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James Russell PBraves

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 28)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 3.94 1.24 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date1-8-1986
Height6' 4"
Weight200 lbs
Age28 years, 9 months, 13 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
-0.22010
0.12011
1.12012
-0.62013
0.32014
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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
2010 CHN 24 57 0 49.0 0.0 49.0 1 1 0 3 0 0 219 55 37 27 11 98 11 11 4 42 4.96 5.23 5.09 -2.2 -0.2
2011 CHN 25 64 5 67.7 18.3 49.3 1 6 0 3 0 0 292 76 37 31 12 131 14 10 2 43 4.12 4.74 4.60 2.1 0.1
2012 CHN 26 77 0 69.3 0.0 69.3 7 1 2 5 0 0 292 67 28 25 5 109 23 16 1 55 3.25 3.53 3.08 10.4 1.1
2013 CHN 27 74 0 52.7 0.0 52.7 1 6 0 9 0 0 214 46 21 21 7 85 18 12 1 37 3.59 4.43 5.79 -5.4 -0.6
2014 ATL 28 22 1 24.3 4.0 20.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 96 21 6 6 0 23 4 3 0 16 2.22 2.28 2.47 4.3 0.4
2014 CHN 28 44 0 33.3 0.0 33.3 0 2 1 4 0 0 142 24 14 13 3 39 16 14 1 26 3.51 4.24 4.69 -0.7 -0.1
Career3386296.322.3274.0101632400125528914312338485866692193.744.224.368.40.8

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
2007 PEO A 2 2 7.0 2.32 140 .177 .247 .322 .357 .261 .231 85 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2007 CUB Rk 1 1 2.0 3.24 129 -.008 .303 .396 .427 .276 .000 92 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2008 DAY A+ 8 8 41.0 6.40 62 .261 .248 .328 .367 .255 .282 101 -5.7 -0.6 -5.7 -0.6
2008 TEN AA 18 17 86.3 6.16 83 .286 .261 .336 .400 .250 .333 112 2.3 0.2 2.5 0.2
2009 TEN AA 11 5 37.0 5.72 64 .292 .260 .338 .390 .273 .336 96 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2009 IOW AAA 26 7 65.7 3.89 103 .277 .265 .331 .402 .271 .301 85 3.8 0.4 3.5 0.3
2009 MSS Wnt 11 0 14.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .244 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 CHN MLB 57 0 49.0 5.09 83 .301 .257 .326 .406 .269 .291 99 -1.6 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2
2010 IOW AAA 5 0 11.0 8.30 31 .312 .274 .351 .427 .266 .222 94 -2.7 -0.3 -2.8 -0.3
2011 CHN MLB 64 5 67.7 4.60 91 .291 .257 .319 .393 .260 .290 101 2.9 0.3 2.1 0.1
2012 CHN MLB 77 0 69.3 3.08 128 .257 .255 .317 .397 .260 .293 99 11.5 1.2 10.4 1.1
2013 CHN MLB 74 0 52.7 5.79 62 .265 .255 .322 .403 .265 .258 103 -5.4 -0.6 -5.4 -0.6
2014 ATL MLB 22 1 24.3 2.47 134 .199 .255 .310 .382 .261 .276 93 4.5 0.5 4.3 0.4
2014 CHN MLB 44 0 33.3 4.69 80 .249 .247 .311 .380 .258 .219 97 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1

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
2007 CUB Rk 0 0 0 1 1 2.0 0 0 2 0 75% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0.00 0.00 0.6 0.1
2007 PEO A 0 0 0 2 2 7.0 3 4 9 0 38% .231 3.9 5.1 0.0 11.6 1.00 0.00 2.0 0.2
2008 TEN AA 4 8 0 18 17 86.3 111 25 62 18 37% .333 11.6 2.6 1.9 6.5 1.58 6.36 2.5 0.2
2008 DAY A+ 2 2 0 8 8 41.0 36 13 24 4 41% .282 7.9 2.9 0.9 5.3 1.20 3.51 -5.7 -0.6
2009 TEN AA 2 3 0 11 5 37.0 45 9 26 5 34% .336 10.9 2.2 1.2 6.3 1.46 5.11 -0.6 -0.1
2009 IOW AAA 3 3 0 26 7 65.7 71 19 46 6 38% .301 9.7 2.6 0.8 6.3 1.37 3.42 3.5 0.3
2009 MSS Wnt 0 1 0 11 0 14.3 12 2 14 2 0% .244 7.6 1.3 1.3 8.8 0.98 1.26 0.0 0.0
2010 IOW AAA 0 0 0 5 0 11.0 11 4 10 5 41% .222 9.0 3.3 4.1 8.2 1.36 5.73 -2.8 -0.3
2010 CHN MLB 1 1 0 57 0 49.0 55 11 42 11 32% .291 10.1 2.0 2.0 7.7 1.35 4.96 -2.2 -0.2
2011 CHN MLB 1 6 0 64 5 67.7 76 14 43 12 40% .290 10.1 1.9 1.6 5.7 1.33 4.12 2.1 0.1
2012 CHN MLB 7 1 2 77 0 69.3 67 23 55 5 40% .293 8.7 3.0 0.6 7.1 1.30 3.25 10.4 1.1
2013 CHN MLB 1 6 0 74 0 52.7 46 18 37 7 34% .258 7.9 3.1 1.2 6.3 1.22 3.59 -5.4 -0.6
2014 ATL MLB 0 0 0 22 1 24.3 21 4 16 0 42% .276 7.8 1.5 0.0 5.9 1.03 2.22 4.3 0.4
2014 CHN MLB 0 2 1 44 0 33.3 24 16 26 3 44% .219 6.5 4.3 0.8 7.0 1.20 3.51 -0.7 -0.1

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
2010 835 0.5150 0.4910 0.7634 0.6651 0.3062 0.8462 0.5726 0.2366
2011 1085 0.5318 0.5014 0.7923 0.6395 0.3445 0.8347 0.7029 0.2077
2012 1156 0.5182 0.4883 0.7908 0.6494 0.3142 0.8329 0.6971 0.2057
2013 826 0.5557 0.5048 0.8106 0.6841 0.2807 0.8439 0.7087 0.1894
2014 913 0.5038 0.4841 0.8462 0.6696 0.2958 0.8994 0.7239 0.1538
Career48150.52440.49380.80030.65970.31040.85010.68390.1989

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-02-28 2014-03-12 Camp 12 0 Right Arm Fatigue - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 CHN $
2014 CHN $1,775,000
2013 CHN $1,075,000
2012 CHN $512,500
2011 CHN $427,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$2,015,000
2011Current$1,775,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$3,790,000
4 yrTotal$3,790,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 0 dHendricks Sports1 year/$1.775M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.775M (2014). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/31/14.
  • 1 year/$1.075M (2013). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2012). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/5/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4275M (2011). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 4/4/10.
  • Drafted 2007 (14-427) (University of Texas).

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
90o 0 0 4 0 0 78.8 65 17 59 9 .260 1.04 3.24 3.52 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 4 0 0 72.6 64 17 55 9 .274 1.11 3.61 3.93 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 3 0 0 68.2 63 17 51 9 .284 1.17 3.88 4.22 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 3 0 0 64.6 62 17 49 9 .292 1.21 4.12 4.48 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 3 0 0 61.2 61 16 46 9 .300 1.26 4.35 4.72 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 3 0 0 57.9 60 16 44 9 .308 1.31 4.57 4.97 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 3 0 0 54.4 58 16 41 8 .317 1.36 4.82 5.24 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 2 0 0 50.5 57 15 38 8 .327 1.42 5.11 5.56 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 2 0 0 45.1 54 14 34 8 .341 1.51 5.53 6.01 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0030060.66016469.2981.254.324.690.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
34% 49% 18% 17% 80%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20152921247050481540837.2951.274.414.798.72.77.21.40.1
20163021138040421127737.2991.314.895.329.42.56.01.6-0.2
20173121139042421130637.2951.274.464.859.12.46.51.30.1
20183221136038381027637.2991.274.454.849.12.46.51.40.1
2019332113303535925637.2971.274.605.009.12.36.51.6-0.0
2020342113203434924537.2991.284.554.959.12.46.41.30.0
2021351113003233823537.2991.274.615.019.22.26.41.4-0.0
2022361012402525718437.2981.284.564.959.02.56.51.40.0
2023371012102223615337.3041.324.815.239.42.56.11.2-0.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
12.77.75.63.22.51.131.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 79 Jesse Chavez 2012 10.58
2 79 Wally Whitehurst 1992 4.27
3 78 Lance Cormier 2009 3.61
4 78 Bryn Smith 1984 3.62
5 78 Jimmy Gobble 2010 0.00 DNP
6 77 Donn Pall 1990 4.14
7 77 Edgar Gonzalez 2011 9.00
8 77 Tom Walker 1977 5.14
9 77 Dave Heaverlo 1979 4.31
10 77 Edward Mujica 2012 3.31
11 77 Bryan Hickerson 1992 3.19
12 77 Jo-Jo Reyes 2013 0.00 DNP
13 77 Bob Lacey 1982 0.00 DNP
14 77 Mark Guthrie 1994 7.54
15 76 Billy Traber 2008 7.02
16 76 Sonny Siebert 1965 2.77
17 76 Danny Frisella 1974 5.62
18 76 Travis Miller 2001 5.55
19 76 Lee Stange 1965 3.34
20 76 Tim Crews 1989 3.94
21 76 Jeff Karstens 2011 3.83
22 76 Juan Oviedo 2010 3.74
23 75 Steve Hamilton 1963 3.08
24 75 Jim Crawford 1979 0.00 DNP
25 75 John Habyan 1992 3.96
26 75 Paul Assenmacher 1989 4.34
27 75 Chuck Cary 1988 6.48
28 75 Carlos Diaz 1986 4.97
29 75 John Wasdin 2001 5.35
30 75 La Marr Hoyt 1983 3.94
31 75 Jose Melendez 1994 6.06
32 75 Joe Beckwith 1983 4.94
33 75 Don Gross 1959 4.64
34 75 Rusty Meacham 1996 5.74
35 75 Turk Farrell 1962 3.39 DNP
36 75 Ken Dayley 1987 3.10
37 75 Tom Gorman 1953 3.75
38 74 Bronswell Patrick 1999 11.81
39 74 Mark Dewey 1993 3.38
40 74 Warren Brusstar 1980 3.72
41 74 Scott Sullivan 1999 3.25
42 74 Edwin Nunez 1991 7.11
43 74 Ken Frailing 1976 3.38
44 74 Dave Pagan 1978 0.00 DNP
45 74 Tom Gorman 1986 7.71
46 74 Cliff Fannin 1952 14.09
47 74 Andy McGaffigan 1985 3.82
48 74 Albie Lopez 2000 4.61
49 74 Bobby Ayala 1998 7.77
50 74 Chad Fox 1999 10.80
51 74 Jim Willoughby 1977 5.43
52 74 Tony Castillo 1991 4.45
53 74 Todd Coffey 2009 3.01
54 74 J.J. Putz 2005 4.05
55 74 Ron Davis 1984 4.77
56 74 Mark Huismann 1986 4.35
57 74 Brian Holton 1988 2.02
58 73 Danny Patterson 1999 5.52
59 73 Esteban Yan 2003 6.48
60 73 John Gelnar 1971 13.50
61 73 Buddy Schultz 1979 4.46
62 73 George Frazier 1983 3.43
63 73 Jay Ritchie 1965 3.80
64 73 Mark Leiter 1991 4.34
65 73 Rich Bordi 1987 7.64
66 73 Dave Borkowski 2005 0.00 DNP
67 73 Bob James 1987 5.33
68 73 Dave Veres 1995 2.53
69 73 Steve Crawford 1986 4.55
70 73 Willie Hernandez 1983 3.67
71 73 Jim Mecir 1998 3.21
72 73 Chris Capuano 2007 5.58
73 73 Don Kirkwood 1978 4.76
74 73 Eddie Guardado 1999 4.69
75 73 Roman Colon 2008 0.00 DNP
76 73 Jeff Innis 1991 3.08
77 73 Dick Tomanek 1959 6.53
78 73 Gene Nelson 1989 3.83
79 73 Graeme Lloyd 1995 4.50
80 72 Jason Berken 2012 9.61
81 72 Scott Randall 2004 0.00 DNP
82 72 Mike Sirotka 1999 4.65
83 72 Mark Davis 1989 2.04
84 72 Fernando Cabrera 2010 20.25
85 72 Mike Butcher 1993 3.81
86 72 Robb Nen 1998 2.13
87 72 Mike Fornieles 1960 3.14
88 72 Bryan Ward 2000 3.62
89 72 Bill Fischer 1959 4.71
90 72 Tim Leary 1987 5.18
91 72 Kyle Farnsworth 2004 5.26
92 72 Atlee Hammaker 1986 0.00 DNP
93 72 Ken Johnson 1961 4.29
94 72 Pete Vuckovich 1981 3.67
95 72 Rick Reuschel 1977 3.00
96 72 Ron Robinson 1990 3.91
97 72 Rigo Beltran 1998 3.38
98 72 Bill Gogolewski 1976 0.00 DNP
99 72 Mark Williamson 1988 5.51
100 72 Felipe Paulino 2012 1.91

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .215 .251 .367 .224
11 vs R (Multi) .289 .364 .519 .310
18 Split (Multi) -.074 -.113 -.152 -.086
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .183 .221 .322 .207
31 vs R (2013) .321 .418 .615 .351
38 Split (2013) -.138 -.196 -.294 -.144
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Russell has flirted with starting from time to time but has mostly stuck as a reliever, and was one of the few bright spots in the Cubs relief corps in 2012. A lefty but not a LOOGY, he pitches unconventionally, featuring a slider as his most common pitch. He also has more pitches to choose from than most relievers, with a two- and four-seam fastball, a cutter, a curve, and a changeup. Briefly a part of the College of Closers, he looks more like a middle- or long-relief guy in the future.
2012 Russell uses his blistering 88-mph fastball and nuclear 80-mph slider to incinerate any hope lefty batters might have. Or at least he's held them to a .265 on-base percentage in his career, though nine home runs in 207 PA adds excitement to even his appearances in a LOOGY role. As a starter, he's a catastrophe waiting to happen; right-handed hitters have little trouble picking up his pitches and driving them. With a bit more experience, and used in roles where he can succeed, he should hang around for a few years.
2011 Another legacy, Russell didn't exactly live up to papa Jeff's legacy for relief effectiveness in his rookie season. That said, his being here represented a modest surprise in the first place; he's more of an organizational arm, but a good showing in camp while others struggled or got hurt earned him an Opening Day slot as a third lefty, at least until June, when he'd pitched his way off the roster, only to be called back when Grabow's knee gave out. Russell's mastery of a fairly pedestrian fastball/slider mix leads to a lot of fly balls and more than a few homers. Better execution against lefties might earn him a situational role, but five of his 11 taters were surrendered to the same-handed.

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This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 19, 2014Chris Mosch2014-08-19
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The Week in Quotes: February 10-16Nick Wheatley-Schaller2014-02-17
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFive to Watch: The Save RushCraig Goldstein2013-09-20
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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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James Russell has thrown 4,883 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph), Sinker (90mph) and Slider (82mph), also mixing in a Change (82mph), Cutter (88mph) and Curve (76mph).