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Portrait of Max Kepler

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Birth Date2-10-1993
Height6' 4"
Weight205 lbs
Age25 years, 8 months, 7 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2014
-0.12015
1.02016
0.72017
4.92018
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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
2015 MIN 22 3 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .114 -0.9 0.1 -0.1
2016 MIN 23 113 447 396 52 93 20 2 17 168 42 93 3 5 1 63 6 2 .235 .309 .424 .254 6.3 3.5 1.0
2017 MIN 24 147 568 511 67 124 32 2 19 217 47 114 6 3 1 69 6 1 .243 .312 .425 .247 1.1 5.4 0.7
2018 MIN 25 156 611 532 80 119 30 4 20 217 71 96 5 3 0 58 4 5 .224 .319 .408 .260 16.1 8.6 2.6
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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
2011 ELZ Rk 50 221 .263 .259 .329 .402 .262 .355 102 0.9 6.9 -1.9 -7.2 -0.7 5.2 -0.2 5.2 -0.2
2012 GER int 4 17 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .200 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 ELZ Rk 59 269 .312 .258 .332 .386 .258 .309 109 16.3 8.3 -0.6 -5.1 0.3 24.4 1.9 24.4 1.9
2013 CDR A 61 263 .268 .263 .331 .391 .263 .254 109 2.3 7.4 -2.9 0.4 -1.4 5.4 0.6 5.4 0.6
2014 FTM A+ 102 407 .273 .258 .325 .368 .256 .304 99 6 11.9 -1.6 -8.8 -1.0 15.3 0.7 15.3 0.7
2015 MIN MLB 3 7 .114 .256 .315 .411 .261 .250 109 -1 0.2 -0.1 0.1 -0.0 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2015 FTM A+ 6 26 .277 .241 .294 .341 .250 .316 95 0.4 0.7 -0.3 -0.2 0.4 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2015 CHT AA 112 482 .341 .253 .329 .376 .267 .359 100 39.8 12.9 -5.1 8.0 8.0 55.7 6.9 55.7 6.9
2016 MIN MLB 113 447 .254 .255 .320 .418 .258 .261 110 -2.7 12.6 -4.6 3.5 0.9 6.3 1.0 6.3 1.0
2016 ROC AAA 30 128 .292 .258 .322 .388 .257 .309 97 4.2 3.6 -1 2.3 0.7 7.5 1.0 7.5 1.0
2017 MIN MLB 147 568 .247 .257 .324 .431 .261 .276 110 -7.7 16.6 -5.6 5.4 -2.2 1.1 0.7 1.1 0.7
2018 MIN MLB 156 611 .260 .250 .319 .411 .262 .236 104 0.2 17.1 -3.9 8.6 2.7 16.1 2.6 16.1 2.6

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
2011 ELZ Rk 221 29 50 11 3 1 24 23 54 1 1 .262 .347 .366 .105 .263 5.2 -7.2 -0.2
2012 GER int 17 4 2 0 1 0 4 3 4 0 0 .143 .294 .286 .143 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 ELZ Rk 269 40 69 16 5 10 49 27 33 7 0 .297 .387 .539 .241 .312 24.4 -5.1 1.9
2013 CDR A 263 35 56 11 3 9 40 24 43 2 0 .237 .312 .424 .186 .268 5.4 0.4 0.6
2014 FTM A+ 407 53 96 20 6 5 59 34 62 6 2 .264 .333 .393 .129 .273 15.3 -8.8 0.7
2015 FTM A+ 26 4 6 2 0 0 0 2 5 1 0 .250 .308 .333 .083 .277 1.2 -0.2 0.1
2015 CHT AA 482 76 131 32 13 9 71 67 63 18 4 .322 .416 .531 .209 .341 55.7 8.0 6.9
2015 MIN MLB 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .000 .114 -0.9 0.1 -0.1
2016 ROC AAA 128 16 31 4 6 1 19 16 14 1 1 .282 .367 .455 .173 .292 7.5 2.3 1.0
2016 MIN MLB 447 52 93 20 2 17 63 42 93 6 2 .235 .309 .424 .189 .254 6.3 3.5 1.0
2017 MIN MLB 568 67 124 32 2 19 69 47 114 6 1 .243 .312 .425 .182 .247 1.1 5.4 0.7
2018 MIN MLB 611 80 119 30 4 20 58 71 96 4 5 .224 .319 .408 .184 .260 16.1 8.6 2.6

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
2015 37 0.5676 0.5135 0.7895 0.7143 0.2500 0.8667 0.5000 0.2105 18 -0.000011
2016 1725 0.4777 0.4301 0.7911 0.5437 0.3263 0.9018 0.6224 0.2089 0 0.000000
2017 2108 0.4981 0.4269 0.7756 0.5752 0.2798 0.8858 0.5507 0.2244 0 0.000000
2018 2321 0.4765 0.4244 0.8203 0.6139 0.2519 0.9043 0.6340 0.1797 0 0.000000
Career61910.48470.42740.79680.58180.28210.89710.60160.20320.1076-0

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
2014-07-21 2014-07-29 Minors 8 0 - Not Disclosed -
2014-06-04 2014-06-19 Minors 15 0 - Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 MIN $587,500
2017 MIN $547,500
2016 MIN $
2015 MIN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$547,500
2018Current$587,500
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,135,000
2 yrTotal$1,135,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 152 dSosnick Cobbe & Karon1 year/$0.5875M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5875M (2018). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/2/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/3/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Minnesota 11/20/13. Re-signed by Minnesota 2/28/14.
  • Signed by Minnesota 2009 as an amateur free agent from Germany. $0.8M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .203 .272 .321 .217
11 vs R (Multi) .247 .323 .464 .268
18 Split (Multi) .045 .052 .144 .052
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .203 .273 .322 .218
31 vs R (2016) .248 .325 .468 .270
38 Split (2016) .045 .052 .146 .052
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-04-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is this the year that Max Kepler finally breaks out?
(Cajun B from Cuba)
Early signs look good. Very early signs though. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-10-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)What is the in-game equivalent of receiving a 2,000 word text, and what is the likelihood of that occurring in this game?
(Mary from Texas)
I'm not sure of the exact form, but it almost certainly involves Marlins Man, the Judge's Chambers, and a belabored Max Kepler pun. --Meg Rowley (AL WC Game Chat)
2016-08-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)You mentioned him earlier, but what kind of stats can we expect out of Max Kepler in a typical year going forward?
(Josh from NYC)
I think .260/.340/.440 is pretty reasonable. He's a comfortable, everyday outfielder that perhaps lacks top end upside but brings you consistently solid at-bats. Most teams have one of these guys in one form or the other. (Will Haines)
2016-04-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Kepler takes over for Rosario sometime soon this season, and if so do you think that's going to be permanent? What's the future of MN's outfield?
(cooldude from Mpls)
I think Max Kepler definitely gets a call up, but it's probably going to be injury-related.

This question was asked before the call-up. I don't feel bad. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Max Kepler push Eddie Rosario to the bench this summer? Will that be a bad thing, good thing, great thing or just a thing?
(Drew from Mpls)
If he does, that's a great thing, not only for Twins fans, but for baseball in general, which is looking for its first European-trained star. Rosario apparently led the league in triples last year, which is interesting. You could've given me 50 guesses and I wouldn't have picked him. (Michael Baumann)
2016-01-27 19:00:00 (link to chat)Max Kepler .... if not 2016, then 2017, right?
(dianagram from VORGville)
Yeah. I'm expecting him to get some time this year, but probably not full time until 2017. (Matt Collins)
2015-08-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Does Max Kepler have much else to prove in AA? With his elite plate approach and stellar BA does he get a shot in the bigs in September?
(Jpilgrim from Tulsa)
That he can hit for power? If he does, he'll take a big jump forward. The Twins have rightfully been slow with him and no reason to believe he should get a cup of coffee this year this year. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Hello Mr. Gianella. Please let me know if Max Kepler is the real. Is he worth a pick up in a 12 team dynasty? 20 team dynasty? Word up.
(Jose from San Diego)
16=team or deeper. Can still be a valid MLBer, but I think many were hoping the power would be here by now. Still not showing up. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Can Max Kepler be a first division outfielder?
(John from Dallas)
I don't think he hits enough to carry a first division profile. There's not a lot of power here and I don't think the hit tool gets to the point where he can carry a first division profile in right. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Max Kepler. No seriously how good is Max Kepler?
(Max Kepler from Max Kepler)
Max Kepler. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-13 14:30:00 (link to chat)I know that Max Kepler is injured now and not in the futures game, but is he a top-100 prospect now? Could you give a possible MLB statline for him if he reaches his OFP?
(Michael from NY)
Not for me.

He's a solid player, but nothing more than a Role 5 guy. (Futures Game Chat)
2015-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who in your opinion will make a better major leaguer, Max Kepler or Adam Brett Walker? Will either of them be up any time soon?
(Josh from Minnesota)
Walker has the power but oh so much swing and miss. I think Kepler is the choice long term, but neither is ready. (Harry Pavlidis)
2015-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Between Adam Brett Walker and Max Kepler, who do you think is the better prospect? And do either of them have staying power in the majors? Thanks!
(Anthony from Minnesota)
Kepler is more refined but Walker is a lot more fun. He's one of my favorite prospects in the game, and not because I believe in him but because he treats every bat like it's home run derby. It won't work of course, but it's a lot of fun. He can find a niche as a platoon outfielder who just crushes lefties and runs into a number of home runs because the power is legit, but there are too many holes and absolutely no approach. Kepler is more well rounded and is beginning to hit like people expected. I'm still a little confused as to why the Twins have him at first base, though. He's not a great outfielder but unless something happened since I saw him last year that has completely evaporated his range, he's good enough to handle a corner. He could be a big leaguer. (Jeff Moore)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)In a very deep dynasty (about 800 minors are rostered), can you rank the following: Matt Smoral, Franmil Reyes, Tyler Anderson, Max Kepler, Micker Adolfo and Zach Borenstein. Sorry for the gross question and I'll be your best friend if you answer it.
(AC from Dallas, America)
We gotta stop doing this, America.

Anderson, Micker, Smoral, Reyes, Borenstein and then Kepler.

This was gross. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)Max Kepler has some of physical tools and seems to have good bat to ball skills. Do you think he can develop more power so that he be a starter somewhere? Thanks!
(Scott from Saint Louis)
Kepler is going to have a tough road as a prospect. I'm not positive where he fits defensively, and if he slides down the defensive spectrum, then the power is really going to have to step forward. The strength and bat speed are there, but he doesn't lift the ball as much as you'd like and the hard contact isn't as frequent as I want to see. Kepler is still quite raw and could take years to reach his developmental peak, so don't lose hope...be patient. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you high on Max Kepler? Do you think his position is OF or 1B in the future?
(Jim Lin from China)
Kepler had a bit of an up-down summer, and it's easy to forget he played the entire year as a 20-year old. I like the profile and think he has a good shot to stick in the outfield. Chance for high 5/high 5 hit/power when all is said and done; very interested to follow the progression next year. (Nick J. Faleris)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)In your opinion, what is Max Kepler's ceiling?
(TerryRyan from Minneapolis)
First-division potential if everything clicks, which it rarely does. I think he could reach the majors, which would be a huge accomplishment on its own and great for the continued spread of the sport in Europe. (Jason Parks)
2012-09-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)Do you dream of doing ballet with Max Kepler?
(Bradley Ankrom from New York)
Only every night. Honestly, Kepler seems like a really, really interesting character, between the ballet and the Germanness, etc. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens now that he looks like he's finally ready to move out of the rookie league. Hard to believe he's still only 19. (Bill Parker)
2012-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rate the top Twins prospects in order - Sano, Buxton, Hicks, Arcia, Rosario?
(Ian from MPLS)
I like that order for the most part. I'd flip Arcia and Hicks -- Sano, Buxton, Arcia, Hicks... with Max Kepler close behind. God, I love Max Kepler. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-08-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Max Kepler's power surge this season? It is an aberration or is he starting to tap into something real?
(MadHandle11 from Spokane)
There's some tapping going on there. Certainly something to be optimistic about. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)He's know where near your list but do you have any thoughts on the German Twin ball player, Max Kepler? Is he a real prospect or more of a sideshow?
(Mike from MPLS)
He's an incredible athlete, but still very raw. Not a sideshow, just a long shot. (Kevin Goldstein)


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