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Portrait of Ryan Garko

Ryan Garko 1BIndians

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
6 1752 .275 .347 .434 .271 0.3
Birth Date1-2-1981
Height6' 2"
Weight225 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
2005 CLE 24 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .055 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
2006 CLE 25 50 209 185 28 54 12 0 7 87 14 37 7 3 0 45 0 0 .292 .359 .470 .268 3.6 -1.8 0.2
2007 CLE 26 138 541 484 62 140 29 1 21 234 34 94 20 3 0 61 0 1 .289 .359 .483 .294 13.7 -8.4 0.5
2008 CLE 27 141 563 495 61 135 21 1 14 200 45 86 15 8 0 90 0 0 .273 .346 .404 .264 5.4 -5.2 0.0
2009 CLE 28 78 273 239 29 68 10 0 11 111 20 40 10 2 2 39 0 0 .285 .362 .464 .288 7.4 0.5 0.8
2009 SFN 28 40 127 115 10 27 3 1 2 38 9 10 3 0 0 12 0 0 .235 .307 .330 .219 -5.7 -0.8 -0.7
2010 TEX 29 15 38 33 0 3 0 0 0 3 3 4 0 0 2 3 0 0 .091 .167 .091 .094 -5.4 0.1 -0.6
Career46317521552190427753556731252725516425001.275.347.434.27118.8-15.60.3

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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2003 MHV A- 45 183 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .285 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 KIN A+ 65 280 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 AKR AA 43 194 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .370 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BUF AAA 5 23 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .412 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CLE MLB 1 1 .055 .359 .432 .744 .377 .000 99 -0.2 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2005 BUF AAA 127 520 .275 .267 .336 .419 .248 .344 111 7.8 14.4 -1.3 -4.1 -2.7 17.5 1.2 17.5 1.2
2006 CLE MLB 50 209 .268 .270 .334 .431 .255 .326 109 1.9 6.3 -4 -1.8 -0.5 3.6 0.2 3.6 0.2
2006 BUF AAA 103 437 .266 .256 .326 .396 .257 .266 101 2.6 11.4 -7.3 6.5 -1.8 4.4 1.1 4.4 1.1
2007 CLE MLB 138 541 .294 .266 .332 .425 .263 .320 99 20.6 16.1 -10.1 -8.4 -8.5 13.7 0.5 13.7 0.5
2008 CLE MLB 141 563 .264 .265 .332 .417 .260 .300 104 2.6 16.3 -10.3 -5.2 -4.3 5.4 0.0 5.4 0.0
2009 CLE MLB 78 273 .288 .265 .333 .421 .259 .300 101 8.2 7.9 -4.6 0.5 -2.2 7.4 0.8 7.4 0.8
2009 SFN MLB 40 127 .219 .260 .326 .405 .259 .243 93 -5.5 3.7 -2.2 -0.8 -1.3 -5.7 -0.7 -5.7 -0.7
2010 TEX MLB 15 38 .094 .264 .324 .401 .256 .103 109 -6.4 1.0 -0.6 0.1 0.0 -5.4 -0.6 -5.4 -0.6
2010 OKL AAA 93 387 .245 .274 .342 .426 .262 .256 103 -6.9 12.1 -7.7 0.4 -2.7 -7.1 -0.6 -7.1 -0.6
2012 MNT AA 61 267 .296 .257 .328 .386 .261 .345 103 10 7.4 -4.6 -0.6 -3.9 8.6 0.8 8.6 0.8

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
2003 MHV A- 183 23 45 8 1 4 16 12 19 1 1 .273 .333 .406 .133 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BUF AAA 23 2 7 1 0 0 4 2 3 0 0 .350 .409 .400 .050 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 AKR AA 194 29 57 15 0 6 38 14 28 1 0 .331 .401 .523 .192 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 KIN A+ 280 44 78 17 1 16 58 26 34 4 1 .328 .427 .609 .282 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BUF AAA 520 75 137 25 3 19 77 44 92 1 3 .303 .386 .498 .195 .275 17.5 -4.1 1.2
2005 CLE MLB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .055 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
2006 CLE MLB 209 28 54 12 0 7 45 14 37 0 0 .292 .359 .470 .178 .268 3.6 -1.8 0.2
2006 BUF AAA 437 43 90 18 0 15 59 45 67 4 5 .247 .360 .420 .173 .266 4.4 6.5 1.1
2007 CLE MLB 541 62 140 29 1 21 61 34 94 0 1 .289 .359 .483 .194 .294 13.7 -8.4 0.5
2008 CLE MLB 563 61 135 21 1 14 90 45 86 0 0 .273 .346 .404 .131 .264 5.4 -5.2 0.0
2009 SFN MLB 127 10 27 3 1 2 12 9 10 0 0 .235 .307 .330 .096 .219 -5.7 -0.8 -0.7
2009 CLE MLB 273 29 68 10 0 11 39 20 40 0 0 .285 .362 .464 .180 .288 7.4 0.5 0.8
2010 OKL AAA 387 42 80 11 1 12 48 41 62 1 1 .235 .326 .379 .144 .245 -7.1 0.4 -0.6
2010 TEX MLB 38 0 3 0 0 0 3 3 4 0 0 .091 .167 .091 .000 .094 -5.4 0.1 -0.6
2012 MNT AA 267 33 68 9 0 8 40 28 50 0 0 .297 .386 .441 .144 .296 8.6 -0.6 0.8

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 2278 0.5285 0.4418 0.8410 0.6337 0.2263 0.8978 0.6626 0.1590
2009 1447 0.5135 0.4782 0.8410 0.6501 0.2969 0.9048 0.6938 0.1590
2010 147 0.4966 0.4422 0.8615 0.5753 0.3108 0.9048 0.7826 0.1385
Career38720.52170.45540.84180.63760.25590.90070.67880.1582

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-06-21 2009-06-24 DTD 3 2 Left Wrist Sprain Originially Hurt 3 Days Ago -
2007-09-15 2007-09-15 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Contusion HBP Middle Finger -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 COL $
2012 TBA $
2010 TEX $550,000
2009 CLE, SFN $446,100
2008 CLE $420,100
2007 CLE $383,100
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$1,799,300
4 yrTotal$1,799,300

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 135 d1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 1/29/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent (minor-league contract).
  • 2011. Korea.
  • 1 year/$0.55M (2010). Signed as a free agent 2/1/10. Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 325, 350, 375 plate appearances. $50,000 each for 425, 450, 475 PA. $0.1M each 500, 550, 600 PA. Claimed off waivers from Seattle 4/1/10. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/18/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4461M (2009). Re-signed 3/9/09. Acquired in trade from Cleveland 7/27/09. Non-tendered 12/12/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4201M (2008). Re-signed 3/1/08.
  • 1 year/$0.3831M (2007). Re-signed 2/07 (split contract, $86,400 in minors).
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed 3/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased 9/05.
  • Drafted 2003 (3-78) (Stanford). $0.27M signing bonus.

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 %
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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 When you want a bottle of wine, do you discriminate between your selections, or are you the $3 Chuck type? If the latter, here's your first baseman, the first baseman you trade for because you sort of left that whole first base thing to the last minute, you can't walk in the door empty-handed, and this was all you could get for the dog's least-favorite kidney. Harsh? Sure, but this is a player who's in his prime, and his chief selling point is a modest .170 ISO against lefties, with zero value on defense while being limited to corners (to be generous). The Giants traded a pitcher worth having in Scott Barnes out of desperate need, promptly realized General Garko isn't the right pour at a high-offense position, and non-tendered him rather than let the arbitration panel get into a tizzy because that's better than they could do against major-league pitching. Of course it is, and there are only a few thousand people on the planet who could do it. Yes, a few thousand, and there are little more than 400 position-playing jobs in the majors. You do the math.
2009 Garko tied for the team lead in RBI, but was a considerably below-average starter at first. He also has to deal with Jason Giambi comparisons as far as his glovework. Next season will see him begin to lose a sizable chunk of playing time to Victor Martinez at first base when Kelly Shoppach catches, the start of an erosion that will eventually be finished by the tidal power of Beau Mills, or Matt LaPorta, or Wes Hodges, or Nick Weglarz.
2008 The Indians cleared out the first base job for Garko in 2007, and while he performed admirably, he still seems like a placeholder until something better comes along. He's hardly a liability, but he's also kind of a generic first baseman in terms of batting average and power. He'll be around for a long time, but he'll always seem like Plan B.
2007 The Broussard trade gave Garko a 50-game audition for the first base job after he moped a bit through his summer in Buffalo. He responded to the challenge and hit well enough to make the Indians comfortable with him there to open the season. He`s a good hitter, but whether he`s good enough to be anything more than an average bat among first basemen remains to be seen. At age 26, he`s more of an `is what he is` guy than a high-ceiling prospect.
2006 Never much of a catcher, Garko has always been able to hit, steamrolling through the Indians` system while hitting like a demon at every level. With first base currently an organizational hole, the Indians had Garko play there in more than half of his games in Triple-A and then full-time in the Arizona Fall League. Garko is expected to start 2006 in Triple-A to continue adapting to his new position, but at least initially he`d make a good platoon partner for Broussard. Regardless, Garko should become the Indians` full-time first baseman before the season is out.
2005 Garko (the kind of name that sounds like it should be followed by "the Barbarian" or "Bat-Lord of Ganymede") is more likely to have a solid position on free trade than on a baseball field. The lad can rake, so it will be tragic if the Indians let him rot in the sticks rather than make a contribution to the big league club. Hiding him at catcher, first, or DH depending on who's hurt, the opposing pitcher, and the defensive needs of Cleveland's own pitcher might be the way to get value out of him. Think Matt LeCroy.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I like Willingham a lot. It seems like the Nats do too, so what do you think the Giants would have to part with to get him?
(Gregjitsu from Still Southern Cal)
Well, he won't be a free agent until 2012, so it will take more than it took to get Ryan Garko (which was Single A pitcher Scott Barnes, who was considered one of the team's better pitching prospects) but nothing along the lines of Bumgarner. Maybe someone like Henry Sosa. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Best chat session ever, thanks Christina! If you are the Giants what are you looking to do this off-season? Also, presuming Molina's gone, where do you slot in Buster Posey into the offense?
(Parker from San Fran)
Fiddle, there's nary a mention of Ataturk or the invention of the stirrup's role at the Battle of Hastings, let alone any talk about the redemptive value of heavy metal. Now that'd be something, but I'll settle for baseball. ;)

They really should be in the market for a bat, because Ryan Garko's just a placeholder at first base--assuming they tender him. Perhaps they get in on Adrian Beltre or Chone Figgins, and move Sandoval to first; Figgins might be game for a move back to second, though, which would beat placing faith in Eugenio Velez. Posey and no more screwing around with not just leaving Fred Lewis be gives them enough runs and an improved defense. Spending high on the first basemen on the market isn't very attractive (Adam LaRoche) or comes with risk (Nick Johnson), so I guess I'd rather find ways to get Sandoval off of third base. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt LaPorta is raking at AAA: what do you estimate his ETA to be and who will he be taking PT from?
(KO from Pittsfield, MA)
Ben Francisco isn't an everyday player, more a fourth outfielder, so you could start there. An offense/defense platoon makes some sense with those two. LaPorta can also get time at 1B for Ryan Garko and ... well, Travis Hafner isn't quite ready to cede DH, it appears.

I'd get LaPorta up pretty soon. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-03-10 14:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Joe- I'll be at work this afternoon so, regretfully, I'll miss the live chat this afternoon. If you can sqeeze in my question I'd appreciate it. What can we expect from from Matt Laporta this season? Will the Indians use him at 1st or LF or DH? Perhaps will they will "longoria-nize" him and bring him up mid-April or May. This would allow them to use him where he is most needed. Sometimes if you stand by the barn door the horse (or the decision...) comes to you. Thanks for taking my question...
(mhixpgh from Pittsburgh)
You don't worry about service time with LaPorta, because as a bat-only player who's already 24, you're not concerned about locking up his age-30 season. Just play him once he's ready, and given that the team has a contract that hasn't hit in years at DH, and the open question of Ryan Garko at first base, there should be time for him. If Choo has to miss any time, that seals the deal for carrying LaPorta on Opening Day. I think he'll hit .270/.345/.490 in the majors this year if he plays. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Christina! Thanks, as always, for the chat. How much value should teams place on the defense of their backup catcher? Would it create valuable roster flexibility for a team to have a guy like Ryan Garko or Jayson Werth or Josh Willingham catch one day a week? Or is that just re-arranging the deck chairs? Iím also wondering if this would preserve some of the positional value of prospects who just donít look like they can catch every day, such as Jeff Clement or Hank Conger.
(Rob from Alaska)
You're talking to somebody who fell in love with everything about catchers back when you had backups like Johnny Wockenfuss and Bill Schroeder, guys who really weren't much behind the plate, but gave you something in the lineup, and who hit well enough to have value DHing or playing some first base. (Naturally, that makes me a Chris Coste fan. Jim Leyritz too, for that matter.) While a guy as big and as fragile as Werth would give me pause, I think it makes plenty of sense in Garko's case. I wonder about Willingham, but in part that's because I sort of fancy the notion that he could grow up to be the next Brian Downing. (Christina Kahrl)


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