Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 10/10/1993 (27)
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. News
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has been relatively quiet at the plate so far this month. Over 14 games in July, he's slashing .250/.321/.417 with two home runs, two doubles, nine RBI and seven runs. Nearly half of his RBI for the month came from a grand slam on Sunday. Gurriel has some concerning underlying metrics on the year. His current 37.2% hard-hit rate is a career-low, down from 49.4% last year. His average exit velocity of 88.3 mph is also a career-low, as is his current xSLG (.393). Gurriel has the luxury of hitting in one of the league's top offenses, but he'll need to turn things around soon in order to keep his everyday role through the rest of the season.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit his ninth home run of the season on Wednesday as his club went on to lose to the Mariners 9-7 in extra innings. His solo shot in the bottom of the eighth tied the game at six at the time to force it to extras as he also added a sac fly and an RBI single to finish the day going 2-for-4 with three RBI. With the tremendous depth of the Jays batting lineup, Gurriel has been relegated to the bottom-third of the order where his counting stats aren't exactly flourishing. He's up to 32 RBI, 29 runs, and a .266 BA on the campaign which is playable in deeper leagues, but not setting the world on fire in shallower formats.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. smacked a grand slam on Thursday, helping his club defeat the Orioles 9-0. The 369' foot shot over the left field fence broke the game open by giving the Jays a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as the 27-year-old finished the night going 1-for-4. It was the eighth homer of the campaign for Gurriel who now sits with 28 RBI, 26 runs, and a .255 BA through 66 games. He's been a slight disappointment for fantasy owners this season, due in part to his sluggish start combined with a spot in the bottom-third of the batting order. Gurriel is still worth hanging onto in deeper leagues, but there's likely more appealing options out there in some 12-teamers.
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.