Josh Rojas

Josh Rojas

29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Seattle Mariners
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Rojas played all over the field for the Diamondbacks in 2021-2022 while posting decent numbers, but he was unsuccessful in his 59 games with Arizona last summer with a .589 OPS, and was traded to Seattle in the deal for Paul Sewald. Once added to the Mariners roster, Rojas was in the lineup on a regular basis against right-handed pitchers, and he improved his slash to a respectable .272/.321/.400 while swiping six bases over 46 games.While it was encouraging to see the numbers increase upon joining his new club, the overall numbers were still ugly, and he ranked near the bottom of baseball in hard-hit percentage, expected slugging, barrel rate and expected weight on-base average. He also remained a liability against left-handed pitching with a .562 OPS, and it seems likely he won't be in the lineup in 2024 against southpaws very often. Rojas should have eligibility at second and third base and has a chance to carve out a regular role with the Mariners, but his fantasy value is severely limited as a player that isn't likely to contribute in many categories. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#529
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$Signed a one-year, $3.1 million contract with the Mariners in January of 2024.
Resting with lefty on mound
2BSeattle Mariners
May 12, 2024
Rojas is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics.
ANALYSIS
The lefty-hitting Rojas will duck out of the starting nine for the series finale while southpaw Alex Wood takes the hill for Oakland. Luis Urias will fill in for Rojas at third base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
18
2
1
11
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+133%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+14%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .612 199 20 2 17 7 .233 .311 .301
Since 2022vs Right .740 796 105 14 88 32 .273 .342 .398
2024vs Left .375 16 0 0 1 0 .188 .188 .188
2024vs Right .873 121 12 3 8 4 .318 .397 .477
2023vs Left .562 54 5 0 4 1 .224 .296 .265
2023vs Right .656 294 42 4 36 11 .249 .305 .351
2022vs Left .667 129 15 2 12 6 .243 .333 .333
2022vs Right .763 381 51 7 44 17 .277 .354 .410
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .701 498 65 7 46 18 .261 .335 .366
Since 2022Away .728 497 60 9 59 21 .268 .337 .391
2024Home .906 63 6 3 6 2 .309 .397 .509
2024Away .734 74 6 0 3 2 .294 .351 .382
2023Home .629 189 26 2 17 5 .238 .298 .331
2023Away .655 159 21 2 23 7 .254 .310 .345
2022Home .704 246 33 2 23 11 .268 .347 .357
2022Away .772 264 33 7 33 12 .270 .350 .422
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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
0.50
 
BB Rate
10.2%
 
K Rate
20.4%
 
BABIP
.370
 
ISO
.138
 
AVG
.301
 
OBP
.372
 
SLG
.439
 
OPS
.811
 
wOBA
.359
 
Exit Velocity
89.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.6%
 
Barrels/PA
3.6%
 
Expected BA
.278
 
Expected SLG
.462
 
Sprint Speed
23.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
34.7%
 
Line Drive %
24.2%
 
Fly Ball %
41.1%
 
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Strict platoon option
2BArizona Diamondbacks
June 7, 2023
Rojas is slashing a poor .208/.296/.250 against lefties this season. He's recorded just one extra-base hit in 27 plate appearances against southpaws.
ANALYSIS
Rojas is hitting a much more palatable .254 with a .644 OPS in 161 plate appearances against righties, but the 28-year-old is still well below the .277/.354/.410 slash he posted against righties last season. Stolen bases had been a key part of Rojas' appeal in deeper leagues, but he's swiped just three bags since April 28.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2020
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. The signing of Evan Longoria could squeeze him for playing time, though the veteran is likely to see a fair amount of action at DH. Combining Rojas' speed with dual second and third base eligibility and he could be an undervalued asset, especially for those looking for mid to late round speed.
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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Notches fourth steal
2BSeattle Mariners
May 10, 2024
Rojas went 2-for-5 with a stolen base in Friday's 8-1 win over the Athletics.
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Another three-hit day
2BSeattle Mariners
May 5, 2024
Rojas went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base during Sunday's 5-4 win over the Astros.
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Idle versus LHP
2BSeattle Mariners
May 4, 2024
Rojas isn't in the Mariners' lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros.
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Sits against lefty
2BSeattle Mariners
May 1, 2024
Rojas is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Atlanta.
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Notches stolen base Tuesday
2BSeattle Mariners
May 1, 2024
Rojas went 1-for-1 with three walks, a steal and a run scored in Tuesday's win over Atlanta.
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