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Ben Zobrist
Birthdate: 5/26/1981 (35 y, 10 m)     Bats/Throws: B/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/200     Position: 2B/OF
Drafted: 2004 June Amateur Draft - Round: 6, Pick: 23, Overall: 184, Team: Houston Astros
Contract: $56M / 4 Years (2016 - 2019)
RotoWire News: Zobrist (neck) remains out of the Cubs' Cactus League lineup Thursday for the second straight game, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. (3/23/2017)
Injury: Neck, Day-To-Day
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: A player lauded for his versatility, Ben Zobrist turned in one of the best offensive years of his career in 2016. Perhaps most impressive was his ability to work the count and generate contact. his 15.2% contact rate was a top-five figure in the National League, while his 13.0% strikeout rate was the 23rd lowest among all position players in baseball. His Contact%, at 88.3%, was 10th among qualifying players, while he swung at the lowest rate in baseball, coming in at 35.5%. His approach continues to improve with age, as that swing rate was a career low, with the walk rate tying a career high. Obviously that manifested itself in a strong on-base percentage, at .386. A career .358 OBP guy, one can expect those trends to continue moving forward. An isolated power of .174 was one point above his 2015 mark, with his 18 home runs representing his highest total since he hit 20 in 2012. With that type of approach and intense ability to make contact, as well as the versatility that he brings as a second baseman and outfielder, there isn't any question as to his quality as a fantasy option. That's something that's true even if the power isn't quite there as it was in 2016. (Randy Holt)

The Quick Opinion: Ben Zobrist was an offensive force in 2016 thanks to one of the league's highest walk rates combined with the league's best contact percentage. With his ability to do both in order to reach base, he's going to continue to be a viable option well into the future, regardless of his power output.

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