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9/6/1981 (35 y, 6 m, 24 d)
2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 39, Overall: 39, Team: Oakland Athletics
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Year in Review:
Roaming around the diamond, Teahen got penciled into the lineup at third base, right field, first base, and second base, with the majority of his starts coming at the hot corner. The 28-year-old posted a .323 wOBA. Teahen was a patient hitter in the minors and he drew a fair amount of walks during the first few years of his big league career, but his plate discipline seems to be heading south. He drew a free pass in less than 7% of his plate appearances in 2009, the third straight season in which his walk rate has dipped. Teahen also chased 32% of pitches out of the strike zone, compared to 26% in 2008. A more aggressive Teahen didn't drive the ball any more than usual. His ISO was a tepid .137, and he hit ground balls at a 51% clip.
The Year Ahead:
Teahen will definitely qualify at third base and in the outfield in 2010, and he may be eligible in certain leagues at first and second base. Shipped to the White Sox in November, Teahen will now call U.S. Cellular Field home. Will the Cell boost Teahen's power numbers? Perhaps, but not greatly. He rarely lofts the ball: Teahen's career fly-ball rate is under 30%. U.S. Cellular is a fantastic home-run park (121 HR Park Factor from 2007-2009), but the venue depresses doubles and triples. It's hard to pop one out of Kaufmann Stadium (82 HR Park Factor from 2007-2009), but the park increases doubles and triples. Given his ground-ball-hitting ways, Teahen might not benefit from the move as much as some other hitters might. Teahen's multi-position eligibility makes him an option in A.L.-only and deep mixed leagues, but don't expect a sudden power surge. (David Golebiewski)
Mark Teahen required surgery on his right middle finger back in June, disappointing fantasy owners who were looking for Teahen to increase his home-run numbers at his new home ballpark at U.S. Cellular Field. Teahen was able to return in mid August without much improvement, producing a .258/.327/.382 season and batting mostly in the bottom of the order for the White Sox. There isn’t any indication that Teahen will improve his plate discipline, as he struck out on over 26% of at-bats in 2010. With Teahen’s batting-average numbers heavily dependent on his BABIP (mostly above average), there is little potential left for him to hit 20 HRs; the risk isn’t worth taking even if you are considering him for his third-base eligibility. There is quite a lot of potential in future third basemen in 2011, with several top prospects in Pedro Alvarez and Josh Bell worth taking a shot at before you even consider sniffing at Teahen. (Albert Lyu)
The Quick Opinion:
Teahen hasn't shown any improvement in plate discipline, achieving a career high in K rate last season. Even with his 3B eligibility, top 3B prospects in Pedro Alvarez and Josh Bell are more valuable options at this point.
Mark Teahen should have third base and outfield eligibility headed into 2012. The positives end there. Teahen’s once promising career hit a new low in 2011, hitting .200/.273/300 over 177 at-bats. He was part of the many moving parts involved in the Colby Rasmus trade which saw him going from the Chicago White Sox to the Toronto Blue Jays, where he was going to be a utility player at best, and possibly simply a bench player. There are no indications that Teahen was unlucky in 2011 nor are there any signals that he’s a good candidate to rebound. Teahen, 30, isn’t likely to get many more than 150 at-bats unless injuries decimate his new team's depth charts. Toronto let him go and so should you. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
Teahen is only relevant in the deepest of leagues, and shouldn’t be part of your fantasy strategy.
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Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 3:37 AM ET
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