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Portrait of John Vander Wal

John Vander Wal PHRockies

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
14 3166 .261 .351 .441 .269 6.6
Birth Date4-29-1966
Height6' 1"
Weight180 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
1991 MON 25 21 63 61 4 13 4 1 1 22 1 18 0 1 0 8 0 0 .213 .222 .361 .200 -3.5 0.3 -0.3
1992 MON 26 105 237 213 21 51 8 2 4 75 24 36 0 0 0 20 3 0 .239 .316 .352 .251 3.2 2.0 0.6
1993 MON 27 106 244 215 34 50 7 4 5 80 27 30 1 1 0 30 6 3 .233 .320 .372 .257 1.5 -2.7 -0.1
1994 COL 28 91 127 110 12 27 3 1 5 47 16 31 0 1 0 15 2 1 .245 .339 .427 .246 0.3 -0.2 0.0
1995 COL 29 105 118 101 15 35 8 1 5 60 16 23 0 1 0 21 1 1 .347 .432 .594 .310 8.9 -0.1 0.9
1996 COL 30 104 173 151 20 38 6 2 5 63 19 38 1 2 0 31 2 2 .252 .335 .417 .233 -0.4 0.5 0.0
1997 COL 31 76 102 92 7 16 2 0 1 21 10 33 0 0 0 11 1 1 .174 .255 .228 .175 -8.7 -0.0 -0.9
1998 COL 32 89 121 104 18 30 10 1 5 57 16 29 0 1 0 20 0 0 .288 .380 .548 .284 6.0 -0.9 0.5
1998 SDN 32 20 31 25 3 6 3 0 0 9 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .240 .387 .360 .270 0.5 0.2 0.1
1999 SDN 33 132 288 246 26 67 18 0 6 103 37 59 2 3 0 41 2 1 .272 .368 .419 .272 9.1 2.2 1.1
2000 PIT 34 134 461 384 74 115 29 0 24 216 72 92 2 3 0 94 11 2 .299 .410 .562 .319 37.3 -1.8 3.3
2001 PIT 35 97 360 313 39 87 22 3 11 148 42 84 1 4 0 50 7 4 .278 .361 .473 .285 6.2 -8.3 -0.2
2001 SFN 35 49 167 139 19 35 6 1 3 52 26 38 0 0 2 20 1 2 .252 .370 .374 .256 0.1 1.8 0.2
2002 NYA 36 84 245 219 30 57 17 1 6 94 23 58 0 3 0 20 1 1 .260 .327 .429 .270 4.9 -0.1 0.5
2003 MIL 37 117 374 327 50 84 25 1 14 153 46 104 1 0 0 45 1 2 .257 .350 .468 .272 14.5 0.3 1.5
2004 CIN 38 42 55 51 2 6 2 0 2 14 4 20 0 0 0 4 0 0 .118 .182 .275 .174 -3.9 0.1 -0.4
Career1372316627513747171701897121438569882024303820.261.351.441.26976.1-6.86.6

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
1987 JAM A- 18 73 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .577 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 WPB A+ 50 223 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .319 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 WPB A+ 62 272 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 JAX AA 58 227 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .327 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 JAX AA 71 242 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 JAX AA 77 321 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 IND AAA 51 148 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .362 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 MON MLB 21 63 .200 .258 .319 .383 .260 .279 98 -3.8 1.7 -0.4 0.3 -0.8 -3.5 -0.3 -3.5 -0.3
1991 IND AAA 133 564 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .361 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 MON MLB 105 237 .251 .247 .310 .360 .252 .272 98 -1.9 6.1 -1.3 2.0 -0.6 3.2 0.6 3.2 0.6
1993 MON MLB 106 244 .257 .264 .323 .396 .256 .249 98 -0.7 7.0 -2.8 -2.7 -0.4 1.5 -0.1 1.5 -0.1
1994 COL MLB 91 127 .246 .258 .319 .407 .249 .293 116 -2.1 3.9 -1 -0.2 -0.5 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
1995 COL MLB 105 118 .310 .256 .325 .389 .250 .405 120 6.5 3.5 -0.5 -0.1 -0.0 8.9 0.9 8.9 0.9
1996 COL MLB 104 173 .233 .256 .321 .396 .249 .300 120 -5.3 5.3 -1.1 0.5 0.5 -0.4 0.0 -0.4 0.0
1997 COL MLB 76 102 .175 .263 .330 .402 .257 .259 119 -9.5 2.7 -0.6 -0.0 -0.2 -8.7 -0.9 -8.7 -0.9
1997 CSP AAA 0 114 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .542 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 COL MLB 89 121 .284 .263 .328 .412 .257 .352 113 3.2 3.1 -0.7 -0.9 -0.4 6.0 0.5 6.0 0.5
1998 SDN MLB 20 31 .270 .260 .332 .399 .252 .300 88 0.4 0.8 -0.2 0.2 -0.1 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
1999 SDN MLB 132 288 .272 .266 .337 .425 .258 .332 94 4.1 7.8 -2.7 2.2 -0.3 9.1 1.1 9.1 1.1
2000 PIT MLB 134 461 .319 .265 .339 .436 .259 .336 102 32 12.6 -5.9 -1.8 0.6 37.3 3.3 37.3 3.3
2001 PIT MLB 97 360 .285 .261 .327 .423 .258 .342 99 10 9.7 -4.2 -8.3 -3.6 6.2 -0.2 6.2 -0.2
2001 SFN MLB 49 167 .256 .262 .326 .432 .259 .327 95 -0.8 4.5 -1.7 1.8 -0.9 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.2
2002 NYA MLB 84 245 .270 .270 .336 .438 .269 .323 97 2.5 6.5 -2.9 -0.1 0.4 4.9 0.5 4.9 0.5
2003 MIL MLB 117 374 .272 .262 .328 .422 .259 .335 103 4.9 9.9 -3.7 0.3 2.8 14.5 1.5 14.5 1.5
2004 CIN MLB 42 55 .174 .268 .334 .436 .266 .138 102 -5.2 1.6 -0.3 0.1 -0.1 -3.9 -0.4 -3.9 -0.4
2004 LOU AAA 16 53 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .237 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
1987 JAM A- 73 24 33 12 3 3 15 3 14 3 2 .478 .500 .870 .391 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 WPB A+ 223 29 54 11 2 2 22 30 25 8 3 .286 .382 .397 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 JAX AA 227 22 54 14 0 3 14 17 49 3 4 .260 .319 .370 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 WPB A+ 272 50 64 15 2 10 33 32 40 11 4 .277 .368 .489 .212 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 JAX AA 242 30 55 9 2 6 24 22 51 2 3 .253 .325 .396 .143 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 JAX AA 321 45 84 25 3 8 40 39 46 6 3 .303 .395 .502 .199 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 IND AAA 148 16 40 6 0 2 14 13 28 0 1 .296 .358 .385 .089 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 IND AAA 564 84 140 36 8 15 71 79 118 8 1 .293 .395 .496 .203 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 MON MLB 63 4 13 4 1 1 8 1 18 0 0 .213 .222 .361 .148 .200 -3.5 0.3 -0.3
1992 MON MLB 237 21 51 8 2 4 20 24 36 3 0 .239 .316 .352 .113 .251 3.2 2.0 0.6
1993 MON MLB 244 34 50 7 4 5 30 27 30 6 3 .233 .320 .372 .140 .257 1.5 -2.7 -0.1
1994 COL MLB 127 12 27 3 1 5 15 16 31 2 1 .245 .339 .427 .182 .246 0.3 -0.2 0.0
1995 COL MLB 118 15 35 8 1 5 21 16 23 1 1 .347 .432 .594 .248 .310 8.9 -0.1 0.9
1996 COL MLB 173 20 38 6 2 5 31 19 38 2 2 .252 .335 .417 .166 .233 -0.4 0.5 0.0
1997 CSP AAA 114 29 42 12 1 3 19 11 28 1 1 .408 .465 .631 .223 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 COL MLB 102 7 16 2 0 1 11 10 33 1 1 .174 .255 .228 .054 .175 -8.7 -0.0 -0.9
1998 SDN MLB 31 3 6 3 0 0 0 6 5 0 0 .240 .387 .360 .120 .270 0.5 0.2 0.1
1998 COL MLB 121 18 30 10 1 5 20 16 29 0 0 .288 .380 .548 .260 .284 6.0 -0.9 0.5
1999 SDN MLB 288 26 67 18 0 6 41 37 59 2 1 .272 .368 .419 .146 .272 9.1 2.2 1.1
2000 PIT MLB 461 74 115 29 0 24 94 72 92 11 2 .299 .410 .562 .263 .319 37.3 -1.8 3.3
2001 SFN MLB 167 19 35 6 1 3 20 26 38 1 2 .252 .370 .374 .122 .256 0.1 1.8 0.2
2001 PIT MLB 360 39 87 22 3 11 50 42 84 7 4 .278 .361 .473 .195 .285 6.2 -8.3 -0.2
2002 NYA MLB 245 30 57 17 1 6 20 23 58 1 1 .260 .327 .429 .169 .270 4.9 -0.1 0.5
2003 MIL MLB 374 50 84 25 1 14 45 46 104 1 2 .257 .350 .468 .211 .272 14.5 0.3 1.5
2004 CIN MLB 55 2 6 2 0 2 4 4 20 0 0 .118 .182 .275 .157 .174 -3.9 0.1 -0.4
2004 LOU AAA 53 5 9 3 0 0 2 5 10 2 0 .188 .264 .250 .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

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2004 CIN $700,000
2003 MIL $550,000
2002 NYA $1,850,000
2001 PIT, SFN $1,850,000
2000 PIT $875,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$5,825,000
5 yrTotal$5,825,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 10 d

Details
  • FA 10/04 after refused sent outright to
  • contract purchased 7/04 re-signed 3/04 (minor-league contract) waived 3/04 signed as a free agent from MIL 1/04, 1 year/$0.7M (04)
  • declined arbitration 12/03
  • contract purchased 3/03 signed as a free agent from NYY 1/03 (minor-l contract) 1 year/$0.55M (03) $0.8M in poss bonuses
  • 2 year/$3.7M (01-02) incl $0.6M signing bonus 01:$1.55M, 02:$1.55M, acquired in trade from SF 12/01 acquired in trade from PIT 7/10

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
2005 Today is gonna be the day
That he'll slap a pinch-hit single for you
By now you should've somehow
Wondered how at 34 he slugged .562
I don't believe that anybody
Thought he'd last 14 years except his mom
…Because maybe
We tip our caps to his playing
And after all
He was our Vander Wal
2003 As far as temporary solutions go, you can understand the willingness to bring in John Vander Wal to give the Yankees some lefty sock in the outfield as part of the overall patch to cover up Paul O’Neill’s retirement. However, Vander Wal is not young, and that 2000 season, while nifty, was something that came and went, not something to pay for and expect. Vander Wal might hang on by returning to a deluxe pinch-hitter role, and gun for the pinch-hit home run record; he needs three to tie Cliff Johnson for the all-time mark.
2002 Life is funny. Three years ago, Vander Wal couldn't get any playing time despite showing some good offensive skills. He backed into a job in Pittsburgh, signed a two-year deal, then found himself desired by teams in pennant races and others coming off World Series appearances, despite being basically the same player he'd been when he was unwanted. He'll play as much or as little as the health of Rondell White and Nick Johnson allows.
2001 It was a great year...and totally out of sync with his career. John Vander Wal is 34 and nothing special in the field. He could easily have one or two more years like this, but with the glut of Quadruple-A outfielders the Pirates have hanging around PNC Park, they’d be better off turning Vander Wal into a prospect or two while the luster of his 973 OPS is still bright. They signed him to a two-year deal, of course.
2000 It’s kind of surprising that San Diego didn’t use Vanderwal more than they did in 1999; he was usually their best bat off the bench against right-handed pitching, so with the team’s injury problems in the outfield, you’d think he’d get more than 250 at-bats. He didn’t have his usual success as a pinch-hitter, as measured by performance or theatrics: no pinch-hit home runs in 52 at-bats.
1998 Whoa! Started the season 0-for-9 and then went downhill. Spent August in the minors regaining something he’d lost, returned to hit .188 in September. In two seasons he’s lost 173 points off his average, 177 off his OBP and 366 off his slugging average. Pinch-hitters in their thirties who can’t succeed at Coors are not long for the majors.
1997 No worse a hitter than Dante Bichette, really. Slapped with the Dave Hansen/Dwight Smith label, which is more difficult to shake than that burning sensation one gets while urinating. Or is that just me?
1996  Reminds one of Jim Dwyer. Was probably a good enough hitter to have a nice little career in the bigs, but never really got the chance. Perhaps Dwight Smith is a better analog?

BP Articles

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The Lineup Card: Nine of the Worst Postseason Managerial DecisionsBaseball Prospectus2014-10-09
BP Unfiltered: Brian Sabean and Buying and Selling Before the DeadlineBen Lindbergh2013-07-05
This article requires BP Premium accessWestern Front: The Reluctant Optimism of SpringGeoff Young2013-03-27
Baseball ProGUESTus: The Secret Life of the American BallplayerMichael Clair2013-03-05
Western Front: If It Wasn't for Accountability, I Wouldn't Have Any AbilityGeoff Young2012-10-03
This article requires BP Premium accessWestern Front: Is Will Venable Underrated or Overrated? Probably.Geoff Young2012-04-03
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: The Vanishing American League Pinch-HitterSteven Goldman2012-02-06
Overthinking It: Stairs CasesBen Lindbergh2011-03-22
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Brewing Up a Reunion and a New RoyalChristina Kahrl2010-01-24
This article requires BP Premium accessStatman's Notebook: The Dunn ConsistencyEric Seidman2009-07-08
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: Deadline Day AftersJohn Perrotto2008-08-03
Who Will Rid Me of This Pestilent McCovey?: Pinch Running in the Last 50 YearsBrandon Isleib2007-04-10
Prospectus Notebook: CHN, PIT, STLBaseball Prospectus2005-09-09
Prospectus Notebook: Thursday EditionBaseball Prospectus2005-07-14
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: The Final Tear?Will Carroll2004-08-12
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Monday MaladiesWill Carroll2004-07-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: July 8-11Christina Kahrl2004-07-13
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Breakin'Will Carroll2004-07-12
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Carb DayWill Carroll2004-05-27
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Prospectus Triple Play: Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, New York MetsBaseball Prospectus2004-04-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 10-15, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-03-17
Prospectus Triple Play: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego PadresBaseball Prospectus2004-02-17
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: January 12-February 6, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-02-11
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This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The Rules Have ChangedJoe Sheehan2003-12-09
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Prospectus Triple Play: Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, Houston AstrosBaseball Prospectus2003-04-28
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-04-09
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: NL Central PreviewJoe Sheehan2003-03-30
Transaction Analysis: January 24-February 9, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-02-13
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Team Health Report: Milwaukee BrewersWill Carroll2003-02-13
The Daily Prospectus: Defending the BandwagonJonah Keri2002-10-07
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Anaheim Angels vs. New York YankeesJeff Bower2002-10-01
Transaction Analysis: June 25-July 14, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-07-19
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The Week in Quotes: April 1, 2002Derek Zumsteg2002-04-01
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