Alec Burleson

Alec Burleson

25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
St. Louis Cardinals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
It didn't show up much in his bottom-line stats, but Burleson did do some interesting things at the plate last season with the Cardinals during his first extended look in the majors. Chief among them was an elite contact ability with a strikeout rate of just 13 percent, and he also impacted the ball pretty well with a 41 percent hard-hit rate. Burleson doesn't draw walks and offers virtually no defensive value, so his bat will need to carry him. The 25-year-old could become interesting with regular starts, but St. Louis' outfield and designated hitter situation remains crowded even after the trade of Tyler O'Neill. Read Past Outlooks
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#392
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals in March of 2024.
Goes deep again Sunday
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
July 14, 2024
Burleson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Sunday's 8-3 loss to the Cubs.
ANALYSIS
Burleson heads into the All-Star break on a tear with four homers and 11 RBI across his last seven games. The outfielder is up to a .288/.320/.494 slash line, 17 long balls, 53 RBI, 41 runs scored, 14 doubles and seven stolen bases across 89 contests. Burleson still doesn't have one set position, but he's able to maintain a near-everyday role between the corner outfield spots, first base and designated hitter.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
28
2
3
11
13
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
12
2
3
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+82%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .538 126 12 3 14 2 .208 .238 .300
Since 2022vs Right .779 609 67 23 78 9 .272 .321 .458
2024vs Left .513 94 9 3 8 2 .189 .213 .300
2024vs Right .933 244 32 14 45 5 .327 .362 .571
2023vs Left .607 29 3 0 6 0 .259 .310 .296
2023vs Right .699 315 31 8 30 3 .243 .299 .399
2022vs Left .667 3 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
2022vs Right .527 50 4 1 3 1 .178 .260 .267
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+38%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .819 370 49 13 50 6 .295 .341 .478
Since 2022Away .654 365 30 13 42 5 .226 .272 .382
2024Home .879 176 25 8 27 4 .327 .360 .519
2024Away .745 162 16 9 26 3 .247 .278 .468
2023Home .803 167 21 5 21 2 .279 .329 .474
2023Away .583 177 13 3 15 1 .211 .273 .311
2022Home .514 27 3 0 2 0 .174 .296 .217
2022Away .551 26 1 1 1 1 .200 .231 .320
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Stat Review
How does Alec Burleson 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
0.30
 
BB Rate
4.1%
 
K Rate
13.6%
 
BABIP
.288
 
ISO
.206
 
AVG
.288
 
OBP
.320
 
SLG
.494
 
OPS
.814
 
wOBA
.352
 
Exit Velocity
89.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.7%
 
Barrels/PA
6.2%
 
Expected BA
.284
 
Expected SLG
.466
 
Sprint Speed
21.6 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
38.6%
 
Line Drive %
23.2%
 
Fly Ball %
38.2%
 
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
Burleson, a 24-year-old with nothing left to prove as a hitter in the minors and nowhere to fit defensively in the majors, has been dangled as a secondary piece in many of the Cardinals' trade talks (Juan Soto, Sean Murphy, etc...), but so far he appears to be staying put. It's unfortunate, as Burleson might be a good enough hitter (potential for a high average and 20-homer pop) to be an everyday left fielder or designated hitter for a second-division club. On this Cardinals roster, however, he is a lefty bench bat who will wait for an injury or underperformance to open up more plate appearances.
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Homers in Game 1 win Saturday
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
July 14, 2024
Burleson went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run, a double and an additional run scored in an 11-3 win over the Cubs in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.
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Collects three RBI in twin bill
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
July 10, 2024
Burleson went 2-for-8 with a home run, a double, two runs and three RBI over both games of Wednesday's doubleheader versus the Royals.
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Cracks homer, plates three in win
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
July 8, 2024
Burleson went 2-for-5 with a solo homer and two additional RBI in Monday's 6-0 victory over Washington.
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Picks up seventh steal
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
July 7, 2024
Burleson went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Nationals.
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Swipes bag Friday
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
July 6, 2024
Burleson went 1-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base in Friday's 7-6 extra-innings win over the Nationals.
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Could get playing time bump
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
April 24, 2024
Outfielder Jordan Walker was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday, per Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat, which could open up playing time for Burleson.
ANALYSIS
Burleson had a regular role to begin the season but has started just two of 11 games since Lars Nootbaar returned from two fractured ribs. Burleson has struggled at the plate with a .255/.296/.294 slash line in 54 plate appearances, so he likely won't come close to having an everyday role. Backup catcher Ivan Herrera should also see increased chances with Walker sent down.
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