Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu

34-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Chicago White Sox
2022 Fantasy Outlook
After an MVP season in 2020, Abreu went back to being his normal, still-incredible self in 2021. He hit his 30 homers and contended for the league lead in RBI, finishing second behind Salvador Perez. His batting average was a career-low .261 due in large part to a career-low .293 BABIP. There is no major red flag here, but there are several small issues: a six-year high in his GB%; the second-highest Pull% of his career (i.e. hits into the shift more); his sprint speed and home-to-first times were his slowest in five years. It's tough to project any improvement as he enters his age-35 season. The hope will be that he simply maintains and doesn't fall off a cliff. All of his power metrics stayed constant. His walk and strikeout rates were career bests. It should just be more of the same from this middle-of-the-order power bat, though his batting average may end up closer to .250 than .300. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $50 million contract extension with the White Sox in November of 2019.
Starting Game 1
1BChicago White Sox
October 7, 2021
Abreu (illness) is starting Game 1 of the ALDS against the Astros on Thursday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Abreu was sidelined for Sunday's regular-season finale after he experienced flu-like symptoms, but he went through warmups ahead of Thursday's game and was deemed ready to play. He'll serve as the designated hitter and bat third in Game 1.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
76
36
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
20
20
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+31%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .985 386 62 24 78 0 .323 .386 .599
Since 2019vs Right .822 1219 152 58 222 3 .269 .333 .489
2021vs Left .969 153 28 11 30 0 .294 .366 .603
2021vs Right .788 506 58 19 87 1 .251 .346 .442
2020vs Left .950 51 7 4 17 0 .277 .333 .617
2020vs Right 1.026 202 36 15 43 0 .339 .386 .640
2019vs Left 1.009 182 27 9 31 0 .360 .418 .591
2019vs Right .772 511 58 24 92 2 .257 .299 .472
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .909 774 100 41 145 0 .290 .364 .544
Since 2019Away .817 826 114 41 152 3 .274 .328 .489
2021Home .894 326 45 18 63 0 .257 .368 .526
2021Away .772 333 41 12 54 1 .265 .333 .439
2020Home .957 113 16 8 22 0 .321 .363 .594
2020Away 1.057 135 27 11 35 0 .328 .385 .672
2019Home .905 335 39 15 60 0 .309 .361 .544
2019Away .769 358 46 18 63 2 .262 .302 .467
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Stat Review
How does Jose Abreu 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
0.43
 
BB Rate
9.3%
 
K Rate
21.7%
 
BABIP
.293
 
ISO
.219
 
AVG
.261
 
OBP
.351
 
SLG
.481
 
OPS
.831
 
wOBA
.361
 
Exit Velocity
83.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
38.3%
 
Barrels/PA
7.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Abreu has been a very consistent run producer in his time with the South Siders. Outside of his injury-impacted 2018 season, he has always hit for a high average and driven in plenty of runs, and 2020 was no different. Abreu earned American League MVP honors after leading a resurgent White Sox lineup, driving in a run per game with either career-best numbers or pacing toward career best levels nearly across the board. His Statcast measures show elite level rankings in exit velocity, barrels, hard-hit rate and all of the expected stats. There is value in the consistency which Abreu brings to the table, but now that consistency is coming on the heels of a huge year. He will once again anchor a talented Chicago lineup, hit his homers and drive in plenty of runs, but there will zero discount on Abreu in 2021, so plan accordingly. He should be viewed as an offensive foundation to build your team around.
Abreu has been an underrated model of consistency through his first six seasons in the majors, playing at least 145 games and batting at least .280 with 25-plus home runs and 100-plus RBI in all but one of those years. Thanks in part to good health and breakouts from Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada, Abreu established a new career high with 123 RBI, making him the surprise AL leader in the category. Though the 33-year-old Abreu has now reached the point where power-oriented first base/DH types often begin to tail off, his 2019 batting profile doesn't sound any major alarms. His walk (5.2%) and strikeout (21.9%) rates were roughly in line with his career marks, and his hard-hit (40.7%) and barrel (12.8%) rates were actually personal highs. After reupping with the Pale Hose on a three-year deal this offseason, Abreu should be a good bet to once again finish as a top-10 fantasy first baseman.
In mid-August, Abreu appeared primed to make history as just the third player ever to hit 25 homers and drive in 100 runs in five consecutive seasons to begin his big-league career (joining Albert Pujols and Joe DiMaggio). Unfortunately, a lower-abdominal/groin issue required surgery and he only made it back for six games in September before a thigh infection put him right back on the shelf. While he didn't quite reach those lofty thresholds, Abreu still had a solid season by any standard. It wasn't quite what we'd seen from Abreu in the past -- his 114 wRC+ was a career low and he lost close to 40 points of batting average -- but the production was still plenty valuable. The strikeout rate ticked up a little and it's probably unwise to expect Abreu to get back to .300, but he should still be an easy plus in that category and three others. First base as a whole fell off in 2018 and Abreu is a clear top-10 option at the position.
When the White Sox signed Abreu as an international free agent before the 2014 season, their expectation was that they had found a steady middle-of-the-order run producer to anchor their lineup for years to come. Through four seasons, he's lived up to the hype, but his 2017 campaign was his best since his debut, as he eclipsed the .900 OPS mark for the second time in his career. Across the board, he nearly matched his career slash line (.301/.359/.524), with a slight increase in his slugging percentage (.552) thanks to 33 homers and a career-high 43 doubles. In addition to driving in 100 runs for the fourth time in his career, Abreu scored a career-best 95 runs on a team that ranked in the bottom-third of the category. As the rebuilding effort continues on the south side of Chicago, Abreu will remain a cornerstone in the lineup. Another .300, 30-homer, 100-RBI season should be within reach, but he's more likely to score 80 runs than 100.
After three seasons, Abreu's name feels as if it has more value than his actual numbers. His 2014 season was outstanding, and 2015 was pretty good as well, but 2016 feels like a disappointment. Sure, he drove in 100 runs, taking advantage of the opportunities provided to him and hit .293. Yet, in a year where many were hitting 20-plus homers, Abreu hit 25 despite missing only three games all year. His Isolated Power and HR/FB ratio has declined each season he has been in the majors. His GB/FB rate has always been high, but he got away with it when he was hitting one out of every four or five flyballs out of the yard. Last season, that fell to one in every six flyballs which caps his power upside. All the pieces are there, but he has to get more distance on his batted balls to get back to the 30-homer plateau.
With a 30-home run, 101-RBI campaign in 2015, Abreu joined Albert Pujols as the only players to hit at least 30 home runs and accumulate 100 RBI in each of their first two seasons. Of course, Abreu was 27 when he made his major league debut and Pujols was 21, but the feat emphasizes the fact that Abreu landed stateside as an elite hitter in his prime. Abreu was consistent all season long, generally hitting five home runs per month and batting somewhere between .274 and .304. He struggled against lefties in 2015 (.658 OPS), but that split was 1.098 in 2014. So while perhaps a vulnerability was indeed exposed, we can still expect a slight rebound in 2016. Heading into 2016, he profiles as the team’s starting first baseman and No. 3 hitter, and as 2015 proved, he can still put up stats without a stellar supporting cast.
Things could not have gone much better for Abreu in his first MLB season. The Cuban expat entered the year with some questions about whether his swing would hold up to advanced pitching, but Abreu displayed an advanced work ethic that made the transition nearly seamless. He raced to 29 home runs before making the AL All-Star squad, and finished his Rookie of the Year campaign leading the majors with a .581 slugging percentage. He proved himself to be more than just a slugger in the second half, hitting .350 after the break. He swings more than you would like and misses more than he should, so it would not be a surprise to see his average suffer a bit in 2015 if he can not sustain his .356 BABIP. However, his power should continue to rank him in the upper echelon of AL first basemen in 2015, and he should have a spot in the heart of the White Sox's order for several years to come.
Abreu enters 2014 as one of the bigger mysteries of the season. The newest Cuban superstar to make the trek to MLB is a bit different than the other recent players to defect. He is less athletic than Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes, and he is also quite a bit older than Puig and a year older than Cespedes was upon his arrival two seasons ago. However, Abreu does come to the states with more alleged raw power. He hit 37 home runs in back-to-back Cuban seasons, and he hit .342/.457/.621 over 799 career games in that league. The scouting reports vary in terms of how those numbers will translate to the big leagues, and some question how he will fare against major league breaking balls. He excelled in the 2013 World Baseball Classic with three home runs and a 1.145 OPS in 25 at-bats. The variance on his projections will likely be great, but he should be projected to start at first and bat somewhere in the middle-third of the White Sox's lineup.
Abreu set the single-season mark for home runs at 33 in 2010-11 in the Serie Nationale - the top professional league in Cuba - and was named the league's MVP
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Makes trip to Houston
1BChicago White Sox
Illness
October 6, 2021
Abreu (illness) joined the White Sox in Houston ahead of the team's American League Divisional Series with the Astros, but he's uncertain to start in Game 1 on Thursday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Battling minor illness
1BChicago White Sox
Illness
October 4, 2021
Abreu's absence from the lineup for the final game of the regular season Saturday against the Tigers was due to a non-COVID illness, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Not starting Sunday
1BChicago White Sox
October 3, 2021
Abreu is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.
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Homers, drives in four
1BChicago White Sox
October 1, 2021
Abreu went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and a walk in Friday's 8-1 win over Detroit.
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Retreats to bench for Game 2
1BChicago White Sox
September 23, 2021
Abreu isn't starting the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against Cleveland, Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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