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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 33)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
35.7 3.54 1.26 30 2 1 0 0.3
Birth Date9-9-1980
Height6' 4"
Weight240 lbs
Age34 years, 1 months, 16 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.22010
0.42011
0.12012
2013
0.32014
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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 CIN 24 57 0 58.0 0.0 58.0 4 1 1 3 0 0 265 84 33 29 5 121 11 9 5 26 4.50 4.04 4.64 7.7 0.7
2006 CIN 25 81 0 78.0 0.0 78.0 6 7 8 4 0 0 340 85 34 31 7 130 27 22 2 60 3.58 3.85 4.03 11.6 1.1
2007 CIN 26 58 0 51.0 0.0 51.0 2 1 0 4 0 0 242 70 36 33 12 110 19 15 5 43 5.82 5.96 6.29 -2.8 -0.3
2008 CIN 27 17 0 19.3 0.0 19.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 87 25 13 13 4 43 6 6 1 8 6.05 6.05 7.24 -3.2 -0.3
2008 MIL 27 9 0 7.3 0.0 7.3 1 0 0 1 0 0 29 6 0 0 0 6 2 2 0 7 0.00 2.01 0.49 2.4 0.2
2009 MIL 28 78 0 83.7 0.0 83.7 4 4 2 4 0 0 336 76 28 27 8 114 21 18 3 65 2.90 3.61 4.37 4.8 0.3
2010 MIL 29 69 0 62.3 0.0 62.3 2 4 0 3 0 0 274 65 40 33 8 108 23 18 3 56 4.76 4.23 4.47 1.8 0.2
2011 WAS 30 69 0 59.7 0.0 59.7 5 1 0 4 0 0 254 55 25 24 4 79 20 17 1 46 3.62 3.38 3.83 3.3 0.4
2012 LAN 31 23 0 19.3 0.0 19.3 1 0 0 0 0 0 83 17 11 10 1 27 9 8 2 18 4.66 3.65 4.10 0.6 0.1
Career4610438.70.0438.72518112300191048322020049738138115223294.104.124.5826.32.4

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 GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1998 BIL Rk 3 2 12.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BIL Rk 14 2 33.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DYT A 38 5 80.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DYT A 39 0 56.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .364 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 POT A+ 11 0 23.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .276 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CHT AA 40 0 45.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .284 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 LOU AAA 15 0 13.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SCO Wnt 12 0 22.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CIN MLB 57 0 58.0 4.64 104 .295 .268 .327 .427 .261 .362 106 7.8 0.8 7.7 0.7
2005 LOU AAA 8 0 8.7 4.67 96 .236 .272 .333 .437 .251 .280 84 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2006 CIN MLB 81 0 78.0 4.03 114 .261 .270 .336 .434 .267 .320 96 11.6 1.1 11.6 1.1
2007 CIN MLB 58 0 51.0 6.29 72 .302 .272 .337 .427 .261 .356 103 -2.8 -0.3 -2.8 -0.3
2007 LOU AAA 19 0 27.0 3.26 125 .170 .249 .321 .380 .249 .239 99 5.3 0.5 6.7 0.8
2008 CIN MLB 17 0 19.3 7.24 48 .318 .260 .325 .409 .258 .309 102 -3.2 -0.3 -3.2 -0.3
2008 MIL MLB 9 0 7.3 0.49 190 .200 .253 .310 .381 .246 .300 103 2.4 0.2 2.4 0.2
2008 LOU AAA 34 0 39.3 4.08 105 .277 .264 .330 .406 .264 .370 91 5.3 0.5 6.3 0.6
2009 MIL MLB 78 0 83.7 4.37 102 .224 .263 .331 .418 .263 .285 98 4.5 0.5 4.8 0.3
2010 MIL MLB 69 0 62.3 4.47 94 .281 .254 .314 .389 .262 .310 96 2.1 0.2 1.8 0.2
2010 NAS AAA 1 0 1.0 1.87 163 -.004 .265 .346 .434 .263 .000 97 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2011 WAS MLB 69 0 59.7 3.83 106 .246 .249 .311 .379 .255 .279 97 3.3 0.4 3.3 0.4
2012 LAN MLB 23 0 19.3 4.10 96 .265 .255 .316 .408 .261 .302 91 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2012 RCU A+ 2 2 2.0 4.12 117 .245 .279 .351 .434 .278 .429 100 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2014 TAC AAA 36 0 37.3 3.65 121 .222 .281 .345 .431 .272 .252 89 6.8 0.7 6.8 0.7

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
1998 BIL Rk 0 0 0 3 2 12.0 13 1 8 1 0% .000 9.8 0.8 0.8 6.0 1.17 3.00 0.0 0.0
2001 BIL Rk 2 2 1 14 2 33.3 34 15 33 2 0% .000 9.2 4.1 0.5 8.9 1.47 3.51 0.0 0.0
2002 DYT A 6 4 2 38 5 80.3 78 25 62 8 0% .293 8.7 2.8 0.9 6.9 1.28 3.59 0.0 0.0
2003 POT A+ 0 2 2 11 0 23.0 16 3 21 0 0% .276 6.3 1.2 0.0 8.2 0.83 1.96 0.0 0.0
2003 DYT A 3 3 9 39 0 56.0 61 14 53 1 0% .364 9.8 2.2 0.2 8.5 1.34 2.25 0.0 0.0
2004 CHT AA 4 1 20 40 0 45.3 36 4 53 3 0% .284 7.2 0.8 0.6 10.5 0.88 2.38 0.0 0.0
2004 LOU AAA 1 0 4 15 0 13.7 15 2 11 1 0% .326 9.9 1.3 0.7 7.2 1.24 5.26 0.0 0.0
2004 SCO Wnt 3 1 0 12 0 22.3 20 5 14 2 0% .000 8.1 2.0 0.8 5.7 1.12 4.44 0.0 0.0
2005 CIN MLB 4 1 1 57 0 58.0 84 11 26 5 54% .362 13.0 1.7 0.8 4.0 1.64 4.50 7.7 0.7
2005 LOU AAA 0 0 3 8 0 8.7 8 2 5 1 50% .280 8.3 2.1 1.0 5.2 1.15 5.17 0.7 0.1
2006 CIN MLB 6 7 8 81 0 78.0 85 27 60 7 52% .320 9.8 3.1 0.8 6.9 1.44 3.58 11.6 1.1
2007 LOU AAA 2 0 1 19 0 27.0 17 5 25 0 56% .239 5.7 1.7 0.0 8.3 0.81 1.33 6.7 0.8
2007 CIN MLB 2 1 0 58 0 51.0 70 19 43 12 59% .356 12.4 3.4 2.1 7.6 1.75 5.82 -2.8 -0.3
2008 CIN MLB 0 0 0 17 0 19.3 25 6 8 4 57% .309 11.6 2.8 1.9 3.7 1.60 6.05 -3.2 -0.3
2008 MIL MLB 1 0 0 9 0 7.3 6 2 7 0 65% .300 7.4 2.5 0.0 8.6 1.09 0.00 2.4 0.2
2008 LOU AAA 3 3 2 34 0 39.3 49 15 43 4 56% .370 11.2 3.4 0.9 9.8 1.63 4.35 6.3 0.6
2009 MIL MLB 4 4 2 78 0 83.7 76 21 65 8 53% .285 8.2 2.3 0.9 7.0 1.16 2.90 4.8 0.3
2010 NAS AAA 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 0 0 1 0 100% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0.00 0.00 0.3 0.0
2010 MIL MLB 2 4 0 69 0 62.3 65 23 56 8 49% .310 9.4 3.3 1.2 8.1 1.41 4.76 1.8 0.2
2011 WAS MLB 5 1 0 69 0 59.7 55 20 46 4 44% .279 8.3 3.0 0.6 6.9 1.26 3.62 3.3 0.4
2012 RCU A+ 0 1 0 2 2 2.0 3 0 1 0 57% .429 13.5 0.0 0.0 4.5 1.50 4.50 1.0 0.1
2012 LAN MLB 1 0 0 23 0 19.3 17 9 18 1 61% .302 7.9 4.2 0.5 8.4 1.34 4.66 0.6 0.1
2014 TAC AAA 4 1 11 36 0 37.3 31 16 34 3 54% .252 7.5 3.9 0.7 8.2 1.26 1.93 6.8 0.7

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 429 0.3986 0.4569 0.7704 0.6901 0.3023 0.8983 0.5769 0.2296
2009 1209 0.4665 0.4669 0.7766 0.6188 0.3333 0.9226 0.5395 0.2199
2010 1005 0.4468 0.4488 0.7428 0.6102 0.3183 0.8686 0.5480 0.2550
2011 962 0.5177 0.4428 0.7864 0.6124 0.2608 0.8689 0.5785 0.2089
2012 320 0.4813 0.4438 0.7817 0.5974 0.3012 0.9239 0.5200 0.2183
Career39250.46780.45340.77010.62110.30570.89310.55370.2271

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-07-03 2012-10-04 60-DL 93 81 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2012-07-26 -
2012-04-14 2012-04-30 15-DL 16 14 Right Knee Inflammation - -
2011-05-16 2011-05-18 DTD 2 1 Right Elbow Contusion Batted Ball -
2011-04-09 2011-04-24 15-DL 15 12 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2010-05-30 2010-06-20 15-DL 21 19 Right Thumb Contusion -
2010-04-01 2010-04-02 Camp 1 0 Head Punctured Eardrum -
2008-07-28 2008-08-22 Minors 25 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2005-06-26 2005-06-27 DTD 1 1 Left Lower Leg Contusion Calf Batted Ball - -
2001-05-01 2001-06-26 Minors 56 0 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery - Start Date Approximate 2000-05-08 -
2000-05-01 2000-09-01 Minors 123 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2000-05-08 -
1999-08-13 1999-09-01 Minors 19 0 Right Elbow Surgery Debridement 1999-08-13 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 LAN $
2012 LAN $1,000,000
2011 WAS $1,350,000
2010 MIL $2,025,000
2009 MIL $800,000
2008 CIN $925,000
2007 CIN $407,500
2006 CIN $339,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$6,846,500
7 yrTotal$6,846,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 24 dBeverly Hills Sports Council2013

Details
  • 1 year/$1.3M (2012), plus 2013 club option. Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/3/12. 12:$1M, 13:$2.5M club option, $0.3M buyout. LA Dodgers declined 2013 option 10/29/12.
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2011). Signed by Washington as a free agent 1/24/11. Performance bonuses based on relief appearances: $75,000 each for 60, 65 g. $0.125M for 75 g.
  • 1 year/$2.025M (2010). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/21/10 (avoided arbitration, $2.45M-$1.7M). $50,000 in performance bonuses. Non-tendered by Milwaukee 12/2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2009). Re-signed by Milwaukee 12/10/08 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 20, 30, 40, 50 games. $50,000 each for 60, 70 games.
  • 1 year/$0.925M (2008). Signed extension with Cincinnati 4/07. $0.6M in performance bonuses. Claimed by Milwaukee off waivers from Cincinnati 9/9/08.
  • 1 year/$0.4075M (2007). Re-signed 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.339M (2006). Re-signed 2/06.

2014 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 3.6 1.7 0.4 64 0 56.4 41 13 47 4 .258 0.95 2.36 2.56 13.5 1.4
80o 3.1 1.4 0.3 57 0 50.0 39 12 41 4 .273 1.03 2.70 2.93 9.6 1.0
70o 2.8 1.2 0.3 52 0 45.5 38 12 38 4 .284 1.09 2.95 3.2 7.1 0.7
60o 2.5 1.1 0.3 47 0 41.7 36 11 34 4 .294 1.14 3.16 3.44 5.3 0.5
50o 2.3 1 0.2 44 0 38.3 35 11 32 4 .302 1.18 3.37 3.66 3.7 0.4
40o 2.1 0.9 0.2 40 0 34.9 33 10 29 3 .311 1.23 3.57 3.88 2.4 0.2
30o 1.8 0.7 0.2 36 0 31.4 31 9 26 3 .321 1.29 3.80 4.13 1.2 0.1
20o 1.6 0.6 0.1 31 0 27.4 28 9 23 3 .332 1.35 4.06 4.41 0.1 0.0
10o 1.2 0.5 0.1 25 0 22.0 24 7 18 3 .347 1.44 4.44 4.82 -1.1 -0.1
Weighted Mean2.310.243037.53410313.3001.173.343.633.80.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
17% 37% 31% 12% 90%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20153431057050501640551.3181.314.054.408.92.97.20.90.3
20163531066058541645551.3011.213.473.778.42.57.00.80.8
20173631063056531741651.3011.263.954.308.62.76.61.00.4
20183731051045451232551.3121.283.934.279.12.46.41.00.4
20193831051045441232551.3091.253.834.178.92.46.41.00.4
20203921048042421231451.3151.283.954.298.92.66.60.90.3
20214031050044441331551.3131.314.114.479.12.76.41.00.2
20224121046041411228551.3061.304.124.489.12.76.21.10.2
20234221041036371125451.3111.334.324.709.22.86.21.00.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
13.110.7129.54.28.649.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 84)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 94 Dave Smith 1988 4.08
2 93 Ramon Hernandez 1974 2.88
3 93 Mike Timlin 1999 4.29
4 93 Jose Mesa 1999 5.50
5 92 Jon Rauch 2012 4.37
6 92 Mike Marshall 1976 4.35
7 91 Matt Wise 2009 0.00 DNP
8 90 Brandon Lyon 2013 5.24
9 90 Hoyt Wilhelm 1956 4.77
10 90 Tim Burke 1992 5.61
11 89 Jeff Shaw 2000 4.55
12 89 Jason Grilli 2010 0.00 DNP
13 89 Kevin Gregg 2011 5.28
14 89 Pedro Feliciano 2010 3.45
15 88 Mike Jackson 1998 1.55
16 88 Hideki Okajima 2009 3.39
17 88 Matt Lindstrom 2013 3.41
18 87 Ricardo Rincon 2003 3.42
19 87 J.J. Putz 2010 3.00
20 87 Chad Qualls 2012 5.85
21 87 Sparky Lyle 1978 3.71
22 87 Matt Guerrier 2012 3.86
23 87 Mike Henneman 1995 2.32
24 86 John Grabow 2012 0.00 DNP
25 86 Joe Sambito 1985 15.19
26 86 Jim Mecir 2003 6.08
27 86 Danys Baez 2011 7.00
28 86 Rudy Seanez 2002 6.82
29 86 Bob Wickman 2002 5.77
30 86 Jason Frasor 2011 3.90
31 85 Fernando Rodney 2010 4.37
32 85 Will Ohman 2011 4.39
33 85 Carl Willis 1994 7.28
34 85 Matt Thornton 2010 2.67
35 85 Jim Brosnan 1963 3.24
36 85 Jay Howell 1989 1.69
37 85 Eric Plunk 1997 5.07
38 85 Braden Looper 2008 4.57
39 85 Steve Reed 1998 3.25
40 85 Brendan Donnelly 2005 4.13
41 84 Jeremy Affeldt 2012 3.27
42 84 Paul Shuey 2004 0.00 DNP
43 84 Joey Eischen 2003 4.58
44 84 Jerry Don Gleaton 1991 4.42
45 83 Scot Shields 2009 7.13
46 83 Mike Maddux 1995 4.74
47 83 Joaquin Benoit 2011 3.39
48 83 Paul Quantrill 2002 3.17
49 83 Roy Face 1961 4.21
50 82 Bob Howry 2007 3.43
51 82 Jeff Montgomery 1995 3.84
52 82 Joe Borowski 2004 8.02
53 82 Willie Hernandez 1988 3.33
54 82 Rafael Soriano 2013 3.24
55 82 Justin Speier 2007 3.06
56 82 Andy McGaffigan 1990 5.29
57 82 Grant Jackson 1976 2.42
58 82 Aaron Heilman 2012 0.00 DNP
59 82 Rafael Betancourt 2008 5.32
60 82 Damaso Marte 2008 4.02
61 82 Mark Eichhorn 1994 2.54
62 82 Roberto Hernandez 1998 4.16
63 82 Geoff Geary 2010 0.00 DNP
64 81 Scott Linebrink 2010 4.87
65 81 Joe Hoerner 1970 3.28
66 81 Jose Valverde 2011 2.61
67 81 Heath Bell 2011 2.87
68 81 Guillermo Mota 2007 5.92
69 81 Chuck McElroy 2001 6.36
70 80 George Sherrill 2010 7.43
71 80 Doug Jones 1990 2.77
72 80 Bruce Ruffin 1997 6.14
73 80 Donnie Moore 1987 4.05
74 80 Doug Brocail 2000 4.44
75 80 Phil Regan 1970 5.35
76 80 Gene Garber 1981 3.53
77 80 Tug McGraw 1978 3.91
78 80 Roy Lee Jackson 1987 0.00 DNP
79 80 Hank Aguirre 1964 4.23
80 80 Matt Belisle 2013 4.56
81 80 Brian Fuentes 2009 3.93
82 80 Bill Landrum 1991 3.77
83 79 Jerry Dipoto 2001 0.00 DNP
84 79 Scott Schoeneweis 2007 5.49
85 79 John Hiller 1976 2.75
86 79 Ken Sanders 1975 2.30 DNP
87 79 Rich Gossage 1985 2.39
88 79 Michael Gonzalez 2011 5.23
89 79 J.C. Romero 2009 3.24
90 79 Rick White 2002 4.74
91 79 Aaron Fultz 2007 2.92
92 79 Jeff Russell 1995 3.31
93 79 Bob Locker 1971 3.38
94 79 Ray King 2007 4.76
95 79 Dennys Reyes 2010 3.55
96 78 Mike James 2001 5.68
97 78 Eric Gagne 2009 0.00 DNP
98 78 Todd Jones 2001 5.16
99 78 Norm Charlton 1996 4.52
100 78 Jesus Colome 2011 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Dodgers fans yearning for a supersized reliever to fill the Jonathan Broxton-shaped voids in their hearts quickly got their fill of Coffey. The massive redhead's sprints from the bullpen were the most entertaining part of his game. He was hit hard by righties in his limited stint, the latest chapter in his up-and-down career. He did two stretches on the disabled list, one for knee inflammation and the other for elbow soreness that wound up requiring Tommy John surgery in mid-July. The Dodgers declined his $2.5 million option.
2012 The Nationals claim to have liked Coffey more in a usage pattern where he went more often, but for fewer batters. They apparently didn't discover this until somewhat later in the season. Coffey's slider is tough for righties to track. He's a big guy, and pretty much the definition of bullpen filler. He'll catch on somewhere as either a guy to fill out the back end of the right-handed stable or, well, or nothing. That'll be what happens.
2011 Each season, teams have to scrounge up enough arms to throw somewhere in the neighborhood of 700,000 pitches over roughly 43,000 innings. That’s a lot of work to be divvied up, and if you can hit 95 on a radar gun and throw an actual slider that can dart out of the way of a hitter’s swing, someone’s bound to offer you a job. Coffey can do exactly that, and while the up-and-down contours of his standard reliever career happened to hit a down-slope just when he was due to become expensive, making him non-tender material, he’s perfectly capable of providing someone with adequate middle relief. He threw far more sliders last year in a failed bid to end his career-long struggles with lefties, but would be better off in the long run just blowing his fastball by overmatched righties.
2010 Finally freed from pitching in Cincinnati’s bandbox when the Reds released him late in the 2008 season, Coffey has quickly become a reliable late-innings weapon in Milwaukee. Built like a fullback, he's throwing harder than ever with a fastball that sits consistently near 95 and a power slider, but a less-than-ideal platoon split keeps him from true dominance. His ground-ball tendencies didn’t provide much proof against gopher balls in Cincinnati, but should help immunize him in a more neutral environment. He’s already a low-priced asset, and if Rick Peterson can teach him another weapon to use against lefties, he could eventually take over ninth-inning duties.
2009 Free coffee can be a mixed blessing; you never know if it’s the requisite octane level or how long it’s been sitting on the burner. As for a free Coffey, the Brewers were in no position to complain when they claimed him on waivers from the Reds in early September. He'd emerged as a reliable reliever in 2006, but quickly returned to mediocrity thanks to a Gap-induced gopher problem; nine of his 12 homers allowed in 2007 came at home, and continued problems with the long ball led the Reds to farm him out most of the summer. Milwaukee picked him up for the stretch run despite his post-season ineligibility, and Coffey responded with a handful of spotless appearances. Freed from Cincy's bandbox and blessed with a legitimate defense behind him, he can be a useful part of the 2009 bullpen.
2008 Todd Coffey parlayed a weight-loss program and a scruffy, sprint-in-from-the-bullpen personality into cult hero status last year. As the quirky relievers of yesteryear will tell you, the rituals and hustle may win you fans, but you do have to register the occasional out to keep them. Coffey, a dedicated groundballista, had gopherball problems at home in 2007, surrendering nine big flies in fewer than 29 innings at the GABP. The Reds signed him to a fairly generous extension last April, so despite those troubles, he'll be given every chance to make this year's bullpen.
2007 If the decision to press Coffey into action in 2005 amounted to a trial by fire, the good news is that Coffey came out of it ready to reply in kind with velocity that is now up into the mid-90s. He`s still got a good slider, but experiments with a revived splitter didn`t give him a reliably effective weapon against lefties. If Dick Pole helps him with that, Coffey could either blossom into a star closer or settle in as slightly more equal among equals in a bullpen by committee.
2006 Coffey started 2005 in Louisville after seven years in the Reds system, including stops with six different clubs and the obligatory sabbatical after Tommy John surgery. Problem is, the Reds rushed him too quickly. Yes, rushed is the correct word despite his long sojourn, as Coffey had only 40 IP in Double-A and 22 IP in Triple-A before facing big-league hitters. Organizations like the Reds, with their fetish for prep pitchers, have to show that greater patience, making a seven-year horizon completely normal. Coffey found out that a mid-90s fastball and a sharp slider don`t guarantee success in the bigs. He`ll supposedly revive his split-finger fastball in 2006; if he manages to add that to his repertoire, he may yet become an effective reliever.
2005 Finally seems to have found his niche as a minor league closer. He turned heads with a 53:4 K:BB rate at Double-A Chattanooga before earning a promotion to Louisville, where he held his own. The Reds liked his performance and stuff—Coffey brews a mid-90s fastball and sharp slider out of the pen—enough to add him to the 40-man roster, send him to the Arizona Fall League and consider him a viable bullpen candidate for 2005. Bonus points for adding velocity while simultaneously shedding 40 pounds last season. Here's hoping he doesn't go all Anna Nicole "Do you like my body?!" on us.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is it smart to trade Iwakuma for Wacha and one more strong guy? Is that enough?
(Steve from SF)
I mean, Todd Coffey is a strong guy. Need a little more perspective than that. (Bret Sayre)
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are you as excited as I am with the Brewers recent infusion of bullpen talent?
(Jeff from Topanga)
I think it's a matter of relative improvement. The Brewers have been getting by for so long by retreading journeymen--Brian Shouse, Todd Coffey, Claudio Vargas, Mark DiFelice--that seeing actual upside-oriented prospects like Axford or Braddock enter the picture certainly brings new meaning to the term 'sweet relief.' How effective they are is something we'll have to see, but it all beats Jeff Suppan. Not that everything doesn't beat Jeff Suppan, but you know what I mean. (Christina Kahrl)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Todd Coffey threw 4,187 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2012, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Sinker (94mph) and Slider (85mph). He also rarely threw a Change (88mph).