Kevin Kiermaier
Kevin Kiermaier
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Tampa Bay Rays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Kiermaier was able to put together a healthy (for him) season, logging 480 PA, the second-highest total of his career. By stealing 19 bases in 24 attempts, Kiermaier finished 71st among outfielders in earned value, but make no mistake about it; it was not a good offensive season. He walked just 5.4% of the time and got on base at a .278 clip, the lowest mark among all players with 450 PA. While he did improve greatly against same-handed pitching (.784 OPS, up from .548), that improvement was offset by sizable dip in performance against righties. In total, Kiermaier was 22% worse than the average MLB hitter. His defense is holding up and Kiermaier still has several years remaining on his contract, but given his lengthy injury history, we should assume there's only one way to go with his plate appearances. Keep in mind that his running tailed off as the season wore on (four attempts in the second half). Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $53.5 million contract extension with the Rays in March of 2017.
Not in lineup
OFTampa Bay Rays
August 1, 2020
Kiermaier won't start Saturday against southpaw Wade LeBlanc and the Orioles.
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Kiermaier has now sat for two of the last three games, both against lefties. Manuel Margot again gets the nod in center in his absence.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .665 239 25 4 29 7 .248 .291 .374
Since 2018vs Right .658 636 82 17 60 23 .212 .272 .385
2020vs Left .000 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020vs Right .579 23 3 0 5 1 .227 .261 .318
2019vs Left .784 130 16 3 17 5 .311 .341 .443
2019vs Right .636 350 44 11 38 14 .197 .254 .382
2018vs Left .548 104 9 1 12 2 .179 .243 .305
2018vs Right .694 263 35 6 17 8 .232 .298 .397
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .686 454 59 11 52 20 .228 .287 .399
Since 2018Away .631 421 48 10 37 10 .215 .267 .364
2020Home .516 18 2 0 3 1 .176 .222 .294
2020Away .400 10 1 0 2 0 .200 .200 .200
2019Home .674 241 30 7 31 12 .231 .278 .396
2019Away .678 239 30 7 24 7 .225 .277 .401
2018Home .718 195 27 4 18 7 .230 .304 .414
2018Away .580 172 17 3 11 3 .203 .257 .323
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Stat Review
How does Kevin Kiermaier 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
0.20
 
BB Rate
3.6%
 
K Rate
17.9%
 
BABIP
.227
 
ISO
.074
 
AVG
.185
 
OBP
.214
 
SLG
.259
 
OPS
.474
 
wOBA
.210
 
Exit Velocity
84.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.4%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Kiermaier played his typically-stellar defense in 2018, but that doesn't count in most fantasy leagues, and he really struggled in that realm, posting a career-low .653 OPS and appearing in just 88 games. He missed time with multiple foot and back injuries, as well as thumb and shoulder issues, with his season eventually coming to a close in late September due to a hairline fracture in his right foot. Kiermaier's defense will earn him plenty of at-bats again in 2019, and he may even open the year as the leadoff hitter against righties. However, he has not played more than 105 games in a season since 2015 and the Rays are flush with young players capable of playing the outfield who could cut into his playing time if his offensive production is well below average for the second year in a row. The top thing working in his favor in that regard is that he is under contract through the 2022 season.
A plus baserunner with a career .750 OPS and two Gold Gloves on his mantle, Kiermaier excels in nearly all phases of the game, but injuries have prevented the outfielder from cementing his status as a star-level talent. After a broken wrist limited him to 105 games in 2016, Kiermaier missed two-plus months in 2017 with a fractured hip. Though the extended absence extinguished any hope of a major breakout, Kiermaier was among the top fantasy assets following his mid-August return, slashing .306/.352/.517 with eight home runs and six steals over his final 36 games. While Kiermaier probably can’t maintain that post-injury pace for the entirety of the 2018 campaign, his five-category upside is evident if he can skirt the health setbacks that hindered him the past two seasons. Due to his career-long scuffles against southpaws, Kiermaier’s batting average seems less bankable than his outputs in other areas, though his speed in addition to the lofty 34.8% hard-hit rate he sported in the second half supports his ability to sustain a high BABIP.
Kiermaier's 2016 campaign was interrupted by a wrist injury but he finished on a strong note, tallying a .296 average, .379 wOBA, five homers and eight stolen bases over his final 112 plate appearances. Despite missing 57 games, Kiermaier still managed to post a career-high 12 homers in 414 plate appearances, while his hard contact rate climbed to a career-high 31.4 percent. He ripped off 34 extra-base hits as well, although after tallying an absurd 12 triples in 2015, he managed only a pair of three-baggers last season. A full season could knock Kiermaier's fantasy value back up several notches, making him a viable mixed-league outfield option. He is only truly great on the defensive side of the ball, but he is a good enough athlete and has just enough pop to profile as a good bet for double-digit homers and double-digit steals once again in his age-27 season.
Last season was a true breakout year for Kiermaier, cementing him as the team’s everyday center fielder on the strength of a glove that won him the Platinum Glove for best fielder in the majors. The bad news? That fielding means little in fantasy. As a hitter, Kiermaier leaves much to be desired. His .263/.298/.420 slash line with 10 home runs and 18 stolen bases in 23 attempts puts him around league average. Granted, he could start hitting the Mendoza Line and still be worth playing for Tampa Bay because of that glove, but that’s an advantage fantasy owners don’t get to enjoy. He stopped getting starts in the leadoff spot midway through the season, cutting into his opportunities for runs and steals, and that’s not likely to change in 2016. Kiermaier may currently represent the biggest split between real-life value and fantasy value in the league, so don’t draft him purely on name recognition.
Players drafted in the 31st round are not supposed to make the major leagues, but Kiermaier did. Primarily known for his speed and defense, Kiermaier hit in Double-A and was doing so again in Triple-A before he was promoted when Wil Myers had to go to the disabled list. He hit the ground running and was batting .310//.349/.576 heading into the All-Star break with 22 extra-base hits and several amazing defensive plays. The second half was a different story offensively as he hit .220/.284/.335 the rest of the way with just 12 extra-base hits as the league stopped pitching him inside. Despite his quickness, he is not a good basestealer and rarely tried to steal bags when he was on base at the big league level. Despite the numbers last season, Kiermaier profiles as a fourth outfielder who will have to slash and dash for production.
Kiermaier took an interesting path to Tampa Bay in the 2013 season. He began the season with Double-A Montgomery and excelled with the bat, hitting .307/.370/.434 with five home runs and 14 stolen bases before being promoted to Triple-A Durham. His prominent skill as a center fielder is that he is widely regarded as the best defensive player in the entire organization. The team felt confident enough in his defensive ability to bring him up and use him as a defensive replacement in the team's elimination game against the Rangers. Kiermaier will likely begin the 2014 season with Triple-A to develop his offense, but his skill in the field could be his ticket to the majors.
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Gets day off
OFTampa Bay Rays
July 30, 2020
Kiermaier is not in the lineup Thursday against the Braves, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Another productive day in win
OFTampa Bay Rays
July 29, 2020
Kiermaier went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a run in a win over the Braves on Tuesday.
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Provides game-winning hit
OFTampa Bay Rays
July 26, 2020
Kiermaier went 1-for-5 with a triple and two RBI on Sunday against the Blue Jays.
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Attends Wednesday workout
OFTampa Bay Rays
May 27, 2020
Kiermaier was a first-time attendee at the Rays' informal Tropicana Field workouts Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "It felt great to see teammates, trainers, coaches and [manager Kevin] Cash," Kiermaier said via text. "Was very happy to drive to the Trop once again, to have somewhat a regular feel from years past even though I knew it was going to be in and out in an hour time slot."
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Trade candidate in coming seasons?
OFTampa Bay Rays
May 21, 2020
Kiermaier is potentially more expendable than in past years now that the Rays have acquired Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
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