Ryan O'Hearn
Ryan O'Hearn
27-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Kansas City Royals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
O'Hearn came back down to earth during his first full season in the majors after an impressive MLB debut late in the 2018 season. Slotted into a platoon role, the 26-year-old recorded a lackluster slash line of .195/.281/.369 with only 14 home runs in 105 games after hitting 12 homers in 44 games the year prior. Kauffman Stadium saw the second-fewest home runs in the league last year, but O'Hearn didn't hit for power on the road either. O'Hearn struggled with plate discipline, swinging at 30.7% of pitches outside of the zone and fanning at a 26.8% clip overall. The 26-year-old had only a .230 BABIP and Statcast says he deserved to hit about 30 points higher, but a .227 xBA is nothing to celebrate. While the Royals do not have many quality alternatives, O'Hearn probably won't be assured of anything heading into spring training. It should be an open competition at first base. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $125,000 contract with the Royals in June of 2014.
Losing out on primary 1B job
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September 9, 2020
O'Hearn is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
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Sitting against a right-handed starting pitcher for the second straight game, O'Hearn seems to have surrendered primary duties at first base to Hunter Dozier. The 27-year-old O'Hearn has gone 1-for-24 at the dish over his last eight games, dropping his season-long slash line to .206/.310/.320.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
13
8
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+42%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+55%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+138%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .535 113 7 3 8 0 .168 .248 .287
Since 2018vs Right .760 551 55 25 77 0 .222 .316 .444
2020vs Left .909 11 1 0 2 0 .364 .364 .545
2020vs Right .585 113 6 2 15 0 .179 .301 .284
2019vs Left .508 61 4 1 3 0 .170 .262 .245
2019vs Right .678 309 28 13 35 0 .200 .285 .393
2018vs Left .465 41 2 2 3 0 .108 .195 .270
2018vs Right 1.108 129 21 10 27 0 .313 .403 .705
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .691 325 34 11 42 0 .211 .305 .386
Since 2018Away .750 339 28 17 43 0 .215 .304 .446
2020Home .556 48 2 0 7 0 .195 .313 .244
2020Away .656 76 5 2 10 0 .200 .303 .354
2019Home .599 188 18 6 19 0 .185 .266 .333
2019Away .703 182 14 8 19 0 .206 .297 .406
2018Home .961 89 14 5 16 0 .276 .382 .579
2018Away .937 81 9 7 14 0 .247 .321 .616
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Stat Review
How does Ryan O'Hearn 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
0.47
 
BB Rate
13.7%
 
K Rate
29.0%
 
BABIP
.275
 
ISO
.113
 
AVG
.198
 
OBP
.306
 
SLG
.311
 
OPS
.618
 
wOBA
.277
 
Exit Velocity
84.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
45.1%
 
Barrels/PA
4.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2017
2016
Not much was expected from O'Hearn, but he ended up being one of the top power hitters in the entire league after his late-July callup, even boosting some deep-league owners to championships. He mashed 12 homers and posted a ridiculous .336 ISO in 170 plate appearances. The power did come with some swing and miss, although not as much as we see from many other power hitters in their first exposure to big-league pitching (26.5%), and he walked at a very useful 11.8% clip. O'Hearn gave back a lot of that real-world value on the defensive side, but he will have a leg up on the Royals' first-base job heading into 2019 and not many will be on him as a 25-year-old non-prospect on the Royals.
A left-handed power hitter, the 23-year-old O'Hearn got off to a scorching start to begin the 2016 campaign. In 22 games at High-A Wilmington, O'Hearn hit a blistering .352 with seven home runs and 18 RBI. That resulted in a quick promotion to Double-A, where O'Hearn spent the remainder of the 2016 season. He cooled down considerably, but the power numbers remained. O'Hearn hit 15 home runs in 112 games at that level to end the year. He will have to work on his plate discipline as he ascends to the higher levels, though, as well as prove he can hit for average, as he batted just .258 with 131 strikeouts in those 112 games for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. O'Hearn likely will return to Double-A to improve his strike-zone recognition and make more consistent contact.
O’Hearn has above average power from the left side, but as a first base prospect with some legitimate swing-and-miss in his game, he will have to really hit to make it as an everyday player in the majors. An eighth round pick out of Sam Houston State in 2014, O’Hearn was relatively flawless at the plate in 64 games of rookie ball in 2014. Some flaws started to surface, however, after he received his first full-season assignment last season. He clubbed 27 home runs in 127 games across Low-A and High-A, but also struck out 141 times while hitting .263. This illustrates the overall offensive package in a nutshell. There’s no doubt that the power can play against righties in the lower-levels, but his .236 average (.300 BABIP) with a 29.8 percent K-rate in 46 games at High-A suggests his hit tool could be fringe-average at best. The 22-year-old could occupy the strong side of a platoon at first base or DH in the majors if he reaches his ceiling.
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On bench Friday
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September 4, 2020
O'Hearn is not starting Friday against the White Sox, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
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Sitting out series finale
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September 2, 2020
O'Hearn is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Launches second homer
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August 29, 2020
O'Hearn went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs, two RBI and a walk during Saturday's win over the White Sox.
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Finally notches first homer
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August 25, 2020
O'Hearn went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.
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Out again Sunday
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August 23, 2020
O'Hearn is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins.
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