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Jul 24, 2024 1 1 1 1 6.5
Jul 23, 2024 1 0 0 0 1.5
Jul 21, 2024 1 0 0 0 0.5
Jul 20, 2024 0 0 0 0 -1
Jul 14, 2024 0 0 0 0 -1.5

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Matt Wallner had a strong first full season in the majors and looks set to begin 2024 as the starting left fielder. After two short stints in the majors in April and May, Wallner was called up in July and took over the left field job by hitting 13 home runs with a .854 OPS in the second half. Wallner has outstanding power as measured by elite Avg. Exit Velocity (91.9 mph) and Barrel % (18.8%). He crushed right-handed pitching by hitting .281 with 12 home runs and a .970 OPS against righties. However, he struggled against lefties by hitting .118 with a .481 OPS against southpaws (although just 46 PA). Though he draws walks at a good rate (11.0% BB%) he strikes out too often (31.2% K%). He has one of the best throwing arm in the majors, but his range isn't great in the outfield. While he'll likely start in left field, he could be platooned and replaced for defensive purposes. Wallner has 30-home run power if he can improve against lefties and find more time in the lineup.

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2024 32.51.4 4 3 8 5 .222
2023 1952.6 42 14 41 28 2 .249
2022 33.51.9 4 2 10 6 1 .228
3y Avg. 1162.5 23 8 26 17 2 .244
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Sitting against southpaw

    Wallner is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Phillies. The lefty-hitting Wallner is on the bench for the second game in a row, with his absence Monday coming as the Phillies send a southpaw (Ranger Suarez) to the hill. With Wallner taking a seat, Manuel Margot will pick up a start in left field.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Swats second homer

    Wallner went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double in an 8-6 extra-innings win against the White Sox on Monday. Wallner was called up from Triple-A on Sunday and started in left field one day later. He belted a big homer in the seventh inning, clubbing a two-run shot to right field to tie the game 5-5. Wallner demonstrated his power potential last year with 14 home runs in 254 plate appearances with the Twins, and he has two long balls through 39 plate appearances this year but is slashing just .167/.333/.433.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Joining active roster

    The Twins will recall Wallner from Triple-A St. Paul, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports Saturday. Wallner was relegated to St. Paul after opening the season 2-for-25 with a 51.5 percent strikeout game for the Twins, but he'll rejoin the 26-man roster after finding his swing at Triple-A. Wallner has generated a hit in 25 of his 29 games since June 1 and has belted 12 homers during that span. The 26-year-old will provide depth at the corner outfield positions.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Struggles continue at Triple-A

    Wallner is hitting just .180/.265/.344 with five home runs in 33 games since being demoted to Triple-A St. Paul. Wallner began the season as Minnesota's starting right fielder, but was sent to the minors after hitting just 2-for-33 through 13 games. He had also struggled in spring training (5-for-38) and looked lost at the plate. Unfortunately except for one small hot streak in early May, he hasn't broken out of his funk. While he could still turn his season around and an injury or two in the majors could see him quickly get called up, it certainly doesn't appear like he's set to force his way back to the big leagues any time soon.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: On bench for series finale

    Wallner is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers. The 26-year-old went 1-for-8 with a three-run home run and three strikeouts across both games of Saturday's doubleheader, though it's worth noting the long ball came off position player Zach McKinstry. Wallner has a .508 OPS through 31 plate appearances this season and will sit Sunday despite the fact righty Jack Flaherty is pitching for Detroit.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Sitting out Wednesday

    Wallner is absent from the lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Dodgers. Right-hander Bobby Miller is on the hill for the Dodgers and has had reverse splits in his career, holding lefties to a .592 OPS and righties to a .704 OPS. The left-handed-hitting Wallner will give way to Manuel Margot in left field, while Alex Kirilloff will occupy right field.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Heads to bench Wednesday

    Wallner is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers. Wallner will take a seat for the first time since Opening Day, breaking a streak of three consecutive starts during which he went 1-for-6 with one walk and five strikeouts. He'll cede his spot in the lineup to Kyle Farmer, who mans third base while Alex Kirilloff, Max Kepler and Willi Castro serve as Minnesota's starting outfielders.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Breaks out of spring slump

    Wallner went 1-for-3 with a his second spring home run in Saturday's Grapefruit League win over Boston. He's hitting just .114 (4-for-35) with 16 strikeouts this spring. Wallner has struggled this spring, but there's been no signs his roster spot is in question and at least he's getting on track just before the regular season begins. He looks set to start in left field but will likely sit against left-handed pitching. He crushed right-handed pitching last season by hitting .281 with 12 home runs and a .970 OPS against righties. However, he struggled versus lefties with a .118 average and .481 OPS, though that came in just 46 plate appearances.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Slow start this spring

    Wallner appears set to begin the season as Minnesota's starting left fielder, MLB.com reports. He's hitting just 1-for-10 in four games this spring. Wallner took over the starting left field job in the second half of last season, so his projection as a starter isn't a surprise. However, the larger question is how much he'll play against left-handed pitching. He crushed right-handed pitching last season by hitting .281 with 12 home runs and a .970 OPS against righties. However, he struggled versus lefties with a .118 average and .481 OPS, though that came in just 46 plate appearances.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: On bench for ALDS Game 4

    Wallner is absent from the lineup Wednesday for Game 4 of the ALDS versus the Astros. Wallner drew two walks in Game 3 but has yet to record a hit through 12 plate appearances this postseason. Willi Castro will cover left field and bat seventh Wednesday as the Twins look to avoid elimination. Michael Taylor is in center and batting ninth.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Rare day off amid heater

    Wallner is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Reds. This breaks a string of eight straight starts for Wallner. He hit .423 with one home run, four runs and five RBI in 26 at-bats over that stretch. Andrew Stevenson is picking up a rare start in left field.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Needs at least one more day

    Wallner (hand) will sit Saturday against the Pirates. Wallner was initially included in the Twins' lineup, but the team elected to give him one more day after he left Friday's series opener after getting hit in the hand. X-rays came back negative, but he'll rest his bruised digits Saturday while Joey Gallo handles left field.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: X-rays come back negative

    X-rays on Wallner's right hand came back negative, Bobby Nightengale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Wallner departed Friday's game against the Pirates after a pitch he swung at struck him in the hand. He's managed to avoid a serious injury, though, and is considered day-to-day. "We got lucky," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said, "and we'll take that."
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Sits in series opener

    Wallner is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Tigers, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports. Wallner will be joined on the bench by fellow left-handed hitters Joey Gallo and Edouard Julien as the Tigers bring southpaw Joey Wentz to the hill for the series opener. Jordan Luplow will pick up the start in left field in place of Wallner, who appears on track to hold down a strong-side platoon role at least until the Twins get both of Byron Buxton (hamstring) and Alex Kirilloff (shoulder) back from the injured list.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Possible waiver wire pickups

    Wallner has now started 18 straight for the Twins, and after his heroics from this weekend, it's unlikely to change anytime soon. He paced the lineup with a 3-for-5 performance Saturday, which included a double, and then hit a walk-off two-run homer Sunday. The ball was hit 109 mph, traveling 415 feet, which is hardly an exception for him. His hardest-hit ball in just 82 at-bats is 113.7 mph, putting him in the 89th percentile. "He's a big boy and hits the ball so hard," manager Rocco Baldelli said. "But he's under control. He's never really out of control." It's a three-true-outcomes profile that led to impressive numbers in the minors, and as long as he can keep his strikeout rate around 30 percent (it's 29 now), Wallner has a chance to succeed in the majors. If you need cheap homers, he's your guy.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Possible waiver wire pickups

    Wallner has now started 18 straight for the Twins, and after his heroics from this weekend, it's unlikely to change anytime soon. He paced the lineup with a 3-for-5 performance Saturday, which included a double, and then hit a walk-off two-run homer Sunday. The ball was hit 109 mph, traveling 415 feet, which is hardly an exception for him. His hardest-hit ball in just 82 at-bats is 113.7 mph, putting him in the 89th percentile. "He's a big boy and hits the ball so hard," manager Rocco Baldelli said. "But he's under control. He's never really out of control." It's a three-true-outcomes profile that led to impressive numbers in the minors, and as long as he can keep his strikeout rate around 30 percent (it's 29 now), Wallner has a chance to succeed in the majors. If you need cheap homers, he's your guy.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Provides game-winning hit

    Wallner went 1-for-4 with a walk-off two-run homer to beat the Diamondbacks on Sunday. Wallner delivered his first-career walk-off hit with a two-run blast off Paul Sewald to complete the series sweep for the Twins. Wallner has six homers and 12 RBI over his last 11 games. The 25-year-old has a .305 ISO in 97 plate appearances this season, which would rank third in all of baseball if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. Wallner is locked into an everyday role after the recent injury news to Byron Buxton and would seem to have a leg up on the struggling Joey Gallo even when Buxton returns.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Showcases power in loss

    Wallner went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Royals. Wallner was the only lefty in the Twins' lineup facing left-hander Ryan Yarbrough and was the only hitter to do any damage. He's managed to hit five home runs over his last five games and seems to have a path to a near-everyday role after Alex Kirilloff went on the injured list with a right shoulder strain Sunday. Wallner's slashing a respectable .258/.378/.532 with nine RBI, 11 runs and a 7:21 BB:K in 74 plate appearances this season.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Homers twice Wednesday

    Wallner went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs in Wednesday's loss against the Mariners. Wallner is up to four homers this season, three of which have come in the last two days. The 25-year-old outfielder has started nine straight games as injuries continue to mount for the Twins, going 8-for-31 (.258) over that span. Overall, Wallner is slashing an impressive .294/.419/.569 with eight RBI and nine runs scored through 62 plate appearances this season. Given his current role and power upside, Wallner is worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues.
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  • Twins' Matt Wallner: Dispatched to minors

    The Twins optioned Wallner to Triple-A St. Paul on Monday. Wallner was sent out to make room on the 26-man active roster for fellow outfielder Max Kepler (hamstring), who was reinstated from the 10-day injured list. During his six-day stint in the big leagues, Wallner appeared in five games and went 7-for-11 with a home run, a double, two walks, four RBI, two runs and a stolen base.
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