Wilmer Difo
Wilmer Difo
26-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Washington Nationals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Difo's 2017 season was certainly nothing to write home about offensively, but he was a plus on defense and enters 2018 as the Nationals' top backup at three infield positions. His batting eye regressed from his 31-game sample in 2016, with his walk rate falling from 12.1 percent to 6.6 percent and his strikeout rate creeping up to over 20 percent. Difo hardly hit for any power (22.9 percent hard-hit rate, .099 ISO), but he did connect for a good number of line drives (24.4 percent) while also making an impact on the basepaths. He has stolen at least 28 bags four different times on the farm and was caught just once at the big-league level last season. As he enters his age-26 season, Difo still has a ways to go in terms of figuring out right-handed pitching (.273 wOBA in 2017). He will be forced to learn on the job if there is a long-term injury ahead of him on the depth chart. Read Past Outlooks
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Sits against left-hander
SSWashington Nationals
September 28, 2018
Difo is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
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Difo heads back to the bench as left-hander Kyle Freeland takes the mound for the Rockies. Adrian Sanchez grabs another start at second base as Difo has yet to start against a southpaw in September.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+55%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+33%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .655 209 31 5 12 1 .232 .284 .371
Since 2016vs Right .678 678 85 8 58 22 .257 .320 .358
2018vs Left .453 99 10 1 4 0 .154 .222 .231
2018vs Right .704 357 45 6 38 10 .252 .319 .385
2017vs Left .848 90 17 3 6 1 .310 .348 .500
2017vs Right .637 275 30 2 15 9 .258 .310 .327
2016vs Left .774 20 4 1 2 0 .263 .300 .474
2016vs Right .725 46 10 0 5 3 .282 .391 .333
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+39%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+59%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+32%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .780 449 64 9 34 11 .295 .352 .428
Since 2016Away .562 438 52 4 36 12 .206 .270 .292
2018Home .799 225 30 5 22 3 .289 .351 .448
2018Away .502 231 25 2 20 7 .174 .246 .256
2017Home .776 197 28 3 10 7 .315 .356 .420
2017Away .588 168 19 2 11 3 .219 .277 .311
2016Home .652 27 6 1 2 1 .182 .333 .318
2016Away .801 39 8 0 5 2 .333 .385 .417
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How does Wilmer Difo 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
0.48
 
BB Rate
8.6%
 
K Rate
18.0%
 
BABIP
.269
 
ISO
.120
 
AVG
.230
 
OBP
.298
 
SLG
.350
 
OPS
.649
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
After a solid but unspectacular 2015 at Double-A, Difo surprisingly found himself returning to Harrisburg last season, as the Nationals' offseason additions up the middle left no room for him at Triple-A. He didn't exactly force the organization's hand, as some aspects of his game took a step backwards in 2016, especially his efficiency as a base stealer. There were encouraging signs hidden behind a decline in his BABIP, though. His walk rate went up, his strikeout rate down, and Difo found himself on the postseason roster as insurance while Daniel Murphy dealt with a leg injury. This offseason proved to be a much better one for the switch-hitter's job prospects. With Trea Turner taking over at shortstop and Danny Espinosa now an Angel, things seemed to be looking up for Difo, although his future is looking a bit murkier following the return of Stephen Drew. Difo may have to start the season at Triple-A, but if he continues to progress, he could find his way up to the big leagues once again.
A speedster who has shown some surprising pop in the minors, Difo crushed High-A pitching to begin 2015, forcing a quick promotion to Double-A and eventually landing him a couple of cups of coffee with the big club. His plate discipline took a tumble at the higher levels, but Difo's 30-for-32 success rate on the basepaths highlighted his primary offensive skill, and his glovework at either middle infield position has been impeccable. The biggest question for the switch-hitting Difo is when he'll get a chance as a regular. He turns 24 right after Opening Day, and Danny Espinosa and Trea Turner are ahead of him on the organizational depth chart at shortstop following Ian Desmond's departure. With Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon manning second and third base, it is hard to see where Difo will fit in 2016. He may have to wait his turn and work on that plate discipline at Triple-A until the Nats have a vacancy, or get traded to a less crowded situation.
Difo spent an entire season with a full-season affiliate for the first time in his career in 2014, and the results were impressive. The 22-year-old split his time between second base and shortstop, showing more consistent defensive chops at the former position. While he failed to appear on most preseason organizational top prospect lists for the Nats, Difo opened plenty of eyes last season with his combination of power and speed, which included a 49-for-58 mark as a basestealer. Listed at 6-feet and 175 pounds, the switch-hitting Difo hit the ball on the ground less frequently last season, showing increased pop and maximizing the value of his plus-speed. The 14 home runs he hit last season were more than double his total from the previous four seasons combined. Difo will make the move to High-A in 2015, but he could begin to move a bit more quickly through the Nats' system after taking a few years to solve rookie ball.
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Out against another lefty
SSWashington Nationals
September 26, 2018
Difo is on the bench Wednesday against lefty Wei-Yin Chen and the Marlins, the Nationals' official site reports.
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Out against lefty
SSWashington Nationals
September 23, 2018
Difo is not in the lineup Sunday against lefty Steven Matz and the Mets.
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Swipes 10th base
SSWashington Nationals
September 20, 2018
Difo went 0-for-1 with a walk, but stole his 10th base of the season Thursday against the Mets.
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On bench against southpaw
SSWashington Nationals
September 20, 2018
Difo is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mets.
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Rides pine Sunday
SSWashington Nationals
September 16, 2018
Difo is not in the lineup Sunday against the Braves, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.
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