Max Kepler Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 220 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 2/10/1993 (28)
Max Kepler Season Stats
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Max Kepler News
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler went 1-for-5 with an RBI single in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Red Sox. Facing Adam Ottavino in the bottom of the ninth, Kepler looped a single into center to score Luis Arraez, winning the game for Minnesota and snapping a five-game losing streak. Five of Kepler's nine hits this season have gone for extra bases- though he doesn't have a homer yet- and he has eight RBI along with three stolen bases, matching last year's total. He has a 12:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio, though his .255 expected batting average and 42.4 percent hard-hit rate suggest he should have better days in the batting average- and perhaps power- column moving forward.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler is taking a seat for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. Kepler is sitting with left-hander Martin Perez on the mound for Boston. The veteran outfielder has yet to hit a homer but has 11 combined runs scored and RBI in nine games so far this season. Kyle Garlick- who has five hits in his last three contests- will get the start in right field and bat second.
Minnesota Twins utility manLuis Arraez and outfielder Max Kepler are not in Wednesday's lineup for the series finale against the Tigers. Both left-handed hitters are out of the lineup against Tigers southpaw Matthew Boyd, as manager Rocco Baldelli goes with a predominantly right-handed order. Jake Cave will get the start in left field for Brent Rooker (neck), who was just placed on the 10-day injured list. Willians Astudillo, who has five hits in nine at-bats this year, will start at third base and bat seventh.
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.