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.
Optioned to Triple-A
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
April 17, 2019
Palka was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Wednesday, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
ANALYSIS
Palka struggled to begin the year, going 0-for-32 with 15 strikeouts in his first 12 games. With Palka heading to Triple-A, Leury Garcia will probably shift to right field with Adam Engel becoming the primary starter in center field. The White Sox will make a corresponding move Thursday, likely calling up Nicky Delmonico or Ryan Cordell.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+47%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .530 89 5 2 7 2 .185 .258 .272
Since 2017vs Right .779 402 51 25 62 0 .232 .291 .488
2019vs Left .000 6 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Right .257 36 0 0 1 0 .034 .222 .034
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
Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+303%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .708 235 31 11 32 1 .228 .294 .414
Since 2017Away .758 256 25 16 37 1 .219 .277 .481
2019Home .367 20 0 0 0 0 .067 .300 .067
2019Away .091 22 0 0 2 0 .000 .091 .000
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.
BB/K
0.40
 
BB Rate
14.3%
 
K Rate
35.7%
 
BABIP
.050
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.029
 
OBP
.190
 
SLG
.029
 
OPS
.219
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
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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Benched after another hitless game
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
April 17, 2019
Palka is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals.
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Platoon role continues
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
April 13, 2019
Palka sits for the second straight game Saturday against southpaw CC Sabathia and the Yankees.
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Sitting against southpaw
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
April 12, 2019
Palka is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Yankees.
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Out versus lefty
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
April 8, 2019
Palka is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rays, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Sits amid struggles
OFChicago White Sox  AAA
April 7, 2019
Palka is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.
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