Minnesota Twins
2014 Avg.
.217
 
Career Avg.
.254
Name  Josh Willingham
Born  2/17/1979
Height  6-2
Weight  215
Number  16
Position  LF
Bats  R
Throws  R
Cold7/7/2014 11:40:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is struggling to find his swing, batting just .147 over the past four weeks and faces a pitcher in Hisashi Iwakuma that has had his number.
Insight: Willingham is 0-for-8 against Iwakuma and has collected just one hit in his last 19 at-bats. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
 
7/6/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has been dreadful against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda in 12 career at-bats (.083 average, one hit, five strikeouts)
Insight: Willingham's average has dropped 82 points since June 11 (.311 to .229) and he's not a good bet to turn things around this afternoon against Kuroda as his lifetime numbers against him are poor and he's hitting righties worse than lefties this year, too.
 
Cold7/2/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham usually hits lefties well, but he's batted .105 with seven strikeouts in 19 at-bats against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Willingham has a career .856 OPS against left-handers, but he's never been able to solve Vargas. The outfielder also has hit .136 with 17 Ks in his last 44 at-bats, so he's someone to avoid Wednesday.
 
Cold7/1/2014 5:50:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is not in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said he wanted to get as many lefties in the lineup as possible against James Shields, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com, so Willingham will take a seat. The outfielder has hit .136 with 17 Ks in his last 44 at-bats.
 
Cold6/24/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has gone 8-for-24 (.333) with three doubles and two home runs against Angels starter C.J. Wilson.
Insight: Willingham has struggled lately, going 3-for-29 (.103) in his last nine games, but this matchup could wake up his bat.
 
6/21/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is not in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Willingham is just getting a day off after putting together a mediocre week of work (.136, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .527 OPS)
 
6/19/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is a career .533 lifetime (8-for-15) against White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
Insight: Willingham has forgotten how to swing the bat this week, going 1-for-19 over the past six games, so he might not be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
 
Hot6/15/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham owns a .389 lifetime average against Detroit starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: He's gone 7-for-18 with two doubles, two homers and five walks against Porcello. Willingham is also 18-for-54 (.333) with five homers, 17 RBI, 16 walks and 11 runs since May 28.
 
Hot6/11/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham has batted .360 with five homers, 17 RBI and 15 walks in his last 15 games.
Insight: After hitting .208 with 14 homers in 389 at-bats last year and missing six weeks due to a fractured hand this year, Willingham is back to producing fantasy-worthy numbers.
 
5/26/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham is finally back in the starting lineup.
Insight: Willingham will bat fifth in Monday's lineup. He last played on April 6.
 
5/25/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: The Twins are expected to activate left fielder Josh Willingham from the disabled list on Monday. SOURCE: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Insight: He needed a month and a half to recover from a fractured wrist. Willingham's home run potential is intriguing (78 round-trippers since 2011) but his low batting average (.256 in 3,632 career at bats) makes him a risk in fantasy.
 
5/13/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) is likely to start a rehab assignment this weekend, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on April 6 and suffered a fracture. He took batting practice Tuesday without any issues and will take BP again on Wednesday.
 
5/9/2014 5:45:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will take batting practice on the field Saturday for the first time since his injury, according to Rhett Bollinger of mlb.com.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on April 6 and suffered a fracture. He had to stop a batting practice session on April 29 when he felt continued soreness, but he's had no issues since then.
 
5/6/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) hit off a tee on Tuesday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on April 6 and suffered a fracture. He had to stop a batting practice session early on April 29 when he felt continued soreness, but he did some light swinging Monday and had no issues Tuesday. He should be able to ramp up his activity again soon.
 
4/29/2014 7:56:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham had to stop a batting practice session early on Tuesday due to continued soreness in his left wrist, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on April 6 and suffered a fracture. He said he hopes to test his wrist again in a few days.
 
4/13/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) has a hairline fracture in his left wrist, according to Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He won't undergo surgery.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch last Sunday and was placed on the DL Saturday. The Twins hope he can return in two weeks.
 
4/11/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, according to Tyler Mason of foxsportsnorth.com.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on Sunday and hasn't played since. The Twins must have felt he wasn't making enough progress to remain on the active roster.
 
4/11/2014 6:06:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham (wrist) will miss Friday's game, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Willingham was hit in the left wrist by a pitch on Sunday and hasn't played since. The team will place him on the DL if his wrist issue drags through the weekend.
 
4/9/2014 12:17:00 PM
Description: Twins left fielder Josh Willingham won't be available Wednesday versus Oakland. He's missed the last two games with a wrist injury. SOURCE: Rhett Bollinger, MLB.com
Insight: He hasn't even swung a bat yet. If Willingham's wrist doesn't heal quickly, he could be headed to the disabled list. Jason Kubel (.381, 0 HR, 5 RBI) has been starting in his place.
 
4/7/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Minnesota left fielder Josh Willingham sat out Monday but is hoping to return Wednesday against Oakland. SOURCE: Mike Bernardino, Pioneer Press
Insight: Willingham's wrist is still bothering him after getting hit by a pitch on Sunday but he's hoping things will be back to normal by Wednesday. Fantasy owners seem to have soured on Willingham after his lackluster 2013 campaign (owned in only 5.4 percent of ESPN leagues).