DJ LeMahieu
DJ LeMahieu
32-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
New York Yankees
2021 Fantasy Outlook
LeMahieu eclipsed his superb first season in New York with a better one, posting a career-best .364/.421/.590 slash line, claiming the AL batting crown and finishing third on the MVP ballot. His 177 wRC+ ranked fourth in the league, and bested both players (Jose Ramirez and Jose Abreu) who finished ahead of him in the voting. He ranked third among qualified batters with an 89.9 Contact% while posting the second-best strikeout rate (9.7%). LeMahieu's barrel rate (2.9%) and average launch angle (2.3 degrees) hardly resemble that of a power hitter, but he took advantage of the Yankee Stadium right-field short-porch -- his 361-foot average HR distance was third-lowest in MLB -- to post a career-best 19.5 AB/HR. Replicating that rate is far from guaranteed, even after signing a long-term deal to stay in New York, but his bat-to-ball skills are elite and make LeMahieu one of baseball's most reliable hitters. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#28
ADP
$Signed a six-year, $90 million contract with the Yankees in January of 2021.
Emerging from season-long slump
2BNew York Yankees
June 14, 2021
LeMahieu went 2-for-4 in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia for his fourth multi-hit game over his past five contests.
ANALYSIS
One of the most surprising early season developments for the Yankees has been LeMahieu's struggles at the plate. Through his first 56 contests, he was batting a meager .253 after posting a career-best and AL-leading .364 average in 2020. The veteran has begun to turn things around of late, however, raising his average eight points since June 8 and collecting exactly two hits in four of his five games during that span. LeMahieu's decline this season has some substance behind it -- his 16.7 percent strikeout rate is on pace for his worst mark since 2015, and his .082 ISO pales in comparison to the .226 mark he posted last season -- but there is still plenty of time for him to turn things around. Fantasy managers who used substantial draft capital to add LeMahieu to their 2021 squad may be best served to hope his recent offensive surge builds rather than to cast him off after his slow start.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs RHP
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20
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .946 310 48 12 43 3 .343 .403 .543
Since 2019vs Right .837 823 134 28 104 7 .310 .363 .474
2021vs Left .685 91 9 2 8 0 .256 .319 .366
2021vs Right .674 184 25 2 11 2 .264 .342 .331
2020vs Left 1.005 42 7 0 4 0 .395 .452 .553
2020vs Right 1.039 161 32 10 22 3 .363 .416 .623
2019vs Left 1.066 177 32 10 31 3 .375 .435 .631
2019vs Right .830 478 77 16 71 2 .310 .352 .477
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+66%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .943 556 106 29 80 4 .330 .392 .551
Since 2019Away .787 586 78 11 68 6 .306 .354 .433
2021Home .629 141 19 2 7 2 .248 .333 .296
2021Away .727 134 15 2 12 0 .275 .336 .392
2020Home 1.258 104 28 8 19 1 .415 .471 .787
2020Away .759 108 13 2 8 2 .306 .361 .398
2019Home .977 311 59 19 54 1 .338 .392 .585
2019Away .818 344 50 7 48 4 .318 .359 .459
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.59
 
BB Rate
9.8%
 
K Rate
16.7%
 
BABIP
.305
 
ISO
.082
 
AVG
.261
 
OBP
.335
 
SLG
.343
 
OPS
.677
 
wOBA
.305
 
Exit Velocity
84.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.4%
 
Barrels/PA
3.0%
 
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When LeMahieu signed with the Yankees last January, many expected his offensive output to decline without the benefit of 81 games at Coors Field. Instead, the 31-year-old put together an MVP-caliber season, ranking second in the American League with a .327 average and setting career highs in home runs (26), RBI (102), runs scored (109) and slugging percentage (.518). LeMahieu's flyball rate (26.2%) and average launch angle (6.7 degrees) don't fit the profile of a typical home-run hitter, but the veteran played the part by consistently mashing the ball, ranking 23rd in average exit velocity (91.7 mph) and posting a solid 40.4% hard-hit rate. LeMahieu's surprising 2019 home-run total should be viewed as a ceiling rather than an expectation, but his elite contact rate (85.5%) and presence atop New York's lineup bode well for another season of superb hitting and plenty of run-scoring opportunities.
LeMahieu flipped the script in 2018, bashing a career-high 15 homers despite two DL stints. It was a conscious decision to sell out for power, with LeMahieu doubling his launch angle en route to a 29.5% flyball rate, seven points above his career rate. It came with him sacrificing his all-fields contact, however, something even the Coors Effect couldn't mask. While LeMahieu's .271 average was solid, it was disappointing for a player drafted to be a pillar in the category after three consecutive .300-plus seasons. He landed in another favorable home park in Yankee Stadium, but LeMahieu is a .264/.311/.364 career road hitter -- he faces a stiff challenge to re-emerge as the batting-average stabilizer he once was, particularly if he maintains the new swing. Even with a more balanced plate approach, his counting totals will likely drop now that he's a super-utility player no longer buoyed by 82 games at altitude.
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.
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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Breaks homer drought
2BNew York Yankees
June 12, 2021
LeMahieu went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and double in Saturday's 8-7 loss to the Phillies.
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Endures rough game Sunday
2BNew York Yankees
June 7, 2021
LeMahieu went 0-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts Sunday in the Yankees' 6-5 loss to the Red Sox in 10 innings.
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Returns from paternity list
2BNew York Yankees
May 26, 2021
LeMahieu is batting leadoff and playing first base in Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays.
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Moves to paternity list
2BNew York Yankees
Personal
May 25, 2021
LeMahieu was placed on the paternity list Tuesday.
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Absent for birth of child
2BNew York Yankees
Personal
May 25, 2021
LeMahieu's absence from the lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto is due to the birth of his child, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
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