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PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
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Birth Date1-24-1989
Height6' 0"
Weight195 lbs
Age30 years, 1 months, 23 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2015
0.92016
2.92017
4.42018
3.22019
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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
2016 KCA 27 81 332 88 22 3 2 19 72 0 8 3 .283 .323 .392 87 -4.3 -0.2 4.7 0.9
2017 KCA 28 145 630 169 32 6 19 29 88 6 34 8 .288 .324 .460 113 12.1 1.7 -2.0 2.9
2018 KCA 29 158 707 192 43 3 12 61 114 6 45 10 .304 .367 .438 119 18.7 3.5 2.7 4.4
Career3841669449971233109274128721.293.342.43711126.55.15.48.3

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
2010 BUR A MDW 47 209 .260 .336 .386 .294 104 -1 6.1 -0.5 91 0 4.5 1.5 -3.9 0.8
2011 WIL A+ CAR 126 547 .247 .318 .370 .310 96 1.1 16.4 -1.6 111 0 4.6 2.1 -5.8 1.6
2012 WIL A+ CAR 101 440 .255 .323 .388 .292 90 6.8 13.2 -1.7 105 0 1.9 3.2 -7.3 0.9
2012 NWA AA TEX 24 106 .253 .318 .384 .312 100 -3.8 2.9 -0.1 81 0 -0.1 0.0 -3.4 -0.1
2012 SUR Wnt AFL 19 78 .000 .000 .000 .271 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 NWA AA TEX 94 353 .252 .315 .390 .318 104 0 9.6 -2 105 0 13.4 -2.1 -6.4 1.3
2014 NWA AA TEX 44 190 .249 .320 .375 .305 98 9.9 5.2 -0.3 124 0 1.0 -0.2 1.4 0.8
2014 OMA AAA PCL 76 345 .277 .341 .435 .394 97 14.8 10.3 -2.7 115 0 -2.1 2.9 3.9 1.2
2015 OMA AAA PCL 135 594 .272 .335 .408 .292 100 -11.7 16.4 -2.4 77 0 10.7 6.0 -23.6 0.7
2016 KCA MLB AL 81 332 .255 .315 .414 .361 104 -2.5 9.4 -0.8 87 12 4.7 -0.2 -4.3 0.9
2016 OMA AAA PCL 69 304 .265 .331 .402 .302 93 5.7 8.5 -1.3 103 0 0.0 1.5 -3.4 0.5
2017 KCA MLB AL 145 630 .257 .320 .430 .308 104 7.9 18.4 -1.3 113 7 -2.0 1.7 12.1 2.9
2017 OMA AAA PCL 9 37 .271 .334 .444 .393 117 5.8 1.1 -0.1 182 0 0.2 -1.3 3.1 0.3
2018 KCA MLB AL 158 707 .250 .319 .420 .352 102 17.4 19.8 -1.9 119 8 2.7 3.5 18.7 4.4

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
2010 BUR A MDW 209 186 24 47 8 3 5 76 26 15 42 5 3 .253 .313 .409 .156 4 4
2011 WIL A+ CAR 547 477 74 125 30 3 5 176 36 52 89 24 14 .262 .337 .369 .107 4 10
2012 SUR Wnt AFL 78 68 15 17 1 0 1 21 8 10 8 9 1 .250 .346 .309 .059 0 0
2012 WIL A+ CAR 440 380 59 98 20 3 8 148 36 41 69 25 5 .258 .333 .389 .132 5 10
2012 NWA AA TEX 106 96 12 25 2 1 1 32 8 8 19 3 2 .260 .314 .333 .073 1 1
2013 NWA AA TEX 353 322 31 87 20 5 3 126 43 22 57 17 7 .270 .319 .391 .121 2 5
2014 NWA AA TEX 190 162 22 45 13 1 5 75 20 22 27 5 4 .278 .366 .463 .185 1
2014 OMA AAA PCL 345 321 57 109 28 3 3 152 29 17 52 11 7 .340 .373 .474 .134 3
2015 OMA AAA PCL 594 544 83 144 29 5 5 198 38 39 66 32 9 .265 .317 .364 .099 3 4
2016 OMA AAA PCL 304 274 46 73 19 0 8 116 29 22 55 20 2 .266 .321 .423 .157 4 2
2016 KCA MLB AL 332 311 44 88 22 3 2 122 29 19 72 8 3 .283 .323 .392 .109 1 1
2017 KCA MLB AL 630 587 80 169 32 6 19 270 78 29 88 34 8 .288 .324 .460 .172 7 1
2017 OMA AAA PCL 37 34 6 14 4 0 3 27 9 1 4 1 1 .412 .432 .794 .382 1 0
2018 KCA MLB AL 707 632 88 192 43 3 12 277 60 61 114 45 10 .304 .367 .438 .134 6 2

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2016 1253 0.4948 0.4709 0.7949 0.5952 0.3491 0.8916 0.6335 0.2051 0.0000
2017 2366 0.4966 0.5017 0.8231 0.6596 0.3459 0.8929 0.6917 0.1769 0.0000
2018 2723 0.4679 0.4752 0.8091 0.6593 0.3133 0.8679 0.7004 0.1909 0.0000
Career63420.48390.48420.81150.64670.33250.88190.68390.18850.0000

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
2014-05-20 2014-05-31 Minors 11 0 Left Wrist Sprain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2023 KCA $750,000
2022 KCA $2,750,000
2021 KCA $6,750,000
2020 KCA $5,000,000
2019 KCA $1,000,000
2018 KCA $569,500
2017 KCA $
2016 KCA $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$569,500
2018Current$1,000,000
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,569,500
4 yrFuture$15,250,000
6 yrTotal$16,819,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 101 dL. Warner Cos.4 years/$16.25M (2019-22), 2023 option

Details
  • 4 years/$16.25M (2019-22), plus 2023 club option. 19:$1M, 20:$5M, 21:$6.75M, 22:$2.75M, 23:$6.5M club option ($750,000 buyout). 2021-23 salaries may increase $1M each under a point system based on awards and plate appearances in 2019-20, with $200,000 for 0.5 points and $100,000 each for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 points. (0.5 points for 1,200 PAs, 1 point each for 1,400 PAs or Gold Glove, 2 points each for All Star, Silver Slugger or finishing 11th-15th in MVP vote. 3 points each for finishing sixth-10th in MVP vote. 4 points for finishing second-fifth in MVP vote. 5 points for winning MVP.) 2024 option increases by $4M to $10.5M if Merrifield does not spend more than 109 days on injured list in 2019-22. Performance bonuses: may earn additional $1.6M in 2019-22 and $0.4M in 2023.
  • 1 year/$569,500 (2018). Re-signed by Kansas City 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Contract selected by Kansas City 5/18/16.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 2010 (9-269) (South Carolina). $100,000 signing bonus.

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 667 100 183 40 4 17 71 53 106 38 9 .305 .366 .470 124 51.2 2B 3, RF -1 5.5
80o 652 95 174 38 4 16 67 50 106 36 9 .295 .355 .455 118 43.3 2B 2, RF -1 4.7
70o 641 92 168 37 4 16 65 48 105 34 8 .290 .348 .450 114 38.0 2B 2, RF -1 4.1
60o 632 89 161 35 4 15 62 47 105 33 8 .281 .340 .435 110 33.4 2B 2, RF -1 3.6
50o 623 87 157 34 4 15 60 45 105 32 8 .277 .335 .431 107 29.4 2B 2, RF -1 3.2
40o 614 84 151 33 4 14 58 44 104 31 7 .270 .328 .419 103 25.4 2B 2, RF -1 2.8
30o 605 82 145 32 3 14 56 42 104 30 7 .263 .320 .408 100 21.3 2B 2, RF -1 2.4
20o 594 79 138 30 3 13 54 40 103 29 7 .254 .309 .392 95 16.5 2B 2, RF -1 1.9
10o 579 75 130 29 3 12 50 38 102 27 6 .245 .299 .379 89 10.2 2B 2, RF -1 1.2
Weighted Mean62487157344156145105328.277.334.43010729.92B 2, RF -13.3

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-06-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are the Royals just stuck? MJ Melendez (love this kid's game!), Seuly Matias, and Khali Lee look like legitimate prospects, but their major league roster seems short on assets to ship out in exchange for quality young talent. Their prospect stable seems so far behind everyone else's.
(George from Columbus)
It's still a shallow system, yeah, but it's got impact talent at the top now which is an improvement and Singer and Kowar at least have some upside as college pitchers go. Maybe you get someone to bite on Whit Merrifield too, but yeah this is more a draft rebuild than a sell of rebuild, fortunately (?) they have another high pick for next year just about banked. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Nicky Lopez can be an average regular for the Royals, and if so, how soon?
(dave from bama)
We had a spirited discussion on Lopez last offseason in the context of the Royals list and he definitely had his backers. With the way he's hit at Double-A he may just be awaiting a Whit Merrifield deal. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-07-26 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is Tony Kemp a player you could see the Astros moving? Would he become a full time player? Would he succeed?
(Roger from New York)
Absolutely I do, and I'm not sure he'd be a full-timer on most teams. I wasn't super high on him when I wrote him up for this year's Baseball Prospectus Annual, but I love how he's reaching base this season. He could be a fun fit for the Royals if Whit Merrifield moves on, and could definitely start for the Marlins. Regardless, I enjoy watching him play because of his combo of skills. (Bryan Grosnick)
2018-01-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would the Mets have to give up for both Ian Kennedy and Whit Merrifield? Obviously this won’t happen as the Mets don’t even operate like a middle market team, but wouldn’t it make too much sense? Take on a below average, but over paid innings eater (on a team where innings are very valuable) for a second baseman with a lot of surplus value.
(Dan from NU)
I mean Kennedy was awful last year. The general idea isn't bad, but if Kennedy was just below-average, the contract wouldn't be onerous enough to be worth moving. And of course as we all know the Mets have plenty of starting pitching, just ask them. (Jeffrey Paternostro)


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