Miguel Rojas

Miguel Rojas

33-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Miami Marlins
Out
Injury Wrist
Est. Return 2/1/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Rojas took a step backward in his fantasy value in 2022 as he attempted to play through a wrist injury which eventually required offseason surgery. Rojas has been a decent end game pick for his playing time, some steals, and a bit of batting average help but only the steals were present last season as the injury sapped his other offensive skills making him very tough to carry in any fantasy format. He should be healthy this season and remain a fixture in the Miami lineup in the final year of his deal as the club has said they want more high contact hitters in the lineup. That skill has been his calling card throughout his career at the plate while the defense has shone throughout, but even if it all comes together this should be a bottom of the lineup hitter and only rosterable in deeper league or single-league formats on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a two-year, $10 million contract extension with the Marlins in October of 2021.
Heads to bench
SSMiami Marlins
October 4, 2022
Rojas will sit Tuesday against Atlanta, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Rojas has been playing through a wrist injury since late July and will undergo surgery Wednesday morning. He was in the lineup Monday and went 0-for-2 with a walk in what may end up being his final appearance of the year. Joey Wendle will start at shortstop Tuesday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
16
1
1
15
15
43
5
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
11
7
6
4
5
1
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+38%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+136%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .828 328 36 7 31 6 .299 .369 .459
Since 2020vs Right .636 856 84 12 73 21 .241 .293 .343
2022vs Left .564 131 6 1 5 2 .215 .275 .289
2022vs Right .620 376 28 5 31 7 .243 .285 .334
2021vs Left .885 163 21 4 18 4 .317 .399 .486
2021vs Right .642 376 45 5 30 9 .244 .288 .354
2020vs Left 1.588 34 9 2 8 0 .548 .588 1.000
2020vs Right .674 104 11 2 12 5 .225 .337 .337
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .701 594 64 9 49 13 .259 .328 .372
Since 2020Away .674 595 56 10 55 14 .255 .298 .375
2022Home .585 264 19 3 20 4 .222 .280 .305
2022Away .627 243 15 3 16 5 .250 .285 .342
2021Home .768 273 37 4 24 8 .287 .363 .406
2021Away .658 266 29 5 24 5 .243 .279 .378
2020Home .926 57 8 2 5 1 .300 .386 .540
2020Away .862 86 12 2 15 4 .307 .395 .467
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Stat Review
How does Miguel 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
0.43
 
BB Rate
5.1%
 
K Rate
12.0%
 
BABIP
.258
 
ISO
.087
 
AVG
.236
 
OBP
.283
 
SLG
.323
 
OPS
.605
 
wOBA
.270
 
Exit Velocity
86.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
20.8%
 
Barrels/PA
1.6%
 
Expected BA
.264
 
Expected SLG
.347
 
Sprint Speed
22.3 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
47.0%
 
Line Drive %
20.8%
 
Fly Ball %
32.2%
 
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Rojas might be the most boring shortstop on the board. He will hit some home runs (nine last season) and steal some bases (a career-high 13 last year) with an OK batting average (.265). Maybe the stolen bases are a plus. The totality of his skill set makes him a fine plug-in for the middle infield spot in a deeper format. One issue is that he fractured his finger in late May and never had it corrected during or after the season. He struggled upon his return (.171/.190/.268 over 41 plate appearances in June) although Rojas was mostly his normal self from July 1 on (.272/.318/.387). While he was leading off, he was only playing four games a week to end the season. Full-time plate appearances might not be in store for Rojas.
A positive COVID test sidelined Rojas three games into the 2020 season. He returned Aug. 21 and was the Marlins' most productive hitter from there, helping lead the team to a surprise postseason berth. After never clearing a .100 ISO in any of his first six MLB seasons, Rojas exploded for 15 extra-base hits in his 143 PA, resulting in a .192 ISO. Rojas also upped his walk rate to a career-high 11.2% in his age-31 season after topping out at 8.8% previously. He managed five steals in six attempts despite bottom-40th percentile sprint speed. Nobody is expecting him to keep up a similar pace, but Rojas seems to have emerged as a leader in Miami and his playing time looks secure at shortstop, at least to begin 2021. The bat-to-ball skills are bankable (career 12.4 K%). The problem is the middling power and speed, which leaves Rojas on the periphery in most leagues despite his considerable baseball talent.
Rojas signed a three-year extension just before the end of the season, which seemed odd on the surface given Rojas was turning 31 in the offseason. The extension was a show of appreciation for the work he has done the past two seasons, particularly on defensive where he has graded out extremely well for his age. At the plate, he had his best season of full-time duty in average, OBP, runs and steals last year although his home-run total was cut in half in a year where many saw theirs rise. Rojas is going to play most of the time, but you'd like to see more production from a player who is receiving 500-plus plate appearances. The next time he scores 55 runs or drives in 55 runs will be the first time he does it, and that's really tough to carry in anything other than an NL-only league. Your hope is that he lucks himself into a .300 average and runs a little more, otherwise there is little here to use.
Rojas went 3-for-5 with two home runs in a game May 20 at Atlanta. It gave him seven homers on the young season and a .264/.322/.429 slash line through his first 181 plate appearances. Understand Rojas had had just four career home runs over his first four seasons in nearly 800 plate appearances. There was some thought that perhaps Rojas had found another level to his game. (Narrator: he had not). Rojas hit .246/.284/.305 after that May 20 game over his final 347 plate appearances. Rojas remains an excellent glove man with strong bat-to-ball skills, but that double-digit home-run total is not happening again. He is a bottom-of-the-lineup hitter and only brings some value when he can hit homers. He does not run much and hits for a poor average despite his contact skills. Positional flexibility is his most redeeming quality.
Rojas began 2017 as the Marlins' utility infielder, but injuries to Adeiny Hechavarria and Martin Prado, then the trade of Hechavarria, paved the way for Rojas to set a career high with 306 trips to the dish. It would have been considerably more had he not sprained his thumb while swinging the bat in early May, resulting in an extended DL stint, as he was sidelined until the week after the All-Star break. His .290/.361/.375 translated to a 96 wRC+, just a point below average. However, in fantasy terms, it was empty, as he hit just one homer and chipped in two steals. He'll enter camp in a battle with J.T. Riddle for the primary shortstop role. Considering the run-scoring context on the Marlins will be poor, Rojas is a one-category contributor, even if he wins the job. He'll have marginal value in NL-only leagues, mostly because he should pick up eligibility at other infield positions.
In his third season in the majors, Rojas appeared in 100 games for the first time in his career in 2016. Rojas was mainly used as a late-game defensive substitute last year, appearing in 123 games but only starting 44 of those and only registering 214 plate appearances. However, his versatility makes him a valuable utility man for the Marlins, something manager Don Mattingly has embraced, playing Rojas in more than 15 games at first base, second base, third base, and shortstop last season. In 2016, Rojas slashed .247/.288/.325, outperforming his main competition at shortstop, Adeiny Hechavarria, who only produced a .236/.283/.311 line himself. He has started 26 games at shortstop in each of his last two seasons in Miami, and with trade rumors swirling around Hechavarria, there have been talks about Rojas assuming a larger role in the Marlins' 2017 infield, but he's unlikely to be more than a glove-first utility player.
Rojas began the year with Triple-A New Orleans, but spent significant time in the big leagues due to various injuries around the Marlins' infield. After a dismal start, Rojas hit a huge hot streak at the end of the year to bring his batting average up to a respectable .282. He's still considered a glove-first infielder and his power numbers aren't there, but the 26-year-old does possess the ability to play all over the infield and even appeared once in left field. A strong spring at the plate could warrant a spot on the Marlins' 25-man roster as a utility player for Rojas, though his starting opportunities could be limited when the infield is healthy.
Rojas appeared in 85 games for the Dodgers in 2014, collecting most of those innings as a defensive replacement at shortstop when Hanley Ramirez was limited by various ailments. He held his own at hitter-friendly Albuquerque, putting a .302/.353/.434 line together over 173 plate appearances. Keep in mind, however, that the .434 Triple-A slugging percentage was Rojas' best mark since his 2009 stop in the Midwest League at Low-A Dayton (.339 SLG). When he's on a big league roster, Rojas will be used off the bench as a defensive replacement. He'll compete for a utility role with the Marlins after he was traded from the Dodgers in the offseason. Don't be surprised if he begins the year back at Triple-A while serving as organizational depth.
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Starting Monday
SSMiami Marlins
October 3, 2022
Rojas is starting Monday against Atlanta, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
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Set to undergo wrist surgery
SSMiami Marlins
October 3, 2022
Rojas is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right wrist Wednesday, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Back to bench Sunday
SSMiami Marlins
October 2, 2022
Rojas is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Brewers, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports.
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Still out of lineup
SSMiami Marlins
September 29, 2022
Rojas isn't starting Thursday against the Brewers.
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Takes seat Wednesday
SSMiami Marlins
September 28, 2022
Rojas isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Mets.
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