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Denard Span

30-Year-Old Outfielder – Washington Nationals

2014 Stats

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.222

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4

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5

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2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Span did his thing in his first season with the Nationals, hitting for a solid average, stealing some bases and playing great defense in center field, but there is still room for growth. The 12.2 perc...

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STATUS:  7-Day DL     INJURY TYPE:  Concussion     EST. RETURN:  4/19/2014
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 208   DOB: 2/27/1984
BORN: Washington, DC   COLLEGE: None  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Denard Span Contract Information:

Signed a five-year, $16.5 million deal with the Twins in March of 2010. He'll make $750,000 in 2010, $1 million in 2011, $3 million in 2012, $4.75 million in 2013 and $6.5 million in 2014. The contract also includes a $9 million club option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout.

April 16, 2014  –  Denard Span News

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Span will get three at-bats in a rehab assignment Thursday and another four at-bats Friday, with the potential to come off the concussion DL Saturday if everything goes well, the Nationals' official Twitter feed reports.

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Denard Span Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 20 A Qua 64 282 240 29 64 7 4 3 0 14 15 8 34 49 4 1 3 .267 .363 .308 .671
2005 21 A For 49 208 186 38 63 7 3 3 1 19 13 4 22 25 0 0 0 .339 .410 .403 .813
2005 21 AA NEW 68 304 267 47 76 11 6 5 0 26 10 8 22 41 5 2 8 .285 .355 .345 .700
2006 22 AA NEW 134 597 536 80 153 24 16 6 2 45 23 11 40 78 15 1 5 .285 .340 .349 .689
2007 23 AAA ROC 139 548 487 59 130 30 20 7 3 55 25 14 40 90 21 0 0 .267 .323 .355 .678
2008 24 AAA ROC 40 184 156 32 53 15 11 1 3 14 15 8 26 36 2 0 0 .340 .434 .481 .915
2008 24 MAJ MIN 93 411 347 70 102 29 16 7 6 47 18 7 50 60 8 2 4 .294 .387 .432 .819
2009 25 AAA ROC 2 8 6 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 .333 .500 .500 1.000
2009 25 MAJ MIN 145 676 578 97 180 34 16 10 8 68 23 10 70 89 12 6 10 .311 .392 .415 .807
2010 26 MAJ MIN 153 705 629 85 166 37 24 10 3 58 26 4 60 74 10 2 4 .264 .331 .348 .679
2011 27 AAA Roc 10 40 39 4 8 1 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 5 1 0 0 .205 .205 .231 .436
2011 27 MAJ MIN 70 311 284 37 75 18 11 5 2 16 6 1 27 36 0 0 0 .264 .328 .359 .687
2012 28 MAJ MIN 128 568 516 71 146 46 38 4 4 41 17 6 47 62 4 1 0 .283 .342 .395 .737
2013 29 MAJ WAS 153 662 610 75 170 43 28 11 4 47 20 6 42 77 7 1 2 .279 .327 .380 .707
2014 30 A Hag 1 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 .500 .750 .500 1.250
2014 30 MAJ WAS 10 41 36 5 8 4 3 1 0 4 1 0 4 5 1 0 0 .222 .300 .361 .661
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3-Year Averages MAJ   117 511 470 61 130 34 25 6 3 34 14 4 38 58 3 0 0 .277 .331 .374 .705
Career  (View All) MAJ   752 3374 3000 440 847 211 136 48 27 281 111 34 300 403 42 12 20 .282 .350 .387 .737

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Denard Span Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 17 StL Did not play.
Apr. 16 @Mia Did not play.
Apr. 15 @Mia Did not play.
Apr. 14 @Mia Did not play.
Apr. 13 @Atl Did not play.
Apr. 12 @Atl Did not play.
Apr. 11 @Atl 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .300 .361 .661
Apr. 10 Mia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .324 .400 .724
Apr. 9 Mia 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .241 .333 .414 .747
Apr. 8 Mia 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .286 .400 .686
Apr. 6 Atl 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .333 .476 .809
Apr. 5 Atl 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .250 .348 .500 .848
Apr. 4 Atl 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .313 .389 .625 1.014
Apr. 3 @NYM 3 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .417 .500 .833 1.333
Apr. 2 @NYM 5 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .400 .778 1.178
Mar. 31 @NYM 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .400 .500 .900
Last 7 Days 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .334
Last 14 Days 27 3 5 1 0 0 2 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 .185 .267 .222 .489
Last 30 Days 36 5 8 3 1 0 4 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 .222 .300 .361 .661

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Denard Span: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 10 10
2013 153 153
2012 125 125 1
2011 67 67 1
2010 153 153
2009 145 74 84 39

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Denard Span Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201315713096.223.261.539
2012156170177.301.365.739
20117510160.240.320.657

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20134536243814.298.422.765
20123605442410.275.408.737
2011209271106.273.373.698

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20133084323014.305.399.749
2012256402249.332.477.881
201111219163.286.384.728

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013302322176.252.361.665
2012260312178.235.315.593
2011172181103.250.343.660
Denard Span Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 20 A Qua 282 240 12.1% 17.4% 0.69 80% .335 .041
2005 21 A For 208 186 10.6% 12% 0.88 87% .388 .064
2005 21 AA NEW 304 267 7.2% 13.5% 0.54 85% .336 .060
2006 22 AA NEW 597 536 6.7% 13.1% 0.51 85% .331 .064
2007 23 AAA ROC 548 487 7.3% 16.4% 0.44 82% .322 .088
2008 24 AAA ROC 184 156 14.1% 19.6% 0.72 77% .427 .141
2008 24 MAJ MIN 411 347 12.2% 14.6% 0.83 83% .342 .138
2009 25 AAA ROC 8 6 12.5% 12.5% 1.00 83% .400 .167
2009 25 MAJ MIN 676 578 10.4% 13.2% 0.79 85% .358 .104
2010 26 MAJ MIN 705 629 8.5% 10.5% 0.81 88% .295 .084
2011 27 AAA Roc 40 39 0% 12.5% 0.00 87% .235 .026
2011 27 MAJ MIN 311 284 8.7% 11.6% 0.75 87% .297 .095
2012 28 MAJ MIN 568 516 8.3% 10.9% 0.76 88% .316 .112
2013 29 MAJ WAS 662 610 6.3% 11.6% 0.55 87% .314 .101
2014 30 A Hag 4 2 50% 0% 0.00 100% .500 .000
2014 30 MAJ WAS 41 36 9.8% 12.2% 0.80 86% .258 .139
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3-Year Averages MAJ   511 470 7.4% 11.4% 0.66 88% .311 .097
Career MAJ   3374 3000 8.9% 11.9% 0.74 87% .319 .105

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2014 Stat Review for Denard Span    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.222 AVG
TERRIBLE
86% Contact Rate
GREAT
.258 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.361 SLG
POOR
.139 ISO
WEAK
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.80 BB/K
ELITE
9.8% BB Rate
GOOD
12.2% K Rate
GREAT
OPS/OBP

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.661 OPS
POOR
.300 OBP
POOR

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Best Matchups for Denard Span (by OPS, min 8 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Shane Loux SF 9 4 2 6 0 0 0 .444 1.111 1.556
Brian Matusz BAL 8 4 0 5 1 1 1 .500 1.000 1.556
Zack Wheeler NY-N 12 6 0 2 1 2 0 .500 .583 1.122
Kris Medlen ATL 8 3 0 2 1 0 0 .375 .625 1.069
Chris Tillman BAL 10 4 0 4 1 0 0 .400 .600 1.055
Bruce Chen KC 17 6 0 3 6 4 0 .353 .529 1.051
Manny Parra CIN 9 4 0 2 3 1 1 .444 .444 1.028
Ricky Romero TOR 20 9 0 0 1 2 0 .450 .550 1.026
Gavin Floyd ATL 38 17 0 4 1 5 0 .447 .553 1.014
Matt Harrison TEX 10 4 0 2 0 2 0 .400 .600 1.000

Worst Matchups for Denard Span (by OPS, min 8 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Matt Thornton NY-A 8 1 0 0 1 2 0 .125 .125 .347
Phil Coke DET 12 2 0 0 0 2 0 .167 .167 .333
Tim Hudson SF 13 2 0 0 0 2 0 .154 .154 .308
Jered Weaver ANA 22 2 0 1 2 8 0 .091 .091 .258
John Lannan NY-N 8 1 0 2 0 0 0 .125 .125 .250
Yovani Gallardo MIL 16 1 0 0 1 3 0 .063 .125 .243
Tony Sipp SD 14 1 0 1 1 2 0 .071 .071 .205
Paul Maholm LA 10 1 0 0 0 2 0 .100 .100 .200
CC Sabathia NY-A 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 .091 .091 .182
Brandon Morrow TOR 9 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .000 .000

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Denard Span: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Span (concussion) will head back to Washington for a doctor's evaluation Wednesday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

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Span (concussion) will take batting practice on the field Monday, followed by rest and a consultation with a doctor, James Wagner of The Washington Post reports.

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Span (concussion) "feels much better," but agrees that it was for the best for him to be placed on the 7-day concussion DL, MLB.com's William Ladson reports.

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Span was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Saturday, Amanda Comak of MLB.com reports.

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Span isn't in the Nationals' lineup Saturday at Atlanta.

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Span is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Marlins.

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Span is not in the Nationals' lineup Sunday against the Braves, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.

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Span went 2-for-3 Thursday with a double, a walk, a run scored and an RBI.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Span will be the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter for the Nationals after he was traded from Minnesota in the offseason. Span bounced back last season after playing just 70 games in 2011 due to a concussion, displaying his usual strong on-base skills and defense. He draws walks at a good clip (eight percent of plate appearances) and has a strong contact rate that should result in a helpful batting average. Span needs to show he can stay healthy, however, as he missed a month last season with a shoulder injury (a sprained SC joint). He also helps fantasy owners with speed on the basepaths (17 steals) and could score 100 runs with his on-base skills and place as the tablesetter in Washington's lineup, increasing his overall value.

2012

Span looked on track to bounce back from a disappointing 2010 season before his year was ruined due to injury. He was hitting .300/.367/.392 before suffering a concussion on June 3. He tried to stay in the lineup, but had a setback and played just 14 games after June 6. He did return for the last week of September and finished the season without any issues and reports on his health have been good in the offseason. It sounds like he'll be ready for the start of spring training. Before the concussion, it looked like he was back to drawing walks at the high rate he had before 2010 and his slugging percentage was close to the .400 level that's likely needed to maintain a starting job. When healthy, Span has a good eye at the plate and a high contact rate while offering speed on the bases. If healthy, he'll return as Minnesota's starting center fielder.

2011

Span disappointed at the plate last season in his first full season as Minnesota's center fielder after rotating outfield positions the previous two years. In Span's first two seasons he showed a strong ability to get on base, but hit just .264 with a .331 OBP last season. He also saw a dramatic drop in power as he slugged just .348. While he drew fewer walks last season, he still had a good eye at the plate by walking nine percent of the time and had a good contact rate (60:74 K:BB rate). He also may have been a victim of bad luck with a BABIP (.295) well below his career average. And he did play with a sore shoulder after June. He improved his proficiency on the basepaths (20-of-30 in stolen base attempts, though he was picked off nine times), and his speed boosts his fantasy value. He also has upside in the runs category since he'll hit leadoff again ahead of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Several defensive metrics showed Span held his own in center field, but opinions were mixed on his range. He'll begin the season as Minnesota's starting center fielder, and there are reasons to believe he's a bounce-back candidate, but his defense and power are not strong enough for him to keep his starting job if his ability to get on base doesn't return to 2009 levels.

2010

Span showed his unexpected rookie success was no fluke and he enters 2010 as Minnesota's starting center fielder after the trade of Carlos Gomez to Milwaukee. Span has shown strong plate discipline (70:89 K:BB rate) and a good contact rate in the majors that's likely to continue to result in a .300 batting average. He also helps fantasy owners with speed on basepaths (23 steals) and could score 100 runs with his on-base skills and batting ahead of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Span rotated among all three outfield positions last season, but will take over everyday duty in center field in 2010. Some defensive metrics showed he was a below average center fielder, but he was above average in the Metrodome's expansive left field and has the speed and instincts to perform well in center field. Either way, he'll be a much needed source of OBP as Minnesota's leadoff hitter and could help fantasy owners in four or five major categories.

2009

Span established himself as an everyday outfielder and leadoff hitter last year in a surprise breakout season. Span showed little power or plate discipline in the minors, failing to slug over .355 at Double-A or Triple-A. Span completely turned his game around once the Twins told him getting on base was the key to winning a job in spring training. Span started to take more pitches and became a walk machine, first at Triple-A and then when called up when Michael Cuddyer got hurt. The only question for 2009 is where he'll play. The Twins have four spots for five regular players between the outfield and DH with Cuddyer expected back from injury. He could start in right field again or also split time at DH or center field. Either way, if he continues to defy his minor league track record, he could develop into a fantasy star with strong plate discipline and good speed on the bases.

2008

The 20th overall pick in 2002 was once thought to be the heir to Torii Hunter. His defense has lived up to the billing, but his bat indicates he'll be nothing more than a reserve outfielder in the majors. He hasn't slugged over .355 at Double-A or Triple-A the last two seasons, which shows he'd have a hard time staying in a major league lineup. His speed would make him valuable as a reserve if he does get called up at some point in 2008.

2007

Span may be the best athlete and defensive outfielder in the Minnesota system, but his development at the plate stalled last season with a slugging average of just .349. He's been called the heir to Torii Hunter in center field, but that now looks questionable. If the toolsy 20th overall pick in 2002 is going to make an impact in the majors, he'll need to rebound in 2007 with a big season and make the jump to Triple-A.

2006

Span had a breakout season in 2005 that had him quickly climb the list of the best hitting prospects in the Minnesota organization. The toolsy 20th overall pick in 2002 showed his strong second half in 2004 signaled a turnaround to his career. He gets on base at a good rate, plays strong defense and has speed, but needs to reduce his caught stealings to become a base stealer at the major league level. A strong 2006 season could make him a factor with the big league club in 2007. Some are calling him Torii Hunter's eventual replacement in centerfield, but we wouldn't go that far yet.

2004

Span, Minnesota's 2002 first-round draft pick, hit .273/.343/.319 with 34 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 50 games for the Elizabethton Twins in the Appalachian Rookie League. He's Minnesota's leadoff hitter of the future but is several years away.