P.J. Higgins

P.J. Higgins

29-Year-Old CatcherC
Arizona Diamondbacks
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Higgins saw his most extended playing time at the MLB level in 2022 and responded with six home runs and a .693 OPS across 74 games. For a player who had just one hit in 23 at-bats a year earlier as a 28-year-old rookie, his production wasn't too bad. The Cubs apparently didn't see enough to keep him around, however, and he elected free agency after being removed from the 40-man roster. Higgins subsequently joined Arizona on a minor-league deal and should serve as organizational depth with Gabriel Moreno and Carson Kelly locked in as the clubs top catchers. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2023.
Signs with Diamondbacks
CArizona Diamondbacks  NRI
January 12, 2023
Higgins signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Thursday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Higgins was designated for assignment by the Cubs in late December and elected free agency Monday after clearing waivers. He was quickly able to find a new team and will serve as a non-roster invitee during spring training in 2023. The 29-year-old appeared in 74 games for the Cubs last year and slashed .229/.310/.383 with six home runs, 30 RBI and 23 runs.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
5
13
10
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
4
10
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+72%
OPS vs LHP
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .588 81 5 1 14 0 .211 .259 .329
Since 2020vs Right .664 173 19 5 16 0 .209 .306 .358
2022vs Left .602 77 4 1 14 0 .219 .260 .342
2022vs Right .742 152 19 5 16 0 .234 .336 .406
2021vs Left .250 4 1 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2021vs Right .145 21 0 0 0 0 .050 .095 .050
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+186%
OPS at Home
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .677 124 10 4 14 0 .215 .303 .374
Since 2020Away .604 130 14 2 16 0 .205 .279 .325
2022Home .732 111 9 4 14 0 .232 .321 .411
2022Away .658 118 14 2 16 0 .226 .299 .358
2021Home .237 13 1 0 0 0 .083 .154 .083
2021Away .083 12 0 0 0 0 .000 .083 .000
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does P.J. Higgins 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
0.38
 
BB Rate
9.6%
 
K Rate
25.3%
 
BABIP
.290
 
ISO
.154
 
AVG
.229
 
OBP
.310
 
SLG
.383
 
OPS
.693
 
wOBA
.309
 
Exit Velocity
86.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
18.4%
 
Barrels/PA
2.2%
 
Expected BA
.205
 
Expected SLG
.287
 
Sprint Speed
23.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
42.6%
 
Line Drive %
24.1%
 
Fly Ball %
33.3%
 
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More Fantasy News
Exploring free agency
CFree Agent  NRI
January 9, 2023
Higgins elected free agency Monday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
CChicago Cubs  NRI
January 6, 2023
HIggins cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Friday.
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Designated for assignment
CChicago Cubs  NRI
December 29, 2022
Higgins was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Thursday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Day off Monday
CChicago Cubs  NRI
October 3, 2022
Higgins isn't starting Monday against the Reds.
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Leads offense Wednesday
CChicago Cubs  NRI
September 14, 2022
Higgins went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBI in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Mets.
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