Ryan O'Hearn
Ryan O'Hearn
26-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
Vying for first-base job in spring
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December 11, 2019
Manager Mike Matheny said Tuesday that O'Hearn will be under consideration for the Royals' everyday job at first base this spring, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Along with O'Hearn, the Royals are also expected to give Ryan McBroom the chance to battle for the job, while Hunter Dozier and Salvador Perez (elbow) could also see work at the position when they aren't playing third base or catcher, respectively. After a hot start to his big-league career upon being promoted from Triple-A Omaha in the second half of 2018, O'Hearn struggled mightily last season, slashing just .195/.281/.369 with 14 home runs in 370 plate appearances. O'Hearn will at least have the platoon advantage working in his favor in the competition, as McBroom, Dozier and Perez all hit from the right side of the plate.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
34
25
21
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+64%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+138%
OPS vs RHP
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .491 102 6 3 6 0 .144 .235 .256
Since 2017vs Right .803 438 49 23 62 0 .233 .320 .483
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
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
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .713 277 32 11 35 0 .213 .303 .410
Since 2017Away .776 263 23 15 33 0 .219 .304 .472
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
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 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
0.39
 
BB Rate
10.5%
 
K Rate
26.8%
 
BABIP
.230
 
ISO
.174
 
AVG
.195
 
OBP
.281
 
SLG
.369
 
OPS
.650
 
wOBA
.289
 
Exit Velocity
90.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
42.4%
 
Barrels/PA
5.9%
 
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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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Sitting against southpaw
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September 29, 2019
O'Hearn is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Minnesota.
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Out of Saturday's lineup
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September 28, 2019
O'Hearn is not in Saturday's lineup against the Twins.
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Slugs 14th homer
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September 22, 2019
O'Hearn went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI in Saturday's 12-5 win over the Twins.
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Out of Thursday's lineup
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September 19, 2019
O'Hearn is not in Thursday's lineup against the Twins.
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Sits against lefty
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September 17, 2019
O'Hearn will hit the bench Tuesday against Oakland.
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