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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
14 5226 .290 .337 .430 .271 20.8
Birth Date10-1-1964
Height6' 2"
Weight180 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
1987 NYA 22 23 59 52 12 14 3 0 1 20 5 15 0 1 1 7 9 3 .269 .328 .385 .278 4.3 1.6 0.6
1988 NYA 23 38 84 77 9 19 4 1 1 28 3 15 0 1 3 7 5 2 .247 .272 .364 .256 1.5 1.1 0.3
1989 NYA 24 137 496 441 65 133 18 3 9 184 41 89 6 0 8 48 35 12 .302 .369 .417 .291 33.2 -5.5 3.0
1990 NYA 25 162 686 641 85 183 32 4 15 268 33 148 4 4 4 61 42 17 .285 .323 .418 .269 35.0 2.3 4.0
1991 NYA 26 126 543 486 68 130 22 2 20 216 45 77 5 5 2 69 32 9 .267 .333 .444 .281 33.5 -13.6 2.1
1992 NYA 27 152 632 580 81 158 31 2 10 223 41 96 4 6 1 66 28 5 .272 .322 .384 .259 20.3 3.1 2.6
1993 CIN 28 78 342 320 44 102 17 3 9 152 17 43 2 3 0 35 21 5 .319 .354 .475 .286 20.2 -0.4 2.0
1994 ATL 29 63 281 255 44 73 15 3 6 112 24 36 0 2 0 24 10 3 .286 .345 .439 .267 13.7 -5.7 0.8
1994 CIN 29 47 194 179 29 54 8 0 3 71 11 35 3 1 0 21 9 8 .302 .351 .397 .257 5.9 -0.0 0.6
1995 LAN 30 112 435 409 47 114 19 2 6 155 15 65 4 7 0 48 15 7 .279 .306 .379 .250 5.2 -8.9 -0.4
1995 MON 30 24 104 95 11 26 4 0 1 33 7 14 2 0 0 9 4 3 .274 .337 .347 .234 0.0 -3.2 -0.3
1996 MIN 31 98 357 322 41 104 17 4 6 147 23 53 7 5 0 47 10 2 .323 .375 .457 .273 16.7 -1.1 1.5
1997 MIN 32 75 269 247 39 71 19 2 5 109 17 50 2 2 1 37 7 4 .287 .336 .441 .275 7.2 -1.8 0.5
1997 SEA 32 30 129 121 19 36 7 0 7 64 5 17 1 1 1 22 2 1 .298 .328 .529 .268 4.5 1.1 0.5
1998 TEX 33 75 270 257 48 83 7 3 16 144 8 46 3 1 1 46 0 2 .323 .349 .560 .310 21.1 4.9 2.6
1999 TEX 34 87 318 290 41 87 17 1 8 130 21 57 5 2 0 37 6 1 .300 .355 .448 .266 10.7 -2.9 0.7
2000 NYA 35 10 27 25 4 3 1 0 1 7 1 6 1 0 0 1 0 0 .120 .185 .280 .156 -3.2 0.3 -0.3
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Advanced

'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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1983 GRB A 20 54 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .295 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 ONE A- 48 180 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .233 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 GRB A 111 423 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .272 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1985 FTL A+ 114 487 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .288 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 ABY AA 86 334 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .362 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 NYA MLB 23 59 .278 .278 .343 .434 .272 .351 98 1.2 1.7 0.1 1.6 0.6 4.3 0.6 4.3 0.6
1987 COH AAA 118 516 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .344 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1988 NYA MLB 38 84 .256 .261 .322 .391 .268 .290 100 -0.3 2.2 0.2 1.1 0.0 1.5 0.3 1.5 0.3
1988 COH AAA 30 128 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .416 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 NYA MLB 137 496 .291 .258 .321 .379 .263 .362 104 14.8 12.9 1.2 -5.5 5.2 33.2 3.0 33.2 3.0
1990 NYA MLB 162 686 .269 .260 .323 .387 .261 .349 99 6.3 18.4 1.3 2.3 9.1 35.0 4.0 35.0 4.0
1991 NYA MLB 126 543 .281 .259 .322 .390 .262 .279 103 11.3 14.7 -0.6 -13.6 7.2 33.5 2.1 33.5 2.1
1992 NYA MLB 152 632 .259 .258 .325 .387 .264 .308 101 -0.9 16.4 -0.2 3.1 3.6 20.3 2.6 20.3 2.6
1993 CIN MLB 78 342 .286 .264 .325 .396 .258 .343 100 9.6 9.8 0.9 -0.4 -1.7 20.2 2.0 20.2 2.0
1994 ATL MLB 63 281 .267 .272 .332 .425 .258 .312 100 2.3 8.5 0.8 -5.7 1.8 13.7 0.8 13.7 0.8
1994 CIN MLB 47 194 .257 .272 .334 .421 .260 .359 103 -0.6 5.9 0.5 -0.0 -0.0 5.9 0.6 5.9 0.6
1995 LAN MLB 112 435 .250 .265 .327 .407 .255 .313 94 -4.7 13.0 -1.2 -8.9 1.0 5.2 -0.4 5.2 -0.4
1995 MON MLB 24 104 .234 .275 .337 .429 .264 .312 96 -3 3.1 0.3 -3.2 -0.3 0.0 -0.3 0.0 -0.3
1996 MIN MLB 98 357 .273 .277 .349 .437 .269 .366 103 5.5 11.0 -2.1 -1.1 0.5 16.7 1.5 16.7 1.5
1997 MIN MLB 75 269 .275 .278 .345 .430 .268 .340 98 4.3 7.4 -3.2 -1.8 0.4 7.2 0.5 7.2 0.5
1997 SEA MLB 30 129 .268 .279 .343 .438 .268 .296 106 1.1 3.5 -0.9 1.1 -0.2 4.5 0.5 4.5 0.5
1997 FTM A+ 0 15 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 TEX MLB 75 270 .310 .265 .333 .421 .263 .342 106 14.8 7.4 -0.8 4.9 -0.6 21.1 2.6 21.1 2.6
1999 TEX MLB 87 318 .266 .276 .350 .441 .267 .348 104 2.4 8.9 -1.6 -2.9 1.0 10.7 0.7 10.7 0.7
2000 NYA MLB 10 27 .156 .290 .353 .467 .269 .111 93 -3.3 0.8 -0.2 0.3 0.4 -3.2 -0.3 -3.2 -0.3
2001 CSP AAA 63 239 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .322 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 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
1983 GRB A 54 6 13 0 0 0 3 3 5 3 4 .265 .333 .265 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 ONE A- 180 17 36 1 2 2 17 12 20 12 2 .216 .267 .281 .066 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 GRB A 423 68 86 13 2 1 26 57 49 42 10 .238 .343 .294 .055 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1985 FTL A+ 487 86 103 4 13 3 38 58 70 49 14 .247 .341 .341 .094 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 ABY AA 334 42 87 11 4 2 43 29 63 10 5 .291 .353 .375 .084 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 COH AAA 516 77 131 19 8 13 62 33 116 51 10 .278 .329 .435 .157 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 NYA MLB 59 12 14 3 0 1 7 5 15 9 3 .269 .328 .385 .115 .278 4.3 1.6 0.6
1988 NYA MLB 84 9 19 4 1 1 7 3 15 5 2 .247 .272 .364 .117 .256 1.5 1.1 0.3
1988 COH AAA 128 25 40 8 1 3 2 6 29 11 3 .333 .367 .492 .158 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 NYA MLB 496 65 133 18 3 9 48 41 89 35 12 .302 .369 .417 .116 .291 33.2 -5.5 3.0
1990 NYA MLB 686 85 183 32 4 15 61 33 148 42 17 .285 .323 .418 .133 .269 35.0 2.3 4.0
1991 NYA MLB 543 68 130 22 2 20 69 45 77 32 9 .267 .333 .444 .177 .281 33.5 -13.6 2.1
1992 NYA MLB 632 81 158 31 2 10 66 41 96 28 5 .272 .322 .384 .112 .259 20.3 3.1 2.6
1993 CIN MLB 342 44 102 17 3 9 35 17 43 21 5 .319 .354 .475 .156 .286 20.2 -0.4 2.0
1994 CIN MLB 194 29 54 8 0 3 21 11 35 9 8 .302 .351 .397 .095 .257 5.9 -0.0 0.6
1994 ATL MLB 281 44 73 15 3 6 24 24 36 10 3 .286 .345 .439 .153 .267 13.7 -5.7 0.8
1995 MON MLB 104 11 26 4 0 1 9 7 14 4 3 .274 .337 .347 .074 .234 0.0 -3.2 -0.3
1995 LAN MLB 435 47 114 19 2 6 48 15 65 15 7 .279 .306 .379 .100 .250 5.2 -8.9 -0.4
1996 MIN MLB 357 41 104 17 4 6 47 23 53 10 2 .323 .375 .457 .134 .273 16.7 -1.1 1.5
1997 FTM A+ 15 2 4 0 0 1 3 4 1 0 0 .364 .533 .636 .273 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 MIN MLB 269 39 71 19 2 5 37 17 50 7 4 .287 .336 .441 .154 .275 7.2 -1.8 0.5
1997 SEA MLB 129 19 36 7 0 7 22 5 17 2 1 .298 .328 .529 .231 .268 4.5 1.1 0.5
1998 TEX MLB 270 48 83 7 3 16 46 8 46 0 2 .323 .349 .560 .237 .310 21.1 4.9 2.6
1999 TEX MLB 318 41 87 17 1 8 37 21 57 6 1 .300 .355 .448 .148 .266 10.7 -2.9 0.7
2000 NYA MLB 27 4 3 1 0 1 1 1 6 0 0 .120 .185 .280 .160 .156 -3.2 0.3 -0.3
2001 CSP AAA 239 32 61 10 0 12 48 18 48 1 2 .288 .355 .505 .217 .000 0.0 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
2000-04-19 2000-10-27 60-DL 191 148 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2000-06-29 -
1998-04-27 1998-06-06 15-DL 40 37 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1997-04-01 1997-04-16 15-DL 15 13 - Shoulder Recovery From Surgery - -
1989-05-26 1989-06-14 15-DL 19 17 Left Wrist Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2000 NYA $800,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$800,000
1 yrTotal$800,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2001 Roberto Kelly wasn't a bad choice as a fourth outfielder considering the Yankees had two left-handed hitters on the corners to start the season. A sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament ended his year in April and started a parade of lousy outfielders. Lance Johnson, Felix Jose, and Ryan Thompson were among the players who wore pinstripes in 2000.
2000 The key for Kelly is how he's used. He's a very consistent hitter with a large platoon split. If his team is healthy enough and his manager diligent enough that Kelly can bat mostly against left-handed pitchers, as he did in 1998, his overall numbers will look excellent. If not, as was the case in 1999, they won't. Heís a free agent.
1999 Kelly hit like he always has in 1998 -- he was just used effectively. The Rangers exploited Kelly's huge platoon split by giving him more than half of his ABs against lefties. The strategy paid big dividends, both for Kelly and for Goodwin, who saw his ABs against lefties drop. I expect this year to be more of the same for Kelly, assuming he's used in the same way.
1998 Still useful as a fourth outfielder and platooner against lefties. Could turn into a right-handed Jim Eisenreich lite, and thatís a decent 24th man to have. Iíd be interested to hear from Seattle and Minnesota fans about his defense. Watching him, he seems to have changed his footwork in the outfield to the Andy Van Slyke pivot stance, rather than staying mostly square. I only saw him in about ten games, though, and wasnít paying particular attention to his defense. Signed with Texas, team #8 for him, to reprise the fourth outfielder role and play some DH as well.
1997 Re-signed for í97, Kelly was a fine part-timer and spare part for the Twins. He canít handle center any longer, and his only real use these days is to help a little against left-handers. If Kelly starts playing on an everyday basis, itís a very bad sign because he canít hit well enough to justify the playing time, and it would mean the Twins have given up on several prospects at once.
1996  Going into the postseason, published reports were calling him "the best #8 hitter in baseball," which was neither true nor impressive in itself. If your left fielder is hitting eighth, either you have a lot of great players at the other more difficult positions, which the Dodgers didn't, or you've got a lousy left fielder. At any rate, the statement wasn't even true, because the best #8 hitter was in a Cleveland uniform (see Paul Sorrento). Kelly's definitely lost a step in the outfield: his defensive numbers in center were well below league average. He's a free agent this winter, and he could be a useful fourth outfielder, but if his agent asks for starting player money, it might be time to export Roberto to Japan. Signed with Minnesota.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
The Lineup Card: Ten Trades That Made Our ChildhoodsBaseball Prospectus2014-07-03
BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Minnesota TwinsMike Ferrin2013-02-25
BP Unfiltered: You've Got Questions, We've Got DataBradley Ankrom2012-03-21
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Class of 2012: The Outfielders, Part IJay Jaffe2012-01-02
One-Hoppers: Bluster and Luster: George Steinbrenner (1930-2010)Jay Jaffe2010-07-13
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL RoundupChristina Kahrl2009-07-04
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Class of 2007: The Hitters, Part TwoJay Jaffe2007-01-08
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Tiger RelevanceJim Baker2006-05-30
Prospectus Notebook: Padres, RangersBaseball Prospectus2006-02-17
Prospectus Notebook: Brewers, YankeesBaseball Prospectus2006-02-10
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-04-09
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Love NotesJoe Sheehan2003-03-06
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 14-18, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-03-21


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Top "bert" players by position (according to WARP): SP - Bert Blyleven, RP - Roberto Hernandez, C - Mike Lieberthal, 1B - Albert Pujols, 2B - Roberto Alomar, SS - Bert Campaneris, 3B - Alberto Callaspo, LF - Albert Belle, CF - Roberto Kelly, RF - Roberto Clemente, DH - Butch Alberts.
(bradleyankrom from TPAFLA)
Bradley Ankrom, folks. He does it all. Transactions browsers, prospects number-crunching, and All-Bert team stat queries. (R.J. Anderson)
2008-02-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Melky Cabrera's got a pretty interesting set of comparables: Carlos Beltran, Coco Crisp, Pete Rose, and Hal McRae. Some good-looking players but (besides Beltran) nobody with too much power. What's the outlook on him? Is he the Yankee CFer of the future?
(Jim Leyritz from Florida)
It's confusing, isn't it? This is what I meant about the occasional inscrutability of the comps. If I recall correctly, at Cabrera's age, Beltran had the one bad year of his career... If Coco Crisp is your worst-case scenario, that's not bad, but the Yankees don't have a Jacoby Ellsbury to come along and rescue them... My suspicion is that Crisp is closer to the mark than Beltran or even McRae. The power just isn't there right now, might not ever be there. That leaves us with what... A player who might peak at something pretty decent without rising to the level of the All-Star game. That's not bad, you enjoy it... And then you trade Roberto Kelly for Paul O'Neill. (Steven Goldman)


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