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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
5 1044 .273 .345 .457 .265 1.4
Birth Date6-26-1980
Height6' 0"
Weight220 lbs
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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 DET 24 27 56 46 6 9 1 0 1 13 9 14 0 1 0 3 0 0 .196 .321 .283 .215 -1.9 0.2 -0.2
2005 DET 25 107 431 388 61 116 22 3 18 198 34 87 5 4 0 59 0 0 .299 .360 .510 .296 23.5 -0.4 2.3
2006 DET 26 115 412 373 50 102 16 4 16 174 34 107 4 1 0 47 1 2 .273 .340 .466 .255 1.3 -3.7 -0.2
2008 TEX 28 41 117 97 14 21 5 0 2 32 17 33 0 0 3 11 1 0 .216 .333 .330 .222 -4.1 -0.2 -0.4
2009 SEA 29 9 28 26 1 6 2 0 0 8 2 11 0 0 0 4 0 0 .231 .286 .308 .216 -1.1 0.1 -0.1
Career2991044930132254467374259625296312422.273.345.457.26517.6-3.91.4

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
2001 WPT A- 50 213 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .359 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 HIC A 93 388 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .398 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LYN A+ 95 389 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .405 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 ALT AA 35 133 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .343 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DET MLB 27 56 .215 .280 .345 .447 .269 .250 102 -2.8 1.7 -0.8 0.2 -0.1 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
2004 TOL AAA 18 73 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 DET MLB 107 431 .296 .264 .324 .419 .260 .341 101 16.3 12.4 -7.8 -0.4 0.6 23.5 2.3 23.5 2.3
2005 TOL AAA 48 211 .302 .270 .337 .431 .256 .371 100 9.4 6.0 -3.3 1.1 -1.9 10.4 1.1 10.4 1.1
2006 DET MLB 115 412 .255 .272 .333 .439 .258 .343 105 -2.2 12.4 -7.8 -3.7 -2.6 1.3 -0.2 1.3 -0.2
2006 TOL AAA 28 129 .309 .269 .329 .418 .268 .377 93 5.9 3.3 -2.1 -2.5 -0.5 6.9 0.4 6.9 0.4
2007 TOL AAA 139 594 .275 .262 .332 .394 .259 .349 92 9.5 17.3 -11.1 -6.0 -2.5 15.5 0.9 15.5 0.9
2008 TEX MLB 41 117 .222 .257 .325 .409 .257 .306 111 -4.7 3.4 -2 -0.2 -0.5 -4.1 -0.4 -4.1 -0.4
2008 OKL AAA 67 291 .298 .276 .347 .444 .256 .398 112 14 10.0 -6.4 2.9 1.2 19.4 2.2 19.4 2.2
2009 SEA MLB 9 28 .216 .266 .337 .411 .255 .400 97 -1.3 0.8 -0.5 0.1 -0.2 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2009 TAC AAA 105 472 .321 .278 .344 .434 .275 .368 98 32.6 14.3 -0.3 -5.1 0.4 45.4 3.9 45.4 3.9
2010 ROU AAA 82 322 .241 .273 .342 .416 .262 .308 102 -6.8 9.8 -6.1 0.8 -4.7 -5.5 -0.5 -5.5 -0.5
2010 AST Rk 3 11 .325 .233 .301 .286 .245 .429 93 0.7 0.4 -0.3 -0.0 -0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0

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
2001 WPT A- 213 22 53 11 0 2 33 33 31 4 1 .305 .419 .402 .098 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 HIC A 388 72 113 27 2 17 65 47 74 0 0 .340 .430 .587 .247 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LYN A+ 389 71 113 24 1 21 69 68 67 1 4 .359 .479 .641 .283 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 ALT AA 133 17 34 10 1 0 14 8 23 0 1 .279 .333 .377 .098 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TOL AAA 73 5 21 2 0 0 7 10 13 0 0 .339 .431 .371 .032 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DET MLB 56 6 9 1 0 1 3 9 14 0 0 .196 .321 .283 .087 .215 -1.9 0.2 -0.2
2005 TOL AAA 211 34 60 19 0 8 39 25 33 0 2 .331 .421 .569 .238 .302 10.4 1.1 1.1
2005 DET MLB 431 61 116 22 3 18 59 34 87 0 0 .299 .360 .510 .211 .296 23.5 -0.4 2.3
2006 DET MLB 412 50 102 16 4 16 47 34 107 1 2 .273 .340 .466 .193 .255 1.3 -3.7 -0.2
2006 TOL AAA 129 20 29 6 2 3 14 18 37 1 0 .266 .375 .440 .174 .309 6.9 -2.5 0.4
2007 TOL AAA 594 75 134 31 1 14 65 83 141 4 2 .269 .382 .420 .151 .275 15.5 -6.0 0.9
2008 OKL AAA 291 38 87 22 2 11 51 31 54 0 0 .340 .413 .570 .230 .298 19.4 2.9 2.2
2008 TEX MLB 117 14 21 5 0 2 11 17 33 1 0 .216 .333 .330 .113 .222 -4.1 -0.2 -0.4
2009 TAC AAA 472 71 127 30 2 15 85 58 86 0 2 .314 .402 .509 .195 .321 45.4 -5.1 3.9
2009 SEA MLB 28 1 6 2 0 0 4 2 11 0 0 .231 .286 .308 .077 .216 -1.1 0.1 -0.1
2010 ROU AAA 322 26 71 11 0 10 42 29 77 0 0 .249 .325 .393 .144 .241 -5.5 0.8 -0.5
2010 AST Rk 11 1 3 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 .333 .455 .333 .000 .325 0.1 -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 495 0.5192 0.4000 0.7273 0.5525 0.2353 0.8521 0.4107 0.2727
2009 109 0.4954 0.4771 0.6923 0.6667 0.2909 0.7778 0.5000 0.3077
Career6040.51490.41390.7210.57310.24530.83870.42680.279

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-05-26 2010-07-28 Minors 63 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-03-02 2007-03-06 Camp 4 0 Abdomen Strain -
2004-05-31 2004-07-10 15-DL 40 36 Right Foot Inflammation Plantar Fasciitis -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2006 DET $365,000
2004 DET $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$665,000
2 yrTotal$665,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 25 d

Details
  • signed as a free agent from SEA (minor-league contract)
  • sent outright to Triple-A 8/5/09 designated for assignment 8/1/09 contract purchased 7/9/09 signed as a free agent from TX 08-09 (minor-league contract, $0.5M major league)
  • designated for assignment 6/26/08 contract purchased 4/29/08 designated for assignment 1/14/08, sent outright to Triple-A 1/24/08
  • acquired in trade from DT 12/5/07
  • designated for assignment 11/30/07 optioned to Triple-A 3/07 recalled 9/06 optioned to Triple-A 7/06 re-signed 3/06, 1 year/$0.365M (06)
  • recalled 5/05 re-signed 3/05, 1 year/$M (05) signed 2/04, 1 year/$0.3M (04) Rule 5-PIT 12/03

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
Weighted Mean???????????.000.000.000.0000.0?0.0

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
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 Chris Shelton has decent power and is fairly patient, but he has enough trouble making contact that he cannot justify getting regular work; signed to a minor-league contract with the Astros.
2009 Dial back to before Davis was up, and remember that the Rangers walked into camp with no set first baseman; in the meantime, they decided to let Jason Botts try fielding (he shouldn't), see if Ben Broussard had something left (he didn't), and find out if the player who had a 10-homer April back in 2006 might get that mojo going again with a change of scenery (he couldn't). Their curiosity satisfied and with Davis now set in stone at first, the can's been kicked to the Mariners, who will see if Shelton might earn a shot to platoon with Russell Branyan or Bryan LaHair.
2008 A year after providing league-average offense in 373 AB, Shelton didn't spend a single day in Detroit. Note that Sean Casey didn't match Shelton's .269 EqA in 2006 in either of his two seasons (one partial) with the Tigers. Sometimes, it's all about perception. Shelton was dealt to the Rangers in December and is expected to slot into a first-base platoon with subsequent acquisition Ben Broussard.
2007 There`s a working theory that Shelton`s hot start--he hit .326/.404/.783 with 10 home runs in April--was the worst thing that could have happened to him. Shelton struck out in 26 percent of his plate appearances from May 1 onward, swinging at any breaking ball in the 313 area code. Although he`ll be 27 next year, the organization regards him more as a prospect than a short-term fix, which means he might stay in the minors rather than sit on the bench as Sean Casey`s platoon partner. The Tigers haven`t given up on him, rather they want him to use the whole field and become a well-rounded hitter. It`s worth remembering that Shelton`s career minor league batting average is .327.
2006 The Rule 5 layoff is supposed to be a big drag on a player`s development, but Shelton didn`t get the memo. Scouts run him down for not being athletic, but there`s a certain level of hitting ability where that stops making a difference and Shelton is way over that line. He`s not a great defensive first baseman, but doesn`t show up as being bad. Comerica Park`s roomy dimensions also didn`t phase him; he batted .316/.367/.541 in Detroit, .279/.351/.475 on the road. Shelton`s future is bright enough for shades.
2005 Rule 5 picks have awfully high injury rates, and Shelton missed about five weeks with plantar fascitis, first on the Disabled List and then on a rehab stint with Toledo, and was used sparingly in Detroit when he was around. The Tigers dispatched him to the AFL to make up for the lost playing time, and he responded by hitting a monster .404/.470/.667. The organization doesn't seem serious about using him as a backup catcher—most of his appearances in the AFL were at DH—and there's less need for an emergency backstop with Brandon Inge also on the roster, but Shelton looks like a legitimate major leaguer based on his potent bat alone.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)I heard Chris Shelton was here and had to bigtime him. Contending dynasty team desperate for SP. Can only cut 1 of these losers: F. Garcia, S. Marcum, C. Richard, J. Niemann. Given that Garcia and Marcum at least have minor league deals and Niemann was once not terrible, is Richard my cut? Was planning on Garcia but he was quasi-useful for ATL last year and they have some question marks with Beachy's health and Wood's inexperience/September fade. Thanks.
(Bob Hamelin from KC)
I've heard bad things about Niemann's health on the Twitter and such. Richard is a FA right now, though, so unless he lands back in Petco or in a super favorable ballpark, you can cut him. Don't expect too much from Garcia again though. (Ben Carsley)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)With McCann's free agency fast approaching what impact could Evan Gattis have in 2014?
(morrsco from Atlanta)
Let's all slow our roll with Evan Gattis. He may just be Chris Shelton with below average defense behind the plate. (Bret Sayre)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Sold 10,000 so far, hoping to sell 30,000 by september...Ok, every year I seem to draft a team in my HTH league that just sucks the first week. So much so that I started looking at April splits for my bench players in the draft, and I'm still putting up a 178/222/295 line this week playing against a team of Chris Shelton all-stars. I know, small sample size, don't overreact, yada, yada, it's still ugly looking at a 9-1 loss week one. Again. Any tips to avoid this next year?
(Green Chair Costume Vendor from Wrigley Field)
I keep a leprechaun trapped in a cage that sits next to my desk to avoid just this sort of thing. That might be a little extreme for you (not to mention rare and expensive--those things have quite the appetite, and he's got to stay alive for it to work), but maybe you could try a lucky rabbit's foot?

Honestly, this is basically the yada yada you predicted, but don't panic. You're going to do yourself a disservice if you start trying to overanalyze things and pick players based on April stats. Just relax, take a deep breath, realize you've been unlucky, and move on. Things will be better. (Derek Carty)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are we related? No? Ok. Well I have Ryan Braun at a well below market deal for this year and next in a 12 team league. Well below market if he were playing 150 games, that is. I still have to keep him, right? Just suck it up for 50 days and hope to find the Chris Shelton 2012 version for 50 games.
(Rico Carty from Undisclosed Carribean Hideaway)
Absolutely, absolutely, absolutely. When you combine 112 active games of Braun with 50 active games of someone else in a 12-team league, you're still getting a lot of production. And if you get him cheap for 2013 too, it's a no-brainer. (Derek Carty)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Chris Davis officially become Chris Shelton (please say yes, please say yes), or does he have a bounceback in him?
(@Lembeck451 from Detroit)
He could bounce back, but he's probably a 4A (Jason Parks)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)let's pretend it's 4/25/10. should i drop pablo sandoval and pick up jose bautista?
(stately from atl)
Sure, but only if you also make room for Chris Shelton. (Marc Normandin)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Garrett Jones the greatest hitter of all time?
(tycobb from ga)
Better than Ty Cobb?

Yes, on the heels of his 8th home run last night in something like 60 at bats, there is little doubt. But seriously, Jones is a good story and a nice shot in the arm for the Pirates. That said, I have to believe that he’s a 2-for-12 slump away from sitting on the bench and watching Lastings Milledge play. As popular as Nyjer Morgan was -- and yes, Morgan can play, too -- the Milledge deal was seemingly a wise one for Neal Huntington. There is still a good chance that Milledge will be a star. Garrett Jones is, in all likelihood, the most recent reincarnation of Chris Shelton. (David Laurila)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the reply - hard to believe it was only 5 years ago the Pirates lost 5 of the top rule 5 draft picks from what was considered a top minor league system! btw, what's a Bree Olson?
(Frank from Vegas)
Yeah, but how many of those guys panned out? I remember Chris Shelton ... anyone else?

Bree Olson ... umm, Google it when not at work. You're welcome. (Will Carroll)
2006-05-18 19:30:00 (link to chat)Biggest PECOTA outperformer so far?
(carlosrubi from Mexico)
Probably Chris Shelton, but I think he's for real, if not quite a .650 SLG guy. Check out his minor league track record--there are some very strong performances in there. And if you doubt the pedigree of Rule 5 guys, there's this pitcher in Minnesota who'd take umbrage with you. Some guy named Johan. (Jonah Keri)


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