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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
9 161 198 7 11 14 3.68 1.8
Birth Date5-16-1984
Height6' 3"
Weight240 lbs
Age32 years, 9 months, 7 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2007 CLE MLB 26 0 29.3 1 1 0 26 10 34 1 .260 98 8.0 3.1 0.3 10.4 36% .316 .231 1.23 2.56 2.15 88 3.18 76.8 0.7
2008 CLE MLB 51 0 66.0 0 4 13 68 27 52 8 .261 105 9.3 3.7 1.1 7.1 37% .300 .269 1.44 4.62 3.82 106 5.05 108.9 0.2
2009 CLE MLB 47 0 66.3 2 4 1 62 29 62 13 .259 101 8.4 3.9 1.8 8.4 39% .274 .268 1.37 5.22 4.61 97 3.92 93.7 1.0
2010 CLE MLB 37 0 36.3 4 2 0 28 19 29 1 .255 108 6.9 4.7 0.2 7.2 32% .260 .224 1.29 3.38 2.97 113 5.24 113.0 -0.1
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Statistics for All Levels

'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 GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2005 MHV A- 13 11 59.0 4 2 0 58 11 59 6 .259 34 8.8 1.7 0.9 9.0 52% .311 .237 1.17 3.62 3.20 0 0.00 0.0
2006 KIN A+ 21 20 108.1 7 6 0 110 29 94 11 .257 87 9.2 2.4 0.9 7.8 40% .307 .248 1.29 3.81 4.00 92 3.30 95.5
2006 AKR AA 7 7 39.2 1 2 0 41 12 44 4 .263 58 9.4 2.8 0.9 10.1 49% .274 .286 1.35 3.38 3.90 77 1.38 75.7
2007 CLE MLB 26 0 29.3 1 1 0 26 10 34 1 .260 98 8.0 3.1 0.3 10.4 36% .316 .231 1.23 2.56 2.15 88 3.18 76.8
2007 AKR AA 24 0 39.0 2 0 1 27 13 49 2 .258 103 6.2 3.0 0.5 11.3 40% .281 .209 1.03 2.50 1.85 68 1.13 79.2
2007 BUF AAA 10 0 13.0 1 0 1 5 4 12 1 .269 99 3.5 2.8 0.7 8.3 31% .129 .171 0.69 3.26 1.38 97 3.89 96.8
2008 CLE MLB 51 0 66.0 0 4 13 68 27 52 8 .261 105 9.3 3.7 1.1 7.1 37% .300 .269 1.44 4.62 3.82 106 5.05 108.9
2008 BUF AAA 11 0 20.0 1 2 1 16 8 18 2 .264 88 7.2 3.6 0.9 8.1 42% .241 .258 1.20 4.17 3.60 103 4.26 101.2
2009 CLE MLB 47 0 66.3 2 4 1 62 29 62 13 .259 101 8.4 3.9 1.8 8.4 39% .274 .268 1.37 5.22 4.61 97 3.92 93.7
2009 COH AAA 12 0 18.7 1 0 0 13 7 28 0 .249 113 6.3 3.4 0.0 13.5 38% .351 .178 1.07 1.44 0.00 73 2.30 81.0
2010 CLE MLB 37 0 36.3 4 2 0 28 19 29 1 .255 108 6.9 4.7 0.2 7.2 32% .260 .224 1.29 3.38 2.97 113 5.24 113.0
2010 COH AAA 24 0 30.3 2 1 2 29 8 30 2 .251 105 8.6 2.4 0.6 8.9 29% .321 .213 1.22 3.06 2.67 96 2.94 88.2
2011 COH AAA 22 0 28.0 3 2 2 40 15 22 4 .252 109 12.9 4.8 1.3 7.1 22% .383 .300 1.96 5.13 5.14 123 8.28 126.0
2012 RNO AAA 52 0 56.7 7 2 4 50 20 43 7 .264 114 7.9 3.2 1.1 6.8 37% .256 .235 1.24 4.92 3.65 109 4.40 103.2
2013 IOW AAA 5 0 3.7 0 1 0 10 3 1 4 .278 111 24.5 7.4 9.8 2.5 43% .353 .511 3.55 20.48 17.18 118 8.09 131.0

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
2008 1120 0.5277 0.4607 0.8062 0.6159 0.2873 0.8819 0.6250 0.1938
2009 1114 0.5144 0.4093 0.7368 0.5794 0.2292 0.7651 0.6613 0.2632
2010 606 0.5462 0.4373 0.8038 0.5861 0.2582 0.8299 0.7324 0.1962
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 ARI $
2011 CLE $650,000
2010 CLE $422,400
2009 CLE $418,600
2008 CLE $393,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$1,884,000
4 yrTotal$1,884,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 133 d1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 12/7/12 (minor-league contract). Released by Chicago Cubs 4/17/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 11/29/11 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.65M (2011). Re-signed 12/2/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4224M (2010). Re-signed 3/10/10. Optioned to Triple-A 5/7/10. Recalled 5/30/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4186M (2009). Re-signed 3/9/09 (split contract, $0.1983M in minors). Optioned to Triple-A 6/27/09. Recalled 8/1/09.
  • 1 year/$0.393M (2008). Re-signed 3/7/08. Optioned to Triple-A 5/24/08. Recalled 6/3/08. Optioned to Triple-A 6/4/08. Recalled 7/4/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased 7/13/07.
  • Drafted 2005 (3-102) (Vanderbilt). Signed 6/05, $0.375M signing bonus.

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Jensen Lewis was an effective reliever for a few years with the Indians, but he hasn't seen the majors since 2010 and his minor-league numbers since aren't particularly inspiring.
2012 Once a closer candidate for the Indians, Jensen Lewis struggled in Columbus last season and was released in June, but he's only 27 and was useful as recently as 2010. The Diamondbacks signed him in November, dashing our dreams that he'd become a paid spokesman for the Manhattan furniture company that bears his name.
2011 Lewis had some control problems early in the year, and then became that guy who is always the lesser name on the transaction sheets. He got called back up when Kerry Wood was dealt to the Yankees, went back down when Asdrubal Cabrera came back, and then got another shot when Mitch Talbot hit the disabled list. He's primarily a fastball/changeup pitcher without a breaking ball, and that's a tough combination unless one of the pitches is really special. If the late Lloyd Bentsen were still around and an Indians fan, he'd tell Lewis, “I knew Trevor Hoffman, and you, sir, are no Trevor Hoffman.”
2010 With the addition of Kerry Wood, Lewis was removed from the closer's role (which he had won through the process of elimination in 2008) and repositioned as a set-up man. Unfortunately, his 5.93 ERA through May 5th marked the end of his use in almost any high-leverage situation, and he was optioned back to Triple-A to make room for Jose Veras in late June. He returned to the Indians and posted a 4.00 ERA for the rest of the season, but only worked in trash-time situations: in 19 appearances after the All-Star break, only twice did he pitch when the Indians had a lead (and those were 10-run and eight-run leads). Lefties had no trouble with his fastball/changeup combo, slugging .609 off of him, but he remained reasonably effective against same-side hitters. Only 26 this year, and gifted with a viable strikeout rate, he'll have a chance to start fresh with a new manager this spring.
2009 Fed up with the repeated failures of his other options—first Borowski, then Betancourt, then Kobayashi—Eric Wedge turned to Lewis in early August. Lewis responded by reeling off 13 saves in 13 opportunities to close the season. With a fastball in the high 80s and a strong changeup as his out pitch, Lewis lacks classic closer stuff, but he could be an effective set-up option for new closer Kerry Wood.
2008 No more than decent as a starter in the minors, Lewis was moved to the bullpen last year and took off, all but assuring that his days in the bus leagues are over with a strong big-league debut. His stuff doesn't come close to matching his numbers. He has average velocity and a nice changeup, but what makes him so good is his deception. His motion naturally hides the ball from hitters until near the point of release, which adds a virtual three to five miles per hour to his pitches. It's a nice little trick, and not one you can necessarily teach.

BP Articles

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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Another Smart St. Louis Signing, Another Typical Cleveland CloserBret Sayre2013-12-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Another Smart St. Louis Signing, Another Typical Cleveland CloserBen Lindbergh2013-12-16
The BP Wayback Machine: How the Indians Were BuiltKevin Goldstein2013-05-24
The BP Wayback Machine: Do Spring Speeds Matter?Mike Fast2013-03-15
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Notable NRI: NL WestR.J. Anderson2012-03-09
The BP Wayback Machine: Seamhead AnalysisJoe Sheehan2011-11-30
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Asian Equation: Finding Relief from NPBMichael Street2011-08-04
Spinning Yarn: Do Spring Speeds Matter?Mike Fast2011-03-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL MovesChristina Kahrl2011-03-23
This article requires BP Premium accessContractual Matters: AL Central Arbitration ForecastJeff Euston2010-11-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: White Sox, IndiansChristina Kahrl2010-09-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: The National Redistribution EffortKevin Goldstein2010-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: The National Redistribution EffortChristina Kahrl2010-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Hail, hail, the Gang's AL HereChristina Kahrl2010-07-26
Transaction Action: ALtruismsChristina Kahrl2010-07-21
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Disorderly ConductChristina Kahrl2010-06-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: A Knack for Getting KnackeredChristina Kahrl2010-06-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: A Tale of Three ShortstopsChristina Kahrl2010-05-07
Game Story: White Sox Home OpenerChristina Kahrl2010-04-05
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Relief PitchersLee Panas2010-04-01
BP Unfiltered: UPDATED AL Projected Opening Day RostersJohn Perrotto2010-04-01
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Cleveland's Plan B at CloserCraig Brown2010-03-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Fishing For SavesCraig Brown2010-03-15
The Year in Quotes: The Highs and Lows of 2009Alex Carnevale2009-12-31
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Indians Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2009-11-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Assorted AL AdditionsChristina Kahrl2009-08-09
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Going DownJay Jaffe2009-08-04
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Balance of the AL's Major Deadline MovesChristina Kahrl2009-08-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The Better HalfJoe Sheehan2009-07-17
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: AL Odds and EndsChristina Kahrl2009-07-16
Prospectus Hit and Run: The FlatlinersJay Jaffe2009-07-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction of the Day: The DeRosa DealChristina Kahrl2009-06-29
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: Rising and FallingJay Jaffe2009-06-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL Central, PlusChristina Kahrl2009-06-02
The Week in Quotes: May 11-17Alex Carnevale2009-05-18
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Bleeding BullpensJay Jaffe2009-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL Central UpdateChristina Kahrl2009-05-11
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: Senior Circuit SurprisesJay Jaffe2009-04-24
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Reeling in the MarlinsJohn Perrotto2009-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The Good Old DaysJoe Sheehan2009-04-07
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Season to Come: Projected AL StandingsChristina Kahrl2009-04-03
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Indians Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2009-02-04
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Seamhead AnalysisJoe Sheehan2008-12-11
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: Days of WonderJay Jaffe2008-08-29
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Tuesday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-08-26
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: A Red MenaceJohn Perrotto2008-08-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL Central Moves and IssuesChristina Kahrl2008-07-15
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Picking the Right PathJoe Sheehan2008-06-23
This article requires BP Premium accessCan Of Corn: Mock Blockbuster, Part IIIDayn Perry2008-06-14
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: 10 Under the RadarJeff Erickson2008-05-17
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems: AL CentralKevin Goldstein2008-03-19
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Indians Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2007-11-11
Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Four ReportJohn Perrotto2007-10-17
Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Three ReportJohn Perrotto2007-10-16
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: How the Indians Were BuiltKevin Goldstein2007-10-16
Prospectus Today: Thanks, TribeJoe Sheehan2007-10-14
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Two ReportJohn Perrotto2007-10-14
Playoff Prospectus: Indians versus Red SoxJay Jaffe2007-10-12
This article requires BP Premium accessWait 'Til Next Year: Unless You're Still PlayingBryan Smith2007-10-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Three In, Two KnockingJoe Sheehan2007-10-08
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Division Series, Day TwoJoe Sheehan2007-10-05
Playoff Prospectus: Game One Report, Yankees versus IndiansJohn Perrotto2007-10-05
Playoff Prospectus: Yankees versus IndiansJay Jaffe2007-10-04


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Danny Salazar? Que Pasa?
(Pop from NJ)
Pardon me for pumping a non-BP project of mine, but Collette and I discussed this at length with Jensen Lewis (former Cleveland Indian himself) on a pod yesterday - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/towers-of-power-baseball-hour/id787270212?mt=2 (Paul Sporer)
2008-12-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Indians option Joe Smith and put Eddie Moo on a six-week trial before cutting bait, or have we seen the Last of the Mujica?
(buffum from Austin TX)
I'd take Smith over Mujica any time. I think Smith, Jensen Lewis and Rafael Betancourt will set up Kerry Wood. (John Perrotto)
2008-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Joe: What would you do if you were the Indians about a closer? Would you give the job to Jensen Lewis to start, or would you look at one of the retread closers?
(warclub from Strongsville, OH )
I'd try and re-create the bullpen that they had a couple years ago, with a whole mess of good pitchers, and not worry about who pitches to three batters every third day or so. Lots of people can do that job. What you need is three or four guys who can get outs, and some of those have to be low-split guys who miss bats. Worry about skills, not roles. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)where do you see huston street this offseason? indians, detroit, mets?
(pete from texas)
He's not a good fit for the Mets or Indians, who have Joe Smith and Jensen Lewis who do the exact same thing. The Tigers are an interesting spot, actually--they need *reliable* relievers, and Street is that. (Joe Sheehan)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2016, Jensen Lewis threw 3,380 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (87mph) and Slider (81mph), also mixing in a Change (79mph).