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Portrait of Jon Garland

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
47.3 5.02 1.45 27 3 3 0 0.0
Birth Date9-27-1979
Height6' 6"
Weight210 lbs
Age35 years, 0 months, 25 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.32010
0.02011
2012
-0.12013
0.02014
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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 CHA 20 15 13 69.7 65.7 4.0 4 8 0 0 4 0 324 82 55 50 10 139 40 40 1 42 6.46 5.65 6.35 0.3 0.0
2001 CHA 21 35 16 117.0 82.7 34.3 6 7 1 1 6 0 510 123 59 48 16 190 55 53 4 61 3.69 5.35 5.77 5.7 0.6
2002 CHA 22 33 33 192.7 192.7 0.0 12 12 0 0 13 2 827 188 109 98 23 301 83 82 9 112 4.58 4.88 5.54 10.0 0.8
2003 CHA 23 32 32 191.7 191.7 0.0 12 13 0 0 18 0 813 188 103 96 28 313 74 73 4 108 4.51 5.09 5.46 9.3 1.1
2004 CHA 24 34 33 217.0 216.7 0.3 12 11 0 0 16 3 923 223 125 118 34 377 76 74 4 113 4.89 5.26 6.23 3.9 0.6
2005 CHA 25 32 32 221.0 221.0 0.0 18 10 0 0 22 2 901 212 93 86 26 331 47 44 7 115 3.50 4.27 4.97 16.4 1.9
2006 CHA 26 33 32 211.3 211.0 0.3 18 7 0 0 17 0 900 247 112 106 26 386 41 37 6 112 4.51 4.40 4.95 30.6 3.3
2007 CHA 27 32 32 208.3 208.3 0.0 10 13 0 0 21 2 883 219 114 98 19 336 57 54 4 98 4.23 4.43 4.88 21.9 2.2
2008 ANA 28 32 32 196.7 196.7 0.0 14 8 0 0 18 0 864 237 116 107 23 362 59 55 8 90 4.90 4.79 5.63 0.8 0.0
2009 ARI 29 27 27 167.7 167.7 0.0 8 11 0 0 18 2 728 188 90 80 19 292 52 47 6 83 4.29 4.58 5.44 -3.2 -0.1
2009 LAN 29 6 6 36.3 36.3 0.0 3 2 0 0 5 0 154 37 16 11 4 57 9 7 0 26 2.72 3.80 3.46 4.2 0.5
2010 SDN 30 33 33 200.0 200.0 0.0 14 12 0 0 19 0 837 176 86 77 20 272 87 78 6 136 3.46 4.44 5.03 -0.8 0.3
2011 LAN 31 9 9 54.0 54.0 0.0 1 5 0 0 7 0 230 55 26 26 6 85 20 20 2 28 4.33 4.62 4.52 -1.5 0.0
2013 COL 33 12 12 68.0 68.0 0.0 4 6 0 0 4 0 303 85 45 44 9 140 23 20 2 32 5.82 4.90 6.06 -2.5 -0.1
Career3653422151.32112.339.01361251118811919722601149104526335817236846311564.374.745.3795.211.1

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1998 HIC A 5 5 26.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 ROK A 19 19 107.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 WNS A+ 19 19 119.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 BIR AA 7 7 39.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CHA MLB 15 13 69.7 6.35 77 .287 .278 .350 .449 .265 .312 97 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2000 BIR AA 1 1 6.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 CHR AAA 16 16 103.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CHA MLB 35 16 117.0 5.77 86 .265 .272 .334 .434 .263 .286 104 5.2 0.5 5.7 0.6
2001 CHR AAA 5 5 33.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CHA MLB 33 33 192.7 5.54 88 .260 .263 .329 .422 .263 .275 102 9.7 1.0 10.0 0.8
2003 CHA MLB 32 32 191.7 5.46 89 .259 .269 .331 .427 .264 .268 100 8.7 0.9 9.3 1.1
2004 CHA MLB 34 33 217.0 6.23 82 .257 .268 .334 .428 .259 .272 105 2.8 0.3 3.9 0.6
2005 CHA MLB 32 32 221.0 4.97 97 .238 .267 .329 .427 .264 .263 102 16.1 1.6 16.4 1.9
2006 CHA MLB 33 32 211.3 4.95 108 .251 .273 .334 .432 .256 .309 110 28.2 2.7 30.6 3.3
2007 CHA MLB 32 32 208.3 4.88 102 .255 .272 .339 .421 .265 .284 102 22.8 2.2 21.9 2.2
2008 ANA MLB 32 32 196.7 5.63 83 .279 .269 .336 .421 .264 .313 102 1.3 0.1 0.8 0.0
2009 ARI MLB 27 27 167.7 5.44 79 .268 .258 .322 .403 .258 .298 99 -1.1 -0.1 -3.2 -0.1
2009 LAN MLB 6 6 36.3 3.46 113 .269 .248 .310 .394 .252 .287 88 5.6 0.6 4.2 0.5
2010 SDN MLB 33 33 200.0 5.03 64 .265 .253 .319 .398 .264 .265 84 -8.5 -0.9 -0.8 0.3
2011 LAN MLB 9 9 54.0 4.52 79 .288 .254 .318 .398 .262 .282 90 -0.9 -0.1 -1.5 0.0
2011 RCU A+ 1 1 4.7 3.69 119 .246 .266 .333 .397 .266 .353 90 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2013 COL MLB 12 12 68.0 6.06 69 .288 .249 .312 .387 .255 .321 114 -3.3 -0.4 -2.5 -0.1

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
1998 HIC A 1 4 0 5 5 26.7 36 13 19 2 0% .000 12.1 4.4 0.7 6.4 1.84 5.39 0.0 0.0
1998 ROK A 4 7 0 19 19 107.3 124 45 70 11 0% .000 10.4 3.8 0.9 5.9 1.58 5.03 0.0 0.0
1999 BIR AA 3 1 0 7 7 39.0 39 18 27 4 0% .000 9.0 4.2 0.9 6.2 1.46 4.38 0.0 0.0
1999 WNS A+ 5 7 0 19 19 119.0 109 39 84 7 0% .000 8.2 2.9 0.5 6.4 1.24 3.33 0.0 0.0
2000 CHA MLB 4 8 0 15 13 69.7 82 40 42 10 55% .312 10.6 5.2 1.3 5.4 1.75 6.46 0.3 0.0
2000 CHR AAA 9 2 0 16 16 103.7 99 32 63 3 0% .000 8.6 2.8 0.3 5.5 1.26 2.26 0.0 0.0
2000 BIR AA 0 0 0 1 1 6.0 4 1 10 0 0% .000 6.0 1.5 0.0 15.0 0.83 0.00 0.0 0.0
2001 CHA MLB 6 7 1 35 16 117.0 123 55 61 16 55% .286 9.5 4.2 1.2 4.7 1.52 3.69 5.7 0.6
2001 CHR AAA 0 3 0 5 5 33.0 31 11 26 1 0% .000 8.5 3.0 0.3 7.1 1.27 2.73 0.0 0.0
2002 CHA MLB 12 12 0 33 33 192.7 188 83 112 23 51% .275 8.8 3.9 1.1 5.2 1.41 4.58 10.0 0.8
2003 CHA MLB 12 13 0 32 32 191.7 188 74 108 28 48% .268 8.8 3.5 1.3 5.1 1.37 4.51 9.3 1.1
2004 CHA MLB 12 11 0 34 33 217.0 223 76 113 34 47% .272 9.2 3.2 1.4 4.7 1.38 4.89 3.9 0.6
2005 CHA MLB 18 10 0 32 32 221.0 212 47 115 26 48% .263 8.6 1.9 1.1 4.7 1.17 3.50 16.4 1.9
2006 CHA MLB 18 7 0 33 32 211.3 247 41 112 26 43% .309 10.5 1.7 1.1 4.8 1.36 4.51 30.6 3.3
2007 CHA MLB 10 13 0 32 32 208.3 219 57 98 19 41% .284 9.5 2.5 0.8 4.2 1.32 4.23 21.9 2.2
2008 ANA MLB 14 8 0 32 32 196.7 237 59 90 23 50% .313 10.8 2.7 1.1 4.1 1.51 4.90 0.8 0.0
2009 LAN MLB 3 2 0 6 6 36.3 37 9 26 4 49% .287 9.2 2.2 1.0 6.4 1.27 2.72 4.2 0.5
2009 ARI MLB 8 11 0 27 27 167.7 188 52 83 19 48% .298 10.1 2.8 1.0 4.5 1.43 4.29 -3.2 -0.1
2010 SDN MLB 14 12 0 33 33 200.0 176 87 136 20 53% .265 7.9 3.9 0.9 6.1 1.31 3.46 -0.8 0.3
2011 LAN MLB 1 5 0 9 9 54.0 55 20 28 6 41% .282 9.2 3.3 1.0 4.7 1.39 4.33 -1.5 0.0
2011 RCU A+ 0 0 0 1 1 4.7 6 0 3 0 29% .353 11.6 0.0 0.0 5.8 1.29 5.79 1.2 0.1
2013 COL MLB 4 6 0 12 12 68.0 85 23 32 9 50% .321 11.2 3.0 1.2 4.2 1.59 5.82 -2.5 -0.1

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 3012 0.5143 0.4756 0.8622 0.6637 0.2748 0.9037 0.7562 0.1357
2009 3230 0.4885 0.4732 0.8521 0.6540 0.3002 0.9012 0.7500 0.1446
2010 3223 0.5144 0.4376 0.8312 0.6140 0.2505 0.8870 0.6862 0.1674
2011 825 0.5006 0.4575 0.8647 0.6465 0.2670 0.9026 0.7727 0.1273
2013 1076 0.4777 0.4554 0.8633 0.6401 0.2865 0.9271 0.7329 0.1347
Career113660.50250.46090.85080.64340.27570.90040.73360.1465

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-06-02 2011-09-29 15-DL 119 104 Right Shoulder Surgery Debridement Labrum & Bursa & Rotator Cuff 2011-07-11
2011-05-21 2011-05-21 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Blister - -
2011-03-22 2011-04-15 15-DL 24 13 Left Abdomen Recovery From Strain Oblique -
2011-03-10 2011-03-22 Camp 12 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2010-03-20 2010-03-27 Camp 7 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2010-03-06 2010-03-06 Camp 0 0 Left Knee Contusion Batted Ball -
2009-03-26 2009-03-26 Camp 0 0 Right Shoulder Fatigue -
2007-03-11 2007-03-11 Camp 0 0 Right Shoulder Stiffness -
2005-04-09 2005-04-09 DTD 0 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2004-02-27 2004-03-01 Camp 3 0 Right Elbow Contusion Batted Ball -
2000-08-19 2000-09-03 15-DL 15 13 Right Elbow Contusion Batted Ball - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 COL $500,000
2012 CLE $
2011 LAN $5,000,000
2010 SDN $4,700,000
2009 ARI $6,250,000
2008 ANA $12,000,000
2007 CHA $10,000,000
2006 CHA $7,000,000
2005 CHA $3,400,000
2004 CHA $2,300,000
2003 CHA $375,000
2002 CHA $275,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$51,800,000
11 yrTotal$51,800,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 143 dCraig Landis1 year/$0.5M (2013)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2013). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 2/8/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Seattle 3/23/13. 1 year/$0.5M (2013). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 3/24/13. Performance bonuses: $1.35M based on innings 105-195, $1.25M based on starts 20-32. DFA by Colorado 6/8/13. Released 6/10/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 2/13/12 (minor-league contract). (Deal subsequently voided.)
  • 1 year/$5M (2011), plus 2012 club option. Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 11/26/10. 11:$5M, 12:$8M club option. Option guaranteed with 190 innings pitched in 2011. Performance bonuses up to $3M based on 2011 innings pitched. LA Dodgers declined 2012 option 10/4/11.
  • 1 year/$5.3M (2010), plus 2011 mutual option. Signed by San Diego as a free agent 1/26/10. 10:$4.7M, 11:$6.75M option $0.6M buyout if club declines, $0.3M buyout if player declines.
  • 1 year/$7.25M (2009). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 1/28/09. 09:$6.25M, 10:$10M mutual option ($2.5M club buyout, $1M player buyout). Club may not offer salary arbitration if Garland is traded and ranks as a Type A free agent after season. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Arizona 8/31/09 (Arizona pays all of 2009 salary). Dodgers declined 2010 option 11/4/09.
  • 3 years/$29M (2006-08). Signed extension with Chicago White Sox 12/05. 06:$7M, 07:$10M, 08:$12M. Acquired by LA Angels in trade from White Sox 11/19/07. (Angels paid White Sox an undisclosed amount of cash in the deal.)
  • 1 year/$3.4M (2005). Re-signed by White Sox 11/04 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.3M (2004). Re-signed by White Sox 11/03 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.375M (2003). Re-signed by White Sox 3/03.
  • 1 year/$0.275M (2002). Re-signed by White Sox 3/02.
  • 1 year (2001). Recalled by White Sox 5/01.
  • Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/98.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 1997 (1-10) (Kennedy HS, Granada Hills, Calif.). $1.325M signing bonus.

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 4.3 3.3 0 11 11 64.2 59 18 36 7 .276 1.20 3.86 4.19 8.6 0.9
80o 3.7 3.2 0 10 10 58.2 57 18 33 7 .290 1.28 4.24 4.61 5.0 0.5
70o 3.4 3.1 0 9 9 54.0 55 17 31 6 .300 1.34 4.53 4.92 2.8 0.3
60o 3.1 3 0 9 9 50.5 54 17 29 6 .309 1.40 4.77 5.19 1.2 0.1
50o 2.8 2.9 0 8 8 47.3 52 16 27 6 .317 1.45 5.01 5.44 -0.1 -0.0
40o 2.6 2.8 0 8 8 44.2 51 16 25 6 .325 1.50 5.24 5.7 -1.3 -0.1
30o 2.3 2.7 0 7 7 40.9 49 15 23 6 .334 1.56 5.50 5.98 -2.3 -0.2
20o 2 2.6 0 6 6 37.1 46 14 21 5 .344 1.63 5.80 6.31 -3.2 -0.3
10o 1.7 2.4 0 5 5 32.1 43 13 18 5 .359 1.73 6.24 6.78 -4.2 -0.4
Weighted Mean2.82.908846.75116276.3151.444.985.410.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
17% 42% 22% 18% 81%

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
2015358130282817420761952547.3311.545.646.1410.73.24.91.3-1.3
2016369120282817319758952547.3191.485.305.7710.33.05.01.3-0.7
2017377110262615018053812247.3311.555.696.1810.83.24.81.3-1.2
2018387100222213215747712047.3261.555.706.2010.73.24.81.4-1.0
201939690212112214544621847.3231.555.686.1810.73.34.61.3-0.9
202040690202011914244591747.3251.575.726.2210.83.34.51.3-1.0
2021413601212699028341247.3401.706.677.2511.73.64.41.6-1.2
2022423501111637824301047.3291.626.116.6411.13.44.31.4-0.8
2023433501010597322281047.3271.606.186.7211.13.34.21.5-0.8

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
22.718.623.411.513.31089.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 87)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 96 Brad Penny 2012 7.07
2 95 John Tudor 1988 2.73
3 95 Orel Hershiser 1993 4.42
4 93 Jarrod Washburn 2009 3.94
5 92 Bob Rush 1960 5.83
6 92 Dave Stewart 1991 5.38
7 92 Jeremy Guthrie 2013 4.17
8 92 Tom Candiotti 1992 3.45
9 92 Joaquin Andujar 1987 6.38
10 90 Jamie Moyer 1997 3.91
11 90 Orlando Hernandez 2000 4.78
12 89 Sonny Siebert 1971 3.17
13 89 Art Fowler 1957 6.67
14 89 Mike Boddicker 1992 5.30
15 89 Jim Rooker 1977 3.83
16 89 Luis Tiant 1975 4.36 DNP
17 89 Gaylord Perry 1973 3.74
18 89 Rick Rhoden 1987 4.16
19 89 John Lackey 2013 3.76
20 88 Ed Lopat 1952 2.83
21 88 Charlie Leibrandt 1991 4.11
22 88 Mel Parnell 1956 4.99
23 88 Chris Young 2013 0.00 DNP
24 88 Burt Hooton 1984 3.52
25 88 Milt Wilcox 1984 4.60
26 88 Larry Gura 1982 4.50
27 88 Gary Bell 1971 0.00 DNP
28 88 Bob Purkey 1964 3.54
29 87 Dick Donovan 1962 3.91 DNP
30 87 Barry Zito 2012 4.44
31 87 Bronson Arroyo 2011 5.38
32 87 Matt Morris 2009 0.00 DNP
33 87 Ryan Franklin 2007 3.15
34 87 John Denny 1987 0.00 DNP
35 87 Mike Caldwell 1983 4.93
36 87 Joe Dobson 1951 4.64
37 87 Randy Wolf 2011 4.03
38 87 Bud Black 1991 4.33
39 87 Livan Hernandez 2009 5.49
40 87 Andy Messersmith 1980 0.00 DNP
41 87 Early Wynn 1954 3.09
42 87 Tim Belcher 1996 4.41
43 86 Jim Perry 1970 3.55
44 86 Frank Viola 1994 4.94
45 86 Bob Friend 1965 3.37
46 86 John Thomson 2008 0.00 DNP
47 86 Russ Ortiz 2008 0.00 DNP
48 86 Kyle Lohse 2013 3.53
49 86 Kenny Rogers 1999 4.61
50 86 Mark Portugal 1997 5.27
51 86 Steve Rogers 1984 4.89
52 85 Doug Drabek 1997 5.79
53 85 Jason Marquis 2013 4.67
54 85 Jack Morris 1989 5.39
55 84 Mark Redman 2008 7.94
56 84 Lew Burdette 1961 4.33
57 84 Billy O'Dell 1967 6.35
58 84 Kris Benson 2009 9.27
59 84 Milt Pappas 1973 4.56
60 84 Shawn Estes 2007 0.00 DNP
61 84 Mark Hendrickson 2008 5.86
62 84 Whitey Ford 1963 3.11
63 84 Gary Peters 1971 4.67
64 84 Jack Sanford 1963 3.89
65 84 Mark Langston 1995 4.90
66 84 Ray Herbert 1964 4.03
67 84 Ben Sheets 2013 0.00 DNP
68 84 Ron Reed 1977 2.97
69 84 Chris Bosio 1997 0.00 DNP
70 84 Aaron Sele 2004 5.73
71 84 Karl Drews 1954 6.45
72 84 Steve Ontiveros 1995 5.21
73 84 Paul Splittorff 1981 4.36
74 84 Bartolo Colon 2007 6.61
75 84 Curt Simmons 1963 3.17
76 83 Ted Higuera 1992 0.00 DNP
77 83 Dave Hillman 1962 7.45 DNP
78 83 Catfish Hunter 1980 0.00 DNP
79 83 Rick Reuschel 1983 3.92
80 83 Wilbur Wood 1976 3.83
81 83 John Burkett 1999 5.80
82 83 Mike Torrez 1981 4.31
83 83 Brooks Lawrence 1959 5.20
84 83 Brad Radke 2007 0.00 DNP
85 83 Mike Garcia 1958 11.25
86 83 Rudy May 1979 2.88
87 83 Kevin Millwood 2009 3.99
88 83 Jeff Suppan 2009 5.90
89 83 Bobby Shantz 1960 3.19
90 83 Claude Osteen 1974 4.53
91 83 Warren Spahn 1955 3.67
92 83 Joel Pineiro 2013 0.00 DNP
93 83 Paul Abbott 2002 12.30
94 83 Lee Stange 1971 0.00 DNP
95 83 Rheal Cormier 2001 4.56
96 83 Phil Niekro 1973 3.78
97 82 Bryn Smith 1990 5.09
98 82 Tommy John 1977 3.35
99 82 Frank Lary 1964 5.65
100 82 Ted Lilly 2010 3.86

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .289 .347 .486 .278
11 vs R (Multi) .295 .358 .450 .268
18 Split (Multi) -.006 -.010 .036 .010
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .293 .355 .514 .278
31 vs R (2013) .338 .387 .523 .283
38 Split (2013) -.046 -.032 -.009 -.005
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 The disabled list gets them all in the end. Garland had averaged 205 innings per year in 2002-10, never dropping below 191 2/3 and never hitting the DL in 11 big-league seasons. When bad medical reports regarding his shoulder prevented him from securing a multiyear deal last winter, the Dodgers signed him for a $5 million base salary and hoped for the best, but because Colletti built his 2011 roster atop an ancient Native American burial ground, Garland strained an oblique in March and started the year on the sidelines, missing half of April. He lasted just six weeks on the roster before shoulder inflammation forced him back to the sidelines, and underwent surgery to debride his labrum and rotator cuff in early July, shelving him for the season. Once healthy, he'll look for an incentive-laden deal.
2011 Taking advantage of Petco's dimensions and the defense behind him allowed Garland to have one of the most productive seasons of his career, but the Dodgers will find out that context is crucial after importing him over the winter. Garland is not a bad pitcher by any means—he can give a team 30-plus starts and around 200 innings of league-average work—but he pitched in front of an infield defense that allowed a .215 BABIP on grounders (the league average was .235) and in a park whose dimensions allowed him to elevate his four-seamer to induce whiffs without fear of the hitter sending a ball into the bleachers. Garland set a career high in both strikeouts and strikeout rate while obtaining 25 percent of his outs on the ground, so losing the ability to throw caution to the winds is no small thing—removed from his 2010 setting, his 4.45 SIERA is closer to the truth than his 3.47 ERA.
2010 All things considered, this LAIM (League-Average Innings Muncher) didn't fare too badly in the chilly free-agent market of '08-'09, netting $7.25 million from the Snakes for a one-year deal—that's more guaranteed money than Randy Wolf received. Integrating a cut fastball into his repertoire, he got off to a rough start (5.75 ERA through May), but stabilized over the next three months (3.56 ERA). The Dodgers bit on a waiver deal to bolster a shaky rotation in September, then let him go in October. Along with Javier Vazquez and Mark Buehrle, Garland is one of three pitchers to toss at least 190 innings every year since 2002; he's not the equal of that duo, but his dependability will continue to get him work.
2009 As a pitcher who depends on location and changing speeds, Garland never inspired much confidence in the White Sox, even during his two 18-win seasons. They always thought he was just a few mistakes away from getting hammered, and those mistakes cropped up more than ever in 2008. Despite his 14-8 record, less than half his starts were quality, and he got worse as the season wore on. Still, he's made at least 32 starts in each of the last seven years, and that kind of durability alone should get him a nice deal with someone.
2008 You can argue that the Sox might have gotten more back by trading Garland a year earlier, but he took the ball every fifth game last year for the sixth straight season, and that didn't hurt his value. Seemingly unlovable for being a gentle giant who doesn't overpower people, Garland allowed line-drives on more than 25 percent of his balls in play last season; that sort of thing gets deadly, as it means you're just not fooling people. While Anaheim's a much better place to pitch, things are about to get really ugly for the big righty.
2007 Ignore the fluctuating ERAs and focus on the peripheral stats. You`ll see that Jon Garland has transitioned from a power approach that wasn`t really suited to his repertoire to a command, control, and speed-changing strategy, the upshot being that he`s trimmed a walk per game off of his ledger without any tradeoff in his strikeout rate. If anything, Garland has become too willing to challenge hitters when he has an edge: hitters slugged just as well against him following first-pitch strikes (.448) as first-pitch balls (.446). It would be fun to see what he could do with a hammer curve or a splitter, but the greater theme here is that this is a pitcher who has learned to pitch to his strengths.
2006 I`m convinced that Garland`s improvement is the result of his recognizing that, while he has good `stuff,` it isn`t the kind of stuff that misses bats. His two-seamer particularly doesn`t have the late downward break of someone like Brandon Webb`s, and he`s never found it particularly natural to throw it down in the zone. Instead, Garland adopted a neo-classical approach to pitching, using his curve as a strikeout pitch, changing location with the two-seamer, and mixing in an improved changeup to keep hitters off-balance. He`s the White Sox starter least likely to duplicate his 2005 performance, but even so, 200 innings of league average ball would be an acceptable return for the extension they`ve given him.
2005 The White Sox take pride in noting that Jon Garland is now their fifth starter, which obscures the fact that he pitches like a fifth starter. Garland is dissatisfying in the way that flat soda pop is on a hot day, doing the bare minimum to quench your thirst while teasing vaguely at bubblier delights. He has a reasonably high PECOTA breakout rate, and there's always the residual chance that a pitcher with a healthy arm and 800 non-embarrassing major league innings will master a second pitch or something. But Garland's middling minor league strikeout rates never really pegged him as a star to begin with.
2003 Garland’s first complete year in the majors was uneven but promising. He’s got command of multiple pitches, frequently overpowering stuff, and youth in his favor. Garland also had a strong final couple of months of the season. Barring another disastrous Proven Starter™ trade, he’ll be the #2 starter in 2003.
2002 Sometimes, the best deals are the ones you don't make. In December, the Sox were apparently set to send Garland to Anaheim for Darin Erstad, who can be a free agent after 2002 and has sucked rocks in two of the last three seasons. Garland is the young pitcher on the Sox with the most upside. He's pencilled into the 2002 rotation, but his command is shaky enough that he'd be better served starting the year in long relief. If he's a starter in April, he won't get through the season in the majors. Long term, he'll be fine.
2001 Jon Garland throws a heavy, low-90s sinker that draws comparisons to Kevin Brown’s, and despite his youth, he knows how to set up his great change-up. His slider and curve are developing and look like they’ll be good pitches. While his translations aren’t special, keep in mind that he’s usually been one of the youngest players in his league and has gotten promoted at the first sign of success. There isn’t a whole lot for him to learn at Triple-A, so the Sox need to figure out what to do with him next. He has options, so he probably won’t be in the majors to stay until Eldred’s elbow goes on hiatus again.
2000 How could a trade turn out much better? As he grows up, Garland's fastball is inching into the mid-90s, and its great sinking action generates lots of ground balls. He's also starting to throw his curve and change-up for strikes and is learning to throw a cutter and use both sides of the plate. The Sox decided to promote almost everyone in the organization with talent to Charlotte to give all of them a look during the Triple-A World Series. Garland was the guy who made Vancouver look so bad that Ron Schueler was buzzing about his chances of winning a spot in the 2000 rotation. That's a reach, but he could be ready by August. Cub fans can take heart, though: Matt Karchner is going to pitch next year, right?

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)It looks like Brandon Maurer is going to win a rotation spot with the Mariners. What are your expectations for him this year and beyond?
(Jim from Seattle)
I've never seen him live, but I'd rather him than Jon Garland given where in the "cycle" that team is right now. I'm not sure his spot will survive when the big horses come charging from the minors with Walker, Paxton et al, but give him a shot this year. (Zachary Levine)
2012-02-23 11:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you fall on the fence debate concerning Petco Park and do you think the Padres have done an adequate job in utilizing the park's spaciousness as an advantage?
(Venzor from North Park)
You could say I'm [removes shades] on the fence. But seriously, I think the team should be extremely careful in modifying the dimensions. The law of unintended consequences can be a cruel mistress. As for utilizing the park to their advantage, the Padres have been hit or miss. Having athletic outfielders like Maybin and Venable is good. Right-handed power hitters are useful if they aren't Ryan Ludwick. And the team has done a good job bringing in pitchers (Kevin Correia, Jon Garland, Aaron Harang) who look better than they are thanks to the park. Volquez could be another one of those. (Geoff Young)
2010-08-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much of a fluke is Trevor Cahill?
(ChrisHurst from Brandon Manitoba)
Think of it this way--as good as Jon Garland has been this year, if he left the confines of Petco, would you still buy him as a guy with a low 3's ERA? Cahill has the benefit of Oakland's D, a home park that kills offense, and plenty of luck. He's much closer to league average than he is to ace, even if there are some factors that muddy that difference and help him produce a shiny ERA. (Marc Normandin)
2010-05-11 16:30:00 (link to chat)Can the Padres pitching keep it up? I'm skeptical, but hope I'm wrong.
(formersd from San Diego)
They have a defensive efficiency of .719 so far, which is really the main cause for their pitching strengths I'd say. The whole rotation seems to be over-performing across the board, though some guys more than others. I think Mat Latos is good, and he's probably not pitching over his head at least. Jon Garland seems particularly lucky with 25/21 K/BB and a 1.17 ERA. That's not gonna last. (Matt Swartz)
2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any word on who is looking to sign Jon Garland?
(Patton1941 from NYC)
Whoever overreacts to not getting one of the premium starters (with the Brewers representing one candidate). A move to the NL might at least help them feel better about getting him. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableJon Garland's out of the game, down 6-0. His curveball wasn't sharp (he gave up a two-run single to Montero with it, as well as the crushed homer by Mark Reynolds) but the defense cost him, too.

Stephen Drew hit a ball off of an outcropping in deep center, bounced into left field away from Tony Gwynn and turned into an inside-the-park homer. Tough day, but he wasn't six runs through four innings bad. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableMark Reynolds picking up where he left off from 2009, taking Jon Garland deep despite not getting all of the pitch. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableBad things happen when you force Jon Garland to earn four outs in an inning. 2-0 D'backs, thanks to Miggy Montero driving in two with a single.

Now Chris Young is up--will be finally hit like we've all been waiting for, or is he another D'backs prospect that doesn't put it together? (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableJon Garland's first attempt at a no-hitter, broken up in the first inning.

I actually like the Garland signing a lot, given the NL and Petco, but it's still fun to tease. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableSwitching to the most important game of today: Jon Garland's opening day start. (Marc Normandin)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Jon Garland threw 13,674 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (89mph) and Sinker (88mph), also mixing in a Cutter (84mph), Curve (77mph) and Change (81mph).