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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
3 502 .266 .343 .356 .257 0.8
Birth Date4-18-1981
Height6' 0"
Weight200 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
2007 MIN 26 33 94 82 8 20 1 0 2 27 10 16 0 1 1 10 1 0 .244 .323 .329 .247 0.9 -1.7 -0.1
2008 MIN 27 70 244 218 29 64 9 0 4 85 19 42 0 7 0 47 0 2 .294 .340 .390 .269 10.2 0.3 1.1
2009 MIN 28 61 164 136 14 32 3 1 2 43 24 35 3 1 0 12 0 0 .235 .360 .316 .245 0.5 -2.6 -0.2
Career16450243651116131815553933916912.266.343.356.25711.6-4.00.8

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
2003 HAG A 54 217 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .314 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SJO A+ 88 387 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .345 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SJO A+ 55 237 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .344 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 NRW AA 64 247 .227 .254 .325 .399 .256 .270 91 -6.7 5.4 -0.4 -0.2 -1.6 -3.2 -0.3 -3.2 -0.3
2006 NRW AA 130 524 .261 .246 .321 .376 .260 .291 88 0.2 11.4 1.6 6.7 1.2 13.9 2.2 13.9 2.2
2007 MIN MLB 33 94 .247 .266 .327 .414 .256 .277 96 -1.4 2.8 0.4 -1.7 -2.1 0.9 -0.1 0.9 -0.1
2007 NBR AA 63 284 .294 .264 .338 .401 .262 .329 107 10.3 8.3 -1 -0.6 -1.8 14.2 1.4 14.2 1.4
2007 ROC AAA 40 147 .315 .272 .341 .414 .268 .298 94 9 4.4 -0.6 -0.8 0.6 13.1 1.2 13.1 1.2
2008 MIN MLB 70 244 .269 .271 .335 .428 .266 .335 96 2.2 7.0 0.7 0.3 -0.2 10.2 1.1 10.2 1.1
2008 ROC AAA 53 214 .315 .259 .327 .402 .261 .327 93 11.9 5.9 -0.4 1.5 0.4 20.5 2.1 20.5 2.1
2009 MIN MLB 61 164 .245 .260 .329 .417 .260 .300 104 -2.6 4.7 -0.6 -2.6 -1.1 0.5 -0.2 0.5 -0.2
2009 ROC AAA 23 89 .179 .273 .335 .410 .255 .228 112 -7.8 2.6 -1.2 0.1 -0.1 -7.1 -0.7 -7.1 -0.7
2010 COH AAA 47 187 .246 .264 .334 .408 .253 .260 108 -2.9 5.7 0.6 -1.9 -0.3 1.4 -0.0 1.5 -0.0

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
2003 HAG A 217 19 55 7 1 0 26 10 25 0 0 .275 .322 .320 .045 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SJO A+ 387 50 100 14 7 4 56 33 61 5 4 .292 .364 .408 .117 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SJO A+ 237 37 58 12 1 5 29 27 47 0 2 .282 .370 .422 .141 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 NRW AA 247 19 49 8 1 1 23 20 36 5 3 .228 .311 .288 .060 .227 -3.2 -0.2 -0.3
2006 NRW AA 524 43 121 23 3 7 49 39 75 5 4 .259 .320 .366 .107 .261 13.9 6.7 2.2
2007 MIN MLB 94 8 20 1 0 2 10 10 16 1 0 .244 .323 .329 .085 .247 0.9 -1.7 -0.1
2007 ROC AAA 147 21 41 7 0 7 22 13 11 1 0 .311 .377 .523 .212 .315 13.1 -0.8 1.2
2007 NBR AA 284 37 76 19 1 7 37 31 30 2 2 .308 .394 .478 .170 .294 14.2 -0.6 1.4
2008 MIN MLB 244 29 64 9 0 4 47 19 42 0 2 .294 .340 .390 .096 .269 10.2 0.3 1.1
2008 ROC AAA 214 27 59 12 0 8 30 20 21 1 2 .319 .406 .514 .195 .315 20.5 1.5 2.1
2009 MIN MLB 164 14 32 3 1 2 12 24 35 0 0 .235 .360 .316 .081 .245 0.5 -2.6 -0.2
2009 ROC AAA 89 6 14 0 0 1 2 11 20 0 1 .179 .281 .218 .038 .179 -7.1 0.1 -0.7
2010 COH AAA 187 19 43 9 2 4 26 17 10 0 0 .265 .335 .420 .154 .246 1.5 -1.9 -0.0

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 947 0.5385 0.4540 0.8159 0.6490 0.2243 0.9033 0.5204 0.1841
2009 690 0.5333 0.4087 0.7447 0.5978 0.1925 0.8000 0.5484 0.2553
Career16370.53630.43490.78590.62740.21090.85980.53220.2141

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-04-01 2009-04-02 Camp 1 0 Chest Soreness -
2008-09-30 2008-10-01 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness Dizziness -
2008-09-18 2008-09-21 DTD 3 3 Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2007-08-07 2007-08-23 15-DL 16 15 Right Lower Leg Infection -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 CLE $
2012 CLE $
2011 CLE $
2009 MIN $412,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$412,500
1 yrTotal$412,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 166 d

Details
  • signed as a free agent from MIN 12/2/09 (minor-league contract)
  • sent outright to Triple-A 11/3/09 recalled 9/1/09 optioned to Triple-A 8/1/09 re-signed 3/8/09, 1 year/$0.4125M (09)
  • recalled 6/12/08 optioned to Triple-A 4/30/08 recalled 4/19/08 optioned to Triple-A 3/24/08 re-signed 2/27/08, 1 year (08)
  • contract purchased 7/26/07 $0.215M signing bonus
  • So Carolina 03 3-93

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 %
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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 Buscher has spent the last two years as the Twins' primary backup at both infield corners, only playing against righties and not showing much power. That's a fairly limited skill set, and the Twins understandably removed Buscher from the 40-man roster after the season. An interesting piece of ephemera: in one of the more strange season-to-season changes you'll see, Buscher's batting average dropped by nearly 60 points last year, yet a sudden spike in his walk rate meant that his on-base percentage went up; Sixto Lezcano from 1984-85 is the only other player to do the same. Buscher is an NRI with the Indians, where he might form the platoon of gloom with Andy Marte at one corner or the other.
2009 After Mike Lamb pancaked as the Twins' starting third baseman, Buscher worked his way into a platoon role and got the bulk of the starts the rest of the way. His .205/.250/.205 line against southpaws in just 48 PAs didn't argue for expansion into a regular role (although he has hit lefties in the minors), and his .316/.362/.437 against righties seems like the gift of his .349 BABIP and a high line-drive rate, both of which might not last. In short, unless Buscher manifests some power to paper over those days in which the singles don't fall in, his career expectations are limited by when the Twins judge Luke Hughes or Danny Valencia ready for the majors.
2008 Brian Buscher came over in the Triple-A phase of the 2006 Rule 5 draft and had a career year before stalling in the majors. He's not a prospect, and even a bench role is unlikely after the Twins' winter additions.

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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Wagnerian Solutions and a Successfully Shopped ShoppachChristina Kahrl2009-12-03
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Backwater Piracy and Sabeanesque SplurgesChristina Kahrl2009-11-04
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Minnesota TwinsBaseball Prospectus2009-10-13
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Yankees versus Twins LDSJoe Sheehan2009-10-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Assorted Central MovesChristina Kahrl2009-09-06
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Balance of the AL's Major Deadline MovesChristina Kahrl2009-08-03
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Back in ActionWill Carroll2009-07-24
Game Story: Twins versus Sox, May 20Christina Kahrl2009-05-21
This article requires BP Premium accessReplacement-Level Killers: A Flash Back to YesteryearBen Lindbergh2009-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL Roster RoundupChristina Kahrl2009-04-10
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Not As Bad as it LooksWill Carroll2009-04-07
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Outside Help, AL CentralJay Jaffe2009-03-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL RoundupChristina Kahrl2009-02-24
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Hopped Up or Hopping Mad?John Perrotto2009-02-22
This article requires BP Premium accessGot Problems?: The Ones Contenders Think Are Fixed That Aren'tJay Jaffe2009-02-06
Every Given Sunday: Winter Meetings PreviewJohn Perrotto2008-12-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: West by CentralChristina Kahrl2008-08-25
Prospectus Today: Bubble BoysJoe Sheehan2008-07-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL Central Moves and IssuesChristina Kahrl2008-07-15
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: Further Adventures in Interleague MayhemJay Jaffe2008-06-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Friday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-06-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: AL Advantage, 74-51Jay Jaffe2008-06-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: All-Around Catch-Up EditionChristina Kahrl2007-08-26


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Liriano seems poised to start on Monday for the Twins... why didn't they shore up at 3B again? Is 2nd in the division just more comfortable?
(themcneills from PDX)
If that's true on Liriano, it's about damn time. As for third base, Brian Buscher has been doing a nice enough job there (.313/.342/.438) that the team should be worrying about second base (Alexi Casilla is done for the year) and shortstop (where Brendan Harris is currently playing) ahead of their third base concerns.

I think the Casilla injury is a major blow to that club. He was playing a bit over his head, but he'd really provided a nice spark for them. (Jay Jaffe)


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