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PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
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Birth Date10-28-1986
Height6' 1"
Weight205 lbs
Age27 years, 10 months, 20 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
1.52010
1.22011
-0.12012
-0.62013
0.02014
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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
2009 NYN 22 17 59 53 2 17 2 1 0 21 4 5 0 2 0 9 1 0 .321 .356 .396 .273 2.5 -0.2 0.2
2010 NYN 23 73 227 202 17 56 7 1 3 74 24 25 1 0 0 17 1 0 .277 .357 .366 .264 12.7 1.5 1.5
2011 NYN 24 114 386 340 22 91 17 0 3 117 38 47 4 3 1 40 0 2 .268 .345 .344 .256 9.9 1.8 1.2
2012 NYN 25 104 354 321 24 75 15 0 1 93 27 50 1 1 4 21 0 0 .234 .294 .290 .207 -1.3 0.6 -0.1
2013 TOR 26 45 135 120 11 21 3 1 1 29 12 25 1 0 2 8 0 0 .175 .256 .242 .190 -5.1 -0.7 -0.6
2014 TOR 27 51 139 123 10 31 4 0 0 35 14 23 0 0 2 6 0 3 .252 .328 .285 .224 0.0 0.2 0.0
Career4041300115986291483836911917576910125.251.323.318.23518.73.32.3

Advanced

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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
2006 KNG Rk 36 110 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 SAV A 117 458 .258 .257 .333 .384 .259 .310 96 -1.1 13.6 -7.1 -1.1 -1.3 0.9 -0.0 0.9 -0.0
2008 SLU A+ 111 402 .295 .252 .325 .370 .251 .325 98 15.4 11.9 2.6 -1.7 -5.5 22.7 2.1 22.7 2.1
2009 NYN MLB 17 59 .273 .268 .332 .413 .263 .340 96 0.8 1.7 1 -0.2 -1.0 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
2009 BIN AA 103 442 .294 .253 .329 .370 .262 .357 98 15.9 12.4 6 1.2 -2.1 32.2 3.5 32.2 3.5
2010 NYN MLB 73 227 .264 .250 .313 .392 .260 .305 88 0.9 6.3 3.5 1.5 1.1 12.7 1.5 12.7 1.5
2010 BUF AAA 48 191 .267 .266 .334 .414 .257 .302 103 1.5 5.9 3.5 -1.2 -1.3 8.6 0.7 8.6 0.7
2011 NYN MLB 114 386 .256 .252 .314 .391 .258 .300 96 -1.5 10.4 6 1.8 -3.0 9.9 1.2 9.9 1.2
2012 NYN MLB 104 354 .207 .258 .319 .408 .261 .273 97 -18.4 9.7 5.7 0.6 1.3 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2012 BUF AAA 2 5 .144 .282 .333 .430 .246 .200 106 -0.7 0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2013 TOR MLB 45 135 .190 .258 .319 .403 .266 .213 101 -9 3.6 1.9 -0.7 0.4 -5.1 -0.6 -5.1 -0.6
2013 BUF AAA 41 167 .293 .257 .324 .390 .253 .345 104 6 4.8 2.3 0.2 -2.2 10.9 1.1 10.9 1.1
2014 TOR MLB 51 139 .224 .253 .313 .387 .260 .310 105 -4.7 3.6 2 0.2 -0.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

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
2006 KNG Rk 110 13 23 4 0 1 12 7 25 1 1 .235 .306 .306 .071 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 SAV A 458 46 104 17 0 0 36 61 57 4 4 .267 .369 .311 .044 .258 0.9 -1.1 -0.0
2008 SLU A+ 402 49 104 25 2 5 56 45 38 2 1 .300 .385 .427 .127 .295 22.7 -1.7 2.1
2009 NYN MLB 59 2 17 2 1 0 9 4 5 1 0 .321 .356 .396 .075 .273 2.5 -0.2 0.2
2009 BIN AA 442 48 126 29 2 1 46 42 34 8 4 .328 .402 .422 .094 .294 32.2 1.2 3.5
2010 NYN MLB 227 17 56 7 1 3 17 24 25 1 0 .277 .357 .366 .089 .264 12.7 1.5 1.5
2010 BUF AAA 191 20 44 19 1 2 17 22 25 0 0 .267 .354 .430 .164 .267 8.6 -1.2 0.7
2011 NYN MLB 386 22 91 17 0 3 40 38 47 0 2 .268 .345 .344 .076 .256 9.9 1.8 1.2
2012 BUF AAA 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 .144 -0.5 -0.0 -0.1
2012 NYN MLB 354 24 75 15 0 1 21 27 50 0 0 .234 .294 .290 .056 .207 -1.3 0.6 -0.1
2013 BUF AAA 167 18 48 5 1 7 31 14 25 0 1 .322 .383 .510 .188 .293 10.9 0.2 1.1
2013 TOR MLB 135 11 21 3 1 1 8 12 25 0 0 .175 .256 .242 .067 .190 -5.1 -0.7 -0.6
2014 TOR MLB 139 10 31 4 0 0 6 14 23 0 3 .252 .328 .285 .033 .224 0.0 0.2 0.0

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
2009 218 0.5505 0.3853 0.9286 0.5167 0.2245 0.9677 0.8182 0.0714
2010 869 0.5017 0.4159 0.9003 0.5780 0.2517 0.9643 0.7523 0.0997
2011 1450 0.4993 0.4347 0.8839 0.5981 0.2700 0.9261 0.7908 0.1145
2012 1338 0.5202 0.4592 0.8632 0.6178 0.2866 0.9093 0.7554 0.1368
2013 553 0.5190 0.4374 0.8755 0.6272 0.2293 0.9167 0.7541 0.1245
2014 575 0.5252 0.4435 0.8471 0.6159 0.2527 0.9032 0.6957 0.1529
Career50030.51270.43710.8780.60160.26280.92640.76090.1215

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-05-08 2012-06-01 15-DL 24 22 - Head Concussion - -
2011-09-02 2011-09-04 DTD 2 2 Left Wrist Contusion Foul Ball - -
2011-06-14 2011-06-14 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion HBP -
2009-07-01 2009-07-18 Minors 17 0 Left Thumb Dislocation Thumb -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 TOR $
2014 TOR $1,250,000
2013 TOR $1,250,000
2012 NYN $498,920
2011 NYN $420,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$2,168,920
2011Current$1,250,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$3,418,920
4 yrTotal$3,418,920

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 85 dHendricks Sports2 years/$2.5M (2013-14), 2015 option

Details
  • 2 years/$2.5M (2013-14), plus 2015 club option. Re-signed by Toronto 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). 13:$1.25M, 14:$1.25M, 15: club option.
  • 1 year/$498,920 (2012). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/12. Acquired by Toronto in trade from NY Mets 12/17/12.
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2011). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/10/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by NY Mets 9/1/09.
  • Drafted by NY Mets 2005 (13-389) (Mater Dei HS, Breese, Ill.).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .193 .259 .263 .184
11 vs R (Multi) .234 .307 .299 .220
18 Split (Multi) .041 .048 .036 .037
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .182 .250 .227 .186
31 vs R (2013) .173 .257 .245 .184
38 Split (2013) -.008 .007 .018 -.002
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-06-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Picture this: Dickey deserves to make (and possibly start) the ASG. However, none of the presumed NL all-star catchers have experience catching a knuckler. Dickey lobbies to have Josh Thole added to roster as his "personal catcher". Request is turned down because now ... "the game counts" and Thole is not worthy of a spot on the roster. Comments?
(dianagram from VORGville)
Personally, I want Zack Greinke to start the All-Star Game just because it's in Kansas City. Others, like Dickey, are more likely candidates though.

As for the scenario, it's interesting. I can see it being a possibility, complete with Thole not making it. And I wouldn't be too saddened by it. Catchers may not be used to catching the knuckler, but I bet they can if necessary (especially for 2 innings). the more important consideration, though, is what La Russa thinks about catchers catching the knuckler. I bet he'd be happy to give Yadier Molina that chance. If Brian McCann is the starter though, he might think differently... (Larry Granillo)
2012-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Josh Thole is off to a blistering start. Is there any chance that he will add power to his game?
(Steve N from Delaware)
No, I don't see it. Power is reputed to be the last tool to develop (though I tend to vote for either "wisdom" or "perspicacity"), but Thole's already 25 and nobody has ever projected him to hit for power. If he goes deep ten times this year, drop me a line and I'll send you a prize, so long as I can find a shipping box that can hold perspicacity. (Ken Funck)
2011-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have the following four catchers in a 16 team Strat-O-Matic league where you can keep a guy forever if you like. Which do you like long term: Chris Iannetta, Ryan Hanigan, Josh Thole, Jason Castro? I'd love to have a stronger catcher, but that's not a possibility until next year's draft.
(jhardman from Strat-O-Matic land)
Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to play a strat-o-matic league before, so I'm not sure how all the specifics work, like how catcher defense is factored in. Hitting wise in regular roto terms, I like Iannetta the best. (Derek Carty)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two pitching questions: 1) What are the chances of Bumgarner finding that missing velocity? 2) Jenrry Mejia, 8th inning or Triple A? And Happy St Pat's
(Jquinton82 from NY)
Happy St. Pat's to you too, especially when it's such a gloriously beautiful day (here in Chicago, at least). I think Bumgarner's going to be fine, and would refer you to some of the things Kevin Goldstein has said about how, last year, he'd been allowed to throw too much between games, and that was the problem. I'd love to see Mejia stick around, in part because he'd be another guy to count among those story-changing youngsters that the organization does have almost ready. However, like Josh Thole, I can see taking their time and easing him in later on this season. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a believer in Josh Thole? He cant be worse than Schneider and Santos, right?
(brian from Brooklyn NY)
If that's your litmus test in me believing in him, then yet. Not a great defender, but can hit. Best comp I've heard from a scout is Darrin Fletcher. (Kevin Goldstein)


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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
2009 1083 -6 -1.2 -7.5 543 0.5 0.1 1.6 -1.0 -5.8
2010 4110 -26 -4.7 -8.1 2173 3.7 1.0 3.4 -3.7 -4.7
2011 6951 0 0.7 0.7 4004 7.6 2.1 3.7 2.9 4.4
2012 6913 36 9.4 9.5 3861 13.0 3.6 6.6 13.0 16.1
2013 2489 2 1.8 5.2 1360 2.7 0.8 3.9 2.6 9.1
2014 2857 -3 -0.2 -0.6 1645 3.1 0.9 3.6 0.6 3.0
total 24403 0 5.2 1.5 13586 25.4 7.1 3.7 12.3 5.2

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