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Denard Span
Birthdate: 2/27/1984 (33 y, 1 m, 1 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-0/205     Position: OF
Drafted: 2002 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 20, Overall: 20, Team: Minnesota Twins
Contract: $31M / 3 Years (2016 - 2018) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Span batted leadoff and went 1-for-2 in his spring training debut against the Cubs on Saturday. (2/26/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: A year removed from his injury-shortened 2015, Span put up over 600 plate appearances in 2016. While the full season of health was a welcomed treat, you can give yourself a pat on the back if you thought he would hit a career high in homers (11 in 2016) as a 32-year-old outfielder in his first season in homer-suppressing San Francisco. If you guessed that one right, Vegas is calling. Span joined the list of Giants outfielders of the past decade to put up useful fantasy seasons over age 30 (Andres Torres, Aubrey Huff, Angel Pagan, Gregor Blanco, etc), and while he stole less than expected, that could be contributed to age and a return from 2015 hip surgery. Span’s increased homer total could be a fluke, but it came at relatively little cost to his overall profile. He still strikes out so infrequently, makes good contact, and plays in a park with a large outfield, that it is reasonable to look at Span and envision batting average upside on the .266 mark from last season. Hitting at the top of the Giants lineup will help increase his floor as well, as another season over 600 plate appearances seems likely if he can stay healthy. Those totals should provide the volume of plate appearances necessary for Span to surpass 10 stolen bases yet again, and it could allow him to approach 10 home runs. Additionally, if he doesn’t post a batting average on balls in play 25 points below his career average again, a .300 batting average is possible. That’s the best case scenario though. It’s more likely he ends up with 5-8 homers and an average in the .280-.300 range. That’s still a valuable outfielder in most formats. (Joe Douglas)

The Quick Opinion: Span recovered well from a 2015 hip injury to net 600-plus plate appearances in 2016. He should be a safe bet for many trips to the plate once again as he sits at the top of the Giants lineup. With steals on the decline, Span presents a safe source of speed and average in later rounds.

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