Juan Yepez

Juan Yepez

24-Year-Old First Baseman1B
St. Louis Cardinals
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Yepez made his MLB debut in 2022 and had a solid rookie campaign with a .253/.296/.447 slash line, 12 home runs and 30 RBI in 76 games. He filled a part-time role and saw action at first base, third base, designated hitter and both corner outfield spots, though he's not strong in the field. The retirement of Albert Pujols opens up a significant chunk of playing time, and Yepez could slot into that spot at designated hitter in 2023 depending on the Cardinals' offseason moves. His 22.3 percent strikeout rate is manageable, but he'll need to improve upon the 5.9 percent walk rate to maintain a consistent spot in the lineup. Read Past Outlooks
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#289
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$Signed a contract with the Braves in July of 2014. Traded to the Cardinals in May of 2017.
Added to Monday's lineup
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
October 3, 2022
Yepez is starting Monday against the Pirates, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Yepez was slated to be out of the lineup for a third consecutive game Monday, but he'll start at the hot corner and bat sixth after Nolan Arenado (undisclosed) was scratched. Yepez went 2-for-3 with two doubles during Sunday's matchup against Pittsburgh.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
1
13
14
13
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
11
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2021
No Stats
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .695 61 7 2 7 0 .255 .295 .400
Since 2020vs Right .755 213 20 10 23 0 .253 .296 .460
2022vs Left .695 61 7 2 7 0 .255 .295 .400
2022vs Right .755 213 20 10 23 0 .253 .296 .460
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2021
No Stats
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .738 124 11 6 13 0 .237 .282 .456
Since 2020Away .746 150 16 6 17 0 .266 .307 .439
2022Home .738 124 11 6 13 0 .237 .282 .456
2022Away .746 150 16 6 17 0 .266 .307 .439
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Juan Yepez 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
0.26
 
BB Rate
5.8%
 
K Rate
22.3%
 
BABIP
.283
 
ISO
.194
 
AVG
.253
 
OBP
.296
 
SLG
.447
 
OPS
.742
 
wOBA
.322
 
Exit Velocity
86.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.6%
 
Barrels/PA
6.6%
 
Expected BA
.216
 
Expected SLG
.394
 
Sprint Speed
22.7 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
37.8%
 
Line Drive %
15.3%
 
Fly Ball %
46.9%
 
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Yepez has some Quad-A qualities, but after slashing .289/.382/.589 at Triple-A and .302/.388/.640 in the Arizona Fall League, he is also a trendy sleeper heading into the season. Given that he made contact at a solid clip (18.6 K%) and took his walks (11.7 BB%), there's reason to expect him to hold his own against big-league pitching. Still, it's dangerous to read too much into what a 23-year-old first baseman/designated hitter does in the upper levels of the minors. His pull-heavy approach and middling 27.1 Hard% are added reasons for pessimism. He needs to be close to the best realistic version of himself to earn playing time at those positions. Given that he is on the 40-man roster, Yepez could get the first crack at designated hitter duties this year if the National League gets the DH.
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Losing work to Dickerson, Pujols
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
October 3, 2022
Yepez is out of the lineup for Monday's game in Pittsburgh, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
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Not in Saturday's lineup
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
October 1, 2022
Yepez isn't starting Saturday against the Pirates, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
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Moving into regular role
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 28, 2022
Yepez will start at third base and bat cleanup in Wednesday's game against the Brewers, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
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Crushes 12th homer
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 23, 2022
Yepez went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a double and an additional run during Friday's 11-0 win against the Dodgers.
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Back in big leagues
1BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 19, 2022
Yepez was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Monday, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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