Whit Merrifield Kansas City Royals

Age: 32 (January 24, 1989) | 6' 0" | 195lbs. | Bats: Right 1B-1 2B-15 OF-51 LF-6 CF-23 RF-34 PH-1
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
KC AAA 2017 9 34 6 14 1 4 4 0 3 9 1 1 .412 .432 .794 3 11 .393 n/a
KC AL 2017 145 587 80 169 29 88 32 6 19 78 34 8 .288 .324 .460 5 14 .308 38/22/40 36 31
KC AL 2018 158 632 88 192 61 114 43 3 12 60 45 10 .304 .367 .438 9 16 .352 35/30/35 42 37
KC AL 2019 162 681 105 206 45 126 41 10 16 74 20 10 .302 .348 .463 6 17 .350 38/29/33 32 30
KC AL 2020 60 248 38 70 12 33 12 0 9 30 12 3 .282 .325 .440 5 12 .295 37/26/37 40 36
KC AL 2021 6 24 5 9 1 4 1 0 3 9 0 0 .375 .393 .792 4 14 .316 32/14/55 3 2
Career 6yrs 612 2483 360 734 167 437 151 22 61 280 119 34 .296 .343 .448 6 16 .335 n/a
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Top ten stolen bases halfway through the season:

Stolen Bases
1.Mondesi • KCR27
2.Smith • SEA21
3.Dyson • ARI19
4.Ramirez • CLE18
Yelich • MIL18
6.Turner • WSN17
7.Andrus • TEX16
Hamilton • KCR16
Villar • BAL16
10.Anderson • CHW15
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 2 '19

Three knocks, two over the fence, good for six ribbies last night against the Mariners.

Joins the club.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 19 '19

Interesting observation from Mike G in his "Only-League Landscape: American League Outfielders," posted now at BP:

... A Stars and Scrubs strategy is a tempting route to take in an environment where half the AL teams aren’t trying to win, but even so, you need something out of all five of your outfield slots.

Sixty-one of the top 168 AL hitters in 2018 were outfielders. This left virtually no wiggle room if two or more teams in your league used an outfielder in their DH slot. There was a time when an outfielder with middle infield eligibility would have found himself slotted in at second base to take advantage of the depth in the outfield. Those days are over, and if you had Whit Merrifield or Dee Gordonon your roster, chances are excellent they spent time in your team’s outfield.

baseballprospectus.com

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 21 '19

I never blame anybody near 30 for taking as much money as they can get.  This is the contract that sets him up for the rest of his days, if he has any money management skills at all.

Mike Dean TMU2009
Jan 28 '19

Signed for 4 years, $16.5 million, giving up three years of arbitration.

A lot of money, but with good health -- knock on wood -- he would have made more. 

I'm trying to remember: is there a strike clause in the guaranteed contracts?

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 28 '19

He gets two pans, if you can believe it, in the Guide. Two people who are familiar names here says phooey to that.

GIANELLA PICK: Merrifield had one of the
best seasons in fantasy in 2018 and yet is still
somehow undervalued. He has one of the best
chances of any player taken outside of the first
round to return Top 10 value.

McCAFFREY PICK: Call the regression police!
A violator! Lesson: you can’t regress to the
mean until a mean has been established. I
might trade Merrifield in a keeper league since
he’s now 30, but not if I was planning to win in
2019.
  

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 9 '19

7th most valuable hitter, both leagues, in 5x5.

2018 Statcast averages

HIP: 519

Avg Exit Velocity: 87.0

Avg HR Distance: 400

Avg Launch Angle: 17.0

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '18
Fangraphs: WAR 5.2 Bat 17 Field 3 Run 7 HR/FB 7% Pull 34% Hard 37%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '18