Harrison Bader
Harrison Bader
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
St. Louis Cardinals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Defense is his calling card, but Bader's no slouch with the bat. When accounting for park effects and the current run environment, Bader graded out as 6% better than league average at the plate (106 wRC+) as a rookie. He did benefit from some good fortune on balls in play (.358 BABIP), but it wasn't all luck. He used his above-average speed to beat out groundballs at the highest rate among players with 400 plate appearances; a whopping 17.8% of Bader's groundballs resulted in infield hits. He showed good instincts on the basepaths, successfully converting 15 of 18 stolen-base attempts. His modest .251/.317/.378 line against same-handed pitching suggests he could be overexposed in an everyday role, but his stellar defense will give him a long leash. With stolen-base totals at their lowest levels in decades, Bader has quite a bit of appeal, as he has the speed to reach 20 bases while also contributing double-digit homers. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals in July of 2017.
Remains out Wednesday
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
June 26, 2019
Bader is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Athletics.
Bader is hitting just .159 with a .629 OPS through 21 games this month, so he'll stick on the bench for a second consecutive game as the Cardinals once again go with an outfield consisting of Jose Martinez, Dexter Fowler and Marcell Ozuna (from right to left).
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .884 213 36 10 23 6 .277 .352 .532
Since 2017vs Right .668 511 59 11 43 14 .232 .315 .353
2019vs Left .736 54 5 3 5 0 .188 .278 .458
2019vs Right .702 151 19 3 14 3 .218 .347 .355
2018vs Left .886 138 26 5 14 6 .292 .370 .517
2018vs Right .695 289 35 7 23 9 .251 .317 .378
2017vs Left 1.229 21 5 2 4 0 .400 .429 .800
2017vs Right .486 71 5 1 6 2 .185 .239 .246
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS on Road
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OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .617 374 41 3 22 9 .215 .306 .311
Since 2017Away .852 350 54 18 44 11 .277 .347 .505
2019Home .539 96 10 1 6 1 .143 .305 .234
2019Away .854 109 14 5 13 2 .263 .349 .505
2018Home .678 222 28 2 15 7 .250 .321 .357
2018Away .840 205 33 10 22 8 .279 .348 .492
2017Home .500 56 3 0 1 1 .192 .250 .250
2017Away .909 36 7 3 9 1 .303 .333 .576
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Stat Review
How does Harrison Bader 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.
    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.
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Exit Velocity
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Hard Hit Rate
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Gone are the days where the Cardinals were satisfied with players like Jedd Gyorko, Kolten Wong, Randal Grichuk and the like occupying prominent spots in the lineup, and that's bad news for Bader. He fit the prototype of the Mike Matheny-era Cardinals -- a player who maximizes his natural ability but lacks the impact tools to be a game changer at the plate or in the field. With the starting outfield set for 2018 with three everyday players, Bader will be competing for a bench role this spring. He has always mashed lefties, which is a strength that Matheny would undoubtedly make use of if Bader is on the bench. Unfortunately, he is subpar against righties and has to sell out to access his average raw power, which means he will always be a bit of a batting average risk without enough power to make it worthwhile. He is capable of playing all three outfield spots and is an above-average runner. Essentially, he is a prototypical fourth outfielder.
The dominant narrative with Bader seems to be his dramatic decline in production after being promoted from the Texas League (143 wRC+) to the Pacific Coast League (74 wRC+). However, his splits against right-handed pitching should be what really troubles his dynasty league owners. He rode a 1.375 OPS against lefties at Low-A to prominence last offseason, and boosted his mark against southpaws even further to 1.485 OPS at Double-A in 2016. All the while, Bader was a middling hitter against righties, putting up splits of .270/.337/.399 and .249/.319/.377 at Low-A and Double-A, respectively. His solid defense in center field, above-average speed and ability to crush left-handed pitching will undoubtedly get him to the big leagues at some point in the next year or two, but it seems likely that he will be limited to a part-time role. Look to deal him before this reality becomes common knowledge.
The 100th overall pick in the 2015 draft started his professional career as well as any player in his class. Bader, a late bloomer with the stick out of the University of Florida, received a promotion to Low-A Peoria after posting a 1.055 OPS in seven games with short-season State College. He clearly needed more of a challenge, and he handled that challenge, posting a .301/.364/.505 slash line with nine home runs and 15 steals in 228 plate appearances. Despite being slightly younger than the average player at that level, Bader’s .869 OPS would have been tied for the second best mark in the Midwest League if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. His 49:15 K:BB in 61 games suggests he has the approach to continue his success in an assignment to High-A Palm Beach as a 21-year-old, and if he continues to rake, the 6-foot center fielder could find himself at Double-A shortly after he turns 22 on June 3.
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Heads to bench
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
June 25, 2019
Bader is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Oakland.
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Sitting Saturday
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June 22, 2019
Bader is not in Saturday's lineup against the Angels.
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Gets breather
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June 19, 2019
Bader is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Marlins.
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Rips pair of doubles
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
June 14, 2019
Bader went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, another two-bagger and a run against the Mets in a tie game that was suspended due to rain in the ninth inning Thursday.
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Drives in two
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
June 11, 2019
Bader went 1-for-3 with a triple, two RBI and two walks Tuesday against the Marlins.
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