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Adrian Cardenas 2B

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
7 67 .183 .269 .283 .209 -0.2
Birth Date10-10-1987
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age29 years, 11 months, 14 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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
2012 CHN 24 45 67 60 5 11 6 0 0 17 7 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 .183 .269 .283 .209 -1.6 -0.5 -0.2
Career45676051160017713000200.183.269.283.209-1.6-0.5-0.2

Statistics for All Levels

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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
2006 PHL Rk 41 177 .307 .237 .314 .332 .246 .379 104 9.1 5.3 2.4 -6.6 0.3 17.1 1.1 17.1 1.1
2007 LWD A 127 564 .287 .264 .339 .399 .265 .333 94 16.5 16.8 -0.9 -0.5 5.5 38.0 3.8 38.0 3.8
2008 CLR A+ 68 293 .284 .250 .324 .371 .249 .350 104 7.6 8.8 -0.6 -6.5 1.4 17.3 1.1 17.3 1.1
2008 STO A+ 15 74 .233 .279 .343 .418 .275 .333 98 -2.1 2.2 0.1 -1.4 1.6 1.8 0.0 1.8 0.0
2008 MID AA 26 102 .258 .267 .334 .411 .271 .316 92 -0.2 3.0 1.4 2.5 -1.9 2.3 0.5 2.3 0.5
2009 MID AA 79 373 .267 .272 .345 .399 .255 .367 128 2.8 10.6 0.8 -2.1 -0.4 13.7 1.2 13.7 1.2
2009 SAC AAA 51 207 .267 .272 .340 .422 .275 .290 88 1.8 6.9 -0.2 -4.3 -0.7 7.8 0.3 7.8 0.3
2010 MID AA 51 236 .338 .261 .331 .384 .262 .381 98 19.5 6.8 -0.4 -3.4 -2.3 23.7 2.1 23.7 2.1
2010 SAC AAA 58 231 .235 .278 .351 .427 .268 .299 92 -7 7.5 -0.2 -4.1 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4
2011 SAC AAA 127 545 .275 .291 .361 .461 .267 .344 99 9.7 16.9 -4.1 -8.8 -0.8 21.8 1.2 21.8 1.2
2012 CHN MLB 45 67 .209 .254 .322 .399 .261 .234 101 -3.4 1.8 0 -0.5 0.0 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2012 IOW AAA 65 282 .298 .279 .342 .428 .272 .330 95 12.2 8.4 -0.2 -0.6 1.4 21.7 2.1 21.7 2.1

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
2006 PHL Rk 177 22 49 5 4 2 21 17 28 13 3 .318 .393 .442 .123 .307 17.1 -6.6 1.1
2007 LWD A 564 70 147 30 2 9 79 47 80 19 7 .295 .357 .417 .122 .287 38.0 -0.5 3.8
2008 CLR A+ 293 44 80 11 6 4 23 28 42 16 0 .307 .371 .441 .134 .284 17.3 -6.5 1.1
2008 STO A+ 74 11 20 1 0 1 10 1 14 1 0 .278 .297 .333 .056 .233 1.8 -1.4 0.0
2008 MID AA 102 12 24 4 0 0 7 15 10 0 1 .279 .392 .326 .047 .258 2.3 2.5 0.5
2009 MID AA 373 56 106 26 2 3 55 38 44 5 4 .326 .395 .446 .120 .267 13.7 -2.1 1.2
2009 SAC AAA 207 23 46 15 2 1 24 17 29 3 2 .251 .319 .372 .120 .267 7.8 -4.3 0.3
2010 MID AA 236 36 67 15 0 3 32 33 23 4 6 .345 .448 .469 .124 .338 23.7 -3.4 2.1
2010 SAC AAA 231 30 56 8 1 1 21 17 28 2 2 .267 .317 .329 .062 .235 -0.1 -4.1 -0.4
2011 SAC AAA 545 70 154 28 4 5 51 47 56 13 6 .314 .374 .418 .104 .275 21.8 -8.8 1.2
2012 CHN MLB 67 5 11 6 0 0 2 7 13 0 0 .183 .269 .283 .100 .209 -1.6 -0.5 -0.2
2012 IOW AAA 282 30 73 22 4 3 32 33 32 5 0 .300 .381 .461 .160 .298 21.7 -0.6 2.1

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 CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2012 267 0.5169 0.4532 0.7769 0.6014 0.2946 0.8193 0.6842 0.2231 121 0.003123
Career2670.51690.45320.77690.60140.29460.81930.68420.22311210.0031

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
2010-04-03 2010-04-30 Minors 27 0 Left Thumb Sprain - -
2008-04-24 2008-05-13 Minors 19 0 Back Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d2012

Details
  • 2012. Claimed by Chicago Cubs off waivers 2/6/12 after being DFA by Oakland 1/26/12. Sent outright to Triple-A by Chicago Cubs 10/25/12.
  • 1 year (2011)
  • Acquired by Oakland in trade from Philadelphia 7/17/08 (Joe Blanton deal).
  • Drafted by Philadelphia 2006 (1s-37) (Monsignor Pace HS, Miami). $0.925M signing bonus.

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 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

2017 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 9/23/2017 13:03 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 %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Cardenas had a top-prospect label on him at one point, and he was the prize for the A's in the deal that sent Joe Blanton to Philadelphia. Fast-forward a few years, and Cardenas was waived by Oakland and picked up by a Cubs team that was going nowhere. He hit well in Triple-A for Iowa in his third season at the level, but wasn't able to deliver on that during his brief stint in the majors. The Cubs don't have a lot of players much better than Cardenas capable of playing both second and third, but they probably have plenty who are better at one or the other, so it'll be hard for him to find playing time. He still has a shot as a utility player.
2012 Once the second baseman of the future, Adrian Cardenas is now a future utility option, having yet to escape the grasp of the minors.
2011 A smart plate approach and a line-drive bat have helped Cardenas get on base at every level, but his Triple-A triple-slash line sat at .228/.285/.281 in early June, and he was demoted to Double-A. Things turned around quickly; his two months in the Texas League look like something off the back of Wade Boggs' baseball card. He returned to Sacramento armed with a newfound confidence, and hit .313/.362/.385 the rest of the way. Since the A's picked up Mark Ellis' option, Cardenas will have to prove himself again at Triple-A to get a shot at competing with Jemile Weeks for the starting job in 2012.
2010 Part of the package received from Philadelphia in 2008's Joe Blanton deal, Cardenas earns universal acclaim for his bat. The problem is that the bat has little in it except a good batting average. Cardenas has an unexciting, acceptable walk rate and slices a good number of doubles, but has little over-the-fence power, while his speed and defense are average at best. If he can keep hitting .300, he'll likely replace Mark Ellis at second base after 2010 (the A's can buy Ellis out of his $6 million 2011 option for a cool $500,000), but unless he finds more in the way of secondary skills, he's not going to make a big impact.
2009 While Josh Outman was the player who reached the big leagues first, Cardenas was actually the key player in the Blanton deal. One of the best pure hitters in the minors, Cardenas's textbook swing has most scouts seeing him as a future .300 hitter in the big leagues with gap power, and the only question is where he'll end up defensively. He's playing shortstop for now, but most think he'll end up moving to the left or right depending on how much power shows up. Either way, his bat should be enough for the position.
2008 Drafted in the supplemental first round in 2006 after a standout high school career in Miami, Cardenas had a very successful full-season debut last year. After a slow April, he raked over the final four months, showing good plate judgment for a teen and beginning to display the power that will be his calling card. Already shifted from shortstop to second base, Cardenas may eventually move to third or left field because of his poor defense, the presence of Chase Utley, or both. That decision is awhile away, as is Cardenas. For now he remains the top position playing prospect in the Phillies' organization and a possible future impact player at the keystone. For a possible upside, think Ray Durham minus the stolen bases.
2007 Cardenas was the 37th pick in last year`s draft, a supplemental first-rounder from a Miami high school. His makeup couldn`t be more different from his fellow first-rounders; Cardenas graduated near the top of his class and entertained guests at his draft party by playing Liszt and Gershwin on the piano. He also led his high school team to the state championship by hitting .647 and slugging 1.319, earning Baseball America`s High School Player of the Year award, and finished up by raking in the GCL. He`s an outstanding hitting prospect who will probably move to second in the future.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
Banjo Hitter: Sticking at ShortstopAaron Gleeman2017-03-24
BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 323: Adrian Cardenas on Leaving Major League Baseball BehindBen Lindbergh2013-11-06
BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 323: Adrian Cardenas on Leaving Major League Baseball BehindSam Miller2013-11-06
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: Fixing the Holes, National LeagueSam Miller2013-02-22
What You Need to Know: Wednesday, August 1Daniel Rathman2012-08-01
BP Unfiltered: Vladimir Guerrero, Old Habits, and Dying HardBen Lindbergh2012-06-11
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: The Decline and Fall of the Texas RangersSam Miller2012-05-30
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessResident Fantasy Genius: Building From the BenchDerek Carty2012-05-21
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 1Kevin Goldstein2012-05-02
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Guthrie Dealt for Hammel and LindstromR.J. Anderson2012-02-07
This article requires BP Premium accessDivide and Conquer, AL West: Deadline ChaosJoey Matschulat2011-07-28
Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 6Kevin Goldstein2011-07-07
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May12Kevin Goldstein2011-05-13
Transaction Analysis: Junior Circuit JumbleChristina Kahrl2011-03-18
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2011-01-11
Transaction Analysis: Western Divisions BackfillChristina Kahrl2010-11-20
This article requires BP Premium accessWarning Track Power: What To Do With Mark EllisChase Gharrity2010-10-29
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Top 11 Review: AL WestKevin Goldstein2010-10-01
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 20Kevin Goldstein2010-07-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Grab BagChristina Kahrl2010-06-04
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Tough CutsChristina Kahrl2010-03-26
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: A's Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2009-12-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: AL West MovesChristina Kahrl2009-09-14
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: August 20Kevin Goldstein2009-08-20
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Represent!Kevin Goldstein2009-07-02
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: June 29Kevin Goldstein2009-06-29
Transaction Analysis: AL West MovesChristina Kahrl2009-06-25
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Beefing UpKevin Goldstein2009-05-08
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Monday Ten PackKevin Goldstein2009-04-20
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Nationals Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2009-01-23
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL AddendaChristina Kahrl2008-11-06
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Monday Ten PackKevin Goldstein2008-08-11
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: More NL SwapperyChristina Kahrl2008-07-18
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Second BasemenNate Silver2008-05-02
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Phillies Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2008-02-12
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Positional Rankings - Second BaseKevin Goldstein2007-07-26
Future Shock: Risers and Fallers, National LeagueKevin Goldstein2007-07-10
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems, NL EastKevin Goldstein2007-05-09
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Low-A PreviewKevin Goldstein2007-04-12
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems, NL EastKevin Goldstein2007-03-22
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Shortstop ProspectsNate Silver2007-03-01


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Name a handful of current bench players you see carving out a role and producing fantasy worthy numbers?
(Ridin'thepine from Splintersville)
Obviously things would have to break right for each of these guys, but here goes: Jeff Keppinger, Kosuke Fukudome, Brent Lillibridge, Tyler Flowers, Johnny Giavotella, Dave Ross, Juan Francisco, Tyler Moore, Adrian Cardenas, Chris Snyder, Allen Craig, Wilin Rosario, Nate Schierholtz (Derek Carty)
2011-08-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What would you do with the A's? Trevor Cahill has been terrible for the past few months. Brett Anderson is likely out for most of next season. Kurt Suzuki has regressed badly at the plate. Their free agent acquisitions didn't help them contend this season and they didn't deal them at the deadline, so there's no space to let prospects audition. Then again, their prospects (Chris Carter, Michael Taylor, Adrian Cardenas, Michael Choice, and Grant Green) all have some major flaws.
(Tom from Madison)
Besides moving to a new stadium somewhere? Here's what Beane said in Tyler Kepner's piece yesterday: "Sometimes, you're relegated to buying that lottery ticket. Anybody will tell you that the lottery is not a great way to invest your money. But sometimes, you don't have a lot of options." Post-Moneyball Beane sounds more and more like post-Super-System Doyle Brunson every day. My advice, though, would be to find a bopper somewhere, since there's no one in the system ready to hit in the middle of the order. Cahill, McCarthy and Gonzalez should be good enough to make you competitive even with Anderson hurt. Sign Willingham to a reasonable 2-year deal if you can, but don't go longer than that. Cross your fingers that Jemile Weeks and Brandon Allen can be building blocks. But mostly, find a bopper. Crazy thought: find out how much of Adam Dunn's contract Kenny Williams would be willing to eat.

this offseason. (Ken Funck)
2011-04-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)How long until Adrian Cardenas or Stephen Parker overtake Kouzmanoff at 3B for Oakland?
(Ryan from Frisbee Prospectus)
Neither is a guarantee. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Do you see Oakland's Adrian Cardenas as a potential MLB starter? Or career utility player?
(Wolf from IN)
If he can stay at second base, he can play every day. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Last time I asked about Adrian Cardenas and you weren't too high on him. Now you're skeptical about Chris Carter. Are there any position players in the A's minors you are excited about?
(Dave from Chicago)
From High-A and above, I'm hopeful about Brett Wallace, I like Jemile Weeks and Corey Brown, and I haven't given up on Cunningham or Buck. Josh Horton will be in the shortstop picture at some point, which is worth remembering. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think Adrian Cardenas's ultimate position will be with the A's? The A's seem to love Ellis's glove and then they have Jemile Weeks waiting in the wings. Can Cardenas be a passable shortstop or hit enough to play third?
(Dave from Chicago)
I really worry that Cardenas is sort of the infield variant on an outfield tweener; his bat won't play at third, he can't play shortstop well enough to stick there, and while he's an interesting enough second-base prospect as such things go, Weeks has much more upside, and Ellis is locked in through 2010 with an affordable option for 2011. Even if Cardenas starts hitting at Sacramento, there's reason to wonder if he even has a window of opportunity. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on Adrian Cardenas? The whole 'rake at AA, stink at AAA, then get demoted back to AA and start raking again' seems like a bad sign. Right?
(Rob from Alaska)
I'd call it a hiccup at most. Really very little concern about it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Looking ahead to 2010, who are the prospects to watch? (assume strasberg is coming up this year)
(joyrider2001 from NYC)
Justin Smoak, Desmond Jennings, Adrian Cardenas, Brian Matusz, Buster Posey. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Adrian Cardenas take over for me next season at third base? What kind of production can we expect out of him?
(Eric Chavez from Doctor's Office)
Kevin had a bit about him in today's Ten Pack. My take is that the bat may not play at third base--he'd have to hit a lot of doubles or draw more walks, and playing in Oakland chips away at your BA a bit. In the short term, trying him there makes sense, especially since so much of Mark Ellis' value is actual (defensive) rather than perceived, making him a lousy trade chit. Could Ellis move back to short? (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)Favorite president: Calvin Coolidge. A federalist, avoided scandal, not meddlesome. Favorite prospect: Angel Salome. I'm biased toward 5'7 catchers. What are the chances Adrian Cardenas remains at SS?
(Ryan from Utica, NY)
I like 5-7 catchers even more when they are 200 pounds and basically the same shape as a bowling ball. I just can't see Cardenas sticking at short, but he could be solid at second. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)So the A's are on the verge of re-signing Mark Ellis. Even ignoring concerns about his surgically repaired shoulder, why trade for Eric Patterson and Adrian Cardenas and draft Jemile Weeks if Ellis is sticking around for a few years?
(Dave from Chicago)
I have to admit I did something of a double-take on hearing of this. Thirty-one year-old second basemen with sketchy injury histories are exactly the kind of players Billy Beane is generally smart enough to stay away from. Perhaps this is a Varitek-like character signing. I don't know. (Steven Goldman)
2008-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good will Adrian Cardenas be in the big leagues? Do you think his power will develop into a middle of the order type of bat?
(Justin from Brno (Czech Republic))
I think he'll be an above-average offensive second baseman, but I don't see his power ceiling going past the 15-20 home runs a year range. Little guy, line-drive bat. (Kevin Goldstein)


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