Dustin Garneau
Dustin Garneau
32-Year-Old CatcherC
Houston Astros
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Dustin Garneau in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Astros in November of 2019.
Projected backup
CHouston Astros
March 15, 2020
Garneau is projected to be the Astros' backup catcher, per Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.
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Garneau, who is in a battle with Garret Stubbs to back up Martin Maldonado, has about a half-season's worth of plate appearances in the majors over a five-year span. He has an experience advantage, but Stubbs has organizational familiarity, having been with the Astros since 2015. They've each appeared in 10 spring games, but the 26-year-old Stubbs has outperformed the 32-year-old Garneau at the dish. There's a chance both players land a roster spot, as Stubbs can serve as the third catcher and play some outfield.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2018
Even Split
2017
 
 
+54%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .760 105 12 3 12 0 .250 .337 .424
Since 2017vs Right .587 124 12 2 12 0 .185 .290 .296
2019vs Left .867 35 5 1 5 0 .300 .400 .467
2019vs Right .698 65 9 2 9 0 .214 .323 .375
2018vs Left 1.000 2 0 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
2018vs Right 1.000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 1.000 .000
2017vs Left .699 68 7 2 6 0 .217 .299 .400
2017vs Right .453 58 3 0 3 0 .154 .241 .212
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+64%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+40%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+82%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .504 111 9 2 11 0 .150 .234 .270
Since 2017Away .825 118 15 3 13 0 .280 .385 .440
2019Home .623 47 5 1 7 0 .175 .298 .325
2019Away .874 53 9 2 7 0 .304 .396 .478
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 1.167 3 0 0 1 0 .500 .667 .500
2017Home .421 64 4 1 4 0 .133 .188 .233
2017Away .765 62 6 1 5 0 .250 .361 .404
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Stat Review
How does Dustin Garneau 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
0.45
 
BB Rate
10.0%
 
K Rate
22.0%
 
BABIP
.295
 
ISO
.163
 
AVG
.244
 
OBP
.350
 
SLG
.407
 
OPS
.757
 
wOBA
.340
 
Exit Velocity
84.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.7%
 
Barrels/PA
3.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Garneau has been two different guys over the past three seasons. At Triple-A Albuquerque, he has hit 40 home runs in just under 700 plate appearances and been tough to keep off base. At the major-league level, he has five homers in 277 career plate appearances. Understand, while the park effects at Coors Field are strong, they're stronger in Albuquerque but that is still a rather significant difference in power output. Garneau grades out slightly better than average defensively so he should have a decent chance at sticking around as a second catcher, but needs to make better contact and show that he is more than just another product of friendly minor-league run environments.
In a similar fashion to his 2015 campaign, Garneau spent 2016 hopping between the majors and the minors, and unfortunately for the 29-year-old, the results were also similar. Garneau continued to flash his power in the minor leagues, swatting 15 home runs and posting an excellent .303 ISO with Triple-A Albuquerque, but he failed to bring those successes into the big leagues, as he hit only one home run and saw his ISO plunge to a meager .133 in 75 plate appearances with the Rockies. His strikeout rate also jumped. In fact, his 65 strikeouts between Triple-A and the majors were the most whiffs he put up since his second professional season. There's a good chance that Tom Murphy and defensive whiz Tony Wolters will split catching duties to start the year, likely leaving Garneau to continue riding the shuttle for much of 2017.
Not regarded highly as a prospect, Garneau was given the opportunity to play in the majors thanks to injuries to both Nick Hundley and highly-regarded prospect Tom Murphy. The 28-year-old only logged 76 plate appearances, but his slash line was underwhelming nonetheless. His power is intriguing, given his 15 home runs and .810 OPS at Triple-A Albuquerque, but Garneau will struggle to see time in the majors with Hundley and Murphy returning from their injuries.
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Signs major-league deal with Astros
CHouston Astros
November 26, 2019
Garneau agreed to a one-year major-league contract with the Astros on Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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Candidate for promotion
COakland Athletics
August 28, 2019
Garneau is a candidate to be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas when rosters expand Sunday, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Sent to Triple-A
COakland Athletics
August 19, 2019
Garneau was sent outright to Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.
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Designated for assignment
COakland Athletics
August 16, 2019
Garneau was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Friday.
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Out again Thursday
COakland Athletics
August 15, 2019
Garneau is not in the lineup Thursday against the Astros.
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