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Apr 22, 2024 2 1 0 3 7
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Max Kepler had the second-best season of his career even though it looked like his time in Minnesota was coming to an end at the start of 2023. Coming off a subpar season, Kepler was rumored to be on the trade block all offseason. He then hit .232 with three home runs and a .771 OPS in April. Something changed in May, as he hit .263 with 21 home runs and a .823 OPS the rest of the season. He returned to hitting more fly balls (44.3% from 34.4% in 2022) but luck may have played a factor with a career-best .288 BABIP and second-highest 16.1% HR/RB rate. Still, Kepler has always had chronically low BABIP rates, so he could sustain a slight uptick. Kepler's success came despite a dip in his usual strong command at the plate. He had just a 9.2% walk rate and a career-low 21.6% strike out rate, which were likely offset by continued above-average power as his Max Exit Velocity was in the 89th percentile (per Baseball Savant). His .751 OPS against lefties continued a recent improvement against southpaws, which could keep his bat in the lineup more. While his defensive metrics took an uncharacteristic decline (-0.8 fWAR), he's still viewed by the team as a plus defender. He should reprise as the starting right fielder and could find an early age-30s power surge.

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2024 61 1 3 1 .125
2023 3472.7 72 24 66 45 1 .260
2022 2572.2 54 9 43 49 3 .227
3y Avg. 306.52.5 62 17 54 49 5 .233
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Drives in three runs

    Kepler went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and a run scored in Monday's win over the White Sox. Kepler was activated from the injured list for Monday's contest and wasted no time getting back to work. He ripped a two-run double in the first inning and added an RBI single in the third. He began the year in an ugly 1-for-20 slump before getting injured but went 4-for-10 with three walks in his brief rehab stint with Triple-A St. Paul.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Back from injured list

    The Twins reinstated Kepler (knee) from the 10-day injured list Monday. Kepler missed a couple weeks of action with a right knee contusion but is ready to re-enter the Twins lineup following a successful three-game rehab stint with Triple-A St. Paul. He will likely take over as the Twins' everyday right fielder, with Trevor Larnach and/or Carlos Santana likely to see dips in playing time as a result.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Set to return from IL

    Kepler (knee) is expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list Monday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He was 4-for-10 with three walks in three games for Triple-A St. Paul on a rehab assignment. Kepler should return to the everyday lineup in right field, but it's not clear who will head to the bench. It's possible Trevor Larnach moves to DH while a struggling Carlos Santana gets less playing time and Alex Kirilloff sees action at first base.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Starting rehab assignment Thursday

    Kepler (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul on Thursday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Kepler was cleared to run the bases this week and came out of it well, paving the way for his return to game action. He's missed the last week-and-a-half of action with a right knee contusion. Kepler shouldn't need too many rehab at-bats before being activated.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Slated to run bases

    Kepler (knee) will run the bases at Target field in the next day or two, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. If he gets through that without any issues, he could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment. Kepler has been sidelined for a little over a week with a right knee contusion. He shouldn't need too many rehab games before rejoining the Twins.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Out with bruised knee

    The Twins placed Kepler on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a right knee contusion. It's unclear when exactly Kepler suffered the injury, though he hasn't seen the field since going 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout Saturday against the Guardians. The veteran outfielder doesn't have an official timetable for his return but will be eligible to be activated from the injured list April 17.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Out against left-hander

    Kepler is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Dodgers. James Paxton is the first lefty the Twins have gone up against since Opening Day. Kepler was in the lineup that day, but he'll take a seat in this one. Manuel Margot will handle right field.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Returns to lineup Tuesday

    Kepler (leg) is starting in right field and batting cleanup in Tuesday's game in Milwaukee. Kepler missed the last two games after fouling a ball of his right leg on Opening Day. The Twins hadn't previously ruled out a stint on the injured list, but Kepler apparently made some nice progress during Monday's off day and is back in there Tuesday.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: IL stint possible

    Kepler (leg) was not available for Sunday's game and the Twins may be considered for an injured list stint if he's not ready to play by Tuesday, manager Rocco Baldelli told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Twins do not play Monday. The 31-year-old fouled a ball off his right leg in Thursday's game, which resulted in his early departure. X-rays after the game came back as negative, but Kepler didn't play in either game this weekend. The Twins initially said he would be fine, but the discussion about his injury sounded more ominous Sunday.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Remains out of lineup

    Kepler (leg) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Royals. Kepler was not in the lineup Saturday against a right-handed starter and did not make an appearance in the game. The 31-year-old fouled a ball off his right leg in Thursday's game, which resulted in his early departure. X-rays after the game came back negative, but he is not cleared to run, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. The outfielder will be re-evaluated after the upcoming off-day. With some movement around the field for the Twins, Willi Castro gets the start in Kepler's lineup spot, but at third base with Matt Wallner shifting to right field.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Doesn't play Saturday

    Kepler (leg) did not play in Saturday's win over Kansas City, but Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said that Kepler is in the clear medically, MLB.com reports. It's a little alarming that he wasn't in the lineup Saturday against a right-handed starter after a day off, but it sounds like he could return Sunday. Kepler fouled a ball off his right leg in Thursday's game and left early, but X-rays after the game came back negative.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: X-rays clear on right leg

    Twins manager Rocco Baldelli noted after Thursday's 4-1 win over the Royals that X-rays on Kepler's right leg came back negative, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Kepler managed to finish his at-bat after the foul ball, but he didn't take the field in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Twins have a scheduled day off Friday, which gives the team an extra day to see how Kepler feels ahead of Saturday's contest. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts before exiting Thursday.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Exits with possible injury

    Kepler was removed from Thursday's game against the Royals after fouling a ball off his right leg, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Kepler initially remained in the game to finish his at-bat after getting checked out by trainers, but he was replaced once the Twins took the field in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Twins will take a look at the 31-year-old outfielder and should have more information in the near future.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: In lineup Monday

    Kepler (pectoral) will start in right field and bat sixth in Monday's Grapefruit League game against Atlanta. Kepler missed a few days due a pectoral issue, and the Twins were concerned enough to order an MRI. However, nothing serious turned up, and Kepler's relatively quick return to action indicates he's in the clear for Opening Day. Despite persistent trade rumors over the last year or so, Kepler remains in Minnesota and projects to start against most opposing right-handers to begin 2024.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Pectoral issue seen minor

    Kepler, who was scratched from Wednesday's spring training game due to left pectoral tightness, had an MRI that didn't reveal any major issues, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "It seems like [Kepler] is in a pretty good spot," said manager Rocco Baldelli. "We got some imaging done. We didn't find anything concerning on the imaging, which is great." While it's a relief he's not facing a significant issue, it's a little worrisome that his sore pectoral warranted an MRI. Kepler will likely play sparingly in spring action during the next week but sounds like he'll be ready for Opening Day.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Scratched with pectoral tightness

    Kepler was scratched from the Twins' Grapefruit League lineup Wednesday because of left pectoral tightness, Bobby Nightengale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. It's not clear when or how Kepler suffered the injury, but it was clearly enough of an issue that he didn't feel well enough to give it a go Wednesday. Consider the outfielder day-to-day for the time being. Gabriel Gonzalez took Kepler's spot in right field.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Hits first spring homer

    Kepler went 1-for-3 with his first home run of the spring in Sunday's Grapefruit League tie with Tampa Bay. Kepler has gotten off to a somewhat slow start, as even with the homer he's still just 2-for-12 this spring, but the veteran doesn't need to worry about his job security. After another offseason of trade rumors, Kepler enters the spring as the Twins' starting right fielder. He could see fewer at-bats against left-handed pitching with the Twins signing right-handed-hitting Manuel Margot, but Kepler's .751 OPS against lefties last season continued a recent improvement against southpaws.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Club option picked up

    The Twins exercised Kepler's $10 million club option for 2024 on Thursday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. Coming off his best statistical season since 2019, Kepler will officially remain with the Twins for one more year as the team looks to repeat as AL Central champions. The 30-year-old outfielder slashed .260/.332/.484 with 24 homers and 66 RBI, and he will likely reprise his role as Minnesota's primary right fielder in 2024.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Sitting out Thursday

    Kepler is absent from the lineup for Thursday's game against the Athletics. Kepler had started the previous three contests but will begin Thursday's afternoon tilt on the bench. Trevor Larnach is in right field for the Twins.
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  • Twins' Max Kepler: Perfect at plate Wednesday

    Kepler went 4-for-4 and scored a run in Wednesday's 6-4 victory versus Oakland. Kepler knocked four singles in the win, giving him his first four-hit performance of the season. He's been hitting well of late, collecting five multi-hit efforts over his past 13 games and batting .340 (17-for-50) with two homers, six RBI, 13 runs and a stolen base over that span. The late-season surge has lifted his batting average to .258 on the campaign, which is on pace to be a career-best mark.
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