Adam Duvall
Adam Duvall
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Atlanta Braves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Duvall was unable to follow up on his back-to-back 30 homer seasons. His offensive production fell off considerably and he was eventually traded to Atlanta before the deadline for some bench depth. His overall skills were in line with recent seasons, but Duvall regressed quite a bit in 2018 against southpaws, hitting .186/.286/.351 in 126 plate appearances. That was in sharp contrast to the above-average seasons Duvall enjoyed against lefties in both 2016 and 2017. We don't know if the 2018 numbers reflect the new Duvall or if they will prove an outlier against the better work that he did the prior two years. Statcast data says Duvall's overall numbers underperformed given the quality of his contact. The Braves brought back Nick Markakis, and now Duvall will need an injury to avoid being a short-side platoon player to begin 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.88 million contract with the Braves in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Sent to minors
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
March 24, 2019
Duvall was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.
After struggling following a midseason trade to the Braves in 2018, Duvall picked up where he left off this spring, hitting just .171/.306/.317 through 19 Grapefruit League games. As such, Atlanta opted to send the 30-year-old to the minors to open the season, leaving Matt Joyce, Charlie Culberson and Johan Camargo to compete for work as the team's fourth outfielder.
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Since 2017vs Left .797 285 32 15 40 2 .239 .323 .474
Since 2017vs Right .700 789 94 31 120 5 .224 .279 .421
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2018vs Left .637 126 11 5 15 1 .189 .286 .351
2018vs Right .639 301 37 10 46 1 .198 .269 .370
2017vs Left .924 159 21 10 25 1 .279 .352 .571
2017vs Right .737 488 57 21 74 4 .239 .285 .452
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Since 2017Home .706 543 63 20 72 5 .218 .298 .407
Since 2017Away .744 531 63 26 88 2 .237 .282 .461
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2018Home .680 225 28 8 25 1 .199 .298 .383
2018Away .593 202 20 7 36 1 .191 .248 .346
2017Home .723 318 35 12 47 4 .232 .299 .425
2017Away .837 329 43 19 52 1 .265 .304 .533
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After being a pleasant surprise from the Mike Leake trade, many thought that Duvall would have difficulty repeating his 2016 breakout performance. However, that's essentially what Duvall did in 2017, reprising nearly the same output in all five standard categories. It appeared that he might even exceed his 2016 production, but a September collapse (.218/.284/.276 with no homers in his last 30 games) prevented that. The dilemma for the Reds is whether his low-OBP, good-power level is good enough when the team is ready to contend. Between Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler, they have three outfielders that are good at some aspects of the game but lacking in others -- all while Jesse Winker and Nick Senzel are knocking at the door to find playing time. The guess here is that Duvall will maintain his level and playing time for one more year, but when he starts to become more expensive the Reds will find better alternatives.
Duvall's power long made him an intriguing player in the Giants' organization, but prior to last season, he was never on the field for more than 27 big league games in a season. The Reds, in need of offense and help in left field, had little difficulty finding playing time for Duvall in 2016, and he turned 608 plate appearances into a .241/.297/.498 line with 33 homers and 103 RBI. As the season progressed, Duvall showed improvement in his plate discipline, lowering his strikeout rate from 29.0 percent before the All-Star break to 24.6 percent thereafter, and pushing his walk rate from 4.9 percent to 8.8 percent during that span. With a better eye at the plate, however, he offered less pop, slugging .434 in the second half after toting a .551 mark in the first half. Duvall should reprise his role as the Reds' regular left fielder to begin 2017, where he may end up competing for at-bats with Scott Schebler once Jesse Winker becomes a fixture in the lineup.
Duvall has always had tremendous power, but his ability to control the strike zone has been sub-optimal. His brief big league trial with the Reds after he arrived in the Mike Leake trade demonstrated both of those qualities. He homered five times and had a .265 ISO in 72 plate appearances, but he also struck out 36 percent of the time. He could fit in one of two openings for the Reds in 2016 — either in left field where he played last year, or third base in the wake of the Todd Frazier trade. It's possible that he reaches 20 homers and hits .210 in the process.
It is tough to overlook a corner infielder that owns a career slash line of .269/.345/.501 in the minors and hit .298/.360/.599 last season, but you should. Duvall thrived in the Pacific Coast League last season as he did two seasons ago in the California League when he hit 30 home runs. He has 100 minor league home runs in 500 games, but is 26 and has seen just 77 plate appearances in the big leagues. He did hit three home runs last season in that time, but also struck out 20 times. His minor-league splits show someone who hits better against lefties but does not embarrass himself against righties. He is not a prospect, but players who show pop tend to get their chances, and Duvall’s future as a backup to the corners will hinge upon his ability to make more contact the second time around.
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Roster spot not guaranteed
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
March 20, 2019
Duvall's roster status is "tenuous at best," David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Goes yard twice
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
March 4, 2019
Duvall went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins.
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Slow start to camp
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
February 27, 2019
Duvall is hitless (0-for-5) through his first three appearances this spring.
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Reaches deal with Braves
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
January 11, 2019
Duvall and the Braves reached agreement on a one-year, $2.875 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
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Shipped to Atlanta
OFAtlanta Braves  AAA
July 30, 2018
Duvall was traded from the Reds to the Braves on Monday in exchange for Lucas Sims, Matt Wisler and Preston Tucker.
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