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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 33)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .262 1 29 17 11 .244 0.6
Birth Date7-2-1980
Height5' 10"
Weight180 lbs
Age34 years, 3 months, 19 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.32010
2.82011
-0.72012
2013
1.32014
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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
2007 PIT 26 28 118 107 15 32 3 4 1 46 9 19 1 0 1 7 7 3 .299 .359 .430 .276 7.0 4.4 1.1
2008 PIT 27 58 175 160 26 47 13 0 0 60 10 32 3 1 1 7 9 5 .294 .345 .375 .263 4.7 1.4 0.6
2009 PIT 28 71 321 278 39 77 6 5 2 99 29 49 5 4 5 27 18 10 .277 .351 .356 .265 12.9 6.3 1.9
2009 WAS 28 49 212 191 35 67 9 2 1 83 11 25 4 1 5 12 24 7 .351 .396 .435 .287 20.8 4.5 2.6
2010 WAS 29 136 577 509 60 129 17 7 0 160 40 88 10 3 15 24 34 17 .253 .319 .314 .244 10.1 2.4 1.3
2011 MIL 30 119 429 378 61 115 20 6 4 159 19 70 14 3 15 37 13 4 .304 .357 .421 .269 21.2 5.4 2.8
2012 MIL 31 122 322 289 44 69 5 3 3 89 20 63 6 0 7 16 12 5 .239 .302 .308 .212 -6.4 0.1 -0.7
2014 CLE 33 15 52 41 8 14 1 0 1 18 7 6 0 1 3 6 3 0 .341 .429 .439 .342 6.9 -0.4 0.7
Career5982206195328855074271271414535243135213612051.282.343.366.25777.124.110.4

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
2003 WPT A- 72 324 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .393 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HIC A 134 615 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .318 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LYN A+ 60 277 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .335 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 LYN A+ 61 274 .278 .258 .338 .389 .253 .354 104 4.7 7.0 0.6 3.7 7.8 20.7 2.4 20.7 2.4
2006 ALT AA 56 244 .294 .253 .332 .379 .261 .335 101 7.6 6.2 -0.8 4.6 2.4 13.6 1.9 13.6 1.9
2007 PIT MLB 28 118 .276 .260 .331 .411 .255 .356 98 2.1 3.5 0.3 4.4 -0.1 7.0 1.1 7.0 1.1
2007 IND AAA 44 184 .288 .266 .333 .398 .263 .362 91 5.3 5.2 0 1.6 1.8 12.4 1.3 12.4 1.3
2007 PIR Rk 4 16 .388 .284 .335 .443 .280 .333 94 2.3 0.5 0 0.2 0.1 3.4 0.3 3.4 0.3
2008 PIT MLB 58 175 .263 .254 .324 .403 .257 .364 99 0.6 5.1 -0.7 1.4 -0.2 4.7 0.6 4.7 0.6
2008 IND AAA 82 352 .270 .265 .330 .411 .264 .341 87 4.1 10.7 -1.9 11.2 5.4 17.8 2.8 17.8 2.8
2009 PIT MLB 71 321 .265 .265 .333 .421 .266 .325 96 1.8 9.2 -1.8 6.3 -0.1 12.9 1.9 12.9 1.9
2009 WAS MLB 49 212 .287 .268 .336 .425 .266 .398 96 6.2 6.1 0.6 4.5 3.6 20.8 2.6 20.8 2.6
2010 WAS MLB 136 577 .244 .257 .322 .396 .264 .304 93 -9.2 15.9 1.4 2.4 4.9 10.1 1.3 10.1 1.3
2010 HAG A 1 4 .143 .252 .300 .367 .254 .000 91 -0.5 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2010 POT A+ 1 3 .014 .300 .372 .445 .284 .000 107 -0.8 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2011 MIL MLB 119 429 .269 .259 .321 .404 .264 .362 105 3.9 11.6 0.6 5.4 4.4 21.2 2.8 21.2 2.8
2011 NAS AAA 2 6 .419 .281 .368 .458 .264 .667 92 1.1 0.2 0 0.0 0.1 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2012 MIL MLB 122 322 .212 .258 .322 .411 .265 .296 109 -15.2 8.8 -0.3 0.1 1.5 -6.4 -0.7 -6.4 -0.7
2014 CLE MLB 15 52 .342 .270 .344 .420 .282 .371 99 4 1.3 0.1 -0.4 0.5 6.9 0.7 6.9 0.7
2014 COH AAA 15 64 .182 .257 .331 .396 .257 .250 104 -5.7 1.9 0.1 -0.8 -0.3 -4.0 -0.5 -4.0 -0.5

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
2003 WPT A- 324 49 92 7 4 0 23 33 44 26 17 .343 .426 .399 .056 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HIC A 615 83 131 16 7 4 41 53 120 55 16 .255 .355 .337 .082 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LYN A+ 277 36 72 12 3 0 24 11 40 24 10 .286 .330 .357 .071 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 LYN A+ 274 43 69 7 3 0 22 20 40 38 11 .303 .385 .360 .057 .278 20.7 3.7 2.4
2006 ALT AA 244 39 67 6 5 1 10 15 28 21 11 .306 .348 .393 .087 .294 13.6 4.6 1.9
2007 IND AAA 184 30 50 4 2 0 10 15 28 26 7 .305 .370 .354 .049 .288 12.4 1.6 1.3
2007 PIT MLB 118 15 32 3 4 1 7 9 19 7 3 .299 .359 .430 .131 .276 7.0 4.4 1.1
2007 PIR Rk 16 3 4 0 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 .308 .438 .538 .231 .388 3.4 0.2 0.3
2008 IND AAA 352 54 96 13 4 1 33 18 47 44 8 .298 .344 .373 .075 .270 17.8 11.2 2.8
2008 PIT MLB 175 26 47 13 0 0 7 10 32 9 5 .294 .345 .375 .081 .263 4.7 1.4 0.6
2009 WAS MLB 212 35 67 9 2 1 12 11 25 24 7 .351 .396 .435 .084 .287 20.8 4.5 2.6
2009 PIT MLB 321 39 77 6 5 2 27 29 49 18 10 .277 .351 .356 .079 .265 12.9 6.3 1.9
2010 HAG A 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .250 .000 .000 .143 -0.4 -0.0 -0.0
2010 POT A+ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .014 -0.8 0.0 -0.1
2010 WAS MLB 577 60 129 17 7 0 24 40 88 34 17 .253 .319 .314 .061 .244 10.1 2.4 1.3
2011 NAS AAA 6 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 .500 .667 .500 .000 .419 1.1 0.0 0.1
2011 MIL MLB 429 61 115 20 6 4 37 19 70 13 4 .304 .357 .421 .116 .269 21.2 5.4 2.8
2012 MIL MLB 322 44 69 5 3 3 16 20 63 12 5 .239 .302 .308 .069 .212 -6.4 0.1 -0.7
2014 COH AAA 64 4 12 4 0 1 7 3 16 1 0 .200 .234 .317 .117 .182 -4.0 -0.8 -0.5
2014 CLE MLB 52 8 14 1 0 1 6 7 6 3 0 .341 .429 .439 .098 .342 6.9 -0.4 0.7

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 681 0.5022 0.4464 0.8553 0.5409 0.3510 0.9351 0.7311 0.1414
2009 1968 0.5229 0.4538 0.8600 0.5724 0.3237 0.9236 0.7368 0.1366
2010 2184 0.5156 0.4570 0.8437 0.5879 0.3176 0.9003 0.7321 0.1533
2011 1574 0.5159 0.4828 0.8553 0.6170 0.3399 0.9142 0.7413 0.1395
2012 1215 0.5160 0.4774 0.8259 0.6348 0.3095 0.9121 0.6374 0.1724
2014 187 0.5615 0.4171 0.8846 0.5714 0.2195 0.9167 0.7778 0.1154
Career78090.51750.46270.84940.59270.32290.91420.72140.1473

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-15 2014-08-05 60-DL 82 72 Right Knee Sprain PCL Ligament - -
2014-03-13 2014-03-18 Camp 5 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2011-09-25 2011-09-25 DTD 0 0 - Lower Leg Contusion Shin - -
2011-05-06 2011-05-27 15-DL 21 19 Left Fingers Fracture Middle Finger -
2011-04-18 2011-05-03 15-DL 15 13 Right Thigh Contusion Deep -
2011-04-15 2011-04-17 DTD 2 1 Right Thigh Contusion Quadriceps -
2010-08-04 2010-08-19 15-DL 15 13 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2010-03-16 2010-03-25 Camp 9 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-08-28 2009-10-05 15-DL 38 34 Left Hand Surgery 2nd Metacarpal 2009-08-29
2009-08-25 2009-08-27 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-05-16 2009-05-19 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-09-26 2008-09-29 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-05-14 2007-08-23 Minors 101 0 Left Thumb Surgery Ligament After Dislocation 2007-05-15
2006-08-28 2006-09-11 Minors 14 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2005-04-05 2005-06-20 Minors 76 8 - Shoulder Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CLE $
2012 MIL $2,350,000
2011 MIL $450,000
2010 WAS $426,500
2009 PIT $411,500
2009 WAS $411,500
2008 PIT $391,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$4,440,500
5 yrTotal$4,440,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 120 dRex Gary1 year/$0.875M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.875M (2014). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 1/14/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.875M in majors. Performance bonuses. Contract selected by Cleveland 3/30/14. Released by Cleveland 8/5/14.
  • 1 year/$1.6M (2013). Signed by Yokohama of Japan's Central League 1/24/13.
  • 1 year/$2.35M (2012). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/16/12 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 500, 525 plate appearances. Hired Rex Gary as agent 10/12, replacing ACES. Sent outright to Triple-A by Milwaukee 11/1/12. Refused assignment 11/2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.45M (2011). Re-signed by Washington 3/11. Acquired by Milwaukee in trade from Washington 3/27/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4265M (2010). Re-signed by Washington 2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4115M (2009). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/11/09. Acquired by Washington in trade from Pittsburgh 6/30/09.
  • 1 year/$0.391M (2008). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 2/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 11/06. Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/07.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2002 (33-973) (Walla Walla CC, Wash.).

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
Weighted Mean???????????.000.000.000.0000.0?0.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 32% 11% 19% 91%

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
201534250255672119154610.255.311.322.2330.40.40.70.04.6-4.93.4
20163525024538211816498.240.303.310.2280.4-0.20.5-0.12.1-2.73.4
20173625023558211813487.242.294.300.2220.2-1.40.3-0.13.0-4.53.4
20183725024557211814487.244.301.301.2250.2-1.70.1-0.23.8-5.43.4
20193825023557201714486.243.297.291.219-0.7-9.9-0.1-0.314.9-24.53.4
20203925022536201713495.237.289.282.212-1.1-13.8-0.1-0.314.9-28.33.4
202140375337710302419756.229.281.274.207-1.4-17.7-0.2-0.614.9-31.85.1
20224125022517201614503.229.284.278.209-0.3-6.2-0.2-0.55.4-10.83.4
20234225022527201613503.227.279.270.204-1.7-19.1-0.2-0.614.9-33.23.4

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
40.324.718.39.212.78.3105.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 92 Scott Podsednik 2009 .255
2 90 Ryan Freel 2009 .194
3 89 Brett Butler 1990 .297
4 88 Darin Erstad 2007 .237
5 88 Kenny Lofton 2000 .262
6 87 Reed Johnson 2010 .251
7 87 Gabe Kapler 2009 .255
8 87 Johnny Damon 2007 .269
9 86 Robin Yount 1989 .330
10 86 Matty Alou 1972 .272
11 85 Fred Valentine 1968 .246
12 85 Willie Bloomquist 2011 .236
13 85 Steve Finley 1998 .245
14 84 Tony Gonzalez 1970 .261
15 84 Mark Kotsay 2009 .251
16 84 Shannon Stewart 2007 .260
17 84 Frank Catalanotto 2007 .274
18 84 Luis Gonzalez 2001 .354
19 84 Don Buford 1970 .308
20 83 Rusty Greer 2002 .248
21 83 Len Dykstra 1996 .281
22 83 Jose Cardenal 1977 .232
23 83 Chuck Hinton 1967 .261
24 83 Lenny Green 1966 .223
25 83 Chad Curtis 2002 .000 DNP
26 82 Dale Mitchell 1955 .229
27 82 Coco Crisp 2013 .295
28 82 Carl Furillo 1955 .300
29 82 Cesar Cedeno 1984 .276
30 82 Tim Raines 1993 .311
31 81 Russ Snyder 1967 .260
32 81 Lance Johnson 1997 .271
33 81 Roy White 1977 .283
34 81 Randy Winn 2007 .275
35 81 Kosuke Fukudome 2010 .291
36 81 Manny Mota 1971 .291
37 81 George Kell 1956 .265
38 81 Jeff DaVanon 2007 .224
39 81 Chet Lemon 1988 .286
40 81 Floyd Robinson 1969 .000 DNP
41 81 Al Oliver 1980 .299
42 80 Denny Walling 1987 .277
43 80 Stan Javier 1997 .272
44 80 Dave Martinez 1998 .240
45 80 Ruben Amaro 1998 .181
46 80 Mike Greenwell 1997 .000 DNP
47 80 Ramon Santiago 2013 .230
48 80 Jason Michaels 2009 .260
49 80 Brady Anderson 1997 .304
50 80 Ken Griffey 1983 .301
51 80 Adam Kennedy 2009 .265
52 80 Gates Brown 1972 .256
53 80 Terry Puhl 1990 .275
54 80 Harvey Kuenn 1964 .272
55 79 Roberto Alomar 2001 .319
56 79 Marco Scutaro 2009 .276
57 79 Jason Bartlett 2013 .000 DNP
58 79 Johnny Wyrostek 1953 .249
59 79 Orlando Merced 2000 .000 DNP
60 79 Jerry Mumphrey 1986 .271
61 79 Mickey Rivers 1982 .197
62 79 Dion James 1996 .138
63 79 Mark Loretta 2005 .259
64 79 Julio Lugo 2009 .280
65 79 Merv Rettenmund 1976 .274
66 79 Damian Jackson 2007 .000 DNP
67 79 Tony Gwynn 1993 .320
68 79 Ross Gload 2009 .271
69 79 Lee Maye 1968 .290
70 79 Delino DeShields 2002 .224
71 79 Randy Ready 1993 .270
72 79 Edgar Renteria 2010 .251
73 79 Gene Woodling 1956 .288
74 79 Richie Ashburn 1960 .291
75 79 Wes Parker 1973 .000 DNP
76 79 Nick Punto 2011 .295
77 79 Jim Dwyer 1983 .315
78 79 Don Mattingly 1994 .284
79 78 Jay Johnstone 1979 .259
80 78 Bobby Murcer 1979 .266
81 78 Marlon Anderson 2007 .288
82 78 Bobby Avila 1957 .264
83 78 Jose Cruz 1981 .291
84 78 Cal Ripken Jr. 1994 .273
85 78 Pete Runnels 1961 .276
86 78 Eddie Milner 1988 .180
87 78 Emil Brown 2008 .244
88 78 Bobby Higginson 2004 .254
89 78 David Segui 2000 .286
90 78 Jack Wilson 2011 .241
91 78 Pete Rose 1974 .296
92 78 Ronnie Belliard 2008 .297
93 78 John Valentin 2000 .247
94 78 Chuck Knoblauch 2002 .212
95 78 Matt Lawton 2005 .262
96 78 Del Crandall 1963 .197
97 78 Wally Joyner 1995 .294
98 78 Cesar Tovar 1974 .277
99 78 Bill Madlock 1984 .232
100 78 Keith Moreland 1987 .255

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 With a subpar walk rate and little power, Morgan’s offensive value is extraordinarily dependant on the vagaries of his batting average on balls in play. When his BABIP climbs above .350, as it did in 2011, he’s a speedy table setter with above-average range in the center pasture; when it plummets, as it did last year, he’s a serial out-maker, pinch-runner, and defensive replacement. How Morgan’s colorful demeanor is perceived has often seemed similarly pegged to his performance, careening from energizing to off-putting and back again—until last season, when Morgan set a major-league record for consecutive plate appearances without an RBI and lost his place in the lineup, yet was still uniformly praised for his clubhouse presence and professionalism. That can only help his future prospects. Organizations will be more likely to sign him as a veteran fourth outfielder with upside if they’re not afraid he’ll become a distraction. If he gets enough playing time, T. Plush could very well ride the BABIP train back to the big time.
2012 Of all the characters in the game today, Morgan surprised nobody when he was the only one to say that he had a “Gentleman's Name”—Tony Plush—and that his Twitter account is “TheRealTPlush.” The Nationals couldn't get rid of him quickly enough, despite his hitting .303/.353/.376 against right-handed pitchers while stealing 58 bases in 789 plate appearances over two seasons. His fumbling in the playoffs notwithstanding, Morgan still has above-average range in center field and the flexibility to play the corners when Gomez is in. Multiple leg injuries have tempered his speed, and he's made the concession of attempting fewer steals—a better outcome than leading the league in times caught stealing, as he did in 2010. He won't ever hit lefties (.201/.288/.270 in his career) and he's always a candidate to wear out his welcome, but so far, he's been a gentleman toward his teammates in Milwaukee.
2011 With the 2010 season in the books, we can now safely dispense with the argument some statheads advanced that Morgan was roughly as valuable as Adam Dunn. To his credit, Morgan is almost as good as a player can get without a bat in his hands, because he's an excellent baserunner (beyond his basestealing) with the speed to cover the middle pasture from gap to gap, although one of the weakest arms in anybody's outfield gives away more bases than you'd like. The defense has to carry his hitting, however, because he's impatiently slappy and overpowered by quality heat. He's spent his career in exactly the right place, whether in Washington or in Pittsburgh, commensurate with his skills—marking time as a second-division starter, providing some value, and helping the Nats' younger pitchers survive their growing pains. He's not any better than that.
2010 A prototypical speed-and-defense player, Morgan was traded last year from the Pirates for the perennially disappointing Lastings Milledge and became an instant hit in DC. Fans loved his infectious enthusiasm and overly daring play on the basepaths, pitchers relished his ability to run down their mistakes in the center pasture, while in the clubhouse his prankster-ish “Tony Plush” alter-ego helped keep teammates loose. Previously criticized for sloppy outfield play and bad routes, Morgan’s dramatic defensive improvement and high on-base percentage unexpectedly made him a five-win player last year. As wonderful as all that is, and as much as it is to root for someone with Morgan’s back story (he’s a former junior league hockey player and 33rd-round pick out of Walla Walla Community College), it’s not likely to last. Morgan’s low walk rate and non-existent power makes his offensive value too reliant on a slap-and-dash approach to maintain high batting averages, a recipe that rarely turns out well every time, hence that list of very comparable comps according to PECOTA. Already 29, Morgan’s speed and defense should age well and he’s shown he can be a starting center fielder, but if Nationals fans expect an All-Star, he’s not the droid they’re looking for.
2009 Morgan is a late bloomer, having played junior hockey in Western Canada for four years, but he seems to have cemented a job on the Pirates' roster after having strong finishes in the big leagues in each of the last two seasons. He's the prototypical outfield reserve type, a speedy guy who can handle center, but who doesn't provide much pop or patience. To his credit, he is beginning to understand his limitations.
2008 Making his major league debut as a September call-up despite missing most of the season at Triple-A Indianapolis due to thumb surgery, Morgan was one of the few bright spots for the Pirates in the season's final month as he sparked the big-league lineup with speed from the leadoff spot and made a series of spectacular catches in center field. Morgan spent four years as a junior hockey player in western Canada, so he isn't a kid and has likely reached his upside, which is less than he showed in the majors last year considering his unsustainable .356 BABIP, but he will arrive at spring training as the favorite to win the center field job.
2007 If you were hoping that the Pirates had a solution to their center field problem that involved an aging single-slappy speedster, meet Nyjer Morgan, the answer to your prayers; you really should have asked for more.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)You need to put together a team of MLB astronauts for a hypothetical space mission to save the world. Who's the crew? Who's the captain?
(Slick Vaughn from Popeyes)
Been thinking about this one for an hour now. I'd go: Joel Peralta as the captain (has guts and leadership abilities), Tim Collins (to fit into small places), Andrew Cashner (to fit into large places; plus stereotypical Texan), and Nyjer Morgan (familiarity with the terrain). (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Matty Matt! - Between Shaun Marcum, Jeff Francoeur and Nyjer Morgan, who has the best chance, if any of having a meaningful impact to the tribe this year?
(tablack from Cleveland)
That's a toughie. Betting on oft-injured pitchers isn't smart, and Jeff Francoeur is and has been done for a while now. So I guess that leaves Morgan who hit pretty well in Japan last season. I'll take him! And unless you're a big believer in David Murphy, Cleveland may need some outfield help this season. (Should've signed Grady Sizemore! joke) (Matthew Kory)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any non-superstar/star-level players who could be non-tendered that teams should kick the tires on?
(jlarsen from chicago)
With the caveat that I did less than two seconds of research, some interesting names to me are Kyle Blanks, George Kottaras, Nyjer Morgan, Mark Reynolds, Brendan Ryan, Gaby Sanchez, Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart, Drew Stubbs, Dallas Braden, Philip Humber, Tommy Hunter, Jair Jurrjens, Mike Pelfrey, and Jerome Williams. (Geoff Young)
2011-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)The ESPN Player Rater weighs the contribution of each player's statistical output as the percentage of that of the entire MLB player pool. Do you think this in effect gives too much weight to stolen bases? For instance, Michael Bourn ranks 16th overall. Or are stolen bases truly that valuable?
(Andrew from Las Vegas)
While I've never actually checked the numbers, I would guess that it does. It would be much better if they used a theoretical player pool for the league depth. Since steals are more scarce than, say, home runs, my guess is that the vast majority of players who contribute steals get owned in a large percentage of leagues. While a guy like Nyjer Morgan might be owned in a lot of leagues, a guy like Miguel Olivo or Raul Ibanez whose primary contribution is home runs might not be. This means that the MLB player pool is more representative of the fantasy player pool for SB than it is for HR. The ESPN Rater would be acting as if more HRs are in play than there actually are, reducing their value and raising value of SB correspondingly. (Derek Carty)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to deal with, both past or present?
(Gerald from Savannah)
Geez. That's a tough one because there are so many good guys I have dealt with in 24 years of covering baseball. I hate to leave people out but some of my favorites would have to include Sean Casey, John Burkett, Jay Bell, Craig Wilson, Jason Schmidt, Michael Barrett from the past. From the present: Jason Bay, Cole Hamels, Carlos Pena, Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips, Nyjer Morgan, Neil Walker, Joel Hanrahan, Adam Jones, Max Scherzer, Don Kelly, Chris Perez, Adam Dunn, Matt Capps, Torii Hunter, Kurt Suzuki, Ian Kinsler. (John Perrotto)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Need 3 keepers from the following… Carlos Ruiz $3, Nyjer Morgan $10, Johnny Cueto $12, Jorge Delarosa $9, Bud Norris $1, Jonathan Sanchez $10, Ubaldo $26. NL only, 12 teams $260 budget
(D Brown from Pittsburgh)
I say Ruiz, De La Rosa and Sanchez. Rob McQuown says Ruiz, Cueto and Sanchez. Cueto and DLR should both get good run support and have quality defenses behind them, though Colorado is obviously a potential problem. (Marc Normandin)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Over/under on Nyjer Morgan's OBP: .360. Which side do you take?
(Charlie from Bethesda)
Under. But like .340 under, not .320 under. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please suggest some fantasy breakout rookies who few know about (like Andrew McCutcheon and Nyjer Morgan last year). Even guys who might only see a part season's worth of action. Thanks for the chat.
(erghammer from DC)
Jason Heyward! Buy now while supplies last! (Marc Normandin)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Nyjer Morgan's bat can't be as good next year as he was in 2010. What do you expect, and will his fielding be enough to make him a valuable starter anyway?
(Charlie from Bethesda)
His defense is really good, so he would have to decline a lot with the bat to rob him of value. I'll say .290/.345/.390 (Tommy Bennett)
2009-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Nats fans were really pleased to see Nyjer Morgan respond to the trade from the Pirates. Do you expect a full recovery from his broken hand and similar numbers (albeit not .350avg over the whole year) with the Nats next season?
(Kdub34 from Washington)
He'll recover from the hand, but then he'll go back to being Nyjer Morgan. He's a great guy to interview or have in the clubhouse because of his positive outlook and genuine happiness to be where he is, but on a good team he's a fourth OF. If you have a guy like JD Drew or Josh Hamilton (or Manny Ramirez, for defensive reasons) then Morgan's not a bad fit. (Will Carroll)
2009-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance Nyjer Morgan maintains similar numbers next year?
(Taylor from Smithson, OH)
And to think I picked up Morgan early solely because Fred Lewis wasn't doing much sitting on my bench. A speedy line drive hitter who also gets a ton of infield hits and steals plenty of bases, but also walks plenty and doesn't strike out much? Yes, please. In real life, he's even better thanks to that glove. I understand the Pirates dealt him as part of their youth movement, but I think he's pretty good. (Marc Normandin)
2009-08-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will Nyjer Morgan keep up his Kenny Lofton impression next year?
(iorg34 from Buckland)
Not much of an impression even now. I love watching him play, actually, but he's really just a useful fourth outfielder. (Ken Funck)
2009-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)The term 4th outfielder gets thrown around a lot to describe various players, including Nyjer Morgan. Based purely on descriptive terms, it seems that there are so many 4th outfielders playing that the term loses meaning. a)Is there a statistical measure regarding the threshold for a 4th outfielder? b) Is the term being applied too frequently or is there simply a dearth at the moment of quality starting outfielders?
(Patton1941 from NYC)
There's not really any one statistical measure, but guys who get tagged fourth outfielders are generally the ones who don't field well enough to play center field regularly and don't hit well enough to play a corner regularly, and you can get a sense of those by looking at our stats, particularly by comparing a guy's EqA to the MLB averages at those positions. They're ideal roleplayers in the hands of the right managers.

As for b) I haven't noticed the term applied with any exceptional frequency, nor do I think we're in some kind of rut as far as available outfield talent. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-07-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)What is Nyjer Morgan's true value? WAR has him as the 2nd most valuable CF and easily the best defensive OF. What is his ceiling?
(Will from D.C.)
Gary Pettis, with a late start? Morgan was a latecomer to baseball, which conceivably gives him growth, although at 29 I'm hard-pressed to see that. I also suspect the defensive numbers are a small-sample blip, and they're driving all of his value. He's a plus defensive CF, clearly, and if he hits .340/.380, that plays. I'd still prefer Milledge's upside. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Garrett Jones the greatest hitter of all time?
(tycobb from ga)
Better than Ty Cobb?

Yes, on the heels of his 8th home run last night in something like 60 at bats, there is little doubt. But seriously, Jones is a good story and a nice shot in the arm for the Pirates. That said, I have to believe that he’s a 2-for-12 slump away from sitting on the bench and watching Lastings Milledge play. As popular as Nyjer Morgan was -- and yes, Morgan can play, too -- the Milledge deal was seemingly a wise one for Neal Huntington. There is still a good chance that Milledge will be a star. Garrett Jones is, in all likelihood, the most recent reincarnation of Chris Shelton. (David Laurila)
2008-12-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)According to an MLB.com story: "(John Russell) suggested that the Pirates will start the season with Nyjer Morgan, Nate McLouth and Brandon Moss manning the outfield." Are you surprised that McCutcheon isn't in that equation, and whether he is or not, should the Pirates be looking to add a more legitimate home run threat to that mix?
(Cambridge from BP New England)
McCutchen didn't have a good second half at Indianapolis and they feel he needs a little more time there. Yes, the Pirates need a power hitter in the worst way, but they don't seem too intent on getting one. (John Perrotto)
2008-03-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is it ever a good idea to just pack it in from day 1 and start building for next year? In my (very competitive) NL-only standard 5x5 keeper, I had a terrible, terrible auction. I had a full $30 leftover, my best starting pitcher is probably Shawn Hill, my only hitters of note are D. Lee, Zimmerman, and Franceour, and 4 of my 6 outfield+util spots are guys who probably won't start (Rajai Davis, Nyjer Morgan, Felix Pie, and Elijah Dukes). Oh, and the closest thing I have to a closer is either Bob Howry or Tony Pena. If you were me, would you take up the challenge of trying to compete this year through trades and fa, or just shoot for '09?
(Ameer from Bloomington, IN)
Ameer,

I could never pack it in on the first day or first half in a season. One time I got done in by dial up in a crappy hotel room in Florida for a draft. Honestly part of the fun was digging my way out of the mess the auto pick dealt me. Give it the first half and embrace the challenge. After the first half is over then evaluate and decide if it's time to look to 09'. (Mike Siano)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableSame game, Nyjer Morgan leads off with an infield single, a "butcher boy" grounder to third. Stole 2B on the next pitch. (Steven Goldman)
 

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