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Portrait of Jeff Keppinger

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
419 .272 6 38 41 1 .251 0.7
Birth Date4-21-1980
Height6' 0"
Weight185 lbs
Age34 years, 6 months, 2 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
3.32010
0.12011
2.42012
-0.22013
0.72014
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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
2004 NYN 24 33 123 116 9 33 2 0 3 44 6 7 0 1 0 9 2 1 .284 .317 .379 .242 0.7 -0.0 0.1
2006 KCA 26 22 67 60 11 16 2 0 2 24 5 6 0 0 2 8 0 0 .267 .323 .400 .227 0.0 0.7 0.1
2007 CIN 27 67 276 241 39 80 16 2 5 115 24 12 4 1 6 32 2 1 .332 .400 .477 .286 21.4 -0.5 2.0
2008 CIN 28 121 502 459 45 122 24 2 3 159 30 24 2 5 6 43 3 1 .266 .310 .346 .224 2.1 -8.7 -0.7
2009 HOU 29 107 344 305 35 78 13 3 7 118 27 33 3 2 7 29 0 2 .256 .320 .387 .243 1.5 -2.4 -0.1
2010 HOU 30 137 575 514 62 148 34 1 6 202 51 36 1 4 5 59 4 1 .288 .351 .393 .274 22.2 9.5 3.3
2011 HOU 31 43 169 163 22 50 9 0 4 71 4 7 0 2 0 20 0 1 .307 .320 .436 .256 5.2 1.2 0.7
2011 SFN 31 56 230 216 17 55 11 0 2 72 8 17 2 2 2 15 0 0 .255 .285 .333 .231 -3.3 -2.5 -0.6
2012 TBA 32 115 418 385 46 125 15 1 9 169 24 31 4 4 1 40 1 0 .325 .367 .439 .289 23.7 -1.4 2.4
2013 CHA 33 117 451 423 38 107 13 1 4 134 20 41 0 5 2 40 0 1 .253 .283 .317 .230 -4.3 2.4 -0.2
Career8183155288232481413910451108199214162631295128.282.329.384.25369.0-1.86.9

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
2002 HIC A 126 540 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .279 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LYN A+ 92 373 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .344 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NYN MLB 33 123 .242 .264 .326 .424 .261 .280 92 -2.5 3.7 -0.2 -0.0 -0.3 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2004 ALT AA 81 346 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .349 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BIN AA 14 54 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .378 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NOR AAA 6 24 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .353 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 NOR AAA 64 278 .260 .269 .341 .430 .256 .340 97 0.1 7.2 -0.1 1.9 0.4 7.2 0.8 7.2 0.8
2006 KCA MLB 22 67 .227 .247 .312 .386 .238 .269 110 -2.5 2.0 -0.1 0.7 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
2006 NOR AAA 87 366 .275 .255 .326 .383 .255 .304 88 5.6 10.0 -1.3 2.0 0.8 12.4 1.4 12.4 1.4
2006 OMA AAA 32 142 .296 .265 .344 .411 .265 .364 98 5.5 4.1 0 -1.1 -0.3 6.9 0.6 6.9 0.6
2007 CIN MLB 67 276 .286 .261 .326 .418 .255 .333 102 7.9 8.2 2.9 -0.5 2.2 21.4 2.0 21.4 2.0
2007 SAR A+ 3 13 .295 .246 .337 .373 .251 .333 100 0.5 0.4 0 0.1 -0.2 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2007 LOU AAA 57 261 .313 .265 .337 .405 .263 .376 100 15.5 7.9 -0.7 -0.7 -0.3 23.1 2.2 23.1 2.2
2008 CIN MLB 121 502 .224 .260 .325 .412 .259 .272 101 -19.3 14.5 5.8 -8.7 2.4 2.1 -0.7 2.1 -0.7
2008 SAR A+ 2 7 .221 .233 .328 .316 .238 .286 100 -0.3 0.2 -0.1 -0.0 -0.4 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2008 LOU AAA 6 25 .424 .270 .334 .410 .268 .476 99 4.7 0.8 -0.2 0.0 -0.5 4.7 0.5 4.7 0.5
2009 HOU MLB 107 344 .243 .262 .328 .422 .263 .266 96 -6.1 9.9 1.1 -2.4 -1.4 1.5 -0.1 1.5 -0.1
2010 HOU MLB 137 575 .274 .261 .326 .410 .270 .298 94 8.3 15.8 -0.2 9.5 -1.7 22.2 3.3 22.2 3.3
2010 CCH AA 2 6 .391 .275 .344 .378 .281 .400 77 0.8 0.2 0 0.2 -0.0 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2011 HOU MLB 43 169 .256 .256 .317 .397 .261 .299 100 -0.6 4.6 -0.2 1.2 0.3 5.2 0.7 5.2 0.7
2011 SFN MLB 56 230 .231 .250 .310 .386 .255 .266 90 -6.7 6.2 -0.3 -2.5 -1.5 -3.3 -0.6 -3.3 -0.6
2011 CCH AA 4 19 .399 .259 .325 .398 .247 .429 102 2.9 0.6 -0.2 -0.1 0.1 2.9 0.3 2.9 0.3
2011 OKL AAA 7 30 .183 .276 .337 .450 .259 .241 90 -2.7 0.9 -0.1 0.5 0.0 -1.8 -0.1 -1.8 -0.1
2012 TBA MLB 115 418 .289 .254 .315 .411 .259 .332 96 12.2 11.4 -2.3 -1.4 -0.6 23.7 2.4 23.7 2.4
2012 DUR AAA 6 25 .308 .294 .344 .450 .283 .316 89 1.4 0.7 -0.3 -0.0 -0.5 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2013 CHA MLB 117 451 .230 .256 .317 .396 .263 .269 100 -12.9 11.8 -1.8 2.4 -2.5 -4.3 -0.2 -4.3 -0.2
2014 BIR AA 11 47 .274 .243 .325 .367 .269 .243 97 0.7 1.3 -0.1 -0.9 -1.4 -1.7 -0.3 -1.7 -0.3

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
2002 HIC A 540 75 132 23 4 10 73 47 33 6 2 .276 .347 .404 .128 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LYN A+ 373 55 111 21 2 3 51 23 28 3 2 .325 .366 .424 .099 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NYN MLB 123 9 33 2 0 3 9 6 7 2 1 .284 .317 .379 .095 .242 0.7 -0.0 0.1
2004 NOR AAA 24 1 6 1 0 0 2 4 2 0 0 .316 .458 .368 .053 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BIN AA 54 14 17 3 1 0 5 6 2 2 1 .362 .434 .468 .106 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 ALT AA 346 44 106 17 2 1 33 27 15 10 5 .337 .387 .413 .076 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 NOR AAA 278 40 86 15 3 3 29 16 13 5 1 .337 .372 .455 .118 .260 7.2 1.9 0.8
2006 OMA AAA 142 21 45 6 1 2 17 12 9 0 0 .354 .404 .465 .110 .296 6.9 -1.1 0.6
2006 NOR AAA 366 36 97 13 0 2 26 28 21 0 4 .300 .344 .359 .059 .275 12.4 2.0 1.4
2006 KCA MLB 67 11 16 2 0 2 8 5 6 0 0 .267 .323 .400 .133 .227 0.0 0.7 0.1
2007 SAR A+ 13 1 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .500 .167 .295 0.9 0.1 0.1
2007 CIN MLB 276 39 80 16 2 5 32 24 12 2 1 .332 .400 .477 .145 .286 21.4 -0.5 2.0
2007 LOU AAA 261 31 84 15 1 2 18 23 14 1 1 .368 .419 .469 .101 .313 23.1 -0.7 2.2
2008 LOU AAA 25 3 11 2 0 1 2 2 1 0 0 .500 .520 .727 .227 .424 4.7 0.0 0.5
2008 CIN MLB 502 45 122 24 2 3 43 30 24 3 1 .266 .310 .346 .081 .224 2.1 -8.7 -0.7
2008 SAR A+ 7 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .000 .221 -0.6 -0.0 -0.1
2009 HOU MLB 344 35 78 13 3 7 29 27 33 0 2 .256 .320 .387 .131 .243 1.5 -2.4 -0.1
2010 HOU MLB 575 62 148 34 1 6 59 51 36 4 1 .288 .351 .393 .105 .274 22.2 9.5 3.3
2010 CCH AA 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .400 .500 .400 .000 .391 1.0 0.2 0.1
2011 OKL AAA 30 2 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250 .241 .250 .000 .183 -1.8 0.5 -0.1
2011 CCH AA 19 4 7 1 0 1 2 3 1 0 0 .438 .526 .688 .250 .399 2.9 -0.1 0.3
2011 HOU MLB 169 22 50 9 0 4 20 4 7 0 1 .307 .320 .436 .129 .256 5.2 1.2 0.7
2011 SFN MLB 230 17 55 11 0 2 15 8 17 0 0 .255 .285 .333 .079 .231 -3.3 -2.5 -0.6
2012 TBA MLB 418 46 125 15 1 9 40 24 31 1 0 .325 .367 .439 .114 .289 23.7 -1.4 2.4
2012 DUR AAA 25 4 6 1 0 0 1 4 2 0 0 .286 .400 .333 .048 .308 1.5 -0.0 0.1
2013 CHA MLB 451 38 107 13 1 4 40 20 41 0 1 .253 .283 .317 .064 .230 -4.3 2.4 -0.2
2014 BIR AA 47 3 10 1 0 1 4 6 2 0 0 .256 .348 .359 .103 .274 -1.7 -0.9 -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 1748 0.5406 0.4112 0.9345 0.5799 0.2117 0.9617 0.8471 0.0655
2009 1280 0.5539 0.3779 0.9151 0.5078 0.2154 0.9583 0.7886 0.0849
2010 2177 0.5393 0.3805 0.9297 0.5341 0.1974 0.9665 0.8131 0.0703
2011 1367 0.5640 0.4520 0.9335 0.6005 0.2584 0.9654 0.8377 0.0665
2012 1449 0.5355 0.4210 0.9246 0.5863 0.2303 0.9495 0.8516 0.0738
2013 1598 0.5476 0.4167 0.9203 0.5691 0.2310 0.9639 0.7904 0.0797
Career96190.54580.4080.92680.5620.22160.96140.82150.0729

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-21 2014-05-14 15-DL 54 41 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2013-09-24 2013-09-30 DTD 6 6 Right Shoulder Surgery Cleanup 2013-09-26 -
2013-08-19 2013-08-23 DTD 4 3 - Low Back Strain - -
2013-04-26 2013-05-01 DTD 5 4 - Low Back Spasms - -
2013-03-10 2013-03-14 Camp 4 0 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2013-02-23 2013-02-24 Camp 1 0 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2012-11-26 2012-11-26 FA 0 0 Right Ankle Fracture Fibula - -
2012-07-06 2012-07-07 DTD 1 1 Left Upper Arm Contusion Triceps - -
2012-05-19 2012-06-22 15-DL 34 29 Right Fracture Foul Ball Big Toe - -
2011-08-16 2011-08-19 DTD 3 3 Right Wrist Contusion Bone Bruise - -
2011-06-30 2011-07-02 DTD 2 2 General Medical Illness -
2011-03-22 2011-05-27 15-DL 66 50 Left Foot Recovery From Surgery Sesmoid Bone 2011-01-14
2011-02-27 2011-03-22 Camp 23 0 Left Foot Recovery From Surgery Sesmoid Bone 2011-01-14
2011-01-10 2011-01-10 Off 0 0 Left Foot Surgery Sesmoid Bone 2011-01-14
2010-08-17 2010-09-01 15-DL 15 15 Left Foot Stress Fracture Sesamoiditis -
2010-07-28 2010-07-30 DTD 2 1 Low Back Tightness -
2010-03-06 2010-03-08 Camp 2 0 Right Wrist Sprain -
2009-09-05 2009-09-12 DTD 7 7 Right Hip Soreness -
2009-06-13 2009-06-17 DTD 4 3 Low Back Soreness -
2009-04-17 2009-04-21 DTD 4 4 Low Back Strain -
2008-05-14 2008-06-22 15-DL 39 36 Left Knee Fracture Patella From Foul Ball -
2008-03-23 2008-03-28 Camp 5 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2008-03-19 2008-03-23 Camp 4 0 Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2007-04-01 2007-04-22 15-DL 21 18 Right Fingers Fracture Ring Finger -
2005-09-09 2005-10-03 60-DL 24 22 Left Lower Leg Recovery From Fracture Tibia - -
2005-06-15 2005-09-09 Minors 86 78 Left Lower Leg Fracture Tibia -
2003-06-11 2003-07-10 Minors 29 0 Left Ankle Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 CHA $4,500,000
2014 CHA $4,000,000
2013 CHA $3,500,000
2012 TBA $1,525,000
2011 HOU $2,300,000
2010 HOU $1,150,000
2009 HOU $427,500
2008 CIN $402,500
2007 CIN $382,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$9,687,500
2011Current$4,000,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$13,687,500
1 yrFuture$4,500,000
9 yrTotal$18,187,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 52 dCareer Sports & Entertainment3 years/$12M (2013-15)

Details
  • 3 years/$12M (2013-15). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 12/5/12. 13:$3.5M, 14:$4M, 15:$4.5M. DFA by Chicago White Sox 5/14/14. Released 5/21/14.
  • 1 year/$1.525M (2012). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 1/27/12. Performance bonuses: $50,000 for 250 plate appearances. $75,000 each for 300, 350, 400 PA. $0.1M for 450 PA. Placed on restricted list by Tampa Bay 5/9/12.
  • 1 year/$2.3M (2011). Re-signed by Houston 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by San Francisco in trade from Houston 7/19/11. Non-tendered by San Francisco 12/12/11.
  • 1 year/$1.15M (2010). Re-signed by Houston 1/15/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4275M (2009). Re-signed 2/24/09 (split contract, $241,500 in minors). Acquired by Houston in trade from Cincinnati 3/31/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4025M (2008). Re-signed by Cincinnati 2/25/08.
  • 1 year/$0.3825M (2007). Acquired by Cincinnati in trade 1/07 after being DFA by Kansas City 12/06.
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed 3/06. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from NY Mets 7/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Re-signed 3/05.
  • Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Pittsburgh 7/04.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2001 (4-114) (Georgia). $0.312M signing bonus.

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 347 37 97 16 1 5 36 23 28 1 1 .307 .353 .413 .281 15.4 3B -1, 2B 2 1.7
80o 330 34 89 14 1 5 33 21 27 1 1 .294 .339 .396 .270 11.3 3B -1, 2B 2 1.2
70o 318 32 84 13 1 5 31 20 26 1 0 .285 .330 .384 .263 8.5 3B -1, 2B 1 0.9
60o 308 30 79 13 1 4 29 19 26 1 0 .278 .321 .373 .256 6.3 3B -1, 2B 1 0.7
50o 298 28 75 12 1 4 28 18 25 1 0 .270 .314 .363 .250 4.3 3B -1, 2B 1 0.5
40o 288 27 69 11 0 4 26 17 25 1 0 .263 .306 .354 .244 2.5 3B -1, 2B 1 0.3
30o 278 25 66 11 0 4 25 16 24 1 0 .256 .298 .343 .237 0.6 3B -1, 2B 1 0.1
20o 266 23 60 10 0 3 23 15 23 1 0 .247 .288 .331 .229 -1.4 3B -1, 2B 1 -0.1
10o 249 21 54 9 0 3 21 13 22 0 0 .235 .275 .315 .219 -3.8 3B -1, 2B 1 -0.4
Weighted Mean3002975121428182510.272.315.365.2514.73B -1, 2B 10.5

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 28% 9% 16% 90%

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
20153525025588022015220.253.296.319.228-0.2-2.0-0.70.87.7-9.7-0.0
20163625024578022014230.248.291.312.225-0.6-5.6-0.70.714.9-20.6-0.0
20173725024568021914240.242.287.302.220-0.8-7.1-0.70.611.9-19.0-0.0
201838423409516033324420.243.286.311.222-0.9-8.1-1.20.914.9-22.7-0.0
201939340327711032617350.241.281.300.217-1.2-11.1-0.90.714.9-25.8-0.0
2020406195613119044534700.229.271.284.209-1.8-16.3-1.71.014.9-30.5-0.0
202141381358213032920460.231.272.294.211-1.6-14.6-1.10.514.9-29.0-0.0
2022426225412818034333770.222.263.272.201-2.3-21.2-1.70.714.9-35.1-0.0
202343378337711022620490.220.261.269.199-2.4-22.1-1.00.314.9-36.4-0.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
24.312.94.94.91.70.148.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 73)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 92 Placido Polanco 2010 .274
2 81 Todd Walker 2007 .211
3 81 Orlando Cabrera 2009 .242
4 80 Jack Wilson 2012 .148
5 80 Tony Gwynn 1994 .348
6 80 Jimmy Rollins 2013 .241
7 80 David Eckstein 2009 .241
8 79 Mark Ellis 2011 .227
9 79 Nick Punto 2012 .222
10 78 Marco Scutaro 2010 .250
11 77 Jose Vidro 2009 .000 DNP
12 77 Red Schoendienst 1957 .295
13 77 Alex Cora 2010 .211
14 77 Mark Kotsay 2010 .231
15 76 Sean Casey 2009 .000 DNP
16 76 Aaron Miles 2011 .249
17 76 Frank Catalanotto 2008 .252
18 76 Mark Grace 1998 .294
19 76 Shannon Stewart 2008 .226
20 75 Jerry Hairston 2010 .256
21 75 Nellie Fox 1962 .249
22 75 Bill Madlock 1985 .275
23 75 Jason Kendall 2008 .238
24 75 Rafael Furcal 2012 .246
25 75 Jamey Carroll 2008 .258
26 75 Brady Clark 2007 .247
27 74 Brian Roberts 2012 .181
28 74 Orlando Hudson 2012 .209
29 74 Cal Ripken Jr. 1995 .255
30 74 Juan Pierre 2012 .269
31 74 Freddy Sanchez 2012 .000 DNP
32 74 Kenji Johjima 2010 .000 DNP
33 74 Alan Trammell 1992 .274
34 74 Tommy Holmes 1951 .194
35 74 Edgar Renteria 2011 .244
36 74 Adam Kennedy 2010 .260
37 74 Doug Mientkiewicz 2008 .272
38 74 Carney Lansford 1991 .038
39 74 Chone Figgins 2012 .208
40 74 Nomar Garciaparra 2008 .263
41 73 Roberto Alomar 2002 .254
42 73 Julio Lugo 2010 .212
43 73 Luis Castillo 2010 .238
44 73 Buddy Bell 1986 .284
45 73 Ross Gload 2010 .291
46 72 Barry Larkin 1998 .298
47 72 Tim Raines 1994 .264
48 72 David Bell 2007 .000 DNP
49 72 Brian Schneider 2011 .188
50 72 Ronnie Belliard 2009 .272
51 72 Ramon Martinez 2007 .202
52 72 Brian Harper 1994 .248
53 72 Smoky Burgess 1961 .298
54 71 Fernando Vina 2003 .240
55 71 Bill Doran 1992 .256
56 71 Bill Buckner 1984 .246
57 71 Johnny Temple 1962 .266
58 71 Pete Rose 1975 .300
59 71 Willie Randolph 1989 .276
60 71 Juan Rivera 2013 .000 DNP
61 71 Endy Chavez 2012 .195
62 71 Harvey Kuenn 1965 .241
63 71 Denny Walling 1988 .233
64 71 Bill Mueller 2005 .269
65 71 Johnny Ray 1991 .000 DNP
66 71 Matty Alou 1973 .254
67 71 Ozzie Smith 1989 .257
68 71 Brooks Robinson 1971 .288
69 71 Johnny Damon 2008 .286
70 70 Willie Bloomquist 2012 .262
71 70 Don Mattingly 1995 .257
72 70 Ramon Hernandez 2010 .284
73 70 Len Dykstra 1997 .000 DNP
74 70 Wilson Valdez 2012 .183
75 70 Alfredo Amezaga 2012 .000 DNP
76 70 Lance Johnson 1998 .239
77 70 Scott Podsednik 2010 .252
78 70 Ryan Freel 2010 .000 DNP
79 70 Eric Young 2001 .255
80 69 Don Buford 1971 .334
81 69 Kazuo Matsui 2010 .130
82 69 Felix Millan 1978 .000 DNP
83 69 Rusty Staub 1978 .278
84 69 Jay Payton 2007 .242
85 69 George Kell 1957 .280
86 69 Greg Gross 1987 .266
87 69 Miguel Cairo 2008 .234
88 69 Scott Hatteberg 2004 .274
89 69 Mike Lowell 2008 .266
90 69 Carlos Ruiz 2013 .246
91 69 Robert Fick 2008 .000 DNP
92 69 Roy White 1978 .276
93 68 Mark DeRosa 2009 .264
94 68 Tadahito Iguchi 2009 .000 DNP
95 68 Craig Biggio 2000 .267
96 68 Bobby Avila 1958 .262
97 68 Randy Ready 1994 .332
98 68 Kevin Seitzer 1996 .305
99 68 Cesar Tovar 1975 .238
100 68 Lou Whitaker 1991 .322

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .280 .320 .411 .272
11 vs R (Multi) .275 .310 .344 .234
18 Split (Multi) -.006 -.010 -.067 -.037
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .214 .265 .320 .236
31 vs R (2013) .266 .290 .316 .216
38 Split (2013) .052 .024 -.005 -.020
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.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 For a second straight season, the Rays got huge value from a bargain corner infielder whose last name started with K. Last year, Keppinger did what he always does—mash lefties, hardly ever walk or strike out—only he did it better than ever, and just for fun he hit right-handers, too (.302/.352/.403). Keppinger plugged holes for the Rays at third, first base, and DH—too bad there was only one of him. Like Casey Kotchman before him, he may have had an anomalous year, but you only need one of those to put yourself out of the Rays' financial reach. Keppinger's career .288 batting average—while about as empty as possible—made him alluring enough for the hot-corner-challenged White Sox to ink him to a multi-year deal instead of meeting the hefty price tag on a full season of Kevin Youkilis.
2012 Few players whiff as rarely as Keppinger—in 2011, only Juan Pierre struck out more rarely, minimum 350 PA—but this skill comes with a catch. On pitches out of the zone, batters are sometimes better off missing completely and living to swing again rather than making weak contact and ending the at-bat. Keppinger makes contact on 90 percent of his swings at pitches outside the strike zone, and in 2011 he swung at more wayward offerings than he ever had. Keppinger's sub-replacement play in San Francisco made an arbitration tender questionable, as he has just one season above zero in the past four, and is now more a second baseman than a super utility guy.
2011 It's tempting to talk about what Keppinger can't do, how he lacks power on offense and range on defense. However, few players in the major leagues can put the bat on the ball as consistently as he can. Keppinger sprayed line drives all over the field and finished with the lowest strikeout rate in the major leagues last season. He also has an outstanding eye, walking more often than he succumbs to the K. A vastly superior hitter against left-handers (.331/.385/.480, versus .260/.319/.352 against righties), he batted second for most of the season but really shouldn't be in the top half of the order except when a southpaw is on the mound. That's not a knock on Keppinger; the Astros didn't have any better option.
2010 Needing a right-handed hitting third baseman to replace Boone, the Astros shipped off a player to be named (Drew Sutton) to Cincinnati for Keppinger, who had fallen out of favor with the Reds. Always a lefty-lasher (.341/.391/.495 in his career), he also faced a few righties last season, thanks to injuries to Blum and Matsui. As a contact hitter extraordinaire, Keppinger is what he is, and while he certainly has some value as a bench player, he's not an everyday solution at any position.
2009 For the first six weeks of the season, the "Jeff Keppinger, offensive shortstop" plan seemed to be working, on the strength of a .326 batting average on balls in play (BABIP). Then he fouled a ball off his left kneecap, suffering a fracture in that knee for the second time in his career, and becoming the second Reds shortstop to be sidelined by a knee fracture in 2008. Unlike Alex Gonzalez, Keppinger was back on the field in a month, but was a shell of himself, posting a .236 BABIP the rest of the way. Research by Clay Davenport indicates that at the time of the injury, Keppinger rated as an above-average defender, but afterwards he was one of the worst in the majors. Regardless of the reasons for his failure, it's unlikely Keppinger will get another opportunity to play short every day.
2008 A natural second baseman on a team that already has Brandon Phillips, Keppinger ran with his first major playing time at shortstop, holding his own with the glove while delivering beyond all expectations with the bat. If that collapse rate seems high, it's more an acknowledgment that another .330 batting average is unlikely, rather than a repudiation of Keppinger's skills. Given Dusty Baker's affinity for the Neifis of the world, there's reason to worry that the label "offensive shortstop" will doom Keppinger in his new manager's eyes.
2007 You rarely see challenge trades as minor as the Keppinger-for-Gotay swap of Triple-A second basemen that the Mets and Royals executed last summer. Keppinger is three years older, but the Royals had completely given up on Gotay`s ability to play second, whereas Keppinger`s skills can slot him into a utility role right away. Keppinger has batted over .300 at every minor-league stop since his first season thanks to one of the highest contact rates in baseball--last year he set a career high for strikeouts with 36. Unfortunately, all that contact from a right-handed ground-ball hitter leads to a ton of double plays; Keppinger has hit into eight in just 55 major league games. His lack of secondary skills keeps him from being a starter, but if you can play second base and hit .280, some team will find a place for you on their roster. That team might not be the Royals--Keppinger was designated for assignment in January to make room for David Riske.
2006 While listed as a `knee,` his September injury was actually a fractured tibial plateau--the shin bone was broken at the knee--and isn`t as serious as most knee maladies, as Jermaine Dye has proven. Keppinger has gotten the Tony Gwynn not-striking-out thing down, and while not striking out is a nice parlor trick, that`s all it will ever be if you don`t combine it with something beyond a high batting average. Still, he can outplay the expensive import the previous GM brought in ahead of him (the Joe Morgans of the world always lavishly praise meat-and-potatoes types, but in truth, most baseball execs favor more exotic fare). Barring a free agent pickup this winter, Keppinger will finally get a shot at the job in spring training, but he`ll have to beat out Matsui and fend off Bret Boone.
2005 Keppinger is trying to ride the Joe McEwing career path, hitting for high averages as a second baseman and hoping no one notices how little else he does. The Mets ended up with him as part of the Kris Benson ménage à trois, somehow giving Justin Huber to the Royals for the privilege. The high average and scrappiness will play well in a job fight, but he needs the Mets to find a taker for him, or Kazuo Matsui to create an opportunity.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Describe for me the market for Jeff Keppinger. He's blocking pieces of the future. My hope is that he can prove the start to last season was an aberration, and Rick Hahn can flip him for prospects to some team in need of infield versatility. The Yankees come to mind. Thanks.
(GrinnellSteve from Grinnell)
My guess is plenty of teams would be interested in Keppinger. He's got some versatility on the defensive end, great bat-to-ball skills, and a history of hitting left-handed pitching. If he shows last year was an aberration then I'm sure the Yankees and others would have interest. I don't know if he'd bring a ton back, but at his finest he's a capable bench/platoon player. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much of what Didi Gregorious is doing sticks going forward?
(wobbly from NYC, NY)
He makes a ton of contact, which will always keep him away from the extremes, so I consider this an absolute ceiling. The BABIP of .364 is unsustainable. But I think seasons like Jeff Keppinger's 2013 are exceptions for contact hitters, and he'll never really crater either.

So I guess the answer is most of the skill set, the occasional power but not this much production over any long-term period. (Zachary Levine)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)How worried should we be about Jason Kipnis? Other waiver wire or buy low 2B to target if he is seriously injured?
(RC from PDX)
See! You could probably get Jeff Keppinger for a song right now, and he should turn it around. Also, I'd be buying low on Dustin Ackley if you could. His owner is probably super frustrated with him right about now. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some sleeper or late round 2Bs you like this season?
(Thad from Peoria)
2B has just about no upside late in drafts, so they're all boring options like Jeff Keppinger and Daniel Murphy. Grab one before the bottom falls out of the position. (Bret Sayre)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Jason! In a very deep roto league and only really need to fill my third base position with a low end guy. Any recommendations on who could just hold down the fort there and provide some kind of positive value? Thoughts on a chisehall? Michael Young bounce back? Something else?
(John from NY)
Jeff Keppinger - qualifies at 3B as well as other positions and moves to a park where he can hit for more homers while likely losing a bit of average. I've been able to take him 2x in the reserve rounds of expert mock drafts. (Jason Collette)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any chance San Francisco looks to Jeff Keppinger to fill the hole at 2B if they are unable to re-sign Marco Scutaro?
(CoachFish35 from SoCal)
A lot of Marco Scutaro- and Jeff Keppinger-related questions in the queue, so I'll kill all of those birds with CoachFish35's stone. As I said earlier in the chat, I think the Giants will end up re-signing Scutaro, but I'm not sure about Keppinger as a fallback. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier this morning that the Yankees are in hot pursuit of Keppinger, and I think he fits better in a platoon/utility role than as an everyday second baseman.

One name to keep an eye on as an alternative for the Giants is Hiroyuki Nakajima. The SF Chronicle' John Shea tweeted yesterday that the Giants are in contact with his representatives in case Scutaro heads elsewhere: https://twitter.com/JohnSheaHey/status/275761688098271232. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)What available players make sense to help fill the Cardinals' middle infield need?
(Kingpin from Grinnell, IA)
It is a shallow free agent class up the middle, but I could see the Cards signing someone like Jeff Keppinger for his bat at 2B, or if they are leaning on a glove, then perhaps they will give Jason Bartlett a shot (though that would compound the injury concerns with him + Furcal). Given the lack of options they could decide to pursue a trade, or Skip Schumaker might be in line for a lot of AB's in 2013.

On the jukebox: Rancid, "Salvation" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-09-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)Any explanation on why Rays always to get hits on pick-ups and trades that don't seem great/good at on-set and turn into gems in long-run? Fernando Rodney and Jeff Keppinger are doing quite well in unexpected roles for them. It seems Rays always find gold in what now should be called "The Yearly Rays Reliever Reclamation Project"(Al Reyes, Juan Cruz, Joaquin Benoit, Rafael Soriano, Kyle Farnsworth, Fernando Rodney)
(jlarsen from chicago)
I think some of it is just great big-league scouting and statistical analysis, but a lot of it is trial and error, too. The Rays are set up in such a way that they HAVE to sign a bunch of those guys, and while a lot of them will work because the Rays are good at what they do, a lot will fail because they're inherently gambles. They haven't had a lot of luck with veteran catchers the last couple years, and there was that whole Pat Burrell thing. (Bill Parker)
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Name a handful of current bench players you see carving out a role and producing fantasy worthy numbers?
(Ridin'thepine from Splintersville)
Obviously things would have to break right for each of these guys, but here goes: Jeff Keppinger, Kosuke Fukudome, Brent Lillibridge, Tyler Flowers, Johnny Giavotella, Dave Ross, Juan Francisco, Tyler Moore, Adrian Cardenas, Chris Snyder, Allen Craig, Wilin Rosario, Nate Schierholtz (Derek Carty)
2011-07-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)I guess I meant "openly gay." Do you think a utility player, a Jeff Keppinger type, would be appreciated? What level of MLB player do you think Joe Fan would just be, "Screw it, I don't care if he's gay, he's awesome at baseball"? Color me pessimistic, I honestly think that he'd have to be a star level player before he'd be accepted by most fans.
(Brendan from Chicago)
I think you are missing the biggest factor in the discussion, which is what city he plays in. Let's face it, whether we like it or not, there are some towns that would deal with it MUCH better than others. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Recognizing that the Pirates' record most likely overstates their true talent level, what do you do before July 31 if you're Neal Huntington? It's not every year (or 18) that a team finds itself only a game and a half out of first at the midway point.
(John from Pittsburgh)
Man, I wouldn't want to be in his shoes, because making the playoffs, even to wipe out in the first round, would be a big deal for the legitimacy of this franchise. They could use a bat anywhere in the infield, obviously. The problem is that if you spend out of your pile of prospects, you're taking away from the thing that's allowing you to grow in the first place. If I could get someone like Jeff Keppinger cheaply maybe I'd do something like that, but trading for Superman, whoever that is, is probably out of the question, (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steven, big fan of your YES work, despite being a Mets fan. Jeff Keppinger is starting at short and batting second for the Reds today, while the Mets just released Ruben Gotay. This makes me sad. Has Willie Randolph inherited Torre's taste in lumpy bench-help, and isn't this a supernally bad idea in the NL? Also: Hrghle. Edwar Ramirez? Blix? Hee hee hee hee. Thanks!
(rtkimmerle from NJ)
Thank you for coming aboard despite your Mets-ness. I actually enjoy following the Mets too. No doubt sports talk radio hosts would call me a fraud for not hating the Mets as much as I like the Yankees, but I'm a baseball fan who enjoys the sport whatever the color of the uniforms, not an unthinking bigot. Anyway, I thought the Mets acted precipitously on Gotay, but I also accept that Gotay was over his head last year and that with pitcher-constricted rosters ("pitcher-creep?") you need your U-INF to be able to sub at short. What was odd about it was that Luis Castillo is in such poor shape.

...As I said of Scott Patterson, Edwar will get his chance down the line. I'm still trying to get a handle on how Girardi will handle his bullpen. That will give us a clue as to when... Blix! (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-26 12:00:00 (link to chat)Call me crazy, but I am still not sold on Gordon Beckham. What flaws do you see in his game?
(Harry from Miami)
Well part of the start to his season is that he's in the zone, and I think it's fair to stop and try and evaluate Beckham without considering the 13 home runs. The most significant flaw in his game is that I don't think he's a shortstop ... then again, Dave Perno compared him defensively to Jeff Keppinger to me. Offensively, we'll have to watch his strikeouts as he gets up the ladder a bit, as I think he probably reaches triple digits in the Major Leagues. But his power, for a 2B profile guy, is pretty unbelievable. (Bryan Smith)


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