Jake Bauers

Jake Bauers

26-Year-Old First Baseman1B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Bauers came to the big leagues in 2018 with a good track record of hitting and a reputation for a willingness to accept his walks from opposing pitchers. Through two seasons at the big-league level, the walk rate has stuck, but little else has. He has been overmatched by most pitchers and has not hit for much power. Those two things coupled with below-average defensive abilities kept him off the major-league roster in 2020 as Bauers could not get out of the alternative camp. Bauers has shown no ability to hit lefty pitching, and has not done much with the time he has been afforded against righties either. He is out of minor-league options, so 2021 becomes a make-or-break time for him in Cleveland. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#586
ADP
$Traded to the Mariners in June of 2021.
Cast off 40-man roster
1BSeattle Mariners  
October 27, 2021
The Mariners outrighted Bauers to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday.
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After being acquired from Cleveland on June 10, Bauers proceeded to hit .220 with two home runs and six stolen bases across 182 at-bats with the Mariners. The lack of power from a corner-outfield bat made it tough for the Mariners to justify keeping Bauers on the 40-man roster heading into the offseason, and none of baseball's other 29 organizations were willing to dedicate a spot to the 26-year-old either when he was available on waivers. Bauers should still get the chance to compete for a bench role with the Mariners in spring training, assuming he doesn't elect free agency.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
6
4
22
15
11
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
5
3
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2020
No Stats
2019
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .630 197 19 5 17 1 .231 .284 .346
Since 2019vs Right .633 540 54 11 45 8 .214 .309 .324
2021vs Left .537 69 6 0 3 1 .231 .275 .262
2021vs Right .575 245 21 4 16 5 .203 .294 .281
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left .682 128 13 5 14 0 .231 .289 .393
2019vs Right .683 295 33 7 29 3 .224 .322 .361
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+49%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+43%
OPS on Road
2020
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2019
 
 
+51%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .506 353 34 6 22 4 .176 .252 .254
Since 2019Away .752 384 39 10 40 5 .260 .349 .403
2021Home .467 155 14 1 5 2 .188 .245 .222
2021Away .667 159 13 3 14 4 .232 .333 .333
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home .538 198 20 5 17 2 .166 .258 .280
2019Away .812 225 26 7 26 1 .279 .360 .452
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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 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
9.6%
 
K Rate
24.8%
 
BABIP
.275
 
ISO
.067
 
AVG
.209
 
OBP
.290
 
SLG
.277
 
OPS
.566
 
wOBA
.260
 
Exit Velocity
81.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.5%
 
Barrels/PA
5.2%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jake Bauers
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134 days ago
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170 days ago
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184 days ago
Erik Siegrist reviews the American League free-agent pool as Cleveland adds some long-simmering prospects to its lineup.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Indians acquired Bauers from the Rays last offseason, intrigued by his plate discipline and athleticism. They knew Bauers exhibited contact issues and unfortunately, they persisted throughout the 2019 season. Bauers failed to build on his rookie campaign, eventually being sent to Triple-A Columbus for most of August. His patience waned as his walk rate dropped from 13.9% in 2018 to 10.6%. It wasn't all bad as the lefty improved quality of contact versus southpaws, slugging better against same-side pitching. Bauers' minor-league strikeout rate was 17.1%, so there's room to improve on his career 24.6% MLB mark. Despite struggling previously in the outfield, Bauers' best path to regular action is left field with Carlos Santana and Franmil Reyes earmarked for first base and designated hitter. There's playing time available, but to this point Bauers has done little to instill confidence he'll take advantage.
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.
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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Homers in win
1BSeattle Mariners  
September 20, 2021
Bauers went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 7-1 win over the Royals.
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Delivers in extras Sunday
1BSeattle Mariners  
September 6, 2021
Bauers entered Sunday's extra-innings win over the Diamondbacks as a pinch hitter in the top of the 11th and laced a two-run double while also subsequently scoring a run.
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Riding pine Wednesday
1BSeattle Mariners  
September 1, 2021
Bauers isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Astros.
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Not starting Monday
1BSeattle Mariners  
August 30, 2021
Bauers isn't starting Monday's game against the Astros.
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Slides into large-side platoon role
1BSeattle Mariners  
August 29, 2021
Bauers will start in left field and bat ninth Sunday against the Royals.
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