Josh Rojas

Josh Rojas

28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Arizona Diamondbacks
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Rojas suffered a Grade 2 right oblique strain in the spring, keeping him out about a month. Rojas finished with 125 games, a few less than the previous season, but he posted similar numbers while stealing more bases. He doesn't do anything especially well, but Rojas does a little of everything. That said, last season's 19.2 strikeout rate was a career-low, so if he maintains that, Rojas' contact will be above average and provide a solid floor. Last season, his HR/FB dipped, but a higher fly ball rate salvaged his power. There's some latent pop in his swing of Rojas can sustain the elevated fly ball rate while hitting them with a little more authority. Pulling it together, steals are the key as Rojas has a chance to benefit from the new rules. Combining that with dual second and third base eligibility and Rojas is an undervalued asset, especially for those looking for mid to late round speed. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a contract with the Astros in June of 2017. Traded to the Diamondbacks in July of 2019.
Slugs go-ahead homer
2BArizona Diamondbacks
October 6, 2022
Rojas went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Brewers.
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Rojas homered off righty reliever Trevor Gott with nobody out in the ninth inning to give Arizona a 3-2 lead. Across his final six games of 2022, the third baseman recorded a .409 average over 22 at-bats with three multi-hit games and four doubles. The 28-year-old closed out the season with a .269/.249/.391 slash line, nine home runs, 56 RBI, 66 runs and 23 steals in 510 plate appearances.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
45
14
14
10
4
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
14
6
2
2
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .702 304 42 6 25 10 .257 .337 .366
Since 2020vs Right .736 822 102 14 77 23 .263 .340 .396
2022vs Left .667 129 15 2 12 6 .243 .333 .333
2022vs Right .763 381 51 7 44 17 .277 .354 .410
2021vs Left .775 146 22 4 13 4 .277 .352 .423
2021vs Right .744 400 47 7 31 5 .260 .338 .407
2020vs Left .498 29 5 0 0 0 .222 .276 .222
2020vs Right .391 41 4 0 2 1 .147 .244 .147
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+121%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .751 545 79 8 46 17 .274 .356 .396
Since 2020Away .704 581 65 12 56 16 .250 .324 .380
2022Home .704 246 33 2 23 11 .268 .347 .357
2022Away .772 264 33 7 33 12 .270 .350 .422
2021Home .798 276 38 6 23 6 .277 .360 .438
2021Away .707 270 31 5 21 3 .252 .322 .384
2020Home .691 23 8 0 0 0 .300 .391 .300
2020Away .313 47 1 0 2 1 .122 .191 .122
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Stat Review
How does Josh Rojas compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.56
 
BB Rate
10.8%
 
K Rate
19.2%
 
BABIP
.323
 
ISO
.122
 
AVG
.269
 
OBP
.349
 
SLG
.391
 
OPS
.739
 
wOBA
.328
 
Exit Velocity
88.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.9%
 
Barrels/PA
3.1%
 
Expected BA
.242
 
Expected SLG
.365
 
Sprint Speed
23.9 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
41.6%
 
Line Drive %
23.3%
 
Fly Ball %
35.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
Rojas parlayed a strong spring into regular playing time at second base. He also played right and center field along with shortstop and third base, appearing in a career-high 139 games. It would have been more, except Rojas missed time with a dislocated pinky finger. Rojas' K% and BB% were in line with levels posted previously, but he carried a bloated .345 BABIP. Unfortunately, the underlying metrics point to at least 15 lucky hits, so expect some batting average regression. That said, Rojas could improve his contact, especially since he's not prone to chasing. He has below average power with above average, but not blazing speed. Rojas' biggest allure is lineup motility as he qualifies at second base, shortstop, and outfield. He needs volume to be mixed-league worthy and should get it, likely playing all over the diamond again. There isn't an obvious pathway to a breakout, but Rojas can be an asset.
The ability to play all over the diamond, along with expanded rosters to open the 2020 campaign, resulted in Rojas making the Opening Day roster despite poor performances at the plate in spring training and summer camp. He only appeared in one game, fanning in his only plate appearance before the Diamondbacks sent Rojas to their alternate training facility. He was recalled Sept. 1 and played in 16 of the next 19 games before lower-back inflammation mercifully ended his season. Rojas was excellent at the Double- and Triple-A levels in 2019, but that's less impressive considering he was 25 years old. While it's encouraging that Arizona wanted to see Rojas down the stretch, he failed to take advantage. He has stolen-base appeal, but not enough to occupy a mixed-league roster spot unless he has a big spring training, and even then, there is no obvious position for Rojas to play.
Rojas was part of the four-prospect haul Arizona received for sending Zack Greinke to Houston at the trade deadline. He is a jack of all trades defensively, and could add second-base eligibility in season. The power he showed at Double-A and Triple-A didn't carry over in the big leagues, but he was able to maintain a high walk rate (11.5 BB%). After sporting a 14.8 K% at Triple-A, he struggled making contact at the big-league level (26.1 K%) after getting promoted in August. While that is not unusual for a prospect seeing MLB pitching for the first time, it's worth noting that Rojas was already 25 years old. His minor-league steals totals oversell his pure speed, but he is an above-average runner and attempted six steals in 157 big-league PA. If he earns more than a bench role in his first full season with Arizona, he could steal double-digit bases with double-digit homers.
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Records lone Arizona hit
2BArizona Diamondbacks
October 4, 2022
Rojas went 1-for-3 with a steal in Tuesday's loss against the Brewers.
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Doubles twice in three-hit game
2BArizona Diamondbacks
October 2, 2022
Rojas went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI in Sunday's 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Giants.
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Adds steal in loss
2BArizona Diamondbacks
October 1, 2022
Rojas went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in Friday's 10-4 loss to the Giants.
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Returns to lineup
2BArizona Diamondbacks
September 25, 2022
Rojas started at third base and went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Giants.
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Remains infielder for now
2BArizona Diamondbacks
September 24, 2022
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Rojas will remain an infielder through the end of the season, Jose M. Romero of the Arizona Republic reprots.
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