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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
6 1659 .269 .328 .395 .258 2.6
Birth Date4-5-1985
Height5' 11"
Weight210 lbs
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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
2006 NYN 21 56 185 166 14 40 7 2 4 63 12 39 5 1 1 22 1 2 .241 .310 .380 .239 -1.5 -1.8 -0.3
2007 NYN 22 59 206 184 27 50 9 1 7 82 13 42 7 1 1 29 3 2 .272 .341 .446 .269 6.9 0.8 0.8
2008 WAS 23 138 587 523 65 140 24 2 14 210 38 96 14 7 5 61 24 9 .268 .330 .402 .259 16.0 -4.0 1.2
2009 PIT 24 58 239 220 20 64 11 0 4 87 12 37 3 2 2 20 6 4 .291 .333 .395 .260 0.5 -0.9 -0.0
2009 WAS 24 7 26 24 1 4 0 0 0 4 1 10 1 0 0 1 1 0 .167 .231 .167 .145 -2.2 -0.3 -0.2
2010 PIT 25 113 412 379 38 105 21 3 4 144 28 62 3 0 2 34 5 3 .277 .332 .380 .264 12.4 0.1 1.3
2011 CHA 26 2 4 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .500 .269 -0.3 0.3 -0.0
Career43316591500166404738335921042873311111674020.269.328.395.25831.6-5.82.6

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
2003 KNG Rk 7 31 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .273 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CMB A 65 294 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .386 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SLU A+ 22 93 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .283 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SLU A+ 62 269 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .346 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BIN AA 48 214 .291 .256 .328 .398 .259 .424 108 5.3 4.6 0.3 -0.9 -1.2 8.4 0.8 8.4 0.8
2006 NYN MLB 56 185 .239 .268 .334 .439 .265 .290 92 -4.3 5.6 -1.6 -1.8 -0.1 -1.5 -0.3 -1.5 -0.3
2006 NOR AAA 84 367 .304 .256 .324 .388 .256 .333 88 15.3 9.5 -0.4 1.8 0.7 27.0 2.8 27.0 2.8
2007 NYN MLB 59 206 .269 .268 .332 .423 .260 .316 96 2 6.1 -1.2 0.8 0.7 6.9 0.8 6.9 0.8
2007 SLU A+ 1 5 .248 .329 .408 .531 .315 .250 107 -0.1 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2007 BIN AA 5 24 .485 .273 .333 .404 .271 .438 101 5.7 0.7 -0.2 0.3 0.3 5.6 0.6 5.6 0.6
2007 NWO AAA 11 43 .275 .264 .337 .409 .253 .462 104 0.7 1.3 -0.4 -1.2 0.7 2.1 0.1 2.1 0.1
2007 MTS Rk 2 9 .339 .263 .361 .360 .267 .200 102 0.3 0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2008 WAS MLB 138 587 .259 .264 .330 .413 .261 .300 95 -0.7 17.0 1.5 -4.0 -0.5 16.0 1.2 16.0 1.2
2008 COH AAA 3 13 .015 .243 .316 .385 .251 .111 85 -3.6 0.4 -0.1 0.3 0.0 -3.5 -0.3 -3.5 -0.3
2008 NAT Rk 2 4 .019 .252 .299 .324 .198 .000 108 -0.3 0.0 0 -0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2009 PIT MLB 58 239 .260 .254 .324 .401 .258 .331 97 0.1 6.9 -1.6 -0.9 -4.5 0.5 -0.0 0.5 -0.0
2009 WAS MLB 7 26 .145 .268 .334 .416 .264 .286 96 -3.2 0.7 0.1 -0.3 0.2 -2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2
2009 LYN A+ 3 13 .368 .252 .331 .364 .253 .143 104 1.5 0.4 -0.1 0.1 -0.6 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2009 IND AAA 17 74 .313 .264 .335 .405 .250 .392 103 4.1 2.1 -0.4 0.8 -0.7 7.0 0.8 7.0 0.8
2009 SYR AAA 22 83 .217 .264 .333 .407 .255 .317 107 -3.9 2.4 -0.3 0.9 0.8 -2.0 -0.1 -2.0 -0.1
2009 NAT Rk 3 8 .432 .241 .333 .336 .234 .000 95 1.5 0.2 0 -0.2 -0.1 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2009 PIR Rk 4 14 .369 .196 .253 .255 .201 .400 88 1.7 0.4 -0.1 0.5 -0.9 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2010 PIT MLB 113 412 .264 .255 .317 .399 .262 .323 94 1.5 11.4 -3.2 0.1 -1.4 12.4 1.3 12.4 1.3
2011 CHA MLB 2 4 .269 .301 .336 .459 .283 .333 109 0 0.1 0 0.3 0.0 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2011 CHR AAA 123 505 .268 .259 .326 .397 .252 .321 95 4.8 15.7 -6.9 1.0 -0.4 14.2 1.4 14.2 1.4
2011 ARA Wnt 36 159 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .355 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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
2003 KNG Rk 31 4 6 2 0 0 2 3 4 5 1 .231 .333 .308 .077 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SLU A+ 93 6 19 6 2 2 8 9 21 3 2 .235 .312 .432 .198 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CMB A 294 66 89 22 1 13 58 17 53 23 6 .340 .402 .580 .240 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SLU A+ 269 48 70 15 0 4 22 19 41 18 13 .302 .381 .418 .116 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BIN AA 214 33 65 17 0 4 24 14 47 11 5 .337 .390 .487 .150 .291 8.4 -0.9 0.8
2006 NYN MLB 185 14 40 7 2 4 22 12 39 1 2 .241 .310 .380 .139 .239 -1.5 -1.8 -0.3
2006 NOR AAA 367 52 85 21 4 7 36 43 67 13 10 .277 .389 .440 .163 .304 27.0 1.8 2.8
2007 SLU A+ 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .000 .248 -0.2 -0.1 -0.0
2007 NYN MLB 206 27 50 9 1 7 29 13 42 3 2 .272 .341 .446 .174 .269 6.9 0.8 0.8
2007 BIN AA 24 7 10 1 1 3 8 0 4 1 0 .435 .458 .957 .522 .485 5.6 0.3 0.6
2007 NWO AAA 43 9 13 1 0 1 5 2 12 5 0 .333 .381 .436 .103 .275 2.1 -1.2 0.1
2007 MTS Rk 9 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 .143 .333 .286 .143 .339 0.3 0.1 0.0
2008 COH AAA 13 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 .077 .077 .077 .000 .015 -3.5 0.3 -0.3
2008 WAS MLB 587 65 140 24 2 14 61 38 96 24 9 .268 .330 .402 .134 .259 16.0 -4.0 1.2
2008 NAT Rk 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 1.000 .750 .019 -0.2 -0.0 -0.0
2009 WAS MLB 26 1 4 0 0 0 1 1 10 1 0 .167 .231 .167 .000 .145 -2.2 -0.3 -0.2
2009 IND AAA 74 7 20 6 0 0 7 8 10 3 2 .333 .431 .433 .100 .313 7.0 0.8 0.8
2009 SYR AAA 83 11 20 5 0 0 4 3 16 6 1 .253 .280 .316 .063 .217 -2.0 0.9 -0.1
2009 NAT Rk 8 1 1 0 0 1 3 3 0 1 0 .200 .500 .800 .600 .432 1.8 -0.2 0.2
2009 LYN A+ 13 3 3 1 0 2 4 1 3 0 0 .250 .308 .833 .583 .368 0.9 0.1 0.1
2009 PIT MLB 239 20 64 11 0 4 20 12 37 6 4 .291 .333 .395 .105 .260 0.5 -0.9 -0.0
2009 PIR Rk 14 1 4 2 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 .333 .429 .500 .167 .369 0.8 0.5 0.1
2010 PIT MLB 412 38 105 21 3 4 34 28 62 5 3 .277 .332 .380 .103 .264 12.4 0.1 1.3
2011 CHR AAA 505 61 131 23 3 12 47 43 63 27 6 .295 .364 .441 .146 .268 14.2 1.0 1.4
2011 ARA Wnt 159 24 42 11 2 4 21 15 29 4 1 .304 .384 .500 .196 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 CHA MLB 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .500 .250 .269 -0.3 0.3 -0.0

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
2007 4 0.2500 0.7500 0.0000 1.0000 0.6667 0.0000 0.0000 1.0000
2008 2248 0.5027 0.4960 0.7910 0.6575 0.3327 0.8641 0.6452 0.2054
2009 1016 0.4951 0.4911 0.7896 0.6600 0.3255 0.8343 0.7006 0.2044
2010 1472 0.5075 0.5000 0.7717 0.6707 0.3241 0.8623 0.5787 0.2283
2011 14 0.5000 0.3571 0.8000 0.7143 0.0000 0.8000 0.2000
Career47540.50230.4960.78410.66260.32780.85630.6340.2129

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-09-14 2010-10-04 DTD 20 19 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2009-05-11 2009-07-10 Minors 60 0 Right Fingers Surgery Ring Finger Fracture Trying To Bunt 2009-05-12
2009-03-19 2009-03-20 Camp 1 0 Left Knee Contusion -
2008-06-28 2008-07-25 15-DL 27 21 Right Groin Strain -
2007-08-16 2007-08-18 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2007-07-10 2007-07-12 DTD 2 0 Foot Soreness -
2007-04-24 2007-07-12 Minors 79 0 Right Foot Sprain - -
2007-03-24 2007-03-24 Camp 0 0 Left Trunk Contusion HBP -
2007-03-01 2007-03-03 Camp 2 0 Right Hand Contusion HBP -
2006-03-26 2006-03-27 Camp 1 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2005-10-12 2005-10-14 WIN 2 0 Left Foot Contusion Heel -
2004-03-20 2004-05-20 Minors 61 0 Right Hand Fracture 4th Metacarpal From HBP -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 CHA $500,000
2010 PIT $452,000
2009 WAS $452,000
2009 PIT $452,000
2008 WAS $402,500
2007 NYN $383,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$2,641,500
5 yrTotal$2,641,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 92 dTommy Tanzer3 years/$4.4M (2013-15), option

Details
  • 3 years/$4.4M (2013-15), plus 2016 mutual option. Signed extension with Yakult Swallows 12/17/12.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed with Yakult Swallows of Japan 12/7/11.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2011). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 2/3/11 (minor-league contract). $0.5M salary in majors. Contract purchased by Chicago White Sox 3/30/11. DFA by Chicago White Sox 4/7/11. Sent outright to Triple-A 4/12/11.
  • 1 year/$0.452M (2010). Re-signed 3/2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.452M (2009). Re-signed 2/19/09. Acquired in trade from Washington 6/30/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4025M (2008). Signed 1/11/08.
  • 1 year/$0.383M (2007). Re-signed 3/07. Acquired in trade from NY Mets 11/30/07.
  • Drafted 2003 (1-12). $2.075M signing bonus (paid over five years under two-sport athlete provision).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Brent Morel or Mark Teahan? Also who do you think ends up as fourth OF for White Sox? I am thinking Lastings Milledge might be a choice.
(bfitzge3 from Upstate NY)
Teahen will likely share time between 3B, RF (whenever Quentin is hurt) and DH, but he's a pretty ordinary player, so Morel should get a fair shot to win the 3B job outright. As far as Milledge goes, I've been a big fan for a long time, and I'm not convinced he can't do a reasonable Alex Rios impression one of these days, at least offensively. I mean that as a compliment... in other words, he'd be an excellent fourth OF. (Cory Schwartz)
2011-02-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)There seems to be something missing from the Elijah Dukes story. Guys is still young enough, the skills/tools are immense (ceiling seems higher than say Lastings Milledge). Besides smoking a little reefer and the odd lover's quarrel what did he do to fully poison the well? I mean Milton Bradley is still in the league (nominally).?
(WilliamWilde from Boston)
If bad makeup were a tool, Dukes would be an 80 for sure. Absolutely worse than Bradley. Here's hoping him the best of luck in his incipient rap career. (Tommy Bennett)
2011-01-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why is OPS a three-digit whole number, but OBP and SLG are decimals? Also, what are the chances that Lastings Milledge will ever get his own bobblehead? I'm so depressed; I was hoping that this season, the Pirates would keep him and he'd rise to the occasion and would warrant a b-head. The ability to make people say, "I'd like a Lastings Milledge Bobblehead, please" is probably his most lasting skill!
(Patty Boyd from Pittsburgh)
My feelings on the topic aren't as strong as BP editorial policy, which says that since it's mathematically incorrect to add OBP and SLG together because they're different denominators, it's a number that should be set off in a different style. Still, I think you're better off using True Average than OPS or even OPS+ because both of those undervalue OBP, which is nearly 2x as important as SLG.

Sorry about Lastings. Dude just hasn't hit like a major league corner outfielder. If he had a time machine, maybe the Devil Rays would make him a bobblehead just like they did Jason Tyner. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)why continue to play Church over Milledge? Certainly there may be something left to see of Milledge that makes this an easy answer (except for John Russell)?
(sweet lou from Pitt)
I think I've given up trying to figure out what Lastings Milledge's deal is. He hasn't done squat for three years running now. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)They shoot pirates, don't they? Anything to look forward to with the 2010 Bucs so I don't do the same?
(frank from vegas)
Well, Pedro Alvarez is up, and while he's off to just a 4-for-35 start, he should be good enough to stick in the majors once he gets his bearings. Neil Walker is taking to the majors as well, and that's worth something, too. I'm less optimistic about Jose Tabata and Brad Lincoln, but they're not hopeless. Andrew McCutchen is a damn fine ballplayer and Lastings Milledge is coming around. It's going to get better. Not immediately, but they're on the right track. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-23 16:30:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 10 team, 5x5 mixed league roto, no keepers. I currently have Colby Rasmus, Austin Jackson, and Chris Young on my team as possibles for my 5th outfield spot. Steals are my weakest point offensively (project to finish in the bottom 3), so I'm also looking at Lastings Milledge and Scott Podsednik on the waiver wire. Who should I be starting to begin the season, and should I drop one of my OFs to pick up Milledge or Podsednik?
(Matt from California)
I'm not a fantasy baseball player actually, so it's tough to answer a question like this. I'll comment on the players rather than on their fantasy value. I will point out, though, that the question is not whether you are in bottom three in steals, but where the MARGINAL gains are. Are you particularly close to the 4th and 5th worst? Or are you in better striking distance of the better HR teams? As for Rasmus, I'm pretty bullish on his BABIP. He hits the ball hard and well. I'll have that up later this week. Similarly, I'm down on Chris Young's BABIP. I'm not sure he'll match his PECOTA projection unless he stops popping up so much. Milledge is always a question mark, and may not start. I see Podsednik being more likely to keep getting chances to steal. If Milledge stinks, the Pirates might not play him. (Matt Swartz)
2010-02-25 15:00:00 (link to chat)What do you foresee the future holding for two enigmas - Elijah Dukes and Lastings Milledge?
(BallparkFan from Phoenix)
Dukes is his own worst enemy and I fear his career is not going to end on good terms. Milledge, on the other hand, seems to have started the game seriously since being traded to Pittsburgh last summer and I think _ and PECOTA does, too _ that he is on the verge of a breakout season. (John Perrotto)
2010-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What players, that you've met, have seemed most different from their media image and how?
(James from The Baseball Tavern)
Lastings Milledge and Milton Bradley in baseball, Jarkko Ruutu in hockey, all three in a positive sense. The opposite has also happened, but my mother drilled into me the concept of "If you don't have anything nice to say about somebody..." (David Laurila)
2010-02-16 16:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect to see in terms of production from Andy LaRoche, Lastings Milledge and Jeff Clement this year? Do you think any of them will have a breakout-type season that will give Pirates' management enough of a feeling that they are part of the long term solution in the rebuild?
(Mark from Pittsburgh)
Milledge is at least young and has shown raw talent. LaRoche is a ground ball hitting corner infielder with average speed. (Literally, he was dead on average last year.) Jeff Clement had a .295 OBP last year. Not the sort of guy I'd put my faith in. Maybe Milledge sticks. LaRoche can be had elsewhere. (Russell A. Carleton)
2010-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mark- BP is my bible and I took your rankings last year as the Gospel of Marc. After throwing away a keeper slot on Lastings Milledge and trading for David Wright, I picked Corey Hart, Elijah Dukes, Nalasco, Matt Weiters and several other disappointments. Needless to say it wasn't a great season for me. Why should I be more believing this year? Help me restore my faith. Thanks, Dan ps feel free to answer this privately if you felt it came across too critical.
(dandaman from Sea Cliff)
Nope, this is exactly why I did that review of my rankings, because I felt like you. It seemed like I drafted every major mistake I made, so I wanted to learn from my mistakes to keep it from happening again. I think the 2010 rankings will be better for it. (Marc Normandin)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Garrett Jones the greatest hitter of all time?
(tycobb from ga)
Better than Ty Cobb?

Yes, on the heels of his 8th home run last night in something like 60 at bats, there is little doubt. But seriously, Jones is a good story and a nice shot in the arm for the Pirates. That said, I have to believe that heís a 2-for-12 slump away from sitting on the bench and watching Lastings Milledge play. As popular as Nyjer Morgan was -- and yes, Morgan can play, too -- the Milledge deal was seemingly a wise one for Neal Huntington. There is still a good chance that Milledge will be a star. Garrett Jones is, in all likelihood, the most recent reincarnation of Chris Shelton. (David Laurila)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)BP fanatic here Does Carlos Santana project to be an All Star?
( nycfan from nyc)
Kevin Goldstein pegged him as a 5-star prospect heading into the season, so thatís probably your answer right there. Taking a quick look at his current Double-A numbers, I see 15 home runs in 280 at bats and an OBP nudging .400. Pairing those with KGs rating, Santana sounds like a potential future All-Star to me.

On a mostly unrelated note, Lastings Milledge was twice thrown out attempting to steal against Pawtucket's Mark Wagner this past weekend. Wagner is nowhere near the prospect Santana is, but he has thrown out a very high percentage of runners this year between AA and AAA. He has a nice future, at least as a defense-first backup. (David Laurila)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What interviews do yuo enjoy doing the most:players, scouts or managment?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
It really boils down to the personality of the individual, to be honest.

This is a good time to plug a few upcoming Prospectus Q&As. In the near future, you'll hear from John Russell, Lastings Milledge, and David DeJesus. There are also a few others in the works, and, as always, suggestions and requests are welcome. (David Laurila)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Yeah, that Lastings Milledge t-shirt didn't work out too well. Though I still wear it to bed sometimes. When I was at the Mets store in Manhattan a few years back they actually had a Jason Phillips one. It was marked down to like forty bucks, should have bought it. Also flirted with a Kaz Matsui jersey for a while. There is always the chance, too, that Omar will trade David Wright so we can get more grittier. (or that he will get fired and replaced by Mike Francesca, same result), so I am leery. Maybe I will wear the Piazza one and recall a time where we had someone who could hit twenty home runs.
(J.P. from Hartford)
Maybe you can get a Wayne Garrett #11 jersey... David Wright might not hit 20 HRs this year, but he could win a batting title, something that hasn't happened too often in the history of the Mets. In fact, using the standard of 400 PAs, the Mets have had just 35 .300 seasons, and only 19 of .310 or better. (Steven Goldman)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it only here in Washington that Lastings Milledge is the *bad* seed and yet he gets replaced in CF by Elijah "Rapsheet" Dukes? I say Dukes assaults a fan in the stands by Memorial Day...
(Ken from Washington, DC )
I think Milledge was sent down because he plays center field at about the same level as I do. They want him to learn the position, but not if it means he's going to ride the fail boat while Dukes rides the pine. They did this because they have two players they are trying to develop at the same time but just one position, and from what I saw, this sends a message to "all players" that they need to be working to improve. (Marc Normandin)
2009-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lastings Milledge was 23 last season. Isn't he the definition of a post-hype prospect? I mean, he is still incredibly young and hasn't suffered any injuries that would diminish his stock. What does he become?
(big baby from nj)
He played fairly well last year. I think he was post-hype a year ago. In any case, I like his future a lot, see him as a .300/.360/.460 guy with good applied speed and better defense. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Elijah Dukes, Lastings Milledge, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn et al. Some of those Nats are worth drafting this season. What about my Pirates.....
(mhixpgh from Pittsburgh)
Well uh, you've got...um...that guy...you know...Oh! It's Nate McLouth, Ryan Doumit, and maybe Adam LaRoche. I wouldn't touch your rotation with someone else's roster though. (Marc Normandin)
2009-03-10 14:30:00 (link to chat)Long-term what does a peak season from Lastings Milledge look like?
(Mike from Denver)
.300/.370/.460 with +10 steals and +5 defense in CF. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ok, so if Adam Jones is a questionable yellow (which is what I think you said in your answer) then how does he stack up this season against some other young CF's like Chris B. Young or Lastings Milledge?
(Swingingbunts from NY)
He's yellow on risk -- what I mean is that I'm not quite sure that the reality matches the risk. There's a lot of that with all the unknowns we have to put into the system. I'd put him on level with Young (more upside) and a bit below Milledge. (Will Carroll)
2009-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you as annoyed as I am by the annual flurry of articles that go something like this, "So and so really hit the weights in the offseason and is poised for a big year" nonsense? In any case, who are your breakout picks in the N.L.?
(jromero from Seattle)
I wouldn't say "annoyed," but I do tend to ignore them as a group. Everyone has a story in March.

NL breakouts: Lastings Milledge, James Loney, maybe Ubaldo Jimenez. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Wouldn't you deal Cain for Prince in a heartbeat, given what you said about Giants pitching? Here you have a what, 24-year-old who has slugged 50 homers in a season? That's worth Cain for sure, right?
(tommy from brooklyn)
A bad-body 24-year-old who's had one good year and would be moving to a disastrous park. No, I don't do that if I'm the Giants, especially given I have Sandoval up and Villalona on the way. If they trade a starter, it should be for a comparable CF/RF. The Alex Rios deal rumored last year is the right type, albeit the wrong guy. You want to get...Adam Jones, or Matt Kemp, or Lastings Milledge...someone who will be your best player in two years. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)When will Bowden be fired? Why hasn't it happened already?
(Robert from DC)
Lastings Milledge and Elijah Dukes. That's a better year than a whole lot of people had.

Lightning round. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)So after starting out 1 for 32 this year, Elijah Dukes is hitting .300/.400/.540. Do you think he can be a legitimate star, assuming he keeps behaving himself?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
Yes, I do. He has tremendous raw talent and a very good idea of what he's doing at the plate and in the field. Setting aside all non-baseball issues, I'm not sure who I'd take between Dukes and Lastings Milledge. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)Lastings Milledge has not exactly set the world on fire. Anything to be worried about, or just typical young player's struggles?
(jromero from Seattle)
I never saw the power in Milledge others did (and I can say the same about Andrew McCutchen). However, his complete inability to control the strike zone (48/20 K/BB) is that of a power hitter, so you have a mix that barely belongs on the field. I don't think he's a leadoff hitter, either; more a #2 or #5 guy with doubles, but he has to make more contact and become better about counts. This is where "makeup" becomes less an abstract word and more a concrete question: can the player change? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-04-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any confidence in Lastings Milledge? Whats wrong with him?
(Ben from Chicago)
He's not driving the ball. He's hitting plenty of flyballs, but around 1/3 of those have been popups. Give him some time to straighten his swing out, and the extra-base hits will come. He's hit at tougher parks than this one, so give him some time. (Marc Normandin)
2008-03-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Gun to your head: Lastings Milledge or Matt Kemp?
(Swingingbunts from NY)
Matt Kemp, who will have more power. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Did you know Lastings Milledge's #1 comp is Rondell White, who was born in Milledgeville, Georgia? Marc Normandin would have Lastings a top 10 fantasy OF this year if he could be assured of 600 plate appearances. What does your crystal ball say?
(Tim from Portland, OR)
I think that from among the quartet of talented outfielders the Nats have to squeeze into three regular lineup slots, Milledge is the one I'd peg as the one most likely to have the most plate appearances. However, in saying that, I'm taking Austin Kearns' checkered injury history into account. I think it's safe to bet that Milledge gets at least 500 PA. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-02-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)How do you see a couple of young, formerly highly touted outfield prospects (who've lost a slight bit of their luster) doing this season, considering the experience they got by playing last season? Specifically, I am inquiring about Lastings Milledge and Chris Young (AZ)? Thanks!
(ThatRogue from USA)
Chris Young had 32 homers, 27 steals and played center field for a division titlist, so I'm not really seeing lost luster. He'll improve on his secondary skills, and perhaps his contact rate, becoming more valuable.
Lastings Milledge can play, and will be the everyday CF for the Nationals, hitting in the .280-.290 range with some walks, good power and speed. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank these young outfielders (real baseball) for 2008: Lastings Milledge, Justin Upton, Chris Young, Jermida Hermida. Also, what's your brief, chat-level take on Eric Walker's latest work?
(Will Brown from Dolores, Colo.)
Wow, I love all four of those guys. Hermida is one of My Guys (copyright Joe Sheehan), a guy who has already proven he can pound major league pitching and is just 23 (okay, he turns 24 tomorrow). And I think Young's walk rate will jump this year and he'll be an elite-level centerfielder.

I'll rank them Hermida/Young/Upton/Milledge, but there's not much gap between the first three. And Milledge is not chopped liver either.

I think Walker has a point. We just don't have strong evidence that steroid use leads to performance improvement. Unfortunately, we may never have that evidence one way or another, because we'll never know with complete accuracy which players were juicing and which ones weren't. (Rany Jazayerli)
2008-01-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who will have a better year offensively and defensively- Lastings Milledge or Ryan Church?
(Kevin from Fairfax VA)
I'll take the upside of Milledge. (Dan Fox)
2008-01-22 19:00:00 (link to chat)"A [NL] team that loads up and goes for broke in '08 stands a good chance of getting into the playoffs." This Nationals fan is glad that his team isn't going in that direction. But the question then becomes, are the Nats going in the *right* direction by concentrating on having good drafts and rebuilding the farm system? Granted that it may be hard to answer "no" to a question like that, what, if anything, do you think the Nats might have been doing better this offseason?
(Hendo from Silver Spring, Md.)
I liked the Lastings Milledge trade from their end of it. As a Mets fan I hate it, but I'm happy for the Nats and their fans that they made it. Even if Milledge doesn't pan out, the risk involved for DC was worth it, in that what they gave away was very replaceable. Since you quoted me, I'll take this opportunity to qualify my statement. I should have said "a National League CENTRAL team that loads up and goes for broke in '08...." The Nats have some stronger teams at the top to contend with than do the Central clubs. If they do manage to build a core of young talent, let's hope they manage to keep them around in a way that their predecessors in Montreal did not. (Jim Baker)
2008-01-15 14:30:00 (link to chat)Talk to me about the Nats new outfield. What do you expect out of Milledge/Dukes/Kearns assuming injuries or off-field stuff (BIG assumption) don't get in the way?
(Tim from DC)
Assuming no injuries? I think Kearns will rebound a bit, especially moving to a park that is supposed to be more neutral. He probably won't be as good as he was in Cincy though. I'm not sure how Dukes is going to do in the majors yet, though he should probably improve since he'll have some more big league experience. I really like Lastings Milledge, and I think this is another trade that is going to sting Mets' fans for awhile. He could be the star for them in 2008 out there. (Marc Normandin)
2008-01-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give me any hopeful PECOTAs for a Nationals player (not named Zimmerman)? I'm guessing one of the new, young outfielders might be our only hope.
(charlesford from arlington, va)
Lastings Milledge: .289/.358/.478. Really, if that team didn't have such a godawful middle infield, the offense could be quite all right. (Nate Silver)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableNow if only Lastings Milledge could do the same for all of his believers...hey, you never know. (Steph Bee)
 

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