From the Field: DJ LeMahieu, if, Colorado Rockies

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2016 Allen and Ginter

  • David John LeMahieu was drafted twice; by the Tigers in the 41st round in 2007, and then again by the Cubs in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft out of Louisiana State University.
  • He would be the Cubs #10 prospect in 2009 and #13 in 2010. He was considered the best pure hitter in the system, but his lack of power or plus defensive skills at any position clouded his future.
  • He made the big leagues in 2011 with the Cubs, but only got 60 at bats, hitting .250/.262/.283.
  • In late 2011 he was traded to the Rockies. He would split 2012 between AAA and the big league club.
  • 2013 he made a case that he should not see AAA again. Over 143 at bats he hit .364/.405/.510, proving that he had mastered the level. He would get the call, get 404 at bats in the majors, and hit .280/.311/.361 with 5 HR.
  • From 2013-2015 he would average .284/.331/.367 with 4 HR–good for an OPS+ of 81. But his glove would earn him a Gold Glove in 2014, and his bat an All-Star selection in 2015.
  • 2016, at 27, was his best season yet. He led the National League with a .348 AVG, and had career highs in both OBP (.416) and HR (11). He didn’t get any awards, but he was 15th in MVP voting.
  • Thus far in his career, he is the owner of 11.4 WAR, 5.2 of those earned in 2016.
  • As a prospect he displayed great hitting skills, but his lack of power and solid defensive position were going to slow him as he moved through the system. Despite his lack of speed and quickness, he worked on his game to become a Gold Glove winning 2B…a position where his power and raw hitting ability would play best.
Standard Batting
Year Age Tm G AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
2011 22 CHC 37 60 0 4 0 0 1 12 .250 .262 .283 .546 50
2012 23 COL 81 229 2 22 1 2 13 42 .297 .332 .410 .742 88
2013 24 COL 109 404 2 28 18 7 19 67 .280 .311 .361 .673 74
2014 25 COL 149 494 5 42 10 10 33 97 .267 .315 .348 .663 75 GG
2015 26 COL 150 564 6 61 23 3 50 107 .301 .358 .388 .746 92 AS
2016 27 COL 146 552 11 66 11 7 66 80 .348 .416 .495 .911 128 MVP-15
6 Yr 6 Yr 6 Yr 672 2303 26 223 63 29 182 405 .300 .351 .400 .751 93
162 162 162 162 555 6 54 15 7 44 98 .300 .351 .400 .751 93
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/25/2017.
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