RotoWire Partners

Ryan Sweeney

29-Year-Old Outfielder – Chicago Cubs

2014 Stats

AVG

.251

HR

3

RBI

20

R

22

SB

0

2014 Preseason Projections

AVG

HR

RBI

R

SB

2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Sweeney is a decent, cost-efficient outfield option for a rebuilding Cubs team. He played in 70 games with the squad last year, compiling a .266/.324/.448 slash line with six homers over 192 at-bats. ...

Read more about Ryan Sweeney

LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 223   DOB: 2/20/1985   BORN: Cedar Rapids, IA   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

$

Ryan Sweeney Contract Information:

Signed a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the Cubs in October of 2013. Deal includes a club option for 2016.

November 4, 2014  –  Ryan Sweeney News

▼ More

RotoWire Fantasy Analysis

+ Add To Watchlist

Sweeney (hamstring) was activated from the 60-day DL on Tuesday, Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.

To instantly reveal our fantasy analysis of every player – including Ryan Sweeney – simply subscribe now.

Ryan Sweeney Stats
OPTIONS:   Show Partial SeasonsHide Partial Seasons      Show Minor League StatsHide Minor League Stats       Show 5x5 Stats OnlyShow All Statistics       Click stat headings to sort columns.
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 19 A WIN 134 567 515 71 146 32 22 3 7 64 8 6 40 65 3 2 7 .283 .342 .379 .721
2005 20 AA BIR 114 486 432 64 129 26 22 3 1 48 6 6 35 53 7 5 7 .299 .357 .370 .727
2006 21 AAA CHA 118 492 449 64 133 41 25 3 13 70 7 7 35 73 3 2 3 .296 .350 .452 .802
2006 21 MAJ CHA 18 35 35 1 8 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 .229 .229 .229 .457
2007 22 AAA CHA 105 450 397 50 107 29 17 2 10 47 8 5 48 71 2 2 1 .270 .348 .398 .746
2007 22 MAJ CHA 15 49 45 5 9 4 3 0 1 5 0 1 4 5 0 0 0 .200 .265 .333 .599
2008 23 AAA SAC 8 37 34 5 14 5 4 0 1 5 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 .412 .459 .618 1.077
2008 23 MAJ OAK 115 433 384 53 110 25 18 2 5 45 9 1 38 67 2 6 3 .286 .350 .383 .733
2009 24 MAJ OAK 134 534 484 68 142 40 31 3 6 53 6 5 40 67 2 5 3 .293 .348 .407 .755
2010 25 MAJ OAK 82 331 303 41 89 23 20 2 1 36 1 1 24 41 1 3 0 .294 .342 .383 .725
2011 26 MAJ OAK 108 299 264 34 70 15 11 3 1 25 1 1 33 48 1 1 0 .265 .346 .341 .687
2012 27 AA POR 2 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .286
2012 27 MAJ BOS 63 219 204 22 53 21 19 2 0 16 0 0 12 43 1 1 1 .260 .303 .373 .676
2013 28 R MES 4 17 14 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 .286 .412 .429 .841
2013 28 A KAN 1 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
2013 28 AAA IOW 23 91 83 12 28 10 2 2 6 16 1 0 8 15 0 0 0 .337 .396 .627 1.023
2013 28 MAJ CHC 70 212 192 19 51 21 13 2 6 19 1 0 17 31 2 1 0 .266 .324 .448 .772
2014 29 A KAN 2 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .167
2014 29 MAJ CHC 77 226 207 22 52 12 9 0 3 20 0 0 15 33 2 1 1 .251 .304 .338 .642
Preseason     Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Ryan Sweeney
3-Year Averages     80 242 220 25 58 18 14 2 2 20 0 0 20 40 1 1 0 .264 .324 .373 .696
Career  (View All)     682 2,338 2,118 265 584 161 124 14 23 224 18 9 183 342 11 18 8 .276 .333 .380 .713

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

No No No
Ryan Sweeney 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
Sep. 28 @Mil Did not play.
Sep. 27 @Mil Did not play.
Sep. 26 @Mil Did not play.
Sep. 24 StL Did not play.
Sep. 23 StL Did not play.
Sep. 22 StL Did not play.
Sep. 21 LAD Did not play.
Sep. 20 LAD Did not play.
Sep. 19 LAD Did not play.
Sep. 18 LAD Did not play.
Sep. 17 Cin Did not play.
Sep. 16 Cin Did not play.
Sep. 15 Cin Did not play.
Sep. 14 @Pit Did not play.
Sep. 13 @Pit Did not play.
Sep. 12 @Pit Did not play.
Sep. 10 @Tor Did not play.
Sep. 9 @Tor Did not play.
Sep. 8 @Tor Did not play.
Sep. 7 Pit Did not play.
Sep. 6 Pit Did not play.
Sep. 5 Pit Did not play.
Sep. 3 Mil Did not play.
Sep. 2 Mil Did not play.
Sep. 1 Mil Did not play.
Aug. 31 @StL Did not play.
Aug. 30 @StL Did not play.
Aug. 30 @StL Did not play.
Aug. 29 @StL Did not play.
Aug. 28 @Cin Did not play.
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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

Ryan Sweeney: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 56 12 24 22 2
2013 57 10 45 4
2012 61 19 49
2011 92 41 34 23 2
2010 81 1 80
2009 132 7 57 85

Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▼ Advanced Stats

Ryan Sweeney Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014243030.292.333.679
2013483150.313.458.824
2012204000.100.150.332

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014183193170.246.339.637
2013144165141.250.444.755
2012184180160.277.397.713

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014101132120.228.337.625
20137893100.346.526.946
201211113090.252.360.660

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20141069180.274.340.658
201311410391.211.395.649
2012939070.269.387.693
Ryan Sweeney Advanced Stats
OPTIONS:   Show Partial SeasonsHide Partial Seasons      Show Minor League StatsHide Minor League Stats      Click stat headings to sort columns.
Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 19 A WIN 567 515 7.1% 11.5% 0.62 87% .314 .096
2005 20 AA BIR 486 432 7.2% 10.9% 0.66 88% .339 .071
2006 21 AAA CHA 492 449 7.1% 14.8% 0.48 84% .331 .156
2006 21 MAJ CHA 35 35 0% 20% 0.00 80% .286 .000
2007 22 AAA CHA 450 397 10.7% 15.8% 0.68 82% .307 .128
2007 22 MAJ CHA 49 45 8.2% 10.2% 0.80 89% .205 .133
2008 23 AAA SAC 37 34 8.1% 10.8% 0.75 88% .448 .206
2008 23 MAJ OAK 433 384 8.8% 15.5% 0.57 83% .337 .097
2009 24 MAJ OAK 534 484 7.5% 12.5% 0.60 86% .331 .114
2010 25 MAJ OAK 331 303 7.3% 12.4% 0.59 86% .337 .089
2011 26 MAJ OAK 299 264 11% 16.1% 0.69 82% .321 .076
2012 27 AA POR 7 7 0% 0% 0.00 100% .143 .000
2012 27 MAJ BOS 219 204 5.5% 19.6% 0.28 79% .329 .113
2013 28 R MES 17 14 17.6% 5.9% 3.00 93% .308 .143
2013 28 A KAN 4 4 0% 0% 0.00 100% .250 .000
2013 28 AAA IOW 91 83 8.8% 16.5% 0.53 82% .355 .290
2013 28 MAJ CHC 212 192 8% 14.6% 0.55 84% .290 .182
2014 29 A KAN 6 5 16.7% 16.7% 1.00 80% .000 .000
2014 29 MAJ CHC 226 207 6.6% 14.6% 0.45 84% .287 .087
Preseason     Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Ryan Sweeney
3-Year Averages     242 220 8.3% 16.5% 0.50 82% .315 .109
Career     2,338 2,118 7.8% 14.6% 0.54 84% .320 .104

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▲ Games By Position

No No

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

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

Explain This

.251 AVG
WEAK
84% Contact Rate
GOOD
.287 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

Explain This

.338 SLG
TERRIBLE
.087 ISO
TERRIBLE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

Explain This

0.45 BB/K
AVERAGE
6.6% BB Rate
WEAK
14.6% K Rate
GOOD
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

Explain This

.642 OPS
TERRIBLE
.304 OBP
POOR

Chicago Cubs Roster

Ryan Sweeney: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Sweeney (hamstring) has been moved to the 60-day DL and is done for the season, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Sweeney (hamstring) is likely done for the season, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Sweeney (hamstring) went on a rehab assignment with the Arizona League Cubs on Friday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Sweeney (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day DL on Wednesday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Sweeney left Tuesday game against the Reds with a left hamstring injury, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Sweeney is out of the lineup Monday against the Rockies.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Sweeney went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturdayís loss to the Cardinals.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Sweeney drove in four in a 2-for-4 day against the Cardinals on Friday.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Sweeney hit two singles and drove in two against the Nationals on Friday.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Sweeney (hamstring) was activated from the DL and is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Phillies.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.
Sweeney (hamstring) is finished with his rehab assignment, and he will join the Cubs in Philadelphia on Friday, but won't necessarily be activated from the disabled list, ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers report.

Exclusive Fantasy Analysis

Subscribe to RotoWire now to instantly reveal our analysis.

RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

Subscribe now to see our 2014 outlook.

2013

Sweeney had a characteristic season with Boston in 2012, generating little power and making little impact offensively. He was easily replaced and relegated to the bench by several outfielders over the course of the season, whether it was Daniel Nava, Cody Ross or Scott Podsednik. Sweeney hurt his hand in late July, after punching a clubhouse door, and was eventually placed on the 60-day disabled list and missed the rest of the season. The Red Sox non-tendered him and he became a free agent. The type of free agent that will not get signed until late in the offseason.

2012

You would be hard-pressed to find a player, much less an outfielder, with back-to-back seasons with at least 250 at-bats and exactly one homer and one steal in each season. Look no further, as "Uno" Sweeney turned the trick in 2010 and 2011. Injuries sidelined him again, likely keeping him from the lofty and exclusive 2-2 club. He was sent to the Red Sox along with Andrew Bailey in December, with Josh Reddick part of the package going to the A's. Pending what the Red Sox do over the rest of the offseason, Sweeney will enter the year in a platoon with Darnell McDonald in right field until Ryan Kalish is healthy.

2011

A knee injury once again limited Sweeney, this time putting an end to his season just after the All-Star break. He was hitting a team-leading .294 at the time of his injury, but had hit just one home run in 300 at-bats and swiped just one base. The A's spent the offseason bulking up their offense, acquiring David DeJesus, Josh Willingham and Hideki Matsui and leaving very little room in their outfield for Sweeney as a result. He's a reserve outfielder as long as the aforementioned trio and Coco Crisp remain healthy.

2010

Sweeney injured his knee in early June, requiring a DL stint and eventually ending his season a few days early in late September. Sweeney was a regular presence in the A's outfield, but didnít do any one thing particularly well to make him a fantasy asset. He hit just six homers, stole six bases and drove in 53 runs despite nearly 500 at-bats. Hitting in cavernous Oakland makes the prospects of him maintaining a .290-plus batting average somewhat suspect as well, so there's some downside here even though he'll be just 25 years old this season.

2009

Sweeney battled a litany of hand and wrist injuries, sapping his power in the process (just 25 extra base hits in nearly 400 at-bats). He'll get a look as a lineup regular even after the acquisition of Matt Holliday, and could be a cheap source of 10 HR/20 SB potential if he can stay healthy. His past history with occasional wrist problems is enough for us to knock off a buck or two from his value though. As Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus fame likes to say, "Health is a skill."

2008

Sweeney got a brief audition when Jim Thome and Scott Podsednik hit the DL but he was back at Triple-A for good in late May before a wrist injury slowed him down in August. After seemingly taking the next step forward with a .296/.350/.452 season at Triple-A in 2006 Sweeney took a step back in '07 with a .270/.348/.398 line as a 22-year old. Scouts have been waiting for his power to develop since he was drafted but it hasn't shown itself just yet. He's athletic to handle center field in a pinch but doesn't have the bat for a corner outfield spot. Sweeney was traded to Oakland in January as part of the compensation for Nick Swisher. He'll likely find more opportunities to play for the rebuilding A's, even if it's in a less-friendly ballpark.

2007

The White Sox showed extreme patience with struggling center fielder Brian Anderson, allowing him to remain in the big leagues while Sweeney was tearing up Triple-A. The Sox waited until September to bring up Sweeney, and at age 21 he still was one of the youngest players to see action in the majors last year. He showed power and speed in the leadoff spot in Triple-A, but has not been impressive in the minors stealing bases (7 of 14 in 2006). He should be in the thick of a battle for the center field job, and could take over for Scott Podsednik in the leadoff spot, as he did in September.

2006

The offseason purging of the White Sox minor league system, via trades and probable promotions, left Sweeney as its biggest 'name' hitter (although you wouldn't guess it from looking at his 2005 numbers). Any 20-year-old who can hold his own at Double-A is someone to watch, of course, but sooner or later Sweeney is going to have to start adding some power to his arsenal if he wants to get a serious look in the majors.

2005

Manager Ozzie Guillen took a shine to Sweeney during spring training -- even suggesting he'd keep him on the big league roster if he had room -- but instead the 19-year-old put together a solid High-A campaign. He's got a nice swing and some idea of the strike zone, so if the power eventually shows up (and there's plenty of time for it to arrive) he'll be a keeper.

2004

The second rounder in 2003 fell a bit because of a poor showcase performance prior to the draft, and was thought to be a steal in the second round. The 19-year-old could have been have been a pitcher but the club chose to develop him as an outfielder for his classic left-handed stroke. Heís very raw and hasnít shown the power potential may scouts think he possesses. He did damage in Rookie League in 2003 and should begin the season at Low Single-A Kannapolis attempting to refine his skills