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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 32)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
4 .282 0 0 0 0 .254 0.0
Birth Date12-26-1981
Height5' 11"
Weight195 lbs
Age32 years, 9 months, 25 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
3.02010
4.52011
2.62012
3.12013
-1.22014
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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 DET 20 18 75 72 4 24 3 0 1 30 3 10 0 0 0 6 0 1 .333 .360 .417 .266 4.0 1.6 0.6
2003 DET 21 69 244 221 24 49 6 1 0 57 18 37 0 2 3 8 6 3 .222 .278 .258 .202 -0.2 6.5 0.6
2004 DET 22 142 556 503 69 133 27 9 16 226 40 112 1 5 7 55 13 7 .264 .317 .449 .260 19.6 -1.1 1.8
2005 DET 23 121 434 406 36 90 28 2 9 149 16 73 2 2 8 43 8 0 .222 .254 .367 .213 -7.5 1.1 -0.6
2006 DET 24 78 245 224 35 62 11 4 4 93 14 45 3 2 2 25 3 2 .277 .325 .415 .248 2.2 0.6 0.3
2007 DET 25 66 178 166 24 45 6 1 2 59 9 29 0 1 2 17 4 1 .271 .307 .355 .226 -0.4 -0.7 -0.1
2008 ATL 26 96 348 317 45 93 24 3 3 132 22 44 2 5 2 40 0 1 .293 .338 .416 .273 14.1 -2.3 1.2
2009 ATL 27 70 229 203 24 62 9 1 2 79 19 28 1 4 2 27 2 0 .305 .361 .389 .272 11.0 0.1 1.1
2010 ATL 28 134 506 471 65 151 15 3 8 196 29 62 0 2 4 47 7 6 .321 .359 .416 .282 24.4 4.7 3.0
2011 FLO 29 148 640 579 55 160 24 8 7 221 34 67 2 8 17 49 4 2 .276 .315 .382 .267 20.7 21.6 4.5
2012 DET 30 64 241 226 27 58 7 5 4 87 9 23 0 2 4 20 7 2 .257 .283 .385 .238 0.0 0.4 0.0
2012 MIA 30 85 347 328 42 94 23 2 8 145 12 42 1 2 4 33 10 1 .287 .312 .442 .268 19.1 4.6 2.5
2013 DET 31 118 476 453 54 144 24 3 10 204 20 44 0 3 0 51 5 2 .318 .345 .450 .285 23.7 4.8 3.1
2014 KCA 32 135 575 528 50 133 21 3 6 178 33 68 2 7 5 66 9 3 .252 .295 .337 .234 3.9 -14.6 -1.2
Career1344509446975541298228458018562786841445604877831.276.316.395.255134.727.416.9

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
2000 WMI A 0 55 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .268 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 LAK A+ 0 280 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .303 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ERI AA 132 599 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .354 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DET MLB 18 75 .266 .262 .316 .417 .254 .377 100 0.5 2.0 0.9 1.6 -0.3 4.0 0.6 4.0 0.6
2002 TOL AAA 120 474 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DET MLB 69 244 .202 .263 .328 .417 .262 .263 95 -15.4 6.6 3.1 6.5 4.3 -0.2 0.6 -0.2 0.6
2003 TOL AAA 64 257 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .245 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DET MLB 142 556 .260 .273 .338 .441 .263 .308 103 0 16.5 0.9 -1.1 1.8 19.6 1.8 19.6 1.8
2005 DET MLB 121 434 .213 .268 .329 .427 .264 .248 101 -21.8 12.5 1.9 1.1 1.5 -7.5 -0.6 -7.5 -0.6
2006 DET MLB 78 245 .248 .268 .331 .428 .254 .328 107 -3.2 7.4 -0.8 0.6 -0.6 2.2 0.3 2.2 0.3
2007 DET MLB 66 178 .226 .270 .333 .425 .263 .316 102 -6.7 5.3 0.4 -0.7 1.5 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1
2007 TOL AAA 10 43 .321 .249 .329 .364 .247 .389 92 2.9 1.3 0.5 0.8 -0.1 3.9 0.4 3.9 0.4
2008 ATL MLB 96 348 .273 .259 .326 .408 .258 .327 98 4.7 10.1 0.5 -2.3 -2.5 14.1 1.2 14.1 1.2
2008 RIC AAA 3 12 .000 .271 .334 .433 .279 .400 0.0 0.6 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 ATL MLB 70 229 .272 .264 .334 .415 .266 .339 95 2.8 6.6 0.2 0.1 1.4 11.0 1.1 11.0 1.1
2009 ROM A 5 20 .306 .268 .326 .372 .280 .333 84 1 0.6 0 0.0 0.5 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2009 GWN AAA 1 4 .529 .160 .233 .272 .183 .000 105 0.9 0.1 0 0.1 0.0 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2010 ATL MLB 134 506 .282 .258 .324 .400 .268 .355 93 11.2 13.9 0.4 4.7 -0.9 24.4 3.0 24.4 3.0
2011 FLO MLB 148 640 .267 .251 .313 .387 .258 .298 94 4.1 17.3 -0.8 21.6 -1.7 20.7 4.5 20.7 4.5
2011 JUP A+ 1 5 .466 .282 .332 .370 .262 .600 82 1.2 0.1 0 0.3 -0.2 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2012 DET MLB 64 241 .238 .259 .323 .414 .262 .269 106 -5.3 6.6 -0.2 0.4 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 MIA MLB 85 347 .268 .251 .311 .404 .259 .307 94 2.7 9.5 -0.4 4.6 5.0 19.1 2.5 19.1 2.5
2013 DET MLB 118 476 .285 .256 .319 .399 .266 .333 101 11.6 12.5 -0.6 4.8 -0.2 23.7 3.1 23.7 3.1
2013 WMI A 2 6 .345 .243 .307 .351 .243 .500 96 0.5 0.2 -0.1 -0.0 0.2 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2013 TOL AAA 5 21 .160 .247 .320 .378 .250 .235 97 -2.3 0.6 -0.1 -0.4 0.3 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
2013 VEN int 2 9 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .444 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 KCA MLB 135 575 .234 .256 .314 .393 .261 .275 104 -14.1 14.8 -0.7 -14.6 2.9 3.9 -1.2 3.9 -1.2
2014 OMA AAA 3 11 .272 .315 .362 .508 .299 .571 100 0.1 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0

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
2000 WMI A 55 7 11 0 0 0 5 5 7 1 0 .229 .327 .229 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 LAK A+ 280 35 71 11 0 2 24 20 29 11 5 .274 .329 .340 .066 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ERI AA 599 86 163 21 4 2 62 46 87 27 12 .302 .356 .367 .065 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 TOL AAA 474 49 117 16 8 4 51 28 49 19 15 .268 .309 .369 .101 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DET MLB 75 4 24 3 0 1 6 3 10 0 1 .333 .360 .417 .083 .266 4.0 1.6 0.6
2003 TOL AAA 257 28 50 10 0 2 18 22 32 22 4 .223 .294 .295 .071 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DET MLB 244 24 49 6 1 0 8 18 37 6 3 .222 .278 .258 .036 .202 -0.2 6.5 0.6
2004 DET MLB 556 69 133 27 9 16 55 40 112 13 7 .264 .317 .449 .185 .260 19.6 -1.1 1.8
2005 DET MLB 434 36 90 28 2 9 43 16 73 8 0 .222 .254 .367 .145 .213 -7.5 1.1 -0.6
2006 DET MLB 245 35 62 11 4 4 25 14 45 3 2 .277 .325 .415 .138 .248 2.2 0.6 0.3
2007 TOL AAA 43 3 14 2 0 0 4 4 2 1 0 .368 .429 .421 .053 .321 3.9 0.8 0.4
2007 DET MLB 178 24 45 6 1 2 17 9 29 4 1 .271 .307 .355 .084 .226 -0.4 -0.7 -0.1
2008 RIC AAA 12 3 4 1 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 .364 .417 .455 .091 .000 0.0 0.6 0.0
2008 ATL MLB 348 45 93 24 3 3 40 22 44 0 1 .293 .338 .416 .123 .273 14.1 -2.3 1.2
2009 GWN AAA 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 .333 .500 1.333 1.000 .529 1.1 0.1 0.1
2009 ATL MLB 229 24 62 9 1 2 27 19 28 2 0 .305 .361 .389 .084 .272 11.0 0.1 1.1
2009 ROM A 20 1 5 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0 .294 .400 .294 .000 .306 2.1 0.0 0.2
2010 ATL MLB 506 65 151 15 3 8 47 29 62 7 6 .321 .359 .416 .096 .282 24.4 4.7 3.0
2011 FLO MLB 640 55 160 24 8 7 49 34 67 4 2 .276 .315 .382 .105 .267 20.7 21.6 4.5
2011 JUP A+ 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .600 .600 .600 .000 .466 1.0 0.3 0.1
2012 DET MLB 241 27 58 7 5 4 20 9 23 7 2 .257 .283 .385 .128 .238 0.0 0.4 0.0
2012 MIA MLB 347 42 94 23 2 8 33 12 42 10 1 .287 .312 .442 .155 .268 19.1 4.6 2.5
2013 VEN int 9 2 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 .444 .444 .667 .222 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 WMI A 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .400 .500 .400 .000 .345 0.8 -0.0 0.1
2013 TOL AAA 21 1 4 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 0 .211 .286 .211 .000 .160 -1.9 -0.4 -0.2
2013 DET MLB 476 54 144 24 3 10 51 20 44 5 2 .318 .345 .450 .132 .285 23.7 4.8 3.1
2014 OMA AAA 11 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 .364 .364 .455 .091 .272 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2014 KCA MLB 575 50 133 21 3 6 66 33 68 9 3 .252 .295 .337 .085 .234 3.9 -14.6 -1.2

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
2008 1209 0.5509 0.4553 0.8655 0.6171 0.2560 0.9367 0.6547 0.1345
2009 819 0.5201 0.4144 0.8466 0.5657 0.2494 0.9295 0.6429 0.1534
2010 1771 0.5409 0.4305 0.8714 0.5595 0.2780 0.9403 0.7080 0.1286
2011 2231 0.5338 0.4627 0.8893 0.5835 0.3221 0.9669 0.7284 0.1097
2012 1988 0.5257 0.4791 0.8623 0.6354 0.3043 0.9367 0.6899 0.1367
2013 1567 0.5361 0.4576 0.8466 0.6071 0.2847 0.9275 0.6473 0.1534
2014 2028 0.5207 0.4229 0.8575 0.5758 0.2551 0.9276 0.6855 0.1425
Career116130.53230.44880.86510.59280.28360.93970.68660.1345

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-26 2014-08-30 DTD 4 4 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2014-07-03 2014-07-05 DTD 2 1 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-05-07 2014-05-26 15-DL 19 17 - Low Back Cartilage Injury Disk Injury - -
2014-04-08 2014-04-11 DTD 3 2 - Sprain and Laceration From HBP - -
2014-03-17 2014-03-31 Camp 14 0 Right Arm Soreness - -
2014-03-01 2014-03-09 Camp 8 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2013-08-18 2013-08-20 DTD 2 1 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2013-07-04 2013-08-12 15-DL 39 33 Left Ankle Sprain - -
2013-05-01 2013-05-02 DTD 1 1 - Knee Soreness - -
2012-10-29 2012-10-29 DTD 0 0 Left Hand Fracture 5th Metacarpal Non-displaced Fracture - -
2012-10-17 2012-10-18 DTD 1 0 Right Thumb Sprain - -
2012-04-28 2012-04-28 DTD 0 0 - Groin Soreness - -
2012-04-18 2012-04-21 DTD 3 3 - Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2012-04-14 2012-04-15 DTD 1 1 Left Groin Strain - -
2011-09-29 2011-09-29 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion Calf - -
2011-08-05 2011-08-20 15-DL 15 14 Right Fingers Fracture Middle Finger - -
2011-05-06 2011-05-06 DTD 0 0 Lower Leg Contusion Foul Ball -
2011-04-30 2011-04-30 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2011-03-17 2011-03-17 Camp 0 0 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2010-12-16 2010-12-16 Off 0 0 Abdomen Surgery Umbilical Hernia and Gall Bladder 2010-12-16
2010-06-11 2010-06-18 DTD 7 6 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2009-05-21 2009-08-11 15-DL 82 73 Left Hand Surgery 5th Metacarpal HBP 2009-05-22
2008-07-06 2008-07-22 15-DL 16 11 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-06-26 2008-07-01 DTD 5 3 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-03-21 2008-05-08 60-DL 48 32 Left Hand Recovery From Surgery 5th Metacarpal Fracture 2008-01-18
2008-01-18 2008-01-18 Off 0 0 Left Hand Surgery 5th Metacarpal Fracture 2008-01-18
2005-03-09 2005-03-20 Camp 11 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2004-02-29 2004-03-20 Camp 20 0 Low Back Soreness -
2003-05-20 2003-05-23 DTD 3 3 Low Back Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 KCA $2,000,000
2017 KCA $8,000,000
2016 KCA $7,750,000
2015 KCA $7,500,000
2014 KCA $5,000,000
2013 DET $4,000,000
2012 MIA $4,000,000
2011 FLO $2,500,000
2010 ATL $2,225,000
2009 ATL $1,850,000
2008 ATL $1,400,000
2007 DET $1,300,000
2006 DET $385,000
2005 DET $355,000
2004 DET $305,000
2003 DET $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$18,620,000
2011Current$5,000,000
12 yrPvs + Cur$23,620,000
4 yrFuture$25,250,000
16 yrTotal$48,870,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 120 dGene Mato4 years/$30.25M (2014-17), 2018 option

Details
  • 4 years/$30.25M (2014-17), plus 2018 club option. Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/16/13. 14:$5M, 15:$7.5M, 16:$7.75M, 17:$8M, 18:$10M club option, $2M buyout. With All-Star selection or Silver Slugger award, subsequent salaries increase $0.25M.
  • 2 years/$8M (2012-13). Signed extension with Florida 9/27/11. 12:$4M, 13:$4M. Acquired by Detroit in trade from Miami 7/23/12.
  • 2 years/$4.325M (2009-10), plus 2011 club option. Signed extension with Atlanta 1/12/09 (avoided arbitration. 09:$1.85M, 10:$2.225M, 11:$2.5M club option, $0.25M buyout. Performance bonuses for PAs 180-580 ($0.3M in 2009, $0.775M in 2010, $1M in 2011). Atlanta exercised 2011 option 11/2/10. Acquired by Florida in trade from Atlanta 11/16/10 (Dan Uggla deal).
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2008). Signed by Atlanta 1/17/08 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.3M (2007). Re-signed by Detroit 1/07 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Detroit 11/12/07 (as part of deal, Cubs pay $2M of Jacque Jones' $5M 2008 salary). Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Cubs 12/4/07.
  • 1 year/$0.385M (2006). Re-signed by Detroit 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.355M (2005). Re-signed by Detroit 3/05.
  • 1 year/$0.305M (2004). Re-signed by Detroit 2/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003). Re-signed by Detroit 3/03.
  • 1 year (2002). Contract purchased by Detroit 9/7/02.
  • Signed by Detroit 1999 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela.

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 679 83 203 31 6 11 66 35 67 11 4 .322 .354 .440 .289 40.6 2B 11 5.6
80o 664 78 190 29 5 10 63 33 67 11 4 .310 .341 .424 .279 33.2 2B 11 4.8
70o 652 75 183 28 5 10 60 32 67 10 3 .301 .332 .412 .272 28.0 2B 11 4.2
60o 642 73 176 27 5 9 58 31 67 10 3 .294 .324 .402 .266 23.7 2B 11 3.7
50o 633 71 170 26 5 9 56 30 66 10 3 .287 .317 .392 .260 19.8 2B 10 3.3
40o 624 68 164 25 5 9 54 28 66 9 3 .280 .310 .383 .254 16.0 2B 10 2.9
30o 614 66 156 24 4 8 52 27 66 9 3 .273 .302 .373 .248 12.0 2B 10 2.4
20o 602 63 149 23 4 8 50 26 65 8 3 .265 .293 .361 .240 7.5 2B 10 1.9
10o 587 59 139 21 4 7 47 24 65 8 3 .253 .281 .345 .230 1.6 2B 10 1.2
Weighted Mean635711712659573066103.288.319.394.26120.52B 113.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 46% 4% 7% 94%

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
2015334895212719364625576.279.318.372.2532.414.40.33.214.9-4.07.9
2016346056015022475427756.266.299.356.2432.08.60.23.814.9-10.39.8
201735385389013243320523.253.292.335.2371.13.50.12.314.9-13.86.2
2018366246115120465231863.260.296.335.2351.53.70.13.514.9-14.910.1
201937412419914243522571.259.299.337.2371.13.40.12.214.9-13.86.7
2020386256014821355133890.255.294.327.2311.21.30.33.214.9-17.210.1
2021395225012317354327770.252.290.326.2300.9-0.20.42.514.9-18.18.5
2022406215713919354931950.242.280.310.2200.5-5.30.42.814.9-23.510.1
20234128929669232516460.248.290.333.2300.4-1.20.21.214.9-17.64.7

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
37.328.313.912.65.47.597.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 89 Freddy Sanchez 2010 .279
2 88 Brandon Phillips 2013 .257
3 85 Skip Schumaker 2012 .256
4 83 Felipe Lopez 2012 .000 DNP
5 83 Roberto Alomar 2000 .280
6 83 Mark Ellis 2009 .236
7 82 Orlando Hudson 2010 .245
8 81 Bobby Avila 1956 .237
9 81 Edgar Renteria 2009 .224
10 80 Ronnie Belliard 2007 .262
11 80 Jason Bartlett 2012 .167
12 80 Rafael Furcal 2010 .316
13 80 Julio Franco 1991 .320
14 80 Cristian Guzman 2010 .233
15 80 Aaron Miles 2009 .162
16 79 Adam Kennedy 2008 .239
17 79 Bill Madlock 1983 .295
18 79 Buddy Bell 1984 .299
19 79 Jose Vidro 2007 .277
20 79 Jackie Robinson 1951 .341
21 79 Julio Lugo 2008 .236
22 79 Michael Young 2009 .294
23 78 Carney Lansford 1989 .304
24 78 Craig Biggio 1998 .306
25 78 Placido Polanco 2008 .262
26 78 Ramon Santiago 2012 .198
27 78 Kazuo Matsui 2008 .270
28 78 Robb Quinlan 2009 .213
29 78 Coco Crisp 2012 .272
30 78 Alan Trammell 1990 .296
31 77 Barry Larkin 1996 .318
32 77 George Kell 1955 .295
33 77 Rajai Davis 2013 .251
34 77 Ross Gload 2008 .230
35 77 Akinori Iwamura 2011 .000 DNP
36 77 Jimmy Rollins 2011 .283
37 76 Chone Figgins 2010 .240
38 76 Jack Wilson 2010 .241
39 76 Endy Chavez 2010 .000 DNP
40 76 Tadahito Iguchi 2007 .256
41 76 Ryne Sandberg 1992 .318
42 76 Marco Scutaro 2008 .259
43 75 Brooks Robinson 1969 .261
44 75 Mike Aviles 2013 .241
45 75 Ryan Theriot 2012 .239
46 75 Cal Ripken Jr. 1993 .259
47 75 Joe Crede 2010 .000 DNP
48 75 Alex Rios 2013 .270
49 75 Shea Hillenbrand 2008 .000 DNP
50 75 Vernon Wells 2011 .243
51 75 Don Buford 1969 .310
52 75 Pete Rose 1973 .316
53 75 Brian Roberts 2010 .255
54 75 Scott Podsednik 2008 .234
55 75 Reed Johnson 2009 .265
56 75 Lou Whitaker 1989 .306
57 75 Juan Encarnacion 2008 .000 DNP
58 75 Dale Mitchell 1954 .279
59 75 Vic Power 1960 .261
60 75 Manny Mota 1970 .282
61 74 Harvey Kuenn 1963 .279
62 74 Paul Molitor 1989 .315
63 74 Denny Walling 1986 .303
64 74 Alex Cora 2008 .257
65 74 Jody Gerut 2010 .242
66 74 Michael Barrett 2009 .175
67 74 Robin Yount 1988 .307
68 73 Alvin Dark 1954 .260
69 73 Nyjer Morgan 2013 .000 DNP
70 73 Juan Rivera 2011 .255
71 73 Red Schoendienst 1955 .250
72 73 Eric Byrnes 2008 .222
73 73 Shane Victorino 2013 .292
74 73 Kevin McReynolds 1992 .298
75 73 Tony Gwynn 1992 .280
76 73 Kenji Johjima 2008 .222
77 73 Jose Cruz 1980 .294
78 73 Maicer Izturis 2013 .224
79 73 Randy Ready 1992 .245
80 73 Thurman Munson 1979 .271
81 73 Chuck Knoblauch 2001 .251
82 73 David DeJesus 2012 .278
83 72 Clint Barmes 2011 .250
84 72 Kenny Lofton 1999 .290
85 72 Mark Kotsay 2008 .251
86 72 Mike Fontenot 2012 .244
87 72 Edgar Martinez 1995 .359
88 72 Rusty Greer 2001 .269
89 72 Billy Williams 1970 .325
90 72 Jeff Cirillo 2002 .239
91 72 Brian Harper 1992 .278
92 72 Willie Bloomquist 2010 .230
93 72 Curt Flood 1970 .000 DNP
94 72 Matty Alou 1971 .288
95 72 Cesar Cedeno 1983 .250
96 72 Juan Uribe 2011 .205
97 72 Ty Wigginton 2010 .250
98 72 Don Mattingly 1993 .280
99 72 Adrian Beltre 2011 .304
100 72 Eric Soderholm 1981 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .301 .328 .488 .287
11 vs R (Multi) .297 .328 .400 .257
18 Split (Multi) -.003 .000 -.088 -.030
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .301 .331 .500 .289
31 vs R (2013) .326 .351 .427 .271
38 Split (2013) .024 .020 -.073 -.018
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

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 Despite delivering a paltry 668 OPS as a Tiger in 64 games, for this team Infante was actually a massive upgrade at second base even before you consider the benefits of his defensive value. Prior to the July 24 trade that brought him from Miami, second base was a black hole in Detroit: Ryan Raburn fell off the map completely and Ramon Santiago was overstretched as a full-time player. Infante brings a capable bat and—more importantly—a steady glove, to an infield defense known for its bats. Anibal Sanchez was the major draw of the trade, but having Infante for the remainder of 2012 plus all of 2013 sealed it for the Tigers.
2012 The Marlins acquired America's favorite All-Star utility infielder along with lefty reliever Mike Dunn from Atlanta in exchange for second baseman Dan Uggla, with plans to strip Infante of the utility tag and install him as Uggla's replacement at the keystone in 2011. Predictably, Infante was unable to sustain his .355 batting average on balls in play, with regression in infield fly ball percentage and an increase in unsuccessful bunt attempts contributing heavily to a .059 decline. However, the upgrade Infante provided over Uggla on defense more than made up for the offense lost in the transaction. Infante posted the top FRAA in baseball at 21.7 and led NL second basemen in range factor per game and assists.
2011 With three straight good years, Infante is arguably the best utility player in the game. Certainly his unlikely selection to the All-Star team was a nod in that direction. While hardly a secondary skills king, he's a .300 hitter who can play three infield positions and either outfield corner, while providing no worse than average defensively at any spot. Dealt to the Marlins in the Dan Uggla deal will likely transform him into an everyday player at second base, thereby downplaying his greatest skill, versatility, and emphasizing a bat that is merely adequate if it slips below .320.
2010 If a team plays Infante every day the holes in his game will be exposed, but he's one of the better bench players around. An excellent fastball hitter who sprays line drives all over the field, Infante can fill in at six different positions, run a bit, and rarely hurts you with fundamental mistakes. He's signed through 2010 with a club option for the following year, and at $4.75 million for the two years, he's a bargain as a playable space-saver on the roster.
2009 A handy utilityman who can play the three infield skill positions and spot in the outfield, Infante saw too much action in left last year due to the Braves’ dearth of viable alternatives. Still, he had one of his better years at the plate, showing increased contact and some doubles power. He’s still young enough for those improvements to be real, and previously showed some pop in his lone season as the Tigers’ starting second baseman back in 2004. Spotted in the infield against lefty pitching, he’s an asset.
2008 It's hard to believe Infante slugged .449 and drew 40 walks as a 22-year-old, but he did. Now, he's an extra, and a good one with a little pop against lefties and no worse than an average glove at three infield positions. The Braves picked him up from the Cubs in a minor trade after the Tigers sent him to Chicago for Jacque Jones. He should serve as a helpful platoon partner for Kelly Johnson and caddy for Chipper Jones.
2007 Infante seems to have gotten himself pigeonholed as a utility infielder, which reflects a failure to manage expectations following his premature promotion to the big leagues in 2003. His profile is not dissimilar to what Juan Uribe or Carlos Guillen looked like after their age-24 seasons, and, in the abstract, it`s worth giving him a full season`s worth of playing time to see if he can replicate their development. The trouble is that the price for that information is much higher for a team hoping to contend for a title. The Tigers have a lot of players in their system whose track records provoke this sort of cognitive dissonance.
2006 Too many people wrote Infante off after an awful rookie season, and too many people praised him too highly after his sophomore year. Last year was closer to what should have been expected of him, although he did retain some of his unexpected power from 2004. The Tigers have to decide whether he`s more valuable as trade bait or as a reserve. Jim Leyland has talked about rotating Polanco, Guillen, Inge, and Infante through the three infield spots, but such talk will only last until one of them is hitting .225 and gets benched. You know who the best suspect to do that is.
2005 As we have all learned with Luis Rivas, just because you're in the major leagues at a young age doesn't make you a future star. Low-power infielders in particular frequently watch their careers fritter away by the time they're 27 or 28, their speed and defense declining just as their arbitration-eligible years are exhausted. Thus it was a very good sign that Infante demonstrated such growth in the power department. It wasn't some sort of fluke: There are few cheap home runs at Comerica Park, and Infante changed his approach at the plate entirely, posting a 0.84 GB/FB ratio after being at 1.44 the year before. PECOTA expects a bit of regression in the near-term, but also cites some favorable names on his comparables list, most notably Ryne Sandberg.
2003 After a rough start to the season at Triple-A where he hit only .202 in April, Infante was disabled with a back strain and then diagnosed with spondylolysis. A program to strengthen his back muscles enabled him to return to the field, but his hitting didn’t improve until he stopped trying to pull every pitch. Though Infante was voted best defensive shortstop in the International League by the loop’s managers, Detroit tried him out at second base during his impressive September call-up. If the Tigers can unload Damion Easley, or have the guts to bench or release him, Infante might thrive at second base. He’s very young and still somewhat raw, and would probably be overmatched by top-flight pitchers for a few years. However, having both him and Ramon Santiago in the lineup everyday would not only help Tigers’ pitchers with good defense at both middle infield positions, it would help their chances of contending three years from now.
2002 The single most important piece of advice we can give the Tigers’ front office is this: Omar Infante is not ready. He’s an excellent prospect, a 19-year-old shortstop who hit .302 in Double-A but had a secondary average of just .156. The skills are there, but not the polish, and the majors are not the place to develop that polish. Deivi Cruz, who had to jump from A ball because he was a Rule 5 draft pick, never did develop it. If the Tigers give Infante a year in Triple-A and a few months in the weight room, he could become the best young player they’ve developed since Travis Fryman.
2001 Omar Infante is the youngest player in the history of the Arizona Fall League and the brother of former Tigers’ pitching prospect Asdrubal Infante, who was murdered in Venezuela over the 1999 off-season. Infante is advanced defensively but needs to add upper-body strength so that he can start driving the ball. He jumped three levels last year, and while he didn’t embarrass himself at Lakeland, neither his performance nor the middle-infield situation in Detroit justifies rushing him.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Christian Colon? He had a nice 2014 and seems like a solid 2b. What do you see his future as and will he get a chance to start for the Royals? Want to know more about him. Thx.
(Cristobal Colon from Pasadena, CA)
A certain segment of Royals fans will always link Colon with Chris Sale, which is a fair standard for the organization, but somewhat unfair for Colon. He impressed team officials by embracing his utility role this season. When the club traded Danny Valencia in July, they said the imperative was getting Colon to the majors. It would make some sense for Colon to get 250-300 at-bats next season as a backup for Omar Infante and a right-handed complement to Mike Moustakas at third base.

But, who knows. (Andy McCullough)
2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)The Royals come to you and say "bruh, this walk-up music we're using sucks. You like music, don't you? Choose the walk-up music for this whole lineup..." Nine players, nine songs. GO!
(Bruh from Club)
I did this in a mailbag bag in August. Forgive the jumbled up lineup:

1. Nori Aoki: "The Downfall of Us All" by A Day To Remember. This would just be an amusing way to start the first inning.

2. Omar Infante: "Mojo So Dope" by Kid Cudi. Omar is a laid-back fellow.

3. Salvador Perez: "Simon Says" by Pharoah Monche. The Godzilla introduction would be excellent.

4. Billy Butler: "Some Guys Have All The Luck" by Rod Stewart. A classic for the perpetually put-upon DH.

5. Alex Gordon: "Put On" by Young Jeezy. Either this, or "My Hero" by Foo Fighters. Or "The Best" by Tina Turner. I doubt Gordon would like the latter choices.

6. Josh Willingham: "Top Notch" by Manchester Orchestra. Non-descript rock music.

7. Lorenzo Cain: "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake. Smoother than LoCain flagging down a line drive in center.

8. Mike Moustakas: "You Wanted More" by Tonic. What? It's a good guitar riff.

9. Alcides Escobar: "Bowtie" by Outkast. I don't know. Feels like it fits. (Andy McCullough)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Dustin Pedroia and good comp for Rougned Odor or is that more on the optimistic side? Both play with a lot of intensity, power in the 15-20 HR range, 35-40 doubles, hit between 280 - .300? Pedroia may strikeout less, but, to me, those seem like reasonable numbers for Odor.
(Lorenzo from Jacksonville)
Giving anyone that comp would be VERY optimistic. Probably more Omar Infante, but perfect world stuff would be the Pedroia stuff (Paul Sporer)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Hernan Perez do a good job replacing Omar Infante at 2B? Or do they go to FA to find a replacement
(Bob from LA)
If the Tigers are serious about making another run at a World Series, I think they need to do one of two things -- assuming the number one thing is a healthy Miguel Cabrera -- and that's either find an offense upgrade at second base or left field. If they do something big in left field, then they can probably survive with Perez at second base. If they need some offense out of the position, that's not going to end well. He's not ready in that respect, and I'm not sure he's ever going to have the bat to be more than utility guy. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)I understand no qualifying offer for Jhonny Peralta, but Omar Infante and Joaquin Benoit? They need both guys and now if they don't sign they don't get a draft pick either.
(DetroitDale from Tallahassee (eternal spring training))
What relievers have ever made qualifying offer money? Rivera, and...Rivera. Papelbon, almost. Benoit is good, but he's not going to get that on the open market. I agree that there was a more compelling case to make for extending the QO to Infante. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just wondering if there's any hope for Ryan Raburn or Sean Rodriguez now. I thought they were great MI sleepers in April.
(Francisco from Toronto)
Raburn's BABIP is only .225 where's he's been comfortably over .300 in previous seasons. He appears to be walking and striking out at about the same rate as last season, but he wasn't really that valuable last season. I'd want to check out his approach a little bit more closely to see what's changed, but unless his bat speed is totally gone, he'll probably be better in the second half. But he won't be so much better that the Tigers will regret getting Omar Infante.

Sean Rodirguez just isn't that good a hitter. The problem this year is he's walking less than last season (and his BABIP in 2010 hasn't been repeated), but he could still be useful as super-sub reserve in real life. In fantasy, I don't see it. (Dan Turkenkopf)
2010-10-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give me a good reason why Omar Infante should not be the Braves' starting shortstop next year? He can field, and he's proved he can hit at least as well as your garden-variety Jeter.
(John from Atlanta)
Because the Braves have plenty of experience with Infante breaking down, the ability to notice that A-Gonz has had his own failings health-wise, and there aren't a lot of great options to pick from on the open market. I think it's great that the Braves have a nice stack at shortstop already set aside, because look at how many clubs are short at short. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-07-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)NL All-Stars: Omar Infante vs. Joey Votto - discuss.
(GBSimons from Boise, ID)
The internet has already expressed its displeasure at the pick, so I don't have much to add. However, if we're going to blame someone, we should blame Bud Selig instead of Charlie Manuel, since MLB apparently decreed that a utility player must be present for each side.

Chinese food is here--I'll tip well. It's hot out there. (Ben Lindbergh)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, how do the Braves fix their absolute mess of an outfield, now and down the road?
(steveomd from Ohio)
Start by pulling the ol' switcheroo the next time the traveling secretary hands out plane tickets to Jeff Francoeur and Garret Anderson, maybe something along the lines of a flight to Tijuana via Nova Scotia.

I'd start with the assumption that McLouth should be playing a corner position (does he have the arm for right?), platoon Gregor Blanco and Omar Infante in center, at least until you're satisfied Schafer is ready, and try to find a lefty bat that can match with Matt Diaz in left. And look forward to the day when Jason Heyward is ready (two years?). (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameSeriously, look at the NL's bullpen - can someone explain to me how Omar Infante is one of the five least-deserving All-Stars? (Colin Wyers)
 

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