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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
37.7 3.83 1.35 28 2 1 1 0.3
Birth Date8-10-1979
Height6' 1"
Weight200 lbs
Age35 years, 2 months, 15 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.12010
-0.32011
1.12012
-0.12013
0.32014
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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
2001 TOR 21 11 11 63.0 63.0 0.0 5 4 0 0 7 0 261 63 31 30 6 100 15 15 1 35 4.29 3.99 4.40 9.5 0.9
2002 TOR 22 15 10 62.0 53.3 8.7 1 4 0 1 2 1 279 78 47 45 14 142 19 17 2 30 6.53 6.04 6.20 1.3 0.1
2003 BOS 23 49 0 59.0 0.0 59.0 4 6 9 3 0 0 273 73 33 27 6 114 19 14 2 50 4.12 3.79 4.31 11.4 1.1
2005 ARI 25 32 0 29.3 0.0 29.3 0 2 14 1 0 0 144 44 25 21 6 71 10 8 2 17 6.44 5.72 6.02 -0.5 -0.1
2006 ARI 26 68 0 69.3 0.0 69.3 2 4 0 7 0 0 293 68 32 30 7 117 22 15 0 46 3.89 4.05 4.79 8.8 0.8
2007 ARI 27 73 0 74.0 0.0 74.0 6 4 2 3 0 0 307 70 25 22 2 99 22 20 1 40 2.68 3.38 3.87 13.7 1.3
2008 ARI 28 61 0 59.3 0.0 59.3 3 5 26 5 0 0 265 75 34 31 7 114 13 12 0 44 4.70 3.81 4.56 6.7 0.7
2009 DET 29 65 0 78.7 0.0 78.7 6 5 3 3 0 0 314 56 25 25 7 93 31 22 2 57 2.86 4.11 5.75 1.5 0.1
2010 HOU 30 79 0 78.0 0.0 78.0 6 6 20 2 0 0 333 68 28 27 2 92 31 19 3 54 3.12 3.36 3.26 10.4 1.1
2011 HOU 31 15 0 13.3 0.0 13.3 3 3 4 4 0 0 71 27 17 17 4 45 5 4 0 6 11.48 7.12 7.69 -3.2 -0.3
2012 HOU 32 37 0 36.0 0.0 36.0 0 2 0 2 0 0 154 37 13 13 3 51 11 9 2 35 3.25 3.36 3.14 5.6 0.6
2012 TOR 32 30 0 25.0 0.0 25.0 4 0 1 0 0 0 104 19 8 8 2 31 9 8 1 28 2.88 3.05 3.32 4.7 0.5
2013 NYN 33 37 0 34.3 0.0 34.3 2 2 0 4 0 0 153 43 20 19 3 64 13 10 0 23 4.98 3.95 4.78 -0.9 -0.1
Career57221681.3116.3565.042477935912951721338315691133220173164654.164.094.6368.86.9

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
2000 QUE A- 15 13 60.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 TOR MLB 11 11 63.0 4.40 108 .246 .261 .325 .402 .255 .279 98 9.5 0.9 9.5 0.9
2001 TEN AA 9 9 58.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SYR AAA 11 11 68.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 TOR MLB 15 10 62.0 6.20 79 .304 .271 .340 .434 .273 .299 106 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2002 SYR AAA 14 14 75.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .336 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BOS MLB 49 0 59.0 4.31 117 .282 .269 .331 .422 .261 .342 105 11.4 1.1 11.4 1.1
2003 PAW AAA 5 0 8.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TUC AAA 6 3 8.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .364 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ARI MLB 32 0 29.3 6.02 77 .320 .262 .329 .414 .259 .349 107 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2005 TUC AAA 5 4 5.0 3.55 131 .187 .280 .364 .496 .295 .286 99 3.3 0.3 3.3 0.3
2006 ARI MLB 68 0 69.3 4.79 101 .250 .273 .342 .443 .271 .280 99 7.8 0.8 8.8 0.8
2007 ARI MLB 73 0 74.0 3.87 122 .233 .268 .335 .423 .260 .281 104 13.7 1.3 13.7 1.3
2008 ARI MLB 61 0 59.3 4.56 101 .274 .264 .332 .413 .262 .338 99 6.7 0.7 6.7 0.7
2009 DET MLB 65 0 78.7 5.75 84 .215 .262 .330 .412 .257 .226 103 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2010 HOU MLB 79 0 78.0 3.26 119 .232 .264 .334 .419 .276 .272 92 10.4 1.1 10.4 1.1
2011 HOU MLB 15 0 13.3 7.69 19 .384 .255 .318 .411 .264 .411 102 -4.2 -0.4 -3.2 -0.3
2011 OKL AAA 2 0 2.0 4.28 118 .165 .249 .307 .378 .236 .286 92 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2012 HOU MLB 37 0 36.0 3.14 127 .244 .261 .323 .413 .263 .330 100 5.6 0.6 5.6 0.6
2012 TOR MLB 30 0 25.0 3.32 127 .238 .255 .314 .404 .260 .266 103 4.7 0.5 4.7 0.5
2013 NYN MLB 37 0 34.3 4.78 77 .316 .247 .305 .373 .248 .351 96 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2013 PAW AAA 4 0 5.3 4.17 106 .222 .264 .322 .401 .254 .278 101 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2014 SLC AAA 20 0 17.7 4.68 110 .359 .296 .368 .470 .282 .429 101 2.5 0.3 2.5 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
2000 QUE A- 5 3 0 15 13 60.3 43 6 55 1 0% .000 6.4 0.9 0.1 8.2 0.81 2.39 0.0 0.0
2001 TOR MLB 5 4 0 11 11 63.0 63 15 35 6 50% .279 9.0 2.1 0.9 5.0 1.24 4.29 9.5 0.9
2001 TEN AA 5 0 0 9 9 58.7 57 9 45 7 0% .000 8.7 1.4 1.1 6.9 1.12 3.68 0.0 0.0
2001 SYR AAA 5 3 0 11 11 68.3 68 10 53 7 0% .000 9.0 1.3 0.9 7.0 1.14 3.69 0.0 0.0
2002 TOR MLB 1 4 0 15 10 62.0 78 19 30 14 55% .299 11.3 2.8 2.0 4.4 1.56 6.53 1.3 0.1
2002 SYR AAA 4 9 0 14 14 75.7 99 19 35 4 0% .336 11.8 2.3 0.5 4.2 1.56 5.11 0.0 0.0
2003 BOS MLB 4 6 9 49 0 59.0 73 19 50 6 42% .342 11.1 2.9 0.9 7.6 1.56 4.12 11.4 1.1
2003 PAW AAA 0 0 0 5 0 8.3 7 2 7 1 0% .250 7.6 2.2 1.1 7.6 1.08 3.25 0.0 0.0
2004 TUC AAA 2 3 0 6 3 8.3 15 4 4 3 0% .364 16.3 4.3 3.3 4.3 2.29 15.18 0.0 0.0
2005 TUC AAA 0 1 0 5 4 5.0 5 0 4 0 14% .286 9.0 0.0 0.0 7.2 1.00 5.40 3.3 0.3
2005 ARI MLB 0 2 14 32 0 29.3 44 10 17 6 43% .349 13.5 3.1 1.8 5.2 1.84 6.44 -0.5 -0.1
2006 ARI MLB 2 4 0 68 0 69.3 68 22 46 7 44% .280 8.8 2.9 0.9 6.0 1.30 3.89 8.8 0.8
2007 ARI MLB 6 4 2 73 0 74.0 70 22 40 2 43% .281 8.5 2.7 0.2 4.9 1.24 2.68 13.7 1.3
2008 ARI MLB 3 5 26 61 0 59.3 75 13 44 7 41% .338 11.4 2.0 1.1 6.7 1.48 4.70 6.7 0.7
2009 DET MLB 6 5 3 65 0 78.7 56 31 57 7 49% .226 6.4 3.5 0.8 6.5 1.11 2.86 1.5 0.1
2010 HOU MLB 6 6 20 79 0 78.0 68 31 54 2 42% .272 7.8 3.6 0.2 6.2 1.27 3.12 10.4 1.1
2011 OKL AAA 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 2 0 0 0 43% .286 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.00 0.00 0.3 0.0
2011 HOU MLB 3 3 4 15 0 13.3 27 5 6 4 47% .411 18.2 3.4 2.7 4.0 2.40 11.47 -3.2 -0.3
2012 TOR MLB 4 0 1 30 0 25.0 19 9 28 2 42% .266 6.8 3.2 0.7 10.1 1.12 2.88 4.7 0.5
2012 HOU MLB 0 2 0 37 0 36.0 37 11 35 3 37% .330 9.2 2.8 0.8 8.8 1.33 3.25 5.6 0.6
2013 PAW AAA 0 0 2 4 0 5.3 5 1 3 0 56% .278 8.4 1.7 0.0 5.1 1.12 1.69 0.4 0.0
2013 NYN MLB 2 2 0 37 0 34.3 43 13 23 3 44% .351 11.3 3.4 0.8 6.0 1.63 4.98 -0.9 -0.1
2014 SLC AAA 0 6 0 20 0 17.7 33 8 9 0 47% .429 16.8 4.1 0.0 4.6 2.32 4.08 2.5 0.3

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 954 0.5220 0.4879 0.8473 0.6586 0.3004 0.9055 0.7080 0.1527
2009 1149 0.5039 0.4943 0.8131 0.6408 0.3439 0.9030 0.6429 0.1834
2010 1209 0.4673 0.5017 0.8168 0.6690 0.3540 0.8968 0.6842 0.1832
2011 278 0.4784 0.4532 0.8413 0.6466 0.2759 0.9070 0.7000 0.1587
2012 967 0.4736 0.4793 0.7732 0.6310 0.3418 0.8754 0.6034 0.2246
2013 558 0.4498 0.4767 0.8083 0.6773 0.3127 0.8824 0.6771 0.1842
Career51150.48560.48790.81380.65320.33070.89480.66420.1842

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-06-14 2011-09-29 60-DL 107 95 Right Shoulder Surgery Biceps Tendon and Labrum Tear 2011-06-30
2011-05-05 2011-06-09 15-DL 35 32 Right Shoulder Strain Partially Torn Rotator Cuff with Biceps Tendinitis -
2011-03-20 2011-03-26 Camp 6 0 General Medical Illness -
2010-07-26 2010-07-28 DTD 2 2 General Medical Allergic Reaction -
2010-02-09 2010-03-18 Camp 37 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Drained Cyst 2010-02-09
2005-05-13 2005-08-13 60-DL 92 81 Right Elbow Strain Flexor Pronator Mass -
2004-03-24 2004-10-04 60-DL 194 162 Right Elbow Surgery Ulnar Nerve Transposition 2004-03-23
2003-07-31 2003-09-01 TradedDL 32 30 Right Elbow Recovery From Sprain Partial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear and Flexor Mass Strain - -
2003-07-24 2003-07-31 15-DL 7 7 Right Elbow Sprain Partial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear and Flexor Pronator Fraying -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 ANA $
2013 NYN $750,000
2012 HOU $5,500,000
2011 HOU $5,250,000
2010 HOU $4,250,000
2009 DET $4,250,000
2008 ARI $3,125,000
2007 ARI $1,500,000
2006 ARI $830,000
2005 ARI $330,000
2004 HOU $330,000
2003 BOS $309,500
2002 TOR $221,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$26,645,500
12 yrTotal$26,645,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 71 dBarry Meister1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 2/11/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors.
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2013). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 2/8/13. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 40, 45, 50, 55 games. $0.125M each for 60, 65 games. $50,000 each for 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 games finished. Roster bonuses: $0.1M each for 1, 30, 60, 90 days on Major League roster. $0.125M each for 120, 150 days. DFA by NY Mets 7/5/13. Released 7/9/13. Signed by Boston as a free agent 7/19/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Boston 8/1/13 after exercising opt-out clause.
  • 3 years/$15M (2010-12). Signed by Houston as a free agent 12/11/09. 10:$4.25M, 11:$5.25M, 12:$5.5M. Acquired by Toronto in trade from Houston 7/20/12.
  • 1 year/$4.25M (2009). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 1/23/09. Performance bonuses (deferred without interest until 3/2011): $50,000 for 30 GF. $75,000 each for 35, 40 GF. $0.1M each for 45, 50, 55 GF. Award bonuses.
  • 1 year/$3.125M (2008). Re-signed by Arizona 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2007). Re-signed by Arizona 1/07 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.83M (2006). Re-signed by Arizona 1/06 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.33M (2005). Re-signed by Arizona 1/05. $0.17M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.33M (2004). Signed by Arizona.
  • 1 year/$0.3095M (2003). Re-signed 3/03. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from Boston 7/22/03. Acquired by Boston in trade from Pittsburgh 7/31/03. Acquired by Arizona in trade from Boston 11/03 (Curt Schilling deal).
  • 1 year (2002). Claimed by Boston off waivers from Toronto 10/02.
  • 1 year (2001). Contract purchased by Toronto 8/01.
  • Drafted by Toronto 1999 (14-433) (Dixie State College, Utah).

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 3.1 1.4 1.1 57 0 54.2 44 15 41 4 .254 1.09 2.76 3 11.2 1.1
80o 2.7 1.2 1 51 0 48.4 42 15 36 4 .268 1.18 3.12 3.39 7.7 0.8
70o 2.5 1 0.9 46 0 44.2 41 14 33 4 .279 1.24 3.38 3.67 5.5 0.6
60o 2.2 0.9 0.8 43 0 40.8 39 14 30 3 .288 1.30 3.60 3.92 3.8 0.4
50o 2 0.8 0.7 40 0 37.7 38 13 28 3 .296 1.35 3.82 4.15 2.5 0.3
40o 1.8 0.7 0.6 36 0 34.6 36 13 26 3 .305 1.41 4.04 4.39 1.3 0.1
30o 1.7 0.6 0.5 33 0 31.4 34 12 23 3 .314 1.47 4.27 4.65 0.2 0.0
20o 1.4 0.5 0.5 29 0 27.8 32 11 21 3 .324 1.54 4.55 4.95 -0.8 -0.1
10o 1.2 0.4 0.3 24 0 22.9 28 10 17 2 .339 1.65 4.95 5.38 -1.8 -0.2
Weighted Mean20.80.739037.03713283.2941.343.794.122.60.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
14% 26% 31% 12% 81%

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
20153531157054531942544.2891.343.844.188.93.27.00.80.5
20163621139037411527544.3091.504.815.239.93.66.51.2-0.1
20173721139037411325344.3071.454.214.589.93.16.00.70.2
20183821140038411427444.3051.434.344.729.63.36.30.90.1
20193921138036401325444.3121.494.564.9510.13.36.31.00.0
20204021135034381223444.3121.494.735.1410.23.26.11.1-0.1
20214121135033371221444.3101.484.695.1010.13.35.71.1-0.1
20224221032030351119444.3121.534.885.3010.53.35.71.2-0.1
20234310027026301016344.3161.565.005.4310.53.55.61.1-0.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
9.57.1152.9625.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 Dave Smith 1989 3.10
2 93 Matt Guerrier 2013 4.64
3 92 Ramon Hernandez 1975 2.95 DNP
4 88 Ray King 2008 5.68
5 88 Scott Downs 2010 2.79
6 87 Jason Frasor 2012 4.12
7 87 Hideki Okajima 2010 4.70
8 87 George Sherrill 2011 3.00
9 86 Kevin Gregg 2012 5.36
10 86 LaTroy Hawkins 2007 3.58
11 86 Jim Konstanty 1951 3.88
12 85 Steve Reed 1999 4.82
13 85 Jeff Shaw 2001 3.86
14 85 Jason Isringhausen 2007 2.89
15 85 Mike Timlin 2000 4.59
16 84 Aaron Fultz 2008 0.00 DNP
17 84 Grant Jackson 1977 4.25
18 84 Dennys Reyes 2011 10.80
19 84 Bob Howry 2008 5.60
20 84 Scott Schoeneweis 2008 3.65
21 83 Mike Jackson 1999 4.19
22 83 Danys Baez 2012 0.00 DNP
23 83 Mike Lincoln 2009 8.22
24 83 Pedro Feliciano 2011 0.00 DNP
25 83 Scot Shields 2010 6.07
26 83 Stu Miller 1962 4.79 DNP
27 82 Jim Mecir 2004 3.97
28 82 Jon Rauch 2013 7.56
29 82 Mike Maddux 1996 5.18
30 81 Ricardo Rincon 2004 4.70
31 81 Javier Lopez 2012 3.25
32 81 Mike Adams 2013 3.96
33 81 Mike Marshall 1977 5.40
34 81 Tom Gordon 2002 4.01
35 81 J.C. Romero 2010 4.42
36 81 Bill Landrum 1992 7.20
37 80 Jose Mesa 2000 5.24
38 80 Bob Wickman 2003 0.00 DNP
39 80 Chad Qualls 2013 2.61
40 80 Rich Gossage 1986 5.01
41 80 Roberto Hernandez 1999 3.31
42 80 David Riske 2011 0.00 DNP
43 80 Brian Fuentes 2010 3.19
44 80 Joaquin Benoit 2012 3.93
45 80 Guillermo Mota 2008 4.42
46 80 J.J. Putz 2011 2.33
47 80 Matt Thornton 2011 4.98
48 79 Joe Beimel 2011 6.04
49 79 Mark Eichhorn 1995 0.00 DNP
50 79 Jay Howell 1990 2.32
51 79 Jose Valverde 2012 4.43
52 79 Mike Henneman 1996 6.00
53 79 Chad Durbin 2012 3.69
54 79 Peter Moylan 2013 6.46
55 79 Hoyt Wilhelm 1957 4.45
56 79 Justin Speier 2008 5.56
57 79 Braden Looper 2009 5.69
58 79 Ben Weber 2004 9.67
59 78 Steve Kline 2007 4.89
60 78 Fernando Rodney 2011 5.06
61 78 Julian Tavarez 2007 5.95
62 78 Damaso Marte 2009 9.45
63 78 Dan Quisenberry 1987 3.12
64 78 Bruce Ruffin 1998 0.00 DNP
65 77 Sparky Lyle 1979 3.51
66 77 Kent Tekulve 1981 2.77
67 77 Anthony Telford 2000 4.48
68 77 Armando Benitez 2007 6.44
69 77 Doug Jones 1991 5.97
70 77 Geoff Geary 2011 0.00 DNP
71 77 Mariano Rivera 2004 1.94
72 77 Heath Bell 2012 5.37
73 76 Luis Ayala 2012 3.36
74 76 Matt Herges 2004 6.20
75 76 Kerry Wood 2011 4.24
76 76 Hank Aguirre 1965 3.84
77 76 Paul Quantrill 2003 2.21
78 75 Andy McGaffigan 1991 5.62
79 75 Ron Taylor 1972 12.60
80 75 Keith Foulke 2007 0.00 DNP
81 75 Willie Hernandez 1989 6.03
82 75 Jeff Montgomery 1996 4.41
83 75 Francisco Cordero 2009 2.83
84 75 Jeff Russell 1996 3.54
85 75 Harry Dorish 1956 4.25
86 75 Tony Castillo 1997 6.93
87 75 Clay Condrey 2010 0.00 DNP
88 74 Mike Magnante 1999 3.89
89 74 Mike Myers 2003 5.70
90 74 Phil Regan 1971 4.54
91 74 Ken Forsch 1981 3.18
92 74 Felix Rodriguez 2007 0.00 DNP
93 74 Tug McGraw 1979 5.92
94 74 Joe Nathan 2009 2.10
95 74 Tyler Walker 2010 4.08
96 74 Doug Brocail 2001 0.00 DNP
97 74 D.J. Carrasco 2011 6.39
98 73 Jim Palmer 1980 4.34
99 73 B.J. Ryan 2010 0.00 DNP
100 73 Paul Lindblad 1976 4.00

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .257 .356 .377 .261
11 vs R (Multi) .294 .335 .441 .278
18 Split (Multi) -.037 .021 -.065 -.017
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .271 .357 .354 .250
31 vs R (2013) .353 .391 .553 .341
38 Split (2013) -.082 -.034 -.199 -.092
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 A good if not great reliever, Lyon gets a bit of a bum rap because he was on the receiving end of Ed Wade’s silly three-year contract offer. Even if it was a bad contract the moment crayon met paper, it’s hard to blame Lyon for that. To his credit, he pitched well as an Astro when he was healthy, a four-word disclaimer that conveniently leaves out the 2011 season, when a tear in his labrum and a detached biceps tendon made pitching difficult and pitching well impossible. He bounced back last season, although the surgery took a couple of ticks off his fastball. A free agent, he’ll find a one-year landing spot for his 50 perfectly adequate innings somewhere.
2012 Whatever criticisms people may have of Lyon—mostly about how overpaid he is—it would be difficult to question his toughness, as he tried to pitch through a torn labrum and detached biceps tendon in 2011. Based on FIP, he's had two seasons where he's pitched like a back-end bullpen guy so far in his career. It seems far fetched to assume 2012 will be the third time, as it usually takes time for a pitcher to get back into the groove after major surgery.
2011 Lyon stepped into the closer's role at the beginning of August when Matt Lindstrom went on the disabled list with a back strain, and filled in quite capably. Lyon is the rare late-game reliever who throws four pitches, and has started to rely more on a hard slider as he has aged. The pitch averaged 89 mph last season, and he mixes it with a 92-mph fastball, a curveball, and an occasional changeup. Beyond the slider, Lyon's stuff is ordinary, but he will brush hitters back and effectively use both sides of the plate. Entering the second year of his bloated three-year, $15 million deal, Lyon is poised to keep the closer's job, though he and Lindstrom will duke it out in spring training.
2010 Pre-season publications were torn trying to choose between advocating Rodney or Lyon for the closer's role, with some kind of time-share being widely expected; after giving up five homers and 12 runs in 12 spring innings and three runs to blow a save in his first real outing, Leyland had seen enough to play Decider, and Lyon never got another real chance to finish games. He threw his slider a lot more often than he has in the past, at the expense of his fastball. That can explain the bounces in both walk rate (up, bad) and BABIP (down, good), and also why it took him until June to get going. Signed by Houston to a three-year, $15 million deal, he's a good bet to fall backwards in 2010; note his BABIP, which is going to spring forward like a lion pouncing on a wounded gazelle—and the gazelle's name is "Brandon."
2009 Somebody somewhere is going to do something very stupid this winter and give Brandon Lyon a big chunk of change because of those 26 saves. They're going to ignore the 4.78 ERA and the .301 opponent's batting average for the double-digit number in the saves column while saying to themselves, "Now, there's a proven guy who can help us." And they're going to get what they deserve.
2008 He's not the classic set-up man who either throws almost as hard as the closer, or is polishing his craft as the closer-in-waiting. Instead, Lyon merely pitches exceptionally well from the stretch and doesn't bat an eye with runners on base. It makes for an unusual eighth-inning hero, and despite our low expectations, he put up his best year yet in 2007. Two years ago, nobody would have rated Lyon over Scott Linebrink, but it was the former, not the latter who finished in major league's top ten in WXRL in 2007. Such is the nature of the frequent turnover within the ranks of the game's top relievers.
2007 Surprisingly, Lyon was one of the better Diamondback relievers in 2006 seeing as he was a question mark heading into the season after battling elbow trouble the year before. He managed to cut his walk rate to an exceptional 1.8 per nine (translated). A strikeout rate that hovers near league average isn`t a huge deal if it`s joined by a low walk rate and/or a good defense. Arizona`s defense is improving, so as long as Lyon keeps his walk rate low, his strikeout rate can still play.
2006 Headed for Tommy John surgery after a few years of elbow trouble. Guys with high strikeout totals and high walk totals are everywhere in this system, so he`s not guaranteed a job if or when he returns at full strength. "At full strength" is relative, anyway, given his injury problems.
2005 His 15 minutes of fame in Toronto have long since faded. He's now one of the Quadruple-A guys, hoping for the opportunity to show his stuff and make a big league squad. His task isn't going to be made easier by his mysterious elbow injury, which has already caused him to be pulled out of one trade. His stuff is pedestrian; he's going to need a serious break to return to the possibility sets of major league GMs.
2003 Maybe the only thing as surprising as Lyon’s meteoric rise through the system is that he left almost as quickly as he arrived. He was removed from the 40-man roster just 14 months after his Blue Jay debut and claimed by Boston. Lyon has decent command of hittable stuff, but nothing resembling an out pitch, and gets pasted the second time through an order. Though only 23 years old, he might not see the major leagues again.
2002 No pitcher in team history ever reached the majors faster than Brandon Lyon. A 14th-round pick in 2000, Lyon was in Toronto 13 months after his professional debut, bettering Dave Stieb’s mark by a month. Although Lyon’s stuff will never be confused with Stieb’s overpowering collection, he throws four pitches for strikes and has tremendous poise. After walking just 25 batters in 187 minor-league innings, Lyon sustained his control in Toronto, issuing but 15 free passes in 63 innings. He is penciled in as the fourth starter; note that more than half of his MLB innings last year came against league bantamweights Baltimore and Detroit.

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2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Given the volatility of the closers role in baseball, are there a few players you feel may emerge as dark horses during season or maybe even during upcoming spring training? I have seen the cubs fujikawa and a few names in Houston thrown around. Any others you feel may become somewhat relevant or just like in general granted some current closers fail? Thanks Jason!
(joe from CA)
Gregerson, Rex Brothers, Brandon Lyon, Jim Henderson, Al Alburquerquequequque (Jason Collette)
2011-06-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just recently made a trade in one of my fantasy leagues. I get Mark Melancon and Brandon Lyon, but I give up Rick Porcello. I plan to have Melancon and Lyon replace Matt Guerrier and Phil Coke, and I will replace Porcello with James McDonald. Thoughts?
(Big Bob from Cleveland)
My first thought is that the Yankees might like to have Melancon right about now. Sounds like a plan to me, though I know the fantasy cognoscenti always say it's easy to find saves. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the answer. Bad contracts for Dombrowski? Dontrelle Willis 3-yr/$29M. Nate Robertson 3-yr/$21M. Jeremy Bonderman 4-yr/$38M (I did favor that deal though at the time). Pudge R a $13M option picked up for no apparent reason. Guillen as you noted. He had some real clunkers. I like the guy on the whole...but he created some of the problems they face currently...it wasn't all bad luck.
(lemppi from Ankeny, IA)
Yes, those were questionable, except for Bonderman. I would still argue that overall he deserves a solid grade. I'll say something else in his favor: he hasn't blown any money on Chan-Ho Park, or players like Chan Ho. He signed Brandon Lyon for one year, then let Ed Wade sign him for three. Now, the bullpen has been a weakness for the Tigers at times, so you can argue about this, but I would say it's better to stay cheap than to take blind shots in the dark. (Steven Goldman)
2009-12-29 15:00:00 (link to chat)Pursuant to Carlos's question about Matthews, I would like to know if you think any deal from this year is just that headscratching bad. I mean, few are as terrible as Matthews's deal was, but does anything come close?
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
Brandon Lyon, just because of the silliness of giving a middle reliever a three-year deal. Fernando Rodney,just because of the silliness of giving a Fernando Rodney a two-year deal. Garret Atkins, because the Orioles already had a fat, slow, pseudo-corner-guy with a huge platoon split who hits into lots of DPs. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the Reds were shopping Cordero, how much salary would they need to pick up to receive anything of value in return? It seems like he'd be a great fit in either bullpen in NY -- or possibly Philly.
(Rick from Chicago)
Think of it this way - if Brandon Lyon, who has similar skills, could be had for $4.25 mil or so without costing major league talent in a trade, then the Reds would likely have to eat $8-9 mil to make a deal like that worthwhile. Of course, if Lyon-esque relievers are snagged and a desperate team needs bullpen help the Reds could always offer to pay 1/3 of his salary and get away with it. But the Phillies, currently paying Brad Lidge $12 mil/yr, are not likely to acquire another high-priced relief arm. And the Yankees have a great pen without much need for Cordero. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-07 14:30:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay .... thanks for the chat! Do you think the Tigers have their own version of the "Joba Rules" for Verlander and Porcello, and that's why we didn't see Verlander for an inning late in last night's "all hands on deck" game?
(dianagramr from NYC)
I don't think so, but I do think that Jim Leyland did a lousy job of managing his pitching staff last night. Then again, when all you've got is one errant pitch from Brandon Lyon or Fernando Rodney standing between you and the offseason, then some of the blame also falls on the GM for not getting you the right parts.

Having said that, I think the Tigers have done a fantastic job of handling Verlander and Porcello, getting a greater number of useful innings out of both at young ages without injury than, say, the Yankees have out of their blue chip youngsters. On the other hand, Jeremy Bonderman is something of a cautionary tale from the same organization. Sometimes they just get hurt.

Verlander's beyond the "Injury Nexus" window, so the "rules" don't apply to him in the same way they apply to an under-23 pitcher. Bringing him into last night's game is something Leyland might have considered, but remember, the kid's thrown over 500 pitches over his last four starts, and may not have a lot of gas in the tank coming back under such circumstances. (Jay Jaffe)


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Brandon Lyon has thrown 5,616 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Curve (76mph), also mixing in a Cutter (86mph), Sinker (88mph), Fourseam Fastball (89mph) and Change (84mph).