2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Yan Gomes
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Yan Gomes in an effort to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the new Nationals backstop during the 2019 MLB season.
With the catcher position replete with less production, Yan Gomes rebounded in 2018 with 16 home runs. His BABIP surged fueled by a huge jump in line drive percentage resulting in a .266/.313/.449 slash line. More important for fantasy owners, Gomes traded ground balls for the line drives abetting his career high in hard hit percentage (43.2 percent) last year.
It seemed like Gomes stock could bounce back prior to his trade to the Nationals. He will now split time with Kurt Suzuki in an improved lineup. There’s a precedent with Suzuki in a timeshare at catcher during his time in Atlanta. Suzuki and Tyler Flowers produced well in 2017 with Suzuki accruing 276 at-bats while Flowers finished with 317 at-bats. It remains to be seen how the Nationals will handle the Gomes and Suzuki, but, each can be relevant in two catcher formats.
Knowing Gomes owned the eighth best pop time last year according to Statcast along with scouting reports noting his defensive prowess, Gomes should...