Howie Kendrick
Howie Kendrick
36-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Washington Nationals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kendrick's 2018 campaign was off to a nice start, as he was playing regularly with Daniel Murphy and Adam Eaton out with injuries. However, on May 19, disaster struck. Kendrick ruptured his right Achilles, costing him the rest of the season. Up until that point, the veteran was fanning less than the previous season while registering a well-above-average hard-hit rate. Kendrick's power has always been capped by a low flyball rate, but he was lofting the ball a little more before the injury and appeared to be on the way to his first double-digit home run season since 2013. Curiously, Kendrick attempted only two steals, bagging one pilfer after swiping 22 combined the previous two seasons. Now 35 years old, it's hard to envision Kendrick as anything more than a bench player with an empty batting average as whatever running he had left is likely sapped coming of the torn Achilles. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Nationals in January of 2018.
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2BWashington Nationals
October 21, 2019
Kendrick is expected to slot in as the designated hitter for the first two games of the World Series against the Astros, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
With Kendrick set to serve as the designated hitter for Game 1 and 2, Asdrubal Cabrera and Brian Dozier are the top two candidates to see time at the keystone. Kendrick was named the NLCS MVP and is 11-for-38 with a home run, nine RBI and six runs scored through 10 postseason contests.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .924 272 36 11 39 3 .335 .386 .538
Since 2017vs Right .872 592 82 19 76 12 .320 .367 .506
2019vs Left 1.036 126 23 6 26 1 .376 .421 .615
2019vs Right .930 244 38 11 36 1 .327 .381 .548
2018vs Left .669 46 3 1 2 0 .250 .283 .386
2018vs Right .860 114 14 3 10 1 .324 .351 .509
2017vs Left .901 100 10 4 11 2 .322 .390 .511
2017vs Right .819 234 30 5 30 10 .312 .359 .460
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Since 2017Home .930 434 61 17 56 4 .337 .389 .540
Since 2017Away .847 430 57 13 59 11 .313 .356 .491
2019Home 1.068 179 31 10 24 1 .374 .430 .638
2019Away .870 191 30 7 38 1 .316 .361 .509
2018Home .807 78 9 3 7 1 .284 .321 .486
2018Away .803 82 8 1 5 0 .321 .341 .462
2017Home .844 177 21 4 25 2 .323 .379 .466
2017Away .843 157 19 5 16 10 .306 .357 .486
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How does Howie Kendrick compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Kendrick produced at an excellent clip in his 91 games between Philadelphia and Washington last season, but the advanced numbers paint a pretty clear picture; he was playing above his head. His strikeout and walk rates both went in the wrong direction (20.4 percent K%, 6.6 percent BB%), yet Kendrick hit over .300 for the first time in a decade thanks to a .378 BABIP. Meanwhile, his home-run total was boosted by an 18.8 percent HR/FB rate (10.1 percent for career). He had a .334 xwOBA according to Statcast, which was nearly 30 points below his actual mark, and a .270 xBA. Kendrick also made two trips to the DL, once for a hamstring and once for an oblique, so that's now twice in three seasons that he's dealt with hamstring problems. As he approaches his 35th birthday, Kendrick continues to hold onto relevance, but that could fade fast with less fortune in 2018.
Kendrick had a 2016 season to forget in multiple ways. He hit .255 after spending most of his career hovering around .290 to .300 and had to split time between left field and second base due to positional logjams. The latter situation prompted Kendrick to request a trade from the Dodgers, which landed him with the Phillies who reportedly plan to make him their regular starter in left field. Kendrick's value has always revolved around his ability to hit for average, so hitting .255 again probably isn't going to cut it even if he retains second base eligibility in leagues. The good news is that part of his drop-off can be attributed to a .301 BABIP that was 36 points below his career average, which might be chalked up to bad luck. Still, it's not crazy to think a 33-year-old player's skills are diminishing with age and that Kendrick doesn't have much going for him heading into 2017. The Phillies could turn to younger options with more upside if things aren't working out this summer.
Kendrick dealt with hamstring issues that limited him to 464 at-bats in 2015, ultimately pushing the Dodgers to deal for Chase Utley to fill the late-season gap. He put up his usual numbers in those 117 games, batting .295/.336/.412 with nine home runs and six stolen bases. Kendrick never developed into the batting title contender that some thought he could be many years ago, but few players in the game have shown the level of consistency he's shown over the past nine seasons. He doesn't draw a lot of walks (4.8% career BB%), but Kendrick makes good enough contact to hit in the .290s every year. Kendrick returned to the Dodgers on a two-year deal, but it is unclear if he will play every day, as Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley are also expected to make the 25-man roster. Look for Kendrick to lead the team in starts at second base, but if he's not playing every day, he may only be a middle-infield option in standard leagues.
Kendrick came into 2014 fully healthy after playing just 123 games the previous season due to knee issues, but delivered mixed results. While his power evaporated (.104 ISO) he tied career highs in OBP (.347) and RBI (75) in a record 674 plate appearances. Kendrick showed some encouraging signs in 2014, as he lowered his strikeout rate for the third consecutive season, while bringing his walk rate up to a respectable 7.1%. He also kept his average high, hitting .293 while stealing 14 bases for the fourth time in his career. This ability to consistently steal bases will likely give him the floor of a two-category producer, with the potential for more if the power returns. Entering the final year of a four-year, $33.5 million contract, Kendrick was traded to the Dodgers in December, where he will take over as the starting second baseman after Dee Gordon was dealt to Miami.
Kendrick came into 2013 with the profile of a solid, if unspectacular player at a shallow second base position, and he did his best to shatter those perceptions early in the season, posting OPS marks of .844 and .919 in May and June, respectively. The productivity was halted there, however, as nagging injuries in July were followed by a hyperextended knee in August, which kept him out of action for over a month. Kendrick finished 2013 with an extremely low walk rate (4.5%), but he makes enough contact and has enough power that he is able to compensate. His final line of .297/.335/.439 in 2013 should keep him in the mix to continue providing steady value at the keystone this season.
After bopping a career-high 18 homers in 2011, Kendrick's power fell back down to its previous levels in 2012 and he finished with only eight long balls. He was, however, able to maintain a solid batting average of .287, which is about what you can expect from him going forward, and he stole exactly 14 bases for the third year in a row. Kendrick was a disappointment to most of his fantasy owners last year, but he's still a good hitter for his position despite the influx of talent at second base, and could be a nice sleeper this year for fantasy owners who are looking for stability and willing to accept limited upside.
Injuries limited Kendrick to 140 games last season, but that didn't stop him from hitting a career-high 18 home runs and posting an .802 OPS. Kendrick also added 14 stolen bases and 86 runs, a number that could go up significantly if he is used in the two-hole in front of Albert Pujols. Kendrick has steadily improved the last couple seasons, and 2012 could wind up being his best yet provided that his trade of contact for power is sustainable.
Kendrick played a full season for the first time in his career, but didn't deliver the high batting average or overall production many thought was possible if he could just stay healthy. Kendrick posted strong batting averages in the minor leagues, but he hasn't been able to duplicate that success in the majors due to a low walk rate that didn't get any better last season. A below average BABIP last season suggests he could improve and he'll be entering his prime at age 27, but his upside may not be much more than last year's numbers.
After 1,300 at-bats, it's becoming clear that Kendrick is what he is, a legitimate .300 hitter with some other skills, none of which includes drawing walks or staying on the field. He's Robinson Cano without the power or durability, but the power is coming along a bit. He should be helped by Chone Figgins' departure, which may get Maicer Izturis out of his way. Big postseason hits may keep him from being a true sleeper on draft day, though.
Kendrick batted .306 with three home runs and 37 RBI during a 2008 season in which he only played in 92 games. Kendrick battled injuries again last season, most notably a slow-healing hamstring injury; hopefully this doesn't turn into a yearly problem for the young second baseman. Kendrick has the tools to be a very good player; and if he can stay healthy next season, he should finally prove to be one of the better second base options in fantasy baseball.
Kendrick was supposed to have a breakout season in 2007, but he suffered a broken finger early in the season and never completely recovered. Kendrick proved that he could hit major league pitching by hitting at a .322 clip over the course of the season, but he only saw action in 86 games and couldn't contribute as much as the Angels had hoped. Still, Kendrick should be healthy heading into next season and his numbers should improve simply by playing more games. With that in mind, expect Kendrick to emerge as a post-hype sleeper and deliver in 2008.
Beware. Despite a pretty stat line and a beautiful swing, Kendrick's indicators went haywire last year. His strikeout rate jumped more than 20%, as did his K/BB. He's eventually going to meet expectations, but with just one season above Double-A, there's good reason to believe it won't happen in 2007. Still, he's likely to enter next season with the everyday job at second base.
Injuries limited Kendrick to just 75 games in A-ball in 2004, but he hit a loud .367/.398/.578 in those 75 games, positioning himself for a breakout in '05. Breakout he did, battering the California League and the Texas League, hitting .384 at his first stop, and a mere .342/.382/.579 in Double-A. It's for real, folks: Kendrick may have the quickest wrists in the minor leagues. Like most Angels prospects, he doesn't draw many walks, but he makes hard contact against everything the pitcher can throw up there. He's improved his defense considerably at second base, and he'll be able to hold down the position long-term with a bit more polish. Kendrick's bat is ready for the majors right now, he only needs to tighten up the defense a little more. Look for him sometime in '06, possibly pushing Adam Kennedy out of a job.
Kendrick had a strong season at low Single-A Cedar Rapids, giving the organization another second baseman behind Alberto Callaspo with high offensive potential. Look for continued growth at high Single-A in 2005.
Kendrick had a strong season at low Single-A Cedar Rapids, giving the organization another second baseman behind Alberto Callapson with high offensive potential.
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Hits series-clinching grand slam
2BWashington Nationals
October 9, 2019
Kendrick went 1-for-5 with a grand slam in Wednesday's 7-3 extra-inning victory over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
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Sits again for nightcap
2BWashington Nationals
September 24, 2019
Kendrick remains on the bench for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against Philadelphia.
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Heads to bench
2BWashington Nationals
September 24, 2019
Kendrick is not in the lineup for the afternoon portion of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies.
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Double short of cycle
2BWashington Nationals
September 18, 2019
Kendrick went 3-for-4 with a walk, a triple, a solo home run and a second run scored in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Cardinals.
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Plates three in win
2BWashington Nationals
September 15, 2019
Kendrick went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in the Nationals' 7-0 win over the Braves on Sunday afternoon.
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