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Birth Date2-27-1984
Height6' 0"
Weight210 lbs
Age30 years, 6 months, 25 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.42010
1.52011
2.52012
2.72013
5.72014
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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
2008 MIN 24 93 411 347 70 102 16 7 6 150 50 60 4 2 8 47 18 7 .294 .387 .432 .294 26.7 6.0 3.3
2009 MIN 25 145 676 578 97 180 16 10 8 240 70 89 10 6 12 68 23 10 .311 .392 .415 .280 32.0 3.3 3.6
2010 MIN 26 153 705 629 85 166 24 10 3 219 60 74 4 2 10 58 26 4 .264 .331 .348 .240 6.1 7.5 1.4
2011 MIN 27 70 311 284 37 75 11 5 2 102 27 36 0 0 0 16 6 1 .264 .328 .359 .253 6.8 7.6 1.5
2012 MIN 28 128 568 516 71 146 38 4 4 204 47 62 0 1 4 41 17 6 .283 .342 .395 .261 15.5 8.3 2.5
2013 WAS 29 153 662 610 75 170 28 11 4 232 42 77 2 1 7 47 20 6 .279 .327 .380 .251 15.6 8.8 2.7
2014 WAS 30 143 657 600 93 179 38 8 5 248 49 65 2 3 3 37 31 7 .298 .352 .413 .289 43.2 8.0 5.6
Career8853990356452810181715532139534546322154431414141.286.351.391.266145.949.520.6

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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
2003 ELZ Rk 50 234 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 QUD A 64 282 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .328 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 FTM A+ 49 212 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .383 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 NBR AA 68 304 .261 .256 .323 .385 .256 .329 96 0.3 8.1 0.7 0.0 3.3 14.8 1.5 14.8 1.5
2006 NBR AA 134 597 .286 .253 .327 .380 .261 .321 92 12.1 12.9 0.8 -3.3 2.8 28.0 2.6 28.0 2.6
2007 ROC AAA 139 548 .244 .264 .332 .401 .261 .306 93 -9.8 16.1 1.3 18.4 1.5 5.1 2.3 5.1 2.3
2008 MIN MLB 93 411 .294 .270 .333 .424 .263 .339 98 14.9 11.9 -3.5 6.0 2.6 26.7 3.3 26.7 3.3
2008 ROC AAA 40 184 .330 .259 .325 .397 .258 .420 93 13.9 5.4 0 -3.0 0.7 19.8 1.6 19.8 1.6
2009 MIN MLB 145 676 .280 .268 .334 .425 .261 .353 104 14.6 19.4 -1.9 3.3 0.3 32.0 3.6 32.0 3.6
2009 ROC AAA 2 8 .291 .292 .364 .464 .262 .400 115 0.2 0.2 0 0.0 -0.3 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2010 MIN MLB 153 705 .240 .260 .326 .402 .255 .294 108 -14.7 19.4 1.8 7.5 2.3 6.1 1.4 6.1 1.4
2011 MIN MLB 70 311 .253 .258 .320 .405 .260 .297 104 -2.1 8.4 0.7 7.6 2.2 6.8 1.5 6.8 1.5
2011 ROC AAA 10 40 .162 .267 .330 .389 .253 .235 98 -4.6 1.2 0.1 0.1 0.0 -3.1 -0.3 -3.1 -0.3
2012 MIN MLB 128 568 .261 .255 .317 .409 .259 .315 105 0.6 15.6 1.4 8.3 -1.0 15.5 2.5 15.5 2.5
2013 WAS MLB 153 662 .251 .253 .313 .391 .256 .313 103 -5.7 17.4 1.6 8.8 0.3 15.6 2.7 15.6 2.7
2014 WAS MLB 143 657 .289 .250 .311 .383 .262 .326 98 17.7 17.0 1.5 8.0 6.5 43.2 5.6 43.2 5.6
2014 HAG A 2 7 .432 .299 .366 .453 .301 .500 108 1.3 0.2 0 -0.0 0.2 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2

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
2003 ELZ Rk 234 34 56 5 1 1 18 23 34 14 5 .271 .355 .319 .048 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 QUD A 282 29 64 4 3 0 14 34 49 15 8 .267 .359 .308 .042 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 FTM A+ 212 38 63 3 3 1 19 22 25 13 4 .339 .408 .403 .065 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 NBR AA 304 47 76 6 5 0 26 22 41 10 8 .285 .351 .345 .060 .261 14.8 0.0 1.5
2006 NBR AA 597 80 153 16 6 2 45 40 78 24 11 .285 .332 .349 .063 .286 28.0 -3.3 2.6
2007 ROC AAA 548 59 130 20 7 3 55 40 90 25 14 .267 .310 .355 .088 .244 5.1 18.4 2.3
2008 ROC AAA 184 32 53 11 1 3 14 26 36 15 8 .340 .429 .481 .141 .330 19.8 -3.0 1.6
2008 MIN MLB 411 70 102 16 7 6 47 50 60 18 7 .294 .387 .432 .138 .294 26.7 6.0 3.3
2009 ROC AAA 8 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 .333 .500 .500 .167 .291 0.2 0.0 0.0
2009 MIN MLB 676 97 180 16 10 8 68 70 89 23 10 .311 .392 .415 .104 .280 32.0 3.3 3.6
2010 MIN MLB 705 85 166 24 10 3 58 60 74 26 4 .264 .331 .348 .084 .240 6.1 7.5 1.4
2011 ROC AAA 40 4 8 1 0 0 2 0 5 3 0 .205 .205 .231 .026 .162 -3.1 0.1 -0.3
2011 MIN MLB 311 37 75 11 5 2 16 27 36 6 1 .264 .328 .359 .095 .253 6.8 7.6 1.5
2012 MIN MLB 568 71 146 38 4 4 41 47 62 17 6 .283 .342 .395 .112 .261 15.5 8.3 2.5
2013 WAS MLB 662 75 170 28 11 4 47 42 77 20 6 .279 .327 .380 .102 .251 15.6 8.8 2.7
2014 HAG A 7 3 2 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 .500 .714 .500 .000 .432 1.5 -0.0 0.2
2014 WAS MLB 657 93 179 38 8 5 37 49 65 31 7 .298 .352 .413 .115 .289 43.2 8.0 5.6

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 1555 0.5370 0.4082 0.8864 0.5928 0.1931 0.9495 0.6619 0.1088
2009 2589 0.5415 0.4043 0.9033 0.5478 0.2334 0.9453 0.7870 0.0967
2010 2560 0.5617 0.4017 0.9222 0.5556 0.2041 0.9499 0.8253 0.0759
2011 1163 0.5821 0.4131 0.9104 0.5539 0.2160 0.9440 0.7905 0.0896
2012 2212 0.5457 0.3926 0.9251 0.5518 0.2010 0.9640 0.7970 0.0749
2013 2435 0.5187 0.4361 0.9190 0.5764 0.2850 0.9547 0.8413 0.0800
2014 2413 0.5300 0.4289 0.9217 0.5801 0.2584 0.9650 0.8123 0.0783
Career149270.54270.41240.91410.56480.23050.95390.79520.0849

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-15 2014-06-17 DTD 2 1 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-04-12 2014-04-19 7-DL 7 7 - Head Concussion Player Collision - -
2013-09-05 2013-09-07 DTD 2 1 - Groin Tightness - -
2013-06-17 2013-06-18 DTD 1 1 Right Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2013-06-10 2013-06-11 DTD 1 0 Right Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2013-05-04 2013-05-05 DTD 1 1 - Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2013-04-16 2013-04-19 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-08-28 2012-09-12 15-DL 15 14 Right Shoulder Sprain SC Joint - -
2012-08-13 2012-08-23 DTD 10 9 Right Shoulder Soreness Diving Catch - -
2012-07-22 2012-07-22 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-05-15 2012-05-18 DTD 3 3 - Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2012-03-11 2012-03-14 Camp 3 0 - Neck Stiffness - -
2011-08-14 2011-09-22 15-DL 39 35 - Head Concussion - -
2011-06-07 2011-08-02 15-DL 56 49 Head Concussion Whiplash -
2011-06-04 2011-06-06 DTD 2 2 Neck Stiffness Player Collision -
2010-09-26 2010-09-27 DTD 1 1 Left Foot Soreness -
2010-09-17 2010-09-20 DTD 3 3 Right Shoulder Soreness Diving Catch -
2010-07-25 2010-07-27 DTD 2 2 General Medical Illness -
2010-05-23 2010-05-25 DTD 2 1 Right Shoulder Contusion -
2010-03-08 2010-03-09 Camp 1 0 Left Forearm Soreness -
2009-09-22 2009-09-25 DTD 3 2 Head Concussion HBP -
2009-06-10 2009-06-25 15-DL 15 13 General Medical Illness Vestibular Neuritis -
2009-05-24 2009-05-26 DTD 2 2 General Medical Illness Light Headed -
2008-09-16 2008-09-16 DTD 0 0 Low Back Stiffness Player Collision -
2008-07-25 2008-07-25 DTD 0 0 Groin Soreness After Crashing Into Wall -
2008-05-21 2008-06-16 Minors 26 0 Left Fingers Fracture Middle Finger -
2007-11-15 2007-11-15 Off 0 0 Right Face Surgery LASIK 2007-11-15
2005-04-30 2005-05-07 Minors 7 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2004-05-19 2004-07-29 Minors 71 0 Right Wrist Fracture Hamate - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 WAS $500,000
2014 WAS $6,500,000
2013 WAS $4,750,000
2012 MIN $3,000,000
2011 MIN $1,000,000
2010 MIN $750,000
2009 MIN $435,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$9,935,000
2011Current$6,500,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$16,435,000
1 yrFuture$500,000
7 yrTotal$16,935,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 111 dCAA (Joe Urbon)5 years/$16.5M (2010-14), 2015 option

Details
  • 5 years/$16.5M (2010-14), plus 2015 club option. Signed extension with Minnesota 3/13/10. 10:$0.75M, 11:$1M, 12:$3M, 13:$4.75M, 14:$6.5M, 15:$9M club option, $0.5M buyout. Acquired by Washington 11/29/12 in trade from Minnesota for rhp Alex Meyer.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/7/10.
  • 1 year/$0.435M (2009). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/8/09.
  • 1 year/$0.435M (2009). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/8/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed by Minnesota 1/24/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Minnesota 11/06.
  • Drafted by Minnesota 2002 (1-20) (Tampa Catholic HS). Signed 8/02, $1.7M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .255 .321 .311 .236
11 vs R (Multi) .288 .339 .409 .264
18 Split (Multi) .034 .018 .098 .028
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .223 .278 .261 .208
31 vs R (2013) .298 .344 .422 .262
38 Split (2013) .075 .066 .160 .055
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Torii Hunter, Denard Span, Ben Revere, Aaron Hicks, Byron Buxton, do the Twins have a fetish for this type of player or what?
(Ace from PA)
Athletic CFs? Who wouldn't? Though, the only real common link between these three is position, ethnicity, and a tie to Minnesota. Otherwise, they're vastly different skill-sets. (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 17 auction keeper/snake supplemental draft H2H 5x5 Cuts need to be made (guys on the block) Starlin castro 25$ Chase Headley 22$ Christian Yelich 9$ Denard Span 1$ I think I may attempt to release and redraft Castro (is this a good 2014 move with some decent options like Brad Miller in auction if this fails) and Christian Yelich.. PECOTA doesnt really have him setting the world on fire and hes not the greatest against lefties. For category sake (steals .BA) is span the better value at 1$
(dancini from Pittsburgh)
Yeah I think so. Span is going to hit around .280 with 20 steals this year. Castro is too expensive and Yellich is too far away. (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Jackie Bradley will hit at a level above a guy like Denard Span, or is that a fair comparison?
(Marcus from Greenville)
Similar average, probably a little more on-base skill, and more power. Not quite the same type of player, but I think Bradley will be a little better overall. (Jason Cole)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)Before he was drafted, I remember Jackie Bradley Jr. got compared frequently to Denard Span. Does that still hold up?
(Bret from Toronto)
I don't see it. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dude, do you think the Nats will be better or worse than last year? We might get a full season of Strasburg, Denard Span is a nice addition, and Bryce Harper could get even better, which is sooo metal. But then again I feel like the whole infield could regress, as could Gio. What do you think?
(RTG from Grey Cubicle, DC)
I was as shocked as anyone by Gio's performance last year. I predicted regression, and dude just absolutely dismantled the NL. So hell, you got me when it comes to Gio.

Harper will continue to get better for a LONG time, which is almost scary. 200+ innings from Strasburg, plus you've got Matt Purke lurking back there too... plus there aren't many holes in the lineup. I like them a LOT and wouldn't be surprised to see them not just win the NL East but go deep into the playoffs. (Ian Miller)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which former Twins CF will have a better season? Ben Revere or Denard Span. I would assume Span due to the lineup around him?
(Tommy from Houston)
Span. Revere's defense is real nice but I don't like the swing and I don't buy him developing secondary skills overnight. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-09-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)Is this the offseason in which Denard Span is dealt away from Minnesota?
(Bradley Ankrom from New York)
It seems that way. I don't get it. They've got him crazy-cheap for the next three years, and if they don't think they're going to compete at all in three years, fine, I get that, but then there's a whole laundry list of *other* stuff they should be doing that they haven't been. I guess the thinking is that he and Ben Revere should both be playing CF, but while I love Revere and certainly *can* see him turning into a very good player, I'm not at all convinced that that's what's going to happen, and with his terrible arm, I'm not sure he's not better off just being a really rangy LF. So yeah, I think they will trade him, but I don't really get it. (Bill Parker)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Better Fantasy Year: Michael Bourn or Denard Span?
(TOny from Alb)
I'd rather have Span. He's a better hitter in a much better lineup, so he should outperform Bourn in four categories. 30 steals is big, but so are 30 batting average points and 30 Runs+RBI. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my aforementioned dynasty league: we score heavily based on OPS. What are the odds that Dexter Fowler becomes are more valuable keeper than Denard Span by the end of the year, assuming they will cost the same coin?
(sharkey from MPLS)
I still don't like Dexter Fowler as a source of stolen bases, especially relative to Span. And I still like Span's power potential over Fowler's, though he hasn't shown much in that regard this season. Fowler's stock is rising for sure, but I'm a big fan of Span. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does a center fielder with great range affect the fielding numbers of his fellow outfielders? The situation I have in mind is the affect Carlos Gomez had over Denard Span on Cuddyer or Delmon Young. Thanks
(nils from minnesota)
Yes, of course, because there will be a lot of discretionary plays between two outfielders that the center fielder will claim even though either fielder can take it. That's going to have an effect on the numbers. It's not a problem that's confined to the outfield either - most fielding systems show some kind of effect based upon who your neighbors are.

One more reason why you should use multiple years of data to evaluate fielding, no matter which system you prefer. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-07 14:30:00 (link to chat)Another Twins question: shouldn't Gardenhire be starting Carlos Gomez every time out against the Yankees? He seems to be too exceptional a defensive player not to be patrolling center against a Yankees lineup that's going to be putting an awful lot of balls in play. Sure, he's a weak bat, but so is everyone else in the bottom half of the Twins' order . . .
(David from Evanston, IL)
So long as those at-bats are coming at the expense of Young and not Denard Span - who's rapidly becoming a favorite - that's not a bad idea, particularly given that left field in Yankee Stadium is a job better suited to being covered by a guy who's got enough speed to play center. Even so, Gomez is such a total zero with the bat that you're going to have to pinch-hit for him sooner rather than later. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)Has Denard Span hit his ceiling already?
(CJ from SF)
He is 25 and coming off of his second straight .385+ OBP season. He probably won't develop the power to develop into an all-star but .380/.415 from a solid defensive outfielder is pretty darn-tootin good. (Eric Seidman)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two years ago, around this time of year, I asked you to tell me something good about the Twins' system. You mentioned, perhaps as a way of pointing out the relative dullness of that group in 2007, that Denard Span had a nice finish to the year. This year, another half-decade stale Twins' first rounder had a nice finish to the season playing a position where the team desperately needs help. So what's good about Trevor Plouffe? If the answer is "nothing", then I'd be pleased just to hear something good about the Twins' system. Thanks.
(Minneapolitan from Nashville)
I still think Plouffe has some kind of chance to get there as some kind of utility player. I do think there some solid stuff in the Twins system, including a nice group of young, toolsy outfielders, and as always, plenty of strike-throwing starters. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard Daryl Jones comped to Denard Span. Does that seem close?
(cardsfan89 from St. Louis)
Not crazy about it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)So who loses out in the Twins OF/DH situation?
(Tim from Green Bay)
I don't see Tony Oliva getting many at-bats at all.

I have questions about every single player in that bunch - Delmon Young, Carlos Gomez, Denard Span, Jason Kubel, Mike Cuddyer - and particularly the first two, given their inabilities to get on base consistently. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)"I'd like to hear what their excuse for not making a run at signing Adam Dunn is" We have Carlos Gomez, who even though he runs around like a chicken with its head cut off, plays defense! We have Denard Span, who despite having his best year ever last year after years of crap in the minors, we are sure will get better! We have Mike Cuddyer, who does magic tricks in the clubhouse and throws hard! We have Jason Kubel, who showed grit by coming back from an injury! We have Jason Pridie and Luis Matos in AAA, and they both can run fast! We already have the worthless Delmon Young, who I'll trade for a bowling ball! Why add another guy that won't play the Twins way?
(Ron Gardenhire from Metrodome)
I don't know that I can add anything to that except, "Also, he costs money."

...Jim in PA, email me with your bona fides. (Steven Goldman)
2008-12-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Delmon Young will be back and, if so, how much will he play (Gardenhire's comments notwithstanding).
(Swen from Minneapolis)
I get the strong feeling the Twins would prefer to play Denard Span and trade Young. (John Perrotto)
2008-12-04 13:30:00 (link to chat)I'm not sold on getting rid of Delmon Young yet to make room for Denard Span. What would you do if you were Twins GM?
(paulbellows from Calgary)
The Twins could really use good players on the left side on the infield and some OBP. Young doesn't do either, and while his peak seasons are going to be impressive, he's never going to be one of the best hitters in baseball. Find the team that sees the BA and power potential, doesn't see the so-so defense/positional value or lack of walks, and convert him. It's not "to make room for Denard Span," so much as it is to make the overall talent better, to win more games. That deal may not be there, but I'd certainly try and find it. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-12-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)Has Ron Gardenhire screwed the Twins? He came out and said that his outfield is Denard Span, Carlos Gomez, and Michael Cuddyer, and that there is no room for Delmon Young in it. That really improves the team's leverage in trade discussions. I'm also interested in your opinion on Young. In Minnesota, it seems like most people hate him (for example, when he didn't get angry about Gardenhire's comments, many are saying that he just doesn't care about anything), but how about an outsider's view?
(russadams from Minnesota)
Ideally you'd certainly like your manager to shut his pie hole about such things, but if it's in the news it was probably being whispered somewhere anyway.

I honestly have no idea what to make of Young yet, beyond the fact that his plate discipline and power are a lot further off than originally thought, and that he's Blind Wily Mo Pena bad in the outfield. Still, he's going on 23 and has the raw tools that made him a top prospect, if perhaps a makeup that's something of a negative. I don't think he's worth dumping for the sake of dumping if I'm the Twins unless he's a truly noxious presence.

Two more and then I've got to run... (Jay Jaffe)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Hi, Christina... always enjoy your take on things. Do you think Denard Span is for real? His minor league numbers pale in comparison to what he did for the Twins in 08. Did he learn something or was it just luck?
(Jimbo from British Columbia)
Channeling "Barton Fink," I guess I get that Alex Cole feeling where Span's 2008 is concerned. Not that there's anything wrong with a great first impression, and the boost to his walk rate suggests a developing approach. Never count out the fact that players are people, and have learning curves at work, just like you and me. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Almost exactly a year ago, I asked you for good news about the Twins system and you offered me, basically, Denard Span's second half in Rochester. I'd like to thank you for that and ask another bit of 2008 good news.
(Nightclub Dwight from The Nice Nice)
Ben Revere is really good. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Denard Span, a former 1st rd pick, is living up to his potential?
(Bobby from TX)
His 26% liner rate is going to be tough to sustain, and that's the source of his .363 BABIP, which is in turn the reason he's hitting as well as he is. I think he's an intriguing player, but with a .141 ISO and a batting average living off an unrealistic BABIP, I'd wait before saying he's fulfilling his first round potential. The sample is just too small. (Marc Normandin)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Minnesota signs a veteran like Kenny Loften to platoon in CF and play lead off? Will Gomez start the year in AAA or will he beat out Jason Pridie and Denard Span?
(Mike from Minnesota)
No, and they shouldn't bother. If you're going to be an also-ran, why sign Lofton (who can't really play center any more)? And to some extent, they already have one such guy, in that Darnell McDonald is on the 40-man, and he's actually pretty handy. I suspect this will be the big opportunity for guys like Pridie and Span to show something now, while Gomez polishes his game in Triple-A--which he definitely needs to do. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-06-09 14:30:002009 Draft CoverageOne of the great things about being at BP is having great help just a few keyboard clicks away. I asked Rany, who did his fantastic series on draft history, if he remembers a draft that was better 11-20 than 1-10. Rany jumped into action for me, and found just one in 15 years: 2002.

Top Ten: B.J. Upton, Zack Greinke, Prince Fielder, Jeff Francis.
11-20: Hermida, Joe Saunders, Scott Kazmir, Nick Swisher, Cole Hamels, James Loney, Denard Span.

The best example is 1994, where Garciaparra, Konerko and Varitek went 12-14. Needless to say, the top 10 that boasted Paul Wilson, Ben Grieve, Todd Walker and Jaret Wright wasn't as good. (Bryan Smith)
 

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