Biographical

Portrait of Todd Van Poppel

Todd Van Poppel PAthletics

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
11 907 40 52 4 711 5.58 3.4
Birth Date12-9-1971
Height6' 5"
Weight210 lbs
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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
1991 OAK 19 1 1 4.7 4.7 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 7 5 5 1 12 2 2 0 6 9.64 4.41 5.35 -0.2 -0.0
1993 OAK 21 16 16 84.0 84.0 0.0 6 6 0 0 4 0 380 76 50 47 10 127 62 62 2 47 5.04 5.72 6.40 -3.3 -0.3
1994 OAK 22 23 23 116.7 116.7 0.0 7 10 0 0 8 0 532 108 80 79 20 195 89 87 3 83 6.09 6.37 6.73 -4.1 -0.4
1995 OAK 23 36 14 138.3 90.0 48.3 4 8 0 0 6 1 582 125 77 75 16 208 56 55 4 122 4.88 4.18 4.57 19.9 1.9
1996 DET 24 9 9 36.3 36.3 0.0 2 4 0 0 2 0 190 53 51 46 11 104 29 29 1 16 11.39 8.78 9.94 -8.3 -0.8
1996 OAK 24 28 6 63.0 27.0 36.0 1 5 1 2 1 1 301 86 56 54 13 147 33 30 2 37 7.71 6.42 6.27 1.6 0.2
1998 PIT 26 18 7 47.0 37.0 10.0 1 2 0 0 3 0 208 53 32 28 4 86 18 15 0 32 5.36 3.96 4.65 7.6 0.6
1998 TEX 26 4 4 19.3 19.3 0.0 1 2 0 0 0 1 95 26 20 19 5 46 10 10 1 10 8.84 7.26 7.47 -1.2 -0.1
2000 CHN 28 51 2 86.3 11.7 74.7 4 5 2 6 0 0 378 80 38 36 10 129 48 46 2 77 3.75 4.52 5.15 6.1 0.6
2001 CHN 29 59 0 75.0 0.0 75.0 4 1 0 1 0 0 324 63 22 21 9 110 38 34 0 90 2.52 3.69 3.56 13.5 1.2
2002 TEX 30 50 0 72.7 0.0 72.7 3 2 1 2 0 0 325 80 44 44 14 143 29 28 3 85 5.45 4.55 5.30 8.3 0.7
2003 CIN 31 9 4 35.7 24.3 11.3 2 1 0 0 3 0 144 31 18 18 7 57 6 6 1 25 4.54 4.71 5.98 -0.4 -0.1
2003 TEX 31 7 1 12.7 4.0 8.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 67 20 14 12 1 32 9 7 0 9 8.53 4.83 5.54 1.0 0.1
2004 CIN 32 48 11 115.3 61.0 54.3 4 6 0 2 3 1 502 136 80 78 22 248 32 29 3 72 6.09 5.10 5.58 0.1 -0.2
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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
1991 OAK MLB 1 1 4.7 5.35 71 .391 .279 .361 .421 .284 .500 92 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
1993 OAK MLB 16 16 84.0 6.40 61 .281 .264 .333 .404 .262 .255 97 -3.3 -0.3 -3.3 -0.3
1994 OAK MLB 23 23 116.7 6.73 65 .290 .274 .347 .438 .269 .261 94 -4.1 -0.4 -4.1 -0.4
1995 OAK MLB 36 14 138.3 4.57 107 .253 .275 .344 .431 .267 .284 96 19.9 1.9 19.9 1.9
1996 DET MLB 9 9 36.3 9.94 12 .361 .280 .353 .448 .274 .316 98 -8.3 -0.8 -8.3 -0.8
1996 OAK MLB 28 6 63.0 6.27 84 .323 .278 .347 .443 .268 .338 100 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
1998 PIT MLB 18 7 47.0 4.65 104 .267 .265 .325 .416 .253 .318 105 5.6 0.6 7.6 0.6
1998 TEX MLB 4 4 19.3 7.47 55 .320 .259 .321 .416 .257 .304 102 -2.2 -0.2 -1.2 -0.1
2000 CHN MLB 51 2 86.3 5.15 98 .249 .270 .342 .439 .261 .290 99 7.5 0.7 6.1 0.6
2001 CHN MLB 59 0 75.0 3.56 123 .238 .255 .323 .418 .253 .289 98 12.7 1.2 13.5 1.2
2002 TEX MLB 50 0 72.7 5.30 101 .280 .263 .330 .423 .265 .340 110 8.3 0.8 8.3 0.7
2003 CIN MLB 9 4 35.7 5.98 73 .226 .271 .334 .431 .264 .229 101 -0.3 -0.0 -0.4 -0.1
2003 TEX MLB 7 1 12.7 5.54 96 .329 .265 .328 .428 .261 .396 108 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2004 CIN MLB 48 11 115.3 5.58 76 .296 .261 .324 .418 .259 .306 96 -0.0 -0.0 0.1 -0.2

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
1991 OAK MLB 0 0 0 1 1 4.7 7 2 6 1 23% .500 13.5 3.9 1.9 11.6 1.93 9.64 -0.2 -0.0
1993 OAK MLB 6 6 0 16 16 84.0 76 62 47 10 31% .255 8.1 6.6 1.1 5.0 1.64 5.04 -3.3 -0.3
1994 OAK MLB 7 10 0 23 23 116.7 108 89 83 20 36% .261 8.3 6.9 1.5 6.4 1.69 6.09 -4.1 -0.4
1995 OAK MLB 4 8 0 36 14 138.3 125 56 122 16 36% .284 8.1 3.6 1.0 7.9 1.31 4.88 19.9 1.9
1996 DET MLB 2 4 0 9 9 36.3 53 29 16 11 37% .316 13.1 7.2 2.7 4.0 2.26 11.39 -8.3 -0.8
1996 OAK MLB 1 5 1 28 6 63.0 86 33 37 13 40% .338 12.3 4.7 1.9 5.3 1.89 7.71 1.6 0.2
1998 TEX MLB 1 2 0 4 4 19.3 26 10 10 5 31% .304 12.1 4.7 2.3 4.7 1.86 8.84 -1.2 -0.1
1998 PIT MLB 1 2 0 18 7 47.0 53 18 32 4 34% .318 10.1 3.4 0.8 6.1 1.51 5.36 7.6 0.6
2000 CHN MLB 4 5 2 51 2 86.3 80 48 77 10 44% .290 8.3 5.0 1.0 8.0 1.48 3.75 6.1 0.6
2001 CHN MLB 4 1 0 59 0 75.0 63 38 90 9 47% .289 7.6 4.6 1.1 10.8 1.35 2.52 13.5 1.2
2002 TEX MLB 3 2 1 50 0 72.7 80 29 85 14 41% .340 9.9 3.6 1.7 10.5 1.50 5.45 8.3 0.7
2003 TEX MLB 1 0 0 7 1 12.7 20 9 9 1 45% .396 14.2 6.4 0.7 6.4 2.29 8.53 1.0 0.1
2003 CIN MLB 2 1 0 9 4 35.7 31 6 25 7 38% .229 7.8 1.5 1.8 6.3 1.04 4.54 -0.4 -0.1
2004 CIN MLB 4 6 0 48 11 115.3 136 32 72 22 36% .306 10.6 2.5 1.7 5.6 1.46 6.09 0.1 -0.2

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

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2003-03-29 2003-05-03 15-DL 35 29 Right Groin Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2004 CIN $300,000
2003 TEX $2,500,000
2002 TEX $2,000,000
2001 CHN $850,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$5,650,000
4 yrTotal$5,650,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status

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
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2005 Take a cheapskate owner who won't invest in the product, a front office that does a lousy job identifying useful talent, and a pitching coach who gets tons of credit for his occasional salvage jobs but little blame for his repeated failures with prospects and you get HACKING MASS darlings like Van Poppel thrust into regular duty. It's a great way to reward fans who shell out hundreds of millions in public money for palatial new stadiums, and not much less for watered-down ballpark beer. That teams and the media criticize fan loyalty in cities like Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee—and royally shafted Montreal—is a pathetic joke.
2003 Van Poppel kept his strikeout rate the same as in his big 2001 with the Cubs, and he cut down significantly on his walks. So naturally his ERA more than doubled. That has more to do with his 2001, where his peripheral numbers just didn’t support a 2.52 ERA, than his 2002. The story with Van Poppel is the same as with Powell: it’s nice to have his 70 innings, but it’d be nicer to have $2.5 million to apply to a better player.
2002 Van Poppel is only six years removed from the point at which Art Howe decided he’d either have to start or die, and it took until 2000 for a team to put him back into the relief role in which he’d enjoyed his only big-league success. As much as Van Poppel might still be thought of as one of the great first-round disasters of all time, he’s a good reliever. Signed by the Rangers, he’s being reunited with Oscar Acosta in Texas. He’s a good bet to win a dozen games in middle relief.
2001 Todd Van Poppel finally got a break and was allowed to do what he’ll continue to do effectively, which is pitch in relief. His only stretches of major-league success were in Oakland’s bullpen in the first half of 1995 and a brief stint in the Pirates’ pen in 1998. Every attempt to use him as a rotation regular has been a disappointment. The A’s, Tigers, Angels, Royals, Rangers, and Pirates all saw his talent and all let themselves get frustrated that he wasn’t the next Nolan Ryan. That didn’t stop the Cubs from starting him twice in September.
2000 He had a pretty good year in Nashville's rotation, but his Waterloo has been and will remain the majors until he shows he can get people out up there. Vukovich is the right coach for the job, but the Pirates have better and less enigmatic options for their staff. The irony is that Van Poppel originally spurned the Braves the year the A's drafted him, claiming he didn't want to play for a losing organization; had he gone to Atlanta, Leo Mazzone probably would have made him a star by now.
1999 Needs help. The stuff is there, but the command and control aren't, and sometimes the stuff isn't there after all. Pushed off the 40-man roster in October; could be a Rule 5 pick, could spend '99 at the Bucs' Triple-A club trying to find new life in relief.
1997 His 9.06 ERA this year was the highest in baseball history (min: 90 IP). He still throws 95, though, he’s just 25, and just a year ago he looked like a 15-game winner in the making. Why the Tigers placed him on waivers, with their pitching staff, is beyond me. The Angels claimed him on waivers, and combined with the presence of Jim Abbott, appear intent on making new pitching coach Marcel Lachemann pay dearly for the collapse of 1995.
1996  One of the major criticisms that a lot of analysts have of organizations is overreliance on scouting. Scouts can fall in love with a player's physical talents, and somehow overlook the fact that the guy is just not a ballplayer. Glenn Braggs leaps to mind. But watching Van Poppel, it's easy to see how one could fall into that trap. His motion is very fluid, and his fastball just zips. Took a huge leap forward in 1995, and now has the even tougher task of building on that. I think Todd would be great as a long reliever, but the game has changed in such a way that jobs like that don't seem to exist anymore. Personally, I'd give Todd 140 innings or so, 3 to 4 innings at a time, twice a week.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
The BP Wayback Machine: King Felix ArrivesJonah Keri2014-08-26
Pebble Hunting: The Increasingly Optimistic Outlook for Pitching ProspectsSam Miller2012-09-28
Painting the Black: Chipper, Loyalty and the Two-Way StreetR.J. Anderson2012-09-05
The BP Wayback Machine: Improvement RatioRany Jazayerli2012-03-16
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: NL West 2012 Season PreviewGeoff Young2012-03-05
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: NL West 2012 Season PreviewJay Jaffe2012-03-05
The BP Wayback Machine: PECOTA Takes on Pitching Prospects and Left-Handed PitchersNate Silver2011-12-15
The BP Broadside: The Most Disappointing Prospects of All Time, Part 4Steven Goldman2011-06-07
This article requires BP Premium accessDivide and Conquer, AL West: ScattershootingJoey Matschulat2011-04-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Disasterpiece TheaterJay Jaffe2010-09-29
This article requires BP Premium accessContractual Matters: Kind of a Big DealJeff Euston2010-09-20
This article requires BP Premium accessContractual Matters: International Timeline Jeff Euston2010-06-28
Future Shock: Boras vs. Baseball—A PrimerKevin Goldstein2008-08-30
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: The Lost Generation?Nate Silver2008-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessDoctoring The Numbers: Royals and PhilliesRany Jazayerli2008-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: How the D'backs Were BuiltKevin Goldstein2007-10-11
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: Rookies and CyclesNate Silver2007-08-23
Prospectus Toolbox: Value Over Replacement PlayerDerek Jacques2007-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Pitching Prospects and Left-Handed PitchersNate Silver2007-04-12
Prospectus Hit List: Week of September 26Jay Jaffe2006-09-26
This article requires BP Premium accessDoctoring The Numbers: The Draft, Part TenRany Jazayerli2006-05-11
This article requires BP Premium access2006--Setting the Stage: King Felix's 2006 JournalJonah Keri2006-03-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: September 29-October 7Christina Kahrl2005-10-09
This article requires BP Premium accessFrom The Mailbag: No Power, FRAA, AgeGate, and Ballooning ERAsBaseball Prospectus2005-09-26
Prospectus Game of the Week: King Felix ArrivesJonah Keri2005-08-10
This article requires BP Premium accessDoctoring The Numbers: The Draft, Part FourRany Jazayerli2005-06-02
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: April 14-19, 2005Christina Kahrl2005-04-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Wests, etc.Christina Kahrl2005-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: July 30-31Christina Kahrl2004-08-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTeams: A Critical Guide: National League, First-Half EditionSteven Goldman2004-07-09
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Cascading AlongWill Carroll2004-06-28
This article requires BP Premium accessTeams: A Critical Guide: Teams is Not Your Ex-Girlfriend EditionSteven Goldman2004-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Addition by SubtractionJoe Sheehan2004-05-11
Prospectus Roundtable: The Rodriguez-for-Soriano DealBaseball Prospectus2004-02-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: January 12-February 6, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-02-11
6-4-3: Hart to HartGary Huckabay2003-12-19
Marginal Dollars Per Win, 2003: The Best vs. Worst SpendersDoug Pappas2003-10-06
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 25-September 21Christina Kahrl2003-09-25
Prospectus Triple Play: Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas RangersBaseball Prospectus2003-09-02
This article requires BP Premium access"This is Our Fault": The McClatchy Ownership as Team Builder, Part IISteven Goldman2003-08-21
Prospectus Triple Play: Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas RangersBaseball Prospectus2003-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: July 7-20Christina Kahrl2003-07-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: July 3-8, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-07-09
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 27-June 5, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-06-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 1-7, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-05-09
Minor League Q&A: Bill GaytonCraig Elsten2003-04-03
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 20-24, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-03-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: AL West PreviewJoe Sheehan2003-03-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Transaction Analysis, The WestsChristina Kahrl2003-02-05
Transaction Analysis: September 4-10, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-09-12
Transaction Analysis: June 4-5, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-06-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Feature: How Sure is a "Can't Miss" Pitching Prospect?Paul Covert2002-05-09
Transaction Analysis: April 18-20, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-22
Transaction Analysis: March 26-30, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-02
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 19-25, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-03-27
This article requires BP Premium accessDoctoring The Numbers: Doctoring the Numbers: Improvement RatioRany Jazayerli2002-03-06
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: A Great Race?Joe Sheehan2002-02-26


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did you see this article today http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page/120507tripleplay/jamie-moyer-vs-chipper-jones-best-division-race-baseball-mlb? Who do you think would win a fight: Chipper or Moyer?
(Marcus Higgins from Outerspace)
Has to be Chipper. When the Braves were deciding between Jones and Todd Van Poppel, Jones punched a kid who yakked at his pitcher. Jones broke his hand, but supposedly won over Bobby Cox's heart at that moment. I think Van Poppel's asking price helped spark that romance, too. (R.J. Anderson)
2010-06-07 18:30:00 (link to chat)Todd Van Poppel was one player who tried to manipulate his way away from a team, saying he just wouldn't sign with the Braves. The Braves took Chipper Jones instead and have sent Van Poppel a bouquet of flowers every day since then. Pete Incaviglia made all kinds of demands of the Expos so he wouldn't have to sign there. They traded him, provoking a rules change.
(Steven Goldman from Langley, New Jersey)
Andrew Miller also tried, and the Tigers called his bluff. I'm ticked as Gary Brown to the Giants makes great sense, and I love this pick. 3.9 to first from the right side? SOLD. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Too bad Alex Gordon is the biggest bust in the history of the universe, eh?
(NHZ from Royals Review)
I thought that was Todd Van Poppel, but maybe that's my bitterness showing. (Christina Kahrl)


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