DJ LeMahieu
DJ LeMahieu
30-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Colorado Rockies
2018 Fantasy Outlook
LeMahieu hit over .300 for a third consecutive season, but his power fell back from an already below-average level. That was a result of his flyball rate falling to below 20 percent, with LeMahieu posting the seventh-lowest Average Launch Angle in baseball (min. 200 at-bats). He mustered just 18 extra-base hits in 300 at-bats at Coors Field (three homers), and his success rate on the basepaths fell again (6-for-11). The 29-year-old's plate skills are strong -- he had a 13.2 percent strikeout rate and 8.7 percent walk rate last season -- and some tweaks to his swing could change his power outlook considerably, but right now, LeMahieu is mostly a two-category player (average and runs). Something to keep in mind: he's entering his final season before free agency and may be motivated to make some changes. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed two-year, $7.8 million contract with the Rockies in February 2016.
Blasts walkoff homer
2BColorado Rockies
September 12, 2018
LeMahieu went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and a strikeout in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.
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LeMahieu was the hero in this one, depositing Yoshihisa Hirano's 1-1 offering with one out in the ninth over the fence for a walkoff win. The 30-year-old has been red hot all September, hitting .370 (17-for-46) in the month with three homers, three doubles, two triples and nine RBI.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+33%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+33%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .935 534 93 15 74 8 .341 .399 .536
Since 2016vs Right .776 1310 186 19 114 15 .302 .364 .412
2018vs Left .913 182 34 6 26 4 .331 .363 .550
2018vs Right .689 345 46 9 32 2 .248 .303 .385
2017vs Left .961 173 31 5 24 1 .362 .421 .539
2017vs Right .724 509 64 3 40 5 .293 .358 .365
2016vs Left .931 179 28 4 24 3 .331 .415 .517
2016vs Right .903 456 76 7 42 8 .354 .417 .486
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+42%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .901 955 171 14 105 13 .348 .415 .486
Since 2016Away .738 889 108 20 83 10 .278 .330 .408
2018Home .821 278 48 4 27 5 .324 .368 .453
2018Away .706 249 32 11 31 1 .225 .274 .432
2017Home .813 342 54 3 35 3 .327 .396 .417
2017Away .753 340 41 5 29 3 .294 .352 .401
2016Home 1.064 335 69 7 43 5 .391 .473 .591
2016Away .747 300 35 4 23 6 .303 .353 .395
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How does DJ LeMahieu 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
0.44
 
BB Rate
6.4%
 
K Rate
14.5%
 
BABIP
.297
 
ISO
.164
 
AVG
.275
 
OBP
.321
 
SLG
.439
 
OPS
.761
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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LeMahieu flew under the radar a bit in 2015 despite putting together a solid year, but he made the league take notice with his 2016 showing. After putting up a solid .746 OPS in 2015, he broke out to the tune of a .348/.416/.495 line, winning the National League batting title. He also put up career highs in doubles (32), RBI (66) and runs (104). The All-Star even muscled up for 11 home runs, equaling the number he hit over the previous two years combined. Thanks to all of this and an outstanding 0.83 BB/K, LeMahieu has become a steady mid-tier option at the keystone, but the longevity of his current levels of production will hinge on his future with the Rockies. He's under club control with Colorado through the 2018 campaign. LeMahieu hit .303/.353/.395 with four of his 11 homers on the road in 2016, while his output soared to a .391/.473/.591 line at Coors Field.
LeMahieu needed 150 games to mash six home runs despite playing 75 games at Coors Field, where Dodgers rookie Joc Pederson hit four home runs as a visitor in 2015 alone. Still, LeMahieu managed to sustain his solid contact skills and his ability to spray the ball across Colorado's huge outfield to record a .301/.358/.388 line with 85 runs scored, all career highs. His 23 stolen bases also marked a career high, and he had an 88 percent success rate despite being caught 10 times in 20 stolen-base attempts in 2014. Second base projects to be a weak offensive position once again, and while LeMahieu wouldn't be worth a look outside of Colorado, he's making the most out of his at-bats. If he can maintain a high average and keep running regularly, he will be worthwhile again in 2016 despite his power deficiency.
Thanks largely to his standout defense, LeMahieu retained a regular role throughout 2014 for the Rockies, playing a career-high 149 games and leading all NL second basemen in both Defensive Runs Saved and Ultimate Zone Rating en route to his first Gold Glove. Unfortunately, this was of little relevance in the fantasy realm, where LeMahieu’s minimal power (25 extra-base hits in 538 plate appearances) and presence in the bottom third of the order deflated his counting stats. LeMahieu even noticed a decent-sized drop in the offensive categories he’d typically been an asset, as an increased strikeout rate led to a 13-point drop in his batting average from 2013, while decreased efficiency on the basepaths (10-for-20 on steal attempts) made him more reluctant to run as the season progressed. The 26-year-old’s tremendous glove should grant him the upper hand in remaining atop the Rockies' depth chart at second base, but even with the added benefit of calling Coors Field his home park, LeMahieu will struggle to emerge as much more than a lower-tier fantasy option at his position.
After Josh Rutledge flopped as the second baseman to start the season, LeMahieu stepped in to provide an immediate upgrade with a steady batting average and excellent glovework. Those attributes were to be expected based on what LeMahieu had delivered a season prior, but new manager Walt Weiss’s more aggressive approach on the basepaths allowed the second baseman to showcase another dimension of his game with 18 stolen bases. The inability to draw walks and a lack of power will continue to inhibit LeMahieu’s fantasy appeal, but in deeper leagues, his above-average contributions in two categories are enough to warrant attention at the middle-infield spot. In recognition of his strong 2013 showing, LeMahieu should be the frontrunner for the Opening Day second base job, but even if he loses out to Rutledge once again, he should see ample usage in a utility role.
LeMahieu redeemed himself following an uninspiring first callup to the Rockies in May, batting .316 after the All-Star break while becoming a defensive standout at second base, making just two errors in 311 chances. Those numbers were nice, but because LeMahieu lacks even low-end power or speed, he was a virtual non-entity in fantasy despite playing regularly in the second half. LeMahieu's mediocre on-base skills will make it difficult to sustain last season's lofty batting average, which would strip him of nearly all his value. If that does not happen, the move of Josh Rutledge to second base almost surely will, as LeMahieu projects this season as little more than a utility infielder, likely replacing Jordan Pacheco on defense in the later innings.
With little power to speak of and poor on-base skills, it's hard to see a lot of upside for LeMahieu even in Coors Field after he was traded to Colorado in the Tyler Colvin deal. LeMahieu does make good contact, so he's a fair bet to hit for average, but he doesn't run much, and the lack of walks limits his capacity to score runs. He could be in the running the second-base job this spring, but you're better off gambling on Chris Nelson or Eric Young, Jr.
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Records three hits in win
2BColorado Rockies
September 11, 2018
LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBI in Monday's win over the Diamondbacks.
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Cranks solo home run
2BColorado Rockies
September 1, 2018
LeMahieu went 1-for-5 with a solo home run against the Padres on Saturday.
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Provides grand slam in loss
2BColorado Rockies
August 28, 2018
LeMahieu went 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBI and two runs Monday in the Rockies' 10-7 loss to the Angels.
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Reaches base three times
2BColorado Rockies
August 25, 2018
LeMahieu went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored against the Cardinals on Saturday.
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Day off Friday
2BColorado Rockies
August 24, 2018
LeMahieu will head to the bench for Friday's contest against the Cardinals, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
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