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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 34)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.7 3.59 1.21 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date6-6-1980
Height6' 4"
Weight225 lbs
Age34 years, 4 months, 17 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.52010
0.82011
1.32012
1.22013
0.72014
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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 CIN 23 6 0 8.7 0.0 8.7 1 1 0 1 0 0 39 10 5 5 1 15 2 2 1 6 5.19 4.13 4.60 0.7 0.1
2005 CIN 25 60 5 85.7 24.0 61.7 4 8 1 4 1 0 382 101 49 42 11 153 26 20 6 59 4.41 4.40 4.73 10.8 1.0
2006 CIN 26 30 2 40.0 9.7 30.3 2 0 0 1 1 0 180 43 18 16 5 66 19 18 3 26 3.60 5.08 5.15 1.6 0.1
2007 CIN 27 30 30 177.7 177.7 0.0 8 9 0 0 11 2 771 212 111 105 26 340 43 39 7 125 5.32 4.52 5.24 12.1 0.8
2008 CIN 28 6 6 29.7 29.7 0.0 1 4 0 0 1 0 142 47 27 24 4 72 6 6 0 14 7.28 4.52 4.79 2.0 0.1
2009 COL 29 24 0 31.0 0.0 31.0 3 1 0 1 0 0 133 35 21 19 6 59 5 4 1 22 5.52 4.73 5.67 -2.1 -0.2
2010 COL 30 76 0 92.0 0.0 92.0 7 5 1 1 0 0 365 84 34 30 7 124 16 11 2 91 2.93 2.70 3.78 14.8 1.5
2011 COL 31 74 0 72.0 0.0 72.0 10 4 0 7 0 0 301 77 33 26 5 112 14 11 4 58 3.25 3.04 4.24 7.1 0.8
2012 COL 32 80 0 80.0 0.0 80.0 3 8 3 7 0 0 348 91 36 33 5 128 18 12 3 69 3.71 3.01 3.83 13.4 1.3
2013 COL 33 72 0 73.0 0.0 73.0 5 7 0 5 0 0 301 76 37 35 6 114 15 13 0 62 4.32 3.01 3.83 9.9 1.2
2014 COL 34 66 1 64.7 3.0 61.7 4 7 0 2 0 0 282 74 35 35 5 106 19 17 1 43 4.87 3.71 4.57 5.1 0.7
Career52444754.3244.0510.348545291423244850406370811289183153285754.413.804.5575.27.3

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 GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1999 DNV Rk 14 14 71.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 MCN A 15 15 102.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 MYR A+ 12 12 78.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 Pho Wnt 4 3 18.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 GRN AA 26 26 159.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CIN MLB 6 0 8.7 4.60 104 .277 .274 .336 .437 .267 .310 103 1.0 0.1 0.7 0.1
2003 GRN AA 21 21 125.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .319 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 GWN AAA 3 3 20.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LOU AAA 4 4 26.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 LOU AAA 28 28 162.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .331 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CIN MLB 60 5 85.7 4.73 101 .273 .265 .327 .420 .260 .323 105 10.9 1.1 10.8 1.0
2006 CIN MLB 30 2 40.0 5.15 90 .271 .261 .326 .415 .257 .299 96 2.1 0.2 1.6 0.1
2006 DYT A 2 0 4.1 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .231 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 CHT AA 2 1 3.1 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 LOU AAA 8 1 9.2 2.47 141 .123 .271 .336 .399 .269 .182 100 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
2007 CIN MLB 30 30 177.7 5.24 93 .278 .267 .330 .421 .257 .326 102 12.7 1.2 12.1 0.8
2007 LOU AAA 1 1 6.0 2.85 139 .252 .272 .323 .399 .255 .368 100 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2008 CIN MLB 6 6 29.7 4.79 88 .333 .266 .331 .404 .264 .364 92 0.8 0.1 2.0 0.1
2008 SAR A+ 1 1 8.7 4.01 112 .071 .257 .319 .394 .255 .080 100 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2008 CHT AA 1 1 9.0 4.07 120 .188 .266 .336 .409 .261 .219 108 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2008 LOU AAA 26 1 38.0 4.02 110 .246 .266 .333 .411 .269 .331 97 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3
2009 COL MLB 24 0 31.0 5.67 75 .279 .252 .320 .396 .259 .293 100 -1.0 -0.1 -2.1 -0.2
2009 CSP AAA 33 4 58.3 5.04 104 .219 .272 .342 .428 .276 .322 111 12.6 1.2 12.9 1.2
2010 COL MLB 76 0 92.0 3.78 116 .220 .253 .318 .397 .264 .309 103 13.1 1.4 14.8 1.5
2011 COL MLB 74 0 72.0 4.24 108 .245 .252 .314 .388 .258 .327 111 6.3 0.7 7.1 0.8
2012 COL MLB 80 0 80.0 3.83 125 .249 .260 .322 .411 .266 .340 118 13.6 1.4 13.4 1.3
2013 COL MLB 72 0 73.0 3.83 117 .237 .256 .317 .394 .259 .321 114 10.1 1.1 9.9 1.2
2014 COL MLB 66 1 64.7 4.57 105 .254 .244 .305 .373 .256 .322 120 5.6 0.6 5.1 0.7

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 DNV Rk 2 5 0 14 14 71.3 86 23 60 3 0% .000 10.9 2.9 0.4 7.6 1.53 4.67 0.0 0.0
2000 MCN A 9 5 0 15 15 102.3 79 18 97 7 0% .000 7.0 1.6 0.6 8.5 0.95 2.38 0.0 0.0
2000 MYR A+ 3 4 0 12 12 78.7 72 11 71 5 0% .000 8.2 1.3 0.6 8.1 1.05 3.43 0.0 0.0
2001 Pho Wnt 2 1 0 4 3 18.3 26 6 22 3 0% .000 12.8 3.0 1.5 10.8 1.75 5.90 0.0 0.0
2002 GRN AA 5 9 0 26 26 159.3 162 39 123 18 0% .293 9.2 2.2 1.0 6.9 1.26 4.35 0.0 0.0
2003 CIN MLB 1 1 0 6 0 8.7 10 2 6 1 53% .310 10.4 2.1 1.0 6.2 1.38 5.19 0.7 0.1
2003 GRN AA 6 8 0 21 21 125.3 128 42 94 5 0% .319 9.2 3.0 0.4 6.8 1.36 3.52 0.0 0.0
2003 GWN AAA 1 1 0 3 3 20.0 17 0 10 1 0% .250 7.7 0.0 0.5 4.5 0.85 2.25 0.0 0.0
2003 LOU AAA 1 3 0 4 4 26.0 31 5 15 2 0% .341 10.7 1.7 0.7 5.2 1.38 3.81 0.0 0.0
2004 LOU AAA 9 11 0 28 28 162.7 192 51 106 16 0% .331 10.6 2.8 0.9 5.9 1.49 5.26 0.0 0.0
2005 CIN MLB 4 8 1 60 5 85.7 101 26 59 11 54% .323 10.6 2.7 1.2 6.2 1.48 4.41 10.8 1.0
2006 DYT A 1 0 1 2 0 4.1 3 0 3 0 0% .231 6.6 0.0 0.0 6.6 0.73 0.00 0.0 0.0
2006 LOU AAA 1 0 0 8 1 9.2 4 1 9 0 77% .182 3.9 1.0 0.0 8.8 0.54 0.00 2.5 0.2
2006 CHT AA 0 0 0 2 1 3.1 3 0 4 0 0% .333 8.7 0.0 0.0 11.6 0.97 0.00 0.0 0.0
2006 CIN MLB 2 0 0 30 2 40.0 43 19 26 5 50% .299 9.7 4.3 1.1 5.8 1.55 3.60 1.6 0.1
2007 LOU AAA 0 1 0 1 1 6.0 7 2 7 0 79% .368 10.5 3.0 0.0 10.5 1.50 3.00 1.9 0.2
2007 CIN MLB 8 9 0 30 30 177.7 212 43 125 26 43% .326 10.7 2.2 1.3 6.3 1.44 5.32 12.1 0.8
2008 SAR A+ 1 0 0 1 1 8.7 2 0 3 0 76% .080 2.1 0.0 0.0 3.1 0.23 0.00 0.6 0.1
2008 CIN MLB 1 4 0 6 6 29.7 47 6 14 4 52% .364 14.3 1.8 1.2 4.2 1.79 7.28 2.0 0.1
2008 CHT AA 1 0 0 1 1 9.0 7 0 3 0 59% .219 7.0 0.0 0.0 3.0 0.78 2.00 1.3 0.1
2008 LOU AAA 5 1 4 26 1 38.0 43 11 27 1 62% .331 10.2 2.6 0.2 6.4 1.42 4.26 3.1 0.3
2009 CSP AAA 1 1 9 33 4 58.3 58 15 47 2 56% .322 9.0 2.3 0.3 7.3 1.25 3.09 12.9 1.2
2009 COL MLB 3 1 0 24 0 31.0 35 5 22 6 42% .293 10.2 1.5 1.7 6.4 1.29 5.52 -2.1 -0.2
2010 COL MLB 7 5 1 76 0 92.0 84 16 91 7 49% .309 8.2 1.6 0.7 8.9 1.09 2.93 14.8 1.5
2011 COL MLB 10 4 0 74 0 72.0 77 14 58 5 55% .327 9.6 1.8 0.6 7.2 1.26 3.25 7.1 0.8
2012 COL MLB 3 8 3 80 0 80.0 91 18 69 5 52% .340 10.2 2.0 0.6 7.8 1.36 3.71 13.4 1.3
2013 COL MLB 5 7 0 72 0 73.0 76 15 62 6 50% .321 9.4 1.8 0.7 7.6 1.25 4.32 9.9 1.2
2014 COL MLB 4 7 0 66 1 64.7 74 19 43 5 48% .322 10.3 2.6 0.7 6.0 1.44 4.87 5.1 0.7

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 516 0.5717 0.4796 0.8826 0.6610 0.2353 0.9487 0.6346 0.1134
2009 483 0.5611 0.5321 0.8482 0.6790 0.3443 0.9022 0.7123 0.1518
2010 1436 0.5780 0.4913 0.8043 0.6349 0.2937 0.8653 0.6236 0.1943
2011 1169 0.5851 0.5184 0.8366 0.6711 0.3031 0.8780 0.7075 0.1601
2012 1251 0.5931 0.5140 0.8243 0.6280 0.3477 0.8734 0.6949 0.1757
2013 1117 0.5604 0.5161 0.7899 0.6581 0.3340 0.8641 0.6037 0.2101
2014 1046 0.5335 0.4909 0.8301 0.6380 0.3197 0.8736 0.7308 0.1699
Career70180.57080.50570.82360.64880.31440.87860.670.1753

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-11-01 2010-11-01 Off 0 0 Knee Surgery Meniscus Most of Season 2010-11-01
2010-03-06 2010-03-14 Camp 8 0 Right Forearm Tightness -
2009-02-23 2009-03-09 Camp 14 0 Right Forearm Strain -
2008-08-19 2008-09-29 60-DL 41 37 Right Knee Surgery ACL 2008-08-19
2008-03-22 2008-03-26 Camp 4 0 Right Forearm Soreness Working on Changeup -
2008-03-21 2008-04-21 15-DL 31 19 Right Forearm Soreness -
2006-07-10 2006-08-19 15-DL 40 33 Low Back Strain -
2006-05-28 2006-06-26 15-DL 29 27 Low Back Strain -
2006-03-01 2006-03-06 Camp 5 0 General Medical Illness -
2001-04-05 2001-09-05 Minors 153 0 - Low Back Surgery Herniated Disk 2001-03-29 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 COL $4,250,000
2013 COL $4,100,000
2012 COL $3,775,000
2011 COL $2,350,000
2010 COL $850,000
2008 CIN $1,250,000
2007 CIN $390,000
2006 CIN $343,500
2005 CIN $316,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$13,374,500
2011Current$4,250,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$17,624,500
9 yrTotal$17,624,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 19 dGreg Landry2 years/$8.125M (2012-13), 2014 option

Details
  • 2 years/$8.125M (2012-13), plus 2014 mutual option. Signed extension with Colorado 2/3/12. 12:$3.775M, 13:$4.1M, 14:$4.25M mutual option, $0.25M mutual option. Performance bonuses: $0.225M annually based on games finished.
  • 2 years/$6.125M (2011-12). Signed extension with Colorado 2/19/11 (replacing 1 year/$2.35M deal signed 1/11/11, avoiding arbitration). 11:$2.35M, 12:$3.775M.
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2010). Re-signed by Colorado 11/5/09 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $0.275M based on games (55-75). $0.2M based on games finished, starting at 40.
  • 1 year (2009). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 1/14/09 (minor-league contract, $0.8M in majors). Performance bonuses: $25,000 for 165 IP, $50,000 for 175 IP, $75,000 for 185 IP, $0.1M for 195 IP, $0.125M for 205 IP. $25,000 each for 55, 60 games. $50,000 each for 65, 70, 75 games. Contract purchased by Colorado 4/10/09. DFA by Colorado 5/25/09, sent outright to AAA 5/27/09. Contract purchased by Colorado 7/11/09. DFA by Colorado 7/16/09. Contract purchased by Colorado 9/8/09.
  • 1 year/$1.25M (2008). Re-signed 1/31/08 (avoided arbitration, $1.65M-$1M). Performance bonus: $25,000 each for 175, 185, 200, 210 IP. Non-tendered 12/12/08.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2007).
  • 1 year/$0.3435M (2006). Re-signed 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.316M (2005)
  • Acquired in trade from Atlanta 8/03.

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
90o 0 0 2 0 0 92.5 74 15 79 7 .280 0.96 2.50 2.71 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 2 0 0 86.0 74 15 73 7 .295 1.03 2.84 3.09 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 2 0 0 81.4 73 15 69 7 .306 1.08 3.09 3.36 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 2 0 0 77.6 73 15 66 7 .315 1.13 3.31 3.6 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 2 0 0 74.1 73 15 63 7 .324 1.18 3.52 3.83 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 2 0 0 70.7 72 15 60 7 .333 1.22 3.73 4.05 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 2 0 0 67.0 71 14 57 6 .342 1.27 3.96 4.3 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 2 0 0 62.9 70 14 54 6 .353 1.33 4.23 4.59 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 2 0 0 57.3 68 14 49 6 .368 1.42 4.61 5.01 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0020073.67114636.3221.173.493.80.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
18% 29% 46% 8% 83%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2015352114304643937449.3111.143.373.678.51.87.30.80.7
2016361112903133723449.3301.294.294.679.62.06.71.20.1
2017372113003133624349.3331.243.984.329.51.76.90.90.2
2018381112702931623349.3351.284.154.519.61.97.10.90.2
2019391112702932622349.3351.314.284.659.91.96.80.90.1
2020401112803032623349.3311.284.144.509.71.87.00.90.2
2021411012602731620349.3381.354.524.9110.22.06.61.00.0
2022421012502730619349.3361.354.484.8610.12.06.41.00.0
2023431002102226516349.3391.394.695.1010.52.06.41.2-0.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
1513.34.67.26.2646.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 92 Bob Howry 2008 5.60
2 86 Hideki Okajima 2010 4.70
3 85 Mike Adams 2013 3.96
4 84 Dave Smith 1989 3.10
5 83 Rich Gossage 1986 5.01
6 83 Jeff Shaw 2001 3.86
7 83 LaTroy Hawkins 2007 3.58
8 83 Jon Rauch 2013 7.56
9 83 Scott Downs 2010 2.79
10 82 Matt Guerrier 2013 4.64
11 82 Joaquin Benoit 2012 3.93
12 82 Jason Frasor 2012 4.12
13 82 Mike Jackson 1999 4.19
14 82 Doug Jones 1991 5.97
15 82 J.J. Putz 2011 2.33
16 82 Ramon Hernandez 1975 2.95 DNP
17 81 Mike Lincoln 2009 8.22
18 81 Chad Qualls 2013 2.61
19 81 Matt Thornton 2011 4.98
20 81 Pedro Feliciano 2011 0.00 DNP
21 81 Scot Shields 2010 6.07
22 80 Justin Speier 2008 5.56
23 80 Aaron Fultz 2008 0.00 DNP
24 80 Mike Timlin 2000 4.59
25 80 George Sherrill 2011 3.00
26 80 Peter Moylan 2013 6.46
27 79 Jason Isringhausen 2007 2.89
28 79 Grant Jackson 1977 4.25
29 79 Brian Fuentes 2010 3.19
30 79 Guillermo Mota 2008 4.42
31 78 Kevin Gregg 2012 5.36
32 78 Tyler Walker 2010 4.08
33 78 Luis Ayala 2012 3.36
34 78 Kerry Wood 2011 4.24
35 78 Mike Maddux 1996 5.18
36 78 Rafael Betancourt 2009 3.38
37 78 Jose Valverde 2012 4.43
38 77 David Riske 2011 0.00 DNP
39 77 Steve Reed 1999 4.82
40 77 Jay Howell 1990 2.32
41 77 Geoff Geary 2011 0.00 DNP
42 76 Stu Miller 1962 4.79 DNP
43 76 Willie Hernandez 1989 6.03
44 76 Dennys Reyes 2011 10.80
45 76 Damaso Marte 2009 9.45
46 76 Tom Gordon 2002 4.01
47 76 Mike Henneman 1996 6.00
48 76 Mariano Rivera 2004 1.94
49 76 Scott Schoeneweis 2008 3.65
50 76 Mike Marshall 1977 5.40
51 76 Jeff Montgomery 1996 4.41
52 76 Grant Balfour 2012 2.53
53 76 Mark Eichhorn 1995 0.00 DNP
54 76 Francisco Cordero 2009 2.83
55 76 Keith Foulke 2007 0.00 DNP
56 76 Javier Lopez 2012 3.25
57 75 Dan Quisenberry 1987 3.12
58 75 Joe Nathan 2009 2.10
59 75 Bob Wickman 2003 0.00 DNP
60 75 Ray King 2008 5.68
61 75 Will Ohman 2012 6.41
62 75 Chad Durbin 2012 3.69
63 75 Roberto Hernandez 1999 3.31
64 75 Braden Looper 2009 5.69
65 75 Shawn Camp 2010 3.36
66 74 Heath Bell 2012 5.37
67 74 B.J. Ryan 2010 0.00 DNP
68 74 Armando Benitez 2007 6.44
69 74 Fernando Rodney 2011 5.06
70 74 Kiko Calero 2009 1.95
71 74 Donnie Moore 1988 5.73
72 74 D.J. Carrasco 2011 6.39
73 74 Hoyt Wilhelm 1957 4.45
74 73 Danys Baez 2012 0.00 DNP
75 73 Gene Garber 1982 2.94
76 73 Joe Beimel 2011 6.04
77 73 Steve Howe 1992 2.86
78 73 Clay Condrey 2010 0.00 DNP
79 72 Justin Miller 2012 0.00 DNP
80 72 Ryan Dempster 2011 4.94
81 72 Arthur Rhodes 2004 5.35
82 72 Jose Mesa 2000 5.24
83 72 Tippy Martinez 1984 4.22
84 72 Chris Carpenter 2009 2.29
85 72 Jeremy Affeldt 2013 3.74
86 72 Bruce Ruffin 1998 0.00 DNP
87 72 Roy Face 1962 2.37 DNP
88 72 Ricardo Rincon 2004 4.70
89 72 Randy Flores 2010 3.48
90 71 Jeff Russell 1996 3.54
91 71 Chad Paronto 2010 0.00 DNP
92 71 J.C. Romero 2010 4.42
93 71 Doug Brocail 2001 0.00 DNP
94 71 Tug McGraw 1979 5.92
95 71 Trever Miller 2007 5.44
96 71 Jim Mecir 2004 3.97
97 71 Steve Kline 2007 4.89
98 71 Paul Quantrill 2003 2.21
99 71 Scott Proctor 2011 7.59
100 71 Rick Aguilera 1996 5.50

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .285 .337 .408 .253
11 vs R (Multi) .265 .295 .397 .231
18 Split (Multi) .020 .043 .011 .022
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .283 .325 .425 .248
31 vs R (2013) .259 .291 .388 .220
38 Split (2013) .024 .034 .037 .027
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Belisle tied for the MLB lead in appearances last year and is one of four pitchers to get into at least 70 games each of the past three seasons. In April, Colorado brass expressed a desire to limit Belisle's workload to maximize his effectiveness. Pitching coach Bob Apodaca wanted to keep him under 70 innings, but when the Rockies rotation imploded, that didn't happen. Perhaps not coincidentally, Belisle faded in the second half, with his ERA more than tripling and opponents gaining 150 points of SLG against him. Belisle's overall numbers look solid, especially considering his home park, but that fade is worrisome.
2012 Belisle has made a mid-career transition from eminently hittable starter to somewhat-less-hittable reliever. He possesses a resilient arm that has allowed him to soak up innings out of the Rockies bullpen each of the past two seasons. There is nothing fancy about Belisle's game, but he throws strikes and keeps the ball in the park, an excellent combination for a pitcher who calls Coors Field home. He has negligible home/road splits since coming to Colorado in 2009 and should continue to be a useful cog for the near- to medium-term.
2011 After scuffling through his 20s, Belisle had a breakout season at age 30 in 2010, posting a career-best strikeout rate of effectively one per inning and maintaining the immaculate control he has shown in recent seasons to produce a splendid 5.69 strikeout-walk ratio. That he did that after a strong showing in September 2009 suggests it was more than just a fluke. The key to Belisle’s success seems to have been abandoning his changeup in favor of more sliders and curves and establishing a simple pattern of getting ahead with his low-90s fastball, then using his breaking stuff to put hitters away when ahead in the count. That sounds simple, but it’s one thing to have a plan and another to be able to execute it with confidence and command, which is what Belisle is finally doing. Jim Tracy rode Belisle hard, using him for a major-league-leading number of relief innings, including 29 appearances of over an inning pitched. We shall see if the workload produces any kind of hangover.
2010 You could say Belisle is nothing special, a Quad-A pitcher with mediocre stuff, but of course he’s one of only several hundred people on earth talented enough to pitch intermittently in the major leagues. So there’s that. The Rockies DFA’d him twice during his nondescript Coors debut, so it was a bit of a surprise when they patted him on the head, gave him a small raise, and brought him back for 2010.
2009 The Reds non-tendered the always-fringy Matt Belisle after a brutal campaign during which he was demoted in May, then required knee surgery in August to repair a torn ligament.
2008 Major league teams keep guys like Belisle around with a big sign over their heads that says "break glass in case of emergency." Unfortunately for all involved, the Reds' emergency last year was that they needed a number-three starter. After a strong April, Belisle got lit up like a Christmas tree, allowing 26 homers from May to September, 17 of them at the Great American Ball Park. Whether or not he's still in the rotation come Opening Day will be a litmus test for the organization's off-season moves.
2007 In Old Testament Hebrew, belial means `without worth.` While Matt`s not that bad, it`s time to cue up Peggy Lee and accept that this is all that there is. You could cut him some slack over the back injury that cost him more than two months in 2006, but he wasn`t all that good in 2005, and that wasn`t the first major back injury he`s endured. With pedestrian stuff, he`s in danger of falling into the dreaded Quadruple-A class of pitching talent, perpetually hoping for a fifth starter`s job or garbage time out of the pen.
2006 Belisle`s top prospect label was removed after a serious back injury in 2001. Now he`s yet another spear-carrier in the Reds phalanx of hard-working, blue-collar former high school pitchers with middling stuff (fastball, slider, change). His 2006 role is unsettled, as he could end up in middle relief or be inserted into the rotation, but he`ll end up in Louisville quickly if he doesn`t learn how to mix up his pitches to left-handed hitters.
2005 Getting Belisle for Kent Mercker in a late-season dump trade with the Braves in 2003 was the kind of move teams like the Reds need to make to help themselves. So far the deal only looks good on paper, after Belisle gave up 1.5 baserunners per inning in Louisville. Whether it's the result of struggling at higher levels or the residual effects of his injury, Belisle has grown more and more mediocre every year since missing all of 2001 due to a ruptured disc in his back. He's still got time to turn it around.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2009-10-23 16:00:00 (link to chat)From a baseball standpoint, who would you most likely want to build a team around from "Major League 3: Back to the Minors"? Hoss(the pitcher that punked out Liston), "Downtown", The Juans(combo pair) or the ballet-trained utility guy?
(jlarsen from Chicago, IL)
Clearly Downtown... he was a pure hitter, as he told that waitress in the diner, meaning he has quick hands. Plus, once he learned how to take pitches the opposite way, watch out. I think he would have gone on to have a Johnny Damon career while Hoss would have become Matt Belisle. (Eric Seidman)


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Matt Belisle has thrown 7,873 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Slider (87mph), also mixing in a Curve (75mph) and Sinker (92mph). He also rarely throws a Change (87mph).