Jesse Winker
Jesse Winker
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cincinnati Reds
Out
Injury Neck
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Winker was a bright spot for the Reds in 2018 before a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery curtailed his season in July. It took awhile for him to get regular playing time, and he wasn't great early on, but really hit his stride (along with a number of opposing pitchers' offerings) in the last two months, before he got hurt. He walked more than he struck out in his age-24 season. It is unclear how much of an outlier his .231 ISO in 2017 will end up being, but Winker has long played through shoulder woes, so his underwhelming power figures in the upper levels of the minors do not tell the whole story. While the Reds acquired Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp in an offseason trade, Winker seems like the least likely incumbent outfielder to lose out on significant playing time, given his age and pedigree. Between his on-base skills and likely position in the order, Winker should be a good source of cheap counting stats from a third or fourth outfielder slot. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $545,000 contract with the Reds in March of 2018.
Progressing slowly
OFCincinnati Reds
Neck
August 28, 2019
Winker (neck) returned to Cincinnati on Wednesday to receive additional treatment for his cervical strain, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Winker was rehabbing with the team during the current road trip but returned to Cincinnati due to his slow progress. The 26-year-old didn't suffer a setback, but manager David Bell noted Winker wasn't responding to treatment as quickly as hoped.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
42
4
15
10
8
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+67%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+194%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .543 147 17 2 10 0 .176 .295 .248
Since 2017vs Right .907 708 93 28 86 1 .307 .396 .511
2019vs Left .443 50 4 0 2 0 .163 .280 .163
2019vs Right .887 334 47 16 36 0 .285 .368 .519
2018vs Left .690 71 8 2 8 0 .211 .357 .333
2018vs Right .874 263 30 5 35 0 .321 .418 .455
2017vs Left .354 26 5 0 0 0 .120 .154 .200
2017vs Right 1.042 111 16 7 15 1 .344 .427 .615
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+33%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .909 430 63 18 55 0 .309 .399 .511
Since 2017Away .780 425 47 12 41 1 .261 .358 .421
2019Home .929 199 28 10 25 0 .311 .387 .542
2019Away .722 185 23 6 13 0 .224 .324 .398
2018Home .940 163 24 6 25 0 .328 .429 .511
2018Away .737 171 14 1 18 0 .271 .382 .354
2017Home .772 68 11 2 5 0 .259 .358 .414
2017Away 1.026 69 10 5 10 1 .333 .391 .635
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Stat Review
How does Jesse Winker compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.63
 
BB Rate
9.9%
 
K Rate
15.6%
 
BABIP
.286
 
ISO
.204
 
AVG
.269
 
OBP
.357
 
SLG
.473
 
OPS
.830
 
wOBA
.364
 
Exit Velocity
88.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.0%
 
Barrels/PA
3.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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It was easy to project a power breakout for Winker. He played through a wrist injury in 2016, was repeating Triple-A and his size and approach suggested he could unlock more thump. Then he hit just two home runs in 85 games in the International League. Just when the last passenger jumped off the "Winker could hit for power" bandwagon, he blasted seven bombs after an August 1 callup. In his last 105 MLB at-bats, he hit as many home runs as he did in his previous 708 professional at-bats. Power is impossible to figure out these days. It's easy, however, to see that Winker has a ridiculously advanced approach and hit tool for a player his age, at least against righties. He has not shown an ability to do damage against lefties in the upper levels, and the Reds have two readymade platoon options in Adam Duvall and Phillip Ervin. Winker may wrangle an everyday job at some point, but barring a trade, he could be sharing right field duty to start the year.
Although Winker's prospect luster has faded a bit, his advanced approach gives him a relatively high floor, and he's now knocking at the door for the rebuilding Reds. Scott Schebler represents the only real obstacle to playing time in right field. Winker was promoted to Triple-A Louisville in 2016 and finished seventh in the International League with a .397 OBP, walking as many times as he struck out in 448 plate appearances. Now the bad news. Winker totaled just three homers with Louisville as a wrist injury hindered his power stroke, and he hit .260 with a .346 SLG against left-handed pitching. While he was never much of a runner, Winker didn't even attempt a stolen base all year. The International League is tough on power and Winker should see the power tick up some with improved health and especially when he gets to Great American Ball Park, but it will need to tick up considerably for him to maintain 2017 relevance outside of NL-only leagues.
In a way, Winker is a bit of a poor man's Joey Votto - his strongest offensive skill is his ability to get on-base, as he's never had a walk rate below 13 percent in his professional career. Going along with that, there's a concern that Winker isn't hitting for enough power yet, slugging just .433 last year at Double-A Pensacola. He really struggled over the first half of the season, but a strong finish (he hit .344/.457/.560 from August 1 to the end of the season) salvaged his overall numbers. The Reds will probably wait until June or July to call him up due to service time considerations, but Winker will be in Cincinnati at some point in 2016, barring injury.
The Reds' 2012 draft is looking better each year. Not only did first-round pick Nick Travieso take a big step in 2014, so did Winker before a wrist injury at Double-A derailed his season. But he rallied in the Arizona Fall League to win the batting title there, hitting .338/.440/.559. The big question for the Reds is how soon they believe Winker will be ready for the big leagues. They had a pretty big hole in left field last season, and had a really hard time getting good on-base guys. Winker managed only 21 games at Double-A Pensacola last year before getting hurt, so chances are he could begin 2015 at that level but then get promoted aggressively if he starts off well.
The Reds' farm system lacks high-impact offensive players, but Winker demonstrated quite a bit of promise at Low-A Dayton in 2013, showing both power (his 16 homers were in the league's top-10 despite Dayton being a tough park to hit in) and patience (13% walk rate, 82% contact rate). Don't be surprised if the 2012 first-round supplemental pick out of high school in Florida takes a big leap in High-A in 2014.
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Heads to IL
OFCincinnati Reds
Neck
August 22, 2019
Winker was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday due to a cervical strain, retroactive to Monday.
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Not starting again
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Back
August 21, 2019
Winker (back) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.
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Still out with back issue
OFCincinnati Reds
Back
August 20, 2019
Winker (back) is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Padres.
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Still bothered by back
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Back
August 19, 2019
Winker was unavailable for Monday's game against San Diego due to back soreness, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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Remains out of lineup
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Back
August 19, 2019
Winker (back) is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Padres.
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