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Ben Zobrist

32-Year-Old Second Baseman – Tampa Bay Rays

2014 Stats

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.303

HR

3

RBI

6

R

14

SB

1

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

The Rays may shuffle pieces around the field with frequency, but the one constant fixture in the lineup is Zobrist. Though he bounced around in some matchups, the switch-hitter mostly played second ba...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 210   DOB: 5/26/1981   BORN: Eureka, IL   COLLEGE: Dallas Baptist   DRAFTED: 6th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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The Rays exercised their $7 million option in November of 2013.

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Ben Zobrist 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 23 A Tri 68 310 257 50 87 21 14 3 4 45 15 4 43 31 4 2 4 .339 .438 .463 .901
2005 24 A Sal 42 178 141 25 47 16 12 1 3 13 2 1 37 17 0 0 0 .333 .475 .496 .971
2005 24 A Lex 68 294 247 45 75 21 17 2 2 32 16 5 47 35 0 0 0 .304 .415 .413 .828
2006 25 AA COR 83 381 315 57 103 34 25 6 3 30 9 5 55 46 5 1 5 .327 .434 .473 .907
2006 25 AAA DUR 18 82 69 12 21 4 3 1 0 6 4 1 10 9 2 0 1 .304 .400 .377 .777
2006 25 MAJ TAM 52 198 183 10 41 10 6 2 2 18 2 3 10 26 2 3 0 .224 .260 .311 .572
2007 26 AAA DUR 61 276 222 42 62 23 14 2 7 22 8 3 43 38 3 3 5 .279 .403 .455 .858
2007 26 MAJ TAM 31 105 97 8 15 3 2 0 1 9 2 0 3 21 2 2 1 .155 .184 .206 .391
2008 27 A Ver 4 15 14 1 4 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 .286 .267 .357 .624
2008 27 AAA DUR 20 88 71 15 26 7 3 0 4 13 4 1 15 16 1 1 0 .366 .471 .577 1.048
2008 27 MAJ TAM 62 227 198 32 50 24 10 2 12 30 3 0 25 37 0 2 2 .253 .339 .505 .844
2009 28 MAJ TAM 152 599 501 91 149 62 28 7 27 91 17 6 91 104 1 4 2 .297 .405 .543 .948
2010 29 MAJ TAM 151 655 541 77 129 40 28 2 10 75 24 3 92 107 7 12 3 .238 .346 .353 .699
2011 30 MAJ TB 156 674 588 99 158 72 46 6 20 91 19 6 77 128 2 5 2 .269 .353 .469 .822
2012 31 MAJ TB 157 668 560 88 151 66 39 7 20 74 14 9 97 103 2 6 3 .270 .377 .471 .848
2013 32 MAJ TB 157 698 612 77 168 51 36 3 12 71 11 3 72 91 1 6 7 .275 .354 .402 .756
2014 33 MAJ TB 18 78 66 14 20 5 2 0 3 6 1 0 11 8 1 0 0 .303 .403 .470 .873
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Ben Zobrist
3-Year Averages MAJ   156 678 586 88 159 62 40 5 17 78 14 6 82 107 1 5 4 .271 .362 .444 .806
Career  (View All) MAJ   936 3902 3346 496 881 333 197 29 107 465 93 30 478 625 18 40 20 .263 .355 .435 .790

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Ben Zobrist Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 20 NYY 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .296 .398 .451 .849
Apr. 19 NYY 5 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .303 .403 .470 .873
Apr. 18 NYY 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279 .389 .443 .832
Apr. 17 NYY 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .268 .388 .446 .834
Apr. 16 @Bal 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .283 .397 .472 .869
Apr. 15 @Bal Did not play.
Apr. 14 @Bal 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .280 .390 .480 .870
Apr. 13 @Cin 5 2 2 0 0 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .277 .382 .489 .871
Apr. 12 @Cin 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262 .380 .357 .737
Apr. 11 @Cin 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .256 .370 .359 .729
Apr. 9 @KC 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .278 .366 .389 .755
Apr. 8 @KC 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .281 .378 .406 .784
Apr. 7 @KC 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .394 .393 .787
Apr. 6 Tex 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .379 .250 .629
Apr. 5 Tex 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .360 .200 .560
Apr. 4 Tex 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .235 .409 .235 .644
Apr. 3 Tor 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214 .353 .214 .567
Apr. 2 Tor 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .100 .308 .100 .408
Apr. 1 Tor 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .333
Mar. 31 Tor 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .600 .000 .600
Last 7 Days 24 6 8 1 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .429 .375 .804
Last 14 Days 51 9 17 2 0 3 5 7 6 1 0 0 0 2 .333 .414 .549 .963
Last 30 Days 71 14 21 2 0 3 6 12 9 1 0 0 0 2 .296 .398 .451 .849

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Ben Zobrist: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 17 1 2 2 1
2013 125 21 42 4 1 39 2
2012 58 47 71 71 4
2011 131 38 38 3
2010 14 55 2 110 1 14 103
2009 3 91 1 13 70 9 7 59 1

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Ben Zobrist Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013204171232.250.333.643
2012169264285.308.491.879
2011185377387.303.535.907

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20134086011489.287.436.812
20123916216469.253.463.835
201140362135312.253.439.783

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013293387435.280.430.798
2012264358289.239.417.773
2011276389314.221.406.738

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013319395286.270.376.717
20122965312465.297.520.916
201131261116015.311.526.897
Ben Zobrist 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 23 A Tri 310 257 13.9% 10% 1.39 88% .374 .124
2005 24 A Sal 178 141 20.8% 9.6% 2.18 88% .364 .163
2005 24 A Lex 294 247 16% 11.9% 1.34 86% .348 .109
2006 25 AA COR 381 315 14.4% 12.1% 1.20 85% .376 .146
2006 25 AAA DUR 82 69 12.2% 11% 1.11 87% .350 .073
2006 25 MAJ TAM 198 183 5.1% 13.1% 0.38 86% .252 .087
2007 26 AAA DUR 276 222 15.6% 13.8% 1.13 83% .311 .176
2007 26 MAJ TAM 105 97 2.9% 20% 0.14 78% .187 .051
2008 27 A Ver 15 14 0% 13.3% 0.00 86% .333 .071
2008 27 AAA DUR 88 71 17% 18.2% 0.94 77% .431 .211
2008 27 MAJ TAM 227 198 11% 16.3% 0.68 81% .255 .252
2009 28 MAJ TAM 599 501 15.2% 17.4% 0.88 79% .330 .246
2010 29 MAJ TAM 655 541 14% 16.3% 0.86 80% .281 .115
2011 30 MAJ TB 674 588 11.4% 19% 0.60 78% .314 .200
2012 31 MAJ TB 668 560 14.5% 15.4% 0.94 82% .300 .201
2013 32 MAJ TB 698 612 10.3% 13% 0.79 85% .306 .127
2014 33 MAJ TB 78 66 14.1% 10.3% 1.38 88% .309 .167
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Ben Zobrist
3-Year Averages MAJ   678 586 12.1% 15.8% 0.77 82% .307 .173
Career MAJ   3902 3346 12.3% 16% 0.76 81% .296 .172

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

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.303 AVG
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88% Contact Rate
ELITE
.309 BABIP
AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.470 SLG
GOOD
.167 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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1.38 BB/K
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14.1% BB Rate
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10.3% K Rate
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OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.873 OPS
GREAT
.403 OBP
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Best Matchups for Ben Zobrist (by OPS, min 9 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Carlos Villanueva CHI-N 10 5 4 6 4 2 0 .500 1.700 2.343
Bartolo Colon NY-N 14 8 4 6 3 3 0 .571 1.571 2.218
J.A. Happ TOR 9 5 0 3 3 1 0 .556 .889 1.504
Hiroki Kuroda NY-A 15 5 2 4 3 2 0 .333 1.000 1.444
Jason Hammel CHI-N 12 6 1 3 1 1 1 .500 .917 1.417
Gavin Floyd ATL 18 6 4 6 2 5 1 .333 1.000 1.400
Jarrod Parker OAK 12 5 1 1 1 1 0 .417 .917 1.378
Jim Johnson OAK 17 6 2 2 2 3 0 .353 .941 1.362
Shawn Camp PHI 10 4 1 1 3 0 1 .400 .800 1.338
Aaron Laffey WAS 9 3 1 4 3 1 0 .333 .778 1.239

Worst Matchups for Ben Zobrist (by OPS, min 9 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Ervin Santana ATL 16 2 0 1 1 4 1 .125 .188 .354
Marc Rzepczynski CLE 10 1 0 0 2 4 1 .100 .100 .350
Roberto Hernandez PHI 12 1 0 0 3 4 0 .083 .083 .350
Nate Robertson DET 9 1 0 3 0 2 0 .111 .222 .333
Scott Feldman HOU 13 1 0 0 2 1 1 .077 .077 .277
Josh Tomlin CLE 10 0 0 0 2 2 0 .000 .000 .167
Casey Janssen TOR 11 0 0 0 2 4 0 .000 .000 .154
Phil Hughes MIN 16 0 0 2 2 2 0 .000 .000 .105
Joba Chamberlain DET 16 0 0 0 1 7 1 .000 .000 .059
Jonathan Papelbon PHI 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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Ben Zobrist: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Zobrist was 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

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Zobrist hit a solo home run off of Jason Vargas in the ninth inning of Monday's 4-2 loss to the Royals.

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Zobrist (neck) returned to action Wednesday as the Rays' DH.

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Zobrist (neck) is expected to be the DH in the Rays' lineup on Wednesday, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

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Zobrist's neck is still stiff and he will likely be out for another few days, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Zobrist was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to stiffness in his neck, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Zobrist (back) said he felt great, after going 0-for-2 in his 2014 Grapefruit League debut on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Zobrist (back) is scheduled to play three innings Monday against the Phillies, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.

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Zobrist (back) said he was feeling good Sunday, but likely won't get into a game until Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Zobrist (back) participated in infield drills on Friday and is scheduled to take batting practice and run bases this weekend, after which he will be re-evaluated, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Few players in the league are more valuable to their team than Zobrist. With the Rays battling injuries all over the diamond, Zobrist often helped right the ship. He played games in the outfield, second base, and shortstop and maintained the composure to eclipse the 20-homer plateau and hit .270 playing in 157 games. He also posted a .377 OBP, his highest since 2009. The switch-hitting "Zorilla" took a career-high 99 walks, which should help keep him right ahead of Evan Longoria in the batting order. His versatile position eligibility will be extremely useful to fantasy owners needing offense and flexibility in their lineup, but Zobrist is expected to settle in at second base with the Rays' addition of Yunel Escobar this winter.

2012

Zobrist put together a stellar 2011 campaign for fantasy owners, finishing one stolen base from a 20-20 season. The 20 home runs proved that the 27 he hit in 2009 were not an anomaly and he's now stolen between 17-24 bags the last three seasons showing some consistency. One of the red flags that comes up when looking at last season's stats was his plate discipline as his strikeout rate increased almost three percent while his walk rate dropped almost three percent. The trade-off for those stats was he hit for more power; his 46 doubles were 18 more than each of the previous two seasons. Zobrist will likely resume his spot near the top of the lineup in the batting order and is penciled in to be the everyday second baseman although he likely has outfield eligibility as well from the 2011 season. Once the top tier second basemen are off the board, snag "Zorilla" who can contribute across the board in fantasy leagues.

2011

After a breakout season in 2009, owners expected much better numbers from Zobrist last season. He hit 17 fewer home runs and lost 59 points from his batting average, though he converted 24-for-27 stolen base attempts. This shouldn't come as too much of a shock considering he came out of nowhere in 2009 at age 28 to post that breakout year. Last season's decline may be the result of fatigue after playing in 152 games in 2009 and playing in only 178 games between 2007 and 2008. Zobrist saw most of his time in the outfield last season and could be used all over the field following the departure of a few of the veteran players. He's a virtual lock for 500 plate appearances no matter where he is in the field and should be able to rebound somewhat in the power department.

2010

Zobrist had a breakout season last year and ended up finishing eighth in MVP voting. He hit 27 home runs, drove in 91 runs, and stole 17 bases while hitting .297. The trade of Akinori Iwamura opens up the starting second-base job for Zobrist, who should see even more at-bats this season. The Rays could also elect to give Sean Rodriguez the job at second and give Zobrist right-field duties, but he'll enter 2010 with multi-position eligibility (second, shortstop and outfield). Expecting similar numbers from the 29-year-old this season isn't out of the question with consistent playing time, but some regression should be expected after his power fell off a bit after the All-Star break (.478 SLG after a .632 mark in the first half).

2009

Zobrist's versatility was extremely useful for the Rays, and he provided a lot of power out of less than 200 at-bats (indeed, only Evan Longoria posted a higher slugging average than Zobrist on Tampa Bay's roster last year). He'll return in a super-utility role in 2009, and he'll be of use in medium and deep AL leagues.

2008

Zobrist started the year as the everyday shortstop, but soon fell into a slump and lost the job to Brendan Harris. Zobrist never returned to action after going on the DL (oblique) in mid-August, but he'll be ready come spring training. However, with Jason Bartlett now on the club, Zobrist likely is only competing for a utility role this spring.

2007

Zobrist came over from Houston in the Aubrey Huff deal and was promoted from Double-A to the majors just weeks later. He's got a very steady glove at short, enough that the Rays are no longer keeping B.J. Upton at shortstop. Still, Zobrist has to hit better to keep a job long-term in the bigs. He had great on-base and doubles numbers in the minors, so that could show up at the major league level in the next year or two.

2006

His ridiculous OBPs and walk rates at lower levels haven't been enough to get Zobrist rated highly, owing to his lack of tools. In fairness, players whose primary asset is plate discipline in A ball often fall by the wayside (Jackie Rexrode being the canonical example). Zobrist has no power, and as nice as the OBPs are, will likely hit a wall at higher levels.