Alex Verdugo
Alex Verdugo
22-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Verdugo may finally be set for regular playing time in Los Angeles. A second-round pick in 2014, he has been at least 8% better than league average at the plate at every stop on the farm. The hit tool is his carrying tool -- Verdugo has consistently posted low K-rates, never exceeding even 13% above rookie ball, and high batting averages. He's also shown an ability to take a walk (9.0 BB% at Triple-A last season), along with decent in-game power and a splash of speed. His success hasn't translated to the highest level yet, but it's unwise to put any real stock into Verdugo's MLB numbers given how sporadic his opportunities have been. While Verdugo has a fair bit of prospect fatigue, it's important to remember that he's still just 22. The trade that sent Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to Cincinnati appears to have opened a spot for Verdugo, which should make him a popular late-round target as a fourth or fifth outfielder in mixed leagues. Read Past Outlooks
Collects two hits in start
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
September 4, 2018
Verdugo got the start in center field Monday, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in a loss to the Mets.
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Verdugo made his first start since being called up Sept. 1. The Dodgers are currently operating with a crowded outfield, so the 22-year-old's starts may be few and far between as the club competes for a playoff spot. While Verdugo's fantasy value in redraft leagues remains limited, the future is bright for the prospect after he slashed .329/.391/.472 with 10 homers and eight steals in 91 minor-league games this season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+36%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+46%
OPS vs RHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .522 24 1 0 1 0 .217 .217 .304
Since 2016vs Right .710 87 11 2 4 0 .247 .333 .377
2018vs Left .556 19 1 0 1 0 .222 .222 .333
2018vs Right .748 67 10 1 3 0 .271 .358 .390
2017vs Left .400 5 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200
2017vs Right .583 20 1 1 1 0 .167 .250 .333
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+54%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .697 25 6 1 1 0 .250 .280 .417
Since 2016Away .660 86 6 1 4 0 .237 .318 .342
2018Home .686 18 5 0 0 0 .294 .333 .353
2018Away .712 68 6 1 4 0 .250 .328 .383
2017Home .714 7 1 1 1 0 .143 .143 .571
2017Away .465 18 0 0 0 0 .188 .278 .188
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Alex Verdugo 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
0.57
 
BB Rate
9.3%
 
K Rate
16.3%
 
BABIP
.306
 
ISO
.117
 
AVG
.260
 
OBP
.329
 
SLG
.377
 
OPS
.706
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
2015
Verdugo ranked 14th in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League with a .314 batting average and ranked third with a 1.04 BB/K. He also happened to be the youngest hitter in the league. Verdugo has a prototypical all-fields approach. His hit tool is elite, nobody questions that. The one knock that has followed him all the way up the ladder is his inability to hit for enough pop to profile nicely in an outfield corner. However, we’ve seen other hit-over-power prospects -- Jesse Winker comes to mind -- show up in the majors and display power that seemed dormant in the minors. Given Verdugo’s age and 6-foot, 205-pound frame, it seems reasonable to expect him to develop into 20-homer hitter. He will never be much of a threat on the bases, so a lot of his fantasy value will be dependent on where he hits in a loaded Dodgers lineup. He’ll likely be held down to start the year, but should be summoned after a month when the Dodgers have gained an extra year of control.
Verdugo has been pushed aggressively by the Dodgers, as the 20-year-old center fielder has already completed a full season at Double-A and was one of the youngest players at that level in 2016. The left-handed outfielder more than held his own, hitting .273/.336/.407 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 126 games. The Dodgers expect the 6-foot, 205-pound Verdugo to develop even more power as he matures and fills out. Curiously, his speed on the basepaths was virtually non-existent. After swiping 14 bags in 2015, he stole just two bases this past season. A former pitcher, Verdugo has a cannon for an arm, and was among the leaders in outfield assists over the past couple of seasons. Since the Dodgers have not been shy about fast-tracking their prospects, expect Verdugo to begin the 2017 campaign at Triple-A and perhaps even make his big-league debut before the season is completed.
A second-round pick in 2014, Verdugo burst out of the gates to the tune of .353/.421/.511 that year and firmly entrenched himself as one of the team's top position prospects. Last year saw him make the big leap from rookie ball to full-season action, and though the results weren't quite as good, a .311/.340/.441 line in 512 at-bats split between Low-A and High-A is still pretty solid. Verdugo's top qualities include his athleticism and raw ability, as though most saw him as a pitcher coming out of High School, the Dodgers like the upside they see in his bat. He can also play center field, which is always a plus. Verdugo walked in just 3.9% of his plate appearances last year, but he showed very good ability against LHP even though he hits from the same side, as Verdugo hit .340 versus southpaws in Low-A. Verdugo doesn't turn 20 until May, but though he's at least two years out from a big league debut, his skill set should be of serious interest in dynasty leagues. He could very well end this year in Double-A where he'll be all of 20 years old.
Verdugo could have been developed as a hitter or a pitcher, but the early returns certainly justify the Dodgers’ decision to deploy the 18-year-old lefty as an outfielder. It would have been difficult to predict the 18-year-old, taken with the 62nd pick in the 2014 draft, would get off to such an impressive start to his career. Verdugo slashed .347/.423/.518 with three home runs and eight steals in 196 plate appearances in the Arizona rookie league, while learning to play center field on a full-time basis. After Corey Seager and Joc Pederson, Verdugo might have the most upside of any of the Dodgers' position player in the minors. Those in dynasty leaguers who invest in Verdugo should be prepared to see some bumps along the way, as he will probably struggle for stretches in 2015. But he should be treated as a first-round talent, as the potential does not match his status as a second-round pick.
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Elevated to majors
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
September 1, 2018
The Dodgers called up Verdugo from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
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Ends offensive skid
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
August 27, 2018
Verdugo went 3-for-4 with a stolen base Sunday in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 3-1 win over Colorado Springs.
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Headed to minors
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
July 27, 2018
Verdugo will be optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City prior to Saturday's matchup against the Braves, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Launches first homer
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
July 27, 2018
Verdugo went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 4-1 win over the Braves.
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In Friday's lineup
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
July 27, 2018
Verdugo (knee) is starting in center field and hitting eighth Friday in Atlanta, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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