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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
5 544.3 40 26 0 409 4.08 5.3
Birth Date2-28-1983
Height6' 9"
Weight285 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
2008 TBA 25 5 2 16.0 9.3 6.7 2 2 0 0 1 0 76 18 12 9 3 32 8 8 1 14 5.06 5.54 6.47 0.9 0.1
2009 TBA 26 31 30 180.7 177.7 3.0 13 6 0 0 13 1 769 185 84 79 17 277 59 58 9 125 3.94 4.11 4.48 27.8 2.5
2010 TBA 27 30 29 174.3 173.3 1.0 12 8 0 0 16 0 733 159 86 85 25 271 61 55 7 131 4.39 4.58 4.91 9.3 0.6
2011 TBA 28 23 23 135.3 135.3 0.0 11 7 0 0 12 2 572 131 65 61 18 223 37 36 5 105 4.06 4.17 4.37 12.2 1.4
2012 TBA 29 8 8 38.0 38.0 0.0 2 3 0 0 1 0 156 30 17 13 2 44 12 12 2 34 3.08 3.05 3.98 6.1 0.6
Career9792544.3533.710.7402600433230652326424765847177169244094.084.244.6156.35.3

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2005 VIS A+ 5 5 20.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.209 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MNT AA 6 3 10.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.368 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 MNT AA 14 14 77.2 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .258 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 DUR AAA 25 25 131.0 3.69 115 .265 .258 .329 .390 .258 .338 92 25.8 2.5 25.8 2.5
2008 TBA MLB 5 2 16.0 6.47 72 .310 .255 .325 .415 .256 .300 107 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2008 DUR AAA 24 24 133.0 4.80 96 .215 .264 .330 .401 .262 .239 98 11.4 1.1 11.4 1.1
2009 TBA MLB 31 30 180.7 4.48 111 .249 .268 .333 .426 .260 .301 105 27.4 2.8 27.8 2.5
2010 TBA MLB 30 29 174.3 4.91 94 .251 .256 .320 .408 .255 .263 104 10.3 1.1 9.3 0.6
2011 TBA MLB 23 23 135.3 4.37 102 .264 .264 .325 .416 .264 .278 100 12.1 1.3 12.2 1.4
2011 PCH A+ 1 1 4.0 3.29 125 .052 .265 .318 .381 .247 .100 91 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2011 DUR AAA 2 2 9.3 3.49 122 .242 .258 .322 .399 .257 .333 92 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2012 TBA MLB 8 8 38.0 3.98 112 .228 .257 .322 .416 .264 .264 102 6.1 0.6 6.1 0.6
2012 PCH A+ 2 2 6.0 4.15 121 .276 .242 .320 .361 .240 .450 111 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2012 DUR AAA 2 2 8.3 4.99 103 .348 .259 .326 .386 .250 .457 110 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1

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
2005 MNT AA 0 1 0 6 3 10.3 7 5 14 0 0% -.368 6.1 4.4 0.0 12.2 1.17 4.37 0.0 0.0
2005 VIS A+ 0 1 0 5 5 20.3 12 10 28 3 0% -.209 5.3 4.4 1.3 12.4 1.08 3.99 0.0 0.0
2006 MNT AA 5 5 0 14 14 77.2 56 29 84 6 0% .258 6.5 3.4 0.7 9.8 1.10 2.68 0.0 0.0
2007 DUR AAA 12 6 0 25 25 131.0 144 46 123 13 42% .338 9.9 3.2 0.9 8.5 1.45 3.98 25.8 2.5
2008 DUR AAA 9 5 0 24 24 133.0 101 50 128 15 49% .239 6.8 3.4 1.0 8.7 1.14 3.59 11.4 1.1
2008 TBA MLB 2 2 0 5 2 16.0 18 8 14 3 47% .300 10.1 4.5 1.7 7.9 1.62 5.06 0.9 0.1
2009 TBA MLB 13 6 0 31 30 180.7 185 59 125 17 42% .301 9.2 2.9 0.8 6.2 1.35 3.94 27.8 2.5
2010 TBA MLB 12 8 0 30 29 174.3 159 61 131 25 45% .263 8.2 3.1 1.3 6.8 1.26 4.39 9.3 0.6
2011 DUR AAA 1 1 0 2 2 9.3 10 3 8 0 60% .333 9.6 2.9 0.0 7.7 1.39 3.86 1.8 0.2
2011 TBA MLB 11 7 0 23 23 135.3 131 37 105 18 48% .278 8.7 2.5 1.2 7.0 1.24 4.06 12.2 1.4
2011 PCH A+ 0 0 0 1 1 4.0 1 0 2 0 40% .100 2.2 0.0 0.0 4.5 0.25 0.00 0.7 0.1
2012 DUR AAA 0 0 0 2 2 8.3 17 2 4 1 42% .457 18.4 2.2 1.1 4.3 2.28 7.56 0.9 0.1
2012 TBA MLB 2 3 0 8 8 38.0 30 12 34 2 53% .264 7.1 2.8 0.5 8.1 1.11 3.08 6.1 0.6
2012 PCH A+ 0 0 0 2 2 6.0 9 3 6 0 45% .450 13.5 4.5 0.0 9.0 2.00 6.00 1.5 0.1

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 279 0.4803 0.4194 0.8205 0.5970 0.2552 0.8875 0.6757 0.1795
2009 2879 0.5564 0.4590 0.8508 0.6199 0.2561 0.9094 0.6728 0.1492
2010 2606 0.5460 0.4564 0.8192 0.6093 0.2722 0.8985 0.6056 0.1808
2011 2146 0.5182 0.4473 0.8333 0.5935 0.2901 0.9015 0.6833 0.1667
2012 646 0.5108 0.4286 0.7862 0.5939 0.2532 0.8469 0.6375 0.2138
Career85560.53770.45170.83090.60730.26930.89870.65240.1691

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-03-28 2013-10-09 60-DL 195 163 Right Shoulder Surgery Debridement of Rotator Cuff and Labrum 2013-04-10 -
2012-09-02 2012-10-04 DTD 32 29 Right Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff - -
2012-08-26 2012-08-26 On-Alr 0 0 Right Hand Contusion Batted Ball - -
2012-05-15 2012-09-01 60-DL 109 96 Right Lower Leg Fracture Fibula Batted Ball - -
2012-03-30 2012-03-30 Camp 0 0 Right Fingers Blister Index Finger - -
2011-05-05 2011-06-19 15-DL 45 41 Low Back Strain -
2010-08-04 2010-08-25 15-DL 21 20 Right Shoulder Strain -
2010-07-17 2010-07-17 DTD 0 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2010-07-12 2010-07-12 DTD 0 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2010-04-08 2010-04-08 DTD 0 0 Right Shoulder Contusion Batted Ball -
2008-04-20 2008-05-09 Minors 19 0 - Low Back Strain - -
2007-07-31 2007-08-21 Minors 21 0 Right Shoulder Fatigue -
2006-11-20 2006-11-20 WIN 0 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2006-04-05 2006-06-19 Minors 75 0 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Acromioplasty and Distal Clavicle Resection 2005-10-25 -
2005-10-25 2005-10-25 Minors 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Acromioplasty and Distal Clavicle Resection for Impingement and Arthritis 2005-10-25
2005-06-21 2005-08-02 Minors 42 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2005-04-08 2005-04-15 Minors 7 0 Right Thigh Soreness - -
2003-09-01 2003-09-01 Coll 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Dates Are Estimated - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 TBA $3,000,000
2012 TBA $2,750,000
2011 TBA $903,000
2010 TBA $1,032,000
2009 TBA $1,290,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$8,975,000
5 yrTotal$8,975,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 22 dCasey Close1 year/$3M (2013)

Details
  • 1 year/$3M (2013). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Sent outright to Triple-A 11/13 (refused assignment).
  • 1 year/$2.75M (2012). Lost arbitration with Tampa Bay 2/3/12 ($3.2M-$2.75M).
  • 1 year/$0.903M (2011). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/26/11.
  • 1 year/$1.032M (2010). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/10 (20% cut from $1.29M 2009 earnings in previous contract).
  • 5 years/$5.2M (2005-09). Signed Major League contract 1/05. $3.2M signing bonus (paid over 5 years). 09:$0.65M. May earn additional $0.5M in performance bonuses. Optioned to Double-A 3/05 and 3/06. Optioned to Triple-A 3/07. Optioned to Triple-A 3/22/08. Recalled 4/13/08. Optioned to Triple-A 4/20/08. Recalled 9/14/08.
  • Drafted by Tampa Bay 2004 (1-4) (Rice).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank these late game SP options? Garcia, Tillman, Straily, Gee, Burnett, Marcum. Who are some of your favorite final round SP sleepers?
(Briscodarlin from Mayberry)
I like Garcia and Gee best of those options. For deeper sleepers, Jeff Niemann and Kyle Kendrick. REM cycle, Rubby De La Rosa. (Cory Schwartz)
2012-10-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hello, old friend! James Shields, Jeff Niemann, Alex Torres, Cesar Ramos, Alex Cobb, Wade Davis or Chris Archer all likely not going to remain with the team past Winter Meetings, let alone Spring Training. How do the Rays better their roster, knowing there's a huge logjam of pitching and there's room for improvement offensively. James Shields kicked it up a notch after the deadline, but can the Rays withstand another horrible 1st half from him again?
(jlarsen from chicago)
I don’t think Archer is going anywhere. Part of his problem was philosophical—he pitched off his slider more than he should. He seemed to solve those after getting a taste in the big leagues and realizing his fastball plays against the big boys. Otherwise, he doesn’t fit the profile of someone they’d part with at this juncture in his career.

I do see Tampa Bay trading pitching. If you want a name I’d say Nick Hundley. San Diego has enough catching, in the majors and in the minors, to move him for value. He’d fit nicely on Tampa Bay’s roster. I don’t have a good feel for what the market at first base or DH will be like (if they don’t bring back Luke Scott). Logan Morrison’s name might pop up if Miami is tired of him. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Jeff Niemann's arm/shoulder always being a concern and being in arb. years, do you think that the Rays should cut bait on him and have Alex Cobb or Chris Archer face-off for the rotation spot in 2013?
(jlarsen from chicago)
His latest shoulder injury certainly makes it more difficult for Tampa Bay to deal him this winter, but I think he still has some value. He's pitched well in between DL stints this year and should fetch something in trade, though it'll be less than what he could have returned had he posted his 2012 numbers over 30 starts. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-06-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What would you like the Rays to do with Jeff Niemann when he returns from his injury/in 2013? Are you in Alex Cobb's camp at this point, or not convinced he's a viable replacement?
(Marc from The Internet)
Trade him, provided a team is offering fair value. Niemann’s shoulder health has concerned me for years, and I don’t think you can rely upon him for more than 20-25 starts. That has value, of course, but he seems to get overrated in circles by people who say, “If he ever stays healthy.” The problem being that he might never stay healthy.

Cobb is a fine replacement for Niemann. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-05-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Paul - enjoying your first chat. Has Jeff Niemann showed enough so far this year for you to keep him tucked away in one of five bench spots on a 16-team mixed league (DL spot is occupied) until he returns from this injury?
(bretsayre from NJ)
Thanks, Bret. I appreciate it. I would hold Niemann for the time being, but he would probably be my first cut if I got into a situation where I needed that roster spot. My guess he'd be scooped by someone with an open DL spot if you released him. (Paul Sporer)
2012-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tampa needs a long term catcher, Jays need a 200 innings starter, can they get over the intradivisional BS and work out a mutually beneficial trade.
(Beannation from Toronto)
Do any of Tampa Bay's available starters qualify as an innings eater? Outside of R.J. Anderson, I'm probably the biggest Jeff Niemann believer out there, but I don't know how comfortable I'd be predicting his body to hold up over the long haul. Davis, while durable, has regressed in each of the last two seasons. I think d'Arnaud's early struggles in Las Vegas relax any urgency to deal Arencibia that Toronto may have felt. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff Niemann loves you and wants to know why you won't return his calls.
(bradleyankrom from TPAFLA)
I'm afraid he'd break if we shook hands. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-08-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)In a fantasy keeper league where the only pitching stats that count are IP and Runs Allowed, would you rather have Brian Matusz or Jeff Niemann over the next 3 years? Matusz will cost at least $15 a year going forward; Niemann will only make around $6 next season and possibly around $10-15 a season after that. Thank you!
(DS from LA)
At the start of this season, that would have been an easy Matusz answer. Now that both guys have durability issues on their resume, the answer isn't as clearcut. Maddon will let his guys work deeper into games if they show they can handle it so I'll take Niemann here as he's more likely to go 110 pitches into a game than Matusz is. (Jason Collette)
2011-07-21 16:00:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat, Jason. Please rank the folowing SPs for the rest of the season (head-to-head, standard 5x5 cats): Colby Lewis, Jeff Niemann, Carlos Carrasco, and Josh Collmenter.
(Dennis from LA)
Lewis, Carrasco, Niemann, Collmenter (can't stay this lucky) (Jason Collette)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Bigger impact for 2010, Justin Masterson or Jeff Niemann?
(Ace from Aceland)
Push. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-12-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat....what kind of upside progress is possible and who has the highest peak among Dallas Braden, Brett Anderson, and Jeff Niemann? All young guys, Braden's yet to put together a full major league season...do any of them have #1/#2 potential?
(RZFanClub from DC)
Anderson's well ahead of the other two, and will pull down his share of Cy Young votes in his career. Neimann is a midrotation guy, and Braden is a back-end starter/swingman. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know you are not much of an awards guy. But what do you think the chances of Tommy Hunter winning AL ROY? Especially if the Tigers shut down Porcello to rest his arm, and Hunter wins all 4 starts down the stretch to finish with 11 wins?
(Ira from Third base line)
Jackie Robinson Award! Say it with me, folks. By the way, why no love for Jeff Niemann, if we're talking about the AL's rookie hurlers? He's been worth more than twice what Porcello is. Hell, Hunter's already been worth more than Porcello in his 80+ innings. Elvis Andrus has been worth more than all of them though. (Marc Normandin)
2009-02-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)So, between being a Twins fan and not really paying close attention to college baseball, I never saw the Philip Humber that was picked #3 overall in 2004. Can you spin me a yarn?
(Minneapolitan from Chicago)
A long time ago, in a magical land called, "Texas" there was a school called "Rice." And there were three little (ok, actually big) pitchers there who maybe have been that best threesome on a single team in the history of college baseball. One was Humber, one was Wade Townsend, and one was Jeff Niemann. But Rice wasn't kind to these players, working them night and day and far too much, so that when they went pro they all got hurt, and none of them lived up to their potential, and nobody lived happily ever after. The end. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)While I admire the Rays' long term plan and also recognize that this idea may be impossible financially, similar to how the Braves signed Greg Maddux prior to the 1993 season, I am intrigued by the idea of the Rays signing CC Sabbathia this offseason. What do you think?
(Brent from Raleigh)
It's an interesting thought, and who's to say it couldn't happen, but I think they are probably pretty set in the rotation and focused on continuing to build from within rather than making that huge signing. If you figure that Price slots into the rotation next year, that's Shields, Kazmir, Garza, Price, and Sonnanstine, with Jeff Niemann and Edwin Jackson as insurance. Of course, injuries could upset that, and you can never have too much starting pitching, but I think the Rays will probably focus on offense. Remember, they were second in the AL in run prevention this year, but only ninth in runs scored. I would think they might look at getting another outfield bat for right field/DH, and as more insurance in case Baldelli is unable to play a full season again. (Caleb Peiffer)
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you feel the Rays did the right thing by not doing a deal and sticking to their guns of not trading one of their top prospects?
(Tommy from OutPerSwing)
I'd have been inclined to move somebody, since not every solid prospect in their system is going to find a home in the Rays' big-league lineup or rotation, such is their embarrassment of riches. IANOPG (I Am Not Our Prospect Guy) but to me there was enough luster lost off of both Jeff Niemann and Reid Brignac to make that reported deal for a year and two months of Jason Bay to make sense. Now, I wouldn't have shelled out that for a Raul Ibañez, but I'd have like to see them take a stronger shot at upgrading.

This certainly leaves them open to second-guessing if they wind up missing the playoffs, but I've got a pretty strong hunch this won't be their only opportunity. The window is just opening on their future of being a force. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Xavier Nady is the missing piece to the Rays lineup? What would it take to acquire Nady if the Pirates became sellers? Jeff Niemann +?
(Tommy from OPS, FL)
They could use some help against lefties, and Nady would likely come at a nominal cost. (Dayn Perry)
2008-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to pick between the Yankees top pitching prospects, Boston's top pitching prospects and Tampa Bay's top pitching prospects, who would you pick to have the most success in the future?
(jlarsen from DRays Bay)
That's the billion dollar question, isn't it? I'm not a prospect expert, so I'm not sure I've got the most informed opinion here, but it's fun to kick the idea around. For all of Hughes' struggles, I think if you pair him and Chamberlain against Buchholz and Masterson, I think they come out ahead in the long run -- I tend to like those big bodies when it comes to durability, though of course with Hughes we have little evidence he's actually durable. As for the Rays, I haven't seen enough of David Price, Wade Davis, Jacob McGee or Jeff Niemann to know which of the two I should be comparing them to (if we're going two deep), but many people are very high on them. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)What took Jeff Niemann so long? Was there something in his mechanics that slowed his maturation? Was he just flat-out overweight?
(jlarsen from Little Italy(Highwood), IL)
Injuries, adjustments, and size. Tall pitchers just take longer in most cases. (Will Carroll)
2008-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Jeff Niemann going to get a fair shot at the rotation with Wade Davis, David Price, and Jake McGee banging on the door?
(Kevin from FCq)
I think everyone, including some of the second-tier pitchers in that system like Talbot and Mason will get a 'fair shot' at the roation -- I just think there are only so many jobs there. (Kevin Goldstein)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Jeff Niemann threw 8,636 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2012, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Sinker (91mph) and Fourseam Fastball (91mph), also mixing in a Curve (77mph), Change (83mph), Slider (85mph) and Cutter (89mph).