34-Year-Old Second Baseman – Free Agent
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Chris Getz in 2017. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Chris Getz Contract Information:
Non-tendered by the Royals in December of 2013, becoming a free agent.
Getz, who was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Sunday, will retire, ESPN's Doug Padilla reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Chris Getz.
Perhaps when he was younger, there was the promise of some upside, particularly in the speed department, but now eight years into his professional career, that promise seems to have dwindled to the point where he's not viewed as anything more than a platoon player with plug-and-play fantasy upside. Getz's plate discipline is decent with a slightly below-average walk rate and a low strikeout rate, but while he has the numbers of a strong contact hitter, the contact he makes is weak, which results in a lot of slow-rolling groundballs and a disappointing career .310 on-base percentage. When he does find himself on base, he's a modest threat to steal, but has never stolen more than 25 bases in a single season. Getz is seeking an opportunity to compete for a roster spot after being non-tendered by the Royals in December.
When the Royals first acquired Getz from the White Sox in 2010, they envisioned him as a decent stopgap at the keystone while they waited for Johnny Giavotella to develop. But similarly to 2011, Giavotella wasn't ready and while Getz was to be leaned on more, his inability to stay healthy or hit left-handed pitching forced the team into using him strictly as a platoon partner. Getz batted .275 over 210 plate appearances, but failed to produce anything offensively worth using in fantasy. He does not strike out very often, has a below-average walk rate, and while he makes a lot of contact at the plate, it is not clean contact as evidenced by his .312 on-base percentage. He will likely be used in a similar role by the Royals again this season.
Last season brought the demise of Getz as a leadoff hitter and as the Royals' starting second baseman. As the team's leadoff hitter, he produced a .248 OBP, before being removed permanently in lieu of Alex Gordon, who took a shining to the spot (.383 OBP). As their second baseman, he lasted until early August, when Johnny Giavotella was called up. For the season, he posted a .255/.313/.287 batting line with 21 steals. It's doubtful the Royals or any team asks him to take on such responsibilities again in 2012. Fantasy owners in deeper leagues will want to use him for his speed, but use caution as his batting average will put a drain on his value.
Getz is the odds-on favorite to start at second base when the Royals open the 2011 season. His 2010 campaign was cut short thanks to a concussion, but he was fully cleared to return to action in December. He's a favorite of manager Ned Yost and likely will be given plenty of at-bats early on in the year. It'll be up to him to build on his successful 2008 and 2009 seasons and leave last year behind him to keep the job.
Getz proved in his rookie season what we thought he would become. A not-too-powerful, not-too-fast hitter that can get on base reliably (.324) and is smart on the basepaths (he succeeded on 25 of 34 tries). His power is extremely limited, with just 24 extra-base hits in 415 plate-appearances. He may have to battle Alberto Callaspo for at-bats after being traded to the Royals, but his ability to steal a base should land him somewhere near the top of the order when he gets into the lineup.
Getz had a career season at Triple-A while being groomed as a utilityman. He may need to play multiple positions in the majors, as the acquisitions of Brent Lillibridge and Wilson Betemit have crowded the Sox infield. The power spike he showed last year is probably not real, so he's an OBP/SB guy without upside who won't play much.