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Portrait of Nate Cornejo

Nate Cornejo PTigers

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
4 313 12 29 0 103 5.41 -0.8
Birth Date9-24-1979
Height6' 5"
Weight200 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
2001 DET 21 10 10 42.7 42.7 0.0 4 4 0 0 2 0 217 63 38 35 10 109 28 24 3 22 7.38 7.29 6.86 -3.8 -0.4
2002 DET 22 9 9 50.0 50.0 0.0 1 5 0 0 4 0 230 63 33 28 6 97 18 18 2 23 5.04 4.90 5.64 1.4 0.1
2003 DET 23 32 32 194.7 194.7 0.0 6 17 0 0 17 1 842 236 111 101 18 347 58 50 3 46 4.67 4.76 5.93 -5.0 -0.7
2004 DET 24 5 5 25.7 25.7 0.0 1 3 0 0 0 1 125 42 25 24 4 65 11 10 1 12 8.42 5.65 5.42 1.6 0.2
Career5656313.0313.00.012290023214144042071883861811510291035.415.205.98-5.8-0.8

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
1999 WMI A 28 28 174.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 LAK A+ 12 12 77.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 JAX AA 16 16 91.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 DET MLB 10 10 42.7 6.86 58 .338 .274 .338 .446 .266 .346 99 -3.8 -0.4 -3.8 -0.4
2001 ERI AA 19 19 124.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TOL AAA 4 4 29.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DET MLB 9 9 50.0 5.64 80 .297 .267 .332 .432 .267 .315 97 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2002 TOL AAA 21 20 132.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .345 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DET MLB 32 32 194.7 5.93 73 .282 .269 .334 .429 .265 .304 95 -6.1 -0.6 -5.0 -0.7
2004 DET MLB 5 5 25.7 5.42 93 .332 .267 .337 .424 .259 .392 101 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2004 TOL AAA 4 3 8.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .346 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ERI AA 19 19 102.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -1.370 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 BIR AA 1 1 5.1 5.31 86 .277 .252 .357 .380 .265 .333 108 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2006 CHR AAA 3 0 3.0 4.75 88 .432 .265 .338 .442 .270 .600 102 0.2 0.0 0.2 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
1999 WMI A 9 11 0 28 28 174.7 173 67 125 4 0% .000 8.9 3.5 0.2 6.4 1.37 3.71 0.0 0.0
2000 JAX AA 5 7 0 16 16 91.7 91 43 60 6 0% .000 8.9 4.2 0.6 5.9 1.46 4.61 0.0 0.0
2000 LAK A+ 5 5 0 12 12 77.0 67 31 60 5 0% .000 7.8 3.6 0.6 7.0 1.27 3.04 0.0 0.0
2001 DET MLB 4 4 0 10 10 42.7 63 28 22 10 57% .346 13.3 5.9 2.1 4.6 2.13 7.38 -3.8 -0.4
2001 TOL AAA 4 0 0 4 4 29.7 24 7 22 1 0% .000 7.3 2.1 0.3 6.7 1.04 2.12 0.0 0.0
2001 ERI AA 12 3 0 19 19 124.3 107 41 105 12 0% .000 7.7 3.0 0.9 7.6 1.19 2.68 0.0 0.0
2002 DET MLB 1 5 0 9 9 50.0 63 18 23 6 64% .315 11.3 3.2 1.1 4.1 1.62 5.04 1.4 0.1
2002 TOL AAA 9 8 0 21 20 132.3 163 31 86 11 0% .345 11.1 2.1 0.7 5.9 1.47 4.42 0.0 0.0
2003 DET MLB 6 17 0 32 32 194.7 236 58 46 18 53% .304 10.9 2.7 0.8 2.1 1.51 4.67 -5.0 -0.7
2004 DET MLB 1 3 0 5 5 25.7 42 11 12 4 56% .392 14.7 3.9 1.4 4.2 2.06 8.42 1.6 0.2
2004 TOL AAA 0 0 0 4 3 8.7 11 2 8 2 0% .346 11.4 2.1 2.1 8.3 1.49 4.14 0.0 0.0
2005 ERI AA 4 12 0 19 19 102.0 126 17 48 15 0% -1.370 11.1 1.5 1.3 4.2 1.40 4.59 0.0 0.0
2006 BIR AA 0 1 0 1 1 5.1 6 2 2 0 33% .333 10.6 3.5 0.0 3.5 1.57 3.53 -0.1 -0.0
2006 CHR AAA 0 0 0 3 0 3.0 10 3 3 0 40% .600 30.0 9.0 0.0 9.0 4.33 18.00 0.2 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

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2006-04-06 2006-05-30 Minors 54 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2004-05-03 2004-10-04 60-DL 154 137 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2004-07-22 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2004 DET $335,000
2003 DET $303,000
2002 DET $218,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$856,000
3 yrTotal$856,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 120 d

Details
  • sent outright to Triple-A 11/04
  • re-signed 2/04, 1 year/$0.335M (04)
  • 1 year/$0.303M (03) 1/03 recalled 9/02 optioned to Triple-A 5/02 recalled 4/02 optioned to Triple-A 4/02 1 year/$0.218M (02) 3/02 recalled 8/01

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 )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2006 Cornejo underwent surgery for a frayed labrum in July of 2004. The injury was responsible for his poor pitching in 2004, though his low strikeout rates have always been troublesome. For 2006 the hope is that his shoulder is healed, but like Kenny Baugh, the likelihood of a full recovery is slight.
2005 Cornejo's season ended in July when it was revealed he had a small labrum tear in his shoulder. At least we have an explanation now for his bizarre 2003, in which he put together a respectable season while posting the lowest strikeout rate in half a century. Cornejo's velocity was down in 2003 and it's likely that he'd been pitching with the injury for some time. Though his performance wasn't sustainable anyway, one wonders whether the injury might have been diagnosed sooner if he hadn't managed to spend a full season retiring batters with smoke and mirrors.
2003 A highly regarded, sinkerballing righty that has been too lightly compared to Kevin Brown, Cornejo began last year in the Tigers’ rotation before being shipped out in mid-May. Command is still an issue for him, both on his two-seam fastball, which moves like crazy, and his slurvy breaking ball. He also needs a better changeup if he is to become a star, especially because of his problems with left-handed hitters.
2002 Cornejo has the highest upside of any pitcher in the organization, including Jeff Weaver. His calling card is the greatest pitch in baseball: a 94-mph fastball with incredible sinking action, a la Kevin Brown. As you might expect a 21-year-old to be, Cornejo was too timid to challenge major-league hitters, with predictable results. Nevertheless, his fastball had more late movement on it than that of any rookie since at least Juan Guzman. He’s built like a horse and has an impeccable health record since he was drafted. The Tigers’ ability to mold him into a top starter will have more impact on the team’s chances to contend in the next three years than any other factor.
2001 Randy Smith’s small gamble in the 1998 draft is paying off handsomely. Nate Cornejo’s knees, the poor condition of which made him available with the 34th pick, have held up. His workload--more than 340 innings the last two seasons--leaves one to wonder if his arm will. His best pitch is a heavy, low-90s, sinking, two-seam fastball that is as tough to launch as a Delta III rocket. Cornejo’s timetable has been accelerated; if he makes small gains with his off-speed pitches, he could be auditioning at Comerica Park in September.
2000 Cornejo dropped from the first round into the supplemental portion of the 1998 draft after he tore both his ACLs in high school. While his dreams of running a 4.4 40 are over, he had no problems staying healthy and pitching well in the Midwest League. He’s at least three years away from the majors, but with his performance so far and a heavy fastball in the low 90s, he’s definitely a name to keep in mind.

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This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The Dirty DozenJoe Sheehan2006-08-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: Building a Fantasy Farm SystemJeff Erickson2006-02-24
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This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Detroit TigersWill Carroll2004-03-31
Baseball Prospectus Basics: Just Another Out?Ryan Wilkins2004-02-29
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