34-Year-Old Catcher – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for J.D. Closser in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
J.D. Closser Contract Information:
Signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers in December of 2010.
Closser has signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports.
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J.D. Closser: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for J.D. Closser.
A .319/.364/.398 debut in 2004 had Closser pegged as the Rockies' catcher of the future (a la Ben Petrick before him). The last two years, though, haven't been as kind to Closser. He's managed to hit just .213 in parts of two seasons with Colorado. He hasn't hit for average or power and is a poor defender. Closser was claimed off waivers by the Brewers in October, but he'll have to show big strides in spring training just to make the club as a backup.
Coming into 2005, Closser was expected to be the Rockies catcher of the future. He's a switch hitter with some pop, but struggled mightily on both offense and defense, eventually losing the starting job to defensive specialist Danny Ardoin. Teams ran at will against Closser, succeeding on 53 of 64 attempts. He'll compete with Ardoin to back up Yorvit Torrealba this year and will likely spend time in the minors refining his defense.
The Rockies have committed to making Closser their everyday catcher in 2005. He took the job from Charles Johnson last August, and showed he has the tools to hit at a major league level. He should be a staple of NL-only leagues, and if he can hit well early, deep mixed leagues. Closser was never a huge power guy in the minors, but he's set for a full season of work in the thin air of Colorado.
Closser repeated Double-A last year and put up numbers nearly identical to those he posted in his first stint there. Closser is a switch-hitting backstop with good pop in his bat and though the Rockies have stated that he'll begin '04 at Triple-A, don't be surprised if he swings his way into a roster spot with a good spring. If Closser keeps hitting, he'll be in Colorado before the Avalanche are eliminated from the NHL playoffs.
He's a switch-hitting catcher with power and should be a part the future in Colorado. Closser was decent at Double-A Carolina last year, but struggled in the Arizona Fall League.