Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Los Angeles Dodgers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Betts was everything the Dodgers could have hoped for in the first season of his massive 12-year contract, finishing second in NL MVP voting and playing an integral part in ending the organization's 32-year championship drought. There's little the 28-year-old can't do on the field; he ranked well above average last season in nearly every meaningful offensive metric -- including xBA (.285), xSLG (.487) and sprint speed (28.3 ft/s) -- and won his fifth Gold Glove to boot. Add it all up and you have one of the most well-rounded players in the league and a true stud in the fantasy realm. Betts was one of six big-leaguers to notch double-digit homers (16) and steals (10) in 2020, marking his sixth straight season accomplishing that feat. His elite contact skills and place atop a loaded Dodgers lineup provide a very high floor and help make Betts a surefire top-five pick in all drafts. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a 12-year, $365 million contract extension with the Dodgers in July of 2020.
Cranks home run
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
October 27, 2020
Betts went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a double and two runs Tuesday in a win over the Rays in Game 6 of the World Series.
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Betts hit a solo homer in the eighth inning off Pete Fairbanks. The 28-year-old also hit a crucial double earlier to advance Austin Barnes to third base and proceeded to score what would be the game-winning run. Betts was a catalyst for the Dodgers all postseason and his impressive performance was crucial to them winning the World Series.
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vs RHP
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#3
#4
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#6
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#9
25
11
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17
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+101%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .935 408 86 15 41 20 .298 .407 .528
Since 2018vs Right 1.007 1138 220 62 158 35 .323 .408 .600
2020vs Left .551 56 9 0 2 6 .208 .321 .229
2020vs Right 1.107 170 33 16 37 3 .333 .394 .712
2019vs Left .839 197 37 6 13 1 .271 .381 .458
2019vs Right .945 509 98 23 67 15 .304 .395 .550
2018vs Left 1.207 155 40 9 26 13 .368 .471 .736
2018vs Right 1.037 459 89 23 54 17 .339 .427 .610
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home 1.025 759 171 41 107 25 .329 .419 .606
Since 2018Away .940 807 140 36 92 31 .301 .393 .547
2020Home .950 120 27 11 22 4 .291 .350 .600
2020Away .904 126 20 5 17 6 .294 .381 .523
2019Home .977 355 73 17 44 6 .314 .408 .569
2019Away .853 351 62 12 36 10 .275 .373 .480
2018Home 1.118 284 71 13 41 15 .364 .461 .657
2018Away 1.045 330 58 19 39 15 .331 .418 .627
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Stat Review
How does Mookie Betts 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
9.8%
 
K Rate
15.4%
 
BABIP
.289
 
ISO
.269
 
AVG
.292
 
OBP
.366
 
SLG
.562
 
OPS
.927
 
wOBA
.399
 
Exit Velocity
84.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
44.5%
 
Barrels/PA
5.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Betts saw his batting average drop 51 points, saw his steals total nearly cut in half, hit fewer homers than he did in 2019, and yet was still a 95th percentile hitter by Statcast measures. Betts' 2019 season should not be looked at in a disappointing lens as much as we should appreciate the amazing level of production Betts brought to the table in 2018. A deeper look into the batted-ball data on Betts shows a slight dip in hard-hit balls, but everything else is very much in line with his overall performance. The main issue is 2018 blows the curve for the numbers. You would be best served looking at 2018 as the best-case numbers for Betts with his career averages being a damn fine baseline to build a roster around. He is one year from free agency and the Red Sox decided they did not want to pay him in his final year of arbitration. The threat of San Diego loomed, but Betts landed in an ideal spot with a February trade to the Dodgers, for whom he should lead off.
If there were any doubts about Betts' status as one of the best hitters in the game after his "down" 2017 season, he put them to rest with his AL MVP campaign. He may not be Mike Trout, but Betts is arguably now the 1B to Trout's 1A heading into 2019. Betts was second to Trout in wRC+ with a 185 mark, and he ranked fourth among qualified hitters in ISO, which is hard to fathom for a player who is 5-foot-9, 180 pounds. Thanks in part to a swing tweak, Betts added a whopping 82 points to his batting average, besting every other qualifier in average by 16 points, and also led the majors in slugging percentage. And even with all that, his most valuable contributions to fantasy owners came on the basepaths, with Betts going 30-for-36 in stolen-base attempts. In an era where steals are way down, his ability to chip in 25-plus bags annually while doing so much else makes him an incredibly rare commodity. Enjoy the ride.
After narrowly missing a 30-homer, 30-steal season in 2016, Betts made for an easy first-round selection heading into his age-24 campaign. Though he again filled out the counting-stats categories nicely, Betts’ 54-point downturn in batting average rendered him a disappointment relative to what many had forecasted. A .268 BABIP partially fueled by a decline in line-drive rate was the main culprit, as Betts’ batted-ball profile otherwise displayed no significant differences from his runner-up MVP season. If the right fielder is able to curb his popouts to some degree, he could notice a swift recovery in average, given that his exceptional speed has routinely allowed him to submit BABIPs above .300 throughout his pro career. Betts’ smallish frame makes it less certain that he’ll reach 30 home runs again, but even in a somewhat down year, he remained a plus power source. Another season of five-category excellence likely awaits Betts, who may only come at a slight discount on draft day with few likely to downgrade him much for the dip in average last year.
The 24-year-old with the slight frame slashed .318/.363/.534/.897 last season -- all career highs -- and cleared the 30-homer mark for the first time in his career. He finished four steals shy of being a 30-30 player, a mark he's likely to threaten in 2017. Betts collected many accolades as a result -- second in the MVP voting, a first-time All-Star, a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. The forecasts for Betts had him hitting for power, but 31 homers was not in the tarot cards. Unlike his previous season, there were no down periods; Betts hit .266 in April and warmed up as the weather did, hitting .368 in July and .378 in August. It was during those warm-weather months that manager John Farrell dropped him from leadoff to third and fourth in the order, where his bat drove in 39 runs in 48 games. The Red Sox will miss David Ortiz, but Betts has emerged as an unlikely middle-of-the-order presence.
Former Boston general manager Ben Cherington made some roster additions that cost him his job, but his best personnel move is the one he never made. Amid pressure to trade Betts for Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels, Cherington held his ground and it paid off for Boston. Betts has become one of the more dynamic players in MLB. In mid-June, Betts was hitting .234 with a .659 OPS. From that point on, he hit .329 with a .925 OPS. Betts evolved as a dangerous leadoff hitter who added a power element to his game, finishing third on the team with 18 homers and third with 77 RBI. The 22-year-old’s added power was the result of a change in approach that had him swinging at more pitches, though that cost him some on-base ability (.341 OBP). Betts has an elite power/speed combo with good defense at a premium position. He will continue to hit leadoff and may move to right field if Jackie Bradley remains with the team.
Betts appeared at three levels in 2014, eventually finishing the season as a regular outfielder in Boston. He had two stints in Boston and it looked like he wasn't ready for the show in each. It appeared the Red Sox may have rushed him, particularly defensively as Betts had little on-the-job training after moving from second base to outfield. There's still some work to do in the field, but the offense he showed at every level of the minor leagues eventually played at the major league level. Betts hit .317/.388/.462 (.849 OPS) in 116 plate appearances in September. Betts is probably the best option on the team to hit leadoff, a spot of trouble for the Red Sox last season until Brock Holt stabilized it. Look for Betts to get a ton of work in the outfield in spring training to the point where Boston feels comfortable taking him north to play on the grass at Fenway Park.
Betts, a fifth-round draft pick in 2011, was the organization's breakout prospect in 2013. He began the year at Low-A Greenville, initially struggled but maintained a good plate approach and kept his on-base percentage up. He eventually found his groove and had a 19-game hitting streak as well as a 33-game on-base streak. Betts hit 15 homers, had 81 walks and stole 38 bases in stops at Greenville and High-A Salem. With a good swing and the ability to work counts it's easy to see why the Red Sox like him. With Dustin Pedroia presumably the second baseman in Boston for years to come, Betts may eventually switch positions -- he played shortstop in high school. But that decision won't be made until later. The Red Sox like to challenge their prospects, so we might see Betts begin the season against older competition at Double-A Portland.
Betts, a fifth-round draft pick out of high school in 2011, went professional after committing to play for the University of Tennessee. He's an athletic infielder with an ability to impact games with his legs. He stole 20 bags in 71 games for Short-Season Lowell in 2012. Betts has a nice swing that should produce line drives as he learns to manage the strike zone and improve his pitch recognition. He projects very little power potential, but could develop as a gap-to-gap hitter. Presently, Betts gets his bat on the ball, but it's not always solid contact. He'll be pressed to improve his good-contact rate in his first year of full-season ball at Low-A Greenville.
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Swipes two bases
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
October 24, 2020
Betts went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two stolen bases in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday against the Rays.
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Smacks home run
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
October 20, 2020
Betts went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two runs and a pair of steals Tuesday in a win over the Rays in Game 1 of the World Series.
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Two doubles in win
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
October 1, 2020
Betts went 2-for-4 with two doubles, one run, one RBI and one strikeout in Wednesday's Game 1 victory over the Brewers.
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Leading off Wednesday
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
September 30, 2020
Betts (hip) is starting Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series against the Brewers on Wednesday.
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Completes batting practice
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
Hip
September 29, 2020
Betts (hip) completed a round of batting practice Tuesday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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