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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
35.7 3.67 1.26 32 2 1 2 0.3
Birth Date3-15-1982
Height6' 2"
Weight195 lbs
Age32 years, 7 months, 6 days
BatsR
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2005 KCA 23 41 0 53.7 0.0 53.7 3 2 0 3 0 0 246 73 45 45 9 119 18 16 3 32 7.55 5.21 5.79 2.3 0.2
2006 KCA 24 7 0 13.3 0.0 13.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 15 7 7 2 23 5 5 2 7 4.72 5.66 6.52 0.5 0.0
2007 KCA 25 13 6 43.7 29.3 14.3 2 4 0 0 2 0 182 44 21 19 8 78 10 10 0 37 3.92 4.68 4.76 5.4 0.5
2008 KCA 26 45 0 48.3 0.0 48.3 4 1 0 3 0 0 205 45 19 16 2 63 15 13 4 26 2.98 3.80 4.18 7.4 0.7
2009 FLO 27 75 0 68.7 0.0 68.7 4 6 26 7 0 0 293 59 33 31 13 111 27 22 4 60 4.06 5.12 5.77 -4.6 -0.5
2010 FLO 28 68 0 65.0 0.0 65.0 4 3 30 8 0 0 270 62 27 25 5 94 21 19 0 71 3.46 2.89 3.45 8.9 0.9
2011 FLO 29 68 0 64.3 0.0 64.3 1 4 36 6 0 0 269 57 30 29 8 96 21 19 1 55 4.06 3.93 4.42 1.1 0.1
2014 TBA 32 32 0 31.7 0.0 31.7 3 3 1 2 0 0 140 27 14 13 3 48 16 15 3 26 3.69 4.55 4.28 0.4 0.0
Career3496388.729.3359.32123932920166338219618550632133119173144.284.324.7521.32.2

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
2002 HIC A 1 1 4.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 HIC A 13 7 48.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .342 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 WPT A- 8 8 38.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .287 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HIC A 27 20 144.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .279 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KCA MLB 41 0 53.7 5.79 84 .310 .266 .325 .424 .260 .348 105 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2
2005 HDS A+ 8 0 13.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -1.050 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 WIC AA 12 0 13.0 3.66 133 .164 .270 .331 .423 .261 .167 89 3.5 0.4 3.5 0.4
2006 KCA MLB 7 0 13.3 6.52 87 .267 .286 .341 .441 .261 .310 116 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2006 WIC AA 15 0 21.2 4.72 111 .295 .268 .344 .445 .269 .324 83 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4
2006 OMA AAA 23 0 38.2 4.04 112 .258 .267 .335 .407 .264 .299 96 6.3 0.6 6.3 0.6
2007 KCA MLB 13 6 43.7 4.76 107 .255 .273 .334 .439 .267 .283 105 5.4 0.5 5.4 0.5
2007 WIC AA 6 5 20.7 4.49 107 .153 .273 .344 .422 .267 .167 105 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2007 OMA AAA 5 4 23.0 4.42 109 .192 .279 .346 .441 .267 .210 99 4.7 0.5 4.7 0.5
2007 AGU Wnt 5 0 3.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .556 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 AGU Wnt 10 0 14.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 AGU Wnt 2 0 1.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .200 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 KCA MLB 45 0 48.3 4.18 113 .246 .266 .333 .418 .262 .272 102 7.4 0.7 7.4 0.7
2008 NWA AA 1 1 2.0 3.07 126 -.019 .260 .310 .390 .266 .000 89 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2008 OMA AAA 4 0 4.0 6.90 67 .328 .271 .341 .415 .259 .400 99 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2009 FLO MLB 75 0 68.7 5.77 69 .264 .262 .337 .420 .267 .243 97 -4.6 -0.5 -4.6 -0.5
2010 FLO MLB 68 0 65.0 3.45 115 .257 .259 .327 .408 .270 .329 92 8.9 0.9 8.9 0.9
2011 FLO MLB 68 0 64.3 4.42 90 .253 .256 .321 .394 .263 .268 96 0.8 0.1 1.1 0.1
2012 JUP A+ 2 2 2.7 5.19 88 .183 .246 .329 .371 .251 .125 97 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2012 NWO AAA 1 0 0.3 9.49 9 .450 .305 .367 .462 .287 .500 95 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2014 TBA MLB 32 0 31.7 4.28 94 .272 .250 .311 .384 .259 .261 97 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2014 DUR AAA 7 0 7.0 3.45 126 .230 .259 .325 .408 .252 .267 104 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2002 HIC A 0 0 0 1 1 4.0 5 3 1 0 0% .357 11.2 6.8 0.0 2.2 2.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2003 WPT A- 4 3 0 8 8 38.3 31 12 41 0 0% .287 7.3 2.8 0.0 9.6 1.12 3.05 0.0 0.0
2003 HIC A 2 1 0 13 7 48.3 59 14 37 6 0% .342 11.0 2.6 1.1 6.9 1.51 5.59 0.0 0.0
2004 HIC A 10 4 1 27 20 144.0 121 46 140 16 0% .279 7.6 2.9 1.0 8.8 1.16 3.12 0.0 0.0
2005 KCA MLB 3 2 0 41 0 53.7 73 18 32 9 38% .348 12.2 3.0 1.5 5.4 1.70 7.55 2.3 0.2
2005 HDS A+ 0 0 0 8 0 13.0 23 3 15 2 0% -1.050 15.9 2.1 1.4 10.4 2.00 9.00 0.0 0.0
2005 WIC AA 1 0 4 12 0 13.0 8 2 14 1 53% .167 5.5 1.4 0.7 9.7 0.77 0.69 3.5 0.4
2006 OMA AAA 2 2 5 23 0 38.2 37 13 33 5 36% .299 8.7 3.1 1.2 7.8 1.31 2.12 6.3 0.6
2006 WIC AA 1 2 3 15 0 21.2 18 12 22 3 51% .324 7.6 5.1 1.3 9.3 1.42 4.25 3.6 0.4
2006 KCA MLB 0 0 0 7 0 13.3 15 5 7 2 45% .310 10.1 3.4 1.4 4.7 1.50 4.72 0.5 0.0
2007 KCA MLB 2 4 0 13 6 43.7 44 10 37 8 35% .283 9.1 2.1 1.6 7.6 1.24 3.92 5.4 0.5
2007 WIC AA 1 0 0 6 5 20.7 10 6 13 1 45% .167 4.3 2.6 0.4 5.7 0.77 0.87 2.7 0.3
2007 OMA AAA 1 2 0 5 4 23.0 16 4 19 3 38% .210 6.3 1.6 1.2 7.4 0.87 2.74 4.7 0.5
2007 AGU Wnt 0 0 0 2 0 1.7 1 1 1 0 0% .200 5.3 5.3 0.0 5.3 1.18 0.00 0.0 0.0
2008 OMA AAA 0 0 0 4 0 4.0 7 1 3 1 62% .400 15.8 2.2 2.2 6.8 2.00 6.75 -0.3 -0.0
2008 KCA MLB 4 1 0 45 0 48.3 45 15 26 2 42% .272 8.4 2.8 0.4 4.8 1.24 2.98 7.4 0.7
2008 NWA AA 0 0 0 1 1 2.0 0 0 2 0 50% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0.00 0.00 0.5 0.1
2009 FLO MLB 4 6 26 75 0 68.7 59 27 60 13 42% .243 7.7 3.5 1.7 7.9 1.25 4.06 -4.6 -0.5
2010 FLO MLB 4 3 30 68 0 65.0 62 21 71 5 54% .329 8.6 2.9 0.7 9.8 1.28 3.46 8.9 0.9
2011 FLO MLB 1 4 36 68 0 64.3 57 21 55 8 35% .268 8.0 2.9 1.1 7.7 1.21 4.06 1.1 0.1
2012 JUP A+ 0 1 0 2 2 2.7 1 1 2 0 50% .125 3.4 3.4 0.0 6.8 0.75 3.38 0.4 0.0
2012 NWO AAA 0 0 0 1 0 0.3 1 1 0 0 0% .500 27.0 27.0 0.0 0.0 6.00 0.00 -0.2 -0.0
2014 DUR AAA 0 0 0 7 0 7.0 5 1 10 1 44% .267 6.4 1.3 1.3 12.9 0.86 3.86 1.7 0.2
2014 TBA MLB 3 3 1 32 0 31.7 27 16 26 3 36% .261 7.7 4.5 0.9 7.4 1.36 3.69 0.4 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 690 0.5319 0.5305 0.8301 0.7084 0.3251 0.8500 0.7810 0.1699
2009 1080 0.5528 0.4954 0.7434 0.6600 0.2899 0.7995 0.5857 0.2547
2010 1064 0.5197 0.4901 0.7505 0.6420 0.3249 0.8338 0.5723 0.2476
2011 1009 0.5302 0.4826 0.7572 0.6467 0.2954 0.8092 0.6286 0.2407
2014 523 0.4665 0.4359 0.7763 0.6434 0.2545 0.8471 0.6197 0.2237
Career43660.52590.48960.7660.65820.3010.82380.62730.2326

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-21 2014-04-21 15-DL 31 19 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-09-06 -
2013-03-22 2013-09-30 60-DL 192 162 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-09-06 -
2012-07-23 2012-10-04 60-DL 73 67 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-09-06 -
2012-07-15 2012-07-23 Minors 8 0 Right Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament - -
2011-06-09 2011-06-13 DTD 4 4 Low Back Tightness -
2009-07-02 2009-07-05 DTD 3 2 Neck Strain -
2009-06-24 2009-06-27 DTD 3 3 Right Ankle Sprain -
2008-05-28 2008-07-21 15-DL 54 47 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2007-08-16 2007-08-16 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Blister Thumb -
2007-04-01 2007-06-10 60-DL 70 63 Right Wrist Recovery From Fracture Hairline -
2007-03-10 2007-04-01 Camp 22 0 Right Wrist Fracture Hairline -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 TBA $1,500,000
2013 TBA $490,000
2012 MIA $6,000,000
2011 FLO $3,650,000
2010 FLO $2,000,000
2009 FLO $414,500
2008 KCA $405,000
2007 KCA $382,000
2006 KCA $335,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$13,677,000
2011Current$1,500,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$15,177,000
9 yrTotal$15,177,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 9 dAndy Mota1 year/$1.5M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2014). Re-signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 12/5/13. May earn additional $1.4M in performance bonuses. DFA by Tampa Bay 7/26/14. Released 8/3/14.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2013), plus 2014 option. Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 1/22/13 (minor-league contract). 13:$0.49M, 14:$2M club option, $30,000 buyout. May request release 3/26/13 if he will not make Major League roster. $0.1M retention bonus if he agrees to start season in minors. May opt out of contract 6/1/13 if not on Major League roster. Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 3/31/13. Tampa Bay declined 2014 option 11/3/13.
  • 1 year/$6M (2012). Re-signed by Miami 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.65M (2011). Re-signed by Florida 1/17/11 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses based on games finished. Placed on restricted list 9/22/11 (reportedly is actually Juan Carlos Oviedo and played under assumed name).
  • 1 year/$2M (2010). Re-signed by Florida 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4145M (2009). Signed by Florida 2/28/09.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2008). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/20/08. Acquired by Florida in trade from Kansas City 10/30/08.
  • 1 year/$0.382M (2007). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/07.
  • 1 year/$0.3355M (2006). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Pittsburgh 12/04. Signed by Kansas City 3/05.
  • Signed by Pittsburgh 2000 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2014 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 0 0 0 56.9 42 15 51 6 .239 1.00 2.55 2.78 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 50.7 40 15 46 6 .253 1.08 2.92 3.18 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 46.3 39 14 42 5 .264 1.14 3.20 3.47 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 42.6 38 14 39 5 .273 1.20 3.43 3.73 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 39.3 36 13 36 5 .281 1.25 3.66 3.97 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 0 0 0 36.0 34 12 33 5 .289 1.30 3.88 4.22 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 0 0 0 32.6 33 12 29 4 .298 1.36 4.13 4.49 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 28.7 30 11 26 4 .309 1.43 4.42 4.8 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 0 0 0 23.5 26 10 21 4 .324 1.53 4.83 5.25 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0000038.63513355.2791.243.623.940.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
25% 40% 32% 10% 91%

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
20153131055058521951842.2701.233.673.998.13.08.01.20.7
20163221040042391640542.2901.303.904.248.33.48.51.10.4
20173321037039401232542.2961.344.214.589.32.87.41.20.2
20183421034036351228642.2781.324.344.718.83.07.11.50.1
20193521033035351130542.2891.314.314.689.02.87.71.30.1
20203621038040401233642.2881.304.154.519.02.77.41.30.2
20213721032034351027542.2941.344.394.779.42.77.21.30.1
2022381002002224816442.3011.485.165.6010.03.36.61.7-0.2
2023391002402527820442.2971.404.635.039.72.97.21.4-0.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
3023.612.214.315.59.895.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 86)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 Rick Aguilera 1994 4.63
2 92 David Riske 2009 18.00
3 92 Al Holland 1985 2.90
4 91 Joe Borowski 2003 3.03
5 91 Mike Jackson 1997 4.08
6 91 Don Aase 1987 2.25
7 90 Jay Howell 1988 2.22
8 90 Jeff Reardon 1988 2.59
9 90 Greg McMichael 1999 5.08
10 90 Skip Lockwood 1979 1.49
11 90 Joe Black 1956 4.52
12 89 Dave Veres 1999 5.38
13 89 Rudy Seanez 2001 3.00
14 89 Rollie Fingers 1979 5.06
15 89 Joe Hoerner 1969 3.04
16 89 Luis Vizcaino 2007 4.54
17 89 John Hiller 1975 2.67 DNP
18 88 Steve Reed 1997 4.04
19 88 Antonio Osuna 2005 42.43
20 88 Armando Benitez 2005 5.10
21 88 Donnie Moore 1986 3.47
22 88 Roberto Hernandez 1997 2.79
23 88 Stan Belinda 1999 5.48
24 88 Scott Linebrink 2009 5.46
25 88 Jeff Nelson 1999 4.15
26 88 Scott Proctor 2009 0.00 DNP
27 87 Tyler Yates 2010 0.00 DNP
28 87 Elias Sosa 1982 4.57
29 87 Don Robinson 1989 3.65
30 87 Bill Campbell 1981 4.28
31 87 Justin Miller 2010 4.44
32 87 Rafael Betancourt 2007 1.47
33 87 Kerry Ligtenberg 2003 3.49
34 87 Chuck McElroy 2000 4.97
35 87 Troy Percival 2002 1.92
36 87 Jeff Russell 1994 5.53
37 87 Aurelio Lopez 1981 3.86
38 86 Bruce Sutter 1985 4.69
39 86 Felix Rodriguez 2005 5.29
40 86 Enrique Romo 1980 3.86
41 86 Mike Stanton 1999 4.33
42 86 Dan Wheeler 2010 3.72
43 86 Tug McGraw 1977 2.85
44 86 Don Elston 1961 6.36
45 86 Randy Myers 1995 4.04
46 86 Arthur Rhodes 2002 2.45
47 86 Jerry Spradlin 1999 5.46
48 86 Lindy McDaniel 1968 3.31
49 85 Mike Timlin 1998 2.95
50 85 Jesse Orosco 1989 2.31
51 85 Andy McGaffigan 1989 4.80
52 85 Curtis Leskanic 2000 2.68
53 85 Ken Dayley 1991 6.23
54 85 Luis Ayala 2010 0.00 DNP
55 85 Alan Embree 2002 2.76
56 85 Rod Beck 2001 4.69
57 85 Frank Francisco 2012 5.74
58 85 Jeff Montgomery 1994 4.23
59 85 Willie Hernandez 1987 4.96
60 84 Roy Face 1960 3.14
61 84 Greg Harris 1988 2.86
62 84 John Habyan 1996 7.12
63 84 Craig Lefferts 1990 2.97
64 84 Gabe White 2004 6.94
65 84 John Wetteland 1999 4.09
66 84 Ricardo Rincon 2002 4.50
67 84 Paul Shuey 2003 3.00
68 84 Mel Rojas 1999 18.00
69 83 Alejandro Pena 1991 2.51
70 83 Gene Garber 1980 4.59
71 83 Sid Monge 1983 3.81
72 83 Jeff Brantley 1996 2.66
73 83 Jim Hughes 1955 4.64
74 83 T.J. Mathews 2002 3.44
75 83 Will Ohman 2010 3.86
76 83 Marvin Freeman 1995 6.18
77 83 Mike Stanton 1985 7.75
78 83 Jesus Colome 2010 5.29
79 82 Kyle Farnsworth 2008 4.77
80 82 Tippy Martinez 1982 3.69
81 82 Darren Holmes 1998 3.33
82 82 Jim Gott 1992 2.76
83 82 Mark Eichhorn 1993 3.34
84 82 Dave Borkowski 2009 0.00 DNP
85 82 Aaron Heilman 2011 7.13
86 82 Scott Williamson 2008 0.00 DNP
87 82 Dave Righetti 1991 3.64
88 82 Scott Sullivan 2003 3.94
89 82 Trevor Hoffman 2000 3.61
90 82 Dave LaRoche 1980 4.36
91 81 Gary Lucas 1987 5.09
92 81 David Weathers 2002 3.49
93 81 Rich Garces 2003 0.00 DNP
94 81 Dave Tobik 1985 8.00
95 81 Jason Christiansen 2002 5.40
96 81 Juan Rincon 2011 0.00 DNP
97 81 Jack Taschner 2010 6.41
98 81 Mike Armstrong 1986 9.35
99 81 Manny Acosta 2013 0.00 DNP
100 81 Jon Rauch 2011 4.85

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SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 The reliever formerly known as Leo Nunez missed the entire 2012 season—first because of a suspension for faking his identity, then because he required Tommy John surgery—a poorly timed hiatus because he was set to hit the free agent market this winter. Since Oviedo went under the knife in July, he will miss at least the first two months of the 2013 campaign, and he is unlikely to be in the mix for saves wherever he lands in the second half. An incentive-laden deal with a club option for the 2014 season may be Oviedo’s best bet this winter.
2012 The pitcher formerly known as Leo Nunez ran into trouble last September when questions about his identity forced him to return to his native Dominican Republic and prompted the Marlins to place him on the restricted list. An investigation revealed that Nunez's real name is Juan Carlos Oviedo and that he's 29, a year older than he had claimed. On the field, Nunez established a career high with 36 saves, tied for eighth-best in the NL, but wasn't as sharp as he was in 2010. Oviedo's K/9 fell from 9.8 to 7.7 and his ratio of groundballs to fly balls, a flukishly high 1.15 in 2010, fell to 0.50 last year, on the low end of his career norm. Miami inked former Padres closer Heath Bell to a three-year contract over the winter, so if Oviedo returns to the Marlins, it will be in a setup role.
2011 If you need an exhibit on the fungibility of save-generating dudes, the Marlins are perhaps the franchise best equipped to give it to you. Nunez's campaign was the ninth 30-save season in franchise history, joining such luminaries as Kevin Gregg, Antonio Alfonseca, and Joe Borowski. Getting them took little or nothing in terms of talent or money, employing them has rarely taken the Fish out of the low seven figures, and moving them has helped bring back goodies like Dontrelle Willis and Jose Ceda. Nunez logged 30 saves despite losing his job with a month to go, and in the face of season-long complaints that he was becoming over-reliant on his changeup without adequately setting up a flat fastball that sits around 94. It's possible he could iron out this kink and start setting up his pitches more effectively, but restricted to the Eck-style ninth-inning role, it isn't like he's free to experiment. If Nunez is bumped from closing, it might actually help his long-term development, because pitching in an old man's usage pattern isn't doing him any favors—beyond generating saves an unremarkable four out of every five opportunities.
2010 Some orthodox sabermetricians argue that "anyone can close," while traditional baseball men say that a pitcher requires "a closer's mentality" to save games. The former underrate the human element, and the latter underestimate the number of pitchers with the fortitude to pitch under pressure. The correct formulation, as Nunez is the latest to prove, is "Not every pitcher can close, but most can." Nunez became the Fishy closer in June when Lindstrom was shut down with elbow problems. Though he had never earned a save in five years in the majors, Nunez didn't go to pieces in the role. He was hardly Mariano Rivera, but he was sufficient, saving 24 games in 28 chances, an average rate. That said, this is an experiment the Marlins might not get away with again, as Nunez's home-run rate (1.7 per nine innings) has the potential to mean souvenirs for the bleacher creatures at the worst possible times.
2009 Nunez had another solid season, sandwiched around a lat strain in late May that kept him out of action for two months. Seizing upon the depth and strength of his bullpen, Moore sent Nunez to the Marlins for first baseman Mike Jacobs in November. What's troubling is the paucity of strikeouts; a fastball in the mid-90s along with a slider and change should lead to more whiffs than Nunez generated last year. He is not a ground-ball pitcher, either, so he'll need to pump up those strikeouts in order to remain effective. Still, the Marlins did well in getting a cheap, young, hard-throwing set-up man who should be a significant part of their pen this year.
2008 This rail-thin strike thrower had his wrist broken by a line drive in spring training, then was traded to Oakland for Milton Bradley after the outfielder had been designated for assignment in June, only to have the trade rescinded when Bradley announced he had strained an oblique muscle (the injury miraculously healed with a strict regimen of San Diego sun). It was just as well for the Royals, as Nu?ez came up in July as an emergency starter and pitched well enough to take a half-dozen turns in the rotation, then slotted into the bullpen in September and struck out 16 against just two walks in 10 1/3 innings. Between his being rushed to the majors at age 21 three years ago and the variety of minor injuries he's suffered since, Nu?ez remains a bit of an enigma to the Royals. Whatever his role, he's a major-league pitcher. Billy Beane's no dummy.
2007 In 2005, Nu?ez was inexplicably rushed to Kansas City with barely a month`s experience above Low-A ball and was predictably abused by major league hitters. Last season, he had the luxury of competing at a level commensurate with his experience, pitching well enough in the high minors to warrant another look. He`s got a string-bean physique, but has legitimate mid-90s heat and good control; think Julian Tavarez minus the anger management issues.
2006 The Royals claim they won`t eat any part of Mike Sweeney`s contract in a trade, but they paid half of Benito Santiago`s salary in 2004 in order to get Nunez from the Pirates. No player is more emblematic of the Royals` insane approach to rushing their prospects than Nunez, who had no business being in the majors last season, let alone tossing 54 innings. He has two things going for him: his age, and a hard fastball he can throw for strikes. Unfortunately, his fastball proves itself to be completely straight more often than Hugh Hefner, which leads to approximately as much scoring.
2005 A Dominican string bean with mid-90s heat still learning his craft, Nunez was nevertheless the ace of a good Hickory team. Naturally, at his age and with his lack of a classic pitcher's body, there are concerns about his durability after elbow problems cropped up in 2003. Still, as maybes go, an outstanding pickup for Benito Santiago by Allard Baird.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)How do I value Addison Reed if I just started a dynasty rebuild? I know closers should be the first thing to go in a rebuild, but I can't help but believe he's relatively stable and likely to help me when I compete again in 2-3 years. Thanks
(JoeTinker from Chicago)
Here is a list of all closers who recorded 25 or more saves in 2010: Brian Wilson (48), Heath Bell (47), Rafael Soriano (45), Joakim Soria (43), Matt Capps (42), Neftali Feliz (40), Francisco Cordero (40), Carlos Marmol (38), Billy Wagner (37), Jonathan Papelbon (37), Kevin Gregg (37), Mariano Rivera (33), David Aardsma (31), Juan Oviedo (30), Bobby Jenks (27), Ryan Franklin (27), Brad Lidge (27), Jose Valverde (26), Francisco Rodriguez (25) and Andrew Bailey (25). (Bret Sayre)
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Good morning hombre- I'm a big Marlins fan. What would you do in the offseason to put this team into the playoffs? I miss the glory days of 2003 and watching them play this year has been killer. I'm dying for another shot at a ring. Any thoughts to help appease my pain?
(Angel Batista from Miami, Florida)
I'm bullish on the Marlins, Detective Batista. Anibal Sanchez has taken a big step forward. Clay Hensley and Leo Nunez have been great out of the bullpen. Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco are great. They'll have a healthy Coghlan back. There is a lot to like. Starting Wes Helms more than once a year isn't really that wise, and it's time to give up on the Andrew Miller experiment, but there is no reason they couldn't go 87-75 next season and try to sneak into a playoff spot. (Eric Seidman)
2009-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Matt Lindstrom ever regain the closers role or is Nunez the man now?
(Thomas from NYC)
Leo Nunez has been effective, and has good short-reliever stuff. He's not a budding star, and I suspect the two will switch roles in a manner most disturbing to fantasy owners for some time.

Here's an idea: if NFL coaches can adapt to a tandem RB setup, where no one guy is the man, why can't MLB managers do that with short relievers? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)It appears to me that Dayton Moore in essence swapped Leo Nunez, RamRam, and any semblance of financial flexibility for Coco Crisp, Mike Jacobs and Kyle Farnsworth? Doesn't this series of moves seem, um, counter-productive? Do you see a worthwhile plan here?
(BL from Bozeman)
You left out spending $1.8 million on Horacio Ramirez (IIRC). I like the Crisp move as a win-now kind of transaction, but I savaged the Jacobs move for cause--some might think he's a win-now pickup, but he's just a placeholder, and Farnsworth and Ramirez are even less. This isn't progress, it's cosmetics, and like anything hastily slapped together, it'll melt in the summer sun. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat. I'm in a keeper league where the only pitching stats that count are innings pitched and runs (both earned and unearned) allowed. I'm thinking of trading Brian Bannister and Leo Nunez for Mike Mussina. Are my frustrations with Bannister leading to a bad move? Another wrinkle: whoever has Bannister would have control over him for the next few years, whoever has Mussina would be stuck with him next year as well, but I want to win this year. Thanks!
(Dennis from LA)
I think I'd do that. As much as I love Bannister's cerebral approach to the game and want to root for him, I don't want to touch him on any of my leagues. The blowup potential is just too high. Don't mistake that with an endorsement of Mussina - he's getting by now, but I think that dissipating strikeout rate is really scary. But ... he will get you those innings, and he's safer than Banny right now. (Jeff Erickson)


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Juan Oviedo has thrown 4,854 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Change (85mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (85mph).