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Whit Merrifield
Birthdate: 1/24/1989 (28 y, 2 m, 2 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-0/195     Position: 2B
Drafted: 2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 9, Pick: 4, Overall: 269, Team: Kansas City Royals
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RotoWire News: Merrifield went 1-for-2 with an RBI, a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's 6-2 victory over the Padres in Cactus League play. (3/23/2017)
Profiles:  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Merrifield's major league debut came last May, and he made a good impression by hitting .356 that month. He came back to earth after that to bat just .271 over the rest of the season. He fits into the athletic mold the Royals draft and develop. He is a free swinger (6% walk rate) with speed (28 stolen bases) but no power (.109 isolated slugging percentage). Nothing points to the 28-year-old breaking from this mold. For fantasy purposes, his only value will be from stolen bases if he's the starting second baseman. That speed is a difference-maker considering he was 32-for-41 in 2015 and 28-for-33 last season. Playing time will ultimately determine his value. With his ability to play in the infield and outfield, he looks to be a super-sub. Additionally, there is a chance he could be the starting second baseman if Raul Mondesi starts the season in the minors. In drafts and auctions, I would only target him as a reserve or late-round pick in AL-only or 20-team leagues. (Jeff Zimmerman)

The Quick Opinion: Merrifield could be a decent source of stolen bases if he has an everyday position.

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SeasonTeamGPAHRRRBISBBB%K%ISOBABIPAVGOBPSLGwOBAwRC+BsROffDefWAR
2010Royals (A)472095242657.2 %20.1 %.156.300.253.317.409.332100    
2011Royals (A+)12654757436249.5 %16.3 %.107.310.262.337.369.326103    
2012Saguaros (R)19781158912.8 %10.3 %.059.271.250.346.309.32181    
2012Royals (A+)10144085936259.3 %15.7 %.132.292.258.333.389.329102    
2012Royals (AA)24106112837.5 %17.9 %.073.312.260.314.333.29782    
2013Royals (AA)9435333143176.2 %16.1 %.121.318.270.319.391.317100    
2014Royals (AA)4419052220511.6 %14.2 %.185.305.278.366.463.377139    
2014Royals (AAA)7634535729114.9 %15.1 %.134.394.340.373.474.372120    
2015Royals (AAA)13559458338326.6 %11.1 %.099.292.265.317.364.30881    
2016Royals (AAA)6930484629207.2 %18.1 %.157.302.266.321.423.32896    
2016Royals813322442985.7 %21.7 %.109.361.283.323.392.309893.7-0.55.41.7
2017Depth Charts401682181555.3 %17.8 %.105.309.260.301.365.289760.3-4.61.40.3
2017Steamer572283232175.6 %17.6 %.104.311.263.306.366.292770.4-5.81.50.4
2017Fans (6)10542053438136.4 %20.0 %.101.334.273.321.374.303851.1-6.45.61.4
2017ZiPS13558066348185.0 %18.1 %.107.307.257.297.364.287740.9-17.36.00.9
Total- - -813322442985.7 %21.7 %.109.361.283.323.392.309893.7-0.55.41.7

SeasonTeamGABPAH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBIBBSOHBPSFSHGDPSBCSAVG
2010Royals (A)471862094731835242615042314253.253
2011Royals (A+)126477547125873035743652089441082414.262
2012Saguaros (R)19687817151011581008000291.250
2012Royals (A+)10138044098672038593641069451011255.258
2012Royals (AA)249610625212111288019011532.260
2013Royals (AA)943223538759205331432205722514177.270
2014Royals (AA)4416219045261315222022027114354.278
2014Royals (AAA)763213451097528335729171522326117.340
2015Royals (AAA)135544594144105295583383916643413329.265
2016Royals (AAA)69274304734619084629221552424202.266
2016Royals8131133288612232442919172011183.283
2017Depth Charts40156168412991218159030111 52.260
2017Steamer5721022855401213232113140122 73.263
2017Fans (6)10538842010679202534382718423  133.273
2017ZiPS13554158013997324663482911053348186.257
Total- - -8131133288612232442919172011183.283

SeasonTeamBB%K%BB/KAVGOBPSLGOPSISOSpdBABIPUBRwGDPwSBwRCwRAAwOBAwRC+
2010Royals (A)7.2 %20.1 %0.36.253.317.409.726.1566.1.300  -0.3260.1.332100
2011Royals (A+)9.5 %16.3 %0.58.262.337.369.706.1075.8.310  -1.0642.1.326103
2012Saguaros (R)12.8 %10.3 %1.25.250.346.309.655.0597.1.271  1.29-2.0.32181
2012Royals (A+)9.3 %15.7 %0.59.258.333.389.722.1326.8.292  2.8541.0.329102
2012Royals (AA)7.5 %17.9 %0.42.260.314.333.648.0735.6.312  -0.310-2.2.29782
2013Royals (AA)6.2 %16.1 %0.39.270.319.391.710.1216.6.318  0.5400.0.317100
2014Royals (AA)11.6 %14.2 %0.81.278.366.463.829.1854.3.305  -0.6298.1.377139
2014Royals (AAA)4.9 %15.1 %0.33.340.373.474.847.1346.1.394  -1.0548.9.372120
2015Royals (AAA)6.6 %11.1 %0.59.265.317.364.681.0997.2.292  2.260-13.7.30881
2016Royals (AAA)7.2 %18.1 %0.40.266.321.423.745.1576.3.302  3.037-1.7.32896
2016Royals5.7 %21.7 %0.26.283.323.392.716.1095.9.3611.42.10.237-2.4.30989
2016Average8.2 %21.1 %0.39.255.322.417.739.1624.9.300     .318 
2017Depth Charts5.3 %17.8 %0.30.260.301.365.667.1055.3.3090.2 0.116-4.0.28976
2017Steamer5.6 %17.6 %0.32.263.306.366.672.1045.0.3110.5 -0.122-5.0.29277
2017Fans (6)6.4 %20.0 %0.32.273.321.374.695.1014.8.334  1.144-5.3.30385
2017ZiPS5.0 %18.1 %0.28.257.297.364.661.1075.8.307  0.953-15.1.28774
Total- - -5.7 %21.7 %0.26.283.323.392.716.1095.9.3611.42.10.237-2.4.30989

SeasonTeamGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%
2016Royals1.5025.5 %44.7 %29.8 %1.4 %2.9 %5.7 %33.3 %34.4 %33.2 %32.4 %12.0 %52.3 %35.7 %
Total- - -1.5025.5 %44.7 %29.8 %1.4 %2.9 %5.7 %33.3 %34.4 %33.2 %32.4 %12.0 %52.3 %35.7 %

SeasonTeamGBFBLDIFFBIFHBUBUHBallsStrikesPitches
2016Royals105706016624098491258
Total- - -105706016624098491258

SeasonTeamWPA-WPA+WPARE24REWpLIphLIPHWPA/LIClutch
2016Royals0.43-5.856.28-0.33-0.031.032.924-0.440.86
Total- - -0.43-5.856.28-0.33-0.031.032.924-0.440.86

SeasonTeamFB%SL%CT%CB%CH%SF%KN%XX%
2016Royals58.3% (92.5)16.2% (84.7)6.4% (88.2)8.4% (78.3)9.4% (83.6)1.2% (84.4)0.1% (78.0)0.1%
Total- - -58.3% (92.5)16.2% (84.7)6.4% (88.2)8.4% (78.3)9.4% (83.6)1.2% (84.4)0.1% (78.0)0.1%

SeasonTeamFA%FT%FC%FS%FO%SI%SL%CU%KC%EP%CH%SC%KN%UN%
2016Royals34.5 %16.6 %5.7 %1.2 % 6.1 %16.6 %8.0 %1.4 % 9.9 %   
Total- - -34.5 %16.6 %5.7 %1.2 % 6.1 %16.6 %8.0 %1.4 % 9.9 %   

SeasonTeamvFAvFTvFCvFSvFOvSIvSLvCUvKCvEPvCHvSCvKN
2016Royals92.792.288.684.9 91.884.978.780.1 83.7  
Total- - -92.792.288.684.9 91.884.978.780.1 83.7  

SeasonTeamwFBwSLwCTwCBwCHwSFwKNwFB/CwSL/CwCT/CwCB/CwCH/CwSF/CwKN/C
2016Royals6.7-4.1-1.7-0.50.5-1.40.00.92-2.02-2.14-0.460.45-9.493.72
Total- - -6.7-4.1-1.7-0.50.5-1.40.00.92-2.02-2.14-0.460.45-9.493.72

SeasonTeamwFAwFTwFCwFSwFOwSIwSLwCUwKCwEPwCHwSCwKN
2016Royals0.34.8-1.2-1.0 0.8-3.4-1.90.4 0.4  
Total- - -0.34.8-1.2-1.0 0.8-3.4-1.90.4 0.4  

SeasonTeamwFA/CwFT/CwFC/CwFS/CwFO/CwSI/CwSL/CwCU/CwKC/CwEP/CwCH/CwSC/CwKN/C
2016Royals0.072.33-1.72-6.95 1.03-1.63-1.932.40 0.34  
Total- - -0.072.33-1.72-6.95 1.03-1.63-1.932.40 0.34  

SeasonTeamO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%F-Strike%SwStr%
2016Royals33.9 %63.5 %47.6 %67.3 %92.1 %82.6 %46.2 %60.5 %8.3 %
2016Average30.3 %66.7 %46.5 %63.9 %86.3 %78.2 %44.6 %60.3 %10.1 %
Total- - -33.9 %63.5 %47.6 %67.3 %92.1 %82.6 %46.2 %60.5 %8.3 %

SeasonTeamO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%Pace
2016Royals35.7 %59.7 %47.6 %65.9 %91.9 %82.1 %49.6 %23.3
2016Average30.6 %63.9 %46.5 %62.1 %86.5 %78.1 %47.8 %22.7
Total- - -35.7 %59.7 %47.6 %65.9 %91.9 %82.1 %49.6 %23.3

SeasonTeamPosGGSInnPOAEFETEDPDPSDPTDPFScpSBCSPBWPFPTZ
2016Royals1B119.09000010010    1.000 
Total- - -1B119.09000010010    1.000 
2016Royals2B6555502.2921564223817211     .984 
Total- - -2B6555502.2921564223817211     .984 
2016Royals3B5330.0181012200     .900 
Total- - -3B5330.0181012200     .900 
2016RoyalsLF131191.02020000100     1.000 
Total- - -LF131191.02020000100     1.000 
2016RoyalsRF4327.0810000100     1.000 
Total- - -RF4327.0810000100     1.000 
2016RoyalsOF1714118.02830000200     1.000 
Total- - -OF1714118.02830000200     1.000 

SeasonTeamPosInnrSBrGDPrARMrGFPrPMDRSBIZPlaysRZROOZCPPRPPTZLFSRARMDPRRngRErrRUZRUZR/150
2016Royals1B9.0 0 00032.6670   0  0.60.00.697.3
Total- - -1B9.0 0 00032.6670   0  0.60.00.697.3
2016Royals2B502.2 0 145126101.80228   0 0.35.10.86.213.7
Total- - -2B502.2 0 145126101.80228   0 0.35.10.86.213.7
2016Royals3B30.0 0 0-1-195.5563   0 0.0-1.2-0.3-1.5-45.5
Total- - -3B30.0 0 0-1-195.5563   0 0.0-1.2-0.3-1.5-45.5
2016RoyalsLF91.0  11131413.9298   00.3 1.10.21.517.1
Total- - -LF91.0  11131413.9298   00.3 1.10.21.517.1
2016RoyalsRF27.0  00-1-1771.0001   0-0.3 -1.40.1-1.6-45.6
Total- - -RF27.0  00-1-1771.0001   0-0.3 -1.40.1-1.6-45.6
2016RoyalsOF118.0  11022120.9529   00.0 -0.40.2-0.1-1.0
Total- - -OF118.0  11022120.9529   00.0 -0.40.2-0.1-1.0

SeasonTeamPosInnImpossible (0%)Remote (1-10%)Unlikely (10-40%)Even (40-60%)Likely (60-90%)Routine (90-100%)
2016Royals1B9.00.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)100.0%      (1)100.0%      (2)
Total- - -1B9.00.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)100.0%      (1)100.0%      (2)
2016Royals2B502.20.0%      (3)11.1%      (9)0.0%      (5)50.0%     (4)66.7%      (9)97.5%  (163)
Total- - -2B502.20.0%      (3)11.1%      (9)0.0%      (5)50.0%     (4)66.7%      (9)97.5%  (163)
2016Royals3B30.00.0%      (0)0.0%      (2)0.0%      (1)100.0%     (1)0.0%      (0)88.9%      (9)
Total- - -3B30.00.0%      (0)0.0%      (2)0.0%      (1)100.0%     (1)0.0%      (0)88.9%      (9)
2016RoyalsLF91.00.0%      (5)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)100.0%      (2)94.4%    (18)
Total- - -LF91.00.0%      (5)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)100.0%      (2)94.4%    (18)
2016RoyalsRF27.00.0%      (4)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)0.0%      (0)100.0%      (8)
Total- - -RF27.00.0%      (4)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)0.0%      (0)100.0%      (8)
2016RoyalsOF118.00.0%      (9)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)100.0%      (2)96.2%    (26)
Total- - -OF118.00.0%      (9)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)100.0%      (2)96.2%    (26)

SeasonTeamInnVotesInstinctsFirst StepSpeedHandsReleaseArm StrengthArm AccuracyOverallFSR
2016Royals659.21549606054544055530
Total- - -659.21549606054544055530

SeasonTeamBattingBase RunningFieldingPositionalOffenseDefenseLeagueReplacementRARWARDollarsSalary
2016Royals-4.23.75.20.2-0.55.41.310.016.21.7$13.3 
Total- - --4.23.75.20.2-0.55.41.310.016.21.7$13.3 

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  • 2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 9, Pick: 4, Overall: 269
    • Team: Kansas City Royals
    • School: South Carolina