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David Lough is the latest outfielder to join an already crowded group

Spring training is going to be interesting when it comes to sorting out all of the outfielders in camp. David Lough is the latest member of a group of players looking to stand out from a crowd.

David Lough has spent part of each of the past four seasons in the majors and he's hoping to make it five straight after signing a minor league deal with the Phillies on Monday. Lough, who turned 30 last week, has played with Baltimore the past two seasons and was with Kansas City for two seasons prior to that, hitting a combined 13-63-.255/.295/.377 in 312 major league games over that span.

While Lough, who bats left-handed, has had some success in the majors, this past season was a struggle that saw him hit just .201 this past season in 84 games with the Orioles. In 2013, Lough played in 96 games with Kansas City, hitting .286 with five home runs and 33 RBI. Defensively, Lough is strongest at the corner outfield spots, posting a +20 Defensive Runs Scored and +13.5 Ultimate Zone Rating in left field, and similar numbers in right field. Lough is also able to play in center field with decent numbers there.

Lough, who finished eighth in Rookie of the Year balloting in 2013, joins a crowded group of players who will fight for spots on the major league roster, with other likely having to fight for a spot on the Triple-A roster because of the number of outfield candidates the Phillies will have for the top two levels.

David Lough's Major League Career Stats

YearTmGABRH2B3BHRRBISBBBSOBAOBPSLG
2012 KCR 20 59 9 14 2 1 0 2 1 4 9 .237 .292 .305
2013 KCR 96 315 35 90 17 4 5 33 5 10 52 .286 .311 .413
2014 BAL 112 174 31 43 6 3 4 16 8 15 33 .247 .309 .385
2015 BAL 84 134 14 27 1 1 4 12 2 5 36 .201 .241 .313
4 Yrs 312 682 89 174 26 9 13 63 16 34 130 .255 .295 .377
162 Game Avg. 162 354 46 90 14 5 7 33 8 18 68 .255 .295 .377
KCR (2 yrs) 116 374 44 104 19 5 5 35 6 14 61 .278 .308 .396
BAL (2 yrs) 196 308 45 70 7 4 8 28 10 20 69 .227 .280 .354
AL (4 yrs) 312 682 89 174 26 9 13 63 16 34 130 .255 .295 .377
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/26/2016.

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