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James Russell PPhillies

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA
0 0.00
Birth Date1-8-1986
Height6' 4"
Weight205 lbs
Age30 years, 10 months, 24 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.12012
-0.52013
-0.22014
-0.52015
-0.12016
DRA-Based 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
2010 CHN MLB 57 0 49.0 1 1 0 55 11 42 11 .269 99 10.1 2.0 2.0 7.7 32% .291 .301 1.35 5.23 4.96 111 4.96 109.5 -0.0
2011 CHN MLB 64 5 67.7 1 6 0 76 14 43 12 .260 101 10.1 1.9 1.6 5.7 40% .290 .291 1.33 4.74 4.12 113 5.19 117.5 -0.3
2012 CHN MLB 77 0 69.3 7 1 2 67 23 55 5 .260 99 8.7 3.0 0.6 7.1 40% .293 .257 1.30 3.53 3.25 106 4.68 106.8 0.1
2013 CHN MLB 74 0 52.7 1 6 0 46 18 37 7 .265 103 7.9 3.1 1.2 6.3 34% .258 .265 1.22 4.43 3.59 120 5.36 120.6 -0.5
2014 ATL 0 22 1 24.3 0 0 0 21 4 16 0 .260 93 7.8 1.5 0.0 5.9 42% .276 .200 1.03 2.28 2.22 0 0.00 113.2 0.0
2014 CHN 0 44 0 33.3 0 2 1 24 16 26 3 .257 98 6.5 4.3 0.8 7.0 44% .219 .248 1.20 4.24 3.51 0 0.00 109.3 0.0
2015 CHN MLB 49 0 34.0 0 2 1 42 9 20 3 .266 96 11.1 2.4 0.8 5.3 45% .336 .303 1.50 3.93 5.29 119 6.01 124.7 -0.5
2016 PHI MLB 7 0 4.3 0 0 0 9 5 4 2 .276 88 18.7 10.4 4.2 8.3 33% .438 .475 3.23 10.80 18.69 124 6.22 126.5 -0.1
2014 TOT MLB 66 1 57.7 0 2 1 45 20 42 3 .258 96 7.0 3.1 0.5 6.6 43% .244 .229 1.13 3.41 2.97 109 4.74 110.9 -0.2
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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.
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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-
2007 PEO A 2 2 7.0 0 0 0 3 4 9 0 .261 85 3.9 5.1 0.0 11.6 38% .231 .177 1.00 2.45 0.00 97 3.80 98.1
2007 CUB Rk 1 1 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .276 92 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 75% .000 -.008 0.00 2.27 0.00 89 3.67 86.2
2008 DAY A+ 8 8 41.0 2 2 0 36 13 24 4 .255 101 7.9 2.9 0.9 5.3 41% .282 .261 1.20 4.26 3.51 100 5.02 106.2
2008 TEN AA 18 17 86.3 4 8 0 111 25 62 18 .250 112 11.6 2.6 1.9 6.5 37% .333 .286 1.58 5.59 6.36 121 8.35 120.2
2009 TEN AA 11 5 37.0 2 3 0 45 9 26 5 .273 96 10.9 2.2 1.2 6.3 34% .336 .292 1.46 4.26 5.11 0 0.00 0.0
2009 IOW AAA 26 7 65.7 3 3 0 71 19 46 6 .271 85 9.7 2.6 0.8 6.3 38% .301 .277 1.37 4.11 3.42 0 0.00 0.0
2009 MSS Wnt 11 0 14.3 0 1 0 12 2 14 2 .000 7.6 1.3 1.3 8.8 0% .244 .000 0.98 4.52 1.26 0 0.00 0.0
2010 CHN MLB 57 0 49.0 1 1 0 55 11 42 11 .269 99 10.1 2.0 2.0 7.7 32% .291 .301 1.35 5.23 4.96 111 4.96 109.5
2010 IOW AAA 5 0 11.0 0 0 0 11 4 10 5 .266 94 9.0 3.3 4.1 8.2 41% .222 .312 1.36 9.04 5.73 95 3.69 96.3
2011 CHN MLB 64 5 67.7 1 6 0 76 14 43 12 .260 101 10.1 1.9 1.6 5.7 40% .290 .291 1.33 4.74 4.12 113 5.19 117.5
2012 CHN MLB 77 0 69.3 7 1 2 67 23 55 5 .260 99 8.7 3.0 0.6 7.1 40% .293 .257 1.30 3.53 3.25 106 4.68 106.8
2013 CHN MLB 74 0 52.7 1 6 0 46 18 37 7 .265 103 7.9 3.1 1.2 6.3 34% .258 .265 1.22 4.43 3.59 120 5.36 120.6
2014 ATL MLB 22 1 24.3 0 0 0 21 4 16 0 .260 93 7.8 1.5 0.0 5.9 42% .276 .200 1.03 2.28 2.22 109 4.94 113.2
2014 CHN MLB 44 0 33.3 0 2 1 24 16 26 3 .257 98 6.5 4.3 0.8 7.0 44% .219 .248 1.20 4.24 3.51 109 4.60 109.3
2015 CHN MLB 49 0 34.0 0 2 1 42 9 20 3 .266 96 11.1 2.4 0.8 5.3 45% .336 .303 1.50 3.93 5.29 119 6.01 124.7
2015 IOW AAA 9 0 11.0 2 0 3 8 4 13 0 .260 90 6.5 3.3 0.0 10.6 46% .308 .209 1.09 2.33 2.45 86 3.13 93.9
2016 PHI MLB 7 0 4.3 0 0 0 9 5 4 2 .276 88 18.7 10.4 4.2 8.3 33% .438 .475 3.23 10.80 18.69 124 6.22 126.5
2016 LEH AAA 29 13 79.7 3 5 0 88 19 49 11 .256 100 9.9 2.1 1.2 5.5 35% .288 .287 1.34 4.52 4.29 122 6.87 120.1

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
2010 834 0.5024 0.4832 0.7494 0.6587 0.3060 0.8080 0.6220 0.2506
2011 1085 0.5401 0.4922 0.7790 0.6229 0.3387 0.8329 0.6627 0.2210
2012 1155 0.4710 0.4762 0.7764 0.6176 0.3502 0.8065 0.7290 0.2236
2013 826 0.5472 0.4988 0.7791 0.6615 0.3021 0.7993 0.7257 0.2209
2014 908 0.4978 0.4714 0.8201 0.6571 0.2873 0.8754 0.6947 0.1799
2015 549 0.4936 0.4827 0.8264 0.7011 0.2698 0.8263 0.8267 0.1736
2016 116 0.4741 0.4483 0.6923 0.5818 0.3279 0.7813 0.5500 0.3077
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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
2014-02-28 2014-03-12 Camp 12 0 Right Arm Fatigue - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 PHI $1,500,000
2015 ATL $596,312
2014 CHN $1,775,000
2013 CHN $1,075,000
2012 CHN $512,500
2011 CHN $427,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$4,386,312
2011Current$1,500,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$5,886,312
6 yrTotal$5,886,312

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 122 dHendricks Sports1 year/$1.5M (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 11/12/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.5M in majors. Contract selected by Philadelphia 4/2/16. DFA by Philadelphia 4/20/16. Sent outright to Triple-A 4/22/16.
  • 1 year/$2.425M (2015). Re-signed by Atlanta 1/15/15 (avoided arbitration). Released by Atlanta 3/29/15 (due 45 days' pay, or $596,312). Signed by Chicago Cubs 4/8/15 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 5/5/15. DFA by Chicago Cubs 9/1/15. Sent outright to Triple-A 9/3/15.
  • 1 year/$1.775M (2014). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/31/14.
  • 1 year/$1.075M (2013). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2012). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/5/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4275M (2011). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 4/4/10.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2007 (14-427) (University of Texas).

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201516.124.220.112.117.811.690.4

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .257 .309 .389 .255
11 vs R (Multi) .267 .324 .442 .282
18 Split (Multi) -.010 -.016 -.052 -.028
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.020 -.022 -.058 -.023
30 vs L (2015) .273 .324 .364 .248
31 vs R (2015) .338 .368 .606 .356
38 Split (2015) -.065 -.044 -.242 -.108
39 LgAvg (2015) -.016 -.018 -.053 -.020

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 On the one hand, Russell's best role is LOOGY because righties paste him: He's allowed a .275/.337/.464 line to them in his career while striking out just 1.7 for every walk allowed. On the other hand, Russell's best role is longshoreman because only in one season, 2013, has he actually shut lefties down. We need a name for this type of pitcher. Lefty No Outs GuY?
2015 ". . . he needs to be spotted carefully or northpaws will eat him alive," we concluded about Russell last year. Oops. Included in the same three-player trade that netted Bonifacio, Russell left Chicago for Atlanta yet continued to confound with an odd season. Historically a lefty killer and righty thriller, the results were flipped in 2014. There's no reason to think the slider-heavy Russell is vulnerable to same-handed batters—ditto for his improved performance against righties—but it goes to show that funky things can happen to specialists in small samples. Even to those who look like Jesus.
2014 Dale Sveum summoned Russell from the 'pen a club-leading 74 times last summer, but the veteran lefty worked only 53 innings, highlighting his inexorable evolution from starter to reliever to LOOGY. Russell’s slideriffic assortment has long been more effective against same-side hitters, but last year the chasm grew immense. Lefties posted a .207 TAv against Russell, compared to .351 for righties—roughly the difference between Brendan Ryan and Migual Cabrera—and the organization certainly noticed. Russell has his uses, but he needs to be spotted carefully or northpaws will eat him alive.
2013 Russell has flirted with starting from time to time but has mostly stuck as a reliever, and was one of the few bright spots in the Cubs relief corps in 2012. A lefty but not a LOOGY, he pitches unconventionally, featuring a slider as his most common pitch. He also has more pitches to choose from than most relievers, with a two- and four-seam fastball, a cutter, a curve, and a changeup. Briefly a part of the College of Closers, he looks more like a middle- or long-relief guy in the future.
2012 Russell uses his blistering 88-mph fastball and nuclear 80-mph slider to incinerate any hope lefty batters might have. Or at least he's held them to a .265 on-base percentage in his career, though nine home runs in 207 PA adds excitement to even his appearances in a LOOGY role. As a starter, he's a catastrophe waiting to happen; right-handed hitters have little trouble picking up his pitches and driving them. With a bit more experience, and used in roles where he can succeed, he should hang around for a few years.
2011 Another legacy, Russell didn't exactly live up to papa Jeff's legacy for relief effectiveness in his rookie season. That said, his being here represented a modest surprise in the first place; he's more of an organizational arm, but a good showing in camp while others struggled or got hurt earned him an Opening Day slot as a third lefty, at least until June, when he'd pitched his way off the roster, only to be called back when Grabow's knee gave out. Russell's mastery of a fairly pedestrian fastball/slider mix leads to a lot of fly balls and more than a few homers. Better execution against lefties might earn him a situational role, but five of his 11 taters were surrendered to the same-handed.

BP Articles

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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessCloser Report: Week OneMatt Collins2016-04-05
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Adjuster: Relief PitchersWilson Karaman2016-03-08
Fifth Column: PECOTA Picks Philies to Win NL EastMichael Baumann2016-02-23
Players Prefer Presentation: Finding and Fixing Baseball's Worst PositionsMeg Rowley2016-02-18
The NRI Watch: National LeagueBryan Grosnick2016-02-10
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 1, 2015Daniel Rathman2015-09-01
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 28, 2015Daniel Rathman2015-08-28
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Extend the MetsCraig Goldstein2015-04-02
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Extend the MetsR.J. Anderson2015-04-02
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Spring ShufflingR.J. Anderson2015-04-01
This article requires BP Premium accessDaisy Cutter: Let's Talk About the Cubs BullpenSahadev Sharma2015-02-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Yankees Fancy DrewJeff Quinton2015-01-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Yankees Fancy DrewR.J. Anderson2015-01-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Heyward MovementJeff Moore2014-11-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Heyward MovementWilson Karaman2014-11-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Heyward MovementSam Miller2014-11-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Heyward MovementBen Carsley2014-11-18
This article requires BP Premium accessPitching Backward: Perfect Hindsight and Bullpen MismanagementJeff Long2014-11-07
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 19, 2014Chris Mosch2014-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: August 4, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-08-04
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Not Just A Pretty FaceR.J. Anderson2014-07-31
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Not Just A Pretty FaceEthan Purser2014-07-31
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Not Just A Pretty FaceMauricio Rubio2014-07-31
BP Unfiltered: The 2014 Trade Deadline Transaction Analysis Thread BP Staff2014-07-31
The Lineup Card: Nine Last-Minute TradesBaseball Prospectus2014-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: July 29, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-07-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: The MLB Trade Landscape, BuyersMike Gianella2014-07-21
This article requires BP Premium accessThe View from the Loge Level: From the Home of the BravesDaron Sutton2014-07-18
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Matt Adams Powers UpDaniel Rathman2014-07-08
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/21Nick Bacarella2014-04-21
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This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/21Morris Greenberg2014-04-21
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Aces of the NL CentralDaniel Rathman2014-04-01
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Relief PitchersBen Murphy2014-03-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Relief PitchersIan Lefkowitz2014-03-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Relief PitchersJared Weiss2014-03-07
The Week in Quotes: February 10-16Morris Greenberg2014-02-17
The Week in Quotes: February 10-16Nick Wheatley-Schaller2014-02-17
The Week in Quotes: February 10-16Nick Bacarella2014-02-17
The Week in Quotes: February 10-16Chris Mosch2014-02-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFive to Watch: The Save RushCraig Goldstein2013-09-20
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 3, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-03
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Old-School Thought, Old-School SuccessJohn Perrotto2013-06-27
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: Trade Deadline Closeup: Chicago CubsR.J. Anderson2013-06-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessBullpen Report: Buyers and SellersMike Gianella2013-06-13
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessBullpen Report: A Test of Wil'Mike Gianella2013-06-06
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessBullpen Report: Movin' on UpMike Gianella2013-05-30
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 25, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-25
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessBullpen Report: Introducing TiersMike Gianella2013-05-23
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessBullpen Report: Diamondbacks Settle on BellMike Gianella2013-05-16
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessBullpen Report: Boston BluesMike Gianella2013-05-09
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: National League, Week ThreeJosh Shepardson2013-04-15
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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

A Collaboration between BrooksBaseball.net and Baseball Prospectus - Pitch classifications provided by Pitch Info LLC


James Russell has thrown 5,721 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Slider (83mph), Fourseam Fastball (90mph) and Sinker (89mph), also mixing in a Curve (76mph) and Change (84mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (88mph).