Mark Zagunis
Mark Zagunis
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
60-Day DL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 2/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Perhaps it was only ever a fool's hope that Zagunis would find a way to put his excellent on-base skills to use for the Cubs. Now entering his age-25 season, he has made his MLB debut, but is no closer to realistically getting everyday at-bats on the north side of Chicago. His 17.2 percent walk rate led the Pacific Coast League last year and his .404 OBP ranked fourth. However, as a corner outfielder who lacks above-average power and provides replacement-level defense, he would need to be on a rebuilding club to get an extended look as an everyday player. Zagunis, who hits right-handed, has a shot to make the big-league club out of spring training, but he wouldn't even be assured of the short side of a platoon, as more versatile players like Ian Happ and Ben Zobrist profile better in that type of role. If injuries strike or Zagunis gets dealt to a team like the Tigers or Royals, he would immediately be appealing in deeper OBP leagues, but until then he can be largely ignored. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Summoned from minors, placed on 60-day DL
OFChicago Cubs
Shoulder
September 4, 2018
Zagunis was recalled from Triple-A Iowa and placed on the 60-day disabled list Tuesday with right shoulder inflammation, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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It's unclear when Zagunis picked up the injury, though his placement on the 60-day DL effectively ends his season. The 25-year-old spent most of the season at Triple-A, hitting .272/.395/.375 with seven homers and 11 stolen bases across 115 games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+46%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+150%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+91%
OPS vs RHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .550 10 0 0 2 2 .125 .300 .250
Since 2016vs Right .377 14 0 0 0 0 .091 .286 .091
2018vs Left 1.667 3 0 0 1 0 .500 .667 1.000
2018vs Right .667 3 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
2017vs Left .143 7 0 0 1 2 .000 .143 .000
2017vs Right .273 11 0 0 0 0 .000 .273 .000
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+395%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home 1.100 6 0 0 1 0 .400 .500 .600
Since 2016Away .222 18 0 0 1 2 .000 .222 .000
2018Home 1.100 6 0 0 1 0 .400 .500 .600
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away .222 18 0 0 1 2 .000 .222 .000
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Mark Zagunis 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.
BB/K
1.00
 
BB Rate
16.7%
 
K Rate
16.7%
 
BABIP
.500
 
ISO
.200
 
AVG
.400
 
OBP
.500
 
SLG
.600
 
OPS
1.100
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
He does not hit for a ton of power or profile as even an average runner, but Zagunis is still one of the Cubs most appealing fantasy prospects. The lack of standout tools helped bury the catcher-turned-outfielder in a loaded system in recent years, but all the while he continued to hit and get on base at absurd clips. He received a promotion to Triple-A in June after posting a 154 wRC+ in 51 games at Double-A. After the promotion his 10.4 percent walk rate, 19.9 percent strikeout rate, .360 OBP and 123 wRC+ were his worst marks above rookie ball. In other words, the worst version of Zagunis we have seen was 23 percent better than league average in the Pacific Coast League. Think of him as a less-heralded Jesse Winker. A broken foot at the end of July cut his season short, but he should be ready for spring training. Entering his age-24 season, the best thing for his value would be a trade to an organization with an opening in an outfield corner.
There's something here. The converted catcher and third-round draft pick in 2014 has a little pop, but the exciting part of his game is his batting eye. He walked 80 times (against 86 strikeouts) for High-A Myrtle Beach last year, and his 122:128 BB: ratio in his two years in the minors bodes well for his future. He also stole 12 bases last year after 16 thefts in his debut season, so he could have a future as a leadoff hitter and on-base machine. He's a bit under the radar, especially compared to the many offensive prospects who have been a part of the Cubs' system the last few years, but he's a good sleeper who could find himself with Double-A Tennessee in 2016 and vying for a spot on the major league roster in 2017.
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Heads back to Triple-A
OFChicago Cubs
May 15, 2018
Zagunis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Recalled from Triple-A
OFChicago Cubs
May 9, 2018
Zagunis was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday, Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
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Off to good start at Triple-A
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May 3, 2018
Through 74 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa, Zagunis is slashing .324/.440/.473 with three home runs, which is tied for the team lead.
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Sent back to Iowa
OFChicago Cubs
March 16, 2018
Zagunis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Heads back to Triple-A
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July 1, 2017
Zagunis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.
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