Taylor Walls

26-Year-Old ShortstopSS
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Walls is among a glut of young middle infield talent in the Rays' organization, though he has also played third base while rising through the minors and the early portion of his major-league career. That versatility may help him cut through some of the competition for playing time, particularly because he is regarded as an above-average defender. As for his bat, Walls will be reliant upon his hit tool and speed to produce in the fantasy context. He never hit more than 10 home runs in a full minor-league season, and when his ISO jumped in Double and Triple-A, his strikeout rate followed suit. Even with an elevated strikeout rate, Walls regularly posted an on-base percentage of over .330 - and often well in excess of that mark - thanks to excellent patience at the plate. In combination with his speed, Walls' ability to get on base will be his clearest path to fantasy value. In contrast to his power, there is a track record of Walls posting double-digit stolen bases, and he managed to do so at every level of the minors. The remaining two hurdles are a lack of consistent playing time and some struggles with efficiency on the basepaths, both of which will be keys to monitor his potential production both in 2022 and into the future. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#583
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$Signed a contract with the Rays in June of 2017.
Sitting Sunday
SSTampa Bay Rays
August 7, 2022
Walls is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
ANALYSIS
Yu Chang will step in at shortstop for Walls, who looks to be receiving a routine maintenance day. Walls had started in each of Tampa Bay's last five games while going 3-for-16 with a home run, four walks, three runs and two RBI.
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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
12
12
18
17
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
6
9
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .526 157 10 0 9 3 .188 .287 .239
Since 2020vs Right .588 335 38 6 24 7 .184 .278 .310
2022vs Left .461 87 4 0 3 0 .156 .253 .208
2022vs Right .577 229 29 5 15 6 .177 .266 .310
2021vs Left .607 70 6 0 6 3 .230 .329 .279
2021vs Right .612 106 9 1 9 1 .198 .305 .308
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
 
 
+32%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+83%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+28%
OPS on Road
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .653 226 25 6 24 4 .217 .293 .360
Since 2020Away .493 266 23 0 9 6 .157 .271 .223
2022Home .721 142 19 5 14 2 .233 .303 .419
2022Away .395 174 14 0 4 4 .119 .230 .166
2021Home .534 84 6 1 10 2 .189 .277 .257
2021Away .681 92 9 0 5 2 .231 .348 .333
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 Taylor Walls 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
0.38
 
BB Rate
10.4%
 
K Rate
27.2%
 
BABIP
.226
 
ISO
.111
 
AVG
.171
 
OBP
.263
 
SLG
.282
 
OPS
.545
 
wOBA
.250
 
Exit Velocity
85.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.6%
 
Barrels/PA
3.5%
 
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
Walls spent the 2020 campaign training at the Rays' alternate site following three minor-league seasons during which he established himself as a steady fielder and patient hitter with plus speed. The 24-year-old isn't likely to hit for much power, but he brings a professional approach to the plate that has thus far resulted in a 12.1 BB% and 18.3 K% in the minors. From a fantasy perspective, Walls' best attribute is probably his above-average speed that he converted into 59 stolen bases in 86 attempts between 2018 and 2019. Tampa Bay protected him from the Rule 5 draft in November, an indication that they see him contributing at the major-league level, perhaps as soon as next season. Once he arrives, Walls could fill a super-utility role, but he may not offer enough in terms of offensive production to excite as a fantasy asset.
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Reaches base four times
SSTampa Bay Rays
August 6, 2022
Walls went 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored Friday against the Tigers.
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Slugs fifth homer
SSTampa Bay Rays
August 3, 2022
Walls went 2-for-3 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
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Sitting in series finale
SSTampa Bay Rays
July 31, 2022
Walls is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Guardians.
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Not starting Friday
SSTampa Bay Rays
July 29, 2022
Walls isn't starting Friday's game against the Guardians, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Not in Friday's lineup
SSTampa Bay Rays
July 15, 2022
Walls isn't starting Friday against the Orioles.
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