Jesse Winker
Jesse Winker
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cincinnati Reds
60-Day DL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 2/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Reds in November of 2016.
Undergoes surgery Tuesday
OFCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
July 31, 2018
Winker underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the labrum in his right shoulder, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.
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Winker was declared out for the season last week and was moved to the 60-day disabled list Monday, but still is expected to be ready for spring training. Mason Williams and Phillip Ervin will continue to garner starts in the outfield with Scott Schebler (shoulder) still on the disabled list and Adam Duvall traded to the Braves.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+55%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+194%
OPS vs RHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .595 97 13 2 8 0 .183 .302 .293
Since 2016vs Right .924 374 46 12 50 1 .328 .421 .503
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+33%
OPS on Road
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .891 231 35 8 30 0 .308 .409 .482
Since 2016Away .825 240 24 6 28 1 .290 .385 .440
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
1.07
 
BB Rate
14.7%
 
K Rate
13.8%
 
BABIP
.336
 
ISO
.132
 
AVG
.299
 
OBP
.405
 
SLG
.431
 
OPS
.836
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Transferred to 60-day DL
OFCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
July 31, 2018
Winker (shoulder) was moved to the 60-day disabled list Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Out for season
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Shoulder
July 26, 2018
Winker will have surgery on his shoulder and will miss the rest of the season, John Fay of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Lands on DL
OFCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
July 26, 2018
Winker was put on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Tuesday due to a shoulder injury, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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DL trip possible
OFCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
July 25, 2018
The Reds are concerned enough about Winker's shoulder soreness that he might need to go on the DL, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports. "I'm concerned about it," Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams said. "We want to dig into it and make sure we have a really good handle for what it is. I could see us taking the conservative approach because his long-term health is really important to us."
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Held out of series finale
OFCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
July 25, 2018
Winker (shoulder) is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cardinals, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
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