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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
7 292.3 13 17 13 345 3.73 5.9
Birth Date7-23-1981
Height6' 2"
Weight240 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
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 LAN 23 9 0 5.3 0.0 5.3 0 1 0 2 0 0 26 5 4 4 1 11 5 4 0 10 6.75 4.49 3.99 0.9 0.1
2006 LAN 24 28 5 59.7 29.3 30.3 1 5 0 0 3 0 258 54 30 28 3 79 33 28 1 71 4.22 3.09 3.21 16.2 1.5
2007 LAN 25 8 6 30.3 28.0 2.3 1 4 0 0 2 0 140 35 26 25 3 53 14 14 1 27 7.42 4.17 5.45 2.8 0.3
2008 LAN 26 42 3 80.0 10.7 69.3 5 3 1 4 0 0 323 60 21 19 4 89 21 19 3 96 2.14 2.26 2.78 24.0 2.4
2009 LAN 27 35 0 30.0 0.0 30.0 2 0 0 2 0 0 124 21 10 10 2 32 13 11 2 32 3.00 3.29 3.50 3.0 0.3
2010 LAN 28 56 0 60.0 0.0 60.0 3 2 12 1 0 0 229 29 8 8 1 40 18 18 1 73 1.20 1.84 1.90 16.5 1.7
2011 LAN 29 40 0 27.0 0.0 27.0 1 2 0 2 0 0 127 24 29 27 4 42 23 21 2 36 9.00 5.03 5.08 -4.0 -0.4
Career21814292.368.0224.31317131150122722812812118346127115103453.732.943.2959.45.9

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 GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2000 SBR A+ 1 1 3.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 VRO A+ 4 4 8.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .423 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CGA A 3 0 6.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .615 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LAN MLB 9 0 5.3 3.99 115 .300 .275 .352 .484 .282 .400 102 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2005 VRO A+ 11 3 26.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.304 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 JAX AA 17 0 28.3 2.71 138 .225 .256 .333 .374 .261 .280 60 8.9 0.9 8.5 0.8
2006 LAN MLB 28 5 59.7 3.21 131 .244 .270 .333 .429 .264 .340 95 16.3 1.6 16.2 1.5
2006 LVG AAA 23 9 53.1 4.37 109 .254 .272 .341 .408 .263 .355 105 10.8 1.1 12.4 1.2
2006 TPE wor 2 0 1.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .667 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 LAN MLB 8 6 30.3 5.45 80 .284 .258 .319 .406 .256 .337 95 1.5 0.1 2.8 0.3
2007 LVG AAA 7 5 20.0 3.53 134 .244 .268 .338 .426 .263 .364 110 6.5 0.6 6.6 0.6
2008 LAN MLB 42 3 80.0 2.78 137 .205 .261 .324 .415 .260 .281 95 22.6 2.3 24.0 2.4
2009 LAN MLB 35 0 30.0 3.50 114 .218 .255 .329 .408 .262 .253 90 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
2009 SBR A+ 4 0 4.0 1.63 165 .169 .262 .338 .390 .263 .375 94 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2009 ABQ AAA 2 0 2.0 4.54 76 .301 .261 .322 .386 .274 .333 75 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2009 DOD Rk 3 1 3.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 LAN MLB 56 0 60.0 1.90 151 .167 .263 .333 .419 .275 .206 88 15.7 1.6 16.5 1.7
2010 SBR A+ 2 1 2.0 0.91 178 -.019 .256 .349 .379 .257 .000 88 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2011 LAN MLB 40 0 27.0 5.08 65 .315 .258 .319 .405 .262 .323 90 -4.0 -0.4 -4.0 -0.4
2011 RCU A+ 5 1 4.3 1.74 167 .275 .286 .362 .444 .277 .538 99 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2011 ABQ AAA 2 0 1.7 -4.81 292 .121 .269 .351 .416 .262 .000 92 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2013 TPE int 4 0 3.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 TPE int 4 0 3.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 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
2000 SBR A+ 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 0 0 7 0 0% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 21.0 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2002 VRO A+ 0 1 0 4 4 8.0 11 2 8 0 0% .423 12.4 2.2 0.0 9.0 1.62 6.75 0.0 0.0
2004 CGA A 1 0 0 3 0 6.0 8 4 10 0 0% .615 12.0 6.0 0.0 15.0 2.00 4.50 0.0 0.0
2005 VRO A+ 1 1 0 11 3 26.0 19 10 42 2 0% -.304 6.6 3.5 0.7 14.5 1.12 2.08 0.0 0.0
2005 LAN MLB 0 1 0 9 0 5.3 5 5 10 1 18% .400 8.4 8.4 1.7 16.9 1.88 6.75 0.9 0.1
2005 JAX AA 1 1 3 17 0 28.3 22 11 44 1 31% .280 7.0 3.5 0.3 14.0 1.17 1.91 8.5 0.8
2006 LVG AAA 4 3 1 23 9 53.1 52 22 63 5 44% .355 8.8 3.7 0.8 10.7 1.39 3.05 12.4 1.2
2006 LAN MLB 1 5 0 28 5 59.7 54 33 71 3 46% .340 8.1 5.0 0.5 10.7 1.46 4.22 16.2 1.5
2006 TPE wor 0 0 0 2 0 1.0 4 0 3 0 0% .667 36.0 0.0 0.0 27.0 4.00 27.00 0.0 0.0
2007 LAN MLB 1 4 0 8 6 30.3 35 14 27 3 34% .337 10.4 4.2 0.9 8.0 1.62 7.42 2.8 0.3
2007 LVG AAA 0 1 0 7 5 20.0 18 8 28 2 41% .364 8.1 3.6 0.9 12.6 1.30 3.60 6.6 0.6
2008 LAN MLB 5 3 1 42 3 80.0 60 21 96 4 47% .281 6.8 2.4 0.5 10.8 1.01 2.14 24.0 2.4
2009 SBR A+ 0 0 0 4 0 4.0 3 0 6 0 62% .375 6.8 0.0 0.0 13.5 0.75 0.00 1.6 0.2
2009 DOD Rk 0 0 0 3 1 3.0 2 1 5 0 0% .333 6.0 3.0 0.0 15.0 1.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2009 ABQ AAA 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 2 1 1 0 17% .333 9.0 4.5 0.0 4.5 1.50 4.50 -0.1 -0.0
2009 LAN MLB 2 0 0 35 0 30.0 21 13 32 2 48% .253 6.3 3.9 0.6 9.6 1.13 3.00 3.0 0.3
2010 SBR A+ 0 0 0 2 1 2.0 0 0 3 0 0% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 13.5 0.00 0.00 1.0 0.1
2010 LAN MLB 3 2 12 56 0 60.0 29 18 73 1 38% .206 4.3 2.7 0.1 10.9 0.78 1.20 16.5 1.7
2011 ABQ AAA 0 0 0 2 0 1.7 0 1 3 0 100% .000 0.0 5.4 0.0 16.2 0.60 0.00 2.2 0.2
2011 LAN MLB 1 2 0 40 0 27.0 24 23 36 4 45% .323 8.0 7.7 1.3 12.0 1.74 9.00 -4.0 -0.4
2011 RCU A+ 0 1 0 5 1 4.3 7 1 7 0 31% .538 14.5 2.1 0.0 14.5 1.85 6.23 2.7 0.3
2013 TPE int 0 1 0 4 0 3.3 5 0 4 1 0% .400 13.5 0.0 2.7 10.8 1.50 13.50 0.0 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 1190 0.5437 0.4681 0.7630 0.6229 0.2836 0.8337 0.5779 0.2370
2009 458 0.5131 0.4869 0.7578 0.6809 0.2825 0.8188 0.6032 0.2422
2010 938 0.5448 0.5075 0.6975 0.6575 0.3279 0.7679 0.5286 0.3004
2011 526 0.4639 0.4316 0.7489 0.6230 0.2660 0.7895 0.6667 0.2379
Career31120.5260.47660.74010.64190.29380.80420.58180.257

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-05-08 2011-06-19 15-DL 42 38 General Medical Mood Disorder Anxiety Disorder -
2011-04-14 2011-05-01 15-DL 17 16 Left Low Back Strain -
2010-03-26 2010-04-22 15-DL 27 14 Right Elbow Recovery From Soreness -
2010-03-13 2010-03-26 Camp 13 0 Right Elbow Soreness -
2009-04-30 2009-07-26 60-DL 87 75 Right Elbow Inflammation Degenerative Changes -
2009-02-24 2009-03-08 Camp 12 0 Left Elbow Stiffness -
2008-09-15 2008-10-09 DTD 24 13 Left Elbow Inflammation -
2008-09-02 2008-09-07 DTD 5 4 General Medical Fatigue -
2008-03-05 2008-03-08 Camp 3 0 Left Elbow Soreness Posterior Aspect -
2007-06-30 2007-10-01 60-DL 93 82 Left Elbow Surgery Bone Chips 2007-07-25
2007-03-19 2007-05-03 15-DL 45 28 Left Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff -
2003-04-08 2003-09-05 Minors 150 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery - Revision - -
2000-04-11 2000-09-05 Minors 147 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 SEA $500,000
2011 LAN $2,725,000
2010 LAN $950,000
2009 LAN $437,000
2008 LAN $392,000
2007 LAN $384,000
2006 LAN $327,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$5,715,500
7 yrTotal$5,715,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 114 dOctagon1 year/$0.5M (2012)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2012). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 2/6/12. Performance bonuses. Released by Seattle 3/19/12.
  • 1 year/$2.725M (2011). Re-signed by LA Dodgers # 2/2/11 (avoided arbitration, $3.075M-$2.55M). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 50, 55 games. $50,000 for 60 games. $0.1M each for 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 games finished. Non-tendered by LA Dodgers 12/12/11.
  • 1 year/$0.95M (2010). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.437M (2009). Re-signed 3/6/09.
  • 1 year/$0.392M (2008). Re-signed 2/28/08.
  • 1 year/$0.384M (2007). Re-signed 2/07.
  • 1 year/$0.3275M (2006). Re-signed 2/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased 9/05.

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
Weighted Mean?????0.0????.0000.000.00?0.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
39.613.212.713.110.55.789.1

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1 90 Jason Frasor 2010 4.24
2 89 Michael Gonzalez 2010 4.01
3 88 Francisco Cordero 2007 3.27
4 87 Brian Fuentes 2008 3.16
5 87 Jose Veras 2013 3.30
6 86 Brendan Donnelly 2004 3.00
7 86 Jose Valverde 2010 3.43
8 86 Kevin Gregg 2010 3.66
9 86 Will Ohman 2010 3.86
10 85 Heath Bell 2010 2.19
11 85 Jonathan Papelbon 2013 3.36
12 85 Pedro Feliciano 2009 3.94
13 85 Fernando Rodney 2009 4.52
14 85 Scot Shields 2008 4.12
15 84 Santiago Casilla 2013 2.52
16 84 Rafael Soriano 2012 2.26
17 84 Jason Isringhausen 2005 2.14
18 83 George Sherrill 2009 1.70
19 83 Damaso Marte 2007 2.78
20 83 Hoyt Wilhelm 1955 4.75
21 83 Craig Breslow 2013 2.41
22 82 Bobby Seay 2010 0.00 DNP
23 82 J.J. Putz 2009 5.52
24 82 Jeff Montgomery 1994 4.23
25 82 Jeremy Affeldt 2011 3.21
26 82 Kyle Farnsworth 2008 4.77
27 81 Hideki Okajima 2008 2.61
28 81 Jared Burton 2013 3.95
29 81 Keith Foulke 2005 5.91
30 81 J.C. Romero 2008 2.75
31 80 Frank Francisco 2012 5.74
32 80 Matt Wise 2008 6.43
33 80 Mike Adams 2011 1.59
34 80 Jim Kern 1981 3.00
35 80 John Grabow 2011 5.63
36 80 Matt Thornton 2009 2.74
37 80 Grant Balfour 2010 2.60
38 80 Scott Williamson 2008 0.00 DNP
39 79 Paul Shuey 2003 3.00
40 79 Jason Christiansen 2002 5.40
41 79 Aaron Heilman 2011 7.13
42 79 Matt Lindstrom 2012 3.26
43 79 Michael Wuertz 2011 6.68
44 79 Todd Coffey 2013 0.00 DNP
45 79 Mike Marshall 1975 3.79 DNP
46 79 Eric Gagne 2008 5.44
47 78 Jim Mecir 2002 4.79
48 78 John Hiller 1975 2.67 DNP
49 78 Jon Rauch 2011 4.85
50 77 Sparky Lyle 1977 2.76
51 77 Tyler Yates 2010 0.00 DNP
52 77 Rudy Seanez 2001 3.00
53 77 Robb Nen 2002 2.44
54 77 Felix Rodriguez 2005 5.29
55 77 Brian Tallet 2010 6.87
56 77 John Wetteland 1999 4.09
57 76 Billy Wagner 2004 2.98
58 76 Scott Linebrink 2009 5.46
59 76 LaTroy Hawkins 2005 4.15
60 76 Justin Duchscherer 2010 3.54
61 76 Matt Guerrier 2011 4.21
62 75 Ricardo Rincon 2002 4.50
63 75 Roberto Hernandez 1997 2.79
64 75 Geoff Geary 2009 8.55
65 75 Ryan Dempster 2009 4.23
66 75 Hank Aguirre 1963 3.83
67 75 Peter Moylan 2011 3.24
68 75 Danys Baez 2010 5.85
69 75 Doug Jones 1989 2.79
70 75 Chad Qualls 2011 3.75
71 75 Saul Rivera 2010 22.09
72 74 Trevor Hoffman 2000 3.61
73 74 Jeff Russell 1994 5.53
74 74 Dennys Reyes 2009 3.73
75 74 Clay Rapada 2013 0.00
76 74 Joe Nathan 2007 2.01
77 74 John Franco 1993 5.94
78 74 Jeff Fassero 1995 4.86
79 74 Dan Wheeler 2010 3.72
80 73 Doug Slaten 2012 2.77
81 73 Bob Wickman 2001 2.53
82 73 Jeff Nelson 1999 4.15
83 73 Mike MacDougal 2009 5.13
84 73 Sean Green 2011 6.17
85 73 Bill Campbell 1981 4.28
86 73 Mike Henneman 1994 7.01
87 73 Jesse Orosco 1989 2.31
88 73 Brandon Lyon 2012 3.10
89 73 Andy McGaffigan 1989 4.80
90 72 David Riske 2009 18.00
91 72 Jose Mesa 1998 5.31
92 72 Tippy Martinez 1982 3.69
93 72 Juan Rincon 2011 0.00 DNP
94 72 Doug Corbett 1985 6.65
95 72 Kerry Ligtenberg 2003 3.49
96 72 Rich Gossage 1984 2.99
97 72 Tim Burke 1991 4.16
98 72 Eddie Watt 1973 3.30
99 72 Ramon Hernandez 1973 2.71
100 72 Willie Hernandez 1987 4.96

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Kuo emerged as one of the game's most dominant lefties from 2008-10, but even then he was unable to avoid the disabled list, serving 114 days over that three-year stretch due to elbow inflammation. Alas, Kuo hit rock bottom in 2011, missing time due to a lower back strain and, more debilitatingly, an anxiety disorder that caused him to lose his feel for his pitches. The results were hardly promising once he returned to the roster in late June; despite striking out 28 hitters in 22 1/3 innings, he walked 17 and yielded four homers en route to an 8.46 ERA through the end of the season. The Dodgers non-tendered him after he underwent his fifth elbow surgery in October. He's a special pitcher when he's healthy; here's hoping he can prove his resilience yet again.
2011 On the heels of a 2009 campaign abbreviated by elbow inflammation—not to mention a track record of four elbow surgeries—it rated as an ominous sign that Kuo began the 2010 season back on the disabled list with more elbow soreness. Thankfully, he came off the DL and quickly resumed his dominant form as a top set-up man, even while all others around him fell apart. By mid-August, Kuo was picking up save opportunities, and he fared well, though the Dodgers' understandable reluctance to pitch him on back-to-back days (they did so just four times) required multiple ninth-inning options. He certainly has the stuff to handle full-time closer duty (righties hit .159/.233/.228 against him in 160 PA; lefties went 6-for-63 and wept openly), but his health concerns mandate picking his spots with care.
2010 Status Kuo: the man with four elbow surgeries (including two Tommy Johns) struggled in April, then missed half the season due to arthritic change in his elbow, wear and tear that requires rest and rehab. Rejoining the Dodgers in late July, he was like a gift from Adephagia-Bing, goddess of gluttony and trade deadline acquisitions, flaying hitters (.188/.266/.271) in 24 2/3 innings the rest of the way. Alas, his fragility required some restrictions on usage; he never pitched more than an inning, never bridged two innings, and worked back-to-back days just once. Even with such limitations, his capability for dominance merits the Dodgers' continuing to nurse him along.
2009 Initially cast as a fifth starter/long man, Kuo pitched reasonably well, but his slow recovery times and history of elbow woes (four elbow surgeries, including two Tommy Johns) eventually pushed him into a more traditional bullpen role. There he finally delivered on the promise the Dodgers had long awaited, using his fastball/slider combo to hold hitters to a 447 OPS from the beginning of May to mid-August as he put up a 1.17 ERA and 62/9 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 IP. A sore triceps limited him to just three September appearances and kept him off the Division Series roster, but he pitched well in the LCS. With Beimel’s departure he’s now the bullpen’s top lefty—if he can stay healthy. If Torre uses Beimel's absence as an excuse to cast Kuo in a LOOGY role, he'll be foregoing some valuable innings.
2008 When healthy, this Taiwanese power lefty can pump gas in the mid- to high-90s and generate eye-popping strikeout numbers. Alas, he's rarely healthy. With two Tommy Johns on his resum? already, Kuo was shut down by shoulder inflammation at the end of spring training, delaying his 2007 arrival until mid-May. He hinted at his promise during a brief trial as the fifth starter, but struggled with command before being sidelined again for surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. Continued soreness prevented his return. Kuo thus remains an enigma, tantalizing but oh so frustrating.
2007 Sidelined by two Tommy John surgeries and limited to 42 1/3 pro innings from 2001 to 2004, this Taiwanese native dazzled once he was healthy, lighting up radar guns with 99 MPH heat out of the bullpen, rare for a southpaw. He made the Dodgers out of spring training but struggled with his control, walking 24 in 27 1/3 innings while bouncing between the City of Angels and Sin City. In mid-July, he was converted back to starting at Triple-A, and the results were revelatory. Despite earning just one win after being recalled, he was arguably the team`s top starter in September (29 1/3 IP, 3.07 ERA, 35 K, 7 BB, 1 HR) and didn`t embarrass himself in his postseason start either. Stamina is his biggest issue; if he can increase his, he`s clearly got the stuff to succeed in the big leagues.
2006 The first Taiwanese high-schooler ever signed to a pro contract, Kuo has been sidelined by two Tommy John surgeries thus far, and through 2004 had been limited to 42.1 pro innings spread out over four years. Finally healthy, he was shifted to the bullpen. He pitched brilliantly at both Vero Beach and Jacksonville, posting eye-popping numbers that earned him a cup of coffee in September. He can bring it as high as 99 mph--rare velocity for a southpaw--and his repertoire includes both a breaking ball and a changeup. With no journeyman lefties standing in his way, he`ll compete for a spot in the big league bullpen this spring.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any picks for non-closers worth taking for pure K/WHIP/ERA/maybe win-stealing upside? Basically Tyler Clippard types...
(Mark from Cleveland)
Kenley Jansen #1, but his save upside will make him expensive. Clippard is good. Mike Adams, Sergio Romo (if they let him face more lefties this year and he gets more than 40 IP), Jonny Venters, Hong-Chih Kuo (if healthy), Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour (if he doesn't close), Matt Thornton/Addison Reed (whoever doesn't close). (Derek Carty)
2009-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Let's say a desperate GM is willing to take on the Wells contract in a Halladay deal at the cost of not giving up *any* serious prospects. What's the best course of action for Anthopoulos then?
(Phil S. from NJ)
Call me and say thanks for the idea, since I proposed it in June or so. This is BY FAR the best trade the Jays could make, as there's no number of prospects they can realistically get for one year of no-trade-clause Halladay that would be worth more than moving $100 million off their books over the next five seasons.

I get that you can't do it, for PR purposes, but that's the move. Halladay and Wells for David Robertson. Halladay and Wells for Hong-Chih Kuo. Halladay and Wells for Jeff Francouer. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are we any closer to getting your picks for surprise stars from each of the playoff teams?
(Frank Costanza from Queens)
It's like asking me eight questions at once. Not easy. Brett Gardner. Billy Wagner. Aubrey Huff. Erick Aybar. Chan Ho Park. Colby Rasmus. Hong-Chih Kuo. Dexter Fowler. (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameAnd that's the end of the Andre Ethier era in center field.

Kind of cool to see Hong-Chih Kuo here. Not that having a setup man on an All-Star roster isn't a stretch, but given all the arm troubles he's overcome and how dominant he can be when he's healthy, I'm happy to see anything good come his way. (Jay Jaffe)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Hong-Chih Kuo threw 3,721 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). He also rarely threw a Sinker (90mph), Change (83mph) and Curve (76mph).