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James Loney

29-Year-Old First Baseman – Tampa Bay Rays

2014 Stats

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.302

HR

1

RBI

12

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8

SB

1

2014 RotoWire Projections

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After a few seasons in Los Angeles and a short stay in Boston that seemed to display a career on the decline, Loney bounced back as a big player for Tampa Bay and resurrected his career in the process...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 235   DOB: 5/7/1984   BORN: Houston, TX   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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James Loney Contract Information:

Agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Rays in December of 2013.

April 18, 2014  –  James Loney News

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Loney was 2-for-4 with four RBI in Tampa Bay's come-from-behind win over the Yankees on Friday night.

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James Loney Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 20 AA JAC 105 445 396 39 94 25 19 2 4 35 5 5 44 75 0 2 3 .237 .317 .326 .643
2005 21 AA JAC 139 577 507 74 144 44 32 1 11 65 0 4 60 87 1 7 2 .284 .358 .416 .774
2006 22 AAA LAS 98 406 366 64 139 43 33 2 8 67 9 5 32 34 0 6 2 .380 .426 .546 .972
2006 22 MAJ LAD 48 111 102 20 29 15 6 5 4 18 1 0 8 10 0 0 1 .284 .342 .559 .901
2007 23 AAA LAS 58 261 233 28 65 21 19 1 1 32 2 1 25 48 0 3 0 .279 .345 .382 .727
2007 23 MAJ LAD 96 375 344 41 114 37 18 4 15 67 0 1 28 48 0 2 1 .331 .381 .538 .919
2008 24 MAJ LAD 161 651 595 66 172 54 35 6 13 90 6 4 45 85 1 7 3 .289 .338 .434 .772
2009 25 MAJ LAD 158 651 576 73 162 40 25 2 13 90 7 3 70 68 1 4 0 .281 .357 .399 .756
2010 26 MAJ LAD 161 648 588 67 157 53 41 2 10 88 10 5 52 95 0 4 4 .267 .329 .395 .723
2011 27 MAJ LAD 158 582 531 56 153 43 30 1 12 65 4 0 42 67 3 5 1 .288 .339 .416 .755
2012 28 MAJ LAD 114 359 334 32 85 22 18 0 4 33 0 3 23 39 1 1 0 .254 .302 .344 .646
2012 28 MAJ BOS 30 106 100 5 23 4 2 0 2 8 0 0 5 12 0 1 0 .230 .264 .310 .574
2012  (Multiple Teams) 28 MAJ LAD/BOS 144 465 434 37 108 26 20 0 6 41 0 3 28 51 1 2 0 .249 .293 .336 .630
2013 29 MAJ TB 158 598 549 54 164 46 33 0 13 75 3 1 44 77 1 4 0 .299 .348 .430 .778
2014 30 MAJ TB 18 73 63 8 19 8 7 0 1 12 1 0 8 4 0 1 1 .302 .384 .460 .844
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for James Loney
3-Year Averages MAJ   153 546 504 49 141 37 27 0 10 60 2 1 38 65 1 3 0 .280 .328 .393 .721
Career  (View All) MAJ   1102 4154 3782 422 1078 322 215 20 87 546 32 17 325 505 7 29 11 .285 .341 .421 .762

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Batter vs. Pitcher Stats     ▼ Games By Position

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James Loney Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 22 Min 4 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .302 .384 .460 .844
Apr. 20 NYY 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .271 .362 .424 .786
Apr. 19 NYY 4 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .255 .344 .418 .762
Apr. 18 NYY 4 0 2 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .235 .322 .392 .714
Apr. 17 NYY Did not play.
Apr. 16 @Bal 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .213 .296 .362 .658
Apr. 15 @Bal Did not play.
Apr. 14 @Bal 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .227 .300 .386 .686
Apr. 13 @Cin 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .283 .350 .633
Apr. 12 @Cin 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .184 .273 .316 .589
Apr. 11 @Cin 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176 .275 .235 .510
Apr. 9 @KC 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .194 .278 .258 .536
Apr. 8 @KC 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .313 .296 .609
Apr. 7 @KC 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .217 .321 .304 .625
Apr. 6 Tex 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263 .375 .368 .743
Apr. 5 Tex 2 1 2 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .267 .400 .400 .800
Apr. 4 Tex Did not play.
Apr. 3 Tor 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .154 .250 .154 .404
Apr. 2 Tor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .111 .250 .111 .361
Apr. 1 Tor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .333 .167 .500
Mar. 31 Tor 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 .333 .400 .333 .733
Last 7 Days 19 5 9 3 0 0 7 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 .474 .565 .632 1.197
Last 14 Days 44 7 14 5 0 1 9 4 2 0 0 1 1 0 .318 .380 .500 .880
Last 30 Days 63 8 19 7 0 1 12 8 4 1 0 1 1 0 .302 .384 .460 .844

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James Loney: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 18
2013 154 1
2012 133
2011 150 1
2010 160
2009 155

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James Loney Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013154173211.299.390.729
20129260100.217.261.508
2011127112141.213.307.561

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20133953710542.299.446.797
2012342316310.257.357.662
20114044510513.312.450.816

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013273247292.245.374.663
2012201150190.259.308.620
2011267237391.292.416.754

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013276306461.351.486.889
2012233226220.240.361.637
2011264335263.284.417.756
James Loney Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 20 AA JAC 445 396 9.9% 16.9% 0.59 81% .284 .089
2005 21 AA JAC 577 507 10.4% 15.1% 0.69 83% .325 .132
2006 22 AAA LAS 406 366 7.9% 8.4% 0.94 91% .404 .166
2006 22 MAJ LAD 111 102 7.2% 9% 0.80 90% .284 .275
2007 23 AAA LAS 261 233 9.6% 18.4% 0.52 79% .348 .103
2007 23 MAJ LAD 375 344 7.5% 12.8% 0.58 86% .352 .207
2008 24 MAJ LAD 651 595 6.9% 13.1% 0.53 86% .320 .145
2009 25 MAJ LAD 651 576 10.8% 10.4% 1.03 88% .301 .118
2010 26 MAJ LAD 648 588 8% 14.7% 0.55 84% .304 .128
2011 27 MAJ LAD 582 531 7.2% 11.5% 0.63 87% .312 .128
2012 28 MAJ LAD 359 334 6.4% 10.9% 0.59 88% .278 .090
2012 28 MAJ BOS 106 100 4.7% 11.3% 0.42 88% .244 .080
2012  (Multiple Teams) 28 MAJ LAD/BOS 465 434 6% 11% 0.55 88% .271 .087
2013 29 MAJ TB 598 549 7.4% 12.9% 0.57 86% .329 .131
2014 30 MAJ TB 73 63 11% 5.5% 2.00 94% .310 .158
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for James Loney
3-Year Averages MAJ   546 504 7% 11.9% 0.58 87% .305 .113
Career MAJ   4154 3782 7.8% 12.2% 0.64 87% .311 .136

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2014 Stat Review for James Loney    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.302 AVG
GREAT
94% Contact Rate
ELITE
.310 BABIP
AVERAGE
Power

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.460 SLG
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.158 ISO
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Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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2.00 BB/K
ELITE
11.0% BB Rate
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5.5% K Rate
ELITE
OPS/OBP

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.844 OPS
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.384 OBP
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Best Matchups for James Loney (by OPS, min 10 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Edgar Gonzalez CIN 11 7 1 4 0 0 0 .636 1.000 1.636
Kyle Kendrick PHI 18 9 2 7 2 1 0 .500 1.000 1.550
Manuel Corpas COL 12 6 1 7 1 1 0 .500 .917 1.455
Phil Hughes MIN 11 7 0 1 0 0 0 .636 .818 1.455
Justin Germano TEX 13 6 1 2 1 1 1 .462 .846 1.346
Ian Kennedy SD 16 7 1 3 1 2 0 .438 .875 1.346
Bud Norris BAL 17 9 0 2 2 4 1 .529 .647 1.226
J.A. Happ TOR 12 6 0 1 1 1 0 .500 .667 1.205
Jorge De La Rosa COL 18 8 1 7 1 3 0 .444 .722 1.196
Edwin Jackson CHI-N 14 7 0 2 1 1 0 .500 .643 1.176

Worst Matchups for James Loney (by OPS, min 10 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Josh Johnson SD 14 3 0 0 0 3 1 .214 .214 .429
Johnny Cueto CIN 15 2 0 0 3 2 0 .133 .133 .411
Hiroki Kuroda NY-A 15 2 0 4 0 1 0 .133 .267 .400
Edinson Volquez PIT 12 1 0 2 2 2 0 .083 .167 .381
Heath Bell TB 15 2 0 0 2 4 1 .133 .133 .369
Wandy Rodriguez PIT 13 2 0 2 0 1 0 .154 .154 .297
Wade LeBlanc ANA 10 1 0 1 1 0 0 .100 .100 .282
Tommy Hanson CHI-A 11 1 0 0 0 1 1 .091 .091 .258
Jeff Francis CIN 17 1 0 0 2 5 2 .059 .059 .217
Ryan Dempster BOS 23 2 0 1 0 4 0 .087 .087 .170

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James Loney: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Loney went 2-for-4 with a double in Monday's 7-1 loss to the Orioles.

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Loney hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to put the Rays on top of the Rangers in their 5-4 win Saturday night.

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Loney is not in the starting lineup Friday against the Rangers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Loney went 1-for-2 with a walk and a two-run homer in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Red Sox.

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Loney agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the Rays on Friday, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports.

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Loney is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Orioles, the Tampa Tribune reports.

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Loney is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Angels, according to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.

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Loney is not in the Rays' lineup Wednesday at Baltimore, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Loney is not in the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, the Tampa Tribune reports.

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Loney is out of the Rays' lineup Tuesday in Arizona, the Tampa Tribune reports.

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Loney is not in the Rays' lineup Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks, the Tampa Tribune reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Loney finished out the 2012 season in Boston after Los Angeles included him in the package to land Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford. He hit less for the Red Sox than he did for the Dodgers and experienced career lows in average, on-base percentage and OPS. Loney never hit for enough power nor got on base enough to be even an average first baseman. However, he's quietly amassed a .287/.344/.415 line against right-handed pitching while grading out as one of the league's best defenders at first base over the past three seasons, so it's possible that Tampa Bay could revive his career much like they did with Casey Kotchman.

2012

Just looking at Loney's raw numbers, it's pretty easy to say that he's a first baseman who will hit in the .280s with below average power, a solid RBI count and a good glove. The key question for the free agent-to-be is this: is his 2011 second half - .320/.380/.534 - for real? Hard to say, though we do know that in each of Loney's four full big league seasons that he's yet to top 13 home runs. Loney doesn't strike out a lot and the swing is looks nice, but can he be a 25-homer type guy? The Dodgers are bringing him back for another year in the hopes that he is, but the questions remain.

2011

Loney continues to earn points for consistency, but he's also showing no signs of being an average or better offensive first baseman. In each of his three full big league seasons, Loney has yet to top 13 home runs (10 in 2010), and though he did rack up a career-high 41 doubles last year, he also finished with just a .267 average. Since 2008, Loney has an .820 OPS with runners in scoring position, allowing him to finish with impressive RBI totals, but fantasy owners can do better at a position with plenty of power-hitting depth on draft day.

2010

Loney finished with a .281/.357/.399 line, including 13 homers and 90 RBI. The homers and RBI were identical to the marks Loney recorded in 2008. Four of Loney's home runs came in the month of September, giving us at least some hope of a mini power surge next year. The lack of home-run power is the only thing standing in the way of Loney being a viable fantasy option in shallower leagues, but the ability is already there for him to be an annual .300 hitter.

2009

Loney hit .289/.338/.434 in 595 at-bats, driving in 90 runs and stealing seven bases in his first full season as the club's first baseman. It was a step back from the .919 OPS in 344 at-bats in 2007, and Loney's long-term power potential continues to be in question. The guess here is that he'll settle in as a 20-homer guy, but .300 seasons should quickly become the norm. Look for slightly better numbers in 2009.

2008

It took them awhile, but on Jun. 10, with Nomar Garciaparra hitting .274 with just one home run, the Dodgers turned to their future at first base. Loney proceeded to exceed expectations, batting .331/.381/.538 in 344 at-bats. After hitting just one home run in 233 at-bats in Triple-A, Loney's 15 (eight in September) were a pleasant surprise. We're not expecting quite the same production in his first full year in 2008, but something along the lines of a .300 average, 20 home runs, and 90 RBI should be attainable.

2007

Loney, long touted as a top prospect, has battled injuries and high expectations ever since his selection as the team's first-round pick in 2002, but it appeared to all come together for him in 2006. Loney led all minor league hitters with a .380 average, but even more important, he at least did a little to allieviate concerns about his lack of power, improving his extra-base hit total from 44 to 58 in 2006 in fewer at-bats. The negative: by re-signing Nomar Garciaparra and inking Luis Gonzalez to play outfield, Loney has no spot open for him in 2007. Sure, there will be injuries, but barring a trade, Loney looks to be an in-year fantasy addition in most leagues.

2006

Loney had a relatively disappointing season at Double-A Jacksonville last year, hitting .284/.357/.419 with only 11 homers and 44 extra-base hits. We've been waiting for him to grow into his power for a while now, and at some point it'll have to be asked whether it's ever coming.

2005

Loney is considered one of the top prospects in the Dodgers farm system. He impressed in spring training in 2004 but then broke a finger early in the minor league season, causing him to miss five weeks. His poor numbers indicate that the injury affected him for much of the season. However, his strong showing in the Arizona Fall League indicates he is healthy again. Loney has yet to produce the kind of power numbers expected of him but as a 21-year-old at Double-A there is time for that to develop.

2004

Loney is one of the few legitimate offensive prospects in the Dodgers' minor league system, performing well in low Single-A in 2003. His likely arrival would come in 2006, but he needs to turn some of his doubles into home runs before that happens.

2003

Dodgers 1st round pick in 2002 draft. A broken wrist during the last month of season ended his season prematurely and prevented him from playing fall baseball. Loney showed impressive on-base skills in a limited stint with Class A Vero Beach.