Joey Wendle
Joey Wendle
29-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
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Batting seventh in return
2BTampa Bay Rays
June 14, 2019
Wendle (wrist) is starting at second base and batting seventh in his return from the 10-day injured list Friday versus the Angels, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Wendle has been on the IL since late April due to a fractured right wrist but makes his return to action after a four-game minor-league rehab stint in which he went 7-for-15. The 29-year-old will hope to carry over that success after struggling through the first month of the season with a .136/.240/.182 slash line in 25 at-bats prior to the injury.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .763 112 11 0 18 4 .281 .357 .406
Since 2017vs Right .772 480 54 8 50 12 .293 .343 .429
2019vs Left .311 10 0 0 0 0 .111 .200 .111
2019vs Right .408 23 0 0 2 0 .143 .217 .190
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+35%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+26%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .651 282 31 2 29 6 .244 .299 .352
Since 2017Away .878 310 34 6 39 10 .332 .388 .489
2019Home .379 33 0 0 2 0 .133 .212 .167
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
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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 this season's data (min 100 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
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
24.2%
 
BABIP
.182
 
ISO
.033
 
AVG
.133
 
OBP
.212
 
SLG
.167
 
OPS
.379
 
wOBA
.185
 
Exit Velocity
86.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.8%
 
Barrels/PA
3.3%
 
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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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Will return Friday
2BTampa Bay Rays
Wrist
June 13, 2019
Wendle (wrist) will be activated from the 10-day injured list Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Likely back Friday
2BTampa Bay Rays
Wrist
June 13, 2019
Manager Kevin Cash said Wendle (wrist) will likely be activated from the injured list Friday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Activation delayed
2BTampa Bay Rays
Wrist
June 13, 2019
Contrary to a previous report, Wendle (wrist) will not be activated from the 10-day injured list Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Set for activation
2BTampa Bay Rays
Wrist
June 12, 2019
Wendle (wrist) has returned from his minor-league rehab assignment and is expected to be activated before Thursday's series finale against the Athletics, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Could return Thursday
2BTampa Bay Rays
Wrist
June 11, 2019
Wendle (wrist) will play for Triple-A Durham on Tuesday night, and if all goes well, he could be activated from the injured list for Thursday's game against the Angels, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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