Jordan Luplow
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
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
$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018. Traded to the Indians in November of 2018.
Dealt to Cleveland
OFCleveland Indians
November 14, 2018
Luplow (abdomen) was traded to Cleveland from Pittsburgh on Wednesday along with Max Moroff in exchange for Erik Gonzalez, Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza.
Luplow played in 37 games at the big-league level this past season, slashing .185/.272/.359 with three home runs, seven RBI and two stolen bases in 103 plate appearances. The 25-year-old required an appendectomy procedure in late September but is likely back to 100 percent already, so there should be no cause for concern regarding his status entering spring training. Luplow will get a chance to crack the Indians' Opening Day roster, though he could wind up spending a majority of his time in the minors for the third straight year after debuting for the Pirates in 2017.
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Since 2016vs Left .689 71 10 3 9 0 .188 .268 .422
Since 2016vs Right .617 119 12 3 9 2 .198 .277 .340
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
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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Since 2016Home .711 103 15 6 13 1 .198 .252 .458
Since 2016Away .556 87 7 0 5 1 .189 .299 .257
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Shut down for season
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September 27, 2018
Luplow underwent an appendectomy Thursday and will miss the remainder of the season.
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Takes seat Thursday
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September 27, 2018
Luplow is not in the lineup Thursday against the Cubs.
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Heads to bench Tuesday
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September 25, 2018
Luplow is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs, Adam Berry of reports.
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Not in Friday's lineup
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September 21, 2018
Luplow is out of the starting nine versus Milwaukee on Friday.
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On bench Wednesday
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September 19, 2018
Luplow is not in the lineup against Kansas City on Wednesday.
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