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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 35)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .237 6 26 28 1 .261 0.2
Birth Date6-22-1979
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs
Age35 years, 3 months, 29 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.32010
-0.62011
2012
-0.32013
0.22014
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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
2004 COL 25 42 118 105 12 26 3 2 3 42 11 34 1 1 0 9 1 1 .248 .322 .400 .234 -0.6 0.5 -0.0
2005 COL 26 101 351 305 38 80 10 3 9 123 43 70 0 3 0 47 2 2 .262 .350 .403 .257 6.7 -6.3 0.0
2006 COL 27 150 575 499 67 146 33 6 22 257 74 123 0 2 0 84 5 5 .293 .383 .515 .293 39.9 8.2 4.7
2007 COL 28 152 606 516 80 150 33 4 29 278 81 137 3 5 1 116 0 2 .291 .387 .539 .295 33.5 -8.5 2.5
2008 COL 29 138 569 488 69 138 24 3 25 243 76 134 3 2 0 85 2 2 .283 .381 .498 .297 25.9 -25.8 0.0
2009 COL 30 145 588 501 82 143 42 3 23 260 79 145 4 4 0 86 1 3 .285 .384 .519 .302 27.8 -9.3 1.9
2010 COL 31 88 300 259 24 66 21 2 7 112 36 68 1 4 0 37 2 1 .255 .343 .432 .265 7.1 -3.6 0.4
2010 TBA 31 15 46 39 7 7 0 0 2 13 6 17 1 0 0 7 0 0 .179 .304 .333 .217 -0.7 -0.1 -0.1
2011 SDN 32 62 216 195 19 45 10 0 4 67 19 68 1 1 0 19 0 0 .231 .301 .344 .234 -5.0 -1.0 -0.6
2013 ANA 34 17 32 27 2 5 0 0 0 5 5 14 0 0 0 2 0 0 .185 .312 .185 .204 -2.6 -0.2 -0.3
Career91034012934400806176231241400430810142214921316.275.368.477.282132.0-46.08.4

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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2000 POR A- 0 247 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .354 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ASH A 111 468 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .322 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SLM A+ 122 535 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .390 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TUL AA 93 379 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .322 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 COL MLB 42 118 .234 .272 .335 .444 .269 .333 112 -3.3 3.5 -1.2 0.5 1.7 -0.6 -0.0 -0.6 -0.0
2004 CSP AAA 92 388 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .354 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 COL MLB 101 351 .257 .264 .328 .418 .261 .310 113 -1.2 10.1 -3.5 -6.3 0.3 6.7 0.0 6.7 0.0
2005 CSP AAA 7 34 .405 .304 .374 .481 .286 .556 112 5.8 1.1 -0.5 -0.3 0.2 6.5 0.6 6.5 0.6
2006 COL MLB 150 575 .293 .267 .330 .429 .264 .348 104 21.3 17.3 -6.3 8.2 0.8 39.9 4.7 39.9 4.7
2007 COL MLB 152 606 .295 .262 .328 .405 .254 .341 109 23.8 18.0 -6.6 -8.5 -1.8 33.5 2.5 33.5 2.5
2008 COL MLB 138 569 .297 .263 .329 .413 .263 .341 104 22.5 16.4 -6 -25.8 -2.7 25.9 0.0 25.9 0.0
2008 CSP AAA 3 12 .122 .277 .346 .440 .255 .143 137 -1.9 0.4 -0.1 0.0 0.1 -1.4 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
2009 COL MLB 145 588 .302 .257 .326 .411 .261 .356 102 26.5 16.9 -6.3 -9.3 -3.5 27.8 1.9 27.8 1.9
2010 COL MLB 88 300 .265 .260 .327 .402 .267 .314 105 1.6 8.3 -3.1 -3.6 0.6 7.1 0.4 7.1 0.4
2010 TBA MLB 15 46 .217 .257 .321 .408 .253 .250 111 -2 1.3 -0.7 -0.1 0.8 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2010 MOD A+ 1 4 .251 .248 .351 .414 .257 .500 99 0 0.1 0 -0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2010 PCH A+ 3 9 .000 .247 .322 .357 .260 .200 0.0 0.0 -1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 CSP AAA 2 10 .334 .274 .347 .424 .282 .333 82 0.8 0.3 -0.2 -0.1 -0.0 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2011 SDN MLB 62 216 .234 .254 .317 .396 .261 .331 90 -5.5 5.8 -3.4 -1.0 -2.2 -5.0 -0.6 -5.0 -0.6
2012 FRI AA 35 152 .283 .260 .324 .396 .265 .345 96 3.7 4.2 -2.2 -1.0 -2.5 2.8 0.2 2.8 0.2
2013 ANA MLB 17 32 .204 .248 .315 .371 .252 .385 99 -1.7 0.8 -0.4 -0.2 -0.8 -2.6 -0.3 -2.6 -0.3
2013 SLC AAA 37 153 .314 .274 .338 .416 .266 .400 105 8.9 4.4 -2.5 0.1 -1.2 8.8 0.9 8.8 0.9

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
2000 POR A- 247 38 59 19 2 7 29 40 51 2 0 .288 .409 .502 .215 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ASH A 468 78 105 22 3 22 72 59 113 7 4 .267 .371 .506 .239 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SLM A+ 535 87 156 38 2 22 97 81 84 1 1 .347 .448 .587 .240 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TUL AA 379 52 96 27 0 17 68 31 84 1 3 .277 .339 .503 .225 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 COL MLB 118 12 26 3 2 3 9 11 34 1 1 .248 .322 .400 .152 .234 -0.6 0.5 -0.0
2004 CSP AAA 388 62 111 19 1 31 86 36 91 3 2 .322 .384 .652 .330 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 COL MLB 351 38 80 10 3 9 47 43 70 2 2 .262 .350 .403 .141 .257 6.7 -6.3 0.0
2005 CSP AAA 34 7 13 3 0 3 11 6 7 0 0 .464 .559 .893 .429 .405 6.5 -0.3 0.6
2006 COL MLB 575 67 146 33 6 22 84 74 123 5 5 .293 .383 .515 .222 .293 39.9 8.2 4.7
2007 COL MLB 606 80 150 33 4 29 116 81 137 0 2 .291 .387 .539 .248 .295 33.5 -8.5 2.5
2008 COL MLB 569 69 138 24 3 25 85 76 134 2 2 .283 .381 .498 .215 .297 25.9 -25.8 0.0
2008 CSP AAA 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 .091 .167 .091 .000 .122 -1.4 0.0 -0.1
2009 COL MLB 588 82 143 42 3 23 86 79 145 1 3 .285 .384 .519 .234 .302 27.8 -9.3 1.9
2010 PCH A+ 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 .167 .444 .167 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 MOD A+ 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .500 .250 .251 0.1 -0.1 0.0
2010 CSP AAA 10 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .222 .300 .333 .111 .334 1.0 -0.1 0.1
2010 TBA MLB 46 7 7 0 0 2 7 6 17 0 0 .179 .304 .333 .154 .217 -0.7 -0.1 -0.1
2010 COL MLB 300 24 66 21 2 7 37 36 68 2 1 .255 .343 .432 .178 .265 7.1 -3.6 0.4
2011 SDN MLB 216 19 45 10 0 4 19 19 68 0 0 .231 .301 .344 .113 .234 -5.0 -1.0 -0.6
2012 FRI AA 152 14 32 6 0 3 12 25 39 0 1 .260 .382 .382 .122 .283 2.8 -1.0 0.2
2013 SLC AAA 153 21 40 8 0 6 28 21 40 1 1 .305 .405 .504 .198 .314 8.8 0.1 0.9
2013 ANA MLB 32 2 5 0 0 0 2 5 14 0 0 .185 .312 .185 .000 .204 -2.6 -0.2 -0.3

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 2283 0.4805 0.4788 0.7319 0.7110 0.2639 0.7744 0.6262 0.2681
2009 2446 0.4980 0.4661 0.7211 0.6814 0.2524 0.7590 0.6194 0.2789
2010 1420 0.4761 0.4606 0.7217 0.6716 0.2688 0.7687 0.6150 0.2783
2011 925 0.4584 0.4513 0.7026 0.6580 0.2754 0.7563 0.5942 0.2950
2013 144 0.4861 0.4236 0.6066 0.5429 0.3108 0.6842 0.4783 0.3934
Career72180.48280.46630.720.68310.26340.76390.61460.2797

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-03-18 2012-03-22 Camp 4 0 Right Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2012-03-01 2012-03-12 Camp 11 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-06-19 2011-09-29 60-DL 102 90 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2011-08-05 -
2011-06-19 2011-06-19 On-Alr 0 0 Right Fingers Strain Middle Finger -
2011-06-13 2011-06-18 DTD 5 4 Left Elbow Soreness -
2010-06-25 2010-06-30 DTD 5 5 Trunk Soreness Ribs -
2010-04-25 2010-05-10 15-DL 15 13 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2010-04-22 2010-04-24 DTD 2 1 Left Thigh Tightness Quadriceps -
2010-04-13 2010-04-13 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Tightness Quadriceps -
2010-02-26 2010-03-02 Camp 4 0 Foot Infection Ingrown Nail -
2009-05-26 2009-05-27 DTD 1 1 Groin Strain -
2009-04-28 2009-05-01 DTD 3 2 Right Neck Contusion -
2009-04-14 2009-04-17 DTD 3 1 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-03-20 2009-03-29 Camp 9 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-02-27 2009-03-14 Camp 15 0 Left Fingers Laceration Little Finger -
2008-05-21 2008-06-06 15-DL 16 14 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-03-11 2008-03-23 Camp 12 0 Left Elbow Soreness -
2007-03-28 2007-04-02 Camp 5 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2006-03-17 2006-03-18 Camp 1 0 Left Groin Strain -
2005-07-10 2005-09-02 15-DL 54 47 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 PIT $
2012 TEX $
2011 SDN $2,000,000
2010 COL $7,500,000
2009 COL $5,500,000
2008 COL $3,925,000
2007 COL $403,000
2005 COL $317,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$19,645,000
6 yrTotal$19,645,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 116 dDan Horwits1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 1/17/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Pittsburgh 3/23/13. Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 4/11/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by LA Angels 6/8/13. DFA by LA Angels 7/29/13. Released 8/4/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Texas as a free agent 1/20/12 (minor-league contract). Released by Texas 3/29/12. Re-signed by Texas 4/6/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$3M (2011), plus 2012 option. Signed by San Diego as a free agent 1/3/11. 11:$2M, 12:$6M mutual option, $1M buyout. San Diego declined 2012 option 10/31/11.
  • 3 years/$17.425M (2008-10)+11 club option. Re-signed 3/4/08. 08:$3.925M, 09:$5.5M, 10:$7.5M, 11:$10M club option $0.5M buyout. Replaced 1 year/$3.925M deal for 2008 signed 2/14/08, avoiding arbitration, $4.35M-$3.575M. Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 600, 675 PAs. Hawpe may negate 2011 option if traded.
  • 1 year/$0.403M (2007). Re-signed 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.317M (2005). Re-signed 1/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Optioned to Triple-A 4/04. Recalled 9/04.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 513 63 122 28 1 14 61 67 133 2 1 .279 .376 .444 .300 24.1 1B 0, RF -3 2.4
80o 492 58 112 25 1 13 56 61 131 1 1 .264 .358 .420 .287 16.6 1B 0, RF -3 1.5
70o 476 54 105 24 1 12 53 57 130 1 1 .253 .346 .403 .277 11.4 1B 0, RF -3 1.0
60o 463 51 98 22 1 11 50 54 128 1 1 .244 .335 .389 .268 7.3 1B 0, RF -2 0.6
50o 450 48 93 21 1 11 47 51 126 1 1 .236 .325 .376 .260 3.7 1B 0, RF -2 0.2
40o 437 46 88 20 1 10 45 48 125 1 1 .228 .315 .363 .252 0.2 1B 0, RF -2 -0.2
30o 424 43 82 19 1 9 42 45 123 1 1 .219 .304 .349 .243 -3.3 1B 0, RF -2 -0.6
20o 408 40 76 17 1 9 39 41 121 1 1 .209 .292 .332 .233 -7.1 1B 0, RF -2 -1.0
10o 387 35 68 15 1 8 35 37 117 1 1 .195 .274 .310 .219 -11.9 1B 0, RF -2 -1.5
Weighted Mean456509622111485212711.240.330.382.2645.31B 0, RF -20.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 23% 14% 22% 87%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 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
201536250284710042330720.221.320.334.244-0.10.4-1.5-2.411.7-7.4-1.2
201637250284710052327750.217.304.331.237-0.4-2.7-1.5-2.514.9-13.6-1.2
201738274305111052530790.212.303.325.235-0.6-4.2-1.6-2.814.9-14.7-1.4
201839250274710142227740.211.299.315.231-0.9-6.8-1.5-2.714.9-17.6-1.2
201940250264510042127750.206.294.304.225-1.3-10.3-1.5-2.714.9-21.0-1.2
202041250264610132126760.206.292.300.222-1.4-11.8-1.5-2.814.9-22.4-1.2
202142250254610132025760.203.286.291.217-1.7-14.8-1.5-2.914.9-25.4-1.2
20224325024439121826780.196.281.274.211-2.2-18.9-1.5-2.914.9-29.4-1.2
202344292275111122129900.197.279.270.208-2.5-21.3-1.7-3.514.9-31.0-1.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
10.99.59.33.61.20.634.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 83 David Dellucci 2009 .179
2 83 Davey Johnson 1978 .247
3 82 Greg Norton 2008 .284
4 81 Eric Hinske 2013 .193
5 81 Norm Cash 1970 .291
6 81 Brian Daubach 2007 .000 DNP
7 80 Mickey Tettleton 1996 .274
8 80 Chili Davis 1995 .318
9 80 Champ Summers 1981 .266
10 80 Mike Stanley 1998 .292
11 80 Roy Sievers 1962 .284
12 78 John Jaha 2001 .119
13 78 Luke Scott 2013 .281
14 78 Boog Powell 1977 .263
15 78 Andre Thornton 1985 .257
16 78 Rafael Palmeiro 2000 .294
17 78 Vic Wertz 1960 .275
18 78 Tony Clark 2007 .260
19 77 Pedro Guerrero 1991 .263
20 77 John Wockenfuss 1984 .303
21 77 Andruw Jones 2012 .261
22 77 Travis Hafner 2012 .287
23 76 Ken Phelps 1990 .191
24 76 Fred McGriff 1999 .322
25 76 Oscar Gamble 1985 .257
26 76 Gil Hodges 1959 .304
27 76 Derrek Lee 2011 .266
28 75 Mo Vaughn 2003 .232
29 75 Tony Perez 1977 .293
30 75 Lyle Overbay 2012 .251
31 75 Daryle Ward 2010 .000 DNP
32 75 Dwight Evans 1987 .329
33 75 Ken Griffey 2005 .312
34 75 Bill White 1969 .229
35 75 Harold Baines 1994 .276
36 75 Joe Adcock 1963 .280
37 75 David Ross 2012 .274
38 75 Jeff Bagwell 2003 .294
39 74 Mark Bellhorn 2010 .000 DNP
40 74 Dale Long 1961 .275
41 74 Ron Cey 1983 .280
42 74 Pat Burrell 2012 .000 DNP
43 74 David Justice 2001 .263
44 74 Reggie Smith 1980 .333
45 74 Andres Torres 2013 .239
46 74 Jose Canseco 2000 .280
47 74 Bob Watson 1981 .244
48 74 Eddie Mathews 1967 .285
49 74 Duke Snider 1962 .316
50 74 Ben Oglivie 1984 .266
51 74 Dmitri Young 2009 .000 DNP
52 74 Eddie Murray 1991 .270
53 74 Bobby Grich 1984 .297
54 74 Casey Blake 2009 .307
55 74 Fred Lynn 1987 .280
56 74 Don Mincher 1973 .000 DNP
57 73 Ramon Castro 2011 .263
58 73 Bob Allison 1970 .254
59 73 Paul Konerko 2011 .314
60 73 Ken Caminiti 1998 .313
61 73 Kevin Millar 2007 .274
62 73 Jimmy Wynn 1977 .205
63 73 Carlos Delgado 2007 .262
64 73 Jim Hickman 1972 .305
65 73 Mike Cameron 2008 .279
66 73 Cliff Floyd 2008 .283
67 73 Jerry Lynch 1966 .181
68 73 Kevin Mitchell 1997 .213
69 72 Greg Vaughn 2001 .272
70 72 Fernando Tatis 2010 .235
71 72 Orlando Cepeda 1973 .281
72 72 Eddie Robinson 1956 .236
73 72 Brandon Inge 2012 .236
74 72 Jay Buhner 2000 .297
75 72 Jose Guillen 2011 .000 DNP
76 72 Jason Varitek 2007 .275
77 72 George Scott 1979 .235
78 72 Bob Elliott 1952 .255
79 72 Richie Zisk 1984 .000 DNP
80 72 Hal McRae 1981 .276
81 72 Jorge Posada 2007 .324
82 72 George Crowe 1956 .270
83 72 Frank Thomas 2003 .321
84 72 John Kruk 1996 .000 DNP
85 72 Keith Hernandez 1989 .251
86 72 Tim Salmon 2004 .236
87 72 Ty Wigginton 2013 .156
88 71 Don Baylor 1984 .306
89 71 Cliff Johnson 1983 .302
90 71 Alfonso Soriano 2011 .261
91 71 Johnny Bench 1983 .263
92 71 Carlos Pena 2013 .255
93 71 Jose Cruz Jr. 2009 .000 DNP
94 71 Larry Doby 1959 .236
95 71 Eric Chavez 2013 .284
96 71 Ken Singleton 1982 .271
97 71 Jeff Burroughs 1986 .000 DNP
98 71 Monte Irvin 1954 .281
99 71 George Foster 1984 .270
100 71 Bob Nieman 1962 .277

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .250 .329 .411 .252
11 vs R (Multi) .244 .342 .390 .252
18 Split (Multi) -.006 .014 -.021 -.000
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .333 .333 .333 .264
31 vs R (2013) .167 .310 .167 .195
38 Split (2013) -.167 -.023 -.167 -.068
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

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).
2012 Signed to stand near first base and buy time for Anthony Rizzo, Hawpe showed no bat speed during spring training. When the season started, he had trouble even fouling off good fastballs and began his Padres career in a 5-for-51 funk, striking out in 40 percent of his plate appearances. Hawpe's bat eventually woke up a bit, and he hit .278/.354/.424 in his next 44 games before blowing out his elbow and undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery. Hawpe's walk rate reached an all-time low, while his strikeout rate reached an all-time high. He never looked comfortable at first base, a position he hadn't played regularly since 2002 in the Carolina League. PECOTA likes his chances to rebound, but it won't happen in San Diego.
2011 Hawpe entered the year as the Rockies' starting right fielder, but a quad strain, a drop in production, and a roster laden with younger, cheaper outfielders led the Rox to release him in late August, and he was merely an afterthought with the Rays. It's fair to wonder if the Rockies overreacted, given that Seth Smith, Ryan Spilborghs and Jay Freakin' Payton hit just .276/.360/.387 in September as the team fell short of the postseason. Hawpe was less a product of Coors Field than most; he hit .286/.378/.513 there during his career with the Rockies, compared to a still-usable .274/.369/.471 on the road, but he was a tremendous liability defensively. Moving to the Padres on a one-year contract, he will be tasked with following Adrian Gonzalez, an unenviable task given just how hard the ballpark will work against him. That said, he's a .281/.371/.451 in 175 PAs at the park.
2010 Timing is everything, and Hawpe picked the worst possible time for a slump—during a pennant race, and when there are younger, cheaper options available to do your job. After bopping his way to his first All-Star appearance, a .240/.370/.442 line in the second half caused Jim Tracy to lose confidence in his veteran, dropping him down in the order and reducing his playing time. Look at those numbers, though—if that’s a massive dropoff (and it was), Hawpe is still a quality bat. Despite a strong arm, his defense is best described as “statuesque,” he’s about to turn 31, and he's due for a $2 million raise. While he should continue to draw walks and hit home runs for years to come, he won't be doing it with the Rockies for much longer.
2009 If anything, at least Hawpe is dependable, having reeled off three straight seasons of nearly identical performance. This is clearly what he is, a .290 hitter with 25-30 home runs annually and 80 walks, and that's largely without having to account for a Coors Field discount, as Hawpe holds a good deal of his value on the road, batting .282/.376/.482 away from home versus .283/.374/.504 in low-gravity environments. His skill set shouldn't deteriorate over the next two years, over which he is owed a reasonable $13 million. The only caveat is Hawpe's range in the field, which visibly plunged last year (and registered dramatically in all the major fielding metrics, including ours), though this may have been a symptom of the hamstring problems which put him on the disabled list in May.
2008 Like Atkins, Hawpe is less a young stud and more a player who arrived late and is peaking quickly, but he's more valuable than Atkins because the Rockies aren't deep in the outfield or from the left side. An awkward outfielder, Hawpe compensates for his lack of range with a howitzer of an arm. Remember, he was a first baseman until Todd Helton's contract forced him into the pasture.
2007 Hawpe credited a minor repositioning of his hands for the fast start that had him at 15 home runs and .310/.392/.562 before the break. He then slumped in the second half and lost playing time to Baker before finishing strong, ending the season with better numbers on the road than in Coors. Hawpe is a patient hitter (his 3.95 pitches per PA ranked 44th among qualified hitters), but he continues to be among the leaders in swinging through pitches. He also struggles against southpaws (.227/.309/.400 over the last three seasons), and Hurdle often kept him out of the lineup against them, starting him in just nine of the Rockies` 29 games against lefty starting pitchers, none of them coming after mid-July. Although once a first baseman, Hawpe`s transition to the outfield has panned out pretty well; his strong, accurate arm notched 16 assists on baserunners that will now know better.
2006 Handed the right field job after his big 2004 in Colorado Springs, Hawpe`s season was a disappointment. The Rockies strictly platooned him (he had only 32 PAs against southpaws), but he managed only a .262/.350/.403 line after a hot start, and missed two months with a hamstring injury. The good news is that Hawpe has been very successful in his transition to the outfield, posting above average numbers as a defender. If he can get a little bit of that lost power back, Hawpe should be a cheap, productive outfielder, and will get to sound his barbaric Hawpe yawp over the roofs of Denver for the next few years.
2005 Lefty flail-and-mash guy who's been learning how to play the outfield since he's been in the system. He has improved, and looks pretty decent in the field compared to many others who've tried that conversion. Offensively, he's shown all the skills except stealing bases, so it's reasonable to assume that he's going to be able to consolidate some or all of them. Barring a surprise trade or signing, he'll start in RF for the Rockies this year.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-08-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Mark Prior was always said to have perfect mechanics. Would you agree?
(Joe from Oregon)
I don't think that "perfect mechanics" have ever existed, but Prior's were elite. He would receive a straight "A" on his mechanics report card.

It is crazy that his mechanics take so much blame for his injuries, when virtually every other variable in the injury equation is lighting up the screen. He endured some of the heaviest workloads in the game while at a very young age (within the confines of the injury nexus), and he did so during seasons in which he incurred injury. His 2 biggest injuries had nothing to do with throwing a baseball - it was a 105-mph line drive off the bat of Brad Hawpe that caused a compression fracture in his elbow (he missed 3 wks, came back, and was top 3 in PAP that year); and it was a collision with Marcus Giles on the base paths that tore up his shoulder, with an injury to the teres minor as well as a tear in the AC joint that went undiscovered for a couple years - and yet he still came back weeks later and was among the top PAP pitchers once again.

Given all that, to blame his mechanics seems egregious. (Doug Thorburn)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)I am thinking that Brad Hawpe is going to bounce back this year as OF/1B (once he qualifies. What do you think of him as a CIF.
(bfitzge3 from Upstate NY)
Health was clearly his biggest issue last year, as his skills appeared to remain mostly intact. He's done better at Coors than on the road throughout his career, but not so much so that he's a Castilla-type illusion, and he's done pretty well at PETCO in his previous experience there. If he hits .280 with 20 homers and 1B/OF eligibility, that's a worthwhile CI/5th OF/UT in any league. (Cory Schwartz)
2010-08-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat, Ben. Who do you like better over the next couple of years, Manny or Brad Hawpe?
(Dennis from LA)
In a neutral park, I'd probably take a 40-year-old Manny over a 33-year-old Brad Hawpe on offense, so if you're looking for a DH, I'd go with the guy with the dreadlocks. Otherwise, I'm not sure there's a position yet invented that a 40-year-old Manny will be able to play. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-05-11 16:30:00 (link to chat)So far it has been a rough fantasy season for me. I have had 5 players hit the DL already (Miguel Montero, Aaron Hill, Yunel Escobar, Carlos Beltran and Brad Hawpe). So I am playing with a lot of replacement level players. My main question is, should I keep Gordon Beckham and Jason Kubel? They have been in tremendous slumps. and if so, who should I replace them with? Is Ryan Ludwick a better option in the outfield? Please help.
(csatte1 from Baltimore, MD)
Gordon Beckham really seems like a young hitter who is adjusting. His BABIP is low because if too many grounders and pop-ups, but he should work that out. Jason Kubel just isn't hitting the ball as hard as last year. Fewer balls hit to the outfield, fewer HR. He's probably working out kinks in his swing, but I can't imagine he's as valuable as Beckham, even though I don't do fantasy baseball so I don't really know league scarcity that well. Ryan Ludwick seems he's just a little less patient hitter with maybe a little more power. Not sure how that plays in here. I guess Ludwick is better especially with Kubel needing to work out some kinks. (Matt Swartz)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Diaz kills left-handed pitching. Isn't it easier to find him a righty-masher platoon mate than to find a full-time left fielder?
(Christopher from Nashville)
How many lefty platoon mashers are there, though? Not as many as you'd think, and many of them wind up employed as everyday players already, given the roster crunch that favors employment of fourth-tier relievers at the expense of tactical weapons on offense. They just tried it with Garret Anderson, after a fashion, and that flopped. Trying it again with Ryan Church or seeing if there's anything left with Brian Giles? The best best might be to get in on any offers for Brad Hawpe. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)In your analysis of the Phillies/Rockies series, you mentioned how the Phils Offense was not well suited to hit against the Rockies D. But how about the opposite match-up? The Rockies only played .500 ball against lefties this year and the Phils can throw three lefties at them (four games, maybe five depending on the schedule). Isn't this an advantage for Philly? Also, can you do anything about the annoying Outback commercial that keeps covering up the screen?
(jschmeagol from college park, md)
No, I can't, but I've complained about it myself. It's absurd.

I felt the two teams' rotations were fairly even, which may have been overrating Ubaldo Jimenez against this particular lineup. I also didn't think Jim Tracy would play Brad Hawpe over Ryan Spilborghs. Not that that was the only factor, but man, can you leave Spilborghs and Chris Iannetta on your bench if you're serious about beating a lefty?

Anyway, with the Rockies having lost the Jimenez start and not having de la Rosa, their situation isn't that great. (Joe Sheehan)
2005-03-21 19:30:00 (link to chat)Brad Hawpe crushes Dustan Mohr in PECOTA-land (and VORP-land too). How much of a battle is it? And why did they sign Mohr? Especially since the Rockies seem to have pledged to go with Generation R?
(dcbove from Albany, NY)
For the curious, Mohr's projected at .277/365/475 according to his PECOTA weighted mean, while Hawpe's seen as .288/.359/.549. Hawpe's shown some solid power in his minor league career, though largely in high-offense climates. Mohr on the other hand put up a moderate-power/impressive OBP season in the pitcher's environment of SBC Park (which if I'm not mistaken played a bit more as a hitter's park last year). Mohr also has injury concerns with his arm.

I'd give Hawpe the bulk of the playing time and use Mohr as a 4th outfielder in the Jason Michaels mold, fully capable of starting for a few weeks at a time (actually Michaels should be the starting CF in Philly, but that's another story). (Jonah Keri)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-12 15:00:00Phillies/Rockies Playoffs RoundtableHow about the way Brad Hawpe has been completely marginalized in this series? A total non-entity.
(John Perrotto)
 

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