Shed Long
23-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Seattle Mariners AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Long isn't a real standout with the bat, but he has some speed and that speed could one day make Long a mixed-league consideration. A 12th-round pick in 2013, Long spent 2018 at Double-A Pensacola, finishing with a .350 wOBA and 120 wRC+ in 522 plate appearances. Those were good numbers, but they represented a significant drop-off from his marks against lower-level competition. Long struck out 23.6% of the time with just an 18.5% line-drive rate, and he went on to underwhelm in the Arizona Fall League (.644 OPS). If he manages to hit enough to carve out a regular role in the majors, Long could get to 20 steals over the course of a full season. In today's game, 20 steals are pretty valuable, even if they come with little else. Traded to Seattle in January, Long is limited defensively to second base. The Mariners have Dee Gordon there for now, but Long is on the 40-man roster and figures to at least get a cup of coffee or two in 2019. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Mariners in March of 2019.
Heads to Triple-A
2BSeattle Mariners  AAA
March 11, 2019
Long was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Long put together a decent showing at the plate in big-league camp, going 6-for-22 with a home run, four RBI, a stolen base and five runs scored. After slashing .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and 56 RBI over 126 games last season with Double-A Arkansas, he'll get his feet wet with the Rainiers in 2019.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
A pop-up darling from 2016, Long only started getting everyday reps in the second half of 2015 when he officially made the move from catcher to second base. During his breakout 2016 campaign, Long did a lot of his damage on fastballs early in the count, but he was pitched to differently last season, and was forced to look for mistakes. He has the tools to offer double-digit home runs and double-digit steals annually. The key will be hitting enough to profile as an everyday second baseman. He handled a repeat trip to the Florida State League with ease, but was the victim of some bad luck at Double-A (.271 BABIP). A more patient approach failed to pay off, as his walk rate jumped to 11.9 percent while cutting his strikeout rate to 19.4 percent, yet he posted his worst ISO (.135) since rookie ball. Long has generated a lot of hype over the past calendar year, but he is still a very risky prospect, as the hit tool is unproven against upper-level pitching.
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Hot start to spring training
2BSeattle Mariners  AAA
February 24, 2019
Long went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's win over Colorado.
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Lands in Seattle
2BSeattle Mariners  AAA
January 21, 2019
Long was traded to the Mariners on Monday as part of a three-team deal, Jeff Passan of reports.
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Dealt to Yankees
2BNew York Yankees  AAA
January 21, 2019
Long was traded from the Reds to the Yankees on Monday along with a competitive balance pick in exchange for Sonny Gray and Reiver Sanmartin, Jeff Passan of reports.
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Named to Fall Stars roster
2BCincinnati Reds  AAA
October 29, 2018
Long was named to the Fall Stars roster along with teammate Taylor Trammell, Jim Callis of reports.
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Returns to action
2BCincinnati Reds  AAA
July 9, 2018
Long (face) is in Monday's starting lineup at Double-A Pensacola, Doug Gray of reports.
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