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Sean Burnett PPhillies

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA
0 0.00
Birth Date9-17-1982
Height5' 11"
Weight185 lbs
Age34 years, 4 months, 5 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2.02012
0.12013
0.02014
2015
-0.02016
DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
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 W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2004 PIT MLB 13 13 71.7 5 5 0 86 28 30 9 .259 91 10.8 3.5 1.1 3.8 57% .308 .282 1.59 4.96 5.02 107 5.59 112.8 0.2
2008 PIT MLB 58 0 56.7 1 1 0 57 34 42 7 .264 99 9.1 5.4 1.1 6.7 50% .298 .284 1.61 5.13 4.76 106 5.40 112.6 -0.0
2009 PIT 0 38 0 32.3 1 2 1 22 15 23 3 .259 95 6.1 4.2 0.8 6.4 46% .213 .236 1.14 4.51 3.06 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
2009 WAS 0 33 0 25.3 1 1 0 14 13 20 3 .275 96 5.0 4.6 1.1 7.1 59% .162 .210 1.07 4.56 3.20 0 0.00 0.0 0.0
2010 WAS MLB 73 0 63.0 1 7 3 52 20 62 3 .271 93 7.4 2.9 0.4 8.9 56% .280 .219 1.14 2.76 2.14 81 2.91 80.2 1.4
2011 WAS MLB 69 0 56.7 5 5 4 54 21 33 6 .264 97 8.6 3.3 1.0 5.2 56% .268 .255 1.32 4.48 3.81 110 4.59 109.2 0.1
2012 WAS MLB 70 0 56.7 1 2 2 58 12 57 4 .263 100 9.2 1.9 0.6 9.1 60% .331 .245 1.24 2.84 2.38 73 1.86 71.7 2.0
2013 ANA MLB 13 0 9.7 0 0 0 9 4 7 1 .272 98 8.4 3.7 0.9 6.5 66% .286 .247 1.34 4.21 0.93 100 3.61 98.1 0.1
2014 ANA MLB 3 0 0.7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .281 89 13.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 67% .333 .248 1.50 3.16 13.50 100 3.90 100.7 0.0
2016 WAS MLB 10 0 5.7 0 0 0 5 1 3 1 .282 90 7.9 1.6 1.6 4.8 44% .235 .258 1.06 4.95 3.18 108 5.04 112.4 -0.0
2009 TOT MLB 71 0 57.7 2 3 1 36 28 43 6 .266 96 5.6 4.4 0.9 6.7 52% .191 .225 1.11 4.53 3.12 99 3.90 93.3 0.9
CareerMLB38013378.315231035814827737.265968.53.50.96.655%.282.2531.344.143.52974.0997.34.6

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 W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2001 HIC A 26 26 161.3 11 8 0 164 33 134 11 .000 9.2 1.8 0.6 7.5 0% -.860 .000 1.22 3.10 2.62 0 0.00 0.0
2002 LYN A+ 26 26 155.3 13 4 0 118 33 96 4 .000 6.8 1.9 0.2 5.6 0% .242 .000 0.97 2.90 1.80 0 0.00 0.0
2003 ALT AA 27 27 159.7 14 6 0 158 29 86 2 .000 8.9 1.6 0.1 4.8 0% .297 .000 1.17 3.03 3.21 0 0.00 0.0
2004 PIT MLB 13 13 71.7 5 5 0 86 28 30 9 .259 91 10.8 3.5 1.1 3.8 57% .308 .282 1.59 4.96 5.02 107 5.59 112.8
2004 NAS AAA 10 10 47.0 1 5 0 58 17 25 5 .000 11.1 3.3 1.0 4.8 0% .338 .000 1.60 5.04 5.36 0 0.00 0.0
2006 IND AAA 25 24 120.0 8 11 0 136 46 46 13 .256 93 10.2 3.5 1.0 3.5 46% .288 .294 1.52 4.92 5.17 132 11.22 140.9
2007 IND AAA 15 15 70.3 4 5 0 83 39 31 4 .259 92 10.6 5.0 0.5 4.0 48% .320 .299 1.74 4.83 4.48 126 11.42 142.5
2007 ZUL Wnt 6 4 25.7 1 1 0 18 8 11 3 .000 6.3 2.8 1.1 3.9 0% .190 .000 1.01 4.66 2.45 0 0.00 0.0
2008 PIT MLB 58 0 56.7 1 1 0 57 34 42 7 .264 99 9.1 5.4 1.1 6.7 50% .298 .284 1.61 5.13 4.76 106 5.40 112.6
2008 IND AAA 12 0 17.3 1 1 3 9 8 15 1 .266 86 4.7 4.2 0.5 7.8 66% .186 .171 0.98 3.73 1.04 90 3.58 94.7
2009 PIT MLB 38 0 32.3 1 2 1 22 15 23 3 .259 95 6.1 4.2 0.8 6.4 46% .213 .236 1.14 4.51 3.06 0 0.00 0.0
2009 WAS MLB 33 0 25.3 1 1 0 14 13 20 3 .275 96 5.0 4.6 1.1 7.1 59% .162 .210 1.07 4.56 3.20 0 0.00 0.0
2010 WAS MLB 73 0 63.0 1 7 3 52 20 62 3 .271 93 7.4 2.9 0.4 8.9 56% .280 .219 1.14 2.76 2.14 81 2.91 80.2
2011 WAS MLB 69 0 56.7 5 5 4 54 21 33 6 .264 97 8.6 3.3 1.0 5.2 56% .268 .255 1.32 4.48 3.81 110 4.59 109.2
2012 WAS MLB 70 0 56.7 1 2 2 58 12 57 4 .263 100 9.2 1.9 0.6 9.1 60% .331 .245 1.24 2.84 2.38 73 1.86 71.7
2013 ANA MLB 13 0 9.7 0 0 0 9 4 7 1 .272 98 8.4 3.7 0.9 6.5 66% .286 .247 1.34 4.21 0.93 100 3.61 98.1
2013 SBR A+ 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .278 126 9.0 0.0 9.0 0.0 75% .000 .346 1.00 16.77 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
2014 ANA MLB 3 0 0.7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .281 89 13.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 67% .333 .248 1.50 3.16 13.50 100 3.90 100.7
2014 ARK AA 6 0 5.3 0 0 0 6 3 7 0 .264 83 10.1 5.1 0.0 11.8 53% .400 .331 1.69 2.18 5.06 93 3.47 95.4
2016 WAS MLB 10 0 5.7 0 0 0 5 1 3 1 .282 90 7.9 1.6 1.6 4.8 44% .235 .258 1.06 4.95 3.18 108 5.04 112.4
2016 GWN AAA 6 0 5.3 0 0 0 3 1 5 0 .250 5.1 1.7 0.0 8.4 71% .214 .146 0.75 1.86 0.00 98 1.58 78.6
2016 OKL AAA 7 0 7.7 0 0 0 8 6 5 1 .278 9.4 7.0 1.2 5.9 65% .280 .322 1.83 7.24 2.35 116 9.69 133.0
2016 ROC AAA 29 0 29.3 0 3 3 20 7 18 1 .257 6.1 2.1 0.3 5.5 66% .218 .203 0.92 3.10 2.15 100 4.72 106.1
2016 SYR AAA 5 0 5.0 0 0 0 7 0 4 1 .262 12.6 0.0 1.8 7.2 33% .353 .315 1.40 4.17 5.40 100 7.07 119.0

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 872 0.4037 0.4266 0.7473 0.5824 0.3212 0.8634 0.6048 0.2527
2009 951 0.4511 0.4027 0.7650 0.5618 0.2720 0.8465 0.6268 0.2350
2010 1050 0.4238 0.4248 0.7803 0.5775 0.3124 0.8482 0.6878 0.2197
2011 923 0.4464 0.4496 0.8217 0.6189 0.3131 0.8941 0.7063 0.1783
2012 942 0.3344 0.4639 0.7483 0.5714 0.4099 0.8778 0.6576 0.2517
2013 159 0.3962 0.3836 0.7377 0.5397 0.2813 0.8824 0.5556 0.2623
2014 18 0.5000 0.5000 1.0000 0.6667 0.3333 1.0000 1.0000 0.0000
2016 88 0.5682 0.4205 0.8649 0.5200 0.2895 0.9615 0.6364 0.1351
Career50030.41480.43170.77420.580.32340.86820.65550.2258

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
2014-05-28 - 60-DL - - Left Elbow Surgery Revision Tommy John Surgery 2014-06-05
2014-03-21 2014-05-23 15-DL 63 46 Left Elbow Soreness After Viscosupplementation Injection - -
2013-05-27 2013-09-30 60-DL 126 112 Left Elbow Surgery Flexor Mass Tendon 2013-08-07 -
2013-04-28 2013-05-21 15-DL 23 21 Left Forearm Inflammation and Nerve Irritation - -
2013-04-24 2013-04-25 DTD 1 1 Left Forearm Tightness - -
2013-02-17 2013-03-13 Camp 24 0 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2012-10-18 2012-10-18 Off 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Bone Spurs 2012-10-18 -
2012-09-03 2012-09-12 DTD 9 9 Left Elbow Inflammation Ulnar Neuritis - -
2012-07-14 2012-07-15 DTD 1 1 Left Elbow Soreness - -
2012-04-12 2012-04-16 DTD 4 4 - Low Back Soreness - -
2012-03-19 2012-03-29 Camp 10 0 - Low Back Soreness - -
2011-03-17 2011-03-18 Camp 1 0 Left Knee Contusion Foul Ball -
2009-08-24 2009-08-27 DTD 3 2 Left Thumb Contusion Thumb -
2007-07-04 2007-09-04 Minors 62 0 Left Elbow Inflammation - -
2007-06-01 2007-06-18 Minors 17 0 Left Elbow Inflammation Lateral -
2005-05-24 2005-05-24 On-Alr 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2005-05-24
2005-04-02 2005-10-03 60-DL 184 162 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2004-09-22
2004-08-22 2004-10-04 15-DL 43 39 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2004-09-22
2004-06-19 2004-06-19 DTD 0 0 Left Elbow Contusion Batted Ball - -
2003-09-01 2003-09-05 Minors 4 0 Left Elbow Soreness - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 PHI $
2016 ATL $
2015 ANA $
2014 ANA $3,875,000
2013 ANA $3,625,000
2012 WAS $2,300,000
2011 WAS $1,400,000
2010 WAS $775,000
2009 PIT $408,500
2005 PIT $321,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$12,704,500
7 yrTotal$12,704,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 116 dJim Munsey1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 12/12/16 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Washington as a free agent 11/15/15 (minor-league contract). May opt out of contract 4/1/16 if not on Major League roster. Released by Washington 4/3/16 after exercising opt-out clause. Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 4/10/16 (minor-league contract). Released by LA Dodgers 5/1/16 (exercised opt-out). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 5/3/16 (minor-league contract). Exercised right to opt out of contract with Atlanta 5/16. Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 5/23/16 (minor-league contract). Acquired by Washington in trade from Minnesota 8/19/16. Contract selected by Washington 9/2/16.
  • 2 years/$8M (2013-14), plus 2015 club option. Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 12/5/12. $0.25M signing bonus. 13:$3.5M, 14:$3.75M, 15:$4.5M club option, $0.5M buyout. 2015 option guaranteed with total of 110 games in 2013-14. Annual performance bonuses: $0.625M based on games, up to 65 games. LA Angels declined 2015 option 10/30/14.
  • 2 years/$3.95M (2011-12). Signed extension with Washington 12/23/10 (avoided arbitration). 11:$1.4M, 12:$2.3M, 13:$3.5M mutual option, $0.25M buyout. Burnett forfeits buyout if he declines option. Performance bonuses: $0.1M for 35 GF, $0.15M for 45 GF, $0.25M for 55 GF. Burnett declined 2013 option 11/1/12.
  • 1 year/$0.775M (2010). Lost arbitration with Washington 2/20/10 (avoided arbitration, $0.925M-$0.775M).
  • 1 year/$0.4085M (2009). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/2/09. Acquired by Washington in trade from Pittsburgh 6/30/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Sent outright to Triple-A 2/7/08. Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 5/4/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Renewed by Pittsburgh 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.321M (2005). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 2/05.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2004). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 11/03.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2000 (1-19). $1.65M signing bonus.

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201522.18.16.38.17.63.952.1

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

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YearComment
2015 History will remember the Josh Hamilton signing on 12/15/12, but the two weeks preceding it weren't exactly Jerry Dipoto's finest fortnight. In an attempt to rebuild a less costly pitching staff around Dan Haren and Ervin Santana's departures, he traded Jordan Walden for Tommy Hanson, signed Joe Blanton, and, to replace Walden, signed Burnett; all three players were under club control for at least two years. Hanson was non-tendered after a year. Blanton was released after a year. And Burnett was the last one standing.

Perhaps that's the wrong word to describe Burnett's state of recline. You're more likely to find him lying down (as in an MRI machine) or perhaps lounging around (as on a beach) than standing up (as on a mound). Back-to-back Tommy John surgeries have limited him to three batters faced since May 2013. The Angels bought out the 2015 option, and the book was closed on the December 2012 trio: 216 innings, 145 runs. At least the moves freed up some money to sign Josh Hamilton ...

2014 Signed to a two-year deal in the winter, Burnett had been one of the league's best left-handed specialists but never got the chance to prove it to Angels fans. He hit the disabled list a few appearances in with forearm inflammation, and returned for a beat before heading back to the DL with elbow discomfort. Burnett's season ended there, as he underwent surgery for a torn flexor tendon in his throwing arm. The good news is he should be right as rain by the time you read this. Whether he is a few weeks from now is anybody's guess.
2013 In two of the past three seasons, Burnett has been one of the best relievers in baseball, and he throws left-handed to boot. Those two seasons sandwiched one of the age's most mysterious outliers, as he lost nearly four strikeouts per nine while allowing more walks and home runs. What's particularly vexing is how hard it is to explain the 2011 drop. He wasn't hurt, so far as we know (though note his recent bone-spur-removal surgery). His fastball velocity was actually a career high, and he had better control (by rate of pitches in the zone). Being unable to explain it means being unable to say that those struggles won't reappear, but perhaps that's being too gloomy. The Angels got a pitcher who gets groundballs, makes batters chase, and has just turned 30 for a mere $8 million over two years. Odds aren't bad that he turns out to be the best reliever in that bullpen.
2012 For a reliever, particularly a semi-junkballer who works down in the zone and induces groundballs like ramen induces acne, an inch here or there with your landing foot, or 1 degree in an arm slot, can make a big difference in your ERA. (ERA's a dumb single vector to evaluate relievers, but people use it.) Burnett's K rate and G/F ratio both dropped from his 2010 campaign, which was an outlier anyway. He's a serviceable bullpen guy to bring in to kill some worms and try for the double play. He'll continue that role in a pen that needs some shoring up.
2011 Originally a top starting prospect before injuries struck him down (without making him more powerful than we could possibly imagine), Burnett's rebirth as a reliever transcends working in a situational role; he can get his fastball a tick or two past 90 and mixes in the odd slider. Unlike Tyler Clippard and his sharp-beaked vulturing, Burnett was the Nats' late-game set-up man who performed effectively wire-to-wire, passing leads first to Matt Capps and then Drew Storen, facing right-handed hitters about 60 percent of the time and holding them to a .182/.253/.234 clip instead of running for cover. He's only under Nats control for two more years, but the difference between a good left-handed reliever as opposed to a lefty specialist is large enough that he might bring something tasty in a deadline deal in either of the next two Julys.
2010 A survivor of multiple arm injuries finally coming into his own as a reliever, Burnett was acquired from the Pirates in a mid-season trade. His ERA belied weaker peripherals, a common theme with relief pitchers, but eight intentional free passes inflated his walk rate, which, when removed, reveals a much sunnier scenario for the situational southpaw. A 2.2 K/UBB ratio is nice for a reliever, as is an ability to generate grounders. Burnett took real strides forward in 2009, but he still relies on hitters chasing junk. His skill set may not portend an ERA in the low-3.00s moving forward, but if nothing else, more utility is likely be gained by calling his name than doling out expensive contracts to "established" relievers.
2009 Burnett spent four years rehabiliating from Tommy John and shoulder surgeries before finally getting another crack at the major leagues. Once a promising prospect as a starting pitcher, his arm can no longer withstand the rigors of 100-pitch outings, but reinvented as a reliever he still has just enough stuff to succeed, especially with last year's huge LOOGY-worth platoon split (limiting lefties to 514 OPS).
2008 The Pirates' first-round draft pick in 2000, Burnett hasn't been the same since throwing 118 pitches to complete a 10-hit shutout of the Montreal Expos in San Juan on July 9, 2004 when he was just 21. He underwent Tommy John surgery later that year, a shoulder operation the following summer, and has spent the last three years rehabbing and trying to put his career back together at Triple-A. His chances of reclaiming his career keep growing slimmer, but it isn't for lack of effort.
2007 After breaking into the Pirates` rotation in 2004, Burnett missed all of 2005 following elbow and shoulder surgery. The latter was to repair a torn labrum, an injury pitchers don`t tend to come back from. Burnett`s still just 24 years old, but he was dreadful at Indianapolis last year, and had a thin margin of error even before surgery. His chief accomplishment was staying healthy enough to make 24 starts.
2006 Reconstructive elbow surgery followed by a major shoulder injury? Sounds like something you never, ever want to see befall a promising young arm. When he was healthy, Burnett made hay with good control and groundball after groundball--a combination that could serve him well in the majors. However, if, as Shakespeare wrote, what`s past is prologue, Burnett`s injury history makes whatever future he has left, however substantial his past promise once was, something to be anticipated with grim foreboding.
2005 There's no projection because he won't be pitching in 2005. His elbow was scragged, and the surgery revealed the need for more than the usual reconstruction, so his recovery time might be more than the normal 11-12 months. His quick ascent did make it clear that there are opportunities for the young and talented grown in-house, and not just for the guys picked up in barter. Check back next year.
2004 Another of the four #1 picks, Burnett presents a quandary for performance analysts. He's carved up the lower levels with a great assortment, including a plus sinker, but his inability to miss bats-look at the strikeout rate, and the direction it's heading-portends problems. He'll need a 4-to-1 G/F ratio to survive in the majors, something he actually might approach. He's allowed just 17 home runs in 506 pro innings. His great command keeps his pitch counts down, but his so-so fastball means that he's close to max effort a lot of the time. What does it all mean? Burnett may find himself scuffling at Triple-A in 2004, and he's unlikely to make a major league impact until 2005, and probably later. While there are rare exceptions, it's usually just too hard to succeed with that low a strikeout rate.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)If I dealt Strasburgh and Sean Burnett for Verladner, how do you think I did?
(Brandon L. from Pittsburgh)
In a redraft league, you did well. Like Verlander better this year. (Bret Sayre)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Sean Burnett has thrown 5,172 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (89mph) and Slider (79mph), also mixing in a Change (83mph) and Fourseam Fastball (89mph).