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Joe Lawrence 2BBlue Jays

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
1 174 .180 .262 .247 .200 -1.2
Birth Date2-13-1977
Height6' 2"
Weight190 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
2002 TOR 25 55 174 150 16 27 4 0 2 37 16 38 2 4 2 15 2 1 .180 .262 .247 .200 -8.6 -3.4 -1.2
Career5517415016274023716382421521.180.262.247.200-8.6-3.4-1.2

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
1996 STC A- 29 118 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .268 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 HAG A 0 500 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .284 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 DUN A+ 0 563 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .363 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 KNX AA 0 309 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .303 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 DUN A+ 0 449 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .347 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TEN AA 0 166 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SYR AAA 93 362 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .270 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 TOR MLB 55 174 .200 .263 .327 .424 .265 .219 102 -11.1 4.6 -0.2 -3.4 -0.5 -8.6 -1.2 -8.6 -1.2
2002 SYR AAA 29 122 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .193 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 IND AAA 43 162 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .252 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 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
1996 STC A- 118 23 22 7 2 0 11 14 17 1 1 .224 .330 .337 .112 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 HAG A 500 63 102 24 1 8 38 49 107 10 12 .229 .312 .341 .112 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 DUN A+ 563 102 140 31 6 11 44 105 88 15 12 .308 .442 .476 .167 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 KNX AA 309 52 66 16 2 7 24 56 48 7 6 .264 .405 .428 .164 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TEN AA 166 22 35 9 0 0 9 30 27 7 1 .263 .410 .331 .068 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 DUN A+ 449 69 113 32 1 13 67 69 74 21 7 .301 .416 .496 .195 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SYR AAA 362 27 70 11 4 1 26 36 62 6 9 .220 .310 .289 .069 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 TOR MLB 174 16 27 4 0 2 15 16 38 2 1 .180 .262 .247 .067 .200 -8.6 -3.4 -1.2
2002 SYR AAA 122 13 18 4 1 2 12 14 23 3 0 .167 .262 .278 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 IND AAA 162 19 28 7 0 2 8 23 33 2 2 .204 .317 .299 .095 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0

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

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

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BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
Player Profile: Josh PhelpsMarc Normandin2006-12-13
Prospectus Triple Play: Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue JaysBaseball Prospectus2003-08-15
Transaction Analysis: July 22-25, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-07-28
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: April 30-May 11, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-05-13
Transaction Analysis: April 18-20, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-22


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
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)


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