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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 33)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
125.7 4.78 1.38 95 8 8 0 -0.6
Birth Date12-11-1980
Height6' 3"
Weight215 lbs
Age33 years, 10 months, 13 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.22010
0.12011
1.42012
-1.02013
-0.62014
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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
2004 OAK 23 3 0 8.0 0.0 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 6 5 5 1 11 2 2 0 6 5.62 4.03 7.24 -0.2 -0.0
2005 OAK 24 33 33 201.3 201.3 0.0 12 12 0 0 22 0 835 178 86 79 23 297 67 64 5 116 3.53 4.46 5.13 10.7 0.9
2006 OAK 25 32 31 194.3 191.3 3.0 16 12 0 0 16 0 856 241 111 104 17 350 58 54 5 107 4.82 4.20 4.75 20.5 1.6
2007 OAK 26 34 34 230.0 230.0 0.0 14 10 0 0 20 2 950 240 106 101 16 338 40 36 4 140 3.95 3.57 4.01 35.2 3.3
2008 OAK 27 20 20 127.0 127.0 0.0 5 12 0 0 9 2 550 145 74 70 12 222 35 32 1 62 4.96 4.26 5.20 2.2 0.4
2008 PHI 27 13 13 70.7 70.7 0.0 4 0 0 0 5 0 305 66 36 33 10 112 31 31 3 49 4.20 5.00 5.63 0.1 -0.1
2009 PHI 28 31 31 195.3 195.3 0.0 12 8 0 0 21 0 837 198 89 88 30 331 59 55 8 163 4.05 4.41 4.85 7.0 0.7
2010 PHI 29 29 28 175.7 174.7 1.0 9 6 0 0 16 3 765 206 104 94 27 328 43 37 3 134 4.82 4.36 4.80 -2.3 -0.2
2011 PHI 30 11 8 41.3 38.3 3.0 1 2 0 0 2 0 180 52 23 23 5 79 9 9 1 35 5.01 3.60 4.19 0.5 0.1
2012 LAN 31 10 10 57.7 57.7 0.0 2 4 0 0 4 0 246 66 32 32 7 100 16 13 0 51 4.99 3.78 4.65 2.9 0.3
2012 PHI 31 21 20 133.3 132.7 0.7 8 9 0 0 11 3 560 141 74 68 22 243 18 16 3 115 4.59 4.03 4.25 10.0 1.0
2013 ANA 32 28 20 132.7 116.0 16.7 2 14 0 0 9 1 611 180 96 89 29 310 34 30 4 108 6.04 5.15 5.58 -7.3 -1.0
Career2652481567.31535.032.3858900135116725171983678619927214123793710864.514.264.8179.37.0

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
2002 VAN A- 4 2 14.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 MOD A+ 2 1 6.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 KNC A 21 21 133.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 MID AA 7 5 35.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .220 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 OAK MLB 3 0 8.0 7.24 62 .211 .270 .329 .436 .255 .238 104 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2004 SAC AAA 28 26 176.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 OAK MLB 33 33 201.3 5.13 89 .244 .269 .330 .422 .263 .248 97 10.7 1.1 10.7 0.9
2006 OAK MLB 32 31 194.3 4.75 102 .273 .275 .335 .433 .258 .335 99 20.6 2.0 20.5 1.6
2007 OAK MLB 34 34 230.0 4.01 112 .235 .274 .338 .426 .265 .299 93 35.0 3.4 35.2 3.3
2008 OAK MLB 20 20 127.0 5.20 85 .268 .269 .336 .425 .263 .302 96 1.1 0.1 2.2 0.4
2008 PHI MLB 13 13 70.7 5.63 76 .265 .258 .325 .407 .260 .264 97 -0.4 -0.0 0.1 -0.1
2009 PHI MLB 31 31 195.3 4.85 87 .266 .259 .326 .405 .260 .291 95 6.7 0.7 7.0 0.7
2010 PHI MLB 29 28 175.7 4.80 82 .293 .256 .320 .400 .266 .321 93 0.6 0.1 -2.3 -0.2
2010 LWD A 1 1 2.0 2.90 119 -.035 .279 .336 .416 .286 .000 80 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2010 REA AA 2 2 8.0 7.97 47 .265 .225 .284 .340 .229 .240 116 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2011 PHI MLB 11 8 41.3 4.19 90 .301 .250 .310 .382 .255 .362 91 1.1 0.1 0.5 0.1
2011 LWD A 1 1 1.0 4.61 116 .025 .269 .317 .384 .245 .000 115 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2012 LAN MLB 10 10 57.7 4.65 87 .281 .258 .313 .402 .258 .343 96 3.0 0.3 2.9 0.3
2012 PHI MLB 21 20 133.3 4.25 98 .274 .251 .311 .395 .256 .296 97 11.0 1.2 10.0 1.0
2013 ANA MLB 28 20 132.7 5.58 66 .333 .252 .314 .399 .264 .346 97 -7.8 -0.8 -7.3 -1.0
2014 SAC AAA 2 2 10.7 4.12 124 .262 .305 .378 .483 .288 .375 110 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3

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
2002 VAN A- 1 1 0 4 2 14.3 11 2 15 0 0% .306 6.9 1.3 0.0 9.4 0.91 3.15 0.0 0.0
2002 MOD A+ 0 1 0 2 1 6.0 8 6 6 1 0% .350 12.0 9.0 1.5 9.0 2.33 7.50 0.0 0.0
2003 MID AA 3 1 1 7 5 35.7 21 7 30 1 0% .220 5.3 1.8 0.3 7.6 0.78 1.26 0.0 0.0
2003 KNC A 8 7 0 21 21 133.0 110 19 144 6 0% .291 7.4 1.3 0.4 9.7 0.97 2.57 0.0 0.0
2004 SAC AAA 11 8 0 28 26 176.3 199 34 143 13 0% .332 10.2 1.7 0.7 7.3 1.32 4.19 0.0 0.0
2004 OAK MLB 0 0 0 3 0 8.0 6 2 6 1 41% .238 6.8 2.2 1.1 6.8 1.00 5.62 -0.2 -0.0
2005 OAK MLB 12 12 0 33 33 201.3 178 67 116 23 45% .248 8.0 3.0 1.0 5.2 1.22 3.53 10.7 0.9
2006 OAK MLB 16 12 0 32 31 194.3 241 58 107 17 44% .335 11.2 2.7 0.8 5.0 1.54 4.82 20.5 1.6
2007 OAK MLB 14 10 0 34 34 230.0 240 40 140 16 49% .299 9.4 1.6 0.6 5.5 1.22 3.95 35.2 3.3
2008 PHI MLB 4 0 0 13 13 70.7 66 31 49 10 42% .264 8.4 3.9 1.3 6.2 1.37 4.20 0.1 -0.1
2008 OAK MLB 5 12 0 20 20 127.0 145 35 62 12 47% .302 10.3 2.5 0.9 4.4 1.42 4.96 2.2 0.4
2009 PHI MLB 12 8 0 31 31 195.3 198 59 163 30 42% .291 9.1 2.7 1.4 7.5 1.32 4.05 7.0 0.7
2010 LWD A 0 0 0 1 1 2.0 0 0 2 0 100% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0.00 0.00 0.4 0.0
2010 REA AA 0 1 0 2 2 8.0 9 2 5 2 48% .240 10.1 2.2 2.2 5.6 1.38 5.62 -0.2 -0.0
2010 PHI MLB 9 6 0 29 28 175.7 206 43 134 27 43% .321 10.6 2.2 1.4 6.9 1.42 4.82 -2.3 -0.2
2011 PHI MLB 1 2 0 11 8 41.3 52 9 35 5 58% .362 11.3 2.0 1.1 7.6 1.48 5.01 0.5 0.1
2011 LWD A 0 0 0 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 33% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.4 0.0
2012 PHI MLB 8 9 0 21 20 133.3 141 18 115 22 45% .296 9.5 1.2 1.5 7.8 1.19 4.59 10.0 1.0
2012 LAN MLB 2 4 0 10 10 57.7 66 16 51 7 49% .343 10.3 2.5 1.1 8.0 1.42 4.99 2.9 0.3
2013 ANA MLB 2 14 0 28 20 132.7 180 34 108 29 45% .346 12.2 2.3 2.0 7.3 1.61 6.04 -7.3 -1.0
2014 SAC AAA 1 0 0 2 2 10.7 13 3 10 1 36% .375 11.0 2.5 0.8 8.4 1.50 5.06 2.7 0.3

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 3119 0.5095 0.4287 0.8622 0.5815 0.2686 0.9123 0.7494 0.1356
2009 3227 0.5113 0.4391 0.8222 0.6061 0.2644 0.8950 0.6475 0.1750
2010 2724 0.5488 0.4851 0.8100 0.6187 0.3222 0.8854 0.6338 0.1870
2011 588 0.5391 0.4762 0.8071 0.6372 0.2878 0.8960 0.5769 0.1929
2012 2904 0.5224 0.4636 0.7836 0.5926 0.3216 0.8799 0.5897 0.2141
2013 2216 0.4847 0.4785 0.7949 0.6620 0.3039 0.8861 0.6081 0.2013
Career147780.51710.45760.81610.61020.2940.89260.64640.1812

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-05-16 2011-09-04 60-DL 111 96 Right Elbow Impingement -
2011-04-24 2011-05-09 15-DL 15 13 Right Elbow Impingement -
2010-03-26 2010-05-03 15-DL 38 24 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 ANA $1,000,000
2014 ANA $7,500,000
2013 ANA $6,500,000
2012 PHI $10,500,000
2011 PHI $10,500,000
2010 PHI $3,000,000
2009 PHI $5,475,000
2008 OAK $3,700,000
2007 OAK $380,000
2006 OAK $327,000
2005 OAK $316,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$40,698,500
2011Current$7,500,000
10 yrPvs + Cur$48,198,500
1 yrFuture$1,000,000
11 yrTotal$49,198,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 16 dJeff Berry CAA1 year (2014)

Details
  • 2 years/$15M (2013-14), plus 2015 club option. Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 12/5/12. 13:$6.5M, 14:$7.5M, 15:$8M club option, $1M buyout. Annual performance bonus: $0.5M for 200 innings pitched. Released by LA Angels 3/26/14. Signed by Oakland as a free agent 3/31/14 (minor-league contract)
  • 3 years/$24M (2010-12). $6M signing bonus ($3M 6/15/10, $3M 10/15/10). 10:$1M, 11:$8.5M, 12:$8.5M. Re-signed by Philadelphia 1/21/10 (avoided arbitration, $10.25M-$7.5M). $0.5M in performance bonuses based on IP. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Philadelphia 8/3/12.
  • 1 year/$5.475M (2009). Re-signed 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.7M (2008). Re-signed by Oakland 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Oakland 7/17/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Renewed by Oakland 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2006). Renewed by Oakland 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.3165M (2005). Re-signed by Oakland 2/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Recalled 9/04.
  • Drafted 2002 (1-24) (Kentucky). $1.4M signing bonus.

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 5.8 5 0 16 16 106.4 107 22 81 15 .285 1.21 3.89 4.22 7.9 0.8
80o 5.6 5.3 0 16 16 101.1 107 22 77 15 .296 1.27 4.25 4.62 3.7 0.4
70o 5.5 5.5 0 16 16 97.3 107 22 74 15 .304 1.32 4.51 4.91 0.7 0.1
60o 5.4 5.7 0 16 16 94.1 107 22 72 15 .310 1.36 4.74 5.16 -1.7 -0.2
50o 5.2 5.9 0 16 16 91.2 106 22 69 15 .316 1.40 4.96 5.39 -4.0 -0.4
40o 5.1 6.1 0 16 16 88.3 106 22 67 15 .323 1.45 5.18 5.63 -6.2 -0.6
30o 5 6.3 0 16 16 85.3 105 22 65 14 .329 1.49 5.41 5.88 -8.5 -0.9
20o 4.8 6.6 0 16 16 81.7 105 21 62 14 .337 1.54 5.69 6.19 -11.2 -1.1
10o 4.6 7 0 16 16 77.0 104 21 59 14 .348 1.62 6.09 6.62 -14.8 -1.5
Weighted Mean5.35.90161691.1106226914.3151.404.945.37-3.8-0.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
18% 41% 18% 12% 81%

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
20153481202929175210461223045.3141.465.405.8710.82.46.31.5-1.7
20163571102525149186391082745.3271.515.726.2211.22.46.51.6-1.9
20173681102727163191411133045.3071.435.285.7410.62.36.31.7-1.4
201837680191911213728791945.3191.475.435.9011.02.26.31.5-1.1
201938570171710112126711645.3191.455.075.5110.72.36.31.4-0.6
20203946015158610627571545.3181.545.826.3311.12.85.91.6-1.2
20214046014148410423551345.3221.525.405.8711.22.55.91.4-0.8
2022414501212739121461245.3211.545.495.9711.32.65.71.5-0.8
2023423501212708820441145.3201.545.465.9311.32.65.61.4-0.7

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
18.226.721.411.71115.189

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 92 Harvey Haddix 1959 3.27
2 87 Pedro Astacio 2002 4.98
3 87 Nelson Briles 1977 4.89
4 85 Turk Farrell 1967 3.04
5 85 Hideki Irabu 2002 5.74
6 85 Orlando Pena 1967 3.69
7 85 Saul Rogovin 1957 9.00
8 84 Darrell May 2005 7.06
9 83 John Montefusco 1983 3.51
10 83 Pedro Ramos 1968 0.00 DNP
11 83 Robin Roberts 1960 4.29
12 82 Scott Sanderson 1990 4.32
13 82 Greg Swindell 1998 3.89
14 81 Ray Scarborough 1951 5.18
15 80 Fergie Jenkins 1976 3.66
16 80 Hideo Nomo 2002 3.76
17 80 Ron Guidry 1984 4.69
18 80 Dennis Cook 1996 4.22
19 80 John Candelaria 1987 5.44
20 80 Tim Leary 1992 5.68
21 79 Howie Pollet 1954 3.50
22 79 Oil Can Boyd 1993 0.00 DNP
23 79 Johnny Podres 1966 3.95
24 78 Sterling Hitchcock 2004 6.33
25 78 Jerry Koosman 1976 2.95
26 78 Bobby J. Jones 2003 0.00 DNP
27 78 Warren Hacker 1958 9.00
28 78 Rick Helling 2004 0.00 DNP
29 78 Dick Bosman 1977 0.00 DNP
30 78 Mickey Lolich 1974 4.53
31 77 Lynn McGlothen 1983 0.00 DNP
32 77 Fritz Peterson 1975 4.49 DNP
33 77 Bert Blyleven 1984 3.12
34 77 Sid Fernandez 1996 3.57
35 76 Bob Patterson 1992 3.06
36 76 Ken Raffensberger 1951 4.46
37 76 Bruce Hurst 1991 3.61
38 76 Aaron Harang 2011 3.85
39 76 Tom Brennan 1986 0.00 DNP
40 76 Bob Bruce 1966 5.76
41 76 Pat Dobson 1975 4.55 DNP
42 75 Mark Clark 2001 0.00 DNP
43 75 Jeff Weaver 2010 6.09
44 75 John Smiley 1998 0.00 DNP
45 75 Bob Knepper 1987 5.98
46 75 Jim Wilson 1955 3.98
47 75 Kevin Jarvis 2003 6.26
48 75 Craig Swan 1984 8.75
49 75 Ed Whitson 1988 4.08
50 75 Doug Linton 1998 0.00 DNP
51 74 Ben Wade 1956 0.00 DNP
52 74 Dave Goltz 1982 4.82
53 74 Woody Williams 2000 3.96
54 74 Mel Queen 1951 5.31
55 74 Fred Norman 1976 3.54
56 74 Bill Gullickson 1992 4.43
57 74 Chris Capuano 2012 4.13
58 74 Ray Sadecki 1974 4.28
59 73 Don Newcombe 1959 3.53
60 73 Jackie Brown 1976 4.70
61 73 Kevin Tapani 1997 3.49
62 73 Rick Wise 1979 4.31
63 73 Floyd Bannister 1988 4.85
64 73 Ed Lynch 1989 0.00 DNP
65 73 Jim Kaat 1972 2.86
66 73 Mike Krukow 1985 3.70
67 72 Bobby Bolin 1972 3.23
68 72 Alex Kellner 1958 3.73
69 72 Dennis Leonard 1984 0.00 DNP
70 72 Todd Van Poppel 2005 0.00 DNP
71 72 Ron Darling 1994 5.01
72 72 Joe Price 1990 3.99
73 72 Denny Lemaster 1972 7.78
74 72 Darren Dreifort 2005 0.00 DNP
75 72 Frank Tanana 1987 4.36
76 72 Earl Wilson 1968 3.09
77 72 Bob Kuzava 1956 0.00 DNP
78 72 Brian Anderson 2005 7.04
79 71 Shane Reynolds 2001 4.68
80 71 Marty Pattin 1976 3.19
81 71 Mike Oquist 2001 0.00 DNP
82 71 Pete Burnside 1964 0.00 DNP
83 71 Danny Darwin 1989 2.58
84 71 Todd Stottlemyre 1998 4.34
85 71 Don Rudolph 1965 0.00 DNP
86 71 Steve Stone 1981 5.60
87 71 Dick Hall 1964 1.95
88 71 Larry McWilliams 1987 6.64
89 71 Jim Lonborg 1975 4.74 DNP
90 71 Doug Bird 1983 6.92
91 71 Steve Hargan 1976 4.63
92 70 Dennis Martinez 1987 3.67
93 70 Carl Erskine 1960 0.00 DNP
94 70 Joe Nuxhall 1962 3.28 DNP
95 70 Adam Eaton 2011 0.00 DNP
96 70 Steve Parris 2001 5.11
97 70 Joe Roa 2005 0.00 DNP
98 70 Pete Schourek 2002 0.00 DNP
99 70 Jason Bere 2004 0.00 DNP
100 70 Moe Drabowsky 1969 3.03

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .293 .338 .477 .303
11 vs R (Multi) .302 .334 .521 .311
18 Split (Multi) -.010 .003 -.044 -.009
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .300 .344 .500 .321
31 vs R (2013) .339 .373 .603 .362
38 Split (2013) -.039 -.029 -.103 -.041
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 After missing most of 2011 due to elbow impingement, Blanton returned to regular duty and put up one of the season's stranger pitching lines, with the league's third-lowest walk rate accompanied by its second-highest homer rate. Even given that odd combination, his ERA was far above what his peripherals would have suggested, in part because he was pummeled with men in scoring position (.300/.343/.480, driven by a searing .348 BABIP). Blanton is not a bad back-of-the-rotation starter, but if anything, he throws too many strikes, or at least too many on the fat part of the plate. Throwing 200 innings would be his best contribution to an Angels postseason run; hopefully they'll have better options for the October rotation.
2012 Remember him? Blanton started the season as a sort of latter-day Pete Smith, forgotten-man type among the Phillies' four aces. After six middling starts, Blanton succumbed to an elbow injury in May and only returned in a relief role in September. He did look sharp in 11 innings there, and all indications are that he is now healthy. With the departure of Roy Oswalt and the emergence of Vance Worley, Blanton will once again slot in the back of the rotation for the last year of his three-year contract. Whether he’ll be forgotten again depends on his ability to take the ball every fifth day.
2011 When the Phillies traded Cliff Lee and used most of the cash savings to sign Joe Blanton to a three-year, $24-million extension, many observers wept. Lee was a T-Bone steak and Blanton was ground beef. The runs weren’t lean for Blanton either, at least in the first half. The innings-eater improved his strikeout rate by nearly 50 percent after the All-Star break, and the drop in balls in play mitigated the damage that his high BABIP could wreak. Still, Blanton’s rate of hits on balls in play was 30 points higher than both the team’s as a whole and his own career average, and his arsenal has not changed significantly over time, so expect improvement. Cheeseburgers may not be as succulent as steak, but they can be equally filling. With Lee back in town, this cheeseburger may be digested in another city, as Blanton was rumored to be heading to all points on the compass as we went to press.
2010 Although seeing his GB/FB ratio drop, Blanton struck out two and a half more hitters per nine innings than he did in 2008—from 5.1 to 7.5—while dropping his unintentional walk rate from 2.8 to 2.5. The reason? Besides moving the the DH-less league, hitters did much worse making contact with his out-of-zone offerings; the opposition made contact 71 percent of his out-of-zone pitches in 2008, but managed just 57 percent last season, when a higher percentage of his pitches were delivered out of the zone. He also served as the Phillies' most consistent pitcher down the stretch, as from May 26 onward, he logged 151 frames in 23 starts with a 3.16 ERA, 3.0 K/UBB and .304 OBP. Entering his final year of arbitration, this will be a big year for Blanton as he attempts to sustain the strikeout and walk rates from last season and prove he can do more than simply eat innings with league-average production.
2009 It wasn't cheap to get Blanton from the A's, but he'll be under team control through 2010, so he wasn't going to be just a stretch rental. His workhorse rep took as much of a pasting as he did in the AL last season, and producing four quality starts in his Phillies stint didn't get him much of his former luster back, but he served his real purpose in the postseason by giving the team a fourth starter who wasn't named Eaton or Kendrick or Despair, and rose to the occasion with quality starts in LDS clincher and the Game Four win that broke the Rays' back in the Series, the latter the game in which he jacked his first pro homer off of Edwin Jackson. Manuel seems to have his measure in terms of skipping the rep and hooking Blanton early when he gets in trouble, which should make for a solid couple of seasons at the tail end of the rotation.
2008 Is Blanton underrated or overrated? He will always give up a good number of hits-he just doesn't have the stuff to miss very many bats-but he only issues about one walk per game, and because he doesn't go deep into counts, he goes deep into the games. He also never misses a turn on the bump. A pitcher who can consistently give you 200-plus innings of average- to slightly above-average performance, as Blanton can, is enormously valuable. He might be too overrated to be underrated, but in the minds of those who think he's the former, he's actually the latter.
2007 A control pitcher like Blanton will always be highly subject to the vagaries of luck on balls in play, and, over the last two seasons, Blanton`s luck has swung from one extreme to the other. As long as he can keep his walks down, limit home runs, and stay healthy, he`ll be a league-average starting pitcher, and at his salary there`s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Actually, these days there would be absolutely nothing wrong with that if he were making twenty times his salary. It`s funny to see Carl Pavano among Blanton`s comparables, above--Blanton works for a living.
2006 Blanton locates well, has the classic oversized pitcher`s butt, and his mechanics are clean. He improved as the season wore on, generating more strikeouts with breaking stuff down the zone. He`s not particularly exciting to watch, with a low-90s fastball and a league average slider/curve combo, and his strikeout rate does not really say `long career,` but those are fairly trivial complaints.
2005 It was almost a good year, and the problem is that at least a good year was expected of him. Blanton stayed healthy, he was mixing and matching his solid slider and curve with his low-90s heat, but he just never seemed to get into a real groove on the mound. The PCL isn't the best place for a starter to get on top of his game, but neither are the majors for a rookie. He has the command to pick his strikeout rate back up a notch and become the rotation horse that he's supposed to be, but Beane's wholesale acquisition of other people's pitching prospects this winter can't be considered an endorsement of Blanton as a sure thing.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-07-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)How has Bartolo Colon done what he's done? Is his jiggling almost hypnotic to hitters?
(John from Springfield)
Love that this was the first question submitted, so while I may jump around, I'm totally fine starting here. The simple answer is that he doesn't walk anybody, but as Ben and Sam on the podcast pointed out, that's not always an automatic route to success. Joe Blanton was an example. The slightly more complicated answer is that his late-career evolution has brought him overwhelmingly toward the two-seamer, which is a great pitch for him and one that routinely gets strikes.

Or maybe it is the fat. I don't know. I feel like between him and my personal favorite, the delightfully out-of-shape Hyun-Jin Ryu, we're in a decent era of fat pitchers. (Zachary Levine)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Shouldn't we be looking more at salary as a major insight into comparing how good two players are going to be? There are probably better examples, but lots of fancy peripheral stats show that Joe Blanton is better than Ryan Dempster. Yet Dempter signed for $26.5 mil./2 yrs. while Blanton only signed for $15 mil./2 yrs. Well, that's all the stats I need, right?
(John Carter from Dual: U.S.-Canadian)
Huh. That's ... actually ... very intriguing. Tango has pointed out a few times how Vegas is the best projection system. Might be some aspect of that with player salaries, if we could isolate the numbers from some of the distorting effects of timing, team need, etc. (Sam Miller)
2012-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe Blanton, really? Is Dipoto done overhauling the pitching staff or is there an Anibal Sanchez in the Angels' future?
(Mark68 from A Mile High)
Guessing a Shaun Marcum in the Angels' future. Dipoto's tastes are getting sort of predictable (in I would say a good way). (Sam Miller)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you see the Twins targeting as far starting pitchers?
(twinsfan29 from Nashville)
You're much closer to all the buzz than I am, twinsfan29!

Jerry Crasnick from ESPN heard yesterday that they're in on Joe Blanton, who would fit well at Target Field. He also mentioned the recently non-tendered Mike Pelfrey and John Lannan here: https://twitter.com/jcrasnick/status/275711755441823744. Last week, the Twins were tied to Brett Myers, who could transition back from the bullpen. If they turn to the trade market, some of the Rays starters could be in play. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the Cardinals' inevitable loss of Kyle Lohse, do you see them being active in the free agent sp market? Besides Wainwright, Shelby Miller, maybe Garcia, Carpenter and Westbrook, they are a bit light. I think Kelly or Rosenthal could replace Lynn. Thank you.
(Chopper from Indy)
Hi Chopper. I'm not sure what the Cardinals might be thinking, but if I ran things, I'd wouldn't be looking to replace Lohse's 2012 performance. Adam Wainwright should improve a year removed from surgery and Chris Carpenter should give the team more than three starts. I'd be targeting guys to slot in behind those two, guys who maybe are on level with what Lohse was when he came to St. Louis. Specifically, I'd be looking at Joe Blanton, Edwin Jackson, Shaun Marcum, and Anibal Sanchez. If I wanted to gamble, I might make a play for Scott Baker. But this all says more about my process than the Cardinals', so take it with a grain of salt. (Geoff Young)
2012-09-06 15:00:00 (link to chat)Apparently there's now a set floor in terms of payroll that all teams must meet, and as it stands, it looks like the Astros would be well under that if they stood pat this off-season. How much payroll would they have to add (roughly, given the uncertainty of the arbitration guys)? Do you see them trying to fill some holes with lower-cost signings like a Joe Blanton, or getting splashy?
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
The set "floor" is the minimum payroll with the exception of how much less a player can get in a new contract. The Astros are going incredibly skinny here, but there's nothing stopping them. I'd expect this to be a lull that's actually 3-years in the making (remember, the player payroll shedding occurred before the sale to Crane to make the sale easier on him). (Maury Brown)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on the Tigers rotation? Do you think Scherzer can repeat his 2nd half success and will Porcello take a step forward?
(MickeyRivers from NYC)
Scherzer is a buddy of mine and he is one of the hardest working pitchers in the league. His second half is for real, and the Tigers have two aces in he and Verlander. Porcello I have NEVER been high on, and I often get yelled at in chats for my belief that he will never develop into a front of the rotation hurler. I hope he does, but I just don't see it happening. I feel like Joe Blanton would look good in the Tigers rotation to add stability, but when you have pitchers like Verlander and Scherzer at the top of the rotation, you're doing well already. (Eric Seidman)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Two Questions What is the most the Phillies can get for Joe Blanton and how much of his salary can they eat? Do you think Dominic Brown will start the year in the major leagues or will the Phillies sign a veteran bat like Jermaine Dye.
(John from Philadelphia)
Dom Brown I say starts in the majors, but isn't an everyday player until the end of May. Going with a platoon of Brown/Francisco should be fine. I don't see what Jermaine Dye could provide that Ben Francisco can't, and the latter makes like $500,000. As for Blanton, the Phillies need to wait. There is no rush to trade him. Once Pavano signs, Blanton is the most attractive trade target, a 180-200 IP pitcher with a talent level in that 4.10-4.30 ERA range. If they traded him right now I would say they eat $9 of the $17 million and get prospects we never hear from again in return. Come February I would venture to guess they eat $6 million and get a couple prospects, one of whom will have some type of impact. (Eric Seidman)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think Joe Blanton could fetch the Phils back in a trade, assuming they want the salary relief (a fair bet)? Other than Grienke, what starter is being offered for trade that's better?
(lionstar1964 from Philly burbs)
Beyond Greinke, I figure you might have got a Cub on the block, although Dempster's sort of in the same territory as Blanton, and nobody's really excited and saying, "Boy, do we really need some Big Z-style excitement!" There has been some chatter that the White Sox might deal Floyd or Buehrle. Basically, everyone's shopping mid-rotation innings-munchers, to see what that gets them. If moving Blanton's salary is a pressing issue, I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Phillies get less than full value. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you foresee the Phils making a move with the eminent Werth departure, or do you think they are content with a platoon of Franciso/Brown?
(John Locke from The Island)
Content. It'll be an interesting offseason because most fans think more about runs added on offense than runs suppressed with pitching. Losing Werth will hurt, without question, but you also have to remember that they will have a full season of Oswalt instead of just 10-11 starts, and most likely a healthy Joe Blanton going into spring training, which is certainly better than relying on both Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick entering the year. Brown should be solid with regular playing time, and Francisco handles lefties very well. Their platoon won't replace Werth, but the upgrade of having a full year of Oswalt and a healthy Blanton really cuts into that deficit. Plus, it is hard to imagine the offense will be as unhealthy next year as they were this year, so the Phils are bound to get more runs back on that front as well. It is very easy to come up with reasons why they WON'T be as good next year, but I still hold they will win the division again. (Eric Seidman)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you see Latos being drafted next year in a 12-team league?
(Lane from Austin)
If he keeps it up, I think he'll be picked along with the second-tier of starters. Unlike this season, where he had an average draft position in the Joe Blanton range. I think a lot of people were surprised he was this good, but I was debating buying a Latos jersey heading into the season, so I own him on all of my teams except AL-only. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see Justin Masterson long-term? Solid starter, mediocre starter, maybe a good multiple inning reliever, or something else?
(Dennis from LA)
Mediocre starter, but that is very valuable if he can do that over 175-200 innings per year. I guess I see him as being closer to what Joe Blanton did last season than anything above that. (Eric Seidman)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's a Kyle Kendrick and should I be concerned?
(Neil from NJ)
Kendrick is a starting pitcher on the Phillies, until Joe Blanton returns, who experienced success as a rookie in 2007 but who also serves as the posterchild for why stats like SIERA are much more effective at indicating what is likely to occur in the future than ERA. Since 2007, he was prank-traded to Japan, struggled in the minors, became Roy Halladay's mentee (even growing a beard in spring training), and supposedly added a slider, changeup and cutter to his repertoire of a sinker and, well, nothing else. In his first two starts this year he looked about as effective as if Will Carroll was sent to the mound to throw eephus pitches, but he tossed an absolute gem against the Braves last night. Realistically, unless Happ or Moyer gets hurt, or Blanton suffers a setback, Kendrick is not going to stay in the rotation even if he builds on last night's outing, but even for a sinkerballer (a group that can get away without whiffing many hitters) he doesn't strike many out so the odds aren't in his favor. (Eric Seidman)
2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Biggest surprise move of the offseason?
(Tommy from Queens)
I would have to say the Phillies deciding they would rather pay Joe Blanton than Cliff Lee in 2010 was the biggest surprise of the offseason. I don't care if they needed to restock their farm system after acquiring Halladay, or that they didn't want the payroll to reach a certain point. Dealing Lee strikes me as irresponsible to a team that needed to improve to have a better chance against the AL's giants.

Keeping him also would have put them closer to guaranteeing--as much as you can guarantee something like winning a game of chance--a third straight World Series appearance. They can still get there, but having Lee makes them closer to the favorites in any matchup. (Marc Normandin)
2009-11-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)What has been the biggest difference between how you saw the WS playing out (Phils in 7) and how it's actually played out?
(jamin67038 from Wichita, KS)
A.J. Burnett pitched fantastamatically, and Cliff Lee turned into Joe Blanton last night. I've actually gotten every single game wrong, based on my pre-Series pick. Don't try this at home! (Joe Sheehan)
2009-11-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Best Tim McCarver pre-game "Key" to the game ever: Joe Blanton is "gutty." You can't make this stuff up.
(bowie from Cal)
I'm "gutty," too, but I suspect it's a different definition of the word. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-06-05 15:30:00 (link to chat)Settle a debate for us. I am Mil fan and some friends think we should start to trade prospects to take a run in the next year or two. I lean towards standing pat and to develop and draft talent and play to always be good. Then you hope a few breaks go your way to win a world series, without handcuffing yourself in the future since you are a small market team. Which model do you prefer for small market teams? Is it time for Milwaukee to go for it?
(sjstraub from nj)
It's really tough, and most people underestimate just how tough it is, to win now while simultaneously setting yourself up for the future. It seems like it SHOULD be fairly easy, but it isn't. Otherwise, more teams would be in better positions. The Brewers have a pretty good core of hitters right now but pitching is a big problem. Outside of Gallardo, you have four essentially back of the rotation guys. If they can really get a top-tier MLB player or two in return, trading some prospects would be a sound idea, ESPECIALLY given the Cubs struggles so far. You don't want to trade top prospects for Joe Blanton, like the Phillies did, but if you can get a 1A or a 2 pitcher, you kind of have to at this point. (Eric Seidman)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)So Christina, I couldn't tell from your transaction analysis, do you like Joe Blanton? Kind of ambiguous.
(Goose from Chicago)
I'll take that as semi-facetious, since I expect him to be sub-Lohse-ian in terms of value to the club down the stretch on the basis of his new home and his home/road splits with Oakland. I went into that a bit, as well as the problem that he may not simplify their picking their five starters; he gives them a starter who will take the ball every five days, but the results aren't going to be pretty, and might wind up being Eaton-level bad. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)James Simmons, anything more than a future innings eater? A new Joe Blanton?
(Doug from SD)
Yes, but that shouldn't be seen as a bad thing. Last I looked, those guys were worth $10-12 million on the open market. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you talk about the importance of tempo? Could you describe an instance where a pitcher would want to get to release point more quickly? Less quickly? Thanks!
(patrickc from NYC)
Tempo is Carlos Gomez's big thing and just basically means - in my interpretation - getting things moving as fast as you can while maintaining control. All things equal, faster is better. I don't like any pauses or balance points in the delivery since they interrupt the generation of force and the transfer through the kinetic chain. Joe Blanton to me is a bit slow, but it's not something I pay a lot of attention to. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)The run differential looks nice and all, especially compared the LAAOA's. But there seems to be an odd amount of blowout wins skewing the Pythag a bit, not to mention they have all those pitchers looking forward to increased workloads. In other words CK, do you see Beane buying or selling?
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
I think there's more work to be done on the outsized impact that blowout wins can have on a team's overall outlook. Beating the bejeezuz out of other team's 11th or 12th pitchers isn't really a skill that defines playoff teams. I think Beane's going to be flexible, willing to do both at once (perhaps similar to where the D'backs were in 2006, when they decided to keep their bid for contention alive by calling up the kids while dealing Shawn Green), depending on what people are looking for, and what they're looking to offer. If he gets a great offer on Joe Blanton, he'll listen. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)Following up on my own question... With the A's so high on the Hit List do you expect them to be buying for this year or selling for next year, and if so who goes where? Also, might they be able to do both..with chad gaudin ready to get back his spot in the rotation, they could improve their offense, and team overall, by trading (harden?) for a major league ready bat to a team starved for pitching (yankees?)
(Joe Lefko from Boonton, NJ)
Over the winter and at the outset of the year everybody thought Beane was waving the white flag on 2008 even as he restocked his team. Right now I don't think it's inconceivable that the A's could move Rich Harden or Joe Blanton and still expect to hang around the AL West and Wild Card races. They do have some pitching depth, and I'd expect that they'd get a decent return on either of those guys. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christina, Can the A's pitching keep this up? Who do you like better long-term Eveland or Smith? Would you have sent Gaudin or Duchsherer to the pen. Thanks, keep up the great work!
(Kiley from Oakland)
Smith's the safer pick, in that Eveland's weight is always going to be something people complain about until, like Rick Reuschel or Jumbo Wells, he pitches effectively for so long that people finally stop talking about it. I think it would have been unfair to Duchscherer, given that he's really worked at getting back to starting. It's a lovely problem to have, to be sure, but one that puts the A's in the interesting situation, whether or not to still mull offers for Joe Blanton while making a bid on the AL West. That said, let's face it, somebody has to shadow Harden, and Gaudin's not a bad choice. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've seen some projections that suggest it's the A's who are in the best position to take advantage of a stumble from Anahiem than the Mariners are. First, how credible is that? And second, if that is credible, how much worse does that make Bavasi's win-now plan?
(Evan from Vancouver, BC)
I don't see this at all. The A's are in full-on rebuilding mode, and behind Joe Blanton they need a lot to hope that Rich Harden, Justin Duchscherer, and Chad Gaudin are healthy. Add to that the need for sick-noters like Eric Chavez and Bobby Crosby to bounce back and I think we're at the point where it's far more likely Blanton gets shipped out at the deadline than the A's contend.

I'm not about to defend Bavasi, but I don't see the M's overtaken by Oakland this year. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Here we go again, you hating Homer Bailey again. There is no way Itrade Bailey for Joe Blanton and Homer Bailey has a world of an ability.
(Rick from Ohio)
Yes, we do. Bailey has a world of TALENT, not a world of ability. He unquestionably has talent, but he also unquestionably has not funneled that talent into results. For a Reds team that has a weak bullpen, Dusty as manager, and thinks (rightly) that they can contend in their division, Blanton is the better fit. (Will Carroll)
2008-01-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe Blanton will be pitching for ________ on August 1, 2008
(Geoff from Chicago)
I'm still going to guess that Johan goes to the Red Sox and then Blanton ends up going to the Mets. Sometimes, the simplest solution is the easiest one. (Bryan Smith)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourHere's how much I love baseball -- I will watch Derek Lowe and Joe Blanton rather than Bad Future Claire tonight. (Will Carroll)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourOk -- with Joe Blanton pitching and Kevin Youkilis playing well for the Sox, do we go back and say hey, that Moneyball guy knew a good story when he saw it? (Will Carroll)
 

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Joe Blanton has thrown 17,867 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 (88mph), also mixing in a Change (80mph), Sinker (87mph), Slider (79mph) and Curve (74mph).