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7/19/1987 (29 y, 7 m)
2009 June Amateur Draft - Round: 10, Pick: 19, Overall: 310, Team: Toronto Blue Jays
$23M / 6 Years (2014 - 2019) + 2 Option Years
Gomes will remain the starting catcher ahead of Roberto Perez to open the 2017 campaign, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. (2/12/2017)
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Yan Gomes made his rookie debut for Toronto in 2012, and it was mostly forgetful. A utility player seemingly rushed through the Blue Jays system, Gomes has a lot of work to do in order to figure out big-league pitching; he struck out 32 times in 98 at-bats last year. Traded to Cleveland in November, he’ll compete for a job with the club in spring training, but probably won't have any fantasy value. (Navin Vaswani)
Between the Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao and the Indians' Yan Gomes, Cleveland sports is being taken over by Brazilian fan favorites. Gomes was not given a lot of attention outside the front office before the 2013 season, coming to Cleveland along with Mike Aviles for Esmil Rogers. Many saw him as ticketed for a year in Triple-A, as the Indians had an all-star caliber catcher in Carlos Santana and a serviceable backup in Lou Marson. But Gomes crushed minor league pitching and when he got a chance to hit in Cleveland, he didn't slow up. His .359 weighted on-base average was sixth among Catchers with 250+ plate appearances. He clubbed 11 homers in just over half a season's worth of playing time. He hit .294 with a .345 on-base percentage and a .481 slugging percentage. And he played fantastic defense to boot. Now the Indians have named him their starting catcher, and while he'll often be spelled behind Santana (now a first baseman / designated hitter most of the time, but possibly also a third baseman), Gomes is an intriguing fantasy buy. His 2013 is unlikely to be repeated. But his .342 batting average on balls in play is not as out of line as you might expect -- both his minor league numbers and his expected BABIP suggest he should be a bit above average here -- and a .265/.325/.450 season with 15-20 home runs isn't hard to imagine. And behind the plate, that'll play. (
The Quick Opinion:
Displacing a 26-year-old with an all-star caliber bat is no easy task, but Yan Gomes managed just that last year, and now will get a chance to play a full season as the Indians starting catcher. Don't expect a repeat of his 2013 line, but there is no reason to think he can't put up solid fantasy numbers for a catcher this year.
Gomes has quietly been one of the most consistent catchers on the offensive side over the last year and a half. Despite not being given the chance at regular playing time until he was blowing out 26 candles, Gomes has put himself in the conversation for a top-five spot at the position. He swings like Posey, just with less explosiveness. There are concerns over his plate discipline and corresponding low walk rates, but as his reputation grows he'll have the opportunity to garner more walks as pitchers learn to respect him. Gomes has a high floor going forward, with a plausible potential unlike most every other catching option. Think .290/25/90 at his best with a safe bet to at least be above average at the position. (Dan Farnsworth)
The Quick Opinion:
Despite slight concerns regarding his approach, Gomes has the swing and the ability to easily be in the conversation as one of the best offensive catchers in the league.
The Yanimal took the baseball world by storm in 2013 and then in 2014 posted a 4.5 wins above replacement season that may have even underestimated his value, based on what he does as a pitch-framer and in leading the Indians pitching staff. His OPS was sixth among catchers with 400+ plate appearances and his 21 home runs were also sixth among backstops. His 2015 was grounded before it got started, as Rajai Davis took him out and injured his knee on a slide into home on April 11th. He was out until late May and struggled upon his return, posting a .231/.267/.391 line with only 12 homers. He hit more fly balls and line drives, which should've yielded more power, but his home run per fly ball rate and batting average on balls in play both fell. His walks and strikeouts also moved the wrong direction. After the All-Star Break, things ticked back up. His HR/FB rate went up, his walk and strikeout rates improved, though his BABIP stayed down. In 2013 and 2014, Gomes had a .332 BABIP that pushed him from one-dimensional power bat to top-tier catcher. With the knee injury behind him, the rest of the game eventually came back -- the question for 2016 is if he'll have enough batting average to be a potential top-five catcher, or whether he'll fall more middle of the pack as a power-only option. I'd bet on the latter, but pay a small premium to gamble on the former. (Chad Young)
The Quick Opinion:
A knee injury completely derailed Yan Gomes' 2015, but the big bat that made him an excellent fantasy asset in 2014 is still there. Regression from 2013-14's high batting average on balls in play should be expected, but his floor is as an excellent source of power from a shallow position.
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