Curt Casali

Curt Casali

34-Year-Old CatcherC
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Giants in March of 2022. Traded to the Mariners in August of 2022.
Rare offensive success Tuesday
CSeattle Mariners  
October 5, 2022
Casali went 2-for-4 with a solo home run during a win over the Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Casali made some noise out of the bottom of the order, slugging his fifth homer of the season off Eduardo Rodriguez in the third inning and mustering his first multi-hit effort since June 24. It remains to be seen if Casali will be included on the Mariners' wild-card roster as a reserve backstop behind Cal Raleigh, and it's conceivable manager Scott Servais could find room for both him and Luis Torrens given either could also fill in at DH.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
3
25
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
11
7
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+58%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+78%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .728 158 18 8 18 0 .194 .310 .418
Since 2020vs Right .687 334 31 8 33 1 .219 .333 .353
2022vs Left .844 68 13 4 11 0 .218 .353 .491
2022vs Right .533 108 7 1 6 0 .194 .296 .237
2021vs Left .418 56 1 1 4 0 .102 .214 .204
2021vs Right .742 175 19 4 22 0 .245 .345 .397
2020vs Left 1.016 34 4 3 3 0 .300 .382 .633
2020vs Right .834 51 5 3 5 1 .179 .373 .462
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+39%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+44%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+81%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .767 241 24 9 33 1 .243 .344 .422
Since 2020Away .635 251 25 7 18 0 .180 .308 .327
2022Home .531 75 5 1 5 0 .190 .293 .238
2022Away .737 101 15 4 12 0 .212 .337 .400
2021Home .771 122 13 4 23 0 .250 .336 .435
2021Away .537 109 7 1 3 0 .163 .287 .250
2020Home 1.169 44 6 4 5 1 .314 .455 .714
2020Away .646 41 3 2 3 0 .147 .293 .353
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Stat Review
How does Curt Casali 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.48
 
BB Rate
13.6%
 
K Rate
28.4%
 
BABIP
.263
 
ISO
.128
 
AVG
.203
 
OBP
.318
 
SLG
.331
 
OPS
.649
 
wOBA
.297
 
Exit Velocity
87.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
24.0%
 
Barrels/PA
3.4%
 
Expected BA
.189
 
Expected SLG
.325
 
Sprint Speed
21.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
28.0%
 
Line Drive %
23.0%
 
Fly Ball %
49.0%
 
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Casali joined the Giants last season and had a .663 OPS while operating as the backup to Buster Posey. Casali and Joey Bart are set to split catching duties this season in the wake of Posey's retirement. While Bart has the better bat, Casali is a more reliable defensive catcher who also hit .210/.313/.350 with five home runs and 26 RBI last season.
Casali has now put together three partial seasons with an OPS north of .800, four if you want to count 2017 with the Rays when had just 13 plate appearances. After posting a .224/.366/.500 line with the Reds in 2020, he was still non-tendered by the team in December, one of a slew of players who got such a treatment despite seemingly having a good year. Of course, the Reds have Tyler Stephenson waiting in the wings, and he is a legitimate prospect and comes at a cheaper price, which was important to the Reds heading into the 2020-21 offseason. Casali is a lefty-masher who now joins the Giants, behind not one but possibly two generational catchers, depending on what they do with Joey Bart to begin the season.
Casali served as Tucker Barnhart's backup in his second season with Cincinnati in 2019 and performed pretty much as a backup catcher should, registering a .251/.331/.411 slash line with eight home runs in 236 plate appearances. The batting average was a 42-point dropoff over the mark he posted in 2018, though it came with a modest increase in ISO (.159) and a more significant jump in walk rate (10.6 BB%). Casali's lower average is partly attributable to a downturn in contact rate, which dropped from 77.1% in 2018 to 71.5% last season. He also seemed to make a concerted effort to leave the yard more often, increasing his average launch angle from 13.5 to 19.0 degrees and his flyball rate from 21.8% to 31.8%. Casali figures to fall behind Barnhart again next season, which is just fine for a team with more pressing priorities. From a fantasy perspective, Casali is likely to remain irrelevant.
In nearly every season you can find a handful of backup catchers who post good rate stats in a limited sample, but who are also unlikely to produce at that rate the following season, let alone play often enough for you to roster them on your fantasy team. That pretty much applies to Casali, who hit .293/.355/.450 in 156 plate appearances as Tucker Barnhart's caddy in 2018. He even played six games at first base when Joey Votto was on the DL. Unfortunately for Casali, Barnhart is the superior defender behind the plate and is signed to a multi-year deal, so the path to playing time is blocked for him in Cincinnati. Oh well, at least he'll have a good Strat-o-Matic card this year.
Following a disappointing 2016 campaign, Casali spent most of 2017 on the farm after Jesus Sucre beat him out for the backup catcher job out of spring training. He hit .263 with a .351 on-base percentage across 85 games with Triple-A Durham, but didn't see the majors until rosters expanded in September due to the strong play of Sucre as the team's backup and his own lack of power with the Bulls (15 extra-base hits in 343 plate appearances). The 29-year-old did compile a .333/.462/.667 line with one homer in 13 plate appearances with the Rays last season, though the sample size is too small to draw any conclusions from. He owns a career .199/.285/.385 line across four major-league seasons. After signing with the Angels in the offseason, he'll have a chance to win the backup catcher job with his new team.
Casali endured a mostly miserable 2016 campaign at the plate, slashing just .186/.273/.336 over 256 plate appearances, although, as he had in 2015, he was able to offer some pop. The 28-year-old blasted eight homers, and 18 of his 42 hits went for extra bases. Casali figures to split time with Luke Maile to begin 2017, but they will simply be buying time for Tampa Bay until Wilson Ramos is healthy. Casali will chip in the occasional long ball, but due to what is once again likely to be limited playing time, he would only be worthy of consideration in very deep formats.
Not typically regarded as a major offensive threat, Casali surpised many with his productivity and power in 2015. In a small sample size of 113 plate appearances, the backstop hit 10 home runs and posted an .898 OPS despite a paltry .238 batting average. This was a stark contrast to the .674 OPS he posted with Triple-A Durham, but is still promising considering the lack of strong-hitting catchers the Rays have recently had. The 26-year-old has plenty of competition at catcher for the Rays, including Hank Conger, Rene Rivera and Justin O'Conner, but if he can show that his production wasn't a fluke, Casali could see more time with the big club in 2016.
Let’s be frank – the Rays care more about how catchers handle the pitching staff and frame pitches than they do offensive abilities at the plate. They haven’t developed an offensive catcher since Toby Hall and Casali is not going to end that trend. The organization likes how he works behind the plate, but his bat has been exposed since he got to Triple-A. With the offseason acquisition of Rene Rivera, Casali will go to Durham and split playing time with bigger prospect Justin O’Conner who has more offensive upside. Even in deep, two-catcher AL-only leagues, Casali is unlikely to offer a useful contribution.
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Activated by Mariners
CSeattle Mariners  
October 3, 2022
Casali was reinstated from the paternity list Monday.
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Lands on paternity list
CSeattle Mariners  
Personal
September 30, 2022
Casali was placed on the paternity list Friday.
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On base twice in rare start
CSeattle Mariners  
September 20, 2022
Casali went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run in a win over the Angels on Monday.
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Laces timely double Thursday
CSeattle Mariners  
September 2, 2022
Casali went 1-for-4 with a two-run double and a run in a win over the Tigers on Thursday.
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Makes team debut Sunday
CSeattle Mariners  
August 15, 2022
Casali made his Mariners debut in Sunday's loss to the Rangers, drawing a walk in his three plate appearances.
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