Daulton Varsho

Daulton Varsho

26-Year-Old CatcherC
Arizona Diamondbacks
2023 Fantasy Outlook
On the strength of 27 homers and 16 steals, Varsho finished as the No. 2 catcher in 5x5 roto leagues last season. His .235 average dragged him behind the Phillies' JT Realmuto, but regardless it was an incredibly impressive campaign, and most importantly for our purposes, he maintains catcher eligibility entering 2023 (31 appearances, 18 starts behind the plate). There is some frigid blue on his Statcast page, so perhaps he will continue to struggle to hit for average, but the power-speed combination from the catcher position makes Varsho a valuable asset in the rotisserie game. As good of a young player as he is, those playing in one-catcher leagues and/or points leagues should beware not to overrate Varsho based on where he ranks on two-catcher, roto cheat sheets. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed an $800,100 contract with the Diamondbacks in June of 2017.
Records steal in loss
CArizona Diamondbacks
October 2, 2022
Varsho went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Giants.
ANALYSIS
Varsho has turned up the speed late in the season, recording five of his 15 steals this year in his last 12 games. That's despite hitting just .184 in that span, as his hitting has slumped late in the campaign. The 26-year-old still has a .239/.307/.451 slash line with 27 home runs, 73 RBI, 79 runs scored, 23 doubles and three triples across 148 games, and he's often hit in the upper third of the order despite his recent struggles.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
60
7
1
25
12
4
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
2
2
7
4
9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+127%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .620 253 22 4 27 4 .236 .278 .342
Since 2020vs Right .781 766 114 37 93 21 .233 .315 .465
2022vs Left .553 129 8 1 13 2 .221 .250 .303
2022vs Right .801 462 71 26 61 14 .240 .317 .484
2021vs Left .819 90 11 3 11 2 .293 .356 .463
2021vs Right .729 225 30 8 27 4 .228 .304 .426
2020vs Left .358 34 3 0 3 0 .152 .176 .182
2020vs Right .811 79 13 3 5 3 .212 .342 .470
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+47%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .729 508 62 14 49 15 .239 .321 .407
Since 2020Away .746 513 74 27 72 10 .228 .290 .456
2022Home .698 280 35 11 32 6 .221 .293 .406
2022Away .786 311 44 16 42 10 .248 .311 .475
2021Home .763 168 18 2 13 6 .275 .353 .409
2021Away .746 147 23 9 25 0 .215 .279 .467
2020Home .775 60 9 1 4 3 .224 .367 .408
2020Away .527 55 7 2 5 0 .154 .200 .327
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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.
  • 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
0.32
 
BB Rate
7.8%
 
K Rate
24.5%
 
BABIP
.269
 
ISO
.207
 
AVG
.235
 
OBP
.302
 
SLG
.443
 
OPS
.745
 
wOBA
.325
 
Exit Velocity
87.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.8%
 
Barrels/PA
6.8%
 
Expected BA
.214
 
Expected SLG
.389
 
Sprint Speed
24.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
40.4%
 
Line Drive %
15.3%
 
Fly Ball %
44.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Varsho finished the season with a modest .246/.318/.437 line, but it's his 290/.349/.530 mark with five steals in five tries after the break that has everyone's attention. Well, that and catcher eligibility with the defensive chops to play the outfield. Last season, Varsho squatted 41 times while he shagged flies in 49. As a hitter, Varsho combined good plate skills (21.3 K% and 9.5 BB%) with 84th percentile sprint speed. After registering a 90.3 mph average exit velocity on flyballs over the first half, Varsho muscled it up to 93.1 mph after the break. With Carson Kelly handling the bulk of backstop duties, Varsho will be the primary backup. However, there are pathways to playing time in center and right field. Even if he only plays four or five times a week, Varsho has the potential to be a top-5 fantasy catcher with five-category potential, and he's being drafted as such.
Varsho debuted with a disappointing .188/.287/.366 line across 115 PA in 2020. However, that has done little to dim his shine, and that's because Varsho brings to the table a unique combination of skills for a player who was primarily a catcher throughout his time in the minor leagues and is still catcher-eligible in most fantasy leagues (10 appearances in 2020). Most notably, Varsho can run with 86th percentile sprint speed which he is not afraid to use on the basepaths. He stole 40 bases in the minors from 2018-19 (188 games) and was 3-for-4 on steal attempts in 2020. Varsho also has legitimate power, even if that was missing in his first taste of the majors. Still only 24, Varsho is not going to be the primary catcher in Arizona in 2021, but he can move around and even play center field capably. Expect the team to take advantage of that versatility and get Varsho into the lineup more often than not.
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.
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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Heads to bench Saturday
CArizona Diamondbacks
October 1, 2022
Varsho isn't in the lineup Saturday against San Francisco.
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Solo shot in loss
CArizona Diamondbacks
September 27, 2022
Varsho went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Tuesday's loss against the Astros.
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Takes seat Friday
CArizona Diamondbacks
September 23, 2022
Varsho is not in Friday's lineup against the Giants.
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On bench versus lefty in nightcap
CArizona Diamondbacks
September 20, 2022
Varsho isn't starting in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Dodgers.
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Heads to bench versus lefty
CArizona Diamondbacks
September 15, 2022
Varsho is not in the lineup Thursday against the Padres, Theo Mackie of The Arizona Republic reports.
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