Jeimer Candelario
Jeimer Candelario
25-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Detroit Tigers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Defense gets prospects to the major leagues while offense keeps them there. Candelario had a strong sophomore season defensively after barely losing his rookie status in 2017. The counting stats show mostly a repeat of his efforts at Triple-A, as he has been working on getting more loft to his swing over the past two seasons. He has improved a 1.5 groundball-to-flyball ratio down to around 1:1. That said, his pull tendencies (46.6%), high strikeout rate (25.8%) and below-average speed led to batting average challenges. It is tough to have a sub-.225 average with an 11% walk rate, but Candelario pulled it off last season. His switch-hitting abilities are rather lopsided as he is 15% below the league average for his career against righties while being 30% above league average against lefties. The batting average struggles will continue as long as his splits remain that stark. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2016.
Out of lineup for season finale
1BDetroit Tigers
September 29, 2019
Candelario is not starting in Sunday's game against the White Sox.
ANALYSIS
Candelario takes a seat with Ronny Rodriguez starting at third base and John Hicks manning first. Candelario has gotten regular playing time at first with Dawel Lugo taking over the primary role at third, though neither young player has broken out in 2019. The Tigers will be looking for the 25-year-old Candelario to take a big step forward in 2020 to warrant staying in a prominent role.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
12
4
1
11
25
13
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
1
2
2
7
4
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .760 283 36 7 34 0 .264 .339 .421
Since 2017vs Right .675 864 93 23 68 6 .212 .311 .364
2019vs Left .572 95 8 1 8 0 .193 .295 .277
2019vs Right .666 291 25 7 24 3 .206 .309 .357
2018vs Left .842 163 25 6 21 0 .291 .356 .486
2018vs Right .661 456 53 13 33 3 .199 .303 .358
2017vs Left .922 25 3 0 5 0 .348 .400 .522
2017vs Right .754 117 15 3 11 0 .269 .350 .404
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+91%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .755 554 68 16 52 2 .241 .347 .408
Since 2017Away .644 593 61 14 50 4 .210 .292 .352
2019Home .693 176 15 4 16 1 .208 .324 .369
2019Away .602 210 18 4 16 2 .199 .290 .312
2018Home .724 311 42 10 27 1 .228 .331 .393
2018Away .695 308 36 9 27 2 .221 .302 .393
2017Home 1.057 67 11 2 9 0 .386 .478 .579
2017Away .553 75 7 1 7 0 .200 .253 .300
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Stat Review
How does Jeimer Candelario 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.
BB/K
0.43
 
BB Rate
11.1%
 
K Rate
25.6%
 
BABIP
.262
 
ISO
.134
 
AVG
.203
 
OBP
.306
 
SLG
.337
 
OPS
.643
 
wOBA
.291
 
Exit Velocity
88.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.5%
 
Barrels/PA
3.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Blocked by Kris Bryant during his time as a member of the Cubs, Candelario's path to become a big-league regular improved following a midseason trade to the Tigers. After the trade, Candelario spent his first month in his new organization at Triple-A, but he has little left to prove at that level with a career .292/.373/.507 line and 24 homers in 767 plate appearances over two seasons. At age 24, he should get a chance to hold down the everyday job at third base for Detroit, thanks to his steady glove, and the ability to switch-hit, which makes him less susceptible to falling into a platoon. Candelario has shown a discerning eye at the plate in the upper levels of the minors, and that skill has held up during his limited exposure to major-league pitching. At this stage, he looks like a good hitter with developing power, making him an intriguing corner-infield option now that he has a chance to play regularly.
Candelario took a step back at the plate at the Double-A level in 2016, whiffing at an increased clip and seeing his OPS drop from .841 in the second half of 2015 to .690 at the start of 2016. He was promoted anyway to Triple-A Iowa, where he saw a significant spike across the board in his overall offensive performance in the hitter-friendly environments of the Pacific Coast League. A brief five-game taste of the big leagues in early July answers little about his ability to handle big league pitching, and the greater obstacle for Candelario is that he's currently behind Kris Bryant on the organizational depth chart. A path to regular playing time in the majors may require a deal to another organization, and his advanced eye at the plate (12.3 percent walk rate at Triple-A, 17.2 percent strikeout rate) will help fuel interest from other clubs. Assuming that he remains with the Cubs, the switch-hitting Candelario will likely return to Iowa to begin 2017.
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Out of Thursday's lineup
1BDetroit Tigers
September 26, 2019
Candelario is not in Thursday's lineup against the Twins.
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Blasts two-run homer
1BDetroit Tigers
September 23, 2019
Candelario went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk Sunday in the Tigers' 6-3 win over the White Sox.
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Back in Thursday's lineup
1BDetroit Tigers
September 19, 2019
Candelario (triceps) is starting at first base and hitting fifth Thursday against the Indians.
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Remains out Wednesday
1BDetroit Tigers
Triceps
September 18, 2019
Candelario (triceps) will sit Wednesday against Cleveland.
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Scratched from Tuesday's lineup
1BDetroit Tigers
Triceps
September 17, 2019
Candelario was scratched from the lineup Tuesday against Cleveland after getting hit in the triceps Monday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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