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2016 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
120.3 4.64 1.34 77 6 7 1 0.0
Birth Date12-4-1981
Height6' 3"
Weight260 lbs
Age34 years, 5 months, 23 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.42012
-0.72013
0.32014
-2.22015
0.02016
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DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2003 SFN MLB 21 21 131.0 116 49 88 10 .260 98 8.0 3.4 0.7 6.0 50% .271 .235 1.26 3.90 3.30 99 4.46 1.8
2004 SFN MLB 22 22 129.3 123 44 80 14 .254 99 8.6 3.1 1.0 5.6 52% .270 .259 1.29 4.54 4.24 103 5.17 0.8
2005 CHN 0 18 17 106.0 98 45 59 12 .259 103 8.3 3.8 1.0 5.0 46% .257 .263 1.35 4.88 3.91 0 0.00 0.0
2005 SFN 0 4 3 16.7 21 4 11 2 .254 93 11.3 2.2 1.1 5.9 49% .345 .284 1.50 4.13 6.48 0 0.00 0.0
2006 CHN MLB 5 2 12.3 15 11 5 2 .258 95 10.9 8.0 1.5 3.6 50% .310 .350 2.11 7.33 7.30 121 6.73 -0.1
2007 WAS MLB 6 6 30.0 34 18 15 6 .258 95 10.2 5.4 1.8 4.5 49% .277 .306 1.73 6.58 7.20 127 8.35 -0.9
2011 ANA MLB 10 6 44.0 45 15 28 6 .262 95 9.2 3.1 1.2 5.7 51% .291 .270 1.36 4.65 3.68 108 4.70 0.1
2012 ANA MLB 32 15 137.7 139 35 98 17 .265 93 9.1 2.3 1.1 6.4 54% .293 .264 1.26 4.10 4.58 90 4.75 0.4
2013 ANA MLB 37 25 169.3 181 55 107 23 .267 97 9.6 2.9 1.2 5.7 48% .293 .285 1.39 4.62 4.57 104 5.17 -0.7
2014 HOU 0 26 0 47.7 59 16 38 7 .265 101 11.1 3.0 1.3 7.2 48% .335 .305 1.57 4.67 6.04 0 0.00 0.0
2014 PHI 0 9 9 57.3 48 17 38 5 .265 94 7.5 2.7 0.8 6.0 48% .257 .239 1.13 3.96 2.83 0 0.00 0.0
2014 TEX 0 2 2 10.0 18 3 6 0 .271 104 16.2 2.7 0.0 5.4 41% .462 .336 2.10 2.86 9.90 0 0.00 0.0
2015 PHI MLB 33 21 121.0 161 34 74 22 .260 99 12.0 2.5 1.6 5.5 49% .333 .314 1.61 5.27 5.80 108 6.55 -2.2
2005 TOT MLB 22 20 122.7 119 49 70 14 .258 102 8.7 3.6 1.0 5.1 46% .270 .266 1.37 4.78 4.26 108 6.98 -2.1
2014 TOT MLB 37 11 115.0 125 36 82 12 .266 98 9.8 2.8 0.9 6.4 47% .313 .277 1.40 4.16 4.77 99 4.47 0.3
CareerMLB2251491012.31058346647126.261989.43.11.15.849%.292.2741.394.584.571035.42-2.5

Statistics for All Levels

'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 GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
1999 SLO A- 7 7 37.0 29 11 34 1 .000 7.1 2.7 0.2 8.3 0% -.609 .000 1.08 3.46 2.19
2000 SJO A+ 23 19 125.7 89 48 115 6 .000 6.4 3.4 0.4 8.2 0% -.483 .000 1.09 3.69 2.94
2001 SHV AA 23 23 130.0 116 34 84 14 .000 8.0 2.4 1.0 5.8 0% -.773 .000 1.15 4.41 3.95
2002 FRE AAA 28 28 160.7 140 50 130 16 .000 7.8 2.8 0.9 7.3 0% .266 .000 1.18 4.22 3.58
2002 Gra Wnt 5 5 22.0 10 7 25 1 .000 4.1 2.9 0.4 10.2 0% -.273 .000 0.77 2.84 2.05
2003 SFN MLB 21 21 131.0 116 49 88 10 .260 98 8.0 3.4 0.7 6.0 50% .271 .235 1.26 3.90 3.30
2003 FRE AAA 10 10 57.0 52 16 40 3 .000 8.2 2.5 0.5 6.3 0% .274 .000 1.19 3.63 2.68
2004 SFN MLB 22 22 129.3 123 44 80 14 .254 99 8.6 3.1 1.0 5.6 52% .270 .259 1.29 4.54 4.24
2005 CHN MLB 18 17 106.0 98 45 59 12 .259 103 8.3 3.8 1.0 5.0 46% .257 .263 1.35 4.88 3.91
2005 SFN MLB 4 3 16.7 21 4 11 2 .254 93 11.3 2.2 1.1 5.9 49% .345 .284 1.50 4.13 6.48
2005 FRE AAA 6 6 30.7 47 17 15 3 .268 96 13.8 5.0 0.9 4.4 53% .386 .339 2.08 5.76 9.38
2005 IOW AAA 4 4 24.3 27 6 17 2 .284 79 10.0 2.2 0.7 6.3 63% .298 .257 1.36 4.18 2.22
2006 CHN MLB 5 2 12.3 15 11 5 2 .258 95 10.9 8.0 1.5 3.6 50% .310 .350 2.11 7.33 7.30
2006 IOW AAA 29 16 111.2 145 35 52 17 .262 96 11.7 2.8 1.4 4.2 46% .326 .313 1.62 5.42 4.78
2007 WAS MLB 6 6 30.0 34 18 15 6 .258 95 10.2 5.4 1.8 4.5 49% .277 .306 1.73 6.58 7.20
2007 HAR AA 14 4 35.7 53 16 26 8 .261 110 13.4 4.0 2.0 6.6 50% .366 .335 1.93 6.40 9.08
2007 COH AAA 1 1 6.0 4 2 5 1 .266 108 6.0 3.0 1.5 7.5 50% .200 .201 1.00 5.18 1.50
2007 ROC AAA 8 1 11.0 18 7 6 0 .259 104 14.7 5.7 0.0 4.9 42% .419 .304 2.27 4.27 9.00
2008 SBR A+ 3 3 10.0 13 6 8 1 .291 96 11.7 5.4 0.9 7.2 43% .353 .297 1.90 5.27 6.30
2008 LVG AAA 10 2 26.0 23 9 21 2 .264 127 8.0 3.1 0.7 7.3 59% .292 .218 1.23 4.15 2.08
2009 SAC AAA 27 14 101.7 116 41 52 15 .275 92 10.3 3.6 1.3 4.6 45% .312 .299 1.54 5.82 5.58
2009 CAR Wnt 8 0 11.3 7 2 6 0 .000 5.6 1.6 0.0 4.8 0% .226 .000 0.80 3.14 0.80
2011 ANA MLB 10 6 44.0 45 15 28 6 .262 95 9.2 3.1 1.2 5.7 51% .291 .270 1.36 4.65 3.68
2011 SLC AAA 11 10 73.7 78 15 60 10 .267 115 9.5 1.8 1.2 7.3 51% .315 .232 1.26 4.69 3.91
2012 ANA MLB 32 15 137.7 139 35 98 17 .265 93 9.1 2.3 1.1 6.4 54% .293 .264 1.26 4.10 4.58
2012 SBR A+ 2 2 11.0 11 1 9 1 .257 88 9.0 0.8 0.8 7.4 69% .294 .250 1.09 3.90 3.27
2012 SLC AAA 2 2 8.0 13 0 8 1 .262 107 14.6 0.0 1.1 9.0 43% .444 .325 1.62 3.29 7.88
2013 ANA MLB 37 25 169.3 181 55 107 23 .267 97 9.6 2.9 1.2 5.7 48% .293 .285 1.39 4.62 4.57
2014 HOU MLB 26 0 47.7 59 16 38 7 .265 101 11.1 3.0 1.3 7.2 48% .335 .305 1.57 4.67 6.04
2014 PHI MLB 9 9 57.3 48 17 38 5 .265 94 7.5 2.7 0.8 6.0 48% .257 .239 1.13 3.96 2.83
2014 TEX MLB 2 2 10.0 18 3 6 0 .271 104 16.2 2.7 0.0 5.4 41% .462 .336 2.10 2.86 9.90
2014 ROU AAA 2 2 10.3 16 1 3 3 .277 91 13.9 0.9 2.6 2.6 43% .317 .363 1.65 7.76 6.10
2015 PHI MLB 33 21 121.0 161 34 74 22 .260 99 12.0 2.5 1.6 5.5 49% .333 .314 1.61 5.27 5.80
2015 LWD A 1 1 4.0 6 0 5 1 .262 79 13.5 0.0 2.2 11.2 54% .417 .377 1.50 4.98 9.00
2015 REA AA 2 2 11.7 9 0 8 1 .255 112 6.9 0.0 0.8 6.2 56% .229 .215 0.77 3.01 2.31

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
2011 674 0.4733 0.4718 0.7579 0.6426 0.3183 0.8439 0.6018 0.2421
2012 2027 0.4519 0.4706 0.7914 0.6441 0.3276 0.8881 0.6346 0.2086
2013 2625 0.4667 0.4728 0.7889 0.6498 0.3179 0.8756 0.6337 0.2111
2014 1816 0.4664 0.4747 0.8063 0.6281 0.3406 0.8872 0.6758 0.1937
2015 1955 0.4450 0.4829 0.7987 0.6460 0.3521 0.8950 0.6571 0.2013
Career90970.45920.47480.79270.64280.3320.88250.6450.2073

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-10 2014-04-13 DTD 3 3 Right Groin Strain - -
2012-06-19 2012-07-14 15-DL 25 19 - General Medical Shortness of Breath - -
2012-03-26 2012-04-15 15-DL 20 8 Left Thigh Recovery From Strain Hamstring - -
2012-03-01 2012-03-26 Camp 25 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2009-05-14 2009-05-21 Minors 7 0 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2008-07-02 2008-07-19 Minors 17 0 Not Disclosed -
2007-05-16 2007-06-20 15-DL 35 32 Right Shoulder Sprain -
2007-04-29 2007-05-15 15-DL 16 14 Right Ankle Sprain -
2004-07-31 2004-09-16 60-DL 47 41 Right Elbow Surgery Loose Bodies and Bone Spur 2004-08-04

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 PHI $2,500,000
2014 HOU $2,100,000
2013 ANA $2,000,000
2012 ANA $820,000
2007 WAS $500,000
2006 CHN $380,000
2005 SFN, CHN $336,000
2004 SFN $308,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$8,944,000
8 yrTotal$8,944,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 43 dFull Circle Sports1 year/$2.5M (2015)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2015). Signed extension with Philadelphia 10/21/14. May earn additional $4M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$2.1M (2014). Signed by Houston as a free agent 2/5/14. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 12, 15, 20, 25, 30 starts. $0.1M for 120 innings pitched and each additional 10 IP through 210. Released by Houston 7/8/14. Signed by Texas as a free agent 7/11/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Texas 7/25/14. DFA by Texas 8/8/14.
  • 1 year/$2M (2013). Re-signed by LA Angels 1/15/13 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by LA Angels 12/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.82M (2012). Re-signed by LA Angels 12/12/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent for 2011 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by LA Angels 8/17/11.
  • 1 year (2009). Signed by Oakland for 2009 (minor-league contract). $0.6M salary in majors.
  • 1 year (2008). Signed by LA Dodgers for 2008 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2007). Signed by Washington as a free agent 1/07 (minor-league contract). Sent outright to Double-A by Washington 6/21/07. Signed by Minnesota 8/10/07 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2006). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/06. Claimed by Philadelphia off waivers from Chicago Cubs 9/06. Non-tendered by Philadelphia 12/06.
  • 1 year/$0.336M (2005). Re-signed by San Francisco 3/05. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from San Francisco 5/05.
  • 1 year/$0.308M (2004). Re-signed by San Francisco 3/04.
  • Drafted by San Francisco 1999 (1s-39) (Waipahu HS, Hawaii).

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 6.8 6.8 0.9 35 19 137.9 125 32 89 17 .275 1.14 3.69 4.01 18.0 2.0
80o 6.3 6.8 0.8 33 18 131.7 126 33 85 17 .286 1.21 4.03 4.38 11.9 1.3
70o 5.9 6.8 0.7 32 18 127.3 127 33 82 17 .294 1.26 4.28 4.65 7.9 0.9
60o 5.6 6.8 0.7 31 17 123.6 127 33 80 17 .301 1.30 4.50 4.89 4.6 0.5
50o 5.3 6.8 0.7 30 17 120.2 128 33 77 17 .308 1.34 4.70 5.11 1.9 0.2
40o 5.1 6.8 0.6 29 16 116.8 128 33 75 17 .314 1.38 4.91 5.34 -0.9 -0.1
30o 4.8 6.8 0.6 29 16 113.2 128 33 73 17 .321 1.42 5.14 5.58 -3.5 -0.4
20o 4.4 6.8 0.6 28 15 109.1 128 33 70 17 .330 1.48 5.40 5.87 -6.3 -0.7
10o 4 6.7 0.5 26 14 103.5 128 33 67 17 .341 1.55 5.77 6.28 -9.9 -1.1
Weighted Mean5.46.80.73017120.0127337717.3071.334.695.092.10.2

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 5/27/2016 08:20 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 6 6.8 0.8 32 18 128.8 125 32 79 17 .268 1.22 4.01 4.13 10.8 1.2
80o 5.5 6.8 0.7 31 17 122.8 126 33 75 17 .279 1.30 4.34 4.48 5.7 0.6
70o 5.2 6.7 0.7 30 16 118.6 127 33 73 17 .287 1.35 4.58 4.73 2.3 0.2
60o 4.9 6.7 0.6 29 16 115.0 127 33 71 17 .294 1.39 4.78 4.96 -0.6 -0.1
50o 4.7 6.7 0.6 28 15 111.8 128 33 69 17 .300 1.44 4.98 5.17 -3.1 -0.3
40o 4.4 6.7 0.6 27 15 108.5 128 33 67 17 .307 1.48 5.18 5.38 -5.5 -0.6
30o 4.2 6.6 0.6 27 15 105.1 128 33 65 17 .314 1.53 5.39 5.61 -7.9 -0.9
20o 3.9 6.6 0.5 26 14 101.2 128 33 62 17 .322 1.59 5.64 5.88 -10.6 -1.2
10o 3.5 6.5 0.5 24 13 95.9 128 33 59 17 .333 1.68 6.00 6.26 -14.0 -1.5
Weighted Mean4.76.70.62815111.6127336917.2991.434.965.15-2.9-0.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
12% 36% 19% 13% 79%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201735561281511713034721748.3181.414.845.3810.02.65.61.3-0.3
20183645124139710729621448.3181.404.815.359.92.75.71.3-0.2
20193745022129010026551348.3151.394.815.3510.02.65.51.3-0.2
2020383401810758522451148.3191.434.875.4210.22.65.41.3-0.2
202139340179697720411048.3151.404.885.4310.02.65.31.3-0.2
20224033015861681837948.3161.404.905.4510.02.65.41.3-0.2
20234133015860671836948.3161.414.935.4810.02.75.41.3-0.2
20244223012650561529748.3151.414.955.5010.02.75.21.3-0.2
20254322011645511326748.3171.434.995.5510.32.65.21.4-0.2

Upside By Year

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
15.412.411.311.57.94.158.5

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201515.412.411.311.57.94.158.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Mark Redman 2008 7.94
2 86 John Halama 2006 6.44
3 86 Jim Kaat 1973 4.93
4 86 Kris Benson 2009 9.27
5 85 Mark Hendrickson 2008 5.86
6 85 Jason Johnson 2008 5.83
7 85 Vicente Padilla 2012 4.68
8 85 Rodrigo Lopez 2010 5.67
9 84 Paul Wilson 2007 0.00 DNP
10 84 Jake Westbrook 2012 4.38
11 84 Jarrod Washburn 2009 3.94
12 84 Roberto Hernandez 2015 5.10
13 84 Doyle Alexander 1985 3.63
14 84 Ken Johnson 1967 3.36
15 83 Darryl Kile 2003 0.00 DNP
16 83 Dave Goltz 1983 6.79
17 83 Claudio Vargas 2012 0.00 DNP
18 83 Jeff Weaver 2011 0.00 DNP
19 83 Josh Fogg 2011 0.00 DNP
20 83 Bob Shaw 1967 5.21
21 83 Chan Ho Park 2007 15.75
22 83 Pat Dobson 1976 4.06
23 83 Jeff Suppan 2009 5.90
24 83 Joe Nuxhall 1963 3.02
25 83 Alfredo Simon 2015 5.40
26 83 Dave Bush 2014 0.00 DNP
27 83 Cal McLish 1960 5.00
28 83 Wilson Alvarez 2004 4.18
29 83 Eric Stults 2014 4.70
30 83 Nate Robertson 2012 0.00 DNP
31 82 Frank Tanana 1988 4.66
32 82 Kevin Tapani 1998 4.89
33 82 Bob Feller 1953 4.00
34 82 Earl Harrist 1953 8.67
35 82 Charles Nagy 2001 6.78
36 82 Camilo Pascual 1968 3.22
37 82 Ray Herbert 1964 4.03
38 82 Jim Wilson 1956 4.72
39 82 Steve Renko 1979 4.53
40 82 Matt Morris 2009 0.00 DNP
41 82 Kyle Lohse 2013 3.53
42 82 Frank Castillo 2003 0.00 DNP
43 81 Chris Young 2013 0.00 DNP
44 81 Eric Milton 2010 0.00 DNP
45 81 Jorge De La Rosa 2015 4.41
46 81 Joel Pineiro 2013 0.00 DNP
47 81 Glendon Rusch 2009 7.23
48 81 Buddy Carlyle 2012 0.00 DNP
49 81 Dave Burba 2001 6.69
50 81 Barry Zito 2012 4.44
51 81 Rick Reuschel 1983 3.92
52 81 Bruce Kison 1984 5.79
53 81 Dave Hillman 1962 7.45 DNP
54 81 John Burkett 1999 5.80
55 81 Chris Capuano 2013 4.85
56 81 Kevin Gross 1995 6.08
57 81 Shane Reynolds 2002 5.23
58 81 Elmer Dessens 2005 4.11
59 81 Danny Darwin 1990 2.32
60 81 Rick Sutcliffe 1990 5.91
61 81 Todd Ritchie 2006 0.00 DNP
62 81 Bruce Chen 2011 4.12
63 81 Ben Sheets 2013 0.00 DNP
64 81 Dustin Hermanson 2007 0.00 DNP
65 80 Virgil Trucks 1951 4.69
66 80 Bobby Shantz 1960 3.19
67 80 Joe Dobson 1951 4.64
68 80 Karl Drews 1954 6.45
69 80 Charlie Leibrandt 1991 4.11
70 80 Rolando Arrojo 2003 0.00 DNP
71 80 Jason Marquis 2013 4.67
72 80 Gary Peters 1971 4.67
73 80 Jamey Wright 2009 5.92
74 80 Marty Pattin 1977 3.93
75 80 Nelson Briles 1978 5.13
76 80 Andy Ashby 2002 4.21
77 80 Juan Guzman 2001 0.00 DNP
78 80 Jim Bibby 1979 3.33
79 80 Kevin Appier 2002 4.25
80 80 Joe Horlen 1972 3.64
81 80 Hal Newhouser 1955 0.00
82 80 Esteban Loaiza 2006 5.35
83 80 Jon Matlack 1984 0.00 DNP
84 80 Carl Pavano 2010 3.79
85 80 Jon Garland 2014 0.00 DNP
86 80 Jack McDowell 2000 0.00 DNP
87 80 Wandy Rodriguez 2013 3.73
88 80 Rick Rhoden 1987 4.16
89 80 Kevin Millwood 2009 3.99
90 80 John Smiley 1999 0.00 DNP
91 80 Danny Cox 1994 1.45
92 80 Brian Moehler 2006 7.08
93 80 Frank Lary 1964 5.65
94 80 Chris Jakubauskas 2013 0.00 DNP
95 80 Walt Masterson 1954 0.00 DNP
96 80 Art Fowler 1957 6.67
97 79 Jeff Francis 2015 6.55
98 79 Phil Niekro 1973 3.78
99 79 Brad Penny 2012 7.07
100 79 David Wells 1997 4.50

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .296 .360 .431 .293
11 vs R (Multi) .296 .336 .497 .301
18 Split (Multi) -.000 .024 -.065 -.008
19 LgAvg (Multi) .009 .023 .019 .016
30 vs L (2015) .312 .375 .419 .295
31 vs R (2015) .321 .354 .560 .329
38 Split (2015) -.009 .021 -.141 -.034
39 LgAvg (2015) .009 .024 .022 .017

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Jerome Williams took his ouster from the Phillies' rotation in late August without so much as a peep, and ate up 15 additional innings from the bullpen at the end of a taxing season for the Philly relief corps. He's listed at 34 years old, but you'd be forgiven for thinking those digits are reversed.
2015 As long as Jerome Williams never stays in any one place for more than 60 or 70 innings, he's guaranteed to put up at least one small-sample ERA low enough to get him a spring training invite.
2014 Williams continued the second phase of his career as a swingman, making 25 starts and 12 relief appearances last season. That said, he has no business starting for a contender beyond the rare case of food poisoning or paternity leave in the rotation. He threw a harder fastball—low 90s—only to see it hit hard in return. Poorly located heaters to left-handed batters accounted for nine of the 23 home runs he allowed. His ideal role would be as a situational reliever specializing in right-handed batters, against whom his breaking ball flourishes. The fact that Williams made his major-league debut in 2003 and is still arbitration-eligible a decade later about sums up where his career has gone.
2013 Unfortunately, you’ll never go broke betting against miracles. Williams followed up his can-you-believe-this-guy-is-even-here 2011 with a small step back. His ERA caught up to his peripherals and the Angels gave his innings to the famous names (Wilson, Greinke) more befitting their big-budget self-image. Williams throws a good cutter to righties and a good sinker to lefties, but he’s skittish around the strike zone and needs to command all four of his pitches to succeed. The good news is that his peripherals improved, though massive home-road splits raise the question of how much to credit Anaheim's spacious outfield. He's a solid backup plan, but if he’s in the rotation to start the year it means the Angels front office had a disappointing offseason or somebody got hurt.
2012 Williams is the rare dude who used to be a pitcher and now he's a thrower. When he came up as a Giant, he was unhealthily obsessed with mixing speeds and tricking batters: he wanted to be Greg Maddux. That got him sent to Triple-A, then Taiwan, where as an act of desperation he perfected a cutter—a slider grip that, he says, "I just throw the hell out of." He quit tinkering with his fastball velocity, and he dropped his arm a bit to get more movement on his two-seamer and changeup. He started 2011 in independent ball and would have ended it in the Angels postseason rotation had the club made it. An optimist would note that his numbers were polluted by a couple awful relief outings, and as a starter he had a 2.31 ERA and a 3.44 FIP. A pessimist would note that a spot in next year's rotation will distract him from running the Hawaiian BBQ joints he owns in Fresno and Crescent City.
2007 Williams pitched poorly last year, from spring training, through an April demotion and a full season at Triple-A. Baseball isn`t the only thing in players` lives, and it was almost certainly not Williams` top priority in 2006. Still, it`s not hard to understand that your manager is going to be royally ticked when you put family issues above baseball. Williams was claimed by Oakland in September and released in December without ever wearing their uniform. At this point, it`s worth asking if he was ever that much of a prospect. With one foot in the washout bucket, he can`t afford another failure.
2006 The Cubs lucked out. After early problems with his velocity while coming back from the elbow surgery shut him down in August `04 first got him demoted to Fresno and then made him available. Jim Hendry was happy to take advantage of the Giants` overreaction. Back in full working order, he finished particularly strong, logging seven quality starts in his last nine. His power fastball-slider combo is more than good enough to make him a top starter; the question is whether or not he can handle a full season in the rotation, and whether Baker`s the manager to help him do it.
2005 Sometimes compared to Greg Maddux in his prime for his poise and command, Williams has a long way to get even a whiff of that level of excellence. Pros: His GB/FB rate on the rise, his already solid walk rates are falling further as he adjusts to the majors, he bounced back quickly from in-season elbow surgery, and a forgiving park will help. Cons: His strikeout rates are going the wrong way, and he remains injury risk, particularly considering his age. There's plenty to like here, but he may need a while to put it all together. Foppert may be the better long-term bet.
2004 In most other years, Williams would have been a strong Rookie of the Year candidate, but last year he was overshadowed by the outstanding campaigns of fellow rookie starters Brandon Webb (the winner of BP's Internet Baseball Awards) and Dontrelle Willis (the BBWAA winner). He doesn't have overpowering stuff?Williams lived in the high 80s most of the year?but he's got a broad repertoire and he'll throw any of his pitches on any count. His peripheral numbers didn't really support a 3.30 ERA last year, so he'll likely consolidate his gains a bit in '04, on the way to a long and successful career.

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2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any non-superstar/star-level players who could be non-tendered that teams should kick the tires on?
(jlarsen from chicago)
With the caveat that I did less than two seconds of research, some interesting names to me are Kyle Blanks, George Kottaras, Nyjer Morgan, Mark Reynolds, Brendan Ryan, Gaby Sanchez, Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart, Drew Stubbs, Dallas Braden, Philip Humber, Tommy Hunter, Jair Jurrjens, Mike Pelfrey, and Jerome Williams. (Geoff Young)
2012-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)1. Dan Haren WTF happen? 2. Will the Angels pick up his $15.5 million option for 2013 and take the risk that he's just having a really really bad year and will revert back to prior form in 2013... or do they pay out $3 mil, move on, and let some other team figure out whether he's even a viable back-end rotation guy in the future?
(WestCoastMets from The Devil's Waiting Room)
Yeah, so Dan Haren. He's still got an edge on Joe Saunders since the trade in 2010, but it's close; two-tenths of a run of ERA or so. He had four starts in the previous three years in which he walked as many batters as he struck out. He has five of those this year. This isn't really like 2010, when he was getting BABIP'd to death. Very hittable.

Haren had been losing velocity steadily for a few years, and this might just be the year it got to be too much. It's a chat, so anything I say here has been researched for about 14 seconds, so give me a break if this is wrong, but it looks to me like he allowed one home run last year on a four-seamer up in the zone. And this year he has allowed 11. He throws a lot of four-seamers up in the zone, and when the velocity on them drops from 90 mph to 88.5 mph, it's hard to survive. He did OK in the past with less velocity because he developed the cutter on the fly, but I'm not sure what he can develop next. And even the cutter has gotten a little more slidery than he'd like at times this year.

I think the Angels pick up the option. What other choice do they have? Sign a pitcher for four years as a free agent? Almost impossible that that wouldn't be even riskier. As it is, they'll presumably let Ervin walk, may not have a chance to re-sign Greinke, and be looking at two starters plus Garrett Richards, Jerome Williams and ___________. So, yeah, option picked up, and hope it's just his back. Since he acknowledged the back soreness, his ERA is 5.5, but on the other hand who knows. (Sam Miller)
2012-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who you got as your breakout/surprise pitcher of the year?
(yankeesbg13 from Indianapolis)
Can I answer Yu Darvish? He probably won't be as good as the highest expectations for him, but I do think he will outperform the median expectation given all the negative. comparisons to Dice-K and Igawa.

Probably more in line with the question you were asking, I'd say Jerome Williams. I really liked the improved command that he demonstrated in his short stint with the Angels last year. (Mike Fast)
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sam, what player on the Angels, if any, will take the mantle from Jerome Williams as the player to have his name mispronounced for 2+ seasons? My money is on Michael Kohn.
(ericstephen from SB Nation LA)
Kohn is a good one. Jean Segura -- I could see people wanting to class it up and calling him Jean like John, like he's french. A lot of people have trouble with Bourjos as it is. Bourjos is like "museum" or "mirror," where it just doesn't quite sound right no matter how you say it. (Sam Miller)
2011-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)One last question and I know it may be early for this one... Any hitters or pitchers you like a breakout candidates next year?
(Jquinton82 from NY)
Hm, I like the look of Jerome Williams in a small sample this year. I think Fister and McCarthy may be the real deal, though they're not exactly breakout candidates any more. I like Brian Duensing coming into this season, and still do.

Dave Robertson and Kenley Jansen are two names that will surprise no one, but they could end up in bigger roles. In that vein, Greg Holland for the Royals, Vinnie Pestano for the Indians. And in the this-guys-stuff-intrigues-me-but-his-wildness-scares-me category, plus he has a cool name: Fautino de los Santos. (Mike Fast)
2008-02-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)You should take the over on the Nationals. You have them at 72, one down from last year's 73. With the upgrades in the OF (Nook/Langerhans for Lastings, Church/Snelling for Wily Mo/Dukes), Nick Johnson coming back, and an improved rotation (giving the innings that went to Jerome Williams, Joel Hanrahan, and Mike Bascik to Odalis Perez, John Patterson, John Lannan, Tyler Clippard, etc.) this team will be better.
(sbiel2 from Washington, DC)
You could be right there. One thing that PECOTA doesn't know, can't know yet, is just how all those playing time decisions will be made. Right now we have a best guess. As we see how the team sorts itself out, that prediction will be open to revision. (Steven Goldman)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2016, Jerome Williams threw 9,292 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2015, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2015, he relied primarily on his Cutter (88mph), Sinker (91mph) and Fourseam Fastball (91mph), also mixing in a Change (84mph) and Slider (79mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (73mph).