Daniel Descalso
Daniel Descalso
32-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
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Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
During his first season in Arizona, Descalso was thrust into a sizable role due to the team's injury woes, and he proved useful, posting career highs in home runs (10), RBI (51), runs (47), walk rate (12.1 percent), flyballs (43.2 percent) and hard contact (37.0 percent, per Fangraphs). He leaned heavily on hitter-friendly Chase Field (.357 wOBA, .274 elsewhere) and matchups with righties (.332, .267 lefties), especially since he tilted toward more power with a career-high 22.4 strikeout rate. The useful .264 average he notched in 2016 dipped 31 points with his new approach. Descalso must have done just enough, however, as Arizona picked up his 2018 option, seemingly confident they could use him if similar circumstances arise. Most of his value figures to come from his versatility and his presence as a veteran in the clubhouse. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signs a one-year, $1.35 million contract with the Diamondback in February of 2017. Diamondbacks exercised $2 million team option for 2018 in November of 2017.
Scores three runs in win
2BArizona Diamondbacks  
September 30, 2018
Descalso went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and three runs Saturday in the Diamondbacks' 5-4 win over the Padres.
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Though his playing time has tailed off over the last few weeks, Descalso enters the regular-season finale with career-best marks in runs (54), extra-base hits (37), home runs (13), RBI (57) and on-base percentage (.354). The 31-year-old will become a free agent this winter, but Arizona will likely have interest in retaining him in a utility role.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+30%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .725 215 24 7 27 0 .224 .321 .404
Since 2016vs Right .771 894 115 24 119 7 .247 .350 .421
2018vs Left .889 74 9 4 12 0 .286 .365 .524
2018vs Right .767 348 45 9 45 0 .227 .351 .416
2017vs Left .588 90 9 2 9 0 .169 .289 .299
2017vs Right .767 308 38 8 42 4 .251 .344 .423
2016vs Left .732 51 6 1 6 0 .233 .314 .419
2016vs Right .782 238 32 7 32 3 .271 .357 .425
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+33%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .806 566 75 15 79 5 .270 .367 .438
Since 2016Away .717 543 64 16 67 2 .214 .320 .396
2018Home .804 208 25 5 28 0 .263 .370 .434
2018Away .773 214 29 8 29 0 .213 .336 .437
2017Home .824 210 28 7 29 4 .271 .371 .453
2017Away .619 188 19 3 22 0 .190 .287 .331
2016Home .781 148 22 3 22 1 .277 .358 .423
2016Away .765 141 16 5 16 2 .250 .340 .425
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Stat Review
How does Daniel Descalso 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
0.58
 
BB Rate
15.2%
 
K Rate
26.1%
 
BABIP
.300
 
ISO
.198
 
AVG
.238
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.436
 
OPS
.789
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Descalso's role didn't change much from the 2015 season, but he managed to produce more in the final year of his contract with Colorado than he had for quite some time. The 29-year-old began the year as a reserve utility infielder (and even got seven starts in left field), but somehow was sporting a batting average above .300 into mid-August. This helped him garner the starting shortstop job once Trevor Story went down with a thumb injury, although his production did taper off a bit toward the end of the season. He did post his best walk rate ever (11.8 percent) and decreased his strikeout rate to bring it below 20 percent. Descalso will likely remain in a reserve utility role after signing with the Diamondbacks on a one-year pact over the offseason despite the uptick in production last year.
Descalso continued his role as a bench utility infielder with the Rockies in 2015, doing little more than giving starters the day off and filling in for injured players. He didn't help his cause by batting a mere .205 in 185 plate appearances. There was a small bright spot for Descalso at the plate, as he did show good patience, producing a solid 9.6% walk rate. The 29-year-old has some real life value due to his ability to play all over the infield, but his playing time will still be underwhelming, especially now that the Rockies have viable starting options across the infield, and prospect Trevor Story forcing the issue at Triple-A.
Descalso saw his playing time drop for the third consecutive season, serving another year as the Cardinals' utility man, logging innings at all four infield positions while hitting .242 in 161 at-bats. With a .243/.313/.341 career line across 1,223 at bats, there is little get excited about beyond Descalso's versatility. He may have a clearer path to playing time after signing with the Rockies in December, especially with the organization's revolving door at second base. Even if that materializes, Descalso is unlikely to become more than a player to stream when he gets a prolonged stretch of playing time at Coors Field.
Descalso took on a larger role in 2013 after Pete Kozma struggled mightily, and he delivered 43 RBI and 43 runs across 358 plate appearances. The 27-year-old was also able to lower his strikeout rate (15.6%) last season, but he'll be blocked at shortstop by the Cardinals' addition of Jhonny Peralta. Descalso figures to see a significant drop in playing time serving mostly as organizational depth. If Kolten Wong struggles at second base, Descalso may get enough playing time to match his 2013 production.
Descalso is one of those guys that managers love: he can play all over the infield, can play almost every day and he'll come off the bench if he has to. Managers love guys like him, but fantasy owners don't have to. If a fantasy owner paid a few bucks for the guy sharing the second-base job with Tyler Greene, he got 374 at-bats. Congratulations. We hope he enjoyed the six stolen bases, 26 RBI and .227 batting average, because those were the highlights. He qualifies at three positions in 2013, so that could give him a little value, but we've probably already seen his upside and it's not pretty.
Descalso spent all year on the St. Louis roster, playing the role that Nick Punto was often too injured to play. He started 61 games at the hot corner and started several other games at second and short. He only qualifies at third base, however, but barring another injury to David Freese he'll instead spend more time at second base this year, where the Cardinals have said he'll get first shot over Skip Schumaker.
Descalso isn't going to hit .300. He's not going to hit 20 home runs. He's not going to steal 20 bases. What he *can* do is carve out a nice role as a utilityman for the Cardinals. The 24-year-old will probably back up Skip Schumaker and Ryan Theriot in 2011, and he could see some time at the hot corner as well.
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Out against Kershaw
2BArizona Diamondbacks  
September 24, 2018
Descalso is not in the lineup Monday against the Diamondbacks.
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Out against lefty
2BArizona Diamondbacks  
September 23, 2018
Descalso is on the bench Sunday against left-handed starter Kyle Freeland and the Rockies.
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Retreats to bench
2BArizona Diamondbacks  
September 18, 2018
Descalso is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.
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Slugs two-run homer
2BArizona Diamondbacks  
September 17, 2018
Descalso went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk Sunday in the Diamondbacks' 5-4 loss to the Astros.
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Not in Friday's lineup
2BArizona Diamondbacks  
September 14, 2018
Descalso is out of the lineup against the Astros on Friday.
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