Mike Yastrzemski

Mike Yastrzemski

32-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Francisco Giants
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Yastrzemski came on to the league as an older prospect who joined in on the bouncy baseball fun of 2019, but then backed it up with an even better pandemic season in 2020 before coming back to earth each of the past two seasons. San Francisco believes there is at least another season there as they gave him a one year deal to avoid arbitration rather than non-tender him so he will stay in the bay area to play the strong side of a platoon situation with whatever righty bat the club plugs into play to face lefties. Yaz is rather accepting of his walks and has excellent plate discipline built around some swing and miss as he has struggled with breaking balls each of the past two seasons. His numbers could improve if he could rediscover some of his earlier success against non-fastballs, but the past two seasons have left us wondering if that will ever happen again for him. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $6.1 million contract with the Giants in November of 2022, avoiding arbitration.
Agrees to avoid arbitration
OFSan Francisco Giants
November 18, 2022
Yastrzemski agreed to a one-year, $6.1 million contract with the Giants on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Yastrzemski's performance has slipped over the past couple years, but he was still right around league average by wRC+ last season. His struggles against lefties really dragged him down, so Yastrzemski may be shielded from southpaws a bit more in 2023. Regardless, he should still be in the lineup more often than not.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
19
31
6
8
13
7
4
7
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
11
7
1
1
8
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+29%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+65%
OPS vs RHP
2020
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .632 335 47 11 32 2 .191 .272 .359
Since 2020vs Right .816 974 140 41 131 9 .244 .338 .478
2022vs Left .575 137 18 4 12 1 .179 .250 .325
2022vs Right .737 421 55 13 45 4 .227 .323 .414
2021vs Left .513 126 18 2 7 0 .170 .254 .259
2021vs Right .848 406 57 23 64 4 .242 .328 .520
2020vs Left .950 72 11 5 13 1 .254 .347 .603
2020vs Right .952 147 28 5 22 1 .304 .408 .544
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2020
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .749 657 95 22 75 5 .227 .326 .423
Since 2020Away .788 654 92 30 88 6 .235 .317 .471
2022Home .665 273 35 8 25 3 .201 .293 .372
2022Away .727 285 38 9 32 2 .228 .317 .411
2021Home .743 264 34 8 30 1 .227 .335 .409
2021Away .789 268 41 17 41 3 .222 .287 .502
2020Home .951 120 26 6 20 1 .288 .383 .567
2020Away .954 101 13 4 15 1 .291 .396 .558
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Stat Review
How does Mike Yastrzemski 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
0.43
 
BB Rate
10.9%
 
K Rate
25.3%
 
BABIP
.261
 
ISO
.177
 
AVG
.214
 
OBP
.305
 
SLG
.392
 
OPS
.697
 
wOBA
.309
 
Exit Velocity
89.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.5%
 
Barrels/PA
7.0%
 
Expected BA
.220
 
Expected SLG
.392
 
Sprint Speed
22.6 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
34.4%
 
Line Drive %
19.4%
 
Fly Ball %
46.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
2020
Yastrzemski sat against some southpaws, but 24% of his plate appearances came against lefthanders. In his first two seasons, Yastrzemski hit lefties slightly better, but last season he slashed .170/.254/.259 in that scenario. To be fair, he also slipped versus righthanders, but not to the extent against lefties. Southpaws fed Yastrzemski more breaking balls and off-speed stuff last season and responded with a .088 BABIP compared to over .400 his first two campaigns. Oddly, Yastrzemski's contact and exit velocity were in line with prior season; his BABIP simply cratered. While this bodes well for a rebound, reverting to 2019 and 2020 levels is optimistic. Overall, Yastrzemski's contact and power skills are stable, but he's been subject to batted ball whims. He's also older than many perceive as he'll turn 32-year-old in August. Draft for power, but don't expect a full batting average rebound.
Even as the grandson of a Hall of Famer, Yastrzemski has had his doubters, but he quieted those doubters with a brilliant 2020 season. Yastrzemski finished seventh among MLB hitters in fWAR (2.7) and finished as OF15 in rotisserie leagues. He was far more patient at the plate than he was during his rookie season, cutting his Swing% from 47.1% to 38.9% and upping his walk rate from 7.8% to 13.3%. It's great to see that even as he was taking more pitches, he was still all over the hittable pitches that were in the strike zone. His Statcast numbers are all over the map as Yastrzemski ranked in the bottom 40th percentile in hard-hit rate and the expected stats say he was out over his skis, but at the same time his xwOBA and xSLG were in the top 20% of the league. He is already 30 and not a great athlete, but Yastrzemski is now the face of the Giants and the recent changes at Oracle Park have helped offense.
Yastrzemski finally broke into the majors in 2019 after being traded from the Orioles to the Giants prior to the season. The outfielder got off to a slow start following his promotion in May, but he found his groove after the All-Star break and posted a 136 wRC+ over 70 second-half games. Yastrzemski's 21 homers -- which came in just 371 at-bats -- tied for most on the Giants, while his .852 OPS and 121 wRC+ led all players on the team with at least 200 plate appearances. Although Yastrzemski could stand to improve his approach (7.8 BB%, 26.0 K%), his strong batted-ball profile suggests his success is for the most part believable. Yastrzemski was shielded pretty heavily against lefties in his debut season, though he performed well enough in his limited opportunities (.943 OPS in 89 PA) to potentially earn more at-bats against southpaws in 2020. Either way, he should remain a fixture in the lineup.
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Homers during loss
OFSan Francisco Giants
October 2, 2022
Yastrzemski went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss against the Diamondbacks.
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Stays warm Friday
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 30, 2022
Yastrzemski went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, a walk, two RBI and three runs scored in Friday's 10-4 win over the Diamondbacks.
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Knocks 15th long ball
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 25, 2022
Yastrzemski went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a double in a 5-2 loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
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Two extra-base hits
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 22, 2022
Yastrzemski went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a double and two runs scored Thursday against the Rockies.
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Sitting Wednesday
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 21, 2022
Yastrzemski isn't in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies.
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