Tyler Saladino
Tyler Saladino
29-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Milwaukee Brewers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Saladino will continue his role as a utility infielder for Milwaukee in 2019 as they renewed his contract this offseason. He is hoping to shed the Quad-A label, but he owns a poor .233/.284/.338 career line in the majors over nearly 1000 plate appearances. He has shown speed throughout the minors, but has struggled to make contact at the big-league level and thus has not been able to get on base much to attempt steals. The playing time he got playing for a second-division Chicago club was not there for him in Milwaukee last season and is unlikely to be there in 2019. He can safely remain on the free-agent pile in your NL-only league unless you are desperate for a late dart throw on steals. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $887,500 deal with the Brewers in November of 2018.
Hot start at Triple-A level
SSMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
April 18, 2019
Saladino is hitting .304/.373/.826 with six home runs and 14 RBI through 13 games with Triple-A San Antonio.
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While the Brewers' Triple-A affiliate no longer resides in the thin air of Colorado Springs, Saladino is hitting like it is. The hot start is unlikely to earn Saladino a promotion with the Brewers' active roster full, but it does increase the chances he gets the call over teammate Cory Spangenberg should the Brewers need to bring up an infielder from the minors.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
+61%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .544 145 14 0 7 2 .205 .292 .252
Since 2017vs Right .559 275 22 5 19 5 .198 .257 .302
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .498 49 3 0 3 1 .186 .265 .233
2018vs Right .800 90 10 5 13 1 .277 .318 .482
2017vs Left .567 96 11 0 4 1 .214 .305 .262
2017vs Right .441 185 12 0 6 4 .160 .228 .213
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Since 2017
 
 
+1%
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2019
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2018
 
 
+32%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .552 212 20 2 13 6 .196 .271 .280
Since 2017Away .556 208 16 3 13 1 .205 .267 .289
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home .604 75 5 2 8 1 .197 .270 .333
2018Away .800 64 8 3 8 1 .300 .333 .467
2017Home .524 137 15 0 5 5 .195 .272 .252
2017Away .445 144 8 0 5 0 .162 .238 .208
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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There was hope that Saladino's speed paired with the White Sox's need for help at multiple infield positions to begin 2017 might lead owners in deep leagues to a surprising source of stolen bases. It didn't happen, however, as he hit a career-worst .178/.254/.229 while stepping up to the plate 281 times last season. Saladino had a back injury that first surfaced in May, and it's entirely possible that his production as a hitter bottomed out as a result of that ailment. If the White Sox retain him for a utility role in 2018, they would almost certainly be doing so with the hope that he might be capable of getting back to his 2016 levels, when he hit .282/.315/.409 over 319 plate appearances, while showing useful pop for a utility player (eight homers), and enough speed to chip in 11 steals. On a positive note, Saladino drew walks at a career-high 8.2 percent clip last season, and sustaining that skill would open up more opportunities for him to run.
After modest results in his first big league audition in 2015, Saladino was in the thick of the race for the starting shortstop job out of spring training. The White Sox ended up handing the job to veteran Jimmy Rollins out of the gate, but Saladino stayed on the major league roster as a super utility player and performed capably. With a good number of starts intermingled with appearances off the bench, the 27-year-old delivered a 93 wRC+ in 93 games. He continued to struggle with his approach, as he posted a walk rate below 5.0 percent for the second season in a row. His playing time down the stretch began to dwindle due to injuries, and his season ended up being cut short by a couple weeks due to a back issue. Saladino's showing was likely good enough to give him a similar utility role on the 2017 squad, although his long-term upside is limited, as Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada are the White Sox's clear double-play tandem of the future.
Saladino was barely on the prospect radar entering the 2015 season, but wound up starting more than 50 games at third base after the Gordon Beckham/Conor Gillaspie platoon flopped. Saladino underwent Tommy John surgery in August of 2014, but that did not impact his 2015 season to a great extent. He struck out much more frequently during his major league stay than he had in the minors, and thus reached base less frequently. He stole 33 bases in 37 attempts between Triple-A and Chicago, and has put up minor league steal totals of 28 and 38 in 2013 and 2012, respectively. However, his power potential will probably top out in high-single digits or low-teens, and with the White Sox bringing in Todd Frazier and Jimmy Rollins in the offseason, Saladino may be relegated to a bench role or Triple-A to begin 2016.
Saladino's bat was a question mark when the White Sox selected him in the seventh round of the 2010 draft, but it is said bat that has propelled him up the organization's prospect ranks. He slugged .501 in his first full professional season, and he hit 16 home runs despite missing some time early with a broken hand. He has demonstrated good defense at short, but he could shift to second or third depending on the big league club's needs in a couple seasons. Look for him to open 2012 at Double-A Birmingham after getting a taste of advanced competition in the Arizona Fall League.
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Fails to make team
SSMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
March 22, 2019
Saladino was optioned to minor-league camp Friday.
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Making late push
SSMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
March 22, 2019
Saladino went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Thursday's spring game against the Dodgers.
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Launches first homer of spring
SSMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
March 7, 2019
Saladino went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored Thursday against the White Sox.
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Slated to play outfield in camp
SSMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
February 21, 2019
Manager Craig Counsell said Saladino will be looked at in the outfield during spring training, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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To split time at second base
SSMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
January 27, 2019
Saladino is slated to share time at second base with Cory Spangenberg and Hernan Perez, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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