Austin Nola

Austin Nola

31-Year-Old CatcherC
San Diego Padres
60-Day IL
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Est. Return 2/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Nola began last season with eligibility only at first base, but it wasn't long before he qualified at catcher, having taken over as Seattle's chief backstop with Tom Murphy sidelined. At the trade deadline, Nola was slashing .307/.377/.525, prompting a deal to the Padres. Nola slipped to .217/.314/.383 the final month but provided value with his glove. Despite the second-half swoon, Nola finished with a lower K% and higher BB% than his freshman campaign. He only has a career 451 MLB PA, but when analyzed in tandem with his minor-league history, Nola projects to offer a nice BA floor at a spot where most inflict harm. He also sports a HR/FB rate a tick above average with ample flyballs to contribute pop from behind the plate. San Diego has a crowded roster, but Nola's versatility should lead to ample volume, supporting a top-10 ranking at the position. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#192
ADP
$Traded to the Padres in August of 2020.
Moves to 60-day IL
CSan Diego Padres
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October 1, 2021
Nola (thumb) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Friday.
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Nola's shift to the 60-day IL is simply procedural since the catcher will require season-ending thumb surgery. Victor Caratini will continue to serve as the primary catcher during the final series of the regular season, while Friday's transaction helps to make room for right-hander Pedro Avila, whose contract was selected from Triple-A El Paso on Friday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#8
#9
8
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3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+76%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .781 217 30 6 30 0 .264 .341 .440
Since 2019vs Right .774 415 44 13 57 1 .271 .343 .431
2021vs Left .821 75 10 0 12 0 .348 .387 .435
2021vs Right .647 119 5 2 17 0 .221 .311 .337
2020vs Left .533 52 2 1 4 0 .152 .250 .283
2020vs Right .939 119 20 6 23 0 .314 .387 .552
2019vs Left .894 90 18 5 14 0 .256 .356 .538
2019vs Right .748 177 19 5 17 1 .275 .335 .413
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+43%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+35%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .766 323 40 7 55 1 .275 .351 .415
Since 2019Away .793 317 35 12 33 0 .267 .338 .456
2021Home .844 97 7 2 22 0 .310 .392 .452
2021Away .592 97 8 0 7 0 .236 .289 .303
2020Home .808 86 14 4 21 0 .272 .314 .494
2020Away .834 93 9 3 7 0 .276 .387 .447
2019Home .681 140 19 1 12 1 .254 .345 .336
2019Away .916 127 18 9 19 0 .284 .339 .578
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Stat Review
How does Austin Nola 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
0.74
 
BB Rate
7.2%
 
K Rate
9.8%
 
BABIP
.292
 
ISO
.104
 
AVG
.272
 
OBP
.340
 
SLG
.376
 
OPS
.716
 
wOBA
.320
 
Exit Velocity
84.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.4%
 
Barrels/PA
2.1%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Austin Nola
MLB Barometer: End of Season Risers and Fallers
24 days ago
In his last Barometer of the season, Erik Halterman looks at players whose finish in earned auction value diverged most from their preseason draft position, starting with Jose Ramirez.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
25 days ago
Jan Levine concludes his column for the season with a look at some late contributors and a few to keep in mind for 2022.
MLB Barometer: Risers and Fallers
38 days ago
In addition to this week’s risers and fallers, Erik Halterman looks at players who outperformed his expectations, like Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman.
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
46 days ago
September call-ups are here and Jan Levine chooses the best of the bunch while also detailing which lower-covered players have recently done well.
FanDuel MLB: Thursday Picks
70 days ago
Kevin Payne looks over Thursday's short slate and suggests a Padres stack including Jake Cronenworth.
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After spending parts of five seasons at Triple-A, Nola finally reached the major leagues at age 29. He even became a popular fantasy add, though he was appealing in large part because he was catcher-eligible, and unfortunately, he has lost that eligibility in most leagues heading into 2020 (seven appearances at catcher). As a 1B-only player in 20-game formats, with 2B-eligibility in leagues with a 15-game minimum, Nola is in the glut of fringe-useful position players. He was better than average in his 79 games with the Mariners, but it seems we can safely attribute a large portion of his 2019 success to the juiced ball, as Nola had never slugged even .400 at any stop prior to last year. The plate skills are strong enough for Nola to stick around in a super-utility role, but it's not a role that projects to be conducive to mixed-league relevance unless he were to regain C-eligibility in-season.
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Set for season-ending surgery
CSan Diego Padres
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September 24, 2021
Nola was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a left thumb strain and will undergo season-ending surgery, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Takes seat Thursday
CSan Diego Padres
September 23, 2021
Nola isn't starting Thursday's game against the Giants, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Takes seat Wednesday
CSan Diego Padres
September 22, 2021
Nola isn't in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Giants.
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Ends home run drought
CSan Diego Padres
September 21, 2021
Nola went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a strikeout in a 6-5 loss to the Giants on Tuesday.
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Hits bench Saturday
CSan Diego Padres
September 18, 2021
Nola is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
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