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2/26/1975 (41 y, 11 m, 30 d)
1996 June Amateur Draft - Round: 7, Pick: 27, Overall: 212, Team: Atlanta Braves
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DeRosa has decided to retire rather than play another season, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. (11/12/2013)
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Year in Review:
After two productive seasons in Chicago, DeRosa found neither Cleveland nor St. Louis to be quite as hospitable last year. With 23 homers, he established a new career high; however, his wOBA of .327 was 49 points lower than 2008 and his lowest mark since 2004. DeRosa was close to matching his 2007 production while with the Indians, but saw his numbers drop off considerably once traded to the Cardinals, where he was slowed by an injured wrist. In 262 plate appearances back in the National League, DeRosa posted a .228/.291/.405 line. After back-to-back seasons of double-digit walk rate, DeRosa fell to an 8.4% mark last year. While with the Cardinals, he had 7.1% BB rate, which combined with his 24.5% K rate gave him a 0.31 BB/K, less than half of what it was in 2008 and the worst mark of his career.
The Year Ahead:
DeRosa’s late-season slump came on the heels of free agency, yet he signed a lucrative deal with San Francisco to serve as the club’s starting left fielder. One thing DeRosa does have in his corner is that last year, while he slumped in St. Louis, his BABIP was .260, while his lifetime mark is .315. DeRosa’s line-drive rate with the Cardinals was 15.6%. He has a career LD rate of 20.8% and had topped 20% in six consecutive seasons prior to 2009. While DeRosa’s Contact% was a career-low 77.9% (75.8% with STL), he enjoyed his finest home-run season due to a 14.5 percent HR/FB ratio, the second-highest of his career. A healthy DeRosa should be able to add 20 points to his average, and he has those consecutive 20+ homer seasons. He remains a player who can contribute in multiple categories. (Brian Joura)
DeRosa is one of those rare players who jumps onto the fantasy scene after his peak years have passed him by, thus limiting the time in which he can be fantasy relevant. DeRosa was already 31 when the Rangers gave him his first season with more than 350 plate appearances, and DeRosa made the best of them and translated his performance into an everyday gig. One of the reasons he has sustained a job in the league is his ability to man a multitude of positions on the diamond, as he’s played at least 20 games at every position except for center field, pitcher and catcher. DeRosa’s offensive production slipped in 2009, and injuries limited him to 100 unimpressive plate appearances last season. The Giants have a crowded outfield, but it looks like they plan to give a healthy DeRosa first shot at the left-field gig. If the injuries have passed him by and his power returns at a level closer to his career rate, DeRosa might be worth a speculative grab in the last couple rounds of your draft. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
DeRosa didn't have a great 2009, and he missed a vast majority of 2010 with injuries. If he's healthy and his power has returned, he may be worth a speculative grab in the last round or two.
DeRosa had two lost seasons with the Giants due to a recurring injury to the tendons in his left wrist. In 57 plate appearances in the final two months of 2011, DeRosa posted a wOBA of .372. He’s still unsigned for 2012. (Wendy Thurm)
Mark DeRosa’s final act didn’t play out the way any of us would have hoped; after losing most of two seasons with a wrist problem, he lost most of 2012 with an oblique. Two of his three seasons have been marred by bad luck as well as injury, giving him some ugly stat lines, but it’s hard to say what DeRosa could do at this point, let alone how much of a chance he’ll have to do it. Even in the best-case scenario, he spends his time filling in as a utility infielder and reading speeches in locker rooms. Let’s hope he has one more speech in him. (Patrick Dubuque)
If you see Mark DeRosa on TV in 2014, it will almost certainly be as an analyst for MLB Network. Unless you participate in a baseball analyst league, he won't have any value for you. If you do participate in a baseball analyst league, please let me join. I'll take Pedro Martinez. (David Temple)
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