Biographical

Portrait of Bobby Seay

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
8 223 11 6 1 190 4.16 3.5
Birth Date6-20-1978
Height6' 2"
Weight221 lbs
BatsL
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
2001 TBA 23 12 0 13.0 0.0 13.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 58 13 11 9 3 25 5 4 1 12 6.23 5.64 5.26 0.1 0.0
2003 TBA 25 12 0 9.0 0.0 9.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 39 7 3 3 0 12 6 6 0 5 3.00 3.98 5.21 0.2 0.0
2004 TBA 26 21 0 22.7 0.0 22.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 95 21 6 6 2 34 5 4 2 17 2.38 3.73 3.56 5.5 0.5
2005 COL 27 17 0 11.7 0.0 11.7 0 0 0 2 0 0 58 18 11 11 3 31 8 7 0 11 8.49 6.51 6.03 0.7 0.1
2006 DET 28 14 0 15.3 0.0 15.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 71 14 11 11 1 20 9 8 3 12 6.46 4.82 5.58 1.2 0.1
2007 DET 29 58 0 46.3 0.0 46.3 3 0 1 3 0 0 189 38 12 12 1 54 15 11 2 38 2.33 3.05 3.24 10.1 1.0
2008 DET 30 60 0 56.3 0.0 56.3 1 2 0 2 0 0 246 59 28 28 4 82 25 18 2 58 4.47 3.46 4.17 9.3 0.9
2009 DET 31 67 0 48.7 0.0 48.7 6 3 0 4 0 0 208 46 23 23 3 68 17 14 3 37 4.25 3.66 3.95 8.1 0.8
Career2610223.00.0223.011611200964216105103173269072131904.163.854.1835.13.5

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 CSC A 13 13 61.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .331 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CSC A 15 15 69.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 STP A+ 12 11 57.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 ORL AA 6 6 17.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 ORL AA 24 24 132.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TBA MLB 12 0 13.0 5.26 87 .307 .263 .333 .439 .267 .270 95 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2001 ORL AA 15 13 64.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ORL AA 15 3 35.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .274 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DUR AAA 10 0 15.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TBA MLB 12 0 9.0 5.21 88 .264 .274 .353 .451 .278 .250 95 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2003 DUR AAA 25 0 30.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .265 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TBA MLB 21 0 22.7 3.56 131 .235 .272 .345 .441 .265 .275 103 5.5 0.5 5.5 0.5
2004 DUR AAA 29 0 36.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .242 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 COL MLB 17 0 11.7 6.03 85 .321 .265 .330 .418 .262 .417 115 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2005 TUL AA 4 0 5.0 3.56 128 .174 .263 .319 .417 .261 .250 101 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2005 CSP AAA 17 0 22.7 4.30 126 .266 .278 .347 .439 .271 .372 87 6.1 0.6 6.1 0.6
2006 DET MLB 14 0 15.3 5.58 94 .253 .270 .338 .427 .256 .283 107 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2006 TOL AAA 24 1 24.2 4.14 92 .264 .268 .337 .406 .264 .291 92 3.7 0.4 3.7 0.4
2007 DET MLB 58 0 46.3 3.24 136 .218 .275 .346 .436 .270 .280 104 10.4 1.0 10.1 1.0
2008 DET MLB 60 0 56.3 4.17 115 .260 .266 .335 .415 .262 .350 104 9.3 0.9 9.3 0.9
2009 DET MLB 67 0 48.7 3.95 121 .249 .272 .343 .441 .269 .291 103 8.1 0.8 8.1 0.8

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 CSC A 3 4 0 13 13 61.3 56 37 64 2 0% .331 8.2 5.4 0.3 9.4 1.52 4.55 0.0 0.0
1998 CSC A 1 7 0 15 15 69.0 59 29 74 10 0% .000 7.7 3.8 1.3 9.7 1.28 4.30 0.0 0.0
1999 ORL AA 1 2 0 6 6 17.0 22 15 16 2 0% .000 11.6 7.9 1.1 8.5 2.18 7.94 0.0 0.0
1999 STP A+ 2 6 0 12 11 57.0 56 23 45 0 0% .000 8.8 3.6 0.0 7.1 1.39 3.00 0.0 0.0
2000 ORL AA 8 7 0 24 24 132.3 132 53 106 13 0% .000 9.0 3.6 0.9 7.2 1.40 3.88 0.0 0.0
2001 TBA MLB 1 1 0 12 0 13.0 13 5 12 3 48% .270 9.0 3.5 2.1 8.3 1.38 6.23 0.1 0.0
2001 ORL AA 2 5 0 15 13 64.7 81 26 49 9 0% .000 11.3 3.6 1.3 6.8 1.65 5.98 0.0 0.0
2002 DUR AAA 0 0 0 10 0 15.0 15 2 14 1 0% .304 9.0 1.2 0.6 8.4 1.13 6.00 0.0 0.0
2002 ORL AA 2 0 0 15 3 35.7 31 15 24 2 0% .274 7.8 3.8 0.5 6.1 1.29 3.28 0.0 0.0
2003 TBA MLB 0 0 0 12 0 9.0 7 6 5 0 50% .250 7.0 6.0 0.0 5.0 1.44 3.00 0.2 0.0
2003 DUR AAA 3 0 0 25 0 30.0 23 15 29 1 0% .265 6.9 4.5 0.3 8.7 1.27 2.10 0.0 0.0
2004 TBA MLB 0 0 0 21 0 22.7 21 5 17 2 28% .275 8.3 2.0 0.8 6.8 1.15 2.38 5.5 0.5
2004 DUR AAA 2 1 1 29 0 36.7 26 9 35 3 0% .242 6.4 2.2 0.7 8.6 0.95 1.72 0.0 0.0
2005 TUL AA 1 0 1 4 0 5.0 3 0 3 0 62% .250 5.4 0.0 0.0 5.4 0.60 1.80 1.0 0.1
2005 COL MLB 0 0 0 17 0 11.7 18 8 11 3 44% .417 13.9 6.2 2.3 8.5 2.23 8.49 0.7 0.1
2005 CSP AAA 1 0 3 17 0 22.7 23 10 24 2 34% .372 9.1 4.0 0.8 9.5 1.45 2.38 6.1 0.6
2006 TOL AAA 1 2 0 24 1 24.2 25 6 14 3 45% .291 9.3 2.2 1.1 5.2 1.28 4.83 3.7 0.4
2006 DET MLB 0 0 0 14 0 15.3 14 9 12 1 36% .283 8.2 5.3 0.6 7.0 1.50 6.46 1.2 0.1
2007 DET MLB 3 0 1 58 0 46.3 38 15 38 1 40% .280 7.4 2.9 0.2 7.4 1.14 2.33 10.1 1.0
2008 DET MLB 1 2 0 60 0 56.3 59 25 58 4 41% .350 9.4 4.0 0.6 9.3 1.49 4.47 9.3 0.9
2009 DET MLB 6 3 0 67 0 48.7 46 17 37 3 40% .291 8.5 3.1 0.6 6.8 1.29 4.25 8.1 0.8

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 920 0.5467 0.4402 0.8123 0.5706 0.2830 0.8711 0.6695 0.1877
2009 779 0.5700 0.4422 0.8343 0.5721 0.2687 0.8740 0.7222 0.1657
Career16990.55740.44110.82240.57130.27640.87240.69370.1776

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-03-26 2010-10-04 60-DL 192 162 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2010-09-15
2010-02-21 2010-03-26 Camp 33 0 Left Shoulder Impingement Biceps -
2009-09-25 2009-10-01 DTD 6 6 Right Chest Strain Pectoralis Minor -
2009-05-17 2009-05-19 DTD 2 1 Mid Back Strain -
2008-08-08 2008-08-09 DTD 1 1 Low Back Stiffness -
2005-07-09 2005-07-15 DTD 6 2 Left Hand Inflammation -
2005-04-17 2005-06-05 15-DL 49 44 Left Chest Strain Pectoral Muscle -
2003-04-24 2003-06-03 15-DL 40 34 Left Shoulder Inflammation -
2002-03-29 2002-06-03 60-DL 66 54 Left Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis -
2001-05-08 2001-06-30 Minors 53 0 Left Fingers Strain Index Finger - -
1999-05-21 1999-06-26 Minors 36 0 - Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
1998-08-28 1998-09-21 Minors 24 0 Left Elbow Soreness - -
1998-06-19 1998-07-29 Minors 40 0 Left Elbow Strain - -
1998-04-02 1998-04-16 Minors 14 0 Left Foot Strain - -
1997-06-13 1997-09-02 Minors 81 0 Left Foot Fracture - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 DET $2,475,000
2009 DET $1,300,000
2008 DET $780,000
2007 DET $450,000
2006 DET $375,000
2005 TBA $325,000
2003 TBA $300,000
2002 TBA $202,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$6,207,000
8 yrTotal$6,207,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 118 d1 year/$2.475M (2010)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.475M (2010). Re-signed 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.3M (2009). Re-signed 1/20/08 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.78M (2008). Re-signed 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $20,000 for 55 games, $25,000 for 60 games, $30,000 for 63 games.
  • 1 year/$0.45M (2007). Re-signed 1/07 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.375M (2006). Contract purchased 4/06, DFA 6/06.
  • 1 year/$0.325M (2005)
  • 1 year (2004)
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003)

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 %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 Veteran lefty reliever Bobby Seay spent the year on the DL before opting for shoulder surgery; he's now a free agent and unlikely to pitch in 2011.
2010 The long-ago first-round pick faced an average of three batters per game—typical LOOGY numbers—yet he doesn't really dominate lefties, so he should yield that role to Ni in the coming year, becoming a standard reliever instead. Seay went almost two months through midseason without allowing a run, half of it in one- or two-batter chunks. Even at that torrid pace, he wears down in September.
2009 After looking like he might have broken through in 2007, Seay regressed, although he did at least lead the team in appearances. (Somebody has to.) He has above-average velocity for a southpaw and two decent breaking balls, and his fly-ball tendencies work well in his home park. At the same time, he doesn't give you the platoon advantage one normally expects from a left-hander, and his control disappears at times. He's nothing special, but he's usable.
2008 Like Grilli, Seay has found a home in Detroit years after losing his status as a first-round pick. Seay served as the lefty specialist last year and did well in the role, striking out almost one of every four lefty batters he faced and doing his best work with runners on base and on little rest. He can be very good in this job for a while.
2007 Bobby Seay`s strikeout rates haven`t been bad, and it`s a little surprising that he hasn`t gotten a longer look at as a left-handed set-up option, but one suspects that his reputation as a busted bonus baby doesn`t do him any favors.
2005 Seay is another candidate for the situational lefty job, if he can keep his health intact. Last season was the first time in his career that he managed to get his translated walk rates below three for a full season; if he's finally learned to do that, then he'll be yet another cog in the loaded Tampa pen.
2002 It wasn’t entirely a lost season. Seay had raised expectations by enjoying his first winning season in 2000, at Double-A Orlando. He returned to Orlando in 2001, strained his index finger in May, and wound up missing almost two months. He pitched poorly upon his return, but he got called up anyway in August and fared pretty well before tiring in September. Regardless of how good the D-Rays thought he’d be four years ago, the fact is that he hasn’t been consistently successful at any level. Until he shows he’s mastered Triple-A, we can’t expect much from him.
2001 For the first time since signing his draft-loophole deal with the Devil Rays, Bobby Seay had a season that produced more hope than frustration. He stayed healthy and was reasonably effective for Orlando, then went to Australia and was a part of the gold-medal-winning Team USA. The organization has a huge investment in him, so he needs only a few good months at Triple-A to reach the majors.
2000 He started harnessing both his command and volatile personality and was named to Team USA for the Pan Am Games. Promoted to Double-A after the event, but it all came crashing down. Seay is blessed with great stuff and is the type of pitcher for whom everything could suddenly click, but right now, he's just another example of the risk involved in developing high-school pitchers. His inability to stay healthy has some scouts projecting him as a setup man, which isn't exactly what the Devil Rays envisioned when they signed him as the first loophole free agent. Seay suffered an injury in the Arizona Fall League, a tear of his labrum that the D-Rays are hoping will heal without surgery.
1999 The guy who started the sweepstakes that Travis Lee and Matt White cashed in on, so far he’s a lesson on all the things that can go wrong with a high school pitcher. He's suffered repeated injuries, although to his good fortune, most have had nothing to do with his arm. He broke his foot in '97. In the off-season he needed an appendectomy; infection set in, and the surgeons had to go in again to repair a perforated colon. Those are nuisances, hurting his development without doing permanent damage; more worrisome is the ulnar nerve problem he had in ‘98.
1998 It’s way too early to say much, but it will be a shame if Seay winds up only being known for being the ’96 first-rounder who triggered the wave of first-round free agents, exposing sloppy management practices in meeting the requirement of tendering formal offers to draftees. So far, Seay has been wild with a good fastball and a curve whose movement nobody can predict.

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Perfect Game Presents: The Baseball Draft: A 50-Year Retrospective, Part OneAllan Simpson2014-06-03
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2008-03-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)The locals are on pins and needles, seeing their bullpen entrusted with a one-run lead.
(Daniel from Michigan)
Too late! The Royals have tied it up on a John Buck RBI single. Out goes Jason Grilli, in comes Bobby Seay.

Get used to this folks. The Tigers' pen is a dark, scary place. (Steven Goldman)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

A Collaboration between BrooksBaseball.net and Baseball Prospectus - Pitch classifications provided by Pitch Info LLC


Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Bobby Seay threw 2,007 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2009, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2009, he relied primarily on his Sinker (92mph) and Slider (81mph).