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5/19/1977 (39 y, 9 m, 7 d)
1998 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 14, Overall: 57, Team: Detroit Tigers
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Inge was released by the Pirates on Wednesday. (7/31/2013)
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Year in Review:
It was a tale of two seasons for Inge in 2009. In the first half, he hit .268/.360/.515 and 21 homers, but then in the second half he hit .186/.260/.281 with only six homers. Everything fell apart in that second half: his BABIP dropped from .304 in the first half to .247, his K rate rose from 28% to 32% and his BB rate fell from 10% to 6.5%. Put together, his 27 homers tied a career high, but overall, his offensive contribution was below average, with a wOBA of .314. Inge hits for good power but strikes out a ton (in 2009 his 30% strikeout rate was in the top 10) with only an average walk rate. Most strikeout/power hitters walk enough to keep their OBP reasonable in spite of the strikeouts, but Inge does not. On the other hand, he plays a solid defensive third base (his UZR of 9.4 good for fifth-best among third basemen in 2009).
The Year Ahead:
Inge’s fantasy value takes a big hit in 2010, as he did not play any catcher in 2009, and thus loses his catcher eligibility for the first time. His bat does not carry nearly as much value at the hot corner. He is going to hurt you in average, as he projects to hit a very bad .235. In stolen bases, he will probably only get around five. His poor on-base skills limit his runs, and he hits late in the lineup, which limits his RBI totals. He projects to have only 70-ish of each. He is easily in the bottom quarter of starting third basemen in terms of fantasy value. (Dave Allen)
Well, it's true: every team
need a third baseman. Inge is a decent player in "real" baseball, mostly because of his glove. In fantasy baseball, his only real virtue in the past was his power and that has precipitously declined the last few seasons. At this point, slugging .400 might be asking a bit much from Inge. If you need a warm body who can hit 15 or so home runs and you don't care about batting average (.250 would be a minor miracle for Inge), then Inge is your man. Someone will have to start him in deep leagues, and if it's you, don't pay too much. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
If you're in a league that counts defense and doesn't count batting average, Inge might just be your man.
If you thought watching Brandon Inge struggle in 2010 was frustrating, well, 2011 must have been something else. Inge was awful last season, hitting a putrid .197, thanks in part to a .256 batting average on balls in play, an inability to draw a walk, and a sky-high strikeout rate. Inge is what he is: he’ll give you some power -- he’s twice hit 27 home runs and driven in more than 80 runs. But he’ll never hit for a high average or get on base at a high rate. After losing his starting job to Wilson Betemit last season and probably Miguel Cabrera this season, Inge is in a contract year, has apparently added 17 pounds of muscle to his frame. He is trying to get back to basics: play solid defense at third base, hit some home runs and drive in runs. If he can do that again, and there’s no guarantee he can, as his power completely deserted him in 2011, Inge could be a fantasy option for you to consider late in your draft. Yet another gamble, and perhaps only an option in deep or AL-only leagues. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
The bad news: Inge is looking like the backup third baseman behind Miguel Cabrera. The even worse news: if Inge’s power has deserted him for good, he’s got little to no fantasy value. Buyer beware.
Inge's main source of value is his strong defense, which isn't going to help you win many fantasy leagues. At the plate, he's capable of popping a few home runs, but he's going to have a poor average. Inge had shoulder surgery in September, and is facing a six-month recovery period. A free-agent at press time, Inge might get another shot based on his defense, but not his bat. That should tell you all you need to know about his fantasy value. (
The Quick Opinion:
After undergoing shoulder surgery, Inge may not be ready be the start of next season. Even if he gets another shot, he shouldn't be touched in fantasy leagues.
There was a time, back when he was hitting 27 homers and using his plus defense to stick in the lineup, that Brandon Inge might have been useful in fantasy baseball, if you squinted hard enough to look past his batting average. That time is long past, especially now that Inge hit just .181/.204/.238 in his age-36 season before being cut loose by Pittsburgh in July. That line is actually just .204/.261/.321 over the last three seasons combined, so it seems likely that this is the end of the road. So long, Brandon. We'll always remember you for somehow spinning a .301 weighted on-base average into a 13-year career.
The Quick Opinion:
If you were actually thinking about adding Brandon Inge to your fantasy team, it might be time to find another hobby.
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