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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .202 7 26 26 0 .237 0.4
Birth Date4-29-1980
Height6' 0"
Weight220 lbs
Age34 years, 5 months, 24 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.12010
0.02011
0.82012
0.62013
0.42014
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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
2005 BOS 25 9 16 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .062 .000 .049 -3.4 -0.0 -0.3
2006 CLE 26 41 120 110 7 27 6 0 3 42 8 45 0 0 2 16 0 0 .245 .297 .382 .224 -0.0 -0.6 -0.1
2007 CLE 27 59 177 161 26 42 13 0 7 76 11 56 1 1 3 30 0 0 .261 .310 .472 .268 12.6 0.1 1.2
2008 CLE 28 112 403 352 67 92 27 0 21 182 36 133 11 1 3 55 0 0 .261 .347 .517 .289 32.6 -1.2 3.2
2009 CLE 29 89 327 271 33 58 14 0 12 108 33 98 18 3 2 40 0 0 .214 .335 .399 .258 12.3 -1.9 1.0
2010 TBA 30 63 187 158 17 31 8 0 5 54 20 71 6 1 2 17 0 0 .196 .308 .342 .241 1.8 -1.1 0.1
2011 TBA 31 87 253 221 23 39 3 0 11 75 19 79 9 1 3 22 0 0 .176 .268 .339 .220 1.2 -0.8 0.0
2012 BOS 32 48 158 140 16 35 12 2 5 66 11 62 5 0 2 17 1 0 .250 .327 .471 .274 6.4 -0.2 0.7
2012 NYN 32 28 87 79 7 16 2 0 3 27 5 27 3 0 0 10 0 0 .203 .276 .342 .237 1.7 -0.5 0.1
2013 CLE 33 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 -.003 -0.4 -0.0 -0.0
2013 SEA 33 35 125 107 11 21 7 0 3 37 12 45 3 1 2 9 0 0 .196 .293 .346 .252 6.1 -0.4 0.6
Career57218551616208361922706671556245781921610.223.312.413.25471.0-6.76.5

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
2002 SAR A+ 116 480 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .349 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PME AA 92 385 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .343 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PAW AAA 113 454 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .296 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BOS MLB 9 16 .049 .263 .323 .409 .256 .000 107 -3.6 0.5 0.2 -0.0 -0.1 -3.4 -0.3 -3.4 -0.3
2005 PAW AAA 102 432 .273 .269 .337 .424 .251 .297 105 6.1 12.8 5.3 -1.1 -3.9 23.5 2.0 23.5 2.0
2006 CLE MLB 41 120 .224 .268 .331 .429 .254 .387 107 -4.9 3.6 2.1 -0.6 -2.5 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1
2006 BUF AAA 21 87 .319 .264 .327 .408 .265 .367 101 5.2 2.4 1.4 0.1 -0.3 8.4 0.8 8.4 0.8
2007 CLE MLB 59 177 .268 .267 .332 .421 .262 .354 99 1.5 5.3 3.2 0.1 -0.7 12.6 1.2 12.6 1.2
2008 CLE MLB 112 403 .289 .265 .331 .416 .260 .357 103 12.8 11.6 6.8 -1.2 2.0 32.6 3.2 32.6 3.2
2009 CLE MLB 89 327 .258 .267 .332 .423 .260 .280 102 -0.9 9.4 4.8 -1.9 -1.1 12.3 1.0 12.3 1.0
2010 TBA MLB 63 187 .241 .255 .321 .401 .253 .313 107 -3.7 5.2 2.7 -1.1 -1.2 1.8 0.1 1.8 0.1
2010 DUR AAA 4 13 .222 .270 .322 .393 .248 .400 90 -0.6 0.4 0 -0.0 -1.2 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2011 TBA MLB 87 253 .220 .261 .328 .404 .264 .212 99 -9.9 6.8 4.1 -0.8 -0.6 1.2 0.0 1.2 0.0
2012 BOS MLB 48 158 .274 .260 .319 .419 .262 .411 106 2.2 4.3 2.5 -0.2 -2.7 6.4 0.7 6.4 0.7
2012 NYN MLB 28 87 .237 .247 .305 .386 .250 .265 96 -2 2.4 1.4 -0.5 0.1 1.7 0.1 1.7 0.1
2013 CLE MLB 1 2 -.003 .318 .370 .519 .326 .000 99 -0.5 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2013 SEA MLB 35 125 .252 .258 .320 .404 .268 .300 93 -0.9 3.3 2 -0.4 -1.3 6.1 0.6 6.1 0.6
2013 COH AAA 1 3 .241 .256 .310 .352 .246 .500 90 -0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2013 IND AAA 7 27 .152 .260 .313 .387 .248 .294 102 -3.2 0.8 0.5 0.1 -0.5 -3.9 -0.4 -3.9 -0.4
2013 SYR AAA 10 40 .241 .250 .317 .382 .247 .292 100 -0.8 1.1 0.7 -0.1 0.1 2.6 0.3 2.6 0.3

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
2002 SAR A+ 480 54 112 35 1 10 66 59 112 2 1 .271 .370 .432 .162 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PME AA 385 45 96 30 2 12 60 35 83 0 0 .282 .358 .488 .206 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PAW AAA 454 62 93 25 0 22 64 46 138 0 0 .233 .321 .461 .228 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PAW AAA 432 60 94 16 0 26 75 46 116 0 0 .253 .354 .507 .253 .273 23.5 -1.1 2.0
2005 BOS MLB 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 .000 .062 .000 .000 .049 -3.4 -0.0 -0.3
2006 CLE MLB 120 7 27 6 0 3 16 8 45 0 0 .245 .297 .382 .136 .224 -0.0 -0.6 -0.1
2006 BUF AAA 87 11 22 8 0 4 9 6 25 0 1 .282 .356 .538 .256 .319 8.4 0.1 0.8
2007 CLE MLB 177 26 42 13 0 7 30 11 56 0 0 .261 .310 .472 .211 .268 12.6 0.1 1.2
2008 CLE MLB 403 67 92 27 0 21 55 36 133 0 0 .261 .347 .517 .256 .289 32.6 -1.2 3.2
2009 CLE MLB 327 33 58 14 0 12 40 33 98 0 0 .214 .335 .399 .185 .258 12.3 -1.9 1.0
2010 TBA MLB 187 17 31 8 0 5 17 20 71 0 0 .196 .308 .342 .146 .241 1.8 -1.1 0.1
2010 DUR AAA 13 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 .308 .308 .308 .000 .222 -1.3 -0.0 -0.1
2011 TBA MLB 253 23 39 3 0 11 22 19 79 0 0 .176 .268 .339 .163 .220 1.2 -0.8 0.0
2012 BOS MLB 158 16 35 12 2 5 17 11 62 1 0 .250 .327 .471 .221 .274 6.4 -0.2 0.7
2012 NYN MLB 87 7 16 2 0 3 10 5 27 0 0 .203 .276 .342 .139 .237 1.7 -0.5 0.1
2013 COH AAA 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 .241 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2013 IND AAA 27 0 5 1 0 0 2 1 9 0 0 .192 .222 .231 .038 .152 -3.9 0.1 -0.4
2013 SYR AAA 40 3 7 0 0 0 2 5 8 0 0 .219 .359 .219 .000 .241 2.6 -0.1 0.3
2013 CLE MLB 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.003 -0.4 -0.0 -0.0
2013 SEA MLB 125 11 21 7 0 3 9 12 45 0 0 .196 .293 .346 .150 .252 6.1 -0.4 0.6

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
2008 1570 0.5013 0.4704 0.6463 0.6480 0.2912 0.7333 0.4518 0.3537
2009 1242 0.4984 0.4871 0.6645 0.6882 0.2873 0.7911 0.3631 0.3355
2010 723 0.5214 0.4612 0.5856 0.6525 0.2514 0.6951 0.2759 0.4144
2011 1006 0.4940 0.4985 0.6327 0.6942 0.3065 0.7130 0.4551 0.3673
2012 927 0.5156 0.4644 0.6488 0.6527 0.2628 0.7692 0.3305 0.3512
2013 478 0.4728 0.4905 0.6309 0.6770 0.3175 0.7059 0.4875 0.3691
Career59460.50180.47820.63960.66780.28580.74070.39640.3604

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-04-09 2011-04-10 DTD 1 1 Right Knee Soreness -
2010-04-11 2010-06-04 15-DL 54 49 Right Knee Surgery Meniscus 2010-04-19
2010-03-01 2010-03-03 Camp 2 0 General Medical Illness -
2008-09-29 2008-09-29 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Cartilage 2008-09-29
2003-06-30 2003-07-06 Minors 6 0 - Head Concussion Player Collision At Home Plate - Dates Are Estimated -
2003-04-05 2003-04-29 Minors 24 0 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 SEA $1,500,000
2012 BOS $1,350,000
2011 TBA $3,000,000
2010 TBA $2,250,000
2009 CLE $1,950,000
2008 CLE $404,100
2007 CLE $383,400
2006 CLE $327,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$11,164,500
8 yrTotal$11,164,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 132 dLSW Baseball1 year/$1.5M (2013)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2013). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/29/13. May earn additional $0.5M in performance bonuses. DFA by Seattle 6/14/13. Released 6/20/13. Signed by Washington as a free agent 7/3/13 (minor-league contract). Opted out of contract 7/30/13. Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 8/12/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Pittsburgh 8/28/13. Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 8/30/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Cleveland 9/1/13.
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2012). Signed by Boston as a free agent 12/12/11. Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Boston 8/14/12.
  • 2 years/$5.5M (2010-11), plus 2012 club option. Re-signed 1/5/10 (avoided arbitration). 10:$2.25M, 11:$3M, 12:$3.2M club option, $0.3M buyout. Tampa Bay declined 2012 option 10/31/11.
  • 1 year/$1.95M (2009). Re-signed by Cleveland 1/12/09 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Cleveland 12/1/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4041M (2008). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/7/08.
  • 1 year/$0.3834M (2007). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/07.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2006). Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Boston 1/06. Signed 2/06. Optioned to Triple-A 5/06. Recalled 6/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased 11/04. Re-signed 3/05. Optioned to Triple-A 3/05. Recalled 5/05. Optioned to Triple-A 6/05. Recalled 9/05.
  • Drafted 2001 (2-38) (Baylor). $0.7375M signing bonus.

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
90o 513 62 105 21 1 17 62 49 163 1 0 .240 .338 .411 .276 20.4 C -2 2.0
80o 491 56 96 19 1 16 57 45 160 1 0 .226 .321 .388 .262 13.0 C -2 1.2
70o 476 53 90 18 1 15 53 42 158 1 0 .216 .309 .371 .252 8.1 C -2 0.6
60o 462 50 84 17 1 14 50 39 156 1 0 .208 .299 .357 .244 4.1 C -2 0.2
50o 450 47 79 16 1 13 47 37 154 1 0 .201 .289 .343 .236 0.6 C -2 -0.2
40o 438 44 74 15 1 12 45 35 152 1 0 .193 .279 .330 .228 -2.8 C -2 -0.5
30o 424 41 69 14 1 11 42 33 150 1 0 .185 .269 .317 .220 -6.1 C -2 -0.9
20o 409 38 64 13 1 10 39 30 147 0 0 .176 .257 .301 .210 -9.8 C -2 -1.3
10o 387 34 56 11 1 9 35 26 142 0 0 .163 .240 .279 .196 -14.4 C -2 -1.8
Weighted Mean456488116113493815510.204.294.350.2402.2C -20.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 27% 16% 28% 85%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20153525027407072419930.180.269.302.213-1.1-8.6-1.41.310.0-18.5-1.1
20163625027397062319890.180.267.297.214-1.0-8.3-1.41.29.9-18.0-1.1
20173725027408062420900.184.276.310.219-0.8-6.3-1.41.29.7-15.8-1.1
20183825027418062319910.185.272.301.214-1.3-10.9-1.41.112.6-23.2-1.1
20193925026387052218930.180.263.291.207-2.0-17.0-1.41.014.9-31.6-1.1
20204025025387052118920.175.258.279.201-2.3-20.4-1.40.914.9-34.9-1.1
20214125024397052117910.177.256.275.200-2.0-16.9-1.40.911.7-28.1-1.1
20224225024387042017910.175.254.265.196-2.7-23.8-1.40.814.9-38.1-1.1
20234325023377031917930.172.253.254.192-2.7-23.6-1.40.713.4-36.4-1.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
10.610.58.76.95.74.642.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 87 Stan Lopata 1960 .214
2 86 Jason LaRue 2008 .220
3 85 Joe Ferguson 1981 .265
4 84 David Ross 2011 .278
5 84 Mickey Tettleton 1995 .312
6 84 Andy Seminick 1955 .254
7 82 Ramon Castro 2010 .276
8 82 Mike Stanley 1997 .303
9 81 Greg Luzinski 1985 .000 DNP
10 81 Mark Parent 1996 .230
11 80 Chris Hoiles 1999 .000 DNP
12 80 Darren Daulton 1996 .289
13 80 Danny Tartabull 1997 .225
14 80 Jim Hickman 1971 .291
15 79 Cliff Johnson 1982 .264
16 79 Jeff Burroughs 1985 .283
17 79 Steve Bilko 1963 .000 DNP
18 79 Ron Gant 1999 .264
19 79 Jeromy Burnitz 2003 .269
20 79 Chili Davis 1994 .319
21 79 Greg Vaughn 2000 .291
22 79 Deron Johnson 1973 .271
23 79 Matt Stairs 2002 .278
24 79 Gene Oliver 1969 .204
25 78 Jim Leyritz 1998 .298
26 78 Darrell Porter 1986 .300
27 78 John Wockenfuss 1983 .284
28 78 Cecil Fielder 1998 .253
29 78 Gorman Thomas 1985 .282
30 78 Jose Canseco 1999 .304
31 78 Gil Hodges 1958 .273
32 78 Roy Campanella 1956 .247
33 78 Bob Bailey 1977 .265
34 78 Ray Lankford 2001 .278
35 77 Todd Hundley 2003 .257
36 77 Woodie Held 1966 .232
37 77 John Jaha 2000 .240
38 77 Rick Monday 1980 .296
39 77 Lance Parrish 1990 .288
40 77 Carlton Fisk 1982 .274
41 76 Jay Buhner 1999 .285
42 76 Candy Maldonado 1995 .290
43 76 Doug Mirabelli 2005 .253
44 76 Miguel Olivo 2013 .231
45 76 Dale Long 1960 .281
46 76 Vic Wertz 1959 .282
47 76 Mike Macfarlane 1998 .250
48 76 Mark Bellhorn 2009 .000 DNP
49 76 Phil Nevin 2005 .235
50 76 Champ Summers 1980 .314
51 76 Mike Cameron 2007 .276
52 76 Larry Parrish 1988 .232
53 76 Brandon Inge 2011 .198
54 76 Richie Zisk 1983 .259
55 76 Larry Doby 1958 .301
56 75 Dale Murphy 1990 .262
57 75 Johnny Bench 1982 .262
58 75 Paul Sorrento 2000 .000 DNP
59 75 Bobby Grich 1983 .313
60 75 George Scott 1978 .231
61 75 Bob Allison 1969 .265
62 75 Ron Cey 1982 .277
63 75 Fred Lynn 1986 .304
64 75 Fred McGriff 1998 .285
65 75 Andre Thornton 1984 .301
66 75 Mike Easler 1985 .265
67 75 Duke Sims 1975 .000 DNP
68 75 Tim Salmon 2003 .291
69 75 Charlie Maxwell 1961 .275
70 74 Tony Perez 1976 .281
71 74 Bill White 1968 .262
72 74 Jim Lemon 1962 .241
73 74 Kirk Gibson 1991 .272
74 74 Greg Norton 2007 .253
75 74 Ron Santo 1974 .219
76 74 Carl Sawatski 1962 .284
77 74 Boog Powell 1976 .241
78 74 Mike Hegan 1977 .247
79 74 David Dellucci 2008 .239
80 74 Gene Tenace 1981 .309
81 74 Javy Lopez 2005 .268
82 74 Wally Westlake 1955 .207
83 73 Bobby Bonds 1980 .236
84 73 Reggie Sanders 2002 .280
85 73 George Foster 1983 .256
86 73 Howard Johnson 1995 .247
87 73 John Mayberry 1983 .000 DNP
88 73 Wally Post 1964 .158
89 73 Joe Adcock 1962 .289
90 73 Willie Horton 1977 .277
91 73 Ken Griffey 2004 .295
92 73 Bob Elliott 1951 .305
93 73 J.T. Snow 2002 .254
94 73 Brad Hawpe 2013 .204
95 73 Eric Hinske 2012 .204
96 73 Lee Stevens 2002 .242
97 73 Geoff Jenkins 2009 .000 DNP
98 73 Ellis Burks 1999 .318
99 73 Corey Koskie 2007 .000 DNP
100 73 Andres Torres 2012 .253

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .228 .322 .417 .273
11 vs R (Multi) .194 .280 .352 .245
18 Split (Multi) -.034 -.042 -.065 -.029
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .167 .306 .333 .269
31 vs R (2013) .203 .281 .342 .262
38 Split (2013) .036 -.025 .008 -.007
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.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 Shoppach's calling cards are his power, especially against lefties, his whiffs (he struck out at a higher rate than Adam Dunn in 2012), and his excellent 2008 season. Warm, fuzzy memories of Cleveland aside, Shoppach should be able to leverage his skills into some backup or job-share gigs for a few more years. One would be forgiven for hoping that he winds up with Boston one more time—not many players have a chance to be traded three times by one team.
2012 Defense didn't used to be Shoppach's strong suit back when he was originally with the Red Sox, but it has improved over the years, to the point where he gunned down over 40 percent of runners in 2011 with the Rays. Part of that was due to being the personal catcher of the man who led the league in pickoffs and who is notoriously good at holding runners (James Shields), but Shoppach's arm helped, too. While his TAv has dropped from .297 to .223 over the past four seasons, the Red Sox signed him specifically to face lefties, against whom he has hit .274/.373/.536 in his career. This leaves right-handed hurlers to the natural left-handed swing of switch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia, giving the Red Sox a strong backstop platoon while Ryan Lavarnway works on his defense.
2011 Scheduled to share time at catcher with Dioner Navarro, Shoppach tore the meniscus in his right knee in early April and missed eight weeks. He initially hit well upon returning—.263/.396/.421 through the end of June—albeit in just 49 PA. That kept him in the majors while Navarro was farmed out, but he hit just .175/.277/.317 the rest of the way, striking out 39 percent of the time. He bopped nicely against lefties (.261/.369/.455 in 103 PA) but disappeared against righties (.114/.232/.200 in 84 PA), which should fit him into the short half of a platoon with John Jaso, but minimizes any aspirations to regular duty. Also not helping: Shoppach threw out just 17 percent of attempted base thieves.
2010 After two solid seasons, Shoppach’s production dropped off precipitously. A notorious hacker, Shoppach actually improved his strikeout and walk rates, but his BABIP dropped to .280 after having three consecutive years above .350, suggesting a possible rebound in 2010. The Rays seemed to think so, snagging the arbitration-eligible catcher in a November deal for a player to be named later. Shoppach did find himself somewhat in the second half, batting .241/.353/.431 in 39 games. Small-sample caveats apply to those rates, as in fact they apply to his whole season, given limited and erratic playing time—Eric Wedge almost never gave him more than two consecutive days in the starting lineup. He should easily outhit Dioner Navarro, but the Rays might miss the latter's throwing arm.
2009 Victor Martinez's many ailments allowed Shoppach, the best backup catcher in baseball, to show that he is among the best catchers in the majors, period. From when Martinez went down on June 11 onwards, Shoppach hit .273/.366/.564 in 319 PAs, and even tied the single-game record for extra-base hits with a two-homer, three-double night on July 30 (joining Lou Boudreau as the only AL players to accomplish that feat). It would be difficult for the Tribe to holster its secret weapon, so he should get another 400+ PA through a creative C/1B/DH rotation. Given the team's depth behind the plate, Cleveland might also try to capitalize on Shoppach's emergence by flipping him to one of the many teams in need of a starting catcher.
2008 It's hard to find a backup catcher this good. Hell, it's hard to find a starting catcher this good. Shoppach makes a lot of outs, but half of his hits go for extra bases, and he's a very good defender. If there's a problem it's that he's in the wrong organization. He'll have to wait out his team-control years to move elsewhere and blossom as a starter.
2007 At this point, Shoppach is officially on the backup catcher career path. He`s a pretty good defender, has decent power, doesn`t hit for average, and strikes out a lot. He`ll get a couple of everyday assignments during his career due to positional scarcity, but in the end he`ll have played thirteen years for eight different teams.
2006 Shoppach is a top-shelf defensive catcher, drawing rave reviews for his game calling. Offensively, he has major league power and takes a lot of walks. He doesn`t really have much more to prove in Triple-A. The flaw in his game, and it`s a big one, is that he averages a strikeout per game, leaving little room for error in his other at-bats. He improved a bit in this area in 2005. With Mirabelli gone, he`s in line to be the No. 2 catcher, but he might have more value to a team that wants to give him a chance to compete for the starting job.
2005 Shoppach's biggest assets have long been his arm and defense, the former having cast some doubt after shoulder surgery in the fall of 2002. Despite some rumors about declines in his defense, Shoppach drew raves for his quick release and arm strength from both the Sox front office and scouts. He had a rough year in terms of batting average and strikeouts, but his walks were back up and he flashed some real power for the first time. He had a little trouble adjusting to the more advanced pitchers in Triple-A, but a solid second half looked to put him in line for Boston some time in 2005—at least until the Sox re-signed both Mirabelli and Varitek. His future now lies either as a backup to Varitek in 2006 or with another organization.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a good fit for the Redbirds at catcher? Doumit's bat would be great, but I can't see Matheny settling for the glove.
(doog7642 from Blaine, MN)
Kelly Shoppach is available. Otherwise finding a quality catcher is tough, just like finding a quality shortstop at this time of the year. Maybe if the need is still there in a few weeks the Cardinals can convince the Phillies to hand over Carlos Ruiz, or the Nationals to give up Kurt Suzuki before his buyout is due. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2012-08-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the breaking news of Kelly Shoppach signing with the Mets, is the East now the Mets' to lose?
(Garcia from LBC)
Well sure. They're just 16 1/2 out with 47 to go. It's anyone's division now.

Actually, this is a good deal for Boston. Shoppach wasn't the back up long term there. They have Ryan Lavarnway who needs playing time at catcher and this deal opens up a spot for him to get it. He could be the starter next season in Boston or split time equally with Jarrod Saltalamacchia (I spelled that all by myself!) which would make for pretty good production from the catcher's position.

As for what it does for the Mets? They're nine out of the Wild Card with a billion teams to jump over so I don't really get it. (Matthew Kory)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Lavarnway a starter-worthy in an AL-only league?
(cooldude from Mpls)
Not to start the year, since he'll begin at Triple-A. If Salty gets injured, though, I wouldn't be shocked to see him promoted to starting catcher for the Red Sox. He has a great bat, and Kelly Shoppach is sketchy. I suppose there's some chance too he might DH if Ortiz gets hurt. He'll be a boom or bust type guy this season, entirely dependent on someone else failing so he can get a shot. (Derek Carty)
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What does the future hold for Jarod Saltalamacchia in Boston.The Red Sox appear to think highly of Ryan Lavarnway and drafted Blake Swihart.Salty’s defense has also cost the team dearly during the debacle at the end of the season.Any thoughts ?
(Spirou from Somewhere close to the Big O)
The fact that they signed lefty-mashing Kelly Shoppach suggests the Red Sox will give Saltalamacchia another year in the big half of a platoon, rather than letting Lavarnway take over. It’s worth noting that PECOTA says Salty will be a 1.0-WARP player in 2012, and that Lavarnway will be a 3.0-WARP player in 2012, and it’s also worth noting that the Red Sox are run by smart people. (Sam Miller)
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)With Kelly Shoppach coming back 4-6 from now and John Jaso playing better then Navarro, could the Rays surprise everyone and option Navarro back to the Minors(he does indeed have options left and is under 5 yrs in) and use the more sensible platoon of Jaso(good vs. LHP,improved D and good OBP skills) and Shoppach(good vs. RHP, power and hbp) than Navarro and Shoppach?
(jlarsen from Chicago)
You mean this the other way 'round, of course, and not a bass-ackwards platoon of the lefty-batting Jaso starting against lefties, etc. Me, I could totally see it, as well as the Rays shopping Navarro. But methinks you're over-high on Jaso; he makes a nice lefty-batting complementary player to a right-handed regular like Shoppach. Think Joe Nolan to Rick Dempsey, not Mike LaValliere to Don Slaught. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)So...it may be slightly unlikely that John Jaso keeps hitting like the second coming of Barry Bonds. But how do you see his final line shaking out, as well as playing time at catcher for the Rays?
(Stephanie from DC)
Probably better than Kelly Shoppach and Dioner Navarro's lines. I think he can hit maybe .270/.370/.430. The OBP is sexy. I'm talking to Tommy Bennett right now, he says .280/.340/.430. Obviously, he's going to slug .430 if we both say so. (Marc Normandin)
2009-11-09 12:00:00 (link to chat)Can the Indians leverage Kelly Shoppach's 2008 (perhaps using hypnosis to pretend 2009 did not happen) into something useful in a trade? Catchers are always a valuable commodity, and I can't see them tendering him a qualifying offer.
(buffum from Austin TX)
It might be better to keep him around and hope he has a hot start. His trade value took a big hit this year, and I'm sure they don't want to sell low. No reason to have Santana up at the start of the season anyway, so if there aren't any good offers for Shoppach now, it would make a lot of sense to wait it out. (Shawn Hoffman)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)FWIW, the Rays can have Kelly Shoppach for any pitcher whose arm is still attached.
(buffum from Austin TX)
Be careful what you wish for, I expect Rick Behenna still has two arms. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)What would it take to get Aaron Harang from the Reds? I'm wondering if their desire to shed salary and his misleading numbers might make them likely to unload him. Their catchers and shortstop were horrific this season: could the Indians craft a package with Kelly Shoppach, Jhonny Peralta, and a pitching prospect not named Hector or Nick, or would the Reds be looking for a pure prospect package?
(buffum from Austin TX)
Do they have a desire to shed salary? They're not paying that many people as is. I can't see your offer getting it done, even granting your premise. That's a terrible deal. You'd have to do it with real prospects. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kelly Shoppach to the Rangers? Rangers need a Salty replacement, and Shoppach will cost some arbitration bucks next season ...
(buffum from Austin TX)
And the Rangers felt so secure in their catching depth not so long ago, didn't they. With Marson and Santana in the pipeline moving Shoppach might make sense for the Indians, but would he get through waivers? (Ken Funck)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think there is any market for Kelly Shoppach? Also, why won't the Tribe call up LaPorta and let him play?
(warclub from Strongsville, OH )
There should be, yes, although it won't be of the same range of value as it might have been during the offseason; not that he's Ed Hearn, but you weren't going to get a top prospect even then. As far as LaPorta, I'm at a loss. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Should we be excited about Kelly Shoppach?
(dcarroll from WI)
Absolutely. His production this year makes it clear that he's not simply a guy whose upside was as a second-division starting backstop. Look at how much churn was generated over the execrable Jeff Mathis this year... Mathis isn't one of the 30 best catchers on the planet; he probably isn't in the top 50 either. Shoppach obviously is one of the 30 best. It's not just the Rangers who have options behind the plate. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can the tribe trade Kelly Shoppach for Ryan Howard? Does that deal make sense for both squads... And: If you're Towers do you take Cano and Hughes for Jake Peavy?
(thomas from harrisburg)
Bret? Is that you?

Neither of these trades make sense. I'm as down on Ryan Howard as anyone, but I'm not dealing him for a marginal starting catcher coming off of a career half-season. Good god.

And no, I don't trade one of the best SPs in baseball for a slow 2B who never walks and doesn't play defense but who costs a lot of money. That trade offer might even get you laughed off of WFAN. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Pretty ironic that Kelly Shoppach is the best player in the Coco Crisp/Andy Marte trade, eh? Keeper question: choose two from the list of Beltran, Berkman, Hart, Guerrero, Sabathia, Billingsley.
(Peter from Beyond the Boxscore)
Shoppach sure would look good in a Red Sox uni, and hell, he can even catch a knuckler. (Marc Normandin)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 7105 10 -3.6 -3.5 3907 -6.8 -1.9 -3.4 -5.5 -7.0
2009 5998 -31 -7.8 -9.1 3422 -7.1 -1.9 -4.0 -9.8 -13.1
2010 3297 -27 -3.5 -7.3 1800 -3.5 -0.9 -3.5 -4.4 -10.8
2011 5290 0 -4.6 -6.1 2790 0.2 0.2 0.4 -4.4 -5.7
2012 4810 -6 -2.7 -3.9 2555 -2.4 -0.6 -1.7 -3.3 -5.6
2013 2594 -63 -9.5 -25.6 1446 -2.1 -0.5 -2.4 -10.0 -28.0
total 29094 -121 -31.7 -7.6 15920 -19.5 -5.1 -2.3 -36.8 -9.9

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