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Birth Date5-7-1984
Height6' 3"
Weight235 lbs
Age30 years, 3 months, 26 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.92010
2.12011
-1.22012
1.52013
-0.32014
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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
2006 LAN 22 48 111 102 20 29 6 5 4 57 8 10 1 0 0 18 1 0 .284 .342 .559 .278 3.9 -1.2 0.3
2007 LAN 23 96 375 344 41 114 18 4 15 185 28 48 1 2 0 67 0 1 .331 .381 .538 .306 20.7 -0.6 2.0
2008 LAN 24 161 651 595 66 172 35 6 13 258 45 85 3 7 1 90 7 4 .289 .338 .434 .267 7.6 -7.8 -0.0
2009 LAN 25 158 651 576 73 162 25 2 13 230 70 68 0 4 1 90 7 3 .281 .357 .399 .277 15.5 -4.0 1.2
2010 LAN 26 161 648 588 67 157 41 2 10 232 52 95 4 4 0 88 10 5 .267 .329 .395 .269 12.7 -4.0 0.9
2011 LAN 27 158 582 531 56 153 30 1 12 221 42 67 1 5 3 65 4 0 .288 .339 .416 .276 16.6 3.3 2.1
2012 BOS 28 30 106 100 5 23 2 0 2 31 5 12 0 1 0 8 0 0 .230 .264 .310 .212 -4.4 2.6 -0.2
2012 LAN 28 114 359 334 32 85 18 0 4 115 23 39 0 1 1 33 0 3 .255 .302 .344 .224 -10.5 1.4 -1.0
2013 TBA 29 158 598 549 54 164 33 0 13 236 44 77 0 4 1 75 3 1 .299 .348 .430 .282 17.2 -3.0 1.5
2014 TBA 30 134 565 519 51 147 25 0 7 193 36 65 4 6 0 62 4 0 .283 .331 .372 .259 0.6 -4.2 -0.4
Career121846464238465120623320931758353566143475963617.285.339.415.27079.8-17.66.4

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
2002 VRO A+ 17 74 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .345 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 GRF Rk 47 197 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .395 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 VRO A+ 125 516 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .318 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 JAX AA 104 442 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .285 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 JAX AA 138 572 .282 .272 .351 .395 .274 .324 89 9.9 12.3 -7.9 8.2 -1.1 16.0 2.5 16.0 2.5
2006 LAN MLB 48 111 .278 .269 .340 .433 .267 .284 97 2.3 3.3 -1.9 -1.2 -0.1 3.9 0.3 3.9 0.3
2006 LVG AAA 98 406 .319 .276 .344 .420 .265 .404 110 24.3 11.2 -6.6 4.8 0.8 28.7 3.3 28.7 3.3
2007 LAN MLB 96 375 .306 .265 .332 .414 .256 .350 101 19.1 11.1 -7 -0.6 -2.6 20.7 2.0 20.7 2.0
2007 LVG AAA 58 261 .250 .282 .346 .440 .266 .348 112 -3 7.9 -4.2 1.8 -4.1 -2.0 -0.0 -2.0 -0.0
2008 LAN MLB 161 651 .267 .263 .329 .416 .263 .315 94 4.8 18.8 -12 -7.8 -1.6 7.6 -0.0 7.6 -0.0
2009 LAN MLB 158 651 .277 .261 .328 .412 .262 .299 90 11.6 18.7 -11.9 -4.0 -2.9 15.5 1.2 15.5 1.2
2010 LAN MLB 161 648 .269 .256 .322 .396 .265 .302 88 5.6 17.9 -11.4 -4.0 1.5 12.7 0.9 12.7 0.9
2011 LAN MLB 158 582 .276 .251 .316 .390 .259 .309 93 9.3 15.7 -9.9 3.3 -1.4 16.6 2.1 16.6 2.1
2012 BOS MLB 30 106 .212 .242 .301 .389 .247 .241 100 -5 2.9 -1.8 2.6 -0.3 -4.4 -0.2 -4.4 -0.2
2012 LAN MLB 114 359 .224 .256 .319 .407 .263 .277 93 -12.8 9.8 -6 1.4 -2.2 -10.5 -1.0 -10.5 -1.0
2013 TBA MLB 158 598 .282 .253 .317 .403 .264 .326 95 12.7 15.7 -10 -3.0 -2.7 17.2 1.5 17.2 1.5
2014 TBA MLB 134 565 .259 .252 .313 .390 .259 .309 100 -0.5 14.6 -9.3 -4.2 -4.4 0.6 -0.4 0.6 -0.4

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
2002 VRO A+ 74 6 20 6 0 0 5 6 10 0 0 .299 .351 .388 .090 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 GRF Rk 197 33 63 22 3 5 30 25 18 5 4 .371 .457 .624 .253 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 VRO A+ 516 64 129 31 3 7 46 43 80 9 4 .276 .336 .400 .124 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 JAX AA 442 39 94 19 2 4 35 42 75 6 5 .238 .316 .327 .089 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 JAX AA 572 74 143 31 2 11 65 59 87 1 4 .284 .360 .419 .135 .282 16.0 8.2 2.5
2006 LAN MLB 111 20 29 6 5 4 18 8 10 1 0 .284 .342 .559 .275 .278 3.9 -1.2 0.3
2006 LVG AAA 406 64 139 33 2 8 67 32 34 9 5 .380 .432 .546 .167 .319 28.7 4.8 3.3
2007 LVG AAA 261 28 65 19 1 1 32 25 48 2 1 .279 .349 .382 .103 .250 -2.0 1.8 -0.0
2007 LAN MLB 375 41 114 18 4 15 67 28 48 0 1 .331 .381 .538 .206 .306 20.7 -0.6 2.0
2008 LAN MLB 651 66 172 35 6 13 90 45 85 7 4 .289 .338 .434 .145 .267 7.6 -7.8 -0.0
2009 LAN MLB 651 73 162 25 2 13 90 70 68 7 3 .281 .357 .399 .118 .277 15.5 -4.0 1.2
2010 LAN MLB 648 67 157 41 2 10 88 52 95 10 5 .267 .329 .395 .128 .269 12.7 -4.0 0.9
2011 LAN MLB 582 56 153 30 1 12 65 42 67 4 0 .288 .339 .416 .128 .276 16.6 3.3 2.1
2012 LAN MLB 359 32 85 18 0 4 33 23 39 0 3 .255 .302 .344 .090 .224 -10.5 1.4 -1.0
2012 BOS MLB 106 5 23 2 0 2 8 5 12 0 0 .230 .264 .310 .080 .212 -4.4 2.6 -0.2
2013 TBA MLB 598 54 164 33 0 13 75 44 77 3 1 .299 .348 .430 .131 .282 17.2 -3.0 1.5
2014 TBA MLB 565 51 147 25 0 7 62 36 65 4 0 .283 .331 .372 .089 .259 0.6 -4.2 -0.4

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 2354 0.5072 0.4501 0.8735 0.6013 0.2940 0.9192 0.7771 0.1265
2009 2437 0.4924 0.4129 0.8886 0.5742 0.2555 0.9361 0.7848 0.1114
2010 2455 0.4974 0.4268 0.8768 0.5717 0.2828 0.9212 0.7880 0.1232
2011 2181 0.4718 0.4665 0.8830 0.6395 0.3116 0.9392 0.7799 0.1170
2012 1675 0.4890 0.4806 0.8795 0.6508 0.3178 0.9381 0.7647 0.1205
2013 2202 0.4882 0.4650 0.8896 0.6307 0.3070 0.9277 0.8150 0.1104
2014 2089 0.4840 0.4677 0.8884 0.6528 0.2941 0.9455 0.7697 0.1116
Career153930.49040.45070.88270.61430.29310.93190.78350.1173

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-03-12 2012-03-16 Camp 4 0 - Lower Leg Soreness Calf - -
2011-03-05 2011-03-09 Camp 4 0 Left Knee Stiffness -
2010-07-18 2010-07-19 DTD 1 1 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-09-14 2009-09-14 DTD 0 0 Neck Stiffness Player Collision -
2009-08-22 2009-08-25 DTD 3 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2007-06-18 2007-06-22 DTD 4 3 Right Knee Contusion Running Into Structure -
2006-04-06 2006-04-07 DTD 1 0 Wrist Contusion Ground Ball -
2004-04-23 2004-05-13 Minors 20 0 - Fingers Fracture Distal Middle Finger - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 TBA $9,666,666
2015 TBA $8,666,667
2014 TBA $2,666,667
2013 TBA $2,000,000
2012 LAN $6,375,000
2011 LAN $4,875,000
2010 LAN $3,100,000
2009 LAN $465,000
2008 LAN $411,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$17,226,000
2011Current$2,666,667
7 yrPvs + Cur$19,892,667
2 yrFuture$18,333,333
9 yrTotal$38,226,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 12 dCAA (Joe Urbon)3 years/$21M (2014-16)

Details
  • 3 years/$21M (2014-16). Re-signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 1/3/14. $5M signing bonus. 14:$1M, 15:$7M, 16:$8M.
  • 1 year/$2M (2013). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 12/3/12. May earn additional $1M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$6.375M (2012). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Boston in trade from LA Dodgers 8/25/12.
  • 1 year/$4.875M (2011). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/11/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.1M (2010). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.465M (2009). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/6/09.
  • 1 year/$0.411M (2008). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/28/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by LA Dodgers 11/05. Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/06.
  • Drafted by LA Dodgers 2002 (1-19) (Elkins HS, Missouri City, Texas). $1.5M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .267 .308 .352 .241
11 vs R (Multi) .290 .344 .424 .275
18 Split (Multi) .023 .036 .072 .033
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .299 .339 .390 .272
31 vs R (2013) .299 .352 .446 .287
38 Split (2013) .000 .012 .056 .015
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Settle these arguments for me please: 1) James Loney or Logan Morrison in a 5x5 league (12 team, AL-only)? 2) How many dates are you allowed with a girl in November/December before you have to take her home for the holidays?
(dipotonotdipoto from brooklyn)
Give me Loney. I'm not a big fan of Morrison, especially not in that park. The second question is an interesting one. A lot depends on the situation, but I'd say you're allowed as many as you want. Boundaries with family are big to me, and I think 2 months is not that long to force family on a potential significant other. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see any non-tendered players that might be worth a look as LHH platoon partner for Gaby Sanchez? Mat Gamel, maybe?
(mblthd from PIT)
Nope. Gamel is interesting, but health is a skill and he doesn't have it. I think the Pirates sign someone like James Loney. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-11-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)James Loney is not Casey Kotchman 2.0...because???
(Snake Peavy from Pit)
I like him a little bit better than I liked Kotchman after his surprising Rays season, but not that much more. He's probably a league-average hitter, as a first baseman. So. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you see James Loney landing?
(yancyeaton from Fort Myers, FL)
Who needs a first baseman would be the question. Tampa Bay is the only team that has been linked to him, but maybe Loney leaves if he can squeeze a two-year deal out of someone. It's a fairly thin market, though, as a lot of teams already have a first baseman tied up to a deal. The White Sox could be players if they don't resign Paul Konerko, and the same could be said for Boston if Mike Napoli walks. Loney is probably a one-year stopgap at best, and it's entirely possible he goes the route of Russell Branyan and doesn't find a taker this winter despite the incredibly strong campaign in 2013. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Between Tampa and Cleveland which team needs Justin Morneau more and which team do you see him ending up with? In your opinion what type of contract is he looking for & what will he get.
(Steve Kinsella from Tampa)
I would expect a one-year deal worth a few million. Morneau is not a player I feel as though I have a good grasp on, and I'm struggling to place him as a potential top-50 free agent. Maybe Tampa Bay re-signs James Loney and Cleveland wins by default. Although would the Indians be better off with Swisher in the outfield and Morneau at first base, or with Swisher at first base and someone else in the outfield? (R.J. Anderson)
2013-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is James Loney legit?
(Turtle from Lake Flourish)
I'd have said he was legit in 2007, and he turned out to not be, and it's way less likely that he's legit now in 2013, so I suppose the only answer (by that barely logic) is no.

Of course, we shouldn't have expected 73 OPS+ Loney to repeat, either. (Sam Miller)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jason, love your podcast with PaulS. What do you foresee in Yonder Alonso's future? Double power turning into homer power somewhat like Country Breakfast in 2012? cheers, Hoppy
(Hoppy from Scotland)
Thanks, we love recording it for everyone. I see James Loney in his future to be honest. He'll hit for average and drive in runs, but 20 HRs would be a reach for him. (Jason Collette)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is James Loney real?
(Turtle from Lake Flourish)
He is using all parts of the field and making hard contact in doing so. So far, he's looked good vs LH which is huge because he has historically been horrendous against them. I'm not a fan of lineup protection, but Maddon & Longoria insist Evan is seeing better pitches with Loney hitting behind him. I can barely type that sentence with a straight face. (Jason Collette)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)12 team mixed keeper league. Is it worth holding onto Hosmer? He's my only 1B and is KILLING me. Yonder Alonso, Matt Adams, James Loney, and Mitch Moreland are the only decent names on waivers? Would you take any of them over Hosmer or try to make a trade for someone better?
(kcasey1029 from Denver)
I'd prefer a trade since 1B is an elite offensive position, but in the meantime scoop Alonso to get some 1B production going. Hang onto Hosmer (unless he's part of the trade), but go and sit him for a bit. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any reason for me to expect that the Rays offense will outperform the production levels from 2012? Follow up, do you shorten your name to Zach, or Zak?
(Eric from Costa Rica)
I can certainly give you some reasons, starting with the fact that Evan Longoria only played in 74 games last year. Also, they got very poor production at first base anyway, so James Loney can't be much of a downgrade.

If you're shortening the name, it's just Z. (Zachary Levine)
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bring James Loney back... really? because he's on a hot streak ... really? I guess he might hit better than the LF options (meaning Sands can play there) ... but he's going to make $5m+ in arbitration ... please help
(Sanchez101 from Santa Barbara, CA)
Horrible Idea, with capitals for emphasis. Loney's .270 TAv is even with where he finished in 2009, but that was below average for a first baseman, and he now costs 10 times as much. I'd fire my GM for even entertaining the notion of re-signing him, and I'd take out a contract with a guy whose middle name is "the" (Johnny the Mangler, Billy the Strangler, Joey the Dangler...) if he actually completed a deal. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you ever tried oreos and guacamole? I have, and trust me, it is good. I advise.
(Hannah from bay area, ca)
How do you mix them? Is this a blend or a dip or do you just stack? I'm intrigued.

By the way, I checked the SkyMall catalog and there are three baseballs signed by players whose named end in Y: James Loney, Chase Headley, R.A. Dickey. This doesn't solve anything, because of the mysterious -deball. James Loney, Lemonadeball? R.A. Dickey, MikeQuadeball? I dunno. (Sam Miller)
2011-04-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would Jerry Sands be an improvement over James Loney right now?
(Josh from Wyoming)
Right now Sands is a guy who has half a season of Double-A under his belt. While he might be able to outhit Loney RIGHT NOW, I think the Dodgers are better served by giving him a few months at Triple-A, not only to see if Loney can reverse his multi-year slide but also if putting Sands in left field could help the big club even more. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Serious question now. When do you realistically see Jerry Sands getting the call and making the team outside of a Sept. cup of coffee? 2012 reasonable?
(EephusBlue from San Francisco)
I'm a big fan of Jerry Sands, but I think his timeframe is more going to be decided by the big league team. Hey, maybe you can actually get a decent left fielder out of JaMarcus Gwybbons, Jr., and maybe James Loney decides to act like he's really a useable MLB first baseman again.

I don't have a lot of confidence in either of those things happening, unfortunately. I think there's a 95% chance Sands sees MLB service sometime this year, and probably even before September. My money's on June, with an eye towards him being the fulltime 1B or LF (this also depends on Trayvon Robinson) in 2012. (Mike Petriello)
2011-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's up with James Loney? Can he add some power numbers or has that boat sailed?
(Ton from ALbuquerque)
As Neil Young sang in his late-70s classic, "Powerloney":

Look out, Mama, there's a white boat coming up the river/With a decent glove, and some walks, and a few SB/I think you'd better call John Lindsey/'cause it don't look like he's here to deliver/the power

Loney might not be white, but otherwise Neil knew what he was talking about. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)James Loney = Casey Kotchman? Daric Barton = John Olerud?
(Bob from Seattle)
I'll buy it in the broad strokes, though Olerud is a best-case outcome for Barton. Barton needs more batting helmet. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know Dodgers Stadium is horrible on hitting but Loney's home/road splits are awful. Away he has an .854 OPS for his career, at home he's hitting .711. Don't you think it'd be smart for another team to pursue him?
(Charlie from Bethesda)
I wouldn't have guessed that his home/away split would be so large, since Chavez Ravine isn't the worst place for lefties, but it's pretty tough on doubles and triples, which is more Loney's speed as far as extra-base hits go. Teams have done much, much more ill-advised things than pursuing James Loney, but if someone gave me a GM job today, the first item on my agenda probably wouldn't be trading for him. First base is just too deep. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Dodgers' infield bats seem pretty mediocre going into Spring Training. Do we have any reason to be optimistic? Or should I figure they'll be flashing great leather (will they?) and that makes it a good tradeoff?
(Karl B from Philly)
OK, here's the glass half full scenarios:

James Loney will rebound from a couple of lousy years because his extreme L/R and Home/Road splits have been flukes.

• Blake DeWitt will claim the 2B job with a hot spring, and get by well enough, particularly with Jamie Carroll as his late-inning defensive caddy.

• Another year removed from back surgery, Rafael Furcal will be in good enough shape to flash his near-MVP form.

• Casey Blake hitting in the NL is just one more cue as to how wide the disparity is between leagues.

I don't believe all of those, and I don't know how many of them I actually do believe, but there's your rose-tinted-glasses scenario. At the very least, yes, they should be good defensively, though 2B is a concern. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Dodgers try and re-sign O-dawg or let him walk?
(Dying2Know from La la land)
It seems that relationship's irreparably breached, which is why talking about Blake DeWitt might not be just bold talk. I could see them bringing back September favorite Ronnie Belliard on a low-end deal and using both at the keystone, subbing for Blake, and maybe shuffle things around enough now and again to give James Loney's slack bat a break by using Blake at first. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you as annoyed as I am by the annual flurry of articles that go something like this, "So and so really hit the weights in the offseason and is poised for a big year" nonsense? In any case, who are your breakout picks in the N.L.?
(jromero from Seattle)
I wouldn't say "annoyed," but I do tend to ignore them as a group. Everyone has a story in March.

NL breakouts: Lastings Milledge, James Loney, maybe Ubaldo Jimenez. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christina, will the power that James Loney flashed last year continue to develop? How is his glove compared to the rest of the league?
(jasonbradleymill from Tucson, AZ)
For Loney, developing and retaining power is going to be key, because the "danger" is tht he becomes merely someone who fits into the Cecil Cooper/Chris Chambliss class of "Pretty good first basemen," and still a rung or two below the best at the position. It's not a bad thing if that's "all" he is, but given his youth and talent, it's hard to resist wishing for more. Afield, he's one of the better defenders in the NL, but keep in mind the league has a number of excellent-fielding first basemen (Adrian Gonzalez and Derrek Lee come to mind, and then there's that Pujols person). (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you address the Dodgers situation? Re-signing Nomar? Bringing in Andruw Jones to push Kemp even farther down the depth chart? Where does Delwyn Young play (if in the majors)? How about Hu? It seems like they have a MLB-ready prospect pushing up at every position.
(Peter from Staten Island)
Hey Pete!

You're right in that the Dodger system is loaded. GM Ned Colletti seems to have a knack for finding a veteran stiff to throw in the way of every near-ready prospect.

That said, the Dodgers didn't hesitate to push Nomar off 1B when James Loney got hot for them last year, and it's clear they now think of Kemp as a RF rather than a CF. It's Andre Ethier who's likely feeling the biggest pinch in the outfield right now.

As for Delwyn Young, that's a good question. He was moved off 2B because he wasn't considered an adequate defender (-14 FRAA at Double-A in 2005), and while he may help there in a pinch, long term he's going to need an outfield spot. I don't think that will happen for him in LA barring a slew of injuries; the best he can hope for is that as a switch-hitter he becomes a staple of the team's bench. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What % of the Dodger's prospect pipeline is credited to the DePodesta regime?
(Tony from Brooklyn, NY)
It's not DePodesta who deserves the credit, it's Logan White, the team's assistant GM of Scouting. He's been in place since 2002 and has overseen the drafting of all of the young Dodger bucks since James Loney in that year, with drafts that are annually ranked among the best. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-01-15 14:30:00 (link to chat)What do you make of James Loney? He was great in the majors last year, but his AAA numbers were pretty lackluster. Was he playing over his head for the Dodgers, or did he just have a case of "big-league-itis," a la Hanley Ramirez?
(Marty from Charleston, SC)
I really like Loney, though his lofty BABIP makes me think we'll see his batting average dip. He hit homers on 14% of his flyballs last year, which seems sustainable. As long as he can keep putting them out of the park, I don't have any issues thinking of him as a pretty good first base option. (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-28 17:00:002009 WS Game OneJames Loney, Ryan Howard, Matt Kemp... (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-21 17:00:00NLCS Game 5That's about as far as James Loney can hit a ball. (John Perrotto)
2009-06-09 14:30:002009 Draft CoverageOne of the great things about being at BP is having great help just a few keyboard clicks away. I asked Rany, who did his fantastic series on draft history, if he remembers a draft that was better 11-20 than 1-10. Rany jumped into action for me, and found just one in 15 years: 2002.

Top Ten: B.J. Upton, Zack Greinke, Prince Fielder, Jeff Francis.
11-20: Hermida, Joe Saunders, Scott Kazmir, Nick Swisher, Cole Hamels, James Loney, Denard Span.

The best example is 1994, where Garciaparra, Konerko and Varitek went 12-14. Needless to say, the top 10 that boasted Paul Wilson, Ben Grieve, Todd Walker and Jaret Wright wasn't as good. (Bryan Smith)
 

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