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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 30)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
37.3 3.40 1.28 42 2 1 1 0.4
Birth Date1-6-1984
Height6' 3"
Weight195 lbs
Age30 years, 9 months, 16 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.02010
0.12011
2012
2013
0.42014
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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 MIN 26 5 0 4.7 0.0 4.7 0 1 0 1 0 0 25 6 4 4 1 11 5 5 0 5 7.71 6.90 4.78 0.5 0.0
2011 MIN 27 2 0 2.3 0.0 2.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 3 0.00 3.06 2.05 0.7 0.1
Career707.00.07.00101003464411177085.145.624.021.20.1

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 BLT A 21 0 24.3 3.09 124 .193 .256 .330 .377 .265 .290 94 6.7 0.7 6.7 0.7
2007 ELZ Rk 6 0 7.3 3.57 128 .111 .264 .344 .405 .267 .154 102 1.6 0.1 1.6 0.1
2008 FTM A+ 51 0 71.0 0.95 177 .190 .251 .329 .367 .252 .315 96 36.9 3.7 36.9 3.7
2008 PDD Wnt 12 0 10.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 NBR AA 51 0 65.3 2.99 125 .234 .256 .334 .382 .266 .297 92 13.2 1.4 13.2 1.4
2009 ROC AAA 11 0 15.7 3.13 131 .185 .264 .330 .382 .248 .306 105 3.8 0.4 3.8 0.4
2010 MIN MLB 5 0 4.7 4.78 103 .329 .257 .327 .402 .253 .357 110 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2010 ROC AAA 54 0 65.3 4.18 107 .205 .263 .333 .413 .255 .243 100 7.5 0.7 7.5 0.7
2011 MIN MLB 2 0 2.3 2.05 159 .123 .241 .299 .343 .237 .000 112 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2011 ROC AAA 27 0 37.0 3.95 112 .217 .256 .321 .404 .251 .256 101 5.0 0.5 5.0 0.5
2011 MAZ Wnt 16 0 15.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .229 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 ROC AAA 31 0 36.3 1.66 160 .212 .255 .330 .388 .254 .325 94 14.6 1.4 14.6 1.4
2012 TWI Rk 2 0 2.7 1.68 157 .201 .237 .294 .310 .231 .333 92 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2012 MAZ Wnt 21 0 22.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .343 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 ROC AAA 14 0 13.3 8.49 15 .308 .261 .331 .390 .256 .326 106 -4.3 -0.4 -4.3 -0.4
2014 CHT AA 5 0 6.0 3.33 128 .368 .262 .337 .410 .279 .520 105 1.7 0.2 1.7 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
2007 ELZ Rk 0 0 4 6 0 7.3 2 1 10 0 69% .154 2.5 1.2 0.0 12.3 0.41 2.47 1.6 0.1
2007 BLT A 1 1 10 21 0 24.3 15 9 39 0 52% .290 5.6 3.3 0.0 14.4 0.99 1.48 6.7 0.7
2008 FTM A+ 4 1 25 51 0 71.0 43 24 110 0 47% .315 5.5 3.0 0.0 13.9 0.94 1.01 36.9 3.7
2008 PDD Wnt 0 0 1 12 0 10.0 14 7 10 0 0% .400 12.6 6.3 0.0 9.0 2.10 8.10 0.0 0.0
2009 ROC AAA 0 2 4 11 0 15.7 11 8 19 0 47% .306 6.3 4.6 0.0 10.9 1.21 3.44 3.8 0.4
2009 NBR AA 4 2 25 51 0 65.3 46 32 93 5 34% .297 6.3 4.4 0.7 12.8 1.19 2.48 13.2 1.4
2010 ROC AAA 2 2 17 54 0 65.3 41 32 74 5 46% .243 5.7 4.4 0.7 10.2 1.12 2.21 7.5 0.7
2010 MIN MLB 0 1 0 5 0 4.7 6 5 5 1 27% .357 11.6 9.6 1.9 9.6 2.36 7.71 0.5 0.0
2011 ROC AAA 3 2 1 27 0 37.0 27 16 42 4 40% .256 6.6 3.9 1.0 10.2 1.16 2.92 5.0 0.5
2011 MAZ Wnt 0 1 2 16 0 15.3 8 5 19 0 0% .229 4.7 2.9 0.0 11.2 0.85 1.76 0.0 0.0
2011 MIN MLB 0 0 0 2 0 2.3 0 2 3 0 25% .000 0.0 7.7 0.0 11.6 0.86 0.00 0.7 0.1
2012 TWI Rk 0 0 0 2 0 2.7 2 1 3 0 33% .333 6.8 3.4 0.0 10.1 1.12 3.38 0.9 0.1
2012 MAZ Wnt 0 1 6 21 0 22.0 25 10 22 2 0% .343 10.2 4.1 0.8 9.0 1.59 3.68 0.0 0.0
2012 ROC AAA 1 0 14 31 0 36.3 26 18 56 1 42% .325 6.4 4.5 0.2 13.9 1.21 1.24 14.6 1.4
2013 ROC AAA 0 4 2 14 0 13.3 16 14 9 2 42% .326 10.8 9.4 1.4 6.1 2.25 13.50 -4.3 -0.4
2014 CHT AA 0 2 0 5 0 6.0 13 3 6 0 48% .520 19.5 4.5 0.0 9.0 2.67 6.00 1.7 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
2010 107 0.5234 0.2830 0.8000 0.4107 0.1373 0.8696 0.5714 0.2000
2011 53 0.4151 0.3774 0.8500 0.6818 0.1613 0.8667 0.8000 0.1500
Career1600.48750.31430.81660.50050.14530.86860.64710.1834

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-04-23 2013-05-26 Minors 33 0 - Low Back Soreness - -
2012-06-07 2012-08-10 Minors 64 60 Right Lower Leg Contusion - -
2011-07-02 2011-09-06 Minors 66 64 Right Elbow Strain Flexor Pronator Mass - -
2011-04-06 2011-04-14 Minors 8 6 Not Disclosed -
2011-03-01 2011-03-27 Camp 26 0 Right Elbow Stress Reaction -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 31 d1 year (2011)

Details
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/11. Sent outright to AAA by Minnesota 10/14/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Minnesota 7/20/10.
  • Drafted by Minnesota 2002 (39-1,176) (U. of San Diego).

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 2.4 1.1 2.2 43 0 51.6 36 21 57 4 .253 1.11 2.55 2.77 12.5 1.3
80o 2.1 0.9 1.9 38 0 45.5 34 20 50 4 .269 1.20 2.97 3.23 8.5 0.9
70o 1.8 0.8 1.6 35 0 41.2 33 20 46 4 .280 1.27 3.28 3.56 6.1 0.6
60o 1.7 0.7 1.5 32 0 37.7 32 19 42 4 .290 1.34 3.54 3.85 4.3 0.4
50o 1.5 0.6 1.3 29 0 34.4 30 18 38 3 .299 1.40 3.80 4.13 2.8 0.3
40o 1.3 0.5 1.1 26 0 31.3 29 17 35 3 .308 1.46 4.06 4.41 1.6 0.2
30o 1.2 0.4 1 24 0 28.0 27 16 31 3 .318 1.53 4.34 4.72 0.4 0.0
20o 1 0.4 0.8 20 0 24.3 24 15 27 3 .330 1.61 4.68 5.09 -0.7 -0.1
10o 0.8 0.3 0.6 16 0 19.3 21 12 21 2 .345 1.73 5.16 5.61 -1.6 -0.2
Weighted Mean1.50.61.328033.72917373.2971.383.764.092.90.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
11% 14% 10% 12% 25%

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
20153121244052472858543.3031.433.974.328.14.810.00.90.4
20163221243051452655543.2971.403.804.138.04.69.80.90.5
20173321240047422450543.2971.393.844.188.04.69.51.00.4
20183421239046412349543.3001.393.854.188.04.59.61.00.4
20193521236043392145543.3011.403.864.198.24.49.41.00.4
20203621235041372043443.3011.393.844.178.14.49.40.90.4
20213721133039361941443.3011.413.844.178.34.49.50.90.4
20223821133038351840443.3011.383.844.178.24.29.40.90.4
20233921132038351738443.3021.383.864.198.44.19.11.00.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
4.41.422.42.51.812.6

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1 89 Dane De La Rosa 2013 3.36
2 89 Jim Henderson 2013 2.70
3 89 Joe Torres 2013 0.00 DNP
4 88 Eric Hull 2010 0.00 DNP
5 88 Colter Bean 2007 12.00
6 88 Steve Andrade 2008 0.00 DNP
7 88 Jailen Peguero 2011 0.00 DNP
8 87 Josh Schmidt 2013 0.00 DNP
9 86 Jim Miller 2012 2.77
10 86 Jason Bulger 2009 3.56
11 85 Jordan De Jong 2009 0.00 DNP
12 85 Bill White 2009 0.00 DNP
13 85 Jim Hoey 2013 0.00 DNP
14 84 Mike DeMark 2013 0.00 DNP
15 84 Allan Simpson 2008 0.00 DNP
16 84 Beau Vaughan 2011 0.00 DNP
17 84 Brad Salmon 2010 0.00 DNP
18 84 Marcus Gwyn 2008 0.00 DNP
19 84 Felix Romero 2010 0.00 DNP
20 83 Charlie Manning 2009 0.00 DNP
21 82 Paul Bush 2010 0.00 DNP
22 82 Jairo Asencio 2013 7.71
23 82 Gabe DeHoyos 2010 0.00 DNP
24 82 Ryan Houston 2010 0.00 DNP
25 81 Marcus McBeth 2011 0.00 DNP
26 80 Ben Julianel 2010 0.00 DNP
27 80 Clay Rapada 2011 6.61
28 80 Alex Hinshaw 2013 0.00 DNP
29 80 Jason Urquidez 2013 0.00 DNP
30 80 Chris Schroder 2009 0.00 DNP
31 80 Travis Hughes 2008 0.00 DNP
32 79 Dale Thayer 2011 3.48
33 79 Carlos Muniz 2011 0.00 DNP
34 79 Jose Valdez 2013 0.00 DNP
35 79 Dennis Sarfate 2011 0.00 DNP
36 78 Mitch Stetter 2011 5.14
37 78 Ryan Braun 2011 0.00 DNP
38 78 Jonathan Albaladejo 2013 0.00 DNP
39 78 Ryan Bukvich 2008 6.75
40 78 Mike Zagurski 2013 17.05
41 78 Rocky Cherry 2010 0.00 DNP
42 78 Francisco Butto 2010 0.00 DNP
43 78 Joe Bateman 2010 0.00 DNP
44 78 Jim Ed Warden 2009 0.00 DNP
45 77 Jason Anderson 2009 0.00 DNP
46 76 Juan Salas 2009 0.00 DNP
47 76 Carlos Fisher 2013 0.00 DNP
48 76 Mumba Rivera 2011 0.00 DNP
49 76 Greg Burke 2013 7.67
50 76 Grant Balfour 2008 1.54
51 75 Edwar Ramirez 2011 0.00 DNP
52 75 Joey Newby 2012 0.00 DNP
53 75 Ian Ostlund 2009 0.00 DNP
54 75 George Sherrill 2007 2.36
55 75 Justin James 2012 0.00 DNP
56 75 Tim Hamulack 2007 0.00 DNP
57 74 Andrew Brown 2011 0.00 DNP
58 74 Sean Henn 2011 0.00 DNP
59 74 Jose Veras 2011 4.18
60 74 Greg Aquino 2008 12.54
61 74 Jon Huber 2012 0.00 DNP
62 74 Bobby Korecky 2010 0.00 DNP
63 74 Tom Mastny 2011 0.00 DNP
64 73 Jon Switzer 2010 0.00 DNP
65 73 Pedro Viola 2013 0.00 DNP
66 73 Nick Regilio 2009 0.00 DNP
67 73 Jerome Gamble 2010 0.00 DNP
68 73 Amauri Sanit 2010 0.00 DNP
69 73 Omar Beltre 2012 0.00 DNP
70 73 Brent Leach 2013 0.00 DNP
71 73 T.J. Beam 2011 0.00 DNP
72 73 Greg Jones 2007 6.23
73 73 Ross Wolf 2013 4.53
74 72 Pat Neshek 2011 4.38
75 72 Will Ohman 2008 4.14
76 72 Jason Motte 2012 2.88
77 72 Scott Proctor 2007 4.27
78 72 Victor Marte 2011 0.00 DNP
79 72 Royce Ring 2011 0.00 DNP
80 72 Ben Howard 2009 0.00 DNP
81 72 Steven Jackson 2012 0.00 DNP
82 72 Ryan Cameron 2008 0.00 DNP
83 72 Wilkins Arias 2011 0.00 DNP
84 72 Jarrett Grube 2012 0.00 DNP
85 72 B.J. LaMura 2011 0.00 DNP
86 72 Matt Daley 2012 0.00 DNP
87 72 John Axford 2013 4.43
88 72 Brian Gordon 2009 0.00 DNP
89 72 Fernando Rodney 2007 4.80
90 71 Juan Perez 2009 0.00 DNP
91 71 Mike Adams 2009 2.19
92 71 Jonah Bayliss 2011 0.00 DNP
93 71 Carmen Cali 2009 0.00 DNP
94 71 Michael Wuertz 2009 2.97
95 71 Neal Cotts 2010 0.00 DNP
96 71 Fernando Cabrera 2012 0.00 DNP
97 71 Dusty Hughes 2012 0.00 DNP
98 71 J.J. Putz 2007 1.38
99 71 Doug Slaten 2010 3.98
100 71 Derrick Turnbow 2008 15.63

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Slama has emerged as the pet cause célèbre of the Twins blogosphere. He's been stuck in Triple-A for parts of four years, and there, despite lacking real overpowering stuff, he has struck out 191 batters in 154 1/3 innings and posted a 2.27 ERA. Nonetheless, his major-league experience has been limited to seven innings, none of them coming in service of a 2012 bullpen that badly needed help. He certainly should get a serious look in 2013, but if he hasn't yet, who's to say when, or whether, he ever will?
2012 Despite strong numbers in the minors, and a plus slider, Anthony Slama's ongoing efforts to crack the Twins' bullpen have been rather fruitless; he didn't pitch after July 1 due to a flexor pronator strain in his elbow, and was outrighted off the 40-man roster in October.
2011 Slama has managed more strikeouts than innings pitched at every level of the minor leagues, but the Twins didn't show much confidence in him last season, allowing the righty just 4 2/3 innings in the major leagues despite injury problems in the big club's bullpen. Slama's fastball sits in the 90-92-mph range, but he does have an exceptional slider that could prove to be a wipe-out pitch. The key for Slama is getting ahead in the count by spotting his fastball for strikes, which allows him to use the slider to put hitters away. With nothing left to prove in the minor leagues, the time has come for the Twins to give him a shot in the big-league bullpen to see whether he can Slama the door on major-league hitters.
2010 A 39th-round pick in 2009, Slama has registered 13.3 strikeouts per nine innings in his three pro seasons, but he's anything but the Twins' closer of the future. Instead, he's something of a trick pitcher, not in terms of his stuff, which consists of a 90-92 mph fastball and average slider, but because of his delivery, which features a lot of moving parts that serve to hide the ball until the moment of release. The results have been nothing short of outstanding, but scouts have a hard time projecting him as anything but a middle reliever based on his stuff and his age. He's been especially tough on right-handers, limiting them to .129/.214/.194 at Double-A while striking out an incredible 43 percent of them, and then 53 percent of right-handers in his brief time in Triple-A. Trickster or not, there may be something exploitable here.
2009 A fastball/slider guy who spent about 42 years in college and therefore has been quite old for his leagues, Slama throws a heavy fastball that is very hard to slam—in 102 2/3 pro innings, he has yet to allow a home run. Sent to the Arizona Fall League, he struggled a bit with control but otherwise did the things that had been successful for him, getting strikeouts and grounders. With success at Double-A, he's the kind of guy who could and should move up quickly—at 25 you're not waiting for him to grow into a bigger pair of sneakers, but just to show you that his approach works at the higher levels.

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This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 14, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-14
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Backed into CornersBen Lindbergh2011-08-10
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Backed into CornersCorey Dawkins2011-08-10
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Injury Projection: Minnesota TwinsMarc Normandin2011-03-17
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Injury Projection: Minnesota TwinsCorey Dawkins2011-03-17
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: AL Central 2011 Preseason PreviewR.J. Anderson2011-02-15
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Perspective: The Twins' and Rays' Bullpen SituationsKevin Goldstein2011-01-20
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Perspective: The Twins' and Rays' Bullpen SituationsChristina Kahrl2011-01-20
Transaction Analysis: AL Central Transaction BackfillChristina Kahrl2010-11-25
This article requires BP Premium accessGM for a Day: Minnesota TwinsKen Funck2010-11-15
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Minnesota TwinsJohn Perrotto2010-10-11
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Minnesota TwinsESPN Insider2010-10-11
This article requires BP Premium accessKiss'Em Goodbye: Minnesota TwinsKevin Goldstein2010-10-11
This article requires BP Premium accessContractual Matters: The Post-season Roster CarouselJeff Euston2010-08-30
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Chapman's Time is NowKevin Goldstein2010-08-23
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Odds Update: Twins Continue Their RiseJohn Perrotto2010-08-23
Transaction Action: ALtruismsChristina Kahrl2010-07-21
BP Unfiltered: Five Minutes with Anthony SlamaDavid Laurila2010-05-06
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of April 29Kevin Goldstein2010-04-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Moves and GroovesChristina Kahrl2009-06-23
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL Central UpdateChristina Kahrl2009-05-11


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Am I crazy to think that the Twins can put together a darn good bullpen even with losing Crain, Guerrier, Rauch, and Fuentes (assuming they all leave)? I think it's very funny that Twins fans complain that Jose Mijares is inconsistent but also worry that Crain will leave; call for Anthony Slama and Rob Delaney for nearly two years, but now fear the bullpen will be awful when they might get a chance; and don't trust any low-cost options when a guy like Guerrier was originally claimed off waivers. If the Twins can sort through the many options, they could piece together a very effective group. That being said, any established relievers you would recommed for relatively cheap?
(russadams from St. Paul)
You're not crazy, and you can find the next Matt Guerrier. I think Grant Balfour's worth getting, and Arthur Rhodes and Chan Ho Park or even Kevin Gregg are names worth spending seven figures for. Kerry Wood, Dan Wheeler, an NRI for Justin Duchscherer... it's still a buyer's market as far as finding relief help, given the multiplicity of alternatives. (Christina Kahrl)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Anthony Slama threw 150 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2011, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2011, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph) and Curve (76mph).