Max Kepler Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 2/10/1993 (30)
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Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler and second baseman Jorge Polanco both had their 2024 club options exercised by the club on Thursday. The decisions were widely expected after Kepler and Polanco both enjoyed quality campaigns at the plate in 2023. Kepler, who will earn $10 million next season, posted a career-high batting average of .260 while slugging 24 home runs alongside an .816 OPS across 130 games this season. He is scheduled to hit free agency following the 2024 season. Polanco, who will take home $10.5 million in 2024, dealt with a knee injury again this season but managed to hit .255 with 14 home runs, four stolen bases, and a .789 OPS across 343 plate appearances. The Twins hold an additional club option on the 30-year-old for the 2025 campaign. Both players will aim to contribute to a second consecutive AL Central crown in the 2024 campaign.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler will bat eighth and play right field Sunday night against Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez. Kepler has batted fourth in each postseason game but will drop to the bottom of the lineup with a lefty on the mound for Houston. The 30-year-old had a .250/.320/.432 slash line against left-handers this season with four home runs. It was one of the best offensive seasons for Kepler and he held his own against lefties, so while he moves down in the lineup, he won't be taking a seat.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler (foot) is back in right field and is batting in the three-hole on Wednesday as he faces right-hander Alex Faedo and the Detroit Tigers. Kepler took the day off on Tuesday after he was hit by a pitch on his right foot during Monday's contest. The 30-year-old left-handed slugger is fine, though, and he'll return to action on Wednesday. Other than providing some power in deeper mixed leagues with 18 home runs, Kepler hasn't done much for fantasy managers with a .238/.301/.465 slash line with 43 RBI and 45 runs scored in 286 at-bats this year. However, he's been much better in the second half so far, going 26-for-83 (.313) with six long balls, six doubles, 13 RBI and 18 runs scored in 23 games (20 starts) since the All-Star break.
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.