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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 37)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
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Birth Date6-19-1977
Height6' 2"
Weight215 lbs
Age37 years, 1 months, 7 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2.32010
1.62011
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
1998 ATL 21 4 4 20.3 20.3 0.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 91 23 9 9 3 38 9 8 1 17 3.98 4.79 4.65 2.0 0.2
1999 ATL 22 16 7 51.0 40.0 11.0 2 2 0 0 3 0 214 38 32 31 11 75 27 24 2 45 5.47 5.82 7.43 -6.9 -0.7
2000 ATL 23 22 0 39.7 0.0 39.7 4 0 0 0 0 0 176 35 15 11 4 60 19 17 1 32 2.50 4.27 4.58 4.5 0.4
2000 PHI 23 15 15 94.3 94.3 0.0 3 4 0 0 6 1 383 81 39 38 14 139 27 25 1 80 3.63 4.18 5.09 9.3 0.8
2001 NYN 24 11 11 59.7 59.7 0.0 3 2 0 0 5 3 253 56 37 31 10 102 28 28 0 47 4.68 5.02 5.99 -3.6 -0.4
2001 PHI 24 16 16 86.3 86.3 0.0 4 5 0 0 4 1 381 90 53 48 19 182 31 27 1 79 5.00 5.15 5.04 4.1 0.4
2002 CIN 25 39 1 39.7 4.0 35.7 0 2 0 3 0 0 178 37 24 19 7 70 20 18 1 37 4.31 4.89 5.18 1.5 0.1
2002 MON 25 15 5 37.3 19.0 18.3 2 3 0 1 0 0 179 47 29 29 9 82 23 20 1 43 6.99 5.64 5.80 3.8 0.4
2002 NYN 25 1 0 0.7 0.0 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.88 3.74 0.1 0.0
2003 BOS 26 5 2 12.3 9.0 3.3 0 1 0 0 0 0 50 12 8 7 4 25 2 2 0 12 5.11 5.85 6.36 0.3 0.0
2003 HOU 26 11 0 12.0 0.0 12.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 60 14 8 8 2 26 8 7 2 8 6.00 6.31 5.76 -0.5 -0.1
2004 BAL 27 8 7 47.7 44.7 3.0 2 1 0 0 3 1 196 39 19 16 7 69 16 16 0 32 3.02 4.73 4.63 7.1 0.7
2005 BAL 28 34 32 197.3 192.3 5.0 13 10 0 1 21 1 832 187 94 84 33 322 63 63 9 133 3.83 4.97 5.02 20.2 2.0
2006 BAL 29 40 12 98.7 58.3 40.3 0 7 0 0 1 0 453 137 81 76 28 243 35 32 0 70 6.93 6.52 7.10 -1.9 -0.2
2007 TEX 30 5 0 10.0 0.0 10.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 46 11 11 8 3 24 6 5 0 7 7.20 7.61 10.61 -4.2 -0.4
2009 KCA 32 17 9 62.3 48.0 14.3 1 6 0 0 3 1 279 74 42 40 12 126 25 22 4 45 5.78 5.60 6.10 2.2 0.2
2010 KCA 33 33 23 140.3 131.0 9.3 12 7 1 0 8 1 608 136 68 65 17 219 57 53 3 98 4.17 4.51 4.27 22.1 2.3
2011 KCA 34 25 25 155.0 155.0 0.0 12 8 0 0 14 1 654 152 71 65 18 239 50 48 7 97 3.77 4.42 4.88 14.2 1.6
2012 KCA 35 34 34 191.7 191.7 0.0 11 14 0 0 15 1 827 215 114 108 33 371 47 44 8 140 5.07 4.68 4.65 19.3 2.3
2013 KCA 36 34 15 121.0 87.3 33.7 9 4 0 3 9 0 498 107 46 44 13 172 36 32 3 78 3.27 4.15 4.20 11.8 1.3
2014 KCA 37 8 6 35.7 29.7 6.0 2 2 0 0 1 0 159 46 23 23 3 65 12 12 0 30 5.80 3.59 4.13 4.7 0.5
Career3932241513.01270.7242.382781895116520153882376025026505415034411304.524.885.15110.011.5

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1995 DNV Rk 14 13 70.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 EUG A- 11 8 35.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 MCN A 28 28 146.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .289 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 ATL MLB 4 4 20.3 4.65 94 .286 .248 .314 .387 .249 .328 95 1.9 0.2 2.0 0.2
1998 GRN AA 24 23 139.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 GWN AAA 4 4 24.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 ATL MLB 16 7 51.0 7.43 43 .246 .266 .343 .415 .257 .209 95 -6.4 -0.6 -6.9 -0.7
1999 GWN AAA 14 14 78.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 ATL MLB 22 0 39.7 4.58 103 .260 .261 .332 .423 .255 .258 93 4.2 0.4 4.5 0.4
2000 PHI MLB 15 15 94.3 5.09 98 .225 .268 .335 .438 .259 .257 99 9.9 0.9 9.3 0.8
2000 GWN AAA 1 1 6.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 NYN MLB 11 11 59.7 5.99 61 .287 .258 .323 .418 .259 .274 91 -3.4 -0.3 -3.6 -0.4
2001 PHI MLB 16 16 86.3 5.04 87 .293 .258 .323 .419 .257 .283 94 4.3 0.4 4.1 0.4
2001 REA AA 1 1 6.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SWB AAA 3 3 18.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CIN MLB 39 1 39.7 5.18 92 .278 .255 .326 .410 .259 .265 106 1.7 0.2 1.5 0.1
2002 MON MLB 15 5 37.3 5.80 73 .315 .256 .325 .410 .255 .369 102 1.1 0.1 3.8 0.4
2002 NYN MLB 1 0 0.7 3.74 107 .241 .260 .316 .358 .236 .333 89 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2003 BOS MLB 5 2 12.3 6.36 75 .276 .273 .349 .451 .277 .250 104 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2003 HOU MLB 11 0 12.0 5.76 80 .322 .273 .336 .441 .266 .300 104 -0.3 -0.0 -0.5 -0.1
2003 PAW AAA 16 15 85.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BAL MLB 8 7 47.7 4.63 111 .233 .265 .331 .428 .257 .227 104 7.1 0.7 7.1 0.7
2004 OTT AAA 22 17 95.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .297 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SYR AAA 3 3 10.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .351 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BAL MLB 34 32 197.3 5.02 96 .259 .268 .332 .428 .265 .259 102 19.0 1.9 20.2 2.0
2006 BAL MLB 40 12 98.7 7.10 68 .308 .274 .342 .444 .264 .341 109 -3.1 -0.3 -1.9 -0.2
2006 PAN wor 1 1 5.1 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .267 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 TEX MLB 5 0 10.0 10.61 -13 .318 .265 .334 .421 .266 .267 102 -4.2 -0.4 -4.2 -0.4
2007 OKL AAA 4 4 16.0 6.30 74 .256 .291 .355 .456 .265 .286 102 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2009 KCA MLB 17 9 62.3 6.10 79 .294 .267 .334 .418 .260 .321 105 0.5 0.1 2.2 0.2
2009 OMA AAA 14 13 82.0 4.67 87 .231 .274 .343 .414 .278 .224 89 4.7 0.5 4.7 0.5
2010 KCA MLB 33 23 140.3 4.27 114 .258 .260 .326 .406 .259 .275 111 21.8 2.3 22.1 2.3
2010 OMA AAA 3 3 20.7 3.02 136 .177 .273 .338 .405 .255 .255 95 6.0 0.6 6.0 0.6
2011 KCA MLB 25 25 155.0 4.88 99 .257 .255 .317 .393 .256 .278 108 13.8 1.5 14.2 1.6
2011 NWA AA 1 1 2.0 4.19 98 .461 .279 .343 .419 .273 .556 85 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2011 OMA AAA 2 2 9.0 7.17 67 .304 .280 .343 .449 .267 .296 102 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2012 KCA MLB 34 34 191.7 4.65 97 .283 .259 .319 .416 .262 .304 102 19.9 2.1 19.3 2.3
2013 KCA MLB 34 15 121.0 4.20 102 .251 .258 .322 .406 .269 .255 100 10.9 1.2 11.8 1.3
2014 KCA MLB 8 6 35.7 4.13 108 .276 .255 .320 .400 .259 .377 106 4.7 0.5 4.7 0.5
2014 NWA AA 1 1 3.0 4.73 98 .460 .266 .326 .400 .266 .545 105 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2014 OMA AAA 3 3 12.3 4.57 104 .321 .277 .343 .433 .269 .500 97 2.4 0.2 2.4 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
1995 DNV Rk 4 4 0 14 13 70.3 78 19 56 3 0% .000 10.0 2.4 0.4 7.2 1.38 3.97 0.0 0.0
1996 EUG A- 4 1 0 11 8 35.7 23 14 55 1 0% .000 5.8 3.5 0.3 13.9 1.04 2.27 0.0 0.0
1997 MCN A 12 7 0 28 28 146.3 120 44 182 19 0% .289 7.4 2.7 1.2 11.2 1.12 3.51 0.0 0.0
1998 ATL MLB 2 0 0 4 4 20.3 23 9 17 3 34% .328 10.2 4.0 1.3 7.5 1.57 3.98 2.0 0.2
1998 GWN AAA 2 1 0 4 4 24.0 17 19 29 1 0% .000 6.4 7.1 0.4 10.9 1.50 1.88 0.0 0.0
1998 GRN AA 13 7 0 24 23 139.3 106 48 164 12 0% .000 6.8 3.1 0.8 10.6 1.11 3.30 0.0 0.0
1999 ATL MLB 2 2 0 16 7 51.0 38 27 45 11 29% .209 6.7 4.8 1.9 7.9 1.27 5.47 -6.9 -0.7
1999 GWN AAA 6 3 0 14 14 78.0 73 26 90 10 0% .000 8.4 3.0 1.2 10.4 1.27 3.81 0.0 0.0
2000 PHI MLB 3 4 0 15 15 94.3 81 27 80 14 35% .257 7.7 2.6 1.3 7.6 1.14 3.63 9.3 0.8
2000 ATL MLB 4 0 0 22 0 39.7 35 19 32 4 40% .258 7.9 4.3 0.9 7.3 1.36 2.50 4.5 0.4
2000 GWN AAA 1 0 0 1 1 6.0 5 1 6 0 0% .000 7.5 1.5 0.0 9.0 1.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2001 NYN MLB 3 2 0 11 11 59.7 56 28 47 10 38% .274 8.4 4.2 1.5 7.1 1.41 4.68 -3.6 -0.4
2001 PHI MLB 4 5 0 16 16 86.3 90 31 79 19 32% .283 9.4 3.2 2.0 8.2 1.40 5.00 4.1 0.4
2001 SWB AAA 1 0 0 3 3 18.7 14 5 14 2 0% .000 6.7 2.4 1.0 6.7 1.02 3.85 0.0 0.0
2001 REA AA 1 0 0 1 1 6.0 3 0 7 0 0% .000 4.5 0.0 0.0 10.5 0.50 0.00 0.0 0.0
2002 CIN MLB 0 2 0 39 1 39.7 37 20 37 7 39% .265 8.4 4.5 1.6 8.4 1.44 4.31 1.5 0.1
2002 MON MLB 2 3 0 15 5 37.3 47 23 43 9 38% .369 11.3 5.5 2.2 10.4 1.88 6.99 3.8 0.4
2002 NYN MLB 0 0 0 1 0 0.7 1 0 0 0 50% .333 13.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.50 0.00 0.1 0.0
2003 BOS MLB 0 1 0 5 2 12.3 12 2 12 4 44% .250 8.8 1.5 2.9 8.8 1.14 5.11 0.3 0.0
2003 HOU MLB 0 0 0 11 0 12.0 14 8 8 2 67% .300 10.5 6.0 1.5 6.0 1.83 6.00 -0.5 -0.1
2003 PAW AAA 5 5 1 16 15 85.0 80 15 73 12 0% .278 8.5 1.6 1.3 7.7 1.12 4.24 0.0 0.0
2004 BAL MLB 2 1 0 8 7 47.7 39 16 32 7 39% .227 7.4 3.0 1.3 6.0 1.15 3.02 7.1 0.7
2004 OTT AAA 4 3 0 22 17 95.0 85 30 108 12 0% .297 8.1 2.8 1.1 10.2 1.21 3.22 0.0 0.0
2004 SYR AAA 0 1 0 3 3 10.3 17 5 8 4 0% .351 14.9 4.4 3.5 7.0 2.14 8.74 0.0 0.0
2005 BAL MLB 13 10 0 34 32 197.3 187 63 133 33 39% .259 8.5 2.9 1.5 6.1 1.27 3.83 20.2 2.0
2006 BAL MLB 0 7 0 40 12 98.7 137 35 70 28 34% .341 12.5 3.2 2.6 6.4 1.74 6.93 -1.9 -0.2
2006 PAN wor 0 0 0 1 1 5.1 4 1 3 0 0% .267 7.1 1.8 0.0 5.3 0.98 3.53 0.0 0.0
2007 TEX MLB 0 0 0 5 0 10.0 11 6 7 3 33% .267 9.9 5.4 2.7 6.3 1.70 7.20 -4.2 -0.4
2007 OKL AAA 1 1 0 4 4 16.0 17 3 12 3 46% .286 9.6 1.7 1.7 6.8 1.25 5.62 0.6 0.1
2009 OMA AAA 4 2 0 14 13 82.0 57 23 69 8 37% .224 6.3 2.5 0.9 7.6 0.98 3.40 4.7 0.5
2009 KCA MLB 1 6 0 17 9 62.3 74 25 45 12 32% .321 10.7 3.6 1.7 6.5 1.59 5.78 2.2 0.2
2010 OMA AAA 0 1 0 3 3 20.7 13 5 20 0 45% .255 5.7 2.2 0.0 8.7 0.87 1.30 6.0 0.6
2010 KCA MLB 12 7 1 33 23 140.3 136 57 98 17 35% .275 8.7 3.7 1.1 6.3 1.38 4.17 22.1 2.3
2011 OMA AAA 0 0 0 2 2 9.0 11 1 8 3 37% .296 11.0 1.0 3.0 8.0 1.33 6.00 -0.3 -0.0
2011 KCA MLB 12 8 0 25 25 155.0 152 50 97 18 37% .278 8.8 2.9 1.0 5.6 1.30 3.77 14.2 1.6
2011 NWA AA 0 1 0 1 1 2.0 5 0 2 0 22% .556 22.5 0.0 0.0 9.0 2.50 18.00 0.4 0.0
2012 KCA MLB 11 14 0 34 34 191.7 215 47 140 33 34% .304 10.1 2.2 1.5 6.6 1.37 5.07 19.3 2.3
2013 KCA MLB 9 4 0 34 15 121.0 107 36 78 13 29% .255 8.0 2.7 1.0 5.8 1.18 3.27 11.8 1.3
2014 KCA MLB 2 2 0 8 6 35.7 46 12 30 3 38% .377 11.6 3.0 0.8 7.6 1.63 5.80 4.7 0.5
2014 NWA AA 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 8 0 3 2 54% .545 24.0 0.0 6.0 9.0 2.67 6.00 0.3 0.0
2014 OMA AAA 0 1 0 3 3 12.3 21 3 13 1 32% .500 15.3 2.2 0.7 9.5 1.95 8.76 2.4 0.2

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 1067 0.5192 0.4527 0.8571 0.6191 0.2729 0.8863 0.7857 0.1429
2010 2397 0.5586 0.4558 0.8434 0.6042 0.2675 0.8826 0.7314 0.1566
2011 2517 0.5292 0.4621 0.8469 0.6261 0.2776 0.8993 0.7143 0.1505
2012 3182 0.5380 0.4937 0.8428 0.6513 0.3102 0.8879 0.7325 0.1572
2013 1946 0.5735 0.4758 0.8465 0.6183 0.2831 0.8797 0.7489 0.1535
2014 637 0.5385 0.4914 0.8435 0.6501 0.3061 0.9013 0.7000 0.1565
Career117460.54450.47240.84580.62780.28640.88850.73420.1537

Injury History

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 KCA $1,000,000
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
9 yrPrevious$16,857,500
2011Current$3,250,000
10 yrPvs + Cur$20,107,500
1 yrFuture$1,000,000
11 yrTotal$21,107,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 171 dScott Boras1 year/$4.25M (2014), 2015 option

Details
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .278 .336 .438 .272
11 vs R (Multi) .250 .304 .421 .263
18 Split (Multi) .028 .033 .017 .009
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .261 .317 .438 .266
31 vs R (2013) .224 .283 .351 .236
38 Split (2013) .037 .035 .087 .030
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
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

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Bruce Chen has thrown 12,429 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (85mph) and Cutter (82mph), also mixing in a Change (76mph) and Curve (73mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (86mph).