Richie Palacios

Richie Palacios

27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Tampa Bay Rays
2024 Fantasy Outlook
The Cardinals picked up Palacios from the Guardians in a trade in June and promoted him to the majors in August. The 26-year-old proved to be a spark down the stretch of St. Louis' lost season, collecting an .823 OPS with six home runs and a couple stolen bases in 102 plate appearances. The elite contact ability Palacios showed in the minors carried over, as well, as he struck out at just a 10.8 percent clip. Palacios also drew walks at a 15.7 percent rate last season at the Triple-A level, but that part didn't translate in the majors (5.9 percent). The 14 homers Palacios hit between the majors and minors in 2023 nearly doubled his pro total coming into the year, and his poor quality of contact at both levels suggests it's unlikely to be repeated. Palacios looks like a viable bench piece, though, with his contact skills and ability to play second base and all three outfield spots. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#402
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in March of 2024.
On bench against lefty again
OFTampa Bay Rays
June 5, 2024
Palacios is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Marlins, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
ANALYSIS
The Rays are facing a lefty (Braxton Garrett) for the third straight game, and the lefty-hitting Palacios has been on the bench for each of those contests. Palacios appears to be a strict platoon player for Tampa Bay, with right-handed hitters Harold Ramirez, Jonny DeLuca or Amed Rosario typically replacing him in the lineup when the Rays face left-handed pitchers.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
9
6
7
12
5
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+48%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+56%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .971 47 4 2 6 2 .366 .435 .537
Since 2022vs Right .654 376 40 8 34 11 .229 .303 .351
2024vs Left .781 21 2 0 3 1 .350 .381 .400
2024vs Right .675 177 26 4 11 8 .230 .333 .342
2023vs Left 1.158 20 2 2 3 1 .421 .421 .737
2023vs Right .740 82 7 4 13 1 .216 .280 .459
2022vs Left .667 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .667 .000
2022vs Right .564 117 7 0 10 2 .236 .274 .291
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+47%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+68%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+45%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .565 225 22 3 14 6 .199 .281 .284
Since 2022Away .830 198 22 7 26 7 .295 .359 .472
2024Home .532 111 12 1 3 5 .192 .279 .253
2024Away .893 87 16 3 11 4 .315 .414 .479
2023Home .671 51 4 2 7 0 .217 .280 .391
2023Away .972 51 5 4 9 2 .298 .333 .638
2022Home .536 63 6 0 4 1 .196 .286 .250
2022Away .621 60 1 0 6 1 .268 .300 .321
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Stat Review
How does Richie 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
0.43
 
BB Rate
11.1%
 
K Rate
25.8%
 
BABIP
.322
 
ISO
.105
 
AVG
.244
 
OBP
.338
 
SLG
.349
 
OPS
.687
 
wOBA
.308
 
Exit Velocity
87.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
19.7%
 
Barrels/PA
3.5%
 
Expected BA
.260
 
Expected SLG
.374
 
Sprint Speed
22.7 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
28.7%
 
Line Drive %
32.0%
 
Fly Ball %
39.3%
 
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Could be dealt to Rays soon
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
January 5, 2024
The Rays are in serious discussions to acquire Palacios from the Cardinals in exchange for Andrew Kittredge, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Palacios played well for the Cards down the stretch in 2023, slashing .258/.307/.516 with six homers and two steals in 32 games. The 26-year-old can play all over the outfield and at second base, offering the Rays the versatility they're always seeking. Palacios is under team control through 2029.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
Palacios' path to the majors is currently blocked, as the Guardians likely have their starting outfield set. He's in a position to battle with Will Benson and Will Brennan for a reserve role to begin 2023. Palacios' 2022 was a fine campaign -- he slashed .279/.371/.458 in 45 games with Triple-A Columbus. He spent more time in the majors, getting into 54 contests but logging just 123 plate appearances with a .232/.293/.286 slash line. Power won't be what makes the lefty hitter stick in the majors -- he's got good plate discipline and can provide some speed. He'll still need to hit consistently, which could be tough if he doesn't see much playing time.
Palacios was one of the better stories in the minors last season. He missed all of 2019 with a major shoulder injury that required surgery and was left to work out by himself in 2020, but he was so good in his return to action that the Guardians added him to the 40-man roster after the season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. The 24-year-old left-handed hitter slashed .297/.404/.471 with seven home runs and 20 steals (on 23 attempts) in 103 games between Double-A and Triple-A. The most impressive aspect of his profile as it pertains to future big-league success is the 16.4 K% and 13.6 BB% he logged while using the whole field (Pull% under 40%). The main thing he lacks is impact power, but he has plus speed and a potentially plus hit tool. Palacios saw most of his time at second base, but he also played some center field and left field and played exclusively in the outfield during the Arizona Fall League, which is where he will likely get work in Cleveland this year, although he will enter the year with a 2B designation in fantasy. The outfield depth chart is fairly wide open, so he should get his chance sometime this summer.
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Taking seat versus lefty
OFTampa Bay Rays
June 2, 2024
Palacios is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Resting against lefty
OFTampa Bay Rays
May 30, 2024
Palacios is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Athletics.
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Heading to bench Sunday
OFTampa Bay Rays
May 26, 2024
Palacios is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Taking seat Friday
OFTampa Bay Rays
May 24, 2024
Palacios is out of the lineup for Friday's game versus the Royals.
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Draws fourth straight start
OFTampa Bay Rays
May 22, 2024
Palacios will start in right field and bat eighth in Wednesday's game against the Red Sox.
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