Joey Wendle
Joey Wendle
31-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Tampa Bay Rays
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Wendle rebounded nicely from an injury-plagued 2019 campaign. As usual, he played around the diamond and should qualify at second, third and shortstop in most formats. While Wendle could be the strong-side platoon option at just one position, most likely third base, he's probably going to remain in a utility role, playing somewhere whenever a right-hander is on the hill for the opposition. Contact and speed remain Wendle's calling cards as he's never hit the ball with much authority. However, Wendle hits the ball up the middle and to the opposite field enough to keep shifting to a minimum, so he's able to maintain an above-average BABIP. With a solid BA floor, speed and multi-position eligibility, Wendle is ideal for daily leagues, those with more than one transaction day a week and of course AL-only formats. In mixed leagues with weekly moves, Wendle is a bench player. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#355
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Rays in January of 2021.
On two-game heater
2BTampa Bay Rays
June 13, 2021
Wendle went into Sunday's series finale against the Orioles having gone 4-for-6 with a double, a home run, three RBI and two runs over the last two games.
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The versatile infielder pushed his season line to an outstanding .293/.353/.505 with the mini-surge while also hitting the 30-RBI mark for only the second time in his career. Wendle has also regularly put good wood on the ball, as 25 of his 55 hits have gone for extra bases.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
2
12
15
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
5
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+70%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+102%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+103%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .482 152 20 0 8 4 .182 .263 .219
Since 2019vs Right .817 502 72 14 57 16 .288 .341 .476
2021vs Left .479 55 7 0 1 1 .163 .255 .224
2021vs Right .966 156 30 7 29 3 .329 .378 .587
2020vs Left .692 38 6 0 3 2 .294 .368 .324
2020vs Right .797 142 17 4 13 6 .282 .331 .466
2019vs Left .352 59 7 0 4 1 .130 .203 .148
2019vs Right .715 204 25 3 15 7 .261 .319 .397
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+61%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .686 331 43 4 27 11 .252 .317 .369
Since 2019Away .784 323 49 9 38 9 .276 .328 .456
2021Home .642 102 11 1 11 1 .232 .284 .358
2021Away 1.033 109 26 6 19 3 .340 .404 .629
2020Home .721 92 13 1 5 4 .277 .348 .373
2020Away .793 88 10 2 11 4 .293 .330 .463
2019Home .695 137 19 2 11 6 .252 .321 .374
2019Away .566 126 13 1 8 2 .209 .262 .304
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Stat Review
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.

* 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
0.30
 
BB Rate
6.3%
 
K Rate
20.8%
 
BABIP
.345
 
ISO
.213
 
AVG
.293
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.505
 
OPS
.858
 
wOBA
.364
 
Exit Velocity
80.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.7%
 
Barrels/PA
3.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
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2017
With Matt Duffy out to open the 2019 season, Wendle was earmarked for a lot of playing time, but he hurt his hamstring April 1 and was out until April 21. On April 24, Wendle was back on the IL with a broken wrist after getting hit by a pitch. He was activated June 14, but wrist inflammation forced a third visit July 31, returning Aug. 24. At that point, Wendle's OPS was .551 with no homers in 157 plate appearances. He posted a .754 mark the rest of the way, with three homers in 104 plate appearances, hinting he wasn't 100% earlier. After compiling a .294/.345/.418 career line heading into 2019, Wendle deserves the benefit of the doubt. A 17.5 K% with wheels provides a good batting average floor. While he won't play every day, Wendle projects to be the team's utility man and the top backup at several infield positions. He's better suited for AL-only, but is in play for cheap steals in deep mixed formats.
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.
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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Sitting against lefty
2BTampa Bay Rays
June 11, 2021
Wendle is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Orioles, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
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Homers as pinch hitter
2BTampa Bay Rays
June 9, 2021
Wendle went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and an additional RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals.
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Takes seat Wednesday
2BTampa Bay Rays
June 9, 2021
Wendle isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Nationals, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
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Not starting Saturday
2BTampa Bay Rays
June 5, 2021
Wendle isn't starting Saturday against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Sitting Monday
2BTampa Bay Rays
May 31, 2021
Wendle is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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