Brandon Dixon

Brandon Dixon

31-Year-Old First Baseman1B
San Diego Padres
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Typically, a player who mashes upper-level minor-league pitching to the tune of a .372/.442/.823 slash line, 23 homers, 74 RBI and nine steals over just 231 plate appearances would be an intriguing name in fantasy circles. That's not the case with Dixon, a journeyman who nearly retired after suffering an elbow injury early last season and who will be 31 when spring training rolls around. While the minor-league numbers were impressive, Dixon went just 3-for-14 in a brief stint with the Padres and struck out five times. He's always had trouble making contact, posting a massive 32.9% strikeout rate over 572 plate appearances across four major-league campaigns. That's unlikely to change given the large sample size and Dixon's age, and it remains to be seen if his power gains in the minors last season are legitimate. A best-case scenario would have Dixon getting fairly frequent at-bats at DH while occasionally spelling others at the corner infield/outfield spots, but he could just as easily fall off what projects to be a loaded San Diego roster. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Padres in March of 2022.
Contract selected by San Diego
1BSan Diego Padres
September 27, 2022
Dixon had his contract selected by the Padres on Tuesday.
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Dixon joined the Friars on a minor-league deal in March and will join the big-league club with nine games left in the regular season. The 30-year-old had a 1.313 OPS with 13 home runs in 25 games for Triple-A El Paso and is looking to see big-league action for the first time since 2020 with Detroit.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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3
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+367%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2021
No Stats
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .100 10 0 0 1 0 .000 .100 .000
Since 2020vs Right .467 15 1 0 1 0 .200 .200 .267
2022vs Left .000 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2022vs Right .778 9 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .444
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left .200 5 0 0 1 0 .000 .200 .000
2020vs Right .000 6 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2021
No Stats
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .500 14 1 0 1 0 .214 .214 .286
Since 2020Away .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2022Home .500 14 1 0 1 0 .214 .214 .286
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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Stat Review
How does Brandon Dixon 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
35.7%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.071
 
AVG
.214
 
OBP
.214
 
SLG
.286
 
OPS
.500
 
wOBA
.218
 
Exit Velocity
88.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
11.1%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
Expected BA
.239
 
Expected SLG
.293
 
Sprint Speed
21.9 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
33.3%
 
Line Drive %
33.3%
 
Fly Ball %
33.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
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Dixon spent the first few weeks of the 2019 season at Triple-A and saw inconsistent playing time over much of the second half of the season due to Jeimer Candelario's shift to first base, but still led the Tigers with 15 home runs. That speaks more to the dearth of talent on the Detroit roster than it does Dixon's skills. The 27-year-old had a strikeout rate of 32.4% and 0.15 K/BB, both of which would have ranked worst among major-league first basemen had he logged the plate appearances to qualify. Dixon enjoyed better fortune on balls in play, even so he was 14% worse than league average at the plate. Dixon will likely have to fight to make the Opening Day roster in 2020. Even if he does make the team, an everyday role is tough to envision given his struggles making contact, particularly against same-handed pitching.
Dixon made his big-league debut at age 26 with the Reds last year and struggled at the plate, hitting .178/.218/.356 in 124 plate appearances. It's tough enough to hit well in your first exposure to major-league pitching, and harder still when you do it as a pinch-hitter and utility player, which was Dixon's role last season. He'll likely reprise the same role with the Tigers in 2019 if he makes the team, after they claimed him off waivers in the offseason.
Dixon turned 26 this offseason and has yet to reach the majors. He is also a below-average defender, pretty much everywhere, so it's hard to see where he would fit on a big-league roster. Nonetheless, he will get his chance to earn a spot this spring after going undrafted in the Rule 5 draft this offseason. He has above-average power to the pull side and is an above-average runner, so if he were given a shot, Dixon could gain relevancy in deeper leagues. However, his top three positions are third base, first base and left field. The Reds have Eugenio Suarez and top prospect Nick Senzel at third base, Joey Votto at first base and five big-league outfielders in the fold who are better than Dixon. His upside hinges on playing time so that he can accrue counting stats, and it's hard to envision how he would get that playing time in 2018.
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Bound for Japan
1BFree Agent
November 19, 2020
Dixon was released by the Tigers on Thursday in order for him to head to Japan.
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Contract selected
1BDetroit Tigers
September 22, 2020
Dixon's contract was selected Tuesday from the Tigers' alternate training site.
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Loses out on roster spot
1BDetroit Tigers
July 23, 2020
The Tigers reassigned Dixon to their alternate training site in Toledo on Thursday.
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Added to 60-man pool
1BDetroit Tigers
June 28, 2020
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Could earn bench role
1BDetroit Tigers
May 3, 2020
Dixon could earn a reserve role if MLB rosters are expanded for the 2020 campaign, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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