Curt Casali
31-Year-Old CatcherC
Cincinnati Reds
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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