Biographical

Portrait of John Kruk

John Kruk 1BPhillies

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
10 4603 .300 .397 .446 .302 23.4
Birth Date2-9-1961
Height5' 10"
Weight170 lbs
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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
1986 SDN 25 122 327 278 33 86 16 2 4 118 45 58 0 2 2 38 2 4 .309 .403 .424 .290 16.7 -2.5 1.5
1987 SDN 26 138 527 447 72 140 14 2 20 218 73 93 0 4 3 91 18 10 .313 .406 .488 .310 32.9 -1.7 3.1
1988 SDN 27 120 466 378 54 91 17 1 9 137 80 68 0 5 3 44 5 3 .241 .369 .362 .284 15.0 -3.2 1.3
1989 PHI 28 81 312 281 46 93 13 6 5 133 27 39 0 3 1 38 3 0 .331 .386 .473 .308 19.9 -4.3 1.7
1989 SDN 28 31 94 76 7 14 0 0 3 23 17 14 0 0 1 6 0 0 .184 .333 .303 .225 -0.7 0.1 -0.1
1990 PHI 29 142 515 443 52 129 25 8 7 191 69 70 0 1 2 67 10 5 .291 .386 .431 .297 23.4 -0.6 2.4
1991 PHI 30 152 615 538 84 158 27 6 21 260 67 100 1 9 0 92 7 0 .294 .367 .483 .308 33.5 1.0 3.7
1992 PHI 31 144 607 507 86 164 30 4 10 232 92 88 1 7 0 70 3 5 .323 .423 .458 .325 43.6 -11.1 3.6
1993 PHI 32 150 651 535 100 169 33 5 14 254 111 87 0 5 0 85 6 2 .316 .430 .475 .314 39.6 3.7 4.4
1994 PHI 33 75 301 255 35 77 17 0 5 109 42 51 0 4 0 38 4 1 .302 .395 .427 .286 8.4 7.4 1.5
1995 CHA 34 45 188 159 13 49 7 0 2 62 26 33 0 3 0 23 0 1 .308 .399 .390 .285 3.8 -0.1 0.4
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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
1981 WAL A- 63 216 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .327 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 RNO A+ 125 529 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .332 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 BEA AA 133 586 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .365 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 LVG AAA 115 392 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1985 LVG AAA 123 493 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .384 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 SDN MLB 122 327 .290 .251 .313 .375 .250 .376 102 9.9 9.0 -2.1 -2.5 -0.4 16.7 1.5 16.7 1.5
1986 LVG AAA 6 32 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .565 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1987 SDN MLB 138 527 .310 .257 .322 .395 .253 .355 98 28.2 15.5 -8.4 -1.7 1.6 32.9 3.1 32.9 3.1
1988 SDN MLB 120 466 .284 .247 .307 .359 .252 .268 97 10.5 12.2 -5.8 -3.2 -2.8 15.0 1.3 15.0 1.3
1989 PHI MLB 81 312 .308 .244 .306 .365 .254 .367 101 14.4 8.1 -2.3 -4.3 1.1 19.9 1.7 19.9 1.7
1989 SDN MLB 31 94 .225 .245 .304 .365 .251 .186 101 -3.1 2.5 -0.8 0.1 -0.2 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
1990 PHI MLB 142 515 .297 .258 .317 .381 .258 .332 99 18.9 13.8 -5.5 -0.6 -1.6 23.4 2.4 23.4 2.4
1991 PHI MLB 152 615 .308 .251 .311 .374 .255 .322 99 29.4 16.6 -7.7 1.0 -2.2 33.5 3.7 33.5 3.7
1992 PHI MLB 144 607 .325 .250 .308 .364 .252 .370 101 37.8 15.7 -9 -11.1 -1.4 43.6 3.6 43.6 3.6
1993 PHI MLB 150 651 .314 .267 .325 .406 .259 .353 101 37.5 18.7 -11.8 3.7 -1.3 39.6 4.4 39.6 4.4
1994 PHI MLB 75 301 .286 .265 .328 .404 .254 .355 96 8.9 9.1 -5.7 7.4 -1.7 8.4 1.5 8.4 1.5
1994 REA AA 3 11 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 SWB AAA 4 16 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .083 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 CHA MLB 45 188 .285 .272 .342 .435 .266 .370 99 5.2 5.6 -3.6 -0.1 -3.4 3.8 0.4 3.8 0.4

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
1981 WAL A- 216 31 38 10 0 1 13 56 45 7 4 .242 .440 .325 .083 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1982 RNO A+ 529 82 137 30 8 11 92 72 55 17 5 .311 .405 .490 .179 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1983 BEA AA 586 94 170 41 9 10 88 69 54 13 5 .341 .421 .520 .179 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 LVG AAA 392 56 111 25 6 11 57 45 37 2 6 .326 .405 .532 .206 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1985 LVG AAA 493 61 148 29 4 7 59 67 48 2 4 .351 .441 .488 .137 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 LVG AAA 32 6 13 3 1 0 9 4 5 0 1 .464 .531 .643 .179 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 SDN MLB 327 33 86 16 2 4 38 45 58 2 4 .309 .403 .424 .115 .290 16.7 -2.5 1.5
1987 SDN MLB 527 72 140 14 2 20 91 73 93 18 10 .313 .406 .488 .174 .310 32.9 -1.7 3.1
1988 SDN MLB 466 54 91 17 1 9 44 80 68 5 3 .241 .369 .362 .122 .284 15.0 -3.2 1.3
1989 PHI MLB 312 46 93 13 6 5 38 27 39 3 0 .331 .386 .473 .142 .308 19.9 -4.3 1.7
1989 SDN MLB 94 7 14 0 0 3 6 17 14 0 0 .184 .333 .303 .118 .225 -0.7 0.1 -0.1
1990 PHI MLB 515 52 129 25 8 7 67 69 70 10 5 .291 .386 .431 .140 .297 23.4 -0.6 2.4
1991 PHI MLB 615 84 158 27 6 21 92 67 100 7 0 .294 .367 .483 .190 .308 33.5 1.0 3.7
1992 PHI MLB 607 86 164 30 4 10 70 92 88 3 5 .323 .423 .458 .134 .325 43.6 -11.1 3.6
1993 PHI MLB 651 100 169 33 5 14 85 111 87 6 2 .316 .430 .475 .159 .314 39.6 3.7 4.4
1994 SWB AAA 16 2 2 0 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 .125 .125 .312 .188 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 REA AA 11 1 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 .333 .455 .556 .222 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 PHI MLB 301 35 77 17 0 5 38 42 51 4 1 .302 .395 .427 .125 .286 8.4 7.4 1.5
1995 CHA MLB 188 13 49 7 0 2 23 26 33 0 1 .308 .399 .390 .082 .285 3.8 -0.1 0.4

Plate Discipline

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Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
1989-05-05 1989-05-23 15-DL 18 15 - Shoulder Strain Diving for Ball - -

Compensation

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Details

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
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Diagnostics

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BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: How to Change Things When Change is HardZachary Levine2014-09-17
The Week in Quotes: June 30-July 6Morris Greenberg2014-07-07
The Week in Quotes: June 30-July 6Nick Wheatley-Schaller2014-07-07
The Week in Quotes: June 30-July 6Nick Bacarella2014-07-07
The Week in Quotes: June 30-July 6Chris Mosch2014-07-07
This article requires BP Premium accessPunk Hits: Accidentally Making a Case for Astros FandomIan Miller2013-04-02
Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Jeff BagwellLarry Granillo2013-01-08
This article requires BP Premium accessRaising Aces: The Good Old Days: Randy JohnsonDoug Thorburn2012-11-02
This article requires BP Premium accessWestern Front: Better Than Doug MientkiewiczGeoff Young2012-03-13
The Lineup Card: 10 Undeservedly Obscure Baseball FilmsBaseball Prospectus2012-02-01
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: What to Expect When You're Expecting... Another Trip to the World Series?Jason Parks2011-10-06
The Lineup Card: Cult Favorites: 18 Non-Star Ballplayers Who Should be Better RememberedBaseball Prospectus2011-07-13
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Org Watch: Reds, Twins, PadresKevin Goldstein2010-08-18
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: The Carlos Guillen ClubBen Lindbergh2010-06-17
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Camp CasualtiesWill Carroll2010-04-02
The Week in Quotes: June 22-28Alex Carnevale2009-06-29
Prospectus Hit and Run: Tales in a Minor KeyJay Jaffe2009-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: 1915, the Year of NothingSteven Goldman2008-10-24
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: NLCS Game FiveCaleb Peiffer2008-10-15
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Saturday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-10-04
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Sacrifices and Spark PlugsJim Baker2007-06-27
This article requires BP Premium accessSchrodinger's Bat: Stretching It OutDan Fox2007-04-26
This article requires BP Premium accessHope and Faith: How the Philadelphia Phillies Can Win the World SeriesSteven Goldman2007-03-20
The Week in Quotes: February 26-March 5Alex Carnevale2007-03-05
Why Edgar Allan Poe Couldn't Play Fantasy Baseball: A PoemKeith Woolner2006-03-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: American League, December 15, 2005-February 13, 2006Christina Kahrl2006-02-14
This article requires BP Premium accessA Modest Proposal: What MLB Can Learn From the Little League World SeriesJohn Erhardt2005-08-25
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Game of the Week: St. Louis Cardinals @ Kansas City Royals, 5/22/05Jonah Keri2005-05-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: April 5-14, 2005Christina Kahrl2005-04-16
Rogue's Gallery: The Most Efficient Base-Stealing Teams EverJim Baker2004-07-23
This article requires BP Premium accessBreaking Balls: Rookie Progress ReportDerek Zumsteg2004-05-18
Baseball Prospectus Basics: Integrating Statistics and ScoutingDayn Perry2004-03-09
Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil RaysBaseball Prospectus2003-10-03
Transaction Analysis: The EastsChristina Kahrl2003-01-25
Transaction Analysis: March 26-30, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-02


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Outside of Orel and Larkin, most sports analysts on baseball related programs are desk jockeys or mediocre players(who may have all-star nods to careers, but barely much above that) or failures as former GMs. Why should fans believe the likes of hacks like John Kruk or Harold Reynolds, both ramble on without much proof or research to back up their claims/points? That's like listening to Jim Bowden, John Hart and Steve Phillips when it comes to the inner workings of a front office. If I wanted a "How to" on what not to do, I'd listen to them.
(jlarsen from chicago)
Kruk is as painful to listen to as he is to watch, but I've kinda come around on Reynolds. There's a lot of bluster and bullshit, of course, but he'll occasionally say something interesting.

Ultimately, they don't make these shows for you or for me; they make them for the "average baseball fan"/ESPN viewer. That person probably uses counting stats like AVG and RBI to gauge player value and probably does get something out of what those guys say.

The solution isn't to try and fix Baseball Tonight; it's to find venues for people who discuss the sport in ways that resonate with you, like the various BP podcasts. (Ian Miller)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Enjoying your Verducci piece and, your humor in general. You are up there with favorites like Norm MaCdonald for me these days. Keep it goin'! Laughs are essential to getting through another cloudy, Seattle fall and winter! Thanks Man. Two questions, pick one or, whatever you feel like . . . 1. What was the weirdest thing you saw at the winter meetings? Did you have fun? 2. I'm having a draft soon that I take very seriously. Pretend you are my personell director and tell me a player or two that you have seen, that you think may be underrated, who you think will be a star (or at least a decent chance to)? Gut feeling or, intuition, is A - ok. Happy Hollidays!
(Casey J from Seattle)
1. I John Kruk eating what looked like a soft pretzel in the hallway leading to the media room. To my knowledge, soft pretzels were not available onsite. That means Kruk was eating an offsite soft pretzel in the hallway leading up the media room. Very strange.

2. #TheLegend (Jason Parks)
2011-08-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)On a scouting scale of 20-80, what grade would you give John Kruk as BF material?
(Christine from New York)
Man, great question. He's the type of BF that shits your bed and then acts like it's your fault for making a big deal of it. It would be a nightmare. I'd date him for a few hours just to see how surreal the experience could get. (Jason Parks)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Strangest move of the Cardinal off-season: Theriot, Ryan, Berkman, Laird, none of the above, all of the above?
(Jake from St. Louis)
Sticking with the Birds theme, I'll go with Berkman. Initially, I compared the signing to the Phillies' '87 wishcast that Mike Easler would be able to play left; he could not. Watching him waddle around and hurt himself playing first, it's not a matter of Berkman being heavy or out of shape, but the fact that he's old and less nimble than he was seven years ago. You can say that of most of us, of course, but it's sort of like John Kruk's career--yes, he originally played some center field for the Padres. No, that would not have made playing him in left every day seven years later a good idea. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=5654271 Cuddyer was tagged out with his foot on home plate.
(birkem3 from Dayton, OH)
I'll look at the clip after I get done with the chat.

BTW: I predict that Michael Cuddyer will one day work on ESPN. Frankly, he could start tomorrow and be better than John Kruk -- and thatisn't necessarily a dig against Kruk. Cuddyer is a funny, well-spoken dude. (David Laurila)
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)My five year-old son was getting autographs at last night's Snappers-Loons game in Beloit. He only got three sigs from Loons' players, but one of them was Bryan Morris, who had been traded to the Pirates about six hours earlier. It's funny how my son just randomly dumb-lucks his way into meeting this kid who may never be any more famous than he is right now! BTW, what are the prospects of Morris being more than just a footnote in the Ramirez trade? Thanks.
(jlebeck66 from WI)
As somebody who grew up in a Triple-A city (Salt Lake City) and spent a great deal of time in a Single-A one (Walla Walla), I saw a lot of minor-league baseball as a kid, and I still cherish those memories and the random luck of seeing the likes of famous (Tony Gwynn in A-ball, on the same team as John Kruk no less) and infamous (floppy former overall #1 Al Chambers). The only foul ball I ever retrieved was autographed by Bob Geren, who a quarter-century later became the manager of the A's. So I can relate. Tell the kid to hold onto those autographs.

As for Morris' chances of being more than a footnote, he certainly looks pretty good on paper; his numbers are about as good as you could hope for a guy coming back from Tommy John surgery. His upside, from what I can tell, is as a mid-rotation starter or possibly a late-inning reliever. You could do worse when it comes to putting your money on an A-ball pitcher. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin, what are the odds that Gillaspie could become Wade Boggs II? Or more Bill Mueller II? Could he move the 2B? Thanks.
(jimbeau from Left Coast)
I like the Mueller comp way more. Just so you know Jay Jaffe saw Gillaspie's dad play at Walla Walla in an outfield flanked by Tony Gwynn and John Kruk -- how cool is that? As to the second question, he doesn't have the tools to play in the middle of the diamond in the majors. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Shawn Greene is a Jewish dude with a Catholic-sounding name, but I doubt he could get me a severed toe by this afternoon. Luke Scott might pull a gun in a bowling alley. Bob Watson might be the only one around here who cares about the rules.
(I think it's Sobchak from Los Angeles)
We've got these and whole bunch of others. John Kruk, Jeff Kent, and a vote for Nelson Figueroa as Donny. (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-27 16:30:00World Series Game Five"E. A. Poe (Baltimore): Who would you rather sit next to on a cross-country flight: John Kruk or Kevin Kennedy?"

Are we talking coach or first class? 'Cause sitting next to the Krukster in coach sounds like suicide... (Derek Jacques)