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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 25)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
54.7 4.30 1.32 32 3 4 0 0.0
Birth Date9-8-1988
Height6' 2"
Weight210 lbs
Age26 years, 1 months, 17 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.82010
0.12011
2012
-0.62013
0.02014
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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 FLO 21 15 12 72.3 64.0 8.3 5 3 0 0 4 0 307 74 32 30 6 108 16 14 3 47 3.73 3.67 3.68 7.2 0.8
2011 FLO 22 3 2 11.0 10.0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 48 13 4 4 2 26 3 3 0 8 3.27 4.72 3.99 0.8 0.1
2013 MIA 24 10 10 55.3 55.3 0.0 3 7 0 0 4 1 251 69 33 30 10 118 25 22 4 31 4.88 5.82 5.65 -5.9 -0.6
Career2824138.7129.39.3810009160615669641825244397864.154.614.482.10.3

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2006 MRL Rk 11 0 16.1 3.53 111 .203 .234 .319 .316 .249 .217 75 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2
2007 JAM A- 15 15 66.7 4.52 106 .265 .253 .325 .363 .254 .343 104 9.2 0.9 9.2 0.9
2008 GRB A 19 19 96.7 5.56 93 .261 .256 .327 .379 .260 .310 117 7.9 0.8 7.9 0.8
2009 JUP A+ 19 18 104.3 5.03 77 .237 .253 .325 .367 .254 .262 93 -3.8 -0.4 -3.8 -0.4
2010 FLO MLB 15 12 72.3 3.68 109 .264 .255 .320 .400 .265 .289 92 9.1 1.0 7.2 0.8
2010 JAX AA 14 14 84.3 3.35 121 .194 .262 .333 .384 .262 .238 95 15.5 1.6 14.4 1.8
2010 NWO AAA 2 2 14.0 5.30 105 .170 .268 .333 .401 .251 .205 113 1.6 0.2 1.4 0.1
2011 FLO MLB 3 2 11.0 3.99 100 .312 .259 .308 .398 .260 .314 96 0.9 0.1 0.8 0.1
2011 JUP A+ 2 2 11.0 8.52 18 .259 .296 .366 .443 .279 .244 98 -3.5 -0.3 -3.5 -0.3
2011 NWO AAA 4 4 21.7 5.89 80 .332 .268 .335 .408 .253 .388 93 1.0 0.1 0.3 -0.0
2011 MRL Rk 3 3 8.0 4.77 111 .187 .235 .316 .326 .240 .200 103 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2012 NWO AAA 17 17 88.7 5.01 91 .260 .277 .337 .430 .267 .292 93 9.3 0.9 10.6 1.2
2012 MRL Rk 1 1 3.0 2.10 161 .243 .264 .345 .355 .260 .400 106 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2013 MIA MLB 10 10 55.3 5.65 52 .330 .245 .309 .387 .254 .326 94 -5.6 -0.6 -5.9 -0.6
2014 NWO AAA 20 19 110.7 4.43 103 .265 .267 .333 .419 .265 .318 92 15.4 1.5 17.3 1.7
2014 RNO AAA 8 4 23.3 10.44 22 .333 .282 .349 .585 .275 .388 118 -3.9 -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
2006 MRL Rk 3 1 0 11 0 16.1 10 7 16 0 48% .217 5.6 3.9 0.0 8.9 1.06 3.35 2.3 0.2
2007 JAM A- 2 6 0 15 15 66.7 73 17 69 5 51% .343 9.9 2.3 0.7 9.3 1.35 5.13 9.2 0.9
2008 GRB A 5 5 0 19 19 96.7 106 25 75 11 48% .310 9.9 2.3 1.0 7.0 1.35 4.93 7.9 0.8
2009 JUP A+ 9 5 0 19 18 104.3 89 36 68 6 41% .262 7.7 3.1 0.5 5.9 1.20 3.45 -3.8 -0.4
2010 NWO AAA 1 0 0 2 2 14.0 9 3 5 0 48% .205 5.8 1.9 0.0 3.2 0.86 1.29 1.4 0.1
2010 FLO MLB 5 3 0 15 12 72.3 74 16 47 6 39% .289 9.2 2.0 0.7 5.8 1.24 3.73 7.2 0.8
2010 JAX AA 5 1 0 14 14 84.3 59 16 65 2 47% .238 6.3 1.7 0.2 6.9 0.89 2.03 14.4 1.8
2011 MRL Rk 0 0 0 3 3 8.0 5 0 5 0 80% .200 5.6 0.0 0.0 5.6 0.62 0.00 1.0 0.1
2011 FLO MLB 0 0 0 3 2 11.0 13 3 8 2 32% .314 10.6 2.5 1.6 6.5 1.45 3.27 0.8 0.1
2011 NWO AAA 0 3 0 4 4 21.7 35 3 13 4 42% .388 14.5 1.2 1.7 5.4 1.75 7.89 0.3 -0.0
2011 JUP A+ 0 2 0 2 2 11.0 13 0 1 2 51% .244 10.6 0.0 1.6 0.8 1.18 5.73 -3.5 -0.3
2012 MRL Rk 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 4 0 3 0 60% .400 12.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 1.33 0.00 1.3 0.1
2012 NWO AAA 6 7 0 17 17 88.7 92 24 63 11 42% .292 9.3 2.4 1.1 6.4 1.31 4.06 10.6 1.2
2013 MIA MLB 3 7 0 10 10 55.3 69 25 31 10 40% .326 11.2 4.1 1.6 5.0 1.70 4.88 -5.9 -0.6
2014 NWO AAA 7 4 0 20 19 110.7 118 32 93 10 43% .318 9.6 2.6 0.8 7.6 1.36 3.98 17.3 1.7
2014 RNO AAA 0 1 0 8 4 23.3 41 8 11 8 53% .388 15.8 3.1 3.1 4.2 2.10 8.10 -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
2010 1092 0.5311 0.4780 0.8352 0.6345 0.3008 0.8804 0.7273 0.1590
2011 177 0.4915 0.4181 0.8243 0.5977 0.2444 0.9231 0.5909 0.1757
2013 903 0.4563 0.4939 0.7915 0.6942 0.3259 0.8846 0.6250 0.2040
Career21720.49680.47970.81610.65630.30660.88560.67370.1791

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-05-27 2013-09-30 60-DL 126 112 Right Groin Strain - -
2013-05-08 2013-05-15 DTD 7 5 - Groin Tightness - -
2012-08-24 2012-09-05 Minors 12 0 Right Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff - -
2012-06-30 2012-08-23 Minors 54 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-05-24 2012-06-02 Minors 9 0 Right Groin Strain - -
2011-04-05 2011-08-06 Minors 123 0 Right Elbow Strain -
2011-03-04 2011-03-14 Camp 10 0 Right Elbow Soreness -
2010-09-28 2010-10-05 DTD 7 6 Right Elbow Sprain -
2009-07-27 2009-09-07 Minors 42 0 Right Upper Arm Strain Biceps -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 ARI $
2013 ARI $
2012 MIA $
2011 FLO $
2010 FLO $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 127 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Arizona 3/3/14. Sent outright to Triple-A by Arizona 4/16/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Renewed by Miami 3/2/13. Claimed by Arizona off waivers from Miami 10/4/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Renewed by Miami 3/2/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Florida 3/1/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Florida 6/22/10.
  • Drafted 2006 (32-965) (Castle Park HS, Chula Vista, Calif.).

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 4.6 4 0 14 14 72.3 62 18 42 8 .261 1.11 3.49 3.8 9.9 1.0
80o 4 3.9 0 12 12 66.0 61 18 39 7 .274 1.19 3.86 4.2 5.8 0.6
70o 3.7 3.8 0 11 11 61.5 59 17 36 7 .284 1.25 4.13 4.49 3.3 0.3
60o 3.4 3.7 0 11 11 57.8 58 17 34 7 .293 1.30 4.36 4.74 1.4 0.1
50o 3.1 3.6 0 10 10 54.4 57 17 32 7 .301 1.35 4.59 4.98 -0.1 -0.0
40o 2.8 3.5 0 10 10 51.1 55 16 30 7 .309 1.40 4.81 5.23 -1.5 -0.2
30o 2.6 3.4 0 9 9 47.6 54 16 28 7 .317 1.45 5.05 5.49 -2.7 -0.3
20o 2.3 3.3 0 8 8 43.6 51 15 26 6 .328 1.52 5.34 5.81 -3.9 -0.4
10o 1.9 3 0 7 7 38.2 48 14 23 6 .342 1.62 5.75 6.25 -5.0 -0.5
Weighted Mean3.13.60101053.85616327.2991.334.564.950.10.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
26% 49% 17% 32% 84%

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
201526101003232202193561292542.2881.233.984.338.62.55.71.11.2
201627101003030185180501242342.2931.254.044.398.82.46.01.11.0
2017289902727159153431071842.2951.243.914.258.72.46.11.01.2
2018299902727163159421082042.2951.233.994.348.82.36.01.11.0
201930890262615215340981942.2991.274.174.539.12.45.81.10.6
202031770222212912633841642.2941.244.034.388.82.35.91.10.8
202132770202012011930781542.2951.244.064.418.92.25.91.10.7
202233660191911111028711442.2961.244.094.448.92.35.81.10.6
202334660171710310326661342.2961.254.114.479.02.35.81.10.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
8.59.18.75.65.81.237.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 92 Jeanmar Gomez 2013 3.90
2 90 Sean O'Sullivan 2013 4.32
3 90 Greg Reynolds 2011 6.19
4 89 Justin Germano 2008 6.39
5 88 Luke French 2011 0.00 DNP
6 88 Scott Baker 2007 4.39
7 88 Trevor Bell 2012 0.00 DNP
8 87 Elizardo Ramirez 2008 30.38
9 86 Anthony Bass 2013 5.57
10 86 Ricky Romero 2010 4.20
11 86 Nathan Adcock 2013 0.00 DNP
12 86 Casey Coleman 2013 0.00 DNP
13 86 Vance Worley 2013 7.95
14 85 Sean West 2011 0.00 DNP
15 85 Vin Mazzaro 2012 5.93
16 85 Gavin Floyd 2008 4.67
17 85 Zach McAllister 2013 4.35
18 84 Matt Harrison 2011 3.83
19 84 Junichi Tazawa 2011 6.00
20 84 Yorman Bazardo 2010 0.00 DNP
21 84 Luke Hochevar 2009 6.86
22 84 Bobby Parnell 2010 3.34
23 84 Kyle Drabek 2013 7.71
24 84 Ross Detwiler 2011 3.55
25 83 Wade Miley 2012 3.65
26 83 Zach Jackson 2008 5.86
27 83 Mitchell Boggs 2009 4.34
28 83 Juan Gutierrez 2009 4.06
29 83 Travis Wood 2012 4.62
30 83 Anthony Swarzak 2011 4.68
31 83 Chris Tillman 2013 3.79
32 83 Matt Albers 2008 3.86
33 83 David Huff 2010 6.89
34 82 Chad Jenkins 2013 3.51
35 82 Alex Cobb 2013 2.89
36 82 Jeff Samardzija 2010 10.24
37 82 Enrique Gonzalez 2008 10.80
38 82 Tyson Ross 2012 6.87
39 82 Garrett Richards 2013 4.59
40 82 Kameron Loe 2007 6.35
41 82 Joe Kelly 2013 3.05
42 82 Jeff Manship 2010 6.21
43 82 Zach Duke 2008 5.35
44 82 Tim Stauffer 2007 21.13
45 82 Blake Wood 2011 3.88
46 81 Tommy Hunter 2012 5.66
47 81 Jerome Williams 2007 7.80
48 81 Zach Stewart 2012 10.09
49 81 Jason Vargas 2008 0.00 DNP
50 81 Wade Davis 2011 4.70
51 81 Josh Outman 2010 0.00 DNP
52 81 Ryan Webb 2011 3.55
53 81 Luis Mendoza 2009 36.00
54 81 Ricky Nolasco 2008 3.73
55 81 Casey Janssen 2007 2.60
56 81 Kyle Kendrick 2010 5.13
57 81 Kevin Mulvey 2010 6.00
58 80 Shairon Martis 2012 0.00 DNP
59 80 Shaeffer Hall 2013 0.00 DNP
60 80 Garrett Olson 2009 5.94
61 80 Jorge Reyes 2013 0.00 DNP
62 80 Lance Broadway 2009 5.87
63 80 Marc Rzepczynski 2011 3.92
64 80 Ivan Nova 2012 5.23
65 80 Hayden Penn 2010 30.86
66 80 Cesar Ramos 2009 3.07
67 80 Clayton Mortensen 2010 6.00
68 80 Billy Buckner 2009 6.52
69 80 Edgar Gonzalez 2008 6.38
70 80 Stephen Fife 2012 2.70
71 80 Ryan Tucker 2012 0.00 DNP
72 80 Chris Rusin 2012 6.67
73 80 Juan Nicasio 2012 5.74
74 80 Ryan Feierabend 2011 0.00 DNP
75 80 Jason Windsor 2008 0.00 DNP
76 79 Homer Bailey 2011 4.64
77 79 Rudy Owens 2013 0.00 DNP
78 79 Sean Burnett 2008 5.08
79 79 Brad Bergesen 2011 6.50
80 79 Anthony Vasquez 2012 0.00 DNP
81 79 Josh Geer 2008 2.67
82 79 Mitch Talbot 2009 0.00 DNP
83 79 Wade LeBlanc 2010 4.25
84 79 Felix Doubront 2013 4.60
85 79 Chris Volstad 2012 6.55
86 79 Justin Cassel 2010 0.00 DNP
87 79 Matt Packer 2013 0.00 DNP
88 79 Michael Cisco 2012 0.00 DNP
89 79 Adam Mills 2010 0.00 DNP
90 79 Brian Duensing 2008 0.00 DNP
91 79 Jordan Zimmermann 2011 3.46
92 79 Jesus Sanchez 2013 0.00 DNP
93 79 Yohan Flande 2011 0.00 DNP
94 78 A.J. Griffin 2013 4.05
95 78 P.J. Walters 2010 6.00
96 78 Jeff Karstens 2008 5.61
97 78 Omar Poveda 2013 0.00 DNP
98 78 Frank Herrmann 2009 0.00 DNP
99 78 Nick Additon 2013 0.00 DNP
100 78 Sean Marshall 2008 3.99

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .340 .427 .639 .372
11 vs R (Multi) .274 .327 .400 .249
18 Split (Multi) .066 .101 .239 .123
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .369 .459 .712 .403
31 vs R (2013) .262 .319 .364 .234
38 Split (2013) .108 .140 .347 .168
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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 Sanabia impressed the Marlins during a three-month big-league stint in 2010, when he was barely old enough to enjoy the Miami nightlife, throwing strikes and fooling his fair share of batters with a plus changeup. But he suffered elbow soreness throughout the 2011 season, and slipped down the depth chart when Beinfest reeled in Eovaldi and Jacob Turner in midseason trades last year. The righty lacks the oomph on his fastball or the bite on his breaking pitches to ever emerge as more than a fifth starter or swingman, but hes an excellent option as far as Triple-A depth goes, and should compete alongside the aforementioned higher-ceiling arms for a major-league spot in spring training.
2012 Elbow soreness sidelined Sanabia for the first half of last year, but he made it back to the majors for a pair of starts at the end of September. Had he been healthy, Sanabia likely would have been called on to plug leaks that sprung in the Marlins rotation with Josh Johnson's shoulder injury and Javier Vazquez's early ineffectiveness. Still only 23, he'll enter spring training with plenty of competition for the fifth starter's job from Brad Hand, Wade LeBlanc, and Chris Volstad.
2011 A 32nd-round pick in 2006 at the tender age of 17, Sanabia has simply made his way up through the system with moxie and surprising inexorability, showing fine command of a sinking fastball and touch on a slider. His changeup could use work, but for an utterly untouted 21-year-old to make the majors and not get eaten alive says something nice about the system's underrated depth. For now, the lanky control fiend will be in the mix for the fifth slot, with some hoping that he'll add velocity and better fade on his change as he fills out and matures.

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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Quiet ClaimsR.J. Anderson2013-10-08
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 24, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-24
Overthinking It: Bill James, Base Umpires, and the Sabermetric Significance of Checked SwingsBen Lindbergh2013-05-30
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 28, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-28
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 27, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-27
BP Unfiltered: Sanabia's SpitballDan Rozenson2013-05-21
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 21, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-21
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week EightPaul Sporer2013-05-17
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 16, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-16
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 8th, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-08
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 3, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 28, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-28
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 22, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-22
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 17, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Starting Pitcher Planner: Week ThreePaul Sporer2013-04-12
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 11, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-11
Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 6, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-06
Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 6, 2013Joe Hamrahi2013-04-06
Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 1, 2013Joe Hamrahi2013-04-01
Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 1, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-01
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of March 6, 2013Jason Martinez2013-03-07
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: The Best Pitcher in Baseball?Ben Lindbergh2012-04-11
This article requires BP Premium accessResident Fantasy Genius: Fantasy Fallout for 12/5/11Derek Carty2011-12-05
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Perspective: Moving Forward in MiamiBradley Ankrom2011-11-01
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: Looking Up in South FloridaR.J. Anderson2011-04-06
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Injury Projection: Florida MarlinsCorey Dawkins2011-03-10
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This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Florida Marlins Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2010-12-24
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Weekly Planner #26Craig Brown2010-09-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Shuffling SeniorsChristina Kahrl2010-06-23


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Alex Sanabia threw 2,394 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Sinker (90mph), Change (83mph), Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Slider (83mph).