Casper Wells
Casper Wells
34-Year-Old OutfielderOF
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in November of 2013, which includes an invite to spring training.
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May 1, 2015
Wells has been released by the Tigers, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.
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Wells will probably find another team to play in the minors with, but it's hard to see any club signing a corner outfielder with a .230 career batting average and expecting him to make the majors.
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Wells struggled to get playing time last season (12 starts in the first 46 games) and endured two stints at Triple-A Tacoma. He produced for a while when he did see regular action - .312 AVG, .893 OPS, five HR in 26 games (24 starts) after returning from his first demotion - but was quickly benched again when his bat inevitably cooled. Wells seemed like an afterthought, even though the Mariners filled perpetual outfield holes with an uninspiring lot of Quad-A players and Chone Figgins, none of whom could match Wells' glove. He faces a similar situation this season, at best the fourth outfielder after the team traded for Mike Morse. Adding another wrinkle, he's out of minor-league options. It'd be nice to see what Wells could do with regular playing time, especially in a reconfigured Safeco Field (home/road OPS+: 74/114). Wells would do himself a favor if he figured out right-handed pitchers and cut his strikeout rate.
Wells came to Seattle last season in a deadline trade with Detroit and got off to a hot start with the Mariners. He was part of a four-man left-field/center-field rotation but getting hit in the face with a pitch and later suffering a sinus infection that caused an equilibrium issue knocked him off stride. He enters 2012 vying for the left-field job, and his stellar fielding ability and strong arm should give him an advantage over the competition.
Wells was a late-season surprise for the Tigers, hitting .323 with four homers and 17 RBI in 93 at-bats. His power is legit, but given his career minor league batting average of .250, we don't expect Wells to hit anywhere near .323 when he gets a longer look. With the return of Magglio Ordonez in December, Wells' chances of having a platoon role have fallen considerably. AL-only leagues will want to keep an eye on Wells' role during spring training, but the odds are he gets shipped to Triple-A Toledo or starts the season as a depth outfielder for Detroit.
Wells followed up a decent but injury-prone season at Double-A Erie with an impressive 21-game stint at the Arizona Fall League where he hit .351/.433/.662 with four homers and 25 RBI. Like many other young hitters, Wells needs to develop better plate judgment, but there’s no doubting his potential as a power/speed threat in the majors. He’ll likely need to log some time at Triple-A Toledo before getting a true look with the Tigers, but the 25-year-old outfielder could change that type of thinking with a decent showing in spring training.
Wells, drafted in the 14th round out of Towson State University in Maryland in 2005, took a major step forward this past season. He hit .289 with 18 doubles, 17 home runs, 53 RBI and a .965 OPS in 75 games for Double-A Erie after being promoted from Low-A West Michigan. He continued his hot hitting in the Arizona Fall League. Wells' production got him added to Detroit's 40-man roster this winter. He looks to have plenty of pop in his bat but it remains to be seen if he can maintain his batting average over a full season in the high minors. We could see him in Detroit later this year if he is able to carry his production forward at Triple-A.
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OFDetroit Tigers  
February 20, 2015
Wells signed a minor league deal with the Tigers on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
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Casper Wells: Released Wednesday
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June 25, 2014
Wells was released by the Cubs' affiliate at Triple-A Iowa, Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports.
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March 22, 2014
Wells (back) was assigned to minor league camp Saturday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
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March 17, 2014
Wells was held out of Monday's spring game due to back spasms, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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OFChicago Cubs  
November 24, 2013
The Cubs signed Wells to a minor league contract, the team's official site reports.
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