Cesar Puello
Cesar Puello
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Miami Marlins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After finally cracking a major-league roster in 2017, Puello latched on with the Diamondbacks as a non-roster invitee to spring training. He was hoping for a reserve outfielder spot at some point during the season but ultimately spent the entire year at Triple-A Reno. While there, he compiled a .317/.426/.454 slash line with six homers and 33 RBI in 73 games before being released at the beginning of August. The Giants picked him up at the end of the season, but he didn't find as much success with their Triple-A affiliate, producing just a .676 OPS in 13 games. Puello signed a minor-league deal with the Angels over the offseason, but with proven options already taking up all three outfield spots in the majors, it seems like the Dominican outfielder is destined for more time at Triple-A. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Angels in December of 2018. Traded to the Marlins in June of 2019.
Fourth straight start
OFMiami Marlins
July 7, 2019
Puello will start in right field and bat second Sunday against the Braves, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
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Puello has been one of the beneficiaries of Brian Anderson being limited to a bench role for the past week due to an elbow injury that impacts his ability to throw. With Anderson sitting out again in the series finale, Puello will draw a fourth consecutive start in the outfield. Puello, who has gone 6-for-35 (.171 average) since being acquired from the Angels on June 19, will likely be headed back to a fourth-outfielder role in the second half with Anderson likely to be healthy by that point.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
3
3
3
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
6
3
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
+115%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .724 72 7 2 8 0 .230 .347 .377
Since 2017vs Right .767 70 10 1 10 2 .300 .400 .367
2019vs Left .900 51 5 2 8 0 .268 .412 .488
2019vs Right .776 52 6 1 7 0 .304 .385 .391
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .340 21 2 0 0 0 .150 .190 .150
2017vs Right .730 18 4 0 3 2 .286 .444 .286
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
+52%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .832 50 6 1 7 2 .318 .400 .432
Since 2017Away .696 92 11 2 11 0 .234 .359 .338
2019Home 1.028 27 2 1 6 0 .375 .444 .583
2019Away .763 76 9 2 9 0 .254 .382 .381
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .598 23 4 0 1 2 .250 .348 .250
2017Away .393 16 2 0 2 0 .143 .250 .143
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Stat Review
How does Cesar Puello 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 this season's data (min 200 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.
BB/K
0.35
 
BB Rate
7.5%
 
K Rate
21.7%
 
BABIP
.344
 
ISO
.144
 
AVG
.278
 
OBP
.387
 
SLG
.422
 
OPS
.809
 
wOBA
.372
 
Exit Velocity
87.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.9%
 
Barrels/PA
5.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Once hailed as a notable prospect in the Mets' organization, Puello has played in three organizations over the past two seasons, spending most of his time at the Triple-A level with the affiliates of the Yankees, Angels, and Rays. At this point, he appears to be a Quadruple-A player, but he's only been given 17 games in the majors in his career to this point. With a career .289/.379/.447 line over 1,039 plate appearances at Triple-A, Puello has nothing left to prove at that level. In order to stick on a 25-man roster at some point, he'll likely need to land with a non-contending team, and be willing to bide his time a little longer in the minors before an opportunity to play more frequently opens up due to injuries. If that happens, however, Puello has shown a combination of power and speed that could make him a useful speculative pickup in deeper formats. He'll begin 2018 in the D-backs' organization, where he'll likely head to Triple-A Reno to start the season.
On the heels of a career-best 2013 season at Double-A that ended with a 50-game suspension for his connection to Biogenesis, Puello regressed in a big way upon getting his first taste of Triple-A. Across the board, his numbers more closely resembled his pre-breakout results, raising questions about the validity of his production prior to the suspension. On a positive note, Puello continued to show improved plate discipline, lowing his strikout rate (19.4%) for the second straight season and walking at the best clip of his career (8.1% BB%). Just 24, there may be moderate interest from other clubs if the Mets part ways with him, but Puello will have to repeat Triple-A and fare much better in order to get back on the big league radar.
Puello was suspended 50 games on August 5 for his ties to the Biogenesis clinic, ending his 2013 campaign prematurely. In 90 games at Double-A Binghamton, he slashed .328/.405/.550 with 16 homers, 73 RBI, 63 runs scored and 25 stolen bases. While his numbers improved across the board, the growth as accompanied by a 62-point spike in BABIP, so his batting average may be unsustainable. In addition, this is the third straight season that he failed to play a full complement of games, which is something he needs to prove he can to do to be counted on. Puello could open 2014 back at Double-A, but should advance to Triple-A quickly and could see Citi Field by the end of the season.
Puello's season was limited to 227 at-bats at High-A due to a hand injury, and the results around that ailment were hardly spectacular. To this point, Puello has shown an inability to draw walks (three percent in 2012) which combined with his low contact rate (74 percent) makes it difficult to use his best tool -- speed. On the basepaths, Puello went 19-for-21 this season in that limited workload, which bodes very well for fantasy owners long term if he is able to improve his eye, or put an increased number of balls in play at some point. His offseason league work showed similar results in the Arizona Fall League and Dominican Winter League, so Puello may need to repeat High-A for a couple of months in 2013 before getting his first taste of Double-A.
Puello played in Low-A Savannah last season as a 19-year-old. He went on a tear in the second half of the year, batting .346/.424/.430 before seeing his season end in mid-August with a strained lower back. That tear coincided with a change in his batting stance, which allowed Puello to be more upright at the plate and have a shorter distance for his hands to go to drive the ball. Puello is a five-tool player, with speed being his greatest asset right now and power expected to come as he matures. He is slated to start to 2011 at High-A St. Lucie and his strike-zone judgment as well as his bat will determine how quickly he rises in the Mets' system.
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Working as reserve again
OFMiami Marlins
June 28, 2019
Puello is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Phillies, according to Andre Fernandez of The Athletic.
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Heads to bench Thursday
OFMiami Marlins
June 27, 2019
Puello is not in Thursday's lineup against the Nationals, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
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Day off Tuesday
OFMiami Marlins
June 25, 2019
Puello is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Washington, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
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Starting in third straight
OFMiami Marlins
June 22, 2019
Puello will start in right field and bat sixth Saturday against the Phillies, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Sent to Marlins
OFMiami Marlins
June 19, 2019
Puello was traded from the Angels to the Marlins on Wednesday in exchange for cash considerations.
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