Josh Palacios

Josh Palacios

28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Pittsburgh Pirates
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Palacios joined the Pirates for the 2023 season, his third organization in as many campaigns. He was also afforded his most significant sample in the majors, as he racked up 264 plate appearances while primarily manning corner outfield positions in Pittsburgh. His surface-level stats won't show it, but there were some positives to take out of that sample as Palacios dropped his strikeout rate to a palatable 21.6 percent. He also managed a 10.3 percent barrel rate and 109.6 max exit velocity. In order to truly leverage that raw power, Palacios will need to lift the ball more frequently. He had a well below-average 7.4 degree launch angle and 32.6 percent flyball rate, with the end result being a forgettable .174 ISO and .413 slugging percentage. Based on Palacios' big-league sample to this point, that doesn't seem likely. However, if he falls into an everyday job - a possibility if the Pirates don't add to their outfield this offseason -- his progress could be worth monitoring in deeper formats, especially because he should also chip in some stolen bases with consistent playing time. Read Past Outlooks
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#593
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in May of 2023.
Sitting out Saturday
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 30, 2023
Palacios isn't in the Pirates' lineup Saturday against Miami.
ANALYSIS
Palacios will sit out Saturday after picking up three hits over the Pirates' last two games. Jack Suwinski will shift to right field with Palacios out, and Ji Hwan Bae will start in center field while Nick Gonzales mans second base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
13
1
3
6
12
5
11
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
4
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+72%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+80%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .686 66 8 3 11 2 .246 .292 .393
Since 2021vs Right .634 289 33 7 35 4 .228 .272 .362
2023vs Left .665 55 6 3 11 2 .216 .273 .392
2023vs Right .699 209 20 7 29 3 .245 .280 .418
2022vs Left .800 5 1 0 0 0 .400 .400 .400
2022vs Right .465 44 7 0 2 1 .190 .227 .238
2021vs Left .800 6 1 0 0 0 .400 .400 .400
2021vs Right .444 36 6 0 4 0 .167 .278 .167
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+34%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+156%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+290%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021Home .731 189 25 6 31 5 .274 .319 .411
Since 2021Away .544 166 16 4 15 1 .182 .226 .318
2023Home .716 151 16 6 27 4 .261 .293 .423
2023Away .659 113 10 4 13 1 .210 .259 .400
2022Home .890 14 4 0 1 1 .385 .429 .462
2022Away .348 35 4 0 1 0 .147 .171 .176
2021Home .717 24 5 0 3 0 .300 .417 .300
2021Away .184 18 2 0 1 0 .067 .118 .067
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Stat Review
How does Josh Palacios 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
0.21
 
BB Rate
4.5%
 
K Rate
21.2%
 
BABIP
.269
 
ISO
.174
 
AVG
.239
 
OBP
.279
 
SLG
.413
 
OPS
.692
 
wOBA
.302
 
Exit Velocity
91.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.0%
 
Barrels/PA
7.2%
 
Expected BA
.259
 
Expected SLG
.438
 
Sprint Speed
24.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
47.9%
 
Line Drive %
19.5%
 
Fly Ball %
32.6%
 
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
The Blue Jays designated Palacios for assignment last spring and the Nationals didn't see enough in 2022 to want to keep him around. Pittsburgh ended up selecting Palacios in the second round of the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft in December, providing the outfielder with another fresh start. Palacios brings decent speed to the table, but he hasn't been able to cut it in center field. His bat is a tough sell in a corner-outfield spot although he showed last year that he can make contact and swipe bags at a high level of professional baseball (15.7 K%, 19 steals in 76 games with Triple-A Rochester). Pittsburgh will be a land of opportunity in 2023, and while he's not on the 40-man roster, Palacios could get his eventually if the Pirates need to dig into the organization for outfield reinforcements.
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Out against lefty
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 27, 2023
Palacios is absent from the lineup for Wednesday's game in Philadelphia.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 24, 2023
Palacios is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Cincinnati, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Not in lineup Friday
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 22, 2023
Palacios remains out of the lineup Friday at Cincinnati.
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Belts big homer off bench
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 22, 2023
Palacios hit a three-run home run in his only at-bat during Thursday's 8-6 win over the Cubs.
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Sitting Thursday
OFPittsburgh Pirates
September 21, 2023
Palacios isn't in Pittsburgh's lineup Thursday against the Cubs, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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