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2/15/1984 (33 y, 12 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 26, Overall: 63, Team: San Francisco Giants
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
Schierholtz was suspended for 80 games on Friday for a violation of the performance-enhancing substance Ibutamoren, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. (8/5/2016)
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Schierholtz has been on San Francisco’s Major League roster for the majority of the past two seasons, but hasn’t had a chance at sustained playing time. The Giants have mostly used the right fielder as a defensive replacement, thanks to his impressive arm and above-average range. His offensive game is suspect, and he hasn’t flashed nearly the power that he showed in the high minors a few years ago. Schierholtz won’t be playing much this upcoming season, as the crowded Giants outfield already includes Mark DeRosa, Andres Torres, Cody Ross, Aaron Rowand, and Pat Burrell. Unless three, and possibly four, of those players get hurt, Schierholtz won’t be getting many at-bats for the reigning World Series champs. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Schierholtz is a good defensive player whose offense has not lived up to its promise. He won't get enough at-bats to be relevant in 2011.
Traditionally stuck as the Giants fourth outfielder and late-inning defensive replacement in right field, Schierholtz finally earned starting role by mid-season last year. With a triple slash line of .278/.326/.430 and nine home runs in 2011, Schierholtz was well on his way to posting career-highs across the board. Unfortunately, a broken foot suffered in late August put him on the shelf for the remainder of the year. Defensively, he is above average and plays the treacherous right field corner of AT&T Park better than most, but offensively he lacks the usual pop of a corner outfielder. He could also stand to draw more walks (career 5.5 BB%) which would certainly help raise his OBP totals. Manager Bruce Bochy has still given him his endorsement as his starting right fielder in 2012 which means he’ll have fantasy relevance in both NL-only and very deep mixed leagues. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
For the first time in his career, Shierholtz walks into spring training with a starting job. He’ll provide low-level power and minimal speed, but should hit for a decent average. Consider him a decent play in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues in 2012.
After years of toiling as the Giants best defensive right fielder never to earn a starting job, Schierholtz was primed to open 2012 with a starting gig. But an ice-cold spring opened the door for Gregor Blanco and Schierholtz remained nothing more than a platoon partner and late-inning defensive replacement. His skills at the place continued to remain mediocre, at best, and his steadily increasing strikeout rate hasn't helped his cause. Ultimately, the Giants shipped him out at the non-waiver trade deadline when the Phillies were looking to dump salary and find a new home for Hunter Pence. Schierholtz almost received a new lease on his baseball life, but once again, minor injuries continued to put him on the shelf and the Phillies had no real incentive to keep him around beyond the 2012 season. The Cubs, in full rebuilding mode and looking for cheap veteran help, signed Schierholtz to a one-year deal and have slated him to start against righties in right field this season. If he can keep the strikeouts down and increase his walk rate, there's a chance that he can find a modicum of success this season. Moving to hitter-friendly Wrigley Field could be a nice bonus, making Schierholtz worthy of a late-round flier in deep leagues. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
If Schierholtz can stay injury-free and have a solid spring, then he might have finally found a home that provides him with a full-time starting job on the North Side of Chicago. Then again, the Cubs might platoon him with lefty David DeJesus. The former Giant will need to improve his overall plate discipline to prove worthy of a roster spot but has the potential to be a solid producer in leagues with deep outfields.
It didn’t grab many headlines, but Schierholtz may have been one of the best bargain signings of last offseason. Signed for just over $4 million, Schierholtz snagged an everyday(ish) role for the Cubs and swatted a career high 21 home runs while triple slashing .251/.301/.470. That he accomplished this despite a battting average on balls in play thirty percentage points below his career average is even more impressive. All but two of his home runs went to right field in 2013, and while they had enough distance to leave most yards, Schierholtz’s dead pull style may be a factor as pitching adjusts to him in 2014. He also flashes much more power against right-handed pitching than he does against lefties (career isolated slugging percentages of .102 and .173) but not enough for it to be a major concern. He’s a solid, steady late round fantasy option who walks, makes contact, can chip in power, and won’t break the bank. Just make sure you're in a daily league and can platoon him like his major league team does. (Jack Weiland)
The Quick Opinion:
Schierholtz was a superb value signing for the Cubs last winter. He rewarded the team with a career high 21 home runs, despite signs that he was somewhat unlucky last season. He's a strong depth outfield pick for 2014 in leagues that are friendly to platoons.
The Phillies had Laynce Nix and Nate Schierholtz prior to the 2013 season and decided to bet on Nix (whoops). Schierholtz chose that season to breakout as a viable starter with 21 home runs. The success did not carry over to 2014, though, so the Phillies aren't super mad or anything. He had a negative value season and may have trouble making a major league roster out of spring training. As a career .253/.302/.419 hitter against right-handed pitching, he should get a shot at a fifth outfielder job somewhere, though. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Schierholtz broke out in 2013 and collapsed again in 2014. He looks like a fifth outfielder at best, but he does have a 21 home run season in his recent past.
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