Derek Dietrich
Derek Dietrich
29-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Cincinnati Reds
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A year after slashing .307/.402/.413 against lefty pitching, Dietrich reverted back to his old ways against southpaws and had to lean on his .274/.342/.420 line against righties for much of his production. Hidden in there, however, were five homers against southpaws -- his first since 2015 -- and a .288 first-half average. Dietrich mostly played left field and earned more reps at first base after the Justin Bour trade, losing eligibility at second and third base and in turn hurting his fantasy utility. Maybe he'll regain some eligibility with a new team after Miami DFA'd him. Almost any other park would help the 29-year-old (.290/.363/.496 on the road, .239/.297/.347 at Marlins Park last year). However, the tradeoff will be playing time, almost certainly. Expect Dietrich to continue compiling mediocre numbers in patches of playing time against right-handed pitching while falling back below 500 plate appearances in total. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Reds in February of 2019. Contract is worth $2 million at the major-league level.
Sits against southpaw
1BCincinnati Reds
June 15, 2019
Dietrich is not in the lineup Saturday against lefty Mike Minor and the Rangers, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Dietrich has started just once against a lefty all season, a situation that makes sense considering he owns a career 83 wRC+ against southpaws compared to a 117 mark against righties. Kyle Farmer gets the nod at second base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
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#5
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#7
#8
#9
3
12
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+115%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .725 215 22 5 20 0 .254 .326 .399
Since 2017vs Right .793 984 133 41 115 3 .254 .334 .459
2019vs Left .465 22 0 0 1 0 .190 .227 .238
2019vs Right 1.001 162 27 17 36 1 .241 .352 .650
2018vs Left .706 106 12 5 11 0 .227 .283 .423
2018vs Right .762 445 60 11 34 2 .274 .342 .420
2017vs Left .816 87 10 0 8 0 .307 .402 .413
2017vs Right .744 377 46 13 45 0 .236 .318 .426
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+41%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+34%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .731 580 70 22 70 2 .233 .307 .424
Since 2017Away .828 619 85 24 65 1 .274 .357 .471
2019Home 1.094 85 14 11 25 1 .273 .341 .753
2019Away .778 99 13 6 12 0 .198 .333 .444
2018Home .643 273 30 4 20 1 .239 .297 .347
2018Away .859 278 42 12 25 1 .290 .363 .496
2017Home .699 222 26 7 25 0 .209 .306 .393
2017Away .811 242 30 6 28 0 .284 .360 .451
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Stat Review
How does Derek Dietrich 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 this season's data (min 100 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
0.41
 
BB Rate
9.2%
 
K Rate
22.3%
 
BABIP
.198
 
ISO
.361
 
AVG
.234
 
OBP
.337
 
SLG
.595
 
OPS
.932
 
wOBA
.396
 
Exit Velocity
87.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.7%
 
Barrels/PA
8.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Martin Prado's repeated injury setbacks paved the way for Dietrich to hold down the fort at third base for most of last season. Though he sacrificed his second-base eligibility in most settings as a result, Dietrich at least regained the power stroke he was missing for much of the 2016 campaign. With his hard-hit and flyball rates aligning more closely with his career norms, Dietrich used the extended playing time to set new career highs in home runs, RBI and runs. A strict platoon player for much of his career, Dietrich also showed improvement against lefties with a .307 batting average over 87 plate appearances, though a .404 BABIP in those matchups likely had much to do with his success. With Prado expected back during spring training and third-base prospect Brian Anderson ready for a longer look in the majors, Dietrich may transition to a full-time role in the outfield in 2018.
Despite enjoying a big boost in playing time filling in for the suspended Dee Gordon and injured Justin Bour, Dietrich never got the power stroke going in a season where everyone was hitting the ball out of the yard. Dietrich's flyball rate and HR/FB both plummeted, resulting in a paltry seven homers in a healthy 412 plate appearances. On the other hand, the lefty made better contact while enjoying some batted ball luck, resulting in a career-high .279 average. As usual, Dietrich was much more productive with the platoon advantage, sporting an .852 OPS versus right-handers as compared to a .556 mark when facing a southpaw. With Gordon and Bour back, and the venerable Martin Prado manning the hot corner, there's no room for Dietrich, even in a platoon. Barring a move, this pushes Dietrich off the mixed-league radar. However, he's an intriguing endgame NL-only option since he's one injury away from a sizable role.
Dietrich is a bat-first utility man that should never see the light of day against lefties. He hit .273/.361/.502 with a 19 percent strikeout rate in 238 plate appearances against righties, but his overall numbers were dragged down by a .178/.275/.244 line with a 38 percent strikeout rate against southpaws. Dietrich has pop, but his defensive liabilities and his issues against lefties will limit his playing time on a better team. The good news is that he plays on the strong side of a platoon situation, so there may be more at-bats for him in 2016 depending on how the Marlins shake up their roster this offseason. He could hit 15-plus home runs with 450 plate appearances. Dietrich, 26, is only third base and outfield eligible at draft time, but picked up first base and second base eligibility in-season for one-game qualifying leagues last season. He is an intriguing asset in NL-only formats, but is only reserve material in mixed leagues.
The good and the bad Dietrich flashed during the 2014 season as the powerful second baseman was given a short chance in the Marlins’ starting lineup. His bat continues to play at the major league level as he piled up 13 extra-base hits in just 158 at-bats, but Dietrich was a defensive liability and ultimately lost out to some more polished defenders. All told, Dietrich put up a .228/.326/.386 slash line in the majors while compiling a massive .316/.396/.622 line in 98 at-bats over two minor league levels while playing around a minor wrist injury. The 6-foot, 200-pound infielder has shown gap-to-gap power throughout his career and projects as an impact infield bat at the major league level, but he will only earn as many starts as his defense will allow. With Dee Gordon and Martin Prado now in the mix for Miami, his path to playing time with the Marlins is heavily obstructed.
Thrust into a major-league job in early May, Dietrich put some impressive power on display during his time with the big club, smacking 21 extra-base hits in just 215 at-bats. Of course, he posted a meager .214 average and .275 OBP during that time, largely due to an ugly 11:56 BB:K, and the rookie found himself back in the minors in mid-July -- though there have been rumblings that a disagreement with former hitting coach Tino Martinez may have provided the impetus for Dietrich's demotion rather than his on-field performance. After continuing to swing well at Double-A down the stretch and wrapping up his minor-league season with an impressive .271/.381/.509 line, Dietrich will get a shot to crack the Marlins' Opening Day roster with a solid showing in the spring. He quietly offers plus power from the keystone, and if he's able to earn everyday at-bats, Dietrich has a chance to be a nice run producer in Miami's young lineup.
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Out of lineup
1BCincinnati Reds
June 4, 2019
Dietrich will sit Tuesday against lefty Genesis Cabrera and the Cardinals.
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Out against lefty
1BCincinnati Reds
May 31, 2019
Dietrich is not in the lineup for Friday's game versus the Nationals.
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Goes yard three times
1BCincinnati Reds
May 28, 2019
Dietrich went 3-for-4 with three home runs, six RBI and three runs scored Tuesday against the Pirates.
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Sitting versus southpaw
1BCincinnati Reds
May 26, 2019
Dietrich is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.
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Hits 13th homer
1BCincinnati Reds
May 25, 2019
Dietrich went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo homer and a pair of runs Saturday against the Cubs.
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