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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 38)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .249 4 24 24 1 .244 0.7
Birth Date5-20-1976
Height6' 0"
Weight220 lbs
Age38 years, 5 months, 5 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2.92010
1.92011
-0.82012
0.12013
0.72014
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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
1999 OAK 23 40 158 136 13 38 7 0 3 54 18 11 1 2 1 21 1 0 .279 .363 .397 .262 3.2 -0.2 0.3
2000 OAK 24 143 479 419 52 101 19 0 14 162 38 64 7 5 10 62 1 0 .241 .311 .387 .231 4.9 -1.1 0.3
2001 OAK 25 136 509 453 55 115 25 0 15 185 37 68 6 4 9 60 1 1 .254 .316 .408 .255 18.8 2.1 2.1
2002 OAK 26 136 457 403 51 94 20 0 7 135 43 64 5 3 3 42 0 0 .233 .313 .335 .234 4.3 -1.8 0.3
2003 OAK 27 140 536 483 70 132 24 1 21 221 33 79 12 6 2 78 0 0 .273 .331 .458 .280 34.1 -0.0 3.4
2004 SDN 28 111 432 384 45 106 23 0 18 183 35 45 5 4 4 63 1 0 .276 .341 .477 .285 30.7 -0.2 3.0
2005 SDN 29 99 392 369 36 107 19 2 12 166 18 40 1 3 1 58 1 0 .290 .322 .450 .264 18.8 -1.1 1.8
2006 BAL 30 144 560 501 66 138 29 2 23 240 43 79 11 5 0 91 1 0 .275 .343 .479 .268 30.3 -0.3 2.9
2007 BAL 31 106 409 364 40 94 18 0 9 139 36 59 6 3 0 62 1 3 .258 .333 .382 .250 12.0 0.9 1.3
2008 BAL 32 133 507 463 49 119 22 1 15 188 32 62 5 6 1 65 0 0 .257 .308 .406 .249 11.4 0.7 1.2
2009 CIN 33 81 331 287 25 74 13 1 5 104 33 34 3 4 4 37 1 0 .258 .336 .362 .244 5.0 2.0 0.7
2010 CIN 34 97 352 313 30 93 18 1 7 134 29 49 5 2 3 48 0 0 .297 .364 .428 .284 24.3 3.5 2.9
2011 CIN 35 91 328 298 28 84 13 0 12 133 23 41 5 2 0 36 0 0 .282 .341 .446 .268 16.5 0.9 1.9
2012 COL 36 52 196 184 16 40 10 0 5 65 6 32 2 2 2 28 0 1 .217 .247 .353 .204 -6.7 -0.6 -0.8
2013 LAN 37 17 55 48 4 10 2 0 3 21 6 7 0 1 0 6 1 0 .208 .291 .438 .226 0.3 0.2 0.1
Career15265701510558013452628169213043073474524075795.263.327.417.257207.94.921.3

Advanced

'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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1996 WMI A 123 528 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .273 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 VIS A+ 0 376 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .389 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 HUN AA 0 182 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .201 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 HUN AA 0 555 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 OAK MLB 40 158 .262 .277 .356 .445 .269 .282 96 0.3 4.4 3 -0.2 -1.6 3.2 0.3 3.2 0.3
1999 VAN AAA 0 321 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .261 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 OAK MLB 143 479 .231 .275 .348 .446 .266 .251 93 -16.6 13.6 8.9 -1.1 1.3 4.9 0.3 4.9 0.3
2001 OAK MLB 136 509 .255 .267 .332 .431 .263 .267 95 -2.8 13.9 9.1 2.1 -0.7 18.8 2.1 18.8 2.1
2002 OAK MLB 136 457 .234 .264 .330 .424 .264 .260 94 -12.5 12.2 8 -1.8 -3.6 4.3 0.3 4.3 0.3
2003 OAK MLB 140 536 .280 .266 .330 .424 .262 .285 95 11.9 14.6 9.5 -0.0 -0.1 34.1 3.4 34.1 3.4
2004 SDN MLB 111 432 .285 .266 .333 .426 .262 .271 92 11.9 12.9 7.8 -0.2 -1.8 30.7 3.0 30.7 3.0
2004 POR AAA 7 21 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SDN MLB 99 392 .264 .268 .334 .426 .264 .297 95 1.7 11.3 6.8 -1.1 -2.7 18.8 1.8 18.8 1.8
2006 BAL MLB 144 560 .268 .271 .334 .429 .257 .285 108 5.1 16.9 9 -0.3 -3.3 30.3 2.9 30.3 2.9
2007 BAL MLB 106 409 .250 .266 .328 .415 .258 .284 101 -4.7 12.1 7.2 0.9 -2.0 12.0 1.3 12.0 1.3
2007 ABE A- 2 8 .528 .247 .333 .372 .258 .500 91 2.4 0.2 -0.1 -0.0 0.3 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2007 FRD A+ 2 7 .281 .252 .337 .403 .255 .500 100 0.1 0.2 0 -0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2008 BAL MLB 133 507 .249 .263 .328 .416 .258 .265 106 -6.2 14.6 8.4 0.7 -2.3 11.4 1.2 11.4 1.2
2009 CIN MLB 81 331 .244 .262 .327 .415 .261 .274 97 -5.6 9.5 1.6 2.0 -2.7 5.0 0.7 5.0 0.7
2010 CIN MLB 97 352 .284 .253 .320 .394 .266 .332 97 8.4 9.7 5.5 3.5 -1.5 24.3 2.9 24.3 2.9
2011 CIN MLB 91 328 .268 .255 .318 .397 .261 .291 102 2.7 8.8 5 0.9 -3.4 16.5 1.9 16.5 1.9
2012 COL MLB 52 196 .204 .247 .310 .393 .257 .235 119 -10.9 5.4 3.2 -0.6 -3.2 -6.7 -0.8 -6.7 -0.8
2012 CSP AAA 4 14 .258 .290 .345 .469 .265 .100 114 0 0.4 0.3 -0.0 -0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2012 MAG Wnt 9 35 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 LAN MLB 17 55 .226 .258 .317 .410 .263 .179 101 -1.8 1.4 0.6 0.2 -0.4 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.1
2013 BUF AAA 5 19 .047 .254 .324 .378 .252 .125 96 -4.4 0.5 0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -4.1 -0.4 -4.1 -0.4
2013 VEN int 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 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
1996 WMI A 528 62 114 26 2 12 68 69 62 2 3 .255 .359 .403 .148 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 HUN AA 182 27 31 3 0 4 24 18 23 0 0 .193 .286 .286 .093 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 VIS A+ 376 57 120 21 2 15 85 35 47 2 4 .361 .436 .572 .211 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 HUN AA 555 83 142 24 1 15 98 57 61 4 5 .296 .393 .445 .148 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 VAN AAA 321 38 76 11 3 13 55 23 37 1 2 .261 .330 .454 .192 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 OAK MLB 158 13 38 7 0 3 21 18 11 1 0 .279 .363 .397 .118 .262 3.2 -0.2 0.3
2000 OAK MLB 479 52 101 19 0 14 62 38 64 1 0 .241 .311 .387 .146 .231 4.9 -1.1 0.3
2001 OAK MLB 509 55 115 25 0 15 60 37 68 1 1 .254 .316 .408 .155 .255 18.8 2.1 2.1
2002 OAK MLB 457 51 94 20 0 7 42 43 64 0 0 .233 .313 .335 .102 .234 4.3 -1.8 0.3
2003 OAK MLB 536 70 132 24 1 21 78 33 79 0 0 .273 .331 .458 .184 .280 34.1 -0.0 3.4
2004 POR AAA 21 2 6 1 0 0 6 2 3 0 0 .316 .381 .368 .053 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SDN MLB 432 45 106 23 0 18 63 35 45 1 0 .276 .341 .477 .201 .285 30.7 -0.2 3.0
2005 SDN MLB 392 36 107 19 2 12 58 18 40 1 0 .290 .322 .450 .160 .264 18.8 -1.1 1.8
2006 BAL MLB 560 66 138 29 2 23 91 43 79 1 0 .275 .343 .479 .204 .268 30.3 -0.3 2.9
2007 FRD A+ 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .333 .429 .500 .167 .281 0.2 -0.0 0.0
2007 BAL MLB 409 40 94 18 0 9 62 36 59 1 3 .258 .333 .382 .124 .250 12.0 0.9 1.3
2007 ABE A- 8 2 2 1 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 .500 .750 .750 .250 .528 2.7 -0.0 0.3
2008 BAL MLB 507 49 119 22 1 15 65 32 62 0 0 .257 .308 .406 .149 .249 11.4 0.7 1.2
2009 CIN MLB 331 25 74 13 1 5 37 33 34 1 0 .258 .336 .362 .105 .244 5.0 2.0 0.7
2010 CIN MLB 352 30 93 18 1 7 48 29 49 0 0 .297 .364 .428 .131 .284 24.3 3.5 2.9
2011 CIN MLB 328 28 84 13 0 12 36 23 41 0 0 .282 .341 .446 .164 .268 16.5 0.9 1.9
2012 COL MLB 196 16 40 10 0 5 28 6 32 0 1 .217 .247 .353 .136 .204 -6.7 -0.6 -0.8
2012 MAG Wnt 35 1 8 1 0 0 4 2 5 0 0 .250 .286 .281 .031 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 CSP AAA 14 2 2 0 0 1 4 1 1 0 0 .167 .286 .417 .250 .258 0.5 -0.0 0.0
2013 VEN int 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 BUF AAA 19 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 .105 .105 .105 .000 .047 -4.1 -0.0 -0.4
2013 LAN MLB 55 4 10 2 0 3 6 6 7 1 0 .208 .291 .438 .229 .226 0.3 0.2 0.1

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
2008 1770 0.5175 0.4644 0.8528 0.6397 0.2763 0.8993 0.7373 0.1448
2009 1233 0.5109 0.4221 0.8538 0.5952 0.2405 0.9013 0.7310 0.1462
2010 1258 0.5215 0.4757 0.8545 0.6570 0.2774 0.9211 0.6826 0.1455
2011 1113 0.5130 0.4843 0.8182 0.6305 0.3303 0.8917 0.6704 0.1818
2012 673 0.5260 0.4978 0.8024 0.6610 0.3135 0.8590 0.6700 0.1976
2013 190 0.4789 0.4316 0.8537 0.5604 0.3131 0.9608 0.6774 0.1463
Career62370.51590.46450.84180.63260.28420.90030.7040.1576

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-09-11 2012-10-04 DTD 23 22 Left Thigh Surgery Ruptured Distal Hamstring Tendon 2012-09-17 -
2012-08-12 2012-08-15 DTD 3 3 Left Shoulder Contusion Clavicle - -
2012-07-22 2012-07-23 DTD 1 1 Right Elbow Contusion - -
2012-05-24 2012-07-13 15-DL 50 42 Left Hand Strain - -
2012-05-20 2012-05-21 DTD 1 1 - Hand Soreness - -
2012-04-17 2012-04-20 DTD 3 2 Left Hand Soreness - -
2012-03-21 2012-03-23 Camp 2 0 Left Knee Contusion Foul Ball - -
2011-09-17 2011-09-19 DTD 2 2 Left Lower Leg Contusion Shin From Foul Ball - -
2011-08-27 2011-08-31 DTD 4 4 Right Forearm Contusion - -
2011-03-21 2011-03-27 Camp 6 0 Right Elbow Soreness -
2010-07-05 2010-07-22 15-DL 17 13 Knee Soreness -
2010-06-20 2010-06-21 DTD 1 1 Low Back Soreness -
2009-07-19 2009-09-18 15-DL 61 57 Left Knee Surgery Debridement 2009-07-21
2008-05-10 2008-05-16 DTD 6 4 Left Wrist Soreness Cortisone Injection -
2007-06-07 2007-06-22 15-DL 15 12 Groin Contusion -
2007-03-31 2007-04-25 15-DL 25 20 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2006-09-24 2006-09-24 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness -
2006-09-05 2006-09-05 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Contusion HBP -
2006-07-04 2006-07-05 DTD 1 1 Right Knee Contusion -
2005-07-25 2005-09-01 15-DL 38 33 Left Wrist Surgery Cartilage 2005-07-29
2005-06-18 2005-07-06 15-DL 18 17 Left Wrist Sprain Cartilage -
2004-06-21 2004-07-25 15-DL 34 29 Left Knee Strain -
2003-05-04 2003-05-06 DTD 2 1 Right Thumb Contusion Thumb -
1999-07-26 1999-08-27 15-DL 32 29 Left Knee Sprain Ligament Collision At Plate - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 COL $3,200,000
2012 COL $3,200,000
2011 CIN $3,000,000
2010 CIN $3,000,000
2009 CIN $8,000,000
2008 BAL $7,500,000
2007 BAL $6,500,000
2006 BAL $4,500,000
2005 SDN $4,225,000
2004 SDN $2,900,000
2003 OAK $1,887,599
2002 OAK $497,500
2001 OAK $245,000
2000 OAK $211,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
14 yrPrevious$48,866,099
14 yrTotal$48,866,099

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 11 dEric Goldschmidt1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/7/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Kansas City 3/30/14.
  • 2 years/$6.4M (2012-13). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 12/2/11. 12:$3.2M, 13:$3.2M. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade 4/6/13 after being DFA by Colorado 3/29/13. (LA Dodgers paid $4.25M to Colorado in the deal.) DFA by LA Dodgers 6/14/13. Released 6/22/13.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Cincinnati 11/3/10.
  • 1 year/$3M (2010), plus 2011 option. Signed extension with Cincinnati 11/29/09. 10:$3M, 11:$3.25M vesting option (guaranteed with 120 games in 2010).
  • 4 years/$27.5M (2006-09). 06:$4.5M, 07:$6.5M, 08:$7.5M, 09:$8M, 10:$8.5M club option, $1M buyout. Signed as a free agent 12/05. Acquired by Cincinnati in trade from Baltimore 12/11/08 (Orioles paid Reds $2M in the deal).
  • 4 years/$9.5M (2002-05). Signed 3/02. $0.15M signing bonus. 02:$0.46M, 03:$1.85M, 04:$2.9M, 05:$M. Award bonuses. Acquired in trade from Oakland 11/03.

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
90o 313 34 82 15 1 6 35 24 40 1 0 .293 .353 .444 .282 13.4 C 1 1.6
80o 291 30 72 13 1 5 31 22 38 1 0 .277 .336 .419 .268 8.6 C 1 1.1
70o 276 28 67 12 1 5 28 20 37 1 0 .266 .324 .401 .258 5.5 C 1 0.7
60o 262 26 62 11 1 5 26 18 35 1 0 .256 .313 .386 .250 3.1 C 1 0.5
50o 250 24 56 10 1 4 24 17 34 1 0 .248 .303 .371 .242 1.1 C 1 0.2
40o 238 22 52 9 1 4 22 15 33 1 0 .239 .293 .357 .234 -0.8 C 1 0.0
30o 224 20 47 8 0 4 21 14 32 1 0 .230 .282 .342 .225 -2.6 C 1 -0.2
20o 209 18 42 8 0 3 18 12 30 0 0 .219 .270 .325 .216 -4.4 C 1 -0.4
10o 187 15 35 6 0 3 16 10 27 0 0 .204 .253 .301 .202 -6.4 C 1 -0.6
Weighted Mean2562559111425173510.252.308.378.2462.0C 10.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 19% 17% 32% 71%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20153925024509021916390.225.282.296.2190.0-0.8-2.01.30.1-0.11.1
20164025024499021916380.219.277.294.213-0.4-4.7-2.01.24.6-8.51.1
201741274255510122117420.219.274.289.211-1.5-15.3-2.21.314.9-29.31.2
20194325021488111615430.208.263.259.197-2.4-23.4-2.01.014.9-37.41.1
20204425021478101615430.208.260.257.195-0.7-7.4-2.00.94.0-10.31.1
20214525020478101514440.204.256.248.191-2.9-27.5-2.00.914.9-41.41.1
20224661249114202037351110.202.253.245.188-3.0-30.6-4.92.014.9-42.62.6
20234725020489101514460.205.256.248.191-2.9-27.5-2.00.714.9-41.21.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
8.98.34.62.81.2125.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 89 Smoky Burgess 1965 .316
2 88 Mike Redmond 2009 .205
3 87 Yogi Berra 1963 .311
4 86 Gregg Zaun 2009 .258
5 85 Ernie Whitt 1990 .184
6 84 Sherm Lollar 1963 .242
7 83 Jose Molina 2013 .222
8 82 Rusty Staub 1982 .237
9 82 Rico Carty 1978 .308
10 81 Tim McCarver 1980 .315
11 81 Jeff Cirillo 2008 .000 DNP
12 81 Kevin Millar 2010 .000 DNP
13 81 Al Oliver 1985 .228
14 81 Wally Joyner 2000 .274
15 81 Rich Aurilia 2010 .000 DNP
16 80 Henry Blanco 2010 .224
17 80 Alan Ashby 1990 .000 DNP
18 80 Harold Baines 1997 .284
19 80 Bernie Williams 2007 .000 DNP
20 80 Eddie Murray 1994 .245
21 79 Pete Rose 1979 .300
22 79 Moises Alou 2005 .327
23 79 Tommy Henrich 1951 .000 DNP
24 79 Carl Furillo 1960 .175
25 78 Melvin Mora 2010 .273
26 78 Don Slaught 1997 .135
27 78 Miguel Tejada 2012 .000 DNP
28 78 Buddy Bell 1990 .000 DNP
29 78 Geoff Blum 2011 .228
30 78 Tim Raines 1998 .284
31 77 Minnie Minoso 1964 .289
32 77 Dusty Baker 1987 .000 DNP
33 77 Scott Hatteberg 2008 .214
34 77 Dave Bergman 1991 .279
35 77 Jeff Conine 2004 .272
36 77 Felipe Alou 1973 .206
37 77 Chris Gomez 2009 .000 DNP
38 76 Damian Miller 2008 .000 DNP
39 76 Ron Hassey 1991 .237
40 76 Ron Fairly 1977 .286
41 76 Carl Yastrzemski 1978 .278
42 76 Jamie Burke 2010 .000 DNP
43 76 Monte Irvin 1957 .000 DNP
44 76 Tony Oliva 1977 .000 DNP
45 76 Rod Carew 1984 .270
46 76 Lou Piniella 1982 .293
47 76 Lou Whitaker 1995 .298
48 76 Scott Rolen 2013 .000 DNP
49 75 Chris Chambliss 1987 .000 DNP
50 75 Brooks Robinson 1975 .216
51 75 Walker Cooper 1953 .248
52 75 Jamey Carroll 2012 .244
53 75 Gene Woodling 1961 .312
54 75 Darrell Evans 1985 .317
55 75 Don Baylor 1987 .261
56 75 Johnny Grubb 1987 .212
57 75 Phil Cavarretta 1955 -.010
58 75 Mike Piazza 2007 .257
59 75 Enos Slaughter 1954 .299
60 75 Brian Downing 1989 .294
61 74 Ben Oglivie 1987 .000 DNP
62 74 Bob Watson 1984 .215
63 74 Ken Boyer 1969 .197
64 74 Art Howe 1985 .022
65 74 George Brett 1991 .259
66 74 Barry Larkin 2002 .231
67 74 Johnny Damon 2012 .232
68 74 Paul O'Neill 2001 .265
69 74 Mark Grace 2002 .267
70 74 Vladimir Guerrero 2013 .000 DNP
71 74 Craig Counsell 2009 .266
72 74 Mark Grudzielanek 2008 .261
73 74 Al Kaline 1973 .259
74 74 Graig Nettles 1983 .294
75 74 Sid Gordon 1956 .000 DNP
76 74 Miguel Cairo 2012 .184
77 74 Jim Eisenreich 1997 .260
78 74 Andre Thornton 1988 .000 DNP
79 74 Hal McRae 1984 .287
80 74 Ken Griffey 1988 .241
81 74 Wade Boggs 1996 .274
82 74 Damion Easley 2008 .247
83 74 Garret Anderson 2010 .176
84 74 Carlton Fisk 1986 .220
85 73 Orlando Palmeiro 2007 .218
86 73 Mark Loretta 2010 .000 DNP
87 73 Jason Varitek 2010 .244
88 73 Elmer Valo 1959 .282
89 73 Mark DeRosa 2013 .268
90 73 B.J. Surhoff 2003 .274
91 73 Tony Fernandez 2000 .000 DNP
92 73 Julio Franco 1997 .257
93 73 Jim Dwyer 1988 .288
94 73 Tom Lampkin 2002 .235
95 73 Bud Stewart 1954 .042
96 72 Billy Williams 1976 .256
97 72 Tim Salmon 2007 .000 DNP
98 72 John McDonald 2013 .155
99 72 Ken Singleton 1985 .000 DNP
100 72 Paul Molitor 1995 .271

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .243 .291 .364 .230
11 vs R (Multi) .251 .311 .420 .244
18 Split (Multi) .008 .020 .056 .014
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .231 .267 .538 .266
31 vs R (2013) .200 .300 .400 .209
38 Split (2013) -.031 .033 -.138 -.057
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 The Rockies traded incumbent backstop Chris Iannetta to the Angels at the end of November 2011. That same day, Colorado signed the older and more expensive Hernandez to a two-year deal. Last year, as will happen to 36-year-olds who squat and take foul balls off the body for a living, he did not play often or well. Hernandez missed 42 games from late-May to mid-July with a left hand strain that kept him from gripping the bat properly, then in September ruptured a tendon in his left thigh, which required season-ending surgery. Hernandez may not have much baseball left in him, but he has $3.2 million guaranteed coming his way, which will buy plenty of ice packs.
2012 In 2003-06, Hernandez ranked among the best catchers in baseball. As expected from a man in his mid-30s who squats for a living, production has fallen off since then, although he continues to be useful in a John Buck kind of way. Hernandez isn't as good or as young as the departed Chris Iannetta, who wore out his welcome in Denver by repeatedly failing to hit .240 but whose on-base skills made him valuable nonetheless. Hernandez hasn't played as many as 100 games since 2008, but when he's in the lineup, he'll help the young pitchers, provide occasional pop, and buy time for Wilin Rosario. If $6.4 million for two years seems a steep price to pay for that, just be grateful it isn't coming out of your pocket.
2011 Hernandez had a valuable offensive peak, especially by the standards of his position, but from 2007-2009, he settled for production that fell well below league average, with a combined .258/.324/.387 line. Last season, he rebounded to post numbers that wouldnít have seemed out of place during his heyday, but his apparent resurgence rested on a BABIP well above his lifetime average despite a line-drive percentage that hovered just below his career rate. When healthy, Hernandez continued to excel at throwing out runners, but he spent time on the DL with knee soreness a year after undergoing surgery on the same joint. The Reds re-upped him on a one-year basis, but heís in line for decline, and best-suited for a subordinate role.
2010 Once an underrated catching asset for the Aís and Padres, Hernandez has hit .258/.324/.387 over the last three seasons, which just barely matches the low standard of the average big-league backstop. Heís also surpassed 111 games played just twice in his last six seasons. Last year, he made just 53 starts behind the plate, in part due to his filling in for Joey Votto at first base, and in part due to the bum knee which required an arthroscopic clean-up, essentially costing him the second half beyond a few season-ending starts. Though Hanigan more than doubled his VORP total in fewer plate appearances last year, Hernandez was bought back by the allegedly cost-cutting Reds via a $3 million deal with a $3.25 million option that vests with 120 games played in the coming season, that after spending $1 million to buy out his original 2010 option. Walt Jocketty cited that old straw man, ďveteran influence,Ē when announcing the deal, but one wonders if he isnít just trying to justify the loss of the two infield prospects he sent to the Oís for Hernandez the previous offseason.
2009 Neither Hernandez nor the Orioles were happy with each other in 2008, and with Wietersmania building, the Orioles pawned him off on the Reds for Ryan Freel and a couple of minor leaguers. He got off to a bad start in 2008, entering June with a .229 EqA, but rebounded with a .271 mark the rest of the way. He's set a new career low in caught-stealing percentage two years in a row, with a career-worst 99 stolen bases allowed last year. Hernandez clearly isn't what he was in his late 20s, but Camden Yards loves its righty hitters and might have camouflaged a more precipitous decline: in his three seasons at Orioles Park, Hernandez hit .291/.351/.485 with 31 home runs in 660 at-bats, and on the road he batted .238/.305/.370 with 16 home runs in 668 at-bats. His new home, the Gap also favors righties, so the illusion might persist for another year or two.
2008 Last year we mentioned that reaching a career high in at-bats, as Hernandez did in 2006, was a bad thing for a 30-year-old catcher. Hernandez backed us up in 2007 by making two trips to the DL and suffering a drop-off in virtually every facet of his game. All that may have been the fault of the strained oblique he suffered in the spring, but his 2006 workload surely didn't help matters. Hernandez was the subject of trade talks during the season, and, despite not having any major league-ready in-house alternatives, the O's would be smart to parlay any Hernandez hot streak into a deal.
2007 There was considerable moaning about Hernandez`s contract last year, but he made Year One of his four-year deal look awfully good, setting or matching career highs in at-bats, hits, doubles, homers, RBIs, and stolen bases (this was one of the years in which he stole one). That said, setting a career high in at-bats is not a good indicator of future value when you`re talking about a 30-year-old catcher. He`s been a very steady player for the last four years, so he gets the benefit of the doubt for now.
2005 Keeps getting better. Hernandez hiked his walk rate and power numbers slightly from an already solid 2003; throw in the adjustment from a good pitcher's park in Oakland to a great one in San Diego and the gains look even more impressive. The dramatic spike in his contact rate points to further gains in his future. He's still an above-average defensive catcher, and at $4.1 million, the Padres have themselves a relative bargain. Here comes a career year.
2003 .241/.315/.387 in Oakland at age 24 is promising. So what happened? Hernandez just flat out hasnít developed, and really didnít look good at the plate all year. He looks his best when heís hitting balls hard to RF and RCF, usually pitches up and away. Anything else, he looks unbelievably slow with the bat. His batting eye got marginally better, but not by enough to be anything more than noise in the data. Other than that, heís been pretty much treading water for two years. With Beaneís theft of Mark Johnson from the White Sox, heís going to have to do something with the bat in order to keep the lionís share of the playing time, despite his solid defense.
2002 This is a very underrated ballplayer. Hernandez is a good defensive catcher who handles the pitching staff well and is undervalued as a hitter, thanks in large part to the cavernous outfield in Oakland. Hernandez is a very similar player to former A's backstop Terry Steinbach, a league-average hitter with some durability and strong defense. He got beat up throughout the season, as catchers are prone to do, and still finished strong: .291/.339/.522 after the All-Star break.
2001 The organizationís Venezuelan scouting effort doesnít get as much attention as its commitment to the Dominican Republic, but this year it cranked out the teamís starting catcher. Spending most of the season in the ninth slot, Hernandez had a solid campaign, consistent with his career and age. Donít be surprised if he outhits that projection. His defense is rough, but so was Terry Steinbach's in his early years.
2000 Everything came together in 1999 for Hernandez. He came to camp in shape for the first time, impressing the organization. Although he wasn't having his best year at the plate, he'd worked hard while Hinch had flopped. After his call-up, he gave the A's some desperately needed right-handed power. His defense still needs work; he has problems sitting still and making a good target for his pitchers. He's always been injury-prone, so while he should win the job outright, the A's will need to carry a good caddy.
1998 A marvelous catching prospect with a good arm, an astronomical batting average and a gigantic A.J. Hinch in front of him in the mind of the Aís front office. He will be a very good major league player, but the opportunity for him to become a star was damaged by his failure to adapt to Double-A last year.
1997 One of the reasons the Aís probably arenít too worried about how their numerous young catchers in the upper levels of the system turn out is Hernandez. He won the batting title in his rookie league in í95, and was rated the Aís sixth-best prospect entering the í96 season. Heís shown a lot of patience at the plate for a young player. Heís potentially a very good catcher, but needs work; for that reason, the Aís will be bringing him along slowly as the upper level prospects sort themselves out.

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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 10095 37 -4.9 -3.4 5802 16.7 5.1 6.2 0.2 2.7
2009 4383 17 -0.3 -0.5 2602 4.8 1.4 3.7 1.0 3.2
2010 7042 -24 0.6 0.6 4138 7.5 2.0 3.4 2.6 4.0
2011 5998 -50 -5.8 -6.8 3301 5.8 1.7 3.6 -4.1 -3.2
2012 3923 -16 -1.5 -2.7 2394 5.5 1.6 4.6 0.0 1.9
2013 848 -14 -1.8 -14.8 517 0.9 0.3 3.6 -1.5 -11.2
total 32289 -56 -14.2 -3.1 18754 36.5 10.6 4.0 -3.6 0.9

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