Joey Wendle
Joey Wendle
28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Tampa Bay Rays
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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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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Wendle slashed an RBI-double in the fourth inning and later hit another double, giving him 27 two-baggers on the season. The 28-year-old is hitting .298/.347/.432 with seven home runs, 53 RBI and 55 runs scored while going 13-for-17 in stolen base attempts on the year.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .711 93 8 0 18 3 .280 .333 .378
Since 2016vs Right .745 513 60 9 50 12 .288 .335 .410
2018vs Left .704 76 7 0 16 3 .269 .316 .388
2018vs Right .774 412 47 7 36 10 .296 .346 .427
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
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+26%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .663 269 29 2 28 6 .252 .310 .353
Since 2016Away .799 337 39 7 40 9 .313 .354 .445
2018Home .680 219 26 2 22 5 .254 .307 .373
2018Away .829 269 28 5 30 8 .321 .369 .459
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
0.34
 
BB Rate
6.3%
 
K Rate
18.5%
 
BABIP
.346
 
ISO
.131
 
AVG
.292
 
OBP
.343
 
SLG
.423
 
OPS
.766
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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On bench Sunday
2BTampa Bay Rays
September 16, 2018
Wendle is not in the lineup Sunday against the Athletics.
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Pair of hits in shutout loss
2BTampa Bay Rays
September 12, 2018
Wendle went 2-for-4 with a double in a loss to the Indians on Tuesday.
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Heads to bench Sunday
2BTampa Bay Rays
September 9, 2018
Wendle is not in the lineup Sunday against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Stays red hot in win
2BTampa Bay Rays
September 4, 2018
Wendle went 3-for-4 with a double and a run in a win over the Blue Jays on Monday.
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Swipes two bags
2BTampa Bay Rays
August 30, 2018
Wendle went 2-for-4 with two RBI, two runs scored, two stolen bases and a walk in Wednesday's win over the Braves.
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