Gunnar Henderson Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 220 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/29/2001 (22)
Gunnar Henderson Season Stats
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Gunnar Henderson News
Baltimore Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson was named the 2023 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday. He is the first winner for the Orioles since closer Gregg Olson in 1989. Henderson took home all 30 first-place votes. The 22-year-old helped guide the team to a 101-61 season as the AL East champions. Guardians right-hander Tanner Bibee finished second, while Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas came in third in the voting. Henderson debuted in 2022 but played in 34 games and had only 132 plate appearances, so he was eligible for rookie status in 2023. He finished the regular season hitting .255 (143-for-560) with 28 home runs, 29 doubles, nine triples, 82 RBI, 10 stolen bases and 100 runs scored in 622 total plate appearances.
Baltimore Orioles infielder Gunnar Henderson will shift up the batting order for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Texas Rangers. The O's will move Henderson to the leadoff spot and he'll play shortstop versus right-hander Nathan Eovaldi in Game 3. This moves makes sense after Henderson went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk, and three runs scored during Sunday's Game 2 loss. He's looking like an intriguing DFS option while batting at the top of the order.
Baltimore Orioles infielder Gunnar Henderson is starting at third base and batting cleanup against Jordan Montgomery and the Texas Rangers in Game 2 of the ALDS on Sunday. Henderson dropped to fifth in the batting order for Game 1 but he's back to batting fourth against the southpaw Montgomery. He is starting at third while Jorge Mateo takes over at shortstop. The 22-year-old ended up putting together an excellent season for the O's. He finished with a .255/.325/.489 batting line to go along with 28 home runs, 82 RBI, and 10 stolen bases over 560 at-bats.
After a breakout 2022 season that propelled him to the top of prospect lists across the industry, Gunnar Henderson enters the 2023 season as the Baltimore Orioles starting third baseman and as a front-runner for the American League Rookie of the Year. The 21-year-old finished the season with the Orioles in 2022, posting a 126 wRC+, smacking four home runs in 132 plate appearances. However, as was a concern in his entire 2022 season from the minors to the majors, Henderson hit entirely too many of the balls he put into play on the ground, with a 59.8% ground ball rate. Even though he had an above-average 9.8% barrel rate, 92.4 MPH average exit velocity, and 53.7% hard-hit rate, his launch angle was significantly below average. With a slight adjustment, Henderson could have a high-average profile with 20+ home run pop and double-digit stolen base potential. With third base a position with a very steep dropoff after the top tier of players, Henderson could be a smart play for fantasy managers who miss out on a top-rated player at the hot corner in drafts this season.