2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Paul DeJong
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Paul DeJong to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the St. Louis Cardinals shortstop during the 2020 MLB season.
Playing the “Show Me” state, Paul DeJong set career highs in home runs (30), RBI (78), doubles (31), hits (136), runs (97), stolen bases (nine) and extra-base hits (62) in 2019. He’s hit at least 19 home runs in each of the last three seasons and 27 of his 30 from last year occurred versus right-handed pitchers. On the surface, DeJong’s power breakout masked his struggles in average hitting over .233 in only his first month of the season.
In fact, his average cratered to .202 after an appearance in the All-Star game over his last 72 contests but launched 17 home runs with a 20 percent home run per fly ball percentage. Unfortunately, DeJong traded line drives for fly balls after the break causing his batting average on balls in play (BABIP) to crater. DeJong’s power kept him afloat in terms of fantasy. Here’s a rolling chart of his season highlighting his line drive rate, fly ball percentage, home run per fly ball percent and BABIP:
All told, DeJong appeared in 159 games...