Mitch Garver
Mitch Garver
28-Year-Old CatcherC
Minnesota Twins
10-Day IL
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 5/30/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Garver took over as the primary catcher last year when Jason Castro was lost for the season with a knee injury and showed he can hit well enough to be a significant part of the equation behind the plate in 2019. He hit .293/.340/.474 in the second half while splitting starts behind the plate. Garver draws walks at a decent clip (8.7%) and has modest power (seven HR, .146 ISO). However, he is not as strong against right-handed pitchers (.629 OPS) and wasn't a young rookie (turned 28 this offseason). He's a below-average defender behind the dish (-15 DRS, 34th among catchers), which could limit his playing time. He'll likely occupy the lesser side of a platoon with Jason Castro, which would help boost his batting average, if not his counting stats. Garver has shown he can hit well enough that even in a limited role he'll offer fantasy value in deeper two-catcher leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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To miss 2-to-3 weeks
CMinnesota Twins
Ankle
May 16, 2019
Garver (ankle) started rehab Thursday but remains in a walking boot, Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio reports. He's expected to return in 2-to-3 weeks.
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Garver was placed on the injured list Wednesday due to a left ankle sprain, though it would appear that he won't be activated following the 10-day minimum. If all goes well in his rehab, the 28-year-old backstop could be back by the end of May.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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2
1
1
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1
7
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+44%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .743 156 20 2 15 0 .259 .340 .403
Since 2017vs Right .849 322 43 14 52 0 .278 .349 .500
2019vs Left 1.234 25 7 1 3 0 .429 .520 .714
2019vs Right 1.137 66 13 8 16 0 .293 .379 .759
2018vs Left .629 107 10 1 11 0 .227 .299 .330
2018vs Right .806 228 28 6 34 0 .288 .352 .454
2017vs Left .762 24 3 0 1 0 .238 .333 .429
2017vs Right .530 28 2 0 2 0 .160 .250 .280
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+83%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+51%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .725 245 32 6 27 0 .234 .328 .397
Since 2017Away .905 233 31 10 40 0 .310 .365 .540
2019Home .806 47 7 2 5 0 .167 .362 .444
2019Away 1.477 44 13 7 14 0 .465 .477 1.000
2018Home .699 171 21 4 21 0 .245 .312 .387
2018Away .802 164 17 3 24 0 .293 .360 .442
2017Home .762 27 4 0 1 0 .261 .370 .391
2017Away .504 25 1 0 2 0 .130 .200 .304
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Stat Review
How does Mitch Garver 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
0.55
 
BB Rate
12.1%
 
K Rate
22.0%
 
BABIP
.340
 
ISO
.418
 
AVG
.329
 
OBP
.418
 
SLG
.747
 
OPS
1.164
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Garver will contend for the backup catcher role with the Twins after a breakout season at Triple-A, where he hit 17 home runs with a .928 OPS. He showed some promise by posting a .753 OPS at Double-A in 2016, but wasn't considered a notable prospect since he was already 25. He hit for more power (.250 ISO), drew more walks (13.4 percent walk rate), and improved his defense at Triple-A, but it’s not clear if the improved offensive numbers were a product of him actually getting better or simply getting older. He could be a late bloomer at age 27 this season, although history tells us that is unlikely. That said, the catcher pool is so barren when it comes to offensive production, that Garver’s success at Triple-A, even as a 26-year-old merits notice. He is the favorite to win the backup spot over Chris Gimenez, but given Jason Castro’s contract and defensive prowess, Garver is unlikely to earn more than a third of the at-bats.
Given the dearth of catching in the Minnesota system, Garver has gained some steam as a sleeper at the position. He hit 11 home runs with a 118 wRC+ in 95 games at Double-A and dominated a brief run at Triple-A, thanks largely to a .436 BABIP. At age 25, he's not a top prospect but could find a role in the majors in 2017.
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Shifts to IL
CMinnesota Twins
Ankle
May 15, 2019
The Twins placed Garver (ankle) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday.
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Sidelined Wednesday
CMinnesota Twins
Ankle
May 15, 2019
Garver (ankle) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Angels, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Suffers high ankle sprain
CMinnesota Twins
Ankle
May 14, 2019
Garver was removed from Tuesday's win over the Angels after sustaining a left high ankle sprain, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
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Gets breather Sunday
CMinnesota Twins
May 12, 2019
Garver is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
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Power surge continues
CMinnesota Twins
May 11, 2019
Garver went 1-for-1 with three walks, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 6-0 win over the Tigers.
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