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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
11 2257 .254 .302 .346 .224 2.1
Birth Date12-28-1972
Height5' 10"
Weight165 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
1996 CLE 23 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -.309 -0.6 -0.0 -0.1
1997 CLE 24 5 7 7 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .143 .143 .286 .159 -1.3 -0.0 -0.1
1998 CLE 25 17 56 48 8 11 1 0 2 18 3 2 2 3 0 9 0 0 .229 .286 .375 .243 1.9 -0.2 0.2
1999 CLE 26 119 427 392 43 110 21 1 3 142 23 41 5 1 6 32 11 4 .281 .328 .362 .234 12.8 1.5 1.3
2000 CLE 27 75 275 250 29 68 14 2 4 98 11 29 8 0 6 25 4 2 .272 .323 .392 .241 7.8 1.6 0.9
2001 CLE 28 134 478 437 54 121 34 1 4 169 17 44 16 0 8 56 1 2 .277 .328 .387 .245 12.3 2.4 1.4
2002 CLE 29 102 351 320 34 66 19 0 2 91 17 27 6 2 6 16 0 1 .206 .258 .284 .196 -7.3 2.7 -0.5
2003 TEX 30 101 361 334 30 86 14 1 4 114 9 32 10 4 4 35 3 1 .257 .294 .341 .216 -5.5 -0.4 -0.6
2004 MON 31 55 159 139 9 31 6 1 1 42 11 10 4 3 2 11 2 0 .223 .293 .302 .221 -0.5 0.2 -0.0
2005 SLN 32 58 139 130 14 27 6 0 1 36 5 12 2 0 2 17 0 0 .208 .248 .277 .173 -4.9 -0.4 -0.5
2006 LAN 33 3 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 .450 0.7 -0.0 0.1
Career67322572061222523116621714961995313342022110.254.302.346.22415.37.32.1

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
1992 BNC Rk 52 205 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .212 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CGA A 1 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 BNC Rk 60 249 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .290 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 CGA A 120 531 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .274 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 KIN A+ 104 398 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .271 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CLE MLB 4 1 -.309 .284 .347 .387 .246 .000 94 -0.7 0.0 0 -0.0 0.0 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
1996 CAN AA 104 418 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 CLE MLB 5 7 .159 .277 .334 .424 .258 .200 95 -0.8 0.2 0.1 -0.0 0.2 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
1997 BUF AAA 0 359 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CLE MLB 17 56 .243 .273 .343 .433 .269 .191 101 -1 1.5 1 -0.2 0.2 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
1998 BUF AAA 0 442 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 CLE MLB 119 427 .234 .273 .343 .433 .262 .307 104 -13.2 11.9 8.1 1.5 0.6 12.8 1.3 12.8 1.3
2000 CLE MLB 75 275 .241 .275 .342 .441 .263 .295 98 -6.2 7.8 5.2 1.6 -1.9 7.8 0.9 7.8 0.9
2001 CLE MLB 134 478 .245 .269 .335 .435 .265 .301 102 -7.6 13.1 8.6 2.4 -0.9 12.3 1.4 12.3 1.4
2002 CLE MLB 102 351 .196 .265 .329 .422 .264 .218 101 -24.1 9.4 6.1 2.7 2.3 -7.3 -0.5 -7.3 -0.5
2002 MHV A- 3 14 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .417 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TEX MLB 101 361 .216 .262 .327 .417 .258 .272 108 -17.5 9.8 6.5 -0.4 -1.9 -5.5 -0.6 -5.5 -0.6
2004 MON MLB 55 159 .221 .262 .332 .421 .262 .229 92 -6.9 4.7 2.7 0.2 1.1 -0.5 -0.0 -0.5 -0.0
2005 SLN MLB 58 139 .173 .262 .326 .418 .260 .222 101 -12.8 4.0 2.2 -0.4 0.9 -4.9 -0.5 -4.9 -0.5
2006 LAN MLB 3 3 .450 .262 .335 .399 .257 .667 95 0.6 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2006 BUF AAA 64 242 .216 .255 .323 .388 .253 .225 101 -10.4 6.5 3.8 -1.0 0.7 -1.5 -0.3 -1.7 -0.3
2006 LVG AAA 2 7 .305 .264 .365 .377 .255 .500 114 0.3 0.2 0.1 -0.0 -0.3 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2007 LYN A+ 6 24 .051 .247 .315 .368 .240 .100 106 -5.8 0.7 0.5 -0.1 0.0 -4.6 -0.5 -4.6 -0.5
2007 IND AAA 38 132 .227 .263 .332 .400 .259 .259 94 -4.7 3.8 2 -0.0 -1.2 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0

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
1992 BNC Rk 205 19 37 3 0 1 14 20 9 2 3 .208 .296 .242 .034 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 BNC Rk 249 40 69 15 3 5 33 8 7 7 3 .299 .331 .455 .156 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CGA A 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 CGA A 531 67 137 23 2 16 71 17 34 4 4 .279 .330 .432 .153 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 KIN A+ 398 46 98 21 0 6 43 12 29 3 6 .263 .299 .367 .105 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CAN AA 418 47 111 26 2 3 35 12 22 3 2 .281 .317 .380 .099 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CLE MLB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.309 -0.6 -0.0 -0.1
1997 BUF AAA 359 40 86 18 2 3 31 18 34 2 6 .256 .304 .348 .092 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 CLE MLB 7 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .143 .143 .286 .143 .159 -1.3 -0.0 -0.1
1998 BUF AAA 442 62 130 21 3 8 63 21 33 3 3 .313 .355 .436 .123 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CLE MLB 56 8 11 1 0 2 9 3 2 0 0 .229 .286 .375 .146 .243 1.9 -0.2 0.2
1999 CLE MLB 427 43 110 21 1 3 32 23 41 11 4 .281 .328 .362 .082 .234 12.8 1.5 1.3
2000 CLE MLB 275 29 68 14 2 4 25 11 29 4 2 .272 .323 .392 .120 .241 7.8 1.6 0.9
2001 CLE MLB 478 54 121 34 1 4 56 17 44 1 2 .277 .328 .387 .110 .245 12.3 2.4 1.4
2002 MHV A- 14 2 5 2 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 .385 .429 .538 .154 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CLE MLB 351 34 66 19 0 2 16 17 27 0 1 .206 .258 .284 .078 .196 -7.3 2.7 -0.5
2003 TEX MLB 361 30 86 14 1 4 35 9 32 3 1 .257 .294 .341 .084 .216 -5.5 -0.4 -0.6
2004 MON MLB 159 9 31 6 1 1 11 11 10 2 0 .223 .293 .302 .079 .221 -0.5 0.2 -0.0
2005 SLN MLB 139 14 27 6 0 1 17 5 12 0 0 .208 .248 .277 .069 .173 -4.9 -0.4 -0.5
2006 LAN MLB 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 .000 .450 0.7 -0.0 0.1
2006 LVG AAA 7 0 3 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 .429 .429 .714 .286 .305 0.7 -0.0 0.1
2006 BUF AAA 242 22 48 13 0 3 29 14 23 0 1 .218 .261 .318 .100 .216 -1.7 -1.0 -0.3
2007 IND AAA 132 15 30 8 0 2 13 8 8 5 1 .254 .333 .373 .119 .227 -0.1 -0.0 -0.0
2007 LYN A+ 24 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .087 .125 .087 .000 .051 -4.6 -0.1 -0.5

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
2007-07-01 2007-09-03 Minors 64 0 Right Knee Surgery Ruptured Patellar Tendon -
2007-04-06 2007-04-13 Minors 7 0 Not Disclosed -
2006-08-15 2006-08-29 Minors 14 0 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2005-03-08 2005-04-08 Camp 31 2 - Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
2002-08-23 2002-09-30 15-DL 38 36 Right Elbow Strain -
2002-04-22 2002-04-24 DTD 2 2 Left Trunk Fracture 3 Ribs - -
2001-08-17 2001-08-17 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Contusion -
2001-08-01 2001-08-03 DTD 2 2 Right Thumb Contusion - -
2001-04-29 2001-05-05 DTD 6 5 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2005 SLN $600,000
2004 MON $2,500,000
2003 TEX $1,750,000
2002 CLE $1,087,500
2001 CLE $387,500
2000 CLE $237,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$6,562,500
6 yrTotal$6,562,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 113 dPeter Greenberg

Details
  • signed as a free agent from LAD 12/06 (minor-league contract)
  • contract purchased 9/06 acquired in trade from CLE 8/06 sent to minor-league camp 3/06 signed as a free agent from STL 12/05, 1 year/$0.625M (06)+bonuses ($0.75M-65 g, $0.8M-55 games finished) (minor-league contract, may req release if not on major league ros 4/1/06)
  • FA=WAS 12/04, 1 year/$0.6M (05)+$0.25M bonuses
  • club declined $3.25M 05 option 10/04
  • acquired in trade from TX 4/04 acquired in trade from CLE 12/02
  • 4 year/$6.3M (01-04)+$3.25M 05 club option
  • $0.35M signing bonus
  • 01:$0.3M, 02:$1M, 03:$1.75M, 04:$2.5M + $3.25M 05 club op $0.4M buyout
  • bonuses: All Star, Gold Glove, SS
  • $50K (115,120,125,130,135 games started)

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 His miracle contract finally ran out, bringing the compensation universe that much closer to equilibrium. The Cardinals picked him up to pair off with Yadier Molina, and he hit like a Hamill (Mark or Dorothy, take your pick), same as always. Diaz simply can`t hit a baseball, and isn`t any club`s best option for a backup catcher spot. He signed with the Indians, where he`ll serve primarily to make Victor Martinez look even better. Godspeed, Citizen Diaz.
2005 It's hard to spot the good defensive catcher who could hit well enough to contribute—the guy who played for Cleveland four or five years ago. Diaz's defensive skills have eroded and he hasn't hit at all in years. Without a contribution to make either way around the plate, he's a poor choice in any role. Diaz should have warranted a spring training invite at most, but the Cards' Matheny fetish led them to form a Yadier Molina/Einar Diaz time-share.
2003 Einar was given the starting job, and responded by being the worst-hitting regular catcher in the majors. His defensive reputation skyrocketed, but fighting a cracked rib early in the season, he only threw out 36 of 82 baserunners, for a 30% gunnery rating. With Martinez charging onto the scene, Shapiro traded Diaz to Texas, where John Hart apparently saw a way to...well, who knows what he saw.
2002 The Indians did well to let Sandy Alomar Jr. walk away and hand the catching job to Diaz, a comparable player who lacked Alomar's health questions. They got a bit excited about having a healthy catcher, though, signing him to a four-year deal. He's Terry Steinbach without the really good years, and you can get that for a lesser commitment.
2001 Einar Diaz is a hustling catch-and-throw guy who doesn’t get the bat knocked out of his hands. He’s a good choice for baseball’s best backup catcher. Eddie Taubensee’s defensive limitations should get Diaz the right amount of playing time. However, the Indians are talking about making Taubensee the backup and playing Diaz regularly, something their offense can no longer afford.
2000 Even though he’s right-handed, he’s sort of like Jorge Fabregas, because the only pitch he can kill is the chest-high fastball. Everything else gives him trouble. He’s a nice backup because he can field the position, but if Alomar’s knees are shot, the Indians need to get somebody who can contribute offensively.
1998 Diaz gets decent reviews for his defense, but he hits like Kirt Manwaring on a bad day. He’s not getting any better with the stick, so he will need to rely on his glove if he wants to establish himself as a useful backup catcher.
1997 Diaz is considered a top-notch defensive catcher, and this season might be the year that Tony Pena is finally run off the roster. The Indians have had real problems developing or drafting catchers, and Diaz is a converted infielder.

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This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: The Postmodern OriolesAdam Sobsey2012-09-05
This article requires BP Premium accessWestern Front: No Country for Old PitchersGeoff Young2012-03-27
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: The Jose Reyes ShortageSteven Goldman2011-05-26
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL Central ShufflingChristina Kahrl2009-05-05
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: How the Indians Were BuiltKevin Goldstein2007-10-16
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: Taking AdvantageDan Fox2007-09-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction of the Day: Roster Review of the CentralsChristina Kahrl2007-04-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL Central CatchupChristina Kahrl2007-02-06
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 10-14Christina Kahrl2006-08-15
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: New ContestJim Baker2006-04-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: American League, March 30-April 4Christina Kahrl2006-04-06
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: AL Spring Job BattlesPeter Schoenke2006-03-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: American League, December 15, 2005-February 13, 2006Christina Kahrl2006-02-14
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Houston Astros vs. St. Louis CardinalsChristina Kahrl2005-10-11
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis CardinalsDayn Perry2005-10-04
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Playoff PreviewsJoe Sheehan2005-10-04
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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 19-25Christina Kahrl2005-08-26
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 15-18Christina Kahrl2005-08-19
Prospectus Notebook: St. Louis, Tampa Bay, TorontoBaseball Prospectus2005-08-17
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: July 8-14Christina Kahrl2005-07-15
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: No ExcusesWill Carroll2005-06-03
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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Offseason - The CentralsChristina Kahrl2005-03-11
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: September 30-October 26, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-11-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: A Night at the Park, 2004Gary Huckabay2004-07-20
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: A Night at the Park, 2004Joe Sheehan2004-07-20
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Chemistry CrockJoe Sheehan2004-05-03
Prospectus Triple Play: Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas RangersBaseball Prospectus2004-04-06
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You Could Look It Up: BacklashSteven Goldman2004-04-05
Teams: A Critical Guide: Preseason EditionSteven Goldman2004-03-30
Prospectus Triple Play: Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas RangersBaseball Prospectus2004-03-23
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6-4-3: Hart to HartGary Huckabay2003-12-19
Live from the (Mock) Winter Meetings: Team-by-Team BreakdownsRany Jazayerli2003-12-11
2003 HACKING MASS Results: Hail CesarDave Pease2003-11-24
Prospectus Triple Play: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle MarinersBaseball Prospectus2003-06-13
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Transaction Analysis: September 4-10, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-09-12
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