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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 29)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
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Birth Date1-24-1989
Height6' 0"
Weight195 lbs
Age29 years, 8 months, 26 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2014
2015
1.12016
2.52017
4.22018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2016 KCA 27 81 332 311 44 88 22 3 2 122 19 72 0 1 1 29 8 3 .283 .323 .392 .253 6.0 4.7 1.1
2017 KCA 28 145 630 587 80 169 32 6 19 270 29 88 6 7 1 78 34 8 .288 .324 .460 .272 26.8 -2.0 2.5
2018 KCA 29 158 707 632 88 192 43 3 12 277 61 114 6 6 2 60 45 10 .304 .367 .438 .284 38.3 2.6 4.2
Career38416691530212449971233669109274121441678721.293.342.437.27371.05.37.8

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2010 BUR A 47 209 .255 .260 .336 .386 .258 .294 104 -1 6.1 -0.5 4.5 1.5 6.1 1.1 6.1 1.1
2011 WIL A+ 126 547 .262 .247 .318 .370 .248 .310 96 1.1 16.4 -1.6 4.6 2.1 17.9 2.2 17.9 2.2
2012 WIL A+ 101 440 .274 .255 .323 .388 .261 .292 90 6.8 13.2 -1.7 1.9 3.2 21.4 2.3 21.4 2.3
2012 NWA AA 24 106 .226 .253 .318 .384 .259 .312 100 -3.8 2.9 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2012 SUR Wnt 19 78 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .271 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 NWA AA 94 353 .260 .252 .315 .390 .257 .318 104 0 9.6 -2 13.4 -2.1 5.5 2.0 5.5 2.0
2014 NWA AA 44 190 .311 .249 .320 .375 .255 .305 98 9.9 5.2 -0.3 1.0 -0.2 14.7 1.7 14.7 1.7
2014 OMA AAA 76 345 .298 .277 .341 .435 .269 .394 97 14.8 10.3 -2.7 -2.1 2.9 25.3 2.3 25.3 2.3
2015 OMA AAA 135 594 .241 .272 .335 .408 .272 .292 100 -11.7 16.4 -2.4 10.7 6.0 8.4 1.9 8.4 1.9
2016 KCA MLB 81 332 .253 .255 .315 .414 .253 .361 104 -2.5 9.4 -0.8 4.7 -0.2 6.0 1.1 6.0 1.1
2016 OMA AAA 69 304 .278 .265 .331 .402 .272 .302 93 5.7 8.5 -1.3 -0.0 1.5 14.4 1.5 14.4 1.5
2017 KCA MLB 145 630 .272 .257 .320 .430 .258 .308 104 7.9 18.4 -1.3 -2.0 1.7 26.8 2.5 26.8 2.5
2017 OMA AAA 9 37 .403 .271 .334 .444 .262 .393 117 5.8 1.1 -0.1 0.2 -1.3 5.6 0.6 5.6 0.6
2018 KCA MLB 158 707 .284 .250 .319 .420 .263 .352 103 16.8 19.8 -1.9 2.6 3.5 38.3 4.2 38.3 4.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 BUR A 209 24 47 8 3 5 26 15 42 5 3 .253 .312 .409 .156 .255 6.1 4.5 1.1
2011 WIL A+ 547 74 125 30 3 5 36 52 89 24 14 .262 .337 .369 .107 .262 17.9 4.6 2.2
2012 NWA AA 106 12 25 2 1 1 8 8 19 3 2 .260 .314 .333 .073 .226 -1.0 -0.1 -0.1
2012 WIL A+ 440 59 98 20 3 8 36 41 69 25 5 .258 .333 .389 .132 .274 21.4 1.9 2.3
2012 SUR Wnt 78 15 17 1 0 1 8 10 8 9 1 .250 .346 .309 .059 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 NWA AA 353 31 87 20 5 3 43 22 57 17 7 .270 .319 .391 .121 .260 5.5 13.4 2.0
2014 OMA AAA 345 57 109 28 3 3 29 17 52 11 7 .340 .373 .474 .134 .298 25.3 -2.1 2.3
2014 NWA AA 190 22 45 13 1 5 20 22 27 5 4 .278 .366 .463 .185 .311 14.7 1.0 1.7
2015 OMA AAA 594 83 144 29 5 5 38 39 66 32 9 .265 .317 .364 .099 .241 8.4 10.7 1.9
2016 KCA MLB 332 44 88 22 3 2 29 19 72 8 3 .283 .323 .392 .109 .253 6.0 4.7 1.1
2016 OMA AAA 304 46 73 19 0 8 29 22 55 20 2 .266 .321 .423 .157 .278 14.4 -0.0 1.5
2017 KCA MLB 630 80 169 32 6 19 78 29 88 34 8 .288 .324 .460 .172 .272 26.8 -2.0 2.5
2017 OMA AAA 37 6 14 4 0 3 9 1 4 1 1 .412 .432 .794 .382 .403 5.6 0.2 0.6
2018 KCA MLB 707 88 192 43 3 12 60 61 114 45 10 .304 .367 .438 .134 .284 38.3 2.6 4.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2016 1253 0.4948 0.4709 0.7949 0.5952 0.3491 0.8916 0.6335 0.2051 0 0.000000
2017 2366 0.4966 0.5017 0.8231 0.6596 0.3459 0.8929 0.6917 0.1769 0 0.000000
2018 2723 0.4679 0.4752 0.8091 0.6593 0.3133 0.8679 0.7004 0.1909 0 0.000000
Career63420.48390.48420.81150.64670.33250.88190.68390.188500

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
2018 KCA $569,500
2017 KCA $
2016 KCA $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2018Current$569,500
1 yrTotal$569,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 96 d1 year/$0.5695M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5695M (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). $0.1M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .351 .398 .494 .307
11 vs R (Multi) .261 .298 .359 .234
18 Split (Multi) -.090 -.099 -.135 -.072
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .351 .398 .494 .307
31 vs R (2016) .261 .298 .359 .234
38 Split (2016) -.090 -.099 -.135 -.072
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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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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