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Matt Joyce
Birthdate: 8/3/1984 (32 y, 7 m, 25 d)     Bats/Throws: L/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/185     Position: OF
Drafted: 2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 12, Pick: 10, Overall: 360, Team: Detroit Tigers
Contract: $11M / 2 Years (2017 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Joyce went 1-for-3 with a two-run single in Wednesday's 5-3 Cactus League victory over the White Sox. (3/23/2017)
Profiles:  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Joyce took all of the pitches in 2016 - his 38.2% swing rate was over eight percentage points lower than league average. His walk rate spiked to 20.1% in 293 plate appearances. That's the 12th-highest walk rate since 2002 (behind five seasons of Barry Bonds and some other guys). Joyce also "only" struck out in 22.9% of plate appearances. The increased take rate was a good adaptation since he had a below-average contact rate. Joyce even posted solid numbers against same-handed pitchers - he's long been viewed as a platoon-only bat. Then again, it's all small samples. It's really too bad Joyce doesn't have a defensive home since his bat can be so interesting. Luckily, the Athletics will be able to employ him as a designated hitter with regularity, giving him some semblance of fantasy viability. (Brad Johnson)

The Quick Opinion: Joyce did something pretty special in 2016, and this is probably the only place you'll read about it. Granted, walking a lot is one of the most boring types of special.

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