Free Agent Profile & Prediction #26: Derek Dietrich

OAKLAND, CA – MAY 07: Derek Dietrich #22 of the Cincinnati Reds stands on the field with an improvised tool belt during a delay due to lighting before the game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum on May 7, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

The closest thing to the Jersey Shore cast the Majors has to offer, would be Derek Dietrich, who is known for his long home runs, eccentric bat flips and outlandish personality, that rubs some people (Chris Archer), the wrong way. While Dietrich has never been a guy that will win you any batting titles, he also does not strike out at a ridiculous rate, 28.0 percent in 2020, and 24.2 percent in 2019 (league average of 21.8). The weirdest part about Dietrichs’s stats, are the fact that between 2013-2018 when he averaged a .249 Batting Average, he averaged a .750 OPS during that time, but between the years of 2019-202o, where his Batting Average dropped to .192 between the two seasons, he posted a .798 OPS between the two seasons. So while Dietrich isnt collecting as many hits, he is hitting for extra bases at a much higher clip, and still reaching base at a very similar rate to how he was when his average was higher.

In the field, Dietrich is more defined as a Utility player, but played the most innings at first base for the Texas Rangers. DRS ranks Dietrich as an average first baseman, but well below average at every other position he has played. Outs Above Average and UZR both agree that Dietrich is a bat first player, and his defense has lagged behind his offensive production.

Dietrich will likely be best suited in a role off the bench, and in a pinch hitting/DH role moving forward, but the progress with the power in his bat makes him an intriguing pick up for a team that needs some pop on their team.

These are the teams I believe are in contention for Dietrich: Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Derek Dietrich signs a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training with the Boston Red Sox

2021 Stat Line Prediction: .208/.339/.451 .790 OPS 11 HR 37 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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