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Birth Date6-22-1982
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
Age36 years, 11 months, 5 days
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3.52015
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2.62017
1.72018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2006 TEX 24 120 474 121 27 1 14 40 64 3 11 4 .286 .347 .454 105 5.2 -0.5 13.8 3.1
2007 TEX 25 130 566 127 22 2 20 62 83 9 23 2 .263 .355 .441 116 13.6 4.6 13.2 4.6
2008 TEX 26 121 583 165 41 4 18 45 67 6 26 2 .319 .375 .517 129 22.5 6.1 -2.1 4.3
2009 TEX 27 144 640 143 32 4 31 59 77 6 31 5 .253 .327 .488 122 19.2 6.2 16.3 6.0
2010 TEX 28 103 460 112 20 1 9 56 57 7 15 5 .286 .382 .412 122 12.4 1.6 4.7 3.2
2011 TEX 29 155 723 158 34 4 32 89 71 8 30 4 .255 .355 .477 133 28.3 11.6 11.8 7.4
2012 TEX 30 157 731 168 42 5 19 60 90 10 21 9 .257 .326 .423 110 8.5 7.0 -6.1 2.9
2013 TEX 31 136 614 151 31 2 13 51 59 8 15 11 .277 .344 .413 119 14.0 3.5 13.2 4.9
2014 DET 32 161 726 188 40 4 17 29 79 5 15 4 .275 .307 .420 104 3.5 3.0 3.1 3.0
2015 DET 33 154 675 185 35 7 11 43 80 3 10 6 .296 .342 .428 113 12.8 2.1 0.1 3.5
2016 DET 34 153 679 178 29 4 28 45 115 13 14 6 .288 .348 .484 123 20.2 4.7 3.0 4.8
2017 DET 35 139 613 130 25 3 22 55 86 7 14 5 .236 .313 .412 102 3.2 4.7 1.0 2.6
2018 ANA 36 91 391 85 20 0 13 30 40 4 9 4 .239 .304 .406 97 0.0 -0.9 4.0 1.4
2018 BOS 36 37 143 32 6 0 1 10 24 0 7 3 .242 .294 .311 97 0.0 0.6 -1.3 0.3
2019 SDN 37 44 156 27 7 0 6 11 25 2 1 3 .189 .256 .364 73 -4.3 -1.2 1.6 0.1
Career1845817419704114125468510179124273.270.337.441115159.253.176.352.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2003 SPO A- NWN 51 216 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CLN A MDW 60 259 .000 .000 .000 .444 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 FRI AA TXS 71 326 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 OKL AAA PCL 131 597 .276 .346 .443 .290 95 0.1 4.6 -0.1 102 0 2.9 5.7 -4.7 0.8
2006 TEX MLB AL 120 474 .266 .330 .425 .304 108 0.9 14.3 -0.7 105 4 13.8 -0.5 5.2 3.1
2006 OKL AAA PCL 10 41 .270 .335 .421 .250 105 -0.5 1.2 -0.1 104 0 0.9 0.3 -0.4 0.2
2007 TEX MLB AL 130 566 .272 .337 .431 .279 101 6.6 16.8 -0.8 116 8 13.2 4.6 13.6 4.6
2007 OKL AAA PCL 3 14 .290 .353 .439 .417 97 0.3 0.4 0 104 0 -0.4 0.2 -0.1 0.0
2008 TEX MLB AL 121 583 .263 .329 .412 .334 112 20.7 16.8 -0.8 129 8 -2.1 6.1 22.5 4.3
2009 TEX MLB AL 144 640 .265 .330 .424 .241 107 8.7 18.4 -0.8 122 9 16.3 6.2 19.2 6.0
2009 FRI AA TXS 2 9 .248 .316 .367 .000 115 -1.4 0.2 0 33 0 0.0 0.0 -0.8 -0.1
2010 TEX MLB AL 103 460 .262 .327 .416 .313 112 8 12.7 -0.6 122 8 4.7 1.6 12.4 3.2
2010 FRI AA TXS 6 23 .264 .321 .383 .313 94 0.6 0.7 0 96 0 0.3 -0.1 -0.7 0.0
2011 TEX MLB AL 155 723 .259 .322 .408 .243 111 15.2 19.5 -1.7 133 5 11.8 11.6 28.3 7.4
2012 TEX MLB AL 157 731 .257 .318 .415 .270 104 -0.4 20.0 -1.9 110 8 -6.1 7.0 8.5 2.9
2013 TEX MLB AL 136 614 .258 .319 .406 .288 100 17.8 16.1 -1.5 119 10 13.2 3.5 14.0 4.9
2013 FRI AA TEX 2 9 .258 .320 .417 .000 100 -1.7 0.2 -0.1 9 0 0.0 -0.5 -1.0 -0.1
2014 DET MLB AL 161 726 .258 .318 .395 .288 106 -0.8 18.7 -0.9 104 8 3.1 3.0 3.5 3.0
2015 DET MLB AL 154 675 .252 .311 .400 .323 106 4.6 18.2 -0.9 113 8 0.1 2.1 12.8 3.5
2016 DET MLB AL 153 679 .255 .320 .420 .314 108 16.5 19.2 -0.9 123 9 3.0 4.7 20.2 4.8
2017 DET MLB AL 139 613 .251 .317 .423 .244 109 -12.1 17.9 -1.1 102 9 1.0 4.7 3.2 2.6
2018 ANA MLB AL 91 391 .250 .313 .416 .237 99 -1.7 11.0 -0.5 97 6 4.0 -0.9 0.0 1.4
2018 BOS MLB AL 37 143 .246 .316 .410 .287 108 -7.5 4.0 -0.2 97 6 -1.3 0.6 0.0 0.3
2019 SDN MLB NL 44 156 .241 .309 .418 .188 87 -5.1 4.6 -0.2 73 16 1.6 -1.2 -4.3 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2003 SPO A- NWN 216 188 32 52 10 6 1 77 15 20 34 11 3 .277 .358 .410 .133 0 0
2004 FRI AA TXS 326 277 51 83 21 1 9 133 46 32 47 7 4 .300 .400 .480 .181 1 1
2004 CLN A MDW 259 227 52 91 30 1 11 156 53 26 37 16 6 .401 .467 .687 .286 1 1
2005 OKL AAA PCL 597 530 102 145 28 2 23 246 94 53 89 19 5 .274 .348 .464 .191 2 2
2006 TEX MLB AL 474 423 65 121 27 1 14 192 55 40 64 11 4 .286 .347 .454 .168 7 1
2006 OKL AAA PCL 41 39 7 10 3 0 2 19 6 2 5 1 1 .256 .293 .487 .231 0 0
2007 OKL AAA PCL 14 13 1 5 0 0 0 5 3 0 1 2 0 .385 .385 .385 .000 0 0
2007 TEX MLB AL 566 483 96 127 22 2 20 213 61 62 83 23 2 .263 .355 .441 .178 4 8
2008 TEX MLB AL 583 518 102 165 41 4 18 268 71 45 67 26 2 .319 .375 .517 .199 7 7
2009 FRI AA TXS 9 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .222 .000 .000 0 0
2009 TEX MLB AL 640 566 101 143 32 4 31 276 86 59 77 31 5 .253 .327 .488 .235 6 3
2010 FRI AA TXS 23 19 3 5 0 1 0 7 6 2 3 2 0 .263 .364 .368 .105 0 0
2010 TEX MLB AL 460 391 73 112 20 1 9 161 45 56 57 15 5 .286 .382 .412 .125 4 2
2011 TEX MLB AL 723 620 121 158 34 4 32 296 77 89 71 30 4 .255 .355 .477 .223 2 4
2012 TEX MLB AL 731 655 105 168 42 5 19 277 72 60 90 21 9 .257 .326 .423 .166 5 1
2013 FRI AA TEX 9 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .000 .111 .000 .000 0 0
2013 TEX MLB AL 614 545 85 151 31 2 13 225 72 51 59 15 11 .277 .344 .413 .136 7 3
2014 DET MLB AL 726 684 100 188 40 4 17 287 92 29 79 15 4 .275 .307 .420 .145 5
2015 DET MLB AL 675 624 94 185 35 7 11 267 73 43 80 10 6 .296 .342 .428 .131 5 0
2016 DET MLB AL 679 618 117 178 29 4 28 299 83 45 115 14 6 .288 .348 .484 .196 3 0
2017 DET MLB AL 613 551 90 130 25 3 22 227 52 55 86 14 5 .236 .313 .412 .176 0 0
2018 BOS MLB AL 143 132 17 32 6 0 1 41 16 10 24 7 3 .242 .294 .311 .068 1 0
2018 ANA MLB AL 391 355 49 85 20 0 13 144 32 30 40 9 4 .239 .304 .406 .166 2 0
2019 SDN MLB NL 156 143 18 27 7 0 6 52 11 11 25 1 3 .189 .256 .364 .175 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2145 0.4914 0.4462 0.8673 0.6357 0.2631 0.9358 0.7073 0.1327 0.0107
2009 2412 0.5050 0.4498 0.8719 0.6486 0.2471 0.9253 0.7288 0.1281 0.0091
2010 1738 0.4919 0.4091 0.8720 0.5953 0.2288 0.9470 0.6832 0.1280 0.0057
2011 2814 0.4819 0.3721 0.9064 0.5619 0.1955 0.9541 0.7789 0.0936 0.0110
2012 2895 0.5054 0.4269 0.8665 0.6001 0.2500 0.9351 0.6983 0.1335 0.0098
2013 2380 0.4966 0.4017 0.8944 0.5787 0.2270 0.9547 0.7426 0.1056 0.0078
2014 2535 0.5156 0.4690 0.8890 0.6297 0.2980 0.9587 0.7322 0.1110 0.0137
2015 2516 0.4817 0.4694 0.8772 0.6568 0.2952 0.9472 0.7325 0.1228 0.0097
2016 2542 0.4851 0.4481 0.8385 0.6204 0.2857 0.9072 0.6979 0.1615 0.0000
2017 2392 0.4849 0.4448 0.8430 0.6138 0.2857 0.9143 0.6989 0.1570 0.0000
2018 2079 0.5075 0.4541 0.8771 0.6322 0.2705 0.9250 0.7617 0.1229 0.0000
2019 552 0.5217 0.4583 0.8063 0.6215 0.2803 0.8715 0.6486 0.1937 0.0000
Career270000.49570.43560.87200.61520.25910.93550.72330.12800.0071

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-05-18 2013-06-15 15-DL 28 25 Right Trunk Stress Fracture Rib Cage - -
2012-09-02 2012-09-03 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Soreness - -
2012-05-16 2012-05-17 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-03-11 2012-03-14 Camp 3 0 - Low Back Tightness - -
2010-07-28 2010-09-01 15-DL 35 32 Left Groin Strain -
2010-03-26 2010-04-29 15-DL 34 21 Right Ankle Recovery From Sprain High Ankle -
2010-03-12 2010-03-26 Camp 14 0 Right Ankle Sprain High Ankle -
2009-07-29 2009-08-15 15-DL 17 16 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-03-13 2009-03-15 Camp 2 0 Left Foot Contusion Bone -
2008-08-18 2008-09-29 60-DL 42 37 Left Surgery Sports Hernia 2008-09-05
2008-05-03 2008-05-05 DTD 2 2 Bilateral Soreness -
2008-03-31 2008-03-31 Camp 0 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2007-06-29 2007-07-31 15-DL 32 27 Right Foot Stress Fracture -
2007-04-07 2007-04-08 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness GI -
2006-04-12 2006-05-25 15-DL 43 37 Left Thumb Dislocation Thumb -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2021 SDN $500,000
2020 SDN $3,750,000
2019 SDN $3,750,000
2018 ANA $11,000,000
2017 DET $11,000,000
2016 DET $14,000,000
2015 DET $16,000,000
2014 DET $16,000,000
2013 TEX $13,000,000
2012 TEX $7,200,000
2011 TEX $6,200,000
2010 TEX $4,200,000
2009 TEX $3,200,000
2008 TEX $500,000
2007 TEX $390,708
2006 TEX $327,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$103,017,708
2019Current$3,750,000
14 yrPvs + Cur$106,767,708
2 yrFuture$4,250,000
16 yrTotal$111,017,708

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 0 dBBI Sports Group2 years/$8M (2019-20), 2021 option

Details
  • 2 years/$8M (2019-20), plus 2021 option. Signed by San Diego 12/20/18. 19:$3.75M, 20:$3.75M, 21:$3.5M club option ($0.5M buyout).
  • 5 years/$75M (2013-17), plus 2018 club option. Signed extension with Texas 4/10/12. 13:$13M, 14:$16M, 15:$16M, 16:$14M, 17:$11M, 18:$10M club option, $5M buyout. 2018 option guaranteed at $11M with 600 plate appearances in 2017 (met). 2017 Gold Glove would increase 2018 salary by $1M. Award bonuses, including $0.1M for All Star. Limited no-trade protection. Acquired by Detroit in trade from Texas 11/20/13, with Tigers paying $30M to Rangers in the deal. As of 12/17, Kinsler's no-trade clause allowed him to block deals to 10 clubs: LA Angels, LA Dodgers, Milwaukee, NY Mets, NY Yankees, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa Bay, Toronto. Acquired by LA Angels in trade from Detroit 12/13/17. Acquired by Boston in trade from LA Angels 7/30/18 with $3,666,667 remaining on contract. Angels paid Red Sox $1,833,333 as part of the deal.
  • 5 years/$22M (2008-12), plus 2013 club option. Signed extension with Texas 2/19/08 (replaced 1 year/$407,570 deal signed 2/15/08). $1M signing bonus. 08:$0.5M, 09:$3M, 10:$4M, 11:$6M, 12:$7M, 13:$10M club option ($0.5M buyout). Award bonus: $50,000 for All Star selection.
  • 1 year/$390,708 (2007). Re-signed by Texas 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2006). Contract purchased by Texas 11/05.
  • Drafted by Texas 2003 (17-496) (Missouri).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 270 40 71 15 1 9 31 26 41 8 3 .297 .374 .481 126 20.6 2B 0 2.2
80o 251 36 63 13 1 8 28 23 39 7 3 .283 .356 .457 119 16.4 2B 0 1.7
70o 238 33 58 12 1 7 26 21 37 6 3 .274 .346 .439 114 13.7 2B 0 1.5
60o 227 31 54 11 1 7 24 20 36 6 2 .266 .339 .433 109 11.4 2B 0 1.3
50o 216 29 51 11 1 6 22 18 35 5 2 .263 .333 .423 105 9.6 2B 0 1.0
40o 205 27 47 10 1 6 20 17 34 5 2 .254 .325 .416 101 7.8 2B 0 0.8
30o 194 25 43 9 1 5 19 16 32 5 2 .246 .314 .394 96 6.1 2B 0 0.6
20o 181 23 39 8 1 5 17 14 30 4 2 .239 .306 .393 91 4.2 2B 0 0.5
10o 162 20 33 7 1 4 14 12 28 4 1 .224 .290 .367 84 2.0 2B 0 0.3
Weighted Mean2193051111622193552.259.332.41610610.22B 01.1

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-03-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)"Low minors second base prospect is always a tough profile." Ahhh, so THAT'S why every scout crapped all over me, and Dustin, and Cano, and Mookie B., and on and on and on. Maybe second base shouldn't be looked at as a "tough profile" any more than any other position.
(Jose Altuve from Cooperstown, but later)
So Pedroia was a shortstop prospect until Double-A, Cano was mostly a shortstop until High-A (and looked like he would end up at third if we're counting), and Betts played all over the place. People will bring up Jose Altuve until the cows come home, but isn't the guy who turned out to have an 8 hit more the exception than the rule?

Here's an exercise: group your favorite X number of MLB second basemen and see how many were second basemen in the low-minors.

I'll start. Aside from the above, Daniel Murphy wasn't, Ian Kinsler wasn't, Ben Zobrist wasn't, Javier Baez wasn't, Brandon Phillips wasn't, Neil Walker wasn't, Dee Gordon wasn't, Logan Forsythe wasn't, Brian Dozier mostly wasn't, I think Jason Kipnis and Rougned Odor moved there in High-A, hell even Joe Panik moved there in Double-A. (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-03-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Ian Kinsler sure has a whole lotta grission, huh? ;)
(Gary from NY)
For those who missed it, Ian Kinsler went after the Puerto Rico and Dominican teams under the nebulous "play the game the right way" sort of way in an interview today.

This comes up every four years. This is how these teams play in, say, the Caribbean Series. I like it, and we could all do remembering baseball is more of a passion play and less of a Serious Operation sometimes. (Jarrett Seidler)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty 10 keeper in both MLB level and MILB level. I can keep Wong for free as one of my 10 MILB but can also probably trade Wong straight up for Profar (no longer MILB eligible) but would have to use a MLB keeper spot on him. Would probably cost me Rios or Ryu. I have no 2nd baseman (not keeping Utley) going into the year. Is the keeper spot worth the trade for 2014? Who do you foresee having a quicker/bigger impact Wong or Profar?
(Rich from St. Louis)
Hi Rich.

With Ian Kinsler out of the way, Jurickson Profar should have a much bigger fantasy impact than Kolten Wong in 2014. I could be wrong about Wong ( the way I was off base about Matt Carpenter) but I see Wong as more of a steady performer and not as a player with significant upside like Profar. Your decision is kind of tough, though, because you would have to give up either Alex Rios or Ryu. In this case, I might simply keep Wong since you're not surrendering the MLB slot and can keep both Wong and Rios or Wong and Ryu. It's a close call for me. I think I'd make the deal but I can see why you wouldn't either. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Most likely Rangers 2nd baseman in 2015: Ian Kinsler, Jurickson Profar, Rougned Odor or Mark McLemore?
(Or from Denton)
I'd love for it to be Odor. That kid is full on #want. If the Rangers keep Profar, I can see a scenario (down the line) where Profar slides over to SS and Odor takes over at 2B. Kinsler is still a good player, but I don't see him at 2B in 2015. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jon Daniels said in a chat session today that local media members targeted Ian Kinsler for criticism more than they do other players because he's not "media-friendly." How much do you think playing nice with the media impacts the extent that they are portrayed as "leaders," "selfish," having "intangibles," etc.?
(Joe C. Wales from Lewisville)
It's certainly hard for a reporter to distinguish between "nice to me" and "good person." I think "target" is a loaded word, though. With maybe a very few exceptions, I don't think reporters target anybody, even players who are aloof or hostile. The default in local sports coverage is to be rah-rah, and the default in any access journalism is to be positive. Guys who are nice to reporters probably get more benefit of the doubt. (Sam Miller)
2012-05-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Favorite U.S. Supreme Court Justice–baseball player comp?
(Tommy from Secret Volcano Lair)
I'm going with John Paul Stevens is Ian Kinsler. He was quietly the best all along while we were distracted by the flashier Hamilton/Scalia. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Rangers' starting outfield next year is...
(Or Moyal from Denton)
Ian Kinsler, Leonys Martin, and Nelson Cruz (Jason Parks)
2011-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)In terms of individual player performances, who surprised you most this postseason and why?
(R.A.Wagman from Hockey Prospectus)
The first thing that jumped to mind was all of Ian Kinsler's sketchy baserunning in the World Series, not totally erased by his one clutch SB. (Steven Goldman)
2011-10-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you explain Ian Kinsler? He was never seen as a very toolsy guy when he rose through the minors. But his power/speed/defense combination is among the best in all of baseball.
(Or from DENTON!!!)
Huge scouting success and failure at the same time. It's hard to fault those that missed it, while at the same time you have to give Mike Grouse a ton of credit for finding the diamond. (Jason Parks)
2011-08-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the deal with Christain Yellich's speed. He has 27 steals and only 4 caught stealings yet scouts only put a 4 on his speed.
(Matt from NYC)
Stealing bases isn't only a direct by-product of the speed tool. Ian Kinsler steals like crazy (and efficient) and he isn't super fast on the watch. Good base-stealers steal off the pitcher, finding the right opportunity to take advantage of his inability to deliver the ball to the plate in the 1.2-1.4 window. You have to have quick feet which will allow for a jump, and reaching top speed after a few strides, whether that top speed grades out as plus or not, is vital. If you can find your full-stride after only a few steps, and you time the pitcher to your advantage, you can steal on the best catchers in the game. You steal on pitchers. (Jason Parks)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to deal with, both past or present?
(Gerald from Savannah)
Geez. That's a tough one because there are so many good guys I have dealt with in 24 years of covering baseball. I hate to leave people out but some of my favorites would have to include Sean Casey, John Burkett, Jay Bell, Craig Wilson, Jason Schmidt, Michael Barrett from the past. From the present: Jason Bay, Cole Hamels, Carlos Pena, Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips, Nyjer Morgan, Neil Walker, Joel Hanrahan, Adam Jones, Max Scherzer, Don Kelly, Chris Perez, Adam Dunn, Matt Capps, Torii Hunter, Kurt Suzuki, Ian Kinsler. (John Perrotto)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)How are you still going? What are you drinking? Who is your favorite out-of-nowhere prospect of all time (whether you got it right or wrong)?
(mef from Brooklyn)
I'm a machine. I'm drinking Odwalla Strawberry C. Probably Ian Kinsler. I had no idea who he was and then all of a sudden he was hitting .400. (Jason Parks)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many games will I get to play at second base on Ian Kinsler's team?
(Michael Young from Texas)
Kinsler has a hard time staying healthy, averaging 123 games a year over the last three, so I'll go with 30. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please fill in the blank. This is the best NL Rookie Class since ________ (blank). Thanks! Bobby
(Bobby from New York)
Are we going strictly by league? Because the 2007 class had Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Dustin Pedroia and Josh Hamilton among hitters, Tim Lincecum and Joakim Soria among pitchers. 2006 had Hanley Ramirez, Ryan Zimmerman, Andre Ethier, Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, Francisco Liriano, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, Josh Johnson, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon (who used to not suck), Jonathan Broxton (ditto)...

There's a lot to be excited about with this year's rookie class (Posey, Heyward, Santana, Stanton) but I'm in no rush to appoint them the best class of the past five years until I see much more. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your opinion of the following proposed trade: Astros Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler.
(CTM from Houston, TX)
This would be ghastly, especially for the Rangers. Pence may not really stick as much more than a filler in a corner in the better league, and the Rangers already have that on their bench in the form of David Murphy. Putting him in center seems a stretch, so he doesn't fix that problem. And then how do you replace Kinsler, bump Michael Young to the keystone and put Chris Davis at third? Arias and Blanco aren't viable everyday players. And all of this to get Oswalt, an older, shorter right-hander with health issues, coming to the DH league? As Eric Seidman argued this morning, I think any deal for Oswalt's only going to yield pennies on the dollar, given his contract. He's worth more to the Astros as an Astro than as something to dangle and then wangle with. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to start a team today and your only two 2B options are Ian Kinsler and Robbie Cano, who do you take and why? Bang Bang!!
(tremont from Truth or Consequences, Nm)
Kinsler, because the upside is that tasty, and because finding a playable replacement-level second baseman if or when he breaks again is probably the single easiest position fix you could name. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Julio Lugo Award, for unluckest player. Between his "balls in play" numbers, injuries, and being replaced by not one, but two people who can't hit. I can't think of too many others up to his level. Also, the Ian Kinsler/Chase Utley Award for injuries ruining MVP seasons.
(Zac from Land of Milk and Honey)
Carlos Quentin feels like he got screwed out of that award despite being injured. (Marc Normandin)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)How long until Michael Young gets moved to another position? And where do you think he should end up, when he does move?
(Alone Again from Naturally)
For the Rangers, he's locked in at short as long as Ian Kinsler's his teammate, and I can't see a move to any other position than second base. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff: Thanks for the chat! Ian Kinsler is the greatest thing since sliced bread. He's God's gift. He's the yin and the yang. That is all.
(ghost of Ron Gant from roto history)
About five comments/questions to this effect. Yep, agreed - he's my #2 2B now, only behind Utley. The thing that I love is the SB success rate - 23-of-24. Just unreal. (Jeff Erickson)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableClearly, Ian Kinsler's the straw that stirs the whatever it is that Texans drink. Margaritas? (Christina Kahrl)
 

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