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Portrait of Brandon Laird

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 26)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .247 8 24 30 0 .251 0.2
Birth Date9-11-1987
Height6' 1"
Weight215 lbs
Age27 years, 1 months, 14 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
0.12011
0.12012
-0.32013
0.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

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
2011 NYA 23 11 25 21 3 4 0 0 0 4 3 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 .190 .292 .190 .230 0.4 0.1 0.1
2012 HOU 24 17 37 35 2 9 1 0 1 13 2 8 0 0 0 4 0 0 .257 .297 .371 .262 0.8 0.0 0.1
2013 HOU 25 25 76 71 7 12 3 0 5 30 3 26 2 0 0 11 0 0 .169 .224 .423 .219 -3.0 -0.2 -0.3
Career531381271225406478382011600.197.255.370.233-1.8-0.0-0.2

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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 YAN Rk 45 178 .341 .252 .323 .380 .257 .363 103 14.8 5.0 -0.8 2.1 0.5 19.3 2.0 19.3 2.0
2008 CSC A 122 506 .309 .258 .328 .380 .264 .293 95 25.8 14.4 -6.1 1.4 -2.3 33.5 3.6 33.5 3.6
2009 TAM A+ 124 501 .262 .252 .322 .367 .252 .295 103 0.9 15.3 -1.3 0.4 -0.6 19.0 2.0 19.0 2.0
2010 TRN AA 107 454 .312 .264 .337 .405 .259 .318 96 25 13.1 1 6.8 -0.2 35.9 4.3 35.9 4.3
2010 SWB AAA 31 127 .176 .263 .331 .412 .255 .301 96 -13.6 4.4 0.4 -1.6 -1.1 -9.7 -1.1 -9.7 -1.1
2011 NYA MLB 11 25 .230 .252 .324 .382 .260 .235 106 -0.7 0.7 -0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.1
2011 SWB AAA 123 489 .259 .263 .330 .409 .257 .283 86 -0.9 15.2 0.2 -0.3 -1.1 13.7 1.3 13.7 1.3
2012 HOU MLB 17 37 .262 .252 .313 .407 .258 .308 98 0.1 1.0 -0.1 0.0 0.2 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2012 SWB AAA 130 550 .252 .259 .330 .393 .255 .289 100 -5.1 16.3 -2.9 -5.1 -3.2 3.8 -0.1 3.8 -0.1
2013 HOU MLB 25 76 .219 .258 .321 .402 .267 .175 99 -3 2.0 -0.9 -0.2 -0.6 -3.0 -0.3 -3.0 -0.3
2013 OKL AAA 119 513 .286 .265 .334 .400 .266 .305 96 14.5 14.7 -1.2 6.0 2.5 27.9 3.4 27.9 3.4
2014 SYR AAA 130 506 .292 .264 .333 .400 .256 .343 98 18.2 15.2 1.2 22.8 -1.5 35.0 5.8 35.0 5.8

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
2007 YAN Rk 178 27 57 14 1 8 29 6 26 0 0 .339 .367 .577 .238 .341 19.3 2.1 2.0
2008 CSC A 506 71 124 31 1 23 86 40 86 1 0 .273 .339 .498 .225 .309 33.5 1.4 3.6
2009 TAM A+ 501 53 120 20 4 13 75 39 75 1 1 .266 .333 .415 .149 .262 19.0 0.4 2.0
2010 TRN AA 454 73 119 22 2 23 90 38 84 2 2 .291 .357 .523 .232 .312 35.9 6.8 4.3
2010 SWB AAA 127 13 30 6 0 2 12 4 27 0 0 .246 .270 .344 .098 .176 -9.7 -1.6 -1.1
2011 NYA MLB 25 3 4 0 0 0 1 3 4 0 0 .190 .292 .190 .000 .230 0.4 0.1 0.1
2011 SWB AAA 489 51 120 27 0 16 69 17 84 0 0 .260 .288 .422 .162 .259 13.7 -0.3 1.3
2012 SWB AAA 550 54 128 31 2 15 77 34 103 1 0 .255 .307 .414 .159 .252 3.8 -5.1 -0.1
2012 HOU MLB 37 2 9 1 0 1 4 2 8 0 0 .257 .297 .371 .114 .262 0.8 0.0 0.1
2013 OKL AAA 513 75 130 33 0 16 79 29 87 1 0 .277 .324 .449 .172 .286 27.9 6.0 3.4
2013 HOU MLB 76 7 12 3 0 5 11 3 26 0 0 .169 .224 .423 .254 .219 -3.0 -0.2 -0.3
2014 SYR AAA 506 67 139 32 1 18 85 34 96 0 0 .300 .350 .490 .190 .292 35.0 22.8 5.8

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
2011 106 0.5094 0.4717 0.8000 0.5926 0.3462 0.9688 0.5000 0.2000
2012 138 0.4058 0.4928 0.7353 0.6429 0.3902 0.8333 0.6250 0.2647
2013 280 0.4607 0.5500 0.6883 0.7132 0.4106 0.7826 0.5484 0.3117
Career5240.45610.51910.72330.67030.39220.83360.55880.2767

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-07-13 2010-07-14 Minors 1 0 Left Ankle Contusion Foul Ball -
2010-04-01 2010-04-05 Camp 4 1 Right Elbow Soreness -
2008-05-07 2008-05-19 Minors 12 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 NYN $
2013 HOU $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$0
1 yrTotal$0

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 109 dCareer Sports1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Kansas City 11/26/13 (minor-league contract). Acquired by Washington in trade from Kansas City 3/15/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Houston (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Houston 4/18/13. Sent outright to Triple-A by Houston 10/2/13. Elected free agency 10/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4825M (2012). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/7/12. Claimed by Houston off waivers 9/1/12 after being DFA by NY Yankees 8/27/12. Sent outright to Triple-A by Houston 12/21/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by NY Yankees 11/19/10.
  • Drafted by NY Yankees 2007 (27-844) (Cypress College). $0.12M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 512 59 137 29 1 17 66 23 94 0 0 .287 .325 .462 .288 22.8 3B 1, 1B -1 2.5
80o 491 54 125 26 1 16 61 21 92 0 0 .273 .310 .439 .275 15.4 3B 0, 1B 0 1.7
70o 475 51 118 25 1 15 57 20 91 0 0 .263 .299 .422 .265 10.4 3B 0, 1B 0 1.1
60o 462 48 110 23 1 14 54 18 90 0 0 .254 .289 .408 .256 6.4 3B 0, 1B 0 0.7
50o 450 45 104 22 1 13 51 17 88 0 0 .246 .280 .395 .249 2.8 3B 0, 1B 0 0.3
40o 438 43 98 21 1 12 48 16 87 0 0 .237 .271 .382 .241 -0.6 3B 0, 1B 0 -0.1
30o 425 40 92 19 1 12 46 15 85 0 0 .229 .262 .367 .232 -4.0 3B 0, 1B 0 -0.4
20o 409 37 85 18 1 11 42 14 84 0 0 .219 .251 .351 .222 -7.8 3B 0, 1B 0 -0.9
10o 388 33 76 16 1 10 38 13 81 0 0 .205 .235 .328 .209 -12.5 3B 0, 1B 0 -1.4
Weighted Mean456461082311452188900.249.284.401.2524.43B 0, 1B 00.5

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 16% 8% 22% 39%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201527250285611072812530.241.282.381.2460.54.7-0.7-1.214.9-8.3-0.2
2016283724284170124316730.239.279.388.2490.65.3-1.0-1.914.9-6.8-0.2
201729619701372801972321280.238.284.388.2500.44.0-1.7-3.314.9-6.0-0.4
201830635721432902074301250.240.283.390.2500.43.9-1.8-3.614.9-5.7-0.4
201931640731432802074321230.241.285.387.2500.33.3-1.8-3.814.9-6.0-0.4
202032614681352501768301160.238.282.374.245-0.00.3-1.7-3.814.9-9.2-0.4
202133631701372601870321230.235.279.374.243-0.1-0.9-1.8-4.114.9-10.0-0.4
202234632681392601667321180.236.281.363.241-0.3-2.4-1.7-4.314.9-11.4-0.4
202335629691362601869311220.233.276.369.240-0.4-3.1-1.8-4.414.9-11.8-0.4

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
0.72.80.92.71.61.98.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 90 Brandon Snyder 2013 .200
2 89 Angel Chavez 2008 .000 DNP
3 89 Russell Mitchell 2011 .179
4 88 Brendan Harris 2007 .260
5 87 Jeff Baisley 2009 .000 DNP
6 87 Danny Valencia 2011 .243
7 86 Matt Macri 2008 .274
8 86 James D'Antona 2008 .186
9 85 Brian Barden 2007 .175
10 85 Rob Cosby 2007 .000 DNP
11 85 Adam Rosales 2009 .230
12 84 Brennan King 2007 .000 DNP
13 84 Mark Sobolewski 2013 .000 DNP
14 84 Eric Campbell 2012 .000 DNP
15 84 Javier Castillo 2010 .000 DNP
16 84 Christian Colonel 2008 .000 DNP
17 83 Jared Goedert 2011 .000 DNP
18 83 David Freese 2009 .300
19 83 Daniel Mayora 2012 .000 DNP
20 83 Josh Bell 2013 .000 DNP
21 82 Todd Frazier 2012 .291
22 82 Taylor Green 2013 .000 DNP
23 82 Greg Rohan 2012 .000 DNP
24 82 Marquez Smith 2011 .000 DNP
25 82 Chris Johnson 2011 .246
26 82 Shawn Bowman 2011 .000 DNP
27 81 Travis Metcalf 2009 .000 DNP
28 81 Kory Casto 2008 .218
29 81 Jonathan Mota 2013 .000 DNP
30 81 Travis Denker 2012 .000 DNP
31 81 Donnie Murphy 2009 .000 DNP
32 81 Chris Nowak 2009 .000 DNP
33 80 Anthony Hatch 2010 .000 DNP
34 80 Freddy Sandoval 2009 .146
35 80 Deibinson Romero 2013 .000 DNP
36 80 Ryan Rohlinger 2010 .187
37 80 Ryan Adams 2013 .000 DNP
38 80 Bradley Suttle 2012 .000 DNP
39 80 Scott Moore 2010 .217
40 80 Wes Bankston 2010 .000 DNP
41 80 Ryan Flaherty 2013 .247
42 80 Adam Heether 2008 .000 DNP
43 80 Alex Valdez 2011 .000 DNP
44 80 Matt Mangini 2012 .000 DNP
45 80 Kevin Mahoney 2013 .000 DNP
46 80 Danny Worth 2012 .231
47 80 Rebel Ridling 2012 .000 DNP
48 79 Casey McGehee 2009 .289
49 79 C.J. Retherford 2012 .000 DNP
50 79 Ronnie Prettyman 2008 .000 DNP
51 79 Andy Marte 2010 .249
52 79 Andrew Pinckney 2008 .000 DNP
53 79 Delwyn Young 2008 .239
54 79 Seth Johnston 2009 .000 DNP
55 79 Michael Aubrey 2008 .219
56 79 Matt McBride 2011 .000 DNP
57 79 Bryan Pounds 2012 .000 DNP
58 79 Chris Nelson 2012 .264
59 79 Jesus Guzman 2010 .000 DNP
60 79 Kyle Shelton 2012 .000 DNP
61 79 Joel Guzman 2011 .000 DNP
62 79 Cole Garner 2011 .184
63 79 Xavier Paul 2011 .245
64 78 Steffan Wilson 2012 .000 DNP
65 78 Jordy Mercer 2013 .274
66 78 Beau Mills 2013 .000 DNP
67 78 Simon Klink 2008 .000 DNP
68 78 Chris Swauger 2013 .000 DNP
69 78 Matt Downs 2010 .254
70 78 Erik Lis 2010 .000 DNP
71 78 Derrick Mitchell 2013 .000 DNP
72 78 Donell Linares 2010 .000 DNP
73 78 Steve Susdorf 2012 .000 DNP
74 78 Sean Halton 2013 .233
75 78 Josh Kroeger 2009 .000 DNP
76 78 Jake Blackwood 2012 .000 DNP
77 78 Scott Cousins 2011 .183
78 78 Ryan Finan 2008 .000 DNP
79 78 Henry Wrigley 2013 .000 DNP
80 78 Brandon Wood 2011 .226
81 78 Bradley Boyer 2010 .000 DNP
82 78 Ryan Mount 2013 .000 DNP
83 78 Wes Hodges 2011 .000 DNP
84 78 Tyler Henley 2011 .000 DNP
85 78 Zack Cozart 2012 .248
86 78 Kyle Reynolds 2010 .000 DNP
87 78 Audy Ciriaco 2013 .000 DNP
88 78 Gabe Jacobo 2013 .000 DNP
89 78 Rodney Choy Foo 2008 .000 DNP
90 78 Ricardo Sosa 2010 .000 DNP
91 77 Tony Thomas 2013 .000 DNP
92 77 Danny Richar 2009 .215
93 77 Val Majewski 2007 .000 DNP
94 77 Justin Huber 2009 .203
95 77 Angel Salome 2012 .000 DNP
96 77 Peter Ciofrone 2010 .000 DNP
97 77 Gabriel Martinez 2009 .000 DNP
98 77 Alex Presley 2012 .246
99 77 Brett Pill 2011 .315
100 77 Jason Van Kooten 2011 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .194 .260 .373 .231
11 vs R (Multi) .178 .219 .431 .228
18 Split (Multi) -.016 -.042 .058 -.003
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .184 .262 .421 .231
31 vs R (2013) .152 .176 .424 .213
38 Split (2013) -.033 -.085 .003 -.018
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 For all the gains the organization has made in improving the talent base, there are still signs—such as Brandon Laird making the 40-man roster—that the lean years aren't quite past.
2012 Laird remains a hitter with good power who lacks the selectivity to force pitchers to give him something juicy to hit. One of baseball's great unanswered questions is if terminal impatience is a matter of skill, vision, or simple hubris. Is the strike zone something that can be taught, or does something in a ballplayer's genetic makeup foretell his having the persnickety forbearance of Ted Williams or the swing-at-anything generosity of Shawon Dunston? Does every Laird who refuses to take ball four do so because he really thinks he can hit the pitcher's pitch, or is he helpless to do otherwise? Whatever the answer, until Laird finds a way to make better than a .288 OBP at Triple-A he's doomed to wander the earth, a four-corner pariah whose ability to swat the occasional long ball won't ameliorate his inability to reach base.
2011 Funny thing, genetics. Two brothers, Gerald and Brandon, products of the same parents and raised in the same environment. Both play baseball, but only one got the power gene. Gerald hit 10 home runs in his first 500 major-league at-bats. Brandon should easily double that in his. Conversely, Gerald easily trumps his younger bro in terms of walks, which is a problem because the elder Laird isn’t particularly selective. Brandon makes relatively good contact for a power hitter, but as he rose through the minors in 2010 he completely abandoned even the illusion of selectivity, and remained impatient throughout the Triple-A playoffs and the Arizona Fall League. Blocked at the infield corners and no defensive whiz, Laird took outfield AFL reps in an effort to become a viable four-corner sub. It’s a good idea, but Laird will have to rediscover the strike zone to be valuable in that role or any other.
2009 Laird led the Yankees' system in home runs; given that the total was 23, that fact is actually less exciting than it first appears. Originally a third baseman, the 2007 27th-rounder has the hands to play the hot corner but not the athleticism. A grossly simplistic psychological reading would suggest he might know and worry about it: as a third baseman he batted .171/.227/.287, but as a first baseman, he hit .310/.375/.579. That's a good sign for Laird, because though the Yankees are enamored of his personality, he's really going to have to slug.

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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessInterleague Report: Week NineJeff Quinton2014-05-27
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This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Heroes and VillainsJay Jaffe2011-07-11
Transaction Analysis: Junior Circuit JumbleChristina Kahrl2011-03-18
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Yankees really need a 3B from elsewhere?
(Alex from Anaheim)
The Yanks will have to overpay to replace A-Rod, and I think other teams know it. Plus, beyond Headley, there's not much 3B talent available, and the asking price for Headley is reportedly too steep, even for the Yanks. New York has enough firepower elsewhere to hold the line with Eric Chavez and Jayson Nix, or they could give Brandon Laird another look if either one falters. Chavez is having a fine year (he's been my AL-only Value Pick for the last few weeks, just as a fill-in) and Nix has flashed the bat now and again (like he did last night against the M's). I would stand pat unless something fantastic comes along. (Michael Street)
2010-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)I'm still not sure what to make of Brandon Laird. I know the scouts say "*meh*" but he seems to be one of the top performers in AA, and not old for the league. Help me out!.......
(marjinwalker from DC)
Well, I don't know if 'meh' is really fair. He looks like a big leaguer, just with a ceiling of more of a second division starter type. (Kevin Goldstein)


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