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Portrait of Brooks Kieschnick

Brooks Kieschnick PHCubs

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
6 336 .248 .315 .444 .254 1.3
Birth Date6-6-1972
Height6' 4"
Weight225 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
1996 CHN 24 25 32 29 6 10 2 0 1 15 3 8 0 0 0 6 0 0 .345 .406 .517 .303 2.4 -0.2 0.2
1997 CHN 25 39 102 90 9 18 2 0 4 32 12 21 0 0 0 12 1 0 .200 .294 .356 .237 -2.1 0.9 -0.1
2000 CIN 28 14 13 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .077 .000 .043 -3.0 -0.0 -0.3
2001 COL 29 35 45 42 5 10 2 1 3 23 3 13 0 0 0 9 0 0 .238 .289 .548 .255 0.4 0.2 0.1
2003 MIL 31 70 76 70 12 21 1 0 7 43 6 13 0 0 0 12 0 0 .300 .355 .614 .313 10.4 0.6 1.1
2004 MIL 32 77 68 63 2 17 3 0 1 23 5 16 0 0 0 7 0 0 .270 .324 .365 .229 4.0 -0.9 0.3
Career26033630634761011613630760004610.248.315.444.25412.00.61.3

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
1993 DAY A+ 6 23 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .222 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 ORL AA 25 98 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .414 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 ORL AA 126 509 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .314 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 IOW AAA 138 570 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .322 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CHN MLB 25 32 .303 .264 .327 .419 .254 .450 101 1.6 1.0 -0.1 -0.2 0.5 2.4 0.2 2.4 0.2
1996 IOW AAA 117 480 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 CHN MLB 39 102 .237 .275 .338 .424 .264 .215 101 -2.6 2.7 -0.6 0.9 -0.7 -2.1 -0.1 -2.1 -0.1
1997 IOW AAA 0 397 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .288 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 STP A+ 0 116 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .256 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 DUR AAA 0 27 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .143 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DUR AAA 0 80 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .233 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 EDM AAA 0 317 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .329 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CIN MLB 14 13 .043 .264 .340 .436 .258 .000 104 -3.3 0.4 0 -0.0 0.0 -3.0 -0.3 -3.0 -0.3
2000 LOU AAA 0 479 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 COL MLB 35 45 .255 .246 .315 .406 .250 .269 117 -0.2 1.2 -0.1 0.2 -0.1 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.1
2001 CSP AAA 71 278 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .365 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CHR AAA 69 206 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .300 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 MIL MLB 70 76 .313 .256 .324 .409 .252 .280 102 4.3 2.0 2.9 0.6 -1.8 6.6 0.7 10.4 1.1
2003 IND AAA 11 11 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MIL MLB 77 68 .229 .257 .325 .403 .256 .348 91 -2.3 1.4 3.3 -0.9 -0.4 2.1 0.1 4.0 0.3
2004 IND AAA 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CCH AA 2 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .667 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ROU AAA 49 54 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .367 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
1993 ORL AA 98 12 31 8 0 2 10 7 19 1 2 .341 .388 .495 .154 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 DAY A+ 23 1 4 2 0 0 2 1 4 0 1 .182 .217 .273 .091 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 ORL AA 509 57 132 25 3 14 55 33 78 3 5 .282 .335 .438 .156 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 IOW AAA 570 61 149 30 1 23 73 58 91 2 3 .295 .372 .495 .200 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CHN MLB 32 6 10 2 0 1 6 3 8 0 0 .345 .406 .517 .172 .303 2.4 -0.2 0.2
1996 IOW AAA 480 47 114 20 1 18 64 37 108 0 1 .259 .316 .431 .172 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 CHN MLB 102 9 18 2 0 4 12 12 21 1 0 .200 .294 .356 .156 .237 -2.1 0.9 -0.1
1997 IOW AAA 397 57 93 21 0 21 66 36 89 0 2 .258 .327 .492 .233 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 DUR AAA 27 4 3 1 0 1 2 4 8 0 1 .130 .259 .304 .174 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 STP A+ 116 15 26 6 0 5 18 11 18 0 0 .248 .319 .448 .200 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 EDM AAA 317 54 93 20 3 23 73 19 60 0 1 .314 .360 .635 .321 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DUR AAA 80 6 15 5 0 1 5 5 14 0 0 .200 .250 .307 .107 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 LOU AAA 479 68 122 35 0 25 90 38 107 2 1 .277 .336 .527 .250 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CIN MLB 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .000 .077 .000 .000 .043 -3.0 -0.0 -0.3
2001 CSP AAA 278 44 74 9 3 13 45 24 72 3 2 .294 .360 .508 .214 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 COL MLB 45 5 10 2 1 3 9 3 13 0 0 .238 .289 .548 .310 .255 0.4 0.2 0.1
2002 CHR AAA 206 32 52 11 0 13 40 14 46 0 0 .275 .325 .540 .265 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 IND AAA 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 .000 .091 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 MIL MLB 76 12 21 1 0 7 12 6 13 0 0 .300 .355 .614 .314 .313 10.4 0.6 1.1
2004 IND AAA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MIL MLB 68 2 17 3 0 1 7 5 16 0 0 .270 .324 .365 .095 .229 4.0 -0.9 0.3
2005 CCH AA 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 .667 .750 .667 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ROU AAA 54 6 14 2 0 3 10 8 13 0 0 .304 .407 .543 .239 .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
2010-05-25 2010-09-07 Minors 105 0 Low Back Spasms -
2004-08-09 2004-09-03 15-DL 25 22 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2001-05-13 2001-05-28 15-DL 15 14 Left Groin Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2004 MIL $380,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$380,000
1 yrTotal$380,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 54 d

Details
  • retired 2/06 signed as a free agent from HOU 1/06 (minor-league contract)
  • signed as a free agent from MIL 4/05 (minor-league contract) released 3/05 avoided arbitration 1/05, 1 year/$0.55M+$0.15M bonuses ($25K each for 40,45,50,55,60,65 games pitched
  • $1K/plate appearances for plate appearances 51-60, $1,500/plate appearances for plate appearances 61-70, $2K/plate appearances for plate appearances > 70)
  • re-signed 2/04, 1 year/$0.38M (04)
  • recalled 4/03Triple-A 3/03 signed as a free agent from CWS 11/02 (minor-league contract) signed 5/02 (minor-league contract) sent to minor-league camp 3/02 signed 1/02 (minor-league contract) optioned 7/01

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BP Articles

Brooks Kieschnick is referenced in the following articles.

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: The Wisdom of Pinch-Hitting with PitchersZachary Levine2014-06-12
BP Unfiltered: The Significance of Position Players Pitching in ExtrasAndrew Koo2013-08-26
Overthinking It: Micah Owings Embraces His DestinyBen Lindbergh2013-02-07
Overthinking It: Managing Expectations: Baseball's Next Big InefficiencyBen Lindbergh2012-01-31
Clubhouse Confidential: Helping Their Own CauseMarc Carig2011-06-22
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: Striking EarlyR.J. Anderson2011-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Perspective: What's Left on the Shelves?Christina Kahrl2010-12-23
This article requires BP Premium accessChecking the Numbers: Minor-league Contract Candidates: PitchersEric Seidman2010-11-04
One-Hoppers: Pitching in at the PlateBen Lindbergh2010-07-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Assorted Central MovesChristina Kahrl2009-09-06
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-09-02
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: September 18-21, 2006Christina Kahrl2006-09-22
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: A Kid (finally) Bids Fenway HelloDan Fox2006-06-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: June 1-5Christina Kahrl2006-06-06
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Tuesday Morning Ten-Pack, 5/30/06Kevin Goldstein2006-05-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: February 12-19Christina Kahrl2006-02-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: American League, December 15, 2005-February 13, 2006Christina Kahrl2006-02-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Offseason - The CentralsChristina Kahrl2005-03-11
Prospectus Triple Play: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee BrewersBaseball Prospectus2004-11-26
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 30-September 15Christina Kahrl2004-09-17
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Jim's Up To SomethingJim Baker2004-08-31
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Mailing It InJoe Sheehan2004-08-27
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 11-16, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessDoctoring The Numbers: Chasing Wes FerrellRany Jazayerli2004-08-18
Prospectus Triple Play: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee BrewersBaseball Prospectus2004-08-11
This article requires BP Premium accessDoctoring The Numbers: The Amazing Danny KolbRany Jazayerli2004-07-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Atlanta BravesWill Carroll2004-03-19
6-4-3: Anonymous FridayGary Huckabay2003-01-31
Transaction Analysis: September 28-November 10, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-11-15
Transaction Analysis: August 1-3, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-08-06
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 16-19, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-05-22


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-03-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Reading Steven Goldmanīs "super-utility all star lineup" I couldnīt help but notice Albert Pujolsī 2001 season should have been listed. The guy hit 329/403/610 (not even to mention he was a rookie) while splitting time between third base (52g), left field (37g), right field (32g) and first base (32g). Any other super subs to add to the team?
(Guillermo from Montevideo)
Good call on Albert. I feel uncomfortable with any super-utility list that doesn't include Brooks Kieschnick -- everyday player or not, that experiment was a hell of a lot of fun. (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)With teams insisting on having 12 or 13 arms on the roster at all times, when are teams going to actively seek out the Micah Owings type who can hit and play a position as well as pitch. Couldn't teams actively look for this type of player in their system to pitch 50 to 60 low leverage innings and be a useful bat off of the bench. It would certainly allow for more flexibility and nobody would have to waste a roster spot on a low leverage middle reliever who should be pitching in a beer league anyway.
(Peeig13 from The Second City)
I'd suggest that it's easier to suggest than accomplish or try to conjure up; to put it in player development terms, nobody's drafting people in the hope that they grow up to be the next Brooks Kieschnick, indeed, they positively want to avoid seeing anybody become a Kieschnick. They'd rather a guy grew up to be a good left fielder or a good starting pitcher, and in point of fact, those things are a whole hell of a lot more valuable to an organization than a Brookstone-level roster inspiration. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Joe: I was in Florida last week to see Cody Ross throw an inning in relief. I'm wondering with all the research on bull pen usage and win expectancy, what's the point of a game (inning and number of runs down) where a team should use a position player to pitch? Second, why don't see more of this? Could a team gain an advantage by carrying the "Ultimate Utility Man" who could play a couple of different positions and pitch in blowouts? I know the Cards used Miles as such lat year.
(Jason from Work... )
This was tried in recent seasons with Brooks Kieschnick and David McCarty, to minimal effect. It hasn't caught on, as teams really seem to want to have as many actual pitchers at their disposal--the Padres had 14 on their roster for a couple of days this April--as humanly possible. And creativity is often punished by death in MLB. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any chance we'll ever see a true 2-way player in baseball? A guy who pitches once every 5 days and plays the field the other 4? Or even better, a guy that regularly gets used in relief? Seems like there would be a real benefit to having that kind of flexibility, especially in the NL.
(Josh from Providence, RI)
I've asked this same question, Josh, and the answer's almost automatically negative. Both things are really hard to do; while I wish we had more guys like Micah Owings or even Brooks Kieschnick to enjoy, I think we have to accept that even that level of contribution is rare. Owings might be as close as we ever get, and while I think he's a solid enough starter, you'd have to also put him on a team short of a first baseman, and that takes a combination of events that seems hard to achieve. Still, I'll love to see if he gets to DH in any interleague matchups. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think we will ever see real two-way players in baseball? Especially in the NL, I see real value in having a guy on the bench you can pitch mop up innings and pinch hit reasonably well. Whatever happened to Brooks Kieschnick? As a side note, as someone who has lived in England for a while, I am struck by the similarities between baseball and cricket. Cricket has "all-rounders", guys who can both bowl (ie pitch) and bat OK. Why don't we?
(erghammer from DC)
Well, Kieschnick wasn't a really good pitcher, so he was an odd sort of utility player, very useful, but also very rare. Generally speaking, I guess I share the skepticism of the scouting community at large when it comes to how often this can be done, because I think the learning curves involved (mastering pitching to advanced competition, *and* mastering hitting advanced pitching) is really very hard. I think we have players who are close to it in Micah Owings or Carlos Zambrano, except that in either instance, the question is what they'd do beyond pitching and pinch-hitting; in Owings' case, I think there's some college-level experience playing in the field, but where on the diamond would you put the Big Z? And what would you do when you wound up getting killed because he got hurt in a rundown or running into an outfield wall? Most teams don't want to deal with that kind of media firestorm, even if they were afforded the rare opportunity. (Christina Kahrl)


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