J.B. Shuck
J.B. Shuck
31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Miami Marlins
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Signed to a minor-league deal in November, Shuck will attend major-league camp for spring training and attempt to earn a role in the Marlins' stripped-down outfield. He's mostly served as depth in the minors over the past several seasons, but it's certainly not out of the question that Shuck could emerge with a big-league job considering the lack of MLB-ready talent in the organization. Shuck spent all of last season with the Twins' Triple-A Rochester affiliate, compiling a wholly underwhelming .259/.325/.368 line, with those rate stats coming in well below his career marks at the Triple-A level (.291/.363/.382). He makes consistent contact (career 10.1 percent strikeout rate), but Shuck has never walked much in the majors and his speed has pretty much dried up at 30 years old. This is not a skill set worth speculating on. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Marlins in November of 2017.
Stays in organization
OFMiami Marlins  AAA
July 8, 2018
The Marlins outrighted Shuck to Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday.
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Shuck will stick around in the organization as minor-league depth after none of the other 29 teams were willing to put a waiver claim in for the outfielder. The 31-year-old slashed .192/.255/.231 across 142 plate appearances while seeing action in 70 games for the Marlins.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+40%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2017
No Stats
2016
 
 
+59%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .692 59 5 0 3 1 .283 .333 .358
Since 2016vs Right .495 324 32 4 15 4 .186 .236 .259
2018vs Left .534 24 1 0 1 0 .227 .261 .273
2018vs Right .476 118 9 0 3 2 .185 .254 .222
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left .802 35 4 0 2 1 .323 .382 .419
2016vs Right .505 206 23 4 12 2 .187 .225 .280
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+68%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+145%
OPS at Home
2017
No Stats
2016
 
 
+39%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .673 175 22 2 10 3 .256 .310 .363
Since 2016Away .401 208 15 2 8 2 .155 .200 .201
2018Home .721 65 6 0 1 0 .293 .359 .362
2018Away .294 77 4 0 3 2 .111 .169 .125
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home .645 110 16 2 9 3 .235 .282 .363
2016Away .465 131 11 2 5 0 .180 .219 .246
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How does J.B. Shuck compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.45
 
BB Rate
7.0%
 
K Rate
15.5%
 
BABIP
.231
 
ISO
.038
 
AVG
.192
 
OBP
.255
 
SLG
.231
 
OPS
.486
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Shuck spent the 2016 campaign split between Triple-A Charlotte and the White Sox, although he definitely saw more success in the minors. While at Triple-A, the outfielder batted .299 with a stellar 7.6 percent strikeout percentage and 92 percent contact rate. This was a stark contrast from his numbers on the South Side, as he could only muster a .205/.248/.299 slash line in 224 at-bats with Chicago. Due to this weak showing, the 29-year-old was subsequently designated for assignment following the conclusion of the season. Shuck has some qualities to call home about, like his historically outstanding contact rate and his ability to play all three outfield positions, but his modest hitting abilities at the major league level may make it difficult to maintain a full-time spot with his new club, the Twins, who have more promising options in the outfield. Until he can bring his bat up to par with other big league-caliber players, he likely will command little to no value in the realm of fantasy baseball.
Shuck made the big league roster out of camp in his first year in the White Sox organization, but never made much of a splash. He spent much of the year as the team’s fourth outfielder, rarely starting on consecutive days, and fell into a much smaller role once Trayce Thompson arrived. When he did play, Shuck demonstrated above-average on-base skills, above-average glove skills and negligible power. It looks like he may never again see the 478 plate appearances he logged for the Angels in 2013. He will contend for a reserve outfield role in 2016.
The Angels gave Shuck 437 at-bats in 2013, but he wasn't a part of the team's plans last season and managed to see just 22 games with the big club before getting traded to the Indians in September. At 28, he's unlikely to land in a situation where he'll play as much as he did two seasons ago, and even if an unexpected stretch of playing time were to fall into his lap, Shuck's limited pop and mediocre ability as a basestealer wouldn't translate into useful production anyway. The White Sox claimed Shuck off of waivers in November, putting him on track to spend 2015 in Charlotte at Triple-A, or on the south side of Chicago as the team's fifth outfielder.
Shuck began the 2013 season as an outfielder off the bench, but began seeing regular playing time when Peter Bourjos fractured his wrist in late June. Curiously, the above-average plate discipline Shuck has offered during his career fell away in his first season with the Angels (5.6% walk rate), but his high contact rate (87.5%) allowed him to finish the season with a .293 batting average. While one would expect the batting eye to return next year for Shuck, the outfielder simply has no power, as he hit only two home runs in 478 plate appearances with the Angels in 2013, and has only seven in his 558 games played in the minor leagues. While it is possible that he could expand his stolen base output next season, Shuck was basically a one-tool player in 2013, and doesn't look to have a very good chance of supplanting Kole Calhoun in 2014. Instead, he will probably reprise his role as an extra outfielder.
The Astros called up Shuck late last year and he added a little electricity to their lineup. He hit .297 in 108 games at Triple-A, but the best place for him to learn his trade now is probably the majors. Shuck plays hard in the field and exhibits good on-base skills, but with no power and not much speed, he may have already reached his ceiling as a fourth outfielder. He figures to be in the hunt for playing time as the Astros assess what they actually have in the high minors. If he gets playing time, he may be able to swipe a few bags, but nothing else is guaranteed - bid accordingly.
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Designated for assignment
OFMiami Marlins  AAA
July 5, 2018
Shuck was designated for assignment by Miami on Thursday, Craig Mish of SiriusXM Radio reports.
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Back on bench Sunday
OFMiami Marlins  AAA
June 17, 2018
Shuck is out of the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.
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Bangs out four hits Thursday
OFMiami Marlins  AAA
June 15, 2018
Shuck went 4-for-7 with two doubles and a run scored in Thursday's extra-innings loss to the Giants.
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Four hits in 2018 debut
OFMiami Marlins  AAA
April 14, 2018
Shuck got the start in right field and hit sixth Friday, going 4-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in a 7-2 win over the Pirates.
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To join Marlins on Friday
OFMiami Marlins  AAA
April 13, 2018
Shuck will be called up by Miami prior to Friday's game against the Pirates, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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