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4/3/1981 (35 y, 10 m, 21 d)
1999 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 8, Overall: 59, Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
$7M / 2 Years (2013 - 2014)
Doumit has elected free agency. (11/6/2014)
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Year in Review:
Doumit continued a career-long trend of spending more time on the trainer's table than behind home plate. The switch-hitting backstop stayed relatively healthy in 2008, slugging more than .500 and earning a three-year contract with a club option for the 2012-2013 seasons. Sadly, he suffered a severe wrist injury in April. The bum wrist required surgery, sidelining him until July. Overall, Doumit posted a .306 wOBA. He retained his power stroke with a .164 ISO, but his plate discipline was poor. He hacked at 33% of pitches thrown outside of the strike zone, well above the 25% MLB average. Perhaps noting Doumit's expanded zone, opposing pitchers rarely tossed him a fastball and placed many pitches off the plate. He saw the fourth-lowest percentage of heaters among batters with 300+ PAs, while getting a pitch within the zone just 46% of the time (49% MLB average).
The Year Ahead:
One of the most frustrating fantasy options around, Doumit presents a Catch-22 for owners. On one hand, he has the offensive might to be an asset at a spot where quality hitters are scarce. Yet, his lack of durability is exacerbated by his playing the most physically demanding position on the field. If you're looking for a silver lining, Doumit didn't have many bounces go his way. His BABIP was .271, compared to his .307 career mark. Even with a lower line-drive rate, that figure should climb somewhat in 2010. His weak 2009 season does present an opportunity to buy low on a guy who could be a quality hitter for his position. Wrist injuries sap bat control, which could explain his struggles. But therein lies the problem with Doumit: who's to say some other injury won't ruin his 2010 season? (David Golebiewski)
After a wrist injury and a sub-.270 BABIP conspired to make Doumit a non-entity in fantasy leagues in 2009, he improved at the plate in 2010 while logging more than 450 plate appearances for just the second time in his injury-riddled career. The switch-hitter raised his walk rate from 6.6% in '09 to 9.0%, and his BABIP bounced back to .290. Doumit did a nice job of getting ahead in the count, as opposing pitchers managed to throw him a first-pitch strike just 51.5% of the time (58.8% MLB average). Overall, he slashed .251/.331/.406, plenty useful considering the aggregate line for MLB catchers was .249/.319/.381. Unfortunately for Doumit, his destructive work behind the plate (he cost his club 15 runs compared to an average backstop just with his arm), another injury (a concussion suffered on a back swing) and a salary dump by the Diamondbacks led the Pirates to acquire Chris Snyder on deadline day. Now, Doumit is a backup backstop, right fielder and first baseman who might not see much time at the latter two positions due to the additions of Matt Diaz and Lyle Overbay. (David Golebiewski)
The Quick Opinion:
Doumit needs a new address to get back on the fantasy peripherary. Even if he is traded (a good possibility, given his $5 million-plus salary), he might not not find an everyday gig -- his defense and durability are concerns at catcher, and he's nothing special offensively in the outfield or at first base.
When healthy, Doumit is a good option as a source of power from the catcher position. If he his able to play in 120 or so games, he could put up double-digit home runs and have the runs and RBI to go with them. His career average of .271 is not horrible. The problem with Doumit is staying on the field. Since the beginning of 2006, he has been on the disabled list eight times for a total of 331 games. He has played in over 100 games only twice during that time frame (2008 and 2010). The problem with missing so much time is that it becomes hard to get a good read on his talent level and how/if it is being effected by his injuries. The second key for his 2012 fantasy value, besides being healthy, is his role in Minnesota. Will he split time at catcher with Joe Mauer? Will he play in the outfield as he has in the past? Where will he hit in the anemic Minnesota lineup? These are question that have not been addressed yet. No matter what, deep benches like those in ottoneu could use extra plate appearances from Doumit's bat. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Doumit can hit the ball with a decent amount power for a catcher. Questions remain around his playing time because of past injuries and his role with the Twins.
Ryan Doumit's 2012 was basically a mirror-image of his career marks: Doumit was four points off his career marks in wRC+ and wOBA. His career triple-slash is .272/.331/.446; in 2012 it was .275/.320/.461. Essentially, Doumit sacrificed a little on base percentage for power, but all in all, he was pretty much what the Twins should have expected. His defense is still much maligned -- and fairly so -- and national types still aren't sure why exactly the Twins want or need him, but he's pretty solid for what the Twins need: a catcher/corner backup type whose bat will play at any of those positions relatively well. So happy were the Twins with Doumit's production that they signed the beady-eyed redbeard to a two-year, $7 million extension that'll keep him in Twinstripes through 2015. On the fantasy side, Doumit hits pretty well for a catcher, and should see plenty of time in other places after the trades of Denard Span and Ben Revere. Draft him as a catcher, and bask in his versatility when he gets outfield and maybe even first base eligibility. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Any player with catcher eligibility is useful in fantasy baseball. And that's what Ryan Doumit is: any player. Exactly who he's been all along.
Doumit's season looks unimpressive at a glance, but it looks even less so when removing his hot September stretch long after Twins games held any intrigue whatsoever. Doumit hit .296/.359/.493 in September, but hit just .239/.307/.379 the rest of the season. If that wasn't enough, he last caught on Aug. 29, leading some -- this writer included -- to opine that he may be finished catching altogether after suffering a number of concussions in recent seasons. It matters very little; Doumit isn't a good defensive catcher, and might even be worse elsewhere. His bat at its best just doesn't play up enough for him to be an asset anywhere really, but that's just in terms of real-life utility. Fantasy-wise, he's far more intriguing with catcher eligibility than without. But who wouldn't that apply to? (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Doumit is a middling bat with no glove and no set position now that he's been traded to Atlanta. In the National League, he could still easily accrue 300-plus plate appearances between pinch hitting and spelling Evan Gattis behind the plate, but there's not much value here.
Ryan Doumit was extremely bad last season and is still currently a free agent. It is difficult to imagine a scenario where Doumit is productive in any fantasy league this year. (Ben Duronio)
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Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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