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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
18 7101 .251 .325 .344 .233 15.8
Birth Date4-14-1969
Height5' 11"
Weight190 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
1993 SDN 24 49 166 160 18 41 8 1 5 66 6 28 0 0 0 12 2 0 .256 .283 .412 .247 4.0 -0.3 0.4
1994 SDN 25 101 366 327 45 82 12 1 7 117 30 63 1 2 6 24 5 1 .251 .314 .358 .235 9.0 2.5 1.1
1995 SDN 26 103 369 328 44 96 16 4 5 135 31 56 2 4 4 34 16 5 .293 .353 .412 .269 22.7 0.6 2.3
1996 DET 27 75 261 226 30 56 12 0 4 80 26 45 2 2 5 22 3 4 .248 .328 .354 .244 12.7 -0.5 1.2
1996 SDN 27 50 166 149 16 27 4 0 1 34 13 27 3 0 1 13 1 4 .181 .261 .228 .184 -5.8 -0.3 -0.6
1997 HOU 28 130 478 425 45 113 25 1 4 152 38 78 3 6 6 44 14 6 .266 .326 .358 .248 20.5 1.5 2.2
1998 HOU 29 128 472 412 62 111 10 4 6 147 53 60 3 1 3 45 10 3 .269 .356 .357 .235 16.5 1.4 1.8
1999 DET 30 127 527 458 62 126 25 6 9 190 51 71 14 1 3 54 12 9 .275 .365 .415 .261 32.7 1.0 3.2
2000 DET 31 150 604 523 75 139 25 3 7 191 69 79 6 2 4 51 11 5 .266 .357 .365 .244 23.6 0.9 2.3
2001 HOU 32 128 461 422 45 98 23 4 5 144 30 64 1 2 6 34 4 1 .232 .284 .341 .209 -4.3 0.6 -0.4
2002 HOU 33 130 496 447 57 115 19 3 6 158 38 71 6 3 2 50 2 3 .257 .322 .353 .228 7.8 1.6 1.0
2003 HOU 34 143 509 450 43 103 12 2 4 131 46 66 4 5 4 47 5 3 .229 .303 .291 .217 -1.0 1.7 0.1
2004 HOU 35 129 448 403 38 100 14 1 5 131 33 56 2 3 7 31 2 2 .248 .306 .325 .231 3.7 -0.0 0.4
2005 HOU 36 134 451 387 35 100 19 0 3 128 51 48 5 1 7 47 5 3 .258 .351 .331 .239 8.7 1.5 1.0
2006 HOU 37 139 502 439 37 101 16 1 2 125 45 71 6 3 9 39 3 1 .230 .308 .285 .214 -4.0 1.6 -0.2
2007 HOU 38 117 397 349 38 82 16 3 3 113 37 74 6 1 4 25 6 1 .235 .318 .324 .217 0.9 1.1 0.2
2008 HOU 39 81 250 216 15 47 8 0 3 64 25 41 2 1 6 24 0 2 .218 .303 .296 .221 -0.4 0.6 0.0
2009 LAN 40 36 107 95 9 28 4 0 1 35 5 21 2 0 5 9 1 0 .295 .343 .368 .247 1.8 -0.5 0.1
2010 LAN 41 21 71 63 4 14 2 0 0 16 7 15 1 0 0 2 0 0 .222 .310 .254 .233 -0.7 -0.3 -0.1
Career197171016279718157927034802157634103469378260710253.251.325.344.233148.414.715.8

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
1988 ONE A- 2 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 ONE A- 52 189 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .304 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 PRW A+ 107 402 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 PRW A+ 63 258 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .354 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 ABY AA 67 261 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 ABY AA 5 20 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .200 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 COH AAA 111 410 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .278 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 SDN MLB 49 166 .247 .263 .323 .399 .255 .283 97 -2.3 4.8 2.9 -0.3 -1.0 4.0 0.4 4.0 0.4
1993 CSP AAA 76 274 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 SDN MLB 101 366 .235 .269 .328 .413 .254 .290 97 -10.4 11.1 6.7 2.5 4.5 9.0 1.1 9.0 1.1
1995 SDN MLB 103 369 .269 .265 .327 .411 .255 .336 100 3.9 11.1 6.7 0.6 0.1 22.7 2.3 22.7 2.3
1996 DET MLB 75 261 .244 .273 .341 .438 .264 .291 99 -4.9 8.1 4.9 -0.5 0.5 12.7 1.2 12.7 1.2
1996 SDN MLB 50 166 .184 .263 .327 .409 .253 .215 102 -14.5 5.1 3 -0.3 -1.0 -5.8 -0.6 -5.8 -0.6
1997 HOU MLB 130 478 .248 .263 .331 .414 .259 .312 98 -6.6 12.7 8.5 1.5 2.4 20.5 2.2 20.5 2.2
1998 HOU MLB 128 472 .235 .265 .330 .415 .258 .303 99 -13.2 12.2 8.5 1.4 8.3 16.5 1.8 16.5 1.8
1999 DET MLB 127 527 .261 .277 .345 .443 .265 .309 98 0.7 14.7 10 1.0 2.1 32.7 3.2 32.7 3.2
2000 DET MLB 150 604 .244 .279 .352 .448 .268 .301 93 -11.2 17.1 11.4 0.9 0.9 23.6 2.3 23.6 2.3
2001 HOU MLB 128 461 .209 .265 .332 .432 .262 .262 105 -25.9 12.4 8.3 0.6 -3.4 -4.3 -0.4 -4.3 -0.4
2002 HOU MLB 130 496 .228 .259 .330 .411 .258 .292 103 -17.1 12.6 8.6 1.6 1.9 7.8 1.0 7.8 1.0
2003 HOU MLB 143 509 .217 .267 .334 .425 .262 .257 104 -24 13.4 9.1 1.7 -1.6 -1.0 0.1 -1.0 0.1
2004 HOU MLB 129 448 .231 .266 .330 .425 .262 .275 95 -14.5 13.3 8 -0.0 0.9 3.7 0.4 3.7 0.4
2005 HOU MLB 134 451 .239 .264 .328 .413 .258 .288 99 -10 13.0 7.9 1.5 -1.8 8.7 1.0 8.7 1.0
2006 HOU MLB 139 502 .214 .265 .334 .428 .265 .268 95 -25.6 15.1 9.1 1.6 0.5 -4.0 -0.2 -4.0 -0.2
2007 HOU MLB 117 397 .217 .272 .338 .430 .263 .289 103 -18.9 11.8 7 1.1 1.9 0.9 0.2 0.9 0.2
2008 HOU MLB 81 250 .221 .268 .337 .426 .267 .254 100 -10.4 7.2 4.2 0.6 -0.2 -0.4 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2009 LAN MLB 36 107 .247 .265 .333 .420 .264 .370 94 -1.5 3.1 1.8 -0.5 -2.2 1.8 0.1 1.8 0.1
2010 LAN MLB 21 71 .233 .262 .320 .409 .267 .292 88 -2 2.0 1.2 -0.3 -0.3 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2010 SBR A+ 4 14 .472 .279 .337 .428 .267 .545 90 3.2 0.4 -0.1 -0.0 -0.4 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
2010 ABQ AAA 4 8 .176 .298 .350 .451 .270 .167 145 -0.8 0.2 0.1 -0.0 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -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
1988 ONE A- 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 ONE A- 189 29 43 6 0 1 18 22 28 6 4 .261 .344 .315 .055 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 PRW A+ 402 46 86 12 2 0 27 32 73 2 8 .236 .301 .280 .044 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 ABY AA 261 36 61 9 2 1 29 27 36 14 3 .266 .342 .336 .070 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 PRW A+ 258 28 70 14 3 2 30 24 37 17 6 .304 .369 .417 .113 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 COH AAA 410 48 88 14 3 2 35 40 56 19 5 .242 .316 .313 .071 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 ABY AA 20 0 3 0 1 0 1 2 3 2 1 .167 .250 .278 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 SDN MLB 166 18 41 8 1 5 12 6 28 2 0 .256 .283 .412 .156 .247 4.0 -0.3 0.4
1993 CSP AAA 274 31 65 10 4 2 33 27 41 10 6 .270 .343 .369 .100 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 SDN MLB 366 45 82 12 1 7 24 30 63 5 1 .251 .314 .358 .107 .235 9.0 2.5 1.1
1995 SDN MLB 369 44 96 16 4 5 34 31 56 16 5 .293 .353 .412 .119 .269 22.7 0.6 2.3
1996 SDN MLB 166 16 27 4 0 1 13 13 27 1 4 .181 .261 .228 .047 .184 -5.8 -0.3 -0.6
1996 DET MLB 261 30 56 12 0 4 22 26 45 3 4 .248 .328 .354 .106 .244 12.7 -0.5 1.2
1997 HOU MLB 478 45 113 25 1 4 44 38 78 14 6 .266 .326 .358 .092 .248 20.5 1.5 2.2
1998 HOU MLB 472 62 111 10 4 6 45 53 60 10 3 .269 .356 .357 .087 .235 16.5 1.4 1.8
1999 DET MLB 527 62 126 25 6 9 54 51 71 12 9 .275 .365 .415 .140 .261 32.7 1.0 3.2
2000 DET MLB 604 75 139 25 3 7 51 69 79 11 5 .266 .357 .365 .099 .244 23.6 0.9 2.3
2001 HOU MLB 461 45 98 23 4 5 34 30 64 4 1 .232 .284 .341 .109 .209 -4.3 0.6 -0.4
2002 HOU MLB 496 57 115 19 3 6 50 38 71 2 3 .257 .322 .353 .096 .228 7.8 1.6 1.0
2003 HOU MLB 509 43 103 12 2 4 47 46 66 5 3 .229 .303 .291 .062 .217 -1.0 1.7 0.1
2004 HOU MLB 448 38 100 14 1 5 31 33 56 2 2 .248 .306 .325 .077 .231 3.7 -0.0 0.4
2005 HOU MLB 451 35 100 19 0 3 47 51 48 5 3 .258 .351 .331 .072 .239 8.7 1.5 1.0
2006 HOU MLB 502 37 101 16 1 2 39 45 71 3 1 .230 .308 .285 .055 .214 -4.0 1.6 -0.2
2007 HOU MLB 397 38 82 16 3 3 25 37 74 6 1 .235 .318 .324 .089 .217 0.9 1.1 0.2
2008 HOU MLB 250 15 47 8 0 3 24 25 41 0 2 .218 .303 .296 .079 .221 -0.4 0.6 0.0
2009 LAN MLB 107 9 28 4 0 1 9 5 21 1 0 .295 .343 .368 .074 .247 1.8 -0.5 0.1
2010 LAN MLB 71 4 14 2 0 0 2 7 15 0 0 .222 .310 .254 .032 .233 -0.7 -0.3 -0.1
2010 SBR A+ 14 1 6 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 .500 .571 .500 .000 .472 2.8 -0.0 0.3
2010 ABQ AAA 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .125 .125 .125 .000 .176 -0.4 -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
2008 934 0.5664 0.4043 0.8298 0.5539 0.2049 0.9044 0.5663 0.1702
2009 417 0.5899 0.4111 0.8480 0.5285 0.2398 0.8846 0.7317 0.1520
2010 297 0.5219 0.4358 0.8062 0.5806 0.2746 0.8778 0.6410 0.1938
Career16480.56430.41170.83020.55230.22630.89460.62160.1698

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-04-09 2010-07-24 60-DL 106 93 Low Back Surgery Herniated Disc 2010-04-15
2008-04-24 2008-04-26 DTD 2 2 - Low Back Strain - -
2007-06-08 2007-06-09 DTD 1 1 Low Back Inflammation -
2007-02-20 2007-02-27 Camp 7 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2004-09-19 2004-09-22 DTD 3 2 Head Concussion -
2001-06-03 2001-06-05 DTD 2 1 - Other Scratch - -
2001-05-05 2001-05-07 DTD 2 2 Right Hand Swelling - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 LAN $150,000
2010 LAN $850,000
2009 LAN $1,000,000
2008 HOU $2,000,000
2007 HOU $4,000,000
2006 HOU $4,000,000
2005 HOU $3,000,000
2004 HOU $1,000,000
2003 HOU $5,500,000
2002 HOU $5,000,000
2001 HOU $4,250,000
2000 DET $4,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$34,750,000
12 yrTotal$34,750,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
16 y 70 dPeter Mrowka1 year/$1M (2010), 2011 option

Details
  • 1 year/$1M (2010), plus 2011 club option. Re-signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/27/10. 10:$0.85M, 11:$1M club option, $0.15M buyout. Annual performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 150, 175, 200, 225 plate appearances.
  • 1 year/$1M (2009). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/26/09. May earn additional $0.35M in performance bonus based on plate appearances.
  • 1 year/$2M (2008). Re-signed by Houston 10/30/07. Performance bonuses.
  • 2 years/$7.5M (2006-07). Re-signed by Houston as a free agent 12/05. 06:$4M, 07:$3.5M. 2007 salary may increase by $0.5M with 400 plate appearances in 2006. Award bonuses, including $25,000 for Gold Glove.
  • 2 years/$4M (2004-05). Re-signed by Houston 11/03. 04:$1M), 05:$3M.
  • 2 years/$9.5M (2001-02), plus 2003 mutual option. Signed extension. 01:$4.5M, 02:$5M, 03:$5.5M mutual option. Ausmus, club exercised option 10/02.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I felt old when I compiled this list in April. Tweleve 2010 MLB players were older than me. How many will be back next year? 1 Jamie Moyer -- Phillies --18-Nov-62 2 Tim Wakefield -- Red Sox --2-Aug-66 3 Omar Vizquel -- White Sox --24-Apr-67 4 Trevor Hoffman -- Brewers -- 13-Oct-67 5 Matt Stairs -- Padres -- 27-Feb-68 6 Brad Ausmus -- Dodgers -- 14-Apr-69 7 Arthur Rhodes -- Reds -- 24-Oct-69 8 Ken Griffey Jr. -- Mariners -- 21-Nov-69 9 Mariano Rivera-- Yankees -- 29-Nov-69 10 Takashi Saito -- Braves -- 14-Feb-70 11 Jim Edmonds -- Brewers -- 27-Jun-70 12 Mark Grudzielanek -- Indians -- 30-Jun-70
(ted from the cubicle)
Most of them, I think. Next year is Wakefield's last season though. Matt Stairs wants to come back for one more year, at least. Arthur Rhodes is a reliever, so he'll pitch until he can't. (Marc Normandin)
2009-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do we have any statistical analysis of whether pitchers' performance is improved by certain catchers calling the game? I know the Times recently ran a story where Burnett was questioning Posada's game-calling, and the Orioles media has gone hog-wild with crediting Wieters for Brad Bergesen's recent improvements. Is this actually proven?
(John from DC)
It's one of those things where I feel like we don't have enough information to gauge it one way or the other. There are too many variables involved, and the stats we can use to figure it out just don't do it for me. I think if a pitcher is comfortable with a particular catcher, and therefore is a bit more relaxed or focused on the mound, then let the dude have his catcher. Assuming he doesn't hit like Brad Ausmus of course.

I would love to see someone come out with a mind blowing study that tells us one way or the other, but I'm not the guy to do it. (Marc Normandin)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the news that Posada might not be as healthy as hoped, the Yankees' need for a viable back-up catcher has become more urgent. What are their options, considering that they are reportedly willing to part with Nady?
(Nick Stone from New York, NY)
Hey Nick! Good question, as there's no doubt that the Yanks need to do a better job of protecting against Posada's absence than they've done in the past. Now that Brad Ausmus is off the market (my hand should be healed by the end of spring training, thanks), the best available option on the free agent market is the one that Joe Girardi spent two months kicking in the head last year -- Pudge Rodriguez. He was enjoying a bit of a rebound before he started rotting on the Yankee bench in favor of Jose Frakkin' Molina.

On the trade market, I'm not sure if anyone's gonna give up much of a catcher for Nady, but I wonder if a youngster with upside like Jeff Clement, Bryan Anderson or even J.R. Towles could be pried loose with a package involving, say, Ian Kennedy. I'm a horrible matchmaker when it comes to prospect-based trades -- it's why Brian Cashman doesn't take my calls. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on Ryan Doumit's defense behind the plate? The bat has looked nice and his health has largely held up. Being arbitration eligible, is he trade fodder or a piece of the future?
(mymrbig from New Orleans)
Good enough to stay there. Not every catcher has to be Brad Ausmus, and Doumit hits enough to be a -5, -10 glove and still be an asset. I doubt he'll be in Pittsburgh when the team is good enough to contend. (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)After, Brad Ausmus is the smartest guy in ball. If anyone would know how to hack my account, it would be him. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)John, maybe you could address this, now that you're back in control:

Dexter Fishmore (Hollywood, CA): Maybe one of you can help clear this up: is Brad Ausmus the greatest teammate ever? WHY WON'T YOU ADDRESS THIS ISSUE. (Steven Goldman)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Has Brad Ausmus hacked my account?
(John Perrotto)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Brad Ausmus is the greatest teammate ever. Sorry to be sarcastic in my first comment of the night. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Brad Ausmus is the greatest teammate ever. Sorry to be sarcastic in my first comment of the night. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Brad Ausmus is the greatest teammate ever. Sorry to be sarcastic in my first comment of the night. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)Brad Ausmus is the greatest teammate ever. Sorry to be sarcastic in my first comment of the night. (John Perrotto)
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)The great improvement Russell Martin has made in the presence of Brad Ausmus is that he's starting to hit like Brad Ausmus.

Thanks for that. (Jay Jaffe)

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 4655 48 6.0 9.0 2556 3.0 0.9 2.3 6.8 11.3
2009 2217 12 1.9 6.0 1256 0.8 0.2 1.3 2.1 7.3
2010 1532 6 0.8 3.8 955 1.9 0.5 4.0 1.4 7.7
total 8404 64 8.2 6.8 4767 4.9 1.4 2.0 9.6 8.9

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