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11/17/1983 (33 y, 3 m, 10 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 7, Overall: 7, Team: Baltimore Orioles
$44M / 4 Years (2015 - 2018)
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Year in Review:
Nicky the Greek, as he's called by absolutely no one, had a bit of a troublesome season. After a breakout 2008 saw him post a line of .306/.406/.491 – good for a .389 wOBA – it was only natural to expect that he'd retain some of the improvement. Certainly Baltimore thought as much, as the organization proceeded to sign the right fielder to a six-year deal worth $66 million. Unfortunately – for the Orioles, for fantasy owners – Markakis' 2009 looked a lot more like his 2006-07 seasons than his big '08. What happened? Perhaps these numbers tell the story: 23.8, 23.4, 18.0, 23.0. Those are Markakis' O-Swing%s from 2006 to 2009. In 2008, Markakis swung at about 5% fewer pitches outside the strike zone and had a great year. His other years have been above-average, but not All-Star caliber.
The Year Ahead:
Markakis' 2010 might depend on another set of numbers: 65.9. 64.1, 64.2, 60.9. Those are his Z-Swing%s from 2006 to 2009. While Markakis' O-Swing% numbers regressed to his previous levels, 2009 marked the first year that Markakis swung at fewer than 64% of pitches in the strike zone. It's not a particularly encouraging trend, this: swinging at more would-be balls while passing on called strikes. Of course, the fact remains that he'll also enter 2010 as a 26-year-old, which, given historical trends, suggests some room for development. The most likely possibility is that Markakis isn't quite as stellar as his 2008 would suggest but a little bit better than his 2009. Translation: he's an above-average player whose production numbers (runs, RBI) should benefit from an ever-improving supporting cast. (Carson Cistulli)
Overall Nick Markakis's 2010 season wasn't significantly below his career average, but he did experience a considerable dip in power. The direct result was a reduction in home runs -- to 12, a career low. Indirectly it might have also affected his runs and RBI totals. He drove in only 60 in 2010 after having driven in at least 87 in each of the previous three seasons -- and in two of those years he drove in over 100. He also scored just 79 runs after having at least 94 in those three previous years. Part of the decline was the Orioles poor hitting in the early goings, but part of it was Markakis's own power outage. The Orioles did improve, and Markakis himself, hitting 4 of his 12 homers in the final month of the season. (Joe Pawlikowski)
The Quick Opinion:
A decent option in the OF, Markakis does have concerns following a power outage in 2010. With a slight rebound, and with better hitters around him, he could again put up serviceable numbers in 2011.
The 28-year-old outfielder is now three seasons removed from his last 20+ home run year. While he's still a useful fantasy player, that certainly limits his value. Markakis's value is derived from his durability and well-rounded games. He won't post spectacular numbers in any one category, but should contribute in all five aspects of most fantasy leagues. The Orioles are basically returning the same cast on offense, so don't expect Markakis' run or RBI totals to rise all that much. Even so, he's a solid number three outfielder. (Chris Cwik)
The Quick Opinion:
Markakis won't wow you in any one category, but contributes enough in each category to make him a useful fantasy asset. Being on the Orioles definitely prevents him from racking up the strong run and RBI totals he posted between 2007 and 2009.
Since 2006, Nick Markakis has appeared in less than 147 games in just one season — 2012, due to a busted thumb. Over that span, Markakis’ 1,198 hits is third-most hits of any outfielder and ninth-most of any big leaguer. Perhaps he's done stealing bases -- he was never that fleet of foot to begin with -- and his power is nice enough, but doesn't lead to big home run totals. And at 29, there's some aging and health risk involved. But at least owners can fall in love with Nick Markakis’ greatest asset, his .295 career batting average, especially if you gambled on a slugger with a .250 average earlier in your draft or auction. (Alan Harrison)
The Quick Opinion:
Markakis may get overlooked early in your fantasy drafts due in large part to the underwhelming power and speed combination. But, the right fielder deserves more credit, and attention, considering he has been one of the most consistent outfielders to play the game for the good part of the last decade.
Another year, another ho-hum season from Nick Markakis, who has now failed to live up to his early-career 20-homer season benchmark over and over. He bottomed out with just 10 dingers in 700 plate appearances in 2013, a Starlin Castro-esque power output that came playing in lefty-friendly Baltimore. Of course, his home run per fly ball rate (5.7%) should rebound closer to career levels (9.1%) but even then, he continued a five-year trend of decreasing fly ball rates. The doubles have also disappeared, from a peak of 48 in 2008 all the way to just 24 in 2013. When you factor in that his arm wasn’t enough to make up for sub-par defense, Markakis was inexplicably a below-replacement level player and a fantasy afterthought. He’s a decent bet to hit .275 and plays enough to rack up runs and RBI, but there’s no longer much speed here and 15 home runs would feel like a power surge. (
The Quick Opinion:
Nick Markakis peaked long ago now despite having just turned 30. He brings a decent average and counting stats by way of a heavy workload but he's not the hitter many had hoped he would be, especially when it comes to the long ball.
Markakis saw a little bit of his power return in 2014, hitting 14 home runs, but other than that it was more of the same. At this point, he seems like one of the most reliable players in fantasy baseball, in the sense that he is reliably going to give you mediocre production while not bottoming out, yet not allowing you to hope for more. He’s another year older, coming off neck surgery, and as we’ve learned, power doesn’t age well, neither does speed, which Markakis hasn’t shown much of since 2011. Expect more of the same: tons of grounders, somewhere near a .270 batting average, and 80-ish runs. (Landon Jones)
The Quick Opinion:
Markakis is the same as he ever was, only with more risk. He can help, but he isn’t someone to build your team around, and is likely easily replaceable in most leagues.
Three home runs and an isolated slugging percentage of .080 isn’t what you want from one of your corner outfielders. Maybe you could do it if he’s helping you in other categories, but Markakis hits at the top of one of the lowest-scoring lineups in baseball and provided two steals last year, so he isn’t really doing you many favors. He was coming off of off-season neck surgery, and didn’t slug his first home run until July 20. You can’t just look at the home run total when trying to figure out Markakis’ 2015 season, his first in the National League. His .746 OPS was his highest since posting an .834 in 2012. The missing home runs were replaced with an influx of doubles, as the 38 two-baggers he accumulated were the most since 2010. He’s not going to give you a boatload of steals, but he will get on base. His walks per strikeout rate was up to 0.84 in 2015, and if he can get on in front of Freddie Freeman, he could be good for 80 runs. He’s very durable, as he’s played in at least 155 games each of the past three seasons, and you should expect him to see the field a lot again in 2016. (Darren Schienbein)
The Quick Opinion:
Markakis will give you 35 doubles and should approach double digits in home runs again. His RBI chances will be limited hitting in an emaciated lineup, but he could score around 80 times and get on base at a .350ish clip. He won’t win any batting titles, but a nice .290 season is what he’s capable of. He’s a reserve on your fantasy bench, but you don’t want him starting for you unless your league is very deep.
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Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 3:34 AM ET
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