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Portrait of Mitch Meluskey

Mitch Meluskey CAstros

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
5 493 .283 .386 .449 .269 2
Birth Date9-18-1973
Height6' 0"
Weight185 lbs
BatsB
ThrowsR
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
1998 HOU 24 8 9 8 1 2 1 0 0 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .333 .375 .210 -0.3 -0.0 -0.0
1999 HOU 25 10 38 33 4 7 1 0 1 11 5 6 0 0 0 3 1 0 .212 .316 .333 .211 -1.2 0.1 -0.1
2000 HOU 26 117 400 337 47 101 21 0 14 164 55 74 4 3 1 69 1 0 .300 .401 .487 .280 22.9 -1.5 2.0
2002 DET 28 8 34 27 3 6 0 0 0 6 5 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 .222 .353 .222 .244 2.0 -0.2 0.2
2003 HOU 29 12 12 9 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 .111 .250 .222 .196 -0.4 0.0 -0.0
Career155493414561172401518668895517520.283.386.449.26923.0-1.62.0

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
1992 BNC Rk 43 157 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CGA A 101 392 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .296 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 KIN A+ 100 376 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .289 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 KIN A+ 8 31 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 KIS A+ 78 295 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .233 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 KIS A+ 74 267 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .371 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 JAC AA 38 155 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .378 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 JAC AA 0 275 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .362 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 NWO AAA 0 198 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 HOU MLB 8 9 .210 .238 .286 .343 .223 .500 99 -0.5 0.2 0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
1998 NWO AAA 0 485 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .383 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 HOU MLB 10 38 .211 .270 .334 .428 .257 .231 97 -2.2 1.0 0.7 0.1 -0.3 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2000 HOU MLB 117 400 .280 .267 .342 .433 .259 .345 109 9.6 11.0 7.2 -1.5 -1.4 22.9 2.0 22.9 2.0
2002 DET MLB 8 34 .244 .254 .326 .408 .260 .240 96 -0.6 0.9 0.6 -0.2 -0.2 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2003 HOU MLB 12 12 .196 .252 .319 .409 .253 .125 100 -0.8 0.3 0 0.0 0.2 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2003 ROU AA 13 55 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SAC AAA 4 16 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .182 0.0 0.0 0.0 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
1992 BNC Rk 157 23 29 7 0 3 16 29 36 3 0 .230 .374 .357 .127 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CGA A 392 36 84 18 3 3 47 35 69 1 1 .246 .319 .342 .096 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 KIN A+ 376 36 77 16 1 3 41 49 62 3 4 .241 .344 .326 .085 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 KIS A+ 295 23 56 18 1 3 31 27 33 3 0 .215 .289 .326 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 KIN A+ 31 5 7 5 0 0 2 2 9 0 0 .241 .290 .414 .172 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 KIS A+ 267 29 77 19 0 1 31 29 26 1 1 .333 .408 .429 .095 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 JAC AA 155 18 42 11 0 0 21 18 24 0 0 .313 .396 .396 .082 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 NWO AAA 198 22 43 7 0 3 21 25 38 0 0 .250 .348 .343 .093 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 JAC AA 275 49 82 18 0 14 46 31 39 1 3 .340 .422 .589 .249 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NWO AAA 485 76 140 41 0 17 71 85 59 2 0 .353 .470 .584 .232 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 HOU MLB 9 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 .250 .333 .375 .125 .210 -0.3 -0.0 -0.0
1999 HOU MLB 38 4 7 1 0 1 3 5 6 1 0 .212 .316 .333 .121 .211 -1.2 0.1 -0.1
2000 HOU MLB 400 47 101 21 0 14 69 55 74 1 0 .300 .401 .487 .187 .280 22.9 -1.5 2.0
2002 DET MLB 34 3 6 0 0 0 1 5 3 0 0 .222 .353 .222 .000 .244 2.0 -0.2 0.2
2003 ROU AA 55 5 13 2 0 1 6 5 9 1 0 .265 .333 .367 .102 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 HOU MLB 12 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 .111 .250 .222 .111 .196 -0.4 0.0 -0.0
2003 SAC AAA 16 0 2 2 0 0 4 1 3 0 0 .143 .200 .286 .143 .000 0.0 0.0 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
2002-04-21 2002-09-30 15-DL 162 145 Low Back Soreness -
2001-04-03 2001-10-08 60-DL 188 162 Right Shoulder Surgery 2001-04-08 -
2000-08-01 2000-08-19 15-DL 18 17 Right Shoulder Inflammation Biceps - -
1999-04-26 1999-10-10 60-DL 167 145 Right Shoulder Surgery 1999-05-12 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2002 DET $345,000
2001 DET $345,000
2000 HOU $215,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$905,000
3 yrTotal$905,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status

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
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2003 ďMr. PersonalityĒ has now played exactly 135 games in the past four seasons, drawing most of his salary while on the DL. In 2002, the reason was a lower back injury that initially didnít seem that serious. Outrighted by Detroit after the season, Meluskey hooked on with Oakland for a minor league contract. If the pugnacious and pugilistic former catcher can stay healthy, he has exactly the right skills (power plus excellent plate discipline) to prosper in the Athleticsí organization.
2002 The Meluskey trade nearly got Randy Smith fired, which is ironic in that it was one of the best gambles heís made as the Tigersí GM. Even with Meluskey out all year, the Tigers still got more production from their catchers than the Astros did from Brad Ausmus. Displaying the same arrogance and laziness that got him exiled from Houston, though, Meluskey wore out his welcome in Detroit almost as quickly as he did his shoulder. Even if he comes back healthy this spring, the Tigers donít have a spot for him behind the plate; if they did, it would go to Rob Fick, anyway. Expect a trade; donít expect the Tigers to get fair value.
2001 Mitch Meluskey avoided the serious shoulder problems that have plagued him throughout his career and was one of the best catchers in the league. But he also got into a fight with a teammate and came to symbolize the friction in the Astrosí clubhouse as they continued to underachieve. He threw out just 22% of base-stealers. For being a bad guy with a bad arm, he was traded to Detroit. He's one of the top three catchers in the AL.
2000 His much-anticipated rookie season ended after 33 at-bats, and while the Astros soldiered on, his absence was a big reason why they ranked just eighth in runs scored, after leading the league in 1998. Well, that and Derek Bell. The Astros are confident that heíll be ready to start the season, but he didnít exactly throw like Charles Johnson before surgery on his right shoulder. I think heíll be an above-average hitter, and the Astros really have no choice but to put up with his defense. What are they going to do, move him to first base?
1999 The Astros may have finally gotten back at the Indians for stealing Kenny Lofton from them when they dealt Lofton for Eddie Taubensee. In 1995, the Astros acquired Meluskey for a nondescript outfielder named Buck McNabb - and now Meluskey may be the best catching prospect in baseball. His offense has always been good, but the overwhelming consensus it that his defense made huge strides last year. For the Astros, with their All-World offense, to be able to replace one of their lightest bats with this stud is almost unfair. I expect him to finish 3rd or 4th in Rookie of the Year voting, and have better years after that.
1998 The Astros are very excited about his future: heís ready to hit major league pitching, and has shown a capacity to learn and work on his glovework. Initially, they expect that heíll play in Triple-A in í98, but itís in his power to change that.
1997 Heís a switch-hitting catcher with no power to speak of, but he does hit for average and walk a little. His bat will not support a position change, so heíll have to keep pace with Ramon Castro to play. I expect him to arrive in 1998 and have a career similar to Mike LaValliere.

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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Beware of Young CatchersPaul Sporer2013-04-17
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Loose Threads: Central DivisionJay Jaffe2012-04-02
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Vortices of Suck, Part IJay Jaffe2012-02-10
The BP Broadside: Questions, Predictions, Worries, Distractions, and Other Mysteries of Opening Day, National LeagueSteven Goldman2011-03-31
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Perspective: Goodbye, Old PalSteven Goldman2010-10-06
Prospectus Idol Entry: The Curious Case of Brandon Inge Battin'Ken Funck2009-06-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 10-15, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-03-17
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: January 12-February 6, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-02-11
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: October 13-November 19Christina Kahrl2003-11-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 25-September 21Christina Kahrl2003-09-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: February 19-24, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-02-27
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Team Health Report: Oakland AthleticsWill Carroll2003-02-11
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Transaction Analysis, The WestsChristina Kahrl2003-02-05
Transaction Analysis: September 28-November 10, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-11-15
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 16-19, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-05-22
Transaction Analysis: April 21-22, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-22
Transaction Analysis: April 18-20, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 19-25, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-03-27
My IBA Ballot: Our Staff Makes the CallKeith Law2000-10-25
My IBA Ballot: Our Staff Makes the CallKeith Woolner2000-10-24
My IBA Ballot: Our Staff Makes the CallMichael Wolverton2000-10-23


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