38-Year-Old First Baseman – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Ben Broussard in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Ben Broussard Contract Information:
Signed a minor league contract with the Royals in July 2013.
Broussard signed a minor league contract with the Royals on Thursday and was assigned to Triple-A Omaha, the Kansas City Star reports.
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|2006 (Multiple Teams)||29||MAJ||CLE/SEA||144||465||432||61||125||42||21||0||21||63||2||1||26||103||0||4||3||.289||.331||.484||.815|
|Career (View All)||704||2,357||2,136||275||561||214||114||13||87||314||15||7||171||466||4||15||31||.263||.324||.450||.775|
Ben Broussard Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||PA||AB||Walk Rate||Strikeout Rate||BB/K Ratio||Contact Rate||BABIP||Isolated Power|
|2006 (Multiple Teams)||29||MAJ||CLE/SEA||465||432||5.6%||22.2%||0.25||76%||.338||.195|
Ben Broussard: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Ben Broussard.
After sharing the DH role in 2006, Broussard was relegated to the bench in 2007. His playing time suffered, and Broussard posted his worst season since his 2002 39-game cup of coffee. Broussard was an expensive bench player at $3.55 million, so the Mariners decided to save some cash and do him a favor and traded him to Texas for a minor league infielder. With regular at-bats as the likely everyday first baseman for the Rangers, and in Texas' hitter-friendly park, Broussard's numbers should rebound to career norms.
The Mariners traded prospect Shin-Soo Choo to the Indians in late July last year for Broussard and his left-handed bat. But after mashing righties to the tune of .362/.395/.587 for the Indians, Broussard devolved to .230/.270/.392 against righties in a DH platoon for the Mariners. Luck was a factor in some of that as Broussard's hit rate dropped from .371 with the Indians to .279 with the Mariners, less than his .291 career hit rate. He'll return to the Mariners, but the trade for Jose Vidro clouds the playing time picture for him.
Injuries have slowed prospect Michael Aubrey enough for Broussard to hold onto the first-base job in Cleveland. Broussard hitting just .225 against lefties in 2005 is hardly taking advantage of the time, though. He'll need to get as many productive at-bats in as he can before the Indians believe Aubrey is ready. Ryan Garko is also knocking.
Broussard established himself as a big league hitter in 2004, but his hold on the first-base job with Cleveland will be short-lived. Michael Aubrey, the club's top hitting prospect, will be ready in 2006. Travis Hafner, the DH and the club's best hitter, also plays first. Broussard is a decent hitter and he will begin 2005 as the starter, but if he slumps or gets hurt he could be quickly forgotten.
If he gets 450+ at-bats, Broussard will hit 20 home runs. With Travis Hafner at first and the likely departure of Ellis Burks, Broussard should get an opportunity as the DH. If he can improve his ability to take a walk, sky is the limit for him. Look for decent power numbers if he gets the ABs.
Broussard did not exactly step up and take the bull by the horns when given the opportunity in 2002, perhaps because he was also trying to adjust to playing a new position in left field. The acquisition of Travis Hafner clouds Broussard's future with the Indians.