Jake Cronenworth

Jake Cronenworth

30-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
San Diego Padres
2024 Fantasy Outlook
He hit the ground running in his first three major-league seasons, but it's fair to say Cronenworth played a role in the overall disappointment that emanated from San Diego last year. After registering a combined .770 OPS (117 OPS+) between 2020-22, he stumbled to a .689 OPS (92 OPS+) over 522 plate appearances in 2023. The batting average, the on-base skills, the slugging percentage -- all of his rate stats fell off in a major way, and with that came a drastic dip in counting-stats production. Cronenworth signed a seven-year, $80 million contract extension with the Padres last March and is not at risk of losing any sort of playing time in the immediate future, but he's also not a safe bet to fully rebound at age 30 and there are a lot of higher-upside options on the board at both first base and second base. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#364
ADP
$Signed a seven-year, $80 million contract extension with the Padres in March of 2023.
Launches homer Friday
2BSan Diego Padres
April 13, 2024
Cronenworth went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in an extra-innings 8-7 win against the Dodgers on Friday.
ANALYSIS
Cronenworth's lone hit in the contest was a sixth-inning solo blast that brought San Diego within three runs. It was his third homer of the campaign, all of which have come over his past four contests. Cronenworth hit 21 long balls in 2021 but went deep just 10 times over 521 plate appearances last season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
15
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .693 379 37 8 37 1 .232 .317 .377
Since 2022vs Right .729 895 113 22 113 8 .240 .328 .401
2024vs Left .697 12 1 0 0 0 .273 .333 .364
2024vs Right .870 60 7 3 14 0 .278 .333 .537
2023vs Left .666 156 15 2 11 1 .229 .301 .364
2023vs Right .700 365 39 8 37 5 .230 .316 .384
2022vs Left .714 211 21 6 26 0 .232 .327 .387
2022vs Right .733 470 67 11 62 3 .244 .336 .397
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+42%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .689 627 66 16 63 4 .232 .315 .374
Since 2022Away .747 647 84 14 87 5 .244 .334 .413
2024Home .728 45 4 2 7 0 .220 .289 .439
2024Away 1.032 27 4 1 7 0 .375 .407 .625
2023Home .699 267 27 5 20 2 .250 .320 .379
2023Away .679 254 27 5 28 4 .206 .303 .376
2022Home .674 315 35 9 36 2 .218 .314 .360
2022Away .773 366 53 8 52 1 .260 .350 .423
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Stat Review
How does Jake Cronenworth 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
0.31
 
BB Rate
5.6%
 
K Rate
18.1%
 
BABIP
.300
 
ISO
.231
 
AVG
.277
 
OBP
.333
 
SLG
.508
 
OPS
.841
 
wOBA
.363
 
Exit Velocity
91.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.1%
 
Barrels/PA
12.3%
 
Expected BA
.353
 
Expected SLG
.622
 
Sprint Speed
 
Ground Ball %
37.7%
 
Line Drive %
30.2%
 
Fly Ball %
32.1%
 
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Trade to Blue Jays was discussed
2BSan Diego Padres
December 23, 2023
The Padres discussed Cronenworth in trade talks with the Blue Jays and other clubs prior to the Juan Soto deal, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Rosenthal opines that the Padres are now less apt to trade Cronenworth, who suffered a wrist fracture in August, because they wouldn't want to lose a third left-handed hitter after dealing Soto and Trent Grisham. Cronenworth is still owed nearly all of the $80 million on his contract extension. The 29-year-old is currently pegged to play mostly first base again in 2024 but offers the versatility to bounce around all over the infield, if needed.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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"Pesky" may be the best word to describe Cronenworth as a player. He did not have a particularly good season by his standards (.722 OPS), but he lays off pitches out of the zone and punishes mistakes. Despite a Statcast hard-hit rate ranking in the bottom quarter of the league, Cronenworth got to a respectable 17 homers last season. He made the most of his lineup placement batting in front of Manny Machado and eventually Juan Soto. He puts the ball in play at a strong clip (career 16.5 K%), but this is not a flashy talent. What makes Cronenworth appealing is dual-position eligibility (2B, 1B), everyday playing time in a good offense and a relatively high floor thanks to his contact and plate management skills. If everyone else is jumping at the perceived higher-upside players, welcome him to your roster with open arms as he's a strong bet to clear 600 plate appearances again.
On the surface, Cronenworth followed up on his strong 2020 campaign with an equal effort across a full 2021 season, but a deeper look offers reason for pause. Though he topped 20 home runs and his ISO remained stable at .194, Cronenworth's xSLG dipped from .538 to .445 and his barrel rate fell to a near league-average 7.2 percent clip. After successfully swiping three of four stolen bases in 2020, Cronenworth was successful on only four of seven attempts in 2021. Meanwhile his .283 BABIP suggests his .266 batting average should rise, yet his infield-flyball rate rose from 4.8% to 10.4% and his flyball rate from 29.4% to 36.1%. Despite some of these negatives, Cronenworth hit between second and fourth in the Padres' lineup in 504 of his 643 plate appearances in 2021. If he can maintain that role in 2022, he should remain a solid fantasy contributor in all five categories, though a significant jump in production doesn't appear to be a probable outcome.
Viewed by many as a secondary piece in the Tommy Pham-Hunter Renfroe-Xavier Edwards trade, Cronenworth broke out in the short 2020 season to finish tied for second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. His mid-teens K% from the upper levels of the minors was copied-and-pasted over his first 192 PA in the majors (15.6%), and Cronenworth showed good gap power with 15 doubles (t-12th in MLB). Statcast suggests more of those would clear the fences in a more neutral setting; keep in mind the Padres played in a lot of spacious parks out west with the geographical scheduling of 2020. There is room for growth in the SB department as well as Cronenworth showed 92nd percentile sprint speed. His playing time at second base is now in question after the team signed Ha-seong Kim. That being said, Cronenworth can move around if necessary, like he did in 2020, gaining three-position eligibility in many leagues (2B, SS, 1B).
The Padres acquired Tommy Pham and a good prospect in an offseason trade that sent Hunter Renfroe and a great prospect (Xavier Edwards) to the Rays. That good prospect was Cronenworth, a big-league-ready infielder (shortstop by trade) who doubles as a right-handed reliever. He missed a third of the season with a hamstring injury, but led the International League with a .334 AVG and ranked fourth with a 0.79 BB/K. It was his age-25 season, but Cronenworth's plate skills seem legitimate, and he may end up with a 55-grade hit tool. Power probably won't be a big part of his game, but he could chip in 10-15 steals. He would need at least one injury to get starts on the left side of the infield and will be competing with newly-acquired Jurickson Profar and upwards of five other internal options for time at the keystone. His two-way ability could work as a tie breaker and give him the edge if Profar falters.
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Belts second homer
2BSan Diego Padres
April 11, 2024
Cronenworth went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional RBI in a 10-2 victory against the Cubs on Wednesday.
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Continues hot start
2BSan Diego Padres
April 8, 2024
Cronenworth went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and two walks in Monday's 9-8 win versus the Cubs.
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Drives in two
2BSan Diego Padres
March 29, 2024
Cronenworth went 1-for-4 with a two-RBI double during Thursday's 6-4 win over the Giants.
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Records four RBI in victory
2BSan Diego Padres
March 21, 2024
Cronenworth went 4-for-4 with a triple, a double, two runs and four RBI in Thursday's 15-11 win against the Dodgers in the second game of the Seoul Series.
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Starting in spring opener
2BSan Diego Padres
February 22, 2024
Cronenworth (wrist) will start at first base and bat third in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers.
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