Jordan Luplow
Jordan Luplow
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Luplow got into 37 games for the Pirates last season but failed to impress, hitting just .185/.272/.359. That line was good for a 72 wRC+, the exact same mark he recorded in his 27-game debut the season prior, though he was closer to league average against lefties. Optimism for Luplow's future is grounded in his Triple-A performance, as he's posted a strong .300/.378/.479 line with Indianapolis over the last two seasons. Traded to Cleveland over the offseason, he joins a team that lacks established bats in the outfield. In a lefty-heavy group, Luplow will be given the chance to earn a role on the short side of a platoon in an outfield corner. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018. Traded to the Indians in November of 2018.
Sitting Wednesday
OFCleveland Indians
May 22, 2019
Luplow is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Athletics.
ANALYSIS
Even though he'll be limited to a bench role in the series finale, Luplow saw his playing-time outlook improve after the Indians designated Carlos Gonzalez for assignment. With the veteran out of the picture, everyday spots in the outfield should both be available for Luplow and rookie Oscar Mercado -- at least until Tyler Naquin (calf) and/or Bradley Zimmer (side) return from the injured list. Mike Freeman will pick up a start in left field Wednesday in place of Luplow, but Freeman looks primed to handle more of a utility job moving forward.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
5
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
4
3
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+54%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+201%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .866 111 18 8 18 0 .230 .306 .560
Since 2017vs Right .563 156 16 3 10 3 .193 .263 .300
2019vs Left 1.181 40 8 5 9 0 .306 .375 .806
2019vs Right .393 37 4 0 1 1 .176 .216 .176
2018vs Left .707 42 7 1 2 0 .211 .286 .421
2018vs Right .577 61 9 2 5 2 .167 .262 .315
2017vs Left .664 29 3 2 7 0 .154 .241 .423
2017vs Right .658 58 3 1 4 0 .231 .293 .365
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+98%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .726 147 23 9 19 1 .204 .259 .467
Since 2017Away .638 120 11 2 9 2 .214 .308 .330
2019Home .761 44 8 3 6 0 .220 .273 .488
2019Away .851 33 4 2 4 1 .276 .333 .517
2018Home .597 65 11 3 5 1 .167 .231 .367
2018Away .686 38 5 0 2 1 .219 .342 .344
2017Home .901 38 4 3 8 0 .250 .289 .611
2017Away .456 49 2 0 3 0 .167 .265 .190
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Stat Review
How does Jordan Luplow 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
0.24
 
BB Rate
7.8%
 
K Rate
32.5%
 
BABIP
.293
 
ISO
.257
 
AVG
.243
 
OBP
.299
 
SLG
.500
 
OPS
.799
 
wOBA
.344
 
Exit Velocity
91.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.8%
 
Barrels/PA
6.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2016
While Luplow appears capable of handling the short side of an outfield platoon, the Pirates have three everyday outfielders and their top hitting prospect (Austin Meadows) is also an outfielder who is close to big-league ready. Luplow hit three home runs in 36 at-bats against lefties and four home runs in 124 at-bats against righties at Triple-A, which is why there is almost a 200-point gap between his OPS against southpaws (1.067) and righties (.869) despite almost identical on-base percentages against the two subsets. This same phenomenon occurred over a larger sample at Double-A and over a smaller sample in the majors. As a subpar defender, he may not be given a long leash against righties even in a situation lacking in outfield depth. But in Pittsburgh, it's really hard to see how he would garner an everyday role. If the Pirates can trade Andrew McCutchen, Luplow could enter the year starting against lefties, but even then he would likely just be a placeholder while the team waits for Meadows to force the issue.
Luplow, drafted in the third round of the 2014 draft, moved from the outfield to third base in 2015. He made 21 errors for a .910 fielding percentage, so it remains to be seen how much longer he stays in the infield. Regardless, his bat plays at any position. The 22-year-old out of Fresno State University hit .264/.368/.464 in 461 PA for the West Virginia Black Bears. He also hit 12 homers and finished with a .180 ISO. Perhaps most impressively, Luplow compiled a 59:67 BB:K ratio. Finding a position might be an issue with the right-handed hitter, but fantasy owners will want to keep watch of his progress at the plate.
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Heads to bench
OFCleveland Indians
May 21, 2019
Luplow will sit Tuesday against Oakland, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Sits in favor of Mercado
OFCleveland Indians
May 19, 2019
Luplow is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Slams two homers
OFCleveland Indians
May 14, 2019
Luplow went 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs in Tuesday's 9-0 victory over the White Sox.
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Opportunities increasing
OFCleveland Indians
May 14, 2019
Luplow will start in right field and occupy the cleanup spot Tuesday against the White Sox, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
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Registers third RBI
OFCleveland Indians
May 12, 2019
Luplow went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored Sunday against the Athletics.
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