound build, he is a good athlete and above-average runner (34-for-43 on SB attempts in 151 career games, including the Arizona Fall League). His 31.5 IFFB% was the sixth-worst mark in the Cal League and his 50.9 Pull% was the 10th highest mark -- indicators that suggest he may struggle to hit much better than .250 in the big leagues. A broken hand cost him six weeks in the middle of the season, but he made up for lost time by going to the AFL, where he logged an impressive 14:12 K:BB in 18 games. Evaluators have speculated that Varsho could handle second base and the outfield in addition to catching, but Arizona has understandably kept him behind the dish for now. It is possible he could develop into a 20/20 catcher, but his home run output may fall short of that. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Diamondbacks in June of 2017 that includes a $800,100 signing bonus.
Diversifying defensive portfolio
CArizona Diamondbacks  AA
August 24, 2019
Varsho has started two games in center field this week for Double-A Jackson, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
ANALYSIS
The Diamondbacks still like Varsho as a catcher, but they also know he's an athlete that can handle other positions. "We just feel like we have an athlete that we're going to want to expose to different places on the diamond," Arizona general manager Mike Hazen said. "And he rakes. It's about giving him every opportunity in the future to impact our major-league roster." The timing of this experiment coincides with Carson Kelly's emergence as a major-league catcher, something Hazen acknowledged has "changed things a little bit." If Kelly mans the position as the primary starter and Varsho is hitting -- he has an .899 OPS over 102 games at Jackson -- it makes sense to find another position for him in the DH-less National League.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Varsho was selected from a small school in the Midwest (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) with the No. 68 overall pick in last year's draft, and while questions about his defense behind the plate remain, his bat stole the show in his pro debut. He was the best hitter in the Northwest League (150 wRC+) and belted seven home runs -- seven more than older teammate Pavin Smith, who was selected with the seventh overall pick in the same draft. At 5-foot-10 and with a fringe-average arm, Varsho may not stick at catcher, but unlike most catching prospects, his above-average speed allows him to profile in left field and perhaps even at second base. His bat might even be special enough that he is moved out from behind the plate strictly to maximize his offensive upside, a la Bryce Harper and Wil Myers. Varsho has an excellent feel at the plate, striking out just 14.2 percent of the time (sixth best in the NWL). He has 20-20 potential and has the potential to move very quickly, especially if he switches positions.
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OPS leader in Southern League
CArizona Diamondbacks  AA
August 17, 2019
Varsho has a league-leading .897 OPS for Double-A Jackson in the Southern League.
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Piles up seven hits in twin bill
CArizona Diamondbacks  AA
May 14, 2019
Varsho went 7-for-9 with three doubles for Double-A Jackson while starting in both halves of Monday's doubleheader with Mobile.
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Back in action at Visalia
CArizona Diamondbacks  AA
August 7, 2018
Varsho (hand) was reinstated from the 7-day disabled list at High-A Visalia on Friday and has appeared in two games with the affiliate, going 1-for-9 with three strikeouts.
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Begins rehabbing in Arizona League
CArizona Diamondbacks  AA
Hand
August 2, 2018
Varsho (hand) has appeared in three rehab games in the rookie-level Arizona League, going a combined 6-for-12 with four extra-base hits in those contests.
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Suffers fractured hand
CArizona Diamondbacks  AA
Hand
June 18, 2018
Varsho was diagnosed Monday with a fractured hamate bone in his hand, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic Arizona reports.
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