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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA
0 0.00
Birth Date12-2-1978
Height6' 2"
Weight225 lbs
Age38 years, 0 months, 8 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.02012
-0.52013
2014
0.22015
0.62016
DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2006 ATL MLB 15 0 15.0 0 0 0 18 5 14 1 .266 94 10.8 3.0 0.6 8.4 59% .354 .265 1.53 3.11 4.80 90 3.91 88.0 0.3
2007 ATL MLB 80 0 90.0 5 3 1 65 31 63 6 .263 101 6.5 3.1 0.6 6.3 64% .234 .206 1.07 3.91 1.80 87 3.61 84.6 1.8
2008 ATL MLB 7 0 5.7 0 1 1 5 1 5 1 .260 98 7.9 1.6 1.6 7.9 67% .235 .253 1.06 4.69 1.59 91 3.56 90.9 0.1
2009 ATL MLB 87 0 73.0 6 2 0 65 35 61 0 .266 96 8.0 4.3 0.0 7.5 64% .308 .237 1.37 2.91 2.84 95 3.33 0.0 1.5
2010 ATL MLB 85 0 63.7 6 2 1 53 37 52 5 .270 92 7.5 5.2 0.7 7.4 69% .274 .252 1.41 4.33 2.97 101 3.22 85.4 1.2
2011 ATL MLB 13 0 8.3 2 1 0 12 3 10 0 .270 98 13.0 3.2 0.0 10.8 84% .480 .258 1.80 1.67 3.24 84 2.61 74.8 0.2
2012 ATL MLB 8 0 5.0 1 0 1 3 2 2 1 .250 96 5.4 3.6 1.8 3.6 59% .125 .250 1.00 6.14 1.80 111 4.94 109.2 -0.0
2013 LAN MLB 14 0 15.3 1 0 0 23 7 6 3 .259 98 13.5 4.1 1.8 3.5 28% .370 .354 1.96 6.15 6.46 139 7.39 141.2 -0.5
2015 ATL MLB 22 0 10.3 1 0 0 12 0 8 1 .256 91 10.5 0.0 0.9 7.0 69% .314 .253 1.16 2.87 3.48 94 3.41 89.8 0.2
2016 KCA MLB 50 0 44.7 2 0 0 42 16 34 4 .254 106 8.5 3.2 0.8 6.9 63% .281 .253 1.30 3.96 3.43 98 3.80 95.1 0.6
CareerMLB3810331.0249429813725522.263988.13.70.66.963%.285.2431.313.802.91963.6789.65.5

Statistics for All Levels

'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 W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2006 ATL MLB 15 0 15.0 0 0 0 18 5 14 1 .266 94 10.8 3.0 0.6 8.4 59% .354 .265 1.53 3.11 4.80 90 3.91 88.0
2006 RIC AAA 35 0 56.2 1 7 1 61 38 54 4 .257 35 9.8 6.1 0.6 8.6 63% .333 .290 1.76 4.54 6.41 0 0.00 0.0
2006 AUS wor 1 0 1.2 0 0 0 1 5 4 0 .000 7.5 37.5 0.0 30.0 0% .500 .000 5.00 9.26 7.50 0 0.00 0.0
2007 ATL MLB 80 0 90.0 5 3 1 65 31 63 6 .263 101 6.5 3.1 0.6 6.3 64% .234 .206 1.07 3.91 1.80 87 3.61 84.6
2007 GWN AAA 2 0 2.0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 .000 0.0 4.5 0.0 13.5 0% .000 .000 0.50 1.68 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2008 ATL MLB 7 0 5.7 0 1 1 5 1 5 1 .260 98 7.9 1.6 1.6 7.9 67% .235 .253 1.06 4.69 1.59 91 3.56 90.9
2009 ATL MLB 87 0 73.0 6 2 0 65 35 61 0 .266 96 8.0 4.3 0.0 7.5 64% .308 .237 1.37 2.91 2.84 0 0.00 0.0
2010 ATL MLB 85 0 63.7 6 2 1 53 37 52 5 .270 92 7.5 5.2 0.7 7.4 69% .274 .252 1.41 4.33 2.97 101 3.22 85.4
2011 ATL MLB 13 0 8.3 2 1 0 12 3 10 0 .270 98 13.0 3.2 0.0 10.8 84% .480 .258 1.80 1.67 3.24 84 2.61 74.8
2011 GWN AAA 6 1 6.0 0 1 0 5 4 10 0 .240 94 7.5 6.0 0.0 15.0 67% .333 .253 1.50 1.90 0.00 87 3.36 93.7
2012 ATL MLB 8 0 5.0 1 0 1 3 2 2 1 .250 96 5.4 3.6 1.8 3.6 59% .125 .250 1.00 6.14 1.80 111 4.94 109.2
2012 ROM A 4 0 4.0 0 1 0 5 2 3 0 .262 95 11.2 4.5 0.0 6.8 62% .385 .331 1.75 4.33 9.00 104 5.24 107.5
2012 MIS AA 1 0 1.3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .260 85 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.8 75% .000 .050 0.00 1.64 0.00 97 4.38 102.8
2012 GWN AAA 12 0 12.7 0 0 0 18 5 13 0 .251 103 12.8 3.6 0.0 9.2 67% .429 .278 1.82 2.29 5.68 89 3.45 93.9
2012 BRA Rk 4 3 4.7 0 0 0 4 1 4 1 .250 109 7.7 1.9 1.9 7.7 67% .273 .250 1.07 5.79 7.71 96 4.30 102.9
2013 LAN MLB 14 0 15.3 1 0 0 23 7 6 3 .259 98 13.5 4.1 1.8 3.5 28% .370 .354 1.96 6.15 6.46 139 7.39 141.2
2013 ABQ AAA 38 0 46.0 4 1 4 38 20 45 1 .267 112 7.4 3.9 0.2 8.8 52% .294 .214 1.26 3.33 2.74 84 3.07 90.7
2015 ATL MLB 22 0 10.3 1 0 0 12 0 8 1 .256 91 10.5 0.0 0.9 7.0 69% .314 .253 1.16 2.87 3.48 94 3.41 89.8
2015 GWN AAA 27 0 28.7 2 0 6 22 9 24 1 .250 93 6.9 2.8 0.3 7.5 57% .269 .221 1.08 3.19 3.14 92 2.61 88.4
2016 KCA MLB 50 0 44.7 2 0 0 42 16 34 4 .254 106 8.5 3.2 0.8 6.9 63% .281 .253 1.30 3.96 3.43 98 3.80 95.1
2016 OMA AAA 12 0 12.7 1 1 5 8 5 10 0 .264 5.7 3.6 0.0 7.1 59% .235 .203 1.03 3.80 0.71 99 4.45 105.8

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 69 0.5797 0.4348 0.8667 0.5250 0.3103 0.9048 0.7778 0.1333
2009 1118 0.3882 0.4419 0.7328 0.5968 0.3436 0.8571 0.5957 0.2672
2010 1024 0.3994 0.4258 0.7271 0.5966 0.3122 0.8648 0.5521 0.2729
2011 149 0.4430 0.4832 0.6806 0.6212 0.3735 0.8537 0.4516 0.3194
2012 64 0.4375 0.3438 0.8636 0.5714 0.1667 0.8750 0.8333 0.1364
2013 243 0.4733 0.4033 0.8163 0.5826 0.2422 0.8507 0.7419 0.1837
2015 158 0.4873 0.5190 0.8171 0.6494 0.3951 0.9200 0.6563 0.1829
2016 668 0.4820 0.4551 0.7829 0.6025 0.3179 0.8660 0.6364 0.2171
Career34930.42680.44030.75310.59840.32210.86460.60540.2469

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-16 2014-03-26 Camp 10 0 Right Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament - -
2011-10-03 2011-10-03 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum and Rotator Cuff 2011-10-03 -
2011-09-20 2011-09-29 60-DL 9 8 Right Shoulder Cartilage Injury Labrum and Rotator Cuff - -
2011-04-15 2011-09-04 60-DL 142 125 Low Back Surgery Bulging Disc 2011-05-17
2010-08-26 2010-08-31 DTD 5 4 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2008-04-15 2008-09-28 60-DL 166 149 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2008-05-08
2008-03-08 2008-03-11 Camp 3 0 Right Elbow Soreness -
2003-01-01 2003-01-01 Minors 0 0 Low Back Surgery Bulging Disc -
2001-01-01 2001-01-01 Minors 0 0 Low Back Surgery Bulging Disc -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 KCA $
2015 ATL $
2014 HOU $
2013 LAN $
2012 ATL $
2011 ATL $2,000,000
2010 ATL $1,150,000
2009 ATL $410,000
2008 ATL $410,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$3,970,000
4 yrTotal$3,970,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 3 dWasserman Media Group1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/23/16 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.75M in majors. Exercised opt-out clause, released by Kansas City 3/29/16. Re-signed by Kansas City 3/30/16 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Kansas City 5/12/16.
  • 2 years (2015-16). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 3/11/15 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Atlanta 8/16/15. (Promotion voided minor-league portion of contract, making Moylan a free agent after the 2015 season).
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Houston as a free agent 11/23/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Houston 3/27/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/16/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by LA Dodgers 5/31/13. DFA by LA Dodgers 10/22/13. Elected free agency 10/29/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/17/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Atlanta 9/1/12. Non-tendered by Atlanta 11/30/12.
  • 1 year/$2M (2011). Re-signed by Atlanta 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Atlanta 12/12/11.
  • 1 year/$1.15M (2010). Re-signed by Atlanta 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2009). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/2/09.
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2008). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/3/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Signed by Atlanta as an amateur free agent from Australia 3/06. Contract purchased 4/06.

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
20153.9out of baseball1.32.31.91.29.4

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .493 .554 .765 .472
11 vs R (Multi) .235 .260 .310 .221
18 Split (Multi) .258 .294 .455 .251
19 LgAvg (Multi) .009 .023 .019 .016
30 vs L (2015) .750 .750 1.500 .829
31 vs R (2015) .225 .225 .250 .195
38 Split (2015) .525 .525 1.250 .634
39 LgAvg (2015) .009 .024 .022 .017

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Moylan was hired by the Braves to help coach the Rookie-level Danville affiliate in 2015. Instead, he ended up appearing in 22 games in the majors. That's the result of a good news-bad news scenario. The good news is that Moylan bounced back from a second Tommy John surgery enough to be effective again and earn major-league time. The bad news is that the Braves were desperate enough to give him high-leverage opportunities in September. Moylan threw well, though. He didn't walk anyone in 10-plus innings and induced groundballs by getting the movement back on his sinker. Moylan's career was kaput not long ago, right up until the moment it wasn't. Trying to predict what happens from here is folly.
2014 Peter Moylan logged more innings in 2013 than in the two previous years combined, but three-fourths of those frames were pitched in the minors, and four-fourths of those innings lacked Moylan's previously excellent groundball utility.
2013 Shoulder and back surgeries have limited Moylan to 13 innings over the past two seasons. When he pitches, he generates a high rate of ground balls in the midst of dominating right-handed hitters. The Braves have an in-house alternative in Gearrin, so Moylan’s pending free agency could signal his end in Atlanta. Of course, we wrote the same thing last year and Moylan returned.
2012 Years after washing out of the Twins’ system, Moylan pitched in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Little known then, Moylan has become a mainstay in the Braves bullpen more than 250 innings later. Ol’ faithful missed most of 2011 while recovering from two surgeries—one to fix a bulging disc, the other to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff. Moylan’s side-arm throwing, groundball-getting ways are a luxury in the bullpen, but the Braves have Cory Gearrin hanging around at a lower cost. A free agent at season’s end, Moylan may continue his great story in another city.
2011 It's just part of the randomness of being a ground-ball pitcher. Moylan gave up a crucial hit in Game Four of the NLDS, but if the ball was just two feet closer to a fielder, it would have been an inning-ending double play and Moylan would be a hero. He was plenty heroic during the regular season, pitching in more than half of the team's games while generating a ridiculous ground-ball ratio of more than four to one. Bobby Cox maximized his value, understanding that he's nothing more than a right-handed specialist who keeps the ball out of the air, and as long as Fredi Gonzalez understands and expects the same, everything will be just fine.
2010 The affable Aussie was downright outstanding in 2007, and after missing most of 2008 recovering from Tommy John surgery, he slowly returned to being downright outstanding again, allowing only two runs in his last 32 appearances. His sinker is among the best you'll find, as he faced 309 batters in 2009 without giving up a home run while compiling a ground-ball ratio of nearly 3-to-1, and despite the surgery, he was durable enough to pitch in 87 games. These kind of pitchers get little attention, but they're worth their weight in gold. Given current gold prices and Moylan's 200 pounds, that would be about $3-$3.5 million, which is about right considering that he's arbitration-eligible.
2009 Aussie WBC reclamation project Peter Moylan had Tommy John surgery last May, but hopes to return before the All-Star break this year.
2008 Moylan owes his well-paying job to the World Baseball Classic. After washing out of the Twins' system a decade ago, Moylan found himself out of baseball and back in his native Australia. He picked up the game again a few years ago, made the Australian national team, and pitched well against Venezuela in the WBC. His ERA last year was artificially low, as a third of his runs allowed were unearned. Still, he's a groundball machine who owns righties and can pitch two days out of three (he had a 1.32 ERA on zero days' rest). He'll make more than $400,000 pretty soon.
2007 Peter Moylan was an amazing comeback story in 2006. Spotted pitching for Australia in the World Baseball Classic, he was subsequently brought back to America for the first time since his days as a Twins farmhand in 1997. The sidearmer flings a decent fastball and slider, but he needs to dramatically improve his control or he`ll be a go-back story in 2007.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2008-03-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)So here's the question I asked at the event in Philadelphia last week: What unlikely players, historically or currently, do you personally root for? Jay mentioned Saul Rivera, Steven followed Wayne Tolleson back in the day, for me it was Jacob Brumfield.
(Arthur from Philadelphia)
I was a big, big fan of George Williams, beyond TTO considerations, it was more basically because I sat near his brother and nephews and nieces one game, and I sort of liked the plucky little group of cheeseheads and their happiness over their uncle making it to The Show.

Active, I've become a bit of a silly/irrational fan of Peter Moylan, since he's got the foreign/exotic angle on top of being a side-armer. And as an A's fan, I'm perhaps goofy in that my current favorite Athletic is Kurt Suzuki. (Christina Kahrl)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Peter Moylan has thrown 4,547 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (91mph) and Slider (79mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (87mph) and Change (85mph).