Kyle Isbel
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The one poor hitting stretch of Isbel's minor-league career was in the second half of 2019 when he was returning from a broken wrist. He was his normal self later that year in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .315/.429/.438 with six steals in 21 games. Isbel spent this past summer at the alternate training site, where he faced arguably the best collection of pitching prospects at any team's alternate site and still did plenty of damage. He will be hit over power, but Isbel has enough left-handed pop to bang out 15-plus home runs while potentially leading off. The big selling point for fantasy, however, is his plus speed. He puts it to use on the bases with high success rates and could be a 20-to-25 steal guy in his prime. Isbel also has a chance to be a plus defensive outfielder, which should help keep his bat in the lineup. If he handles the upper levels, he could debut during his age-24 season. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#595
ADP
$Signed a $594,800 contract with the Royals in June of 2018.
Out again vs. lefty
OFKansas City Royals
April 20, 2021
Isbel is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Rays.
ANALYSIS
He will once again head to the bench with a lefty (Rich Hill) starting for Tampa Bay. Hunter Dozier will start in right field while Hanser Alberto gets the nod at the hot corner.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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7
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+69%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+69%
OPS vs LHP
2020
No Stats
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left 1.000 6 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Since 2019vs Right .593 28 4 0 2 1 .231 .286 .308
2021vs Left 1.000 6 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
2021vs Right .593 28 4 0 2 1 .231 .286 .308
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
 
 
+83%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+83%
OPS at Home
2020
No Stats
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .792 22 3 0 3 1 .333 .364 .429
Since 2019Away .432 12 2 0 0 0 .182 .250 .182
2021Home .792 22 3 0 3 1 .333 .364 .429
2021Away .432 12 2 0 0 0 .182 .250 .182
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 Kyle Isbel 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
0.14
 
BB Rate
5.9%
 
K Rate
41.2%
 
BABIP
.500
 
ISO
.063
 
AVG
.281
 
OBP
.324
 
SLG
.344
 
OPS
.667
 
wOBA
.298
 
Exit Velocity
76.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
16.7%
 
Barrels/PA
3.0%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Kyle Isbel
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15 days ago
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16 days ago
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17 days ago
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20 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
While Isbel missed almost three months with hamstring and hamate injuries, he still had one of the better 2019 seasons by a Royals position player prospect (Nick Pratto, MJ Melendez and Seuly Matias all flopped). This is important to factor in, as the organizational depth chart looks pretty bleak over the next couple years, so basic competency will give a player a chance to play a lot when they first get to Kansas City. Isbel, who turns 23 in March, hit .348 through his first 13 games before the injuries struck. His performance was poor upon his return, which could be chalked up to the long layoff, but he rebounded by hitting .315/.429/.438 with a 20:14 K:BB and six steals on seven attempts in 91 PA in the Arizona Fall League. Isbel has plus speed and could be a center fielder in the early-career Adam Eaton mold. Given his age, the Royals will keep him on a fast track to the majors.
Isbel, the 94th overall pick in the 2018 draft, put up some of the best statistics of any player in that class after signing for $592,300. Let's throw out what the 21-year-old did in the hitter-friendly Pioneer League. He was old for the level and there is a lot of noise in those numbers. After getting a promotion to the Sally League, his K% jumped from 14.3% to 24.7% and his walk rate dipped from 11.8% to 6.9%. However, he started using the whole field more, dropping his Pull% from 51.1% to 41.0%, which will be important for the left-handed hitter as he moves up the ladder. His plus speed and aggressiveness on the bases were apparent at both stops, and those are the top selling points in dynasty leagues. Isbel has a chance to develop into a center fielder who steals 25-plus bases and hits double-digit home runs. If he can improve his contact rate, or regain the patient approach he showed in rookie ball, he could be the Royals' leadoff hitter in a couple years.
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Idle versus lefty
OFKansas City Royals
April 19, 2021
Isbel is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rays.
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Returns to action Sunday
OFKansas City Royals
April 18, 2021
Isbel (undisclosed) is starting in left field and batting eighth Sunday against the Blue Jays.
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Remains out of lineup
OFKansas City Royals
Undisclosed
April 17, 2021
Isbel (undisclosed) isn't starting the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Toronto, Joel Goldberg of Bally Sports Kansas City reports.
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Not starting Game 1
OFKansas City Royals
Undisclosed
April 17, 2021
Isbel (undisclosed) isn't starting the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.
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Scratched from lineup
OFKansas City Royals
Undisclosed
April 15, 2021
Isbel was scratched from the lineup for Thursday's game against the Blue Jays for an unspecified reason.
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