Biographical

Portrait of Kirk Saarloos

Kirk Saarloos PAthletics

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
7 509 29 30 2 251 5.02 0.5
Birth Date5-23-1979
Height6' 0"
Weight185 lbs
BatsR
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
2002 HOU 23 17 17 85.3 85.3 0.0 6 7 0 0 3 1 372 100 59 57 12 157 27 22 6 54 6.01 4.60 5.95 -2.4 -0.3
2003 HOU 24 36 4 49.3 13.0 36.3 2 1 0 0 0 0 218 55 31 27 4 84 17 14 3 43 4.93 3.50 4.26 8.2 0.8
2004 OAK 25 6 5 24.3 22.7 1.7 2 1 0 0 1 0 112 27 13 12 4 45 12 12 2 10 4.44 6.20 6.44 0.4 0.0
2005 OAK 26 29 27 159.7 156.7 3.0 10 9 0 0 10 2 682 170 75 74 11 239 54 46 11 53 4.17 4.50 5.74 -2.1 0.2
2006 OAK 27 35 16 121.3 90.3 31.0 7 7 2 1 7 0 548 149 70 64 19 240 53 50 3 52 4.75 5.75 6.56 -4.6 -0.4
2007 CIN 28 34 3 42.7 9.3 33.3 1 5 0 1 0 0 201 54 36 34 8 93 19 18 3 27 7.17 5.90 6.23 -0.6 0.1
2008 OAK 29 8 1 26.3 3.3 23.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 118 37 17 16 2 47 4 3 0 12 5.47 3.69 4.91 1.5 0.2
Career16573509.0380.7128.3293023213225159230128460905186165282515.024.885.850.40.5

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
2001 LEX A 22 0 30.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 HOU MLB 17 17 85.3 5.95 69 .277 .254 .322 .409 .256 .322 101 -1.7 -0.2 -2.4 -0.3
2002 ROU AA 13 13 83.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .227 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 NWO AAA 4 2 16.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .289 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 HOU MLB 36 4 49.3 4.26 112 .259 .263 .326 .422 .258 .338 104 7.7 0.8 8.2 0.8
2003 NWO AAA 13 7 61.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .267 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 OAK MLB 6 5 24.3 6.44 78 .282 .275 .342 .444 .264 .274 105 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2004 NWO AAA 2 2 7.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .448 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SAC AAA 5 5 20.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 OAK MLB 29 27 159.7 5.74 76 .251 .270 .333 .430 .266 .288 98 -3.1 -0.3 -2.1 0.2
2006 OAK MLB 35 16 121.3 6.56 66 .292 .280 .342 .443 .262 .309 100 -4.6 -0.4 -4.6 -0.4
2007 CIN MLB 34 3 42.7 6.23 75 .298 .259 .324 .415 .253 .319 104 -0.8 -0.1 -0.6 0.1
2007 LOU AAA 18 5 41.0 4.48 89 .259 .259 .329 .389 .255 .333 83 4.6 0.4 4.6 0.4
2008 OAK MLB 8 1 26.3 4.91 89 .269 .278 .335 .421 .266 .350 94 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
2008 SAC AAA 22 22 140.7 5.65 91 .251 .287 .359 .461 .265 .286 103 10.0 1.0 10.0 1.0
2009 COH AAA 15 15 86.7 6.78 70 .289 .264 .329 .410 .249 .329 116 -6.4 -0.6 -6.4 -0.6

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
2001 LEX A 1 1 11 22 0 30.7 18 7 40 1 0% .000 5.3 2.1 0.3 11.7 0.81 1.17 0.0 0.0
2002 HOU MLB 6 7 0 17 17 85.3 100 27 54 12 70% .322 10.5 2.8 1.3 5.7 1.49 6.01 -2.4 -0.3
2002 NWO AAA 2 0 0 4 2 16.0 12 2 19 1 0% .289 6.8 1.1 0.6 10.7 0.88 2.25 0.0 0.0
2002 ROU AA 10 1 0 13 13 83.3 48 21 82 1 0% .227 5.2 2.3 0.1 8.9 0.83 1.40 0.0 0.0
2003 HOU MLB 2 1 0 36 4 49.3 55 17 43 4 56% .338 10.0 3.1 0.7 7.8 1.46 4.93 8.2 0.8
2003 NWO AAA 5 0 0 13 7 61.3 54 11 34 4 0% .267 7.9 1.6 0.6 5.0 1.06 3.08 0.0 0.0
2004 SAC AAA 2 0 0 5 5 20.3 19 9 17 1 0% .305 8.4 4.0 0.4 7.5 1.38 3.55 0.0 0.0
2004 NWO AAA 0 2 0 2 2 7.0 17 1 6 4 0% .448 21.9 1.3 5.1 7.7 2.57 15.43 0.0 0.0
2004 OAK MLB 2 1 0 6 5 24.3 27 12 10 4 57% .274 10.0 4.4 1.5 3.7 1.60 4.44 0.4 0.0
2005 OAK MLB 10 9 0 29 27 159.7 170 54 53 11 57% .288 9.6 3.0 0.6 3.0 1.40 4.17 -2.1 0.2
2006 OAK MLB 7 7 2 35 16 121.3 149 53 52 19 55% .309 11.1 3.9 1.4 3.9 1.66 4.75 -4.6 -0.4
2007 LOU AAA 0 2 0 18 5 41.0 47 9 28 3 50% .333 10.3 2.0 0.7 6.1 1.37 3.95 4.6 0.4
2007 CIN MLB 1 5 0 34 3 42.7 54 19 27 8 56% .319 11.4 4.0 1.7 5.7 1.71 7.17 -0.6 0.1
2008 SAC AAA 9 4 0 22 22 140.7 150 36 79 18 54% .286 9.6 2.3 1.2 5.1 1.32 4.22 10.0 1.0
2008 OAK MLB 1 0 0 8 1 26.3 37 4 12 2 55% .350 12.6 1.4 0.7 4.1 1.56 5.47 1.5 0.2
2009 COH AAA 3 10 0 15 15 86.7 112 35 53 14 40% .329 11.6 3.6 1.5 5.5 1.70 5.61 -6.4 -0.6

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 391 0.4808 0.4706 0.8859 0.6277 0.3251 0.9576 0.7576 0.1141
Career3910.48080.47060.88590.62770.32510.95760.75760.1141

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-07-06 2009-09-08 Minors 64 0 Right Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis -
2004-07-30 2004-10-04 60-DL 66 61 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Spurs -
2004-04-24 2004-06-13 Minors 50 0 Right Fingers Fracture Ring Finger - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 CIN $1,200,000
2006 OAK $354,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,554,000
2 yrTotal$1,554,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 129 d

Details
  • signed as a free agent from OAK 1/14/09, 1 year (09) (minor-league contract)
  • sent outright to Triple-A 10/3/08 contract purchased 8/18/08 sent outright to Triple-A 4/25/08 designated for assignment 4/23/08 contract purchased 4/14/08 sent to minor-league camp 3/16/08
  • signed as a free agent from CIN 08
  • FA 10/07 after refused sent outright to (c109 days in 07 for 4.072 total)
  • recalled 9/4/07 optioned to Triple-A 8/26/07 contract purchased 8/21/07 sent outright to Triple-A 7/27/07
  • recalled 7/7/07
  • optioned to Triple-A 5/28/07
  • acquired in trade from OAK 1/07
  • avoided arbitration 1/07, 1 year/$1.2M (07) re-signed 3/06, 1 year/$0.354M (06)
  • contract purchased 4/05 sent to minor-league camp 4/05 sent outright to Triple-A 10/04 designated for assignment 10/04 recalled 6/04 acquired in trade from HOU 4/04 optioned to Triple-A 3/04 re-signed 3/04 recalled 9/03 optioned to Triple-A 8/03 recalled 5/03 optioned to Triple-A 5/03 recalled 5/03 optioned to Triple-A 3/03 re-signed 2/03 recalled 7/02 optioned to Triple-A 6/02 contract purchased 6/02

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
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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 Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 We're as surprised as you are that Kirk Saarloos has gotten 500 big-league innings.
2008 Last year we said a pitcher with Kirk Saarloos's K/BB ratios (career 1.31) was "walking a tightrope" ...well, after getting traded to Cincinnati, he fell off. His ground-ball rate remains strong, even if all his other indicators aren't.
2007 Saarloos has put Billy Beane in an awkward spot. Beane loved Saarloos`s college stats, and he loved his minor league stats, and, eventually, he pried him away from the Astros. Since then, Saarloos has posted a winning record and a decent ERA with the A`s while costing the club essentially nothing. Yet, Beane knows that a pitcher who walks as many batters as he strikes out is always walking a tightrope. Most teams will give a player with some history of success enough rope to hang himself, but given the A`s thin margin between success and failure, if the A`s do that, they might be hanging themselves, too. Don`t be surprised if Saarloos turns into a pumpkin and costs the A`s a few games before he`s sent away.
2006 You take a season like this when you can get it, Cornejo-like strikeout rate and all, but a sign of how far things have come is that pretty much nobody takes it seriously anymore, to the point that Beane couldn`t churn up so much as a single Ken Rosenthal trade rumor or Buster Olney bullet point. That PECOTA ain`t half bad, actually. It`s a testament to how your range of options expands when you combine an extreme groundball pitcher with a great infield defense.
2005 As a type, we don't really invest the 'crafty righty' with any particular magic, not unless he's grizzled or colorful. But what if you're a clean-shaven guy at the start of your career, and your calling cards are throwing strikes and a nice change-up? For starters, you get dumped, as Saarloos effectively was by the Astros. When you finally do get a look from the one organization willing to look past your limitations, it probably isn't a good idea to hurt your elbow. He's a question mark after elbow surgery, so you can probably toss him into that same mental dustbin as other delightfully-monikered sometime A's, like Joe Slusarski, Will Schock, or Big Bird Birtsas.
2003 Dazzle your etymologist friends with this nugget: Saarloos is the first player in big league history to have a pair of double vowels in his last name. Even cooler is that he shows signs of becoming a fixture in Houstonís rotation. Saarloos moved out of the bullpen last year and shot through the system despite a fastball that only runs in the mid-80s. However, all of his pitches have good movement and he keeps batters off stride with pinpoint command and an uncanny knack for changing speeds. Itís not surprising that he wore down late in the season since heíd never before approached 185 innings. Thereís a debate as to whether Saarloos can thrive with a fastball thatís a few ticks south of average. Put us down squarely on the side that believes his minor league dominance portends success in the majors.
2002 The Astrosí third-round pick in 2001 out of Cal State Fullerton, Saarloos has a good shot at cracking the majors before the end of 2002. After signing somebody like T.J. Mathews, the Astros are still short of relief help, so a good first couple of months in the minors could get Saarloos up by July, which is about when the Astros will need to decide whether to trade for a veteran at the deadline. Saarloos has an outstanding change-up without being a Doug Jones type, so heíll move up fast.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who is one pitcher that you expected more out of based on their mechanical profile but never quite succeeded?
(Nick from Southern California)
Another fun one. I really thought that Phil Hughes would be more successful than he has been, but hard to fault a guy who will have at least 10 years of big-league service on his resume.

Kirk Saarloos was a guy that I thought would make an impact but fell short. Yusmeiro Petit is another one. (Doug Thorburn)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Kirk Saarloos threw 586 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2008, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2008, he relied primarily on his Sinker (86mph), also mixing in a Curve (80mph), Cutter (85mph) and Change (83mph). He also rarely threw a Fourseam Fastball (87mph) and Slider (82mph).