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Portrait of Paul Bako

Paul Bako CBraves

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
12 2471 .231 .305 .318 .221 0.4
Birth Date6-20-1972
Height6' 2"
Weight205 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
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
1998 DET 26 96 333 305 23 83 12 1 3 106 23 82 0 4 1 30 1 1 .272 .319 .348 .244 6.5 -0.0 0.6
1999 HOU 27 73 247 215 16 55 14 1 2 77 26 57 0 3 3 17 1 1 .256 .332 .358 .239 6.3 -0.6 0.5
2000 ATL 28 24 63 58 8 11 4 0 2 21 5 15 0 0 0 6 0 0 .190 .254 .362 .191 -2.4 -0.2 -0.2
2000 FLO 28 56 186 161 10 39 6 1 0 47 22 48 1 1 1 14 0 0 .242 .335 .292 .219 -0.3 -0.0 -0.0
2000 HOU 28 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .031 -0.4 -0.0 -0.0
2001 ATL 29 61 157 137 19 29 10 1 2 47 20 34 0 0 0 15 1 0 .212 .312 .343 .228 5.4 0.7 0.6
2002 MIL 30 87 257 234 24 55 8 1 4 77 20 46 0 0 3 20 0 2 .235 .295 .329 .220 0.1 0.3 0.0
2003 CHN 31 70 213 188 19 43 13 3 0 62 22 47 1 1 1 17 0 1 .229 .311 .330 .237 5.6 0.2 0.6
2004 CHN 32 49 157 138 13 28 8 0 1 39 15 29 2 1 1 10 1 0 .203 .288 .283 .203 -1.6 0.5 -0.1
2005 LAN 33 13 47 40 1 10 2 0 0 12 7 12 0 0 0 4 0 0 .250 .362 .300 .254 1.8 -0.2 0.2
2006 KCA 34 56 167 153 7 32 3 0 0 35 11 46 0 1 2 10 0 0 .209 .261 .229 .175 -8.3 0.0 -0.8
2007 BAL 35 60 174 156 13 32 3 1 1 40 15 50 1 1 1 8 0 1 .205 .277 .256 .190 -7.2 -1.1 -0.8
2008 CIN 36 99 338 299 30 65 11 2 6 98 34 90 1 1 3 35 0 2 .217 .299 .328 .218 -2.1 -1.0 -0.3
2009 PHI 37 44 130 116 12 26 4 0 3 39 13 32 1 0 0 9 0 1 .224 .308 .336 .239 2.1 -0.2 0.2
Career789247122021955089811247002335897131619549.231.305.318.2215.5-1.60.4

Advanced

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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
1993 BIL Rk 57 221 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .370 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 WNS A+ 90 336 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .263 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 WNS A+ 82 299 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .352 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CHT AA 110 419 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 IND AAA 0 357 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 DET MLB 96 333 .244 .270 .333 .433 .263 .357 98 -6 9.1 5.9 -0.0 -0.6 6.5 0.6 6.5 0.6
1998 TOL AAA 0 49 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .382 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 HOU MLB 73 247 .239 .274 .342 .438 .263 .333 96 -6 6.7 4.6 -0.6 -0.1 6.3 0.5 6.3 0.5
1999 NWO AAA 0 48 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .229 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 ATL MLB 24 63 .191 .262 .337 .428 .258 .220 98 -5.1 1.7 1.2 -0.2 -0.0 -2.4 -0.2 -2.4 -0.2
2000 FLO MLB 56 186 .219 .261 .339 .427 .261 .342 95 -9 5.1 3.5 -0.0 -0.1 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2000 HOU MLB 1 2 .031 .279 .361 .507 .293 .000 117 -0.5 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2001 ATL MLB 61 157 .228 .266 .331 .431 .264 .267 94 -5.5 4.2 2.8 0.7 2.3 5.4 0.6 5.4 0.6
2002 MIL MLB 87 257 .220 .258 .324 .410 .256 .277 99 -11.1 6.5 4.3 0.3 1.3 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2003 CHN MLB 70 213 .237 .268 .331 .431 .264 .303 103 -5.3 5.6 3.8 0.2 2.3 5.6 0.6 5.6 0.6
2004 CHN MLB 49 157 .203 .271 .336 .441 .270 .248 96 -9.9 4.7 2.8 0.5 0.2 -1.6 -0.1 -1.6 -0.1
2005 LAN MLB 13 47 .254 .276 .336 .439 .265 .357 99 -0.3 1.4 0.8 -0.2 -0.4 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2006 KCA MLB 56 167 .175 .273 .333 .433 .256 .296 112 -15.9 5.0 3 0.0 -1.5 -8.3 -0.8 -8.3 -0.8
2006 WIC AA 3 12 .156 .310 .384 .516 .293 .182 131 -1.3 0.3 0.2 -0.0 0.0 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2007 BAL MLB 60 174 .190 .266 .328 .421 .260 .292 100 -13.5 5.2 3.1 -1.1 -1.2 -7.2 -0.8 -7.2 -0.8
2008 CIN MLB 99 338 .218 .259 .327 .410 .260 .289 100 -15.4 9.8 5.8 -1.0 -1.2 -2.1 -0.3 -2.1 -0.3
2009 PHI MLB 44 130 .239 .264 .332 .410 .264 .284 97 -3 3.7 2.2 -0.2 -0.6 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2009 REA AA 10 43 .269 .244 .312 .353 .251 .441 97 0.4 1.2 0.3 -0.1 0.2 2.5 0.3 2.5 0.3

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
1993 BIL Rk 221 34 61 11 0 4 30 22 37 5 1 .314 .385 .433 .119 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 WNS A+ 336 29 59 9 1 3 26 35 81 2 2 .204 .292 .273 .069 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 WNS A+ 299 29 71 11 2 7 27 42 66 3 1 .285 .383 .430 .145 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CHT AA 419 53 106 27 0 8 48 48 93 1 0 .294 .383 .436 .142 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 IND AAA 357 34 78 14 1 8 43 34 81 0 5 .243 .319 .368 .125 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 DET MLB 333 23 83 12 1 3 30 23 82 1 1 .272 .319 .348 .075 .244 6.5 -0.0 0.6
1998 TOL AAA 49 5 14 3 1 1 6 1 13 0 0 .292 .306 .458 .167 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 HOU MLB 247 16 55 14 1 2 17 26 57 1 1 .256 .332 .358 .102 .239 6.3 -0.6 0.5
1999 NWO AAA 48 2 9 3 1 1 4 1 11 0 0 .191 .208 .362 .170 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 ATL MLB 63 8 11 4 0 2 6 5 15 0 0 .190 .254 .362 .172 .191 -2.4 -0.2 -0.2
2000 FLO MLB 186 10 39 6 1 0 14 22 48 0 0 .242 .335 .292 .050 .219 -0.3 -0.0 -0.0
2000 HOU MLB 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .031 -0.4 -0.0 -0.0
2001 ATL MLB 157 19 29 10 1 2 15 20 34 1 0 .212 .312 .343 .131 .228 5.4 0.7 0.6
2002 MIL MLB 257 24 55 8 1 4 20 20 46 0 2 .235 .295 .329 .094 .220 0.1 0.3 0.0
2003 CHN MLB 213 19 43 13 3 0 17 22 47 0 1 .229 .311 .330 .101 .237 5.6 0.2 0.6
2004 CHN MLB 157 13 28 8 0 1 10 15 29 1 0 .203 .288 .283 .080 .203 -1.6 0.5 -0.1
2005 LAN MLB 47 1 10 2 0 0 4 7 12 0 0 .250 .362 .300 .050 .254 1.8 -0.2 0.2
2006 WIC AA 12 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .000 .156 -0.5 -0.0 -0.1
2006 KCA MLB 167 7 32 3 0 0 10 11 46 0 0 .209 .261 .229 .020 .175 -8.3 0.0 -0.8
2007 BAL MLB 174 13 32 3 1 1 8 15 50 0 1 .205 .277 .256 .051 .190 -7.2 -1.1 -0.8
2008 CIN MLB 338 30 65 11 2 6 35 34 90 0 2 .217 .299 .328 .110 .218 -2.1 -1.0 -0.3
2009 PHI MLB 130 12 26 4 0 3 9 13 32 0 1 .224 .308 .336 .112 .239 2.1 -0.2 0.2
2009 REA AA 43 5 15 1 0 0 10 1 8 0 0 .357 .372 .381 .024 .269 2.5 -0.1 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 1207 0.5211 0.4602 0.7441 0.6200 0.2855 0.8462 0.5030 0.2559
2009 490 0.4878 0.4755 0.7554 0.6569 0.3028 0.8726 0.5132 0.2446
Career16970.51150.46460.74740.63070.29050.85380.50590.2526

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2008-03-24 2008-03-26 Camp 2 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2007-03-05 2007-03-10 Camp 5 0 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2006-07-02 2006-08-02 15-DL 31 27 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2005-05-27 2005-10-03 60-DL 129 116 Left Knee Surgery ACL 2005-06-24
2002-06-09 2002-06-24 15-DL 15 14 Right Fingers Dislocation Little Finger -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 BAL $900,000
2006 KCA $700,000
2005 LAN $650,000
2004 CHN $865,000
2003 CHN $750,000
2002 MIL $750,000
2001 ATL $450,000
2000 FLO $275,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$5,340,000
8 yrTotal$5,340,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 86 dBarry Meister

Details
  • 1 year/$0.725M (2009). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 1/30/09. $0.3M in performance bonuses based on starts. Released by Cubs 3/30/09 (due 45 days' pay, $178,279). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 5/18/09 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Philadelphia 6/9/09.
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2008). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 3/31/08.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2007). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 11/06. Performance bonuses: $50,000 for 60 g, $0.1M for 80 g.
  • 1 year/$0.7M (2006). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/05.
  • 1 year/$0.65M (2005). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/05. Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 60, 75, 90, 100 starts.
  • 1 year/$0.865M (2004). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs.
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2003). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 12/02.
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2002)
  • drafted 1993 (5-148)

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)I don't like much of what Jim Hendry has done this offseason but what confuses me is letting Henry Blanco walk? Are koyie Hill and Paul Bako the left handed hitting messiahs? What am I missing? Was Blanco too expensive? Is he injured?
(ced from chicago)
I can understand a desire to get a backup for Geovany Soto who's an opposite-side hitter, but yes, I'd rather have spent the money to retain Blanco than spend it on Bako (or Joey Gathright, for that matter). (Christina Kahrl)
2008-05-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, about your 'dusty moment' unfiltered piece. You mention the idea to bring in Volquez was a terrible idea. Baker was left with Volquez and Cueto. With an offday on Monday, Cueto was slated to go on Tuesday (and, apparently, his throw day was Saturday). Would you rather Baker have brought in a position player, of which his choices were Paul Bako or whomever else was in the lineup that could pitch?
(jason from columbus)
Yeah. I would have punted the game. Maybe that's too conservative, but if you figure your chance at any point is something less than 50% with any pitcher (on the road in extras), and 5% with a position player, I would have rather paid the ~.45 of a win than risk Volquez' arm. (Joe Sheehan)


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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 7231 121 19.5 18.9 4321 4.0 1.1 1.8 20.6 20.7
2009 2539 62 7.5 20.7 1464 -1.5 -0.4 -1.9 7.1 18.7
total 9770 180 26.0 18.6 5785 0.8 0.2 0.3 26.2 18.9

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