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Denard Span

31-Year-Old Outfielder – Washington Nationals

2015 Stats

AVG

.304

HR

5

RBI

22

R

37

SB

11

2015 Preseason Projections

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Span put together his best season since 2009 last year, hitting .302 with a .355 OBP while scoring 94 runs, stealing a career-high 31 bases and flashing his usual Gold Glove-caliber leather in center ...

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STATUS:  15-Day DL     INJURY TYPE:  Back     EST. RETURN:  7/31/2015
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 208   DOB: 2/27/1984
BORN: Washington, DC   COLLEGE: None  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Denard Span Contract Information:

Nationals picked up Span's $9 million club option for 2015.

July 22, 2015  –  Denard Span News

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Manager Matt Williams is unsure when Span (back) will be able to resume swinging a bat, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

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Denard Span 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 A QUA 64 282 240 29 64 7 4 3 0 14 15 8 34 49 4 1 3 .267 .363 .308 .671
2005 21 A FOR 49 208 186 38 63 7 3 3 1 19 13 4 22 25 0 0 0 .339 .410 .403 .813
2005 21 AA NEW 68 304 267 47 76 11 6 5 0 26 10 8 22 41 5 2 8 .285 .355 .345 .700
2006 22 AA NEW 134 597 536 80 153 24 16 6 2 45 23 11 40 78 15 1 5 .285 .340 .349 .689
2007 23 AAA ROC 139 548 487 59 130 30 20 7 3 55 25 14 40 90 21 0 0 .267 .323 .355 .678
2008 24 AAA ROC 40 184 156 32 53 15 11 1 3 14 15 8 26 36 2 0 0 .340 .434 .481 .915
2008 24 MAJ MIN 93 411 347 70 102 29 16 7 6 47 18 7 50 60 8 2 4 .294 .387 .432 .819
2009 25 AAA ROC 2 8 6 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 .333 .500 .500 1.000
2009 25 MAJ MIN 145 676 578 97 180 34 16 10 8 68 23 10 70 89 12 6 10 .311 .392 .415 .807
2010 26 MAJ MIN 153 705 629 85 166 37 24 10 3 58 26 4 60 74 10 2 4 .264 .331 .348 .679
2011 27 AAA ROC 10 40 39 4 8 1 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 5 1 0 0 .205 .205 .231 .436
2011 27 MAJ MIN 70 311 284 37 75 18 11 5 2 16 6 1 27 36 0 0 0 .264 .328 .359 .687
2012 28 MAJ MIN 128 568 516 71 146 46 38 4 4 41 17 6 47 62 4 1 0 .283 .342 .395 .737
2013 29 MAJ WAS 153 662 610 75 170 43 28 11 4 47 20 6 42 77 7 1 2 .279 .327 .380 .707
2014 30 A HAG 2 7 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 .500 .714 .500 1.214
2014 30 MAJ WAS 147 668 610 94 184 52 39 8 5 37 31 7 50 65 3 3 2 .302 .355 .416 .771
2015 31 A HAG 2 9 8 1 4 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .556 .875 1.431
2015 31 AA HAR 1 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
2015 31 MAJ WAS 59 265 237 37 72 20 15 0 5 22 11 0 24 26 1 2 1 .304 .367 .430 .797
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3-Year Averages     142 630 578 80 166 46 35 7 4 41 22 6 46 68 4 1 1 .287 .340 .393 .733
Career  (View All)     948 4,266 3,811 566 1,095 279 187 55 37 336 152 41 370 489 45 17 23 .287 .353 .394 .747

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

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Denard Span 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
Jul. 29 @Mia Did not play.
Jul. 28 @Mia Did not play.
Jul. 26 @Pit Did not play.
Jul. 25 @Pit Did not play.
Jul. 24 @Pit Did not play.
Jul. 23 @Pit Did not play.
Jul. 22 NYM Did not play.
Jul. 21 NYM Did not play.
Jul. 20 NYM Did not play.
Jul. 19 LAD Did not play.
Jul. 18 LAD Did not play.
Jul. 17 LAD Did not play.
Jul. 12 @Bal Did not play.
Jul. 11 @Bal Did not play.
Jul. 10 @Bal Did not play.
Jul. 8 Cin Did not play.
Jul. 7 Cin Did not play.
Jul. 6 Cin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .304 .367 .430 .797
Jul. 5 SF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .305 .369 .432 .801
Jul. 4 SF Did not play.
Jul. 3 SF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .310 .375 .440 .815
Jul. 2 @Atl 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 .310 .373 .441 .814
Jul. 1 @Atl 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .310 .371 .442 .813
Jun. 30 @Atl 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .308 .364 .442 .806
Jun. 28 @Phi Did not play.
Jun. 28 @Phi 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .305 .360 .441 .801
Jun. 27 @Phi Did not play.
Jun. 26 @Phi Did not play.
Jun. 25 Atl 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .301 .354 .435 .789
Jun. 24 Atl 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .303 .358 .441 .799
Last 7 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 14 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 30 Days 29 4 8 1 0 0 1 7 6 3 0 1 0 0 .276 .432 .310 .742

Denard Span: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 59 59
2014 147 147
2013 153 153
2012 125 125 1
2011 67 67 1
2010 153 153
2009 145 74 84 39

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Denard Span Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015615164.197.262.542
2014171201169.269.357.694
201315713096.223.261.539

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015176324167.341.489.887
20144397442122.314.440.802
20134536243814.298.422.765

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201511615042.233.276.564
20143104911718.348.442.833
20133084323014.305.399.749

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015121225189.372.5791.017
20143004542013.253.390.708
2013302322176.252.361.665
Denard Span 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 A QUA 282 240 12.1% 17.4% 0.69 80% .335 .041
2005 21 A FOR 208 186 10.6% 12% 0.88 87% .388 .064
2005 21 AA NEW 304 267 7.2% 13.5% 0.54 85% .336 .060
2006 22 AA NEW 597 536 6.7% 13.1% 0.51 85% .331 .064
2007 23 AAA ROC 548 487 7.3% 16.4% 0.44 82% .322 .088
2008 24 AAA ROC 184 156 14.1% 19.6% 0.72 77% .427 .141
2008 24 MAJ MIN 411 347 12.2% 14.6% 0.83 83% .342 .138
2009 25 AAA ROC 8 6 12.5% 12.5% 1.00 83% .400 .167
2009 25 MAJ MIN 676 578 10.4% 13.2% 0.79 85% .358 .104
2010 26 MAJ MIN 705 629 8.5% 10.5% 0.81 88% .295 .084
2011 27 AAA ROC 40 39 0% 12.5% 0.00 87% .235 .026
2011 27 MAJ MIN 311 284 8.7% 11.6% 0.75 87% .297 .095
2012 28 MAJ MIN 568 516 8.3% 10.9% 0.76 88% .316 .112
2013 29 MAJ WAS 662 610 6.3% 11.6% 0.55 87% .314 .101
2014 30 A HAG 7 4 42.9% 0% 0.00 100% .500 .000
2014 30 MAJ WAS 668 610 7.5% 9.7% 0.77 89% .331 .114
2015 31 A HAG 9 8 11.1% 0% 0.00 100% .429 .375
2015 31 AA HAR 4 4 0% 0% 0.00 100% .250 .000
2015 31 MAJ WAS 265 237 9.1% 9.8% 0.92 89% .325 .126
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3-Year Averages     630 578 7.3% 10.8% 0.68 88% .320 .106
Career     4,266 3,811 8.7% 11.5% 0.76 87% .322 .107

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2015 Stat Review for Denard Span    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2014 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.304 AVG
ELITE
89% Contact Rate
ELITE
.325 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.430 SLG
GOOD
.126 ISO
WEAK
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.92 BB/K
ELITE
9.1% BB Rate
GOOD
9.8% K Rate
ELITE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.797 OPS
GOOD
.367 OBP
GREAT

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Denard Span: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Span (back) received a cortisone injection earlier this week, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

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Span (back) played catch Friday, the Washington Post reports. "Hes really close to getting back out and hitting again," Nationals manager Matt Williams said. "What we dont want to do is have a repeat. All the tests were good. Hes okay, but hes continuing to strengthen his core and work on his flexibility. Hell be ready to go soon."

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Span's exam revealed no structural damage in his back, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.

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Span (back) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday.

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Span (back) will likely require a stint on the 15-day disabled list, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.

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Span (back) will see a specialist Thursday, after which the Nationals will decide on whether the veteran outfielder requires a stint on the DL, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

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Span (back) said there is "no chance" that he plays in this weekend's series against Baltimore, MLB.com's William Ladson reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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2014

Span did his thing in his first season with the Nationals, hitting for a solid average, stealing some bases and playing great defense in center field, but there is still room for growth. The 12.2 percent walk rate he turned in as a rookie, for instance, would look a lot better at the top of the order than last season's career-low 6.3 walk percentage. Maybe the new coaching staff in Washington can help him regain his plate discipline, because without it Span seems destined to remain one of those players who is always viewed as a placeholder rather than a key piece of the puzzle.

2013

Span will be the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter for the Nationals after he was traded from Minnesota in the offseason. Span bounced back last season after playing just 70 games in 2011 due to a concussion, displaying his usual strong on-base skills and defense. He draws walks at a good clip (eight percent of plate appearances) and has a strong contact rate that should result in a helpful batting average. Span needs to show he can stay healthy, however, as he missed a month last season with a shoulder injury (a sprained SC joint). He also helps fantasy owners with speed on the basepaths (17 steals) and could score 100 runs with his on-base skills and place as the tablesetter in Washington's lineup, increasing his overall value.

2012

Span looked on track to bounce back from a disappointing 2010 season before his year was ruined due to injury. He was hitting .300/.367/.392 before suffering a concussion on June 3. He tried to stay in the lineup, but had a setback and played just 14 games after June 6. He did return for the last week of September and finished the season without any issues and reports on his health have been good in the offseason. It sounds like he'll be ready for the start of spring training. Before the concussion, it looked like he was back to drawing walks at the high rate he had before 2010 and his slugging percentage was close to the .400 level that's likely needed to maintain a starting job. When healthy, Span has a good eye at the plate and a high contact rate while offering speed on the bases. If healthy, he'll return as Minnesota's starting center fielder.

2011

Span disappointed at the plate last season in his first full season as Minnesota's center fielder after rotating outfield positions the previous two years. In Span's first two seasons he showed a strong ability to get on base, but hit just .264 with a .331 OBP last season. He also saw a dramatic drop in power as he slugged just .348. While he drew fewer walks last season, he still had a good eye at the plate by walking nine percent of the time and had a good contact rate (60:74 K:BB rate). He also may have been a victim of bad luck with a BABIP (.295) well below his career average. And he did play with a sore shoulder after June. He improved his proficiency on the basepaths (20-of-30 in stolen base attempts, though he was picked off nine times), and his speed boosts his fantasy value. He also has upside in the runs category since he'll hit leadoff again ahead of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Several defensive metrics showed Span held his own in center field, but opinions were mixed on his range. He'll begin the season as Minnesota's starting center fielder, and there are reasons to believe he's a bounce-back candidate, but his defense and power are not strong enough for him to keep his starting job if his ability to get on base doesn't return to 2009 levels.

2010

Span showed his unexpected rookie success was no fluke and he enters 2010 as Minnesota's starting center fielder after the trade of Carlos Gomez to Milwaukee. Span has shown strong plate discipline (70:89 K:BB rate) and a good contact rate in the majors that's likely to continue to result in a .300 batting average. He also helps fantasy owners with speed on basepaths (23 steals) and could score 100 runs with his on-base skills and batting ahead of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Span rotated among all three outfield positions last season, but will take over everyday duty in center field in 2010. Some defensive metrics showed he was a below average center fielder, but he was above average in the Metrodome's expansive left field and has the speed and instincts to perform well in center field. Either way, he'll be a much needed source of OBP as Minnesota's leadoff hitter and could help fantasy owners in four or five major categories.

2009

Span established himself as an everyday outfielder and leadoff hitter last year in a surprise breakout season. Span showed little power or plate discipline in the minors, failing to slug over .355 at Double-A or Triple-A. Span completely turned his game around once the Twins told him getting on base was the key to winning a job in spring training. Span started to take more pitches and became a walk machine, first at Triple-A and then when called up when Michael Cuddyer got hurt. The only question for 2009 is where he'll play. The Twins have four spots for five regular players between the outfield and DH with Cuddyer expected back from injury. He could start in right field again or also split time at DH or center field. Either way, if he continues to defy his minor league track record, he could develop into a fantasy star with strong plate discipline and good speed on the bases.

2008

The 20th overall pick in 2002 was once thought to be the heir to Torii Hunter. His defense has lived up to the billing, but his bat indicates he'll be nothing more than a reserve outfielder in the majors. He hasn't slugged over .355 at Double-A or Triple-A the last two seasons, which shows he'd have a hard time staying in a major league lineup. His speed would make him valuable as a reserve if he does get called up at some point in 2008.

2007

Span may be the best athlete and defensive outfielder in the Minnesota system, but his development at the plate stalled last season with a slugging average of just .349. He's been called the heir to Torii Hunter in center field, but that now looks questionable. If the toolsy 20th overall pick in 2002 is going to make an impact in the majors, he'll need to rebound in 2007 with a big season and make the jump to Triple-A.

2006

Span had a breakout season in 2005 that had him quickly climb the list of the best hitting prospects in the Minnesota organization. The toolsy 20th overall pick in 2002 showed his strong second half in 2004 signaled a turnaround to his career. He gets on base at a good rate, plays strong defense and has speed, but needs to reduce his caught stealings to become a base stealer at the major league level. A strong 2006 season could make him a factor with the big league club in 2007. Some are calling him Torii Hunter's eventual replacement in centerfield, but we wouldn't go that far yet.

2004

Span, Minnesota's 2002 first-round draft pick, hit .273/.343/.319 with 34 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 50 games for the Elizabethton Twins in the Appalachian Rookie League. He's Minnesota's leadoff hitter of the future but is several years away.