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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 36)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .220 7 25 28 0 .244 0.3
Birth Date8-5-1977
Height6' 2"
Weight235 lbs
Age37 years, 2 months, 16 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
1.12010
0.42011
-0.62012
-0.32013
0.32014
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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
2002 TOR 24 151 650 566 99 158 38 2 24 272 77 138 2 5 0 84 13 1 .279 .365 .481 .286 36.3 -3.4 3.3
2003 TOR 25 124 514 449 74 109 45 3 12 196 59 104 1 5 0 63 12 2 .243 .329 .437 .261 18.3 -4.7 1.3
2004 TOR 26 155 634 570 66 140 23 3 15 214 54 109 4 6 0 69 12 8 .246 .312 .375 .238 1.1 -11.6 -1.0
2005 TOR 27 147 537 477 79 125 31 2 15 205 46 121 8 6 0 68 8 4 .262 .333 .430 .268 10.9 2.0 1.3
2006 BOS 28 31 88 80 8 23 8 0 1 34 8 30 0 0 0 5 1 1 .287 .352 .425 .254 1.9 -1.0 0.1
2006 TOR 28 78 224 197 35 52 9 2 12 101 27 49 0 0 0 29 1 1 .264 .353 .513 .270 5.5 -1.5 0.4
2007 BOS 29 84 218 186 25 38 12 3 6 74 28 54 3 1 0 21 3 0 .204 .317 .398 .237 -2.9 1.2 -0.2
2008 TBA 30 133 432 381 59 94 21 1 20 177 47 88 3 1 0 60 10 3 .247 .333 .465 .263 10.2 -1.1 0.9
2009 NYA 31 39 98 84 13 19 3 0 7 43 10 25 2 2 0 14 1 0 .226 .316 .512 .276 3.6 -1.7 0.2
2009 PIT 31 54 126 106 18 27 9 0 1 39 17 27 3 0 0 11 0 0 .255 .373 .368 .269 1.7 0.7 0.2
2010 ATL 32 131 320 281 38 72 21 1 11 128 33 75 3 3 0 51 0 0 .256 .338 .456 .287 11.3 -0.4 1.1
2011 ATL 33 117 264 236 24 55 10 0 10 95 26 71 1 1 0 28 0 1 .233 .311 .403 .252 3.3 0.4 0.4
2012 ATL 34 91 147 132 9 26 7 1 2 41 14 41 0 1 0 13 0 0 .197 .272 .311 .204 -5.7 -0.0 -0.6
2013 ARI 35 52 58 52 2 9 3 0 1 15 6 17 0 0 0 6 0 0 .173 .259 .288 .193 -2.6 -0.0 -0.3
Career138743103797549947240181371634452949303105226121.249.332.430.26192.9-21.17.3

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
1998 ROK A 0 25 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .615 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 WPT A- 0 285 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .365 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DAY A+ 0 512 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .336 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 IOW AAA 0 16 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .300 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 WTN AA 0 517 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .329 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SAC AAA 121 504 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .327 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 TOR MLB 151 650 .286 .264 .330 .426 .265 .328 104 18.3 17.4 2.5 -3.4 2.9 36.3 3.3 36.3 3.3
2003 TOR MLB 124 514 .261 .268 .333 .424 .264 .287 104 0.7 14.0 2.1 -4.7 3.6 18.3 1.3 18.3 1.3
2003 SYR AAA 2 8 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .429 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TOR MLB 155 634 .238 .265 .333 .425 .258 .277 107 -15.3 18.9 2.5 -11.6 1.1 1.1 -1.0 1.1 -1.0
2005 TOR MLB 147 537 .268 .265 .332 .419 .263 .317 104 4.6 15.4 -9.8 2.0 1.2 10.9 1.3 10.9 1.3
2006 BOS MLB 31 88 .254 .272 .338 .430 .258 .449 104 -0.6 2.7 -1.3 -1.0 1.2 1.9 0.1 1.9 0.1
2006 TOR MLB 78 224 .270 .272 .339 .428 .258 .294 107 2.4 6.7 -2.5 -1.5 -2.0 5.5 0.4 5.5 0.4
2007 BOS MLB 84 218 .237 .265 .332 .409 .259 .252 102 -5.5 6.4 -3.1 1.2 -0.9 -2.9 -0.2 -2.9 -0.2
2008 TBA MLB 133 432 .263 .264 .329 .417 .258 .270 105 1.4 12.5 -4.5 -1.1 1.4 10.2 0.9 10.2 0.9
2009 NYA MLB 39 98 .276 .279 .339 .450 .266 .222 110 1.7 2.8 -0.7 -1.7 0.4 3.6 0.2 3.6 0.2
2009 PIT MLB 54 126 .269 .263 .335 .419 .268 .333 95 1.2 3.6 -1.2 0.7 -0.4 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2010 ATL MLB 131 320 .287 .259 .322 .401 .266 .308 94 8.7 8.8 -2.6 -0.4 -0.6 11.3 1.1 11.3 1.1
2011 ATL MLB 117 264 .252 .253 .318 .393 .261 .288 97 -2.1 7.1 -1.9 0.4 0.2 3.3 0.4 3.3 0.4
2012 ATL MLB 91 147 .204 .250 .313 .394 .255 .267 101 -8.2 4.0 -1.2 -0.0 -0.0 -5.7 -0.6 -5.7 -0.6
2013 ARI MLB 52 58 .193 .243 .309 .371 .251 .235 104 -3.7 1.5 -0.2 -0.0 -0.0 -2.6 -0.3 -2.6 -0.3
2013 RNO AAA 5 19 .062 .263 .330 .411 .267 .077 88 -4.1 0.5 -0.4 0.0 0.0 -3.8 -0.4 -3.8 -0.4

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
1998 ROK A 25 8 9 4 0 1 4 5 6 1 0 .450 .560 .800 .350 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 WPT A- 285 46 74 20 0 9 57 35 61 19 3 .298 .389 .488 .190 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 IOW AAA 16 3 4 0 1 1 2 1 4 0 0 .267 .312 .600 .333 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DAY A+ 512 76 132 28 6 19 79 62 90 16 10 .297 .389 .515 .218 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 WTN AA 517 76 113 21 9 20 73 78 133 14 5 .259 .375 .486 .227 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SAC AAA 504 71 123 27 1 25 79 54 113 20 7 .282 .373 .521 .239 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 TOR MLB 650 99 158 38 2 24 84 77 138 13 1 .279 .365 .481 .201 .286 36.3 -3.4 3.3
2003 SYR AAA 8 2 4 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 .500 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TOR MLB 514 74 109 45 3 12 63 59 104 12 2 .243 .329 .437 .194 .261 18.3 -4.7 1.3
2004 TOR MLB 634 66 140 23 3 15 69 54 109 12 8 .246 .312 .375 .130 .238 1.1 -11.6 -1.0
2005 TOR MLB 537 79 125 31 2 15 68 46 121 8 4 .262 .333 .430 .168 .268 10.9 2.0 1.3
2006 BOS MLB 88 8 23 8 0 1 5 8 30 1 1 .287 .352 .425 .138 .254 1.9 -1.0 0.1
2006 TOR MLB 224 35 52 9 2 12 29 27 49 1 1 .264 .353 .513 .249 .270 5.5 -1.5 0.4
2007 BOS MLB 218 25 38 12 3 6 21 28 54 3 0 .204 .317 .398 .194 .237 -2.9 1.2 -0.2
2008 TBA MLB 432 59 94 21 1 20 60 47 88 10 3 .247 .333 .465 .218 .263 10.2 -1.1 0.9
2009 PIT MLB 126 18 27 9 0 1 11 17 27 0 0 .255 .373 .368 .113 .269 1.7 0.7 0.2
2009 NYA MLB 98 13 19 3 0 7 14 10 25 1 0 .226 .316 .512 .286 .276 3.6 -1.7 0.2
2010 ATL MLB 320 38 72 21 1 11 51 33 75 0 0 .256 .338 .456 .199 .287 11.3 -0.4 1.1
2011 ATL MLB 264 24 55 10 0 10 28 26 71 0 1 .233 .311 .403 .169 .252 3.3 0.4 0.4
2012 ATL MLB 147 9 26 7 1 2 13 14 41 0 0 .197 .272 .311 .114 .204 -5.7 -0.0 -0.6
2013 RNO AAA 19 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .056 .105 .056 .000 .062 -3.8 0.0 -0.4
2013 ARI MLB 58 2 9 3 0 1 6 6 17 0 0 .173 .259 .288 .115 .193 -2.6 -0.0 -0.3

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 1593 0.4896 0.4426 0.8028 0.6282 0.2645 0.8837 0.6186 0.1957
2009 914 0.4683 0.3993 0.7370 0.6028 0.2202 0.8566 0.4486 0.2630
2010 1251 0.4812 0.4716 0.7729 0.6661 0.2912 0.8678 0.5714 0.2271
2011 1077 0.4503 0.4582 0.7627 0.6639 0.2889 0.8571 0.5848 0.2373
2012 546 0.4505 0.4725 0.6512 0.6707 0.3100 0.8242 0.3441 0.3488
2013 231 0.4589 0.4848 0.7500 0.7075 0.2960 0.8267 0.5946 0.2500
Career56120.47160.44970.76080.64680.27360.86250.54620.2388

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-03-04 2011-03-05 Camp 1 0 Left Lower Leg Soreness Calf -
2010-07-22 2010-07-22 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2009-02-27 2009-03-17 Camp 18 0 Left Trunk Contusion Ribs -
2007-08-23 2007-08-24 DTD 1 0 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2003-05-24 2003-06-25 15-DL 32 28 Left Wrist Surgery Hamate 2003-05-28
2003-05-09 2003-05-13 DTD 4 3 Left Wrist Soreness -
2003-04-16 2003-04-16 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 ARI $1,350,000
2012 ATL $1,600,000
2011 ATL $1,350,000
2010 ATL $1,000,000
2009 PIT $1,500,000
2008 TBA $800,000
2007 BOS $5,625,000
2006 TOR $4,325,000
2005 TOR $3,000,000
2004 TOR $800,000
2003 TOR $600,000
2002 TOR $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$22,150,000
12 yrTotal$22,150,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 98 dIcon Sports1 year/$1.35M (2013)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2013). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 12/4/12. DFA by Arizona 6/28/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/6/13. Released by Arizona 7/17/13.
  • 1 year/$1.45M (2011), plus 2012 club option. Re-signed by Atlanta as a free agent 12/2/10. 11:$1.35M, 12:$1.5M club option, $0.1M buyout.
  • 1 year/$1M (2010). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/10. $0.5M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2009). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 1/30/09. $1M in performance bonuses. Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Pittsburgh 6/30/09 (Pirates pay about $0.4M of remaining 2009 salary).
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2008). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 2/7/08 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 3/29/08.
  • 5 years/$14.75M (2003-07). Signed extension with Toronto 3/03. $0.5M signing bonus. 03:$0.5M, 04:$0.8M, 05:$3M, 06:$4.325M, 07:$5.625M. Acquired by Boston in trade from Toronto 8/06 (Toronto pays $2,812,500 to Boston). Boston to pay remaining 2006 salary ($1,063,525). Boston, Toronto split 2007 salary ($2,812,500 each).
  • 1 year/$0.2M (2002). Acquired by Toronto in trade from Oakland 12/01. Signed by Toronto 3/02
  • Acquired by Oakland in trade from Cubs 3/01.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 1998 (17-496) (Arkansas).

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 514 62 116 27 1 16 63 59 123 1 0 .261 .351 .439 .284 24.2 1B 1, LF 0 2.6
80o 492 57 106 25 1 15 58 53 121 1 0 .247 .333 .414 .270 16.4 1B 1, LF 0 1.8
70o 476 53 99 23 1 14 54 50 119 1 0 .236 .321 .396 .259 11.3 1B 1, LF 0 1.2
60o 463 50 93 22 1 13 51 47 118 1 0 .227 .310 .381 .251 7.1 1B 1, LF 0 0.8
50o 450 47 87 20 1 12 48 44 116 1 0 .219 .300 .367 .243 3.4 1B 1, LF 0 0.4
40o 437 44 82 19 1 12 46 41 115 1 0 .211 .290 .354 .234 -0.1 1B 1, LF 0 0.0
30o 424 41 77 18 1 11 43 38 113 1 0 .202 .279 .339 .226 -3.7 1B 1, LF 0 -0.4
20o 408 38 70 16 1 10 40 35 110 1 0 .192 .266 .322 .216 -7.5 1B 1, LF 0 -0.8
10o 386 34 63 15 1 9 36 31 107 0 0 .178 .249 .299 .201 -12.3 1B 1, LF 0 -1.3
Weighted Mean456489021113504511710.223.305.374.2465.11B 1, LF 00.6

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 21% 15% 23% 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
201537250274710162523670.209.285.337.230-0.2-2.00.1-0.29.4-11.30.0
201638250274410062522660.200.277.334.226-0.3-3.00.1-0.37.9-10.70.0
201739250264410062421690.195.268.319.218-0.6-5.10.1-0.47.3-12.20.0
201840250254410152322690.194.268.308.213-0.7-6.20.1-0.46.7-12.50.0
201941250254410052320700.194.264.307.211-0.7-6.40.1-0.56.4-12.40.0
202042250244410142120700.193.261.295.207-0.9-8.10.1-0.66.7-14.40.0
202143250234410142020710.187.256.281.201-1.1-10.00.1-0.66.9-16.40.0
202244250234310132020720.186.253.276.198-1.5-13.90.1-0.79.0-22.30.0
202345250224310131919730.183.249.267.193-2.8-25.50.1-0.814.9-39.70.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
10.89.73.310.80.325.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 84)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 92 Andre Thornton 1986 .267
2 91 Norm Cash 1971 .325
3 91 Fred McGriff 2000 .271
4 91 Mike Stanley 1999 .294
5 91 Eddie Mathews 1968 .266
6 91 David Justice 2002 .278
7 90 Boog Powell 1978 .000 DNP
8 90 Phil Nevin 2007 .000 DNP
9 90 Chili Davis 1996 .295
10 89 Tim Salmon 2005 .000 DNP
11 89 Champ Summers 1982 .276
12 89 Cliff Johnson 1984 .332
13 88 Bob Bailey 1979 .000 DNP
14 88 Bob Watson 1982 .258
15 88 Gil Hodges 1960 .250
16 88 Orlando Cepeda 1974 .206
17 88 Dale Long 1962 .268
18 87 Bill White 1970 .000 DNP
19 87 Vic Wertz 1961 .261
20 87 Don Baylor 1985 .278
21 87 George Crowe 1957 .289
22 87 Jim Hickman 1973 .256
23 86 Roy Sievers 1963 .283
24 86 Lyle Overbay 2013 .248
25 86 Pedro Guerrero 1992 .207
26 85 Harold Baines 1995 .310
27 85 Mickey Vernon 1954 .300
28 85 Eddie Murray 1992 .281
29 85 Dwight Evans 1988 .309
30 85 Frank Thomas 2004 .328
31 85 John Mabry 2007 .163
32 85 Rafael Palmeiro 2001 .309
33 85 Mickey Tettleton 1997 .169
34 85 Darrell Porter 1988 .000 DNP
35 84 Joe Torre 1977 .201
36 84 Cliff Floyd 2009 .119
37 84 John Wockenfuss 1985 .170
38 84 Carl Everett 2007 .000 DNP
39 84 Don Money 1983 .173
40 84 Jim Rice 1989 .229
41 84 Mike Piazza 2005 .272
42 84 Keith Hernandez 1990 .199
43 84 Hal McRae 1982 .322
44 84 Ken Singleton 1983 .294
45 83 Olmedo Saenz 2007 .221
46 83 Javy Lopez 2007 .000 DNP
47 83 Mo Vaughn 2004 .000 DNP
48 83 Ray Boone 1960 .226
49 83 Joe Adcock 1964 .305
50 82 Mike Easler 1987 .252
51 82 Chris Chambliss 1985 .234
52 82 Greg Vaughn 2002 .225
53 82 Ryan Klesko 2007 .254
54 82 Will Clark 2000 .323
55 82 Jim Fregosi 1978 .249
56 82 Bob Elliott 1953 .272
57 82 Gary Redus 1993 .285
58 82 Kevin Millar 2008 .252
59 82 Tony Perez 1978 .289
60 81 Jim Spencer 1983 .000 DNP
61 81 Julio Franco 1995 .000 DNP
62 81 Matt Stairs 2004 .264
63 81 Graig Nettles 1981 .287
64 81 Bobby Murcer 1982 .244
65 81 Bob Allison 1971 .000 DNP
66 81 Jim Lemon 1964 .000 DNP
67 81 Charlie Maxwell 1963 .293
68 81 Jimmy Wynn 1978 .000 DNP
69 81 Ron Cey 1984 .270
70 81 Rocky Nelson 1961 .241
71 80 Aaron Boone 2009 .053
72 80 Eddie Robinson 1957 .181
73 80 George Scott 1980 .000 DNP
74 80 Brandon Inge 2013 .166
75 80 Ron Fairly 1975 .316
76 80 Rance Mulliniks 1992 .426
77 80 Kirk Gibson 1993 .268
78 80 Ben Oglivie 1985 .295
79 80 Rico Carty 1976 .300
80 80 Bob Brenly 1990 .000 DNP
81 80 Oscar Gamble 1986 .000 DNP
82 80 Johnny Bench 1984 .000 DNP
83 80 Fred Lynn 1988 .292
84 80 Tony Oliva 1975 .266
85 79 Carl Sawatski 1964 .000 DNP
86 79 J.T. Snow 2004 .328
87 79 Jason Michaels 2012 .000 DNP
88 79 Earl Torgeson 1960 .337
89 79 Tom Paciorek 1983 .286
90 79 Bobby Bonilla 1999 .204
91 79 David Dellucci 2010 .000 DNP
92 79 Al Oliver 1983 .266
93 79 Travis Hafner 2013 .251
94 79 Dick Allen 1978 .000 DNP
95 79 Mark DeRosa 2011 .267
96 79 Gorman Thomas 1987 .000 DNP
97 79 Terry Crowley 1983 .232
98 79 Frank Thomas 1965 .244
99 78 Monte Irvin 1955 .250
100 78 Pat Kelly 1981 .235

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .185 .231 .380 .206
11 vs R (Multi) .220 .307 .364 .234
18 Split (Multi) .035 .075 -.016 .029
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .250 .250 .500 .271
31 vs R (2013) .159 .260 .250 .179
38 Split (2013) -.091 .010 -.250 -.092
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 After years of providing unsung value off the bench, the dependable Hinske finally threw a rod. He made contact and damaged mistakes less often en route to a horrendous season. Hinske is an aging hitter with old-player skills, so you have to wonder if he's nearing the end. His tremendous clubhouse reputation should open the door for a post-playing career in baseball, one that may be almost ready to begin.
2012 Hinske owns a World Series ring, a Rookie of the Year award, and an equally redoubtable back tattoo. Despite never improving on 2002, he has become a fixture on a contenderís bench and has appeared in the postseason in four of the last five seasons. Hinske excels vs. righties, struggles vs. lefties, and can fill in at each of the four corner positions. Such a skill set is a luxury to have on the bench. Factor in the great clubhouse reviews he receives and the Bravesí decision to exercise his option is no surprise.
2011 Signed to be a pinch-hitter and reserve at first base and left field, Hinske was doing just that and doing it well during the first half of the season. Then injuries and poor play by others forced him into more playing time and things didn't go nearly as well. That's just how it is, folks; there are players who can put up impressive numbers in limited roles, but that doesn't mean they'll keep it up as everyday guys. The Braves chose to retain Hinske for at least another year because he's left-handed and an outstanding presence in the clubhouse (yup, that matters as well), but Freeman's presence at first base is going to cut into his playing time. Hinske has traditionally agitated for more time on the field, and while you can't blame him for that, both he and the Braves would be better off if he had less exposure.
2010 Brian Cashman has a long tradition of not holding bench players in high regard, but Hairston and Hinske represented a departure from previous policy. Acquired on June 30, Hinske homered in his first game as a Yankee, then swatted four more in his next six appearances. He was less effective in sporadic work after that, but seemed happier minding the bench for a contender than he did on a second-division club, and his combined season line (.242/.348/.432) was consistent with his career averages. A free agent at press time, Hinske should remain a viable four-corner sub on a contenderóassuming he's smart enough to avoid signing with a second-division squad this time around.
2009 With Hinske and Gross both impersonating the same guy—though with more athleticism from Gross and more power from Hinske—Joe Maddon rode the hot bat and first chose Gross for the playoff roster before deigning to bring Hinske aboard for the World Series as a replacement for Floyd. His 2008 season was perceived as a comeback campaign, mostly due to his luck in playing for a winner. It was really just more of the same sub-par overall results that we've seen from him since his distant and promising rookie season, and he now roams the winter roads looking for work.
2008 Hinske hit .279/.365/.481 in his 2002 Rookie of the Year campaign. In the five years that followed, all covered by a $14.75 million contract, he surpassed exactly one of those marks, slugging .487 in part-time play in 2006. Hinske would fit better in a world in which teams carried 15 position players rather than 13, because he has bench value as a lefty bat who can play the four corners.
2007 After three seasons of diminishing returns on Hinske`s Rookie of the Year campaign, the Blue Jays bolstered their corner infield by acquiring Troy Glaus and Lyle Overbay, forcing Hinkse to learn the outfield. He chipped in regularly off the bench, but by mid-August, Hinkse was a Red Sock, arriving just in time for the team`s collapse, despite his own efforts. Cheap (the Jays will pay half of his $5.6 million salary for 2007) and nominally capable of manning all four corners, he`s an asset so long as the Sox shield him from southpaws.
2006 The Jays signed Hinske to a five-year, $14.75 million deal after his award-winning 2002 rookie season, intending to lock up a quality young player through his arbitration years and giving the club a top talent at a premium price. This gambit worked out well with Vernon Wells, who signed a nearly identical contract, but Hinske is a reminder that even the best-laid plans can go horribly awry. At least Hinske repeated his merely disappointing 2003 rather than his abysmal 2004, but he`s playing first instead of third. That kind of production from a key offensive position isn`t going to make the Jays contenders any time soon. Hinske`s continued inability to hit southpaws may mean his future lies as a platoon player. The acquisition of Overbay might push him back to third, to DH, or to somebody the Jays pay to take him off of their hands.
2005 Maybe this isn't going to work out. Hinske, the 2002 AL Rookie of the Year, has hit .245/.320/.402 in the two years since. The team still has three years left on its contract commitment to him, and an attempt to trade him in the off-season was fruitless. The loss of Delgado and acquisition of Koskie means that Hinske likely gets to try first base in '05. He's under the gun; he needs to hit this year, or he may find himself without a job.
2003 Ricciardi raised some eyebrows when he acquired Hinske from his old employers in his first player move as Blue Jaysí GM. Hinske then went out and led American League rookies in most offensive categories. After making 15 errors in 50 games, many thought he couldnít handle the hot corner, but sessions with new coach Brian Butterfield solved his throwing problem and Hinske made only five errors the rest of the season. Eric Chavez and Troy Glaus will make All-Star appearances hard to come by, but Hinske will be rock-solid at third base for the next half dozen years.
2002 Breaks come and go. A year ago Hinske, a 22-year-old left-handed-hitting third baseman waiting for his shot at the bigs, was traded to a club with a 22-year-old left-handed-hitting third baseman with 1,000 plate appearances in the big leagues coming off a season in which he hit 26 home runs. That was a bad break. This winter, Hinske was traded again, this time to a team with a hole at third base and a GM who understands that he's a very good ballplayer who might eventually be one of the better third basemen in the league. That was a good break. Picking up Hinske was a great way for J.P. Ricciardi to begin his career as the Blue Jays' GM.
2001 He's a big, blocky guy who can man any of the corners, infield or outfield. At third base, Eric Hinske lacks the arm strength or the range to ever be more than a temp. Now that Bill Mueller has been acquired, Hinske wonít have to be a regular, so heíll now be evaluated as a bench player. He could have a good Denny Walling career, but seems doomed to go down the same road Dave Hansen paved.
2000 After starring at Arkansas in 1998, Hinske was a good example of a college player who didn't need to start off at Lansing. While the initial expectation was that he wouldn't stick at third base, the Cubs are willing to see if he can cut it there while also having him play both outfield corners. Showing power in the Florida State League is extremely difficult, yet Hinske showed enough to be an All-Star in his first full pro season. If he survives the jump to Double-A, he could be in Chicago by September.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I like circles, mostly because in order to score a run you have to finish where you begin. What players on other teams that started with another team or another other team do you see coming back to their old team to complete the circle of their careers? Any chance Eric Hinske returns to Toronto?
(Abu from Kenya)
I think Hinske is done playing. I wouldn't be shocked if he gets into coaching or some other front-office position. Always had a good reputation as a clubhouse guy. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2012-12-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I noticed that Eric Hinske has signed with Arizona. Since he has, at best, marginal fielding and baserunning value and hasn't hit for 2 years, why would anyone sign him?
(Steve N from Delaware)
-handed hitters can always land a job somewhere, and he signed for over a million bucks. That's practically a rounding error for a big-league club. Could also be the kind of guy you want in your clubhouse, good influence on younger players etc. I don't see it as a bad signing at all. If he's just awful in Spring, you let him walk and you're out $1M. NBD. (Ian Miller)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat) Any chance George Constanza is the Braves 4th OF and steals 25?
(Tony Danza from Italy)
Tough to bank on 25 steals from a 4th OF, and manager Fredi Gonzalez says he might only be the 5th OF (the team has a more potent Eric Hinske bat around plus Matt Diaz). As a 5th OF, I think you're looking at more of 10 SB, but he does have good speed and could steal more with some injuries or good play that nets him more PT. (Derek Carty)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)I see you mentioned the Ensberg signing above. It's another Andrew Friedman low-risk/high reward potential signing. Did anybody see Carlos Pena coming, Eric Hinske? Ty Wiggington? If it works out great, if not they still need somebody to play 3B in Durham.
(Tommy from Draysbay)
Agreed. (John Perrotto)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-27 16:30:00World Series Game Fivetercet (Toronto ) wonders, "What do you guys think of Tampa's RF mess? Do you like how Maddon's changed RF every game or should he stick to one? Id stick Rocco Baldelli in RF most of the games if I was the manager."

I would have liked to have seen some sort of memory of how much Eric Hinske mattered to this team over the course of the season. Gross really didn't perform all that well, and he really seems to be the ultimate compromise solution in light of Hinske's lead-footedness and the persistent durability concerns with the likes of Floyd and Baldelli. (Christina Kahrl)
 

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