Another switch-hitter on the Cubs bench, Caratini filled in more than admirably for Willson Contreras last season. In 95 games Caratini hit 11 home runs with a .794 OPS and a wRC+ of 108, showing he was more than just a back-up catcher.
Caratini’s strong performance allowed the Cubs to even consider floating the idea of trading Contreras this offseason. But with the rosters expanding and the Cubs expected to carry three catchers, Caratini should stand to receive more at-bats in the DH role.
And while Caratini doesn’t fit the stereotypical DH mold, his contact bat is something the Cubs would appreciate having in the lineup more, ranking last in the National League in contact percentage last season.