Brandon Dixon
Brandon Dixon
28-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Detroit Tigers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Dixon spent the first few weeks of the 2019 season at Triple-A and saw inconsistent playing time over much of the second half of the season due to Jeimer Candelario's shift to first base, but still led the Tigers with 15 home runs. That speaks more to the dearth of talent on the Detroit roster than it does Dixon's skills. The 27-year-old had a strikeout rate of 32.4% and 0.15 K/BB, both of which would have ranked worst among major-league first basemen had he logged the plate appearances to qualify. Dixon enjoyed better fortune on balls in play, even so he was 14% worse than league average at the plate. Dixon will likely have to fight to make the Opening Day roster in 2020. Even if he does make the team, an everyday role is tough to envision given his struggles making contact, particularly against same-handed pitching. Read Past Outlooks
$Claimed off waivers by the Tigers in November of 2018.
Remains in organization
1BDetroit Tigers  AAA
January 8, 2020
Dixon cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Dixon will remain as organizational depth for the Tigers heading into his age-28 season. His .248/.290/.435 slash line in 118 games last season was acceptable for a bench player who spent time at six different positions but clearly wasn't good enough for any team to view him as a desirable addition.
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2018
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
1
17
29
12
7
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
11
8
2
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .696 150 11 5 20 0 .246 .273 .423
Since 2017vs Right .688 394 44 15 42 5 .226 .274 .414
2019vs Left .761 104 7 3 13 0 .278 .308 .454
2019vs Right .713 316 34 12 39 5 .238 .285 .429
2018vs Left .551 46 4 2 7 0 .178 .196 .356
2018vs Right .587 78 10 3 3 0 .178 .231 .356
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .678 272 25 7 27 2 .242 .283 .395
Since 2017Away .703 272 30 13 35 3 .221 .265 .439
2019Home .731 203 19 5 22 2 .268 .310 .421
2019Away .720 217 22 10 30 3 .229 .272 .448
2018Home .521 69 6 2 5 0 .167 .203 .318
2018Away .640 55 8 3 5 0 .192 .236 .404
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Brandon Dixon 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
0.15
 
BB Rate
5.0%
 
K Rate
32.4%
 
BABIP
.336
 
ISO
.187
 
AVG
.248
 
OBP
.290
 
SLG
.435
 
OPS
.725
 
wOBA
.315
 
Exit Velocity
89.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.3%
 
Barrels/PA
7.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
Dixon made his big-league debut at age 26 with the Reds last year and struggled at the plate, hitting .178/.218/.356 in 124 plate appearances. It's tough enough to hit well in your first exposure to major-league pitching, and harder still when you do it as a pinch-hitter and utility player, which was Dixon's role last season. He'll likely reprise the same role with the Tigers in 2019 if he makes the team, after they claimed him off waivers in the offseason.
Dixon turned 26 this offseason and has yet to reach the majors. He is also a below-average defender, pretty much everywhere, so it's hard to see where he would fit on a big-league roster. Nonetheless, he will get his chance to earn a spot this spring after going undrafted in the Rule 5 draft this offseason. He has above-average power to the pull side and is an above-average runner, so if he were given a shot, Dixon could gain relevancy in deeper leagues. However, his top three positions are third base, first base and left field. The Reds have Eugenio Suarez and top prospect Nick Senzel at third base, Joey Votto at first base and five big-league outfielders in the fold who are better than Dixon. His upside hinges on playing time so that he can accrue counting stats, and it's hard to envision how he would get that playing time in 2018.
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Removed from 40-man roster
1BDetroit Tigers  AAA
December 21, 2019
Dixon was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Saturday.
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Losing work to Candelario
1BDetroit Tigers  AAA
September 8, 2019
Dixon is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics.
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Smacks solo shot
1BDetroit Tigers  AAA
September 5, 2019
Dixon went 1-for-3 with a walk and solo home run Thursday against the Royals.
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Sitting Monday
1BDetroit Tigers  AAA
September 2, 2019
Dixon is not in the lineup Monday against the Twins.
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On bench Friday
1BDetroit Tigers  AAA
August 30, 2019
Dixon is not in the lineup Friday against the Twins.
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