Ty France

Ty France

28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Seattle Mariners
2023 Fantasy Outlook
France may not sport the typical corner infield skill set, but it plays and can be a fantasy asset when used in the proper lineup build. His primary skill is an elite contact rate as his average exit velocity is 24th percentile flanked with a 29th percentile hard hit rate. France's fly ball exit velocity is a little higher, allowing him to maintain a slightly above average HR/FB. Put together, France has registered a wRC+ of 133, 130 and 127 over the past three seasons. His job as the Mariners' every day first baseman is secure, and manager Scott Servais likes to hit him in a prominent lineup spot. France's run production should benefit from an improving Seattle lineup. It hurts a bit that France no longer has second base eligibility, but France can provide batting stability with enough power to merit mixed league corner infield consideration. Read Past Outlooks
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#172
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $4.1 million contract with the Mariners in January of 2023.
Avoids arbitration
2BSeattle Mariners
January 13, 2023
France and the Mariners agreed on a one-year, $4.1 million contract Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
France and the team won't have to go through the arbitration process anymore after they struck a deal Friday. The 28-year-old produced a .274/.338/.436 slash line with a career-high 20 homers and 83 RBI over 551 at-bats in 140 games with the Mariners in 2022. Hitting in the heart of a productive Seattle lineup, France will continue to have significant fantasy value in 2023.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
90
1
2
5
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
39
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+56%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .785 450 53 13 62 0 .282 .347 .438
Since 2020vs Right .805 963 116 29 117 0 .286 .358 .446
2022vs Left .735 171 17 3 23 0 .273 .345 .390
2022vs Right .794 441 48 17 61 0 .277 .338 .456
2021vs Left .874 216 30 9 33 0 .311 .366 .508
2021vs Right .781 434 55 9 40 0 .280 .369 .413
2020vs Left .619 63 6 1 6 0 .211 .286 .333
2020vs Right .965 88 13 3 16 0 .358 .409 .556
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .807 671 86 18 90 0 .292 .368 .438
Since 2020Away .794 746 83 24 90 0 .281 .345 .449
2022Home .791 293 34 10 42 0 .280 .352 .439
2022Away .765 319 31 10 42 0 .272 .329 .436
2021Home .817 310 44 6 37 0 .302 .384 .433
2021Away .808 340 41 12 36 0 .281 .353 .455
2020Home .827 68 8 2 11 0 .295 .368 .459
2020Away .843 87 11 2 12 0 .313 .368 .475
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Stat Review
How does Ty France 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
0.37
 
BB Rate
5.7%
 
K Rate
15.4%
 
BABIP
.296
 
ISO
.162
 
AVG
.274
 
OBP
.338
 
SLG
.436
 
OPS
.774
 
wOBA
.341
 
Exit Velocity
87.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.5%
 
Barrels/PA
4.1%
 
Expected BA
.262
 
Expected SLG
.398
 
Sprint Speed
20.3 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
47.8%
 
Line Drive %
21.4%
 
Fly Ball %
30.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
2020
Through April 19, France was slashing .311/.411/.525, but he left a game early after being hit by a pitch on the forearm. Over his next 20 games, France hit .157/.263/.229 before being put on the IL with wrist inflammation. Neither the HBP nor sore wrist were cited for the slump, but one or both likely contributed. France had the minimum stay, then didn't miss a game the rest of the way. He did endure another slump (2-for-21) while playing through a bone bruise on his wrist. France is an accumulator, benefiting from a career-low 16.3 K%. His power is average but a penchant for line drives supports a high BABIP. Seattle runs, but France's 21st percentile sprint speed grounds him. France is slated to again be the Mariners' everyday first baseman, but he'll also qualify at second where his numbers play better for fantasy. France's solid contact provides a floor. Just beware hitting line drives can be a fleeting skill.
On the surface, France's 2020 season appears to be a breakthrough campaign, but the underlying metrics say, "proceed with caution." He began the season with the Padres and was slashing .314/.375/.510 when he was dealt to the Mariners at the trade deadline. France recorded a .300/.364/.444 line with Seattle. While his expected stats were just a little shy of his actual marks, France's eighth percentile average exit velocity and 11th percentile hard-hit rate indicate he's working with a small margin of error and is likely in store for regression on his .390 BABIP. Seattle has several players capable of playing multiple positions, so if France has a poor spring or struggles in season, he's a risk to fall into a utility role or perhaps even return to the minors. France's 1.247 OPS back in 2019 for Triple-A El Paso is still enticing, but it's probably a mirage.
France had the type of minor-league season that looks like a typo. He thoroughly enjoyed the spoils of the juiced ball in the Pacific Coast League and playing in El Paso, hitting .399/.477/.770 in 348 plate appearance with 27 homers and 172 runs-plus-RBI. He earned a promotion to San Diego, where his production returned to a more believable level. That said, 34 homers, 103 runs and 113 RBI in a season is some accomplishment. He also has a knack as a ball magnet at the plate, having been hit by pitches at least 25 times in each of the past four seasons. The Padres brought in Jurickson Profar to take over at second base in 2020, though France arguably has more upside at this point. Given the roster construction, France would likely be hitting seventh or eighth even if he were to take over as the starter eventually.
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Sits for Game 2
2BSeattle Mariners
October 4, 2022
France is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Tigers, Shannon Drayer of Seattle Sports 710 AM reports.
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Rests after clinching playoffs
2BSeattle Mariners
October 1, 2022
France will sit Saturday against Oakland.
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Continues late-season surge in win
2BSeattle Mariners
September 29, 2022
France went 2-for-4 with two runs in a win over the Rangers on Wednesday.
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Keeps up hot hitting Sunday
2BSeattle Mariners
September 26, 2022
France went 3-for-5 with a two-run single, a double and a run in a loss to the Royals on Sunday.
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Three-hit night in win
2BSeattle Mariners
September 25, 2022
France went 3-for-5 with an RBI single, a double, a walk and a run in a win over the Royals on Saturday.
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