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Jimmy Key PBlue Jays

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
15 2591.7 186 117 10 1538 3.51 30.5
Birth Date4-22-1961
Height6' 1"
Weight185 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsL
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.
Multiple stints are are currently shownClick to hide.
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
1984 TOR MLB 63 0 62.0 70 32 44 8 .265 97 10.2 4.6 1.2 6.4 58% .310 .296 1.65 4.60 4.65 99 5.38 -0.4
1985 TOR MLB 35 32 212.7 188 50 85 22 .267 98 8.0 2.1 0.9 3.6 58% .238 .241 1.12 4.02 3.00 104 4.04 3.0
1986 TOR MLB 36 35 232.0 222 74 141 24 .267 101 8.6 2.9 0.9 5.5 46% .276 .252 1.28 3.92 3.57 100 3.89 4.0
1987 TOR MLB 36 36 261.0 210 66 161 24 .260 99 7.2 2.3 0.8 5.6 60% .238 .220 1.06 3.62 2.76 87 3.10 7.8
1988 TOR MLB 21 21 131.3 127 30 65 13 .267 101 8.7 2.1 0.9 4.5 45% .260 .255 1.20 3.92 3.29 99 3.88 1.8
1989 TOR MLB 33 33 216.0 226 27 118 18 .263 96 9.4 1.1 0.8 4.9 44% .289 .262 1.17 3.26 3.88 88 3.86 3.1
1990 TOR MLB 27 27 154.7 169 22 88 20 .260 104 9.8 1.3 1.2 5.1 42% .295 .257 1.23 3.80 4.25 86 3.99 2.2
1991 TOR MLB 33 33 209.3 207 44 125 12 .260 100 8.9 1.9 0.5 5.4 44% .281 .241 1.20 3.13 3.05 82 3.51 4.3
1992 TOR MLB 33 33 216.7 205 59 117 24 .264 101 8.5 2.5 1.0 4.9 44% .260 .255 1.22 4.02 3.53 96 3.75 3.2
1993 NYA MLB 34 34 236.7 219 43 173 26 .262 99 8.3 1.6 1.0 6.6 52% .274 .230 1.11 3.53 3.00 66 3.51 5.6
1994 NYA MLB 25 25 168.0 177 52 97 10 .265 103 9.5 2.8 0.5 5.2 52% .305 .236 1.36 3.80 3.27 89 4.45 2.7
1995 NYA MLB 5 5 30.3 40 6 14 3 .262 103 11.9 1.8 0.9 4.2 36% .333 .275 1.52 4.10 5.64 99 5.36 0.2
1996 NYA MLB 30 30 169.3 171 58 116 21 .264 101 9.1 3.1 1.1 6.2 45% .290 .253 1.35 4.55 4.68 97 4.51 2.9
1997 BAL MLB 34 34 212.3 210 82 141 24 .263 95 8.9 3.5 1.0 6.0 47% .286 .255 1.38 4.52 3.43 103 4.64 2.8
1998 BAL MLB 25 11 79.3 77 23 53 5 .258 96 8.7 2.6 0.6 6.0 38% .296 .239 1.26 3.69 4.20 94 4.37 1.2
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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
1982 FLO A 9 9 58.0 59 18 49 10 .000 9.2 2.8 1.6 7.6 0% .000 .000 1.33 4.49 3.72
1982 MED Rk 5 5 31.3 27 10 25 0 .000 7.8 2.9 0.0 7.2 0% .000 .000 1.18 3.02 2.30
1983 KNX AA 14 14 101.0 86 40 57 4 .000 7.7 3.6 0.4 5.1 0% .000 .000 1.25 3.35 2.85
1983 SYR AAA 16 15 89.3 87 33 71 14 .000 8.8 3.3 1.4 7.2 0% .000 .000 1.34 4.69 4.13
1984 TOR MLB 63 0 62.0 70 32 44 8 .265 97 10.2 4.6 1.2 6.4 58% .310 .296 1.65 4.60 4.65
1985 TOR MLB 35 32 212.7 188 50 85 22 .267 98 8.0 2.1 0.9 3.6 58% .238 .241 1.12 4.02 3.00
1986 TOR MLB 36 35 232.0 222 74 141 24 .267 101 8.6 2.9 0.9 5.5 46% .276 .252 1.28 3.92 3.57
1987 TOR MLB 36 36 261.0 210 66 161 24 .260 99 7.2 2.3 0.8 5.6 60% .238 .220 1.06 3.62 2.76
1988 TOR MLB 21 21 131.3 127 30 65 13 .267 101 8.7 2.1 0.9 4.5 45% .260 .255 1.20 3.92 3.29
1988 DUN A+ 4 4 21.3 15 1 11 0 .000 6.3 0.4 0.0 4.6 0% .000 .000 0.75 1.96 0.00
1989 TOR MLB 33 33 216.0 226 27 118 18 .263 96 9.4 1.1 0.8 4.9 44% .289 .262 1.17 3.26 3.88
1990 TOR MLB 27 27 154.7 169 22 88 20 .260 104 9.8 1.3 1.2 5.1 42% .295 .257 1.23 3.80 4.25
1990 DUN A+ 3 3 18.0 21 3 14 0 .000 10.5 1.5 0.0 7.0 0% .000 .000 1.33 2.13 2.50
1991 TOR MLB 33 33 209.3 207 44 125 12 .260 100 8.9 1.9 0.5 5.4 44% .281 .241 1.20 3.13 3.05
1992 TOR MLB 33 33 216.7 205 59 117 24 .264 101 8.5 2.5 1.0 4.9 44% .260 .255 1.22 4.02 3.53
1993 NYA MLB 34 34 236.7 219 43 173 26 .262 99 8.3 1.6 1.0 6.6 52% .274 .230 1.11 3.53 3.00
1994 NYA MLB 25 25 168.0 177 52 97 10 .265 103 9.5 2.8 0.5 5.2 52% .305 .236 1.36 3.80 3.27
1995 NYA MLB 5 5 30.3 40 6 14 3 .262 103 11.9 1.8 0.9 4.2 36% .333 .275 1.52 4.10 5.64
1996 NYA MLB 30 30 169.3 171 58 116 21 .264 101 9.1 3.1 1.1 6.2 45% .290 .253 1.35 4.55 4.68
1996 TAM A+ 2 2 13.0 10 1 11 1 .000 6.9 0.7 0.7 7.6 0% .000 .000 0.85 2.81 2.77
1997 BAL MLB 34 34 212.3 210 82 141 24 .263 95 8.9 3.5 1.0 6.0 47% .286 .255 1.38 4.52 3.43
1998 BAL MLB 25 11 79.3 77 23 53 5 .258 96 8.7 2.6 0.6 6.0 38% .296 .239 1.26 3.69 4.20
1998 FRD A+ 1 1 6.0 4 2 6 2 .000 6.0 3.0 3.0 9.0 0% .000 .000 1.00 6.66 3.00

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  —  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
1998-05-21 1998-07-30 60-DL 70 62 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
1996-06-11 1996-06-26 15-DL 15 15 - Not Disclosed - -
1996-05-16 1996-05-31 15-DL 15 12 - Not Disclosed - -
1995-05-17 1995-10-02 60-DL 138 127 Left Shoulder Surgery Rotator Cuff 1995-07-05 -
1990-05-23 1990-06-22 15-DL 30 27 - Not Disclosed - -
1989-10-24 1989-10-24 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Partial Rotator Cuff Tear 1989-10-24 -
1989-08-04 1989-08-19 15-DL 15 14 Left Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff - -
1988-04-15 1988-06-29 75 68 Left Elbow Surgery Bone Chips 1988-05-04 -

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessIn A Pickle: Not All Stars Are All-StarsJason Wojciechowski2013-02-14
The BP Wayback Machine: The Showalter GambitSteven Goldman2012-09-14
The BP Wayback Machine: What is a Deadline Trade Worth?, Part 1Steven Goldman2012-07-27
Between The Numbers: The Prorating GameColin Wyers2012-05-04
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Keltner All-Stars, Part IIJay Jaffe2012-01-16
Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in MotionJonathan Bernhardt2012-01-13
Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Mariano RiveraLarry Granillo2011-09-22
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: Catch a Falling StarlinSteven Goldman2011-08-23
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: The Rays' Golden OpportunityKevin Goldstein2011-01-24
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Marvin Miller and Pat GillickJay Jaffe2010-11-16
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Jerry Howarth, Part IIDavid Laurila2010-11-03
Prospectus Q&A: Jerry Howarth, Part IDavid Laurila2010-11-02
World Series Prospectus: Fall Classic MemoriesBaseball Prospectus2010-10-27
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: The Showalter GambitSteven Goldman2010-08-03
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: He Should Have Picked LeeSteven Goldman2009-11-01
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The Left WingJoe Sheehan2009-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL East NRI ReviewChristina Kahrl2008-02-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: Trade Deadline ImpactJeff Erickson2007-08-02
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Tiger RelevanceJim Baker2006-05-30
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Tales from PECOTASteven Goldman2006-04-17
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Those Sinister DuosJim Baker2006-03-17
This article requires BP Premium accessPell Mel: Evaluating the Departed Yankee Pitching CoachJay Jaffe2005-10-21
Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue JaysDavid Kirsch2005-05-06
Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue JaysDavid Kirsch2005-03-11
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: What is a Deadline Trade Worth?, Part 1Steven Goldman2004-07-26
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Class of 2004: Analyzing the PitchersJay Jaffe2004-01-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTesting the Nexus: Pitcher Age and Workload EffectsLee Sinins2003-04-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTesting the Nexus: Pitcher Age and Workload EffectsWill Carroll2003-04-16
The Grand Experiment: Converting Graves and Kim to StartersNate Silver2003-03-12
2003 Internet Hall Of Fame Results: Presented by STATLG-L and Baseball ProspectusNeal Traven2003-01-06
Playoff Prospectus: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. St. Louis CardinalsGary Huckabay2002-10-01
1997 Internet Baseball Awards™ Results: Your ballots have been counted, and the results are inGreg Spira1997-11-10


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Love your writing, Christina -- you're the reason I started subscribing to BP last year! Rauch aside, it seems like the trade price for relievers it too damn high while the return is too damn variable. Why don't you see more teams trying to convert their best pitching prospects into half-season relievers (i.e., Chamberlain and Masterson)? Or are a lot of them doing it and I'm just too far on the East Coast to notice it?
(Dan from (Newton, MA))
Thank you Dan, I'll hope to live up to that commitment. It can be too high, yes, and yes, I'd like to see more in-season conversions of that type. Steven would tell you a Stengel story about how Casey would pick his best arms and run with, but so too would Earl Weaver, or Bobby Cox (take a look at Jimmy Key's rookie season) or Gene Mauch (ditto, but with Chuck Finley). The more you let yourself get zombified by our contemporary fixation on role-playing, the more you become the creature of that habit. (Christina Kahrl)


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