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Portrait of Scott Sauerbeck

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
7 386.3 20 17 5 389 3.82 3.4
Birth Date11-9-1971
Height6' 3"
Weight190 lbs
BatsR
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
1999 PIT 27 65 0 67.7 0.0 67.7 4 1 2 5 0 0 287 53 19 15 6 82 38 33 4 55 2.00 4.46 5.41 -0.9 -0.1
2000 PIT 28 75 0 75.7 0.0 75.7 5 4 1 6 0 0 349 76 36 34 4 109 61 53 1 83 4.04 4.01 3.82 17.6 1.7
2001 PIT 29 70 0 62.7 0.0 62.7 2 2 2 3 0 0 281 61 41 39 4 87 40 34 2 79 5.60 3.33 4.14 9.7 0.9
2002 PIT 30 78 0 62.7 0.0 62.7 5 4 0 4 0 0 255 50 18 16 4 73 27 23 1 70 2.30 2.81 3.82 8.4 1.0
2003 BOS 31 26 0 16.7 0.0 16.7 0 1 0 3 0 0 87 17 14 12 1 23 18 15 4 18 6.48 5.67 5.66 0.0 0.0
2003 PIT 31 53 0 40.0 0.0 40.0 3 4 0 9 0 0 173 30 20 18 5 49 25 23 1 32 4.05 4.95 6.51 -4.3 -0.3
2005 CLE 33 58 0 35.7 0.0 35.7 1 0 0 7 0 0 157 35 18 16 4 55 16 14 4 35 4.04 4.23 4.53 4.0 0.4
2006 CLE 34 24 0 13.0 0.0 13.0 0 1 0 2 0 0 57 9 9 9 2 18 9 8 1 11 6.23 5.80 5.48 0.7 0.1
2006 OAK 34 22 0 12.3 0.0 12.3 0 0 0 1 0 0 64 13 8 5 1 20 9 9 6 6 3.65 6.92 7.57 -2.2 -0.2
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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
1999 PIT MLB 65 0 67.7 5.41 89 .238 .274 .348 .440 .265 .255 98 0.1 0.0 -0.9 -0.1
2000 PIT MLB 75 0 75.7 3.82 127 .262 .265 .345 .430 .261 .360 103 16.8 1.6 17.6 1.7
2001 PIT MLB 70 0 62.7 4.14 113 .254 .277 .350 .468 .276 .365 100 9.7 1.0 9.7 0.9
2002 PIT MLB 78 0 62.7 3.82 117 .211 .268 .339 .425 .265 .301 102 8.5 0.9 8.4 1.0
2003 BOS MLB 26 0 16.7 5.66 90 .302 .265 .338 .434 .270 .348 105 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PIT MLB 53 0 40.0 6.51 62 .243 .265 .335 .421 .261 .227 102 -4.6 -0.5 -4.3 -0.3
2005 CLE MLB 58 0 35.7 4.53 104 .268 .269 .334 .438 .266 .316 100 4.0 0.4 4.0 0.4
2006 CLE MLB 24 0 13.0 5.48 98 .238 .259 .334 .427 .258 .206 108 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2006 OAK MLB 22 0 12.3 7.57 43 .309 .274 .342 .432 .261 .286 98 -2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2

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
1999 PIT MLB 4 1 2 65 0 67.7 53 38 55 6 61% .255 7.0 5.1 0.8 7.3 1.34 2.00 -0.9 -0.1
2000 PIT MLB 5 4 1 75 0 75.7 76 61 83 4 66% .360 9.0 7.3 0.5 9.9 1.81 4.04 17.6 1.7
2001 PIT MLB 2 2 2 70 0 62.7 61 40 79 4 55% .365 8.8 5.7 0.6 11.3 1.61 5.60 9.7 0.9
2002 PIT MLB 5 4 0 78 0 62.7 50 27 70 4 65% .301 7.2 3.9 0.6 10.1 1.23 2.30 8.4 1.0
2003 BOS MLB 0 1 0 26 0 16.7 17 18 18 1 60% .348 9.2 9.7 0.5 9.7 2.10 6.48 0.0 0.0
2003 PIT MLB 3 4 0 53 0 40.0 30 25 32 5 57% .227 6.8 5.6 1.1 7.2 1.38 4.05 -4.3 -0.3
2005 CLE MLB 1 0 0 58 0 35.7 35 16 35 4 52% .316 8.8 4.0 1.0 8.8 1.43 4.04 4.0 0.4
2006 CLE MLB 0 1 0 24 0 13.0 9 9 11 2 39% .206 6.2 6.2 1.4 7.6 1.38 6.23 0.7 0.1
2006 OAK MLB 0 0 0 22 0 12.3 13 9 6 1 51% .286 9.5 6.6 0.7 4.4 1.78 3.65 -2.2 -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
2008-04-03 2008-04-15 Minors 12 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2006-07-26 2006-08-10 15-DL 15 14 Right Groin Strain -
2000-06-15 2000-07-03 15-DL 18 17 Left Elbow Sprain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2006 CLE $1,200,000
2005 CLE $500,000
2003 PIT, BOS $1,500,000
2002 PIT $766,667
2001 PIT $416,667
2000 PIT $285,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$4,668,334
6 yrTotal$4,668,334

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y

Details
  • sent to minor-league camp 3/07
  • signed as a free agent from OAK 2/07, 1 year/$0.6M (07)+$0.25M performance bonus (minor-league contract)
  • released 10/06 signed as a free agent from CLE 6/06
  • released 6/06 designated for assignment 6/06 re-signed 11/05, 1 year/$1.2M (06)+$1.35M 07 club option
  • 07 option vests with 55 innings pitched or 68 games in 06
  • $0.1M assignment bonus if traded bef 07 season
  • club exercised $0.5M 05 option 11/04
  • contract purchased 10/04
  • signed as a free agent from BOS 3/04, 1 year/$ M (04) (minor-league contract)+05 club option
  • non-tendered 12/03
  • 3 year/$2.4M (01-03) incl $0.2M signing bonus
  • acquired in trade from PIT 7/03
  • 03 bonuses (01-02 appearances)

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
2007 Leaving aside Sauerbeck`s scrap with Johnny Law in late May (when he was still with the Indians), you have to look at his 2006 stats and wonder: `What`s the point?` In 46 games, Sauerbeck faced only 121 batters, which is an odd ratio even for a LOOGY, and he wasn`t good against lefties, which might be why he`s still looking for work at this writing. He`ll be back because he`s held left-handed hitters to a .199 batting average on his career, and if he can limit the drinking and driving and hiding in bushes to maybe once every other season or so he`ll still be pitching in five years.
2006 After missing 2004 due to shoulder surgery, Sauerbeck continued his LOOGY ways with the Indians, averaging less than two-thirds of an inning per game and holding lefties to a .162/.284/.324 line. The problem is that righties drilled him, hitting.377/.441/.508. This, of course, is the problem with situational lefties: There`s no guarantee they`re actually going to get to face the batter they`re brought in to face, and when there`s a righty in the box, the advantage swings decidedly in the other direction. Unperturbed by this reality, the Indians re-upped Sauerbeck, who held the first batters he faced to a .163 average in 2005, for 2006 with a club option for 2007.
2003 Rebounding from a poor 2001, Sauerbeck showed again how freely available talent can benefit a team as well as how little such things matter to an organization with the gaping holes the Pirates have. Taken from the Mets in the December 1998 Rule 5 draft, he has been a mainstay of the Pittsburgh bullpen ever since. Sauerbeck posted his best performance ever last season, mixing his fine curve, changing speeds, and delivering from a variety of motions and arm angles. A prime candidate for a mid-season trade to a contender, or maybe even a deal before Opening Day.
2002 Sauerbeck’s multiyear deal serves as an example of all that was wrong with Bonifay’s philosophy, which included 1) locking all players up to long-term deals, regardless of their quality; 2) assuming that what worked once (using the Rule 5 draft to grab a useful reliever) won’t work again; and 3) looking at superficial stats instead of meaningful ones. Sauerbeck’s fastball couldn’t outrun traffic on the Fort Pitt Bridge during rush hour; he’s just in the way.
2001 As predicted, the second time around was worse. Scott Sauerbeck puts up good ERAs, largely because he inherits other people’s messes and isn’t charged with the runs he allows to score. His curve is his best pitch, but it’s generally not in the strike zone, so hitters who lay off it tend to end up on first base. He should never be allowed to face a right-handed hitter, which limits his usefulness to LaRussian manipulations.
2000 Cam Bonifay deserves credit for using the Rule 5 draft in a new way: to help his team now, rather than to acquire a prospect for the future. Sauerbeck was well cast as a left-handed reliever who could get right-handed hitters out as well. He tends to pitch around them too much, and is a bit homer-prone against his own kind, so he's unlikely to repeat his 1999 performance. He should still be the #2 left-handed reliever for the Pirates in 2000.

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