Free Agent Profile & Prediction #5: Robinson Chirinos

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 26: Robinson Chirinos #28 of the Houston Astros is congratulated by his teammate Carlos Correa #1 after hitting a two-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning in Game Four of the 2019 World Series at Nationals Park on October 26, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Next up on the list, is 36 year old catcher, Robinson Chirinos, who is coming off of a brutal 2020 season, that saw his playing time become limited, and was traded from the Texas Rangers to the New York Mets at the deadline for a PTBNL. One thing that increased significantly, was the rate in which Chirinos hit ground balls last year, which is not his game, being in the bottom 1st percentile in sprint speed, even behind Nelson Cruz. He saw exactly 50 percent of his batted balls, become ground balls, which was a large increase from his 2015-2019 rates, where he saw his average GB% sit around 37.5 percent.

And as for barrel percentage and barrels found throughout last season, among his 54 batted balls, he found only 1 barrel, good for a 1.9 percent (league average was 6.4). Along with his struggles at the plate, Chirinos also continued being a below average framer behind the plate, being in the bottom 29th percentile in the stat, and also had a bad season in DRS terms, with a -5 DRS in limited playing time.

Moving forward, Chirinos like some others previously discussed, is reaching the end of his playing days, barring a late career resurgence. He is likely going to be a backup catcher, or a platoon with a LHH catcher, and would be better suited for an American League club, where he can receive some at bats as a DH as well.

The teams I believe are in contention for signing Chirinos are as follows: Houston Astros, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Robinson Chirinos signs a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners with an invited to spring training

2021 Stat Line Prediction: .208/.286/.417 .703 OPS 12 HR 30 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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