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Jeff Karstens PPirates

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
7 592.3 26 40 0 330 4.44 -0.2
Birth Date9-24-1982
Height6' 3"
Weight185 lbs
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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
2006 NYA 23 8 6 42.7 36.7 6.0 2 1 0 0 4 0 179 40 20 18 6 69 11 9 1 16 3.80 5.11 5.22 3.6 0.3
2007 NYA 24 7 3 14.7 7.3 7.3 1 4 0 0 0 0 80 27 21 18 4 48 9 9 0 5 11.05 8.02 9.23 -4.5 -0.4
2008 PIT 25 9 9 51.3 51.3 0.0 2 6 0 0 5 0 220 56 32 23 7 92 13 13 0 23 4.03 4.74 5.70 1.1 0.0
2009 PIT 26 39 13 108.0 66.3 41.7 4 6 0 0 4 0 471 115 66 65 12 197 45 40 2 52 5.42 4.84 5.52 -1.8 -0.3
2010 PIT 27 26 19 122.7 107.3 15.3 3 10 0 0 10 0 525 146 72 67 21 245 27 22 1 72 4.92 4.84 5.14 -4.5 -0.5
2011 PIT 28 30 26 162.3 154.7 7.7 9 9 0 0 16 0 668 163 69 61 22 260 33 27 4 96 3.38 4.26 4.73 -1.1 -0.2
2012 PIT 29 19 15 90.7 83.3 7.3 5 4 0 0 7 0 372 89 41 40 8 132 15 15 1 66 3.97 3.36 3.97 9.5 0.9
Career13891592.3507.085.3264000460251563632129280104315313593304.444.545.092.2-0.2

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2003 STA A- 14 10 67.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .302 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TAM A+ 24 24 138.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TRN AA 28 27 169.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.846 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 NYA MLB 8 6 42.7 5.22 100 .234 .281 .338 .447 .261 .234 105 3.6 0.3 3.6 0.3
2006 TRN AA 11 11 74.2 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .240 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 COH AAA 14 14 73.2 4.83 86 .278 .261 .331 .397 .264 .283 98 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2007 NYA MLB 7 3 14.7 9.23 13 .388 .269 .339 .430 .268 .371 101 -4.5 -0.4 -4.5 -0.4
2007 STA A- 1 1 5.0 2.73 135 .247 .235 .298 .345 .239 .300 91 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2007 TAM A+ 1 1 4.0 2.50 148 .177 .262 .335 .382 .262 .300 101 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2007 TRN AA 1 1 5.0 1.29 166 .234 .251 .321 .359 .245 .308 81 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2007 SWB AAA 6 5 31.0 3.53 116 .197 .263 .329 .386 .257 .267 91 5.4 0.5 5.4 0.5
2007 YAN Rk 1 1 3.3 5.50 83 .248 .234 .315 .353 .247 .250 98 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 ust Wnt 2 2 6.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .125 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2008 PIT MLB 9 9 51.3 5.70 79 .278 .262 .328 .424 .262 .277 101 -0.3 -0.0 1.1 0.0
2008 SWB AAA 12 12 68.7 4.79 77 .261 .267 .336 .414 .268 .297 80 -0.5 -0.0 -0.5 -0.0
2009 PIT MLB 39 13 108.0 5.52 76 .277 .260 .327 .409 .260 .286 98 -1.6 -0.2 -1.8 -0.3
2009 IND AAA 3 0 6.0 1.78 163 .141 .264 .326 .406 .247 .267 112 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
2010 PIT MLB 26 19 122.7 5.14 77 .299 .252 .316 .396 .262 .309 95 -2.5 -0.3 -4.5 -0.5
2010 IND AAA 5 1 16.0 5.10 98 .272 .274 .343 .435 .261 .333 108 0.1 0.0 -0.3 -0.1
2011 PIT MLB 30 26 162.3 4.73 83 .256 .250 .313 .393 .258 .275 97 1.1 0.1 -1.1 -0.2
2012 PIT MLB 19 15 90.7 3.97 105 .238 .258 .314 .407 .259 .287 97 9.8 1.0 9.5 0.9
2012 ALT AA 2 2 10.0 3.21 127 .159 .275 .333 .404 .265 .267 100 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2012 IND AAA 3 3 13.7 5.20 88 .234 .259 .326 .394 .252 .263 99 0.3 0.0 0.2 0.0
2013 BRD A+ 1 1 3.0 0.17 196 .256 .268 .330 .406 .267 .444 99 2.4 0.2 2.4 0.2
2013 ALT AA 1 1 4.0 6.05 55 .232 .244 .325 .364 .260 .182 95 -0.3 -0.0 -0.8 -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
2003 STA A- 4 2 0 14 10 67.3 63 16 53 2 0% .302 8.4 2.1 0.3 7.1 1.17 2.54 0.0 0.0
2004 TAM A+ 6 9 0 24 24 138.7 151 31 116 11 0% .325 9.8 2.0 0.7 7.5 1.31 4.02 0.0 0.0
2005 TRN AA 12 11 0 28 27 169.0 192 42 147 16 0% -.846 10.2 2.2 0.9 7.8 1.38 4.15 0.0 0.0
2006 COH AAA 5 5 0 14 14 73.2 80 30 48 9 36% .283 9.8 3.7 1.1 5.9 1.50 4.30 0.4 0.0
2006 TRN AA 6 0 0 11 11 74.2 54 14 67 4 0% .240 6.5 1.7 0.5 8.1 0.92 2.30 0.0 0.0
2006 NYA MLB 2 1 0 8 6 42.7 40 11 16 6 33% .234 8.4 2.3 1.3 3.4 1.20 3.80 3.6 0.3
2007 NYA MLB 1 4 0 7 3 14.7 27 9 5 4 33% .371 16.6 5.5 2.5 3.1 2.45 11.05 -4.5 -0.4
2007 SWB AAA 3 0 0 6 5 31.0 25 9 27 2 38% .267 7.3 2.6 0.6 7.8 1.10 1.74 5.4 0.5
2007 TRN AA 1 0 0 1 1 5.0 4 2 5 0 54% .308 7.2 3.6 0.0 9.0 1.20 1.80 2.2 0.2
2007 YAN Rk 0 0 0 1 1 3.3 3 1 2 0 58% .250 8.2 2.7 0.0 5.5 1.21 0.00 0.0 0.0
2007 STA A- 1 0 0 1 1 5.0 4 0 8 1 45% .300 7.2 0.0 1.8 14.4 0.80 1.80 1.3 0.1
2007 ust Wnt 0 0 0 2 2 6.7 4 0 8 2 0% .125 5.4 0.0 2.7 10.7 0.60 2.69 0.0 0.0
2007 TAM A+ 0 0 0 1 1 4.0 3 1 5 0 70% .300 6.8 2.2 0.0 11.2 1.00 0.00 1.5 0.1
2008 SWB AAA 6 4 0 12 12 68.7 66 15 55 8 39% .297 8.6 2.0 1.0 7.2 1.18 3.80 -0.5 -0.0
2008 PIT MLB 2 6 0 9 9 51.3 56 13 23 7 45% .277 9.8 2.3 1.2 4.0 1.34 4.03 1.1 0.0
2009 IND AAA 0 0 0 3 0 6.0 4 0 7 0 40% .267 6.0 0.0 0.0 10.5 0.67 0.00 2.5 0.2
2009 PIT MLB 4 6 0 39 13 108.0 115 45 52 12 41% .286 9.6 3.8 1.0 4.3 1.48 5.42 -1.8 -0.3
2010 PIT MLB 3 10 0 26 19 122.7 146 27 72 21 43% .309 10.7 2.0 1.5 5.3 1.41 4.92 -4.5 -0.5
2010 IND AAA 1 2 0 5 1 16.0 21 2 12 3 32% .333 11.8 1.1 1.7 6.8 1.44 7.31 -0.3 -0.1
2011 PIT MLB 9 9 0 30 26 162.3 163 33 96 22 48% .275 9.0 1.8 1.2 5.3 1.21 3.38 -1.1 -0.2
2012 ALT AA 1 0 0 2 2 10.0 8 1 6 0 53% .267 7.2 0.9 0.0 5.4 0.90 0.90 2.1 0.2
2012 IND AAA 0 2 0 3 3 13.7 11 3 13 1 67% .263 7.2 2.0 0.7 8.6 1.02 4.61 0.2 0.0
2012 PIT MLB 5 4 0 19 15 90.7 89 15 66 8 40% .287 8.8 1.5 0.8 6.6 1.15 3.97 9.5 0.9
2013 ALT AA 0 0 0 1 1 4.0 2 2 4 0 73% .182 4.5 4.5 0.0 9.0 1.00 0.00 -0.8 -0.1
2013 BRD A+ 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 4 0 4 0 56% .444 12.0 0.0 0.0 12.0 1.33 3.00 2.4 0.2

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
2008 825 0.5370 0.4721 0.8329 0.6253 0.2932 0.8917 0.6875 0.1645
2009 1697 0.5321 0.4552 0.8510 0.6124 0.2758 0.9005 0.7260 0.1464
2010 1769 0.5772 0.4830 0.8415 0.6170 0.2968 0.9048 0.6622 0.1585
2011 2336 0.5407 0.4854 0.8367 0.6271 0.3178 0.8914 0.7097 0.1633
2012 1313 0.5468 0.4905 0.7826 0.6058 0.3513 0.8759 0.5885 0.2174
Career79400.54760.47790.83150.6180.30710.89380.68030.1677

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-03-22 2013-10-10 60-DL 202 162 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum Along with Rotator Cuff Surgery 2013-06-07 -
2013-02-20 2013-03-22 Camp 30 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation Biceps - -
2012-09-01 2012-09-19 DTD 18 16 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor - -
2012-08-25 2012-08-25 DTD 0 0 Right Groin Strain - -
2012-04-18 2012-06-25 15-DL 68 60 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2011-08-29 2011-09-13 DTD 15 14 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2011-08-28 2011-08-28 DTD 0 0 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2011-06-14 2011-06-14 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Soreness -
2010-09-01 2010-09-30 DTD 29 26 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2010-08-21 2010-08-31 DTD 10 9 Low Back Spasms -
2009-08-25 2009-09-09 15-DL 15 15 Low Back Strain -
2009-07-20 2009-07-20 DTD 0 0 Elbow Contusion HBP -
2008-09-08 2008-09-16 DTD 8 8 Face Infection Abscessed Tooth -
2008-06-01 2008-06-11 Minors 10 0 Not Disclosed -
2008-03-21 2008-05-21 15-DL 61 45 Right Groin Strain -
2007-04-29 2007-08-01 60-DL 94 84 Right Lower Leg Fracture Fibula -
2007-03-25 2007-04-21 15-DL 27 15 Right Elbow Inflammation Triceps -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 PIT $2,500,000
2012 PIT $3,100,000
2011 PIT $1,100,000
2009 PIT $401,500
2008 PIT $393,300
2007 NYA $389,495
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$7,884,295
6 yrTotal$7,884,295

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 132 dMoye Sports1 year/$2.5M (2013)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2013). Re-signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 1/17/13. May earn additional $1M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$3.1M (2012). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). DFA, non-tendered by Pittsburgh 11/30/12.
  • 1 year/$1.1M (2011). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 12/3/10 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 20, 25 starts.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Pittsburgh (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 4/27/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4015M (2009). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/11/09. DFA 11/20/09. Sent outright to Triple-A 11/30/09.
  • 1 year/$0.3933M (2008). Re-signed by NY Yankees 3/4/08. Optioned to Triple-A 5/21/08. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from NY Yankees 7/25/08.
  • 1 year/$389,495 (2007). Re-signed by NY Yankees 2/07. Optioned to Triple-A 8/15/07. Recalled 9/9/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by NY Yankees 11/05. Contract purchased 8/06.
  • Drafted by NY Yankees 2003 (19-574) (Texas Tech).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you call a sandwich with many types of cold cuts, L, T, Oil and Vinegar? It's a sub, right? Not a hoagie. Nor a wedge. Should have bought a striker. Gerrit Cole is to Jeff Karstens as Shiner Bock is to Bud?
(Name from Place)
Sure, call it a sub or just a sammich. Im not a big fan of Shiner, despite my Texas roots. It doesn't hold a good chill and it gives me a headache if I consume more than three beers, which is often the case. (Jason Parks)
2012-11-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Question about how the sausage is made: What led to the Productive Outs fascination with Jeff Karstens? What led to the #derp?
(Will from Rochester)
That's mostly Riley, although I appreciate Jeff's .... uhhh... unique visage. We've always glossed #derp, and when you look at Karstens' mug, it just screams DERP. To me, anyway. (Ian Miller)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)You watch the Pirates closely. I know there's been a lot of talk about Charlie Morton's season, but what is Jeff Karstens doing (beyond getting extra help from his defense) that he wasn't doing before to become a competent starting pitcher?
(The Most Interesting Man in the World from Brooklyn)
The thing about Karstens is that he's a smart pitcher. He understands his own strengths and weaknesses as well as his opponents, and really uses that to maximize his talent. That being said, he does need a good defense to win because he doesn't get many strikeouts. (John Perrotto)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Jeff Karstens threw 7,760 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2012, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Sinker (90mph), also mixing in a Curve (71mph), Slider (80mph) and Change (82mph). He also rarely threw a Cutter (86mph).