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Birth Date7-7-1983
Height6' 7"
Weight200 lbs
Age31 years, 2 months, 9 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2.72011
1.32012
0.42013
2.42014
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WARP Summary

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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
2005 CHA 21 12 10 67.0 58.3 8.7 3 2 0 0 5 0 277 62 30 30 13 116 17 17 2 48 4.03 4.99 5.69 2.7 0.2
2006 CHA 22 53 2 84.7 9.3 75.3 4 7 0 2 0 0 354 77 44 44 17 141 33 24 0 69 4.68 5.34 5.24 12.0 1.3
2007 TEX 23 23 22 101.7 99.7 2.0 5 10 0 0 9 0 459 111 62 55 9 171 48 48 3 59 4.87 4.81 5.26 9.2 0.8
2008 TEX 24 5 5 22.0 22.0 0.0 1 1 0 0 2 0 93 20 11 10 3 35 8 8 1 10 4.09 5.25 6.28 0.7 0.1
2009 TEX 25 17 17 97.3 97.3 0.0 7 4 0 0 7 1 420 96 55 50 13 157 36 36 3 65 4.62 4.75 5.34 7.8 0.8
2011 OAK 27 25 25 170.7 170.7 0.0 9 9 0 0 16 2 690 168 73 63 11 246 25 24 0 123 3.32 2.90 3.60 25.1 2.7
2012 OAK 28 18 18 111.0 111.0 0.0 8 6 0 0 13 1 469 115 44 40 10 169 24 22 6 73 3.24 3.71 3.98 12.0 1.3
2013 ARI 29 22 22 135.0 135.0 0.0 5 11 0 0 10 1 577 161 71 68 13 235 21 18 5 76 4.53 3.72 4.35 5.1 0.4
2014 ARI 30 18 18 109.7 109.7 0.0 3 10 0 0 7 2 466 131 65 61 15 206 20 16 2 93 5.01 3.78 4.51 6.7 0.6
2014 NYA 30 12 12 78.0 78.0 0.0 6 4 0 0 8 1 318 76 28 22 6 111 12 12 1 70 2.54 2.85 3.40 14.3 1.6
Career205151977.0891.086.0516402778412310174834431101587244225236864.083.994.5195.69.6

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2003 GRF Rk 16 15 101.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .356 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 KAN A 15 15 94.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 WNS A+ 8 8 52.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .230 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BIR AA 4 4 26.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHA MLB 12 10 67.0 5.69 86 .251 .273 .332 .435 .265 .249 105 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.2
2005 CHR AAA 20 19 119.3 4.28 119 .220 .275 .343 .437 .257 .298 108 20.6 1.9 20.6 1.9
2006 CHA MLB 53 2 84.7 5.24 106 .239 .275 .337 .438 .259 .255 112 11.6 1.1 12.0 1.3
2007 TEX MLB 23 22 101.7 5.26 94 .277 .269 .335 .425 .266 .300 101 9.0 0.9 9.2 0.8
2007 OKL AAA 1 1 4.3 1.79 162 .147 .282 .336 .432 .265 .300 97 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2008 TEX MLB 5 5 22.0 6.28 87 .240 .273 .341 .426 .266 .239 118 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2008 OKL AAA 5 5 26.7 4.75 117 .196 .275 .341 .439 .255 .253 114 6.1 0.6 6.1 0.6
2008 RNG Rk 2 2 5.0 3.45 137 .275 .259 .339 .381 .265 .467 113 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2009 TEX MLB 17 17 97.3 5.34 95 .258 .264 .331 .417 .259 .274 105 7.9 0.8 7.8 0.8
2009 OKL AAA 5 5 21.7 3.17 119 .244 .267 .330 .417 .273 .317 84 4.9 0.5 4.9 0.5
2010 OKL AAA 11 9 56.3 4.57 113 .226 .279 .347 .431 .261 .271 105 12.9 1.2 12.9 1.2
2010 azu Wnt 4 4 23.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .244 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 OAK MLB 25 25 170.7 3.60 117 .242 .259 .321 .407 .261 .296 97 25.1 2.7 25.1 2.7
2011 STO A+ 2 2 10.0 2.34 151 .158 .269 .335 .400 .268 .250 94 4.1 0.4 4.1 0.4
2012 OAK MLB 18 18 111.0 3.98 106 .261 .259 .318 .408 .261 .295 95 12.0 1.3 12.0 1.3
2012 SAC AAA 2 2 9.7 5.04 99 .197 .271 .347 .404 .263 .333 101 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2013 ARI MLB 22 22 135.0 4.35 95 .267 .254 .310 .389 .254 .320 103 7.0 0.8 5.1 0.4
2013 RNO AAA 2 2 10.3 7.58 69 .315 .287 .358 .439 .275 .325 121 -0.6 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2014 ARI MLB 18 18 109.7 4.51 92 .277 .241 .298 .371 .254 .345 103 6.0 0.7 6.7 0.6
2014 NYA MLB 12 12 78.0 3.40 121 .236 .257 .319 .402 .263 .306 103 14.3 1.6 14.3 1.6

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
2003 GRF Rk 9 4 0 16 15 101.0 105 15 125 7 0% .356 9.4 1.3 0.6 11.1 1.19 3.65 0.0 0.0
2004 BIR AA 3 1 0 4 4 26.0 23 6 29 2 0% .309 8.0 2.1 0.7 10.0 1.12 3.46 0.0 0.0
2004 WNS A+ 6 0 0 8 8 52.0 31 3 60 3 0% .230 5.4 0.5 0.5 10.4 0.65 2.08 0.0 0.0
2004 KAN A 8 5 0 15 15 94.0 80 21 113 10 0% .312 7.7 2.0 1.0 10.8 1.07 3.64 0.0 0.0
2005 CHR AAA 7 7 0 20 19 119.3 104 32 130 16 40% .298 7.8 2.4 1.2 9.8 1.14 3.92 20.6 1.9
2005 CHA MLB 3 2 0 12 10 67.0 62 17 48 13 37% .249 8.3 2.3 1.7 6.4 1.18 4.03 2.7 0.2
2006 CHA MLB 4 7 0 53 2 84.7 77 33 69 17 39% .255 8.2 3.5 1.8 7.3 1.30 4.68 12.0 1.3
2007 OKL AAA 0 0 0 1 1 4.3 3 0 6 0 10% .300 6.3 0.0 0.0 12.6 0.70 0.00 2.2 0.2
2007 TEX MLB 5 10 0 23 22 101.7 111 48 59 9 38% .300 9.8 4.2 0.8 5.2 1.56 4.87 9.2 0.8
2008 OKL AAA 1 1 0 5 5 26.7 21 8 23 2 52% .253 7.1 2.7 0.7 7.8 1.09 3.37 6.1 0.6
2008 TEX MLB 1 1 0 5 5 22.0 20 8 10 3 27% .239 8.2 3.3 1.2 4.1 1.27 4.09 0.7 0.1
2008 RNG Rk 0 0 0 2 2 5.0 7 1 5 0 53% .467 12.6 1.8 0.0 9.0 1.60 3.60 2.1 0.2
2009 TEX MLB 7 4 0 17 17 97.3 96 36 65 13 40% .274 8.9 3.3 1.2 6.0 1.36 4.62 7.8 0.8
2009 OKL AAA 0 1 0 5 5 21.7 20 9 22 1 46% .317 8.3 3.7 0.4 9.1 1.34 4.15 4.9 0.5
2010 OKL AAA 4 2 0 11 9 56.3 51 11 44 8 52% .271 8.2 1.8 1.3 7.0 1.10 3.36 12.9 1.2
2010 azu Wnt 2 0 0 4 4 23.0 20 3 11 1 0% .244 7.8 1.2 0.4 4.3 1.00 1.96 0.0 0.0
2011 OAK MLB 9 9 0 25 25 170.7 168 25 123 11 48% .296 8.9 1.3 0.6 6.5 1.13 3.32 25.1 2.7
2011 STO A+ 1 0 0 2 2 10.0 7 0 8 0 57% .250 6.3 0.0 0.0 7.2 0.70 0.00 4.1 0.4
2012 OAK MLB 8 6 0 18 18 111.0 115 24 73 10 43% .295 9.3 1.9 0.8 5.9 1.25 3.24 12.0 1.3
2012 SAC AAA 0 1 0 2 2 9.7 9 3 11 1 56% .333 8.4 2.8 0.9 10.2 1.24 5.59 1.8 0.2
2013 RNO AAA 0 0 0 2 2 10.3 15 3 4 2 55% .325 13.1 2.6 1.7 3.5 1.74 6.97 -1.0 -0.1
2013 ARI MLB 5 11 0 22 22 135.0 161 21 76 13 51% .320 10.7 1.4 0.9 5.1 1.35 4.53 5.1 0.4
2014 NYA MLB 6 4 0 12 12 78.0 76 12 70 6 49% .306 8.8 1.4 0.7 8.1 1.13 2.54 14.3 1.6
2014 ARI MLB 3 10 0 18 18 109.7 131 20 93 15 56% .345 10.8 1.6 1.2 7.6 1.38 5.01 6.7 0.6

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 376 0.5053 0.4388 0.8424 0.5842 0.2903 0.8649 0.7963 0.1576
2009 1567 0.5507 0.4314 0.8462 0.5724 0.2585 0.9109 0.6703 0.1524
2011 2494 0.6051 0.5026 0.8439 0.6289 0.3046 0.8894 0.7000 0.1553
2012 1568 0.5695 0.4485 0.8359 0.5745 0.2785 0.8928 0.6809 0.1626
2013 1999 0.5593 0.5055 0.8792 0.6288 0.3485 0.9246 0.7752 0.1178
2014 2848 0.5298 0.5090 0.8224 0.6395 0.3600 0.8943 0.6784 0.1755
Career108520.56040.48450.84390.61410.31630.89990.70450.1544

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-05-31 2013-08-02 15-DL 63 55 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2012-09-06 2012-10-12 DTD 36 26 - Head Surgery Skull Fracture and Epidural Hematoma 2012-09-05 -
2012-06-20 2012-08-10 15-DL 51 43 Right Shoulder Strain -
2012-06-08 2012-06-19 DTD 11 9 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2012-05-18 2012-06-02 15-DL 15 13 Right Shoulder Strain - -
2012-05-03 2012-05-12 DTD 9 7 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2012-03-21 2012-03-28 Camp 7 0 Left Fingers Laceration Torn Fingernail - -
2011-08-12 2011-08-12 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Contusion Batted Ball - -
2011-05-19 2011-07-03 15-DL 45 41 Right Shoulder Stress Fracture Scapula -
2010-07-29 2010-11-01 60-DL 95 61 Right Shoulder Recovery From Stress Fracture Scapula -
2010-06-20 2010-07-29 Minors 39 0 Right Shoulder Stress Fracture Scapula -
2010-06-11 2010-06-19 Minors 8 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2010-04-26 2010-06-03 Minors 38 0 Right Shoulder Stress Fracture Scapula -
2009-06-05 2009-09-01 60-DL 88 77 Right Shoulder Stress Fracture Scapula -
2009-03-01 2009-03-12 Camp 11 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2008-09-16 2008-09-29 DTD 13 11 Right Fingers Strain Flexor Tendon Middle Finger -
2008-03-30 2008-08-07 60-DL 130 115 Right Forearm Inflammation -
2008-03-03 2008-03-30 Camp 27 0 Right Forearm Tightness -
2008-02-26 2008-03-07 Camp 10 0 Right Elbow Soreness -
2007-09-21 2007-10-01 DTD 10 9 Right Forearm Tightness -
2007-08-11 2007-09-11 15-DL 31 27 Right Shoulder Stress Fracture Scapula -
2007-06-10 2007-07-02 15-DL 22 19 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger -
2007-05-26 2007-06-09 DTD 14 13 Right Fingers Blister Middle Finger -
2006-06-16 2006-06-16 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Contusion Batted Ball -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 ARI $10,250,000
2013 ARI $5,250,000
2012 OAK $4,275,000
2011 OAK $1,000,000
2009 TEX $650,000
2008 TEX $404,810
2007 TEX $396,068
2006 CHA $332,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$12,307,878
2011Current$10,250,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$22,557,878
8 yrTotal$22,557,878

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 122 dLSW Baseball2 years/$15.5M (2013-14)

Details
  • 2 years/$15.5M (2013-14). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 12/7/12. $2.5M signing bonus. 13:$4M, 14:$9M. Assignment bonus of $1M if traded. Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Arizona 7/6/14. (Diamondbacks pay $2.05M of remaining salary. Yankees pay $1M assignment bonus.)
  • 1 year/$4.275M (2012). Re-signed by Oakland 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1M (2011). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 12/13/10.
  • 1 year/$1.3M (2010). Re-signed by Texas 1/15/10 (avoided arbitration). Sent outright to Triple-A by Texas 11/5/10 (refused assignment).
  • 1 year/$0.65M (2009). Re-signed by Texas 1/15/09 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$404,760 (2008). Re-signed by Texas 2/25/08.
  • 1 year/$396,068 (2007). Acquired by Texas in trade from White Sox 12/06. Signed by Texas 2/07.
  • 1 year/$0.332M (2006). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 2/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased by Chicago White Sox 5/05.
  • Drafted by Chicago White Sox 2002 (17-510) (Cheyenne Mountain HS, Colorado Springs, Colo.). $40,000 signing bonus.

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SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .279 .315 .409 .263
11 vs R (Multi) .285 .317 .419 .257
18 Split (Multi) -.006 -.002 -.010 .006
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .283 .313 .403 .252
31 vs R (2013) .310 .343 .464 .275
38 Split (2013) -.028 -.030 -.061 -.022
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Brandon McCarthy going to keep pitching well down the stretch?
(Alex from Anaheim)
He should keep pitching well but this level of performance is still sustainable. Why the Diamondbacks wouldn't let him use his four-seam fastball and cutter are beyond me, but McCarthy has thrived with those pitches back in his arsenal. The potential was always there, so I could see him putting up a 3.50 ERA or so with the stuff he has, even in the AL East. (Mike Gianella)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Bret - can you talk a bit about Brandon McCarthy? Velocity is up, looks to be for real - what do you think?
(adfeit from BK)
I think the velocity is very encouraging in the short-term and I like him a lot for the rest of this season. With that said, I'm very nervous about the velo spike and what it could lead to. McCarthy isn't exactly a guy who has been known for staying healthy anyway. (Bret Sayre)
2014-04-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)In light of Arizona's starting pitching woes, when do you expect a Archie Bradley callup?
(dmaybee from Lynchburg)
Yesterday? I mean, six walks in 16 innings isn't ideal, but it won't kill you either, and right now, according to MLB Depth Charts, the D-backs 'ace' is Brandon McCarthy. McCarthy is a nice pitcher, and he's killer on twitter, but he's not who I want at the front of the rotation, and I'm not saying that just because he doesn't follow me on twitter (seriously, Brandon, what that..?) It's early in the year so maybe AZ is trying to ride through the injury storm without throwing their top prospect into the middle of it, and that's reasonable. But if they're trying to win now, and their moves say they are, Bradley would seem like the best possible solution. (Matthew Kory)
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Among the pitchers showing early losses/gains in velocity, it seems like the media has pounced on Jonathan Papelbon even though the numbers show him to be throwing the same (mediocre) stuff as last year. Any other pitcher who you predict could have significant changes in effectiveness based on velocity alone? Too early to worry about Stephen Strasburg missing 1.5 MPH? Will Brandon McCarthy's uptick help him longterm?
(Scott from LA)
Totally agree on Paps. His key is FB command, and 3 innings is not enough to judge where he's at there.

Stras is somewhat worrisome because it comes paired with a weaker mechanical foundation than in the past. Low velo's are common in April, and I was very encouraged by the overall jump in velo in his last start compared to his outing on Opening Day (nearly +2 mph). It's too early to jump off the bridge, but there is some mechanical basis to calm our previously-held enthusiasm.

McCarthy's uptick is encouraging, though more kinetic energy in the system could be a double-edged sword for a player whose scapula doesn't hold under the rigors of pitching, so the question of "long term" is still wide open.

On the jukebox: Colin Hay, "Overkill" (Doug Thorburn)
2014-03-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Other than Brandon McCarthy, who seems to be the stock answer, do you have a favorite player (or parody account) to follow on Twitter?
(Tom from Eugene, OR.)
I don't spend a ton of time on Twitter (I just sort of make surgical strikes when I want to tweet something or respond to something someone tweeted at me), so I miss a lot. Glen Perkins (@glen_perkins) seems like a pretty good follow. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you name a non-ace or two in the NL whom you expect to be better in the second half?
(Jason from Not leaving yet)
Better meaning they've pitched and failed. Lance Lynn, Jeff Samardzija, Homer Bailey, Edwin Jackson, Dillon Gee (already surging), Brandon McCarthy & Ryan Vogelsong when healthy, and keep an eye on Tom Koehler who is throwing tonight. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)So I've got both Weaver and Halladay. That's a bummer man. With Weaver going on the DL who would you pick up between Fister and B. McCarthy? 10 Team Mixed, 5x5 adding in CG, and QS.
(Eric from Costa Rica)
Hi Eric:

That is a bummer. Of the two I'd pick up Doug Fister. Brandon McCarthy has struggled, and while I generally recommend NL pitchers over AL pitchers, Fister is in a better park and is more likely to get you quality starts than McCarthy. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)5x5 roto dyanasty league. Recent trade was Fielder/Cashner/Jose Castillo for Cano and Brandon McCarthy. Which side wins?
(Jim from Timbuktoo)
Jose Castillo the former Pirate? Last played in the big leagues in 2008, now in the Mexican League? The Cano side wins. If Castillo is actually somebody I'm not thinking of who is valuable, then I'd reconsider. Maybe. (Sam Miller)
2013-02-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Daniel,"inverted W" is just a fancy way to say "M," right? Why is the former term used? It seems silly and a bit pretentious.
(GBSimons from Angers, Frances - at the moment)
Someone with scouting experience might have a better answer for this, but I believe that "inverted W" is used because it conveys the shape of the throwing arm more precisely. If you look at "inverted W" pitchers, in addition to being in the M-position, the arm is twisted around (such as in this photo of Brandon McCarthy: http://www.texasleaguers.com/storage/thumbnails/2927009-2374240-thumbnail.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1232084931852). Simply calling it an "M" leaves out a potentially critical component of the injury risk, if you believe that "inverted W" mechanics are problematic. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hello, I am in a 12-team, 8-man keeper league and have six of my keepers set but am having trouble determining my last two. They are all cheap pitchers and none are ideal but ... anyways, the choices are Brandon McCarthy ($6), Justin Masterson ($5), Randall Delgado ($2) and Glen Perkins ($1). What are your thoughts? Thanks
(Tony from Minneapolis)
I like Perkins the best. He's the cheapest and there is a chance he saves some games this year. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-12-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Lindbergh and miller talked about their favorite/least favorites moves on the podcast the other day. Your favorite/least favorite offseason move?
(Roberto from jury duty (fml))
Glad I could make jury duty go by a little faster, Roberto and I've got my own appearance to look forward to not long from now.

If we count extensions, I wasn't a fan of the Brandon League move for the Dodgers; if we limit this to free-agent signings, relative to some of the deals handed out since, the three-year, $25 million hitch the Royals gave Jeremy Guthrie seems a little out of place. Specifically, I liked the one-year, $6 million deal for Scott Feldman and the two-year, $15.5 million deal for Brandon McCarthy. And from a bullpen standpoint, one year and $4.25 million for Koji Uehara looks good.

To just choose two, I'll take League and Feldman. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Brewers really need to sign a starter this winter. If they can't afford a guy like Dempster or even a Brandon McCarthy, how do you think Francisco Liriano stacks up to the rest of the buy-low guys? Any idea what his contract might look like?
(SecondHandStore from Sheboygan, WI)
Liriano is an intriguing possibility on a short-term deal, SecondHandStore, but I'm growing increasingly skeptical of his ability to regain his 2010 form. I could see him attempting to rebuild value on a one-year contract for somewhere in the $5-8 million range, and the Brewers along with the Royals and Twins are possible destinations. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-05-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's the word on Brandon McCarthy's shoulder? Is he just one of those pitchers that can't stay healthy?
(Paul from Toronto)
I don't see any issues with McCarthy mechanically - he has a real legit delivery - but his checkered history suggests that his body may not be up to the rigors of throwing 92-mph spheres for a living

Now on the jukebox: Black Sabbath "Snowblind" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-05-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you sit on this trade Adam Dunn, Mark Trumbo, and Brandon McCarthy for Michael Cuddyer and Martin Prado?
(Jerome from T Hills)
I'll take the first side. (Paul Sporer)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat as I'm ready to get amped up for the 2012 season. Rotation Q's for a deeper league: Do Tyson Ross and Kris Medlen have chances of carving out rolls with those rotations currently influx?
(Bringon2012 from Kansas)
Absolutely not to Medlen. Hes good, but hell need to prove hes recovered from TJ, and the Braves just have soooooo many options merely vying for the fifth spot (Minor, Teheran, Delgado, Vizcaino, etc.), most of which are now younger and more talented than Medlen. Medlen's probably 10th on their SP depth chart. Not a bad problem to have for a team, but for a Medlen owner it is. Ross has a slightly higher a chance, but the As also brought in quite the haul of starter candidates this winter between Jarrod Parker, Brad Peacock, and Tom Milone, plus mainstays (while healthy) of Brett Anderson, Dallas Braden, Brandon McCarthy, and (to a lesser extent) Guillermo Moscoso. Then you have the usual Ross-esque fill-ins like Graham Godfrey and Josh Outman, so itll be tough. (Derek Carty)
2011-05-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)Am I going to be happy I've had Brian Matusz stashed on my roster all this time? There are folks like Dan Hudson and Brandon McCarthy lingering on our waiver wire.
(Yatchisin from Intercostal Clavicle)
I'd rather have Hudson right now since his worst stats are behind him (Jason Collette (note time))
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do the A's have the best rotation in baseball once you factor in the twittering capabilities of Brett Anderson, Brandon McCarthy, and Dallas Braden?
(Tom from Madison)
I would like to see the Phillies try to contend with the A's on Twitter. Roy Halladay's angry stares don't translate well into 140 character bursts, especially not up against Brandon McCarthy's sense of humor. (Marc Normandin)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like to round out the A's rotation out of Brandon McCarthy, Josh Outman, Tyson Ross, Bobby Cramer, and the forever-injured Rich Harden?
(Tom from Madison)
What, you mean in terms of finding a fifth ma to fight for the honor of being fifth starter? Ian Krol's a way's off yet. Pedro Figueroa's coming back from TJS and will start the season on the DL--that has to make him an honorary competitor, no? (Christina Kahrl)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)The A's just signed Grant Balfour and now are apparently targeting Brian Fuentes. All this on top of the signings of Rich Harden and Brandon McCarthy. Obviously a lot of injury risk, but do you see the A's looking to move one of their relievers in a package for another bat?
(Tom from Madison)
Someone is going to have to go somewhere if they keep doing this, but I'm just not sure who they are going to move. It was smart of them to wait until the market died down a little though. You know a reliever is going to get hurt in the spring or a team won't have as many quality options as they thought they did. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)When will the Rangers begin to admit their mistake and promote Derek Holland to replace Rich Harden in the rotation? Harden is a bullpen killer with his 4.1 inning outings.
(Kevin from Dallas)
Both Holland and Brandon McCarthy are carving up the PCL, giving Texas some options to change up the rotation. Harden (17 ip in 4 starts) and Feldman (7.50ish r/g) are the subpar candidates to date. Harden's history and stuff make him a strong candidate for the Kerry Wood treatment and a permanent shift to the bullpen. I doubt they would make such a move without a DL trip for Harden, , which would be the excuse for the transition. Shouldn't have to wait too long for that. (Clay Davenport)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you at all surprised that Texas decided on CJ Wilson in the rotation considering the other possibilities and leaving late inning duties to the oft-injured Frank Francisco, Netali Feliz who has never thrown in back-to-back games, and Darren Oliver coming off a career year at age 39?
(Jake from Chicago)
The Rangers have a ton of candidates for their rotation, many of which I wouldn't touch with a 10-foot clown pole (Brandon McCarthy and Matt Harrison come to mind). Because he's a lefty who can miss bats, Wilson is already much more interesting than those two, and worth taking a chance on. A for Feliz, his time will come, but he hasn't shown much in spring training (11.57 ERA), and he's not even 22 yet. I'm a bit more concerned about the Rangers' bullpen, but I do like Oliver, and think that perhaps some of those surplus arms can be useful down there. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)I read previously in this chat that Brandon Mccarthy among others was in the rotation next year when in reality Neftali Feliz and/or C.J. Wilson will be included in the Rangers rotation next year. Am I right or wrong? and won't this make their rotation at least on par with the other teams in the division? Thanks
(Tim Barta from Dallas, Texas)
They're considering Wilson, and we'll see if it takes; more often than not, they get explored, discussed, maybe even tried out in spring, and then they don't happen in the real season. They might have enough viable candidates that Feliz-as-reliever makes sense as well. The key to my way of thinking is as I said on Saturday is that they have eight plausible starting pitchers, McCarthy, Feliz, and Wilson among them. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Brandon McCarthy making any meaningful impact with Texas this year?
(Matt from WI)
No, and there's no reason to force the issue. Hopefully he shows up in February completely intact. (Joe Sheehan)
2006-03-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)It seems to me that PECOTA has difficulty predicting significant advances in pitchers' K/BB rates. Is there some other way to see Sheets-style jumps coming? For instance, some at BP are high on Brandon McCarthy, but Pecota seems to indicate "league average" for the forseeable future. How is this disconnect explained?
(jacksonreams from Washington, DC)
PECOTA is, by design, pretty conservative. The truth is that the average performance of a large group of players doesn't change tremendously from year to year -- the fluke seasons and true breakouts are balanced by the slumps and injury decimations. Add to that the injury risk factor built into PECOTA, and you see why from an "actuarial" standpoint, PECOTA is warranted in being conservative.

One tip for how I personallyuse the PECOTA cards (e.g. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/pecota/mccarbr01.php)
I find that there are too many percentile lines to really assess the range, so I break it mentally down into three categories:

High (25%) - 90th percentile
Medium (50%) - 50th percentile
Low (25%) - 10th percentile

When you look at McCarthy's upside as a 1-in-4 chance of around a 3.32 ERA in 173 inning, you start to see why the optimistic views exist. (Keith Woolner)


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Brandon McCarthy has thrown 12,014 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (94mph) and Curve (82mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Cutter (92mph). He also rarely throws a Change (88mph).