Jake Bauers
23-Year-Old First Baseman1B
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Bauers is not your prototypical first baseman. He does not hit with the power that we associate with the position, but he has better-than-average pop. He has enough athleticism to play both first base and the outfield, and has stolen 36 bases over the past two seasons. He has had double-digit home runs and steals in each of the past two seasons, most of which has been spent at Triple-A Durham. His rookie season was a disappointment, hurt mostly by a terrible stretch over the summer where he became a three-true-outcome player. Over 85 plate appearances in August and September, Bauers hit .058/.202/.072. He struggles against lefties, and will likely be platooned even following an offseason trade to the Indians. One has to hope the summer struggles were an adjustment period and not a sign of things to come. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in March of 2018. Traded to the Indians in December of 2018.
Collects five RBI
1BCleveland Indians
March 13, 2019
Bauers went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and five RBI during Wednesday's spring game against the Royals.
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Bauers has struck out 10 times in 29 at-bats thus far in spring but came up huge for the Indians on Wednesday. The 23-year-old should see regular time in Cleveland this season between first base, the outfield and designated hitter after being acquired from Tampa Bay in December. Bauers slashed .201/.316/.384 with 11 home runs in 96 games with the Rays last season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+24%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+24%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .595 106 10 2 8 0 .176 .276 .319
Since 2016vs Right .740 282 38 9 40 6 .211 .331 .409
2018vs Left .595 106 10 2 8 0 .176 .276 .319
2018vs Right .740 282 38 9 40 6 .211 .331 .409
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .782 219 29 7 29 6 .235 .358 .425
Since 2016Away .595 169 19 4 19 0 .160 .262 .333
2018Home .782 219 29 7 29 6 .235 .358 .425
2018Away .595 169 19 4 19 0 .160 .262 .333
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Jake Bauers 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
0.52
 
BB Rate
13.9%
 
K Rate
26.8%
 
BABIP
.252
 
ISO
.183
 
AVG
.201
 
OBP
.316
 
SLG
.384
 
OPS
.700
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
If the ball stays juiced, Bauers could end up being one of the most underrated prospects in the minors. He has an elite approach and quality hit tool, which could lead to on-base percentages north of .360. Bauers is an average runner with great instincts on the bases -- a rare skill for a Triple-A first baseman. He also has above-average raw power, but doesn't access all of it in games yet. This is where he becomes impossible to project. If Jesse Winker can get to the big leagues and hit seven home runs in 47 games, then Bauers is capable of being a 20-plus homer bat from Day 1, but it's unclear if this power environment will continue in perpetuity. The outfield experiment was a flop, and he should take the reins as the everyday big-league first baseman early in his age-22 season. His plate skills and modest speed contributions provide a solid floor, but his power output will determine whether he is a sought after fantasy first baseman or a corner-infield replacement option in standard leagues.
Bauers' 2016 numbers with Double-A Montgomery may not jump out at a glance, but considering his age relative to level, it was a highly successful campaign. The 21-year-old outfielder/first baseman's OBP represented a 41-point improvement over the number he generated in his 285-plate appearance sample at the Double-A level in 2015 -- a product of Bauers walking a career-high 73 times over 581 plate appearances (pushing his walk rate from 7.4 percent to 12.6 percent). He also showed an ability to make consistent contact, striking out at just a 15.3 percent clip. Bauers figures to start 2017 back at Montgomery, and whether he will stick at his corner infield spot or settle permanently in the outfield remains in question. He may have better overall long-term viability in the latter role, as the lefty hitter doesn't project to hit for elite power at the highest level, although there is still room for projection in that department.
Simply put, first base prospects have to hit a lot to make it in the big leagues. Nobody questions Bauers' hit tool, but forget plus power, he may not even have above-average power. Every now and then a player like James Loney or Casey Kotchman is able to carve out a career as a starting first baseman despite never hitting 20 home runs in a season, but it is a pretty rare feat. Additionally, those players are usually afterthoughts in fantasy. The fact that Bauers hit .276 in 285 plate appearances at Double-A as a 19-year-old is incredibly impressive, but that does not change his long-term outlook. He played the outfield in the Arizona Fall League, where his offensive profile would be a better fit, but it remains to be seen if he has the ability to handle an outfield corner in the upper levels. If he remains a first baseman, he will be a low-upside option, due to the lack of projectable power, but he becomes more interesting in dynasty leagues if there is a permanent transition to the outfield.
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Traded to Cleveland
1BCleveland Indians
December 13, 2018
The Rays traded Bauers to Cleveland on Thursday as part of a three-team deal with the Mariners, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Viewed as primary option at first
1BTampa Bay Rays
December 12, 2018
General manager Erik Neander said Bauers is "our guy" at first base heading into 2019, Juan Toribio of The Athletic reports.
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Finishes rookie season on high note
1BTampa Bay Rays
September 30, 2018
Bauers went 3-for-3 with a two-run ground-rule double, a walk and two runs in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
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Not in Saturday's lineup
1BTampa Bay Rays
September 29, 2018
Bauers is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Out of lineup Tuesday
1BTampa Bay Rays
September 25, 2018
Bauers is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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