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Portrait of Ross Gload

Ross Gload 1BWhite Sox

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
10 1817 .281 .325 .408 .254 -0.2
Birth Date4-5-1976
Height6' 1"
Weight190 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
2000 CHN 24 18 35 31 4 6 0 1 1 11 3 10 0 1 0 3 0 0 .194 .257 .355 .204 -1.4 -0.3 -0.2
2002 COL 26 26 34 31 4 8 1 0 1 12 3 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 .258 .324 .387 .248 -0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CHA 28 110 260 234 28 75 16 0 7 112 20 37 2 3 1 44 0 3 .321 .375 .479 .274 3.6 2.1 0.6
2005 CHA 29 28 44 42 2 7 2 0 0 9 2 9 0 0 0 5 0 0 .167 .205 .214 .147 -5.2 -1.0 -0.6
2006 CHA 30 77 167 156 22 51 8 2 3 72 6 15 1 1 3 18 6 0 .327 .354 .462 .268 0.2 -2.7 -0.2
2007 KCA 31 102 346 320 37 92 22 3 7 141 16 39 2 8 0 51 2 2 .287 .318 .441 .261 7.6 2.7 1.0
2008 KCA 32 122 418 388 46 106 18 1 3 135 23 39 3 3 1 37 3 4 .273 .317 .348 .230 -11.7 -8.4 -2.0
2009 FLO 33 125 259 230 33 60 10 2 6 92 23 30 2 3 1 30 0 0 .261 .329 .400 .271 5.8 3.2 0.9
2010 PHI 34 94 138 128 16 36 8 0 6 62 8 15 1 0 1 22 1 0 .281 .328 .484 .291 6.2 -0.4 0.6
2011 PHI 35 93 116 113 3 29 8 0 0 37 3 23 0 0 0 8 0 0 .257 .276 .327 .226 -2.3 -0.3 -0.3
Career795181716731954709393468310722411197222129.281.325.408.2542.9-4.9-0.2

Advanced

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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
1997 UTI A- 0 275 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 KNC A 0 562 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .358 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 BRV A+ 0 548 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .337 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CHN MLB 18 35 .204 .267 .341 .436 .256 .238 110 -2.3 1.0 -0.2 -0.3 0.2 -1.4 -0.2 -1.4 -0.2
2000 PME AA 0 432 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .295 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 IOW AAA 0 114 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .364 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 IOW AAA 133 524 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .335 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 COL MLB 26 34 .248 .255 .321 .404 .252 .304 117 -0.4 0.9 -0.2 0.0 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -0.0 0.0
2002 CSP AAA 104 468 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .334 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CHR AAA 133 549 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CHA MLB 110 260 .274 .276 .339 .442 .264 .352 106 4.1 7.7 -3.4 2.1 -3.1 3.6 0.6 3.6 0.6
2005 CHA MLB 28 44 .147 .255 .318 .396 .251 .212 102 -5.3 1.3 -0.7 -1.0 0.2 -5.2 -0.6 -5.2 -0.6
2005 CHR AAA 60 263 .308 .270 .335 .423 .255 .384 109 12.4 7.0 -4.1 0.9 1.1 15.4 1.5 15.4 1.5
2006 CHA MLB 77 167 .268 .282 .346 .450 .265 .345 113 1.4 5.0 -2.5 -2.7 -2.1 0.2 -0.2 0.2 -0.2
2007 KCA MLB 102 346 .261 .268 .333 .416 .262 .301 102 0.3 10.3 -6.2 2.7 -0.5 7.6 1.0 7.6 1.0
2007 OMA AAA 1 4 .552 .297 .314 .459 .255 .333 102 1.3 0.1 -0.1 0.0 0.0 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2008 KCA MLB 122 418 .230 .266 .333 .419 .260 .295 103 -13.4 12.1 -7.3 -8.4 -2.6 -11.7 -2.0 -11.7 -2.0
2009 FLO MLB 125 259 .271 .256 .327 .405 .260 .274 98 3 7.4 -2.9 3.2 0.6 6.7 1.0 5.8 0.9
2010 PHI MLB 94 138 .291 .247 .314 .391 .257 .280 95 4.4 3.8 -1 -0.4 -0.6 6.2 0.6 6.2 0.6
2010 CLR A+ 2 8 .163 .250 .330 .390 .269 .000 93 -0.8 0.2 -0.2 0.0 0.0 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2011 PHI MLB 93 116 .226 .240 .307 .367 .249 .322 92 -3.8 3.1 -0.6 -0.3 -0.4 -2.3 -0.3 -2.3 -0.3

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
1997 UTI A- 275 28 64 15 2 3 43 28 57 1 1 .261 .342 .376 .114 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 KNC A 562 77 157 41 3 12 92 58 84 7 6 .313 .388 .479 .166 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 BRV A+ 548 80 146 26 3 10 74 53 76 3 1 .298 .372 .424 .127 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 IOW AAA 114 24 42 10 2 14 39 9 13 1 1 .404 .456 .942 .538 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CHN MLB 35 4 6 0 1 1 3 3 10 0 0 .194 .257 .355 .161 .204 -1.4 -0.3 -0.2
2000 PME AA 432 60 114 28 4 16 65 29 53 4 1 .284 .336 .494 .209 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 IOW AAA 524 70 141 32 10 15 93 35 88 9 7 .297 .346 .501 .204 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 COL MLB 34 4 8 1 0 1 4 3 7 0 0 .258 .324 .387 .129 .248 -0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CSP AAA 468 69 139 28 6 16 71 18 59 9 4 .314 .342 .514 .199 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CHR AAA 549 72 160 40 6 18 70 29 60 6 3 .315 .350 .524 .209 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CHA MLB 260 28 75 16 0 7 44 20 37 0 3 .321 .375 .479 .158 .274 3.6 2.1 0.6
2005 CHR AAA 263 45 86 22 1 15 45 22 37 0 1 .364 .419 .657 .292 .308 15.4 0.9 1.5
2005 CHA MLB 44 2 7 2 0 0 5 2 9 0 0 .167 .205 .214 .048 .147 -5.2 -1.0 -0.6
2006 CHA MLB 167 22 51 8 2 3 18 6 15 6 0 .327 .354 .462 .135 .268 0.2 -2.7 -0.2
2007 OMA AAA 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.250 .750 .552 1.4 0.0 0.1
2007 KCA MLB 346 37 92 22 3 7 51 16 39 2 2 .287 .318 .441 .153 .261 7.6 2.7 1.0
2008 KCA MLB 418 46 106 18 1 3 37 23 39 3 4 .273 .317 .348 .075 .230 -11.7 -8.4 -2.0
2009 FLO MLB 259 33 60 10 2 6 30 23 30 0 0 .261 .329 .400 .139 .271 5.8 3.2 0.9
2010 CLR A+ 8 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .125 .125 .500 .375 .163 -0.8 0.0 -0.1
2010 PHI MLB 138 16 36 8 0 6 22 8 15 1 0 .281 .328 .484 .203 .291 6.2 -0.4 0.6
2011 PHI MLB 116 3 29 8 0 0 8 3 23 0 0 .257 .276 .327 .071 .226 -2.3 -0.3 -0.3

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
2008 1396 0.5165 0.5079 0.8688 0.6852 0.3185 0.9231 0.7442 0.1312
2009 911 0.4885 0.4923 0.8438 0.6742 0.3176 0.9133 0.7027 0.1563
2010 489 0.4826 0.4847 0.8692 0.6525 0.3281 0.9351 0.7470 0.1308
2011 419 0.4821 0.5444 0.8194 0.7030 0.3917 0.9225 0.6471 0.1806
Career32150.49890.50470.85530.67940.32920.92210.72020.1447

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-04-04 2011-04-04 DTD 0 0 Right Hip Cartilage Injury Labrum -
2010-08-19 2010-09-03 15-DL 15 15 Right Groin Strain -
2010-08-12 2010-08-17 DTD 5 4 Right Groin Strain -
2007-05-13 2007-06-30 15-DL 48 43 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2007-05-09 2007-05-11 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2007-04-08 2007-04-12 DTD 4 4 Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2006-03-19 2006-03-21 Camp 2 0 Left Knee Contusion Running Into Structure -
2005-04-25 2005-07-17 60-DL 83 70 Left Shoulder Inflammation -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 $
2011 PHI $1,600,000
2010 PHI $1,000,000
2009 FLO $1,900,000
2008 KCA $1,300,000
2007 KCA $625,000
2006 CHA $350,000
2005 CHA $335,000
2004 CHA $302,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$7,412,000
8 yrTotal$7,412,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 55 d2 years/$2.6M (2010-11)

Details
  • 2 years/$2.6M (2010-11). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 12/10/109. 10:$1M, 11:$1.6M.
  • 2 years/$3.2M (2008-09), plus 2010 club option. Signed extension with Kansas City 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration). 08:$1.3M, 09:$1.9M, 10:$2.6M club option. $0.3M annually in performance bonus: $50,000 in 300, 350, 400 PAs. $75,000 for 450, 500 PAs. Acquired by Florida in trade from KC 4/1/09. Florida declined 2010 option 11/4/09.
  • 1 year/$0.625M (2007). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 11/06. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Chicago 12/06.
  • 1 year/$0.35M (2006). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 2/06.
  • 1 year/$0.335M (2005). Re-signed 2/05.
  • 1 year/$0.302M (2004). Contract purchased 10/03. Re-signed 3/04

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
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Oh, how timing matters. In 2010-11, Gload posted a combined .270/.304/.411 line, which is a few singles and a couple of walks shy of his career slash line. When Ruben Amaro Jr. signed Gload to a two-year deal before the 2010 season, the second year seemed like a measure of overpayment for a guy who was a bench player at best. But with the benefit of hindsight, Gload would have been better off if he had become a free agent after 2010 solely because of the superficial bump given to him by the arbitrary endpoint of the end of the 2010 season. Now he hits the free agent market as an aging lefty pinch-hitter who struggles to draw a walk.
2011 Gload’s true hitting talent lies well below the level of a league-average first baseman, and since there's plenty of left-side swinging to go around in the Phillies' lineup, it's hard to identify the comparative advantage he might bring to the ballclub. Still, when injuries struck he filled in nicely, which goes to show how certain seemingly inconsequential pickups can look like bright moves in retrospect. Gload is under contract for another year and could get most of his reps off the bench, although Amaro has raised the prospect of his regular participation in a right-field platoon.
2010 In 176 career pinch-hit PAs, Gload has hit .300/.358/.425; teammate Helms has hit .289/.362/.462 in 303 career pinch-hit PAs. That is kind of neat; it's hard to find one pinch-hitter who achieves success with any regularity, but the Marlins employed two of them. Gload hit .318/.418/.455 when pinch-hitting in 2009; the major league averages in the role were .225/.315/.353. Unfortunately, at all other times Gload was even more futile than he was in 2008. His ability to make contact and lash line drives seems to confer some advantages in one-off matchups, but regular play exposes his limitations, so to say that the less you see of him the more valuable Gload is should not be taken as a put-down. Having had his option declined by the Marlins, Gload signed a two-year deal to replace Matt Stairs on the Phillies' bench. The presence of Ryan Howard should function to restrict Gload to an appropriate number of plate appearances.
2009 The Royals entered last season with Gload set to be their primary first baseman, and he was the worst regular at the position in baseball, but that statement doesn't do his year justice. How about this: the last time a first baseman had an OPS of 665 or below in 400 or more PAs was 1993 (Pittsburgh's immortal Kevin Young), and the last time a first baseman hit three or fewer homers in as many PAs was 1991—Todd Benzinger, coincidentally another Royal. Moore was so determined to not suffer a repeat episode that he overreacted by trading for Mike Jacobs. Gload is guaranteed $1.9 million in 2009, so he'll be baa-ack... but only as a pinch-hitter.
2008 When Gload is on the bench, as he was to start the season last year, his ability to hit for average, drive the balls into the gaps, and hit lefties as well as righties (if not better; in 150 plate appearances, he's a lifetime .345 hitter against southpaws) makes him a strong asset. As a starting first baseman, as he was for much of 2007 due to Ryan Shealy's inability to stay healthy, his lack of secondary skills makes him a strong asset to the opposing team. The Royals are hoping a better candidate will emerge to force Gload back to the pines.
2007 Gload has always been something of a square peg. Over the course of his brief major league career, he`s posted a .958 OPS as a first baseman, but a .635 OPS at all other positions. That makes enough sense, considering that Gload has never looked comfortable in the outfield, and that coming off the bench as a pinch-hitter is hard for just about anyone. A regular role as the platoon first baseman for his new employer in Kansas City might serve him well; whether it would serve the Royals as well remains to be seen.
2006 It had to kill Gload to see Carl Everett`s oh-fers while he was crushing the ball in Charlotte, but this is the sort of thing a guy that wears the Quad-A label grows accustomed to. Gload might stick in Chicago with the decisions to non-tender Willie Harris and Timo Perez, but his value is limited by the Sox`s offensive balance: there are no All-Stars in the everyday lineup, but also nobody that you clearly need to pinch hit for.
2005 It's difficult to hit .321 while being shuffled back and forth between a pinch-hitting role and everyday work, and Gload provided a lot of value to the White Sox while earning barely more than the league minimum. PECOTA remembers his longer, more undistinguished track record and expects some pushback, especially in the batting average department, where Gload's slow wheels don't help him to leg out any base hits. That might be an issue if the Sox were impressed enough to stick him the starting lineup, but instead, he's buried beneath a beggar's banquet of dubious corner position talent.
2002 After his breakthrough in 2000, Gload stuck with what worked, trying to uppercut everything. At least it’s a plan, and he performed very well against right-handed pitching, pasting almost 50 extra-base hits and slugging .536. He has no defensive value in the outfield, but he might be a nifty pinch hitter and spare part. Nabbed by the Rockies off of waivers after the season, he was then traded to the Mets. He has a shot to step in after Mo Vaughn's next breakdown.
2001 Ross Gload was acquired with left-hander David Noyce for Henry Rodriguez. He uppercuts everything, which paid off this year. His chances took a big hit when the Cubs got Matt Stairs in exchange for doing the Athletics the favor of claiming Eric Ireland on waivers. Before the trade, Gload probably had a two-month window to stake a claim on a semi-regular job. Now, he’ll have to have a huge camp just to beat out Rosie Brown.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-04-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are Dallas MacPherson and Chad Gaudin going to get major league jobs after being recently waived? If so, where?
(Peeig13 from The Second City)
Gaudin can relieve for many teams, and will probably have his choice. The Rangers, Pirates, Padres, Nationals...he'll have options. I'm trying to understand how a team can release McPherson, then trade for Ross Gload. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff, For the rest of 08 in a standard league how do you rank the following 1b: Konerko, Swisher, Cantu, La Roche, C Davis or Butler? Anyone jump out at you? Thanks
(Josh from Detroit)
Swisher/LaRoche/Konerko/Davis/Cantu/Butler. Butler rates so low because he hasn't hit for power yet at the major league level, and he just doesn't have the organizational commitment behind him. Ross Gload? Really? (Jeff Erickson)
2008-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Royals are going to cut Justin Huber, a young power hitter, which is something they are desperately in need of, in favor of Ross Gload and Joey Gathright. Is there any hope for this organization?
(Bearfrog from Dallas)
Well, I may be no big booster for Gload or Gathright, but if you want to scapegoat somebody, how about Ryan Shealy? I still don't get why people got all that worked up about Shealy. Similarly, I think my fellow statheads need to wrap their heads around the idea that Huber really isn't all that. He's not really that patient, he doesn't really have that much power, and physically, he really is only a first baseman. If you want to have him around instead of somebody else, pick on the older, just as right-handed first baseman who only ever mashed in Colorado Springs, and even that was off of thrice-cooked Triple-A lefty mound fodder. (Christina Kahrl)


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