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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 30)
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Birth Date9-3-1983
Height6' 2"
Weight250 lbs
Age31 years, 2 months, 23 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.92010
-0.42011
0.12012
2013
0.02014
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
2005 PIT 21 4 0 4.0 0.0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 5 2 2 0 6 0 0 1 3 4.50 2.24 2.51 1.2 0.1
2006 PIT 22 85 0 80.7 0.0 80.7 9 1 1 10 0 0 329 81 37 34 12 136 12 7 3 56 3.79 4.21 4.75 6.7 0.6
2007 PIT 23 76 0 79.0 0.0 79.0 4 7 18 3 0 0 315 64 22 20 5 92 16 6 3 64 2.28 3.10 3.61 16.6 1.7
2008 PIT 24 49 0 53.7 0.0 53.7 2 3 21 5 0 0 211 47 20 18 5 75 5 5 2 39 3.02 3.25 4.00 7.0 0.7
2009 PIT 25 57 0 54.3 0.0 54.3 4 8 27 5 0 0 251 73 36 35 10 120 17 14 3 46 5.80 4.86 5.36 -0.9 -0.1
2010 MIN 26 27 0 27.0 0.0 27.0 2 0 16 2 0 0 106 24 7 6 1 31 8 7 0 21 2.00 2.86 3.58 5.1 0.5
2010 WAS 26 47 0 46.0 0.0 46.0 3 3 26 4 0 0 199 51 20 14 5 77 9 6 0 38 2.74 3.45 3.62 3.4 0.3
2011 MIN 27 69 0 65.7 0.0 65.7 4 7 15 9 0 0 274 66 31 31 10 106 13 12 4 34 4.25 4.78 5.74 -3.5 -0.4
2012 MIN 28 30 0 29.3 0.0 29.3 1 4 14 1 0 0 120 28 13 12 5 47 4 3 0 18 3.68 4.44 5.13 0.7 0.1
Career4440439.70.0439.7293313839001821439188172536908460163193.523.904.5036.33.5

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2003 LYN A+ 1 1 5.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .231 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HIC A 12 8 42.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .425 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 WPT A- 11 11 65.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .336 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PIT MLB 4 0 4.0 2.51 145 .253 .245 .332 .397 .257 .417 100 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2005 HIC A 35 0 53.7 3.65 124 .182 .262 .341 .405 .263 .263 82 11.6 1.1 11.6 1.1
2005 ALT AA 17 0 20.0 2.46 143 .245 .263 .329 .409 .261 .349 90 7.3 0.7 7.3 0.7
2006 PIT MLB 85 0 80.7 4.75 99 .247 .269 .333 .431 .263 .280 96 7.1 0.7 6.7 0.6
2007 PIT MLB 76 0 79.0 3.61 125 .201 .271 .338 .435 .263 .260 101 16.5 1.6 16.6 1.7
2008 PIT MLB 49 0 53.7 4.00 114 .214 .267 .337 .422 .265 .264 99 7.3 0.7 7.0 0.7
2008 ALT AA 3 0 3.0 2.11 155 .057 .268 .357 .426 .268 .000 101 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2008 IND AAA 1 0 1.7 7.89 -10 .281 .253 .331 .405 .253 .000 84 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2008 PIR Rk 2 2 2.0 2.50 139 .238 .253 .329 .350 .260 .286 87 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2009 PIT MLB 57 0 54.3 5.36 77 .307 .258 .331 .415 .264 .360 96 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2010 MIN MLB 27 0 27.0 3.58 127 .218 .263 .325 .394 .252 .303 110 5.1 0.5 5.1 0.5
2010 WAS MLB 47 0 46.0 3.62 110 .277 .259 .324 .406 .268 .313 91 3.8 0.4 3.4 0.3
2011 MIN MLB 69 0 65.7 5.74 76 .258 .254 .318 .398 .257 .263 104 -3.5 -0.4 -3.5 -0.4
2012 MIN MLB 30 0 29.3 5.13 90 .235 .254 .315 .408 .259 .247 105 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2012 FTM A+ 2 1 2.0 4.20 111 .208 .254 .318 .377 .246 .143 101 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2013 COH AAA 6 0 7.0 5.57 75 .184 .251 .331 .374 .250 .250 102 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2014 CLE Rk 4 2 5.0 7.32 68 .308 .259 .340 .376 .271 .333 111 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -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
2003 LYN A+ 0 0 0 1 1 5.0 3 4 5 0 0% .231 5.4 7.2 0.0 9.0 1.40 5.40 0.0 0.0
2004 HIC A 2 3 0 12 8 42.0 82 16 27 8 0% .425 17.6 3.4 1.7 5.8 2.33 10.07 0.0 0.0
2004 WPT A- 3 5 0 11 11 65.0 84 4 33 7 0% .336 11.6 0.6 1.0 4.6 1.35 4.85 0.0 0.0
2005 PIT MLB 0 0 0 4 0 4.0 5 0 3 0 25% .417 11.2 0.0 0.0 6.8 1.25 4.50 1.2 0.1
2005 HIC A 3 4 14 35 0 53.7 47 5 39 0 60% .263 7.9 0.8 0.0 6.5 0.97 2.51 11.6 1.1
2005 ALT AA 0 2 7 17 0 20.0 21 1 26 2 55% .349 9.4 0.5 0.9 11.7 1.10 2.70 7.3 0.7
2006 PIT MLB 9 1 1 85 0 80.7 81 12 56 12 43% .280 9.0 1.3 1.3 6.2 1.15 3.79 6.7 0.6
2007 PIT MLB 4 7 18 76 0 79.0 64 16 64 5 34% .260 7.3 1.8 0.6 7.3 1.01 2.28 16.6 1.7
2008 ALT AA 0 0 0 3 0 3.0 0 1 5 0 75% .000 0.0 3.0 0.0 15.0 0.33 0.00 1.0 0.1
2008 IND AAA 0 0 0 1 0 1.7 0 3 1 0 60% .000 0.0 15.9 0.0 5.3 1.76 0.00 -0.7 -0.1
2008 PIR Rk 0 0 0 2 2 2.0 2 0 2 0 43% .286 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 1.00 0.00 1.0 0.1
2008 PIT MLB 2 3 21 49 0 53.7 47 5 39 5 33% .264 7.9 0.8 0.8 6.5 0.97 3.02 7.0 0.7
2009 PIT MLB 4 8 27 57 0 54.3 73 17 46 10 44% .360 12.1 2.8 1.7 7.6 1.66 5.80 -0.9 -0.1
2010 WAS MLB 3 3 26 47 0 46.0 51 9 38 5 49% .313 10.0 1.8 1.0 7.4 1.30 2.74 3.4 0.3
2010 MIN MLB 2 0 16 27 0 27.0 24 8 21 1 55% .303 8.0 2.7 0.3 7.0 1.19 2.00 5.1 0.5
2011 MIN MLB 4 7 15 69 0 65.7 66 13 34 10 43% .263 9.0 1.8 1.4 4.7 1.20 4.25 -3.5 -0.4
2012 MIN MLB 1 4 14 30 0 29.3 28 4 18 5 45% .247 8.6 1.2 1.5 5.5 1.09 3.68 0.7 0.1
2012 FTM A+ 1 0 0 2 1 2.0 1 0 1 0 29% .143 4.5 0.0 0.0 4.5 0.50 0.00 0.3 0.0
2013 COH AAA 0 0 0 6 0 7.0 6 1 3 1 48% .250 7.7 1.3 1.3 3.9 1.00 1.29 -0.4 -0.0
2014 CLE Rk 0 0 0 4 2 5.0 6 2 4 1 50% .333 10.8 3.6 1.8 7.2 1.60 7.20 -0.6 -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 685 0.5781 0.5124 0.8200 0.6667 0.2976 0.8939 0.5930 0.1771
2009 926 0.5821 0.5059 0.8184 0.6419 0.3152 0.8699 0.6721 0.1816
2010 1046 0.5851 0.5153 0.8163 0.6324 0.3502 0.8811 0.6513 0.1837
2011 919 0.5778 0.5082 0.8587 0.6742 0.2809 0.8994 0.7248 0.1370
2012 442 0.5498 0.5045 0.8341 0.6872 0.2814 0.8503 0.7857 0.1659
Career40180.57770.50980.82910.6560.30970.88150.67780.1695

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-03 - Minors - - Right Shoulder Recovery From Previous Injury Strain - -
2014-02-18 2014-03-31 Camp 41 0 Right Shoulder Strain - -
2013-04-21 2013-09-05 Minors 137 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Debridement 2013-06-05 -
2012-07-17 2012-09-24 15-DL 69 64 Right Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff -
2012-06-24 2012-07-13 15-DL 19 15 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2012-06-16 2012-06-23 DTD 7 6 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2012-05-15 2012-05-17 DTD 2 2 Right Arm Soreness - -
2011-06-09 2011-06-16 DTD 7 5 Right Wrist Inflammation Tendonitis -
2011-05-24 2011-05-28 DTD 4 3 Right Forearm Soreness -
2010-06-10 2010-06-16 DTD 6 5 Left Knee Soreness -
2009-05-26 2009-05-30 DTD 4 3 Right Elbow Contusion Batted Ball -
2009-05-05 2009-05-12 DTD 7 6 Right Elbow Swelling -
2008-07-02 2008-08-23 15-DL 52 45 Right Shoulder Inflammation Bursitis -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 MIN $4,500,000
2011 MIN $7,150,000
2010 WAS $3,500,000
2009 PIT $2,425,000
2008 PIT $500,000
2007 PIT $401,000
2006 PIT $327,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$18,803,000
7 yrTotal$18,803,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 17 dPaul Kinzer1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Cleveland as a free agent 10/17/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 1/31/13 (minor-league contract). May request release 3/26/13 if he will not make Major League roster. $0.1M retention bonus if he agrees to start season in minors. May opt out of contract 6/1/13 if not on Major League roster. Released by Cleveland 3/25/13. Re-signed by Cleveland as a free agent 3/26/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$4.75M (2012), plus 2013 option. Re-signed by Minnesota as a free agent 12/6/11. 12:$4.5M, 13:$6M option ($0.25M buyout). Performance bonuses based on games finished. Minnesota declined 2013 option 10/24/12.
  • 1 year/$7.15M (2011). Re-signed by Minnesota 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.5M (2010). Signed by Washington as a free agent 12/24/09. $0.425M performance bonus based on games finished. Acquired by Minnesota in trade from Washington 7/28/10 (Nationals paid Twins $0.5M in deal).
  • 2 years/$3.05M (2008-09). Signed extension with Pittsburgh 4/3/08. $0.25M signing bonus. 08:$0.5M, 09:$2.3M. 2009 performance bonus: $50,000 each for 50, 55, 60 games finished. Replaced 1 year/$435,500 deal for 2008 signed 3/08. Non-tendered by Pittsburgh 12/12/09.
  • 1 year/$0.401M (2007). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2006). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 2/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 9/05.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2002 (7-193) (Alexander HS, Douglasville, Ga.).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-12-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are the twins down on Pinto? Why all the Salty speculation or AJ before he signed? Could you see them going 3-4 years on a catcher, if so would they trade Pinto for Matt Capps like relief pitcher?
(Tim from St. Paul)
I wouldn't say they're down on Pinto. His defense could use some extra seasoning in the minors—unless I'm misremembering, he seemed to block the umpire from pitches on the corners—and it's not like they couldn't use him in conjunction with Pierzynski or Saltalamacchia. He's a solid prospect and I think they realize that. I'd be surprised if he's traded. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-10-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Matthew, Have Uehara,Balfour, and Cook,is there chance all three could close next year?
(vampires from michigan)
Absolutely. There's a chance you could close next year. Or me. Well, not me. But you! Just look at who was closing a few seasons ago. Or, heck, I'll tell you. In 2010, the top five in saves were:

1. Brian Wilson
2. Heath Bell
3. Rafael Soriano
4. Joakim Soria
5. Matt Capps

I'm sure all those guys will get shots to close and I'm sure some of them will falter (or get injured) because some of them always falter (or get injured) and will get replaced. (Matthew Kory)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)How do I value Addison Reed if I just started a dynasty rebuild? I know closers should be the first thing to go in a rebuild, but I can't help but believe he's relatively stable and likely to help me when I compete again in 2-3 years. Thanks
(JoeTinker from Chicago)
Here is a list of all closers who recorded 25 or more saves in 2010: Brian Wilson (48), Heath Bell (47), Rafael Soriano (45), Joakim Soria (43), Matt Capps (42), Neftali Feliz (40), Francisco Cordero (40), Carlos Marmol (38), Billy Wagner (37), Jonathan Papelbon (37), Kevin Gregg (37), Mariano Rivera (33), David Aardsma (31), Juan Oviedo (30), Bobby Jenks (27), Ryan Franklin (27), Brad Lidge (27), Jose Valverde (26), Francisco Rodriguez (25) and Andrew Bailey (25). (Bret Sayre)
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)when will Glen Perkins start closing?
(Abe Froman from Chicago)
As soon as the Twins create enough save opportunities for Matt Capps to implode two or three times in a two-week span. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Grand Rapids Grasshoppers ask that you peek into the future to tell us what will become of Michael Pineda. Should we just release him now, avoiding the frustration of another injury-riddled pitcher? Also, what would you do with a pitching coach who has worked with the likes of Pineda, Joakim Soria, Rich Harden, Joey Devine, Francisco Liriano, Shaun Marcum, Adam Miller, et al? lol
(GR Grasshoppers from Michigan)
Always good to hear from my favorite ex-36er. Being a Cubs fan, I'd send that pitching coach to St. Louis, of course.

You of all people I don't need to tell about the inherent riskiness of pitchers, but as I said before I think Pineda will come back strong. If I were in, say, a Strat league, I'd hang onto him. Unless you'd rather trade him for, oh, I dunno, Matt Capps. (Ken Funck)
2012-03-14 13:30:00 (link to chat)Perkins have any shot at closing for the Twins this year?
(Abe Froman from Chicago)
Nope, too many strikeouts. I'm only kind of kidding. Normally, I'd say that Perkins would be a good source of vulture saves, since Matt Capps is about as shaky as they come. But he did strike out over a batter per inning last season, and the Twins don't take too kindly to that sort of thing. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to deal with, both past or present?
(Gerald from Savannah)
Geez. That's a tough one because there are so many good guys I have dealt with in 24 years of covering baseball. I hate to leave people out but some of my favorites would have to include Sean Casey, John Burkett, Jay Bell, Craig Wilson, Jason Schmidt, Michael Barrett from the past. From the present: Jason Bay, Cole Hamels, Carlos Pena, Scott Rolen, Brandon Phillips, Nyjer Morgan, Neil Walker, Joel Hanrahan, Adam Jones, Max Scherzer, Don Kelly, Chris Perez, Adam Dunn, Matt Capps, Torii Hunter, Kurt Suzuki, Ian Kinsler. (John Perrotto)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who do you see on the Diamondbacks "buy" radar should they choose to add a player?
(Clayton from Houston)
I'll toss this name out there --- Matt Capps. He'd give them one more good arm for the back end to pair up with Putz and Hernandez. (John Perrotto)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)We Nationals fans have gotten ourselves all worked up about Drew Storen coming to the major leagues. It's an exciting development. Still, as a neutral observer, would you say that there is any more reason to expect immediate success from Storen than for other relief prospects brought up to the majors in recent years?
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
I think he'll do fine. A relief pitcher can only make so much of an impact because of the limited number of innings he will pitch but Storen should help bridge the gap from the starters to Matt Capps for now and is defintiely the closer of the future. (John Perrotto)
2010-03-23 16:30:00 (link to chat)Hi Matt What are the chances of Matt Capps and Octavio Dotel remaining as closers all year and how do you think they will do? Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, N.J.)
I never can guess when people are going to start and stop being closers. Both seem reasonably likely to keep their jobs, I guess? I wonder why Pittsburgh wouldn't want to keep Matt Capps under team control. That could be a bad sign. (Matt Swartz)
2010-03-15 16:00:00 (link to chat)Any big 2011 free agents that you particularly like? Crawford, CLee, Webb, DLee? Who should I hope my team signs. These days it seems like a big contract is almost always a bad deal. Holliday, Bay,
(Ron Lewis from Atl)
Well let’s see here. There’s this guy named Mauer who looks pretty good as a free agent. (Oh, I know, the Twins are probably going to sign him. Other names that I would love to have on my favorite team: Victor Martinez, Adam Dunn, Jayson Werth, and maybe a guy like Wilson Betemit. The big stars in position players mostly have options or are likely to be signed before they get to free agency. The free agent crop next year, isn’t a place to find game changers, but there are some good, solid players in that bunch. On the pitching side, CLee and BWebb are welcome in my clubhouse any day of the week. Preferably, every fifth day. I also still believe in Matt Capps, and he’ll be available to the highest bidder. (Russell A. Carleton)
2010-03-15 16:00:00 (link to chat)How long do you think Matt Capps stays as closer in Washington? Do you think Scott Hairston has much value this year? Thanks
(Ed from Cranford, N.J.)
The whole season for Capps. Who will come and take the job away from him? Did Scott Hairston ever have much value? (Russell A. Carleton)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christina, there are a lot of Pirates fans that are furious over the non-tendering of Matt Capps. While I am not certain he would be worth the $3.5-4M he would receive in arby, I'm wondering if it wasn't worth the risk to accept the arby price tag, hope that he returns to form and then deal him at or before the deadline. Did Huntington screw up, or is there more to this decision than meets the eye?
(karp62 from NY)
Capps really was pretty terrible last season, and at that price, there are usually better buys on the market. If you're holding onto a bounce-back possibility, he's hefty, he's had shoulder issues, and he's two years removed from 2007. Is he going to grow up to be one of the best relievers in the game? That seems unlikely. To put it another way, why pay that for Capps when J.J. Putz signed for less as a free agent? (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am an unfortunate owner of Matt Capps (and Eric Gagne-ouch). I was lucky enough to pick up Damaso Marte before the rest of the vultures in my league plucked him up. Is he the front runner to get the nod in Capps' absence? Also, what can we expect from Josh Johnson in the second half of the year?
(Brent from Scottsdale)
I'd expect nothing from Johnson - even when a pitcher comes back from TJS, there's usually a lag in his command, and that's especially true when a guy comes back earlier than expected. If you have ample room on your reserve, sure, roster him, but don't activate him until he gets a few starts in to see what's going to happen.

Marte - yes, frontrunner, but don't be surprised if there's some sort of committee at work with Yates, because Marte is a lefty. (Jeff Erickson)
2008-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just curious about your thoughts on Matt Capps or Joakim Soria as picks in fantasy baseball, particularly as they may compare to closers on better teams? They seem to have all the peripheral stats, but are on going to be on bad teams. PS - I've been stationed overseas for 3 years, and the day I get the new BP in the mail is always one of my favorits. Thanks!
(pgjuetten from Germany)
I'd rather have a solid closer on a good team than a solid closer on a bad team, so I'd take Borowski over those two. (Will Carroll)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameWhy is Matt Capps here instead of the other deserving Nats? (Steven Goldman)
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star Game...can someone tell me what just happened? Did Matt Capps start throwing left-handed at some point and I just missed it? (Colin Wyers)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Matt Capps threw 4,213 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Sinker (90mph) and Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Slider (85mph).