David Bote

David Bote

29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Chicago Cubs
2023 Fantasy Outlook
It was mostly a lost season for Bote in 2022, and he finished it by getting outrighted to Triple-A Iowa in November, which removes him from the 40-man roster heading into 2023. The utility player didn't make his season debut until late June due to shoulder surgery the previous offseason, and shoulder issues continued to hamper him throughout the year. Bote ended up playing in a career-low 41 games for the Cubs and appeared in nearly as many games at Triple-A (38). When healthy and playing more regularly, Bote has provided some value as a versatile defender who can occasionally offer some pop as well. His best season came in 2019, when he registered career bests with 11 home runs, 41 RBI and a .784 OPS across 127 games. That looks like a distant memory as he enters his age-30 season, as the likes of Nico Hoerner, Nick Madrigal and Patrick Wisdom figure to absorb most of Bote's potential playing time. He figures to be organizational depth in 2023 with limited fantasy appeal. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $15 million contract extension with the Cubs in April of 2019. Contract includes $7 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2025 and $7.6 million team option ($1 million buyout) for 2026.
Outrighted to Triple-A
2BChicago Cubs  AAA
November 10, 2022
Bote cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, Andy Martinez of Marquee Sports Network reports.
ANALYSIS
Bote saw limited action for Chicago in 2022 and won't remain on the 40-man roster through the offseason. He played in 41 games and had a .259/.315/.431 slash line with four home runs and 12 RBI in 127 plate appearances.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
3
1
2
6
10
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
5
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+42%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .636 182 17 6 27 1 .186 .269 .366
Since 2020vs Right .664 412 44 12 47 2 .223 .299 .365
2022vs Left .566 38 4 0 1 1 .182 .263 .303
2022vs Right .819 89 11 4 11 0 .289 .337 .482
2021vs Left .706 100 9 4 16 0 .213 .290 .416
2021vs Right .562 227 23 4 19 0 .193 .270 .292
2020vs Left .535 44 4 2 10 0 .128 .227 .308
2020vs Right .760 96 10 4 17 2 .232 .333 .427
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+59%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+97%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .678 283 33 7 36 0 .230 .301 .377
Since 2020Away .650 302 28 11 38 3 .201 .285 .366
2022Home .708 51 5 0 0 0 .292 .333 .375
2022Away .773 76 10 4 12 1 .235 .303 .471
2021Home .741 169 22 6 26 0 .243 .315 .426
2021Away .465 158 10 2 9 0 .154 .234 .231
2020Home .488 63 6 1 10 0 .143 .238 .250
2020Away .961 68 8 5 17 2 .281 .382 .579
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Stat Review
How does David Bote 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
0.13
 
BB Rate
4.7%
 
K Rate
35.4%
 
BABIP
.382
 
ISO
.172
 
AVG
.259
 
OBP
.315
 
SLG
.431
 
OPS
.746
 
wOBA
.328
 
Exit Velocity
92.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.4%
 
Barrels/PA
3.9%
 
Expected BA
.233
 
Expected SLG
.354
 
Sprint Speed
23.2 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
48.6%
 
Line Drive %
22.2%
 
Fly Ball %
29.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
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2020
2019
Bote's career appears to have peaked in 2019. It has been nothing but struggle since with 2022 not looking much better. Bote has hit under .200 over the last two seasons around his walks and strikeouts, and he is spending the offseason recovering from November left shoulder surgery. Front shoulder surgery for a hitter is never a good thing as it limits the extension a hitter can get on the swing thereby limiting the hitter's power. Given Bote's struggles the past two seasons with hitting, you are safer planning on another down year rather than hoping he rediscovers his 2018-19 form.
Bote is often more valuable in real life than he is in fantasy. The 27-year-old is able to play multiple infield positions and handle the bat decently, which makes him a useful reserve for the Cubs, especially with Kris Bryant dealing with some injury issues the past few seasons. However, the presence of Bryant and several other players keeps Bote from playing every day, and that of course limits his fantasy appeal. Bote appeared in 45 games during the shortened 2020 campaign, slashing .200/.303/.408 with seven home runs and a team-high 29 RBI. His best season came a year earlier, when he played in 127 games and hit 11 home runs with a .784 OPS. The Cubs have a 2021 team option on Bryant, though his name has also come up as a potential trade candidate. Bote's 2021 outlook largely depends on what happens with Bryant. If regular playing time opens up at third, Bote will see his fantasy stock rise.
Bote's defensive versatility provided him with considerable, albeit inconsistent, playing time during the 2019 season. His output was once again hindered by a 1.86 GB/FB rate, which would have ranked ninth-worst among all hitters had he qualified. The 26-year-old had an above-average walk rate of 12.4%, but also carried a 26.1 K%, which is especially concerning given his lack of power. Bote's 2020 outlook took another hit when Nico Hoerner impressed in his limited sample at shortstop late in the season; Javier Baez figures to shift to second base, blocking Bote's best path to playing time. Given Bote's modest production in limited opportunities over the past two seasons, he's best left for NL-only leagues, with duel eligibility (3B and 2B) helping his case in those formats. If Kris Bryant is traded, Bote could sneak into the mixed-league conversation, though he's unlikely to be a difference maker.
Bote is a hard guy to figure out. If we combine his Triple-A and major-league numbers from last season, we get 19 home runs and 140 runs-plus-RBI in 473 plate appearances. That's exciting if we prorate those numbers over the course of a full season, but his batting average and on-base percentage are both slightly below the league average. He will, as manager Joe Maddon loves to say, "accept his walk," but he also strikes out a lot. We don't yet have enough of a sample size to get into what his split are, but we do have enough data to show that his power upside is going to be limited by a high groundball rate. He has tried to add more loft to his swing, but it will be tough to overcome his 2.4 groundball-to-flyball ratio. At least Bote's utility role should remain intact.
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Tallies five RBI in finale
2BChicago Cubs  AAA
October 5, 2022
Bote went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and five RBI in Wednesday's 15-2 win over the Reds.
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Moves into utility role
2BChicago Cubs  AAA
September 28, 2022
Bote is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
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Doubles, scores in win
2BChicago Cubs  AAA
September 22, 2022
Bote went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Pirates.
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Nabs another start
2BChicago Cubs  AAA
September 21, 2022
Bote will start at third base and bat second in Wednesday's game against the Marlins.
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Filling in for Hoerner
2BChicago Cubs  AAA
September 19, 2022
Bote will start at third base and bat sixth in Monday's game against the Marlins.
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