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Portrait of Matt DeSalvo

Matt DeSalvo PBraves

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
2 29.7 1 3 0 12 7.89 -0.1
Birth Date9-11-1980
Height6' 0"
Weight180 lbs
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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
2007 NYA 26 7 6 27.7 27.7 0.0 1 3 0 0 2 0 135 34 20 19 2 53 18 18 3 10 6.18 5.80 6.21 -1.1 -0.1
2008 ATL 27 2 0 2.0 0.0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 11 7 7 0 11 2 2 0 2 31.50 4.11 4.42 0.3 0.0
Career9629.727.72.013002015345272626420203127.895.695.99-0.8-0.1

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
2003 GRL A 3 3 22.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .268 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 STA A- 10 10 49.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TAM A+ 13 13 75.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .241 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TRN AA 5 5 27.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TRN AA 25 24 149.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.417 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 TRN AA 16 16 78.1 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .297 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 COH AAA 11 8 38.2 7.03 17 .311 .258 .326 .386 .258 .355 85 -5.2 -0.5 -5.2 -0.5
2007 NYA MLB 7 6 27.7 6.21 71 .308 .271 .331 .424 .263 .317 99 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2007 SWB AAA 20 20 113.3 3.89 109 .236 .263 .334 .395 .262 .273 93 13.9 1.3 13.9 1.3
2008 ATL MLB 2 0 2.0 4.42 100 .505 .274 .336 .402 .263 .786 95 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2008 GWN AAA 34 8 92.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 DUR AAA 13 11 57.3 6.34 75 .268 .263 .330 .390 .247 .277 113 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2009 NWO AAA 9 2 16.7 3.32 115 .263 .256 .322 .397 .263 .294 83 1.6 0.2 2.5 0.3
2009 azu Wnt 8 2 15.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 NWO AAA 4 3 13.0 6.68 82 .312 .301 .353 .476 .266 .366 114 0.4 0.0 0.3 0.1
2012 LIC Wnt 1 1 3.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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 STA A- 3 3 0 10 10 49.0 42 19 52 2 0% .312 7.7 3.5 0.4 9.6 1.24 1.84 0.0 0.0
2003 GRL A 2 0 0 3 3 22.0 15 5 21 0 0% .268 6.1 2.0 0.0 8.6 0.91 0.82 0.0 0.0
2004 TRN AA 2 2 0 5 5 27.3 27 10 24 3 0% .308 8.9 3.3 1.0 7.9 1.36 6.59 0.0 0.0
2004 TAM A+ 6 3 0 13 13 75.3 48 30 80 1 0% .241 5.7 3.6 0.1 9.6 1.04 1.43 0.0 0.0
2005 TRN AA 9 5 0 25 24 149.0 106 67 151 8 0% -.417 6.4 4.0 0.5 9.1 1.16 3.02 0.0 0.0
2006 COH AAA 1 6 0 11 8 38.2 47 34 30 4 56% .355 11.1 8.0 0.9 7.1 2.12 7.77 -5.2 -0.5
2006 TRN AA 5 4 0 16 16 78.1 80 59 52 7 0% .297 9.2 6.8 0.8 6.0 1.78 5.76 0.0 0.0
2007 SWB AAA 9 5 0 20 20 113.3 92 56 102 4 44% .273 7.3 4.4 0.3 8.1 1.31 2.70 13.9 1.3
2007 NYA MLB 1 3 0 7 6 27.7 34 18 10 2 37% .317 11.1 5.9 0.7 3.3 1.88 6.18 -1.1 -0.1
2008 ATL MLB 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 11 2 2 0 21% .786 49.5 9.0 0.0 9.0 6.50 31.50 0.3 0.0
2008 GWN AAA 2 11 0 34 8 92.3 98 55 91 7 0% .350 9.6 5.4 0.7 8.9 1.66 4.88 0.0 0.0
2009 DUR AAA 0 4 0 13 11 57.3 56 39 36 5 46% .277 8.8 6.1 0.8 5.7 1.66 6.44 0.3 0.0
2009 azu Wnt 2 1 0 8 2 15.3 15 11 15 2 0% .302 8.8 6.5 1.2 8.8 1.70 6.47 0.0 0.0
2009 NWO AAA 1 2 4 9 2 16.7 16 7 11 1 35% .294 8.6 3.8 0.5 5.9 1.38 2.69 2.5 0.3
2010 NWO AAA 0 2 0 4 3 13.0 16 14 14 1 38% .366 11.1 9.7 0.7 9.7 2.31 10.38 0.3 0.1
2012 LIC Wnt 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 3 1 3 0 0% .333 9.0 3.0 0.0 9.0 1.33 3.00 0.0 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 75 0.5200 0.5333 0.8250 0.7436 0.3056 0.9310 0.5455 0.1750
Career750.520.53330.8250.74360.30560.9310.54550.175

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-04-22 2010-04-29 Minors 7 0 Not Disclosed -
2005-06-09 2005-06-16 Minors 7 0 Right Shoulder Tendonitis - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 ATL $410,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$410,000
1 yrTotal$410,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 70 d

Details
  • signed as a free agent from NYM 1/10 (minor-league contract)
  • released 4/4/09 signed as a free agent from ATL 1/29/09 (minor-league contract)
  • optioned to Triple-A 8/23/08 contract purchased 8/15/08 signed as a free agent from NYY 12/20/07, 1 year/$0.41M (08) (minor-league contract)
  • non-tendered 12/12/07 recalled 9/9/07 contract purchased (?) 7/21/07
  • optioned to Triple-A 6/5/07
  • recalled 6/4/07
  • optioned to Triple-A 6/1/07
  • contract purchased 5/7/07
  • sent to minor-league camp 3/07
  • re-sigined 2/07, 1 year (07)
  • designated for assignment 1/07, sent outright to Triple-A 2/07
  • 1/07 contract purchased 11/05 03 Udesignated for assignment

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
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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 )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2008 Another graduate of the Fabian school of pitching, DeSalvo doesn't have the stuff to challenge hitters so he has to beat them with smarts and precision. That precision deserted him in 2006. He made something of a recovery at Scranton last year, but his walk rate was still high for a pitcher with his stuff and approach, and that proved to be his downfall in the majors. Interesting stat: just 4.6 percent of the fly balls DeSalvo gave up in the majors left the park (league average is about 11 percent).
2006 A creative pitcher, DeSalvo`s like a Swiss army knife, coming at hitters with up to five pitches: fastball, curve, two different sliders, and a change. (DeSalvo has said, `I have every pitch you can possibly throw.`) His fastball sits in the 90-92 MPH range, so it`s not like he`s a soft-tosser, and he`s very good at keeping the ball down. In all, batters hit just .202 against him. DeSalvo`s trapezius troubled him early in the year, causing him some uncharacteristic control problems. It was the second year in a row that he had back problems, and perhaps anticipating another Kevin Brown situation, the Yankees theorized DeSalvo`s mechanics were the cause. He switched to a more conventional delivery, stayed healthy, and thanks to the simplified mechanics his control improved as the year went on. Assuming continued health, Triple-A is not going to be an obstacle to him. PECOTA is too pessimistic.
2005 A little guy with a funky delivery, DeSalvo was an astute pickup by Yankees scouts who grabbed him as a non-drafted free agent in 2003. His first 26 pro starts were pure chewing satisfaction: 146.1 innings, 105 hits, 54 walks, 153 strikeouts, 1.48 ERA (2.64 runs allowed). Five late-season starts at Double-A Trenton were less successful (Double-A: Where Yankees prospects go to die). Those 27 innings, in which a bad back may have been complicit, don't erase what he did at the lower levels, but they bring up all the usual questions about whether a guy who hides a weak fastball with guile can survive against more advanced hitters. Stand by for a conversion to middle relief.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
Spinning Yarn: The ForkballMike Fast2010-12-09
Prospectus Q&A: Best Q&A Quotes of 2009David Laurila2009-12-30
This article requires BP Premium accessWinter League Preview: The Dominican LeagueCarlos J. Lugo2009-10-18
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Q&A: Matt DeSalvoDavid Laurila2009-06-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Bankers DozenChristina Kahrl2008-09-03
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Getting ScorchyChristina Kahrl2008-08-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction of the Day: AL EastChristina Kahrl2007-12-23
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Ian KennedyKevin Goldstein2007-08-30
Transaction Analysis: American League RoundupChristina Kahrl2007-07-26
Schrodinger's Bat: Playing FavoritesDan Fox2007-06-28
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction of the Day: American League RoundupChristina Kahrl2007-06-06
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: Look SharpNate Silver2007-05-31
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL-brand CatsupChristina Kahrl2007-05-29
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Sprung a LeakWill Carroll2007-05-24
Schrodinger's Bat: Phil Hughes, Pitch by PitchDan Fox2007-05-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: Future Fantasy Free Agent Battles - PitchersJeff Erickson2006-03-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: November 18-22Christina Kahrl2005-11-23


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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


Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Matt DeSalvo threw 335 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2008, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2008, he relied primarily on his Sinker (92mph), also mixing in a Change (79mph), Fourseam Fastball (92mph), Cutter (84mph), Slider (80mph) and Curve (76mph).