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Portrait of Troy Percival

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
14 708.7 35 43 358 781 3.17 9.6
Birth Date8-9-1969
Height6' 3"
Weight200 lbs
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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
1995 CAL 25 62 0 74.0 0.0 74.0 3 2 3 3 0 0 284 37 19 16 6 62 26 24 1 94 1.95 2.75 3.30 16.6 1.6
1996 CAL 26 62 0 74.0 0.0 74.0 0 2 36 3 0 0 291 38 20 19 8 67 31 27 2 100 2.31 3.29 3.18 21.6 2.0
1997 ANA 27 55 0 52.0 0.0 52.0 5 5 27 4 0 0 224 40 20 20 6 67 22 20 4 72 3.46 3.38 3.23 12.1 1.2
1998 ANA 28 67 0 66.7 0.0 66.7 2 7 42 6 0 0 287 45 31 27 5 76 37 33 3 87 3.64 3.39 3.54 14.6 1.4
1999 ANA 29 60 0 57.0 0.0 57.0 4 6 31 8 0 0 230 38 24 24 9 75 22 22 3 58 3.79 4.54 5.85 0.2 0.0
2000 ANA 30 54 0 50.0 0.0 50.0 5 5 32 10 0 0 221 42 27 25 7 72 30 26 2 49 4.50 5.00 5.37 2.2 0.2
2001 ANA 31 57 0 57.7 0.0 57.7 4 2 39 3 0 0 230 39 19 17 3 54 18 17 2 71 2.65 2.35 2.94 15.6 1.5
2002 ANA 32 58 0 56.3 0.0 56.3 4 1 40 4 0 0 228 38 12 12 5 60 25 24 0 68 1.92 3.13 3.53 10.3 1.0
2003 ANA 33 52 0 49.3 0.0 49.3 0 5 33 4 0 0 206 33 22 19 7 58 23 22 3 48 3.47 4.57 5.19 2.7 0.3
2004 ANA 34 52 0 49.7 0.0 49.7 2 3 33 5 0 0 211 43 19 16 7 70 19 16 3 33 2.90 4.99 5.30 4.2 0.4
2005 DET 35 26 0 25.0 0.0 25.0 1 3 8 3 0 0 107 19 16 16 7 43 11 8 2 20 5.76 6.65 8.20 -5.0 -0.5
2007 SLN 37 34 1 40.0 1.0 39.0 3 0 0 1 0 0 150 24 8 8 3 39 10 10 0 36 1.80 3.10 3.12 9.6 0.9
2008 TBA 38 50 0 45.7 0.0 45.7 2 1 28 5 0 0 194 29 26 23 9 66 27 27 1 38 4.53 5.90 7.04 -4.7 -0.5
2009 TBA 39 14 0 11.3 0.0 11.3 0 1 6 0 0 0 52 14 8 8 3 27 5 5 1 7 6.35 6.94 5.73 0.3 0.0
Career7031708.71.0707.735433585900291547927125085836306281277813.173.924.32100.39.6

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1991 BOI A- 28 0 38.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 LEL A+ 11 0 10.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 MID AA 20 0 19.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 VAN AAA 18 0 18.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 VAN AAA 49 0 61.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 CAL MLB 62 0 74.0 3.30 135 .176 .270 .342 .430 .267 .197 100 16.6 1.6 16.6 1.6
1996 CAL MLB 62 0 74.0 3.18 140 .186 .279 .354 .455 .274 .200 99 21.7 2.1 21.6 2.0
1997 ANA MLB 55 0 52.0 3.23 134 .233 .270 .342 .433 .267 .283 99 12.1 1.2 12.1 1.2
1997 LEL A+ 2 1 2.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 ANA MLB 67 0 66.7 3.54 126 .239 .273 .341 .434 .267 .258 94 14.6 1.4 14.6 1.4
1999 ANA MLB 60 0 57.0 5.85 84 .215 .274 .350 .441 .266 .210 95 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2000 ANA MLB 54 0 50.0 5.37 91 .253 .273 .344 .429 .261 .263 92 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2000 LEL A+ 2 2 2.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ANA MLB 57 0 57.7 2.94 138 .186 .265 .329 .424 .260 .265 97 15.6 1.5 15.6 1.5
2002 ANA MLB 58 0 56.3 3.53 123 .212 .262 .330 .426 .263 .254 94 10.3 1.0 10.3 1.0
2003 ANA MLB 52 0 49.3 5.19 94 .222 .268 .338 .436 .267 .208 99 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2004 ANA MLB 52 0 49.7 5.30 98 .235 .275 .342 .438 .263 .242 103 4.2 0.4 4.2 0.4
2005 DET MLB 26 0 25.0 8.20 29 .267 .262 .325 .409 .259 .179 101 -5.0 -0.5 -5.0 -0.5
2007 SLN MLB 34 1 40.0 3.12 137 .179 .266 .331 .431 .259 .208 103 10.0 1.0 9.6 0.9
2007 MEM AAA 6 0 6.7 1.64 168 .229 .284 .347 .459 .270 .267 102 3.2 0.3 3.2 0.3
2008 TBA MLB 50 0 45.7 7.04 55 .259 .267 .336 .416 .264 .168 103 -4.7 -0.5 -4.7 -0.5
2009 TBA MLB 14 0 11.3 5.73 87 .308 .262 .333 .400 .254 .306 106 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0

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
1991 BOI A- 2 0 12 28 0 38.3 23 18 63 0 0% .000 5.4 4.2 0.0 14.8 1.07 1.41 0.0 0.0
1992 LEL A+ 1 1 2 11 0 10.7 6 8 16 0 0% .000 5.0 6.7 0.0 13.5 1.31 5.05 0.0 0.0
1992 MID AA 3 0 5 20 0 19.0 18 11 21 1 0% .000 8.5 5.2 0.5 9.9 1.53 2.37 0.0 0.0
1993 VAN AAA 0 1 4 18 0 18.7 24 13 19 0 0% .000 11.6 6.3 0.0 9.1 1.98 6.26 0.0 0.0
1994 VAN AAA 2 6 15 49 0 61.0 63 29 73 4 0% .000 9.3 4.3 0.6 10.8 1.51 4.13 0.0 0.0
1995 CAL MLB 3 2 3 62 0 74.0 37 26 94 6 30% .197 4.5 3.2 0.7 11.4 0.85 1.95 16.6 1.6
1996 CAL MLB 0 2 36 62 0 74.0 38 31 100 8 28% .200 4.6 3.8 1.0 12.2 0.93 2.31 21.6 2.0
1997 ANA MLB 5 5 27 55 0 52.0 40 22 72 6 24% .283 6.9 3.8 1.0 12.5 1.19 3.46 12.1 1.2
1997 LEL A+ 0 0 0 2 1 2.0 1 0 3 0 0% .250 4.5 0.0 0.0 13.5 0.50 0.00 0.0 0.0
1998 ANA MLB 2 7 42 67 0 66.7 45 37 87 5 31% .258 6.1 5.0 0.7 11.7 1.23 3.65 14.6 1.4
1999 ANA MLB 4 6 31 60 0 57.0 38 22 58 9 30% .210 6.0 3.5 1.4 9.2 1.05 3.79 0.2 0.0
2000 ANA MLB 5 5 32 54 0 50.0 42 30 49 7 36% .263 7.6 5.4 1.3 8.8 1.44 4.50 2.2 0.2
2000 LEL A+ 0 0 0 2 2 2.0 1 1 1 0 0% .000 4.5 4.5 0.0 4.5 1.00 4.50 0.0 0.0
2001 ANA MLB 4 2 39 57 0 57.7 39 18 71 3 40% .265 6.1 2.8 0.5 11.1 0.99 2.65 15.6 1.5
2002 ANA MLB 4 1 40 58 0 56.3 38 25 68 5 27% .254 6.1 4.0 0.8 10.9 1.12 1.92 10.3 1.0
2003 ANA MLB 0 5 33 52 0 49.3 33 23 48 7 28% .208 6.0 4.2 1.3 8.8 1.14 3.47 2.7 0.3
2004 ANA MLB 2 3 33 52 0 49.7 43 19 33 7 32% .242 7.8 3.4 1.3 6.0 1.25 2.90 4.2 0.4
2005 DET MLB 1 3 8 26 0 25.0 19 11 20 7 28% .179 6.8 4.0 2.5 7.2 1.20 5.76 -5.0 -0.5
2007 SLN MLB 3 0 0 34 1 40.0 24 10 36 3 34% .208 5.4 2.2 0.7 8.1 0.85 1.80 9.6 0.9
2007 MEM AAA 0 0 0 6 0 6.7 4 5 9 0 40% .267 5.4 6.7 0.0 12.1 1.34 1.34 3.2 0.3
2008 TBA MLB 2 1 28 50 0 45.7 29 27 38 9 23% .168 5.7 5.3 1.8 7.5 1.23 4.53 -4.7 -0.5
2009 TBA MLB 0 1 6 14 0 11.3 14 5 7 3 26% .306 11.1 4.0 2.4 5.6 1.68 6.35 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
2008 778 0.5231 0.4157 0.8080 0.5897 0.2237 0.8542 0.6747 0.1920
2009 218 0.5092 0.4240 0.7826 0.6036 0.2336 0.8060 0.7200 0.2065
Career9960.52010.41750.80240.59270.22590.84370.68460.1952

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-08-10 2009-08-10 On-Alr 0 0 Low Back Pain -
2009-05-22 2009-10-05 60-DL 136 119 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2008-12-03 2008-12-03 Off 0 0 Low Back Surgery Herniated Disc 2008-12-03
2008-09-22 2008-09-25 DTD 3 4 Low Back Inflammation -
2008-09-11 2008-09-18 DTD 7 6 Low Back Tightness -
2008-08-15 2008-09-03 15-DL 19 16 Right Knee Cartilage Injury Cartilage -
2008-07-01 2008-07-20 15-DL 19 14 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-06-25 2008-06-29 DTD 4 4 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2008-05-29 2008-06-13 15-DL 15 13 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-05-24 2008-05-25 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2007-09-24 2007-09-28 DTD 4 4 Right Elbow Soreness -
2007-09-02 2007-09-04 DTD 2 2 Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2006-04-01 2006-10-28 60-DL 210 162 Right Elbow Recovery From Strain Partial Tear Flexor-pronator Mass -
2005-07-10 2005-09-29 60-DL 81 73 Right Elbow Strain Partial Tear Flexor-pronator Mass -
2005-05-08 2005-06-05 15-DL 28 24 Right Elbow Strain Partial Tear Flexor-pronator Mass -
2004-06-02 2004-06-27 15-DL 25 23 Right Elbow Inflammation Pronator Teres -
2004-02-28 2004-02-28 Off 0 0 Face Surgery Eye Stigmatism 2004-02-28
2003-09-24 2003-09-29 DTD 5 4 Right Forearm Inflammation -
2003-05-23 2003-06-07 15-DL 15 13 Right Hip Inflammation Degenerative Changes -
2002-07-12 2002-07-27 15-DL 15 14 Left Lower Leg Infection Achilles Tendon -
2002-04-03 2002-04-18 15-DL 15 12 Right Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2000-08-05 2000-08-25 15-DL 20 17 Right Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis - -
1997-04-07 1997-05-16 15-DL 39 32 Right Shoulder Weakness - -
1993-05-28 1993-09-07 Minors 102 0 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Spurs 1993-06-04 -
1992-04-05 1992-04-05 Minors 0 0 Right Elbow Inflammation Date Is Estimated - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 TBA $4,450,000
2008 TBA $4,000,000
2006 DET $6,000,000
2005 DET $6,000,000
2004 ANA $7,500,000
2003 ANA $7,500,000
2002 ANA $5,250,000
2001 ANA $3,400,000
2000 ANA $2,350,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$46,450,000
9 yrTotal$46,450,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 97 dPaul Cohen2 yr/$8M (08-09)

Details
  • signed as a free agent from STL 11/30/07, 2 year/$8M (08-09)
  • 08:$4M, 09:$4M+08 escalator earned (c$4.45M)
  • vinterestage auto, $0.5M assignment bonus (1-time)
  • $4M performance bonus (games, games finished)
  • contract purchased 6/26/07
  • signed as a free agent from DT 6/8/07, 1 year (07) (minor-league contract)
  • 2 year/$12M (05-06), 05:$6M, 06:$6M
  • signed as a free agent from AN 11/04
  • 02: club exercised 1 year/ $5.25M opt
  • $1M signing bonus for extension 2/02
  • 2 year/$16M (03-04) $1M signing bonus
  • 03-04:$7.5M/year
  • no-trade to NYM, NYY, TOR, MON

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
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 The once-retired Troy Percival began the year as the closer, but by late May was back on the DL with shoulder tendinitis; he hasn't officially retired, but he's expected to.
2009 There's a theory out there that anyone can close, as long as they have the stuff, and the numbers to back it up. It's just a matter of opportunity. For a team that receives plenty of praise for its new-school mode of thinking, the Rays went conservative with the save-garnering position, opting for the veteran who's been there before. There are pitchers in the bullpen with better stuff and better ratios, but Pervical's performance in the closer role was one of the key reasons that the Rays became the baseball story of 2008. Injuries kept him out of the postseason, and his availability for 2009 is in question after back surgery during the offseason, but in 2008, the Rays made some key decisions based on old-school mentality that worked out pretty damned well.
2008 There's a lesson here for Mark Prior, Rich Harden, and so many other pitchers who spend their lives bouncing from the DL to rehab assignments and back. Sometimes just taking a year off allows the arm to heal. Percival hadn't thrown a pitch in anger since July of 2005, but came out of retirement in June to pitch well in very low-leverage relief (18 of his 34 appearances came with the Cards leading or trailing by more than four runs). The Rays signed him to a two-year contract for a base of $8 million and a raft of incentives. He's not 1.80-ERA good, but he doesn't have to be at that price.
2006 He`s going out kicking and screaming, but the torn forearm muscle that ended his season may have also ended his career. His skills were already deeply eroded from his glory days in Anaheim; even if he manages to come back, the odds are strongly against him being effective. With 611.2 IP and 605 games, Percival epitomizes the modern, one-inning closer. Jose Mesa is likely to take his place among the top-ten career saves leaders early this season, which says all you need to know about save totals as an indicator of value.
2005 On the British TV show "The Office," they are too genteel to say they're going to downsize or fire people. They have "redundancies." Troy Percival has been made redundant by Francisco Rodriguez. To put a finer point on it, try this taste test:

 IPHHRBBKERA
Pitcher A49.243719332.90
Pitcher B49.042515342.76


Pitcher A is Percival. Pitcher B is the much-maligned Ramon Ortiz when used as a reliever. Sure, Percival's appearances were in high-leverage situations and Ortiz's were in garbage time, but Percival also had four saves of less than an inning, faced 10 inherited runners all year, and he allowed half of them to score. Percival has never maintained the level required of an elite closer, but he can still do this job in a way that lets him maintain a veneer of effectiveness. At his age, the likelihood of injury mounts, his strikeout rate has been plummeting like a stone, and there are always cheaper guys who can do this. The Tigers thought otherwise.
2003 The days of sucking down six or eight cups of coffee 20 minutes before entering the game are gone, but apparently so are the days of anyone catching up with his fastball. Percival was damn near the perfect closer in 2002, and thereís nothing in his record to suggest anything but continued success. You can be a great pitcher without being able to throw 97 mph high in the strike zone, but itís sure nice to be able to fall back on a fastball that even great hitters have to guess perfectly on to even touch.
2002 Anaheimís career saves leader rebounded from a middling 2000 to post some great numbers in 2001. Percival will be back for 2002 but has made lots of noise about being knifed in the back by Angels management during the negotiations for a long-term deal, so he may be somewhere else in 2003. Thatís probably not a bad thing for the Angels, considering his age and the team's bullpen depth.
2001 Troy Percival came back from minor shoulder surgery to repair tears in his rotator cuff, labrum, and supraspinatus. He looked good before losing time and effectiveness to elbow inflammation and a persistent neck problem. If he can get healthy, we'll see a return to his glory days, but the injury bug seems to have acquired a particular taste for Percival.
2000 High-profile closers are overrated as a species, and on a team going nowhere their primary value is as trade bait. Percival is worth a lot more on the market than on the field, as his save totals have masked the fact that heís slipped at least a notch. Iíll be surprised if he finishes the year as an Angel.
1999 The spiritual successor to Al Hrabosky. Percival is terribly nearsighted and squints like Mr. Magoo on the mound. He enters the game to bad '70s music ("Smoke on the Water"), missed time this year due to complications stemming from caffiene addiction and was called for a delay-of-game balk while psyching himself up to pitch. Perceived value is about 1/4 of his actual value; does anybody see the decline? I'd rather have him than Mariano Rivera, but I'm certain he would make better trade bait than anything else. Relievers are interchangeable; "closers" are a myth. Have we learned nothing from Jeff Shaw...Mike Jackson...Kerry Ligtenberg...?
1998 Absolutely never should have started the season with the team. Had circulation problems in his right shoulder in spring training, was cleared to play and just got rocked in 2 2/3 innings. Went on the DL, rested the shoulder and was his old self when he came back. Relied less on the fastball last year without losing effectiveness, a sign of continued development as a pitcher. For my money, the best closer in baseball.
1997 The best pitcher in baseball, bar none. Throws hard, works quickly and people just canít catch up to it. A catcher to pitcher conversion that worked beyond anyoneís wildest dreams, and he didnít even have to go to Sweden.
1996  An amazing year, and a testament to the overvaluing of the "closer" role. Percival had an infinitely better year than Lee Smith, really one of the five best relief seasons ever, contributed much more to the Angels' success than Smith, but was a well-kept secret most of the year. Pitchers who have years like this tend to flame out quickly (Rob Dibble, Duane Ward), so I'm hesitant to predict long-term success, but I think he's a fine pitcher to have in 1996.

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The BP Broadside: Oh, To Live on Closer MountainSteven Goldman2011-09-20
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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)I think that Troy Percival comes up in a couple of years. Do you think he is a deserving HOFer?
(Steve N from Delaware)
Nope. He's 81st among relievers in JAWS. Mariano Rivera is the only reliever above the standard who's not in, and that includes Trevor Hoffman. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dave Dombrowski has also made some questionable free agent deals with relievers: Troy Percival - $12M for 2 years when his K/IP rate was in freefall Todd Jones - over $17M for 3 years when he was never consistently great On the other hand, besides letting Lyon go, he's let others sign Jamie Walker and Fernando Rodney to long term deals. At least he doesn't tend to reward middle relievers with multi-year deals.
(Michael from Detroit, MI)
So much about relievers is guess-work. Both Percival and Jones were grasping at closers, and I understand the desperation if not the choices. At least he was aiming at the good part of the bullpen, not, as you said, at low-leverage middle relievers. Can I say again: Chan-Ho Park. (Steven Goldman)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)I don't get it, Tommy. I just don't get it. I can't wrap my head around how bloggers, writers and everybody deems that the Rays are the best 3rd place team in baseball and have to have luck, rather than just the talent on roster, to break the grasps of Boston/New York for the #1 or #2 spot in the division. Rays biggest downfall in 2009 was the lack of a "true closer" when Troy Percival went down and Jason Isringhausen forgot his arm wasn't what it used to be. JP Howell was serviceable but a sudden over-use seen him getting knocked around and getting shut-down by season's end. Even with a 11-game losing streak, which is a season-killer for any team, the team won 84 games. If the Rays won 6 or 7 of those games, they would've been a 90-win team. So what do the Rays do this offseason? They use the money that trading Kazmir and Iwamura netted them and dealt the prospect received in Iwamura's trade for a "true closer" in Rafael Soriano. That trade/signing moves every Rays reliever into the spot that they should be filling and would be most u
(jlarsen from Chicago)
Soriano probably adds a net of two wins or so. Assuming for sake of argument that the Rays were a 90 win (true talent) team last year, I think you can justify a 92 win estimate for them this year. But 92 wins doesn't win the AL East 99 times out of 100.

Beyond that, they just don't have the starting pitching of the Red Sox or Yankees. At every slot in the rotation they lose to both those teams. Maybe Hellickson can start consistently this year, maybe Davis is great right away. But for my money, I think those things aren't all likely to happen. In any other division in baseball, the Rays are the prohibitive favorites. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Troy Percival sucks, Dan Wheeler isn't much better and J.P. Howell and Grant Balfour haven't been good...yet. What do you make of the early struggles of the Rays pen?
(Tommy from DRaysBay)
Wait, a bullpen couldn't repeat its performance from last year, one which was above and beyond expectations during its successful run? I liked the Rays to be better than last year for reasons outside of their bullpen. I think we'll see Howell and Balfour pick it up a bit, but if you expect them to replicate last year again, you're in for a long season. (Marc Normandin)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of secret sauce, how do the Rays stack up should they make the playoffs?
(mattymatty from Philly, PA)
Their defense has been terrific this year -- already 35 runs above average thus far on the season -- and Kazmir is a legitimate #1. Troy Percival is not a particularly strong closer, but there are no real red flags for this team in the playoffs. (Nate Silver)
2008-03-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)I realize this is impossible to answer with any certainty, but do you have any gut feeling on Harden's health this year?
(tschiera from Brooklyn)
I think he'll throw 80-120 innings around a couple of DL stints. I put him in a category with guys like Prior and Wood, and suggest that a complete year off will help. Sometimes you just need to heal, and the cycle of surgery to rehab to pitching and back is wearing.
Troy Percival and Jaret Wright are two guys who come to mind who took a year or more off and came back with the ability to pitch. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for taking questions! To expand on the "Soviet" recruiting methods, would it behoove an MLB team to screen all of its draftees for pitching potential? Troy Percival and Rafael Soriano come to mind as successful converts. Maybe the Tigers would find that they could use the strong arm of Brandon Inge for occasional mop-up duty as part of his super-utility role.
(havybeaks from Michigan)
I think it's done, kind of. Not in any sort of systematic way, but organizations know who has a cannon at short and they know who pitched in HS. (Interesting thought ... Latin players tend to be classified one way or the other quickly while American players tend to go both ways through HS and even college. Is there an advantage to either side?) (Will Carroll)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Troy Percival threw 1,383 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2009, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2009, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph), also mixing in a Change (83mph), Curve (77mph) and Slider (85mph).