32-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for David Lough in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
David Lough Contract Information:
Signed a minor-league contract with the Indians in May of 2017.
Lough signed a minor-league deal with the Indians on Tuesday.
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David Lough: MLB Games Played By Position
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David Lough: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for David Lough.
Lough continued in his part-time role with the Orioles last season. However, his performance took a step back over the course of the season and resulted in his spending a month at Triple-A before returning to the majors in late September. Lough suffered from a .245 BABIP, but he also dug his own grave by striking out in 25 percent of at-bats, which is well above his 16.8 percent of 2014 (which falls in line with his minor league career numbers). The Orioles used Lough mostly as a late game defensive replacement, where he has accumulated just one error over the last two years. With a lack of impact corner outfielders and the ability to back up in center field, Lough seems like a favorite to continue in a supporting role in 2016. Lough will be 30 years old on Opening Day, so there is little to no chance that he gets a shot at significant playing time.
A change of scenery didn't change Lough's role last season, as the Orioles resigned him to part-time at-bats between left and center field. Over 597 career plate appearances against big-league pitching, Lough has amassed a .268/.308/.392 line with nine homers and 14 steals while largely avoiding matchups against left-handed pitching. Defensively, he's a great fit on a club that needs a quality glove man to take the field in the late innings, but he's shown limited ability as a hitter since arriving in the big leagues for the first time with the Royals in 2012. Now 29, Lough is unlikely to carve out a larger role at this stage of his career, but he may continue to latch on to rosters thanks to the aforementioned plus glove work in the outfield.
After a little more than three seasons at the Triple-A level, injuries in the Royals' outfield finally gave him the opportunity he had been waiting for for so long. He appeared in 96 games for the Royals and batted .286 with five home runs, 33 RBI and five stolen bases over a total of 335 plate appearances. While he wasn't prone to the strikeout, whiffing just 15.5% of the time, he rarely drew walks and despite a favorable .326 BABIP, he was unable to get on base at more than just a .311 clip. His defensive abilities helped keep him up with the big club, but his fantasy contributions were so light that he was barely worth using even as a plug-and-play role player. With the addition of Norichika Aoki to the outfield mix, Lough was traded to the Orioles in December.
Lough appeared to be advancing nicely through the Royals system, displaying improved plate discipline, modest power and decent speed, but took a step back in 2012 when his walk rate dropped and he posted a .317 OBP, the lowest of his professional career. He maintained most of his power and stole a career-high 26 bases, but nothing in his totals said that he was ready for a promotion. He saw very limited action in a late-season callup, appearing in 20 games primarily as a defensive replacement. When he did get a chance to hit, failed to turn any heads with his .237 average and equally weak .292 on-base percentage. Lough is still a project, but he is turning 27 years old just prior to spring training and time is running out for him to make any sort of an impact.
Lough repeated Triple-A in 2011 and the results were an improvement from his tour of duty there in 2010. He hit .318/.367/.482 and in the process cut down on his strikeout rate, while improving upon his power. He has modest speed as he has stolen 14 bases in each of the last two seasons. Entering his age-26 season, a promotion to the big leagues would serve him well as he has little left to prove in the minors. Likely destined to be a fourth outfielder, Lough is not a prospect that owners should be tracking in 2012.
Lough hit a combined .325/.370/.496 between Low- and High-A last season and the Royals like his overall gap hitting and his occasional power. Last season, Lough added 57 points to his batting average over his 2008 numbers. That's an excellent sign. He's a top-of-the-order hitter with the potential to get on base and swipe additional bags. Lough has quick hands through the ball and the potential to slap pitches to all fields if he gains patience and more plate discipline. Defensively, he has good range, takes good routes and has the strong-arm qualities that make him a viable candidate for center field. Lough could see some action at the big league level as a September callup this season, depending on how his minor league season goes.