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Portrait of Calvin Pickering

Calvin Pickering DHOrioles

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
5 310 .223 .329 .428 .258 0.1
Birth Date9-29-1976
Height6' 5"
Weight283 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
1998 BAL 21 9 24 21 4 5 0 0 2 11 3 4 0 0 0 3 1 0 .238 .333 .524 .255 0.6 0.0 0.1
1999 BAL 22 23 51 40 4 5 1 0 1 9 11 16 0 0 0 5 0 0 .125 .314 .225 .232 -1.2 -0.3 -0.1
2001 BOS 24 17 58 50 4 14 1 0 3 24 8 13 0 0 0 7 0 0 .280 .379 .480 .277 1.0 0.3 0.1
2001 CIN 24 4 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .170 -0.3 0.0 -0.0
2004 KCA 27 35 142 122 21 30 8 1 7 61 18 42 0 2 0 26 0 0 .246 .338 .500 .274 2.6 -0.3 0.2
2005 KCA 28 7 31 27 4 4 0 0 1 7 3 14 0 1 0 3 0 0 .148 .226 .259 .209 -1.8 0.0 -0.2
Career9531026437591011411343910304510.223.329.428.2580.9-0.30.1

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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1996 BLU Rk 60 231 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .398 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 DEL A 0 506 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .404 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 BAL MLB 9 24 .255 .244 .310 .377 .242 .200 96 -0.1 0.7 -0.4 0.0 0.1 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
1998 BOW AA 0 597 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .355 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 BAL MLB 23 51 .232 .243 .324 .397 .248 .174 97 -1.7 1.4 -0.8 -0.3 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
1999 ROC AAA 0 443 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 ROC AAA 0 234 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BOS MLB 17 58 .277 .278 .349 .454 .279 .324 95 1.1 1.6 -1.1 0.3 -0.1 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2001 CIN MLB 4 4 .170 .262 .323 .429 .258 .500 101 -0.4 0.1 0 0.0 0.0 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2001 LOU AAA 1 5 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ROC AAA 131 538 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LOU AAA 26 102 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .413 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 KCA MLB 35 142 .274 .278 .341 .452 .268 .307 102 2.1 4.2 -2.7 -0.3 -0.5 2.6 0.2 2.6 0.2
2004 OMA AAA 89 379 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KCA MLB 7 31 .209 .261 .312 .422 .260 .231 99 -1.7 0.9 -0.6 0.0 -0.4 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2
2005 OMA AAA 92 396 .281 .278 .353 .439 .270 .379 92 6.8 8.9 -5.7 -0.8 -3.7 6.4 0.5 6.4 0.5

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
1996 BLU Rk 231 45 65 14 1 18 66 28 64 8 2 .325 .413 .675 .350 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 DEL A 506 88 138 31 1 25 79 53 139 6 3 .311 .395 .554 .243 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 BOW AA 597 93 151 28 2 31 114 98 119 4 6 .309 .436 .566 .256 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 BAL MLB 24 4 5 0 0 2 3 3 4 1 0 .238 .333 .524 .286 .255 0.6 0.0 0.1
1999 ROC AAA 443 63 106 20 0 16 63 60 99 1 3 .285 .400 .468 .183 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 BAL MLB 51 4 5 1 0 1 5 11 16 0 0 .125 .314 .225 .100 .232 -1.2 -0.3 -0.1
2000 ROC AAA 234 20 43 10 0 6 30 36 70 2 2 .218 .342 .360 .142 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 ROC AAA 538 62 130 25 0 21 98 64 149 0 1 .282 .381 .473 .191 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 LOU AAA 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 .250 .400 1.000 .750 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BOS MLB 58 4 14 1 0 3 7 8 13 0 0 .280 .379 .480 .200 .277 1.0 0.3 0.1
2001 CIN MLB 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 .170 -0.3 0.0 -0.0
2003 LOU AAA 102 10 23 3 0 4 18 17 31 0 0 .284 .426 .469 .185 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 OMA AAA 379 65 94 12 1 35 79 70 85 0 1 .314 .455 .712 .398 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 KCA MLB 142 21 30 8 1 7 26 18 42 0 0 .246 .338 .500 .254 .274 2.6 -0.3 0.2
2005 OMA AAA 396 56 92 16 0 23 67 56 130 1 0 .275 .385 .528 .254 .281 6.4 -0.8 0.5
2005 KCA MLB 31 4 4 0 0 1 3 3 14 0 0 .148 .226 .259 .111 .209 -1.8 0.0 -0.2

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

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2002-03-22 2002-09-30 60-DL 192 162 Right Thigh Surgery Quadriceps Tendon -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2005 KCA $323,500
2002 KCA $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$523,500
2 yrTotal$523,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 127 d1 yr/$0.3235M (05)

Details
  • playing 06 in Korea
  • designated for assignment 9/05 optioned to Triple-A 4/05 re-signed 3/05, 1 year/$0.3235M (05) (split contract, $66K min)
  • contract purchased 8/04 sent to minor-league camp 3/04 non-roster invitee 11/03
  • signed as a free agent from SEA 10/03 (minor-league contract)
  • signed as a free agent from BOS 1/03 (minor-league contract) 1 year/$0.2M (02) 3/02
  • recalled 9/01 claimed off waivers from CIN 9/01 acquired in trade from BAL 9/01

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2006 The Pickering-Harvey death match for a roster spot proved to be the most over-hyped conflict since Bacon`s Rebellion, a 17th Century Virginia uprising which collapsed anticlimactically when its leader was devoured by his own body lice. The Royals did the right thing by giving the job to Pickering, then reneged on their decision after all of 27 at-bats. Pickering battled knee tendinitis upon his demotion to Omaha, and started 15-for-93 (.161) with 44 strikeouts. From that point on, he hit .318/.411/.603. A free agent as of this writing, at last check he was tearing up the Mexican winter league. There`s still a brief Ken Phelps-type peak waiting to be sprung here. At that point, he`ll probably be traded for Jay Buhner.
2005 You've heard of the Ken Phelps All-Stars? Pickering isn't just a Ken Phelps All-Star, he is Ken Phelps. Like Phelps, Pickering has prodigious power and a tremendous batting eye. Also like Phelps, Pickering is rendered useless at the sight of two things: left-handed pitchers, and a fielding glove on his hand. Used in a Phelps-like role as a DH for 400 plate appearances, Pickering could be the best hitter on the team this year. Inexplicably, the Royals, have yet to commit to giving Pickering a spot on the roster. You'll know just how serious the Royals are about building a winning team by where Pickering is on Opening Day: in the lineup, on the bench, in Omaha…or in Oakland.
2003 Barry Bonds hits like a 600-pound gorilla, powering the middle of the Giants lineup; Calvin Pickering is merely 600 pounds. There is no denying his talent: he has good plate discipline and above-average power. Unfortunately, he has not shown any commitment to maintaining his physical fitness. After showing up to camp overweight, he promptly tore his right quadriceps. Following surgery to repair the injury, he missed the entire season. While he’s dropped out of sight, there is still a chance that he might return to have a productive career. He should begin by working with a diet and fitness coach over the winter.
2002 Heavy P came into town almost unnoticed, or at least as unnoticed as any nearly-300-pound man can be. Pickering was a great waiver claim for Boston: They need a first baseman with some power, and Pickering has that and the willingness to take a walk. He might fan 175 times in the process, but if the Sox decide to move Brian Daubach now that he’s arbitration-eligible, Pickering would be a fine replacement.
2001 Another disastrous year for the big Virgin Islander; Calvin Pickering struggled through the cold spring--as he always does--then didn’t break out when the weather warmed up. His season came to an early end thanks to a torn quadriceps muscle; his persistent weight problem is a likely culprit. His only value right now is for salvage.
2000 Big Cal suffered through a disappointing year. He hurt his shoulder in the spring, and it bothered him throughout the first half. He finally got going just before Will Clark went down for the season, but sulked when he was passed over in favor of Derrick May. He carries a lot of weight, something Ray Miller couldn't stand.
1999 Somewhere in my library I can remember a picture from the ‘30s of a player who looked just like Pickering; I think it was Mule Suttles, even though he was seven inches and seventy pounds smaller. Everything looks small on him; his hat sort of perches on top of his head, he looks like he's wearing a child's glove; he wears his uniform really loose, perhaps out of sensitivity for his weight; he completes the picture by wearing his pants tucked in at the knee. A young Mo Vaughn, complete with the horrible defense.
1998 A mountain of a man-child, Pickering is listed as 6'5", 285 pounds, but has arrived in spring each year at over 300. He grew up in the Virgin Islands and moved to Florida only as a high school senior, which probably kept him off of someone’s offensive line. He has the power you’d expect of a man his size, which is the good; he also has the defense, which isn’t. Strikes out a little more than is desirable, but is probably the Orioles’ best batting prospect. Can bench-press Wyoming.

BP Articles

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This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: The Position Players Who Changed PECOTA's MindSam Miller2014-02-24
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: Arizona Fall League PreviewJason Parks2013-09-03
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: Arizona Fall League PreviewBP Prospect Staff2013-09-03
Wezen-Ball: When Cuba Stomped the OriolesLarry Granillo2013-03-05
The BP Wayback Machine: Your Guide to Spring TrainingJim Baker2013-02-21
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Spring Training Diary, Day 30Jason Parks2012-03-29
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Do Quad-A Players Exist?Kevin Goldstein2012-01-11
This article requires BP Premium accessThe BP Broadside: The Rudy Pemberton Project Goes to BaltimoreSteven Goldman2011-12-27
Changing Speeds: The Next Jose BautistaKen Funck2011-02-08
Prospectus Idol Entry: Kila Ka'aihueTim Kniker2009-06-14
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Cooper's OptimismJohn Perrotto2009-04-19
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Does This Projection Make Me Look Fat?Will Carroll2009-03-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Colorado RockiesWill Carroll2009-02-24
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Monday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-05-05
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Padres Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2008-02-21
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Position Breakdown: First BasemenKevin Goldstein2006-07-06
This article requires BP Premium access2006--Setting the Stage: Players to WatchRany Jazayerli2006-03-21
Prospectus Notebook: Braves, MarlinsBaseball Prospectus2006-03-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: December 7-13Christina Kahrl2005-12-14
Prospectus Hit List: Week of September 11Jay Jaffe2005-09-13
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: September 1-7Christina Kahrl2005-09-08
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: Navigating the Stretch RunErik Siegrist2005-08-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: July 1-8Christina Kahrl2005-07-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: May 10-24, 2005Christina Kahrl2005-05-26
Prospectus Hit List: Week of May 1, 2005Jay Jaffe2005-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: April 20-27Christina Kahrl2005-04-27
Prospectus Hit List: Week of April 24, 2005Jay Jaffe2005-04-26
Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City RoyalsCaleb Peiffer2005-04-22
Under The Knife: ApathyWill Carroll2005-04-15
This article requires BP Premium accessGetting the Call: Impact Call-Ups of 2005Caleb Peiffer2005-04-14
This article requires BP Premium access2005--Setting the Stage: Breakout HunchesRany Jazayerli2005-03-28
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Kansas City RoyalsWill Carroll2005-03-28
Prospectus Today: AL Central PreviewJoe Sheehan2005-03-25
Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City RoyalsCaleb Peiffer2005-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Projects the American LeagueNate Silver2005-03-21
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Your Guide to Spring TrainingJim Baker2005-03-01
Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City RoyalsCaleb Peiffer2005-02-25
Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City RoyalsBaseball Prospectus2005-01-28
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: Superstars, All-Stars and BustsNate Silver2004-11-11
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: What Happened?Will Carroll2004-09-15
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Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City RoyalsBaseball Prospectus2004-08-26
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Guinea PigWill Carroll2004-08-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: August 17-23, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-08-24
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Bye-Bye R.A. Dickey EditionJim Baker2004-08-24
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: A Golden Era?Will Carroll2004-08-23
This article requires BP Premium accessCan Of Corn: Double-A All-StarsDayn Perry2004-06-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 10-15, 2004Christina Kahrl2004-03-17
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6-4-3: Road MapGary Huckabay2002-03-29


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Kennys Vargas be a big league regular, or is he another data point with Calvin Pickering, Kyle Blanks and Walter Young against Very Large Men?
(Mario66 from Pittsburgh)
I'd wager against Vargas working out, but you didn't include Steven Moya (worlds largest human) and Juan Duran. Very upsetting. (Jordan Gorosh)


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