Jake Bauers
Jake Bauers
23-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Cleveland Indians
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
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in March of 2018. Traded to the Indians in December of 2018.
Hits for cycle in win
1BCleveland Indians
June 14, 2019
Bauers went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, home run, four RBI and two runs scored Friday against Detroit.
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It was a historic night for Bauers, who doubled home a run in the second inning, tripled in a run in the fourth, and parked a two-run blast in the eighth to complete the cycle. The 23-year-old's .222/.305/.384 slash line through 64 games with eight homers and 26 RBI remains poor despite the big performance.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
8
3
3
23
7
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
4
7
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+11%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+24%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .639 183 18 6 18 0 .191 .275 .364
Since 2017vs Right .712 452 58 13 56 8 .215 .324 .388
2019vs Left .695 77 8 4 10 0 .211 .273 .423
2019vs Right .667 170 20 4 16 2 .221 .312 .356
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+45%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .696 348 40 10 41 7 .214 .323 .373
Since 2017Away .685 287 36 9 33 1 .202 .294 .391
2019Home .557 129 11 3 12 1 .181 .264 .293
2019Away .810 118 17 5 14 1 .260 .339 .471
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
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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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 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
0.36
 
BB Rate
9.7%
 
K Rate
26.7%
 
BABIP
.272
 
ISO
.159
 
AVG
.218
 
OBP
.300
 
SLG
.377
 
OPS
.677
 
wOBA
.302
 
Exit Velocity
86.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.0%
 
Barrels/PA
3.7%
 
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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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Sitting Saturday
1BCleveland Indians
June 8, 2019
Bauers is not in Saturday's lineup against the Yankees, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Sitting out Sunday
1BCleveland Indians
May 26, 2019
Bauers is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Hits two-run homer
1BCleveland Indians
May 22, 2019
Bauers went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in a 7-2 loss to the Athletics on Wednesday.
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Moves into cleanup spot
1BCleveland Indians
May 22, 2019
Bauers will start at first base and bat cleanup Wednesday against the Athletics.
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Benched versus lefty
1BCleveland Indians
May 20, 2019
Bauers is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Athletics, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports.
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