Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 10/10/1993 (28)
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. News
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (hand) is back in the starting lineup at designated hitter for Saturday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. He missed the previous two games with hand soreness that stemmed from getting cleated in the outfield last week. It's good news for the Jays during their playoff push and will mean less playing time for Randal Grichuk and Corey Dickerson. Gurriel Jr. is slashing .280/.323/.474 with 21 HRs, 84 RBI, and 61 runs. He's a must-start in all leagues, thanks to hitting .308 with 16 HRs and a .923 OPS in the second half.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (hand) is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the New York Yankees. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, he is still experiencing hand soreness and is day-to-day. Gurriel Jr. previously missed three games recently after injuring his hand during a play in the outfield. He's having another productive season at the dish, slashing .280/.323/.474 with 21 HRs, and he has a .923 OPS in the second half. Randal Grichuk will take his place in the outfield and bat ninth. Grichuk doesn't offer much, as he's slashed .245/.285/.429, but he does have 22 HRs over 146 games. He's a decent streaming option for fantasy managers looking for outfield help.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (hand) is out of the lineup for the third straight game Sunday after he was cleated by Randal Grichuk chasing a fly ball on Thursday. Corey Dickerson once again will fill in in left field and bat sixth. With the wild card race in full swing, Toronto would clearly prefer to have Gurriel Jr. and his 21 homers in the lineup, but fantasy managers will have to make do without him. Hopefully he'll be able to return for the final week of the MLB and fantasy season.
It may seem odd to declare someone without a full season played as safe, but that is the resume Gurriel has built. While many others floundered in 2020, Gurriel continued his ascendance in fantasy circles. In parts of three seasons, he has yet to have a bad showing, culminating in his .882 OPS in 57 games last season. The hard-hit percentage was in the 91st percentile, along with an 11.7 barrel rate and 90.8 average exit velocity. The downsides to Gurriel's game are when he doesn't put the bat squarely on the ball. His 34th percentile sprint speed and negative-value baserunning do nothing to aid his quest to grab a base. His walk rate remained very low as well, ranking in the 21st percentile in '20. The walk rate is trending up though. It has gone from 3.4% to 5.8% to 6.3%. If he continues to make strides in that department, it can help cover one of the few holes in his game. Managers still seem hesitant to trust Gurriel, but besides the samples being piecemeal, we have seen little reason not to. Full-time at-bats are headed his way in '21, which should result in career-highs in all counting stats across the board. With an ADP near 100, there are far riskier selections around him in drafts.