Biographical

Portrait of Leslie Anderson

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .255 6 24 28 1 .256 0.1
Birth Date3-30-1982
Height6' 1"
Weight205 lbs
Age32 years, 6 months, 21 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2010
2011
2012
2013
0.12014
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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

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
2010 PCH A+ 21 89 .276 .250 .318 .379 .256 .253 92 1.5 2.6 -1.2 -1.6 -0.3 2.4 0.1 2.4 0.1
2010 MNT AA 48 204 .278 .268 .340 .393 .268 .333 98 3.8 5.8 -2.8 -1.2 1.8 8.1 0.7 8.1 0.7
2010 DUR AAA 30 129 .264 .263 .337 .408 .256 .376 103 0.7 5.1 -2 -2.7 1.1 4.3 0.2 4.3 0.2
2011 DUR AAA 121 494 .252 .258 .326 .395 .252 .292 96 -4.9 15.3 -7.7 -2.1 -3.5 1.9 -0.0 1.9 -0.0
2012 DUR AAA 116 482 .267 .261 .326 .390 .252 .325 104 3.8 14.3 -7 0.0 0.7 10.8 1.1 10.8 1.1
2012 MAG Wnt 25 88 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 DUR AAA 119 494 .283 .260 .329 .393 .257 .308 109 12.4 14.2 -7 -0.6 -3.2 19.6 1.9 19.6 1.9

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
2010 DUR AAA 129 14 40 5 0 2 13 5 20 0 0 .328 .357 .418 .090 .264 4.3 -2.7 0.2
2010 MNT AA 204 24 55 11 1 6 25 18 28 3 1 .304 .382 .475 .171 .278 8.1 -1.2 0.7
2010 PCH A+ 89 13 22 3 0 3 11 4 6 0 1 .262 .303 .405 .143 .276 2.4 -1.6 0.1
2011 DUR AAA 494 46 128 24 0 13 65 21 60 2 3 .277 .314 .413 .136 .252 1.9 -2.1 -0.0
2012 DUR AAA 482 63 137 21 0 14 56 26 56 0 3 .309 .355 .450 .142 .267 10.8 0.0 1.1
2012 MAG Wnt 88 7 23 2 0 0 9 5 13 1 0 .284 .330 .309 .025 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 DUR AAA 494 52 126 28 1 14 74 50 58 2 3 .292 .372 .459 .167 .283 19.6 -0.6 1.9

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

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 TBA $250,000
2010 TBA $250,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$500,000
1 yrTotal$500,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 years/$1.725M (10-13)

Details
  • 4 years/$1.725M (2010-13). Signed as an amateur free agent from Cuba 4/13/10. $0.5M signing bonus, 10:$0.125M, 11:$0.2M, 12:$0.4M, 13:$0.5M. Salaries in majors: 10: $0.4M, 11:$0.45M, 12:$0.5M. Performance bonus: $50,000 for 400 plate appearances. $75,000 for 450 PAs. $0.1M for 500 PAs. $0.125M for 550 PAs. Released by Tampa Bay 12/27/13.

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 61 139 25 1 15 63 36 73 1 2 .299 .357 .456 .301 26.7 1B 1, LF -4 2.6
80o 492 56 128 23 1 14 58 33 72 1 1 .284 .340 .432 .287 18.9 1B 1, LF -4 1.8
70o 476 52 119 21 1 13 54 30 71 1 1 .273 .328 .416 .277 13.7 1B 1, LF -4 1.2
60o 463 49 112 20 1 12 51 29 70 1 1 .264 .318 .401 .268 9.5 1B 1, LF -4 0.7
50o 450 47 105 19 1 11 49 27 69 1 1 .255 .308 .388 .260 5.7 1B 1, LF -4 0.3
40o 437 44 100 18 1 11 46 25 68 1 1 .247 .299 .375 .252 2.1 1B 1, LF -4 0.0
30o 424 41 93 17 1 10 43 24 67 1 1 .238 .288 .361 .243 -1.5 1B 1, LF -3 -0.4
20o 408 38 85 15 1 9 40 22 65 1 1 .227 .276 .345 .233 -5.4 1B 1, LF -3 -0.8
10o 386 34 77 14 1 8 36 20 63 1 1 .213 .260 .323 .219 -10.3 1B 1, LF -3 -1.4
Weighted Mean456481081911250286911.259.313.394.2647.41B 1, LF -40.5

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 2% 4% 12% 15%

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
20153325026559052412380.238.282.343.233-0.6-4.3-0.7-2.314.4-15.7-1.5
201634250275610052514380.245.295.358.242-0.11.0-0.7-2.414.9-10.9-1.5
201735324357212073219510.243.293.355.240-0.3-1.1-0.9-3.214.9-11.9-1.9
201836630661372311260331040.235.282.340.231-1.6-10.7-1.8-6.414.9-17.4-3.7
20193757358122201105330930.230.278.328.226-1.8-13.0-1.7-6.014.9-20.3-3.4
202038613621292111157331050.228.276.328.225-1.9-14.3-1.8-6.514.9-20.9-3.6
202139380408213083720650.233.280.341.230-1.1-8.2-1.2-4.214.9-17.8-2.2
20224061966138231146233990.238.285.350.235-1.3-8.6-1.9-7.014.9-14.7-3.6
202341256295910072813390.248.293.375.2460.12.6-0.8-3.014.9-8.6-1.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
0.20.10.20.9out of baseballout of baseball1.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 72)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 91 Gary Burnham 2007 .000 DNP
2 85 Val Majewski 2013 .000 DNP
3 85 John Gall 2010 .000 DNP
4 84 Ricardo Nanita 2013 .000 DNP
5 84 Noah Hall 2009 .000 DNP
6 83 Erick Almonte 2010 .000 DNP
7 81 Royce Huffman 2009 .000 DNP
8 81 Mike Vento 2010 .000 DNP
9 80 Vinny Rottino 2012 .211
10 80 Greg Jacobs 2009 .000 DNP
11 80 Justin Christian 2012 .143
12 80 Mike Cervenak 2009 .000 DNP
13 80 Dee Brown 2010 .000 DNP
14 79 Sean Burroughs 2013 .000 DNP
15 79 JD Closser 2012 .000 DNP
16 77 Max St. Pierre 2012 .000 DNP
17 77 Matt Watson 2011 .000 DNP
18 77 Hector Luna 2012 .235
19 76 Jose Yepez 2013 .000 DNP
20 76 Oscar Salazar 2010 .255
21 76 Doug Clark 2008 .000 DNP
22 75 Joe Thurston 2012 .000 DNP
23 75 Kevin Howard 2013 .000 DNP
24 75 Doug Deeds 2013 .000 DNP
25 75 Jon Weber 2010 .000 DNP
26 75 Jeff Salazar 2013 .000 DNP
27 74 Jesus Merchan 2013 .000 DNP
28 74 Chad Allen 2007 .000 DNP
29 74 Jesus Feliciano 2011 .000 DNP
30 74 John Suomi 2013 .000 DNP
31 73 Cory Sullivan 2012 .000 DNP
32 73 Jeff Bailey 2011 .000 DNP
33 72 J.J. Furmaniak 2012 .000 DNP
34 72 Branden Florence 2010 .000 DNP
35 72 John Lindsey 2009 .000 DNP
36 72 Bobby Scales 2010 .346
37 72 Gil Velazquez 2012 .176
38 72 Chase Lambin 2012 .000 DNP
39 72 Todd Sears 2008 .000 DNP
40 72 Trent Durrington 2008 .000 DNP
41 71 Steve Torrealba 2010 .000 DNP
42 71 Javier Colina 2011 .000 DNP
43 71 Brian Myrow 2009 .000 DNP
44 71 Andy Green 2010 .000 DNP
45 71 Robby Hammock 2009 .000 DNP
46 70 Amaury Cazana 2011 .000 DNP
47 70 Kevin Barker 2008 .000 DNP
48 70 Ryan Garko 2013 .000 DNP
49 70 Jorge Padilla 2012 .000 DNP
50 70 Rich Thompson 2011 .000 DNP
51 70 Chris Aguila 2011 .000 DNP
52 70 Carlos Maldonado 2011 .000 DNP
53 69 Angel Berroa 2012 .000 DNP
54 69 Michael Ryan 2010 .219
55 69 Andy Phillips 2009 .000 DNP
56 69 Robinson Cancel 2008 .228
57 69 Luis Ordaz 2008 .000 DNP
58 69 Chris Ashby 2007 .000 DNP
59 69 Erik Kratz 2012 .285
60 69 Nick Gorneault 2011 .000 DNP
61 69 Don Kelly 2012 .199
62 69 Mike Rivera 2009 .226
63 69 Jason Bowers 2010 .000 DNP
64 68 Brendan Harris 2013 .243
65 68 Jason Repko 2013 .000 DNP
66 68 Luke Carlin 2013 .000 DNP
67 68 Joe Inglett 2010 .266
68 68 Joe Dillon 2008 .245
69 68 Ed Rogers 2011 .000 DNP
70 68 Paul McAnulty 2013 .000 DNP
71 67 Michel Hernandez 2011 .000 DNP
72 67 Edgar Gonzalez 2010 .000 DNP
73 67 Paul Hoover 2008 .150
74 67 Henry Mateo 2009 .000 DNP
75 67 Ray Olmedo 2013 .000 DNP
76 67 Earl Snyder 2008 .000 DNP
77 67 Tike Redman 2009 .000 DNP
78 67 Chris Denorfia 2013 .273
79 66 Eric Munson 2010 .000 DNP
80 66 Steve Holm 2012 .000 DNP
81 66 Paul Phillips 2009 .300
82 66 Hiram Bocachica 2008 .000 DNP
83 66 Scott Seabol 2007 .000 DNP
84 66 Keoni De Renne 2011 .000 DNP
85 66 Brandon Harper 2008 .000 DNP
86 66 Pete Orr 2011 .203
87 66 Guillermo Rodriguez 2010 .000 DNP
88 66 Dewayne Wise 2010 .219
89 65 Chris Heintz 2007 .197
90 65 Matt Kata 2010 .000 DNP
91 65 Ryan Shealy 2012 .000 DNP
92 65 Darnell McDonald 2011 .251
93 65 Alejandro Freire 2007 .000 DNP
94 65 Mark Johnson 2008 .226
95 65 Shea Hillenbrand 2008 .000 DNP
96 65 Alex Prieto 2008 .000 DNP
97 65 Andres Torres 2010 .297
98 65 John Raburn 2011 .000 DNP
99 65 Ross Gload 2008 .230
100 64 Dave Matranga 2009 .000 DNP

Platoon

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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 Cuban defector Anderson was pretty much ropa vieja going into 2012, his gawky swing, dreadful walk rate, and poor fielding apparently adding up to a $1.725 million mistake by the usually more savvy Rays. But he spent the offseason studying game film and readying himself to deal with changeups, which he said are rarer in Cuba. The result in a second full go-round at Triple-A was better poise at the plate and a rise in production. Anderson even flirted with the International League batting title despite a dropoff against lefties. His fielding improved, too. He enters the final year of his contract with something to build on, if probably no real shot at a big-league job.
2012 Leslie Anderson came to the Rays via Cuba and once earned the praise of Michael Lewis, but lacks the plate discipline necessary to make it in the majors.
2011 A veteran of the Cuban national team who played in the first two World Baseball Classics after starring as a center fielder for Camagüey, Anderson defected to Mexico in September 2009. He signed a four-year, $1.725-million deal with the Rays in April after drawing mixed reviews from scouts, who were concerned with his arm strength, speed, and power. More than a year of inactivity initially caused Anderson to struggle with making quality contact, but he improved as he climbed the ladder, hitting for average if not demonstrating much power or plate discipline. Those shortcomings and his drift to the left of the defensive spectrum suggest that any future he might have in the majors will likely be as a bench player.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
Transaction Analysis: Boston Signs Cuban Star Rusney CastilloR.J. Anderson2014-08-22
Pebble Hunting: The BP Staff Tries to Trade, and Trade For, Jake PeavySam Miller2013-07-29
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: International Feel, Vol. 2Adam Sobsey2013-05-01
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Spring Training Games: February 22-24Jason Martinez2013-02-26
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: Why Some Fringy Minor Leaguers Make ItAdam Sobsey2013-02-06
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of October 14Bradley Ankrom2012-10-15
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: The Orthodoxy of WinningAdam Sobsey2012-09-26
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: What Your Team's Choice of Radio Broadcaster Says About YouAdam Sobsey2012-08-15
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: The Art of LosingAdam Sobsey2012-05-09
Transaction Analysis: Weekly Roundup, February 4-10Christina Kahrl2011-02-11
This article requires BP Premium accessSpring Conversations: Mark NewmanKevin Goldstein2010-03-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Import/ExportChristina Kahrl2010-03-12


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Rusney Castillo? I tempered my expectations for Cespedes…he was great. I thought no way could Puig be as good…he was better. I expected Abreu to struggle at least with his AVG…he’s a stud. I keep wanting to temper my expectations with Castillo, but why should I? I know he’s not a Puig or Abreu type talent, but could he be very, very good?
(treynay3 from Indy)
I think he can be good, but the honest answer is I don't know anything you don't know. You've highlighted the successful Cuban imports from recent years but it's important to remember that a lot of guys come over who we don't notice as much and forget about when they fail. Remember Leslie Anderson? (Craig Goldstein)
2010-03-24 11:00:00 (link to chat)What happens first, JJ Ruiz signs with a team or Leslie Anderson reporting to Rays camp/Extended Spring Training from Mexico? Also, I know Clay Davenport's translations of Anderson's stats don't spell for a successful career, however everybody that I've talked to that know about Latin American Int'l baseball say that Anderson has more clear-cut future than Ruiz and feel he will be more successful than him.
(jlarsen from Chicago)
Ok, I know this is not your question this time around, but I just heard confirmation for your point that Danny Duffy is taking a leave from baseball. That is pretty surprising.

As for those two guys, I really don't have the kind of knowledge of Cuban baseball to say for sure. There are just so many variables and so much of the information is unknown, I would trust the scouts who have seen the players more than the translations. (Tommy Bennett)


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