2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Francisco Cervelli
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
After leaving New York, it seemed like Francisco Cervelli would make the most of his chance to play. Over the last three years, he’s slashed .256/.365/.373 with 113 runs, 18 home runs, 121 RBI and eight stolen bases in 289 games. Although these numbers do not jump off the page, he’s been limited by injuries and a home ballpark which can depress power. Underneath the statistics, Cervelli owns strong discipline metrics with a swinging strike percentage of 8.6 and he makes contact over 78 percent of the time.
In 2018, things changed a bit in Cervelli’s batted ball data. He set career highs in home runs (12), RBI (57), on-base plus slugging percentage (.809) and extra-base hits (30). His on-base percentage of 37.6-percent led all major league catchers. Cervelli played in 104 games with 39 runs and a .259/.378/.431 slash to go along with the counting statistics listed above. He also increased his isolated power to .172, the highest of his career, as a result of cutting down on his...