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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 30)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .195 7 24 26 0 .227 0.2
Birth Date12-21-1983
Height6' 0"
Weight210 lbs
Age30 years, 10 months, 1 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.02010
-0.12011
-0.22012
-0.32013
0.12014
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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 TEX 24 16 53 47 10 15 5 0 6 38 5 19 1 0 0 17 0 0 .319 .396 .809 .377 8.3 0.4 0.9
2009 TEX 25 60 218 198 26 43 13 0 6 74 14 76 1 2 3 24 0 0 .217 .270 .374 .226 2.7 -0.7 0.2
2010 TEX 26 28 85 71 10 11 1 0 4 24 8 34 2 0 4 6 0 0 .155 .259 .338 .236 0.3 -0.1 0.0
2011 TEX 27 14 36 34 3 8 2 0 0 10 2 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 .235 .278 .294 .221 -0.7 -0.3 -0.1
2012 BAL 28 22 64 57 4 9 3 0 2 18 5 23 0 0 2 9 0 0 .158 .226 .316 .214 -1.2 -0.5 -0.2
2013 BAL 29 23 62 60 3 10 2 0 2 18 1 18 0 0 1 5 0 1 .167 .180 .300 .162 -3.0 0.1 -0.3
2014 NYN 30 9 30 28 1 4 0 0 1 7 2 7 0 0 0 5 0 0 .143 .200 .250 .161 -0.8 0.1 -0.1
Career17254849557100260211893719042106801.202.262.382.2305.5-0.90.4

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
2005 SPO A- 31 122 .336 .246 .329 .364 .254 .351 110 8.7 3.1 0.7 0.3 -1.7 11.0 1.1 11.0 1.1
2006 RNG Rk 7 29 .187 .242 .359 .334 .264 .077 107 -2.3 0.9 -0.6 0.0 -0.2 -2.3 -0.2 -2.3 -0.2
2007 BAK A+ 81 364 .351 .267 .344 .416 .268 .393 104 37.7 11.2 -2.1 -0.5 -0.9 47.0 4.5 47.0 4.5
2007 FRI AA 29 115 .300 .254 .324 .395 .253 .411 103 5.2 3.5 -0.1 -0.0 1.2 9.7 1.0 9.7 1.0
2008 TEX MLB 16 53 .377 .263 .334 .417 .263 .409 106 6.7 1.5 0.6 0.4 0.5 8.3 0.9 8.3 0.9
2008 FRI AA 16 68 .238 .274 .349 .415 .287 .235 86 -1.6 2.0 0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0.6 0.0 0.6 0.0
2008 OKL AAA 57 218 .237 .268 .342 .430 .257 .287 104 -5.7 6.7 4.1 -0.3 -3.4 3.9 0.3 3.9 0.3
2009 TEX MLB 60 218 .226 .267 .332 .429 .262 .314 107 -7.9 6.3 3.8 -0.7 0.9 2.7 0.2 2.7 0.2
2010 TEX MLB 28 85 .236 .259 .325 .409 .256 .212 112 -2.1 2.3 1.4 -0.1 0.6 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2010 FRI AA 52 220 .250 .261 .337 .386 .262 .384 97 -2.4 6.3 2.6 0.4 -2.3 4.3 0.5 4.3 0.5
2010 OKL AAA 11 39 .162 .287 .348 .442 .260 .200 118 -4.3 1.2 0.5 -0.2 0.7 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2
2011 TEX MLB 14 36 .221 .250 .321 .401 .265 .381 114 -1.4 1.0 0.6 -0.3 -1.0 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2011 ROU AAA 42 173 .309 .279 .353 .435 .265 .356 104 10.1 5.4 3.1 -1.2 0.9 18.1 1.6 18.1 1.6
2012 BAL MLB 22 64 .214 .240 .304 .372 .246 .219 104 -2.9 1.8 1 -0.5 -1.1 -1.2 -0.2 -1.2 -0.2
2012 DEL A 3 12 .369 .247 .295 .345 .252 .600 96 1.4 0.4 0.1 -0.0 0.0 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2012 BOW AA 3 10 .344 .243 .332 .354 .250 .500 98 0.9 0.3 0 -0.0 -0.0 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2012 ORI Rk 3 11 .227 .195 .277 .262 .219 .167 101 -0.4 0.3 0.1 -0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2013 BAL MLB 23 62 .162 .268 .324 .427 .274 .200 100 -5.8 1.6 1 0.1 -0.1 -3.0 -0.3 -3.0 -0.3
2013 NOR AAA 3 13 .029 .279 .338 .446 .266 .091 95 -3.3 0.4 0 -0.0 -0.0 -2.4 -0.3 -2.4 -0.3
2014 NYN MLB 9 30 .161 .253 .308 .397 .261 .150 95 -2.8 0.8 0.5 0.1 0.2 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2014 SLU A+ 2 6 .238 .225 .283 .338 .226 .500 99 -0.1 0.2 0 -0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 LVG AAA 55 211 .326 .273 .343 .429 .270 .374 105 15.8 6.3 2.6 -0.1 0.6 25.5 2.5 25.5 2.5
2014 MTS Rk 4 12 .255 .272 .341 .376 .266 .500 98 -0.1 0.4 0 -0.0 -0.1 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0

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 SPO A- 122 23 27 5 4 7 16 23 32 1 1 .281 .430 .635 .354 .336 11.0 0.3 1.1
2006 RNG Rk 29 4 1 0 0 0 1 9 7 1 0 .050 .345 .050 .000 .187 -2.3 0.0 -0.2
2007 BAK A+ 364 75 92 25 0 20 67 65 89 2 1 .315 .449 .606 .291 .351 47.0 -0.5 4.5
2007 FRI AA 115 19 30 3 0 7 16 10 39 0 0 .294 .363 .529 .235 .300 9.7 -0.0 1.0
2008 FRI AA 68 6 10 2 0 2 6 8 23 1 0 .169 .279 .305 .136 .238 0.6 -0.2 0.0
2008 TEX MLB 53 10 15 5 0 6 17 5 19 0 0 .319 .396 .809 .489 .377 8.3 0.4 0.9
2008 OKL AAA 218 26 42 5 3 7 16 28 59 0 1 .225 .330 .396 .171 .237 3.9 -0.3 0.3
2009 TEX MLB 218 26 43 13 0 6 24 14 76 0 0 .217 .270 .374 .157 .226 2.7 -0.7 0.2
2010 OKL AAA 39 6 6 0 0 2 2 2 15 0 0 .167 .205 .333 .167 .162 -1.8 -0.2 -0.2
2010 TEX MLB 85 10 11 1 0 4 6 8 34 0 0 .155 .259 .338 .183 .236 0.3 -0.1 0.0
2010 FRI AA 220 24 46 10 1 3 32 25 75 0 0 .242 .339 .353 .111 .250 4.3 0.4 0.5
2011 TEX MLB 36 3 8 2 0 0 2 2 13 0 0 .235 .278 .294 .059 .221 -0.7 -0.3 -0.1
2011 ROU AAA 173 30 43 4 3 12 22 21 52 0 0 .285 .376 .589 .305 .309 18.1 -1.2 1.6
2012 BAL MLB 64 4 9 3 0 2 9 5 23 0 0 .158 .226 .316 .158 .214 -1.2 -0.5 -0.2
2012 BOW AA 10 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 .286 .500 .429 .143 .344 1.7 -0.0 0.2
2012 ORI Rk 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 .125 .364 .125 .000 .227 0.1 -0.0 0.0
2012 DEL A 12 0 3 2 0 0 3 2 5 0 0 .333 .417 .556 .222 .369 1.4 -0.0 0.1
2013 NOR AAA 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .077 .077 .077 .000 .029 -2.4 -0.0 -0.3
2013 BAL MLB 62 3 10 2 0 2 5 1 18 0 1 .167 .180 .300 .133 .162 -3.0 0.1 -0.3
2014 LVG AAA 211 32 54 7 0 14 39 30 59 0 0 .303 .403 .579 .275 .326 25.5 -0.1 2.5
2014 SLU A+ 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 .238 0.0 -0.0 0.0
2014 NYN MLB 30 1 4 0 0 1 5 2 7 0 0 .143 .200 .250 .107 .161 -0.8 0.1 -0.1
2014 MTS Rk 12 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 .200 .333 .400 .200 .255 0.2 -0.0 0.0

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 207 0.4686 0.3913 0.5679 0.5876 0.2182 0.6316 0.4167 0.4198
2009 916 0.5186 0.4710 0.6381 0.6253 0.3039 0.6970 0.5075 0.3619
2010 342 0.5205 0.5029 0.6491 0.6798 0.3049 0.7273 0.4600 0.3509
2011 143 0.5664 0.4965 0.6620 0.6667 0.2742 0.6852 0.5882 0.3380
2012 268 0.5373 0.4366 0.6752 0.6042 0.2419 0.7241 0.5333 0.3248
2013 216 0.5185 0.4537 0.7143 0.5893 0.3077 0.8636 0.4063 0.2857
2014 115 0.5217 0.4348 0.6800 0.5667 0.2909 0.7647 0.5000 0.3200
Career22070.51970.46240.64890.62380.28630.71790.48970.3499

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-22 2014-08-01 15-DL 40 33 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2013-04-28 2013-06-04 15-DL 37 33 Left Thumb Dislocation - -
2013-03-02 2013-03-05 Camp 3 0 - Low Back Spasms - -
2012-03-26 2012-07-14 15-DL 110 86 - Low Back Recovery From Sprain Slight Ligament Tear - -
2012-03-12 2012-03-26 Camp 14 0 - Low Back Sprain Slight Ligament Tear - -
2011-10-29 2011-10-29 Off 0 0 - Knee Surgery - -
2010-04-13 2010-04-16 DTD 3 2 General Medical Illness Food Poisoning -
2009-06-25 2009-06-29 DTD 4 4 General Medical Illness GI -
2009-02-27 2009-03-04 Camp 5 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2006-06-05 2006-08-06 Minors 62 0 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2005-11-29
2005-11-29 2005-11-29 Minors 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2005-11-29

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 NYN $
2013 BAL $650,000
2012 BAL $489,500
2011 TEX $416,790
2010 TEX $407,010
2009 TEX $401,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$2,364,300
5 yrTotal$2,364,300

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 7 dScott Boras1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 1/6/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by NY Mets 6/8/14. Refused assignment by NY Mets 10/6/14.
  • 1 year/$0.65M (2013). Re-signed by Baltimore 11/30/12 (avoided arbitration). Roster bonuses: $12,500 each for 140, 168 days on active roster. DFA by Baltimore 9/1/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 9/5/13. Elected free agency 10/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4895M (2012). Re-signed by Baltimore 3/10/12.
  • 1 year/$416,790 (2011). Re-signed by Texas 2/22/11. Acquired by Baltimore in trade from Texas 12/1/11.
  • 1 year/$407,010 (2010). Re-signed by Texas 3/4/10
  • 1 year/$0.401M (2009). Re-signed by Texas 2/25/09. Award bonus: $10,000 for Rookie of the Year
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Texas 7/17/08.
  • Drafted by Texas 2005 (3-99) (University of Texas). $0.725M signing bonus.

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 514 56 106 21 1 16 59 47 174 1 1 .233 .307 .390 .263 15.1 C -2 1.4
80o 492 51 96 19 1 14 54 43 171 1 0 .219 .290 .366 .249 7.8 C -2 0.6
70o 476 48 89 18 1 13 50 40 168 1 0 .210 .278 .349 .238 2.9 C -2 0.1
60o 463 45 83 17 1 12 47 37 166 1 0 .201 .268 .335 .230 -1.1 C -2 -0.3
50o 450 42 79 16 1 12 45 35 163 1 0 .193 .258 .322 .222 -4.6 C -2 -0.7
40o 437 39 74 15 1 11 42 32 161 1 0 .186 .249 .309 .213 -7.9 C -2 -1.0
30o 424 37 68 14 0 10 39 30 158 1 0 .178 .239 .295 .205 -11.2 C -2 -1.4
20o 408 34 61 12 0 9 36 28 155 1 0 .168 .227 .279 .194 -14.8 C -1 -1.8
10o 386 30 54 11 0 8 32 24 149 1 0 .155 .210 .257 .180 -19.2 C -1 -2.2
Weighted Mean456438116112463616510.197.263.328.225-3.0C -2-0.5

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
3% 17% 11% 25% 64%

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
20153125025429062420890.186.256.307.209-1.3-11.1-0.61.111.4-23.1-0.9
20163225025418062321930.185.257.303.209-1.7-15.0-0.61.114.9-30.4-0.9
20173325025409142123890.182.262.289.207-1.8-16.0-0.51.014.9-31.5-0.9
20183439140651111037291490.183.248.304.204-2.1-17.6-0.91.514.9-33.1-1.4
20193525025407062319950.180.246.295.203-2.1-18.7-0.60.914.9-33.9-0.9
2020364424269131938331710.173.238.278.193-2.8-24.5-1.11.414.9-39.8-1.6
20213725024387052119940.174.241.275.194-2.7-24.3-0.60.714.9-39.4-0.9
202238307294991626231150.177.243.279.195-2.7-23.5-0.70.814.9-38.5-1.1
2023394434170131837331660.174.238.272.191-3.0-26.2-1.11.014.9-41.1-1.6

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
12.813.212.58.711.310.258.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 70)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 82 Eliezer Alfonzo 2009 .163
2 81 David Ross 2007 .223
3 74 Kevin Richardson 2011 .000 DNP
4 74 Robby Hammock 2007 .208
5 73 Mickey Tettleton 1991 .307
6 73 Charles Johnson 2002 .225
7 73 Marcus Thames 2007 .257
8 73 Mike Rivera 2007 .296
9 72 Rick Wilkins 1997 .218
10 72 Jorge Posada 2002 .286
11 72 Mike Macfarlane 1994 .276
12 72 Jason Smith 2008 .196
13 71 Abraham Nunez 2007 .000 DNP
14 71 Chris Gimenez 2013 .334
15 71 Todd Linden 2010 .000 DNP
16 71 Ryan Shealy 2010 .030
17 71 Delwyn Young 2012 .000 DNP
18 71 Nick Green 2009 .234
19 70 Laynce Nix 2011 .282
20 70 Humberto Cota 2009 .000 DNP
21 70 Jack Hannahan 2010 .000 DNP
22 70 Franklin Stubbs 1991 .239
23 70 Chris Duncan 2011 .000 DNP
24 70 Lance Parrish 1986 .301
25 70 Bob Robertson 1977 .000 DNP
26 70 Ozzie Virgil 1987 .260
27 70 Bill Schroeder 1989 .197
28 70 Greg Vaughn 1996 .304
29 70 Earl Averill 1962 .266
30 70 Kevin Cash 2008 .220
31 70 Stan Lopata 1956 .306
32 70 Jeff Baker 2011 .248
33 70 Nick Esasky 1990 .167
34 70 Rusty Ryal 2013 .000 DNP
35 70 Mitchell Page 1982 .292
36 70 Jayson Nix 2013 .237
37 69 Nate Colbert 1976 .266
38 69 Wily Mo Pena 2012 .000 DNP
39 69 Paul Sorrento 1996 .287
40 69 Dan Pasqua 1992 .256
41 69 Ron Kittle 1988 .321
42 69 John Rodriguez 2008 .000 DNP
43 69 Joe Ferguson 1977 .299
44 69 Gus Triandos 1961 .265
45 69 John Buck 2011 .251
46 69 Dee Brown 2008 .000 DNP
47 69 John Jaha 1996 .315
48 69 Dale Long 1956 .303
49 69 Mike Rose 2007 .000 DNP
50 69 Jim Pagliaroni 1968 .294
51 69 Brian Daubach 2002 .285
52 68 Wes Westrum 1953 .286
53 68 Deron Johnson 1969 .276
54 68 Miguel Olivo 2009 .256
55 68 Luke Carlin 2011 .000 DNP
56 68 Ben Broussard 2007 .259
57 68 Johnny Bench 1978 .304
58 68 Steve Yeager 1979 .235
59 68 Duke Sims 1971 .283
60 68 Josh Fields 2013 .000 DNP
61 68 Andy Phillips 2007 .256
62 68 Ben Davis 2007 .000 DNP
63 68 Dave Duncan 1976 .214
64 68 Len Matuszek 1985 .245
65 68 Dayton Buller 2011 .000 DNP
66 68 Donn Clendenon 1966 .315
67 68 Pete Laforest 2008 .000 DNP
68 68 Tony Clark 2002 .208
69 68 Alex Escobar 2009 .000 DNP
70 68 George Kottaras 2013 .265
71 68 Jeromy Burnitz 1999 .311
72 68 Brian Buchanan 2004 .207
73 68 Chris Shelton 2010 .000 DNP
74 68 Erik Kratz 2010 .127
75 68 Geoff Jenkins 2005 .297
76 68 Carmen Castillo 1988 .250
77 68 Randy Ruiz 2008 .268
78 68 Koyie Hill 2009 .227
79 67 Brooks Conrad 2010 .289
80 67 Norm Zauchin 1960 .000 DNP
81 67 Clyde Vollmer 1952 .298
82 67 Dusty Rhodes 1957 .203
83 67 Dusty Brown 2012 .000 DNP
84 67 Steve Bilko 1959 .000 DNP
85 67 Garrett Jones 2011 .274
86 67 Dick Gernert 1959 .269
87 67 Don Lenhardt 1953 .292
88 67 Don Lock 1967 .305
89 67 Phil Nevin 2001 .328
90 67 Matt Cepicky 2008 .000 DNP
91 67 Ryan Langerhans 2010 .275
92 67 Pete Incaviglia 1994 .246
93 67 Dean Palmer 1999 .277
94 67 Cory Aldridge 2009 .000 DNP
95 67 Darren Blakely 2007 .000 DNP
96 67 Michael Ryan 2008 .000 DNP
97 67 Jim Lemon 1958 .270
98 67 Seth Bynum 2011 .000 DNP
99 67 Eddie Taubensee 1999 .288
100 67 Woodie Held 1962 .284

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .216 .225 .368 .229
11 vs R (Multi) .152 .213 .292 .180
18 Split (Multi) -.064 -.013 -.077 -.049
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .261 .261 .391 .227
31 vs R (2013) .108 .132 .243 .119
38 Split (2013) -.153 -.129 -.148 -.109
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 You might not be able to tell by the paltry plate-appearance total, but Teagarden was Matt Wieters' sole backup after the All-Star break. Wieters was a workhorse, starting 81 percent of games and going as many as eight straight without a rest, and that may speak a bit to the lack of faith the Orioles had in TT as they made their playoff push. Teagarden was once a promising offensive prospect on his way to becoming a three-true-outcomes catcher in the mold of Mike Napoli. His hacktastic approach at the plate has proven prohibitive, though, and his power hasn't developed enough to offset it. He is still a great defender, putting him on-par with your average, run-of-the-mill backup backstop.
2012 Teagarden has the defensive skill-set behind the plate to offer some value at the major league level; he’s a cerebral game-caller with a strong arm and good fundamentals. But as is often the case, when his bat starts to stink with the rot of a below-average hitter, his prowess behind the plate suffers as a result. If his bat can show signs of life—he did show power potential in his days as a legitimate prospect—Teagarden could be a cheap backup option behind the plate for the O's and an upgrade over Craig Tatum.
2011 Early in his professional career, Teagarden was considered an odds-on favorite to emerge as a quality catcher at the major-league level. With enough offensive ability to keep pitchers honest and above-average defensive skills, he appeared headed for a back-up role at worst and a Varitek-ian starter kit at best. For Teagarden, 2010 was the year that officially put the lie to that projection. Losing all function at the plate, which no doubt carried over to his work behind it, Teagarden’s swing mechanics and pitch-recognition skills broke down, leaving him vulnerable to quality breaking stuff and unable to touch right-handed pitching. He now looks more like a career minor leaguer than a realistic long-term option at the major-league level.
2010 If the expectations of Salty's impending greatness have gone unfulfilled, perhaps there's room for schadenfreude because of the elaborate expectations built up around Teagarden. Don't get us wrong: Teagarden is an outstanding player to have if you've got him. He throws exceptionally well, he's a nimble receiver, and he can mash the pitches he catches up to. Get him 300 PAs or more, and he'll draw a few more walks than the Barajas types. He might also strike out 100 times in just that many at-bats, but that's the bill you pay if you decide to pick up the check. If you've got a good enough lineup to afford him as a regular, you can win with someone like him behind the plate, in the same way the White Sox could with Ron Karkovice, or the Twins with Tim Laudner. The problem is that the Rangers don't have a lineup (or a rotation) good enough to afford the luxury just yet.
2009 One of the best defensive catchers in the minors, Teagarden calls a game like a veteran, is agile behind the plate, and absolutely shuts down the running game. He's nothing close to a .319 hitter, though, although he more than makes up for it with plenty of walks and power. If you want to get really dreamy and optimistic, think Mickey Tettleton with Gold Glove-level skills, and you get the picture. Whether he or Saltalamacchia is the long-term answer for the Rangers is still the subject of debate, but better to have two good options when there are plenty of organizations with none.
2008 A frustrating prospect, Teagarden has been a Three True Outcomes hero with 34 home runs, 107 walks, and 167 strikeouts in 147 minor league games, but he lost nearly all of 2006 to Tommy John surgery, and continuing elbow soreness limited him to part-time duty behind the plate last year. When Teagarden is behind the dish, he's one of the top defensive catchers around. If he can stay there, he's Mickey Tettleton with defensive chops.
2007 The great-grand nephew of classic jazz trombonist Jack Teagarden had a difficult full season debut, missing most of it after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He entered the year as a top prospect, highly regarded on both sides of the ball. With the TJ procedure, his ability to cut down the running game is thrown into question, but he`s a very good handler of pitchers, so he still has something to offer behind the plate. It`s the lost development time that`s going to be most difficult to recover from. That first full year out of college is crucial to a prospect`s development. The majors look forward to `Swingin` on a Teagarden Gate.`

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-09-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should I assume that Taylor Teagarden's cluster of game winning hits in extra innings is just a random event, and not an ability?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
Probably, yeah. (Colin Wyers)
2011-04-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for answering my question! Gold stars for KG! Love the podcast. Consider this some blatant lobbying for Ted Price to have you on Rangers Podcast in Arlington soon. I'll go see Mendez and hope he turns into gold. On a related front, think the red Sox could buy into Taylor Teagarden as a Saltalamacchia replacement about now?
(jhardman from Apex, NC)
I was on Ted's podcast like 2 or 3 weeks ago, and Salty is going to get plenty of chances. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the Ian Desmond - Danny Espinosa middle infield combo? It seems to me the Nats will have quite the infield for years to come, no matter who's on first
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Meh, they look stopgappy to me. Desmond seems competent enough but he's going to have to get that OBP above league average for me to be at all impressed; .320 with a 4/1 K/BB ratio doesn't cut it. And as I pointed out in last week's NL Hit List, Espinosa's translations for his minor league work come out to a .208 True Average. I think it's dangerous to get too excited about his hot start at the big league level - call it the Taylor Teagarden effect. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the best defensive catcher in the minors right now (or a couple of candidates)?
(charles from nyc)
Brian Jeroloman? I guess Taylor Teagarden is eligible, Bryan Holloday, once he signs with Detroit is in the team photo. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Evan Grant has been reporting that the Texas Rangers should (will?) resign Marlon Byrd, Trade Nelson Cruz, and platoon Julio Borbon and Ivan Rodriguez in the DH slot. Doesn't that sound to you more like a recipe for exactly what they SHOULDN'T do?
(Ira from North Texas)
Ivan Rodriguez has no business on this team next year. Taylor Teagarden is basically that guy if you just want to go defense behind the plate, and you'd be insane to DH I-Rod. Trade Cruz to make room for him and Byrd? What the hell? Is this Billy Beane's plan for the Rangers? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Taylor Teagarden ran over Ron Washington's dog, right? We have proof of this don't we?
(Hawkeye from Grafton, ND)
Teagarden is awful, just hideous, with a bat in his hands. I think he might eventually be Ron Karkovice. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)CK, what is up with the Rangers' crazy love for Saltalamacchia and ruination of Taylor Teagarden's development and/or trade value? Does one of them finally get traded away this summer?
(Aaron from YYZ)
I really think the valuation of Teagarden was radically overstated in the first place. Guys you can't project to get on base at much more than a .300 clip and who also won't slug .400 aren't the sorts of "prospects" anyone should go looking for hoops to jump through over. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)We all know Hanson, Snider, Wieters and Price should have some immediate 2009 impact, but who else has a chance at winning the ROY awards?
(benpav1 from Chicago)
I'll throw out James McDonald in LA, Jason Motte in St. Louis and Taylor Teagarden in Texas. Daniel Murphy had one too many ABs last year. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)It's not like I have work or anything... a few more Tommy Johnnies from Baseball Reference's Wiki: Roberto Alomar, Jay Buhner, Jose Guillen, JR House, Todd Hundley, Trey Lunsford, Carlos Martinez, Ray Olmedo, Luke Scott, Taylor Teagarden, Tony Womack. Are catchers are more susceptible to UCL injuries?
(Gump from nyc)
No, though you'd think they would be. It seems like it's 2B for some reason. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am looking forward to attending the Future's Game. Traditionally alot of these players have made an MLB impact. I am wondering what you project of Dexter Fowler, Gorkys Hernandez, and Taylor Teagarden. Will I see you there?
(jake1m from Jenny Lind, Ca.)
I won't be able to make it to the game. I don't get too many chances to travel right now, between family and radio obligations.

I think that Teagarden would have gotten the call over Ramirez had he been healthy when Laird got hurt. But therein lies the rub - staying healthy has been his biggest problem as a professional. I like him better defensively than the other Ranger catching prospects. I think that Fowler's development is one of the reasons why the Rockies are entertaining notions of trading Holliday. My only concern with Hernandez is whether he develops any power, but I love his speed and his contact rate. (Jeff Erickson)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)In that case, Jay, would you move Broussard to first base? I know his offense would be less valuable there and Chris Davis is imminent, but Taylor Teagarden is looming on the horizon as well-and that guy's as natural a catcher as we've had since Pudge.
(Or from Dallas)
IANOPG - I am not our prospects guy, Kevin Goldstein is. But from where i sit, I'd say that since the Rangers aren't about to threaten to win anything this year, their best shot is letting the kids develop. Salty looks as though he needs another year in the minors based on last season's performance; might as well make sure he gets 1B down while he's down there. Teagarden, though he rates highly as a defender, needs to show he can make it through a full season behind the plate. Davis, who just completed Double-A, certainly looks like a monster on paper, but besides his power he's got only marginal plate discipline (150/35 K/BB last year) and is a bad defender.

In other words, if I'm the GM it's time to meet your new stopgap 1B, Ben Broussard. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)What about Taylor Teagarden makes you think that there are 6 other players in the Rangers org who currently are better prospects? Fault of his or just the strength of the system?
(Lincoln from Facebook)
A little bit of both, really. The Rangers system is crazy crazy deep right now. Teagarden ability, or inability to consistently play behind the plate is the concern right now, and he's just not going to hit for average down the line -- He'll be more like a Mickey Tettleton type with a tick less power. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should Rangers fans worry about Taylor Teagarden's injury history, or has he put it all behind him?
(Or from Dallas)
There's not really that much to worry about. The elbow broke, now it's fixed. He hit well at two levels and wasn't horrible behind the plate from what I've heard. The logjam at C is going to be an interesting story for the Rangers over the next two years. (Will Carroll)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Am I dreaming or does Coco Crisp for Taylor Teagarden or Max Ramirez fit into a reasonable proposal?
(Joe from Tewksbury, MA)
It's certainly the sort of thing worthy of a few daydreams in Red Sox Nation, because Tek isn't getting any younger. However, there are questions about both when it comes to whether or not they'll be able to remain behind the plate. (Christina Kahrl)


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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 924 13 0.1 0.7 538 -0.2 -0.0 -0.6 0.0 0.1
2009 4572 26 7.4 11.3 2468 -0.8 -0.2 -0.7 7.2 10.7
2010 1945 0 -0.0 -0.0 1082 -1.6 -0.4 -2.7 -0.4 -2.7
2011 733 2 0.3 3.1 446 -0.4 -0.1 -1.7 0.2 1.4
2012 1366 -14 -1.4 -7.3 758 -0.3 -0.1 -0.6 -1.5 -7.9
2013 1328 -9 -1.3 -6.8 735 -0.4 -0.1 -1.1 -1.4 -7.8
2014 591 -1 0.2 2.6 304 -0.3 -0.1 -1.7 0.1 0.9
total 11459 16 4.2 2.6 6331 -3.8 -1.0 -1.1 3.2 1.5

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