Jake Marisnick
Jake Marisnick
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Houston Astros
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Marisnick is an accomplished defender who can play all three outfield spots. He has also been able to provide some homers and steals in a reserve role for AL-only owners. That said, that is the limit of his value, as his flaws prevent him from getting increased playing time. He has a long swing that leads to a high number of strikeouts -- that problem has gotten progressively worse the past few seasons (35.7 K% in 2018). There really is no other path forward for Marisnick because the more he plays, the more his flaws stand out and his numbers suffer. In deep single-league formats, Marisnick has a shred of appeal because he can still pop double-digit homers and may steal that many bases. In mixed leagues, he's not a viable consideration. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.22 million contract with the Astros in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Belts 10th homer
OFHouston Astros
September 8, 2019
Marisnick went 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI in a 21-1 victory against the Mariners on Sunday.
The Astros sent 11 hitters to the plate, and all 11 had at least one hit. Houston also scored 21 runs despite just two homers. The 3-for-6 day snapped an 0-for-10 stretch for Marisnick, who now has 10 homers and 10 steals. He is also batting .241 with 28 extra-base hits, 33 RBI and 45 runs in 266 at-bats this season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
Since 2017vs Left .738 333 49 13 33 2 .240 .308 .430
Since 2017vs Right .722 478 81 23 64 23 .223 .285 .437
2019vs Left .710 112 17 4 14 0 .225 .288 .422
2019vs Right .694 206 29 6 20 10 .237 .289 .405
2018vs Left .693 114 14 5 11 1 .231 .289 .404
2018vs Right .655 120 20 5 17 5 .193 .261 .394
2017vs Left .817 107 18 4 8 1 .266 .349 .468
2017vs Right .813 152 32 12 27 8 .228 .298 .515
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OPS at Home
OPS on Road
OPS on Road
OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .773 358 58 17 45 13 .253 .316 .457
Since 2017Away .693 453 72 19 52 12 .212 .277 .416
2019Home .673 149 23 5 20 4 .228 .291 .382
2019Away .723 169 23 5 14 6 .237 .287 .436
2018Home .630 89 11 2 8 3 .222 .284 .346
2018Away .701 145 23 8 20 3 .205 .269 .432
2017Home 1.008 120 24 10 17 6 .308 .373 .636
2017Away .647 139 26 6 18 3 .187 .273 .374
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How does Jake Marisnick compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
For a part-time player, Marisnick made quite an impact in the fantasy game in 2017. He hit for more power than ever before, more than tripling his 2016 home-run total in 12 fewer games, while also chipping in a useful stolen-base total. However, he sold out for the power, posting a strikeout rate just south of 35 percent (up from 26.7 percent), and his 24.6 percent HR/FB rate (11 percent for career) suggests that level of power will be difficult to sustain. Marisnick lifted his walk rate to a more respectable level (7.7 percent), resulting in an 86-point spike in wOBA to .343. Even so, he had a sub-.300 OBP against righties and Marisnick also graded out as a net negative in the field for the first time in his career. It's hard to imagine Marisnick will slide into a more prominent role in 2018 barring a trade or multiple injuries in the outfield.
Marisnick has compiled 1,038 plate appearances as a big leaguer, and it's rather clear what he is. He has the walk rate and the strikeout rate of an impatient slugger, but he doesn't offer much power, and his average leaves plenty to be desired. What he can do is run and play defense, so that will at least keep him in the big leagues on the short side of a platoon with Josh Reddick (and maybe Norichika Aoki). While Marisnick is split-neutral, he is still not a good hitter. One could say he is a poor man's Rajai Davis, but it would be more accurate to say he is a garbage picker's Rajai Davis. Marisnick can swipe steals even in limited playing time, but he kills fantasy owners everywhere else. There are better speed plays out there, and Marisnick simply is a better asset in reality than fantasy.
Houston's offseason acquisitions of Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis pushed Marisnick to reserve outfielder duties on the team depth chart prior to last season, but the 24-year-old defied the odds and landed the starting job in center field to open 2015. Marisnick got off to a blistering start at the plate, hitting .379/.422/.621 with two homers, 10 RBI and eight steals during the month of April. Unfortunately, he hit .206 the rest of the way to finish with a .236 average, nine homers, 36 RBI and 24 stolen bases over 339 at-bats. While Marisnick's bat is still a work in progress, his excellent defense will earn him plenty of playing time, as he's quietly considered the best defender among Houston's outfielders. His fantasy value in 2016 will be tied to the Astros' plans in free agency, as the team extended a qualifying offer to Colby Rasmus that was accepted. Marisnick has modest pop, but speed is his best asset.
Acquired by the Astros in the trade that sent Jarred Cosart to Miami, Marisnick immediately assumed center field duties for Houston with Dexter Fowler and George Springer on the DL. In 51 games with his new club, he hit .272/.299/.370 with three home runs, 19 RBI and six steals while playing excellent defense. The 23-year-old struck out 28.3% of the time against only a 3.4% walk rate, but Marisnick has the power and speed combination that makes him intriguing in fantasy with the benefit of regular playing time. While that's not assured with the Astros going into 2015, Marisnick is the favorite to beat out Robbie Grossman, Alex Presley and L.J. Hoes for a starting spot alongside Dexter Fowler and George Springer.
Marisnick was one of the prized pieces acquired by Miami during the blockbuster Jose Reyes swap with Toronto last offseason. Upon arrival in the Marlins' organization, he paired up with fellow top-prospect Christian Yelich and formed one of the most exciting tandems of outfield prospects in baseball. He arrived in the majors shortly after the All-Star break, but was unable to carry a strong performance at Double-A Jacksonville to the big club. Marisnick put on a nice display of power and speed, knocking 12 home runs and swiping 11 bases in the minors while carrying a .289/.350/.489 line over 330 plate appearances. His time with the Marlins did not go as well and the 22-year-old rookie registered a disappointing .183/.231/.248 line in 40 games and wrapped up his first stint in the majors needing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. With a four-to-six week recovery timetable from the October procedure, Marisnick will have plenty of time to put in a full offseason of work prior to spring training. Overwhelmed during his debut this past summer, Marisnick will need to earn an Opening Day roster spot -- and improving upon an ugly 22.8% strikeout rate would be a good place to start. Regardless, the athletic 6-foot-3, 225-pound outfielder offers the raw skill to perennially provide double-digit home runs and steals. Even if he begins the season back down on the farm, Marisnick does not appear to be far from becoming an impact bat at the major league level.
Marisnick has the athletic ability to be a star; unfortunately it didn't translate to the field in 2012. Over two minor league levels, Marisnick hit .249 with eight home runs and 24 stolen bases. His defense is legit, and maybe his quickest tool to the majors, but even with his trade to Miami he will likely have another year in the minors to see if the bat can catch up. The Marlins are expected to continue his development by returning him to Double-A to begin the season.
Marisnick was a third-round pick for the Jays in the 2009 draft and really took off for Low-A Lansing last season, in his first full professional season. He made major improvements with his batting eye and his defense, all while hitting for power and average. His 37 stolen bases indicate a good amount of athleticism, so he'll be able to stick as a corner outfielder and maybe as a center fielder if Anthony Gose doesn't work out there. One cautionary note is that he had a .371 BABIP and now presumably will hit in a much tougher park at High-A Dunedin to begin 2012. Marisnick is probably two years-plus away from getting the call, but if you're looking to replenish your farm system in a deep keeper league, he's worth a look.
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Starts for resting Brantley
OFHouston Astros
September 1, 2019
Marisnick started in center field and went 0-for-3 win Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Blue Jays.
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Starts for slumping Reddick
OFHouston Astros
August 18, 2019
Marisnick started in center field and went 0-for-4 in Saturday's 8-4 loss to the Athletics.
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Launches two-run homer
OFHouston Astros
August 2, 2019
Marisnick went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 10-2 win over the Mariners.
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Available off bench
OFHouston Astros
August 1, 2019
Marisnick is available off the bench Thursday against the Indians after serving his two-game suspension, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Suspension upheld
OFHouston Astros
Not Injury Related
July 29, 2019
Marisnick's two-game suspension and fine were upheld Monday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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