21-Year-Old Outfielder – Tampa Bay Rays
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Bauers' 2016 numbers with Double-A Montgomery may not jump out at a glance, but considering his age relative to level, it was a highly successful campaign. The 21-year-old outfielder/first baseman's O...
Jake Bauers Contract Information:
Traded to the Rays in December of 2014.
Bauers went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 3-2 Grapefruit League win over the Blue Jays.
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Jake Bauers: Minor League Games Played By Position
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Tampa Bay Rays Roster
MajorsAndriese, Matt (P)
AAAlvarado, Jose (P)
A+Ciuffo, Nick (C)
ABurke, Brock (P)
RookieBetts, Chris (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Simply put, first base prospects have to hit a lot to make it in the big leagues. Nobody questions Bauers' hit tool, but forget plus power, he may not even have above-average power. Every now and then a player like James Loney or Casey Kotchman is able to carve out a career as a starting first baseman despite never hitting 20 home runs in a season, but it is a pretty rare feat. Additionally, those players are usually afterthoughts in fantasy. The fact that Bauers hit .276 in 285 plate appearances at Double-A as a 19-year-old is incredibly impressive, but that does not change his long-term outlook. He played the outfield in the Arizona Fall League, where his offensive profile would be a better fit, but it remains to be seen if he has the ability to handle an outfield corner in the upper levels. If he remains a first baseman, he will be a low-upside option, due to the lack of projectable power, but he becomes more interesting in dynasty leagues if there is a permanent transition to the outfield.