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Portrait of Wil Nieves

Wil Nieves C Phillies

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 36)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .235 3 21 21 1 .213 -0.1
Birth Date9-25-1977
Height5' 11"
Weight190 lbs
Age37 years, 0 months, 26 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.52010
-0.42011
-0.22012
0.52013
0.12014
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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 SDN 24 28 76 72 2 13 3 1 0 18 4 15 0 0 0 3 1 0 .181 .224 .250 .167 -2.9 -0.3 -0.3
2005 NYA 27 3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .004 -0.9 -0.0 -0.1
2006 NYA 28 6 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .008 -1.3 -0.0 -0.1
2007 NYA 29 26 66 61 6 10 4 0 0 14 2 9 0 0 3 8 0 0 .164 .190 .230 .147 -5.4 -0.6 -0.6
2008 WAS 30 68 196 176 15 46 9 1 1 60 13 29 0 2 5 20 0 1 .261 .309 .341 .235 3.2 0.9 0.4
2009 WAS 31 72 249 224 20 58 6 0 1 67 17 45 3 5 0 26 1 0 .259 .313 .299 .224 1.0 0.9 0.2
2010 WAS 32 59 172 158 10 32 8 0 3 49 8 29 1 1 4 16 0 0 .203 .244 .310 .199 -5.8 1.0 -0.5
2011 MIL 33 20 54 50 2 7 2 0 0 9 3 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 .140 .189 .180 .118 -4.2 0.7 -0.4
2012 ARI 34 16 38 36 4 11 1 0 1 15 1 8 0 0 1 3 0 1 .306 .324 .417 .249 1.0 0.0 0.1
2012 COL 34 16 51 47 3 14 2 0 1 19 3 9 0 1 0 5 0 0 .298 .333 .404 .229 -3.2 0.1 -0.3
2013 ARI 35 71 206 195 16 58 11 0 1 72 8 32 0 3 0 22 0 0 .297 .320 .369 .246 4.1 0.3 0.5
2014 PHI 36 36 128 122 9 31 8 0 1 42 1 34 2 1 2 7 1 0 .254 .270 .344 .234 0.3 1.2 0.2
Career42112461151872805429365602246131611032.243.281.317.214-14.14.2-1.0

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
1997 CLN A 0 61 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CLN A 0 434 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 RCU A+ 0 472 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .363 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 RCU A+ 0 116 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 MOB AA 0 231 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 LVG AAA 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 MOB AA 95 356 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SDN MLB 28 76 .167 .248 .316 .387 .248 .228 99 -7.6 1.9 1.3 -0.3 0.4 -2.9 -0.3 -2.9 -0.3
2002 POR AAA 70 245 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .344 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SLC AAA 102 395 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .319 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SLC AAA 108 435 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 NYA MLB 3 4 .004 .266 .342 .432 .273 .000 104 -1.1 0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2005 COH AAA 102 404 .245 .266 .337 .418 .251 .310 97 -6.6 11.7 5.2 2.2 1.9 9.7 1.1 9.7 1.1
2006 NYA MLB 6 6 .008 .285 .345 .442 .258 .000 108 -1.7 0.2 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2006 COH AAA 88 348 .224 .261 .325 .395 .258 .266 98 -11.9 9.0 4.3 -1.0 -1.3 0.1 -0.1 0.1 -0.1
2007 NYA MLB 26 66 .147 .271 .340 .426 .266 .192 104 -8.3 2.0 1.2 -0.6 0.4 -5.4 -0.6 -5.4 -0.6
2007 SWB AAA 27 98 .218 .265 .325 .402 .259 .278 93 -4.7 3.1 1.7 0.9 -0.8 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2008 WAS MLB 68 196 .235 .262 .335 .411 .266 .304 95 -5.2 5.7 3.3 0.9 -0.4 3.2 0.4 3.2 0.4
2008 COH AAA 9 29 .274 .276 .331 .432 .267 .300 89 0.5 0.9 0.5 0.0 -0.6 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2009 WAS MLB 72 249 .224 .260 .330 .418 .264 .311 96 -9.5 7.1 4.3 0.9 -0.8 1.0 0.2 1.0 0.2
2010 WAS MLB 59 172 .199 .254 .320 .398 .264 .228 91 -10.6 4.7 2.7 1.0 -0.7 -5.8 -0.5 -5.8 -0.5
2011 MIL MLB 20 54 .118 .255 .320 .402 .262 .184 104 -7.5 1.5 0.8 0.7 0.3 -4.2 -0.4 -4.2 -0.4
2011 GWN AAA 21 79 .238 .253 .319 .391 .249 .317 93 -2 2.5 1.5 -0.5 0.2 0.4 -0.0 0.4 -0.0
2011 NAS AAA 23 95 .139 .280 .348 .435 .264 .182 99 -13.5 2.9 1.8 -0.4 -0.5 -8.5 -0.8 -8.5 -0.8
2011 LIC Wnt 4 11 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 ARI MLB 16 38 .249 .266 .327 .422 .268 .370 107 -0.4 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.2 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2012 COL MLB 16 51 .229 .248 .306 .402 .257 .342 123 -1.6 1.4 0.8 0.1 -2.7 -3.2 -0.3 -3.2 -0.3
2012 CSP AAA 34 123 .253 .280 .340 .438 .267 .344 110 -0.9 3.7 2.2 -0.1 0.2 5.6 0.5 5.6 0.5
2013 ARI MLB 71 206 .246 .250 .310 .385 .255 .345 103 -2.8 5.4 2.8 0.3 -2.2 4.1 0.5 4.1 0.5
2014 PHI MLB 36 128 .234 .250 .308 .384 .260 .341 98 -3.1 3.3 2 1.2 -1.3 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.2
2014 CLR A+ 2 4 .106 .250 .305 .354 .243 .250 101 -0.7 0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2014 REA AA 3 12 .075 .268 .318 .401 .260 .100 109 -2.3 0.3 -0.1 -0.0 0.0 -2.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2
2014 PHL Rk 6 22 .320 .227 .338 .317 .248 .278 99 1.5 0.8 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3

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
1997 CLN A 61 6 12 1 1 1 7 6 10 2 1 .218 .295 .327 .109 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CLN A 434 47 97 22 0 3 55 47 69 7 9 .255 .348 .337 .082 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 RCU A+ 472 58 140 26 2 7 61 40 54 2 7 .328 .392 .447 .119 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 LVG AAA 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 RCU A+ 116 16 26 5 0 0 9 15 17 2 0 .257 .353 .307 .050 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 MOB AA 231 18 57 4 0 4 30 16 22 1 1 .266 .320 .341 .075 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 MOB AA 356 28 99 24 0 3 41 18 40 1 0 .300 .338 .400 .100 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SDN MLB 76 2 13 3 1 0 3 4 15 1 0 .181 .224 .250 .069 .167 -2.9 -0.3 -0.3
2002 POR AAA 245 24 73 20 2 7 29 5 40 0 0 .308 .320 .498 .190 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SLC AAA 395 48 102 16 2 4 38 25 53 1 2 .283 .328 .371 .089 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SLC AAA 435 60 125 22 8 10 53 12 64 3 6 .297 .316 .458 .162 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 COH AAA 404 45 110 22 3 4 37 13 38 1 1 .289 .313 .395 .105 .245 9.7 2.2 1.1
2005 NYA MLB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .004 -0.9 -0.0 -0.1
2006 NYA MLB 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .008 -1.3 -0.0 -0.1
2006 COH AAA 348 29 83 13 0 5 34 18 29 2 1 .259 .295 .346 .087 .224 0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2007 NYA MLB 66 6 10 4 0 0 8 2 9 0 0 .164 .190 .230 .066 .147 -5.4 -0.6 -0.6
2007 SWB AAA 98 5 23 1 2 1 8 6 10 1 0 .256 .309 .344 .089 .218 0.5 0.9 0.1
2008 COH AAA 29 3 6 1 0 0 2 3 6 1 0 .240 .310 .280 .040 .274 1.2 0.0 0.1
2008 WAS MLB 196 15 46 9 1 1 20 13 29 0 1 .261 .309 .341 .080 .235 3.2 0.9 0.4
2009 WAS MLB 249 20 58 6 0 1 26 17 45 1 0 .259 .313 .299 .040 .224 1.0 0.9 0.2
2010 WAS MLB 172 10 32 8 0 3 16 8 29 0 0 .203 .244 .310 .108 .199 -5.8 1.0 -0.5
2011 GWN AAA 79 8 20 2 0 1 6 6 11 1 0 .282 .333 .352 .070 .238 0.4 -0.5 -0.0
2011 NAS AAA 95 3 15 2 0 1 6 4 11 0 0 .170 .213 .227 .057 .139 -8.5 -0.4 -0.8
2011 LIC Wnt 11 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 .200 .273 .200 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 MIL MLB 54 2 7 2 0 0 0 3 12 0 0 .140 .189 .180 .040 .118 -4.2 0.7 -0.4
2012 ARI MLB 38 4 11 1 0 1 3 1 8 0 1 .306 .324 .417 .111 .249 1.0 0.0 0.1
2012 COL MLB 51 3 14 2 0 1 5 3 9 0 0 .298 .333 .404 .106 .229 -3.2 0.1 -0.3
2012 CSP AAA 123 15 34 4 0 3 16 6 20 1 1 .306 .336 .423 .117 .253 5.6 -0.1 0.5
2013 ARI MLB 206 16 58 11 0 1 22 8 32 0 0 .297 .320 .369 .072 .246 4.1 0.3 0.5
2014 REA AA 12 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .083 .083 .083 .000 .075 -2.1 -0.0 -0.2
2014 CLR A+ 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 .106 -0.6 -0.0 -0.1
2014 PHI MLB 128 9 31 8 0 1 7 1 34 1 0 .254 .270 .344 .090 .234 0.3 1.2 0.2
2014 PHL Rk 22 3 5 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .263 .364 .368 .105 .320 3.1 -0.1 0.3

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 654 0.5321 0.5000 0.8196 0.6437 0.3366 0.8929 0.6602 0.1804
2009 876 0.5114 0.5074 0.7995 0.6674 0.3388 0.8896 0.6138 0.1982
2010 592 0.5321 0.5456 0.8204 0.6952 0.3755 0.8950 0.6635 0.1734
2011 171 0.4561 0.5439 0.8065 0.6795 0.4301 0.9245 0.6500 0.1935
2012 292 0.5548 0.5822 0.7706 0.7160 0.4154 0.8362 0.6296 0.2294
2013 698 0.5000 0.5733 0.7669 0.7450 0.3983 0.8462 0.6187 0.2331
2014 423 0.5343 0.5782 0.7008 0.6814 0.4569 0.8182 0.5000 0.2992
Career37060.51970.54030.7870.68830.37920.87210.62080.2114

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-19 2014-07-21 15-DL 32 28 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2012-07-09 2012-08-01 15-DL 23 16 Right Sprain Turf Toe -
2012-04-27 2012-05-05 Minors 8 8 Right Sprain Turf Toe -
2010-03-10 2010-03-13 Camp 3 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-09-18 2009-09-29 DTD 11 10 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-03-09 2007-03-19 Camp 10 0 Right Elbow Inflammation Biceps Tendinitis -
2006-06-05 2006-06-14 Minors 9 0 Left Groin Strain -
1997-06-27 1997-09-05 Minors 70 0 Left Wrist Fracture -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 PHI $1,125,000
2013 ARI $800,000
2011 MIL $775,000
2010 WAS $700,000
2009 WAS $445,000
2008 WAS $400,000
2007 NYA $382,150
2006 NYA $328,600
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$3,830,750
2011Current$1,125,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$4,955,750
9 yrTotal$4,955,750

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 127 dMDR Sports Management1 year/$1.125M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.125M (2014). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 12/5/13. May earn additional $0.5M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2013). Re-signed by Arizona as a free agent 12/5/12.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 12/18/11 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Colorado 5/25/12. Claimed by Arizona off waivers 8/6/12 after being DFA by Colorado 8/1/12. Non-tendered by Arizona 11/30/12.
  • 1 year/$0.775M (2011). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 12/10/10. Performance bonuses based on PAs.
  • 1 year/$0.7M (2010). Re-signed by Washington 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Washington 12/2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.445M (2009). Re-signed 2/14/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2008). Signed as a free agent 1/14/08 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$382,150 (2007). DFA 7/22/07, sent outright to Triple-A 7/26/07.
  • 1 year/$0.3286M (2006). DFA 4/06. Contract purchased 9/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Re-signed 3/05. Acquired in trade from LA Angels 3/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Re-signed 2/04.
  • 1 year (2002). Contract purchased 7/02.

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 312 31 80 14 0 5 31 18 57 1 1 .280 .322 .393 .253 5.2 C 1 0.7
80o 291 27 70 12 0 4 28 15 55 1 0 .264 .304 .369 .239 1.0 C 1 0.2
70o 275 25 64 11 0 4 25 14 53 1 0 .253 .292 .353 .230 -1.6 C 1 -0.1
60o 262 23 59 10 0 4 23 13 51 1 0 .243 .281 .339 .221 -3.7 C 1 -0.3
50o 250 21 53 9 0 3 22 12 49 1 0 .234 .271 .325 .213 -5.4 C 1 -0.5
40o 238 19 50 9 0 3 20 11 48 1 0 .225 .261 .312 .206 -6.9 C 1 -0.7
30o 225 18 45 8 0 3 18 10 46 1 0 .215 .251 .298 .197 -8.3 C 1 -0.8
20o 209 16 39 7 0 2 16 9 43 0 0 .204 .238 .282 .187 -9.7 C 1 -1.0
10o 188 13 33 6 0 2 14 7 40 0 0 .189 .221 .260 .174 -11.2 C 1 -1.2
Weighted Mean2562256100322125010.238.276.331.217-4.6C 1-0.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
4% 20% 11% 23% 57%

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
20153725022519032012500.216.256.290.204-0.3-3.2-1.61.32.4-5.30.8
20163825022508021811520.217.255.277.198-0.3-3.1-1.61.21.9-4.60.8
20173925022508021811530.216.254.275.196-0.5-4.9-1.61.22.9-7.40.8
20184025021498021811540.211.248.270.192-1.5-14.2-1.61.17.9-21.70.8
20194125021488011711550.209.244.264.188-3.0-28.5-1.61.014.9-42.90.8
20204225020488011611550.206.241.253.183-3.3-31.4-1.60.914.9-45.70.8
20214325019467001511570.199.235.234.175-3.9-36.4-1.60.914.9-50.60.8
202244396307312002317920.196.231.231.172-4.0-38.5-2.51.314.9-52.21.2
2023454763587140027201120.195.230.227.171-4.1-39.6-3.01.414.9-53.01.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
2.91.60.62.80.50.88.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 84 Chris Widger 2007 .000 DNP
2 81 Henry Blanco 2008 .235
3 81 Darrin Fletcher 2003 .000 DNP
4 80 Mike Matheny 2007 .000 DNP
5 79 Jose Molina 2011 .273
6 78 Gary Bennett 2008 .212
7 78 Jose Macias 2008 .000 DNP
8 78 Chris Coste 2009 .225
9 78 Quinton McCracken 2007 .000 DNP
10 78 Manny Sanguillen 1980 .209
11 78 Chad Moeller 2011 .000 DNP
12 77 Phil Masi 1952 .284
13 77 Don Slaught 1995 .264
14 77 Clyde McCullough 1953 .266
15 77 Tom Lampkin 2000 .287
16 77 Darin Erstad 2010 .000 DNP
17 77 Ed Fitz Gerald 1960 .000 DNP
18 77 John Marzano 1999 .000 DNP
19 77 Juan Beniquez 1986 .281
20 77 Bo Diaz 1989 .182
21 77 Johnny Roseboro 1969 .247
22 76 Jorge Orta 1987 .209
23 76 Raul Chavez 2009 .216
24 76 Lou Merloni 2007 .000 DNP
25 76 Sandy Alomar Jr. 2002 .238
26 76 Mike Heath 1991 .187
27 76 Mickey Hatcher 1991 .000 DNP
28 76 Greg Myers 2002 .259
29 76 Tommy Davis 1975 .258
30 75 Miguel Cairo 2010 .286
31 75 Alan Ashby 1988 .265
32 75 Jeff Conine 2002 .265
33 75 Buck Martinez 1985 .221
34 75 Carlos Baerga 2005 .236
35 75 Mike Macfarlane 2000 .000 DNP
36 75 Luis Polonia 2000 .253
37 75 Tom Haller 1973 .000 DNP
38 75 Jose Morales 1981 .210
39 75 Jeff Reed 1999 .249
40 75 Hal Morris 2001 .000 DNP
41 75 Ted Simmons 1986 .269
42 75 Keith Moreland 1990 .000 DNP
43 75 Rick Dempsey 1986 .248
44 74 Jim Eisenreich 1995 .289
45 74 Mike Redmond 2007 .250
46 74 Gary Carter 1990 .281
47 74 Andy Pafko 1957 .279
48 74 Tito Francona 1970 .223
49 74 Ernie Whitt 1988 .278
50 74 Ray Knight 1989 .000 DNP
51 74 Jim Piersall 1966 .208
52 74 Charlie O'Brien 1996 .254
53 74 Jim Wohlford 1987 .000 DNP
54 74 Jolbert Cabrera 2009 .000 DNP
55 74 B.J. Surhoff 2001 .266
56 74 Cesar Cedeno 1987 .000 DNP
57 74 Matt Treanor 2012 .221
58 74 Sherm Lollar 1961 .279
59 74 Paul Bako 2008 .218
60 73 Bill Haselman 2002 .226
61 73 Juan Castro 2008 .179
62 73 Kevin Bass 1995 .222
63 73 Dane Iorg 1986 .215
64 73 Bill Buckner 1986 .255
65 73 Kevin Seitzer 1998 .000 DNP
66 73 Rick Cerone 1990 .260
67 73 Vic Power 1964 .222
68 73 Tino Martinez 2004 .278
69 73 John McDonald 2011 .221
70 73 Russ Snyder 1970 .222
71 73 Dave Philley 1956 .254
72 73 Del Crandall 1966 .252
73 73 Tony Pena 1993 .182
74 73 Hank Majeski 1953 .290
75 73 Lee Maye 1971 .227
76 73 Johnny Edwards 1974 .227
77 73 Jim Sundberg 1987 .209
78 73 Ken Griffey 1986 .291
79 73 Jay Johnstone 1982 .261
80 73 Bud Stewart 1952 .283
81 73 Phil Garner 1985 .268
82 72 Larry Biittner 1982 .277
83 72 Benito Santiago 2001 .232
84 72 Frank Malzone 1966 .195
85 72 Frank Baumholtz 1955 .247
86 72 Craig Shipley 1999 .000 DNP
87 72 Bill Bruton 1962 .275
88 72 Orlando Merced 2003 .228
89 72 Rick Burleson 1987 .209
90 72 Stan Javier 2000 .260
91 72 Enos Cabell 1986 .247
92 72 Bob Kennedy 1957 .119
93 72 Lou Piniella 1980 .257
94 72 Ron Hassey 1989 .233
95 72 Mike Aldrete 1997 .000 DNP
96 72 Skeeter Barnes 1993 .259
97 72 Ernie Banks 1967 .281
98 72 Ron Coomer 2003 .228
99 72 Eddie Perez 2004 .223
100 72 Jose Pagan 1971 .244

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .292 .323 .394 .251
11 vs R (Multi) .276 .303 .340 .219
18 Split (Multi) -.016 -.020 -.055 -.031
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .307 .333 .387 .257
31 vs R (2013) .292 .312 .358 .231
38 Split (2013) -.015 -.021 -.028 -.026
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 The journeyman receiver has played for four different organizations in the past three years, but his 2012 route through Colorado and Arizona was the most offensively pleasant detour of his career. Aging backstops can carry a reserve gig for years, playing once or twice a week while collecting a big-league paycheck, joining NFL long-snappers among the ranks of gainfully employed athletes who rarely sniff the field of play. Nieves has played just 391 games over the past six years in the majors and minors combined, with the vast majority of his time spent spitting sunflower seeds on a big-league bench.
2011 Daniel Webster once observed that liberty can't exist without virtue, but he just hadn't anticipated the existence of Nieves, who at long last was set free by the Nats without ever demonstrating any positive quality at the plate or behind it in a three-year term as a backup backstop. With career rates below .300 in every major rate stat and a career True Average barely above .200, Nieves is the worst backup to milk a living out of the tools of ignorance since Alberto Castillo. Somebody had to earn that distinction eventually, but Nieves' dismal work at the dish comes without a strong arm, as evidenced by his mediocre 24-percent major-league caught-stealing rate. He'll take his next potshot at playing time as a Brewers non-roster invitee hoping to serve as the understudy for Jon Lucroy, a role in which he'd continue to be the single least suitable backup this side of Spiro Agnew.
2010 Not so long ago the Nats seemed determined to corner the market in replacement-level middle infielders (e.g., Anderson Hernandez, Alberto Gonzalez, Emilio Bonifacio), but it appears their new hobby is collecting backup backstops. Injuries to Jesus Flores left Nieves unexpectedly spending much of last season splitting time behind the plate with Josh Bard, making the former Yankee afterthought an accomplice to Washington’s pitching disaster. Spending so much time just inches away from hitters making consistently hard contact didn’t help the perennially punchless Nieves at the plate, yet the Nationals inexplicably offered him arbitration even after signing Ivan Rodriguez to work with a now-healthy Flores, then signed fellow-IBBC member Jamie Burke to a minor-league contract. Can Alberto Castillo be far behind?
2009 After three years as the Yankees' third-string catcher, Nieves came to DC figuring to drop another spot—the intention was for him to back-up Flores at Triple-A Columbus. The organization wound up half right; the disappearance of Lo Duca and Estrada made him the backup in DC instead. Spotted against lefties, he has a semi-credible bat, albeit one driven entirely by an empty batting average.
2008 It took some spectacularly pollyannaish, panglossian thinking to conclude that Wil Nieves could hit well enough to be of any service to a major league team. He can't.
2007 Wil Nieves made the Opening Day roster because the Yankees were worried about losing him on waivers if they sent him down; replacement-level catchers turned out to be in greater supply than they thought. Compare Nieves`s .244/.271/.308 PECOTA to the line in the Fasano comment above, then consider that the man he`ll be battling for the backup catcher spot this spring is his top PECOTA comp, Raul Chavez. It doesn`t matter who wins, nothing ever changes.
2000 Keep an eye on this guy. Nieves put up All-Star numbers at Rancho Cucamonga in 1999, and he’s turned himself into a legitimate prospect. He made the jump from Clinton without a hitch and will be tried at Las Vegas next season. If he’s for real, the Padres might want to think about trading Davis; Nieves was that good in 1999. Pitchers like working with him.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-08-02 13:30:00 (link to chat)Since I believe the Nats will sign Adam Dunn, I am more interested in the other 2 trades Mike Rizzo made: 1. You didn't seem terribly impressed with the Wilson Ramos trade, although you didn't pan it. Has Ramos taken a big hit to his reputation this year? 2. Folks seem a lot more impressed with Cristian Guzman than we in DC were, although he is a good enough guy. I know the Nats didn't get much for him, but I was surprised they got even 2 AA pitchers. Why the sudden love folks have for Guzman?
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
I think Ramos took a hit because he's basically a batting average-dependent producer, but at his age, there's still some room for growth, and I guess I'm more depressed over what this meant for Flores' situation. It was a pretty decent flip, in that Ramos isn't going to be the next Wil Nieves, he could start and not be the worst regular catcher in baseball.

As for Guzman, LASIK may have helped his ability to hit singles more frequently, but it didn't seem to do him any favors in the field. He's an adequate middle infielder with no power, patience, or speed, so getting worked up over him is sort of silly. He's a decent veteran placeholder, but getting him is more of an insurance move for the Rangers than cause for jubilation. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who the heck do the Nats use in place of Ivan Rodriguez for the next couple of weeks? Wil Nieves as the statrer is bad enough, but there is nobody else available.
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
As you know, Chris Coste is out for the year, and they've pressed Jamie Burke up to Syracuse to get him back in gear ASAP. And last I heard, Jesus Flores hasn't even tried to catch yet in his slow rehab. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see a mercy-minded swap get made if Burke can't be ready in time, but it reflects an interesting industry-wide issue: the lack of readily available free talent behind the plate. It seems worse this year than it has been in recent memory, but the extent to which that's true deserves further exploration. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Cervelli for real? Do the Yanks regret not resigning Matsui/Damon?
(Paul from Boston)
Well, he ain't gonna hit .400, and you'd do well to remember Jazayerli's Law of Backup Catchers: given enough chances, a guy will have a season in which he hits .300 in less than 200 at-bats. I'm skeptical he's got a future as a major league starter, but he's certainly no Wil Nieves, and may well turn out to be the best backup the Yanks have had in a long time.

I'd trade him for Johnny Damon, though. (Jay Jaffe)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 4046 81 8.2 14.2 2236 1.7 0.5 1.4 8.7 15.6
2009 5156 20 2.6 3.6 3010 7.6 2.1 5.0 4.8 8.6
2010 3380 -1 -2.1 -4.3 1948 4.1 1.0 3.7 -1.0 -0.6
2011 1105 1 -0.4 -2.6 630 0.9 0.3 3.0 -0.1 0.4
2012 1487 15 2.3 10.9 907 1.2 0.3 2.4 2.6 13.3
2013 3272 0 0.9 2.0 1752 0.2 0.1 0.4 1.0 2.4
2014 2535 14 2.1 5.8 1441 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 2.1 5.8
total 20981 127 13.3 4.4 11924 13.3 3.7 2.2 17.0 6.6

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