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11/23/1984 (32 y, 3 m, 4 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 14, Pick: 10, Overall: 420, Team: Detroit Tigers
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Wells has been released by the Tigers, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports. (5/1/2015)
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After showing incredible promise as a rookie in 2010 with Detroit, Casper Wells suffered through the infamous sophomore slump in 2011, and was eventually traded to Seattle in the package that sent Doug Fister to the Tigers. On a young Mariners team, Wells is an intriguing player to watch, but he’ll likely be used as a bat off the bench, meaning he won’t have much fantasy value. His high strikeout rate and inability to hit right-handed pitching are holding him back, and, in his time with Seattle in 2011, he simply didn’t make enough contact, hitting only .216 in 31 games. By all accounts, Wells is healthy coming into 2012, after missing the last few weeks of the 2011 season with “vertigo-like symptoms.” But unless Wells can somehow steal Mike Carp’s job in the Seattle outfield, he probably isn’t worth your fantasy consideration. (Navin Vaswani)
The Quick Opinion:
Wells struggled in 2011, and, though he showed promise as a rookie in Detroit two years ago, he isn’t worth serious fantasy consideration as a fourth-outfielder with the Seattle Mariners until he recaptures the magic of 2010.
Right now, Casper Wells appears to have an opportunity for some playing time in 2013. The Seattle Mariners have had every available outfielder on their wish list during the Winter, but they've since come up empty, and that will create an opportunity for Wells to get more at-bats. Should Seattle find a regular via free agency or trade, then Wells is likely to fill a platoon role in the outfield versus left-handed starters against whom he hit a tidy little .267/.364/.527 line with seven home runs over 131 at bats in 2012. There is some potential here in fantasy circles, although Wells will need to fix an ugly platoon split, improve his contact rates and that unsavory 14.4% swinging strike rate. Until he does, he won't ever help you in the batting average department, although given a full season of at bats, Wells could probably hit 16-18 home runs.
The Quick Opinion:
Ultimately, Casper Wells will probably fill a platoon role in the outfield versus left-handed starters. That's a situation in which he .267/.364/.527 line with seven home runs over 131 at bats in 2012. Should the Mariners go out and land another outfielder via free agency or trade, it might knock him down the depth chart a bit -- although, when you have Franklin Gutierrez on your team, opportunity is never far away.
There’s an old saying that when you get claimed on waivers, you can look at it as someone not wanting you or someone wanting you. Casper Wells probably looks at it as a conspiracy or a bad joke. Baseball’s Favorite Hobo got passed around four franchises last season, and begins 2014 on yet another, signing a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs. It’s hard to tell exactly what went wrong last year, thanks to the small sample size, but a botched LASIK surgery and living out of a bindle are two candidates. He’s 29 now, so don’t suffer any pretensions, but Casper is not the guy we saw last year; he’s a good fourth outfielder. He has to be. The alternative is that justice doesn’t exist. (Patrick Dubuque)
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