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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
4 574 .240 .364 .372 97 5.4
Birth Date12-28-1989
Height5' 10"
Weight190 lbs
Age29 years, 0 months, 27 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2014
0.32015
0.12016
3.52017
1.52018
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2015 LAN 25 20 37 6 2 0 0 6 6 1 1 0 .207 .361 .276 88 -0.4 -0.2 1.5 0.3
2016 LAN 26 21 37 5 1 0 0 5 9 0 0 0 .156 .270 .188 83 -0.6 0.3 0.0 0.1
2017 LAN 27 102 262 63 15 2 8 39 43 5 4 1 .289 .408 .486 121 8.3 0.5 15.0 3.5
2018 LAN 28 100 238 41 5 0 4 31 67 6 4 3 .205 .329 .290 75 -6.2 1.1 10.1 1.5
Career24357411523212811251294.240.364.372981.11.726.65.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2011 JAM A- 57 250 .255 .329 .355 .315 107 3.2 7.2 0.9 118 2 2.0 -3.1 5.9 1.3
2012 GRB A 123 566 .259 .333 .386 .343 108 27.3 16.7 0.5 133 1 6.5 -0.2 24.2 4.8
2013 JUP A+ 98 417 .255 .323 .370 .298 92 5.6 12.2 2.3 114 1 3.2 -0.1 8.4 2.6
2013 JAX AA 19 74 .241 .314 .356 .392 96 6.5 2.0 0.4 118 2 -1.5 0.0 1.8 0.3
2014 JUP A+ 44 200 .258 .317 .362 .364 98 5.5 5.9 3.6 115 2 2.5 -3.3 4.3 1.3
2014 JAX AA 78 348 .255 .332 .383 .299 99 25.9 9.6 1.8 145 1 2.8 0.7 20.2 3.7
2015 LAN MLB 20 37 .257 .320 .403 .261 92 -0.1 1.0 0.4 88 22 1.5 -0.2 -0.4 0.3
2015 OKL AAA 81 335 .268 .331 .410 .331 94 25.5 9.3 5.3 124 1 17.9 -1.5 11.7 4.4
2016 LAN MLB 21 37 .245 .315 .406 .217 92 -2.7 1.0 0.4 83 29 0.0 0.3 -0.6 0.1
2016 OKL AAA 85 385 .269 .335 .413 .335 97 19.5 10.8 4.7 111 1 15.8 3.3 7.3 4.3
2017 LAN MLB 102 262 .265 .334 .440 .329 91 17.9 7.7 3.4 121 18 15.0 0.5 8.3 3.5
2018 LAN MLB 100 238 .248 .319 .402 .287 98 -5.4 6.7 3.1 75 21 10.1 1.1 -6.2 1.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2011 JAM A- 250 219 33 63 13 0 1 79 19 25 22 6 1 .288 .369 .361 .073 1 1
2012 GRB A 566 478 76 152 36 3 12 230 65 59 61 9 2 .318 .401 .481 .163 3 17
2013 JAX AA 74 62 10 21 2 2 1 30 7 12 10 0 0 .339 .446 .484 .145 0 0
2013 JUP A+ 417 350 42 91 15 1 4 120 38 52 59 5 2 .260 .367 .343 .083 5 0
2014 JUP A+ 200 180 24 57 11 2 1 75 14 19 25 3 3 .317 .385 .417 .100 0
2014 JAX AA 348 284 56 84 20 2 12 144 43 50 36 8 0 .296 .406 .507 .211 5
2015 LAN MLB 37 29 4 6 2 0 0 8 1 6 6 1 0 .207 .361 .276 .069 0 1
2015 OKL AAA 335 292 40 92 17 2 9 140 42 35 36 12 2 .315 .389 .479 .164 4 1
2016 LAN MLB 37 32 3 5 1 0 0 6 2 5 9 0 0 .156 .270 .188 .031 0 0
2016 OKL AAA 385 336 59 99 22 5 6 149 39 43 53 18 3 .295 .380 .443 .149 1 1
2017 LAN MLB 262 218 35 63 15 2 8 106 38 39 43 4 1 .289 .408 .486 .197 0 0
2018 LAN MLB 238 200 32 41 5 0 4 58 14 31 67 4 3 .205 .329 .290 .085 0 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2015 160 0.4563 0.4125 0.8333 0.5890 0.2644 0.9070 0.6957 0.1667 0.0020
2016 149 0.5101 0.4832 0.7361 0.7237 0.2329 0.8000 0.5294 0.2639 0.0000
2017 1069 0.4864 0.3611 0.8549 0.5500 0.1821 0.9161 0.6800 0.1451 0.0000
2018 999 0.5125 0.3574 0.8067 0.4961 0.2115 0.8661 0.6602 0.1933 0.0000
Career23770.49680.37070.82570.54090.20320.88720.66330.17430.0001

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 LAN $555,000
2017 LAN $545,000
2016 LAN $512,500
2015 LAN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,612,500
3 yrTotal$1,612,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 124 d1 year/$0.555M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.555M (2018). Renewed by LA Dodgers 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/17.
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2016). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Contract selected by Miami 11/20/14. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Miami 12/10/14. Signed by LA Dodgers 3/15.
  • Drafted by Miami 2011 (9-283) (Arizona State). $95,000 signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 337 47 89 19 2 11 45 44 52 9 2 .311 .411 .507 .318 32.8 C 13, 2B 0 4.6
80o 315 43 80 17 2 10 41 39 50 8 2 .297 .393 .487 .304 25.9 C 12, 2B 0 3.9
70o 299 39 71 15 1 9 37 36 49 7 2 .276 .372 .447 .294 21.3 C 12, 2B 0 3.3
60o 285 36 66 14 1 8 35 33 47 6 1 .268 .360 .431 .285 17.7 C 11, 2B 0 3.0
50o 272 34 62 13 1 8 32 31 46 6 1 .263 .354 .428 .277 14.5 C 11, 2B 0 2.6
40o 259 32 57 12 1 7 30 28 44 6 1 .252 .341 .407 .269 11.6 C 10, 2B 0 2.2
30o 245 29 52 11 1 6 28 26 43 5 1 .242 .331 .386 .260 8.7 C 10, 2B 0 1.9
20o 229 26 47 10 1 6 25 23 41 5 1 .233 .316 .381 .249 5.6 C 9, 2B 0 1.5
10o 207 23 40 8 1 5 21 20 38 4 1 .219 .301 .355 .235 1.9 C 8, 2B 0 1.0
Weighted Mean2783564141833324661.266.357.432.28015.9C 11, 2B 02.7

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2019293214370151103939586.256.354.431.2894.022.80.53.88.69.913.9
2020303334474161114139625.257.353.431.2894.223.20.43.88.910.015.3
2021313214472151114138584.262.357.441.2934.223.60.33.68.611.114.7
2022323204370151103938583.257.354.432.2894.022.10.23.58.69.814.7
2023333014066141103736562.253.352.428.2873.720.00.13.28.18.613.8
202434279376213193433531.255.351.426.2853.317.80.02.97.57.512.8
202535263355812183231501.256.351.427.2863.116.90.02.77.17.212.1
202636252335612183129480.255.350.425.2853.015.70.02.56.86.511.5
202737246325411183029470.254.349.424.2842.915.30.02.36.66.311.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 74)

Rank Score Name Year COMP_DRC_PLUS Trend
1 85 John Jaso 2012 ?
2 84 J.R. Towles 2012 ? DNP
3 81 Ryan Lavarnway 2016 ? DNP
4 79 Brayan Pena 2010 ?
5 79 Eric Campbell 2015 ?
6 79 George Kottaras 2011 ?
7 78 Robinson Chirinos 2012 ? DNP
8 78 Daric Barton 2014 ?
9 78 Ryan Hanigan 2009 ?
10 77 JD Closser 2008 ? DNP
11 77 Mike Baxter 2013 ?
12 77 Brian Buscher 2009 ?
13 77 Jose Lobaton 2013 ?
14 77 Victor Martinez 2007 ?
15 76 Gaby Sanchez 2012 ?
16 76 Justin Turner 2013 ?
17 76 Eric Sogard 2014 ?
18 76 Devin Mesoraco 2016 ?
19 76 Chris Parmelee 2016 ?
20 76 Travis d'Arnaud 2017 ?
21 76 Steve Pearce 2011 ?
22 76 Carlos Ruiz 2007 ?
23 76 Ruben Gotay 2011 ? DNP
24 75 Yonder Alonso 2015 ?
25 75 Jeff Salazar 2009 ?
26 75 John Baker 2009 ?
27 75 Russ Adams 2009 ?
28 74 Jesus Guzman 2012 ?
29 74 Jake Smolinski 2017 ?
30 74 Russell Martin 2011 ?
31 74 Ryan Spilborghs 2008 ?
32 74 Bryan Petersen 2014 ? DNP
33 74 Matt Downs 2012 ?
34 74 Chris Gimenez 2011 ?
35 74 Jeff Keppinger 2008 ?
36 74 Matt Murton 2010 ? DNP
37 74 Jake Goebbert 2016 ? DNP
38 74 Alejandro De Aza 2012 ?
39 74 Tony Sanchez 2016 ? DNP
40 73 Jemile Weeks 2015 ?
41 73 Chris McGuiness 2016 ? DNP
42 73 Curtis Casali 2017 ?
43 73 Ryan Garko 2009 ?
44 73 A.J. Ellis 2009 ?
45 73 Johnny Giavotella 2016 ?
46 73 Seth Smith 2011 ?
47 73 Jose Morales 2011 ?
48 73 Dan Johnson 2008 ?
49 73 Chris Coghlan 2013 ?
50 73 Matt Hague 2014 ?
51 73 Sandy Leon 2017 ?
52 73 Matt LaPorta 2013 ? DNP
53 73 Daniel Nava 2011 ? DNP
54 73 Dan Butler 2015 ? DNP
55 73 Kurt Suzuki 2012 ?
56 73 Matt Carpenter 2014 ?
57 73 Garrett Atkins 2008 ?
58 73 Ted Simmons 1978 ?
59 73 Landon Powell 2010 ?
60 73 John Bowker 2012 ? DNP
61 73 Paul McAnulty 2009 ? DNP
62 73 Rob Johnson 2011 ?
63 73 Gabe Gross 2008 ?
64 72 Kevin Youkilis 2007 ?
65 72 Joey Terdoslavich 2017 ? DNP
66 72 Jason Rogers 2016 ?
67 72 Jarrett Hoffpauir 2011 ? DNP
68 72 Brad Nelson 2011 ? DNP
69 72 Marc Krauss 2016 ? DNP
70 72 Chris Carter 2011 ? DNP
71 72 Kila Ka'aihue 2012 ?
72 72 Alex Presley 2014 ?
73 72 Ty Kelly 2017 ?
74 72 Conor Jackson 2010 ?
75 72 Luis Valbuena 2014 ?
76 72 Dustin Garneau 2016 ?
77 72 Cole Gillespie 2012 ? DNP
78 72 Matt Den Dekker 2016 ?
79 72 Lars Anderson 2016 ? DNP
80 72 Travis Buck 2012 ?
81 72 Dean Anna 2015 ?
82 72 Jake Elmore 2015 ?
83 72 Mark Canha 2017 ?
84 72 Ben Zobrist 2009 ?
85 72 Freddy Sanchez 2006 ?
86 72 Smoky Burgess 1955 ?
87 72 Justin Bour 2016 ?
88 72 Clint Robinson 2013 ? DNP
89 71 Roberto Perez 2017 ?
90 71 Bill Freehan 1970 ?
91 71 Jeremy Reed 2009 ?
92 71 Josh Phegley 2016 ?
93 71 Conner Crumbliss 2015 ? DNP
94 71 Kevan Smith 2016 ?
95 71 Jose Martinez 2017 ?
96 71 Chris Iannetta 2011 ?
97 71 Willy Aybar 2011 ? DNP
98 71 Kevin Frandsen 2010 ?
99 71 Rob Segedin 2017 ?
100 71 Nate Freiman 2015 ? DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG DRC+
10 vs L (Multi) .200 .429 .300 ?
11 vs R (Multi) .159 .221 .175 ?
18 Split (Multi) -.041 -.208 -.125 ?
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 ?
30 vs L (2016) .222 .462 .333 ?
31 vs R (2016) .130 .167 .130 ?
38 Split (2016) -.092 -.295 -.203 ?
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 ?

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2018 Since arriving from Miami in the Dee Gordon deal a few years back, Barnes has quietly and steadily evolved into the poster child of the Dodgers' penchant for developing athletic catchers. The mitt was dynamite by virtually all measurements, and in a testament to his agility he managed to log 76 innings at second base when he wasn't saving runs behind the dish. His advanced approach played well in his first sustained look at big-league pitching, with consistent gap-to-gap contact bolstering a surge in slugging. On a WARP-by-PA rate basis, he produced the second most value of any catcher in baseball. It all came to a head when he rode a hot second half to a borderline-unfathomable unseating of one of the league's most productive incumbents come playoff time. With two more pre-arbitration seasons to come, Barnes will enter 2018 as a delightful bargain for the leveraged Dodgers, and a primary driver of a classic Good Problem To Have for the team's catching depth chart.
2017 Known for his positional flexibility—he can play catcher, second and third—Austin Barnes should spend more time getting acquainted with first base, a spot he rarely reached as a major-league hitter.
2016 Barnes continued his run as one of baseball's most interesting, most overlooked prospects in 2015. He focused on logging innings behind the plate in Triple-A, and after playing in the infield 45 times in 2014, Barnes did so just twice last year. It's certainly true that he lacks an impact profile, but a backup catcher/second baseman/third baseman who can routinely make solid contact? That's a valuable asset in an era when teams need 17-man bullpens to roster all their specialists, like the arm reserved for lefties under six feet tall and that guy with a particular talent for inducing groundballs right to the bag at third base. Given the way Barnes handled Oklahoma City last season, it shouldn't be a surprise to see him spend considerable time with the Dodgers this year, though his prospects for seeing routine playing time are more dubious.
2015 He may not have been the best prospect in Miami's system, but Barnes was making a strong case as the most interesting before he was included in the Dee Gordon deal. His ascent through the minors has been slowed by the organization's deep cast of catching prospects, but he showed last year why he's part of the big-league club's future. Barnes pairs solid, but not great, defensive ability at two critical positions: catcher and second base. That's plus-plus utility. Without any loud tools, his carrying skill should still be his bat. He has a solid approach and a short swing that lends itself to line-drive power. He really stroked at Jacksonville last year, and if he was a little old for the league, well, shoot, isn't Foreigner a little old to be touring? That doesn't stop us from rocking out to Head Games more than once in a while.
2013 After serving primarily as a catcher for Arizona State, Austin Barnes successfully transitioned to second base during the second half of last year, but expectations stemming from his offensive performance in the Sally League should be tempered because he was old for the level.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-10-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your World Series MVP picks for each team?
(k3o3r9n0 from Boson)
If I were really clever I'd say somebody who unexpectedly gets hot. Like Charlie Morton or Josh Reddick or Alex Wood or Austin Barnes. But I'll go the easy route: If the Dodgers win, I could see Jansen getting four saves with something like 8 Ks, 2 H, no walks in 6 IP. If the Astros win, doesn't it seem like it'll be because Verlander gets two (three?) wins, 15-20 IP? - Rob M (World Series Chat)
2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)Texas' Josh Morgan us intriguing. Do you see them continuing to develop him as a C-IF?
(Pietro Crespi from Macondo)
Morgan is intriguing, and they're doing the same thing with Isiah Kiner-Falefa, I believe. It seems like there's the potential to generate something useful out of a guy with those skills, but Austin Barnes is kinda the posterboy for that and so far we've seen him be used as a generic backup catcher...sooo...yeah (Craig Goldstein)
2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Austin Barnes? Future star in the making?
(rschultzy20 from stl )
I think I've been a more critical voice on Barnes. He's a fun little piece but you have to ask yourself what you're really getting here. He's not outframing Grandal and his positional versatility is only useful if you're willing to chance it on not carrying a third catcher, or if you have a third catcher in the mold of like...Evan Gattis. Otherwise you're not actually capitalizing on the roster spot. Also he's 27. (Craig Goldstein)
2017-01-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)Standard 8-team 5x5 NL-only keeper league (keep up to 8 with inflation - +$2, +$4, +$8, +$16, etc.) with 2 catchers. I have Realmuto as one of my keepers. Am I OK trying to get Andrew Susac or Austin Barnes for $1 as my second keeper?
(Kingpin from Iowa)
I'd prefer Susac to Barnes there. I think he'll get much more PT and will probably be decent-ish. That seems like a good use of $1, especially in a 2 catcher NL only. Godspeed. (Mark Barry)
2016-12-01 19:00:00 (link to chat)Will Austin Barnes have any value in 2017?
(ssimon from Pelham, N.Y.)
In NL-only. (Mike Gianella)
2017-01-18 20:00:00 (link to chat)Standard 5x5 NL-only keeper league, each team is allowed to keep 8 with salary escalators (+$2 in year two, +$4 in year three, +8 in year four, etc.) Is either Andrew Susac or Austin Barnes worth picking up for $1 as a 2nd catcher?
(Kingpin from Grinnell, IA)
Absolutely on Susac. (Bret Sayre)
2017-01-18 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey man, tell me a reason other than playing time Austin Barnes can't put up realmuto numbers.
(Alex from Mississippi)
Because he's two years older than Realmuto and has a career .545 OPS in the majors. Wait, that was two reasons. (Bret Sayre)
2015-09-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Barnes had a nice year in AAA. What do you see his role next year and can he ever become a starting major league C?
(ColeWhittier from Pasadena, CA)
I grew up fascinated by the Tyler Houstons and Michael Barretts of the world-the catchers who could play other positions-so Barnes is in my wheelhouse and I find him more interesting than I should.

You're correct that Barnes had a good year-that's true whenever a catcher hits .315 with a roughly one-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio-but I'm not sure if he's ever going to be an everyday starting backstop. He's a little smaller than the typical catcher, and his tools aren't loud (even his defense is considered more good than great). Factor in who's ahead of him on that Dodgers depth chart, and I kinda want them to use him as a cheat code: plug him in on Sundays at catcher, then at second or third base once or twice throughout the week to get him his plate appearances.

I don't know what the Dodgers' actual plan is for Barnes, but I think that would be pretty cool-especially since the rest of their roster (Seager, Peraza) would allow them to roll without a traditional backup shortstop; if they trusted Barnes as their backup catcher that would, in theory, allow them two extra bench spots to do with as they pleased.

Basically, Barnes has the chance to become the next Ben Zobrist-which is to say, the player with special defensive flexibility whose name is cheapened by incessant half-brain comparisons. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Austin Barnes a starter in MLB? With the Dodgers? 2B/3B/C Super Sub?
(Phillip from Dallas)
I think super-sub is a more likely landing spot. Not sure he's a long-term catcher, but not sure the bat is good enough to play everyday at third base. A very intriguing bench piece though. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is Austin Barnes' likely position going forward? Or will he be a Zobrist type?
(Fred from Los Angeles)
Ben Zobrist "type" but don't go in expecting Ben Zobrist production. Versatility is the new black. (NL West Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Austin Barnes has hit at every level with great K/BB rates. I know that he was a bit old for some levels but do you think he has a chance to be an average regular in the majors?
(Festivus313 from Pittsburgh)
Barnes is a favorite of mine, not because he's so good but because he does two things that I love in prospects. I love guys who walk more than they strike out and I love guys who offer positional versatility. He has just enough pop to be a big league bat, though not one who necessarily plays every day. But now that he's seeing time at 2B and 3B, he has become an incredibly valuable guy to a big league roster. He can definitely be a super-utility guy, and having a guy like that who can also catch is huge for a team. I'd want him on my roster/bench and I'd use him a lot. (Jeff Moore)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2015 MLB .012 0.9 355 -.007 0.7 8 .025 .000 -0.1 2.2 1.5
2015 AAA .025 19.0 3184 .000 0.3 66 -.003 .000 0.1 19.7 17.9
2016 MLB .009 0.4 225 .001 0.0 2 .019 -.001 0.0 0.3 0.0
2016 AAA .027 18.1 0 .000 0.0 46 .013 .000 -0.4 17.2 15.8
2017 MLB .033 14.8 1982 -.003 1.6 28 .028 -.002 -0.5 15.8 15.0
2018 MLB .019 8.3 1970 -.002 1.0 18 .004 -.006 -0.1 9.2 10.1

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