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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 23)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
1 .000 0 0 0 0 92 0.0
Birth Date5-15-1996
Height6' 0"
Weight212 lbs
Age23 years, 5 months, 5 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2015
2016
-0.02017
0.12018
0.02019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2017 LAN 21 15 25 4 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 1 .174 .240 .304 86 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 0.0
2018 LAN 22 37 86 20 6 0 1 8 14 0 0 0 .260 .329 .377 85 -1.2 1.5 -1.0 0.1
2019 LAN 23 106 377 101 22 2 12 26 49 2 4 1 .294 .342 .475 102 2.9 1.4 1.9 1.7
Career158488125282143667242.282.335.449991.32.80.51.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2014 DOD Rk AZL 49 196 .000 .000 .000 .361 0.0 191 0 0.0 0.0 7.8 0.0
2014 OGD Rk PIO 5 20 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 139 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0
2015 GRL A MID 101 444 .258 .318 .368 .326 101 -1.1 12.2 0.4 103 0 17.7 -0.7 -4.8 2.6
2015 RCU A+ CAL 23 96 .281 .346 .457 .408 109 10 2.6 0.2 181 0 2.1 0.4 4.7 1.1
2016 TUL AA TEX 126 529 .248 .312 .374 .292 95 9.8 14.3 -0.5 119 0 -1.1 -1.2 -0.1 1.2
2016 GDD Wnt AFL 13 47 .000 .000 .000 .171 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 LAN MLB NL 15 25 .267 .343 .447 .167 89 -1.9 0.7 0 86 12 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 0.0
2017 OKL AAA PCL 117 495 .269 .335 .426 .340 104 15.6 14.7 -1.9 113 0 -2.4 3.1 9.5 2.3
2018 LAN MLB NL 37 86 .240 .306 .385 .306 98 -0.2 2.4 -0.4 85 11 -1.0 1.5 -1.2 0.1
2018 OKL AAA PCL 91 379 .270 .335 .415 .359 96 15 11.1 -1.6 128 0 4.1 -0.5 14.2 2.8
2019 LAN MLB NL 106 377 .256 .324 .439 .309 97 7.9 11.4 -0.6 102 9 1.9 1.4 2.9 1.7
2019 OGD Rk+ PIO 1 3 .230 .299 .360 .000 102 0.4 0.1 -0.1 180 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2014 DOD Rk AZL 196 170 28 59 14 3 3 88 33 20 14 8 0 .347 .423 .518 .171 2
2014 OGD Rk PIO 20 20 3 8 1 0 0 9 8 0 4 3 0 .400 .400 .450 .050 0
2015 RCU A+ CAL 96 91 20 35 9 2 4 60 19 4 12 1 0 .385 .406 .659 .275 1 0
2015 GRL A MID 444 421 50 124 23 2 5 166 42 17 53 13 5 .295 .325 .394 .100 2 1
2016 TUL AA TEX 529 477 58 130 23 1 13 194 63 44 67 2 6 .273 .336 .407 .134 4 0
2016 GDD Wnt AFL 47 43 3 6 2 1 0 10 2 4 8 0 0 .140 .213 .233 .093 0 0
2017 OKL AAA PCL 495 433 67 136 27 4 6 189 62 52 50 9 3 .314 .389 .436 .122 5 1
2017 LAN MLB NL 25 23 1 4 0 0 1 7 1 2 4 0 1 .174 .240 .304 .130 0 0
2018 OKL AAA PCL 379 343 44 113 19 0 10 162 44 34 47 8 2 .329 .391 .472 .143 1 0
2018 LAN MLB NL 86 77 11 20 6 0 1 29 4 8 14 0 0 .260 .329 .377 .117 0 1
2019 LAN MLB NL 377 343 43 101 22 2 12 163 44 26 49 4 1 .294 .342 .475 .181 6 0
2019 OGD Rk+ PIO 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .000 .667 .000 .000 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2017 84 0.4524 0.3929 0.8485 0.6053 0.2174 0.8696 0.8000 0.1515 0.0000
2018 298 0.5067 0.4664 0.8201 0.5828 0.3469 0.8864 0.7059 0.1799 0.0000
2019 1451 0.4914 0.4466 0.8380 0.5849 0.3130 0.9353 0.6623 0.1620 0.0000
Career18330.49210.44740.83560.58550.31410.92430.67570.16440.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 LAN $560,000
2018 LAN $
2017 LAN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2019Current$560,000
1 yrTotal$560,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 78 dMVP Sports1 year/$560,000 (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$560,000 (2019). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/19.
  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by LA Dodgers 9/1/17.
  • Drafted by LA Dodgers 2014 (2-62) (Sahuaro HS, Tucson, Ari.). $0.9146M signing bonus (slot amount).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 57 15 3 0 2 5 8 1 0 .294 .368 .471 114 0.0 LF 1, 0.0
80o 38 10 2 0 1 3 6 0 0 .294 .351 .441 106 0.0 LF 0, 0.0
70o 24 6 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 .273 .333 .455 101 0.0 LF 0, 0.0
60o 12 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 .273 .333 .364 96 0.0 LF 0, 0.0
50o 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 92 0.0 LF 0, 0.0
Weighted Mean410000100.250.250.250930.0LF 0,0.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20202457069137251176741994.262.319.411891.17.0-0.9-2.014.7-4.82.9
20212555568137251166641924.271.328.420941.38.8-0.8-2.114.3-2.62.8
20222655168135232176640913.266.323.419921.17.6-0.9-2.214.2-3.42.8
20232753367130251166540873.269.328.426951.28.4-1.0-2.313.7-2.02.7
20242850163121221156139812.269.330.426961.17.9-1.0-2.312.9-1.72.6
20252948760115211155836821.259.319.412910.85.3-1.2-2.412.5-3.72.5
20263050163119211166138850.263.322.421920.96.1-1.2-2.612.9-3.02.6
20273150763121221166239850.264.324.423941.06.5-1.3-2.713.0-2.52.6
20283248660115211155937830.261.321.417920.85.2-1.2-2.812.5-3.32.5

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Prospects with multiple 70-grade tools aren't especially common, particularly when one of those tools is the elusive hit. But if Verdugo's bat pans all the way out he might be that guy. His arm will certainly do its part, and judging by his demolition of PCL pitching at age 21, the stick should be favored to follow suit. It remains a mystery in this stimulated era of long-ball offense what Verdugo's power numbers might look like as a modern-day big leaguer, but he's a good enough hitter to grow into an everyday role whether the pop comes or not. He'll try to force the issue of a longer audition on a short timeline in 2018.
2017 Tackling Double-A at age 20 is no small feat, and Verdugo was up to the task. Don't let the numbers fool you—this kid can hit. He has a potential plus-plus hit tool, though it comes with only average expected power. He's played center field for the most part as a pro, but his future belongs in right. Verdugo has added some weight, which will slow him a bit in the field, and his powerful arm (he was a two-way player before turning pro) should be plenty for a corner. He could be a high-end regular if the bat plays to its potential, but falling short of it could leave him as more of a tweener.
2016 Verdugo hit just .213/.254/.274 in April and May as the 2014 second-rounder acclimated to his first full season of professional ball. Look up at his final batting line at Great Lakes for an idea of how he hit from June on. Then consider his brief performance as a 19-year-old in High-A. Then remember that he was a raw, two-way player coming out of high school. Not too shabby, eh? There's a lot to like with Verdugo, who's moving fast and devoid of any glaring flaws as a prospect. He should spend most of the season in the Cal League, where hitter-friendly environments stand to make Verdugo an expensive but effective minor-league DFS play.
2015 Most teams liked Verdugo as a pitcher out of high school, but the Dodgers liked him as a hitter, partly because Verdugo himself wanted to be a hitter. Based on his debut season, that just may have been the right move: Verdugo hit .353/.421/.511 across two levels. What was most impressive is the fact he walked more than he struck out. The last prominent Dodgers draftee to do that was James Loney. Verdugo also played a competent center field. Logan White put a Joc Pederson comparison on him shortly after the draft and so far, that looks quite apt. A better determination will be made once he starts facing advanced competition, possibly as soon as this year.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2019-07-11 23:00:00 (link to chat)What have your thoughts been on Alex Verdugo’s first full season up? Is there more power there?
(Craig from Chicago )
I'm a longtime fan and have been of the opinion for some time that more power will show up eventually, yes. He doesn't need it to produce well above-average offensive value, but the peak's gonna include some above-average HR seasons.

We keeps it en espaol ahora, si? Claro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pusUeOZ_CXA (Wilson Karaman)
2019-05-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Alex Verdugo a set and forget OF 3 in a 16 team dynasty or do I need to tread lighter?
(Teddy from Illinois)
He's a set-and-forget guy for me, especially because it's difficult to find high-average hitters in today's game. Even considering the fact that we're dealing with small sample sizes, there are fewer than 30 qualified hitters in Major League Baseball who have a .300 batting average. Verdugo also benefits from playing in a high-octane offense. We'll see if the power develops, but he does have a .199 ISO, which is promising. (J.P. Breen)
2019-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you please wax poetic about Alex Verdugo? He should be an every day player even when everyone is healthy, right? Thanks for doing these weekly chats!
(Flipai from Maryland)
Verdugo has been really good thus far, and obviously is doing some really interesting things, which I wrote about. Assuming the ball stays as it is, he could put up some really good numbers due to how much he makes contact while still retaining power. The Dodgers are so deep, I don't think he ends up an everyday guy, especially since it seems they're concerned about being lefty-heavy in the lineup. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-05-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Craig, I heard you wrote a very nice article on Alex Verdugo.Can you give me the link. I would like to read it. Also what kind of hitter do you think he is going to be long term?
(BaseballNUT2009 from Santa Ana)
Thanks for asking. You can find that article here. I think it depends a decent bit on the ball. I'm not going to predict 30 homer power despite his strength and bat speed even now, but something in the low-20s with a bunch of doubles seems right. (Craig Goldstein)
2017-11-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bat only, could you rank Anthony Alford, Alex Verdugo and Austin Hays, all intriguing, young OFs.
(Duke of New York from Manhattan)
This is pretty close for me. If Verdugo can even find 10-15 home run pop it's probably him. Hays probably has the highest upside, but lowest floor. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-10-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)It's so hot. Prospects, what can you tell us about Alex Verdugo and Walker Buehler?
(Cole Whittier from Pasadena, CA)
They're both top 25 global type guys, and they're both very close to ready. Verdugo could be a tremendous defender who also hits for average, Buehler has some of the best stuff of anyone around but significant health/durability questions. I'd expect both to be in the mix for full-time gigs by next summer. -- Jarrett (World Series Chat)
2017-07-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)Over under 1.5 guys from today's list being traded in the next month?
(Bwe206 from Myspace.com)
We had a long discussion at the Camden Yards event about the highest prospect likely to get dealt. I think we came up with Triston McKenzie. Alex Verdugo might be the better answer, although the Dodgers sound inclined to hold onto him. I guess never bet against Dombrowksi going nuts, but I'm gonna take the under. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Two part question and thanks for doing the live chat! First, what's a way to evaluate minor league numbers? I see a guy like Willy Adames put up a mediocre BA but some put him developmentally ahead of Gleyber Torres at his age. How can we read beyond scouting reports and box scores to see the real talent? Second, do guys like Ryan McMahon or Alex Verdugo have a shot of getting a permanent callup this season?
(tbdubbs from New York)
Adames hasn't been ahead of Gleyber Torres for some time. Torres has way more hitting potential, but it's not something that's necessarily obvious from a triple-slash; it's more to due with raw power and bat speed. The best way to tell is, of course, making it out to games and watching a lot of baseball. Secondarily, talk to as many people as you can who know the players and know the game.

McMahon and Verdugo could both be up at any time. Both those teams are contending and don't have an immediate organizational need, so it depends on injuries and the like. (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)who do you think is the best fantasy prospect that is not considered a good real life prospect?
(kjesanis from Worcester)
It was Dan Vogelbach for awhile. Might be Rowdy Tellez right now. Alex Verdugo & Raimel Tapia also come to mind. (George Bissell)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you give a % chance that Alex Verdugo and Bellinger become everyday players in majors? Not reaching full potential, but just normal big leaguer 400+ ABs
(HB from LA)
I think it's reasonably high for both. Verdugo maybe 50%, Bellinger closer to 80%. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)From Russia with a question regarding prospects George. Was curious if you had any low minor prospects that maybe aren’t making many Top 10 lists or Top 100 that you are paying close attention to this upcoming season? Any personal favorites of yours you’re looking to say when it’s this time next year “told you to watch out for this player in 2016”?
(Vladimir from Russia)
I really do have an affinity for Victor Robles. He's unreal. Alex Verdugo is another guy I like. Both outfielders. (George Bissell)
2015-11-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chris - what are the ceilings for Dodgers outfield prospect Alex Verdugo and first baseman Cody Bellinger. Either make the Top 101 list? Bother performed very well in High-A.
(sbnbaseball from NJ)
I think Verdugo can be an average starter in a corning outfielder, and Bellinger an above-average first baseman. I don't think either makes the top 101, but it's early in discussions there. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)were you able to see Alex Verdugo? what were your thoughts?
(JoeRandom from San Jose)
I only caught Verdugo for a few games, but liked what I saw. One of those rhythmic/momentum-generated swings I have a soft spot for. Can be a solid across-the-board type player. Wrote up a Ten Pack on him here, and I'd imagine I'll get a bunch more looks at him next spring assuming he starts back at Rancho: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=27355 (Wilson Karaman)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)long term, Alex Verdugo or Derek Fisher?
(Ike from Omaha)
Fisher for me. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)I know no likes to give out comps, but is there one that sticks out for Alex Verdugo? He appears to be figuring things out, and I was curious to what potential his tools may have. Thanks
(ike from o)
The Joc Pederson comp is the one that has been rolled out there, and if the development continues apace, that makes sense. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)looking into your crystal ball, could you rank the following outfielders for me. Braxton Davidson, Derek Fisher, Harold Ramirez, Alex Verdugo and Michael Reed (though he's fallen off quite a bit recently).
(fred from C-Falls)
Fisher, Verdugo, Ramirez, Davidson, and Reed. (Mike Gianella)
2015-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which NL West 2014 Draft bat has the best fantasy baseball impact? Forrest Wall, Michael Gettys, Alex Verdugo, or Marcus Wilson?
(tlw08 from The Great White North)
Gettys is the biggest upside. Wall is the safest bet. Verdugo needs to be run through the full season gauntlet, because it's been a Jekyl & Hyde act over the last 18 months and we don't really know what we have here, yet. Wilson has five-tool potential, but is a slow developmental burn. (NL West Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)What did you think of the Dodgers 1st two picks Grant Holmes and Alex Verdugo?
(Mike from Utica)
I don't have a lot of experience with Verdugo, so I'm not the best to ask there, but I love Holmes. I saw him quite a bit at the prep ranks and I love the profile and think he's pretty easily a mid-rotation starter and possibly as strong as a #2 type. (Mark Anderson)


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