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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
9 1186 .214 .289 .394 .239 0.1
Birth Date10-3-1977
Height6' 3"
Weight220 lbs
BatsL
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
2000 DET 22 3 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -.007 -1.6 0.1 -0.1
2001 DET 23 17 69 66 4 10 3 1 1 18 3 21 0 0 0 6 0 1 .152 .188 .273 .153 -7.4 -1.0 -0.8
2002 DET 24 18 67 59 3 11 0 0 2 17 6 11 1 1 0 5 0 0 .186 .269 .288 .208 -3.4 0.1 -0.3
2003 DET 25 99 357 313 28 75 9 0 18 138 35 61 1 7 1 50 3 0 .240 .312 .441 .270 17.2 -11.1 0.6
2004 DET 26 109 357 321 36 68 14 2 19 143 29 90 6 0 1 49 1 1 .212 .289 .445 .248 6.6 4.6 1.1
2005 TBA 27 11 24 18 2 3 1 0 0 4 4 3 1 1 0 2 0 0 .167 .333 .222 .210 -1.4 -0.1 -0.2
2006 HOU 28 53 156 141 10 28 6 0 5 49 11 32 3 1 0 19 0 0 .199 .269 .348 .216 -1.3 -0.7 -0.2
2007 HOU 29 50 150 132 14 31 4 0 4 47 16 15 0 2 0 15 0 0 .235 .313 .356 .234 0.4 -0.0 0.0
2009 OAK 31 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .016 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
Career3611186105697226373494161042341212214742.214.289.394.2398.9-8.10.1

Advanced

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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
1999 WMI A 0 298 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .277 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 LAK A+ 0 7 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 DET MLB 3 5 -.007 .284 .354 .440 .273 .000 90 -1.6 0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.0 -1.6 -0.1 -1.6 -0.1
2000 JAX AA 0 422 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .303 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 DET MLB 17 69 .153 .261 .330 .412 .255 .205 100 -8.1 1.9 -1.3 -1.0 -0.1 -7.4 -0.8 -7.4 -0.8
2001 ERI AA 142 620 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DET MLB 18 67 .208 .259 .319 .418 .256 .191 99 -3.7 1.8 -1.2 0.1 -0.2 -3.4 -0.3 -3.4 -0.3
2002 TOL AAA 136 569 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .298 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DET MLB 99 357 .270 .261 .326 .418 .259 .237 97 3.8 9.7 1.4 -11.1 1.1 17.2 0.6 17.2 0.6
2004 DET MLB 109 357 .248 .272 .336 .434 .260 .231 103 -4.7 10.6 1.2 4.6 -1.1 6.6 1.1 6.6 1.1
2005 TBA MLB 11 24 .210 .268 .321 .430 .261 .188 102 -1.3 0.7 -0.2 -0.1 -0.6 -1.4 -0.2 -1.4 -0.2
2005 DUR AAA 100 425 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .303 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 HOU MLB 53 156 .216 .267 .334 .429 .263 .219 96 -7.7 4.7 2 -0.7 -1.2 -1.3 -0.2 -1.3 -0.2
2006 ROU AAA 9 37 .291 .245 .311 .378 .243 .231 91 1.6 1.4 -0.2 -0.4 0.0 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2
2007 HOU MLB 50 150 .234 .261 .330 .409 .257 .235 102 -4.4 4.5 2.4 -0.0 -0.3 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2007 ROU AAA 50 201 .304 .278 .345 .435 .263 .318 97 9.8 6.0 1.3 -0.1 -1.0 17.3 1.7 17.3 1.7
2008 NAS AAA 27 102 .196 .267 .344 .424 .257 .217 104 -7.3 3.1 -0.4 -0.4 -1.2 -5.6 -0.6 -5.6 -0.6
2009 OAK MLB 1 1 .016 .267 .337 .479 .274 .000 98 -0.3 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2009 SAC AAA 99 415 .296 .274 .343 .427 .273 .299 90 16.2 12.3 3.4 -1.3 1.0 29.8 2.8 29.8 2.8
2010 POR AAA 47 165 .273 .274 .346 .413 .259 .217 89 2.4 4.9 -1.9 -1.9 -0.2 6.3 0.4 6.3 0.4

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
1999 LAK A+ 7 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .333 .429 .333 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 WMI A 298 42 67 16 1 14 44 37 47 3 1 .266 .379 .504 .238 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 JAX AA 422 52 92 21 4 15 68 39 96 5 2 .252 .353 .455 .203 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 DET MLB 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.007 -1.6 0.1 -0.1
2001 ERI AA 620 88 135 35 1 26 102 84 141 0 3 .260 .375 .482 .222 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 DET MLB 69 4 10 3 1 1 6 3 21 0 1 .152 .188 .273 .121 .153 -7.4 -1.0 -0.8
2002 TOL AAA 569 77 125 30 4 24 84 77 114 1 3 .262 .373 .493 .231 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DET MLB 67 3 11 0 0 2 5 6 11 0 0 .186 .269 .288 .102 .208 -3.4 0.1 -0.3
2003 DET MLB 357 28 75 9 0 18 50 35 61 3 0 .240 .312 .441 .201 .270 17.2 -11.1 0.6
2004 DET MLB 357 36 68 14 2 19 49 29 90 1 1 .212 .289 .445 .234 .248 6.6 4.6 1.1
2005 DUR AAA 425 67 109 22 0 25 71 38 81 1 1 .285 .352 .539 .254 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TBA MLB 24 2 3 1 0 0 2 4 3 0 0 .167 .333 .222 .056 .210 -1.4 -0.1 -0.2
2006 ROU AAA 37 6 8 1 0 2 8 3 4 0 0 .250 .351 .469 .219 .291 2.3 -0.4 0.2
2006 HOU MLB 156 10 28 6 0 5 19 11 32 0 0 .199 .269 .348 .149 .216 -1.3 -0.7 -0.2
2007 HOU MLB 150 14 31 4 0 4 15 16 15 0 0 .235 .313 .356 .121 .234 0.4 -0.0 0.0
2007 ROU AAA 201 28 49 18 0 7 26 24 34 1 1 .283 .374 .509 .225 .304 17.3 -0.1 1.7
2008 NAS AAA 102 7 14 5 0 1 12 14 24 0 1 .165 .297 .259 .094 .196 -5.6 -0.4 -0.6
2009 SAC AAA 415 50 93 22 2 13 68 54 71 0 1 .265 .367 .450 .185 .296 29.8 -1.3 2.8
2009 OAK MLB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .016 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
2010 POR AAA 165 14 27 3 0 7 20 26 35 0 1 .201 .352 .381 .179 .273 6.3 -1.9 0.4

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
2009 4 0.7500 0.7500 0.6667 1.0000 0.0000 0.6667 0.3333
Career40.750.750.6667100.666700.3333

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-06-17 2010-07-03 Minors 16 0 Not Disclosed -
2010-04-20 2010-04-27 Minors 7 0 Right Foot Contusion -
2005-06-30 2005-08-03 15-DL 34 28 Trunk Contusion Ribs -
2003-08-12 2003-09-29 60-DL 48 46 Left Thumb Fracture Thumb -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 SDN $525,000
2007 HOU $425,000
2004 DET $1,475,500
2003 DET $1,700,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$4,125,500
4 yrTotal$4,125,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 82 d

Details
  • signed as a free agent from OAK 2/25/10 (minor-league contract)
  • sent outright to Triple-A 10/8/09 contract purchased 9/11/09 signed as a free agent from MIL 3/27/09 (minor-league contract)
  • sent outright to Triple-A 3/26/08 re-signed 12/11/07 (avoided arbitration), 1 year/$0.525M (08)
  • claimed off waivers from HOU 10/15/07
  • contract purchased 6/2/07
  • 1 year/$0.425M (07) sent outright to Triple-A 10/06 contract purchased 9/06 designated for assignment, sent sent outright to Triple-A 8/06 contract purchased 4/06 signed as a free agent from TB 12/05 (minor-league contract)
  • sent outright to Triple-A 8/05 contract purchased 6/05 signed as a free agent from TB 4/05 (minor-league contract) released 3/05 signed as a free agent from DET 1/05 (minor-league contract) non-tendered 12/04 re-signed 2/03, 1 year/$1.4755M (04)
  • 1 year/$1.7M (03)
  • recalled 9/02 optioned to Triple-A 3/02 recalled 9/01
  • signed guaranteed 4 year/$6.75M contract (99-02) incl $3.5M signing bonus, in `99
  • must stick in majors in spring 03

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Rangers really screw up by not trading one of Salty, Ramirez and Teagarden when their values were all high?
(rwinter from Boston)
In the sense that they didn’t trade prospects who flopped, sure. You could say that about every team and every prospect who flopped. Did the Angels err in not trading Brandon Wood when he was a top-10 prospect? In retrospect, of course, but there was no way of knowing that.

The fact that all three of those players flopped in their own ways supports the decision to keep all of them, though, instead of treating them as depth. Catchers have a brutal attrition rate. Baseball America’s top 100 in 2000 included six catchers: Eric Munson, Ben Petrick, Matt LeCroy, Jayson Werth (Orioles), Steve Lomasney, Ryan Christianson. In 2001: Joe Lawrence, Dane Sardinha, Brandon Inge, J.R. House. In 2002: Mauer, Josh Phelps, House, John Buck, Werth (Blue Jays), Victor Martinez. In 2003: Mauer, Martinez, Jeff Mathis, Justin Huber, Buck.

In 2007, when the Rangers had to make this decision, Kevin Goldstein ranked the catchers in the minors. He named 17 players. These are the 17:

Jeff Clement
Bryan Anderson
J.R. Towles
Teagarden
Hank Conger
John Jaso
Ramirez
Nick Hundley
Tony Recker
Jesus Montero
Brett Hayes
Francisco Hernandez
Lou Palmisano
Landon Powell
Shawn Riggans
Jamie Skelton
Brian Jeroloman

Out of those 17, there are basically one and a half every day catchers, maaaaaaybe another one in Hank Conger, and a DH. We thought the Rangers had three catchers, plus Gerald Laird. In fact, they had Gerald Laird.

Also:
2007 Baseball Prospectus Annual: “When Teagarden is behind the dish, he’s one of the top defensive catchers around. If he can stay there, he’s Mickey Tettleton with defensive chops.”
2008 Baseball Prospectus Annual: “If you want to get really dreamy and optimistic, think Mickey Tettleton with Gold Glove-level skills, and you get the picture.”

This is why comps are the best/worst. (Sam Miller)


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