35-Year-Old Shortstop – Free Agent
2013 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Angel Berroa in 2013. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Angel Berroa Contract Information:
Signed a minor league deal with Arizona in July of 2011.
Berroa signed a minor league deal with Arizona and will report to Triple-A Reno, the D-Backs' official Twitter feed reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Angel Berroa.
The Dodgers gave Berroa playing time after trading for him in June due to several injuries. After getting just 11 big league at-bats in 2007, the 2003 AL Rookie of the Year got 226 in 2008, but hit just .230 with one home run and a minuscule 16 RBI. He'll try to win a reserve job with the Yankees this spring, but likely just adds depth at Triple-A.
Berroa turned around the label of a permanent disappointment with a respectable, but injury-truncated, season at Triple-A Omaha, hitting .300 with eight home runs in 81 games. He has not matched those 15 home runs of his rookie season at any level of play. Plus, he'll already be 30 at season's start and the chances of him being a starting shortstop in the major leagues are looking slim.
When the Royals fired GM Allard Baird and replaced him with Dayton Moore, many were expecting the Berroa era to be over. Baird brought Berroa to Kansas City in the Johnny Damon trade and was a strong proponent of him remaining in the starting lineup. But it didn't end and may continue for a little while longer despite a 2006 during which he set career lows for on-base percentage, slugging and numerous other categories. His defense, both fielding percentage and range, slid below league average. Berroa is well-liked in the organization, but his saving grace has been that the Royals just don't have any other real options. When that changes, so will Berroa's tenure as the starter at short.
Berroa improved in 2005, but his rookie season is starting to look like a fluke. His minor league numbers suggest he played well over his abilities as a rookie, and for two consecutive seasons he hasn't shown any growth. One way to improve would be drawing more than 15 unintentional walks in 159 games. Manager Buddy Bell moved Berroa around in the lineup, using him as a leadoff hitter for an extended period, quite often, attempting to spark some offensive fire from him. His defense also shows lapses of concentration, but he is certainly an adequate shortstop. Expect similar numbers in 2006 and be happily surprised if he shows improvement.
Like Eric Hinske and Ben Grieve before him, the 2003 American League rookie of the year took a stride or two backward after an initial splash. For Berroa, it may not only have been that he overachieved in 2003. In 2004, as the team crumbled around him, his concentration lapsed. Hurting his concentration early in the season might have been a debilitating bout with migraine headaches, which knocked him out of the lineup for two weeks. Offensively, he didnít pick it up until June. Defensively, he didnít get in gear until the Royals shipped him out to Double-A Wichita in August. He has some pop, but the 17 home runs he had during his rookie campaign may have been his ceiling.
Handed the shortstop job after waiving Neifi Perez, Berroa responded with unprecedented offense. Just one year prior, he hit .215 in Omaha with sporadic power. Top-quality defense was his reputation after coming over from Oakland in the Johnny Damon trade, but no one knew if he could hit. His first year could have been a spike, but his ability to change his approach throughout the season and keep consistent shows a player with a bright future. Strikeouts and defense were both problems at times, but defense was also a strength as his confidence improved.
It's decision time for the Royals, who are a tad bit nervous turning the shortstop job over to Berroa. A key component to the Johnny Damon trade, Berroa had a terrible 2002. He hit .215 in Omaha, striking out 84 times in 297 at bats. His normally dependable defense also faltered at times. It's his job in 2003 and expectations are fairly low. It's a good situation for him.