Alex Verdugo
Alex Verdugo
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Boston Red Sox
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Verdugo impressed in his first extended big-league opportunity in 2019, demonstrating hitting acumen that belies his youth. Among hitters with at least 300 plate appearances, the 23-year-old's 13.0 K% was 21st-best in the league while his 85.2% contact rate ranked 30th. Verdugo doesn't take many walks -- his 6.9 BB% last season was below league average -- but his 6.6% swinging-strike rate is indicative of a keen eye at the plate. While the lefty has thus far demonstrated only average power, his hard-hit rate portends greater long-ball potential with an increase in the 8.8-degree launch angle he posted last season. Verdugo missed most of August and September with related oblique and back injuries, and it was reported in mid-December that Verdugo had yet to resume baseball activities. With his outstanding batting profile, and now with the Red Sox after headlining the return for Mookie Betts, it's not hard to imagine Verdugo blossoming into a .300-plus hitter in the near future. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $914,600 contract with the Dodgers in 2014. Traded to the Red Sox in February of 2020.
Leading off Saturday
OFBoston Red Sox
August 8, 2020
Verdugo is leading off in Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.
ANALYSIS
Verdugo has swung a hot bat recently with three home runs in the past two games, so he'll take the place of Andrew Benintendi atop Boston's lineup. It's unclear whether his role as the leadoff hitter will continue going forward.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+39%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .821 151 17 3 12 2 .317 .353 .468
Since 2018vs Right .786 363 43 13 40 2 .272 .333 .453
2020vs Left .935 23 3 1 2 0 .350 .435 .500
2020vs Right .673 28 3 2 2 0 .192 .250 .423
2019vs Left .843 109 13 2 9 2 .327 .358 .485
2019vs Right .807 268 30 10 35 2 .281 .336 .471
2018vs Left .556 19 1 0 1 0 .222 .222 .333
2018vs Right .748 67 10 1 3 0 .271 .358 .390
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+26%
OPS at Home
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .812 243 32 7 25 2 .303 .346 .466
Since 2018Away .782 271 28 9 27 2 .269 .333 .449
2020Home .863 29 4 2 2 0 .296 .345 .519
2020Away .687 22 2 1 2 0 .211 .318 .368
2019Home .816 196 23 5 23 2 .305 .347 .469
2019Away .819 181 20 7 21 2 .283 .337 .482
2018Home .686 18 5 0 0 0 .294 .333 .353
2018Away .712 68 6 1 4 0 .250 .328 .383
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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.

* 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.
  • 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
0.33
 
BB Rate
7.8%
 
K Rate
23.5%
 
BABIP
.290
 
ISO
.196
 
AVG
.261
 
OBP
.333
 
SLG
.457
 
OPS
.790
 
wOBA
.349
 
Exit Velocity
79.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
38.2%
 
Barrels/PA
4.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Two-homer night Friday
OFBoston Red Sox
August 8, 2020
Verdugo went 2-for-3 with a walk and two solo home runs in Friday's 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
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Could move up to leadoff spot
OFBoston Red Sox
August 7, 2020
Verdugo could move up to the leadoff spot at some point soon, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
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First homer with new club
OFBoston Red Sox
August 5, 2020
Verdugo went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Wednesday against the Rays.
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Takes seat Sunday
OFBoston Red Sox
August 2, 2020
Verdugo is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees.
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Sits against southpaw
OFBoston Red Sox
July 28, 2020
Verdugo is not in the lineup against lefty David Peterson and the Mets on Tuesday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
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