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Portrait of Joel Zumaya

Joel Zumaya PTigers

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
5 209.7 13 12 5 210 3.05 4
Birth Date11-9-1984
Height6' 3"
Weight215 lbs
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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
2006 DET 21 62 0 83.3 0.0 83.3 6 3 1 5 0 0 350 56 20 18 6 81 42 40 2 97 1.94 3.38 3.00 28.7 2.8
2007 DET 22 28 0 33.7 0.0 33.7 2 3 1 5 0 0 142 23 16 16 3 36 17 15 1 27 4.28 4.47 4.76 4.2 0.4
2008 DET 23 21 0 23.3 0.0 23.3 0 2 1 4 0 0 114 24 13 9 3 41 22 18 0 22 3.47 5.78 5.11 1.1 0.1
2009 DET 24 29 0 31.0 0.0 31.0 3 3 1 6 0 0 149 34 18 17 5 55 22 19 1 30 4.94 5.53 6.09 -1.5 -0.1
2010 DET 25 31 0 38.3 0.0 38.3 2 1 1 3 0 0 156 32 13 11 1 43 11 11 0 34 2.58 2.47 3.51 8.2 0.9
Career1710209.70.0209.713125230091116980711825611410342103.053.974.0840.74.0

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2003 WMI A 19 19 90.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 LAK A+ 16 16 94.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .245 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 ERI AA 4 4 20.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .289 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ERI AA 18 18 107.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.307 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TOL AAA 8 8 44.0 3.73 111 .214 .276 .346 .433 .258 .284 82 8.6 0.8 8.6 0.8
2006 DET MLB 62 0 83.3 3.00 143 .210 .274 .337 .433 .257 .246 107 28.7 2.8 28.7 2.8
2007 DET MLB 28 0 33.7 4.76 105 .219 .266 .330 .416 .260 .213 103 4.2 0.4 4.2 0.4
2007 TOL AAA 3 0 2.7 3.54 108 .398 .257 .328 .402 .262 .500 63 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2008 DET MLB 21 0 23.3 5.11 93 .299 .266 .333 .411 .262 .313 101 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2008 LAK A+ 2 0 3.0 4.22 111 .170 .257 .315 .372 .245 .125 112 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2008 TOL AAA 4 0 4.0 3.50 109 .323 .264 .330 .409 .266 .357 86 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2009 DET MLB 29 0 31.0 6.09 78 .286 .267 .335 .433 .263 .319 104 -1.5 -0.1 -1.5 -0.1
2009 LAK A+ 2 2 2.3 10.12 -14 .437 .265 .339 .420 .265 .333 108 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2009 TOL AAA 3 0 4.0 1.71 167 .158 .269 .334 .416 .250 .300 122 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2010 DET MLB 31 0 38.3 3.51 127 .212 .258 .325 .406 .258 .282 108 8.2 0.9 8.2 0.9

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 WMI A 7 5 0 19 19 90.3 69 38 126 3 0% .320 6.9 3.8 0.3 12.6 1.18 2.79 0.0 0.0
2004 ERI AA 2 2 0 4 4 20.0 19 10 29 6 0% .289 8.6 4.5 2.7 13.1 1.45 6.30 0.0 0.0
2004 LAK A+ 6 4 0 16 16 94.0 65 43 92 8 0% .245 6.2 4.1 0.8 8.8 1.15 3.54 0.0 0.0
2005 TOL AAA 1 2 0 8 8 44.0 30 24 56 2 36% .284 6.1 4.9 0.4 11.5 1.23 2.66 8.6 0.8
2005 ERI AA 8 3 0 18 18 107.3 71 52 143 8 0% -.307 6.0 4.4 0.7 12.0 1.15 2.77 0.0 0.0
2006 DET MLB 6 3 1 62 0 83.3 56 42 97 6 35% .246 6.0 4.5 0.6 10.5 1.18 1.94 28.7 2.8
2007 TOL AAA 0 0 0 3 0 2.7 3 2 2 0 67% .500 10.0 6.7 0.0 6.7 1.85 6.67 0.3 0.0
2007 DET MLB 2 3 1 28 0 33.7 23 17 27 3 37% .213 6.1 4.5 0.8 7.2 1.19 4.28 4.2 0.4
2008 DET MLB 0 2 1 21 0 23.3 24 22 22 3 40% .313 9.3 8.5 1.2 8.5 1.97 3.47 1.1 0.1
2008 LAK A+ 0 0 0 2 0 3.0 1 1 2 0 88% .125 3.0 3.0 0.0 6.0 0.67 0.00 0.3 0.0
2008 TOL AAA 0 0 0 4 0 4.0 5 2 4 0 43% .357 11.2 4.5 0.0 9.0 1.75 2.25 0.6 0.1
2009 LAK A+ 0 1 0 2 2 2.3 3 5 4 1 29% .333 11.7 19.6 3.9 15.7 3.48 11.74 -1.0 -0.1
2009 TOL AAA 0 0 0 3 0 4.0 3 0 5 0 60% .300 6.8 0.0 0.0 11.2 0.75 0.00 1.8 0.2
2009 DET MLB 3 3 1 29 0 31.0 34 22 30 5 35% .319 9.9 6.4 1.5 8.7 1.81 4.94 -1.5 -0.1
2010 DET MLB 2 1 1 31 0 38.3 32 11 34 1 41% .282 7.5 2.6 0.2 8.0 1.12 2.58 8.2 0.9

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 431 0.4803 0.4780 0.8252 0.7150 0.2589 0.8851 0.6724 0.1699
2009 560 0.5411 0.4804 0.7398 0.6535 0.2763 0.8030 0.5634 0.2602
2010 586 0.5358 0.4983 0.8116 0.7261 0.2353 0.8465 0.6875 0.1884
Career15770.52250.48640.78980.69730.25630.84160.63930.2088

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-02-24 2012-03-27 Camp 32 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-03-29 -
2011-03-30 2011-10-16 60-DL 200 162 Right Elbow Surgery Replaced Screw 2011-05-10
2011-02-28 2011-03-30 Camp 30 0 Right Elbow Inflammation Over Screw From Surgery 2010-07-12
2010-06-29 2010-10-04 60-DL 97 87 Right Elbow Surgery Olecranon Fracture From Pitching 2010-07-12
2010-03-22 2010-03-24 Camp 2 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-07-18 2009-10-06 60-DL 80 74 Right Shoulder Surgery Non Union Stress Fracture of Corocoid Process 2009-08-21
2009-07-11 2009-07-17 DTD 6 2 Right Thumb Laceration Thumb -
2009-03-27 2009-04-25 15-DL 29 16 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2009-03-02 2009-03-27 Camp 25 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2008-08-13 2008-09-28 60-DL 46 41 Right Shoulder Stress Fracture Corocoid -
2008-08-02 2008-08-05 DTD 3 2 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2008-07-28 2008-07-29 DTD 1 1 Right Upper Arm Tightness Triceps -
2008-03-21 2008-06-20 60-DL 91 72 Right Shoulder Surgery AC Joint Separation 2007-10-31
2007-09-11 2007-09-12 DTD 1 2 Right Fingers Laceration Fingernail on Index Finger -
2007-05-05 2007-08-20 60-DL 107 96 Right Fingers Surgery Ruptured Tendon Middle Finger 2007-05-10
2006-10-11 2006-10-24 DTD 13 0 Right Wrist Inflammation -
2006-09-10 2006-09-17 DTD 7 5 Right Wrist Inflammation -
2004-09-05 2004-10-03 Minors 28 0 Right Shoulder Strain - -
2004-06-24 2004-07-08 Minors 14 0 - Back Spasms - -
2003-07-26 2003-08-25 Minors 30 0 - Back Spasms - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 MIN $850,000
2011 DET $1,400,000
2010 DET $915,000
2009 DET $735,000
2008 DET $420,000
2007 DET $410,000
2006 DET $327,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$5,057,000
7 yrTotal$5,057,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 yHendricks Sports1 year/$0.85M (2012)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2012). Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 1/17/12. May earn additional $0.9M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2011). Re-signed by Detroit 1/14/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.915M (2010). Re-signed by Detroit 1/13/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.735M (2009). Re-signed by Detroit 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2008). Re-signed by Detroit 2/20/08.
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2007). Re-signed by Detroit 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2006). Contract purchased by Detroit 11/05. Re-signed by Detroit 2/06.
  • Drafted by Detroit 2002 (11-320) (Chula Vista HS, Calif.).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)A.Vizcaino, sounds like the Cubs are taking it easy with his routine coming off injury. Is there any way once he does make it back to the bigs they throw him right into closing duties? Or is that too much, too soon?
(Dan from Chicago)
There's two schools of thought here for me: 1) ease him back in and let him throw lower leverage innings to gain experience and prove he's healthy, or 2) trial by fire on a bad team and try to get some value out of him before his arm explodes again.

I've always felt there's something to the theory that some guys have only so many bullets in their arm, meaning you need to get value out of them while you can. Joel Zumaya was one guy that I always felt that way about. That said, Vizcaino has missed so much time, I'm not sure you can just thrust him into that role. I think they have to take a slower approach, even if it means risking him to yet another injury before he gets a chance in those high leverage situations. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who had the better fastball according to Pitch F/X? Aroldis Chapman or Joel Zumaya?
(Ryan from Detroit)
not sure what you mean by better ... but Zumaya's heater had a higher average speed than Chapman's does by about 1 mph. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's fastball would you rather have? Aroldis Chapman or Joel Zumaya (at his hardest)
(Tim from NYC)
Chapman still for me. (Jason Cole)
2010-07-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)This spring you wrote about the life of Joel Zumaya. Any coda to add in light of the latest breakdown?
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
That was last spring, actually, and a lot has happened since then. I guess the blog post I wrote on chronically injured players last week could serve as a coda, for now. (Ben Lindbergh)
2009-12-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)ryan perry, dan schlereth, joel zumaya. pretty good back end of the bullpen, no?
(ct tiger from ct)
Do we have any proof at all that Joel Zumaya is still alive? And Schlereth walks six men per nine innings. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-23 13:30:00 (link to chat)Joe - Where does Dombrowski go from here? Do the Tigers need as much work as their record indicates or should they just make minor moves and hope the pitching bounces back next year?
(mrgriffey from Lansing MI)
That suddenly looks like an old team to me. Polanco, Renteria, Sheffield, Ordonez, Inge...I have to say that I'm not sure they'll be much better next season. They certainly have to start over in the bullpen, where I don't think another season of waiting on Joel Zumaya is such a good plan. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Will, Crank up The Mill! Are the Tigers really caught in no-man's land at this point? While the decision to be buyers or sellers is a difficult one for this team, there's not really much they could do, in terms of improving or dumping, anyway, right?
(Ryan from Atlanta)
They are in a tough position, but they're smart and creative. I think they could do a number of things that would help themselves if they choose to. They could deal Ivan Rodriguez for help, plug Brandon Inge in, and see what happens. They could deal Todd Jones or Joel Zumaya, given the reliever market. Never count out the Tigers. Dombrowski et al have proved themselves time and again. (Will Carroll)
2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the status of Joel Zumaya's recover and rehab? What kind of conditioning has he been doing, what if any pitching?
(Brian H from Toledo)
Zumaya might end up the Francisco Liriano of this year, with there being a question asked every chat.

The answer is we don't know. He's not throwing and until he does, there's just no telling. He is conditioning and there was a report that he'd dropped some weight and was very motivated to prove people wrong. (Will Carroll)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Joel Zumaya threw 1,846 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2010, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2010, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (100mph), also mixing in a Curve (82mph). He also rarely threw a Change (86mph).