Kelby Tomlinson
Kelby Tomlinson
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Seattle Mariners
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After his first couple seasons, Tomlinson appeared on his way to carving out a nice little career as a short-end platoon infielder. However, over the past two seasons he's done his best to kill the narrative that he's good against lefties. His batting line against left-handed pitching fell from .306/.367/.361 in 2016 to .270/.371/.324 in 2017. In 2018, that line sunk all the way to .197/.269/.254 as Tomlinson actually ended up with reverse splits over 152 total plate appearances. He struck out more than ever before (23%), walked less than ever (5.9%) and was caught on both of his stolen-base attempts. He's a virtual zero in the power department with just three home runs in 273 career major-league games. Now with the Diamondbacks on a minor-league deal, Tomlinson will have to scratch and claw for a bench spot in spring training. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Mariners in June of 2019.
Lands with Seattle on minors pact
2BSeattle Mariners  AAA
June 3, 2019
Tomlinson signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Tomlinson slashed .218/.320/.276 in 30 games with the Diamondbacks' Triple-A affiliate in Reno before he was released May 12. As he changes organizations, the 28-year-old will stick around in the Pacific Coast League and provide some depth in the infield for Tacoma.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2019
No Stats
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .613 169 18 1 8 2 .234 .323 .290
Since 2017vs Right .586 205 23 0 13 7 .238 .289 .296
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .523 78 6 0 3 0 .197 .269 .254
2018vs Right .536 74 3 0 7 0 .217 .260 .275
2017vs Left .695 91 12 1 5 2 .270 .371 .324
2017vs Right .614 131 20 0 6 7 .250 .305 .308
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Since 2017
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2019
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2018
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .625 193 21 1 15 7 .243 .313 .312
Since 2017Away .569 181 20 0 6 2 .230 .296 .273
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home .552 76 5 0 8 0 .203 .276 .275
2018Away .507 76 4 0 2 0 .211 .253 .254
2017Home .673 117 16 1 7 7 .269 .336 .337
2017Away .616 105 16 0 4 2 .244 .327 .289
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
Tomlinson's calling card has been his ability to hit lefties, but he took a step back in that regard last season with his OPS against southpaws slipping below .700. He continued to get on base at a useful clip against lefties (.371 OBP), but he didn't hit for average and there was a total absence of power. On the plus side, Tomlinson was efficient on the basepaths, going 9-for-10 on stolen-base attempts, and he saw enough time at third base (24 games) and second (20 games) to qualify at two positions entering 2018. He could gain shortstop eligibility as well if Brandon Crawford continues to sit occasionally against southpaws this season. The positional flexibility and speed aren't strong enough selling points in standard leagues, but if you're looking to fill one of your final bench spots in an NL-only league, you could do worse.
Tomlinson started the year in the majors as a backup infielder for the Giants. He suffered a thumb injury in June and was placed on the 15-day DL, but a crowded roster prevented him from getting back to the big leagues until rosters expanded in September. The speedy infielder batted .292 with 13 runs and five steals in 120 plate appearances, but he slugged just .330, showing that he is much more of a contact hitter than a player that can put a charge into the ball. Despite the lack of power, his 2016 totals would have been valuable from a middle infielder if they were prorated over the course of a full season. He also swiped 12 bags in 202 plate appearances with Triple-A Sacramento and is only two seasons removed from a 49-steal minor league season. The problem for Tomlinson is that the Giants have a crowded infield up the middle, so it would take an injury or a trade to open up significant playing time. Barring those unforeseen events, he should resume his role as a backup infielder in 2017.
Joe Panik's placement on the DL with a back injury in early August created an opportunity for Tomlinson, who was a 12th-round pick by the Giants in 2011. Tomlinson had displayed decent contact skills and a proficiency on the basepaths throughout his minor league career, including at the upper levels during the first four months of 2015. While he struck out more often and was only 5-for-9 on stolen-base attempts while with the big club, his audition goes down as a success because he beat up on left-handed pitching (.913 OPS). The power was surprising - Tomlinson has only eight total home runs in five minor league seasons - but the 25-year-old has experience playing shortstop and could be in the running for a utility job this spring.
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Cut loose by Arizona
2BFree Agent  AAA
May 12, 2019
Tomlinson was released by the Diamondbacks on Sunday, Jessica Kleinschmidt of NBC Sports reports.
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Cut from big-league camp
2BArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
March 19, 2019
Tomlinson was assigned to minor-league camp on Tuesday.
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Signs minors deal with Arizona
2BArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
November 20, 2018
Tomlinson signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks that includes an invitation to spring training, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Rejoins big club
2BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
September 2, 2018
The Giants recalled Tomlinson from Triple-A Sacramento ahead of Sunday's game against the Mets.
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Sent back to Triple-A
2BSan Francisco Giants  AAA
August 4, 2018
Tomlinson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.
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