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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 35)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
37.3 3.84 1.22 37 2 1 0 0.2
Birth Date10-4-1981
Height6' 2"
Weight230 lbs
Age35 years, 10 months, 13 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
-0.52013
-0.92014
-0.42015
2016
0.22017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2007 SDN MLB 22 0 21.0 2 2 0 13 6 16 1 .256 93 5.6 2.6 0.4 6.9 55% .197 .191 0.90 3.26 1.29 98 3.36 69.6 0.5
2008 SDN MLB 25 0 25.7 0 4 0 42 13 17 4 .264 88 14.7 4.6 1.4 6.0 45% .404 .369 2.14 5.32 8.42 117 5.35 114.2 0.0
2009 SDN MLB 52 0 45.0 1 0 0 37 18 55 2 .272 86 7.4 3.6 0.4 11.0 44% .321 .228 1.22 2.65 2.80 80 2.87 61.6 1.2
2010 SDN MLB 65 0 35.0 1 0 0 23 7 45 1 .269 84 5.9 1.8 0.3 11.6 44% .265 .187 0.86 1.58 1.29 89 2.65 59.9 0.9
2011 SDN MLB 18 0 10.0 0 0 0 8 7 9 1 .270 93 7.2 6.3 0.9 8.1 43% .259 .240 1.50 4.59 4.50 141 6.52 151.5 -0.2
2012 SDN MLB 55 0 31.7 1 4 1 30 14 39 2 .259 94 8.5 4.0 0.6 11.1 45% .337 .273 1.39 3.10 3.41 102 3.90 89.4 0.3
2013 ARI 0 22 0 9.3 0 1 0 12 6 7 1 .271 102 11.6 5.8 1.0 6.8 23% .379 .300 1.93 4.84 6.75 114 4.74 113.4 -0.0
2013 SDN 0 50 0 30.0 3 1 0 28 4 29 3 .264 98 8.4 1.2 0.9 8.7 44% .298 .236 1.07 2.88 2.10 122 6.02 144.0 -0.5
2014 ANA 0 16 0 6.3 1 1 0 13 1 2 0 .275 91 18.5 1.4 0.0 2.8 62% .448 .396 2.21 3.95 8.53 115 6.11 150.0 -0.1
2014 ARI 0 37 0 24.0 1 0 0 23 3 25 3 .264 105 8.6 1.1 1.1 9.4 27% .299 .259 1.08 3.27 2.62 134 6.95 170.6 -0.7
2015 HOU MLB 43 0 22.7 1 3 0 23 12 26 1 .264 103 9.1 4.8 0.4 10.3 47% .361 .262 1.54 2.97 3.18 125 6.25 146.1 -0.4
2013 TOT MLB 72 0 39.3 3 2 0 40 10 36 4 .266 99 9.2 2.3 0.9 8.2 38% .319 .253 1.27 3.35 3.20 120 5.71 136.8 -0.5
2014 TOT MLB 53 0 30.3 2 1 0 36 4 27 3 .267 102 10.7 1.2 0.9 8.0 37% .344 .295 1.32 3.41 3.86 129 6.78 166.3 -0.9

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2005 BRV A+ 7 0 9.0 0 0 2 6 0 14 0 .105 6.0 0.0 0.0 14.0 44% .444 .000 0.67 0.33 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2005 HEL Rk 6 0 7.7 2 0 2 8 1 10 1 .269 86 9.4 1.2 1.2 11.7 48% .350 .232 1.17 3.88 3.51 0 0.00 0.0
2006 WVA A 26 0 29.0 1 3 10 28 6 42 2 .261 90 8.7 1.9 0.6 13.0 65% .365 .250 1.17 2.34 2.48 64 0.99 72.9
2006 BRV A+ 16 0 30.0 3 1 2 12 9 32 1 .000 3.6 2.7 0.3 9.6 0% .157 .000 0.70 2.64 0.30 0 0.00 0.0
2006 HUN AA 4 0 5.0 1 0 0 2 2 6 0 .223 71 3.6 3.6 0.0 10.8 80% .100 .120 0.80 2.37 1.80 93 3.50 98.0
2007 SDN MLB 22 0 21.0 2 2 0 13 6 16 1 .256 93 5.6 2.6 0.4 6.9 55% .197 .191 0.90 3.26 1.29 98 3.36 69.6
2007 HUN AA 14 0 16.3 1 0 0 11 2 20 0 .268 93 6.1 1.1 0.0 11.0 47% .289 .160 0.80 1.48 0.55 73 2.28 83.5
2007 NAS AAA 24 0 21.7 2 1 1 19 7 33 0 .252 101 7.9 2.9 0.0 13.7 57% .358 .207 1.20 1.59 2.07 54 1.44 64.0
2007 POR AAA 8 0 8.7 1 0 0 10 1 11 0 .280 93 10.3 1.0 0.0 11.4 68% .400 .220 1.26 1.69 1.03 52 1.17 58.5
2008 SDN MLB 25 0 25.7 0 4 0 42 13 17 4 .264 88 14.7 4.6 1.4 6.0 45% .404 .369 2.14 5.32 8.42 117 5.35 114.2
2008 POR AAA 37 0 39.0 5 2 3 38 11 44 2 .262 102 8.8 2.5 0.5 10.2 55% .330 .224 1.26 2.89 2.77 71 1.88 68.4
2009 SDN MLB 52 0 45.0 1 0 0 37 18 55 2 .272 86 7.4 3.6 0.4 11.0 44% .321 .228 1.22 2.65 2.80 80 2.87 61.6
2009 POR AAA 19 0 19.0 1 2 1 18 5 22 1 .271 89 8.5 2.4 0.5 10.4 57% .327 .243 1.21 2.76 1.89 81 2.13 80.0
2010 SDN MLB 65 0 35.0 1 0 0 23 7 45 1 .269 84 5.9 1.8 0.3 11.6 44% .265 .187 0.86 1.58 1.29 89 2.65 59.9
2010 POR AAA 6 0 5.0 0 1 0 6 3 3 0 .241 82 10.8 5.4 0.0 5.4 65% .353 .320 1.80 4.78 3.60 111 5.80 110.2
2011 SDN MLB 18 0 10.0 0 0 0 8 7 9 1 .270 93 7.2 6.3 0.9 8.1 43% .259 .240 1.50 4.59 4.50 141 6.52 151.5
2011 LEL A+ 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .266 96 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 0% .000 -.008 0.00 -0.06 0.00 93 3.88 99.0
2011 TUC AAA 8 0 7.3 0 0 0 3 3 10 0 .267 113 3.7 3.7 0.0 12.3 40% .200 .166 0.82 2.68 1.23 91 3.50 92.0
2012 SDN MLB 55 0 31.7 1 4 1 30 14 39 2 .259 94 8.5 4.0 0.6 11.1 45% .337 .273 1.39 3.10 3.41 102 3.90 89.4
2012 LEL A+ 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .301 78 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 50% .000 -.038 0.00 1.80 0.00 104 4.69 105.2
2013 ARI MLB 22 0 9.3 0 1 0 12 6 7 1 .271 102 11.6 5.8 1.0 6.8 23% .379 .300 1.93 4.84 6.75 114 4.74 113.4
2013 SDN MLB 50 0 30.0 3 1 0 28 4 29 3 .264 98 8.4 1.2 0.9 8.7 44% .298 .236 1.07 2.88 2.10 122 6.02 144.0
2014 ANA MLB 16 0 6.3 1 1 0 13 1 2 0 .275 91 18.5 1.4 0.0 2.8 62% .448 .396 2.21 3.95 8.53 115 6.11 150.0
2014 ARI MLB 37 0 24.0 1 0 0 23 3 25 3 .264 105 8.6 1.1 1.1 9.4 27% .299 .259 1.08 3.27 2.62 134 6.95 170.6
2015 HOU MLB 43 0 22.7 1 3 0 23 12 26 1 .264 103 9.1 4.8 0.4 10.3 47% .361 .262 1.54 2.97 3.18 125 6.25 146.1
2015 FRE AAA 9 0 8.7 0 0 0 4 4 10 0 .268 105 4.2 4.2 0.0 10.4 47% .211 .173 0.92 3.02 1.04 96 3.18 93.2
2016 IOW AAA 10 1 7.3 0 0 0 10 3 11 0 .280 91 12.3 3.7 0.0 13.5 43% .476 .302 1.77 1.94 6.14 78 1.78 77.7
2016 OKL AAA 17 0 15.0 0 0 0 14 5 21 0 .267 8.4 3.0 0.0 12.6 46% .378 .252 1.27 1.92 3.60 79 1.90 79.4

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 450 0.5356 0.4778 0.8837 0.6266 0.3062 0.9272 0.7813 0.1163
2009 794 0.5365 0.4244 0.7359 0.5610 0.2663 0.7531 0.6939 0.2641
2010 546 0.5348 0.4762 0.7308 0.6781 0.2441 0.7626 0.6290 0.2692
2011 180 0.5556 0.4778 0.7907 0.6800 0.2250 0.7794 0.8333 0.2093
2012 520 0.5250 0.4731 0.7276 0.6264 0.3036 0.7778 0.6133 0.2724
2013 676 0.5044 0.4896 0.7764 0.6686 0.3075 0.7939 0.7379 0.2236
2014 512 0.5859 0.5566 0.7860 0.7367 0.3019 0.8100 0.7031 0.2140
2015 411 0.5377 0.4477 0.7228 0.6787 0.1789 0.7467 0.6176 0.2772
Career40890.53660.47540.76450.6490.27310.79110.69150.2355

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-03 2014-09-12 15-DL 40 37 Left Ankle Sprain -
2012-10-10 2012-10-10 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Patellar Tendon Debridement and Repair 2012-10-10 -
2012-07-26 2012-09-01 15-DL 37 33 Right Knee Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2011-03-22 2011-08-04 60-DL 135 112 Left Shoulder Surgery Exploratory 2011-05-02
2011-02-24 2011-03-22 Camp 26 0 Left Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff -
2010-05-19 2010-05-21 DTD 2 2 Trunk Soreness Side -
2010-03-26 2010-04-22 15-DL 27 15 Left Shoulder Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 LAN $
2015 HOU $1,000,000
2014 ARI $2,375,000
2013 SDN $1,350,000
2012 SDN $700,000
2011 SDN $433,900
2010 SDN $412,700
2008 SDN $393,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$6,664,600
7 yrTotal$6,664,600

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 45 dNick Brockmeyer, Platinum Sports1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 12/17/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. May earn additional $1.2M in performance bonuses. Released by Cleveland 3/28/16. Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 4/16/16 (minor-league contract). Released by Cleveland 8/14/16. Retired 11/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Houston as a free agent 2/13/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. Contract selected by Houston 3/30/15. DFA by Houston 7/21/15. Released 7/28/15. Re-signed by Houston as a free agent 8/9/15 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Houston 9/1/15.
  • 1 year/$2.375M (2014). Re-signed by Arizona 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by LA Angels in trade from Arizona 7/5/14.
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2013). Re-signed by San Diego 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Arizona in trade from San Diego 7/31/13.
  • 1 year/$0.7M (2012). Re-signed by San Diego 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4339M (2011). Re-signed by San Diego 2/27/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4127M (2010). Re-signed 3/3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.404M (2009). Re-signed 2/27/09.
  • 1 year/$0.393M (2008). Re-signed 3/3/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Acquired in trade from Milwaukee 7/25/07.

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 4.6 1.6 1.1 84 0 51.0 41 16 51 8 .248 1.11 3.92 4.25 3.3 0.4
80o 3.9 1.3 0.9 74 0 44.8 39 15 44 8 .263 1.20 4.37 4.75 0.3 0.0
70o 3.5 1.1 0.7 66 0 40.4 37 14 40 7 .273 1.27 4.70 5.11 -1.4 -0.2
60o 3.1 0.9 0.6 61 0 36.8 35 14 37 7 .282 1.32 4.99 5.43 -2.6 -0.3
50o 2.8 0.8 0.5 55 0 33.5 33 13 33 7 .291 1.38 5.26 5.74 -3.6 -0.4
40o 2.5 0.7 0.5 50 0 30.3 31 12 30 6 .299 1.44 5.54 6.05 -4.3 -0.5
30o 2.1 0.6 0.4 44 0 27.0 29 11 27 6 .308 1.50 5.85 6.39 -4.9 -0.5
20o 1.8 0.4 0.3 38 0 23.1 26 10 23 5 .319 1.58 6.21 6.79 -5.3 -0.6
10o 1.3 0.3 0.2 30 0 18.1 22 9 18 4 .334 1.69 6.73 7.38 -5.3 -0.6
Weighted Mean2.70.80.554032.73213336.2891.375.225.69-3.3-0.4

2017 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 8/17/2017 12:17 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 4.7 1.6 1.1 84 0 51.0 41 16 51 8 .248 1.11 3.94 4.24 3.2 0.3
80o 4 1.3 0.9 74 0 44.8 39 15 44 8 .263 1.20 4.39 4.74 0.3 0.0
70o 3.6 1.1 0.7 66 0 40.4 37 14 40 7 .273 1.27 4.72 5.11 -1.5 -0.2
60o 3.2 0.9 0.6 61 0 36.8 35 14 37 7 .282 1.32 5.01 5.43 -2.7 -0.3
50o 2.8 0.8 0.5 55 0 33.5 33 13 33 7 .291 1.38 5.29 5.73 -3.6 -0.4
40o 2.5 0.7 0.5 50 0 30.3 31 12 30 6 .299 1.44 5.57 6.04 -4.4 -0.5
30o 2.2 0.5 0.4 44 0 27.0 29 11 27 6 .308 1.50 5.87 6.38 -4.9 -0.5
20o 1.8 0.4 0.3 38 0 23.2 26 10 23 5 .319 1.58 6.24 6.79 -5.3 -0.6
10o 1.4 0.3 0.2 30 0 18.1 22 9 18 4 .334 1.70 6.76 7.37 -5.4 -0.6
Weighted Mean2.80.80.554032.73213336.2891.375.245.68-3.3-0.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
25% 38% 21% 13% 74%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20183631166040391643541.3391.363.874.458.73.69.61.10.3
20193742185052492054641.3271.343.864.448.53.59.41.00.5
20203841175046451747641.3361.363.994.598.93.49.31.20.3
20213942182050451952741.3141.284.074.688.13.49.41.30.3
20224021148029271236641.3211.334.595.288.33.711.01.8-0.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 90 Luis Ayala 2013 3.00
2 89 Randy Flores 2011 0.00 DNP
3 89 Brandon Lyon 2015 0.00 DNP
4 87 Joel Peralta 2011 3.06
5 87 Jay Witasick 2008 0.00 DNP
6 87 Neal Cotts 2015 3.69
7 87 Jose Veras 2016 0.00 DNP
8 86 Will Ohman 2013 0.00 DNP
9 86 Matt Lindstrom 2015 0.00 DNP
10 85 Pat Neshek 2016 2.80
11 85 Jon Rauch 2014 0.00 DNP
12 85 Fernando Rodney 2012 1.08
13 85 Luis Vizcaino 2010 0.00 DNP
14 85 George Sherrill 2012 27.00
15 85 Mike MacDougal 2012 7.94
16 85 Peter Moylan 2014 0.00 DNP
17 85 Michael Gonzalez 2013 5.04
18 85 Scot Shields 2011 0.00 DNP
19 84 Jared Burton 2016 0.00 DNP
20 84 J.C. Romero 2011 5.11
21 84 Tyler Walker 2011 0.00 DNP
22 84 Jim Brower 2008 0.00 DNP
23 84 Chad Durbin 2013 9.56
24 84 Shawn Camp 2011 4.88
25 84 Javier Lopez 2013 2.29
26 84 Hideki Okajima 2011 4.32
27 83 Kiko Calero 2010 0.00 DNP
28 83 Guillermo Mota 2009 3.44
29 83 John Bale 2009 6.35
30 83 Kevin Gregg 2013 3.77
31 83 Justin Speier 2009 5.17
32 83 Trever Miller 2008 4.36
33 83 Tim Byrdak 2009 3.67
34 83 Matt Guerrier 2014 3.86
35 83 Craig Breslow 2016 5.79
36 83 Joe Beimel 2012 0.00 DNP
37 82 Matt Belisle 2015 2.67
38 82 Brad Lidge 2012 9.64
39 82 Mike Lincoln 2010 7.32
40 82 Kerry Wood 2012 8.31
41 82 Jeff Parrett 1997 0.00 DNP
42 82 Tippy Martinez 1985 6.30
43 82 Dale Thayer 2016 0.00 DNP
44 82 Todd Jones 2003 7.60
45 81 Kyle Farnsworth 2011 2.34
46 81 Jason Frasor 2013 2.76
47 81 Damaso Marte 2010 4.08
48 81 Scott Schoeneweis 2009 7.88
49 81 Chad Qualls 2014 3.86
50 80 Keith Comstock 1991 54.00
51 80 Scott Proctor 2012 0.00 DNP
52 80 Ed Vosberg 1997 5.09
53 80 Jeremy Affeldt 2014 2.44
54 80 John Franco 1996 2.50
55 80 Kerry Ligtenberg 2006 0.00 DNP
56 80 Brian Fuentes 2011 4.63
57 79 Jim Gott 1995 7.47
58 79 Jason Grilli 2012 3.07
59 79 Steve Karsay 2007 0.00 DNP
60 79 Steve Farr 1992 1.73
61 79 Luis Arroyo 1962 5.35 DNP
62 79 Ricky Bottalico 2005 5.40
63 79 Rod Beck 2004 6.75
64 79 Norm Charlton 1998 5.44
65 79 Mark Guthrie 2001 4.99
66 78 Ron Mahay 2006 4.74
67 78 Bob Howry 2009 3.68
68 78 Armando Benitez 2008 7.11
69 78 Josias Manzanillo 2003 16.88
70 78 Mike Remlinger 2001 3.00
71 78 Ray King 2009 0.00 DNP
72 78 Jesse Orosco 1992 3.46
73 78 Scott Downs 2011 2.01
74 78 Eric Plunk 1999 5.26
75 78 Ryan Madson 2016 3.79
76 78 Joe Nelson 2010 9.72
77 78 Dan Wheeler 2013 0.00 DNP
78 78 Dan Miceli 2006 4.78
79 78 Charlie Hough 1983 3.43
80 78 Dan Plesac 1997 3.93
81 78 Yorkis Perez 2003 0.00 DNP
82 77 Rafael Soriano 2015 6.35
83 77 Heath Bell 2013 4.11
84 77 Scott Eyre 2007 4.47
85 77 Dick Drago 1980 4.55
86 77 Danny Cox 1995 7.80
87 77 Barney Schultz 1962 4.11 DNP
88 77 Joey Eischen 2005 3.72
89 77 Bill Campbell 1984 4.76
90 77 Jose Mesa 2001 3.38
91 77 Scott Sauerbeck 2007 0.00 DNP
92 77 Jamey Wright 2010 5.09
93 77 Dave Veres 2002 3.70
94 77 Fred Gladding 1971 2.82
95 77 Larry Andersen 1988 3.05
96 76 Joe Grzenda 1972 6.17
97 76 Mike Adams 2014 3.86
98 76 Brendan Donnelly 2007 3.48
99 76 Scott Atchison 2011 3.26
100 76 Francisco Cordero 2010 3.96

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Joe Thatcher has both the name and the looks of a guy who would do a really good job fixing your brakes, but, like, for a very fair price. Instead, he's a relief pitcher who has a strong strikeout rate, has lived in too many apartments, and will most likely pitch until he's 40 given what hand he throws with.
2015 Thatcher was yet another reliever picked up for scraps by Dipoto, and he was supposed to fill a longstanding organizational LOOGY void. He had performed well in San Diego before journeying up the I-5, but he pitched himself out of a near-certain playoff roster spot by coughing up 13 hits on a 93 percent contact rate while striking out just two of 35 hitters faced. Small was the sample, but bitter the taste.
2014 After seven fruitful years in the Padres' bullpen, Thatcher was suddenly shipped to Arizona in the Ian Kennedy deal, and for years scholars will debate why. Perhaps it was to locate a replacement for the struggling Tony Sipp, but Thatcher accidentally mimicked Sipp's results, struggling to command the strike zone in the last two months while for some reason throwing nearly 80 percent fastballs (he's usually around 70 percent) when his slider is a quality swing-and-miss pitch. Don't look too much into the two-month sample size—his delivery and track record will keep him in use as a seasoned silencer of southpaws.
2013 After missing most of 2011 recovering from left shoulder surgery, Thatcher stayed relatively healthy last year. He sat out August with a right knee issue that required surgery after the season, but for the most part he returned to the business of abusing left-handed batters. Thatcher's sidearm delivery makes it difficult for them to pick up the ball. Right-handers have no such trouble, limiting Thatcher to the role of LOOGY, albeit a good one.
2012 After being an integral part of Bud Black's bullpen each of the previous two seasons, Thatcher developed soreness in the back of his left shoulder during spring training and required surgery in May. The sidewinding southpaw, who began 2010 on the disabled list due to a strain in the same area of his shoulder, didn't make his 2011 debut until August. When healthy, Thatcher's deceptive delivery is difficult on left-handed hitters, although he handled righties just as well in 2010. Because of his funky pitching motion, Thatcher experiences occasional lapses in control, as he did last year after returning from surgery. With the benefit of rest and a full spring training, he should regain his status as a late-inning option for the Padres.
2011 The source of Thatcher's microscopic ERA last season was an anomalous showing against right-handed hitters. Even without reproducing that performance, Thatcher has value to the Padres due to striking out over 38 percent of the left-handers he has faced in the last two years, a rate that places him fifth in the majors (minimum 100 lefties faced). A left-shoulder strain kept him off the mound for most of April, but he still appeared in 65 games and allowed only one run between July 9 and the end of the season. He won't be that unstoppable again unless manager Bud Black hides him from right-handers wherever possible.
2010 Thatcher was one of many pleasant surprises for the Padres in the second half of last season, as he became a lock-down left-hander out of the bullpen. The source of his success? Thatcher moved from the center of the pitching rubber to the far left side, and that helped him on two fronts: it made his sweeping slider almost unhittable to left-handed batters, and made his 90 mph fastball a little more deceptive to right-handers. So now Thatcher isn't strictly a left-on-left guy, which makes him that much more valuable as the other lefty in the pen beyond Mujica.
2009 Independent league graduate and aspiring LOOGY Joe Thatcher looked like a steal when the Padres acquired him for a piece of Scott Linebrink in 2007, and he pitched like one, too. Things went south for the southpaw last season however, and while he wasn't really eight-plus ERA bad, he did lose his feel for the strike zone, rendering a stay in Triple-A inevitable. Thatcher straightened himself out in Portland, as minor league lefties stayed true to form by succumbing to his sweeping slider. It's only a matter of time—and probably very little of it—before their major league counterparts follow suit.
2008 If Startup does get setup work, he should be paired with this guy. Thatcher was an independent league find by the Brewers in 2005, and part of the Linebrink trade at last year's deadline. He's a side-armer with a big slider, and is most certainly a LOOGY-in-training rather than a closer candidate. The Padres have often gone without a left-hander in the pen, but Thatcher and Hampson should give them two good ones this year.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)i'm assuming you dont think the padre bullpen will have anything like a repeat performance, right?
(nicety from ca)
It's probably hard to believe without accusing me of being a biased fanboy about it, but I see them performing pretty close to that level. Here's the thing--Bell/Adams/Gregerson are all legitimately excellent pitchers, and the kind of guys who can replicate their success from year-to-year. Edward Mujica was unlucky in 2010, and is much better than his ERA indicates--have a look at his K/BB ratio of 12.0 for proof of that. Ernesto Frieri is a young pitcher with some promise who did well in his first stint in the bigs, and I expect him to be a bit better. Joe Thatcher should be there all season long in 2011. Ryan Webb has some upside and is the last option in the pen. This is a collection of fantastic pitchers who, if they are all together again, can perform just as well.

Will they *definitely* repeat? I'm not saying that. But if you asked me to pick one pen that could replicate its previous season, my money would be on the one in San Diego. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Care to gush about how studly the Pads' bullpen is? They remind me of the stacked Angels pen of ought-two.
(Functionary from Grey Cubicle, DC)
Well, the other night was a great example. They used four relievers--Ernesto Frieri, Joe Thatcher, Edward Mujica and Tim Stauffer--for three scoreless innings of relief. None of those three relievers are the key pieces in the bullpen (Heath Bell, Mike Adams, Luke Gregerson). Their "worst" reliever by ERA is Mujica, who has a K/BB of 11.6 thanks to 58 strikeouts and just five walks. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)D'oh! Addendum: Care to expand on your praise of Heath Bell, Mike Adams, and Luke Gregerson, and add lauds and exultates for Joe Thatcher and Edward Mujica?
(Functionary from Grey Cubicle, DC)
Joe Thatcher missed the beginning of the season, but in the 27 1/3 innings since he's returned, he's held lefties to a line of .149/.212/.255. Mujica is a beast in the K/BB department as I said. He's given up some homers but seems to have that little problem under control lately, and is flat out dominant at times despite being a back-end option.

Bell walks some hitters sometimes, but most of the hits against him are dinky singles, and he can bring it and whiffs plenty of batters. The only closer I trust more than Bell is Mariano Rivera. Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams would be closing for most of the other teams in baseball--even when Gregerson walks batters he's an ace reliever, but this year he's got the walks under control. This is not a Petco bullpen, this is a pen full of really, really good pitchers. (Marc Normandin)


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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2017, Joe Thatcher threw 4,744 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2016, he relied primarily on his Cutter (85mph), also mixing in a Slider (78mph).