Paul DeJong
Paul DeJong
25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
St. Louis Cardinals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Coming off a surprising rookie season, DeJong's sophomore campaign was a mixed bag. He missed nearly two months after fracturing his left hand via a hit-by-pitch May 17. At the time, DeJong was sporting a reasonable .824 OPS with eight long balls. After his July 6 return, DeJong struggled, failing to hit a homer until July 25, registering a meek .550 OPS in that span. From that point on, DeJong's power returned (11 home runs), but he reached base at a poor 30% clip. DeJong carried over his 2017 elevated flyball rate, while his HR/FB dropped a few points, perhaps a result of the hand injury, though his hard-hit rate remained above average. While his below-average contact rate and low walk rate render DeJong a batting-average liability, there's reason for optimism as his plate skills improved last season and were masked by a low BABIP. DeJong should be the everyday shortstop, and the power isn't a question. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $26 million contract extension with the Cardinals in March of 2018.
Another pair of two-baggers
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
April 21, 2019
DeJong went 2-for-5 with two doubles, two runs, and an RBI in a win over the Mets on Saturday.
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Following a rare 0-for-4 night Friday, DeJong was right back to tormenting opposing pitchers Saturday. With his pair of doubles, DeJong now has 14 extra-base hits in 91 plate appearances, putting him nearly a third of the way to the 45 he amassed in 2018 over 490 opportunities. Moreover, despite seeing a career-low 3.65 pitches per plate appearance thus far this season, DeJong's current .329 average and .396 on-base percentage easily qualify as career highs.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
17
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+37%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .811 228 29 10 36 2 .246 .329 .482
Since 2017vs Right .819 799 113 38 108 2 .274 .324 .495
2019vs Left 1.275 14 2 1 4 1 .385 .429 .846
2019vs Right .931 81 17 3 7 1 .315 .383 .548
2018vs Left .651 126 15 3 18 0 .198 .302 .349
2018vs Right .777 363 53 16 50 1 .255 .317 .461
2017vs Left .952 88 12 6 14 1 .288 .352 .600
2017vs Right .835 355 43 19 51 0 .285 .318 .516
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+42%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+50%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .878 466 63 16 64 4 .296 .361 .518
Since 2017Away .767 561 79 32 80 0 .246 .296 .471
2019Home 1.176 43 11 1 5 2 .395 .465 .711
2019Away .827 52 8 3 6 0 .271 .327 .500
2018Home .666 230 25 4 29 1 .223 .304 .361
2018Away .816 259 43 15 39 0 .256 .320 .496
2017Home 1.058 193 27 11 30 1 .358 .404 .654
2017Away .705 250 28 14 35 0 .231 .264 .441
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How does Paul DeJong 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
0.39
 
BB Rate
7.0%
 
K Rate
18.0%
 
BABIP
.377
 
ISO
.264
 
AVG
.330
 
OBP
.390
 
SLG
.593
 
OPS
.983
 
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
In one of the biggest surprises of the 2017 season, DeJong led the Cardinals in home runs and finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. A fourth-round selection in 2015, he was largely unheralded in the prospect community, having posted an underwhelming .260/.324/.460 line at the Double-A level in 2016. He garnered little buzz upon his initial promotion to the majors in late May, but DeJong solidified his spot in the everyday lineup and in the three hole in the batting order in less than two months. There are some obvious red flags, namely his 28 percent strikeout rate and 4.7 percent walk rate, but DeJong's ability to get the ball in the air consistently bodes well for his power production moving forward. Speed is not part of the package, but DeJong qualifies at shortstop and second base and the bat is probably a little better than most will give him credit for even after the strong debut.
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Torments Brewers pitching
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
April 18, 2019
DeJong went 4-for-5 with an RBI single and a run in a win over the Brewers on Wednesday.
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Goes deep in loss
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
April 16, 2019
DeJong went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in a loss to the Brewers on Monday.
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Tearing up Dodgers pitching
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
April 11, 2019
DeJong, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI triple and three runs in a win over the Dodgers on Wednesday, is 7-for-9 with three extra-base hits (two doubles and Wednesday's triple) in the first three games of the series versus Los Angeles.
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Productive all-around day in win
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April 10, 2019
DeJong went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two walks, two runs and a stolen base in a win over the Dodgers on Tuesday.
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Timely two-bagger in win
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April 8, 2019
DeJong went 1-for-4 with a two-run double in a win over the Padres on Sunday.
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