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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
13 2632 .251 .310 .344 .230 -0.2
Birth Date4-2-1970
Height5' 10"
Weight180 lbs
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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
1993 MIN 23 15 42 36 7 5 1 0 0 6 6 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 .139 .262 .167 .208 -0.6 -0.8 -0.1
1994 MIN 24 11 31 31 3 10 3 0 0 13 0 4 0 0 0 2 2 0 .323 .323 .419 .224 0.8 0.1 0.1
1995 MIN 25 9 28 25 4 5 0 2 0 9 2 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 .200 .259 .360 .195 -0.3 0.9 0.1
1996 MIN 26 49 137 127 16 25 6 0 1 34 8 24 0 1 1 10 3 3 .197 .243 .268 .179 -10.5 1.1 -0.9
1997 MIN 27 115 278 253 28 65 12 4 2 91 18 51 1 1 5 25 3 5 .257 .308 .360 .230 -1.1 4.6 0.4
1998 MIN 28 110 219 198 32 40 6 1 3 57 16 44 0 2 3 15 2 1 .202 .259 .288 .207 -5.7 1.8 -0.4
1999 MIN 29 136 421 386 47 103 18 2 7 146 22 54 3 6 4 41 11 7 .267 .307 .378 .234 1.0 -6.4 -0.5
2000 MIN 30 134 433 373 52 111 24 4 4 155 48 77 0 5 7 47 7 5 .298 .373 .416 .269 16.5 1.5 1.7
2001 MIN 31 112 363 327 34 82 16 2 3 111 29 67 2 1 4 25 6 1 .251 .315 .339 .228 0.0 -3.2 -0.3
2002 MIN 32 102 294 260 28 65 13 0 2 84 24 44 1 5 4 25 0 2 .250 .310 .323 .230 -1.0 -0.7 -0.2
2003 MIN 33 83 209 188 22 45 10 2 3 68 15 37 0 3 3 22 0 1 .239 .291 .362 .223 -0.4 -0.0 -0.0
2004 COL 34 55 106 94 7 19 2 0 0 21 7 20 0 0 5 4 0 1 .202 .257 .223 .193 -5.8 2.4 -0.3
2005 KCA 35 23 71 60 14 16 1 0 0 17 10 10 0 0 1 7 0 1 .267 .371 .283 .267 2.9 1.3 0.4
Career954263223582945911121725812205442724382263627.251.310.344.230-4.22.7-0.2

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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1990 ELZ Rk 54 250 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 KEN A 125 522 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .297 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 VIS A+ 135 634 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .374 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 MIN MLB 15 42 .208 .250 .328 .381 .000 .179 99 -2.3 1.2 0.4 -0.8 0.1 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
1993 NAA AA 107 452 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 MIN MLB 11 31 .224 .284 .348 .430 .000 .370 105 -1.2 0.9 0.4 0.1 0.6 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
1994 SLC AAA 112 433 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 MIN MLB 9 28 .195 .251 .324 .387 .000 .217 102 -2 0.8 0.4 0.9 0.6 -0.3 0.1 -0.3 0.1
1995 SLC AAA 117 437 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 MIN MLB 49 137 .179 .280 .348 .443 .000 .233 102 -12.8 4.2 -1.4 1.1 -0.6 -10.5 -0.9 -10.5 -0.9
1996 SLC AAA 37 146 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .295 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 MIN MLB 115 278 .230 .267 .334 .418 .000 .313 97 -9.2 7.7 1.5 4.6 -1.1 -1.1 0.4 -1.1 0.4
1998 MIN MLB 110 219 .207 .270 .339 .428 .000 .242 100 -12.7 6.0 0.3 1.8 0.7 -5.7 -0.4 -5.7 -0.4
1999 MIN MLB 136 421 .234 .270 .342 .427 .000 .290 99 -12.9 11.8 1.5 -6.4 0.6 1.0 -0.5 1.0 -0.5
2000 MIN MLB 134 433 .269 .275 .343 .436 .000 .360 93 4.5 12.3 -0.4 1.5 0.1 16.5 1.7 16.5 1.7
2001 MIN MLB 112 363 .228 .262 .325 .412 .000 .306 100 -12.5 9.9 1.3 -3.2 1.3 0.0 -0.3 0.0 -0.3
2002 MIN MLB 102 294 .230 .267 .334 .425 .000 .288 98 -9.3 7.9 0.8 -0.7 -0.4 -1.0 -0.2 -1.0 -0.2
2003 MIN MLB 83 209 .223 .272 .334 .430 .000 .278 101 -8.3 5.7 0.5 -0.0 1.7 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2004 COL MLB 55 106 .193 .261 .327 .423 .000 .257 117 -7.8 3.2 0.1 2.4 -1.3 -5.8 -0.3 -5.8 -0.3
2004 IOW AAA 39 117 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KCA MLB 23 71 .267 .264 .326 .410 .000 .320 103 0.5 2.0 -0.1 1.3 0.4 2.9 0.4 2.9 0.4
2005 OMA AAA 68 263 .294 .275 .344 .438 .000 .346 91 7.6 5.9 -0.6 0.1 -0.0 12.9 1.2 12.9 1.2

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
1990 ELZ Rk 250 45 59 6 2 6 30 40 26 14 4 .294 .423 .433 .139 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 KEN A 522 72 110 17 8 2 36 77 69 22 10 .255 .373 .345 .090 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 VIS A+ 634 117 182 34 9 7 81 72 77 38 18 .331 .415 .464 .133 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 NAA AA 452 54 109 9 4 8 50 34 66 15 5 .267 .327 .367 .100 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 MIN MLB 42 7 5 1 0 0 0 6 8 1 0 .139 .262 .167 .028 .208 -0.6 -0.8 -0.1
1994 SLC AAA 433 61 110 14 6 5 57 28 57 13 7 .279 .326 .383 .104 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 MIN MLB 31 3 10 3 0 0 2 0 4 2 0 .323 .323 .419 .097 .224 0.8 0.1 0.1
1995 SLC AAA 437 51 112 24 2 8 75 25 41 12 8 .282 .322 .413 .131 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 MIN MLB 28 4 5 0 2 0 3 2 2 1 0 .200 .259 .360 .160 .195 -0.3 0.9 0.1
1996 SLC AAA 146 18 36 6 2 3 22 10 17 2 2 .277 .333 .423 .146 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 MIN MLB 137 16 25 6 0 1 10 8 24 3 3 .197 .243 .268 .071 .179 -10.5 1.1 -0.9
1997 MIN MLB 278 28 65 12 4 2 25 18 51 3 5 .257 .308 .360 .103 .230 -1.1 4.6 0.4
1998 MIN MLB 219 32 40 6 1 3 15 16 44 2 1 .202 .259 .288 .086 .207 -5.7 1.8 -0.4
1999 MIN MLB 421 47 103 18 2 7 41 22 54 11 7 .267 .307 .378 .111 .234 1.0 -6.4 -0.5
2000 MIN MLB 433 52 111 24 4 4 47 48 77 7 5 .298 .373 .416 .118 .269 16.5 1.5 1.7
2001 MIN MLB 363 34 82 16 2 3 25 29 67 6 1 .251 .315 .339 .089 .228 0.0 -3.2 -0.3
2002 MIN MLB 294 28 65 13 0 2 25 24 44 0 2 .250 .310 .323 .073 .230 -1.0 -0.7 -0.2
2003 MIN MLB 209 22 45 10 2 3 22 15 37 0 1 .239 .291 .362 .122 .223 -0.4 -0.0 -0.0
2004 IOW AAA 117 20 30 12 0 3 22 11 20 0 2 .288 .362 .490 .202 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 COL MLB 106 7 19 2 0 0 4 7 20 0 1 .202 .257 .223 .021 .193 -5.8 2.4 -0.3
2005 KCA MLB 71 14 16 1 0 0 7 10 10 0 1 .267 .371 .283 .017 .267 2.9 1.3 0.4
2005 OMA AAA 263 37 66 14 2 0 24 25 44 1 0 .287 .350 .365 .078 .294 12.9 0.1 1.2

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 CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT

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
2003-04-22 2003-05-09 15-DL 17 14 Right Elbow Bone Spur -
1996-07-31 1996-09-08 15-DL 39 37 - Trunk Strain Rib Cage - -
1996-06-02 1996-06-29 15-DL 27 25 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus 1996-06-04 -
1996-03-22 1996-04-30 15-DL 39 24 - Face Laceration Ground Ball and Dental Trauma - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2004 COL $650,000
2003 MIN $1,100,000
2002 MIN $1,100,000
2001 MIN $900,000
2000 MIN $500,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$4,250,000
5 yrTotal$4,250,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 59 d

Details
  • contract purchased 8/05 signed as a free agent from COL 1/05 (minor-league contract) designated for assignment 7/04 contract purchased 4/04 signed as a free agent from MIN 1/04, 1 year/$0.65M (minor-league contract)
  • Hocking exercised $1.05M 03 mut option 10/02 (MIN pd $50K b)

2016 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
Weighted Mean???????????.000.000.000.0000.0?0.0

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 7/28/2016 11:42 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
Weighted Mean???????????.000.000.000.0000.0?0.0

Diagnostics

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

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Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2004 There are worse utility infielders. Hocking's a line-drive hitter who won't kill you with the glove, and he's well regarded for his work ethic and willingness to be a solid clubhouse guy. He's precisely the kind of player who's likely to get his contract squeezed as a result of increased use of analysis in front offices, but there's also some value here in his not being particularly risky.
2003 Cookie Newman be damned, we got ourselves a new role model for hardworking scrubeenies. Hocking will play anywhere, although that flexibility costs the Twins a million bucks. However, if you have a guy on the roster who can play everywhere, that allows you to do things in-season like carry 12 pitchers or another platoon hitter or bring up a spot starter in an emergency. For that, Hocking is an asset for now, but heís close to the end of whatever use he had as a hitter.
2002 Hocking is the very definition of a utility guy. He's useful as long as his cost is low, and as long as you can limit him to time at shortstop and second base. At third base or in the outfield, his bat just isn't enough to keep a club moving along, even in the case of injury. He filled in as well as could be expected when Guzman went down, but the drop-off was still pretty gruesome.
2001 Although Denny Hocking isnít going to be a star, he can be a roster management MVP. He started games at all seven non-catcher positions, something that gives a manager tremendous flexibility when it comes to designing his roster. It usually means a lot of innings for Hocking while the team struggles offensively. His playing time will decline as a symptom of a better lineup, but heís the kind of spare part Kelly uses effectively.
2000 Hocking has even been an emergency catcher, so when we say ďallĒ positions, we mean it. He can run a little, he switch-hits, he can do everything but help his team score runs. Heís a nifty bottom-of-the-bench guy miscast as a regular. Once the Twins come up with a few great position players, theyíll have a good bench already in place to support them.
1999 One of the Kelly Boys, that group of benign, amiable white guys who can't play baseball real well but, gosh darn it, they sure do try hard. See Gates, Brent; Meares, Pat; Stahoviak, Scott. Hocking is better than Brent Gates because he can play shortstop, and would have much more value in the National League, where a player who can play six positions can have tactical value on occasion. Will hit an empty .320 one of these years; call it the Sheehan Corollary to Jazayerli's Law of Backup Catchers.
1998 Played seven different defensive positions but canít hit at any of them. Kelly loves Hocking for his flexibility, and on a team with left-handed hitters who canít hit left-handed pitchers, he has some value. Any attempt to make him a regular will fail, but he could have a good long career in his current role.
1997 Hocking is a well-regarded shortstop with no bat and a tendency for bad luck. There was a lot of well-intentioned grousing by Twins fans that Tom Kelly had to be free-basing his Skoal if he thought giving Hocking 30 starts in right field was a good idea. In retrospect, of course it looked like a bad idea, but the organization did want to find out if Hocking could hit, and there really wasnít any other position to put him at (short of benching Meares, Hockingís direct competitor). So the Twins burned some outfield playing time on Hocking, who not only didnít hit well enough to push Meares, but hit badly enough to probably end any shot he had at earning a job with the team ever again. Clunky as it sounds, sometimes a team needs to figure this sort of thing out, and it hardly cost the Twins that shot at the Yankees.
1996  Voted the best defensive shortstop in the Pacific Coast League, Hocking's misfortune is that he's a step behind Pat Meares, and he didn't do enough to mount a challenge to Meares before '95. Now that Meares has enjoyed his best season, Hocking's future is probably in another organization.

BP Articles

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This article requires BP Premium accessBaseball Therapy: Is There a Pinch-Fielding Penalty?Russell A. Carleton2013-06-18
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: The Vanishing American League Pinch-HitterSteven Goldman2012-02-06
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: Looking for the Iconic Replacement PlayerBen Lindbergh2010-09-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Philly Non-Fixes and the Seattle PredicateChristina Kahrl2008-02-04
Prospectus Notebook: Royals, YankeesBaseball Prospectus2006-04-05
Prospectus Notebook: Royals, MarinersBaseball Prospectus2005-11-23
Prospectus Notebook: KC, MILBaseball Prospectus2005-09-15
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 19-25Christina Kahrl2005-08-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Game of the Week: Kansas City Royals @ Oakland A's, 8/21/05Jonah Keri2005-08-24
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Nothing Royal About ItJoe Sheehan2005-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 5-9Christina Kahrl2005-08-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Return of Return of the TransientsJim Baker2005-06-17
Prospectus Triple Play: Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, New York MetsBaseball Prospectus2005-04-26
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 29-April 4, 2005Christina Kahrl2005-04-12
Prospectus Today: AL Central PreviewJoe Sheehan2005-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Offseason - The CentralsChristina Kahrl2005-03-11
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: The Transient All-Star TeamJim Baker2005-02-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: July 19-25Christina Kahrl2004-07-27
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: July 1-5Christina Kahrl2004-07-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 31-April 5, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-04-06
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: NL PreviewJoe Sheehan2004-04-05
Prospectus Triple Play: Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, New York MetsBaseball Prospectus2004-03-17
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The WestsBaseball Prospectus2004-01-16
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Minnesota Twins vs. New York YankeesJoe Sheehan2003-09-30
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Excitable BoyWill Carroll2003-09-09
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: June 10-15Christina Kahrl2003-06-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 8-11, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-05-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: April 24-30, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Giving ThanksWill Carroll2003-04-28
Box Lunch: Falling Through the Hole in the PageKeith Scherer2003-04-10
Transaction Analysis: The CentralsChristina Kahrl2003-01-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Team Health Reports: Minnesota TwinsWill Carroll2003-01-20
Prospectus Q&A: Dr. Chris YeagerWill Carroll2003-01-16
Transaction Analysis: September 28-November 10, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-11-15
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: Anaheim Angels vs. Minnesota TwinsChristina Kahrl2002-10-08
Playoff Prospectus: Oakland Athletics vs. Minnesota TwinsDerek Zumsteg2002-10-01
The Week in Quotes: September 15-22Derek Zumsteg2002-09-24
The Week in Quotes: September 9-15Derek Zumsteg2002-09-16
Transaction Analysis: June 4-5, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-06-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: April 30-May 11, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-05-13
Transaction Analysis: April 11-13, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-15
The Week in Quotes: April 1-7Derek Zumsteg2002-04-08
Transaction Analysis: March 26-30, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-02
The Daily Prospectus: Around the ALJoe Sheehan2001-05-07


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Twins are always resistant to change but surely something must be brewing. They are looking like a lock at losing 100 this year. I'm starting to miss the days of Ron Coomer and Denny Hocking.
(paulbellows from Calgary)
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