Daulton Varsho Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 10" / 207 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 7/2/1996 (27)
Daulton Varsho Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Daulton Varsho News
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Daulton Varsho is back in the starting lineup Wednesday when his club takes on the Oakland A's and left-hander JP Sears. The lefty-swinging Varsho sat against another lefty in the A's Ken Waldichuk on Tuesday but will return to take on Sears on Wednesday afternoon. It's largely been a disappointing season for a player that entered 2023 with high expectations as Varsho is hitting just .220 with a .662 OPS across 137 games, production that's helped lead to an underwhelming 82 wRC+. While his 16 home runs and 15 stolen bases are palatable from a fantasy standpoint, he slugged 27 HR and collected 16 SB in his age-25 season last year and has failed to take the step forward fantasy managers were looking for this time around.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Daulton Varsho is starting Tuesday's game against left-hander Julio Urias and the Los Angeles Dodgers on the bench. The 27-year-old is in the midst of a down year, slashing .215/.275/.358 with 12 bombs, 40 runs, and 34 RBI over 100 games, but he still has 12 steals under his belt. Santiago Espinal will take his spot in the lineup, playing second base and batting seventh. The 2022 All-Star hasn't offered much with the bat this year, batting .231 with a single homer and a pair of stolen bases across 53 games. Fantasy managers should look elsewhere for offensive help.
Toronto Blue Jays catcher/outfielder Daulton Varsho is taking the day off on Thursday against the Houston Astros with left-hander Framber Valdez on the mound. Varsho snapped a 10-game hitting streak on Wednesday, but he's gone 7-for-23 (.304) with three home runs and four RBI in seven games since the calendar flipped to June. The 26-year-old has actually hit for a better average against southpaws (.250) than against righties (.216) this year, but he's yet to go deep against a lefty. Overall, he's hitting just .222 (51-for-230) in his first year in Toronto with 11 home runs, 26 RBI and eight stolen bases for fantasy managers. Whit Merrifield is starting in left field and hitting seventh on Thursday, while Santiago Espinal is at the keystone and batting eighth against Valdez.
Varsho took a really big step forward in 2022, having the best season of his young career with 27 homers and 16 steals. He was a top-three catcher in rotisserie leagues and was probably the most valuable pick at the position given the draft price. An offseason trade sent him to Toronto, where he will be a starter in the outfield, taking the place of Lourdes Gurriel Jr. The downside with Varsho is a higher strikeout rate (24.5%), a lower batting average (career .234), and an inability to hit left-handed pitching (career 66 wRC+). All of that makes us very reliant on getting a near 20-20 season again, and he could certainly lose significant playing time against left-handed pitching with his new team. The silver lining is that it's really tough to find 20-20 at the catcher position, and Varsho is in a good place to do that in 2023. His upside is great as a thin position, but the draft cost has risen to match. Varsho probably won't sink your fantasy team in 2023, but there will very likely be much better value picks at the catcher position.