Joey Wendle
Joey Wendle
28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Tampa Bay Rays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Rays value versatile defenders, and they have many of them. None were more surprising than Wendle was in 2018. He qualifies at second and third in 20-game leagues, and adds outfield in 15-game leagues and shortstop in 10-game leagues. We expect lefty hitters to struggle against fellow lefties, but that is not how Wendle's swing works. He stays in so well against lefties that he hits them just as well as he hits righties and does not need to be subbed out like most other natural platoons on the roster. His swing is more focused on contact than it is driving the ball, so a double-digit home run season is unlikely, but he has the chops to hit high in the lineup and help set the table for others to drive him in. The steals have been more a product of his acumen than his natural speed, so enjoy them while they're there. The .321/.381/.486 slash line in the second half should not be overlooked. Read Past Outlooks
Time at third in Duffy's absence
2BTampa Bay Rays
March 23, 2019
Wendle will be one of three players filling in at third base during Matt Duffy's (hamstring) stay on the injured list, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 28-year-old Wendle complemented above-average work at the plate in 2018 with a diverse defensive resume, and his versatility will come into play early during the coming season. Wendle, Daniel Robertson and Yandy Diaz are expected to form a three-man rotation at the hot corner while Duffy is sidelined, an absence that will persist through at least the first seven games of the season. Although the majority of his time (101 games) was spent at second base last season, Wendle did log 20 appearances at third.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .800 119 12 0 20 4 .304 .378 .422
Since 2016vs Right .755 544 64 9 57 14 .291 .338 .417
2018vs Left .809 102 11 0 18 4 .299 .373 .437
2018vs Right .784 443 51 7 43 12 .300 .349 .435
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right .973 14 3 1 5 0 .308 .357 .615
2016vs Left .745 17 1 0 2 0 .333 .412 .333
2016vs Right .572 87 10 1 9 2 .247 .276 .296
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+27%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+26%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .662 293 33 2 32 7 .254 .308 .354
Since 2016Away .841 370 43 7 45 11 .324 .374 .467
2018Home .678 243 30 2 26 6 .256 .306 .372
2018Away .877 302 32 5 35 10 .335 .392 .485
2017Home 1.100 6 1 0 1 0 .400 .500 .600
2017Away .875 8 2 1 4 0 .250 .250 .625
2016Home .520 44 2 0 5 1 .225 .295 .225
2016Away .657 60 9 1 6 1 .286 .300 .357
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How does Joey Wendle 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
0.39
 
BB Rate
6.8%
 
K Rate
17.6%
 
BABIP
.353
 
ISO
.136
 
AVG
.300
 
OBP
.354
 
SLG
.435
 
OPS
.789
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
An offseason trade sent Wendle to Tampa Bay from Oakland, where he had steadily been toiling in Triple-A. Wendle has consistency on his side; in each of the past three seasons, he has appeared in at least 118 Triple-A games and recorded an OPS between .756 and .776. Unfortunately, that means Wendle hasn't exhibited the growth the Athletics wanted to see in order to give him a chance to become their starting second baseman. Wendle has neither the pop nor the plate discipline to fully overcome his strikeout problem, as he has struck out 308 times against just 67 walks over those three Triple-A campaigns. Expect him to open up the season as a backup to Daniel Robertson at second base in Tampa, but if Robertson is as underwhelming in 2018 as he was in 2017 (.634 OPS, five home runs in 218 at-bats), Wendle could get his first big-league opportunity for a starting job.
In 2015 and 2016 with Triple-A Nashville, Wendle hit .285 while averaging 11 home runs, 80.5 runs, 59 RBI and 13 stolen bases - useful numbers, to say the least, for someone who hasn't really been considered a top prospect playing in a poor hitters' park. Despite his 6-foot-1, 189-pound frame, he delivers crisp swings. Oakland even tried him in the leadoff spot against right-handed pitching after calling him up in September. There's a lot of Joe Panik in him, for better or worse. It doesn't seem like he'll excel in any single counting category. When a player is heavily reliant on batting average for fantasy value, plenty can go wrong, especially for someone who isn't an automatic .300 hitter or an elite prospect. Wendle may get another shot in 2017, though Jed Lowrie could push him for at-bats if he can recover from foot surgery. He has a slightly intriguing power-speed mix, but not enough to suggest that he's an attractive piece outside of AL-only formats.
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Hit second homer of spring
2BTampa Bay Rays
March 11, 2019
Wendle went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in an 8-1 Grapefruit League win over the Red Sox on Sunday.
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Heads to bench Saturday
2BTampa Bay Rays
September 29, 2018
Wendle is on the bench for Saturday's game against Toronto.
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On base three more times in win
2BTampa Bay Rays
September 24, 2018
Wendle went 1-for-2 with an RBI double, two walks and a run in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
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Notches three hits and stolen base
2BTampa Bay Rays
September 19, 2018
Wendle went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a stolen base -- his 14th of the season -- and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Rangers.
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Four-hit night with RBI
2BTampa Bay Rays
September 19, 2018
Wendle went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a run and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.
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