Ozzie Albies
Ozzie Albies
21-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Atlanta Braves
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $555,000 contract with the Braves in March of 2018.
Slides down to sixth in order
2BAtlanta Braves
September 19, 2018
Albies will start at second base and bat sixth Wednesday against the Cardinals.
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With Albies managing only one hit in his last 14 at-bats and sitting on a .238 average in September, manager Brian Snitker has opted to drop the youngster four spots in the lineup. Ender Inciarte will check in as the club's No. 2 hitter and could stick in that spot until Albies breaks out of his extended funk at the plate.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .916 245 37 9 26 3 .339 .373 .543
Since 2016vs Right .735 637 98 19 70 18 .250 .305 .430
2018vs Left .913 185 26 7 18 2 .343 .362 .551
2018vs Right .719 453 75 15 50 11 .241 .292 .427
2017vs Left .926 60 11 2 8 1 .327 .407 .519
2017vs Right .773 184 23 4 20 7 .273 .337 .436
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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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .757 448 69 9 42 6 .275 .333 .424
Since 2016Away .815 434 66 19 54 15 .276 .315 .500
2018Home .747 315 53 8 30 5 .280 .324 .423
2018Away .805 323 48 14 38 8 .263 .301 .503
2017Home .779 133 16 1 12 1 .261 .353 .426
2017Away .845 111 18 5 16 7 .314 .355 .490
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
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
0.31
 
BB Rate
5.3%
 
K Rate
16.7%
 
BABIP
.294
 
ISO
.190
 
AVG
.268
 
OBP
.311
 
SLG
.459
 
OPS
.770
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Doubles, triples in win
2BAtlanta Braves
September 11, 2018
Albies went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Giants.
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Swipes 13th base
2BAtlanta Braves
September 2, 2018
Albies went 2-for-4 with an RBI and stolen base Sunday against the Pirates.
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Hits bench Saturday
2BAtlanta Braves
September 1, 2018
Albies is not starting Saturday against the Pirates.
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On base four times in win over Rays
2BAtlanta Braves
August 29, 2018
Albies went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double and three runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Rays.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
2BAtlanta Braves
August 26, 2018
Albies is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale at Miami, David O'Brien of The Athletic Atlanta reports.
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