35-Year-Old Third Baseman – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Kevin Youkilis in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Kevin Youkilis Contract Information:
Agreed to a contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan in December of 2013.
Youkilis has agreed to play with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan next season, CBSSports.com reports.
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|2012 (Multiple Teams)||33||MAJ||BOS/CWS||122||509||438||72||103||36||15||2||19||60||0||0||51||108||0||3||17||.235||.336||.409||.745|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Kevin Youkilis||3-Year Averages||90||380||324||50||79||31||18||1||12||49||1||0||42||79||0||2||12||.244||.350||.417||.767|
|Career (View All)||1061||4,436||3,749||653||1,053||422||254||18||150||618||26||14||539||828||0||44||104||.281||.382||.478||.861|
Kevin Youkilis: MLB Games Played By Position
Kevin Youkilis Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||PA||AB||Walk Rate||Strikeout Rate||BB/K Ratio||Contact Rate||BABIP||Isolated Power|
|2012 (Multiple Teams)||33||MAJ||BOS/CWS||509||438||10%||21.2%||0.47||75%||.270||.174|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Kevin Youkilis||3-Year Averages||380||324||11.1%||20.8%||0.53||76%||.288||.173|
Kevin Youkilis: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Kevin Youkilis.
Youkilis changed the color of his Sox from Red to White a quarter of the way through the 2012 season. He carried a career-low .336 OBP over the course of the season, and his body may be playing older than his 33 years of age after two years of 110-plus games at third base. It is worth noting that 10 of the 15 home runs he hit after joining the White Sox came at U.S. Cellular Field, but Youkilis is headed to another hitter-friendly environment after signing a one-year deal with the Yankees in December. With Alex Rodriguez expected to be sidelined for a significant chunk of the season following hip surgery, Youkilis should open the season as the team's primary third baseman.
Youkilis had his second straight season cut short because of injury and eventually underwent surgery in October for a sports hernia. He also played with a hip injury and was on the DL early in the season because of his back. He's played a lot of hard innings in his career, and enters his age-33 season with durability questions, but with Adrian Gonzalez at first and David Ortiz returning as designated hitter, Youkilis is locked in at third base. Youkilis plans to train differently this offseason, emphasizing flexibility over power. A healthy Youkilis has been a consistent middle-of-the-order bat and will be protection for Gonzalez.
Youkilis' 2010 season was cut short by a thumb injury that required surgery. He's reportedly done with his rehab and can work his usual offseason routine to get ready for spring training. It's hard to project how those injuries to hands (or wrists) linger the following year, but Youkilis is an iron man. He grinds every inning and every at-bat, while playing 140 games a season, prior to 2010. His on-base success is legendary, and he's added the type of power production befitting a corner infielder. Aside from the health of his thumb, it appears Youkilis will need to adjust to a new position. Boston added Adrian Gonzalez, which will force Youkilis to move from first base to third. Fortunately, that's the position he played coming up through the minors, and it shouldn't be too much of an adjustment.
The last two seasons, Youkilis has established himself as an elite producer from the first-base position. He launched 56 homers and drove in 209 runs the last two seasons and remains a top on-base guy. With third baseman Mike Lowell's health a question and offseason talk of Boston adding a corner infielder -- Adrian Gonzalez of the Padres is often mentioned -- we may see Youkilis playing more third base in 2010. Youkilis is a competitor who plays hard every inning, but has averaged 143 games played since becoming a full-time starter four seasons ago. He had one DL-stint in 2009, but played through several minor injuries. As he enters his 30s, those injuries may take a bigger toll, but in the here and now, health should not be a huge concern.
Youkilis made huge improvements in his production last season. One of the worst things you could have said about his fantasy value -- that he doesn't hit homers like a corner infielder -- is no longer valid. His 29 homers and 115 RBI shattered previous career-bests. Furthermore, he reversed another negative -- Youkilis didn't experience the second-half drop off. His offseason work at the Athletes Performance Institute in Arizona seemingly paid off. He will come back as Boston's starting first baseman with a chance that he plays more third base (where he now qualifies in most leagues), pending free-agent acquisitions and/or Mike Lowell's health. Youkilis will no longer come cheap at fantasy auctions.
Youkilis had a breakout year in 2007 and established himself as one of the AL's top first basemen. While he doesn't possess the power of the AL's other big boppers (16 HRs), Youkilis has established himself as one of the top OBP men in the American League (.390), ranking behind only Carlos Pena among AL first basemen. More important, Youk has improved in nearly every statistical category each year of his career, a trend that bodes well for 2008. Our only concern is his relative dropoff in the season's second half. Still, Youkilis could be available cheap.
"The Greek God of Walks" finally lived up to his ballyhooed potential in 2006. Youkilis posted an impressive .381 OBP, and his .810 OPS ranked higher than that of such luminaries as Ichiro Suzuki, Eric Chavez, and Ivan Rodriguez. Youkilis even showed some pop, hitting a better-than-expected 13 home runs from the leadoff spot. While his strikeouts (120) were higher than we would like, much of that can be chalked up to 2006 being his first year as an everyday player. We expect Youkilis will only get better in 2007, especially as he moves to the No. 2 hole in the lineup behind the newly signed Julio Lugo.
Youkilis has done everything Boston has asked of him in the last two years, which includes countless trips between Pawtucket and Boston. He learned to play first base in 2005 and will have to find at-bats there after the Red Sox acquired gold-glove third baseman Mike Lowell. He figures to be the right-handed portion of a first base platoon with J.T. Snow. Either at first base or as infield depth on the major league roster, Youkilis probably won't need to take the Route 95 Express anymore.
Youkilis made his major league debut last season and was pressed into duty when Bill Mueller missed some time. His role for 2005 is up in the air, but Youkilis still has the promise of a prospect. Youkilis knows the value of the walk and can hit for gap power, but is not a home run hitter. With Bill Mueller returning in 2005, Youkilis will have a backup role in Boston this season. A trade would improve his fantasy value.
Youkilis will begin the season at Triple-A Pawtucket and mostly likely remain there all year, unless the Red Sox move Bill Mueller to second base. He can draw the walk and has unreal on-base percentages, but not much power at this point.