Whit Merrifield
Whit Merrifield
31-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Kansas City Royals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Merrifield ranked among the top 40 hitters in rotisserie baseball last season, but he was a second-rounder on average in the NFBC last March because of the 45 he posted in the SB column the year before and was a bit of a letdown at that acquisition cost. He was thrown out on the basepaths as many times as he was in 2018, in 25 fewer attempts. Perhaps because of his diminished efficiency, Merrifield's attempts were scaled back as the season wore on (20 attempts in the first half, 10 after the break). While Merrifield is relatively new to the scene, he's already going to be 31 on Opening Day and speed is usually the first skill to go as a player advances to this stage on the aging curve. The rest of the numbers look pretty safe given his bat-to-ball skills and expected volume, but if his SB chances are reduced further under new manager Mike Matheny, Merrifield will fall closer to the pack at second base. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $16.25 million contract extension with the Royals in January of 2019. Contract includes a $10.5 million team option ($750,000 buyout) for 2023.
Steals 10th base
2BKansas City Royals
September 16, 2020
Merrifield went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two stolen bases Wednesday against Detroit.
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Merrifield began the sixth inning with a single. One batter later, he stole second base, and he ultimately came around to score after Salvador Perez delivered a double. Merrifield and Adalberto Mondesi ran on a double steal in eighth frame, getting Merrifield to 10 stolen bags on the season. Overall, Merrifield is hitting .279/.330/.466 with nine home runs, 31 runs scored and 29 RBI across 221 plate appearances.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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42
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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9
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .873 445 73 14 46 29 .314 .364 .509
Since 2018vs Right .782 1213 149 23 117 44 .294 .350 .432
2020vs Left .822 40 5 1 3 1 .278 .350 .472
2020vs Right .790 176 24 8 26 7 .276 .324 .466
2019vs Left .814 208 34 8 28 10 .280 .327 .487
2019vs Right .810 527 71 8 46 10 .311 .357 .453
2018vs Left .945 197 34 5 15 18 .357 .406 .538
2018vs Right .750 510 54 7 45 27 .282 .352 .398
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+56%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2018
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .775 809 112 12 75 45 .296 .351 .424
Since 2018Away .837 849 110 25 88 28 .303 .356 .481
2020Home .613 101 13 3 8 5 .217 .287 .326
2020Away .954 115 16 6 21 3 .327 .365 .589
2019Home .794 361 53 4 34 12 .307 .352 .442
2019Away .828 374 52 12 40 8 .298 .345 .483
2018Home .804 347 46 5 33 28 .307 .370 .434
2018Away .808 360 42 7 27 17 .300 .365 .443
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Stat Review
How does Whit Merrifield 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
0.50
 
BB Rate
5.3%
 
K Rate
10.6%
 
BABIP
.282
 
ISO
.182
 
AVG
.282
 
OBP
.332
 
SLG
.464
 
OPS
.796
 
wOBA
.348
 
Exit Velocity
81.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.6%
 
Barrels/PA
5.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Merrifield had plenty of skeptics after his out-of-nowhere 19-homer, 34-steal campaign in 2017, but the 30-year-old quieted his doubters and surpassed even the most optimistic projections. Though he noticed a minor power drop and a downturn in RBI largely fueled by the lack of talent flanking him, Merrifield improved by just about every other measure. Most of his value came from his .304 average and 45 stolen bases, with his production rendered more significant by the MLB-wide mean in both categories reaching their lowest levels since 1972. A .352 BABIP helped Merrifield uphold the lofty average, but he created some of his own good fortune by steadily raising his line-drive (29.8%) and hard-hit (36.9%) rates while posting a Statcast Sprint Speed that ranked in the 91st percentile. The team context around Merrifield won't be much better in 2019, but it may only further embolden manager Ned Yost to give him the green light to run.
Merrifield led the American League in stolen bases last season despite spending the first couple weeks in the minors, and he showed a surprising power stroke after hitting a mere two homers in 332 plate appearances in 2016. A dramatic leap in flyball rate -- from 29.8 percent to 40.5 percent -- and correction in his HR/FB (and likely a new baseball) fueled the power breakout, although the hard-hit data suggests Merrifield overachieved. Moreover, Merrifield hit 13 of his 19 homers at home, and Kauffman Stadium was the fourth-worst park for homers last season; simply put, he will have a hard time repeating that home-run output in 2018. He doesn't walk much at all, but Merrifield puts the ball in play consistently (14.0 percent strikeout rate), and that skill along with his speed should help Merrifield stick atop the Royals' batting order. Unfortunately, there will likely be a significantly worse team around him with so many of Kansas City's top players expected to leave via free agency this winter.
Merrifield was deceivingly solid last season, but his future prospects are dimmed by the reality that his performance was buoyed by a high batting average with little in the way of peripheral stats, including just a 5.7 percent walk rate and a .109 ISO. The 28-year-old is likely to be soft on upside, and a repeat of last year's half-season performance over a full campaign would be a success. Whether the Royals allow the Swiss Army knife to accumulate that much playing time is another issue altogether. Positional versatility might be the biggest feather in Merrifield's cap as well as his greatest utility to fantasy owners in 2017, as it not only allows for some roster flexibility, but it also gives him more opportunities for playing time. However, he's unlikely to be more than a placeholder for the Royals, or for fantasy owners in 2017.
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Records two hits
2BKansas City Royals
September 16, 2020
Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a double in the Royals' 6-0 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday night. He also stole a base.
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Reaches base four times
2BKansas City Royals
September 13, 2020
Merrifield went 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBI and one run scored Sunday against the Pirates.
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Blasts ninth homer
2BKansas City Royals
September 13, 2020
Merrifield went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and a second run scored in Saturday's 7-4 win over the Pirates.
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Breaks out with three-run homer
2BKansas City Royals
September 8, 2020
Merriefield went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run, a double and an additional run scored during Tuesday's win over Cleveland.
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In midst of cold spell
2BKansas City Royals
September 7, 2020
Merrifield will start at second base and will bat leadoff Monday against the Indians, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
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