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3/11/1980 (37 y, 12 d)
2005 Rule 5 Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 8, Overall: 8, Team: Florida Marlins
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
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Year in Review:
Uggla's doubles totals the past three seasons: 49, 37, and 27. He has been good for 31-32 homers, and '09 was no exception. Uggla is still a whiff-machine, but increased his contact rate from 70.7% in 2008 to 75.3% in '09. While he got more wood on the ball, it didn't do him a whole lot of good. His BABIP dipped down to a career-low .277, which explains his .243 batting average. Uggla also took a more disciplined approach in 2009, as you can see by the increase in his walk rate. His plate discipline numbers bear out a better approach: Uggla laid off of more pitches out of the zone – 18.7%, compare to career average of 20.7% – and actually swung at fewer pitches in general – 40.3%. His career average was 43.5%.
The Year Ahead:
The former Rule 5 pick has been remarkably consistent and should continue to be a valuable player at the second base position for at least a few more seasons. The downside is that he is going to soon hit the not-so-magical 30-year milestone this season, and his defense was lousy last year. His UZR was -10, and the Fans Scouting Report had him rated near the bottom of the league. Uggla won $5.35 million in arbitration and should be due for a bump in salary yet again, and we know Loria will have none of that. At the time of this writing he's been shopped around, with the Giants believed to be the only serious suitors. The Marlins are basically shopping just one year of value on Uggla's contract, and there are similar options available on the market at the moment. Oh, and there's the dicey issue that Uggla doesn't want to be moved off of second base. (Erik Manning)
Uggla has moved from Miami to Atlanta, and it has the potential to benefit his power numbers. Sun Life Stadium hinders home runs, thanks in part to the Teal Monster in left. Since Uggla pulls the majority of the balls he puts in play, he could sneak a few more over the wall. The only drawback is that the left-center alley at Turner is a bit deeper. That should help ensure that Uggla produces another 30-plus home run season. It's unlikely that he hits .287 again, since the only other time he's cracked .260 was in his rookie season. But he should be good for 100 runs or RBI, depending on where he hits in the Braves lineup, and will probably have at least 90 of each. (Joe Pawlikowski)
The Quick Opinion:
A new stadium could help Uggla's power numbers, and as a middle-of-the-order hitter he should produce 90-plus RBI and runs. His batting average, though, will probably dip back into the .250 range.
Despite starting slow, Uggla would eventually post some pretty Uggla-like numbers, smacking 30 homers for the fifth consecutive season. Apart from a drop in walk rate, his 2011 campaign looked a lot like his 2009 campaign. Now with six seasons under his belt, it appears that the .287 average that he posted in 2010 is an aberration, as it is the only season in which he has hit better than .260. Still, he has been an above-average offensive performer throughout his career, and if he continues his recent pattern of posting wRC+’s at least 20 percent better than league average in even-numbered years, 2012 could be another great year from him. But while he is still productive enough to be a top tier second baseman, it is such a deep position that you don’t have to jump on Uggla early. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
What you see is what you get with Uggla -- great power for a middle infielder packaged with a subpar batting average. If you nab him, make sure you can make up for the average elsewhere.
Dan Uggla's first two years in Atlanta have not gone nearly as well as he nor the team had hoped, but he still remains a decent fantasy option due to his power and patience as a second baseman. While he hit a career low 19 home runs last year, he did set a career high walk rate and recorded an on-base percentage above his career rate. In leagues that count batting average, Uggla is a less suitable player due to the fact that he more than hurts a team in average and steals compared to other ownable second basemen. Uggla has stayed rather healthy throughout his career and is a solid bet to bounce back to at worst mid-20's home runs, especially if he maintains his high walk rate. (Ben Duronio)
The Quick Opinion:
The days of 30 home runs every season are most likely gone, but Uggla could be a decent buy-low option as a powerful middle infielder in what should be one of the National League's better offenses. As a player that has played no fewer than 146 games nor hit fewer than 19 home runs in any single season, there are only a few better power options at second base.
Uggla was dreadful last season and he may need to rebound quickly in 2014 if he wants to retain a starting job. With Braves prospect Tommy La Stella waiting in the wings, Uggla is working with a short leash. That should keep his cost to fantasy owners low, making him a high risk, high reward candidate. Uggla's ugly .179/.309/.362 batting line was held down by a low .225 batting average on balls in play and career worst 31.8% strikeout rate. The low BABIP is partially supported by a career worst 13.2% line drive rate, which was also the worst among all qualified hitters by a whopping 2.9%. It's unclear if there's an explanation for that low rate. His strikeout rate is also supported by peripherals -- a 1.5 percent increase in his whiff rate. Despite the doom and gloom, Uggla managed to come up only nine percent short of the league's average weighted offense last season. That's right about average for a major league second baseman. If he featured better defense and base running last season, he would have still been a respectable player. Going forward, there is still much uncertainty in Uggla's profile. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Uggla is coming off the worst year of his career and is now entering his age-34 season. He's not a bad guy to take a flier on, especially if you're stuck with a mid-tier second baseman like Neil Walker, but he's probably more likely to stay the same or get worse than he is to substantially improve.
Needless to say, Dan Uggla’s 2014 [entire tenure in Atlanta] wasn't quite what he planned, although he’ll likely be the owner of a World Series ring this time next year. That’s where the positives end, though. Atlanta finally, mercifully (for their fan base), cut bait on Uggla after he threw together a .162/.241/.231 line in 145 plate appearances. Outside of that one magical night in Philadelphia in which he smashed two home runs -- the only two he hit! -- Dan Uggla ddidn't do anything well in 2014. He didn't draw many walks, which used to be a hallmark of his game, and kept his on-base percentage respectable. He still struck out a ton. And, most importantly for fantasy players, his power cratered even further. Without power or walks, Uggla simply isn't a fantasy option, and thanks to his waning production and bad defense he’s likely not an option in real life anymore, either. (Landon Jones)
The Quick Opinion:
If Uggla is able to make a roster this Spring, it’ll be somewhat shocking. Either way, his days as a productive fantasy option are over, if they weren’t already. Look elsewhere.
Dan Uggla isn't really a good baseball player anymore. His power numbers -- which were essentially the cornerstone of his game in the past -- have now diminished considerably. His very poor average, however, has managed to stick around. This all lead to offense that was 32% below league average during limited playing time in 2015. As of this writing, he doesn't have a job, and may have a hard time finding one, at least on a full time basis. Uggla is a former home run hitter who only hit two home runs in 2015. He also hit two home runs in 2014. This totals to (furiously smashes old-time adding machine) four home runs over the past two years. Don't draft Dan Uggla for your fantasy team, is what I'm saying. (David Temple)
The Quick Opinion:
Dan Uggla is a former power-hitting infielder who was never good at the latter and is no longer good at the former. He'll struggle to find job, and should struggle to find a spot on your fantasy roster.
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Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:37 AM ET
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