Marcus Semien
Marcus Semien
30-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Toronto Blue Jays
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Coming off a monster 2019 season in which he cranked 33 homers, Semien fell back down to Earth in 2020, slashing .223/.305/.374 with seven long balls, 23 RBI and four stolen bases in 53 contests. While his power numbers were down considerably (not unexpectedly) during the shortened season, his .223 batting average was far more concerning, as it was his lowest mark since the 2014 campaign. It was also disappointing to see his K% rise to 21.2% after improving to 13.7% in 2019 during arguably the most successful season of his career at the dish. While there were several concerning stats to point out at the dish a season ago, he turned just 30 in September and could benefit from a move to a robust Toronto lineup. Semien will move to second base after signing a one-year, $18 million deal with the Blue Jays. With eligibility at shortstop, he'll provide someone who can hit for average, put on a display of power or flash his speed on any given day. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#125
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$Signed a one-year, $18 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2021.
Productive once again
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June 13, 2021
Semien went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs in Sunday's 18-4 win over the Red Sox.
ANALYSIS
Semien has now recorded hits in each of the last six games, and he's homered in back-to-back contests. He's now slashing .294/.359/.530 with 15 home runs, 44 runs, 37 RBI and eight stolen bases in 2021.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
40
1
7
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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#9
15
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+11%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .889 332 53 15 44 2 .293 .367 .522
Since 2019vs Right .837 939 144 40 108 21 .268 .351 .486
2021vs Left .813 78 12 4 12 1 .288 .333 .479
2021vs Right .902 215 34 11 25 8 .291 .367 .534
2020vs Left .835 51 10 4 10 1 .239 .314 .522
2020vs Right .643 180 18 3 13 3 .219 .306 .338
2019vs Left .933 203 31 7 22 0 .309 .394 .539
2019vs Right .876 544 92 26 70 10 .276 .360 .516
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2021
Even Split
2020
 
 
+61%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .841 604 102 23 61 12 .268 .361 .480
Since 2019Away .859 667 95 32 91 11 .281 .351 .508
2021Home .877 124 23 6 15 4 .275 .363 .514
2021Away .878 169 23 9 22 5 .301 .355 .523
2020Home .521 111 14 2 5 2 .180 .261 .260
2020Away .841 120 14 5 18 2 .264 .350 .491
2019Home .928 369 65 15 41 6 .292 .390 .538
2019Away .857 378 58 18 51 4 .277 .349 .507
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Stat Review
How does Marcus Semien 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
0.38
 
BB Rate
9.0%
 
K Rate
24.0%
 
BABIP
.339
 
ISO
.232
 
AVG
.290
 
OBP
.354
 
SLG
.521
 
OPS
.875
 
wOBA
.379
 
Exit Velocity
83.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.9%
 
Barrels/PA
6.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Semien enjoyed a monster year in 2019 for the resurgent Athletics. He has always strived to play every day, and he's done that the past two years with consecutive seasons of 700-plus plate appearances. Yes, the run production was a noticeable difference for him last year, but he changed his approach at the plate and greatly reduced his strikeout rate from the low 20s to 14% in just two seasons. Semien pushed his average exit velocity up by two miles per hour over 2018, but the launch angle did not change, so this big surge is a credit to his overall approach rather than any one change. Projecting a third season of 700-plus plate appearances would be very dangerous, and the 2019 season really stands out from the consistently average production Semien had from 2015-2018. The real Semien is in between those two stat lines. If you project another level for him, you're saying he's a top-10 player.
Want to win a bet? Ask, "What nine players have double-digit homers and steals each of the last four seasons?" Most would miss Semien. Granted, his totals lag behind the others, but there's something to be said for reliability and consistency in today's landscape. Semien is two years removed from 2016's 27 homers, rendering it a likely outlier. The rest of his skill set is stable, save for an improving contact rate. This bodes well for a batting average limited by a weak hard-hit rate, supported by Statcast's exit velocity and barrels data. One element of Semien's game that's improved greatly is defense. Once a major liability, Semien's range and throwing took a huge step forward this past season, ingraining him at shortstop for the foreseeable future. A winning fantasy roster is about balance. Semien doesn't excel in any particular category, but his reliability offers roster stability so you can take chances elsewhere.
After hitting 27 home runs and stealing 10 bases in 2016, Semien missed 74 games in the first half of 2017 after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured bone in his right wrist. He did his best to erase doubts about his power potential afterward, though, clubbing all 10 of his home runs from last season over the final 74 games. While it doesn't appear that he'll put together a helpful batting average anytime soon - too many strikeouts and flyballs - his walk rate has improved in each of the last two seasons while his strikeout rate has remained almost flat. He's also stolen 10-to-12 bases in his last three seasons, which helps offset his plate woes. Many will fear his cavernous home ballpark, but he doesn't have drastic splits over his career. His improved defense since his horrible 2015 should keep him in a starting spot for Oakland, or whomever they may trade him to. Power-speed combos in the middle infield rarely price themselves as cheap as Semien should be on draft day.
Investors in Semien for 2016 cashed in as he set career highs in plate appearances, home runs, RBI, runs scored and slugging percentage, while he reached double-digit stolen bases for the second straight year. Even his former hatchet-job defense has improved, which should lock him into the lineup, where he mostly hit toward the top down the stretch last year. His production dipped in the second half, but the 19 first-half home runs linger as a reminder of his upside. To reach the next level, the 26-year-old must show he can do anything in the batting average column, which on the back of his weak batting eye and flyball profile doesn't look like an immediate avenue for growth. Speculators are better off hoping he steals more bags if he continues to bat near the top of the order. For owners who can take the batting average hit, Semien will settle in as a midrange shortstop in mixed leagues who could repeat his returns from last year.
Semien, acquired by Oakland in the Jeff Samardzija trade, was slotted into the lineup as the everyday shortstop for the A's. He started the season hot, then struggled in June and July before righting the ship down the stretch. The final product of all those ups and down was useful especially when factoring in his eligibility at three infield positions. The big issue was the astounding numbers of errors he made at shortstop. Semien led all of baseball with 35 errors, eight more than anyone else at any position, but he improved a lot after the A's hired Ron Washington to tutor Semien at short. After a brutal 28 errors in 89 games before the All-Star break, he only made the seven the rest of the season. That second half may have saved Semien's role heading into 2016, and as a speed/power combo at a middle-infield position, his stock may rise steadily throughout the spring.
Expectations were fairly high for Semien entering the 2014 season after he get on base at over a .400 clip between Double-A and Triple-A in 2013. Unfortunately, he might have been rushed to the major leagues too early. Semien was the White Sox's Opening Day second baseman after Gordon Beckham got hurt and served in a utility role after Beckham returned. Semien struck out in 31 percent of his plate appearances, hardly walked and was back at Triple-A Charlotte by June 2. However, the A's saw something they liked and included him in a trade for Jeff Samardzija. In an ideal world, he plays regularly while posting doubles power and an above-average OBP. He'll get a chance to prove he can do that, as he's expected to compete for the starting shortstop job in Oakland.
Semien is the latest White Sox prospect to run the minor league gamut. He finished 2012 in virtual obscurity at High-A, but he found his way into 21 September contests for the big league club. Stellar plate discipline helped him make is way to the top (98:90 BB:K in 137 minor league games), but this skill faded a bit against better pitching (1:22 BB:K in his September audition). His struggles continued into the Arizona Fall League, and he likely needs a bit more seasoning before he is ready for a regular MLB role. Still, the White Sox's lack of depth at third base could force him into action at some point again in 2014.
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Blasts two-run homer
SSToronto Blue Jays
June 12, 2021
Semien went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Red Sox.
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On base three times Friday
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June 12, 2021
Semien went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Friday's loss to the Red Sox.
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Reaches base four times
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May 30, 2021
Semien went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk in Sunday's win over Cleveland.
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Slams 13th home run
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May 27, 2021
Semien went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Yankees.
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Reaches 30 RBI in 2021
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May 24, 2021
Semien went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Monday's loss to the Rays.
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