Mike Ford
Mike Ford
28-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Tampa Bay Rays
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Ford's scorching close to the 2019 campaign led some hot takers to suggest he could challenge Luke Voit for the Yankees' first-base job in 2020. Instead, Voit blossomed into one of the league's premier home-run hitters while Ford took a huge step back, ultimately spending the final weeks of the regular season at the team's alternate training site. Statcast tells the story; nearly all metrics indicative of power -- including barrel rate, launch angle, average exit velocity and hard-hit percentage -- showed moderate-to-steep drops, leading to an over 100-point dip in Ford's xSLG (from .501 to .395). The lumbering first baseman's flyball rate dropped from 44.3% to 30.5% while his groundball rate rose by over 13 percentage points. Ford doesn't strike out much (19.0 K%), and his low .140 BABIP is bound to come up, but he'll need to rediscover his power stroke to maintain a big-league role. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
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Traded to Tampa
1BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
June 17, 2021
Ford was traded from the Yankees to the Rays on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations and a player to be named later.
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The Rays have a well-earned reputation for being smart in their acquisitions, so it's often wise to wonder if their interest in a player indicates there's something more than he's shown thus far. That said, there's a big gap between the .199/.301/.422 line Ford has produced in 319 career big-league plate appearances and what he'd need to play a meaningful role. He'll join Triple-A Durham for now, and the Rays have plenty of bats to fill the first base and designated hitter spots, so there doesn't appear to be a clear path to a fantasy-relevant role for the 28-year-old.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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#3
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+48%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+72%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+389%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+81%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .982 57 9 7 12 0 .235 .316 .667
Since 2019vs Right .665 262 32 10 29 0 .190 .298 .367
2021vs Left .350 12 1 0 1 0 .100 .250 .100
2021vs Right .603 60 5 3 4 0 .140 .283 .320
2020vs Left .111 9 0 0 0 0 .000 .111 .000
2020vs Right .543 75 5 2 11 0 .152 .240 .303
2019vs Left 1.389 36 8 7 11 0 .333 .389 1.000
2019vs Right .766 127 22 5 14 0 .236 .339 .427
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+46%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+133%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+132%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+64%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .584 149 11 4 17 0 .180 .268 .316
Since 2019Away .850 170 30 13 24 0 .215 .329 .521
2021Home .362 41 1 1 3 0 .083 .195 .167
2021Away .845 31 5 2 2 0 .208 .387 .458
2020Home .680 44 2 1 7 0 .205 .295 .385
2020Away .293 40 3 1 4 0 .057 .150 .143
2019Home .659 64 8 2 7 0 .224 .297 .362
2019Away 1.078 99 22 10 18 0 .282 .384 .694
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Stat Review
How does Mike Ford 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
0.48
 
BB Rate
15.3%
 
K Rate
31.9%
 
BABIP
.147
 
ISO
.150
 
AVG
.133
 
OBP
.278
 
SLG
.283
 
OPS
.561
 
wOBA
.259
 
Exit Velocity
81.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.5%
 
Barrels/PA
11.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2018
You could look at the season Ford put up at the majors last year and make some assumptions, most of which would be incorrect. The lefty hit more homers off lefties than righties last year. He hit 10 of his 12 homers away from Yankee Stadium. He looks like a softball player, but his Kevin Maas-like performance moved the needle on some fantasy rosters down the stretch when he hit 11 homers and drove in 23 runs while scoring 23 runs over the final two months of the season in part-time duty. His average exit velocity was equal to Matt Olson's last season, and he hit 35 homers between Triple-A and the majors with strong walk and contact rates. He appears to be a bit of a late bloomer, much like his platoon partner, Luke Voit. Perhaps Ford can take over the full-time job if 2019 was the real McCoy. It was a significant step forward from a rather mediocre minor-league career.
Ford was one of the few hitters selected in this winter's Rule 5 draft with a chance to be fantasy-relevant this season. The Yankees, who might have the most minor-league depth in the game, especially in the upper levels, left Ford unprotected and the Mariners selected him with the 11th pick. The 25-year-old first baseman went undrafted out of Princeton but has raked at every stop in the minors, most notably walking significantly more than he struck out (72:94 K:BB) while hitting 20 home runs in 429 at-bats between Double-A and Triple-A last year. The Mariners traded for Ryon Healy to handle the first-base duties and they hope to carry 13 pitchers for much of the season, so Ford will have to really impress this spring to make the roster. However, he hits left-handed while Healy hits right-handed, so it seems he will either make the team and start against righties, or be offered back to the Yankees after spring training.
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Designated for assignment
1BNew York Yankees  AAA
June 12, 2021
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Sent to Triple-A
1BNew York Yankees  AAA
June 1, 2021
Ford was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following Tuesday's win over the Rays.
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Takes seat vs. southpaw
1BNew York Yankees  AAA
May 31, 2021
Ford is not in the starting lineup Monday against the Rays.
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Not starting Game 2
1BNew York Yankees  AAA
May 27, 2021
Ford isn't starting Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against Toronto.
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Launches third long ball
1BNew York Yankees  AAA
May 23, 2021
Ford went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's 7-0 win over the White Sox.
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