JJ Bleday

JJ Bleday

26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Oakland Athletics
2024 Fantasy Outlook
The fourth overall pick in 2019, Bleday has struggled to find his footing so far in the big leagues. After a disappointing debut with the Marlins in 2022, he was traded last offseason in exchange for A.J. Puk. Bleday got the call to Oakland in May and went on to slash .195/.310/.355 with 10 homers and five steals in 82 games before missing most of the final two months with a left ACL sprain. He showed some good things last season, including quality pitch selection which led to a 13.9 BB%. However, Bleday has a baffling .222 BABIP in 147 career games in the majors, and his poor batted-ball numbers show it's not all bad luck. While there may be something here, he currently projects as the fourth outfielder for the A's. Most will want to wait and see until he finds his way into regular at-bats before adding him to a fantasy roster. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#402
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$Signed a one-year, $745,000 contract with the Athletics in March of 2024.
On base three more times in loss
OFOakland Athletics
June 13, 2024
Bleday went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run in a loss to the Padres on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Both of Bleday's hits were singles, but Wednesday marked his second straight game reaching safely on three occasions after a brief 0-for-13 slump that had encompassed his previous three contests. Bleday has pushed his on-base percentage back up to a solid .326 with his frequent trips on the basepaths the last two nights, and he's also carrying a 19.6 percent strikeout rate.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
26
26
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
5
2
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2024
Even Split
2023
 
 
+51%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+40%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .564 170 15 5 13 1 .176 .225 .340
Since 2022vs Right .710 655 68 19 54 8 .212 .327 .383
2024vs Left .769 55 5 3 7 0 .216 .259 .510
2024vs Right .768 229 22 6 17 0 .249 .341 .428
2023vs Left .482 72 7 1 5 1 .154 .236 .246
2023vs Right .726 231 28 9 22 4 .209 .333 .393
2022vs Left .442 43 3 1 1 0 .163 .163 .279
2022vs Right .619 195 18 4 15 4 .168 .303 .317
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+30%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+45%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .699 396 44 15 44 5 .195 .306 .393
Since 2022Away .662 429 39 9 23 4 .211 .306 .356
2024Home .868 143 19 8 19 0 .250 .329 .539
2024Away .668 141 8 1 5 0 .234 .321 .347
2023Home .709 132 16 6 17 4 .187 .326 .383
2023Away .634 171 19 4 10 1 .201 .298 .336
2022Home .479 121 9 1 8 1 .136 .256 .223
2022Away .695 117 12 4 8 3 .198 .299 .396
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Stat Review
How does JJ Bleday 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
0.56
 
BB Rate
10.9%
 
K Rate
19.4%
 
BABIP
.277
 
ISO
.202
 
AVG
.242
 
OBP
.325
 
SLG
.444
 
OPS
.770
 
wOBA
.335
 
Exit Velocity
88.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.8%
 
Barrels/PA
5.3%
 
Expected BA
.250
 
Expected SLG
.407
 
Sprint Speed
23.0 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
34.2%
 
Line Drive %
17.3%
 
Fly Ball %
48.5%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Could see more playing time
OFOakland Athletics
June 23, 2023
Bleday might receive more run in Oakland's outfield after Ramon Laureano was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a fractured right hand.
ANALYSIS
Bleday is starting in center field and batting third Friday against the Blue Jays, which is just his fifth start in the Athletics' past 12 games. The 25-year-old has a .667 OPS through 15 contests in June and has just three hits in his last 22 at-bats, so he may need to show some signs of life soon in order to take advantage of Laureano's absence.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Bleday, the fourth-overall pick in the 2019 draft, saw his stock dip considerably after a disappointing 2021 season in which he hit just .212/.323/.373 in 110 Double-A games. He was promoted to Triple-A at the start of last year and rebounded to post an .835 OPS in 85 games, earning him his first big-league callup in late July. His past struggles in the minors meant he debuted with less fanfare than one might expect for a recent top-five pick, and those who nonetheless remained interested came away disappointed. In 65 games, Bleday hit just 167/.277/.309 with five homers and four steals. While a .216 BABIP helped suppress his average, his .190 xBA still paints a worrisome picture. His 28.2 K% was poor, and when he did make contact, his average launch angle of 25 degrees resulted in too many weak flyouts. That suggests he'll continue to be a batting-average hole, and his sub-par 33.8% hard-hit rate means he's unlikely to hit for enough power to make up for it, even with so many flyballs.
Bleday received rave reviews from the Marlins for his performance at the alternate site, but that's all we've got to go on from his 2020 season, and it's not like they would say anything negative about the No. 4 overall pick from the 2019 draft. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound lefty slugger led the nation with 27 home runs for Vanderbilt as a junior and was better than league average (107 wRC+) while playing in a pitcher's park (Jupiter) in a pitcher's league (Florida State League) after signing. Bleday received a more aggressive assignment in 2019 than more highly touted prospects in his class like Adley Rutschman and Andrew Vaughn. His realistic upside is that he becomes a plus hitter with plus power and average speed, but he is already 23, so if he shows weaknesses in the upper levels this year, his stock will take a hit. On the flip side, he could make his MLB debut this summer if he lives up to his billing.
Thanks to an impressive summer in the Cape Cod League and a big final year at Vanderbilt, Bleday was being mentioned alongside Andrew Vaughn and Adley Rutschman as the best college hitters in the class by the time Miami selected him fourth overall. The main fuel for his ascent up draft boards was a big power spike as a junior, so a .121 ISO in his pro debut raises skepticism about his power breakout. There is one necessary caveat when comparing the trio's production: Bleday was aggressively assigned directly to the pitcher-friendly Florida State League, while Vaughn climbed three levels before finishing at High-A and Rutschman only finished the year at Low-A. Bleday won't contribute with his legs and the bat needs to profile in a corner, so his tepid debut is concerning. He figures to spend most of his age-22 season at Double-A, where he will be expected to dominate, based on age and pedigree.
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Delivers walk-off blast
OFOakland Athletics
June 7, 2024
Bleday went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.
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On base three times in loss
OFOakland Athletics
June 5, 2024
Bleday went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run in a loss to the Mariners on Tuesday.
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Rips three-bagger in loss
OFOakland Athletics
May 30, 2024
Bleday went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run in a loss to the Rays on Wednesday.
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Goes deep again Friday
OFOakland Athletics
May 24, 2024
Bleday went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a double and three total runs scored in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Astros.
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Game-tying homer Thursday
OFOakland Athletics
May 24, 2024
Bleday went 1-for-6 with a two-run home run in an extra-innings win over the Rockies on Thursday.
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