Patrick Wisdom

Patrick Wisdom

32-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Chicago Cubs
2024 Fantasy Outlook
At this point in his career, Wisdom has settled in as a fairly predictable player. He's going to hit for power but likely not do much else. In 2023, Wisdom popped 23 home runs in just 97 games, giving him 20 or more long balls in each of the last three seasons. He also batted below .210 for the second straight year, and he's now just a .214 career hitter. Wisdom continued to swing and miss a lot, as he struck out nearly 37% of the time last year, but he walked nearly 10% of the time as well. Add it all up, and the 32-year-old is basically a three-true-outcomes player. The ability to hit the ball over the wall is nice, but there are plenty of corner infielders who do that and more, which makes Wisdom a limited fantasy option. Plus, he could be squeezed out of a regular role in Chicago by the likes of Matt Mervis and Nick Madrigal. Wisdom is worth rostering if he's playing regularly and hot at the plate, though he may not be someone you can count on all season. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#412
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $2.73 million contract with the Cubs in November of 2023.
Delivers off bench Tuesday
3BChicago Cubs
June 4, 2024
Wisdom went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the White Sox.
ANALYSIS
Wisdom provided a game-tying blast as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning after replacing Michael Busch. Over his previous 15 games, Wisdom had gone just 4-for-31 (.129) with two doubles, three RBI and 11 strikeouts. He's now slashing .230/.304/.475 with three homers, 11 RBI, seven runs scored and three stolen bases over 69 plate appearances this season. Wisdom's slump during May didn't help his cause to see more than a short-side platoon role, as he's primarily played at first base in a short-side share with Busch.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
3
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
3
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+78%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+34%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .836 319 41 22 48 9 .236 .314 .521
Since 2022vs Right .693 601 77 29 76 7 .189 .284 .410
2024vs Left .854 48 6 2 10 3 .250 .354 .500
2024vs Right .481 36 2 1 2 1 .125 .200 .281
2023vs Left .769 130 17 10 18 2 .217 .277 .492
2023vs Right .805 172 26 13 28 2 .196 .298 .507
2022vs Left .892 141 18 10 20 4 .250 .336 .556
2022vs Right .665 393 49 15 46 4 .191 .285 .380
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .728 428 54 27 63 6 .192 .286 .443
Since 2022Away .756 492 64 24 61 10 .217 .302 .454
2024Home .711 37 4 2 6 1 .206 .270 .441
2024Away .673 47 4 1 6 3 .184 .304 .368
2023Home .845 137 24 13 26 2 .190 .301 .543
2023Away .746 165 19 10 20 2 .217 .279 .467
2022Home .671 254 26 12 31 3 .191 .280 .391
2022Away .774 280 41 13 35 5 .221 .315 .459
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Stat Review
How does Patrick Wisdom 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
0.27
 
BB Rate
8.3%
 
K Rate
31.0%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.208
 
AVG
.194
 
OBP
.289
 
SLG
.403
 
OPS
.692
 
wOBA
.305
 
Exit Velocity
90.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
18.8%
 
Barrels/PA
8.3%
 
Expected BA
.166
 
Expected SLG
.381
 
Sprint Speed
24.2 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
23.4%
 
Line Drive %
6.4%
 
Fly Ball %
70.2%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Could be expendable?
3BChicago Cubs
June 27, 2023
Wisdom is listed as a potential trade candidate by Jim Bowden of The Athletic.
ANALYSIS
Wisdom is currently on the IL due to a sprained wrist, but the 31-year-old was struggling mightily before the wrist injury. Hitting just .141 over 31 contests since the beginning of May, Wisdom would likely need get hot upon his return in order to net any substantial value for the Cubs. He'll be arbitration eligible this offseason.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
2019
Wisdom continued to be a boom-or-bust fantasy option in 2022. A year after turning heads with 28 home runs, he followed it up with 25 long balls. However, Wisdom struggled to make consistent contact, as he batted just .207 and struck out 34.3 percent of the time. In 2021, he struck out more than 40 percent of the time. Going forward, it looks like fantasy managers will simply need to sacrifice batting average for power if they decide to roster Wisdom. He did at least show a slight uptick in stolen bases, as he registered a career-high eight stolen bases on 12 attempts, which was also easily a career best. That's not a huge number, but if he can get to 10 steals or more, it would give a little more depth to his game. Wisdom will turn 32 during the 2023 season, so even if he does run a bit more, he's unlikely to change too much as a player. The power is nice, but there are definitely more complete fantasy options available for the corner outfield spots.
Wisdom fell short of accumulating even 100 major-league plate appearances from 2018-20. The 29-year-old then got a chance to show what he could do last season and what he showed was a propensity to hit home runs and strike out. There were a ton of strikeouts. Like record setting. He is the only hitter with a strikeout rate over 40% since 1887 (min. 300 PA). When he finally makes contact, he has all the traits to generate home runs. He hits the ball in the air (31.4 GB%) and hits the ball hard (92nd percentile maxEV). He pulls the ball into short outfield corners (56.8 Pull%). The formula worked for a while, but the league adjusted to his fast start by staying out of the strike zone and making him chase pitches. The strikeout rate is a major drag on his entire profile; Wisdom will be tough to roster unless he shaves at least 10 percentage points off it.
Wisdom was called up for the first time shortly before his 27th birthday and posted an impressive .260/.362/.520 line in a small sample of 58 plate appearances for the Cardinals. That performance was good for a 141 wRC+, though he'll have to continue hitting for power if he's to maintain a mark anywhere near that level, as he struck out a worrisome 32.8% of the time. He'd never posted a slugging percentage as high as .520 at any minor-league stop, though he did slug .507 while hitting 31 homers in 127 games for Triple-A Memphis in 2017. Traded to Texas in December, Wisdom is now on a team in a hitter-friendly park with less competition for at-bats, so it's not inconceivable that he could have some sleeper value this year.
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Three hits, homer
3BChicago Cubs
May 12, 2024
Wisdom went 3-for-4 with a solo home run during Sunday's 5-4 win over the Pirates.
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Sitting in third straight
3BChicago Cubs
May 8, 2024
Wisdom is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.
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Not starting Monday
3BChicago Cubs
May 6, 2024
Wisdom is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Padres.
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Emerging as primary DH
3BChicago Cubs
May 5, 2024
Wisdom will serve as the Cubs' designated hitter and No. 7 batter in Sunday's game against the Brewers.
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Homer, steal in win
3BChicago Cubs
May 4, 2024
Wisdom went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, an additional RBI and a stolen base in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Brewers.
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