Biographical

Portrait of John Flaherty

John Flaherty CRays

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
14 3640 .252 .290 .377 .229 1.4
Birth Date10-21-1967
Height6' 1"
Weight195 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1992 BOS 24 35 71 66 3 13 2 0 0 15 3 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 .197 .229 .227 .177 -2.7 -0.0 -0.3
1993 BOS 25 13 29 25 3 3 2 0 0 5 2 6 1 0 1 2 0 0 .120 .214 .200 .181 0.3 0.4 0.1
1994 DET 26 34 44 40 2 6 1 0 0 7 1 11 0 1 2 4 0 1 .150 .167 .175 .158 -2.9 -0.3 -0.3
1995 DET 27 112 385 354 39 86 22 1 11 143 18 47 3 2 8 40 0 0 .243 .284 .404 .229 -0.0 -1.6 -0.2
1996 DET 28 47 165 152 18 38 12 0 4 62 8 25 1 1 3 23 1 0 .250 .290 .408 .238 5.1 -0.3 0.5
1996 SDN 28 72 279 264 22 80 12 0 9 119 9 36 2 3 1 41 2 3 .303 .327 .451 .265 8.8 -1.0 0.7
1997 SDN 29 129 476 439 38 120 21 1 9 170 33 62 0 2 2 46 4 4 .273 .323 .387 .247 8.6 -1.3 0.7
1998 TBA 30 91 334 304 21 63 11 0 3 83 22 46 1 3 4 24 0 5 .207 .261 .273 .192 -8.2 -0.3 -0.8
1999 TBA 31 117 482 446 53 124 19 0 14 185 19 64 6 10 1 71 0 2 .278 .310 .415 .247 18.4 1.4 1.9
2000 TBA 32 109 418 394 36 103 15 0 10 148 20 57 0 2 2 39 0 0 .261 .296 .376 .217 -8.4 -0.4 -0.8
2001 TBA 33 78 265 248 20 59 17 1 4 90 10 33 1 1 5 29 1 0 .238 .269 .363 .209 -7.9 -0.7 -0.8
2002 TBA 34 76 303 281 27 73 20 0 4 105 15 50 1 4 2 33 2 2 .260 .296 .374 .237 5.9 -1.7 0.4
2003 NYA 35 40 116 105 16 28 8 0 4 48 4 19 1 1 5 14 0 0 .267 .297 .457 .265 7.4 -0.1 0.7
2004 NYA 36 47 135 127 11 32 9 0 6 59 5 25 1 0 2 16 0 2 .252 .286 .465 .245 3.4 1.4 0.5
2005 NYA 37 47 138 127 10 21 5 0 2 32 6 26 1 2 2 11 0 0 .165 .206 .252 .181 -9.1 1.1 -0.8
Career10473640337231984917638012711755141933413951019.252.290.377.22918.7-3.61.4

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1988 ELM A- 46 180 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .252 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 WHV A+ 95 361 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .288 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 LYN A+ 1 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 PAW AAA 99 347 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 NBR AA 67 259 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 PAW AAA 45 175 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .182 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 BOS MLB 35 71 .177 .252 .312 .365 .253 .217 103 -5.7 1.8 1.1 -0.0 0.4 -2.7 -0.3 -2.7 -0.3
1992 PAW AAA 31 111 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .268 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 BOS MLB 13 29 .181 .268 .332 .425 .266 .158 106 -2.4 0.8 0.5 0.4 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.1
1993 PAW AAA 105 400 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 DET MLB 34 44 .158 .278 .351 .453 .273 .200 102 -5 1.3 0.8 -0.3 -0.6 -2.9 -0.3 -2.9 -0.3
1994 TOL AAA 44 158 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .260 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 DET MLB 112 385 .229 .269 .342 .427 .266 .252 102 -13.1 11.5 7 -1.6 -2.4 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2
1996 DET MLB 47 165 .238 .277 .352 .446 .269 .274 100 -4.2 5.1 3.1 -0.3 0.1 5.1 0.5 5.1 0.5
1996 SDN MLB 72 279 .265 .263 .329 .410 .253 .320 99 1.6 8.6 5.2 -1.0 -4.6 8.8 0.7 8.8 0.7
1997 SDN MLB 129 476 .247 .263 .332 .413 .258 .300 98 -6.6 12.7 8.5 -1.3 -2.6 8.6 0.7 8.6 0.7
1998 TBA MLB 91 334 .192 .271 .337 .434 .267 .233 95 -24.9 9.1 6 -0.3 -1.5 -8.2 -0.8 -8.2 -0.8
1998 DUR AAA 0 24 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .167 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 TBA MLB 117 482 .247 .274 .342 .436 .263 .291 96 -7.6 13.5 9 1.4 -1.8 18.4 1.9 18.4 1.9
2000 TBA MLB 109 418 .217 .272 .343 .440 .263 .283 94 -21.1 11.8 8 -0.4 -6.3 -8.4 -0.8 -8.4 -0.8
2001 TBA MLB 78 265 .209 .271 .334 .430 .263 .259 97 -14.9 7.2 4.8 -0.7 -0.7 -7.9 -0.8 -7.9 -0.8
2002 TBA MLB 76 303 .237 .258 .322 .409 .256 .299 99 -7.4 8.1 5.3 -1.7 -0.3 5.9 0.4 5.9 0.4
2003 NYA MLB 40 116 .265 .263 .329 .421 .258 .289 98 0.6 3.2 2.1 -0.1 0.3 7.4 0.7 7.4 0.7
2004 NYA MLB 47 135 .245 .272 .346 .440 .266 .271 103 -2.3 4.0 2.4 1.4 -0.2 3.4 0.5 3.4 0.5
2005 NYA MLB 47 138 .181 .264 .328 .422 .262 .188 102 -11.6 4.0 2.4 1.1 -2.1 -9.1 -0.8 -9.1 -0.8

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1988 ELM A- 180 17 38 3 0 3 16 12 23 2 1 .235 .291 .309 .074 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 WHV A+ 361 31 87 14 2 4 28 20 44 1 0 .260 .306 .350 .090 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 PAW AAA 347 35 72 18 0 4 32 24 43 1 1 .227 .284 .322 .095 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 LYN A+ 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 PAW AAA 175 18 29 7 0 3 13 15 14 0 1 .186 .251 .288 .103 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 NBR AA 259 27 65 9 0 3 18 31 22 0 2 .289 .377 .369 .080 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 PAW AAA 111 11 26 3 0 0 7 5 8 0 0 .250 .288 .279 .029 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 BOS MLB 71 3 13 2 0 0 2 3 7 0 0 .197 .229 .227 .030 .177 -2.7 -0.0 -0.3
1993 PAW AAA 400 29 99 22 0 6 35 26 41 0 2 .271 .327 .381 .110 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 BOS MLB 29 3 3 2 0 0 2 2 6 0 0 .120 .214 .200 .080 .181 0.3 0.4 0.1
1994 TOL AAA 158 20 39 10 2 7 17 6 21 3 1 .258 .287 .490 .232 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 DET MLB 44 2 6 1 0 0 4 1 11 0 1 .150 .167 .175 .025 .158 -2.9 -0.3 -0.3
1995 DET MLB 385 39 86 22 1 11 40 18 47 0 0 .243 .284 .404 .161 .229 -0.0 -1.6 -0.2
1996 DET MLB 165 18 38 12 0 4 23 8 25 1 0 .250 .290 .408 .158 .238 5.1 -0.3 0.5
1996 SDN MLB 279 22 80 12 0 9 41 9 36 2 3 .303 .327 .451 .148 .265 8.8 -1.0 0.7
1997 SDN MLB 476 38 120 21 1 9 46 33 62 4 4 .273 .323 .387 .114 .247 8.6 -1.3 0.7
1998 DUR AAA 24 1 3 1 0 0 2 1 5 0 0 .130 .167 .174 .043 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 TBA MLB 334 21 63 11 0 3 24 22 46 0 5 .207 .261 .273 .066 .192 -8.2 -0.3 -0.8
1999 TBA MLB 482 53 124 19 0 14 71 19 64 0 2 .278 .310 .415 .137 .247 18.4 1.4 1.9
2000 TBA MLB 418 36 103 15 0 10 39 20 57 0 0 .261 .296 .376 .114 .217 -8.4 -0.4 -0.8
2001 TBA MLB 265 20 59 17 1 4 29 10 33 1 0 .238 .269 .363 .125 .209 -7.9 -0.7 -0.8
2002 TBA MLB 303 27 73 20 0 4 33 15 50 2 2 .260 .296 .374 .114 .237 5.9 -1.7 0.4
2003 NYA MLB 116 16 28 8 0 4 14 4 19 0 0 .267 .297 .457 .190 .265 7.4 -0.1 0.7
2004 NYA MLB 135 11 32 9 0 6 16 5 25 0 2 .252 .286 .465 .213 .245 3.4 1.4 0.5
2005 NYA MLB 138 10 21 5 0 2 11 6 26 0 0 .165 .206 .252 .087 .181 -9.1 1.1 -0.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1998-05-26 1998-06-20 15-DL 25 22 Left Thumb Dislocation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2006 BOS $650,000
2005 NYA $800,000
2004 NYA $775,000
2003 NYA $775,000
2002 TBA $3,250,000
2001 TBA $3,000,000
2000 TBA $2,947,410
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$12,197,410
7 yrTotal$12,197,410

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 148 dCSMG1 yr/$0.65M (06)+$0.1M OD ros b

Details
  • retired 3/06
  • signed as a free agent from NYY 12/05, 1 year/$0.65M (06)+$0.1M bonus if on OD ros
  • re-signed as a free agent 12/04, 1 year/$0.8M (05)
  • re-signed as a free agent 12/03. 1 year/$0.775M (04)
  • contract purchased 3/03 signed as a free agent from TB 1/03, 1 year/$0.775M (03) (minor-league contract)
  • 02:$3M

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2006 Torre prefers a purely defensive backup catcher, and boy, did he get what he asked for. With Randy Johnson insisting that only an offensive gelding of a catcher can give him the undivided attention he needs, Flaherty played more than was good for anyone. He`s defected to Boston, where he might put a dent in Kelly Shoppach`s career while giving the Red Sox the same sort of value fellow Yankees plant Ramiro Mendoza did.
2005 Has slugged .461 as a Yankee, and that's his entire offensive contribution—he can't get on base to save his life. The Yankees went 20-15 with Flaherty starting (.571), 81-46 (.638) in other games. This dramatic fall-off makes Joe Torre's decision not to DH Posada on his days off, when the Yankees had no better DH, inexplicable. You can't replace a .400 OBP with a .286 OBP and not expect to suffer for it. But that's detail work, and the Yankees aren't about that.
2003 The Rays failed to move Flaherty at the deadline for the second straight year, despite having Toby Hall hanging around and plenty of Flaherty-quality backups in the minors. Flash is a reliable defensive backstop. He lucked out, getting a NRI with the Yankees, where he might beat out Widger for the backup job.
2002 Flaherty missed most of September with a herniated disc in his neck, the result, no doubt, of having watched Toby Hall zoom past him. He has played for seven last-place teams in his ten major-league seasons, and it's no coincidence. Note how well the club played once Hall finally replaced him as the starting catcher.
2001 Just because a backup catcher plays a lot doesn't mean he's a real starter. John Flaherty isn't much different from Difelice, but he has a better defensive reputation and a couple of .270 BA seasons to his credit, so he plays more.
2000 Pretzel logic, Devil Ray style. They were so disillusioned with Flaherty after 1998 that they cut his salary by the maximum 20%. His increased production last year was above his established norms, yet his EqA was still in the bottom third of catchers. Thanks to the hypnotic power of batting average and an overemphasis on defense, Tampa Bay gave him a new three-year, $9-million contract. That would be asinine even if he wasn't already 32 years old.
1999 Like Difelice, he's always had a strong defensive reputation. Also, he had never shown any ability to hit prior to his arrival in San Diego in 1996, and he hasn’t since. He did suffer a gruesome dislocated thumb injury after being hit by a foul tip, but he wasn't hitting before it happened.
1998 Flaherty turned a poor year into a mediocre one by hitting well in August and September. He’s certainly not a terrible catcher, but he’s not much of an asset and he’s making entirely too much money. He wouldn’t be a bad player for a team with a festering hole at catcher. Or Mike Difelice. Traded to Tampa Bay, where he’ll be the starting catcher.
1997 Flaherty has an eerie ability to get hot at exactly the right time to make himself seem useful. He won the catching job in Detroit in 1995 with a hot April and May, and was awful afterwards. He was traded to San Diego this past June, right when Brian Johnson had started killing the ball, and hit a couple of quick homers before embarking on a 29-game hitting streak that locked up the job. Stiff.
1996  Started the year like a house on fire, playing a fairly big role in the Tigers' good start, but the demands of catching every day wore him down, and he was brutal in the second half. Just a backup who was plugged in and got hot for six weeks, setting up a ten-year career bouncing around the league.

BP Articles

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The Lineup Card: Ten Trades That Made Our ChildhoodsBaseball Prospectus2014-07-03
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: AL Spring Job BattlesPeter Schoenke2006-03-24
2006--Setting the Stage: Personal CatchersKeith Woolner2006-03-23
Prospectus Notebook: Braves, MarlinsBaseball Prospectus2006-03-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 7-9Christina Kahrl2006-03-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTeam Health Reports: New York YankeesWill Carroll2006-02-21
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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: American League, December 15, 2005-February 13, 2006Christina Kahrl2006-02-14
This article requires BP Premium accessGhosts of 2002: Contraction, Luxury Tax Back on the Table as New CBA DawnsNeil deMause2005-12-05
Prospectus Notebook: Orioles, YankeesBaseball Prospectus2005-11-11
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: October 8-19Christina Kahrl2005-10-20
Playoff Prospectus: New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimChristina Kahrl2005-10-04
Prospectus Hit List: Week of August 28Jay Jaffe2005-08-30
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Game of the Week: Cleveland Indians @ New York Yankees, 7/10/05Jonah Keri2005-07-13
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Prospectus Today: Looking Both WaysJoe Sheehan2004-10-12
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The Week in Quotes: April 1-7Derek Zumsteg2002-04-08
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The Daily Prospectus: Introducing...The DiSars!Joe Sheehan2000-04-12


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)I thought you'd answer "Yankees backup C" :)
(Wade from TX)
That would have been a fun answer, but although I tend to bitch about carrying an automatic out on the bench, I'm not sure how high our expectations should really be. As I wrote in today's You Could Look It Up, I'm looking for something better than Kevin Cash/Corky Miller, but much more than that probably isn't too realistic... John Flaherty hit .259/.291/.461 from 2003-2004, which is basically Miguel Olivo, obviously not great, but also not horrible given the alternatives. He had some big hits, too... (Steven Goldman)


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