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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .236 3 23 23 2 .237 -0.2
Birth Date9-6-1981
Height6' 3"
Weight230 lbs
Age33 years, 1 months, 16 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
-0.62010
-0.32011
2012
2013
-0.22014
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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 KCA 23 130 491 447 60 110 29 4 7 168 40 107 1 1 2 55 7 2 .246 .309 .376 .234 7.3 -1.4 0.6
2006 KCA 24 109 439 393 70 114 21 7 18 203 40 85 2 2 2 69 10 0 .290 .357 .517 .279 32.1 3.3 3.4
2007 KCA 25 144 608 544 78 155 31 8 7 223 55 127 3 2 4 60 13 5 .285 .353 .410 .252 13.4 9.6 2.3
2008 KCA 26 149 623 572 66 146 31 4 15 230 46 131 3 2 0 59 4 3 .255 .313 .402 .247 -0.9 3.4 0.3
2009 KCA 27 144 571 524 69 142 34 1 12 214 37 123 6 2 2 50 8 1 .271 .325 .408 .250 6.1 -8.2 -0.2
2010 CHA 28 77 262 233 31 60 13 2 4 89 25 61 0 2 2 25 3 5 .258 .327 .382 .237 -4.9 -0.8 -0.6
2011 CHA 29 51 130 118 11 24 3 0 3 36 12 28 0 0 0 11 0 1 .203 .277 .305 .217 -3.0 0.2 -0.3
2011 TOR 29 27 47 42 3 8 1 0 1 12 4 17 0 0 1 3 0 0 .190 .261 .286 .227 -0.1 0.3 0.0
Career83131712873388759163266711752596791511133324517.264.327.409.24849.96.65.5

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 VAN A- 13 63 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .479 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 MOD A+ 59 257 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 MOD A+ 121 530 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .371 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MID AA 53 229 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .408 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 OMA AAA 66 274 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .359 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SAC AAA 20 81 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .404 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KCA MLB 130 491 .234 .268 .325 .423 .260 .308 104 -13.6 14.1 1.9 -1.4 3.7 7.3 0.6 7.3 0.6
2005 OMA AAA 8 34 .356 .264 .348 .422 .279 .389 91 1.9 0.5 0 -0.0 0.1 2.4 0.2 2.4 0.2
2006 KCA MLB 109 439 .279 .267 .326 .427 .252 .329 112 9.3 13.2 1.8 3.3 4.0 32.1 3.4 32.1 3.4
2006 OMA AAA 24 98 .389 .277 .344 .425 .270 .431 95 12.9 2.7 0.1 -1.8 -0.1 15.5 1.3 15.5 1.3
2007 KCA MLB 144 608 .252 .269 .334 .420 .262 .359 103 -5.3 18.0 -6.6 9.6 2.4 13.4 2.3 13.4 2.3
2008 KCA MLB 149 623 .247 .268 .331 .421 .260 .306 102 -9 18.0 -5.5 3.4 -1.2 -0.9 0.3 -0.9 0.3
2009 KCA MLB 144 571 .250 .267 .331 .426 .260 .332 105 -6.3 16.4 -0.2 -8.2 0.9 6.1 -0.2 6.1 -0.2
2010 CHA MLB 77 262 .237 .262 .329 .408 .257 .329 114 -6.3 7.2 -0.4 -0.8 -1.5 -4.9 -0.6 -4.9 -0.6
2010 CHR AAA 11 46 .321 .275 .336 .427 .259 .462 101 3.1 1.4 -0.5 -0.2 0.1 4.0 0.4 4.0 0.4
2011 CHA MLB 51 130 .217 .257 .319 .407 .262 .241 104 -5.4 3.5 -0.2 0.2 -0.1 -3.0 -0.3 -3.0 -0.3
2011 TOR MLB 27 47 .227 .242 .305 .379 .248 .292 106 -1.5 1.3 -0.3 0.3 0.3 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2011 CHR AAA 8 38 .232 .255 .326 .397 .257 .273 95 -1.3 1.2 -0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2012 SYR AAA 124 500 .242 .251 .324 .382 .251 .328 100 -10.1 14.9 -7.2 3.2 -0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3
2013 RNO AAA 22 85 .222 .271 .343 .414 .268 .294 113 -3.5 2.4 -0.8 -0.6 0.9 -1.1 -0.2 -1.1 -0.2
2013 ROU AAA 10 38 .146 .250 .324 .372 .264 .250 82 -4.7 1.1 0.1 -0.9 -0.7 -4.4 -0.5 -4.4 -0.5

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 MOD A+ 257 25 56 9 1 1 26 21 53 1 2 .239 .307 .299 .060 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 VAN A- 63 10 23 5 1 0 6 5 9 4 1 .404 .452 .526 .123 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 MOD A+ 530 68 128 27 4 3 71 66 113 4 0 .283 .381 .380 .097 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 OMA AAA 274 33 69 15 1 8 31 21 69 0 0 .280 .346 .447 .167 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SAC AAA 81 9 19 8 0 0 10 11 22 0 1 .275 .383 .391 .116 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MID AA 229 31 66 15 4 6 36 29 44 0 0 .335 .423 .543 .208 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 KCA MLB 491 60 110 29 4 7 55 40 107 7 2 .246 .309 .376 .130 .234 7.3 -1.4 0.6
2005 OMA AAA 34 4 7 2 0 0 4 7 9 0 0 .259 .412 .333 .074 .356 2.4 -0.0 0.2
2006 OMA AAA 98 14 30 8 4 2 14 19 12 0 0 .380 .500 .658 .278 .389 15.5 -1.8 1.3
2006 KCA MLB 439 70 114 21 7 18 69 40 85 10 0 .290 .357 .517 .226 .279 32.1 3.3 3.4
2007 KCA MLB 608 78 155 31 8 7 60 55 127 13 5 .285 .353 .410 .125 .252 13.4 9.6 2.3
2008 KCA MLB 623 66 146 31 4 15 59 46 131 4 3 .255 .313 .402 .147 .247 -0.9 3.4 0.3
2009 KCA MLB 571 69 142 34 1 12 50 37 123 8 1 .271 .325 .408 .137 .250 6.1 -8.2 -0.2
2010 CHA MLB 262 31 60 13 2 4 25 25 61 3 5 .258 .327 .382 .124 .237 -4.9 -0.8 -0.6
2010 CHR AAA 46 7 12 2 0 0 4 10 7 0 0 .364 .523 .424 .061 .321 4.0 -0.2 0.4
2011 CHA MLB 130 11 24 3 0 3 11 12 28 0 1 .203 .277 .305 .102 .217 -3.0 0.2 -0.3
2011 TOR MLB 47 3 8 1 0 1 3 4 17 0 0 .190 .261 .286 .095 .227 -0.1 0.3 0.0
2011 CHR AAA 38 1 6 1 0 0 3 7 9 0 0 .194 .342 .226 .032 .232 0.9 0.1 0.1
2012 SYR AAA 500 60 117 28 4 3 63 45 102 9 3 .260 .328 .360 .100 .242 0.0 3.2 0.3
2013 RNO AAA 85 12 15 3 0 0 5 12 22 0 0 .211 .318 .254 .042 .222 -1.1 -0.6 -0.2
2013 ROU AAA 38 1 6 0 0 0 2 3 11 0 0 .171 .237 .171 .000 .146 -4.4 -0.9 -0.5

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 2329 0.5114 0.4813 0.7859 0.6658 0.2882 0.8512 0.6280 0.2114
2009 2149 0.4951 0.5065 0.7684 0.6485 0.3668 0.8362 0.6508 0.2316
2010 1057 0.4721 0.4195 0.7720 0.5711 0.2832 0.8807 0.5759 0.2280
2011 655 0.5160 0.4336 0.7535 0.6124 0.2429 0.8406 0.5195 0.2465
Career61900.49950.47440.7740.6380.30980.84990.61550.225

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-05-12 2011-06-05 15-DL 24 22 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2010-05-31 2010-08-13 15-DL 74 65 Right Fingers Surgery Middle Finger Fracture 2010-06-03
2010-03-21 2010-03-23 Camp 2 0 Right Elbow Soreness -
2009-09-25 2009-09-27 DTD 2 2 Low Back Soreness -
2009-09-12 2009-09-22 DTD 10 9 Low Back Soreness -
2009-08-01 2009-08-01 DTD 0 0 Low Back Tightness -
2008-03-04 2008-03-07 Camp 3 0 Arm Soreness -
2007-08-19 2007-09-03 15-DL 15 14 Left Elbow Hyperextension and Muscle Strain -
2006-09-06 2006-10-02 DTD 26 22 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2006-09-08
2006-04-22 2006-04-25 DTD 3 2 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2006-03-23 2006-03-26 Camp 3 0 Back Stiffness -
2005-07-02 2005-07-04 DTD 2 2 Right Groin Soreness -
2005-05-19 2005-05-19 DTD 0 0 Low Back Tightness -
2005-04-12 2005-05-03 15-DL 21 18 Low Back Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 SFN $
2013 ARI $
2012 TOR $5,500,000
2012 WAS $
2011 CHA $4,750,000
2010 CHA $2,250,000
2010 KCA $1,500,000
2009 KCA $3,575,000
2008 KCA $2,337,500
2007 KCA $416,000
2006 KCA $344,500
2005 KCA $316,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$20,989,000
8 yrTotal$20,989,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 155 dCAA (Jeff Berry)1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 2/15/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 11/24/12 (minor-league contract). Acquired by Cincinnati in trade from Arizona 4/30/13 (deal voided, returned to Arizona 5/3/13). Released by Arizona 5/20/13. Signed by Texas as a free agent 5/23/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Texas 6/3/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Washington as a free agent 2/6/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 3 years/$14M (2010-12). Signed extension with Chicago White Sox 12/8/09. 10:$3.75M, 11:$4.75M, 12:$5.5M. Acquired by Toronto in trade from Chicago White Sox 7/27/11. DFA by Toronto 1/9/12.
  • 1 year/$3.575M (2009). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/8/09 (avoided arbitration, $3.85M-$2.75M). Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from Kansas City 11/6/09 (Royals pay White Sox $1.5M).
  • 1 year/$2.3375M (2008). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/7/08 (avoided arbitration, $2.9M-$1.9M). Award bonus: $50,000 for All-Star.
  • 1 year/$0.416M (2007). Re-signed by Kansas City 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.3445M (2006). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/06. Optioned to Triple-A 5/5/06. Recalled 6/3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.316M (2005). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/05 (split contract, $13,800 in minors).
  • 1 year (2004). Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Oakland 6/04. Contract purchased 11/04.
  • Drafted by Oakland 2002 (1s-39) (St. Mary's, Calif.). $0.725M 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 511 56 126 26 2 8 50 50 115 6 3 .277 .351 .395 .275 15.0 1B 0, 3B -1 1.4
80o 490 51 114 23 2 7 46 46 113 5 3 .262 .334 .374 .261 8.1 1B 0, 3B -1 0.7
70o 475 48 108 22 2 7 43 43 112 5 2 .251 .321 .358 .252 3.4 1B 0, 3B -1 0.2
60o 462 45 101 21 2 6 41 40 111 5 2 .242 .311 .345 .243 -0.3 1B 0, 3B -1 -0.2
50o 450 43 95 19 2 6 39 38 109 4 2 .234 .301 .333 .236 -3.6 1B 0, 3B -1 -0.6
40o 438 41 89 18 1 6 37 36 108 4 2 .226 .291 .321 .228 -6.7 1B 0, 3B -1 -0.9
30o 425 38 83 17 1 5 35 34 106 4 2 .217 .281 .309 .220 -9.9 1B 0, 3B -1 -1.2
20o 410 35 77 16 1 5 32 31 104 4 2 .206 .268 .294 .210 -13.3 1B 0, 3B -1 -1.6
10o 389 32 68 14 1 4 29 27 101 3 2 .192 .251 .273 .197 -17.7 1B 0, 3B 0 -2.1
Weighted Mean45544982026403911052.238.305.339.239-2.11B 0, 3B -1-0.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 28% 8% 17% 76%

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
201533250245110121921602.225.291.301.228-0.8-6.0-0.5-1.912.8-16.4-0.9
20163425024499121821621.216.286.282.218-1.5-12.8-0.6-2.014.9-25.1-0.9
2017354674592181436391182.218.286.297.222-1.6-12.7-1.1-3.914.9-22.6-1.7
2018364804594181335391211.216.282.283.216-2.0-16.8-1.2-4.114.9-26.5-1.7
20193755051106201340441430.214.279.280.213-2.3-19.3-1.4-4.914.9-28.0-2.0
202038333306412122327860.212.278.274.211-2.1-18.1-0.8-3.014.9-29.2-1.2
20213962256119221342491630.210.274.268.207-2.8-23.8-1.6-5.814.9-31.3-2.3
20224025023489111820640.213.279.278.211-2.0-17.1-0.6-2.414.9-29.1-0.9
20234163559123231548491650.214.277.286.213-2.5-20.8-1.7-6.314.9-27.8-2.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
104382.30.327.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 74)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 86 Ramon Vazquez 2009 .235
2 84 Fernando Tatis 2007 .000 DNP
3 83 Greg Dobbs 2011 .255
4 82 Jack Hannahan 2012 .244
5 82 Brendan Harris 2013 .243
6 81 Keith Ginter 2008 .000 DNP
7 81 Don Kelly 2012 .199
8 79 Ryan Roberts 2013 .255
9 77 Nick Green 2011 .000 DNP
10 77 Jim Fregosi 1974 .277
11 77 Edgar Gonzalez 2010 .000 DNP
12 76 Ray Boone 1956 .323
13 76 Sean Berry 1998 .305
14 76 Todd Zeile 1998 .276
15 76 Roy Smalley 1985 .269
16 76 Andy Phillips 2009 .000 DNP
17 76 Josh Wilson 2013 .192
18 76 Chris Sabo 1994 .268
19 76 Koyie Hill 2011 .198
20 76 Ken McMullen 1974 .282
21 75 Randy Jackson 1958 .202
22 75 Rico Petrocelli 1975 .231
23 75 Esteban German 2010 .238
24 75 Tim Wallach 1990 .299
25 75 Paul Molitor 1989 .315
26 75 Wes Helms 2008 .241
27 75 Chris Woodward 2008 .000 DNP
28 75 Denis Menke 1973 .270
29 75 Corey Koskie 2005 .249
30 75 Wayne Gross 1984 .289
31 75 Vance Law 1989 .237
32 75 Robb Quinlan 2009 .213
33 74 Richie Hebner 1980 .294
34 74 Robin Ventura 2000 .261
35 74 Mike Lamb 2008 .221
36 74 Brook Jacoby 1992 .233
37 74 Clint Barmes 2011 .250
38 74 Graig Nettles 1977 .296
39 74 Ryan Garko 2013 .000 DNP
40 74 Denny Walling 1986 .303
41 73 Chad Moeller 2007 .158
42 73 Scott Brosius 1999 .243
43 73 Danny Ardoin 2007 .000 DNP
44 73 Miguel Ojeda 2007 .000 DNP
45 73 Junior Spivey 2007 .000 DNP
46 73 Kelly Gruber 1994 .000 DNP
47 73 Dave Hansen 2001 .259
48 73 Buddy Bell 1984 .299
49 73 Harry Bright 1962 .268
50 73 Steve Buechele 1994 .249
51 73 Emil Brown 2007 .230
52 73 Ed Sprague 2000 .251
53 73 Rance Mulliniks 1988 .317
54 73 Bill Pecota 1992 .228
55 73 Ramon Santiago 2012 .198
56 73 Bobby Kielty 2009 .000 DNP
57 72 Joe Inglett 2010 .266
58 72 Ed Charles 1965 .276
59 72 Ray Knight 1985 .215
60 72 Dave Hollins 1998 .263
61 72 Vinny Castilla 2000 .197
62 72 Corey Patterson 2012 .000 DNP
63 72 Matt Treanor 2008 .230
64 72 Ronny Paulino 2013 .000 DNP
65 72 Dewayne Wise 2010 .219
66 72 Eli Whiteside 2012 .187
67 72 Matthew Lecroy 2008 .000 DNP
68 72 Travis Fryman 2001 .226
69 72 Ray Jablonski 1959 .264
70 72 Chase Lambin 2012 .000 DNP
71 72 Terry Pendleton 1993 .258
72 72 Jose Valentin 2002 .266
73 72 Pedro Feliz 2007 .239
74 72 Sal Bando 1976 .296
75 72 Paul Schaal 1975 .000 DNP
76 72 Rob Mackowiak 2008 .178
77 72 Gary Gaetti 1991 .258
78 71 Eric Bruntlett 2010 .000 DNP
79 71 Tim Teufel 1991 .257
80 71 Bob Skinner 1964 .253
81 71 Dick Williams 1961 .230
82 71 Ron Santo 1972 .318
83 71 Jeff Cirillo 2002 .239
84 71 Joel Youngblood 1984 .269
85 71 Clete Boyer 1969 .252
86 71 Leon Roberts 1983 .263
87 71 Jim Ray Hart 1974 .114
88 71 Akinori Iwamura 2011 .000 DNP
89 71 Daryle Ward 2007 .318
90 71 Mark DeRosa 2007 .265
91 71 Tadahito Iguchi 2007 .256
92 71 Jim Dyck 1954 .656
93 71 George Kell 1955 .295
94 71 Al Smith 1960 .294
95 71 Kevin Cash 2010 .171
96 71 Olmedo Saenz 2003 .000 DNP
97 71 Art Howe 1979 .250
98 71 Andy Green 2010 .000 DNP
99 71 John Valentin 1999 .246
100 71 Herbert Perry 2002 .262

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Mark Teahen hasn't cracked a 750 OPS in the majors since his age-25 season, and he failed to breech the 700 mark in 2012 at Triple-A. This is the way the Teahen ends, not with a bang but a whimper.
2012 A fun game to play with both very good and very bad seasons is to see which counting stats—ones that are usually very disparate—are close to equal. For example, in 2004, Barry Bonds had more intentional walks than RBI. Well, in 2011, Mark Teahen had approximately as many total bases as he had strikeouts (in fact, five more in his short stint with Toronto). The Blue Jays mostly took on his contract as a way to get Edwin Jackson, who in turn was a way to get Colby Rasmus. (The branch on the tree and the tree in the bog and the bog down in the valley-o!) They’ll pay him $5.5 million next year whether they cut him or not, but on the plus side, his dog has over 16,000 Twitter followers.
2011 Say this for Kenny Williams: when he makes a deal, he doesn't just go in, he goes all in. Ditching organizational depth to add a lefty bat might have seemed sensible enough in the abstract, but betting on Teahen's age-28 season was dodgy enough without then signing him to a three-year, $14 million extension. That's about as unqualified an endorsement of a man with one genuinely good season in five as you might give; since slugging .517 in 2006, Teahen has never topped .410. In 2010, Teahen made that one good year in six, and played an especially brutal third base. On top of his other woes, he missed half the season with a broken finger. With Morel's arrival, Teahen is now an expensive corner utilityman, essentially moving into the roster spot that had been Kotsay's, with the danger that he too could be sucked into way too much playing time.
2010 If you want an example of why the World Baseball Classic is evil, consider patriotic Canadian-American Teahen, who blew off his obligations in Royals camp—where he was supposed to be learning how to play second—to play the hot corner for Team Canada. As far as its relevance to helping the Royals win games, this was one step removed from leaving camp to take cello lessons from Yo-Yo Ma. Injuries rendered the defection moot, as Gordon's trip to the DL ended the keystone experiment after three games (in which he looked awful to boot). Teahen spent the rest of the season plying his trade at third and right field, two positions for which his bat isn't an asset; as AL second basemen batted .275 /.336/.428, his bat wouldn’t have played well there either. In November, the White Sox, an organization famous for its poor taste in third basemen (there’s even a book about it, Who’s On 3rd by Richard Lindberg), dealt Chris Getz and Josh Fields for Teahen and cash, and then granted Teahen a three-year extension to be the exemplar of their hot-corner legacy through 2012. We're now three years removed from the 2006 campaign where he re-learned how to pull the ball and gave glimmers of hope; at this point, he's just a placeholder, and not a good one.
2009 After 2006, it seemed Teahen would be an important part of KC's future, but two years later he's on the way out. He has roamed the edges of the diamond since Alex Gordon took his spot at third base in 2007, having shifted between all four corner positions since, but the trades for Jacobs and Coco Crisp essentially eliminated his avenues to regular playing time. Given that Teahen's best season came while playing every day at the hot corner, some team desperate for help there could swing a deal to free him, and betting that a fresh start will help spark an age-27 rebound wouldn't be a bad risk.
2008 Ladies and gentlemen, your WARP leader on offense for the 2007 Royals. Do you know how hard it is to find a right fielder capable of hitting .285 with seven homers? That's one more than backup infielder Jason Smith! Teahen's power outage has to concern the Royals. On the one hand, he was returning from offseason surgery on his throwing labrum. On the other hand, the arm surgery did not prevent Teahen from tying the franchise record for baserunner kills with 17. Power in a young player is generally not a fluke, so the 18 homers in 109 games at age 24 will manifest itself again sooner or later.
2007 Allard Baird`s parting gift to the team was considerably more thoughtful than the traditional fruit basket. Baird made Teahen the centerpiece of the Carlos Beltran trade two years ago, going against the majority opinion in the game that Teahen would never develop the power necessary to be an impact talent. Teahen had an uninspiring rookie season, and started 2006 with a .195/.241/.351 line before being demoted to Omaha on May 4. He then went 2 for his first 23 in Triple-A; none of this was particularly helpful to Baird`s job security. Then, after working with his Triple-A batting coach, Teahen morphed into George Brett for the rest of the year. He hit .500/.606/.875 in his next 17 games before returning to Kansas City on June 3, then hit .313/.384/.557 for the Royals until he was shut down in early September for shoulder surgery. He went from waiver bait to owning the second-highest EqA of any AL third baseman (behind Alex Rodriguez) in four months. Is he likely to keep it up? Great Leaps Forward are rare, but they`re considerably less rare at age 24 than later in life. PECOTA is certainly optimistic, projecting him to keep most of his gains. The Royals now find themselves in the rare position of having arguably the best prospect in baseball trying to break in at the same position as a quality regular in his mid-20s. The solution that maximizes value to the Royals involves a trade, but the Royals are likely to send Teahen to one of the outfield corners as soon as Gordon is ready. It`s a waste of his defensive value, but his bat should play in a corner. Keeping him means one more above-average bat in a lineup which is on the verge of sneaking into the league`s top half.
2006 The centerpiece of the Carlos Beltran trade is at a career crossroads this year. His unimpressive rookie performance hides the significant defensive improvement he made during the season--he was eight runs below average at third base midway through the season--as well as the fact that he finally started pulling the inside pitch late in the year, smacking four of his seven homers (and .303/.352/.505 overall) from September 1st on. He`s a disciplined hitter, but he must continue to hit for at least modest power, or succumb to Sean Burroughs Syndrome.
2005 As soon as it was clear that the Mets wouldn't give up David Wright for Beltran, Baird identified Teahen as the player he wanted, scouting him personally and making him the centerpiece of the Carlos Beltran trade. Teahen justified Baird's faith in the sense that he did hit for more power after the trade (a career-high 14 homers), albeit with a career-high 135 strikeouts. The Royals think he needs another half-season in Triple-A, but given that Chris Truby is the place-holder at third base, Teahen will be given every opportunity to nab the job by June.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I see Utley's injury as evidence the baseball Gods are frowning on the Phillies for altering the space time continuum in acquiring Cliff Lee. Would Mike Aviles make sense for them? I haven't seen him in any of the speculation currently being tossed around.
(kcroyalsguy from KC)
The Phillies are not going to have a good offense this year. Like their offense will be such that if there was a betting establishment offering you a line of 97 wins, you would be well-served taking the under. As for Aviles, he isn't going to be part of the Royals' future, so sure. Polanco could also probably fill in at 2nd and they could trade for Mark Teahen to play third. I don't know. I'm just not sure the Phillies need to look for stop-gaps. They lost Werth, Howard and Ibanez are platoon players, Dom Brown is hurt and probably wasn't ready anyway. I guess they do have a good starting rotation, from what I hear. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hardest player name for you to spell?
(dianagramr from NYC)
I can spell Doug Mientkiewicz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia with the best of them, and I know my Derrek Lee, my Derrick Turnbow and my Derek Jeter, to say nothing of my Jarrod Washburn and my Jered Weaver and my Jaret Wright. I was a spelling bee champ in sixth grade, and also finished second in fourth and third in fifth.

The one that gets me is Mark Teahen. I ALWAYS spell it Teahan, and right now I just had to look again to see that I got it correct. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-09-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was thinking of a prospect with a big bat who is close to the majors.
(Jake H from Kansas City)
I think the problem you would run into with such a proposal is how teams are seemingly starting to realize that, while perhaps not ANYONE could be a closer, turning a setup guy into one or a 7th inning guy into one might be more wise than shelling out $10-12 mil for someone with a 4-yr track record of success. I'm thinking specifically about the Braves in this case... like I wouldn't trade Heyward for Soria even if Rafael Soriano/Mike Gonzalez aren't traditional closers. I still think Soria could be traded for 2-3 good, not great pieces better than the likes of guys like Mark Teahen, but not one big guy that will just transform the franchise. (Eric Seidman)
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)any chance the cubs will try and pick up a 4th OF type with reed johnson's injury?
(mike from chicago)
They're looking around for some bench help and Mark Teahen is one name I'm hearing. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Mark Teahen at 2B - a worthwhile shot, or a waste of time?
(BL from Bozeman)
It can't hurt to try it, but I'm not optimistic about the outcome. Still, while they wait until they can find a dance partner to talk trade later this spring, it's worth exploring. I still have my hopes that Alberto Callaspo pans out, and it isn't like Esteban German getting the job would be an unhappy development. There's only one outright wrong answer, and its name is Bloomquist. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-09-29 10:30:00Tigers/White Sox Play-In GameGreg Pizzo (China, Maine) asks: "Does the terrific September by the Royals mean anything? Before the season started, we probably would have thought 75 wins was pretty good, but did they find out anything about their 2009 Royals using this September?"

I'm not so sure all that much progress was made. Guys like Billy Butler and Alex Gordon didn't take steps forward, they got a harsh reminder that Brian Bannister doesn't have a lot of upside, and even things that were good for them to have sorted out--like Tony Pena Jr. and Mark Teahen aren't regulars--didn't necessarily turn out perfectly well. It seems that guys like David DeJesus and Mike Aviles need to move from center and short, respectively. Their defense is a bit of a mess, there are questions over who plays where, and there's a mistake like the Jose Guillen contract to live down. On the plus side, Hillman seemed to get his bullpen sorted out well enough, Greinke's settling in, and Hochevar and Davies don't seem too far behind. They're still a few Gloads shy of having all the bricks to build a lasting foundation, but they're getting there. (Christina Kahrl)
 

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