Jake Bauers
Jake Bauers
23-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Cleveland Indians
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Bauers is not your prototypical first baseman. He does not hit with the power that we associate with the position, but he has better-than-average pop. He has enough athleticism to play both first base and the outfield, and has stolen 36 bases over the past two seasons. He has had double-digit home runs and steals in each of the past two seasons, most of which has been spent at Triple-A Durham. His rookie season was a disappointment, hurt mostly by a terrible stretch over the summer where he became a three-true-outcome player. Over 85 plate appearances in August and September, Bauers hit .058/.202/.072. He struggles against lefties, and will likely be platooned even following an offseason trade to the Indians. One has to hope the summer struggles were an adjustment period and not a sign of things to come. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in March of 2018. Traded to the Indians in December of 2018.
Smacks game-winning homer
1BCleveland Indians
April 17, 2019
Bauers accounted for the only offense in Wednesday's 1-0 win over the Mariners, going 2-for-3 with a solo home run.
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The rest of Cleveland's lineup only managed one hit between them, but Bauers had no problem handling rookie Seattle starter Erik Swanson's stuff, taking him deep in the fifth inning after singling in his first at-bat. Bauers is still only slashing .226/.317/.377 through 16 games with two homers and six RBI, but his only two multi-hit performances on the season to date have come in his last three games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
8
5
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+24%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .624 121 12 3 11 0 .189 .275 .349
Since 2017vs Right .728 327 44 10 43 7 .211 .331 .396
2019vs Left .800 15 2 1 3 0 .267 .267 .533
2019vs Right .649 45 6 1 3 1 .211 .333 .316
2018vs Left .595 106 10 2 8 0 .176 .276 .319
2018vs Right .740 282 38 9 40 6 .211 .331 .409
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+26%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .776 239 32 7 31 6 .235 .357 .418
Since 2017Away .614 209 24 6 23 1 .172 .269 .344
2019Home .703 20 3 0 2 0 .235 .350 .353
2019Away .689 40 5 2 4 1 .222 .300 .389
2018Home .782 219 29 7 29 6 .235 .358 .425
2018Away .595 169 19 4 19 0 .160 .262 .333
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Jake Bauers 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.
BB/K
0.70
 
BB Rate
11.7%
 
K Rate
16.7%
 
BABIP
.244
 
ISO
.151
 
AVG
.226
 
OBP
.317
 
SLG
.377
 
OPS
.694
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
If the ball stays juiced, Bauers could end up being one of the most underrated prospects in the minors. He has an elite approach and quality hit tool, which could lead to on-base percentages north of .360. Bauers is an average runner with great instincts on the bases -- a rare skill for a Triple-A first baseman. He also has above-average raw power, but doesn't access all of it in games yet. This is where he becomes impossible to project. If Jesse Winker can get to the big leagues and hit seven home runs in 47 games, then Bauers is capable of being a 20-plus homer bat from Day 1, but it's unclear if this power environment will continue in perpetuity. The outfield experiment was a flop, and he should take the reins as the everyday big-league first baseman early in his age-22 season. His plate skills and modest speed contributions provide a solid floor, but his power output will determine whether he is a sought after fantasy first baseman or a corner-infield replacement option in standard leagues.
Bauers' 2016 numbers with Double-A Montgomery may not jump out at a glance, but considering his age relative to level, it was a highly successful campaign. The 21-year-old outfielder/first baseman's OBP represented a 41-point improvement over the number he generated in his 285-plate appearance sample at the Double-A level in 2015 -- a product of Bauers walking a career-high 73 times over 581 plate appearances (pushing his walk rate from 7.4 percent to 12.6 percent). He also showed an ability to make consistent contact, striking out at just a 15.3 percent clip. Bauers figures to start 2017 back at Montgomery, and whether he will stick at his corner infield spot or settle permanently in the outfield remains in question. He may have better overall long-term viability in the latter role, as the lefty hitter doesn't project to hit for elite power at the highest level, although there is still room for projection in that department.
Simply put, first base prospects have to hit a lot to make it in the big leagues. Nobody questions Bauers' hit tool, but forget plus power, he may not even have above-average power. Every now and then a player like James Loney or Casey Kotchman is able to carve out a career as a starting first baseman despite never hitting 20 home runs in a season, but it is a pretty rare feat. Additionally, those players are usually afterthoughts in fantasy. The fact that Bauers hit .276 in 285 plate appearances at Double-A as a 19-year-old is incredibly impressive, but that does not change his long-term outlook. He played the outfield in the Arizona Fall League, where his offensive profile would be a better fit, but it remains to be seen if he has the ability to handle an outfield corner in the upper levels. If he remains a first baseman, he will be a low-upside option, due to the lack of projectable power, but he becomes more interesting in dynasty leagues if there is a permanent transition to the outfield.
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Takes seat for series opener
1BCleveland Indians
April 15, 2019
Bauers isn't in Monday's starting lineup against the Mariners, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Connects for first homer
1BCleveland Indians
April 9, 2019
Bauers went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Cleveland's 8-2 win Tuesday against the Tigers.
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Collects third hit of 2019
1BCleveland Indians
April 4, 2019
Bauers went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored Thursday against the Blue Jays.
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Bows out of lineup
1BCleveland Indians
April 3, 2019
Bauers is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
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Moves up to third in order
1BCleveland Indians
April 1, 2019
Bauers will start in left field and will bat third in Monday's game against the White Sox.
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