Biographical

Portrait of Antonio Alfonseca

Antonio Alfonseca P

Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA
0 0 0.00
Birth Date4-16-1972
Height6' 5"
Weight250 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
1997 FLO MLB 17 0 25.7 36 10 19 3 .256 96 12.6 3.5 1.1 6.7 43% .367 .311 1.79 4.40 4.91 104 5.38 -0.0
1998 FLO MLB 58 0 70.7 75 33 46 10 .262 96 9.6 4.2 1.3 5.9 48% .290 .279 1.53 5.13 4.08 105 6.01 -0.5
1999 FLO MLB 73 0 77.7 79 29 46 4 .260 95 9.2 3.4 0.5 5.3 50% .310 .239 1.39 3.83 3.24 100 4.93 0.6
2000 FLO MLB 68 0 70.0 82 24 47 7 .267 96 10.5 3.1 0.9 6.0 64% .323 .259 1.51 4.08 4.24 89 4.76 0.7
2001 FLO MLB 58 0 61.7 68 15 40 6 .267 95 9.9 2.2 0.9 5.8 67% .307 .257 1.35 3.95 3.06 89 3.76 1.1
2002 CHN MLB 66 0 74.3 73 36 61 5 .257 99 8.8 4.4 0.6 7.4 65% .302 .255 1.47 3.68 4.00 93 4.57 0.6
2003 CHN MLB 60 0 66.3 76 27 51 7 .261 104 10.3 3.7 0.9 6.9 61% .330 .265 1.55 4.12 5.83 93 5.66 -0.2
2004 ATL MLB 79 0 73.7 71 28 45 5 .263 93 8.7 3.4 0.6 5.5 61% .281 .243 1.34 3.76 2.57 98 4.57 0.8
2005 FLO MLB 33 0 27.3 29 14 16 2 .265 92 9.5 4.6 0.7 5.3 63% .321 .267 1.57 4.53 4.94 103 4.93 0.2
2006 TEX MLB 19 0 16.0 23 7 5 3 .257 109 12.9 3.9 1.7 2.8 52% .339 .301 1.88 6.31 5.62 114 6.10 -0.1
2007 PHI MLB 61 0 49.7 65 27 24 3 .264 103 11.8 4.9 0.5 4.3 53% .343 .277 1.85 4.69 5.44 113 6.69 -0.7
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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
1997 FLO MLB 17 0 25.7 36 10 19 3 .256 96 12.6 3.5 1.1 6.7 43% .367 .311 1.79 4.40 4.91
1998 FLO MLB 58 0 70.7 75 33 46 10 .262 96 9.6 4.2 1.3 5.9 48% .290 .279 1.53 5.13 4.08
1999 FLO MLB 73 0 77.7 79 29 46 4 .260 95 9.2 3.4 0.5 5.3 50% .310 .239 1.39 3.83 3.24
2000 FLO MLB 68 0 70.0 82 24 47 7 .267 96 10.5 3.1 0.9 6.0 64% .323 .259 1.51 4.08 4.24
2001 FLO MLB 58 0 61.7 68 15 40 6 .267 95 9.9 2.2 0.9 5.8 67% .307 .257 1.35 3.95 3.06
2002 CHN MLB 66 0 74.3 73 36 61 5 .257 99 8.8 4.4 0.6 7.4 65% .302 .255 1.47 3.68 4.00
2003 CHN MLB 60 0 66.3 76 27 51 7 .261 104 10.3 3.7 0.9 6.9 61% .330 .265 1.55 4.12 5.83
2004 ATL MLB 79 0 73.7 71 28 45 5 .263 93 8.7 3.4 0.6 5.5 61% .281 .243 1.34 3.76 2.57
2005 FLO MLB 33 0 27.3 29 14 16 2 .265 92 9.5 4.6 0.7 5.3 63% .321 .267 1.57 4.53 4.94
2006 TEX MLB 19 0 16.0 23 7 5 3 .257 109 12.9 3.9 1.7 2.8 52% .339 .301 1.88 6.31 5.62
2007 PHI MLB 61 0 49.7 65 27 24 3 .264 103 11.8 4.9 0.5 4.3 53% .343 .277 1.85 4.69 5.44

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
2007-08-20 2007-08-23 DTD 3 2 - Ankle Sprain - -
2007-06-17 2007-06-19 DTD 2 2 Left Ankle Inflammation - -
2006-05-10 2006-06-07 15-DL 28 23 Right Elbow Soreness -
2006-05-03 2006-05-06 DTD 3 3 Left Ankle Sprain - -
2005-04-22 2005-07-26 60-DL 95 80 Right Elbow Stress Fracture -
2004-12-17 2004-12-17 On-Alr 0 0 - Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disk - -
2003-03-30 2003-05-05 15-DL 36 31 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2001-10-01 2001-10-08 DTD 7 6 - Low Back Surgery Herniated Disk -
2001-07-19 2001-07-19 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Soreness - -
2000-03-01 2000-03-01 Camp 0 0 - General Medical Illness Mumps - -
1999-06-07 1999-06-08 DTD 1 0 - Back Soreness - -
1998-08-04 1998-08-05 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Stiffness - -
1998-05-14 1998-05-31 15-DL 17 14 - Groin Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 PHI $380,000
2006 TEX $2,750,000
2005 FLO $300,000
2004 ATL $1,350,000
2003 CHN $4,000,000
2002 CHN $3,550,000
2001 FLO $2,450,000
2000 FLO $380,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$15,160,000
8 yrTotal$15,160,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 126 dJuan Iglesias

Details
  • signed as a free agent from TX 1/07, 1 year/$0.38M (07) ($0.7M if he makes team) performance bonus to $1.1M
  • released 6/06 designated for assignment 6/06 contract purchased 4/06 signed as a free agent from FL 1/06, 1 year/$2.75M (06) (minor-league contract)
  • declined 06 club option 11/05
  • 1 year/$0.3M (05)+bonuses+$2.7M 06 vesting option
  • 05:$0.3M+$1.7M bonuses, 06:$2.7M club option (vests with 65 games in 05) (orig signed 2 year/$4.75M contract but failed physical)
  • signed as a free agent from ATL 12/04
  • signed as a free agent from CHC 12/03, 1 year/$1.35M (04)+$0.65M bonuses
  • acquired in trade from FL 3/02
  • 1 year/$4M (03)
  • 2 year/$6M (01-02) 01:$2.45M, 02:$3.55M
  • $0.5M-Rolaids, $50K ea-All Star, Gold Glove

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
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2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 7/27/2016 10:21 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP 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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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2008 It's rare that a guy who has been stamped with the closer label is so completely defrocked that teams avoid the temptation to put him back in the ninth-inning role, but the eight saves that Alfonseca registered in 2007 were his first since 2002. The Phillies turned to him more in desperation than out of respect for his resum?, but Alfonseca isn't fooling anyone, and hasn't for years. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is essentially even, and lefties have moidalized him over the past two seasons to the tune of a .393 average. A free agent at press time, he should stay that way; there's little reason to doubt that a randomly selected farmhand could do better.
2007 Antonio Alfonseca pitched just 50 professional innings over the past two seasons after his elbow busted on him. He`ll surface in the bigs again if only because he`s been there before.
2006 After a good season for the Braves in 2004, Alfonseca came crashing back to earth. A stress fracture in his elbow had something to do with that. A free agent at this writing, Alfonseca has never been decisively better than a league average pitcher, despite having one more finger. If healthy, he`s functional, but not someone for whom you pay a premium.
2005 The bane of Inigo Montoya quietly (mostly because he wasn't stamped with the closer's imprimatur) had the best season of his career in '04. Of course, that came on the heels of his worst season, which came on the heels of abject mediocrity. The Braves wisely cut bait on him, and the Marlins, in what's been a piteous attempt to assemble a bullpen by throwing money at guys they've merely heard of, were quick to keep him in clover. Atlanta will miss his quality innings, but history—Darren Holmes, Chris Hammond—suggests they'll turn up a suitable proxy.
2004 El Pulpo's reputation as a top-tier reliever was built on the mythology of the save and a history of ERAs that were better than his peripheral numbers. This year, his good fortune reversed itself: Alfonseca never got the Fire Chief title back from Joe Borowski after missing the first month with a hamstring pull, and opponents hit .404/.482/.660 against him with runners in scoring position, sending his ERA skyrocketing. While he should not emerge as a closer again, he's not as bad a pitcher as the bleacher bums make him out to be, effective in spurts with his heavy sinker.
2003 Ahhh, Pulpo, baseball’s 12-fingered menace. If you look at his ERA, Equivalent ERA, and Peripheral ERA columns, what stands out? That 2001 ERA, which after his 45-save 2000 made him seem like an asset to some people. He got predictable against lefties, missing with his slider and curve, and his fastball doesn’t have enough movement to fool everybody most of the time. He’s supposed to be in shape for the first time in two or three years, and mixed with Remlinger and Dave Veres, could be an asset as part of a closer-by-committee.
2002 There are 50 or 60 relief pitchers better than Alfonseca, whose perceived value is entirely a function of his usage pattern, which maximizes one particular statistic. He had back surgery in October, so he'll be watched carefilly this spring. Once he proves he's healthy, the Fish need to trade him for something of actual value.
2001 A decent reliever, Antonio Alfonseca poses as a closer, but when he enters the game, he doesn’t exactly slam the door. Rather, he turns on the porch light, chats for a while, occasionally coughs up a donation, and celebrates wildly when the solicitor leaves. Arbitration-eligible with the Rolaids Relief Award in tow, he will be seeking a ten-fold raise. It wouldn’t be the worst idea to deal Pulpo for some much-needed position-player prospects and have one of the Marlins' other power arms handle ninth-inning duties.
2000 Alfonseca has consistently posted a DT-ERA better than his peripherals would predict, thanks in part to his effectiveness with runners on: he allowed just a .568 OPS in those situations in 1999 and is 99 points of OPS better with runners on for his career. He’s not an overpowering pitcher, but does the things that keep runs off the board, controlling the running game and getting ground balls. There’s not much upside--except for roto-heads and their save category--but Alfonseca should contribute on this level for a while.
1999 The Six-Fingered Menace, “Pulpo” isn’t really a great prospect. He’s sort of been Leyland’s newfangled Vicente Palacios guy, doing anything he’s asked to do. That can be handy, and to Leyland’s credit he’s never been overly obsessive about roles for his relievers.
1998 After a rookie year in which he threw neither well nor often, he suddenly took center stage in the World Series, throwing 6 1/3 shutout innings as Leyland’s long reliever. I wouldn’t start labeling him another Mariano Rivera, though; he has indifferent stuff, and it’s unlikely he’ll ever be more than a middle reliever. As a ninth or 10th man his versatility makes him an asset to a pitching staff.
1997 As most of the western world knows by now, Alfonseca has six fingers on each hand; it’s more a curiosity than a boon at this point, though. He no longer figures into the Marlins’ plans after an uninspiring 1996, but if he ever makes the major leagues, I’m sure we’ll hear the comparisons between him and Three-Finger Brown.
1996  Alfonseca attracted attention from the moment he signed a pro contract, because he has six fingers on each hand. Don't think that means he'll be twice as good as Three-Finger Brown, but he's a legitimate prospect, and he's getting better.

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The Lineup Card: Our Favorite PECOTA ProjectionsBaseball Prospectus2016-02-17
The BP Wayback Machine: Beating Eric GagneGary Huckabay2013-02-14
The Lineup Card: 10 Pitcher MVPs and Their WorthinessBaseball Prospectus2011-11-28
The BP Broadside: Oh, To Live on Closer MountainSteven Goldman2011-09-20
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Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-04-02
Spring Training Preview: NL EastJoe Sheehan2008-02-08
Doctoring The Numbers: Marlins, White Sox, and RaysRany Jazayerli2008-01-23
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: Offseason Plans, NL EastNate Silver2007-10-23
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Division Series, Day TwoJoe Sheehan2007-10-05
Playoff Prospectus: Rockies versus PhilliesChristina Kahrl2007-10-03
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This article requires BP Premium accessWait 'Til Next Year: Joba ChamberlainBryan Smith2007-08-14
Prospectus Hit List: Friday the 13th EditionJay Jaffe2007-07-13
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Protective CapsWill Carroll2007-05-25
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Prospectus Notebook: Indians, RangersBaseball Prospectus2006-06-09
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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2016, Antonio Alfonseca threw 188 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2007, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2007, he relied primarily on his Sinker (91mph). He also rarely threw a Cutter (84mph), Change (82mph) and Fourseam Fastball (93mph).