Harrison Bader
Harrison Bader
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
St. Louis Cardinals
10-Day IL
Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 4/24/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Defense is his calling card, but Bader's no slouch with the bat. When accounting for park effects and the current run environment, Bader graded out as 6% better than league average at the plate (106 wRC+) as a rookie. He did benefit from some good fortune on balls in play (.358 BABIP), but it wasn't all luck. He used his above-average speed to beat out groundballs at the highest rate among players with 400 plate appearances; a whopping 17.8% of Bader's groundballs resulted in infield hits. He showed good instincts on the basepaths, successfully converting 15 of 18 stolen-base attempts. His modest .251/.317/.378 line against same-handed pitching suggests he could be overexposed in an everyday role, but his stellar defense will give him a long leash. With stolen-base totals at their lowest levels in decades, Bader has quite a bit of appeal, as he has the speed to reach 20 bases while also contributing double-digit homers. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Cardinals in June of 2015 that includes a $400,000 signing bonus.
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OFSt. Louis Cardinals
Hamstring
April 19, 2019
Bader (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the injured list after the 10-day minimum, Jeff Jones of MLB.com reports.
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Bader's rehab is going as planned, and the Cardinals don't expect him to require a rehab assignment before returning. He's eligible to come off the injured list beginning April 24.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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1
9
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
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#5
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3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+42%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+153%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .930 170 32 7 18 6 .304 .382 .547
Since 2017vs Right .655 399 45 10 34 11 .231 .303 .352
2019vs Left .830 11 1 0 0 0 .250 .455 .375
2019vs Right .671 39 5 2 5 0 .161 .316 .355
2018vs Left .886 138 26 5 14 6 .292 .370 .517
2018vs Right .695 289 35 7 23 9 .251 .317 .378
2017vs Left 1.229 21 5 2 4 0 .400 .429 .800
2017vs Right .486 71 5 1 6 2 .185 .239 .246
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+35%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+77%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+24%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+82%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .632 303 33 2 18 8 .229 .309 .323
Since 2017Away .853 266 44 15 34 9 .278 .347 .506
2019Home .500 25 2 0 2 0 .111 .333 .167
2019Away .884 25 4 2 3 0 .238 .360 .524
2018Home .678 222 28 2 15 7 .250 .321 .357
2018Away .840 205 33 10 22 8 .279 .348 .492
2017Home .500 56 3 0 1 1 .192 .250 .250
2017Away .909 36 7 3 9 1 .303 .333 .576
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How does Harrison Bader 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
0.57
 
BB Rate
16.0%
 
K Rate
28.0%
 
BABIP
.217
 
ISO
.179
 
AVG
.179
 
OBP
.347
 
SLG
.359
 
OPS
.706
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Gone are the days where the Cardinals were satisfied with players like Jedd Gyorko, Kolten Wong, Randal Grichuk and the like occupying prominent spots in the lineup, and that's bad news for Bader. He fit the prototype of the Mike Matheny-era Cardinals -- a player who maximizes his natural ability but lacks the impact tools to be a game changer at the plate or in the field. With the starting outfield set for 2018 with three everyday players, Bader will be competing for a bench role this spring. He has always mashed lefties, which is a strength that Matheny would undoubtedly make use of if Bader is on the bench. Unfortunately, he is subpar against righties and has to sell out to access his average raw power, which means he will always be a bit of a batting average risk without enough power to make it worthwhile. He is capable of playing all three outfield spots and is an above-average runner. Essentially, he is a prototypical fourth outfielder.
The dominant narrative with Bader seems to be his dramatic decline in production after being promoted from the Texas League (143 wRC+) to the Pacific Coast League (74 wRC+). However, his splits against right-handed pitching should be what really troubles his dynasty league owners. He rode a 1.375 OPS against lefties at Low-A to prominence last offseason, and boosted his mark against southpaws even further to 1.485 OPS at Double-A in 2016. All the while, Bader was a middling hitter against righties, putting up splits of .270/.337/.399 and .249/.319/.377 at Low-A and Double-A, respectively. His solid defense in center field, above-average speed and ability to crush left-handed pitching will undoubtedly get him to the big leagues at some point in the next year or two, but it seems likely that he will be limited to a part-time role. Look to deal him before this reality becomes common knowledge.
The 100th overall pick in the 2015 draft started his professional career as well as any player in his class. Bader, a late bloomer with the stick out of the University of Florida, received a promotion to Low-A Peoria after posting a 1.055 OPS in seven games with short-season State College. He clearly needed more of a challenge, and he handled that challenge, posting a .301/.364/.505 slash line with nine home runs and 15 steals in 228 plate appearances. Despite being slightly younger than the average player at that level, Bader’s .869 OPS would have been tied for the second best mark in the Midwest League if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. His 49:15 K:BB in 61 games suggests he has the approach to continue his success in an assignment to High-A Palm Beach as a 21-year-old, and if he continues to rake, the 6-foot center fielder could find himself at Double-A shortly after he turns 22 on June 3.
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Heads to IL
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
Hamstring
April 17, 2019
The Cardinals placed Bader (hamstring) on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Jim Hayes of FOX Sports Midwest reports.
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Out again Tuesday
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
Hamstring
April 16, 2019
Bader (hamstring) isn't in Tuesday's lineup against Milwaukee.
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Not starting Monday
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
Hamstring
April 15, 2019
Bader (hamstring) is not in the lineup Monday against the Brewers.
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Day-to-day with hamstring issue
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
Hamstring
April 14, 2019
Bader (hamstring) will be considered a game-time decision for Monday's game against Milwaukee, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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Battling hamstring tightness
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
Hamstring
April 14, 2019
Bader is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds due to hamstring tightness, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
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