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Crystal Ball: Max Kepler, Minnesota Twins

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Back by popular demand: the Minor League Ball Crystal Ball, beginning with Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler.

The Crystal Ball is NOT a PREDICTION in the sense of me saying "this is how the guy will turn out.". The idea is to generate discussion about a player by presenting one possible outcome for his career, based on what we currently know about him.

It is not just thrown together; I try to make them logical, based on the outcomes of players who were similar at the same stage of their career. Sometimes a CB represents a maximal outcome, sometimes it is more of a middle ground.

What do you think of this one? Can you spot the free agent signings, the injuries, and the trades?


Max Kepler













Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K BA OBP SLG Age
2015 Twins 3 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.143 0.143 0.143 22
2016 Twins 111 389 51 91 19 2 17 63 42 92 0.234 0.309 0.424 23
2017 Twins 142 438 69 119 26 3 18 72 47 119 0.272 0.342 0.468 24
2018 Twins 159 597 83 144 29 4 22 86 70 129 0.241 0.321 0.414 25
2019 Twins 152 586 99 179 36 5 19 99 68 118 0.305 0.378 0.481 26
2020 Twins 137 445 75 132 33 4 20 88 59 95 0.297 0.379 0.524 27
2021 Twins 153 574 87 152 30 3 28 102 71 118 0.265 0.346 0.474 28
2022 Twins 149 529 90 155 31 2 25 96 68 121 0.293 0.374 0.501 29
2023 Twins 155 584 100 172 28 2 31 109 72 109 0.295 0.372 0.509 30
2024 Yankees 147 533 80 159 30 1 32 110 68 99 0.298 0.378 0.538 31
2025 Yankees 155 586 78 130 25 2 22 85 80 131 0.222 0.315 0.384 32
2026 Yankees 137 456 73 128 26 1 22 91 70 109 0.281 0.376 0.487 33
2027 Yankees 78 299 33 96 19 3 9 42 33 41 0.321 0.389 0.495 34

Dodgers 71 244 35 60 11 1 10 38 27 61 0.246 0.321 0.422 34
2028 Dodgers 9 31 3 8 1 0 1 5 2 5 0.258 0.303 0.387 35
2029 Dodgers 102 238 23 52 8 0 8 20 26 38 0.218 0.295 0.353 36
2030 Orioles 129 326 51 89 15 1 11 33 27 59 0.273 0.329 0.426 37
2031 Twins 103 333 48 84 11 0 6 28 34 62 0.252 0.322 0.339 38

















2092 7195 1078 1951 378 34 301 1167 864 1506 0.271 0.349 0.459