Stuart Fairchild

Stuart Fairchild

28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cincinnati Reds
10-Day IL
Injury Back
Est. Return 7/19/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Fairchild opened 2023 on the major league roster and played regularly as a starter or late-game sub against left-handers over the first two-and-a-half months before being optioned to Triple-A Louisville with a .237 average over 64 games. He eventually finished the year in the majors, mostly as a fifth outfielder with stretches as a starter when injuries hit. With Spencer Steer expected to see most of his time in the outfield, a competition for fifth outfielder should play out during spring training. Fairchild brings above-average defense at all three outfield spots and speed, which gives him a leg up on the competition. That he doesn't have options remaining works in his favor, as Nick Martini still has one left. The Reds could option Martini, leaving Fairchild and Jose Barrero, whose primary position is shortstop, to compete for a job. Read Past Outlooks
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#362
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Reds in March of 2024.
Expected back after All-Star break
OFCincinnati Reds
Back
July 14, 2024
Reds manager David Bell said Sunday that Fairchild (spine) is expected to return from the 10-day injured list following the All-Star break, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
ANALYSIS
Fairchild was placed on the IL on Monday with a spinal disc injury, but he seems to be progressing well and tracking toward an abbreviated absence. He'll head to the Reds' complex in Arizona during the break to increase his baseball activities, and barring a setback, he should be ready to go when Cincinnati opens its second-half schedule Friday in Washington. Fairchild had been serving as the Reds' everyday center fielder in the absence of TJ Friedl (hamstring) prior to getting hurt, but he may be limited to a short-side platoon role upon his activation now that Cincinnati has added Rece Hinds and Austin Slater to its outfield mix in addition to getting Jake Fraley back from the family medical emergency list.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
6
3
9
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
9
2
5
2
5
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+120%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .788 261 30 8 32 12 .262 .362 .427
Since 2022vs Right .632 293 41 7 25 9 .203 .276 .356
2024vs Left .861 103 17 4 19 7 .308 .388 .473
2024vs Right .391 86 6 1 4 4 .127 .188 .203
2023vs Left .700 111 8 1 9 5 .226 .345 .355
2023vs Right .716 144 26 4 19 5 .230 .303 .413
2022vs Left .828 47 5 3 4 0 .244 .340 .488
2022vs Right .780 63 9 2 2 0 .250 .333 .446
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+37%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .654 283 34 5 21 7 .224 .317 .337
Since 2022Away .758 271 37 10 36 14 .238 .316 .442
2024Home .551 102 10 1 10 3 .209 .287 .264
2024Away .753 87 13 4 13 8 .241 .310 .443
2023Home .628 123 16 3 10 4 .190 .295 .333
2023Away .785 132 18 2 18 6 .263 .346 .439
2022Home .894 58 8 1 1 0 .320 .414 .480
2022Away .697 52 6 4 5 0 .170 .250 .447
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Stat Review
How does Stuart Fairchild 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
0.33
 
BB Rate
7.9%
 
K Rate
23.8%
 
BABIP
.275
 
ISO
.124
 
AVG
.224
 
OBP
.298
 
SLG
.347
 
OPS
.645
 
wOBA
.291
 
Exit Velocity
86.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.0%
 
Barrels/PA
4.2%
 
Expected BA
.224
 
Expected SLG
.368
 
Sprint Speed
26.0 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
38.3%
 
Line Drive %
11.7%
 
Fly Ball %
50.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2021
2020
Fairchild is back with the team that drafted him in the second round in 2017. His prospect stock took a tumble as Cincinnati traded him to Arizona, and the Diamondbacks cut bait before ill-fated stints with the Mariners and Giants. The Reds brought Fairchild in on a waiver claim in June but didn't give him much playing time until the final month of the season. At 26 years old, Fairchild enjoyed his first real taste of big-league success, slashing .302/.393/.472 in his final 61 plate appearances of 2022. It's probably not enough to land him a starting job entering 2023, though he's firmly in the mix for a bench spot and Nick Senzel is just one of several health question marks for the club. Fairchild's production last season was propped up by his home park, but he's always displayed strong on-base skills and there is still speed here even if he hasn't shown it in the majors.
Fairchild, the 38th overall pick by the Reds in the 2017 first-year player draft, has displayed strong on-base skills during his time in the minor leagues. At age 23, Fairchild drew 44 walks in 460 PA between High-A and Double-A, leading to a .353 combined OBP in 2019. Those skills along with decent speed, average-to-plus defense in center field and a plus arm point to a future in the major leagues. However, the fact the Reds traded Fairchild last summer along with Josh VanMeter in exchange for a month of Archie Bradley's services tells you all you really need to know. He does not profile as a long-term, big-league regular. Fairchild was added to the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster in November and figures to debut at some point in 2021.
Fairchild hit .360 during his final season at Wake Forest but faced questions about his hit tool entering the 2017 first-year player draft. The Reds grabbed Fairchild in the second round, and while he did little to alleviate concerns about his hitting in his first year with a full-season affiliate, he did finally answer some questions in 2019. Fairchild trimmed his strikeout rate with High-A Daytona from 26% to 21.4%, and that number fell all the way to 12.4% after his move up to Double-A Chattanooga in June (179 plate appearances). He also lifted his walk rate and cracked double-digit homers for the first time as a pro. It seems Fairchild can handle himself just fine with a wood bat, though whether he will hit enough to be a major-league starter in left field remains in question. As a righty, his power should play up in Great American Ball Park. He will likely split 2020 between Double-A and Triple-A.
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Placed on IL with back injury
OFCincinnati Reds
Back
July 8, 2024
The Reds placed Fairchild on the 10-day injured list Monday with a spine disc injury.
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Sits out Sunday with back issue
OFCincinnati Reds
Back
July 7, 2024
Fairchild was out of the lineup for Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Tigers due to a back injury, Gordon Wittenmyer of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Getting starts against righties
OFCincinnati Reds
July 6, 2024
Fairchild went 0-for-3 in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Tigers.
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Homers in win
OFCincinnati Reds
July 4, 2024
Fairchild went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Yankees.
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Steals 10th bag in win
OFCincinnati Reds
June 29, 2024
Fairchild went 2-for-5 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 9-4 win over the Cardinals.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
More playing time coming
OFCincinnati Reds
July 29, 2022
Fairchild should get more playing time with Tyler Naquin gone, reports C. Trent Rosencrans of The Athletic.
ANALYSIS
The Reds traded Naquin to the Mets on Thursday, and Fairchild is likely to be the beneficiary. Cincinnati selected Fairchild off waivers from San Francisco in June and the 26-year-old has made just eight appearances for Cincinnati since being acquired. The outfielder has produced a .285/.376/.567 slash line with 20 homers in 346 plate appearances at the Triple-A level and will likely get a shot to prove himself in the majors over the final two months of the season. He's capable of playing all three outfield positions, which should increase his potential for playing time.
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