Andrew Knapp

Andrew Knapp

30-Year-Old CatcherC
Cincinnati Reds
2022 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Andrew Knapp in 2022. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Reds in December of 2021.
Joins Cincy as non-roster invitee
CCincinnati Reds  NRI
December 1, 2021
Knapp signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Wednesday that includes an invitation to big-league camp.
ANALYSIS
Knapp has operated as Philadelphia's backup catcher over the past few years, and he elected free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster in early November. The 30-year-old struggled offensively in 2021 with a .152/.215/.214 slash line and 38.4 percent strikeout rate in 62 games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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#9
2
11
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1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+29%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .495 101 6 0 6 0 .202 .250 .245
Since 2019vs Right .641 305 28 6 28 0 .202 .315 .327
2021vs Left .306 50 1 0 2 0 .125 .160 .146
2021vs Right .488 109 12 2 9 0 .165 .241 .247
2020vs Left .786 14 2 0 2 0 .357 .357 .429
2020vs Right .889 73 7 2 13 0 .268 .425 .464
2019vs Left .646 37 3 0 2 0 .250 .333 .313
2019vs Right .641 123 9 2 6 0 .202 .314 .327
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .621 190 15 1 13 0 .227 .326 .294
Since 2019Away .582 218 19 5 21 0 .179 .272 .311
2021Home .385 73 6 1 3 0 .134 .205 .179
2021Away .467 86 7 1 8 0 .167 .224 .244
2020Home .922 43 3 0 7 0 .343 .465 .457
2020Away .780 46 6 2 8 0 .216 .348 .432
2019Home .694 74 6 0 3 0 .262 .366 .328
2019Away .599 86 6 2 5 0 .173 .279 .320
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Stat Review
How does Andrew Knapp 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
0.16
 
BB Rate
6.3%
 
K Rate
38.4%
 
BABIP
.241
 
ISO
.062
 
AVG
.152
 
OBP
.215
 
SLG
.214
 
OPS
.429
 
wOBA
.199
 
Exit Velocity
78.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.4%
 
Barrels/PA
1.9%
 
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Knapp made the most of his limited chances in 2020, hitting .278/.404/.444 in 89 plate appearances, quite a change from the .204/.305/.319 line he managed over the previous two seasons. He did seemingly benefit from a .346 BABIP en route to that strong line, though Statcast expressed very little skepticism, giving him a .265 xBA. He made significant strides in his plate discipline, improving his walk rate from 11.3% to 16.9% while cutting his strikeout rate from 31.9% to 21.3%. Small-sample caveats certainly apply here, and the idea that a career backup catcher suddenly took major steps forward in his talent level in his age-28 season seems unlikely, but it was quite an encouraging year nonetheless. The Phillies brought back J.T. Realmuto on a long-term contract, so Knapp will reprise his 2020 role going forward.
Being J.T. Realmuto's backup is a pretty easy job. Realmuto led all catchers with 130 starts behind the plate, leaving little work for Knapp, who received just 160 plate appearances on the season. He didn't do much with his sporadic playing time, hitting just .213/.318/.324 with two homers. To be fair to the 28-year-old, it's hard to get into a rhythm with so little playing time, so he might be expected to hitter better if given more at-bats, but he's a far cry from an offensive weapon. He's graded out as a below-average defender over his three-year career as well, meaning he offers very little even in a backup role. If injuries do open up a starting job, Knapp would be worth a look in deep leagues as he's not a total zero at the plate, but there's little reason to be interested until then.
After posting a solid (for a catcher) .257/.368/.368 line in his rookie campaign, Knapp regressed across the board in 2018, hitting just .198/.294/.316 in 215 PA. The main culprit was a spike in his strikeout rate, which rose to an untenable 34.9% after sitting at 27.5% in 2017. Knapp's role diminished along with his performance, going from a 50-50 split with Jorge Alfaro to the clear No. 2 and eventually a minor-league demotion after the Phillies acquired Wilson Ramos at the trade deadline. Chances are, Knapp will spend most of 2019 as the backup behind the plate, a role he should be able to perform capably enough in given the low offensive standards for the position. There is a chance that he can provide a useful batting average should he find his way into a larger role, but the ceiling is low enough that he can safely be ignored in most formats.
Knapp had a decent rookie season as the Phillies' backup catcher. His 95 wRC+ ranked 20th among catchers with at least 200 plate appearances, 13 spots higher than starter Cameron Rupp. On most teams, that would be enough to give Knapp a good shot at taking the starting job next season, but the emergence of the younger and more talented Jorge Alfaro means Knapp's roster spot may be in jeopardy. Alfaro looks to be in line for the starting job after hitting .318/.360/.514 in 29 games, leaving Knapp and Rupp to fight for the backup job. Both have proven themselves to be capable major leaguers, so it's possible a trade may be in the works. If he ends up in a favorable situation, Knapp could provide close to average catcher value, especially in OBP leagues, as his .368 on-base percentage is much more of an asset than his .368 slugging percentage or his three home runs.
Knapp opened eyes in 2015 after slashing .360/.419/.631 with 11 home runs in 214 at-bats at Double-A. That performance and the presence of fellow catching prospect Jorge Alfaro were enough to get Knapp promoted to Triple-A in 2016. That proved to be more of a challenge. The switch-hitting Knapp struggled against righties, hitting just .258 with a .684 OPS, but was solid against lefties with a .277 average and .772 OPS. He saw his strikeout rate jump from 17.8 percent at Double-A to 24.2 percent last season. The Phillies brought in Bryan Holaday to serve as Cameron Rupp's backup in 2017, giving Knapp and Alfaro more time to work in the upper levels of the minors. He could be pushed to first base or a corner outfield spot this year as Alfaro will likely be moved up to Triple-A to continue his development as a hitter. Of course if one of Alfaro or Knapp is forcing the issue, the team would likely send Holaday to Triple-A and begin the youth movement behind the dish.
Knapp, a second-round pick in 2013, opened last season at High-A Clearwater and was promoted to Double-A Reading in late June after slashing .262/.356/.369 with two home runs. He really took off after his promotion, slashing .360/.419/.631 with 11 home runs in 214 at-bats at Reading. He obviously can't sustain that pace, but he is showing skill growth, which should allow him to remain successful as he advances. Knapp also cut his strikeout rate from 22.4% at Clearwater to 17.8% at Reading. His walk rate dipped slightly, but his BB/K ratio has improved thanks to the reduction in strikeouts. There have been questions about Knapp's ability to stick behind the plate, but recent reports suggest that he is showing enough improvement there that a position change not on the radar, though the Phillies have two solid catching prospects in Knapp and Jorge Alfaro. Knapp will likely make it to the majors first, perhaps as soon as 2016, but it remains to be seen which of the two will be the long term answer behind the dish for the Phils.
Knapp, a second-round pick in 2013, got a late start to his season last year while he finished up his recovery from offseason Tommy John surgery. He was initially assigned to High-A Clearwater where he started off slow at the plate. The Phillies opted to move him down a level and he went on to hit .290/.354/.438 with five home runs for Low-A Lakewood. The Phillies believe Knapp could move quickly through their system. He'll likely open the year at Clearwater and could be moved up to Double-A by midseason if he gets off to a good start at the plate.
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Opts for free agency
CFree Agent  NRI
November 5, 2021
Knapp elected free agency Friday after being outrighted by the Phillies.
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Back in action
CPhiladelphia Phillies  NRI
September 12, 2021
Knapp (illness) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Sunday.
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Begins rehab assignment
CPhiladelphia Phillies  NRI
Illness
September 7, 2021
Knapp (illness) will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Out at least 10 days
CPhiladelphia Phillies  NRI
Illness
August 29, 2021
Knapp tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday and will have to complete a quarantine of at least 10 days before he's eligible to rejoin the Phillies, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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Lands on COVID-19 IL
CPhiladelphia Phillies  NRI
Undisclosed
August 27, 2021
Knapp was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Friday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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