Free Agent Profile & Prediction #7: Dustin Garneau

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 08: Dustin Garneau #13 of the Colorado Rockies at bat against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at AT&T Park on May 8, 2016 in San Francisco, California. The Colorado Rockies defeated the San Francisco Giants 2-0. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

Dustin Garneau enters free agency as a 33 year old, and a career .202/.288/.338 hitter with a career OPS of .626. All together, Garneau has played for the Colorado Rockies, Oakland A’s, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, and the Houston Astros. The career backup catcher has never totaled more than 130 plate appearances in the majors, and it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon. Garneau leaves a lot to be desired with the bat, as his strikeout rate is above league average in 2020, at 32.5 percent, and does not make consistent hard contact, with an average exit velocity of 88.2 MPH.

Garneau does on the other side of the ball, have some talent, as he was tied for 22nd among all catchers in pop time at 1.98, and even with a well below average arm (averages 78.1 MPH on his throws, in the bottom half of the league) he does an above average job in his career of preventing stolen bases. On the DRS side of things, it is not as bright, as he has a -2 DRS for his career, and has been up and down in this statistic.

Moving forward, Garneau will not be anything more than a minor league signee, with an invite to spring training and a minor league call up in case of injury or underperformance.

The following teams I believe are in contention for signing Garneau: Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, St.Louis Cardinals, Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Dustin Garneau signs a minor league deal with an invite to spring training with the Houston Astros

2021 Stat Line Prediction: .198/.281/.324 .605 OPS 1 HR 5 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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