Jordan Luplow
Jordan Luplow
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Luplow saw limited action in 2019 as a platoon outfielder. The 26-year-old recorded an OPS of .923 with 15 home runs in 261 plate appearances, with 155 of those plate appearances coming against left-handed pitching. He hit just .216/.274/.299 when he did not have the platoon advantage, and with that in mind, it seems safe to say Luplow's exposure to right-handers will remain limited for the foreseeable future. Luplow showed some discipline at the plate, improving his walk rate to 12.6%, but his contact rate dropped to 75.9% with a 10.8% swinging-strike rate. A short-side platoon outfielder is really only usable in mono leagues or deep leagues with daily lineup moves, though Luplow can be added here or there in 15-team mixers when you see a string of lefties due up on Cleveland's schedule. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#583
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018. Traded to the Indians in November of 2018.
Launches game-winner
OFCleveland Indians
September 23, 2020
Luplow went 1-for-4 with a walk-off home run in the Indians' 3-2 win over the White Sox on Wednesday. He also struck out three times.
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At the plate in the bottom of the ninth, Luplow was at risk of recording a golden sombrero. However, he instead delivered a game-winning blast and a nasty bat flip to boot. Wednesday marked back-to-back walk-off home runs for the Indians, as Jose Ramirez dealt the same blow on Tuesday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
10
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
12
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+81%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+53%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+106%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left 1.026 239 40 16 36 2 .292 .397 .629
Since 2018vs Right .566 207 25 4 16 3 .180 .271 .295
2020vs Left .802 42 2 1 4 0 .278 .357 .444
2020vs Right .525 40 5 1 3 0 .094 .275 .250
2019vs Left 1.181 155 31 14 30 2 .320 .439 .742
2019vs Right .573 106 11 1 8 1 .216 .274 .299
2018vs Left .707 42 7 1 2 0 .211 .286 .421
2018vs Right .577 61 9 2 5 2 .167 .262 .315
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .790 241 41 11 25 3 .244 .320 .470
Since 2018Away .825 200 23 8 26 2 .233 .365 .460
2020Home .702 33 4 0 1 0 .231 .394 .308
2020Away .597 44 2 1 5 0 .162 .273 .324
2019Home .892 143 26 8 19 2 .282 .343 .550
2019Away .960 118 16 7 19 1 .266 .407 .553
2018Home .597 65 11 3 5 1 .167 .231 .367
2018Away .686 38 5 0 2 1 .219 .342 .344
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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 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
0.63
 
BB Rate
13.0%
 
K Rate
20.7%
 
BABIP
.224
 
ISO
.167
 
AVG
.192
 
OBP
.304
 
SLG
.359
 
OPS
.663
 
wOBA
.296
 
Exit Velocity
79.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.7%
 
Barrels/PA
4.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Delivers in platoon role
OFCleveland Indians
September 21, 2020
Luplow went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored Sunday in the Indians' 7-4 win over the Tigers.
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Draws start versus lefty
OFCleveland Indians
August 23, 2020
Luplow will start in left field and will bat sixth Sunday against the Tigers.
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In exhibition lineup
OFCleveland Indians
July 22, 2020
Luplow (back) will bat sixth and play right field in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Pirates.
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Set to play field Monday
OFCleveland Indians
Back
July 20, 2020
Luplow (back) is expected to play four or five innings in the field during Monday's exhibition game, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
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Making progress
OFCleveland Indians
Back
July 18, 2020
Luplow is making progress from his sore back and was able to hit on the field Saturday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
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