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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 40)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
34.0 4.74 1.44 27 2 2 0 0.1
Birth Date6-19-1977
Height6' 2"
Weight215 lbs
Age40 years, 0 months, 6 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
-1.22013
-1.22014
-0.32015
2016
0.12017
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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
1998 ATL MLB 4 4 20.3 2 0 0 23 9 17 3 .249 95 10.2 4.0 1.3 7.5 34% .328 .286 1.57 4.78 3.98 99 5.36 111.1 0.1
1999 ATL MLB 16 7 51.0 2 2 0 38 27 45 11 .257 95 6.7 4.8 1.9 7.9 29% .209 .246 1.27 5.81 5.47 96 5.08 98.8 0.6
2000 ATL 0 22 0 39.7 4 0 0 35 19 32 4 .255 93 7.9 4.3 0.9 7.3 40% .258 .260 1.36 4.26 2.50 84 3.97 76.3 0.9
2000 PHI 0 15 15 94.3 3 4 0 81 27 80 14 .259 99 7.7 2.6 1.3 7.6 35% .257 .225 1.14 4.17 3.63 84 3.91 75.2 2.2
2001 NYN 0 11 11 59.7 3 2 0 56 28 47 10 .259 91 8.4 4.2 1.5 7.1 38% .274 .287 1.41 5.01 4.68 99 5.24 108.7 0.4
2001 PHI 0 16 16 86.3 4 5 0 90 31 79 19 .257 94 9.4 3.2 2.0 8.2 32% .283 .293 1.40 5.14 5.00 99 4.57 94.7 1.2
2002 CIN 0 39 1 39.7 0 2 0 37 20 37 7 .259 106 8.4 4.5 1.6 8.4 39% .265 .278 1.44 4.89 4.31 94 6.38 136.9 -0.4
2002 MON 0 15 5 37.3 2 3 0 47 23 43 9 .255 102 11.3 5.5 2.2 10.4 38% .369 .315 1.88 5.63 6.99 95 4.06 87.1 0.6
2002 NYN 0 1 0 0.7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .236 89 13.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 50% .333 .241 1.50 2.87 0.00 97 0.00 0.0 0.0
2003 BOS 0 5 2 12.3 0 1 0 12 2 12 4 .277 104 8.8 1.5 2.9 8.8 44% .250 .276 1.14 5.85 5.11 100 4.09 85.8 0.2
2003 HOU 0 11 0 12.0 0 0 0 14 8 8 2 .266 104 10.5 6.0 1.5 6.0 67% .300 .322 1.83 6.30 6.00 100 3.91 82.0 0.2
2004 BAL MLB 8 7 47.7 2 1 0 39 16 32 7 .257 104 7.4 3.0 1.3 6.0 39% .227 .233 1.15 4.72 3.02 97 3.96 81.8 0.9
2005 BAL MLB 34 32 197.3 13 10 0 187 63 133 33 .265 101 8.5 2.9 1.5 6.1 39% .259 .259 1.27 4.96 3.83 98 4.20 90.4 2.9
2006 BAL MLB 40 12 98.7 0 7 0 137 35 70 28 .264 109 12.5 3.2 2.6 6.4 34% .341 .308 1.74 6.52 6.93 96 5.28 107.5 0.5
2007 TEX MLB 5 0 10.0 0 0 0 11 6 7 3 .266 102 9.9 5.4 2.7 6.3 33% .267 .318 1.70 7.60 7.20 106 5.97 123.5 -0.0
2009 KCA MLB 17 9 62.3 1 6 0 74 25 45 12 .260 105 10.7 3.6 1.7 6.5 32% .321 .294 1.59 5.59 5.78 114 5.89 126.3 -0.3
2010 KCA MLB 33 23 140.3 12 7 1 136 57 98 17 .259 111 8.7 3.7 1.1 6.3 35% .275 .258 1.38 4.50 4.17 115 5.84 131.8 -1.0
2011 KCA MLB 25 25 155.0 12 8 0 152 50 97 18 .256 108 8.8 2.9 1.0 5.6 37% .278 .257 1.30 4.42 3.77 118 5.15 119.8 -0.2
2012 KCA MLB 34 34 191.7 11 14 0 215 47 140 33 .262 102 10.1 2.2 1.5 6.6 34% .304 .283 1.37 4.68 5.07 120 6.23 142.9 -2.4
2013 KCA MLB 34 15 121.0 9 4 0 107 36 78 13 .269 100 8.0 2.7 1.0 5.8 29% .255 .251 1.18 4.14 3.27 121 5.68 135.9 -1.2
2014 KCA MLB 13 7 48.3 2 4 0 69 16 36 7 .260 103 12.8 3.0 1.3 6.7 34% .380 .319 1.76 4.61 7.45 120 6.68 163.9 -1.2
2015 CLE MLB 2 2 6.3 0 1 0 17 1 4 3 .248 109 24.2 1.4 4.3 5.7 53% .519 .436 2.84 8.47 12.79 138 8.84 206.4 -0.3
2000 TOT MLB 37 15 134.0 7 4 0 116 46 112 18 .258 97 7.8 3.1 1.2 7.5 37% .257 .236 1.21 4.20 3.29 84 3.92 75.5 3.1
2001 TOT MLB 27 27 146.0 7 7 0 146 59 126 29 .258 93 9.0 3.6 1.8 7.8 34% .279 .291 1.40 5.09 4.87 99 4.84 100.4 1.6
2002 TOT MLB 55 6 77.7 2 5 0 85 43 80 16 .257 104 9.8 5.0 1.9 9.3 39% .315 .296 1.65 5.23 5.56 94 5.21 111.8 0.1
2003 TOT MLB 16 2 24.3 0 1 0 26 10 20 6 .271 104 9.6 3.7 2.2 7.4 56% .278 .301 1.48 6.07 5.55 100 4.00 83.9 0.4
CareerMLB4002271532.08281115785461140257.2611029.33.21.56.735%.285.2721.394.914.621065.19113.83.7

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-
1995 DNV Rk 14 13 70.3 4 4 0 78 19 56 3 .000 10.0 2.4 0.4 7.2 0% .000 .000 1.38 3.68 3.97 0 0.00 0.0
1996 EUG A- 11 8 35.7 4 1 0 23 14 55 1 .000 5.8 3.5 0.3 13.9 0% .000 .000 1.04 2.05 2.27 0 0.00 0.0
1997 MCN A 28 28 146.3 12 7 0 120 44 182 19 .000 7.4 2.7 1.2 11.2 0% .289 .000 1.12 3.72 3.51 0 0.00 0.0
1998 ATL MLB 4 4 20.3 2 0 0 23 9 17 3 .249 95 10.2 4.0 1.3 7.5 34% .328 .286 1.57 4.78 3.98 99 5.36 111.1
1998 GRN AA 24 23 139.3 13 7 0 106 48 164 12 .000 6.8 3.1 0.8 10.6 0% -.420 .000 1.11 3.28 3.30 0 0.00 0.0
1998 GWN AAA 4 4 24.0 2 1 0 17 19 29 1 .000 6.4 7.1 0.4 10.9 0% -.327 .000 1.50 3.78 1.88 0 0.00 0.0
1999 ATL MLB 16 7 51.0 2 2 0 38 27 45 11 .257 95 6.7 4.8 1.9 7.9 29% .209 .246 1.27 5.81 5.47 96 5.08 98.8
1999 GWN AAA 14 14 78.0 6 3 0 73 26 90 10 .000 8.4 3.0 1.2 10.4 0% -.500 .000 1.27 3.78 3.81 0 0.00 0.0
2000 ATL MLB 22 0 39.7 4 0 0 35 19 32 4 .255 93 7.9 4.3 0.9 7.3 40% .258 .260 1.36 4.26 2.50 84 3.97 76.3
2000 PHI MLB 15 15 94.3 3 4 0 81 27 80 14 .259 99 7.7 2.6 1.3 7.6 35% .257 .225 1.14 4.17 3.63 84 3.91 75.2
2000 GWN AAA 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 5 1 6 0 .000 7.5 1.5 0.0 9.0 0% -.714 .000 1.00 1.63 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2001 NYN MLB 11 11 59.7 3 2 0 56 28 47 10 .259 91 8.4 4.2 1.5 7.1 38% .274 .287 1.41 5.01 4.68 99 5.24 108.7
2001 PHI MLB 16 16 86.3 4 5 0 90 31 79 19 .257 94 9.4 3.2 2.0 8.2 32% .283 .293 1.40 5.14 5.00 99 4.57 94.7
2001 REA AA 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 3 0 7 0 .000 4.5 0.0 0.0 10.5 0% -.429 .000 0.50 0.87 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2001 SWB AAA 3 3 18.7 1 0 0 14 5 14 2 .000 6.7 2.4 1.0 6.7 0% -.571 .000 1.02 3.86 3.85 0 0.00 0.0
2002 CIN MLB 39 1 39.7 0 2 0 37 20 37 7 .259 106 8.4 4.5 1.6 8.4 39% .265 .278 1.44 4.89 4.31 94 6.38 136.9
2002 MON MLB 15 5 37.3 2 3 0 47 23 43 9 .255 102 11.3 5.5 2.2 10.4 38% .369 .315 1.88 5.63 6.99 95 4.06 87.1
2002 NYN MLB 1 0 0.7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .236 89 13.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 50% .333 .241 1.50 2.87 0.00 97 0.00 0.0
2003 BOS MLB 5 2 12.3 0 1 0 12 2 12 4 .277 104 8.8 1.5 2.9 8.8 44% .250 .276 1.14 5.85 5.11 100 4.09 85.8
2003 HOU MLB 11 0 12.0 0 0 0 14 8 8 2 .266 104 10.5 6.0 1.5 6.0 67% .300 .322 1.83 6.30 6.00 100 3.91 82.0
2003 PAW AAA 16 15 85.0 5 5 1 80 15 73 12 .000 8.5 1.6 1.3 7.7 0% .278 .000 1.12 4.00 4.24 0 0.00 0.0
2004 BAL MLB 8 7 47.7 2 1 0 39 16 32 7 .257 104 7.4 3.0 1.3 6.0 39% .227 .233 1.15 4.72 3.02 97 3.96 81.8
2004 OTT AAA 22 17 95.0 4 3 0 85 30 108 12 .000 8.1 2.8 1.1 10.2 0% .297 .000 1.21 3.60 3.22 0 0.00 0.0
2004 SYR AAA 3 3 10.3 0 1 0 17 5 8 4 .000 14.9 4.4 3.5 7.0 0% .351 .000 2.14 8.50 8.74 0 0.00 0.0
2005 BAL MLB 34 32 197.3 13 10 0 187 63 133 33 .265 101 8.5 2.9 1.5 6.1 39% .259 .259 1.27 4.96 3.83 98 4.20 90.4
2006 BAL MLB 40 12 98.7 0 7 0 137 35 70 28 .264 109 12.5 3.2 2.6 6.4 34% .341 .308 1.74 6.52 6.93 96 5.28 107.5
2006 PAN wor 1 1 5.1 0 0 0 4 1 3 0 .000 7.1 1.8 0.0 5.3 0% .267 .000 0.98 3.17 3.53 0 0.00 0.0
2007 TEX MLB 5 0 10.0 0 0 0 11 6 7 3 .266 102 9.9 5.4 2.7 6.3 33% .267 .318 1.70 7.60 7.20 106 5.97 123.5
2007 OKL AAA 4 4 16.0 1 1 0 17 3 12 3 .265 102 9.6 1.7 1.7 6.8 46% .286 .256 1.25 5.21 5.62 96 4.06 97.4
2009 KCA MLB 17 9 62.3 1 6 0 74 25 45 12 .260 105 10.7 3.6 1.7 6.5 32% .321 .294 1.59 5.59 5.78 114 5.89 126.3
2009 OMA AAA 14 13 82.0 4 2 0 57 23 69 8 .278 89 6.3 2.5 0.9 7.6 37% .224 .231 0.98 4.02 3.40 88 2.94 88.9
2010 KCA MLB 33 23 140.3 12 7 1 136 57 98 17 .259 111 8.7 3.7 1.1 6.3 35% .275 .258 1.38 4.50 4.17 115 5.84 131.8
2010 OMA AAA 3 3 20.7 0 1 0 13 5 20 0 .255 95 5.7 2.2 0.0 8.7 45% .255 .177 0.87 2.37 1.30 89 3.10 88.5
2011 KCA MLB 25 25 155.0 12 8 0 152 50 97 18 .256 108 8.8 2.9 1.0 5.6 37% .278 .257 1.30 4.42 3.77 118 5.15 119.8
2011 NWA AA 1 1 2.0 0 1 0 5 0 2 0 .273 85 22.5 0.0 0.0 9.0 22% .556 .461 2.50 1.37 18.00 96 4.80 103.5
2011 OMA AAA 2 2 9.0 0 0 0 11 1 8 3 .267 102 11.0 1.0 3.0 8.0 37% .296 .304 1.33 7.00 6.00 97 4.02 96.7
2012 KCA MLB 34 34 191.7 11 14 0 215 47 140 33 .262 102 10.1 2.2 1.5 6.6 34% .304 .283 1.37 4.68 5.07 120 6.23 142.9
2013 KCA MLB 34 15 121.0 9 4 0 107 36 78 13 .269 100 8.0 2.7 1.0 5.8 29% .255 .251 1.18 4.14 3.27 121 5.68 135.9
2014 KCA MLB 13 7 48.3 2 4 0 69 16 36 7 .260 103 12.8 3.0 1.3 6.7 34% .380 .319 1.76 4.61 7.45 120 6.68 163.9
2014 NWA AA 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 8 0 3 2 .273 100 24.0 0.0 6.0 9.0 54% .545 .479 2.67 9.78 6.00 97 4.13 100.9
2014 OMA AAA 3 3 12.3 0 1 0 21 3 13 1 .273 97 15.3 2.2 0.7 9.5 32% .500 .320 1.95 3.37 8.76 89 2.69 85.9
2015 CLE MLB 2 2 6.3 0 1 0 17 1 4 3 .248 109 24.2 1.4 4.3 5.7 53% .519 .436 2.84 8.47 12.79 138 8.84 206.4
2015 COH AAA 5 5 31.0 2 1 0 19 3 23 4 .248 106 5.5 0.9 1.2 6.7 51% .188 .179 0.71 3.73 1.74 83 2.60 90.2

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
2009 1062 0.4887 0.4454 0.8457 0.6185 0.2799 0.8847 0.7632 0.1543
2010 2399 0.5390 0.4460 0.8224 0.5940 0.2731 0.8750 0.6887 0.1776
2011 2515 0.5344 0.4541 0.8292 0.6071 0.2784 0.8848 0.6902 0.1708
2012 3182 0.5229 0.4868 0.8276 0.6346 0.3248 0.8712 0.7343 0.1724
2013 1943 0.5600 0.4709 0.8240 0.6085 0.2959 0.8550 0.7431 0.1760
2014 860 0.5256 0.4686 0.8362 0.6261 0.2941 0.8975 0.6917 0.1638
2015 119 0.5378 0.5042 0.8333 0.6563 0.3273 0.8571 0.7778 0.1667
Career120800.53180.46460.82860.61480.29410.87510.71740.1714

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
2014-04-25 2014-06-24 60-DL 60 55 - Low Back Cartilage Injury Disc Injury and Had Epidural Injection - -
2011-05-06 2011-06-24 15-DL 49 44 Left Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2009-09-18 2009-10-05 60-DL 17 16 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2008-01-01 2008-01-01 FA 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery -
2005-06-26 2005-07-04 DTD 8 7 Left Sprain Big Toe -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 CLE $
2014 KCA $3,250,000
2013 KCA $4,500,000
2012 KCA $4,500,000
2011 KCA $2,000,000
2006 BAL $3,800,000
2005 BAL $550,000
2003 HOU $700,000
2002 NYN $300,000
2001 PHI $300,000
2000 ATL $207,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$20,107,500
10 yrTotal$20,107,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 159 dScott Boras1 year (2015)

Details
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 2/16/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. Performance bonuses: $1M based on starts, $0.3M based on relief appearances. May opt out of contract at end of spring training if not on Major League roster. Contract selected by Cleveland 5/9/15. DFA by Cleveland 5/16/15. Retired 5/15.
  • 1 year/$4.25M (2014), plus 2015 option. Re-signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/30/14. 14:$3.25M, 15:$5.5M mutual option ($1M buyout). Performance bonuses: $0.125M for each start from 16 to 25. DFA by Kansas City 8/29/14. Released 9/5/14.
  • 2 years/$9M (2012-13). Re-signed by Kansas City as a free agent 11/23/11. 12:$4.5M, 13:$4.5M. May earn additional $1M annually in performance bonuses. May earn additional $0.5M annually in roster bonuses.
  • 1 year/$2M (2011). Re-signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/15/11. Performance bonuses to $1.5M.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/11/09 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Kansas City 4/23/10.
  • 1 year/$0.6M (2009). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 2/28/09 (minor-league contract, $0.6M in majors). Contract purchased by Kansas City 6/27/09.
  • 2008. Did not play.
  • 1 year (2007). Signed by Texas as a free agent 2/07 (minor-league contract). DFA by Texas 4/07. Contract purchased by Texas 4/07.
  • 1 year/$3.8M (2006). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/06 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $0.2M each for 200 IP, 33 starts.
  • 1 year/$0.55M (2005). Re-signed by Baltimore 12/04 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2004). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 12/03 (minor-league contract). Acquired by Baltimore in trade from Toronto 5/04. Contract purchased by Baltimore 8/04.
  • 1 year/$0.7M (2003). Re-signed by Cincinnati 1/03 (lost arbitration, $0.83M-$0.7M). DFA by Cincinnati 3/03. Released by Cincinnati 3/03. Signed by Houston as a free agent 3/03 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Houston 3/03. Claimed by Boston off waivers from Houston 5/03.
  • 1 year (2002). Acquired by Montreal in trade from NY Mets 4/02. Acquired by Cincinnati in trade from Montreal 7/02.
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2001). Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Philadelphia 7/01.
  • 1 year/$0.2075M (2000). Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Atlanta 7/00.
  • Signed by Atlanta 1993 as an amateur free agent from Panama.

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 2.8 2.4 0.2 13 7 49.2 46 14 39 8 .264 1.22 4.10 4.41 4.2 0.5
80o 2.4 2.2 0.2 11 7 43.7 44 13 35 8 .277 1.30 4.51 4.84 1.8 0.2
70o 2.1 2.1 0.2 10 6 39.8 42 13 32 8 .287 1.37 4.81 5.16 0.4 0.0
60o 1.9 2 0.2 10 5 36.6 40 12 29 7 .296 1.42 5.07 5.44 -0.7 -0.1
50o 1.7 1.9 0.1 9 5 33.7 38 12 27 7 .304 1.48 5.32 5.71 -1.6 -0.2
40o 1.5 1.8 0.1 8 5 30.8 36 11 25 7 .312 1.54 5.57 5.98 -2.3 -0.2
30o 1.3 1.7 0.1 7 4 27.8 34 10 22 6 .320 1.60 5.85 6.27 -2.9 -0.3
20o 1.1 1.6 0.1 6 4 24.4 31 10 19 6 .330 1.67 6.18 6.62 -3.4 -0.4
10o 0.9 1.3 0.1 5 3 19.8 27 8 16 5 .344 1.78 6.64 7.11 -3.8 -0.4
Weighted Mean1.71.90.19533.13711267.3021.475.295.67-1.4-0.2

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
2018417813620148164511222634.3081.454.955.2710.03.17.41.60.2
201942560271511113037882034.3161.505.115.4410.53.07.11.6-0.1
2020436713519143156451112634.2991.415.005.339.82.87.01.60.1
202144110421514714234.2661.374.985.318.24.18.21.20.0

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 72)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 90 Bartolo Colon 2013 2.84
2 89 R.A. Dickey 2015 4.07
3 87 Hiroki Kuroda 2015 0.00 DNP
4 87 Miguel Batista 2011 4.35
5 84 David Cone 2003 6.50
6 83 Derek Lowe 2013 9.00
7 82 Mike Mussina 2009 0.00 DNP
8 80 Chuck Finley 2003 0.00 DNP
9 80 Vicente Romo 1983 0.00 DNP
10 80 Jerry Koosman 1983 5.09
11 80 Tom Seaver 1985 3.88
12 79 Andy Pettitte 2012 2.99
13 79 Harvey Haddix 1966 0.00 DNP
14 79 Jose Contreras 2012 6.59
15 78 Woodie Fryman 1980 2.59
16 78 Jim Bunning 1972 0.00 DNP
17 78 Tim Hudson 2016 0.00 DNP
18 78 Connie Marrero 1951 4.15
19 77 Al Leiter 2006 0.00 DNP
20 77 Woody Williams 2007 5.41
21 77 Sal Maglie 1957 3.39
22 77 Orlando Hernandez 2006 4.99
23 77 John Burkett 2005 0.00 DNP
24 75 Bert Blyleven 1991 0.00 DNP
25 75 Sid Hudson 1955 0.00 DNP
26 75 Schoolboy Rowe 1950 0.00 DNP
27 75 Murry Dickson 1957 4.96
28 73 Fergie Jenkins 1983 4.79
29 73 Doug Bair 1990 5.55
30 73 Ron Mahay 2011 0.00 DNP
31 73 Roger Clemens 2003 4.21
32 73 Nolan Ryan 1987 3.15
33 73 Jeff Fassero 2003 5.91
34 73 Jason Isringhausen 2013 0.00 DNP
35 73 Masumi Kuwata 2008 0.00 DNP
36 73 Early Wynn 1960 3.94
37 72 Tim Byrdak 2014 0.00 DNP
38 72 Troy Percival 2010 0.00 DNP
39 72 Tim Wakefield 2007 4.95
40 72 Rudy Seanez 2009 0.00 DNP
41 72 Alan Embree 2010 0.00 DNP
42 71 Phil Niekro 1979 4.21
43 71 Elmer Dessens 2011 0.00 DNP
44 71 Mike Flanagan 1992 8.83
45 71 Virgil Trucks 1957 3.25
46 71 Mike Myers 2009 0.00 DNP
47 71 Keiichi Yabu 2009 0.00 DNP
48 70 Ron Villone 2010 0.00 DNP
49 70 Steve Renko 1985 0.00 DNP
50 70 Frank Tanana 1994 0.00 DNP
51 70 Don Sutton 1985 4.02
52 70 Lindy McDaniel 1976 0.00 DNP
53 70 Luis Tiant 1981 4.87
54 70 Tom Candiotti 1998 5.46
55 70 Diego Segui 1978 0.00 DNP
56 69 Jerry Reuss 1989 5.58
57 69 Kenny Rogers 2005 3.96
58 69 Al Brazle 1954 4.94
59 69 Greg Harris 1996 0.00 DNP
60 69 Roy Face 1968 2.12
61 68 Octavio Dotel 2014 0.00 DNP
62 68 Mark Gardner 2002 0.00 DNP
63 68 Brett Tomko 2013 0.00 DNP
64 68 Joel Peralta 2016 6.26
65 68 LaTroy Hawkins 2013 3.44
66 68 Jamey Wright 2015 0.00 DNP
67 68 Orel Hershiser 1999 4.58
68 67 Rick Reed 2005 0.00 DNP
69 67 Jack Morris 1995 0.00 DNP
70 67 Matt Herges 2010 0.00 DNP
71 67 Bob Gibson 1976 0.00 DNP
72 67 Steve Sparks 2006 0.00 DNP
73 67 Brian Shouse 2009 4.50
74 66 Mark Hendrickson 2014 0.00 DNP
75 66 Darren Oliver 2011 3.00
76 66 Orlando Pena 1974 2.55
77 66 Joe Nathan 2015 0.00
78 65 Bob McClure 1992 3.50
79 65 David Wells 2003 4.27
80 65 Dennis Martinez 1994 3.77
81 65 Bob Patterson 1999 0.00 DNP
82 65 Jim Kaat 1979 4.46
83 65 Tony Fossas 1998 5.96
84 65 Dennis Cook 2003 0.00 DNP
85 65 Bud Byerly 1961 0.00 DNP
86 65 Ron Reed 1983 3.95
87 65 Steve Carlton 1985 4.11
88 65 Curt Schilling 2007 4.05
89 65 Russ Springer 2009 4.42
90 65 Tom Glavine 2006 4.23
91 64 Nelson Figueroa 2014 0.00 DNP
92 64 David Weathers 2010 0.00 DNP
93 64 Gaylord Perry 1979 3.48
94 64 Mike Cuellar 1977 18.90
95 64 Lee Smith 1998 0.00 DNP
96 64 Greg Maddux 2006 4.67
97 63 Mike Morgan 2000 4.87
98 62 Rich Gossage 1992 3.08
99 62 Todd Jones 2008 6.48
100 62 Art Fowler 1963 2.62

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2015 The most important role the soft-tossing Chen filled on the Royals' staff last year was as Yordano Ventura's translator, which meant that whatever the young Dominican said in Spanish likely came out much slower in English. Also funnier and wiser, as Chen's limited value as a pitcher has been superseded by his clubhouse role as class clown and mentor. One of the most studious pitchers around, Chen has relaunched his career a half-dozen times but has seemingly run out of ways to hide his mid-80s heater from professional bats; he earned his release last August. If this truly is the end, he leaves having matched Mariano Rivera with 82 wins, a record for Panamanian pitchers. Proof, Chen will no doubt explain, that they were equally successful.
2014 Chen has returned from the dead so often, even zombies are jealous. Exiled to the bullpen to open 2013, he was just another high-priced arm toiling under an ill-advised Dayton Moore contract. But after posting a 2.41 ERA in 33 relief innings (while striking out a very unChen-like 24 batters) he earned another crack at the rotation. In 15 starts from July 12th to the end of the year, he limited opponents to a slash line of .222/.274/.369 and a 3.61 ERA. Add it together and thatís how you get a 1.2 WARP performance. We say this every season, but the peripherals indicate a correction is around the corner. But would you bet against him providing value again? Zombie Chen just laughs at your peripherals.
2013 Chen went fishing for a multi-year deal during the last couple of offseasons. A solid 2011, when he outpaced his peripherals, earned him a two-year deal from Moore. It wasnít surprising he stumbled. A fly-ball pitcher for his entire career, his line-drive rate saw an increase for four consecutive years and his home-run rate traversed back into red-flag territory. He pitched around the plate and kept his walk rate down, but hitters had little difficulty making contact. His previous success was thanks to the deception of varying his arm slot, but last year that deception wasnít worth much. The Royals would love to trade him, but there's little market for a 36-year-old lefty who doesnít miss bats and is owed $4.5 million in his one remaining year.
2012 A marginal major league starter when signed by the Royals midway through 2010, Chen began experimenting with changing his arm slot. Normally, he throws with a delivery that comes over the top, but he began dropping to a three-quarters slot on occasion. The results are intriguing: heís throwing fewer strikes overall, but has been enticing hitters to chase out of the strike zone with greater frequency. More confounding is that while his ground-ball rate remains around 35 percent, he has been keeping the ball in the yard since joining the Royals, with a 1.05 HR/9. His ERA may be shiny, but his peripherals indicate heís living dangerously, allowing too many base runners to continue his modest run of success.
2011 Chen somehow posted a 4.17 ERA despite pitching in front of one of the most porous defenses in the land, and did so with peripherals that indicate that his ERA should have been closer to five. Chen throws a multitude of pitches, but none of them is better than average, and most of them are fringe-average and unable to induce whiffs. The key to his season was not allowing home runs at his normal rate, but there is nothing to suggest anything but a transient flirtation with effectiveness: he remains a severe fly-ball pitcher who doesn't consistently induce pop-ups, and in light of his iffy control and inability to miss bats, it's clear that the homers will be back before long.
2010 Bruce Chen delivered sub-replacement, back-end rotation filler most clubs have in abundance, but seems in short supply here; rather than hop to his 12th organization, he re-upped with the Royals on a minor-league contract.
2007 Absence certainly did not make the heart grow fonder for Chen, who chafed under Mazzone as a Brave prospect years ago and fell apart on him upon their reacquaintance this year. Chen didn`t really pitch much differently last year than in the past; he`s been getting away with nothing but finesse for two years, and last year it caught up with him. Proof that not everybody has a career year in their walk year, Chen lost his starting job in May and didn`t do anything in relief to merit getting it back.
2006 Where the Mazzone signing might get really interesting is with Chen. He clashed with? Mazzone when he first came up with the Braves, primarily (according to reports) because he wasn`t open to being as aggressive as Leo`s first-pitch-strike philosophy dictated. Chen spent the next six years butting heads with pretty much every pitching coach he met, so that`s hardly a knock on Leo. Chen has finally become the pitcher Leo would have made him: he rarely throws the same speed twice in a row, works away-away-away, and throws strikes a lot more often than he did as a young Brave. He`s now been with Baltimore longer than any organization since leaving the Braves, so perhaps he`s finally ready to settle in.
2005 I've pitched in
Baltimore, Boston, Pawtucket, Atlanta
New York, Houston, Reading, Philadelphia
Syracuse, Richmond, Montreal, Ottawa
Scranton Wilkes-Barre and in Cincinnati
I've pitched everywhere, man, I've pitched everywhere...

And that's just since 2000.

Hank Snow Memorial Award Finalists, since 2000:
Bruce Chen, 14 home teams and eight major league organizations
Hansel Izquierdo and Leo Estrella, 13 teams and seven organizations
Rudy Seanez, Al Reyes, Jimmy Osting, and Curtis Pride, 12 teams and seven organizations
Aaron Myette and Craig House, 12 teams and five organizations
2004 Having hurled for seven major league teams at age 26, he is a full three teams ahead of Mike Morgan's pace. As long as he keeps piling up 73/15 strikeout-to-walk ratios in Triple-A, Chen is going to get chances. His gopheritis-12 home runs allowed in 85 Triple-A innings-remains a big stumbling block. Scouts still love his stuff, but several major league teams have given up waiting for him to develop the consistency he desperately needs. The Blue Jays are next in line, having signed him to a minor league deal.
2003 Having worn the colors of four NL East teams in less than 21 months, the next logical stop for Chen was Florida. Instead, he hung a right out of Montreal and landed in Cincinnati last June. Chen showed some improvement after arriving, but still hasnít approached the promise he flashed as a Bravesí farmhand. Thereís a reason that a player with his raw talent is traded so often, and it usually has more to do with attitude than ability. Chen will be fighting for a spot in the rotation when camp opens. With Don Gullett in his corner, this might be his last best chance for success.
2002 Taking a chance on Chen was one of the smartest moves the Mets have made in years. Ditching Dennis Cook and Turk Wendell in the process was just gravy. Itís certainly questionable, however, whether the Mets can turn Bruce Chen into the pitcher they think he should be. Itís hard to tell whether the whispers about Chenís work habits have validity or are just plain old impatience. Rumors persist that he'll be traded to the Padres.
2001 While a good development process is certainly key to building a franchise, highway robbery helps. Bruce Chen made the Phillies look good by being one of the best starters in the league over the last two months of the season. He was miraculously spared the worst of Franconaís arm mangling. Heís already very good, will get better, and should end talk of the Phillies needing an ace.
2000 Not that Odalis Perez isnít a good pitcher, but itís silly the way teams let a handful of innings in the spring derail the careers of their top prospects. Chenís lousy March cost him the Bravesí #5 starter job, although he returned in May. He needs only to work on keeping the ball--particularly his curve--in the park to be another great Bravesí starter.
1999 The Bravesí other prospects, great as they are, are just pretenders to the throne. Chen is the Prince. When those around him discuss his success, one aspect towers over all: mound presence. He throws hard, has excellent command of four pitches, but what distinguishes him is that he sets up hitters with uncanny ease for a 21-year-old. The Neagle trade was made with him in mind. Chen certainly looks ready, he has an opportunity waiting for him, and he has the best crew in baseball to help him develop. He may be the best pitching prospect in the game.
1998 Another darling of the south, Chen is the jewel of the system right now, a hard-throwing lefthander with command, power and a record of success. Obviously, the Braves donít need to rush him. Moving up one level at a time would give him a cameo in Atlanta in September of 2000. Watch him carefully.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-06-07 12:00:00 (link to chat) Better start this week - Chen at MIN or Odorizzi at Arizona?
(dylanrox from New Orleans )
For a moment, I thought this referred to Bruce Chen and I was shocked he was pitching for a team other than the Twins. It's Wei-Yen, and both pitchers have similar profiles. I guess I would take the guy facing the Twins. Arizona lineup still has some dangerous hitters and it is a tough park. But one game variance here. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)You think Danny Duffy will take over Bruce Chen's spot in the rotation soon? If so is he an immediate add?
(Mike from Boston)
I think he can, yes. And then he'd be an add in a lot of formats, but not necessarily a must-add in 10 or 12-team mixers (Paul Sporer)
2013-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which deal do you like better -- the Giants' 2-year/$23 million deal for Tim Hudson or the A's 2-year/$22 million deal for Scott Kazmir? Sub-question, is getting Kazmir at this price better than whatever cost it would have taken to sign Bartolo Colon?
(Greg from San Francisco)
I prefer the Hudson deal. I just trust him more. Kazmir has a great story and I have fond memories of his golden days, but his injury history concerns me more than Hudson's broken ankle does. Plus, I'm not sold that Kazmir is as good as his second-half numbers suggest, or that we should put a ton of emphasis on them-after all, Bruce Chen had a lower OPS-against than Kazmir did, and nobody wants to give him a two-year deal. I view him as more of a no. 4 type, which is fine. I just prefer Hudson's relative safeness.

It depends on what Colon wants. If the money was comparable then I might prefer Colon. But if he wanted 3/45 or something out there like that, well ... (R.J. Anderson)
2013-03-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bruce Chen is weird. He was much better in 2011 than 2012 on the tangible surface, but some of his metrics point to an improvement. 5% increase in IFFB%, SIERA went down, K% up, BB% down...his pitch F/X values are all down save his change up. He's known for his pastiche of arm slots as well. How does all of this gel? Which is the genuine Chen?
(Tyler Drenon from TheDoubleday.com)
It's a fine line for guys like Chen. He's going to hang around like a Doug Davis or something, effective enough often enough to keep getting work. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some players that are undervalued by Rotiserie Rankings that may be steals in a Points league draft?
(Sean T. from Bethesda)
For hitters, you're looking for boring vanilla guys that contribute stats across the board. Think Hunter Pence: seemingly vanilla players that contribute something across the board. For pitchers, innings munchers matter a lot. Bruce Chen isn't worth much in a Roto format but because he just keeps churning out innings he provides more value in a points format. (Mike Gianella)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chances that both AL wild cards come out of the East? How long before KC has a legit shot in the Central?
(cooldude from Mpls)
I think it's certainly possible, the Red Sox slow start notwithstanding. Even so, I wouldn't count the second place team in the AL West, either the Angels or the Rangers, out of the running at all. Both teams have a good deal of talent and depth.

As for the Royals, I'd guess that 2014 is realistic. Right now, I simply don't see the starting pitching they need to compete; at best maybe Bruce Chen and Luke Hochevar (who took a step forward in the second half last year) are league average - where is the rest of that help going to come from? They'll need to sign outside free agents or make trades in order to fortify their starting five. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-05-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)How dare you, sir, to refer to the Royals rotation as a "cast of clowns". Speaking for clowns everywhere I am offended.
(kcboomer from kc)
I'll ask Matt Klaassen to MSPaint me a photo of Bruce Chen in clown garb, tout de suite. (Mike Fast)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jeremy, welcome aboard, and thanks a ton for stepping up and doing your first BP chat on such short notice. Here in Mesa, it's Matt Garza vs. Bruce Chen, an interesting pair of decisions as far as acquisition vs. retention. What are you thoughts on this odd couple?
(Christina Kahrl from HoHoKam Stadium)
I watched Bruce Chen at a Yankee game last year, and I did not understand why he was pitching in the Major Leagues. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2010-10-05 19:23:33 (link to chat)Where does the Phillies "Big Three" rank in terms of the best top 3 pitchers in one rotation in the last two decades or so?
(Ryan from Springfield, PA)
Towards the top, but slightly behind the 2005 Orioles C-Squared-L trio of Daniel Cabrera, Bruce Chen, and Rodrigo Lopez. (Roundtable Administrator)
2004-05-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bruce Chen just got traded to the O's for a PBTNL. The O's are the 10th organization he's played for. PECOTA still thinks he has some value, despite his prodigious ability to serve up taters. Is he AAA filler at this point, or is there still a chance he'll succeed?
(DK from NYC)
Home run rate is huge when evaluating young pitchers. Lots of guys can put together reasonably good K/BB numbers in the minor leagues simply by challenging hitters; it seems that HR rate is a truer test of how likely that strategy is to hold up in the big leagues. I'd be surprised if Chen puts together much of a career. (Nate Silver)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneRyan (Springfield, PA): Where does the Phillies "Big Three" rank in terms of the best top 3 pitchers in one rotation in the last two decades or so?

Towards the top, but slightly behind the 2005 Orioles C-Squared-L trio of Daniel Cabrera, Bruce Chen, and Rodrigo Lopez.
(Eric Seidman)
 

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, Bruce Chen threw 13,127 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2015, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2015, he relied primarily on his Sinker (85mph) and Cutter (82mph), also mixing in a Change (77mph) and Curve (74mph). He also rarely threw a Fourseam Fastball (86mph).