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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
10 5705 .280 .345 .355 .255 17.4
Birth Date1-20-1975
Height5' 6"
Weight170 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

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
2001 ANA 26 153 664 582 82 166 26 2 4 208 43 60 21 2 16 41 29 4 .285 .355 .357 .264 37.3 -4.4 3.2
2002 ANA 27 152 702 608 107 178 22 6 8 236 45 44 27 8 14 63 21 13 .293 .363 .388 .279 47.4 7.3 5.5
2003 ANA 28 120 517 452 59 114 22 1 3 147 36 45 15 4 10 31 16 5 .252 .325 .325 .233 4.5 3.4 0.8
2004 ANA 29 142 637 566 92 156 24 1 2 188 42 49 13 2 14 35 16 5 .276 .339 .332 .236 10.8 -13.0 -0.2
2005 SLN 30 158 713 630 90 185 26 7 8 249 58 44 13 4 8 61 11 8 .294 .363 .395 .266 36.5 5.7 4.3
2006 SLN 31 123 552 500 68 146 18 1 2 172 31 41 15 3 3 23 7 6 .292 .350 .344 .257 20.8 -2.4 1.8
2007 SLN 32 117 484 434 58 134 23 0 3 166 24 22 12 7 7 31 10 1 .309 .356 .382 .262 18.5 -3.9 1.4
2008 ARI 33 18 73 64 5 14 3 0 1 20 7 5 1 1 0 4 0 0 .219 .301 .312 .214 -1.4 3.1 0.2
2008 TOR 33 76 303 260 27 72 18 0 1 93 24 27 8 2 9 23 2 1 .277 .354 .358 .255 12.5 -3.3 0.9
2009 SDN 34 136 568 503 64 131 27 2 2 168 39 46 9 4 13 51 3 1 .260 .323 .334 .241 -1.7 -10.0 -1.2
2010 SDN 35 116 492 442 49 118 23 0 1 144 27 35 9 2 12 29 8 1 .267 .321 .326 .254 10.2 -4.0 0.7
Career1311570550417011414232203517913764181433910639212345.280.345.355.255195.5-21.517.4

Advanced

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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
1997 LOW A- 0 294 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .329 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 SAR A+ 0 612 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .336 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 TRN AA 0 597 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .338 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 EDM AAA 0 66 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 PAW AAA 0 502 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .274 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ANA MLB 153 664 .264 .264 .328 .422 .259 .312 97 2.8 18.2 6.1 -4.4 8.4 37.3 3.2 37.3 3.2
2002 ANA MLB 152 702 .279 .264 .330 .423 .265 .301 95 13.9 18.7 8.8 7.3 4.9 47.4 5.5 47.4 5.5
2003 ANA MLB 120 517 .233 .270 .332 .433 .264 .272 99 -15.1 14.1 6.6 3.4 -0.7 4.5 0.8 4.5 0.8
2004 ANA MLB 142 637 .236 .269 .335 .432 .259 .298 104 -16.9 19.0 8.5 -13.0 2.0 10.8 -0.2 10.8 -0.2
2005 SLN MLB 158 713 .266 .266 .330 .423 .262 .304 101 4.3 20.5 9.4 5.7 -1.3 36.5 4.3 36.5 4.3
2006 SLN MLB 123 552 .257 .271 .335 .437 .265 .313 94 -2.2 16.6 7.6 -2.4 1.2 20.8 1.8 20.8 1.8
2007 SLN MLB 117 484 .262 .274 .336 .435 .263 .315 101 1 14.4 6.6 -3.9 -2.8 18.5 1.4 18.5 1.4
2008 ARI MLB 18 73 .214 .270 .333 .437 .269 .220 99 -3.6 2.1 -0.1 3.1 0.4 -1.4 0.2 -1.4 0.2
2008 TOR MLB 76 303 .255 .266 .337 .416 .262 .303 99 -1.5 8.8 2.6 -3.3 0.4 12.5 0.9 12.5 0.9
2008 DUN A+ 5 17 .176 .259 .346 .370 .261 .154 109 -1.5 0.5 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2009 SDN MLB 136 568 .241 .253 .321 .404 .257 .281 87 -11.8 16.3 -0.7 -10.0 -2.0 -1.7 -1.2 -1.7 -1.2
2010 SDN MLB 116 492 .254 .253 .319 .397 .264 .287 83 -2.9 13.6 -0.6 -4.0 0.6 10.2 0.7 10.2 0.7
2010 FTW A 3 12 .395 .282 .359 .427 .286 .333 100 1.6 0.3 0 0.4 -0.3 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2

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
1997 LOW A- 294 43 75 11 4 4 39 33 29 21 5 .301 .408 .426 .124 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 SAR A+ 612 99 154 29 4 3 58 87 51 45 16 .306 .430 .398 .091 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 TRN AA 597 109 151 22 5 6 52 89 48 32 13 .313 .444 .416 .104 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 PAW AAA 502 77 104 20 0 1 31 60 45 11 8 .246 .367 .301 .055 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 EDM AAA 66 17 18 8 0 3 8 9 1 5 3 .346 .485 .673 .327 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ANA MLB 664 82 166 26 2 4 41 43 60 29 4 .285 .355 .357 .072 .264 37.3 -4.4 3.2
2002 ANA MLB 702 107 178 22 6 8 63 45 44 21 13 .293 .363 .388 .095 .279 47.4 7.3 5.5
2003 ANA MLB 517 59 114 22 1 3 31 36 45 16 5 .252 .325 .325 .073 .233 4.5 3.4 0.8
2004 ANA MLB 637 92 156 24 1 2 35 42 49 16 5 .276 .339 .332 .057 .236 10.8 -13.0 -0.2
2005 SLN MLB 713 90 185 26 7 8 61 58 44 11 8 .294 .363 .395 .102 .266 36.5 5.7 4.3
2006 SLN MLB 552 68 146 18 1 2 23 31 41 7 6 .292 .350 .344 .052 .257 20.8 -2.4 1.8
2007 SLN MLB 484 58 134 23 0 3 31 24 22 10 1 .309 .356 .382 .074 .262 18.5 -3.9 1.4
2008 ARI MLB 73 5 14 3 0 1 4 7 5 0 0 .219 .301 .312 .094 .214 -1.4 3.1 0.2
2008 DUN A+ 17 4 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .143 .294 .214 .071 .176 -0.9 -0.1 -0.1
2008 TOR MLB 303 27 72 18 0 1 23 24 27 2 1 .277 .354 .358 .081 .255 12.5 -3.3 0.9
2009 SDN MLB 568 64 131 27 2 2 51 39 46 3 1 .260 .323 .334 .074 .241 -1.7 -10.0 -1.2
2010 FTW A 12 1 3 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 .333 .500 .444 .111 .395 1.7 0.4 0.2
2010 SDN MLB 492 49 118 23 0 1 29 27 35 8 1 .267 .321 .326 .059 .254 10.2 -4.0 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 1272 0.5755 0.4315 0.9288 0.5246 0.3037 0.9688 0.8354 0.0712
2009 2143 0.5908 0.4159 0.9247 0.5024 0.2896 0.9701 0.8110 0.0753
2010 1848 0.5877 0.4145 0.9202 0.5203 0.2612 0.9699 0.7789 0.0772
Career52630.5860.41920.92410.51410.2830.96970.80560.075

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-07-21 2010-08-21 15-DL 31 29 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2010-07-07 2010-07-16 DTD 9 5 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2009-09-14 2009-09-16 DTD 2 2 Neck Tightness -
2009-07-06 2009-07-28 15-DL 22 19 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-05-22 2009-05-22 DTD 0 0 Chest Contusion -
2009-05-11 2009-05-12 DTD 1 0 Left Trunk Contusion Ribs -
2008-09-20 2008-09-22 DTD 2 2 Left Knee Contusion HBP -
2008-05-07 2008-05-27 15-DL 20 19 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2007-09-14 2007-09-18 DTD 4 5 Low Back Stiffness -
2007-08-26 2007-08-28 DTD 2 1 Right Fingers Contusion -
2007-06-14 2007-07-12 15-DL 28 23 Low Back Strain -
2007-05-27 2007-06-01 DTD 5 5 Back Tightness -
2007-03-01 2007-03-13 Camp 12 0 Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2006-10-17 2006-10-17 DTD 0 0 Left Shoulder Separation AC Joint -
2006-09-25 2006-09-27 DTD 2 2 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-08-19 2006-09-15 15-DL 27 24 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2006-06-16 2006-06-20 DTD 4 3 Head Concussion Player Collision Sliding Into Second Base -
2006-05-31 2006-05-31 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Contusion HBP -
2005-07-30 2005-07-30 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Contusion Foul Ball -
2004-08-01 2004-08-03 DTD 2 1 Left Knee Contusion HBP -
2004-06-17 2004-06-20 DTD 3 3 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2004-06-14 2004-06-16 DTD 2 1 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2004-06-04 2004-06-10 DTD 6 5 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2004-04-28 2004-05-03 DTD 5 5 Right Groin Strain -
2003-08-18 2003-09-09 15-DL 22 20 Hip Inflammation Piriformis Syndrome -
2003-08-12 2003-08-15 DTD 3 3 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2003-07-07 2003-07-17 DTD 10 6 Right Shoulder Separation AC Joint -
2003-06-10 2003-06-13 DTD 3 2 Left Thumb Contusion Batted Ball -
2003-06-06 2003-06-09 DTD 3 3 Left Hand Contusion Batted Ball -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 SDN $1,000,000
2009 SDN $850,000
2008 TOR $4,500,000
2007 SLN $4,500,000
2006 SLN $3,250,000
2005 SLN $2,250,000
2004 ANA $2,150,000
2003 ANA $425,000
2002 ANA $280,000
2001 ANA $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$19,405,000
10 yrTotal$19,405,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 yRyan Gleichowski1 year/$1M (2010)

Details
  • 1 year/$1M (2010). Signed extension with San Diego 8/23/09.
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2009). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 1/15/09. $0.15M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2008). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 12/13/07. Acquired by Arizona in trade from Toronto 8/31/08.
  • 3 years/$10.25M (2005-07). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 12/04. $0.25M signing bonus. 05:$2.25M, 06:$3.25M, 07:$4.5M.
  • 1 year/$2.15M (2004). Won arbitration with Anaheim 2/04 (2.15M-$1.6M). Non-tendered by Anaheim 12/04.
  • 1 year/$0.425M (2003). Re-signed by Anaheim 2/03.
  • 1 year/$0.28M (2002). Re-signed by Anaheim 2/02.
  • 1 year/$0.2M (2001). Re-signed by Anaheim 2/01.
  • Claimed by Anaheim off waivers from Boston 8/00.
  • Drafted by Boston 1997 (19-581) (University of Florida).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-06-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Well, you made it to 24, you may be talking to yourself in chats, but that's better than other Lindbergh babies have managed....Is Darwin Barney capable of being the next David Eckstein?
(Mike from Chicago)
Good point--I'm doing okay by Lindbergh baby standards. As for Barney, no way--he has at least four inches on Eckstein, so even if he were Eck's equal as a player, he'd never have his heart. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Professor, the Reds internets community is having a pretty heated debate about SS Ronald Torreyes. At 17, he tore up the Venezuelan Rookie league (.390/.468/.606, 23 BB to 11 SO) and more than held his own in Arizona. He's got a very good glove and runs well. But he's built like David Eckstein's Venezuelan little brother. Just how much should that temper our excitement?
(RMR from Chicago)
He's an interesting little prospect, but the little factor is a little hard to ignore. I'm not a fan of midgets unless 1) They are named Warwick Davis, 2) They are named Sean Astin (From "Toy Soldiers" not "LOTR", or 3) They have elite skills that allow you to ignore the fact that they are midgets. (Jason Parks)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Going into the 2011 season, are the Padres better on paper than they were going into the 2010 season?
(Jeff from Bay Area)
I'm glad someone asked me this question because I've been looking for an excuse to say "Yes, yes they are." The rotation is better, the bullpen is better, the defense is better. The lineup is worse, sure, but they have healthy Ludwick in there, Orlando Hudson instead of David Eckstein, Cameron Maybin's potential instead of Tony Gwynn's impression of his uncle at the plate...if they aren't better, they are at least as good. Gonzalez is one of the best players in baseball, but he's one guy, and the Padres upgraded in multiple spots. Hawpe should hit if he's healthy, too, and I think that will make this team surprise a lot of people again. Though not 90 wins surprise them. (Marc Normandin)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Know where I can find an OBP-heavy second baseman?
(Jed Hoyer from San Diego)
Jed Lowrie! Though his defense at second base may leave something to be desired. He can swing it, at least.

Re-signing David Eckstein for around $1M for the third time in a row seems the safest bet. Plenty of surplus value there, and he's an average player thanks to his defense. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your thoughts on the Padres' season thus far?
(Peter from San Diego)
Stunning. Maybe the most surprising season since the 1991 Braves. I still can't figure out why their defense rates so well given the personnel -- David Eckstein and Hairston and Tony Gwynn's Spawn. Still skeptical they can hold off the Giants and Rockies, but impressed that they've done so for as long as they have. Jed Hoyer will have that job for a while. (Joe Sheehan)
2010-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hello Will, Project Prospect is dubious about Hellickson's ability to manage the workload of a starter in the majors. They base that not just on his size, but on some instances of an injury history and his relatively low innings total each year as well as some questions about his mechanics. Have you any opinion on that matter?
(buddaley from Clearwater)
I havent seen what's written, so I'll keep this general. His size is concerning and he looks ... well, he looks like he's 12. He makes David Eckstein look like a Mike Gundy-style Man. Still, we don't know whether he's the next Tim Lincecum or the next ... some short guy that didn't make it. There's that inherent bias.

As to his mechanics, I'm going to rant a bit. Look, I used to think I could look at a guy and tell. I was wrong. NO ONE can. In generalities, you can see some things, but until we get them in a mo-cap, there's no way to know the forces on their joints. There's some AMAZING technology coming that I'm going to introduce you to soon that will change how we look at these guys, but until then, remember that no one - the teams included - have any idea what good or bad mechanics are. (Will Carroll)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Some folks seem to think that Everth Cabrera won't be particularly productive because of his lack of size. He's 5-9. 170. How does his size affect his future as a major leaguer?
(Steve N from Delaware)
I don't buy it for a second, and I don't think his listed size is a handicap to his having a fine career. He's bigger than David Eckstein or Jody Reed or Mike Gallego. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think should be the starter at second base for the Twins? I know it's like choosing the lesser of two evils, but I don't really want to see Nick Punto flail away at pitches no where close to the strike zone. Also, why in the world was Delmon Young a #1 Prospect, and who should be playing left field for us?
(twinkies25 from MN)
I would hope they'd just lock in and place their faith in Casilla. Punto's a better utility infielder than a starter, and I'm reluctant to get worked up in Brendan Harris' behalf when he isn't hitting and concerns over his defense up the middle dog him with a certain persistence. Failing a commitment to Casilla, they should have asked the A's for Adam Kennedy. It's never too late to ask after David Eckstein, for that matter, and he'd go over well in the Twin Cities, methinks. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)The David Eckstein "Scrappy, gritty, his worth isn't measurable in the boxscore" Award
(dianagramr from NYC)
Always up for the jabs at Mini Eck. (Marc Normandin)
2009-03-10 14:30:00 (link to chat)How in the world will Toronto ever win the division?
(Eric from Toronto)
By building a very good baseball team. They had 60% of one last year, but didn't fill out the offense. That's not money--that's choosing Shannon Stewart and David Eckstein. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)With all the pitching prospects, plus Zimmerman and now Bonifacio (and even the atty general now) would it make sense for the Nats to try to be a "pitching/defense" type team? The A's and Angels type success may be easier for them to accomplish than anything else.
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Well, you have to have the right talent to make it work, and the Attorney General and Mr. Good Face (isn't that the translation of Bonifacio?) still don't add up to Chone Figgins and David Eckstein, to say nothing of the relative merits of the two pitching staffs.

What the Nats really need are for their high-upside hitters to stay healthy. With Johnson, Dukes, Peņa, Kearns, Milledge and Zimmerman all seeing significant time on the DL, it's a tough row to hoe.

OK folks, one or two more and I'm out of here. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableDear Padres,

I can deal with Tony Gwynn leading off, but David Eckstein in the #2 spot is just not acceptable. Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Blanks need people to drive in.

Love,

Marc (Marc Normandin)
 

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