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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 23)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
451 .253 13 50 49 3 93 1.0
Birth Date5-15-1996
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age22 years, 9 months, 5 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2015
2016
-0.02017
0.12018
1.02019
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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
Career52111246021018001.240.309.36086-1.61.4-1.40.1

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2014 DOD Rk 49 196 .000 .000 .000 .361 0.0 191 0 0.0 0.0 7.8 0.0
2014 OGD Rk 5 20 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 139 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0
2015 GRL A 101 444 .258 .318 .368 .326 101 -1 12.2 0.4 103 0 17.7 -0.7 -4.8 2.6
2015 RCU A+ 23 96 .281 .346 .457 .408 105 10.8 2.6 0.2 181 0 2.1 0.4 4.7 1.1
2016 TUL AA 126 529 .248 .312 .374 .292 97 8.2 14.3 -0.5 119 0 -1.1 -1.2 -0.1 1.2
2016 GDD Wnt 13 47 .000 .000 .000 .171 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 LAN MLB 15 25 .267 .343 .447 .167 88 -1.9 0.7 0 86 12 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 0.0
2017 OKL AAA 117 495 .269 .335 .426 .340 103 16.6 14.7 -1.9 114 0 -2.4 3.1 3.5 1.7
2018 LAN MLB 37 86 .240 .306 .385 .306 99 -0.2 2.4 -0.4 85 11 -1.0 1.5 -1.2 0.1
2018 OKL AAA 91 379 .270 .335 .415 .359 96 15 11.1 -1.6 130 0 4.1 -0.5 8.7 2.2

Statistics For All Levels

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

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2017 84 0.4643 0.3929 0.8485 0.6667 0.1556 0.8462 0.8571 0.1515 0.0000
2018 298 0.5268 0.4664 0.8201 0.5860 0.3333 0.8804 0.7021 0.1799 0.0000
Career3820.51310.45020.82630.60370.29420.87290.73620.17370.0000

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 $
2018 LAN $
2017 LAN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 78 dMVP Sports2019

Details
  • 2019.
  • 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).

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Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 88 L.J. Hoes 2013 84
2 86 Michael Brantley 2010 77
3 85 Desmond Jennings 2010 75
4 84 Ryan Sweeney 2008 98
5 82 Gary Brown 2012 0 DNP
6 80 Dalton Pompey 2016 82
7 80 Ben Revere 2011 80
8 79 Adam Eaton 2012 87
9 79 Boog Powell 2016 0 DNP
10 79 Ramon Flores 2015 76
11 79 Michael Hermosillo 2018 61
12 78 Ryan Kalish 2011 0 DNP
13 78 Andrew McCutchen 2010 118
14 78 Myles Straw 2018 108
15 78 Che-Hsuan Lin 2012 58
16 77 Steven Duggar 2017 0 DNP
17 76 Kevin Newman 2017 0 DNP
18 76 Matt Szczur 2013 0 DNP
19 76 Greg Allen 2016 0 DNP
20 76 Dexter Fowler 2009 81
21 76 Robbie Grossman 2013 89
22 76 J.P. Crawford 2018 78
23 76 Dustin Pedroia 2007 111
24 75 Caleb Gindl 2012 0 DNP
25 75 Kolten Wong 2014 89
26 75 Gavin Cecchini 2017 68
27 75 Alex Romero 2007 0 DNP
28 75 Jesse Winker 2017 112
29 75 Dario Pizzano 2014 0 DNP
30 75 Dwight Smith 2016 0 DNP
31 75 Billy McKinney 2018 99
32 75 Brandon Nimmo 2016 84
33 75 Steve Lombardozzi 2012 85
34 75 Jake Smolinski 2012 0 DNP
35 75 Johnny Giavotella 2011 80
36 75 J.B. Shuck 2010 0 DNP
37 75 Jayce Boyd 2014 0 DNP
38 74 Manuel Margot 2018 84
39 74 Russell Martin 2006 98
40 74 Oscar Taveras 2015 0 DNP
41 74 Daniel Robertson 2017 79
42 74 Casey Kotchman 2006 63
43 74 Rangel Ravelo 2015 0 DNP
44 74 Tyler Collins 2013 0 DNP
45 74 Kevin Plawecki 2014 0 DNP
46 74 Josh Bell 2016 102
47 74 Jordan Henry 2011 0 DNP
48 74 Adrian Cardenas 2011 0 DNP
49 74 Cheslor Cuthbert 2016 94
50 74 Enrique Hernandez 2015 104
51 74 Matt Dominguez 2013 96
52 74 Taylor Lindsey 2015 0 DNP
53 74 Mallex Smith 2016 71
54 73 Willy Aybar 2006 89
55 73 Delino DeShields 2016 64
56 73 Conrad Gregor 2015 0 DNP
57 73 Greg Garcia 2013 0 DNP
58 73 Andrew Aplin 2014 0 DNP
59 73 Gregory Polanco 2015 91
60 73 Aaron Hicks 2013 73
61 73 Jae-Hoon Ha 2014 0 DNP
62 73 Shin-Soo Choo 2006 78
63 73 James Loney 2007 124
64 73 Mike Ford 2016 0 DNP
65 73 Brian Goodwin 2014 0 DNP
66 73 Tony Kemp 2015 0 DNP
67 73 Rob Refsnyder 2014 0 DNP
68 73 Max Schrock 2018 0 DNP
69 73 Jordan Luplow 2017 77
70 73 Preston Tucker 2014 0 DNP
71 73 Eric Sogard 2009 0 DNP
72 73 Matt Thaiss 2018 0 DNP
73 73 Andrelton Simmons 2013 100
74 73 Josh Thole 2010 101
75 72 Garin Cecchini 2014 83
76 72 Luis Valbuena 2009 85
77 72 Harold Ramirez 2018 0 DNP
78 72 Charcer Burks 2018 0 DNP
79 72 Ender Inciarte 2014 91
80 72 Dustin Peterson 2018 91
81 72 Brad Emaus 2009 0 DNP
82 72 Jose Gonzalez 2017 0 DNP
83 72 Ty France 2018 0 DNP
84 72 Jorge Polanco 2017 90
85 72 Jake Marisnick 2014 68
86 72 Carson Kelly 2018 74
87 72 Phil Ervin 2016 0 DNP
88 72 Hank Conger 2011 90
89 72 Zeke DeVoss 2014 0 DNP
90 72 Tyler Wade 2018 55
91 72 Darin Holcomb 2009 0 DNP
92 72 Logan Morrison 2011 115
93 72 Anthony Alford 2018 75
94 72 Evan Frey 2009 0 DNP
95 72 Matt Antonelli 2008 79
96 71 Michael Reed 2016 64
97 71 Cedric Hunter 2011 91
98 71 Wes Rogers 2017 0 DNP
99 71 Tyler Pastornicky 2013 76
100 71 Max Muncy 2014 0 DNP

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
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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