Andrew Knapp

#64 C / Philadelphia Phillies / EXP: 0YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 lb Age: 25 College: California Bats/Throws S/R

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    Andrew Knapp opened eyes in 2015 after slashing .360/.419/.631 with 11 home runs in 214 at-bats at Double-A. That performance and the presence of fellow catching prospect Jorge Alfaro were enough to get Knapp promoted to Triple-A in 2016. That proved to be more of a challenge. The switch-hitting Knapp struggled against righties, hitting just .258 with a .684 OPS, but was solid against lefties with a .277 average and .772 OPS. He saw his strikeout rate jump from 17.8 percent at Double-A to 24.2 percent last season. The Phillies brought in Bryan Holaday to serve as Cameron Rupp's backup in 2017, giving Knapp and Alfaro more time to work in the upper levels of the minors. He could be pushed to first base or a corner outfield spot this year as Alfaro will likely be moved up to Triple-A to continue his development as a hitter. Of course if one of Alfaro or Knapp is forcing the issue, the team would likely send Holaday to Triple-A and begin the youth movement behind the dish.

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    • Phillies' Andrew Knapp: In lineup Thursday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Knapp is playing first base and batting sixth in the Phillies' Grapefruit League game Thursday. Knapp is filling in for Tommy Joseph (hand), who continues to sit after being plunked by a pitch on his left hand Tuesday. The catcher has seen some work at first base this spring to keep him fresh. However, he recorded only one hit in his first 18 at-bats and worked on his swing with hitting coach Matt Stairs on Wednesday before taking a walk against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday. Knapp is battling with Bryan Holaday to break camp as the backup catcher, though top prospect Jorge Alfaro may push him for reps behind Cameron Rupp sometime in the second half.

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    • Knapp will see some time at first base this spring in addition to working as a catcher, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Knapp, who was added to the 40-man roster this offseason, has a chance to earn a bench job this spring as the Phillies' backup catcher to Cameron Rupp. If he shows he can also be an option at first base, that could enhance his chances of winning a roster spot. Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday are also in camp as non-roster invitees competing for the backup catching job.

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    • Phillies' Andrew Knapp: Backup role in 2017?
      By RotoWire Staff

      GM Matt Klentak said he is fine entering next season with Knapp as a backup to Cameron Rupp, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Knapp, 25, disappointed after his breakout at Double-A in 2015, hitting just .266 with a .719 OPS last season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies have a superior catching prospect in Jorge Alfaro, but it does not make any sense to have him in the majors in a backup role when he could use additional development time at Triple-A. Knapp might be able to carve out a couple starts a week as a reserve, and he could also be used occasionally at first base if the Phillies want to get him some extra at-bats. There is also still a chance the Phillies will decide to bring in a veteran catcher to backup Rupp in 2017.

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    • Phillies' Andrew Knapp: Added to 40-man roster
      By RotoWire Staff

      Knapp was added to the Phillies' 40-man roster Friday. The switch-hitting backstop did most of his damage from the right side of the plate in 2016 -- he hit .277/.345/.428 against lefties compared to .258/.320/.365 against right-handers at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Knapp could be ticketed for the backup role behind Cameron Rupp early on in 2017, depending on what the team does with Jorge Alfaro.

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    • Phillies' Andrew Knapp: Solid numbers at Triple-A
      By RotoWire Staff

      Knapp is hitting .266/.333/.392 with 15 doubles and seven home runs in 301 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Knapp isn't showing the offensive firepower he displayed last season at Double-A Reading, but he is holding his own at Triple-A. His defense remains a work in progress, and it remains to be seen if he can stick behind the plate long-term. The Phillies could trade Carlos Ruiz this month or next which might create an opportunity for Knapp to get his first exposure to major league pitching while sharing time behind the plate with Cameron Rupp.

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