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Portrait of Shane Spencer

Shane Spencer LFYankees

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
7 1867 .262 .326 .428 .268 5.9
Birth Date2-20-1972
Height5' 11"
Weight210 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
1998 NYA 26 27 73 67 18 25 6 0 10 61 5 12 0 1 0 27 0 1 .373 .411 .910 .432 15.0 -0.7 1.4
1999 NYA 27 71 226 205 25 48 8 0 8 80 18 51 2 1 0 20 0 4 .234 .301 .390 .237 -2.5 -0.0 -0.2
2000 NYA 28 73 276 248 33 70 11 3 9 114 19 45 2 7 0 40 1 2 .282 .330 .460 .264 5.6 2.5 0.8
2001 NYA 29 80 311 283 40 73 14 2 10 121 21 58 4 3 0 46 4 1 .258 .315 .428 .276 12.9 4.0 1.7
2002 NYA 30 94 329 288 32 71 15 2 6 108 31 62 4 4 2 34 0 3 .247 .324 .375 .251 2.8 -1.6 0.1
2003 CLE 31 64 232 210 23 57 10 0 8 91 18 52 1 3 0 26 2 0 .271 .328 .433 .279 10.1 -0.5 0.9
2003 TEX 31 55 216 185 16 42 10 0 4 64 27 40 2 2 0 23 0 0 .227 .329 .346 .242 -0.3 -0.4 -0.1
2004 NYN 32 74 204 185 21 52 10 1 4 76 13 37 2 2 2 26 6 0 .281 .332 .411 .277 8.1 4.9 1.3
Career5381867167120843884859715152357172342421311.262.326.428.26851.68.15.9

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
1991 ONE A- 18 67 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .277 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 GRB A 83 297 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 GRB A 122 494 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TAM A+ 90 367 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 TAM A+ 134 573 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 NRW AA 126 528 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .263 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 COH AAA 9 37 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 COH AAA 0 527 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .249 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NYA MLB 27 73 .432 .278 .352 .461 .281 .326 95 13.8 2.0 -0.8 -0.7 0.6 15.0 1.4 15.0 1.4
1998 COH AAA 0 386 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .347 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 NYA MLB 71 226 .237 .275 .346 .440 .265 .272 96 -6 6.3 -1.9 -0.0 -3.3 -2.5 -0.2 -2.5 -0.2
1999 COH AAA 0 59 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 NYA MLB 73 276 .264 .277 .344 .445 .264 .303 92 1.4 7.8 -3.8 2.5 -2.2 5.6 0.8 5.6 0.8
2001 NYA MLB 80 311 .276 .267 .334 .429 .265 .289 95 5.4 8.5 -3.2 4.0 0.0 12.9 1.7 12.9 1.7
2001 COH AAA 49 201 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .248 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 NYA MLB 94 329 .251 .261 .330 .415 .260 .290 99 -3.1 8.8 -2.9 -1.6 -1.3 2.8 0.1 2.8 0.1
2003 CLE MLB 64 232 .279 .272 .334 .438 .267 .320 96 4.8 6.3 -2.7 -0.5 -0.5 10.1 0.9 10.1 0.9
2003 TEX MLB 55 216 .242 .257 .324 .410 .257 .266 107 -4.1 5.9 -1.7 -0.4 -0.2 -0.3 -0.1 -0.3 -0.1
2004 NYN MLB 74 204 .277 .255 .320 .411 .254 .329 92 3.8 6.1 -1.3 4.9 -0.1 8.1 1.3 8.1 1.3
2004 TAM A+ 3 10 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 COH AAA 15 57 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .353 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
1991 ONE A- 67 10 13 2 1 0 3 10 9 2 2 .245 .358 .321 .075 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 GRB A 297 43 74 10 2 3 27 33 37 8 2 .287 .373 .376 .089 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 GRB A 494 89 116 35 2 12 80 52 62 14 2 .269 .352 .443 .174 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TAM A+ 367 44 97 22 3 8 53 30 53 5 3 .290 .350 .446 .156 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 TAM A+ 573 87 150 31 3 16 88 61 60 14 8 .300 .382 .470 .170 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 COH AAA 37 7 11 4 0 3 6 5 5 0 1 .355 .459 .774 .419 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 NRW AA 528 70 114 19 0 29 89 68 99 4 2 .253 .356 .489 .236 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 COH AAA 527 78 109 34 4 30 86 71 105 0 2 .241 .349 .533 .292 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 COH AAA 386 66 110 29 1 18 67 41 59 1 3 .322 .399 .570 .249 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NYA MLB 73 18 25 6 0 10 27 5 12 0 1 .373 .411 .910 .537 .432 15.0 -0.7 1.4
1999 COH AAA 59 17 18 2 0 2 10 9 8 0 0 .360 .458 .520 .160 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 NYA MLB 226 25 48 8 0 8 20 18 51 0 4 .234 .301 .390 .156 .237 -2.5 -0.0 -0.2
2000 NYA MLB 276 33 70 11 3 9 40 19 45 1 2 .282 .330 .460 .177 .264 5.6 2.5 0.8
2001 COH AAA 201 17 40 10 1 3 14 23 21 4 1 .231 .328 .353 .121 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 NYA MLB 311 40 73 14 2 10 46 21 58 4 1 .258 .315 .428 .170 .276 12.9 4.0 1.7
2002 NYA MLB 329 32 71 15 2 6 34 31 62 0 3 .247 .324 .375 .128 .251 2.8 -1.6 0.1
2003 CLE MLB 232 23 57 10 0 8 26 18 52 2 0 .271 .328 .433 .162 .279 10.1 -0.5 0.9
2003 TEX MLB 216 16 42 10 0 4 23 27 40 0 0 .227 .329 .346 .119 .242 -0.3 -0.4 -0.1
2004 NYN MLB 204 21 52 10 1 4 26 13 37 6 0 .281 .332 .411 .130 .277 8.1 4.9 1.3
2004 TAM A+ 10 0 4 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 .444 .500 .444 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 COH AAA 57 6 12 3 0 0 4 7 14 1 0 .250 .368 .312 .062 .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
2004-07-23 2004-08-07 15-DL 15 13 Right Foot Laceration -
2001-04-02 2001-04-29 15-DL 27 24 Right Knee Recovery From Surgery ACL - -
2000-07-10 2000-10-27 60-DL 109 78 Right Knee Surgery ACL - -
1999-07-03 1999-07-27 15-DL 24 20 - General Medical Cardiovascular Atrial Fibrillation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2004 NYN $537,500
2003 CLE, TEX $900,000
2002 NYA $885,000
2001 NYA $320,000
2000 NYA $250,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$2,892,500
5 yrTotal$2,892,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 49 d

Details
  • signed as a free agent from NYM 8/04 (minor-league contract), 1 year/$0.5375M (04) designated for assignment 7/04 contract purchased 4/04 signed as a free agent from TX 1/04 (minor-league contract)
  • FA 10/03 after clearing waivers
  • acquired in trade from CLE 7/03
  • USAT 03 tot comp:$0.6M
  • signed as a free agent from NYY 1/03, 1 year/$0.9M (03)
  • avoided arbitration 1/02 ($1.2M - $750K) 1 year/$0.885M (02)+$90K in bonuses

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
2005 The rules are different when you're a marginal player. Spencer, whose rope-the-lefty act had made him a decent living in the majors since 1998, was arrested twice last year on alcohol-related charges. The second arrest, a DUI incident while he was on the DL in July, pushed the Mets to release him two weeks later. Now, he's off to Japan. Suffice to say that the level of disdain baseball's front offices have for this type of thing is inversely proportional to a player's VORP.
2003 Now a free agent with bad wheels, Spencer has had his Hank Bauer moments, and just as Bauer had to, Spencer gets to take the next step: the ignominy of playing baseball in the non-Yankee portion of the universe. He may not even have the bat speed to maim lefties anymore, so hes close to the end. Signed by Cleveland, where he should stick.
2002 What you see is what you get: the right-handed half of a pretty good outfield platoon, probably with John Vander Wal. Spencer will catch the balls hit to him, give you some reasonable pop in the lineup, particularly against lefties, and hit somewhere around league average. If a team is giving him 200-300 at-bats per year in good spots, that's a good sign. If they're giving him 80, or 500, that's a bad sign.
2001 Shane Spencer got the regular playing time he'd long wanted and proved that he's not cut out for a starting job. He was providing inadequate offense before blowing out a knee in June. With Glenallen Hill--a better version of Spencer--on board, it's hard to see Spencer contributing very much to the 2001 Yankees.
2000 A year removed from his magical September, Spencer suffered through a difficult season. The inability of Zimmer and Torre to commit to either him or Ledee, or even to a strict platoon, made it difficult for either player to establish himself. Then, in the middle of a minor hot streak, Spencer had to sit down when we was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. He was healthy at the end of the year, and his outlook is the same: he can be a useful platoon left fielder and DH.
1999 Can play Ron Roenicke to Ricky Ledee's John Lowenstein, and become a cult hero by doing so. Spencer is not going to have a long career-his skills are walks and power, and he's pretty slow. Players like that are valuable, but tend to fade in their early 30s. But for the next few years, he's a cheap power source. Unless the Yankees sign Albert Belle, and then he's screwed like the rest of them.
1998 Spencer is built like Matt Stairs, without the really ugly mustache. Hes a low-average slugger in the Pete Incaviglia/Rob Deer mode, playing defense more like Inky than the Duce. Spencer could be part of a cheap DH platoon with a comparable left-handed hitter (Roberto Petagine? Warren Newson?). The signing of Chili Davis takes away his opportunity.
1997 Spencer continued to build on his good 1995. Hes a stocky guy with no speed but real power. As a corner outfielder with one trick, hell need to improve the trick or the defense. A big 1997 would help.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: Notable AL Minor-League Free Agent SigneesAdam Sobsey2013-03-13
Baseball ProGUESTus: A Salute to Small Sample SizeChad Finn2012-05-22
The BP First Take: Monday, February 13Daniel Rathman2012-02-13
The Lineup Card: 11 Times Small Sample Sizes Steered Us WrongBaseball Prospectus2012-02-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Return of the Up-the-MiddlemenJay Jaffe2011-04-27
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayer Profile: Alexei RamirezMarc Normandin2008-10-02
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayer Profile: Alexei RamirezEric Seidman2008-10-02
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Sunday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-09-21
Prospectus Today: Putting the Right Pegs in the Right HolesJoe Sheehan2008-02-20
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Joe Torre in a BoxSteven Goldman2007-10-22
Every Given Sunday: Youth and Age, Both Will Be ServedJohn Perrotto2007-04-29
Future Shock: Where the Cardinals Came FromKevin Goldstein2006-10-19
Future Shock: Short Term Impact, NLKevin Goldstein2006-09-15
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: 40-40, and 20Jim Baker2005-09-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Chasing Two AwardsJoe Sheehan2005-08-17
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: The Graying of the GameNate Silver2005-05-11
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 1-2Christina Kahrl2004-08-04
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: July 19-25Christina Kahrl2004-07-27
Rogue's Gallery: The Most Efficient Base-Stealing Teams EverJim Baker2004-07-23
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Summer Trade SeasonJoe Sheehan2004-06-18
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Sitting on a TimebombWill Carroll2004-06-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTeams: A Critical Guide: Canuck Edition, National LeagueJonah Keri2004-05-04
Prospectus Today: Best. Start. Ever.Joe Sheehan2004-05-01
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: More Job BattlesJoe Sheehan2004-03-15
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Leave it on the TableJoe Sheehan2004-03-04
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Health Reports: New York MetsWill Carroll2004-03-04
Prospectus Triple Play: Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas RangersBaseball Prospectus2004-02-24
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: July 7-20Christina Kahrl2003-07-25
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The Barriers to SuccessJoe Sheehan2003-05-29
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: Randomness: Catch the Fever!Nate Silver2003-05-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Team Health Report: Cleveland IndiansWill Carroll2003-02-10
Transaction Analysis: The CentralsChristina Kahrl2003-01-30
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Anaheim Angels vs. New York YankeesJeff Bower2002-10-01
Transaction Analysis: August 8-11, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-08-14
Transaction Analysis: June 25-July 14, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-07-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: June 9-10, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-06-12
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Daily Prospectus: SnakebitJoe Sheehan2002-06-12
1998 Internet Baseball Awards Results: Your ballots have been counted, and the results are inGreg Spira1998-10-29


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