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8/23/1973 (43 y, 7 m, 5 d)
1996 June Amateur Draft - Round: 7, Pick: 4, Overall: 189, Team: Toronto Blue Jays
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Blake went 2-for-5 with a double and a homer against the Cubs' Triple-A team on Tuesday. (3/21/2012)
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Year in Review:
In his first full season as a member of the Dodgers, Blake had himself a solid year in a powerful Dodgers lineup. He hit .280/.363/.468 with 18 homers. Because of the talent around him, Blake scored 84 runs and drove in 79. Blake’s FB% dropped 5% from the previous year, but his HR/FB rate remained high, coming in at 13.5% with his ISO staying the same at .188. Blake continued his career-long abuse of southpaws, but he doesn’t exactly struggle at the plate against righties, either. He hit .320 with a 1.005 OPS against lefties, and .270 with a .783 OPS against righties. Blake struggled with a right thigh injury in September, missing 15 games, but he did not land on the DL.
The Year Ahead:
With the Dodgers gearing up for another title run with a young and talented offense, Blake’s opportunities to drive in and score runs should remain constant, if not improve. He is often overlooked in the lineup, allowing him to take advantage of added opportunities. He could slip on draft day, as a result. He may not give you too many homers or any steals, but his RBI and runs are great for someone who should be drafted in the later rounds, and often goes undrafted in standard leagues. His batting average may dip, due to his BABIP being 11 points higher than expected, but his line-drive stroke allows him to continue to gets hits at a high rate. If he can work on keeping the balls off the ground, he may be even better than he was in 2009. (Zach Sanders)
Casey Blake has quietly been a pretty underrated performer throughout his career. While you wouldn’t think of Blake as any kind of star, he’s been consistently useful since 2003, offering some power and versatility to whatever team he was on at the time. However, it looks like the end is near for Blake, who turned 37 last summer. His power declined while his strikeout rates jumped significantly – a combination that is never a good sign. He failed to steal a base for the first time in eight years, though he was thrown out trying four times – also never a great omen. While his numbers didn’t crater, they’re all pointing in the wrong direction, and given his age, we should expect some fairly rapid decline in the days ahead. Blake has had a nifty little career despite not really breaking out until age 29, but it looks like his run is coming to an end. Draft accordingly. (Dave Cameron)
The Quick Opinion:
There's a real chance for total collapse here - buyer beware. At least have a really good back-up plan if you're going to put Blake on your team.
Blake is coming off what is easily his least productive season in his long career with a wOBA of .314, as he hit just .252 with only four home runs over 239 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Dodgers. His isolated slugging percentage was terrible .119 (career .178) and his typical ability to drive fastballs quickly evaporated as he was a negative against the pitch by linear weights pitch-type values -- the first time in his career as a regular. But even at 38, Blake could find new life as a member of the Colorado Rockies as he’s still demonstrated an ability to hit lefties, and it’s looking increasingly likely that he will get consistent at-bats. Again, that sort of thing is always good news when you play at Coors Field. If he stays healthy, Blake could be a dirt cheap option for above average production at third. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
The promise of Coors makes Blake interesting, and even at 38 years old, Blake could very well post some numbers to help your fantasy squad. Don’t hang your hat on him, but in deeper leagues, don’t totally fall asleep on him.
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Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 3:35 AM ET
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