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Josh Donaldson 3BBlue Jays

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2016 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 30)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
148 .278 7 22 20 1 .304 1.3
Birth Date12-8-1985
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
Age30 years, 8 months, 17 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.82012
6.22013
6.92014
7.62015
6.22016
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WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 8/25/2016 10:13 ET | Blue Jays Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
TOR 3B 2 75 124 .278 22 7 20 1 .359 .501 1.3 .304
TOR 3B 3 10 16 .278 22 7 20 1 .359 .501 1.3 .304
TOR DH 3 5 8 .278 22 7 20 1 .359 .501 1.3 .304
2015 Rest-of-Season Totals90148.278227201.359.5011.3.304

MLB Statistics

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
2010 OAK 24 14 34 32 1 5 1 0 1 9 2 12 0 0 0 4 0 0 .156 .206 .281 .173 -1.8 -0.7 -0.3
2012 OAK 26 75 294 274 34 66 16 0 9 109 14 61 5 1 0 33 4 1 .241 .289 .398 .257 9.0 7.6 1.8
2013 OAK 27 158 668 579 89 174 37 3 24 289 76 110 6 6 1 93 5 2 .301 .384 .499 .326 59.0 -1.8 6.2
2014 OAK 28 158 695 608 93 155 31 2 29 277 76 130 7 4 98 8 0 .255 .342 .456 .305 46.1 16.2 6.9
2015 TOR 29 158 711 620 122 184 41 2 41 352 73 133 6 10 2 123 6 0 .297 .371 .568 .324 69.5 1.3 7.6
2016 TOR 30 122 551 461 98 133 26 5 28 253 81 93 6 1 2 81 6 1 .289 .401 .549 .325 54.6 -8.8 4.9
Career6852953257443771715212132128932253930225432294.279.363.501.312236.313.927.1

Statistics for All Levels

'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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 BOI A- 49 202 .354 .253 .339 .381 .000 .395 111 20.5 5.9 2.6 -2.9 1.8 30.8 2.8 30.8 2.8
2007 CUB Rk 4 13 .231 .257 .356 .393 .000 .286 104 -0.4 0.4 0.1 -0.0 -0.9 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2008 PEO A 63 254 .234 .249 .320 .366 .000 .239 95 -6.8 7.2 3.1 1.5 3.0 6.5 0.8 6.5 0.8
2008 STO A+ 47 207 .371 .275 .336 .413 .000 .353 97 31.8 7.8 4.2 -1.0 1.4 45.2 4.4 45.2 4.4
2009 MID AA 124 541 .263 .268 .338 .396 .000 .319 129 2 16.4 7.7 8.9 0.6 26.6 3.7 26.6 3.7
2010 OAK MLB 14 34 .173 .252 .326 .401 .000 .211 108 -3 0.9 0.1 -0.7 0.1 -1.8 -0.3 -1.8 -0.3
2010 SAC AAA 86 348 .261 .281 .352 .446 .000 .264 92 0.3 11.1 3.8 -2.8 -3.3 11.8 0.9 11.8 0.9
2011 SAC AAA 115 503 .272 .293 .362 .464 .000 .301 98 6.8 15.6 4.8 1.9 1.8 29.0 2.9 29.0 2.9
2011 ESC Wnt 15 66 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 OAK MLB 75 294 .257 .255 .315 .408 .000 .278 94 -0.8 8.1 1.2 7.6 0.5 9.0 1.8 9.0 1.8
2012 SAC AAA 51 234 .342 .288 .351 .445 .000 .350 93 21.6 7.0 1.9 -0.5 -0.2 30.2 2.9 30.2 2.9
2013 OAK MLB 158 668 .326 .256 .320 .406 .000 .333 94 42.1 17.6 2.2 -1.8 -2.9 59.0 6.2 59.0 6.2
2014 OAK MLB 158 695 .305 .252 .312 .391 .000 .278 94 29 17.9 1.7 16.2 -2.5 46.1 6.9 46.1 6.9
2015 TOR MLB 158 711 .324 .257 .317 .414 .000 .314 103 44.3 19.2 1.9 1.3 4.0 69.5 7.6 69.5 7.6
2016 TOR MLB 122 551 .325 .261 .322 .433 .267 .308 104 35.1 14.9 0.5 -8.8 4.2 54.6 4.9 54.6 4.9

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
2007 BOI A- 202 37 56 11 2 9 35 37 34 6 2 .346 .473 .605 .259 .354 30.8 -2.9 2.8
2007 CUB Rk 13 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 4 0 1 .182 .308 .364 .182 .231 -0.9 -0.0 -0.1
2008 PEO A 254 27 51 13 0 6 23 17 41 7 1 .217 .276 .349 .132 .234 6.5 1.5 0.8
2008 STO A+ 207 37 62 13 2 9 39 17 29 0 2 .330 .391 .564 .234 .371 45.2 -1.0 4.4
2009 MID AA 541 67 123 37 1 9 91 80 92 7 2 .270 .378 .415 .145 .263 26.6 8.9 3.7
2010 OAK MLB 34 1 5 1 0 1 4 2 12 0 0 .156 .206 .281 .125 .173 -1.8 -0.7 -0.3
2010 SAC AAA 348 52 70 14 1 18 67 45 79 3 1 .238 .343 .476 .238 .261 11.8 -2.8 0.9
2011 ESC Wnt 66 8 18 2 0 2 10 3 21 1 0 .286 .318 .413 .127 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 SAC AAA 503 79 116 28 0 17 70 51 100 13 4 .261 .344 .439 .178 .272 29.0 1.9 2.9
2012 SAC AAA 234 38 70 12 2 13 45 23 34 5 2 .335 .402 .598 .263 .342 30.2 -0.5 2.9
2012 OAK MLB 294 34 66 16 0 9 33 14 61 4 1 .241 .289 .398 .157 .257 9.0 7.6 1.8
2013 OAK MLB 668 89 174 37 3 24 93 76 110 5 2 .301 .384 .499 .199 .326 59.0 -1.8 6.2
2014 OAK MLB 695 93 155 31 2 29 98 76 130 8 0 .255 .342 .456 .201 .305 46.1 16.2 6.9
2015 TOR MLB 711 122 184 41 2 41 123 73 133 6 0 .297 .371 .568 .271 .324 69.5 1.3 7.6
2016 TOR MLB 551 98 133 26 5 28 81 81 93 6 1 .288 .401 .549 .260 .325 54.6 -8.8 4.9

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 CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2010 140 0.5000 0.4214 0.6441 0.5143 0.3286 0.7500 0.4783 0.3559 70 -0.000543
2012 1075 0.4958 0.4884 0.7410 0.6341 0.3450 0.7988 0.6364 0.2590 447 -0.002594
2013 2686 0.4743 0.4419 0.7776 0.6381 0.2649 0.8327 0.6578 0.2224 1211 -0.005670
2014 2691 0.4693 0.4307 0.7541 0.6445 0.2416 0.8501 0.5275 0.2459 1216 -0.006607
2015 2816 0.4893 0.4567 0.7457 0.6785 0.2441 0.8299 0.5214 0.2543 1276 -0.010919
2016 2273 0.4545 0.4228 0.7586 0.6350 0.2460 0.8445 0.5738 0.2414 0 0.000000
Career116810.47520.44320.75580.64690.2590.83420.57440.2442908.1879-0.0057

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-24 2014-08-25 DTD 1 1 - Knee Soreness -
2014-07-02 2014-07-04 DTD 2 2 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-03-17 2014-03-19 Camp 2 0 Right Lower Leg Tightness Calf - -
2013-06-14 2013-06-15 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-09-01 2012-09-03 DTD 2 2 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor - -
2011-02-25 2011-02-27 Camp 2 0 Knee Contusion -
2010-08-04 2010-09-02 Minors 29 0 Left Knee Sprain MCL -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 TOR $
2017 TOR $17,000,000
2016 TOR $11,650,000
2015 TOR $4,300,000
2014 OAK $500,000
2013 OAK $492,500
2012 OAK $480,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$5,772,500
2011Current$11,650,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$17,422,500
1 yrFuture$17,000,000
6 yrTotal$34,422,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 158 dMVP Sports Group2 years/$28.65M (2016-17)

Details
  • 2 years/$28.65M (2016-17). Signed extension with Toronto 2/9/16 (avoided arbitration, $11.8M-$11.35M). 16:$11.65M, 17:$17M.
  • 1 year/$4.3M (2015). Lost in arbitration with Toronto 2/13/15 ($5.75M-$4.3M).
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2014). Renewed by Oakland 3/8/14. Acquired by Toronto in trade from Oakland 11/28/14.
  • 1 year/$0.4925M (2013). Re-signed by Oakland 3/13.
  • 1 year/$0.48M (2012). Re-signed by Oakland 2/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Oakland 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Oakland 4/30/10.
  • Acquired by Oakland in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/8/08 (Rich Harden deal).
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2007 (1s-48) (Auburn). Signed 7/7/07, $652,500 signing bonus).

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 713 113 190 40 3 35 105 77 126 7 1 .304 .384 .545 .327 61.7 3B 9 7.7
80o 699 108 180 38 2 33 100 73 126 7 1 .295 .373 .528 .318 54.0 3B 9 6.8
70o 688 104 174 37 2 32 97 70 125 6 1 .288 .365 .515 .311 48.7 3B 8 6.2
60o 679 101 169 36 2 31 94 68 125 6 1 .282 .358 .504 .306 44.3 3B 8 5.7
50o 671 98 164 35 2 30 91 66 125 6 1 .276 .352 .494 .300 40.2 3B 8 5.3
40o 663 96 159 34 2 29 89 64 124 6 1 .271 .346 .484 .295 36.2 3B 8 4.8
30o 654 93 153 32 2 28 86 62 124 6 1 .265 .339 .474 .289 32.0 3B 8 4.4
20o 643 90 147 31 2 27 83 60 123 5 1 .258 .331 .462 .282 27.3 3B 8 3.8
10o 629 85 140 30 2 26 78 56 123 5 1 .249 .320 .445 .273 20.9 3B 8 3.1
Weighted Mean6729916435230926612561.277.353.495.30140.73B 85.3

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 8/25/2016 11:14 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 211 35 58 12 1 11 33 25 36 2 0 .320 .406 .579 .344 22.4 3B 3 2.7
80o 189 30 49 10 1 9 28 22 33 2 0 .306 .390 .552 .330 17.5 3B 2 2.2
70o 174 27 44 9 1 8 25 19 31 2 0 .295 .378 .532 .320 14.4 3B 2 1.8
60o 160 24 40 8 1 7 23 17 29 2 0 .286 .368 .516 .312 11.9 3B 2 1.5
50o 148 22 36 7 1 7 20 16 27 1 0 .278 .359 .501 .304 9.9 3B 2 1.3
40o 136 20 33 7 1 6 18 14 25 1 0 .270 .350 .486 .296 8.0 3B 2 1.1
30o 122 17 29 6 1 5 16 12 23 1 0 .261 .340 .469 .288 6.2 3B 2 0.8
20o 107 15 23 5 0 4 13 10 20 1 0 .251 .328 .451 .278 4.4 3B 1 0.6
10o 85 11 18 4 0 3 10 8 17 1 0 .237 .311 .425 .264 2.3 3B 1 0.4
Weighted Mean154233881721162810.282.363.508.30810.83B 21.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 51% 2% 7% 100%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201731587801372812481561114.266.342.464.2843.625.5-0.8-1.914.513.67.3
201832553761312812377541073.268.344.470.2873.525.5-0.9-1.913.714.66.9
201933533731242612274521011.264.341.465.2843.222.6-0.9-2.013.212.36.7
202034524711242622172491000.266.339.464.2833.021.4-1.0-2.113.011.66.6
20213550268117251206849960.265.341.460.2822.920.2-1.0-2.212.410.96.3
20223645861105211186142900.259.333.447.2772.315.7-0.9-2.111.37.45.7
2023374275798211165640840.258.332.446.2752.113.9-0.8-2.110.66.25.3
2024383905188191145136760.256.330.441.2731.811.6-0.8-2.09.64.84.9
2025394015291191155236800.255.327.439.2711.811.2-0.8-2.29.94.35.0

Long-Term Forecast Based on RoS PECOTA (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201731616871463022688641144.272.353.482.2924.433.6-0.8-0.315.319.47.3
201832637901513222791671203.272.354.483.2934.533.8-1.0-0.515.320.07.6
201933617881433022788671211.266.351.478.2904.230.9-1.1-0.715.017.77.4
202034614841463032585611160.268.346.472.2863.929.0-1.2-0.815.315.77.3
202135617851453222485651180.269.352.471.2884.029.4-1.2-1.014.916.77.4
202236605811382722481601190.258.338.449.2793.222.0-1.2-1.114.110.37.2
202337614821393022381641220.258.340.449.2773.322.7-1.2-1.315.110.17.3
202438614801343212177661220.250.335.431.2702.717.7-1.2-1.514.55.97.3
202539627841443222485611280.261.337.457.2773.323.0-1.2-1.715.310.67.5

Upside By Year

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 PEAK 5
108.160.979.283.349.139.9380.6

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201582.87949.255.144.330.6310.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 91 David Wright 2013 .326
2 85 Aramis Ramirez 2008 .297
3 84 Alex Rodriguez 2006 .296
4 84 Al Rosen 1954 .326
5 83 Miguel Cabrera 2013 .372
6 83 Chase Utley 2009 .319
7 83 David Freese 2013 .252
8 83 Mark Teixeira 2010 .284
9 83 Chipper Jones 2002 .332
10 82 Troy Tulowitzki 2015 .269
11 82 Eric Chavez 2008 .246
12 82 George Brett 1983 .327
13 82 Hanley Ramirez 2014 .304
14 82 Matt Holliday 2010 .338
15 81 Eddie Mathews 1962 .318
16 81 Ron Santo 1970 .289
17 81 Justin Morneau 2011 .218
18 81 Shin-Soo Choo 2013 .318
19 81 Andy Pafko 1951 .300
20 81 Chase Headley 2014 .261
21 81 Adrian Gonzalez 2012 .287
22 81 Morgan Ensberg 2006 .299
23 81 Adrian Beltre 2009 .238
24 81 Josh Hamilton 2011 .299
25 81 Carlos Quentin 2013 .315
26 81 Andre Ethier 2012 .307
27 81 Troy Glaus 2007 .297
28 80 J.D. Drew 2006 .305
29 80 Edwin Encarnacion 2013 .319
30 80 Ryan Zimmerman 2015 .283
31 80 Derrek Lee 2006 .277
32 80 Ryan Braun 2014 .280
33 79 David Ortiz 2006 .329
34 79 Carlos Beltran 2007 .297
35 79 Lance Berkman 2006 .348
36 79 Scott Rolen 2005 .249
37 79 Milton Bradley 2008 .325
38 79 Eddie Murray 1986 .306
39 79 Albert Belle 1997 .275
40 79 Kendrys Morales 2013 .290
41 78 Vladimir Guerrero 2005 .330
42 78 Jason Bay 2009 .302
43 78 Todd Helton 2004 .333
44 78 Carl Yastrzemski 1970 .349
45 78 Alex Gordon 2014 .286
46 78 Robinson Cano 2013 .324
47 78 Matt Kemp 2015 .273
48 78 Prince Fielder 2014 .256
49 78 Kevin Youkilis 2009 .316
50 78 Matt Joyce 2015 .217
51 78 Josh Willingham 2009 .304
52 78 Frank Robinson 1966 .372
53 78 Dan Uggla 2010 .324
54 78 Seth Smith 2013 .265
55 77 Ken Griffey 2000 .300
56 77 Roger Maris 1965 .307
57 77 Howard Johnson 1991 .315
58 77 Willie Mays 1961 .336
59 77 Jason Kubel 2012 .287
60 77 Sal Bando 1974 .302
61 77 Jose Bautista 2011 .357
62 77 Ernie Banks 1961 .294
63 77 Adam Lind 2014 .301
64 77 Nick Johnson 2009 .298
65 77 Ted Kluszewski 1955 .323
66 77 Jeff Bagwell 1998 .329
67 77 Nick Swisher 2011 .287
68 77 Andruw Jones 2007 .253
69 77 Oscar Gamble 1980 .340
70 77 Brad Hawpe 2009 .302
71 77 Corey Hart 2012 .278
72 76 Barry Bonds 1995 .336
73 76 Rickie Weeks 2013 .235
74 76 Kelly Johnson 2012 .246
75 76 Ty Wigginton 2008 .290
76 76 Brian McCann 2014 .256
77 76 Curtis Granderson 2011 .308
78 76 Jack Clark 1986 .288
79 76 Carlos Delgado 2002 .319
80 76 Mike Napoli 2012 .287
81 75 Orlando Cepeda 1968 .281
82 75 Travis Hafner 2007 .297
83 75 Billy Williams 1968 .303
84 75 Dave Winfield 1982 .311
85 75 Joey Votto 2014 .306
86 75 Aubrey Huff 2007 .266
87 75 Glenn Davis 1991 .292
88 75 Adam LaRoche 2010 .281
89 75 Jayson Werth 2009 .306
90 75 Norm Cash 1965 .328
91 75 Chris Iannetta 2013 .275
92 75 Kevin Mitchell 1992 .287
93 75 Rocky Colavito 1964 .310
94 75 Don Mincher 1968 .268
95 75 Luke Scott 2008 .278
96 75 Mike Piazza 1999 .304
97 75 Edgar Martinez 1993 .276
98 74 Xavier Nady 2009 .225
99 74 Bobby Abreu 2004 .330
100 74 Hank Blalock 2011 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .295 .387 .621 .356
11 vs R (Multi) .281 .355 .494 .304
18 Split (Multi) -.014 -.032 -.128 -.052
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.012 -.023 -.032 -.018
30 vs L (2015) .299 .391 .632 .347
31 vs R (2015) .296 .366 .553 .318
38 Split (2015) -.003 -.025 -.080 -.028
39 LgAvg (2015) -.009 -.021 -.026 -.016

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 This was not the year we learned anything new about Donaldson. It wasn't the year he was proclaimed a bust. It wasn't the year we learned Donaldson could play plus defense at the hot corner. It wasn't the year we learned he was a late bloomer capable of MVP-caliber production, or that he could sustain elite-level performance. He did more or less exactly what we already knew he was capable of, and he did it in the middle of possibly the best lineup baseball has seen this decade, playing in a park built for sluggers. So, yes, he led the American League in both runs and RBI (becoming the first to eclipse 120 in each category since Albert Pujols in 2009), and smashed 40-plus home runs for the first time—both of which led to his MVP Award—but we still learned nothing new. Even with defense that will continue to decline, arbitration numbers that are likely to skyrocket and his 30th birthday behind him, the Blue Jays have already reaped the rewards of Donaldson's 2014 acquisition and will continue to do so for longer than that haircut of his remains in style.
2015 Donaldson seemed like the perfect Athletic. He came to the A's as part of the return for Rich Harden in 2008, was unable to cut it behind the plate after six years catching in the minors, transitioned to third base and voila! All-Star, MVP votes, screaming fans. He exhibits outstanding plate coverage with a swing designed for line drives and the strength to drive the ball out of any part of the park, all of which is enhanced by a patient approach (see? Perfect Athletic) that results in frequent free passes. His defense (ibid.) garners universal love from the metrics and fueled the fifth-highest WARP in the majors last season. Donaldson literally limped to the finish line in an attempt to resurrect a crumbling A's offense, playing through a knee injury that he suffered on the final weekend of the regular season. Of course, to truly be the perfect Athletic required Donaldson to be sacrificed via trade to feed the machine of market efficiency. With his Super Two status this offseason and his late bloom suggesting that his peak could end any moment, Billy Beane and crew decided the time was right (after previously laughing off the notion that Donaldson would be traded) and the Blue Jays, who aren't as handicapped by the penny ante ways of Oakland's ownership group, were happy to snap him up for a collection of talent headlined by Brett Lawrie and Franklin Barreto.
2014 The hot bat Donaldson swung in second half of the 2012 season carried over and the converted catcher experienced an across-the-board breakout that placed him among the American League leaders in WARP, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and walks. Pitchers quickly learned their lesson when they tried to beat him with heat early in the count, as Donaldson's quick bat punished fastballs on the inner half, resulting in a heavier diet of breaking pitches as the season progressed. Donaldson inflicted most of his damage with runners on base, posting a slash line of .364/.454/.572 when opposing pitchers were forced into the stretch, a trait that further increased the value of Oakland's 2013 team MVP. So too does the Beane-tickling fact that he won't make more than the league minimum until he's nearly 30.
2013 Donaldson made the transition to the hot corner from behind the plate with surprising ease, displaying a penchant for getting his uniform dirty on diving stops down the line, and he was not shy about cutting off Oakland shortstops on shots in the hole. The glove work helped to cover for a bat that went quiet in the majors despite his laying waste to Triple-A pitching, but the A's may have found an internal answer to the third-base conundrum if Donaldson's skills at the plate and in the field can coalesce in the bigs. He has at least earned an extended opportunity to prove that his bat can stick, in which case the A's would reap some late value on the trade that sent Rich Harden to the Cubs in the summer of '08.
2012 Josh Donaldson profiles as a backup catcher in the bigs, with good catch-and-throw skills, some on-base ability, and occasional power.
2011 Donaldson lacks a place on the A's current depth chart, but he should have a career. His pure hitting skills are questionable, but he needed just 86 games to establish a new career high in home runs, and his plate discipline helps make up for his strikeouts and low batting average. Aside from his strong arm, Donaldson remains rough behind the plate, but the hope is he can turn into an Eli Marrero-type catcher-plus backup. For now, he'll while his days away in sunny Sacramento.
2010 Josh Donaldson was part of the package received from the Cubs in the Harden trade, and survived his jump to Double-A; he's still a rough receiver behind the plate, but strong-armed, killing 40 percent of attempted steals.
2009 Also acquired in the Harden deal, catcher Josh Donaldson was suffering from lost-bat disease before the trade, but suddenly resembled an exciting offensive prospect again afterward.
2008 Donaldson's numbers were just awesome at Low-A Boise last year. Although he just missed qualifying for the Pioneer League batting title, he would have ranked second in that department and first in the league in both on-base percentage and slugging had he qualified. PECOTA hedges on those numbers a bit, with its inherent skepticism toward accomplished college players playing short-season ball, but Donaldson is a considerably better athlete than comparables such as Thigpen. If he can catch-and the jury is still out on that-he could emerge as one of the major sleepers of the 2007 draft.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-08-01 16:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league with OPS, do you value Kyle Seager or Josh Donaldson more?
(Matt from WI)
Seager's a little younger but I think I still have to go with Donaldson here. (Mike Gianella)
2016-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Josh Donaldson or Giancarlo Stanton in a dynasty league (keep forever)?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Torn between my reservations about Donaldson's age and profile, and Stanton's injury issues. I'll take Donaldson. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-04-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)If both Desmond is still struggling and Deshields is meh by June 1, who do we see. Gallo or Brinson? Thanks.
(Alex from CA)
Probably Gallo, only because Brinson only played 36 games above A+ last season and might need more time. Gallo isn't much of an outfielder, though, so if the Rangers are looking for someone in center, it's gonna be Brinson. I wouldn't be terribly surprised if Gallo spends most of the season down on the farm if Mazara stays up, Choo comes back healthy and Beltre stays healthy.

Speaking of bombs, did anyone see the one that Josh Donaldson just hit? (Scooter Hotz)
2015-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)I need help understanding the Brett Lawrie trade. While he is no Josh Donadlson (cough), he is a 2-3 WAR 3B with some upside, and pretty cheap. Beane traded him off for 2 middling prospects, in order to clear space for.....Jed Lowrie and Danny Valencia?
(Q-Ball from Chicago)
I'm not sure I'm the one to help you, as I found that move puzzling to say the least as well. The team touched on it a little in the TA yesterday, but given the prospect return Oakland got it's tough to not see the Donaldson trade as anything but an unmitigated disaster at this point. Looooot of pressure on Franklin Barreto, who I like a good bit but...doesn't look like Josh Donaldson 2.0. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=28038 (Wilson Karaman)
2015-09-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)So this year has been pretty terrible for A's fans. Billy Beane dealt the first legit offensive star in Josh Donaldson this team has had since Miguel Tejada, and he got pennies on the dollar (fingers crossed on Franklin Barreto!). Then we saw Jesse Hahn go down with a serious injury and I think he may be sidelined permanently. So give me some good news about the farm. Sean Manaea and Dillon Overton -- thoughts? How about Renato Nunez and Matt Olson? Is Matt Chapman anything other than a Stockton mirage?
(Ted from San Jose)
Still shaking my head at the Donaldson trade. I liked pretty much all the pieces the A's got back... but they aren't guys you trade a star 3B for. Really like Manaea. He's a dude. Going to be perfect middle rotation/3 SP in Oakland. Not sure the fastball command will be there for anything more than that though. Great park for his skill set, too. And man... personality is a perfect fit for the A's. Great get. Overton wasn't throwing very hard last I heard. Have to see where the health is there, but he's got some potential. My reports on the other guys are pretty dated. I wasn't a big fan of Olson. (Al Skorupa)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Looking to trade jp crawford for a piece I can use this year-how high should I shoot? Can he get me a decent third baseman?
(Fred from Sheboygan)
Yes, he definitely should. I'd go the next level down from the elites (Todd Frazier, Josh Donaldson etc). That should work given his talent/ceiling. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)We're 50-some games into the season, and Josh Donaldson has a slash of .316/.375/.606 overall while Brett Lawrie is hitting .265/.295/.376. Kendall Graveman has charitably been uneven. Sean Nolin is coming back from an injury. Franklin Barreto can't even hit in Stockton. Why did Billy Beane sell so low on Donaldson, who would look really great in a lineup that has hit lefties to the tune of .226/.308/.323 this season? I feel like we haven't gotten the whole story on this trade.
(John from San Francisco)
Well, there were some rumors of disrespect on Donaldson's part that ended up making it into the mainstream media, so I can't imagine Beane was too torn up about seeing Donaldson go at the time.

It was a bad decision even if you're rosy as hell on Barreto. I did wonder if Beane saw something in Nolin and Graveman that he liked but neither player is going to make up the difference one Josh Donaldson makes. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-04-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)This is a bit random but I was thinking about it and wanted to ask someone who might be able to answer- What keeps MLB teams from 'buying' players instead of trading for them? (i.e. Blue Jays send $40M to the A's for Josh Donaldson instead of players)
(Chris from California)
Cool question, Chris.

I think that players are too valuable a commodity. We see this to some extent (e.g. the Dodgers ability to take on the bad contracts of Crawford and Beckett in order to get Adrian in blue-and-white). The game is awash in cash these days, and though it is frustrating to see a player lose all trade value the second that he starts making $$ commensurate with his skills, I think that teams recognize the scarcity of talent at the top of the scale and are willing to take the 15% chance that an 18-year old pans out. Straight purchases of players were very common in the pre-war days, but in today's game owners would rather increase the brand of their product than take a financial windfall. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-02-16 11:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a deal that is going very under-discussed, that you feel deserves more attention? Maybe a change of scenery that you feel will do wonders?
(AC from TX)
Someone whose opinion I trust and who works in a well-regarded FO is convinced Brett Lawrie could outplay Josh Donaldson this season. I'm not there yet (and I probably won't get there until after it happens), but that's the deal that popped to mind reading the second part of this question.

As for the first part, I'd say the Yankees' acquisition of Justin Wilson. He's a very talented pitcher who could be a monster near the back of their bullpen. Add him to Betances, Miller, Carpenter, etc. and you have the makings of a nasty group. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have for the next four seasons in a 7x7 league with Hits and OPS: Freddie Freeman or Josh Donaldson?
(Erik from Los Angeles)
Donaldson, really excited about him in that park. Freeman is a solid player but I think he takes a hit RE counting numbers in season one and season two. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-12-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Josh Donaldson had 4 years before free agency, and the A's got an adequate, injury prone replacement in Brett Lawrie, a pair of soft-tossers in Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman, and an infielder who is years away from contributing in Franklin Barreto. Then they dealt Brandon Moss for a 24-year old second baseman who just got to Double-A in Joey Wendle. And before that, they signed DH Billy Butler to a three-year deal. Why sell off Donaldson and Moss for such paltry returns? Why bring in Butler if you're going to rebuild? What is Billy Beane doing?
(John from San Francisco)
I think, emphasize think, I could come up with explanations on each of these moves on their own. But combined, they really throw me for a loop. I'm struggling to come up with an answer that's not far-fetched... We've been programmed to trust Beane, but it looks like he went all in last summer, which I loved and now he realizes that if he doesn't try and get some long-term assets for his club, it could go down the tubes quickly. I get that thought process, I'm not sure I see these moves being the best execution. Adding Butler to the mix almost feels like they changed their minds as to how to approach the offseason a few weeks into the process. Perplexing... (Sahadev Sharma)
2014-10-03 11:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you think the A's go from here? Give it 1 more shot, or look to quasi re-build by getting rid of Jeff Samardzija, Josh Donaldson, etc?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Everybody is bad at predicting what Billy Beane is going to do in a given offseason. We're all horrible at it. I bet even David Forst and Farhan Zaidi have running bets between them about what's going to happen at work that day, and they're even.

So on the one hand, the A's have some serious holes and no obvious ways to fill them because their usual method ("trade all the prospects!" (by "usual," I mean "the last two years" and I'm assuming Beane won't zag just yet, which of course means he will)) is exhausted. On the other hand, the team signed Coco Crisp through at least 2016 (vesting option in '17), and why get the jump on that rather than wait-and-see if you don't intend to take your shots?

So I don't know, but my working assumption is that the A's aren't going to be selling, though I admit some intellectual curiosity regarding how much they could get back for Josh Donaldson, a player with three years of team control left, but no long-term deal signed, a late bloomer (next year is his age-29 season) and so his best years aren't ahead of him, an MVP candidate for two straight years now with a good offense+defense profile. I love rooting for him, so emotionally I don't want him to go anywhere, but if I were a fan of any other team, I'd want to see a trade just for the "what does that prospect package look like?" question. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)As my 12-team, 5x5 roto season winds to a close, I need some keeper help. We keep six from year to year and here are the potentials: Anthony Rendon, Josh Donaldson, Mike Trout (obviously), Troy Tulowitzki, Anthony Rizzo, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Nolan Arenado I have Tulo, Rendon, Trout, Rizzo, Scherzer and Stras as my six. Would you choose them? Thanks for the help!
(Jake from Minneapolis)
I'd try to find a way to keep Donaldson and deal one of the pitchers, if I could. 28 bombs from 3B isn't anything to sneeze at, plus it allows you to play Rendon at 2B next year. Pitching is everywhere. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mau, I am contending in my dynasty league and just traded A.J Cole and Jose Peraza for Josh Donaldson. I have Brett Lawrie coming back soon. Should I try to deal Lawrie for a bat that is helping me now,even though I am selling low? Maybin and Quentin have been utterly awful.
(GilaMonster from Boston)
In a vacuum I think the stock is too low. I would dangle him out there and see if anyone bites with a decent bat but I think it's unlikely. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have a prospect fantasy question. Guy offered me Taveras, Springer, and Polanco for Josh Donaldson and Bryant. Do I have to take this even though I don't need all those OF's and it leaves me somewhat depleted at 3B? 10 team H2H dynasty. Building for the next year.
(Joe from Chucktown)
I'm not the best guy for fantasy questions, but I would be inclined to take it. If nothing else you're compiled assets that you can move at a later date. (Mark Anderson)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Josh Donaldson in a dynasty league? In a 12 team roto league, I have Lawrie and ARam. I could potentially deal Heyward and Eovaldi or Bailey for him. What do you think?
(My Elbow from Hurts)
I love Donaldson, but don't do Heyward like that. I'd pass there. (Bret Sayre)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)What are you views on Heyward? 12 team roto dynasty standard 5x5, would you move him and Bailey for Donaldson? What level of player would you want included on the Donaldson side? Already have Lawrie and ARam on the roster. Would try to move Lawrie for some SV's help. Would fill in Heyward's spot with Moss against RHPs and when Moss faces LHPs Revere.
(Geronimo from Big City Crush)
I'm not as high on Jason Heyward as others, but I think that he's a solid outfielder with mid $20s earning potential. With that in mind, I'd pass on Heyward and Homer Bailey for Josh Donaldson. Donaldson might be a little bit better than he was last year but it seems that you're selling low on Bailey. In a two-for-one, I'd want at least a third-tier pitcher back to make that deal.

Sure, you can move Brett Lawrie for a closer. I'd try for right below the elite (Greg Holland/Craig Kimbrel) level. (Mike Gianella)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about Josh Donaldson this year? Are people underrating Carlos Santana a bit?
(MickeyRivers from NY)
I think Donaldson, with the exception of a few points of batting average, is real and will continue his success into 2014. As far as Santana, I think he's being appropriately valued, as he's never quite put together the average and power. (Bret Sayre)
2014-01-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a believer in Josh Donaldson? What kind of numbers do you expect over the next few years?
(Tony from Work)
I am. I'm not sure he'll be as good as he was last season, I'd expect a drop off on some level (lower OBP almost for sure) but he's a talented player. I don't think four wins a season is out of the question for the next few years at least. (Matthew Kory)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have faith in Josh Donaldson and Matt Carpenter repeating or at least putting up similar numbers to last year in '14? Thanks for the chat Mike!
(David from Montreal)
Hi David:

Love chatting. Thanks for your question.

I have faith that both Donaldson and Carpenter will be solid this year but except both to slip somewhat in 2014, particularly Carpenter. A lot of Carpenter's value is tied up in his batting average and while I think he's a great hitter it is difficult purely from a prognosticator's point of view to say that this is repeatable. Donaldson has a better chance of putting up the similar numbers, but I expect a slight dip for him. Both players are very good, though, and if you wind up with one in the grouping after the elite players go in your draft/auction you've done quite well for yourself. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)Was Josh Donaldson's season legit? How much regression do you see coming? Hopefully not too much!
(Kelly from Oakland)
Hi Kelly:

Josh Donaldson seemed like the real deal to me, although I wouldn't be surprised if the power slipped a little bit. His plate discipline and contact skills seem legit, though, so I wouldn't expect too much regression. One thing to keep in mind is that as great as Donaldson is in real life, this doesn't all translate to Roto. Miguel Cabrera blew him away, and Adrian Beltre outearned Donaldson in 5x5. If the price is too high - or if you can get a lot in trade - don't be afraid to sell high. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were in charge of the A's, would you offer Josh Donaldson an extension? If so, how much/how many seasons?
(carligula from Oakland)
Donaldson is interesting because he's 27, typical hitter's peak season, and is blowing away what he's done in the past. He's got a 144 OPS+ but he spent 53 games in Triple-A last season, so he's a tough call (which, I gather, is why you're asking). That said, no, I don't offer him an extension. He's got one year of service time and won't cost the A's anything next season. Let's see if he can do it again. If he does, then we'll talk. (Matthew Kory)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Would Josh Donaldson for Ryan Braun in a H2H points dynasty league be fair value? If not, what kind of value could Donaldson garner in this kind of format?
(Larry from Arizona)
Hi Larry:

Unless Braun's owner is really skeptical, that seems like a reach. Donaldson has been terrific, but I'm not sure I buy into a consistent 30 HR, 100 RBI guy with a good batting average. Think second tier OF with Donaldson (assuming you're aiming for an OF). Nelson Cruz and Jay Bruce are better targets. Even if their owners still think you're aiming high, you have a shot. Good luck! (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Think Josh Donaldson is having a legitimate breakout year? Freezer potential for 2014? I am in a mixed sim/points league, 15 teams.
(dscala from New Hampshire)
I mostly think so, yes. The walk rate has improved a great deal, and since his streak starting 2012 when he didn't walk in almost 100 PAs, Donaldson has improved his patience but also his recognition of pitches in the zone. He might not be a 30 HR guy, but 25 HR with a .270-.280 BA is a realistic proposition. He's freezable in deeper mixed. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Josh Donaldson for Oscar Taveres in a dynasty format points league? We don't have contracts, and player can be kept forever.
(Tim from Miami)
Yes, I would make that trade. There's obviously some risk, but I think that even if Oscar Taveras disappoints, you're looking at a $20-25 player long term. Donaldson's ceiling is probably as a $25 player, even with the positional advantage. I'd take the risk here. If you're wrong, you (hopefully) shouldn't get burned too much. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Its a me! Do you like a me or a Josh Donaldson for the rest of deh season a
(Pedro Alvarez from APittsaburgha)
A Josha Donaldasona, asorrya (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)I know Oakland's Josh Donaldson isn't going to keep hitting .319/.394/.516, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts. What do you think his line will be at the end of the season?
(Dave from Chicago)
PECOTA says .239/.302/.416, which isn't too far off the .241/.289/.398 he posted last season. I don't have a strong feeling either way so I'd guess he'll finish closer to PECOTA than his current line. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Josh Donaldson is legit?
(nubber from tx)
Legit as in a guy who could hit .260 with 20 HR? Absolutely. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What a great stat on Josh Donaldson and grounding into double plays! Any other gambling tidbits? Love me those mid-April, baseball prop bets!
(Charles Barkley from Undisclosed Underground Bunker)
Bet on Kevin Youkilis getting hit by a pitch oh wait that already happened sorry. (Matthew Kory)
2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)I have Lonnie Chisenhall as my only 3B and am wondering whether to roll the dice with Mark Reynolds to back him up. Are there any undervalued 3Bs you like this season?
(Thad from Peoria)
You should be fine with Chisenhall - and if you're going to take another flier to back him up, go with someone like Josh Donaldson, who could be very solid this year. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dan,with Hanley out 8-10 weeks how far will he drop in drafts and who do you like to move up at SS or 3b in the top 30.Thanks
(Chesty from New Bern,NC)
I'm hesitant to bank on any hitters coming off of serious hand/wrist/finger injuries, so I'd probably ding Ramirez more than others might. My 3B sleepers are Josh Donaldson and Todd Frazier, but as Bret Sayre pointed out in his tiered rankings column (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19939) today, the pressure to get one early is mounting. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Among the A's "surprise" breakouts (Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss, Josh Donaldson's second half), who do you think has the best chance to maintain their performance in 2013?
(VeganRyan from Oakland, Ca)
Gotta go with Reddick. Elite-level tools, and still super young. I feel like both Moss and Donaldson could build on their 2012 performances, but Reddick is uniquely poised to bounce back from a poor year and really show people what he can do in his age-26 season. (Ian Miller)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Any chance the 2nd half of last season was a sign of things to come for Josh Donaldson?
(Earnest from NJ)
I think the .290/.356/.489 line he posted in the second half might be a little lofty, but I think he will be a very good player for the A's in 2013. (Mark Anderson)
2012-05-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why has it almost always been lefty/righty platoons? Why aren't their more fastball hitter / junkball hitter platoons? or platoons based on who's pitching for their own team such as a more defensive infielder for groundball pitchers, etc. - or have there been many of those that we haven't noticed?
(hotstatrat from T.O.)
To the extent it's not happening, it's hard to say why. BP authors have been calling for this kind of thing since before I started reading, and I'm old. It seems like an obvious thing to try.

Which makes me think, moving to the second half, that it is being done more than we realize. Of course, managers don't really platoon much at all, but when they're picking spots to give someone a rest day, there's a possibility that they're putting the bench infielder at short on the day when the junkballer is throwing and just not really mentioning it because the main reason the starter isn't starting is because it's a day off.

Not to go all-A's, but Bob Melvin did, on Opening Day Part One (the Japan version) start Eric Sogard at third base instead of theoretical starter Josh Donaldson. Felix Hernandez was on the mound, and Melvin reasoned that Sogard had more of a contact-oriented approach than Donaldson. He insisted that it was not a lefty/right issue. (Jason Wojciechowski)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2007 asx 0 .000 0.0 2080 .005 -3.2 43 -.015 .002 0.4 -2.8 -2.9
2008 afa 0 .000 0.0 2417 .000 -0.2 50 .003 -.007 0.1 -0.1 -1.0
2008 afx 0 .000 0.0 2238 .000 -0.1 65 -.029 .010 1.1 1.0 1.5
2009 aax 8962 .004 6.4 5259 .001 -1.1 87 -.036 -.005 2.2 7.5 8.9
2010 mlb 339 -.013 -0.7 231 .000 -0.0 6 .000 .000 -0.0 -0.7 -0.7
2010 aaa 5112 -.006 -5.7 3025 -.001 0.6 72 -.020 .004 0.9 -4.2 -2.8
2011 aaa 5564 -.000 -0.5 3359 -.000 0.1 76 -.031 .000 1.6 1.1 1.9
2012 mlb 173 .003 0.1 108 .000 -0.0 6 .013 .000 -0.0 0.0 7.6
2012 aaa 1896 .009 2.9 1143 .000 -0.1 18 .008 -.001 -0.1 2.7 -0.5

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