Yuli Gurriel Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 0" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/9/1984 (37)
Yuli Gurriel Season Stats
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Yuli Gurriel News
Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley and first baseman Yuli Gurriel are both out of the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Texas Rangers. Chas McCormick will be covering left field with Aledmys Diaz at first base. Both Brantley and Gurriel have been heating up lately. Brantley is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak that's included four doubles and a home run. Gurriel, meanwhile, has recorded four multi-hit games over his last six outings, homering three times along that stretch.
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is back in the starting lineup for Tuesday night's game against Madison Bumgarner and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He's manning first base and batting fourth in the lineup. The 37-year-old hasn't played since Opening Day as he was placed on the paternity list on Friday. While he was out, Niko Goodrum and Aledmys Diaz shared first base duties. Gurriel had a productive season in 2021, slashing .319/.383/.462 with 15 home runs, 81 RBI and 83 runs over 143 games. He was one of the toughest players in the league to strike out last year with a 11.2% strikeout rate that ranked in the 98th percentile.
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel was placed on the paternity list on Friday. He missed each of the team's last three games, but he is expected to be back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team optioned fellow first baseman Joe Perez to Double-A after Sunday's game to clear a roster spot for Gurriel. The 37-year-old Gurriel started on Opening Day and went 1-for-4 with a double. He's a strong source of batting average help as he's a career .293 hitter and he hit .319 last season. He should also have sturdy runs and RBI totals this year.
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is coming off his worst season as a big leaguer, posting a pitiful .232/.274/.384 triple slash along with a 79 wRC+ in 230 PA. Nonetheless, Houston elected to bring him back on a one-year deal and give him the opportunity to bounce back as the starting first baseman. Despite a poor 2020 showing, there's reason to believe a rebound is possible for Gurriel. His .232 BA is primarily the result of hard luck, as Gurriel's .235 BABIP is by far the lowest of his career. His strikeout rate remained superb at 11.7% despite his age, and his .268 xBA isn't too far off his career .277 xBA. His 89.3 MPH average exit velocity and 13.9-degree average launch angle are both on par with his career marks as well. Gurriel will likely never reach the power numbers he saw in 2019 again, as his 31 homers and .243 ISO look like the product of a juiced ball and a 15.6% HR/FB ratio, which is nearly double his career HR/FB ratio outside of 2019. First base isn't as loaded with sluggers as it once was, and Gurriel offers late round stability at the position, something especially valuable in deep leagues and AL-Only leagues. He doesn't offer the same ceiling as the youngsters going around him such as Bobby Dalbec or Andrew Vaughn, but Gurriel's floor is much higher. He's a quiet bounce back candidate that could help with batting average and RBI.