Josh Phegley
Josh Phegley
32-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago Cubs
2020 Fantasy Outlook
In his age-31 season, Phegley split time behind the dish for Oakland and battled a thumb injury for several weeks after the All-Star break. Phegley's production rebounded slightly from his output over 2017 and 2018, as he recorded a .239/.282/.411 slash line with 12 home runs and 62 RBI, with most of the damage being done against left-handed pitchers (.284/.320/.526). He brought his strikeout rate down to 18.4% after it spiked to 26.5% in 2018. Oakland was reluctant to increase his role which was understandable given his career splits vs. RHP, and the club went ahead and non-tendered him in the offseason. Phegley's playing time is likely to be capped regardless of where he ends up as he's proven to be best suited for a short-side catching platoon. There should be better second catcher options, even in a mono league. Read Past Outlooks
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Earns roster spot
CChicago Cubs
July 23, 2020
The Cubs selected Phegley's contract Thursday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
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The addition of Phegley to the 40-man roster and 30-man Opening Day roster gives the Cubs a third catcher behind Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini. If both of the options ahead of him on the depth chart stay healthy throughout the 60-game season, Phegley likely won't be in store for anything more than one start per week.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+35%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .740 140 20 6 25 0 .246 .279 .462
Since 2018vs Right .629 313 40 8 52 0 .218 .273 .356
2020vs Left .000 4 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Right .400 5 2 0 0 0 .000 .400 .000
2019vs Left .847 103 16 5 20 0 .284 .320 .526
2019vs Right .627 239 28 7 42 0 .219 .266 .361
2018vs Left .504 33 3 1 5 0 .161 .182 .323
2018vs Right .645 69 10 1 10 0 .226 .290 .355
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+99%
OPS at Home
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .676 205 26 5 29 0 .235 .291 .385
Since 2018Away .654 248 34 9 48 0 .220 .262 .392
2020Home .333 3 1 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000
2020Away .167 6 2 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000
2019Home .695 160 19 4 20 0 .247 .297 .397
2019Away .692 182 25 8 42 0 .232 .269 .423
2018Home .621 42 6 1 9 0 .205 .262 .359
2018Away .583 60 7 1 6 0 .204 .250 .333
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Stat Review
How does Josh Phegley 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
0.50
 
BB Rate
11.1%
 
K Rate
22.2%
 
BABIP
.000
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.000
 
OBP
.222
 
SLG
.000
 
OPS
.222
 
wOBA
.157
 
Exit Velocity
74.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
0.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Phegley has been pigeonholed as an option to play primarily versus lefty pitching, based on early-career success against southpaws. However, for the past few seasons, he's been more effective versus right-handers, serving as another example why it takes righty swingers 2,000 plate appearances against lefties (approximately 10 years of full-time play) before he truly owns his splits. The reality is Phegley isn't especially productive in either scenario, even when factoring in the low expectations of the current catching inventory. Phegley spent the early part of 2018 alternating between Oakland and Triple-A Nashville before being promoted for good June 4. He played sparingly, appearing in only 39 games and posting a .631 OPS in 69 plate appearances versus righties and a .504 mark in 33 trips to the dish with the platoon edge. Phegley will return to Oakland, reprising his part-time role. Even in deep two-catcher formats, there are better options.
Phegley's ceiling as a short-end platoon player is well established as he enters his age-30 season, as he has hit just .207/.249/.343 in 451 career chances against right-handed pitching. His numbers against lefty pitching aren't great, but they are much more respectable (.253/.290/.425). Phegley puts the ball in play often enough (16.1 strikeout percentage last season) and his batting average seems likely to rebound as his .223 BABIP corrects toward the mean. He can also run into one on occasion although the power has dipped in recent seasons as Phegley has battled through a variety of injuries (knee issues in 2016, concussion and an oblique injury in 2017). Even if something were to happen to primary catcher Bruce Maxwell, the A's would likely find a way to avoid expanding Phegley's role too much. He's only worth considering in deep two-catcher formats.
After Stephen Vogt underwent elbow surgery prior to the start of the 2016 season, Phegley was expected to carry a heavier load early on. Unfortunately, a decrease in power and health ended up limiting the 28-year-old to just 78 at-bats over the course of the season. During the times he was able to play, his slugging percentage and performance against left-handers endured precipitous drops from the previous season. He only put up a .658 OPS against southpaws (as compared to his .709 OPS versus right-handers). His season was then cut short when he suffered a setback while recovering from July surgery to remove a cruciate ligament cyst from his right knee. His past numbers should carry some weight as he fights for a roster spot during spring training. Vogt appears poised to see a good deal of starts at DH while Bruce Maxwell may have passed Phegley on the organizational depth chart at catcher. It is possible, however, that the A's will keep three catchers out of spring training, given Vogt's likely deployment at DH.
Phegley moved to Oakland in the offseason as part of the Jeff Samardzijia trade and spent most of the season as a right-handed platoon mate for Stephen Vogt. Phegley appeared in 72 games for the A's hitting .249 with nine homers. Phegley was more effective against lefties, posting a .788 OPS as opposed to a .709 against righties. He started the season strong with a .805 OPS at the break, but faded late in the season with an OPS under .700 in the second half. Phegley could have some hidden power upside as he has flashed a bigger power in the minors, including a 23-homer season in Triple-A in 2014. Assuming he is recovered from a late-season concussion, Phegley should be back in his platoon role and could also see some at-bats against righties when the A's move Vogt out from behind the plate to first base or DH to give him a rest.
After earning an extended look with the big club in 2013, Phegley spent much of 2014 at Triple-A Charlotte. He displayed 20-plus home run power for the second straight year, but did not earn a call up to the major leagues until September. Phegley enters 2015 as A's likely No. 2 option following a November trade from the White Sox, though he could find himself in the starting role following a flurry of trade in Oakland.
Is Phegley the White Sox's catcher of the future? It looked like he may be after he hit home runs off David Price, Matt Garza and Anibal Sanchez in his first five games in the majors. Then the answer became much more unclear after he hit just one more home run over his next 60 games to go with a .223 OBP. Defensively, he threw out 30 percent of would-be basestealers, but he also had a hard time blocking wild pitches. He heads into 2014 as a slightly better option than Tyler Flowers, but the two will likely battle it out for the team's starting catcher job.
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Makes 60-player pool
CChicago Cubs
June 28, 2020
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Option for taxi squad
CChicago Cubs
June 24, 2020
Phegley is an option for the Cubs' three-player "taxi squad" for road trips when the regular season begins next month, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Competing for 26th roster spot
CChicago Cubs
March 9, 2020
Phegley is one of several candidates for the Cubs' final roster spot out of spring training, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Homers Monday
CChicago Cubs
February 24, 2020
Phegley went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in Monday's Cactus League win over the Mariners.
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Inks minors deal
CChicago Cubs
January 17, 2020
Phegley signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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