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James Baldwin PWhite Sox

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
11 1322.7 79 74 2 844 5.01 7.2
Birth Date7-15-1971
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
1995 CHA 23 6 4 14.7 10.7 4.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 81 32 22 21 6 57 9 8 0 10 12.89 8.94 7.55 -0.7 -0.1
1996 CHA 24 28 28 169.0 169.0 0.0 11 6 0 0 13 3 719 168 88 83 24 276 57 54 4 127 4.42 4.68 4.91 24.5 2.3
1997 CHA 25 32 32 200.0 200.0 0.0 12 15 0 0 14 5 879 205 128 117 19 329 83 80 5 140 5.26 4.30 5.09 16.0 1.6
1998 CHA 26 37 24 159.0 137.3 21.7 13 6 0 1 11 1 712 176 103 94 18 282 60 58 10 108 5.32 4.66 5.14 17.0 1.5
1999 CHA 27 35 33 199.3 196.7 2.7 12 13 0 0 16 0 886 219 119 113 34 368 81 80 7 123 5.10 5.51 6.01 13.4 1.2
2000 CHA 28 29 28 178.0 174.0 4.0 14 7 0 0 13 2 758 185 96 92 34 320 59 56 8 116 4.65 5.53 6.05 5.9 0.7
2001 CHA 29 17 16 95.7 92.3 3.3 7 5 0 0 9 0 431 109 56 49 15 170 38 38 4 42 4.61 5.58 5.58 5.3 0.7
2001 LAN 29 12 12 79.3 79.3 0.0 3 6 0 0 6 2 333 82 39 37 10 132 25 24 3 53 4.20 4.37 4.79 2.9 0.1
2002 SEA 30 30 23 150.0 135.3 14.7 7 10 0 0 11 1 662 179 95 88 26 304 49 47 7 88 5.28 5.26 6.00 -4.8 -0.3
2003 MIN 31 10 0 15.0 0.0 15.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 69 21 10 9 6 43 4 3 0 7 5.40 8.16 7.63 -2.6 -0.3
2004 NYN 32 2 2 6.0 6.0 0.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 36 13 10 10 3 28 5 4 1 1 15.00 12.12 12.11 -4.1 -0.4
2005 BAL 33 20 0 39.3 0.0 39.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 162 36 18 14 5 59 9 9 2 20 3.20 4.53 5.72 0.3 0.0
2005 TEX 33 8 0 17.3 0.0 17.3 0 2 1 0 0 0 76 18 10 10 3 33 7 6 1 9 5.19 5.65 5.83 0.8 0.1
Career2662021322.71200.7122.07974229314580414437947372032401486467528445.015.105.5873.97.2

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1991 UTI A- 7 7 37.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 SBN A 21 21 137.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 SAR A+ 6 6 37.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 BIR AA 17 17 120.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 NAS AAA 10 10 69.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 NAS AAA 26 26 162.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 CHA MLB 6 4 14.7 7.55 53 .416 .271 .352 .442 .273 .464 101 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
1995 NAS AAA 18 18 95.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CHA MLB 28 28 169.0 4.91 105 .255 .275 .344 .444 .268 .284 95 24.5 2.3 24.5 2.3
1996 NAS AAA 2 2 14.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 CHA MLB 32 32 200.0 5.09 93 .266 .269 .339 .427 .265 .294 96 15.7 1.6 16.0 1.6
1998 CHA MLB 37 24 159.0 5.14 98 .274 .269 .337 .427 .266 .306 99 17.0 1.7 17.0 1.5
1999 CHA MLB 35 33 199.3 6.01 86 .271 .273 .345 .433 .263 .289 99 12.0 1.1 13.4 1.2
2000 CHA MLB 29 28 178.0 6.05 81 .260 .274 .346 .444 .263 .279 95 6.2 0.6 5.9 0.7
2001 CHA MLB 17 16 95.7 5.58 90 .274 .264 .329 .425 .259 .283 103 5.4 0.5 5.3 0.7
2001 LAN MLB 12 12 79.3 4.79 93 .263 .269 .334 .430 .261 .298 94 5.0 0.5 2.9 0.1
2001 CHR AAA 2 2 12.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SEA MLB 30 23 150.0 6.00 70 .294 .265 .332 .430 .266 .311 95 -5.6 -0.6 -4.8 -0.3
2003 MIN MLB 10 0 15.0 7.63 48 .345 .263 .317 .415 .256 .288 102 -2.6 -0.3 -2.6 -0.3
2003 OMA AAA 8 8 46.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .287 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 ROC AAA 5 5 29.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .253 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NYN MLB 2 2 6.0 12.11 -67 .460 .259 .325 .415 .261 .385 97 -3.7 -0.4 -4.1 -0.4
2004 NOR AAA 5 5 31.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TOL AAA 18 16 115.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .268 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BAL MLB 20 0 39.3 5.72 82 .247 .274 .340 .444 .274 .246 102 0.6 0.1 0.3 0.0
2005 TEX MLB 8 0 17.3 5.83 90 .280 .274 .338 .436 .270 .268 112 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2005 OTT AAA 8 8 47.0 4.98 96 .224 .274 .341 .441 .254 .257 95 3.8 0.3 3.8 0.3
2006 SYR AAA 2 0 2.0 8.18 32 .374 .260 .317 .393 .253 .231 118 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1

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
1991 UTI A- 1 4 0 7 7 37.3 40 27 23 0 0% .000 9.7 6.5 0.0 5.5 1.80 5.31 0.0 0.0
1992 SBN A 9 5 0 21 21 137.7 118 45 137 6 0% .000 7.7 2.9 0.4 9.0 1.18 2.42 0.0 0.0
1992 SAR A+ 1 2 0 6 6 37.7 31 7 39 2 0% .000 7.4 1.7 0.5 9.3 1.01 2.86 0.0 0.0
1993 NAS AAA 5 4 0 10 10 69.0 43 36 61 5 0% .000 5.6 4.7 0.7 8.0 1.14 2.61 0.0 0.0
1993 BIR AA 8 5 0 17 17 120.0 94 43 107 6 0% .000 7.0 3.2 0.5 8.0 1.14 2.25 0.0 0.0
1994 NAS AAA 12 6 0 26 26 162.0 144 83 156 14 0% .000 8.0 4.6 0.8 8.7 1.40 3.72 0.0 0.0
1995 CHA MLB 0 1 0 6 4 14.7 32 9 10 6 27% .464 19.6 5.5 3.7 6.1 2.80 12.89 -0.7 -0.1
1995 NAS AAA 5 9 0 18 18 95.3 120 44 89 27 0% .000 11.3 4.2 2.5 8.4 1.72 5.86 0.0 0.0
1996 CHA MLB 11 6 0 28 28 169.0 168 57 127 24 36% .284 8.9 3.0 1.3 6.8 1.33 4.42 24.5 2.3
1996 NAS AAA 1 1 0 2 2 14.0 5 4 15 0 0% .000 3.2 2.6 0.0 9.6 0.64 0.64 0.0 0.0
1997 CHA MLB 12 15 0 32 32 200.0 205 83 140 19 38% .294 9.2 3.7 0.9 6.3 1.44 5.26 16.0 1.6
1998 CHA MLB 13 6 0 37 24 159.0 176 60 108 18 41% .306 10.0 3.4 1.0 6.1 1.48 5.32 17.0 1.5
1999 CHA MLB 12 13 0 35 33 199.3 219 81 123 34 44% .289 9.9 3.7 1.5 5.6 1.51 5.10 13.4 1.2
2000 CHA MLB 14 7 0 29 28 178.0 185 59 116 34 52% .279 9.4 3.0 1.7 5.9 1.37 4.65 5.9 0.7
2001 CHA MLB 7 5 0 17 16 95.7 109 38 42 15 46% .283 10.3 3.6 1.4 4.0 1.54 4.61 5.3 0.7
2001 LAN MLB 3 6 0 12 12 79.3 82 25 53 10 51% .298 9.3 2.8 1.1 6.0 1.35 4.20 2.9 0.1
2001 CHR AAA 1 0 0 2 2 12.0 12 2 11 2 0% .000 9.0 1.5 1.5 8.2 1.17 5.25 0.0 0.0
2002 SEA MLB 7 10 0 30 23 150.0 179 49 88 26 46% .311 10.7 2.9 1.6 5.3 1.52 5.28 -4.8 -0.3
2003 MIN MLB 0 1 1 10 0 15.0 21 4 7 6 45% .288 12.6 2.4 3.6 4.2 1.67 5.40 -2.6 -0.3
2003 OMA AAA 3 2 0 8 8 46.3 48 13 24 3 0% .287 9.3 2.5 0.6 4.7 1.32 4.08 0.0 0.0
2003 ROC AAA 0 2 0 5 5 29.7 25 3 18 2 0% .253 7.6 0.9 0.6 5.5 0.94 2.42 0.0 0.0
2004 NOR AAA 3 2 0 5 5 31.0 34 5 24 3 0% .320 9.9 1.5 0.9 7.0 1.26 2.90 0.0 0.0
2004 TOL AAA 5 7 1 18 16 115.7 110 20 61 12 0% .268 8.6 1.6 0.9 4.7 1.12 3.73 0.0 0.0
2004 NYN MLB 0 2 0 2 2 6.0 13 5 1 3 24% .385 19.5 7.5 4.5 1.5 3.00 15.00 -4.1 -0.4
2005 OTT AAA 3 2 0 8 8 47.0 52 4 25 6 44% .257 10.0 0.8 1.1 4.8 1.19 4.60 3.8 0.3
2005 BAL MLB 0 0 0 20 0 39.3 36 9 20 5 31% .246 8.2 2.1 1.1 4.6 1.14 3.20 0.3 0.0
2005 TEX MLB 0 2 1 8 0 17.3 18 7 9 3 39% .268 9.3 3.6 1.6 4.7 1.44 5.19 0.8 0.1
2006 SYR AAA 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 4 0 1 1 57% .231 18.0 0.0 4.5 4.5 2.00 4.50 -0.9 -0.1

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
2006-04-13 2006-04-22 Minors 9 0 Not Disclosed -
2001-08-11 2001-08-18 DTD 7 6 - Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
2001-04-02 2001-04-21 15-DL 19 15 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery 2000-10-20 -
2000-10-20 2000-10-20 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Bone Spur 2000-10-20 -
2000-09-09 2000-09-27 DTD 18 16 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2000-08-18 2000-08-29 DTD 11 10 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2000-04-13 2000-04-23 DTD 10 8 - Trunk Contusion Ribs Batted Ball - -
1999-03-17 1999-03-17 Camp 0 0 - Ankle Sprain - -
1998-08-17 1998-08-26 DTD 9 9 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2002 SEA $1,250,000
2001 CHA, LAN $5,950,000
2000 CHA $3,300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$10,500,000
3 yrTotal$10,500,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 56 dRex Gary

Details
  • sent to minor-league camp 3/06 signed as a free agent from BAL 1/06 (minor-league contract)
  • claimed off waivers from TEX 8/05 designated for assignment 8/05 claimed off waivers from BAL 7/05 contract purchased 5/05 signed as a free agent from DT 1/05 (minor-league contract) contract purchased 5/04 Triple-A 3/04 signed as a free agent from MIN 2/04 (minor-league contract)
  • sent outright to Triple-A 8/03 contract purchased 7/03 signed as a free agent from KC 6/03 (minor-league contract) signed as a free agent from SEA 1/03, 1 year/$0.575M (minor-league contract)
  • SEA declined 03 option 10/02
  • 1 year/$1.25M (02)+$4M club option
  • 02:c$1.75M in bonuses
  • acquired in trade from CWS 7/01 (CWS pay $0.5M of remaining $2M salary
  • LA pays $1.5M) 01:1 year/$5.95M

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2006 Baldwin-type players are like disposable batteries: you store them in your Triple-A closet in the event of emergency, and you don`t get too bummed if you have to dispose of them after only a few uses. Baldwin went through that twice last year: starting out with Ottawa, getting called up to Baltimore, claimed by Texas when the O`s tried to send him back, and reclaimed by Baltimore when the Rangers tried to do the same thing.
2003 Baldwin’s a weird guy to watch. Despite his energy-saving zombie walk to and from the mound, he works quickly, he sprints to cover first on ground balls, and is an alert, athletic pitcher. He was a disaster in the rotation this year. He allowed at least a run an inning in six of his 23 starts, and only had four really good starts all year, and two of those came against Detroit and Tampa Bay. The Mariners paid $500,000 to avoid bringing him back for $4 million. Baldwin will be a gamble signing for some team not headed anywhere. If he can show the form of 1999–2000, or even the Dodgers portion of 2001, he’ll have trade value to contenders with rotation problems. Still, there are better gambles out there, like three-card monte, or urgent e-mail requests for financial help from government officials in Nigeria.
2002 Baldwin and his salary were shipped to the Dodgers as a rental just before the deadline, and he pitched about as well as could be expected. His trip to the free-agent market this winter will make him an ambulatory example of a phenomenon the oil industry calls "The Winner's Curse," although no one had signed him as of the new year.
2001 James Baldwin finally had a good first half, but despite Manuel’s careful use of him, his arm wore down faster than his manager’s patience for the first time. The initial sign of trouble was a drop in velocity in June, followed by early-inning problems in July. By September, he needed a month off and a cortisone shot. After giving the Sox a gutty Division Series start, he had offseason surgery to remove a bone chip in his elbow. J.B. is one year away from free agency and has been the epitome of unpredictability. A good year will make him a very wealthy guy, probably in a different city.
2000 Baldwin's second-half-resurrection act has just about worn out its welcome. At the All-Star break he had a 6.62 ERA, and Jerry Manuel was grumping about his lack of concentration. He still keeps falling in love with his curve, only to see it flatten out from overuse and get hammered. Baldwin rattled off seven quality starts in his last 11, posting an ERA of 3.56 after the break. I'm not convinced he's fixed the problem: the peripheral numbers are all headed the wrong way. The talent is there for him to turn into a solid third starter, but no organization can wait forever.
1998 His season looks uglier because of a particularly brutal September. Pete Harnisch may have to have a talk with him, because as the season went on, Baldwin seemed to have more chaw in his mouth than I would have thought humanly possible. He got carried away with his breaking stuff, and it hurt him. When he gets back to using his fastball to set up the curve, he’ll bounce back.
1997 Baldwin finally broke through when the Sox finally tiring of the Magrane-McCaskill disaster. As good as Alvarez’ breaking stuff is, Baldwin’s is better. With Uncle Charlie and a good heater, he works high in the strike zone, which is perfect for roomy Comiskey Park. He tired badly in the last two months of the season, but there are no concerns about his health.
1996  Won the fifth starter slot in spring training, and got shellacked so badly he was demoted by mid-May. He didn't fare any better in Nashville, surrendering 27 homeruns in 95 IP. He's no longer being mentioned as a member of the rotation any time soon. Baseball America mentioned he was voted as having the best breaking pitch in the American Association. Now how in the hell did he do that surrendering 27 homeruns in 95 IP in Nashville? Is his fastball the most hittable fastball in the American Association?

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Prospectus Triple Play: Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, New York MetsBaseball Prospectus2004-06-14
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