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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
23 9731 .298 .365 .417 .276 42.4
Birth Date8-23-1958
Height6' 0"
Weight160 lbs
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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
1982 PHI 23 16 32 29 3 8 1 0 0 9 2 4 0 0 1 3 0 2 .276 .323 .310 .240 0.8 -0.4 0.0
1983 CLE 24 149 598 560 68 153 24 8 8 217 27 50 2 6 3 80 32 12 .273 .306 .388 .245 17.7 -3.2 1.5
1984 CLE 25 160 718 658 82 188 22 5 3 229 43 68 6 10 1 79 19 10 .286 .331 .348 .254 24.9 8.6 3.6
1985 CLE 26 160 703 636 97 183 33 4 6 242 54 74 4 9 0 90 13 9 .288 .343 .381 .259 30.4 -8.4 2.3
1986 CLE 27 149 636 599 80 183 30 5 10 253 32 66 0 5 0 74 10 7 .306 .338 .422 .264 26.2 1.6 2.9
1987 CLE 28 128 560 495 86 158 24 3 8 212 57 56 3 5 0 52 32 9 .319 .389 .428 .284 38.8 -7.4 3.1
1988 CLE 29 152 676 613 88 186 23 6 10 251 56 72 2 4 1 54 25 11 .303 .361 .409 .287 37.0 -3.8 3.6
1989 TEX 30 150 621 548 80 173 31 5 13 253 66 69 1 6 0 92 21 3 .316 .386 .462 .299 43.9 4.5 5.3
1990 TEX 31 157 670 582 96 172 27 1 11 234 82 83 2 2 2 69 31 10 .296 .383 .402 .289 39.3 5.7 4.8
1991 TEX 32 146 659 589 108 201 27 3 15 279 65 78 3 2 0 78 36 9 .341 .408 .474 .320 61.8 -17.9 4.7
1992 TEX 33 35 123 107 19 25 7 0 2 38 15 17 0 0 1 8 1 1 .234 .328 .355 .244 0.6 -0.7 -0.0
1993 TEX 34 144 607 532 85 154 31 3 14 233 62 95 1 7 5 84 9 3 .289 .360 .438 .273 19.5 0.0 2.0
1994 CHA 35 112 505 433 72 138 19 2 20 221 62 75 5 5 0 98 8 1 .319 .406 .510 .316 38.8 -1.7 3.6
1996 CLE 37 112 499 432 72 139 20 1 14 203 61 82 3 3 0 76 8 8 .322 .407 .470 .290 21.3 -3.5 1.7
1997 CLE 38 78 328 289 46 82 13 1 3 106 38 75 0 0 1 25 8 5 .284 .367 .367 .260 4.8 1.9 0.7
1997 MIL 38 42 177 141 22 34 3 0 4 49 31 41 1 4 0 19 7 1 .241 .373 .348 .253 3.2 0.7 0.4
1999 TBA 40 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -.017 -0.3 -0.0 -0.0
2001 ATL 42 25 101 90 13 27 4 0 3 40 10 20 1 0 0 11 0 0 .300 .376 .444 .289 4.2 0.8 0.5
2002 ATL 43 125 383 338 51 96 13 1 6 129 39 75 1 3 2 30 5 1 .284 .357 .382 .255 3.8 -0.9 0.3
2003 ATL 44 103 223 197 28 58 12 2 5 89 25 43 0 1 0 31 0 1 .294 .372 .452 .280 7.5 -2.9 0.5
2004 ATL 45 125 361 320 37 99 18 3 6 141 36 68 1 3 1 57 4 2 .309 .378 .441 .281 13.1 -2.9 1.0
2005 ATL 46 108 265 233 30 64 12 1 9 105 27 57 1 3 1 42 4 0 .275 .348 .451 .269 5.3 -1.0 0.4
2006 NYN 47 95 179 165 14 45 10 0 2 61 13 49 1 0 0 26 6 1 .273 .330 .370 .226 -1.8 -0.9 -0.3
2007 ATL 48 15 45 40 1 10 3 0 0 13 4 10 0 1 0 8 0 0 .250 .311 .325 .223 -1.9 0.4 -0.2
2007 NYN 48 40 61 50 7 10 0 0 1 13 10 13 0 1 0 8 2 1 .200 .328 .260 .232 -0.3 0.1 -0.0
Career2527973186771285258640754173362091713413880191194281107.298.365.417.276438.5-31.542.4

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
1978 BUT Rk 47 161 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .367 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 CNO A- 71 330 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .379 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 PEN A+ 140 609 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .347 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 REA AA 139 600 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 PHI MLB 16 32 .240 .248 .303 .352 .243 .320 96 -0.6 0.9 0.4 -0.4 0.5 0.8 0.0 0.8 0.0
1982 OKL AAA 120 509 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 CLE MLB 149 598 .245 .267 .327 .404 .267 .285 102 -9.2 16.2 7.5 -3.2 1.9 17.7 1.5 17.7 1.5
1984 CLE MLB 160 718 .254 .265 .326 .400 .267 .310 100 -3.9 19.2 8.8 8.6 0.0 24.9 3.6 24.9 3.6
1985 CLE MLB 160 703 .259 .258 .320 .401 .263 .313 99 -0.8 19.2 8.2 -8.4 5.2 30.4 2.3 30.4 2.3
1986 CLE MLB 149 636 .264 .263 .326 .409 .267 .328 103 2.7 17.6 7 1.6 -0.3 26.2 2.9 26.2 2.9
1987 CLE MLB 128 560 .284 .264 .328 .422 .262 .344 102 14.2 16.5 5.9 -7.4 2.4 38.8 3.1 38.8 3.1
1988 CLE MLB 152 676 .287 .259 .323 .391 .268 .329 97 17.2 17.7 -0.9 -3.8 4.2 37.0 3.6 37.0 3.6
1989 TEX MLB 150 621 .299 .264 .326 .388 .267 .339 103 23.6 16.2 -1.4 4.5 6.0 43.9 5.3 43.9 5.3
1990 TEX MLB 157 670 .289 .257 .323 .385 .261 .329 102 19.3 18.0 -1 5.7 0.4 39.3 4.8 39.3 4.8
1991 TEX MLB 146 659 .320 .265 .330 .403 .268 .373 100 38.9 17.8 -0.8 -17.9 5.7 61.8 4.7 61.8 4.7
1992 TEX MLB 35 123 .244 .257 .324 .382 .262 .261 99 -1.9 3.2 -1.2 -0.7 0.6 0.6 -0.0 0.6 -0.0
1993 TEX MLB 144 607 .273 .268 .335 .414 .264 .326 99 8.7 17.4 -11.1 0.0 4.5 19.5 2.0 19.5 2.0
1994 CHA MLB 112 505 .316 .273 .344 .434 .267 .344 98 32 15.3 -9.8 -1.7 1.1 38.8 3.6 38.8 3.6
1996 CLE MLB 112 499 .290 .280 .352 .451 .272 .369 101 17.4 15.4 -9.8 -3.5 -0.3 21.3 1.7 21.3 1.7
1997 CLE MLB 78 328 .260 .276 .343 .437 .270 .374 97 -0.1 9.0 -3.6 1.9 0.2 4.8 0.7 4.8 0.7
1997 MIL MLB 42 177 .253 .268 .335 .419 .260 .300 98 -1.4 4.9 -3.3 0.7 2.8 3.2 0.4 3.2 0.4
1999 TBA MLB 1 1 -.017 .262 .334 .354 .243 .000 91 -0.3 0.0 0 -0.0 0.0 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2001 ATL MLB 25 101 .289 .257 .323 .415 .258 .358 93 3.2 2.7 -1.9 0.8 -0.3 4.2 0.5 4.2 0.5
2002 ATL MLB 125 383 .255 .257 .327 .407 .259 .346 97 -1.9 9.8 -6.2 -0.9 1.2 3.8 0.3 3.8 0.3
2003 ATL MLB 103 223 .280 .260 .335 .411 .261 .353 98 5 5.9 -3.4 -2.9 -0.4 7.5 0.5 7.5 0.5
2004 ATL MLB 125 361 .281 .264 .331 .434 .263 .373 93 8.4 10.7 -5.9 -2.9 0.8 13.1 1.0 13.1 1.0
2005 ATL MLB 108 265 .269 .259 .326 .409 .259 .324 99 2.5 7.6 -3.9 -1.0 -0.6 5.3 0.4 5.3 0.4
2006 NYN MLB 95 179 .226 .265 .340 .433 .269 .377 92 -6.9 5.4 -2 -0.9 0.9 -1.8 -0.3 -1.8 -0.3
2007 ATL MLB 15 45 .223 .263 .334 .414 .261 .323 100 -1.8 1.3 -0.8 0.4 -0.8 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
2007 NYN MLB 40 61 .232 .258 .328 .404 .252 .243 98 -1.9 1.8 -0.4 0.1 -0.3 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2007 ROM A 4 16 .225 .282 .365 .425 .266 .364 103 -0.5 0.4 -0.3 -0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2007 RIC AAA 4 17 .329 .262 .332 .394 .250 .286 76 0.4 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.2 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0

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
1978 BUT Rk 161 34 43 5 2 3 28 17 30 4 3 .305 .381 .433 .128 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1979 CNO A- 330 57 98 15 5 10 45 24 59 22 9 .328 .381 .512 .184 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1980 PEN A+ 609 105 178 25 6 11 99 33 66 44 12 .321 .366 .447 .126 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1981 REA AA 600 70 160 17 3 8 74 52 60 27 14 .301 .365 .389 .088 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 OKL AAA 509 80 139 19 5 21 66 39 56 33 11 .300 .357 .499 .199 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 PHI MLB 32 3 8 1 0 0 3 2 4 0 2 .276 .323 .310 .034 .240 0.8 -0.4 0.0
1983 CLE MLB 598 68 153 24 8 8 80 27 50 32 12 .273 .306 .388 .114 .245 17.7 -3.2 1.5
1984 CLE MLB 718 82 188 22 5 3 79 43 68 19 10 .286 .331 .348 .062 .254 24.9 8.6 3.6
1985 CLE MLB 703 97 183 33 4 6 90 54 74 13 9 .288 .343 .381 .093 .259 30.4 -8.4 2.3
1986 CLE MLB 636 80 183 30 5 10 74 32 66 10 7 .306 .338 .422 .117 .264 26.2 1.6 2.9
1987 CLE MLB 560 86 158 24 3 8 52 57 56 32 9 .319 .389 .428 .109 .284 38.8 -7.4 3.1
1988 CLE MLB 676 88 186 23 6 10 54 56 72 25 11 .303 .361 .409 .106 .287 37.0 -3.8 3.6
1989 TEX MLB 621 80 173 31 5 13 92 66 69 21 3 .316 .386 .462 .146 .299 43.9 4.5 5.3
1990 TEX MLB 670 96 172 27 1 11 69 82 83 31 10 .296 .383 .402 .107 .289 39.3 5.7 4.8
1991 TEX MLB 659 108 201 27 3 15 78 65 78 36 9 .341 .408 .474 .132 .320 61.8 -17.9 4.7
1992 TEX MLB 123 19 25 7 0 2 8 15 17 1 1 .234 .328 .355 .121 .244 0.6 -0.7 -0.0
1993 TEX MLB 607 85 154 31 3 14 84 62 95 9 3 .289 .360 .438 .148 .273 19.5 0.0 2.0
1994 CHA MLB 505 72 138 19 2 20 98 62 75 8 1 .319 .406 .510 .192 .316 38.8 -1.7 3.6
1996 CLE MLB 499 72 139 20 1 14 76 61 82 8 8 .322 .407 .470 .148 .290 21.3 -3.5 1.7
1997 CLE MLB 328 46 82 13 1 3 25 38 75 8 5 .284 .367 .367 .083 .260 4.8 1.9 0.7
1997 MIL MLB 177 22 34 3 0 4 19 31 41 7 1 .241 .373 .348 .106 .253 3.2 0.7 0.4
1999 TBA MLB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.017 -0.3 -0.0 -0.0
2001 ATL MLB 101 13 27 4 0 3 11 10 20 0 0 .300 .376 .444 .144 .289 4.2 0.8 0.5
2002 ATL MLB 383 51 96 13 1 6 30 39 75 5 1 .284 .357 .382 .098 .255 3.8 -0.9 0.3
2003 ATL MLB 223 28 58 12 2 5 31 25 43 0 1 .294 .372 .452 .157 .280 7.5 -2.9 0.5
2004 ATL MLB 361 37 99 18 3 6 57 36 68 4 2 .309 .378 .441 .131 .281 13.1 -2.9 1.0
2005 ATL MLB 265 30 64 12 1 9 42 27 57 4 0 .275 .348 .451 .176 .269 5.3 -1.0 0.4
2006 NYN MLB 179 14 45 10 0 2 26 13 49 6 1 .273 .330 .370 .097 .226 -1.8 -0.9 -0.3
2007 RIC AAA 17 2 4 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 .286 .412 .286 .000 .329 0.5 -0.1 0.0
2007 NYN MLB 61 7 10 0 0 1 8 10 13 2 1 .200 .328 .260 .060 .232 -0.3 0.1 -0.0
2007 ATL MLB 45 1 10 3 0 0 8 4 10 0 0 .250 .311 .325 .075 .223 -1.9 0.4 -0.2
2007 ROM A 16 3 4 0 0 0 2 1 2 1 0 .308 .438 .308 .000 .225 -0.2 -0.0 -0.0

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

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2003-08-17 2003-09-01 15-DL 15 14 Left Fingers Fracture Middle Finger - -
1996-08-04 1996-08-30 15-DL 26 23 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
1996-07-07 1996-07-27 15-DL 20 17 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1992-07-09 1992-10-05 60-DL 88 76 Right Knee Surgery Patellar Tendonitis 1992-09-08
1992-05-04 1992-06-01 15-DL 28 25 Right Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendonitis -
1992-03-29 1992-04-22 15-DL 24 15 Right Knee Inflammation Patellar Tendonitis - -
1987-07-13 1987-08-10 15-DL 28 24 Right Elbow Hyperextension - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 ATL $1,150,000
2007 NYN $1,150,000
2006 NYN $1,050,000
2005 ATL $1,000,000
2004 ATL $750,000
2002 ATL $600,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$5,700,000
5 yrTotal$5,700,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
20 y 84 dChuck Berry

Details
  • contract purchased 9/1/07 designated for assignment 8/1/07
  • signed as a free agent from NYM 7/18/07 (minor-league contract)
  • designated for assignment 7/12/07
  • signed as a free agent from ATL 12/05, 2 year/$2.2M (06-07), 06:$1.05M, 07:$1.15M
  • re-signed as a free agent 12/04, 1 year/$1M (05)
  • 1 year/$0.75M (04)
  • contract purchased 3/02
  • 1 year/$0.6M (02) signed 12/01 (minor-league contract), contract purchased 8/01 (Mexican League)

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Imagine your memory of every player is erased...which player would you most like to see play for the first time. I'd choose a young Julio Franco, the bat speed plus the arm and the crazy stance.
(Name from Place)
Bo Jackson. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does batting stance matter in scouting? If you saw three players at age 18 with the same hit tool/bat speed, one with Julio Franco's stance, one with Trout's neutral stance and one with Edwin Encarnacion's open stance would you prefer one over the other. I would imagine that Franco's natural complexity would make him more adaptable to a learned adjustment if he struggled during development.
(Name from Place)
I used to worry about it more than I do now. As long as it works, let it rip. Every player has a unique relationship with the bat and the process of putting that bat to the ball. Are there things I want to see mechanically over others? Hell yes. But as long as the bat ends up in the right place in the right time, I don't care how a player makes it happen. (Jason Parks)
2012-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Looking through the FA class of RP and SP, who are this year's Fernando Rodney, Hiroki Kuroda and Wei-Yun Chen?
(jlarsen from chicago)
Projecting relievers is a fool's errand, given the sample sizes involved and the variation in reliever usage from year to year. But I'm a fool, so allow me to take a stab at it. A few names that stand out as potential bargains are Jason Grilli, Joel Peralta, and Octavio Dotel - Dotel might be the Julio Franco of this generations relief pitchers.

On the jukebox: Guns N' Roses, "My Michelle" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-01-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Very random question: What current prospect is most likely to have the longest career? Not the best player, the player most likely to resemble Julio Franco. Bonus points if the prospect eats a dozen egg whites before every game.
(SC from Minneapolis)
Elvis Andrus strikes me as a guy that could pull a Vizquel and play until he's 75 years-old (Jason Parks)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm fond of True Grit. Aside from Julio Franco, Moyer and the lot, which player do you think has least in the way of comparables? (I'm struck by this in seeing that Mauer's comps seem to be a lot of players WAY worse than him.)
(collins from greenville nc)
Ichiro is a guy that PECOTA has always had trouble finding comps for - his index number last year was 17. However, as I said, Clay has expanded the possible universe of players a bit so I expect that it will feel a bit more confident in its list of comparables this year, even if it has to go back to Sam Rice to find one. (Steven Goldman)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)How do scouts typically measure bat speed? Can they just tell or do they look for a hitter's ability to hit mid-90s heat on the inside or up in the zone?
(Dillon from Pasadena)
There's not some kind of timed measurement, but you are looking for barrel velocity as well as kind of a pop-time thing where you want to see how quick the bat flies into the hitting zone from the time one starts their swing. You're looking for warning signs like bat wrap, or hitches and triggers, but you also have to accept the fact that sometimes things just work for a guy. Julio Franco had an INSANE bat wrap, but you had no reason to fix it. Hunter Pence has a big ol' hitch, but it works, Gary Sheffield's waggle trigger -- you'd never teach it, but you'd never ask him to change it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christian Guzman... is he really going to be as good as his projections say? Are his comps all late bloomers?
(krissbeth from watertown)
I just have a very real problem with taking Cristian Guzman all that seriously, but happily, Jim Bowden keeps him locked down with the Nats, essentially making the question academic (or one for the realm of fantasy). Snark aside, he's come back better than I expected as a hitter, but his comps (Schoendienst, Julio Franco, Michael Young, and Grudz) are cause for continuing optimism. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Likely to make an in-season roster?: Julio Franco, Jeff Weaver, Bonds, Clemens.
(Bill W from Brooklyn NY)
Still holding out hope for Bonds. Y'know, if the Mariners just got over themselves and plugged in Bonds for Vidro, they might actually be able to take advantage of the Angels' injuries. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)So, what are PECOTA's comps for Billy Crystal? ;) (But seriously: He didn't look that bad out there, to these eyes. Are we that far away from when medical science gives us 59-60 year-old ball players?)
(MA from Athens, GA)
Luke Appling, 1950; Julio Franco, 2007; Henny Youngman, any year.

...I think we're still pretty far away from seniors ballplayers, but it's not out of the realm of possibility some decades hence. If I'm still here answering questions then, remind me that you were ahead of the curve. (Steven Goldman)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)There are a lot of veterans in the NRIs. Where do you see Julio Franco in his quest to play as a pentagenarian?
(patsen29 from Toronto)
Done. He might still be able to catch up to the odd offering from a lefty, but he's a pinch-hitter in a game that doesn't really reserve roster space for the type any more. He could do it if he popped into the wayback machine to the '80s, when guys like Steve Braun and le grand Orange and Greg Gross and Harry Spilman were on rosters, but then either he wouldn't be a pentagenarian any more, or he could run into himself and blow a hole in the space-time continuum or something. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-02-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is anyone going to sign Julio Franco? He turns 50 in August, and his goal was to play until then.
(Rich from Columbus,OH)
My guess is that someone will give him that chance. Minnie Minoso was certainly a better player than Franco -- he had a lifetime 130 OPS+ -- but Franco was better after the age of 40. While Minoso’s cameos came at ages 50 and 54, his “real” career ended at age 38.

Minoso trivia: His one base hit at age 50 or over came off Sid Monge.

Franco trivia: He has reached base all 4 times he has faced John Franco.

Franco trivia part 2: He went 1-for-7 in his career against Gaylord Perry, who is now 69 years old. (David Laurila)


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