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Spencer Patton PCubs

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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
51.7 4.01 1.17 53 2 1 0 0.4
Birth Date2-20-1988
Height6' 1"
Weight200 lbs
Age29 years, 2 months, 4 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2013
0.22014
-0.12015
-0.22016
0.42017
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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
2014 TEX MLB 9 0 9.3 1 0 0 6 2 8 0 .253 99 5.8 1.9 0.0 7.7 52% .240 .155 0.86 2.09 0.96 101 2.79 68.3 0.2
2015 TEX MLB 27 0 24.0 1 1 0 24 12 28 5 .263 108 9.0 4.5 1.9 10.5 40% .317 .300 1.50 5.48 9.00 122 5.11 119.3 -0.1
2016 CHN MLB 16 0 21.3 1 1 0 20 14 22 3 .269 91 8.4 5.9 1.3 9.3 42% .279 .305 1.59 5.06 5.48 114 5.87 130.0 -0.2
CareerMLB52054.73205028588.2641008.24.61.39.543%.288.2811.434.746.261155.01114.8-0.1

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.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
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-
2011 IDA Rk 19 2 39.7 3 1 2 42 15 56 0 .276 110 9.5 3.4 0.0 12.7 55% .396 .240 1.44 2.74 3.40 83 2.35 78.7
2012 IDA Rk 16 8 57.0 0 7 0 67 21 84 4 .277 112 10.6 3.3 0.6 13.3 46% .434 .284 1.54 3.77 6.32 77 1.70 78.8
2013 WIL A+ 25 2 64.3 5 2 2 49 20 76 5 .256 103 6.9 2.8 0.7 10.6 46% .288 .217 1.07 3.07 1.96 0 0.00 0.0
2013 NWA AA 12 0 18.0 0 0 0 9 6 27 1 .260 102 4.5 3.0 0.5 13.5 42% .250 .187 0.83 2.28 1.50 0 0.00 0.0
2014 TEX MLB 9 0 9.3 1 0 0 6 2 8 0 .253 99 5.8 1.9 0.0 7.7 52% .240 .155 0.86 2.09 0.96 101 2.79 68.3
2014 OMA AAA 34 0 46.3 4 3 14 26 22 60 9 .269 94 5.1 4.3 1.7 11.7 43% .179 .229 1.04 5.19 4.08 74 2.02 78.7
2014 ROU AAA 15 0 16.0 1 1 4 16 3 25 1 .278 100 9.0 1.7 0.6 14.1 44% .395 .227 1.19 1.95 3.38 76 1.30 68.7
2015 TEX MLB 27 0 24.0 1 1 0 24 12 28 5 .263 108 9.0 4.5 1.9 10.5 40% .317 .300 1.50 5.48 9.00 122 5.11 119.3
2015 ROU AAA 26 0 27.0 2 0 11 21 9 36 1 .271 99 7.0 3.0 0.3 12.0 36% .308 .226 1.11 2.64 1.67 78 1.62 74.9
2016 CHN MLB 16 0 21.3 1 1 0 20 14 22 3 .269 91 8.4 5.9 1.3 9.3 42% .279 .305 1.59 5.06 5.48 114 5.87 130.0
2016 IOW AAA 35 0 36.0 1 0 11 21 15 59 0 .265 5.2 3.8 0.0 14.8 40% .313 .187 1.00 1.86 0.75 66 1.41 72.3

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
2014 142 0.5634 0.4648 0.7273 0.5875 0.3065 0.7872 0.5789 0.2727
2015 476 0.5063 0.4349 0.7053 0.6224 0.2426 0.7733 0.5263 0.2947
2016 390 0.4974 0.4205 0.7317 0.5979 0.2449 0.7759 0.6250 0.2683
Career10080.51090.43350.71860.6080.25250.77630.57190.2814

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
2016 CHN $
2015 TEX $
2014 TEX $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 9 dNello Gamberdino1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Texas 11/20/15. Signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5085M (2015). Re-signed by Texas 2/27/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Acquired by Texas in trade from Kansas City 7/16/14. Contract selected by Texas 9/2/14.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 2011 (24-726) (SIU-Edwardsville).

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 2.9 1.1 0.1 51 0 65.8 44 23 68 7 .226 1.02 3.09 3.41 9.4 1.0
80o 2.6 0.9 0.1 46 0 59.5 43 22 62 7 .240 1.10 3.48 3.85 5.8 0.6
70o 2.4 0.8 0.1 42 0 55.1 42 22 57 7 .250 1.16 3.77 4.17 3.6 0.4
60o 2.2 0.7 0.1 40 0 51.5 41 21 53 7 .259 1.21 4.02 4.45 1.8 0.2
50o 2 0.7 0.1 37 0 48.1 40 21 50 7 .267 1.27 4.26 4.71 0.4 0.0
40o 1.8 0.6 0.1 35 0 44.8 39 20 46 7 .275 1.32 4.50 4.98 -0.9 -0.1
30o 1.7 0.5 0.1 32 0 41.4 38 19 43 6 .283 1.38 4.76 5.27 -2.0 -0.2
20o 1.5 0.4 0.1 29 0 37.5 36 18 39 6 .294 1.45 5.08 5.62 -3.2 -0.3
10o 1.2 0.3 0 25 0 32.2 33 17 33 6 .308 1.55 5.52 6.11 -4.4 -0.5
Weighted Mean20.70.137047.43920497.2651.254.224.670.60.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 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 DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20183021033043312255639.2861.223.994.616.44.611.41.20.3
20193121034044322255639.2921.244.004.626.64.511.31.20.3
20203221046060453175939.2871.264.335.006.74.611.21.30.1
20213311027035251944439.2911.274.074.706.54.911.41.00.2
20223421042054382568639.2851.173.614.176.34.211.31.00.6
20233521045058372465639.2481.053.604.165.73.710.10.90.6
20243621042055402670539.3061.213.393.916.64.311.50.80.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 83)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 92 Miguel Socolovich 2016 2.25
2 92 Justin Miller 2016 4.75
3 90 Blake Parker 2014 5.57
4 89 Chris Leroux 2013 6.75
5 88 Casey Fien 2013 4.06
6 88 Ian Thomas 2016 0.00 DNP
7 88 Mickey Storey 2015 0.00 DNP
8 88 Sam Demel 2015 0.00 DNP
9 87 Evan Scribner 2015 4.65
10 87 Jason Bulger 2008 7.31
11 87 Josh Roenicke 2012 4.06
12 87 George Kontos 2014 3.06
13 87 C.C. Lee 2016 0.00 DNP
14 87 Michael Bowden 2016 0.00 DNP
15 87 Blaine Hardy 2016 4.12
16 87 Rob Wooten 2015 12.00
17 87 Edwin Moreno 2010 0.00 DNP
18 86 Chris Hatcher 2014 3.38
19 86 Marcus McBeth 2010 0.00 DNP
20 86 Carlos Fisher 2012 0.00 DNP
21 86 Anthony Varvaro 2014 3.13
22 86 Scott Maine 2014 0.00 DNP
23 85 Anthony Slama 2013 0.00 DNP
24 85 Adam Liberatore 2016 3.02
25 84 Sam Freeman 2016 12.91
26 84 Chaz Roe 2016 3.90
27 84 Cory Wade 2012 6.69
28 84 Matt Daley 2011 10.50
29 84 Pedro Beato 2016 0.00 DNP
30 84 Mike Zagurski 2012 5.79
31 84 Mike McClendon 2014 0.00 DNP
32 83 Mike Ekstrom 2013 0.00 DNP
33 83 Jaye Chapman 2016 0.00 DNP
34 83 Brad Ziegler 2009 3.44
35 83 Michael Broadway 2016 11.81
36 83 Kirby Yates 2016 5.36
37 83 John Axford 2012 5.45
38 83 Brandon Gomes 2014 3.71
39 83 Mitch Stetter 2010 14.73
40 83 Ron Flores 2009 0.00 DNP
41 83 Brandon Kintzler 2014 3.55
42 83 Jason Anderson 2008 0.00 DNP
43 82 Nick Hagadone 2015 5.27
44 82 Alex Wilson 2016 3.11
45 82 Kazuhito Tadano 2009 0.00 DNP
46 82 Juan Padilla 2006 0.00 DNP
47 82 Robert Coello 2014 0.00 DNP
48 82 Craig Breslow 2010 3.13
49 82 Jeremy McBryde 2016 0.00 DNP
50 82 Joe Paterson 2015 0.00 DNP
51 82 Donnie Veal 2014 7.50
52 82 Nick Vincent 2016 3.64
53 82 Greg Burke 2012 0.00 DNP
54 82 Eric Hull 2009 0.00 DNP
55 82 Allan Simpson 2007 0.00 DNP
56 81 T.J. Beam 2010 0.00 DNP
57 81 Josh Fields 2015 3.55
58 81 Xavier Cedeno 2016 3.70
59 81 Luis Perdomo 2013 0.00 DNP
60 81 Jeff Stevens 2013 0.00 DNP
61 81 Frank Herrmann 2013 0.00 DNP
62 81 Dennis Sarfate 2010 0.00 DNP
63 81 John Ennis 2009 0.00 DNP
64 81 Tony Watson 2014 1.86
65 81 James Hoyt 2016 5.12
66 81 Justin Lehr 2007 0.00 DNP
67 81 Ryan Buchter 2016 2.86
68 81 Mike Burns 2008 0.00 DNP
69 81 Rob Scahill 2016 4.11
70 80 Tim Dillard 2013 0.00 DNP
71 80 Jim Hoey 2012 0.00 DNP
72 80 Erick Threets 2011 0.00 DNP
73 80 Cody Eppley 2015 0.00 DNP
74 80 Jared Hughes 2015 2.82
75 80 Cesar Jimenez 2014 1.69
76 80 Deunte Heath 2015 0.00 DNP
77 80 Dale Thayer 2010 27.00
78 80 Chris Schroder 2008 5.40
79 80 Jess Todd 2015 0.00 DNP
80 80 Jordan De Jong 2008 0.00 DNP
81 80 Joe Savery 2015 0.00 DNP
82 80 Brad Salmon 2009 0.00 DNP
83 80 Jairo Asencio 2012 5.13
84 80 Kevin Whelan 2013 0.00 DNP
85 80 Kevin Cameron 2009 3.44
86 80 Royce Ring 2010 15.43
87 80 Jonah Bayliss 2010 0.00 DNP
88 80 Alex Hinshaw 2012 6.04
89 79 Gabe DeHoyos 2009 0.00 DNP
90 79 Oliver Drake 2016 5.94
91 79 Esmerling Vasquez 2013 0.00 DNP
92 79 Josh Schmidt 2012 0.00 DNP
93 79 Scott Dunn 2007 0.00 DNP
94 79 Dirk Hayhurst 2010 0.00 DNP
95 79 Matt Riley 2009 0.00 DNP
96 79 Jesse Carlson 2010 4.61
97 79 Sean Green 2008 5.35
98 79 Oneli Perez 2012 0.00 DNP
99 79 Mark Hamburger 2016 0.00 DNP
100 79 Felix Romero 2009 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .246 .405 .362 .294
11 vs R (Multi) .235 .313 .428 .296
18 Split (Multi) .011 .092 -.066 -.001
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .226 .400 .290 .287
31 vs R (2016) .236 .311 .418 .317
38 Split (2016) -.011 .089 -.128 -.030
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 A middle reliever with a 9.00 ERA in 24 major-league innings hardly seems worthy of a profile, but Patton's disastrous-looking line is the result of 11 earned runs sprinkled across two horrific outings when he was asked to take one (or in this case, two) for the team. The Rangers' recent track record of success with seemingly fungible relievers at a minimum would have made Patton worth keeping an eye on in 2016; that the Cubs bothered to acquired him this winter adds some additional intrigue. If that isn't enough to cheer you up, indulge a little and scout the minor-league stats.
2015 Spencer Patton was acquired from the Royals for Jason Frasor last July and has put up strong minor-league numbers based on deception, but he acquitted himself well in a September call-up and could compete for a bullpen role this year.

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: O Brothers, Where Art Thou?Rian Watt2015-12-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: O Brothers, Where Art Thou?Christopher Crawford2015-12-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: O Brothers, Where Art Thou?R.J. Anderson2015-12-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: O Brothers, Where Art Thou?Dustin Palmateer2015-12-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: 40 Pounces to FreedomR.J. Anderson2015-11-23
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: 40 Pounces to FreedomMatthew Trueblood2015-11-23
BP Unfiltered: The 2014 Trade Deadline Transaction Analysis Thread BP Staff2014-07-31
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Cahilling TimeR.J. Anderson2014-07-18


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

A Collaboration between BrooksBaseball.net and Baseball Prospectus - Pitch classifications provided by Pitch Info LLC


Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2017, Spencer Patton threw 1,078 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2016, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Slider (85mph), also mixing in a Change (85mph).