Paul DeJong
Paul DeJong
27-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
RANKSFrom Preseason
#187
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$Signed a six-year, $26 million contract extension with the Cardinals in March of 2018.
Sitting Tuesday
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
September 22, 2020
DeJong isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Royals, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
ANALYSIS
DeJong has been slumping recently as he's gone just 1-for-20 with three RBI, one walk and eight strikeouts over the last six games. Tommy Edman will take over at shortstop Tuesday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
5
20
1
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
5
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+78%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .646 277 38 6 29 3 .203 .307 .339
Since 2018vs Right .772 1040 143 46 141 8 .247 .319 .452
2020vs Left .403 21 4 0 1 0 .118 .286 .118
2020vs Right .718 143 12 3 23 1 .270 .329 .389
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+51%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .702 630 81 15 72 4 .230 .317 .384
Since 2018Away .786 680 99 37 98 7 .246 .316 .470
2020Home .835 71 12 1 11 0 .305 .394 .441
2020Away .553 86 3 2 13 1 .208 .267 .286
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
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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
0.34
 
BB Rate
9.8%
 
K Rate
28.7%
 
BABIP
.340
 
ISO
.099
 
AVG
.250
 
OBP
.322
 
SLG
.349
 
OPS
.671
 
wOBA
.300
 
Exit Velocity
83.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
38.7%
 
Barrels/PA
4.6%
 
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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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Knocks three singles
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
September 14, 2020
DeJong went 3-for-5 with one RBI in a 3-2 win over Milwaukee in the second game of Monday's doubleheader.
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On base thrice in loss
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
September 14, 2020
DeJong went 0-for-2 with an RBI sacrifice fly, two walks and a run in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.
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Goes deep in nightcap
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
September 5, 2020
DeJong went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
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Launches second homer
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
August 31, 2020
DeJong went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and a stolen base in Monday's 7-5 win over the Reds.
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Collects another three hits
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
August 30, 2020
DeJong went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored Sunday against Cleveland.
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