35-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Ryan Church in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Ryan Church Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Pirates in January 2010.
Church was not tendered a contact by the D-Backs on Thursday and is now a free agent, the team's official site reports.
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|2009 (Multiple Teams)||30||MAJ||ATL/NYM||111||399||359||46||98||32||28||0||4||40||6||2||33||58||2||2||3||.273||.338||.384||.722|
|2010 (Multiple Teams)||31||MAJ||ARI/PIT||106||238||219||25||44||22||16||1||5||25||1||0||16||65||0||0||3||.201||.265||.352||.616|
|Career (View All)||654||2,130||1,895||251||500||197||134||7||56||267||21||10||189||460||8||13||25||.264||.336||.431||.767|
Ryan Church: MLB Games Played By Position
Ryan Church Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||PA||AB||Walk Rate||Strikeout Rate||BB/K Ratio||Contact Rate||BABIP||Isolated Power|
|2009 (Multiple Teams)||30||MAJ||ATL/NYM||399||359||8.3%||14.5%||0.57||84%||.316||.111|
|2010 (Multiple Teams)||31||MAJ||ARI/PIT||238||219||6.7%||27.3%||0.25||70%||.262||.151|
Ryan Church: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Ryan Church.
Even while spending his time on the roster of two last-place teams, Church failed to collect regular playing time for the Pirates and D-Backs last season. At press time he was a free agent, and the best-case scenario here appears to be fourth outfielder and left-handed bat off the bench. Over the last two seasons, Church has homered just nine times in 578 at-bats with four organizations, so there's minimal power potential to be excited about. Unless injuries afford him an unforeseen opportunity, you shouldn't expect more than 300 at-bats from him this time around.
Church never found a regular role with the Mets last season so he was traded in July for Jeff Francouer in an exchange of disappointments. He didn't exactly make a name with himself in Atlanta with just two home runs and a .707 OPS. Church has some power (15 home runs in 2007) and draws walks at a good clip, but he has a strong platoon split. He's likely better than he played last season and could provide some upside, especially home runs, if he finds a regular platoon role, but 2007 is likely his ceiling.
Church, acquired by the Mets last offseason with Brian Schneider for Lastings Milledge, made the Mets look good early on in the season. He was 47-for-146 with eight home runs and 28 RBI through May 20, which is when he was kneed in the head by Yunel Escobar, suffering his second concussion of the year. He clearly wasn't the same after the injury and Church was finally diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, which was mishandled by the team as they allowed him to pinch-hit and travel cross-country by plane when he clearly as not right. Church was sidelined for most of the next three months before returning in September, where he struggled mightily in what was essentially a second spring training. Although there are rumors that Church was not happy in New York and that he wants out, he is expected to open 2009 as the starting right fielder, and if healthy, he should be a sleeper breakout candidate.
His rate stats were right in line with his 2005 season, and at 29 it looks like Church will have to settle for being a useful fourth outfielder, capable defensively and with a pronounced platoon split at the plate. If the Mets don't expect anything more from him than that, he won't be the perceived disappointment he was in Washington.
Church lost the confidence of manager Frank Robinson after a terrible start at the plate (it took injuries to the likes of Alex Escobar to get him into the lineup after the All-Star break) but a look at his final 2006 makes you wonder what, or who, was the real problem. He'll never be a superstar, but in theory he should be able to provide a solid offensive option to a team that will be looking for every hit it can get in 2007. The Nationals seemed unconvinced he could be an everyday player for them in the offseason though, and it might take a trade for him to finally get a crack at a starting job.
Church's first extended crack at the majors was overall a decent one, although injuries and confidence issues limited his at bats. He'll probably return as a fourth outfielder and platoon/bench weapon.
Church annihilated the PCL in 2004, and if given a chance could make the Nationals feel silly for acquiring Jose Guillen. The chances of him getting that chance are pretty slim, however.
Church has battled injuries most of his career, and at 25, needs to make his mark soon. A hamstring injury prevented Church from making an impression on Indians brass at the Arizona Fall League, and he's already running an uphill battle to win a spot in a crowded outfield picture.