Luis Arraez
Luis Arraez
23-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Minnesota Twins
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Arraez showed his strong rookie season was no fluke as he hit .321 with a .765 OPS. He has outstanding contact skills (90.2% contact rate, 4th among hitters with 100 or more PA) and an elite ability to hit for average. He lacks power, however, as he failed to homer and had just an .080 ISO, and he adds few steals with his below-average speed (42 percentile sprint speed per Baseball Savant). Arraez also struggled with knee and ankle issues which limited him to 32 games. He did improve with the glove, which was a worry for his playing time, as he ranked 13th with 1 DRS at second base. He'll need to improve against lefties (.564 OPS) to stay in the lineup and avoid being platooned. He'll move into a utility role after the Twins signed Andrelton Simmons but is expected to get regular playing time. He could see significant growth with full health as he'll turn 24 just after Opening Day. Read Past Outlooks
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#401
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$Signed a contract with the Twins in November of 2013 that includes a $40,000 signing bonus.
Knees feeling improved
2BMinnesota Twins
February 17, 2021
Arraez, who struggled with left knee tendinitis last season, says a weightlifting program has his knees feeling "way better than last year" at this point, Betsy Helfland of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
ANALYSIS
Knee and ankle issues limited Arraez to 32 games last season, so improved health is a good sign as spring training begins. Arraez will move to a utility role this season with the Twins signing Andrelton Simmons to play shortstop and moving Jorge Polanco to second base. Arraez essentially takes over the utility role of Marwin Gonzalez, who left via free agency. Gonzalez played in 53 of 70 games last season and 114 of 162 in 2019, so Arraez could still get several starts a week as the Twins looked to give regulars an off day most days. Arraez will likely get most of his playing time at second base, left field and third base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
3
10
8
3
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
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1
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1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+27%
OPS vs RHP
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .671 132 14 0 12 0 .266 .386 .284
Since 2018vs Right .841 347 54 4 26 2 .343 .383 .458
2020vs Left .585 29 3 0 4 0 .240 .345 .240
2020vs Right .700 84 11 0 6 0 .304 .333 .367
2019vs Left .696 103 11 0 8 0 .274 .398 .298
2019vs Right .887 263 43 4 20 2 .355 .399 .488
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+26%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .850 247 36 1 23 2 .345 .409 .441
Since 2018Away .788 240 34 3 18 0 .317 .371 .417
2020Home .851 62 10 0 7 0 .339 .387 .464
2020Away .678 59 6 0 6 0 .304 .339 .339
2019Home .849 185 26 1 16 2 .348 .416 .433
2019Away .826 181 28 3 12 0 .321 .381 .444
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Luis Arraez 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
0.73
 
BB Rate
6.6%
 
K Rate
9.1%
 
BABIP
.353
 
ISO
.080
 
AVG
.321
 
OBP
.364
 
SLG
.402
 
OPS
.765
 
wOBA
.332
 
Exit Velocity
83.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.4%
 
Barrels/PA
3.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2017
2016
Arraez turned what was initially expected to be a brief stay in the majors into a full-time role in the infield, unseating Jonathan Schoop for regular work at second base. His season began at Double-A before quickly getting bumped up to Triple-A. He was there for three days before getting the call for his big-league debut. Arraez has outstanding contact skills -- his 7.9 K% led MLB hitters with 300-plus PA and his 1.24 BB/K placed him second, in between Alex Bregman and Carlos Santana. He is a very difficult player to value for fantasy, as he has just 10 professional home runs in 459 games to go with a league-average sprint speed that only figures to tick down as he matures. Even so, his plate skills and ability to hit for average are already elite. Even though he is a poor defender (-8 DRS), Arraez should at least occupy the strong side of a platoon (.696 OPS vs. lefties) at second base to start the year.
Arraez hit .298 with a .710 OPS after missing all but three games in 2017 due to a torn ACL. Arraez is one of the best pure hitters in the Twins' system, but has not hit for much power or shown much speed on the bases. At 5-foot-10, 155 pounds, he doesn't project to grow into much more than 10-to-15 homer pop. His hit tool and defense will have to carry him if he is to make it as an everyday player.
Arraez, signed out of Venezuela at age 16, saw his stock continue to rise in the Twins organization after hitting .347 with an .830 OPS at Low-A Cedar Rapids. Arraez doesn't draw a ton of walks, but makes very good contact (89 percent) with a low strikeout rate (9.9 percent). He could be on the fast track to the majors with a strong season at High-A.
Arraez hit .306 in the rookie Gulf Coast League with a reasonable .320 BABIP last year, playing primarily at second base but also seeing time at third base, shortstop and left field. His approach also seems to be uniquely advanced for any player in the minor leagues, not to mention an 18-year-old. He had 20 walks and 10 strikeouts in 233 plate appearances. While he doesn't have any power at the moment (.082 ISO), his outstanding contact rate at a young age should put him on dynasty league radars. The Twins figure to keep Arraez on a slow, safe development path, but he will likely receive his first full-season assignment relatively early on in 2016.
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Likely moving to utility role
2BMinnesota Twins
January 26, 2021
Arraez is expected to move to a utility role following the signing of Andrelton Simmons on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
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Doubles machine in return
2BMinnesota Twins
September 26, 2020
Arraez went 4-for-4 with three doubles, three RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Reds.
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Returns from injured list
2BMinnesota Twins
September 26, 2020
Arraez (knee/ankle) was activated from the 10-day injured list and will start Saturday against the Reds, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Testing ankle
2BMinnesota Twins
Knee
September 25, 2020
Arraez (knee/ankle) will test his ankle by running on the field and swinging in a batting cage Friday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Suffers minor ankle injury
2BMinnesota Twins
Knee
September 22, 2020
Arraez (knee) suffered a minor ankle sprain at the Twins' alternate training site Monday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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