Wilmer Difo
Wilmer Difo
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Washington Nationals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Difo backed into a career high in plate appearances as injuries ravaged the Nationals' infield. He raised his walk rate by two percentage points from 2017 and chipped in 10 steals for the second straight year, but despite improving his flyball rate by nine percentage points (to 33.8%), the infielder continued to show little power. Difo mostly faced right-handed pitching, and chances are the switch hitter will continue to see most of his opportunities from the left side of the plate. The Nationals did not bring back Daniel Murphy, but they signed Brian Dozier to a one-year deal to man the keystone. Top prospect Carter Kieboom also looms for a possible 2019 debut. Even if he were to find his way into frequent work, Difo would only rank as a deep-league dart for steals and stat-compiling. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Nationals in June of 2010.
Goes yard
2BWashington Nationals
April 18, 2019
Difo went 2-for-3 with a walk and solo home run Thursday against the Giants.
ANALYSIS
Difo took Drew Pomeranz deep in the fourth inning, his second homer of the season. He gained a regular role with the injury to Trea Turner (finger), but has struggled to produce in a meaningful way by hitting .229/.315/.375 across 52 plate appearances. He has looked a bit better in his last four games, however, going 5-for-13 with a double and home run.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
11
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+193%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+55%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+33%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .622 198 28 4 10 1 .223 .274 .348
Since 2017vs Right .673 674 80 9 57 19 .253 .315 .358
2019vs Left .222 9 1 0 0 0 .111 .111 .111
2019vs Right .650 42 5 1 4 0 .222 .317 .333
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+43%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+59%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+32%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .774 447 61 8 32 10 .296 .349 .425
Since 2017Away .542 425 47 5 35 10 .192 .260 .282
2019Home .541 25 3 0 0 0 .217 .280 .261
2019Away .598 26 3 1 4 0 .182 .280 .318
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
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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
0.46
 
BB Rate
10.9%
 
K Rate
23.6%
 
BABIP
.273
 
ISO
.146
 
AVG
.229
 
OBP
.315
 
SLG
.375
 
OPS
.690
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
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.
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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Struggling in starting role
2BWashington Nationals
April 15, 2019
Difo went 1-for-3 in Sunday's loss to the Pirates.
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Pops first homer
2BWashington Nationals
April 7, 2019
Difo went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Mets.
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Productive against Mets
2BWashington Nationals
April 5, 2019
Difo went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Thursday's win over the Mets.
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Hitting seventh again
2BWashington Nationals
April 4, 2019
Difo will start at shortstop and bat seventh Thursday against the Nets.
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Steps in at shortstop
2BWashington Nationals
April 3, 2019
Difo replaced Trea Turner (finger) at shortstop during Tuesday's loss to the Phillies, going 1-for-3 with a run scored.
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