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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
5 214 .176 .225 .259 .191 -0.7
Birth Date2-2-1984
Height5' 11"
Weight190 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
2007 LAN 23 12 31 29 5 7 0 1 2 15 0 8 0 0 2 5 0 0 .241 .241 .517 .246 1.2 -0.3 0.1
2008 LAN 24 65 129 116 16 21 2 2 0 27 11 23 0 0 2 9 2 0 .181 .252 .233 .197 -1.3 -0.6 -0.2
2009 LAN 25 5 6 5 2 2 1 0 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 .400 .333 .600 .320 0.5 -0.1 0.0
2010 LAN 26 14 25 23 2 3 1 0 0 4 0 5 1 1 0 1 1 0 .130 .160 .174 .120 -2.6 -0.7 -0.4
2011 NYN 27 22 23 20 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 11 0 1 1 1 1 0 .050 .091 .050 .121 -2.2 -0.1 -0.2
Career11821419327344325012491351840.176.225.259.191-4.5-1.8-0.7

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 OGD Rk 53 240 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CGA A 84 368 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 VRO A+ 20 83 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .319 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 VRO A+ 116 505 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 JAX AA 125 556 .260 .257 .330 .386 .260 .275 99 -0.1 10.5 4.8 -1.2 -0.8 14.4 1.4 14.4 1.4
2007 LAN MLB 12 31 .246 .263 .332 .417 .256 .263 100 -0.5 0.9 0.4 -0.3 1.0 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2007 JAX AA 82 356 .326 .261 .334 .391 .264 .349 90 25.8 10.5 4.8 4.6 -1.6 36.6 4.2 36.6 4.2
2007 LVG AAA 45 200 .270 .285 .348 .441 .265 .317 115 2.2 6.0 1.5 3.5 0.3 8.5 1.2 8.5 1.2
2008 LAN MLB 65 129 .197 .267 .334 .423 .267 .226 92 -8.7 3.7 1.1 -0.6 2.0 -1.3 -0.2 -1.3 -0.2
2008 LVG AAA 41 168 .217 .272 .341 .436 .255 .321 119 -8.3 5.2 2.4 6.2 0.1 -1.1 0.5 -1.1 0.5
2009 LAN MLB 5 6 .320 .254 .336 .394 .260 .500 87 0.4 0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2009 ABQ AAA 130 544 .249 .270 .335 .411 .276 .311 101 -6.6 16.1 6.9 4.8 2.1 17.9 2.2 17.9 2.2
2010 LAN MLB 14 25 .120 .259 .330 .415 .271 .158 92 -3.5 0.7 0.3 -0.7 -0.0 -2.6 -0.4 -2.6 -0.4
2010 ABQ AAA 58 223 .246 .275 .346 .425 .263 .321 121 -3.5 6.7 2.4 -1.7 1.1 7.3 0.5 7.3 0.5
2011 NYN MLB 22 23 .121 .229 .318 .366 .260 .100 94 -3.1 0.6 0 -0.1 0.3 -2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2
2011 BUF AAA 13 32 .186 .250 .328 .375 .252 .300 92 -2.8 1.0 0.1 -0.3 -0.5 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
2011 MTS Rk 13 57 .192 .238 .319 .348 .249 .214 106 -4.6 1.8 0.4 1.4 1.4 0.5 0.2 0.5 0.2
2011 ADE Wnt 28 129 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 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
2003 OGD Rk 240 34 67 9 5 3 23 14 33 5 4 .305 .340 .432 .127 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CGA A 368 58 99 15 4 6 25 20 50 17 7 .298 .333 .422 .123 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 VRO A+ 83 12 23 4 1 0 10 5 6 3 1 .307 .337 .387 .080 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 VRO A+ 505 80 147 29 1 8 56 19 40 23 6 .313 .344 .430 .117 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 JAX AA 556 71 124 20 2 5 34 49 63 11 5 .254 .319 .334 .080 .260 14.4 -1.2 1.4
2007 JAX AA 356 56 107 30 5 6 34 26 33 12 4 .329 .377 .508 .178 .326 36.6 4.6 4.2
2007 LVG AAA 200 33 61 10 1 8 28 6 18 3 4 .318 .337 .505 .188 .270 8.5 3.5 1.2
2007 LAN MLB 31 5 7 0 1 2 5 0 8 0 0 .241 .241 .517 .276 .246 1.2 -0.3 0.1
2008 LAN MLB 129 16 21 2 2 0 9 11 23 2 0 .181 .252 .233 .052 .197 -1.3 -0.6 -0.2
2008 LVG AAA 168 21 46 5 3 1 15 7 19 2 0 .295 .317 .385 .090 .217 -1.1 6.2 0.5
2009 ABQ AAA 544 66 146 21 5 6 53 25 54 14 5 .294 .326 .393 .099 .249 17.9 4.8 2.2
2009 LAN MLB 6 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 .400 .333 .600 .200 .320 0.5 -0.1 0.0
2010 ABQ AAA 223 37 66 11 1 4 25 8 16 8 1 .317 .335 .438 .120 .246 7.3 -1.7 0.5
2010 LAN MLB 25 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 5 1 0 .130 .160 .174 .043 .120 -2.6 -0.7 -0.4
2011 MTS Rk 57 8 9 0 0 0 1 8 7 2 1 .184 .298 .184 .000 .192 0.5 1.4 0.2
2011 BUF AAA 32 3 6 2 0 0 1 0 11 0 0 .194 .219 .258 .065 .186 -1.9 -0.3 -0.2
2011 NYN MLB 23 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 11 1 0 .050 .091 .050 .000 .121 -2.2 -0.1 -0.2
2011 ADE Wnt 129 19 33 6 2 3 14 8 18 3 3 .277 .328 .437 .160 .000 0.0 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 456 0.5175 0.4846 0.8281 0.6653 0.2909 0.8981 0.6563 0.1719
2009 22 0.5000 0.5455 0.7500 0.8182 0.2727 0.7778 0.6667 0.2500
2010 89 0.5506 0.5056 0.8444 0.5714 0.4250 1.0000 0.5882 0.1556
2011 101 0.6040 0.5050 0.6863 0.6230 0.3250 0.6842 0.6923 0.3137
Career6680.53440.49250.80630.65140.31330.87540.6530.1937

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-06-11 2011-09-06 Minors 87 79 - Not Disclosed - -
2010-06-30 2010-09-01 Minors 63 0 Left Thumb Surgery Fracture -
2010-05-22 2010-05-29 Minors 7 0 Fracture -
2008-06-14 2008-07-20 Minors 36 0 Blurred Vision -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 NYN $420,000
2008 LAN $390,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$810,000
2 yrTotal$810,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 63 d1 year/$0.42M (2011)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2011). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/10. Acquired by NY Mets in trade from LA Dodgers 12/27/10.
  • 1 year/$0.401M (2009). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/6/09.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2008). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/23/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased 9/1/07.
  • Signed 2003 as amateur free agent from Taiwan.

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

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Chin-Lung Hu has regressed as a prospect and now he can't stay healthy. His window is nearly closed.
2011 Acrobatic fielding and developing gap power placed Hu on our top prospects list back in 2008, but vision problems, injuries, and a failure to hit when auditioning have derailed his big-league career. He was hitting at a decent clip in Albuquerque when he went down in early July with a broken thumb that required surgery and cost him another shot at filling in for Rafael Furcal. Out of options, his future likely lies beyond Chavez Ravine, probably on the "Have Glove, Will Travel" circuit occupied by the likes of Juan Castro, Wilson Valdez, Nick Green, and so many other futilitymen.
2010 Once a highly-regarded prospect thanks to his acrobatic defense, Hu failed to hit during a brief audition at shortstop during Furcal's absence in 2008. Blurred vision in his right eye was a factor, but even with that problem corrected, his gap power has failed to develop, and his career has been moving backwards to the point where his bat appears iffy beyond a utility role. Sure, he might be up to Juan Castro's job, but is that really worth aspiring to?
2009 An acrobatic defender whose hitting had progressed rapidly over the past year, Hu came into 2008 ranked as the Dodgersí third-best prospect. Injuries created a golden opportunity for him, first as a late-inning sub for Jeff Kent at second and then as the starting shortstop once Rafael Furcal went down. Given a month to make good in an unfairly short trial, he simply didnít hit; a recurrent problem with blurred vision in his right eye may have been a factor. In any event, he showed little evidence of 2007's developing gap power, and with Ivan De Jesus Jr.'s rapid progress, Huís stock has taken such a hit that he may never again get a starting opportunity in LA.
2008 Already considered the best defensive shortstop in the minors, this Taiwanese pixie broke out with the bat in 2007 thanks to a more aggressive approach at the plate. After he lit up Southern League pitching and won MVP honors in the Futures Game, Hu's hit parade continued in Las Vegas. The question is whether that performance, comprised of a repeat-level improvement and an altitude-driven showing, was real or a fluke. The power may be illusory, but Hu has the bat speed and hand-eye coordination to sustain a .300 average with lots of doubles and few walks or strikeouts, giving the Dodgers a dirt-cheap, major league-ready shortstop to replace Furcal possibly as soon as the trading deadline.
2007 The tiny Taiwanese doesn`t just draw praise for his fielding, he`s widely considered the best defensive shortstop in the minors and a future Gold Glove winner. Though Hu`s arm isn`t especially strong, he combines speed, first-step quickness, and excellent instincts to produce unequalled range afield. His bat, however, is a work in progress, as his power takes an electron microscope to measure. His plate discipline has improved markedly, and his 2006 walk total nearly topped the previous three seasons combined. He may never be an above-average hitter, but his age-23 translations bear far more resemblance to Omar Vizquel (.266/.316/.331) than Cesar Izturis (.256/.286/.321), to cherry-pick a couple of similarly-sized, slick-fielding shortstops. Not too shabby.
2006 Hu is another Taiwanese import, an acrobatic, pint-sized shortstop. He wins raves for his glovework, though that has more to do with his range than his arm. When it comes to his bat, opinions diverge. Scouts see a hitter with good bat speed and developing power, but the Davenport Translations don`t give much cause for optimism; Hu has never topped .375 SLG (translated), and it isn`t as though he brings plate discipline to the table. Even if he grows up to be Cesar Izturis, that doesn`t guarantee a season the caliber of Izzy`s 2004.
2005 Hu's strong season at Columbus earned him a promotion to Vero Beach and a spot on the radar of prospect mavens. He's only 20, is "projectable" at the plate, and according to scouts, has the ability to actually stay at shortstop as he moves up through the system. With Hu and Guzman, the Dodgers have two of the top shortstop prospects in baseball, and they've got an embarrassment of riches compared to most other clubs in that department. Of course, when we started writing Baseball Prospectus annuals some time back, the same could be said of Seattle with Desi Relaford and Arquimedez Pozo, so perhaps a little perspective is a good thing.

BP Articles

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Pebble Hunting: Blind BABIP Test, Part 2Sam Miller2013-06-18
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Asian Equation: A Guide to Asian Prospects in the World Baseball ClassicMichael Street2013-03-01
Painting the Black: Mid-season Heroes and Goats, Part 1R.J. Anderson2011-07-12
Transaction Analysis: Heroes Take a FallBen Lindbergh2011-05-18
BP Unfiltered: Depth Charts Update 3/25Sky Kalkman2011-03-25
BP Unfiltered: To Keep or Cut CastilloR.J. Anderson2011-02-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: Winning the Winter, NL EditionTommy Bennett2011-02-15
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL East UpdateChristina Kahrl2011-01-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Dodgers, Padres, GiantsChristina Kahrl2010-09-27
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Blast, or Blasted?Christina Kahrl2010-06-28
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Shuffling SeniorsChristina Kahrl2010-06-23
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Waterloo's 195th Anniversary EditionChristina Kahrl2010-06-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: The Old WestChristina Kahrl2010-06-03
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 18Kevin Goldstein2010-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: NL East and WestChristina Kahrl2010-04-09
This article requires BP Premium accessCamp Battles: NL WestChristina Kahrl2010-03-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: North by LeftwestChristina Kahrl2010-02-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: The 10,000 Arms of Dr. T.Christina Kahrl2010-02-03
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Senior CircuitryChristina Kahrl2010-01-27
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Impaled RangersChristina Kahrl2010-01-11
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Going WestChristina Kahrl2010-01-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Roster TweaksChristina Kahrl2009-10-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: NL RoundupChristina Kahrl2009-09-17
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: August 25Kevin Goldstein2009-08-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL Roster RoundupChristina Kahrl2009-04-16
Future Shock: Organizational Rankings, Part 2Kevin Goldstein2008-03-05
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Dodgers Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2008-02-01
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Red Sox Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2007-11-02
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: Offseason Plans, NL WestNate Silver2007-10-31
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Arizona Fall League Preview, Part 2Kevin Goldstein2007-10-04
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Positional Rankings - ShortstopKevin Goldstein2007-08-10
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Monday Morning Ten PackKevin Goldstein2007-04-23
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 1-12, 2007Christina Kahrl2007-03-13
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Division Roundup, NL WestKevin Goldstein2006-07-04
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Scouting Notebook, 6/15/06Kevin Goldstein2006-06-15
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: NL West RoundupKevin Goldstein2006-05-16
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems: NL WestKevin Goldstein2006-03-10
Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes On Prospects, Part OneNate Silver2006-02-08
Prospectus Notebook: Dodgers, TwinsBaseball Prospectus2005-12-14


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Chin-lung Hu married Powerball's Tracy Wu, would she then be Tracy Wu-Hu?
(jhardman from Boredland)
No, unfortunately--it's Tracy Wiu, so she'd be Tracy Wiu-Hu, which isn't quite as fun. It's close, though. Can we find a way to set these two up? (Ben Lindbergh)


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