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Josh Phegley
Birthdate: 2/12/1988 (29 y, 1 m, 14 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 5-10/220     Position: C
Drafted: 2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1s, Pick: 6, Overall: 38, Team: Chicago White Sox
Contract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
RotoWire News: Phegley, who notched his second RBI with a run-scoring single in Tuesday's Cactus League loss to the Rockies, is slashing just .214/.200/.286 over 14 at-bats this spring. (3/16/2017)
Profiles:  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Phegley set career highs in games (73), plate appearances (243), and OPS (.749) in 2015, his first year with the A’s, but things did not go as well last season. The catcher was held to just 26 games due to repeated issues with his right knee, and he hit just .256/.314/.372 before his season ended on July 1. When healthy, Phegley is known for his ability to punish left-handed pitching -- he has put together a .264/.303/.447 line against southpaws in his career vs. just a .595 OPS against righties. Looking ahead to next year, the 29-year-old is expected to be ready by spring training, and he should slot in just behind Stephen Vogt on the depth chart. However, considering how often the A’s have been using Vogt as the designated hitter, Phegley could make his way into the lineup more often than a typical backup catcher. Despite this bonus, Phegley’s career .232/.268/.386 batting line, his modest power and lack of speed, and his position on the weak side of a platoon mean that his only real fantasy value comes in deep AL-only formats -- especially those with daily lineup changes. (Dylan Higgins)

The Quick Opinion: After a solid 2015 campaign, Phegley’s ‘16 season was derailed by right knee issues. Set to be Oakland’s backup catcher again next year, the 29-year-old may get a fair amount of playing time considering his spot on the depth chart, but his only valuable skill is mashing lefties -- which means his fantasy value is equally limited.

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