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Jason Kubel

31-Year-Old Outfielder – Minnesota Twins

2014 Stats

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.357

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1

RBI

7

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6

SB

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2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Kubel's second season in Arizona didn't go nearly as well as his first as he hit just .220/.288/.324 before heading to Cleveland as part of a waiver-trade in late August. He didn't get much playing ti...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 205   DOB: 5/25/1982   BORN: Belle Fourche, SD   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 12th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Jason Kubel Contract Information:

Signed a minor league contract with the Twins in December of 2013.

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Jason Kubel 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 22 AA NEW 37 159 138 25 52 25 15 4 6 29 0 2 19 19 0 1 1 .377 .453 .674 1.127
2004 22 AAA ROC 90 390 350 71 120 44 28 0 16 71 15 3 34 40 1 4 1 .343 .398 .560 .958
2006 24 AAA ROC 30 134 120 18 34 13 7 2 4 22 2 0 12 23 0 2 0 .283 .343 .475 .818
2006 24 MAJ MIN 73 235 220 23 53 16 8 0 8 26 2 0 12 45 2 1 0 .241 .279 .386 .665
2007 25 MAJ MIN 128 466 418 49 114 46 31 2 13 65 5 0 41 79 1 5 1 .273 .335 .450 .785
2008 26 MAJ MIN 141 517 463 74 126 47 22 5 20 78 0 1 47 91 0 7 0 .272 .335 .471 .805
2009 27 MAJ MIN 146 578 514 73 154 65 35 2 28 103 1 1 56 106 0 5 3 .300 .369 .539 .907
2010 28 MAJ MIN 143 582 518 68 129 47 23 3 21 92 0 1 56 116 0 5 3 .249 .323 .427 .750
2011 29 A+ For 2 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .500
2011 29 AAA Roc 5 21 18 3 6 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 .333 .429 .556 .985
2011 29 MAJ MIN 99 401 366 37 100 34 21 1 12 58 1 1 32 86 0 2 1 .273 .332 .434 .766
2012 30 MAJ ARI 141 571 506 75 128 64 30 4 30 90 1 1 57 151 0 6 2 .253 .327 .506 .833
2013 31 MAJ ARI 89 267 241 21 53 14 8 1 5 32 0 1 24 82 0 2 0 .220 .288 .324 .612
2013 31 MAJ CLE 8 23 18 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 10 0 0 0 .167 .348 .222 .570
2013  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ ARI/CLE 97 290 259 21 56 15 9 1 5 32 0 1 29 92 0 2 0 .216 .293 .317 .610
2014 32 MAJ MIN 12 48 42 6 15 6 4 1 1 7 0 0 5 11 0 0 1 .357 .438 .571 1.009
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3-Year Averages MAJ   112 420 377 44 94 37 20 2 15 60 0 1 39 109 0 3 1 .249 .319 .432 .751
Career  (View All) MAJ   1003 3755 3366 436 893 344 185 19 140 558 11 7 341 786 3 34 11 .265 .332 .456 .788

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Jason Kubel Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 15 Tor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .357 .438 .571 1.009
Apr. 13 KC 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .385 .442 .615 1.057
Apr. 12 KC 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .405 .450 .649 1.099
Apr. 11 KC 5 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .412 .444 .676 1.120
Apr. 10 Oak 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .448 .484 .690 1.174
Apr. 9 Oak 5 2 4 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .462 .481 .731 1.212
Apr. 7 Oak 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .381 .409 .571 .980
Apr. 6 @Cle 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .412 .444 .588 1.032
Apr. 5 @Cle 5 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .385 .385 .538 .923
Apr. 4 @Cle 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .500 .750
Apr. 3 @CWS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .571 .857
Apr. 2 @CWS 6 2 2 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Mar. 31 @CWS Did not play.
Last 7 Days 25 3 8 1 1 1 3 4 5 0 0 1 0 0 .320 .433 .560 .993
Last 14 Days 42 6 15 4 1 1 7 5 11 0 0 1 0 0 .357 .438 .571 1.009
Last 30 Days 42 6 15 4 1 1 7 5 11 0 0 1 0 0 .357 .438 .571 1.009

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Jason Kubel: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 10 8 2
2013 63 56 8 5
2012 125 124 2 6
2011 58 9 50 37
2010 98 16 83 42
2009 58 29 30 80

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Jason Kubel Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013371060.162.189.414
2012184217350.234.446.736
2011122134170.254.418.731

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013222205260.225.338.642
20123225423551.264.540.888
2011244248411.283.443.783

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013123133100.211.350.645
20122524518551.262.563.910
2011154134250.253.377.690

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201313682220.221.287.578
20122543012350.244.449.757
2011212248331.288.476.821
Jason Kubel 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 22 AA NEW 159 138 11.9% 11.9% 1.00 86% .407 .297
2004 22 AAA ROC 390 350 8.7% 10.3% 0.85 89% .354 .217
2006 24 AAA ROC 134 120 9% 17.2% 0.52 81% .323 .192
2006 24 MAJ MIN 235 220 5.1% 19.1% 0.27 80% .269 .145
2007 25 MAJ MIN 466 418 8.8% 17% 0.52 81% .310 .177
2008 26 MAJ MIN 517 463 9.1% 17.6% 0.52 80% .301 .199
2009 27 MAJ MIN 578 514 9.7% 18.3% 0.53 79% .332 .239
2010 28 MAJ MIN 582 518 9.6% 19.9% 0.48 78% .283 .178
2011 29 A+ For 6 3 50% 0% 0.00 100% .000 .000
2011 29 AAA Roc 21 18 14.3% 19% 0.75 78% .385 .223
2011 29 MAJ MIN 401 366 8% 21.4% 0.37 77% .328 .161
2012 30 MAJ ARI 571 506 10% 26.4% 0.38 70% .302 .253
2013 31 MAJ ARI 267 241 9% 30.7% 0.29 66% .312 .104
2013 31 MAJ CLE 23 18 21.7% 43.5% 0.50 44% .375 .055
2013  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ ARI/CLE 290 259 10% 31.7% 0.32 64% .315 .101
2014 32 MAJ MIN 48 42 10.4% 22.9% 0.45 74% .467 .214
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3-Year Averages MAJ   420 377 9.3% 26% 0.36 71% .312 .183
Career MAJ   3755 3366 9.1% 20.9% 0.43 77% .309 .191

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

Contact

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.357 AVG
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74% Contact Rate
POOR
.467 BABIP
HIGH
Power

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.571 SLG
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.214 ISO
GREAT
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.45 BB/K
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10.4% BB Rate
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22.9% K Rate
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OPS/OBP

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1.009 OPS
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.438 OBP
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Best Matchups for Jason Kubel (by OPS, min 8 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Jeremy Hellickson TB 8 4 2 3 1 1 0 .500 1.250 1.806
Jeff Francis CIN 8 3 1 1 1 1 0 .375 .875 1.319
Bruce Chen KC 16 7 1 2 0 3 0 .438 .875 1.313
Jose Contreras TEX 16 7 1 3 2 2 0 .438 .813 1.286
Santiago Casilla SF 9 4 1 4 1 1 1 .444 .778 1.278
Rafael Perez TEX 11 5 0 3 2 1 0 .455 .727 1.266
Kyle Davies CLE 25 12 0 8 5 3 0 .480 .680 1.247
Adam Wainwright STL 10 5 0 2 0 1 0 .500 .700 1.200
Daisuke Matsuzaka NY-N 16 8 0 2 3 3 0 .500 .563 1.141
Yovani Gallardo MIL 15 6 1 3 3 4 0 .400 .667 1.140

Worst Matchups for Jason Kubel (by OPS, min 8 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Chad Billingsley LA 8 1 0 0 0 1 0 .125 .250 .375
Trevor Cahill AZ 10 1 0 0 2 3 0 .100 .100 .350
Tony Sipp SD 8 1 0 0 1 3 1 .125 .125 .347
Felix Hernandez SEA 22 3 0 0 2 5 0 .136 .136 .345
Marc Rzepczynski CLE 8 1 0 1 0 2 0 .125 .125 .325
Ricky Nolasco MIN 9 1 0 0 0 3 1 .111 .111 .222
Edinson Volquez PIT 14 1 0 0 1 3 1 .071 .071 .205
Nate Robertson DET 15 0 0 2 3 7 0 .000 .000 .158
Colby Lewis TEX 14 1 0 0 0 4 0 .071 .071 .143
Joakim Soria TEX 11 0 0 1 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000

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Jason Kubel: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Kubel is in the lineup Monday against the Athletics. He'll start in left field and bat sixth in the order.

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Chris Colabello is starting at first base and hitting cleanup in Thursday's lineup against lefty Jose Quintana, while Kubel is not in the lineup.

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Kubel is starting in left field and hitting fourth in the lineup Wednesday against the White Sox.

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Kubel was officially added to the 40-man roster and will be on the Opening Day roster, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Kubel is expected to make the Opening Day roster for the Twins out of spring training, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

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Kubel went 2-for-2 with a walk in Friday's spring training game. He's 4-of-5 in his last two games to raise his spring batting average to .200 (6-for-30).

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Kubel is hitting just 2-for-18 this spring with a home run, but the slow start hasn't shaken the confidence of Twins management. "He can click on a baseball -- we know that," manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB.com. "It's just a matter of time. We'll see more at-bats and we'll go from there."

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Kubel agreed to a minor league contract with Minnesota that includes an invitation to spring training, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Kubel's move out of Target Field enabled a recovery in his power, as he went deep a career-high 30 times while posting the second-best slugging percentage of his career (.506). Certainly, his new home park helped, as Kubel hit .262/.346/.563 at Chase Field and just .244/.309/.449 on the road. Kubel's 2013 fantasy value could decline due to a possible trade out of Arizona, as well as his ongoing struggles against lefties and a career-high 26.4 percent strikeout rate last season. Previously carrying a reputation as an injury prone player, Kubel went over the 140 games mark for the fourth time in the last five seasons, and a similar number of at-bats should be on tap again in 2013 as the D-Backs will give him occasional rest due to their logjam of talent in the outfield.

2012

Kubel was about the only thing going right for the Twins in the first half of last season as he was hitting .310 with a .820 OPS before going on the DL with a sprained left foot in early June. He had several setbacks (including a bone bruise) and played just 38 games the rest of the season, hitting just .214 over that span. Kubel has good plate discipline and power, but struggles against left-handed pitching (.678 career OPS) which could limit his playing time. His foot didn't suffer any structural damage, so he's expected to be ready for spring training. Look for him to work mostly in left field for the D-Backs after signing a two-year deal with Arizona in December.

2011

While Kubel had 21 home runs and 92 RBI, he posted the worst batting average and OPS of his career for a full season (he hit just .249 with a .750 OPS). He started very slow with a .219 average and .619 OPS in April and then had an up-and-down summer. He may have been just a bit unlucky with a career low .280 BABIP for a full season. Kubel has good plate discipline and power, but struggles against left-handed pitching (.655 OPS) which could limit his playing time. He'll be back in the starting lineup at DH and also get some starts in right field.

2010

Kubel had the best season of his career in 2009 as he continued to improve his power numbers and stayed healthy. He's always had good plate discipline and power, but hit a career-high 28 home runs at age 27. He continues to struggle against left-handed pitching (.643 OPS) which could limit his playing time. But there are plenty of reasons to think he can sustain last year's success given his strong minor league track record and with two consecutive seasons without the problems with his knees after 2004 ACL surgery previously sidetracked his career. While he'll still get some occasional starts in the outfield, he'll enter 2010 as Minnesota's primary DH.

2009

Kubel finally put together a full season after years of knee problems and had a breakout year as Minnesota's DH. Kubel put up monster numbers in the minors before 2004 surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee and then had ups and downs for 2.5 years before a strong second half to 2007. He picked up where he left off with good plate discipline and power. He continued to be platooned against most left-handed pitching (.833 OPS vs. RH and .733 vs. LH), a trend that may continue in 2009. At age 27 in 2009, he could be ready for a career year.

2008

For a year and a half, Kubel just wasn't the same hitter who put up monster numbers in the minors before 2004 surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. He struggled in 2006 after missing the entire 2005 season as his knee continued to be a problem. Last season he plodded along by hitting .250/.302/.404 in the first half and even seemed to have lost his former ability to draw walks. But Kubel caught fire in the second half, hitting .303/.379/.511 after the All-Star break. When healthy, Kubel has good plate discipline and power, but struggled last year against left-handed pitching (just .236 vs. lefties). He'll start the season as the DH and get some playing time in left field, but he could also be platooned at either position. Still, his strong second half could signal he's finally all the way back after knee surgery and could be a nice value based on his full-season numbers.

2007

Kubel will contend for a starting job at DH or left field after an up-and-down, injury-plagued season. He returned after missing all of 2005 due to surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. He started off strong by hitting .291/.324/.485 in the first half, but in early July started to have soreness in both knees. He struggled in the second half, hitting just .163/.209/.233 with limited playing time. He had surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee in the offseason, which he believes came from overcompensating from his left knee injury. When healthy, Kubel has good plate discipline and power. He could produce a breakout season if he wins regular playing time and stays healthy.

2006

Kubel missed the entire 2005 season after major knee surgery and it's uncertain if he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. Kubel rocketed up the charts of baseball's top hitting prospects after tearing up Double-A and Triple-A in 2004 and was set for a starting job with the Twins in 2005 before suffering a knee injury in the Arizona Fall League. His recovery has gone slower than expected and he may not be at full speed when spring training starts. If healthy, he could start at DH or right field and has a lot of upside given his strong minor league stats. However, his status for 2006 is unclear.

2005

Kubel rocketed up the charts of baseball's top hitting prospects after tearing up Double-A and Triple-A before a late-season call-up to the Twins that saw him even start at DH in a playoff game. He hit an amazing .328/.394/.557 combined between the three stops. Unfortunately in the offseason Kubel suffered extensive ligament damage to his left knee as well as a torn ACL in the Arizona Fall League. As a result, he's expected to miss the entire 2005 season. Don't forget about him in keeper leagues as he'll likely contend for a starting job in the outfield with the Twins in 2006 if healthy.

2004

Kubel is yet another rising Twins outfield prospect who had an impressive ability to get on-base last season. Another strong season could see him become a factor in 2005. The only worry is a drop off in power (just four HR after 17 HR in low Single-A ball in 2002). If he hits for power he could rise quickly.

2003