Michael Busch

Michael Busch

26-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Chicago Cubs
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Busch fits best defensively at designated hitter, but it's still to be determined whether his bat will produce enough value in the majors to be worth playing at the bottom of the defensive spectrum. With the addition of automated balls and strikes, the Pacific Coast League was even more of a hitter's paradise than in the past, and Busch took full advantage, slashing .323/.431/.618 with 27 home runs, an 18.8 K% and a 13.9 BB% in 98 games. In addition to the cartoonish hitting environment he played in, Busch was 25 years old, so there would be no excuse for him not to mash Triple-A pitching. Even in that juiced environment, Busch only managed a .795 OPS with two home runs in 167 plate appearances against lefties, so he may be platooned if he doesn't become passable somewhere defensively. He only got 81 plate appearances in the majors, struggling to an unlucky .167 average with 27 strikeouts, eight walks and two home runs. He is eligible at third base in 2024 but may not have anywhere to play for the Dodgers in the short term. There are some Quad-A hitter red flags, and Busch may need a trade to get a chance to show he belongs. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#347
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2024.
Sitting out Saturday
3BChicago Cubs
June 15, 2024
Busch is absent from the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.
ANALYSIS
Right-hander Andre Pallante is starting for the Cardinals and has reverse splits, so Busch will begin this one on the bench. Cody Bellinger is handling first base and Pete Crow-Armstrong will patrol center field.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
5
17
18
11
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2022
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .652 41 5 0 2 0 .256 .293 .359
Since 2022vs Right .734 266 34 10 28 2 .226 .327 .407
2024vs Left .763 26 5 0 2 0 .292 .346 .417
2024vs Right .794 200 25 8 21 1 .249 .350 .444
2023vs Left .467 15 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .267
2023vs Right .556 66 9 2 7 1 .158 .258 .298
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+43%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+112%
OPS at Home
2022
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .666 132 13 3 12 1 .216 .295 .371
Since 2022Away .766 175 26 7 18 1 .242 .343 .423
2024Home .633 93 9 2 10 0 .207 .280 .354
2024Away .903 133 21 6 13 1 .288 .398 .505
2023Home .745 39 4 1 2 1 .235 .333 .412
2023Away .351 42 5 1 5 0 .105 .167 .184
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Michael Busch 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
0.37
 
BB Rate
12.4%
 
K Rate
33.6%
 
BABIP
.366
 
ISO
.187
 
AVG
.254
 
OBP
.350
 
SLG
.440
 
OPS
.790
 
wOBA
.346
 
Exit Velocity
89.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.3%
 
Barrels/PA
6.6%
 
Expected BA
.222
 
Expected SLG
.451
 
Sprint Speed
23.6 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
32.8%
 
Line Drive %
23.5%
 
Fly Ball %
43.7%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Could have regular role
3BLos Angeles Dodgers
August 23, 2023
Manager Dave Roberts said the Dodgers will attempt to get Busch regular at-bats after the infielder was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday, reports Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register.
ANALYSIS
The 25-year-old had a .561 OPS in his first 15 big-league games before being sent back to Oklahoma City in late June, but he's back with the Dodgers after J.D. Martinez landed on the injured list with a groin issue. Busch has 24 home runs and a 1.047 OPS in 88 games at Triple-A this season, and he also had a 39-game on-base streak during his most recent stint with the affiliate. Busch went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Tuesday against the Guardians, and he may need to settle in quick at the plate to have a chance of retaining his roster spot once Martinez is healthy.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
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2021
2020
Busch emphasized his status as one of the Dodgers' most highly touted young bats by leading the organization's minor-leaguers in hits (151), doubles (38), RBI (108) and runs (118) last season while tying for lead with 32 homers. Sure, he played most of his games in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League and struck out in 26.5% of his plate appearances, but he showed improvement in that area with a 17.6% rate over his final 25 games and has consistently demonstrated patience at the plate, registering an 11.4% walk rate last season. Busch isn't going to steal many bases and is just an average defender, but his potential with the bat was enough for the Dodgers to add him to their 40-man roster in November. He should make his big-league debut sometime in 2023.
Busch gives off Max Muncy vibes, which is fitting as he is coming up in the same organization and plays the same positions as Muncy did when he was coming up. Better in OBP leagues than AVG leagues, Busch hit 20 home runs with a 14.1 BB% and a 26.1 K% in 107 games as a 23-year-old at Double-A. He primarily played second base but also saw time at first base and designated hitter. The DH coming to the National League increases Busch's chances of eventually getting regular playing time, but this is still a very crowded organizational depth chart. He probably won't be on a fast track to the majors, especially since he is not yet on the 40-man roster.
Busch was reportedly the best hitter in the 2020 fall instructional league in Arizona, which is saying a lot, even though he was one of the older true prospects taking part in instructs. The No. 31 overall pick in 2019, Busch has been limited to 10 total pro games to this point -- 15 if we count a five-game run in the Arizona Fall League in 2019. The Dodgers drafted him for his bat, as he hit an eye-popping .322/.450/.567 with a wood bat in the Cape Cod League in 2018. He is still a bat-first player all the way, with the potential for a plus hit tool and plus power but no clear defensive home. The left-handed hitter is being groomed for a multi-position role, potentially getting work at second base, first base, left field and designated hitter. Fall instructs rarely result in a prospect shooting up rankings, but that has been the case with Busch, as the dynasty community is starved for prospect intel.
A hairline fracture in his right hand limited Busch to just 17 professional games after the Dodgers selected him with the 31st overall pick. He split time between the AZL, Midwest League and the Arizona Fall League, hitting .195/.452/.268 with one home run and a 9:17 K:BB in 41 at-bats (as many walks as games). It's a tiny sample, but Busch was better the higher he climbed, logging a .327 OPS in rookie ball, a .767 OPS at Low-A and a 1.007 OPS in the AFL. A versatile defender, Busch was primarily a first baseman at North Carolina, but also saw time in the outfield and worked primarily as a second baseman after getting drafted. He obviously has a patient approach and a good understanding of the strike zone, and the hope is that he can become a plus hitter with at least above-average power. He is pretty advanced, and could split time between High-A and Double-A in his first full season.
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Reaches three times in loss
3BChicago Cubs
June 8, 2024
Busch went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and a run scored in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Reds.
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On bench versus lefty
3BChicago Cubs
June 2, 2024
Busch is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.
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Sitting again Saturday
3BChicago Cubs
June 1, 2024
Busch isn't in the Cubs' lineup for Saturday's game against the Reds.
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Absent from Friday's lineup
3BChicago Cubs
May 31, 2024
Busch is not in the lineup for Friday's game versus the Reds.
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Connects for home run
3BChicago Cubs
May 28, 2024
Busch went 2-for-4 with a walk, a solo home run and two total RBI in Tuesday's 6-3, 10-inning win over the Brewers.
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