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Portrait of Brad Wilkerson

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
8 3753 .247 .350 .440 .276 16.4
Birth Date6-1-1977
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
2001 MON 24 47 136 117 11 24 7 2 1 38 17 41 0 1 1 5 2 1 .205 .304 .325 .219 -2.9 -0.8 -0.4
2002 MON 25 153 603 507 92 135 27 8 20 238 81 161 5 4 6 59 7 8 .266 .370 .469 .286 36.6 -11.2 2.6
2003 MON 26 146 602 504 78 135 34 4 19 234 89 155 4 3 2 77 13 10 .268 .380 .464 .291 36.5 2.8 3.9
2004 MON 27 160 688 572 112 146 39 2 32 285 106 152 4 3 3 67 13 6 .255 .374 .498 .305 57.6 15.1 7.1
2005 WAS 28 148 661 565 76 140 42 7 11 229 84 147 7 2 3 57 8 10 .248 .351 .405 .276 32.8 0.4 3.4
2006 TEX 29 95 365 320 56 71 15 2 15 135 37 116 3 3 2 44 3 2 .222 .306 .422 .242 0.6 -3.2 -0.3
2007 TEX 30 119 389 338 54 79 17 1 20 158 43 107 1 4 3 62 4 1 .234 .319 .467 .269 8.2 -1.0 0.7
2008 SEA 31 19 68 56 1 13 4 0 0 17 10 15 0 0 2 5 1 2 .232 .348 .304 .233 -0.9 -2.8 -0.4
2008 TOR 31 85 241 208 20 45 8 2 4 69 25 53 1 5 2 23 2 3 .216 .297 .332 .231 -4.7 1.8 -0.3
Career972375331875007881932812214034929472525243995343.247.350.440.276163.81.016.4

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
1999 HAR AA 0 517 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .290 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 HAR AA 0 275 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .384 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 OTT AAA 0 260 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 MON MLB 47 136 .219 .254 .320 .409 .253 .303 98 -6.1 3.7 -0.9 -0.8 -0.6 -2.9 -0.4 -2.9 -0.4
2001 JUP A+ 6 29 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 OTT AAA 69 300 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .329 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 MON MLB 153 603 .286 .260 .328 .412 .259 .348 102 16.8 15.4 -2.1 -11.2 3.8 36.6 2.6 36.6 2.6
2003 MON MLB 146 602 .291 .260 .326 .412 .257 .348 102 20.6 15.9 -3.5 2.8 -0.5 36.5 3.9 36.5 3.9
2004 MON MLB 160 688 .305 .264 .330 .425 .262 .292 92 33.8 20.5 -8.4 15.1 5.0 57.6 7.1 57.6 7.1
2005 WAS MLB 148 661 .276 .261 .323 .413 .258 .315 90 11.4 19.0 -1.9 0.4 0.4 32.8 3.4 32.8 3.4
2006 TEX MLB 95 365 .242 .270 .332 .433 .257 .292 109 -7.2 11.0 -3.2 -3.2 1.2 0.6 -0.3 0.6 -0.3
2007 TEX MLB 119 389 .269 .267 .329 .419 .259 .274 102 3.8 11.5 -5.4 -1.0 0.2 8.2 0.7 8.2 0.7
2007 FRI AA 3 14 .255 .252 .317 .381 .250 .222 106 -0.1 0.4 -0.2 -0.0 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2008 SEA MLB 19 68 .233 .268 .335 .420 .261 .317 99 -1.9 2.0 -0.7 -2.8 -0.6 -0.9 -0.4 -0.9 -0.4
2008 TOR MLB 85 241 .231 .267 .331 .414 .259 .263 97 -7.6 7.0 -2.2 1.8 -0.6 -4.7 -0.3 -4.7 -0.3
2008 DUN A+ 3 12 .491 .272 .362 .427 .277 .500 100 3.1 0.4 -0.2 0.0 -0.2 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
2009 PAW AAA 2 10 .130 .248 .323 .371 .241 .200 105 -1.4 0.3 -0.1 0.1 0.0 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1

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
1999 HAR AA 517 66 99 21 3 8 49 88 100 3 5 .235 .375 .355 .121 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 OTT AAA 260 40 53 11 1 12 35 45 60 5 4 .250 .388 .481 .231 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 HAR AA 275 53 77 36 2 6 44 42 38 8 4 .336 .447 .590 .253 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 JUP A+ 29 3 6 3 0 0 1 3 10 0 0 .231 .310 .346 .115 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 MON MLB 136 11 24 7 2 1 5 17 41 2 1 .205 .304 .325 .120 .219 -2.9 -0.8 -0.4
2001 OTT AAA 300 43 63 10 0 12 48 60 68 12 5 .270 .423 .468 .197 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 MON MLB 603 92 135 27 8 20 59 81 161 7 8 .266 .370 .469 .203 .286 36.6 -11.2 2.6
2003 MON MLB 602 78 135 34 4 19 77 89 155 13 10 .268 .380 .464 .196 .291 36.5 2.8 3.9
2004 MON MLB 688 112 146 39 2 32 67 106 152 13 6 .255 .374 .498 .243 .305 57.6 15.1 7.1
2005 WAS MLB 661 76 140 42 7 11 57 84 147 8 10 .248 .351 .405 .158 .276 32.8 0.4 3.4
2006 TEX MLB 365 56 71 15 2 15 44 37 116 3 2 .222 .306 .422 .200 .242 0.6 -3.2 -0.3
2007 TEX MLB 389 54 79 17 1 20 62 43 107 4 1 .234 .319 .467 .234 .269 8.2 -1.0 0.7
2007 FRI AA 14 3 2 1 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 .200 .429 .300 .100 .255 0.2 -0.0 0.0
2008 SEA MLB 68 1 13 4 0 0 5 10 15 1 2 .232 .348 .304 .071 .233 -0.9 -2.8 -0.4
2008 TOR MLB 241 20 45 8 2 4 23 25 53 2 3 .216 .297 .332 .115 .231 -4.7 1.8 -0.3
2008 DUN A+ 12 4 5 3 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 .455 .500 1.000 .545 .491 3.0 0.0 0.3
2009 PAW AAA 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 .111 .200 .111 .000 .130 -1.2 0.1 -0.1

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 1253 0.4988 0.4153 0.7769 0.5712 0.2596 0.8207 0.6810 0.2212
Career12530.49880.41530.77690.57120.25960.82070.6810.2212

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2008-08-22 2008-09-02 15-DL 11 9 Low Back Spasms -
2007-05-16 2007-06-09 15-DL 24 22 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-08-16 2006-10-01 15-DL 46 41 Right Shoulder Surgery Rotator Cuff Fraying 2006-08-22
2006-05-05 2006-05-05 DTD 0 0 - Head Concussion Running Into Wall -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 SEA $3,000,000
2007 TEX $4,350,000
2006 TEX $3,900,000
2005 WAS $3,050,000
2004 MON $375,000
2003 MON $315,000
2002 MON $206,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$15,196,000
7 yrTotal$15,196,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 81 dScott Boras

Details
  • released by PHI 3/29/10 signed as a free agent from BOS 2/23/10 (minor-league contract)
  • retired 4/20/09 signed as a free agent from TOR 2/4/09, 1 year/$0.4M (09) (minor-league contract)
  • $0.4M in major league, performance bonus to $2.5M
  • signed as a free agent from SEA 5/9/08 (TOR pays c$0.3M, or pro-rated major league min, SEA pays c$2.7M)
  • designated for assignment 4/30/08 signed as a free agent from TX 1/31/08, 1 year/$3M (08), $2M performance bonus:$50K each 325,350,375,400 plate appearances, $0.1M each 425,450 plate appearances, $0.2M each 475,500,525,550,575,600,625,650 plate appearances
  • avoided arbitration 1/07, 1 year/$4.35M (07)
  • avoided arbitration 1/06, 1 year/$3.9M (06)+$0.1M bonuses ($50K each 135,150 g)
  • acquired in trade from WAS 12/05
  • re-signed 1/05 (avoided arbitration), 1 year/$3.05M (05)
  • renewed 3/04, 1 year/$0.375M (04)
  • 1 year/$0.315M (03)
  • 1 year/$0.206M (02) 3/02 recalled 9/01 optioned to Triple-A 8/01 recalled 7/01

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
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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 TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 After being released by the Mariners, Wilkerson returned to Canada to platoon in right with Kevin Mench while Rios was covering for the injured Vernon Wells in center, but the Last Expo hit just .216/.297/.347 against righties as a Jay. It seems that, despite his season-ending surgery in 2006, Wilkerson has never fully recovered from the problems with his right shoulder that began back in 2005. Last year, he compounded that pre-existing condition by injuring his left shoulder on a dive in the outfield, and later landed on the DL with a bad back. It's sad to say, but there’s not much left here.
2008 In case you haven't figured it out, the Alfonso Soriano trade didn't work out too well for the Rangers. Wilkerson was supposed to be the big prize, but shoulder problems and a variety of leg ailments have sapped his skills, leaving him a low-average/high-power guy who is rarely healthy enough to play anywhere but first base. Meanwhile, in the two seasons since the deal, Soriano has hit 79 home runs, stolen 60 bases, scored 216 runs, and recorded 41 outfield assists (after years of fighting the Rangers to stay at second base). There's no crying in baseball, but if you want to anyway, Wilkerson is the spilt milk.
2007 That didn`t work out as planned. The prize for Alfonso Soriano came with a bum shoulder that thwarted the basic formulation of, `Wilkerson, good hitter + good hitters` park = big year.` After fighting the injury all season, Wilkerson finally bowed out in mid-August and went under the knife. Despite regressing in all phases with the bat, Wilkerson actually led the team in home runs for awhile, though that might speak more to the problems of teammates such as Teixeira and Blalock. The shoulder was also a problem in 2005, so it`s been a long time since we`ve seen the real Wilkerson, and there`s a good possibility that the 27-year-old slugger of 2004 is gone for good. Even if healthy, he`s going to have to hit well enough to keep his job despite the presence of Catalanotto, Botts, Cruz, and new center fielder Kenny Lofton.
2006 It wasn`t just the ballpark; Wilkerson flat-out had a bad year. As the club became more obviously riven between Latinos and everybody else, the finicky former best player on the team didn`t seem to get along with Bowden`s imports, and as the season went down the tubes, so did Wilkerson`s hitting. Frittered away in another Bowdenian indiscretion, Wilkerson has a date with a long-overdue dose of stardom ahead of him as a member of the Rangers, where he`ll be hitting in the perennially lefty power-friendly Ameriquest Field.
2005 Wilkerson was the bright light of the franchise this year, hitting for great power and creating further offense with bushels of walks. Even afflicted with a sore knee and a tight hamstring, his power took a step up. His health is a continuing concern, as every year seems to bring a couple things that ail him. And yet he hits like crazy.

Wilkerson went on the All-Star tour in Japan as an Expo, even as MLB was moving the team. He wore the Expo colors in the Tokyo Dome, a week before the team's new uniforms were held out and waved like capes as if the presenters were matadors, eyes darting around the room above their nervous smiles, as they scanned the crowd for the angry, wounded Expos fan who might charge with the next flash of fabric. Given Wilkerson's contributions in the final years of this once-proud franchise, there was no better choice to be the last Expo.
2003 Minor league hitting instructors urged him to be more aggressive. Jeff Torborg benched him for the withered remains of Mark Smith. He once mistakenly ordered sautéed boot in a downtown bistro (OK, made that one up). Still, Wilkerson overcame all those obstacles, and flourished last year in an organization that avoids patient hitters like the plague. He’d always reached base at a healthy clip thanks to his solid batting eye. What’s more exciting is his emerging power—the 47 doubles he hit between Double-A and Triple-A in 2000 started flying over the fence last year. This is why we constantly harp about the virtue of plate discipline. A talented hitter who learns to control the strike zone can wait for his pitch, crush it, and produce runs in bunches. If the fat pitch never comes, walks are a happy by-product. The Expos should decide soon whether Wilkerson’s future lies in left field or first base. He’ll hit at either position.
2002 Having sent Rondell White and Milton Bradley packing, the Expos have placed all of their outfield eggs in Brad Wilkerson’s basket. Shoulder surgery kept Wilkerson out of action until mid-May, delaying his Montreal debut until the All-Star break. Although he struggled after arriving, he continued to control the strike zone—making him something of an anomaly in this organization. Wilkerson has shown that he needs time to gather himself at each new level, so Torborg must stick with him if he gets off to a slow start. Come the summer solstice, both will be reaping the benefits of patience.
2001 Talk about nice problems to have: you’ve sent away Rondell White and you still have one good young outfielder too many? After plenty of people whined that Brad Wilkerson was too patient or too home-run-oriented, Wilkerson smacked nearly 70 extra-base hits between Harrisburg and Ottawa. Now, nobody in the organization is worrying that 87 walks means something bad. The starting center fielder for Team USA in the Olympics, he’s got an arm good enough for right field but will settle for a crack at left field in 2001. There’s big-time power to come from his uppercut stroke.
2000 Considering he was a supplemental first rounder from the 1998 draft batting with wood for the first time, the Expos were daring in sending him directly to Double-A. He’s got that exaggerated upright uppercut swing that Will Clark likes to show off, but the organization’s fussing that he’s either trying to hit home runs or he’s too passive at the plate. A solid prospect, but already behind Bergeron and Bradley in the fight for the two open outfield spots, and that’s only if White is elsewhere.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)While I'm usually a JP supporter I'm growing tired of his inability to fill the LF/DH hole. Shannon Stewart, Brad Wilkerson, Dave Dellucci, Kevin Millar and Russ Adams clearly aren't the answer so what would you do?
(Bill from Toronto)
I think he absolutely had the right idea with Travis Snider at the outset of the year, but it hasn't worked out yet. He didn't hit in ~100 PA, he had some back problems, he's missed a month. He's only 21, so it's far too early to give up hope that he can be the long-term solution there. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are the Jays contenders if they would have started the season with Gaston and giving Lind more playing time or is this just a nice looking winning streak that has happened late in the season?
(Ted from at the pool)
Lind's presence over the dessicated remains of Shannon Stewart or Kevin Mench/Brad Wilkerson certainly would have improved matters, but there's a lot of other factors that would have had to go right - better health (and fortune) from Dustin McGowan, Shaun Marcum, B.J. Ryan, Vernon Wells, Scott Rolen... wow, that's a lot right there. A.J. Burnett avoiding his mid-season cold streak, too. Given some better luck in breaks like those, they coulda been contenders, but as it is, it's just a nice-looking winning streak. Their potential as spoilers (7 games vs. Boston as Joe from Tewksbury mentioned above) probably shouldn't be underestimated. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I like the potential trade series. How realistic do you think the following scenario could be: Jays send AJ Burnett and one of Shannon Stewart / Brad Wilkerson to the Cubs for Rich Hill and Matt Murton? Can that be a great way to kill 4 birds with one stone, or what?
(rawagman from TO)
In making such a deal, the Cubs would make themselves measurably worse. I say go for it! (Dayn Perry)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Joe, how long do you think the Blue Jays will let Adam Lind crush the ball in AAA before giving him a real shot in the bigs? I know he has struggled when they bring him up and play him once a week, but will he ever get a fair shot? Is there anybody who has been mishandled more than Mr. Lind?
(Steve from Cambridge)
Plenty of guys have been handled worse than Lind has. Willie Greene mocks his pain, for one. I just don't get how a team can choose Shannon Stewart, who's just a terrible baseball player now, over Lind. Or drag in Brad Wilkerson and Kevin Mench. Or play Joe Inglett. It just doesn't make sense. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Melky Cabrera over Jacoby? That sounds similar to Rob Neyer's manifesto that Brad Wilkerson is better than Alfonso Soriano.
(sriramk1027 from SF)
Well, mine has the benefit that Cabrera has been the better player in every season of the two players' professional careers. Wilkerson had only been better than Soriano in most years at the time that comparison was made. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-15 14:30:00 (link to chat)Opinions on the Pads outfield? Personally, I don't see how they can expect to get more than 120 games out of either Edmonds or Giles. Who do they have to fill the holes when they get injured? Headley? DaVanon? Doesn't it make sense for the Pads to sign someone like Brad Wilkerson to add some much needed depth?
(Travis from San Diego)
Hey there Travis. You don't think Giles will survive more than 120? Maybe my Giles-centric perception colors my thoughts.

Edmonds though, is an issue for playing time. I would love to see them go after Wilkerson on a cheap deal (that's all that exists this late in the game, right?) I do like seeing what Scott Hairston can do, but backup plans for backup plans can't hurt.

I will miss Mike Cameron out there, that's for sure. As long as I never see Brady Clark in center again, though it isn't his fault he was the closest thing to a centerfielder left on the roster. (Marc Normandin)


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