Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Kansas City Royals
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Merrifield led the American League in stolen bases last season despite spending the first couple weeks in the minors, and he showed a surprising power stroke after hitting a mere two homers in 332 plate appearances in 2016. A dramatic leap in flyball rate -- from 29.8 percent to 40.5 percent -- and correction in his HR/FB (and likely a new baseball) fueled the power breakout, although the hard-hit data suggests Merrifield overachieved. Moreover, Merrifield hit 13 of his 19 homers at home, and Kauffman Stadium was the fourth-worst park for homers last season; simply put, he will have a hard time repeating that home-run output in 2018. He doesn't walk much at all, but Merrifield puts the ball in play consistently (14.0 percent strikeout rate), and that skill along with his speed should help Merrifield stick atop the Royals' batting order. Unfortunately, there will likely be a significantly worse team around him with so many of Kansas City's top players expected to leave via free agency this winter. Read Past Outlooks
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Scores twice
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September 15, 2018
Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and two runs scored Saturday against the Twins.
ANALYSIS
Merrifield extended his hitting streak to six games, during which he has gone 8-for-24 with four RBI, 10 runs scored and five stolen bases. His 81 runs scored are a career-best mark and he currently leads the American League with 36 steals.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+36%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .878 398 68 10 35 24 .326 .373 .505
Since 2016vs Right .744 1210 137 23 129 54 .281 .331 .413
2018vs Left .928 183 30 5 15 14 .353 .399 .529
2018vs Right .750 463 51 7 42 22 .281 .354 .397
2017vs Left .800 131 23 5 12 7 .273 .321 .479
2017vs Right .780 499 57 14 66 27 .292 .325 .455
2016vs Left .891 84 15 0 8 3 .351 .398 .494
2016vs Right .657 248 29 2 21 5 .261 .298 .359
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .821 834 113 20 97 43 .300 .355 .466
Since 2016Away .731 774 92 13 67 35 .284 .326 .405
2018Home .806 328 45 5 31 24 .306 .370 .436
2018Away .798 318 36 7 26 12 .298 .363 .435
2017Home .871 317 41 13 45 14 .300 .344 .528
2017Away .698 313 39 6 33 20 .276 .304 .394
2016Home .759 189 27 2 21 5 .291 .346 .413
2016Away .661 143 17 0 8 3 .273 .294 .367
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How does Whit Merrifield 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
0.54
 
BB Rate
8.7%
 
K Rate
16.0%
 
BABIP
.346
 
ISO
.132
 
AVG
.301
 
OBP
.365
 
SLG
.432
 
OPS
.798
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Merrifield was deceivingly solid last season, but his future prospects are dimmed by the reality that his performance was buoyed by a high batting average with little in the way of peripheral stats, including just a 5.7 percent walk rate and a .109 ISO. The 28-year-old is likely to be soft on upside, and a repeat of last year's half-season performance over a full campaign would be a success. Whether the Royals allow the Swiss Army knife to accumulate that much playing time is another issue altogether. Positional versatility might be the biggest feather in Merrifield's cap as well as his greatest utility to fantasy owners in 2017, as it not only allows for some roster flexibility, but it also gives him more opportunities for playing time. However, he's unlikely to be more than a placeholder for the Royals, or for fantasy owners in 2017.
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Stays aggressive on basepaths
2BKansas City Royals
September 13, 2018
Merrifield went 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base Thursday against the Twins.
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Swipes two bags, scores twice
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September 11, 2018
Merrifield went 2-for-4 with an RBI, two runs and two stolen bases in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.
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Launches homer in win
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September 10, 2018
Merrifield went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Monday's win over the White Sox.
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Smashes walkoff homer
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September 2, 2018
Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in the Royals' 5-4 win over the Orioles on Saturday.
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Drives in two
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August 25, 2018
Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI against the Indians on Saturday.
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