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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
1 .254 0 0 0 0 .253 0.0
Birth Date3-6-1986
Height6' 1"
Weight205 lbs
Age28 years, 7 months, 16 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.42010
0.52011
0.02012
0.82013
0.92014
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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
2008 NYA 22 3 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -.080 -1.6 -0.0 -0.2
2009 NYA 23 42 101 94 13 28 4 0 1 35 2 11 0 1 4 11 0 3 .298 .309 .372 .237 1.5 -0.4 0.1
2010 NYA 24 93 317 266 27 72 11 3 0 89 33 42 6 4 8 38 1 1 .271 .359 .335 .243 2.8 1.1 0.4
2011 NYA 25 43 137 124 17 33 4 0 4 49 9 29 2 1 1 22 4 1 .266 .324 .395 .258 5.2 -0.0 0.5
2012 NYA 26 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .278 0.3 -0.0 0.0
2013 NYA 27 17 61 52 12 14 3 0 3 26 8 9 1 0 0 8 0 0 .269 .377 .500 .321 6.7 0.5 0.8
2014 NYA 28 49 162 146 18 44 11 1 2 63 11 41 5 0 0 13 1 0 .301 .370 .432 .283 8.1 -0.4 0.9
Career250785688881913341026264135146139265.278.348.381.25722.90.82.6

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
2006 STA A- 42 157 .352 .247 .319 .333 .262 .381 93 12.5 3.7 1.9 1.8 -1.4 15.5 1.9 15.5 1.9
2007 TAM A+ 89 348 .262 .260 .333 .378 .255 .339 99 0.8 10.3 6.3 0.8 -2.3 19.9 2.0 19.9 2.0
2008 NYA MLB 3 5 -.080 .253 .290 .379 .230 .000 100 -1.8 0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2008 TAM A+ 3 11 .284 .245 .308 .368 .238 .429 105 0.3 0.3 0.2 -0.0 0.1 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2008 TRN AA 21 88 .270 .257 .327 .394 .252 .390 90 1.2 3.1 0.9 0.3 0.3 6.0 0.6 6.0 0.6
2008 YAN Rk 3 8 .212 .226 .312 .308 .208 .286 115 -0.5 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2009 NYA MLB 42 101 .237 .268 .337 .435 .266 .325 110 -2.5 2.9 1.7 -0.4 -0.6 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2009 TRN AA 16 64 .213 .274 .349 .409 .281 .209 85 -3.2 1.8 1.1 0.5 0.8 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2009 SWB AAA 21 75 .272 .266 .326 .408 .247 .321 98 0.9 2.2 1.3 0.1 -0.1 4.7 0.5 4.7 0.5
2009 YAN Rk 2 7 .237 .309 .416 .390 .274 .167 102 -0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2010 NYA MLB 93 317 .243 .259 .324 .406 .255 .316 113 -5.5 8.7 5.2 1.1 -2.5 2.8 0.4 2.8 0.4
2011 NYA MLB 43 137 .258 .270 .330 .421 .267 .315 107 -0.3 3.7 2.2 -0.0 0.2 5.2 0.5 5.2 0.5
2011 TAM A+ 3 10 .202 .266 .317 .389 .242 .375 106 -0.6 0.3 0 -0.0 0.0 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2011 SWB AAA 3 15 .183 .277 .336 .448 .264 .250 94 -1.4 0.5 0.1 -0.0 0.3 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2012 NYA MLB 3 2 .278 .227 .276 .301 .215 .000 103 0 0.1 0 -0.0 0.1 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2012 SWB AAA 99 417 .236 .255 .325 .387 .253 .308 100 -11.1 12.4 7 0.6 -2.7 6.4 0.7 6.4 0.7
2012 MAG Wnt 21 75 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .410 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 NYA MLB 17 61 .321 .261 .323 .438 .275 .275 101 3.5 1.6 1 0.5 -0.3 6.7 0.8 6.7 0.8
2014 NYA MLB 49 162 .283 .253 .312 .393 .261 .408 102 3.4 4.2 1.8 -0.4 -2.0 8.1 0.9 8.1 0.9
2014 TAM A+ 2 7 .049 .254 .320 .354 .251 .000 103 -1.6 0.2 0 -0.0 -0.1 -1.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2
2014 TRN AA 5 20 .199 .265 .321 .377 .251 .182 100 -1.3 0.5 -0.1 -0.1 0.1 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2014 SWB AAA 3 11 .103 .281 .336 .401 .255 .182 101 -2 0.3 0.1 -0.0 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2

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
2006 STA A- 157 21 42 10 0 2 16 13 30 0 0 .309 .395 .426 .118 .352 15.5 1.8 1.9
2007 TAM A+ 348 34 81 24 2 2 32 36 59 4 3 .279 .384 .397 .117 .262 19.9 0.8 2.0
2008 NYA MLB 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.080 -1.6 -0.0 -0.2
2008 TRN AA 88 8 23 5 0 0 8 11 14 0 0 .315 .432 .384 .068 .270 6.0 0.3 0.6
2008 TAM A+ 11 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 .300 .364 .300 .000 .284 1.4 -0.0 0.1
2008 YAN Rk 8 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .375 .125 .212 0.2 0.2 0.0
2009 TRN AA 64 8 11 1 0 2 7 6 13 0 0 .190 .266 .310 .121 .213 0.8 0.5 0.1
2009 SWB AAA 75 7 19 5 0 1 7 3 13 0 2 .275 .311 .391 .116 .272 4.7 0.1 0.5
2009 NYA MLB 101 13 28 4 0 1 11 2 11 0 3 .298 .309 .372 .074 .237 1.5 -0.4 0.1
2009 YAN Rk 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .167 .286 .167 .000 .237 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2010 NYA MLB 317 27 72 11 3 0 38 33 42 1 1 .271 .359 .335 .064 .243 2.8 1.1 0.4
2011 SWB AAA 15 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 0 .154 .267 .154 .000 .183 -0.5 -0.0 -0.1
2011 TAM A+ 10 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .300 .300 .300 .000 .202 -0.4 -0.0 -0.0
2011 NYA MLB 137 17 33 4 0 4 22 9 29 4 1 .266 .324 .395 .129 .258 5.2 -0.0 0.5
2012 SWB AAA 417 43 87 15 2 2 39 39 82 6 0 .246 .341 .316 .071 .236 6.4 0.6 0.7
2012 MAG Wnt 75 16 18 5 1 2 14 10 19 1 0 .305 .432 .525 .220 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 NYA MLB 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .000 .278 0.3 -0.0 0.0
2013 NYA MLB 61 12 14 3 0 3 8 8 9 0 0 .269 .377 .500 .231 .321 6.7 0.5 0.8
2014 SWB AAA 11 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182 .182 .182 .000 .103 -1.9 -0.0 -0.2
2014 TRN AA 20 2 2 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 .133 .350 .133 .000 .199 -1.1 -0.1 -0.1
2014 TAM A+ 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .143 .000 .000 .049 -1.5 -0.0 -0.2
2014 NYA MLB 162 18 44 11 1 2 13 11 41 1 0 .301 .370 .432 .130 .283 8.1 -0.4 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 20 0.4500 0.5500 0.6364 0.7778 0.3636 0.8571 0.2500 0.3636
2009 331 0.5287 0.5166 0.8713 0.6857 0.3269 0.9250 0.7451 0.1287
2010 1157 0.5592 0.4149 0.8556 0.5858 0.1941 0.8997 0.6869 0.1402
2011 519 0.5626 0.4302 0.8243 0.5993 0.2070 0.8971 0.5532 0.1757
2012 7 0.2857 0.2857 0.5000 0.5000 0.2000 1.0000 0.0000 0.5000
2013 247 0.5263 0.4534 0.8482 0.6692 0.2137 0.9310 0.5600 0.1518
2014 633 0.4834 0.4092 0.7568 0.6275 0.2049 0.8802 0.4030 0.2432
Career29140.53570.43180.82740.61680.21670.90050.59260.171

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-03 2014-09-16 DTD 13 13 - General Medical Other Headaches -
2014-04-14 2014-06-17 60-DL 64 55 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-09-28 2013-09-29 60-DL 1 1 Right Hand Recovery From Previous Injury Fracture - -
2013-07-03 2013-07-03 On-Alr 0 0 Right Elbow Stress Reaction - -
2013-04-27 2013-08-05 60-DL 100 88 Right Hand Surgery Fracture From Foul Tip 2013-04-27 -
2011-09-09 2011-10-07 15-DL 28 20 - Head Concussion Player Collision At Home Plate - -
2011-03-22 2011-04-29 15-DL 38 22 Left Foot Recovery From Fracture Foul Ball -
2011-03-03 2011-03-22 Camp 19 0 Left Foot Fracture Foul Ball -
2010-04-01 2010-04-10 Camp 9 4 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-03-07 2010-03-13 Camp 6 0 Head Concussion HBP -
2009-11-25 2009-12-26 WIN 31 0 Head Concussion Backswing -
2009-08-04 2009-08-25 Minors 21 0 Left Hand Soreness -
2009-02-17 2009-02-18 Camp 1 0 General Medical Illness Cold -
2008-06-20 2008-08-04 Minors 45 0 Not Disclosed -
2008-04-01 2008-06-16 Minors 76 0 Right Wrist Recovery From Surgery Fracture From Collision At Plate 2008-03-12
2008-03-08 2008-04-01 Camp 24 0 Right Wrist Surgery Fracture 2008-03-12
2007-08-11 2007-09-05 Minors 25 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 NYA $
2014 NYA $700,000
2013 NYA $515,350
2012 NYA $
2011 NYA $455,700
2010 NYA $410,800
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,381,850
2011Current$700,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$2,081,850
4 yrTotal$2,081,850

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 146 dSFX1 year/$0.7M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.7M (2014). Re-signed by NY Yankees 1/16/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$515,350 (2013). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/13. Placed on restricted list 8/5/13 (PED violation stemming from Biogenesis case).
  • 1 year/$0.5137M (2012). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/7/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4557M (2011). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4108M (2010). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/12/10.
  • 1 year/$400,700 (2009). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/3/09 ($65,000 in minors).
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by NY Yankees 11/20/07. Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/4/08. Optioned to Double-A 3/12/08. Recalled 9/15/08.
  • Signed by NY Yankees 2003 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela.

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
90o 314 36 79 14 1 5 33 30 54 3 1 .293 .372 .425 .291 18.6 C 1 2.1
80o 292 32 71 12 1 5 29 27 52 3 1 .278 .354 .401 .277 13.3 C 1 1.5
70o 276 30 64 11 1 4 27 24 50 3 1 .266 .341 .384 .267 9.9 C 1 1.1
60o 263 27 59 10 1 4 25 22 48 2 1 .256 .329 .369 .258 7.2 C 1 0.9
50o 250 25 55 9 1 4 23 20 47 2 1 .248 .319 .356 .250 4.9 C 1 0.6
40o 237 23 50 9 1 3 21 19 45 2 1 .239 .309 .342 .242 2.8 C 1 0.4
30o 224 21 46 8 1 3 19 17 43 2 1 .229 .297 .328 .233 0.7 C 1 0.1
20o 208 19 41 7 1 3 17 15 41 2 0 .218 .284 .312 .223 -1.4 C 1 -0.1
10o 186 16 34 6 1 2 15 13 37 1 0 .203 .266 .289 .208 -3.7 C 0 -0.4
Weighted Mean2562657101424214721.252.324.362.2545.9C 10.7

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
6% 36% 11% 28% 85%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201529418468614173834813.234.309.335.2440.64.4-0.22.26.6-4.21.0
20163052454101182643451083.219.300.307.2330.31.2-0.32.614.9-16.11.2
20173160565129222853491173.240.314.334.2441.07.7-0.42.814.9-9.71.4
20183262065123191852521292.226.303.310.2320.20.7-0.42.714.9-16.51.5
20193360663122202851471201.226.299.313.2320.20.2-0.42.514.9-16.81.4
20203460962121192749471260.223.296.304.227-0.1-2.8-0.42.314.9-19.61.5
20213563065129211852461230.229.299.311.2300.1-0.9-0.42.214.9-17.71.5
20223664065129212751481280.226.297.304.228-0.1-2.5-0.42.114.9-19.11.5
20233763068133231957481190.238.309.335.2420.85.5-0.41.814.9-10.91.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
22.65.45.8855.946.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 85 Brayan Pena 2010 .220
2 84 J.R. Towles 2012 .000 DNP
3 83 Rob Johnson 2011 .201
4 81 JD Closser 2008 .000 DNP
5 81 Jason Jaramillo 2011 .259
6 80 Michael McKenry 2013 .223
7 79 Gregor Blanco 2012 .265
8 79 George Kottaras 2011 .265
9 79 Matt Murton 2010 .000 DNP
10 79 John Jaso 2012 .339
11 78 Jeremy Reed 2009 .209
12 78 Felix Pie 2013 .167
13 78 Russ Adams 2009 .171
14 78 Jose Lobaton 2013 .280
15 77 Ben Zobrist 2009 .317
16 77 Tony Gwynn 2011 .254
17 77 Cliff Pennington 2012 .234
18 77 John Baker 2009 .265
19 77 Trevor Crowe 2012 .000 DNP
20 76 Chris Burke 2008 .221
21 76 Dioner Navarro 2012 .260
22 76 Adam Rosales 2011 .153
23 76 Angel Sanchez 2012 .000 DNP
24 76 Ryan Spilborghs 2008 .295
25 76 Ryan Hanigan 2009 .249
26 76 Travis Buck 2012 .215
27 76 Mike Rabelo 2008 .223
28 76 Ronny Paulino 2009 .270
29 76 Rajai Davis 2009 .268
30 75 Gerald Laird 2008 .254
31 75 Andy LaRoche 2012 .000 DNP
32 75 Luis Martinez 2013 .000 DNP
33 75 Roger Bernadina 2012 .284
34 75 Reggie Willits 2009 .183
35 75 Andres Blanco 2012 .000 DNP
36 75 Paul Janish 2011 .205
37 75 Jason Donald 2013 .000 DNP
38 74 Jeff Mathis 2011 .188
39 74 Brett Hayes 2012 .169
40 74 Vinny Rottino 2008 .006
41 74 Jason Repko 2009 .149
42 74 Justin Turner 2013 .262
43 74 Luis Rivas 2008 .198
44 74 Eugenio Velez 2010 .223
45 74 Jason Bartlett 2008 .244
46 74 Bill Freehan 1970 .275
47 74 Chris Coghlan 2013 .263
48 74 Charles Thomas 2007 .000 DNP
49 74 Bobby Wilson 2011 .194
50 74 Matt Tolbert 2010 .241
51 74 Gabe Gross 2008 .262
52 73 Brendan Ryan 2010 .225
53 73 Jeff Salazar 2009 .083
54 73 Hector Luna 2008 .642
55 73 Eric Young 2013 .235
56 73 Drew Butera 2012 .202
57 73 John Stearns 1980 .267
58 73 Smoky Burgess 1955 .293
59 73 David Murphy 2010 .280
60 73 Thurman Munson 1975 .300
61 73 Chris Denove 2011 .000 DNP
62 73 Lenny Webster 1993 .205
63 73 Kurt Suzuki 2012 .223
64 73 Brent Lillibridge 2012 .213
65 73 Mike Fontenot 2008 .313
66 73 Jose Morales 2011 .249
67 73 Nevin Ashley 2013 .000 DNP
68 72 Chris Gimenez 2011 .234
69 72 Kevin Frandsen 2010 .239
70 72 Wyatt Toregas 2011 -.083
71 72 Chris Snyder 2009 .248
72 72 Brian Buscher 2009 .245
73 72 Willy Aybar 2011 .000 DNP
74 72 Steve Holm 2008 .261
75 72 Chris Stewart 2010 .000 DNP
76 72 Danny Valencia 2013 .307
77 72 Shawn Riggans 2009 .137
78 72 Craig Tatum 2011 .168
79 72 Alex Romero 2012 .000 DNP
80 72 Kevin Youkilis 2007 .298
81 72 Brendan Harris 2009 .244
82 72 Jason Kendall 2002 .255
83 72 Carlos Ruiz 2007 .248
84 72 Ron Hassey 1981 .219
85 72 Robert Andino 2012 .214
86 72 Skip Schumaker 2008 .264
87 72 Ron Hodges 1977 .237
88 72 Emmanuel Burriss 2013 .000 DNP
89 72 Terry Tiffee 2007 .000 DNP
90 72 Luke Carlin 2009 .178
91 72 Jonathan Herrera 2013 .238
92 71 Luis Matos 2007 .000 DNP
93 71 Mike Sweeney 2002 .323
94 71 Chris Denorfia 2009 .332
95 71 Chris Getz 2012 .239
96 71 Matt Downs 2012 .220
97 71 Victor Martinez 2007 .299
98 71 Don Pavletich 1967 .254
99 71 Alberto Gonzalez 2011 .214
100 71 Sherm Lollar 1953 .293

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .265 .369 .377 .265
11 vs R (Multi) .271 .350 .442 .289
18 Split (Multi) .005 -.018 .065 .025
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .227 .320 .364 .239
31 vs R (2013) .300 .417 .600 .364
38 Split (2013) .073 .097 .236 .125
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 The Yankees’ trade for Chris Stewart on the last day of 2012 spring training limited former big-league backup catcher Francisco Cervelli to three plate appearances in the majors, and his .316 slugging percentage at Triple-A didn’t make a convincing argument for more. On the bright side, he still has the best head of hair in the organization. As we went to press, the catching picture remained murky for New York and Cervelli's fate may be determined less by his own attributes and more by how much Austin Romine can contribute.
2012 Cervelli's season was bookended by injuries. He fractured his foot in spring training, delaying his season debut until May 1. On September 8, a collision at home plate with Nick Markakis resulted in a concussion (reportedly the fourth or fifth of Cervelli's career) that erased the rest of his season and the playoffs. In between, "Cervie" was roughly the same player he was in 2010, though adding a few home runs and subtracting a few walks. He's a singles-flicking catcher who doesn't throw well (14 percent caught stealing 2010-2011), and has had enough concussion problems that worries over his future well-being are not unwarranted. During the offseason, Joe Girardi strongly suggested that Cervelli would be the first option to back up Russell Martin. Cervelli is likeable, but there isn't any particular reason he should have so strong a grip on his job.
2011 In the early going, Cervelli was a BABIP fool, with his every little flare dropping in. All too soon, God stopped playing dice with the universe and the normal laws of chance were reinstated; the dying quails of April and May became the plucky homing pigeons of June, July, and August, each determined not to land until it had nested in someone’s glove. Cervelli rediscovered his “ability” to flip balls just over the infield in September, but by then it had become abundantly clear that he didn’t have the offensive chops to be taken seriously as Jorge Posada’s successor. Cervelli did greatly improve his walk rate, which gave his all-singles game a dimension it didn’t have the year before, but it’s still not enough for him to be a winning regular. More disturbingly, he had a miserable defensive season. Runners had no problem stealing on him, chalking up an 86-percent success rate, the second-worst showing of the 43 catchers who caught 450 or more innings, and he tied for the American League lead in errors with Jason Kendall, who caught 228 more innings; Cervelli’s fielding percentage (when putouts from strikeouts are discounted) of .852 was the lowest of any catcher except Posada, and his 0.46 passed balls and wild pitches per nine innings ranked 26th in the group. If Cervelli’s defensive game recovers, he’ll have a career as a reserve, and if it doesn’t, he won’t. Or maybe there will be an expansion draft and he’ll be the inaugural catcher for the San Antonio Defenders.
2010 Cervelli is a fun player, an animated and athletic backstop who has thrown well in limited exposure, nailing 10 of 23 stolen-base attempts in 2009. His .298 batting average with non-existent peripherals probably represents the top of his offensive range; Cervelli didn't hit with any authority in the minors, and what little he did produce came at the lower levels. Due to injuries and calls to the majors, his Double- and Triple-A experience has been limited to a total of 58 games. Scheduled to take over as second-string catcher, his defense suggests they won't miss Jose Molina much.
2009 With Posada's injuries and Molina hitting as only he and your grandmother can, Cervelli might have gotten an early shot, but a fractured wrist suffered in a spring training collision kept him shelved for the bulk of the season. It is ironic that an accident that seemed inconsequential at the time beyond the player's lost development time could prove to have an outsized impact. Cervelli is a career .280/.381/.385 minor league hitter, with some walks, a bunch of HPBs, some doubles, and all of five home runs in 682 PAs. That suggests "future backup," but as Molina reflects, there are full-service backups, and then there are guys who are just jumped-up defensive substitutes.
2008 An unheralded signing out of Venezuela back in 2003, Cervelli started 2007 hot, but cooled rapidly after May. He has doubles power, some sense of the strike zone, and is apparently fearless as he's been hit by 24 pitches in 155 career games. Solid on defense, Cervelli will be a starter rather than a career backup if he can develop a little more home run power.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-08-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)There is speculation in the Detroit media that the Tigers won't take Peralta back, despite the obvious boost he gives them at shortstop, because of "image" concerns. I think that, if they don't play him and lose at any point, their image is tarnished forever. The Giants got to the WS because of a huge contribution from Melky. What do you think?
(Tigerdog from Orange county CA)
Well, they did trade for Iglalasis.

Tigerdog, hijacking your question to run this. It's official:


Major League Baseball issued the following discipline today for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in relation to the Biogenesis investigation. Players receiving 50-game suspensions without pay for their violations of the Program are:

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo;
San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera;
New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli;
Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz;
• Padres pitcher Fautino De Los Santos, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A San Antonio Missions of the Texas League;
Houston Astros pitcher Sergio Escalona, who is currently of the roster of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League;
• Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the International League;
Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League;
• Free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto;
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta;
New York Mets outfielder Cesar Puello, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Binghamton Mets of the Eastern League; and
• Mets infielder/outfielder Jordany Valdespin, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.

Norberto’s suspension will be effective immediately once he signs with another Major League organization. All other suspensions are effective immediately. None of the players will appeal their discipline.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon and Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, all of whom already have served 50-game suspensions as a result of their violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program stemming from their connections to Biogenesis, will not receive additional discipline.
Major League Baseball’s investigation found no violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez or Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia.

STATEMENT FROM THE TIGERS:
The Detroit Tigers today issued the following statement regarding the suspension of Jhonny Peralta:

"We recognize the suspension of Jhonny Peralta for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program as a measure taken in the best interest of the game. The Detroit Tigers continue to fully support Major League Baseball's policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing drugs from our game. Per the protocol outline by Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement, the Tigers' organization will provide no further comment on Peralta’s suspension."

STATEMENT FROM PERALTA:
“In spring of 2012, I made a terrible mistake that I deeply regret. I apologize to everyone that I have hurt as a result of my mistake, including my teammates, the Tigers’ organization, the great fans in Detroit, Major League Baseball, and my family. I take full responsibility for my actions, have no excuses for my lapse in judgment and I accept my suspension.
I love the fans, my teammates and this organization and my greatest punishment is knowing that I have let so many good people down. I promise to do everything possible to try and earn back the respect that I have lost.” (Maury Brown About Biogenesis and Business)
2013-01-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does anyone else find humor that the Yankees probable Opening Day catcher will be Francisco Cervelli?
(jlarsen from chicago)
I just don't know if I buy it. Shades of "Bubba Crosby is our center fielder," circa 2006. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Projections on Gary Sanchez's ability to stick at catcher have seemed to move from "no freaking way" to "maybe" in the past year or so. What do you think? Is there real progress, or is it more wishful thinking from a team that looks to be starting Francisco Cervelli in 2013?
(captnamerca from FL)
I think there was some real progress in 2012. He showed up with a better attitude and worked harder at his craft last year than he had in the past, and I think it showed. That said, there's a lot of room to grow and improve behind the dish and he will need to take a couple more big steps before he truly looks the part of an everyday catcher in the big leagues. I think the bat can play off the position, but he become immensely valuable if he sticks at catcher. (Mark Anderson)
2010-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Francisco Cervelli is a career .300 hitter in the majors. This won't last, right? Too bad the Yanks have so many aged key components, cause Posada would be a nice full-time DH and Frankie could be full-time C if he can sustain something close to .260/.320/.380, right?
(dianagramr from NYC)
No, it won't last. But he's been better this year than he was last year, and that's clearly the right direction to go. He has a 16/12 K/BB ratio this year, which is pretty sensational, and so even if the batting average drops a little, I think he's a valuable player. He'll warm the seat nicely for Austin Romine.

By the way, my favorite description of Cervelli came from Joe Pawlikowski, who described him as having "wine bar eyes." (Tommy Bennett)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 161 0 0.3 12.6 123 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.3 12.8
2009 2085 21 4.2 13.9 1075 0.2 0.1 0.4 4.2 14.4
2010 6460 14 8.1 8.8 3543 -2.7 -0.7 -1.3 7.4 7.5
2011 2729 49 7.0 17.9 1602 1.0 0.3 1.4 7.3 19.3
2012 39 0 0.1 16.8 28 -0.0 -0.0 -0.6 0.1 16.2
2013 1169 25 4.0 24.2 641 0.4 0.1 1.1 4.1 25.2
2014 2925 64 9.9 23.7 1642 -2.1 -0.6 -2.4 9.3 21.3
total 15568 178 33.4 15.0 8654 -1.5 -0.3 -0.3 33.1 14.8

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