Alex Verdugo
Alex Verdugo
23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Los Angeles Dodgers
10-Day IL
Injury Oblique
Est. Return 9/1/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Verdugo may finally be set for regular playing time in Los Angeles. A second-round pick in 2014, he has been at least 8% better than league average at the plate at every stop on the farm. The hit tool is his carrying tool -- Verdugo has consistently posted low K-rates, never exceeding even 13% above rookie ball, and high batting averages. He's also shown an ability to take a walk (9.0 BB% at Triple-A last season), along with decent in-game power and a splash of speed. His success hasn't translated to the highest level yet, but it's unwise to put any real stock into Verdugo's MLB numbers given how sporadic his opportunities have been. While Verdugo has a fair bit of prospect fatigue, it's important to remember that he's still just 22. The trade that sent Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to Cincinnati appears to have opened a spot for Verdugo, which should make him a popular late-round target as a fourth or fifth outfielder in mixed leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Dodgers in 2014 that includes a $914,600 signing bonus.
Still struggling with oblique
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
Oblique
August 20, 2019
Verdugo is still experiencing oblique discomfort and will not rejoin the Dodgers until Sept. 1 at the earliest, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Verdugo was placed on the 10-day injured list Aug. 6 and was originally estimated to miss two weeks. However, he has yet to resume baseball activities and will therefore not come close to hitting that target. The 23-year-old is slashing .294/.342/.475 with 12 homers and 44 RBI in 106 games this season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
24
5
19
12
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
5
10
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+46%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .785 133 14 2 10 2 .306 .333 .452
Since 2017vs Right .783 355 41 12 39 2 .273 .335 .448
2019vs Left .843 109 13 2 9 2 .327 .358 .485
2019vs Right .807 268 30 10 35 2 .281 .336 .471
2018vs Left .556 19 1 0 1 0 .222 .222 .333
2018vs Right .748 67 10 1 3 0 .271 .358 .390
2017vs Left .400 5 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200
2017vs Right .583 20 1 1 1 0 .167 .250 .333
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2019
Even Split
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+54%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .802 221 29 6 24 2 .299 .339 .463
Since 2017Away .769 267 26 8 25 2 .269 .331 .438
2019Home .816 196 23 5 23 2 .305 .347 .469
2019Away .819 181 20 7 21 2 .283 .337 .482
2018Home .686 18 5 0 0 0 .294 .333 .353
2018Away .712 68 6 1 4 0 .250 .328 .383
2017Home .714 7 1 1 1 0 .143 .143 .571
2017Away .465 18 0 0 0 0 .188 .278 .188
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Stat Review
How does Alex Verdugo 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 this season's data (min 200 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
0.53
 
BB Rate
6.9%
 
K Rate
13.0%
 
BABIP
.309
 
ISO
.181
 
AVG
.294
 
OBP
.342
 
SLG
.475
 
OPS
.817
 
wOBA
.354
 
Exit Velocity
89.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
43.7%
 
Barrels/PA
3.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2015
Verdugo ranked 14th in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League with a .314 batting average and ranked third with a 1.04 BB/K. He also happened to be the youngest hitter in the league. Verdugo has a prototypical all-fields approach. His hit tool is elite, nobody questions that. The one knock that has followed him all the way up the ladder is his inability to hit for enough pop to profile nicely in an outfield corner. However, we’ve seen other hit-over-power prospects -- Jesse Winker comes to mind -- show up in the majors and display power that seemed dormant in the minors. Given Verdugo’s age and 6-foot, 205-pound frame, it seems reasonable to expect him to develop into 20-homer hitter. He will never be much of a threat on the bases, so a lot of his fantasy value will be dependent on where he hits in a loaded Dodgers lineup. He’ll likely be held down to start the year, but should be summoned after a month when the Dodgers have gained an extra year of control.
Verdugo has been pushed aggressively by the Dodgers, as the 20-year-old center fielder has already completed a full season at Double-A and was one of the youngest players at that level in 2016. The left-handed outfielder more than held his own, hitting .273/.336/.407 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 126 games. The Dodgers expect the 6-foot, 205-pound Verdugo to develop even more power as he matures and fills out. Curiously, his speed on the basepaths was virtually non-existent. After swiping 14 bags in 2015, he stole just two bases this past season. A former pitcher, Verdugo has a cannon for an arm, and was among the leaders in outfield assists over the past couple of seasons. Since the Dodgers have not been shy about fast-tracking their prospects, expect Verdugo to begin the 2017 campaign at Triple-A and perhaps even make his big-league debut before the season is completed.
A second-round pick in 2014, Verdugo burst out of the gates to the tune of .353/.421/.511 that year and firmly entrenched himself as one of the team's top position prospects. Last year saw him make the big leap from rookie ball to full-season action, and though the results weren't quite as good, a .311/.340/.441 line in 512 at-bats split between Low-A and High-A is still pretty solid. Verdugo's top qualities include his athleticism and raw ability, as though most saw him as a pitcher coming out of High School, the Dodgers like the upside they see in his bat. He can also play center field, which is always a plus. Verdugo walked in just 3.9% of his plate appearances last year, but he showed very good ability against LHP even though he hits from the same side, as Verdugo hit .340 versus southpaws in Low-A. Verdugo doesn't turn 20 until May, but though he's at least two years out from a big league debut, his skill set should be of serious interest in dynasty leagues. He could very well end this year in Double-A where he'll be all of 20 years old.
Verdugo could have been developed as a hitter or a pitcher, but the early returns certainly justify the Dodgers’ decision to deploy the 18-year-old lefty as an outfielder. It would have been difficult to predict the 18-year-old, taken with the 62nd pick in the 2014 draft, would get off to such an impressive start to his career. Verdugo slashed .347/.423/.518 with three home runs and eight steals in 196 plate appearances in the Arizona rookie league, while learning to play center field on a full-time basis. After Corey Seager and Joc Pederson, Verdugo might have the most upside of any of the Dodgers' position player in the minors. Those in dynasty leaguers who invest in Verdugo should be prepared to see some bumps along the way, as he will probably struggle for stretches in 2015. But he should be treated as a first-round talent, as the potential does not match his status as a second-round pick.
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Hasn't resumed baseball activities
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
Oblique
August 13, 2019
Verdugo (oblique) is rehabbing in Arizona at Camelback Ranch, though he's yet to be cleared to resume baseball activities, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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May be out two weeks
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
Oblique
August 9, 2019
Verdugo (oblique) could miss two weeks, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Out with oblique strain
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
Oblique
August 6, 2019
Verdugo was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday due to a right oblique strain.
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Scratched with back injury
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
Back
August 5, 2019
Verdugo was scratched from Monday's starting lineup against the Cardinals due to a back issue, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Starting in center field
OFLos Angeles Dodgers
August 5, 2019
Contrary to a previous report, Verdugo is starting in center field and hitting seventh Monday against the Cardinals, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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