The Game: Baseball
2017 Pre-Season Projections
2017 600 PA / 200 IP Projections
2017 Updated In-Season Projections
Ottoneu Fantasy Baseball
Win Probability & Box Scores
2017 Projected Standings
2016 Playoff Odds
Playoff Odds Graphs
2017 Free Agent Tracker!
Minor League Leaders
Combined WAR Leaderboards
League Average Heatmaps
Team Batting Stats
Team Pitching Stats
Team WAR Totals (RoS)
Team Depth Charts
Positional Depth Charts
K% & BB%
K/9 & BB/9
TZ & TZL
Park Factors by Handedness
Help Support FanGraphs
Become a Member
Already a member?
8/5/1977 (39 y, 6 m, 18 d)
1998 June Amateur Draft - Round: 17, Pick: 3, Overall: 496, Team: Chicago Cubs
$1.1M / 1 Years (2013)
Hinske was released by the Diamondbacks on Thursday and plans to retire, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports. (7/18/2013)
The Implications Of The New Schedule For The NL DH
Eno Sarris (FanGraphs)
White Guys Hit RBIs
Bradley Woodrum (NotGraphs)
Roto Riteup: March 30th, 2012
David Wiers (RotoGraphs)
Roto Riteup: March 26th, 2012
Zach Sanders (RotoGraphs)
Be Careful Overvaluing ROY Winners
Howard Bender (RotoGraphs)
(Click Year to Expand /
Hinske did his usual corner super-sub routine, and endeared himself to yet another team. He doesn’t hit for average, but he can provide homers and RBI off the bench. Depending on which team signs him this offseason, he may run -- he stole at least 12 bases in each of his first 3 seasons, and 10 bases in 2008, on Joe Maddon’s theft-happy Rays -- but he has only stolen one base since the beginning of the 2009 campaign. He’s a bench bat, but he can be a worthwhile waiver pick-up whenever injury presses him into an emergency starting role. (On the 2010 Braves, it wasn’t injury so much as the radioactively bad performances of left fielders Melky Cabrera and Matt Diaz.) Still, he’s streaky. He had a 1.001 OPS through May 31, and a .708 OPS after. So he’s worth riding as a hot hand, and jettisoning when he goes cold. He’s a basically average defensive outfielder, and he’s generally been healthy -- he hasn’t been on the DL since 2003. His power is his one real calling card: he’s sort of a modern version of Glenallen Hill. That’s a useful type of player, as long as he isn’t starting. (Alex Remington)
The Quick Opinion:
His power is his one real calling card: he’s sort of a modern version of Glenallen Hill. That’s a useful type of player, as long as he isn’t starting.
Known by many for his Japanese-style full-back tattoo, Eric Hinske has been in the World Series three of the last five seasons. While he might be the lucky charm for his employers, Hinske hasn’t been terribly useful in anything but deeper leagues since 2009 and he will be losing third base eligibility in 2012, which is were he had any modicum of value. He will likely return to the reserve role he had in 2011 with the Atlanta Braves, playing sparingly at first base and occasionally at the two corner outfield positions to give the regulars a rest. If injury or ineffectiveness thrust him into a starting role, he could have some value on the home run front if given sufficient at-bats as he can still juice a ball now and again. But counting on anything more than the .233/.311/.403 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI we saw in 2011 is probably optimistic. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
The former Rookie of the Year is 34 and hasn’t been fantasy relevant for a while now. He’s a platoon player and pinch hitter with a little pop, but little else in terms of value.
Hinske's size and age have forced him out of platoon and backup roles -- and signing with the Diamondbacks, who have also inked Eric Chavez, should limit his ability even to see regular pinch hit opportunities. He is not fantasy relevant, and would need numerous injuries in front of him to see any type of regular playing time. (Ben Duronio)
After a 12-year major league career that began with a 2002 AL Rookie of the Year award, it looks as if Hinske is going to be hanging up his cleats for good. The 35-year old corner infielder / outfielder was released by the Diamondbacks back in mid-July of last year after posting a .173/.259/.288 slash line over 58 plate appearances and then going 1-for-18 upon being outrighted to Triple-A. As of the time of this writing, he remains an unsigned free agent and given the mediocrity of his recent part-time employment, his situation doesn't seem to be getting any better. Thanks for the memories, Eric. We'll miss you. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
Unless some team out there is crazy, desperate for a mediocre, part-time left-handed designated hitter, it would appear that Hinske's 12-year professional career has come to an end. He was released by the Diamondbacks back in July of 2013 and currently remains unsigned.
If you would like to make a projection for this player, please
Only stats on the same scale can be grouped.
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:33 AM ET
Terms of Service
All major league baseball data including pitch type, velocity, batted ball location, and play-by-play data provided by Baseball Info Solutions.
All UZR (ultimate zone rating) calculations are provided courtesy of Mitchel Lichtman.
FOX Sports Engage Network Partner
All Win Expectancy, Leverage Index, Run Expectancy, and Fans Scouting Report data licenced from TangoTiger.com
All minor league baseball data provided by Major League Baseball Advanced Media as distributed by STATS.
Play-by-play data prior to 2002 was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by Retrosheet.