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Portrait of Richard Hidalgo

Richard Hidalgo RFAstros

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
9 3927 .269 .345 .490 .274 20.1
Birth Date6-28-1975
Height6' 3"
Weight220 lbs
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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
1997 HOU 22 19 67 62 8 19 5 0 2 30 4 18 1 0 0 6 1 0 .306 .358 .484 .301 5.3 -0.5 0.5
1998 HOU 23 74 234 211 31 64 15 0 7 100 17 37 2 4 0 35 3 3 .303 .355 .474 .277 12.9 2.1 1.5
1999 HOU 24 108 448 383 49 87 25 2 15 161 56 73 4 5 0 56 8 5 .227 .328 .420 .264 13.4 5.8 1.8
2000 HOU 25 153 644 558 118 175 42 3 44 355 56 110 21 9 0 122 13 6 .314 .391 .636 .309 53.5 18.1 6.7
2001 HOU 26 146 593 512 70 141 29 3 19 233 54 107 16 11 0 80 3 5 .275 .356 .455 .269 19.4 10.0 2.9
2002 HOU 27 114 439 388 54 91 17 4 15 161 43 85 6 2 0 48 6 2 .235 .319 .415 .246 -3.1 11.0 0.8
2003 HOU 28 141 585 514 91 159 43 4 28 294 58 104 8 5 0 88 9 7 .309 .385 .572 .310 48.8 9.1 5.7
2004 HOU 29 58 220 199 21 51 15 2 4 82 17 53 0 4 0 30 1 2 .256 .309 .412 .244 1.0 4.9 0.6
2004 NYN 29 86 358 324 46 74 11 1 21 150 27 76 5 2 0 52 3 2 .228 .296 .463 .249 3.4 -6.2 -0.3
2005 TEX 30 88 339 308 43 68 12 0 16 128 26 74 4 1 0 43 1 2 .221 .289 .416 .240 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
Career98739273459531929214191711694358737674305604834.269.345.490.274154.553.120.1

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
1993 ASH A 111 444 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 QUD A 124 511 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 JAC AA 133 530 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 JAC AA 130 561 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 HOU MLB 19 67 .301 .256 .328 .405 .256 .405 101 3 1.8 0.1 -0.5 0.6 5.3 0.5 5.3 0.5
1997 NWO AAA 0 569 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .297 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 HOU MLB 74 234 .277 .269 .334 .420 .259 .333 98 4.4 6.1 0.3 2.1 -0.6 12.9 1.5 12.9 1.5
1998 NWO AAA 0 27 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .182 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 HOU MLB 108 448 .264 .273 .344 .440 .262 .240 98 2.1 12.2 -2.3 5.8 -1.3 13.4 1.8 13.4 1.8
2000 HOU MLB 153 644 .309 .268 .343 .433 .261 .317 108 37.4 17.7 0.3 18.1 -1.8 53.5 6.7 53.5 6.7
2001 HOU MLB 146 593 .269 .267 .335 .438 .264 .307 106 6 16.0 0.6 10.0 -3.9 19.4 2.9 19.4 2.9
2002 HOU MLB 114 439 .246 .258 .327 .412 .258 .262 104 -6.8 11.2 -4.6 11.0 -4.0 -3.1 0.8 -3.1 0.8
2003 HOU MLB 141 585 .310 .268 .335 .431 .263 .339 105 31.7 15.4 -6.4 9.1 -2.3 48.8 5.7 48.8 5.7
2004 HOU MLB 58 220 .244 .272 .335 .433 .268 .322 95 -4 6.5 -2.4 4.9 -0.1 1.0 0.6 1.0 0.6
2004 NYN MLB 86 358 .249 .267 .329 .436 .264 .231 94 -4.5 10.7 -3.9 -6.2 -0.2 3.4 -0.3 3.4 -0.3
2005 TEX MLB 88 339 .240 .263 .326 .419 .261 .237 106 -7.4 9.8 -3.5 -1.1 -1.0 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1

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 ASH A 444 49 109 23 3 10 55 30 76 21 13 .270 .326 .417 .146 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 QUD A 511 68 139 47 8 12 76 23 80 12 12 .292 .333 .500 .208 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 JAC AA 530 59 130 28 6 14 59 32 76 8 9 .266 .314 .434 .168 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 JAC AA 561 66 151 34 2 14 78 29 55 11 7 .294 .345 .450 .156 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 NWO AAA 569 74 147 37 5 11 78 35 57 6 10 .279 .334 .432 .152 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 HOU MLB 67 8 19 5 0 2 6 4 18 1 0 .306 .358 .484 .177 .301 5.3 -0.5 0.5
1998 NWO AAA 27 0 4 2 0 0 1 3 2 0 0 .167 .259 .250 .083 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 HOU MLB 234 31 64 15 0 7 35 17 37 3 3 .303 .355 .474 .171 .277 12.9 2.1 1.5
1999 HOU MLB 448 49 87 25 2 15 56 56 73 8 5 .227 .328 .420 .193 .264 13.4 5.8 1.8
2000 HOU MLB 644 118 175 42 3 44 122 56 110 13 6 .314 .391 .636 .323 .309 53.5 18.1 6.7
2001 HOU MLB 593 70 141 29 3 19 80 54 107 3 5 .275 .356 .455 .180 .269 19.4 10.0 2.9
2002 HOU MLB 439 54 91 17 4 15 48 43 85 6 2 .235 .319 .415 .180 .246 -3.1 11.0 0.8
2003 HOU MLB 585 91 159 43 4 28 88 58 104 9 7 .309 .385 .572 .263 .310 48.8 9.1 5.7
2004 HOU MLB 220 21 51 15 2 4 30 17 53 1 2 .256 .309 .412 .156 .244 1.0 4.9 0.6
2004 NYN MLB 358 46 74 11 1 21 52 27 76 3 2 .228 .296 .463 .235 .249 3.4 -6.2 -0.3
2005 TEX MLB 339 43 68 12 0 16 43 26 74 1 2 .221 .289 .416 .195 .240 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1

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
2005-08-05 2005-10-03 15-DL 59 55 Left Wrist Fracture Chip Fracture -
2003-05-23 2003-06-08 15-DL 16 15 General Medical Illness -
2002-08-23 2002-09-09 15-DL 17 16 Right Hip Strain -
1999-08-09 1999-10-10 60-DL 62 49 Left Knee Surgery Bipartite Patella 1999-08-26 -
1998-05-30 1998-07-16 15-DL 47 41 Right Shoulder Separation Crashed Into Wall - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2005 TEX $5,000,000
2004 HOU, NYN $12,500,000
2003 HOU $8,000,000
2002 HOU $5,500,000
2001 HOU $3,500,000
2000 HOU $330,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$34,830,000
6 yrTotal$34,830,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 29 dPeter Greenberg1 yr (07)

Details
  • released 3/07 signed as a free agent from BAL 1/07 (minor-league contract)
  • released 3/06 signed as a free agent from TX 2/06, 1 year/$1M (06)+bonuses (minor-league contract)
  • signed as a free agent from NYM 12/04, 1 year/$5M (05)
  • $0.5M bonuses (plate appearances)
  • $0.5M of 05 salary deferred ($0.1M 06, $0.2M 07 & 08)
  • club declined $15M 05 option 11/04 acquired in trade from HOU 6/04 (HOU sent $4M cash)
  • 4 year/$32M (01-04)+$15M 05 club option
  • $2M signing bonus pd over 3 years
  • 01:$3M, 02:$5M, 03:$8M, 04:$12M, 05:$15M club option $2M buyout
  • poss additional $2M/year in bonuses
  • 5 year/$47M total with option included

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 %
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Upside By Year

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2007 Richard Hidalgo took 2006 off despite auditions with the Orioles and Yankees. He`ll try to make a comeback at 31 with his original club, the Astros, but his 2004 to 2005 line was .232/.297/.433 and it`s hard to see that getting better after a year off. Still, if any club is desperate for outfielders, it`s the Astros.
2005 In what was a decent gamble, as the Mets snagged Hidalgo for a Grade C pitching prospect and the willingness to pay a chunk of Hidalgo's salary and buyout. After a hot first two weeks as a Met, including homers in five straight games, Hidalgo was basically useless: He had a 664 OPS after the break. The Rangers rolled the dice on a cheap one-year deal. Whatever he does—and PECOTA aside, he's proven he can be either really good or sub-par—it'll look better thanks to playing in Texas.
2003 As the BP2001 cover boy, we tend to view Hidalgo through rose-colored glasses. However, after back-to-back disappointing seasons, it’s time to remove them and examine the facts. Much of our Hidalgo hype was due to his youth relative to the leagues in which he played, not his offensive performance in isolation. While age and results are inseparable, he never has remotely approached his 2000 numbers in any of his other 10 professional campaigns. Hidalgo always seems to be playing hurt, so perhaps some of the struggles are caused by injuries. If so, that’s simply part of his package. Let’s face it, Hidalgo’s 2000 season was a fluke. We’re always eager to point that out with Darin Erstad, and need to stop treating Hidalgo with kid gloves.
2002 Hidalgo is a fixture now, but it took an injury to Roger Cedeno in 2000 to really create the opportunity for him. In prior seasons, Hidalgo had a great reputation as a gamer and a hard worker. Last year, there were some grumbles that he came into camp out of shape after getting his multiyear contract. The grousing looks like it was overstated. Hip, knee, and groin problems hampered him early, and acute tonsilitis left him weak for a stretch in June, and he basically never got comfortable. He’s primed for a great bounce-back season.
2001 Last season, we wrote that Richard Hidalgo was as good a candidate for a breakout season as anyone in the game, but we never thought he would hit 44 home runs. Richard Hidalgo is no Enron Field illusion, as he hit 28 bombs and slugged .654 on the road. If you believe the numbers above, he’s one hell of a center fielder. At age 25 and still years from free agency, Hidalgo is dollar-for-dollar one of the ten most valuable commodities in baseball.
2000 He needs to learn to take care of himself, because injuries are the only obstructions on his road to superstardom. He was well down that path last year before his take-no-prisoners style of defense wore out his knee. His month-by-month slugging averages: .500, .505, .449, .264, .304. He hit .154 after the All-Star break before finally shutting it down in August. Before his season ended, he showed dramatic improvement in his strike zone judgment--he had never drawn even 40 walks in a season before--and a terrific arm that killed 15 baserunners in barely two-thirds of a season. Given a job and his health, he’s as good a candidate for a breakout season as anyone in the game.
1999 Another reason why the Astros were one of the most enjoyable teams to watch in recent memory. A great centerfielder, with excellent range and one of the best arms in the business. His all-out style cost him a few months; some players (Lenny Dykstra, Freddy Lynn) are unable to curb their aggression near the outfield walls and get constantly banged up. If he can avoid that, I think he’s going to be great. He hit much better after he returned, and began to draw walks for the first time. If he keeps it up, he’s going to make a half-dozen All-Star teams before he’s through.
1998 An early favorite for Rookie of the Year. Great range and instincts in center, a cannon of an arm and broad contributions on offense. Some in the organization think he’ll grow up to pop 30 home runs in a season at some point in his career. The decision to put him on the postseason roster should be considered one of the gutsiest front office decisions of the year.
1997 Another Venezuelan, Hidalgo gets raves for his tools, including a cannon for an arm, but he’s not anything earth-shattering. His plate discipline has not developed as hoped and he remains very thin, keeping his power down. Kind of an undernourished Alex Ochoa. He’s still young, and probably arrives in September. I think he’ll improve and have a career.
1996  The Astros have stocked their minor league system with players signed out of Venezuela, and a number of them can be considered outstanding prospects, Abreu and Hidalgo in particular. Hidalgo is extremely young for where he's played, has hit for both average and power, and he has an incredible defensive reputation in right field. He's averaged over 22 assists the last three years. He does need to work on drawing more walks, though. If the Astros send him to AAA this year, they may ruin him, because he might hit so well in the hitter-friendly PCL that he'll see no reason to improve his plate discipline.

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