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Craig Paquette 3BCardinals

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
11 2766 .239 .274 .411 .234 -2.2
Birth Date3-28-1969
Height6' 0"
Weight190 lbs
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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
1993 OAK 24 105 409 393 35 86 20 4 12 150 14 108 0 1 1 46 4 2 .219 .245 .382 .221 -2.1 -0.7 -0.3
1994 OAK 25 14 50 49 0 7 2 0 0 9 0 14 0 0 1 0 1 0 .143 .143 .184 .131 -5.0 0.5 -0.4
1995 OAK 26 105 304 283 42 64 13 1 13 118 12 88 1 5 3 49 5 2 .226 .256 .417 .231 2.5 -10.5 -0.8
1996 KCA 27 118 462 429 61 111 15 1 22 194 23 101 2 5 3 67 5 3 .259 .296 .452 .260 12.3 0.1 1.2
1997 KCA 28 77 267 252 26 58 15 1 8 99 10 57 2 2 1 33 2 2 .230 .263 .393 .224 -2.4 -0.4 -0.3
1998 NYN 29 7 19 19 3 5 2 0 0 7 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 .263 .263 .368 .164 -1.3 -0.3 -0.2
1999 SLN 30 48 166 157 21 45 6 0 10 81 6 38 0 2 1 37 1 0 .287 .309 .516 .259 4.5 0.5 0.5
2000 SLN 31 134 420 384 47 94 24 2 15 167 27 83 2 6 1 61 4 3 .245 .294 .435 .244 3.0 -2.8 0.0
2001 SLN 32 123 370 340 47 96 17 0 15 158 18 67 5 2 5 64 3 1 .282 .326 .465 .265 8.6 -4.7 0.4
2002 DET 33 72 266 252 20 49 14 1 4 77 10 53 0 3 1 20 1 0 .194 .223 .306 .186 -14.9 -2.5 -1.8
2003 DET 34 11 33 33 2 5 0 0 0 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .152 .152 .152 .090 -5.6 -0.1 -0.6
Career81427662591304620128109910651206201226173772713.239.274.411.234-0.3-20.9-2.2

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
1989 SOR A- 71 310 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .364 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 MOD A+ 130 549 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .289 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 HUN AA 102 416 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .319 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 HUN AA 115 485 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .313 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 TAC AAA 17 68 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 OAK MLB 105 409 .221 .264 .333 .402 .261 .270 97 -17.3 11.7 1.6 -0.7 0.2 -2.1 -0.3 -2.1 -0.3
1993 TAC AAA 50 200 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .339 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 OAK MLB 14 50 .131 .261 .334 .417 .262 .200 96 -7.2 1.5 0.2 0.5 0.5 -5.0 -0.4 -5.0 -0.4
1994 TAC AAA 55 267 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .294 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 OAK MLB 105 304 .231 .265 .336 .421 .262 .273 96 -9.7 9.1 0.7 -10.5 1.3 2.5 -0.8 2.5 -0.8
1996 KCA MLB 118 462 .260 .277 .346 .443 .269 .286 98 -0.1 14.3 -1.9 0.1 0.0 12.3 1.2 12.3 1.2
1996 OMA AAA 18 72 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .378 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 KCA MLB 77 267 .224 .270 .335 .424 .263 .265 99 -10.5 7.4 1 -0.4 -0.4 -2.4 -0.3 -2.4 -0.3
1997 OMA AAA 0 97 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .403 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NYN MLB 7 19 .164 .273 .336 .429 .264 .385 94 -2 0.5 0 -0.3 0.1 -1.3 -0.2 -1.3 -0.2
1998 NOR AAA 0 62 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .311 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 SLN MLB 48 166 .259 .269 .340 .428 .260 .315 100 -0.2 4.5 -1.3 0.5 2.0 4.5 0.5 4.5 0.5
1999 NOR AAA 0 296 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .281 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SLN MLB 134 420 .244 .270 .344 .436 .261 .271 105 -7.9 11.6 -1.1 -2.8 -2.7 3.0 0.0 3.0 0.0
2001 SLN MLB 123 370 .265 .263 .328 .430 .260 .312 99 2 10.0 -2.4 -4.7 -1.9 8.6 0.4 8.6 0.4
2002 DET MLB 72 266 .186 .269 .332 .437 .268 .227 98 -20.9 7.1 -0.7 -2.5 1.6 -14.9 -1.8 -14.9 -1.8
2003 DET MLB 11 33 .090 .258 .320 .415 .255 .179 94 -6.1 0.9 -0.4 -0.1 0.1 -5.6 -0.6 -5.6 -0.6
2003 MEM AAA 11 52 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .351 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
1989 SOR A- 310 53 93 22 3 14 56 30 46 9 4 .336 .405 .588 .253 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 MOD A+ 549 65 118 23 4 15 59 47 123 8 5 .238 .308 .392 .154 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 HUN AA 416 50 99 18 1 8 60 28 87 0 5 .262 .316 .378 .116 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 TAC AAA 68 10 18 7 0 2 11 2 16 3 1 .273 .294 .470 .197 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 HUN AA 485 59 116 25 4 17 71 29 118 13 10 .258 .305 .444 .187 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 TAC AAA 200 29 49 8 0 8 29 14 54 3 3 .268 .323 .443 .175 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 OAK MLB 409 35 86 20 4 12 46 14 108 4 2 .219 .245 .382 .163 .221 -2.1 -0.7 -0.3
1994 TAC AAA 267 39 70 12 3 17 48 14 48 3 3 .286 .332 .567 .282 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 OAK MLB 50 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 14 1 0 .143 .143 .184 .041 .131 -5.0 0.5 -0.4
1995 OAK MLB 304 42 64 13 1 13 49 12 88 5 2 .226 .256 .417 .191 .231 2.5 -10.5 -0.8
1996 OMA AAA 72 9 21 3 0 4 13 8 14 1 0 .333 .408 .571 .238 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 KCA MLB 462 61 111 15 1 22 67 23 101 5 3 .259 .296 .452 .193 .260 12.3 0.1 1.2
1997 OMA AAA 97 9 28 6 0 3 20 6 26 0 2 .308 .351 .473 .165 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 KCA MLB 267 26 58 15 1 8 33 10 57 2 2 .230 .263 .393 .163 .224 -2.4 -0.4 -0.3
1998 NOR AAA 62 11 17 1 1 3 14 1 13 2 1 .279 .290 .475 .197 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NYN MLB 19 3 5 2 0 0 0 0 6 1 0 .263 .263 .368 .105 .164 -1.3 -0.3 -0.2
1999 NOR AAA 296 40 77 20 3 15 54 10 47 3 0 .272 .304 .523 .251 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 SLN MLB 166 21 45 6 0 10 37 6 38 1 0 .287 .309 .516 .229 .259 4.5 0.5 0.5
2000 SLN MLB 420 47 94 24 2 15 61 27 83 4 3 .245 .294 .435 .190 .244 3.0 -2.8 0.0
2001 SLN MLB 370 47 96 17 0 15 64 18 67 3 1 .282 .326 .465 .182 .265 8.6 -4.7 0.4
2002 DET MLB 266 20 49 14 1 4 20 10 53 1 0 .194 .223 .306 .111 .186 -14.9 -2.5 -1.8
2003 MEM AAA 52 3 13 1 0 0 4 2 12 0 0 .265 .294 .286 .020 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DET MLB 33 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 .152 .152 .152 .000 .090 -5.6 -0.1 -0.6

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
1998-05-07 1998-09-28 60-DL 144 132 Left Ankle Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2003 DET $2,625,000
2002 DET $2,125,000
2001 SLN $1,500,000
2000 SLN $595,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$6,845,000
4 yrTotal$6,845,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 129 d2 yr/$5M (02-03)+04 cl opt

Details
  • left Triple-A club 5/03 signed as a free agent from DET 5/03 (minor-league contract) released 4/03
  • 1 year/$1.5M (01)+$0.4M in poss bonuses, rejected 2 year/c$4M STL offer

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

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

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2003 It’s one thing to keep a guy like Craig Paquette hanging around if you’re a legend like Tony LaRussa and you can get away with playing guys out-of-position so that you can make numerous inscrutable lineup moves that confirm your genius. It’s quite another thing entirely if you’re an organization going nowhere and you have numerous marginal prospects that need a reasonable amount of playing time in order to be fairly evaluated. It’s yet another thing to enter a season with someone like Paquette penciled in as a regular at a power position like third base.
2002 As his defensive usefulness has declined, he's become a better hitter. In 2001, Paquette probably had his best season with the bat, but you still don't want him out there chewing up outs for more than a couple of hundred at-bats. He can play a corner-outfield or corner-infield spot pretty well, and he has a pretty dramatic reverse platoon split. The Tigers, who already have a few guys like this, signed Paquette.
2001 Craig Paquette is a more useful ballplayer than Dunston, primarily because he can still play the infield credibly. Paquette's plate discipline is non-existent, but that doesn't matter when you're a proven scrub who played under LaRussa in Oakland. Like Scott Hemond and Mike Gallego before him, Paquette has overcome the obstacle of having insufficient ability to perform.
2000 Paquette enjoyed a little bit of everything last year: a virus left him underweight and weak at Norfolk, followed by a stint as the starting first baseman for Team USA in the Pan Am Games. The Cardinals couldn't resist those credentials on top of his being another former LaRussian, trading Shawon Dunston to get him. In late August, he won three straight games with late-inning hits, and faster than you can say "Wonder Dog." a cult hero was born. The Cardinals goofed off with having Paquette work at second base in the instructional league. While he's a better bench player than McGee, if the Cards hand him 300 at-bats, they're in trouble.
1998 A year ago the Royals had in their employ Paquette and Kevin Young, who played better defense, knew the strike zone and had a far better track record in the minor leagues. They chose to keep Paquette. What Boone ever saw in him remains a mystery on a par with why other teams don’t emulate Leo Mazzone’s pitching regimen. He’s taken his share of the blame for such a disappointing season, so with any luck he won’t rear his head in Kansas City again.
1997 Led the Royals in homers, more an indication of the team’s lack of power than any ability on Paquette’s part. He was touted as a great find by the Royals, but he had a 101-23 strikeout-to-walk ratio and is an awkward fielder. All you need to know about Bob Boone is that he started Paquette at shortstop six times last year, rather than move Offerman back there. Hit .312 with a .885 OPS against left-handers last year, and would have genuine value as a platoon player. Chances are, though, he’ll be used more than his abilities dictate.
1996  Has a great defensive rep, and LaRussa even ran him out to short a few times last year. Doesn't walk, won't hit for a huge average, has some pop in the bat. Good be a good platoon partner for someone in another organization. Absolutely crushes mediocre high fastballs from left-handers, but is that really a rare skill?

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
BP Unfiltered: A Collection of Third Basemen Useful for Your Next Yankees JokeSam Miller2012-12-05
The BP Wayback Machine: How to Read a Box ScoreKeith Scherer2011-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTaking One for the Team: When Does it Make Sense to Sacrifice?, Part 2James Click2004-05-10
Baseball Prospectus Basics: How to Read a Box ScoreKeith Scherer2004-02-25
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: DiSar Awards UpdateJoe Sheehan2003-08-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: June 10-15Christina Kahrl2003-06-19
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Technically SpeakingWill Carroll2003-05-13
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: April 24-30, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-05-03
Box Lunch: The Week in Box Scores, April 14-20Keith Scherer2003-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Forwarding a StereotypeJoe Sheehan2003-04-14
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: AL Central PreviewJoe Sheehan2003-03-26
Transaction Analysis: January 24-February 9, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-02-13
Prospectus Feature: Freely Available TalentDayn Perry2002-12-12
Transaction Analysis: September 4-10, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-09-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: June 9-10, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-06-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 16-19, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-05-22
Transaction Analysis: April 25-29, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-05-01
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: Day BaseballJoe Sheehan2002-04-24
Transaction Analysis: April 7-8, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-10
6-4-3: Noises from the FeedbagGary Huckabay2002-04-05
Prospectus Feature: American League PredictionsBaseball Prospectus2002-03-31
From The Mailbag: Free Erubiel Durazo!Baseball Prospectus2001-05-02


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