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Birth Date7-21-1985
Height6' 0"
Weight195 lbs
Age29 years, 0 months, 9 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2010
2011
1.42012
1.62013
1.72014
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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
2012 BAL 26 32 32 192.7 192.7 0.0 12 11 0 0 17 1 818 186 97 86 29 315 57 57 5 154 4.02 4.37 5.02 10.6 1.4
2013 BAL 27 23 23 137.0 137.0 0.0 7 7 0 0 13 1 572 142 62 62 17 230 39 37 2 104 4.07 4.07 4.10 14.4 1.6
2014 BAL 28 20 20 117.0 117.0 0.0 11 3 0 0 8 1 489 128 52 51 18 212 20 18 3 82 3.92 4.35 4.43 9.9 1.2
Career7575446.7446.70.0302100383187945621119964757116112103404.014.274.5834.94.2

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 GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2005 CHU npb 10 1 19.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.897 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 CHU npb 39 14 114.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 CHU npb 24 23 164.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .231 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 CHU npb 29 27 188.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .268 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 BAL MLB 32 32 192.7 5.02 90 .263 .256 .318 .414 .263 .274 103 10.7 1.1 10.6 1.4
2013 BAL MLB 23 23 137.0 4.10 103 .272 .255 .318 .397 .265 .305 99 14.1 1.5 14.4 1.6
2013 BOW AA 2 2 12.0 3.35 124 .177 .246 .329 .396 .273 .265 100 2.4 0.3 2.4 0.3
2014 BAL MLB 20 20 117.0 4.43 98 .272 .254 .318 .391 .259 .301 103 9.9 1.1 9.9 1.2

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 CHU npb 0 0 1 10 1 19.3 29 6 20 3 0% -.897 13.5 2.8 1.4 9.3 1.81 6.06 0.0 0.0
2008 CHU npb 7 6 0 39 14 114.7 101 33 107 7 0% .292 7.9 2.6 0.5 8.4 1.17 2.90 0.0 0.0
2009 CHU npb 8 4 0 24 23 164.0 113 40 146 10 0% .231 6.2 2.2 0.5 8.0 0.93 1.54 0.0 0.0
2010 CHU npb 13 10 0 29 27 188.0 166 49 153 21 0% .268 7.9 2.3 1.0 7.3 1.14 2.87 0.0 0.0
2012 BAL MLB 12 11 0 32 32 192.7 186 57 154 29 39% .274 8.7 2.7 1.4 7.2 1.26 4.02 10.6 1.4
2013 BAL MLB 7 7 0 23 23 137.0 142 39 104 17 36% .305 9.3 2.6 1.1 6.8 1.32 4.07 14.4 1.6
2013 BOW AA 1 0 0 2 2 12.0 9 2 8 0 50% .265 6.8 1.5 0.0 6.0 0.92 3.00 2.4 0.3
2014 BAL MLB 11 3 0 20 20 117.0 128 20 82 18 42% .301 9.8 1.5 1.4 6.3 1.26 3.92 9.9 1.2

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
2012 3137 0.5301 0.4951 0.8126 0.6759 0.2910 0.8603 0.6876 0.1854
2013 2177 0.5443 0.4823 0.8314 0.6447 0.2883 0.8809 0.6993 0.1686
2014 1912 0.5303 0.4901 0.8453 0.6726 0.2840 0.8974 0.7059 0.1547
Career72260.53440.48990.82690.66560.28830.87630.6960.1722

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-10-10 2013-10-10 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Bone Spur 2013-10-10 -
2013-05-13 - DTD - - Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2013-05-13 2013-07-10 15-DL 58 53 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 BAL $372,000
2014 BAL $4,155,333
2013 BAL $3,655,333
2012 BAL $3,155,333
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$6,810,666
2011Current$4,155,333
3 yrPvs + Cur$10,965,999
1 yrFuture$372,000
4 yrTotal$11,337,999

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 0 dScott Boras3 years/$11.388M (2012-14), 2015 option

Details
  • 3 years/$11.388M (2012-14), plus 2015 club option. Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 1/10/12. $0.25M signing bonus. 12:$3.072M, 13:$3.572M, 14:$4.072M, 15:$4.75M club option, $0.372M buyout. 2015 option increases to $6M with 56 starts or 360 innings in 2013-14 combined. Annual performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 30 starts, 200 innings. Award bonuses: $50,000 for All-Star selection. $0.15M for Cy Young ($75,000 for 2nd place in vote, $50,000 for 3rd place).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .227 .285 .400 .244
11 vs R (Multi) .275 .324 .444 .274
18 Split (Multi) -.048 -.039 -.044 -.030
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .223 .284 .405 .238
31 vs R (2013) .286 .333 .450 .272
38 Split (2013) -.063 -.049 -.045 -.034
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)International signings seem to have huge benefits: (Cespedes, Wei-Yin Chen, Darvish, Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu). Who are a couple of the next big players we should look out for?
(Silverback38 from VA)
There's not much coming out of Japan. Kenta Maeda is the next pitcher who will come over (likely for 2015), but he's a soft-tossing #4 profile. Cuba has some good hitters in Jose Fernandez and Yasmani Tomas, but who knows when or if they'll defect. (Bret Sayre)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 20 team points league with a one SP per day maximum. Basically every SP or possible SP is owned. SPs go very early in our minor league draft. Without listing who all is available do you have any sleepers for the back half of the draft who could be low floor SPs? Staying a SP is a must because even 4th and 5th starters with secure jobs have lots of value. Thanks
(Brandon from Springfield MO)
Guys like Wei-Yin Chen are the go to guys here. Dan Staily is another guy to look for here, and I would take a gamble on (gulp) Edwin Jackson considering the league setup. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Computer sim league question. Would you deal Miguel Cabrera and Randall Delgado for Wei-Yin Chen and Anthony Rizzo? Getting picks for next year too but those are the players.
(joott41 from Wisconsin)
Are you getting all of the picks? If not, no. (Jeff Moore)
2013-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Resign Wei-Yin Chen for $7 in 10-team AL only?
(Mike from NYC)
I'm not much of a fantasy guy, so I'll put it to you this way. If you think what Chen did last season is worth $7 then I'd pay it. I think it's a repeatable performance give or take a bit in either direction. (Matthew Kory)
2012-10-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)My O's are going to start joe saunders in texas? it's like why bother. just pissing away this magical season in one disastrous move. talk me off the ledge, will you?
(Randy M. from Shocked)
I hear you, Randy, although if the regular season means anything, plenty of things we never thought possible have already happened.

The past is obviously ugly: As I wrote in the WYNTK this morning, Saunders is 0-6 with a 9.38 ERA in his career in Arlington, and he's given up something like 13 homers in 31 innings. But the problem is that Steve Johnson may not be fully recovered from his late-season knee injury, and the only other option is really to go with Wei-Yin Chen on short rest, which seems to have been ruled out. It's sort of a pick-your-poison situation, and regardless of who gets the ball, I'm sure they will be on a short leash. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-10-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm within 1 of multiple people in the HR and Win categories in a league. No one can catch me in the "conflicting" categories, like AVG or Hitter's strikeouts or Losses (which we have). Could you name 1 hitter and 1 pitcher you think most likely to hit a homer or win a game?
(SimplyFalco from Amherst)
Jonny Gomes is widely available, and if you have daily transactions, you'll get him against Martin Perez tonight. Wei-Yin Chen has pitched well against the Rays, is widely available, and pitches tonight, so he's a guy I'd gamble on. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-06-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just lost CC, Pettitte and Dempster to injury. This ain't pretty, but who would you pick up out of this group? Milone, Samardzija, Wei-Yin Chen, Floyd, Ervin Santana, Masterson, Hochevar, Bailey and Quintana.
(Struggling from NYC)
I like Samardzija, who's been strafed for a .331 BABIP but has good strikeout and home run rates. Chen has held his own in a tough park, and Masterson has been pretty decent besides the wins. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-02-02 15:00:00 (link to chat)Does Wei-Yin Chen hold any value?
(Joseph from Richmond)
His numbers in Japan were very strong, but not exactly Yu Darvish territory, and Japanese starters don't have a great track record of transitioning into MLB rotations. I'd take a flier on him in an AL-only league, but purely as a lottery ticket. (Cory Schwartz)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Wei-Yin Chen has thrown 7,308 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph), also mixing in a Slider (83mph), Sinker (92mph), Splitter (85mph) and Curve (76mph).