34-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jason Botts in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Jason Botts Contract Information:
Released by the White Sox in March of 2010.
Botts has re-signed with the Hokkaido Fighters of Japan's Pacific League for 2009.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Jason Botts.
Botts mashed Triple-A pitching again (.320/.436/.545 in 102 games) before earning a callup to the majors. To Texas' credit, they stuck with Botts despite poor numbers (.240/.326/.335 in 167 at-bats), but there will be questions as to whether he'll be able to hit major league pitching once again when spring rolls around. His numbers-to-date in the Mexican Winter League (.303/.411/.507 in 152 at-bats, .375/.462/.625 against lefties) show promise but his bat against lesser competition has never been questioned. He'll be given a shot at a roster spot again this spring, and could be a nice lefty-mashing platoon option if nothing else.
Botts flopped in a brief mid-season audition with Texas, but his .309/.398/.582 line at Triple-A Oklahoma City backed up a nice 2005 season as well. He'll be 26, so he's not a top prospect, and he's had some issues staying healthy, but there's some value here if he can find some at-bats in the majors.
Botts backed up a nice 2004 campaign at Double-A Frisco with a solid 2005 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Already 25 years old, he's not a major prospect, but Botts could fit into the right field mix now that he's been converted to the outfield. Watch his role this spring - he could surprise if he ends up with 300-350 at-bats for Texas.
Botts finally flashed the power that his 6-6 frame suggests is possible. That it came at Double-A at the age of 24 is concerning, but he backed it up with a big season in the Arizona Fall League (.355/.461/.570) which was enough to get him added to the 40-man roster. There's talk now that a big spring could get him some at-bats as Texas' DH in 2005. He was moved to the outfield in the AFL, so there could be some corner outfield at-bats for him as well.
Botts is a big kid who's been playing at least one level down in the minors given his age. He hasn't flashed much power in the minors (Texas system), which makes him a light-hitting corner-type in the mold of Scott Hatteberg. He needs a change of scenery and a big year split between Double-A and Triple-A to eventually get a regular gig in the majors.
With corner infielders aplenty in the Rangers' organization, Botts was shifted to the OF this season. He's a big guy at 6-foot-6 but is quite agile. He has been a walk machine in the minors but needs to develop more power if he wants to advance.