Ozzie Albies
Ozzie Albies
22-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Atlanta Braves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The performance of young players after the break is often considered telling. If that’s the case, why is Albies getting a pass, despite a huge second half swoon? Albies posted a .834 OPS and 120 wRC+ before the break compared to a .624 OPS and 67 wRC+ after. His strikeout rate rose 1.5%, but that’s not enough to account for the disparity. The culprit was a 32-point dip in BABIP, fueled by a drop in hard-hit rate. Medium-hits balls carry the lowest BABIP and 60 percent of Albies' second-half contact was of that variety. Accordingly, his 14.7% first-half HR/FB plummeted to 5.6% post-break. Conveniently omitted is Albies isn’t just young, he did this as a 21-year-old sophomore. Albies' overall game remains impressive at his age, but he could be in danger of hitting lower in the Braves' order if he doesn’t get off to a fast start, depriving him of some counting stat volume. The power/speed combo is enticing, just beware it’s not risk-free. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a seven-year, $35 million contract extension with the Braves in April of 2019. Contract includes $7 million team options for 2026 and 2027.
Pops second homer
2BAtlanta Braves
April 16, 2019
Albies went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Tuesday's 9-6 loss to the Diamondbacks.
ANALYSIS
The young switch hitter collected multiple hits for the third straight game while connecting on his second homer of the year, boosting his slash line to .333/.397/.500 through 16 games. Albies has taken over the leadoff spot for Atlanta, and if he continues displaying both the contact skills he honed in the minors as well as some new-found plate discipline (7:9 BB:K), he's poised for a very impressive 2019.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
1
6
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
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#9
6
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .910 277 43 11 30 4 .337 .370 .540
Since 2017vs Right .719 734 107 21 73 21 .243 .302 .417
2019vs Left .905 21 4 1 2 1 .381 .381 .524
2019vs Right .739 62 7 1 1 2 .255 .339 .400
2018vs Left .905 196 28 8 20 2 .335 .357 .548
2018vs Right .696 488 77 16 52 12 .231 .283 .412
2017vs Left .926 60 11 2 8 1 .327 .407 .519
2017vs Right .773 184 23 4 20 7 .273 .337 .436
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .753 532 81 12 47 8 .269 .331 .422
Since 2017Away .791 479 69 20 56 17 .269 .308 .483
2019Home .829 62 10 2 3 2 .298 .355 .474
2019Away .649 21 1 0 0 1 .263 .333 .316
2018Home .729 337 55 9 32 5 .267 .318 .412
2018Away .783 347 50 15 40 9 .256 .292 .491
2017Home .779 133 16 1 12 1 .261 .353 .426
2017Away .845 111 18 5 16 7 .314 .355 .490
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How does Ozzie Albies 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.
BB/K
0.54
 
BB Rate
8.4%
 
K Rate
15.7%
 
BABIP
.328
 
ISO
.145
 
AVG
.289
 
OBP
.349
 
SLG
.434
 
OPS
.784
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Albies got the call to the majors on Aug. 1 and hit the ground running, flashing the well-rounded skill set that made him a top prospect in baseball. At 20 years old, the switch-hitting Albies displayed advanced plate skills, posting a .347 wOBA in 244 plate appearances. He's not an imposing presence in the batter's box at 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, but Albies has excellent bat speed and he used that to generate above-average game power (.171 ISO, 33.2 percent hard-hit rate). He also went 8-for-9 on the basepaths, and when it was all said and done, Albies was worth roughly two wins above replacement in just 57 games. Albies' ability to make consistent contact gives him a solid floor in batting average, and he runs at a time when stolen bases are on the decline league-wide. The power is just the cherry on top. He could end up being a significant bargain in drafts and auctions, even with spring helium.
Regardless of how well he has hit or how many bases he has stolen, the most impressive thing about Albies has always been his age relative to the players he is playing against. In 2014, he was a 17-year-old hitting .356 in the Appalachian League. The next year he finished fourth in the Sally League with a .310 average while being the fourth youngest player in the league. This past season he was the youngest player at Double-A, but that didn't stop him from winning the Southern League batting title by hitting .321, earning a 56-game run at Triple-A as a 19-year-old. Indeed, the word "advanced" sufficiently sums up Albies' game. The Braves chose Dansby Swanson as the shortstop of the future, meaning Albies' future is at the keystone. He will likely start 2017 with Triple-A Gwinnett -- an absurd reality for a player who turned 20 in January, but even more ridiculous is the fact that his time there may be brief.
The diminutive shortstop continued to gain acclaim in prospect circles last year, slashing .310/.368/.404 with 29 steals on 37 attempts, while posting an impressive 56:36 K:BB in 439 plate appearances as an 18-year-old with Low-A Rome. In addition to an excellent hit tool and plus speed, he also projects to be a plus defender at shortstop. These attributes will push Albies into the top-25 of most real-life prospect lists, but dynasty league owners should pump the brakes. The first knock on Albies is that he offers low single-digit home run power. The second strike against him is that he is three years away from the big leagues. His upside is that of Elvis Andrus, who has been a fine fantasy shortstop, but by no means a building block on teams that win dynasty leagues. Albies' 2015 season was cut short after he suffered a hairline fracture in his thumb in August, but he should be ready for the start of the season.
Albies, a native of Curacao, hit .364/.446/.444 with 22 stolen bases in 27 attempts in 57 games between the Gulf Coast League and the Appalachian League as a 17-year-old in 2014. The power isn't there, and his slight frame (5-foot-9, 150 pounds) doesn't lend a whole lot of hope to him developing much in time, but he has a plus hit tool and an advanced eye at the plate for his age (28:23 BB:K last season). It remains to be seen how aggressively the Braves will push him through the system, but Albies is likely several years away from reaching the majors regardless, and it's possible his future could be with another organization, with the tandem of Andrelton Simmons and Jose Peraza expected to hold down the middle-infield spots in Atlanta for years to come.
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Flashes speed at top of order
2BAtlanta Braves
April 15, 2019
Albies went 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored and a stolen base in Sunday's win over the Mets.
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Batting leadoff vs. righty
2BAtlanta Braves
April 14, 2019
Albies is starting at second base and batting leadoff Sunday night against the Mets, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Agrees to extension
2BAtlanta Braves
April 11, 2019
Albies agreed to an extension with the Braves on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Slugs first homer
2BAtlanta Braves
April 3, 2019
Albies went 3-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base and a solo home run Wednesday against the Cubs.
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Leading off Wednesday
2BAtlanta Braves
April 3, 2019
Albies is starting at second base and hitting leadoff Wednesday against the Cubs.
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