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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 38)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 3.15 1.16 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date3-23-1976
Height5' 11"
Weight210 lbs
Age38 years, 7 months, 1 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.72010
0.82011
0.92012
0.82013
1.02014
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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 ANA 29 28 0 34.7 0.0 34.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 145 28 15 15 6 53 14 12 0 30 3.89 4.78 4.91 3.3 0.3
2006 KCA 30 64 0 73.7 0.0 73.7 1 3 1 2 0 0 304 74 37 36 10 130 17 15 2 57 4.40 4.18 4.90 10.7 1.0
2007 KCA 31 62 0 87.7 0.0 87.7 1 3 1 4 0 0 366 93 39 37 9 153 19 14 2 66 3.80 3.86 4.08 16.8 1.6
2008 KCA 32 40 0 52.7 0.0 52.7 1 2 0 1 0 0 224 56 37 35 15 111 14 14 2 38 5.98 6.33 6.94 -3.7 -0.4
2009 COL 33 27 0 24.7 0.0 24.7 0 3 0 1 0 0 113 27 17 17 3 49 12 10 3 22 6.20 4.68 5.58 -1.5 -0.2
2010 WAS 34 39 0 49.0 0.0 49.0 1 0 0 2 0 0 189 30 12 11 5 54 9 5 1 49 2.02 3.05 3.27 6.8 0.7
2011 TBA 35 71 0 67.7 0.0 67.7 3 4 6 3 0 0 256 44 23 22 7 80 18 15 0 61 2.93 3.40 3.82 7.6 0.8
2012 TBA 36 76 0 67.0 0.0 67.0 2 6 2 3 0 0 264 49 28 27 9 92 17 15 1 84 3.63 3.09 3.52 8.3 0.9
2013 TBA 37 80 0 71.3 0.0 71.3 3 8 1 3 0 0 291 47 31 27 7 78 34 33 0 74 3.41 3.71 3.38 7.7 0.8
2014 TBA 38 69 0 63.3 0.0 63.3 3 4 1 6 0 0 265 60 31 31 9 103 15 14 1 74 4.41 3.43 3.21 9.0 1.0
Career5560591.70.0591.71633122500241750827025880903169147125553.923.944.2064.96.6

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 BOI A- 4 0 8.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 BUT Rk 10 1 19.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CDR A 41 0 42.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ARK AA 9 0 10.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 Pol Wnt 15 0 20.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CDR A 41 0 47.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .224 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ARK AA 12 0 17.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 ARK AA 47 0 52.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .255 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 SLC AAA 1 0 0.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 RCU A+ 1 0 2.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .444 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SLC AAA 39 0 56.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .379 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ANA MLB 28 0 34.7 4.91 94 .261 .267 .333 .429 .266 .232 98 3.3 0.3 3.3 0.3
2005 SLC AAA 19 0 20.0 3.14 144 .180 .282 .366 .441 .275 .220 100 7.2 0.7 7.2 0.7
2006 KCA MLB 64 0 73.7 4.90 111 .240 .276 .338 .442 .260 .294 111 10.7 1.0 10.7 1.0
2006 OMA AAA 6 0 7.2 3.55 127 .275 .278 .348 .414 .266 .389 102 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2007 KCA MLB 62 0 87.7 4.08 119 .255 .270 .335 .425 .263 .311 103 15.8 1.6 16.8 1.6
2007 GIG Wnt 8 0 8.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .150 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 GIG Wnt 15 0 13.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .318 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 KCA MLB 40 0 52.7 6.94 58 .285 .271 .337 .433 .265 .265 104 -3.7 -0.4 -3.7 -0.4
2008 OMA AAA 10 0 18.7 2.57 150 .145 .271 .339 .431 .255 .209 97 6.4 0.6 6.4 0.6
2009 COL MLB 27 0 24.7 5.58 79 .294 .253 .326 .396 .259 .329 102 -1.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2
2009 CSP AAA 31 0 36.7 3.78 131 .220 .280 .348 .437 .278 .264 113 8.9 0.9 8.9 0.9
2009 GIG Wnt 9 0 7.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .409 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 WAS MLB 39 0 49.0 3.27 119 .203 .257 .324 .402 .269 .200 92 7.4 0.8 6.8 0.7
2010 SYR AAA 28 0 33.3 2.21 151 .181 .259 .325 .395 .250 .277 101 11.4 1.1 11.4 1.1
2010 GIG Wnt 5 0 4.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .300 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 TBA MLB 71 0 67.7 3.82 113 .209 .256 .317 .410 .260 .218 99 7.6 0.8 7.6 0.8
2012 TBA MLB 76 0 67.0 3.52 116 .223 .256 .321 .420 .264 .261 95 8.3 0.9 8.3 0.9
2012 GIG Wnt 5 0 4.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 TBA MLB 80 0 71.3 3.38 117 .226 .260 .322 .416 .270 .227 95 7.7 0.8 7.7 0.8
2014 TBA MLB 69 0 63.3 3.21 120 .266 .250 .314 .388 .263 .307 97 9.0 1.0 9.0 1.0
2014 PCH A+ 1 1 1.0 2.13 161 .188 .250 .320 .357 .232 .333 117 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1

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 BOI A- 0 0 0 4 0 8.3 12 5 9 0 0% .000 13.0 5.4 0.0 9.8 2.05 6.51 0.0 0.0
2000 BUT Rk 2 1 1 10 1 19.0 24 10 17 2 0% .000 11.4 4.7 0.9 8.1 1.79 6.63 0.0 0.0
2001 Pol Wnt 1 1 0 15 0 20.7 15 12 23 0 0% .000 6.5 5.2 0.0 10.0 1.30 3.04 0.0 0.0
2001 ARK AA 0 1 2 9 0 10.0 15 5 14 2 0% .000 13.5 4.5 1.8 12.6 2.00 6.30 0.0 0.0
2001 CDR A 0 0 23 41 0 42.3 27 5 53 3 0% .000 5.7 1.1 0.6 11.3 0.76 2.13 0.0 0.0
2002 ARK AA 0 0 0 12 0 17.7 25 10 11 5 0% .333 12.7 5.1 2.5 5.6 1.98 6.61 0.0 0.0
2002 CDR A 5 0 21 41 0 47.3 28 11 53 2 0% .224 5.3 2.1 0.4 10.1 0.82 0.95 0.0 0.0
2003 ARK AA 5 4 20 47 0 52.3 39 12 48 3 0% .255 6.7 2.1 0.5 8.3 0.98 2.24 0.0 0.0
2003 SLC AAA 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2004 SLC AAA 4 2 1 39 0 56.0 64 18 68 6 0% .379 10.3 2.9 1.0 10.9 1.46 4.98 0.0 0.0
2004 RCU A+ 0 0 0 1 0 2.0 5 1 1 1 0% .444 22.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 3.00 9.00 0.0 0.0
2005 ANA MLB 1 0 0 28 0 34.7 28 14 30 6 35% .232 7.3 3.6 1.6 7.8 1.21 3.89 3.3 0.3
2005 SLC AAA 4 1 10 19 0 20.0 11 6 18 0 34% .220 5.0 2.7 0.0 8.1 0.85 2.70 7.2 0.7
2006 OMA AAA 1 0 2 6 0 7.2 8 3 8 1 26% .389 10.0 3.8 1.2 10.0 1.53 2.50 1.7 0.2
2006 KCA MLB 1 3 1 64 0 73.7 74 17 57 10 32% .294 9.0 2.1 1.2 7.0 1.24 4.40 10.7 1.0
2007 KCA MLB 1 3 1 62 0 87.7 93 19 66 9 38% .311 9.5 2.0 0.9 6.8 1.28 3.80 16.8 1.6
2007 GIG Wnt 1 2 0 15 0 13.3 14 2 9 0 0% .318 9.5 1.4 0.0 6.1 1.20 4.74 0.0 0.0
2008 OMA AAA 1 0 2 10 0 18.7 9 6 19 0 37% .209 4.3 2.9 0.0 9.1 0.80 0.00 6.4 0.6
2008 KCA MLB 1 2 0 40 0 52.7 56 14 38 15 37% .265 9.6 2.4 2.6 6.5 1.33 5.98 -3.7 -0.4
2009 CSP AAA 6 0 4 31 0 36.7 31 11 32 3 37% .264 7.6 2.7 0.7 7.8 1.14 2.45 8.9 0.9
2009 GIG Wnt 2 1 0 9 0 7.0 9 1 7 0 0% .409 11.6 1.3 0.0 9.0 1.43 7.71 0.0 0.0
2009 COL MLB 0 3 0 27 0 24.7 27 12 22 3 28% .329 9.9 4.4 1.1 8.0 1.58 6.20 -1.5 -0.2
2010 SYR AAA 2 0 20 28 0 33.3 24 7 38 1 40% .277 6.5 1.9 0.3 10.3 0.93 1.08 11.4 1.1
2010 GIG Wnt 0 1 2 5 0 4.3 4 1 6 1 0% .300 8.4 2.1 2.1 12.6 1.16 4.19 0.0 0.0
2010 WAS MLB 1 0 0 39 0 49.0 30 9 49 5 29% .200 5.5 1.7 0.9 9.0 0.80 2.02 6.8 0.7
2011 TBA MLB 3 4 6 71 0 67.7 44 18 61 7 28% .218 5.9 2.4 0.9 8.1 0.92 2.93 7.6 0.8
2012 TBA MLB 2 6 2 76 0 67.0 49 17 84 9 31% .261 6.6 2.3 1.2 11.3 0.99 3.63 8.3 0.9
2012 GIG Wnt 0 0 0 5 0 4.0 4 2 5 1 0% .333 9.0 4.5 2.2 11.2 1.50 4.50 0.0 0.0
2013 TBA MLB 3 8 1 80 0 71.3 47 34 74 7 27% .227 5.9 4.3 0.9 9.3 1.14 3.41 7.7 0.8
2014 PCH A+ 0 0 0 1 1 1.0 1 0 1 0 0% .333 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 1.00 0.00 0.8 0.1
2014 TBA MLB 3 4 1 69 0 63.3 60 15 74 9 35% .307 8.5 2.1 1.3 10.5 1.18 4.41 9.0 1.0

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 832 0.5349 0.4976 0.8092 0.6629 0.3075 0.8712 0.6555 0.1908
2009 431 0.5592 0.4478 0.7772 0.6100 0.2421 0.8163 0.6522 0.2228
2010 720 0.5847 0.5049 0.7603 0.6556 0.2910 0.8442 0.4943 0.2397
2011 1041 0.5082 0.4899 0.7706 0.6692 0.3047 0.7994 0.7051 0.2294
2012 1071 0.5135 0.4771 0.7241 0.6455 0.2994 0.7944 0.5641 0.2740
2013 1168 0.5171 0.4478 0.7629 0.6126 0.2713 0.8108 0.6471 0.2371
2014 1089 0.5051 0.4876 0.7571 0.6291 0.3432 0.8237 0.6324 0.2429
Career63520.52580.47950.76340.64150.29880.82040.62420.2363

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-13 2014-07-28 15-DL 15 9 - General Medical Illness -
2014-04-09 2014-04-16 DTD 7 5 - General Medical Illness - -
2014-03-09 2014-03-15 Camp 6 0 - Neck Stiffness - -
2013-02-15 2013-03-02 Camp 15 0 - Neck Strain - -
2011-02-28 2011-02-28 Camp 0 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion Batted Ball In Calf -
2007-02-21 2007-03-02 Camp 9 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2004-06-01 2004-07-05 Minors 34 0 Right Upper Arm Strain Biceps Date Is Estimated - -
1998-04-05 1998-06-04 Minors 60 0 - Not Disclosed and Released - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 TBA $
2014 TBA $3,000,000
2013 TBA $3,000,000
2012 TBA $2,175,000
2011 TBA $925,000
2007 KCA $400,500
2006 KCA $336,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$6,836,500
2011Current$3,000,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$9,836,500
6 yrTotal$9,836,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 132 dMark Gilling2 years/$6M (2013-14), options

Details
  • 2 years/$6M (2013-14), plus 2015-17 club options. Re-signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 11/4/12. 13:$3M, 14:$3M, 15-17: club options worth $2.5M annually (no buyout).
  • 1 year/$2.175M (2012). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 12/20/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.925M (2011). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 12/17/10.
  • 1 year (2010). Signed by Washington as a free agent 12/15/09 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 6/21/10. Non-tendered 12/2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.64M (2009). Re-signed by Kansas City 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration). Released 4/1/09 (due 45 days' pay, $157,377). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 4/09 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Colorado 5/18/09. Optioned to Triple-A 7/21/09. Recalled 9/1/09. Sent outright to Triple-A 10/28/09 (refused assignment).
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed 2/20/08.
  • 1 year/$0.4005M (2007). Re-signed 2/07.
  • 1 year/$0.336M (2006). Re-signed 2/06. Optioned to Triple-A 4/06. Recalled 4/06. Optioned to Triple-A 7/06. Recalled 7/06.

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 1 0 0 86.9 57 23 88 8 .228 0.92 1.97 2.14 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 1 0 0 80.5 56 23 82 8 .241 0.99 2.31 2.51 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 1 0 0 76.0 56 23 77 8 .251 1.04 2.55 2.78 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 1 0 0 72.2 56 23 73 8 .259 1.09 2.77 3.01 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 1 0 0 68.7 55 23 70 7 .267 1.13 2.97 3.23 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 1 0 0 65.3 55 22 66 7 .275 1.18 3.17 3.45 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 1 0 0 61.7 54 22 63 7 .283 1.23 3.39 3.69 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 1 0 0 57.6 53 22 59 7 .293 1.29 3.65 3.97 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 1 0 0 52.1 51 21 53 7 .306 1.38 4.02 4.37 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0010068.15422697.2651.122.943.20.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
20% 39% 20% 9% 78%

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
20153921136038331235534.2671.173.423.727.72.88.21.20.6
20164021135037321333534.2681.223.563.877.83.28.01.20.5
20174121130031281228434.2781.283.794.128.03.48.01.10.3
20184221130032291128434.2741.263.734.068.23.18.01.10.3
20194311127029261026434.2761.243.764.088.13.18.11.20.3
20204411129031281026434.2771.243.784.108.22.97.61.20.3
20214511129030281025434.2781.253.854.188.33.07.41.20.3
20224611128030281025434.2781.273.894.238.43.07.51.20.3
20234711128030281024434.2791.283.934.278.53.07.31.20.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
13.35.26.47.44.63.837

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 72)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 85 Troy Percival 2008 5.12
2 83 Al Reyes 2009 0.00 DNP
3 83 Ron Mahay 2009 5.01
4 82 Hector Carrasco 2008 0.00 DNP
5 81 Jay Howell 1994 6.07
6 81 Guillermo Mota 2012 5.66
7 80 Rafael Betancourt 2013 4.71
8 80 Joe Nathan 2013 1.39
9 80 Trever Miller 2011 3.38
10 80 Ron Villone 2008 4.86
11 79 Scott Eyre 2010 0.00 DNP
12 78 Matt Herges 2008 5.60
13 78 Billy Wagner 2010 1.82
14 77 Mike Remlinger 2004 3.93
15 77 Ryan Franklin 2011 8.78
16 77 Brendan Donnelly 2010 6.16
17 77 Paul Assenmacher 1999 8.73
18 77 Rollie Fingers 1985 5.37
19 77 Bobby Shantz 1964 3.26
20 77 Koji Uehara 2013 1.21
21 76 Stu Miller 1966 2.35
22 76 Takashi Saito 2008 2.68
23 76 Brian Shouse 2007 3.59
24 76 David Weathers 2008 3.50
25 76 Tim Byrdak 2012 4.40
26 76 Tom Henke 1996 0.00 DNP
27 76 John Smoltz 2005 3.25
28 76 Joe Borowski 2009 0.00 DNP
29 76 Larry Andersen 1991 2.49
30 75 LaTroy Hawkins 2011 2.79
31 75 Hoyt Wilhelm 1961 2.87
32 75 Bob Wickman 2007 4.29
33 75 Alan Embree 2008 5.40
34 75 Chris Hammond 2004 3.52
35 74 Tom Martin 2008 0.00 DNP
36 74 Ron Reed 1981 3.82
37 74 Eddie Guardado 2009 4.93
38 73 Rich Gossage 1990 0.00 DNP
39 73 John Franco 1999 3.10
40 73 Mike Stanton 2005 5.06
41 73 Steve Reed 2003 3.41
42 73 Buddy Groom 2004 5.13
43 73 Steve Farr 1995 0.00 DNP
44 73 Hisanori Takahashi 2013 6.00
45 72 Francisco Cordero 2013 0.00 DNP
46 72 Bill Campbell 1987 10.80
47 71 Ellis Kinder 1953 2.61
48 71 Tanyon Sturtze 2009 0.00 DNP
49 71 Al Worthington 1967 3.52
50 71 Darren Oliver 2009 2.71
51 71 Mike Myers 2007 5.63
52 71 Jeff Nelson 2005 4.17
53 71 Barney Schultz 1965 4.68
54 71 Mike Jackson 2003 0.00 DNP
55 70 Roberto Hernandez 2003 5.55
56 70 Jim Brewer 1976 3.15
57 70 Mike Timlin 2004 4.13
58 70 Brian Boehringer 2007 0.00 DNP
59 70 Tug McGraw 1983 3.88
60 70 Doug Jones 1995 5.79
61 69 Bill Henry 1966 2.91
62 69 Mike Marshall 1981 2.90
63 68 Bob Gibson 1974 4.12
64 68 Steve Hamilton 1973 0.00 DNP
65 68 Bob Locker 1976 0.00 DNP
66 68 Steve Howe 1996 6.35
67 68 Tony Fossas 1996 3.83
68 68 Russ Springer 2007 2.45
69 67 Allie Reynolds 1955 0.00 DNP
70 67 Dan Plesac 2000 4.72
71 67 Billy Taylor 2000 8.56
72 66 Jamie Walker 2010 0.00 DNP
73 66 R.A. Dickey 2013 4.53
74 66 Doug Brocail 2005 6.01
75 66 Rheal Cormier 2005 6.27
76 66 Rick Aguilera 2000 5.48
77 66 Gene Garber 1986 2.65
78 66 Mark Hendrickson 2012 0.00 DNP
79 65 Marv Grissom 1956 2.00
80 65 Brian Sweeney 2012 0.00 DNP
81 65 Jeff Reardon 1994 8.38
82 65 Lindy McDaniel 1974 4.30
83 65 Lee Smith 1996 3.90
84 65 Gaylord Perry 1977 4.08
85 65 Greg Harris 1994 9.06
86 65 Jamey Wright 2013 3.21
87 65 Mike Mussina 2007 5.33
88 65 Pete Walker 2007 0.00 DNP
89 65 Rick White 2007 8.05
90 65 Tom Ferrick 1953 0.00 DNP
91 64 Dennis Lamp 1991 5.38
92 64 Dennis Cook 2001 4.73
93 64 Danny Darwin 1994 6.42
94 64 Dizzy Trout 1953 0.00 DNP
95 63 Dennis Eckersley 1993 4.30
96 63 Juan Berenguer 1993 0.00 DNP
97 63 Roger Clemens 2001 3.84
98 63 Jose Mesa 2004 3.38
99 63 Mike Maddux 2000 6.59
100 63 Pedro Martinez 2010 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .171 .254 .305 .207
11 vs R (Multi) .216 .286 .372 .242
18 Split (Multi) -.046 -.032 -.068 -.036
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .163 .263 .293 .217
31 vs R (2013) .213 .303 .324 .233
38 Split (2013) -.050 -.040 -.032 -.016
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .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 When he wasn't sparking the biggest pine-tar controversy since George Brett and earning an eight-game suspension from it, king of the rising fastball Peralta saw his performance rise, too, although his ERA (.70 higher than 2011) belied the underlying evidence. Peralta's strikeout rate leaped to 31.8 percent, ninth-best among MLB relievers, and his walk rate and FIP dropped. The ERA is probably explained by an increased home-run rate and a .261 BABIP, which was in line with Peralta's career mark but followed 2011's unrepeatable .218. He was the workhorse of Maddon's bullpen and shows no signs of decline even as he approaches his sunset years. No dummies, the Rays inked him to a new two-year deal after 2012.
2012 An undrafted free agent originally signed by Oakland in 1996, Peralta has pitched for five organizations and has found his niche as an effective high leverage reliever at the tender age of 36. He was another imported piece into the recycled bullpen and was able to exceed his career year in 2010. Peralta was seemingly brought in as the replacement for Dan Wheeler since he showed strong numbers against right-handed batters the previous two seasons. He was able to fill that role and much more as he quickly earned Maddon's trust. Maddon turned to him in any situation in the later innings including filling in for Farnsworth when he needed a night off or was injured. Peralta's fastball won't ever cause swooning, and even Daisuke Matsuzaka laughs at how long it takes him between pitches, but he commands his fastball as well as a splitter and curveball, and rocks a rolled up sleeve that gives him a touch of personality.
2011 Introduced to the organization as a non-roster invitee, Peralta failed to stick in camp, but earned a June call-up after a 20-for-20 performance in save opportunities closing for the Chiefs. Once he arrived, he was a significantly different pitcher than he'd been in previous major-league incarnations, relying on a changeup as his swing-and-miss offering and setting it up with heat that sat around 90 and a show-me curve. That seems to have made him better-armed and better able to face lefties than ever before, and in little more than a half-season he was the Nats' second-best reliever via WXRL (behind only Burnett). The Rays, as enthusiastic for "bargain" changeup artists as they were when they invested (and missed) on Joe Nelson, decided that was worth a modest $900,000 guaranteed offer, a cheap risk that will look great if Peralta's re-fabrication sticks, while being totally disposable if not.
2010 Joel Peralta has enjoyed modest success in the majors as a rubber-armed ROOGY, but Denver's a tough spot for a guy who's allowed all lefties to slug .560 against him on his career.
2009 Peralta was the one Royals reliever expected to be a major contributor who did not perform well. The problem was home runs: like Nunez, Peralta is far over on the fly ball side of the divide, and last year a few more left the park than usual. The stuff for the breaking-ball pitcher is still there, so expect a rebound this season.
2008 In last year's book, we pointed out that Peralta's repertoire had led to huge platoon splits; in his career, left-handers had batted 92 points higher than right-handers against him with a 346-point advantage in OPS. Last season, Peralta unveiled a cut fastball he worked on during winter ball, and left-handed hitters actually hit worse (.248/.299/.456) than right-handers (.290/.322/.449). Sometimes, it really is that simple. Peralta throws enough strikes with enough stuff to remain a valuable middle-innings asset at pre-arbitration prices.
2007 You`ve heard of LOOGYs; Peralta is that much-rarer specimen, the ROOGY. Most right-handed, one-out guys are sidearmers, making them easy to identify. Peralta has gone under the radar in large part because he isn`t a sidearmer; his platoon split is the result of the vicious slider he uses as his out-pitch. During his two-year career, righties have hit .219/.258/.376 against him, while lefties have hit .311/.387/.593. Peralta has faced right-handed hitters in 65 percent of his matchups, which is why his overall numbers appear so favorable, but he`s a situational pitcher until he proves otherwise.
2006 Seven years in the minors paid off with a solid 2005, as he finally got The Call, pitching adequately from the back end of the Angels bullpen. Unfortunately, it also meant that when the Angels tried to send him through waivers, he was claimed by Kansas City. The good news for Peralta is that he should have no trouble staying in the majors with the Royals. The bad news for Peralta is that he should have no trouble staying in the majors with the Royals. He had serious trouble against lefties, but he can still help the them in a ROOGY role even if he can`t, um, `right` himself.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)You need to put together a team of MLB astronauts for a hypothetical space mission to save the world. Who's the crew? Who's the captain?
(Slick Vaughn from Popeyes)
Been thinking about this one for an hour now. I'd go: Joel Peralta as the captain (has guts and leadership abilities), Tim Collins (to fit into small places), Andrew Cashner (to fit into large places; plus stereotypical Texan), and Nyjer Morgan (familiarity with the terrain). (R.J. Anderson)
2012-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Looking through the FA class of RP and SP, who are this year's Fernando Rodney, Hiroki Kuroda and Wei-Yun Chen?
(jlarsen from chicago)
Projecting relievers is a fool's errand, given the sample sizes involved and the variation in reliever usage from year to year. But I'm a fool, so allow me to take a stab at it. A few names that stand out as potential bargains are Jason Grilli, Joel Peralta, and Octavio Dotel - Dotel might be the Julio Franco of this generations relief pitchers.

On the jukebox: Guns N' Roses, "My Michelle" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which set up man is most likely to assume closing duties in 2012? Scott Downs (Walden-shaky performance) Joel Peralta (Farny-shaky elbow) Joaquin Benoit (Valverde-shaky law of averages)
(PepeShady from StPaul)
I'd bank on Benoit, because he's one with the true closer stuff, and yeah, I don't trust Valverde. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's closing for the Rays? Any chance Joel Peralta wins that job?
(Ivan from Dallas)
Cory Schwartz in this relative space said so yesterday. Farnsworth seems like the favorite. Jason Gray thinks Jake McGee will get saves.

Alright gentlemen, time for the thunder round. This is just like the lightning round, in that you guys ask quick-hit questions, only the time it takes me to respond will determine how far away from you I am. Also, I will type in all caps to give that authentic thundery effect. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the uncertainties in the Rays bullpen, who is your darkhorse candidate to get the majority of save opportunities this year? JP Howell or Jake McGee?
(rodmalloy from San Francisco)
Neither. My money is on Joel Peralta, who became a dominant pitcher last season after adding a split-finger fastball to his repertoire, which enabled him to handle lefties much better than he had in the past. It's probably a three-way race between him, Farnsworth and McGee right now, but the Rays are a progressive organization and I think the right environment for him to win the job. (Cory Schwartz)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Corey, Which pitching and hitting players do you find to be the breakout player that no one has heard of?
(Will from Kentucky)
I'm pushing in my chips with Joel Peralta this year. On the hitting side, I could see Roger Bernadina surprising some people this year. (Cory Schwartz)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Joel Peralta has thrown 6,776 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph), Splitter (82mph) and Curve (78mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (86mph) and Sinker (92mph).