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Ben Zobrist

35-Year-Old Second Baseman – Chicago Cubs

2016 Stats

AVG

.283

HR

14

RBI

66

R

79

SB

4

2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

The stolen bases are gone as Zobrist swiped three on the year, but a trade to Kansas City helped him in the power department as he hit 7 homers over the final two months of the season after hitting ju...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 210   DOB: 5/26/1981   BORN: Eureka, IL   COLLEGE: Dallas Baptist   DRAFTED: 6th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Ben Zobrist Contract Information:

Agreed to a four-year, $56 million contract with the Cubs in December of 2015.

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Zobrist went 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored twice in Wednesday's win over San Diego.

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Ben Zobrist 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 23 A TRI 68 310 257 50 87 21 14 3 4 45 15 4 43 31 4 2 4 .339 .438 .463 .901
2005 24 A SAL 42 178 141 25 47 16 12 1 3 13 2 1 37 17 0 0 0 .333 .475 .496 .971
2005 24 A LEX 68 294 247 45 75 21 17 2 2 32 16 5 47 35 0 0 0 .304 .415 .413 .828
2006 25 AA COR 83 381 315 57 103 34 25 6 3 30 9 5 55 46 5 1 5 .327 .434 .473 .907
2006 25 AAA DUR 18 82 69 12 21 4 3 1 0 6 4 1 10 9 2 0 1 .304 .400 .377 .777
2006 25 MAJ TAM 52 198 183 10 41 10 6 2 2 18 2 3 10 26 2 3 0 .224 .260 .311 .572
2007 26 AAA DUR 61 276 222 42 62 23 14 2 7 22 8 3 43 38 3 3 5 .279 .403 .455 .858
2007 26 MAJ TAM 31 105 97 8 15 3 2 0 1 9 2 0 3 21 2 2 1 .155 .184 .206 .391
2008 27 A VER 4 15 14 1 4 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 .286 .267 .357 .624
2008 27 AAA DUR 20 88 71 15 26 7 3 0 4 13 4 1 15 16 1 1 0 .366 .471 .577 1.048
2008 27 MAJ TAM 62 227 198 32 50 24 10 2 12 30 3 0 25 37 0 2 2 .253 .339 .505 .844
2009 28 MAJ TAM 152 599 501 91 149 62 28 7 27 91 17 6 91 104 1 4 2 .297 .405 .543 .948
2010 29 MAJ TAM 151 655 541 77 129 40 28 2 10 75 24 3 92 107 7 12 3 .238 .346 .353 .699
2011 30 MAJ TB 156 674 588 99 158 72 46 6 20 91 19 6 77 128 2 5 2 .269 .353 .469 .822
2012 31 MAJ TB 157 668 560 88 151 66 39 7 20 74 14 9 97 103 2 6 3 .270 .377 .471 .848
2013 32 MAJ TB 157 698 612 77 168 51 36 3 12 71 11 3 72 91 1 6 7 .275 .354 .402 .756
2014 33 A+ CHA 1 5 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .650
2014 33 MAJ TB 146 654 570 83 155 47 34 3 10 52 10 5 75 84 2 6 1 .272 .354 .395 .749
2015 34 A+ STO 2 6 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .666
2015 34 AAA NAS 3 13 10 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 3 0 1 0 .300 .385 .300 .685
2015 34 MAJ OAK 67 271 235 39 63 28 20 2 6 33 1 1 33 26 0 3 0 .268 .354 .447 .801
2015 34 MAJ KC 59 264 232 37 66 24 16 1 7 23 2 3 29 30 0 2 1 .284 .364 .453 .817
2015  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ OAK/KC 126 535 467 76 129 52 36 3 13 56 3 4 62 56 0 5 1 .276 .359 .450 .809
2016 35 MAJ CHC 118 513 431 79 122 43 27 2 14 66 4 4 72 65 3 4 3 .283 .386 .452 .838
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3-Year Averages     143 627 549 78 150 49 35 3 11 59 8 4 69 77 1 5 3 .273 .355 .408 .763
Career  (View All)     1308 5,526 4,748 720 1,267 470 292 37 141 633 109 43 676 822 22 55 25 .267 .358 .433 .791

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Ben Zobrist 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
Aug. 26 @LAD 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .283 .386 .452 .838
Aug. 24 @SD 4 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .284 .388 .455 .843
Aug. 23 @SD 5 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282 .387 .450 .837
Aug. 22 @SD 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .278 .385 .446 .831
Aug. 21 @Col 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .278 .385 .448 .833
Aug. 20 @Col 5 3 3 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .386 .450 .836
Aug. 19 @Col 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .384 .438 .822
Aug. 18 Mil 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .383 .439 .822
Aug. 17 Mil 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .278 .385 .444 .829
Aug. 16 Mil 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .276 .384 .443 .827
Aug. 16 Mil 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274 .383 .440 .823
Aug. 14 StL 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 .275 .382 .442 .824
Aug. 13 StL 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277 .386 .446 .832
Aug. 12 StL Did not play.
Aug. 11 StL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .385 .442 .827
Aug. 10 LAA 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277 .384 .446 .830
Aug. 9 LAA 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .386 .449 .835
Aug. 7 @Oak 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .385 .448 .833
Aug. 6 @Oak 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278 .384 .446 .830
Aug. 5 @Oak 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277 .383 .447 .830
Aug. 3 Mia 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277 .385 .446 .831
Aug. 2 Mia 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .277 .384 .447 .831
Aug. 1 Mia Did not play.
Jul. 31 Sea 5 1 3 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .280 .387 .452 .839
Jul. 30 Sea 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .383 .444 .827
Jul. 29 Sea 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .383 .445 .828
Jul. 28 CWS 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .271 .380 .440 .820
Jul. 27 CWS 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268 .379 .437 .816
Jul. 26 @CWS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269 .380 .436 .816
Jul. 25 @CWS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .271 .381 .440 .821
Last 7 Games 28 6 11 2 1 1 6 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 .393 .433 .643 1.076
Last 14 Games 49 12 17 4 1 1 9 5 8 0 0 0 1 2 .347 .400 .531 .931
Last 30 Games 102 19 32 10 2 1 17 16 13 0 0 0 1 2 .314 .403 .480 .883

Ben Zobrist: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2016 97 1 32 16 21
2015 69 4 49 45 5 6
2014 79 31 54 38 7 19 8
2013 125 21 42 4 1 39 2
2012 58 47 71 71 4
2011 131 38 38 3
2010 14 55 2 110 1 14 103
2009 3 91 1 13 70 9 7 59 1

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Ben Zobrist Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016126274112.317.484.883
2015149263161.329.517.926
2014156233141.340.474.873

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20163015210552.272.445.831
20153185010402.252.418.753
2014414607389.246.365.703

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016198385321.247.384.752
2015228445271.294.469.852
2014278454226.281.371.750

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016228419343.316.518.924
2015239328292.259.431.767
2014292386304.264.418.747
Ben Zobrist 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 23 A TRI 310 257 13.9% 10% 1.39 88% .374 .124
2005 24 A SAL 178 141 20.8% 9.6% 2.18 88% .364 .163
2005 24 A LEX 294 247 16% 11.9% 1.34 86% .348 .109
2006 25 AA COR 381 315 14.4% 12.1% 1.20 85% .376 .146
2006 25 AAA DUR 82 69 12.2% 11% 1.11 87% .350 .073
2006 25 MAJ TAM 198 183 5.1% 13.1% 0.38 86% .252 .087
2007 26 AAA DUR 276 222 15.6% 13.8% 1.13 83% .311 .176
2007 26 MAJ TAM 105 97 2.9% 20% 0.14 78% .187 .051
2008 27 A VER 15 14 0% 13.3% 0.00 86% .333 .071
2008 27 AAA DUR 88 71 17% 18.2% 0.94 77% .431 .211
2008 27 MAJ TAM 227 198 11% 16.3% 0.68 81% .255 .252
2009 28 MAJ TAM 599 501 15.2% 17.4% 0.88 79% .330 .246
2010 29 MAJ TAM 655 541 14% 16.3% 0.86 80% .281 .115
2011 30 MAJ TB 674 588 11.4% 19% 0.60 78% .314 .200
2012 31 MAJ TB 668 560 14.5% 15.4% 0.94 82% .300 .201
2013 32 MAJ TB 698 612 10.3% 13% 0.79 85% .306 .127
2014 33 A+ CHA 5 4 20% 0% 0.00 100% .250 .000
2014 33 MAJ TB 654 570 11.5% 12.8% 0.89 85% .305 .123
2015 34 A+ STO 6 6 0% 0% 0.00 100% .333 .000
2015 34 AAA NAS 13 10 15.4% 23.1% 0.67 70% .429 .000
2015 34 MAJ OAK 271 235 12.2% 9.6% 1.27 89% .281 .179
2015 34 MAJ KC 264 232 11% 11.4% 0.97 87% .303 .169
2015  (Multiple Teams) 34 MAJ OAK/KC 535 467 11.6% 10.5% 1.11 88% .291 .174
2016 35 MAJ CHC 513 431 14% 12.7% 1.11 85% .307 .169
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3-Year Averages     627 549 11% 12.3% 0.90 86% .302 .135
Career     5,526 4,748 12.2% 14.9% 0.82 83% .297 .166

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2016 Stat Review for Ben Zobrist    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

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.283 AVG
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85% Contact Rate
GOOD
.307 BABIP
AVERAGE
Power

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.452 SLG
GOOD
.169 ISO
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Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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1.11 BB/K
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14.0% BB Rate
ELITE
12.7% K Rate
GREAT
OPS/OBP

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.838 OPS
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.386 OBP
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Ben Zobrist: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Zobrist is out of the lineup Friday against Colorado.

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Zobrist is not in the lineup Friday.

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Zobrist went 2-for-5 with a two-RBI single in Saturday's 4-0 victory over the A's.

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Zobrist is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Marlins.

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Zobrist went 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and a walk in Sunday's 7-6 extra-inning victory over the Mariners.

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Zobrist is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Mets, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Zobrist is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.

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Zobrist is out of the lineup Monday against the Reds.

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Zobrist went 1-for-4 with a solo homer against the Mets on Saturday.

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Zobrist (ankle) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Marlins.

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X-rays taken on Zobrist's ankle revealed only a bruise, but he is not expected to play Saturday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.

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Zobrist was removed from Friday's game against the Marlins in the seventh inning after being hit by a pitch, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2016

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2015

The Swiss Army Knife of the Rays was traded to Oakland in the offseason so that Tampa Bay could move his $7.5M salary. Last year was the first time since he became a regular that he did not play in at least 150 contests, but there is no denying that the grind of playing multiple positions across full seasons, with more than half of the time coming on the fake grass, is taking its toll on him. His home run total has not improved for four consecutive seasons and his stolen base total has declined for five consecutive seasons. Like many switch hitters, Zobrist struggles from the right side but his .703 OPS against lefties was his worst since 2010. Conversely, he laid waste to righties hitting .340 with a .873 OPS. With the A's, it is going to be a push for him to be a double-double threat again in 2015 as this fantasy stud shifts on to the final stages of his career.

2014

The Rays may shuffle pieces around the field with frequency, but the one constant fixture in the lineup is Zobrist. Though he bounced around in some matchups, the switch-hitter mostly played second base in 2013 for a total of 117 starts and was a finalist for the Gold Glove Award at the keystone position. He hit .275/.354/.402 with 12 home runs and 71 RBI and was selected to the All-Star Game. His stolen base total dipped to 11, but his 14 attempts were his lowest total since 2008. He remains the ultimate utility man who can play almost any position in the infield or outfield, which adds to his fantasy value as well. He cut down his strikeout rate, though his power numbers decreased also. Despite the decreases in some categories, he remains a well-rounded offensive player who is durable and logs a high volume of at-bats in the Rays' offense. He is a mainstay in the top few spots of the batting order, and with Evan Longoria and Wil Myers expected to bat nearby, Zobrist could see an increase in his run production. He has great value at second base for fantasy teams in 2014 with his consistent balance of power, speed, and versatility.

2013

Few players in the league are more valuable to their team than Zobrist. With the Rays battling injuries all over the diamond, Zobrist often helped right the ship. He played games in the outfield, second base, and shortstop and maintained the composure to eclipse the 20-homer plateau and hit .270 playing in 157 games. He also posted a .377 OBP, his highest since 2009. The switch-hitting "Zorilla" took a career-high 99 walks, which should help keep him right ahead of Evan Longoria in the batting order. His versatile position eligibility will be extremely useful to fantasy owners needing offense and flexibility in their lineup, but Zobrist is expected to settle in at second base with the Rays' addition of Yunel Escobar this winter.

2012

Zobrist put together a stellar 2011 campaign for fantasy owners, finishing one stolen base from a 20-20 season. The 20 home runs proved that the 27 he hit in 2009 were not an anomaly and he's now stolen between 17-24 bags the last three seasons showing some consistency. One of the red flags that comes up when looking at last season's stats was his plate discipline as his strikeout rate increased almost three percent while his walk rate dropped almost three percent. The trade-off for those stats was he hit for more power; his 46 doubles were 18 more than each of the previous two seasons. Zobrist will likely resume his spot near the top of the lineup in the batting order and is penciled in to be the everyday second baseman although he likely has outfield eligibility as well from the 2011 season. Once the top tier second basemen are off the board, snag "Zorilla" who can contribute across the board in fantasy leagues.

2011

After a breakout season in 2009, owners expected much better numbers from Zobrist last season. He hit 17 fewer home runs and lost 59 points from his batting average, though he converted 24-for-27 stolen base attempts. This shouldn't come as too much of a shock considering he came out of nowhere in 2009 at age 28 to post that breakout year. Last season's decline may be the result of fatigue after playing in 152 games in 2009 and playing in only 178 games between 2007 and 2008. Zobrist saw most of his time in the outfield last season and could be used all over the field following the departure of a few of the veteran players. He's a virtual lock for 500 plate appearances no matter where he is in the field and should be able to rebound somewhat in the power department.

2010

Zobrist had a breakout season last year and ended up finishing eighth in MVP voting. He hit 27 home runs, drove in 91 runs, and stole 17 bases while hitting .297. The trade of Akinori Iwamura opens up the starting second-base job for Zobrist, who should see even more at-bats this season. The Rays could also elect to give Sean Rodriguez the job at second and give Zobrist right-field duties, but he'll enter 2010 with multi-position eligibility (second, shortstop and outfield). Expecting similar numbers from the 29-year-old this season isn't out of the question with consistent playing time, but some regression should be expected after his power fell off a bit after the All-Star break (.478 SLG after a .632 mark in the first half).

2009

Zobrist's versatility was extremely useful for the Rays, and he provided a lot of power out of less than 200 at-bats (indeed, only Evan Longoria posted a higher slugging average than Zobrist on Tampa Bay's roster last year). He'll return in a super-utility role in 2009, and he'll be of use in medium and deep AL leagues.

2008

Zobrist started the year as the everyday shortstop, but soon fell into a slump and lost the job to Brendan Harris. Zobrist never returned to action after going on the DL (oblique) in mid-August, but he'll be ready come spring training. However, with Jason Bartlett now on the club, Zobrist likely is only competing for a utility role this spring.

2007

Zobrist came over from Houston in the Aubrey Huff deal and was promoted from Double-A to the majors just weeks later. He's got a very steady glove at short, enough that the Rays are no longer keeping B.J. Upton at shortstop. Still, Zobrist has to hit better to keep a job long-term in the bigs. He had great on-base and doubles numbers in the minors, so that could show up at the major league level in the next year or two.

2006

His ridiculous OBPs and walk rates at lower levels haven't been enough to get Zobrist rated highly, owing to his lack of tools. In fairness, players whose primary asset is plate discipline in A ball often fall by the wayside (Jackie Rexrode being the canonical example). Zobrist has no power, and as nice as the OBPs are, will likely hit a wall at higher levels.