Daniel Palka
Daniel Palka
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After being outrighted by the Twins last offseason, Palka was scooped up by the White Sox and went on to tie the Yankees' Miguel Andujar for the most home runs among American League rookies. He logged 157 fewer plate appearances than Andujar. Palka slugged a ridiculous .657 in July and reached eight homers in two different months of the campaign. However, Palka is not without his warts. His power comes with quite a bit of swing and miss (34.1 K%), and he hit just .200/.277/.293 against same-handed pitching. He was rather pull-happy, posting a 45.5% pull rate. Further, Palka is not a good defender, so he won't have as much wiggle room to work through cold stretches at the plate. As a cheap source of power, Palka makes some sense, but his skill set is not particularly unique or valuable in today's game. Operate with the understanding that Palka could be off your roster by May. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in February of 2018.
Swats first homer
OFChicago White Sox
September 27, 2019
Palka went 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs in Thursday's 8-0 win over Cleveland.
Palka swatted his first home runs of the season in the win. It's been a frustrating year for the outfielder, who began the season as the starting right fielder but was sent down to the minors after going 1-for-35 out of the gate. He's experiencing some measure of success over the last week, going 7-for-16 over his last five games, including two consecutive games with multiple hits. With Leury Garcia (shoulder) and Eloy Jimenez (illness) sidelined, Palka and his power bat could see action in the final three games over the weekend.
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vs Right-Handed Pitchers
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
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Since 2017vs Left .523 94 5 2 7 2 .186 .255 .267
Since 2017vs Right .749 448 55 27 64 0 .224 .281 .467
2019vs Left .182 11 0 0 1 0 .091 .091 .091
2019vs Right .399 82 4 2 3 0 .110 .207 .192
2018vs Left .570 83 5 2 6 2 .200 .277 .293
2018vs Right .824 366 51 25 61 0 .249 .298 .526
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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Since 2017Home .701 264 34 13 34 1 .223 .288 .413
Since 2017Away .718 278 26 16 37 1 .212 .266 .452
2019Home .551 49 3 2 2 0 .143 .265 .286
2019Away .185 44 1 0 2 0 .071 .114 .071
2018Home .733 215 31 11 32 1 .240 .293 .440
2018Away .820 234 25 16 35 1 .240 .295 .525
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Daniel Palka 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Palka split 2016 between Double-A and Triple-A, showcasing impressive power potential at both stops. Prior to earning a promotion, he slashed .270/.348/.547 at Double-A while adding 21 home runs and driving in 42 runs. He continued to display power following his promotion to Triple-A. Palka hit 13 home runs in 223 plate appearances, giving him a total of 66 over the past two seasons. However, while his home run totals were a sign of encouragement, his strikeout numbers have been a cause of for concern. Palka posted a 38.6 K% at Rochester, by far the highest of his career and up nearly 10 percent from the number he produced in Double-A. However, if he can maintain his solid BB%, there is still reason to believe he can eventually provide value as a high-power, high-strikeout major league hitter. He will likely begin 2017 back at Triple-A but will have a chance at being called up to the big leagues if he performs well.
Palka raked at High-A Visalia last year, posting 29 home runs and 90 RBI in 129 games (576 plate appearances) while hitting a robust .280 with a .532 slugging percentage. Palka also swiped 24 bases in 31 attempts, and if he can continue to display this kind of power and speed, the 2013 third-round pick could make fantasy owners forget about the fact that he was slightly old for his level as a 23-year-old last year. He was traded from Arizona to Minnesota in the offseason, but he’s not close enough to the majors for that to affect his outlook. He sold out a little for power at High-A, posting a 28.5 percent K rate last year, up from 24.8 percent in 2014. Where Palka plays in the field will also be something worth watching. He primarily played in the outfield last year, but did start 37 games at first base—- his primary position in college at Georgia Tech.
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Sits again Saturday
OFChicago White Sox
September 7, 2019
Palka remains on the bench Saturday against the Angels.
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Out of Friday's lineup
OFChicago White Sox
September 6, 2019
Palka is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Angels.
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Hitless in another start
OFChicago White Sox
September 5, 2019
Palka started in right field for a second straight game and went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Indians.
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Hitless in return
OFChicago White Sox
September 4, 2019
Palka went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's 6-5 win over the Indians.
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Back in big leagues
OFChicago White Sox
September 3, 2019
Palka was recalled by the White Sox on Tuesday and will bat seventh as the right fielder against Cleveland.
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