Kyle Isbel

Kyle Isbel

25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Kansas City Royals
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Isbel has two of the most important things any hitting prospect can have: speed and opportunity. He is a plus runner and a potentially plus defender in any of the three outfield spots, and the depth chart is wide open in right field and slightly open in center. Michael Taylor is an excellent defensive center fielder, but he hits right-handed, has a career 85 wRC+ and is only getting paid $4.5 million per year, so he could sit against some righties as Isbel moves between center and right. His best run of the season came when he got his second cup of coffee with the Royals, hitting .286/.362/.524 with one home run, one steal, a 10.6 BB% and a 17.0 K% in 47 plate appearances to close the year. He hit .269/.357/.444 with 15 home runs and 22 steals in 105 games at Triple-A. Isbel lacks impact power but could be a prime Adam Eaton type of contributor. On this team, that type of player could eventually lead off against righties. Considering he turns 25 in March, this will be an important year for him to prove he is a regular going forward. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#537
ADP
$Signed a $594,800 contract with the Royals in June of 2018.
Provides clutch RBI
OFKansas City Royals
June 21, 2022
Isbel went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in Tuesday's 12-11 extra-innings win over the Angels.
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Isbel entered the game as a defensive replacement in right field, but he made his biggest impact at the plate in the 11th inning. He hit an RBI single for the Royals' 12th run, which proved to be the decisive tally in the contest. The outfielder has seen his playing time drop off with the Royals enjoying relatively good health among their position players. Isbel is likely to serve as more of a fourth outfielder to spell Michael Taylor in center field and to compete with Hunter Dozier and MJ Melendez in right. For the season, Isbel is slashing .231/.260/.297 with no home runs, eight RBI, eight runs scored, two stolen bases, four doubles and a triple through 96 plate appearances.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
13
5
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+22%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+75%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .546 34 5 0 4 0 .219 .265 .281
Since 2020vs Right .667 148 19 1 11 4 .254 .297 .370
2022vs Left .340 21 1 0 3 0 .150 .190 .150
2022vs Right .594 78 7 0 5 2 .243 .269 .324
2021vs Left .885 13 4 0 1 0 .333 .385 .500
2021vs Right .750 70 12 1 6 2 .266 .329 .422
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .689 103 14 1 9 4 .276 .301 .388
Since 2020Away .584 79 10 0 6 0 .208 .278 .306
2022Home .618 54 4 0 3 2 .264 .259 .358
2022Away .440 45 4 0 5 0 .171 .244 .195
2021Home .769 49 10 1 6 2 .289 .347 .422
2021Away .775 34 6 0 1 0 .258 .324 .452
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 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
0.13
 
BB Rate
3.0%
 
K Rate
23.2%
 
BABIP
.292
 
ISO
.064
 
AVG
.223
 
OBP
.253
 
SLG
.287
 
OPS
.540
 
wOBA
.240
 
Exit Velocity
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.5%
 
Barrels/PA
3.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
2019
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.
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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Riding pine Sunday
OFKansas City Royals
June 5, 2022
Isbel is not in Sunday's lineup against the Astros.
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Takes seat Saturday
OFKansas City Royals
June 4, 2022
Isbel is out of the lineup Saturday against the Astros.
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Not in Wednesday's lineup
OFKansas City Royals
June 1, 2022
Isbel isn't starting Wednesday against the Guardians.
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Reinstated from injured list
OFKansas City Royals
May 30, 2022
Isbel (illness) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday.
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On injured list
OFKansas City Royals
Illness
May 26, 2022
Isbel (illness) was placed on the injured list Thursday without an injury designation.
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