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Portrait of Russ Springer

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
18 856.3 36 45 9 775 4.52 6.1
Birth Date11-7-1968
Height6' 4"
Weight195 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
Multiple stints are are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
1992 NYA MLB 14 0 16.0 18 10 12 0 .259 102 10.1 5.6 0.0 6.8 35% .346 .297 1.75 3.35 6.19 106 6.05 -0.3
1993 CAL MLB 14 9 60.0 73 32 31 11 .267 97 10.9 4.8 1.6 4.7 29% .308 .299 1.75 6.10 7.20 117 6.20 -0.4
1994 CAL MLB 18 5 45.7 53 14 28 9 .272 97 10.4 2.8 1.8 5.5 29% .299 .280 1.47 5.45 5.52 102 5.46 0.2
1995 CAL 0 19 6 51.7 60 25 38 11 .259 100 10.5 4.4 1.9 6.6 30% .308 .301 1.65 6.18 6.10 0 0.00 0.0
1995 PHI 0 14 0 26.7 22 10 32 5 .252 97 7.4 3.4 1.7 10.8 29% .270 .253 1.20 4.45 3.71 0 0.00 0.0
1996 PHI MLB 51 7 96.7 106 38 94 12 .249 98 9.9 3.5 1.1 8.8 36% .322 .271 1.49 3.97 4.66 90 5.80 -0.0
1997 HOU MLB 54 0 55.3 48 27 74 4 .262 97 7.8 4.4 0.7 12.0 34% .333 .251 1.36 3.02 4.23 78 4.38 0.6
1998 ARI 0 26 0 32.7 29 14 37 4 .259 97 8.0 3.9 1.1 10.2 33% .298 .241 1.32 3.77 4.13 0 0.00 0.0
1998 ATL 0 22 0 20.0 22 16 19 0 .248 95 9.9 7.2 0.0 8.6 32% .386 .269 1.90 3.57 4.05 0 0.00 0.0
1999 ATL MLB 49 0 47.3 31 22 49 5 .264 96 5.9 4.2 1.0 9.3 26% .224 .221 1.12 3.90 3.42 86 3.63 1.0
2000 ARI MLB 52 0 62.0 63 34 59 11 .255 101 9.1 4.9 1.6 8.6 37% .295 .269 1.56 5.20 5.08 100 5.73 0.0
2001 ARI MLB 18 0 17.7 20 4 12 5 .257 97 10.2 2.0 2.5 6.1 28% .259 .298 1.36 6.01 7.13 106 6.90 -0.3
2003 SLN MLB 17 0 17.3 19 6 11 8 .253 102 9.9 3.1 4.2 5.7 34% .216 .314 1.44 8.92 8.31 112 8.31 -0.6
2004 HOU MLB 16 0 13.7 15 6 9 1 .269 94 9.9 4.0 0.7 5.9 24% .311 .291 1.54 4.12 2.63 108 6.46 -0.1
2005 HOU MLB 62 0 59.0 49 21 54 9 .264 99 7.5 3.2 1.4 8.2 40% .252 .238 1.19 4.36 4.73 92 3.70 1.2
2006 HOU MLB 72 0 59.7 46 16 46 10 .262 94 6.9 2.4 1.5 6.9 29% .220 .226 1.04 4.75 3.47 99 4.07 1.0
2007 SLN MLB 76 0 66.0 41 19 66 3 .254 101 5.6 2.6 0.4 9.0 32% .229 .197 0.91 2.77 2.18 75 2.32 2.3
2008 SLN MLB 70 0 50.3 39 18 45 4 .256 97 7.0 3.2 0.7 8.0 33% .255 .226 1.13 3.48 2.32 89 3.29 1.2
2009 OAK 0 48 0 41.7 52 14 47 5 .261 100 11.2 3.0 1.1 10.2 20% .376 .287 1.58 3.46 4.10 0 0.00 0.0
2009 TBA 0 26 0 15.3 16 3 11 4 .257 104 9.4 1.8 2.3 6.5 24% .261 .288 1.24 5.88 4.11 0 0.00 0.0
2010 CIN MLB 2 0 1.7 2 0 1 0 .257 92 10.8 0.0 0.0 5.4 17% .333 .200 1.20 1.91 5.40 101 3.68 0.0
1995 TOT MLB 33 6 78.3 82 35 70 16 .257 99 9.4 4.0 1.8 8.0 30% .297 .286 1.49 5.59 5.29 101 6.05 -0.4
1998 TOT MLB 48 0 52.7 51 30 56 4 .255 96 8.7 5.1 0.7 9.6 33% .333 .252 1.54 3.69 4.10 86 4.60 0.4
2009 TOT MLB 74 0 57.0 68 17 58 9 .260 101 10.7 2.7 1.4 9.2 21% .345 .287 1.49 4.11 4.11 87 5.47 -0.2
CareerMLB74027856.3824349775121.259988.73.71.38.131%.289.2601.374.454.52944.995.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
1990 GRB A 10 10 56.3 51 31 51 3 .000 8.2 5.0 0.5 8.2 0% .000 .000 1.46 3.58 3.68
1991 FTL A+ 25 25 152.3 118 62 139 9 .000 7.0 3.7 0.5 8.2 0% .000 .000 1.18 3.04 4.08
1991 ABY AA 2 2 15.0 9 6 16 0 .000 5.4 3.6 0.0 9.6 0% .000 .000 1.00 1.95 1.80
1992 NYA MLB 14 0 16.0 18 10 12 0 .259 102 10.1 5.6 0.0 6.8 35% .346 .297 1.75 3.35 6.19
1992 COH AAA 20 20 123.7 89 54 95 11 .000 6.5 3.9 0.8 6.9 0% .000 .000 1.16 4.01 2.69
1993 CAL MLB 14 9 60.0 73 32 31 11 .267 97 10.9 4.8 1.6 4.7 29% .308 .299 1.75 6.10 7.20
1993 VAN AAA 11 9 59.0 58 33 40 5 .000 8.8 5.0 0.8 6.1 0% .000 .000 1.54 5.44 4.27
1994 CAL MLB 18 5 45.7 53 14 28 9 .272 97 10.4 2.8 1.8 5.5 29% .299 .280 1.47 5.45 5.52
1994 VAN AAA 12 12 83.0 77 19 58 7 .000 8.3 2.1 0.8 6.3 0% .000 .000 1.16 4.31 3.04
1995 CAL MLB 19 6 51.7 60 25 38 11 .259 100 10.5 4.4 1.9 6.6 30% .308 .301 1.65 6.18 6.10
1995 PHI MLB 14 0 26.7 22 10 32 5 .252 97 7.4 3.4 1.7 10.8 29% .270 .253 1.20 4.45 3.71
1995 VAN AAA 6 6 34.0 24 23 23 3 .000 6.4 6.1 0.8 6.1 0% .000 .000 1.38 5.64 3.44
1996 PHI MLB 51 7 96.7 106 38 94 12 .249 98 9.9 3.5 1.1 8.8 36% .322 .271 1.49 3.97 4.66
1997 HOU MLB 54 0 55.3 48 27 74 4 .262 97 7.8 4.4 0.7 12.0 34% .333 .251 1.36 3.02 4.23
1997 CCH AA 1 0 1.0 2 0 2 0 .000 18.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 0% .667 .000 2.00 -0.39 9.00
1998 ARI MLB 26 0 32.7 29 14 37 4 .259 97 8.0 3.9 1.1 10.2 33% .298 .241 1.32 3.77 4.13
1998 ATL MLB 22 0 20.0 22 16 19 0 .248 95 9.9 7.2 0.0 8.6 32% .386 .269 1.90 3.57 4.05
1999 ATL MLB 49 0 47.3 31 22 49 5 .264 96 5.9 4.2 1.0 9.3 26% .224 .221 1.12 3.90 3.42
1999 GWN AAA 11 0 15.3 9 1 13 0 .000 5.3 0.6 0.0 7.6 0% .000 .000 0.65 1.92 1.18
2000 ARI MLB 52 0 62.0 63 34 59 11 .255 101 9.1 4.9 1.6 8.6 37% .295 .269 1.56 5.20 5.08
2001 ARI MLB 18 0 17.7 20 4 12 5 .257 97 10.2 2.0 2.5 6.1 28% .259 .298 1.36 6.01 7.13
2001 TUC AAA 7 3 7.3 7 3 6 1 .000 8.6 3.7 1.2 7.4 0% .000 .000 1.37 4.91 4.93
2003 SLN MLB 17 0 17.3 19 6 11 8 .253 102 9.9 3.1 4.2 5.7 34% .216 .314 1.44 8.92 8.31
2003 MEM AAA 7 0 6.3 2 4 5 1 .000 2.9 5.7 1.4 7.1 0% .077 .000 0.95 5.68 1.43
2004 HOU MLB 16 0 13.7 15 6 9 1 .269 94 9.9 4.0 0.7 5.9 24% .311 .291 1.54 4.12 2.63
2004 NWO AAA 26 0 31.0 31 14 33 3 .000 9.0 4.1 0.9 9.6 0% .337 .000 1.45 4.18 3.48
2005 HOU MLB 62 0 59.0 49 21 54 9 .264 99 7.5 3.2 1.4 8.2 40% .252 .238 1.19 4.36 4.73
2006 HOU MLB 72 0 59.7 46 16 46 10 .262 94 6.9 2.4 1.5 6.9 29% .220 .226 1.04 4.75 3.47
2007 SLN MLB 76 0 66.0 41 19 66 3 .254 101 5.6 2.6 0.4 9.0 32% .229 .197 0.91 2.77 2.18
2008 SLN MLB 70 0 50.3 39 18 45 4 .256 97 7.0 3.2 0.7 8.0 33% .255 .226 1.13 3.48 2.32
2009 OAK MLB 48 0 41.7 52 14 47 5 .261 100 11.2 3.0 1.1 10.2 20% .376 .287 1.58 3.46 4.10
2009 TBA MLB 26 0 15.3 16 3 11 4 .257 104 9.4 1.8 2.3 6.5 24% .261 .288 1.24 5.88 4.11
2010 CIN MLB 2 0 1.7 2 0 1 0 .257 92 10.8 0.0 0.0 5.4 17% .333 .200 1.20 1.91 5.40
2010 LOU AAA 7 0 6.3 2 2 5 0 .257 98 2.9 2.9 0.0 7.1 13% .133 .110 0.63 2.66 0.00

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 847 0.4923 0.5077 0.7930 0.6859 0.3349 0.8531 0.6736 0.2070
2009 1043 0.4947 0.5710 0.7697 0.7403 0.4042 0.8220 0.6761 0.2303
2010 33 0.5758 0.4848 0.8750 0.6842 0.2143 0.8462 1.0000 0.1250
Career19230.4950.54160.78180.71540.37040.83610.68060.2182

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-08-05 2010-10-11 60-DL 67 53 Right Hip Surgery 2010-08-23
2008-04-05 2008-04-21 15-DL 16 15 Right Elbow Nerve Injury Ulnar Neuritis -
2007-03-04 2007-03-15 Camp 11 0 Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2006-02-23 2006-03-26 Camp 31 0 Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2003-05-01 2003-08-30 60-DL 121 109 Right Elbow Surgery Ulnar Nerve Transposition 2003-07-09
2001-05-23 2001-11-05 60-DL 166 117 Right Shoulder Strain -
1999-04-04 1999-05-18 15-DL 44 37 - Low Back Recovery From Surgery Disc Injury - -
1999-01-15 1999-01-15 Off 0 0 - Low Back Surgery Disc Injury - -
1998-10-20 1998-10-20 Off 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Spur Date Is Estimated - -
1998-08-06 1998-08-22 15-DL 16 14 Right Elbow Inflammation Bone Spurs - -
1997-06-17 1997-07-10 15-DL 23 19 - Low Back Strain - -
1993-08-03 1993-10-04 60-DL 62 58 - Low Back Fracture Facet Joint - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 OAK $3,300,000
2009 TBA $3,300,000
2008 SLN $2,500,000
2007 SLN $1,750,000
2006 HOU $750,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$11,600,000
4 yrTotal$11,600,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 128 dHendricks Sports1 yr/$3.3M (09)

Details
  • claimed off waivers from OAK 8/8/09 signed as a free agent from STL 1/29/09, 1 year/$3.3M (09)
  • performance bonus
  • re-signed 10/10/07, 1 year/c$2.5M (08)
  • signed as a free agent from HOU 12/06, 1 year/$1.75M (07)
  • performance bonus:$50K each 35,40,45,50,55
  • award bonus:$50K each All-Star,Gold Glove, $0.1M Rolaids ($50K 2nd, $25K 3rd), $50K each LDS,LCS,WS MVP
  • re-signed 11/05, 1 year/$0.75M (06)
  • contract purchased 4/05 re-signed as a free agent 12/04 (minor-league contract)
  • contract purchased 8/04 retired 3/04 (STL)

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BP Articles

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BP Unfiltered: The Special Status of the Last Man on a Prospect ListSam Miller2015-02-19
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This article requires BP Premium accessContractual Matters: The Middle Relief SqueezeJeff Euston2011-01-10
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Prospectus Q&A: Andrew BaileyDavid Laurila2010-06-29
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Transaction Analysis: AL West MovesChristina Kahrl2009-06-25
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for doing this John! It sounds like teams are asking Oakland about Wuertz. Is there much interest in Russ Springer? It seems like he's been pretty solid outside of one bad month.
(Randy from Woodbury)
I know St. Louis has at least some interest in bringing Springer back. I think he could still help someone in a pennant race as an extra bullpen arm. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Your best guess, who has a better 2009, Burnett or Joba? Alex Gordon or Chris Davis? And why are the A's spending millions on Russ Springer?
(Adam from Rochester)
Joba, Davis, and "veteran leadership?" Billy's interest in Springer frankly surprised me. That said, I do admire Springer's longevity and late-career productivity. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Given the Milton Bradley incident, have you ever had a player confront you, in anger, after hearing some of your comments?
(Mike from Chicago)
It's funny b/c the one thing that is frustrating is that every once in a while a player will get upset with something I said but they didn't actually hear it. It's always the wives, friends or parents that hear it and they don't always remember it correctly. Now obviously, that wasn't the case with Milton. There's nothing that will annoy me more than when a player says "I heard what you guys said last night" and my response always is "No, you need to let me know who said what and then we can have the discussion". For example, last year I came in to the visiting clubhouse and was told Russ Springer wanted to talk to me and so we talked. He was upset about a comment made on our broadcast but the problem was that I didn't make the comment, my partner made the comment and I think that if players want the right to complain about certain comments, then it's their responsibility to find out who said what and not just randomly get pissed off at "the broadcasters". (Jon "Boog" Sciambi)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2015, Russ Springer threw 2,391 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2010, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2010, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (76mph).