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Jeff Keppinger

34-Year-Old Third Baseman – Free Agent

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Keppinger was one of the biggest disappointments of last offseason. The White Sox signed him to a three-year, $12 million contract to serve as their primary third baseman. Instead, he struggled with b...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 185   DOB: 4/21/1980   BORN: Miami, FL   COLLEGE: Georgia   DRAFTED: 4th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the White Sox in December 2012.

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Jeff Keppinger 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 24 AA ALT 80 345 314 44 104 17 14 2 1 32 9 6 27 17 2 2 0 .331 .382 .398 .780
2004 24 AA BIN 94 399 361 58 121 21 17 3 1 37 11 7 33 19 2 3 0 .335 .388 .407 .795
2004 24 AAA NOR 6 24 19 1 6 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 4 2 0 0 1 .316 .458 .368 .826
2005 25 AAA NOR 64 278 255 40 86 21 15 3 3 29 5 1 16 13 5 1 1 .337 .377 .455 .832
2006 26 AAA NOR 87 366 323 36 97 15 13 0 2 26 0 4 28 21 12 3 0 .300 .353 .359 .712
2006 26 AAA OMA 32 142 127 21 45 9 6 1 2 17 0 0 12 9 2 1 0 .354 .407 .465 .872
2006 26 MAJ KAN 22 67 60 11 16 4 2 0 2 8 0 0 5 6 2 0 0 .267 .323 .400 .723
2007 27 A SAR 3 12 12 1 4 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .308 .500 .808
2007 27 AAA LOU 57 261 228 31 84 18 15 1 2 18 1 1 23 14 6 3 1 .368 .424 .469 .893
2007 27 MAJ CIN 67 276 241 39 80 23 16 2 5 32 2 1 24 12 6 1 4 .332 .400 .477 .877
2008 28 A SAR 2 7 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .572
2008 28 AAA LOU 6 25 22 3 11 3 2 0 1 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 .500 .542 .727 1.269
2008 28 MAJ CIN 121 502 459 45 122 29 24 2 3 43 3 1 30 24 6 5 2 .266 .310 .346 .657
2009 29 MAJ HOU 107 344 305 35 78 23 13 3 7 29 0 2 27 33 7 2 3 .256 .320 .387 .707
2010 30 AA COR 2 6 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .400 .500 .400 .900
2010 30 MAJ HOU 137 575 514 62 148 41 34 1 6 59 4 1 51 36 5 4 1 .288 .351 .393 .744
2011 31 AA COR 4 19 16 4 7 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 .438 .526 .688 1.214
2011 31 AAA OKL 7 30 28 2 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .250 .241 .250 .491
2011 31 MAJ SF 56 230 216 17 55 13 11 0 2 15 0 0 8 17 2 2 2 .255 .285 .333 .618
2011 31 MAJ HOU 43 169 163 22 50 13 9 0 4 20 0 1 4 7 0 2 0 .307 .320 .436 .756
2011  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ SF/HOU 99 399 379 39 105 26 20 0 6 35 0 1 12 24 2 4 2 .277 .300 .377 .677
2012 32 AAA DUR 6 25 21 4 6 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 .286 .400 .333 .733
2012 32 MAJ TB 115 418 385 46 125 25 15 1 9 40 1 0 24 31 1 4 4 .325 .367 .439 .806
2013 33 MAJ CWS 117 450 423 38 107 18 13 1 4 40 0 1 20 41 2 5 0 .253 .283 .317 .600
2014 34 AA BIR 11 47 39 3 10 2 1 0 1 4 0 0 6 2 1 1 0 .256 .348 .359 .707
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3-Year Averages     110 420 395 41 112 22 16 0 6 38 0 0 18 32 1 4 2 .284 .315 .370 .685
Career  (View All)     818 3,154 2,882 324 814 194 139 10 45 295 12 8 199 214 31 26 16 .282 .329 .384 .714

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Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2013 20 45 41 16
2012 27 27 50 20
2011 93
2010 126 12
2009 22 67 11 2 2

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Jeff Keppinger Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201310312290.214.320.586
2012117154140.376.521.923

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013320262310.266.316.605
2012268315261.302.403.755

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013192183190.255.344.632
2012169195200.343.473.867

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013231201210.251.294.574
2012216274201.310.412.757
Jeff Keppinger 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 24 AA ALT 345 314 7.8% 4.9% 1.59 95% .348 .067
2004 24 AA BIN 399 361 8.3% 4.8% 1.74 95% .352 .072
2004 24 AAA NOR 24 19 16.7% 8.3% 2.00 89% .353 .052
2005 25 AAA NOR 278 255 5.8% 4.7% 1.23 95% .347 .118
2006 26 AAA NOR 366 323 7.7% 5.7% 1.33 93% .317 .059
2006 26 AAA OMA 142 127 8.5% 6.3% 1.33 93% .371 .111
2006 26 MAJ KAN 67 60 7.5% 9% 0.83 90% .269 .133
2007 27 A SAR 12 12 0% 0% 0.00 100% .333 .167
2007 27 AAA LOU 261 228 8.8% 5.4% 1.64 94% .387 .101
2007 27 MAJ CIN 276 241 8.7% 4.3% 2.00 95% .335 .145
2008 28 A SAR 7 7 0% 0% 0.00 100% .286 .000
2008 28 AAA LOU 25 22 8% 4% 2.00 95% .500 .227
2008 28 MAJ CIN 502 459 6% 4.8% 1.25 95% .275 .080
2009 29 MAJ HOU 344 305 7.8% 9.6% 0.82 89% .268 .131
2010 30 AA COR 6 5 16.7% 0% 0.00 100% .400 .000
2010 30 MAJ HOU 575 514 8.9% 6.3% 1.42 93% .301 .105
2011 31 AA COR 19 16 15.8% 5.3% 3.00 94% .429 .250
2011 31 AAA OKL 30 28 0% 0% 0.00 100% .250 .000
2011 31 MAJ SF 230 216 3.5% 7.4% 0.47 92% .269 .078
2011 31 MAJ HOU 169 163 2.4% 4.1% 0.57 96% .303 .129
2011  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ SF/HOU 399 379 3% 6% 0.50 94% .284 .100
2012 32 AAA DUR 25 21 16% 8% 2.00 90% .316 .047
2012 32 MAJ TB 418 385 5.7% 7.4% 0.77 92% .336 .114
2013 33 MAJ CWS 450 423 4.4% 9.1% 0.49 90% .272 .064
2014 34 AA BIR 47 39 12.8% 4.3% 3.00 95% .250 .103
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3-Year Averages     420 395 4.3% 7.6% 0.56 92% .297 .086
Career     3,154 2,882 6.3% 6.8% 0.93 93% .293 .102

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Jeff Keppinger: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

The White Sox activated Keppinger (shoulder) from the disabled list Wednesday and designated him for assignment.

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Keppinger went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in a loss at Double-A Birmingham on Monday.

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Keppinger (shoulder) has gone 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI through three rehab games at Double-A Birmingham.

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Keppinger (shoulder) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Birmingham on Friday, mlb.com's Scott Merkin reports.

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Keppinger (shoulder) played three innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday, the White Sox's official site reports.

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Keppinger (shoulder) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

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Keppinger (shoulder) will start the season on the disabled list, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

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Keppinger (shoulder) believes that starting the season on the disabled list is "almost certain at this point," CSN Chicago reports.

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Keppinger threw lightly Tuesday and said his shoulder felt "OK," Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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2014

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2013

Keppinger was brought into Tampa Bay to be a utility player used to fill-in against left-handed pitching, but he instead became the team's stopgap all over the diamond. He started games at first base, second base, third base, and designated hitter and was a key hitter for a struggling Rays offense hitting .325 with an .806 OPS (his highest totals since 2007) along with a career-high nine home runs. Keppinger also hit .302 against right-handers, normally an issue that has forced him into platoons in the past. His biggest asset to fantasy owners is the fact that in 2013 he will be eligible at first, second, or third base, while the White Sox are expected to use him as their primary third baseman this season.

2012

After Keppinger played pretty well for the Astros, he hit just .255/.285/.333 over 216 at-bats after getting traded to San Francisco. As usual, he fared much better against left-handers than he did righties. He wasn't tendered a contract by the Giants during the offseason, but quickly signed with the Rays in January where he could emerge as their primary utility option with Ben Zobrist settling in at second base.

2011

Keppinger started out the season at short, but shifted over to second when the club released Kaz Matsui. Although he has limited offensive capabilities, Keppinger was actually one of the Astros' most consistent hitters in 2010, leading the team in doubles with 34. He'll compete for the starting second base job, but may be relegated to a utility role. Still, he doesn't appear to be the type that will age gracefully. Check his status in spring training as he could miss the start of the regular season after January foot surgery.

2010

After an awful spring for Cincinnati, the Reds traded Keppinger to the Astros for a player to be named later. Houston hoped they could recapture the lightning in a bottle that made Keppinger a pleasant surprise in 2007 (.332/.400/.477), but it simply wasn't there. It's uncertain what the Astros intend to do with him in 2010, but he's likely second on the team's projected depth chart at short, second and third. Watch the Astros' offseason moves closely to see if there will still be a place in Houston for the 29-year-old infielder, but he's nothing more than endgame fodder in a deep NL-only league.

2009

Keppinger was exposed as an everyday player in 2008, though in fairness, he was hitting quite well (.324/.373/.446) before fracturing his kneecap in May. He returned too soon thanks to the Reds' numbers-crunch at shortstop and never fully recovered. He doesn't have the range at shortstop to play effectively every day, which is why Alex Gonzalez will get the first crack at the starting job if he's healthy this spring.

2008

Another virtually-free talent grab by Reds GM Wayne Krivsky, Keppinger continued to do what he's done for the last three years - draw walks, make great contact, hit for average, and add a modicum of pop for a middle infielder. It took a series of injuries to Alex Gonzalez for Keppinger to get his chance, but he reasonably should expect to at least be the Reds' top utility infielder, and he's made a prima facie case to start on at least an occasional basis because of his bat. Note that in many leagues he'll be eligible only at shortstop this year, as opposed to his customary second base slot.

2007

Keppinger has terrorized Triple-A pitching for three consecutive years yet hasn't been able to impress enough to warrant a good look in the majors. The Mets went for a younger, less-ready model when they traded Keppinger for Ruben Gotay. The Royals, meanwhile, have second base sewn up with Mark Grudzielanek and the utility job aptly covered by Esteban German. Keppinger is ready for a prime-time role, but it may not come with Kansas City, or it may have to wait a little while longer. The Royals could do worse than to have Keppinger in the mix for the second base job in 2008.

2006

Keppinger, who was acquired as part of the Kris Benson deal, opened some eyes in the Mets organization in his brief call-up at the end of 2004. He carried that fine play into the 2005 regular season and was hitting .337 for Triple-A Norfolk before he cracked the tibial plate in his left knee in a dirty take-out slide at second base. Prior to the season, the organization viewed Keppinger as a utility infielder in the majors, but his fine play at Norfolk could give him a look-see as the team's second baseman down the road. Some scouts have compared him to Jay Bell, with less power and better range.

2005

Keppinger, who was acquired as part of the Kris Benson deal, flirted with .400 for almost one-third of the year at Double-A Altoona and was the MVP of the Eastern League All-Star team. His solid play earned him promotions to Triple-A and the major leagues, where he impressed the Mets brass with his approach to the game. He is one of those players who does the little things right and should begin 2005 on the Mets roster as a utility infielder who will play both second and short.

2004

Keppinger, a fourth round selection in the 2001 draft out of the U. of Georgia, had one of the best NCAA post-seasons in collegiate baseball history, slugging 1.239 in 10 games. As a pro he has yet to show much power but does have gap power potential at a minimum and plays a solid game at second base. He doesn't take many pitches but rarely strikes out and is showing sign of become a legitimate .300 hitter. The 2004 season should find him at Double-A Altoona in his third year as a pro.