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Jake Fraley
Trending: ↓ 35%
CF | B/T: L/L | 6' 0" 195LBS | Age: 25

Draft: 2016 | Rd: CBB, #77, Tampa Bay Rays | Louisiana State
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2020 29 26 3 4 0 0 2 .154 .241 .269 .511
2 Seasons 70 66 6 10 0 1 2 .152 .200 .227 .427
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2020 .154 0 0 2 .511
2 Seasons .152 0 1 2 .427

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2019 SEA AL 12 41 40 3 6 2 0 0 1 0 14 0 0 1 .150 .171 .200 .371
2020 SEA AL 7 29 26 3 4 1 1 0 0 2 11 2 1 1 .154 .241 .269 .511
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2019 SEA AL 41 8 28 0 0 .231 2 0 7 164 4.000 .341 .000 .--- .050 .050 0
2020 SEA AL 29 7 17 0 0 .267 2 0 3 120 4.138 .379 .000 .182 .115 .115 0

Scouting Report

2020

It’s often believed that the analytics and scouting departments in any given organization are always at odds with each other, and it is true that the approaches will favor different types of players at times. Then there are instances when the two come together in harmony. Such is the case with Fraley, who parlayed a strong career at LSU into being the Rays’ pick in the Competitive Balance Round B of the 2016 Draft. He had trouble staying healthy in 2017 and '18, but the Mariners had seen enough meshing of the analytic data with his tools and athleticism to have him included in the Mike Zunino deal after the 2018 season. Staying relatively healthy in 2019, he showed what he’s capable of, nearly turning in a 20-20 season and making his big league debut.

Even though he’s missed a lot of reps with injuries, Fraley has always been able to hit, but there was some question about his ability to drive the ball. There are no concerns about that now as he’s gotten much more physical and impacts the ball on a consistent basis. He sold out more for power in 2019 and got the ball in the air more, more than doubling his career home run output, but without sacrificing his hit tool. He also got back to using his speed on the basepaths, topping 20 steals for the first time since his pro debut.

That speed allows him to cover more than enough ground to be an outstanding center fielder and he’s shown he’s more than capable of handling the corners, albeit with a below-average arm. He could play all three spots for the time being, but has more than enough ability to be an everyday guy in a big league lineup.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 65 | Arm: 40 | Field: 60 | Overall: 50

After three productive years at LSU, where he looked very much like a future center fielder and leadoff type hitter, Fraley was a Competitive Balance Round B pick of the Rays in 2016. As good as he was in college, he was tough to see as a pro, missing nearly all of the 2017 season and half of 2018 with injuries, though he did make up for some lost time with a dominant turn in the Australian Baseball League after the '17 season. The Mariners, who loved his speed and defense in LSU, loved what they did see when he was on the field and were sure to get him as part of the deal that sent Mike Zunino to Tampa Bay this past offseason.

One question facing Fraley when he entered pro ball was whether he would be physical enough at the plate. While he only got 225 at-bats in 2018, he showed the ability to drive the ball with extra-base authority, especially to his pull side. His legs and his glove are still his carrying tools and he has more than enough ability to stick in center field long term, albeit with a below-average arm. He has basestealing ability as well and should get back to wreaking more havoc when 100 percent healthy.

Controlling the strike zone and getting on base are still the keys for Fraley to profile as a top-of-the-order catalyst. If he can continue to impact the ball like he has at times, there's still time for him to develop into a big league regular.


2017

Scouting grades:</b> Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 70 | Arm: 40 | Field: 60 | Overall: 45

The Rays drafted Fraley 77th overall in Lottery Round B last June after he had batted .324/.407/.459 as a junior for Louisiana State while ranking among the SEC leaders in steals, runs, hit and triples. He signed for $797,500 and spent his entire pro debut at Class A Short Season Hudson Valley, where he posted a .703 OPS and stole 33 bases to pace the New York-Penn League.

Fraley is well suited to bat atop a lineup, as he has a patient, contact-oriented approach and good feel for using the entire field. His flat left-handed swing offers little in the way of over-the-fence power, but he does have a knack for pounding the gaps and accrues plenty of doubles and triples. Meanwhile, Fraley's well-above-average speed is his best tool, and he knows how to apply it on the basepaths and in center field. 

The presence of 2015 second-rounder Andrew Stevenson kept Fraley from manning center field until his junior year, but he possesses the speed and instincts to at least be a solid defender there, where his below-average arm strength is a clean fit.


2016

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 35 | Run: 60 | Arm: 40 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45

Louisiana State has had five outfielders selected in the top three rounds of the past six Drafts, and Fraley should go in the same territory in June. A semi-regular as a freshman and a left fielder in deference to gifted defender Andrew Stevenson on the Tigers' 2015 College World Series team, he's the center fielder and offensive catalyst on their '16 squad.

Fraley is well suited to bat atop a lineup, as he has a patient contact-oriented approach and the plus speed and know-how to steal bases. His flat left-handed swing doesn't yield much power, but his on-base skills rank among the best in college baseball. Fraley has performed well during two summers in the Cape Cod League.

Though he hadn't played much center field for LSU before this spring, Fraley's speed and instincts make him at least a solid defender there. His arm strength is below average, but it isn't considered a liability.



Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 164 26 1 3.8 83.4 31.4 26.9 .132 .185 .162 .151 .211 15.4 34.1 0.0
2020 120 15 1 6.7 82.6 28.1 26.7 .147 .214 .227 .215 .275 13.3 37.9 6.9
ALL 284 41 2 4.9 83.1 30.2 26.8 .138 .197 .189 .177 .234 14.6 35.7 2.9
MLB 43517 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .416 .317 .322 .378 34.9 21.8 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/23/2020 Seattle Mariners placed CF Jake Fraley on the 10-day injured list. Right quad strain.
09/22/2020 Seattle Mariners recalled CF Jake Fraley from Mariners Alternate Training Site.
09/05/2020 Seattle Mariners optioned CF Jake Fraley to Mariners Alternate Training Site.
08/22/2020 Seattle Mariners recalled Jake Fraley from Mariners Alternate Training Site.
07/22/2020 Seattle Mariners optioned CF Jake Fraley to Mariners Alternate Training Site.
08/20/2019 Seattle Mariners selected the contract of Jake Fraley from Tacoma Rainiers.
08/12/2019 Tacoma Rainiers activated CF Jake Fraley from the 7-day injured list.
08/05/2019 Tacoma Rainiers placed CF Jake Fraley on the 7-day injured list retroactive to August 4, 2019.
06/20/2019 CF Jake Fraley assigned to Tacoma Rainiers from Arkansas Travelers.
04/02/2019 CF Jake Fraley assigned to Arkansas Travelers from Modesto Nuts.
03/19/2019 CF Jake Fraley assigned to Seattle Mariners.
11/08/2018 Seattle Mariners traded C Mike Zunino, CF Guillermo Heredia and LHP Michael Plassmeyer to Tampa Bay Rays for CF Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley.
11/08/2018 CF Jake Fraley assigned to Modesto Nuts.
06/07/2018 Charlotte Stone Crabs activated LF Jake Fraley from the 7-day disabled list.
04/02/2018 Charlotte Stone Crabs placed CF Jake Fraley on the 7-day disabled list.
03/11/2018 CF Jake Fraley assigned to Tampa Bay Rays.
09/04/2017 Charlotte Stone Crabs activated CF Jake Fraley from the 7-day disabled list.
08/24/2017 Charlotte Stone Crabs sent CF Jake Fraley on a rehab assignment to GCL Rays.
05/30/2017 Charlotte Stone Crabs placed CF Jake Fraley on the 7-day disabled list.
05/08/2017 Charlotte Stone Crabs activated CF Jake Fraley from the 7-day disabled list.
04/18/2017 Charlotte Stone Crabs placed CF Jake Fraley on the 7-day disabled list.
04/04/2017 CF Jake Fraley assigned to Charlotte Stone Crabs from Hudson Valley Renegades.
03/14/2017 CF Jake Fraley assigned to Tampa Bay Rays.
06/27/2016 CF Jake Fraley assigned to Hudson Valley Renegades.
06/26/2016 Tampa Bay Rays signed CF Jake Fraley.