Daulton Varsho

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Catcher Daulton Varsho is the son of former major league outfielder Gary Varsho; he is named for his father's former teammate with the Philadelphia Phillies, Darren Daulton, himself a catcher.

After growing up in Wisconsin and playing for the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Varsho was a 2nd round selection by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2017 amateur draft. While in college, he played summer collegiate ball with the Eau Claire Express of the Northwoods League, managed by his uncle, Dale Varsho. He began his pro career in 2017 with the Hillsboro Hops of the Northwest League, hitting .311/.368/.534 in 50 games. He moved up to the Class A Visalia Rawhide of the California League in 2018, skipping a level in the process, but an injury limited him to 80 games, during which he hit .286 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs. He also played 3 games with the AZL Diamondbacks, on a rehabilitation assignment, and was sent to the Arizona Fall League after the season.

He continued his rapid progression in 2019 as he spent the season in the AA Southern League with the Jackson Generals, where he hit .301/.378/.520 in 108 games, with 25 doubles and 18 homers. Considered one the top catching prospects in the minor leagues, he played for the National League team in the 2019 Futures Game. After the season, he played for Team USA in the 2019 Premier 12. A backup at catcher, right field and DH, he went 1 for 10 with a double, walk and two runs; his lone hit was off Yong-chan Lee.

He made his major league debut at the start of the pandemic-delayed 2020 season and split his time between centerfield and catcher, with some games at DH as well. He hit .188 in 37 games, with 3 homers and 9 RBIs. He was back in the desert in a similar role in 2021, hitting slightly better for a team that had some awful losing streaks. He again played the unusual combination of center field and catcher, with Carson Kelly the primary backstop and Ketel Marte the main man in center. On August 14th, in just his 27th start behind the dish, he caught Tyler Gilbert, who was making his first career start after only three brief relief outings. The two worked beautifully together in spite of their lack of big league experience, with Gilbert pitching the third no-hitter in franchise history in blanking the San Diego Padres, 7-0.

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