Paul DeJong

Paul DeJong

30-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Chicago White Sox
2024 Fantasy Outlook
DeJong struggled mightily in 2023 while bouncing between three organization, hitting just .207 with a .612 OPS in 400 plate appearances with the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Giants. The veteran shortstop signed a one-year deal with the White Sox in November where he'll battle Nicky Lopez and Braden Shewmake for the starting role. The bat seems to be waning each year for DeJong, but he remains a solid defensive shortstop who ultimately may just be keeping the spot warm for top prospect Colson Montgomery's inevitable callup in 2024. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#418
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$Signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the White Sox in November of 2023. Contract includes $150,000 in incentives for 400 plate appearances and $100,000 in incentives for 500 plate appearances.
Clubs homer Tuesday
SSChicago White Sox
June 11, 2024
DeJong went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Mariners.
ANALYSIS
DeJong is up to 13 homers on the year, six of which he's hit over his last 11 contests. He went back-to-back with Andrew Vaughn in the third inning of Tuesday's contest, though that's where the White Sox's scoring ended. DeJong is up to a .240/.290/.490 slash line with 28 RBI, 28 runs scored, two stolen bases and 11 doubles over 62 contests while seeing a starting role at shortstop.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
4
17
11
10
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
1
5
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+29%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .600 236 23 6 18 4 .190 .267 .333
Since 2022vs Right .641 630 65 27 73 5 .206 .260 .381
2024vs Left .624 56 10 3 4 0 .176 .232 .392
2024vs Right .806 173 18 10 24 2 .256 .306 .500
2023vs Left .635 119 11 3 12 1 .217 .286 .349
2023vs Right .603 281 30 11 26 3 .203 .246 .357
2022vs Left .508 61 2 0 2 3 .151 .262 .245
2022vs Right .538 176 17 6 23 0 .159 .239 .299
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+36%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .607 395 41 13 38 2 .197 .261 .346
Since 2022Away .650 471 47 20 53 7 .206 .263 .387
2024Home .791 108 14 6 15 1 .262 .296 .495
2024Away .735 121 14 7 13 1 .213 .281 .454
2023Home .510 178 19 5 14 1 .176 .225 .285
2023Away .694 222 22 9 24 3 .232 .284 .411
2022Home .575 109 8 2 9 0 .161 .284 .290
2022Away .493 128 11 4 16 3 .154 .211 .282
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Stat Review
How does Paul DeJong 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
0.12
 
BB Rate
3.9%
 
K Rate
32.3%
 
BABIP
.294
 
ISO
.237
 
AVG
.237
 
OBP
.288
 
SLG
.474
 
OPS
.762
 
wOBA
.330
 
Exit Velocity
89.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.4%
 
Barrels/PA
6.6%
 
Expected BA
.217
 
Expected SLG
.418
 
Sprint Speed
23.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
30.2%
 
Line Drive %
23.0%
 
Fly Ball %
46.8%
 
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Potential trade chip
SSChicago White Sox
June 5, 2024
DeJong could be traded by the White Sox this summer, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.com.
ANALYSIS
The veteran shortstop joined Chicago on a one-year deal during the offseason, so he's always been a likely trade candidate as a rental on a bad team. DeJong has nine homers through 55 games but is hitting just .225 with a 34 percent strikeout rate and 3.9 percent walk rate.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After losing the starting job at shortstop to Edmundo Sosa late in 2021, DeJong regained the job in spring training. It did not last long, however, as DeJong was sent down in May following a .130/.209/.208 start to his season. A National League All-Star in 2019, DeJong's strikeouts have climbed in recent years while his rate power has cratered, leaving the Cardinals little choice but to look for a successor. DeJong would smack 17 homers in just 51 games with Triple-A Memphis while trimming his strikeout rate 10 percentage points from his mark at the major-league level, but his struggled continued after his return to the majors. He's due north of $9 million in 2023 in the final year of the extension he signed with St. Louis in 2018. The team may eat that sunk cost outright if DeJong can't do enough in camp to convince the club he can be a capable backup around the infield.
DeJong followed up his power outage in 2020 with an equally disappointing 2021 campaign. A .216 BABIP had a lot to do with a bleak .197 batting average, but there were deeper reasons for concern. The most troubling part of DeJong's 2021 profile was a steep drop in average exit velocity, which tumbled to 86.3 mph - eighth percentile in the league. It would be tempting to blame a side injury that landed him on the injured list in mid-May, but that theory falls apart when considering that he was hitting just .177/.277/.371 across 141 plate appearances to begin the season. After splitting time with Edmundo Sosa in the final months of the campaign, and assuming the Cardinals don't make any moves to upgrade the position, DeJong should have the opportunity to earn back the starting role. However, drafting him for anything more than mediocre power with otherwise empty production would be a mistake.
DeJong provided most of his value in his first three big-league seasons by having above-average power for a shortstop, averaging just shy of 25 homers per year. That power collapsed in 2020, as he homered just three times in 45 games. Without the pop, he didn't offer much at the plate, hitting a modest .250/.322/.349, good for a career-low 86 wRC+. Even the positives in his statline -- his average and on-base percentage each represented his best mark since his rookie season -- came with reasons for skepticism, as his BABIP shot up to .340. That seems unlikely to stick next season, as he produced a career-low 7.5% barrel rate and a career-high 21.7 degree launch angle. (Flyballs tend to come with lower BABIPs.) DeJong needs to get nearly all of his power back this season to be an interesting fantasy option, especially as he's now stolen precisely one base in three of his four MLB campaigns.
DeJong is a perfect encapsulation of the 2019 season. He hit 30 HR, scored 97 runs, stole nine bases, and by wRC+, he was exactly league average at 100. Normally a shortstop hitting 30 homers is something to celebrate, yet what DeJong did last year was not that special. He has an odd trend going in that his strikeout rate has improved each of the past three seasons, but his batting average has dropped in each of the past three seasons -- more than 50 points from his rookie year. He laughs at traditional splits because 27 of his 30 homers last year came off right-handed pitching and he had a worse batting average against southpaws. The season DeJong had last year harkens back to an old fantasy favorite -- Tony Batista. Go look up Batista's 2002 season, and then look at the range of outcomes for him after that season. A similar future is in store for DeJong if something doesn't change.
Coming off a surprising rookie season, DeJong's sophomore campaign was a mixed bag. He missed nearly two months after fracturing his left hand via a hit-by-pitch May 17. At the time, DeJong was sporting a reasonable .824 OPS with eight long balls. After his July 6 return, DeJong struggled, failing to hit a homer until July 25, registering a meek .550 OPS in that span. From that point on, DeJong's power returned (11 home runs), but he reached base at a poor 30% clip. DeJong carried over his 2017 elevated flyball rate, while his HR/FB dropped a few points, perhaps a result of the hand injury, though his hard-hit rate remained above average. While his below-average contact rate and low walk rate render DeJong a batting-average liability, there's reason for optimism as his plate skills improved last season and were masked by a low BABIP. DeJong should be the everyday shortstop, and the power isn't a question.
In one of the biggest surprises of the 2017 season, DeJong led the Cardinals in home runs and finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. A fourth-round selection in 2015, he was largely unheralded in the prospect community, having posted an underwhelming .260/.324/.460 line at the Double-A level in 2016. He garnered little buzz upon his initial promotion to the majors in late May, but DeJong solidified his spot in the everyday lineup and in the three hole in the batting order in less than two months. There are some obvious red flags, namely his 28 percent strikeout rate and 4.7 percent walk rate, but DeJong's ability to get the ball in the air consistently bodes well for his power production moving forward. Speed is not part of the package, but DeJong qualifies at shortstop and second base and the bat is probably a little better than most will give him credit for even after the strong debut.
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Keeps mashing
SSChicago White Sox
June 9, 2024
DeJong went 2-for-3 with a double and a three-run home run during Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Red Sox in 10 innings.
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Four homers in eight starts
SSChicago White Sox
June 8, 2024
DeJong went 2-for-4 with a solo home run Saturday against the Red Sox.
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Pops 10th homer
SSChicago White Sox
June 5, 2024
DeJong went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 7-6 loss to the Cubs.
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Heating back up
SSChicago White Sox
June 3, 2024
DeJong went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI on Sunday against the Brewers.
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Two extra-base hits
SSChicago White Sox
June 1, 2024
DeJong went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double Friday against the Brewers.
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