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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Whit Merrifield (2B) KC - Mar. 22

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=766427

Entering play Monday, Merrifield has gone 12-for-27 (.444 average) with four doubles and a 0-for-2 success rate on stolen-base attempts through 10 Cactus League games.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: With batting averages of .280 or better in every season of his career, Merrifield looks poised to find himself near the top of the AL leaderboard category during his sixth season in Kansas City. He'll likely chip in plenty of runs while reprising his familiar role as the Royals' leadoff man, and while the 30-plus steals he notched in both 2017 and 2018 are probably out of reach at this stage of his career, the 32-year-old should at least remain a double-digit stolen-base threat. Merrifield's Statcast-measured sprint speed ranked in the 89th percentile of all players in 2020, suggesting he still boasts some premium wheels.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 23
Percentiles: Barrel 28 EV 11 xBA 90 xSLG 60 SO 96 BB 6 speed 89
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 15

Yep ... 

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Feb 22

If he gets traded to the NL, Phil, do you lose the stats?

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 22

Mike and I had a number of head to head battles during the auction.

Peter's sheet, which I was using as my north star, said $30.  I was half enforcing when I said 28, as it forced me to rebalance my bid sheet when I won him - I was planning on saving the money at 2B and picking Cesar Hernandez in the end game for less than 10 (he went for 6).  Because of that I ended up with Donaldson at 3B for 18, instead of saving money to chase Moncada, who I was targeting at Peter's 22 bid.

Ended up being the right move, as Moncada ended up going for 27 a few bids later.

Also LeMahieu going for 32 two picks after I got Merrifield also made me feel good about it.  Although I guess there's going to be trade rumors all year about Merrifield if KC starts slow.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Feb 22

Texpope's big-ticket item in CBS: $28.

Much like Mike G, but much less radically, he spread the risk.

If the salary scan tells us anything, and I think it does, he'll get a profit from his most expensive player.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 22

Did Whit Merrifield really have almost as good a season this year as two years ago?

He did.

If you multiply his count 'em stats by 2.7, you'll see he was on pace to hit twice as many homers. He would have knocked in 81 runs, scored 103. He slipped a bit in batting average but not as much as it seems; the AL batting average was six points higher two years ago.

He was on pace to steal 32 bases. That's the main reason he doesn't measure up to 2018. But he wasn't exactly shabby in the speed cat. One AL player (Adalberto Mondesi) stole more bases. 

Alex Patton Alex
Dec 31 '20
Fangraphs: EV 86.1 HardHit 27% HR/FB 11% LD%+ 120 Pull 29% Cent 44% Oppo 27%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '20