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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .251 7 24 29 1 .249 0.0
Birth Date7-25-1981
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
Age33 years, 3 months, 0 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.42010
0.12011
2012
2013
0.52014
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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
2006 CLE 24 16 61 56 4 12 2 0 3 23 5 12 0 0 0 11 0 0 .214 .279 .411 .217 -2.1 0.1 -0.2
2007 SDN 25 145 534 484 57 133 30 2 18 221 32 94 10 6 2 74 1 0 .275 .329 .457 .282 31.4 -11.3 2.0
2008 SDN 26 154 668 624 71 162 31 4 23 270 23 139 15 6 0 84 0 0 .260 .299 .433 .261 24.0 -12.0 1.2
2009 SDN 27 141 573 529 50 135 31 1 18 222 27 106 11 6 0 88 1 0 .255 .302 .420 .253 10.1 -6.4 0.4
2010 OAK 28 143 586 551 59 136 32 1 16 218 24 96 6 5 0 71 2 1 .247 .283 .396 .242 4.3 -0.9 0.4
2011 COL 29 27 108 98 11 25 5 0 3 39 4 19 5 1 0 16 0 0 .255 .315 .398 .264 1.8 -0.8 0.1
2011 OAK 29 46 149 136 13 30 6 0 4 48 8 27 1 4 0 17 2 0 .221 .262 .353 .240 1.7 -1.5 0.0
2014 TEX 32 13 51 47 8 17 6 0 2 29 2 7 2 0 0 10 0 0 .362 .412 .617 .347 4.9 -0.3 0.5
Career6852730252527365014388710701255005028237161.257.302.424.25976.2-33.04.4

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
2003 MHV A- 54 234 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .296 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 LKC A 123 531 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .366 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 AKR AA 7 27 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .222 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MHV A- 3 8 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .200 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KIN A+ 68 287 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .387 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 CLE MLB 16 61 .217 .267 .326 .424 .251 .220 107 -2.9 1.8 -1 0.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2
2006 AKR AA 67 276 .375 .260 .329 .391 .263 .410 105 28.6 6.7 0 3.5 -1.0 34.8 4.1 34.8 4.1
2006 BUF AAA 27 115 .355 .258 .321 .390 .254 .349 101 11.5 3.3 -0.2 3.3 -0.5 12.6 1.6 12.6 1.6
2007 SDN MLB 145 534 .282 .268 .334 .422 .259 .304 89 13 15.8 2.1 -11.3 -1.5 31.4 2.0 31.4 2.0
2008 SDN MLB 154 668 .261 .264 .329 .414 .261 .297 89 0.4 19.3 2.7 -12.0 -1.2 24.0 1.2 24.0 1.2
2009 SDN MLB 141 573 .253 .254 .321 .403 .256 .285 86 -4 16.5 2.3 -6.4 -2.6 10.1 0.4 10.1 0.4
2010 OAK MLB 143 586 .242 .258 .324 .408 .259 .270 100 -10.5 16.2 2.2 -0.9 -2.3 4.3 0.4 4.3 0.4
2011 COL MLB 27 108 .264 .259 .326 .401 .267 .286 104 0.4 2.9 0.4 -0.8 -1.4 1.8 0.1 1.8 0.1
2011 OAK MLB 46 149 .240 .260 .319 .405 .261 .239 96 -2.9 4.0 0.5 -1.5 0.2 1.7 0.0 1.7 0.0
2011 SAC AAA 61 279 .294 .287 .357 .453 .266 .308 93 11.1 8.7 0.7 -3.2 0.8 22.4 1.8 22.4 1.8
2012 NWA AA 34 127 .268 .258 .323 .391 .265 .337 102 1.1 3.5 -1.7 0.0 -2.0 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2012 OMA AAA 56 228 .236 .277 .345 .429 .272 .318 99 -6.2 6.8 0.8 0.6 -2.4 -0.4 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2013 NWO AAA 60 241 .296 .267 .339 .408 .270 .307 88 9.3 6.9 -0.7 -2.4 -0.6 15.1 1.3 15.1 1.3
2014 TEX MLB 13 51 .347 .263 .326 .409 .274 .395 101 4.2 1.3 0.2 -0.3 0.1 4.9 0.5 4.9 0.5
2014 ROU AAA 4 17 .247 .235 .295 .379 .235 .357 99 -0.3 0.5 -0.1 0.4 -0.9 -0.8 -0.0 -0.8 -0.0

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
2003 MHV A- 234 31 56 8 1 8 33 21 36 2 1 .272 .348 .437 .165 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 AKR AA 27 3 5 1 1 1 6 2 5 0 0 .208 .269 .458 .250 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 LKC A 531 74 156 35 5 16 87 44 75 5 4 .330 .397 .526 .197 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MHV A- 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .143 .250 .143 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KIN A+ 287 47 86 20 4 12 58 24 51 3 1 .339 .406 .591 .252 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 CLE MLB 61 4 12 2 0 3 11 5 12 0 0 .214 .279 .411 .196 .217 -2.1 0.1 -0.2
2006 AKR AA 276 46 95 19 1 15 55 23 34 2 3 .389 .454 .660 .270 .375 34.8 3.5 4.1
2006 BUF AAA 115 22 36 9 0 7 20 10 12 2 1 .353 .416 .647 .294 .355 12.6 3.3 1.6
2007 SDN MLB 534 57 133 30 2 18 74 32 94 1 0 .275 .329 .457 .182 .282 31.4 -11.3 2.0
2008 SDN MLB 668 71 162 31 4 23 84 23 139 0 0 .260 .299 .433 .173 .261 24.0 -12.0 1.2
2009 SDN MLB 573 50 135 31 1 18 88 27 106 1 0 .255 .302 .420 .164 .253 10.1 -6.4 0.4
2010 OAK MLB 586 59 136 32 1 16 71 24 96 2 1 .247 .283 .396 .149 .242 4.3 -0.9 0.4
2011 SAC AAA 279 41 79 24 1 13 58 11 36 1 1 .302 .341 .550 .248 .294 22.4 -3.2 1.8
2011 COL MLB 108 11 25 5 0 3 16 4 19 0 0 .255 .315 .398 .143 .264 1.8 -0.8 0.1
2011 OAK MLB 149 13 30 6 0 4 17 8 27 2 0 .221 .262 .353 .132 .240 1.7 -1.5 0.0
2012 NWA AA 127 10 36 10 0 2 15 4 19 1 0 .300 .323 .433 .133 .268 1.1 0.0 0.1
2012 OMA AAA 228 19 55 15 2 0 31 13 40 1 1 .262 .301 .352 .090 .236 -0.4 0.6 0.0
2013 NWO AAA 241 20 64 14 0 6 42 14 27 2 0 .294 .344 .440 .147 .296 15.1 -2.4 1.3
2014 ROU AAA 17 1 5 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 .312 .294 .375 .062 .247 -0.8 0.4 -0.0
2014 TEX MLB 51 8 17 6 0 2 10 2 7 0 0 .362 .412 .617 .255 .347 4.9 -0.3 0.5

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 2297 0.5141 0.5577 0.7674 0.7417 0.3629 0.8482 0.5926 0.2326
2009 2057 0.4925 0.5226 0.7674 0.7295 0.3218 0.8606 0.5625 0.2326
2010 1960 0.5235 0.5515 0.7993 0.7466 0.3373 0.8708 0.6254 0.2007
2011 892 0.5359 0.5398 0.7651 0.7218 0.3285 0.8638 0.5147 0.2349
2014 183 0.5191 0.5519 0.8416 0.7579 0.3295 0.9028 0.6897 0.1584
Career73890.51330.5440.77740.73760.33970.86090.58590.2226

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-01 2014-08-01 On-Alr 0 0 - Low Back Surgery -
2014-04-23 2014-09-29 60-DL 159 141 - Low Back Surgery Herniated Disc 2014-05-06 -
2014-02-28 2014-02-28 Camp 0 0 - Head Contusion Batted Ball - -
2014-02-24 2014-02-27 Camp 3 0 - Low Back Soreness - -
2013-08-11 2013-08-19 Minors 8 0 - Back Strain Trapezius - -
2013-06-20 2013-07-18 Minors 28 0 Left Trunk Strain Intercostal - -
2013-04-05 2013-05-19 Minors 44 0 - Back Strain - -
2012-06-08 2012-06-24 Minors 16 15 Right Thumb Contusion - -
2011-09-12 2011-09-16 DTD 4 3 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2011-05-22 2011-05-28 DTD 6 6 Left Groin Soreness -
2010-09-06 2010-09-21 DTD 15 13 Low Back Soreness -
2010-07-19 2010-07-20 DTD 1 1 Back Stiffness -
2010-04-24 2010-04-25 DTD 1 1 Right Lower Leg Tightness Calf -
2010-04-24 2010-04-24 On-Alr 0 0 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2010-03-03 2010-03-05 Camp 2 0 Lower Leg Contusion Shin -
2009-09-09 2009-09-29 DTD 20 17 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2009-04-09 2009-04-10 DTD 1 1 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-11-15 2008-11-15 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Debridement 2008-11-15
2008-06-16 2008-06-24 DTD 8 6 Low Back Strain -
2007-06-15 2007-06-21 DTD 6 5 Low Back Strain -
2007-04-10 2007-04-13 DTD 3 2 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2006-11-02 2006-11-14 WIN 12 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2006-06-16 2006-07-04 Minors 18 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2005-06-03 2005-08-08 Minors 66 0 - Low Back Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 TEX $
2013 MIA $
2012 KCA $
2011 OAK $4,750,000
2010 OAK $3,100,000
2009 SDN $432,000
2008 SDN $410,000
2007 SDN $380,800
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$9,072,800
5 yrTotal$9,072,800

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 137 dSosick/Cobbe1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Texas as a free agent 12/12/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Texas 4/9/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 10/6/14 (refused assignment).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Miami as a free agent 11/3/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/14/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$4.75M (2011). Re-signed by Oakland 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration). Sent outright to Triple-A by Oakland 6/10/11. Acquired by Colorado in trade from Oakland 8/23/11. Contract purchased by Colorado 8/24/11. Free agent 10/5/11 after refusing minor-league assignment by Colorado.
  • 1 year/$3.1M (2010). Acquired by Oakland in trade from San Diego 1/16/10. Signed by Oakland 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.432M (2009). Re-signed 2/27/09.
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2008). Re-signed by San Diego 3/3/08.
  • 1 year/$0.3808 (2007). Signed by San Diego 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Cleveland 9/06. Acquired by San Diego in trade from Cleveland 11/06.
  • Drafted by Cleveland 2003 (6-168) (University of Nevada). $45,000 signing bonus.

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 510 58 136 31 1 14 62 26 86 2 1 .289 .334 .451 .283 20.6 3B -4, 1B 0 1.8
80o 489 53 125 28 1 13 57 24 85 2 1 .275 .319 .429 .269 13.6 3B -4, 1B 0 1.0
70o 475 50 116 26 1 12 53 22 83 2 1 .265 .307 .413 .260 8.8 3B -4, 1B 0 0.5
60o 462 47 111 25 1 12 51 21 82 2 1 .256 .298 .399 .252 5.0 3B -3, 1B 0 0.1
50o 450 45 105 24 1 11 48 20 81 2 1 .248 .289 .386 .244 1.6 3B -3, 1B 0 -0.2
40o 438 42 98 22 1 10 46 19 80 2 0 .240 .280 .373 .237 -1.7 3B -3, 1B 0 -0.6
30o 425 40 93 21 1 10 43 17 79 1 0 .231 .270 .360 .228 -4.9 3B -3, 1B 0 -0.9
20o 411 37 85 19 1 9 40 16 77 1 0 .221 .259 .344 .219 -8.5 3B -3, 1B 0 -1.3
10o 390 33 76 17 1 8 36 14 75 1 0 .207 .243 .322 .206 -13.0 3B -3, 1B 0 -1.8
Weighted Mean455461072411149208221.251.293.392.2483.13B -3, 1B 0-0.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 24% 6% 14% 81%

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
20153325024551204239441.236.271.344.228-0.8-4.9-0.8-0.613.0-16.5-2.2
201634250255311042311450.228.274.328.225-1.1-7.6-0.8-0.714.9-21.1-2.2
201735377367817073515720.222.262.330.220-1.6-11.4-1.2-1.114.9-24.0-3.3
201836568551202701053221090.225.264.332.221-1.8-11.9-1.8-1.814.9-23.2-4.9
20193760257128280953231180.226.264.323.218-2.1-14.3-1.9-2.114.9-25.2-5.2
202038459439720174018910.221.259.315.214-2.2-15.9-1.5-1.714.9-27.6-4.0
20213963157129270852211260.216.252.303.206-2.9-21.5-2.0-2.614.9-31.9-5.5
202240366347616153114730.219.256.313.211-2.2-17.0-1.2-1.614.9-29.1-3.2
202341610561232501053211250.215.250.310.208-2.8-20.7-1.9-2.814.9-30.9-5.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
8.822.46.32.6out of baseball22.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 73)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 91 Greg Dobbs 2011 .255
2 82 Don Kelly 2012 .199
3 79 Ramon Vazquez 2009 .235
4 79 Fernando Tatis 2007 .000 DNP
5 79 Ryan Roberts 2013 .255
6 78 Mike Lamb 2008 .221
7 78 Andy Phillips 2009 .000 DNP
8 78 Jack Hannahan 2012 .244
9 78 Brendan Harris 2013 .243
10 77 Robb Quinlan 2009 .213
11 77 Keith Ginter 2008 .000 DNP
12 76 Chris Sabo 1994 .268
13 76 Pedro Feliz 2007 .239
14 75 Edgar Gonzalez 2010 .000 DNP
15 75 Joe Crede 2010 .000 DNP
16 75 Sean Berry 1998 .305
17 75 Tim Wallach 1990 .299
18 75 Mike Aviles 2013 .241
19 75 Ray Boone 1956 .323
20 74 Kelly Gruber 1994 .000 DNP
21 74 Wes Helms 2008 .241
22 74 Terry Pendleton 1993 .258
23 74 Vinny Castilla 2000 .197
24 74 Paul Molitor 1989 .315
25 74 Graig Nettles 1977 .296
26 74 Ryan Garko 2013 .000 DNP
27 74 Corey Patterson 2012 .000 DNP
28 74 Josh Wilson 2013 .192
29 73 Ty Wigginton 2010 .250
30 73 Nick Green 2011 .000 DNP
31 73 Robin Ventura 2000 .261
32 73 Daryle Ward 2007 .318
33 73 Clint Barmes 2011 .250
34 73 Jay Gibbons 2009 .000 DNP
35 73 Ronny Paulino 2013 .000 DNP
36 73 Buddy Bell 1984 .299
37 72 Gary Gaetti 1991 .258
38 72 Brooks Robinson 1969 .261
39 72 Dewayne Wise 2010 .219
40 72 Al Oliver 1979 .297
41 72 Emil Brown 2007 .230
42 72 Rance Mulliniks 1988 .317
43 72 Ken McMullen 1974 .282
44 72 Brook Jacoby 1992 .233
45 72 George Bell 1992 .252
46 72 Juan Uribe 2011 .205
47 72 Joe Torre 1973 .288
48 71 Joe Inglett 2010 .266
49 71 Mike Fontenot 2012 .244
50 71 Rico Petrocelli 1975 .231
51 71 Shea Hillenbrand 2008 .000 DNP
52 71 Randy Jackson 1958 .202
53 71 Adrian Beltre 2011 .304
54 71 Todd Zeile 1998 .276
55 71 Chris Denorfia 2013 .273
56 71 Kevin Bass 1991 .244
57 71 Doug Decinces 1983 .297
58 71 Matthew Lecroy 2008 .000 DNP
59 71 Joe Pepitone 1973 .278
60 71 Vern Stephens 1953 .259
61 71 Felipe Alou 1967 .282
62 71 Kevin McReynolds 1992 .298
63 71 Mike Rivera 2009 .226
64 71 Del Ennis 1957 .282
65 71 Esteban German 2010 .238
66 70 Ramon Santiago 2012 .198
67 70 Junior Spivey 2007 .000 DNP
68 70 Chris Chambliss 1981 .273
69 70 Ross Gload 2008 .230
70 70 Richie Hebner 1980 .294
71 70 Mark DeRosa 2007 .265
72 70 Freddy Sanchez 2010 .279
73 70 Jerry Lynch 1963 .286
74 70 Dusty Baker 1981 .307
75 70 Wes Covington 1964 .300
76 70 Eric Soderholm 1981 .000 DNP
77 70 Ray Knight 1985 .215
78 70 Juan Encarnacion 2008 .000 DNP
79 70 Kevin Millar 2004 .280
80 70 Chris Woodward 2008 .000 DNP
81 70 Jody Gerut 2010 .242
82 70 Leon Wagner 1966 .288
83 70 Roy Smalley 1985 .269
84 70 Felipe Lopez 2012 .000 DNP
85 70 Koyie Hill 2011 .198
86 70 Jim Northrup 1972 .252
87 70 Tony Oliva 1971 .329
88 70 Jeff Baker 2013 .318
89 70 Bobby Bonilla 1995 .317
90 69 Bill Madlock 1983 .295
91 69 Bobby Kielty 2009 .000 DNP
92 69 Tino Martinez 2000 .253
93 69 Jim Fregosi 1974 .277
94 69 Jay Johnstone 1978 .217
95 69 John Valentin 1999 .246
96 69 Ben Broussard 2009 .000 DNP
97 69 Monte Irvin 1951 .336
98 69 Don Money 1979 .239
99 69 Johnny Estrada 2008 .146
100 69 Eric Byrnes 2008 .222

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 Kouzmanoff came to Colorado from the A's toward the end of August to help plug the Rockies' season-wide hole at third base. He did what he always does, which is hit like Russ Davis and make plays that don't require him to move a whole lot. Kouzmanoff's ISO has slipped in each of his six big-league seasons. Last year's .137 is right there with the career marks of David DeJesus and Geoff Blum, which for a hitter devoid of on-base skills is unacceptable. Kouzmanoff, who opted for free agency after the season, has probably seen his last days as a starter at the hot corner.
2011 When Kouzmanoff leads your team in home runs, you know you've had a poor year at the plate. That was the case for the A's in 2010, but following the acquisitions of Hideki Matsui and Josh Willingham over the offseason, The Kouz leading the team once again would be a massive disappointment. Solid glove work and the ability to hit 15-20 home runs are his only skills; he's very slow on the bases and is an extremely impatient hitter who has logged a pair of sub-.300 on-base percentages in two of his four full seasons to go along with a career batting average of .258. He'll be the first-string third baseman again in 2011, but only because the A's lack a more desirable option.
2010 Kouzmanoff has shown good power during his three seasons as the Padres' third baseman, averaging just over 20 bombs a year. However, his propensity to swing at everything and rarely take a walk offsets the homers. Kouzmanoff has worked hard to achieve a certain solidity at the corner, setting the National League single-season record for fielding percentage at third last season with a .990 mark, which might seem like trivia, but the major defensive metrics support its suggestion of a solid glove. Considering that Headley is a third baseman playing out of position and the Padres are deep in third-base prospects, Kouzmanoff should be on the trading block, even if his thin OBP wasn't already the sort of thing that Hoyer might see as a problem. Obligatory home/road splits: .239/.290/.394 at Petco, .285/.327/.474 everywhere else. You'd think Padres hitters would be digging tunnels under the walls like Charles Bronson in The Great Escape.
2009 Until the very end of the season it was a solid year for Kouzmanoff. He's never going to be much in the on-base department due to his inability to believe himself when he whispers "take" as a pitch moves off the plate inside, but he has real power, and despite a defensive reputation that would seem to indicate he has hooves instead of hands, for the second year in a row he battled third base to a bloody draw. He slid off badly with the bat in September, and a couple of what proved to be minor injuries held him back; he should be good to go this spring. The park is never going to reward Kouzmanoff's approach, but he deserves to be counted among the team's limited assets.
2008 Kouzmanoff had the inverse of Marcus Giles' year, with a 354 OPS in April and a strong season afterwards, hitting .309/.362/.511 from May 10 on. Even at that, he's a flawed player who rarely walks, doesn't hit righties, and can't play defense. As a platoon corner guy in a better park for his game, he might work. Headley will pass him by midseason, if the Padres haven't just gone ahead and traded him by then.
2007 Hero of the Macedonian-American community, Kouzmanoff has two primary modes: hitting and hurting. Kouz (hey, that`s what his friends call him) has a career batting line of .332/.395/.556 in the minors, but he`s only played in 181 games over the past two seasons because of a back injury--one that some fear is chronic. He`s not a very good defender, and a back injury won`t help him improve at the hot corner, which is why he spent some time at first base in the Arizona Fall League. Shipped to San Diego, he`ll get a shot at the Padres` third base job. As always, he`ll hit if he`s healthy.
2006 After injuring his back when he chased a foul ball into a dugout in the Arizona Fall League in 2004, Kouzmanoff, who sniffed Double-A that year, found himself back in the Carolina League to start 2005. He then missed two months due to lingering back pain, dashing his hopes of a promotion. Kouzmanoff continues to rake, but with Aaron Boone re-upped at the major league level, just seven games of experience above A-ball at age 24 and now a problematic back, he is unlikely to be heard from.
2005 Teamed with Goleski to trash the Sally League, but Kouzmanoff is nearly a year older, so he's going to have to hustle to have any sort of career before his peak years are spilled in the minors like some Onanistic waste of precious bodily fluids. The pace screams "Casey Blake if things break right," not, "They'll keep Eric Chavez out of the Hall of Fame until this guy gets in."

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Bogaerts moving to AAA, I'm kind of curious: how do you see AA vs. AAA in terms of player development? Some teams promote guys straight from AA to the majors, and I was increasingly under the impression that AA was the final test for a prospect. While AAA is increasingly older and post-prospect or non-prospect oriented - where guys like Kevin Kouzmanoff end up, to pick just one example. I'd love to have your take. Sorry for the long-winded quasi-question.
(Rob from Alaska)
No problem at all. Every team seems to approach this differently, and I think many teams approach it differently depending upon the prospect. There's no doubt that Triple-A baseball is a step above Double-A baseball. But one factor you get in Triple-A is the clubhouses. While you're around older, more mature players, a lot of times they're guys who are just playing it out. You can get kind of a stale feeling around many Triple-A clubhouses, and that's not always the best thing for an up-and-coming prospect. Lots of older guys who are just kind of showing up to the ballpark and going through the motions. I know that's one thing some teams like to avoid subjecting their prospects to. It can become kind of a grind up there. In a lot of Triple-A clubhouses I've been around, you have a mixture of still hard-working veterans happy to help the team out, a mixture of players frustrated that they aren't in the majors, and a mixture of players who are just "eh, I'm in Triple-A and I'm playing it out here." (Jason Cole)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the A's jump back into the Adrian Beltre sweepstakes, or would the cost not be worth it with what they have in Kevin Kouzmanoff?
(Eric from Denver)
The As have offered Beltre very solid deals like every team he was a free agent and he turned them down repeatedly. He doesn't want to go to Oakland, so the As shouldn't waste their time. (Eric Seidman)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who should play 3B for the Indians next season (cannot be from this set: {Nix, Valbuena, Marte})? Are there any "blocked" prospects in orgs like Tampa, Washington, or New York who have third basemen in place for the next half-decade that Cleveland could trade for?
(buffum from Austin TX)
I could see them swooping in on a potential non-tender, perhaps a Jose Lopez, maybe an Edwin Encarnacion. Or, irony of ironies, Kevin Kouzmanoff. (John Perrotto)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)A lot of people in my office tell me that I should get some guy named Beltre for some of my young pitching.... should I listen to them?
(Bill Smith from Minneapolis, MI)
Some, but I wouldn't go nuts. Maybe the Orioles would give you Aubrey Huff for a lot less. Maybe you get Kevin Kouzmanoff for less, and still get the righty slugger you need for less. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-05-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)I really like the game previews that you write (along with Caleb). Do you enjoy working on them?
(Trieu from Cambridge, MA)
Thanks! I do, it reminds me of when I used to write Prospectus Notebook, where we took something interesting that you don't normally hear a lot about regarding a team and expand on it. I don't always pick the games with the most interesting matchups, as far as Hit List rankings and records are concerned. I like to pick games featuring players or trends that have caught my attention lately, like yesterday when I wrote about the improvements in Kevin Kouzmanoff's defense. That was a game between the last two teams in the Hit List rankings, but here I am, wanting to watch it :-) (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableIs Kevin Kouzmanoff actually as slow as he just seemed on the GDP he just hit into? The throw beat him to first by about an eon. (Steven Goldman)
 

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