2023 Player Outlook
Merrifield posted career worsts in wRC+ (88) and BA (.250), and it appears that his best days are probably behind him. His stolen base total also substantially decreased. Merrifield only stole 16 bases after stealing 40 the previous season. On a positive note, his 82% Contact Rate was still above the league average and he should be eligible at second base and in the outfield in most league formats. With second base position scarcity, he still might retain some of his value in preseason drafts. With MLB’s new rule changes expected to make it easier to steal bases, we may see a modest increase in Merrifield’s 2023 stolen base total but based on his expected stats we shouldn’t expect to see a significant boost in his power numbers or batting average.