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3/16/1981 (35 y, 11 m, 3 d)
2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 3, Pick: 8, Overall: 80, Team: Detroit Tigers
$60M / 4 Years (2014 - 2017)
The Blue Jays are expressing interest in possibly acquiring Granderson through a trade with the Mets, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. (12/1/2016)
Jay Bruce Makes the Mets More Mets
Eno Sarris (FanGraphs)
The 2015 National League Gold Gloves, by the Numbe»
August Fagerstrom (FanGraphs)
MASH Report (11/5/15)
Jeff Zimmerman (RotoGraphs)
Hitter Discussions: Age-33 And Older
David Wiers (RotoGraphs)
JABO: Curtis Granderson Turns Back the Clock
Owen Watson (FanGraphs)
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Year in Review:
Granderson had a mixed 2009. His wOBA dropped to .340 after being .374 and .390 in the two previous years. He actually hit the most homers of his career, 30, after three years of hitting between 19 and 23, but his average dropped to .249 after two years of posting averages above .280. Both of these changes can be partially explained by a drop in Granderson’s GB% (down to 29.5%; only Carlos Pena hit a lower percentage). The result was more homers, but also a lower BABIP (.276 after a previous low of .317). Because of the drop in batting average, he was on base less and he only scored 91 runs after two seasons above 110. Fortunately, he was still able to record 20 stolen bases.
The Year Ahead:
Granderson will probably be the 15th to 20th outfielder selected in 2010. He is a solid 20/20 (homers and steals) candidate, with a chance for 25 or more homers if he keeps his ground-ball percentage at its 2009 lows. If he does, it will be at the expense of batting average, which will be in the .260-ish range. On the other hand, if his ground-ball rate increases to its previous level, you should expect a better batting average and fewer homers. As a power-hitting leadoff hitter, Granderson scores a fair number of runs (a good shot at 100), while not killing you on RBI (about 70). A move into the Yankees’ feared lineup (and power-boosting park) will only help his numbers. (Dave Allen)
Yes, it was a bad year for Granderson. He only amassed 528 plate appearances (100 fewer than his previous full-season low) and put up the worst batting average of his career. But he still walked 10% of the time, he still showed an ISO over .200, and he still has great potential for fantasy value because of his combination of legit power and wheels. This year, he'll probably enjoy a nicer BABIP (.277 last year, .314 career), and a batting average over .260 would make the rest of his line seem much more palatable. Platoon issues (.270 career wOBA versus lefties) will always mute his overall upside -- he bats lower in the order against lefties if he's even in the lineup at all, and that means fewer plate appearances and stolen bases -- but he's a good player. Once the first-tier outfielders are all gone, and your team can afford a bit of a batting average hit, take Granderson for across-the-board goodness. In OBP leagues, he's a borderline first-tier guy himself. (Eno Sarris)
The Quick Opinion:
The worst season of his career still produced 24 home runs and 12 stolen bases. That kind of power and speed will continue to play in all fantasy leagues, and the fact that he has upside beyond makes him a decent sleeper pick.
What a season! After struggling against lefties throughout most of his career, Granderson murdered them to the tune of .272/.347/.597 last season. That improvement seems legitimate, as Granderson worked with Yanks' hitting coach Kevin Long to perfect his new approach. That new approach helped him hit lefties, but also allowed him to hit 41 home runs last season. He also stole 25 bases. In that lineup, Granderson is likely to score and drive in a ton of runs. He's one of the best fantasy outfielders in the game right now. (Chris Cwik)
The Quick Opinion:
Granderson broke out in a big way last season and his gains seem to be legit. Expect more of the same this season.
Granderson, 31, has emerged as one of baseball's elite power hitters following some mechanical adjustments in August 2010. While another 43 homers might not happen, he's as close to a lock for 30+ as you'll find. Granderson's career-low batting average (.232) stemmed from a career-low batting average on balls in play (.260) despite no significant change in his batted ball profile, plus his walk rate (11.0 BB%) was in line with his career norms. You're going to have to live with the strikeouts (career-high 195 in 2012), but few outfielders offer the potential for 40+ homers and double-digit steals like the Yankees' center fielder. (Mike Axisa)
The Quick Opinion:
Fantasy owners will have to live with Granderson's strikeouts, but there is reason to expect his .232 AVG to rebound following a career-low .260 BABIP and no significant change in his batted ball profile. Few outfielders offer legitimate 40+ homer potential, and Granderson will chip in double-digit steals as well.
It was a season to forget for Granderson, as he missed time due to a fractured forearm and then a fractured knuckle, limiting him to just 245 plate appearances. Not surprisingly, when he was on the field his performance suffered, as he posted the lowest weighted offense of his career, while his isolated slugging percentage matched a career low that he first set back in 2006. He swung and missed at the highest rate of his career, which ensured that the elevated strikeout rate he posted in 2012 was repeated. Heading into his age-33 season, he's on the wrong side of the aging curve. After signing with the Mets, he is going to pine for the short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium. Citi Field is much less forgiving, rating as close to neutral for left-handed homers. Now in a more pitcher-friendly venue and surrounded by a weaker supporting cast, all of Granderson's offensive numbers could take a hit, including his runs scored and batted in totals, making it a bit less likely he rebounds offensively. (
The Quick Opinion:
Granderson's 2013 season was marred by injuries. His age and new home in Flushing make it less probable for him to fully rebound. An elevated strikeout rate the past two seasons also provides little hope that he will be able to get his batting average back into respectable territory.
While Mets fans hoped Curtis Granderson’s 2013 home run to fly ball ratio was just a one-off, CITI Field and a rather sad 272.87 average
home run and fly ball distance
(195th overall) killed whatever rebound that they were hoping for. This was not far off from his 2013 distance of 275.52 (also 195th overall). Granderson will probably profit most from the right-field wall moving in. While this park change, and his expected batting average on balls in play (25+ points higher than his actual BABIP) calls for recovery, defensive shifts will limit his value moving forward. Pre-2012 contact rates and better success against lefties last year provide some hope, but his .220ish batting average will limit his overall value even if some of the power returns. (
The Quick Opinion:
Granderson’s counting stats should continue to keep him as a top-75 outfielder, but there are a sundry of young guys with more power potential that you should prefer to the 34-year-old Met. If you are only looking for homers and going for the win-now, then you could do worse. He'll certainly be cheap.
Curtis Granderson enjoyed a renaissance season in 2015, his second summer in Queens and easily his best MLB showing since 2011 when he was playing for the crosstown Yankees. Back then, he enjoyed the tutelage of hitting coach Kevin Long, and benefited immensely when the coach came over to the Mets last winter. When the Mets slotted him into the leadoff spot out of desperation, Granderson changed his approach at the plate, swinging less frequently than he ever had before en route to compiling the best walk rate of his career, all resulting in an excellent .364 on-base percentage. Granderson’s plate discipline improved in other ways: he posted the lowest whiff rate of his career, and his highest contact rate. He also focused on spraying line drives to all parts of the field, which helped resuscitate his batting average. The final results -- 98 runs scored, 26 home runs and an .821 on-base plus slugging percentage -- not only satisfied the Mets’ table-setting needs but established Granderson as one of the best leadoff men in the game. We’ll see if the Mets keep Granderson atop the lineup -- the team needs more power in the middle of the order and was pursuing various leadoff men during the offseason -- and a shift down could change both Granderson’s protection and how he’s pitched (he was thrown fastballs more frequently in 2015 than he had in nearly a decade). It’s also true that Granderson will be 35 on opening day, but then again, he’s played nearly every day over the past two seasons, logging 682 plate appearances last year. Granderson will be hard-pressed to replicate his outstanding 2015 season, but he remains a likely bet for at least 20 home runs. (
Karl de Vries
The Quick Opinion:
Curtis Granderson returned to fantasy prominence in 2015 on the strength of a terrific on-base percentage and an improved approach at the plate. But he is 35, and it’s not certain he’ll return to the leadoff slot in 2016, so expect his value to be closer to that of a fourth or fifth outfielder than a starting option in standard formats.
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