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Michael Wuertz PCubs

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
8 414.3 21 11 11 444 3.71 5.5
Birth Date12-15-1978
Height6' 2"
Weight225 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
2004 CHN 25 31 0 29.0 0.0 29.0 1 0 1 0 0 0 124 22 14 14 4 42 17 16 0 30 4.34 4.44 5.09 -0.6 -0.1
2005 CHN 26 75 0 75.7 0.0 75.7 6 2 0 4 0 0 319 60 36 32 6 88 40 33 0 89 3.81 3.26 3.06 16.3 1.7
2006 CHN 27 41 0 40.7 0.0 40.7 3 1 0 5 0 0 175 35 14 12 5 58 16 14 1 42 2.66 3.90 4.10 6.2 0.6
2007 CHN 28 73 0 72.3 0.0 72.3 2 3 0 2 0 0 312 64 30 28 8 107 35 29 0 79 3.48 3.88 3.64 13.2 1.3
2008 CHN 29 45 0 44.7 0.0 44.7 1 1 0 6 0 0 189 44 23 18 4 66 20 18 0 30 3.63 4.27 5.21 1.5 0.2
2009 OAK 30 74 0 78.7 0.0 78.7 6 1 4 3 0 0 304 52 25 23 6 88 23 22 0 102 2.63 2.42 2.61 21.3 2.1
2010 OAK 31 48 0 39.7 0.0 39.7 2 3 6 2 0 0 171 35 21 19 6 60 21 16 0 40 4.31 4.58 4.83 0.9 0.1
2011 OAK 32 39 0 33.7 0.0 33.7 0 0 0 2 0 0 162 37 25 25 5 61 26 22 1 32 6.68 5.50 6.44 -4.1 -0.4
Career4260414.30.0414.3211111240017563491881714457019817024443.713.773.9954.85.5

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1998 WPT A- 14 14 86.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 LNS A 28 28 161.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 DAY A+ 28 28 171.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 WTN AA 27 27 160.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 IOW AAA 28 27 154.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 IOW AAA 43 16 124.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CHN MLB 31 0 29.0 5.09 86 .258 .261 .320 .416 .254 .247 96 0.5 0.0 -0.6 -0.1
2004 IOW AAA 37 0 44.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .260 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHN MLB 75 0 75.7 3.06 135 .224 .261 .331 .415 .261 .293 103 16.5 1.7 16.3 1.7
2006 CHN MLB 41 0 40.7 4.10 113 .241 .272 .337 .451 .271 .270 97 6.3 0.6 6.2 0.6
2006 IOW AAA 30 0 41.0 1.84 162 .207 .263 .334 .398 .255 .315 100 19.9 2.0 19.7 1.9
2007 CHN MLB 73 0 72.3 3.64 127 .241 .267 .334 .427 .260 .295 103 13.1 1.3 13.2 1.3
2008 CHN MLB 45 0 44.7 5.21 93 .261 .253 .319 .398 .254 .296 105 1.7 0.2 1.5 0.2
2008 IOW AAA 17 0 20.0 3.61 138 .218 .276 .346 .428 .255 .268 109 6.3 0.6 6.3 0.6
2009 OAK MLB 74 0 78.7 2.61 146 .201 .265 .331 .424 .260 .266 101 21.3 2.1 21.3 2.1
2010 OAK MLB 48 0 39.7 4.83 94 .251 .265 .331 .424 .261 .279 102 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2010 STO A+ 2 2 3.0 2.81 141 .178 .296 .364 .443 .281 .333 101 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
2010 SAC AAA 4 3 4.7 4.21 103 .228 .287 .367 .455 .281 .286 87 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2011 OAK MLB 39 0 33.7 6.44 51 .307 .263 .325 .414 .265 .327 97 -4.1 -0.4 -4.1 -0.4
2011 STO A+ 3 2 3.0 3.54 128 .346 .263 .347 .419 .274 .714 96 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2011 SAC AAA 3 1 3.0 3.98 138 .191 .312 .390 .480 .280 .429 120 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2

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
1998 WPT A- 7 5 0 14 14 86.3 79 19 59 4 0% .000 8.2 2.0 0.4 6.2 1.14 3.44 0.0 0.0
1999 LNS A 11 12 0 28 28 161.3 191 44 127 11 0% .000 10.7 2.5 0.6 7.1 1.46 4.80 0.0 0.0
2000 DAY A+ 12 7 0 28 28 171.3 166 64 142 15 0% .000 8.7 3.4 0.8 7.5 1.34 3.78 0.0 0.0
2001 WTN AA 4 9 0 27 27 160.0 160 58 135 20 0% .000 9.0 3.3 1.1 7.6 1.36 3.99 0.0 0.0
2002 IOW AAA 9 5 0 28 27 154.0 185 69 131 24 0% .333 10.8 4.0 1.4 7.7 1.65 5.55 0.0 0.0
2003 IOW AAA 3 9 1 43 16 124.0 140 35 92 16 0% .320 10.2 2.5 1.2 6.7 1.41 4.57 0.0 0.0
2004 IOW AAA 1 1 19 37 0 44.7 30 15 59 4 0% .260 6.0 3.0 0.8 11.9 1.01 2.42 0.0 0.0
2004 CHN MLB 1 0 1 31 0 29.0 22 17 30 4 34% .247 6.8 5.3 1.2 9.3 1.34 4.34 -0.6 -0.1
2005 CHN MLB 6 2 0 75 0 75.7 60 40 89 6 43% .293 7.1 4.8 0.7 10.6 1.32 3.81 16.3 1.7
2006 IOW AAA 6 0 10 30 0 41.0 30 9 67 2 44% .315 6.6 2.0 0.4 14.7 0.95 1.76 19.7 1.9
2006 CHN MLB 3 1 0 41 0 40.7 35 16 42 5 55% .270 7.7 3.5 1.1 9.3 1.25 2.66 6.2 0.6
2007 CHN MLB 2 3 0 73 0 72.3 64 35 79 8 46% .295 8.0 4.4 1.0 9.8 1.37 3.48 13.2 1.3
2008 IOW AAA 0 1 4 17 0 20.0 13 14 29 2 56% .268 5.8 6.3 0.9 13.1 1.35 3.60 6.3 0.6
2008 CHN MLB 1 1 0 45 0 44.7 44 20 30 4 46% .296 8.9 4.0 0.8 6.0 1.43 3.63 1.5 0.2
2009 OAK MLB 6 1 4 74 0 78.7 52 23 102 6 47% .266 5.9 2.6 0.7 11.7 0.95 2.63 21.3 2.1
2010 SAC AAA 0 0 0 4 3 4.7 4 3 3 0 43% .286 7.7 5.7 0.0 5.7 1.49 0.00 1.5 0.1
2010 OAK MLB 2 3 6 48 0 39.7 35 21 40 6 44% .279 7.9 4.8 1.4 9.1 1.41 4.31 0.9 0.1
2010 STO A+ 0 0 0 2 2 3.0 3 0 3 0 11% .333 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 1.00 0.00 1.5 0.2
2011 SAC AAA 0 0 0 3 1 3.0 3 2 5 0 57% .429 9.0 6.0 0.0 15.0 1.67 9.00 1.7 0.2
2011 OAK MLB 0 0 0 39 0 33.7 37 26 32 5 47% .327 9.9 7.0 1.3 8.6 1.87 6.68 -4.1 -0.4
2011 STO A+ 0 0 0 3 2 3.0 6 1 7 1 50% .714 18.0 3.0 3.0 21.0 2.33 12.00 2.1 0.2

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 685 0.4672 0.4891 0.7343 0.6719 0.3288 0.8698 0.4917 0.2597
2009 1258 0.4499 0.4427 0.5881 0.5636 0.3425 0.7649 0.3502 0.4101
2010 649 0.4391 0.4761 0.6634 0.6491 0.3407 0.8216 0.4274 0.3366
2011 620 0.4113 0.4045 0.6880 0.5608 0.2932 0.8252 0.5047 0.3120
Career32120.4440.4520.65380.60340.32970.81040.42580.3442

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-07-30 2011-09-02 15-DL 34 31 Right Thumb Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2011-04-02 2011-04-25 15-DL 23 21 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2011-02-21 2011-03-15 Camp 22 0 Shoulder Not Disclosed -
2010-09-26 2010-10-04 DTD 8 8 Right Thumb Inflammation -
2010-09-21 2010-09-25 DTD 4 4 Right Thumb Soreness -
2010-03-26 2010-05-03 15-DL 38 26 Right Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff Tendinitis -
2010-03-17 2010-03-21 Camp 4 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2007-03-01 2007-03-16 Camp 15 0 Right Shoulder Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 MIA $
2012 SEA $
2011 OAK $2,800,000
2010 OAK $2,200,000
2009 OAK $1,100,000
2008 CHN $860,000
2007 CHN $415,000
2006 CHN $355,000
2005 CHN $322,000
2004 CHN $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$8,352,000
8 yrTotal$8,352,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 139 d1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Miami as a free agent 1/15/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Miami 3/8/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 4/12/12 (minor-league contract). Released by Seattle 4/12. Signed by Cincinnati 5/2/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 2 years/$5.25M (2010-11), plus 2012 club option. Signed by extension with Oakland 1/29/10 (avoided arbitration, $2.9M-$1.9M). 10:$2.2M, 11:$2.8M, 12:$3.25M club option, $0.25M buyout. Released by Oakland 10/25/11.
  • 1 year/$1.1M (2009). Re-signed 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Oakland in trade from Chicago Cubs 2/2/09.
  • 1 year/$0.86M (2008). Optioned to Triple-A 7/11/08. Recalled 9/1/08.
  • 1 year/$0.415M (2007). Re-signed 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.355M (2006). Re-signed 3/06. Optioned to Triple-A 4/06. Recalled 5/06. Optioned 5/06. Recalled 7/06.
  • 1 year/$0.322M (2005).
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2004). Contract purchased 2004. Optioned to Triple-A 4/04. Recalled 5/04. Optioned 6/04, 7/04. Recalled 9/04.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Michael Wuertz in the A's bullpen? Did the Cubs sour on him too quickly?
(eamuscatuli from Rochester, NY)
Absolutely, but that's a reflection on how badly things went this winter--the organization had pitching talent to shed because they were short of space on the active roster to keep it all. Ditching Marquis or Vizcaino or Wuertz *and* Gaudin *and* Hill... that's not to say that they've run out of good stuff, but to shed that much usable pitching talent for negligible returns, that's just not how you like to see things play out. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you look at the Cubs' dumping of their 'out of option' guys - Pie, Hill, Cedeno - and see anything less than organizational failure? It seemed to be a lot of useful talent being given away for virtually nothing.
(ChuckR from Addison, IL)
The timing of the deals, given the return, was disappointing. Why not take these players to Arizona and see if they can raise their trade value?

And why trade for Aaron Heilman and trade away Michael Wuertz? I'm not convinced they now possess the better pitcher.

Lightning round. (Joe Sheehan)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Michael Wuertz threw 3,778 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2011, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2011, he relied primarily on his Slider (85mph) and Fourseam Fastball (90mph). He also rarely threw a Change (84mph) and Curve (78mph).