Victor was sent down to Triple-A on August 19th, ten days after the Cubs obtained veteran René Rivera from the New York Mets on waivers.
The Cubs Minor League Player of the Year slugged 27 doubles and 10 home runs in 83 games with the Iowa Cubs, averaging .342/.393/.558 with 27 doubles and 10 home runs. He slugged .254/.333/.356 with a homer in 31 games in the majors.
In 2018, Caratini saw a significant increase in his major league appearances, but he struggled at the plate, posting a shaky batting average in 76 plate appearances.
He played in 20 games at first base and pitched in two relief appearances. His batting line improved to.266/.348/.447 with 11 home runs in 244 at-bats in 2019, when he appeared in 95 games (59 as a pitcher and 23 as a first baseman, with two more games as a pitcher).
A shortened season in 2020 forced the National League to implement the universal Designated Hitter (DH), and he and Contreras split time behind the plate, with the one not starting behind him serving as the team’s DH.
He appeared in 44 games, starting 21 as a catcher and 16 as a designated hitter, with a .241 batting average, one home run, and 16 RBIs. He was used as a personal catcher for Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish, who was the team’s most successful starter that season.
What Happened Victor Caratini?
On Wednesday, the Padres traded Caratini to the Brewers in exchange for Korry Howell and Brett Sullivan.