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Brian Bruney PWhite Sox

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
33.7 4.44 1.50 31 2 1 1 0.0
Birth Date2-17-1982
Height6' 3"
Weight235 lbs
Age32 years, 8 months, 7 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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0.02012
2013
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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 ARI 22 30 0 31.3 0.0 31.3 3 4 0 2 0 0 135 20 16 15 2 29 27 22 1 34 4.31 4.29 5.36 0.5 0.0
2005 ARI 23 47 0 46.0 0.0 46.0 1 3 12 4 0 0 230 56 39 38 6 90 35 33 5 51 7.43 5.08 5.63 1.2 0.2
2006 NYA 24 19 0 20.7 0.0 20.7 1 1 0 1 0 0 90 14 2 2 1 20 15 15 1 25 0.87 3.72 3.46 5.2 0.5
2007 NYA 25 58 0 50.0 0.0 50.0 3 2 0 2 0 0 228 44 28 26 5 70 37 35 3 39 4.68 5.45 5.78 0.5 0.1
2008 NYA 26 32 1 34.3 2.0 32.3 3 0 1 2 0 0 137 18 7 7 2 28 16 16 1 33 1.83 3.48 3.32 7.9 0.8
2009 NYA 27 44 0 39.0 0.0 39.0 5 0 0 1 0 0 175 36 17 17 6 61 23 20 1 36 3.92 5.14 5.28 2.7 0.3
2010 WAS 28 19 0 17.7 0.0 17.7 1 2 0 0 0 0 93 21 18 15 1 28 20 19 0 16 7.64 5.43 6.76 -4.3 -0.4
2011 CHA 29 23 0 19.7 0.0 19.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 93 26 15 15 4 43 12 12 0 16 6.86 5.91 6.73 -2.1 -0.2
2012 CHA 30 1 0 1.0 0.0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 0.00 5.05 3.96 0.1 0.0
Career2731259.72.0257.71912131200118623514213527369187174122524.684.835.2911.71.2

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
2001 SBN A 26 0 32.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 YAK A- 15 0 21.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SBN A 37 0 48.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .279 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ELP AA 10 0 12.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .370 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SCO Wnt 16 0 18.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 ELP AA 28 0 31.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .289 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TUC AAA 32 0 32.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .276 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 ARI MLB 30 0 31.3 5.36 83 .239 .270 .336 .430 .268 .254 98 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2004 TUC AAA 31 0 38.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .198 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ARI MLB 47 0 46.0 5.63 83 .303 .265 .328 .411 .258 .376 105 1.3 0.1 1.2 0.2
2005 TUC AAA 4 0 4.7 6.85 86 .240 .272 .344 .431 .268 .214 111 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2006 NYA MLB 19 0 20.7 3.46 135 .224 .274 .340 .433 .258 .271 108 5.2 0.5 5.2 0.5
2006 COH AAA 11 0 14.0 3.03 124 .242 .259 .332 .395 .263 .273 90 3.2 0.3 3.2 0.3
2006 TUC AAA 4 0 2.2 13.51 -69 .566 .252 .325 .415 .248 .615 105 -3.0 -0.3 -3.0 -0.3
2006 YAN Rk 3 0 3.2 5.17 77 .210 .221 .307 .291 .235 .143 97 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2007 NYA MLB 58 0 50.0 5.78 84 .277 .266 .331 .413 .259 .271 102 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2007 SWB AAA 4 0 6.0 5.97 56 .249 .272 .336 .417 .270 .235 94 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2008 NYA MLB 32 1 34.3 3.32 133 .188 .268 .335 .420 .261 .188 105 7.9 0.8 7.9 0.8
2008 TRN AA 2 1 2.3 5.73 51 .242 .280 .340 .427 .259 .333 82 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2008 SWB AAA 7 1 7.3 5.02 73 .302 .266 .326 .391 .254 .286 87 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2008 YAN Rk 3 2 4.0 4.03 126 .188 .269 .358 .386 .245 .333 116 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2009 NYA MLB 44 0 39.0 5.28 99 .257 .265 .330 .416 .258 .275 109 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2009 TRN AA 1 1 1.0 4.07 83 -.036 .282 .338 .357 .258 .000 78 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2009 SWB AAA 1 1 1.0 2.54 138 .357 .303 .364 .465 .274 .500 92 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2010 WAS MLB 19 0 17.7 6.76 37 .352 .249 .322 .394 .266 .357 94 -4.3 -0.4 -4.3 -0.4
2010 BUF AAA 8 0 8.0 5.93 74 .293 .259 .323 .409 .249 .333 105 -0.5 -0.0 -0.5 -0.0
2010 NAS AAA 2 0 3.3 4.03 120 .257 .277 .354 .442 .267 .333 97 0.6 0.1 0.3 0.0
2011 CHA MLB 23 0 19.7 6.73 57 .331 .262 .324 .409 .261 .361 106 -2.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2
2011 CHR AAA 19 0 20.7 1.81 158 .163 .261 .327 .390 .249 .273 96 8.2 0.8 8.2 0.8
2012 CHA MLB 1 0 1.0 3.96 120 .230 .221 .315 .404 .258 .000 112 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2012 CHR AAA 25 4 37.0 3.40 124 .187 .247 .320 .375 .246 .226 97 8.5 0.8 8.5 0.8

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
2001 YAK A- 1 2 2 15 0 21.0 19 11 28 2 0% .000 8.1 4.7 0.9 12.0 1.43 5.14 0.0 0.0
2001 SBN A 1 4 8 26 0 32.7 24 19 40 1 0% .000 6.6 5.2 0.3 11.0 1.31 4.13 0.0 0.0
2002 SCO Wnt 1 0 7 16 0 18.7 10 5 17 0 0% .000 4.8 2.4 0.0 8.2 0.80 0.00 0.0 0.0
2002 ELP AA 0 2 0 10 0 12.3 11 4 14 1 0% .370 8.0 2.9 0.7 10.2 1.22 2.93 0.0 0.0
2002 SBN A 4 3 10 37 0 48.3 37 17 54 1 0% .279 6.9 3.2 0.2 10.1 1.12 1.68 0.0 0.0
2003 ELP AA 0 2 14 28 0 31.3 29 13 28 1 0% .289 8.3 3.7 0.3 8.1 1.34 2.59 0.0 0.0
2003 TUC AAA 3 1 12 32 0 32.0 24 18 32 0 0% .276 6.8 5.1 0.0 9.0 1.31 2.81 0.0 0.0
2004 TUC AAA 2 0 5 31 0 38.0 18 20 42 1 0% .198 4.3 4.7 0.2 9.9 1.00 1.18 0.0 0.0
2004 ARI MLB 3 4 0 30 0 31.3 20 27 34 2 33% .254 5.7 7.8 0.6 9.8 1.50 4.31 0.5 0.0
2005 ARI MLB 1 3 12 47 0 46.0 56 35 51 6 42% .376 11.0 6.8 1.2 10.0 1.98 7.43 1.2 0.2
2005 TUC AAA 1 0 0 4 0 4.7 3 5 3 0 57% .214 5.7 9.6 0.0 5.7 1.70 1.91 0.1 0.0
2006 COH AAA 1 1 3 11 0 14.0 10 8 22 2 30% .273 6.4 5.1 1.3 14.1 1.29 3.21 3.2 0.3
2006 TUC AAA 0 1 0 4 0 2.2 10 4 4 2 33% .615 40.9 16.4 8.2 16.4 6.36 40.91 -3.0 -0.3
2006 NYA MLB 1 1 0 19 0 20.7 14 15 25 1 35% .271 6.1 6.5 0.4 10.9 1.40 0.87 5.2 0.5
2006 YAN Rk 0 0 0 3 0 3.2 1 3 5 0 57% .143 2.8 8.4 0.0 14.1 1.25 5.62 -0.2 -0.0
2007 SWB AAA 2 0 1 4 0 6.0 5 2 5 1 56% .235 7.5 3.0 1.5 7.5 1.17 6.00 -0.8 -0.1
2007 NYA MLB 3 2 0 58 0 50.0 44 37 39 5 34% .271 7.9 6.7 0.9 7.0 1.62 4.68 0.5 0.1
2008 NYA MLB 3 0 1 32 1 34.3 18 16 33 2 44% .188 4.7 4.2 0.5 8.7 0.99 1.83 7.9 0.8
2008 YAN Rk 0 1 0 3 2 4.0 3 2 6 0 33% .333 6.8 4.5 0.0 13.5 1.25 2.25 1.4 0.1
2008 TRN AA 0 1 0 2 1 2.3 2 2 2 0 67% .333 7.8 7.8 0.0 7.8 1.74 3.91 -0.4 -0.0
2008 SWB AAA 0 0 0 7 1 7.3 7 7 7 0 50% .286 8.6 8.6 0.0 8.6 1.92 3.70 -0.1 -0.0
2009 TRN AA 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 0.3 0.0
2009 SWB AAA 0 0 0 1 1 1.0 2 0 1 0 50% .500 18.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 2.00 9.00 0.7 0.1
2009 NYA MLB 5 0 0 44 0 39.0 36 23 36 6 34% .275 8.3 5.3 1.4 8.3 1.51 3.92 2.7 0.3
2010 NAS AAA 0 0 0 2 0 3.3 4 1 2 0 58% .333 10.9 2.7 0.0 5.5 1.52 0.00 0.3 0.0
2010 BUF AAA 0 1 0 8 0 8.0 9 7 7 0 52% .333 10.1 7.9 0.0 7.9 2.00 4.50 -0.5 -0.0
2010 WAS MLB 1 2 0 19 0 17.7 21 20 16 1 47% .357 10.7 10.2 0.5 8.2 2.32 7.64 -4.3 -0.4
2011 CHR AAA 1 0 7 19 0 20.7 12 9 30 0 59% .273 5.2 3.9 0.0 13.1 1.02 1.31 8.2 0.8
2011 CHA MLB 1 0 0 23 0 19.7 26 12 16 4 43% .361 11.9 5.5 1.8 7.3 1.93 6.86 -2.1 -0.2
2012 CHA MLB 1 0 0 1 0 1.0 0 2 2 0 0% .000 0.0 18.0 0.0 18.0 2.00 0.00 0.1 0.0
2012 CHR AAA 2 3 11 25 4 37.0 22 13 37 1 34% .226 5.4 3.2 0.2 9.0 0.95 1.70 8.5 0.8

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 544 0.4596 0.4320 0.7404 0.6520 0.2449 0.7853 0.6389 0.2596
2009 679 0.4698 0.4572 0.8097 0.6489 0.2861 0.8454 0.7379 0.1903
2010 343 0.4781 0.4373 0.7267 0.6829 0.2123 0.7768 0.5789 0.2667
2011 400 0.4775 0.4397 0.8514 0.6702 0.2249 0.8906 0.7447 0.1486
2012 22 0.5000 0.3636 0.6250 0.4545 0.2727 0.8000 0.3333 0.3750
Career19880.47030.44230.78280.65770.24960.82570.68030.2161

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-06-25 2012-10-04 60-DL 101 90 Left Hip Surgery Labrum 2012-08-15 -
2010-07-28 2010-09-07 Minors 41 0 Not Disclosed -
2009-05-20 2009-06-16 15-DL 27 24 Right Elbow Strain Flexor Pronator Mass -
2009-04-22 2009-05-19 15-DL 27 24 Right Elbow Strain Flexor Pronator Mass -
2008-04-25 2008-08-01 60-DL 98 85 Right Foot Sprain Lisfranc -
2007-02-28 2007-03-13 Camp 13 0 Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2004-05-27 2004-07-06 15-DL 40 37 Right Elbow Inflammation -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 WAS $1,500,000
2009 NYA $1,250,000
2008 NYA $725,000
2007 NYA $395,545
2005 ARI $322,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$4,193,045
6 yrTotal$4,193,045

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 54 dGaylord Sports2013

Details
  • 2013
  • 1 year (2012)
  • 1 year (2011). signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 12/13/10 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Chicago White Sox 5/30/11. DFA by Chicago White Sox 8/6/11. Refused assignment 8/15/11.
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2010). Lost arbitration with Washington 2/17/10 ($1.85M-$1.5M). Released 5/25/10 after being DFA by Washington 5/17/10. Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 5/10 (minor-league contract). Released by Milwaukee 6/10. Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 7/2/10 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$1.25M (2009). Re-signed by Yankees 1/30/09 (avoided arbitration, $1.55M-$1.1M). Acquired by Washington in trade from NY Yankees 12/7/09.
  • 1 year/$0.725M (2008). Re-signed by Yankees 2/5/08 (avoided arbitration, $0.845M-$0.64M).
  • 1 year/$395,545M (2007). Re-signed 2/07.
  • 1 year (2006). DFA by Arizona 5/06. Signed as a free agent 7/06 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 8/06.
  • 1 year/$0.325M (2005).
  • Drafted 2000 (12-369).

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 2.7 1.4 1.6 46 1 51.4 39 22 47 5 .249 1.18 3.13 3.4 8.7 0.9
80o 2.3 1.2 1.4 40 1 45.1 37 21 41 4 .265 1.28 3.56 3.87 5.1 0.5
70o 2.1 1 1.2 36 1 40.7 35 20 37 4 .276 1.36 3.88 4.22 2.9 0.3
60o 1.8 0.9 1.1 33 1 37.0 34 19 34 4 .286 1.43 4.16 4.52 1.4 0.1
50o 1.6 0.8 0.9 30 1 33.7 32 18 31 4 .295 1.50 4.43 4.81 0.1 0.0
40o 1.5 0.7 0.8 27 1 30.4 30 17 28 4 .304 1.56 4.70 5.11 -0.9 -0.1
30o 1.3 0.6 0.7 24 1 27.1 28 16 25 3 .314 1.64 5.00 5.43 -1.8 -0.2
20o 1.1 0.5 0.6 21 1 23.2 26 15 21 3 .326 1.73 5.35 5.82 -2.6 -0.3
10o 0.8 0.4 0.4 16 0 18.1 22 12 17 3 .342 1.86 5.86 6.37 -3.1 -0.3
Weighted Mean1.60.80.929132.93118304.2921.484.384.770.30.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
21% 38% 11% 19% 56%

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
20153331254161583459741.2951.504.404.788.55.08.71.00.1
20163431254161603355741.2961.524.494.898.84.88.11.00.1
20173531249155533050741.2941.504.464.858.64.98.11.10.1
20183621146152512847641.2961.524.544.938.84.88.11.00.0
20193721144150492644641.2961.514.544.938.94.78.01.10.0
20203821143149482543641.2971.504.544.938.94.68.01.10.0
20213921142148472541641.2971.514.574.978.94.77.71.1-0.0
20224021143149482642641.2951.514.554.958.84.87.71.10.0
20234121142148472440641.2951.494.594.988.94.57.61.1-0.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
11.37.88.61.72.7432.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 88 Vinnie Chulk 2011 0.00 DNP
2 86 Jeff Fulchino 2012 0.00 DNP
3 85 Doug Slaten 2012 2.77
4 85 Ryota Igarashi 2011 5.12
5 85 Matt Thornton 2009 2.74
6 85 Jeff Bennett 2012 0.00 DNP
7 84 Willie Eyre 2011 3.44
8 84 Pat Neshek 2013 3.57
9 83 Rick Bauer 2009 0.00 DNP
10 83 Javier Lopez 2010 2.65
11 83 Manny Acosta 2013 0.00 DNP
12 83 Juan Rincon 2011 0.00 DNP
13 83 John Parrish 2010 3.00
14 82 Jack Taschner 2010 6.41
15 82 Mitch Stetter 2013 0.00 DNP
16 82 Joe Nathan 2007 2.01
17 81 Justin Hampson 2012 3.60
18 81 Jason Grilli 2009 5.32
19 81 Brian Sanches 2011 4.67
20 81 Greg Aquino 2010 0.00 DNP
21 81 Clay Rapada 2013 0.00
22 80 Jared Burton 2013 3.95
23 80 Jesus Colome 2010 5.29
24 80 Kiko Calero 2007 5.75
25 80 Scott Dohmann 2010 0.00 DNP
26 80 Brian Stokes 2012 0.00 DNP
27 79 Jason Bulger 2011 3.86
28 79 George Sherrill 2009 1.70
29 79 Jose Veras 2013 3.30
30 79 Chris Schroder 2011 0.00 DNP
31 79 Will Ohman 2010 3.86
32 79 Victor Marte 2013 6.00
33 79 Chad Durbin 2010 3.67
34 78 Mike Adams 2011 1.59
35 78 Micah Bowie 2007 4.71
36 78 Jason Christiansen 2002 5.40
37 78 Michael Wuertz 2011 6.68
38 78 D.J. Carrasco 2009 4.05
39 78 Bobby Seay 2010 0.00 DNP
40 78 Randy Flores 2008 5.61
41 78 Brian Tallet 2010 6.87
42 78 Felix Rodriguez 2005 5.29
43 78 Nate Bump 2009 0.00 DNP
44 77 Clay Hensley 2012 5.33
45 77 Rudy Seanez 2001 3.00
46 77 Santiago Casilla 2013 2.52
47 77 Todd Coffey 2013 0.00 DNP
48 77 Ricardo Rincon 2002 4.50
49 77 Mike Marshall 1975 3.79 DNP
50 77 Bill Campbell 1981 4.28
51 77 Mike MacDougal 2009 5.13
52 77 Tyler Yates 2010 0.00 DNP
53 77 John Hiller 1975 2.67 DNP
54 76 Jeff Russell 1994 5.53
55 76 Scott Williamson 2008 0.00 DNP
56 76 Scott Strickland 2008 0.00 DNP
57 76 Paul Shuey 2003 3.00
58 76 Jim Hughes 1955 4.64
59 76 Fernando Rodney 2009 4.52
60 76 Kevin Gregg 2010 3.66
61 76 Jim Mecir 2002 4.79
62 76 Kerry Ligtenberg 2003 3.49
63 76 Jesse Orosco 1989 2.31
64 76 Chad Paronto 2008 4.35
65 76 Randy Choate 2008 0.00 DNP
66 76 Josh Kinney 2011 6.62
67 76 Andy McGaffigan 1989 4.80
68 76 Rich Hill 2012 1.83
69 76 Tyler Walker 2008 4.89
70 76 Mike Henneman 1994 7.01
71 76 Damaso Marte 2007 2.78
72 75 Brendan Donnelly 2004 3.00
73 75 Jim Kern 1981 3.00
74 75 Pedro Feliciano 2009 3.94
75 75 Mike Timlin 1998 2.95
76 75 Jason Frasor 2010 4.24
77 75 John Grabow 2011 5.63
78 75 Tippy Martinez 1982 3.69
79 75 Scott Downs 2008 1.91
80 75 David Riske 2009 18.00
81 75 J.C. Romero 2008 2.75
82 75 Grant Balfour 2010 2.60
83 75 Mike Koplove 2009 0.00 DNP
84 75 Doug Corbett 1985 6.65
85 75 Sean Henn 2013 3.38
86 75 Jeff Nelson 1999 4.15
87 75 Hoyt Wilhelm 1955 4.75
88 75 Todd Jones 2000 3.94
89 75 Ken Dayley 1991 6.23
90 75 John Franco 1993 5.94
91 75 Jeff Montgomery 1994 4.23
92 75 Tug McGraw 1977 2.85
93 75 Jeremy Affeldt 2011 3.21
94 75 Rich Garces 2003 0.00 DNP
95 75 Dave Righetti 1991 3.64
96 74 Kyle Farnsworth 2008 4.77
97 74 Greg McMichael 1999 5.08
98 74 Scott Proctor 2009 0.00 DNP
99 74 Dave Veres 1999 5.38
100 74 Don Robinson 1989 3.65

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Brian Bruney dealt with a velocity drop by learning enough about pitching to carve up Triple-A batters and earn another promotion. He promptly tore a labrum in his hip, casting doubt on his future.
2012 He still throws hard, but since those halcyon days as a Yankees bullpen cog, Brian Bruney has been cluttering his stat sheet with more stops than a Greyhound timetable; if he doesn’t stop posting Boeing ERAs, it'll be time to go home.
2011 Brian Bruney was an extra in the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger flick Kindergarten Cop. The White Sox signed him to a minor-league contract, but after the way he pitched for the Nationals and at Buffalo for the Mets last season, he may want to give acting another shot. The beefy right-hander will try to make the White Sox after signing a minor-league deal.
2010 Brian Cashman doesn't seem to spend a lot of time thinking about the free-talent possibilities available to his team, one of the reasons that his payrolls have been so high and his benches so weak. Bruney was the rare exception, a wild bullet-thrower signed after the D'backs discarded him. The Yankees got Bruney to work on his weight and control issues, and though he never fully conquered the latter, they got 153 games with a 3.25 ERA over four seasons. Bruney had frequent health issues and tended to get twitchy with runners on, allowing a cumulative 9.6 more inherited runs to score than the average pitcher during his time in New York, but he was otherwise effective. Traded for a Rule 5 pick, outfielder Jamie Hoffmann, Bruney jumps from the back of the Yankees' pen to the front of the Nats'.
2009 Sometimes you do all the right things and the universe still bites you on the buttocks. Bruney came to camp determined to conquer his weight and his control problems, and he made major progress with both, but a Lisfranc fracture knocked him out late in April. Initially expected to miss the rest of the season, he battled back by early August and pitched well down the stretch, posting a 1.96 ERA in 23 innings and walking just 10, which for him is pinpoint control. He should be one of Rivera's primary set-up men this season.
2008 Bruney did the Yankees a major service last year by pitching so badly in July that the team was forced to demote him and rush Joba Chamberlain up to the major league pen in his place. Prior to that fateful month, Bruney had pitched 33 innings for the big club with a 1.91 ERA. Though he had walked 23, between strikeouts and his heavy fastball (just five of 24 hits went for extra-bases) he kept the runs off the board. Despite this, and because of the wildness, the Yankees were reluctant to trust him with a lead. Three weeks in the minors didn't do Bruney any good; he was uncharacteristically easy to homer off of in that final month, allowing three in just 7.2 innings. Assuming that his late-season struggles don't hint at a physical or psychological problem, the hard-throwing Bruney can still be an asset for the right manager.
2007 To paraphrase the cover of Detective Comics #38, the sensational character find of 2006. Bruney went from Arizona`s closer in mid-2005 to waiver bait in May 2006. What happened in between was a whole lot of bad pitching and some stretched elbow ligaments. Credit Brian Cashman and Yankees` scouting for figuring that a 24-year-old who throws 95 MPH is worth trying to fix. The Bruney that emerged from the Yankees` minor league counseling seemed to have better command than his Arizona incarnation, even if he did walk nearly seven batters per nine innings. That high walk rate means that the old Bruney could resurface at any time. Still, Bruney`s ability to keep the ball in the park makes him a less frightening setup man than Kyle `Cape Canaveral` Farnsworth.
2006 Yes, he was one of the more hit-unlucky pitchers in all of baseball last year (.385 BABIP), but his problems go deeper than that. Bruney`s always been stingy with the home run, and has had no trouble striking hitters out; with success in most of the right places in the minor leagues, he`s worth being patient with, but he`ll never amount to anything with that walk rate.
2005 Pitched his way up the majors after three years of solid relief work, with good ERAs and peripheral numbers indicative of future success. He wasn't overwhelmed at the major league level, but had a bit of a hard time with more patient opponents. He'll contend for a spot in the bullpen, and he might struggle with his command. If it clicks, he's got good enough stuff to be dominant.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-01-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who is your favorite player in baseball (majors, minors, college) right now? Not necessarily the best, but the one you like the most for whatever reason (and why?)
(ttt from Manhattan)
I joke about it being Brian Bruney, but Jose Molina, probably, because of the framing and what I perceive to be the disconnect between how good he is and how good he's perceived to be. I get attached to players who add value in unusual ways, or ways that aren't immediately obvious. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Brian Bruney has an 8.6 SO/9 and 1.17 WHIP at Triple-A Charlotte.
(bradleyankrom from TPAFLA)
I appreciate the update. For those of you who don't know (and given how often I talk about him, that can't be that many of you), I have an unhealthy obsession with Brian Bruney, thanks to his work in Kindergarten Cop and with the Yankees at the end of the 2006 season. Happy to see him doing well, but here's what worries me: LAST season at Triple-A Charlotte, he had a 13.1 SO/9 and a 1.17 WHIP in 20 2/3 IP. Then he got called up to Chicago and gave up 15 runs in 19 2/3 IP. So. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-08-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)Have you found a Yankee to replace Brian Bruney yet? Or is your lost love irreplaceable? Don't worry, the Internet access in the minors isn't so great, he won't be able to read this.
(Marc from I'm In Your Internetz)
Some of you may know that I harbor an irrational affection for Brian Bruney. I think it originally stemmed from the fact that he was a rare freely available talent pickup made by Brian Cashman and his big bad payroll, and the fact that for a while in late 2008, he was nearly untouchable. I'm not in denial, though--I realize that I need another reliever to love. Fortunately, I didn't have to look far and wide before finding a David Robertson to call my own (Baseball Analyst's Jeremy Greenhouse and I are currently engaged in a custody battle over both Robertson and Brett Gardner). (Ben Lindbergh)
2009-06-03 15:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Yankees need to do to hold onto (I know its early) a playoff spot? Sort through their pile of middle relief arms? Or do they need to make a trade? Anything else they should address? Do you think the improved defense and increased Ks mean they are less likely to crash out of the Division Series, as they did in '02, '05-'07?
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
Hey Nick! The Yanks certainly need to fortify their bullpen, and in the forthcoming BP/ESPN soup du jour I've advocated they try Phil Hughes in relief once Chien-Ming Wang reclaims his starting job. I'd also like to see them give Mark Melancon another look, but I suspect they probably need to get an experienced arm from outside the organization if Brian Bruney's not going to be back anytime soon.

The improved D and high-K staff are nice, but they're compromised by the homer-iffic tendencies of the staff, particularly the bullpen. Until we see Sabathia, Chamberlain and Burnett all firing on the requisite cylinders, I don't think they've got anything that guarantees them a playoff spot, let alone a ride through to the LCS round. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Every season seems like it's the worst in terms of injuries than all those previous, but it can't be true. Is there one season you remember that was "the worst"?
(Jason from D.C.)
Depends on how you define it. We're always going to perceive things if they happen to big names, guys on your team, or in noticeable ways. Wang's injury is no different than Brian Bruney's, but he's more well known and it happened in a manner that could be shown over and over on SportsCenter. Having 150 guys on the DL is bad, but some of those are guys out for the year who we KNEW woudl be out for the year. Its also less than last year. We should be focused on reducing and preventing injuries where possible. It's a big picture thing that I THINK we're at the zenith (or is it nadir?) ... I think we'll see this period in history as the turning point, where we really started to take injuries seriously. (Will Carroll)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-11-02 17:00:002009 WS Game FiveJoltless Joe might be more useful than Brian Bruney... (Christina Kahrl)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Brian Bruney threw 2,335 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2012, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Slider (84mph), also mixing in a Change (84mph).