Manuel Margot
Manuel Margot
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Diego Padres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
To modify Peter Parker's infamous line: with great speed comes a great responsibility to get on base to use it. Margot is still trying to figure out how to use his super power at the major-league level because he has a career .300 on-base percentage over nearly 1100 plate appearances. The other problem has been even when Margot has been on base and attempted to use his blazing speed for steals, he has been thrown out 36% of the time. He is 24 years old, and ahead of the learning curve compared to most of his peers given he already has two full seasons at the major-league level. We like to see some year-over-year growth from youngsters at this level, but the only real posiitve we have so far from him is a three-percentage-point reduction in his strikeout rate. Opposing pitchers challenge him in the strike zone taking advantage of his aggressive approach and lack of power. He is a bottom-of-the-lineup hitter until he can show some OBP skills. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Red Sox in July of 2011 that includes an $800,000 signing bonus. Traded to the Padres in November of 2015.
Out of Sunday's lineup
OFSan Diego Padres
September 29, 2019
Margot is not in Sunday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.
He hit .188 with one home run and one steal in 64 at-bats this month. Travis Jankowski will start in center field and bat eighth.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .775 429 51 7 36 12 .277 .339 .436
Since 2017vs Right .664 1060 111 26 91 36 .237 .288 .377
2019vs Left .886 120 21 2 7 6 .330 .420 .466
2019vs Right .620 321 38 10 30 14 .200 .260 .359
2018vs Left .656 173 16 2 16 0 .238 .272 .384
2018vs Right .685 346 34 6 35 11 .249 .301 .383
2017vs Left .833 136 14 3 13 6 .285 .353 .480
2017vs Right .683 393 39 10 26 11 .255 .298 .385
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS on Road
OPS on Road
OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .706 727 75 15 59 28 .241 .312 .394
Since 2017Away .687 762 87 18 68 20 .255 .294 .393
2019Home .612 212 27 3 11 13 .200 .299 .314
2019Away .759 229 32 9 26 7 .263 .308 .451
2018Home .645 250 19 5 27 4 .217 .269 .376
2018Away .703 269 31 3 24 7 .271 .312 .390
2017Home .837 265 29 7 21 11 .297 .362 .475
2017Away .609 264 24 6 18 6 .231 .262 .347
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How does Manuel Margot 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Margot was thrown to the wolves as a rookie and more than held his own. Kids his age are typically in the California League playing ball; Margot was starting for one of the five major-league teams in the state while hitting leadoff. His ability to get on base is driven more by his batted ball skills rather than his ability to accept his walks (6.6 percent) which is why his OBP was low at .313 last year as a rookie. His minor-league track record shows a better knack for reaching base and utilizing his speed and that should surface more at the big-league level as he gets more experience. Expect him to return to the leadoff role and have a shot at 30 steals if he can get his OBP up closer to .350. He started the season 10-for-16 in steals, but closed it a very efficient 7-for-8, which should earn him more chances in 2018.
Margot was acquired from the Red Sox as part of the Craig Kimbrel deal in November 2015 to bring a near major-league-ready talent to the rebuilding San Diego pipeline. He continued his fast ascent through the minors, starting his age-21 season at Triple-A El Paso before earning a 10-game taste of the big leagues in late September. At the plate, Margot has shown a steady hit tool with the ability to frequently make contact (11.3 strikeout percentage at Triple-A), and his quick wrists allow him to generate more pop than his 5-foot-11 frame might suggest. He also possesses plus-plus speed, which makes him a long-term option in center field, where he has the potential to be a good defender. With El Paso, Margot went 30-for-41 on the basepaths (73.2 percent), supporting the claim that he's still in need of some polish as a base stealer. With little left to prove at Triple-A, Margot appears to be the frontrunner to open the season as the Padres' starting center fielder, and his short-term fantasy value will receive a boost if he can settle in as the team's leadoff hitter.
Margot's ascent to the major leagues continued apace in 2015, when he spent time at two levels in Boston's organization. At this rate, he'll hit Triple-A in the second half of 2016. He's still young for his level and can be overly aggressive at the plate, but has natural bat-to-ball skills and rarely strikes out (10.6 percent of plate appearances). His walk rate has remained stagnant as Margot attacks pitches early in the count, and he'll need to work on selectivity while developing an all-field approach. Margot has present doubles power and the speed for triples (nine last season). There's room for him to develop over-the-fence power, which could translate to 10-15 homers. Defensively, he's above average at the premium position. Margot is one of the game's better prospects, which is why the Padres wanted him when they traded closer Craig Kimbrel to the Red Sox. He'll likely open the season as the leadoff hitter and center fielder for Double-A San Antonio.
Margot, a 19-year-old with five-tool potential, showed some promise in 2014, beginning at Low-A Greenville before an August promotion to High-A Salem. He's a blend of power and speed with advanced defense in center field. For Greenville, his bat developed over the year and he finished the year hitting .446/.492/.696 for the Drive in August. From 2013 to 2014, he increased his walk rate from 8.3% to 10.1% while dropping his strikeout rate from 18.5% to 11.5%. He's clearly improving his approach at the plate. Margot is also a threat on the basepaths, stealing a system-high 42 bases in 2014, though he needs to a better job reading pitchers. He'll likely be assigned to High-A Salem of the Carolina League, where he will be one of the younger players in 2015.
Margot's statistics didn't stand out in 2013, but the Red Sox are excited by the tools of this undrafted 18-year-old prospect. He had some successful stretches with short-season Lowell, but also had a hamstring injury that wiped out a portion of his season. Margot's body should fill out some, but he's projected to remain a center fielder and is considered a plus defender. He showed enough against older competition and we expect a full-season assignment at Low-A Greenville.
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Provides triple in loss
OFSan Diego Padres
September 25, 2019
Margot went 1-for-4 with a triple, RBI and a run scored Tuesday in the Padres' 6-3 loss to the Dodgers.
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Takes seat on bench
OFSan Diego Padres
September 14, 2019
Margot is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rockies.
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Flashes power, speed in victory
OFSan Diego Padres
September 12, 2019
Margot went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.
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Drives in pair
OFSan Diego Padres
September 11, 2019
Margot went 2-for-5 with a triple, a walk, two RBI and a run Tuesday in the Padres' 9-8 win over the Cubs.
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Situated on bench
OFSan Diego Padres
September 9, 2019
Margot isn't starting Monday's game against the Cubs.
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