Chase Utley
Chase Utley
40-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Dodgers in February of 2018.
Granted release from Dodgers
2BFree Agent  
November 9, 2018
Utley was let go by Los Angeles to set in motion his impending retirement.
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Utley announced before the season ended that he'd be walking away from the game following the conclusion of the 2018 campaign, so the Dodgers issued his release to facilitate his official retirement. He spent the majority of his career with the Phillies and finishes with a .275/.358/.465 slash line over 1,937 games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2019
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2018
 
 
+39%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+11%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .582 45 4 1 5 1 .158 .267 .316
Since 2017vs Right .697 495 57 8 43 8 .234 .322 .375
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .450 17 1 0 3 0 .143 .235 .214
2018vs Right .625 170 17 1 11 3 .220 .312 .313
2017vs Left .661 28 3 1 2 1 .167 .286 .375
2017vs Right .734 325 40 7 32 5 .242 .327 .407
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Since 2017
 
 
+5%
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2018
 
 
+32%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+20%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .706 251 25 4 25 7 .247 .332 .374
Since 2017Away .671 289 36 5 23 2 .213 .304 .366
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home .518 81 2 0 8 1 .205 .272 .247
2018Away .682 106 16 1 6 2 .220 .330 .352
2017Home .799 170 23 4 17 6 .267 .361 .438
2017Away .664 183 20 4 17 0 .209 .290 .374
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Utley managed to hang around with the Dodgers in a part-time role last season, giving the team 78 starts in the field and veteran leadership in the clubhouse. At this point in his career, Utley is confined to platoon duty, as he hasn't posted a batting average above .200 against lefties since 2014. But against right-handers, Utley is still capable. His .236/.324/.405 line and 96 wRC+ were close to average -- perfectly adequate for a second baseman -- and his numbers weren't propped up by a high BABIP (.264) or HR/FB rate (8.2 percent). Entering his age-39 season, there's always the chance that this will be the year his body breaks down, but if that doesn't happen he has a solid chance of maintaining value in leagues deep enough where an average-hitting part-timer is worth owning. Fantasy owners won't be able to take advantage of his off-field presence, which will be the primary way he'll provide value to an MLB team.
Entering 2016, if you said Utley would get the second-most playing time he's had in a season since 2009, you would have been asked for a urine test, but that's exactly what happened as injuries and struggling teammates paved the way for the veteran second baseman to appear in 138 contests. It helped that Utley bounced back versus right-handed pitching as his demise versus southpaws worsened. With a righty on the hill, Utley sported a respectable .809 OPS, including 10 of his 14 homers. Against southpaws, he fanned 29 percent of the time, pushing his overall contact rate below 80 percent for the first time of his illustrious career. There's a chance Utley can survive another year in a platoon role, but with declining plate skills, mediocre power with almost no speed, Utley's best chance to be a fantasy asset is in a single league format. With middle infield so plush, mixed leaguers are better served to find someone with upside. However, he re-signed with the Dodgers over the offseason, and with Logan Forsythe expected to amass most of the innings at second base, Utley seems to be destined for a normal reserve infield role heading into 2017.
The inevitable decline that began in 2014 accelerated quickly in 2015, as the 37 year-old Utley batted just .212/.286/.343 with career lows in home runs (eight) and stolen bases (four). Mets fans of course will remember him more for the "slide" that took out Ruben Tejada in the playoffs, and after signing a one-year deal with the Dodgers this offseason to occupy a bench role, Utley is clearly nearing the end of a near Hall-of-Fame career. We could hope that his 2015 .236 BABIP will result in a turnaround of his batting average, but given the decline in his walk rate to 7.6% last year as well as the effects of age, expecting a rebound to even close to his 2014 season (.270-11-78) is wishful thinking. Utley appears woefully inadequate against LHP (.196 in 2015), meaning at best, he'll get the occasional start against a righty. With Howie Kendrick and Enrique Hernandez on board as well, Utley is unlikely to see enough playing time to be useful in the vast majority of formats.
For a second straight year, Utley managed to avoid missing any time because of his degenerative knee condition. He got off to an excellent start in the first half of the season, but wore down and hit just .235/.323/.350 with three of his 11 home runs after the All-Star break. There were whispers that Utley's poor second half numbers were due to the extensive workout routine he goes through the entire offseason to ensure his knees can hold up for a whole season. Perhaps the team will consider giving Utley a little more time off this season to help keep him strong throughout the year. With a little rest and a likely rebound in his HR/FB rate back toward his more recent career rate, it would not be a surprise to see Utley surpass his home run total from last season. At 36 years old, Utley is no longer the star he once was, but he can still be a productive fantasy option at second base.
Utley surpassed 450 at-bats last season for the first time since 2009. He managed to avoid missing time because of his degenerative knee condition, but he did miss a few games with an oblique strain. Utley also had a bit of a resurgance at the plate with his highest batting average, home run and RBI totals since 2009, his last season of elite production. He has not returned to an elite level and will not produce at that type of level again now that he is moving into the latter years of his career, but Utley has re-established himself as one of the better fantasy options at second base. Given his recent history, however, it's very difficult to bet on Utley staying healthy for an entire season, and owning him typically requires the acquistion of a well-planned fallback option.
Utley missed the first three months of last season due to patellar tendinitis in his left knee. He suffered from the same problem in his right knee in 2011, which caused him to miss two months that year. His numbers at the plate have fallen off from his All-Star level, but there are signs that Utley can still be a better-than-average fantasy second baseman provided his knees don't prevent him from getting on the field. His contact rate remains solid and his eye at the plate is also strong. He even stole 11 bases last season despite the knee concerns. Utley's power numbers are unlikely to return to his peak levels, but it doesn't seem unreasonable to expect 20 home runs if he stays on the field for a full season. Utley said he would work on strengthening his legs during the offseason, which he hasn't been able to do the last few years because of his knee problems. That will help him maintain his productivity later in the season - something that has been a problem for him the past two seasons. The Phillies also toyed with the idea of moving Utley to third base last season to cut down on the strain on his knees. For now, it appears that plan has been shelved. Utley is certainly a player with plenty of injury risk, but that risk also figures to push down his price in drafts and may present a solid buying opportunity.
Utley missed the first 47 games of last season with patellar tendinitis in his knee and then played through the injury for the rest of the season. His numbers took a hit due to the decreased number of at-bats, but he also posted his lowest batting average since his 2003 season. There are some positive signs despite Utley's recent injury problems. His BABIP was much lower than his career average last season, leaving us to believe there is a good chance we see a rebound there. He also managed to swipe 14 bags despite playing through a knee problem, and he'll continue to hit near the top of an above average offensive lineup in Philadelphia. Utley's HR/FB rate was also well below his established career rate last season, but the knee issue could be partly to blame for that as he was unable to do strengthening exercises on his legs in order to avoid aggravating his knee injury. Utley's knee makes him a risky bet moving forward as he could be forced to go under the knife if his stretching program fails to get him through another season. He is also a risk to see his production drop in the second half if leg strengthening exercises can't be incorporated into his workouts.
Utley missed a significant chunk of time last season with a severely sprained thumb. That injury took a toll on his counting stats, but he may not have topped 30 home runs or 20 steals even if he had played the whole year. Utley is no longer the premier second baseman in baseball, but he remains one of the better fantasy options at the position. He still has a good eye at the plate, and if he stays healthy the power should return. We wouldn't expect him to swipe more than 20 bags again in a season, however. He's still a fine investment in fantasy drafts at a fairly thin position.
Utley showed no ill effects from hip surgery that he had prior to the 2009 season and showed why he is considered one of the best, if not the best, second baseman in the game. His power numbers were right in line with his 2008 output and he stole a career-high 23 bases. He benefits from hitting in front of a run producer in Ryan Howard and behind two players, Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino, who get on base and have the speed to get into scoring position. The Phillies' top six hitters will all be returning in 2010 and there is little reason to believe the team won't score a ton of runs again this year. Another 20-plus steal season may not be on tap this year but another performance justifying a high draft pick should be expected from Utley again this season.
Having finished with a .292 batting average, 33 home runs, 104 RBI, 114 runs and 15 stolen bases, Utley would have been a borderline first-rounder and probably the top-ranked second baseman had it not been for the hip surgery he underwent in late November. He was given a four-to-six month timetable for recovery at the time of his procedure and, as it stands now, will likely miss the first month of the season and could be sidelined into May. The speediness of his recovery will be one to keep a keen eye on throughout spring training, as owners should be as up-to-date as possible regarding Utley’s status on draft day to correctly determine what he'll actually be able to provide this season.
Utley continued his dominance as perhaps the best second baseman in baseball. Even though he missed a month of the season with a hand injury, Utley had a career-high .322 batting average, .410 on-base percentage and his power numbers stayed relatively consistent. Utley stroked a career-high 48 doubles and 22 homers to go along with his 103 RBI's. Expect him to keep up the impressive production next season while manning the middle of the Phillies' potent lineup.
Utley continued his emergence as perhaps the best second baseman in baseball. In 2006, he reached career highs in average, home runs, runs, hits and extra-base hits. Interestingly, his OPS was actually lower than in 2005—he simply played 13 more games in 2006 to rack up more numbers. Utley uses a compact, strong swing and waits on pitches extremely well. He is primarily a pull hitter for power but will spray the ball when he feels overpowered. Nothing but blue skies ahead as long as he stays healthy.
Utley took a giant leap forward last year to post the best OPS, .915, of all regular major league second basemen. He hit for good average and power in the first half (.303, 11 HR) and even more power in the second (.280, 17 HR). But wait, there's more: He improved his batting eye, stole 16 bases and made strides on hitting lefthanders (.220, .823 OPS) after starting the year slowly against them. Even if Utley performs at 80 percent of these levels, he'll be valuable.
Utley graduated to the majors in 2004 with style, showing good contact, power and defense at second base. He struggled against lefthanders (.200) and could stand to draw more walks. He might be pushed to third base down the road by a prospect, or if his defense becomes a problem. Barring injury or a spring-training meltdown, he will be the Phillies' second baseman, and will be a good one.
Utley took advantage of the injuries to Placido Polanco and David Bell to get a number of starts late in the season. Utley led the Phillies' minor league system in batting average at .323. He might see more time next season if Bell continues to struggle or can't recover from the back injuries that sidelined him last year.
In 2002, Utley, 23, jumped a level to Class AAA Scranton and also switched positions from second base to third as the club hoped he would eventually replace Scott Rolen. That was before the Phillies signed David Bell. Utley will probably shift back to second base. For Scranton, he hit .263 with 17 homers and 70 RBI in 464 AB and stole eight bases. He's been tearing it up at the Arizona Fall League (.350, four homers, 15 RBI, a .393 OBP and .575 SLG in 80 at-bats), but demonstrated that third base would always be a challenge defensively. He'll get some more minor league at-bats in AAA, and eventually get the call to the bigs. Utley's name has come up in trade talks, but the Phillies claim he's unavailable.
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Activated from DL
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  
September 1, 2018
Utley (wrist) was activated from the 10-day disabled list Saturday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic Los Angeles reports.
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Heads to DL
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  
Wrist
August 2, 2018
Utley was placed on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with left wrist inflammation, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Set to retire after season
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  
July 13, 2018
Utley will retire at the end of the 2018 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Activated from DL
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  
June 22, 2018
Utley (thumb) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list prior to Friday's game.
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Set for return Friday
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  
Thumb
June 20, 2018
Utley (thumb) will return Friday against the Mets, Alanna Rizzo of SportsNet LA reports.
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