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
$Claimed off waivers by the White Sox in November of 2017.
Packing less
OFChicago White Sox
February 17, 2019
Palka showed up at camp 18 pounds lighter in an effort to become better defensively, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
ANALYSIS
As a rookie in 2018, Palka blasted 27 home runs, a third of which came while he was the designated hitter. The defensively challenged outfielder also played both corner outfield spots due to injuries. Cut to 2019, the White Sox want to rotate Jose Abreu and Yonder Alonso at DH, which will leave Palka in a crunch for at-bats. He is expected to open the season in the starting outfield, along with Adam Engel and John Jay, but we suspect the 27-year-old will move to a bench role when the White Sox eventually promote Eloy Jimenez, which is expected to happen by mid-April. If Palka can't play credible outfield defense, repeating the 449 plate appearances he had in 2018 will be difficult.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+45%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .570 83 5 2 6 2 .200 .277 .293
Since 2016vs Right .824 366 51 25 61 0 .249 .298 .526
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
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
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2017
No Stats
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .733 215 31 11 32 1 .240 .293 .440
Since 2016Away .820 234 25 16 35 1 .240 .295 .525
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 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
0.20
 
BB Rate
6.7%
 
K Rate
34.1%
 
BABIP
.308
 
ISO
.245
 
AVG
.240
 
OBP
.294
 
SLG
.484
 
OPS
.778
 
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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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May work in left field
OFChicago White Sox
December 17, 2018
Palka could end up seeing most of his playing time in left field in 2019 after general manager Rick Hahn said Saturday that he expects Jose Abreu and Yonder Alonso to fill most of the starts at designated hitter and first base, Phil Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Will train at first base in offseason
OFChicago White Sox
September 30, 2018
Palka will work out at first base during the offseason, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Hits walkoff single
OFChicago White Sox
September 26, 2018
Palka went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Cleveland.
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Sits vs. lefty
OFChicago White Sox
September 22, 2018
Palka isn't in Saturday's starting lineup against the Cubs.
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Launches pinch-hit homer Friday
OFChicago White Sox
September 22, 2018
Palka hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in Friday's win over the Cubs.
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