Manuel Margot
Manuel Margot
23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Diego Padres
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Day off Saturday
OFSan Diego Padres
September 15, 2018
Margot is not in the lineup Saturday against Texas.
Margot has just one hit in his last five games. Travis Jankowski will get the start in center field Saturday.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .743 306 30 4 27 7 .264 .314 .430
Since 2016vs Right .679 746 73 16 60 22 .251 .298 .381
2018vs Left .665 157 15 1 13 0 .243 .280 .385
2018vs Right .682 329 31 6 32 10 .249 .305 .377
2017vs Left .833 136 14 3 13 6 .285 .353 .480
2017vs Right .683 393 39 10 26 11 .255 .298 .385
2016vs Left .769 13 1 0 1 1 .308 .308 .462
2016vs Right .583 24 3 0 2 1 .208 .208 .375
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Since 2016Home .745 521 49 11 46 16 .262 .321 .424
Since 2016Away .653 531 54 9 41 13 .248 .285 .368
2018Home .624 233 16 4 23 3 .214 .272 .352
2018Away .724 253 30 3 22 7 .277 .320 .404
2017Home .837 265 29 7 21 11 .297 .362 .475
2017Away .609 264 24 6 18 6 .231 .262 .347
2016Home .913 23 4 0 2 2 .348 .348 .565
2016Away .214 14 0 0 1 0 .071 .071 .143
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Not in Sunday's lineup
OFSan Diego Padres
September 9, 2018
Margot is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at Cincinnati, Mark Sheldon of reports.
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Collects two hits Friday
OFSan Diego Padres
September 8, 2018
Margot went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Friday's loss to the Reds.
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Takes seat Thursday
OFSan Diego Padres
September 6, 2018
Margot is not in the lineup versus Cincinnati on Thursday.
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Sits for second straight
OFSan Diego Padres
September 1, 2018
Margot is on the bench for the second straight game Saturday against the Rockies.
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Day off Friday
OFSan Diego Padres
August 31, 2018
Margot is not in the lineup Friday against the Rockies.
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