33-Year-Old First Baseman – Cincinnati Reds
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
After seeing Votto limp through the 2014 season, hampered by a distal quadriceps strain that he never shook, he rebounded with a fury in 2015. Once again he was able to generate power from his legs, r...
Joey Votto Contract Information:
Signed a 10-year, $225 million extension in April of 2012.
Votto went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday's 7-3 loss to the Cubs.
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Joey Votto||3-Year Averages||127||563||448||76||134||46||26||1||19||58||6||2||108||107||0||3||4||.299||.437||.489||.926|
|Career (View All)||1268||5,434||4,501||757||1,407||547||310||16||221||730||67||28||862||1,004||0||32||39||.313||.425||.536||.961|
|Sep. 2||StL||Did not play.|
|Last 7 Games||31||6||13||4||0||3||8||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||.419||.438||.839||1.277|
|Last 14 Games||55||10||24||7||0||5||12||7||4||0||0||0||1||0||.436||.492||.836||1.328|
|Last 30 Games||113||18||44||9||0||7||19||14||10||0||0||0||1||1||.389||.453||.655||1.108|
Joey Votto: MLB Games Played By Position
Joey Votto Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Joey Votto||3-Year Averages||563||448||19.2%||19%||1.01||76%||.357||.190|
2016 Stat Review for Joey Votto As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)
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Cincinnati Reds Roster
MajorsAdleman, Tim (P)
AAAAllen, Brandon (1B)
A+Aquino, Aristides (OF)
RookieFranklin, Kevin (3B)
Joey Votto: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Every year RotoWire's top injury analyst Jeff Stotts cautions readers about how a distal quadriceps strain can linger for a player, particularly if he tries to come back too soon. In 2015, all he'll have to do is point to Votto's 2014 season. Votto was limited to 62 games with the injury between two DL stints, with a 23-game stretch in between where he failed to homer even once. Not only did Votto fail to produce as he once regularly did, but because of overly optimistic timetables, his owners held onto him for far too long during his second DL trip before he was finally declared out for the season. In a format with a limited bench and no DL spots like the NFBC, that can be deadly. The big question going forward is what sort of player will Votto be once he finally returns at full strength -- is it reasonable to expect him to hit .300-plus with 20 homers any longer, or will the power fail to return? At least you will be able to find out in 2015 at a discounted rate, unlike the Reds, who are still on the hook for at least nine more years plus a club option for a 10th year.
Votto was a lightning rod for criticism among Reds fans and the local media, but for all the wrong reasons. Way too much bandwidth was spent on discussing his walk rate - as if having a .435 OBP could ever be construed as a negative! But it is true that at times he failed in high profile situations, most notably with the bases loaded. He did struggled defensively in the first half of the season. And most importantly, his power was down - his ISO dropped from .230 to .186. That last factor, combined with the absolutely horrid No. 2 hitters in front of him most of the year contributed to a steep decline in RBI, which has a tangible impact on his fantasy value. He's still an elite player in real life, but in our game those shortcomings knock him out of the first round in traditional formats.
June 24 - that was the last time Joey Votto homered during the 2012 season. He injured his knee five days later while sliding into third base in San Francisco, and that purportedly minor injury ended up being a lot more serious than expected. He eventually needed two procedures and was left with very little time to go on a minor league rehab assignment before returning in September. It was pretty clear in September and in the playoffs that he wasn't back to his full self. While he's still an amazing hitter in real life, some of Votto's fantasy value gets diminished in leagues that don't use on-base percentage, as he's not a pure power hitter. His career fly ball rate is 34.4%, and he hasn't sniffed the 40 percent average since 2009. Thus, his ultimate homer upside is diminished. That flaw however also makes him a better bet to hit for high average. But because of this knee injury, the days of Votto getting double-digits in stolen bases is probably long gone.
For a power hitter, Votto doesn't hit a lot of flyballs (34.8 percent in 2010, 33.4 percent in 2011). The difference between his 37-homer 2010 season and his 29-homer season last year was that his HR/FB percentage dropped from an absurdly-high 25 percent in 2010 to a merely high 18.2 percent in 2011. However, he also lowered his groundball rate in 2011, turning more of those into line drives, so there is some hope that he ultimately will hit more flyballs, taking advantage of his settings at the Great American Ball Park. Otherwise, it's all systems go for Votto - expect many more high-average, high-OBP seasons hitting the middle of the Reds order. He's still good for 7-to-10 stolen bases in a given season, too.
Votto's counting stats were able to catch up with his already great rate stats in 2010, leading up to his NL MVP award. Just think how many RBI he'd be able to tally if the Reds were capable of putting a decent leadoff man in front of him - Reds leadoff hitters were among the bottom five in baseball in both batting average and on-base percentage. At age 27, Votto is in the prime of his career, so a repeat of his 2010 power numbers is probable. The one aspect that might not repeat, however, is his 16 stolen bases.
Votto's high-profile bout with depression in dealing with his father's death shed a lot of light on the topic and how it pertains to sports. The Reds were actually fairly progressive in allowing him to get the proper treatment and recovery, and while it's hard to forever declare him past that issue, he was able to at least deal with it adequately enough to allow him to play. Once he got on the field, Votto took the next step up to put himself among the elite first basemen in the game. In a league that has Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard, Votto might not get too many All-Star appearances, but he's going to be a steady producer for the foreseeable future. His excellent batting eye makes him that much more valuable in leagues that account for OBP.
Votto began the year having to split time with Scott Hatteberg at first base but ended the year as the Reds' best hitter. He and fellow rookie Jay Bruce will form the core of the new Reds lineup, along with Brandon Phillips. It'll be up to the Reds to make sure to surround them with enough quality hitters to build a decent offense, but Votto will do his part. There's some talk that he'll eventually be moved off first base to make room for Yonder Alonso, but that conversation won't likely happen in earnest until 2010.
After a strong September trial, Reds fans had just one question about Votto: What took so long to call him up? Sure, Scott Hatteberg had a nice season, but the Reds were quite clearly playing out the string by midseason, and Votto could have used the extra time to adjust to the majors. Chances are that he'll be the Opening Day starter at first base, but be aware that the Reds exercised their 2008 option on Hatteberg, and that new manager Dusty Baker isn't exactly renowned for playing the young prospect over the proven veteran.
Votto needed to have a big year at Double-A Chattanooga to continue his development, and he delivered, winning the Southern League's MVP Award. He's always had the raw power that drew the Reds towards him in the first place, but he refined that power while moving up a level. Scott Hatteberg will begin the year as the starting first baseman for the Reds, but don't be surprised if you see Votto's name in the lineup at that spot by September.
Votto is still a little behind the curve developmentally, having not yet mastered high-A ball despite turning 22 in September. He continues to impress scouts with his raw power, but he hasn't yet completely translated that batting practice power into performance in game situations. Still, besides Jay Bruce, he's the Reds' best power prospect, perhaps underscoring the problems the team will face in the future.
Votto needed a good year at low Single-A Dayton to remain a legitimate prospect and he responded in kind. Votto, a Canadian, was a second-round pick by the Reds in 2002 and took a little extra time getting used to the jump in competition. He's one of the few power prospects in the Reds system.