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 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two homers, a double, and three RBI in Wednesday's victory over the Cubs. Kepler's fingerprints were all over this game, as he got the scoring started with a two-run shot in the first inning, then broke a 2-2 tie with another homer in the fourth frame. He later added a double, scoring a run on an error. With six hits, four runs scored, and five RBI in his last two games, Kepler has put his recent slump squarely behind him. He's a must-start outfielder moving forward, though there's a chance he sits on Thursday with Blue Jays lefty Steven Matz on the mound.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler will not start in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals, instead taking a seat on the bench against left-handed starter Kris Bubic. Kepler has added 17 homers and 10 steals this year, but he's slashed just .167/.310/.333 over his last seven games. He's had just two extra-base hits in that span, with both coming in Saturday's game. The Twins will send Rob Refsnyder out to patrol right field, and fantasy managers can expect Kepler to be back in the lineup Monday.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler isn't starting on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox and left-hander Chris Sale. Kepler is hitting .207 with a .300 on-base percentage, 16 home runs, and eight stolen in 377 plate appearances bases this season. Rob Refsnyder is starting in Kepler's place in right field on Thursday while also batting leadoff against Sale. The 30-year-old could be worth a look for fantasy managers in deeper leagues in search of streaming help in the outfield. In 104 plate appearances this season, Refsnyder has hit a pair of home runs while batting .280 with a .346 on-base percentage.
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.