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DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP

Statistics for All Levels

'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 W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2013 DYT A 1 1 4.0 0 1 0 2 1 7 0 .267 114 4.5 2.2 0.0 15.8 62% .250 .206 0.75 0.59 2.25 86 2.79 94.6
2013 BIL Rk 12 12 37.0 0 3 0 21 12 49 0 .283 92 5.1 2.9 0.0 11.9 48% .250 .198 0.89 2.49 0.73 67 1.22 77.4
2014 BAK A+ 13 13 79.0 10 1 0 57 16 95 6 .267 108 6.5 1.8 0.7 10.8 35% .281 .196 0.92 2.97 2.28 71 1.40 74.2
2014 PEN AA 13 13 72.0 3 6 0 60 36 76 7 .261 100 7.5 4.5 0.9 9.5 37% .290 .261 1.33 4.01 3.88 102 4.05 100.9
2015 REA AA 25 25 143.7 8 7 0 160 45 111 14 .252 107 10.0 2.8 0.9 7.0 40% .336 .274 1.43 4.08 4.13 104 4.14 101.5
2016 REA AA 9 9 53.0 7 0 0 35 15 49 1 .255 114 5.9 2.5 0.2 8.3 39% .241 .190 0.94 2.60 1.87 88 2.24 82.3
2016 LEH AAA 19 19 117.7 11 5 0 83 27 90 10 .249 97 6.3 2.1 0.8 6.9 41% .221 .208 0.93 3.51 3.06 104 3.30 96.4

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

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 PHI $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d2017

Details
  • 2017. Contract selected by Philadelphia 11/18/16.
  • Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Cincinnati 12/31/14.
  • Drafted by Cincinnati 2013 (4-135) (Central Florida). $0.35M signing bonus ($0.3679M slot).

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
20151319.11123.831.588.4

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Ben Lively saw a huge drop in his strikeouts as Eastern League hitters came prepared for his smoke-and-mirrors delivery, though there's likely still a major-league arm there in some capacity.
2015 Lively burst onto the prospect radar in 2014 with his dream statistical performance in the very unforgiving Cal League. That extreme success caused scouts to perk up, wondering what allowed him to dominate. Turns out Lively features a low-90s fastball and a trio of off-speed pitches, with his slider the best of the bunch, though even that is only flashing above-average potential at the moment. His overall profile is based on command and deception rather than stuff. Some believe he can make all this work as a back-end starter, but one scout questioned his ability to consistently perform in the rotation at the highest level, saying he had "reliever mechanics" and doubting that his secondaries would fool left-handers. Don't take one scouting report as a death knell, but do take this as a reminder not to scout by stats alone. Of course, even if you made that mistake, you'd note the Double-A performance and, in particular, the more-than-double walk rate.

BP Articles

Ben Lively is referenced in the following articles.

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium access2017 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 ProspectsJeffrey Paternostro2016-11-10
This article requires BP Premium access2017 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2016-11-10
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Stash List: 19th Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-08-12
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 18th Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-08-04
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 2ndWilson Karaman2016-08-03
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, June 22ndChristopher Crawford2016-06-23
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of June 10-12Christopher Crawford2016-06-13
This article requires BP Premium accessWeekly Wrap: June 3, 2016Will Haines2016-06-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTDGX Transactions: CC Sabathia's Unforeseen RenaissanceGeorge Bissell2016-06-01
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Seven Prospects to Stash or FlipBen Carsley2016-06-01
This article requires BP Premium accessWho to Watch: Eastern LeagueJeffrey Paternostro2016-04-13
Winter Is Leaving: Philadelphia PhilliesMichael Baumann2016-03-14
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2016Ben Carsley2016-02-26
2016 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 ProspectsJeffrey Paternostro2016-01-05
2016 Prospects: Philadelphia Phillies Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2016-01-05
This article requires BP Premium accessRubbing Mud: The Cole Hamels DecisionMatthew Trueblood2015-07-02
Eyewitness Accounts: May 28, 2015Chris Mellen2015-05-28
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, May 14, 2015Jeff Moore2015-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, April 27, 2015Jeff Moore2015-04-28
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, April 22, 2015Jeff Moore2015-04-23
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: Phillies, Blue Jays, Twins ProspectsAl Skorupa2015-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessLeague Preview Series: Eastern LeagueCraig Goldstein2015-03-30
Every Team's Moneyball: Philadelphia Phillies: Changing HabitsChristopher Crawford2015-03-30
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2015Craig Goldstein2015-02-23
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2015Ben Carsley2015-02-23
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: The Post-Offseason Top 10s: National LeagueNick J. Faleris2015-02-19
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: The Post-Offseason Top 10s: National LeagueChris Mellen2015-02-19
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsJeff Moore2015-02-17
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsMark Anderson2015-02-17
2015 Prospects: 2015 Organizational RankingsBP Prospect Staff2015-02-17
The Lineup Card: Eight Intriguing PECOTA ProjectionsBaseball Prospectus2015-01-23
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Byrd Has LandedBen Carsley2015-01-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Byrd Has LandedR.J. Anderson2015-01-05
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Team Preview: Cincinnati RedsBret Sayre2014-12-09
Before They Were Pros: NL CentralTodd Gold2014-11-25
Before They Were Pros: NL CentralPatrick Ebert2014-11-25
Before They Were Pros: NL CentralDavid Rawnsley2014-11-25
Before They Were Pros: NL CentralFrankie Piliere2014-11-25
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds Top 10 ProspectsNick J. Faleris2014-11-21
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2014-11-21
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 14Jeff Moore2014-08-15
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 6Jeff Moore2014-08-07
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 31Jeff Moore2014-08-01
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 8Jeff Moore2014-07-09
Eyewitness Accounts: July 3, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-07-03
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, June 23Jeff Moore2014-06-24
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, June 2Jeff Moore2014-06-03
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, May 28Jeff Moore2014-05-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Scoresheet Player Trend Watch: May Supplemental DraftBen Murphy2014-05-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Scoresheet Player Trend Watch: May Supplemental DraftIan Lefkowitz2014-05-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Scoresheet Player Trend Watch: May Supplemental DraftJared Weiss2014-05-29
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: May 20, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-05-20
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 19, 2014Jason Parks2014-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 19, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat Scouts Are Saying: May 15, 2014Baseball Prospectus2014-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 13Jeff Moore2014-05-14
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 5, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-05-05
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 5, 2014Jason Parks2014-05-05
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 22Jeff Moore2014-04-23
25-and-Under Talent Rankings: Ranking All 30 Teams from Top to BottomJason Parks2014-03-03
25-and-Under Talent Rankings: Ranking All 30 Teams from Top to BottomBP Prospect Staff2014-03-03
Prospects Will Break Your Heart: 2014 Organizational RankingsJason Parks2014-02-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Cincinnati Reds Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2014-02-03


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-05-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you know about Stephen Gonsalves? Stuff to match the numbers?
(SG from Phila)
He is just outside their top 10 for me. I think he could be a little something but not what the numbers indicate. Kind of like a Ben Lively situation last year. (CJ Wittmann)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)is Ben Lively able to keep his deception through the MLB-level, or does he really showcase as a #4 starter? Is his upside closer to dominant or more of an average MLB pitcher?
(Ron from Texarkana)
I think the deception plays, but the upside maxes out as a mid-rotation type with a higher likelihood he gives you solid innings in a number 4 package. The fastball/slider aren't quite impressive enough for me to view it as a shut-down closer type in the pen, so the back of a rotation seems like the most realistic fit based on skill set and value offered. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which pitcher will have the highest impact in the Majors: Josh Hader, Aaron Blair, or Ben Lively?
(Steve from nowhere)
Tough one. Hader is a reliever for me but could be nasty. Lively back-end guy. Blair back-end guy with a chance for more. I'll go Blair. (Chris Rodriguez)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Any news on Ben Lively and how he would compare on the list?
(Brady from Southeastern)
Very good arm but not a high-end profile; more of a #4 type. Not in consideration for the 50 despite the strong production. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Folow-up to the Michael Lorenzen question... I have heard some people even prefer Ben Lively to Lorenzen. What futures do you see these two?
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
Those people aren't watching Lively or Lorenzen in person. I haven't seen either one either, but our guys have and I trust their reports. Lively got off to a great start this year but the stuff isn't dominant. He's a back-end guy. Lorenzen has a number two starter ceiling or could be an impact reliever. Lorenzen is closer to Stephenson than he is to Lively. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Ben Lively anything more than a back end starter?
(Ryan from Sarasota)
That's about where I have him pegged. Maybe a #3 in a perfect world scenario, but a likely 4/5 type. Deceptive arm slot/action; FB works 90-92 and can touch higher; changes sight lines and can work all four quadrants; riding action; slider can miss barrels and is either a 55 or 60 pitch depending on the source; average to solid average CH/CB; good pitchability and workhorse build. Not bad. (Jason Parks)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Better long-term ceiling: Ben Lively, Aaron Blair, or Jen-Ho Tseng?
(Steve from Philly)
I would take Tseng. I dig it. (Jason Parks)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, Daniel Winkler and Ben Lively have carried over last years success into this year with incredible early season performances. Are these guys for real and in a dynasty league would you add one or both in place of, Mauricio Cabrera, Jose Martinez or Lewis Thorpe?
(Rup from DC)
I'd prefer them to the three others. I don't know that either is a star, but both are raising their stock (Paul Sporer)


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