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Steve Sparks PTigers

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
9 1319.7 59 76 3 658 4.88 4.5
Birth Date7-2-1965
Height6' 0"
Weight187 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
1995 MIL 29 33 27 202.0 183.0 19.0 9 11 0 0 11 8 875 210 111 104 17 313 86 85 5 96 4.63 4.64 5.69 8.5 0.8
1996 MIL 30 20 13 88.7 77.0 11.7 4 7 0 0 5 1 406 103 66 65 19 188 52 52 3 21 6.60 7.42 8.79 -13.2 -1.3
1998 ANA 32 22 20 128.7 121.7 7.0 9 4 0 0 12 3 562 130 66 62 14 202 58 58 5 90 4.34 4.71 5.21 8.5 1.2
1999 ANA 33 28 26 147.7 145.0 2.7 5 11 0 0 10 0 688 165 101 89 21 265 82 82 9 73 5.42 5.91 6.74 -3.9 0.2
2000 DET 34 20 15 104.0 97.3 6.7 7 5 1 0 8 1 446 108 55 47 7 163 29 29 4 53 4.07 4.03 5.28 6.5 0.6
2001 DET 35 35 33 232.0 230.7 1.3 14 9 0 0 20 1 982 244 110 94 22 373 64 63 6 116 3.65 4.24 5.01 17.6 2.1
2002 DET 36 32 30 189.0 180.7 8.3 8 16 0 0 16 2 868 238 134 116 23 378 67 64 12 98 5.52 4.86 5.29 10.0 1.6
2003 DET 37 42 0 89.7 0.0 89.7 0 6 2 4 2 0 386 95 57 47 11 153 34 30 3 49 4.72 4.83 5.19 4.0 0.4
2003 OAK 37 9 0 17.3 0.0 17.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 74 19 11 11 2 28 3 3 0 5 5.71 4.54 5.84 -0.8 -0.1
2004 ARI 38 29 18 120.7 102.0 18.7 3 7 0 0 5 3 545 139 89 81 18 230 45 43 5 57 6.04 5.19 6.46 -12.1 -1.1
Career2701821319.71137.3182.35976348919583214518007161542293520509526584.884.955.7925.04.5

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1987 HEL Rk 10 9 57.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 BLT A 25 24 164.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 STO A+ 23 22 164.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 STO A+ 19 19 129.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 ELP AA 7 6 30.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 STO A+ 24 24 179.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 ELP AA 4 4 17.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 ELP AA 28 22 140.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 NWO AAA 29 28 180.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 NWO AAA 28 27 183.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 MIL MLB 33 27 202.0 5.69 90 .258 .275 .346 .435 .270 .288 101 8.5 0.8 8.5 0.8
1996 MIL MLB 20 13 88.7 8.79 35 .304 .273 .346 .434 .266 .270 98 -13.2 -1.3 -13.2 -1.3
1996 NWO AAA 11 10 57.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 ANA MLB 22 20 128.7 5.21 93 .261 .274 .344 .436 .269 .294 96 8.2 0.8 8.5 1.2
1998 MID AA 7 7 40.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 VAN AAA 4 4 28.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 ANA MLB 28 26 147.7 6.74 67 .289 .275 .348 .447 .267 .286 95 -5.1 -0.5 -3.9 0.2
2000 DET MLB 20 15 104.0 5.28 93 .239 .278 .347 .448 .265 .286 92 6.5 0.6 6.5 0.6
2000 TOL AAA 16 14 90.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 DET MLB 35 33 232.0 5.01 97 .253 .271 .337 .439 .265 .287 99 16.8 1.7 17.6 2.1
2002 DET MLB 32 30 189.0 5.29 89 .298 .266 .333 .430 .266 .322 98 11.0 1.1 10.0 1.6
2003 DET MLB 42 0 89.7 5.19 94 .273 .268 .332 .435 .264 .291 99 4.0 0.4 4.0 0.4
2003 OAK MLB 9 0 17.3 5.84 74 .255 .270 .325 .403 .255 .266 94 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2004 ARI MLB 29 18 120.7 6.46 61 .289 .264 .330 .425 .260 .288 99 -10.5 -1.0 -12.1 -1.1
2005 POR AAA 3 3 17.7 4.57 71 .226 .272 .339 .431 .275 .192 59 1.8 0.2 3.7 0.3
2005 SAC AAA 12 11 66.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -1.116 0.0 0.0 0.0 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
1987 HEL Rk 6 3 0 10 9 57.7 68 20 47 8 0% .000 10.6 3.1 1.2 7.3 1.53 4.68 0.0 0.0
1988 BLT A 9 13 0 25 24 164.0 162 51 96 8 0% .000 8.9 2.8 0.4 5.3 1.30 3.79 0.0 0.0
1989 STO A+ 13 5 0 23 22 164.0 125 53 126 6 0% .000 6.9 2.9 0.3 6.9 1.09 2.41 0.0 0.0
1990 ELP AA 1 2 0 7 6 30.3 43 15 17 4 0% .000 12.8 4.5 1.2 5.0 1.91 6.53 0.0 0.0
1990 STO A+ 10 7 0 19 19 129.3 136 31 77 4 0% .000 9.5 2.2 0.3 5.4 1.29 3.69 0.0 0.0
1991 ELP AA 1 2 0 4 4 17.0 30 9 10 1 0% .000 15.9 4.8 0.5 5.3 2.29 9.53 0.0 0.0
1991 STO A+ 9 10 0 24 24 179.7 160 98 139 4 0% .000 8.0 4.9 0.2 7.0 1.44 3.06 0.0 0.0
1992 ELP AA 9 8 1 28 22 140.7 159 50 79 11 0% .000 10.2 3.2 0.7 5.1 1.49 5.37 0.0 0.0
1993 NWO AAA 9 13 0 29 28 180.3 174 80 104 17 0% .000 8.7 4.0 0.8 5.2 1.41 3.84 0.0 0.0
1994 NWO AAA 10 12 0 28 27 183.7 183 68 105 23 0% .000 9.0 3.3 1.1 5.1 1.37 4.46 0.0 0.0
1995 MIL MLB 9 11 0 33 27 202.0 210 86 96 17 48% .288 9.4 3.8 0.8 4.3 1.47 4.63 8.5 0.8
1996 MIL MLB 4 7 0 20 13 88.7 103 52 21 19 45% .270 10.5 5.3 1.9 2.1 1.75 6.60 -13.2 -1.3
1996 NWO AAA 2 6 0 11 10 57.7 64 35 27 8 0% .000 10.0 5.5 1.2 4.2 1.72 4.99 0.0 0.0
1998 ANA MLB 9 4 0 22 20 128.7 130 58 90 14 44% .294 9.1 4.1 1.0 6.3 1.46 4.34 8.5 1.2
1998 VAN AAA 0 4 0 4 4 28.0 23 6 19 2 0% .000 7.4 1.9 0.6 6.1 1.04 2.89 0.0 0.0
1998 MID AA 0 4 0 7 7 40.7 49 15 34 3 0% .000 10.8 3.3 0.7 7.5 1.57 7.08 0.0 0.0
1999 ANA MLB 5 11 0 28 26 147.7 165 82 73 21 44% .286 10.1 5.0 1.3 4.4 1.67 5.42 -3.9 0.2
2000 DET MLB 7 5 1 20 15 104.0 108 29 53 7 52% .286 9.3 2.5 0.6 4.6 1.32 4.07 6.5 0.6
2000 TOL AAA 5 7 0 16 14 90.7 86 41 44 8 0% .000 8.5 4.1 0.8 4.4 1.40 3.77 0.0 0.0
2001 DET MLB 14 9 0 35 33 232.0 244 64 116 22 57% .287 9.5 2.5 0.9 4.5 1.33 3.65 17.6 2.1
2002 DET MLB 8 16 0 32 30 189.0 238 67 98 23 55% .322 11.3 3.2 1.1 4.7 1.61 5.52 10.0 1.6
2003 DET MLB 0 6 2 42 0 89.7 95 34 49 11 48% .291 9.5 3.4 1.1 4.9 1.44 4.72 4.0 0.4
2003 OAK MLB 0 0 0 9 0 17.3 19 3 5 2 58% .266 9.9 1.6 1.0 2.6 1.27 5.71 -0.8 -0.1
2004 ARI MLB 3 7 0 29 18 120.7 139 45 57 18 43% .288 10.4 3.4 1.3 4.3 1.52 6.04 -12.1 -1.1
2005 POR AAA 2 0 0 3 3 17.7 15 6 9 1 46% .192 7.6 3.1 0.5 4.6 1.19 2.03 3.7 0.3
2005 SAC AAA 5 5 0 12 11 66.0 87 26 31 10 0% -1.116 11.9 3.5 1.4 4.2 1.71 6.95 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
1997-03-24 1997-09-29 60-DL 189 161 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 1997-06-12 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2004 ARI $500,000
2003 DET, OAK $4,500,000
2002 DET $3,000,000
2001 DET $625,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$8,625,000
4 yrTotal$8,625,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 144 d

Details
  • Triple-A 4/05 signed as a free agent from AZ 1/05 (minor-league contract)
  • 1 year/$0.5M (04) contract purchased 9/03 assigned Double-A 8/03 signed as a free agent from DET 8/03 designated for assignment 8/03
  • 2 year/$8M (02-03)+$5M 04 club option $0.5M buyout
  • 02:$3M, 03:$4.5M
  • 1 year/$0.65M (01)

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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: NL Spring Job BattlesPeter Schoenke2006-03-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Game of the Week: St. Louis Cardinals @ Kansas City Royals, 5/22/05Jonah Keri2005-05-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 29-April 4, 2005Christina Kahrl2005-04-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Wests, etc.Christina Kahrl2005-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessAre Knuckleballers Easy to Relieve?: ...And Other Pressing Issues of Our TimeMichael Wolverton2004-07-14
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Spring Job BattlesJoe Sheehan2004-03-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Roundtable: Top 50 Prospects, Part IVBaseball Prospectus2004-02-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The WestsBaseball Prospectus2004-01-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 19-24Christina Kahrl2003-08-27
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Bad News in OaklandWill Carroll2003-08-25
Prospectus Triple Play: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Detroit TigersBaseball Prospectus2003-06-05
This article requires BP Premium accessBreaking Balls: Roger Clemens and the Historic No-DecisionDerek Zumsteg2003-06-02
Prospectus Triple Play: Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue JaysBaseball Prospectus2003-05-23
Prospectus Triple Play: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Detroit TigersBaseball Prospectus2003-04-24
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: www.reallygoodrighthandedpitchers.comJoe Sheehan2003-04-10


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