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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 35)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
186.7 3.07 1.06 175 11 10 0 3.5
Birth Date8-30-1978
Height6' 3"
Weight205 lbs
Age36 years, 1 months, 24 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
5.62010
4.82011
3.82012
4.32013
4.92014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2002 CLE 23 2 2 10.3 10.3 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 44 6 2 2 0 7 8 7 0 6 1.74 4.22 5.01 1.3 0.1
2003 CLE 24 9 9 52.3 52.3 0.0 3 3 0 0 6 0 210 41 28 21 7 69 20 19 2 44 3.61 4.41 5.82 0.7 0.1
2004 CLE 25 33 33 179.0 179.0 0.0 14 8 0 0 16 1 802 188 113 108 30 329 81 80 11 161 5.43 5.08 5.78 10.5 0.7
2005 CLE 26 32 32 202.0 202.0 0.0 18 5 0 0 16 3 838 194 91 85 22 312 52 51 0 143 3.79 3.82 4.06 31.5 2.9
2006 CLE 27 33 33 200.7 200.7 0.0 14 11 0 0 14 5 882 224 114 98 29 360 58 55 8 129 4.40 4.77 4.66 34.5 3.4
2007 CLE 28 20 16 97.3 91.7 5.7 5 8 0 0 6 0 443 112 73 68 17 193 36 35 7 66 6.29 5.55 5.75 -0.3 -0.1
2008 CLE 29 31 31 223.3 223.3 0.0 22 3 0 0 23 2 891 214 68 63 12 295 34 33 5 170 2.54 2.86 3.27 56.2 5.2
2009 CLE 30 22 22 152.0 152.0 0.0 7 9 0 0 18 0 641 165 53 53 10 227 33 32 3 107 3.14 3.30 3.59 33.2 3.3
2009 PHI 30 12 12 79.7 79.7 0.0 7 4 0 0 6 1 328 80 35 30 7 124 10 10 2 74 3.39 2.79 3.89 13.3 1.4
2010 SEA 31 13 13 103.7 103.7 0.0 8 3 0 0 11 2 408 92 31 27 5 132 6 6 0 89 2.34 2.13 2.30 31.7 3.1
2010 TEX 31 15 15 108.7 108.7 0.0 4 6 0 0 7 3 435 103 53 48 11 163 12 10 1 96 3.98 2.96 3.74 23.7 2.5
2011 PHI 32 32 32 232.7 232.7 0.0 17 8 0 0 25 2 920 197 66 62 18 292 42 42 6 238 2.40 2.57 3.05 45.8 4.8
2012 PHI 33 30 30 211.0 211.0 0.0 6 9 0 0 21 3 847 207 79 74 26 334 28 28 0 207 3.16 3.17 3.52 37.4 3.8
2013 PHI 34 31 31 222.7 222.7 0.0 14 8 0 0 24 1 876 193 77 71 22 306 32 32 4 222 2.87 2.80 3.51 38.7 4.3
2014 PHI 35 13 13 81.3 81.3 0.0 4 5 0 0 8 1 352 100 40 33 7 143 12 12 1 72 3.65 2.93 3.50 13.7 1.4
Career3283242156.72151.05.71439100201248917211692384322332864644525018243.523.473.92371.736.7

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 GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2000 CPF A 11 11 44.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 JUP A+ 21 20 109.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CLE MLB 2 2 10.3 5.01 104 .193 .268 .332 .430 .266 .200 108 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2002 AKR AA 3 3 16.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .238 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 HAR AA 15 15 86.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .251 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BUF AAA 8 8 43.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .242 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CLE MLB 9 9 52.3 5.82 74 .238 .268 .329 .432 .264 .248 94 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2003 KIN A+ 1 1 4.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 AKR AA 2 2 12.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .214 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BUF AAA 11 11 63.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CLE MLB 33 33 179.0 5.78 89 .276 .267 .332 .434 .260 .304 104 10.8 1.1 10.5 0.7
2005 CLE MLB 32 32 202.0 4.06 114 .246 .266 .325 .420 .260 .277 100 32.6 3.3 31.5 2.9
2006 CLE MLB 33 33 200.7 4.66 112 .258 .276 .336 .440 .260 .296 108 34.8 3.4 34.5 3.4
2007 CLE MLB 20 16 97.3 5.75 81 .290 .268 .336 .427 .265 .300 99 0.7 0.1 -0.3 -0.1
2007 KIN A+ 1 1 2.0 0.75 184 .172 .268 .345 .393 .268 .333 99 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2007 AKR AA 1 1 5.0 0.90 180 .169 .257 .341 .392 .255 .182 98 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
2007 BUF AAA 8 8 41.0 3.54 123 .231 .262 .333 .390 .260 .292 99 8.1 0.8 8.1 0.8
2008 CLE MLB 31 31 223.3 3.27 133 .212 .265 .328 .410 .258 .301 103 55.2 5.5 56.2 5.2
2009 CLE MLB 22 22 152.0 3.59 126 .241 .261 .327 .420 .257 .318 101 33.3 3.4 33.2 3.3
2009 PHI MLB 12 12 79.7 3.89 110 .244 .260 .326 .416 .260 .312 96 13.0 1.3 13.3 1.4
2010 SEA MLB 13 13 103.7 2.30 148 .208 .262 .328 .406 .263 .283 99 32.4 3.4 31.7 3.1
2010 TEX MLB 15 15 108.7 3.74 125 .225 .259 .323 .402 .256 .292 111 23.7 2.5 23.7 2.5
2010 TAC AAA 1 1 6.0 3.56 116 .085 .267 .335 .396 .258 .188 85 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2011 PHI MLB 32 32 232.7 3.05 120 .220 .250 .311 .392 .257 .291 92 38.8 4.1 45.8 4.8
2012 PHI MLB 30 30 211.0 3.52 118 .241 .250 .310 .398 .255 .309 99 34.2 3.6 37.4 3.8
2013 PHI MLB 31 31 222.7 3.51 117 .220 .252 .314 .394 .258 .287 105 34.1 3.7 38.7 4.3
2014 PHI MLB 13 13 81.3 3.50 111 .288 .246 .300 .384 .256 .358 98 11.7 1.3 13.7 1.4
2014 CLR A+ 3 3 10.7 4.82 96 .301 .256 .317 .375 .254 .324 100 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2000 CPF A 1 4 0 11 11 44.7 50 36 63 1 0% .000 10.1 7.2 0.2 12.7 1.92 5.23 0.0 0.0
2001 JUP A+ 6 7 0 21 20 109.7 78 46 129 13 0% .000 6.4 3.8 1.1 10.6 1.13 2.79 0.0 0.0
2002 CLE MLB 0 1 0 2 2 10.3 6 8 6 0 38% .200 5.2 7.0 0.0 5.2 1.35 1.74 1.3 0.1
2002 BUF AAA 3 2 0 8 8 43.0 36 22 30 7 0% .242 7.5 4.6 1.5 6.3 1.35 3.77 0.0 0.0
2002 AKR AA 2 1 0 3 3 16.7 11 10 18 1 0% .238 5.9 5.4 0.5 9.7 1.26 5.39 0.0 0.0
2002 HAR AA 7 2 0 15 15 86.3 61 23 105 12 0% .251 6.4 2.4 1.3 11.0 0.97 3.23 0.0 0.0
2003 CLE MLB 3 3 0 9 9 52.3 41 20 44 7 40% .248 7.1 3.4 1.2 7.6 1.17 3.61 0.7 0.1
2003 BUF AAA 6 1 0 11 11 63.3 62 31 61 4 0% .324 8.8 4.4 0.6 8.7 1.47 3.27 0.0 0.0
2003 AKR AA 1 0 0 2 2 12.0 7 4 13 1 0% .214 5.2 3.0 0.8 9.8 0.92 1.50 0.0 0.0
2003 KIN A+ 0 0 0 1 1 4.3 0 3 4 0 0% .000 0.0 6.3 0.0 8.4 0.70 0.00 0.0 0.0
2004 CLE MLB 14 8 0 33 33 179.0 188 81 161 30 34% .304 9.5 4.1 1.5 8.1 1.50 5.43 10.5 0.7
2005 CLE MLB 18 5 0 32 32 202.0 194 52 143 22 36% .277 8.6 2.3 1.0 6.4 1.22 3.79 31.5 2.9
2006 CLE MLB 14 11 0 33 33 200.7 224 58 129 29 34% .296 10.0 2.6 1.3 5.8 1.41 4.40 34.5 3.4
2007 BUF AAA 1 3 0 8 8 41.0 32 25 50 1 46% .292 7.0 5.5 0.2 11.0 1.39 3.51 8.1 0.8
2007 CLE MLB 5 8 0 20 16 97.3 112 36 66 17 37% .300 10.4 3.3 1.6 6.1 1.52 6.29 -0.3 -0.1
2007 KIN A+ 0 0 0 1 1 2.0 1 0 4 0 0% .333 4.5 0.0 0.0 18.0 0.50 0.00 1.3 0.1
2007 AKR AA 1 0 0 1 1 5.0 2 1 7 0 18% .182 3.6 1.8 0.0 12.6 0.60 0.00 2.8 0.3
2008 CLE MLB 22 3 0 31 31 223.3 214 34 170 12 46% .301 8.6 1.4 0.5 6.9 1.11 2.54 56.2 5.2
2009 CLE MLB 7 9 0 22 22 152.0 165 33 107 10 46% .318 9.8 2.0 0.6 6.3 1.30 3.14 33.2 3.3
2009 PHI MLB 7 4 0 12 12 79.7 80 10 74 7 40% .312 9.0 1.1 0.8 8.4 1.13 3.39 13.3 1.4
2010 TAC AAA 0 0 0 1 1 6.0 3 0 4 0 44% .188 4.5 0.0 0.0 6.0 0.50 0.00 1.1 0.1
2010 TEX MLB 4 6 0 15 15 108.7 103 12 96 11 43% .292 8.5 1.0 0.9 8.0 1.06 3.98 23.7 2.5
2010 SEA MLB 8 3 0 13 13 103.7 92 6 89 5 41% .283 8.0 0.5 0.4 7.7 0.95 2.34 31.7 3.1
2011 PHI MLB 17 8 0 32 32 232.7 197 42 238 18 49% .291 7.6 1.6 0.7 9.2 1.03 2.40 45.8 4.8
2012 PHI MLB 6 9 0 30 30 211.0 207 28 207 26 46% .309 8.8 1.2 1.1 8.8 1.11 3.16 37.4 3.8
2013 PHI MLB 14 8 0 31 31 222.7 193 32 222 22 47% .287 7.8 1.3 0.9 9.0 1.01 2.87 38.7 4.3
2014 CLR A+ 0 1 0 3 3 10.7 13 2 8 1 58% .324 11.0 1.7 0.8 6.8 1.41 5.06 0.8 0.1
2014 PHI MLB 4 5 0 13 13 81.3 100 12 72 7 51% .358 11.1 1.3 0.8 8.0 1.38 3.65 13.7 1.4

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
2008 3237 0.5814 0.5017 0.8411 0.6270 0.3277 0.8814 0.7342 0.1570
2009 3505 0.5709 0.5023 0.8460 0.6407 0.3178 0.8838 0.7448 0.1528
2010 2968 0.6186 0.5123 0.8362 0.6422 0.3012 0.8779 0.6921 0.1632
2011 3400 0.6000 0.4815 0.8009 0.6015 0.3015 0.8452 0.6683 0.1985
2012 3087 0.5854 0.4930 0.8193 0.6198 0.3141 0.8786 0.6542 0.1800
2013 3253 0.5764 0.4943 0.8085 0.6203 0.3229 0.8581 0.6787 0.1903
2014 1273 0.5460 0.4635 0.8305 0.5784 0.3253 0.9154 0.6489 0.1678
Career207230.58560.49520.82560.62220.3150.87340.69330.1733

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-01 2014-09-29 60-DL 59 53 Left Elbow Strain Flexor Mass -
2014-05-19 2014-07-21 60-DL 63 57 Left Forearm Strain Flexor Pronator Strain for 3 Weeks - -
2013-07-22 2013-08-04 DTD 13 11 - Neck Stiffness - -
2013-06-14 2013-06-18 DTD 4 4 - Fingers Blister - -
2012-04-19 2012-05-09 15-DL 20 19 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-02-22 2012-03-06 Camp 13 0 - Abdomen Soreness - -
2011-02-01 2011-02-01 Off 0 0 Left Trunk Strain Side -
2010-09-23 2010-09-23 DTD 0 0 Right Face Laceration Ear From Splintered Bat -
2010-03-26 2010-04-29 15-DL 34 22 Right Abdomen Strain Lower Abdominal -
2010-02-05 2010-02-05 Off 0 0 Left Foot Surgery Bone Spur 2010-02-08
2008-09-24 2008-09-28 DTD 4 4 Neck Soreness -
2007-03-23 2007-05-03 15-DL 41 24 Right Abdomen Recovery From Strain -
2007-03-02 2007-03-23 Camp 21 0 Right Abdomen Strain -
2006-03-16 2006-03-21 Camp 5 0 Left Arm Fatigue -
2005-10-26 2005-10-26 Off 0 0 Groin Surgery Hernia 2005-10-26
2003-10-08 2003-10-08 Off 0 0 Groin Surgery Hernia 2003-10-08
2003-03-30 2003-05-30 60-DL 61 52 Right Abdomen Recovery From Previous Injury Strain - Lower Abdominal -
2003-02-16 2003-03-30 Camp 42 0 Right Abdomen Strain Lower Abdominal -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 PHI $12,500,000
2015 PHI $25,000,000
2014 PHI $25,000,000
2013 PHI $25,000,000
2012 PHI $21,500,000
2011 PHI $11,000,000
2010 SEA $9,000,000
2009 CLE $6,000,000
2008 CLE $3,750,000
2007 CLE $2,750,000
2006 CLE $406,200
2005 CLE $345,000
2004 CLE $303,200
2003 CLE $300,900
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$80,355,300
2011Current$25,000,000
12 yrPvs + Cur$105,355,300
2 yrFuture$37,500,000
14 yrTotal$142,855,300

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 100 dDarek Braunecker5 years/$120M (2011-15), 2016 option

Details
  • 5 years/$120M (2011-15), plus 2016 option. Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 12/14/10. 11:$11M, 12:$21.5M, 13:$25M, 14:$25M, 15:$25M, 16:$27.5M club option, $12.5M buyout. Option becomes guaranteed if Lee 1) is not on the disabled list at end of 2015 season with injury to left elbow or left shoulder, and 2) has 200 IP in 2015 or 400 IP in 2014-15. Limited no-trade protection (may block trades to 20 clubs, including all clubs except Atlanta, Cleveland, Houston, Miami, Minnesota, NY Mets, San Diego, Tampa Bay and Washington). Award bonuses: $50,000 each for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, All-Star, LCS MVP. $0.1M for WS MVP. $0.1M for Cy Young ($75,000 for 2nd in vote, $50,000 for 3rd).
  • 4 years/$15M (2006-09), plus 2010 club option. Signed extension with Cleveland 8/06, replacing 1 year/$0.4062M deal signed 3/06. $1M signing bonus. 06:$0.75M, 07:$2.75M, 08:$3.75M, 09:$5.75M, 10:$8M club option, $1M buyout. Price of 2010 option increases to: 1) $9M with Cy Young in 2008 (met) or 2009, or 2) $8.75M with 2nd or 3rd in Cy Young vote in 2008 or 2009. Award bonuses: $0.1M for All-Star selection, $0.25M for Cy Young, $0.15M for 2nd or 3rd in Cy Young vote, $75,000 for 4th or 5th in Cy Young vote. Optioned to Triple-A 7/27/07. Recalled 9/1/07. Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Cleveland 7/29/09. Philadelphia exercised $9M 2010 club option 11/6/09. Acquired by Seattle in trade from Philadelphia 12/16/09. Acquired by Texas in trade from Seattle 7/9/10 (Mariners to pay about $2.5M of roughly $4.2M left on Lee's contract for 2010).
  • 1 year/$0.345M (2005). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/05 (split contract paying $242,600 in minors). Award bonus for All Star selection.
  • 1 year/$0.3032M (2004). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/04 (split contract paying $157,400 in minors). Award bonus for All Star selection.
  • 1 year/$0.3009M (2003). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/03. Optioned to Double-A 5/03. Recalled 6/03. Optioned 7/03. Recalled 8/03.
  • 1 year/$0.2M (2002). Re-signed by Montreal 2/02 (split contract). Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Montreal 6/02. Contract purchased by Cleveland 9/02.
  • Drafted by Montreal 2000 (4-105) (Arkansas). $0.275M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 13.8 8.6 0 31 31 224.7 181 27 209 20 .285 0.92 2.26 2.46 64.0 6.5
80o 13.5 9.1 0 31 31 218.8 185 27 203 21 .295 0.97 2.55 2.77 55.1 5.6
70o 13.3 9.5 0 31 31 214.6 187 28 199 21 .302 1.00 2.75 2.99 48.9 5.0
60o 13.1 9.8 0 31 31 211.0 190 28 196 21 .308 1.03 2.93 3.19 43.4 4.4
50o 12.9 10.1 0 31 31 207.7 191 28 193 22 .314 1.06 3.10 3.37 38.5 3.9
40o 12.7 10.4 0 31 31 204.4 193 29 190 22 .319 1.09 3.27 3.55 33.7 3.4
30o 12.5 10.7 0 31 31 200.9 195 29 187 22 .325 1.12 3.45 3.75 28.5 2.9
20o 12.3 11.1 0 31 31 196.9 198 29 183 22 .332 1.15 3.66 3.98 22.6 2.3
10o 11.9 11.6 0 31 31 191.3 200 30 178 23 .342 1.20 3.96 4.3 14.6 1.5
Weighted Mean12.910.103131207.81912819322.3131.053.093.3638.84.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
15% 36% 22% 10% 87%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20153612902828166155241542144.3101.083.303.598.41.38.31.12.8
20163710802424142134191311644.3201.083.293.578.51.28.31.02.5
20173811802626156142211431744.3091.053.073.348.21.28.31.03.2
2018399702222127126181141544.3241.133.613.928.91.38.11.11.6
2019409702121124121181121644.3201.123.553.868.81.38.11.21.7
202041760181810410215951244.3221.123.473.778.81.38.21.01.5
2021426501414858512721044.3211.143.613.929.01.37.61.11.1
202243440111164661054844.3271.193.904.249.31.47.61.10.6
202344440111162651052844.3261.204.004.359.41.47.51.20.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
49.324.731.746.239.433.5191.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 87 Koji Uehara 2010 3.07
2 87 Pascual Perez 1992 0.00 DNP
3 87 Bert Blyleven 1986 4.44
4 86 Jimmy Key 1996 4.94
5 86 John Smoltz 2002 3.36
6 86 Kevin Millwood 2010 5.48
7 84 Tom Seaver 1980 3.96
8 84 Roy Oswalt 2013 8.63
9 84 Ryan Dempster 2012 3.69
10 84 Roger Clemens 1998 2.95
11 84 Vic Raschi 1954 5.29
12 83 Phil Niekro 1974 2.71
13 82 Mike Cuellar 1972 2.83
14 82 Warren Spahn 1956 2.90
15 82 Jeff Fassero 1998 4.61
16 81 Jason Schmidt 2008 0.00 DNP
17 81 Ron Reed 1978 2.73
18 81 Gaylord Perry 1974 2.74
19 81 Carl Pavano 2011 4.99
20 81 Andy Pettitte 2007 4.43
21 80 Connie Johnson 1958 4.41
22 79 Mark Langston 1996 4.96
23 79 Hiroki Kuroda 2010 3.99
24 79 Luis Tiant 1976 3.45
25 79 Mike Garcia 1959 4.75
26 79 Brad Radke 2008 0.00 DNP
27 78 Sal Maglie 1952 3.24
28 78 Early Wynn 1955 3.37
29 78 Tom Candiotti 1993 3.62
30 78 Esteban Loaiza 2007 5.79
31 78 Bob Gibson 1971 3.52
32 78 Vicente Padilla 2013 0.00 DNP
33 77 Mark Hendrickson 2009 5.14
34 77 Whitey Ford 1964 2.46
35 77 Juan Marichal 1973 4.51
36 77 Jose Contreras 2007 6.33
37 77 Mike Mussina 2004 4.92
38 76 Jim Perry 1971 4.50
39 76 Jake Westbrook 2013 5.32
40 76 Jamie Moyer 1998 3.80
41 76 Jerry Reuss 1984 4.64
42 76 Jon Lieber 2005 4.41
43 76 Greg Maddux 2001 3.32
44 76 Dick Donovan 1963 4.63
45 75 Kenshin Kawakami 2010 5.87
46 75 Chuck Finley 1998 3.91
47 75 David Wells 1998 3.61
48 75 Jim Bunning 1967 2.77
49 75 Orlando Hernandez 2001 4.85
50 75 Jarrod Washburn 2010 0.00 DNP
51 75 Barry Zito 2013 6.34
52 75 Pedro Martinez 2007 3.54
53 75 Ryan Vogelsong 2013 6.34
54 74 Doug Davis 2011 7.49
55 74 Sonny Siebert 1972 4.81
56 74 Ted Lilly 2011 4.11
57 74 David Cone 1998 3.86
58 74 Roy Halladay 2012 4.49
59 73 Jerry Koosman 1978 4.21
60 73 Don Sutton 1980 2.37
61 73 Steve Ontiveros 1996 0.00 DNP
62 73 Bill Hands 1975 4.68 DNP
63 73 Bruce Hurst 1993 8.31
64 73 Cory Lidle 2007 0.00 DNP
65 73 Bartolo Colon 2008 5.31
66 73 Bret Saberhagen 1999 3.25
67 73 Max Lanier 1951 3.91
68 73 Bronson Arroyo 2012 3.83
69 73 John Burkett 2000 5.29
70 73 Steve Carlton 1980 2.58
71 72 A.J. Burnett 2012 3.83
72 72 Randy Wolf 2012 5.82
73 72 Jason Johnson 2009 0.00 DNP
74 72 Randy Johnson 1999 2.85
75 72 Jim Bibby 1980 3.59
76 72 Braden Looper 2010 0.00 DNP
77 72 John Denny 1988 0.00 DNP
78 72 Allie Reynolds 1952 2.27
79 72 Larry Jackson 1966 3.74
80 72 Bob Tewksbury 1996 5.05
81 72 Freddy Garcia 2012 5.28
82 72 Steve Rogers 1985 5.92
83 72 Bruce Chen 2012 5.35
84 71 Bryn Smith 1991 4.30
85 71 Wilson Alvarez 2005 5.62
86 71 Sam Jones 1961 5.05
87 71 Mike Scott 1990 4.46
88 71 Brad Penny 2013 0.00 DNP
89 71 Javier Vazquez 2012 0.00 DNP
90 71 Jeff Suppan 2010 5.42
91 71 John Tudor 1989 3.14
92 70 Tommy John 1978 4.01
93 70 Stu Miller 1963 2.88
94 70 Virgil Trucks 1952 4.70
95 70 Curt Schilling 2002 3.30
96 70 Bobby Shantz 1961 3.83
97 70 Bob Friend 1966 5.30
98 70 Preacher Roe 1951 3.18
99 70 Chris Carpenter 2010 3.79
100 70 Ryan Franklin 2008 3.89

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .228 .269 .304 .204
11 vs R (Multi) .243 .270 .397 .236
18 Split (Multi) -.015 -.001 -.094 -.032
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .210 .270 .267 .195
31 vs R (2013) .239 .261 .399 .232
38 Split (2013) -.028 .010 -.132 -.037
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Lee would probably rather hear someone’s bad-beat poker story than any of his fellow pitchers griping about being saddled with a no-decision after a well-pitched outing. Merriam-Webster needs a new phrase for what Lee went through in 2012 because “bad luck” is insufficient to describe his 15 no-decisions. As strong as ever, Lee paced all of baseball with a 7.4 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 1.2-per-nine walk rate while continuing a five-year incremental gain in velocity. Lee's fine-wine transformation makes the $75 million he is guaranteed over the next three years a lot more palatable for the Phillies, as even a downturn in velocity won’t rob him of his effectiveness. His game is built on the movement of the sinker, not the speed of it, which is merely a bonus. Lee remains one of the most underrated aces in the game, thanks in large part to sharing a clubhouse with Hamels and Halladay.
2012 See, Ruben? That's how you spend $120 million. WARP suggests Lee was worth a full four wins more than Ryan Howard was last year. Even if Howard manages two or three WARP this season, Lee is a good bet to accumulate at least 10 more wins over the life of his contract than Howard does over the life of his. As for Lee, he looked better than ever last year. He set career highs in strikeouts (his first 200-plus season) and innings pitched, set a new career best in ERA, and racked up six shutouts (more than doubling his career total). His median Game Score was 66, just a notch better than Halladay’s 65, and he did it all while making it look easy. As easy as spending $120 million can look, that is.
2011 Lee was acquired from the Seattle Mariners on July 9 in exchange for top prospect Justin Smoak, former first-round pick Blake Beavan, hard-throwing relief prospect Josh Lueke, and minor-league infielder Matt Lawson. As evidenced by the size of the package it took to land him, Lee was the best pitcher ever to wear a Rangers uniform, though his bad back meant that the pitcher the Rangers had traded for was not quite the pitcher they received. Still, his post-season heroics made him a legend in a state where baseball legends begin and end with Nolan Ryan. Armed with an above-average four-pitch mix and pristine control, Lee posted one of the best strikeout-to-walk ratios by a starting pitcher in baseball history, striking out 10.3 hitters for every free pass bestowed. Lee's acquisition gave the Rangers the ace that the franchise had sorely lacked, but he spurned their winter overtures in favor of a five-year stint in Philadelphia, where he'll make up one quarter of the majors' most imposing rotation. He took what appeared to be a lesser deal than those on the table from the Rangers and Yankees, but the deal is still rather substantial as far as yearly pay-out goes. As for the teams he spurned, Lee may retain ace-level value for a few years, but in the long run they will be thankful they escaped a six- or seven-year commitment.
2010 Lee may have been left off of the Indians' playoff roster in 2007, but after winning the Cy Young Award in 2008 and proving that year was no fluke with a similarly dominant 2009, that he's still undervalued makes little sense. After the Phillies acquired him for four mediocre farmhands, Lee led the team to their third straight division title before putting together an exceptional playoff run. As it became clear he would be asking for full market value as a free agent after 2010, the Phillies literally changed horses, dealing top prospects for Roy Halladay and then swapping Lee to the Mariners to restock their system, only they acquired prospects of the same mediocre ilk they'd given up to bring him aboard. Lee is going to form a potent one-two punch with Felix Hernandez in Seattle, but he could have been part of an incredibly dominant trio with Halladay and Hamels in Philly. If the club falls short in 2010, management should be prepared to explain why a two-time pennant-winner couldn't afford to carry an extra ace for a single season.
2009 With regards to pure shock value of a performance, Lee's season ranks in the top percentile all-time, as he became the first pitcher in baseball history to post a sub-3.00 ERA in 200 innings a year after having a 6.00-plus mark in over 50. He allowed a total of five runs and four walks in his first seven starts of the year, in the process becoming the only pitcher since the dawn of game-log data in 1956 to throw three straight games with at least eight innings, three or fewer hits, no more than one walk, and at least eight strikeouts. The dream was expected to end at any moment, but it never did: Lee maintained his superb control and kept hitters in the ballpark, while the Indians kept scoring runs to support their unlikely ace, so that by year's end he had posted the fifth-best winning percentage in American League history. Lee's tremendous season can't be deemed a BABIP-fueled fluke, as his .302 mark was almost exactly league average. The veteran's success stemmed from a league-low walk rate as well as a rise in groundball tendency. Always a fastball pitcher who put his outfielders to work, Lee's G/F ratio rose from 0.76 entering 2008 to 1.38, his homer rate fell from 1.3 to a league-leading 0.5, and he induced 27 double-play grounders. The Cy Young was well deserved, and while it will most likely end up being the only one on his career mantle, Lee should settle down as one of the better AL starters.
2008 Cliff Lee's extreme fly-ball rate always flirted with danger, and when danger flirted back last summer it seemed to shatter Lee's confidence. He still has the same stuff that made him successful in the past, but he'll need to learn to trust it again. Rumors have had him on the trading block, but they might have been generated by his agent, who wants to see his client get another rotation job and another payday.
2007 Lee was pretty bad in 2004 and awfully good in 2005. Any sensible projection will say that the median performance we saw in 2006 is the real deal. That performance is a bit misleading, however, as Lee was a particular victim of the club`s lack of a quality middle-inning fireman. In the middle four months of 2006, nearly half of Lee`s quality starts were blown by the bullpen after the sixth inning (five of 12, in 23 starts overall). His ability to get back to where he was in 2005 will play a major part of the Indians` chances in 2007, but his career-high rate in hits allowed and career-low strikeout rate in 2006 leave us less than optimistic.
2005 Lee, one of three Cleveland pitchers to make more than 30 starts, saw his performance—pardon the pun—fall off a cliff in the second half, going 5-7 with an ERA of 7.91 after a sterling 9-1, 3.77 ERA in the first half. His pre-All-Star performance was more in keeping with his minor league record than what came after. Part of the problem was a predilection for launching fly balls that was borrowed from either Scott Elarton or NASA. The rest was fatigue, as Lee was so successful that he threw just 30 fewer innings in the first half than he had in all of 2003. For what it's worth, he finished the year with consecutive quality starts against Kansas City and Minnesota. Perhaps, then, the nightmare is over, but the "dead arm" of the second half does merit concern.
2003 Mmmmmmm...left-handed. Lee has a variety of brutal pitches, from different fastballs he runs into the low 90s, a deceptive changeup that’s just off 80, and two sweet breaking pitches, and he can throw all four for strikes. Which is not to say that he does throw them for strikes...but it happens. Lee is pure stuff at this point, with his control coming and going. He’s a guy who could find consistent command and be a great pitcher, or he could be one of the majors’ flakiest starters and would still be a guy I’d buy a ticket, and a OSHA-approved hardhat, to go see. With at least two rotation slots open, he has a shot to win a big league job in camp, and he’ll have one before the season’s out.
2002 The Expos want their mound prospects to induce contact early in the count so that they learn to trust their stuff. Even with that instruction, Lee posted the best strikeout rate of any starter in the Florida State League, showing how tough he is to hit. Lee has the highest ceiling of any lefty in the Expos' system; consistent success is just a matter of repeating his delivery.

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Cliff Lee has thrown 22,177 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (91mph) and Change (84mph), also mixing in a Cutter (87mph) and Curve (75mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Slider (81mph).