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Denard Span

34-Year-Old Outfielder – Tampa Bay Rays

2018 Stats

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.242

HR

4

RBI

27

R

23

SB

5

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Some of Span's skills are holding steady, but his defense in center field has been a liability and the Rays are looking to deploy him in left. His bat profiles far less favorably in an outfield corner...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 175   DOB: 2/27/1984   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Denard Span Contract Information:

Span agreed to a three-year contract with the Giants in January of 2016.

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Denard Span Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 20 A QUA 64 282 240 29 64 7 4 3 0 14 15 8 34 49 4 1 3 .267 .363 .308 .671
2005 21 A FOR 49 208 186 38 63 7 3 3 1 19 13 4 22 25 0 0 0 .339 .410 .403 .813
2005 21 AA NEW 68 304 267 47 76 11 6 5 0 26 10 8 22 41 5 2 8 .285 .355 .345 .700
2006 22 AA NEW 134 597 536 80 153 24 16 6 2 45 23 11 40 78 15 1 5 .285 .340 .349 .689
2007 23 AAA ROC 139 548 487 59 130 30 20 7 3 55 25 14 40 90 21 0 0 .267 .323 .355 .678
2008 24 AAA ROC 40 184 156 32 53 15 11 1 3 14 15 8 26 36 2 0 0 .340 .434 .481 .915
2008 24 MAJ MIN 93 411 347 70 102 29 16 7 6 47 18 7 50 60 8 2 4 .294 .387 .432 .819
2009 25 AAA ROC 2 8 6 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 .333 .500 .500 1.000
2009 25 MAJ MIN 145 676 578 97 180 34 16 10 8 68 23 10 70 89 12 6 10 .311 .392 .415 .807
2010 26 MAJ MIN 153 705 629 85 166 37 24 10 3 58 26 4 60 74 10 2 4 .264 .331 .348 .679
2011 27 AAA ROC 10 40 39 4 8 1 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 5 1 0 0 .205 .205 .231 .436
2011 27 MAJ MIN 70 311 284 37 75 18 11 5 2 16 6 1 27 36 0 0 0 .264 .328 .359 .687
2012 28 MAJ MIN 128 568 516 71 146 46 38 4 4 41 17 6 47 62 4 1 0 .283 .342 .395 .737
2013 29 MAJ WAS 153 662 610 75 170 43 28 11 4 47 20 6 42 77 7 1 2 .279 .327 .380 .707
2014 30 A HAG 2 7 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 .500 .714 .500 1.214
2014 30 MAJ WAS 147 668 610 94 184 52 39 8 5 37 31 7 50 65 3 3 2 .302 .355 .416 .771
2015 31 A HAG 4 15 13 2 8 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 .615 .667 .846 1.513
2015 31 A POT 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2015 31 AA HAR 4 16 14 5 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .286 .375 .500 .875
2015 31 MAJ WAS 61 275 246 38 74 22 17 0 5 22 11 0 25 26 1 2 1 .301 .365 .431 .796
2016 32 MAJ SF 143 637 572 70 152 39 23 5 11 53 12 7 53 79 6 2 4 .266 .331 .381 .712
2017 33 A+ SAN 2 7 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .429 .333 .762
2017 33 MAJ SF 129 542 497 73 135 48 31 5 12 43 12 7 40 69 1 1 3 .272 .329 .427 .756
2018 34 MAJ TB 39 159 132 23 32 11 6 1 4 27 5 2 25 22 0 1 1 .242 .365 .394 .759
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3-Year Averages     111 482 438 60 120 35 23 3 9 39 11 4 39 58 2 1 2 .274 .335 .402 .737
Career  (View All)     1261 5,614 5,021 733 1,416 379 249 66 64 459 181 57 489 659 52 21 31 .282 .348 .396 .744

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Denard Span Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
May. 19 @LAA Did not play.
May. 18 @LAA 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .365 .394 .759
May. 17 @LAA 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252 .373 .409 .782
May. 16 @KC 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .254 .378 .393 .771
May. 15 @KC 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .248 .378 .385 .763
May. 14 @KC Did not play.
May. 13 @Bal 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 .250 .384 .393 .777
May. 12 @Bal 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .245 .373 .391 .764
May. 12 @Bal 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .243 .364 .393 .757
May. 11 @Bal 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .373 .404 .777
May. 9 Atl 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .240 .364 .390 .754
May. 8 Atl 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .371 .400 .771
May. 6 Tor 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .245 .368 .404 .772
May. 5 Tor 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .256 .382 .422 .804
May. 4 Tor 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .256 .381 .430 .811
May. 2 @Det 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .376 .434 .810
May. 1 @Det 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266 .379 .456 .835
Apr. 30 @Det 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .256 .372 .449 .821
Apr. 29 @Bos 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .267 .378 .467 .845
Apr. 28 @Bos 4 2 2 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .268 .384 .437 .821
Apr. 27 @Bos 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .254 .370 .388 .758
Apr. 26 @Bal 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .254 .363 .388 .751
Apr. 25 @Bal 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270 .373 .413 .786
Apr. 22 Min 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .371 .397 .768
Apr. 21 Min 5 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .369 .407 .776
Apr. 20 Min 5 1 2 1 0 0 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .245 .367 .408 .775
Apr. 18 Tex 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .227 .352 .386 .738
Apr. 17 Tex Did not play.
Apr. 16 Tex Did not play.
Apr. 15 Phi 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .225 .360 .375 .735
Last 7 Games 22 3 5 1 0 1 3 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 .227 .320 .409 .729
Last 14 Games 46 7 10 2 0 1 4 8 6 3 0 0 0 0 .217 .333 .326 .659
Last 30 Games 96 20 25 5 0 4 19 18 12 4 2 0 0 0 .260 .377 .438 .815

Denard Span: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2018 31 31 6
2017 123 123
2016 137 137
2015 61 61
2014 147 147
2013 153 153
2012 125 125 1
2011 67 67 1
2010 153 153
2009 145 74 84 39

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Denard Span: Minor League Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 2

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Denard Span Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018255191.320.480.932
201710614091.226.283.576
2016184141103.217.283.566

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018107183184.224.374.718
201739159123411.284.465.804
20163885610439.289.428.781

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20185481142.241.370.720
2017264376226.254.398.710
2016282345262.277.401.738

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201878153133.244.410.785
2017233366216.292.459.807
20162903662710.255.362.687
Denard Span vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

Denard Span Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 20 A QUA 282 240 12.1% 17.4% 0.69 80% .333 .041
2005 21 A FOR 208 186 10.6% 12% 0.88 87% .388 .064
2005 21 AA NEW 304 267 7.2% 13.5% 0.54 85% .333 .060
2006 22 AA NEW 597 536 6.7% 13.1% 0.51 85% .330 .064
2007 23 AAA ROC 548 487 7.3% 16.4% 0.44 82% .322 .088
2008 24 AAA ROC 184 156 14.1% 19.6% 0.72 77% .427 .141
2008 24 MAJ MIN 411 347 12.2% 14.6% 0.83 83% .339 .138
2009 25 AAA ROC 8 6 12.5% 12.5% 1.00 83% .400 .167
2009 25 MAJ MIN 676 578 10.4% 13.2% 0.79 85% .353 .104
2010 26 MAJ MIN 705 629 8.5% 10.5% 0.81 88% .294 .084
2011 27 AAA ROC 40 39 0% 12.5% 0.00 87% .235 .026
2011 27 MAJ MIN 311 284 8.7% 11.6% 0.75 87% .297 .095
2012 28 MAJ MIN 568 516 8.3% 10.9% 0.76 88% .315 .112
2013 29 MAJ WAS 662 610 6.3% 11.6% 0.55 87% .313 .101
2014 30 A HAG 7 4 42.9% 0% 0.00 100% .500 .000
2014 30 MAJ WAS 668 610 7.5% 9.7% 0.77 89% .330 .114
2015 31 A HAG 15 13 13.3% 0% 0.00 100% .583 .231
2015 31 A POT 2 2 0% 0% 0.00 100% .000 .000
2015 31 AA HAR 16 14 12.5% 0% 0.00 100% .231 .214
2015 31 MAJ WAS 275 246 9.1% 9.5% 0.96 89% .318 .130
2016 32 MAJ SF 637 572 8.3% 12.4% 0.67 86% .291 .115
2017 33 A+ SAN 7 6 14.3% 0% 0.00 100% .333 .000
2017 33 MAJ SF 542 497 7.4% 12.7% 0.58 86% .295 .155
2018 34 MAJ TB 159 132 15.7% 13.8% 1.14 83% .262 .152
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3-Year Averages     482 438 8.1% 12% 0.67 87% .298 .128
Career     5,614 5,021 8.7% 11.7% 0.74 87% .313 .114

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Denard Span Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
LF 2018 129 0 22 -1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
CF 2015 523 -10 30 -10 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 1191.3 -7 28 -4 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 1039.3 -27 35 -19 -4 -4 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2018 Stat Review for Denard Span    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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1.14 BB/K
ELITE
15.7% BB Rate
ELITE
13.8% K Rate
GREAT
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.759 OPS
WEAK
.365 OBP
GREAT
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.242 AVG
POOR
.262 BABIP
LOW
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.394 SLG
POOR
.152 ISO
WEAK

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Denard Span: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Span went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in a win over the Angels on Thursday.

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Span is out of the lineup Monday against the Royals, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Span went 1-for-2 with an RBI single, two walks and two stolen bases in a blowout loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

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Span went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run in a loss to the Orioles on Friday.

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Span is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Braves.

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Span is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.

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Span went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox.

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Span went 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run, inside-the-park home run in Saturday's win over the Red Sox.

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Span is not in the lineup Friday against Boston, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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Span went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs in a win over the Orioles on Wednesday.

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Span went 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI in Saturday's 10-1 win over the Twins.

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Span went 2-for-5 with a walk, a double, a run scored, three RBI and a stolen base in Friday's 8-7 extra-inning win over the Twins.

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Span is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers.

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Span is not in the lineup Monday against the Rangers, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

It was a tale of two halves for Span in 2016. He struggled early on with his new club, batting just .248 leading up to the All-Star break, but he picked up the pace in the second half, batting .287 with seven home runs in the final 63 games of the season. Despite the strong finish, the overall results were fairly pedestrian for the Giants' leadoff hitter. Putting aside his career-high 11 home runs, Span's 70 runs and 12 steals were his lowest totals in any full season as a starter. The outfielder's decline on the basepaths was especially concerning, as his 63 percent stolen base success rate was easily the worst of his career. If the 32-year-old truly did lose a step, then his fantasy value takes a big hit considering that steals were his most attractive asset.

2016

Span couldn't capitalize on his big 2014 campaign, as he rushed back from offseason core muscle surgery and then couldn't stay healthy for the rest of the year. The Nats ultimately shut him down at the end of August with a hip labrum tear that also required surgery. All in all he played just 61 games, and while he still posted a strong slash line, the multiple lower-body issues impacted his defense in center field when he did manage to get on the field. Span's expected to be fully recovered from the hip surgery by spring training, and the Giants seem to have few reservations about Span's health heading into his age-32 season, having inked him to a three-year deal in January. Span could prove to be a bargain for San Francisco if his legs hold up, and that may be the case in fantasy as well, as Span should start in center over Angel Pagan and could bat near the top of the order.

2015

Span put together his best season since 2009 last year, hitting .302 with a .355 OBP while scoring 94 runs, stealing a career-high 31 bases and flashing his usual Gold Glove-caliber leather in center field. The Nationals wasted little time this offseason in picking up his option for 2015, so he'll once again be their leadoff hitter and defensive linchpin in the outfield, but don't necessarily expect a repeat performance. Span will be 31 this year, and given his age, he's just as likely to steal less than 20 bases as he is to top 30 again, and while the Nats' offense behind him should once again be potent, any regression in his batting average or OBP will likely leave him back in the 70s again in runs scored rather than pushing triple digits. As a player lacking an impact power bat, Span is typically underrated in fantasy leagues, but this might be the one time he's actually overrated at your draft table, especially in the wake of offseason hernia surgery, followed by a core muscle repair procedure in March. As a result of the latter operation, Span is expected to be sidelined until May.

2014

Span did his thing in his first season with the Nationals, hitting for a solid average, stealing some bases and playing great defense in center field, but there is still room for growth. The 12.2 percent walk rate he turned in as a rookie, for instance, would look a lot better at the top of the order than last season's career-low 6.3 walk percentage. Maybe the new coaching staff in Washington can help him regain his plate discipline, because without it Span seems destined to remain one of those players who is always viewed as a placeholder rather than a key piece of the puzzle.

2013

Span will be the starting center fielder and leadoff hitter for the Nationals after he was traded from Minnesota in the offseason. Span bounced back last season after playing just 70 games in 2011 due to a concussion, displaying his usual strong on-base skills and defense. He draws walks at a good clip (eight percent of plate appearances) and has a strong contact rate that should result in a helpful batting average. Span needs to show he can stay healthy, however, as he missed a month last season with a shoulder injury (a sprained SC joint). He also helps fantasy owners with speed on the basepaths (17 steals) and could score 100 runs with his on-base skills and place as the tablesetter in Washington's lineup, increasing his overall value.

2012

Span looked on track to bounce back from a disappointing 2010 season before his year was ruined due to injury. He was hitting .300/.367/.392 before suffering a concussion on June 3. He tried to stay in the lineup, but had a setback and played just 14 games after June 6. He did return for the last week of September and finished the season without any issues and reports on his health have been good in the offseason. It sounds like he'll be ready for the start of spring training. Before the concussion, it looked like he was back to drawing walks at the high rate he had before 2010 and his slugging percentage was close to the .400 level that's likely needed to maintain a starting job. When healthy, Span has a good eye at the plate and a high contact rate while offering speed on the bases. If healthy, he'll return as Minnesota's starting center fielder.

2011

Span disappointed at the plate last season in his first full season as Minnesota's center fielder after rotating outfield positions the previous two years. In Span's first two seasons he showed a strong ability to get on base, but hit just .264 with a .331 OBP last season. He also saw a dramatic drop in power as he slugged just .348. While he drew fewer walks last season, he still had a good eye at the plate by walking nine percent of the time and had a good contact rate (60:74 K:BB rate). He also may have been a victim of bad luck with a BABIP (.295) well below his career average. And he did play with a sore shoulder after June. He improved his proficiency on the basepaths (20-of-30 in stolen base attempts, though he was picked off nine times), and his speed boosts his fantasy value. He also has upside in the runs category since he'll hit leadoff again ahead of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Several defensive metrics showed Span held his own in center field, but opinions were mixed on his range. He'll begin the season as Minnesota's starting center fielder, and there are reasons to believe he's a bounce-back candidate, but his defense and power are not strong enough for him to keep his starting job if his ability to get on base doesn't return to 2009 levels.

2010

Span showed his unexpected rookie success was no fluke and he enters 2010 as Minnesota's starting center fielder after the trade of Carlos Gomez to Milwaukee. Span has shown strong plate discipline (70:89 K:BB rate) and a good contact rate in the majors that's likely to continue to result in a .300 batting average. He also helps fantasy owners with speed on basepaths (23 steals) and could score 100 runs with his on-base skills and batting ahead of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Span rotated among all three outfield positions last season, but will take over everyday duty in center field in 2010. Some defensive metrics showed he was a below average center fielder, but he was above average in the Metrodome's expansive left field and has the speed and instincts to perform well in center field. Either way, he'll be a much needed source of OBP as Minnesota's leadoff hitter and could help fantasy owners in four or five major categories.

2009

Span established himself as an everyday outfielder and leadoff hitter last year in a surprise breakout season. Span showed little power or plate discipline in the minors, failing to slug over .355 at Double-A or Triple-A. Span completely turned his game around once the Twins told him getting on base was the key to winning a job in spring training. Span started to take more pitches and became a walk machine, first at Triple-A and then when called up when Michael Cuddyer got hurt. The only question for 2009 is where he'll play. The Twins have four spots for five regular players between the outfield and DH with Cuddyer expected back from injury. He could start in right field again or also split time at DH or center field. Either way, if he continues to defy his minor league track record, he could develop into a fantasy star with strong plate discipline and good speed on the bases.

2008

The 20th overall pick in 2002 was once thought to be the heir to Torii Hunter. His defense has lived up to the billing, but his bat indicates he'll be nothing more than a reserve outfielder in the majors. He hasn't slugged over .355 at Double-A or Triple-A the last two seasons, which shows he'd have a hard time staying in a major league lineup. His speed would make him valuable as a reserve if he does get called up at some point in 2008.

2007

Span may be the best athlete and defensive outfielder in the Minnesota system, but his development at the plate stalled last season with a slugging average of just .349. He's been called the heir to Torii Hunter in center field, but that now looks questionable. If the toolsy 20th overall pick in 2002 is going to make an impact in the majors, he'll need to rebound in 2007 with a big season and make the jump to Triple-A.

2006

Span had a breakout season in 2005 that had him quickly climb the list of the best hitting prospects in the Minnesota organization. The toolsy 20th overall pick in 2002 showed his strong second half in 2004 signaled a turnaround to his career. He gets on base at a good rate, plays strong defense and has speed, but needs to reduce his caught stealings to become a base stealer at the major league level. A strong 2006 season could make him a factor with the big league club in 2007. Some are calling him Torii Hunter's eventual replacement in centerfield, but we wouldn't go that far yet.

2004

Span, Minnesota's 2002 first-round draft pick, hit .273/.343/.319 with 34 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 50 games for the Elizabethton Twins in the Appalachian Rookie League. He's Minnesota's leadoff hitter of the future but is several years away.