Ryan O'Hearn

Ryan O'Hearn

28-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Kansas City Royals
2022 Fantasy Outlook
O'Hearn is expected to serve in a utility role with time at first base, right field and designated hitter in 2022. The 28-year-old posted a mediocre .225/.268/.369 slash line with nine home runs, 29 RBI and 23 runs scored in 84 games last season. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Royals in March of 2022.
Homers as pinch hitter
1BKansas City Royals
May 13, 2022
O'Hearn hit a two-run home run as a pinch hitter in Friday's 14-10 win over the Rockies.
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O'Hearn provided a little extra insurance with his first homer of the year in the eighth inning. The 28-year-old has added five RBI and two runs scored through 29 plate appearances. He saw a bit more playing time when Carlos Santana (ankle) was out, but the latter is a switch hitter likely to command much of the playing time at first base going forward. O'Hearn will likely have to compete with Hunter Dozier, Emmanuel Rivera and MJ Melendez to draw starts as the designated hitter.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+330%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+70%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+58%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .470 53 3 0 3 0 .184 .245 .224
Since 2020vs Right .631 377 29 12 49 0 .215 .279 .353
2022vs Left .125 8 0 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000
2022vs Right .537 37 2 1 5 0 .206 .243 .294
2021vs Left .397 34 2 0 1 0 .161 .235 .161
2021vs Right .673 220 21 9 28 0 .234 .273 .400
2020vs Left .909 11 1 0 2 0 .364 .364 .545
2020vs Right .577 120 6 2 16 0 .178 .300 .277
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+28%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+109%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .520 168 9 1 17 0 .193 .274 .247
Since 2020Away .665 263 23 11 35 0 .221 .274 .392
2022Home .284 18 1 0 1 0 .118 .167 .118
2022Away .593 27 1 1 4 0 .208 .259 .333
2021Home .559 94 6 1 8 0 .212 .277 .282
2021Away .680 160 17 8 21 0 .232 .263 .417
2020Home .533 56 2 0 8 0 .188 .304 .229
2020Away .656 76 5 2 10 0 .200 .303 .354
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Stat Review
How does Ryan O'Hearn 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
0.23
 
BB Rate
6.7%
 
K Rate
28.9%
 
BABIP
.214
 
ISO
.073
 
AVG
.171
 
OBP
.222
 
SLG
.244
 
OPS
.466
 
wOBA
.211
 
Exit Velocity
92.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.9%
 
Barrels/PA
2.2%
 
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O'Hearn had a hot couple months upon arrival to the big leagues in 2018, but that seems like a lifetime ago now, especially given the extent of O'Hearn's struggles the past two seasons. The Royals shifted Hunter Dozier across the diamond amidst O'Hearn's slump last season and brought in Carlos Santana this winter, leaving O'Hearn's future with the club uncertain.
O'Hearn came back down to earth during his first full season in the majors after an impressive MLB debut late in the 2018 season. Slotted into a platoon role, the 26-year-old recorded a lackluster slash line of .195/.281/.369 with only 14 home runs in 105 games after hitting 12 homers in 44 games the year prior. Kauffman Stadium saw the second-fewest home runs in the league last year, but O'Hearn didn't hit for power on the road either. O'Hearn struggled with plate discipline, swinging at 30.7% of pitches outside of the zone and fanning at a 26.8% clip overall. The 26-year-old had only a .230 BABIP and Statcast says he deserved to hit about 30 points higher, but a .227 xBA is nothing to celebrate. While the Royals do not have many quality alternatives, O'Hearn probably won't be assured of anything heading into spring training. It should be an open competition at first base.
Not much was expected from O'Hearn, but he ended up being one of the top power hitters in the entire league after his late-July callup, even boosting some deep-league owners to championships. He mashed 12 homers and posted a ridiculous .336 ISO in 170 plate appearances. The power did come with some swing and miss, although not as much as we see from many other power hitters in their first exposure to big-league pitching (26.5%), and he walked at a very useful 11.8% clip. O'Hearn gave back a lot of that real-world value on the defensive side, but he will have a leg up on the Royals' first-base job heading into 2019 and not many will be on him as a 25-year-old non-prospect on the Royals.
A left-handed power hitter, the 23-year-old O'Hearn got off to a scorching start to begin the 2016 campaign. In 22 games at High-A Wilmington, O'Hearn hit a blistering .352 with seven home runs and 18 RBI. That resulted in a quick promotion to Double-A, where O'Hearn spent the remainder of the 2016 season. He cooled down considerably, but the power numbers remained. O'Hearn hit 15 home runs in 112 games at that level to end the year. He will have to work on his plate discipline as he ascends to the higher levels, though, as well as prove he can hit for average, as he batted just .258 with 131 strikeouts in those 112 games for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. O'Hearn likely will return to Double-A to improve his strike-zone recognition and make more consistent contact.
O’Hearn has above average power from the left side, but as a first base prospect with some legitimate swing-and-miss in his game, he will have to really hit to make it as an everyday player in the majors. An eighth round pick out of Sam Houston State in 2014, O’Hearn was relatively flawless at the plate in 64 games of rookie ball in 2014. Some flaws started to surface, however, after he received his first full-season assignment last season. He clubbed 27 home runs in 127 games across Low-A and High-A, but also struck out 141 times while hitting .263. This illustrates the overall offensive package in a nutshell. There’s no doubt that the power can play against righties in the lower-levels, but his .236 average (.300 BABIP) with a 29.8 percent K-rate in 46 games at High-A suggests his hit tool could be fringe-average at best. The 22-year-old could occupy the strong side of a platoon at first base or DH in the majors if he reaches his ceiling.
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Sits against lefty
1BKansas City Royals
May 12, 2022
O'Hearn is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Rangers, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
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On bench Tuesday
1BKansas City Royals
May 10, 2022
O'Hearn is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers.
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Takes seat for nightcap
1BKansas City Royals
May 8, 2022
O'Hearn isn't starting the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Orioles.
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Gets third straight start
1BKansas City Royals
May 8, 2022
O'Hearn will start at designated hitter and bat cleanup in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Orioles, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Back on bench
1BKansas City Royals
April 24, 2022
O'Hearn is on the bench for Sunday's game against the Mariners.
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