Josh Rojas

Josh Rojas

28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Arizona Diamondbacks
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Rojas parlayed a strong spring into regular playing time at second base. He also played right and center field along with shortstop and third base, appearing in a career-high 139 games. It would have been more, except Rojas missed time with a dislocated pinky finger. Rojas' K% and BB% were in line with levels posted previously, but he carried a bloated .345 BABIP. Unfortunately, the underlying metrics point to at least 15 lucky hits, so expect some batting average regression. That said, Rojas could improve his contact, especially since he's not prone to chasing. He has below average power with above average, but not blazing speed. Rojas' biggest allure is lineup motility as he qualifies at second base, shortstop, and outfield. He needs volume to be mixed-league worthy and should get it, likely playing all over the diamond again. There isn't an obvious pathway to a breakout, but Rojas can be an asset. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#279
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$Signed a contract with the Astros in June of 2017. Traded to the Diamondbacks in July of 2019.
Adds steal in loss
2BArizona Diamondbacks
October 1, 2022
Rojas went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in Friday's 10-4 loss to the Giants.
ANALYSIS
This was Rojas' first multi-hit effort since Sept. 11. The 28-year-old had a rough month, going 15-for-74 (.203), which cost him some playing time in combination with sloppy defense. He's been more good than bad in 2022 overall, logging a .264/.345/.376 slash line with eight home runs, 51 RBI, 64 runs scored and 21 steals in 120 games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
45
14
14
8
4
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
14
3
2
2
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .692 295 41 6 24 9 .253 .332 .360
Since 2020vs Right .729 809 101 13 73 22 .261 .340 .389
2022vs Left .639 120 14 2 11 5 .231 .322 .317
2022vs Right .748 368 50 6 40 16 .274 .352 .396
2021vs Left .775 146 22 4 13 4 .277 .352 .423
2021vs Right .744 400 47 7 31 5 .260 .338 .407
2020vs Left .498 29 5 0 0 0 .222 .276 .222
2020vs Right .391 41 4 0 2 1 .147 .244 .147
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+121%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .751 545 79 8 46 17 .274 .356 .396
Since 2020Away .688 559 63 11 51 14 .244 .320 .368
2022Home .704 246 33 2 23 11 .268 .347 .357
2022Away .739 242 31 6 28 10 .259 .343 .396
2021Home .798 276 38 6 23 6 .277 .360 .438
2021Away .707 270 31 5 21 3 .252 .322 .384
2020Home .691 23 8 0 0 0 .300 .391 .300
2020Away .313 47 1 0 2 1 .122 .191 .122
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Stat Review
How does Josh 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.55
 
BB Rate
10.9%
 
K Rate
19.7%
 
BABIP
.320
 
ISO
.113
 
AVG
.264
 
OBP
.345
 
SLG
.376
 
OPS
.722
 
wOBA
.322
 
Exit Velocity
88.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.0%
 
Barrels/PA
2.7%
 
Expected BA
.238
 
Expected SLG
.354
 
Sprint Speed
23.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
41.9%
 
Line Drive %
22.9%
 
Fly Ball %
35.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
The ability to play all over the diamond, along with expanded rosters to open the 2020 campaign, resulted in Rojas making the Opening Day roster despite poor performances at the plate in spring training and summer camp. He only appeared in one game, fanning in his only plate appearance before the Diamondbacks sent Rojas to their alternate training facility. He was recalled Sept. 1 and played in 16 of the next 19 games before lower-back inflammation mercifully ended his season. Rojas was excellent at the Double- and Triple-A levels in 2019, but that's less impressive considering he was 25 years old. While it's encouraging that Arizona wanted to see Rojas down the stretch, he failed to take advantage. He has stolen-base appeal, but not enough to occupy a mixed-league roster spot unless he has a big spring training, and even then, there is no obvious position for Rojas to play.
Rojas was part of the four-prospect haul Arizona received for sending Zack Greinke to Houston at the trade deadline. He is a jack of all trades defensively, and could add second-base eligibility in season. The power he showed at Double-A and Triple-A didn't carry over in the big leagues, but he was able to maintain a high walk rate (11.5 BB%). After sporting a 14.8 K% at Triple-A, he struggled making contact at the big-league level (26.1 K%) after getting promoted in August. While that is not unusual for a prospect seeing MLB pitching for the first time, it's worth noting that Rojas was already 25 years old. His minor-league steals totals oversell his pure speed, but he is an above-average runner and attempted six steals in 157 big-league PA. If he earns more than a bench role in his first full season with Arizona, he could steal double-digit bases with double-digit homers.
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Returns to lineup
2BArizona Diamondbacks
September 25, 2022
Rojas started at third base and went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Giants.
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Remains infielder for now
2BArizona Diamondbacks
September 24, 2022
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Rojas will remain an infielder through the end of the season, Jose M. Romero of the Arizona Republic reprots.
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Out against Rodon
2BArizona Diamondbacks
September 23, 2022
Rojas is not in Friday's lineup against the Giants.
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Sits third straight versus lefty
2BArizona Diamondbacks
September 22, 2022
Rojas isn't starting Thursday against the Dodgers.
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Defense costing playing time
2BArizona Diamondbacks
September 22, 2022
Rojas was held out of Wednesday's start because he's slipped defensively, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
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