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Jordan Walden PBraves

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 26)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 3.37 1.26 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date11-16-1987
Height6' 5"
Weight250 lbs
Age26 years, 11 months, 5 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.52010
1.02011
0.62012
1.12013
0.42014
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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
2010 ANA 22 16 0 15.3 0.0 15.3 0 1 1 0 0 0 65 13 4 4 1 21 7 7 0 23 2.35 2.26 1.77 5.0 0.5
2011 ANA 23 62 0 60.3 0.0 60.3 5 5 32 10 0 0 253 49 22 20 3 74 26 23 1 67 2.98 2.83 3.14 9.6 1.0
2012 ANA 24 45 0 39.0 0.0 39.0 3 2 1 1 0 0 172 35 15 15 3 56 18 17 0 48 3.46 2.97 3.60 5.2 0.6
2013 ATL 25 50 0 47.0 0.0 47.0 4 3 1 2 0 0 193 39 19 18 4 60 14 10 1 54 3.45 2.79 2.51 9.8 1.1
2014 ATL 26 58 0 50.0 0.0 50.0 0 2 3 2 0 0 205 33 17 16 2 44 27 26 0 62 2.88 2.76 3.29 4.0 0.4
Career2310211.70.0211.71213381500888169777313255928322543.102.793.0233.73.6

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
2007 ORM Rk 15 15 64.3 4.96 100 .202 .280 .358 .422 .274 .270 101 12.4 1.2 12.4 1.2
2008 CDR A 18 18 107.3 4.92 85 .211 .257 .326 .380 .265 .259 99 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2008 RCU A+ 9 9 49.0 5.04 91 .244 .276 .345 .407 .275 .284 97 6.0 0.6 6.0 0.6
2009 ARK AA 13 13 60.0 3.83 118 .283 .271 .346 .410 .255 .376 103 13.6 1.4 13.6 1.4
2010 ANA MLB 16 0 15.3 1.77 160 .238 .259 .327 .403 .259 .353 99 5.0 0.5 5.0 0.5
2010 ARK AA 38 0 43.0 4.91 79 .271 .265 .338 .400 .261 .339 92 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2010 SLC AAA 6 0 6.7 3.76 127 .246 .273 .348 .400 .260 .333 99 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2011 ANA MLB 62 0 60.3 3.14 127 .241 .255 .317 .405 .260 .295 96 9.6 1.0 9.6 1.0
2012 ANA MLB 45 0 39.0 3.60 115 .260 .252 .316 .407 .260 .311 95 5.2 0.6 5.2 0.6
2012 SLC AAA 3 0 2.7 2.94 140 .284 .271 .322 .437 .267 .375 93 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2013 ATL MLB 50 0 47.0 2.51 139 .221 .260 .321 .405 .262 .292 101 9.8 1.1 9.8 1.1
2013 GWN AAA 1 0 1.0 1.67 161 -.001 .288 .330 .400 .257 .000 98 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2014 ATL MLB 58 0 50.0 3.29 113 .216 .254 .322 .401 .271 .272 95 4.0 0.4 4.0 0.4
2014 GWN AAA 2 2 1.7 11.26 -20 .258 .270 .343 .387 .252 .000 108 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0

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 ORM Rk 1 1 0 15 15 64.3 49 17 63 3 57% .270 6.9 2.4 0.4 8.8 1.03 3.08 12.4 1.2
2008 CDR A 4 6 0 18 18 107.3 80 32 91 3 64% .259 6.7 2.7 0.3 7.6 1.04 2.18 -0.2 -0.0
2008 RCU A+ 5 2 0 9 9 49.0 42 24 50 4 53% .284 7.7 4.4 0.7 9.2 1.35 4.04 6.0 0.6
2009 ARK AA 1 5 0 13 13 60.0 72 29 57 4 45% .376 10.8 4.3 0.6 8.6 1.68 5.25 13.6 1.4
2010 ANA MLB 0 1 1 16 0 15.3 13 7 23 1 63% .353 7.6 4.1 0.6 13.5 1.30 2.35 5.0 0.5
2010 ARK AA 1 1 8 38 0 43.0 44 22 38 2 56% .339 9.2 4.6 0.4 8.0 1.53 3.35 -1.2 -0.1
2010 SLC AAA 0 0 0 6 0 6.7 8 2 3 0 38% .333 10.7 2.7 0.0 4.0 1.49 4.03 1.5 0.1
2011 ANA MLB 5 5 32 62 0 60.3 49 26 67 3 47% .295 7.3 3.9 0.4 10.0 1.24 2.98 9.6 1.0
2012 SLC AAA 0 1 0 3 0 2.7 3 0 3 0 38% .375 10.1 0.0 0.0 10.1 1.12 6.75 0.8 0.1
2012 ANA MLB 3 2 1 45 0 39.0 35 18 48 3 40% .311 8.1 4.2 0.7 11.1 1.36 3.46 5.2 0.6
2013 GWN AAA 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 0 0 1 0 50% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0.00 0.00 0.3 0.0
2013 ATL MLB 4 3 1 50 0 47.0 39 14 54 4 33% .292 7.5 2.7 0.8 10.3 1.13 3.45 9.8 1.1
2014 ATL MLB 0 2 3 58 0 50.0 33 27 62 2 45% .272 5.9 4.9 0.4 11.2 1.20 2.88 4.0 0.4
2014 GWN AAA 0 1 0 2 2 1.7 1 1 5 1 0% .000 5.4 5.4 5.4 27.0 1.20 10.80 -0.3 -0.0

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 274 0.4526 0.4270 0.7009 0.5645 0.3133 0.8000 0.5532 0.2991
2011 1075 0.4781 0.4595 0.7181 0.6362 0.2959 0.8226 0.5120 0.2819
2012 726 0.5124 0.4634 0.7202 0.6505 0.2655 0.8099 0.4894 0.2798
2013 765 0.4641 0.5098 0.7069 0.6873 0.3537 0.8279 0.5034 0.2931
2014 863 0.4473 0.4716 0.6929 0.6503 0.3270 0.8127 0.5000 0.3071
Career37030.47290.47110.70910.64750.31040.81720.5060.2909

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-05 2014-06-10 15-DL 36 32 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2014-03-16 2014-03-26 Camp 10 0 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-08-22 2013-09-12 DTD 21 19 - Groin Strain - -
2013-08-11 2013-08-17 DTD 6 5 Right Hand Contusion Batted Ball - -
2013-05-12 2013-05-29 15-DL 17 15 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2013-02-24 2013-03-20 Camp 24 0 - Low Back Cartilage Injury Bulging Disc - -
2012-07-09 2012-08-19 15-DL 41 35 Right Upper Arm Strain Biceps - -
2012-06-27 2012-06-29 DTD 2 2 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2009-07-14 2009-09-08 Minors 56 0 Right Forearm Strain -
2009-04-21 2009-05-19 Minors 28 0 Right Elbow Inflammation -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 ATL $1,490,000
2013 ATL $541,500
2012 ANA $495,000
2011 ANA $414,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,450,500
2011Current$1,490,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$2,940,500
4 yrTotal$2,940,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 43 dDon Mitchell1 year/$1.49M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.49M (2014). Re-signed by Atlanta 12/12/13 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $10,000 for 30 games finished.
  • 1 year/$0.5415M (2013). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/27/13.
  • 1 year/$0.495M (2012). Renewed by LA Angels 3/3/12. Acquired by Atlanta 11/30/12 in trade from LA Angels for Tommy Hanson.
  • 1 year/$0.414M (2011). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/1/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased 8/22/10.
  • Drafted 2006 (12-372) (Grayson County CC, Texas) (draft and follow). Signed 5/07, $1M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 0 0 0 84.9 60 27 92 6 .277 1.02 2.39 2.6 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 78.4 60 27 85 6 .292 1.10 2.77 3.02 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 73.8 60 26 80 6 .304 1.16 3.05 3.32 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 70.0 59 26 76 6 .313 1.22 3.30 3.58 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 66.5 58 26 72 6 .323 1.27 3.53 3.83 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 0 0 0 63.1 58 26 68 6 .332 1.32 3.76 4.09 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 0 0 0 59.5 57 25 64 6 .341 1.38 4.01 4.36 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 55.4 55 25 60 6 .353 1.45 4.31 4.69 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 0 0 0 49.8 53 24 54 5 .368 1.54 4.74 5.15 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0000065.95725716.3201.253.493.80.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
33% 50% 13% 17% 75%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20152731160064532471548.3101.203.163.437.53.410.00.71.1
20162821145048391952448.3021.223.253.547.43.69.80.80.8
20172921144046392150548.3091.293.764.097.64.19.71.00.5
20183021146049412052548.3061.253.493.797.63.79.60.90.7
20193131149052451956548.3151.223.443.747.73.39.60.90.7
20203221147050431853448.3171.233.393.687.83.39.60.70.7
20213321143046411749448.3181.263.443.748.03.39.60.80.7
20223421141043381645448.3201.263.523.828.03.39.40.80.6
20233521139041371443448.3211.233.413.708.13.09.40.90.6

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
18.510.311.36.57.18.953.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Boone Logan 2011 4.32
2 87 Bill Bray 2009 0.00 DNP
3 86 Ryan Rowland-Smith 2009 4.02
4 84 Hong-Chih Kuo 2008 2.36
5 83 Brian Bruney 2008 1.83
6 83 Alex Hinshaw 2009 12.00
7 83 David Aardsma 2008 5.92
8 83 Aaron Crow 2013 3.56
9 83 Clay Zavada 2010 0.00 DNP
10 82 Mark Lowe 2009 4.39
11 82 Jose Mijares 2011 5.69
12 82 Jensen Lewis 2010 2.97
13 82 Taylor Tankersley 2009 0.00 DNP
14 81 Denny Bautista 2009 5.27
15 81 Edward Mujica 2010 3.75
16 81 J.P. Howell 2009 2.97
17 81 Kris Medlen 2012 1.70
18 80 Wesley Wright 2011 1.50
19 80 Carlos Villanueva 2010 4.61
20 79 Manny Delcarmen 2008 3.39
21 79 Louis Coleman 2012 4.06
22 78 Logan Kensing 2009 8.92
23 78 Sean Doolittle 2013 3.13
24 78 Jesse Chavez 2010 6.32
25 78 Jonathan Sanchez 2009 4.52
26 78 Renyel Pinto 2009 3.67
27 78 Josh Lindblom 2013 5.46
28 78 Carlos Marmol 2009 3.53
29 78 Jose Arredondo 2010 0.00 DNP
30 78 Tanner Scheppers 2013 2.47
31 77 Shawn Kelley 2010 3.96
32 77 Mike Schooler 1989 3.16
33 77 David Robertson 2011 1.22
34 77 Tyler Clippard 2011 1.83
35 77 Gio Gonzalez 2012 3.12
36 77 Scott Elbert 2012 2.20
37 77 Ryan Wagner 2009 0.00 DNP
38 77 Tom Niedenfuer 1986 3.94
39 77 Tony Sipp 2010 4.29
40 77 Chris Ray 2008 0.00 DNP
41 77 Ryan Madson 2007 3.05
42 77 Joba Chamberlain 2012 4.79
43 76 Jordan Norberto 2013 0.00 DNP
44 76 Chris Resop 2009 0.00 DNP
45 76 Steve Bedrosian 1984 2.47
46 76 Francisco Liriano 2010 3.62
47 76 Sam Demel 2012 9.00
48 76 Edinson Volquez 2010 4.31
49 76 Kevin Jepsen 2011 7.62
50 76 Ron Davis 1982 4.58
51 76 Joe Smith 2010 4.05
52 75 Mike Stanton 1993 6.06
53 75 Dan Plesac 1988 2.41
54 75 Jake McGee 2013 4.02
55 75 Wil Ledezma 2007 6.37
56 75 Ryan Perry 2013 0.00 DNP
57 75 Chris Britton 2009 0.00 DNP
58 75 Jose Valverde 2004 5.16
59 75 Terry Forster 1978 2.62
60 75 Mark Wohlers 1996 3.49
61 75 Craig Hansen 2010 0.00 DNP
62 75 Jordan Zimmermann 2012 3.17
63 75 Jim Poole 1992 8.10
64 75 Juan Rincon 2005 3.04
65 75 Bryan Harvey 1989 3.44
66 75 Don Carman 1986 3.35
67 75 Cecilio Guante 1986 3.69
68 75 Scott Strickland 2002 3.80
69 75 Brandon Morrow 2011 5.17
70 75 Al Hrabosky 1976 4.15
71 75 Ted Davidson 1966 4.43
72 75 Rich Thompson 2011 3.00
73 75 Edgmer Escalona 2013 6.26
74 74 Dave Smith 1981 3.12
75 74 Marc Rzepczynski 2012 4.24
76 74 Chad Gaudin 2009 5.19
77 74 Ugueth Urbina 2000 4.05
78 74 Jerry Blevins 2010 3.70
79 74 Mark Eichhorn 1987 3.31
80 74 Rich Gossage 1978 2.75
81 74 Sean Gallagher 2012 0.00 DNP
82 74 Chad Cordero 2008 2.08
83 74 Henry Rodriguez 2013 4.91
84 74 Paul Assenmacher 1987 6.75
85 74 Bob Howry 2000 3.30
86 74 Andrew Miller 2011 5.95
87 74 Luke Hochevar 2010 5.33
88 74 Warner Madrigal 2010 0.00 DNP
89 74 Gene Walter 1987 4.58
90 74 Bill Campbell 1975 4.31 DNP
91 74 Sparky Lyle 1971 2.75
92 74 Luke Gregerson 2010 3.45
93 74 Antonio Osuna 1999 9.64
94 74 Scott Williamson 2002 3.41
95 74 Danny Darwin 1982 3.94
96 74 Antonio Bastardo 2012 4.50
97 74 Blake Wood 2012 0.00 DNP
98 74 Randor Bierd 2010 0.00 DNP
99 74 Ricky Bottalico 1996 3.19
100 74 Homer Bailey 2012 4.20

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .193 .265 .314 .213
11 vs R (Multi) .252 .320 .376 .255
18 Split (Multi) -.058 -.055 -.062 -.041
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .190 .244 .298 .189
31 vs R (2013) .247 .314 .376 .242
38 Split (2013) -.057 -.069 -.079 -.053
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .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 That Walden lost his ninth-inning job with the Angels wasn't a shock; half the league’s closers lose theirs most seasons. But he lost it early, after just one blown save and four total innings. The quick hook came after a Brandon Allen walk-off home run in Tampa Bay April 26, but there’s a backstory: As a rookie closer in 2011, despite a good ERA and excellent peripherals, Walden blew the most saves in the AL. He hits 98 mph and stares down batters, but between the blown saves, short record of success, secondary pitches he can’t control, and a tendency toward walks and wild pitches, he’s not a quiet ninth. As a result, the Braves will try him in the seventh.
2012 Just as closers are overvalued for the saves they accumulate in good times, they are too harshly abused for the saves they blow. Walden's overall performance was good, but his 10 blown saves were the most in baseball, and his final opportunity—in which his own throwing error cost the Angels a three-run lead—all but ended the Angels' wild card pursuit. That error, and those blown saves, aren't the final word on his ability to pitch ninth innings. He threw the fastest average heater in the American League. To compliment an inconsistent slider, he has recovered the changeup he threw as a minor league starter. He threw that change just 31 times this year but got whiffs on a quarter of them. Overall, he struck out 27 percent of batters; with runners on, that number went up to 33 percent, and with a runner on third he struck out 40 percent, so he's got an extra gear. There's dominance in that arm.
2011 Most late-inning relievers are made, not born. Walden is no exception, having initially put himself on the prospect map in the rotation, where he had trouble both repeating his delivery and staying healthy enough to try. As Henry David Thoreau presciently advised in his mid-19th-century scouting report, Walden, the strapping youngster needed merely to “simplify, simplify,” and the Angels eventually came to agree. In the wake of a 2009 campaign riddled with elbow and forearm problems, Walden made the conversion to relief, and experienced middling success in the minors before being promoted to Anaheim’s struggling bullpen in late August. Once there, he quickly earned Mike Scioscia’s trust, and with the aid of a fastball that averaged near 99 mph, briefly laid claim to the title of baseball’s hardest thrower before Aroldis Chapman hit the scene. His role change may have lowered his ceiling, but his 15-inning audition went well enough to generate some serious closer buzz heading into 2011.
2010 Walden entered the year as the Angels' top pitching prospect, ahead of the late Nick Adenhart in the eyes of many. When healthy, his fastball sits at 93-95 mph and can touch 98 while featuring excellent sink, making him both a strikeout pitcher and a ground-ball machine, although his secondary stuff is a work in progress. In 2009, his velocity was off and his ground-ball percentage dropped, as forearm troubles shelved him in May and ended his season in mid-July. Nonetheless, he did put together one tantalizing stretch in June: five starts with a 2.05 ERA and a 33/8 K/BB ratio in 30 2/3 IP. Assuming no further arm troubles, he'll likely return to Arkansas to begin working his way back.
2009 In the spring of 2006, Walden was the best high school prospect in the game thanks to an upper-90s fastball, but his velocity disappeared during his senior year and he plummeted to the 12th round. The Angels followed him for a year at junior college, where he rebounded sufficiently to earn a $1 million bonus. With Adenhart's struggles, Walden has passed him as the top pitching prospect in the system thanks to an outstanding fastball that is notable for both its plus velocity and incredible sink. He's still rough around the edges in terms of secondary stuff and command, but all the ingredients are there for him to become a number-two starter in a few years.
2008 Going into 2006, Walden was the best high school pitcher in the country, a big Texan right-hander with a fastball in the upper 90s. A case of draftitis and some messy mechanics dropped that pitch into the low 90s, but didn't drop his bonus demands, so nobody drafted him until the Angels took him in the 12th round, subsequently treating him like a draft-and-follow, happily handing him a cool million when the velocity returned during a year at a junior college. Walden was touching 98 mph during his pro debut and could end up as yet another one of scouting director Eddie Bane's late-round gambles that pays off huge.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Jordan Walden regain the closer role with Scott Downs (and Hawkins) getting injured? Did Scioscia overreact in removing him the role to begin with?
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
Walden will probably regain the job at some point, if only by default. I enjoyed Sam Miller's piece on Walden's removal. Keep in mind, the Angels liked Walden enough to throw him in the role to begin with. Maybe a few rotten outings changed their mind, but I think it was designed to be a temporary fix and a sign that no job is safe. That's sort of silly, of course, because they aren't going to bench Pujols or Aybar, but baseball teams do weird things for the sake of shaking things up all the time. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)As an owner of Jordan Walden, should I be looking to pick up Ernesto Frieri? How do you see the LAA closer situation shaking out moving forward?
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
I wouldn't. For one thing, Downs has a hold on the job at the moment. For another, I really think Walden is just getting a few days to collect himself, or something. If I had to bet, with I swear no useful information that could possibly help you, I would bet that Walden is saving games by May 15. (Sam Miller)
2012-02-23 11:00:00 (link to chat)Jordan Walden, over/under 30 saves? Should I handcuff him with Downs?
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
Goodness, predicting saves? I truly have no idea. If Shawn Chacon can notch 35 saves in a season, then I don't see why Walden can't. (Geoff Young)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am in a pseudo-dynasty format where we keep players for as long as we would like but there are salaries attached (and thus theoretically forcing some turnover in the player pool). I have an offer right now on the table of Adrian Gonzalez for Nelson Cruz, Jemile Weeks and Jordan Walden. My team is stacked at every position but 1B (thanks to Ryan Howard's decline/health issues). This trade would leave a hole at my MI position, but I feel confident I can pick up a low-end guy to fill in for Cruz and Weeks. Is this a fair deal? Salaries of Gonzo and the trio I would be sending over are essentially a wash.
(Travis from St Louis)
It sounds like you're looking to win it all this season, in which case it is perfectly reasonable to deal away a young, presumably cost effective guy like Weeks or Walden. It does sound like a steep price to pay, though (I'm assuming this is the usual 5x5 -- is it mixed or AL-only?), and it will definitely matter what kind of guys you think you can replace Cruz and Weeks with. I'd see if I could negotiate it down. (Derek Carty)
2011-07-13 12:30:00 (link to chat)Do you see the Angels trying to acquire Heath Bell? They seem unlikely to be able to acquire a decent 3B with power, so would their best bet to make (and advance in) the post-season be to ride Weaver and Haren and a shut-down bullpen?
(Dennis from LA)
That's not the worst idea, though the Angels have already committed quite a few bucks to their bullpen and Jordan Walden hasn't disappointed.

Yikes, Tyler Chatwood has a 4.7 BB/9, a 4.7 K/9, and a 3.62 ERA. I know he's a groundballer, but something's gotta give. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think the first closer to lose his job will be?
(mef from Brooklyn, NY)
There's still some jobs that aren't totally decided yet, and most guys who have to wait this long to claim the gig usually have a pretty short leash. Among those who we know will start the year at closer, I've got to go with Fernando Rodney of the Angels, who's just not that good and has a few guys behind him, even with Scott Downs' injury. I particularly like Jordan Walden there.

Honorable mention goes to Francisco Cordero, who's declining and can't possibly fend off Aroldis Chapman all year. (Mike Petriello)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Jordan Walden? Is it me or does it seem like he gets overlooked whenever people talk about the best pitching prospects in the game?
(albert2b from NYC)
I certainly really like him. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Im curious as to the reports on Jordan Walden and Tim Alderson? Aldeson was thrown into a brutal pitching environment in the CAL and looks to be holding his own.
(Ryan from Phoenix)
There's quite a contract there. Walden is way more stuff over pitchability, which has led to his inconsistency, while Alderson is way more pitchability over stuff, which is why he's holding his own at High-A, but not dominating. I'd prefer Walden, because I prefer to bet on the tools. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Neftali Feliz. Rough start so far at low A after a lot was expected. Future starting #1 ace? Future stud closer? Or are we still in the wait and see mode? How would you compare his upside to Jordan Walden?
(Mike from Raleigh NC)
As expected, he's very up and down. His last start was four innings and four runs, but at the same time, the first four innings were no-hit, and then he fell off a cliff. Still a stud. (Kevin Goldstein)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Jordan Walden has thrown 3,784 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (97mph) and Slider (84mph), also mixing in a Change (88mph).