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Portrait of Saul Rivera

Saul Rivera PNationals

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
5 279.3 13 15 4 192 4.29 2.3
Birth Date12-7-1977
Height5' 10"
Weight180 lbs
BatsB
ThrowsR
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
2006 WAS 28 54 0 60.3 0.0 60.3 3 0 1 2 0 0 277 59 28 23 4 81 32 26 4 41 3.43 4.40 4.86 2.4 0.2
2007 WAS 29 85 0 93.0 0.0 93.0 4 6 3 7 0 0 398 88 39 38 1 118 42 38 2 64 3.68 3.36 4.13 13.4 1.7
2008 WAS 30 76 0 84.0 0.0 84.0 5 6 0 7 0 0 371 90 41 37 3 111 35 33 2 65 3.96 3.34 4.34 6.6 1.0
2009 WAS 31 30 0 38.3 0.0 38.3 1 3 0 1 0 0 176 48 28 26 7 81 14 10 3 21 6.10 5.67 5.95 -2.8 -0.3
2010 ARI 32 4 0 3.7 0.0 3.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 11 9 9 2 17 3 3 0 1 22.09 12.11 12.40 -3.1 -0.3
Career2490279.30.0279.3131541700124729614513317408126110111924.294.014.7516.62.3

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
1998 ELZ Rk 23 0 36.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 QUD A 60 0 69.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 FTM A+ 29 0 37.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 NBR AA 22 0 37.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 Cag Wnt 8 0 7.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 NBR AA 33 0 42.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 Cag Wnt 21 0 27.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BIN AA 30 0 38.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .215 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 HAR AA 15 0 19.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .344 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HAR AA 18 0 20.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .353 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HUN AA 26 0 33.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HAR AA 40 0 76.7 3.96 110 .228 .262 .329 .411 .266 .282 93 12.2 1.2 12.0 1.3
2006 WAS MLB 54 0 60.3 4.86 91 .270 .267 .332 .431 .264 .281 91 3.2 0.3 2.4 0.2
2006 NWO AAA 12 2 28.2 3.61 116 .244 .252 .325 .388 .255 .289 92 5.6 0.6 5.4 0.6
2007 WAS MLB 85 0 93.0 4.13 111 .238 .273 .338 .430 .262 .301 96 11.3 1.1 13.4 1.7
2007 COH AAA 1 0 0.7 4.74 84 .437 .275 .330 .383 .250 .500 93 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2008 WAS MLB 76 0 84.0 4.34 102 .255 .271 .340 .430 .270 .327 95 7.1 0.7 6.6 1.0
2009 WAS MLB 30 0 38.3 5.95 61 .311 .260 .333 .418 .266 .313 94 -3.7 -0.4 -2.8 -0.3
2009 SYR AAA 30 0 45.7 3.94 114 .277 .253 .320 .380 .242 .364 106 7.2 0.7 7.6 0.9
2009 CAG Wnt 4 0 4.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 ARI MLB 4 0 3.7 12.40 -99 .519 .325 .364 .474 .297 .474 94 -3.1 -0.3 -3.1 -0.3
2010 COH AAA 21 0 24.0 5.33 88 .192 .257 .331 .406 .255 .200 106 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2010 RNO AAA 11 0 14.0 6.35 82 .297 .272 .347 .444 .270 .389 103 -0.7 -0.1 -0.4 -0.0
2010 CAG Wnt 10 0 10.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .107 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 CAG Wnt 18 0 18.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 CAG Wnt 16 0 17.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .278 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
1998 ELZ Rk 3 3 7 23 0 36.0 19 19 65 4 0% .000 4.8 4.8 1.0 16.2 1.06 2.25 0.0 0.0
1999 QUD A 4 1 23 60 0 69.7 42 36 102 0 0% .000 5.4 4.6 0.0 13.2 1.12 1.42 0.0 0.0
2000 Cag Wnt 0 1 0 8 0 7.0 3 4 6 2 0% .000 3.9 5.1 2.6 7.7 1.00 5.14 0.0 0.0
2000 FTM A+ 8 1 5 29 0 37.7 34 19 45 0 0% .000 8.1 4.5 0.0 10.7 1.41 3.58 0.0 0.0
2000 NBR AA 1 0 0 22 0 37.0 28 22 47 0 0% .000 6.8 5.4 0.0 11.4 1.35 3.89 0.0 0.0
2001 Cag Wnt 1 1 1 21 0 27.0 20 9 20 1 0% .000 6.7 3.0 0.3 6.7 1.07 2.33 0.0 0.0
2001 NBR AA 5 2 13 33 0 42.7 35 18 55 3 0% .000 7.4 3.8 0.6 11.6 1.24 3.16 0.0 0.0
2002 HAR AA 0 2 3 15 0 19.0 21 9 15 0 0% .344 9.9 4.3 0.0 7.1 1.58 3.32 0.0 0.0
2002 BIN AA 2 3 13 30 0 38.7 25 23 32 2 0% .215 5.8 5.3 0.5 7.4 1.24 3.02 0.0 0.0
2004 HAR AA 0 2 3 18 0 20.7 27 12 15 3 0% .353 11.7 5.2 1.3 6.5 1.88 7.83 0.0 0.0
2004 HUN AA 2 1 1 26 0 33.3 30 16 25 1 0% .302 8.1 4.3 0.3 6.8 1.38 1.62 0.0 0.0
2005 HAR AA 3 3 9 40 0 76.7 72 20 70 3 70% .282 8.4 2.3 0.4 8.2 1.20 2.46 12.0 1.3
2006 NWO AAA 1 1 1 12 2 28.2 25 12 25 1 58% .289 8.0 3.8 0.3 8.0 1.31 1.60 5.4 0.6
2006 WAS MLB 3 0 1 54 0 60.3 59 32 41 4 47% .281 8.8 4.8 0.6 6.1 1.51 3.43 2.4 0.2
2007 COH AAA 0 1 0 1 0 0.7 2 0 0 0 25% .500 25.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.86 12.86 -0.0 -0.0
2007 WAS MLB 4 6 3 85 0 93.0 88 42 64 1 53% .301 8.5 4.1 0.1 6.2 1.40 3.68 13.4 1.7
2008 WAS MLB 5 6 0 76 0 84.0 90 35 65 3 56% .327 9.6 3.8 0.3 7.0 1.49 3.96 6.6 1.0
2009 CAG Wnt 2 1 0 4 0 4.3 5 2 2 0 0% .312 10.5 4.2 0.0 4.2 1.63 8.37 0.0 0.0
2009 WAS MLB 1 3 0 30 0 38.3 48 14 21 7 57% .313 11.3 3.3 1.6 4.9 1.62 6.10 -2.8 -0.3
2009 SYR AAA 2 5 2 30 0 45.7 57 25 32 1 52% .364 11.2 4.9 0.2 6.3 1.79 3.54 7.6 0.9
2010 RNO AAA 0 1 0 11 0 14.0 22 6 6 1 65% .389 14.1 3.9 0.6 3.9 2.00 7.07 -0.4 -0.0
2010 COH AAA 2 1 5 21 0 24.0 13 12 14 0 55% .200 4.9 4.5 0.0 5.2 1.04 1.50 -0.2 -0.0
2010 CAG Wnt 0 1 6 10 0 10.3 3 5 4 0 0% .107 2.6 4.4 0.0 3.5 0.78 0.87 0.0 0.0
2010 ARI MLB 0 0 0 4 0 3.7 11 3 1 2 52% .474 27.0 7.4 4.9 2.5 3.82 22.09 -3.1 -0.3
2011 CAG Wnt 2 0 8 18 0 18.7 20 6 9 0 0% .308 9.6 2.9 0.0 4.3 1.39 2.89 0.0 0.0
2012 CAG Wnt 2 0 9 16 0 17.7 15 3 13 0 0% .278 7.6 1.5 0.0 6.6 1.02 1.02 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 1386 0.4625 0.4620 0.7872 0.6459 0.3020 0.8816 0.6133 0.2113
2009 606 0.5413 0.5000 0.8779 0.6677 0.3022 0.9041 0.8095 0.1221
2010 84 0.5476 0.4524 0.8947 0.6304 0.2368 0.9310 0.7778 0.1053
Career20760.48890.47270.8180.65160.29940.89020.67720.181

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2003-05-09 2003-09-29 Minors 143 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2003-05-08 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 WAS $475,000
2008 WAS $436,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$911,000
2 yrTotal$911,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 56 d

Details
  • 1 year (2010). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 12/21/09 (minor-league contract). Acquired by Arizona in trade from Cleveland 5/17/10. DFA by Arizona 6/8/10, released 6/10. Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 8/21/10 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.475M (2009). Re-signed by Washington 2/14/09. Released by Washington 12/7/09.
  • 1 year/$0.436M (2008). Re-signed by Washington 1/25/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Washington 2/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Washington 4/06.
  • drafted 1998 (9-259) (University of Mobile)

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BP Articles

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This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: What it Means to Have the Best Farm System in BaseballSam Miller2013-02-08
Overthinking It: The Player Popularity TestBen Lindbergh2012-01-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: White Sox, IndiansChristina Kahrl2010-09-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Weekend OmnibusChristina Kahrl2010-06-11
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Senior CircuitryChristina Kahrl2010-05-20
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Fantasy Beat: Fantasy Today Clay Davenport2010-05-18
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This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Underachieving Class of 2009Jay Jaffe2009-09-23
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Hot Stove Preview: NL EastCaleb Peiffer2008-11-12
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This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: Defense and Alphabet SoupDan Fox2007-12-06
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Player Profile: Aaron RowandMarc Normandin2007-05-02
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: April 15-18Christina Kahrl2007-04-19
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Everyone is acting like the Nats' bullpen shuffle was the result of some major panic. But Zimmermann was scheduled to come up for this start way back in March, and other than Saul Rivera, the front end of the rotation remains in tact (Hanrahan, Beimel, Hinckley, Tavares). Isn't this a non-story?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Would it have looked like this had they not led with three outs to go, three straight days, and lost all three games? Probably not. So there's an element of panic. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)You're Trader Jim Bowden (minus the leather pants) - What deals do you make in the next 2 months? Can you find a taker for Lopez or Guzman? Please tell me you won't trade Johnson.
(macman from d.c.)
Lay off of Trader Jim--leather's great material, and there's nothing wrong with working it into your wardrobe. Actually, Johnson's exactly the player he should deal, in terms of the talent such a trade might yield, because Chris Marrero will eventually get here, and because nobody's going to bite on Dmitri Young. Beyond that, he doesn't really have that many chits that might draw interest; it isn't like somebody's going to go wild for Saul Rivera. Maybe one of the veteran catchers yields a C prospect at the deadline (once they heal up), and maybe somebody decides they just have to have Austin Kearns. I wouldn't bet on either. F-Lop just doesn't fit most team's needs--everyone recognizes he can't really play a good short, and there are people who can hit about as well starting at second base all over Triple-A. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)So here's the question I asked at the event in Philadelphia last week: What unlikely players, historically or currently, do you personally root for? Jay mentioned Saul Rivera, Steven followed Wayne Tolleson back in the day, for me it was Jacob Brumfield.
(Arthur from Philadelphia)
I was a big, big fan of George Williams, beyond TTO considerations, it was more basically because I sat near his brother and nephews and nieces one game, and I sort of liked the plucky little group of cheeseheads and their happiness over their uncle making it to The Show.

Active, I've become a bit of a silly/irrational fan of Peter Moylan, since he's got the foreign/exotic angle on top of being a side-armer. And as an A's fan, I'm perhaps goofy in that my current favorite Athletic is Kurt Suzuki. (Christina Kahrl)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Saul Rivera threw 2,346 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2010, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2010, he relied primarily on his Sinker (89mph) and Fourseam Fastball (88mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph).