Josh Phegley enters the free agent market for the second time in the last two seasons, being a career backup catcher, outside of his lone season in which he played more than 73 games. 2019 saw Phegley become Oaklands primary catcher, and posted a solid SLG percentage, but struggled to get on base, and saw his OPS be .693 at the end of the season. Phegley’s bat, has had one season in which it was above average in 2015, when he finished with a .749 OPS, but since then, he has averaged a ghostly .597 OPS.
Phegley, has been a catcher with an above average arm and the tools to become an everyday player, but hasn’t shown enough to be awarded that title. In 2019, Phegley showed the athleticism off, averaging a 1.99 Pop Time, which was tied for 27th among all qualified catchers. Outside of his above average pop time, on the defensive side, Phegley has been atrocious. On the DRS side of things, he has been a career -8 DRS catcher, and had a terrible showing in 2019, with -14 DRS. Framing doesnt get much better for Phegley, who over the course of the last six seasons, has only been in the positive twice (in 2017 and 2020).
Moving forward for Phegley, he is still only 32, so he has a couple more seasons before his talent begins to likely deteriorate, and needs to show some of the talent that earned him a first round selection in 2009 by the White Sox. If he doesnt do it in these next couple seasons, he will just be viewed as a first round bust. But for some weird reason, I have faith in Josh Phegley.
Teams I think are going to be in contention to sign Phegley: Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland A’s, Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies
Final Landing Spot Prediction: Josh Phegley signs a minor league deal with an invited the spring training with the Colorado Rockies
2021 Stat Line Prediction: .260/.328/.440 .768 OPS 10 HR 39 RBI