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Will Middlebrooks 3BRed Sox

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Birth Date9-9-1988
Height6' 3"
Weight220 lbs
Age26 years, 0 months, 14 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2011
1.82012
0.82013
-1.12014
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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
2012 BOS 23 75 286 267 34 77 14 0 15 136 13 70 3 3 0 54 4 1 .288 .325 .509 .279 13.2 4.0 1.8
2013 BOS 24 94 374 348 41 79 18 0 17 148 20 98 2 3 1 49 3 1 .227 .271 .425 .240 8.1 -0.7 0.8
2014 BOS 25 63 234 215 14 41 10 0 2 57 15 70 4 0 0 19 1 1 .191 .256 .265 .188 -9.9 -1.1 -1.2
Career23289483089197420343414823896112283.237.284.411.23911.52.21.4

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
2008 LOW A- 59 226 .259 .250 .329 .363 .258 .382 95 -0.3 7.0 0.6 -4.5 0.9 8.8 0.4 8.8 0.4
2009 GRN A 103 427 .288 .256 .328 .371 .268 .377 97 13.1 12.8 0.8 -7.2 -0.0 25.9 1.9 25.9 1.9
2010 SLM A+ 114 481 .271 .259 .329 .387 .251 .358 105 5.8 14.0 1.2 12.4 1.1 18.9 3.2 18.9 3.2
2011 LOW A- 4 15 .495 .256 .331 .349 .258 .111 99 3.8 0.4 -0.3 0.0 0.5 4.5 0.5 4.5 0.5
2011 PME AA 96 397 .300 .261 .329 .401 .273 .363 95 17.3 11.7 0.5 -1.0 0.2 27.4 2.7 27.4 2.7
2011 PAW AAA 16 60 .166 .265 .333 .403 .258 .189 90 -6.7 1.9 0.1 -0.2 0.6 -4.5 -0.4 -4.5 -0.4
2012 BOS MLB 75 286 .279 .259 .321 .417 .265 .335 104 5.3 7.8 1 4.0 -0.2 13.2 1.8 13.2 1.8
2012 PAW AAA 24 100 .371 .262 .330 .394 .255 .333 98 12.5 3.0 0.4 -2.1 -1.6 14.7 1.2 14.7 1.2
2013 BOS MLB 94 374 .240 .261 .321 .422 .270 .263 101 -7.2 9.8 1.3 -0.7 1.5 8.1 0.8 8.1 0.8
2013 PAW AAA 45 196 .272 .260 .330 .388 .256 .288 102 2.6 5.6 0.2 3.6 -0.2 8.3 1.2 8.3 1.2
2014 BOS MLB 63 234 .188 .244 .306 .378 .256 .273 103 -15.8 6.1 0.8 -1.1 -0.2 -9.9 -1.2 -9.9 -1.2
2014 PAW AAA 29 112 .219 .262 .320 .394 .248 .282 95 -5.2 3.4 -0.7 0.1 0.8 -1.4 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1

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
2008 LOW A- 226 21 53 17 2 1 21 12 73 10 0 .254 .299 .368 .115 .259 8.8 -4.5 0.4
2009 GRN A 427 53 99 25 3 7 57 48 123 7 4 .265 .351 .404 .139 .288 25.9 -7.2 1.9
2010 SLM A+ 481 69 120 31 2 12 70 35 121 5 3 .276 .335 .439 .163 .271 18.9 12.4 3.2
2011 PAW AAA 60 4 9 0 0 2 8 3 18 3 1 .161 .200 .268 .107 .166 -4.5 -0.2 -0.4
2011 PME AA 397 54 112 25 1 18 80 21 95 6 0 .302 .345 .520 .218 .300 27.4 -1.0 2.7
2011 LOW A- 15 4 4 1 0 3 6 2 1 1 0 .333 .400 1.167 .833 .495 4.5 0.0 0.5
2012 PAW AAA 100 18 31 3 1 9 27 7 18 3 1 .333 .380 .677 .344 .371 14.7 -2.1 1.2
2012 BOS MLB 286 34 77 14 0 15 54 13 70 4 1 .288 .325 .509 .221 .279 13.2 4.0 1.8
2013 PAW AAA 196 25 48 5 0 10 35 16 38 1 0 .268 .327 .464 .196 .272 8.3 3.6 1.2
2013 BOS MLB 374 41 79 18 0 17 49 20 98 3 1 .227 .271 .425 .198 .240 8.1 -0.7 0.8
2014 PAW AAA 112 13 24 1 1 4 8 6 30 0 0 .231 .277 .375 .144 .219 -1.4 0.1 -0.1
2014 BOS MLB 234 14 41 10 0 2 19 15 70 1 1 .191 .256 .265 .074 .188 -9.9 -1.1 -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 1109 0.5077 0.4409 0.7607 0.6163 0.2601 0.8386 0.5704 0.2393
2013 1521 0.4984 0.4622 0.7454 0.6187 0.3067 0.8401 0.5556 0.2546
2014 927 0.4898 0.4132 0.7441 0.5639 0.2685 0.8438 0.5433 0.2559
Career35570.49910.44280.74980.60370.28220.84060.5570.2502

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-10 2014-09-11 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness -
2014-08-20 2014-08-21 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Tightness Hamstring -
2014-05-17 2014-08-01 15-DL 76 67 Right Fingers Recovery From Previous Injury Fracture - Index Finger HBP - -
2014-05-11 2014-05-13 DTD 2 1 Right Fingers Fracture Index Finger HBP - -
2014-05-05 2014-05-06 DTD 1 0 - Shoulder Soreness - -
2014-04-18 2014-04-18 On-Alr 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2014-04-05 2014-04-25 15-DL 20 19 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2014-03-17 2014-03-19 Camp 2 0 - Fingers Soreness Middle Finger - -
2014-03-14 2014-03-16 Camp 2 0 Right Fingers Hyperextension Middle Finger - -
2013-09-15 2013-09-18 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Illness - -
2013-05-24 2013-06-10 15-DL 17 16 - Low Back Spasms - -
2013-05-22 2013-05-22 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Spasms - -
2013-05-08 2013-05-09 DTD 1 1 Right Trunk Sprain Ribcage Sprain Player Collision - -
2013-02-28 2013-03-01 Camp 1 0 Right Wrist Soreness Check Swing - -
2012-08-11 2012-10-04 60-DL 54 48 Right Wrist Fracture Two Fractures From HBP - -
2012-07-02 2012-07-13 DTD 11 7 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring -
2012-05-07 2012-05-07 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2012-05-05 2012-05-06 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2011-10-22 2011-11-18 WIN 27 0 Left Thumb Sprain - -
2011-06-11 2011-06-30 Minors 19 0 Right Upper Arm Strain Triceps - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 BOS $540,500
2013 BOS $498,000
2012 BOS $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$498,000
2011Current$540,500
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,038,500
2 yrTotal$1,038,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 121 dSFX1 year/$0.5405M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5405M (2014). Re-signed by Boston 3/7/14.
  • 1 year/$0.498M (2013). Re-signed by Boston 3/2/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Boston 11/18/11. Re-signed by Boston 3/9/12.
  • Drafted by Boston 2007 (5-174) (Liberty Eylau, Texarkana, Texas). $0.925M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .281 .334 .484 .269
11 vs R (Multi) .227 .262 .432 .235
18 Split (Multi) -.054 -.072 -.052 -.034
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .273 .328 .455 .256
31 vs R (2013) .206 .244 .412 .224
38 Split (2013) -.067 -.084 -.043 -.032
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which of 'your guys' that you drafted in a bunch of leagues most destroy your season this year?
(Steven from New London)
Oh man, Brad Miller and Will Middlebrooks. I wasn't expecting superstardom from either, but Middlebrooks had shown plenty of power (when healthy) so far in his MLB career, so I figured on .250 and 25 HR from him. Meanwhile, I though Miller had a good balanced base of skills and would do .265-15-15 or something like that. Obviously I missed huge on both guys and that hurt me in quite a few leagues. (Cory Schwartz)
2014-08-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who makes up the Red Sox infield in 2015?
(Jim from Boston)
Pedroia! So that's one. I have a hard time imaging they'll move Napoli, so he'll probably be at first. Bogaerts will be at short or third. I'm guessing third, but that's one of the things the Red Sox hope to learn over the next two months. At short then, Deven Marrero? Things are easier if Bogaerts stays at short both because third is an easier position to fill and because the team has Will Middlebrooks, Brock Holt, Garin Cecchini, and probably someone I'm forgetting. (Matthew Kory)
2014-06-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)I'm roughly as real as Daniel Nava was, right?
(Brock from Boston)
Oh, Brock... /swoons. Brock Holt the jack of everything, master of nothing for the Red Sox is hitting .341/.381/.472. I'm buying Nava more than Holt though. Nava hits right handed pitching well. I still believe that even though he's gotten off to a rough start. Getting shipped back and forth to Triple-A hasn't helped while Holt, because he's an infielder (or, today, maybe an outfielder) who could fill in for Will Middlebrooks got regular playing time. Holt has some skills, versatility, some pitch recognition, and also versatility, but he's got no power at all. He's not a starter, but he's a heck of a fill-in. One of the only guys in Boston hitting right now. (Matthew Kory)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Will Middlebrooks - keeps the job all year or no? 615 career ABs, 32 doubles, 32 bombs.....am I crazy for thinking he's pretty wildly underrated? Seems like classic post-hype sleeper to me. Thanks as always for the input - have a great day!
(dtothew from Atlanta )
Sure, he can keep the job all year and he's likely to put up pretty good power numbers. I'd say 25 homers is possible here. (Bret Sayre)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Other than a few HRs, what is the difference between Will Middlebrooks and Pedro Alvarez/Mark Trumbo? Amazingly Middlebrooks has managed to only strikeout out 3 times in spring training...which is something.
(Matt from RI)
I think he has a little less power than those guys. That's not a knock on Middlebrooks; those guys just have massive power. Of course, he's a better defender too, so. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why is PECOTA so bullish about Will Middlebrooks? He struggled mightily last year.
(johnd311 from Tucson)
I'm actually sorta bullish about Middlebrooks myself. Thus far he's been up and down, both literally (between Boston and Pawtucket) and in terms of performance. Even so, he's hit 32 homers in essentially one full season's worth of plate appearances, so he's not far away from being a productive player. Pitchers took advantage of his aggressiveness early last season, which took away his opposite-field power. But he worked on his stance when he went to Triple-A, which made him more even and less prone to opening up and gives him a better chance of hitting line drives up the middle. He hit much better after he returned to the majors in August, and PECOTA projects that success to continue. The Red Sox still haven't brought back Drew, which suggests that they're pretty bullish about Middlebrooks too. (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Middlebrooks - call your shot. Also, eye of the tiger!!!
(dtothew from Atlanta)
He is what he is. Low OBP, good power. On years he hits .270 he'll be an above-average offensive player. On years he hits .230, he won't be. Expect fluctuations from year to year, which are never fun in Boston. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome Ben, Who do you think ends up at third this season for the ChiSox and how valuable will they be for fantasy play?
(John from CT)
Davidson. Value him as you would Will Middlebrooks. WMB is the better MLB player thanks to defense, but I wouldn't be shocked of their offensive lines look similar at year's end. (Ben Carsley)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Middlebrooks or Garin Cecchini as the Sox 3B of the future?
(Evan from Worcester, MA)
I would take Middlebrooks. (Jason Parks)
2013-10-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)OK, Matt. You've had time to reflect. You've admitted the call of obstruction in game three was correct. Now will you admit it's not that stupid of a rule?
(Dan Rozenson from Washington, DC)
It's not a stupid rule, and yes, as Dan is pointing out, I flipped (to put it nicely) when obstruction was called on Will Middlebrooks in Game 3. I should probably have shut up. Happens sometimes. I was wrong, the umpires called it correctly. That said, I still think it was unfair to Middlebrooks who was still, if not by the letter of the rule, in actuality in the act of fielding the ball. When you dive on the ground trying to field a ball and a split second later a guy trips over you, that's your fault? By the rule as written now, yes, it's your fault. I'm not so sure that's how it should be.

But that all said, that's how it is and the umpires got it right. (Matthew Kory)
2013-10-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)I have Bogaerts and Wong sitting on my minor league roster. What is the likelihood that I can depend on those guys as everyday middle infielders for next season? Do I need to sign a couple of placeholders to bridge the gap to 2015?
(AnthopoJays from TX)
It seems pretty likely that Xander Bogaerts is going to start next year. Stephen Drew isn't coming back, and even if Will Middlebrooks isn't finished, Bogaerts has a clear path to playing time. Kolten Wong is more of a mystery. David Freese could be non-tendered I suppose, but it seems more likely that he'll get a contract. That leaves Matt Carpenter at second base and leaves Wong out of a job. Sure, I suppose the club could try him at short, but I don't see that happening. These situations tend to have a way of resolving themselves, but there are no guarantees with Wong. If it's not too expensive, I'd grab one of those placeholders. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Will Middlebrooks as a Starter-caliber 3B?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
I do. Not a star, but solid. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sending this in early (the 29th) so this question may be dated but why don't the Red Sox call up Bogaerts to fix their hole at 3b? ...And why does your input window think "Sox" is misspelled?
(goiter6 from MN)
Not only does it remain relevant, but the Jose Iglesias trade (and Michael Young non-trade) makes it more timely than before.

I suppose the answer hinges on how the Red Sox feel about Will Middlebrooks and Xander Bogaerts. More to the point: Do they think Middlebrooks is the third baseman of the future, or at least the near future? And do they think moving Bogaerts to third base will impact his development at shortstop? There are other variables here, too—is Bogaerts' bat ready, for instance, and so on.

At any rate, it wouldn't surprise me to see Bogaerts at third base for Boston before the season ends. So I'm not sure it's a fait accompli that it won't happen. It just hasn't happened yet. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Are the halcyon days of Will Middlebrooks as the next great Red Sox 3B over for good? With Bogaerts and Cecchini behind him, is there any hope left for Mama Middle?
(captnamerca from dunedin, FL)
I would love to spread some positive words about Middlebrooks' future, but I'm not sure he will ever be a regular in Boston's lineup again. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why do I think the second I drop Will Middlebrooks, he'll figure it out and start mashing line drives over the Monster? Should I keep him around or not.
(Mark from Ky.)
Well because he's already mashing 'em. He has a 186 ISO. You need some 1B and 2B to get that horrendous .195 AVG up. It really depends on league format & who would be replacing him. (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)How legit is Arenado's power? If he keeps hitting this way is he a top 10 3B?
(kcasey1029 from Around)
I don't think he's much better than a 13-15 HR guy. If he keeps hitting this way he's a top 2 3B! :) He'll hit a rookie wall like every player does. Will Middlebrooks had a similar first 7 games. He came back down to earth (though was still very good) and now look how he's doing so far this year. And WMB has a decent bit more power. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey, Matthew. I watched the first few innings of Dickey's start against the Sox from the Rogers Centre pressbox, and caused a considerable commotion, repeatedly smashing my head against the wall. Could you articulate the emotions you felt during that eventful opening frame? I'd tell you how I felt, but the expletives might offend some readers.
(Jonah Birenbaum from Ottawa)
I was expecting a pitcher's duel between Dickey and Jon Lester. Lester showed up at least. No, I thought that Dickey just didn't look right and then he tried to sneak a fastball past Will Middlebrooks with two on and two in and that didn't work. Still, I think it's just two bad starts and the chances are good Dickey figures this out and starts pitching more to what was expected of him.

And now I realize that I didn't answer your question. Elation is what I felt. It's wonderful to see the Red Sox play good baseball after the last few seasons, Joel Hanrahan's performance last night notwithstanding. Is that one word? Three words? Two and a half? The cold is numbing my brain. I need to go inside. (Matthew Kory)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)In a 16 team 6x6 keeper league (5x5 with OPS for hitters, BB for pitchers), I can keep three players. Already sold on keeping 2 stud pitchers for really cheap 1 year deals, but want to balance that out with bats for longer contracts. The other options for my third and final keeper are Wil Myers at $1 for 2 years (2013 and 2014) and Will Middlebrooks at $1 for 2 years. Am I crazy to lean towards Myers even though he's likely to miss at least April, and possibly all of May? I like Middlebrooks a lot, but his contact issues and plate discipline do worry me a little. What are your thoughts? Thanks
(cedis81 from the internets)
For me it's Myers, and this is even before the Middlebrooks injury tonight. I think Myers is going to be up sooner rather than later and even in 5/6th of a season can earn as much as Middlebrooks. Myers has a chance to be an impact player while I think Middlebrooks is going to be more of a complimentary - albeit solid - player. I'd take Myers here. (Mike Gianella)
2012-07-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Lots of beer and chicks here, but that aside, I have Daniel Murphy clogging up my 3B spot. Who's a sneaky pick to grab off the wire the rest of the way? I'm thinking Pacheco, Frazier or guys of that ilk.
(Frank from ASU party)
First, party in the middle of the day? Impressive. Second, sneaking away from it to talk fantasy baseball? Even more impressive.

Yeah, guys like that work. Chris Nelson has 3B eligibiity and could be a good pick in that vein. Kyle Seager has a nice blend of skills. Juan Francisco's power would be quite valuable if Chipper Jones ends up with a more-than-nagging injury. I'm hearing good things about this guy named Will Middlebrooks too. Oh, he doesn't count? Nevermind... (Derek Carty)
2012-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance Will Middlebrooks carves out a role this year? With their OF woes, would they consider moving him, Youk or Adrian to OF just to get another stick in the line-up?
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
Well, you can't just move Youk or Adrian to the OF, can you? Adrian is as slow as a Molina. Youkilis would get injured if you adjust the seat in his car. I don't know if they would move Middlebrooks, like I actually have no insight one way or the other, but note that Youkilis + back injury = totally unpredictable, so that's a maybe on Middlebrooks. (Sam Miller)
2011-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you see in Scott Sizemore? I’m weighing keeping him as one of my 15 MLB keepers in a 14 team H2H points league. This is not the most exciting keeper choice in the world but I don’t want to be stuck drafting the likes of Brandon Inge again or wasting an early pick on a below average player. 3B is such an ugly position to fill if you don’t have an elite player. Do you see him being materially better than his career line to date (.236/.325/.372, 13 HRs in 156 games)? If not, then he’s just a replacement-level player in my league as the top 3B available in this year’s draft were players like Betemit, Tejada, Encarnacion, Peralta, Freese, Polanco, etc.. Because of his youth, perhaps he’ll continue to improve? Where do you see his near-term ceiling while I wait for the likes of Will Middlebrooks and Cheslor Cuthbert to mature? FWIW, he's battling players like Sands, JD Martinez, Altuve, Brandon Allen and Guerra for that last keeper slot.
(ORWahoo from Oregon)
I like Sizemore, but only in deeper leagues. He just doesn't have enough power or speed to really be an asset in mixed leagues. I think double digit homers and maybe a small handful of steals, but I don't see 20 HR or 10 SB from him next year. And he strikes out a lot, which will cause him to rely on a high BABIP to post a good average, which will be difficult to maintain without great speed. I think decent power without a good average or speed makes him a tough guy to endorse for anything other than an AL-only league play. (Derek Carty)
2010-08-20 15:30:00 (link to chat)Who is the better prospect, Will Middlebrooks or Oscar Tejeda?
(Ryan Reynolds from Theaters near you)
Middlebrooks. (Kevin Goldstein)


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