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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
12 454.3 22 34 131 372 4.18 6.2
Birth Date5-4-1971
Height6' 2"
Weight225 lbs
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WARP Summary

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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
1995 BAL 24 6 0 7.3 0.0 7.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 5 1 1 0 5 4 4 0 3 1.23 3.96 4.62 0.8 0.1
1996 ATL 25 22 0 26.0 0.0 26.0 2 4 0 1 0 0 121 33 15 14 4 52 13 9 1 15 4.85 5.56 5.28 -1.1 0.0
1997 ATL 26 20 0 24.0 0.0 24.0 2 2 0 1 0 0 111 27 11 10 2 40 16 12 0 6 3.75 5.66 6.20 -2.2 -0.2
1997 NYA 26 1 0 2.0 0.0 2.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 12 2 2 2 0 3 4 3 0 2 9.00 7.15 4.87 0.1 0.0
1998 NYA 27 8 0 9.7 0.0 9.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 42 11 7 7 0 14 4 4 0 7 6.52 3.01 3.47 2.3 0.2
2001 CHN 30 1 1 1.7 1.7 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 13 6 6 6 1 10 3 3 0 1 32.40 15.01 18.61 -2.3 -0.2
2002 CHN 31 73 0 95.7 0.0 95.7 4 4 2 4 0 0 391 84 31 29 10 135 29 23 1 97 2.73 3.15 3.03 23.6 2.3
2003 CHN 32 68 0 68.3 0.0 68.3 2 2 33 4 0 0 280 53 23 20 5 75 19 18 1 66 2.63 2.87 2.99 17.2 1.7
2004 CHN 33 22 0 21.3 0.0 21.3 2 4 9 2 0 0 106 27 19 19 3 44 15 13 0 17 8.02 5.30 5.99 -1.3 -0.1
2005 CHN 34 11 0 11.0 0.0 11.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 47 12 8 8 5 30 1 1 0 11 6.55 7.17 8.51 -2.8 -0.3
2005 TBA 34 32 0 35.3 0.0 35.3 1 5 0 4 0 0 137 26 15 15 3 41 11 10 0 16 3.82 4.18 5.00 3.1 0.3
2006 FLO 35 72 0 69.7 0.0 69.7 3 3 36 7 0 0 304 63 31 29 7 101 33 26 2 64 3.75 4.09 3.68 14.0 1.4
2007 CLE 36 69 0 65.7 0.0 65.7 4 5 45 8 0 0 292 77 39 37 9 116 17 13 2 58 5.07 4.19 4.18 12.1 1.2
2008 CLE 37 18 0 16.7 0.0 16.7 1 3 6 4 0 0 82 24 14 14 4 42 8 6 0 9 7.56 6.64 7.26 -2.0 -0.2
Career4231454.31.7452.72234131350019684502222115370817714573724.184.154.2861.46.2

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1991 KNC A 49 0 81.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 FRD A+ 48 0 80.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 FRD A+ 42 2 62.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 BOW AA 9 0 17.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 BOW AA 49 0 66.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 BAL MLB 6 0 7.3 4.62 110 .200 .281 .347 .452 .273 .217 100 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
1995 BOW AA 16 0 20.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 ROC AAA 28 0 35.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 ATL MLB 22 0 26.0 5.28 87 .298 .269 .327 .415 .251 .330 100 -0.1 -0.0 -1.1 0.0
1996 GWN AAA 34 0 53.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 ATL MLB 20 0 24.0 6.20 70 .268 .265 .334 .409 .259 .287 103 -2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2
1997 NYA MLB 1 0 2.0 4.87 95 .328 .252 .338 .429 .267 .333 93 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
1997 GWN AAA 21 0 37.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .284 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NYA MLB 8 0 9.7 3.47 130 .248 .269 .329 .396 .253 .355 99 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2
1998 COH AAA 45 0 73.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 LOU AAA 58 0 89.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CHN MLB 1 1 1.7 18.61 -218 .568 .293 .366 .539 .295 .625 94 -2.3 -0.2 -2.3 -0.2
2001 IOW AAA 39 12 110.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 Obr Wnt 25 0 29.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CHN MLB 73 0 95.7 3.03 132 .234 .261 .329 .413 .258 .292 100 21.4 2.2 23.6 2.3
2003 CHN MLB 68 0 68.3 2.99 138 .209 .267 .334 .428 .262 .254 104 17.2 1.7 17.2 1.7
2004 CHN MLB 22 0 21.3 5.99 64 .317 .262 .330 .419 .261 .338 94 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2004 IOW AAA 7 3 7.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHN MLB 11 0 11.0 8.51 18 .306 .269 .333 .415 .260 .233 102 -2.8 -0.3 -2.8 -0.3
2005 TBA MLB 32 0 35.3 5.00 97 .208 .278 .340 .449 .272 .215 102 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3
2005 IOW AAA 7 0 8.0 6.59 84 .220 .271 .344 .436 .266 .062 105 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2006 FLO MLB 72 0 69.7 3.68 119 .246 .272 .340 .441 .272 .283 93 14.0 1.4 14.0 1.4
2007 CLE MLB 69 0 65.7 4.18 114 .273 .272 .331 .422 .260 .330 99 12.1 1.2 12.1 1.2
2008 CLE MLB 18 0 16.7 7.26 52 .336 .264 .330 .413 .258 .328 104 -2.0 -0.2 -2.0 -0.2
2008 LKC A 1 1 1.0 4.31 101 .003 .266 .332 .378 .252 .000 98 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2008 AKR AA 1 0 1.0 2.51 147 .175 .202 .242 .270 .192 .333 102 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0

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
1991 KNC A 7 2 13 49 0 81.0 60 43 76 2 0% .000 6.7 4.8 0.2 8.4 1.27 2.56 0.0 0.0
1992 FRD A+ 5 6 10 48 0 80.3 71 50 85 3 0% .000 8.0 5.6 0.3 9.5 1.51 3.70 0.0 0.0
1993 BOW AA 3 0 0 9 0 17.7 11 11 17 0 0% .000 5.6 5.6 0.0 8.6 1.24 0.00 0.0 0.0
1993 FRD A+ 1 1 11 42 2 62.3 61 37 70 5 0% .000 8.8 5.3 0.7 10.1 1.57 3.61 0.0 0.0
1994 BOW AA 3 4 14 49 0 66.0 52 28 73 3 0% .000 7.1 3.8 0.4 10.0 1.21 1.91 0.0 0.0
1995 BAL MLB 0 0 0 6 0 7.3 5 4 3 0 52% .217 6.1 4.9 0.0 3.7 1.23 1.23 0.8 0.1
1995 ROC AAA 1 3 6 28 0 35.7 32 18 32 3 0% .000 8.1 4.5 0.8 8.1 1.40 4.03 0.0 0.0
1995 BOW AA 2 2 7 16 0 20.7 16 7 32 2 0% .000 7.0 3.0 0.9 13.9 1.11 3.91 0.0 0.0
1996 ATL MLB 2 4 0 22 0 26.0 33 13 15 4 57% .330 11.4 4.5 1.4 5.2 1.77 4.85 -1.1 0.0
1996 GWN AAA 1 5 7 34 0 53.3 42 30 40 4 0% .000 7.1 5.1 0.7 6.8 1.35 3.71 0.0 0.0
1997 NYA MLB 0 1 0 1 0 2.0 2 4 2 0 67% .333 9.0 18.0 0.0 9.0 3.00 9.00 0.1 0.0
1997 ATL MLB 2 2 0 20 0 24.0 27 16 6 2 49% .287 10.1 6.0 0.8 2.2 1.79 3.75 -2.2 -0.2
1997 GWN AAA 1 2 2 21 0 37.7 32 19 34 3 0% .284 7.6 4.5 0.7 8.1 1.35 3.58 0.0 0.0
1998 NYA MLB 1 0 0 8 0 9.7 11 4 7 0 48% .355 10.2 3.7 0.0 6.5 1.55 6.52 2.3 0.2
1998 COH AAA 3 3 4 45 0 73.7 66 39 67 6 0% .000 8.1 4.8 0.7 8.2 1.42 2.93 0.0 0.0
1999 LOU AAA 6 2 4 58 0 89.0 94 44 70 7 0% .000 9.5 4.4 0.7 7.1 1.55 5.46 0.0 0.0
2001 CHN MLB 0 1 0 1 1 1.7 6 3 1 1 67% .625 32.4 16.2 5.4 5.4 5.40 32.40 -2.3 -0.2
2001 IOW AAA 8 7 1 39 12 110.0 87 26 131 10 0% .000 7.1 2.1 0.8 10.7 1.03 2.62 0.0 0.0
2001 Obr Wnt 2 2 9 25 0 29.7 25 8 28 5 0% .000 7.6 2.4 1.5 8.5 1.11 3.64 0.0 0.0
2002 CHN MLB 4 4 2 73 0 95.7 84 29 97 10 47% .292 7.9 2.7 0.9 9.1 1.18 2.73 23.6 2.3
2003 CHN MLB 2 2 33 68 0 68.3 53 19 66 5 45% .254 7.0 2.5 0.7 8.7 1.05 2.63 17.2 1.7
2004 IOW AAA 0 3 0 7 3 7.7 9 4 2 1 0% .286 10.5 4.7 1.2 2.3 1.69 8.18 0.0 0.0
2004 CHN MLB 2 4 9 22 0 21.3 27 15 17 3 34% .338 11.4 6.3 1.3 7.2 1.97 8.02 -1.3 -0.1
2005 TBA MLB 1 5 0 32 0 35.3 26 11 16 3 49% .215 6.6 2.8 0.8 4.1 1.05 3.82 3.1 0.3
2005 CHN MLB 0 0 0 11 0 11.0 12 1 11 5 49% .233 9.8 0.8 4.1 9.0 1.18 6.55 -2.8 -0.3
2005 IOW AAA 0 0 0 7 0 8.0 3 3 4 2 35% .062 3.4 3.4 2.2 4.5 0.75 2.25 0.2 0.0
2006 FLO MLB 3 3 36 72 0 69.7 63 33 64 7 35% .283 8.1 4.3 0.9 8.3 1.38 3.75 14.0 1.4
2007 CLE MLB 4 5 45 69 0 65.7 77 17 58 9 36% .330 10.6 2.3 1.2 7.9 1.43 5.07 12.1 1.2
2008 LKC A 0 0 0 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.3 0.0
2008 CLE MLB 1 3 6 18 0 16.7 24 8 9 4 25% .328 13.0 4.3 2.2 4.9 1.92 7.56 -2.0 -0.2
2008 AKR AA 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 0% .333 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 1.00 0.00 0.3 0.0

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 284 0.5141 0.4683 0.8571 0.6164 0.3116 0.8778 0.8140 0.1429
Career2840.51410.46830.85710.61640.31160.87780.8140.1429

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2008-04-15 2008-05-24 15-DL 39 35 Right Upper Arm Strain Triceps -
2005-04-04 2005-05-20 15-DL 46 38 Right Forearm Fracture Ulna -
2004-10-05 2004-10-05 Off 0 0 - Knee Surgery Date Is Estimated - -
2004-06-05 2004-10-03 60-DL 120 108 Right Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff -
2003-08-28 2003-09-02 DTD 5 5 - Neck Stiffness - -
1998-08-24 1998-09-22 15-DL 29 28 - Neck Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 CLE $4,000,000
2007 CLE $4,000,000
2006 FLO $327,000
2005 CHN, TBA $2,300,000
2004 CHN $2,000,000
2003 CHN $410,000
2002 CHN $235,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$13,272,000
7 yrTotal$13,272,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 123 d

Details
  • released 7/10/08 designated for assignment 7/4/08 signed as a free agent from FL 1/07, 1 year/$4.25M (07)+08 club option, 07:$4M, 08:$4M club option $0.25M buyout
  • performance bonus:$0.2M each 40,45,50 games finished, $0.4M 55 games finished, $0.5M 60 games finished
  • award bonus:$0.25M Rolaids ($0.15M 2nd & 3rd, $75K 4th-5th), $0.1M All-Star,WSMVP, $50K LCSMVP
  • club will not offer arbitration for 08 if 08 option is not exercised
  • club may offer arbitration after 08
  • signed as a free agent from TB 12/05, 1 year/$0.0.327M (06)+bonuses (10-60 g, up to $1.05M total sal)
  • non-tendered 12/05 signed as a free agent from CHC 7/05
  • designated for assignment 6/05
  • re-signed 1/04 (avoided arbitration), 2 year/$4.3M (04-05)+bonuses (games finished), 04:$2M, 05:$2.3M
  • 1 year/$0.41M (03)
  • contract purchased 3/02 sent to minor-league camp 3/02 optioned to Triple-A 8/01 recalled 8/01

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2008-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will, Joe Borowski has just been disabled with a 'right triceps strain'. Is that the problem, or is there perhaps more? Maybe less? What are the chances he's thrown his last pitch in the majors?
(Jason from Columbus)
Cleveland tends to be very precise with information. I couldn't even venture a guess as to this being the end. (Will Carroll)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Joe Borowski threw 898 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2008, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2008, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (86mph) and Slider (78mph). He also rarely threw a Change (77mph).