Austin Barnes
Austin Barnes
30-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Dodgers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Barnes began 2019 as the Dodgers' primary catcher but spent much of the second half in the minors amid his second straight season of tepid offensive production. He attempted to redefine his plate approach by increasing his average launch angle to 16.0 degrees and his flyball rate to 42.0% (up from 4.4 degrees and 26.2% respectively in 2018), but the dramatic shift did little to improve his power output as Barnes popped only five home runs and posted a subpar .137 ISO. Even his patience at the plate -- possibly his greatest offensive strength -- wavered; his 3.88 P/PA and 9.5 BB% were both easily career lows. After two seasons hitting barely above the Mendoza Line, Barnes' strong 2017 campaign has largely been forgotten. With Will Smith's late-season emergence in 2019 and strong organizational depth behind the plate, Barnes will likely need a change of scenery to be given another chance at a starting role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Dodgers in December of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Playing time tails off
CLos Angeles Dodgers
August 30, 2020
Barnes is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers.
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Since Will Smith was activated from the 10-day injured list a week ago, Barnes has settled back in as the Dodgers' No. 2 backstop. He'll sit for the fifth time in seven games since Smith's return.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
19
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
6
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+49%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .680 223 33 5 19 2 .238 .333 .347
Since 2018vs Right .614 354 40 5 29 8 .197 .313 .301
2020vs Left .774 19 5 0 0 0 .353 .421 .353
2020vs Right .689 78 8 1 9 3 .238 .355 .333
2019vs Left .578 70 6 1 8 0 .194 .271 .306
2019vs Right .656 172 22 4 17 3 .207 .302 .353
2018vs Left .722 134 22 4 11 2 .246 .353 .368
2018vs Right .484 104 10 0 3 2 .151 .298 .186
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .676 270 39 7 26 6 .236 .309 .368
Since 2018Away .603 307 34 3 22 4 .192 .331 .272
2020Home .831 40 4 1 7 1 .333 .359 .472
2020Away .602 57 9 0 2 2 .205 .375 .227
2019Home .645 117 18 4 11 2 .204 .265 .380
2019Away .618 125 10 1 14 1 .202 .320 .298
2018Home .653 113 17 2 8 3 .235 .336 .316
2018Away .587 125 15 2 6 1 .176 .323 .265
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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.

* 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
BB/K
0.54
 
BB Rate
12.5%
 
K Rate
23.1%
 
BABIP
.323
 
ISO
.070
 
AVG
.244
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.314
 
OPS
.667
 
wOBA
.324
 
Exit Velocity
79.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.3%
 
Barrels/PA
1.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Sitting Wednesday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
August 19, 2020
Barnes is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Mariners.
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Sparks offense in win
CLos Angeles Dodgers
August 19, 2020
Barnes went 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Mariners.
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Not starting Sunday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
August 16, 2020
Barnes is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Goes deep Thursday
CLos Angeles Dodgers
August 13, 2020
Barnes went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a victory over the Padres on Thursday.
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In timeshare with Will Smith
CLos Angeles Dodgers
August 9, 2020
Barnes is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
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