Jorge Bonifacio
Jorge Bonifacio
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Detroit Tigers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Bonifacio hit 20 home runs at Triple-A last season and still managed to finish 38% below league average by wRC+. That's not easy to do. It's been pretty much all downhill for Bonifacio since his 80-game PED suspension in 2018. He struggled down the stretch following his reinstatement, and then failed to make the Royals' roster out of spring training last year. He struck out at a 24.2% clip with Omaha while walking only 7.6% of the time, resulting in a .284 OBP across an even 500 plate appearances. The writing was clearly on the wall after Kansas City declined to add Bonifacio to the expanded September roster; he was DFA'd and released in November. He landed with another second-division AL team in Detroit on a minor-league deal with a non-roster invite to spring training. His body of work at the upper levels, spanning a half decade, tells us he won't be able to make it work against big-league arms. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers in December of 2019.
Sits for second straight
OFDetroit Tigers
September 23, 2020
Bonifacio remains on the bench Wednesday against the Twins.
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Bonifacio had started nine out of 10 games in left field before sitting for the last two. It's hard to say he deserves an everyday role, as he's hitting .232/.281/.341 on the year in 89 plate appearances. Harold Castro starts in left field in his place.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+32%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+104%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .814 113 12 1 11 0 .275 .407 .407
Since 2018vs Right .615 269 30 5 32 0 .218 .269 .347
2020vs Left .749 21 3 0 4 0 .316 .381 .368
2020vs Right .585 70 5 2 13 0 .203 .257 .328
2019vs Left 1.136 12 2 0 2 0 .455 .500 .636
2019vs Right .556 9 1 0 1 0 .222 .222 .333
2018vs Left .777 80 7 1 5 0 .230 .400 .377
2018vs Right .629 190 24 3 18 0 .223 .275 .354
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+50%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+37%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .708 179 20 1 16 0 .256 .343 .365
Since 2018Away .641 203 22 5 27 0 .213 .281 .361
2020Home .485 38 2 0 6 0 .222 .263 .222
2020Away .727 53 6 2 11 0 .234 .302 .426
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away .881 21 3 0 3 0 .350 .381 .500
2018Home .773 141 18 1 10 0 .267 .364 .408
2018Away .566 129 13 3 13 0 .181 .256 .310
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Stat Review
How does Jorge Bonifacio 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
0.19
 
BB Rate
5.3%
 
K Rate
27.7%
 
BABIP
.288
 
ISO
.105
 
AVG
.221
 
OBP
.277
 
SLG
.326
 
OPS
.602
 
wOBA
.279
 
Exit Velocity
79.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
22.8%
 
Barrels/PA
4.5%
 
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Bonifacio missed 80 games due to a PED suspension after testing positive for B12 supplement that was laced with Boldenone. Once he returned to the field late in the summer, he looked nothing like the guy we saw in 2017, or even the guy from 2016 in Triple-A. The one skill that held up was his plate discipline as he was accepting walks (10.7% BB%), but his contact rate remained below average and his power numbers looked more like they belonged to teammate Alcides Escobar. If you believe in second chances and buying last year's disappointments, Bonifacio should be on your list as he should get regular playing time this season. That said, even in 2017, he was barely league average offensively.
Bonifacio's rookie year was not bad statistically, but it was not great either. His triple-slash line was replacement level for outfielders, but the 17 home runs and 55 runs in 113 games certainly helped a bit. While 12 of his 17 home runs came against righties, the overall numbers do not show him as a big pull hitter (35.6 pull percentage). Rather, he is someone who just performed better against righties in his rookie season, so that book is still out on him. The right field job is his in 2018, but hitting him high in the lineup again would be perplexing because he has not demonstrated the profile necessary for that role (28.0 strikeout percentage, 8.3 walk percentage). Then again, we are talking about the same team that hit Alcides Escobar leadoff for far too long. The 34.8 flyball percentage and home park work against a big power breakout.
Bonifacio had his best season as a professional in 2016. The 23-year-old outfielder slashed .277/.351/.461 in 134 games in his first crack at Triple-A. He posted career highs in home runs and RBI with 19 homers and 86 runs batted in. Bonifacio also notched a career-best 51 walks. Strikeouts remains a concern for Bonifacio, as he fanned over 125 times for the third consecutive season. In addition, despite his rather slight build, Bonifacio only possesses marginal speed. As a result, his upside appears limited, as Bonifacio is unlikely to hit .300, smack 20 home runs or steal 10 bases in a single season. Likewise, the Royals have a glut of outfielders ahead of him on the depth chart, so while Bonifacio has proven he can be serviceable, he will likely have to bide his time at Triple-A once again to begin the 2017 campaign.
In the first half, Bonifacio hit 13 homers and slashed .250/.313/.471 in 62 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, primarily as a 21-year-old. Those numbers certainly suggested that Bonifacio was on track to realizing his potential as a run-producing right fielder after struggling mightily his first full season at Double-A in 2014. He then proceeded to hit four home runs and slash .230/.296/.362 in 63 games in the second half, essentially negating all the prospect momentum he had gained with his strong first half. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, as a late-season slump can be somewhat explained given the brutal heat in the Texas League in July and August. One thing working in Bonifacio’s favor is that he doesn’t turn 23 until June 4, and yet he already has 1,207 plate appearances under his belt at Double-A. This is still a player worth monitoring in dynasty leagues, as he has plus raw power and could be about a year away from reaching the majors.
Bonifacio is a bit ahead of schedule in his development, having spent the entire 2014 season with Double-A Northwest Arkansas at age 21. The outfielder remains a work in progress, however, as a .230/.302/.309 slash line and 22.4% strikeout rate left much to be desired. He stole just eight bases and hit four homers in 132 games at the Double-A level, where he'll presumably begin his 2015 campaign. If he can show enough improvement, there's a chance he'll get to Triple-A by the end of the season, but it's unlikely he sees the majors due to Kansas City's organizational depth in the outfield.
While his older brother, Emilio, has built a career on speed and defense, the 20-year-old Jorge is looking to make more noise with his bat than his glove. He opened the 2013 season with the Royals' entry in the Arizona Rookie League, and after an immediate display of power and stronger plate discipline, he was promoted to High-A Wilmington, where he went on to post a .296/.368/.408 slash line, before a broken hamate bone landed him on the disabled list for nearly two months. He eventually worked his way back and even earned a promotion to Double-A at the end of July, where he continued to post a superb walk rate and a solid .300 average. Unfortunately, the power took longer to return, and he saw an increase in strikeouts while attempting to get it back. His talent level and end-of-season performance has earned him the right to continue his development at the Double-A level, and if he continues to exhibit strong plate discipline, a promotion to Triple-A at some point in 2014 seems very likely.
Bonifacio quietly produced a strong line in the pitcher-friendly Midwest League last season, hitting. 282/.336/.432 with 10 homers over 448 plate appearances. Unlike his older brother Emilio, Bonifacio projects to have above average power and his impact as a basestealer figures to be limited (6-for-9 in 2012). The Royals will bring him along slowly, but Bonifacio's ability to hold his own against older competition (he was the fourth-youngest player in the league on Opening Day) bodes well for his chances of succeeding as he advances, especially since he possesses steady contact skills (81%) for a young hitter with pop. Look for Bonifacio to spend most of the year at High-A, but another strong showing will likely open eyes beyond Kansas City as he already projects to be an above-average regular.
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Sitting amid slump
OFDetroit Tigers
September 22, 2020
Bonifacio is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Twins.
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Running hot at plate
OFDetroit Tigers
September 16, 2020
Bonifacio went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the Royals.
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Brings in two runs
OFDetroit Tigers
September 13, 2020
Bonifacio went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the White Sox.
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Slugs second homer
OFDetroit Tigers
September 10, 2020
Bonifacio went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run during a 6-3 win over the Cardinals in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader.
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Out for Game 1
OFDetroit Tigers
September 10, 2020
Bonifacio is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.
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