Miguel Rojas

Miguel Rojas

32-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Miami Marlins
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
A positive COVID test sidelined Rojas three games into the 2020 season. He returned Aug. 21 and was the Marlins' most productive hitter from there, helping lead the team to a surprise postseason berth. After never clearing a .100 ISO in any of his first six MLB seasons, Rojas exploded for 15 extra-base hits in his 143 PA, resulting in a .192 ISO. Rojas also upped his walk rate to a career-high 11.2% in his age-31 season after topping out at 8.8% previously. He managed five steals in six attempts despite bottom-40th percentile sprint speed. Nobody is expecting him to keep up a similar pace, but Rojas seems to have emerged as a leader in Miami and his playing time looks secure at shortstop, at least to begin 2021. The bat-to-ball skills are bankable (career 12.4 K%). The problem is the middling power and speed, which leaves Rojas on the periphery in most leagues despite his considerable baseball talent. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#359
ADP
$Signed a two-year, $10 million contract extension with the Marlins in October of 2021.
Undergoes MRI on finger
SSMiami Marlins
Finger
October 28, 2021
Rojas underwent an MRI on his left index finger Thursday and could require surgery, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rojas signed a two-year, $10 million extension earlier in the week, but the news isn't all positive about the veteran shortstop. It's not yet clear exactly what's wrong with his finger, nor is it clear whether any potential procedure could cause him to miss time at the start of next season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
41
17
14
3
4
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
31
3
5
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+34%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+38%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+136%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .896 347 43 9 40 4 .331 .395 .502
Since 2019vs Right .669 856 95 9 74 23 .257 .310 .358
2021vs Left .885 163 21 4 18 4 .317 .399 .486
2021vs Right .642 376 45 5 30 9 .244 .288 .354
2020vs Left 1.588 34 9 2 8 0 .548 .588 1.000
2020vs Right .674 104 11 2 12 5 .225 .337 .337
2019vs Left .752 150 13 3 14 0 .297 .347 .406
2019vs Right .693 376 39 2 32 9 .278 .325 .368
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .788 582 75 9 51 14 .296 .364 .424
Since 2019Away .681 626 63 9 63 13 .261 .306 .375
2021Home .768 273 37 4 24 8 .287 .363 .406
2021Away .658 266 29 5 24 5 .243 .279 .378
2020Home .926 57 8 2 5 1 .300 .386 .540
2020Away .862 86 12 2 15 4 .307 .395 .467
2019Home .780 252 30 3 22 5 .304 .361 .419
2019Away .648 274 22 2 24 4 .266 .304 .344
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Stat Review
How does Miguel Rojas compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
6.9%
 
K Rate
13.7%
 
BABIP
.295
 
ISO
.127
 
AVG
.265
 
OBP
.322
 
SLG
.392
 
OPS
.713
 
wOBA
.316
 
Exit Velocity
81.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.5%
 
Barrels/PA
2.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Rojas signed a three-year extension just before the end of the season, which seemed odd on the surface given Rojas was turning 31 in the offseason. The extension was a show of appreciation for the work he has done the past two seasons, particularly on defensive where he has graded out extremely well for his age. At the plate, he had his best season of full-time duty in average, OBP, runs and steals last year although his home-run total was cut in half in a year where many saw theirs rise. Rojas is going to play most of the time, but you'd like to see more production from a player who is receiving 500-plus plate appearances. The next time he scores 55 runs or drives in 55 runs will be the first time he does it, and that's really tough to carry in anything other than an NL-only league. Your hope is that he lucks himself into a .300 average and runs a little more, otherwise there is little here to use.
Rojas went 3-for-5 with two home runs in a game May 20 at Atlanta. It gave him seven homers on the young season and a .264/.322/.429 slash line through his first 181 plate appearances. Understand Rojas had had just four career home runs over his first four seasons in nearly 800 plate appearances. There was some thought that perhaps Rojas had found another level to his game. (Narrator: he had not). Rojas hit .246/.284/.305 after that May 20 game over his final 347 plate appearances. Rojas remains an excellent glove man with strong bat-to-ball skills, but that double-digit home-run total is not happening again. He is a bottom-of-the-lineup hitter and only brings some value when he can hit homers. He does not run much and hits for a poor average despite his contact skills. Positional flexibility is his most redeeming quality.
Rojas began 2017 as the Marlins' utility infielder, but injuries to Adeiny Hechavarria and Martin Prado, then the trade of Hechavarria, paved the way for Rojas to set a career high with 306 trips to the dish. It would have been considerably more had he not sprained his thumb while swinging the bat in early May, resulting in an extended DL stint, as he was sidelined until the week after the All-Star break. His .290/.361/.375 translated to a 96 wRC+, just a point below average. However, in fantasy terms, it was empty, as he hit just one homer and chipped in two steals. He'll enter camp in a battle with J.T. Riddle for the primary shortstop role. Considering the run-scoring context on the Marlins will be poor, Rojas is a one-category contributor, even if he wins the job. He'll have marginal value in NL-only leagues, mostly because he should pick up eligibility at other infield positions.
In his third season in the majors, Rojas appeared in 100 games for the first time in his career in 2016. Rojas was mainly used as a late-game defensive substitute last year, appearing in 123 games but only starting 44 of those and only registering 214 plate appearances. However, his versatility makes him a valuable utility man for the Marlins, something manager Don Mattingly has embraced, playing Rojas in more than 15 games at first base, second base, third base, and shortstop last season. In 2016, Rojas slashed .247/.288/.325, outperforming his main competition at shortstop, Adeiny Hechavarria, who only produced a .236/.283/.311 line himself. He has started 26 games at shortstop in each of his last two seasons in Miami, and with trade rumors swirling around Hechavarria, there have been talks about Rojas assuming a larger role in the Marlins' 2017 infield, but he's unlikely to be more than a glove-first utility player.
Rojas began the year with Triple-A New Orleans, but spent significant time in the big leagues due to various injuries around the Marlins' infield. After a dismal start, Rojas hit a huge hot streak at the end of the year to bring his batting average up to a respectable .282. He's still considered a glove-first infielder and his power numbers aren't there, but the 26-year-old does possess the ability to play all over the infield and even appeared once in left field. A strong spring at the plate could warrant a spot on the Marlins' 25-man roster as a utility player for Rojas, though his starting opportunities could be limited when the infield is healthy.
Rojas appeared in 85 games for the Dodgers in 2014, collecting most of those innings as a defensive replacement at shortstop when Hanley Ramirez was limited by various ailments. He held his own at hitter-friendly Albuquerque, putting a .302/.353/.434 line together over 173 plate appearances. Keep in mind, however, that the .434 Triple-A slugging percentage was Rojas' best mark since his 2009 stop in the Midwest League at Low-A Dayton (.339 SLG). When he's on a big league roster, Rojas will be used off the bench as a defensive replacement. He'll compete for a utility role with the Marlins after he was traded from the Dodgers in the offseason. Don't be surprised if he begins the year back at Triple-A while serving as organizational depth.
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Inks two-year extension
SSMiami Marlins
October 27, 2021
Rojas agreed Wednesday with the Marlins on a two-year, $10 million contract extension, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.
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Resting in season finale
SSMiami Marlins
October 3, 2021
Rojas is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies.
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Not in Friday's lineup
SSMiami Marlins
October 1, 2021
Rojas isn't starting Friday's game against the Phillies, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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On bench for afternoon game
SSMiami Marlins
September 28, 2021
Rojas will sit for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mets, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
SSMiami Marlins
September 26, 2021
Rojas is not in the lineup Sunday against the Rays, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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