Jake Cronenworth

Jake Cronenworth

29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
San Diego Padres
2023 Fantasy Outlook
"Pesky" may be the best word to describe Cronenworth as a player. He did not have a particularly good season by his standards (.722 OPS), but he lays off pitches out of the zone and punishes mistakes. Despite a Statcast hard-hit rate ranking in the bottom quarter of the league, Cronenworth got to a respectable 17 homers last season. He made the most of his lineup placement batting in front of Manny Machado and eventually Juan Soto. He puts the ball in play at a strong clip (career 16.5 K%), but this is not a flashy talent. What makes Cronenworth appealing is dual-position eligibility (2B, 1B), everyday playing time in a good offense and a relatively high floor thanks to his contact and plate management skills. If everyone else is jumping at the perceived higher-upside players, welcome him to your roster with open arms as he's a strong bet to clear 600 plate appearances again. Read Past Outlooks
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#186
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$Signed a one-year, $4.225 million contract with the Padres in January of 2023, avoiding arbitration.
Reaches deal for 2023
2BSan Diego Padres
January 13, 2023
Cronenworth agreed to a one-year, $4.225 million contract with the Padres on Friday to avoid arbitration, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
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It's the first year of arbitration eligibility for the 28-year-old, and he'll receive a massive raise from his pre-arbitration figures. Cronenworth had a .239/.332/.390 slash line with 17 home runs and 88 RBI in 158 games last season, and he's expected to begin 2023 as San Diego's primary first baseman.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
12
34
17
12
21
9
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
6
17
8
2
2
7
7
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .728 458 52 10 48 1 .250 .332 .396
Since 2020vs Right .800 1038 155 32 131 9 .263 .345 .455
2022vs Left .714 211 21 6 26 0 .232 .327 .387
2022vs Right .733 470 67 11 62 3 .244 .336 .397
2021vs Left .769 196 23 4 21 1 .270 .337 .433
2021vs Right .815 442 71 17 50 3 .265 .342 .473
2020vs Left .622 51 8 0 1 0 .244 .333 .289
2020vs Right .991 126 17 4 19 3 .327 .389 .602
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .791 747 100 25 91 4 .263 .344 .447
Since 2020Away .757 760 107 17 88 6 .253 .336 .421
2022Home .674 315 35 9 36 2 .218 .314 .360
2022Away .773 366 53 8 52 1 .260 .350 .423
2021Home .869 335 52 13 44 1 .288 .360 .508
2021Away .725 303 42 8 27 3 .243 .318 .407
2020Home .893 97 13 3 11 1 .318 .381 .511
2020Away .803 91 12 1 9 2 .263 .341 .463
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Stat Review
How does Jake Cronenworth 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
0.53
 
BB Rate
10.3%
 
K Rate
19.2%
 
BABIP
.275
 
ISO
.152
 
AVG
.239
 
OBP
.332
 
SLG
.390
 
OPS
.722
 
wOBA
.322
 
Exit Velocity
87.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.6%
 
Barrels/PA
3.8%
 
Expected BA
.221
 
Expected SLG
.356
 
Sprint Speed
22.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
35.4%
 
Line Drive %
16.9%
 
Fly Ball %
47.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
2020
On the surface, Cronenworth followed up on his strong 2020 campaign with an equal effort across a full 2021 season, but a deeper look offers reason for pause. Though he topped 20 home runs and his ISO remained stable at .194, Cronenworth's xSLG dipped from .538 to .445 and his barrel rate fell to a near league-average 7.2 percent clip. After successfully swiping three of four stolen bases in 2020, Cronenworth was successful on only four of seven attempts in 2021. Meanwhile his .283 BABIP suggests his .266 batting average should rise, yet his infield-flyball rate rose from 4.8% to 10.4% and his flyball rate from 29.4% to 36.1%. Despite some of these negatives, Cronenworth hit between second and fourth in the Padres' lineup in 504 of his 643 plate appearances in 2021. If he can maintain that role in 2022, he should remain a solid fantasy contributor in all five categories, though a significant jump in production doesn't appear to be a probable outcome.
Viewed by many as a secondary piece in the Tommy Pham-Hunter Renfroe-Xavier Edwards trade, Cronenworth broke out in the short 2020 season to finish tied for second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. His mid-teens K% from the upper levels of the minors was copied-and-pasted over his first 192 PA in the majors (15.6%), and Cronenworth showed good gap power with 15 doubles (t-12th in MLB). Statcast suggests more of those would clear the fences in a more neutral setting; keep in mind the Padres played in a lot of spacious parks out west with the geographical scheduling of 2020. There is room for growth in the SB department as well as Cronenworth showed 92nd percentile sprint speed. His playing time at second base is now in question after the team signed Ha-seong Kim. That being said, Cronenworth can move around if necessary, like he did in 2020, gaining three-position eligibility in many leagues (2B, SS, 1B).
The Padres acquired Tommy Pham and a good prospect in an offseason trade that sent Hunter Renfroe and a great prospect (Xavier Edwards) to the Rays. That good prospect was Cronenworth, a big-league-ready infielder (shortstop by trade) who doubles as a right-handed reliever. He missed a third of the season with a hamstring injury, but led the International League with a .334 AVG and ranked fourth with a 0.79 BB/K. It was his age-25 season, but Cronenworth's plate skills seem legitimate, and he may end up with a 55-grade hit tool. Power probably won't be a big part of his game, but he could chip in 10-15 steals. He would need at least one injury to get starts on the left side of the infield and will be competing with newly-acquired Jurickson Profar and upwards of five other internal options for time at the keystone. His two-way ability could work as a tie breaker and give him the edge if Profar falters.
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Takes seat Tuesday
2BSan Diego Padres
October 4, 2022
Cronenworth is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Giants.
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Lifts two-run blast
2BSan Diego Padres
October 1, 2022
Cronenworth went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Saturday's 5-2 win over the White Sox.
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Three RBI in win
2BSan Diego Padres
September 25, 2022
Cronenworth went 1-for-4 with a triple, three RBI and one run scored in Sunday's 13-6 win over Colorado.
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Registers steal in win
2BSan Diego Padres
September 16, 2022
Cronenworth went 1-for-5 with a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored in Friday's 12-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
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Homers in three-hit effort
2BSan Diego Padres
September 7, 2022
Cronenworth went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
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