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How Good Is Mitch Garver?

Mitch Garver is rated 78 out of 100 on MLB The Show 22.



Garver, who was by far the greatest hitting catcher in 2019 (157 OPS+), replaced a platoon of No. 9 hitters at catcher for the Rangers.

Mitch Garver

Mitch Garver

Garver, 31, has a 138 OPS+ and a .292 isolated power, or ISO, which measures a player’s raw power, since that year (extra-base hits divided by at-bats).



Garver is not a one-dimensional bopper, despite his power; according to Statcast, he is in the 93rd percentile in framing. Garver’s health is a concern, given he is under contract for two more seasons.

Injury to his groin, rib cage, and lower back limited him to just 68 games last season.


Garver has been a force over the previous three seasons, especially when it comes to making strong contact.

He has the fifth-best well-hit average (hits with an exit velocity of 95 mph or more) and the second-best versus left-handed pitchers in the game.

Garver has had a similar slash line (.254/.348/.546) since the start of the season, despite missing only three games more than his center fielder.

He, like Buxton, lost a significant chunk of the 2021 season due to a freak accident, when a foul-tip put him in the most inconvenient position possible.



For more than six weeks, he sat on the bench, or even in a bucket of ice, as a result of that devastating strike. Buxton missed eight weeks last season after being hit by a pitch and breaking a tiny bone in his hand.

 

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