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Yuniesky Betancourt 1BMariners

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
9 4278 .261 .285 .388 .234 0.8
Birth Date1-31-1982
Height5' 10"
Weight205 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 SEA 23 60 228 211 24 54 11 5 1 78 11 24 2 2 2 15 1 3 .256 .296 .370 .233 5.7 -2.8 0.3
2006 SEA 24 157 584 558 68 161 28 6 8 225 17 54 1 1 7 47 11 8 .289 .310 .403 .243 19.1 -9.4 0.9
2007 SEA 25 155 559 536 72 155 38 2 9 224 15 48 1 4 3 67 5 4 .289 .308 .418 .257 21.8 -7.5 1.4
2008 SEA 26 153 590 559 66 156 36 3 7 219 17 42 2 6 6 51 4 4 .279 .300 .392 .238 9.5 -19.8 -1.0
2009 KCA 27 71 263 246 25 59 10 5 4 91 11 26 0 3 3 27 0 2 .240 .269 .370 .216 -1.9 -4.2 -0.6
2009 SEA 27 63 245 224 15 56 10 1 2 74 10 18 0 3 8 22 3 1 .250 .278 .330 .221 -0.3 -6.5 -0.7
2010 KCA 28 151 588 556 60 144 29 2 16 225 23 64 1 4 4 78 2 3 .259 .288 .405 .236 8.2 6.0 1.5
2011 MIL 29 152 584 556 51 140 27 3 13 212 16 63 2 10 0 68 4 4 .252 .271 .381 .230 9.7 4.0 1.5
2012 KCA 30 57 228 215 21 49 14 1 7 86 9 25 0 3 1 36 0 1 .228 .256 .400 .230 -3.7 -6.7 -1.1
2013 MIL 31 137 409 391 35 83 15 1 13 139 14 71 1 3 0 46 0 0 .212 .240 .355 .209 -9.4 -3.2 -1.4
Career1156427840524371057218298015731434351039344573030.261.285.388.23458.6-49.90.8

Advanced

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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
2005 SEA MLB 60 228 .233 .261 .319 .409 .254 .282 98 -6.6 6.6 2.6 -2.8 1.4 5.7 0.3 5.7 0.3
2005 SAN AA 52 239 .255 .278 .345 .432 .264 .279 99 -0.9 4.9 2.2 2.3 0.3 7.2 1.0 7.2 1.0
2005 TAC AAA 49 194 .267 .285 .352 .453 .270 .308 87 1.5 5.8 2.6 10.2 0.4 10.1 1.9 10.1 1.9
2006 SEA MLB 157 584 .243 .271 .332 .427 .256 .308 101 -11.1 17.6 8.1 -9.4 2.6 19.1 0.9 19.1 0.9
2007 SEA MLB 155 559 .257 .267 .332 .418 .262 .302 96 -2 16.6 7.6 -7.5 1.2 21.8 1.4 21.8 1.4
2008 SEA MLB 153 590 .238 .264 .331 .412 .259 .289 98 -14.1 17.0 7.8 -19.8 -3.6 9.5 -1.0 9.5 -1.0
2009 KCA MLB 71 263 .216 .266 .329 .424 .259 .251 105 -12.3 7.6 3.5 -4.2 0.5 -1.9 -0.6 -1.9 -0.6
2009 SEA MLB 63 245 .221 .270 .331 .431 .262 .261 98 -10.2 7.0 3.2 -6.5 -1.4 -0.3 -0.7 -0.3 -0.7
2009 NWA AA 3 13 .177 .274 .342 .416 .255 .091 120 -1.1 0.4 0.2 -0.2 0.2 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2009 TAC AAA 1 2 .478 .337 .352 .625 .357 .500 96 0.5 0.1 0 0.1 -0.2 -0.0 0.0 -0.0 0.0
2010 KCA MLB 151 588 .236 .261 .323 .409 .256 .267 111 -14.2 16.2 7.5 6.0 2.3 8.2 1.5 8.2 1.5
2011 MIL MLB 152 584 .230 .260 .322 .408 .265 .259 103 -17 15.7 7.2 4.0 1.2 9.7 1.5 9.7 1.5
2012 KCA MLB 57 228 .230 .261 .322 .415 .263 .226 101 -6.8 6.2 -0.2 -6.7 -1.6 -3.7 -1.1 -3.7 -1.1
2012 NWA AA 4 15 .302 .252 .320 .388 .261 .364 106 0.7 0.4 -0.2 0.3 -0.4 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.1
2012 OMA AAA 2 8 .494 .262 .343 .390 .272 .571 103 2.1 0.2 0 0.0 0.0 2.4 0.2 2.4 0.2
2012 MXC Wnt 26 116 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 MIL MLB 137 409 .209 .253 .317 .398 .260 .226 105 -20 10.8 -2.3 -3.2 -0.0 -9.4 -1.4 -9.4 -1.4

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
2005 SEA MLB 228 24 54 11 5 1 15 11 24 1 3 .256 .296 .370 .114 .233 5.7 -2.8 0.3
2005 SAN AA 239 25 62 10 3 5 20 9 18 12 7 .273 .304 .410 .137 .255 7.2 2.3 1.0
2005 TAC AAA 194 13 54 9 6 2 30 6 14 7 5 .295 .321 .443 .148 .267 10.1 10.2 1.9
2006 SEA MLB 584 68 161 28 6 8 47 17 54 11 8 .289 .310 .403 .115 .243 19.1 -9.4 0.9
2007 SEA MLB 559 72 155 38 2 9 67 15 48 5 4 .289 .308 .418 .129 .257 21.8 -7.5 1.4
2008 SEA MLB 590 66 156 36 3 7 51 17 42 4 4 .279 .300 .392 .113 .238 9.5 -19.8 -1.0
2009 TAC AAA 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 .500 .478 -0.0 0.1 0.0
2009 NWA AA 13 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .154 .154 .385 .231 .177 -0.2 -0.2 -0.0
2009 KCA MLB 263 25 59 10 5 4 27 11 26 0 2 .240 .269 .370 .130 .216 -1.9 -4.2 -0.6
2009 SEA MLB 245 15 56 10 1 2 22 10 18 3 1 .250 .278 .330 .080 .221 -0.3 -6.5 -0.7
2010 KCA MLB 588 60 144 29 2 16 78 23 64 2 3 .259 .288 .405 .146 .236 8.2 6.0 1.5
2011 MIL MLB 584 51 140 27 3 13 68 16 63 4 4 .252 .271 .381 .129 .230 9.7 4.0 1.5
2012 KCA MLB 228 21 49 14 1 7 36 9 25 0 1 .228 .256 .400 .172 .230 -3.7 -6.7 -1.1
2012 MXC Wnt 116 19 32 8 0 7 22 8 12 1 0 .308 .354 .587 .279 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 OMA AAA 8 1 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 .625 .625 1.000 .375 .494 2.4 0.0 0.2
2012 NWA AA 15 1 5 1 0 1 4 0 3 0 0 .333 .333 .600 .267 .302 0.3 0.3 0.1
2013 MIL MLB 409 35 83 15 1 13 46 14 71 0 0 .212 .240 .355 .143 .209 -9.4 -3.2 -1.4

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 1829 0.5112 0.5222 0.8973 0.6588 0.3781 0.9529 0.7959 0.1017
2009 1660 0.5500 0.4903 0.8967 0.6243 0.3253 0.9404 0.7942 0.1009
2010 1826 0.5126 0.5299 0.8788 0.6934 0.3551 0.9492 0.7342 0.1212
2011 1832 0.4973 0.5680 0.8596 0.7464 0.3909 0.9382 0.7111 0.1404
2012 808 0.5408 0.5012 0.8515 0.6545 0.3181 0.9021 0.7288 0.1485
2013 1375 0.4975 0.5481 0.8152 0.7310 0.3647 0.8840 0.6786 0.1848
Career93300.51620.5290.87010.68690.35950.93250.74380.1293

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-05-02 2012-06-01 15-DL 30 27 Right Ankle Sprain High Ankle - -
2012-04-01 2012-04-04 Camp 3 0 Right Ankle Soreness - -
2011-09-03 2011-09-04 DTD 1 1 Left Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2011-03-25 2011-03-26 Camp 1 0 General Medical Illness Chest Cold -
2011-03-14 2011-03-16 Camp 2 0 Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2010-05-26 2010-05-28 DTD 2 2 Head Concussion Platey Collision At Home Plate -
2009-10-03 2009-10-05 DTD 2 2 Thigh Contusion -
2009-10-02 2009-10-02 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Contusion -
2009-06-25 2009-07-17 15-DL 22 18 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-02-18 2009-03-04 Camp 14 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-09-26 2007-09-30 DTD 4 5 Right Shoulder Strain -
2007-09-24 2007-09-25 DTD 1 0 Right Shoulder Strain -
2007-07-08 2007-07-08 DTD 0 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2006-09-22 2006-09-24 DTD 2 2 Right Knee Contusion HBP -
2005-08-24 2005-08-25 DTD 1 1 Face Contusion Foul Ball -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 MIL $900,000
2012 KCA $2,000,000
2011 MIL $2,375,000
2011 KCA $2,000,000
2010 KCA $3,375,000
2009 SEA $2,375,000
2008 SEA $1,250,000
2007 SEA $400,000
2006 SEA $677,500
2005 SEA $316,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$15,668,500
9 yrTotal$15,668,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 28 dAlex Esteban1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Orix Buffaloes of Japan 1/28/14.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2013). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 1/28/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Philadelphia 3/24/13. Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 3/26/13, 1 year/$0.9M (2013). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 50, 60, 70, 80 games. $50,000 each for 90, 100, 110, 120 games. $0.1M each for 130, 140 games.
  • 1 year/$2M (2012). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/20/11. May earn additional $0.5M in performance bonuses based on playing time. DFA by Kansas City 8/6/12. Released by Kansas City 8/14/12.
  • 4 years/$13.75M (2008-11), plus 2012 club option. Signed extension with Seattle 4/07. $1.5M signing bonus. 08:$1.25M, 09:$2M, 10:$3M, 11:$4M, 12:$6M club option, $2M buyout. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Seattle 7/10/09 (Seattle to pay $3M of $10M remaining - all of 2009 salary, $1M each in 2010, 2011). Acquired by Milwaukee in trade from Kansas City 12/19/10 (Royals pay Brewers $2M in the deal). Milwaukee declined 2012 option 10/30/11.
  • 4 years/$2.826M (2005-08). Signed by Seattle as a free agent from Cuba (via Mexico) 1/05. $1.31M signing bonus. 05:$0.316M, 06:$0.35M, 07:$0.4M, 08:$0.45M. May earn additional $0.7M for 1,000 PAs in 2005-07. 2008 season voids if Betancourt qualifies for arbitration after 2007.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)Is there anything Yuniesky Betancourt could beat Barry Bonds at?
(Tanner from Nebraska)
Hot dog eating contest?
Mario Kart Double Dash, but not the original Mario Kart (Yuni thrives on his ability to swap powers)
Bunting
Parcheesi (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would you rather have Michael Gonzalez or Yuniesky Betancourt play at 1B?
(Ron from Milwaukee)
Give me Yuni B. Look at it: http://onmilwaukee.com/images/articles/br/brewersyunibhitting/brewersyunibhitting_fullsize_story2.jpg?20130510101356

He was also hitting .141/.139/.155 in 18 games for Orix in Japan this year. I'm pretty sure he got sent down to the minors in Japan, too, which is hilarious. (J.P. Breen)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)To follow up on your Moustakas comment, I guess I'd be satisfied with his production as long as his numbers don't regress and he matches last year's numbers (.242, 20 homers, 72 RBI). But from what I've seen so far, he has no chance to reach those mediocre numbers without something changing soon.
(Bob from Kansas City)
Then I'd probably hold onto him for just a little longer unless there's a no-brainer available. Remember: We're still at the point in the season where Yuniesky Betancourt, bless his heart, is among the leaders in runs batted in. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Grade your snark
(beckerharry from Guatemala)
Sort of lacking. And Yuniesky Betancourt is playing first base for a major league team, so no writers should have any excuse for lack of snark. It's like a golden era for snark. (Zachary Levine)
2012-04-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Rumor has it Jordany Valdespin is being called up. Do you see him carving out a role in that offense or is it just a short-term move? Thanks..
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
Considering who the Royals have at shortstop, he probably isn't any kind of drop off. But Yuniesky Betancourt is the very definition of a low bar to jump over. (Matthew Kory)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can the Brewers approach last year's 96 wins with three upgrades defensively on the infield and a stable bullpen? Health of the starting rotation has to be the biggest factor, doesn't it? They were incredibly healthy last season.
(Matt from Eau Claire, WI)
Absolutely. They were middle of the pack defensively last year, though much improved over the year before - Ron Roenicke's willingness to shift (the Brewers did so more often than any other team) appears to have been a factor, and losing Yuniesky Betancourt shouldn't hurt.

The Brewers have one of the league's strongest rotations 1-5, but they don't have much organizational depth beyond that, so yes, it's important they stay healthy. If they do, I suspect they can contend again in the NL Central. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ned Yost said that he's more impressed with Alcides Escobar post trade than he was pre trade. What's his ceiling?
(Larry from Missouri)
Well, I would hope that's what he said, as opposed to the alternative of "I sure liked this guy a lot more before we went out and got him". He's not Yuniesky Betancourt, anyway, and that's a plus. Obviously, Escobar had a tough 2010, but I think there's more there. He increased his walk rate and lowered his K rate from his short 2009 debut, and i can't imagine that his BABIP stays at .246 forever. I think he's a good bet to bounce back this year, at least to the level of a solid starter, and his good defense and potential for steals factors into that. (Mike Petriello)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Yuniesky Betancourt, great shortstop or greatest shortstop in the game? Can't believe we got him from the Royals! They even gave us whats his name too!
(BrewCrew4Life from CB4)
I disagree about Betancourt. The other player in that trade was Zack Greinke. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2010-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Royals Fever! Catch it! I loved your old work on them. So I keep hearing how their ownership is smarter. So exactly how smart is a team that thinks Jason Kendall and Yuniesky Betancourt help form a strong middle core? And Gil Meche was worth signing to a huge long-term deal......
(dangor from New York)
Royals fan in NYC. They're everywhere. Obviously, they're misguided in their thinking on those players, though not so much Meche. The brass there just values the wrong things, in my opinion. Latest example is Luis Mendoza, who was picked up two days before the end of spring training and four days later was brought in to protect a one-run lead in the eighth. Yeah, he's got a 94 mph sinker. He also doesn't have a track record of, you know, retiring batters.

You'll never catch me calling the Royals dumb because I know Dayton Moore and like the man and he's always been very good to me. I also know that he's not dumb. I just don't agree with the way he evaluates big-league talent. I have hope that he'll redeem himself when some of his pitching prospects hit Kansas City. (Bradford Doolittle)
2009-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)A: Yuniesky Betancourt Q: What was the tipping point for countless Royals fans who are suddenly in the market for a real team to root for? I don't really have a question here. Feel free to comment as appropriate.
(Royals Fan from Kansas City)
Clearly, Dayton Moore has been a failure as a GM to this point. He simply doesn't get OBP, no matter how much he says he does. I don't think David Glass has it in him to be the owner of a successful major-league team.

This is pretty funny:

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/team/front_office.jsp?c_id=kc (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableHeyward's home run might have been the most important bomb of the day, but I'm torn between Yuniesky Betancourt's and Carlos Gomez's for the most surprising. (Dan Wade)
 

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