Mike Ford

Mike Ford

31-Year-Old DHDH
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Ford was able to earn regular playing time for the first time since his rookie season with the Yankees, and the 31-year-old reached career highs with 16 homers and 34 RBI over his 251 plate appearances with the Mariners. Most of that damage was done over the first half of the 2023 season, as he posted a .944 OPS before the All-Star break. That number dropped to .709 in the second half of the season, and his expected batting average of .199 would have ranked among the worst in baseball had he qualified. Ford's power makes him intriguing if he does get a chance to play on a consistent basis again in 2024, but there's a strong likelihood he'll be nothing more than a bench bat to begin the campaign. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Reds in May of 2024. Released by the Reds in May of 2024.
Hitting open market
DHFree Agent  
May 31, 2024
Ford didn't accept his assignment to Triple-A Louisville and will become a free agent, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
ANALYSIS
Ford's three-week stint with the Reds came to an end when he was outrighted to Louisville on Wednesday. Instead of remaining in the organization, Ford will forego the remainder of his salary and will enter free agency. He slashed .150/.177/.233 in 62 plate appearances with Cincinnati.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
1
1
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+36%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .709 69 6 2 5 0 .266 .319 .391
Since 2022vs Right .680 393 37 18 43 0 .199 .293 .387
2024vs Left .333 18 0 0 2 0 .167 .167 .167
2024vs Right .444 44 2 1 2 0 .143 .182 .262
2023vs Left .921 24 3 0 0 0 .368 .500 .421
2023vs Right .784 227 29 16 34 0 .215 .304 .480
2022vs Left .778 27 3 2 3 0 .259 .259 .519
2022vs Right .571 122 6 1 7 0 .192 .311 .260
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+14%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .739 177 19 9 21 0 .231 .322 .417
Since 2022Away .651 285 24 11 27 0 .197 .281 .370
2024Home .340 21 0 0 0 0 .150 .190 .150
2024Away .446 41 2 1 4 0 .150 .171 .275
2023Home .825 102 12 6 16 0 .258 .353 .472
2023Away .779 149 20 10 18 0 .208 .302 .477
2022Home .740 54 7 3 5 0 .213 .315 .426
2022Away .545 95 2 0 5 0 .202 .295 .250
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Stat Review
How does Mike Ford 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
0.13
 
BB Rate
3.2%
 
K Rate
24.2%
 
BABIP
.182
 
ISO
.083
 
AVG
.150
 
OBP
.177
 
SLG
.233
 
OPS
.411
 
wOBA
.183
 
Exit Velocity
86.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
24.4%
 
Barrels/PA
1.6%
 
Expected BA
.201
 
Expected SLG
.300
 
Sprint Speed
19.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
44.4%
 
Line Drive %
13.3%
 
Fly Ball %
42.2%
 
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Non-tender candidate
DHSeattle Mariners  
November 2, 2023
Ford could be non-tendered by the Mariners this offseason, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.
ANALYSIS
Ford served as the Mariners' primary designated hitter for an extended stretch this season, but he slashed just .193/.323/.339 over his final 130 plate appearances and is seen as a liability against left-handed pitching. The 31-year-old projects to command around $1.5 million via arbitration, and Divish writes that the team could view that as "too steep" of a price for the role he would fill in 2024.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Ford's scorching close to the 2019 campaign led some hot takers to suggest he could challenge Luke Voit for the Yankees' first-base job in 2020. Instead, Voit blossomed into one of the league's premier home-run hitters while Ford took a huge step back, ultimately spending the final weeks of the regular season at the team's alternate training site. Statcast tells the story; nearly all metrics indicative of power -- including barrel rate, launch angle, average exit velocity and hard-hit percentage -- showed moderate-to-steep drops, leading to an over 100-point dip in Ford's xSLG (from .501 to .395). The lumbering first baseman's flyball rate dropped from 44.3% to 30.5% while his groundball rate rose by over 13 percentage points. Ford doesn't strike out much (19.0 K%), and his low .140 BABIP is bound to come up, but he'll need to rediscover his power stroke to maintain a big-league role.
You could look at the season Ford put up at the majors last year and make some assumptions, most of which would be incorrect. The lefty hit more homers off lefties than righties last year. He hit 10 of his 12 homers away from Yankee Stadium. He looks like a softball player, but his Kevin Maas-like performance moved the needle on some fantasy rosters down the stretch when he hit 11 homers and drove in 23 runs while scoring 23 runs over the final two months of the season in part-time duty. His average exit velocity was equal to Matt Olson's last season, and he hit 35 homers between Triple-A and the majors with strong walk and contact rates. He appears to be a bit of a late bloomer, much like his platoon partner, Luke Voit. Perhaps Ford can take over the full-time job if 2019 was the real McCoy. It was a significant step forward from a rather mediocre minor-league career.
Ford was one of the few hitters selected in this winter's Rule 5 draft with a chance to be fantasy-relevant this season. The Yankees, who might have the most minor-league depth in the game, especially in the upper levels, left Ford unprotected and the Mariners selected him with the 11th pick. The 25-year-old first baseman went undrafted out of Princeton but has raked at every stop in the minors, most notably walking significantly more than he struck out (72:94 K:BB) while hitting 20 home runs in 429 at-bats between Double-A and Triple-A last year. The Mariners traded for Ryon Healy to handle the first-base duties and they hope to carry 13 pitchers for much of the season, so Ford will have to really impress this spring to make the roster. However, he hits left-handed while Healy hits right-handed, so it seems he will either make the team and start against righties, or be offered back to the Yankees after spring training.
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Removed from 40-man roster
DHCincinnati Reds  
May 29, 2024
The Reds designated Ford for assignment Wednesday.
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Out of lineup Sunday
DHCincinnati Reds  
May 26, 2024
Ford is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
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Sitting against southpaw
DHCincinnati Reds  
May 24, 2024
Ford is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers.
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Delivers two in loss
DHCincinnati Reds  
May 14, 2024
Ford went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI in Monday's 6-5 loss to Arizona.
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Goes deep in loss
DHCincinnati Reds  
May 12, 2024
Ford went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Giants.
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