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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .212 7 24 27 2 .230 -0.3
Birth Date12-28-1979
Height6' 0"
Weight210 lbs
Age34 years, 9 months, 24 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.02010
-1.52011
0.12012
2013
-0.32014
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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 MIL 22 19 39 36 3 7 1 1 1 13 3 13 0 0 0 5 0 1 .194 .256 .361 .207 -1.6 -0.8 -0.2
2003 MIL 23 52 155 142 23 37 9 2 5 65 7 28 1 1 4 20 1 2 .261 .298 .458 .242 2.9 -1.2 0.2
2004 MIL 24 126 415 390 43 93 20 3 9 146 20 119 1 2 2 53 12 6 .238 .276 .374 .227 -2.1 2.2 0.0
2005 MIL 25 146 546 501 69 146 39 6 17 248 39 103 1 3 2 62 18 6 .291 .342 .495 .284 34.7 1.9 3.7
2006 MIL 26 148 608 537 101 145 39 4 35 297 63 162 1 4 3 85 8 9 .270 .345 .553 .302 50.9 -5.7 4.4
2007 MIL 27 136 503 452 59 115 35 0 14 192 40 128 3 7 1 63 4 5 .254 .315 .425 .247 11.5 -8.2 0.3
2008 MIL 28 128 448 404 50 91 22 1 15 160 37 124 3 3 1 55 5 6 .225 .293 .396 .242 1.8 -3.7 -0.2
2009 MIL 29 76 234 214 22 43 12 0 6 73 19 72 0 1 0 24 1 0 .201 .265 .341 .202 -8.0 9.9 0.2
2009 SEA 29 34 131 120 10 24 8 1 2 40 8 48 0 3 0 12 1 2 .200 .244 .333 .212 -5.2 0.8 -0.4
2010 BOS 30 120 382 344 44 85 16 1 18 157 34 104 1 1 2 46 9 1 .247 .316 .456 .261 9.6 -0.0 1.0
2011 HOU 31 46 158 147 18 33 7 2 2 50 8 55 2 1 0 13 1 1 .224 .272 .340 .212 -3.7 -6.2 -1.1
2011 SFN 31 16 41 38 6 6 2 0 0 8 3 8 0 0 0 1 2 1 .158 .220 .211 .145 -3.7 -0.8 -0.5
2012 BAL 32 7 14 9 2 2 0 0 1 5 5 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 .222 .500 .556 .363 0.6 -0.1 0.1
Career1054367433344508272102112514542869711326154406240.248.308.436.25387.6-12.07.4

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
1998 HEL Rk 0 95 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .259 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 OGD Rk 0 297 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .352 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 BLT A 0 489 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .353 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 HDS A+ 89 378 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 HUN AA 41 168 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 MIL MLB 19 39 .207 .247 .313 .376 .242 .273 97 -2.2 1.0 0.5 -0.8 -0.7 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2002 IND AAA 134 500 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .283 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 MIL MLB 52 155 .242 .253 .320 .409 .252 .291 104 -3 4.1 0.9 -1.2 0.3 2.9 0.2 2.9 0.2
2003 IND AAA 89 391 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MIL MLB 126 415 .227 .260 .326 .420 .260 .318 92 -15.1 12.3 2 2.2 -2.2 -2.1 0.0 -2.1 0.0
2005 MIL MLB 146 546 .284 .263 .327 .418 .259 .336 100 13.9 15.7 3.8 1.9 2.1 34.7 3.7 34.7 3.7
2006 MIL MLB 148 608 .302 .268 .334 .436 .266 .320 95 28.8 18.3 7.5 -5.7 -0.5 50.9 4.4 50.9 4.4
2007 MIL MLB 136 503 .247 .269 .335 .431 .262 .319 104 -7.5 14.9 1.3 -8.2 0.2 11.5 0.3 11.5 0.3
2007 BRR Rk 2 8 .164 .243 .361 .344 .251 .200 99 -0.9 0.3 0 0.1 0.1 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2008 MIL MLB 128 448 .242 .264 .332 .423 .264 .284 100 -8.7 12.9 1.6 -3.7 -1.3 1.8 -0.2 1.8 -0.2
2009 MIL MLB 76 234 .202 .262 .333 .416 .265 .270 98 -14.5 6.7 0.6 9.9 0.3 -8.0 0.2 -8.0 0.2
2009 SEA MLB 34 131 .212 .261 .330 .413 .257 .301 98 -6.7 3.8 -0.9 0.8 0.1 -5.2 -0.4 -5.2 -0.4
2009 NAS AAA 4 15 .373 .290 .361 .462 .288 .333 84 1.9 0.4 0 -0.0 0.0 2.6 0.3 2.6 0.3
2010 BOS MLB 120 382 .261 .253 .320 .398 .251 .300 113 0.3 10.5 -1 -0.0 -0.7 9.4 1.0 9.6 1.0
2011 HOU MLB 46 158 .212 .256 .317 .399 .263 .341 102 -7.5 4.3 -0.2 -6.2 -0.8 -3.7 -1.1 -3.7 -1.1
2011 SFN MLB 16 41 .145 .274 .333 .419 .273 .200 94 -4.6 1.1 -0.1 -0.8 0.2 -3.7 -0.5 -3.7 -0.5
2011 FRE AAA 31 125 .274 .282 .349 .450 .260 .333 106 2.1 3.8 -0.1 -1.2 -0.4 7.4 0.6 7.4 0.6
2012 BAL MLB 7 14 .363 .219 .295 .348 .241 1.000 103 1.4 0.4 -0.1 -0.1 -1.1 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2012 NOR AAA 90 370 .252 .263 .330 .403 .255 .369 96 -3.3 11.0 -2.2 1.5 -3.9 4.4 0.6 4.4 0.6
2013 SLC AAA 21 85 .204 .267 .327 .406 .260 .234 100 -5.2 2.4 -0.1 -0.1 -2.4 -6.3 -0.6 -6.3 -0.6

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
1998 HEL Rk 95 11 15 3 0 0 5 9 27 5 5 .176 .263 .212 .035 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 OGD Rk 297 41 81 15 2 6 31 15 61 19 8 .289 .330 .421 .132 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 BLT A 489 57 123 30 6 3 41 18 127 10 11 .262 .290 .370 .109 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 HDS A+ 378 61 105 21 6 15 51 22 78 18 9 .303 .347 .529 .225 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 HUN AA 168 14 41 8 1 3 14 5 46 5 3 .256 .274 .375 .119 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 IND AAA 500 35 106 20 1 4 31 25 105 17 10 .228 .271 .301 .073 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 MIL MLB 39 3 7 1 1 1 5 3 13 0 1 .194 .256 .361 .167 .207 -1.6 -0.8 -0.2
2003 IND AAA 391 57 100 25 2 5 32 27 79 10 11 .282 .327 .407 .124 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 MIL MLB 155 23 37 9 2 5 20 7 28 1 2 .261 .298 .458 .197 .242 2.9 -1.2 0.2
2004 MIL MLB 415 43 93 20 3 9 53 20 119 12 6 .238 .276 .374 .136 .227 -2.1 2.2 0.0
2005 MIL MLB 546 69 146 39 6 17 62 39 103 18 6 .291 .342 .495 .204 .284 34.7 1.9 3.7
2006 MIL MLB 608 101 145 39 4 35 85 63 162 8 9 .270 .345 .553 .283 .302 50.9 -5.7 4.4
2007 MIL MLB 503 59 115 35 0 14 63 40 128 4 5 .254 .315 .425 .170 .247 11.5 -8.2 0.3
2007 BRR Rk 8 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 .167 .286 .167 .000 .164 -0.3 0.1 -0.0
2008 MIL MLB 448 50 91 22 1 15 55 37 124 5 6 .225 .293 .396 .171 .242 1.8 -3.7 -0.2
2009 MIL MLB 234 22 43 12 0 6 24 19 72 1 0 .201 .265 .341 .140 .202 -8.0 9.9 0.2
2009 NAS AAA 15 1 4 1 0 1 4 1 4 1 0 .286 .333 .571 .286 .373 2.6 -0.0 0.3
2009 SEA MLB 131 10 24 8 1 2 12 8 48 1 2 .200 .244 .333 .133 .212 -5.2 0.8 -0.4
2010 BOS MLB 382 44 85 16 1 18 46 34 104 9 1 .247 .316 .456 .209 .261 9.6 -0.0 1.0
2011 HOU MLB 158 18 33 7 2 2 13 8 55 1 1 .224 .272 .340 .116 .212 -3.7 -6.2 -1.1
2011 SFN MLB 41 6 6 2 0 0 1 3 8 2 1 .158 .220 .211 .053 .145 -3.7 -0.8 -0.5
2011 FRE AAA 125 17 31 9 0 7 20 9 36 0 0 .274 .328 .540 .265 .274 7.4 -1.2 0.6
2012 BAL MLB 14 2 2 0 0 1 1 5 7 0 0 .222 .500 .556 .333 .363 0.6 -0.1 0.1
2012 NOR AAA 370 38 84 18 0 15 45 26 141 2 1 .246 .300 .430 .184 .252 4.4 1.5 0.6
2013 SLC AAA 85 4 12 0 1 1 7 12 25 0 0 .164 .282 .233 .068 .204 -6.3 -0.1 -0.6

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 1851 0.4997 0.4605 0.7430 0.6162 0.3045 0.8298 0.5674 0.2570
2009 1465 0.5235 0.4522 0.7130 0.6050 0.2837 0.7996 0.5101 0.2855
2010 1548 0.5233 0.4651 0.7458 0.6198 0.2954 0.8327 0.5459 0.2528
2011 792 0.5265 0.5227 0.6908 0.6739 0.3547 0.8043 0.4511 0.3092
2012 71 0.4648 0.4507 0.6250 0.6667 0.2632 0.6818 0.5000 0.3750
Career57270.51540.46810.72740.62290.30310.81750.530.2718

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-02-28 2013-03-22 Camp 22 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2013-02-28 2013-03-12 Camp 12 0 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2011-07-08 2011-07-28 15-DL 20 15 Left Laceration - -
2011-04-21 2011-04-22 DTD 1 1 Right Ankle Sprain -
2009-09-16 2009-09-17 DTD 1 1 Thigh Cramp Quadriceps -
2009-05-05 2009-05-07 DTD 2 2 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-02-13 2009-03-14 Camp 29 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Partial Tear Calf -
2008-12-09 2008-12-09 Off 0 0 Face Surgery LASIK 2008-12-09
2008-02-28 2008-02-28 Camp 0 0 Hand Laceration Nail Bed -
2007-07-06 2007-07-24 15-DL 18 14 Right Ankle Sprain -
2004-04-25 2004-04-27 DTD 2 1 Right Laceration -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 ANA $
2012 BAL $
2011 HOU $3,000,000
2010 BOS $8,525,000
2009 MIL $6,925,000
2008 MIL $4,800,000
2007 MIL $3,000,000
2006 MIL $418,000
2005 MIL $344,000
2004 MIL $310,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$27,322,000
8 yrTotal$27,322,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 72 dTerry Bross1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by LA Angels 1/30/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of about $0.5M in majors. May request release 3/26/13 if he will not make Major League roster. $0.1M retention bonus if he agrees to start season in minors. May opt out of contract 6/1/13 if not on Major League roster. Released by LA Angels 3/22/13. Re-signed by LA Angels as a free agent 4/6/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 2/7/12 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.6M in majors. Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 100, 150, 200, 250 plate appearances. $0.1M each for 300, 350, 400, 450 PAs. May opt out of deal if not on major-league roster by 4/4/12. Released by NY Yankees 4/4/12. Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 4/25/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Baltimore 5/12/12. DFA by Baltimore 5/25/12. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/26/12. Contract purchased by Baltimore 6/1/12. DFA by Baltimore 6/2/12. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/4/12. Contract purchased by Baltimore 9/26/12.
  • 1 year/$3.25M (2011), plus 2012 mutual option. Signed by Houston as a free agent 12/20/10. 11:$3M, 12:$4M mutual option, $0.25M buyout. Released by Houston 6/4/11. Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 6/11/11. DFA by San Francisco 7/28/11. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/2/11.
  • 4 years/$24M (2007-10), plus 2011 club option. $0.5M signing bonus. Signed extension with Milwaukee 2/07 (avoided arbitration, $4.125M-$3M). 07:$3M, 08:$4.8M, 09:$6.8M, 10:$8.4M, 11:$9.25M club option, $0.5M buyout. Acquired by Seattle in trade 8/19/09 after being DFA by Milwaukee 8/12/09 (Brewers to pay 2009 salary and about $7.15M of 2010 salary). Acquired by Boston in trade from Seattle 1/7/10, with Mariners paying Red Sox $7.15M originally committed by Milwaukee as part of the deal. Boston declined 2011 option.
  • 1 year/$0.418M (2006). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.344M (2005). Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/05.
  • 1 year/$0.31M (2004). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/04.
  • Drafted by Milwaukee 1998 (6-176) (Nettleton HS, Miss.).

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 511 60 117 23 2 17 61 43 160 5 2 .251 .315 .415 .268 15.5 2B -7, 3B 4 1.3
80o 490 55 106 21 2 15 56 39 157 4 2 .237 .299 .393 .255 8.6 2B -7, 3B 3 0.6
70o 475 51 99 19 2 14 52 37 155 4 2 .227 .288 .376 .245 3.9 2B -7, 3B 3 0.1
60o 462 48 92 18 1 13 49 34 153 4 1 .219 .278 .363 .237 0.1 2B -7, 3B 3 -0.3
50o 450 45 86 17 1 12 47 32 151 4 1 .211 .269 .350 .229 -3.2 2B -7, 3B 3 -0.7
40o 438 43 82 16 1 12 44 30 148 3 1 .204 .260 .337 .221 -6.4 2B -6, 3B 3 -1.0
30o 425 40 76 15 1 11 42 28 146 3 1 .195 .250 .324 .213 -9.5 2B -6, 3B 3 -1.4
20o 410 37 71 14 1 10 39 26 143 3 1 .186 .239 .308 .203 -13.0 2B -6, 3B 3 -1.7
10o 389 33 62 12 1 9 35 23 139 3 1 .173 .223 .286 .190 -17.3 2B -6, 3B 3 -2.2
Weighted Mean455478917113483315241.215.273.356.232-1.72B -7, 3B 3-0.5

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 21% 12% 27% 79%

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
20153525025448162319881.191.254.305.207-1.3-10.5-0.80.49.2-19.3-1.8
20163625025449152219861.191.256.301.208-1.5-11.8-0.80.310.6-21.8-1.8
20173725024438052220881.188.253.289.203-2.3-19.5-0.80.214.9-33.9-1.8
20183825024449152218890.190.249.299.203-1.6-13.3-0.70.110.1-22.9-1.8
20193925024438152218890.187.246.289.199-2.6-22.3-0.70.114.9-36.6-1.8
20204025023438142117890.184.241.280.194-1.6-12.9-0.70.07.5-19.6-1.8
20214125023438142017890.184.239.277.192-2.3-19.0-0.7-0.110.7-29.0-1.8
20224225022428131916900.180.234.263.186-3.5-30.2-0.7-0.114.9-44.3-1.8
20234325021417131817900.175.231.248.180-3.9-33.7-0.7-0.214.9-47.7-1.8

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
24.6125.49.23.44.154.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 68)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 73 Mark Bellhorn 2009 .000 DNP
2 73 Bobby Grich 1983 .313
3 71 Ron Gant 1999 .264
4 71 Greg Norton 2007 .253
5 71 Jeff Kent 2002 .323
6 71 Jim Lemon 1962 .241
7 70 Gus Zernial 1957 .257
8 70 Deron Johnson 1973 .271
9 70 Jacob Cruz 2007 .000 DNP
10 70 Paul Sorrento 2000 .000 DNP
11 70 Jeromy Burnitz 2003 .269
12 70 Ricky Ledee 2008 .000 DNP
13 70 Rick Monday 1980 .296
14 70 Larry Parrish 1988 .232
15 70 Danny Tartabull 1997 .225
16 70 David Newhan 2008 .233
17 70 Aaron Guiel 2007 .000 DNP
18 70 Greg Vaughn 2000 .291
19 69 Gorman Thomas 1985 .282
20 69 Steve Bilko 1963 .000 DNP
21 69 Dave Henderson 1993 .250
22 69 Candy Maldonado 1995 .290
23 69 Wally Westlake 1955 .207
24 69 Ray Lankford 2001 .278
25 69 Mark Parent 1996 .230
26 69 Brandon Inge 2011 .198
27 69 Wally Post 1964 .158
28 69 Dewayne Wise 2012 .259
29 69 Bob Bailey 1977 .265
30 69 Matt Williams 2000 .247
31 68 Darnell McDonald 2013 .258
32 68 Woodie Held 1966 .232
33 68 Jay Bell 2000 .257
34 68 Bob Elliott 1951 .305
35 68 Dick Stuart 1967 .000 DNP
36 68 Larry Doby 1958 .301
37 68 Jeff Burroughs 1985 .283
38 68 Reggie Sanders 2002 .280
39 68 Cecil Fielder 1998 .253
40 68 Mike Easler 1985 .265
41 68 Lee Stevens 2002 .242
42 68 Steve Balboni 1991 .000 DNP
43 68 Phil Nevin 2005 .235
44 68 Greg Luzinski 1985 .000 DNP
45 68 George Scott 1978 .231
46 68 Bobby Doerr 1952 .000 DNP
47 68 Fred Lynn 1986 .304
48 68 Tony Perez 1976 .281
49 68 Steve Souchock 1953 .270
50 68 Richie Zisk 1983 .259
51 68 Bret Boone 2003 .307
52 68 Jose Valentin 2004 .247
53 68 Vic Wertz 1959 .282
54 68 Jim Hickman 1971 .291
55 68 Graig Nettles 1979 .269
56 67 Jose Canseco 1999 .304
57 67 Pete Incaviglia 1998 .104
58 67 Chili Davis 1994 .319
59 67 Dale Murphy 1990 .262
60 67 Dale Long 1960 .281
61 67 Joe Carter 1994 .288
62 67 Ron Kittle 1992 .000 DNP
63 67 Gil Hodges 1958 .273
64 67 Hank Sauer 1951 .293
65 67 Andy Seminick 1955 .254
66 67 Robby Thompson 1996 .216
67 67 Todd Hundley 2003 .257
68 67 Donn Clendenon 1970 .306
69 67 Ellis Burks 1999 .318
70 67 Mike Hegan 1977 .247
71 67 Cody Ransom 2010 .215
72 67 Howard Johnson 1995 .247
73 67 Jason LaRue 2008 .220
74 67 Jay Buhner 1999 .285
75 67 Glenallen Hill 1999 .293
76 67 Bobby Darwin 1977 .134
77 67 Miguel Olivo 2013 .231
78 67 Willie Horton 1977 .277
79 67 Bob Cerv 1959 .288
80 67 Ron Santo 1974 .219
81 67 Cliff Johnson 1982 .264
82 67 Stan Lopata 1960 .214
83 66 Mike Cameron 2007 .276
84 66 George Foster 1983 .256
85 66 Charlie Maxwell 1961 .275
86 66 Gene Oliver 1969 .204
87 66 Matt Stairs 2002 .278
88 66 Eric Chavez 2012 .292
89 66 Lance Parrish 1990 .288
90 66 Frank Thomas 1963 .256
91 66 Champ Summers 1980 .314
92 66 Jerry Lynch 1965 .262
93 66 Ramon Castro 2010 .276
94 66 Joe Adcock 1962 .289
95 66 Amos Otis 1981 .283
96 66 Juan Gonzalez 2004 .261
97 66 Andres Torres 2012 .253
98 66 Ron Cey 1982 .277
99 66 Lee May 1977 .258
100 66 Andres Galarraga 1995 .263

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Hall, once a credible starter, has been diminished to a mere afterthought. He barely received a sip of coffee with Baltimore last season as his skills continued to decline. He at least showed some power at Triple-A, but that's a far cry from terrorizing big-league pitching, especially as his plate discipline continues to erode; even in the minors, Hall's strikeout rate was 38 percent last year. Still, he will continue to receive minor-league deals and spring-training invites for at least a couple of years given his past potency and current ability to provide organizational depth.
2012 Bill Hall is the oldest 31 in the sport. He did get to cross one thing off his bucket list, as he crushed Triple-A pitching for the first time in his career, but major league opponents weren't so accommodating.
2011 The Sox acquired Hall in exchange for Casey Kotchman, which was a sensible move even without the benefit of hindsight—shoring up the infield depth was important, since Boston's equivalent of Patient Zero, Jed Lowrie, couldn't be relied on to back up anyone but the overworked training staff. A platoon split that leaves Hall vulnerable to right-handers prevents him from assuming a full-time role—he actually had a fluke .283/.346/.495 against right-handers in 2010, but from 2007 to 2009 he hit .207/.273/.356 against them—but he boasts an above-average glove at multiple positions and wields a stick that makes him valuable in the infield and serviceable in the outfield. It's also worth mentioning that in just 336 at-bats, Hall out-homered every member of his previous team.
2010 Hall has played every position except pitcher, catcher, and first base, and he's been a defensive asset at all of them. That versatility has value, but as the old Crazy Horse song goes, his bat is a gone dead train. Over the last three years he's hit .229/.291/.391 while striking out in over 30 percent of his at-bats. Hall has hit left-handers well enough in his career that he would be an asset to the left-leaning Mariners lineup if he could find any consistency, but last year he lost even that skill, batting only .223/.252/.354 against southpaws. Zduriencik's familiar with Hall going back to early days together in the Brewers, and the calculation is that maybe returning him to a utility role will get his bat started; as is, the Brewers will be paying most of his contract to let the Mariners find out.
2009 Hall hasn’t come close to living up to the 2005 and 2006 performances that netted him a four-year, $24 million deal, though to be fair, being shifted around the diamond isn't helping. After his disappointing experiment in center field, the Brewers returned him to the infield at third base, where he provided a massive upgrade over Braun’s butchery, but his bat was a major disappointment. An uncharacteristically abysmal .174/.242/.316 showing against righties played him into a platoon with first Branyan and then Counsell, and his opportunities diminished as the season went on. Some of his woes were attributable to a 45-point drop in BABIP despite an above-average line-drive rate, but he he hasn’t helped his cause by swinging at—and making contact with—a much higher percentage of balls outside the strike zone over the past two years. Still owed $15.7 million for the final two years of his deal, he’s become a sizable problem instead of a handy solution.
2008 Add Bill Hall to the list of players who might have brought a NL Central crown to Milwaukee if he had had a better season. Coming off an excellent 2006 as J.J. Hardy's fill-in, Hall shed his jack-of-all-trades role to become the team's starting center fielder. Ill-suited to the defensive demands of the position-late jumps and poor instincts led to "creative" routes to the ball-his troubles in the field likely contributed to his slow start at the plate. A sprained ankle on July 5 which cruelly ended a four-week hot streak didn't help, and he hit just .224/.275/.385 after returning from the DL. The combination of the team's defensive woes and Hall's versatility suggests that a move to third base (with Braun taking left field) or even second (with Rickie Weeks moving to the outfield) could solve multiple problems. Despite Doug Melvin's reluctance to move Hall again, the combination of his versatility and the team's defensive woes made it inevitable. Following the Mike Cameron signing, the question is whether Hall will move to third base (with Braun taking left field) or take over left himself, which might be a stretch given his offensive capabilities.
2007 Hall didn`t have a position to start the year, but, thanks to a slew of injuries, Ned Yost didn`t have to get too creative to find him some playing time. You`d think that being the most productive Brewer would solidify his standing with the team, but that`s not so. Still positionless, he`s the early leader for the starting job in left field, and that`s a worrisome position switch. As an infielder, Hall`s bat is well above-average. As a corner outfielder, it`s somewhat less exotic. He`s not a perfect shortstop, but the move is a symptom of a J.J. Hardy infatuation that should have run its course by now. Hall was always panned as a no-patience, free-swinging guy, but his development into a fine player (seeing 4.15 pitches per plate appearance last year) is a nice bit of evidence that young players with his profile shouldn`t be dismissed without examination.
2005 Formerly the shortstop of the future, Hall's offense hasn't really progressed over the last three seasons. He makes highlight reel plays defensively and has a military grade weapon for a right arm, but it is hard to look past the fact that he cannot hit major league pitching. He will likely keep his job as the backup at short until J.J. Hardy pushes him off of the roster.
2003 It was a measure of the club’s desperation that they tried to foist Bill Hall off as a prospect. Although he’s athletic, he has yet to show he can play short, and he’s never going to hit outside of a place like High Desert. One of the benefits of Melvin’s arrival is that there’s no reason for him to observe the obligations of the past regime and stick Hall in front of season ticket holders for 120 games any time soon.
2002 Hall was named the California League’s Most Exciting Player, although it's unlikely that the votes of the people sitting behind first base were counted. While he’s athletic, his arm is wildly inaccurate for short, leading to 40 errors in 2000 and 45 more in 2001. Unfortunately, his defense might be his strong suit; the power that appears to be his only hitting skill was a High Desert illusion. Hall was named the Arizona Fall League’s top prospect; before you get excited, recall that one year James Mouton was the AFL’s star.

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This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 20th, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-20
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