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7/25/1981 (35 y, 7 m, 1 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 6, Pick: 11, Overall: 168, Team: Cleveland Indians
$0.5M / 1 Years (2014)
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Year in Review:
The third baseman hit 59 homers over the past three seasons despite playing in San Diego, where home runs go to die, so he has some pop. Kouzmanoff also drove in 80+ runs in each of the past two seasons while hitting in a pretty lousy lineup. However, he’s not going to score many runs because he doesn’t get on base much and he’s slow-footed. He’s not a star and never will be, but he’s a solid, cheap player who would be more respected if he played in other ballparks than in San Diego and now Oakland.
The Year Ahead:
Now 28, Kouzmanoff is not likely to improve much, although the move from San Diego to Oakland could have a positive impact on his offensive numbers. His value, though, is always going to be hurt by his incredibly low walk rates (4.7% in ‘09), which resulted in a .302 on-base percentage last year. If he can reverse his trend of low BABIPs (.285 in ‘09), he could see an improvement in his batting average. If you own Oakland pitchers on your fantasy squad, Kouzmanoff will likely have a bigger impact there than if you actually have him in your lineup; his glove should help turn a good number of extra ground balls into outs, as he is a very good infielder. (R.J. Anderson and Marc Hulet)
Kevin Kouzmanoff gets oddly little recognition in baseball for his actual talents, having been an above-average player in each of the past four seasons. That he accomplished that in San Diego and Oakland probably has a lot to do with the lack of notoriety. Normally, that is fantastic from a fantasy perspective because it usually leads to the player being less known and therefore undervalued. In Kouzmanoff’s case, however, it matters little because his skill is with the leather not the bat. Kouzmanoff does offer a little bit of power, but he has trouble maintaining a serviceable batting average due to his contact issues. Furthermore, the A’s expressed some interest in Adrian Beltre this winter and while he signed elsewhere, it does show a willingness on their part to move on from Kouzmanoff so you might want to keep that in mind when considering his playing time in 2011. (Matthew Carruth)
The Quick Opinion:
If Kevin Kouzmanoff ever landed in a hitter-friendly park, he could be a star. Or at least, more appreciated.
It's been a slow and steady decline from Kouzmanoff, who has seen his batting average, homerun total, and wOBA decline every year since peaking at .275, 23, and .339 with the Padres in 2007, respectively. He bottomed out with a .235 average, seven homers, and a .288 wOBA for the Athletics and Rockies in 2011, spending some time in Triple-A as well. The decline power and production has to do with an increased propensity to hit the ball on the ground in recent years, as his grounder rate has risen from the low-40% range to north of 50%. Add in some unfavorable park effects out in Oakland, and you have a recipe for declining output. Kouzmanoff refuses to walk (4.6% walk rate), so he isn't any help in OBP leagues. Without any power, the now 30-year-old hacker is a fantasy afterthought, midseason waiver wire fodder more than anything else. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
An stint in Oakland's ballpark and an increasing ground-ball rate are the main causes of Kouzmanoff's decline, which renders him close to useless in fantasy. He won't help in OBP leagues and is only worth a roster spot when he's hitting the ball out of the park.
Kouzmanoff lit it up as a sub for Adrian Beltre for two weeks on the Rangers in 2014. It was his first action in the majors since 2011 and unfortunately could be his last as back issues could force the 33-year-old into retirement. (Scott Spratt)
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Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 3:34 AM ET
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