Ryan O'Hearn

Ryan O'Hearn

30-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Baltimore Orioles
2024 Fantasy Outlook
The Orioles' 101-win season and American League East title was possible in large part due to their collection of young talent starting to blossom. However, they also got some surprise contributions from veterans and O'Hearn is included among that group. The 30-year-old didn't make Baltimore's Opening Day roster but was up for good by early May and was often manager Brandon Hyde's preferred choice at first base versus righties while also seeing some time in the outfield and at designated hitter. O'Hearn put up an impressive 51.5 percent hard-hit rate while also cutting his strikeout rate down to a respectable 22.3 percent. He had posted a lowly .633 OPS over his last four seasons with the Royals, so O'Hearn's track record is working against him. He's earned an initial shot versus righties this season, but the leash will be short. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#374
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Orioles in February of 2024. Contract includes $7.5 million team option for 2025. Contract includes $500,000 escalators for 2025 of $500,000 for 120 games played in 2024 and $500,000 for 150 games played in 2024.
Sitting versus southpaw
1BBaltimore Orioles
June 11, 2024
O'Hearn is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game versus Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
O'Hearn is hitting .400 with a 1.086 OPS through 30 at-bats in June but will take a seat Tuesday as lefty Max Fried pitches for Atlanta. Adley Rutschman will rest his legs as the designated hitter while James McCann starts behind the plate.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#9
31
10
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+35%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+381%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .584 56 8 2 4 1 .173 .218 .365
Since 2022vs Right .787 646 79 22 96 6 .287 .330 .457
2024vs Left .182 11 0 0 0 0 .091 .091 .091
2024vs Right .875 178 25 9 24 2 .301 .360 .515
2023vs Left .788 29 5 2 2 1 .192 .250 .538
2023vs Right .802 339 43 12 58 4 .297 .327 .475
2022vs Left .517 16 3 0 2 0 .200 .250 .267
2022vs Right .622 129 11 1 14 0 .244 .295 .328
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+30%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .699 329 40 9 44 1 .261 .305 .394
Since 2022Away .834 373 47 15 56 6 .294 .335 .499
2024Home .765 98 13 4 10 0 .286 .337 .429
2024Away .906 91 12 5 14 2 .289 .352 .554
2023Home .691 171 21 5 27 1 .245 .288 .403
2023Away .896 197 27 9 33 4 .326 .350 .545
2022Home .616 60 6 0 7 0 .263 .300 .316
2022Away .607 85 8 1 9 0 .221 .282 .325
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Stat Review
How does Ryan O'Hearn 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
0.79
 
BB Rate
7.9%
 
K Rate
10.1%
 
BABIP
.281
 
ISO
.201
 
AVG
.287
 
OBP
.344
 
SLG
.489
 
OPS
.832
 
wOBA
.360
 
Exit Velocity
90.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.1%
 
Barrels/PA
7.4%
 
Expected BA
.297
 
Expected SLG
.551
 
Sprint Speed
23.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
41.9%
 
Line Drive %
19.4%
 
Fly Ball %
38.7%
 
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Could carve out long-term spot
1BBaltimore Orioles
June 23, 2023
Manager Brandon Hyde admitted Friday it will be tough to take O'Hearn out of the lineup if he continues to excel at the plate, even after the Orioles get healthy, Jacob Calvin Meyer of The Baltimore Sun reports.
ANALYSIS
The 29-year-old is starting at first base and batting cleanup Friday against Seattle, which is his 14th start through 18 games in June. O'Hearn has taken on an expanded role with Cedric Mullins and Ryan Mountcastle sidelined, taking full advantage of the opportunity with a 1.128 OPS this month. Both injured players are a couple games into their minor-league rehab assignments and should return within the next week or two, but O'Hearn seems likely to maintain a regular role as long as he continues to hit.
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O'Hearn has yet to play in more than 105 games or earn more than 370 plate appearances in a single season. The 29-year-old first baseman/designated hitter did very little with his chances in 2022, posting a .239/.290/.321 slash line in 145 plate appearances. He was DFA'd by the Royals and traded to the Orioles this offseason, and he didn't remain on Baltimore's 40-man roster for long. O'Hearn will have to earn his spot on the Orioles' big-league roster, and he may now be nothing more than organizational depth.
O'Hearn is expected to serve in a utility role with time at first base, right field and designated hitter in 2022. The 28-year-old posted a mediocre .225/.268/.369 slash line with nine home runs, 29 RBI and 23 runs scored in 84 games last season.
O'Hearn had a hot couple months upon arrival to the big leagues in 2018, but that seems like a lifetime ago now, especially given the extent of O'Hearn's struggles the past two seasons. The Royals shifted Hunter Dozier across the diamond amidst O'Hearn's slump last season and brought in Carlos Santana this winter, leaving O'Hearn's future with the club uncertain.
O'Hearn came back down to earth during his first full season in the majors after an impressive MLB debut late in the 2018 season. Slotted into a platoon role, the 26-year-old recorded a lackluster slash line of .195/.281/.369 with only 14 home runs in 105 games after hitting 12 homers in 44 games the year prior. Kauffman Stadium saw the second-fewest home runs in the league last year, but O'Hearn didn't hit for power on the road either. O'Hearn struggled with plate discipline, swinging at 30.7% of pitches outside of the zone and fanning at a 26.8% clip overall. The 26-year-old had only a .230 BABIP and Statcast says he deserved to hit about 30 points higher, but a .227 xBA is nothing to celebrate. While the Royals do not have many quality alternatives, O'Hearn probably won't be assured of anything heading into spring training. It should be an open competition at first base.
Not much was expected from O'Hearn, but he ended up being one of the top power hitters in the entire league after his late-July callup, even boosting some deep-league owners to championships. He mashed 12 homers and posted a ridiculous .336 ISO in 170 plate appearances. The power did come with some swing and miss, although not as much as we see from many other power hitters in their first exposure to big-league pitching (26.5%), and he walked at a very useful 11.8% clip. O'Hearn gave back a lot of that real-world value on the defensive side, but he will have a leg up on the Royals' first-base job heading into 2019 and not many will be on him as a 25-year-old non-prospect on the Royals.
A left-handed power hitter, the 23-year-old O'Hearn got off to a scorching start to begin the 2016 campaign. In 22 games at High-A Wilmington, O'Hearn hit a blistering .352 with seven home runs and 18 RBI. That resulted in a quick promotion to Double-A, where O'Hearn spent the remainder of the 2016 season. He cooled down considerably, but the power numbers remained. O'Hearn hit 15 home runs in 112 games at that level to end the year. He will have to work on his plate discipline as he ascends to the higher levels, though, as well as prove he can hit for average, as he batted just .258 with 131 strikeouts in those 112 games for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. O'Hearn likely will return to Double-A to improve his strike-zone recognition and make more consistent contact.
O’Hearn has above average power from the left side, but as a first base prospect with some legitimate swing-and-miss in his game, he will have to really hit to make it as an everyday player in the majors. An eighth round pick out of Sam Houston State in 2014, O’Hearn was relatively flawless at the plate in 64 games of rookie ball in 2014. Some flaws started to surface, however, after he received his first full-season assignment last season. He clubbed 27 home runs in 127 games across Low-A and High-A, but also struck out 141 times while hitting .263. This illustrates the overall offensive package in a nutshell. There’s no doubt that the power can play against righties in the lower-levels, but his .236 average (.300 BABIP) with a 29.8 percent K-rate in 46 games at High-A suggests his hit tool could be fringe-average at best. The 22-year-old could occupy the strong side of a platoon at first base or DH in the majors if he reaches his ceiling.
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Drives in three in win
1BBaltimore Orioles
June 10, 2024
O'Hearn went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI in Monday's 5-2 win over the Rays.
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Swats ninth homer
1BBaltimore Orioles
June 8, 2024
O'Hearn went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, an additional run and a stolen base in Saturday's 5-0 win against the Rays.
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Homers off bench Thursday
1BBaltimore Orioles
June 6, 2024
O'Hearn hit a two-run homer as a pinch hitter in Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays.
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Absent from lineup versus lefty
1BBaltimore Orioles
June 6, 2024
O'Hearn isn't in the lineup for Thursday's game in Toronto.
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Out of Baltimore lineup
1BBaltimore Orioles
June 4, 2024
O'Hearn is absent from the lineup for Tuesday's game in Toronto.
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