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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 33)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 4.41 1.42 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date8-8-1980
Height6' 1"
Weight190 lbs
Age34 years, 2 months, 14 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.62010
0.82011
0.72012
0.52013
-0.52014
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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
2005 SDN 24 14 0 16.3 0.0 16.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 78 15 6 4 1 20 13 13 1 14 2.20 4.64 4.00 2.7 0.2
2006 BOS 25 13 0 12.0 0.0 12.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 55 12 5 5 0 17 6 5 1 12 3.75 2.94 3.17 3.0 0.3
2008 CLE 27 7 0 8.3 0.0 8.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 10 3 3 1 14 5 5 0 7 3.24 4.84 5.13 0.6 0.1
2008 MIN 27 42 0 38.7 0.0 38.7 0 2 1 1 0 0 149 24 9 7 0 25 14 12 0 32 1.63 2.59 2.33 10.5 1.1
2009 MIN 28 17 0 14.3 0.0 14.3 1 2 0 0 0 0 64 11 11 10 3 21 11 11 1 11 6.28 6.84 7.32 -1.8 -0.2
2009 OAK 28 60 0 55.3 0.0 55.3 7 5 0 6 0 0 217 37 20 16 5 58 18 18 2 44 2.60 3.81 4.60 5.7 0.6
2010 OAK 29 75 0 74.7 0.0 74.7 4 4 5 2 0 0 304 53 26 25 9 95 29 25 0 71 3.01 3.88 4.27 5.8 0.6
2011 OAK 30 67 0 59.3 0.0 59.3 0 2 0 3 0 0 261 69 29 25 4 97 21 20 2 44 3.79 3.62 3.63 7.5 0.8
2012 ARI 31 40 0 43.3 0.0 43.3 2 0 0 3 0 0 180 38 15 13 5 62 13 13 1 42 2.70 3.67 4.14 3.1 0.3
2012 BOS 31 23 0 20.0 0.0 20.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 81 14 7 6 0 19 9 7 1 19 2.70 2.65 3.06 3.6 0.4
2013 BOS 32 61 0 59.7 0.0 59.7 5 2 0 4 0 0 237 49 16 12 3 74 18 18 2 33 1.81 3.63 3.97 4.4 0.5
2014 BOS 33 60 0 54.3 0.0 54.3 2 4 1 4 0 0 260 73 40 36 8 112 28 27 2 37 5.96 5.37 5.53 -4.3 -0.5
Career4790456.30.0456.3222372400192640518716239614185174133663.203.914.1940.84.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2002 OGD Rk 23 0 54.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BLT A 33 0 65.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .345 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HDS A+ 23 0 41.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .383 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SDN MLB 14 0 16.3 4.00 112 .285 .262 .331 .411 .259 .286 100 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.2
2005 MOB AA 40 0 52.3 3.99 111 .196 .269 .344 .389 .268 .250 67 7.4 0.8 7.0 0.7
2005 POR AAA 7 0 9.0 4.10 112 .285 .286 .355 .475 .275 .370 86 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2005 jav Wnt 15 0 13.2 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -1.267 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 BOS MLB 13 0 12.0 3.17 140 .253 .280 .344 .433 .261 .333 107 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
2006 PAW AAA 39 0 67.2 3.26 119 .208 .261 .328 .400 .261 .274 95 13.5 1.3 13.5 1.3
2007 PAW AAA 49 1 68.7 3.95 104 .264 .263 .332 .399 .260 .328 92 7.3 0.7 7.3 0.7
2008 CLE MLB 7 0 8.3 5.13 93 .273 .254 .325 .388 .255 .333 102 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2008 MIN MLB 42 0 38.7 2.33 150 .175 .264 .332 .424 .262 .233 98 10.5 1.1 10.5 1.1
2009 MIN MLB 17 0 14.3 7.32 58 .278 .264 .329 .413 .256 .211 107 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2
2009 OAK MLB 60 0 55.3 4.60 106 .207 .267 .336 .432 .263 .216 101 5.7 0.6 5.7 0.6
2010 OAK MLB 75 0 74.7 4.27 105 .229 .258 .324 .405 .256 .226 100 5.8 0.6 5.8 0.6
2011 OAK MLB 67 0 59.3 3.63 117 .288 .257 .322 .403 .261 .342 98 7.5 0.8 7.5 0.8
2012 ARI MLB 40 0 43.3 4.14 107 .243 .249 .312 .391 .255 .277 104 3.5 0.4 3.1 0.3
2012 BOS MLB 23 0 20.0 3.06 133 .241 .258 .325 .415 .266 .269 103 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4
2013 BOS MLB 61 0 59.7 3.97 108 .235 .257 .318 .407 .267 .254 100 4.4 0.5 4.4 0.5
2013 PME AA 1 1 0.0 8.20 20 .701 .255 .353 .399 .279 1.000 104 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2013 PAW AAA 4 0 3.7 3.67 113 .276 .257 .326 .359 .246 .444 97 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2014 BOS MLB 60 0 54.3 5.53 70 .318 .247 .309 .379 .258 .351 103 -4.3 -0.5 -4.3 -0.5
2014 PAW AAA 3 1 2.7 4.41 87 .203 .266 .335 .417 .266 .125 84 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0

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 OGD Rk 6 2 2 23 0 54.3 42 24 56 2 0% .286 7.0 4.0 0.3 9.3 1.22 1.82 0.0 0.0
2003 BLT A 3 4 2 33 0 65.0 64 27 80 4 0% .345 8.9 3.7 0.6 11.1 1.40 5.12 0.0 0.0
2004 HDS A+ 1 3 0 23 0 41.3 54 24 41 5 0% .383 11.8 5.2 1.1 8.9 1.89 7.19 0.0 0.0
2005 MOB AA 2 1 0 40 0 52.3 38 17 47 3 41% .250 6.5 2.9 0.5 8.1 1.05 2.75 7.0 0.7
2005 SDN MLB 0 0 0 14 0 16.3 15 13 14 1 46% .286 8.3 7.2 0.6 7.7 1.71 2.20 2.7 0.2
2005 jav Wnt 0 1 0 15 0 13.2 19 3 12 0 0% -1.267 13.0 2.0 0.0 8.2 1.67 7.50 0.0 0.0
2005 POR AAA 0 1 0 7 0 9.0 11 1 9 1 54% .370 11.0 1.0 1.0 9.0 1.33 4.00 2.1 0.2
2006 PAW AAA 7 1 7 39 0 67.2 49 24 77 3 48% .274 6.6 3.2 0.4 10.3 1.09 2.68 13.5 1.3
2006 BOS MLB 0 2 0 13 0 12.0 12 6 12 0 36% .333 9.0 4.5 0.0 9.0 1.50 3.75 3.0 0.3
2007 PAW AAA 2 3 1 49 1 68.7 70 25 73 6 42% .328 9.2 3.3 0.8 9.6 1.38 4.06 7.3 0.7
2008 CLE MLB 0 0 0 7 0 8.3 10 5 7 1 46% .333 10.8 5.4 1.1 7.6 1.80 3.24 0.6 0.1
2008 MIN MLB 0 2 1 42 0 38.7 24 14 32 0 44% .233 5.6 3.3 0.0 7.4 0.98 1.63 10.5 1.1
2009 MIN MLB 1 2 0 17 0 14.3 11 11 11 3 34% .211 6.9 6.9 1.9 6.9 1.53 6.28 -1.8 -0.2
2009 OAK MLB 7 5 0 60 0 55.3 37 18 44 5 33% .216 6.0 2.9 0.8 7.2 0.99 2.60 5.7 0.6
2010 OAK MLB 4 4 5 75 0 74.7 53 29 71 9 31% .226 6.4 3.5 1.1 8.6 1.10 3.01 5.8 0.6
2011 OAK MLB 0 2 0 67 0 59.3 69 21 44 4 40% .342 10.5 3.2 0.6 6.7 1.52 3.79 7.5 0.8
2012 BOS MLB 1 0 0 23 0 20.0 14 9 19 0 52% .269 6.3 4.0 0.0 8.6 1.15 2.70 3.6 0.4
2012 ARI MLB 2 0 0 40 0 43.3 38 13 42 5 44% .277 7.9 2.7 1.0 8.7 1.18 2.70 3.1 0.3
2013 PME AA 0 0 0 1 1 0.0 3 1 0 0 0% 1.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.1 0.0
2013 PAW AAA 0 0 0 4 0 3.7 4 3 4 0 44% .444 9.8 7.4 0.0 9.8 1.91 2.45 0.4 0.0
2013 BOS MLB 5 2 0 61 0 59.7 49 18 33 3 45% .254 7.4 2.7 0.5 5.0 1.12 1.81 4.4 0.5
2014 BOS MLB 2 4 1 60 0 54.3 73 28 37 8 38% .351 12.1 4.6 1.3 6.1 1.86 5.96 -4.3 -0.5
2014 PAW AAA 1 0 0 3 1 2.7 1 2 1 0 62% .125 3.4 6.8 0.0 3.4 1.12 0.00 0.2 0.0

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 673 0.4799 0.4591 0.7573 0.6471 0.2857 0.8182 0.6300 0.2427
2009 1095 0.5151 0.4712 0.7849 0.6560 0.2750 0.8270 0.6781 0.2132
2010 1222 0.5245 0.4812 0.7772 0.6583 0.2857 0.8436 0.6084 0.2211
2011 1021 0.5064 0.4819 0.7988 0.6770 0.2817 0.8514 0.6690 0.2012
2012 1061 0.4449 0.4722 0.7625 0.6864 0.3005 0.8735 0.5593 0.2375
2013 866 0.4619 0.4919 0.8380 0.7125 0.3026 0.8877 0.7376 0.1620
2014 972 0.4506 0.4630 0.8533 0.6735 0.2903 0.9153 0.7355 0.1467
Career69100.48550.4750.79570.67290.28850.85990.6570.2037

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-21 2014-04-09 15-DL 19 8 Left Shoulder Strain - -
2013-03-22 2013-05-06 15-DL 45 31 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
2013-02-15 2013-02-23 Camp 8 0 Left Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2011-08-06 2011-08-10 DTD 4 3 Left Shoulder Tightness - -
2011-02-24 2011-03-22 Camp 26 0 - Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-08-18 2010-08-20 DTD 2 2 Left Forearm Contusion Batted Ball -
2010-03-17 2010-03-29 Camp 12 0 Left Elbow Inflammation Medial Flexor Mass Tendinitis -
2008-06-20 2008-06-25 DTD 5 4 Low Back Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 BOS $100,000
2014 BOS $3,825,000
2013 BOS $2,325,000
2012 ARI $1,795,000
2011 OAK $1,400,000
2010 OAK $425,000
2009 OAK $422,000
2007 OAK $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$6,767,000
2011Current$3,825,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$10,592,000
1 yrFuture$100,000
8 yrTotal$10,692,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 88 dBaratta Partners2 years/$6.25M (2013-14), 2015 option

Details
  • 2 years/$6.25M (2013-14), plus 2015 club option. Signed by Boston 1/23/13 (avoided arbitration, $2.375M-$2.325M). 13:$2.325M, 14:$3.825M, 15:$4M club option, $0.1M buyout.
  • 1 year/$1.795M (2012). Signed by Arizona 2/9/12 (avoided arbitration, $2.1M-$1.5M). Acquired by Boston in trade from Arizona 7/31/12.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2011). Re-signed by Oakland 1/25/11 (avoided arbitration, $1.55M-$1.15M). Performance bonuses: $25,000 for 25 games finished. Acquired by Arizona in trade from Oakland 12/9/11.
  • 1 year/$0.425M (2010). Re-signed by Oakland 3/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.422M (2009). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/8/09. Claimed by Oakland off waivers from Minnesota 5/20/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Claimed by Cleveland off waivers from Boston 3/23/08. DFA 5/23/08. Claimed by Minnesota off waivers from Cleveland 5/29/08.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2007). Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 10/06 (minor-league contract, $0.13M in minors).
  • 1 year (2006). Signed by Boston 1/06 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Boston 7/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased by San Diego 7/05. Non-tendered by San Diego 12/05.
  • Released by Milwaukee 7/04.
  • Drafted by Milwaukee 2002 (26-769) (Yale).

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 0 0 0 65.9 51 20 55 5 .248 1.07 2.82 3.06 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 59.8 50 19 50 5 .262 1.15 3.19 3.46 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 55.5 49 19 46 5 .272 1.21 3.46 3.76 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 52.0 48 18 43 5 .280 1.27 3.69 4.02 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 48.7 46 18 40 5 .289 1.32 3.92 4.26 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 0 0 0 45.5 45 17 38 5 .297 1.37 4.14 4.51 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 0 0 0 42.1 44 17 35 5 .305 1.43 4.39 4.77 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 38.3 42 16 32 4 .315 1.50 4.68 5.09 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 0 0 0 33.2 39 15 28 4 .330 1.61 5.10 5.54 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0000048.14517405.2871.313.894.230.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
17% 39% 33% 12% 89%

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
20153421144047481938540.3041.444.605.009.33.77.31.0-0.0
20163531152055521943540.2851.303.874.208.63.17.10.80.5
20173621145048481937540.2951.414.454.849.13.67.00.90.1
20183721138040421531440.3021.424.564.969.53.47.00.9-0.0
20193821137040411529440.2981.414.524.919.33.46.60.90.0
20203921135038391429440.2981.414.554.949.33.36.91.00.0
20214021138040421530540.2971.414.594.999.43.36.71.1-0.0
20224121135037391426540.2961.434.745.159.53.46.31.2-0.1
20234221132034371324440.2971.464.785.199.73.46.31.0-0.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
12.78.711.57.85.17.845.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 95 Brandon Lyon 2013 5.24
2 92 Jason Grilli 2010 0.00 DNP
3 92 Matt Lindstrom 2013 3.41
4 91 Matt Guerrier 2012 3.86
5 91 Jose Mesa 1999 5.50
6 90 Kevin Gregg 2011 5.28
7 90 Hideki Okajima 2009 3.39
8 89 Jason Frasor 2011 3.90
9 88 Dave Smith 1988 4.08
10 88 Ramon Hernandez 1974 2.88
11 88 Matt Wise 2009 0.00 DNP
12 87 Jim Mecir 2003 6.08
13 87 Jeff Shaw 2000 4.55
14 87 Danys Baez 2011 7.00
15 86 Hoyt Wilhelm 1956 4.77
16 86 Mike Marshall 1976 4.35
17 86 J.J. Putz 2010 3.00
18 86 Scot Shields 2009 7.13
19 85 Tim Burke 1992 5.61
20 85 Bob Wickman 2002 5.77
21 85 Mike Timlin 1999 4.29
22 85 Braden Looper 2008 4.57
23 85 George Sherrill 2010 7.43
24 84 Rafael Soriano 2013 3.24
25 84 J.C. Romero 2009 3.24
26 84 Joaquin Benoit 2011 3.39
27 84 Geoff Geary 2010 0.00 DNP
28 84 Pedro Feliciano 2010 3.45
29 84 Jeremy Affeldt 2012 3.27
30 83 Sparky Lyle 1978 3.71
31 83 Jon Rauch 2012 4.37
32 83 Fernando Rodney 2010 4.37
33 83 Heath Bell 2011 2.87
34 82 Damaso Marte 2008 4.02
35 82 Ray King 2007 4.76
36 82 Mike Jackson 1998 1.55
37 82 Brian Fuentes 2009 3.93
38 81 Will Ohman 2011 4.39
39 81 Rudy Seanez 2002 6.82
40 81 Kent Tekulve 1980 3.87
41 81 Jim Brosnan 1963 3.24
42 81 Ricardo Rincon 2003 3.42
43 81 Eric Plunk 1997 5.07
44 80 John Grabow 2012 0.00 DNP
45 80 Francisco Cordero 2008 3.58
46 80 Matt Thornton 2010 2.67
47 80 Joe Beimel 2010 3.60
48 80 Paul Shuey 2004 0.00 DNP
49 80 Mike Adams 2012 3.61
50 80 Mariano Rivera 2003 1.91
51 80 Dan Kolb 2008 0.00 DNP
52 80 Ryan Dempster 2010 4.60
53 80 Brendan Donnelly 2005 4.13
54 80 Peter Moylan 2012 5.40
55 80 Chad Qualls 2012 5.85
56 79 Bob Howry 2007 3.43
57 79 Mike Henneman 1995 2.32
58 79 Matt Belisle 2013 4.56
59 79 Hank Aguirre 1964 4.23
60 79 Jerry Don Gleaton 1991 4.42
61 78 Dennys Reyes 2010 3.55
62 78 Joey Eischen 2003 4.58
63 78 Saul Rivera 2011 0.00 DNP
64 78 Joe Sambito 1985 15.19
65 78 Jose Valverde 2011 2.61
66 78 Justin Duchscherer 2011 0.00 DNP
67 78 Javier Lopez 2011 2.89
68 78 Steve Reed 1998 3.25
69 78 Joe Nathan 2008 1.73
70 78 Scott Schoeneweis 2007 5.49
71 77 Guillermo Mota 2007 5.92
72 77 Michael Gonzalez 2011 5.23
73 77 Jay Howell 1989 1.69
74 77 Rafael Betancourt 2008 5.32
75 77 Brad Ziegler 2013 2.47
76 77 Heathcliff Slocumb 1999 4.06
77 77 Bruce Ruffin 1997 6.14
78 77 Mike James 2001 5.68
79 77 Jerry Dipoto 2001 0.00 DNP
80 77 Andy McGaffigan 1990 5.29
81 76 Bill Landrum 1991 3.77
82 76 Justin Speier 2007 3.06
83 76 Mike Maddux 1995 4.74
84 76 Carl Willis 1994 7.28
85 75 Ben Weber 2003 2.91
86 75 Paul Quantrill 2002 3.17
87 75 Chuck McElroy 2001 6.36
88 75 Graeme Lloyd 2000 0.00 DNP
89 75 Rich Gossage 1985 2.39
90 74 Roberto Hernandez 1998 4.16
91 74 Jeff Montgomery 1995 3.84
92 74 Roy Lee Jackson 1987 0.00 DNP
93 74 Dan Quisenberry 1986 3.43
94 74 Antonio Alfonseca 2005 4.94
95 74 Jim Kern 1982 3.72
96 74 Mike MacDougal 2010 7.23
97 74 Phil Regan 1970 5.35
98 74 Grant Jackson 1976 2.42
99 74 Warren Spahn 1954 3.49
100 74 Eric Gagne 2009 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .249 .294 .387 .248
11 vs R (Multi) .219 .303 .328 .235
18 Split (Multi) .029 -.009 .059 .012
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .253 .304 .400 .245
31 vs R (2013) .208 .281 .300 .216
38 Split (2013) .044 .022 .100 .029
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

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 The rare LOOGY who can get right-handed hitters out as well (RLOOGYWCGRHHOAW?), the Connecticut native and Yale graduate returned to Boston from Arizona for the perpetually about-to-be-traded Matt Albers. Although he can get wild (around the plate, not at parties, where he's frequently found in the kitchen talking to the host's cat), Breslow gets strikeouts and somehow keeps the ball in the yard despite a mediocre groundball rate. Last season, right-handed hitters got him for .037 of TAv more than lefties, but that was mostly because he held down lefties more than usual. If Breslow can continue to keep the ball in the yard while minimizing walks, he can be a valuable back-of-the-bullpen arm.
2012 Breslow, an independent league discovery during Towers' tenure in San Diego, has described himself as a "right-handed left-hander," by which he means that he's more effective against opposite-handed hitters, a contention borne out by his platoon splits. Last year, the split was particularly extreme, as he held righties to a .263 TAv while allowing a lofty .348 figure to southpaws, but in most seasons it's freed his managers to use him against multiple batters. After 279 innings, his career FIP is over three quarters of a run higher than his 3.06 career ERA. What he'll be worth to the Diamondbacks, who acquired him in the Trevor Cahill deal, depends on whether he can continue to be a low-BABIP guy. One thing the cerebral Yale biochem major probably can't do is keep his home-run rate as low as it was last season: Even after curbing his fly-ball tendencies to some extent, he owns the 20th-highest fly-ball percentage among pitchers with at least 250 IP since 2008, which won't play as well in Chase Field as it did in the Coliseum.
2011 After bouncing around for much of his early 20s, Breslow has seemingly found a home in Oakland after turning in back-to-back effective years with the Athletics. Since he's an extreme fly-ball pitcher, the Coliseum's extensive fair territory minimizes his mistakes. His combination of a fastball, slider, and command that all come in a tick above average makes him a consistent, dependable arm in a world where those two words are rarely used in conjunction when referring to relievers. A healthier and better-stocked bullpen might shift Breslow back one inning from the eighth to the seventh this season, but he should be just as good if called upon earlier
2010 A solid free-talent find for the A's, because while Breslow has bounced around a bit, he's been a surprisingly effective reliever, and much more than just a situational soldier, as he's nearly as good against righties than lefties. Primarily a fastball/slider type who hits 89-92 mph with his heater, Breslow has above-average command and attacks hitters. While his ceiling probably ends as a seventh-inning type, teams need those guys, too.
2009 The Red Sox kept Breslow in the minors throughout 2007, then waived him during spring training. Claimed by the Indians, he latched on as the last man in the pen, but LOOGYs are like placekickers in the NFL—miss a couple and you're gone. In Breslow's case, he allowed a (non-decisive) homer to Jim Thome on May 21 and was almost immediately back on waivers. Bobbing their way next, Breslow did an excellent job for the Twins, holding lefties to .183/.230/.232; Thome's was the only homer he allowed all season, and he tamed his walk rate. Now that Breslow has established himself, he'll probably appear in the next 12 editions of this book—which doesn't preclude a few more trips through waivers.
2008 Yale product Craig Breslow had another serviceable year relieving in Triple-A. He could help 20 other teams in the pen.
2007 If lefty hitters were vulnerable to Yalies with biochemistry degrees, then Breslow would already have a spot in the Boston pen. As it is, he`s not far off but don`t expect Jason Giambi to cower in fear of Breslow`s command of the Krebs cycle. Last year, Breslow added a cut fastball to a repertoire that stars a plus overhand curve and handled righties (.200/.269/.284) as well as lefties (.200/.323/.236) in winning International League All-Star honors. He`ll still have to beat out J.C. Romero and/or Javier Lopez to stick.
2006 The Yalie lefty was nearly out of baseball for good after being cut by the Brewers. Signed by the Padres in an open tryout, Breslow steadily made his way from Double-A afterthought to a 2.20 ERA in limited action with the big club last year. The Padres non-tendered him after the season, which isn`t surprising given his awful walk rates.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Loved your Red Sox interview book. Ever look back at some of the minor league guys from that book who never made it to MLB and think "man, I wish [player X] had gotten further"?
(parkerd from SC)
Thanks, and yes, several of them. Conversley, Craig Breslow has clearly outperformed expectations, while Daniel Bard looked like a washout when the book came out. Aaron Bates made it to the show, which surprised many people. (David Laurila)
2010-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you name some players you have interviewed who seem to be well-read? I don't mean players who read, I mean players who have likely read and enjoyed Hemingway or Faulkner?
(marmour from Corvallis OR)
Fernando Perez is an obvious answer. Gabe Kapler, certainly. I'd have to think about it a little to really pull out a bunch of names, but not because there aren't a number of players who are well read. Many are. There are some smart guys out there and a lot of plane rides -- bus rides in the minors -- and they don't all read comic books. Craig Breslow. Kevin Slowey. As I type, I find myself wondering what Lastings Millege reads. He struck me as being thoughtful when I spoke to him last summer, so he may be into things far different than what his image conveys. (David Laurila)


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Craig Breslow has thrown 6,937 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (89mph) and Fourseam Fastball (90mph), also mixing in a Cutter (86mph) and Change (78mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (76mph) and Slow Curve (70mph).