Tommy La Stella

Tommy La Stella

32-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
San Francisco Giants
Out
Injury Achilles
Est. Return 2/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
La Stella did his usual thing in 228 PA between Los Angeles and Oakland last season, hitting for a high average thanks to an ultra-low strikeout rate -- the lowest among qualified hitters in 2020 (5.3%). He hit 16 home runs in 2019, six more than he hit in his first five MLB seasons combined. The rate power came back to Earth last season, and without any speed to speak of, La Stella was the definition of an empty BA. That's been the story throughout most of his career. He has big lefty/right splits, capping his playing time. La Stella has dual eligibility in a lot of leagues this season (1B and 2B). However, more should be expected of a starting infielder in most fantasy leagues. The Giants signed him to a three-year deal, and his left-handed bat is a nice fit, given that Evan Longoria and Donovan Solano both bat right-handed. He should pick up third-base eligibility in season. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#371
ADP
$Signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Giants in January of 2021.
Visiting specialist for Achilles
2BSan Francisco Giants
Achilles
October 18, 2021
La Stella (Achilles) is scheduled to visit Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist, in Green Bay on Monday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
La Stella picked up the Achilles injury in the latter stages of the regular season, but he was able to gut it out and play through the issue. Now that the Giants have been eliminated from the playoffs, the veteran infielder will undergo further evaluation. La Stella remains under contract with San Francisco next year, and he appeared in 76 games during 2021 and hit .250/.308/.405 with seven homers, 27 RBI and 26 runs. At this point it's unclear whether he'll be ready for the start of spring training.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
33
10
6
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+79%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+24%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .621 172 17 3 12 0 .236 .297 .325
Since 2019vs Right .835 609 88 25 84 1 .286 .352 .483
2021vs Left .549 26 2 0 2 0 .240 .269 .280
2021vs Right .734 214 24 7 25 0 .251 .313 .421
2020vs Left .505 57 5 0 3 0 .184 .281 .224
2020vs Right .903 169 25 5 22 1 .303 .393 .510
2019vs Left .712 89 10 3 7 0 .265 .315 .398
2019vs Right .880 226 39 13 37 0 .306 .358 .522
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
Even Split
2021
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .787 371 50 15 49 0 .276 .334 .453
Since 2019Away .789 390 54 13 47 1 .275 .344 .444
2021Home .678 109 8 2 9 0 .257 .312 .366
2021Away .742 131 18 5 18 0 .244 .305 .437
2020Home .817 96 14 2 14 0 .286 .365 .452
2020Away .797 110 15 3 11 1 .269 .367 .430
2019Home .841 166 28 11 26 0 .284 .331 .510
2019Away .822 149 21 5 18 0 .307 .362 .460
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Stat Review
How does Tommy La Stella 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
BB/K
0.69
 
BB Rate
7.5%
 
K Rate
10.8%
 
BABIP
.255
 
ISO
.155
 
AVG
.250
 
OBP
.308
 
SLG
.405
 
OPS
.713
 
wOBA
.313
 
Exit Velocity
82.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.2%
 
Barrels/PA
5.5%
 
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La Stella joined the Angels in 2019 after four seasons in Chicago and shocked the baseball world with a power surge nobody saw coming. To put things in perspective, La Stella began the season with 10 home runs in 828 career at-bats; he matched that total in his 102nd at-bat with the Angels and hit 16 homers in the first half, earning his first All-Star berth in the process. Unfortunately, the good times came to an abrupt end in early July when La Stella fouled a ball off his right shin and fractured his tibia, all but ending his season. Surprisingly, nothing in La Stella's Statcast numbers screams out the reason for his sudden power stroke; La Stella himself attributed it to a new mentality at the plate. While he did log nine at-bats at the end of September, the true test of the sustainability of La Stella's transformation will come next season. If it proves to be real, he could be an elite infield option.
La Stella appeared in 123 games for the Cubs last season, but made just 24 starts. The veteran infielder struggled as a starter, slashing just .222/.267/.235 in 88 plate appearances, but he excelled as a substitute, posting a .312/.398/.416 slash line in 90 pinch-hit plate appearances (most in the majors). La Stella saw his strikeout and walk rates both go in the wrong direction, though they still sat at 14.1% and 8.9%, respectively. After the season, the Cubs opted to trade La Stella to the Angels in exchange for Conor Lillis-White rather than tender him a contract. While La Stella could get a chance to compete for an everyday gig with the Angels, Los Angeles has better internal options at second and third base, so he'll likely remain in a part-time utility role barring an injury.
The Cubs didn't have much playing time available for La Stella last season, but he was an effective left-handed bat off the bench when called upon. Most of his time in the field was split between second base and third base, and as long as the Cubs have Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist available to cover multiple positions, it's difficult to imagine a larger role for La Stella. If he were to end up on another 25-man roster, he could see an uptick in playing time. La Stella has a good eye at the plate, and a good hit tool, but he lacks the raw power necessary to hit more than 12-15 homers even if he becomes a starter for a prolonged stretch down the road. Even on a team with less depth, La Stella is ideally suited for a part-time role as a pinch-hitter who consistently offers quality plate appearances.
La Stella cracked the Cubs' Opening Day roster as a part-time player, and opened the year with a .291/.378/.494 line in 38 games before he hit the disabled list with a hamstring strain in early June. Things took an unusual turn from there, as his eventual activation from the DL was halted by a demotion back to Triple-A prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, and the veteran infielder initially refused to report to Des Moines for the assignment. After a change of heart in mid-August, La Stella returned to the organization and put himself back in the good graces of the front office to the point of earning a September callup when rosters expanded. A patient left-handed bat with a modicum of pop, La Stella is a useful bench piece for a big league club, but it remains to be seen if he can hit enough to merit being placed on the large side of a platoon. With health, a slight increase in playing time is a possibility in 2017.
The Cubs liked La Stella's batting eye and versatility when they acquired him from Atlanta in November of 2014, but injuries and the emergence of a number of other youngsters limited him to just 33 games with his new team last year. He was an above-average prospect in the Braves' system after slashing .343/.422/.473 in half a season with Double-A Mississippi in 2013. Unfortunately, his major league numbers have been disappointing, with just two home runs, two stolen bases and a .327 on-base percentage in 386 at-bats. On the other hand, his strong career 41:47 BB:K is a contrast to most of his teammates. He'll likely play a bit of second and third again this year, but he's a bench player for the Cubs unless injuries strike.
Dan Uggla's demise put La Stella on the radar heading into 2014, and it was less than two months before he officially took over the starting second base job in Atlanta. His keen eye at the plate was apparent from the get-go, as La Stella hit .292/.371/.357 with 20 strikeouts against 19 walks prior to the All-Star break, but he failed make the necessary adjustments as pitchers learned his tendencies and thus floundered to a .565 OPS in the second half, ultimately losing his starting job to Phil Gosselin late in the season. The Cubs, liking his contact and on-base skills, acquired La Stella from the Braves for right-hander Arodys Vizcaino in November. There's a remote chance he could work himself into a regular role at second base to begin the year, but La Stella won't be much of a factor outside of OBP leagues regardless given his utter lack of power and speed, even at a premium middle-infield position.
While Tyler Pastornicky is an obvious candidate for playing time at second base if Dan Uggla is dealt, La Stella is definitely in the mix as well, after raking at Double-A Mississippi (.343/.422/.473) in 2013. He also drew the praise of the team's director of player development, Bruce Manno, with an impressive performance in the Arizona Fall League. The 25-year-old La Stella is very disciplined at the plate, as evidenced by his 35 strikeouts in 303 at-bats last season, and even if the Braves can't unload Uggla, a hot start in the minors could put him in contention for a major league roster spot. Further, La Stella offers significantly more upside at the plate than Pastornicky, making him a better speculative target for those in deeper formats.
The Braves may have struck gold in the eighth round of the 2011 draft with La Stella. With an underrated glove and a big bat, he is being viewed as the team's future second baseman. Dan Uggla is firmly entrenched as their current second baseman and his contract runs through 2015 so there is no need to rush La Stella. Still, he hit .328/.401/.543 in 63 games at Low-A in 2011 and followed that up with a .302/.386/.460 line in High-A in 2012. If he keeps hitting like that, he is going to force the Braves to continue advancing him.
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Returns to lineup
2BSan Francisco Giants
October 14, 2021
La Stella (Achilles) is starting at second base and leading off in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Thursday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Available off bench for Game 5
2BSan Francisco Giants
Achilles
October 13, 2021
Manager Gabe Kapler said La Stella (Achilles) will be available off the bench for Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Thursday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Expected back for Game 5
2BSan Francisco Giants
Achilles
October 13, 2021
Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he expects La Stella (Achilles) to be available Thursday for Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Pulled from Game 4
2BSan Francisco Giants
Achilles
October 12, 2021
La Stella was removed from Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers due to an Achilles injury, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Sits against southpaw
2BSan Francisco Giants
October 9, 2021
La Stella isn't in the lineup for Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Saturday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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