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Portrait of Brandon Backe

Brandon Backe PAstros

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
8 525.3 31 29 0 360 5.23 1.8
Birth Date4-5-1978
Height6' 0"
Weight182 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2002 TBA 24 9 0 13.0 0.0 13.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 61 15 10 10 3 26 7 7 2 6 6.92 7.21 9.56 -3.8 -0.4
2003 TBA 25 28 0 44.7 0.0 44.7 1 1 0 0 0 0 192 40 28 27 6 65 25 24 2 36 5.44 5.04 5.30 0.6 0.1
2004 HOU 26 33 9 67.0 45.0 22.0 5 3 0 0 3 0 293 75 33 32 10 123 27 23 1 54 4.30 4.54 4.65 9.7 1.0
2005 HOU 27 26 25 149.3 147.3 2.0 10 8 0 0 11 1 653 151 82 79 19 248 67 66 4 97 4.76 4.77 5.32 8.0 0.8
2006 HOU 28 8 8 43.0 43.0 0.0 3 2 0 0 4 0 189 43 18 18 4 67 18 18 3 19 3.77 4.90 4.78 2.0 0.2
2007 HOU 29 5 5 28.7 28.7 0.0 3 1 0 0 3 0 123 27 13 12 4 46 11 11 2 11 3.77 5.58 5.77 5.0 0.5
2008 HOU 30 31 31 166.7 166.7 0.0 9 14 0 0 11 1 756 202 114 112 36 364 77 75 4 127 6.05 5.85 6.57 -1.8 -0.2
2009 HOU 31 5 1 13.0 4.0 9.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 65 21 15 15 5 41 6 5 0 10 10.38 7.90 7.75 -2.3 -0.2
Career14579525.3434.790.7312900322233257431330587980238229183605.235.305.7817.41.8

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2001 CSC A 16 0 24.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BAK A+ 17 0 24.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ORL AA 14 0 22.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 PES Wnt 16 0 22.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 TBA MLB 9 0 13.0 9.56 4 .312 .264 .329 .442 .265 .279 101 -3.8 -0.4 -3.8 -0.4
2002 ORL AA 20 14 92.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .270 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TBA MLB 28 0 44.7 5.30 90 .266 .267 .328 .432 .262 .276 98 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2003 DUR AAA 16 2 33.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HOU MLB 33 9 67.0 4.65 95 .280 .262 .327 .425 .260 .323 95 5.9 0.6 9.7 1.0
2004 NWO AAA 19 9 64.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HOU MLB 26 25 149.3 5.32 82 .271 .262 .325 .418 .260 .283 99 1.2 0.1 8.0 0.8
2005 CCH AA 2 2 8.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.231 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 HOU MLB 8 8 43.0 4.78 90 .270 .267 .328 .419 .264 .269 89 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2006 ROU AAA 4 4 20.0 4.98 71 .306 .266 .334 .393 .261 .344 85 -0.5 -0.1 3.2 0.4
2007 HOU MLB 5 5 28.7 5.77 84 .249 .264 .323 .423 .255 .242 104 0.6 0.1 5.0 0.5
2007 CCH AA 1 1 5.0 7.59 44 .262 .267 .349 .420 .283 .286 106 -0.8 -0.1 0.1 0.0
2007 ROU AAA 5 5 25.0 5.45 93 .264 .282 .339 .463 .257 .348 105 4.0 0.4 4.6 0.4
2008 HOU MLB 31 31 166.7 6.57 60 .305 .259 .326 .416 .260 .324 101 -10.6 -1.1 -1.8 -0.2
2009 HOU MLB 5 1 13.0 7.75 31 .362 .253 .322 .415 .256 .364 101 -2.6 -0.3 -2.3 -0.2
2009 CCH AA 4 4 26.0 2.98 140 .195 .266 .348 .399 .254 .243 110 7.9 0.8 8.6 0.9
2009 ROU AAA 2 2 10.0 3.87 104 .284 .294 .358 .447 .286 .342 87 1.4 0.1 1.6 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2001 CSC A 2 1 7 16 0 24.7 17 7 20 2 0% .000 6.2 2.6 0.7 7.3 0.97 2.91 0.0 0.0
2001 PES Wnt 4 2 1 16 0 22.0 31 9 21 1 0% .000 12.7 3.7 0.4 8.6 1.82 5.73 0.0 0.0
2001 ORL AA 1 0 0 14 0 22.0 20 11 20 1 0% .000 8.2 4.5 0.4 8.2 1.41 5.73 0.0 0.0
2001 BAK A+ 1 0 3 17 0 24.7 13 8 33 1 0% .000 4.7 2.9 0.4 12.0 0.85 1.09 0.0 0.0
2002 TBA MLB 0 0 0 9 0 13.0 15 7 6 3 32% .279 10.4 4.8 2.1 4.2 1.69 6.92 -3.8 -0.4
2002 ORL AA 4 6 2 20 14 92.3 91 37 45 9 0% .270 8.9 3.6 0.9 4.4 1.39 4.68 0.0 0.0
2003 TBA MLB 1 1 0 28 0 44.7 40 25 36 6 35% .276 8.1 5.0 1.2 7.3 1.46 5.44 0.6 0.1
2003 DUR AAA 2 1 0 16 2 33.0 33 13 27 1 0% .302 9.0 3.5 0.3 7.4 1.39 4.64 0.0 0.0
2004 HOU MLB 5 3 0 33 9 67.0 75 27 54 10 42% .323 10.1 3.6 1.3 7.3 1.52 4.30 9.7 1.0
2004 NWO AAA 6 5 0 19 9 64.3 57 26 74 7 0% .309 8.0 3.6 1.0 10.4 1.29 2.80 0.0 0.0
2005 CCH AA 0 1 0 2 2 8.0 4 1 11 1 0% -.231 4.5 1.1 1.1 12.4 0.62 2.25 0.0 0.0
2005 HOU MLB 10 8 0 26 25 149.3 151 67 97 19 43% .283 9.1 4.0 1.1 5.8 1.46 4.76 8.0 0.8
2006 ROU AAA 1 2 0 4 4 20.0 23 13 13 1 55% .344 10.3 5.8 0.5 5.8 1.80 5.40 3.2 0.4
2006 HOU MLB 3 2 0 8 8 43.0 43 18 19 4 38% .269 9.0 3.8 0.8 4.0 1.42 3.77 2.0 0.2
2007 ROU AAA 3 2 0 5 5 25.0 27 11 25 4 31% .348 9.7 4.0 1.4 9.0 1.52 4.32 4.6 0.4
2007 HOU MLB 3 1 0 5 5 28.7 27 11 11 4 43% .242 8.5 3.5 1.3 3.5 1.33 3.77 5.0 0.5
2007 CCH AA 1 0 0 1 1 5.0 5 2 4 1 40% .286 9.0 3.6 1.8 7.2 1.40 5.40 0.1 0.0
2008 HOU MLB 9 14 0 31 31 166.7 202 77 127 36 39% .324 10.9 4.2 1.9 6.9 1.67 6.05 -1.8 -0.2
2009 ROU AAA 0 1 0 2 2 10.0 13 3 4 0 58% .342 11.7 2.7 0.0 3.6 1.60 4.50 1.6 0.2
2009 HOU MLB 0 0 0 5 1 13.0 21 6 10 5 37% .364 14.5 4.2 3.5 6.9 2.08 10.38 -2.3 -0.2
2009 CCH AA 3 0 0 4 4 26.0 18 7 17 0 38% .243 6.2 2.4 0.0 5.9 0.96 1.38 8.6 0.9

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
2008 2606 0.4896 0.4620 0.7872 0.6168 0.3128 0.8806 0.6106 0.2120
2009 227 0.5066 0.4317 0.8571 0.6609 0.1964 0.8553 0.8636 0.1429
Career28330.4910.45960.79280.62030.30350.87860.63090.2065

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-07-09 2009-10-04 FA 87 77 Right Shoulder Strain Partial Rotator Cuff Tear -
2009-06-19 2009-06-26 DTD 7 6 Right Fingers Blister -
2009-03-27 2009-05-28 15-DL 62 46 Left Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2009-03-08 2009-03-27 Camp 19 0 Left Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2009-02-21 2009-02-23 Camp 2 0 General Medical Illness GI -
2008-09-03 2008-09-18 DTD 15 12 Right Elbow Soreness -
2008-02-24 2008-02-27 Camp 3 0 Foot Contusion Ground Ball -
2007-03-28 2007-08-31 60-DL 156 134 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2006-09-07
2006-08-19 2006-10-02 15-DL 44 40 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2006-09-07 -
2006-04-14 2006-07-22 60-DL 99 88 Right Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament -
2006-04-05 2006-04-07 DTD 2 1 Low Back Soreness -
2006-02-25 2006-02-28 Camp 3 0 Neck Spasms -
2005-07-25 2005-09-03 15-DL 40 36 Left Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2005-07-05 2005-07-05 DTD 0 0 Right Elbow Sprain -
2005-05-02 2005-05-02 DTD 0 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2004-02-23 2004-03-20 Camp 26 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 HOU $1,550,000
2008 HOU $800,000
2007 HOU $545,000
2006 HOU $442,500
2005 HOU $350,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$3,687,500
5 yrTotal$3,687,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 88 d1 yr/$1.55M (09)

Details
  • FA after refused Triple-A assignment 6/29/09 designated for assignment 6/27/09 avoided arbitration 1/20/09, 1 year/$1.55M (09)
  • avoided arbitration 1/11/08, 1 year/$0.8M (08)
  • re-signed 12/06, 1 year/$0.545M (07)
  • re-signed 3/06, 1 year/$0.4425M (06)
  • re-signed 2/05, 1 year/$0.35M (05) optioned to Triple-A 6/04 recalled 4/04 assigned Triple-A 4/04 re-signed 2/04 acquired in trade from TB 12/03
  • recalled 6/03 optioned to Triple-A 5/03 recalled 5/03 optioned to Triple-A 3/03 re-signed 2/03 recalled 7/02 optioned Double-A 3/02 signed 2/02 40-m 11/01

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DateQuestionAnswer
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What the insert expletive are the astros going to do about their pitching staff besides trying to run Roy Oswalt out for 300 innings? Does there even seem to be some semblance of a plan?
(matt from austin)
They're going to put on rose-tinted glasses, hope that Wandy Rodriguez continues to develop (he lopped nearly 2 runs off his PERA last year, suggesting that his gains were real enough), hope that Felipe Paulino pitches like a guy who's one of the top two prospects in a system that's much stronger than Houston, hope that Brandon Backe's elbow continues to hold together, and that Woody Williams can pitch like it's 2003 and preserve the team's ball budget... are you detecting a trend here? (Jay Jaffe)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Brandon Backe threw 3,216 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2009, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2009, he relied primarily on his Sinker (90mph) and Fourseam Fastball (89mph), also mixing in a Slider (83mph), Curve (76mph) and Change (83mph).