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1/20/1986 (31 y, 1 m, 2 d)
2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 11, Pick: 2, Overall: 336, Team: Kansas City Royals
$0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
Lough signed with the Tigers on a minor league contract, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports. (2/7/2017)
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Lough is the epitome of the Quad-A player. He is good enough to fill in at the big league level, but lacking enough to eventual be bumped back to the minors by a better player. The 27-year-old averaged around ten home runs per season in the minors with about 15 stolen bases, which does a decent job describing his upside. He did hit for a near-.300 average on the farm, though. He spent all of the 2010 to 2012 season in Triple-A besides 20 games in 2012 with the major league team. While he could be useful as a fourth or fifth outfielder, the Royals are mostly set with Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, and Jeff Francoeur in the outfield right now. Jarrod Dyson is a speedy backup who will see quite a bit of playing time, too. Unless the some of the other outfielders are traded and/or hurt, Lough will probably spend much of the 2013 season in Double-A. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
David Lough is the sixth guy in the Royals outfield, so he is pretty irrelevant.
David Lough's baseball life just got rejuvenated after being traded to Baltimore. With the Royals he was likely the fifth outfielder. Now with the Orioles he looks to be the starting left-fielder, or at least part of a platoon with Steve Pearce. The 28-year-old left-handed hitter is probably a better real-life player than fantasy, since he plays defense well and hits doubles. He is a contact-first player who will use an above-average batting average on balls in play to drive a decent batting average (~.275). He has some pop (8-10 homers) and can still steal a few bases (~10). A .275, 10 HR, 10 SB is usually not an every-day outfielder in shallow leagues, but he does look to have some usefulness as a plug-and-play because his average will likely be neutral or better. Also, in AL-only or extremely deep leagues, he will be playing every day (or two-thirds of the time), which means he can accumulate counting stats. Lough hasn't demonstrated any extreme career splits, so he shouldn't start in a platoon with Baltimore, but Steve Pearce has been excellent against lefties in his short career. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
David Lough's value jumped significantly after being traded to Baltimore. While he is not good enough to be an option in shallow leagues, he has some value in AL-only and extremely deep leagues.
Things that don't bode well for David Lough's place with the Orioles: Steve Pearce's breakout 2014 campaign, Alejandro de Aza's presence on the team's 40-man roster, and the Orioles' acquisition of Travis Snider. Lough could make the team as a fifth outfielder due to his average-to-very-good defense at all three outfield positions, but that would leave him with few plate appearances and no fantasy value. Given that he's out of options, a trade or release seems more likely. If he manages to find an opportunity to start or at least platoon with another team, he could provide value in daily leagues. For one thing, he has above average Speed Scores, but Baltimore ranked dead last in stolen base attempts in 2014, so more playing time with a team that runs more could result in around 15 stolen bases. He also makes a decent amount of contact (83.8% career contact rate), and solid contact (22.3% career line drive rate), and limits his pop-ups to around a league average rate, which indicate that he could hit for a decent average if given the chance, too. (
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The Quick Opinion:
He's never going to be a fantasy stud, but if Lough catches on with a team that can offer him regular playing time, he has the ability to be a fine platoon option in daily fantasy leagues. His speed and contact ability give him a decent floor from which to contribute intermittent counting stats.
Despite a profound lack of playing time, David Lough has demonstrated a non-zero amount of offensive acumen. However, it's simply not enough to make Lough more than a backup outfielder or defensive replacement for a team that, while writing this, does not exist. Even if he finds a new home this offseason, Lough, a journeyman's journeyman, is not relevant in any fantasy formats. (Alex Chamberlain)
The Quick Opinion:
David Lough is, at best, a real-baseball backup outfielder or defensive replacement, making him a fake-baseball non-factor in all formats.
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