Marcus Semien Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 195 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 9/17/1990 (30)
Marcus Semien Season Stats
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Marcus Semien News
Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien was held hitless on opening day but he broke out in the second game of the season with two hits and a walk over five plate appearances. The effort was not enough, though, as the club lost 5-3 to the New York Yankees. One of his two hits cleared the outfield fences against Yankees starter Corey Kluber. The veteran infielder struggled offensively with the Oakland Athletics last season with seven home runs and a 92 wRC+ in 53 games. However, he's just two years removed from hitting 33 homers with a 138 wRC+ in 162 games. Semien has been hitting leadoff for the Blue Jays with George Springer (oblique) on the disabled list.
Toronto Blue Jays second baseman/shortstop Marcus Semien went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, and two RBI in Monday's win over the Tigers. Semien got off to a bit of a quiet start this spring, but he's heating up now with three extra-base hits and three RBI in his last two games. The 30-year-old is coming off of a down year in 2020, as a low BABIP is part of the reason for his .223 average, while a decline in barrel rate and hard-hit rate is largely responsible for his .679 OPS. Expecting 2019, MVP-type numbers from Semien again is unrealistic, though he can be a solid late-round, middle infield option who can provide double-digit steals and homers in a strong Blue Jays lineup in 2021.
The Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a one-year, $18 million deal on Tuesday with free-agent shortstop Marcus Semien, according to a source familiar with the deal. Semien has played shortstop exclusively for the A's since 2015, but the initial expectation is that he will slide over to second base in Toronto, a position he last played in 2014 with the White Sox. It means that Cavan Biggio could see time at the hot corner or serve in a super-utility role. Toronto already has young star Bo Bichette at shortstop. The 30-year-old Semien hit .285 with 33 home runs and an .892 OPS in 2019, finishing third in American League MVP voting. But he had a weak .679 OPS in 2020. In a much better hitting environment in what is now a stacked lineup in Toronto, Semien is an excellent bounce-back candidate that will also gain second-base eligibility for fantasy managers.
It is clear that 2019 will end up being Toronto Blue Jays infielderMarcus Semien's career season. But the 30-year-old will still have plenty to offer fantasy managers now that he's a part of the rising Blue Jays lineup. Do not put too much stock in Semien's disappointing 2020 for a few reasons. He had a low .260 BABIP. He stuck out only 20% of the time (close to career average) while walking at an 11% clip (above career norm). In rotisserie leagues, Semien is even more valuable, as he has the potential for double-digit steals. This is an old but familiar story/sequence. We have an undervalued player for years, a career year and an overvalued player the following year hitting regression. And now we await the bounce-back year after a shortened season in which many of the top players struggled. For Semien, the potential bounce-back season will come with an upgrade of both ballpark and lineup in '21, and he will gain second base eligibility.