Kelby Tomlinson
Kelby Tomlinson
28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
San Francisco Giants
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Rejoins big club
2BSan Francisco Giants
September 2, 2018
The Giants recalled Tomlinson from Triple-A Sacramento ahead of Sunday's game against the Mets.
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As has been the case in his previous stints with the big club this season, the 28-year-old will be in line for a utility role during the final month of the campaign. Tomlinson, who has slashed .226/.284/.290 across 134 plate appearances with the Giants this season, likely won't pick up more than one or two starts per week.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .665 241 27 1 11 7 .263 .345 .321
Since 2016vs Right .597 243 27 0 16 7 .243 .305 .293
2018vs Left .556 70 6 0 3 0 .206 .286 .270
2018vs Right .543 72 3 0 7 0 .221 .264 .279
2017vs Left .695 91 12 1 5 2 .270 .371 .324
2017vs Right .614 131 20 0 6 7 .250 .305 .308
2016vs Left .728 80 9 0 3 5 .306 .367 .361
2016vs Right .640 40 4 0 3 0 .265 .375 .265
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .680 238 26 1 17 7 .265 .339 .341
Since 2016Away .583 246 28 0 10 7 .241 .310 .273
2018Home .584 72 5 0 8 0 .215 .292 .292
2018Away .515 70 4 0 2 0 .212 .257 .258
2017Home .673 117 16 1 7 7 .269 .336 .337
2017Away .616 105 16 0 4 2 .244 .327 .289
2016Home .845 49 5 0 2 0 .333 .417 .429
2016Away .604 71 8 0 4 5 .266 .338 .266
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How does Kelby Tomlinson 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
0.26
 
BB Rate
6.1%
 
K Rate
23.8%
 
BABIP
.287
 
ISO
.059
 
AVG
.213
 
OBP
.272
 
SLG
.272
 
OPS
.544
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
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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Sent back to Triple-A
2BSan Francisco Giants
August 4, 2018
Tomlinson was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.
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Returns to San Francisco
2BSan Francisco Giants
July 30, 2018
Tomlinson was promoted from Triple-A Sacramento to the major leagues Monday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Optioned to Triple-A
2BSan Francisco Giants
July 26, 2018
The Giants optioned Tomlinson to Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Two hits, triple in win
2BSan Francisco Giants
July 25, 2018
Tomlinson went 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's win over the Mariners.
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Called up, batting eighth
2BSan Francisco Giants
July 15, 2018
Tomlinson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, Chris Haft of MLB.com reports. He'll start at second base and bat eighth in the Giants' series finale against the Athletics.
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