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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
13 1715.7 92 108 0 1279 4.44 14.6
Birth Date9-21-1975
Height6' 4"
Weight215 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsL
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
1999 TEX 23 2 0 2.7 0.0 2.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 12 10 10 3 26 0 0 0 3 33.75 15.58 14.44 -2.4 -0.2
2000 TEX 24 30 13 98.7 74.7 24.0 7 6 0 4 6 0 450 109 61 59 14 168 58 55 3 66 5.38 5.59 6.29 1.2 0.1
2001 TEX 25 30 30 186.0 186.0 0.0 11 10 0 0 17 2 828 220 103 92 14 320 69 68 3 115 4.45 4.00 4.12 39.0 3.4
2002 TEX 26 10 10 59.7 59.7 0.0 3 5 0 0 3 0 262 67 36 33 7 109 22 22 3 28 4.98 4.90 5.02 6.4 0.6
2003 MIL 27 8 8 52.3 52.3 0.0 3 2 0 0 6 0 224 49 18 15 8 79 21 21 0 35 2.58 4.83 4.85 3.4 0.2
2003 TEX 27 1 1 3.0 3.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 4 4 4 2 11 4 4 0 2 12.00 14.43 15.25 -1.6 -0.2
2003 TOR 27 12 11 54.0 53.7 0.3 4 6 0 0 4 0 250 70 33 30 6 103 26 25 1 25 5.00 5.11 5.06 7.0 0.6
2004 MIL 28 34 34 207.3 207.3 0.0 12 12 0 0 24 2 880 192 84 78 14 281 79 76 7 166 3.39 3.48 3.79 26.3 2.3
2005 MIL 29 35 35 222.7 222.7 0.0 11 11 0 0 23 0 946 196 103 95 26 331 93 88 4 208 3.84 3.95 4.21 31.1 2.9
2006 MIL 30 34 34 203.3 203.3 0.0 11 11 0 0 16 3 904 206 118 111 19 313 102 101 5 159 4.91 4.34 4.79 11.6 0.9
2007 ARI 31 33 33 192.7 192.7 0.0 13 12 0 0 19 0 862 211 100 91 21 322 95 88 5 144 4.25 4.66 5.04 17.6 2.0
2008 ARI 32 26 26 146.0 146.0 0.0 6 8 0 0 14 0 650 160 76 70 13 238 64 60 4 112 4.32 4.13 4.40 17.3 1.9
2009 ARI 33 34 34 203.3 203.3 0.0 9 14 0 0 22 1 889 203 101 93 25 323 103 102 4 146 4.12 4.80 5.36 0.7 -0.3
2010 MIL 34 8 8 38.3 38.3 0.0 1 4 0 0 1 0 191 55 36 32 6 82 21 20 3 34 7.51 5.25 5.02 -1.1 -0.1
2011 CHN 35 9 9 45.7 45.7 0.0 1 7 0 0 2 0 224 59 38 33 2 76 26 25 2 36 6.50 3.83 4.05 5.2 0.5
Career3062861715.71688.727.0921080415787597181392184618027827837554412794.444.394.71161.814.6

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
1997 PCH A+ 9 8 49.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .229 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 PCH A+ 27 27 155.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 TEX MLB 2 0 2.7 14.44 -51 .557 .270 .333 .448 .257 .643 108 -2.4 -0.2 -2.4 -0.2
1999 TUL AA 12 12 74.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 OKL AAA 13 11 78.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TEX MLB 30 13 98.7 6.29 80 .269 .276 .348 .442 .266 .307 98 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2000 OKL AAA 12 12 69.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TEX MLB 30 30 186.0 4.12 118 .269 .269 .334 .428 .263 .329 103 38.0 3.7 39.0 3.4
2001 OKL AAA 2 2 15.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 TEX MLB 10 10 59.7 5.02 99 .279 .259 .329 .417 .265 .297 102 6.4 0.6 6.4 0.6
2002 OKL AAA 9 9 61.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .335 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 MIL MLB 8 8 52.3 4.85 99 .259 .259 .323 .406 .253 .256 103 4.2 0.4 3.4 0.2
2003 TEX MLB 1 1 3.0 15.25 -63 .412 .268 .365 .469 .285 .222 118 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2003 TOR MLB 12 11 54.0 5.06 101 .288 .268 .329 .429 .261 .333 104 6.9 0.7 7.0 0.6
2003 HUN AA 1 1 6.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 IND AAA 5 5 34.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .277 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 OKL AAA 4 4 27.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MIL MLB 34 34 207.3 3.79 111 .246 .261 .323 .417 .259 .290 91 34.6 3.4 26.3 2.3
2005 MIL MLB 35 35 222.7 4.21 107 .251 .258 .321 .408 .256 .276 99 30.4 3.1 31.1 2.9
2006 MIL MLB 34 34 203.3 4.79 95 .266 .261 .323 .416 .258 .302 94 15.4 1.5 11.6 0.9
2007 ARI MLB 33 33 192.7 5.04 99 .264 .264 .328 .413 .255 .318 104 19.4 1.9 17.6 2.0
2008 ARI MLB 26 26 146.0 4.40 106 .269 .264 .324 .411 .259 .322 101 17.8 1.8 17.3 1.9
2008 TUC AAA 2 2 9.7 3.85 131 .221 .266 .338 .430 .257 .303 111 3.0 0.3 2.9 0.3
2009 ARI MLB 34 34 203.3 5.36 81 .272 .256 .318 .398 .256 .291 99 0.3 0.0 0.7 -0.3
2010 MIL MLB 8 8 38.3 5.02 76 .343 .250 .315 .386 .261 .386 92 0.5 0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2010 WIS A 1 1 7.0 5.24 98 .218 .250 .343 .401 .265 .286 113 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2010 NAS AAA 2 2 8.0 1.41 170 .210 .283 .348 .425 .259 .278 95 4.7 0.4 3.8 0.4
2011 CHN MLB 9 9 45.7 4.05 106 .302 .253 .314 .394 .258 .361 103 5.7 0.6 5.2 0.5
2011 DAY A+ 1 1 6.7 3.50 131 .116 .260 .321 .390 .253 .143 106 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2011 CHR AAA 9 9 52.0 3.79 117 .227 .262 .326 .406 .255 .322 94 6.9 0.7 6.9 0.7
2011 IOW AAA 1 1 3.7 2.33 170 .201 .313 .360 .545 .268 .400 147 2.5 0.2 2.6 0.2
2012 OMA AAA 20 16 106.3 4.84 103 .275 .277 .344 .426 .271 .346 100 13.5 1.3 13.5 1.3

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
1997 PCH A+ 5 3 0 9 8 49.3 29 33 52 2 0% .229 5.3 6.0 0.4 9.5 1.26 3.10 0.0 0.0
1998 PCH A+ 11 7 0 27 27 155.3 129 74 173 8 0% .000 7.5 4.3 0.5 10.0 1.31 3.25 0.0 0.0
1999 TEX MLB 0 0 0 2 0 2.7 12 0 3 3 35% .643 40.5 0.0 10.1 10.1 4.50 33.75 -2.4 -0.2
1999 OKL AAA 7 0 0 13 11 78.0 77 31 74 4 0% .000 8.9 3.6 0.5 8.5 1.38 3.00 0.0 0.0
1999 TUL AA 4 4 0 12 12 74.3 65 25 79 9 0% .000 7.9 3.0 1.1 9.6 1.21 2.42 0.0 0.0
2000 TEX MLB 7 6 0 30 13 98.7 109 58 66 14 53% .307 9.9 5.3 1.3 6.0 1.69 5.38 1.2 0.1
2000 OKL AAA 8 3 0 12 12 69.7 62 34 53 8 0% .000 8.0 4.4 1.0 6.8 1.38 2.84 0.0 0.0
2001 TEX MLB 11 10 0 30 30 186.0 220 69 115 14 51% .329 10.6 3.3 0.7 5.6 1.55 4.45 39.0 3.4
2001 OKL AAA 2 0 0 2 2 15.7 10 4 14 1 0% .000 5.7 2.3 0.6 8.0 0.89 2.87 0.0 0.0
2002 TEX MLB 3 5 0 10 10 59.7 67 22 28 7 46% .297 10.1 3.3 1.1 4.2 1.49 4.98 6.4 0.6
2002 OKL AAA 4 3 0 9 9 61.3 70 11 48 7 0% .335 10.3 1.6 1.0 7.0 1.32 4.99 0.0 0.0
2003 TOR MLB 4 6 0 12 11 54.0 70 26 25 6 43% .333 11.7 4.3 1.0 4.2 1.78 5.00 7.0 0.6
2003 TEX MLB 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 4 4 2 2 45% .222 12.0 12.0 6.0 6.0 2.67 12.00 -1.6 -0.2
2003 MIL MLB 3 2 0 8 8 52.3 49 21 35 8 45% .256 8.4 3.6 1.4 6.0 1.34 2.58 3.4 0.2
2003 IND AAA 1 2 0 5 5 34.7 33 10 19 2 0% .277 8.6 2.6 0.5 4.9 1.24 4.15 0.0 0.0
2003 OKL AAA 3 0 0 4 4 27.7 29 1 18 3 0% .302 9.4 0.3 1.0 5.8 1.08 3.25 0.0 0.0
2003 HUN AA 1 0 0 1 1 6.0 5 3 6 0 0% .312 7.5 4.5 0.0 9.0 1.33 3.00 0.0 0.0
2004 MIL MLB 12 12 0 34 34 207.3 192 79 166 14 49% .290 8.3 3.4 0.6 7.2 1.31 3.39 26.3 2.3
2005 MIL MLB 11 11 0 35 35 222.7 196 93 208 26 47% .276 7.9 3.8 1.1 8.4 1.30 3.84 31.1 2.9
2006 MIL MLB 11 11 0 34 34 203.3 206 102 159 19 47% .302 9.1 4.5 0.8 7.0 1.51 4.91 11.6 0.9
2007 ARI MLB 13 12 0 33 33 192.7 211 95 144 21 49% .318 9.9 4.4 1.0 6.7 1.59 4.25 17.6 2.0
2008 TUC AAA 1 1 0 2 2 9.7 10 3 6 0 48% .303 9.3 2.8 0.0 5.6 1.34 3.71 2.9 0.3
2008 ARI MLB 6 8 0 26 26 146.0 160 64 112 13 49% .322 9.9 3.9 0.8 6.9 1.53 4.32 17.3 1.9
2009 ARI MLB 9 14 0 34 34 203.3 203 103 146 25 45% .291 9.0 4.6 1.1 6.5 1.50 4.12 0.7 -0.3
2010 NAS AAA 1 0 0 2 2 8.0 5 2 12 0 50% .278 5.6 2.2 0.0 13.5 0.88 1.12 3.8 0.4
2010 WIS A 1 0 0 1 1 7.0 6 3 4 0 52% .286 7.7 3.9 0.0 5.1 1.29 1.29 0.4 0.0
2010 MIL MLB 1 4 0 8 8 38.3 55 21 34 6 49% .386 12.9 4.9 1.4 8.0 1.98 7.51 -1.1 -0.1
2011 CHR AAA 2 5 0 9 9 52.0 51 12 46 2 47% .322 8.8 2.1 0.3 8.0 1.21 2.60 6.9 0.7
2011 IOW AAA 0 0 0 1 1 3.7 4 0 5 0 50% .400 9.8 0.0 0.0 12.3 1.09 4.91 2.6 0.2
2011 CHN MLB 1 7 0 9 9 45.7 59 26 36 2 46% .361 11.6 5.1 0.4 7.1 1.86 6.50 5.2 0.5
2011 DAY A+ 1 0 0 1 1 6.7 2 2 7 0 36% .143 2.7 2.7 0.0 9.4 0.60 0.00 1.3 0.1
2012 OMA AAA 9 4 0 20 16 106.3 124 38 88 12 47% .346 10.5 3.2 1.0 7.4 1.52 4.66 13.5 1.3

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 2413 0.4712 0.4169 0.8250 0.6025 0.2516 0.9051 0.6542 0.1740
2009 3455 0.4576 0.4278 0.8309 0.6281 0.2588 0.9043 0.6804 0.1671
2010 782 0.4821 0.4003 0.8658 0.5836 0.2296 0.9318 0.7097 0.1278
2011 862 0.5023 0.3956 0.8416 0.5520 0.2378 0.8996 0.7059 0.1584
Career75120.46960.41770.83390.60650.2510.90690.6780.1642

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-10-02 2010-10-02 On-Alr 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Ulnar Nerve Transposition and Flexor Tendon 2010-10-02
2010-07-10 2010-10-04 15-DL 86 75 Left Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis -
2010-05-11 2010-07-06 15-DL 56 51 General Medical Cardiovascular Pericarditis -
2009-03-04 2009-03-18 Camp 14 0 Left Upper Arm Inflammation Triceps -
2008-04-09 2008-05-22 15-DL 43 38 General Medical Cancer Thyroid Gland 2008-04-10
2007-02-18 2007-02-22 Camp 4 0 Low Back Soreness -
2006-06-25 2006-07-04 DTD 9 9 Low Back Stiffness -
2006-02-24 2006-02-24 Camp 0 0 Low Back Soreness -
2005-02-27 2005-03-05 Camp 6 0 Low Back Soreness -
2003-06-01 2003-06-03 DTD 2 1 Left Shoulder Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 MIL $4,250,000
2009 ARI $8,750,000
2008 ARI $7,750,000
2007 ARI $5,500,000
2006 MIL $3,200,000
2005 MIL $2,050,000
2004 MIL $450,000
2003 MIL $427,500
2003 TEX $427,500
2002 TEX $310,000
2001 TEX $250,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$33,365,000
10 yrTotal$33,365,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 13 dSteve Canter1 year (2012)

Details
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 5/12/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2011). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 4/13/11 (minor-league contract). $0.9M salary in majors. $2M in performance bonuses. Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 5/14/11. Released by Chicago Cubs 6/29/11.
  • 1 year/$5.25M (2010), plus 2011 mutual option. Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 1/20/10. 10:$4.25M, 11:$6.5M mutual option, $1M buyout. $1M annually in performance bonuses based on games, starts, innings pitched. Milwaukee declined option 11/2/10.
  • 3 years/$22M (2007-09). Re-signed by Arizona 1/07 (avoided arbitration, $7.5M-$5.25M). 07:$5.5M, 08:$7.75M, 09:$8.75M.
  • 2 years/$4.75M (2005-06). Signed extension with Milwaukee 7/04. 05:$2.05M, 06:$2.7M. 2005 salary increased to $2.35M with 34 starts in 2004. 2006 salary increased to $3.2M with 33 starts in 2005. $0.4M in bonuses. Acquired by Arizona in trade from Milwaukee 11/06.
  • 1 year/$0.45M (2004). Signed by Milwaukee (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.4275M (2003). Re-signed by Texas 2/03. Sent outright to Triple-A 3/03. Contract purchased 4/03. Claimed by Toronto off waivers after being DFA by Texas 4/03. DFA by Toronto 7/03.
  • 1 year/$0.31M (2002). Re-signed by Texas 2/02.
  • Drafted by Texas 1996 (10-293) (City College of San Francisco).

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
Weighted Mean?????0.0????.0000.000.00?0.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
1430.50.83.60.51.249.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 73)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 82 Ramon Ortiz 2011 5.40
2 81 Nelson Figueroa 2012 0.00 DNP
3 79 Chuck Finley 2001 6.02
4 79 Kevin Millwood 2013 0.00 DNP
5 78 Sal Maglie 1955 4.93
6 78 Mike Hampton 2011 0.00 DNP
7 78 Jeff Suppan 2013 0.00 DNP
8 77 Joe Dobson 1955 0.00 DNP
9 77 Charlie Hough 1986 4.49
10 77 Orel Hershiser 1997 4.84
11 77 Tom Candiotti 1996 5.38
12 76 Sam Jones 1964 2.61
13 76 David Cone 2001 4.91
14 76 Vic Raschi 1957 0.00 DNP
15 76 Miguel Batista 2009 4.67
16 76 Woody Williams 2005 5.19
17 76 Jack Morris 1993 6.84
18 75 Dizzy Trout 1953 0.00 DNP
19 75 Jerry Koosman 1981 4.38
20 75 Phil Niekro 1977 4.52
21 75 Al Leiter 2004 3.37
22 75 Virgil Trucks 1955 4.01
23 75 Jerry Reuss 1987 6.96
24 75 Early Wynn 1958 4.28
25 74 Rick Reuschel 1987 3.61
26 74 John Burkett 2003 5.30
27 74 Bryn Smith 1994 0.00 DNP
28 74 Nolan Ryan 1985 4.19
29 74 Mark Hendrickson 2012 0.00 DNP
30 74 John Halama 2010 0.00 DNP
31 74 Dave Stewart 1995 7.11
32 74 Charlie Leibrandt 1995 0.00 DNP
33 74 Aaron Sele 2008 0.00 DNP
34 74 Jeff Fassero 2001 3.79
35 74 Allie Reynolds 1955 0.00 DNP
36 73 Chan Ho Park 2011 0.00 DNP
37 73 Gaylord Perry 1977 4.08
38 73 Whitey Ford 1967 2.25
39 73 Ken Johnson 1971 0.00 DNP
40 73 Tim Wakefield 2005 4.51
41 73 Pete Walker 2007 0.00 DNP
42 73 Larry Jackson 1969 0.00 DNP
43 73 Sonny Siebert 1975 4.31 DNP
44 73 Orlando Hernandez 2004 3.30
45 73 Geoff Zahn 1984 3.52
46 72 Mike Garcia 1962 0.00 DNP
47 72 Marv Grissom 1956 2.00
48 72 Bill Krueger 1996 0.00 DNP
49 72 Dave Burba 2005 0.00 DNP
50 72 Kenny Rogers 2003 4.98
51 72 Rudy May 1983 7.36
52 72 Luis Tiant 1979 4.32
53 71 Jim Kaat 1977 5.61
54 71 Jimmy Key 1999 0.00 DNP
55 71 Steve Renko 1983 4.67
56 71 Ed Lopat 1956 0.00 DNP
57 71 Bert Blyleven 1989 2.84
58 71 Camilo Pascual 1972 0.00 DNP
59 71 Brian Moehler 2010 5.24
60 71 Dennis Martinez 1992 2.98
61 71 Terry Mulholland 2001 4.80
62 71 Mike Morgan 1998 4.62
63 71 Joe Nuxhall 1967 0.00 DNP
64 71 Mike Cuellar 1975 3.90 DNP
65 71 Rick Sutcliffe 1994 7.05
66 71 Bob Feller 1957 0.00 DNP
67 70 Jon Lieber 2008 4.63
68 70 Jim Perry 1974 3.36
69 70 Tanyon Sturtze 2009 0.00 DNP
70 70 Fred Norman 1981 0.00 DNP
71 70 Warren Spahn 1959 3.27
72 70 Jim Palmer 1984 9.68
73 70 Jim Lonborg 1980 0.00 DNP
74 70 Jim Hearn 1959 5.73
75 70 Don Sutton 1983 4.45
76 70 Paul Splittorff 1985 0.00 DNP
77 70 Jim Bunning 1970 4.56
78 70 Jamie Moyer 2001 3.61
79 70 Ellis Kinder 1953 2.61
80 70 Mark Langston 1999 5.84
81 69 Roger Clemens 2001 3.84
82 69 David Wells 2001 4.92
83 69 Wilbur Wood 1980 0.00 DNP
84 69 Ken Forsch 1985 0.00 DNP
85 69 Hideo Nomo 2007 0.00 DNP
86 69 Hoyt Wilhelm 1961 2.87
87 69 Hank Aguirre 1969 2.80
88 69 Tim Belcher 2000 6.86
89 69 Billy Pierce 1965 0.00 DNP
90 69 Marty Pattin 1981 0.00 DNP
91 69 Curt Simmons 1967 5.01
92 69 Bud Black 1995 7.99
93 69 Mike Mussina 2007 5.33
94 69 Rick Honeycutt 1992 4.38
95 69 Kevin Tapani 2002 0.00 DNP
96 69 Frank Tanana 1992 4.92
97 69 Tom Seaver 1983 4.05
98 69 Livan Hernandez 2013 0.00 DNP
99 69 Mike Bielecki 1998 0.00 DNP
100 69 Ted Power 1993 5.56

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Rasputin-grade survivor Doug Davis couldn’t stop the bleeding during nine starts with the Cubs, but fooled the kids in Triple-A after the Sox picked him up; still ticking despite a decade of substandard stuff and health, he’ll likely bring his slow-and-slower routine to someone’s spring training complex, unless a coterie of tsarist aristocrats take him for a long walk along the Neva first.
2011 Davis is nothing if not a survivor, having scratched out an 11-season career despite thyroid cancer, deficient stuff, and enough men on base to cast a remake of Gone with the Wind. Last year, Davis was able to pitch around a case of pericarditis, but couldn’t wiggle past the nearly two baserunners per inning he allowed or the elbow woes that ended his season after only eight disastrous starts. Back on the street at age 35 with a new scar on his elbow, it’s unlikely that Davis will still be able to fool major-league hitters with his mid-80s “fastball,” cutter, and curve. Then again, it was unlikely for him to have ever done so.
2010 Davis is a concrete example of how a deceptive delivery and quality secondary pitches can go a long way towards making up for a below-average fastball for a southpaw. He walks too many hitters relative to his strikeout total, but has proven himself durable—even recovering from cancer to surpass the 200-inning plateau once again—and effective enough to consistently manage an ERA in the low fours. A league-average innings muncher in every sense of the term, Davis is still a solid third or fourth starter and, at 33 years old, could continue frustrating hitters for years to come.
2009 We all know what Doug Davis is—he's the same thing he's been for years, a guy who depends on a curve, and when it's on he can give you six or seven solid innings and keep you in the ballgame but never dominate. None of that matters a bit. What matters is that the dude did it having come back from cancer, and that's way cool. Rock on, Doug Davis. Rock on.
2008 Credit Josh Byrnes for taking a chance on Davis, who moved into a more difficult home park last year and nevertheless delivered a Doug Davis sort of season. As expected, Phoenix wasn't kind to him; though he split his starts evenly between home and the road, two-thirds of the homers he allowed came at Chase Field. What has separated Davis from 90 percent of the guys we say might be fourth starters is that he's made the Jamie Moyer Leap of Understanding: he gets what his limitations are and works within them, giving his team quality starts more than half the time while relying on his low-velocity curveball-driven mix. He also has one of the best pickoff moves around. He's not quite what you want at the front of your rotation, but he provides the sort of stability that lets the Diamondbacks take their chances with Randy Johnson.
2007 Davis has been durable, and manager Ned Yost and pitching coach Mike Maddux have handled him well, keeping his pitches per start at an acceptable level. Ironically, Davis`s durability, coupled with his challenge-everybody approach, has resulted in a lot of pitches thrown. From 2004 through 2006, Davis ranked twentieth, third, and tenth in the majors in total pitches thrown, respectively. The confluence of these factors--the regression in his rate stats, his mileage, and, most of all, his arbitration eligibility--encouraged the Brewers to pack him off to Arizona in November. He`s a lefty without dominating stuff coming to a park that`s even more generous to right-handed power than Miller Park. His unintentional walks per nine innings have gone from 3.3 to 3.6 to 4.5 over the last three years, and, during that same time, he gave up 3.6 runs per nine innings in Milwaukee against 5.1 on the road. So, he`s leaving the park that helped him, his control`s slipping, and he`s entering one of the game`s best hitter`s parks. Durability is an important quality, to be sure, but if he posts another ERA a half-run higher than league-average in this year, the Snakes should be satisfied.
2005 Measuring by VORP, Davis was the 19th best pitcher in baseball last year. In that sense, he was essentially the equal of Tim Hudson, Pedro Martinez, Mark Buehrle, or Roy Oswalt. Since being signed to a minor league contract in July 2003, Davis has thrown 259 innings for the Brewers with a 2.81 ERA. Not bad for a guy with average stuff who had plowed his way through two organizations who both needed pitching. Regardless of whether Davis can continue to pitch well, he's the best free talent acquisition any team has made in the past two years.
2003 The mystifying May demotion of Davis to Oklahoma was more about sending a message than anything strictly baseball-related. Then-pitching coach Oscar Acosta cited Davis’s lack of “a heartbeat.” Maybe so, but this club could really use a corpse if it can put up a sub-5.00 ERA—it’s the Rangers, after all. He’s out of options, so the Rangers have less incentive to jerk him around again this year (not that it guarantees they won’t). They can hope that the impressive control he demonstrated in Triple-A and the Dominican Winter League is a sign of things to come, and that the shoulder soreness that shortened his season isn’t.
2002 Last year’s numbers look tidy, but they don’t tell the story of Davis’s season. His ERA stood at 7.00 in mid-May, when he was demoted to Triple-A briefly. Upon returning, he began throwing a cut fastball underneath hitters’ hands to gain control of the inside half of the plate, and he posted an ERA of 3.84 the rest of the way. Davis’s soft-tossing ways won’t allow him to be ace material, but he’s the only member of the 2001 rotation who will be part of the next good Rangers team.
2001 Doug Davis managed to get 13 starts for the Rangers thanks to injuries and ineffectiveness among his staff mates. He doesn't throw real hard and lives and dies by his ability to keep hitters off stride and to move the ball around. There are a lot of pitchers who are very successful doing this. There are a lot more who aren't.
2000 The most promising Rangers pitching prospect. I wish that Oates had found a way to get him out of his major-league debut before he gave up 10 runs. Then again, Davis has had too much success in the minors to let one drubbing shatter his confidence. The Rangers would love to have left-handed pitchers in their rotation, so Davis has a good chance of starting for them sometime during 2000.

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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Doug Davis threw 9,022 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2011, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2011, he relied primarily on his Cutter (82mph) and Fourseam Fastball (85mph), also mixing in a Curve (70mph) and Change (79mph).