Daulton Varsho
24-Year-Old CatcherC
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The dream of a legitimate five-category catcher is alive and well with Varsho, who has 30 home runs and 40 steals (on 48 attempts) in 191 games over the past two seasons. At 5-foot-10, 190 pounds, he does not look like a candidate for that kind of production, but he is a 55-grade runner with great instincts on the bases. His plus hit tool is what will get him to the majors -- he uses the whole field and rarely strikes out. Behind the plate, he is a good receiver, but his arm is below average for the position. Varsho has seen reps in the outfield, and is unlikely to be a full-time catcher at the highest level, but could get enough starts there to retain eligibility in most formats. He tore an ankle ligament playing in Japan this offseason and may not be ready for the start of spring training. Varsho will spend at least a couple months at Triple-A and could make his MLB debut this summer. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed an $800,100 contract with the Diamondbacks in June of 2017.
On bench for Game 2
CArizona Diamondbacks
September 25, 2020
Varsho isn't in the lineup for the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Rockies.
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Varsho reached base three times during Friday's matinee, and he'll take a seat for the second game. Tim Locastro will start in center field.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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5
1
12
5
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+110%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+110%
OPS vs RHP
2019
No Stats
2018
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .358 34 3 0 3 0 .152 .176 .182
Since 2018vs Right .753 69 10 3 5 3 .172 .304 .448
2020vs Left .358 34 3 0 3 0 .152 .176 .182
2020vs Right .753 69 10 3 5 3 .172 .304 .448
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
2019
No Stats
2018
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .718 48 6 1 3 3 .179 .333 .385
Since 2018Away .527 55 7 2 5 0 .154 .200 .327
2020Home .718 48 6 1 3 3 .179 .333 .385
2020Away .527 55 7 2 5 0 .154 .200 .327
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Daulton Varsho 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
0.34
 
BB Rate
9.9%
 
K Rate
28.8%
 
BABIP
.254
 
ISO
.184
 
AVG
.194
 
OBP
.288
 
SLG
.378
 
OPS
.666
 
wOBA
.275
 
Exit Velocity
78.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.0%
 
Barrels/PA
3.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
One of the most unique catching prospects in recent memory, Varsho could steal 20-plus bases while playing in the field on days he does not catch. Despite his stocky 5-foot-10, 190-pound build, he is a good athlete and above-average runner (34-for-43 on SB attempts in 151 career games, including the Arizona Fall League). His 31.5 IFFB% was the sixth-worst mark in the Cal League and his 50.9 Pull% was the 10th highest mark -- indicators that suggest he may struggle to hit much better than .250 in the big leagues. A broken hand cost him six weeks in the middle of the season, but he made up for lost time by going to the AFL, where he logged an impressive 14:12 K:BB in 18 games. Evaluators have speculated that Varsho could handle second base and the outfield in addition to catching, but Arizona has understandably kept him behind the dish for now. It is possible he could develop into a 20/20 catcher, but his home run output may fall short of that.
Varsho was selected from a small school in the Midwest (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) with the No. 68 overall pick in last year's draft, and while questions about his defense behind the plate remain, his bat stole the show in his pro debut. He was the best hitter in the Northwest League (150 wRC+) and belted seven home runs -- seven more than older teammate Pavin Smith, who was selected with the seventh overall pick in the same draft. At 5-foot-10 and with a fringe-average arm, Varsho may not stick at catcher, but unlike most catching prospects, his above-average speed allows him to profile in left field and perhaps even at second base. His bat might even be special enough that he is moved out from behind the plate strictly to maximize his offensive upside, a la Bryce Harper and Wil Myers. Varsho has an excellent feel at the plate, striking out just 14.2 percent of the time (sixth best in the NWL). He has 20-20 potential and has the potential to move very quickly, especially if he switches positions.
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Bats leadoff
CArizona Diamondbacks
September 18, 2020
Varsho batted leadoff and went 0-for-4 with a walk and a caught stealing in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Angels.
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Goes deep in win
CArizona Diamondbacks
September 15, 2020
Varsho went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's victory versus the Angels.
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Swipes two bags
CArizona Diamondbacks
September 14, 2020
Varsho started at catcher and went 0-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Mariners.
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Sitting again Saturday
CArizona Diamondbacks
September 12, 2020
Varsho isn't starting Saturday against the Mariners.
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Heads to bench
CArizona Diamondbacks
September 11, 2020
Varsho is not in the lineup Friday against Seattle.
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