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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
66.0 3.59 1.27 68 3 1 0 0.6
Birth Date12-5-1984
Height6' 5"
Weight245 lbs
Age29 years, 10 months, 19 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
0.32011
-0.02012
0.02013
0.22014
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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
2011 SEA 26 25 0 32.7 0.0 32.7 1 1 0 0 0 0 142 34 22 22 2 48 13 12 0 29 6.06 3.28 3.96 2.7 0.3
2012 TBA 27 3 0 3.3 0.0 3.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 9 7 7 0 13 3 3 0 2 18.90 4.55 5.66 -0.4 -0.0
2013 TBA 28 19 0 21.3 0.0 21.3 0 2 0 0 0 0 99 23 12 12 3 41 12 11 1 25 5.06 4.39 4.00 0.2 0.0
2014 TBA 29 25 0 30.3 0.0 30.3 1 2 0 0 0 0 135 38 20 19 7 64 5 4 1 19 5.64 5.50 5.75 -3.6 -0.4
Career72087.70.087.725000039710461601216633302756.164.364.67-1.1-0.1

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
2007 CLN A 20 0 35.0 5.19 71 .237 .253 .322 .371 .260 .252 93 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2007 SPO A- 2 0 2.7 -0.48 209 .135 .202 .309 .341 .221 .500 108 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2008 CLN A 8 0 10.3 2.98 131 .214 .239 .313 .352 .254 .345 103 2.5 0.3 2.5 0.3
2008 BAK A+ 35 0 59.0 3.62 128 .281 .273 .342 .411 .272 .351 99 16.7 1.7 16.7 1.7
2009 BAK A+ 4 0 7.7 1.28 174 .167 .262 .332 .396 .262 .294 99 3.7 0.4 3.7 0.4
2010 HIC A 17 0 19.7 0.61 186 .186 .259 .328 .382 .266 .324 100 10.9 1.1 10.9 1.1
2010 FRI AA 15 0 18.7 3.04 129 .253 .265 .343 .404 .271 .364 97 3.9 0.4 3.9 0.4
2010 WTN AA 6 0 7.3 0.48 189 .153 .270 .337 .407 .268 .308 101 4.1 0.4 4.1 0.4
2010 TAC AAA 12 0 17.3 2.77 139 .222 .286 .353 .443 .270 .288 87 6.2 0.6 6.2 0.6
2010 PEJ Wnt 1 0 1.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 PEJ Wnt 10 0 11.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 SEA MLB 25 0 32.7 3.96 103 .270 .252 .318 .406 .261 .327 91 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2011 TAC AAA 30 0 42.3 3.10 145 .218 .287 .356 .452 .264 .268 100 13.7 1.3 13.7 1.3
2012 TBA MLB 3 0 3.3 5.66 70 .468 .267 .334 .450 .277 .562 98 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2012 DUR AAA 42 0 67.7 4.14 110 .274 .258 .328 .392 .254 .389 104 9.5 0.9 9.5 0.9
2013 TBA MLB 19 0 21.3 4.00 100 .326 .258 .316 .396 .265 .345 93 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2013 DUR AAA 40 0 57.3 1.79 162 .196 .253 .322 .382 .251 .310 109 22.8 2.3 22.8 2.3
2014 TBA MLB 25 0 30.3 5.75 56 .321 .249 .310 .393 .261 .301 96 -3.6 -0.4 -3.6 -0.4
2014 DUR AAA 32 0 37.3 4.58 99 .232 .263 .333 .397 .254 .287 101 3.2 0.3 3.2 0.3

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
2007 CLN A 0 3 6 20 0 35.0 29 10 31 4 51% .252 7.5 2.6 1.0 8.0 1.11 3.34 -0.5 -0.1
2007 SPO A- 0 0 0 2 0 2.7 2 0 6 0 50% .500 6.7 0.0 0.0 20.0 0.74 0.00 2.0 0.2
2008 BAK A+ 2 6 1 35 0 59.0 65 16 72 6 45% .351 9.9 2.4 0.9 11.0 1.37 5.03 16.7 1.7
2008 CLN A 1 1 2 8 0 10.3 10 2 12 0 38% .345 8.7 1.7 0.0 10.5 1.17 2.62 2.5 0.3
2009 BAK A+ 0 1 1 4 0 7.7 5 1 11 0 53% .294 5.8 1.2 0.0 12.9 0.78 1.17 3.7 0.4
2010 FRI AA 1 1 2 15 0 18.7 18 5 26 2 52% .364 8.7 2.4 1.0 12.5 1.23 3.85 3.9 0.4
2010 TAC AAA 1 0 2 12 0 17.3 14 5 18 0 42% .288 7.3 2.6 0.0 9.4 1.10 2.08 6.2 0.6
2010 PEJ Wnt 0 1 2 10 0 11.3 7 3 12 0 0% .250 5.6 2.4 0.0 9.6 0.88 0.80 0.0 0.0
2010 HIC A 2 1 10 17 0 19.7 12 5 36 0 65% .324 5.5 2.3 0.0 16.4 0.86 0.46 10.9 1.1
2010 WTN AA 1 0 3 6 0 7.3 4 0 14 0 38% .308 4.9 0.0 0.0 17.3 0.55 0.00 4.1 0.4
2011 SEA MLB 1 1 0 25 0 32.7 34 13 29 2 44% .327 9.4 3.6 0.6 8.0 1.44 6.06 2.7 0.3
2011 TAC AAA 2 4 11 30 0 42.3 34 12 35 1 51% .268 7.2 2.6 0.2 7.4 1.09 2.76 13.7 1.3
2012 TBA MLB 0 0 0 3 0 3.3 9 3 2 0 19% .562 24.3 8.1 0.0 5.4 3.60 18.90 -0.4 -0.0
2012 DUR AAA 2 6 2 42 0 67.7 85 17 71 6 40% .389 11.3 2.3 0.8 9.4 1.51 5.59 9.5 0.9
2013 DUR AAA 3 1 17 40 0 57.3 41 15 81 1 46% .310 6.4 2.4 0.2 12.7 0.98 0.63 22.8 2.3
2013 TBA MLB 0 2 0 19 0 21.3 23 12 25 3 33% .345 9.7 5.1 1.3 10.5 1.64 5.06 0.2 0.0
2014 DUR AAA 0 1 12 32 0 37.3 32 9 40 3 38% .287 7.7 2.2 0.7 9.6 1.10 3.38 3.2 0.3
2014 TBA MLB 1 2 0 25 0 30.3 38 5 19 7 43% .301 11.3 1.5 2.1 5.6 1.42 5.64 -3.6 -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
2011 546 0.5220 0.4670 0.7765 0.6140 0.3065 0.8857 0.5375 0.2235
2012 78 0.4615 0.3974 0.9032 0.5833 0.2381 0.9048 0.9000 0.0968
2013 402 0.5149 0.4204 0.8107 0.5894 0.2410 0.8689 0.6596 0.1893
2014 483 0.5487 0.5383 0.8269 0.6943 0.3486 0.8967 0.6579 0.1731
Career15090.52550.47380.80830.63160.2990.88570.62730.1917

Injury History

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

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 TBA $504,200
2013 TBA $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$0
2011Current$504,200
3 yrPvs + Cur$504,200
3 yrTotal$504,200

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 170 d1 year/$0.5042M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5042M (2014). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/2/14. DFA by Tampa Bay 6/7/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/9/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/2/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Seattle 11/19/10. Re-signed by Seattle 2/11. Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Seattle 11/27/11.
  • Acquired by Seattle in trade from Texas 7/9/10 (Cliff Lee deal).
  • Drafted by Texas 2007 (16-500) (Northern Kentucky).

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
90o 0 0 0 0 0 51.1 39 13 52 4 .266 1.02 2.47 2.68 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 45.2 37 13 46 3 .281 1.10 2.85 3.09 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 41.0 36 12 42 3 .292 1.16 3.13 3.4 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 37.6 34 12 38 3 .301 1.22 3.37 3.66 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 34.4 32 11 35 3 .310 1.27 3.60 3.91 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 0 0 0 31.3 31 11 32 3 .319 1.32 3.83 4.16 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 0 0 0 28.1 29 10 29 3 .328 1.38 4.08 4.44 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 24.4 26 9 25 2 .339 1.45 4.38 4.76 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 0 0 0 19.4 22 8 20 2 .354 1.55 4.81 5.23 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0000033.73111353.3081.253.563.870.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
11% 19% 17% 25% 44%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20153031057060562062544.3071.263.473.778.43.09.20.70.8
20163131051055501755544.3041.233.473.778.22.89.10.80.8
20173231049052491651544.3031.253.513.828.52.88.80.90.7
20183321047050471548544.3041.243.553.868.52.78.60.90.6
20193421045048461547544.3071.263.583.908.62.88.80.90.6
20203521043045431344444.3091.243.583.898.62.68.80.80.6
20213621041043411343444.3081.263.533.838.62.79.00.80.6
20223721038041391240444.3081.253.573.888.62.78.90.90.5
20233821038040391239444.3081.273.583.898.82.78.80.90.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
3.824.95.12.52.318.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 90 Chris Schroder 2008 5.40
2 88 Clay Rapada 2010 4.00
3 87 Dane De La Rosa 2012 12.60
4 86 Jairo Asencio 2012 5.13
5 85 Jim Hoey 2012 0.00 DNP
6 85 Chris Leroux 2013 6.75
7 85 Neil Wagner 2013 4.03
8 84 Heath Bell 2007 2.11
9 84 T.J. Beam 2010 0.00 DNP
10 84 Jailen Peguero 2010 0.00 DNP
11 84 Matt Daley 2011 10.50
12 84 Ron Flores 2009 0.00 DNP
13 83 Josh Roenicke 2012 4.06
14 83 Marcus McBeth 2010 0.00 DNP
15 83 Jason Anderson 2008 0.00 DNP
16 83 Carlos Muniz 2010 0.00 DNP
17 83 Clay Zavada 2013 0.00 DNP
18 82 Edwin Moreno 2010 0.00 DNP
19 82 Jose Valdez 2012 3.00
20 82 Mike Zagurski 2012 5.79
21 81 Jason Bulger 2008 7.31
22 81 Stephen Marek 2013 0.00 DNP
23 81 Michael Wuertz 2008 4.63
24 81 Jon Huber 2011 0.00 DNP
25 80 Corey Madden 2013 0.00 DNP
26 80 Beau Vaughan 2010 0.00 DNP
27 80 Mark Worrell 2012 0.00 DNP
28 80 Jose Diaz 2013 0.00 DNP
29 80 Jon Switzer 2009 8.10
30 80 A.J. Murray 2011 0.00 DNP
31 79 John Ennis 2009 0.00 DNP
32 79 Kelvin Jimenez 2010 0.00 DNP
33 79 Jorge Vasquez 2008 0.00 DNP
34 79 Luis Perdomo 2013 0.00 DNP
35 79 Brad Salmon 2009 0.00 DNP
36 79 Jon Link 2013 0.00 DNP
37 79 Greg Burke 2012 0.00 DNP
38 79 Jeff Stevens 2013 0.00 DNP
39 79 Fu-Te Ni 2012 0.00 DNP
40 79 Jason Waddell 2010 0.00 DNP
41 79 Geoffrey Jones 2009 0.00 DNP
42 79 Chris Smith 2010 5.40
43 79 Brent Leach 2012 0.00 DNP
44 79 Jeff Gogal 2011 0.00 DNP
45 79 Juan Salas 2008 7.11
46 79 Justin Thomas 2013 0.00 DNP
47 79 Jason Motte 2011 2.91
48 79 Royce Ring 2010 15.43
49 78 Josh Schmidt 2012 0.00 DNP
50 78 Henry Owens 2008 0.00 DNP
51 78 Carlos Fisher 2012 0.00 DNP
52 78 Steve Delabar 2013 3.84
53 78 Jeff Gray 2011 4.28
54 78 Alex Hinshaw 2012 6.04
55 78 Chris Resop 2012 4.28
56 78 Victor Marte 2010 9.76
57 78 Kurt Birkins 2010 0.00 DNP
58 78 Ryan Bukvich 2007 5.80
59 78 Francis Beltran 2009 0.00 DNP
60 78 Dale Thayer 2010 27.00
61 77 Mike Ekstrom 2013 0.00 DNP
62 77 Pedro Viola 2012 0.00 DNP
63 77 Rafael Martin 2013 0.00 DNP
64 77 Jim Henderson 2012 3.52
65 77 Joe Torres 2012 0.00 DNP
66 77 Merkin Valdez 2011 6.23
67 77 Anthony Slama 2013 0.00 DNP
68 77 Andrew Sisco 2012 0.00 DNP
69 77 Taylor Tankersley 2012 0.00 DNP
70 77 Jerry Blevins 2013 3.45
71 77 Fernando Rodriguez 2013 0.00 DNP
72 77 Dirk Hayhurst 2010 0.00 DNP
73 77 Jordan De Jong 2008 0.00 DNP
74 76 Rich Rundles 2010 0.00 DNP
75 76 Steven Jackson 2011 0.00 DNP
76 76 Dennis Sarfate 2010 0.00 DNP
77 76 Joe Bateman 2009 0.00 DNP
78 76 Derrick Turnbow 2007 4.76
79 76 Eric Hull 2009 0.00 DNP
80 76 Doug Slaten 2009 7.11
81 76 Romulo Sanchez 2013 0.00 DNP
82 76 Jeff Bajenaru 2007 0.00 DNP
83 76 Blaine Neal 2007 0.00 DNP
84 76 Juan Gutierrez 2013 4.72
85 76 Steve Andrade 2007 0.00 DNP
86 76 Sung-Ki Jung 2009 0.00 DNP
87 76 Ben Julianel 2009 0.00 DNP
88 76 Sean Henn 2010 0.00 DNP
89 75 Kevin Gregg 2007 3.64
90 75 Francisco Felix 2013 0.00 DNP
91 75 Brian Slocum 2010 0.00 DNP
92 75 Frank Herrmann 2013 0.00 DNP
93 75 Carmen Cali 2008 0.00 DNP
94 75 Bobby Seay 2007 2.33
95 75 Brian Wolfe 2010 0.00 DNP
96 75 Jim Miller 2011 2.57
97 75 Allan Simpson 2007 0.00 DNP
98 75 Paul Abraham 2009 0.00 DNP
99 75 Shawn Kelley 2013 4.72
100 75 Rafael Cova 2011 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .276 .400 .484 .327
11 vs R (Multi) .309 .352 .487 .323
18 Split (Multi) -.033 .048 -.003 .004
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .250 .400 .472 .329
31 vs R (2013) .298 .340 .511 .329
38 Split (2013) -.048 .060 -.038 .000
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Those who worried that the grotesque sex-crime skeleton in Lueke's closet would blight the Rays image needn't have: His dismal Triple-A showing limited him to three big-league appearances. Lueke threw copious strikes on the farm, as he usually does, but too many were hard, flat fastballs that were hammered. His 2012 FIP (3.01) causes more optimism than his ERA (5.59), especially if you pardon his .389 BABIP as a fluke. And he's Justin Verlander's nearest PITCHf/x comp, too. But the ugly ERA included a midsummer stretch during which Lueke allowed just two runs in 23 innings. However you look at the numbers, they're much worse in contextual comparison: The guy Lueke was traded for, John Jaso, had a breakout season for the Mariners, while Lueke mostly just looked broken.
2012 PECOTA loves Lueke, projecting him to have the lowest ERA among his former Seattle bullpen mates. This is fitting; Lueke is a lot easier to root for in a binomial world stripped of emotion. Computers don't get hung up on his criminal history. Lueke has plenty of stuff to take on a closer or other high-leverage role, with a fastball that can dart into the mid-and-upper-90s and worthwhile secondary offerings. His ERA reflects a terrible strand rate, and an opponents' OPS 500 points higher with runners on than without. Stranding runners is, obviously, a crucial skill for a late-inning reliever, but at this point it's more likely a fluke of sequencing than anything suggestive about Lueke. The Rays are gambling that the PR hit is worth buying low on what could become a vital arm in their bullpen.
2011 Lueke’s first act as a member of the Mariners organization was to get both his new GM in trouble for acquiring him, and his new team’s professional scouting director fired. The big righty’s criminal past touched off an interstate dispute between Zduriencik, dismissed pitching coach Rick Adair, and Rangers GM Jon Daniels, all of whom appeared to disagree about the extent of Seattle’s knowledge concerning Lueke’s past prison time in connection with an alleged rape at the time of his inclusion in the Cliff Lee trade. The reliever may never manage to escape the consequences of his deplorable actions entirely, but his on-field future appears bright. Although Lueke's legal problems cost him almost all of 2009, he made up for lost time last season, earning multiple promotions and holding his own in Triple-A. His mid-90s fastball and devastating slider seemed to benefit from his time away from the game, and unless public opinion sends him packing, he’ll be recruited for late-inning work before long.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Donald Sterling is banned for life. Josh Lueke pitched last night. Why?
(Mo Betta from Ville)
You can make baseball arguments that he shouldn't be on the roster. The stuff is fine but the command isn't there. They tried making him more deceptive by upping his delivery's pace in the spring, but it hasn't worked. He's a generic waiver-wire arm who'll bring bad PR. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Josh Lueke making the Mariners opening day roster?
(Josh G from Stockton)
He has the stuff to pitch at that level. From a PR perspective, I think putting him on the opening day roster was easier than putting him on in May, when the media would be able to focus their attention on the move with a brighter light. I'm not a fan of Lueke the man, but the stuff is legit. (Jason Parks)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

A Collaboration between BrooksBaseball.net and Baseball Prospectus - Pitch classifications provided by Pitch Info LLC


Josh Lueke has thrown 1,734 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph) and Splitter (81mph), also mixing in a Curve (78mph) and Sinker (93mph).