Lars Nootbaar

Lars Nootbaar

26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
St. Louis Cardinals
10-Day IL
Injury Oblique
Est. Return 6/29/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Nootbaar made three trips to the injured list in 2023 due to thumb, back and abdominal issues. Those injuries limited him to 117 games and 503 plate appearances, but when available he was impressive with the bat, totaling 14 homers and 11 steals to go with a .261 average. The outfielder showcased an impressive eye at the plate with a 14.3 BB% and 19.7 K%, nearly identical to his 2022 marks. The slugging lags behind the rest of his offensive game a bit -- his SLG fell to just .418 last season -- but Nootbaar does enough well across the board to warrant a high level of interest in mixed leagues that require five starting outfielders. Given that he had a dramatic lefty/righty platoon split (200 points of OPS to be exact), it would make sense if the Cardinals sat him occasionally against tough southpaws. Even so, Nootbaar could in theory approach 600 plate appearances with better luck on the health front while rotating between the three outfield spots for St. Louis. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#237
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals in March of 2024.
Nearly ready to take swings
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
Oblique
June 13, 2024
Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said Thursday that Nootbaar (oblique) continues to take part in "rotational work" and could resume swinging a bat this weekend, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The Cardinals will presumably ease Nootbaar into swinging by having him hit off a tee or hit soft-toss throws before he eventually gains clearance to hit against higher-velocity pitching. In addition to being able to hit without discomfort, Nootbaar, who has been on the injured list since May 31 with a left oblique strain, will also need to prove that the injury doesn't compromise him when he runs the bases or plays the outfield. He still appears to be at least a couple weeks away from being a realistic option to rejoin the Cardinals, and Nootbaar will presumably need to go out on a minor-league rehab assignment prior to being activated.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
10
4
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
1
3
1
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+75%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .663 246 23 3 26 3 .230 .325 .338
Since 2022vs Right .817 768 118 30 79 15 .250 .362 .455
2024vs Left .496 52 1 0 4 0 .184 .231 .265
2024vs Right .866 112 13 5 15 3 .261 .387 .478
2023vs Left .635 124 13 2 13 1 .229 .323 .312
2023vs Right .835 379 61 12 33 10 .271 .381 .454
2022vs Left .855 70 9 1 9 2 .273 .400 .455
2022vs Right .772 277 44 13 31 2 .217 .325 .447
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+20%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+52%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .705 474 65 17 50 7 .224 .321 .383
Since 2022Away .845 540 76 16 55 11 .264 .380 .464
2024Home .799 74 8 3 12 1 .246 .338 .462
2024Away .692 90 6 2 7 2 .224 .337 .355
2023Home .732 245 36 8 22 5 .243 .348 .383
2023Away .834 258 38 6 24 6 .277 .384 .450
2022Home .617 155 21 6 16 1 .184 .271 .346
2022Away .935 192 32 8 24 3 .266 .396 .539
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Stat Review
How does Lars Nootbaar 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
0.65
 
BB Rate
13.4%
 
K Rate
20.7%
 
BABIP
.275
 
ISO
.170
 
AVG
.234
 
OBP
.337
 
SLG
.404
 
OPS
.742
 
wOBA
.329
 
Exit Velocity
92.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.1%
 
Barrels/PA
6.1%
 
Expected BA
.272
 
Expected SLG
.482
 
Sprint Speed
24.7 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
52.8%
 
Line Drive %
21.7%
 
Fly Ball %
25.5%
 
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Capitalizing on popularity in Japan
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
April 28, 2024
Nootbaar signed a significant endorsement deal with Adidas over the winter and is set to have his own shoe line in Japan, reports John Denton of MLB.com.
ANALYSIS
Shohei Ohtani is the biggest name in baseball in both the United States and Japan, but Nootbaar has also proven quite popular after playing on Team Japan in the World Baseball Classic last year. The 26-year-old missed the first couple weeks of 2024 with two non-displaced fractures in his rib cage, and he's off to a slow start with a .189/.306/.321 slash line through 15 games.
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
Was this Cardinals' Devil Magic or just good development by St. Louis? Nootbaar inched his way up the organizational depth chart since entering the organization in 2018 and has shown an ability to hit for average and get on base in the minors but that did not initially translate into the same success at the big-league level. He certainly accepted his walks as a rookie in 2021, but he has not yet hit for average in nearly 500 plate appearances at the big-league level. He did, however, show surprising power in 2022, banging out nearly as many homers (18 between Triple-A and MLB) than he had from 2018-21 (20.) The StatCast sliders show plenty of bright Cardinal Red in many of the right places, but things get funky when you dive into the splits and see 13 of his 14 homers came against righties. However, Nootbaar hit .217 against righties and .273 against lefties when left in there to face them. He had similar R/L splits in 2021 but no such troubles in Triple-A, so it could be a small case of reverse splits. Either way, he is trending in a very good direction and has gone from 2022 deep sleeper to 2023 potential five-category producer if that average against righties adjusts.
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Facing long-term absence
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
Oblique
May 31, 2024
Manager Oliver Marmol said that Nootbar (oblique), who was placed on the 10-day injured list earlier Friday, is expected to miss several weeks, John Denton of MLB.com
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Lands on IL with oblique strain
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Oblique
May 31, 2024
The Cardinals placed Nootbaar on the 10-day injured list Friday with a left oblique strain.
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Exits with apparent side issue
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Side
May 29, 2024
Nootbaar was removed in the bottom of the eighth inning of Wednesday's game against the Reds with an apparent left side injury, John Denton of MLB.com reports. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of base hits before being lifted from the game.
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Returns to lineup Tuesday
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
May 28, 2024
Nootbaar (hamstring) will start in right field and bat second in Tuesday's game in Cincinnati.
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Takes part in light running Monday
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
Hamstring
May 28, 2024
Nootbaar (hamstring) hit in the batting cage and did some light running prior to Monday's game against the Reds, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
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