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Portrait of Willie Bloomquist

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 36)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .259 1 27 17 7 .239 0.1
Birth Date11-27-1977
Height5' 11"
Weight190 lbs
Age36 years, 10 months, 25 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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0.62012
0.52013
-0.02014
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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
2002 SEA 24 12 38 33 11 15 4 0 0 19 5 2 0 0 0 7 3 1 .455 .526 .576 .432 8.5 0.2 0.9
2003 SEA 25 89 220 196 30 49 7 2 1 63 19 39 1 2 2 14 4 1 .250 .317 .321 .235 -3.0 1.3 -0.2
2004 SEA 26 93 201 188 27 46 10 0 2 62 10 48 0 0 3 18 13 2 .245 .283 .330 .223 -0.5 -3.6 -0.4
2005 SEA 27 82 267 249 27 64 15 2 0 83 11 38 1 2 4 22 14 1 .257 .289 .333 .231 0.8 -3.2 -0.2
2006 SEA 28 102 283 251 36 62 6 2 1 75 24 40 4 2 2 15 16 3 .247 .320 .299 .230 2.9 -2.5 0.0
2007 SEA 29 91 188 173 28 48 3 0 2 57 10 35 1 0 4 13 7 5 .277 .321 .329 .234 2.1 -1.2 0.1
2008 SEA 30 71 192 165 32 46 1 0 0 47 25 29 1 0 1 9 14 3 .279 .377 .285 .266 8.9 -1.0 0.8
2009 KCA 31 125 468 434 52 115 11 8 4 154 27 73 1 2 4 29 25 6 .265 .308 .355 .232 1.4 0.4 0.2
2010 CIN 32 11 18 17 0 5 0 0 0 5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .294 .333 .294 .226 -0.8 -0.1 -0.1
2010 KCA 32 72 181 170 31 45 10 1 3 66 8 25 0 1 2 17 8 5 .265 .296 .388 .231 0.6 -0.8 -0.0
2011 ARI 33 97 381 350 44 93 10 2 4 119 23 51 4 2 2 26 20 10 .266 .317 .340 .236 4.0 -3.2 0.1
2012 ARI 34 80 338 324 47 98 21 5 0 129 12 55 0 2 0 23 7 10 .302 .325 .398 .262 14.8 -8.6 0.6
2013 ARI 35 48 150 139 16 44 5 1 0 51 8 11 2 1 0 14 0 2 .317 .360 .367 .262 5.9 -1.3 0.5
2014 SEA 36 47 139 133 15 37 6 0 1 46 4 32 0 1 1 14 1 1 .278 .297 .346 .248 0.5 -1.9 -0.1
Career102030642822396767109231897618748115152522113250.272.319.346.24246.1-25.52.1

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
1999 EVE A- 0 201 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 LNC A+ 0 293 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .419 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TAC AAA 0 198 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .259 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SAN AA 123 531 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SEA MLB 12 38 .432 .242 .320 .375 .254 .484 90 7 1.0 -0.2 0.2 1.0 8.5 0.9 8.5 0.9
2002 TAC AAA 104 381 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .287 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SEA MLB 89 220 .235 .265 .333 .426 .266 .304 97 -6.1 6.0 1 1.3 -2.2 -3.0 -0.2 -3.0 -0.2
2004 SEA MLB 93 201 .223 .267 .333 .428 .258 .319 101 -8.3 6.0 0.4 -3.6 0.2 -0.5 -0.4 -0.5 -0.4
2004 TAC AAA 3 12 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .444 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SEA MLB 82 267 .231 .265 .325 .417 .259 .300 97 -8.3 7.7 0.9 -3.2 2.5 0.8 -0.2 0.8 -0.2
2006 SEA MLB 102 283 .230 .272 .334 .425 .255 .288 101 -9.5 8.5 0.5 -2.5 2.9 2.9 0.0 2.9 0.0
2007 SEA MLB 91 188 .234 .265 .331 .414 .261 .338 95 -5.5 5.6 0.7 -1.2 -1.0 2.1 0.1 2.1 0.1
2008 SEA MLB 71 192 .266 .262 .332 .410 .260 .338 96 1.2 5.5 0.3 -1.0 1.9 8.9 0.8 8.9 0.8
2009 KCA MLB 125 468 .232 .271 .333 .434 .263 .309 105 -13.9 13.5 -0.2 0.4 1.9 1.4 0.2 1.4 0.2
2010 CIN MLB 11 18 .226 .274 .338 .443 .283 .357 97 -0.6 0.5 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2010 KCA MLB 72 181 .231 .264 .329 .415 .260 .294 111 -5.4 5.0 -0.7 -0.8 -0.3 0.6 -0.0 0.6 -0.0
2011 ARI MLB 97 381 .236 .253 .317 .392 .258 .300 99 -8.9 10.3 2.6 -3.2 0.3 4.0 0.1 4.0 0.1
2012 ARI MLB 80 338 .262 .256 .318 .406 .261 .362 102 0.8 9.3 3.7 -8.6 0.3 14.8 0.6 14.8 0.6
2012 DIA Rk 4 10 .363 .266 .350 .389 .280 .375 93 1.2 0.3 0.1 -0.1 0.4 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2013 ARI MLB 48 150 .262 .255 .313 .393 .256 .341 102 0.3 3.9 0.2 -1.3 2.2 5.9 0.5 5.9 0.5
2013 RNO AAA 6 23 .310 .292 .348 .474 .285 .474 117 1.2 0.7 0 -0.0 0.7 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2013 USA int 2 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 DIA Rk 4 14 .395 .258 .339 .396 .270 .545 96 2.1 0.4 0.1 -0.1 -0.0 2.4 0.2 2.4 0.2
2014 SEA MLB 47 139 .248 .255 .314 .390 .265 .356 90 -1.5 3.6 0.1 -1.9 -0.4 0.5 -0.1 0.5 -0.1

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
1999 EVE A- 201 35 51 10 3 2 27 22 25 17 5 .287 .368 .410 .124 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TAC AAA 198 17 43 5 1 1 23 7 28 5 0 .225 .253 .277 .052 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 LNC A+ 293 63 97 19 6 2 51 37 27 22 12 .379 .457 .523 .145 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SAN AA 531 59 125 23 2 0 28 28 55 34 9 .255 .292 .310 .055 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SEA MLB 38 11 15 4 0 0 7 5 2 3 1 .455 .526 .576 .121 .432 8.5 0.2 0.9
2002 TAC AAA 381 47 91 14 3 6 47 29 44 20 10 .270 .325 .383 .113 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SEA MLB 220 30 49 7 2 1 14 19 39 4 1 .250 .317 .321 .071 .235 -3.0 1.3 -0.2
2004 TAC AAA 12 2 5 0 0 1 3 0 2 1 0 .417 .417 .667 .250 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SEA MLB 201 27 46 10 0 2 18 10 48 13 2 .245 .283 .330 .085 .223 -0.5 -3.6 -0.4
2005 SEA MLB 267 27 64 15 2 0 22 11 38 14 1 .257 .289 .333 .076 .231 0.8 -3.2 -0.2
2006 SEA MLB 283 36 62 6 2 1 15 24 40 16 3 .247 .320 .299 .052 .230 2.9 -2.5 0.0
2007 SEA MLB 188 28 48 3 0 2 13 10 35 7 5 .277 .321 .329 .052 .234 2.1 -1.2 0.1
2008 SEA MLB 192 32 46 1 0 0 9 25 29 14 3 .279 .377 .285 .006 .266 8.9 -1.0 0.8
2009 KCA MLB 468 52 115 11 8 4 29 27 73 25 6 .265 .308 .355 .090 .232 1.4 0.4 0.2
2010 KCA MLB 181 31 45 10 1 3 17 8 25 8 5 .265 .296 .388 .124 .231 0.6 -0.8 -0.0
2010 CIN MLB 18 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .294 .333 .294 .000 .226 -0.8 -0.1 -0.1
2011 ARI MLB 381 44 93 10 2 4 26 23 51 20 10 .266 .317 .340 .074 .236 4.0 -3.2 0.1
2012 DIA Rk 10 3 3 1 1 0 4 1 1 0 0 .333 .400 .667 .333 .363 2.0 -0.1 0.2
2012 ARI MLB 338 47 98 21 5 0 23 12 55 7 10 .302 .325 .398 .096 .262 14.8 -8.6 0.6
2013 USA int 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 RNO AAA 23 5 9 0 1 0 9 2 2 0 0 .429 .478 .524 .095 .310 2.7 -0.0 0.3
2013 DIA Rk 14 4 6 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 .500 .571 .583 .083 .395 2.4 -0.1 0.2
2013 ARI MLB 150 16 44 5 1 0 14 8 11 0 2 .317 .360 .367 .050 .262 5.9 -1.3 0.5
2014 SEA MLB 139 15 37 6 0 1 14 4 32 1 1 .278 .297 .346 .068 .248 0.5 -1.9 -0.1

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 729 0.5432 0.4629 0.8813 0.6515 0.2372 0.9302 0.7215 0.1157
2009 1772 0.5186 0.4884 0.8705 0.6224 0.3435 0.9196 0.7747 0.1295
2010 651 0.5484 0.4885 0.8805 0.6555 0.2857 0.9359 0.7262 0.1195
2011 1422 0.5246 0.4870 0.8642 0.6153 0.3447 0.9237 0.7468 0.1358
2012 1149 0.5083 0.5057 0.8569 0.6455 0.3593 0.9363 0.7094 0.1431
2013 515 0.5223 0.4922 0.8498 0.6654 0.3008 0.9330 0.6486 0.1502
2014 495 0.5071 0.5213 0.8054 0.6853 0.3484 0.8721 0.6706 0.1946
Career67330.52310.4910.86260.63910.32640.92360.72990.1371

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-24 2014-09-29 60-DL 67 61 Right Knee Surgery 2014-08-08
2013-06-28 2013-08-28 15-DL 61 53 Left Hand Fracture 2 Fractures From HBP - -
2013-03-27 2013-05-31 15-DL 65 53 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-09-04 2012-10-04 DTD 30 26 Right Low Back Recovery From Cartilage Injury Injection - -
2012-08-09 2012-09-01 15-DL 23 22 - Low Back Cartilage Injury Small Tear - -
2012-07-30 2012-08-06 DTD 7 6 - Low Back Soreness - -
2012-05-29 2012-05-30 DTD 1 1 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-05-08 2012-05-09 DTD 1 1 Right Ankle Soreness - -
2011-04-22 2011-05-18 15-DL 26 24 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-09-01 2010-09-10 DTD 9 7 General Medical Gastrointestinal Food Poisoning -
2009-10-16 2009-10-16 Off 0 0 Bilateral Knee Surgery Debridement 2009-10-16
2009-08-20 2009-08-21 DTD 1 0 Bilateral Knee Inflammation -
2008-08-10 2008-09-28 60-DL 49 44 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-03-12 2008-03-17 Camp 5 0 Right Thigh Tightness Quadriceps -
2007-03-25 2007-03-27 Camp 2 0 Abdomen Strain -
2006-03-09 2006-03-19 Camp 10 0 Right Fingers Laceration Little Finger -
2005-08-30 2005-10-02 60-DL 33 31 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-07-22 2005-07-22 DTD 0 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2005-06-27 2005-07-02 DTD 5 4 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2004-08-12 2004-08-15 DTD 3 3 Head Concussion Player Collision Sliding Into Base and Thrown Ball Hit Helmet -
2004-05-02 2004-05-21 15-DL 19 16 Low Back Strain -
2002-06-06 2002-06-18 Minors 12 0 - General Medical Other Positional Vertigo - -
2002-04-22 2002-05-03 Minors 11 0 - Low Back Strain - -
2000-05-24 2000-06-13 Minors 20 0 Left Wrist Contusion Hamate - -
1999-08-06 1999-09-06 Minors 31 0 Left Wrist Fracture - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 SEA $3,000,000
2014 SEA $2,800,000
2013 ARI $1,900,000
2012 ARI $1,900,000
2011 ARI $750,000
2010 KCA $1,700,000
2009 KCA $1,400,000
2008 SEA $950,000
2007 SEA $825,000
2006 SEA $625,000
2005 SEA $385,000
2004 SEA $325,000
2003 SEA $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$11,060,000
2011Current$2,800,000
12 yrPvs + Cur$13,860,000
1 yrFuture$3,000,000
13 yrTotal$16,860,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 29 dScott Boras2 years/$5.8M (2014-15)

Details
  • 2 years/$5.8M (2014-15). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 12/5/13. 14:$2.8M, 15:$3M.
  • 2 years/$3.8M (2012-13). Re-signed by Arizona as a free agent 11/9/11.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2011), plus 2012 mutual option. Signed by Arizona as a free agent 1/18/11. 11:$0.75M, 12:$1.1M mutual option ($0.15M buyout). Arizona exercised 2012 option 10/31/11.
  • 2 years/$3.1M (2009-10). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/9/09. 09:$1.4M, 10:$1.7M. Performance bonuses based on games, PAs. Bloomquist declined 2012 option 11/1/11.
  • 2 years/$1.825M (2007-08). Signed extension 11/06, replacing final year of previous deal. $0.1M signing bonus. 07:$0.825M, 08:$0.95M.. Performance bonuses based on PAs: $0.2M in 2007, $0.225M in 2008.
  • 2 years/$1.525M (2006-07). Re-signed 1/06 (avoided arbitration, $0.85M-$0.625M). $50,000 signing bonus. 06:$0.625M, 07:$0.85M. 2007 salary may increase $0.25M based on performance. Performance bonuses based on PAs: $0.15M in 2006, $0.25M in 2007.
  • 1 year/$0.385M (2005)
  • 1 year/$0.325M (2004)
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003)

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
90o 311 34 87 13 3 2 26 18 47 10 7 .302 .343 .391 .276 14.7 3B 1, SS -3 1.3
80o 290 30 78 12 3 2 23 16 45 9 6 .286 .326 .370 .263 10.0 3B 1, SS -3 0.8
70o 275 28 70 11 2 1 22 15 43 8 6 .275 .314 .356 .253 7.0 3B 1, SS -2 0.5
60o 262 26 65 10 2 1 20 13 42 7 5 .266 .304 .343 .245 4.6 3B 1, SS -2 0.2
50o 250 24 60 9 2 1 19 12 40 7 5 .257 .295 .331 .237 2.6 3B 1, SS -2 0.0
40o 238 22 55 8 2 1 17 11 39 6 4 .248 .285 .320 .229 0.7 3B 1, SS -2 -0.2
30o 225 20 51 8 2 1 16 10 37 6 4 .239 .275 .307 .221 -1.1 3B 1, SS -2 -0.3
20o 210 18 45 7 1 1 14 9 35 5 4 .228 .263 .293 .211 -2.9 3B 1, SS -2 -0.5
10o 189 16 38 6 1 1 12 8 33 4 3 .213 .246 .273 .198 -5.0 3B 1, SS -2 -0.7
Weighted Mean255256192119134175.261.299.337.2403.53B 1, SS -20.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 31% 8% 18% 76%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20153725023589211912436.249.286.318.225-0.3-0.80.41.56.7-9.4-2.4
20163825022578201812425.244.285.300.221-1.0-6.50.31.414.9-23.2-2.4
20173925021538101612454.227.266.275.206-2.0-15.80.31.414.9-32.4-2.4
20184025021557101612444.233.271.272.204-2.1-16.70.21.314.9-33.2-2.4
20194125021558201611473.230.266.278.203-2.2-17.60.21.214.9-34.0-2.4
202042405348813302619794.229.266.276.202-2.3-17.30.41.914.9-34.5-3.9
20214325021548201612512.228.268.273.202-2.3-18.30.31.114.9-34.7-2.4
20224460249126173038281233.222.259.263.195-2.8-20.30.82.514.9-38.5-5.8
20234563351133184040301323.222.260.264.195-2.9-20.21.22.414.9-38.8-6.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
9.45.91.71.111.419.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 87 Mark Ellis 2013 .260
2 87 Tony Graffanino 2008 .000 DNP
3 86 John McDonald 2011 .221
4 86 Roberto Alomar 2004 .238
5 85 Adam Kennedy 2012 .273
6 84 Ronnie Belliard 2011 .000 DNP
7 84 Aaron Miles 2013 .000 DNP
8 83 Jamey Carroll 2010 .293
9 83 Pedro Feliz 2011 .000 DNP
10 82 Bill Madlock 1987 .271
11 81 Jay Payton 2009 .000 DNP
12 81 Geoff Blum 2009 .246
13 81 Felipe Alou 1971 .282
14 80 Davey Lopes 1981 .232
15 80 Alan Trammell 1994 .238
16 80 Lou Piniella 1980 .257
17 79 Ken Griffey 1986 .291
18 79 Julio Lugo 2012 .000 DNP
19 79 Orlando Cabrera 2011 .215
20 79 Art Howe 1983 .000 DNP
21 79 Rich Aurilia 2008 .261
22 78 Jay Bell 2002 .216
23 78 Alex Gonzalez 2013 .158
24 78 Brooks Robinson 1973 .252
25 78 Carl Furillo 1958 .285
26 78 B.J. Surhoff 2001 .266
27 78 Denny Walling 1990 .195
28 78 Darin Erstad 2010 .000 DNP
29 78 Jerry Hairston 2012 .270
30 77 Craig Biggio 2002 .257
31 77 Ken Boyer 1967 .263
32 77 Ross Gload 2012 .000 DNP
33 77 Don Hoak 1964 .089
34 76 Cal Ripken Jr. 1997 .261
35 76 Aaron Boone 2009 .053
36 76 Bill Doran 1994 .000 DNP
37 76 Wes Helms 2012 .000 DNP
38 76 Randy Velarde 1999 .287
39 76 Don Slaught 1995 .264
40 76 Cookie Rojas 1975 .226
41 76 Andy Pafko 1957 .279
42 76 Buddy Bell 1988 .241
43 76 David Segui 2003 .252
44 76 Jim Eisenreich 1995 .289
45 76 Juan Castro 2008 .179
46 76 Brian Jordan 2003 .292
47 76 Lee Maye 1971 .227
48 76 Ray Durham 2008 .286
49 76 Tony Fernandez 1998 .296
50 76 Carney Lansford 1993 .000 DNP
51 76 Kevin Seitzer 1998 .000 DNP
52 76 Randy Winn 2010 .247
53 75 Jose Cruz 1984 .319
54 75 Jim Northrup 1976 .000 DNP
55 75 Cesar Cedeno 1987 .000 DNP
56 75 Chris Gomez 2007 .247
57 75 Ed Charles 1969 .235
58 75 Rocky Nelson 1961 .241
59 75 Scott Podsednik 2012 .243
60 75 Jeff Conine 2002 .265
61 75 Bill Buckner 1986 .255
62 75 Jason Michaels 2012 .000 DNP
63 75 Richie Hebner 1984 .307
64 75 Miguel Cairo 2010 .286
65 75 Manny Mota 1974 .278
66 75 Juan Beniquez 1986 .281
67 75 Bret Boone 2005 .225
68 75 Robin Yount 1992 .280
69 75 Miguel Tejada 2010 .241
70 75 Tony Taylor 1972 .281
71 75 Todd Zeile 2002 .250
72 74 Chet Lemon 1991 .000 DNP
73 74 Hal McRae 1982 .322
74 74 Carl Everett 2007 .000 DNP
75 74 Sherm Lollar 1961 .279
76 74 Enos Slaughter 1952 .305
77 74 Jerry Mumphrey 1989 .000 DNP
78 74 Jay Johnstone 1982 .261
79 74 Skeeter Barnes 1993 .259
80 74 Solly Hemus 1959 .322
81 74 Ray Boone 1960 .226
82 74 Bud Stewart 1952 .283
83 74 Steve Finley 2001 .260
84 74 Tony Oliva 1975 .266
85 74 Will Clark 2000 .323
86 74 Joel Youngblood 1988 .246
87 74 Wally Joyner 1998 .288
88 74 Henry Blanco 2008 .235
89 74 Tino Martinez 2004 .278
90 74 Ted Simmons 1986 .269
91 74 Jorge Orta 1987 .209
92 74 Rondell White 2008 .000 DNP
93 74 John Valentin 2003 .000 DNP
94 74 Terry Shumpert 2003 .232
95 73 Minnie Minoso 1962 .210
96 73 Roy White 1980 .000 DNP
97 73 Red Schoendienst 1959 -.006
98 73 Mike Redmond 2007 .250
99 73 Rico Carty 1976 .300
100 73 Dusty Baker 1985 .299

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .312 .352 .406 .267
11 vs R (Multi) .286 .323 .355 .247
18 Split (Multi) -.025 -.028 -.051 -.020
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .333 .364 .381 .245
31 vs R (2013) .309 .358 .361 .268
38 Split (2013) -.024 -.005 -.020 .024
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

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 Bloomquist is the type of player you don't mind plugging in in a pinch, but repeatedly seeing his name in the starting lineup brings the risk of night terrors. He cracked a 700 OPS for the first time in his 10-year career last year, though his secondary skills were sorely lacking. He posted a career-worst walk rate, failed to hit a home run, and had a horrific track record on the basepaths. An empty .300 batting average was enough to establish a new career-high in VORP, though he gave a large chunk of that value back with his tepid defense. Willie's stay in Paradise City might be on the verge of expiration, but nobody can take away his multimillion-dollar memories.
2012 Sabermetrician Tom Tango has proposed “Wins Above Willie” as a fitting name for a total-value statistic, and Bloomquist once again showed why last season. His embodiment of a concept that critics say isn't real makes him more valuable as a teaching tool than a player—after a decade in the majors, he’s accumulated just 1.0 WARP, and as he heads into his age-34 season, there is plenty of time for his decline phase to erase even that modest sum. Bloomquist endeared himself to Arizona fans with a scrappy .306 average in April but hit just .257/.315/.323 after returning from a hamstring strain suffered late that month. Aside from his forgettable performance, Bloomquist’s calling card is his flexibility in the field (which boils down to an ability to be bad at a multitude of positions), but Stephen Drew’s injury limited Bloomquist to just three positions in 2011, including a mere one game at second base, since his dubious services were often required at shortstop. One thing Bloomquist has always been able to do is steal at a high rate of success, but even that skill deserted him last season. Nonetheless, he re-signed for two seasons, which he’ll spend battling John McDonald for backup at-bats.
2011 In need of some September depth, the Reds turned to the quintessential replacement player, who delivered a predictably replacement-level performance in his brief time with the team. Since the danger posed by Bloomquist manifests mainly through extended exposure, Walt Jocketty prudently refrained from pulling the trigger until he knew the ex-Royal would be ineligible for the playoff roster. In his 11 games with Cincinnati, Bloomquist showcased his usual versatility, appearing at three positions, but he also failed to post a slugging percentage higher than his OBP, which we could dismiss as a small-sample-size fluke if he hadn’t sustained similarly lopsided lines in two prior seasons. The righty did manage to post a triple-digit seasonal ISO for the first time, but solidified his status as an offensive offender by walking even less frequently than usual. He’s not a bad band-aid, but can become an uncomfortable cast very quickly if the underlying ailment is left untreated.
2010 Bloomquist apologists have long said that success would come if he just got more regular playing time. The Royals, Polyannas of the horsehide, were willing to oblige, but the needle didn’t budge. Bloomquist's “power” came back from his historic brownout of 2008, as he had the highest slugging percentage of his career. Unfortunately, this new “swing for the fences” approach dropped his OBP to its lowest point in four years. Given his ability to play adequate defense at any position in the field besides catcher and pitcher, he can be a valuable asset in limited doses, but there's just no excuse for showing fans this much of him.
2009 Bloomquist became a cult hero in Seattle on the strength of his history as a local boy who failed to make good, but succeeded in making the Mariners—for seven consecutive seasons. He showed more patience at the plate last season, but also experienced a truly historic power outage, as his lone extra-base hit placed him in a tie for the fourth-lowest Isolated Power mark (among non-pitchers) in history. In a pinch, Bloomquist can man any position that doesn't require a mask and a chest protector, but no matter where his managers choose to send him, he ain't nothing like the real thing. Credit the Mariners' new brass for realizing that, bidding him "bye-bye, baby, bye-bye," and letting him walk to Kansas City, where he'll compete for the second base job with Alberto Callaspo.
2008 "Now with 34 percent less Willie Bloomquist!" may not have gotten serious consideration as the Mariners' team slogan for 2007, but it was still good news for their fans
2007 It`s important to note that, in most cases, when we express exasperation over the performance of a player such as Bloomquist, it`s not really the player that has upset us. Most of these scrappy out-machines give their all on the diamond. As long as he`s doing his best, you can`t blame a player for taking the field when his name`s penciled into the lineup. Bloomquist didn`t force Mike Hargrove to write his .243 EqA into the starting lineup 66 times last year--48 of them starts in the outfield. Bloomquist didn`t force Bill Bavasi to extend his contract through 2008. While current management is in place, we can look forward to two more seasons of Bloomquist being applied as the all-healing balm for anything that ails the Mariners lineup, but that`s not his fault. Then again, refusing the contract for the good of the team would have been a terrifically noble gesture.
2006 He is what he is: a useful defender at multiple positions, a very good base stealer, a fan favorite, and most of all, a terrible hitter handed far too much playing time. The problem isn`t Bloomquist`s flaws so much as the weak rosters the M`s have had, creating too many opportunities for him.? Bloomquist would be a handy 24th or 25th man for a slow, veteran team, but in Seattle he`s an overused roster fob. Less playing time for Bloomquist would mean the Mariners have gotten better results from Reed, Betancourt and Lopez.
2005 When syphilis first attacked humans, it was amazingly virulent and destructive. Pustules quickly covered the body until the poor victim's skin fell off and they died. It was too fast and too obvious. Within a generation, syphilis had evolved. It became far less destructive to the host, instead taking its time tearing up the nervous system, heart, and brain until the host was driven insane or died, the longer life of the host (and their healthier appearance) allowing the virus to spread far more widely.

Willie Bloomquist came up in 2002 and found himself in the spotlight, hitting .455/.526/.576 in a September call-up. He quickly turned to incubation, though, never taking a regular role for long enough to be exposed as worthless, spreading across the field to take root at every position. This kind of infection by local white boys with scrappy personalities is often untreatable, though direct injections of new personnel into the front office does sometimes solve the problem.

It's too late for the Mariners. I would only caution other teams to take a lesson from this and work towards prevention, and ensure that their farm systems exercise protection.
2003 Pity poor Willie. Piniella always liked him, loved that scrappy play, and supported his call-up, which got Willie the chance to look good in a short trial, which almost certainly should have made Bloomquist next year’s Gipson, the kind of guy Lou could play all over the place for no reason. Now Lou’s gone, and for all the talk about Bloomquist’s makeup, he’s never hit well for long against good competition, and his glove isn’t good enough to carry his bat. In the past, Piniella reached out to his previous organization to pluck his favorite young players, like Ayala and Wilson when he came to Seattle, but he’s making noises about how he wants to fill the D-Rays’ bench with veterans. It’s more likely the helicopter extraction will be for McLemore than Bloomquist.
2002 You can’t spell Bloomquist without "bust." Scouts like to talk about his makeup and how he does the things that don’t show up in box scores...and they don’t mean his failure to hit. His ability to do all the little things the team likes, from hustling to bunting, means he may well get a chance to hit a hollow .270 and stick with the M’s for two or three painful years. But hey, he looks great in uniform, and his midriff? Stunning. You can’t teach that.
2001 Willie Bloomquist is a local kid who became the apple of Piniella’s eye in spring training with his work ethic and feisty play. He does all the little things that coaches love but that don’t have much bearing on the outcome of a game. Bloomquist is being fast-tracked, and it’s possible that he could emerge with the keystone job this April, even though he’s not ready to contribute offensively and may never be.

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2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)I'm facing a dilemma in a deep dynasty league draft in a league with no adds/drops. Do I use (waste) precious draft picks to ensure I have backups at every position? I currently have JJ Hardy, B. Phillips (no MI slot) and C. Santana without backups. Do I tolerate the injury risk for these three and potentially being forced into making a lopsided trade if they go down, in order to use the draft picks for high-ceiling prospects? The idea being that said prospects could be used as currency to acquire a better injury replacement than a Willie Bloomquist type backup available in the draft. Of course I wouldn't have any leverage in dealing said prospects when the alternative is taking a zero at a position. What's a guy to do? Thanks!
(Pedro from San Juan)
Hi Pedro.

A lot of this depends on your chances entering this year, but I don't really like the idea of using high draft picks to take backups at a position. Your question makes me think that your league isn't super deep and that you might be able to find some decent replacements in the later rounds of your reserve phase. What I think I would do is try to take osome of the high ceiling prospects early in your reserve phase and then go for some positional backups later instead of taking second or third tier farm players who might not pan out anyway. It does put you at some risk, but the hope here is that you get someone better than Willie Bloomquist on reserve and still are able to build on your talent base for 2014 and beyond. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Campana? Do you think he has a chance to break spring with ARI? I saw it as a bad sign that the young and rebuilding Cubs let him go so easily after the Hairston siging.
(JC from Chevy Chase, MD)
Campana's just a pinch-runner with nice range in the outfield, but little other value. He's a 25th man for a team that values those two skills, and the Diamondbacks might, given that Jason Kubel isn't particularly nimble. However, I don't see a spot for Campana on Kirk Gibson's Opening Day roster; there are just far too many outfielders battling for spots, and even Willie Bloomquist is seemingly on the bubble: http://www.mlbdepthcharts.com/2012/10/arizona-diamondbacks-2012-13-offseason.html#.US0Lilo4Xzs. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Willie Bloomquist on the WBC roster.....great move or best move?
(jon from Alabama)
Tough call. Gonna hafta go with "grest." (Ian Miller)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)NL only, 12 team 5x5. I stumbled into shockingly good depth at 2b (which is scarce as heck): Bill Hall, Darwin Barney (bench), Freddy Sanchez, Willie Bloomquist. Who should start, who are trade bait?
(jm010e from Vegas)
I would move Bloomquist, for sure--depending on him to keep it up is a bet I wouldn't want to make, and one you don't have to make, given your depth there. Barney probably won't bring back much in a deal, whether he is good or not, so dangling one of the other two to see what you can get would be the right play. (Marc Normandin)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)It's the baseball apocalypse. You can only pick five current major league ballplayers to save. You don't have to base it on stats or team or likeability or anything. Who do you pick?
(hannah from bay area)
What a question! I love watching Adrian Gonzalez hit, so I would like that to continue. Logan Morrison's Twitter account has guaranteed him a spot in this Final Five. Jim Thome can be saved, but only if he promises to sit in BP and hit taters all day long for my amusement as repayment for doing so. Someone needs to pitch to these guys, so it should be Jamie Moyer if for no other reason than he's Jamie Moyer. Willie Bloomquist would probably survive whether I picked him or not. Maybe he's baseball's version of the cockroach. (Marc Normandin)
2009-04-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jay: I couldn't care less either way, but why do you assume that Hochevar in AAA is Hillman's decision?
(Joe from Washington, DC)
Oh, Dayton Moore's competence is every bit in question too. Kyle Farnsworth at $9 million? Willie Bloomquist for any amount of money? He's guilty too. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christina, Willie Bloomquist continues to get ABs at center while Ichiro is back in right and Jeremy Reed sits on the bench. Instead of sending Willie to the bench the guys at Lookout Landing suggested using Bloomquist as SS instead of Betancourt. I'm inclined to think Bloomquist shouldn't play everyday, but if he is going to, where do you think Willie would cause the least damage.
(Nick from NYC)
"The Revenge of Willie Bloomquist" sounds like a spoof of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," but I think it's a case of the Mariners and many of their fans getting their just desserts for forever overrating Willie Bloomquist. There's a fundamental cowardice of leadership when you can be cowed by Willie Bloomquist into treating paying customers to an awful lot of Willie Bloomquist. Apparently it's Willie's world, and the Mariners are just dying in it. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Willie Bloomquist? Willie freaking Bloomquist? Now Riggleman is playing him! Does anyone in Seattle know what they are doing?
(Mike W from Chicago)
I was around the Mariners for one game in late April and had the sense then that they were in for a really long season. Everything just seemed out of whack with them. It's hard to describe, just a feeling I had then. They need to completely overhaul everything there in my opinion. (John Perrotto)


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