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4/10/1982 (34 y, 11 m, 12 d)
2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 25, Overall: 62, Team: Oakland Athletics
$85M / 5 Years (2013 - 2017) + 1 Option Years
Ethier (back) has been diagnosed with a mild herniated disk and will be shut down for 7-10 days, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports. (3/21/2017)
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Year in Review:
It was a fine offensive year for Ethier, although one which hit a speed bump when teammate Manny Ramirez was suspended for 50 games. Prior to the suspension, Ethier posted a .995 OPS in his first 128 plate appearances and he finished with a .902 mark in his final 359. While Ramirez was out, his OPS dropped to .730 in 198 plate appearances. Still, Ethier established career highs in 12 offensive categories, including a new best with 31 homers. After hitting just 32% fly balls in 2008, he had a 41.5% rate last year. And his HR/FB rate jumped, too, from 14.1 to 15.4%. Unfortunately, Ethier had his second straight sub-par year defensively. The biggest culprit was his range, with a -8.2 RngR factor. Ethier had good speed as a rookie, when he hit seven triples in 396 ABs. Last year he had three triples despite 200 more at-bats, and was thrown out four of the 10 times he tried to steal.
The Year Ahead:
Ethier’s career year in homers came at the expense of his average, which dropped 33 points. His BABIP fell from .336 to .292, as the extra fly balls came at the expense of grounders and line drives, ones more likely to result in hits. Fantasy-wise, it was a good trade to make, as Ethier also ended up with 29 more RBI. But the extra RBIs had more to do with opportunities than power, as Ethier came to the plate with runners in scoring position 266 times in ’09, compared to 177 the previous year. He continued to struggle versus left-handed pitching last year, posting a .629 OPS versus southpaws. In his career, Ethier has a .903 OPS versus right-handers and a .700 mark versus left-handers. If he continues to struggle versus lefties like he did last year, the former A’s draft pick could lose some playing time. (Brian Joura)
Fantasy players value consistency and Ethier’s .292/.364/.493 slash line was nearly a perfect match for his career numbers. But 2010 was a disappointing year, as a fractured pinkie landed Ethier on the DL for the first time in his career, which kept his counting numbers down from the prior season. Before the injury, Ethier was among the leaders in the Triple Crown categories, as he had a .392-11-38 mark through 33 games. But the remainder of the year he hit just .260 with 12 HR in 392 ABs. Ethier really struggled when he first returned to the lineup, as he batted just .233 with 5 HR in his first 225 PA. But the last two months of the season he hit .289 with 7 HR in his final 220 PA. Hand injuries often sap power and Ethier went from a potential 40-HR season to hitting just 23 homers last year. We already saw Ethier’s AVG begin to rebound at the end of 2010. As he gets further away from the fractured pinkie, there is reason to be optimistic the HR will return, too. Neither the Bill James nor the Fans projections have Ethier matching his 2009 power production. He may be a slight value on Draft Day for his age-29 season. (Brian Joura)
The Quick Opinion:
A fractured pinkie ruined what was shaping up as a career-year for Ethier in 2010. Further removed from the injury, he could be a Draft Day value.
Perhaps because of the market in which he plays or perhaps for some other reason, Ethier appears to be the subject of some debate. One camp views him as an elite player; another, as overrated. Really, though, Ethier has been pretty consistent during his time in the majors. He's posted between a 2.0 and 3.5 WAR in every one of his six major-league seasons. He's posted OBPs between .350 and .375 in each of those seasons, as well. His slugging percentages remained consisently in the high-.400 range, too -- until 2011, that is, when he posted a career-low .421 mark. A knee injury that ended his season on September 6th could have been to blame. General ineffectiveness, of course, is another explanation. At this point, Ethier isn't a guy to reach on, but he could have value in leagues where owners have soured on him after a year and a half of blah play. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Besides a lower-than-usual slugging percentage, Ethier's 2011 wasn't a much different than his 2006-10. The drop in power could be due to a knee injury that Ethier's season; it could, of course, be due simply to ineffectiveness.
In what's becoming a seemingly annual tradition, Ethier started off 2012 white-hot (.324/.381/.569 through May) before slumping for the rest of the season and fighting injuries, twice going more than a month between home runs. As usual, he was completely punchless against lefty pitching (he was the seventh-worst qualified hitter by wOBA against them) while destroying righties (seventh-best). While his new contract guarantees him at least $85 million over the next five years, it hasn't quieted trade rumors, and it's more than a little troubling that 2012 saw him post a career worst 20.1 strikeout rate and a 8.1 walk rate that topped only his rookie effort. Still, if the Dodgers can just manage to avoid letting him make obvious outs against southpaws, his slash stats could easily improve substantially. (
The Quick Opinion:
Whether it's injuries, slumps, or controversies, nothing ever seems to go smoothly for Andre Ethier. Once again, he's coming off a very up-and-down season, though if he can stay healthy --and if he's used properly -- he has the talent to be one of the better hitting outfielders in the game.
Over the last three years, Ethier's weighted offense numbers were 22%, 24%, and 20% better than league average, so it's not like he's not consistent over the length of an entire season. But as usual, he was anything but consistent within the season itself. This time, it was a lousy first three months (.252/.331/.372) followed by a productive final three months (.296/.394/.486), shortened though they were by a serious ankle injury. Over the last three seasons, he's actually been a top-ten hitter in the game against righty pitching, but serious struggles against lefties drag him down. For fantasy purposes, Ethier isn't elite at any one skill, and while he won't kill you anywhere either, he's a good third outfielder at best -- unless his surprise trip to center field lets you play with eligibility games.
The Quick Opinion:
Ethier's bursts of production are more frustrating than anything, since they always come paired with months of ineptitude. If you can figure which is going to happen when, there's value to be had here.
Andre Ethier's ninth big league season was easily his most disappointing, as he spent most of the year as a reserve and flopped badly in a midseason stint as the everyday center fielder. Ethier's offensive downturn wasn't fueled by bad luck so much as it was by simple awful performance, as he hit as many homers as Madison Bumgarner -- a pitcher, obviously -- and was outslugged by Dee Gordon. Perhaps most frustrating of all is that Ethier was platooned more heavily than he'd ever been before, and yet he still couldn't perform despite facing nearly entirely righties, who he'd always hit well. 33 in 2015, and with a batted ball distance that's been almost consistently down from his 2009 peak, it's fair to wonder if Ethier's days as a starting outfielder are behind him. (
The Quick Opinion:
Andre Ethier's worst year couldn't have come at a worse time, because as he heads into his age-33 season, it sure looks more like the start of a bad decline phase than a down season. There's hope for a slight bounce-back here, but it seems clear that this is the beginning of the end.
After a sorry 2014 campaign — in which his stock fell so far he ended the season on the bench — Andre Ethier bounced back in 2015 with his best offensive showing in three years. Injuries to Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig, combined with Joc Pederson's second-half disappearance, opened opportunities for Ethier, who made them count: His 137 weighted runs created plus was a career high, and he turned in a .294/.366/.486 slash line. His 16.9% strikeout rate was his best in six years, his 9.7% walk rate his best in four, and he spanked line drives at a 26.3% clip, among the league leaders for those tallying more than 400 plate appearances. Some owners might be turned off by just 14 home runs and 53 RBIs, though his home run rate on fly balls and his at bats per home run rate were in line with his 2012 season, when he belted 20 and drove in 89 in 173 more plate appearances. In an outfield featuring the unstable elements of Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, and Carl Crawford, Ethier will get his share of at-bats, though he was practically a different player when facing lefties last year (an ugly .474 on-base plus slugging percentage), and the Dodgers also have Scott Van Slyke as a possible platoon partner. Such a clamp on Ethier’s playing time would limit his value but also drive down his price on draft day, and if you can live with a platoon for Ethier, even as he enters his age-34 season, he still has some value as a fourth outfielder in mixed leagues with daily lineup changes. (
Karl de Vries
The Quick Opinion:
Andre Ethier has frustrated fantasy owners with his inconsistent play in recent years, but he’s still capable of providing help as a fourth outfielder in standard mixed leagues.
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