32-Year-Old First Baseman – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Jason Stokes in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Jason Stokes Contract Information:
Signed a minor league contract with Detroit in January 2010.
The Tigers signed Stokes to a minor league contract on Thursday, the Detroit Free Press reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Jason Stokes.
Stokes got a long look in spring training and came out of the gate strong at Triple-A, but yet another injury (this one a back problem) wrecked his season and cast his future further in doubt. He's the kind of player who could appear "out of nowhere" down the road and carve out a decent career for himself, but until he proves he can stay in a lineup for 130+ games at any level, he's not worth considering as a prospect.
Injuries once again wrecked Stokes' season, and it's looking more and more like he won't ever be healthy enough to fulfill his massive power potential. He'll only be 24 this year, though, so there's still time for him to put together a 400+ at bat, 30+ HR season at Triple-A and get his career back on track.
Stokes didn't have a bad year at Double-A, but his wrist problems resurfaced and he clearly has some developing to do in the area of plate discipline. The recent signing of Carlos Delgado should have the organization attempting to develop him as a corner outfielder, or looking to move him. Given the skill-set, as well as the organization's depth and needs, we're leaning to the trade scenario.
Stokes struggled through his year at High-A, striking out almost four times as often as he walked, before crashing and burning in the Arizona Fall League (.145 batting average, one walk, 16 K's). The trade for Hee Seop Choi buys him some development time, and it looks like he'll need it.
The Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year, Stokes had a big year in his first taste of full-season baseball. With Adrian Gonzalez ahead of him there's no need for the Marlins to rush Stokes, so look for him to open the year at High-A in the Florida State League. How he deals with the pitcher's parks in the FSL will determine how quickly he sees Double-A.