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Portrait of Andy Sonnanstine

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
5 540.3 28 31 1 343 5.26 3.4
Birth Date3-18-1983
Height6' 3"
Weight190 lbs
BatsL
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
2007 TBA 24 22 22 130.7 130.7 0.0 6 10 0 0 9 1 554 151 87 85 18 248 26 24 5 97 5.85 4.33 5.24 10.2 1.0
2008 TBA 25 32 32 193.3 193.3 0.0 13 9 0 0 13 1 819 212 105 94 21 341 37 35 5 124 4.38 3.94 4.18 35.6 3.5
2009 TBA 26 22 18 99.7 94.0 5.7 6 9 0 0 5 0 459 131 85 75 19 221 34 31 2 60 6.77 5.50 6.66 -2.4 -0.3
2010 TBA 27 41 4 81.0 18.0 63.0 3 1 1 1 0 0 355 83 40 40 11 138 27 24 7 50 4.44 4.84 5.58 0.1 -0.1
2011 TBA 28 15 4 35.7 18.3 17.3 0 2 0 1 0 0 152 40 22 22 10 76 12 11 1 12 5.55 7.13 7.64 -6.5 -0.7
Career13280540.3454.386.02831122722339617339316791024136125203435.264.675.3237.13.4

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2007 TBA MLB 22 22 130.7 5.24 95 .266 .274 .342 .428 .267 .326 103 9.9 1.0 10.2 1.0
2008 TBA MLB 32 32 193.3 4.18 114 .258 .268 .334 .421 .262 .302 103 34.6 3.5 35.6 3.5
2009 TBA MLB 22 18 99.7 6.66 68 .300 .272 .343 .427 .265 .326 104 -3.9 -0.4 -2.4 -0.3
2010 TBA MLB 41 4 81.0 5.58 81 .264 .255 .324 .405 .256 .277 105 0.1 0.0 0.1 -0.1
2011 TBA MLB 15 4 35.7 7.64 20 .326 .248 .308 .389 .253 .256 95 -6.2 -0.7 -6.5 -0.7
2011 DUR AAA 10 9 56.0 5.31 86 .259 .261 .329 .396 .254 .314 96 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2

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
2007 TBA MLB 6 10 0 22 22 130.7 151 26 97 18 40% .326 10.4 1.8 1.2 6.7 1.35 5.85 10.2 1.0
2008 TBA MLB 13 9 0 32 32 193.3 212 37 124 21 43% .302 9.9 1.7 1.0 5.8 1.29 4.38 35.6 3.5
2009 TBA MLB 6 9 0 22 18 99.7 131 34 60 19 44% .326 11.8 3.1 1.7 5.4 1.66 6.77 -2.4 -0.3
2010 TBA MLB 3 1 1 41 4 81.0 83 27 50 11 45% .277 9.2 3.0 1.2 5.6 1.36 4.44 0.1 -0.1
2011 DUR AAA 3 6 0 10 9 56.0 64 15 35 4 45% .314 10.3 2.4 0.6 5.6 1.41 4.82 -1.8 -0.2
2011 TBA MLB 0 2 0 15 4 35.7 40 12 12 10 46% .256 10.1 3.0 2.5 3.0 1.46 5.55 -6.5 -0.7

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 2776 0.5764 0.4805 0.8477 0.6200 0.2900 0.9113 0.6628 0.1515
2009 1669 0.5572 0.4486 0.8461 0.5828 0.2774 0.8985 0.7073 0.1526
2010 1267 0.5193 0.4743 0.8164 0.6429 0.2890 0.8936 0.6307 0.1836
2011 534 0.5768 0.4643 0.8988 0.6071 0.2655 0.9251 0.8167 0.1012
Career62460.55970.46930.84530.61360.28430.90550.68130.154

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-07-19 2010-08-08 15-DL 20 19 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-07-07 2009-07-23 Minors 16 0 General Medical Illness Mononucleosis -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 CHN $
2011 TBA $912,500
2010 TBA $416,900
2009 TBA $430,100
2008 TBA $395,800
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$2,155,300
4 yrTotal$2,155,300

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 22 d1 year (2012)

Details
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 12/26/11 (non-guaranteed split contract). Sent outright to Triple-A by Chicago Cubs 3/22/12 (refused assignment).
  • 1 year/$0.9125M (2011). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Tampa Bay 12/12/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4169M (2010). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4031M (2009). Renewed by Tampa Bay 2/25/09. Optioned to Triple-A 6/27/09. Recalled 9/1/09.
  • 1 year/$0.3958M (2008).
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 6/2/07.
  • Drafted by Tampa Bay 2004 (13-375) (Kent State).

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
Weighted Mean?????0.0????.0000.000.00?0.00.0

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
1.82.21.3out of baseballout of baseball1.95.3

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Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Gary Knotts 2008 0.00 DNP
2 89 Dave Williams 2010 0.00 DNP
3 87 Josh Towers 2008 0.00 DNP
4 87 Victor Santos 2008 0.00 DNP
5 85 Runelvys Hernandez 2009 0.00 DNP
6 84 Rob Bell 2008 0.00 DNP
7 83 Brian Burres 2012 0.00 DNP
8 83 Jae Weong Seo 2008 0.00 DNP
9 83 Jimmy Anderson 2007 0.00 DNP
10 83 Dustin Moseley 2013 0.00 DNP
11 82 Brad Hennessey 2011 0.00 DNP
12 82 Boof Bonser 2013 0.00 DNP
13 82 Sun-Woo Kim 2009 0.00 DNP
14 82 Kyle Snyder 2009 0.00 DNP
15 82 Tim Redding 2009 5.40
16 81 Mark Mulder 2009 0.00 DNP
17 81 Mike Maroth 2009 0.00 DNP
18 81 Rheal Cormier 1998 0.00 DNP
19 81 Scott Elarton 2007 10.70
20 81 Alfredo Simon 2012 3.25
21 81 Jason Bergmann 2013 0.00 DNP
22 81 Bill Wegman 1994 4.98
23 81 Nelson Briles 1975 4.74 DNP
24 80 Paul Minner 1955 3.87
25 80 Jerome Williams 2013 4.94
26 80 Doug Rau 1980 0.00 DNP
27 80 Esteban Loaiza 2003 2.98
28 80 Gene Conley 1962 4.32 DNP
29 80 Rick Wise 1977 4.77
30 80 Jack Kralick 1966 3.82
31 80 Armando Galarraga 2013 0.00 DNP
32 80 Frank Tanana 1985 4.65
33 80 Ron Reed 1974 3.63
34 80 Horacio Ramirez 2011 7.00
35 80 Todd Ritchie 2003 5.40
36 80 Hal Newhouser 1952 4.76
37 80 Mike Jeffcoat 1991 5.20
38 80 Kenny Rogers 1996 4.88
39 80 Ray Washburn 1969 4.01
40 80 Joe Mays 2007 0.00 DNP
41 80 Ray Herbert 1961 5.04
42 80 Mike Smithson 1986 5.55
43 80 John Tudor 1985 2.23
44 80 Paul Quantrill 2000 4.84
45 80 Saul Rogovin 1955 4.40
46 80 Rick Langford 1983 12.60
47 79 Bobby J. Jones 2001 6.32
48 79 Donovan Osborne 2000 0.00 DNP
49 79 Dave Hillman 1959 3.96
50 79 George Zuverink 1956 4.81
51 79 Scott Downs 2007 2.33
52 79 Bruce Kison 1981 3.68
53 79 Lenny DiNardo 2011 0.00 DNP
54 79 Atlee Hammaker 1989 3.87
55 79 Ed Whitson 1986 6.71
56 79 John Burkett 1996 4.73
57 79 Pascual Perez 1988 2.82
58 79 Lee Stange 1968 4.72
59 79 Oliver Perez 2013 3.91
60 79 John Halama 2003 5.63
61 79 Jaime Navarro 1998 7.04
62 79 Vida Blue 1981 2.89
63 79 Mark Clark 1999 8.84
64 79 Chris Haney 2000 9.00
65 79 Carl Erskine 1958 5.58
66 79 Max Surkont 1953 4.10
67 79 Elmer Dessens 2002 3.54
68 79 Chris Narveson 2013 0.00
69 79 Woodie Fryman 1971 3.68
70 79 Dick Tidrow 1978 4.22
71 79 Jorge Sosa 2009 6.85
72 79 Grant Jackson 1974 2.43
73 79 Brandon Backe 2009 10.38
74 78 Dick Drago 1976 4.76
75 78 Pat Dobson 1973 4.72
76 78 Bob Knepper 1985 4.44
77 78 Jim Colborn 1977 3.99
78 78 Scott McGregor 1985 5.21
79 78 Dave Roberts 1976 4.36
80 78 Doc Medich 1980 4.54
81 78 Woody Main 1953 18.00
82 78 Brian Tollberg 2004 0.00 DNP
83 78 Mudcat Grant 1967 5.29
84 78 Mike Flanagan 1983 3.81
85 78 Todd Stottlemyre 1996 4.03
86 78 Bill Fischer 1962 4.37 DNP
87 78 Russ Kemmerer 1963 6.63
88 78 Greg Harris 1995 9.64
89 78 Kirk Saarloos 2010 0.00 DNP
90 78 David Wells 1994 4.37
91 78 Tony Armas 2009 0.00 DNP
92 78 Odalis Perez 2009 0.00 DNP
93 78 Rick Rhoden 1984 3.06
94 78 Tommy Phelps 2005 4.63
95 78 Wally Whitehurst 1995 0.00 DNP
96 78 Dave Bush 2011 6.51
97 78 Don Rudolph 1963 5.02
98 78 Bob Tewksbury 1992 2.43
99 78 Phil Regan 1968 2.67
100 78 John Buzhardt 1968 3.64

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 At one point last season, Sonnanstine was pitching so infrequently for the Rays it was possible to forget he was in the bullpen. Apparently Andrew Friedman did, because the club let Cory Wade exercise an out clause in his contract from Triple-A despite pitching well, while keeping Sonnanstine on the active roster. Sonnanstine was used in the lowest-leverage situations and still stank. He has always wanted a chance to be a starting pitcher again. He'll pursue that dream with the Cubs after signing a split contract.
2011 The Rays' glut of high-upside arms has long since bumped Sonnanstine from the rotation, but he's carved out a niche as their utility pitcher, taking the occasional start when the injury bug bites but mostly working in blowouts and extra-inning games; his 0.55 Leverage score was the second-lowest among those with at least 50 innings of relief work. His huge drop in ERA had more to do with regression on balls in play and his rate of homers allowed per fly ball; his SIERAs show that he was basically the same pitcher from 2009 to 2010. Given his unremarkable stuff, this appears to be his lot, but it certainly beats starting for the Pirates.
2010 Sonnanstine is known for pounding the strike zone with his unremarkable arsenal, but last year hitters simply pounded it back out at him at a .311/.364/.525 clip. He wasn't nearly as sharp as in 2008, as his K/BB ratio illustrates, and the luck he had at keeping his fly balls in the park ran out; his HR/FB rate shot up from 11.3 percent to 17.3 percent. He finished with the highest ERA of any pitcher making more than 15 starts, and not surprisingly pitched his way back to Triple-A in the process, surpassed by the young bucks on whose shoulders the team's future rests. With no opening in the rotation for him in 2010, and more live arms on the way, Sonnanstine's future lies at points north of St. Petersburg.
2009 He's a modern-day Bob Tewksbury! He mixes up four pitches, changes speeds, adds sink or cut when he can, and absolutely pounds the strike zone with all of them. The basic theory here is to trust your defense, understand that you are going to get hit, never give out a freebie, and keep your team in the game for six or seven innings. What makes Sonnanstine special is his understanding of the role. There's not a pitcher in the big leagues who wasn't utterly overwhelming as an amateur, and to not only adjust to being something far less than that, but to downright embrace it and find success in it... that requires a very unique and underrated mind-set.
2008 Take Shields, add even more control, but a little less command and stuff, and you have Sonnanstine. He knows he's going to get hit because he just doesn't have the stuff to miss enough bats, but he doesn't complicate things by walking anybody and thus avoids the trap that Hammel and Orvella have fallen into. He has some value as a back-of-the-rotation starter for now, but he'll soon be pushed out by the young arms.
2007 We always grumble when promising minor league arms are brought up too quickly and the inning increase predictably proves to be too much. In Sonnanstine`s case, he logged the second-highest innings-pitched total in the minor leagues last year, and is very close to making a good, reliable addition to the major-league rotation without any jarring workload owies. Like Shields, his raw stuff won`t win any NBA-style skills competitions, but he uses it all well. No, he doesn`t miss bats, but he doesn`t miss the strike zone, either; his K/BB ratio is what`s important here, and his command is major league-ready now. This isn`t a pitcher who projects to be star, but, if he can handle the International League in the first half 2007, he`ll fit in as a back-of-the-rotation guy.
2006 A 13th-round pick in 2004, Sonnanstine doesn`t throw hard but has insanely good control; his 178-18 strikeout-walk ratio last year would turn Brad Radke green with envy. Despite pitching in some tough environments, Sonnanstine doesn`t give up many hits and hasn`t been overly disposed towards giving up home runs. In addition to his laser-like targeting, Sonny keeps the ball down and comes at the hitter from a variety of arm angles. If he prospers in Double-A, it will be time to put aside doubts about his stuff and rate him a solid prospect.
2005 Sonnanstine was an outstanding pitcher at Kent State, despite a fastball that only registered around 90; it has a sink to it, and when he keeps both the fastball and slider down in the zone he's tough to hit. He makes it even harder on hitters by changing arm angles on them, varying his release point while maintaining excellent control. Sonnanstine had a very good run through the NCAA playoffs, slid to Tampa in the 13th round, and just kept rolling through the New York-Penn and Sally leagues. A better test awaits in the Cal League.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay, Looking at the Rays still in the pennant race, if they happen to miss out, how much blame can be placed on Friedman's refusal or reluctance to call up a few players (i.e. Jennings and Moore) who were obviously better than some of the guys they carried earlier (i.e. Sam Fuld)? Some people I know have been highly critical of Friedman, going so far as to accuse him of being incapable of making the right decisions to be able to win in the short-term when they are needed. While I don't agree with that explicitly, I'm wondering how good of a job you think Friedman has done this year, given those criticisms for not calling up better young players sooner in the season?
(Erik from Longwood, FL)
For as much as we laud their smarts in the grand scheme of things, the Rays' front office has made this year's squad's task harder than it needed to be. As popular and swell a guy as Sam Fuld may be, he should have been riding pine once his early-season hot streak ended, while Desmond Jennings played left field; instead Jennings languished at Durham until late July. The Moore decision is a more complicated one in that the Rays don't have a rotation spot for him and they have to mind the innings total of a 22-year-old, but as several have pointed out, he could have been doing Andy Sonnanstine's job if nothing else. As Kevin Goldstein argued (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=15036), the Rays probably should have been more aggressive in dealing to improve this season as well; even taking a flier on Rafael Furcal would have helped. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Not a huge fan of Hector Rondon? Too hittable? Could he be a good Andy Sonnanstine wih his control?
(Tom from Chicago)
Rondon's stuff is WAY better than Sonnanstine. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why haven't the Rays considered going back to Andy Sonnanstine with David Price struggling? Any hope for Sonnanstine as a starter in the future?
(Lauren from Orlando)
Price has been unlucky, and there are some things he needs to learn about pitching to major leaguers that he may not get while in the minors. The umps have also screwed him over repeatedly with poor calls on balls and strikes, which certainly hasn't helped things.

I like Sonny a lot, but he seems to have lost a bit of his command this year, which has made him susceptible to beat downs. He needs to regain that command he displayed last year if he wants to succeed. (Marc Normandin)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)It was almost a given tht David Price's drafting basically showed Edwin Jackson the door, do you think Wade Davis' impending bus ride to St. Pete makes the 2009 season an audition for teams looking to trade for Andrew Sonnanstine?
(jlarsen from chicago, il)
Absolutely. (John Perrotto)
2008-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which teams has the better chance to pull the upset, the Angels or the White Sox?
(Rob from Brighton)
White Sox. They're facing the lesser team, with Game Four at home, and instead of facing Jon Lester, they're facing Andrew Sonnanstine. (Joe Sheehan)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Andy Sonnanstine threw 7,287 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2011, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2011, he relied primarily on his Cutter (86mph), Slider (83mph) and Curve (77mph), also mixing in a Sinker (86mph). He also rarely threw a Change (82mph).