Biographical

Portrait of Alex Cobb

Alex Cobb PRays

Rays Player Cards | Rays Team Audit | Rays Depth Chart

2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 26)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
Subscribe today for access to projection data!
Birth Date10-7-1987
Height6' 3"
Weight200 lbs
Age26 years, 11 months, 9 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
0.62011
0.92012
1.22013
1.52014
+proj
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
2011 TBA 23 9 9 52.7 52.7 0.0 3 2 0 0 6 0 224 49 21 20 3 68 21 20 1 37 3.42 3.65 3.97 5.5 0.6
2012 TBA 24 23 23 136.3 136.3 0.0 11 9 0 0 11 2 569 130 67 61 11 191 40 38 9 106 4.03 3.62 4.34 8.1 0.9
2013 TBA 25 22 22 143.3 143.3 0.0 11 3 0 0 14 0 578 120 46 44 13 186 45 41 3 134 2.76 3.39 4.03 10.4 1.2
2014 TBA 26 24 24 147.3 147.3 0.0 9 7 0 0 15 0 602 123 48 45 9 168 42 41 8 138 2.75 3.08 4.17 12.1 1.3
Career7878479.7479.70.0342100462197342218217036613148140214153.193.394.1636.23.9

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2006 PRI Rk 6 1 8.2 5.04 102 .264 .249 .324 .364 .268 .200 97 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2007 HUD A- 16 16 81.3 5.00 86 .255 .251 .337 .364 .264 .303 95 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2008 CGA A 25 25 139.7 5.26 85 .232 .255 .320 .380 .259 .245 102 6.2 0.6 6.2 0.6
2009 PCH A+ 24 23 124.7 4.10 105 .237 .256 .331 .372 .258 .304 98 11.4 1.2 11.4 1.2
2010 MNT AA 23 22 119.7 3.71 115 .247 .270 .347 .398 .271 .342 97 23.0 2.3 23.0 2.3
2010 PES Wnt 7 7 25.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .414 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 TBA MLB 9 9 52.7 3.97 107 .245 .262 .323 .414 .266 .284 96 5.5 0.6 5.5 0.6
2011 DUR AAA 12 12 67.3 3.82 120 .211 .261 .325 .405 .254 .331 98 11.0 1.0 11.0 1.0
2012 TBA MLB 23 23 136.3 4.34 94 .256 .256 .318 .415 .263 .295 93 8.1 0.9 8.1 0.9
2012 DUR AAA 8 8 41.3 3.38 130 .259 .256 .328 .386 .253 .355 104 10.2 1.0 10.2 1.0
2013 TBA MLB 22 22 143.3 4.03 101 .236 .262 .325 .417 .272 .279 94 10.5 1.1 10.4 1.2
2013 PCH A+ 3 3 8.3 4.32 108 .232 .267 .339 .387 .268 .348 101 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2014 TBA MLB 24 24 147.3 4.17 98 .227 .255 .318 .402 .266 .281 99 12.0 1.3 12.1 1.3
2014 PCH A+ 1 1 5.0 -0.72 216 .141 .226 .280 .338 .222 .375 97 3.3 0.3 3.3 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
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
2006 PRI Rk 0 0 0 6 1 8.2 9 3 8 3 44% .200 9.9 3.3 3.3 8.8 1.46 5.49 -1.3 -0.1
2007 HUD A- 5 6 0 16 16 81.3 78 31 62 4 51% .303 8.6 3.4 0.4 6.9 1.34 3.54 1.2 0.1
2008 CGA A 9 7 0 25 25 139.7 113 35 97 16 59% .245 7.3 2.3 1.0 6.2 1.06 3.29 6.2 0.6
2009 PCH A+ 8 5 0 24 23 124.7 116 31 107 6 55% .304 8.4 2.2 0.4 7.7 1.18 3.03 11.4 1.2
2010 PES Wnt 1 3 0 7 7 25.0 31 14 30 2 0% .414 11.2 5.0 0.7 10.8 1.80 6.12 0.0 0.0
2010 MNT AA 7 5 0 23 22 119.7 120 35 128 7 55% .342 9.0 2.6 0.5 9.6 1.29 2.71 23.0 2.3
2011 DUR AAA 5 1 0 12 12 67.3 61 16 70 4 58% .331 8.2 2.1 0.5 9.4 1.14 1.87 11.0 1.0
2011 TBA MLB 3 2 0 9 9 52.7 49 21 37 3 55% .284 8.4 3.6 0.5 6.3 1.33 3.42 5.5 0.6
2012 TBA MLB 11 9 0 23 23 136.3 130 40 106 11 60% .295 8.6 2.6 0.7 7.0 1.25 4.03 8.1 0.9
2012 DUR AAA 1 4 0 8 8 41.3 44 18 44 1 57% .355 9.6 3.9 0.2 9.6 1.50 4.14 10.2 1.0
2013 PCH A+ 0 1 0 3 3 8.3 8 4 8 0 57% .348 8.6 4.3 0.0 8.6 1.44 4.32 0.9 0.1
2013 TBA MLB 11 3 0 22 22 143.3 120 45 134 13 57% .279 7.5 2.8 0.8 8.4 1.15 2.76 10.4 1.2
2014 PCH A+ 1 0 0 1 1 5.0 3 0 9 0 38% .375 5.4 0.0 0.0 16.2 0.60 0.00 3.3 0.3
2014 TBA MLB 9 7 0 24 24 147.3 123 42 138 9 57% .281 7.5 2.6 0.5 8.4 1.12 2.75 12.1 1.3

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
2011 841 0.4721 0.4328 0.8187 0.5466 0.3311 0.9401 0.6395 0.1813
2012 2164 0.4898 0.4385 0.8166 0.5679 0.3143 0.9169 0.6427 0.1823
2013 2207 0.4830 0.4483 0.7877 0.5788 0.3260 0.8914 0.6156 0.2123
2014 2313 0.4241 0.4598 0.7582 0.5973 0.3581 0.9078 0.5744 0.2380
Career75250.46560.44730.79040.57780.33310.90920.61340.2081

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-13 2014-05-22 15-DL 39 35 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2013-07-23 2013-07-23 On-Alr 0 0 Right Fingers Blister Index Finger - -
2013-06-15 2013-08-15 60-DL 61 51 - Head Concussion Batted Ball - -
2012-07-22 2012-07-27 DTD 5 4 Right Lower Leg Contusion Batted Ball - -
2011-08-07 2011-10-04 15-DL 58 50 Right Shoulder Surgery Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 2011-08-18 -
2010-04-08 2010-05-05 Minors 27 0 Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2009-08-05 2009-08-15 Minors 10 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 TBA $516,900
2013 TBA $502,200
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$502,200
2011Current$516,900
3 yrPvs + Cur$1,019,100
3 yrTotal$1,019,100

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 61 dLevinsons ACES1 year/$0.5169M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5169M (2014). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/2/14.
  • 1 year/$0.5022M (2013). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/2/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 11/19/10.
  • Drafted by Tampa Bay 2006 (Vero Beach HS, Fla.). $0.4M signing bonus.

The rest of this card is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber? Click here for a free card so you can see what's missing.

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get instant access to the best baseball content on the web.

Cancel anytime.


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .242 .306 .388 .256
11 vs R (Multi) .229 .293 .315 .226
18 Split (Multi) .013 .013 .073 .030
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .235 .294 .383 .252
31 vs R (2013) .217 .287 .305 .213
38 Split (2013) .018 .007 .077 .039
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

The rest of this card is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber? Click here for a free card so you can see what's missing.

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get instant access to the best baseball content on the web.

Cancel anytime.


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!


That's a 33% savings over the monthly price!

BP Articles

Alex Cobb is referenced in the following articles.

BP Premium requires BP Premium access to view, BP Fantasy requires BP Premium or BP Fantasy access to view

  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 15, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-09-15
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 12, 2014Chris Mosch2014-09-12
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 11, 2014Chris Mosch2014-09-11
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Progress Report Food CompsCraig Goldstein2014-09-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Progress Report Food CompsBen Carsley2014-09-10
This article requires BP Premium accessRaising Aces: Mis-PricedDoug Thorburn2014-08-29
Daily League Strategy: Petco, it's Where Daily Leaguers GoPaul Sporer2014-08-26
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 22, 2014Chris Mosch2014-08-22
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 22Wilson Karaman2014-08-22
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 21, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-08-21
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 5, 2014Chris Mosch2014-08-05
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 19Wilson Karaman2014-08-01
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: July 30, 2014Chris Mosch2014-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: July 24, 2014Chris Mosch2014-07-24
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: July 24, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-07-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the DeadlineCraig Goldstein2014-07-23
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty Dynamics: Players We're Buying at the DeadlineBen Carsley2014-07-23
Overthinking It: The BP Staff Tries to Trade, and Trade for, David PriceBaseball Prospectus2014-06-27
Overthinking It: The BP Staff Tries to Trade, and Trade for, David PriceBen Lindbergh2014-06-27
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/23Daniel Rathman2014-06-23
This article requires BP Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 13Wilson Karaman2014-06-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 10Wilson Karaman2014-05-30
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Ben Revere's RideChris Mosch2014-05-28
Daily League Strategy: Get Your PhilPaul Sporer2014-05-27
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Ray, the Rays, and the A'sDaniel Rathman2014-05-23
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Worst Sweeps FirstChris Mosch2014-05-22
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Odorizzi Blows Away the M'sNick Bacarella2014-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Odorizzi Blows Away the M'sChris Mosch2014-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Odorizzi Blows Away the M'sMorris Greenberg2014-05-15
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Expert League Assessment: First QuarterMike Gianella2014-05-12
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDeep Impact: Week FiveBen Carsley2014-05-07
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/21Nick Bacarella2014-04-21
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/21Chris Mosch2014-04-21
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/21Morris Greenberg2014-04-21
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Meltdown in MinnesotaDaniel Rathman2014-04-18
The Lineup Card: Eight Notable Early-Season InjuriesBaseball Prospectus2014-04-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: A Moran and a Wolf Walk Into a BarCraig Goldstein2014-04-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: A Moran and a Wolf Walk Into a BarR.J. Anderson2014-04-16
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-UpDaniel Rathman2014-04-07
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: The Importance of PaganDaniel Rathman2014-04-04
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: The Best Pitches Thrown This WeekSam Miller2014-04-04
The Week in Quotes: March 24-30Nick Bacarella2014-03-31
The Week in Quotes: March 24-30Chris Mosch2014-03-31
The Week in Quotes: March 24-30Morris Greenberg2014-03-31
The Week in Quotes: March 24-30Nick Wheatley-Schaller2014-03-31
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessMy Model Portfolio: Yes, I Paid for TroutWilson Karaman2014-03-31
The Week in Quotes: March 17-23Nick Wheatley-Schaller2014-03-24
The Week in Quotes: March 17-23Chris Mosch2014-03-24
The Week in Quotes: March 17-23Morris Greenberg2014-03-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Darkhorses: WinsBP Fantasy Staff2014-03-24
Pre-Season Predictions: Staff Picks for 2014Baseball Prospectus2014-03-21
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessSporer Report: My Tout Wars Team, Part OnePaul Sporer2014-03-13
LABR Recap: Part One: AL-Only AuctionMike Gianella2014-03-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Players to Avoid: Starting PitchersBP Fantasy Staff2014-02-28
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Starting PitchersIan Lefkowitz2014-02-28
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Starting PitchersJared Weiss2014-02-28
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Starting PitchersBen Murphy2014-02-28
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 175 Starting PitchersBret Sayre2014-02-27
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Three-Year Projections: Starting PitchersPaul Sporer2014-02-27
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: The Rising Cost of PitchingMike Gianella2014-02-27
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Tier Rankings: Starting PitchersPaul Sporer2014-02-25
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessState of the Position: Starting PitchersMike Gianella2014-02-24
This article requires BP Premium accessRaising Aces: Organizational Trends: Looking for Mechanical HallmarksDoug Thorburn2014-02-21
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessMock Auction Analysis: AL- and NL-Only Mike Gianella2014-02-20
Fantasy Freestyle: BP's Mixed LABR DraftBret Sayre2014-02-17
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: Fun with 2014 PECOTA ComparablesZachary Levine2014-02-13
Fantasy Experts Mock Draft: Recap and AnalysisPaul Sporer2014-02-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessSporer Report: Top 20 RisersPaul Sporer2013-12-27
Fantasy Team Preview: Tampa Bay RaysCraig Goldstein2013-12-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Looking Back: Endgame SleepersBret Sayre2013-10-17
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Preview: Red Sox at RaysBret Sayre2013-10-07
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two: Red Sox 7, Rays 4Zachary Levine2013-10-05
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Rays at Red SoxZachary Levine2013-10-04
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Recap: Rays 4, Indians 0Sam Miller2013-10-03
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: AL Wild Card Game PreviewR.J. Anderson2013-10-02
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: September 27, 2013Clint Chisam2013-09-27
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Helton Leaves HomeDaniel Rathman2013-09-26
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: September 22, 2013Clint Chisam2013-09-22
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: The Things You SeeR.J. Anderson2013-09-19
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: The A's Sweep Away TexasDaniel Rathman2013-09-16
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 25Paul Sporer2013-09-13
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Jose Fernandez's Closing ArgumentChris Mosch2013-09-12
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Jose Fernandez's Closing ArgumentAndrew Koo2013-09-12
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: September 12, 2013Clint Chisam2013-09-12
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: September 7, 2013Clint Chisam2013-09-07
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: September 1, 2013Clint Chisam2013-09-01
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 26, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-26
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 21, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-21
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Should I Play for "The Money"?Mike Gianella2013-08-20
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Recapping the Dodgers' Incredible RunDaniel Rathman2013-08-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Infielders Up, Infielders DownR.J. Anderson2013-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 16, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-16
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: The Rays Rotation Gets a BoostDaniel Rathman2013-08-16
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 11, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-11
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 10, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-10
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Rios in TexasJason Cole2013-08-09
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Rios in TexasR.J. Anderson2013-08-09
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 7, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-07
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 4, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-04
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 3, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-03
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 31, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-31
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 30, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 29, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Mailbag: Filling the VoidBP Fantasy Staff2013-07-26
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 24, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-24
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 20, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Mailbag: The Trade Market Heats UpBP Fantasy Staff2013-07-19
This article requires BP Premium accessMid-Season Outliers: Starting PitchersBaseball Prospectus2013-07-17
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 14, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-14
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 12, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-12
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 9, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-09
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 3, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-03
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 2, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-02
Overthinking It: The Rays' Changeup RevolutionBen Lindbergh2013-06-26
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Rays Outshine JaysDaniel Rathman2013-06-25
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 25, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-25
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 22, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-22
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 21, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-21
BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 49 is LivePaul Sporer2013-06-20
BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 49 is LiveJason Collette2013-06-20
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Pitchers Take the WheelJohn Perrotto2013-06-20
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 19, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-19
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 18, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-18
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 17, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-17
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 16, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-16
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 14, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-14
Fantasy Mailbag: Getting the Big FishBP Fantasy Staff2013-06-14
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 12, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-12
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 11, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-11
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Not on the Shin-Soo Choo TrainDaniel Rathman2013-06-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week 11Paul Sporer2013-06-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFive to Watch: Checking in on the Holy TrinityBret Sayre2013-06-07
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 6, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-06
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: The Bronx is BurningDaniel Rathman2013-05-31
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Ack to the MinorsR.J. Anderson2013-05-31
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 31, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-31
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Call-Up: Alex ColomeMark Anderson2013-05-30
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Call-Up: Alex ColomeMike Gianella2013-05-30
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 30, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-30
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: The All-Hit, No-Pitch RaysR.J. Anderson2013-05-29
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 27, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-27
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 23, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-23
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 22, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-22
The Week in Quotes: May 6-12Jonah Birenbaum2013-05-13
The Week in Quotes: May 6-12Pete Barrett2013-05-13
The Week in Quotes: May 6-12Andrew Koo2013-05-13
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 11, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-11
TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAPP Episode 1 (Pilot): Lincecum v. CashnerPaul Sporer2013-05-07
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 6th, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-06
The Week in Quotes: April 29-May 5Pete Barrett2013-05-06
The Week in Quotes: April 29-May 5Andrew Koo2013-05-06
The Week in Quotes: April 29-May 5Jonah Birenbaum2013-05-06
Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 5/3Ben Lindbergh2013-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 1, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-01
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Let's Play Two (Or More)!Daniel Rathman2013-04-30
Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/26Ben Lindbergh2013-04-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week FivePaul Sporer2013-04-26
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 25, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-25
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: International Feel, Vol. 1Adam Sobsey2013-04-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Springing Into ActionJason Collette2013-04-23
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 20, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-20
Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/19Ben Lindbergh2013-04-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Big Spending in FAAB LeaguesMike Gianella2013-04-17
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 15, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 13, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-13
Overthinking It: This Week in Catcher Framing, 4/12Ben Lindbergh2013-04-12
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: My American League PortfolioPaul Sporer2013-04-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Home-Style AuctioningMike Gianella2013-04-09
Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 7, 2013Joe Hamrahi2013-04-07
Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 7, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-07
Fantasy Beat: My Razzball Expert League TeamPaul Singman2013-03-30
Fantasy Mailbag: Much Ado About PitchingBP Fantasy Staff2013-03-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Twenty Endgame Targets in Various FormatsBret Sayre2013-03-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Legit ContendersAdam Sobsey2013-03-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Legit ContendersSam Miller2013-03-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Tier Rankings: American League Starting PitchersPaul Sporer2013-03-26
BP Unfiltered: My Tout Wars TeamJason Collette2013-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessRaising Aces: Trending: Over the TopDoug Thorburn2013-03-15
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Alex Cobb's Rising Auction ValueJason Collette2013-03-12
Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 80 Fantasy Starting Pitchers, Part Two: 41-80Jason Collette2013-03-08
Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 80 Fantasy Starting Pitchers, Part Two: 41-80Paul Sporer2013-03-08
Minor League Update: Games of March 7, 2013Jason Martinez2013-03-08
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: The Other Pitcher the Royals GotR.J. Anderson2013-02-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Tampa Bay Rays Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2013-02-12
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Potential Impact Rookies In 2013 (AL EAST)Jason Martinez2013-01-28
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessResident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy ShakeupsDerek Carty2013-01-03
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Ten AL Prospects Who Could Start the Season in the MajorsJason Martinez2013-01-02
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessResident Fantasy Genius: Assessing Recent Pitching MovesDerek Carty2012-12-17
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Checking in on Some Hard-Throwing, Command-Challenged Pitching ProspectsJason Martinez2012-12-17
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of November 21-25Jason Martinez2012-11-26
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Hot Stove StoriesJohn Perrotto2012-11-01
What You Need to Know: Monday, October 1Daniel Rathman2012-10-01
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessWeekly Planner: Week 25Paul Sporer2012-09-14
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessWeekly Planner: Week 24Paul Sporer2012-09-07
On the Beat: Seeing the Forst for the TreesJohn Perrotto2012-09-06
What You Need to Know: Tuesday, September 4Daniel Rathman2012-09-04
What You Need to Know: Wednesday, August 29Daniel Rathman2012-08-29
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: The A's, the Rays, and Two Different Ways to Ball on a BudgetBen Lindbergh2012-08-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessValue Picks: Starting Pitching for 8/23/12Derek Carty2012-08-23
What You Need to Know: Thursday, August 23Daniel Rathman2012-08-23
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessResident Fantasy Genius: Six Starters for the Desperate OwnerDerek Carty2012-08-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessValue Picks: Starting Pitching for 8/16/12Paul Sporer2012-08-16
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: What Your Team's Choice of Radio Broadcaster Says About YouAdam Sobsey2012-08-15
BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 16: It Is Not All LuckJason Collette2012-08-10
BP Fantasy Podcast: Episode 16: It Is Not All LuckPaul Sporer2012-08-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessWeekly Planner: Week 20Paul Sporer2012-08-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessWeekly Planner: Week 15Paul Sporer2012-07-13
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Picking the All-StarsJohn Perrotto2012-06-28
The Lineup Card: 10 Favorite ProspectsBaseball Prospectus2012-06-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessResident Fantasy Genius: Seven Magnificent Player RecommendationsDerek Carty2012-06-18
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessWeekly Planner: Week 12Paul Sporer2012-06-15
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessValue Picks: Starting Pitching for 6/14/12Paul Sporer2012-06-14
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessWeekly Planner: Week 11Paul Sporer2012-06-08
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: Slow and Steady Wins Some RacesBen Lindbergh2012-06-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessResident Fantasy Genius: Buying Alex CobbDerek Carty2012-06-04
What You Need to Know: Wednesday, May 30Daniel Rathman2012-05-30
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessValue Picks: Starting Pitching for 5/24/12Paul Sporer2012-05-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessResident Fantasy Genius: Building From the BenchDerek Carty2012-05-21
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Call-Up: Alex CobbKevin Goldstein2012-05-18
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: The Art of LosingAdam Sobsey2012-05-09
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Giants Extend BumgarnerR.J. Anderson2012-04-18
Fantasy Beat: Tout Wars and LABR AL DraftsJason Collette2012-03-27
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: Free the Bench Bats!Ben Lindbergh2012-03-15
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: LABR Draft FalloutJason Collette2012-03-05
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessResident Fantasy Genius: CBS Experts League Draft ResultsDerek Carty2012-02-29
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Tampa Bay Rays Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2012-02-20
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason PreviewR.J. Anderson2012-02-20
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason PreviewJason Collette2012-02-20
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Maddon Hopes for More October PlayJohn Perrotto2011-12-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: More Moore in St. PeteR.J. Anderson2011-12-09
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: The Season in Injuries: AL EastBen Lindbergh2011-11-28
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: The Season in Injuries: AL EastCorey Dawkins2011-11-28
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessResident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Rumor Mill for 10/24/11Derek Carty2011-10-24
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Tampa Bay RaysKevin Goldstein2011-10-05
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Tampa Bay RaysBen Lindbergh2011-10-05
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Tampa Bay RaysESPN Insider2011-10-05
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Playoff Preview EditionBen Lindbergh2011-09-30
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Playoff Preview EditionCorey Dawkins2011-09-30
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Cracking the Morse CodeCorey Dawkins2011-08-12
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Cracking the Morse CodeBen Lindbergh2011-08-12
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Nicasio's NeckCorey Dawkins2011-08-08
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Nicasio's NeckBen Lindbergh2011-08-08
Transaction Analysis Blog: Braves, Rays Make Rotation MovesR.J. Anderson2011-08-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessValue Picks: Starting Pitchers for 8/5/11Bill Baer2011-08-05
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessValue Picks: Starting Pitchers for 7/29/11Bill Baer2011-07-29
Transaction Analysis Blog: Weekend Roundup EditionR.J. Anderson2011-07-18
Transaction Analysis Blog: M's Promote SeagerR.J. Anderson2011-07-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #11Craig Brown2011-06-10
BP Unfiltered: The Paper Trail 6/1John Perrotto2011-06-01
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: Hurlers on the VergeMarc Normandin2011-05-16
Future Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 11Kevin Goldstein2011-05-12
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Tout Wars FAAB Update, 5/10Jason Collette2011-05-10
Transaction Analysis Blog: Rays Get Longoria Back, Ditch LopezR.J. Anderson2011-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of April 19Kevin Goldstein2011-04-20
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of April 14Kevin Goldstein2011-04-15


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)If we are to refer to good fastballs as "cheese", who throws cheddar, who throws blue, who throws pepperjack, and who throws the clearly inferior American cheese? Asking for a friend.
(Yung Charcuterie from Your friendly neighborhood meat store)
Cheddar would be Yordano Ventura (sharp, in your face). Blu would be Alex Cobb (best left as a complement to other ingredients). Pepperjack would be Tim Hudson (appears underwhelming but very effective). American Cheese would be Bud Norris, for sure. (Ben Carsley)
2014-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat Doug! Nick Minnix at Fangraphs brought up something interesting on Alex Cobb. He has a K-BB% of 20.4% with bases empty and 5.4% with men on base, and his HR/9 rate with men on base, is double what it is with bases empty. Wanted to see if you see something in his mechanics that would account for why he seems to be so much worse this year with when pitching from the stretch?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
From the windup, Cobb has a big leg lift and a painfully slow delivery, especially during the lift phase. But he goes slide step from the stretch, and though he is still a bit slow, the timing of his windup and stretch deliveries are very different. Throw in a shallower release point due to a shorter stride, and you have the ingredients for a big split with runners on base.

On the jukebox: Judas Priest, "Green Manalishi" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dallas Keuchel is good, but not sure he's this good. Who are some SPs you would try and target for him? Alex Cobb? Mat Latos if his 1st start back goes ok? Gerrit Cole?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Yeah, I'd probably take any of those three. I'm a little worried Cobb might still be ailing, so I might actually lean toward Latos and Cole, even though both are DL'd right now. Latos is close to returning and Cole should be back after the minimum stay, while Cobb may be headed for another DL stint if he is indeed still hurt (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)I just pushed the panic button on Kyle Zimmer and shipped him away as a part of deal to land Alex Cobb. Are you as worried as I am? He is set to miss close to a full year with shoulder problems. And shoulder problems are scary
(Matt from Cambridge)
I don't think that's a panic button if you got Cobb in the deal. I'm always worried about young arms even before they get injured because they are just SO uncertain, but throwing in injury concern really pushes me away. I'm often looking to deal young arms in my leagues for established pieces unless they are on the cusp of coming up and contributing. But I'm always trading the Giolitos of the world for in-season contributions (Paul Sporer)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've noticed that several of the Rays starters pitch from what looks like a modified version of the stretch (David Price, Alex Cobb, etc.) Is this an org. thing and do you agree with teaching it? #teamstretch
(Snake Odorizzi from Arizona)
I definitely like the idea of having a windup that is much more similar to the stretch, requiring the pitcher to master a single delivery rather than two (or more). Staying with the Rays, Jeremy Hellickson is an interesting case example, as he was much better in 2012 when he typically used a regular leg lift from the stretch (his stretch delivery was actually better than his windup), but then he started using the slide step all the time with runners on base last season. It will be interesting to see what Tampa does with Helix when he returns, as he is an excellent candidate to throw from his regular stretch (ie no slide step) at all times, regardless of the baserunner situation.

On the jukebox: The Clash, "London's Burning" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)Yoenis Yoenis. Do you see a scenario that the dude quickly unravels bats .220 till the month of June with slugging below .400? Making a run this year in my keeper league and would like to accept a trade for Alex Cobb if this is the case. I would keep Cespedes if you think I need to relax and have a cigar. 25 HR 90 RBI .280 AVG
(allangustafson from Havana)
I prefer Yoenis to Cobb unless your league slants heavily towards pitching. I think Yo can have a huge year. He's more 2012 than 2013 to me. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Archer working hard on change-up, Jake Odorizzi learning how to throw Alex Cobb's split-finger change-up, Nate Karns improving on his change-up and Jake McGee adding a change-up w/ a possibility of a curveball to his repertoire. Which one of these guys will benefit most from adding the pitch that some people are obsessed/fixated/fascinated with? If Odorizzi does indeed learn and hone "The Thing"(split-change), would this take him from a bottom-of-rotation to a 2/3 guy because he'll finally have an out-pitch?
(jlarsen from Chicagoland Area)
a killer changeup can move the needle, sure. But some times a guy is just hoping to get a half-way decent one. In theory any big league pitcher who 'learns awesome new pitch' is going to get better, change cutter knucklecurve etc, but it feels to me like Odorizzi and Archer are going to benefit the most, since they are already potential quality starters and this could put them over the top. Karns could be helped out by having a better chance to stick in the rotation, but that's not as shiny as having a chacne to be a front-line guy. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just for 2014, how would you rank Anibal Sanchez, Latos, Tanaka, Minor, Matt Moore, Alex Cobb and Homer Bailey?
(oscarbluth from Madison, WI)
I think this was a double question (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, I love reading your work. How would you rank these pitchers just for this year: Anibal Sanchez, Mat Latos, Mike Minor, Matt Moore, Homer Bailey, Tanaka and Alex Cobb?
(oscarbluth from Madison, WI)
[Sanchez, Latos, Bailey, Cobb], [Moore, Minor, Tanaka] (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Alex Cobb can take another step forward in '14?
(Dave from Boston)
He can, and is in a good org for pitcher development, but I think that he is currently being a bit overhyped. His odd pattern of leg lift adds a wrinkle of complication to his delivery that could crop up during the season to dent his pitch command. There is a lot of projection built into his expectation, but I see him as a good number 3 - and I mean that as high praise, even if it falls short of current perception. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Ben,jumping two yeas from now,can you rank this group????Tanaka,Jon Gray,Danny Salazer,Patrick Corbin,D.J.Peterson,Alex Cobb,Matt Adams and Odor.. Thanks....
(John from Boston)
ALL of the ranking questions. In two years, let's go Gray, Tanaka, Salazar, Cobb, Corbin, Adams, Odor, Peterson (Ben Carsley)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)More less LABR settings, thinking of trading one year of $7 Matt Moore and one year of Alex Cobb at $2, for three years of $7 Gregory Polanco. Worth it?
(Roy Munson from 1978 Iowa state bowling champ)
I'd keep the two starters. (Bret Sayre)
2013-09-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did Chris Archer throw any change-ups tod....oh, nevermind. In all seriousness, can you explain the weirdness going on w/ Chris Archer & Alex Cobb? They have pretty much the same ERA, but Cobb(who doesn't have the explosive repertoire of Archer) has more Ks and Archer(who can be a "nibbler") has a lower WHIP. Also, if you were Andrew Friedman and had the opportunity to sign 1 of these 2 pitchers to a long-term deal...which would be your choice?
(jlarsen from Chicagoland)
Cobb has some deception working in his favor and his splitter > Archer's change. Making me pick one, eh? I'll go Archer on the upside. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league in which I'm competing, but I'm weak at SP, I can trade 2 prospect picks, Gerrit Cole, & Brian McCann for Chris Sale and Alex Cobb. I'm leaning no because I lurve me some Cole. Still, I have Carlos Santana, and with Josh Johnson, Halladay, & Haren all disappointing, I could use the help (Rest of staff is Medlen, Moore, Gallardo, Wainwright, and CC). Should I pull the trigger?
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
I love Cole, too, but if you're in contention to win this year, you do the deal. Prospect love kills folks in these leagues bc they get married to endless cycle of the future and then they want to compete now and have future assets. Just focus on now. I'd do the deal. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have a couple starting pitchers in mind that might break out this season?
(Matt M from Malone, NY)
I do Matt from Malone. Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn, Iwakuma, Teheran, Wade Davis are some good late round names depending on your league size. (Paul Singman)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)The SP I will roster most this year is ________ because I see him as a breakout candidate relative to his ADP. The Hitter most rostered for same reasons is: _______?
(Donald Loria from Milwaukee)
I see myself owner lots of Alex Cobb and Andrew Cashner shares this year. Jacoby Ellsbury will also end up on a lot of my squads it seems. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)I love using BP's Player Forecast Manager as a major tool during a draft. In your opinion give a couple of players that PECOTA is too Bullish on as well as too Bearish
(rupertoooo from Lorton, VA)
I've been beating the Erasmo Ramirez drum all off-season but PECOTA isn't a fan; same with Alex Cobb. I think the 52 steals PECOTA has Bourn down for is a bit much given the fact Francona leans conservative in the running game. Alejandro de Aza's line surprises me as well. (Jason Collette)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Looking for some late round starting pitching. Could you list 3-5 pitchers which fall outside the top 75 who could make the biggest jump this year.
(The Piranha from Arlington, VA)
Repeating Erasmo Ramirez, Hyun Kin Ryu, Clay Buchholz, Jason Hammel, and Alex Cobb. All 5 are out of the top 75 in the PFM right now (Jason Collette)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)In your opinion who may be a few pitchers outside the top 100-150 or so that will possibly take a leap forward or make a name for themselves in 2013 that could be possible steals at the end of some drafts?
(Chris from NJ)
Using the bottom 100 names from the PFM: Lucas Harrell, Nate Eovaldi, Chris Tillman, Alex Cobb, Jason Hammel (Jason Collette)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)One break-out hitter and pitcher in each league?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Alex Cobb & Justin Maxwell ; Marco Estrada/Logan Forsythe (Jason Collette)
2013-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Name a couple of SP which fall outside the top 75 that could end up inside the top 50 this year.
(The Piranha from Amazon River)
Ricky Romero, Shelby Miller, a healthy Scott Baker, Alex Cobb, Marco Estrada (Paul Sporer)
2013-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Outside of sifting through rumors, it seems that Rays fans are split between Chris Archer and Alex Cobb. Alex Cobb has consistency, a higher "floor" and MLB track-record. Archer, on the other hand, has a higher ceiling, better "stuff" but is inconsistent throughout majority of career. Archer made improvements to his command and has improved his change-up enough to where it's an avg pitch and not irrelevant anymore. If you had to decide between the 2, who would you choose?
(jlarsen from waukegan)
Nice "problem" to have for the Rays, eh? Why make a decision before you have to in my opinion. They are both going to contribute to the Rays in 2013, and they'll need both to climb back into the postseason. Plus, different answers for short term and long term. (Dan Evans)
2012-12-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)What is your opinion of Alex Cobb? He rarely gets any love, but has a nice ground ball rate and a pretty good K/9. Is it all smoke and mirrors from the defense behind him, or is he a good pitcher flying under the radar? Oh, I know have Soul Sacrifice in my head.
(Cowbell Guy from The Seat Next To Yours)
The cowbell is downstairs in the garage, with the drum kit, if you wanna grab a drumstick and channel your inner Gene Frenkle. Cobb has a lot of the fundamental elements that I look for in a pitcher, with strong balance and average momentum, but he still has some room for improvement with release-point consistency. The glove-side is soft and erratic at times, and he is the type of pitcher who rarely lines up his ideal timing yet usually comes pretty close - he misses often, but not by much. It certainly helps to have the Tampa defense behind him, but there is also room for growth.

On the jukebox: Slayer, "Seasons in the Abyss" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-11-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Early speculation on some overvalued and undervalued players for next spring?
(Andrew from Las Vegas)
As much as I hate to say it, Mike Trout may well be overrated next year. I imagine there'll be some talk of him as number-one overall. In deep leagues, Josh Hamilton probably. Pitchers: Cueto, Miley, Harrison. Underrated, hmm, maybe Rajai Davis, Felix Doubront, Marco Estrada, Alex Cobb, and Mitch Moreland (again) (Derek Carty)
2012-10-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hello, old friend! James Shields, Jeff Niemann, Alex Torres, Cesar Ramos, Alex Cobb, Wade Davis or Chris Archer all likely not going to remain with the team past Winter Meetings, let alone Spring Training. How do the Rays better their roster, knowing there's a huge logjam of pitching and there's room for improvement offensively. James Shields kicked it up a notch after the deadline, but can the Rays withstand another horrible 1st half from him again?
(jlarsen from chicago)
I don’t think Archer is going anywhere. Part of his problem was philosophical—he pitched off his slider more than he should. He seemed to solve those after getting a taste in the big leagues and realizing his fastball plays against the big boys. Otherwise, he doesn’t fit the profile of someone they’d part with at this juncture in his career.

I do see Tampa Bay trading pitching. If you want a name I’d say Nick Hundley. San Diego has enough catching, in the majors and in the minors, to move him for value. He’d fit nicely on Tampa Bay’s roster. I don’t have a good feel for what the market at first base or DH will be like (if they don’t bring back Luke Scott). Logan Morrison’s name might pop up if Miami is tired of him. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Jeff Niemann's arm/shoulder always being a concern and being in arb. years, do you think that the Rays should cut bait on him and have Alex Cobb or Chris Archer face-off for the rotation spot in 2013?
(jlarsen from chicago)
His latest shoulder injury certainly makes it more difficult for Tampa Bay to deal him this winter, but I think he still has some value. He's pitched well in between DL stints this year and should fetch something in trade, though it'll be less than what he could have returned had he posted his 2012 numbers over 30 starts. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-06-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What would you like the Rays to do with Jeff Niemann when he returns from his injury/in 2013? Are you in Alex Cobb's camp at this point, or not convinced he's a viable replacement?
(Marc from The Internet)
Trade him, provided a team is offering fair value. Niemann’s shoulder health has concerned me for years, and I don’t think you can rely upon him for more than 20-25 starts. That has value, of course, but he seems to get overrated in circles by people who say, “If he ever stays healthy.” The problem being that he might never stay healthy.

Cobb is a fine replacement for Niemann. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-08-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Derek, gotta admit I was worried when Marc left, but you've continued to make fantasy coverage a bright spot for the site. Wondering about which call-ups over the next few weeks you think will have the biggest fantasy impact. Specifically, players like Montero who haven't been called up yet and may still be available. Thanks.
(DanDaMan from The Vineyard)
Thanks, Dan. I really appreciate the kind words.

We've seen most of the big names called up over the past couple weeks with guys like Goldschmidt, Lawrie, Trayon Robinson, and others getting the call. A few others still left in the minors that could prove valuable are Montero, Leonys Martin, Brett Jackson (if he continues hitting), Brad Peacock, Devin Mesoraco (if someone gets injured in Cincy), and maybe Matt Moore, especially with Alex Cobb done for the year. (Derek Carty)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you think Niemann will do once activated from the DL? If he's still pitching like he was before the DL, do you see the Rays making a promotion from someone in AAA, or stay with Sonnanstine?
(DaPriceIsRight from Republic of Congo)
Niemann probably won't be ready for another two-to-three weeks, if then, and I couldn't tell you if he'll be better than before when he returns. At this point, I'm not sure even they can justify running Sonnanstine out there. He lost his best asset and just doesn't look like a major league quality starter anymore. Maybe Alex Cobb and Alex Torres aren't ready, but gee, it doesn't feel like they could pitch much worse. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-04-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who makes the majors first: Alex Cobb or Alex Torres? Thoughts on either?
(Michael from Tampa)
Fun question. Will touch on this in an article soon. (Kevin Goldstein)


BP Roundtables

No BP Roundtables have mentioned this guy.

 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

A Collaboration between BrooksBaseball.net and Baseball Prospectus - Pitch classifications provided by Pitch Info LLC


Alex Cobb has thrown 7,984 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (93mph), Splitter (88mph) and Curve (82mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (93mph).