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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 38)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 3.92 1.38 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date3-17-1976
Height6' 2"
Weight220 lbs
Age38 years, 7 months, 4 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.12010
0.42011
0.12012
0.72013
0.12014
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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
2000 CHN 24 18 18 94.0 94.0 0.0 4 3 0 0 6 0 426 117 59 54 13 196 37 36 5 63 5.17 4.85 5.29 9.3 0.8
2000 MON 24 1 1 3.0 3.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 5 3 3 0 5 3 3 0 0 9.00 6.06 8.36 -0.9 -0.1
2003 MON 27 1 1 3.0 3.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 17 5 5 5 2 13 3 1 0 4 15.00 11.97 6.81 -0.2 -0.0
2004 MON 28 12 12 63.0 63.0 0.0 3 6 0 0 6 1 284 79 47 36 9 118 23 21 3 38 5.14 4.84 5.92 -0.4 -0.0
2005 TOR 29 26 13 94.0 69.0 25.0 4 3 0 0 5 0 407 93 49 45 12 151 34 34 5 75 4.31 4.36 5.37 5.8 0.6
2006 TOR 30 59 5 77.0 15.3 61.7 6 2 1 6 0 0 327 73 38 35 9 121 30 24 2 61 4.09 4.37 5.11 9.6 0.9
2007 TOR 31 81 0 58.0 0.0 58.0 4 2 1 6 0 0 239 47 15 14 3 61 24 21 1 57 2.17 3.31 3.92 7.7 0.8
2008 TOR 32 66 0 70.7 0.0 70.7 0 3 5 4 0 0 290 54 15 14 3 74 27 20 4 57 1.78 3.42 4.08 9.2 0.9
2009 TOR 33 48 0 46.7 0.0 46.7 1 3 9 4 0 0 200 46 18 16 4 70 13 12 2 43 3.09 3.38 3.61 10.1 1.1
2010 TOR 34 67 0 61.3 0.0 61.3 5 5 0 3 0 0 241 47 19 18 3 70 14 11 4 48 2.64 3.00 3.62 10.9 1.1
2011 ANA 35 60 0 53.7 0.0 53.7 6 3 1 3 0 0 218 39 11 8 3 56 15 12 0 35 1.34 3.32 4.25 3.4 0.4
2012 ANA 36 57 0 45.7 0.0 45.7 1 1 9 3 0 0 194 43 17 16 3 61 17 15 0 32 3.15 3.62 4.51 0.8 0.1
2013 ANA 37 43 0 29.3 0.0 29.3 2 3 0 5 0 0 122 26 7 6 1 34 11 9 2 22 1.84 3.35 3.47 2.7 0.3
2013 ATL 37 25 0 14.0 0.0 14.0 2 1 0 1 0 0 67 19 6 6 0 21 8 8 0 15 3.86 2.59 2.17 3.7 0.4
2014 CHA 38 38 0 23.7 0.0 23.7 0 2 1 7 0 0 108 24 17 16 1 34 15 13 0 22 6.08 3.75 3.55 2.3 0.3
2014 KCA 38 17 0 14.3 0.0 14.3 0 2 0 2 0 0 57 12 7 5 1 22 5 5 0 3 3.14 4.69 6.14 -1.8 -0.2
Career61950751.3247.3504.0384027441713213729333297671107279245285753.563.954.6072.17.3

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
1997 ROK A 5 5 36.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .213 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 WPT A- 5 5 23.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .259 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 DAY A+ 27 27 161.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DAY A+ 7 7 48.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 FTM A+ 2 2 9.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 NBR AA 6 3 19.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 WTN AA 13 12 80.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CHN MLB 18 18 94.0 5.29 93 .288 .260 .329 .415 .253 .338 98 8.4 0.8 9.3 0.8
2000 MON MLB 1 1 3.0 8.36 30 .306 .274 .333 .438 .261 .385 97 -0.6 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2002 BRV A+ 7 0 9.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .259 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 OTT AAA 17 0 23.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 MON MLB 1 1 3.0 6.81 63 .393 .273 .347 .467 .270 .375 107 -0.1 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2003 EDM AAA 21 21 121.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .268 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MON MLB 12 12 63.0 5.92 63 .283 .266 .330 .426 .265 .332 92 -0.6 -0.1 -0.4 -0.0
2004 EDM AAA 22 22 135.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .283 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TOR MLB 26 13 94.0 5.37 91 .258 .275 .339 .440 .271 .288 104 5.8 0.6 5.8 0.6
2005 SYR AAA 7 7 39.3 4.83 110 .232 .276 .346 .432 .254 .339 110 5.2 0.5 5.2 0.5
2006 TOR MLB 59 5 77.0 5.11 104 .238 .273 .341 .440 .263 .284 108 9.6 0.9 9.6 0.9
2007 TOR MLB 81 0 58.0 3.92 114 .221 .281 .357 .450 .278 .286 93 7.7 0.8 7.7 0.8
2008 TOR MLB 66 0 70.7 4.08 113 .209 .267 .338 .427 .265 .256 99 9.2 0.9 9.2 0.9
2009 TOR MLB 48 0 46.7 3.61 128 .246 .265 .335 .432 .261 .304 104 10.4 1.1 10.1 1.1
2009 DUN A+ 3 2 2.3 3.52 123 .304 .260 .319 .355 .255 .333 105 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2010 TOR MLB 67 0 61.3 3.62 127 .203 .259 .327 .405 .257 .256 111 10.9 1.1 10.9 1.1
2011 ANA MLB 60 0 53.7 4.25 100 .214 .255 .320 .406 .263 .218 96 3.4 0.4 3.4 0.4
2011 SBR A+ 2 1 2.0 2.71 141 .392 .294 .371 .489 .300 .500 90 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2012 ANA MLB 57 0 45.7 4.51 92 .237 .256 .324 .419 .268 .282 95 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2013 ANA MLB 43 0 29.3 3.47 116 .242 .258 .321 .412 .270 .291 96 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2013 ATL MLB 25 0 14.0 2.17 147 .290 .260 .317 .411 .259 .432 101 3.7 0.4 3.7 0.4
2014 CHA MLB 38 0 23.7 3.55 117 .263 .254 .315 .391 .262 .329 103 2.3 0.3 2.3 0.3
2014 KCA MLB 17 0 14.3 6.14 53 .259 .261 .323 .383 .263 .229 101 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2

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
1997 ROK A 3 0 0 5 5 36.0 17 8 43 1 0% .213 4.2 2.0 0.2 10.8 0.69 1.25 0.0 0.0
1997 WPT A- 0 2 0 5 5 23.0 15 7 28 0 0% .259 5.9 2.7 0.0 11.0 0.96 2.74 0.0 0.0
1998 DAY A+ 8 9 0 27 27 161.7 179 55 117 12 0% .000 10.0 3.1 0.7 6.5 1.45 3.90 0.0 0.0
1999 NBR AA 0 0 0 6 3 19.7 33 10 22 5 0% .000 15.1 4.6 2.3 10.1 2.18 8.68 0.0 0.0
1999 WTN AA 8 1 0 13 12 80.0 56 28 101 2 0% .000 6.3 3.1 0.2 11.4 1.05 1.35 0.0 0.0
1999 DAY A+ 5 0 0 7 7 48.0 41 11 41 2 0% .000 7.7 2.1 0.4 7.7 1.08 1.88 0.0 0.0
1999 FTM A+ 0 1 0 2 2 9.7 7 6 9 0 0% .000 6.5 5.6 0.0 8.4 1.34 0.00 0.0 0.0
2000 CHN MLB 4 3 0 18 18 94.0 117 37 63 13 46% .338 11.2 3.5 1.2 6.0 1.64 5.17 9.3 0.8
2000 MON MLB 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 5 3 0 0 62% .385 15.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 2.67 9.00 -0.9 -0.1
2002 OTT AAA 2 1 0 17 0 23.3 31 3 15 6 0% .312 12.0 1.2 2.3 5.8 1.46 5.79 0.0 0.0
2002 BRV A+ 0 0 1 7 0 9.0 7 2 7 0 0% .259 7.0 2.0 0.0 7.0 1.00 3.00 0.0 0.0
2003 MON MLB 0 1 0 1 1 3.0 5 3 4 2 30% .375 15.0 9.0 6.0 12.0 2.67 15.00 -0.2 -0.0
2003 EDM AAA 8 9 0 21 21 121.7 119 39 54 13 0% .268 8.8 2.9 1.0 4.0 1.30 4.29 0.0 0.0
2004 EDM AAA 10 6 0 22 22 135.3 143 26 67 16 0% .283 9.5 1.7 1.1 4.5 1.25 3.53 0.0 0.0
2004 MON MLB 3 6 0 12 12 63.0 79 23 38 9 54% .332 11.3 3.3 1.3 5.4 1.62 5.14 -0.4 -0.0
2005 SYR AAA 2 3 0 7 7 39.3 45 3 35 5 54% .339 10.3 0.7 1.1 8.0 1.22 4.81 5.2 0.5
2005 TOR MLB 4 3 0 26 13 94.0 93 34 75 12 54% .288 8.9 3.3 1.1 7.2 1.35 4.31 5.8 0.6
2006 TOR MLB 6 2 1 59 5 77.0 73 30 61 9 56% .284 8.5 3.5 1.1 7.1 1.34 4.09 9.6 0.9
2007 TOR MLB 4 2 1 81 0 58.0 47 24 57 3 61% .286 7.3 3.7 0.5 8.8 1.22 2.17 7.7 0.8
2008 TOR MLB 0 3 5 66 0 70.7 54 27 57 3 68% .256 6.9 3.4 0.4 7.3 1.15 1.78 9.2 0.9
2009 TOR MLB 1 3 9 48 0 46.7 46 13 43 4 57% .304 8.9 2.5 0.8 8.3 1.26 3.09 10.1 1.1
2009 DUN A+ 0 0 0 3 2 2.3 3 1 2 0 44% .333 11.7 3.9 0.0 7.8 1.74 3.91 1.1 0.1
2010 TOR MLB 5 5 0 67 0 61.3 47 14 48 3 59% .256 6.9 2.1 0.4 7.0 0.99 2.64 10.9 1.1
2011 ANA MLB 6 3 1 60 0 53.7 39 15 35 3 64% .218 6.5 2.5 0.5 5.9 1.01 1.34 3.4 0.4
2011 SBR A+ 1 1 0 2 1 2.0 5 1 1 0 50% .500 22.5 4.5 0.0 4.5 3.00 9.00 0.8 0.1
2012 ANA MLB 1 1 9 57 0 45.7 43 17 32 3 61% .282 8.5 3.4 0.6 6.3 1.31 3.15 0.8 0.1
2013 ATL MLB 2 1 0 25 0 14.0 19 8 15 0 68% .432 12.2 5.1 0.0 9.6 1.93 3.86 3.7 0.4
2013 ANA MLB 2 3 0 43 0 29.3 26 11 22 1 63% .291 8.0 3.4 0.3 6.8 1.26 1.84 2.7 0.3
2014 CHA MLB 0 2 1 38 0 23.7 24 15 22 1 59% .329 9.1 5.7 0.4 8.4 1.65 6.08 2.3 0.3
2014 KCA MLB 0 2 0 17 0 14.3 12 5 3 1 65% .229 7.5 3.1 0.6 1.9 1.19 3.14 -1.8 -0.2

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 991 0.4137 0.4388 0.8065 0.5976 0.3253 0.8776 0.7143 0.1912
2009 700 0.4471 0.4735 0.7704 0.6134 0.3592 0.8750 0.6259 0.2296
2010 888 0.4752 0.4149 0.8315 0.5640 0.2790 0.9412 0.6308 0.1685
2011 787 0.4219 0.4396 0.8237 0.5994 0.3231 0.9146 0.7007 0.1734
2012 704 0.4261 0.4645 0.7768 0.6300 0.3416 0.8624 0.6594 0.2202
2013 704 0.3906 0.4375 0.7630 0.6182 0.3217 0.8941 0.6014 0.2338
2014 685 0.4175 0.4423 0.8020 0.6573 0.2882 0.9309 0.5913 0.1947
Career54590.42830.44310.79840.60870.31880.89980.65030.1995

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-03 2014-08-28 15-DL 25 23 - Neck Stiffness -
2013-09-08 2013-09-13 DTD 5 5 Right Fingers Fracture Tip of Non-throwing Hand While Fielding Ball - -
2013-05-10 2013-05-11 DTD 1 1 Right Foot Soreness - -
2013-05-02 2013-05-05 DTD 3 3 - Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
2012-07-28 2012-08-18 15-DL 21 20 Left Shoulder Strain - -
2012-06-11 2012-06-19 DTD 8 7 - Trunk Soreness - -
2012-05-07 2012-05-12 DTD 5 4 Left Knee Contusion - -
2012-04-13 2012-04-16 DTD 3 3 Right Ankle Sprain - -
2011-08-20 2011-08-27 DTD 7 5 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-04-14 2011-04-29 15-DL 15 13 General Medical Gastrointestinal Virus -
2011-03-22 2011-04-11 15-DL 20 9 Left Recovery From Fracture Big Toe -
2011-03-09 2011-03-22 Camp 13 0 Left Fracture Big Toe -
2009-09-17 2009-10-05 DTD 18 16 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-08-02 2009-08-24 15-DL 22 18 Left Sprain Big Toe -
2009-06-17 2009-07-08 15-DL 21 19 Left Sprain Big Toe Injured Pushing Out of Batters Box Running -
2009-05-27 2009-05-27 DTD 0 0 Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-02-18 2009-03-21 Camp 31 0 Right Elbow Soreness -
2008-09-13 2008-09-28 15-DL 15 14 Right Ankle Sprain -
2008-08-14 2008-08-21 DTD 7 5 Right Ankle Sprain -
2008-04-26 2008-04-30 DTD 4 3 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2007-09-23 2007-09-26 DTD 3 3 Low Back Strain -
2007-09-16 2007-09-18 DTD 2 2 Right Foot Arthritis Gout -
2006-03-29 2006-04-07 Camp 9 3 Right Knee Soreness -
2002-08-04 2002-09-07 Minors 34 0 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2002-04-01 2002-06-10 60-DL 70 62 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2001-03-24
2001-03-31 2001-09-30 60-DL 183 155 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2001-03-24
2000-08-09 2000-10-02 15-DL 54 53 Left Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament - -
1997-07-04 1997-07-11 Minors 7 0 Left Elbow Soreness - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CHA $3,750,000
2013 ANA $5,000,000
2012 ANA $5,000,000
2011 ANA $5,000,000
2010 TOR $4,000,000
2009 TOR $3,750,000
2008 TOR $2,250,000
2007 TOR $1,025,000
2006 TOR $705,000
2003 MON $300,000
2002 MON $225,000
2001 MON $225,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$27,480,000
2011Current$3,750,000
12 yrPvs + Cur$31,230,000
12 yrTotal$31,230,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 121 dGreg Landry1 year/$4M (2014), 2015 option

Details
  • 1 year/$4M (2014), plus 2015 club option. Signed by Chicago White Sox 1/2/14. 14:$3.75M, 15:$4.25M club option, $0.25M buyout. DFA by Chicago White Sox 6/26/14. Released by Chicago White Sox 7/3/14. Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 7/6/14 (pro-rated Major League minimum salary).
  • 3 years/$15M (2011-13). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 12/10/10. Estimated salaries: 11:$5M, 12:$5M, 13:$5M. Performance bonuses: $1M based on GF. Acquired by Atlanta in trade from LA Angels 7/29/13.
  • 3 years/$10M (2008-10). Re-signed by Toronto 1/17/08 (avoided arbitration). 08:$2.25M, 09:$3.75M, 10:$4M.
  • 1 year/$1.025M (2007). Re-signed by Toronto 2/07 (avoided arbitration, $1.2M-$0.925M). Performance bonuses: $10,000 for 70 games, $15,000 for 75 games.
  • 1 year/$0.705M (2006). Re-signed by Toronto 1/06 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2005). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 12/04 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Toronto 5/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Contract purchased by Montreal 6/04. Optioned to Triple-A 7/04. Recalled 8/04. Released by Montreal 11/04.
  • 1 year/$0.3M. Re-signed by Montreal 1/03 (split contract, $177,750 in minors). Optioned to Triple-A 3/03, 8/03. DFA 8/03.
  • 1 year/$0.225M (2002). Re-signed by Montreal 2/02.
  • 1 year (2001). Re-signed by Montreal 2/01.
  • 1 year (2000). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/00. Acquired by Montreal in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/00.
  • Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Minnesota 5/99.
  • Acquired by Minnesota in trade from Chicago Cubs 11/98.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 1997 (3-94) (University of Kentucky).

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 0 0 0 0 0 74.5 58 20 57 5 .246 1.05 2.65 2.88 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 68.0 57 20 52 5 .260 1.14 3.00 3.27 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 63.5 56 20 48 5 .271 1.20 3.27 3.55 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 59.7 55 20 45 5 .280 1.26 3.49 3.8 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 56.2 54 19 43 5 .288 1.31 3.71 4.03 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 0 0 0 52.8 53 19 40 5 .297 1.36 3.92 4.26 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 0 0 0 49.2 52 18 38 5 .306 1.43 4.16 4.52 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 45.2 50 18 34 5 .316 1.50 4.44 4.83 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 0 0 0 39.8 47 17 30 4 .331 1.61 4.84 5.26 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0000055.65319425.2861.293.6840.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
21% 36% 23% 9% 74%

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
20153921044047451634559.2831.303.673.998.63.16.51.00.5
20164021041043441432459.2931.343.874.219.12.96.60.80.4
20174121037040401329459.2921.343.924.269.12.96.60.90.3
20184221032034341123359.2901.344.074.429.12.96.10.80.2
20194321030032341122459.2961.424.234.609.73.16.31.10.1
20204411029031331021359.3001.404.314.699.72.96.20.90.1
20214511029031331020459.2971.404.374.759.72.95.91.20.1
20224611028030331019459.2981.424.464.859.83.05.61.20.0
20234711028030331018459.2991.454.574.9610.03.05.51.2-0.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
19.514.111.18.52555.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 59)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 84 Jamey Wright 2013 3.21
2 80 Francisco Cordero 2013 0.00 DNP
3 75 Mariano Rivera 2008 1.40
4 72 LaTroy Hawkins 2011 2.79
5 72 David Weathers 2008 3.50
6 70 Al Worthington 1967 3.52
7 69 Kent Tekulve 1985 4.16
8 68 Ted Abernathy 1971 3.22
9 68 Chris Hammond 2004 3.52
10 67 Brendan Donnelly 2010 6.16
11 67 Ryan Franklin 2011 8.78
12 67 John Franco 1999 3.10
13 67 Trever Miller 2011 3.38
14 66 Chris Carpenter 2013 0.00 DNP
15 66 Matt Herges 2008 5.60
16 66 Jose Contreras 2010 3.49
17 66 Billy Wagner 2010 1.82
18 65 Rheal Cormier 2005 6.27
19 65 Clay Carroll 1979 0.00 DNP
20 65 Larry Andersen 1991 2.49
21 65 Derek Lowe 2011 5.29
22 65 Gene Garber 1986 2.65
23 65 Roberto Hernandez 2003 5.55
24 65 Jim Corsi 2000 0.00 DNP
25 64 Ron Mahay 2009 5.01
26 64 Tommy John 1981 3.21
27 64 Stu Miller 1966 2.35
28 63 Bob Locker 1976 0.00 DNP
29 63 Andy Pettitte 2010 3.63
30 63 Dennis Lamp 1991 5.38
31 63 Mike Stanton 2005 5.06
32 63 Kevin Brown 2003 2.86
33 63 Buddy Groom 2004 5.13
34 63 Hoyt Wilhelm 1961 2.87
35 62 Mike Myers 2007 5.63
36 62 Steve Reed 2003 3.41
37 62 Marv Grissom 1956 2.00
38 62 Rollie Fingers 1985 5.37
39 61 R.A. Dickey 2013 4.53
40 60 Bob Wickman 2007 4.29
41 60 Bill Campbell 1987 10.80
42 60 Jay Howell 1994 6.07
43 59 Darren Oliver 2009 2.71
44 59 Ron Villone 2008 4.86
45 59 Roger Clemens 2001 3.84
46 59 Bobby Shantz 1964 3.26
47 59 Joe Nathan 2013 1.39
48 59 Brian Shouse 2007 3.59
49 58 Jamie Moyer 2001 3.61
50 58 Hiroki Kuroda 2013 3.53
51 58 Takashi Saito 2008 2.68
52 57 Greg Harris 1994 9.06
53 57 Allie Reynolds 1955 0.00 DNP
54 57 Troy Percival 2008 5.12
55 57 Jeff Nelson 2005 4.17
56 56 Scott Eyre 2010 0.00 DNP
57 56 Alan Embree 2008 5.40
58 56 Steve Howe 1996 6.35
59 56 Tom Martin 2008 0.00 DNP
60 56 Guillermo Mota 2012 5.66
61 56 Ron Reed 1981 3.82
62 55 Bob Gibson 1974 4.12
63 55 Paul Assenmacher 1999 8.73
64 55 Hector Carrasco 2008 0.00 DNP
65 54 Terry Leach 1992 2.08
66 54 Miguel Batista 2009 4.67
67 54 Greg Minton 1990 2.35
68 54 Rafael Betancourt 2013 4.71
69 53 Charlie Leibrandt 1995 0.00 DNP
70 53 Tom Henke 1996 0.00 DNP
71 53 Mike Magnante 2003 0.00 DNP
72 53 Mike Jackson 2003 0.00 DNP
73 53 Mike Timlin 2004 4.13
74 53 Tom Candiotti 1996 5.38
75 53 Warren Spahn 1959 3.27
76 53 Jim Brewer 1976 3.15
77 52 Mike Marshall 1981 2.90
78 52 Koji Uehara 2013 1.21
79 52 Steve Farr 1995 0.00 DNP
80 52 Joe Niekro 1983 3.89
81 52 Greg Maddux 2004 4.36
82 52 Kenny Rogers 2003 4.98
83 51 Mark Hendrickson 2012 0.00 DNP
84 51 Dave Giusti 1978 0.00 DNP
85 51 Al Reyes 2009 0.00 DNP
86 51 Hisanori Takahashi 2013 6.00
87 51 Doug Jones 1995 5.79
88 51 Ken Forsch 1985 0.00 DNP
89 51 Rick White 2007 8.05
90 50 Doug Brocail 2005 6.01
91 50 Barney Schultz 1965 4.68
92 50 John Smoltz 2005 3.25
93 50 Billy Taylor 2000 8.56
94 50 Ellis Kinder 1953 2.61
95 49 Dan Quisenberry 1991 0.00 DNP
96 49 Mike Remlinger 2004 3.93
97 49 Brian Sweeney 2012 0.00 DNP
98 49 Vic Raschi 1957 0.00 DNP
99 48 Joe Borowski 2009 0.00 DNP
100 48 Steve Hamilton 1973 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .223 .291 .276 .207
11 vs R (Multi) .273 .345 .380 .271
18 Split (Multi) -.050 -.054 -.104 -.064
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .259 .333 .296 .228
31 vs R (2013) .293 .379 .378 .282
38 Split (2013) -.033 -.046 -.082 -.054
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Scioscia has never been big on carrying a lefty specialist. In 13 years with Scioscia as manager, only four lefties have pitched at least 40 games for the Angels while averaging less than an inning per appearance: Mike Holtz, in Scioscia’s first year; J.C. Romero, who rewarded Scioscia with a 6.70 ERA; Brian Fuentes, who doesn’t fit the form, as he was actually the closer; and Downs, the exception that proves the rule. Lefties have slugged .250 or worse against Downs in each of the past three seasons. Increasingly, Scioscia uses him for matchups instead of full innings, but he'll never limit Downs to mere LOOGY work. In 2012 Downs matched his career high with nine saves.
2012 It took about $70 million and five years of experimenting, but the Angels finally signed a reliever to a multi-year deal without it ending in release (Speier), trade (Fuentes), benching (Rodney), or awkward retirement (Shields). Downs' 1.34 ERA is the lowest in club history, with June the only month he allowed more than one earned run. He quit throwing a slider in 2011, and it showed in his strikeout rates: 5.9 Ks per 9 represents the worst rate of his career, low enough to be concerning for a late-inning reliever and perhaps a reason he never got any serious consideration for the ninth inning.
2011 In over 400 innings as a Blue Jay, Downs posted a 3.13 ERA and 2.8 strikeout-to-unintentional-walk ratio. He racks up ground balls, rarely gives up home runs, and does a fine job keeping runners off the bases (especially recently). As a result, he's been a lock to contribute a win or two to his employer’s cause for half a decade now. His parting gift to the Jays will be the compensatory draft pick that the Angels will be forced to hand over after inking the Type-A free agent to a three-year deal. If Fernando Rodney should falter, giving Downs the keys to the ninth-inning wouldn’t be the worst idea, despite his being of the southpaw persuasion.
2010 Downs had a palindromic season in 2009. After starting the season as B.J. Ryan’s set-up man, he assumed the closer’s job when Ryan hit the DL. After converting eight of nine save opportunities, he hit the DL himself in mid-June with a sprained big toe. He returned as closer three weeks later, but three bad outings in late July handed the job to Jason Frasor, returning Downs to the set-up job. Having come full circle, he settled back in as his usual dominant self. The increase in Downs’ ERA last year was simply a BABIP correction and masked the fact that, despite his circuitous season, he posted a career-low walk rate.
2009 Sometimes moving a pitcher into the bullpen can breathe life into his career. Downs was a 29-year-old starter with a 5.41 career ERA when he threw his first pitch for the Blue Jays four years ago. Though he was uninspiring that first year, the Jays thought they saw the makings of a good relief pitcher. The next season, Downs posted a 2.77 ERA in 54 relief appearances (against a 9.39 ERA in five starts). Made team’s primary LOOGY in 2007, Downs appeared in 81 games, held lefties to a .209/.294/.255 line, and pitched almost as well against righties. Last year, he transitioned to a more conventional set-up role following Jeremy Accardo’s injury and finished tenth in the majors in WXRL while posting a 1.78 ERA—not a bad second act for a guy who was once the "Who?" the Expos received when they finally traded Rondell White.
2008 When we talk about pitchers moving to the bullpen and thriving by using smaller repertoires in shorter outings, we are generally talking about righties who take on setup and closer roles. Downs, however, followed a similar path as a southpaw, resurrecting his career by lowering his ERA for four straight seasons. He struck out one of every four lefty batters he faced last year, a career high that made him one of the best specialists in the league. Since his last start on August 18, 2006, Downs has a 1.96 ERA.
2007 Scott Downs`s modus operandi is pretty transparent: Pound everything down and in and see how long you can get away with it. Lately, he`s been getting away with it more often than not, keeping lefties to a .232/.298/.379 batting line last season and limiting the damage against righties by generating ground balls. Sometimes, the scouting reports can catch up with a guy like this, otherwise there`s no reason to expect a significant change in performance.
2006 Perhaps the epitome of the replacement-level lefty, his prospect status couldn`t survive two Tommy John surgeries, so it`s a bit gutty of him to have made it back. Downs has a chance to contribute at the major league level, albeit as little more than a second lefty or emergency starter. It won`t give him back the future he had as an Expos prospect, but it`s a living.
2005 He's 28, and there's no reason to believe that he's suddenly going to blossom into a good major league starter. At his best, he's a right-handed Zach Day with better control and fewer groundballs. Signed a minor league deal with Toronto, where he'll get consideration for the fifth spot in the rotation.
2003 The last link to the Jim Beattie “why do we need to give this guy a physical, anyway?” era, Downs had his second Tommy John surgery last year and won’t be a factor until 2004, if ever. Granted, Rondell White didn’t do much after his liberation from Montreal, but pitching prospects are as dicey a proposition as making kissy faces upon check-in at Rikers, and Downs had little upside to begin with. Those tired axioms about pitching being 93.7% of the game do more than annoy. They can take over decision makers’ brains, prompting them to make desperately stupid choices.
2002 There were mild outcries in the hamlets of Quebec when Rondell White, the best bargaining chip the Expos had, brought only Downs in return at the 2000 trading deadline. Eighteen months later, the topic seldom even comes up, thanks to Downs’s continued absence. Out of sight, out of mind, you know. Tommy John surgery was the culprit last year. TJ survivors usually regain their velocity ahead of their command; since Downs is a control freak, don’t expect a shower of happy returns this season.
2001 He's carved in the Greg Hibbard "battlin’ lefty" mold, from his sweet curve to the sense of confidence he projects to the high-80s fastball with which he plays peek-a-boo. Scott Downs got into the spirit of things with the Expos pretty quickly, spraining his elbow in his debut. He’s depending on injury or a trade to get him a shot at being the fifth starter. It’s hard to get enthusiastic about left-handers without great stuff, but Downs has exceptional control, an improving strikeout rate,and a record of continuous improvement.
2000 The Cubs obviously regretted giving him up in the 1998 deal for Mike Morgan and got him back in the Aguilera trade. He's mastered his sinker and mixes in a good curve and a nice change-up. He isn't really a power pitcher as much as a groundball artist. His chances of turning into a good major-league starter are better than Bowie's or McNichol's.

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2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Jordan Walden regain the closer role with Scott Downs (and Hawkins) getting injured? Did Scioscia overreact in removing him the role to begin with?
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
Walden will probably regain the job at some point, if only by default. I enjoyed Sam Miller's piece on Walden's removal. Keep in mind, the Angels liked Walden enough to throw him in the role to begin with. Maybe a few rotten outings changed their mind, but I think it was designed to be a temporary fix and a sign that no job is safe. That's sort of silly, of course, because they aren't going to bench Pujols or Aybar, but baseball teams do weird things for the sake of shaking things up all the time. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which set up man is most likely to assume closing duties in 2012? Scott Downs (Walden-shaky performance) Joel Peralta (Farny-shaky elbow) Joaquin Benoit (Valverde-shaky law of averages)
(PepeShady from StPaul)
I'd bank on Benoit, because he's one with the true closer stuff, and yeah, I don't trust Valverde. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think the first closer to lose his job will be?
(mef from Brooklyn, NY)
There's still some jobs that aren't totally decided yet, and most guys who have to wait this long to claim the gig usually have a pretty short leash. Among those who we know will start the year at closer, I've got to go with Fernando Rodney of the Angels, who's just not that good and has a few guys behind him, even with Scott Downs' injury. I particularly like Jordan Walden there.

Honorable mention goes to Francisco Cordero, who's declining and can't possibly fend off Aroldis Chapman all year. (Mike Petriello)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who gets the high lev situations in the Toronto pen? John Perrotto reports Frasor perhaps heading to the Cubs.
(Neko Case from Toronto)
Which I'd find heartily amusing, since we all know where Kevin Gregg is at present. I'd anticipate that there will be some element of job-sharing involved, with Gregg, Frasor (if he's there), and Scott Downs all getting save opportunities. Later in the year, I wouldn't be surprised to see Josh Roenicke cadging save ops. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-01-19 15:30:00 (link to chat)Trade Stephen Drew, Austin Jackson and Budd Norris for David Freese, Scott Downs and CJ Wilson? In a dynasty league and have no relief pitching
(Jquinton82 from NY)
I don't usually answer fantasy questions, but you do know that the Rangers are going to try Wilson in the rotation this spring, right? Even if he does go back to the pen, seems to me you're overpaying. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Andrew Bailey or Scott Downs have the skills to hold down end-game duties, or will their closer jobs ultimately settle with more talented pitchers?
(cjkrawczyk from Milwaukee)
I'm one of those people who thinks either have the talent, because while I'd agree with the comment that some people can *not* close (a nation turns its eyes to Ron Davis), there are many who can, with or without fun facial hair or choice theme music. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Blue Jays closer next season, BJ Ryan, Scott Downs, Dustin McGowan or other?
(Bill from Toronto)
Ryan. (Joe Sheehan)


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Scott Downs has thrown 6,012 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (88mph) and Curve (74mph), also mixing in a Slider (81mph) and Fourseam Fastball (88mph). He also rarely throws a Change (82mph).