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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .227 2 23 19 5 .218 -0.4
Birth Date5-4-1982
Height6' 0"
Weight185 lbs
Age32 years, 5 months, 21 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
0.32010
-1.72011
2012
2013
-0.42014
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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 MIN 26 41 123 113 18 32 6 3 0 44 7 19 0 1 2 6 7 1 .283 .322 .389 .247 3.8 1.1 0.5
2009 MIN 27 71 231 198 28 46 7 1 2 61 21 37 0 2 10 19 6 2 .232 .303 .308 .225 -2.6 5.2 0.3
2010 MIN 28 48 100 87 8 20 4 3 1 33 9 18 0 3 1 18 1 1 .230 .293 .379 .241 1.7 1.2 0.3
2011 MIN 29 87 226 207 22 41 10 2 0 55 11 31 4 0 4 11 3 2 .198 .252 .266 .189 -12.5 -3.2 -1.7
Career24768060576139279319348105461754176.230.288.319.220-9.74.2-0.6

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
2004 ELZ Rk 33 118 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 FTM A+ 111 472 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 FTM A+ 40 173 .269 .250 .319 .372 .251 .319 100 1.4 4.1 -0.2 -0.4 0.4 6.2 0.6 6.2 0.6
2006 NBR AA 72 292 .257 .254 .324 .390 .265 .295 91 -0.6 5.9 1 -0.2 0.6 6.1 0.6 6.1 0.6
2007 ROC AAA 121 477 .292 .267 .334 .406 .262 .316 94 16.6 14.0 -0.2 -2.6 5.3 32.8 2.9 32.8 2.9
2008 MIN MLB 41 123 .247 .263 .327 .410 .254 .337 100 -1.7 3.6 0.7 1.1 2.3 3.8 0.5 3.8 0.5
2008 NBR AA 14 57 .206 .254 .322 .399 .246 .280 105 -3.4 1.7 0.5 0.1 -0.4 -2.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2
2009 MIN MLB 71 231 .225 .267 .336 .423 .263 .273 104 -8.5 6.6 0.2 5.2 0.4 -2.6 0.3 -2.6 0.3
2009 ROC AAA 56 251 .254 .261 .329 .395 .249 .323 108 -1.6 7.3 -0.2 -1.2 -0.6 3.1 0.2 3.1 0.2
2010 MIN MLB 48 100 .241 .251 .319 .391 .250 .268 106 -2 2.8 0 1.2 -0.3 1.7 0.3 1.7 0.3
2010 ROC AAA 42 188 .242 .257 .326 .389 .248 .336 98 -3.8 5.6 0.8 -0.2 1.7 3.9 0.4 3.9 0.4
2010 TWI Rk 4 15 .333 .235 .303 .293 .233 .444 109 1.1 0.6 0.1 -0.1 -0.0 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2011 MIN MLB 87 226 .189 .259 .321 .406 .259 .233 104 -15.7 6.1 1.1 -3.2 -1.9 -12.5 -1.7 -12.5 -1.7
2011 ROC AAA 17 73 .170 .256 .317 .380 .242 .160 99 -7.7 2.3 0.7 -0.4 0.6 -3.9 -0.4 -3.9 -0.4
2012 IOW AAA 113 375 .230 .274 .340 .424 .269 .295 93 -12.5 11.1 2.3 -2.7 3.0 4.0 0.1 4.0 0.1
2013 CLR A+ 13 53 .320 .255 .322 .370 .255 .442 99 3.5 1.6 0.2 0.4 -0.4 5.3 0.6 5.3 0.6
2013 REA AA 25 84 .280 .249 .321 .372 .262 .333 100 1.7 2.3 0 1.4 -0.0 3.3 0.5 3.3 0.5
2013 LEH AAA 4 14 .049 .258 .323 .396 .252 .000 101 -3.2 0.4 0 -0.0 -0.6 -3.4 -0.3 -3.4 -0.3
2013 PHL Rk 4 14 .401 .261 .322 .358 .249 .545 102 2.2 0.4 0 -0.7 -0.5 3.0 0.2 3.0 0.2
2014 REA AA 21 62 .151 .259 .322 .381 .259 .185 106 -6.9 1.7 0.3 0.4 0.3 -4.7 -0.5 -4.7 -0.5
2014 LEH AAA 15 50 .199 .269 .344 .418 .259 .282 107 -3.5 1.5 -0.1 -0.8 -0.6 -2.2 -0.3 -2.2 -0.3
2014 PHL Rk 4 16 .202 .238 .303 .329 .242 .250 95 -1 0.6 0 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1

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
2004 ELZ Rk 118 23 32 7 2 3 18 12 13 3 2 .308 .376 .500 .192 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 FTM A+ 472 55 111 20 6 3 46 35 80 11 4 .266 .317 .365 .098 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 NBR AA 292 33 64 15 1 3 35 30 43 5 1 .258 .341 .363 .105 .257 6.1 -0.2 0.6
2006 FTM A+ 173 20 47 6 3 4 24 14 17 7 2 .303 .363 .458 .155 .269 6.2 -0.4 0.6
2007 ROC AAA 477 65 122 24 7 6 53 37 56 11 3 .293 .348 .427 .134 .292 32.8 -2.6 2.9
2008 NBR AA 57 6 14 3 0 0 6 1 6 3 3 .250 .263 .304 .054 .206 -2.1 0.1 -0.2
2008 MIN MLB 123 18 32 6 3 0 6 7 19 7 1 .283 .322 .389 .106 .247 3.8 1.1 0.5
2009 MIN MLB 231 28 46 7 1 2 19 21 37 6 2 .232 .303 .308 .076 .225 -2.6 5.2 0.3
2009 ROC AAA 251 35 68 11 6 3 22 14 32 7 4 .288 .331 .424 .136 .254 3.1 -1.2 0.2
2010 TWI Rk 15 4 4 2 0 0 0 3 3 1 1 .333 .467 .500 .167 .333 1.1 -0.1 0.1
2010 ROC AAA 188 19 49 9 3 1 11 13 30 6 1 .283 .332 .387 .104 .242 3.9 -0.2 0.4
2010 MIN MLB 100 8 20 4 3 1 18 9 18 1 1 .230 .293 .379 .149 .241 1.7 1.2 0.3
2011 MIN MLB 226 22 41 10 2 0 11 11 31 3 2 .198 .252 .266 .068 .189 -12.5 -3.2 -1.7
2011 ROC AAA 73 7 8 1 1 0 3 10 11 5 3 .136 .254 .186 .051 .170 -3.9 -0.4 -0.4
2012 IOW AAA 375 38 79 16 1 1 13 34 66 9 5 .240 .313 .304 .064 .230 4.0 -2.7 0.1
2013 REA AA 84 10 24 1 1 0 5 4 7 1 2 .308 .337 .346 .038 .280 3.3 1.4 0.5
2013 CLR A+ 53 5 19 1 0 0 5 5 4 3 1 .404 .462 .426 .021 .320 5.3 0.4 0.6
2013 LEH AAA 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .071 .000 .000 .049 -3.4 -0.0 -0.3
2013 PHL Rk 14 1 6 0 1 0 3 2 1 0 1 .500 .571 .667 .167 .401 3.0 -0.7 0.2
2014 LEH AAA 50 3 11 1 0 0 1 5 4 1 1 .256 .333 .279 .023 .199 -2.2 -0.8 -0.3
2014 REA AA 62 4 10 1 0 0 2 2 4 0 0 .172 .213 .190 .017 .151 -4.7 0.4 -0.5
2014 PHL Rk 16 3 3 0 0 0 2 3 1 2 0 .231 .375 .231 .000 .202 0.5 0.3 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 428 0.5397 0.4413 0.8883 0.6147 0.2335 0.9437 0.7174 0.1117
2009 844 0.5355 0.4786 0.8536 0.6460 0.2832 0.9212 0.6757 0.1439
2010 352 0.5028 0.4148 0.8151 0.5819 0.2457 0.9029 0.6047 0.1849
2011 828 0.5314 0.4300 0.8736 0.5932 0.2448 0.9310 0.7158 0.1236
Career24520.53020.44650.86090.61350.25620.92580.68630.1373

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-22 2014-07-30 Minors 8 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion Shin -
2014-05-14 2014-06-30 Minors 47 0 Right Fingers Fracture Index Finger - -
2011-08-18 2011-08-20 DTD 2 2 Left Wrist Sprain - -
2011-08-16 2011-08-17 DTD 1 1 Left Wrist Soreness - -
2010-07-01 2010-08-15 15-DL 45 39 Right Fingers Dislocation Middle Finger -
2009-10-10 2009-10-12 DTD 2 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2008-05-16 2008-09-01 60-DL 108 97 Left Thumb Surgery Ligament 2008-05-22

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 PHI $
2013 PHI $
2012 CHN $
2011 MIN $425,000
2008 MIN $390,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$815,000
2 yrTotal$815,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 57 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 12/22/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 2/8/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 1/30/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.425M (2011). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/11. Sent outright to Triple-A by Minnesota 10/14/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed 3/7/10. Optioned to Triple-A 3/26/10. Recalled 3/7/10. Optioned to Triple-A 5/19/10. Recalled 6/1/10.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2009). Re-signed 3/8/09. Optioned to Triple-A 4/3/09. Recalled 5/6/09. Recalled 9/4/09.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2008). Contract purchased 11/20/07. Re-signed 1/24/08.
  • Drafted 2004 (16-481) (Mississippi).

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 510 53 123 22 5 5 44 41 88 12 7 .269 .329 .372 .254 10.1 SS -3, 2B 1 1.0
80o 489 49 112 20 5 4 41 38 86 11 6 .254 .311 .351 .241 3.6 SS -3, 2B 1 0.3
70o 475 46 103 18 4 4 38 35 85 10 6 .243 .299 .336 .231 -0.8 SS -3, 2B 1 -0.2
60o 462 43 97 17 4 4 36 33 84 9 5 .234 .289 .323 .223 -4.4 SS -3, 2B 1 -0.6
50o 450 41 92 16 4 4 34 31 83 9 5 .225 .279 .311 .215 -7.5 SS -3, 2B 1 -0.9
40o 438 39 86 15 4 3 32 29 82 8 5 .217 .269 .299 .208 -10.5 SS -3, 2B 1 -1.3
30o 425 36 80 14 3 3 30 27 81 8 4 .208 .258 .286 .200 -13.5 SS -3, 2B 1 -1.6
20o 411 34 74 13 3 3 28 25 79 7 4 .197 .246 .271 .190 -16.7 SS -3, 2B 1 -1.9
10o 390 30 66 12 3 3 25 22 77 6 4 .183 .229 .251 .177 -20.8 SS -3, 2B 1 -2.4
Weighted Mean4554295174435328495.229.283.316.219-6.2SS -3, 2B 1-0.8

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
3% 15% 9% 21% 41%

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
20153325022468221818494.201.263.270.201-2.2-19.3-1.31.714.4-34.1-0.7
20163425023498221916514.214.272.289.209-1.7-15.4-1.41.614.9-30.5-0.7
20173525022498221816513.214.269.284.207-1.9-16.5-1.41.614.9-31.6-0.7
201836480439216323433975.212.271.277.205-2.1-17.7-2.82.914.9-32.7-1.3
20193725022498221816512.212.267.285.205-2.0-17.8-1.41.414.9-32.8-0.7
20203861953114204342391294.202.256.268.196-2.7-23.3-3.43.414.9-38.2-1.6
20213925022488221815521.208.259.278.200-2.4-21.0-1.31.314.9-35.9-0.7
20224026424519221918541.210.267.281.204-2.1-18.3-1.31.314.9-33.2-0.7
202341438398414333128901.210.265.280.203-2.2-18.9-1.92.014.9-33.9-1.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
5.60.10.5out of baseball5.2211.3

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Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 86 Matt Kata 2010 .000 DNP
2 80 Wilson Valdez 2010 .235
3 79 John Raburn 2011 .000 DNP
4 78 Joe Inglett 2010 .266
5 78 Angel Berroa 2012 .000 DNP
6 77 Freddie Bynum 2012 .000 DNP
7 77 Jason Ellison 2010 .000 DNP
8 76 J.J. Furmaniak 2012 .000 DNP
9 76 Keoni De Renne 2011 .000 DNP
10 76 Henry Mateo 2009 .000 DNP
11 76 Mike McCoy 2013 .000 DNP
12 76 Pablo Ozuna 2007 .203
13 76 Donnie Sadler 2007 .011
14 76 Cory Sullivan 2012 .000 DNP
15 75 Pete Orr 2011 .203
16 75 Brendan Harris 2013 .243
17 75 Luis Ordaz 2008 .000 DNP
18 74 Josh Wilson 2013 .192
19 74 Michel Hernandez 2011 .000 DNP
20 74 Wil Nieves 2010 .199
21 74 Edgar Gonzalez 2010 .000 DNP
22 74 Omir Santos 2013 .022
23 73 Alex Prieto 2008 .000 DNP
24 73 Joe Thurston 2012 .000 DNP
25 73 Matt Erickson 2008 .000 DNP
26 73 Sean Burroughs 2013 .000 DNP
27 73 Guillermo Rodriguez 2010 .000 DNP
28 73 Jorge Velandia 2007 .324
29 73 Oscar Robles 2008 .000 DNP
30 73 Ray Olmedo 2013 .000 DNP
31 73 Eric Bruntlett 2010 .000 DNP
32 73 Paul Phillips 2009 .300
33 72 Steve Holm 2012 .000 DNP
34 72 Gil Velazquez 2012 .176
35 72 Ed Rogers 2011 .000 DNP
36 72 Clint Barmes 2011 .250
37 72 Josh Paul 2007 .187
38 72 Mark Loretta 2004 .321
39 72 Jesus Feliciano 2011 .000 DNP
40 71 Trent Durrington 2008 .000 DNP
41 71 Tike Redman 2009 .000 DNP
42 71 Alejandro Freire 2007 .000 DNP
43 71 Kevin Howard 2013 .000 DNP
44 71 Brandon Harper 2008 .000 DNP
45 71 Andy Green 2010 .000 DNP
46 71 Red Schoendienst 1955 .250
47 71 Frank Bolling 1964 .206
48 71 Jesus Merchan 2013 .000 DNP
49 71 Todd Walker 2005 .278
50 71 Jim Gantner 1985 .240
51 71 Branden Florence 2010 .000 DNP
52 71 Jason Bowers 2010 .000 DNP
53 70 Tom Herr 1988 .254
54 70 Jeff Treadway 1995 .202
55 70 Pete Runnels 1960 .285
56 70 Keith Lockhart 1997 .296
57 70 Nelson Liriano 1996 .238
58 70 JD Closser 2012 .000 DNP
59 70 Steve Sax 1992 .227
60 70 Jerry Lumpe 1965 .250
61 70 Ramon Santiago 2012 .198
62 70 Chris Ashby 2007 .000 DNP
63 70 Mike Sharperson 1994 .000 DNP
64 70 John Gall 2010 .000 DNP
65 70 Johnny Ray 1989 .259
66 70 Don Kelly 2012 .199
67 69 Mickey Morandini 1998 .264
68 69 Bill Mazeroski 1969 .241
69 69 Delino DeShields 2001 .246
70 69 J.C. Boscan 2012 .141
71 69 Scott Fletcher 1991 .205
72 69 Harold Reynolds 1993 .248
73 69 Jose Offerman 2001 .254
74 69 Javier Colina 2011 .000 DNP
75 69 Bernie Allen 1971 .283
76 69 Doug Bernier 2012 .000 DNP
77 69 Ben Davis 2009 .000 DNP
78 69 Gene Baker 1957 .253
79 69 Chris Heintz 2007 .197
80 69 Derek Wathan 2009 .000 DNP
81 69 Rich Renteria 1994 .218
82 69 Alex Cora 2008 .257
83 69 Rich Thompson 2011 .000 DNP
84 69 Robby Hammock 2009 .000 DNP
85 69 Ramon Vazquez 2009 .235
86 69 Ken Hamlin 1967 .000 DNP
87 69 Horace Clarke 1972 .248
88 68 Luis Alicea 1998 .275
89 68 Augie Ojeda 2007 .244
90 68 Billy Klaus 1961 .257
91 68 Ronnie Belliard 2007 .262
92 68 Jason Conti 2007 .000 DNP
93 68 Timo Perez 2007 .327
94 68 Mike Gallego 1993 .272
95 68 Wally Backman 1992 .239
96 68 Koyie Hill 2011 .198
97 68 Lenn Sakata 1986 .320
98 68 Bill Doran 1990 .320
99 68 Phil Garner 1981 .249
100 68 Glenn Hubbard 1990 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Matt Tolbert has fallen, and he can't get up.
2012 The Twins' insistence on settling for sub-mediocrity among their utilitymen led to another 200+ plate appearances wasted on Tolbert, whose best major league seasons have not coincidentally come when he has been limited to fewer than 125 PA. Tolbert simply doesn't offer a whole lot beyond the ability to pound his fist into his mitt enthusiastically at a variety of infield positions. Between his execrable hitting and sub-par defense, he did managed to be the majors' third least-valuable position player in terms of WARP, albeit with considerably less playing time than second-ranked Justin Morneau (who's got an excuse) and first-ranked Adam Dunn (who's got a big contract). So bravo, Ron Gardenhire and Bill Smith, well done.
2011 Versatility is Tolbert's calling card. He can play all four infield positions, both outfield corners, and serve as an emergency third catcher. He also plays with an excess of energy, prompting Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to nickname him "The Hummingbird." However, Tolbert's value begins and ends with his defense, since he's not much of a hitter and struggles mightily against big-league breaking pitches. He risks being overexposed if utilized in anything more than a bench role.
2010 The new Rob Wilfong, Tolbert dropped 10 successful sac bunts in the little playing time he got. There are spares, and then there are spares for spares, and the Twins are the type of conservative Minnesotan institution that believes in laying in for the winter by stocking up on switch-hitting infielders who can't hit a lick, because you never know, you get snowed in during January, and what are you going to live on, Fritos? Tolbert played all four infield positions in 2009, and he's delivered some sock against lefties. That might just be enough for another shot this spring.
2009 Tolbert has had an undistinguished minor league career since being drafted, showing minimal competence in most things aside from bunting. He made the club out of spring training anyway, got the odd start early as the infield fell apart, then tore ligaments in a thumb and vanished from mid-May until September. When he returned, he had a nice little 10-for-30 hot streak. The best endorsement one can give his season is that though not a speedster, he ran the bases well. Other than Gardenhire liking the scrappy cut of his jib, there's little to endorse him over any other cadet utility infielder.
2008 Second baseman Matt Tolbert gets high marks for his defense and has enough line-drive pop and speed to warrant a look in spring training.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you seen anything to make you worry about Nishioka as of yet? How badly do the Twins need some IF depth. Watching Matt Tolbert play makes me yearn for Steve Lombardozzi.
(paulbellows from Calgary)
I wrote about Nishioka and all things Twins infielder in today's TA (linked above). Suffice it to say that I'm not a believer. Even if you mean "other than a fractured fibula" and would be inclined to disregard his slow start at the plate, I just don't think Nishioka's cut out to be a productive major leaguer, based on his skill set and track record in Japan.

The Twins need IF depth badly, but I don't know if they'd agree. History suggests that Ron Gardenhire has no problem living and dying with the Tolberts of the world. (Ben Lindbergh)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Twins are moving outdoors next year. Given that Minnesota in April and October should be, um, chilly, and they won't be playing on artificial turf, should they change their roster construction radically?
(ElAngelo from New York, NY)
That's assuming that guys beyond their lefty power hitters and the pitching have all that much value in the first place. Turf or grass, warm or cold, picking a polar bear over Matt Tolbert might at least score you a few more runs, but picking anybody over Matt Tolbert might score you a few more runs. The Twins need to get busy regardless of their environment. They can't afford to perpetually Punto away opportunities, and history doesn't cherish its post-season speed bumps. (Christina Kahrl)


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