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Víctor Caratini

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Víctor Caratini
Caratini with the Chicago Cubs in 2018
Houston Astros – No. 17
Born: (1993-08-17) August 17, 1993 (age 30)
Coamo, Puerto Rico
Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 28, 2017, for the Chicago Cubs
MLB statistics
(through June 14, 2024)
Batting average.236
Home runs42
Runs batted in188

Víctor Manuel Caratini (born August 17, 1993) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball catcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played in MLB for the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, and Milwaukee Brewers. Listed at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and 215 pounds (98 kg), he throws right-handed and is a switch hitter.



Atlanta Braves


Caratini was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the second round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft out of Miami Dade College.[1] He made his professional debut that season with the Danville Braves. After primarily playing third base his first season, Caratini played mostly as a catcher in 2014. He started the season with the Rome Braves.

Chicago Cubs


On July 31, 2015, the Braves traded Caratini to the Chicago Cubs for Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell.[2][3][4] The Cubs sent him to the Kane County Cougars, where he finished the season.[5][6] Caratini spent the 2015 season with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans where he batted .257, with four home runs and 53 runs batted in. He spent the 2016 season with the Tennessee Smokies, where he batted .291 with six home runs and 47 runs batted in.[7] After the 2016 season, Caratini played for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League and was added to the Cubs 40-man roster.[8]

Caratini began the 2017 season with the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. The Cubs promoted Caratini to the major leagues on June 28, 2017.[9] He appeared in 31 games with the 2017 Cubs, batting .254 with one home run and two runs batted in. In 2018, Caratini played in 76 MLB games, batting .232 with two home runs and 21 runs batted in. He made two pitching appearances during the season, both in late July, pitching a total of two innings while allowing two runs for a 9.00 earned run average.[10] He also played in the 2018 National League Wild Card Game, grounding out as a pinch hitter, as the Cubs fell to the Colorado Rockies, 2–1 in 13 innings.[11]

Caratini congratulating Mark Melancon after a win

Caratini began the 2019 season as one of the Cubs' two catchers, along with Willson Contreras. Caratini made another pitching appearance on June 22, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in a Cubs loss to the New York Mets.[12] On the year, Caratini slashed .266/.348/.447 with career-highs in home runs (11) and runs batted in (34) in 95 games for the Cubs.[13]

On September 13, 2020, Caratini caught a no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers for teammate Alec Mills.[14] In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Caratini batted .241/.333/.328 in 44 games for Chicago, with one home run and 16 runs batted in over 132 plate appearances.[15]

San Diego Padres


On December 29, 2020, Caratini and Yu Darvish were traded to the San Diego Padres in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies, Reginald Preciado, Yeison Santana, Ismael Mena, and Owen Caissie.[16]

On April 9, 2021, Caratini caught a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers for teammate Joe Musgrove, the first no-hitter in Padres history and the second no-hitter he had caught in eight months. There had not been a no-hitter in MLB since Caratini had caught one with the Cubs, which made Caratini the first catcher in MLB history to catch consecutive no-hitters for two different teams.[17] On June 17, 2021, Caratini hit his first career walk-off home run against pitcher Amir Garrett and the Cincinnati Reds. In 2021, Caratini played in a career-high 116 games and batted .227/.309/.323 with 7 home runs and 39 RBIs.

On March 22, 2022, Caratini signed a $2 million contract with the Padres, avoiding salary arbitration.[18]

Milwaukee Brewers


On April 6, 2022, Caratini was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Brett Sullivan and Korry Howell.[19] On July 4, 2022, Caratini hit his second career walk-off home run against Scott Effross and his old team, the Chicago Cubs. Caratini became the fifth player in major league history to strike out four times before hitting a walk-off home run.[20] In 95 games with Milwaukee in 2022, he batted .199/.300/.342 with 9 home runs and 34 RBIs.

On January 12, 2023, Caratini agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Brewers, avoiding salary arbitration.[21] He became a free agent following the season.

Houston Astros


On December 6, 2023, Victor Caratini signed a 2 year, $12 million dollar contract with the Houston Astros.[22]

On April 30, 2024, he saved a game with a Walk-off home run with 2 outs in the 10th inning, making the final score 10 - 9

See also



  1. ^ "Braves like bat of second-round pick Caratini". Atlanta Braves. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Cubs acquire catcher Victor Caratini from Atlanta". Chicago Cubs. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "What are the Cubs getting in catcher Victor Caratini?". CSN Chicago. Archived from the original on September 6, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Chicago Tribune (July 31, 2014). "Cubs net top catching prospect Victor Caratini from Braves". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Cougars' Caratini glad to switch sides". Kane County Chronicle. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "Martinez, Caratini make strong first impressions for Cougars". mySuburbanLife.com. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "Victor Caratini Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  8. ^ Gonzales, Mark. "Cubs add five to 40-man roster, including two lefty relievers". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  9. ^ "Montero designated for assignment by Cubs after he blasts Arrieta". June 28, 2017.
  10. ^ "The 2018 CHI N Regular Season Pitching Log for Victor Caratini". Retrosheet. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  11. ^ "Colorado Rockies 2, Chicago Cubs 1". Retrosheet. October 2, 2018. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  12. ^ "Mets vs. Cubs - Box Score". ESPN. June 22, 2019. Retrieved June 23, 2019.
  13. ^ "We Know Your Nature – 2019 Cubs Player Reviews: Victor Caratini – Faxes from Uncle Dale".
  14. ^ Bastian, Jordan (September 13, 2020). "Ross knows Caratini's role in no-no very well". MLB.com. Retrieved February 23, 2021.
  15. ^ "San Diego Padres 40-man roster profile: Victor Caratini". January 11, 2021.
  16. ^ Cassavell, AJ. "Padres go all-in, make Snell, Yu deals official". MLB.com. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  17. ^ Santos, Justice delos; Cassavell, AJ (April 10, 2021). "1 catcher, 2 teams, back-to-back no-hitters". MLB.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2021.
  18. ^ "Arbitration Tracker For 2022". MLBTradeRumors. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
  19. ^ "Brewers shore up catching depth with two trades". ESPN. April 6, 2022. Retrieved April 20, 2023.
  20. ^ "Victor Caratini's walk-off HR in 10th caps wild end to Chicago Cubs-Milwaukee Brewers". ESPN.com. July 4, 2022. Retrieved July 5, 2022.
  21. ^ Franco, Anthony (January 13, 2023). "Brewers Avoid Arbitration With Hoby Milner, Victor Caratini". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved January 13, 2023.
  22. ^ "Astros agree to deal with Caratini, bolster catching depth". MLB.com. Retrieved May 17, 2024.