Max Kepler Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 220 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 2/10/1993 (29)
Max Kepler Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Max Kepler News
The Minnesota Twins are placing outfielder Max Kepler (wrist) on the 10-day injured list on Saturday and selecting the contract of outfielder Matt Wallner from the minors in a corresponding move. The team also designated Drew Strotman for assignment. Louie Varland was added to the active roster as the 29th man on Saturday. Kepler had missed the team's last four games with a leg contusion, but he was also dealing with a right wrist sprain. The 29-year-old lefty slugger will be eligible to return next weekend, but he won't have much time to help fantasy managers after that before the end of the season. Kepler has been a very mediocre fantasy asset this year, as he's currently hitting .227/.318/.348 with nine home runs, 43 RBI, 54 runs scored and three stolen bases in 388 at-bats.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (leg) remains out of the starting lineup on Thursday against the Kansas City Royals. Kepler is dealing with a right leg contusion and will now miss his third straight game this week. Fantasy managers should continue to consider him day-to-day for now. The 29-year-old German native is batting just .227/.318/.348 on the season with nine home runs, 43 RBI, 54 runs scored and three stolen bases in his 388 at-bats. Jake Cave is getting the nod in right field on Thursday and will hit ninth in the batting order against Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch. DFS gamers should be able to find better options than Cave. He's hit just .196 (18-for-92) on the year with three home runs.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler left Sunday's game against the Guardians early with an apparent injury. Gilberto Celestino took over in right field in the beginning of the third inning but there's no report from the Twins as to why Kepler was removed from the lineup. The 29-year-old outfielder has been dealing with some hip tightness recently so that could be the reason for the early exit. The Twins should provide an explanation at the conclusion of Sunday's game.
After his 2019 breakout, Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler took a step back in 2020. In 196 plate appearances, Kepler posted just a .228/.321/.439 line with nine home runs and 23 RBI. Over a full 162-game season (assuming 500 at-bats) Kepler's home run total equated to, roughly, a 27 HR season. Though this output constituted a decline from his 36 HR campaign in 2019, it was in line with pre-season expectations given his prior underlying power metrics. A 2020 decline in overall exit velocity, a decrease in exit velocity on FB/LD (91.3 mph in 2020 down from 92.9 mph in 2019), a low barrel rate, and a 10% drop in the percentage of 100 mph fly balls hit in 2020 (when compared to 2019), suggested an even steeper drop in HR totals. However, Kepler's 21.9 degree launch angle likely capped this HR decline by driving up his fly ball volume. All of these figures suggest a further decrease in HR numbers for Kepler in 2021. In terms of average, Kepler's .258 xBA and plate discipline metrics consistent with his 2019 totals suggest he was relatively unlucky in this department in 2020. Kepler should see some rebound in batting average in 2021, though struggles with offspeed pitches, breaking balls, and lefties could cap such positive regression. With an ADP of 182, Kepler makes for a reasonable pick as a third or fourth outfielder who can offer 20-25 HR, solid RBI, and run totals, with an average around .250.