Knapp was called up by the Phillies on Friday. Knapp's .216/.308/.352 season slash line is not terrible for a backup catcher, but it's hardly enough to make him much of a fantasy asset. He did show some improvements at the plate as the season went on, but with Wilson Ramos now in town in addition to Jorge Alfaro, Knapp's at-bats are likely to be very limited.
Knapp was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Knapp was sent back to the minors to free up a roster spot for Jose Bautista, who was acquired via trade earlier in the day and activated prior to Tuesday's game. In 69 games with the big club this season, Knapp is hitting just .216/.308/.352 with four homers. He should be back sometime in September after rosters expand.
Knapp was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Thursday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. Knapp will provide a little catching insurance behind Jorge Alfaro while Wilson Ramos nurses a wrist injury. In a corresponding move, Justin Bour (oblique) was put on the 10-day DL. Through 68 games with the Phillies this year, Knapp has slashed .217/.310/.354 with four home runs and 15 RBI.
Knapp was added as the Phillies' 26th man for Sunday's Little League Classic against the Mets, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Both sides will get an extra player with the game being played in Williamsport, Pa. It's unlikely the Phillies will need to keep a third catcher around for more than a day, so expect Knapp to head back to the minors after the game.
Knapp began to choke up on every pitch in late June, leading to much better results at the plate, The Athletic Philadelphia reports. Prior to making the change, Knapp was hitting just .182 with a .534 OPS. In 76 plate appearances since altering his approach, he's hit .279 with an .870 OPS. He's seen his hard-contact rate jump from 26.4 percent to 43.2 percent. Despite the improvement, he's still firmly behind Jorge Alfaro on the Phillies' catching depth chart and could find himself bumped from the active roster for a few weeks if deadline-day acquisition Wilson Ramos is able to return from his hamstring injury before rosters expand in September.