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10/4/1982 (34 y, 5 m, 26 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 2, Overall: 39, Team: Milwaukee Brewers
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
Gwynn was reassigned to the Nationals' minor league camp Wednesday, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports. (4/1/2015)
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Year in Review:
Acquired in a questionable mid-season deal that involved Jody Gerut, Junior returned to the place where his father was (and is) lionized. He actually played quite well while logging most of his time in centerfield. He showed strong defense (6.4 UZR in CF) while maintaining a slightly below-average bat. He’s not his father, but nobody is, and if the Padres or anyone else expect him to flash a similar skill set then they’re in for disappointment. Where the elder Gwynn consistently had above-average batting averages, Gwynn Jr. batted a little under .270 despite a .317 batting average on balls in play.
The Year Ahead:
Gwynn doesn’t hit for much power or steal a ton of bases or drive in runs, and his best skill might be his ability to draw walks. He also has solid defensive chops, which makes him absolutely worthless in most fantasy leagues. If you’re stuck in a deep National League-only league and absolutely must consider him, then Gwynn’s expected line should be something like: .260-.270, one handful of home runs at the absolute most, and a dozen steals. There’s a chance that his playing time will be cut next year since the Padres have some other outfield options with higher upside. If nothing else, Gwynn Jr. may have sold a few jerseys as novelty wear. (R.J. Anderson)
When is a .204 hitter with no power worth targeting on draft day? When that hitter is moving out of Petco Park, can run like the wind, and is now the fourth outfielder on a team full of guys who play defense like every day is the NBA All-Star Game. Gwynn likely won’t open the year as a starter, but it’s unlikely that Don Mattingly will be able to pencil Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and either Jay Gibbons or Marcus Thames into the same outfield without impaling himself on a spoon. Gwynn’s ability to actually run down balls in the outfield should get him in the line-up enough to steal 20+ bases, and he’s a better hitter than he showed in San Diego. He won’t play every day, but drafting Gwynn may be one of the cheapest ways to get a leg up in the SB category. (Dave Cameron)
The Quick Opinion:
A one category player, but it's an important category and his struggles in 2010 should make him cheap enough to be a real bargain.
Without much in the way of power (career 0.77 isolated slugging), Gwynn needs to earn his roster spot by way of his speed and ability to get on base. Unfortunately, he failed to prove himself in his first year with the Dodgers as he nearly halved his walk rate to a feeble 6.8% and increased his strikeout rate to 17.3% which resulted in an unacceptable .308 OBP. He did steal 22 bases, but with his natural speed, he should be producing more than just your average plug-and-play waiver pick-up. He avoided arbitration during the offseason by signing a two-year deal worth $2M and seems likely to play the role of the fourth outfielder. His range in the outfield and strong defensive abilities should get him plenty of spot starts and late-inning defensive work, but without a full-time gig, his fantasy upside in 2012 is minimal. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
Gwynn will be the Dodgers fourth outfielder in 2012. Defensively he’s solid, but his only real asset on the offensive front is his speed. Without a full-time job, the upside is minimal, but as a pinch-runner and late-inning defensive replacement he could post a decent value in roto leagues.
Tony Gwynn is a fantastic defensive outfielder, but when given a chance to start every day after Matt Kemp's injury, he hit so poorly that he was DFA'd despite being in the first year of a two-year deal. Now 30 and with a long track record of offensive ineptitude, Gwynn has little relevance. (
Tony Gwynn is capable of better than the .152/.264/.190 slash line he posted in 2014 with Philadelphia. Not better to the point that he’ll suddenly become a candidate to start somewhere, of course, especially not at his age (32). At times he’s flirted with a better-than-league-average walk rate, but he’s also been well below it, so his bat offers no power and little reliability. His glove and, less so, his speed have been enough to net him jobs as a fifth outfielder, but if his defense declines any further, then he’ll have trouble sticking around. Even if Gwynn experienced some kind of rejuvenation, the rewards would basically be playing-time-related volume. He’s not a fantasy commodity. (Nicholas Minnix)
The Quick Opinion:
Gwynn has an above-average ability to draw a walk but doesn’t always use it and has a below-average hit tool, and he’s on the wrong side of 30. Even if he found playing time, stolen bases are unlikely to be part of the equation, making him fantasy irrelevant.
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