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10/12/1982 (34 y, 4 m, 16 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 10, Pick: 6, Overall: 283, Team: Chicago Cubs
$4.8M / 1 Years (2015)
McGehee signed a one-year deal with Japan's Yomiuri Giants on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network reports. (12/3/2016)
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Year in Review:
After an underwhelming minor league tenure with the Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers picked up McGehee off waivers. After setting spring training on fire, he received a spot on the Brewers squad. Called upon to replace an ineffective Bill Hall at third base, McGehee went on to post good offensive numbers. His .301 batting average led all rookies, and his .367 wOBA was only five points lower than rookie leader Chris Coghlan of the Marlins. McGehee flashed above-average power with a .197 ISO, much higher than he had ever shown in Triple-A. His on-base skills were average, as his .360 on-base percentage was mainly on the heels of a .301 AVG and .335 BABIP. His defense at third base was poor, according to UZR (-7.0), but it's hard to make conclusions on such a small sample (66 games). Scouts seemed to like his defense entering the season.
The Year Ahead:
McGehee will be in a battle for playing time with top prospect Mat Gamel, but the latter’s defensive struggles may keep him in the minors to start the season. Regardless, the Brewers seem willing to give him more time at the plate. Based on his minor league numbers, another power surge like that of his ‘09 season shouldn't be expected. Also, while his BABIP was supported by a high line-drive percentage, McGehee probably won't break a .300 batting average for a second straight year. He will probably see a bit of a sophomore slump all the way around, but he could still put up near-average numbers at a premium position. Something in the range of .260/.325/.415, with more modest power numbers, would make sense for McGehee in 2010. (Jack Moore)
Casey McGehee looks to have secured his place as everyday third baseman for the Brewers after hitting .285/.337/.464 last season. While his below-average defense may move him to the outfield or first base when Prince Fielder is traded, it doesn’t look like the Brewers can risk handing the third-base job to prospect Mat Gamel just yet, as the latter has shown improvement in K% but only had 17 plate appearances in the Majors in 2010. McGehee posted good power numbers in his first full season given a near league-average BABIP of .306, hitting 23 HRs and 38 doubles. If McGehee can post a .350 wOBA again, he should crack the top-15 third basemen list in 2011, a position that is relatively shallow this season. Pick him up if you are in a deep or NL-only league, but make sure to keep an eye on him throughout the season if your starting third baseman, such as Pablo Sandoval and Mark Reynolds, doesn’t bounce back from a down season. He is a good backup option in case top third baseman Alex Rodriguez or Ryan Zimmerman can’t stay healthy. (Albert Lyu)
The Quick Opinion:
McGehee should have the everyday 3B spot secured unless prospect Mat Gamel rises unexpectedly. He has good power numbers and is a good option if your starting 3B doesn't bounce back from a down season or can't stay healthy.
2011 wasn’t what most expected for McGehee after a breakout season in 2010 which saw him hit .285 with 23 home runs and 104 RBI. Everything seemed to go wrong last season as his isolated slugging dipped to a paltry .123, and his wOBA slipped to just .272. Outside of the month of August, the entirety of his season was pretty much a disaster. Traded to Pittsburgh this offseason, his role with in the coming season is also up in the air. It’s hard to dismiss McGehee entirely as he’s put together two really solid seasons to go along with last year’s stinker, but it’s also hard to get the smell of 2011 out of the room. At the very least, McGehee should see an uptick in his batting average based on sheer luck, but it will require a resurgence in ISO and a regular job to make him relevant again, even in deeper leagues. An objective opinion might be to take the difference between the 2010 and 2011 McGehee and hope for that in 2012, but that’s probably still a little optimistic. A .260 batting average and 13-15 home runs seems reasonable, and his RBI will be largely dependent upon where he hits in the order. The days of his cleaning up behind Prince Fielder are unfortunately over. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
McGehee will be a flyer or a freebie on draft day, so taking a shot at a rebound season isn’t unreasonable. But expecting him to come anywhere close to the player he was in 2010 absolutely is.
Still relatively young, Casey McGehee declined quickly. He signed a one-year deal in Japan, and isn't likely to play in the U.S. this season. (
The new Giants third baseman comes to San Francisco after a decent season in Miami, hitting for a nice average and posting a high on-base percentage while providing no power whatsoever. He did manage 76 RBI for his trouble, proving once again that hitting behind two OBP machines is always good for business. The biggest concern for McGehee in 2015 remains his extremely high in-play average. The burly infielder put up numbers consistent with a much speedier player in 2014, including a .307 average on balls hit on the ground (where league average is .241). There's a chance his time in Japan helped to refine his approach, as McGehee put the ball in play more consistently and used the whole field more during his year in Miami. But his power outage predates 2014, McGehee posted very similar slugging percentages over his last three years in MLB (.346, .358, .357), when he did hit for a higher isolated slugging percentage but without the average or OBP to support it. Even those who believe a few more of his fly balls leave the park by sheer force of regression, a move to San Francisco only dashes those hopes. (Drew Fairservice)
The Quick Opinion:
After a nice season in Miami, Casey McGehee comes to San Francisco where he tries to keep his singles magic alive -- without the underlying skills to do so.
McGehee was held to two home runs last year. Is it a home run drought when a corner infielder hasn't reached double digit homers since 2011, or is it just a player to avoid? Either way, unless a new ball park was built on the moon and the team signed McGehee, he won't do enough to be fantasy relevant. (David Wiers)
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