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Dan Plesac PBrewers

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
18 1072 65 71 158 1041 3.64 16.4
Birth Date2-4-1962
Height6' 5"
Weight205 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
1986 MIL 24 51 0 91.0 0.0 91.0 10 7 14 6 0 0 377 81 34 30 5 115 29 28 0 75 2.97 2.81 2.96 25.7 2.7
1987 MIL 25 57 0 79.3 0.0 79.3 5 6 23 13 0 0 325 63 30 23 8 94 23 22 3 89 2.61 2.92 4.06 13.3 1.3
1988 MIL 26 50 0 52.3 0.0 52.3 1 2 30 5 0 0 211 46 14 14 2 63 12 10 0 52 2.41 2.02 2.71 12.3 1.3
1989 MIL 27 52 0 61.3 0.0 61.3 3 4 33 7 0 0 242 47 16 16 6 72 17 16 0 52 2.35 3.26 4.05 6.2 0.7
1990 MIL 28 66 0 69.0 0.0 69.0 3 7 24 11 0 0 299 67 36 34 5 97 31 25 3 65 4.43 3.34 3.53 11.6 1.2
1991 MIL 29 45 10 92.3 48.0 44.3 2 7 8 5 3 0 402 92 49 44 12 152 39 38 3 61 4.29 4.64 4.26 12.6 1.3
1992 MIL 30 44 4 79.0 21.0 58.0 5 4 1 2 0 0 330 64 28 26 5 96 35 30 3 54 2.96 3.69 3.90 10.1 1.1
1993 CHN 31 57 0 62.7 0.0 62.7 2 1 0 3 0 0 276 74 37 33 10 117 21 15 0 47 4.74 4.56 5.36 0.5 0.0
1994 CHN 32 54 0 54.7 0.0 54.7 2 3 1 2 0 0 235 61 30 28 9 101 13 13 1 53 4.61 4.04 4.97 -0.0 -0.1
1995 PIT 33 58 0 60.3 0.0 60.3 4 4 3 3 0 0 259 53 26 24 3 77 27 20 1 57 3.58 3.21 3.58 10.6 1.0
1996 PIT 34 73 0 70.3 0.0 70.3 6 5 11 8 0 0 300 67 35 32 4 93 24 18 0 76 4.09 2.70 2.98 18.2 1.6
1997 TOR 35 73 0 50.3 0.0 50.3 2 4 1 8 0 0 215 47 22 20 8 78 19 15 0 61 3.58 3.92 3.33 7.3 0.7
1998 TOR 36 78 0 50.0 0.0 50.0 4 3 4 2 0 0 203 41 23 21 4 68 16 15 1 55 3.78 3.08 3.09 9.8 1.0
1999 ARI 37 34 0 21.7 0.0 21.7 2 1 1 1 0 0 94 22 9 8 3 36 8 7 0 27 3.32 3.49 4.94 1.3 0.2
1999 TOR 37 30 0 22.7 0.0 22.7 0 3 0 3 0 0 104 28 21 21 4 46 9 8 0 26 8.34 4.39 4.47 2.7 0.3
2000 ARI 38 62 0 40.0 0.0 40.0 5 1 0 6 0 0 182 34 21 14 4 49 26 24 0 45 3.15 4.06 4.66 2.4 0.2
2001 TOR 39 62 0 45.3 0.0 45.3 4 5 1 4 0 0 190 34 18 18 4 56 24 19 1 68 3.57 2.90 2.64 11.5 1.1
2002 PHI 40 41 0 23.0 0.0 23.0 2 1 1 3 0 0 96 16 12 12 5 33 12 9 0 27 4.70 4.92 5.00 -1.0 -0.1
2002 TOR 40 19 0 13.3 0.0 13.3 1 2 0 2 0 0 58 11 5 5 1 19 6 6 0 14 3.38 3.28 2.15 3.7 0.4
2003 PHI 41 58 0 33.3 0.0 33.3 2 1 2 6 0 0 141 29 12 10 3 42 11 10 1 37 2.70 3.00 3.75 4.2 0.4
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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 GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
1983 PAI Rk 14 14 82.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 STO A+ 16 16 108.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1984 ELP AA 7 7 39.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1985 ELP AA 25 24 150.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1986 MIL MLB 51 0 91.0 2.96 137 .239 .260 .325 .399 .263 .284 100 25.7 2.7 25.7 2.7
1987 MIL MLB 57 0 79.3 4.06 118 .222 .259 .324 .418 .260 .272 100 13.3 1.3 13.3 1.3
1988 MIL MLB 50 0 52.3 2.71 138 .222 .260 .322 .398 .267 .303 100 12.3 1.3 12.3 1.3
1989 MIL MLB 52 0 61.3 4.05 104 .234 .262 .321 .390 .265 .246 97 6.2 0.7 6.2 0.7
1990 MIL MLB 66 0 69.0 3.53 118 .258 .260 .324 .387 .260 .318 99 11.6 1.2 11.6 1.2
1991 MIL MLB 45 10 92.3 4.26 107 .285 .258 .323 .397 .264 .279 102 12.6 1.3 12.6 1.3
1992 MIL MLB 44 4 79.0 3.90 107 .254 .261 .328 .388 .265 .253 97 10.1 1.1 10.1 1.1
1993 CHN MLB 57 0 62.7 5.36 83 .277 .268 .328 .403 .261 .323 101 0.3 0.0 0.5 0.0
1994 CHN MLB 54 0 54.7 4.97 87 .269 .272 .336 .423 .259 .327 95 1.1 0.1 -0.0 -0.1
1995 PIT MLB 58 0 60.3 3.58 123 .240 .269 .335 .415 .259 .292 100 10.7 1.0 10.6 1.0
1996 PIT MLB 73 0 70.3 2.98 138 .226 .267 .334 .420 .258 .321 102 18.8 1.8 18.2 1.6
1997 TOR MLB 73 0 50.3 3.33 129 .250 .277 .350 .448 .274 .307 95 7.3 0.7 7.3 0.7
1998 TOR MLB 78 0 50.0 3.09 135 .231 .284 .355 .464 .280 .291 95 9.8 1.0 9.8 1.0
1999 ARI MLB 34 0 21.7 4.94 102 .251 .278 .357 .448 .271 .339 100 1.4 0.1 1.3 0.2
1999 TOR MLB 30 0 22.7 4.47 115 .284 .276 .354 .442 .270 .369 99 2.7 0.3 2.7 0.3
2000 ARI MLB 62 0 40.0 4.66 107 .243 .268 .343 .435 .262 .280 99 2.4 0.2 2.4 0.2
2001 TOR MLB 62 0 45.3 2.64 145 .231 .266 .337 .433 .266 .323 99 11.5 1.1 11.5 1.1
2002 PHI MLB 41 0 23.0 5.00 83 .242 .269 .339 .433 .270 .212 95 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2002 TOR MLB 19 0 13.3 2.15 157 .234 .267 .345 .430 .272 .270 102 3.7 0.4 3.7 0.4
2003 PHI MLB 58 0 33.3 3.75 115 .233 .272 .343 .425 .267 .292 96 4.2 0.4 4.2 0.4

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
1983 PAI Rk 9 1 0 14 14 82.3 76 57 85 6 0% .000 8.3 6.2 0.7 9.3 1.62 3.50 0.0 0.0
1984 STO A+ 6 6 0 16 16 108.3 106 50 101 7 0% .000 8.8 4.2 0.6 8.4 1.44 3.32 0.0 0.0
1984 ELP AA 2 2 0 7 7 39.0 43 16 24 2 0% .000 9.9 3.7 0.5 5.5 1.51 3.46 0.0 0.0
1985 ELP AA 12 5 0 25 24 150.3 171 68 128 12 0% .000 10.2 4.1 0.7 7.7 1.59 4.97 0.0 0.0
1986 MIL MLB 10 7 14 51 0 91.0 81 29 75 5 38% .284 8.0 2.9 0.5 7.4 1.21 2.97 25.7 2.7
1987 MIL MLB 5 6 23 57 0 79.3 63 23 89 8 47% .272 7.1 2.6 0.9 10.1 1.08 2.61 13.3 1.3
1988 MIL MLB 1 2 30 50 0 52.3 46 12 52 2 40% .303 7.9 2.1 0.3 8.9 1.11 2.41 12.3 1.3
1989 MIL MLB 3 4 33 52 0 61.3 47 17 52 6 43% .246 6.9 2.5 0.9 7.6 1.04 2.35 6.2 0.7
1990 MIL MLB 3 7 24 66 0 69.0 67 31 65 5 39% .318 8.7 4.0 0.7 8.5 1.42 4.43 11.6 1.2
1991 MIL MLB 2 7 8 45 10 92.3 92 39 61 12 38% .279 9.0 3.8 1.2 5.9 1.42 4.29 12.6 1.3
1992 MIL MLB 5 4 1 44 4 79.0 64 35 54 5 39% .253 7.3 4.0 0.6 6.2 1.25 2.96 10.1 1.1
1993 CHN MLB 2 1 0 57 0 62.7 74 21 47 10 42% .323 10.6 3.0 1.4 6.8 1.52 4.74 0.5 0.0
1994 CHN MLB 2 3 1 54 0 54.7 61 13 53 9 53% .327 10.0 2.1 1.5 8.7 1.35 4.61 -0.0 -0.1
1995 PIT MLB 4 4 3 58 0 60.3 53 27 57 3 43% .292 7.9 4.0 0.4 8.5 1.33 3.58 10.6 1.0
1996 PIT MLB 6 5 11 73 0 70.3 67 24 76 4 43% .321 8.6 3.1 0.5 9.7 1.29 4.09 18.2 1.6
1997 TOR MLB 2 4 1 73 0 50.3 47 19 61 8 41% .307 8.4 3.4 1.4 10.9 1.31 3.58 7.3 0.7
1998 TOR MLB 4 3 4 78 0 50.0 41 16 55 4 40% .291 7.4 2.9 0.7 9.9 1.14 3.78 9.8 1.0
1999 TOR MLB 0 3 0 30 0 22.7 28 9 26 4 36% .369 11.1 3.6 1.6 10.3 1.63 8.34 2.7 0.3
1999 ARI MLB 2 1 1 34 0 21.7 22 8 27 3 44% .339 9.1 3.3 1.2 11.2 1.38 3.32 1.3 0.2
2000 ARI MLB 5 1 0 62 0 40.0 34 26 45 4 57% .280 7.7 5.8 0.9 10.1 1.50 3.15 2.4 0.2
2001 TOR MLB 4 5 1 62 0 45.3 34 24 68 4 44% .323 6.8 4.8 0.8 13.5 1.28 3.57 11.5 1.1
2002 TOR MLB 1 2 0 19 0 13.3 11 6 14 1 44% .270 7.4 4.0 0.7 9.4 1.27 3.38 3.7 0.4
2002 PHI MLB 2 1 1 41 0 23.0 16 12 27 5 24% .212 6.3 4.7 2.0 10.6 1.22 4.70 -1.0 -0.1
2003 PHI MLB 2 1 2 58 0 33.3 29 11 37 3 35% .292 7.8 3.0 0.8 10.0 1.20 2.70 4.2 0.4

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

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2003 PHI $2,000,000
2002 TOR $2,200,000
2001 TOR $2,200,000
2000 ARI $1,500,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$7,900,000
4 yrTotal$7,900,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
17 y

Details
  • retired 12/03 acquired in trade from TOR 5/02
  • 1 year/$2M (03)
  • 1 year/$2.2M (01)+$2.2M 02 club option $0.2M buyout
  • 01:$1.8M+$0.4M signing bonus

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

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2003 Yet another veteran reliever of the sort Ed Wade loves, Plesac looked respectable last year, unlike most of his over-30 bullpen mates. How his modest success earned Plesac a $2 million deal for 2003 will remain one of the great mysteries of life. Really old by non-Orosco standards, Plesac’s been reduced to a specialist’s role. Meanwhile his trade counterpart Cliff Politte will give the Jays plenty of effective relief work at a fraction of the price. Did the Phillies’ Triple-A pitchers collectively run over Ed Wade’s dog? All of his dogs? Rough up his paper boy? There’s no logical explanation for his aversion to non-geezers in the big league bullpen.
2002 Though Plesac pitched well in a limited role and met the clauses guaranteeing his contract for 2002, all indications are that the best active threat to Jesse Orosco’s appearance record is hanging ’em up. In his career, Plesac made the adjustments from starting rotation to the bullpen, from closer to situational left-hander, and from flamethrower to finesse pitcher, so there’s no doubt he could’ve effectively wangled his way through another season or seven. He’s young enough that he could always come back in a couple of years should he need pocket money.
2001 A career ruined by the save rule? Dan Plesac was a good starting-pitcher prospect when George Bamberger decided to keep him as a middle reliever for the 1986 Brewers. He threw in the high 90s back then with a pretty good slider and change-up. Instead of making the classic long-relief-to-starter move that Bambi was familiar with, Plesac got a couple of saves in a co-closer role and by 1988 had been turned into a one-inning closer. It was as much a waste of talent back then as it is now.
2000 Come on, did the Diamondbacks really need this guy more than a 26-year-old shortstop with power, a good glove and a low salary? I wasn’t a fan of the Mantei trade, but that one looks like genius compared to this move. That’s not really Plesac’s fault--he’s a reliable left-hander out of the pen--but the Diamondbacks would have done better if they’d coaxed Jerry Don Gleaton out of retirement or something. An indefensible move by the Arizona front office.
1999 Life as a lefty specialist: 41 of his 70 appearances were for less than 10 pitches. He only had to toss more than 20 pitches four times, and even then, he never pitched two innings in a single game. Another 250 innings over five years at this rate would get him to over 1,100 games, but Orosco is so far ahead (and still effective) that Plesac won't catch him.
1998 So consistent and good he’s actually boring. Plesac has spent almost his entire career on bad teams, so he gets absolutely no recognition. Better than the Fossas class of spot lefties: Plesac can be used for longer than one batter because he gets right-handers out. Like most left-handers, he’ll have a job as long as he wants to work.
1997 Struggled early and late, but excelled through the middle of the season. He still throws a mean fastball when his shoulder isn’t acting up on him. Dealt to Toronto, doesn’t change his outlook except making him a candidate for a few more saves.
1996  Whoa! That was eerie. Weirded me out for a second. Jim Leyland gets called a lot of things, but one thing he can do well is handle a bullpen, at least lately. Plesac has some life left in that arm, but was not as effective as his numbers above would suggest. Left handers drove in 16 runs off of him in 81 at-bats, despite only hitting .222. That means two things: Other guys' runners were scoring, and the ball was going good when it was hit to the tune of a .383 SLG. Still, Leyland did a good job of giving him an opportunity to succeed.

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This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: My Book Report on a Video of the Longest Home Runs HitSam Miller2013-08-19
Resident Fantasy Genius: Q&A with Brian KennyDerek Carty2012-11-05
The Process: When Will We Know Who Won the 10-Player Trade?Bradley Ankrom2012-07-26
Future Shock Blog: Draft Day Dream CrushingKevin Goldstein2012-06-04
This article requires BP Premium accessWestern Front: No Country for Old PitchersGeoff Young2012-03-27
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This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The PitchersJay Jaffe2009-01-12
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This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: Rookies and CyclesNate Silver2007-08-23
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This article requires BP Premium accessTeams: A Critical Guide: Rare Dick Weik Mention EditionSteven Goldman2004-09-22
Prospectus Triple Play: Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland AthleticsBaseball Prospectus2004-03-08
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This article requires BP Premium access"This is Our Fault": The McClatchy Ownership as Team Builder, a HistorySteven Goldman2003-08-14
Prospectus Today: Where Credit is DueJoe Sheehan2003-06-06
Transaction Analysis: The EastsChristina Kahrl2003-01-25
Transaction Analysis: August 1-3, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-08-06
Transaction Analysis: July 22-25, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-07-28
Transaction Analysis: June 13-17, 2002Christina Kahrl2002-06-20
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BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableI'm going with Dan Plesac as replacement level. Just a hunch. I need to work on this a bit more. (Colin Wyers)