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4/21/1980 (36 y, 10 m, 3 d)
2001 June Amateur Draft - Round: 4, Pick: 8, Overall: 114, Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
$12M / 3 Years (2013 - 2015)
The White Sox have requested release waivers on Keppinger, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. (5/21/2014)
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Keppinger had a silently good year with Houston in 2011. He posted a .288/.351/.393 (.298 BABIP) triple-slash line while playing premium positions (primarily 2B and 3B, but also some SS) for the Astros. His main skill is his ability to make consistent contact. His strikeout rate last season was a miniscule 7.0% of at-bats, equivalent to his career average. Throw in good walk rates, semi-existent power, and an average BABIP, and that contact ability makes Keppinger an above-average hitter. However, he didn't put up great fantasy numbers, partially due to the incompetence of the Astros lineup. He hit .288 with 62 R, 59 RBI, 6 HR, and 4 SB last season. In 2011, the Astros will likely look to move Keppinger now that Bill Hall and Chris Johnson are set at 2B and 3B, respectively. This change of scenario can only be a good thing, as Keppinger will turn more of those times on base into runs. Look for a similar season overall for Keppinger, and since he will qualify at SS in some leagues (10 starts, 12 games at the position), he could have some decent value in standard leagues. In single-league or deeper leagues, particularly those in which Keppinger qualifies at SS, he could be a very sneaky value pick but he might also begin the season on the DL. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Jeff Keppinger was sneaky good in 2010. His contact skills could make your fantasy team sneaky good in 2011
The danger of going from utility man to starter at one position is that you end up losing fantasy value, and that’s exactly what happened to Keppinger. Keppinger was a great bench bat for a fantasy team when he had third base, shortstop and second base eligibility, but last season he manned only the keystone, which lowers his value even further than a normal switch to one position since second base is the deepest of the three. Besides positional value, he did little else to show his value, posting a woeful .273 wOBA in a Giants uniform. Now a Ray, Keppinger may fall back into his old utility role, but that’s not something that you will be able to reap the benefits of until late in the season, if ever. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Keppinger is coming off of a down season and lost his multi-positional value. He may only find a part-time role in Tampa, too, making him about as bona fide of a “stay away” player as you can get.
One of the bigger surprises of 2012, Keppinger parlayed his excellent season into a full-time job with the White Sox. The 32-year-old was forced into more playing time thanks to Evan Longoria’s injury and took full advantage, hitting .325 with an .806 OPS. His bread is buttered by crushing left-handed pitching and having an extremely high contact rate, both of which he did last season, hitting.376 against southpaws with a .923 OPS and striking out just 5.7% of the time. He has his issues against same-handed pitchers, but showed improvement last year. He has a chance at double-digit homers playing in hitter-friendly Chicago and has the bonus of qualifying at third, second and first base. (Erik Hahmann)
The Quick Opinion:
His new ballpark should help his power output, but he’ll need to hit .300 to maintain much value above AL-only leagues.
After ranking 27th in third base weighted offense in 2012, the White Sox brought in Keppinger to provide stability to the position. In 2013, the team ranked 29th. Keppinger completely collapsed, hitting .253/.283/.317 in 451 plate appearances. He even lost his effectiveness against lefties, which had previously been one of his strengths at the plate. Keppinger had shoulder surgery in September, which might explain some of his ineffectiveness. Even if Keppinger bounces back, it's tough to utilize him in fantasy. He's rarely been utilized as a full-time player, and doesn't hit for enough power or rack up enough steals to be fantasy-relevant. (
The Quick Opinion:
A shoulder injury may have impacted Keppinger's numbers last season. Even if he bounces back, he's not going to have fantasy value to matter in mixed leagues.
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