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Birth Date4-17-1984
Height6' 0"
Weight190 lbs
Age30 years, 3 months, 7 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
1.42010
0.92011
3.32012
3.72013
1.02014
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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
2008 BOS 24 81 306 260 34 67 25 3 2 104 35 68 1 8 2 46 1 0 .258 .339 .400 .253 9.2 0.6 1.0
2009 BOS 25 32 76 68 5 10 2 0 2 18 6 20 0 2 0 11 0 0 .147 .211 .265 .182 -3.4 0.1 -0.3
2010 BOS 26 55 197 171 31 49 14 0 9 90 25 25 1 0 0 24 1 1 .287 .381 .526 .303 13.2 -0.2 1.4
2011 BOS 27 88 341 309 40 78 14 4 6 118 23 60 2 6 1 36 1 1 .252 .303 .382 .247 6.8 1.4 0.9
2012 HOU 28 97 387 340 43 83 18 0 16 149 43 65 2 2 0 42 2 0 .244 .331 .438 .283 26.1 5.0 3.3
2013 OAK 29 154 662 603 80 175 45 2 15 269 50 91 2 4 3 75 1 0 .290 .344 .446 .291 43.8 -10.0 3.7
2014 OAK 30 95 405 353 48 84 25 0 5 124 40 54 4 6 2 39 0 0 .238 .318 .351 .249 9.0 -7.1 0.2
Career602237421042815461439558722223831228827362.260.330.414.269104.6-10.310.0

Advanced

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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
2005 LOW A- 53 240 .313 .249 .332 .352 .256 .367 104 11 5.6 1.8 -2.4 -0.5 18.2 1.6 18.2 1.6
2006 WIL A+ 97 438 .276 .258 .338 .394 .257 .310 96 6.7 11.6 4.3 1.4 -0.7 15.0 1.6 15.0 1.6
2007 PME AA 93 408 .306 .268 .336 .397 .260 .336 105 20.5 12.0 4.4 -7.6 2.0 41.2 3.4 41.2 3.4
2007 PAW AAA 40 177 .299 .265 .332 .395 .260 .352 93 7.5 5.3 1.9 5.6 0.5 14.9 2.0 14.9 2.0
2008 BOS MLB 81 306 .253 .262 .330 .407 .256 .328 108 -2.4 8.8 2.9 0.6 -0.7 9.2 1.0 9.2 1.0
2008 PAW AAA 53 234 .293 .271 .338 .417 .271 .320 90 8.4 6.8 2.8 -1.2 -0.8 14.2 1.3 14.2 1.3
2009 BOS MLB 32 76 .182 .260 .329 .422 .259 .167 113 -6.3 2.2 0.9 0.1 0.3 -3.4 -0.3 -3.4 -0.3
2009 LOW A- 3 13 .258 .221 .322 .301 .247 .200 95 0 0.4 0.2 -0.3 -0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2009 PME AA 1 5 .563 .253 .344 .377 .271 .600 85 1.6 0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.1 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2009 PAW AAA 22 83 .241 .269 .327 .388 .245 .173 99 -1.7 2.4 0.9 -0.3 0.1 2.7 0.2 2.7 0.2
2010 BOS MLB 55 197 .303 .253 .316 .393 .248 .292 112 8.5 5.4 0.8 -0.2 0.2 13.2 1.4 13.2 1.4
2010 LOW A- 6 21 .362 .251 .327 .363 .257 .429 109 2.3 0.6 -0.1 0.1 0.1 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
2010 PAW AAA 4 17 .350 .280 .342 .462 .268 .400 102 1.8 0.5 0 -0.2 0.0 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2
2011 BOS MLB 88 341 .247 .253 .317 .400 .258 .289 109 -4.3 9.2 2.6 1.4 1.9 6.8 0.9 6.8 0.9
2011 PAW AAA 5 19 .381 .266 .336 .424 .265 .438 91 2.7 0.6 0 0.2 -0.0 3.3 0.3 3.3 0.3
2012 HOU MLB 97 387 .283 .254 .316 .406 .260 .257 100 8.9 10.6 4.8 5.0 0.6 26.1 3.3 26.1 3.3
2012 OKL AAA 2 8 .383 .266 .346 .410 .262 .500 95 1.1 0.2 0.1 -0.1 -0.1 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2013 OAK MLB 154 662 .291 .257 .320 .407 .268 .319 94 19.5 17.4 5.1 -10.0 -0.1 43.8 3.7 43.8 3.7
2014 OAK MLB 95 405 .249 .252 .315 .393 .259 .263 101 -4.4 10.5 4.4 -7.1 -1.8 9.0 0.2 9.0 0.2

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
2005 LOW A- 240 36 66 12 0 4 32 34 30 7 5 .328 .427 .448 .119 .313 18.2 -2.4 1.6
2006 WIL A+ 438 43 98 21 6 3 50 54 65 2 2 .262 .358 .374 .112 .276 15.0 1.4 1.6
2007 PAW AAA 177 21 48 16 1 5 21 12 33 0 1 .300 .360 .506 .206 .299 14.9 5.6 2.0
2007 PME AA 408 61 100 31 7 8 49 65 58 5 3 .297 .409 .501 .205 .306 41.2 -7.6 3.4
2008 BOS MLB 306 34 67 25 3 2 46 35 68 1 0 .258 .339 .400 .142 .253 9.2 0.6 1.0
2008 PAW AAA 234 35 53 14 2 5 32 31 43 1 0 .268 .367 .434 .167 .293 14.2 -1.2 1.3
2009 PME AA 5 1 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .600 .600 .800 .200 .563 1.9 -0.1 0.2
2009 LOW A- 13 2 2 2 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 .182 .308 .364 .182 .258 0.5 -0.3 0.0
2009 BOS MLB 76 5 10 2 0 2 11 6 20 0 0 .147 .211 .265 .118 .182 -3.4 0.1 -0.3
2009 PAW AAA 83 9 12 3 0 3 8 13 13 0 0 .176 .317 .353 .176 .241 2.7 -0.3 0.2
2010 PAW AAA 17 3 5 3 0 1 4 1 4 1 0 .333 .375 .733 .400 .350 2.3 -0.2 0.2
2010 LOW A- 21 2 6 1 0 0 5 5 1 0 0 .400 .550 .467 .067 .362 2.8 0.1 0.3
2010 BOS MLB 197 31 49 14 0 9 24 25 25 1 1 .287 .381 .526 .240 .303 13.2 -0.2 1.4
2011 BOS MLB 341 40 78 14 4 6 36 23 60 1 1 .252 .303 .382 .129 .247 6.8 1.4 0.9
2011 PAW AAA 19 2 7 4 0 0 5 2 1 0 0 .412 .474 .647 .235 .381 3.3 0.2 0.3
2012 HOU MLB 387 43 83 18 0 16 42 43 65 2 0 .244 .331 .438 .194 .283 26.1 5.0 3.3
2012 OKL AAA 8 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .000 .383 1.4 -0.1 0.1
2013 OAK MLB 662 80 175 45 2 15 75 50 91 1 0 .290 .344 .446 .156 .291 43.8 -10.0 3.7
2014 OAK MLB 405 48 84 25 0 5 39 40 54 0 0 .238 .318 .351 .113 .249 9.0 -7.1 0.2

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 1235 0.4996 0.4057 0.8084 0.5916 0.2201 0.8767 0.6250 0.1916
2009 298 0.5369 0.4463 0.8496 0.6250 0.2391 0.9000 0.6970 0.1504
2010 777 0.5431 0.4149 0.8727 0.5972 0.1972 0.9008 0.7714 0.1273
2011 1264 0.5182 0.4636 0.8379 0.6702 0.2414 0.8884 0.6871 0.1621
2012 1546 0.5045 0.4120 0.8493 0.5974 0.2232 0.8906 0.7368 0.1507
2013 2438 0.4979 0.4801 0.8590 0.6689 0.2925 0.9002 0.7654 0.1410
2014 1538 0.5078 0.4841 0.8804 0.6889 0.2721 0.9201 0.7767 0.1196
Career90960.50890.45010.8520.64230.25050.89710.73080.148

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-29 2014-05-29 DTD 0 0 - Neck Strain Trapezius -
2014-05-19 2014-05-22 DTD 3 2 - Neck Strain - -
2014-04-08 2014-04-09 DTD 1 0 Right Lower Leg Contusion Shin - -
2013-09-16 2013-09-17 DTD 1 1 - Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2013-08-14 2013-08-14 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Soreness - -
2013-07-06 2013-07-07 DTD 1 1 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2013-05-22 2013-05-26 DTD 4 3 Right Foot Contusion - -
2013-04-28 2013-04-29 DTD 1 1 - Neck Stiffness - -
2012-07-15 2012-09-11 15-DL 58 53 Right Ankle Neurological Injury Peroneal Nerve After Spraining Ankle - -
2012-03-30 2012-04-13 15-DL 14 6 Right Thumb Sprain - -
2012-03-21 2012-03-23 Camp 2 0 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2011-09-14 2011-09-19 DTD 5 5 Left Shoulder Inflammation Cortisone Injection - -
2011-09-04 2011-09-06 DTD 2 2 Left Shoulder Tightness - -
2011-06-17 2011-08-07 15-DL 51 44 Left Shoulder Neurological Injury Contusion To Posterior Shoulder -
2011-06-12 2011-06-15 DTD 3 2 Left Shoulder Soreness - -
2011-06-06 2011-06-09 DTD 3 2 Left Shoulder Inflammation Since Collision -
2011-05-30 2011-05-31 DTD 1 1 Left Shoulder Soreness Player Collision -
2011-05-11 2011-05-13 DTD 2 1 General Medical Illness -
2011-05-07 2011-05-07 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Gastrointestinal GI - -
2011-05-06 2011-05-06 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Soreness Landed on It -
2010-03-26 2010-07-21 60-DL 117 94 General Medical Recovery From Infectious Disease Mononucleosis -
2010-03-11 2010-03-26 Camp 15 0 General Medical Infectious Disease Mononucleosis -
2009-08-07 2009-09-08 15-DL 32 30 Left Wrist Neurological Injury Ulnar Neuritis -
2009-04-12 2009-07-08 60-DL 87 78 Left Wrist Surgery Ligament and Ulnar Styloid Process 2009-04-21
2006-05-02 2006-06-07 Minors 36 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 OAK $5,250,000
2013 OAK $2,400,000
2012 HOU $1,150,000
2011 BOS $450,000
2010 BOS $434,000
2009 BOS $414,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$4,848,000
2011Current$5,250,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$10,098,000
6 yrTotal$10,098,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 111 dCAA (Brodie Van Wagenen)1 year/$5.25M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$5.25M (2014). Re-signed by Oakland 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.4M (2013). Re-signed by Houston 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Oakland in trade from Houston 2/4/13.
  • 1 year/$1.15M (2012). Re-signed by Houston 2/8/12 (avoided arbitration, $1.5M-$0.9M). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 341, 502, 550 plate appearances.
  • 1 year/$0.45M (2011). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/11. Acquired by Houston in trade from Boston 12/14/11.
  • 1 year/$0.434M (2010). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.414M (2009). Re-signed by Boston 3/10/09. Recalled 7/18/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased 4/10/08. Optioned to Triple-A 5/1/08. Recalled 7/12/08.
  • Drafted by Boston 2005 (1s-45) (Stanford). $0.75M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .290 .349 .419 .278
11 vs R (Multi) .270 .333 .450 .288
18 Split (Multi) -.020 -.016 .031 .010
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.007 .000 .004 .002
30 vs L (2013) .305 .358 .414 .278
31 vs R (2013) .282 .337 .463 .295
38 Split (2013) -.022 -.021 .049 .017
39 LgAvg (2013) -.008 -.001 .005 .003

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)20 team dynasty league, H2H format: Ian Desmond for Jed Lowrie + Tyson Ross. Who comes out ahead?
(Jon from Grand Junction)
I love Desmond, but I'd take the pair in that trade. In a 20-teamer, depth is so key and two strong assets are better than one star-potential asset (especially since he hasn't been a star asset thus far) (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Addison Russell going to get enough PA's to qualify for Rookie of the Year?
(flashtheleather from (In the glove))
Unlikely, but I suppose he's just a Jed Lowrie injury away from something more serious than a September call-up. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-11-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)The most impactful transaction(s) the Cardinals should make this offseason would be...
(Stephen from Jackson)
I'd try to get Jed Lowrie.

(I just checked and Ben scooped that answer by including Lowrie in his article today. Dang. I shouldn't have suggested Lowrie to him yesterday.) (Sam Miller)
2013-10-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you were Oakland, who stays and goes for 2014? Some choices are obvious -- Chris Young and Kurt Suzuki are gone. Grant Balfour and Bartolo Colon are probably not affordable. Brett Anderson, Seth Smith, and Josh Reddick are all non-tender candidates, though Smith and Reddick could be back because it doesn't look like Michael Choice is ready. How do they fix the middle of the infield? Jed Lowrie isn't going to put up this type of offense to make up for that poor of a glove and Eric Sogard and Albert Callaspo -- just, no. The Coliseum hides the total mediocre state of the A's rotation.
(Dave from Chicago)
Great question. Agree on Young and Suzuki. Balfour will probably price himself out of Oakland, a team that has no problem with a revolving door of closers. I think that Reddick sticks around, unless his homer counts exorbitantly drive up the price in his first year of arbitration. It will be interesting to see what Colon wants contractually, and the A's could easily bow out if he wants a multi-year deal. There is no way that the A's pay $8 million for Anderson next year, so his option will be declined, but it will be interesting to see if he re-signs on a one-year deal to re-establish his value. Coco Crisp will probably be taken up on his $7.5 million option, given his somewhat unique blend of speed and power in CF (as well as his clubhouse appeal). The A's like the power that Lowrie offers in the middle of the diamond, and their backup options are less than inspiring (Nakajima has turned out to be a waste of $6.5 million).

The A's pitching succeeds in many ways that are tough to see. Yes, the Coliseum and its immense foul territory certainly help, but the A's have an excellent system in place for pitcher development. They emphasize balance, posture, and pitch repetition - and they eschew the slide step! So they earn the benefit of the doubt when it comes to developing pitchers from within and identifying which arms to bring into the system.


On the jukebox: Aerosmith, "Ragdoll" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who has a better ROS Jed Lowrie or Andrus?
(Sissy Cuck from Orlando)
Andrus - simply on games played as Lowrie has never shown the ability to play a full season. (Jason Collette)
2013-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Josh Reddick, flash in the pan and what we've seen late season into this year is the real Reddick, or, will be just fine and finish with numbers similar to '12?
(LoyalRoyal from KS, USA)
I don't think he's as good as his 2012. In the offseason, I suggested Oakland sell high on him out of what appeared to be an outfield surplus. However, it looks like the guys they did give away in the Jed Lowrie deal haven't amounted to much yet.

Reddick ought to be better than this and he will be, but 32 home runs is probably too ambitious. (Zachary Levine)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the haul (Chris Carter, Brad Peacock, and Max Stassi) the Astros got for Jed Lowrie?
(Dave from Houston)
Impressed with the return. I've been impressed with the 'Stros ability to acquire talent. (Jason Parks)
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)It recently came out that Houston and Oakland were discussing a possible Jed Lowrie trade that would have sent Chris Carter and a pitcher to Houston. Should we be glad that it fell through? I have to believe that Lowrie would command more than that at the deadline if he's healthy for the first four months of the season.
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
It's hard to judge what a deal would have meant for each team without knowing all of the pieces involved, but a healthy Lowrie — given the dearth of productive hitters who can play a passable shortstop — could be an excellent trade chip.

A related question, from webberoo11, asked who the "young pitcher" from Oakland might have been. One of the "On the Outside Looking In" starting pitchers (http://www.mlbdepthcharts.com/2012/10/oakland-athletics-2012-13-offseason.html#.UQgmLInjkjE) might have made sense. Purely speculating, I'll say either Brad Peacock or Sonny Gray. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, R.J. Please rank the following infielders by 2013 fantasy upside: Josh Rutledge, Logan Forsythe, Jed Lowrie, Everth Cabrera, Chris Nelson, Adeiny Hechavarria, and Donovan Solano.
(Todd from Oakland)
Hey Todd,

I'm not too good at fantasy (as Marc Normandin can attest) but I'd rank 'em something like:

Lowrie - Hurt often but probably the best hitter of the bunch
Cabrera - Should swipe a ton of bags and he has the positional advantage over Forsythe
Rutledge - Not as good as last year but he can hit and that park will help
Forsythe - Park hurts
Nelson - Park should help
Solano - I think I undersold him last year, but I don't know that I can put him higher
Hechavarria - Not sold that he's a fantasy contributor (R.J. Anderson)
2012-10-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What (if any) moves do you see the Houston Astros trying to make this off season?
(Shawn from Waltham, MA)
Houston should be in full asset accumulation mode. That means making a few more trades. Jed Lowrie seems like a prime candidate to be on the move. Granted, there will be some reservations based on the premise that Lowrie might stay healthy for an entire season and then bring back a bigger bounty. I think you’ll see Houston snatch up some veteran free-agent types on one-year deals, too. In part to reenergize the fanbase, and also in part because they could get some value out of those players. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-06-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I don't know if its the most intriguing but Jed Lowrie's 13 HRs already is pretty surprising.
(Charlie from Bethesda)
Lowrie was certainly someone I would have put in that question if I didn't feel like I was running out of room. Trumbo (16), Reddick (15), Plouffe (14), Willingham (13) and LaHair (13) all would have fit nicely too. (Larry Granillo)
2012-06-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Astros sell high on Jed Lowrie? Or, if this version is "real," is he a cornerstone of some succesful future Astros team?
(ekanenh from Capitol City)
I always wonder about the notion of selling "high" or "low" on a player - it's not like potential trading partners don't know about the whole of Lowrie's career, for instance, and while you may find a team that values his more recent performance than you do, it seems to me a much more limited form of arbitrage than it's made out to be. The short answer is that the Astros should trade Lowrie if they get an offer for him that they think is more valuable to them long-term than Lowrie is. (Colin Wyers)
2012-03-14 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who will be the Astros' All-Star? A's? White Sox?
(Eric Sogard from Surprise)
This is a fun question, and a hard one. Mike Fast can't qualify, right? I'll go out on a limb (it's hard to pick an Astro All-Star without going out on a limb) and guess Jed Lowrie stays healthy for a half season and earns a spot. For the A's and White Sox, I'll go with relievers: Grant Balfour and Addison Reed. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-08-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)It's slim pickin's at shortstop in my league. Just picked up Betancourt who has been hot. Is he a better play than Jed Lowrie over the remainder of the season? I know Marc N. was high on Lowrie, but he didn't play all that well for me earlier in the season and I worry about him not getting enough playing time.
(DanDaMan from Vineyard)
I'm probably not as high as Marc on Lowrie; never being a huge fan. He's good, but he'll split PT, at least partially, with Scutaro, and I'd probably go with Betancourt, as unspectacular as he is. If nothing else, he's a safer play. (Derek Carty)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)$25, or one-quarter of the full FAAB allotment, wasn't too much to bid for Jed Lowrie, right? If not, how come you didn't top it?
(Mike P from NYC)
It was you! I bid $10 on him because I was already set at those positions and have other places I should probably hold on to that money for. $25 isn't too much if you're not planning on keeping him at that price. FAAB is there to spend, yeah? (Marc Normandin)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a really deep league (20 team dynasty) how valuable is Jed Lowrie this year?
(Brendan from Chicago)
If Lowrie starts--and I think he may--he should be very valuable. Many of you probably know that I wasn't a big Lowrie fan in the past, for multiple reasons. The defense just isn't good, and he looked very lost at the plate, which led to strikeouts and poor plate appearances. Last year though, his wrist appeared healthy and he looked like he knew what he was doing at the plate, which resulted in far fewer strikeouts and more quality ABs. In a fantasy format, especially one where defense has no bearing, Lowrie is capable of being one of the better SS options available, even though he won't be stealing bases for you. That's with a mixed format in mind, so in a 20 team league, he's even more important. 20 teams means someone needs to do something like play Clint Barmes. (Marc Normandin)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Know where I can find an OBP-heavy second baseman?
(Jed Hoyer from San Diego)
Jed Lowrie! Though his defense at second base may leave something to be desired. He can swing it, at least.

Re-signing David Eckstein for around $1M for the third time in a row seems the safest bet. Plenty of surplus value there, and he's an average player thanks to his defense. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Jed Lowrie? Him slugging above .500 with a .374 OBP sure seems impressive, even if it's not clear where he would play next year if he stayed with the Sox.
(SGreenwell from North Kingstown, RI)
I believe in the bat, but it's tough to count on him for a full season, given his medical record. There's also the whole problem of not really having a natural position, except, perhaps, for second base, which is occupied. For what it's worth (probably quite a bit), subject-matter-expert Marc Normandin thinks he might be best-suited for a super-utility role. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)FWIW, Jed Lowrie has looked incredibly unnatural when playing 2nd base to me, like there's no way in hell I would ever consider it his natural position in any way. He looks much better at both SS and 3rd.
(judy from Boston, MA)
Better, maybe, but good enough to start? I won't attempt to offer a definitive answer. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)How convinced are you that Jed Lowrie has blossomed as an impact player?
(Clark-El from Anchorage)
Not convinced at all. Lowrie is basically Bill Hall, with a few differences. Hall can field better, and Lowrie gets on base more. They are both at their best in a super-utility role and can provide a bat off of the bench as well. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steve, I'm enjoying BP2010 so far, but noticed it seems a little edgier than usual. Your intro in particular seems to be a little harsh towards Bill James. And why does Brandon Inge get "points for toughness", but Jed Lowrie is "stupid" for playing through pain? Lowrie was trying to achieve his dream of making it to the majors while Inge was already there and could have rested knowing he'd still have a spot on the major league roster whenever he heeled.
(DanDaMan from Sea Cliff)
There was no intention to be eddy; the authors said what they said and I don't try to impose my judgment on them beyond reigning in comments that are just inappropriate in some way, and that is a very rare occurrence. I will point out that there's a significant difference between Lowrie trying to hit through a wrist injury and Inge trying to play through knee problems. In the former case, there's not a lot of hope of it working out; in the latter at least the equipment works from the waist up.

Now let me say this about the intro and Bill James, because this also came up in a couple of Amazon reviews: I'm stunned, honestly. What I was trying to do was encapsulate the state of the "industry" (such as it is, or was) at the time that BP came into existence. It was not my intention to say anything critical about Bill, whom I revere. Without Bill pioneering this field, none of us would have these wonderful jobs that we have, where we get paid to watch, write, and talk about baseball. I know that my career got its start specifically because my first publisher was looking for another Rob Neyer, whose own career owes its start to Bill (my answer: "I can't be a second Neyer, but I can be the first Steven Goldman," and apparently that sufficed). Our debt to Mr. James is so obvious as to not need stating, certainly not in that place. (Steven Goldman)
2009-12-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mark, Using the Santana Trade as a template: Is a trade of Boston players: Casey Kelly (5 star prospect), Jed Lowrie (MLB Utility INF possible SS/2B), plus a B/B- level prospect like a Gibson (SS)[Navarro (INF) or Lin (OF)] for Doc Halladay work? Remember, Santana netted the Twins Carlos Gomez, great defense with a progressing bat, and the Mulvey/Humber/Guerra trio. Not a very impressive bevy of pitchers. In short, Minnosota received 1 really good player plus some filler in the trade - due to Santana's trade demands, his potential extention price tag and having only 1 year left on the existing contract. The Blue Jays can't possibly get much more than the Twins received in their Trade?
(Steven from New England)
I think Minnesota's deal would actually be a reason to expect the Jays to get more, as they will hold out as long as they can until someone is desperate enough to cave in to their demands. I'm not sure how accurate the reports are, but I kept hearing that the Sox would have to give up both Kelley and Clay Buchholz to make this work. I'm not sure how I feel about that, as much as I love Halladay. (Marc Normandin)
2009-10-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you missed it, Jed Lowrie hit a grand slam on the last day of the regular season, but doing so caused him obvious pain. He's spent basically this whole season and the offseason before it trying to get his wrist in order, and it's unclear to me that anything has improved. So what's the deal? What even is the specific problem at this point? Why does it refuse to go away? Is it some kind of fragility issue with Lowrie, or does it have more to do with how Boston has handled his rehabs/surgery? Most importantly, what are his chances to overcome this going forward? I know that's a lot of questions; I'd greatly appreciate it if you could provide the answer to ANY of them.
(OldBean from Boston)
Wrist injuries linger, it's as simple as that. You must have missed the whole drama with David Ortiz, Bean ...

Once a wrist injury does heal, which can take as much as 12-18 months, there's no real problem. (Again, note Ortiz.) I think Lowrie will be better by the start of spring training given the injury, but I'm going to couch that a bit because of the setbacks. (Will Carroll)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can the Red Sox do to solve the gaping hole at shortstop this off season? Is Jed Lowrie really the solution?
(mattymatty from Philly)
Call the Brewers. What's the point of having muscle in terms of cash and talent if you can't go out and get the best available option? (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)any news on Jed Lowrie?....you say "wrist injuries linger" is this directly related or something else in the kinetic chain?
(fieldofdreams from Chapel Hill, NC)
No, it's just about healing. It's a complex structure with poor blood flow. (Will Carroll)
2009-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any news on Jed Lowrie's wrist?
(Bits_of_Real_Panther from Portland OR)
Gonna be a while before we get anything on that one. He's only a couple weeks post surgery. I'll assume he's on schedule. Next milestone will be some kind of baseball activities. (Will Carroll)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)"It takes me awhile to get worried about teams unless people are getting hurt a lot." I assume this was an attempt at humor.
(mattymatty from Philly)
Who is hurt of serious consequence? Mr. Regression himself, who just went on the DL, or Jed Lowrie, who's wrist has very little to do with his complete lack of strike zone recognition? The Sox are pretty deep at starter, and as much as I don't like seeing Nick Green out there, he's one guy. (Marc Normandin)
2009-03-10 14:30:00 (link to chat)How do you see the Julio Lugo/Jed Lowrie situation shaking out at SS? Is there really anybody who'd take on Lugo's deal at this point?
(Joe from Boston)
Hard to see the Yankees and Sox doing a deal, but they could have Lugo play third for two months and then he'd be a pretty good UT afterwards. There's no argument for playing Lugo over Lowrie. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-01-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Also, how valuable of an offensive SS do you think Jed Lowrie will be over the next few years? Looks like at the very least he's patient. Do you think Wilson Betemit might be a surprising offensive contributor this year (esp. with SS eligibility)? Thanks!
(Dennis from Monterey Park, CA)
I'm not a fan. He was over his head last year, and easily overmatched. We'll see how good he is in 2009 though. (Marc Normandin)
2008-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Love your work and thanks for taking the time to chat Bro. My question is about Mat Gamel, I know in your last chat you said he was very unlikely to stick at 3b and even compared him to the Ryan Braun disaster in the big leagues. I look at his stats at AA and I say that if someone starts 27 double plays it is almost IMPOSSIBLE for them not to have some skill over there. Knda like someone stealing 40 nases without them having some speed. I think minor league fielding stats are more reliable than scouting reports in evaluating minor leaguers. They tell you facts where the reports are sometimes all over the place... Jed Lowrie ring a bell? Any scouts appologize to you for misleading you and, us, about him?
(Casejud from Bothell, Wa)
Sweet! I get to start off totally cranky! Number one: You think fielding stats are more reliable than scouting reports and that's dead wrong. Basic fielding stats are a horrible way to evaluate a defender at any level. Number two: You want to talk about how great fielding stats are in support of Mat Gamel? Did you notice the fact that the guy has made 119 errors in the past three years? ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN. Number three: I was not misled, nor did I mislead anyone on Lowrie. I don't remember exactly what I wrote coming into the season (and I ranked him HIGHLY, mind you), but it was something to the effect of him being a fundamentally sound defender who makes the play on every ball he gets to, yet he's not especially rangy. I haven't seen anything to change my mind about that, and I certainly never criticized his offense. Next! (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)With Gordon at 3B (albeit with a bad hip) and a glut of guys, including Butler, that can only play 1b, do you think the Royals may move Moustakas back to SS?
(Kiley from Newark)
No. If you saw him this year, you'd understand. He's just not athletic enough -- I'm sure that statement will get the Jed Lowrie fan club to write you and let you know it's ok -- but he's not good there. I think outfield might work out better for him, especially right, because he's gotta a helluva arm. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why am I falling under the radar for a top 5 pick? I hit for average and power, will most likely stick at short, and destroyed the Cape Cod League last year. Someone is going to get a steal with me, no?
(Gordon Beckham from Athens, Georgia)
key phrase -- "most likely will stick at short". That's really the most optimistic thing there is. There's a lot of funk to what he does, he's not especially fluid. I think he's kinda like Khalil Greene offensively, and Jed Lowrie defensively. Is that a top five pick for you? (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Kevin, a few questions about Phillies prospects. Jason Donald was hitting well in Reading before hurting his hand, are scouts starting to come around on him or is he still a utility guy? Also, what do you make of Greg Golson's fast start? Just a 3 week flash in the pan, or is he turning it around? He's posting the highest walk rate of his career right now...
(JM from DC)
I actually like Donald quite a bit offensively, but defensively, he's got a little Jed Lowrie in him where he's playing there, and he's holding his own, but it's not really what you want there glove wise. Golson is a total tool shed, and what he's doing right now is one of the top things to keep your eye in early in the season. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-02-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Not a lot of news from the RedSox camp. It seems they are basically standing pat going into the '08 season. Apparently Theo is comfortable with the position players he has? Does he has something up his sleeve this spring? What are your thoughts about the recent aquisition of Sean Casey and is he a good fit? I am also curious about their situation at SS and their highly touted prospect Jed Lowrie? Is Lugo on the bubble?
(mwanders from Moscow, ID)
Casey isn't as bad an idea as I thought it was at first glance. He's a lousy regular, of course. His skill set--line drives--makes him a fairly good PH option against righties, and he can play first, with Youkilis moving to third, 20 times a year so Lowell gets a breather.

For whatever it's worth, people genuinely love the guy. Then again, Luis Gonzalez had that rep two years ago, too.

The Red Sox are making their changes from within...Buchholz, Ellsbury, eventually Lowrie, Masterson, Anderson...just a terrific organization right now. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)how good can Jed Lowrie be offensively? any comparisons?
(Randall from Boston)
This probably doesn't work on a scouting level, but on a pure statistical basis he reminds me a lot of Dustin Pedroia - great college career, lots of walks and extra-base hits in the minors despite not a lot of home runs. Pedroia hit .293/.385/.452 between AA and AAA in 2005; Lowrie hit .298/.393/.503 between AA and AAA last year, but was about 18 months older.

Like Pedroia, I think Lowrie's going to be stretched to play shortstop, but could be an above-average second baseman for a long time. (Rany Jazayerli)
2008-01-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)How stretched would Jed Lowrie be at SS for the Sox?
(Tim from DC)
Not having read much about him or seen him play I can only offer that in 2007 I had him at -2 during his time in the Eastern League and +6 when he moved to Pawtucket.

He's really been all over the board with a +3 in 2005 and -5 in 2006 at shortstop.

But this does bring up an interesting question and topic for future research. With SFR numbers for minor leaguers we can now try and create translations (like Clay does) for positions as players move between levels. (Dan Fox)


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