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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 31)
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Birth Date4-19-1983
Height6' 2"
Weight210 lbs
Age31 years, 4 months, 4 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
-0.92010
0.42011
0.42012
0.32013
1.22014
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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
2005 PIT 22 14 14 84.7 84.7 0.0 8 2 0 0 9 1 341 79 20 17 3 107 23 21 2 58 1.81 2.97 3.67 15.2 1.6
2006 PIT 23 34 34 215.3 215.3 0.0 10 15 0 0 18 2 935 255 116 107 17 372 68 62 7 117 4.47 4.09 4.45 29.2 3.3
2007 PIT 24 20 19 107.3 104.3 3.0 3 8 0 0 7 0 482 161 74 66 14 245 25 23 3 41 5.53 4.89 5.71 4.8 0.6
2008 PIT 25 31 31 185.0 185.0 0.0 5 14 0 0 14 0 829 230 111 99 19 351 47 46 7 87 4.82 4.38 5.22 4.7 0.6
2009 PIT 26 32 32 213.0 213.0 0.0 11 16 0 0 21 0 891 231 101 96 23 356 49 49 3 106 4.06 4.20 5.03 8.9 0.8
2010 PIT 27 29 29 159.0 159.0 0.0 8 15 0 0 12 0 730 212 115 101 25 337 51 49 4 96 5.72 4.98 5.31 -7.1 -0.9
2011 ARI 28 21 9 76.7 51.0 25.7 3 4 1 0 3 0 338 101 42 42 6 143 19 19 1 32 4.93 3.96 4.76 4.8 0.4
2012 WAS 29 8 0 13.7 0.0 13.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 56 11 2 2 0 15 4 4 0 10 1.32 2.55 2.51 3.1 0.4
2013 CIN 30 14 0 10.7 0.0 10.7 0 1 0 0 0 0 41 8 1 1 1 12 2 2 0 7 0.84 3.49 2.46 2.8 0.3
2013 WAS 30 12 1 20.7 3.3 17.3 1 1 0 1 0 0 101 31 22 20 2 45 8 5 1 11 8.71 4.52 5.04 -0.4 -0.1
2014 MIL 31 58 0 48.3 0.0 48.3 4 0 0 4 0 0 194 38 15 12 3 53 14 13 0 60 2.23 2.29 2.49 9.5 1.1
Career2731691134.31015.7118.7547615843493813576195631132036310293286254.474.174.7875.58.2

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2003 HIC A 26 26 141.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .280 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 LYN A+ 17 17 97.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 ALT AA 9 9 51.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .262 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PIT MLB 14 14 84.7 3.67 122 .219 .263 .326 .419 .260 .298 102 15.9 1.6 15.2 1.6
2005 IND AAA 16 16 108.0 5.05 89 .241 .270 .339 .426 .253 .308 89 4.6 0.4 3.4 0.3
2006 PIT MLB 34 34 215.3 4.45 104 .271 .261 .323 .417 .259 .328 95 22.6 2.2 29.2 3.3
2007 PIT MLB 20 19 107.3 5.71 82 .302 .260 .321 .413 .252 .368 101 1.2 0.1 4.8 0.6
2007 SCO A- 1 1 5.7 5.33 81 .165 .257 .339 .328 .248 .176 98 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2007 IND AAA 1 1 3.7 5.63 69 .339 .254 .316 .391 .236 .467 93 -0.3 -0.0 -0.5 -0.1
2007 PIR Rk 2 2 6.7 5.47 81 .227 .234 .304 .324 .235 .250 96 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 PIT MLB 31 31 185.0 5.22 88 .281 .264 .326 .414 .259 .315 100 4.2 0.4 4.7 0.6
2009 PIT MLB 32 32 213.0 5.03 84 .262 .254 .318 .401 .254 .293 96 3.6 0.4 8.9 0.8
2010 PIT MLB 29 29 159.0 5.31 68 .327 .257 .321 .405 .267 .338 92 -6.2 -0.7 -7.1 -0.9
2010 ALT AA 2 2 7.0 6.98 23 .211 .253 .312 .397 .250 .190 87 -0.9 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2011 ARI MLB 21 9 76.7 4.76 86 .292 .249 .308 .385 .253 .339 100 0.5 0.1 4.8 0.4
2011 VIS A+ 1 1 5.0 3.00 137 .182 .292 .367 .469 .294 .333 94 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2011 RNO AAA 1 1 5.3 10.57 16 .302 .279 .350 .451 .266 .263 109 -1.4 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
2012 WAS MLB 8 0 13.7 2.51 142 .203 .264 .324 .418 .270 .262 100 3.0 0.3 3.1 0.4
2012 SYR AAA 26 26 164.3 5.83 76 .250 .258 .327 .390 .253 .297 101 -9.9 -1.0 -10.1 -1.2
2013 CIN MLB 14 0 10.7 2.46 144 .198 .250 .306 .389 .250 .226 109 2.3 0.2 2.8 0.3
2013 WAS MLB 12 1 20.7 5.04 77 .333 .248 .311 .390 .259 .367 101 -0.9 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1
2013 LOU AAA 26 0 27.7 4.50 98 .186 .254 .326 .380 .253 .274 101 2.5 0.3 2.5 0.3
2014 MIL MLB 58 0 48.3 2.49 135 .218 .255 .317 .393 .267 .302 95 9.4 1.0 9.5 1.1

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
2003 HIC A 8 7 0 26 26 141.7 124 46 113 7 0% .280 7.9 2.9 0.4 7.2 1.20 3.11 0.0 0.0
2004 ALT AA 5 1 0 9 9 51.3 41 10 36 2 0% .262 7.2 1.8 0.4 6.3 0.99 1.58 0.0 0.0
2004 LYN A+ 10 5 0 17 17 97.0 73 20 106 3 0% .278 6.8 1.9 0.3 9.8 0.96 1.39 0.0 0.0
2005 IND AAA 12 3 0 16 16 108.0 108 23 66 8 52% .308 9.0 1.9 0.7 5.5 1.21 2.92 3.4 0.3
2005 PIT MLB 8 2 0 14 14 84.7 79 23 58 3 50% .298 8.4 2.4 0.3 6.2 1.20 1.81 15.2 1.6
2006 PIT MLB 10 15 0 34 34 215.3 255 68 117 17 54% .328 10.7 2.8 0.7 4.9 1.50 4.47 29.2 3.3
2007 PIT MLB 3 8 0 20 19 107.3 161 25 41 14 53% .368 13.5 2.1 1.2 3.4 1.73 5.53 4.8 0.6
2007 PIR Rk 0 0 0 2 2 6.7 5 2 3 0 80% .250 6.7 2.7 0.0 4.0 1.04 1.34 0.0 0.0
2007 SCO A- 1 0 0 1 1 5.7 3 2 3 0 47% .176 4.7 3.2 0.0 4.7 0.88 1.58 -0.1 -0.0
2007 IND AAA 0 1 0 1 1 3.7 7 2 1 0 60% .467 17.0 4.9 0.0 2.4 2.43 4.86 -0.5 -0.1
2008 PIT MLB 5 14 0 31 31 185.0 230 47 87 19 50% .315 11.2 2.3 0.9 4.2 1.50 4.82 4.7 0.6
2009 PIT MLB 11 16 0 32 32 213.0 231 49 106 23 50% .293 9.8 2.1 1.0 4.5 1.31 4.06 8.9 0.8
2010 PIT MLB 8 15 0 29 29 159.0 212 51 96 25 49% .338 12.0 2.9 1.4 5.4 1.65 5.72 -7.1 -0.9
2010 ALT AA 0 0 0 2 2 7.0 5 1 1 1 50% .190 6.4 1.3 1.3 1.3 0.86 2.57 -1.3 -0.1
2011 RNO AAA 1 0 0 1 1 5.3 7 1 2 2 52% .263 11.8 1.7 3.4 3.4 1.50 8.44 -1.4 -0.1
2011 ARI MLB 3 4 1 21 9 76.7 101 19 32 6 50% .339 11.9 2.2 0.7 3.8 1.57 4.93 4.8 0.4
2011 VIS A+ 1 0 0 1 1 5.0 5 0 4 0 40% .333 9.0 0.0 0.0 7.2 1.00 1.80 1.7 0.2
2012 WAS MLB 1 0 0 8 0 13.7 11 4 10 0 40% .262 7.2 2.6 0.0 6.6 1.10 1.32 3.1 0.4
2012 SYR AAA 15 5 0 26 26 164.3 178 39 91 16 53% .297 9.7 2.1 0.9 5.0 1.32 3.51 -10.1 -1.2
2013 LOU AAA 2 0 2 26 0 27.7 19 5 34 2 52% .274 6.2 1.6 0.7 11.1 0.87 1.30 2.5 0.3
2013 CIN MLB 0 1 0 14 0 10.7 8 2 7 1 41% .226 6.8 1.7 0.8 5.9 0.94 0.84 2.8 0.3
2013 WAS MLB 1 1 0 12 1 20.7 31 8 11 2 54% .367 13.5 3.5 0.9 4.8 1.89 8.71 -0.4 -0.1
2014 MIL MLB 4 0 0 58 0 48.3 38 14 60 3 60% .302 7.1 2.6 0.6 11.2 1.08 2.23 9.5 1.1

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 2834 0.5247 0.4753 0.8745 0.6247 0.3103 0.9300 0.7512 0.1225
2009 3034 0.5178 0.4827 0.8579 0.5983 0.3582 0.9287 0.7309 0.1393
2010 2629 0.4713 0.4572 0.8394 0.6053 0.3252 0.9253 0.6969 0.1581
2011 1213 0.4765 0.4732 0.8519 0.6799 0.2850 0.9059 0.7348 0.1481
2012 216 0.3935 0.4769 0.7864 0.6235 0.3817 0.8868 0.6800 0.2136
2013 504 0.4206 0.4722 0.7815 0.6462 0.3459 0.8759 0.6535 0.2185
2014 792 0.4242 0.4407 0.7335 0.5863 0.3333 0.8579 0.5724 0.2607
Career112220.49080.47030.84350.61720.32860.91760.71280.154

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-03-22 2011-05-27 15-DL 66 50 Left Hand Recovery From Fracture -
2011-03-13 2011-03-22 Camp 9 0 Left Hand Fracture -
2010-06-17 2010-07-11 15-DL 24 22 Left Elbow Strain Flexor Pronator Mass -
2007-06-29 2007-09-11 60-DL 74 66 Left Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis and Ulnar Collateral Ligament -
2005-08-24 2005-09-15 15-DL 22 19 Left Ankle Sprain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 MIL $850,000
2013 WAS $700,000
2011 ARI $3,500,000
2010 PIT $4,300,000
2009 PIT $2,200,000
2008 PIT $400,000
2007 PIT $410,000
2006 PIT $335,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$11,845,000
2011Current$850,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$12,695,000
9 yrTotal$12,695,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 54 dMark Pieper1 year/$0.85M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2014). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 1/15/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Milwaukee 3/14.
  • 1 year/$0.7M (2013). Re-signed by Washington as a free agent 12/3/12. DFA by Washington 6/4/13. Released 6/10/13. Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 6/13/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Cincinnati 8/3/13. Re-signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 8/12/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Cincinnati 8/30/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Houston as a free agent 1/27/12 (minor-league contract). Released by Houston 3/27/12. Signed by Washington as a free agent 3/29/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Washington 9/1/12.
  • 1 year/$4.25M (2011), plus 2012 club option. Signed by Arizona 12/2/10 (avoided arbitration). 11:$3.5M, 12:$5.5M club option, $0.75M buyout). Arizona declined 2012 option 10/31/11.
  • 1 year/$4.3M (2010). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration). acquired by Arizona in trade from Pittsburgh 11/24/10 after being DFA 11/19/10.
  • 1 year/$2.2M (2009). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2008). Renewed by Pittsburgh 3/10/08.
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2007). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.335M (2006). Renewed by Pittsburgh 3/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 7/05.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2001 (20-594) (Midway HS, Waco, Texas).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .299 .327 .409 .267
11 vs R (Multi) .307 .359 .471 .287
18 Split (Multi) -.007 -.032 -.062 -.020
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .327 .340 .388 .277
31 vs R (2013) .295 .367 .487 .297
38 Split (2013) .032 -.027 -.099 -.020
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)If the Brewers do make the move to bring up Jimmy Nelson and move Marco Estrada to the bullpen, they are going to need to clear room in the pen. Who are potential trade partners who could take one of their many pen lefties and what could we expect in return for say Tom Gorzelanny?
(BeerTheDeer from Milwaukee)
I'm not sure it's a foregone conclusion that Nelson replaces Estrada in the Brewers' bullpen, but Milwaukee is in a good spot w/ their plethora of lefties. Gorz, Will Smith, and Zach Duke can all handle righties and lefties -- with varying levels of dominance -- so they're not weighing their bullpen down w/ LOOGYs. If the Brewers do end up moving someone like Gorz, though, it would be for a lower-tier prospect or perhaps a utility guy. Nothing exciting. (J.P. Breen)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)With all of the zip code changes of aces this offseason, everyone has seemingly forgotten that Dan Haren was a huge part of trade talks last season. He went to the Angels and was "ehh." Do you see any of the pitchers who've switched teams struggling in their new role, or just not living up to lofty expectations immediately? This would extend to include the Shaun Marcums of the world, too.
(Henchman Holding Wrench from Underground Layer)
Yeah. Zach Duke. Because he stinks. (Eric Seidman)
2010-06-23 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Colin, Do the Bucs have any vets left to trade? Seems like only Mahom, Doumit, or Dotel may get back anything in return? And would they even get back a mid-level prospect? thanks Frank
(frank from vegas)
If Zach Duke was pitching better he'd be a useful trade piece, I think, although I don't know if that would make sense for the Pirates. But no, I think they're at a point where most anyone they have that's desirable is desirable to keep for them as well. (Colin Wyers)
2010-06-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Ryan Doumit of Zach Duke bring any kind of return worth getting excited about? Could both get Martin Perez?
(Joe from Altoona)
Zach Duke is the type of guy I see as maybe 4th or 5th prize for an acquiring team. He doesn't have too solid of an established track record to make anyone excited, and most teams have a viable 4th or 5th starter with equal potential or upside. Doumit is interesting, but I cannot see the Rangers giving anything remotely valuable up for him. I don't think Duke+Doumit gets Perez. (Eric Seidman)
2009-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why are there 5 relievers on each All-Star team? Also, just like in the NBA we forever get All-Star Jamal Magloire, we now get All-Star Zach Duke and Ryan Franklin.
(Jon from DC)
I'd take more. What category of player is better prepared for an All-Star Game than a one-inning pitcher? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi John, thanks for the chat. What's changed with Zach Duke? Can we expect him to keep rolling along putting up great numbers for the next couple of years?
(Dennis from Monterey Park, CA)
I think he's healthy, for one thing. His elbow bothered him the last few years more than he let on and he's able to throw his curveball without pain again. The curve really sets up the rest of his pitches. I think he's a good mid-rotation starter who will continue to be solid if he stays healthy. (John Perrotto)
2008-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have any favorite sleeper starting pitchers that you envision making a significant jump from marginal SP #5s to potential front-liners akin to Fausto Carmona last year?
(MB from New York, NY)
I have a sneaking suspicion Zach Duke of the Pirates is going to have a good year. He is healthy again and has a history with new pitching coach Jeff Andrews from their days together in the minor leagues. (John Perrotto)
2006-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Zack Duke ever return to his late 2005 form or is he an "excel at first but never again" type prospect?
(Dave from Frisco, CA)
If you look at Duke's PECOTA card, you'll note that while the system is modestly bullish on him, it certainly doesn't consider him a sure thing, with such names among his comps as -

Sorry, hang on - I confused myself with Nate Silver there for a second. A reminder: My expertise is in stadiums and other off-field stuff, so let's try to stick to those areas. Though it is mighty tempting to spend the entire afternoon laughing and pointing at Wayne Krivsky. (Neil deMause)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneYou know, Zach Duke and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Roy Halladay earlier this year . . . That makes me happy and a little disturbed. (Jesse Behr)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Zach Duke has thrown 11,414 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (91mph) and Curve (77mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph) and Fourseam Fastball (89mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (86mph) and Change (85mph).