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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
9 3743 .269 .367 .442 .276 6.3
Birth Date5-4-1976
Height6' 4"
Weight200 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
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
1997 OAK 21 24 108 93 12 29 6 0 3 44 13 25 1 0 1 24 0 0 .312 .402 .473 .301 5.0 -2.2 0.3
1998 OAK 22 155 678 583 94 168 41 2 18 267 85 123 9 1 0 89 2 2 .288 .386 .458 .289 30.1 -17.0 1.3
1999 OAK 23 148 558 486 80 129 21 0 28 234 63 108 8 1 0 86 4 0 .265 .358 .481 .276 22.2 -2.1 1.9
2000 OAK 24 158 675 594 92 166 40 1 27 289 73 130 3 5 0 104 3 0 .279 .359 .487 .274 21.2 -8.7 1.2
2001 TBA 25 154 639 542 72 143 30 2 11 210 87 159 8 2 0 72 7 1 .264 .372 .387 .262 4.7 -3.6 0.1
2002 TBA 26 136 561 482 62 121 30 0 19 208 69 121 8 2 0 64 8 2 .251 .353 .432 .272 9.8 -5.0 0.5
2003 TBA 27 55 205 165 28 38 7 0 4 57 32 41 6 2 0 17 0 0 .230 .371 .345 .277 3.2 -0.7 0.2
2004 CHN 28 15 19 16 2 4 2 0 1 9 0 5 2 1 0 6 0 0 .250 .316 .562 .314 1.0 -0.1 0.1
2004 MIL 28 108 275 234 28 61 15 0 7 97 39 65 0 2 0 29 0 0 .261 .364 .415 .278 9.2 -2.3 0.7
2005 CHN 29 23 25 20 1 5 0 0 0 5 5 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .241 0.5 -0.1 0.0
Career976374332154718641925118142046678445161492245.269.367.442.276106.9-41.66.3

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
1994 SOR A- 72 316 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .386 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 WMI A 102 445 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .318 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 MOD A+ 28 124 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .313 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 MOD A+ 72 324 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .406 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 HUN AA 63 272 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .275 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 OAK MLB 24 108 .301 .274 .340 .430 .264 .400 102 4.8 3.0 -1.2 -2.2 -0.2 5.0 0.3 5.0 0.3
1997 HUN AA 0 462 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .359 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 EDM AAA 0 121 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .459 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 OAK MLB 155 678 .289 .273 .340 .432 .266 .339 95 21.8 18.5 -7.5 -17.0 -1.4 30.1 1.3 30.1 1.3
1999 OAK MLB 148 558 .276 .274 .347 .439 .264 .288 98 10.3 15.6 -4.4 -2.1 1.0 22.2 1.9 22.2 1.9
2000 OAK MLB 158 675 .274 .275 .346 .443 .264 .314 93 11 19.1 -5.6 -8.7 0.2 21.2 1.2 21.2 1.2
2001 TBA MLB 154 639 .262 .260 .326 .415 .258 .353 97 1.7 17.5 -7.2 -3.6 -3.4 4.7 0.1 4.7 0.1
2002 TBA MLB 136 561 .272 .260 .325 .416 .260 .297 98 7 15.0 -6.5 -5.0 -5.4 9.8 0.5 9.8 0.5
2003 TBA MLB 55 205 .277 .264 .325 .415 .258 .279 97 3.8 5.6 -3.4 -0.7 -2.5 3.2 0.2 3.2 0.2
2004 CHN MLB 15 19 .314 .275 .333 .454 .271 .273 95 1.1 0.6 -0.1 -0.1 -0.3 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2004 MIL MLB 108 275 .278 .267 .330 .426 .263 .329 93 5.5 8.2 -2.6 -2.3 -0.0 9.2 0.7 9.2 0.7
2005 CHN MLB 23 25 .241 .249 .317 .380 .247 .385 102 -0.5 0.7 0 -0.1 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2005 IOW AAA 86 342 .291 .269 .341 .422 .269 .291 96 8.8 7.7 -2.5 -0.4 -1.3 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
1994 SOR A- 316 44 83 13 0 7 50 51 48 2 2 .329 .460 .464 .135 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 MOD A+ 124 17 28 5 0 2 14 15 22 2 0 .262 .352 .364 .103 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 WMI A 445 53 97 16 1 4 62 60 75 11 3 .261 .376 .342 .081 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 HUN AA 272 34 55 8 1 8 32 35 53 0 3 .237 .342 .384 .147 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 MOD A+ 324 61 100 20 1 11 51 38 52 8 7 .356 .433 .552 .196 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 EDM AAA 121 27 46 11 1 7 28 12 16 0 1 .426 .488 .741 .315 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 HUN AA 462 100 122 29 2 24 108 81 75 5 1 .328 .459 .610 .282 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 OAK MLB 108 12 29 6 0 3 24 13 25 0 0 .312 .402 .473 .161 .301 5.0 -2.2 0.3
1998 OAK MLB 678 94 168 41 2 18 89 85 123 2 2 .288 .386 .458 .170 .289 30.1 -17.0 1.3
1999 OAK MLB 558 80 129 21 0 28 86 63 108 4 0 .265 .358 .481 .216 .276 22.2 -2.1 1.9
2000 OAK MLB 675 92 166 40 1 27 104 73 130 3 0 .279 .359 .487 .207 .274 21.2 -8.7 1.2
2001 TBA MLB 639 72 143 30 2 11 72 87 159 7 1 .264 .372 .387 .124 .262 4.7 -3.6 0.1
2002 TBA MLB 561 62 121 30 0 19 64 69 121 8 2 .251 .353 .432 .180 .272 9.8 -5.0 0.5
2003 TBA MLB 205 28 38 7 0 4 17 32 41 0 0 .230 .371 .345 .115 .277 3.2 -0.7 0.2
2004 MIL MLB 275 28 61 15 0 7 29 39 65 0 0 .261 .364 .415 .154 .278 9.2 -2.3 0.7
2004 CHN MLB 19 2 4 2 0 1 6 0 5 0 0 .250 .316 .562 .312 .314 1.0 -0.1 0.1
2005 IOW AAA 342 44 78 19 1 14 51 48 59 0 0 .266 .371 .481 .215 .291 9.1 -0.4 0.8
2005 CHN MLB 25 1 5 0 0 0 1 5 7 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .000 .241 0.5 -0.1 0.0

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
2003-07-18 2003-09-28 15-DL 72 68 Right Upper Arm Surgery Blood Clot - Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 2003-07-31
2003-04-18 2003-05-22 15-DL 34 30 Left Thumb Surgery Infection 2003-05-04

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2004 MIL $700,000
2003 TBA $5,250,000
2002 TBA $4,000,000
2001 TBA $2,750,000
2000 OAK $750,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$13,450,000
5 yrTotal$13,450,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 83 d

Details
  • signed as a free agent from CHC 1/06 (minor-league contract)
  • recalled 9/05 optioned to Triple-A 7/05 recalled 7/05 optioned to Triple-A 5/05 contract purchased 4/05 signed as a free agent from PIT 4/05 (minor-league contract) released 3/05 signed as a free agent from CHC 1/05 (minor-league contract) acquired in trade from MIL 8/04 signed as a free agent from TB 12/03, 1 year/$0.7M (04)
  • 4 year/$14M (00-03) 00:$2M, 01:$2.75M, 02:$4M, 03:$5.25M ($5.5M tot 03 comp USAT)

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Who Will Rid Me of This Pestilent McCovey?: Pinch Running in the Last 50 YearsBrandon Isleib2007-04-10
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-04-10 16:30:00 (link to chat)Hey CK! Just counting down hours until my flight up to Oakland for Opening Night. So far this season, A's hitters seem to really be focusing on going up the middle and to the opposite field. Is this early-season noise, or a product of new hitting coach Jim Skaalen?
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
Hope you have a great time at the ballpark; I know it's not really the same thing now that the Coliseum's been mauled beyond recognition, but I sort of feel about the A's home park the way some Mets fans feel about Shea--sure, it's a pit, but it's *our* pit.

I don't think we can put this on Skaalen just yet; this isn't quite like Rick Burleson jumping on Mark McGwire to hit singles to right, and getting the single worst season of Mac's career for his troubles. It's important to keep in mind the talent that's on this year's roster, never mind that we don't have Emil Brown to kick around any more. Adding hitters like Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra gives you a lineup with people who put the ball in play a lot more often than those of us who still treasure the memories of watching Olmedo Saenz or Matt Stairs or Ben Grieve (at his best) taking their cuts. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat) What happened to Jeremy Hermida? He looked like he was going to fulfill his potential during the second half of 2007, then blah in 2008.
(Fine Man from Ottawa, Canada)
He's certainly not helping any of us resolve the stats/scouts argument over whether or not he had as much upside as his performance record suggested, is he? At this point, he's more Kevin Maas than Ben Grieve, and the fact that both halves of that proposition are a bit of a downer, it's beginning to look like some of us were oversold on those big walk totals in the minors. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Nate, you still like the Swisher package? The only reason that looks like a good deal to me is that it now seems possible Swisher is the new Ben Grieve. But the two minor-league pitchers they got are struggling, and Ryan Sweeney has no power. Besides, how can an A-ball pitcher with only one good season be the lead player in a package to get a useful, young, cheap major league position player?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
Sweeney's is not a great guy to have on a roto team (trust me, I've learned this by experience) but he nevertheless has a 117 OPS+ and he's 23 years old. That is a reasonably valuable asset any way you slice it. The pitchers have been marginal but not irredeemably so if you look at their peripherals. Yes, I still like that deal for them. (Nate Silver)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-06-09 14:30:002009 Draft CoverageOne of the great things about being at BP is having great help just a few keyboard clicks away. I asked Rany, who did his fantastic series on draft history, if he remembers a draft that was better 11-20 than 1-10. Rany jumped into action for me, and found just one in 15 years: 2002.

Top Ten: B.J. Upton, Zack Greinke, Prince Fielder, Jeff Francis.
11-20: Hermida, Joe Saunders, Scott Kazmir, Nick Swisher, Cole Hamels, James Loney, Denard Span.

The best example is 1994, where Garciaparra, Konerko and Varitek went 12-14. Needless to say, the top 10 that boasted Paul Wilson, Ben Grieve, Todd Walker and Jaret Wright wasn't as good. (Bryan Smith)