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Josh Willingham

35-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent

2014 Stats

AVG

.215

HR

14

RBI

40

R

48

SB

2

2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Willingham will try to bounce back from an injury-plagued and disappointing season as he enters the final year of his contract as the left fielder for the Twins. Willingham began last season by hittin...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 228   DOB: 2/17/1979   BORN: Florence, AL   COLLEGE: Northern Alabama   DRAFTED: 17th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Traded from Minnesota to Kansas City in August 2014.

September 25, 2014  –  Josh Willingham News

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Josh Willingham 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 25 AA CAR 112 454 338 81 95 48 24 0 24 76 6 3 91 87 1 7 17 .281 .448 .565 1.013
2005 26 AAA ALB 66 279 219 56 71 36 14 3 19 54 5 1 47 54 0 4 9 .324 .455 .676 1.131
2005 26 MAJ FLA 16 28 23 3 7 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 2 5 1 0 2 .304 .407 .348 .755
2006 27 AA CAR 2 8 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
2006 27 MAJ FLA 142 573 502 62 139 56 28 2 26 75 2 0 54 109 0 6 11 .277 .356 .496 .852
2007 28 MAJ FLA 144 604 521 75 138 57 32 4 21 89 8 1 66 122 0 1 16 .265 .364 .463 .827
2008 29 AA CAR 8 30 26 6 6 2 2 0 0 5 0 0 2 5 0 0 2 .231 .333 .308 .641
2008 29 MAJ FLA 102 416 351 54 89 41 21 5 15 51 3 2 48 82 1 2 14 .254 .364 .470 .834
2009 30 MAJ WAS 133 502 427 70 111 53 29 0 24 61 4 3 61 104 0 2 12 .260 .367 .496 .863
2010 31 MAJ WAS 114 450 370 54 99 37 19 2 16 56 8 0 67 85 0 4 9 .268 .389 .459 .848
2011 32 AAA SAC 2 7 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 .200 .429 .800 1.229
2011 32 MAJ OAK 136 563 488 69 120 55 26 0 29 98 4 1 56 150 0 8 11 .246 .332 .477 .809
2012 33 MAJ MIN 145 615 519 85 135 66 30 1 35 110 3 2 76 141 0 6 14 .260 .366 .524 .890
2013 34 AAA ROC 3 11 9 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 .111 .273 .444 .717
2013 34 MAJ MIN 111 471 389 42 81 34 20 0 14 48 1 0 66 128 0 2 14 .208 .342 .368 .710
2014 35 AAA ROC 8 29 27 3 5 3 2 0 1 3 0 0 1 8 0 0 1 .185 .241 .370 .611
2014 35 MAJ KC 24 86 73 14 17 7 5 0 2 6 1 0 11 24 0 0 2 .233 .349 .384 .733
2014 35 MAJ MIN 68 278 224 34 47 18 5 1 12 34 1 0 42 78 0 5 7 .210 .345 .402 .747
2014  (Multiple Teams) 35 MAJ KC/MIN 92 364 297 48 64 25 10 1 14 40 2 0 53 102 0 5 9 .215 .346 .397 .743
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3-Year Averages     130 549 465 65 112 51 25 0 26 85 2 1 66 139 0 5 13 .241 .348 .462 .810
Career  (View All)     1147 4,615 3,912 564 988 426 216 15 195 633 35 9 553 1,036 2 36 112 .253 .358 .465 .823

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Josh Willingham: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 54 53 1 33
2013 72 72 35
2012 119 119 25
2011 96 96 36
2010 108 108 2
2009 1 118 87 35

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Josh Willingham Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20148919592.258.461.840
2013968261.219.354.696
20121563315371.231.564.920

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014208299310.197.370.702
20132933412420.205.372.714
20123635220732.273.507.877

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014119185151.176.319.653
2013188237261.202.372.703
20122494721632.293.6101.018

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014178309251.242.449.805
2013201197220.214.363.716
20122703814471.230.444.770
Josh Willingham 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 25 AA CAR 454 338 20% 19.2% 1.05 74% .313 .284
2005 26 AAA ALB 279 219 16.8% 19.4% 0.87 75% .356 .352
2005 26 MAJ FLA 28 23 7.1% 17.9% 0.40 78% .389 .044
2006 27 AA CAR 8 8 0% 37.5% 0.00 63% .400 .000
2006 27 MAJ FLA 573 502 9.4% 19% 0.50 78% .308 .219
2007 28 MAJ FLA 604 521 10.9% 20.2% 0.54 77% .310 .198
2008 29 AA CAR 30 26 6.7% 16.7% 0.40 81% .286 .077
2008 29 MAJ FLA 416 351 11.5% 19.7% 0.59 77% .291 .216
2009 30 MAJ WAS 502 427 12.2% 20.7% 0.59 76% .291 .236
2010 31 MAJ WAS 450 370 14.9% 18.9% 0.79 77% .309 .191
2011 32 AAA SAC 7 5 28.6% 28.6% 1.00 60% .000 .600
2011 32 MAJ OAK 563 488 9.9% 26.6% 0.37 69% .294 .231
2012 33 MAJ MIN 615 519 12.4% 22.9% 0.54 73% .292 .264
2013 34 AAA ROC 11 9 18.2% 18.2% 1.00 78% .000 .333
2013 34 MAJ MIN 471 389 14% 27.2% 0.52 67% .271 .160
2014 35 AAA ROC 29 27 3.4% 27.6% 0.13 70% .222 .185
2014 35 MAJ KC 86 73 12.8% 27.9% 0.46 67% .319 .151
2014 35 MAJ MIN 278 224 15.1% 28.1% 0.54 65% .261 .192
2014  (Multiple Teams) 35 MAJ KC/MIN 364 297 14.6% 28% 0.52 66% .276 .182
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3-Year Averages     549 465 12% 25.3% 0.47 70% .287 .221
Career     4,615 3,912 12% 22.4% 0.53 74% .296 .212

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

Contact

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.215 AVG
TERRIBLE
66% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.276 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.397 SLG
WEAK
.182 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.52 BB/K
GOOD
14.6% BB Rate
ELITE
28.0% K Rate
TERRIBLE
OPS/OBP

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.743 OPS
AVERAGE
.346 OBP
GOOD

Josh Willingham: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Willingham is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

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Willingham (ribs) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Yankees, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

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Willingham (ribs) remains out of the lineup Friday.

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Willingham (ribs) took batting practice Tuesday and was available off the bench, the Associated Press reports.

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Willingham is dealing with soreness in a rib cage muscle and won't swing a bat until Tuesday at the earliest, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

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Willingham is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Twins, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.

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Willingham is out of the lineup for a second straight game Monday against the Yankees, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

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Willingham is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers, Joel Goldberg of FOX Sports Kansas City reports.

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Willingham is out of the lineup Tuesday at Colorado, Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Willingham had a career year in 2012 with 35 home runs and 110 RBI as he stayed healthy and his right-handed pull power was a surprisingly good fit for Target Field. Willingham missed significant playing time with knee and back injuries the previous three seasons, but stayed healthy and played 145 games a career high. He's always been great at drawing walks, which helps offset a high amount of strikeouts. Willingham has always had exceptional power (24th in ISO among qualified batters since 2009) and his dead-pull hitting to left field the easiest area to hit a home run at Target Field defied a trend that had made Minnesota's home park one of the tougher places to leave the yard. It is hard to argue with the results at the plate, but his fielding could move him to DH at some point. His team-friendly three-year, $21 million contract also had his name come up frequently in trade talks as he is a player the Twins could move to rebuild. However, the Twins say it would take a ton to trade him so he will return as the starting left fielder while trying to repeat his career year.

2012

Willingham missed some time midseason with a strained Achilles but still managed a career-high 29 homers and 98 RBI. His road numbers (.233/.315/.435) trailed his home numbers by a good bit, but his 18 homers in the second half no doubt earned him a few extra bucks in free agency. He signed a three-year deal with Minnesota; still not a great home park but no worse than Oakland, so expect more of the same if he can stay healthy.

2011

For the third straight year, Willingham had trouble staying healthy but this time it was his knee that acted up, not his back. It's a shame too, as he was putting together an exceptional season (.281/.411/.502 in the first half) before the injury derailed his breakout. Now in the AL with Oakland, a move out of the outfield and to first base, or even DH, might be the best plan to try to keep him in one piece for a full season to see what he can do.

2010

Willingham was a little healthier in 2009 and returned to his 20-homer ways, which is the good news. The bad news is that he's a not-terribly athletic former catcher who's about to turn 31, and such players tend to have shorter shelf lives than you expect. With Adam Dunn still around as a weak defensive corner outfielder/first baseman he's already squeezed for playing time, so last year's production for Willingham probably represents more of a ceiling than a median.

2009

Willingham's back continued to act up last year, costing him significant playing time for the first time in his career. He didn't seem to lose any power though, and he seemed healthy enough in the offseason that the Nationals were willing to trade for him. He'll provide an instant upgrade over Austin Kearns on offense provided he can stay in the lineup, although there's nothing in his home/road splits the last couple of years to indicate he'll get a boost from leaving spacious Dolphin Stadium. You'll need to have some insurance on hand for his back, but Willingham should once again provide power at a bargain price in 2009.

2008

Willingham lost a little bit of batting average and SLG off his 2006 numbers, possibly due to back and knee problems that flared up in June and September, and while he'll never be a superstar his 20-plus HR power would still be a nice fit in a lot of lineups. Don't get too excited about his eight steals in nine attempts though, as he's never shown in any speed in his career prior to 2007. If his back continues to act up, the Marlins may also consider shifting the converted catcher to first base to save some wear and tear.

2007

The Marlins briefly toyed with the idea of using Willingham as a part-time catcher, but eventually decided to let him get comfortable playing left field on a full-time basis. Fantasy owners will mourn the loss of his catcher eligibility but it's hard to argue with the results, as Willingham banged out the kind of offensive season he'd longed been projected to achieve. His unspectacular batting eye leaves him prone to streakiness, but he probably hasn't quite hit his ceiling yet.

2006

Finally, finally, the Marlins have cleared a path for Willingham to become a regular in their lineup. He's decimated upper minor league pitching for three seasons now, and at 27 he's only got a few years left in which to make an impact in the bigs. Florida will let him try to claim the starting catching position first, but if his defense doesn't hold up he could find himself in a Craig Wilson-like "regular utility" role, playing almost every day if not necessarily in the same spot. Just so long as he rakes, the Marlins will live with the occasional defensive gaffe.

2005

Willingham had a great year at the plate for Double-A Carolina, but in a brief trial with the Marlins showed how raw he is behind it. He figures to be a utility player/third catcher more than a regular big league backstop, but that stage of his career could start as early as 2005.

2004

He continued his development at the plate while playing four different positions and dealing with knee surgery. He was used mainly as a catcher in the Arizona Fall League though, which is where the Marlins want him -- look for him to get his first taste of the majors some time this year.

2003

Willingham put together a nice season at High-A, hitting .274/.394/.487, but at 23 that's what he should have done at bare minimum. He played three positions in 2002, and if he isn't derailed by Double-A, he figures to be a useful utility player in a couple of years.