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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA
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Birth Date12-13-1976
Height6' 2"
Weight205 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2001 CHA MLB 11 0 13.3 10 3 17 0 .256 103 6.8 2.0 0.0 11.5 50% .312 .197 0.97 1.45 2.02 79 3.35 0.3
2002 PIT MLB 33 33 194.3 199 69 113 28 .255 102 9.2 3.2 1.3 5.2 56% .279 .269 1.38 4.78 4.35 107 5.43 0.4
2003 PIT MLB 26 26 142.0 166 40 71 22 .259 102 10.5 2.5 1.4 4.5 45% .298 .281 1.45 5.02 5.26 114 5.67 0.1
2004 PIT MLB 32 32 178.3 193 66 82 17 .261 92 9.7 3.3 0.9 4.1 48% .295 .269 1.45 4.52 4.64 112 5.60 0.4
2005 PIT MLB 34 28 169.3 196 53 85 27 .256 103 10.4 2.8 1.4 4.5 41% .296 .275 1.47 5.11 5.05 117 5.63 -0.3
2006 COL MLB 31 31 172.0 206 60 93 24 .259 104 10.8 3.1 1.3 4.9 43% .313 .276 1.55 4.99 5.49 111 5.18 1.2
2007 COL MLB 30 29 165.7 194 59 94 23 .255 108 10.5 3.2 1.2 5.1 41% .308 .273 1.53 5.15 4.94 118 6.10 -0.6
2008 CIN MLB 22 14 78.3 97 27 45 17 .257 100 11.1 3.1 2.0 5.2 39% .300 .306 1.58 6.04 7.58 127 6.98 -1.3
2009 COL MLB 24 1 45.7 32 20 27 7 .255 103 6.3 3.9 1.4 5.3 48% .189 .234 1.14 5.25 3.74 114 4.98 0.1
CareerMLB2431941159.01293397627165.25710210.03.11.34.945%.294.2741.464.975.031145.640.5

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 GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
1998 HIC A 8 8 41.3 36 13 29 4 .000 7.8 2.8 0.9 6.3 0% -.696 .000 1.19 4.48 2.18
1998 WNS A+ 1 0 1.0 2 0 2 0 .000 18.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 0% -1.000 .000 2.00 -0.67 0.00
1999 WNS A+ 17 17 103.3 93 33 109 3 .000 8.1 2.9 0.3 9.5 0% -.621 .000 1.22 2.78 2.96
1999 BIR AA 10 10 55.0 66 18 40 8 .000 10.8 2.9 1.3 6.5 0% -.879 .000 1.53 4.76 5.89
2000 BIR AA 27 27 192.3 190 44 136 7 .000 8.9 2.1 0.3 6.4 0% -.968 .000 1.22 2.75 2.57
2001 CHA MLB 11 0 13.3 10 3 17 0 .256 103 6.8 2.0 0.0 11.5 50% .312 .197 0.97 1.45 2.02
2001 CHR AAA 40 16 114.7 129 30 89 19 .000 10.1 2.4 1.5 7.0 0% -.791 .000 1.39 4.57 4.79
2001 Cag Wnt 7 6 35.0 33 13 24 0 .000 8.5 3.3 0.0 6.2 0% -.868 .000 1.31 2.55 2.31
2002 PIT MLB 33 33 194.3 199 69 113 28 .255 102 9.2 3.2 1.3 5.2 56% .279 .269 1.38 4.78 4.35
2003 PIT MLB 26 26 142.0 166 40 71 22 .259 102 10.5 2.5 1.4 4.5 45% .298 .281 1.45 5.02 5.26
2003 NAS AAA 2 2 10.0 12 1 7 1 .000 10.8 0.9 0.9 6.3 0% .355 .000 1.30 3.50 5.40
2004 PIT MLB 32 32 178.3 193 66 82 17 .261 92 9.7 3.3 0.9 4.1 48% .295 .269 1.45 4.52 4.64
2005 PIT MLB 34 28 169.3 196 53 85 27 .256 103 10.4 2.8 1.4 4.5 41% .296 .275 1.47 5.11 5.05
2006 COL MLB 31 31 172.0 206 60 93 24 .259 104 10.8 3.1 1.3 4.9 43% .313 .276 1.55 4.99 5.49
2007 COL MLB 30 29 165.7 194 59 94 23 .255 108 10.5 3.2 1.2 5.1 41% .308 .273 1.53 5.15 4.94
2007 CSP AAA 1 1 5.0 6 0 3 0 .255 97 10.8 0.0 0.0 5.4 47% .316 .266 1.20 2.33 3.60
2008 CIN MLB 22 14 78.3 97 27 45 17 .257 100 11.1 3.1 2.0 5.2 39% .300 .306 1.58 6.04 7.58
2008 SAR A+ 3 3 19.0 24 3 14 1 .253 95 11.4 1.4 0.5 6.6 41% .371 .258 1.42 3.06 3.32
2008 LOU AAA 2 2 17.0 14 3 12 0 .266 100 7.4 1.6 0.0 6.4 50% .280 .220 1.00 2.44 1.59
2009 COL MLB 24 1 45.7 32 20 27 7 .255 103 6.3 3.9 1.4 5.3 48% .189 .234 1.14 5.25 3.74
2009 CSP AAA 8 8 40.3 44 17 16 8 .269 108 9.8 3.8 1.8 3.6 44% .265 .289 1.51 6.51 5.81
2010 REA AA 3 3 10.3 21 5 4 3 .246 116 18.3 4.4 2.6 3.5 41% .419 .365 2.52 8.12 11.36

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 1360 0.4728 0.4301 0.8547 0.6283 0.2524 0.9084 0.7348 0.1453
2009 708 0.4435 0.4463 0.7848 0.6720 0.2665 0.8246 0.7048 0.2152
Career20680.46280.43560.83080.64330.25720.87970.72450.1692

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
2009-10-04 2009-10-04 DTD 0 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2008-09-05 2008-09-29 60-DL 24 22 Right Groin Strain -
2008-06-01 2008-07-05 15-DL 34 32 Low Back Spasms -
2007-05-23 2007-06-07 15-DL 15 13 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-11-06 2006-11-06 Off 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Spurs 2006-11-06
2006-07-24 2006-07-27 DTD 3 2 Face Laceration -
2006-03-14 2006-03-26 Camp 12 0 Right Groin Strain -
2005-09-08 2005-09-08 DTD 0 0 Right Hand Contusion -
2005-04-24 2005-05-02 DTD 8 6 General Medical Illness Inner Ear Infection -
2003-04-21 2003-05-26 15-DL 35 31 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 CIN $1,000,000
2007 COL $3,625,000
2006 COL $450,000
2005 PIT $2,150,000
2004 PIT $342,000
2003 PIT $322,000
2002 PIT $203,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$8,092,000
7 yrTotal$8,092,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 30 dDan Horwitz

Details
  • 1 year (2010). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 1/29/10 (minor-league contract). Released by NY Mets 3/20/10. Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 3/31/10 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2009). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 1/30/09 (minor-league contract). $0.75M salary in majors. Contract purchased by Colorado 5/25/09.
  • 1 year/$1M (2008). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 2/21/08. $0.4M guaranteed.
  • 1 year/$3.625M (2007). Re-signed 2/07 (avoided arbitration, $4.25M-$3M).
  • 1 year/$0.45M (2006). Signed as a free agent 2/06. $0.4M bonus if Fogg spends 1 day on 2006 25-man roster. $0.15M in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 points. Earns 2 points per start &
  • 1 point per relief appearance.
  • 1 year/$2.15M (2005). Re-signed 1/05, avoided arbitration. Non-tendered 12/05.
  • 1 year/$0.342M (2004)
  • 1 year/$0.322M (2003)
  • 1 year/$0.203M (2002) acquired in trade from CWS 12/01 recalled 9/01 optioned to Triple-A 7/01 contract purchased 7/01

2016 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 7/29/2016 10:24 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 Fogg returned to the mountains of Colorado after a disastrous season with the Reds, and for the first time in his career posted a sub-four ERA. If you think that makes him an asset, or that pitching out of the pen has made him more effective, then you don’t know Fogg. Despite the respectable ERA, the former subpar innings sponge still doesn’t strike anyone out, walked more batters than ever, and his run-prevention numbers are built on the quicksand foundation of a league-low BABIP.
2009 Aside from a September call-up with the White Sox in 2001, Josh Fogg has never posted a league-average ERA. Ever.
2008 You can't even call Josh Fogg an innings guy. In 179 career starts, he's averaged 5 2/3 innings per start, exactly what he averaged last year. He doesn't have great control, or miss a lot of bats, or throw a ton of ground balls. His primary asset is that he stays off the DL, and how hard is that when you're throwing junk for 90 pitches a night?
2007 A danger at any altitude, Fogg was a workmanlike, uninteresting, garden-variety failure in Denver. He was pummeled at Coors to the tune of .323/.381/.557, surrendering 16 home runs in 341 at bats. He was somewhat more successful on the road, though his ERA in neutral parks was a still-high 4.80. Fogg`s disastrous second half (6.94 ERA after the All-Star break) could be partially blamed on bone chips in his pitching elbow, but the fact remains that he`s just not any good. For what it`s worth, the bone chips were removed in November, and Fogg is expected to make a full recovery by spring training.
2006 Fogg doesn`t make batters miss, and he can`t keep the ball in the park, which is why he`s ill-equipped to be a starter in the bigs. Between his complete inability to handle lefty batters and problems getting out of the sixth inning of his starts, he`d be much better suited to a role in the bullpen. Non-tendered in December, he might still be in danger of being asked to start in some sad-sack rotation.
2005 Fogg is a fun pitcher if not a great one. He'll scrap, he'll take his turn on the mound, and he probably has the best right-handed pickoff move in baseball. Although he had a big performance split before and after the All-Star Break (5.97 ERA vs. 3.32), Fogg drew a lot of weak opponents in the second half, so he's not about to become something more. As the other guy in the Ritchie trade behind Kip Wells, he's done his bit, but he's not a building block. With the assortment of pitchers in the system rising while Fogg's beginning to get expensive, he may well get dealt this year or non-tendered next winter.
2004 Lose the change-up, lose the curve, lose the starting role, lose any outing in which you go past 45 pitches. Add the requisite 3-5 mph guys pick up when they move to the bullpen. Simmer. Fogg lacks the stamina to be a starter, but would make a very good reliever. It's time. In two years, Fogg is going to have the scarlet "C" on his chest, along with all the requisite press nonsense about his fortitude and guts and bravery. No one talks about him having those things now, but that's because it never pops up until after a guy accumulates 35 saves.
2003 Stolen from the White Sox, Fogg was the league’s surprise starter during the first half. He was 9–6 with a 3.56 ERA before the All-Star break because he was challenging hitters, changing speeds, and keeping the ball around the plate. Unfortunately, he fell apart in August and September and ended the season on a major down note. Left-handed hitters lit him up, and Fogg will need to use his changeup to combat that problem.
2002 Fogg's strong cup of coffee after rosters expanded helped raise his profile and get him out of the Land of Never-Ending Pitching Prospects. He was traded to the Pirates in the Tood Ritchie deal. A closer in college, he's done a little bit of everything as a pro, getting by with command rather than heat. He'll be in the Bucs' rotation mix this spring; in the long term, he should be a good setup man.
2001 Although he was a closer in college, Josh Fogg is not a power pitcher. He gets into the low 90s once in a while but relies heavily on a quality slider and change-up. Fogg is more the typical college pitcher, using a good sense of how to set people up instead of dominating with pure stuff. In some organizations, he’d get talked up; with the Sox, he’s just another guy.
2000 He was the first-team All-American closer at the University of Florida in 1998. So what did the Sox do? Converted him to starting to give him the innings he needs to improve command of his pitches other than a good fastball. You see a lot of this, and it's the difference between a usage pattern that's development-oriented and one that apes the major-league closer-driven "way to win."

What's important to realize is that not only does this make Fogg a better pitcher, it doesn't make a difference in terms of wins and losses for an A-ball team. It also reflects a sensible choice for major-league organizations: if college coaches want to use their best pitchers as closers in a knee-jerk response to the way things are done in the major leagues, fine. The kid who closed isn't going to have serious mileage on his arm before he's 22. That's great for player development, because you don't want kids slagged for the greater glory of the alma mater. It also reflects a deeper problem, which is how the creation of a statistic, the save, has corrupted the way people use talent.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2008-10-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Buchholz pitched about 140 innings between MLB and AAA. How is that a "lost" season? He didn't pitch well with the Sox, but isn't the experience of the year worth something?
(JL from Portland)
It's a lost season in that he was a replacement level pitcher who was basically interchangeable with - Miguel Batista? Mark Hendrickson? Josh Fogg? - somebody like that. A more valuable season could have flipped the AL East standings, perhaps even giving the Sox home field advantage throughout the playoffs, for one thing. For another, it's a reasonable assumption that Buchholz will be a better pitcher about 6 years from now when he costs more money and has leverage on the open market.

That said, the Sox are in the playoffs, his arm is still attached at the shoulder, and the experience of dealing with adversity is a lesson not to be taken lightly. Stuff happens, and he and the Red Sox will hope for better just like Hughes and the Yankees will. (Jay Jaffe)


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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2016, Josh Fogg threw 3,334 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2009, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2009, he relied primarily on his Cutter (85mph) and Sinker (87mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (87mph), Change (81mph) and Slider (77mph).