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Portrait of Brandon Inge

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 37)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .211 6 25 25 1 .235 0.4
Birth Date5-19-1977
Height5' 11"
Weight190 lbs
Age37 years, 5 months, 6 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.62010
-0.12011
0.72012
-0.42013
0.42014
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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 DET 24 79 202 189 13 34 11 0 0 45 9 41 0 2 2 15 1 4 .180 .215 .238 .169 -8.3 1.6 -0.7
2002 DET 25 95 351 321 27 65 15 3 7 107 24 101 4 1 1 24 1 3 .202 .266 .333 .207 -5.5 0.2 -0.5
2003 DET 26 104 366 330 32 67 15 3 8 112 24 79 5 3 4 30 4 4 .203 .265 .339 .216 4.0 2.2 0.6
2004 DET 27 131 458 408 43 117 15 7 13 185 32 72 4 6 8 64 5 4 .287 .340 .453 .276 24.6 3.4 2.8
2005 DET 28 160 694 616 75 161 31 9 16 258 63 140 3 6 6 72 7 6 .261 .330 .419 .256 15.6 17.0 3.3
2006 DET 29 159 601 542 83 137 29 2 27 251 43 128 7 5 4 83 7 4 .253 .313 .463 .261 27.4 24.2 5.0
2007 DET 30 151 577 508 64 120 25 2 14 191 47 150 11 4 7 71 9 2 .236 .312 .376 .239 4.9 19.3 2.4
2008 DET 31 113 407 347 41 71 16 4 11 128 43 94 8 4 5 51 4 3 .205 .303 .369 .233 4.6 2.9 0.8
2009 DET 32 161 637 562 71 129 16 1 27 228 54 170 17 3 1 84 2 5 .230 .314 .406 .255 17.9 4.4 2.3
2010 DET 33 144 580 514 47 127 28 5 13 204 54 134 5 7 0 70 4 3 .247 .321 .397 .250 6.0 9.2 1.6
2011 DET 34 102 303 269 29 53 10 2 3 76 24 74 2 3 5 23 1 1 .197 .265 .283 .198 -9.9 9.2 -0.1
2012 DET 35 9 20 20 2 2 1 0 1 6 0 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 .100 .100 .300 .136 -1.3 0.4 -0.1
2012 OAK 35 74 311 283 31 64 13 0 11 110 24 85 1 3 0 52 0 1 .226 .286 .389 .242 5.3 2.7 0.8
2013 PIT 36 50 110 105 5 19 3 0 1 25 2 32 1 0 2 7 0 0 .181 .204 .238 .166 -4.8 1.2 -0.4
Career153256175014563116622838152192644313066847456484540.233.301.384.23980.598.117.8

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
1998 JAM A- 0 214 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .277 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 WMI A 0 394 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .301 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 JAX AA 0 324 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TOL AAA 0 206 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .276 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 DET MLB 79 202 .169 .267 .332 .436 .263 .227 100 -20.2 5.5 3.7 1.6 -0.5 -8.3 -0.7 -8.3 -0.7
2001 WMI A 4 19 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .273 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TOL AAA 27 102 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .369 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DET MLB 95 351 .207 .260 .324 .415 .258 .271 97 -20 9.4 6 0.2 -0.3 -5.5 -0.5 -5.5 -0.5
2002 TOL AAA 21 81 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DET MLB 104 366 .216 .261 .323 .415 .257 .240 95 -17.7 10.0 6.5 2.2 2.0 4.0 0.6 4.0 0.6
2003 TOL AAA 39 154 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .296 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DET MLB 131 458 .276 .270 .336 .437 .262 .316 102 8 13.6 3.4 3.4 -1.6 24.6 2.8 24.6 2.8
2005 DET MLB 160 694 .256 .267 .328 .423 .262 .311 102 -3.2 20.0 2.7 17.0 -3.1 15.6 3.3 15.6 3.3
2006 DET MLB 159 601 .261 .273 .333 .437 .257 .281 106 0.4 18.1 2.5 24.2 2.8 27.4 5.0 27.4 5.0
2007 DET MLB 151 577 .239 .271 .333 .423 .263 .305 102 -13.7 17.1 2.4 19.3 -2.3 4.9 2.4 4.9 2.4
2008 DET MLB 113 407 .233 .266 .332 .419 .260 .244 106 -11.8 11.8 4.5 2.9 -3.7 4.6 0.8 4.6 0.8
2008 TOL AAA 3 12 .356 .236 .302 .378 .251 .286 86 1.3 0.4 0 0.0 0.0 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2009 DET MLB 161 637 .255 .267 .333 .424 .261 .277 104 -3.3 18.3 2.5 4.4 -0.8 17.9 2.3 17.9 2.3
2010 DET MLB 144 580 .250 .263 .328 .413 .259 .305 111 -6.1 16.0 2.2 9.2 -4.1 6.0 1.6 6.0 1.6
2010 WMI A 1 5 .409 .243 .317 .346 .243 .667 100 0.8 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2011 DET MLB 102 303 .198 .264 .327 .414 .266 .256 107 -18.5 8.2 1.1 9.2 0.4 -9.9 -0.1 -9.9 -0.1
2011 TOL AAA 29 126 .319 .262 .328 .396 .253 .338 92 8.7 3.9 0 2.7 -1.0 12.8 1.5 12.8 1.5
2012 DET MLB 9 20 .136 .240 .313 .381 .244 .077 107 -2.4 0.5 -0.1 0.4 0.1 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2012 OAK MLB 74 311 .242 .253 .316 .409 .259 .279 98 -5.4 8.5 1.2 2.7 0.7 5.3 0.8 5.3 0.8
2012 SAC AAA 8 32 .440 .280 .343 .433 .267 .500 91 6.5 1.0 0 0.3 -0.0 7.4 0.8 7.4 0.8
2012 TOL AAA 3 13 .230 .292 .372 .456 .282 .125 92 -0.4 0.4 -0.1 0.1 -0.1 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2013 PIT MLB 50 110 .166 .255 .312 .399 .259 .250 99 -10 2.9 -0.1 1.2 1.6 -4.8 -0.4 -4.8 -0.4
2013 IND AAA 18 75 .211 .252 .320 .390 .251 .171 99 -4 2.2 -0.3 0.0 -0.6 -2.5 -0.2 -2.5 -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
1998 JAM A- 214 24 44 10 1 8 29 17 53 8 8 .230 .313 .419 .188 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 WMI A 394 54 86 25 2 9 46 39 87 15 3 .244 .325 .403 .159 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TOL AAA 206 24 42 9 3 5 20 15 51 2 1 .221 .282 .379 .158 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 JAX AA 324 39 77 25 1 6 53 26 73 10 3 .258 .318 .409 .151 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TOL AAA 102 11 26 11 1 2 15 7 24 1 0 .289 .343 .500 .211 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 DET MLB 202 13 34 11 0 0 15 9 41 1 4 .180 .215 .238 .058 .169 -8.3 1.6 -0.7
2001 WMI A 19 3 3 1 0 0 2 2 5 0 0 .188 .316 .250 .062 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 DET MLB 351 27 65 15 3 7 24 24 101 1 3 .202 .266 .333 .131 .207 -5.5 0.2 -0.5
2002 TOL AAA 81 10 17 2 4 3 13 11 16 1 3 .262 .375 .554 .292 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 DET MLB 366 32 67 15 3 8 30 24 79 4 4 .203 .265 .339 .136 .216 4.0 2.2 0.6
2003 TOL AAA 154 15 39 9 0 5 15 11 23 3 1 .275 .325 .444 .169 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DET MLB 458 43 117 15 7 13 64 32 72 5 4 .287 .340 .453 .167 .276 24.6 3.4 2.8
2005 DET MLB 694 75 161 31 9 16 72 63 140 7 6 .261 .330 .419 .157 .256 15.6 17.0 3.3
2006 DET MLB 601 83 137 29 2 27 83 43 128 7 4 .253 .313 .463 .210 .261 27.4 24.2 5.0
2007 DET MLB 577 64 120 25 2 14 71 47 150 9 2 .236 .312 .376 .140 .239 4.9 19.3 2.4
2008 TOL AAA 12 2 3 0 0 1 4 2 2 0 0 .300 .417 .600 .300 .356 2.2 0.0 0.2
2008 DET MLB 407 41 71 16 4 11 51 43 94 4 3 .205 .303 .369 .164 .233 4.6 2.9 0.8
2009 DET MLB 637 71 129 16 1 27 84 54 170 2 5 .230 .314 .406 .176 .255 17.9 4.4 2.3
2010 DET MLB 580 47 127 28 5 13 70 54 134 4 3 .247 .321 .397 .150 .250 6.0 9.2 1.6
2010 WMI A 5 0 2 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .400 .400 .800 .400 .409 1.0 -0.0 0.1
2011 DET MLB 303 29 53 10 2 3 23 24 74 1 1 .197 .265 .283 .086 .198 -9.9 9.2 -0.1
2011 TOL AAA 126 18 31 4 0 7 19 17 30 0 0 .287 .389 .519 .231 .319 12.8 2.7 1.5
2012 DET MLB 20 2 2 1 0 1 2 0 6 0 0 .100 .100 .300 .200 .136 -1.3 0.4 -0.1
2012 SAC AAA 32 6 10 4 0 2 9 5 9 0 0 .370 .469 .741 .370 .440 7.4 0.3 0.8
2012 TOL AAA 13 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 .111 .385 .111 .000 .230 -0.4 0.1 -0.0
2012 OAK MLB 311 31 64 13 0 11 52 24 85 0 1 .226 .286 .389 .163 .242 5.3 2.7 0.8
2013 IND AAA 75 4 9 2 0 2 6 12 17 1 0 .150 .320 .283 .133 .211 -2.5 0.0 -0.2
2013 PIT MLB 110 5 19 3 0 1 7 2 32 0 0 .181 .204 .238 .057 .166 -4.8 1.2 -0.4

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 1584 0.5385 0.4104 0.7646 0.5709 0.2230 0.8439 0.5276 0.2354
2009 2596 0.5254 0.4306 0.7252 0.5836 0.2606 0.8015 0.5358 0.2748
2010 2339 0.5442 0.4596 0.7498 0.6300 0.2561 0.8217 0.5385 0.2502
2011 1161 0.5211 0.4798 0.7576 0.6496 0.2950 0.8219 0.6037 0.2406
2012 1363 0.5297 0.4307 0.7291 0.5720 0.2715 0.8402 0.4655 0.2709
2013 439 0.5285 0.4351 0.7382 0.5560 0.2995 0.8372 0.5323 0.2618
Career94820.53250.44060.7430.59810.26080.82330.53310.2568

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-03-26 2013-04-23 15-DL 28 19 Right Shoulder Fracture Scapula - -
2013-03-21 2013-03-25 Camp 4 0 Right Shoulder Contusion HBP on Scapula - -
2012-09-02 2012-10-12 60-DL 40 30 Right Shoulder Surgery Dislocation and Labrum Tear 2012-09-18
2012-08-12 2012-09-01 15-DL 20 18 Right Shoulder Sprain Self-reduced - -
2012-05-13 2012-05-28 15-DL 15 14 Right Groin Strain - -
2012-03-30 2012-04-14 15-DL 15 7 Left Groin Strain - -
2011-06-02 2011-06-23 15-DL 21 20 General Medical Illness Mononucleosis -
2010-08-19 2010-08-19 DTD 0 0 Left Hand Soreness -
2010-07-20 2010-08-04 15-DL 15 15 Left Hand Fracture 5th Metacarpal -
2009-11-03 2009-11-03 Off 0 0 Bilateral Knee Surgery Patellar Tendinitis 2009-11-03
2009-07-23 2009-07-23 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Strain Patellar Tendon -
2009-07-01 2009-07-03 DTD 2 1 Bilateral Knee Soreness -
2008-06-23 2008-07-10 15-DL 17 15 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2008-06-02 2008-06-06 DTD 4 3 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2007-06-29 2007-07-01 DTD 2 2 Low Back Spasms -
2007-05-30 2007-06-05 DTD 6 5 Left Contusion HBP Big Toe -
2007-04-17 2007-04-18 DTD 1 1 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2004-06-26 2004-07-15 15-DL 19 15 Right Fingers Fracture Index Finger -
2002-05-12 2002-05-27 15-DL 15 12 Left Shoulder Dislocation -
2001-06-25 2001-08-06 15-DL 42 38 Left Shoulder Dislocation - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 PIT $1,250,000
2012 DET $5,500,000
2011 DET $5,500,000
2010 DET $6,600,000
2009 DET $6,300,000
2008 DET $6,200,000
2007 DET $4,900,000
2006 DET $3,000,000
2005 DET $1,350,000
2004 DET $340,000
2003 DET $315,000
2001 DET $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$41,455,000
12 yrTotal$41,455,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 45 dLevinsons ACES1 year/$1.25M (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 2/12/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.25M in majors. If not on Major League roster, may opt out of contract in late March. May request release 3/26/13 if he will not make Major League roster. $0.1M retention bonus if he agrees to start season in minors. May opt out of contract 6/1/13 if not on Major League roster. Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 3/27/13. DFA by Pittsburgh 7/23/13. Released 7/30/13.
  • 2 years/$11.5M (2011-12), plus 2013 club option. Signed extension with Detroit 10/21/10. 11:$5.5M, 12:$5.5M, 13:$6M club option, $0.5M buyout. DFA by Detroit 7/20/11, sent outright to Triple-A 7/26/11. Contract purchased by Detroit 8/20/11. Released by Detroit 4/26/12. Signed by Oakland as a free agent 4/30/12 (A's pay pro-rated Major League minimum, or about $414,066, with Tigers responsible for balance of 2012 salary).
  • 4 years/$24M (2007-10). Signed extension with Detroit 12/06 (avoided arbitration). 07:$4.9M, 08:$6.2M, 09:$6.3M, 10:$6.6M. Award bonuses: $0.1M for MVP ($0.1M 2nd, $50,000 for 3rd-5th), $0.1M for WS MVP, $75,000 LCS MVP, $50,000 for All-Star ($25,000 for selection), $25,000 each for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger.
  • 1 year/$3M (2006). Re-signed by Detroit 1/06 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2005). Re-signed by Detroit 12/04 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.34M (2004). Re-signed by Detroit 2/04.
  • 1 year/$0.315M (2003). Re-signed by Detroit 2/03, optioned to Triple-A 6/03, recalled 8/03.
  • 1 year (2002). Re-signed by Detroit 3/02, optioned to Triple-A 3/02, recalled 4/02.
  • Drafted by Detroit 1998 (2-57) (Virginia Commonwealth).

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 509 56 112 21 2 13 56 47 129 2 2 .247 .327 .390 .270 18.6 3B 5, 2B 1 2.7
80o 489 52 101 19 1 12 51 43 127 2 1 .234 .311 .369 .257 11.8 3B 5, 2B 1 1.9
70o 474 49 95 18 1 11 48 40 125 2 1 .225 .300 .354 .248 7.2 3B 5, 2B 1 1.4
60o 462 46 90 17 1 11 46 38 123 2 1 .217 .290 .342 .240 3.5 3B 5, 2B 1 1.0
50o 450 43 84 16 1 10 43 36 122 2 1 .209 .281 .330 .232 0.1 3B 5, 2B 1 0.6
40o 438 41 80 15 1 10 41 34 120 2 1 .202 .272 .318 .225 -3.0 3B 4, 2B 1 0.3
30o 426 39 75 14 1 9 39 32 118 1 1 .194 .262 .306 .217 -6.2 3B 4, 2B 1 -0.1
20o 411 36 69 13 1 8 36 29 116 1 1 .185 .251 .291 .207 -9.6 3B 4, 2B 1 -0.5
10o 391 32 61 11 1 7 33 26 113 1 1 .172 .235 .272 .194 -14.0 3B 4, 2B 1 -1.0
Weighted Mean455448616110443712221.212.285.335.2351.63B 5, 2B 10.8

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 15% 12% 16% 62%

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
201538250234410042017730.189.254.283.205-0.6-8.50.60.17.8-17.03.0
20163925024428042119710.190.262.287.207-0.4-6.20.70.16.4-13.43.0
20174025024438042018700.191.260.281.204-0.4-6.60.7-0.06.0-13.33.0
20184125024428042018710.185.256.271.200-0.4-6.80.7-0.15.4-12.83.0
20194225023428031919730.188.257.268.198-0.4-6.80.7-0.25.0-12.33.0
20204325021407021717750.176.242.237.183-0.8-10.00.7-0.25.1-15.63.0
20214425022407021717740.178.242.243.185-1.1-13.20.7-0.36.8-20.43.0
20224525021407021617750.175.238.232.180-2.9-30.10.7-0.413.8-44.23.0
20234625020387011516760.170.233.220.174-3.6-36.10.7-0.414.9-51.33.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
179.39.13.641.343.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 88 Jose Valentin 2007 .237
2 83 Bobby Grich 1986 .283
3 80 Ron Cey 1985 .254
4 80 Davey Lopes 1982 .251
5 80 Bob Elliott 1954 .000 DNP
6 79 Graig Nettles 1982 .263
7 79 Jeff Kent 2005 .303
8 78 Mark Sweeney 2007 .261
9 78 Charlie Maxwell 1964 -.195
10 78 Eddie Joost 1953 .301
11 78 Matt Stairs 2005 .282
12 78 Randy Velarde 2000 .259
13 78 Doug Decinces 1988 .000 DNP
14 78 Ryne Sandberg 1997 .244
15 77 Fred McGriff 2001 .313
16 77 John Vander Wal 2003 .272
17 77 Jay Bell 2003 .204
18 77 David Justice 2003 .000 DNP
19 77 Eddie Mathews 1969 .000 DNP
20 77 Mike Stanley 2000 .267
21 77 Adam Melhuse 2009 .000 DNP
22 76 Al Smith 1965 .000 DNP
23 76 Don Baylor 1986 .281
24 76 Mickey Vernon 1955 .299
25 76 Jason Michaels 2013 .000 DNP
26 76 Ken Boyer 1968 .292
27 76 Richie Hebner 1985 .211
28 76 Fred Lynn 1989 .264
29 76 Chili Davis 1997 .296
30 76 Ben Oglivie 1986 .266
31 76 Gil Hodges 1961 .258
32 75 Gary Redus 1994 .210
33 75 Ronnie Belliard 2012 .000 DNP
34 75 Lonnie Smith 1993 .308
35 75 Greg Norton 2010 .000 DNP
36 75 Pat Kelly 1982 .000 DNP
37 75 Vic Wertz 1962 .317
38 75 Jim Rice 1990 .000 DNP
39 75 Carlton Fisk 1985 .290
40 75 Hal McRae 1983 .295
41 75 Andre Thornton 1987 .159
42 75 Bob Watson 1983 .300
43 75 Pedro Guerrero 1993 .000 DNP
44 74 Roy Sievers 1964 .225
45 74 Keith Hernandez 1991 .000 DNP
46 74 Paul O'Neill 2000 .256
47 74 Frank Menechino 2008 .000 DNP
48 74 Norm Cash 1972 .298
49 74 J.T. Snow 2005 .258
50 74 Robin Yount 1993 .249
51 74 Robin Ventura 2005 .000 DNP
52 74 Tony Phillips 1996 .287
53 74 Ray Boone 1961 .000 DNP
54 74 Jim Dwyer 1987 .302
55 74 Mike Easler 1988 .000 DNP
56 74 Will Clark 2001 .000 DNP
57 74 Brady Anderson 2001 .228
58 74 Eduardo Perez 2007 .000 DNP
59 74 Doug Mirabelli 2008 .000 DNP
60 74 Dale Long 1963 .151
61 74 Jim Hickman 1974 .256
62 74 Bobby Bonilla 2000 .266
63 74 Bill Nicholson 1952 .340
64 74 Sal Bando 1981 .250
65 73 Casey Blake 2011 .255
66 73 Woodie Held 1969 .229
67 73 Ron Gant 2002 .283
68 73 Craig Biggio 2003 .269
69 73 David Segui 2004 .262
70 73 Orlando Cepeda 1975 .000 DNP
71 73 Mark DeRosa 2012 .203
72 73 Kirk Gibson 1994 .303
73 73 Michael Tucker 2008 .000 DNP
74 73 Brian Jordan 2004 .206
75 73 Don Money 1984 .000 DNP
76 73 Gary Matthews 1988 .000 DNP
77 73 George Foster 1986 .262
78 73 Ed Charles 1970 .000 DNP
79 73 Damian Miller 2007 .222
80 73 Kevin Mitchell 1999 .000 DNP
81 73 Jose Hernandez 2007 .000 DNP
82 73 Alan Ashby 1989 .182
83 73 Mickey Tettleton 1998 .000 DNP
84 73 Minnie Minoso 1963 .234
85 73 Monte Irvin 1956 .287
86 73 Harold Baines 1996 .304
87 73 Kelly Stinnett 2007 .154
88 73 Joe Torre 1978 .000 DNP
89 73 Eddie Murray 1993 .275
90 73 Bob Cerv 1962 .213
91 72 Jason Varitek 2009 .241
92 72 George Crowe 1958 .271
93 72 Ken Caminiti 2000 .310
94 72 Damion Easley 2007 .285
95 72 Champ Summers 1983 .197
96 72 Todd Zeile 2003 .247
97 72 Darrell Evans 1984 .278
98 72 Chris Chambliss 1986 .289
99 72 Lou Whitaker 1994 .288
100 72 George Hendrick 1987 .226

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .216 .279 .394 .242
11 vs R (Multi) .210 .265 .311 .213
18 Split (Multi) -.006 -.014 -.084 -.029
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .171 .171 .286 .175
31 vs R (2013) .186 .219 .214 .167
38 Split (2013) .014 .048 -.071 -.008
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 The offensive demands of third basemen are dwindling, as a position that was once considered an offensive juggernaut commensurate with the other corners has been heavily downgraded in recent years, which explains how a hitless wonder with a glove like Inge's can carve out a 12-year career in the majors. The voters for the Gold Glove award felt that Inge's defensive exploits merited serious consideration for the 2012 hardware despite his playing only half a season at the position, but he could have been Brooks Robinson on defense and his anemic offense would have kept his WARP in the red.
2012 Most men Dave Dombrowski’s age have their own version of Brandon Inge stashed away somewhere—a tattered college rugby jersey that’s now two sizes too small, or a threadbare work shirt that has helped re-shingle two roofs, brick a few patios, and wire the new rec room. These things are comforting to have around but should never be worn outside of the house, and in fact are no longer suitable for their former roles, no matter how much you wish they were. Inge is a clubhouse catalyst and can still pick it at third base, but his .223/.292/.346 three-year line against right-handed pitching makes him unplayable in anything but a platoon role. For that the Tigers are on the hook for $6 million next year, including his inevitable 2013 buyout. Sentimentality rarely comes cheap.
2011 A former catcher converted to third base, Inge possesses a terrific glove, a strong arm, occasional power, an infectious enthusiasm for the game, and an admirable civic-mindedness culminating in his recent Marvin Miller Man of the Year award. What he doesn’t possess is enough skill at avoiding outs to be worth his newly-minted two-year, $11.5 million contract. Over the life of his previous four-year, $24 million deal, Inge hit .231/.314/.389, so why would Detroit agree to again pay for two more years of woeful offensive production from a player entering his mid-30s? Because a thin free-agent crop didn’t look much better to them, that’s why. Marvin Miller should be the front-runner for this year’s Brandon Inge Man of the Year award.
2010 Inge played most of the season with a partially torn tendon in one knee, with inflammation or worse in the other as well; in November he had surgery on both knees, which must have made for a stay-at-home Thanksgiving. Inge had a surprisingly good first half, hitting 20 home runs before the All-Star game; after that the pain in the knees started getting to him, yet he refused to come out (nobody wants to risk an angry Inge). Points for toughness, but as a hobbled player he couldn't hit (.186/.259/.279 after the break) or field (assists per game dropped 20 percent after July 1). The total stat line is almost exactly what was expected.
2009 We've yet to deduce exactly what hypnotic effect it is that Inge exerts on the Tigers, but they're going into the season thinking he's their starting third baseman despite the fact that he hits more like a backup catcher—a position he used to start at, even though again, he hits like a backup. Confounding things even more is the fact that Detroit badly overreacted to his fluky 27-homer 2006 season by giving him a four-year extension, so Inge will receive almost $13 million over the next two years. That's $13 million for a guy with a career OPS under 700. Reading the previous sentence again may force you to jab something sharp into your eye—you've been warned.
2008 Swing! Inge's strikeout rate has nearly doubled over four years, going from one every 6.4 plate appearances in 2004, when he batted .287/.340/.453, to one every 3.8 in 2007. His defense at third base remains exceptional, but it's all that is keeping him a viable starter as his bat deteriorates. The Tigers' trade activity, most notably the acquisition of Miguel Cabrera, leaves Inge's status up in the air; he could be a utility player, as he was in 2004, or he could be a third baseman elsewhere.
2007 That the Tigers managed to sign Inge on the heels of a breakout season to an extension below-market rate (four years, $24 million) is a testament to the sense of loyalty engendered by the front office. Inge represents the Tigers in microcosm: A gamer who has sat out just five games over the past two seasons, a late-bloomer who converted from college shortstop to minor league catcher to major league third baseman without missing a beat, a defensive wizard whose glove went cold on him during the World Series, and an all-or-nothing hitter who swings for power first and asks questions later.
2006 Getting out from behind the plate would seem to have helped his hitting, an idea we statheads often bandy about. But we rarely have a chance to see it demonstrated so vividly, because none of the dozen conversions from regular catcher to some other position done at the major league level in the last 50 years involved a hitter who was remotely as bad as Inge. After two seasons of almost identical value, it seems safe to say that Inge has transcended his early impotence at the plate, and will remain at this level for the time being.
2005 Inge had a fine season for the Tigers, and exhibited a rare feat of versatility by providing plus defense at both catcher and third base. According to Clay Davenport's ratings, in fact, he became the only player in baseball history to have played 30 games at both positions in the same season, while scoring a positive defensive rating at each. Still, we ought to be at least a little bit skeptical of a breakout season that comes at age 27, particularly one that was fueled largely by batting average, and that came with a disproportionate number of at-bats against left-handed pitchers. He'll apparently be the Tigers' regular third baseman in 2005; the potential for disappointment is higher in that role than it would be at catcher or in a super-utility gig.
2003 Inge is never going to hit enough to help, and his defensive worth is overvalued and overrated. For a supposedly terrific catcher, he had a very poor year behind the plate, throwing out only 13 of 57 base thieves. His struggles were exacerbated by the dislocated shoulder he suffered in mid-2001. Inge underwent arthroscopic surgery in early October to fix the shoulder problem, but there is no surgery that is going to fix his hitting. If he weren’t a second round pick and the Tigers weren’t so focused on the pitching-and-defense strategy, the club might have seen Inge for what he can be: a good reserve catcher with occasional power who would make a good caddy for a guy like Mike Rivera. Instead, Rivera was dealt to San Diego and Inge will be exposed as a woefully inadequate regular until someone wises up.
2002 The Tigers can look at Inge’s lost season to see what might happen if they get giddy and start Infante on Opening Day. Inge is one of the best defensive catchers in baseball, throwing out 46% of base stealers in his rookie season, but the only time he's ever hit was six good weeks in the California Fall League in 1999. His worst-case scenario still involves plenty of big-league service time as the next Mike Matheny or Henry Blanco, but the Tigers stubbornly believe, against all evidence, that he can evolve into something more than that.
2001 The Golden Boy. Moved from shortstop to catcher immediately after being snared in the second round of the 1998 draft, Brandon Inge has developed rapidly and was named the top defensive backstop in the Southern League. He skyrocketed up the prospect chart after leading the now-defunct California Fall League in OPS in 1999, though his offensive skills trail his defense. Ironically, the player he most closely resembles, projection-wise, is the guy the Tigers just dealt, Brad Ausmus.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am looking at having to start Giovatella or Raburn at 2B in my AL-only league this year. Is this the year Raburn finally puts it together?
(cooldude from Mpls)
I hope so. I have him at MI in CBS AL-only. Coincidentally, I have Giovatella at 2B too. Ramon Santiago doesn't pose much of a threat, but apparently Brandon Inge is looking pretty good at 2B, and he could cut into his time. As a cheap MI in AL-only, his power upside makes him worth the gamble, but this Inge news is certainly disconcerting. (Derek Carty)
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Rangers really screw up by not trading one of Salty, Ramirez and Teagarden when their values were all high?
(rwinter from Boston)
In the sense that they didn’t trade prospects who flopped, sure. You could say that about every team and every prospect who flopped. Did the Angels err in not trading Brandon Wood when he was a top-10 prospect? In retrospect, of course, but there was no way of knowing that.

The fact that all three of those players flopped in their own ways supports the decision to keep all of them, though, instead of treating them as depth. Catchers have a brutal attrition rate. Baseball America’s top 100 in 2000 included six catchers: Eric Munson, Ben Petrick, Matt LeCroy, Jayson Werth (Orioles), Steve Lomasney, Ryan Christianson. In 2001: Joe Lawrence, Dane Sardinha, Brandon Inge, J.R. House. In 2002: Mauer, Josh Phelps, House, John Buck, Werth (Blue Jays), Victor Martinez. In 2003: Mauer, Martinez, Jeff Mathis, Justin Huber, Buck.

In 2007, when the Rangers had to make this decision, Kevin Goldstein ranked the catchers in the minors. He named 17 players. These are the 17:

Jeff Clement
Bryan Anderson
J.R. Towles
Teagarden
Hank Conger
John Jaso
Ramirez
Nick Hundley
Tony Recker
Jesus Montero
Brett Hayes
Francisco Hernandez
Lou Palmisano
Landon Powell
Shawn Riggans
Jamie Skelton
Brian Jeroloman

Out of those 17, there are basically one and a half every day catchers, maaaaaaybe another one in Hank Conger, and a DH. We thought the Rangers had three catchers, plus Gerald Laird. In fact, they had Gerald Laird.

Also:
2007 Baseball Prospectus Annual: “When Teagarden is behind the dish, he’s one of the top defensive catchers around. If he can stay there, he’s Mickey Tettleton with defensive chops.”
2008 Baseball Prospectus Annual: “If you want to get really dreamy and optimistic, think Mickey Tettleton with Gold Glove-level skills, and you get the picture.”

This is why comps are the best/worst. (Sam Miller)
2011-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you see in Scott Sizemore? I’m weighing keeping him as one of my 15 MLB keepers in a 14 team H2H points league. This is not the most exciting keeper choice in the world but I don’t want to be stuck drafting the likes of Brandon Inge again or wasting an early pick on a below average player. 3B is such an ugly position to fill if you don’t have an elite player. Do you see him being materially better than his career line to date (.236/.325/.372, 13 HRs in 156 games)? If not, then he’s just a replacement-level player in my league as the top 3B available in this year’s draft were players like Betemit, Tejada, Encarnacion, Peralta, Freese, Polanco, etc.. Because of his youth, perhaps he’ll continue to improve? Where do you see his near-term ceiling while I wait for the likes of Will Middlebrooks and Cheslor Cuthbert to mature? FWIW, he's battling players like Sands, JD Martinez, Altuve, Brandon Allen and Guerra for that last keeper slot.
(ORWahoo from Oregon)
I like Sizemore, but only in deeper leagues. He just doesn't have enough power or speed to really be an asset in mixed leagues. I think double digit homers and maybe a small handful of steals, but I don't see 20 HR or 10 SB from him next year. And he strikes out a lot, which will cause him to rely on a high BABIP to post a good average, which will be difficult to maintain without great speed. I think decent power without a good average or speed makes him a tough guy to endorse for anything other than an AL-only league play. (Derek Carty)
2010-10-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)They're being paid about the same, who do you like more at third base? Brandon Inge or Placido Polanco?
(singledigit from rainy San Diego)
I'm assuming the third option is a hole in my head, because I'm not wild about either for more than place-holding purposes. Inge can be a great defender, but he's not very valuable against right-handed pitching. Polanco at least provides positional flexibility, so I'd favor him. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which teams do you see Kevin Towers calling and offering Mark Reynolds to?
(Reej 3000 from Dell Warehouse)
The Tigers? He's kind of like a better Brandon Inge, right? Except for the whole fielding thing?

It won't happen, but part of me really, really wants to see what Safeco would do to Mark Reynolds. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-08-17 14:45:00 (link to chat)Would Brandon Inge make the Cardinals better? Would Felipe Lopez move to 2B and eliminate Skip?
(drive2fast19 from Detroit)
I would rather have Lopez at 2B and Inge at 3B than Lopez at 3B and Skip at 2B. We're not talking about a massive improvement here, but the Reds and Cards will be jockeying for the division the rest of the way and anything that constitutes an improvement that won't drastically hurt the payroll is worth pursuing. (Eric Seidman)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steve, I'm enjoying BP2010 so far, but noticed it seems a little edgier than usual. Your intro in particular seems to be a little harsh towards Bill James. And why does Brandon Inge get "points for toughness", but Jed Lowrie is "stupid" for playing through pain? Lowrie was trying to achieve his dream of making it to the majors while Inge was already there and could have rested knowing he'd still have a spot on the major league roster whenever he heeled.
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
There was no intention to be eddy; the authors said what they said and I don't try to impose my judgment on them beyond reigning in comments that are just inappropriate in some way, and that is a very rare occurrence. I will point out that there's a significant difference between Lowrie trying to hit through a wrist injury and Inge trying to play through knee problems. In the former case, there's not a lot of hope of it working out; in the latter at least the equipment works from the waist up.

Now let me say this about the intro and Bill James, because this also came up in a couple of Amazon reviews: I'm stunned, honestly. What I was trying to do was encapsulate the state of the "industry" (such as it is, or was) at the time that BP came into existence. It was not my intention to say anything critical about Bill, whom I revere. Without Bill pioneering this field, none of us would have these wonderful jobs that we have, where we get paid to watch, write, and talk about baseball. I know that my career got its start specifically because my first publisher was looking for another Rob Neyer, whose own career owes its start to Bill (my answer: "I can't be a second Neyer, but I can be the first Steven Goldman," and apparently that sufficed). Our debt to Mr. James is so obvious as to not need stating, certainly not in that place. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Joe. I had a question about one of my Tigers, the hot-hitting Brandon Inge. He's going to revert back to the Inge of old (hitting .250 with a little pop) soon, right? Or can we expect him to keep a decent bat for the rest of the year?
(David from Winston Salem)
He's fundamentally a different hitter this year, walking more and striking out much, much less. You so rarely see a change like this. I would project that he regresses a lot, but if the gains in plate discipline are somewhat real, he could hit .270/.345/.440 from here on out. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Will, Crank up The Mill! Are the Tigers really caught in no-man's land at this point? While the decision to be buyers or sellers is a difficult one for this team, there's not really much they could do, in terms of improving or dumping, anyway, right?
(Ryan from Atlanta)
They are in a tough position, but they're smart and creative. I think they could do a number of things that would help themselves if they choose to. They could deal Ivan Rodriguez for help, plug Brandon Inge in, and see what happens. They could deal Todd Jones or Joel Zumaya, given the reliever market. Never count out the Tigers. Dombrowski et al have proved themselves time and again. (Will Carroll)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were the Detroit Tigers, how would you deal with the Brandon Inge situation: trade him for whatever someone's willing to give you, hold out for something of value, keep him as a supersub, hold on to him and make him next year's catcher?
(Ben from Ohio)
Inge doesn't seem to want to catch, and at $6.2 million he'd make for a pricey utilityman. He's a capable fielder, but pretty valueless as a hitter except for providing pop off the bench, and he's unhappy to bood. I'm not sure the Tigers have many good options; I'd trade him for just about anything I could get. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-01-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)Whats your take on the Brandon Inge soap opera in Detroit.
(joe from n.y.)
Well, given his three straight years of offensive decline, his age (he'll be 31 in May), and what he's owed ($6.2M, $6.3, $6.6 for a total of $19.1M) it's not so surprising that the Tigers have found few takers and with his defensive prowess seem to be looking at him in a super-sub kind of role. The question will really be whether he'll accept that role or turn into a clubhouse cancer that forces them to eat much of the remaining salary.

As far as the soap opera around his asking to be traded and not speaking to a reporter recently, I certainly don't blame him. He's in a pretty tough spot and any competitor at that level wants playing time

As an aside, defensively (using SFR) I have him at -6, +4, +20, +9 since 2004 at third base which pretty much parallels FRAA (+6,+15,+25,+14). Miguel Cabrera, on the other hand, I had at +0, -1, -5, -10 in 2003, and 2005-2007 at third base. (Dan Fox)
2008-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for taking questions! To expand on the "Soviet" recruiting methods, would it behoove an MLB team to screen all of its draftees for pitching potential? Troy Percival and Rafael Soriano come to mind as successful converts. Maybe the Tigers would find that they could use the strong arm of Brandon Inge for occasional mop-up duty as part of his super-utility role.
(havybeaks from Michigan)
I think it's done, kind of. Not in any sort of systematic way, but organizations know who has a cannon at short and they know who pitched in HS. (Interesting thought ... Latin players tend to be classified one way or the other quickly while American players tend to go both ways through HS and even college. Is there an advantage to either side?) (Will Carroll)
2008-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)John, which is likely more important for Detroit this year: Miguel Cabrera's added offense over Brandon Inge, or Dontrelle Willis successfully adjusting to the AL and posting numbers at least similar to '06 (if not better). Thanks for your thoughts.
(Yoop from Ankeny, IA)
Cabrera's offense. No slight to Willis, who could really help the Tigers, but Cabrera is one of the game's premier hitters. He makes an already-dangerous lineup downright scary. (John Perrotto)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)no takers for Brandon Inge? I understand the locals overrate him because he's a nice buy but surely someone can spare a box of baseballs?
(DetroitDale from Florida)
Well, the Tigers shouldn't just give him away, but I honestly don't get why the Marlins didn't ask for and get him on top of the rest of that package. And the money to pay him, because let's face it, the Fish were robbed. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-09-29 10:30:00Tigers/White Sox Play-In GameMike Ivie... now that's a blast from the past.

Er, considering his bat, maybe that should be a bloop from the past.

To bring a more recent Padres player (and former Tiger) into the discussion, his ability to play catcher could make Brandon Inge a nifty Robert Fick type... a game a week behind the dish, and then fill in at third and a corner as needed. (Dave Pease)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 4638 -43 -7.8 -11.8 2675 -2.2 -0.7 -1.9 -8.5 -13.7

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