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Portrait of Elih Villanueva

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 27)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
61.7 4.32 1.33 35 3 4 0 -0.1
Birth Date7-27-1986
Height6' 2"
Weight230 lbs
Age28 years, 2 months, 27 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
-0.32011
2012
2013
-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
2011 FLO 24 1 1 3.0 3.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 20 5 8 8 1 12 5 4 1 2 24.00 11.99 12.85 -2.5 -0.3
Career113.03.00.001000020588112541224.0011.9912.85-2.5-0.3

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
2011 FLO MLB 1 1 3.0 12.85 -151 .490 .255 .333 .393 .279 .364 88 -2.4 -0.3 -2.5 -0.3
2011 NWO AAA 28 28 165.0 5.73 84 .283 .273 .343 .424 .259 .325 94 9.6 0.9 11.4 1.2
2012 NWO AAA 32 16 113.0 4.30 106 .273 .276 .340 .423 .268 .310 92 15.6 1.5 16.0 1.6
2012 TOR Wnt 7 7 30.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .270 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 NWO AAA 8 8 46.3 4.51 85 .244 .259 .331 .388 .265 .265 82 1.9 0.2 0.5 -0.1
2013 MRL Rk 4 4 18.0 2.13 157 .234 .249 .326 .339 .253 .377 100 7.4 0.7 7.4 0.7
2014 NWO AAA 27 27 137.0 4.98 91 .284 .266 .331 .421 .262 .304 93 11.2 1.1 12.5 1.2

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
2011 FLO MLB 0 1 0 1 1 3.0 5 5 2 1 25% .364 15.0 15.0 3.0 6.0 3.33 24.00 -2.5 -0.3
2011 NWO AAA 7 11 0 28 28 165.0 199 59 105 24 41% .325 10.9 3.2 1.3 5.7 1.56 5.35 11.4 1.2
2012 TOR Wnt 1 2 0 7 7 30.0 27 11 21 3 0% .270 8.1 3.3 0.9 6.3 1.27 3.00 0.0 0.0
2012 NWO AAA 9 8 1 32 16 113.0 120 44 83 11 42% .310 9.6 3.5 0.9 6.6 1.45 3.90 16.0 1.6
2013 MRL Rk 2 0 0 4 4 18.0 20 3 19 0 36% .377 10.0 1.5 0.0 9.5 1.28 1.00 7.4 0.7
2013 NWO AAA 2 3 0 8 8 46.3 41 11 31 5 44% .265 8.0 2.1 1.0 6.0 1.12 3.50 0.5 -0.1
2014 NWO AAA 10 10 0 27 27 137.0 148 47 104 18 41% .304 9.7 3.1 1.2 6.8 1.42 4.47 12.5 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
2011 87 0.4713 0.4138 0.9444 0.5366 0.3043 0.9545 0.9286 0.0556
Career870.47130.41380.94440.53660.30430.95450.92860.0556

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 1 d1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Miami (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). DFA by Florida 1/3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Florida 6/15/11.
  • Drafted by Florida 2008 (27-808) (Florida State).

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 4.4 4.8 0 14 14 79.2 68 20 45 7 .261 1.10 3.31 3.6 9.2 0.9
80o 3.9 4.6 0 13 13 73.0 67 19 41 7 .274 1.18 3.66 3.97 5.1 0.5
70o 3.6 4.5 0 12 12 68.6 66 19 39 7 .283 1.23 3.91 4.24 2.5 0.3
60o 3.3 4.4 0 11 11 65.0 65 19 37 7 .291 1.28 4.12 4.48 0.5 0.0
50o 3.1 4.3 0 11 11 61.6 64 18 35 7 .299 1.33 4.33 4.7 -1.1 -0.1
40o 2.8 4.2 0 10 10 58.3 62 18 33 7 .306 1.38 4.53 4.93 -2.6 -0.3
30o 2.6 4.1 0 9 9 54.8 61 18 31 7 .315 1.43 4.76 5.17 -3.9 -0.4
20o 2.3 3.9 0 9 9 50.8 59 17 29 6 .324 1.49 5.02 5.46 -5.1 -0.5
10o 1.9 3.7 0 8 8 45.5 56 16 26 6 .338 1.58 5.39 5.86 -6.4 -0.7
Weighted Mean34.30111161.06218347.2971.324.304.68-1.0-0.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 2% 8% 11% 11%

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
201528111003131194191521162139.2931.253.964.318.92.45.41.00.4
201629890252514514739871639.2981.284.124.479.12.45.41.00.1
201730880222213213334791539.2961.274.124.489.12.35.41.00.1
201831880222213013334791439.3011.284.134.499.22.35.51.00.1
201932770212112412533751339.2991.284.074.429.12.45.50.90.2
202033770202011711831691339.2981.274.074.439.12.45.31.00.1
202134770191911311528651239.2981.274.044.399.22.25.21.00.2
202235660181810610725611239.2981.254.014.369.12.15.21.00.2
202336660171710010224581139.2981.264.004.359.22.25.21.00.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index 87)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 97 Brandon Hynick 2012 0.00 DNP
2 94 Jason Jones 2010 0.00 DNP
3 94 Drew Naylor 2013 0.00 DNP
4 93 Timothy Bascom 2012 0.00 DNP
5 91 Chris Cody 2011 0.00 DNP
6 91 Travis Banwart 2013 0.00 DNP
7 91 Austin Bibens-Dirkx 2012 0.00 DNP
8 91 Jeff Mandel 2012 0.00 DNP
9 91 Blake Johnson 2012 0.00 DNP
10 91 Patrick Stanley 2010 0.00 DNP
11 91 Shane Komine 2008 0.00 DNP
12 91 Alan Johnson 2011 11.25
13 90 Kevin Pucetas 2012 0.00 DNP
14 90 Chris Seddon 2011 0.00 DNP
15 90 Daryl Thompson 2013 0.00 DNP
16 89 Ryohei Tanaka 2010 0.00 DNP
17 89 Esmailin Caridad 2011 0.00 DNP
18 89 Cory Riordan 2013 0.00 DNP
19 89 Brandon Dickson 2012 9.95
20 89 Sergio Perez 2012 0.00 DNP
21 89 Thad Weber 2012 9.00
22 89 Reidier Gonzalez 2013 0.00 DNP
23 89 Andrew Baldwin 2010 0.00 DNP
24 89 Charles Shirek 2013 0.00 DNP
25 89 Heath Rollins 2012 0.00 DNP
26 88 Matt Wright 2009 0.00 DNP
27 88 Trey Hearne 2011 0.00 DNP
28 88 Tony Barnette 2011 0.00 DNP
29 88 Jeff Marquez 2012 0.00 DNP
30 88 Alfredo Figaro 2012 0.00 DNP
31 88 Adam Bass 2009 0.00 DNP
32 88 Paul Oseguera 2011 0.00 DNP
33 88 Mike Parisi 2010 0.00 DNP
34 87 Daniel Barone 2010 0.00 DNP
35 87 Richie Gardner 2009 0.00 DNP
36 87 David Welch 2010 0.00 DNP
37 87 Andrew Kown 2010 0.00 DNP
38 87 Ben Snyder 2013 0.00 DNP
39 87 Daniel McCutchen 2010 6.38
40 87 Eric Hacker 2010 0.00 DNP
41 87 Erik Arnesen 2011 0.00 DNP
42 87 Terry Doyle 2013 0.00 DNP
43 87 Yohan Flande 2013 0.00 DNP
44 87 Brad Meyers 2013 0.00 DNP
45 87 Polin Trinidad 2012 0.00 DNP
46 86 Marco Estrada 2011 4.37
47 86 Tom Koehler 2013 4.53
48 86 Dave McKae 2009 0.00 DNP
49 86 John Stephens 2007 0.00 DNP
50 86 Miguel Gonzalez 2011 0.00 DNP
51 86 Tom Cochran 2010 0.00 DNP
52 86 Zack Segovia 2010 0.00 DNP
53 86 Mike Ballard 2011 0.00 DNP
54 86 Brad Knox 2009 0.00 DNP
55 86 Yohan Pino 2011 0.00 DNP
56 86 Kenn Kasparek 2013 0.00 DNP
57 85 Robert Ray 2011 0.00 DNP
58 85 Yoslan Herrera 2008 9.82
59 85 Josh Muecke 2009 0.00 DNP
60 85 Jeremy Hefner 2013 5.17
61 85 Adrian Alaniz 2011 0.00 DNP
62 85 Bob Keppel 2009 5.00
63 85 Joe Savery 2013 4.95
64 85 Nick Pereira 2010 0.00 DNP
65 85 Johnnie Lowe 2012 0.00 DNP
66 85 Miguel Pinango 2010 0.00 DNP
67 85 Cesar Valdez 2012 0.00 DNP
68 85 Scott Carroll 2012 0.00 DNP
69 85 Mark Holliman 2011 0.00 DNP
70 85 Ryan Edell 2011 0.00 DNP
71 85 Sam LeCure 2011 3.82
72 85 Chris Narveson 2009 4.21
73 85 Kyle Bloom 2010 0.00 DNP
74 85 David Kopp 2013 0.00 DNP
75 84 Nick Schmidt 2013 0.00 DNP
76 84 Mario Santiago 2012 0.00 DNP
77 84 Jeremy Hall 2011 0.00 DNP
78 84 Travis Chick 2011 0.00 DNP
79 84 Travis Blackley 2010 0.00 DNP
80 84 Jesus A. Castillo 2011 0.00 DNP
81 84 Adam Mills 2012 0.00 DNP
82 84 Everett Teaford 2011 3.48
83 84 Nic Ungs 2007 0.00 DNP
84 84 Josh Butler 2012 0.00 DNP
85 84 Stephen Faris 2011 0.00 DNP
86 84 Josh Geer 2010 0.00 DNP
87 84 Garrett Broshuis 2009 0.00 DNP
88 84 Yorman Bazardo 2012 0.00 DNP
89 84 David Pauley 2010 4.37
90 84 Randy Boone 2012 0.00 DNP
91 84 Andrew Albers 2013 5.10
92 84 Matt Buschmann 2011 0.00 DNP
93 83 Bobby Brownlie 2008 0.00 DNP
94 83 Luke French 2013 0.00 DNP
95 83 Josh Hill 2010 0.00 DNP
96 83 Benjamin Fritz 2008 0.00 DNP
97 83 Eric Hurley 2013 0.00 DNP
98 83 Ryan Ketchner 2009 0.00 DNP
99 83 Fernando Rodriguez 2011 4.13
100 83 Eddie Gamboa 2012 0.00 DNP

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Like Koehler, Villanueva was roughed up in his first year at New Orleans after easily handling Double-A the year before. Villanueva's average stuff was exposed in Triple-A, where hitters were less likely to chase his breaking pitches out of the zone and get themselves out. The 59 walks Villanueva surrendered fell five short of his career total in 384 career innings prior to 2011, not surprising given how hard he was hit when he pitched around the zone (.499 SLG, 24 HR allowed). Villanueva found success in the lower minors by locating his fastball and coaxing immature hitters to swing at his breaking pitches out of the zone, tricks that rarely work in Triple-A. He isn't a soft-tosser, so there's a chance he could figure things out in his second trip around the Pacific Coast League.
2011 A chunky, durable control artist, Villanueva won the organization's pitcher of the year award. The former Florida State star spun a trio of complete-game shutouts while winning the Southern League ERA title. However, exceptional command of a mediocre assortment and slow fastballs generally doesn't get you listed on top-prospect lists, so like his fellow under-regarded teammate, Tom Koehler, Villanueva is stuck in the "show me" pile for the time being. Given the crowd ahead of him for the fifth slot in the rotation, he will have to take a number and wait for a back-end rotation opportunity.
2010 2008 27th-rounder Elih Villanueva doesn't have much in the way of a fastball, but oh, can he locate, making one wonder about his 11 hit batsmen and the definition of 'purpose pitch.'

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This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: International Winter League Games of December 2Jeff Moore2013-12-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Perspective: Moving Forward in MiamiBradley Ankrom2011-11-01


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Elih Villanueva threw 109 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2011 and 2012, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (89mph) and Slider (82mph), also mixing in a Sinker (89mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (74mph).