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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
11 841.3 47 58 4 558 4.94 3.6
Birth Date8-18-1971
Height6' 2"
Weight240 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
1993 CLE 21 9 9 49.7 49.7 0.0 3 1 0 0 5 1 222 49 34 33 7 77 32 31 1 25 5.98 5.82 6.89 -2.5 -0.3
1994 CLE 22 4 4 17.0 17.0 0.0 1 2 0 0 1 0 76 20 11 8 3 29 6 6 1 18 4.24 4.61 5.18 2.5 0.2
1995 CLE 23 6 2 23.0 13.0 10.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 92 17 8 8 4 33 7 6 1 22 3.13 4.53 4.91 3.0 0.3
1996 CLE 24 13 10 62.0 53.3 8.7 5 4 0 0 3 1 282 80 47 44 14 135 22 21 2 45 6.39 5.89 6.34 1.9 0.2
1997 CLE 25 37 6 76.7 28.7 48.0 3 7 0 2 1 0 364 101 61 59 11 154 40 31 4 63 6.93 5.09 5.97 -1.4 -0.0
1998 TBA 26 54 0 79.7 0.0 79.7 7 4 1 7 0 0 335 73 31 23 7 108 32 28 3 62 2.60 4.12 4.81 6.4 0.8
1999 TBA 27 51 0 64.0 0.0 64.0 3 2 1 2 0 0 281 66 40 33 8 97 24 22 1 37 4.64 4.84 5.71 0.8 0.1
2000 TBA 28 45 24 185.3 157.7 27.7 11 13 2 2 12 1 798 199 95 85 24 315 70 67 1 96 4.13 5.02 5.57 9.6 0.5
2001 ARI 29 13 13 81.0 81.0 0.0 4 7 0 0 8 0 329 74 36 36 10 118 24 22 0 69 4.00 3.80 4.31 13.4 1.3
2001 TBA 29 20 20 124.7 124.7 0.0 5 12 0 0 7 2 567 152 87 74 16 238 51 50 4 67 5.34 5.02 5.62 -1.2 -0.2
2002 ATL 30 30 4 55.7 19.0 36.7 1 4 0 0 0 0 242 66 29 27 1 86 18 15 0 39 4.37 2.68 3.45 11.0 1.0
2003 KCA 31 15 0 22.7 0.0 22.7 4 2 0 4 0 0 125 41 32 32 7 74 17 16 0 15 12.71 8.03 7.76 -3.5 -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 GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1991 BNC Rk 13 13 73.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 CGA A 16 16 97.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 KIN A+ 10 10 64.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CLE MLB 9 9 49.7 6.89 57 .268 .272 .348 .431 .274 .268 101 -2.5 -0.3 -2.5 -0.3
1993 CAN AA 16 16 110.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 CHR AAA 3 2 12.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 CLE MLB 4 4 17.0 5.18 103 .284 .272 .352 .448 .273 .354 101 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
1994 CHR AAA 22 22 144.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 CLE MLB 6 2 23.0 4.91 103 .233 .262 .340 .412 .264 .224 99 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
1995 BUF AAA 18 18 101.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 CLE MLB 13 10 62.0 6.34 82 .293 .278 .349 .454 .271 .332 99 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
1996 BUF AAA 17 17 104.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 CLE MLB 37 6 76.7 5.97 75 .304 .271 .338 .420 .263 .367 96 -1.3 -0.1 -1.4 -0.0
1997 AKR AA 1 0 1.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .667 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 BUF AAA 7 0 11.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .222 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 TBA MLB 54 0 79.7 4.81 98 .251 .273 .336 .433 .266 .286 93 6.1 0.6 6.4 0.8
1998 STP A+ 1 1 1.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 DUR AAA 2 0 3.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 TBA MLB 51 0 64.0 5.71 88 .252 .276 .348 .439 .264 .275 96 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
1999 STP A+ 2 1 3.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TBA MLB 45 24 185.3 5.57 90 .256 .278 .349 .451 .267 .288 95 10.8 1.0 9.6 0.5
2000 PRI Rk 1 0 0.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ARI MLB 13 13 81.0 4.31 110 .228 .256 .326 .416 .258 .283 101 13.6 1.3 13.4 1.3
2001 TBA MLB 20 20 124.7 5.62 80 .295 .266 .331 .433 .265 .317 96 0.6 0.1 -1.2 -0.2
2002 ATL MLB 30 4 55.7 3.45 121 .255 .262 .325 .407 .257 .353 97 11.4 1.1 11.0 1.0
2002 GRN AA 1 1 4.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .200 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 KCA MLB 15 0 22.7 7.76 49 .373 .263 .329 .427 .260 .395 104 -3.5 -0.4 -3.5 -0.4
2003 OMA AAA 4 0 5.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .188 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TAC AAA 3 0 5.0 12.04 -76 .345 .298 .366 .480 .273 .125 57 -4.1 -0.4 -4.1 -0.4

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
1991 BNC Rk 4 5 0 13 13 73.3 61 23 81 4 0% .000 7.5 2.8 0.5 9.9 1.15 3.44 0.0 0.0
1992 CGA A 7 2 0 16 16 97.0 80 33 117 4 0% .000 7.4 3.1 0.4 10.9 1.16 2.88 0.0 0.0
1992 KIN A+ 5 2 0 10 10 64.0 56 26 44 5 0% .000 7.9 3.7 0.7 6.2 1.28 3.52 0.0 0.0
1993 CLE MLB 3 1 0 9 9 49.7 49 32 25 7 49% .268 8.9 5.8 1.3 4.5 1.63 5.98 -2.5 -0.3
1993 CHR AAA 1 0 0 3 2 12.0 8 2 7 1 0% .000 6.0 1.5 0.8 5.2 0.83 2.25 0.0 0.0
1993 CAN AA 9 4 0 16 16 110.0 79 47 80 10 0% .000 6.5 3.8 0.8 6.5 1.15 3.11 0.0 0.0
1994 CLE MLB 1 2 0 4 4 17.0 20 6 18 3 57% .354 10.6 3.2 1.6 9.5 1.53 4.24 2.5 0.2
1994 CHR AAA 13 3 0 22 22 144.0 136 42 105 20 0% .000 8.5 2.6 1.2 6.6 1.24 3.94 0.0 0.0
1995 CLE MLB 0 0 0 6 2 23.0 17 7 22 4 48% .224 6.7 2.7 1.6 8.6 1.04 3.13 3.0 0.3
1995 BUF AAA 5 10 0 18 18 101.3 101 51 82 10 0% .000 9.0 4.5 0.9 7.3 1.50 4.44 0.0 0.0
1996 CLE MLB 5 4 0 13 10 62.0 80 22 45 14 48% .332 11.6 3.2 2.0 6.5 1.65 6.39 1.9 0.2
1996 BUF AAA 10 2 0 17 17 104.7 90 40 89 13 0% .000 7.7 3.4 1.1 7.7 1.24 3.87 0.0 0.0
1997 CLE MLB 3 7 0 37 6 76.7 101 40 63 11 54% .367 11.9 4.7 1.3 7.4 1.84 6.93 -1.4 -0.0
1997 BUF AAA 1 0 1 7 0 11.3 6 2 13 0 0% .222 4.8 1.6 0.0 10.4 0.71 0.00 0.0 0.0
1997 AKR AA 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 2 0 2 0 0% .667 18.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 2.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
1998 TBA MLB 7 4 1 54 0 79.7 73 32 62 7 42% .286 8.2 3.6 0.8 7.0 1.32 2.60 6.4 0.8
1998 DUR AAA 0 0 0 2 0 3.0 4 1 2 0 0% .000 12.0 3.0 0.0 6.0 1.67 0.00 0.0 0.0
1998 STP A+ 0 1 0 1 1 1.0 2 0 1 1 0% .000 18.0 0.0 9.0 9.0 2.00 18.00 0.0 0.0
1999 TBA MLB 3 2 1 51 0 64.0 66 24 37 8 56% .275 9.3 3.4 1.1 5.2 1.41 4.64 0.8 0.1
1999 STP A+ 0 0 0 2 1 3.3 7 0 3 0 0% .000 19.1 0.0 0.0 8.2 2.12 5.45 0.0 0.0
2000 TBA MLB 11 13 2 45 24 185.3 199 70 96 24 60% .288 9.7 3.4 1.2 4.7 1.45 4.13 9.6 0.5
2000 PRI Rk 0 0 0 1 0 0.7 0 0 1 0 0% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 12.9 0.00 0.00 0.0 0.0
2001 TBA MLB 5 12 0 20 20 124.7 152 51 67 16 50% .317 11.0 3.7 1.2 4.8 1.63 5.34 -1.2 -0.2
2001 ARI MLB 4 7 0 13 13 81.0 74 24 69 10 57% .283 8.2 2.7 1.1 7.7 1.21 4.00 13.4 1.3
2002 ATL MLB 1 4 0 30 4 55.7 66 18 39 1 56% .353 10.7 2.9 0.2 6.3 1.51 4.37 11.0 1.0
2002 GRN AA 0 0 0 1 1 4.0 2 4 4 0 0% .200 4.5 9.0 0.0 9.0 1.50 4.50 0.0 0.0
2003 KCA MLB 4 2 0 15 0 22.7 41 17 15 7 43% .395 16.3 6.8 2.8 6.0 2.56 12.71 -3.5 -0.4
2003 OMA AAA 0 0 0 4 0 5.0 3 0 2 0 0% .188 5.4 0.0 0.0 3.6 0.60 0.00 0.0 0.0
2005 TAC AAA 0 1 0 3 0 5.0 9 3 2 3 62% .125 16.2 5.4 5.4 3.6 2.40 12.60 -4.1 -0.4

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
2003-05-17 2003-06-19 15-DL 33 28 Right Groin Strain -
2002-06-26 2002-07-15 15-DL 19 15 Right Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis -
2002-04-08 2002-04-28 15-DL 20 19 Right Groin Strain -
1999-05-12 1999-06-20 15-DL 39 33 - Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
1998-08-01 1998-08-26 15-DL 25 23 Right Foot Inflammation Heel Bursitis - -
1997-08-14 1997-09-01 15-DL 18 0 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
1997-07-02 1997-07-29 15-DL 27 0 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2003 KCA $1,500,000
2002 ATL $4,000,000
2001 TBA, ARI $2,975,000
2000 TBA $800,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$9,275,000
4 yrTotal$9,275,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 74 dEric Goldschmidt / Steve McLoughlin

Details
  • signed as a free agent from PIT 4/05 (minor-league contract) released 3/05 signed as a free agent from KC 1/05 (minor-league contract) released 6/03 signed as a free agent from ATL 1/03, 1 year/$1.5M (03) (non-guaranteed)+$0.5M bonuses
  • 1 year/$4M (02) signed as a free agent from AZ 12/01 acquired in trade from TB 7/01 FA after 01

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
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Diagnostics

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2003 For anyone who considers the Braves infallible when it comes to pitchers, consider Lopez. The Braves signed him to a one-year, $4 million deal in the hopes that Leo Mazzone’s influence (and his leaving Tampa Bay) could turn him into a decent starter. Lopez went on the DL with a strained groin after two appearances, and Damian Moss took his spot. Lopez came back, made two starts—Two! Decent ones! Against Houston and St. Louis!—but someone had to go to the bullpen to make room for Jason Marquis, and Moss had outpitched him. Cox mumbled something about being unable to change the fact that Lopez was a high fastball pitcher; Lopez was given a mop and was rarely used the rest of the way. It was an odd excuse; Turner Field isn’t exactly a fly-ball pitcher’s graveyard, and the Braves do have a guy named Andruw Jones to run balls down. Whether that was the real reason or not, the Braves simply threw in the towel on Lopez after 17 innings. He’ll get a shot at jump-starting his career in the Royals’ rotation.
2002 Talent for talent, the Devil Rays took the Diamondbacks to school in the Lopez deal, getting top prospect Nick Bierbrodt in exchange for the free-agent-to-be. Given the Diamondbacks’ situation, it’s hard to blame them for making the deal: their core talent was old and declining, and the team’s top two pitchers were both in the throes of incredible seasons. Bierbrodt might be ready to contribute this year, which would probably be too late. Lopez pitched well for the D'backs, so it’s a win all around. One of the beneficiaries of the Braves' bizarre largesse this winter, he's pencilled in as their #4 starter this year.
2001 Six years after he was supposed to be the Indians' ace, Albie Lopez emerged as one of the best pitchers in the American League. Kudos to the Devil Rays for expanding his role after he'd been an effective reliever for them since their inception. Despite Lopez's effectiveness, his strikeout rate was marginal, partly because he tired badly in September; this was his first season above 100 innings since 1996. He should be a reliable mid-rotation starter if not as good as he was last year.
2000 The portly right-hander's totals were scarred by a horrific April when he was tagged for six home runs before revealing that he had been pitching with a strained oblique muscle. After being shut down for seven weeks, Lopez returned and posted a 2.04 ERA after the All-Star break. His performance prompted whispers about making him the closer. If that means shedding Hernandez's salary for a couple of hot prospects, it's a good thing.
1999 1998 was really the first year of his career in which he played the entire season with one team, and the first time since 1994 that he wasn't shuffled between the rotation and the bullpen. He said he liked it that way; the numbers say he was telling the truth. His two-pitch arsenal, one of which is a very good fastball, is better suited to relief anyway.
1998 Lopez strikes out a lot of batters without walking too many, and he’s only 25 years old so he will continue to get chances. It must be noted that he has been bouncing between Triple-A and the majors for four years now without being particularly impressive. Patience is fine with a young pitcher, but one day you have to cut bait. Expatriated to Arizona in the Expansion Draft.
1997 A test of Mike Hargrove’s intestinal fortitude is whether or not he’s finally going to give Albie Lopez a rotation spot. I’d say it’s unlikely. The high, hard fastball, Lopez’ primary weapon, is an especially frequent souvenir in the DH league, and the pressure to win now probably great enough on the Indians that waiting to see if Lopez can sort out his taterific troubles is doubtful. He’ll be a fine starter for somebody else in some future year.
1996  If the expanded-upwards strike zone is in fact a reality, a pitcher like Lopez could be a beneficiary. He likes to throw the high, hard fastball, and a lot of his troubles follow from giving up homeruns on those pitches. Pitched mostly from the pen after being called up, but was exclusively a starter throughout his career.

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  Title Author Date
The Lineup Card: Nine Memorable Late-Season Call-UpsBaseball Prospectus2012-08-22
The Lineup Card: 10 Mr. AlmostsBaseball Prospectus2012-05-24
The BP Wayback Machine: Improvement RatioRany Jazayerli2012-03-16
The Stats Go Marching In: The Hidden Helpers of the Pitching StaffMax Marchi2012-03-09
The BP Wayback Machine: How to Read a Box ScoreKeith Scherer2011-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Balking At WalksJim Baker2005-06-03
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: April 20-27Christina Kahrl2005-04-27
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 16-28, 2005Christina Kahrl2005-04-01
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Good Fridays PastJim Baker2005-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Offseason - The CentralsChristina Kahrl2005-03-11
Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia PhilliesBaseball Prospectus2004-03-25
Baseball Prospectus Basics: How to Read a Box ScoreKeith Scherer2004-02-25
Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia PhilliesBaseball Prospectus2003-10-10
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: June 16-22, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-06-25
Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil RaysBaseball Prospectus2003-06-11
Prospectus Today: Where Credit is DueJoe Sheehan2003-06-06
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 15-18, 2003Christina Kahrl2003-05-21
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Feel the LoveJoe Sheehan2003-04-28
Box Lunch: The Week in Box Scores, April 14-20Keith Scherer2003-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: Forwarding a StereotypeJoe Sheehan2003-04-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Team Health Report: Kansas City RoyalsWill Carroll2003-02-23
Transaction Analysis: The CentralsChristina Kahrl2003-01-30
Transaction Analysis: August 22-25, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-08-29
Transaction Analysis: June 25-July 14, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-07-19
The Daily Prospectus: Dealin' OmarJonah Keri2002-07-10
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: April 30-May 11, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-05-13
Prospectus Feature: Aim for the Head: Dropping the Worst StartsKeith Woolner2002-05-03
Transaction Analysis: April 25-29, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-05-01
Transaction Analysis: April 23-24, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-26
Transaction Analysis: April 11-13, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-15
Transaction Analysis: April 9-10, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-14
Transaction Analysis: April 4-6, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-04-08
This article requires BP Premium accessDoctoring The Numbers: Doctoring the Numbers: Improvement RatioRany Jazayerli2002-03-06
2001 Internet Baseball Awards Results: Your Choices for the League's Top HonorsGreg Spira2001-11-09
Internet Baseball Awards: Pitcher of the YearBaseball Prospectus2000-11-02


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