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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
6 430.3 26 34 6 314 5.46 -0.9
Birth Date2-7-1981
Height6' 6"
Weight280 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
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
2003 TBA 22 12 5 38.7 24.0 14.7 4 1 0 0 3 0 167 33 23 23 6 58 25 24 3 25 5.35 5.99 6.85 -2.7 -0.3
2005 TBA 24 34 17 109.3 90.7 18.7 7 11 0 1 7 0 500 106 85 80 20 196 62 61 7 92 6.59 5.64 6.39 -3.1 -0.3
2006 TBA 25 39 15 103.0 80.7 22.3 6 12 6 1 5 0 489 120 77 72 14 183 68 63 3 59 6.29 5.88 6.27 2.2 -0.0
2007 MIL 26 14 0 12.0 0.0 12.0 0 1 0 1 0 0 51 11 9 5 0 16 5 5 1 11 3.75 2.84 3.89 1.9 0.2
2008 MIL 27 37 12 105.3 63.7 41.7 6 6 0 0 5 0 456 93 47 47 10 142 55 52 7 87 4.02 4.45 5.48 3.8 0.3
2009 MIL 28 41 2 62.0 7.3 54.7 3 3 0 2 0 0 278 62 34 34 11 106 39 38 1 40 4.94 6.01 6.27 -6.7 -0.8
Career17751430.3266.3164.0263465200194142527526161701254243223145.465.416.09-4.6-0.9

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1999 PRI Rk 13 10 45.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CSC A 6 6 31.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 HUD A- 8 8 43.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CSC A 28 28 164.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BAK A+ 7 7 37.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .354 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ORL AA 20 19 114.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .319 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TBA MLB 12 5 38.7 6.85 59 .264 .265 .328 .424 .262 .250 99 -2.7 -0.3 -2.7 -0.3
2004 CSC A 3 3 9.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .208 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MNT AA 3 3 13.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .189 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DUR AAA 11 0 13.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .270 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TBA MLB 34 17 109.3 6.39 68 .290 .273 .337 .441 .270 .270 102 -3.1 -0.3 -3.1 -0.3
2005 DUR AAA 6 3 18.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.815 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 TBA MLB 39 15 103.0 6.27 81 .287 .276 .342 .441 .260 .307 107 2.2 0.2 2.2 -0.0
2006 DUR AAA 14 0 16.1 1.56 162 .226 .259 .327 .401 .258 .389 93 7.6 0.8 7.6 0.8
2007 MIL MLB 14 0 12.0 3.89 121 .241 .253 .317 .380 .245 .324 103 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2007 DUR AAA 40 0 58.7 4.09 104 .224 .264 .335 .404 .264 .254 91 6.7 0.6 6.7 0.6
2007 NAS AAA 5 3 19.0 3.31 124 .202 .272 .339 .432 .261 .286 89 5.5 0.5 5.8 0.5
2008 MIL MLB 37 12 105.3 5.48 82 .256 .261 .326 .409 .258 .279 100 2.5 0.2 3.8 0.3
2009 MIL MLB 41 2 62.0 6.27 61 .279 .258 .326 .403 .259 .273 99 -5.7 -0.6 -6.7 -0.8
2011 ROU AAA 19 11 78.0 5.94 93 .261 .286 .355 .458 .267 .332 104 12.6 1.2 12.6 1.2
2012 IOW AAA 4 3 15.7 6.39 65 .339 .242 .310 .371 .246 .404 95 -0.3 -0.0 -1.3 -0.1
2012 NAS AAA 21 20 103.3 6.53 67 .296 .279 .340 .431 .269 .322 99 -0.2 -0.0 -0.5 -0.3

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
1999 PRI Rk 2 4 0 13 10 45.7 53 48 46 3 0% .000 10.4 9.5 0.6 9.1 2.21 7.68 0.0 0.0
2000 HUD A- 2 2 0 8 8 43.7 37 17 38 0 0% .000 7.6 3.5 0.0 7.8 1.24 1.85 0.0 0.0
2000 CSC A 2 1 0 6 6 31.0 30 19 26 0 0% .000 8.7 5.5 0.0 7.5 1.58 3.19 0.0 0.0
2001 CSC A 10 11 0 28 28 164.3 142 53 165 6 0% .000 7.8 2.9 0.3 9.0 1.19 2.79 0.0 0.0
2002 ORL AA 5 7 0 20 19 114.0 138 53 64 12 0% .319 10.9 4.2 0.9 5.1 1.68 5.37 0.0 0.0
2002 BAK A+ 3 2 0 7 7 37.0 35 11 48 1 0% .354 8.5 2.7 0.2 11.7 1.24 2.92 0.0 0.0
2003 TBA MLB 4 1 0 12 5 38.7 33 25 25 6 39% .250 7.7 5.8 1.4 5.8 1.50 5.35 -2.7 -0.3
2004 MNT AA 1 1 0 3 3 13.3 10 4 8 3 0% .189 6.8 2.7 2.0 5.4 1.05 4.74 0.0 0.0
2004 DUR AAA 2 1 0 11 0 13.7 10 7 12 0 0% .270 6.6 4.6 0.0 7.9 1.24 3.28 0.0 0.0
2004 CSC A 0 0 0 3 3 9.3 5 4 10 0 0% .208 4.8 3.9 0.0 9.7 0.97 0.00 0.0 0.0
2005 TBA MLB 7 11 0 34 17 109.3 106 62 92 20 35% .270 8.7 5.1 1.6 7.6 1.54 6.59 -3.1 -0.3
2005 DUR AAA 2 0 0 6 3 18.3 23 6 19 1 0% -.815 11.3 3.0 0.5 9.3 1.58 3.93 0.0 0.0
2006 DUR AAA 1 0 5 14 0 16.1 16 2 26 1 35% .389 8.9 1.1 0.6 14.5 1.12 2.24 7.6 0.8
2006 TBA MLB 6 12 6 39 15 103.0 120 68 59 14 39% .307 10.5 5.9 1.2 5.2 1.83 6.29 2.2 -0.0
2007 MIL MLB 0 1 0 14 0 12.0 11 5 11 0 56% .324 8.2 3.8 0.0 8.2 1.33 3.75 1.9 0.2
2007 NAS AAA 2 0 0 5 3 19.0 14 5 25 2 50% .286 6.6 2.4 0.9 11.8 1.00 1.42 5.8 0.5
2007 DUR AAA 1 5 5 40 0 58.7 38 43 68 3 50% .254 5.8 6.6 0.5 10.4 1.38 1.99 6.7 0.6
2008 MIL MLB 6 6 0 37 12 105.3 93 55 87 10 47% .279 7.9 4.7 0.9 7.4 1.41 4.02 3.8 0.3
2009 MIL MLB 3 3 0 41 2 62.0 62 39 40 11 39% .273 9.0 5.7 1.6 5.8 1.63 4.94 -6.7 -0.8
2011 ROU AAA 2 3 0 19 11 78.0 93 34 49 6 46% .332 10.7 3.9 0.7 5.7 1.63 5.19 12.6 1.2
2012 IOW AAA 1 2 0 4 3 15.7 24 10 16 3 44% .404 13.8 5.7 1.7 9.2 2.17 6.32 -1.3 -0.1
2012 NAS AAA 2 13 0 21 20 103.3 121 60 80 16 42% .322 10.5 5.2 1.4 7.0 1.75 6.36 -0.5 -0.3

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
2008 1723 0.4939 0.4277 0.8345 0.6040 0.2557 0.9008 0.6816 0.1628
2009 1101 0.4768 0.4218 0.8362 0.6076 0.2517 0.8871 0.7241 0.1595
Career28240.48720.42540.83520.60540.25410.89550.69820.1615

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-07-25 2009-09-19 15-DL 56 51 Right Elbow Sprain -
2004-03-23 2004-08-03 60-DL 133 105 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2003-06-26
2003-05-23 2003-09-28 60-DL 128 115 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2003-06-26

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 $
2009 MIL $1,662,500
2008 MIL $750,000
2007 MIL $750,000
2006 TBA $343,000
2005 TBA $320,000
2004 FLO $302,500
2003 TBA $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$4,428,000
7 yrTotal$4,428,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 111 d1 year (2012)

Details
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 1/10/12 (minor-league contract). Released by Milwaukee 7/30/12. Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 8/13/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Texas as a free agent 12/23/10 (minor-league contract). Released by Texas 7/11/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Signed by Florida as a free agent 2/2/10 (minor-league contract). $0.8M in majors. $50,000 in performance bonuses. Released by Florida 3/30/10.
  • 1 year/$1.6625M (2009). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Milwaukee 12/12/09.
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2008). Re-signed by Milwaukee 12/12/07 (avoided arbitration). $50,000 in performance bonuses based on appearances.
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2007). Re-signed 1/07 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Milwaukee in trade from Tampa Bay 7/28/07.
  • 1 year/$0.343M (2006).
  • 1 year/$0.32M (2005). Re-signed 2/05.
  • 1 year/$0.3025M (2004).
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003).
  • Drafted 1999 (5-145). $0.35M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
Weighted Mean?????0.0????.0000.000.00?0.00.0

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
out of baseball1.9out of baseballout of baseball5out of baseball6.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 72)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 83 Kyle Snyder 2011 0.00 DNP
2 82 Randy Keisler 2009 0.00 DNP
3 81 Pete Munro 2008 0.00 DNP
4 80 Nate Bland 2008 0.00 DNP
5 79 Britt Reames 2007 0.00 DNP
6 79 Ryan Vogelsong 2011 3.11
7 79 Tommy Phelps 2007 0.00 DNP
8 79 Walter Silva 2010 0.00 DNP
9 78 Jeff Harris 2008 0.00 DNP
10 78 Eric DuBose 2009 0.00 DNP
11 78 Gary Knotts 2010 0.00 DNP
12 78 Franklin Nunez 2010 0.00 DNP
13 78 Brandon Duckworth 2009 0.00 DNP
14 77 Casey Fossum 2011 0.00 DNP
15 77 Brian Cooper 2008 0.00 DNP
16 77 Jon Leicester 2012 0.00 DNP
17 77 Les Walrond 2010 0.00 DNP
18 77 Chris George 2013 0.00 DNP
19 76 R.A. Dickey 2008 5.21
20 76 Chris Jakubauskas 2012 0.00 DNP
21 76 Will Glen 2011 0.00 DNP
22 75 Randy Williams 2009 4.58
23 75 Stephen Randolph 2007 12.82
24 74 Nelson Figueroa 2007 0.00 DNP
25 73 Tim Corcoran 2011 0.00 DNP
26 73 Victor Santos 2010 0.00 DNP
27 73 Dan Reichert 2010 0.00 DNP
28 72 Brandon Puffer 2009 0.00 DNP
29 72 Brian Sweeney 2007 0.00 DNP
30 72 Brad Thomas 2011 9.82
31 72 Damian Moss 2010 0.00 DNP
32 72 Horacio Ramirez 2013 0.00 DNP
33 72 Marty McLeary 2008 0.00 DNP
34 71 Wade Miller 2010 0.00 DNP
35 71 Ken Ray 2008 0.00 DNP
36 71 Mark Corey 2008 0.00 DNP
37 71 Vladimir Nunez 2008 3.86
38 71 Jim Parque 2008 0.00 DNP
39 71 Jim Crowell 2007 0.00 DNP
40 71 Hector Mercado 2007 0.00 DNP
41 71 Yadel Marti 2013 0.00 DNP
42 70 Tim Hamulack 2010 0.00 DNP
43 70 Tomo Ohka 2009 5.96
44 70 Jorge Sosa 2011 0.00 DNP
45 70 Roman Colon 2013 0.00 DNP
46 70 Jason Childers 2008 0.00 DNP
47 69 Chien-Ming Wang 2013 8.00
48 69 Kevin Gross 1994 3.66
49 69 Matt Palmer 2012 9.00
50 69 Nick Bierbrodt 2011 0.00 DNP
51 69 Michael Tejera 2010 0.00 DNP
52 69 Sidney Ponson 2010 0.00 DNP
53 69 Andy Van Hekken 2013 0.00 DNP
54 69 Claudio Vargas 2011 0.00 DNP
55 69 Bob Shaw 1966 4.83
56 69 Chuck Finley 1996 4.69
57 69 Joe Gibbon 1968 2.25
58 69 Aaron Sele 2003 6.07
59 69 Josh Towers 2010 0.00 DNP
60 68 Rolando Arrojo 2002 5.20
61 68 Scott Richmond 2013 0.00 DNP
62 68 Don Lee 1967 0.00 DNP
63 68 Jack Billingham 1976 4.88
64 68 Ray Washburn 1971 0.00 DNP
65 68 Giancarlo Alvarado 2011 0.00 DNP
66 68 Dave Mlicki 2001 6.50
67 68 Clay Condrey 2009 3.64
68 68 Eric Stults 2013 4.24
69 68 Frank Castillo 2002 5.57
70 68 Scott Dohmann 2011 0.00 DNP
71 68 Brian Mazone 2010 0.00 DNP
72 68 Mark Gubicza 1996 5.28
73 68 Justin Lehr 2011 0.00 DNP
74 68 Victor Zambrano 2009 0.00 DNP
75 68 Russ Meyer 1957 9.00
76 68 Doc Medich 1982 5.33
77 68 Kent Bottenfield 2002 0.00 DNP
78 68 Nate Bump 2010 0.00 DNP
79 67 Camilo Pascual 1967 3.99
80 67 Frank Sullivan 1963 5.73
81 67 Cal McLish 1959 4.25
82 67 Dave Burba 2000 4.66
83 67 Duane Pillette 1956 8.10
84 67 Mike Flanagan 1985 5.13
85 67 Chris Short 1971 4.42
86 67 Vida Blue 1983 6.54
87 67 Dave Koslo 1953 5.68
88 67 Jaime Navarro 2000 12.15
89 67 Jose Contreras 2005 4.00
90 67 Mark Leiter 1996 5.62
91 67 Andy Benes 2001 7.71
92 67 Pat Hentgen 2002 8.18
93 67 Woodie Fryman 1973 5.57
94 67 Marvin Freeman 1996 7.04
95 67 Geoff Zahn 1979 3.94
96 67 Jason Johnson 2007 0.00 DNP
97 67 Nate Robertson 2011 0.00 DNP
98 67 Dave Eiland 2000 7.57
99 67 Bill Krueger 1991 4.22
100 67 Steve Barber 1971 5.30

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 After a year away from baseball, some of which he spent coaching a sad-sack girls' high-school basketball team in Florida, Seth McClung received a split contract from the Rangers, opening another chapter in his ongoing (and often losing) battle to to post a strikeout rate higher than his walk rate.
2010 A star pupil of departed pitching coach Mike Maddux, McClung’s numbers took a turn for the worse without his coach's tutelage last year. Walks had been his downfall in Tampa Bay, and they were back with a vengeance last year, while a drop in his strikeout rate resulted in the second-worst strikeout/walk ratio in the NL. Due for a raise from the $1.6625 million he earned in 2009, he was non-tendered, becoming a free agent.
2009 McClung didn’t break out to the extent that the man he was traded for (Grant Balfour) did, but he turned into a a pretty useful swingman for a guy who entered the year with a lifetime 6.15 ERA. As a reliever, McClung pitched mainly in low-leverage spots and lost causes; as a starter, he replaced Villanueva in late May and posted a respectable 4.24 ERA over an 11-start span, five of them quality starts. He returned to relief when Ned Yost scrapped a short-lived "rotation platoon" aimed at pitching Bush at home, and put up a 1.10 ERA in some meaningful September innings. McClung could crack the rotation or draw consideration for a late-inning relief role, though he’ll have to overcome the departure of coach Mike Maddux, who helped iron out his mechanics and his ever-shaky control.
2008 McClung can dial it into the high 90s, but inconsistent mechanics have led to command issues that have generated stats so ugly it's a wonder they actually print. Having failed as a starter, he found some success working out of the bullpen; as a set-up man in Durham, he held batters to a .179 average, prompting the Brewers to take a flier on him when they had to deal Grant Balfour. Yes, it's a small sample size, but McClung's walk rate plummeted after the trade, suggesting that the instruction of Mike Maddux and company ("The rose goes in the front, big guy . . .") may be the key to unlocking his potential.
2007 McClung broke camp with the big club as the number-two starter, but was positively awful in the rotation; he was eventually demoted to Triple-A Durham, but not before he posted a 6.81 ERA and walked five batters for every four he struck out. Sent to Durham to work in long relief, he looked like a totally different pitcher, but after earning an invite back to Tampa, he immediately reprised his role in Ball Four: The Musical, though in fewer innings since he was kept in the pen. Though the Devil Rays haven`t named a closer for 2007, McClung figures to get a look. If he earns 25 saves this year, he`ll become the all-time save leader among West Virginia natives.
2006 Lou Piniella worked him hard, though to what end is hard to ascertain. McClung throws hard but is wilder than Al Pacino with a juicy bit of dialogue. He was tough on righties last year, holding them to .197/.318/.318, but lefties had no trouble at all, batting .294/.379/.583, and hitting a home run once every 15 at-bats--when they weren`t walking to first base. McClung is so good at walking people that the pedestrian warning signs at Tampa Bay intersections now say `Stop` and `McClung.` It only got worse when he was tried in the bullpen. Until he improves his command, McClung won`t be a viable major league pitcher.
2005 Another player who was whisked through the minors by the Rays, only to struggle in the majors, wasting valuable service time. In McClung's case, he blew out an elbow ligament and lost a year to Tommy John surgery and recuperation. Post-surgery it's as if nothing has changed: He still throws hard, still doesn't rack up the strikeouts that should come with that kind of velocity, and still throws it all over the place.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-06-03 15:00:00 (link to chat)What in the hell is wrong with me? You guys ranked me a five star prospect and now I have no idea where the ball is going once it leaves my hand. What should the Brewers do with me? Me and Soup are truly "anchoring" our rotation.
(Manny Parra from Milwaukee)
What the hell *is* wrong with you, Manny? I thought you were supposed to be good, and I see you lit for double digits last night.

I don't recall if he has a minor league option remaining, or if there's an underlying injury problem he's been keeping quiet out of fear of losing his job - remember, he's had a litany of arm woes - but at this point I'd move Parra out of the rotation one way or another and give Seth McClung another shot there. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff Games"lrgreen (NYC): BP in 2007 said that Seth McClung was 25 saves away from being the All-Time Saves leader for West Virginia natives. Who is the all-time leader in this robust category?"

Lew Burdette had 31 career saves, per BB-Ref, but 16 of those preceded Holtzman's invention of the save rule, and all of them preceded saves becoming an "official" stat in 1970. (Derek Jacques)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff Gameslrgreen (NYC): "BP2007 said that Seth McClung was 25 saves away from being the All-Time Saves leader for West Virginia natives. Who is the all-time leader in this robust category?"

Lew Burdette!

baseball-reference is awesome. (Dave Pease)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Seth McClung threw 3,147 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2011, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2011, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph), also mixing in a Sinker (91mph), Curve (76mph) and Slider (83mph).