31-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Joyce’s OPS declined for a fifth consecutive season in 2014, which is not ideal for a player that is now 30. Despite getting the same amount of playing time, his home run total was cut in half last se...
Matt Joyce Contract Information:
Signed a one-year, $4.75 million deal with the Angles in February 2015, avoiding arbitration.
Joyce (concussion) was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
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Matt Joyce: MLB Games Played By Position
Matt Joyce Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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2015 Stat Review for Matt Joyce As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2014 (min 400 PA)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Joyce put up a very similar season to 2012 across the board. He started off with a solid April and May, hitting 10 home runs with 25 RBI over the first two months. He went cold at the plate for much of the remainder of the season and worked mostly in a platoon situation in left field and at DH against right-handed pitching. In the limited time against southpaws, he only hit .164/.190/.309 in 58 plate appearances. He provides solid power in the right matchups as he has approached 20 home runs in each of the past three seasons. The Rays opted to retain David DeJesus, another left-handed outfielder. With Wil Myers established as the everyday right fielder, Joyce will likely work in a matchup role starting primarily against right-handed pitching for the Rays in 2014.
After a breakout 2011 All-Star season, it is tough to not be a little disappointed with Joyce's production in 2012. He struggled with an oblique injury that landed him on the disabled list in July and likely bothered him longer after that. Even with that, Joyce showed ugly splits against left-handed pitching, hitting .209/.301/.330 against lefties compared to .250/.352/.458 against right-handers, costing him at-bats to Sam Fuld and Ben Francisco. He will be anchored as a regular in the Rays' outfield this season (likely moving to left field with the acquisition of Wil Myers) and is still a player in his prime.
Joyce rewarded fantasy owners who took a chance on him, finishing the season with 19 home runs and 13 stolen bases. After a strong start in April (.884 OPS) and May (1.229 OPS), he cooled off in June (.528 OPS) and July (.653) before rebounding over the last two months. The fluctuation of OPS is directly correlated with his BABIP showing that the roller coaster between Joyce being lucky and unlucky. He's more of a player who can hit for power than a speed guy but should again get a handful of swipes given the Rays' philosophy to run more than most teams. At 27, Joyce is entering his prime and if he shows improvement against left-handed pitching (.217 BA last season) he could be in line for at extra 100 plate appearances, adding to his value. The Rays have him penciled in as their everyday right fielder with Ben Zobrist likely to receive the bulk of his playing time at second base.
After coming over in the Edwin Jackson trade, the Rays had high hopes for Joyce. However, his first year with the team raised questions about his attitude and work ethic and he spent most of 2009 at Triple-A. Last season was a different story with coaches raving about his positive transformation. Unfortunately, an elbow injury cost him the first two months of the season and there wasn't a roster spot by the time he was done with his rehab. Joyce spent a short time at Triple-A before finally getting 216 at-bats with the Rays, playing mostly right field. He'll have a good shot of winning most of the time there this spring as a left-handed bat. He'll make for a nice fifth outfielder with pop (HR in every 21.6 at-bats last season) in most formats with 4-5 starts a week.
Joyce started the season in the mix for the right-field spot and ended up spending most of 2009 at Triple-A Durham. His results were stellar, as he finished with a .273 batting average, 16 home runs and 14 stolen bases. He's only 25, so there's still time for him to pay dividends from the Edwin Jackson trade. Right now, there just isn't a spot for him with the big club, so he's likely ticketed for a return to Durham.
Joyce was a bright spot on a Tigers squad that severely underperformed last year. He came up from Triple-A and posted solid power numbers to go along with a good eye at the plate. Joyce was traded to the Rays in December, where he'll get a chance to take over at least half of playing time in right field. He makes a nice speculative pick in deeper leagues as there is potential here.