Randal Grichuk
Randal Grichuk
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Grichuk has had three full seasons at the big-league level, and they have all been remarkably similar across the board. The change in his home park did little to impact his home-run total or his run production, but he did reduce his strikeout rate (to 26.4%) and got a small bump in OBP for those who play in that format. Grichuk does not have the normal type of splits you would expect from a hitter with a lower average. He hits with more power against righties, but it comes at the cost of contact. When he faces lefties, Grichuk makes more contact and hits for a higher average, but not for as much power. Last season saw him get off to a horrendous start at the plate, which was followed by a sprained knee that wiped him out for all of May. He hit .271/.319/.553 once he came off the disabled list with 54 extra-base hits in 385 plate appearances. A sleeper source for 30 homers in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Swats second spring homer
OFToronto Blue Jays
March 18, 2019
Grichuk went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins.
Slotted in as the DH and hitting leadoff, Grichuk took Preston Guilmet deep to kick off the bottom of the first inning. The 27-year-old slugger could see semi-regular action at the top of the order this season, at least when Billy McKinney isn't in the lineup, and he's at least looked the part this spring with a .313/.450/.750 slash line through seven games that includes two homers and a 4:2 BB:K.
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Since 2017vs Left .748 256 28 12 28 2 .238 .293 .455
Since 2017vs Right .794 648 85 35 92 7 .243 .293 .501
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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2018vs Left .810 150 18 7 19 1 .263 .313 .496
2018vs Right .800 312 42 18 42 2 .237 .295 .505
2017vs Left .662 106 10 5 9 1 .204 .264 .398
2017vs Right .788 336 43 17 50 5 .248 .292 .497
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Since 2017Home .823 465 61 30 71 4 .252 .297 .527
Since 2017Away .736 439 52 17 49 5 .231 .289 .447
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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2018Home .871 235 34 17 39 1 .255 .306 .565
2018Away .733 227 26 8 22 2 .236 .295 .438
2017Home .775 230 27 13 32 3 .249 .287 .488
2017Away .739 212 26 9 27 3 .226 .283 .456
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The tools remain exciting, but the clock is ticking on Grichuk. He needs to learn to be more patient and selective at the plate. His strikeout rate has hovered around 30 percent in each of the past three seasons, with his O-Swing percentage sitting up in the high-30s. His walk rate has ranged from 5.9 percent to 6.3 percent since the start of 2015, leading to sub-.290 OBPs the last two seasons. Grichuk sure hits the ball hard when he does connect, as evidenced by his 10.0 Brls/PA rate last season, which ranked sixth in the majors (min. 190 batted-ball events). The Cardinals traded him to Toronto this winter, where he should compete for an everyday role in right field in spring training. However, if he can't learn to make more consistent contact and get on base more, he could be passed over for Teoscar Hernandez or Anthony Alford.
Grichuk's strong 2015 campaign had him in a very favorable position heading into 2016, with an everyday job, plus power and what many believed to be an average hit tool. However, things went south in a hurry for the 25-year-old, as he came out of the gate with just a .206 batting average and strikeouts in a quarter of his plate appearances through mid-June. This led the Cardinals to shock everyone and send him back to the minors on two occasions during the summer. His performance vastly improved after the second demotion, as he slashed .275/.303/.579 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI, although it came with an unsustainably-high 34.1 percent strikeout rate. He will open the season as the everyday left fielder, although he showed in 2016 that he can be incredibly streaky, so he should be treated as a volatile asset. Grichuk will need to make more consistent contact in order to stay in manager Mike Matheny's good graces.
Grichuk came up to the big leagues for good on May 16th and clubbed nine extra-base hits in 13 starts over the rest of the month, enough to earn him a starting job for the rest of the season. He finished with a ridiculous 57 extra-base hits in just 103 games and 350 plate appearances, including 17 home runs. That's a huge power output for just over half a season's worth of at-bats, and it should be enough to earn Grichuk an Opening Day starting job despite a crowded outfield in St. Louis. Grichuk still has the same contact issues that kept him in the minor leagues to begin 2015, however, as he managed to strike out 110 times despite his limited action. He seems to have the power to succeed even with a high K-rate, but the .276 average Grichuk mustered will be his ceiling unless he can find a way to make more contact.
Grichuk bounced back and forth between Triple-A Memphis and the major leagues for the Cardinals in 2014 after being acquired in the David Freese trade with Anaheim, totaling 110 at-bats in 47 games. He served as a defensive replacement and pinch-hitter in most cases. Grichuk does have some power as indicated by his 25 home runs in 436 at-bats for Memphis, but he appears to be headed for a similar role in 2014 after the Cardinals acquired Jason Heyward from Atlanta. Barring major injury to one of the regulars ahead of him, or a trade, Grichuk might be a full year away from getting an opportunity to handle a starting job.
Grichuk was promoted to Double-A Arkansas after a reasonably strong year at High-A Inland Empire in 2012, and represented himself well, posting a slash line of .256/.306/.474 in 500 at-bats in 2013. While it's easy to get excited about his prodigious power potential (.218 ISO in 2013), Grichuk still needs to work on his plate discipline, as his 5.2% walk rate in 2013, though an improvement from his 2012 number, is still well below commonly accepted margins. Going into his age-22 season, Grichuk's plate discipline seems to be the final piece of the puzzle. The Cardinals acquired Grichuk as part of the David Freese-Peter Bourjos deal in November, which likely makes his path to big league at-bats even longer than it was in the crowded Anaheim outfield. Most likely, he'll start the season at Double-A Springfield, with the hope of earning a promotion to Triple-A Memphis at some point in 2014.
Grichuk was drafted 24th overall in the 2009 draft and finally made it through a full season without any injuries in 2012. He spent all of last season with High-A Inland Empire and slashed .298/.335/.488 with 18 homers and 16 steals over 575 plate appearances. His talent is obvious, but 23 walks over that many trips to the plate probably won't cut it, and as is the case for a number of the Angels' top prospects, Grichuk needs to work on his plate discipline. That's easier said than done and his four percent walk rate in 1,313 minor league plate appearances indicates that he has a long ways to go.
Grichuk will not turn 20 until mid-way through the 2011 season, but he already has two professional seasons under his belt. Last season, Grichuk hit .299 with 11 home runs and 46 RBI in 251 at-bats, but he still has to work on his plate discipline after posting a 12:59 BB:K ratio last season. Don't expect Grichuk to advance past High-A Rancho Cucamonga this season.
The Angels' first pick in the 2009 draft is all hitter, an outfielder from a high school in Texas with excellent power. There's not much else to Grichuk, no speed or arm to speak of, making him a different sort of Angel. He's a long, long way from the majors, and the lack of defensive or positional value limits his long-term upside.
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Could be part-time leadoff option
OFToronto Blue Jays
March 16, 2019
Manager Charlie Montoyo suggested Saturday that Grichuk will likely serve as the Blue Jays' leadoff man on days Billy McKinney isn't included in the lineup, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.
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Swats first homer of spring
OFToronto Blue Jays
February 28, 2019
Grichuk went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk in Thursday's game against the Phillies.
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Enters lineup Tuesday
OFToronto Blue Jays
February 26, 2019
Grichuk (foot) will serve as the Blue Jays' designated hitter and bat second Tuesday in a Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.
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Sidelined with foot pain
OFToronto Blue Jays
February 23, 2019
Grichuk is dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and won't be available to play in Grapefruit League games for at least a few days, John Lott of The Athletic reports.
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Comes to terms
OFToronto Blue Jays
January 11, 2019
Grichuk signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Blue Jays on Friday to avoid arbitration, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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