32-Year-Old Outfielder – Washington Nationals
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Gwynn played in 80 games for the Phillies last season, slashing .152/.264/.190 over 127 plate appearances. He provides solid defense in center and has some speed, but profiles as nothing more than a f...
Tony Gwynn Jr. Contract Information:
Signed a minor league deal with the Nationals in March 2015.
Gwynn was reassigned to the Nationals' minor league camp Wednesday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.
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Tony Gwynn Jr.: MLB Games Played By Position
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Washington Nationals Roster
MajorsBarrett, Aaron (P)
AAAlderson, Tim (P)
A+Bacus, Dakota (P)
RookieAlvarado, Elvis (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The fact that Gwynn has received nearly 300 at-bats each of the last three seasons has to be a result of his defense, speed and perhaps pedigree. He did manage 22 stolen bases last season, so there was some NL-only value, but a .256/.308/.353 line isn't going to get Gwynn a big role in 2012. Look for his at-bats to be in the 200 range at best this year in a similar reserve role after re-signing with the Dodgers.
Gwynn, a speedy defensive outfielder, saw limited at-bats for the Padres in 2010. He served mostly as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement. A .236 BABIP hurt his .204/.304/.287 batting line, but make no mistake, he has a tough time getting on base. In the offseason, he signed with the Dodgers. He'll technically have a chance to earn a starting spot, but he's probably best suited in a role similar to the one he had in San Diego. Outside of speculating for stolen bases in deeper leagues, there's not much to get excited about here.
After being acquired for Jody Gerut, Gwynn started about 85 percent of the time from June on, posting a credible .347 OBP in that span thanks to a strong walk rate. His ideal role is fourth outfielder, but he's going to play more than that, making him a marginal fantasy outfielder, say 15 steals and 80 runs at the outside.
Gwynn spent most of 2008 at Triple-A Nashville where he hit .275/.328/.331 with 20 stolen bases in 93 games. It appears that the Brewers don�t consider the 26-year-old Gwynn to be their center fielder of the future so he'll need to excel in a bench role if he wants to play in the majors. He could gain some value if Mike Cameron succumbs to injury, but other than that he won't see enough playing time to be worthy of a roster spot in most fantasy leagues.
Gwynn spent 2007 between Triple-A Nashville and Milwaukee, hitting .260/.326/.317 while in the majors. He's a solid defender and base runner, but his lack of power is probably going to keep him from a starting spot. The Brewers have been shopping him around this offseason and his future may lie outside of the organization.
Gwynn surprised many people in 2006 with his play at Triple-A Nashville and eventually earned a call-up to Milwaukee. He hit .300 with 30 SB at Nashville, but a.396 SLG was a problem. He'll never hit for much power, so he needs to have great plate discipline and steal a lot of bases to be a starter in the major leagues. The Brewers might give him a bench spot to start the season, but it's doubtful he'll be the starting center fielder at any time.
Gwynn repeated Double-A in 2005 and while he did better, he still wasn't very impressive. Stealing 34 bases was nice, but a feeble .338 SLG wasn't. At this point it looks like he's destined to be a bench player.
While everyone loves Gwynn's defense and baserunning skills, not too many people will rave about his hitting ability. He followed up a miserable campaign at Double-A Huntsville (.244/.316/.311) with an even worse showing in the Arizona Fall League. Gwynn will probably start the 2005 season at Double-A again and will need to improve on both making contact and hitting for even a little bit of power. At this point it appears that his future upside is limited.
Gwynn was the Brewers' second-round pick in 2003 and played at low Single-A Beloit last year. He is an excellent defensive CF and has all the intangibles to be a solid major leaguer, but he will need to work on his power if he wants to get to the next level. He posted a solid .366 OBP for Beloit, but had a very feeble .326 SLG.