Biographical

Portrait of Michael Belfiore

Michael Belfiore PTigers

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 25)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
59.3 5.62 1.65 46 2 3 0 -0.7
Birth Date10-3-1988
Height6' 3"
Weight220 lbs
Age26 years, 0 months, 18 days
BatsR
ThrowsL
2010
2011
2012
-0.32013
-0.72014
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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
2013 BAL 24 1 0 1.3 0.0 1.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3 2 2 2 9 1 1 0 0 13.50 24.83 37.71 -2.6 -0.3
Career101.30.01.3000000732229110013.5024.8337.71-2.6-0.3

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
2009 MSO Rk 14 11 58.0 4.68 111 .243 .281 .357 .417 .281 .327 106 14.7 1.5 14.7 1.5
2010 SBN A 25 25 126.3 4.63 104 .267 .258 .334 .381 .256 .334 106 17.5 1.8 17.5 1.8
2011 VIS A+ 35 8 79.0 8.08 43 .308 .274 .346 .426 .274 .321 99 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2012 VIS A+ 12 0 19.0 2.92 147 .187 .260 .326 .410 .265 .297 100 6.1 0.6 6.1 0.6
2012 BOW AA 28 0 47.3 4.00 109 .251 .257 .322 .385 .256 .318 100 5.0 0.5 5.0 0.5
2012 MSS Wnt 12 0 12.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .314 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 BAL MLB 1 0 1.3 37.71 -679 .633 .272 .343 .442 .290 .250 100 -2.6 -0.3 -2.6 -0.3
2013 NOR AAA 37 0 76.3 4.35 99 .261 .255 .328 .384 .254 .348 99 6.6 0.7 6.6 0.7
2014 TOL AAA 35 13 91.3 5.36 85 .260 .257 .325 .390 .248 .286 100 4.0 0.4 4.0 0.4

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
2009 MSO Rk 2 2 0 14 11 58.0 59 13 55 2 57% .327 9.2 2.0 0.3 8.5 1.24 2.17 14.7 1.5
2010 SBN A 3 10 0 25 25 126.3 139 42 105 6 48% .334 9.9 3.0 0.4 7.5 1.43 3.99 17.5 1.8
2011 VIS A+ 4 4 0 35 8 79.0 86 57 79 17 45% .321 9.8 6.5 1.9 9.0 1.81 5.92 0.8 0.1
2012 MSS Wnt 1 1 1 12 0 12.3 14 4 13 3 0% .314 10.2 2.9 2.2 9.5 1.46 4.38 0.0 0.0
2012 VIS A+ 0 0 1 12 0 19.0 13 5 28 2 46% .297 6.2 2.4 0.9 13.3 0.95 2.37 6.1 0.6
2012 BOW AA 5 1 2 28 0 47.3 43 21 50 2 42% .318 8.2 4.0 0.4 9.5 1.35 2.85 5.0 0.5
2013 BAL MLB 0 0 0 1 0 1.3 3 1 0 2 33% .250 20.2 6.8 13.5 0.0 3.00 13.50 -2.6 -0.3
2013 NOR AAA 2 1 1 37 0 76.3 81 29 82 8 41% .348 9.6 3.4 0.9 9.7 1.44 3.18 6.6 0.7
2014 TOL AAA 5 7 0 35 13 91.3 92 36 60 10 42% .286 9.1 3.5 1.0 5.9 1.40 3.25 4.0 0.4

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
2013 34 0.5000 0.4118 0.9286 0.7059 0.1176 0.9167 1.0000 0.0714
Career340.50.41180.92860.70590.11760.916710.0714

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-02-27 2014-02-28 Camp 1 0 Right Fingers Fracture 5th Digit - -
2011-04-07 2011-04-19 Minors 12 12 Not Disclosed -
2010-07-03 2010-07-15 Minors 12 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 DET $
2013 BAL $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 12 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Baltimore 3/11/14. Claimed by Detroit off waivers 4/3/14 after being DFA by Baltimore 3/30/14. Sent outright to Triple-A by Detroit 5/2/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract purchased by Baltimore 11/20/12.
  • Acquired by Baltimore in trade from Arizona 5/12/12.
  • Drafted by Arizona 2009 (1s-45) (Boston College). $0.725M 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 30.2 27 12 23 4 .269 1.30 4.10 4.46 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 24.8 24 10 19 3 .283 1.40 4.56 4.96 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 20.9 21 9 16 3 .294 1.47 4.90 5.32 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 17.8 19 8 14 3 .303 1.54 5.19 5.64 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 14.9 17 7 12 2 .311 1.60 5.47 5.95 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 0 0 0 12.1 14 6 9 2 .320 1.66 5.76 6.26 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 0 0 0 9.2 11 5 7 2 .329 1.73 6.07 6.59 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 5.9 7 3 5 1 .339 1.82 6.44 7 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 0 0 0 1.5 2 1 1 0 .354 1.95 6.97 7.58 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0000014.1167112.3091.585.435.90.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
12% 15% 0% 15% 17%

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
20152621038041441834644.3151.525.135.589.74.07.51.3-0.3
20162721038040421733644.3061.494.835.259.53.97.51.4-0.1
20172821040042441735644.3011.454.685.089.43.67.51.3-0.1
20182921037040411633544.3061.444.675.079.33.67.51.1-0.1
20193021039041431634644.3031.444.615.019.43.57.51.3-0.0
20203121038040411533544.3021.414.514.909.33.47.51.10.0
20213221035037391430544.3021.424.554.949.43.47.21.20.0
20223321033036371328544.3011.404.534.929.33.37.11.30.0
20233421032034351326544.3011.434.564.959.43.57.01.30.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index 88)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 Michael Lee 2012 0.00 DNP
2 92 Justin Orenduff 2008 0.00 DNP
3 92 Daniel Griffin 2010 0.00 DNP
4 91 Ryan Demmin 2013 0.00 DNP
5 91 Ryne Miller 2011 0.00 DNP
6 91 Dan Cevette 2009 0.00 DNP
7 91 John Hudgins 2007 0.00 DNP
8 90 Jeremy Horst 2011 3.52
9 90 Steven Shell 2008 2.52
10 90 Andy Graham 2009 0.00 DNP
11 90 Misael DeJesus 2010 0.00 DNP
12 89 Roque Mercedes 2012 0.00 DNP
13 89 Jeremy McBryde 2012 0.00 DNP
14 89 Chris Lambert 2008 7.84
15 89 Ronald Uviedo 2012 0.00 DNP
16 89 Marty Popham 2013 0.00 DNP
17 89 Paul Clemens 2013 5.89
18 89 Darin Downs 2010 0.00 DNP
19 89 Chad Beck 2010 0.00 DNP
20 89 Patrick Overholt 2009 0.00 DNP
21 88 Dustin Molleken 2010 0.00 DNP
22 88 Bryan Price 2012 0.00 DNP
23 88 Josh Walter 2010 0.00 DNP
24 88 L.J. Gagnier 2010 0.00 DNP
25 88 Rob Musgrave 2011 0.00 DNP
26 88 Josh Zeid 2012 0.00 DNP
27 88 Duane Below 2011 4.97
28 88 Corey Kluber 2011 8.31
29 88 Eliecer Navarro 2013 0.00 DNP
30 88 Ricky Orta 2010 0.00 DNP
31 88 Matt Branham 2013 0.00 DNP
32 88 Raymar Diaz 2009 0.00 DNP
33 88 Eammon Portice 2010 0.00 DNP
34 88 Alberto Bastardo 2009 0.00 DNP
35 88 Chris Hicks 2012 0.00 DNP
36 88 Daniel Haigwood 2009 0.00 DNP
37 88 Carlos Sencion 2010 0.00 DNP
38 88 Ryan O'Rourke 2013 0.00 DNP
39 88 Alexander Smit 2011 0.00 DNP
40 87 Buddy Boshers 2013 4.70
41 87 Juan Zapata 2010 0.00 DNP
42 87 Jhonny Nunez 2011 0.00 DNP
43 87 Eddie Degerman 2009 0.00 DNP
44 87 Pat Doyle 2013 0.00 DNP
45 87 Mike Dunn 2010 1.89
46 87 Matt Wickswat 2012 0.00 DNP
47 87 Ricky Bowen 2013 0.00 DNP
48 87 Darin Gorski 2013 0.00 DNP
49 87 Mark Serrano 2011 0.00 DNP
50 87 Dustin Richardson 2009 0.00
51 87 Clint Everts 2010 0.00 DNP
52 87 Chris Nicoll 2009 0.00 DNP
53 87 Kelvin Villa 2011 0.00 DNP
54 87 James Heuser 2009 0.00 DNP
55 87 Bobby Bramhall 2011 0.00 DNP
56 87 Cory Rasmus 2013 6.23
57 86 Jacob Rasner 2012 0.00 DNP
58 86 Charlie Furbush 2011 6.22
59 86 Nicholas Carr 2012 0.00 DNP
60 86 George Kontos 2010 0.00 DNP
61 86 Dylan Owen 2012 0.00 DNP
62 86 Glenn Swanson 2008 0.00 DNP
63 86 Nicholas Waechter 2010 0.00 DNP
64 86 Jonathan Joseph 2013 0.00 DNP
65 86 Pete Ruiz 2013 0.00 DNP
66 86 Michael Ojala 2013 0.00 DNP
67 86 Henry Villar 2012 0.00 DNP
68 86 Leandro Cespedes 2012 0.00 DNP
69 86 Justin Marks 2013 0.00 DNP
70 86 Alex Koronis 2013 0.00 DNP
71 86 Adam Bostick 2008 0.00 DNP
72 86 Bobby LaFromboise 2011 0.00 DNP
73 86 Jake Brigham 2013 0.00 DNP
74 86 Cole McCurry 2011 0.00 DNP
75 86 James Gillheeney 2013 0.00 DNP
76 85 Sandy Rosario 2011 2.45
77 85 Michael Dubee 2011 0.00 DNP
78 85 Craig Stammen 2009 5.71
79 85 Matt Klinker 2010 0.00 DNP
80 85 Joe Bisenius 2008 0.00 DNP
81 85 Robert Boothe 2011 0.00 DNP
82 85 Lance Janke 2012 0.00 DNP
83 85 Sean Watson 2011 0.00 DNP
84 85 Jim Johnson 2008 2.36
85 85 Brandon Moore 2011 0.00 DNP
86 85 Cory VanAllen 2010 0.00 DNP
87 85 Ramon A. Ramirez 2008 2.67
88 85 Randy Wells 2008 0.00
89 85 Matthew Long 2009 0.00 DNP
90 85 Josh Tomlin 2010 4.68
91 85 Jason Miller 2008 0.00 DNP
92 84 Andrew Robinson 2013 0.00 DNP
93 84 Merkin Valdez 2007 0.00 DNP
94 84 Josh Wall 2012 4.76
95 84 Anthony Varvaro 2010 11.25
96 84 Mike Colla 2012 0.00 DNP
97 84 Jarod Plummer 2009 0.00 DNP
98 84 Mike Ekstrom 2009 6.87
99 84 Sean Thompson 2008 0.00 DNP
100 84 Jonathan Cornelius 2013 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) 1.000 1.000 4.000 1.548
11 vs R (Multi) .400 .500 1.000 .417
18 Split (Multi) .600 .500 3.000 1.130
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) 1.000 1.000 4.000 1.548
31 vs R (2013) .400 .500 1.000 .417
38 Split (2013) .600 .500 3.000 1.130
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

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 Former first-rounder Michael Belfiore, traded to Baltimore for Josh Bell, looked sharp in his first turn at Double-A and in his first full-season as a reliever.
2011 Michael Belfiore has been one of the most disappointing of 2009's top draftees (45th overall). His stuff is down significantly from his Boston College days, but hey, at least he's still left-handed.
2010 A southpaw renowned for throwing 9 2/3 relief innings in a 25-inning NCAA marathon, Belfiore pitched very well in Rookie-level ball this past season, compiling a gaudy 4.2 K/BB ratio. A reliever in college, the Snakes appear set to develop him as a starter. While Belfiore does not project as an ace, his ability to miss bats and limit free passes should translate as he moves up through the system, and his heater, slider, and changeup are quality offerings. If command and control elude him as the levels of competition become tougher, however, his decent arsenal will become moot.

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The More YunelR.J. Anderson2014-04-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Baltimore Orioles Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2013-12-11
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: September 22, 2013Clint Chisam2013-09-22
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 8, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-08
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 14th, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-14
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 13, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-13


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Michael Belfiore threw 55 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph) and Curve (76mph). He also rarely threw a Change (81mph).