34-Year-Old First Baseman – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Josh Whitesell in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Josh Whitesell Contract Information:
Whitesell signed a one-year, $850,000 contract extension with the Lotte Marines in December of 2012.
Whitesell signed a one-year, $850,000 contract extension with the Lotte Marines, the Kyodo news service reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Josh Whitesell.
Whitesell had a small taste of the majors with Arizona last season, but ultimately spent the majority of his time at Triple-A Reno. The D-Backs' acquisition of Brandon Allen really dropped his value in July and he was later non-tendered. He signed with Washington and could win a bench job this spring, but nothing is guaranteed to power-hitting left-handed hitters that are raking in the Pacific Coast League beyond their late 20s. If he were ever given 450 big league at-bats, 20-25 homers are within reach, but it doesn't appear as though that opportunity will be afforded to him.
Whitesell enjoyed plenty of success in the Pacific Coast League after the D-Backs claimed him off waivers from the Nationals in March. Even as a 26-year-old, Whitesell's .328/.425/.568 line with good power (26 homers) is impressive when you consider that he doesn't have bad splits against left-handed pitching or any glaring flaw that will prevent him from getting a look at the next level. That said, tearing up the minor leagues at his age suggests his future is likely as a part-time player, unless he ends up in an organization with less corner infield depth than Arizona, as he currently has Conor Jackson and Chad Tracy -- among others -- in front of him in the pecking order for at-bats with the D-Backs.
Whitesell put up very good numbers at Double-A, but as a 25-year-old repeating the level that's not a big accomplishment. With Chris Marrero struggling to find a position in the Nationals system and possibly destined for first base, the window for Whitesell to establish himself as a major leaguer is extremely narrow.