Mark Canha
Mark Canha
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Oakland Athletics
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Canha quietly had a nice season for Oakland, finishing two wins above replacement according to FanGraphs. He muscled 39 extra-base hits in 411 plate appearances, good for an even .200 ISO. He shaved his strikeout rate by more than eight percentage points from his 2017 sample (to 21.4%) and walked at an above-average 8.3% clip. However, Canha really did nothing to shed the "platoon" label, slashing just .227/.323/.343 against right-handed pitching. Thirteen of his 17 homers came in just 149 at-bats against lefties. So while it's nice to see the year-to-year improvements with approach and plate discipline, realistically, Canha is what he is entering his age-30 season. We are seeing more and more teams platoon at more positions, but short-end platoon players are still primarily league-specific considerations. In mixed leagues, Canha is the type of player you pick up here and there to plug a gap, and hope for the best. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.05 million contract with the Athletics in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Steps out of Sunday's lineup
OFOakland Athletics
September 29, 2019
Canha is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Seattle, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Canha returned to the lineup the past two days after missing a game with a groin issue, so it's no surprise to see him receive Sunday off after the A's clinched home-field advantage for Wednesday's Wild Card Game. Skye Bolt will start in center field in the season finale.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
20
29
14
2
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
6
20
8
8
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+42%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .816 398 55 22 48 1 .243 .324 .492
Since 2017vs Right .813 697 101 26 76 5 .258 .362 .451
2019vs Left .801 157 23 8 15 1 .221 .350 .450
2019vs Right .966 340 57 18 43 2 .297 .418 .548
2018vs Left .941 163 29 13 28 0 .282 .337 .604
2018vs Right .665 248 31 4 24 1 .227 .323 .343
2017vs Left .581 78 3 1 5 0 .203 .244 .338
2017vs Right .689 109 13 4 9 2 .212 .275 .414
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+30%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .850 532 75 26 64 3 .251 .361 .489
Since 2017Away .781 563 81 22 60 3 .253 .336 .446
2019Home 1.035 248 42 15 33 2 .310 .440 .595
2019Away .796 249 38 11 25 1 .238 .353 .443
2018Home .715 194 25 8 25 1 .202 .304 .411
2018Away .832 217 35 9 27 0 .289 .350 .482
2017Home .657 90 8 3 6 0 .207 .267 .390
2017Away .631 97 8 2 8 2 .209 .258 .374
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Stat Review
How does Mark Canha 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
0.63
 
BB Rate
13.5%
 
K Rate
21.5%
 
BABIP
.308
 
ISO
.244
 
AVG
.273
 
OBP
.396
 
SLG
.517
 
OPS
.913
 
wOBA
.399
 
Exit Velocity
89.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
39.7%
 
Barrels/PA
5.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
Since his promising 2015 campaign, Canha has disappointed, though last season's .644 OPS was an improvement on 2016's disastrous .481 mark. To be fair, Canha was battling back issues throughout the entire 2016 campaign. Last season, he just couldn't get it in gear. The Athletics love their platoon pieces, but back in 2015, the righty swinger was more effective versus same-side pitching and in limited playing time since, he's been equally ineffective versus all pitchers. Canha's primary issues the past two seasons were a high strikeout rate and low walk rate, both contrary to what he exhibited while progressing through Oakland's system. Coming off surgery to remove a cyst from his wrist, Canha should be healthy this spring. There is some pop in his bat, but he's going to need to hit in exhibition play to make the Opening Day roster since defensively, he's limited to first base and corner outfield.
A year after being a Rule 5 surprise for the Athletics, Canha encountered his fair share of problems in 2016. Things got off to a rocky start, as a back issue delayed his spring training debut, and his performance was lackluster at best once he was able to return. This led to him being placed on the short side of a platoon with Yonder Alonso at first base, where the 27-year-old only mustered a .122/.140/.341 slash line. Canha was then forced to miss the remainder of the season after his back problems flared up and a new hip injury appeared which required surgery. His excellent eye at the plate and solid power should work in his favor as he tries to work his way back into the fold for playing time next season, but his health issues and high strikeout rates could keep him from re-emerging now that Oakland's top prospects are knocking at the door of the major leagues and Alonso is back for another season.
Canha was taken by the A's in the Rule 5 draft and surprised everyone with a productive campaign, hitting 16 bombs with 70 RBI over 441 at-bats. Canha spent much of the first four months splitting time in the outfield and first base, but really broke out with full-time at-bats over the final two months. After Aug. 1, Canha hit .280 and slugged .474 over his 211 at-bats. His strong finish to the season should put him in the mix for nearly full-time at-bats in 2016, possibly cycling between first base, outfield and DH. He could be a sneaky late pick for those looking for power in deeper leagues.
Canha reached Triple-A New Orleans in 2014, his fifth season in the Marlins' organization since being selected in the seventh round of the 2010 draft. He continued to show steady improvement in his age-25 season, posting career-best .303/.384/.505 over 127 games while spending time at first base, third base and left field. Canha has displayed a solid eye at the dish, posting a walk rate over 10% in each of his five professional seasons while also exhibiting decent pop with 68 career home runs over 2,054 minor league at-bats. Acquired by the A's after the Rockies selected him in the Rule 5 draft, Canha will look to secure a bench role in Oakland during spring training. If he sticks, it's reasonable to think that Canha might end up on the small side of a platoon at the big league level to begin 2015.
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Hitless in return to lineup
OFOakland Athletics
September 28, 2019
Canha (groin) went 0-for-4 in Friday's loss to the Mariners.
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Back in center field
OFOakland Athletics
September 27, 2019
Canha (groin) is starting in center field and batting fifth Friday against the Mariners.
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Could be available off bench
OFOakland Athletics
Groin
September 26, 2019
Canha (groin) may be available off the bench for Thursday's game against the Mariners, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Determined to return Friday
OFOakland Athletics
Groin
September 26, 2019
Canha, who suffered a left groin strain Wednesday, is determined to return Friday against the Mariners, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Removed from Wednesday's game
OFOakland Athletics
Undisclosed
September 25, 2019
Canha exited Wednesday's game against the Angels with an apparent injury, Shayna Rubin of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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