Mark Zagunis
Mark Zagunis
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Mark Zagunis in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Outrighted to Triple-A
OFChicago Cubs  AAA
September 9, 2019
The Cubs sent Zagunis outright to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday after he went unclaimed off waivers.
Chicago designated Zagunis for assignment earlier this month to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Ben Zobrist, who was reinstated from the restricted list. The outfielder will stick around with the Cubs as organizational depth after hitting .250 in 30 games at the big-league level in 2019.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .679 30 0 0 5 2 .231 .333 .346
Since 2017vs Right .501 34 2 0 2 0 .172 .294 .207
2019vs Left .739 20 0 0 3 0 .278 .350 .389
2019vs Right .578 20 2 0 2 0 .222 .300 .278
2018vs Left 1.667 3 0 0 1 0 .500 .667 1.000
2018vs Right .667 3 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
2017vs Left .143 7 0 0 1 2 .000 .143 .000
2017vs Right .273 11 0 0 0 0 .000 .273 .000
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .619 26 1 0 3 0 .227 .346 .273
Since 2017Away .562 38 1 0 4 2 .182 .289 .273
2019Home .476 20 1 0 2 0 .176 .300 .176
2019Away .824 20 1 0 3 0 .316 .350 .474
2018Home 1.100 6 0 0 1 0 .400 .500 .600
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away .222 18 0 0 1 2 .000 .222 .000
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Stat Review
How does Mark Zagunis 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.
    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.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Mark Zagunis
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April 27, 2017
James Anderson jumps to Triple-A as he continues his tour of the minor leagues and wonders whether the Cubs will try to find room for Ian Happ on their roster later this summer.
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February 9, 2016
RotoWire's James Anderson dives into the best prospects in the NL Central, including the Brewers' Jorge Lopez, who has a chance to be a solid contributor in the majors this season.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Perhaps it was only ever a fool's hope that Zagunis would find a way to put his excellent on-base skills to use for the Cubs. Now entering his age-25 season, he has made his MLB debut, but is no closer to realistically getting everyday at-bats on the north side of Chicago. His 17.2 percent walk rate led the Pacific Coast League last year and his .404 OBP ranked fourth. However, as a corner outfielder who lacks above-average power and provides replacement-level defense, he would need to be on a rebuilding club to get an extended look as an everyday player. Zagunis, who hits right-handed, has a shot to make the big-league club out of spring training, but he wouldn't even be assured of the short side of a platoon, as more versatile players like Ian Happ and Ben Zobrist profile better in that type of role. If injuries strike or Zagunis gets dealt to a team like the Tigers or Royals, he would immediately be appealing in deeper OBP leagues, but until then he can be largely ignored.
He does not hit for a ton of power or profile as even an average runner, but Zagunis is still one of the Cubs most appealing fantasy prospects. The lack of standout tools helped bury the catcher-turned-outfielder in a loaded system in recent years, but all the while he continued to hit and get on base at absurd clips. He received a promotion to Triple-A in June after posting a 154 wRC+ in 51 games at Double-A. After the promotion his 10.4 percent walk rate, 19.9 percent strikeout rate, .360 OBP and 123 wRC+ were his worst marks above rookie ball. In other words, the worst version of Zagunis we have seen was 23 percent better than league average in the Pacific Coast League. Think of him as a less-heralded Jesse Winker. A broken foot at the end of July cut his season short, but he should be ready for spring training. Entering his age-24 season, the best thing for his value would be a trade to an organization with an opening in an outfield corner.
There's something here. The converted catcher and third-round draft pick in 2014 has a little pop, but the exciting part of his game is his batting eye. He walked 80 times (against 86 strikeouts) for High-A Myrtle Beach last year, and his 122:128 BB: ratio in his two years in the minors bodes well for his future. He also stole 12 bases last year after 16 thefts in his debut season, so he could have a future as a leadoff hitter and on-base machine. He's a bit under the radar, especially compared to the many offensive prospects who have been a part of the Cubs' system the last few years, but he's a good sleeper who could find himself with Double-A Tennessee in 2016 and vying for a spot on the major league roster in 2017.
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Removed from 40-man roster
OFChicago Cubs  AAA
August 31, 2019
Zagunis was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Saturday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Returned to Triple-A
OFChicago Cubs  AAA
August 20, 2019
Zagunis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
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Up as 26th man
OFChicago Cubs  AAA
August 18, 2019
Zagunis is up as the Cubs' 26th man for Sunday's Little League Classic against the Pirates, Jordan Bastian of reports.
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Sent to Triple-A
OFChicago Cubs  AAA
May 25, 2019
Zagunis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Jordan Bastian of reports.
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No starts in May
OFChicago Cubs  AAA
May 23, 2019
Zagunis remains out of the lineup for Thursday's game againt the Phillies.
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