Jose Pirela
Jose Pirela
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
San Diego Padres
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, $509,300 contract with the Padres in March of 2016.
Enjoying hot spring
2BSan Diego Padres
March 15, 2019
Pirela is 12-for-29 with two doubles, two triples and three home runs in 15 spring training games.
ANALYSIS
Pirela had a breakout season in 2017 with a .288/.347/.490 slash line in 83 games, but struggled during his first full season in the majors last year with a .249/.300/.345 line. The Padres' offseason additions of Manny Machado and Ian Kinsler severely impact Pirela's potential playing time, with prospects Luis Urias and Fernando Tatis Jr. also expected to see major-league roles this season. Pirela is likely slated for a utility role, and is doing his best in spring training to lock down his spot on the Opening Day roster.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2019
No Stats
2018
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .797 252 33 7 20 3 .276 .341 .456
Since 2017vs Right .693 565 64 8 52 7 .261 .310 .383
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2019
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2018
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .694 417 53 6 34 4 .246 .310 .384
Since 2017Away .757 400 44 9 38 6 .285 .330 .427
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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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
0.34
 
BB Rate
6.3%
 
K Rate
18.8%
 
BABIP
.301
 
ISO
.096
 
AVG
.249
 
OBP
.300
 
SLG
.345
 
OPS
.645
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Goes deep
2BSan Diego Padres
September 24, 2018
Pirela went 3-for-4 with a solo home run Monday against the Giants.
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Collects three hits in loss
2BSan 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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Nabs steal in start
2BSan 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
2BSan 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
2BSan Diego Padres
July 8, 2018
Pirela is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
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