D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees

Age: 32 (July 13, 1988) | 6' 4" | 215lbs. | Bats: Right 1B-11 2B-37 3B-11 DH-1 PH-1
COL NL 2017 155 609 95 189 59 90 28 4 8 64 6 5 .310 .374 .409 9 13 .351 56/25/20 21 22
COL NL 2018 128 533 90 147 37 82 32 2 15 62 6 5 .276 .321 .428 6 14 .298 50/21/29 19 20
NYY AL 2019 145 602 109 197 46 90 33 2 26 102 5 2 .327 .375 .518 7 14 .349 50/24/26 33 32
NYY AL 2020 50 195 41 71 18 21 10 2 10 27 3 0 .364 .421 .590 8 10 .370 57/22/21 39 38
NYY AL 2021 68 274 38 72 31 48 10 0 6 25 2 0 .263 .338 .365 10 16 .297 54/23/22 6 6
Career 11yrs 1218 4516 689 1366 373 736 216 35 91 503 85 41 .302 .356 .426 7 15 .342 n/a
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Dan Martin reminds us LeMahieu was hitting .429 on Aug. 15, when he was injured.


Alex Patton Alex
Nov 13 '20

You hit .364, you get on base at a .421 clip, you slug .590, you play three infield positions almost flawlessly, you play heads-up baseball, you're only 32... good time to be a free agent, right?

Not according to Ken Davidoff. Lemahieu will re-up with the Yankees for $10 million less per annum than Manny Machado got last year. And there won't be nearly as many annums.

4. DJ LeMahieu (IF, Age 32)

A unicorn due to his age and (relatively) late-career spike, will he price himself out of The Bronx?

Prediction: Yankees, three years, $66 million.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 2 '20

Fascinating LeMahieu story at Fangraphs by David Laurila. Never before heard the explanation that some northern high school players spend so much time in the inside batting cage that they tend to hit toward center and right fields, like Jeter. Here it is:

Tim Wilken was the club’s scouting director when the Chicago Cubs drafted DJ LeMahieu out of LSU in 2009. Wilken was still ensconced in that position two years later when he had a memorable exchange with the second-rounder. It took place in Knoxville, where LeMahieu — a product of Brother Rice High School in metro Detroit —was playing with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies.

“I said, ‘Hey, DJ, you stay inside the ball extremely well [but] you’re six-foot-five and don’t really let your swing out,” Wilken related to me recently. “You’re from Michigan; were you a fan of Derek Jeter? Do you stay inside the ball because he does that?’ He said, ‘No, I like Derek Jeter, but when you live in a northern state you have a tendency to stay with your swing because 95% of your BP is inside, in a cage. Had I lived in a sunbelt state, I might have started to let my swing out.’”

I asked the longtime scout — now a special assistant with the Arizona Diamondbacks — why a lack of outdoor reps might have that result.

“If you’re in a cage — and I’ve seen many cage batting practices — hitters kind of stay within their swing,” responded Wilken, who in 2016 was inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame. “LeMahieu hits a lot of balls up the middle and to the right side — every once in awhile he’ll pull a ball — but as he was describing to me, it’s a lot different inside. You don’t get to see the results of letting your swing out, so you don’t really turn on balls. Outside, you can see some of that power. Hitting a ball to left field and seeing it go a pretty good ways… that’s taken away when you’re in a cage.”

In December 2011, LeMahieu was stolen away from the Cubs by the Colorado Rockies. Technically he was traded, but given how the four-player swap has worked out, the deal qualified as highway robbery. Colorado acquired the two-time batting champion, along with Tyler Colvin, in exchange for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers. Stewart went on to record negative WAR, while Weathers weathered injuries and never made it out of the minors.

Theo Epstein, who’d been named Chicago’s president of baseball operations six weeks earlier, approached Wilken at the winter meetings. With him were two members of the Cubs’ brain trust.

“Theo told me, ‘Hey, we’ve got a deal, and it involves two of your guys,’” recalled Wilken. “He says to me, ‘You’ve got a 70 bat [on the 20-80 scouting scale] on LeMahieu. “One of the guys with him says, ‘What are the demographics on a six-foot-five second baseman?’ I said, ‘Well, you’re looking at [LeMahieu].'”

Opinions on the young infielder varied. One evaluator purportedly felt that LeMahieu’s arms were too long, and that his swing path wasn’t going to work in the big leagues. Wilken had an opposing viewpoint. “There are guys who can be longer to the ball and still have good hand-eye,” he explained. “And his hand-eye was pretty darn good.”

The swing path in question has obviously worked in the big leagues. LeMahieu slashed .299/.352/.408 in his seven years with the Rockies, and since signing a free-agent contract with the Yankees in January 2019 — barring an extension he’ll be back on the open market this winter — that line is .336/.386/.536. Moreover, LeMahieu has laid waste to the idea that he can’t hit for power. He’s swatted 36 home runs in fewer than 900 plate appearances since donning pinstripes.

“It turned out that I was wrong about him being a 70 hitter,” said Wilken. “He’s an 80 hitter. He’s just a damn good baseball player.”

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Oct 11 '20

Schizo front page by the schizo Post.


Alex Patton Alex
Oct 1 '20

Michael Kay after LeMahieu grounds into a double play with the bases loaded and one out in the tenth: "The Yankees the last two nights have had to watch two teams celebrate against them."

The two teams being the Blue Jays and... the Marlins.

Was Derek Jeter in the Stadium?

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 26 '20

With two hits last night, now has a 10-point lead over Tim Anderson.

But don't expect LeMahieu to be scoreboard watching, says the Daily News today (sometimes, much as I like the sports section, I can't buy the Post). "I just, I honestly, I kind of think of it as more of a distraction."

I believe him.

Alex Patton Alex
Sep 22 '20

Impossible not to love his spray chart at Fangraphs.

I thought he'd be happy in Yankee Stadium, but happier than he was in Coors? No, I didn't expect that.

Home slash stats in 2018: .317/.360/.433.

Last year: .338/.392/.585.

He hit 17 doubles and four homers his last year in Coors.

He hit nine doubles and 19 homers his first year in Yankee Stadium.

Moose Skowron would have been proud.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 3 '20
Fangraphs 2018: WAR 2.0 Bat -10 Field 11 Run -2 HR/FB 11% Pull 30% Hard 35% IFFB 3%
Fangraphs 2019: WAR 5.4 Bat 30 Field 3 Run -1 HR/FB 19% Pull 28% Hard 40% IFFB 5%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '19