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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 31)
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Birth Date4-1-1983
Height6' 5"
Weight220 lbs
Age31 years, 5 months, 17 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.52010
1.62011
0.72012
0.02013
-0.12014
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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
2009 MIL 26 7 0 7.7 0.0 7.7 0 0 1 0 0 0 34 5 3 3 0 6 6 5 0 9 3.52 3.06 4.16 1.0 0.1
2010 MIL 27 50 0 58.0 0.0 58.0 8 2 24 3 0 0 238 42 17 16 1 60 27 24 1 76 2.48 2.16 2.37 14.4 1.5
2011 MIL 28 74 0 73.7 0.0 73.7 2 2 46 2 0 0 305 59 19 16 4 78 25 24 0 86 1.95 2.38 2.96 14.7 1.6
2012 MIL 29 75 0 69.3 0.0 69.3 5 8 35 10 0 0 310 61 42 36 10 103 39 37 2 93 4.67 4.10 3.91 7.3 0.7
2013 MIL 30 62 0 54.7 0.0 54.7 6 7 0 7 0 0 245 62 29 27 10 100 23 20 1 54 4.45 4.74 5.49 -2.4 -0.3
2013 SLN 30 13 0 10.3 0.0 10.3 1 0 0 1 0 0 44 11 3 2 0 13 3 3 1 11 1.74 2.05 2.14 2.7 0.3
2014 CLE 31 49 0 43.7 0.0 43.7 2 3 10 3 0 0 196 34 21 19 6 58 30 27 1 51 3.92 4.73 5.63 -3.2 -0.3
2014 PIT 31 10 0 8.7 0.0 8.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 7 2 2 0 9 4 4 0 10 2.08 2.17 2.04 2.1 0.2
Career3400326.00.0326.02422116260014072811361213142715714463903.343.423.8236.53.8

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2007 CSC A 13 5 26.7 6.83 48 .304 .252 .327 .372 .253 .321 94 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2007 STA A- 8 0 24.3 4.92 81 .193 .252 .336 .361 .261 .232 93 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2007 TAM A+ 5 0 11.3 6.70 54 .234 .250 .314 .353 .243 .190 101 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2007 SWB AAA 1 0 0.7 0.04 199 .470 .285 .355 .384 .273 .667 89 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2008 BRV A+ 26 14 95.0 5.53 74 .283 .250 .322 .366 .250 .310 97 -2.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2
2009 MIL MLB 7 0 7.7 4.16 112 .195 .260 .335 .428 .266 .263 104 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2009 BRV A+ 19 0 27.7 2.13 146 .180 .243 .308 .357 .242 .275 98 8.0 0.8 8.0 0.8
2009 HUN AA 4 0 7.7 4.53 82 .260 .256 .326 .425 .281 .316 90 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2009 NAS AAA 22 0 33.0 4.58 94 .242 .271 .334 .412 .274 .263 89 2.2 0.2 1.8 0.3
2010 MIL MLB 50 0 58.0 2.37 144 .219 .261 .329 .405 .269 .308 96 14.4 1.5 14.4 1.5
2010 NAS AAA 12 0 13.3 1.85 166 .223 .284 .351 .451 .269 .412 103 6.8 0.6 6.8 0.6
2011 MIL MLB 74 0 73.7 2.96 132 .215 .256 .320 .402 .263 .289 105 14.7 1.6 14.7 1.6
2012 MIL MLB 75 0 69.3 3.91 117 .262 .257 .322 .408 .263 .307 109 7.5 0.8 7.3 0.7
2013 MIL MLB 62 0 54.7 5.49 73 .278 .251 .316 .387 .257 .331 107 -2.4 -0.3 -2.4 -0.3
2013 SLN MLB 13 0 10.3 2.14 151 .225 .248 .298 .385 .244 .379 108 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2013 CAN int 2 0 1.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 CLE MLB 49 0 43.7 5.63 68 .271 .254 .315 .393 .258 .259 103 -3.2 -0.3 -3.2 -0.3
2014 PIT MLB 10 0 8.7 2.04 148 .237 .232 .294 .366 .248 .333 98 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2

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
2007 TAM A+ 0 0 2 5 0 11.3 6 7 15 2 30% .190 4.8 5.6 1.6 11.9 1.15 2.39 -1.3 -0.1
2007 SWB AAA 0 0 0 1 0 0.7 2 1 1 0 0% .667 25.7 12.9 0.0 12.9 4.29 12.86 0.6 0.1
2007 CSC A 0 3 0 13 5 26.7 29 22 21 2 50% .321 9.8 7.4 0.7 7.1 1.91 4.38 -0.8 -0.1
2007 STA A- 1 1 2 8 0 24.3 13 15 30 0 46% .232 4.8 5.6 0.0 11.1 1.15 2.22 -0.4 -0.0
2008 BRV A+ 5 10 0 26 14 95.0 86 73 89 5 47% .310 8.1 6.9 0.5 8.4 1.67 4.55 -2.1 -0.2
2009 BRV A+ 4 1 0 19 0 27.7 14 16 43 0 45% .275 4.5 5.2 0.0 14.0 1.08 1.62 8.0 0.8
2009 MIL MLB 0 0 1 7 0 7.7 5 6 9 0 32% .263 5.9 7.0 0.0 10.6 1.43 3.52 1.0 0.1
2009 HUN AA 0 0 1 4 0 7.7 7 3 9 1 20% .316 8.2 3.5 1.2 10.5 1.30 3.51 -0.1 -0.0
2009 NAS AAA 5 0 0 22 0 33.0 23 19 37 2 54% .263 6.3 5.2 0.5 10.1 1.27 3.55 1.8 0.3
2010 NAS AAA 3 2 2 12 0 13.3 14 5 19 0 53% .412 9.5 3.4 0.0 12.9 1.43 2.03 6.8 0.6
2010 MIL MLB 8 2 24 50 0 58.0 42 27 76 1 50% .308 6.5 4.2 0.2 11.8 1.19 2.48 14.4 1.5
2011 MIL MLB 2 2 46 74 0 73.7 59 25 86 4 50% .289 7.2 3.1 0.5 10.5 1.14 1.95 14.7 1.6
2012 MIL MLB 5 8 35 75 0 69.3 61 39 93 10 48% .307 7.9 5.1 1.3 12.1 1.44 4.67 7.3 0.7
2013 MIL MLB 6 7 0 62 0 54.7 62 23 54 10 46% .331 10.2 3.8 1.6 8.9 1.55 4.45 -2.4 -0.3
2013 SLN MLB 1 0 0 13 0 10.3 11 3 11 0 55% .379 9.6 2.6 0.0 9.6 1.35 1.74 2.7 0.3
2013 CAN int 0 0 0 2 0 1.7 2 0 2 0 0% .400 10.8 0.0 0.0 10.8 1.20 5.40 0.0 0.0
2014 CLE MLB 2 3 10 49 0 43.7 34 30 51 6 55% .259 7.0 6.2 1.2 10.5 1.47 3.92 -3.2 -0.3
2014 PIT MLB 0 0 0 10 0 8.7 7 4 10 0 57% .333 7.3 4.2 0.0 10.4 1.27 2.08 2.1 0.2

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
2009 134 0.4925 0.4179 0.7857 0.6364 0.2059 0.7857 0.7857 0.2143
2010 958 0.4676 0.4353 0.7218 0.5938 0.2961 0.8496 0.4967 0.2782
2011 1238 0.5129 0.4280 0.7732 0.5874 0.2587 0.8525 0.5833 0.2268
2012 1397 0.4653 0.4381 0.7696 0.6292 0.2718 0.8606 0.5862 0.2288
2013 1166 0.4691 0.4318 0.7654 0.6161 0.2682 0.8694 0.5542 0.2346
2014 976 0.4713 0.4027 0.7481 0.6130 0.2151 0.8227 0.5586 0.2519
Career58690.47810.42790.75850.60950.26140.85080.56460.2411

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-02-16 2011-03-04 Camp 16 0 General Medical Gastrointestinal Food Poisoning -
2003-04-15 2003-04-15 Coll 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery - Date Is Approximate - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CLE $4,500,000
2013 MIL $5,000,000
2012 MIL $525,000
2011 MIL $442,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$5,967,500
2011Current$4,500,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$10,467,500
4 yrTotal$10,467,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 170 dDan Horwits1 year/$4.5M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2014). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 12/16/13. Performance bonuses: $0.25M for 38 games finished. $0.3M each for 43, 48, 53, 58, 63 GF. Claimed by Pittsburgh off waivers from Cleveland 8/14/14.
  • 1 year/$5M (2013). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses. Acquired by St. Louis in trade from Milwaukee 8/30/13. Non-tendered by St. Louis 12/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.525M (2012). Renewed by Milwaukee 3/2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4255M (2011). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/1/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Milwaukee 2/23/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Milwaukee 9/7/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent (minor-league contract).
  • Signed by NY Yankees 2007 as an amateur free agent.
  • Drafted by Cincinnati 2005 (42-1,259) (Notre Dame). Did not sign.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .251 .347 .381 .261
11 vs R (Multi) .258 .321 .407 .248
18 Split (Multi) -.007 .026 -.027 .013
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .289 .382 .456 .281
31 vs R (2013) .282 .331 .430 .252
38 Split (2013) .008 .051 .027 .029
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-04-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)So, who do you have finishing the season with the most saves for the Cubs, Cards and Brewers? thanks
(Kevin from Boston)
For the Cubs, I would have to guess Kyuji Fujikawa. Carlos Marmol might get the job again, but he would probably be put in there to showcase him for a trade. Trevor Rosenthal isn't the closer now in St. Louis, but Mitchell Boggs has already struggled so if I'm going to guess, I'm going to guess the guy with the skills and the stuff. Milwaukee is a mystery to me. I thought John Axford would lose the job but had no idea it would happen so quickly. I would guess Jim Henderson, but he has some of the same control/command issues that Ax does/did. My sleeper in this pen is Brandon Kintzler, but I don't see Kintzler as having a path to the job at the moment. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Let's say you were a bird, and you had to fly to any baseball city and sit on top of any ballpark to watch John Axford in a 1980s exercise show with the Muppet Babies , would you rather buy Scooter "Ryan" Gennett in a keeper dynasty rotisserie auction fantasy league or read a prospect "Trevor" story about household pests?
(John Axford from Iowa)
And that pretty much sums it up. Sorry for driving this trainwreck. Hope you all had fun. I had fun! Logging off now, see you next time. (Sam Miller)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which major leaguer wins an episode of Chopped?
(Jake Mintz from Maryland)
Can John Axford cook? I feel like he can. Maybe it's just the mustache. I bet Pablo Sandoval can whip up a pretty decent spread too. (Ian Miller)
2011-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Howdy Jay ... thanks for chatting. Your choices for best mustaches currently in MLB are? More seriously ... at a certain point, prospects lose their optimal value if something isn't done with them. Is Montero's value "past prime"? Should Cashman have dealt any of his stable for "something", even if the (perceived) talent exchange was negative for the Yanks?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Hey Diana! John Axford has a pretty remarkable mustache. I haven't seen Dale Thayer lately and am not even sure he's on the Mets' 25-man roster, but he's got a fantastic mustache. I'm pretty sure Brendan Ryan's infield triple owes its entirety to the awesome power of the 'stache.

As for prospects, while I agree that they lose their optimal value at some point, I reject the notion that Montero's time has passed - he's 21 freakin' years old! I don't at all think there was any reason for Cashman to trade his blue chippers for "something" just to look busy. This isn't McDonalds, where if you've got time to lean, you've got time to clean. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think is the next guy to nab a closer job? I'm talking about unheralded guys like John Axford last year as opposed to the sexy setup guys from the preseason like Daniel Bard and Jake McGee.
(Aaron from YYZ)
I'll say Kevin Jepsen of the Angels. (John Perrotto)
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Ben What are the chances that Zach Braddock will be closing this year or next? Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
I guess that depends on the chances that John Axford won't be closing this year or next. Here's what we said on that subject in this year's annual:

"Relievers with walk rates that high tend to lose their grip on the closer reins as managers grow frustrated with their self-inflicted jams. While itís possible that Axford has developed a newfound ability to find the strike zone and will spend the next half-decade closing games at Miller Park, itís just as likely that Brewers fans will wake up one morning to discover that yesterdayís Rollie Fingers has morphed into todayís Derrick Turnbow."

I don't think Axford is about to enter Turnbow territory, but there are certainly unlikelier closer candidates than Braddock. His talents would be wasted in the bullpen, though: with a name like that, he really should've been a cowboy or a spaceship captain. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which closer loses his job first, regardless of cause (injury/ineffectiveness/etc): Axford, Simon, Street, Wagner
(Andy from Chicago)
Alfredo Simon. John Axford's mustache precludes him from long-term ineffectiveness, and also acts as a self-healing miracle worker. (Marc Normandin)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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John Axford has thrown 6,156 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph), also mixing in a Curve (79mph), Cutter (89mph) and Sinker (95mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (86mph).