Paul DeJong
Paul DeJong
26-Year-Old ShortstopSS
St. Louis Cardinals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
DeJong is a perfect encapsulation of the 2019 season. He hit 30 HR, scored 97 runs, stole nine bases, and by wRC+, he was exactly league average at 100. Normally a shortstop hitting 30 homers is something to celebrate, yet what DeJong did last year was not that special. He has an odd trend going in that his strikeout rate has improved each of the past three seasons, but his batting average has dropped in each of the past three seasons -- more than 50 points from his rookie year. He laughs at traditional splits because 27 of his 30 homers last year came off right-handed pitching and he had a worse batting average against southpaws. The season DeJong had last year harkens back to an old fantasy favorite -- Tony Batista. Go look up Batista's 2002 season, and then look at the range of outcomes for him after that season. A similar future is in store for DeJong if something doesn't change. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $26 million contract extension with the Cardinals in March of 2018.
Working out in St. Louis area
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
May 21, 2020
DeJong, who initially remained in Jupiter, Florida when spring training was suspended, has been working out regularly in the St. Louis area for some time, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Goold reports DeJong has regularly been able to incorporate fielding practice into his workouts, and it's likely he's also gotten hitting work done in some form. The 26-year-old swung a scalding hot bat during Grapefruit League play, hitting .464 (13-for-28) across 11 exhibitions before play was paused. His presence in the St. Louis area would seem to indicate DeJong will be among the players present for the small group workouts the Cardinals will be allowed to conduct at Busch Stadium beginning next week, and the slugger is among those eager to see proposed plans for a 2020 season come to fruition. "Baseball players want to play," DeJong said. "We're going to have to go out there. I think the game is bigger than all of this. We have to do everything we can to preserve the game in its most natural state. If this means a temporary season like this year where we have to try out some new measures, I'm all for it because I know I want to play."
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
17
54
41
2
8
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
12
11
2
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .741 344 46 12 42 4 .231 .320 .421
Since 2017vs Right .796 1252 174 62 169 7 .256 .318 .478
2019vs Left .678 130 19 3 10 3 .221 .315 .363
2019vs Right .782 534 78 27 68 6 .236 .318 .464
2018vs Left .651 126 15 3 18 0 .198 .302 .349
2018vs Right .777 363 53 16 50 1 .255 .317 .461
2017vs Left .952 88 12 6 14 1 .288 .352 .600
2017vs Right .835 355 43 19 51 0 .285 .318 .516
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+50%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .784 752 96 25 91 5 .257 .332 .451
Since 2017Away .785 844 124 49 120 6 .245 .306 .480
2019Home .699 329 44 10 32 3 .219 .310 .389
2019Away .824 335 53 20 46 6 .247 .325 .498
2018Home .666 230 25 4 29 1 .223 .304 .361
2018Away .816 259 43 15 39 0 .256 .320 .496
2017Home 1.058 193 27 11 30 1 .358 .404 .654
2017Away .705 250 28 14 35 0 .231 .264 .441
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Stat Review
How does Paul DeJong 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
0.42
 
BB Rate
9.3%
 
K Rate
22.4%
 
BABIP
.259
 
ISO
.211
 
AVG
.233
 
OBP
.318
 
SLG
.444
 
OPS
.762
 
wOBA
.334
 
Exit Velocity
86.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.6%
 
Barrels/PA
5.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Coming off a surprising rookie season, DeJong's sophomore campaign was a mixed bag. He missed nearly two months after fracturing his left hand via a hit-by-pitch May 17. At the time, DeJong was sporting a reasonable .824 OPS with eight long balls. After his July 6 return, DeJong struggled, failing to hit a homer until July 25, registering a meek .550 OPS in that span. From that point on, DeJong's power returned (11 home runs), but he reached base at a poor 30% clip. DeJong carried over his 2017 elevated flyball rate, while his HR/FB dropped a few points, perhaps a result of the hand injury, though his hard-hit rate remained above average. While his below-average contact rate and low walk rate render DeJong a batting-average liability, there's reason for optimism as his plate skills improved last season and were masked by a low BABIP. DeJong should be the everyday shortstop, and the power isn't a question.
In one of the biggest surprises of the 2017 season, DeJong led the Cardinals in home runs and finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. A fourth-round selection in 2015, he was largely unheralded in the prospect community, having posted an underwhelming .260/.324/.460 line at the Double-A level in 2016. He garnered little buzz upon his initial promotion to the majors in late May, but DeJong solidified his spot in the everyday lineup and in the three hole in the batting order in less than two months. There are some obvious red flags, namely his 28 percent strikeout rate and 4.7 percent walk rate, but DeJong's ability to get the ball in the air consistently bodes well for his power production moving forward. Speed is not part of the package, but DeJong qualifies at shortstop and second base and the bat is probably a little better than most will give him credit for even after the strong debut.
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Proves worthy of cleanup spot
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
April 9, 2020
DeJong, who hit .464 (13-for-28) before spring training was suspended, proved himself worthy of manning the No. 4 spot in the order this coming season with his Grapefruit League performance, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Tweaks producing spring success
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
March 3, 2020
DeJong, who went 2-for-3 with a run in a Grapefruit League win over the Astros on Tuesday, is hitting .571 with a double, three home runs, seven RBI, a walk and five runs across his first six spring games.
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Swinging hot bat early
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
February 26, 2020
DeJong, who went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run in a Grapefruit League win over the Astros on Wednesday, also hit a three-run home run and drove in four runs overall in an exhibition loss to the Nationals on Tuesday.
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Slugs 30th homer
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
September 29, 2019
DeJong went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Cubs on Saturday.
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Heads to bench
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
September 25, 2019
DeJong is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
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