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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 33)
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Birth Date5-26-1981
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age33 years, 4 months, 23 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
2.32010
4.02011
4.72012
3.42013
4.62014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 TBA 25 52 198 183 10 41 6 2 2 57 10 26 0 3 2 18 2 3 .224 .260 .311 .203 -4.9 0.8 -0.4
2007 TBA 26 31 105 97 8 15 2 0 1 20 3 21 1 2 2 9 2 0 .155 .184 .206 .157 -9.1 -2.7 -1.2
2008 TBA 27 62 227 198 32 50 10 2 12 100 25 37 2 2 0 30 3 0 .253 .339 .505 .283 11.7 -2.2 1.0
2009 TBA 28 152 599 501 91 149 28 7 27 272 91 104 2 4 1 91 17 6 .297 .405 .543 .317 55.0 8.0 6.4
2010 TBA 29 151 655 541 77 129 28 2 10 191 92 107 3 12 7 75 24 3 .238 .346 .353 .259 20.0 1.9 2.3
2011 TBA 30 156 674 588 99 158 46 6 20 276 77 128 2 5 2 91 19 6 .269 .353 .469 .299 42.7 -5.6 4.0
2012 TBA 31 157 668 560 88 151 39 7 20 264 97 103 3 6 2 74 14 9 .270 .377 .471 .311 46.3 -1.5 4.7
2013 TBA 32 157 698 612 77 168 36 3 12 246 72 91 7 6 1 71 11 3 .275 .354 .402 .283 29.8 1.3 3.4
2014 TBA 33 146 654 570 83 155 34 3 10 225 75 84 1 6 2 52 10 5 .272 .354 .395 .286 33.5 8.0 4.6
Career106444783850565101622932114165154270121461951110235.264.354.429.285225.07.924.7

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2004 TCV A- 68 310 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .367 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LEX A 68 310 .295 .266 .351 .417 .274 .341 107 10.4 8.0 3 10.6 -1.8 18.5 2.8 18.5 2.8
2005 SLM A+ 42 180 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .361 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 TBA MLB 52 198 .203 .266 .324 .416 .248 .247 107 -12.6 6.0 2.7 0.8 -1.8 -4.9 -0.4 -4.9 -0.4
2006 CCH AA 83 381 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .369 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 DUR AAA 18 82 .294 .256 .321 .390 .257 .339 99 2.9 2.3 1.1 -2.8 -1.2 4.6 0.2 4.6 0.2
2007 TBA MLB 31 105 .157 .267 .334 .417 .263 .182 102 -11.9 3.1 1.4 -2.7 -0.6 -9.1 -1.2 -9.1 -1.2
2007 DUR AAA 61 276 .301 .262 .327 .407 .258 .306 97 11.5 7.6 2.2 -0.7 1.9 21.3 2.0 21.3 2.0
2008 TBA MLB 62 227 .283 .263 .335 .417 .263 .252 103 5.7 6.6 1.5 -2.2 -0.1 11.7 1.0 11.7 1.0
2008 VRO A+ 4 15 .213 .240 .305 .350 .233 .333 112 -0.8 0.5 0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2008 DUR AAA 20 88 .359 .273 .339 .419 .267 .423 101 8.3 2.3 0.4 0.8 0.5 11.0 1.1 11.0 1.1
2009 TBA MLB 152 599 .317 .263 .331 .418 .258 .326 105 36.5 17.2 -2 8.0 1.5 55.0 6.4 55.0 6.4
2010 TBA MLB 151 655 .259 .258 .324 .406 .256 .273 106 -0.9 18.1 -4.5 1.9 1.0 20.0 2.3 20.0 2.3
2011 TBA MLB 156 674 .299 .254 .320 .401 .260 .310 99 26.2 18.2 -2.3 -5.6 5.0 42.7 4.0 42.7 4.0
2012 TBA MLB 157 668 .311 .255 .316 .411 .260 .296 96 34 18.3 -0.7 -1.5 -5.2 46.3 4.7 46.3 4.7
2013 TBA MLB 157 698 .283 .252 .317 .402 .265 .303 95 15.7 18.4 -1.1 1.3 -0.9 29.8 3.4 29.8 3.4
2013 USA int 4 14 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .300 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 TBA MLB 146 654 .286 .253 .313 .391 .262 .301 98 15.8 16.9 -0.7 8.0 2.4 33.5 4.6 33.5 4.6
2014 PCH A+ 1 5 .273 .244 .289 .317 .226 .250 97 0.1 0.1 0 -0.0 -0.1 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 TCV A- 310 50 87 14 3 4 45 43 31 15 4 .339 .435 .463 .125 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LEX A 310 45 75 17 2 2 32 47 35 16 5 .304 .419 .413 .109 .295 18.5 10.6 2.8
2005 SLM A+ 180 25 47 12 1 3 13 37 17 2 1 .333 .472 .496 .163 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 DUR AAA 82 12 21 3 1 0 6 10 9 4 1 .304 .390 .377 .072 .294 4.6 -2.8 0.2
2006 TBA MLB 198 10 41 6 2 2 18 10 26 2 3 .224 .260 .311 .087 .203 -4.9 0.8 -0.4
2006 CCH AA 381 57 103 25 6 3 30 55 46 9 5 .327 .429 .473 .146 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 TBA MLB 105 8 15 2 0 1 9 3 21 2 0 .155 .184 .206 .052 .157 -9.1 -2.7 -1.2
2007 DUR AAA 276 42 62 14 2 7 22 43 38 8 3 .279 .403 .455 .176 .301 21.3 -0.7 2.0
2008 VRO A+ 15 1 4 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 .286 .286 .357 .071 .213 -0.2 -0.0 -0.0
2008 DUR AAA 88 15 26 3 0 4 13 15 16 4 1 .366 .471 .577 .211 .359 11.0 0.8 1.1
2008 TBA MLB 227 32 50 10 2 12 30 25 37 3 0 .253 .339 .505 .253 .283 11.7 -2.2 1.0
2009 TBA MLB 599 91 149 28 7 27 91 91 104 17 6 .297 .405 .543 .246 .317 55.0 8.0 6.4
2010 TBA MLB 655 77 129 28 2 10 75 92 107 24 3 .238 .346 .353 .115 .259 20.0 1.9 2.3
2011 TBA MLB 674 99 158 46 6 20 91 77 128 19 6 .269 .353 .469 .201 .299 42.7 -5.6 4.0
2012 TBA MLB 668 88 151 39 7 20 74 97 103 14 9 .270 .377 .471 .202 .311 46.3 -1.5 4.7
2013 USA int 14 1 3 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 0 .273 .429 .273 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 TBA MLB 698 77 168 36 3 12 71 72 91 11 3 .275 .354 .402 .127 .283 29.8 1.3 3.4
2014 PCH A+ 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .000 .273 0.7 -0.0 0.1
2014 TBA MLB 654 83 155 34 3 10 52 75 84 10 5 .272 .354 .395 .123 .286 33.5 8.0 4.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 832 0.4700 0.4087 0.8529 0.6266 0.2154 0.9020 0.7263 0.1471
2009 2402 0.4746 0.3782 0.8225 0.5570 0.2155 0.8835 0.6801 0.1775
2010 2666 0.4940 0.3808 0.8480 0.5285 0.2350 0.8994 0.7350 0.1510
2011 2682 0.4952 0.4052 0.8250 0.5798 0.2334 0.8896 0.6677 0.1740
2012 2700 0.4848 0.3732 0.8368 0.5393 0.2150 0.8952 0.6990 0.1622
2013 2536 0.4992 0.4013 0.8643 0.5877 0.2150 0.9167 0.7216 0.1347
2014 2550 0.4965 0.3859 0.8679 0.5521 0.2220 0.9156 0.7509 0.1311
Career163680.48980.38860.84450.56070.22250.90010.70990.1547

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-15 2014-05-30 15-DL 15 13 Left Thumb Dislocation - -
2014-03-06 2014-03-12 Camp 6 0 - Neck Stiffness - -
2014-02-20 2014-03-03 Camp 11 0 - Back Soreness - -
2012-08-06 2012-08-06 DTD 0 0 - Upper Back Spasms - -
2012-06-11 2012-06-14 DTD 3 2 Right Hand Contusion - -
2011-09-30 2011-09-30 DTD 0 0 Right Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2011-09-03 2011-09-05 DTD 2 2 - Neck Stiffness - -
2011-07-20 2011-07-21 DTD 1 1 Left Lower Leg Contusion Foul Ball - -
2011-07-04 2011-07-05 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness -
2011-03-04 2011-03-05 Camp 1 0 Right Ankle Soreness -
2010-07-29 2010-08-04 DTD 6 6 Low Back Strain -
2008-03-21 2008-05-12 15-DL 52 37 Left Thumb Surgery Fractured Thumb 2008-04-07
2007-08-19 2007-09-28 15-DL 40 37 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 TBA $500,000
2014 TBA $7,000,000
2013 TBA $5,640,475
2012 TBA $4,640,475
2011 TBA $4,640,475
2010 TBA $578,575
2009 TBA $415,900
2008 TBA $395,800
2007 TBA $383,400
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$16,695,100
2011Current$7,000,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$23,695,100
1 yrFuture$500,000
9 yrTotal$24,195,100

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 134 dBobby Witt4 years/$18M (2010-13), options

Details
  • 4 years/$18M (2010-13), plus 2014-15 club options. Signed extension 4/22/10. $561,900 signing bonus. 10:$0.4381M, 11:$4.5M, 12:$4.5M, 13:$5.5M, 14:$7M club option, $2.5M buyout, 15:$7.5M club option, $0.5M buyout. 2015 option may increase based on 2010-14 MVP vote. Award bonuses, including $25,000 for All Star selection. Assignment bonus: $0.75M before end of 2011 season. $0.5M after 2011 season through before end of 2013 season. $0.25M after 2013 season. Tampa Bay exercised 2014 option 11/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4381M (2010). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4159M (2009). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/23/09.
  • 1 year/$0.3958M (2008). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/08. Optioned to Triple-A 5/29/08. Recalled 6/24/08. Recalled 7/3/08. Optioned to Triple-A 7/23/08. Recalled 8/5/08.
  • 1 year/$0.3834M (2007). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Houston 7/12/06 (Aubrey Huff deal). Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 7/31/06.
  • Drafted by Houston 2004 (6-184) (Dallas Baptist).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .272 .342 .404 .278
11 vs R (Multi) .270 .369 .441 .304
18 Split (Multi) -.001 .027 .037 .026
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.007 .000 .004 .002
30 vs L (2013) .250 .310 .333 .246
31 vs R (2013) .287 .376 .436 .306
38 Split (2013) .037 .066 .103 .060
39 LgAvg (2013) -.008 -.001 .005 .003

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like for the long term: nick franklin or jedd gyorko?
(Kevin from NJ)
I'm leaning Gyorko. He's already had a solid year in the majors, and he's played better since returning from the disabled list. At worst, I don't see his ceiling being much (if any) lower than Franklin's is.

On a related note, I don't like or agree with the Ben Zobrist comparisons for Franklin. They're both switch hitters, but it falls apart for me beyond that. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Ben Zobrist get traded by the deadline and if he does, how does it impact his fantasy value?
(hamsterjockey from DC)
I don't think he does. It's merely a gut feeling, but I think the Rays will move David Price and avoid moving anything else too big. (J.P. Breen)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Logan Forsythe like a mini-me version of Ben Zobrist? How do you see them using Forsythe and is he being groomed as Zorilla's eventual replacement?
(Jake from Kalamazoo)
There are some similarities (defensive versatility, good approaches, well-rounded skill sets) but Forsythe has to prove he can hit righties and stay healthy before we get too far ahead of ourselves here. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)A fantasy baseball question - unsure if this is the right Q&A for it but anyways ... I have Machado (and love him but I also have Castellanos to fall back on for 3B, along with planning on drafting the ultimate utility man, Ben Zobrist) and was offered Freddie Freeman. It is an eight-man keeper league and I have Manny for $5 and Freeman is $12. The only reason I am considering it is my concern for Manny's knee. Any knowledge on his progression/healing and, then, is this is a fair trade considering everything? I am leaning towards no since I think Manny will be a stud for years to come but so will Freeman in my opinion. Thanks
(Tony from The tundra)
It might not seem like the right place... but it is. I think you keep Machado. I like Freeman, more than people might think - but Machado is a potential superstar at a more valuable position. I'm concerned about the knee as well, but if this is a long-term league then I think you take that risk. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)All but one of those SS are in the NL. Who will be top five in the AL in 2015?
(Jim from Boston)
Reyes would be #1 followed by Elvis Andrus, Ben Zobrist, Alexei Ramirez, and Asdrubal Cabrera. Yikes...I didn't realize what a drop off there was at SS in the AL compared to previous years. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you value a guy like Nick Castellanos, who can play all over the diamond? Do you knock him because he isn't a SS or a CF, or do you give him a bonus due to versatility (like Ben Zobrist)?
(ttt from Manhattan)
I'm not sure Castellanos can play all over the diamond. He could probably stick around at third if he focuses on it, and either corner will be options, but he's not a middle-of-the-diamond defender. I knock every player if they can't play up-the-middle. (Jason Parks)
2012-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to compare a baseball player to Feist, who would it be? And a followup question: Which GM is most like Michael Bay?
(Grant from Frisco, baby)
FRISCO, REPRAZENT

The Bay one is easy: Obviously that's Jeff Luhnow, because of the way he blew up the Astros this year. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

The baseball version of Feist would have to be someone incredibly annoying, like a Scott Hairston. Alternately it could be a player who's wildly overvalued by stat nerds because he put up some kind of stupid SABR-y numbers in an outlier year. So maybe Feist is Ben Zobrist. Benzo Brist. (Ian Miller)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Tampa is using radical alignment shifts in their infield for a significant amount of time, wouldn't this skew their defensive UZR ratings? Since UZR is based on the % of time you make a play in a certain zone compared to the average % of plays made, if you shift a second baseman right behind second base, who then makes a routine play on the SS side of 2B, UZR will reward that player with a much higher run saved score than that player actually deserves based on the real difficulty. As a result, it seems like some of the high defensive scores might be really due to the managerial positioning, rather than actual defensive prowess. I guess what I'm saying is Ben Zobrist is overrated by Fangraphs.
(Bob from Seattle)
Here's a solution: look at other metrics besides UZR. Don't take any one fielding metric as gospel, particularly for less than a full season of data - ideally, look at three seasons worth if you can. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Ben Zobrist reached a point where he is going for too much $/too high of pick on average to make him a bargain?
(Blake from Chicago)
Yeah, it's doubtful he'll come at much of a bargain, though he won't necessarily be overvalued either. (Derek Carty)
2011-04-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tampa Bay -- DOA?
(Mike from Cleveland)
The difference between the Rays and the Red Sox is that the loss of Longoria could be a crippling blow. Not only is he by far their best hitter, but putting Sean Rodriguez into a platoon at third base deprives Joe Maddon of the flexibility which his multi-position arrangement involving Ben Zobrist produces. Plus I was never sold on the idea that Dan Johnson is a real solution at first base. They're not dead yet, but the Rays are in worse shape than the Sox as far as the big picture goes. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Ben Zobrist as a MIF option this year?
(bfitzge3 from Upstate NY)
I like him. His BABIP and line drive rates dropped last year, bringing down the AVG and power, but both rebounded somewhat in the second half. He still has a solid batting eye and can steal, so I'm figuring on something around .260 with 16-18 homers and 20 or so steals, very valuable in any league. (Cory Schwartz)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm high on both Gordon Beckham and Ben Zobrist for next year. Are you in?
(Mike r from Tacoma)
Zobrist will have more power next year, but I can't see him consistently slugging over .470. I also think Beckham will play closer to his production in 2009 than 2010, but I don't see him being a consistent offensive threat either. I'd say I'm medium-high on them. (Eric Seidman)
2010-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Seriously Jose Bautista? Eric, have you ever seen a more surprising number than 54 hrs for bautista this season? Any chance he even can even hit 40 next year?
(Kenneth from 30 Rockefeller Center)
Well, Luiz Gonzalez's 57 home runs were very surprising but his seasonal tallies prior to that year were at least in the 23-30 range. Brady Anderson was a big surprise, but this feels differently, perhaps because I really believe Bautista was not on steroids. Maybe that's foolhardy on my part but I buy into the idea of a completely changed swing. I don't get why we're so quick to believe Ben Zobrist had an awesome 2009 because of a new swing but not Bautista. Zobrist's approach translated to a higher BA and SLG, Bautista's to more home runs. There is a difference, but people are so damn protective of home runs that it skews our perspective on a lot of things.

As for next year, I'll say 36 home runs for Bautista. (Eric Seidman)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)how about Ben Zobrist last year?
(In Re: Bautista from tampa)
Well, Zobrist broke out in 2008, and he's younger than both players. He's had a very strange 2010, where a lot of the power he showed over two seasons didn't stick like it should have, but he's still remained useful due to his patience. (Marc Normandin)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Am I being punished or something? My condo floods and makes me miss a flight and next thing I know I go from the everyday 2b to chopped liver over the last 2 weeks.
(Sean-Rod from St Pete)
Between you, Reid Brignac, Jason Bartlett and Ben Zobrist, the Rays certainly have a lot of middle infield options to sort through, and a lot of ways Joe Maddon can try to match them up. So long as you're still on the roster, it's pretty likely your turn will come, though you may be the low man on the totem pole given how much organizational love there is for the other three. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Think Ben Zobrist could pull off a 15/30 type season when all is said and done?
(Trevor27 from Miami)
I do love Zorilla. His power has kind of cratered this year, but I don't know if it's gone forever. I can see that happening for sure. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Almost halfway through the season, is it safe to say that Ben Zobrist is a very good player and not the very GREAT player we witnessed last season? 5 homers and a .414 slugging so far...
(Peter from San Diego)
Yes, I think it's safe to say that. While I don't entirely dismiss what Zobrist did last year as a fluke - he remade his swing, with impressive results - it's clear he's not immune from some serious regression to the mean. Luckily, he's not a one-dimensional player, so he brings plate discipline and versatility in the field even if he's not matching last year's 27 homers and .543 SLG. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you pick your big-league Q&A subjects? Is it whoever seems most accessible, or do you arrange it ahead of time? Have you ever had an unruly subject?
(mallen from Denver)
Accessible plays a role in that they are preferable to players who are notorious inaccessible, i.e. are likely to stick to cliched answers and short ones at that. I've encountered a few such animals and have simply bagged the interview entirely so as not to waste everyone's time. Interestingly, the most recent Bull-Durham case I encountered was a Yankees Double-A player [not Romine] who I assumed would like to talk about his game. Instead, he was either dumb as a rock or simply has no use for reporters.

And,of course, players are not always readily available when you pursue them. Ben Zobrist was a recent target at Fenway, but I simply couldn't catch up to him that day. So, if you're reading this Ben, be forewarned that you're on THE LIST. (David Laurila)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)wher do you see sean rodriguez fitting in tampa?
(mjk415 from elmhurst,ill)
The Rays seem to be bursting at the seams with talent right now. Joe Maddon has some interesting options when it comes to where Ben Zobrist plays, and who that leaves in the mix. If Zobrist is a second baseman, Rodriguez and Reid Brignac probably compete for the final utility spot and the Matt Joyce/Gabe Kapler platoon goes off as planned. If Zobrist is a right fielder, Rodriguez has a shot at winning the second base job.

The fact that he can play the outfield as well as the other infield positions certainly works in his favor if he goes the utility route.

Oh, and an aside to a reader whom I'll leave unidentified: the surest way for me to ignore any question you ever ask in a chat until the end of time is to complain about the pace of things in my chat. I'm not Keith Law firing off two-syllable answers, though I'll gladly give you one: GET BENT. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)If you're Andrew Friedman, do you sign Branyan, and if so, how do you make it work on the roster?
(Stephanie from DC)
Yeah, I think signing Branyan would be a great idea. He bats lefty and they've already got flexibility with Sean Rodriguez and Ben Zobrist on the roster. Clearly he isn't commanding a massive salary, so I don't really see the downside. Plus, the value of a marginal win to the Rays is very high. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league and just picked up Ben Zobrist. Do you see him coming close to his 2009 production and how long do you think he'll be around for?
(Chris from Boston)
Zorilla! I'm not sure he'll have as much power as he did in 2009, but he'll have enough to make it worth it, and enough that if he ends up in right field he'll be very worthwhile there as well. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Carl Crawford gets dealt before the deadline this year, paving the way for Jennings? Or do you see an outfield of Crawford, Jennings and Upton heading into August?
(tommybones from brooklyn)
I think it all depends upon where the Rays are in the standings. Crawford is obviously more likely to get dealt if they're out of it.

That said, it's going to be *very* interesting to see what happens, because there's a line of thinking that says they keep Crawford and trade Upton at the point when his value is on the rise again. Remember, they've also got to figure out where Ben Zobrist fits, and Matt Joyce... suffice it to say that they've got an enviable amount of depth and flexibility. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much trouble is ranking Ben Zobrist going to give you this year?
(Stephanie from DC)
None! I know where Zorilla is going already. Spoiler alert: I'm a big fan (Marc Normandin)
2009-12-29 15:00:00 (link to chat)Ben Zobrist 2009 - peak year, or does he have a couple more of those in store before the current Rays championship contention window closes?
(Phil S. from NJ)
Peak year. .280/.350/.440 with plus defense at second, just not the crazy stuff his numbers indicate. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-12-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)This has not been brought up at all that I have seen, but does it make sense for the Rays to trade Ben Zobrist this off-season? Here is a guy who had an incredible season last year (his age 28 season), a season that no one expected. His salary is reasonable and his trade value has never been (and probably never will be) higher. Do you REALLY see him duplicating his performance from last season? I think he'll still be a solid player, but he has probably already peaked. You can trade him now and get far better return on him then you will down the road. What are your thoughts?
(JoshC77 from Columbus, OH)
I don't that his trade value is all that high, because of the perception that it was a fluke season in less than full-time play. I understand where you're coming from, but I don't think Zobrist's trade value matches his actual value, so you keep him and play him. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why wasn't Ben Zobrist a bigger story during the season? His numbers weren't historic in and of themselves, but has a utility player ever hit like that? And has any player ever hit like that at age 28 after putting up a .200/.228/.275 line in his age 25-26 seasons combined?
(Rex Little from Big Bear, CA)
Zobrist excelled under the radar for a couple of reasons in my opinion, dealing with the Rays falling out of the race relatively early as well as Zobrist's utility status and prior track record. He didn't garner regular playing time until Iwamura went out and nothing was really expected of him to begin with, unlike teammate Carlos Pena whom everyone always saw as having star potential. Plus, the vast majority of fans thought his season was a fluke, and analysts may have become skeptical since so much of the WARP-type value comes from small samples of defense at several positions. While Zobrist legitimately had a fantastic season with the bat and the glove, it may take two more years of similar production before anyone really gives him credit. If the Rays rebound, however, in part thanks to his numbers, I doubt he'll really care. (Eric Seidman)
2009-12-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you expect Ben Zobrist or Aaron Hill to duplicate their performances in 2010? Between those two and Gordon Beckham's move to 2B, how much more or less valuable is a premiere second baseman next year?
(Ethan from New York, NY)
I actually like Ben Zobrist a lot. He hit pretty well in 2008 too, so it's nice to see him keep things going this past season. I haven't looked at Hill in detail yet (second base is this week's ranking redux though, so you won't have to wait long), but if the three of those players continue to hit, then yes, second base has a lot more worthwhile options that might add some depth to the rankings. (Marc Normandin)
2009-12-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)What does the future hold for Sean Rodriguez in Tampa?
(Jack from TB)
Tough for me to answer that, given the Rays aren't even sure where he's going to play yet. He could fill the old Ben Zobrist role if they keep Z at second base, but with Aki gone maybe he gets to play second if Zobrist moves to the outfield permanently. Either way, I think he'll be productive in his role. (Marc Normandin)
2009-10-07 14:30:00 (link to chat)Ben Zobrist, baseball's leader in WAR, MVP-candidate?
(jlarsen from Chicago)
With the Twins making the playoffs, the AL MVP debate is over, for all intents and purposes. The only question now is whether or not Mauer will be a unanimous choice. I don't think he will, but I do think the public opinion of the race has swung strongly in his favor. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-06 13:30:00 (link to chat)How much regression, both offensively and defensively, from Ben Zobrist in 2010? Can we see even more of a breakout?
(jlarsen from chicago)
I think there will be some regression there. I don't think he'll be one of the top five players in the American League, though I think he has certainly established himself a guy who deserves to play every day and will be productive over 600 plate appearances. (John Perrotto)
2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)All told, I'd imagine the two most disappointing teams this year were the Mets and then secondly the Cubs. For the AL, is it resoundingly the Rays?
(Warner from Kansas)
The Rays have been disappointing, but not devastatingly so. In the beginning, they played well but lost a lot of games they should have won. They collapsed down the stretch which was a bit surprising, and seemed to coincide with the loss of Carlos Pena (Ben Zobrist got his first start at 1B the other day -- why didn't they do that all along instead of Chris Richard?). Still, a lot of people saw this coming based on regression in the bullpen, and of course dealing Edwin Jackson turned out to be a bigger deal than they (and I to be honest) thought it would be, but that was a financial move. The Indians have to be on that list too, though in retrospect it's hard to see why so many were high on them at the outset. (Steven Goldman)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ben Zobrist for real? Can he actually be this type of player from now on?
(JFerg from MD)
On paper the performances look rather fluky, but he's always been something of a late bloomer and as I understand it, he's put in a lot of work to rebuild his swing over the past couple of years. I don't expect him to slug .600, but he should have a solid career as a versatile guy with some pop if not quite as much plate discipline as you'd hope. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think you might be a little off on the plate discipline of Ben Zobrist. That was one of the major positives in his scouting reports from the draft onwards. Right now, he's having an adjustment period as pitchers begin to pitch him differently, but I would actually expect plate discipline to be one of his strengths going forward.
(Stephanie from DC)
You're correct, Stephanie. I had Zorilla fixed around a .310 OBP last year when it was actually closer to .340, and he's up around .400 right now with a much higher walk rate than I remembered. Good catch. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)You can't go more than two days without another Ben Zobrist homerun. I'm on board and enjoying the ride, but wondered how good you think he really is.
(Jonathan from New York)
Z is the man. He's hit .280/.378/.586 with a homer every 14.31 at-bats over his last 372 ABs. His current ISO of .368 might be a bit much, but replicating last year's production seems possible. (Marc Normandin)
2009-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a guy who has followed him for years, how did Ben Zobrist suddenly turn from minor league .300 hitter with very little power into a guy with 13 home runs so far? Change in approach, natural progression, or perhaps something more nefarious? Perhaps the question I'm really asking, is: Is accusing someone of performance enhancing drugs ever a reasonable assumption?
(maybeofftopic365 from teaneck, nj)
DRaysBay did a big thing with his hitting coach. On the accusation, yes, that would be wrong. No one should ever say "this guy's doing steroids" without evidence. Now, could you wonder it? Absolutely. As the Raul Ibanez brouhaha has shown, some in the media didn't learn from the late 90's when we didn't ask questions. Ask the question, prove your case, let the athlete make his (and let me make a case for the Athlete's Passport here ...) Baseball fans are going to wonder. That's a price for lost trust, in the same way that a cuckolded spouse is going to wonder if his wife is really going to the store. It's not right, it's not comfortable, but it's how things work. (Will Carroll)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ben Zobrist the new Tony Phillips?
(Max from Chetwynd, BC)
I really like that comp, in no small part because like Zobrist, Phillips needed an organization change (or two) to catch a break, he's athletic enough to do several things well, and the mid-career power surge makes for an interesting reminder that not every guy who got something going at the plate was in danger of a self-inflicted pharoanic cranium. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneBen Zobrist post-break: .177/.294/.293. Who burst his pumpkin? (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-22 16:30:00World Series Game One"Rocco Baldelli is apparently a late scratch, with Ben Zobrist in the lineup.

"*PLUG* Zobrist is scheduled to be on BPR tomorrow."

So you Kerriganed Baldelli to get Zobrist into the lineup? Will takes BPR verrrry seriously, people. (Derek Jacques)
2008-10-22 16:30:00World Series Game OneRocco Baldelli is apparently a late scratch, with Ben Zobrist in the lineup.

*PLUG* Zobrist is scheduled to be on BPR tomorrow. (Will Carroll)
 

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