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9/4/1986 (30 y, 5 m, 21 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 3, Pick: 27, Overall: 107, Team: Atlanta Braves
$1M / 1 Years (2016)
Schafer, trying to stick with the Cardinals this spring as a possible two-way player, practiced exclusively in the outfield during Monday's workouts, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. (2/21/2017)
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Grab Jordan Schafer for Cheap Steals
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Ostensibly, Jordan Schafer’s weapon of choice is his glove, but he doesn’t rate all that highly as a defender, and his bat rates even worse. What’s more is that Schafer’s only plus tool offensively -- his speed -- is possessed by his main competition for playing time in Houston, Jason Bourgeois. And Bourgeois not only runs better, but he hits better as well, so it may only be a matter of time before Schafer is back to riding the pine. But if Schafer’s offseason arrest for possession of marijuana is any indication, he may be laid back enough to accept a small role. He might be worth a late-round flier in deep NL-only leagues thanks to the stolen base potential, but the total lack of batting average or power kills his value in any standard league. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Schafer has speed, but his offense is putrid and to date his defensive reputation is not backed up by his statistical resume. It may only be a matter of time before he loses his job to Jason Bourgeois.
How desperate for talent were the 2012 Astros? Let's put it this way: Jordan Schafer got 82 starts for them. His .211/.297/.294 2012 performance is the stuff of legend, but keep in mind that this was a down year. For his career, he has a mind-blowing .221/.305/.301 line. The fun part of all of this is Schafer actually having a good walk rate. The problems are as follows: poor contact skills and an utter lack of power. The latter might be shocking to national audiences who saw him hit a home run in his first major-league at-bat for Atlanta back in 2009. It gets better: Schafer was waived by the miserable Astros after the season and then claimed by Atlanta, where he currently seems to be slated in as a fourth outfielder. It remains to be seen whether that situation will last through the off-season. Schafer is 26, so one might be able to imagine some upside, but he has almost done nothing to justify even fourth-outfielder status on a contending team. Despite all of this, the truth is that with even semi-regular playing time, he has fantasy value in category leagues: he stole 27 bases in just 360 2012 plate appearances, and 22 in 338 2011 plate appearances. In other words, in category leagues, Schafer cannot simply be ignored. If he can keep his career from going up in smoke, he could be a good endgame play for a team in need of steals, especially if he seems primed to luck into playing time. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
As terrible as Jordan Schafer is in real baseball and most fantasy leagues, he is a skilled enough base stealer that he cannot be totally ignored on draft day in category leagues in which steals are scarce. That being said, watch his playing time situation carefully -- he really is not worthy of a major-league roster spot, and if he does not play, he is not going to be able to steal anything.
Schafer is an interesting fifth outfield type who isn't known for particularly good defense. His skill set is mostly built around speed despite tepid defensive marks, which makes him mildly useful to fantasy owners when he plays. He's managed to accrue over 950 plate appearances in the past three seasons, and posted his best offensive season in 2013. A career best weighted offense just nine percent below league average was accompanied by a .348 batting average on balls in play, which will likely decline back towards his career .316 mark. The high BABIP is really the only positive change in his profile and might explain away his good season. Schafer does walk a lot for a punchless batter, and he can swipe bases with aplomb. Fantasy owners were able to leverage him down the stretch last season to bulk up on steals. His solid 2013 probably earned him another shot at around 250 plate appearances, but he's only one poor season away from signing a minor league contract. He may once again provide cheap, waiver wire steals for owners in deep leagues 2014, just be sure you don't need any other category from him. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
Schafer can swipe bases, but lacks any other notable skill. Despite his speed, even his defense is suspect, which makes his grasp on a major league job tenuous. Most teams want their backup outfielder to have a slick glove or power, but Schafer has neither.
Schafer had a decent little run with the Twins after the Braves cast him off, but ultimately his skillset is that of a nice fourth outfielder. When he gets everything going he looks like Jason Tyner with a little pop -- but what is that, really? Sam Fuld 2.0? He's hit just .229 in his career spanning just under 1,400 plate appearances, rendering his otherwordly speed mostly useless. He can hack the corners but isn't very good in center, and he can walk a little bit. His best-case scenario is stealing playing time in center while the Twins figure out what the hell they're going to do with Aaron Hicks. Stay away. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
His best bet is to be the next Sam Fuld. That's a nice player, but not someone you as a fantasy player need on your team.
I wrote Jordan Schafed by mistake here initially, but maybe it's fitting, as he's probably quite (s)chafed that a knee injury conspired to end his season in early May and sink his performance before that. It cost him some money in the process, as what was only believed to be an MCL sprain led to his release in mid June, and he'll now have to fight his way on to the Dodgers by way of a minor league contract. Prior to the injury, Schafer flashed some potential as a fourth outfielder, able to man each corner capably while covering center in a below average fashion. With a decent 9.9% walk rate and 103 stolen bases in just 463 career games, Schafer may still have some potential as a fifth outfielder in the National League. It's just hard to see it happening with the Dodgers, who already have five outfielders penciled in plus a decent prospect in Trayce Thompson. If a trade or an injury ever resulted in semi-regular playing time, he'd be a cheap source of runs and steals, albeit one who would also threaten to sink your batting average (he owns a .228 lifetime mark despite a .314 batting average on balls in play, as he's a strikeout machine by slap-hitter standards). Maybe he'll make the team as a part-time reliever / sixth outfielder, since he's starting a throwing program. Weirder things have happened? (Blake Murphy)
The Quick Opinion:
Schafer lost out on a good opportunity in 2015 thanks to a sprained MCL that ended his season in mid May. It will be a long climb back to playing time with the Dodgers.
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