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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .229 1 20 17 3 .210 -0.2
Birth Date2-10-1980
Height5' 9"
Weight180 lbs
Age34 years, 8 months, 11 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
-1.62010
-0.12011
-0.22012
-0.52013
-0.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2001 TOR 21 46 140 134 19 36 6 2 2 52 2 15 0 0 4 9 8 1 .269 .279 .388 .224 -0.2 -0.1 -0.0
2002 LAN 22 135 468 439 43 102 24 2 1 133 14 39 0 5 10 31 7 7 .232 .253 .303 .201 -14.8 -7.9 -2.3
2003 LAN 23 158 593 558 47 140 21 6 1 176 25 70 0 3 7 40 10 5 .251 .282 .315 .213 -5.4 14.2 0.9
2004 LAN 24 159 728 670 90 193 32 9 4 255 43 70 0 3 12 62 25 9 .288 .330 .381 .250 25.5 -0.1 2.5
2005 LAN 25 106 478 444 48 114 19 2 2 143 25 51 4 1 4 31 8 8 .257 .302 .322 .219 -2.9 5.1 0.2
2006 CHN 26 22 79 73 4 17 2 0 0 19 5 8 0 0 1 6 0 1 .233 .282 .260 .180 -4.6 -0.8 -0.5
2006 LAN 26 32 129 119 10 30 7 1 1 42 7 6 2 1 0 12 1 3 .252 .302 .353 .251 3.8 4.0 0.8
2007 CHN 27 65 207 191 15 47 11 0 0 58 13 16 1 0 2 8 3 0 .246 .298 .304 .218 0.6 -1.5 -0.1
2007 PIT 27 45 130 123 16 34 3 2 0 41 6 3 0 0 1 8 0 3 .276 .310 .333 .231 -2.0 -0.9 -0.3
2008 SLN 28 135 454 414 50 109 10 3 1 128 29 26 6 2 3 24 24 6 .263 .319 .309 .232 8.3 8.7 1.7
2009 BAL 29 114 412 387 34 99 14 4 2 127 18 38 3 0 4 30 12 4 .256 .294 .328 .209 -10.5 9.9 -0.1
2010 BAL 30 150 513 473 42 109 13 1 1 127 25 53 6 2 7 28 11 5 .230 .277 .268 .197 -8.0 -6.9 -1.6
2011 BAL 31 18 33 30 4 6 0 0 0 6 2 10 0 0 1 1 0 0 .200 .250 .200 .168 -2.2 1.6 -0.1
2012 MIL 32 57 169 162 9 38 6 2 2 54 3 13 0 0 4 11 1 1 .235 .248 .333 .189 -5.9 2.6 -0.3
2012 WAS 32 5 4 4 4 2 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .750 .408 1.6 -0.0 0.2
2013 CIN 33 63 142 129 6 27 8 0 0 35 9 13 0 1 3 11 0 0 .209 .259 .271 .201 -5.2 0.4 -0.5
Career13104679435044111031773417139922643122186331211053.254.293.322.218-21.828.20.4

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1997 STC A- 0 247 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .212 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 HAG A 0 435 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .290 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DUN A+ 0 564 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .341 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SYR AAA 0 456 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .243 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TOR MLB 46 140 .224 .265 .331 .420 .263 .291 97 -5.5 3.8 0.1 -0.1 0.5 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2001 SYR AAA 87 362 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 LAN MLB 135 468 .201 .261 .326 .418 .258 .250 93 -29.3 11.9 6.1 -7.9 -3.0 -14.8 -2.3 -14.8 -2.3
2003 LAN MLB 158 593 .213 .263 .329 .423 .260 .284 92 -30.1 15.6 8 14.2 -1.2 -5.4 0.9 -5.4 0.9
2004 LAN MLB 159 728 .250 .267 .334 .432 .264 .316 95 -8.2 21.7 10 -0.1 4.0 25.5 2.5 25.5 2.5
2005 LAN MLB 106 478 .219 .269 .329 .428 .263 .286 96 -20.9 13.7 6.3 5.1 0.2 -2.9 0.2 -2.9 0.2
2006 CHN MLB 22 79 .180 .259 .325 .416 .257 .262 100 -7.1 2.4 1 -0.8 0.4 -4.6 -0.5 -4.6 -0.5
2006 LAN MLB 32 129 .251 .264 .327 .423 .262 .257 96 -1.3 3.9 0.6 4.0 0.0 3.8 0.8 3.8 0.8
2006 LVG AAA 15 70 .260 .282 .352 .441 .274 .286 110 0 2.0 0.4 0.2 0.9 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2
2007 CHN MLB 65 207 .218 .276 .334 .437 .263 .269 101 -9.6 6.1 2.7 -1.5 1.4 0.6 -0.1 0.6 -0.1
2007 PIT MLB 45 130 .231 .272 .337 .431 .263 .283 100 -4.2 3.9 1.4 -0.9 -1.7 -2.0 -0.3 -2.0 -0.3
2008 SLN MLB 135 454 .232 .264 .334 .418 .264 .278 96 -13.4 13.1 5.9 8.7 0.5 8.3 1.7 8.3 1.7
2009 BAL MLB 114 412 .209 .265 .334 .422 .259 .280 108 -22.4 11.9 5.4 9.9 -4.5 -10.5 -0.1 -10.5 -0.1
2009 BOW AA 2 7 .252 .279 .345 .398 .273 .333 91 -0.1 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2010 BAL MLB 150 513 .197 .257 .322 .401 .255 .257 112 -33 14.1 6.5 -6.9 2.0 -8.0 -1.6 -8.0 -1.6
2011 BAL MLB 18 33 .168 .263 .335 .419 .266 .300 106 -3 0.9 0.3 1.6 -0.5 -2.2 -0.1 -2.2 -0.1
2011 BOW AA 7 29 .265 .262 .332 .412 .279 .286 79 0.2 0.9 -0.1 -0.4 -0.5 0.6 0.0 0.6 0.0
2011 ORI Rk 1 2 -.033 .244 .280 .404 .252 .000 82 -0.7 0.1 0 0.1 0.0 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2012 MIL MLB 57 169 .189 .254 .316 .403 .262 .245 108 -11.9 4.6 1.9 2.6 -1.7 -5.9 -0.3 -5.9 -0.3
2012 WAS MLB 5 4 .408 .251 .315 .445 .281 .500 94 0.6 0.1 0 -0.0 0.9 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2012 NAS AAA 4 13 .126 .268 .335 .411 .267 .091 94 -2 0.4 0.1 0.3 -0.0 -1.4 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
2013 CIN MLB 63 142 .201 .256 .325 .394 .264 .231 101 -8.1 3.7 0.8 0.4 -1.0 -5.2 -0.5 -5.2 -0.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1997 STC A- 247 32 44 3 0 1 11 15 27 6 3 .190 .243 .216 .026 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 HAG A 435 56 108 13 1 1 38 20 43 20 9 .262 .299 .305 .044 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DUN A+ 564 77 165 28 12 3 77 22 58 32 16 .308 .342 .422 .114 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SYR AAA 456 54 95 16 5 0 27 20 44 21 11 .218 .254 .278 .060 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SYR AAA 362 32 100 16 3 2 35 10 22 24 9 .292 .311 .374 .082 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TOR MLB 140 19 36 6 2 2 9 2 15 8 1 .269 .279 .388 .119 .224 -0.2 -0.1 -0.0
2002 LAN MLB 468 43 102 24 2 1 31 14 39 7 7 .232 .253 .303 .071 .201 -14.8 -7.9 -2.3
2003 LAN MLB 593 47 140 21 6 1 40 25 70 10 5 .251 .282 .315 .065 .213 -5.4 14.2 0.9
2004 LAN MLB 728 90 193 32 9 4 62 43 70 25 9 .288 .330 .381 .093 .250 25.5 -0.1 2.5
2005 LAN MLB 478 48 114 19 2 2 31 25 51 8 8 .257 .302 .322 .065 .219 -2.9 5.1 0.2
2006 CHN MLB 79 4 17 2 0 0 6 5 8 0 1 .233 .282 .260 .027 .180 -4.6 -0.8 -0.5
2006 LVG AAA 70 9 16 3 0 0 3 10 3 0 0 .271 .377 .322 .051 .260 2.3 0.2 0.2
2006 LAN MLB 129 10 30 7 1 1 12 7 6 1 3 .252 .302 .353 .101 .251 3.8 4.0 0.8
2007 CHN MLB 207 15 47 11 0 0 8 13 16 3 0 .246 .298 .304 .058 .218 0.6 -1.5 -0.1
2007 PIT MLB 130 16 34 3 2 0 8 6 3 0 3 .276 .310 .333 .057 .231 -2.0 -0.9 -0.3
2008 SLN MLB 454 50 109 10 3 1 24 29 26 24 6 .263 .319 .309 .046 .232 8.3 8.7 1.7
2009 BOW AA 7 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333 .429 .333 .000 .252 0.2 0.1 0.0
2009 BAL MLB 412 34 99 14 4 2 30 18 38 12 4 .256 .294 .328 .072 .209 -10.5 9.9 -0.1
2010 BAL MLB 513 42 109 13 1 1 28 25 53 11 5 .230 .277 .268 .038 .197 -8.0 -6.9 -1.6
2011 ORI Rk 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.033 -0.6 0.1 -0.1
2011 BOW AA 29 3 6 1 0 0 3 2 5 0 1 .240 .286 .280 .040 .265 0.6 -0.4 0.0
2011 BAL MLB 33 4 6 0 0 0 1 2 10 0 0 .200 .250 .200 .000 .168 -2.2 1.6 -0.1
2012 MIL MLB 169 9 38 6 2 2 11 3 13 1 1 .235 .248 .333 .099 .189 -5.9 2.6 -0.3
2012 WAS MLB 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .750 .250 .408 1.6 -0.0 0.2
2012 NAS AAA 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .083 .083 .083 .000 .126 -1.4 0.3 -0.1
2013 CIN MLB 142 6 27 8 0 0 11 9 13 0 0 .209 .259 .271 .062 .201 -5.2 0.4 -0.5

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 1522 0.5361 0.4654 0.9264 0.6373 0.2649 0.9654 0.8182 0.0736
2009 1382 0.5514 0.5051 0.9155 0.6535 0.3226 0.9558 0.8150 0.0831
2010 1668 0.5438 0.5039 0.8952 0.6174 0.3679 0.9536 0.7786 0.1000
2011 114 0.5965 0.4825 0.7091 0.6029 0.3043 0.7805 0.5000 0.2909
2012 547 0.5558 0.5128 0.9321 0.6480 0.3416 0.9746 0.8313 0.0679
2013 426 0.5141 0.5094 0.8710 0.6986 0.3092 0.9085 0.7813 0.1290
Career56590.54360.49470.90650.64030.32090.95250.79780.0917

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-05-26 2012-06-22 15-DL 27 24 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-08-08 2011-09-29 15-DL 52 51 Left Groin Strain - -
2011-05-13 2011-08-05 60-DL 84 72 Right Elbow Surgery Ulnar Nerve Transposition 2011-05-24
2011-03-08 2011-03-11 Camp 3 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2010-03-28 2010-03-29 Camp 1 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2009-09-26 2009-09-27 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness -
2009-06-03 2009-07-10 15-DL 37 32 Abdomen Surgery Appendix 2009-06-05
2009-05-17 2009-05-22 DTD 5 4 Left Groin Strain -
2008-06-21 2008-07-06 15-DL 15 14 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-04-23 2008-04-26 DTD 3 3 Right Forearm Contusion -
2006-09-16 2006-10-01 DTD 15 13 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-08-22 2006-09-11 15-DL 20 19 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-08-09 2006-08-13 DTD 4 4 Low Back Stiffness -
2006-04-01 2006-06-21 60-DL 81 70 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2005-09-16
2005-09-07 2005-09-07 On-Alr 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2005-09-16
2005-08-23 2005-10-01 15-DL 39 36 Low Back Spasms -
2005-08-11 2005-08-12 DTD 1 1 Low Back Spasms -
2005-06-30 2005-07-15 15-DL 15 11 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-06-15 2005-06-19 DTD 4 4 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-06-12 2005-06-14 DTD 2 1 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-05-01 2005-05-04 DTD 3 3 Back Soreness -
2004-09-10 2004-09-28 DTD 18 17 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2004-06-30 2004-07-02 DTD 2 1 Left Knee Soreness -
2004-06-01 2004-06-03 DTD 2 2 Head Concussion HBP -
2003-12-11 2003-12-11 Off 0 0 Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2003-06-30 2003-07-01 DTD 1 0 Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2003-04-09 2003-04-10 DTD 1 1 Left Lower Leg Contusion Shin -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 CIN $800,000
2012 MIL $875,000
2011 BAL $1,500,000
2010 BAL $2,600,000
2009 BAL $2,400,000
2008 SLN $2,850,000
2007 CHN $4,150,000
2006 LAN $3,100,000
2005 LAN $2,050,000
2004 LAN $358,500
2003 LAN $335,000
2002 LAN $215,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$21,233,500
12 yrTotal$21,233,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 42 dPeter Greenberg1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Houston as a free agent 1/14/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Houston 3/24/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 1/14/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.8M in majors. If not on Major League roster by 6/1/13, may request release or be added to roster within 72 hours. Contract purchased by Cincinnati 3/31/13.
  • 1 year/$0.875M (2012). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 12/21/11 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Milwaukee 4/1/12. Claimed by Washington off waivers from Milwaukee 8/6/12. DFA by Washington 8/17/12 (refused assignment 8/20/12).
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2011). Re-signed by Baltimore as a free agent 1/5/11. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 350, 400, 450, 500 PAs. $0.2M each for 550, 600 PAs. $50,000 each for 80, 90 starts. $0.1M each for 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150 starts.
  • 2 years/$5M (2009-10). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 12/11/08. 09:$2.4M, 10:$2.6M. Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 400, 450 PAs. $0.1M for 500 PAs. $50,000 each for 100, 110 starts. $0.1M each for 120, 130, 140 starts.
  • 1 year/$2.85M (2008). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 11/30/07. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 400, 450 PAs. $0.15M each for 500, 550, 600 PAs.
  • 3 years/$9.9M (2005-07), plus 2008 club option. $0.3M signing bonus. 05:$2.05M, 06:$3.1M, 07:$4.15M, 08:$5.45M club option, $0.3M buyout. Option may increase to $5.85M. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from LA Dodgers 7/06. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from Cubs 7/19/07. Pittsburgh declined $5.45M 2008 option 11/15/07.
  • 1 year/$0.3585M (2004). Re-signed 3/04.
  • 1 year/$0.335M (2003).
  • 1 year (2002). Signed 3/02.
  • 1 year (2001). Recalled 6/01. Optioned to Triple-A 8/01. Recalled 9/01. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Toronto 12/01.
  • Signed by Toronto as an amateur free agent from Venezuela.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 310 29 76 12 2 1 25 19 36 5 2 .271 .317 .359 .246 5.2 SS 1, 2B -1 0.6
80o 289 25 68 11 2 1 22 16 34 4 2 .256 .300 .338 .233 1.2 SS 1, 2B -1 0.2
70o 274 23 62 10 2 1 20 15 33 4 2 .245 .288 .322 .224 -1.4 SS 1, 2B 0 -0.1
60o 262 22 56 9 1 1 19 14 32 4 2 .235 .277 .309 .216 -3.3 SS 1, 2B 0 -0.3
50o 250 20 52 8 1 1 18 13 31 3 2 .227 .268 .297 .208 -5.0 SS 1, 2B 0 -0.5
40o 238 18 48 8 1 1 16 12 30 3 2 .218 .258 .285 .201 -6.5 SS 1, 2B 0 -0.6
30o 226 17 44 7 1 1 15 11 29 3 1 .209 .248 .272 .192 -7.9 SS 1, 2B 0 -0.8
20o 211 15 39 6 1 1 13 9 27 2 1 .198 .235 .257 .183 -9.3 SS 1, 2B 0 -1.0
10o 190 13 33 5 1 1 12 8 25 2 1 .183 .219 .237 .170 -10.7 SS 1, 2B 0 -1.1
Weighted Mean255215491118133232.230.272.302.211-4.3SS 1, 2B 0-0.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 16% 11% 24% 78%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20153525022508111813333.220.267.282.205-1.0-9.9-1.22.79.7-21.00.9
20163625021498111615332.211.263.263.202-0.9-9.3-1.22.68.2-18.90.9
20173725021508111614361.214.264.263.199-1.3-12.4-1.22.59.7-23.40.9
20183825020478101513361.205.253.248.192-2.2-20.8-1.12.413.1-35.30.9
20193925020477101512361.206.251.247.190-2.7-25.5-1.12.414.9-41.70.9
20204025020467101512360.201.246.240.185-3.0-28.5-1.02.314.9-44.80.9
20214125020478101513380.201.247.242.186-2.9-28.0-0.92.214.9-44.20.9
20224225020478101513410.202.247.242.185-3.0-28.3-0.92.214.9-44.50.9
20234325020477101513410.202.249.241.186-1.0-10.5-0.92.16.0-17.70.9

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
1215.57.32.11.81.538.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 89 John McDonald 2009 .230
2 88 Luis Aparicio 1968 .257
3 88 Adam Everett 2011 .197
4 87 Omar Vizquel 2001 .224
5 86 Dick Groat 1965 .242
6 85 Tony Fernandez 1996 .000 DNP
7 85 Lou Boudreau 1952 .113
8 85 Ricky Gutierrez 2004 .185
9 84 Bill Russell 1983 .239
10 83 Alex Cora 2010 .211
11 83 Eddie Kasko 1966 .215
12 83 Phil Rizzuto 1952 .257
13 81 Joey Cora 1999 .000 DNP
14 81 Horace Clarke 1974 .212
15 80 Billy Goodman 1960 .252
16 80 Jerry Lumpe 1967 .236
17 80 Johnny Ray 1991 .000 DNP
18 80 Red Schoendienst 1957 .295
19 79 Jeff Frye 2001 .232
20 79 Neifi Perez 2007 .177
21 79 Roy McMillan 1964 .190
22 79 Felix Millan 1978 .000 DNP
23 79 Aaron Miles 2011 .249
24 79 Steve Sax 1994 .197
25 79 Larry Bowa 1980 .227
26 79 Sam Dente 1956 .000 DNP
27 78 Glenn Beckert 1975 .341
28 78 Rafael Bournigal 2000 .000 DNP
29 78 Jim Gantner 1987 .248
30 78 Spike Owen 1995 .209
31 78 Craig Grebeck 1999 .294
32 78 Don Kessinger 1977 .219
33 78 Johnny Temple 1962 .266
34 78 Tommy Helms 1975 .199
35 78 Ozzie Smith 1989 .257
36 78 Keith Lockhart 1999 .245
37 78 Fernando Vina 2003 .240
38 78 Chris Gomez 2005 .240
39 78 Scott Fletcher 1993 .268
40 78 Frank Bolling 1966 .212
41 78 Craig Counsell 2005 .260
42 78 Jesus Alou 1976 .000 DNP
43 77 Maury Wills 1967 .282
44 77 Joe Orsulak 1996 .191
45 77 Luis Sojo 1999 .223
46 77 Lance Johnson 1998 .239
47 77 Johnny Logan 1960 .239
48 77 Orlando Cabrera 2009 .242
49 77 Vic Power 1962 .255
50 77 Jeff Cirillo 2004 .205
51 77 Don Mattingly 1995 .257
52 77 Kevin Seitzer 1996 .305
53 77 Ramon Martinez 2007 .202
54 77 Alfredo Amezaga 2012 .000 DNP
55 77 Harold Reynolds 1995 .000 DNP
56 77 Mickey Hatcher 1989 .290
57 77 Nelson Liriano 1998 -.022
58 77 Eddie Waitkus 1954 .260
59 76 Billy Cox 1954 .224
60 76 Darryl Hamilton 1999 .262
61 76 Mike Gallego 1995 .198
62 76 Mike Bordick 2000 .268
63 76 Miguel Cairo 2008 .234
64 76 Mickey Morandini 2000 .216
65 76 Alvin Dark 1956 .236
66 76 Floyd Baker 1951 .238
67 76 Chris Speier 1984 .192
68 76 Dave Gallagher 1995 .268
69 76 Chico Carrasquel 1960 .000 DNP
70 76 Bob Bailor 1986 .000 DNP
71 76 Duane Kuiper 1984 .184
72 76 Alex Grammas 1960 .217
73 76 Eric Young 2001 .255
74 75 Johnny Pesky 1953 .271
75 75 Tom Herr 1990 .248
76 75 Bobby Avila 1958 .262
77 75 Geoff Blum 2007 .252
78 75 Alex Arias 2002 .080
79 75 Cesar Tovar 1975 .238
80 75 Cookie Rojas 1973 .260
81 75 Mike Kingery 1995 .250
82 75 Lenny Harris 1999 .224
83 75 Willie Bloomquist 2012 .262
84 75 Matty Alou 1973 .254
85 75 Einar Diaz 2007 .000 DNP
86 74 Jerry Grote 1977 .225
87 74 John Valentin 2001 .209
88 74 Bob Aspromonte 1972 .000 DNP
89 74 Chuck Knoblauch 2003 .000 DNP
90 74 Gene Baker 1959 .000 DNP
91 74 Frank Malzone 1964 .253
92 74 Harvey Kuenn 1965 .241
93 74 Del Crandall 1964 .226
94 74 Mike Redmond 2005 .246
95 74 Abraham Nunez 2010 .000 DNP
96 74 Bill Spiers 2000 .252
97 74 Derrel Thomas 1985 .224
98 74 Dave Collins 1987 .267
99 74 Jamey Carroll 2008 .258
100 74 Joe Randa 2004 .263

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .236 .263 .290 .205
11 vs R (Multi) .225 .269 .297 .198
18 Split (Multi) -.012 .005 .007 -.006
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.007 .000 .004 .002
30 vs L (2013) .257 .278 .343 .239
31 vs R (2013) .191 .252 .245 .181
38 Split (2013) -.066 -.025 -.098 -.058
39 LgAvg (2013) -.008 -.001 .005 .003

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).
2012 Last season was a lost one for Izturis, who scavenged just 33 plate appearances after elbow surgery and a groin injury. In those 33 plate appearances, Izturis managed to provide more value than when he was playing full time; he was only 0.1 wins below replacement level this year as opposed to -1.6 wins! He signed with the Brewers as a backup infielder on the strength of his admittedly serviceable defense and veteran leadership, but Milwaukee shouldn't expect much of the 32-year-old.
2011 It is tempting to write that Izturis gave the Orioles a season out of the Mark Belanger catalog, but that would be inaccurate—Belanger was actually a better hitter. As measured by True Average, Izturis turned in the worst offensive performance of anyone to get 400 plate appearances in the majors last year. He's usually a little better than that, but not so much better that he’s more than a replacement-level player. Never mind Cal Ripken; Izturis is enough to make one long for the glory days of Mike Bordick. Unfortunately, the shortstop development biz is going through a dry period like the one that afflicted catching prospects in the late 1980s, and solid major leaguers and exciting prospects are in short supply, prompting folks to wonder if there will ever be another A-Rod or Tulo. This imbalance of supply and demand is cyclical, but in a world in which Jamey Carroll is a highly productive hitter for the position, bringing back Izturis—who is, at least, a superior fielder—wouldn't have been a surrender to anything but reality. After replacing Izturis's anemic bat with the more potent one wielded by J.J. Hardy, the Orioles acknowledged this by retaining Izturis as a utility player.
2010 The Orioles wanted one thing from Izturis when they got him—defense—and that is exactly what they got. Izturis had the second-best FRAA in the AL, at +7, despite missing a month with appendicitis, an illness that hampered him for another month after he returned. Offensively, he almost exactly defined the "replacement-level hitter" for a shortstop, although it's easy to imagine a few more stolen bases without the surgery. Izturis is under contract for 2010, and is essentially unopposed as the Orioles' shortstop, but he shouldn't be a regular player after that.
2009 Izturis is an outstanding defender, but the Cardinals wanted more offense out of the his position, pulling off their deal for Khalil Greene in early December; by that point, Izturis was in negotiations for a two-year, $5 million deal to be the Orioles' starting shortstop. Greene should be able to roughly approximate Izturis's defense while slugging close to 200 points higher, while Izturis has moved to one of the very few teams for which he will actually represent an offensive upgrade, as the multitude of O's shortstops combined for a 535 OPS last year.
2008 In Jim Tracy's never-ending quest to transform the 2007 Pirates into the 2004 Dodger team that he led to the NL West title, he convinced general manager Dave Littlefield to acquire Izturis from the Cubs in July. The plan was for the Pirates to trade decent-hitting, slick-fielding Jack Wilson to open up shortstop for the light-hitting, slick-fielding Izturis. Fortunately for the Pirates, that did not happen. Wilson is still in Pittsburgh, while Tracy, Littlefield, and Izturis, the last of whom signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals in November, are long gone.
2007 Izturis has been injured more or less constantly since the middle of 2005, and not with little, one-off injuries--he`s had back problems, which tend to be chronic; multiple hamstring problems, which tend to be chronic; and he lost close to a full year to TJ surgery. A nimble shortstop when his health permits it, the Cubs got him from the Dodgers in the Greg Maddux trade. He fits right in with the Neifi Perez, Rey Ordo?ez, and Ronny Cede?o line of punchless Cub shortstops. For everyone who ever wanted Bowa over Dunston, congratulations, you got your wish.
2006 Coming off of a breakout year in which he`d shown himself to be an above-replacement level hitter, Izturis received a three-year, $9.9 million contract last winter. After a blistering start through June 1 (.345/.392/.426), his season collapsed. He hit just .167/.209/.217 thereafter. First came a 2-for-46 slump as he struggled with a strained hamstring. But Tracy doggedly kept leading him off until, struggling with back woes, Izturis was sidelined again. Finally, a sore elbow turned into Tommy John surgery. He`s likely to miss the first half of the season, and with Rafael Furcal and Nomar Garciaparra now in the fold, Izturis may not have a spot waiting for him at either short or second when he returns.
2005 If he can hit like he did this year, and play outstanding defense, he's probably worth having as a starter. Offensively, he took a big step forward in 2004, posting his highest OBP by nearly 50 points, and showing enough gap power to keep opposing outfielders mildly honest. It's not likely that he'll hang onto all that improvement, but if he can keep posting a .330 OBP in Dodger Stadium, that's probably enough. Defensively, he's not far from building the kind of defensive reputation that can serve you well long after you no longer deserve it, a la Omar Vizquel.
2003 Another instance where Jim Tracy turned lemons into lemonade. OK, maybe just Country Time that’s sat in the back of your pantry for too long, but it still beats sucking on a wedge for an hour. A dreadful three-month stretch with the stick knocked Izturis from Opening Day starting shortstop to the bum end of a platoon with Alex Cora by July. There was method to Tracy’s sanity—265 OPS points difference between righty-swinging and lefty-swinging Izturis. Given his promising glovework and lack of better options, the Dodgers will give Izturis every chance to improve his power and patience at the dish.
2002 Historically, the Blue Jays haven’t been shy about pushing their better middle-infield prospects up the ladder, so it wasn’t a shock to see Izturis debut in The Show last June at age 21. Although his numbers with Toronto look OK, Izturis’s bat is not major-league ready; he’s a free swinger with a long stroke that puts the ball in the air and doesn’t enable him to utilize his speed. Izturis is good to go defensively, but it's doubtful that he’ll ever experience the Vizquelian transformation required to make him an adequate hitter. The Dodgers traded Luke Prokopec for Izturis, who will battle Alex Cora for the shortstop job in Chavez Ravine.
2001 Cesar Izturis is one of the reasons the Jays were able to toss around second-base prospects like so many chads at least year's trade deadline. Izturis fields like a dream and runs well. His performance at Syracuse last season was pretty brutal, but for a 20-year-old making a two-level jump, allowances can be made. He stayed at Triple-A all season, which is the important thing. Izturis has time to develop at the plate; he should force the Blue Jays to move Gonzalez by 2003.
2000 Like some very young players, Izturis is making big leaps with the bat as he matures physically. He has a significant defensive reputation and was named the best defensive second baseman in the Florida State League. While he has been sharing time at both middle-infield positions with Mike Young, he projects as a shortstop. He’s young enough to improve the plate discipline; as with Abernathy, it’s the biggest thing keeping him from being a top-tier prospect.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much of a problem is it for the Orioles to lose Matusz and Hardy to the disabled list?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
Given that Matusz's injury gave the Orioles an excuse to call up Zach Britton, not a huge one. Hardy's was a tough loss, plunging the O's back into the dark days of "Cesar Izturis, starting shortstop," but he'll be back in six weeks or so. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What the hell happened to Chin Lung Hu? I get the .900 OPS at Vegas was a PCL-driven mirage - but can he still be a serviceable MLB SS, given how awful the average really is?
(RC from Amazing Race Commercials. Ugh.)
Actually, that career year (2007, I believe) came mostly at Jacksonville, not Vegas. That in theory should make it look even better, and it did get him up on the prospect charts, but he's never been able to match it. I think he gets a bad rap because of his atrocious 2008 filling in at the big league level when every Dodger shortstop was hurt (they actually had to go out and get Angel "of Death" Berroa, for chrissakes), but he'll never be more than a below-average hitter.

Still, his fielding is so good that if he's less than league average at the plate, that's a shortstop who can at least be a placeholder until you find someone better. It's the Cesar Izturis career path. (Mike Petriello)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What type of ceiling do you see for Starlin Castro?
(Matt from Chicago)
In a few years he’ll be able to afford whatever type of ceiling he wants – tin, mahogany, mother-of-pearl, his choice. He’s not going to develop Hanley-esque power, won’t steal plenty of bases, and isn’t a superlative shortstop. However, the kid can flat-out hit, and should maintain enough of an average to keep his OBP acceptable. In this day and age, when Cesar Izturis still has a job and Ryan Theriot is viewed as a SS upgrade by a contender, he’s got a well-rounded skill-set that will soon be worth millions. Peak of Edgar Renteria, maybe? (Ken Funck)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm staring at using Alex Escobar or Ian Desmond every day at SS in an OBP/SLG redraft league. Maintain the course with two of my favorite preseason SS sleepers, or upgrade quickly?
(Will from Mactaquac)
I would upgrade if you can, but SS is an easy position to punt as well. I have Cesar Izturis in an AL-only league and don't even feel bad about it. (Marc Normandin)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)As an A's fan i'm tired of cabrera/crosby, they are horrible. I see cliff pennington in AAA doing well, any chance he can be a starting SS in the ryan theriot/pre 09 bartlett type till grant green is ready?
(eric from sacramento)
I'd certainly rather see that, although admittedly is of a piece with my scientific curiosity as far as Eric Patterson's utility. If Pennington can play short well enough in the interim, that's better than winding up with the odd Cesar Izturis type, which at this point given Cabrera and Crosby's feckless performances, seems relatively like high-grade feck to me. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Robert Andino is ready to be a starter,or is back-up his peak?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
He can be Cesar Izturis next year, a starter on a bad team that doesn't have many other options and has no need to spend money on the hole. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-12-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Orioles make any attempts to fix the situation at SS? You think they'll miss Rocky?
(Corkedbat from Dallas)
They are on the verge of signing Cesar Izturis to play shortstop. While I love his name, I don't think Rocky Cherry will be missed. (John Perrotto)


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