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2/3/1980 (37 y, 1 m, 25 d)
2001 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 28, Overall: 164, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
$3M / 2 Years (2012 - 2013)
$5M / 2 Years (2014 - 2015) + 1 Option Years
Schumaker has decided to retire from baseball. (3/9/2016)
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Year in Review:
In his first season as a second baseman, Schumaker proved a change in position had no affect on his skills at the plate. Hitting in the powerful Cardinals offense, Schumaker posted a .303/.364/.393 line. More importantly, he scored 85 runs, but stole only two bases. The former outfielder struggled defensively at his new position all season long, and worrying about just fielding a grounder may have affected his offensive skills, even though the numbers do not suggest it. Off the bat, Schumaker hit 21.6% line drives and 61% ground balls, numbers that should surprise anyone due to Skip’s 5’10”, 175 lb frame.
The Year Ahead:
Even after his defensive struggles, Tony La Russa stuck with Schumaker at second base, and seems to be fine with him starting there again in 2010. The problem with him is that he doesn’t help your team in any counting stats other than runs. For someone with so much speed to burn, it’s disappointing he doesn’t attempt to steal more bases. Schumaker has struggled against southpaws, hitting .220/.278/.240 against them in 2009. If you draft him as a starter, make sure you have a back-up plan ready to go when Skip faces a lefty. If you do that, Schumaker’s value is much higher. He’s worthy of a starting spot in an NL-only league, but stay away if you play in a standard mixed league. (Zach Sanders)
For as much as Tony La Russa hates Colby Rasmus, he inexplicably loves Skip Schumaker. The foundation of Schumaker's success at the plate, his BABIP, crumbled in 2010. After three straight seasons with BABIPs of .328 or better, Schumaker's BABIP fell to .294. Although his walk and strikeout rates saved him from becoming a total zero at the plate (.328 OBP), his fantasy numbers suffered. His batting average fell to .265 and his run total fell below 80 for the first time in three seasons. As Schumaker provides no power at all and a surprisingly low stolen-base total for a quick player, his fantasy value was completely tanked. For 2011, Schumaker still appears entrenched as the Cardinals starting second baseman. Although Schumaker can be an effective Major League hitter, his two best assets -- low strikeout rates and high walk rates -- don't typically translate to a ton of fantasy value. Look for a moderate uptick in BABIP from Schumaker, but not enough to make him a good fantasy play. His only real asset is runs scored, and possibly batting average if his BABIP makes a full recovery to 2008 levels. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Schumaker has the ability to be a decent Major League hitter, but even when he's at his most effective, he won't put up relevant fantasy numbers.
Schumaker has played himself into a platoon role in St. Louis, but he is well worth playing against right-handed pitching, owning a .359 OBP and .405 SLG in nearly 2000 career plate appearances in the split. With Allen Craig out for around the first month of the season, Schumaker should have a spot either in the Cardinals' outfield or, more likely, at second base, and he should be counted on to continue his solid production against righties. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Schumaker has value against right-handed pitching, and he could have a chance to start at second base for the Cardinals on Opening Day.
Skip Schumaker likely slots into a super-utility role with the Dodgers, which is a solid for the Dodgers' depth, but not really helpful from a fantasy standpoint. His usefulness in fantasy -- especially at age 33 -- should be next to nothing. (
In theory, a lefty swinger who can play both second base and all three outfield spots is a pretty intriguing piece to have. In practice, Skip Schumaker is a below-average hitter without speed or power who is barely playable at second and is mediocre at best in the outfield. His offensive numbers for the last four seasons have been very consistent -- always between zero and five steals and homers, always a batting average between .265-.285 -- and it's unlikely to expect improvement at 34. There might be a reason for Cincinnati to want him on the bench, but there's just no fantasy utility here.
The Quick Opinion:
Schumaker doesn't hit homers, steal bases, or hit for a high average, and his defense certainly isn't keeping him on the field. Unless your league has a spot for "position players who can pitch," he's not worth fantasy consideration.
If you thought Skip Schumaker had the lowest wins above replacement total in baseball over the last couple years like I just did before writing this blurb, you wouldn't be far off. Skip has actually been a decent hitter for most of his career -- it's the defense and baserunning that have killed him -- but even the offense fell off a cliff last year. He struck out more than ever, walked as little as ever, and stopped spraying line drives all over the place like he used to. His versatility and track record likely land him a spot on the Reds opening day roster, but at 35 years old, it's hard to imagine too rosy a comeback. There's a chance Schumaker ends up contributing something down the line if someone goes down, but he shouldn't be on your radar until it happens. (
The Quick Opinion:
Skip Schumaker might be a better fantasy option than a real life option, which says a lot about Skip Schumaker. He was one of the worst players in baseball last year, and while it's unlikely he's that bad again, he's got very little upside as a 35-year-old bench guy.
He's still playing? Yes, yes he is, or at least he was. I forgive you if you forgot as well. You see, Schumaker was not blessed with either power or speed. Typically in fantasy baseball, you want one, the other, or a little (ideally a lot) of both. And since he has yet to sign with a major league club, he may never again have a chance to fail to deliver in those categories. (
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Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:36 AM ET
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