Jose Pirela
Jose Pirela
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Diego Padres
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $509,300 contract with the Padres in March of 2016.
Collects three hits in loss
OFSan Diego Padres
August 23, 2018
Pirela went 3-for-5 with two RBI in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Rockies.
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Pirela raised his batting average to .254 in 390 at-bats this season after hitting a solid .288 across 312 at-bats in 2017. The 28-year-old has scored 52 runs and slapped 27 extra-base hits.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+70%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .777 249 33 6 19 3 .271 .337 .440
Since 2016vs Right .677 584 64 7 51 6 .256 .306 .371
2018vs Left .700 150 21 2 11 2 .254 .327 .373
2018vs Right .607 298 31 1 19 3 .247 .292 .315
2017vs Left .928 90 11 4 8 1 .305 .367 .561
2017vs Right .805 254 32 6 32 3 .283 .340 .465
2016vs Left .556 9 1 0 0 0 .222 .222 .333
2016vs Right .328 32 1 0 0 0 .133 .161 .167
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+53%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .688 417 52 5 33 3 .246 .310 .378
Since 2016Away .723 417 45 8 37 6 .274 .320 .403
2018Home .612 233 30 0 12 3 .226 .305 .308
2018Away .660 216 22 3 18 2 .272 .301 .359
2017Home .802 172 22 5 21 0 .278 .327 .475
2017Away .873 172 21 5 19 4 .299 .366 .506
2016Home .500 12 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .333
2016Away .327 29 2 0 0 0 .148 .179 .148
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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.
BB/K
0.36
 
BB Rate
6.6%
 
K Rate
18.6%
 
BABIP
.301
 
ISO
.084
 
AVG
.247
 
OBP
.301
 
SLG
.331
 
OPS
.632
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Nabs steal in start
OFSan Diego Padres
August 23, 2018
Pirela went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Wednesday's loss to Colorado.
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Not capitalizing on added opportunities
OFSan Diego Padres
August 5, 2018
Pirela will start at second base and hit eighth Sunday against the Cubs.
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Falls into platoon role
OFSan Diego Padres
July 8, 2018
Pirela is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
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Hits third homer
OFSan Diego Padres
July 7, 2018
Pirela went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Diamondbacks.
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Out of Friday's lineup
OFSan Diego Padres
July 6, 2018
Pirela is out of Friday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.
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