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Portrait of Raul Casanova

Raul Casanova CTigers

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
9 1201 .236 .304 .379 .235 1.5
Birth Date8-23-1972
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

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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
1996 DET 23 25 91 85 6 16 1 0 4 29 6 18 0 0 0 9 0 0 .188 .242 .341 .182 -4.4 -0.6 -0.5
1997 DET 24 101 334 304 27 74 10 1 5 101 26 48 3 1 0 24 1 1 .243 .308 .332 .218 -6.4 1.3 -0.5
1998 DET 25 16 48 42 4 6 2 0 1 11 5 10 1 0 0 3 0 0 .143 .250 .262 .182 -1.6 0.0 -0.2
2000 MIL 27 86 265 231 20 57 13 3 6 94 26 48 4 2 2 36 1 2 .247 .331 .407 .255 8.7 1.1 0.9
2001 MIL 28 71 208 192 21 50 10 0 11 93 12 29 1 3 0 33 0 0 .260 .303 .484 .264 10.3 -1.4 0.9
2002 BAL 29 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -.007 -0.2 -0.0 -0.0
2002 MIL 29 31 99 87 3 16 1 0 1 20 10 18 1 1 0 8 0 0 .184 .273 .230 .214 0.1 0.0 0.0
2005 CHA 32 6 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .127 -0.5 -0.0 -0.1
2007 TBA 34 29 89 79 12 20 1 1 6 41 7 17 1 2 0 11 0 0 .253 .315 .519 .270 5.0 -0.2 0.5
2008 NYN 35 20 61 55 5 15 2 0 1 20 6 10 0 0 0 6 0 0 .273 .344 .364 .262 3.5 0.5 0.4
Career38712011081982554053541098200119213023.236.304.379.23514.50.81.5

Advanced

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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
1991 KNG Rk 5 19 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .125 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 CMB A 5 19 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .214 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 KNG Rk 42 167 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 WLO A 76 254 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .289 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 RCU A+ 123 526 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .390 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 MEM AA 89 339 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 DET MLB 25 91 .182 .270 .339 .435 .262 .190 96 -8.1 2.8 1.4 -0.6 0.4 -4.4 -0.5 -4.4 -0.5
1996 JAX AA 8 32 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .316 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 TOL AAA 49 188 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .277 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 DET MLB 101 334 .218 .265 .336 .417 .261 .274 98 -15.3 9.2 5.7 1.3 -5.4 -6.4 -0.5 -6.4 -0.5
1997 TOL AAA 0 44 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .219 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 DET MLB 16 48 .182 .249 .316 .397 .249 .161 96 -4.1 1.3 0.8 0.0 0.2 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
1998 TOL AAA 0 196 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .272 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 LAK A+ 0 13 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 TOL AAA 0 168 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .214 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 MIL MLB 86 265 .255 .268 .340 .430 .257 .285 97 -1.6 7.3 4.3 1.1 0.4 8.7 0.9 8.7 0.9
2000 IND AAA 0 81 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .276 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 MIL MLB 71 208 .264 .258 .325 .418 .259 .252 99 0.9 5.6 3.2 -1.4 0.7 10.3 0.9 10.3 0.9
2002 BAL MLB 2 1 -.007 .222 .302 .375 .239 .000 96 -0.3 0.0 0 -0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2002 MIL MLB 31 99 .214 .263 .327 .409 .258 .217 97 -4.9 2.5 1.7 0.0 -0.9 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2002 IND AAA 14 48 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .343 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CSP AAA 60 210 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 OTT AAA 26 104 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .315 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 OMA AAA 58 243 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .362 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PAW AAA 23 85 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .328 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHA MLB 6 5 .127 .251 .308 .366 .245 .250 102 -0.7 0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2005 CHR AAA 70 255 .251 .264 .331 .416 .250 .257 107 -2.3 6.7 3.3 -0.4 -0.6 8.3 0.7 8.3 0.7
2006 STO A+ 2 8 .298 .280 .329 .445 .288 .500 95 0.3 0.2 0.1 -0.0 -0.4 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2006 MID AA 2 11 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .182 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 SAC AAA 4 16 .188 .265 .336 .419 .260 .308 97 -1.2 0.5 0.1 -0.0 0.2 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2007 TBA MLB 29 89 .270 .254 .323 .406 .253 .241 102 1 2.6 1.3 -0.2 0.1 5.0 0.5 5.0 0.5
2007 DUR AAA 44 153 .270 .261 .335 .408 .266 .346 95 1.7 4.5 2.4 -0.4 -3.6 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
2008 NYN MLB 20 61 .262 .262 .332 .409 .264 .318 94 0.1 1.8 0.9 0.5 -0.1 3.5 0.4 3.5 0.4
2008 NWO AAA 44 168 .275 .271 .349 .429 .257 .341 101 2.8 5.2 0.2 -0.2 -1.6 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3

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
1991 KNG Rk 19 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 10 0 0 .056 .105 .056 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 CMB A 19 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 .167 .211 .167 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 KNG Rk 167 25 37 9 1 4 27 26 25 3 1 .270 .401 .438 .168 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 WLO A 254 32 58 12 0 6 30 21 46 0 1 .256 .315 .388 .132 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 RCU A+ 526 83 160 27 2 23 120 43 97 1 4 .340 .405 .552 .212 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 MEM AA 339 42 83 18 0 12 44 25 51 4 1 .271 .334 .448 .176 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 DET MLB 91 6 16 1 0 4 9 6 18 0 0 .188 .242 .341 .153 .182 -4.4 -0.6 -0.5
1996 JAX AA 32 5 10 2 0 4 9 2 7 0 0 .333 .375 .800 .467 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 TOL AAA 188 23 44 11 0 8 28 20 24 0 1 .273 .359 .491 .217 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 DET MLB 334 27 74 10 1 5 24 26 48 1 1 .243 .308 .332 .089 .218 -6.4 1.3 -0.5
1997 TOL AAA 44 1 8 0 0 1 3 3 8 0 0 .195 .250 .268 .073 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 DET MLB 48 4 6 2 0 1 3 5 10 0 0 .143 .250 .262 .119 .182 -1.6 0.0 -0.2
1998 TOL AAA 196 17 44 8 0 7 26 22 28 0 1 .257 .352 .427 .170 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 LAK A+ 13 3 6 2 0 1 6 0 1 0 0 .500 .538 .917 .417 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 TOL AAA 168 21 33 9 0 6 23 7 28 0 0 .206 .244 .375 .169 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 MIL MLB 265 20 57 13 3 6 36 26 48 1 2 .247 .331 .407 .160 .255 8.7 1.1 0.9
2000 IND AAA 81 10 21 2 0 5 12 7 10 0 1 .288 .358 .521 .233 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 MIL MLB 208 21 50 10 0 11 33 12 29 0 0 .260 .303 .484 .224 .264 10.3 -1.4 0.9
2002 BAL MLB 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.007 -0.2 -0.0 -0.0
2002 MIL MLB 99 3 16 1 0 1 8 10 18 0 0 .184 .273 .230 .046 .214 0.1 0.0 0.0
2002 IND AAA 48 2 12 4 0 0 8 3 8 0 0 .279 .326 .372 .093 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 OTT AAA 104 12 26 5 0 3 14 10 15 0 0 .286 .369 .440 .154 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CSP AAA 210 25 58 20 0 4 36 14 21 0 0 .301 .349 .466 .166 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 OMA AAA 243 37 74 12 0 10 49 15 36 1 0 .332 .382 .520 .188 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PAW AAA 85 4 20 2 1 1 9 10 15 0 0 .270 .357 .365 .095 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHR AAA 255 25 62 13 0 13 42 20 29 0 0 .266 .327 .489 .223 .251 8.3 -0.4 0.7
2005 CHA MLB 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 .127 -0.5 -0.0 -0.1
2006 MID AA 11 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .182 .182 .273 .091 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 SAC AAA 16 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 .188 -0.6 -0.0 -0.1
2006 STO A+ 8 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 .429 .500 .429 .000 .298 0.5 -0.0 0.0
2007 DUR AAA 153 14 41 9 0 5 21 12 32 0 0 .291 .346 .461 .170 .270 2.5 -0.4 0.2
2007 TBA MLB 89 12 20 1 1 6 11 7 17 0 0 .253 .315 .519 .266 .270 5.0 -0.2 0.5
2008 NWO AAA 168 18 46 12 0 4 23 11 29 0 0 .295 .345 .449 .154 .275 3.0 -0.2 0.3
2008 NYN MLB 61 5 15 2 0 1 6 6 10 0 0 .273 .344 .364 .091 .262 3.5 0.5 0.4

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 210 0.4810 0.4211 0.7955 0.6139 0.2385 0.8871 0.5769 0.2045
Career2100.4810.42110.79550.61390.23850.88710.57690.2045

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2002-05-17 2002-08-23 60-DL 98 85 Left Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament - -
2002-05-07 2002-05-12 DTD 5 4 - Ankle Sprain - -
2001-08-11 2001-10-07 60-DL 57 48 Right Knee Surgery Meniscus and Cyst 2001-08-28 -
2001-07-25 2001-07-28 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Illness - -
2001-06-11 2001-06-19 DTD 8 7 - Elbow Soreness - -
2001-04-15 2001-04-17 DTD 2 1 - Hand Contusion - -
1999-04-05 1999-07-14 60-DL 100 88 - Trunk Surgery Fractured 7th Rib Caused By Benign Tumor - -
1998-08-07 1998-08-07 On-Alr 0 0 Right Wrist Fracture Hamate - -
1998-07-21 1998-09-27 15-DL 68 64 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
1998-04-25 1998-07-16 60-DL 82 72 Right Abdomen Strain - -
1996-06-19 1996-09-04 15-DL 77 69 Left Wrist Surgery Fractured Hamate 1996-06-22 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 TBA $410,000
2002 MIL, BAL $850,000
2001 MIL $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,660,000
3 yrTotal$1,660,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 90 d

Details
  • designated for assignment 6/10/08 contract purchased 5/22/08 sent outright to Triple-A 5/13/08 designated for assignment 5/9/08 contract purchased 3/30/08 signed as a free agent from TB 12/12/07 (minor-league contract)
  • designated for assignment 10/29/07 contract purchased 9/12/07 designated for assignment 7/27/07
  • contract purchased 6/4/07
  • signed as a free agent from OAK 1/07, 1 year/$0.41M (07) (minor-league contract, $10K/mo min, $12K/mo major league contract)
  • may req release if not on major league ros 6/15/07
  • out clause to sign with foreign club for $0.1M
  • performance bonus:$5K each 20,30,40,50 g
  • sent to minor-league camp 3/06 signed as a free agent from CHW 1/06, 1 year/$0.375M (06) (minor-league contract)
  • contract purchased 9/05 signed as a free agent from KC 1/05 (minor-league contract) acquired in trade from BOS 6/04 signed as a free agent from BAL 5/04 (minor-league contract) signed as a free agent from COL 8/03 (minor-league contract) signed as a free agent from COL 8/03 (minor-league contract)
  • optioned to Triple-A 3/03 released 10/02 signed 9/02 released-MIL 9/02 designated for assignment 8/02 1 year/$0.85M (02) signed 12/01

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 )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 Raul Casanova did a good job as the team's backup catcher at the start of the season, but got just 11 major league plate appearances after Ramon Castro returned, and was passed over in favor of Robinson Cancel later in the season.
2008 After getting a grand total of five big-league plate appearances over the preceding four seasons, Casanova got semi-regular time as Tampa's backup catcher last year and slugged over .500. Despite that, his defensive shortcomings demonstrated why he wasn't getting much playing time in the first place, and Tampa designated him for assignment, not once but twice, properly identifying that slugging percentage as a small-sample fluke.
2003 Once upon a time, Casanova was a touted prospect for his bat. As is distressingly common with catchers, it never happened. The Orioles claimed him off of waivers last September to give them catching depth down the stretch. “Having depth” doesn’t automatically mean using it, though, as he just sat at the end of the bench every day. He’ll be a waiver-wire pickup again in 2003.
2002 Just when it began to look like Davey Lopes was getting a clue, in that Lopes recognized that his lineup was better off with Casanova than with Henry Blanco, a knee injury ended Casanova’s season in mid-August. Casanova had some good times in Miller Park that might heighten people’s expectations, but he is better off as a solid caddy.
2001 It gives little comfort to know that if and when Henry Blanco slumps his way back to the bench, his at-bats will go to Raul Casanova. What Casanova did last year is about all that can be expected from him. He hits a lot of ground balls and isn’t a very good defensive catcher; he switch-hits, so he’ll likely stick around.
2000 Essentially finished as a prospect, Casanova best serves as a reminder of how pointless Randy Smith’s obsession with his former team’s players was. Free to go as a minor-league free agent, Casanova has to hope somebody remembers his big 1994 and gives him a shot.
1999 He’s got one season on his resume that suggests he can hit, and that was in A-ball four years ago. Fair defense, and one of the few switch-hitting catchers in the game today, but the Tigers have lost patience with him. He isn’t out of chances yet, but they’re punching “Hell’s Bells” into the sound system as we speak.
1998 A stocky catcher entering his make-or-break year. Casanova has the potential to hit for a lot more power than he’s demonstrated in the majors thus far. No huge platoon split. A team could certainly do a lot worse at catcher. Raul may not develop, but he definitely could break out and become a star, combining good defense with above average hitting. He’s got the next 1000 plate appearances to do it.
1997 Casanova achieved prospect status with a monster 1994 season, but his numbers were inflated some by playing in the hitter-happy California League. Still, switch-hitting catchers with power are roughly as common as family fare on Fox, and the Tigers did well to get him in the Nieves deal. Threw out only 22% of basestealers last year. His Vlad is probably a bit optimistic, but the Tigers would be fools not to give him 400 at bats to find out.
1996  We've got six years of data. Five say he's not a real prospect, one says he's at least a minor one. That 1994 was good, but when a 21-year-old four-year pro has a big year in A ball, some skepticism is called for. Good defensive reputation. Traded to Detroit, where he'll have a clearer shot at a major league job.

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This article requires BP Premium accessCaribbean Series 2009: PreviewDerek Jacques2009-02-02
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Transaction of the Day: AL East RoundupChristina Kahrl2007-09-15
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: Rookies and CyclesNate Silver2007-08-23
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Swaps and MovesChristina Kahrl2007-07-28
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Transaction of the Day: Roster Reviews of the EastsChristina Kahrl2007-04-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL West Catchup and Recent AL MovesChristina Kahrl2007-02-07
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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Wests, etc.Christina Kahrl2005-03-25
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Teams: A Critical Guide: In Which Darin Erstad is QueriedSteven Goldman2004-08-27
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: June 25-27Christina Kahrl2004-06-30
Transaction Analysis: March 16-21, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-03-23
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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-04-09
Transaction Analysis: September 11-15, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-09-17
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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 16-19, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-05-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Feature: Box Work: Rally KillersKeith Scherer2002-05-21
6-4-3: managing.comGary Huckabay2002-05-02
1997 Internet Baseball Awards™ Results: Your ballots have been counted, and the results are inGreg Spira1997-11-10


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 1060 0 -0.5 -3.0 625 -0.1 -0.1 -0.6 -0.5 -3.6

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