Tommy Edman

Tommy Edman

27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
St. Louis Cardinals
2023 Fantasy Outlook
A graduate from Stanford with a degree in math and computational science, Edman is a smart baseball player and you can see it in certain stats like his stolen-base success rate (career 79-for-92). He picks his spots and maximizes his natural talent. While Edman doesn't draw a ton of walks, he puts the ball in play and can hit for decent average and a bit of pop from both sides of the plate. It's worth noting that of Edman's 32 steals last season, 21 came when he batted out of the leadoff spot. Conversely, he only stole two bags in 31 games batting at the bottom of the order, so the Cardinals' lineups will be worth watching as we push closer to Opening Day. Regardless of where he slots in, Edman will be in the staring nine close to every day thanks to his defensive prowess. He is eligible at both middle-infield positions entering 2023. Read Past Outlooks
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#72
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $4.2 million contract with the Cardinals in January of 2023, avoiding arbitration.
Receives $4.2 million for 2023
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
January 13, 2023
Edman agreed to a one-year, $4.2 million contract with the Cardinals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
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It's the first year of arbitration eligiblity for Edman, who had a .265/.324/.400 slash line with 13 home runs, 57 RBI, 95 runs and 32 stolen bases last season. The 27-year-old switch hitter is expected to begin 2023 as St. Louis' starting shortstop.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
63
9
2
3
30
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
23
3
8
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+31%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .796 360 58 13 43 10 .277 .315 .481
Since 2020vs Right .679 1185 157 16 96 54 .257 .317 .362
2022vs Left .782 162 23 5 18 6 .276 .321 .461
2022vs Right .704 468 72 8 39 26 .261 .325 .379
2021vs Left .794 157 28 6 16 4 .267 .308 .486
2021vs Right .665 534 63 5 40 26 .261 .308 .358
2020vs Left .854 41 7 2 9 0 .317 .317 .537
2020vs Right .654 183 22 3 17 2 .238 .322 .331
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
Even Split
2022
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .707 725 94 13 69 35 .269 .312 .394
Since 2020Away .708 819 121 16 70 29 .256 .321 .387
2022Home .736 306 51 8 28 19 .276 .320 .416
2022Away .713 324 44 5 29 13 .254 .328 .385
2021Home .661 323 33 2 26 14 .261 .298 .363
2021Away .724 368 58 9 30 16 .263 .316 .408
2020Home .765 96 10 3 15 2 .273 .333 .432
2020Away .645 127 19 2 11 0 .241 .315 .330
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Stat Review
How does Tommy Edman 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
0.41
 
BB Rate
7.3%
 
K Rate
17.6%
 
BABIP
.308
 
ISO
.135
 
AVG
.265
 
OBP
.324
 
SLG
.400
 
OPS
.725
 
wOBA
.320
 
Exit Velocity
88.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.5%
 
Barrels/PA
4.6%
 
Expected BA
.258
 
Expected SLG
.380
 
Sprint Speed
26.0 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
49.5%
 
Line Drive %
19.6%
 
Fly Ball %
31.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
2020
After Edman's rookie season, there was hope he'd develop into a multi-eligibility player with power and speed. With apologies to Meatloaf, two out of three ain't bad. It's apparent Edman's .500 slugging percentage in 2019 was a mirage, fueled by a HR mark a few more than expected. That said, according to Statcast, Edman's 11 long balls last season were a couple lighter than expected. After vanishing in 2020, Edman's stolen bases returned as his 30 SB tied for fourth most in MLB. Edman's 13.7 K% was 13th lowest among qualified hitters. Edman's contact rate and steals, along with dual position eligibility (2B/OF) provide his fantasy allure. Despite a low BB%, Edman has hit first or second in 230 of the 306 games he's played. His batted-balls skills don't support a high BABIP, but 92nd percentile sprint speed should keep it around league average. There's ample support to safely target Edman for steals.
Depending on how your league handles positional eligibility for 2021, Edman could be eligible at up to four positions on draft day as he reached eight appearances at second base, shortstop, third base and outfield. Edman's offensive numbers went in the wrong direction in 2020 after he burst onto the scene with a 123 wRC+, 11 homers and 15 steals in 349 PA in 2019. The strikeout rate shot up to 21.1% and the batted-ball numbers leave a lot to be desired, with his exit velocity and barrel rate both ranking in the bottom 15% of the league. His sprint speed ranked in the 95th percentile, but Edman was caught four times against only two successful steal attempts. That was a big surprise after Edman went 15-for-16 on the basepaths in 2019. Edman is smart -- he has a degree from Stanford in mathematical and computational science -- and we expect he will be able to squeeze a lot out of his natural baseball talent.
After spending the first two months of the season with Triple-A Memphis, Edman earned a promotion in June and never looked back, finishing with a team-best 123 wRC+ across 92 games while playing third base (41 starts), second base (23) and the outfield (11). The rookie also led the Cardinals in average (.304) and slugging percentage (.500), while he ranked second in OBP (.350) despite a poor 4.6 BB%. While there are reasons to believe Edman's high average is sustainable (.292 xBA per Statcast), underlying numbers -- 4.1% Barrels/PA and .425 xSLG per Statcast -- suggest he may not be able to keep up the same home run pace (11 in 349 plate appearances) in 2020. Either way, Edman's value is buoyed by his impressive speed, as he went 24-for-25 in stolen base chances between Memphis and St. Louis. He started all nine playoff games and, even without a set position, should see plenty of opportunities in 2020.
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Three hits in loss
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
October 5, 2022
Edman went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, two runs and two stolen bases in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.
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Sitting again Monday
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
October 3, 2022
Edman is out of the lineup for Monday's game in Pittsburgh, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
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Day off Saturday
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
October 1, 2022
Edman isn't starting Saturday against the Pirates, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
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Idle after division-clinching win
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 28, 2022
Edman is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
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On bench Sunday
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
September 18, 2022
Edman is not in the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Reds, Daniel Guerrero of MLB.com reports.
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