Taylor Walls
25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Tampa Bay Rays AAA
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Walls spent the 2020 campaign training at the Rays' alternate site following three minor-league seasons during which he established himself as a steady fielder and patient hitter with plus speed. The 24-year-old isn't likely to hit for much power, but he brings a professional approach to the plate that has thus far resulted in a 12.1 BB% and 18.3 K% in the minors. From a fantasy perspective, Walls' best attribute is probably his above-average speed that he converted into 59 stolen bases in 86 attempts between 2018 and 2019. Tampa Bay protected him from the Rule 5 draft in November, an indication that they see him contributing at the major-league level, perhaps as soon as next season. Once he arrives, Walls could fill a super-utility role, but he may not offer enough in terms of offensive production to excite as a fantasy asset. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
ADP
$Signed a contract with the Rays in June of 2017.
Optioned to minors
SSTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 24, 2021
The Rays optioned Walls to Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
ANALYSIS
The rookie has contributed little offensively of late, going 1-for-15 with a pair of walks since the All-Star break. With a bullpen game Saturday, Tampa Bay needed additional pitching depth, getting it by recalling Sean Poppen in a corresponding move. Walls' stellar defense should have him back with the big club sooner rather than later.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
9
4
2
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
13
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2020
No Stats
2019
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .616 52 4 0 4 3 .222 .327 .289
Since 2019vs Right .661 79 6 1 9 0 .206 .308 .353
2021vs Left .616 52 4 0 4 3 .222 .327 .289
2021vs Right .661 79 6 1 9 0 .206 .308 .353
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+26%
OPS on Road
2020
No Stats
2019
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .564 59 4 1 8 2 .192 .276 .288
Since 2019Away .708 72 6 0 5 1 .230 .347 .361
2021Home .564 59 4 1 8 2 .192 .276 .288
2021Away .708 72 6 0 5 1 .230 .347 .361
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Taylor Walls 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
0.49
 
BB Rate
13.0%
 
K Rate
26.7%
 
BABIP
.299
 
ISO
.115
 
AVG
.212
 
OBP
.315
 
SLG
.327
 
OPS
.643
 
wOBA
.293
 
Exit Velocity
81.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.7%
 
Barrels/PA
2.3%
 
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Sits for second time in four games
SSTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 21, 2021
Walls is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Takes seat Sunday
SSTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 18, 2021
Walls is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Bangs out two doubles Friday
SSTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 10, 2021
Walls went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBI in Friday's 7-1 win over the Blue Jays.
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Reinstated from 10-day IL
SSTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 3, 2021
Walls (wrist) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Moves to IL
SSTampa Bay Rays  AAA
Wrist
June 24, 2021
The Rays placed Walls on the 10-day injured list Thursday with right wrist tendinitis, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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