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2016 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 23)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
105.3 4.62 1.46 66 5 7 0 0.0
Birth Date12-20-1992
Height6' 6"
Weight215 lbs
Age23 years, 7 months, 10 days
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DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
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 H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP 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 H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
2012 BNC Rk 8 8 40.0 40 4 31 1 .253 101 9.0 0.9 0.2 7.0 51% .302 .220 1.10 2.77 2.02
2013 LEX A 23 23 135.0 129 25 130 7 .267 91 8.6 1.7 0.5 8.7 56% .319 .252 1.14 2.94 2.67
2014 WIL A+ 14 14 82.7 72 11 92 2 .266 84 7.8 1.2 0.2 10.0 45% .315 .220 1.00 2.08 2.40
2014 NWA AA 8 8 48.0 45 6 38 7 .264 99 8.4 1.1 1.3 7.1 51% .270 .244 1.06 3.93 3.19
2014 OMA AAA 4 0 10.0 16 5 9 1 .263 96 14.4 4.5 0.9 8.1 46% .417 .331 2.10 5.00 5.40
2015 NWA AA 16 16 91.3 118 23 60 6 .255 100 11.6 2.3 0.6 5.9 40% .358 .292 1.54 3.66 5.03
2015 OMA AAA 6 6 27.7 31 15 9 4 .272 96 10.1 4.9 1.3 2.9 41% .276 .296 1.66 6.45 5.86
2016 NWA AA 6 6 35.3 35 6 29 2 .259 101 8.9 1.5 0.5 7.4 37% .314 .250 1.16 2.75 4.84
2016 OMA AAA 12 12 67.3 85 20 35 12 .274 99 11.4 2.7 1.6 4.7 31% .313 .325 1.56 6.25 6.01

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Injury History  —  No longer being updated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
2009-01-01 2009-01-01 HS 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery - Date Is Estimated - -

Compensation

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Details

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 7.1 7.7 0 22 22 124.6 120 32 78 14 .272 1.22 3.86 4.19 15.5 1.7
80o 6.4 7.7 0 21 21 117.8 121 32 74 14 .285 1.30 4.24 4.61 9.3 1.0
70o 6 7.8 0 20 20 113.1 122 32 71 14 .294 1.36 4.52 4.91 5.4 0.6
60o 5.6 7.8 0 19 19 109.1 122 32 68 14 .302 1.41 4.76 5.18 2.3 0.2
50o 5.2 7.7 0 19 19 105.4 122 32 66 14 .310 1.47 4.99 5.43 -0.4 -0.0
40o 4.9 7.7 0 18 18 101.8 122 32 64 14 .317 1.52 5.23 5.68 -2.8 -0.3
30o 4.6 7.7 0 17 17 98.0 122 32 61 14 .325 1.58 5.48 5.96 -5.2 -0.6
20o 4.2 7.7 0 17 17 93.6 122 32 59 14 .335 1.65 5.79 6.29 -7.7 -0.8
10o 3.6 7.6 0 16 16 87.7 121 32 55 14 .348 1.75 6.21 6.75 -10.7 -1.2
Weighted Mean5.27.701919105.2121326614.3081.454.975.4-0.1-0.0

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 7/30/2016 10:44 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 7 7.7 0 22 22 124.5 120 32 77 14 .272 1.22 3.62 3.98 14.7 1.6
80o 6.4 7.7 0 21 21 117.8 121 32 72 14 .284 1.30 3.96 4.35 9.1 1.0
70o 5.9 7.6 0 20 20 113.1 122 32 70 14 .294 1.36 4.20 4.62 5.4 0.6
60o 5.6 7.6 0 19 19 109.1 122 32 67 14 .301 1.42 4.41 4.86 2.4 0.3
50o 5.3 7.6 0 19 19 105.4 122 32 65 14 .309 1.47 4.61 5.08 -0.3 -0.0
40o 5 7.5 0 18 18 101.8 122 32 63 14 .316 1.52 4.81 5.3 -2.7 -0.3
30o 4.6 7.5 0 17 17 98.0 122 32 60 14 .324 1.57 5.03 5.55 -5.3 -0.6
20o 4.3 7.4 0 17 17 93.6 122 32 58 14 .333 1.64 5.29 5.84 -8.0 -0.9
10o 3.8 7.3 0 16 16 87.7 121 32 54 14 .346 1.74 5.66 6.25 -11.4 -1.2
Weighted Mean5.37.501919105.2121326514.3071.464.595.06-0.0-0.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
12% 15% 9% 21% 31%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 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
20172481002626155187511032541.3171.544.855.3310.93.06.01.5-0.4
201825790232313816046942141.3111.504.755.2210.53.06.11.4-0.2
201926780222213015342892041.3151.504.715.1810.62.96.21.4-0.1
202027670191911113036781741.3151.504.635.0910.52.96.31.40.0
202128570181810312233711641.3151.504.695.1610.62.96.21.4-0.0
20222956016169211029651441.3191.514.625.0810.72.86.31.40.0
2023304501414839827571341.3171.514.725.1910.72.96.21.4-0.1
2024314501212738723501141.3161.504.685.1510.72.86.11.3-0.0
2025324401111688022471041.3161.514.685.1510.62.96.31.3-0.0

Upside By Year

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
out of baseball5.37.22.73.92.723.4

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
2015out of baseball5.37.22.73.92.723.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 91)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 95 Jeremy Sowers 2006 3.67
2 95 Sean Gilmartin 2013 0.00 DNP
3 94 Ty Blach 2014 0.00 DNP
4 94 Brandon Hynick 2008 0.00 DNP
5 94 Ryan Merritt 2015 0.00 DNP
6 93 Zach McAllister 2011 8.15
7 93 Ben Snyder 2009 0.00 DNP
8 93 Todd Redmond 2008 0.00 DNP
9 93 Abe Alvarez 2006 12.00
10 93 P.J. Walters 2008 0.00 DNP
11 93 Steve Garrison 2010 0.00 DNP
12 93 Alex Cobb 2011 3.59
13 93 Dillon Gee 2009 0.00 DNP
14 92 Simon Castro 2011 0.00 DNP
15 92 Anthony Swarzak 2009 6.56
16 92 Blake Wood 2009 0.00 DNP
17 92 Brady Rodgers 2014 0.00 DNP
18 92 Luis Cruz 2014 0.00 DNP
19 92 James Simmons 2010 0.00 DNP
20 92 Zach Lee 2015 13.50
21 92 Justin Masterson 2008 3.16
22 92 Manny Ayala 2008 0.00 DNP
23 92 Adam Warren 2011 0.00 DNP
24 92 Jameson Taillon 2015 0.00 DNP
25 92 J.R. Graham 2013 0.00 DNP
26 92 Alec Asher 2015 9.31
27 91 C.J. Riefenhauser 2013 0.00 DNP
28 91 Anthony Fernandez 2013 0.00 DNP
29 91 Dallas Keuchel 2011 0.00 DNP
30 91 Jaron Long 2015 0.00 DNP
31 91 Nick Tropeano 2014 4.98
32 91 Cody Anderson 2014 0.00 DNP
33 91 Kyle Hendricks 2013 0.00 DNP
34 91 Adrian Sampson 2015 0.00 DNP
35 91 Keith Couch 2013 0.00 DNP
36 91 Edgar Osuna 2011 0.00 DNP
37 91 Edwin Escobar 2015 0.00 DNP
38 91 John Lamb 2014 0.00 DNP
39 91 Dallas Beeler 2012 0.00 DNP
40 91 Robbie Ross 2012 2.77
41 91 Kyle Gibson 2011 0.00 DNP
42 91 Anthony Bass 2011 1.68
43 91 Ryan Webb 2009 4.91
44 91 Jon Moscot 2015 4.63
45 91 Yoervis Medina 2012 0.00 DNP
46 91 Chad Rogers 2013 0.00 DNP
47 91 A.J. Cole 2015 10.61
48 91 Adam Miller 2008 0.00 DNP
49 91 Matt Andriese 2013 0.00 DNP
50 90 D.J. Baxendale 2014 0.00 DNP
51 90 Zeke Spruill 2013 8.74
52 90 Scott Barnes 2011 0.00 DNP
53 90 Andrew Heaney 2014 5.83
54 90 Kyle Kaminska 2012 0.00 DNP
55 90 Stephen Landazuri 2015 0.00 DNP
56 90 Bryan Augenstein 2010 0.00 DNP
57 90 Kevin Mulvey 2008 0.00 DNP
58 90 Rudy Owens 2011 0.00 DNP
59 90 Lance Broadway 2007 1.74
60 90 Matt Packer 2011 0.00 DNP
61 90 Mark Cohoon 2011 0.00 DNP
62 90 Trevor Bell 2010 5.16
63 90 Cory Mazzoni 2013 0.00 DNP
64 90 Kyle Lobstein 2013 0.00 DNP
65 90 Nick Martinez 2014 5.07
66 90 Tyson Ross 2010 5.49
67 90 Charles Brewer 2011 0.00 DNP
68 90 Wilfredo Boscan 2013 0.00 DNP
69 90 Tim Alderson 2012 0.00 DNP
70 89 Jarrod Parker 2012 3.52
71 89 Sonny Gray 2013 3.09
72 89 Kevin Slowey 2007 5.26
73 89 Nick Kingham 2015 0.00 DNP
74 89 Jason Adam 2015 0.00 DNP
75 89 Gregory Peavey 2012 0.00 DNP
76 89 Deryk Hooker 2012 0.00 DNP
77 89 David Holmberg 2015 7.62
78 89 Trey McNutt 2013 0.00 DNP
79 89 Aaron Northcraft 2013 0.00 DNP
80 89 Brett Marshall 2013 4.50
81 89 Zach Phillips 2010 0.00 DNP
82 89 Adam Wilk 2011 6.75
83 89 Manuel Rivera 2013 0.00 DNP
84 89 Wily Peralta 2012 2.48
85 89 Will Smith 2013 4.32
86 89 Lance Lynn 2010 0.00 DNP
87 89 Tanner Peters 2014 0.00 DNP
88 89 Ryan Weber 2014 0.00 DNP
89 89 Jon Niese 2010 5.03
90 89 Justin Nicolino 2015 4.01
91 89 Daniel Renken 2013 0.00 DNP
92 89 Heath Rollins 2008 0.00 DNP
93 89 Nicholas Struck 2013 0.00 DNP
94 89 Liam Hendriks 2012 6.43
95 89 Andres Santiago 2013 0.00 DNP
96 89 Tyler Herron 2010 0.00 DNP
97 88 Omar Poveda 2011 0.00 DNP
98 88 Michael Antonini 2009 0.00 DNP
99 88 Will Roberts 2014 0.00 DNP
100 88 Mike Wright 2013 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Christian Binford's best tool—pinpoint fastball command—deserted him last year, as the towering righty walked more men than he whiffed in Omaha and continued to struggle after a demotion to Double-A. He's young enough to adjust, but his low-velocity repertoire will always walk a razor line.
2015 Binford stood out in the Wilmington rotation last year, both for his towering build and for a level of production that dwarfed more heralded prospects Miguel Almonte and Sean Manaea. He stood out at the Futures Game, too, as the former 30th-round pick is a low-velocity strike-thrower whose upper-80s fastball seemed out of place among the gaudy tools on display in Minneapolis. Binford knows how to pitch, commands his fastball well and has a serviceable slide piece, though his changeup still lags. He held his own in Double-A but struggled in a brief bullpen audition in Omaha; still, that the Royals were considering him to bolster their relief corps down the stretch highlights the progress he's made. If he continues to avoid walks and miss a few bats he could eventually slot in at the end of a big-league rotation, though a career in middle relief seems more likely.
2014 Lexington's Pitcher of the Year, lanky Christian Binford has shown positive command and healthy groundball rates in his brief minor-league career.

BP Articles

Christian Binford is referenced in the following articles.

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: 10th Edition, 2016J.J. Jansons2016-06-09
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects for 2016Ben Carsley2016-02-26
This article requires BP Premium accessLeague Preview Series: Pacific Coast LeagueCraig Goldstein2015-04-06
This article requires BP Premium accessLeague Preview Series: Carolina LeagueJordan Gorosh2015-03-27
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: Kansas City Royals Top 10 ProspectsNick J. Faleris2015-01-26
This article requires BP Premium access2015 Prospects: Kansas City Royals Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2015-01-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Team Preview: Kansas City RoyalsBen Carsley2014-11-19
The Lineup Card: Seven September Call-ups We're Excited to SeeBaseball Prospectus2014-08-27
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Monday, July 21Jeff Moore2014-07-22
This article requires BP Premium access2014 Futures Game Preview: Scouting the U.S. TeamRon Shah2014-07-11
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Futures Team Meet and Greet: USACraig Goldstein2014-06-25
Eyewitness Accounts: June 19, 2014BP Prospect Staff2014-06-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Ideal Dynasty-Style Mock DraftCraig Goldstein2014-06-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Ideal Dynasty-Style Mock DraftBen Carsley2014-06-03
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 20Jeff Moore2014-05-21
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of May 2-4Jeff Moore2014-05-05
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: Carolina League Notes (Wilmington/Winston)CJ Wittmann2014-04-17
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/19Jason Parks2014-03-19
This article requires BP Premium accessNotes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/19Mark Anderson2014-03-19
Prospects Will Break Your Heart: 2014 Organizational RankingsJason Parks2014-02-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher ProspectsBen Carsley2014-02-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Starting Pitcher ProspectsCraig Goldstein2014-02-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Kansas City Royals Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2013-11-22
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Sunday, July 28Zach Mortimer2013-07-29
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 17Zach Mortimer2013-07-18
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 21Zach Mortimer2013-05-22
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of April 25-26Zach Mortimer2013-04-27


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)Favorite James Shields clubhouse story?
(Nike from Doit)
There's a good one involving Christian Binford and ice cream, but I'll probably save that for next spring training. (Andy McCullough)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Do Christian Binford and Jonathan Dziedzic of Wilmington profile mostly as relievers at the highest level, or is there a chance for them in the rotation of (hopefully) good teams?
(Bill from Bozeman)
Binford is swing/long man for me with a chance to be a 5th starter if he can add some mustard to the mix. After watching him in person, his numbers are definitely better than his scouting report. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)How strong is the Royals crop of young arms including Kyle Zimmer, Miguel Almonte, Jason Adam, Christian Binford, Sam Selman, and new acquisitions Brandon Finnegan and Foster Griffin? BTW, what can you tell me about Selman as he doesn't seem to get as much press as the others? Cheers
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
it's very strong. I really like Almonte and believe Adam will continue to progress. I like Finnegan quite a bit too. if Zimmer could prove healthy, then the crop would be even stronger. Given the control problems, I am not convinced Selman is a starter long term, and that's the biggest reason you don't hear more about him nationally. (Mark Anderson)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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


Christian Binford has thrown 31 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2014 and 2016, all of them occuring in Spring Training. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph), Curve (75mph) and Change (80mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (79mph).