Jose Pirela
Jose Pirela
29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Philadelphia Phillies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Despite a breakout 2017 campaign, there were concerns with Pirela heading into 2018, several of which proved prescient. His 13.2% HR/FB mark in 2017 seemed out of whack, especially with Pirela playing home games in Petco Park. Considering he customarily hits flyballs at around a 30% rate, a sharp power drop was feared, and came to fruition. A 4-for-7 stolen-base success rate two years ago limited his 2018 chances as he finished 6-for-9. Further impeding Pirela's 2018 campaign was a big decline in BABIP despite a similar batted-ball profile. Last season was probably Pirela's last chance to show he's more than a utility guy able to play in the infield and outfield. The Padres have a logjam in the outfield and are grooming a Luis Urias/Fernando Tatis Jr. middle infield. Pirela will likely find some playing time, though not as much as the previous two seasons. Even if his average rebounds, there's little category juice. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Padres in March of 2019. Traded to the Phillies in July of 2019.
Delivers two-run homer
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
September 17, 2019
Pirela went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run Tuesday against the Braves.
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Pirela drew a rare start and took advantage by going yard against Dallas Keuchel in the fourth inning. He presumably drew the start ahead of Adam Haseley and Jay Bruce due to southpaw Dallas Keuchel taking the mound. He isn't likely to see regular playing time to close the season as Scott Kingery is also capable of shifting to the outfield to cover for Corey Dickerson (foot).
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .813 266 34 8 22 3 .279 .346 .467
Since 2017vs Right .681 575 64 8 52 7 .256 .305 .376
2019vs Left 1.095 14 1 1 2 0 .333 .429 .667
2019vs Right .000 10 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2018vs Left .724 162 22 3 12 2 .260 .327 .397
2018vs Right .605 311 32 2 20 4 .243 .286 .318
2017vs Left .928 90 11 4 8 1 .305 .367 .561
2017vs Right .805 254 32 6 32 3 .283 .340 .465
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+307%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .681 429 53 6 34 4 .241 .304 .377
Since 2017Away .764 412 45 10 40 6 .285 .333 .432
2019Home .250 12 0 0 0 0 .083 .083 .167
2019Away 1.017 12 1 1 2 0 .300 .417 .600
2018Home .616 245 31 1 13 4 .223 .298 .318
2018Away .674 228 23 4 19 2 .275 .303 .372
2017Home .802 172 22 5 21 0 .278 .327 .475
2017Away .873 172 21 5 19 4 .299 .366 .506
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Stat Review
How does Jose Pirela 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
0.29
 
BB Rate
8.3%
 
K Rate
29.2%
 
BABIP
.214
 
ISO
.182
 
AVG
.182
 
OBP
.250
 
SLG
.364
 
OPS
.614
 
wOBA
.272
 
Exit Velocity
86.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.3%
 
Barrels/PA
8.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
2015
Pirela is an enigma. After fizzling out with the Yankees, he was non-tendered by the Padres last winter. Pirela ultimately re-signed with San Diego on a minor-league deal and forced his way to the big leagues by slashing .331/.387/.635 in 48 games at Triple-A. To the surprise of many, he carried that success over to the highest level, hitting for impressive power even at Petco Park, which was the second-worst park for home runs (five homers, .196 ISO at home). His strikeout rate was manageable at just over 20 percent and he walked at a useful clip (7.8 percent), with everything totaling up to a 122 wRC+ and 2.1 fWAR in 83 games. Was it a mirage? There are concerns: 31.5 percent flyball rate, 57 percent stolen-base rate and a lack of track record. He will be competing with Franchy Cordero, Alex Dickerson and Travis Jankowski for the starting job in left field this spring, and figures to be the heavy favorite based on last year's success.
Pirela spent most of 2016 on the minor league DL due to plantar fasciitis, but he took a step back at Triple-A El Paso in the 35 games he was able to play, hitting just .248/.295/.387 in his first run in the Pacific Coast League. Much of his value to big league organizations comes with his defensive versatility, though last season at El Paso, he spent more time in the outfield than ever before despite seeing most of his time with the Padres at second base. With the expected return of Cory Spangenberg from injury and the emergence of Ryan Schimpf, Pirela figures to spend the bulk of 2017 in the minors after re-upping with the Padres on a minor league deal this offseason. A right-handed hitter, Pirela has a .301/.352/.428 line over four years at the Triple-A level, but he's posted a .568 OPS in 59 big league games with the Yankees and Padres since debuting in 2014. It's fair to wonder if he will ever hit enough against big league pitching to become more than a part-time player.
Pirela was expected to begin last season as a utility infield option for the Yankees, and perhaps even challenge Stephen Drew for a platoon role at second base, but a concussion suffered in spring training ended up impacting the rest of his season. Once he returned in May, he struggled in the early going before being sent down to the minors, and he continued going back and forth between Triple-A and the majors for the remainder of the season. As he enters his age-26 season, Pirela has impressed at the upper levels of the minors but hasn't been able to translate that level of play to the big league club. The Padres saw something they liked as they traded for him in the offseason and he'll be in the mix for a infield job this spring.
Pirela impressed at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, putting himself on the radar for the Yankees as a potential fit for a bench role in 2015, and even earning a brief callup in September. Most likely, the organization will address the vacancy at second base via free agency, but the right-handed hitting infielder delivered double-digit homers and steals at Triple-A while splitting most of his playing time between the keystone and left field. Pirela doesn't walk often, but he puts a lot of balls in play and has consistently maintained that profile while ascending through the upper levels of the minor leagues. An Opening Day utility role isn't out of the question, depending on the team's alternatives during spring training.
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Headed to majors
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
September 3, 2019
Pirela was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Dealt to Phillies
OFSan Diego Padres
July 27, 2019
Pirela was traded from the Padres to the Phillies on Saturday in exchange for cash.
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Removed from 40-man roster
OFSan Diego Padres
July 22, 2019
Pirela was designated for assignment by the Padres on Monday.
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Extends hitting streak to 14 games
OFSan Diego Padres
June 21, 2019
Pirela went 1-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts in Triple-A El Paso's win over Tacoma on Thursday.
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Activated and optioned
OFSan Diego Padres
Oblique
June 11, 2019
Pirela (oblique) has gone 12-for-30 with five home runs, two doubles, nine RBI and eight runs through the first eight games with Triple-A El Paso.
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