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6/22/1979 (37 y, 9 m, 3 d)
2000 June Amateur Draft - Round: 11, Pick: 7, Overall: 317, Team: Colorado Rockies
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Hawpe was released by the Angels on Sunday, MLB.com reports. (8/4/2013)
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Year in Review:
Despite his fourth straight good year with the stick (wOBAs over .375 for four straight years), all is not well in the land of Hawpe. Perhaps his employer has noticed that Hawpe is, by UZR, the second-worst defender in all of baseball since 2007 and has cost his team more than 100 runs in those three years. That's undoing much of the good he's doing with the stick – he's “only” been worth $7.5 million since 2007 despite putting together 61.6 runs above replacement on offense. Hawpe looks like a DH out in the outfield, and perhaps an American League team can be convinced to take on the young plodder. His combination of the ability to take a walk (13.1% career) and hammer mistakes (.215 career ISO) should play pretty well even away from Coors Field (.864 OPS career away from home).
The Year Ahead:
If Hawpe doesn't hop out of town in 2010 [Ed. Note: This is the worst pun in the entire book.], he'll probably put up another year with mid-20s home runs, a good batting average, and lots of RBI. It's what he does. But if he stays in Colorado, he'll also be a part of a crowded outfield, and his weaknesses will be magnified. Suddenly he'll find himself sitting against lefties (.750 OPS versus lefties career) and being replaced for defense late in games. Staying in purple will cost him plate appearances, and since his many of his counting stats are borderline, he's the rare Rockies player that could become more attractive in new digs where he can continue to play “every down.” Owners should also be aware that Hawpe’s home-run totals are tied almost linearly to his fly-ball percentages, which are in the midst of a three-year decline. He's not a premier masher. (Eno Sarris)
Until 2010, Hawpe was one of the most consistent fantasy performers you could draft. You knew you were going to get around 25 home runs and a batting average of .285 or better. Playing for some decent Colorado clubs, Hawpe would also contribute at least 80 RBI a year. He wasn’t spectacular, but Hawpe was solid, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Hawpe lost a good deal of his power in 2010, and that toyed with his batting average, and also his home-run and RBI totals. It’s weird to think of a guy with a .300 BABIP having a hard time with balls in play, but his career BABIP is around the .340 mark. Hopefully staying in the NL West and moving to first base should help his numbers, but playing in Petco Park certainly won’t. Hawpe may get himself strong enough to hit homers on the road, but he’s going to have a hard time in San Diego. If he can manage a .275 average, Hawpe may be worth having on your bench in NL-only leagues. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Hawpe was a consistent performer for many years, but he slipped in 2010. He could be a decent bench option in NL-only leagues if he can get have a little bounceback season.
Hawpe's first season as a Padre was a disappointment. After struggling through 216 plate appearances, Hawpe was finally shut down due to injuries. As a result, his availability is in doubt at the start of the season. Between 2006 and 2009, Hawpe was one of the more consistent outfielders in baseball, but he's slipped the past two seasons. He did sign a minor league deal with the Rangers -- which is a nice offensive environment -- but he's going to have to show a lot before he gets another opportunity to be a useful fantasy player. (Chris Cwik)
The Quick Opinion:
Hawpe hasn't been himself the last couple of seasons, and is coming off Tommy John surgery entering 2012. It's unlikely he'll receive a prominent enough role to make him a useful fantasy option.
Brad Hawpe has been given a total of 32 plate appearances in the majors in the past two seasons. His 2009 season in Colorado is the last time he put up above average weighted offense in the majors. Looking back on his career, we see a disturbing rise in strikeout rates, a major drop in home run rates, and some pretty high batting averages on balls in play that may not have been sustainable. He could very well still have the potential to be a productive hitter, but his defensive inadequacy will probably limit him to mainly a pinch-hitting role, should any team add him to their roster this offseason. (Steve Staude)
The Quick Opinion:
Though Hawpe might still have some production left in him, he probably won't be given much of an opportunity to show it.
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