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Portrait of J.R. Towles

J.R. Towles C Rangers

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 30)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
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Birth Date2-11-1984
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
Age30 years, 6 months, 19 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.12010
-0.12011
2012
2013
0.82014
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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
2007 HOU 23 14 44 40 9 15 5 0 1 23 3 1 1 0 0 12 0 1 .375 .432 .575 .342 7.9 -0.2 0.8
2008 HOU 24 54 171 146 10 20 5 0 4 37 16 40 6 0 3 16 0 0 .137 .250 .253 .194 -4.0 0.1 -0.4
2009 HOU 25 16 53 48 7 9 2 0 2 17 3 16 1 0 1 3 0 0 .188 .250 .354 .216 -0.4 0.2 -0.0
2010 HOU 26 17 51 47 3 9 3 0 1 15 2 12 1 1 0 8 0 0 .191 .235 .319 .194 -1.0 -0.2 -0.1
2011 HOU 27 54 165 147 11 27 7 0 3 43 13 26 2 2 1 11 0 0 .184 .256 .293 .225 -2.0 0.9 -0.1
Career155484428408022011135379511355001.187.267.315.2200.50.80.1

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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2004 GRV Rk 39 136 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .303 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LEX A 45 193 .320 .255 .337 .388 .262 .383 109 11.8 5.4 1.8 -0.3 2.8 21.5 2.1 21.5 2.1
2006 LEX A 81 321 .305 .258 .328 .379 .263 .339 98 11.6 7.1 2.6 -0.4 -1.6 21.5 2.2 21.5 2.2
2007 HOU MLB 14 44 .342 .295 .360 .470 .278 .368 103 4 1.3 0.8 -0.2 0.8 7.9 0.8 7.9 0.8
2007 SLM A+ 26 115 .236 .261 .335 .391 .256 .240 100 -2.9 3.3 2 0.8 0.9 5.1 0.6 5.1 0.6
2007 CCH AA 61 257 .332 .262 .334 .408 .259 .341 103 19.1 7.1 2.3 -0.3 2.1 29.9 3.0 29.9 3.0
2007 ROU AAA 13 50 .266 .268 .335 .421 .251 .316 102 0.3 1.5 0.9 -0.3 -0.9 1.7 0.1 1.7 0.1
2008 HOU MLB 54 171 .194 .260 .330 .409 .261 .157 99 -12.2 4.9 3 0.1 -0.5 -4.0 -0.4 -4.0 -0.4
2008 ROU AAA 48 192 .281 .274 .347 .442 .262 .331 101 4.4 5.8 3.5 -0.0 1.5 15.2 1.5 15.2 1.5
2009 HOU MLB 16 53 .216 .268 .330 .430 .264 .233 96 -2.5 1.5 0.9 0.2 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2009 ROU AAA 56 178 .326 .266 .332 .404 .269 .310 87 12.4 5.0 2.5 0.2 0.5 21.5 2.1 21.5 2.1
2010 HOU MLB 17 51 .194 .259 .327 .391 .269 .229 91 -3.4 1.4 0.8 -0.2 -0.0 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2010 CCH AA 5 20 .216 .258 .346 .362 .262 .200 97 -0.9 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.7 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2011 HOU MLB 54 165 .225 .260 .324 .412 .267 .200 101 -5.7 4.4 2.6 0.9 0.1 -2.0 -0.1 -2.0 -0.1
2011 OKL AAA 35 136 .289 .294 .359 .454 .267 .283 102 4.6 4.2 2.5 -0.3 0.5 12.7 1.2 12.7 1.2
2012 ROC AAA 52 189 .227 .257 .325 .385 .251 .263 94 -7 5.6 2.3 0.3 -0.5 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2013 ABQ AAA 4 17 .290 .269 .347 .406 .275 .182 104 0.5 0.5 0.3 -0.1 0.0 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2013 MEM AAA 19 71 .328 .276 .348 .433 .281 .205 86 5.2 2.0 0.9 0.5 0.5 7.7 0.8 7.7 0.8
2014 ROU AAA 2 8 .270 .289 .345 .438 .261 .400 110 0.1 0.2 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 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
2004 GRV Rk 136 17 27 6 0 0 8 12 23 4 3 .243 .370 .297 .054 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LEX A 193 35 56 14 2 5 23 16 29 11 7 .346 .425 .549 .204 .320 21.5 -0.3 2.1
2006 LEX A 321 39 90 19 2 12 55 21 46 13 5 .317 .379 .525 .208 .305 21.5 -0.4 2.2
2007 SLM A+ 115 14 18 3 2 0 11 12 15 3 5 .200 .351 .278 .078 .236 5.1 0.8 0.6
2007 CCH AA 257 47 70 12 2 11 49 23 35 9 4 .324 .420 .551 .227 .332 29.9 -0.3 3.0
2007 HOU MLB 44 9 15 5 0 1 12 3 1 0 1 .375 .432 .575 .200 .342 7.9 -0.2 0.8
2007 ROU AAA 50 5 12 0 0 0 2 4 7 2 4 .279 .340 .279 .000 .266 1.7 -0.3 0.1
2008 HOU MLB 171 10 20 5 0 4 16 16 40 0 0 .137 .250 .253 .116 .194 -4.0 0.1 -0.4
2008 ROU AAA 192 28 51 8 2 7 28 13 31 4 3 .304 .368 .500 .196 .281 15.2 -0.0 1.5
2009 HOU MLB 53 7 9 2 0 2 3 3 16 0 0 .188 .250 .354 .167 .216 -0.4 0.2 -0.0
2009 ROU AAA 178 23 40 12 1 4 22 22 27 3 0 .276 .389 .455 .179 .326 21.5 0.2 2.1
2010 CCH AA 20 3 2 1 0 0 3 4 4 2 0 .143 .400 .214 .071 .216 0.7 0.0 0.1
2010 HOU MLB 51 3 9 3 0 1 8 2 12 0 0 .191 .235 .319 .128 .194 -1.0 -0.2 -0.1
2011 HOU MLB 165 11 27 7 0 3 11 13 26 0 0 .184 .256 .293 .109 .225 -2.0 0.9 -0.1
2011 OKL AAA 136 19 29 4 0 3 11 18 11 3 0 .276 .430 .400 .124 .289 12.7 -0.3 1.2
2012 ROC AAA 189 24 36 14 0 1 10 12 36 2 4 .214 .280 .315 .101 .227 1.1 0.3 0.1
2013 ABQ AAA 17 2 3 0 0 1 2 0 3 1 0 .200 .200 .400 .200 .290 1.8 -0.1 0.2
2013 MEM AAA 71 15 14 3 1 5 14 8 10 0 0 .237 .366 .576 .339 .328 7.7 0.5 0.8
2014 ROU AAA 8 0 2 2 0 0 4 1 2 0 0 .286 .375 .571 .286 .270 0.0 -0.1 -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
2008 628 0.5525 0.4777 0.7467 0.6455 0.2705 0.7991 0.5921 0.2500
2009 224 0.5357 0.4420 0.8182 0.6000 0.2596 0.9306 0.5185 0.1818
2010 192 0.5833 0.4688 0.7778 0.5982 0.2875 0.8358 0.6087 0.2222
2011 649 0.5162 0.4438 0.8194 0.5731 0.3057 0.8854 0.6875 0.1806
Career16930.53990.4590.78760.60640.28450.85370.62080.2112

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-04-22 2013-04-29 Minors 7 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2011-06-26 2011-06-30 DTD 4 3 Face Laceration Chin Ball Bounced Off Dirt -
2011-06-16 2011-06-22 DTD 6 6 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2011-06-15 2011-06-15 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Contusion Foul Ball -
2011-04-14 2011-04-19 DTD 5 4 Left Ankle Sprain -
2011-03-25 2011-03-30 Camp 5 0 Low Back Soreness -
2010-05-14 2010-09-07 Minors 116 0 Thumb Surgery UCL and Tendon Repair 2010-07-26
2010-03-27 2010-04-01 Camp 5 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-07-26 2009-08-23 Minors 28 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-06-30 2009-07-12 Minors 12 0 Face Fracture Nose -
2008-04-14 2008-04-17 DTD 3 2 Left Hand Contusion HBP -
2008-03-09 2008-03-25 Camp 16 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-08-17 2007-08-24 Minors 7 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 SLN $
2012 MIN $
2011 HOU $424,000
2010 HOU $406,500
2008 HOU $390,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,220,500
3 yrTotal$1,220,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 2 dBurton Rocks1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Texas as a free agent 8/25/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 12/18/12 (minor-league contract). Released by St. Louis 5/28/13. Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 5/30/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 12/15/11 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.424M (2011). Re-signed by Houston 1/11. Sent outright to Triple-A by Houston 10/13/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4065M (2010). Re-signed by Houston 1/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4015M (2009). Re-signed by Houston 2/20/09.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2008). Re-signed by Houston 2/22/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Houston 9/4/07.
  • Drafted by Houston 2004 (20-604) (North Central Texas JC). Signed 6/16/04 (draft and follow).

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J.R. Towles is referenced in the following articles.

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This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 30, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-30
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Notable NRI: AL CentralR.J. Anderson2012-03-15
This article requires BP Premium accessHeartburn Hardball: The Race to the Bottom in 2012Jonathan Bernhardt2012-02-16
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: The Vortices of Suck, Part IJay Jaffe2012-02-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: A Night in the Life of Team EntropyJay Jaffe2011-09-28
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: The Impact of September Call-upsJason Collette2011-08-26
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Vortices of Suck, Part IJay Jaffe2011-08-03
Transaction Analysis Blog: M's Promote SeagerR.J. Anderson2011-07-07
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Twin KillingBen Lindbergh2011-06-27
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Twin KillingCorey Dawkins2011-06-27
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Hasta Luego, AlbertCorey Dawkins2011-06-22
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Hasta Luego, AlbertBen Lindbergh2011-06-22
Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for May 31Larry Granillo2011-06-01
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Tout Wars FAAB Update, 5/2Jason Collette2011-05-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Your Wolf Pack: Should It Grow By One?Bill Baer2011-04-27
BP Unfiltered: The Paper Trail 4/9John Perrotto2011-04-09
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Spring SurprisesJohn Perrotto2011-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Injury Projection: Houston AstrosCorey Dawkins2011-03-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Injury Projection: Houston AstrosMarc Normandin2011-03-24
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: DisAstros in the MakingJay Jaffe2011-03-17
BP Unfiltered: Houston's Backstop ProblemR.J. Anderson2011-03-07
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Red Sox RebootJohn Perrotto2011-03-07
Painting the Black: Players Out of OptionsR.J. Anderson2011-02-01
Transaction of the Day: The Vernon Wells TradeChristina Kahrl2011-01-24
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: NL Central UpdateChristina Kahrl2010-06-01
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Org Watch: Orioles, Astros, MarinersKevin Goldstein2010-05-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: A Tale of Three ShortstopsChristina Kahrl2010-05-07
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BP Unfiltered: UPDATED NL Projected Opening Day RostersJohn Perrotto2010-04-01
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Fantasy Beat: Depth Chart/PFM UpdateClay Davenport2010-03-17
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and ShortstopMichael Jong2010-03-09
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DateQuestionAnswer
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Rangers really screw up by not trading one of Salty, Ramirez and Teagarden when their values were all high?
(rwinter from Boston)
In the sense that they didn’t trade prospects who flopped, sure. You could say that about every team and every prospect who flopped. Did the Angels err in not trading Brandon Wood when he was a top-10 prospect? In retrospect, of course, but there was no way of knowing that.

The fact that all three of those players flopped in their own ways supports the decision to keep all of them, though, instead of treating them as depth. Catchers have a brutal attrition rate. Baseball America’s top 100 in 2000 included six catchers: Eric Munson, Ben Petrick, Matt LeCroy, Jayson Werth (Orioles), Steve Lomasney, Ryan Christianson. In 2001: Joe Lawrence, Dane Sardinha, Brandon Inge, J.R. House. In 2002: Mauer, Josh Phelps, House, John Buck, Werth (Blue Jays), Victor Martinez. In 2003: Mauer, Martinez, Jeff Mathis, Justin Huber, Buck.

In 2007, when the Rangers had to make this decision, Kevin Goldstein ranked the catchers in the minors. He named 17 players. These are the 17:

Jeff Clement
Bryan Anderson
J.R. Towles
Teagarden
Hank Conger
John Jaso
Ramirez
Nick Hundley
Tony Recker
Jesus Montero
Brett Hayes
Francisco Hernandez
Lou Palmisano
Landon Powell
Shawn Riggans
Jamie Skelton
Brian Jeroloman

Out of those 17, there are basically one and a half every day catchers, maaaaaaybe another one in Hank Conger, and a DH. We thought the Rangers had three catchers, plus Gerald Laird. In fact, they had Gerald Laird.

Also:
2007 Baseball Prospectus Annual: “When Teagarden is behind the dish, he’s one of the top defensive catchers around. If he can stay there, he’s Mickey Tettleton with defensive chops.”
2008 Baseball Prospectus Annual: “If you want to get really dreamy and optimistic, think Mickey Tettleton with Gold Glove-level skills, and you get the picture.”

This is why comps are the best/worst. (Sam Miller)


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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 3439 -17 -5.8 -11.8 1842 7.0 2.0 7.4 -3.8 -4.4
2009 1043 2 -0.1 -0.6 614 1.4 0.4 4.6 0.3 4.0
2010 1032 14 1.4 9.2 617 1.4 0.4 4.5 1.8 13.7
2011 3312 -3 0.8 1.8 1834 5.4 1.5 5.8 2.3 7.5
total 8826 -1 -3.0 -2.4 4907 12.0 3.4 4.8 0.3 2.4

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