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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
12 515.7 36 28 11 313 3.26 6.3
Birth Date9-14-1974
Height6' 5"
Weight205 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
1998 CHA 23 29 0 30.7 0.0 30.7 2 1 1 4 0 0 125 27 16 11 0 33 7 7 0 11 3.23 3.19 4.23 4.7 0.5
1999 CHA 24 3 0 3.7 0.0 3.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 9 8 8 1 14 5 5 0 0 19.64 10.84 9.64 -1.8 -0.2
2000 CHA 25 12 0 13.7 0.0 13.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 52 13 4 3 0 14 1 0 0 9 1.98 2.13 2.47 4.9 0.5
2001 OAK 26 35 0 36.7 0.0 36.7 2 1 1 3 0 0 154 41 12 11 6 65 6 6 1 34 2.70 3.94 4.79 1.8 0.2
2002 OAK 27 75 0 75.3 0.0 75.3 4 2 2 4 0 0 311 73 29 26 2 94 14 9 5 56 3.11 2.67 3.10 17.7 1.8
2003 OAK 28 72 0 77.0 0.0 77.0 7 4 2 4 0 0 322 67 28 26 7 103 30 21 7 62 3.04 4.11 4.70 3.7 0.4
2004 OAK 29 68 0 59.0 0.0 59.0 5 7 1 7 0 0 251 51 32 29 5 69 24 15 5 34 4.42 4.58 5.21 5.3 0.5
2005 BOS 30 31 0 23.3 0.0 23.3 2 1 0 2 0 0 104 29 10 10 1 34 4 3 3 10 3.86 3.65 4.20 3.6 0.4
2006 NYN 31 70 0 62.0 0.0 62.0 4 2 2 1 0 0 252 59 22 20 1 76 13 9 0 45 2.90 2.50 3.36 12.1 1.2
2007 BAL 32 78 0 64.7 0.0 64.7 4 7 2 8 0 0 289 77 28 24 1 89 16 13 6 29 3.34 3.64 4.52 7.4 0.7
2008 BAL 33 47 0 40.3 0.0 40.3 3 3 0 1 0 0 160 41 17 11 2 50 7 4 1 13 2.45 3.76 5.34 1.9 0.2
2008 TBA 33 21 0 19.0 0.0 19.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 81 18 3 3 1 22 8 5 1 4 1.42 4.85 5.63 0.1 0.0
2009 TBA 34 20 0 10.3 0.0 10.3 1 0 0 1 0 0 55 22 5 5 1 26 2 1 0 6 4.35 3.82 4.71 1.8 0.2
Career5610515.70.0515.7362811360021805272141872868913798293133.263.604.3463.36.3

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1996 HIC A 28 0 30.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 WNS A+ 46 0 54.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .285 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CHA MLB 29 0 30.7 4.23 117 .197 .265 .329 .410 .258 .252 100 4.7 0.5 4.7 0.5
1998 BIR AA 10 0 17.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 CLG AAA 29 0 51.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 CHA MLB 3 0 3.7 9.64 15 .425 .272 .352 .451 .269 .444 98 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2
1999 CHR AAA 47 0 74.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CHA MLB 12 0 13.7 2.47 152 .185 .285 .349 .457 .265 .310 96 4.9 0.5 4.9 0.5
2000 CHR AAA 55 0 53.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 OAK MLB 35 0 36.7 4.79 96 .262 .265 .329 .428 .263 .327 94 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2001 SAC AAA 12 0 23.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 OAK MLB 75 0 75.3 3.10 132 .228 .262 .327 .416 .262 .303 94 17.7 1.8 17.7 1.8
2003 OAK MLB 72 0 77.0 4.70 99 .234 .269 .333 .435 .265 .278 94 3.7 0.4 3.7 0.4
2004 OAK MLB 68 0 59.0 5.21 100 .221 .276 .339 .445 .264 .251 104 5.3 0.5 5.3 0.5
2004 SAC AAA 2 0 2.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BOS MLB 31 0 23.3 4.20 116 .250 .263 .322 .419 .257 .326 106 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4
2005 STO A+ 3 0 2.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -1.500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SAC AAA 3 1 3.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -1.500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 NYN MLB 70 0 62.0 3.36 124 .222 .267 .329 .434 .262 .301 90 12.1 1.2 12.1 1.2
2007 BAL MLB 78 0 64.7 4.52 108 .243 .272 .338 .432 .267 .321 101 7.4 0.7 7.4 0.7
2008 BAL MLB 47 0 40.3 5.34 94 .223 .266 .333 .417 .260 .285 106 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2008 TBA MLB 21 0 19.0 5.63 86 .235 .274 .338 .439 .268 .254 105 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2009 TBA MLB 20 0 10.3 4.71 107 .339 .280 .342 .452 .271 .457 106 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2009 PCH A+ 6 0 6.0 3.17 122 .129 .257 .327 .375 .257 .250 100 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2009 MNT AA 2 0 2.0 2.26 143 .270 .265 .342 .387 .274 .500 92 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2009 DUR AAA 4 0 4.7 3.62 131 .241 .256 .334 .395 .249 .368 122 1.3 0.1 1.3 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
1996 HIC A 0 2 18 28 0 30.0 21 7 27 1 0% .000 6.3 2.1 0.3 8.1 0.93 0.90 0.0 0.0
1997 WNS A+ 3 7 15 46 0 54.7 51 25 43 2 0% .285 8.4 4.1 0.3 7.1 1.39 3.95 0.0 0.0
1998 CHA MLB 2 1 1 29 0 30.7 27 7 11 0 65% .252 7.9 2.1 0.0 3.2 1.11 3.23 4.7 0.5
1998 CLG AAA 4 1 0 29 0 51.0 50 11 27 3 0% .000 8.8 1.9 0.5 4.8 1.20 1.94 0.0 0.0
1998 BIR AA 1 1 1 10 0 17.3 13 8 14 2 0% .000 6.8 4.2 1.0 7.3 1.21 2.60 0.0 0.0
1999 CHA MLB 0 0 0 3 0 3.7 9 5 0 1 58% .444 22.1 12.3 2.5 0.0 3.82 19.64 -1.8 -0.2
1999 CHR AAA 9 3 5 47 0 74.3 63 15 56 2 0% .000 7.6 1.8 0.2 6.8 1.05 1.94 0.0 0.0
2000 CHA MLB 1 0 0 12 0 13.7 13 1 9 0 93% .310 8.6 0.7 0.0 5.9 1.02 1.98 4.9 0.5
2000 CHR AAA 2 4 10 55 0 53.7 38 12 42 2 0% .000 6.4 2.0 0.3 7.0 0.93 1.51 0.0 0.0
2001 OAK MLB 2 1 1 35 0 36.7 41 6 34 6 81% .327 10.1 1.5 1.5 8.3 1.28 2.70 1.8 0.2
2001 SAC AAA 0 0 2 12 0 23.7 15 2 24 0 0% .000 5.7 0.8 0.0 9.1 0.72 0.38 0.0 0.0
2002 OAK MLB 4 2 2 75 0 75.3 73 14 56 2 74% .303 8.7 1.7 0.2 6.7 1.15 3.11 17.7 1.8
2003 OAK MLB 7 4 2 72 0 77.0 67 30 62 7 69% .278 7.8 3.5 0.8 7.2 1.26 3.04 3.7 0.4
2004 SAC AAA 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 1 0 3 0 0% .250 4.5 0.0 0.0 13.5 0.50 0.00 0.0 0.0
2004 OAK MLB 5 7 1 68 0 59.0 51 24 34 5 63% .251 7.8 3.7 0.8 5.2 1.27 4.42 5.3 0.5
2005 BOS MLB 2 1 0 31 0 23.3 29 4 10 1 69% .326 11.2 1.5 0.4 3.9 1.41 3.86 3.6 0.4
2005 SAC AAA 0 0 0 3 1 3.0 4 0 1 1 0% -1.500 12.0 0.0 3.0 3.0 1.33 6.00 0.0 0.0
2005 STO A+ 0 0 0 3 0 2.3 3 1 1 0 0% -1.500 11.7 3.9 0.0 3.9 1.74 3.91 0.0 0.0
2006 NYN MLB 4 2 2 70 0 62.0 59 13 45 1 65% .301 8.6 1.9 0.1 6.5 1.16 2.90 12.1 1.2
2007 BAL MLB 4 7 2 78 0 64.7 77 16 29 1 64% .321 10.7 2.2 0.1 4.0 1.44 3.34 7.4 0.7
2008 TBA MLB 1 0 0 21 0 19.0 18 8 4 1 62% .254 8.5 3.8 0.5 1.9 1.37 1.42 0.1 0.0
2008 BAL MLB 3 3 0 47 0 40.3 41 7 13 2 71% .285 9.1 1.6 0.4 2.9 1.19 2.45 1.9 0.2
2009 PCH A+ 1 0 0 6 0 6.0 4 0 5 0 62% .250 6.0 0.0 0.0 7.5 0.67 0.00 0.9 0.1
2009 TBA MLB 1 0 0 20 0 10.3 22 2 6 1 49% .457 19.2 1.7 0.9 5.2 2.32 4.35 1.8 0.2
2009 MNT AA 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 3 1 2 0 67% .500 13.5 4.5 0.0 9.0 2.00 4.50 0.6 0.1
2009 DUR AAA 1 0 0 4 0 4.7 7 1 2 0 68% .368 13.4 1.9 0.0 3.8 1.70 5.74 1.3 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
2008 704 0.5668 0.5378 0.8939 0.6942 0.3279 0.9134 0.8400 0.1034
2009 178 0.6573 0.5455 0.8958 0.6496 0.3279 0.9474 0.7000 0.1042
Career8820.58510.53940.89430.68520.32790.92030.81170.1036

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-07-19 2009-08-19 15-DL 31 27 - Low Back Tightness -
2009-03-27 2009-06-27 15-DL 92 75 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Loose Bodies 2009-02-05
2009-02-05 2009-03-27 Camp 50 0 Right Elbow Surgery Loose Bodies 2009-02-05
2007-03-03 2007-03-06 Camp 3 0 Right Forearm Contusion Batted Ball -
2005-03-30 2005-07-13 60-DL 105 87 - Low Back Surgery Herniated Disc 2005-03-07
2004-08-08 2004-08-24 15-DL 16 15 - Low Back Strain -
2004-02-27 2004-03-15 Camp 17 0 - Low Back Spasms -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 TBA $3,666,667
2008 BAL $3,500,000
2007 BAL $3,000,000
2006 NYN $1,400,000
2005 BOS $1,400,000
2004 OAK $965,000
2003 OAK $331,000
2002 OAK $235,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$14,497,667
8 yrTotal$14,497,667

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 75 dRex Gary3 years/$10.5M (2007-09)

Details
  • 3 years/$10.5M (2007-09). Signed as a free agent 11/06. $0.5M signing bonus. 07:$3M, 08:$3.5M, 09:$3.5M. Performance bonuses: $75,000 for LCS MVP. $0.1M for Rolaids or WS MVP. One-time $0.5M assignment bonus with trade. Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Baltimore 2008.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2006). Signed as a free agent 12/05.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2005). Re0signed 12/04. Acquired in trade from Oakland 7/05. Non-tendered 12/05.
  • 1 year/$0.965M (2004). Re-signed 2/04 (avoided arbitration, $1.125M-$0.85M).
  • 1 year/$0.331M (2003)
  • 1 year/$0.235M (2002). Re-signed 2/02.
  • 1 year (2001). Optioned to Triple-A 7/01. Recalled 8/01.
  • Drafted by Chicago White Sox 1996 (13-377).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Some years ago Bill James theorized that we would see more submariners because the motion was less stress on the arm and it was a different look, among other things. Instead of a time in the '80s where we had (the effective) Steve Olin and (the not very effective) Todd Frohwirth, now we have no one that I know of. Why did submariners disappear, and is there a chance that style will be resurrected, ever if not anytime soon? Is there anyone in the minors to carry the torch for this very different style?
(delatopia from San Francisco)
The true submariner seems to have all but disappeared (paging Chad Bradford), but I think that we are seeing many more pitchers who adopt a straight sidearm slot. The emphasis on platoon splits and LOOGY's has created a tendency toward closed angles and low trajectories to maximize the lateral movement on pitches, particularly with relievers. I would have to defer to our killer prospect team to uncover any hidden subs in the minors. (Doug Thorburn)
2009-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am a reference librarian and was recently asked if there were more sidearmers in the 80s. (Actually the questioner asked about sideways pitchers.) I don't recall this but it may be true. The discussion came around to mechanics. Is pitching sidearm easier on the pitcher than overhand? To my mind the arm strain would be pretty close but sidearm would seem to be easier on the shoulder.
(Steve N from Delaware)
The strain is different, but I'm not sure about "easier". There's a sample size question and I'm not sure if we have much reliable data on sidearmers. The only guy I know has been analyzed is Chad Bradford and he is *not* a sidearm/submariner. (Will Carroll)
2009-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Chad Bradford is *not* a submariner, what the hell is he?
(Scott from Chicago)
He is a standard pitcher that bends sideways at the waist. (Will Carroll)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Andy MacPhail has been quoted as saying not to get"our expectations" too high in terms of the player to be named later in the Chad Bradford trade. Most of us in Baltimore are reading that as the guy will get will never see the light of day in the Majors. There's some saved salary here. But is it really worthwhile to save a couple million dollars at the cost of a very useful reliever, one who added a lot, in fact, to Tampa Bay's pennant drive?
(Playwright22 from Baltimore)
Absolutely. Bradford might be worth a win or two. Might. That doesn't matter. If you pick the right guy, maybe you get four or five wins over a period of years from a reliever, a bench guy, a spot starter. You always cash in the veteran chips when you're in the Orioles' shoes, even if you're getting back the 15th-best guy in another organization.

The extreme application of this is the Twins a couple years back, when they got back two zeroes for Luis Castillo. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)I've had the woman pitcher argument with a friend of mine that played collegiate softball. Except, I was the one saying that a woman could pitch in MLB and she said no way. My theory is that the first woman pitcher will be relief specialist, Chad Bradford type? The first woman pitcher isn't going to be a former tennis player, she'll be softball player, so becoming a submariner would seem to make more sense...
(Conor Glassey from Woodinville, WA)
Possible, but still have to throw the ball ... and Bradford's not a submariner, dangit! (Will Carroll)
2008-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you explain how submariners like Chad Bradford are able to generate so much velocity? Is it really still a "whip" action, but flipped over? When I try it for fun, it just doesn't flow.
(Mark from Baltimore)
First, Bradford isn't a sidearm or submariner pitcher. He's a standard "classic" pitcher.

Yes, really.

I wrote about this for Boston Dirt Dogs a couple years ago: http://bostondirtdogs.boston.com/Headline_Archives/2005/07/special_deliver.html (Will Carroll)
2008-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Isn't the reason Neshek went to that motion because he had injury issues with an overhand motion?
(tfierst from MN)
Yes. This is correct. ("Atlantic City" by Springsteen) It worked for him, but was untenable long term I thought. Maybe he'll come back like Chad Bradford. (Will Carroll)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Chad Bradford threw 1,201 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2009, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2009, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (79mph) and Curve (67mph). He also rarely threw a Change (74mph).