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Portrait of Darren Oliver

Darren Oliver PBlue Jays

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 43)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
44.0 3.41 1.22 41 3 1 1 0.7
Birth Date10-6-1970
Height6' 3"
Weight250 lbs
Age44 years, 0 months, 19 days
BatsR
ThrowsL
1.42010
1.42011
1.02012
0.22013
0.72014
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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
1993 TEX 22 2 0 3.3 0.0 3.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2 1 1 1 5 1 0 0 4 2.70 5.40 4.72 0.2 0.0
1994 TEX 23 43 0 50.0 0.0 50.0 4 0 2 3 0 0 226 40 24 19 4 56 35 31 6 50 3.42 4.70 6.59 -0.3 -0.0
1995 TEX 24 17 7 49.0 35.0 14.0 4 2 0 0 3 0 222 47 25 23 3 67 32 31 1 39 4.22 4.36 4.57 8.1 0.8
1996 TEX 25 30 30 173.7 173.7 0.0 14 6 0 0 12 3 777 190 97 90 20 290 76 73 10 112 4.66 4.94 5.47 24.5 2.3
1997 TEX 26 32 32 201.3 201.3 0.0 13 12 0 0 15 3 887 213 111 94 29 355 82 79 11 104 4.20 5.37 5.75 17.3 1.6
1998 SLN 27 10 10 57.0 57.0 0.0 4 4 0 0 6 1 256 64 31 27 7 100 23 22 0 29 4.26 4.86 5.93 -0.9 -0.1
1998 TEX 27 19 19 103.3 103.3 0.0 6 7 0 0 6 0 493 140 84 75 11 213 43 42 10 58 6.53 5.02 5.05 16.6 1.5
1999 SLN 28 30 30 196.3 196.3 0.0 9 9 0 0 16 2 842 197 96 93 16 294 74 70 11 119 4.26 4.22 4.98 30.6 2.8
2000 TEX 29 21 21 108.0 108.0 0.0 2 9 0 0 5 2 501 151 95 89 16 249 42 39 4 49 7.42 5.52 5.92 8.0 0.7
2001 TEX 30 28 28 154.0 154.0 0.0 11 11 0 0 10 0 696 189 109 103 23 313 65 65 6 104 6.02 5.07 5.22 15.3 1.6
2002 BOS 31 14 9 58.0 47.3 10.7 4 5 0 0 3 0 258 70 30 30 7 101 27 27 6 32 4.66 5.23 5.83 0.7 -0.0
2003 COL 32 33 32 180.3 177.7 2.7 13 11 0 0 15 0 786 201 108 101 21 322 61 58 8 88 5.04 4.66 5.30 25.2 2.5
2004 FLO 33 18 8 58.7 39.7 19.0 2 3 0 1 1 0 260 75 44 42 13 134 17 16 1 33 6.44 5.63 6.43 -5.2 -0.5
2004 HOU 33 9 2 14.0 6.0 8.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 54 12 6 6 1 18 4 4 0 13 3.86 2.88 3.35 2.6 0.2
2006 NYN 35 45 0 81.0 0.0 81.0 4 1 0 3 0 0 333 70 33 31 13 126 21 19 3 60 3.44 4.60 5.48 -0.3 -0.0
2007 ANA 36 61 0 64.3 0.0 64.3 3 1 0 4 0 0 273 58 31 27 5 84 23 21 1 51 3.78 3.85 4.68 6.5 0.6
2008 ANA 37 54 0 72.0 0.0 72.0 7 1 0 4 0 0 291 67 24 23 5 100 16 14 4 48 2.88 3.57 3.76 13.8 1.4
2009 ANA 38 63 1 73.0 4.0 69.0 5 1 0 4 0 0 293 61 22 22 5 89 22 14 5 65 2.71 3.36 4.12 11.6 1.2
2010 TEX 39 64 0 61.7 0.0 61.7 1 2 1 3 0 0 244 53 20 17 4 79 15 11 2 65 2.48 2.61 3.11 13.3 1.4
2011 TEX 40 61 0 51.0 0.0 51.0 5 5 2 6 0 0 215 47 17 13 3 62 11 10 1 44 2.29 2.81 2.89 12.8 1.4
2012 TOR 41 62 0 56.7 0.0 56.7 3 4 2 2 0 0 221 43 13 13 3 59 15 15 4 52 2.06 2.91 3.52 9.7 1.0
2013 TOR 42 50 0 49.0 0.0 49.0 3 4 0 3 0 0 204 47 24 21 6 78 15 14 2 40 3.86 4.08 4.60 1.6 0.2
Career7662291915.71303.3612.311898733921183462037104596021631947206759612594.514.555.10211.820.5

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1989 GAS A 24 23 122.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 GAS A 1 1 2.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 PCH A+ 2 2 8.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 PCH A+ 8 2 25.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 TUL AA 3 3 14.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 TEX MLB 2 0 3.3 4.72 99 .246 .248 .316 .382 .249 .125 98 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
1993 TUL AA 46 0 73.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TEX MLB 43 0 50.0 6.59 75 .249 .272 .340 .435 .265 .275 100 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
1994 OKL AAA 6 0 7.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 TEX MLB 17 7 49.0 4.57 111 .261 .267 .335 .419 .262 .299 101 8.1 0.8 8.1 0.8
1996 TEX MLB 30 30 173.7 5.47 104 .267 .272 .339 .430 .264 .304 105 24.5 2.3 24.5 2.3
1996 PCH A+ 2 1 12.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 TEX MLB 32 32 201.3 5.75 94 .261 .272 .340 .431 .266 .278 109 15.4 1.5 17.3 1.6
1998 SLN MLB 10 10 57.0 5.93 69 .282 .262 .323 .402 .250 .289 98 -1.5 -0.2 -0.9 -0.1
1998 TEX MLB 19 19 103.3 5.05 106 .299 .267 .332 .424 .263 .348 106 15.9 1.6 16.6 1.5
1998 OKL AAA 1 1 5.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 SLN MLB 30 30 196.3 4.98 101 .244 .267 .337 .428 .258 .291 101 21.7 2.0 30.6 2.8
2000 TEX MLB 21 21 108.0 5.92 92 .297 .278 .347 .444 .265 .346 102 7.9 0.7 8.0 0.7
2000 TUL AA 1 1 4.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 OKL AAA 7 7 32.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TEX MLB 28 28 154.0 5.22 96 .290 .269 .336 .430 .267 .334 102 13.0 1.3 15.3 1.6
2001 TUL AA 1 1 5.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 OKL AAA 1 1 3.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BOS MLB 14 9 58.0 5.83 77 .293 .260 .328 .413 .262 .339 97 1.3 0.1 0.7 -0.0
2002 MEM AAA 5 5 16.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .314 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 COL MLB 33 32 180.3 5.30 94 .264 .261 .323 .415 .257 .296 108 14.7 1.5 25.2 2.5
2004 FLO MLB 18 8 58.7 6.43 56 .303 .265 .332 .429 .262 .316 95 -4.7 -0.5 -5.2 -0.5
2004 HOU MLB 9 2 14.0 3.35 125 .211 .261 .333 .430 .262 .306 95 3.4 0.3 2.6 0.2
2005 IOW AAA 3 3 13.3 6.99 66 .380 .261 .330 .437 .270 .439 101 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.0
2005 TUC AAA 4 4 18.3 6.35 77 .320 .284 .349 .473 .277 .375 100 0.3 0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2006 NYN MLB 45 0 81.0 5.48 77 .240 .263 .330 .425 .262 .242 91 0.3 0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2007 ANA MLB 61 0 64.3 4.68 105 .237 .272 .340 .432 .268 .275 101 6.5 0.6 6.5 0.6
2008 ANA MLB 54 0 72.0 3.76 123 .228 .266 .334 .414 .262 .284 104 13.8 1.4 13.8 1.4
2009 ANA MLB 63 1 73.0 4.12 116 .222 .265 .332 .422 .261 .286 102 11.6 1.2 11.6 1.2
2010 TEX MLB 64 0 61.7 3.11 138 .227 .258 .326 .400 .255 .310 113 13.3 1.4 13.3 1.4
2011 TEX MLB 61 0 51.0 2.89 143 .231 .255 .323 .398 .262 .282 115 12.8 1.4 12.8 1.4
2012 TOR MLB 62 0 56.7 3.52 126 .200 .260 .326 .429 .269 .272 107 9.7 1.0 9.7 1.0
2013 TOR MLB 50 0 49.0 4.60 95 .267 .258 .321 .409 .269 .291 101 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2013 DUN A+ 2 2 2.0 1.35 172 .003 .274 .341 .413 .273 .000 103 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1

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
1989 GAS A 8 7 0 24 23 122.3 86 82 108 4 0% .000 6.3 6.0 0.3 7.9 1.37 3.16 0.0 0.0
1990 GAS A 0 0 0 1 1 2.0 1 4 2 0 0% .000 4.5 18.0 0.0 9.0 2.50 13.50 0.0 0.0
1991 PCH A+ 0 1 0 2 2 8.0 6 3 12 1 0% .000 6.8 3.4 1.1 13.5 1.12 4.50 0.0 0.0
1992 TUL AA 0 1 0 3 3 14.3 15 4 14 1 0% .000 9.4 2.5 0.6 8.8 1.33 3.15 0.0 0.0
1992 PCH A+ 1 0 2 8 2 25.0 11 10 33 0 0% .000 4.0 3.6 0.0 11.9 0.84 0.72 0.0 0.0
1993 TEX MLB 0 0 0 2 0 3.3 2 1 4 1 44% .125 5.4 2.7 2.7 10.8 0.90 2.70 0.2 0.0
1993 TUL AA 7 5 6 46 0 73.3 51 41 77 1 0% .000 6.3 5.0 0.1 9.5 1.26 1.96 0.0 0.0
1994 TEX MLB 4 0 2 43 0 50.0 40 35 50 4 63% .275 7.2 6.3 0.7 9.0 1.50 3.42 -0.3 -0.0
1994 OKL AAA 0 0 1 6 0 7.3 1 3 6 0 0% .000 1.2 3.7 0.0 7.4 0.55 0.00 0.0 0.0
1995 TEX MLB 4 2 0 17 7 49.0 47 32 39 3 45% .299 8.6 5.9 0.6 7.2 1.61 4.22 8.1 0.8
1996 TEX MLB 14 6 0 30 30 173.7 190 76 112 20 44% .304 9.8 3.9 1.0 5.8 1.53 4.66 24.5 2.3
1996 PCH A+ 0 1 0 2 1 12.0 8 3 9 1 0% .000 6.0 2.2 0.8 6.8 0.92 3.00 0.0 0.0
1997 TEX MLB 13 12 0 32 32 201.3 213 82 104 29 41% .278 9.5 3.7 1.3 4.6 1.47 4.20 17.3 1.6
1998 TEX MLB 6 7 0 19 19 103.3 140 43 58 11 45% .348 12.2 3.7 1.0 5.1 1.77 6.53 16.6 1.5
1998 SLN MLB 4 4 0 10 10 57.0 64 23 29 7 61% .289 10.1 3.6 1.1 4.6 1.53 4.26 -0.9 -0.1
1998 OKL AAA 0 0 0 1 1 5.0 2 1 1 0 0% .000 3.6 1.8 0.0 1.8 0.60 0.00 0.0 0.0
1999 SLN MLB 9 9 0 30 30 196.3 197 74 119 16 48% .291 9.0 3.4 0.7 5.5 1.38 4.26 30.6 2.8
2000 TEX MLB 2 9 0 21 21 108.0 151 42 49 16 50% .346 12.6 3.5 1.3 4.1 1.79 7.42 8.0 0.7
2000 OKL AAA 2 1 0 7 7 32.0 22 14 28 2 0% .000 6.2 3.9 0.6 7.9 1.12 1.97 0.0 0.0
2000 TUL AA 0 1 0 1 1 4.7 10 2 5 0 0% .000 19.1 3.8 0.0 9.6 2.55 11.49 0.0 0.0
2001 TEX MLB 11 11 0 28 28 154.0 189 65 104 23 51% .334 11.0 3.8 1.3 6.1 1.65 6.02 15.3 1.6
2001 OKL AAA 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 3 0 3 0 0% .000 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 1.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2001 TUL AA 0 1 0 1 1 5.0 4 2 5 1 0% .000 7.2 3.6 1.8 9.0 1.20 5.40 0.0 0.0
2002 BOS MLB 4 5 0 14 9 58.0 70 27 32 7 56% .339 10.9 4.2 1.1 5.0 1.67 4.66 0.7 -0.0
2002 MEM AAA 0 2 0 5 5 16.0 17 17 9 1 0% .314 9.6 9.6 0.6 5.1 2.12 7.88 0.0 0.0
2003 COL MLB 13 11 0 33 32 180.3 201 61 88 21 46% .296 10.0 3.0 1.0 4.4 1.45 5.04 25.2 2.5
2004 FLO MLB 2 3 0 18 8 58.7 75 17 33 13 44% .316 11.5 2.6 2.0 5.1 1.57 6.44 -5.2 -0.5
2004 HOU MLB 1 0 0 9 2 14.0 12 4 13 1 35% .306 7.7 2.6 0.6 8.4 1.14 3.86 2.6 0.2
2005 TUC AAA 1 0 0 4 4 18.3 33 3 8 3 63% .375 16.2 1.5 1.5 3.9 1.97 6.39 -0.1 -0.0
2005 IOW AAA 0 3 0 3 3 13.3 28 5 10 3 48% .439 18.9 3.4 2.0 6.8 2.48 13.53 -0.6 -0.0
2006 NYN MLB 4 1 0 45 0 81.0 70 21 60 13 50% .242 7.8 2.3 1.4 6.7 1.12 3.44 -0.3 -0.0
2007 ANA MLB 3 1 0 61 0 64.3 58 23 51 5 48% .275 8.1 3.2 0.7 7.1 1.26 3.78 6.5 0.6
2008 ANA MLB 7 1 0 54 0 72.0 67 16 48 5 49% .284 8.4 2.0 0.6 6.0 1.15 2.88 13.8 1.4
2009 ANA MLB 5 1 0 63 1 73.0 61 22 65 5 46% .286 7.5 2.7 0.6 8.0 1.14 2.71 11.6 1.2
2010 TEX MLB 1 2 1 64 0 61.7 53 15 65 4 49% .310 7.7 2.2 0.6 9.5 1.10 2.48 13.3 1.4
2011 TEX MLB 5 5 2 61 0 51.0 47 11 44 3 43% .282 8.3 1.9 0.5 7.8 1.14 2.29 12.8 1.4
2012 TOR MLB 3 4 2 62 0 56.7 43 15 52 3 46% .272 6.8 2.4 0.5 8.3 1.02 2.06 9.7 1.0
2013 TOR MLB 3 4 0 50 0 49.0 47 15 40 6 52% .291 8.6 2.8 1.1 7.3 1.27 3.86 1.6 0.2
2013 DUN A+ 0 0 0 2 2 2.0 0 0 4 0 100% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 0.00 0.00 1.4 0.1

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 1037 0.5410 0.4397 0.8333 0.5615 0.2962 0.9175 0.6454 0.1623
2009 1120 0.5464 0.4545 0.7819 0.5768 0.3071 0.8810 0.5577 0.2181
2010 968 0.5455 0.4318 0.7727 0.5739 0.2614 0.8383 0.6000 0.2273
2011 829 0.5549 0.4524 0.8453 0.5891 0.2818 0.9225 0.6442 0.1547
2012 873 0.5430 0.4788 0.8134 0.6203 0.3108 0.8912 0.6290 0.1842
2013 710 0.4873 0.4113 0.8219 0.5549 0.2747 0.9219 0.6300 0.1781
Career55370.53840.44570.80950.57930.28970.89340.6150.1893

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-05-21 2013-06-10 15-DL 20 18 Left Shoulder Strain - -
2013-04-11 2013-04-13 DTD 2 2 Left Forearm Contusion Batted Ball - -
2009-04-19 2009-05-04 15-DL 15 12 Left Upper Arm Strain Triceps -
2004-08-06 2004-09-14 15-DL 39 36 Left Shoulder Soreness and Fatigue -
2003-08-20 2003-08-20 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Contusion Batted Ball -
2001-05-08 2001-06-06 15-DL 29 26 Left Thumb Laceration Thumb -
2000-08-01 2000-09-01 15-DL 31 30 Left Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis -
2000-06-17 2000-07-20 15-DL 33 27 Left Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis - -
1998-06-11 1998-06-26 15-DL 15 13 Left Shoulder Strain Swinging - -
1995-06-27 1995-10-02 60-DL 97 88 Left Shoulder Surgery Partial Rotator Cuff Tear 1995-08-25 -
1994-10-25 1994-10-25 Off 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Bone Chips 1994-10-25 -
1993-11-23 1993-11-23 Off 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Loose Bodies 1993-11-23 -
1991-05-01 1991-09-07 Minors 129 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 1991-06-12 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 TOR $3,000,000
2012 TOR $4,000,000
2011 TEX $3,250,000
2010 TEX $3,000,000
2009 ANA $3,665,000
2008 ANA $2,000,000
2007 ANA $1,500,000
2006 NYN $600,000
2004 FLO $750,000
2003 COL $350,000
2002 BOS $7,000,000
2001 TEX $7,000,000
2000 TEX $5,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$41,115,000
13 yrTotal$41,115,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
18 y 127 dJay Franklin1 year/$4.5M (2012), 2013 option

Details
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2012), plus 2013 club option. Signed by Toronto as a free agent 1/9/12. 12:$4M, 13:$3M club option, $0.5M buyout. Toronto exercised 2013 option 10/31/12.
  • 1 year/$3.5M (2010), plus 2011 club option. Signed by Texas as a free agent 12/22/09. 10:$3M, 11:$3.25M club option ($0.5M buyout). 2011 option guaranteed with 59 appearances in 2010 (met).
  • 1 year/$3.665M (2009). Re-signed by Angels 1/16/09 (avoided arbitration after accepting club' offer of arbitration 12/08).
  • 1 year/$1.75M (2007), plus 2008 option. Signed by Angels as a free agent 12/06. 07:$1.5M, 08:$2M vesting option ($0.25M buyout).
  • 1 year/$0.6M (2006). Signed as a free agent 11/05 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 4/06.
  • 1 year (2005) (minor-league contract)
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2004)
  • 1 year/$0.35M (2003) (minor-league contract)
  • 3 years/$19M (2000-02). $6M signing bonus (paid $1.5M each 2001-02, $3M 2003). 00:$3M, 01:$5M, 02:$5M

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 3.7 1.7 1.3 66 0 61.0 45 15 56 5 .251 0.98 2.34 2.55 17.2 1.8
80o 3.3 1.5 1.1 60 0 55.0 44 14 51 5 .265 1.06 2.70 2.93 13.0 1.3
70o 3 1.3 1 55 0 50.8 43 14 47 5 .276 1.12 2.96 3.22 10.3 1.0
60o 2.7 1.2 0.9 51 0 47.3 42 13 44 4 .285 1.17 3.19 3.46 8.2 0.8
50o 2.5 1.1 0.8 48 0 44.1 41 13 41 4 .293 1.22 3.40 3.7 6.4 0.7
40o 2.3 1 0.7 44 0 40.9 39 13 38 4 .302 1.27 3.62 3.93 4.9 0.5
30o 2.1 0.8 0.6 41 0 37.7 38 12 35 4 .311 1.32 3.85 4.19 3.4 0.3
20o 1.9 0.7 0.6 37 0 33.9 36 11 31 4 .321 1.39 4.13 4.49 1.8 0.2
10o 1.5 0.6 0.4 31 0 28.9 32 10 27 3 .336 1.49 4.53 4.92 0.1 0.0
Weighted Mean2.51.10.847043.54013404.2911.203.373.666.60.7

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
10% 22% 14% 14% 48%

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
20154431164059561852647.2931.263.653.978.62.88.00.90.7
20164531161057551748647.2951.273.643.968.72.77.61.00.7
20174631155051491644647.2941.273.804.138.62.87.81.10.5
20184731150046471739647.3041.384.264.639.13.37.61.20.2
20194821139036361129547.2951.324.084.449.12.87.31.30.2
20204921137034351325447.2981.404.274.659.23.46.61.00.1
20215021139036381228447.3061.404.344.729.63.07.11.00.1
20225121138035371227447.3071.414.494.889.63.17.01.00.0
20235221137034371226447.3081.444.584.989.83.26.91.1-0.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
6.27.16.86.83.3out of baseball30.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 54)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 87 Hoyt Wilhelm 1966 2.32
2 86 Trevor Hoffman 2011 0.00 DNP
3 84 Doug Brocail 2010 0.00 DNP
4 77 Takashi Saito 2013 0.00 DNP
5 77 Mike Timlin 2009 0.00 DNP
6 74 Kent Tekulve 1990 0.00 DNP
7 67 Roberto Hernandez 2008 0.00 DNP
8 65 John Smoltz 2010 0.00 DNP
9 65 Jesse Orosco 2000 11.57
10 64 Tim Wakefield 2010 5.91
11 64 Woodie Fryman 1983 18.00
12 63 Don McMahon 1973 1.48
13 63 Rick Honeycutt 1997 13.50
14 62 Kenny Rogers 2008 6.12
15 62 Dennis Martinez 1997 8.45
16 60 Tom Seaver 1988 0.00 DNP
17 59 Greg Maddux 2009 0.00 DNP
18 58 Tom Glavine 2009 0.00 DNP
19 57 John Franco 2004 5.48
20 56 Warren Spahn 1964 5.70
21 54 Rick Reuschel 1992 0.00 DNP
22 53 Early Wynn 1963 2.28
23 53 Randy Johnson 2007 4.13
24 53 Dutch Leonard 1952 2.65
25 51 Phil Niekro 1982 4.07
26 50 Doug Jones 2000 4.17
27 49 Charlie Hough 1991 4.42
28 47 Don Sutton 1988 4.53
29 47 Connie Marrero 1954 5.02
30 47 Murry Dickson 1960 0.00 DNP
31 46 Jerry Koosman 1986 0.00 DNP
32 45 Bert Blyleven 1994 0.00 DNP
33 45 Orlando Hernandez 2009 0.00 DNP
34 43 Joe Niekro 1988 10.03
35 40 Gaylord Perry 1982 4.86
36 39 Nolan Ryan 1990 3.79
37 38 Steve Carlton 1988 17.69
38 37 Rich Gossage 1995 0.00 DNP
39 35 Tommy John 1986 3.44
40 33 Dennis Eckersley 1998 4.76
41 25 Mike Morgan 2003 0.00 DNP
42 23 Jim Kaat 1982 4.92
43 18 Danny Darwin 1999 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .272 .316 .442 .272
11 vs R (Multi) .218 .291 .313 .214
18 Split (Multi) .053 .026 .129 .058
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .324 .351 .581 .327
31 vs R (2013) .211 .298 .321 .218
38 Split (2013) .113 .052 .260 .109
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

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 People see Oliver as a LOOGY. He isn’t. He’s just a good relief pitcher. However, baseball is a grind and Oliver will be 43 years young next season. At press time he didn't know if he wanted to do it anymore. It’s understandable, after 19 years with nine teams, that he might want to call it a career. Over the past two seasons, Oliver has held a reverse platoon split, which is something for someone who holds lefties to just over a 600 OPS. If he decides he’s got one more in him, expect more of the same.
2012 Darren Oliver signed a one-year deal with a club option for 2013, which would mean he could be pitching for the Jays until he is 43 years old. Currently 41, he has been defying age for a while, giving up fewer home runs and walking fewer men per nine as he ages. The move from the hitter-friendly Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to pitcher-friendly Rogers Centre will only make him look better. There's no reason to believe he can't repeat his 2011 performance, getting out both lefties and righties in high-leverage situations.
2011 Which is more impressive? Dennis Eckersley was a very good starting pitcher who became a great reliever. Oliver was a terrible starter who became a very good reliever. Originally drafted by the Rangers in the third round of the 1988 draft, Oliver had a 5.13 ERA in 229 career starters and a 3.36 ERA in 364 games out of the pen, including 2.70 over the last three seasons. He pitched the majority of the 2010 season at the ripe old age of 39 and looking none the worse for wear, though after an excellent first half, he started to show off some LOOGY limitations, struggling when over-exposed to right-handed hitters. Relying heavily on a two-pitch mix (upper-80s fastball; upper-70s slider), Oliver used his command and ability to change speeds to miss a career-best 9.5 bats per nine innings. With his 2011 option already vested, he'll return to the Rangers’ pen, hoping once again to turn his trademark craftiness into a season of positive value.
2010 As banged up as the Angels' staff was in April, things might have gotten worse had their attempt to press Oliver into rotation duty not been thwarted by the lefty's triceps strain. Upon returning in early May, Oliver anchored a bullpen reeling from injuries and departures, and wound up leading the club in WXRL and posting his highest strikeout rate since 1994. Late in life, the former starter's become an exceptional reliever better suited to multi-inning work than to LOOGYdom thanks to a reverse platoon split (.233/.304/.317 versus righties from 2007-2009, .257/.303/.415 versus lefties). He'll be an asset in somebody's bullpen in 2010.
2009 Oliver's big-league career is now at 15 years, and at this pace he's got a good shot at getting to 20. He still has slightly above-average velocity for a lefty with good movement, as well as a tight slider that is a true weapon against left-handers. "Reliever" and "consistency" are two words that rarely go together, but Oliver has been pretty good for three years straight, and there's little reason to think it won't continue.
2008 Mike Scioscia did a nice job of adjusting to Oliver in-season, getting him out of the specialist role for which he was ill-suited, and into something that that fit his skills better; Oliver has never dominated lefties and has neither the mechanics nor the repertoire of a LOOGY. Through June 24, Oliver averaged about two-thirds of an inning and less than four batters faced per appearance, but after that, he went at least an inning in 31 of 34 outings, averaging nearly six batters (and four outs) per outing. In a related story, Oliver had a 2.66 ERA and 3.5 K/BB in those 34 appearances.
2007 For the first time since 1994, Oliver`s manager left him in the pen. There were constant temptations to start him, just as there were with Heilman, but Randolph, proving that inflexibility can sometimes be an asset--did not budge. Oliver`s August and September ERA was 6.75, but he came back to pitch six shutout innings in Game Three of the NLCS--pretty impressive given that Oliver retired in May 2005 after posting a 9.38 ERA for two minor league teams. Not to be a broken record about this whole BABIP thing, but you see the `.248` under that heading? Yeah, that`s not happening again. Oliver signed a one-year deal with the Angels for 2007. They`ll find out.
2005 If you think we're exaggerating the Astros' lack of left-handed relief and starting pitching last summer, consider that they traded for Oliver in July, and were actually dismayed when a sore shoulder pushed him to the DL for the balance of the year. He's 34 now and isn't going to be Jamie Moyer, so it's just a matter of how many ERAs in the 5.00s it takes to push him out of the league.
2003 Texas demanded that the Red Sox take Oliver as penance for the Everett signing. Although he was surprisingly effective in April and contributed to the Sox hot start, he resumed his life as Darren Oliver in May, was banished to the bullpen in June, was released in July, and (presumably) retired in August. American League sluggers and bleacher creatures will miss him.
2002 In his short tenure as pitching coach, Larry Hardy made significant adjustments to the mechanics of nearly every Rangers starting pitcher. When he quit in early June, all had ERAs that over a full season would have been the worst of their careers. After his resignation, the starters’ ERAs improved by nearly a run and a half during the rest of the campaign. Hardy’s tinkering may not have been the cause, but it is an interesting coincidence. This has little to do with Darren Oliver, who would be mediocre if God or, better yet, Leo Mazzone were his coach. Joe Kerrigan—a minor deity—will get his shot at Oliver in 2002; the left-hander was sent to the Red Sox for Carl Everett.
2001 Some organizations just aren't destined to have good relationships with some players. Darren Oliver was worked harder than he could handle in 1996 and 1997, became ineffective, and was shipped to St. Louis. Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan promptly milked more than 190 innings out of him. Oliver signed a three-year deal with Texas after the 1999 season and collapsed, wracked by injuries and ineffectiveness. Oliver is fragile and miscast as a guy who can give a team 200 innings. He just can't deliver them without getting hurt. He can still help a club that manages him properly.
2000 Oliver strengthened his free agency case with a 3.35 ERA after the All-Star break. Since coming over from Texas, he's improved both his curve and his change-up. More than anyone else on the staff, Duncan and LaRussa can point to him as an example of someone they helped. He'll make big money, but he's a bad risk.
1999 Overall, things seem to be getting worse and worse: although offensive levels have been relatively constant, he’s more hittable, wilder, giving up more runs, becoming more fragile. Hand him over to Tony LaRussa, and you’ve got a formula for major surgery.
1998 Everything else stays pretty much the same, but Oliver’s strikeout rate keeps on dropping, and that’s a very bad sign. Fewer than half of his appearances earned the Quality Start tag. A couple were “Smegma Starts.”
1997 Oliver was one of the Rangers biggest question marks coming into the year: that he was a good pitcher was unquestioned, but how long could he hold up following arm surgeries each of the last two years? As it turned out, all year.
1996  Its always a bad sign when an organization talks makes its talent assessments on the basis of speculative personality sketches. Oates and Melvin think Oliver's too laid back to be an effective relief pitcher, yet he was perfectly fine in '94. But rather than pay attention to that, or Oliver's repeated injuries, Oliver got put into the rotation to satisfy some half-baked psychologizing, and of course he got injured. It will be interesting to see if Oates has learned his mistake, or if they keep trying to make Oliver something he isn't.

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2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who closes if Feliz starts?
(johnklein from northeast)
I'm convinced they'd make a trade of some sort to add a right-handed veteran, because I guess I'm more than a little doubtful they'd go old (Arthur Rhodes or Darren Oliver) or young (Derek Holland) from what's effectively a list made up of lefties, at least as far as their best internal options. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you at all surprised that Texas decided on CJ Wilson in the rotation considering the other possibilities and leaving late inning duties to the oft-injured Frank Francisco, Netali Feliz who has never thrown in back-to-back games, and Darren Oliver coming off a career year at age 39?
(Jake from Chicago)
The Rangers have a ton of candidates for their rotation, many of which I wouldn't touch with a 10-foot clown pole (Brandon McCarthy and Matt Harrison come to mind). Because he's a lefty who can miss bats, Wilson is already much more interesting than those two, and worth taking a chance on. A for Feliz, his time will come, but he hasn't shown much in spring training (11.57 ERA), and he's not even 22 yet. I'm a bit more concerned about the Rangers' bullpen, but I do like Oliver, and think that perhaps some of those surplus arms can be useful down there. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina, Baseball America released a list of potential Type A and Type B free agents. How on earth is Varitek a Type A? Darren Oliver? Bob Howry? Isn't it about time this whole business was at the very least modernised? One can only assume the replacement player thought process sure hasn't reached Elias....
(mattseward from Cardiff, UK)
It's easy to bet on Elias on this subject (I usually do), but keep in mind that this particular brand of silliness is the product of collective bargaining, and accept that however dysfunctional the classification system, that's how the players and the owners like it. (Christina Kahrl)


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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Darren Oliver threw 6,592 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (88mph), Curve (76mph) and Sinker (89mph). He also rarely threw a Change (83mph).