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Portrait of Emil Brown

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
10 2508 .258 .323 .398 .247 0.6
Birth Date12-29-1974
Height6' 2"
Weight195 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
1997 PIT 22 66 112 95 16 17 2 1 2 27 10 32 7 0 0 6 5 1 .179 .304 .284 .212 -4.2 1.7 -0.2
1998 PIT 23 13 41 39 2 10 1 0 0 11 1 11 1 0 0 3 0 0 .256 .293 .282 .205 -2.1 -0.2 -0.2
1999 PIT 24 6 14 14 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .214 .122 -2.2 0.3 -0.2
2000 PIT 25 50 135 119 13 26 5 0 3 40 11 34 3 1 1 16 3 1 .218 .299 .336 .206 -5.4 -1.2 -0.6
2001 PIT 26 61 140 123 18 25 4 1 3 40 15 42 2 0 0 13 10 4 .203 .300 .325 .245 4.4 -0.7 0.4
2001 SDN 26 13 15 14 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 7 0 0 0 0 2 0 .071 .133 .071 .067 -2.1 -0.4 -0.2
2005 KCA 30 150 609 545 75 156 31 5 17 248 48 108 8 7 1 86 10 1 .286 .349 .455 .273 11.0 -8.1 0.3
2006 KCA 31 147 601 527 77 151 41 2 15 241 59 95 5 10 0 81 6 3 .287 .358 .457 .264 15.5 -2.2 1.3
2007 KCA 32 113 397 366 44 94 13 1 6 127 24 71 1 6 0 62 12 2 .257 .300 .347 .230 -3.3 3.8 0.1
2008 OAK 33 117 438 402 48 98 14 2 13 155 27 65 5 4 0 59 4 2 .244 .297 .386 .244 -2.3 4.2 0.2
2009 NYN 34 3 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .333 .200 .097 -0.9 -0.1 -0.1
Career739250822492965811121259894197468322823265214.258.323.398.2478.5-2.80.6

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
1995 WMI A 124 528 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .296 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 MOD A+ 57 251 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .360 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 PIT MLB 66 112 .212 .273 .342 .431 .269 .246 101 -6 3.0 -0.5 1.7 -0.1 -4.2 -0.2 -4.2 -0.2
1998 PIT MLB 13 41 .205 .267 .329 .410 .255 .357 102 -2.5 1.1 -0.2 -0.2 -1.0 -2.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2
1998 CAR AA 0 527 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .367 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 PIT MLB 6 14 .122 .276 .344 .443 .262 .182 100 -2.3 0.4 -0.1 0.3 0.0 -2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2
1999 NAS AAA 0 472 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .343 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 PIT MLB 50 135 .206 .268 .344 .432 .261 .277 102 -8.7 3.7 -0.8 -1.2 0.6 -5.4 -0.6 -5.4 -0.6
2000 NAS AAA 0 283 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .367 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 PIT MLB 61 140 .245 .256 .327 .413 .255 .282 99 -2.4 3.8 0.3 -0.7 2.4 4.4 0.4 4.4 0.4
2001 SDN MLB 13 15 .067 .244 .320 .380 .246 .143 99 -3.2 0.4 0 -0.4 0.2 -2.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2
2001 POR AAA 22 86 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .379 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DUR AAA 116 472 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .328 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LOU AAA 97 408 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .345 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MEM AAA 19 63 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NWO AAA 26 101 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .414 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KCA MLB 150 609 .273 .264 .320 .414 .257 .326 104 8.3 17.5 -6.6 -8.1 -3.2 11.0 0.3 11.0 0.3
2006 KCA MLB 147 601 .264 .269 .328 .424 .252 .319 112 2.9 18.1 -5.7 -2.2 1.2 15.5 1.3 15.5 1.3
2007 KCA MLB 113 397 .230 .269 .333 .421 .263 .298 102 -13.3 11.8 -3.5 3.8 0.9 -3.3 0.1 -3.3 0.1
2008 OAK MLB 117 438 .244 .267 .331 .415 .258 .259 98 -7.6 12.7 -4 4.2 -0.4 -2.3 0.2 -2.3 0.2
2009 NYN MLB 3 6 .097 .263 .330 .416 .267 .200 95 -1 0.2 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2009 BUF AAA 34 132 .227 .265 .331 .406 .250 .323 107 -4.7 3.8 -1.8 -2.5 0.2 -1.4 -0.4 -1.4 -0.4
2009 POR AAA 41 168 .315 .272 .339 .421 .274 .296 85 10 4.9 -1.9 -1.8 0.4 14.8 1.3 14.8 1.3

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
1995 WMI A 528 63 115 17 3 3 67 52 77 35 19 .251 .341 .320 .070 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 MOD A+ 251 50 64 10 1 10 47 32 51 13 5 .303 .410 .502 .199 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 PIT MLB 112 16 17 2 1 2 6 10 32 5 1 .179 .304 .284 .105 .212 -4.2 1.7 -0.2
1998 PIT MLB 41 2 10 1 0 0 3 1 11 0 0 .256 .293 .282 .026 .205 -2.1 -0.2 -0.2
1998 CAR AA 527 89 154 31 2 14 67 50 71 24 7 .330 .408 .496 .165 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 PIT MLB 14 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .143 .143 .214 .071 .122 -2.2 0.3 -0.2
1999 NAS AAA 472 97 132 20 5 18 60 35 80 16 5 .307 .369 .502 .195 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 NAS AAA 283 44 74 20 1 5 25 40 44 26 4 .312 .424 .468 .156 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 PIT MLB 135 13 26 5 0 3 16 11 34 3 1 .218 .299 .336 .118 .206 -5.4 -1.2 -0.6
2001 SDN MLB 15 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 2 0 .071 .133 .071 .000 .067 -2.1 -0.4 -0.2
2001 POR AAA 86 10 25 8 2 3 8 6 17 3 1 .321 .384 .590 .269 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 PIT MLB 140 18 25 4 1 3 13 15 42 10 4 .203 .300 .325 .122 .245 4.4 -0.7 0.4
2002 DUR AAA 472 58 120 24 3 12 58 34 81 10 2 .284 .352 .441 .156 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LOU AAA 408 58 109 20 3 12 63 27 76 18 3 .295 .350 .463 .168 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MEM AAA 63 7 16 3 0 0 4 5 9 1 1 .281 .349 .333 .053 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NWO AAA 101 12 31 10 1 2 17 4 20 4 2 .337 .390 .533 .196 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KCA MLB 609 75 156 31 5 17 86 48 108 10 1 .286 .349 .455 .169 .273 11.0 -8.1 0.3
2006 KCA MLB 601 77 151 41 2 15 81 59 95 6 3 .287 .358 .457 .171 .264 15.5 -2.2 1.3
2007 KCA MLB 397 44 94 13 1 6 62 24 71 12 2 .257 .300 .347 .090 .230 -3.3 3.8 0.1
2008 OAK MLB 438 48 98 14 2 13 59 27 65 4 2 .244 .297 .386 .142 .244 -2.3 4.2 0.2
2009 BUF AAA 132 14 32 7 0 2 13 6 30 0 3 .256 .295 .360 .104 .227 -1.4 -2.5 -0.4
2009 POR AAA 168 22 38 13 0 4 22 19 27 2 2 .260 .349 .432 .171 .315 14.8 -1.8 1.3
2009 NYN MLB 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .200 .333 .200 .000 .097 -0.9 -0.1 -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 1463 0.5106 0.4979 0.7830 0.6975 0.2891 0.8599 0.5894 0.2170
2009 12 0.5833 0.4167 1.0000 0.7143 0.0000 1.0000 0.0000
Career14750.51120.49720.78480.69760.28670.8610.58460.2152

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2008-06-09 2008-06-12 DTD 3 2 General Medical Illness -
2007-05-24 2007-05-27 DTD 3 3 Low Back Soreness -
2006-03-16 2006-03-22 Camp 6 0 Low Back Spasms -
2001-05-14 2001-05-15 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Strain - -
2000-06-19 2000-07-21 15-DL 32 27 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2000-03-07 2000-03-08 Camp 1 0 - General Medical Illness Flu - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 OAK $1,450,000
2007 KCA $3,450,000
2006 KCA $1,775,000
2005 KCA $355,000
2001 PIT, SDN $265,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$7,295,000
5 yrTotal$7,295,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 98 dBob Gilhooley

Details
  • released 7/22/09 sent outright to Triple-A 6/10/09 designated for assignment 6/7/09 contract purchased 6/3/09 acquired in trade from SD 5/29/09
  • signed as a free agent from OAK 2/17/09 (minor-league contract, $0.65M major league)
  • signed as a free agent from KC 1/11/08, 1 year/$1.45M (08), $1.5M in performance bonus
  • non-tendered 12/12/07 avoided arbitration 1/07 ($3.8M-$3M), 1 year/$3.45M (07)
  • won arbitration 2/06 ($1.775M-$1.4M), 1 year/$1.775M (06)
  • signed as a free agent from STL 12/04, 1 year/$0.355M (05) (minor-league contract) released 5/04 signed as a free agent from CIN 1/04 (minor-league contract)
  • minor-league contract 11/02
  • 1/02 designated for assignment (TB) 8/01 acquired in trade from PIT 7/01 designated for assignment by PIT 7/01

2014 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 Emil Brown played three games for the Mets in June; at least that's what we were told.
2009 The A's signed Brown to be a fourth outfielder and platoon partner against left-handers, but a combination of injuries and flameouts had him playing nearly every day between the two corners. He was stretched as a regular even in his prime (and we use that term loosely) during his Royals days, but declining skills in his early 30s have him barely worth a job anymore, let alone a regular spot. He's spending his offseason looking for work, and will likely get no more than a non-roster invite.
2008 When historians look back at the train wreck that was the turn-of-the-century Kansas City Royals, they can wax poetic on the flubs, errors, and general incompetence of the organization from top to bottom, or they can simply point out that Emil Brown led the team in RBI . . . for three straight years. Brown was a revelation as a 30-year-old minor league free agent; two years of arbitration later, he was an expensive albatross. Such is the fleeting nature of uncovering free talent-soon enough, it's no longer free and it's no longer talent. Veteran minor leaguers such as Brown who finally get their major league shot have typically been around long enough that they reach their decline phase and salary arbitration simultaneously. Indeed, if the Royals offer Brown arbitration again, they're going to end up paying a heck of a lot of money for a glorified platoon player.
2007 The perception of Brown is that he is a Quadruple-A journeyman, no more than an adequate fourth outfielder, someone who lucked into regular playing time with the Royals the last two years and should have been non-tendered rather than taken to arbitration this winter. That`s not entirely fair--the difference between Brown and a league-average corner outfielder is something on the order of half a win. Over the past two years he`s been a better hitter than Craig Monroe, now considered an integral cog in the Tigers lineup. Likely to be overwhelmed by the hordes of young outfielders the Royals are bringing in, Brown could bring additional value to Kansas City via a trade to a contending team in need of a right-handed hitter off the bench.
2006 After Brown and Raul Ibanez, Allard Baird deserves the benefit of the doubt when he sees something in a journeyman outfielder and gives him an everyday role over the protestations of scouts and analysts alike. While he may have won the battle, Baird lost the war. Brown can hit--he batted .301/.360/.468 from May 1st on--but his defense is so bad (14 runs below average) that he still ranks as a below-average right fielder. The Royals have no better alternative than to see if Brown has a run of decent, cheap years in him.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-04-10 16:30:00 (link to chat)Hey CK! Just counting down hours until my flight up to Oakland for Opening Night. So far this season, A's hitters seem to really be focusing on going up the middle and to the opposite field. Is this early-season noise, or a product of new hitting coach Jim Skaalen?
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
Hope you have a great time at the ballpark; I know it's not really the same thing now that the Coliseum's been mauled beyond recognition, but I sort of feel about the A's home park the way some Mets fans feel about Shea--sure, it's a pit, but it's *our* pit.

I don't think we can put this on Skaalen just yet; this isn't quite like Rick Burleson jumping on Mark McGwire to hit singles to right, and getting the single worst season of Mac's career for his troubles. It's important to keep in mind the talent that's on this year's roster, never mind that we don't have Emil Brown to kick around any more. Adding hitters like Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra gives you a lineup with people who put the ball in play a lot more often than those of us who still treasure the memories of watching Olmedo Saenz or Matt Stairs or Ben Grieve (at his best) taking their cuts. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)How do you see the A's outfield situation shaking out next year? Even with Emil Brown finally gone, they have a surplus of players and no clear-cut options between Sweeney, Buck, Gonzalez, Cunningham, Denorfia, Murton, Patterson and Raj Davis. Carrying more than four of those guys on the 25-man seems a bit superfluous with Cust still on board.
(John from SF)
Well, in the immortal words of "Sesame Street," some of these things are not like the others. I just don't have any expectations of Sweeney ever developing power, and Denorfia and Murton and Davis are all just filler. The A's apparently still harbor a willingness to see Patterson as a sometime second baseman, which makes a huge difference in his value. I think this really boils down to Buck, Gonzalez, and Cunningham, with the other guys mixing in only as long as elements of that trio are injured and/or unready. (Christina Kahrl)


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