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Ben Zobrist

34-Year-Old Second Baseman – Oakland Athletics

2015 Stats

AVG

.261

HR

5

RBI

31

R

34

SB

1

2015 Preseason Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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...

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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:

The Rays exercised their $7 million option in November of 2013.

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson acknowledged he would overpay to acquire Zobrist, but he believes that Oakland GM Billy Beane has pulled the utility man off the trade table, the NY Post reports.

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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 51 205 176 34 46 21 15 1 5 31 1 0 26 18 0 3 0 .261 .351 .443 .794
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3-Year Averages     153 671 580 82 158 54 36 4 14 65 11 5 81 92 1 6 3 .272 .361 .421 .782
Career  (View All)     1115 4,683 4,026 599 1,062 396 244 33 119 542 103 35 568 719 19 49 21 .264 .354 .429 .783

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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
Jul. 4 Sea 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .261 .351 .443 .794
Jul. 3 Sea 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .260 .353 .445 .798
Jul. 2 Sea 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .266 .360 .456 .816
Jul. 1 Col 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265 .358 .458 .816
Jun. 30 Col 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258 .349 .448 .797
Jun. 29 Col 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .341 .438 .779
Jun. 28 KC 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .256 .348 .449 .797
Jun. 27 KC 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .248 .345 .444 .789
Jun. 26 KC 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .347 .453 .800
Jun. 25 @Tex 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252 .343 .449 .792
Jun. 24 @Tex 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .335 .451 .786
Jun. 23 @Tex 4 2 2 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .333 .457 .790
Jun. 21 LAA 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .243 .325 .434 .759
Jun. 20 LAA 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .327 .439 .766
Jun. 19 LAA 5 1 2 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .248 .329 .450 .779
Jun. 18 SD 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .326 .419 .745
Jun. 17 SD 4 3 3 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .244 .329 .423 .752
Jun. 16 @SD 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .227 .316 .387 .703
Jun. 15 @SD 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .226 .318 .365 .683
Jun. 14 @LAA 5 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .219 .291 .360 .651
Jun. 13 @LAA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .202 .279 .330 .609
Jun. 12 @LAA 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .210 .288 .343 .631
Jun. 11 Tex 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .208 .289 .347 .636
Jun. 10 Tex 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .208 .294 .354 .648
Jun. 9 Tex 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .207 .295 .359 .654
Jun. 7 @Bos 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .205 .297 .352 .649
Jun. 6 @Bos 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .207 .300 .356 .656
Jun. 5 @Bos 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .214 .302 .369 .671
Jun. 4 @Det 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .304 .383 .687
Jun. 3 @Det 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .234 .310 .403 .713
Last 7 Days 23 4 8 2 0 0 3 3 4 0 0 0 2 0 .348 .393 .435 .828
Last 14 Days 47 9 14 3 0 1 7 10 5 0 0 0 2 0 .298 .407 .426 .833
Last 30 Days 102 23 28 8 1 3 17 19 11 0 0 0 2 2 .275 .382 .461 .843

Ben Zobrist: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 21 26 24 3 3
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
2015557071.273.364.729
2014156233141.340.474.873
2013204171232.250.333.643

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015121275240.256.479.824
2014414607389.246.365.703
20134086011489.287.436.812

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015108192160.269.454.781
2014278454226.281.371.750
2013293387435.280.430.798

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201565153131.246.431.821
2014292386304.264.418.747
2013319395286.270.376.717
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 205 176 12.7% 8.8% 1.44 90% .268 .182
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3-Year Averages     671 580 12.1% 13.7% 0.88 84% .304 .149
Career     4,683 4,026 12.1% 15.4% 0.79 82% .296 .165

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2015 Stat Review for Ben Zobrist    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2014 (min 400 PA)

Contact

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.261 AVG
WEAK
90% Contact Rate
ELITE
.268 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.443 SLG
GOOD
.182 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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1.44 BB/K
ELITE
12.7% BB Rate
ELITE
8.8% K Rate
ELITE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.794 OPS
GOOD
.351 OBP
GOOD

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Ben Zobrist: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Zobrist went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run Wednesday against Colorado.

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Zobrist stayed hot on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with his fifth homer.

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Zobrist was 2-for-5 with three RBI on Friday night.

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Zobrist broke out of his slump Sunday, compiling three hits and three runs scored.

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Zobrist was 0-for-4 on Saturday to drop his average to .202.

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Zobrist is out of the lineup Sunday against the Red Sox.

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Zobrist was 1-for-4 on Tuesday night, but his one hit was a seventh-inning grand slam.

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Zobrist is not in the lineup Saturday against the Yankees.

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Zobrist was 2-for-4 on Tuesday night in his first game since April 24th.

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As expected, Zobrist is in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.

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Zobrist will start Tuesday's game, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

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Despite being activated from the disabled list, Zobrist is not in the lineup Monday against the Tigers.

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Zobrist (knee) was activated from the disabled list Monday.

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The A's are hoping to activate Zobrist (knee) from the DL on Monday, the Bay Area News Group's John Hickey reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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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.