Eric Sogard
Eric Sogard
33-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Milwaukee Brewers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Sogard inked a MiLB deal with the Blue Jays last winter and enjoyed a nice bounce-back season after struggling across 55 games with the Brewers in 2018. He was promoted to Toronto in mid-April and spent the next three-plus months as the team's primary leadoff man before being sent to Tampa Bay at the deadline. Sogard occupied the large side of a platoon for the Rays, though he missed a chunk of September due to a foot injury. He wound up setting career highs in most offensive categories. However, his batted-ball profile suggests his uptick in power -- he had just 11 career home runs prior to 2019 -- can be largely attributed to the juiced ball. He chipped in eight steals without getting caught and could end up leading off for the Brewers against RHP after signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal. At press time, Milwaukee's most likely configuration would seem to be a Sogard/Ryon Healy platoon at third base. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with a club option for a second season with the Brewers in December of 2019.
Back with Brewers
2BMilwaukee Brewers
December 18, 2019
Sogard signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Brewers which includes a club option for a second season Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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The 33-year-old returns to the club where he spent the 2017 and 2018 campaigns. Sogard's two best seasons have come in 2017 and 2019, where he hit .273/.393/.378 and .290/.353/.457, respectively. It's hard to be fully confident in him heading into 2020, however, as those seasons bookended a 2018 season in which he hit just .134/.241/.165 in limited action. Keston Hiura appears to have the everyday job at Sogard's primary position (second base) locked up, but the veteran should be able to play fairly frequently in a utility role, as he can play all around the infield as well as both corner outfield spots.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
56
1
2
1
4
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
24
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .798 182 28 7 16 3 .266 .343 .456
Since 2017vs Right .730 672 75 9 44 11 .264 .355 .375
2019vs Left .854 120 22 6 12 2 .279 .345 .510
2019vs Right .795 322 37 7 28 6 .295 .356 .438
2018vs Left .500 15 2 0 0 0 .167 .333 .167
2018vs Right .392 98 5 0 2 3 .129 .227 .165
2017vs Left .745 47 4 1 4 1 .262 .340 .405
2017vs Right .774 252 33 2 14 2 .275 .402 .372
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .765 425 51 10 29 4 .265 .357 .408
Since 2017Away .724 429 52 6 31 10 .263 .347 .376
2019Home .791 203 27 8 18 1 .270 .332 .459
2019Away .826 239 32 5 22 7 .308 .371 .455
2018Home .451 64 5 0 1 2 .135 .297 .154
2018Away .344 49 2 0 1 1 .133 .167 .178
2017Home .850 158 19 2 10 1 .308 .414 .436
2017Away .679 141 18 1 8 2 .233 .369 .310
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Stat Review
How does Eric Sogard 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
0.60
 
BB Rate
8.6%
 
K Rate
14.3%
 
BABIP
.316
 
ISO
.167
 
AVG
.290
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.457
 
OPS
.810
 
wOBA
.354
 
Exit Velocity
85.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Brewers probably didn't envision Sogard becoming a key piece of their offense when they signed him to a minor-league deal last winter, but he earned himself a regular role at second base and atop the order from mid-May onward, primarily due to the on-base skills that led him to finish with a career-best .393 OBP. That landed him a one-year deal -- of the major-league variety -- to return to Milwaukee in 2018. Sogard barely makes an impact in the homers and steals categories, so his overall profile won't help fantasy owners much. However, if he keeps getting on base like he did a year ago, he could continue finding himself hitting leadoff often for a Brewers team that lacks options for the spot.
Sogard provides some real baseball value with his ability to play solid infield defense, but the utter lack of offense makes him an afterthought in fantasy leagues. Sogard posted his second consecutive OPS under .600, but still managed to get 372 at-bats for the A's due to injuries, trades and a general lack of quality options. The A's have some middle-infield prospects in the pipeline, so even with Brett Lawrie gone, Sogard's ability to sneak himself into 300 at-bats per year might finally be reaching the end of the road. Sogard possesses very little fantasy value, even in very deep leagues, unless 8-10 steals with no power and a middling batting average will help your squad.
There is no doubt that Sogard is a fan favorite in Oakland, but he has truly been the epitome of a light-hitting middle infielder. Sogard hit only .223 with a .567 OPS in 2014, and now has a career batting average of .223. His value comes from his versatility to play both middle-infield positions at a high level. Hidden in Sogard's season was a surprisingly effective second half, as he hit .267 and carried a .672 OPS. Unless the A's trade for a second baseman or acquire one through free agency, Sogard will likely serve as at least the right-handed part of a platoon at the position in 2015.
After the early-season injury to Scott Sizemore, Sogard ended up playing a lot more than the A's anticipated. Sogard ended up with 368 at-bats and hit .266, but with very little pop. Sogard struggles against lefties and would be best used as a utility infielder providing value with his excellent defense at both second base and shortstop. Sogard managed to swipe 10 bases on the year, but he does not figure to provide much fantasy value even if he ends up playing 130 games again, which is something that will likely not happen again, especially since the A's signed another utility infielder, Nick Punto, this offseason.
Sogard is a true utility player with the ability to play second base, third base and shortstop. Unfortunately, his offense has not translated to the majors at all. Sogard has hit over .300 at Triple-A over the last three years in nearly 1,000 at-bats, but in his short-term callups in Oakland, he has hit under .200. Even if he managed to find steady playing time, he does not possess enough speed or pop to generate much interest.
Sogard earned his way to the majors midseason following a .298/.381/.410 line at Triple-A Sacramento, though he failed to hit (.200/.243/.329 over 70 at-bats) for the A's in a reserve role. He's expected to compete with Adam Rosales for the A's utility infielder role during spring training, but Sogard hasn't racked up impressive home-run or stolen-base totals in the minors and that leads us to believe he's little more than a low-end stopgap for deep fantasy leagues than anything else.
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Starting in Game 5
2BTampa Bay Rays
October 10, 2019
Sogard is in the lineup for Game 5 of the American League Division Series against the Astros on Thursday.
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Makes ALDS squad
2BTampa Bay Rays
Foot
October 4, 2019
Sogard (foot) is on the Rays' ALDS roster.
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Making progress in recovery
2BTampa Bay Rays
Foot
October 2, 2019
Sogard (foot) is making progress in his rehab and could be on the roster if the Rays advance to the American League Division Series, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Not on Wednesday's roster
2BTampa Bay Rays
Foot
October 2, 2019
Sogard (foot) is not on the roster for Wednesday's wild-card game against Oakland, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Potentially available Wednesday
2BTampa Bay Rays
Foot
September 29, 2019
Sogard (foot) has progressed to taking swings and could be available for Wednesday's Wild Card Game in Oakland, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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