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Portrait of Nelson Figueroa

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 40)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
36.0 4.74 1.40 23 2 2 0 -0.1
Birth Date5-18-1974
Height6' 1"
Weight185 lbs
Age40 years, 5 months, 7 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.62010
0.22011
2012
2013
-0.12014
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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
2000 ARI 26 3 3 15.7 15.7 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 1 68 17 13 13 4 33 5 5 0 7 7.47 6.44 9.39 -2.5 -0.3
2001 PHI 27 19 13 89.0 77.7 11.3 4 5 0 0 6 1 393 95 40 39 8 147 37 34 7 61 3.94 4.29 3.97 13.6 1.1
2002 MIL 28 30 11 93.0 59.7 33.3 1 7 0 0 3 0 412 96 59 52 18 173 37 31 4 51 5.03 5.62 6.05 -5.8 -0.8
2003 PIT 29 12 3 35.3 16.0 19.3 2 1 0 0 1 0 146 28 13 13 8 56 13 11 2 23 3.31 5.89 5.72 0.3 0.1
2004 PIT 30 10 3 28.3 12.0 16.3 0 3 0 0 1 0 121 32 18 18 4 57 11 10 0 10 5.72 5.25 6.52 -3.5 -0.4
2008 NYN 34 16 6 45.3 33.3 12.0 3 3 0 2 2 0 211 48 26 23 3 68 26 25 2 36 4.57 4.23 4.96 1.9 0.2
2009 NYN 35 16 10 70.3 58.0 12.3 3 8 0 1 5 0 320 80 33 32 8 122 24 20 9 59 4.09 4.26 4.67 3.7 0.4
2010 HOU 36 18 10 67.0 55.7 11.3 5 3 0 0 4 0 286 64 28 24 9 106 25 23 2 58 3.22 4.33 4.33 4.8 0.6
2010 PHI 36 13 1 26.0 5.0 21.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 104 20 10 10 1 29 9 7 0 15 3.46 3.49 4.54 0.8 0.1
2011 HOU 37 8 5 29.0 25.0 4.0 0 3 0 0 1 0 146 45 33 28 3 63 16 16 0 17 8.69 4.82 4.76 2.0 0.2
Career14565499.0358.0141.0203513232220752527325266854203182263374.554.765.0815.41.2

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
1995 KNG Rk 12 12 76.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CMB A 26 25 185.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 BIN AA 33 22 143.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .298 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 BIN AA 21 21 123.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 TUC AAA 7 7 41.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 TUC AAA 24 21 128.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 ARI MLB 3 3 15.7 9.39 25 .287 .285 .356 .452 .266 .250 106 -3.4 -0.3 -2.5 -0.3
2000 SWB AAA 8 8 50.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TUC AAA 17 16 112.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 PHI MLB 19 13 89.0 3.97 108 .272 .255 .318 .411 .253 .311 91 11.3 1.1 13.6 1.1
2001 SWB AAA 13 12 87.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 MIL MLB 30 11 93.0 6.05 63 .287 .255 .322 .412 .257 .258 98 -6.3 -0.6 -5.8 -0.8
2002 IND AAA 6 6 39.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .285 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PIT MLB 12 3 35.3 5.72 83 .246 .264 .328 .438 .260 .200 106 0.5 0.0 0.3 0.1
2003 NAS AAA 23 23 151.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .296 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PIT MLB 10 3 28.3 6.52 48 .295 .260 .326 .422 .260 .292 91 -3.1 -0.3 -3.5 -0.4
2004 NAS AAA 25 23 152.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .321 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 NWO AAA 16 11 76.2 5.52 78 .270 .265 .329 .401 .256 .263 99 1.4 0.1 2.4 0.4
2007 CHH mex 19 19 153.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 AGU Wnt 2 2 14.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .355 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 AGU Wnt 2 2 17.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .277 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 HER Wnt 5 3 23.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 NYN MLB 16 6 45.3 4.96 86 .280 .255 .320 .397 .255 .312 93 0.8 0.1 1.9 0.2
2008 NWO AAA 20 16 113.7 4.85 101 .266 .274 .338 .441 .257 .314 98 12.7 1.2 12.9 1.1
2009 NYN MLB 16 10 70.3 4.67 90 .283 .256 .327 .415 .262 .327 94 3.8 0.4 3.7 0.4
2009 BUF AAA 17 17 112.0 3.64 123 .197 .258 .326 .390 .246 .275 106 20.8 2.0 20.6 1.9
2010 HOU MLB 18 10 67.0 4.33 93 .272 .246 .305 .373 .253 .286 92 3.6 0.4 4.8 0.6
2010 PHI MLB 13 1 26.0 4.54 89 .227 .250 .313 .399 .261 .241 93 0.2 0.0 0.8 0.1
2010 LEH AAA 3 3 19.0 3.90 111 .152 .259 .326 .429 .257 .188 93 2.0 0.2 2.2 0.2
2011 HOU MLB 8 5 29.0 4.76 91 .325 .244 .307 .382 .255 .382 105 1.8 0.2 2.0 0.2
2011 IND AAA 3 3 18.0 3.34 125 .250 .257 .323 .391 .248 .339 91 0.6 0.1 0.4 0.0
2011 OKL AAA 16 15 81.7 6.31 79 .313 .284 .351 .451 .266 .356 99 3.0 0.3 2.1 0.0
2011 CAG Wnt 3 3 18.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .328 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 ESC Wnt 1 1 8.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .100 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 PAW AAA 8 6 43.0 5.23 83 .218 .255 .325 .382 .252 .252 96 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
2012 SWB AAA 17 9 72.7 6.00 70 .265 .263 .329 .387 .252 .296 100 -6.9 -0.7 -6.9 -0.7
2012 ESC Wnt 10 4 30.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .272 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 RNO AAA 4 4 18.3 11.57 -3 .354 .268 .336 .415 .265 .343 120 -5.2 -0.5 -4.2 -0.4
2013 PUR int 2 2 10.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .219 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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
1995 KNG Rk 7 1 0 12 12 76.3 57 22 79 3 0% .000 6.7 2.6 0.4 9.3 1.04 3.07 0.0 0.0
1996 CMB A 14 7 0 26 25 185.3 119 58 200 10 0% .000 5.8 2.8 0.5 9.7 0.96 2.04 0.0 0.0
1997 BIN AA 5 11 0 33 22 143.0 137 68 116 14 0% .298 8.6 4.3 0.9 7.3 1.43 4.34 0.0 0.0
1998 TUC AAA 2 2 0 7 7 41.3 46 16 29 8 0% .000 10.0 3.5 1.7 6.3 1.50 3.70 0.0 0.0
1998 BIN AA 12 3 0 21 21 123.7 133 44 116 19 0% .000 9.7 3.2 1.4 8.4 1.43 4.66 0.0 0.0
1999 TUC AAA 11 6 0 24 21 128.0 128 41 106 16 0% .000 9.0 2.9 1.1 7.5 1.32 3.94 0.0 0.0
2000 ARI MLB 0 1 0 3 3 15.7 17 5 7 4 59% .250 9.8 2.9 2.3 4.0 1.40 7.47 -2.5 -0.3
2000 SWB AAA 4 3 0 8 8 50.0 50 11 35 9 0% .000 9.0 2.0 1.6 6.3 1.22 3.78 0.0 0.0
2000 TUC AAA 9 4 0 17 16 112.0 101 28 78 9 0% .000 8.1 2.2 0.7 6.3 1.15 2.81 0.0 0.0
2001 PHI MLB 4 5 0 19 13 89.0 95 37 61 8 53% .311 9.6 3.7 0.8 6.2 1.48 3.94 13.6 1.1
2001 SWB AAA 4 2 0 13 12 87.3 74 18 74 6 0% .000 7.6 1.9 0.6 7.6 1.05 2.47 0.0 0.0
2002 MIL MLB 1 7 0 30 11 93.0 96 37 51 18 46% .258 9.3 3.6 1.7 4.9 1.43 5.03 -5.8 -0.8
2002 IND AAA 5 0 0 6 6 39.7 39 13 25 2 0% .285 8.8 2.9 0.5 5.7 1.31 3.63 0.0 0.0
2003 PIT MLB 2 1 0 12 3 35.3 28 13 23 8 46% .200 7.1 3.3 2.0 5.9 1.16 3.31 0.3 0.1
2003 NAS AAA 12 5 0 23 23 151.3 144 37 121 11 0% .296 8.6 2.2 0.7 7.2 1.20 2.97 0.0 0.0
2004 NAS AAA 12 8 0 25 23 152.3 168 36 129 20 0% .321 9.9 2.1 1.2 7.6 1.34 4.20 0.0 0.0
2004 PIT MLB 0 3 0 10 3 28.3 32 11 10 4 55% .292 10.2 3.5 1.3 3.2 1.52 5.72 -3.5 -0.4
2006 NWO AAA 3 5 0 16 11 76.2 76 21 44 12 45% .263 9.0 2.5 1.4 5.2 1.27 4.37 2.4 0.4
2007 AGU Wnt 2 0 0 2 2 17.0 13 5 14 0 0% .277 6.9 2.6 0.0 7.4 1.06 2.12 0.0 0.0
2007 HER Wnt 1 1 0 5 3 23.0 24 7 21 1 0% .333 9.4 2.7 0.4 8.2 1.35 4.70 0.0 0.0
2007 CHH mex 8 6 0 19 19 153.7 163 36 94 13 0% .302 9.5 2.1 0.8 5.5 1.29 3.86 0.0 0.0
2008 NWO AAA 4 7 0 20 16 113.7 120 33 97 15 42% .314 9.5 2.6 1.2 7.7 1.35 4.43 12.9 1.1
2008 NYN MLB 3 3 0 16 6 45.3 48 26 36 3 43% .312 9.5 5.2 0.6 7.1 1.63 4.57 1.9 0.2
2009 BUF AAA 7 5 0 17 17 112.0 91 24 94 5 39% .275 7.3 1.9 0.4 7.6 1.03 2.25 20.6 1.9
2009 NYN MLB 3 8 0 16 10 70.3 80 24 59 8 39% .327 10.2 3.1 1.0 7.5 1.48 4.09 3.7 0.4
2010 LEH AAA 3 0 0 3 3 19.0 10 3 18 1 41% .188 4.7 1.4 0.5 8.5 0.68 0.95 2.2 0.2
2010 PHI MLB 2 1 1 13 1 26.0 20 9 15 1 45% .241 6.9 3.1 0.3 5.2 1.12 3.46 0.8 0.1
2010 HOU MLB 5 3 0 18 10 67.0 64 25 58 9 44% .286 8.6 3.4 1.2 7.8 1.33 3.22 4.8 0.6
2011 IND AAA 1 1 0 3 3 18.0 20 4 14 0 41% .339 10.0 2.0 0.0 7.0 1.33 4.00 0.4 0.0
2011 OKL AAA 6 7 0 16 15 81.7 113 30 52 14 39% .356 12.5 3.3 1.5 5.7 1.75 6.50 2.1 0.0
2011 CAG Wnt 1 1 0 3 3 18.0 20 6 15 1 0% .328 10.0 3.0 0.5 7.5 1.44 2.50 0.0 0.0
2011 ESC Wnt 1 0 0 1 1 8.0 2 1 6 0 0% .100 2.2 1.1 0.0 6.8 0.38 0.00 0.0 0.0
2011 HOU MLB 0 3 0 8 5 29.0 45 16 17 3 42% .382 14.0 5.0 0.9 5.3 2.10 8.69 2.0 0.2
2012 ESC Wnt 2 1 1 10 4 30.7 28 3 16 0 0% .272 8.2 0.9 0.0 4.7 1.01 2.64 0.0 0.0
2012 PAW AAA 5 3 0 8 6 43.0 34 12 33 3 38% .252 7.1 2.5 0.6 6.9 1.07 3.77 2.5 0.2
2012 SWB AAA 7 2 0 17 9 72.7 79 25 36 8 44% .296 9.8 3.1 1.0 4.5 1.43 3.96 -6.9 -0.7
2013 RNO AAA 0 3 0 4 4 18.3 31 8 7 7 47% .343 15.2 3.9 3.4 3.4 2.13 12.76 -4.2 -0.4
2013 PUR int 2 0 0 2 2 10.0 7 1 3 0 0% .219 6.3 0.9 0.0 2.7 0.80 1.80 0.0 0.0

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 793 0.5208 0.4174 0.8248 0.5811 0.2395 0.8667 0.7143 0.1752
2009 1195 0.5289 0.4527 0.8299 0.6266 0.2575 0.8662 0.7310 0.1701
2010 1587 0.5501 0.4650 0.8442 0.6346 0.2577 0.9025 0.6685 0.1558
2011 550 0.4945 0.4364 0.8458 0.6213 0.2554 0.9112 0.6901 0.1500
Career41250.53090.44850.83650.62020.25380.88630.69830.1629

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-08-03 2011-08-24 Minors 21 0 - Back Spasms - -
2010-08-09 2010-08-17 DTD 8 7 General Medical Headache Migraine -
2010-08-07 2010-08-07 DTD 0 0 General Medical Headache Migraine -
2010-04-25 2010-04-28 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2006-06-16 2006-07-17 FA 31 0 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi - -
2005-04-05 2005-10-05 FA 183 0 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum and Rotator Cuff 2004-10-04 -
2004-10-04 2004-10-04 FA 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum and Rotator Cuff 2004-10-04 -
2004-07-09 2004-07-18 Minors 9 0 Right Ankle Sprain High Ankle - -
2002-05-06 2002-05-21 15-DL 15 13 Right Ankle Sprain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 ARI $
2012 TOR $
2011 HOU $900,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$900,000
1 yrTotal$900,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 31 d1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 12/12/12 (minor-league contract). Released by Arizona 4/25/13. Signed with Taiwanese club 6/21/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 1/19/12 (minor-league contract). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 4/17/12 (minor-league contract). Released by NY Yankees 7/19/12. Signed by Boston as a free agent 7/23/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2011). Re-signed by Houston 12/1/10 (avoided arbitration). DFA by Houston 5/9/11. Released 8/18/11. Signed by Pittsburgh 8/23/11 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.416M (2010). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/10/10. Claimed by Philadelphia off waivers 4/7/10 after being DFA by NY Mets 4/3/10. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/3/10 after being DFA by Philadelphia 5/31/10. Contract purchased by Philadelphia 6/24/10. Claimed by Houston off waivers 7/21/10 after being DFA by Philadelphia 7/15/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Re-signed 4/25/09 (minor-league contract). $0.45M salary in majors. Contract purchased 5/14/09. DFA 5/18/09, sent outright to Triple-A 5/20/09. Contract purchased 8/3/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 2/6/08 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Mets 4/2/08. DFA by Mets 4/13/09, sent outright to Triple-A 4/16/08. Contract purchased by Mets 8/27/08

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 2.9 2.5 0.2 13 8 52.3 46 15 33 5 .271 1.16 3.61 3.92 5.9 0.6
80o 2.5 2.4 0.2 11 7 46.6 44 14 29 5 .285 1.24 3.99 4.33 3.0 0.3
70o 2.2 2.3 0.2 10 6 42.6 42 13 27 5 .295 1.30 4.27 4.64 1.2 0.1
60o 2 2.2 0.1 9 6 39.2 40 13 25 5 .304 1.35 4.51 4.9 -0.0 -0.0
50o 1.8 2.1 0.1 9 5 36.2 38 12 23 4 .312 1.40 4.73 5.15 -1.0 -0.1
40o 1.6 1.9 0.1 8 5 33.1 37 12 21 4 .320 1.45 4.96 5.4 -1.8 -0.2
30o 1.4 1.8 0.1 7 5 30.0 34 11 19 4 .329 1.51 5.22 5.67 -2.4 -0.2
20o 1.2 1.7 0.1 6 4 26.4 32 10 17 4 .339 1.58 5.51 5.99 -3.0 -0.3
10o 0.9 1.4 0.1 5 3 21.6 28 9 14 3 .353 1.68 5.94 6.45 -3.4 -0.3
Weighted Mean1.820.19535.53712224.3101.394.715.11-0.8-0.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
10% 23% 9% 8% 54%

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
201541781362015116257902042.3101.454.965.399.63.45.41.2-0.8
201642560271511512943641442.3191.505.115.5510.13.45.01.1-0.8
201743560261410812139611442.3171.485.065.4910.13.25.11.2-0.7
20184445023139610736541342.3131.485.125.5710.03.45.01.2-0.7
2019454502112889933481242.3151.495.155.6010.13.44.91.2-0.7
2020463401911809131431142.3151.525.295.7510.23.54.81.2-0.7
2021473401810758628381042.3171.525.375.8310.33.44.61.2-0.7
20224834015965752533942.3181.555.475.9510.43.54.61.3-0.7
20234933014860702330842.3171.555.475.9410.53.44.51.2-0.7

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
1713.83.44.21.62.940

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 65)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 80 Ramon Ortiz 2013 6.04
2 79 Brett Tomko 2013 0.00 DNP
3 73 Virgil Trucks 1957 3.25
4 73 Sal Maglie 1957 3.39
5 72 John Burkett 2005 0.00 DNP
6 72 Bob Gibson 1976 0.00 DNP
7 72 Early Wynn 1960 3.94
8 72 Connie Marrero 1951 4.15
9 72 Woody Williams 2007 5.41
10 71 Tom Seaver 1985 3.88
11 71 Phil Niekro 1979 4.21
12 71 Tom Candiotti 1998 5.46
13 71 Dennis Martinez 1994 3.77
14 71 Murry Dickson 1957 4.96
15 71 Orel Hershiser 1999 4.58
16 70 Jim Kaat 1979 4.46
17 70 Jerry Koosman 1983 5.09
18 70 Don Sutton 1985 4.02
19 70 Kenny Rogers 2005 3.96
20 70 Miguel Batista 2011 4.35
21 69 Jack Morris 1995 0.00 DNP
22 69 Rick Reuschel 1989 3.24
23 69 Steve Renko 1985 0.00 DNP
24 69 Bartolo Colon 2013 2.84
25 68 Mike Flanagan 1992 8.83
26 68 Tim Wakefield 2007 4.95
27 68 Mike Cuellar 1977 18.90
28 68 Vicente Romo 1983 0.00 DNP
29 68 Robin Roberts 1967 0.00 DNP
30 68 Hyang-Nam Choi 2011 0.00 DNP
31 68 Gaylord Perry 1979 3.48
32 67 Warren Spahn 1961 3.29
33 67 Frank Tanana 1994 0.00 DNP
34 67 Kevin Brown 2005 7.00
35 67 Luis Tiant 1981 4.87
36 67 Doyle Alexander 1991 0.00 DNP
37 67 Chuck Finley 2003 0.00 DNP
38 67 Roger Clemens 2003 4.21
39 67 Mike Mussina 2009 0.00 DNP
40 66 Jamie Moyer 2003 3.47
41 66 Rick Reed 2005 0.00 DNP
42 66 David Wells 2003 4.27
43 66 David Cone 2003 6.50
44 66 Nolan Ryan 1987 3.15
45 66 Joe Niekro 1985 4.31
46 66 Woodie Fryman 1980 2.59
47 66 Jim Bibby 1985 0.00 DNP
48 65 Charlie Hough 1988 3.96
49 65 Ellis Kinder 1955 2.97
50 65 Elmer Dessens 2011 0.00 DNP
51 63 Sid Hudson 1955 0.00 DNP
52 63 Lindy McDaniel 1976 0.00 DNP
53 63 Steve Carlton 1985 4.11
54 63 Bert Blyleven 1991 0.00 DNP
55 63 Greg Harris 1996 0.00 DNP
56 63 Mark Gardner 2002 0.00 DNP
57 63 Tug McGraw 1985 0.00 DNP
58 63 Mike Morgan 2000 4.87
59 63 Jim Bunning 1972 0.00 DNP
60 63 Terry Mulholland 2003 5.45
61 63 Danny Darwin 1996 4.32
62 62 Al Brazle 1954 4.94
63 62 Dennis Lamp 1993 0.00 DNP
64 62 Jerry Reuss 1989 5.58
65 62 Jim Perry 1976 0.00 DNP
66 62 Hank Aguirre 1971 0.00 DNP
67 62 Curt Schilling 2007 4.05
68 62 Bob Forsch 1990 0.00 DNP
69 61 Ron Reed 1983 3.95
70 61 Harvey Haddix 1966 0.00 DNP
71 61 Art Fowler 1963 2.62
72 61 Bill Henry 1968 6.27
73 61 Rich Gossage 1992 3.08
74 61 Jason Isringhausen 2013 0.00 DNP
75 61 Doug Bair 1990 5.55
76 61 Geoff Zahn 1986 0.00 DNP
77 61 Gene Garber 1988 4.13
78 60 Hal Brown 1965 0.00 DNP
79 60 Ron Mahay 2011 0.00 DNP
80 60 Scott Sanderson 1997 0.00 DNP
81 60 John Smoltz 2007 3.41
82 60 Derek Lowe 2013 9.00
83 60 Mike Jackson 2005 0.00 DNP
84 60 Troy Percival 2010 0.00 DNP
85 60 Al Benton 1951 0.00 DNP
86 60 Bob Patterson 1999 0.00 DNP
87 60 Bud Byerly 1961 0.00 DNP
88 59 Matt Herges 2010 0.00 DNP
89 59 Fergie Jenkins 1983 4.79
90 59 Lew Burdette 1967 4.91
91 59 Alan Embree 2010 0.00 DNP
92 59 Orlando Pena 1974 2.55
93 59 Steve Reed 2005 6.89
94 59 Marv Grissom 1958 4.82
95 59 Roberto Hernandez 2005 2.58
96 58 Don McMahon 1970 3.05
97 58 Rudy Seanez 2009 0.00 DNP
98 58 Bob McClure 1992 3.50
99 58 Jose Contreras 2012 6.59
100 58 Rick Honeycutt 1994 7.20

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 Much like crabgrass, Figueroa is very difficult to eradicate. Every time that it seems he is ready to wash out of the major leagues—for instance, in 2007, when he pitched in Mexico and Taiwan—he finds a way to get more mileage out of his arm, and has now pitched for seven teams since 2000. He was twice claimed off waivers last season, the Phillies first getting him from the Mets in April and the Astros grabbing him in July. An extremely intelligent player who relies more on guile than stuff (his fastball rarely touches 90 mph), Figueroa mixes in a slider, curveball, and changeup. He is a viable candidate for the fifth starter's job this spring.
2010 The journeyman from Brooklyn has pitched for his hometown team of late, because for the second straight year injuries game him far more of an opportunity than he deserved. The scouting term for Figueroa is "a thumber," as he only throws his upper-80s fastball a third of the time while mixing in cutters, sinkers, curves, sliders, and changeups, really just hoping to win what amounts to a guessing game with hitters. A four-hit shutout on the final day of the season, when the Astros were more interested in their off-season vacation plans than the game, lowered his ERA by more than a half-run. He's not lined up for any significant role in 2010, but he did get kept on the 40-man as we went to press, a big improvement for a man used to bouncing around between non-roster invites.
2009 Figueroa made his first big-league appearance since 2004 when he was called up to replace the injured Pedro Martinez. He had spent 2005 rehabbing a torn rotator cuff, 2006 in Triple-A, and 2007 pitching in Mexico and Taiwan, so making it back to the bigs with his hometown team had to be satisfying. He opened with back-to-back quality starts, but faded immediately afterwards, and the Mets outrighted him to Triple-A after the season.
2005 Has arm, will travel. For every Rick Reed, there are a dozen guys like Figueroa, where a lack of velocity is the sort of handicap that will never generate any breaks. There are considerably worse choices to have around as your fifth starter, so any near-contender short on options in the fifth spot or hoping to stash somebody in Triple-A can do better than resurrecting Scott Erickson and just pick up a guy like this.
2003 A journeyman pitcher who’s been successful enough to warrant an extended look in a rotation. He’s never impressed the radar gun or the scouts very much, but he’s been able to take the mound and get guys out. Could end up putting together a nice three- or four-year stretch at the back end of a rotation and making a few bucks as an innings eater. Not a bad pickup by Dave Littlefield as bargain-shopping goes; he might crack the Pirates’ rotation.
2002 A right-handed finesse pitcher with good control is lucky to get one chance in the majors; if he screws it up, he’ll become intimately familiar with the best late-night dining Pawtucket and Des Moines have to offer. Figueroa got his one chance with the Phils this year and he capitalized, providing above-average work in 13 starts, including six quality starts. There’s no real upside here, so as the young guns advance, Figueroa should settle into a swing role.
2001 One of the Phillies' baffle-them-with-location pitchers. Nelson Figueroa has probably the lowest velocity of the bunch, which makes him most vulnerable to mistakes in location. He could very well turn into a one-year wonder somewhere along the way, but I doubt he’ll be more than a fifth starter on a regular basis.
2000 Figueroa was a throw-in in the Willie Blair/Bernard Gilkey trade with the Mets in 1998, and nobody expected much out of him in 1999. So naturally, he ended up with the finest season of his career. He’s obviously old for prospect status, and a good split-finger fastball is his only real out pitch. More work on his curveball could turn him into a bottom-of-the-rotation starter for a major-league team.
1999 His stock dropped after an amazing 1996, far enough that the Mets added him to the execrable Blair/Fabregas deal. He’s still young enough to have a good career. Lacks a dominant fastball, but he throws four pitches, including a very good curveball. Saying he'll be the Omar Daal of 1999 is pushing it, but I think he's eventually going to be a credible major league starting pitcher.
1998 Still at least a year or two away, and not a particularly highly touted prospect. His stuff is probably good enough to at least get to the majors at some point, but I don’t know if he’ll stick. He’s basically got two more years to make the jump up, or his career will be as dead as Vanilla Ice’s.
1997 A 30th round pick in ’95 by way of Brandeis College and Brooklyn, no relation to Ed. He’s a skinny guy who, in proper Met fashion, led his league in innings and complete games. However, he was so overwhelming at times, giving up just 119 hits in 185 innings including three one-hitters, two in consecutive starts, that I’m not certain his total workload was unreasonable. He throws six different pitches and led the league in every important category. Take a good look, but don’t put his name on the 2001 Cy Young Award just yet.

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Daily Roundup: Around the League: March 31, 2013Joe Hamrahi2013-03-31
Daily Roundup: Around the League: March 31, 2013Clint Chisam2013-03-31
The Lineup Card: 8 Interesting NRIsBaseball Prospectus2013-02-06
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BP Unfiltered: For Amusement Only 4/11John Perrotto2011-04-11
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This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Injury Projection: Houston AstrosCorey Dawkins2011-03-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Injury Projection: Houston AstrosMarc Normandin2011-03-24
Overthinking It: Small Samplings of Spring, NL EditionBen Lindbergh2011-03-17
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2008-05-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Shawn Greene is a Jewish dude with a Catholic-sounding name, but I doubt he could get me a severed toe by this afternoon. Luke Scott might pull a gun in a bowling alley. Bob Watson might be the only one around here who cares about the rules.
(I think it's Sobchak from Los Angeles)
We've got these and whole bunch of others. John Kruk, Jeff Kent, and a vote for Nelson Figueroa as Donny. (Marc Normandin)


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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Nelson Figueroa threw 4,315 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (87mph), Slider (81mph) and Sinker (86mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (75mph).