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Hunter Pence
Birthdate: 4/13/1983 (33 y, 11 m, 13 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-4/210     Position: OF
Drafted: 2004 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 23, Overall: 64, Team: Houston Astros
Contract: $90M / 5 Years (2014 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Pence has struggled at the plate this spring (2-for-20), but he stole his first base during exhibition play in Saturday's split-squad loss to the Diamondbacks. (3/12/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Pence has been a model of consistency throughout his 10-year career, topping 640 plate appearances and 20 homers in consecutive seasons from 2008-2014 with a .280 average during that span. He probably would have done the same thing in 2015-2016 too if not for a broken forearm and a hamstring injury that forced him to miss time. While the injuries are concerning (the forearm seemed somewhat fluky but hamstring injuries can linger), Pence isn’t getting any younger, and he appears to have a clean bill of health as we enter 2017. While he could present a profit if discounted because of his injuries from the past two seasons, there is one note of caution. Over the past two years, Pence has made about 5% less contact than he had in prior seasons (which may help explain his light rise in strikeouts). Expect Pence to do something similar to what he has done in the past. He should be healthy, top 650 plate appearances, a .275 AVG, 20 home runs, and 80 runs and RBI. For those playing in Ottoneu leagues, group Pence in with the tier of Adam Eaton, Kole Calhoun, and Stephen Piscotty. Outfielders whose per-game or plate-appearance numbers are good but unspectacular, but they accrue enough plate appearances to be vaulted into a higher tier. (Joe Douglas)

The Quick Opinion: After seven straight seasons of notching over 640 plate appearances, Pence was injured again in 2016. While he appears to be healthy going into 2017, he is now 34 years old, and one could wonder when age will catch up with him. However, he remains a consistent source of production, likely to put up a 275 average, 20 homers, 80 runs, and 80 RBI over a full season.

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