Edwin Rios

Edwin Rios

29-Year-Old First Baseman1B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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RANKS
$Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Cubs in February of 2023.
Removed from 40-man roster
1BChicago Cubs  
July 30, 2023
Rios was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Rios was optioned to Iowa after being reinstated from the injured list in mid-June, and he's now lost his spot on Chicago's 40-man roster. The 29-year-old has an .810 OPS at Triple-A this season but struggled to a .071/.235/.214 slash line over 34 plate appearances in the majors.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+20%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .462 26 4 2 4 0 .115 .115 .346
Since 2021vs Right .619 160 15 7 16 0 .173 .281 .338
2023vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2023vs Right .465 33 3 1 2 0 .074 .242 .222
2022vs Left .923 13 4 2 4 0 .231 .231 .692
2022vs Right .770 79 8 5 13 0 .247 .304 .466
2021vs Left .000 12 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2021vs Right .450 48 4 1 1 0 .103 .271 .179
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+234%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+126%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021Home .534 73 7 4 8 0 .111 .233 .302
Since 2021Away .637 113 12 5 12 0 .196 .274 .363
2023Home .829 13 2 1 2 0 .111 .385 .444
2023Away .248 21 1 0 0 0 .053 .143 .105
2022Home .666 35 5 3 6 0 .156 .229 .438
2022Away .870 57 7 4 11 0 .296 .333 .537
2021Home .205 25 0 0 0 0 .045 .160 .045
2021Away .464 35 4 1 1 0 .103 .257 .207
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Stat Review
How does Edwin Rios 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.31
 
BB Rate
14.7%
 
K Rate
47.1%
 
BABIP
.091
 
ISO
.143
 
AVG
.071
 
OBP
.235
 
SLG
.214
 
OPS
.450
 
wOBA
.222
 
Exit Velocity
89.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.0%
 
Barrels/PA
2.9%
 
Expected BA
.154
 
Expected SLG
.274
 
Sprint Speed
21.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
25.0%
 
Line Drive %
33.3%
 
Fly Ball %
41.7%
 
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Rios again flashed big power potential when given the opportunity last season, swatting seven homers and posting a 14% barrel rate over 86 major-league at-bats. A torn hamstring in early June sent him to the 60-day IL, and though the slugger began logging at-bats in the minors in late July, he remained there for the rest of the campaign. Rios posted a 21.7% strikeout rate over 83 plate appearances in 2020, but that appears to have been a mirage, as he's been at 30% or higher in each of his other three partial seasons in the big leagues and registered a massive 39.1% strikeout rate last season. That and his shaky defense were likely key factors in Los Angeles' somewhat surprising decision to non-tender Rios in the offseason, though the club primarily cited his lack of fit on the roster. If Rios end up in the right spot, he could see his first extended big-league opportunity next season, which would make him an intriguing fantasy flier for those who covet power.
Throughout Edwin Ríos' career, he popped 13 home runs with a .207 batting average in 199 plate appearances. It's a small sample, but Ríos boasts a career barrel rate of 16.5% with a 113.5 mph maximum exit velocity (89th-percentile) in 2021. Ríos has below average contact rates, evidenced by the 78.7% Z-Contact% and 67.7% Contact% in his career. Unfortunately, Ríos underwent surgery to repair a partially torn right labrum in May 2021, so it's to be determined when he returns in 2022. Assuming health, Ríos will likely struggle to find playing time with other lefty bats on the Dodgers filling a similar role, including Gavin Lux, Matt Beaty, Zach McKinstry, and Luke Raley. The raw power exists with Ríos, but temper expectations as he recovers from the shoulder surgery, especially with question marks surrounding playing time.
Rios earned a spot on the Dodgers' 30-man roster and backed up the corner-infield spots until he was felled by a hamstring injury, initiating an IL stay for the final two weeks of August. On Sept. 15, Rios was slashing just .196/.263/.510 but finished with a flourish, recording a .360/.385/.920 line down the stretch. With eight homers and six doubles among Rios' 19 hits, he exhibited his 70-grade power. Rios' 21.7 K% was in line with his minor-league track record, though he'll need to be more selective than a 4.8 BB% to maximize production. Defense at the hot corner and being blocked at first base pose a playing-time concern, but there's no doubt Rios' bat is major-league ready for his age-27 season and the Dodgers will find a way to get it in the lineup. You'll need to find steals elsewhere, but Rios' contact provides a playable batting average floor with plus power.
In a lesser organization, Rios would be a more exciting prospect. The 25-year-old hit .270/.340/.575 in 104 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City and .277/.393/.617 in his first 56 plate appearances for the Dodgers. Limited to the corners defensively on one of the deepest rosters in the National League, however, Rios has as high of a bar as anyone in the league to clear if he's to earn a starting role. He ranked in the top-five in average exit velocity (95.0 mph) and Brls/PA% (12.5), but he has struck out at least 32% of the time for two straight seasons, raising questions about his ability to consistently get to that power. The Dodgers excel at getting the most out of their players, so with sufficient playing time, Rios would make for an excellent flier. However, barring injuries ahead of him or a trade, it seems likely he will spend another year getting shuttled between Triple-A and the majors.
The first baseman was added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster in November for Rule 5 protection, but it will be hard for a player with his defensive limitations to crack one of the deepest rosters in the league. The 25-year-old's .304/.355/.482 line in 88 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City was certainly good, but it came with a 32.3% strikeout rate and was propped up by an unsustainable .433 BABIP. Scouts like Rios' big raw power, but his plate discipline is poor. The offensive bar at first base is even higher on a team as good as the Dodgers, and barring multiple injuries ahead of him on the depth chart, Rios may not see more than a handful of at-bats in Los Angeles this season.
A pop-up first base prospect in 2016, Rios' production merited tracking, but his lack of pedigree (2015 sixth rounder), age and position pointed toward a future Quadruple-A hitter. In 2017, he did everything in his power to extinguish those concerns. After posting walk rates around four or five percent, he walked 9.5 percent of the time in his first exposure to Triple-A pitching while keeping his strikeout rate in a very manageable range (22.1 percent). He doesn't rely on pulling the ball, posting a .237 ISO in the Pacific Coast League while spraying 38.3 percent of his hits to the opposite field. Rios hits left-handed, so at worst, he would profile on the strong side of a platoon, assuming he can work his way into a regular role. He can masquerade in left field or at third base, but it's hard to envision the Dodgers sacrificing defense to that extent. He will return to Triple-A to start the season and will be ready to answer the call if there is a need on the big-league club.
A sixth-round pick out of Florida International in the 2015 draft, Rios had a productive 2016 campaign. Across three levels, the 22-year-old hit .301 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI. Red flags put a damper on the rather deceiving totals for Rios, though. He fanned 110 times in 108 games, while drawing just 24 walks. In addition, his numbers are skewed by his brief time in the hitter-friendly confines of the California League: .367 with 16 home runs and 46 RBI in 42 games for High-A Rancho Cucamonga. By contrast, Rios hit just .253 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 66 games at the other levels in 2016. Will the real Edwin Rios please stand up? He should open his age-23 campaign at Double-A Tulsa, where a much better sense of his trajectory will take hold.
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Activated, optioned to Triple-A
1BChicago Cubs  
June 17, 2023
The Cubs reinstated Rios (groin) off the 10-day injured list Saturday and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa, Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports Network reports.
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Sent out for rehab assignment
1BChicago Cubs  
Groin
June 14, 2023
Rios (groin) will head to Triple-A Iowa to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday.
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Begins baseball activities
1BChicago Cubs  
Groin
June 13, 2023
Rios (groin) was cleared to resume baseball activities Tuesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Diagnosed with groin strain
1BChicago Cubs  
Groin
June 7, 2023
Rios landed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday (retroactive to Sunday) with a left groin strain.
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Lands on injured list
1BChicago Cubs  
Undisclosed
June 7, 2023
The Cubs placed Rios on the 10-day injured list Wednesday for undisclosed reasons, Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports Network reports.
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