Gavin Sheets

Gavin Sheets

28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago White Sox
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Players normally have breakout seasons in their third full year at the big league level, but apparently Sheets decided to flip that script. Sheets had a strong breakout rookie season in 2021, but has backslid each of the past two seasons to what was just an absolutely dismal 2023 campaign at the plate. The biggest challenge to his success is opposing pitchers figured out last season that he could be challenged with fastballs and they fed him a steady diet of them as he hit .205 off fastballs while slugging .366 off them. Those numbers are not suitable for a backup catcher let alone a corner outfielder/first base/DH type like Sheets. A poor first half (.220/.298/.374) gave way to an abysmal second half (.178/.223/.271) but Chicago continued to put him out there against righties. 2024 could see Sheets go back to the minors as he does have an option remaining so a resumption of his 2023 role is not guaranteed. He needs to flip the script right side up. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#598
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in March of 2024.
Sitting versus lefty
OFChicago White Sox
May 21, 2024
Sheets is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.
ANALYSIS
Sheets is hitting .188 with a .616 OPS through 16 games in May and will take a seat Tuesday with southpaw Yusei Kikuchi pitching for Toronto. Corey Julks will start in right field and bat fifth.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
20
11
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+81%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+512%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+59%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .389 89 0 0 11 0 .136 .191 .198
Since 2022vs Right .704 845 71 28 102 2 .236 .307 .398
2024vs Left .494 24 0 0 4 0 .143 .208 .286
2024vs Right .784 156 13 3 13 1 .252 .372 .412
2023vs Left .103 20 0 0 1 0 .053 .050 .053
2023vs Right .630 324 24 10 42 1 .212 .281 .349
2022vs Left .464 45 0 0 6 0 .171 .244 .220
2022vs Right .736 365 34 15 47 0 .250 .301 .435
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+69%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+79%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .704 480 39 19 67 0 .223 .306 .398
Since 2022Away .643 454 32 9 46 2 .230 .284 .359
2024Home .554 92 5 1 9 0 .171 .304 .250
2024Away .937 88 8 2 8 1 .303 .398 .539
2023Home .541 180 11 4 22 0 .186 .261 .280
2023Away .661 164 13 6 21 1 .220 .274 .387
2022Home .908 208 23 14 36 0 .276 .346 .562
2022Away .508 202 11 1 17 0 .208 .243 .266
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Stat Review
How does Gavin Sheets 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
0.77
 
BB Rate
13.3%
 
K Rate
17.2%
 
BABIP
.277
 
ISO
.158
 
AVG
.237
 
OBP
.350
 
SLG
.395
 
OPS
.745
 
wOBA
.334
 
Exit Velocity
90.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.5%
 
Barrels/PA
4.4%
 
Expected BA
.282
 
Expected SLG
.438
 
Sprint Speed
22.6 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
36.9%
 
Line Drive %
23.0%
 
Fly Ball %
40.2%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Starting spot unlikely?
OFChicago White Sox
February 4, 2024
Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com speculates Sheets likely has "little chance of securing" the starting job in right field.
ANALYSIS
The 27-year-old struggled to a .203/.267/.331 slash line in 118 games last season, so he's hardly put himself in position to retain a regular spot in the lineup. Chicago also acquired Dominic Fletcher and Zach DeLoach via trades Saturday, with Fletcher the favorite to start in right field. Sheets may need a strong showing in spring training just to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
Sheets is an atypical lefty hitter these days as he is just as likely to pull a pitch up and over the right field wall as he is to take the ball the other way taking what the pitchers give him. His spray chart shows balls in play all over the place, with a healthy volume of infield hits to the left side which may be tougher to maintain in the reduced shifting marketplace which awaits him this offseason. This helps explain someone with below average speed had double-digit infield hits last season. Despite all of this, he still finishes just below the league batting average and has shown little ability to date to hit lefties, which will limit him to a strong side platoon situation when he is in the lineup. Jose Abreu's free agency opens up a spot in the lineup for Sheets, assuming the club does not go out and sign a replacement at the position. Sheets has outfield eligibility, but he is better used at DH or first base than trying to cover ground in a corner outfield spot.
Sheets is the rare type of player who patiently moved up the farm system one step at a time before reaching the majors. Sheets played collegiately at Wake Forest, and then spent nearly a full season at each level before his promotion to the big leagues last year. Three of the four farm clubs in the Chicago system were in North Carolina, so the Wake Forest grad was clearly comfortable close to home. The son of a former major-leaguer, Sheets also held his own in a platoon situation with respectable numbers against righties. The 2022 campaign could see him platooning at DH with Andrew Vaughn -- at least that's how it looks as the roster stands now. His power makes him an interesting AL-only spec play.
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Resting against southpaw
OFChicago White Sox
May 14, 2024
Sheets isn't in the White Sox's lineup for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals.
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Moves to bench with lefty starting
OFChicago White Sox
May 6, 2024
Sheets is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rays.
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Collects 12th RBI
OFChicago White Sox
May 5, 2024
Sheets went 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI and a run scored Saturday against the Cardinals.
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Tossed in eighth inning
OFChicago White Sox
April 22, 2024
Sheets was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the top half of the eighth inning Monday against the Twins, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Forcing outfield rotation
OFChicago White Sox
April 17, 2024
Sheets went 1-for-7 with a walk and a solo home run across both games of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Royals.
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