Connor Joe

Connor Joe

31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Pittsburgh Pirates
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Joe got his first significant chance in the majors outside of Coors Field and things largely went well, as he maintained a 107 wRC+ and .332 wOBA across 472 plate appearances. His performance wasn't quite as smooth as that number would suggest, as he struggled through the middle part of the campaign after getting off to a hot start. That began to cost him playing time, though the season-ending injury to Andrew McCutchen and departures of both Carlos Santana and Ji-Man Choi gave Joe a reprieve. He took advantage by slashing a respectable .256/.345/.422 across 207 plate appearances in the second half of the season. That gives Joe a credible case to begin the 2024 season a starter in the Pittsburgh lineup, but he's likely to begin the season in a short-side platoon role with Rowdy Tellez at first base while also potentially picking up some plate appearances at DH and the outfield. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#587
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $2.13 million contract with the Pirates in January of 2024.
Scores three runs
OFPittsburgh Pirates
May 24, 2024
Joe went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored Friday against Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Joe doubled in the first and third innings and came around to score on each occasion. The performance marked his first multi-hit game in his last six starts and his first extra-base knock in eight contests. With Jack Suwinski optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday, Joe's status as a regular in the lineup should be cemented.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
4
8
2
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
9
7
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .797 434 60 10 48 3 .265 .355 .442
Since 2022vs Right .705 689 88 14 44 8 .237 .329 .376
2024vs Left .856 72 11 3 10 0 .277 .333 .523
2024vs Right .758 112 18 3 12 2 .270 .348 .410
2023vs Left .820 193 26 5 23 1 .265 .368 .452
2023vs Right .720 279 37 6 19 2 .235 .319 .401
2022vs Left .744 169 23 2 15 2 .259 .349 .395
2022vs Right .671 298 33 5 13 4 .226 .332 .339
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .785 555 78 10 51 3 .264 .368 .418
Since 2022Away .697 568 70 14 41 8 .232 .312 .386
2024Home .847 82 15 3 10 1 .293 .354 .493
2024Away .756 102 14 3 12 1 .256 .333 .422
2023Home .801 233 29 5 25 0 .265 .378 .423
2023Away .721 239 34 6 17 3 .230 .301 .419
2022Home .747 240 34 2 16 2 .251 .363 .384
2022Away .646 227 22 5 12 4 .224 .313 .333
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Stat Review
How does Connor Joe 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.44
 
BB Rate
8.7%
 
K Rate
19.6%
 
BABIP
.315
 
ISO
.182
 
AVG
.273
 
OBP
.342
 
SLG
.455
 
OPS
.797
 
wOBA
.350
 
Exit Velocity
86.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
26.9%
 
Barrels/PA
4.8%
 
Expected BA
.227
 
Expected SLG
.368
 
Sprint Speed
23.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
43.1%
 
Line Drive %
16.9%
 
Fly Ball %
40.0%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
May be non-tender candidate
OFPittsburgh Pirates
October 17, 2023
Joe might be non-tendered by the Pirates this winter, per Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
ANALYSIS
Joe put up a respectable .760 OPS in 133 games this season with the Pirates and was especially productive against lefties, but he has reached arbitration early as a Super 2 qualifier and could command around $2 million in 2024. That may be seen as too high a price tag for the 31-year-old first baseman and corner outfielder. Pittsburgh is well-stocked with corner-outfield talent, and Mackey believes the team will likely seek a free-agent upgrade at first base.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Joe's career path took a bit of a dip last season as he struggled a bit with injuries, but also did not enjoy as much of the Coors Magic he enjoyed in 2021. The first base/outfield eligibility helps in NL-Only formats but the path to playing time is rather gray even after being traded to the Pirates. There is not a path to a starting job for him as long as everyone is healthy or locked down on the roster. There is not even a clear platoon situation which works out well because Joe's defensive limitations marginalize him to corner outfield or first base. The disciplined approach at the plate certainly makes it tough to give up on him, so remind yourself to draft skills not roles and hope something opens up for him.
Joe is on to his fifth MLB organization since being drafted in 2015, but he appears to have finally found a home with the Rockies. He had bounced around the minors with enough hitting to where he could have come up as a short-side platoon player, but stops in Los Angeles and San Francisco did not exactly leave much room for opportunity with their talent-laden rosters. Colorado presented him the chance and he made the most of it with an impressive rookie season. He did indeed do better against lefties (.941 OPS) than righties (.813 OPS), but the versatility to play left field, first base and now the DH spot should help him grab more at bats throughout the season. There is not another skill level to be realized here as much as there should be more volume in 2022 assuming he remain with the Rockies. However, the surprise signing of Kris Bryant figures to cut into Joe's potential workload.
Joe has all of 16 PA at the major-league level and yet he is now in his fifth major-league organization after he signed as non-roster invitee with the Rockies in late November. At 28 years old, his window of opportunity to show he can hit at the big-league level is closing, but he picked a great place to prove himself. Joe has a strong track record of minor-league production with a .271/.377/.420 career line over five seasons and hit .298/.414/.500 over the course of two Triple-A seasons. He has shown outstanding plate patience in the upper minors and was an excellent contact hitter the past two seasons in minor-league baseball, but never had a chance with San Francisco outside of the smallest cup of coffee in 2019. He was waived by the Giants and returned to the Dodgers, but was not able to crack their lineup in 2020. He might be worth a flier in NL-only leagues if he makes the club.
The Dodgers left Joe unprotected from the Rule 5 draft even after he slashed .299/.409/.527 with 17 homers in 107 games between Double-A and Triple-A in 2018. Cincinnati scooped him up but didn't like what it saw in spring training and ultimately sent Joe packing to San Francisco in late March. He got a chance to play regularly early on in 2019, but the Giants' acquisition of Kevin Pillar from Toronto likely pushes Joe into a short-side platoon/utility role. The tools aren't particularly exciting with Joe. There is little speed here and the pop from last year doesn't seems real, as he'd topped out at five homers in a season before 2018. The on-base skills should translate at least; he has posted double-digit walk rates at pretty much every stop in the minor leagues. For those in NL-only leagues with OBP instead of batting average, Joe is on the radar. There should be better options in mixed formats.
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Smacks sixth homer
OFPittsburgh Pirates
May 15, 2024
Joe went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs scored Tuesday against the Brewers.
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Back on bench Monday
OFPittsburgh Pirates
May 13, 2024
Joe is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Brewers.
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Delivers extra-inning HR
OFPittsburgh Pirates
May 12, 2024
Joe went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and an additional run scored during Sunday's 5-4 extra-inning loss to the Cubs.
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Smacks key homer
OFPittsburgh Pirates
May 12, 2024
Joe went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run Saturday against the Cubs.
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Earns fifth consecutive start
OFPittsburgh Pirates
May 8, 2024
Joe will start in right field and bat cleanup in Wednesday's game against the Angels.
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