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Anthony Varvaro PBraves

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 3.68 1.31 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date10-31-1984
Height6' 0"
Weight190 lbs
Age29 years, 11 months, 24 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.32010
0.02011
0.22012
0.82013
0.32014
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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 SEA 25 4 0 4.0 0.0 4.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 24 6 5 5 2 12 6 6 0 5 11.25 11.55 12.46 -3.1 -0.3
2011 ATL 26 18 0 24.0 0.0 24.0 0 2 0 1 0 0 96 15 7 7 3 26 11 7 0 23 2.62 4.08 4.62 0.3 0.0
2012 ATL 27 12 0 16.7 0.0 16.7 1 1 0 0 0 0 76 16 11 10 2 26 9 8 2 21 5.40 4.16 3.88 1.9 0.2
2013 ATL 28 62 0 73.3 0.0 73.3 3 1 1 2 0 0 306 68 25 23 3 93 25 22 1 43 2.82 3.44 3.53 6.8 0.8
2014 ATL 29 61 0 54.7 0.0 54.7 3 3 0 1 0 0 218 46 18 16 5 73 13 12 0 50 2.63 3.18 3.49 2.5 0.3
Career1570172.70.0172.7781400720151666115230645531423.183.703.918.40.9

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
2006 MRN Rk 5 3 11.0 3.95 126 .206 .253 .359 .360 .271 .304 108 3.7 0.4 3.7 0.4
2007 WIS A 22 21 103.7 4.28 100 .259 .258 .329 .376 .263 .305 95 10.3 1.0 10.3 1.0
2008 HDS A+ 30 24 122.7 6.69 73 .318 .273 .345 .415 .272 .362 110 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3
2009 HDS A+ 8 0 7.7 5.19 115 .288 .258 .336 .401 .263 .391 122 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
2009 WTN AA 36 0 54.3 3.76 108 .221 .257 .335 .374 .266 .232 95 5.5 0.6 5.5 0.6
2009 PEJ Wnt 10 0 13.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .275 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 SEA MLB 4 0 4.0 12.46 -85 .412 .258 .329 .397 .260 .364 98 -3.1 -0.3 -3.1 -0.3
2010 WTN AA 31 0 39.3 3.83 114 .231 .259 .339 .390 .265 .260 100 6.5 0.7 6.5 0.7
2010 TAC AAA 19 0 25.7 4.33 111 .286 .278 .351 .431 .268 .326 94 5.0 0.5 5.0 0.5
2011 ATL MLB 18 0 24.0 4.62 84 .223 .258 .321 .396 .265 .203 95 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2011 GWN AAA 38 0 59.0 3.55 116 .224 .257 .323 .392 .251 .250 95 10.0 1.0 9.1 0.9
2012 ATL MLB 12 0 16.7 3.88 111 .276 .255 .315 .416 .262 .333 101 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2012 GWN AAA 33 1 44.3 2.73 139 .230 .252 .322 .387 .251 .311 100 12.6 1.2 12.6 1.2
2013 ATL MLB 62 0 73.3 3.53 112 .229 .251 .312 .388 .255 .278 99 6.6 0.7 6.8 0.8
2014 ATL MLB 61 0 54.7 3.49 109 .241 .253 .314 .388 .263 .273 96 2.5 0.3 2.5 0.3

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
2006 MRN Rk 0 2 0 5 3 11.0 7 5 15 0 57% .304 5.7 4.1 0.0 12.3 1.09 1.64 3.7 0.4
2007 WIS A 4 11 1 22 21 103.7 94 51 112 7 50% .305 8.2 4.4 0.6 9.7 1.40 4.69 10.3 1.0
2008 HDS A+ 3 9 0 30 24 122.7 154 82 113 22 42% .362 11.3 6.0 1.6 8.3 1.92 7.11 3.1 0.3
2009 HDS A+ 0 0 4 8 0 7.7 9 6 10 0 57% .391 10.5 7.0 0.0 11.7 1.95 7.01 1.5 0.2
2009 WTN AA 4 3 8 36 0 54.3 30 44 63 1 40% .232 5.0 7.3 0.2 10.4 1.36 2.82 5.5 0.6
2009 PEJ Wnt 1 0 2 10 0 13.3 12 3 11 1 0% .275 8.1 2.0 0.7 7.4 1.13 4.06 0.0 0.0
2010 WTN AA 1 3 9 31 0 39.3 27 21 46 2 42% .260 6.2 4.8 0.5 10.5 1.22 3.21 6.5 0.7
2010 TAC AAA 0 0 0 19 0 25.7 24 14 26 1 47% .326 8.4 4.9 0.4 9.1 1.48 5.25 5.0 0.5
2010 SEA MLB 0 1 0 4 0 4.0 6 6 5 2 46% .364 13.5 13.5 4.5 11.2 3.00 11.25 -3.1 -0.3
2011 GWN AAA 2 8 1 38 0 59.0 37 35 69 3 48% .250 5.6 5.3 0.5 10.5 1.22 2.90 9.1 0.9
2011 ATL MLB 0 2 0 18 0 24.0 15 11 23 3 35% .203 5.6 4.1 1.1 8.6 1.08 2.62 0.3 0.0
2012 GWN AAA 0 2 6 33 1 44.3 39 24 47 1 41% .311 7.9 4.9 0.2 9.5 1.42 2.23 12.6 1.2
2012 ATL MLB 1 1 0 12 0 16.7 16 9 21 2 43% .333 8.6 4.9 1.1 11.3 1.50 5.40 1.9 0.2
2013 ATL MLB 3 1 1 62 0 73.3 68 25 43 3 48% .278 8.3 3.1 0.4 5.3 1.27 2.82 6.8 0.8
2014 ATL MLB 3 3 0 61 0 54.7 46 13 50 5 50% .273 7.6 2.1 0.8 8.2 1.08 2.63 2.5 0.3

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 94 0.4574 0.3656 0.8529 0.5814 0.1765 0.9200 0.6667 0.1471
2011 377 0.4987 0.4483 0.7574 0.6117 0.2857 0.8348 0.5926 0.2426
2012 317 0.4763 0.4511 0.7413 0.6556 0.2651 0.7980 0.6136 0.2587
2013 1094 0.5064 0.4730 0.8259 0.6769 0.2630 0.8933 0.6479 0.1741
2014 895 0.5162 0.5106 0.8246 0.6732 0.3349 0.8939 0.6759 0.1754
Career27770.50340.47560.80740.66120.28660.87560.64610.1926

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-03-26 2012-04-26 15-DL 31 19 Right Chest Recovery From Strain Pectoral Muscle - -
2012-03-24 2012-03-26 Camp 2 0 Right Chest Strain Pectoral Muscle - -
2007-06-20 2007-07-08 Minors 18 0 Right Elbow Strain -
2005-06-27 2005-09-01 Minors 66 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2005-06-27 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 ATL $
2014 ATL $515,000
2013 ATL $490,000
2012 ATL $481,250
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$971,250
2011Current$515,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$1,486,250
3 yrTotal$1,486,250

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 121 d1 year/$0.515M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.515M (2014). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/25/14.
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2013). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/27/13.
  • 1 year/$481,250 (2012). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/2/12.
  • 2011. Claimed by Atlanta off waivers 1/13/11 after being DFA by Seattle 1/3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Seattle 11/20/09. Re-signed by Seattle 2/26/10.
  • Drafted 2005 (12-353) (St. John's).

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 0 0 0 0 0 79.1 55 31 74 6 .256 1.08 2.63 2.86 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 72.9 54 31 68 6 .271 1.16 3.00 3.26 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 68.5 54 30 64 5 .282 1.23 3.27 3.55 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 64.8 53 30 60 5 .291 1.28 3.51 3.81 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 61.4 52 30 57 5 .300 1.33 3.73 4.05 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 0 0 0 58.1 51 29 54 5 .308 1.39 3.96 4.3 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 0 0 0 54.6 50 29 51 5 .317 1.45 4.20 4.57 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 50.7 49 28 47 5 .328 1.52 4.49 4.88 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 0 0 0 45.3 47 27 42 5 .344 1.62 4.91 5.34 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0000060.85129575.2971.323.704.020.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
12% 25% 25% 27% 56%

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
20153021043046442042543.3191.404.294.668.73.98.31.00.2
20163121044047392144443.2911.283.433.727.54.08.40.80.7
20173221046048412243443.2941.303.563.877.64.18.00.70.6
20183321043045402041443.3031.333.774.108.04.08.20.80.5
20193421038041361836443.3001.333.814.148.04.08.00.90.4
20203521035038341634443.3061.333.874.218.13.88.11.00.3
20213621035037321633443.3031.313.754.087.93.98.11.00.4
20223721033035311431343.3051.303.804.148.03.68.00.80.3
20233821032034301430343.3051.313.834.168.03.78.00.80.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
4.42.82.74.64.82.319.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 73)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 84 Craig Breslow 2010 3.13
2 83 John Axford 2012 5.45
3 83 Ryan Speier 2009 4.76
4 83 Esmerling Vasquez 2013 0.00 DNP
5 82 Roy Corcoran 2009 6.63
6 82 Evan Meek 2012 6.75
7 80 Kevin Cameron 2009 3.44
8 80 Denny Bautista 2012 0.00 DNP
9 79 Mitch Stetter 2010 14.73
10 79 Josh Roenicke 2012 4.06
11 78 Erick Threets 2011 0.00 DNP
12 78 Cory Wade 2012 6.69
13 77 Darren O'Day 2012 2.28
14 77 Jeremy Accardo 2011 5.73
15 77 Leo Rosales 2010 6.61
16 76 Luis Perdomo 2013 0.00 DNP
17 76 Ryan Mattheus 2013 6.62
18 76 Royce Ring 2010 15.43
19 76 Sean Burnett 2012 2.54
20 75 Tim Wood 2012 0.00 DNP
21 75 Mike Ekstrom 2013 0.00 DNP
22 75 Andrew Bailey 2013 3.77
23 75 Doug Slaten 2009 7.11
24 75 Adam Russell 2012 0.00 DNP
25 75 Phil Coke 2012 4.67
26 74 Ruddy Lugo 2009 0.00 DNP
27 74 Franklyn German 2009 0.00 DNP
28 74 Matt Lindstrom 2009 6.65
29 74 Sean Green 2008 5.35
30 74 Michael Gonzalez 2007 1.59
31 74 Clay Zavada 2013 0.00 DNP
32 74 Carlos Fisher 2012 0.00 DNP
33 74 Chris Leroux 2013 6.75
34 74 Jesse Carlson 2010 4.61
35 73 Ross Wolf 2012 0.00 DNP
36 73 Jared Burton 2010 0.00
37 73 Brian Bruney 2011 6.86
38 73 Victor Marte 2010 9.76
39 73 Manny Delcarmen 2011 0.00 DNP
40 73 Jim Johnson 2012 2.75
41 73 Alex Hinshaw 2012 6.04
42 73 Jose Arredondo 2013 0.00 DNP
43 73 Javier Lopez 2007 3.54
44 73 Jon Link 2013 0.00 DNP
45 72 Brandon Medders 2009 3.41
46 72 Ramon Troncoso 2012 0.00 DNP
47 72 Tim Dillard 2013 0.00 DNP
48 72 Mariano Gomez 2012 0.00 DNP
49 72 Samuel Deduno 2013 4.00
50 72 Brad Ziegler 2009 3.44
51 72 Alfredo Aceves 2012 5.46
52 72 Luke Gregerson 2013 3.26
53 72 Juan Morillo 2013 0.00 DNP
54 72 Burke Badenhop 2012 3.61
55 72 Scott Rice 2011 0.00 DNP
56 71 Gabe DeHoyos 2009 0.00 DNP
57 71 Aaron Heilman 2008 5.68
58 71 Ramon Ramirez 2011 3.15
59 71 Mark Worrell 2012 0.00 DNP
60 71 Jeff Stevens 2013 0.00 DNP
61 71 Frankie De La Cruz 2013 0.00 DNP
62 71 Dennis Sarfate 2010 0.00 DNP
63 71 Derrick Turnbow 2007 4.76
64 71 Brian Wilson 2011 3.27
65 71 Tom Wilhelmsen 2013 4.27
66 70 Jim Hoey 2012 0.00 DNP
67 70 Dale Thayer 2010 27.00
68 70 David Aardsma 2011 0.00 DNP
69 70 A.J. Murray 2011 0.00 DNP
70 70 Juan Rincon 2008 6.34
71 70 Chad Qualls 2008 3.54
72 70 Jason Urquidez 2012 0.00 DNP
73 70 Ron Flores 2009 0.00 DNP
74 70 Nick Masset 2011 3.84
75 69 Brad Salmon 2009 0.00 DNP
76 69 Sergio Romo 2012 1.79
77 69 Josh Schmidt 2012 0.00 DNP
78 69 Duaner Sanchez 2009 9.00
79 69 Dusty Hughes 2011 9.95
80 69 Mark McLemore 2010 0.00 DNP
81 69 Hong-Chih Kuo 2011 9.67
82 69 Joe Smith 2013 2.43
83 69 Freddy Dolsi 2012 0.00 DNP
84 69 Kevin Whelan 2013 0.00 DNP
85 69 Rob Murphy 1989 3.34
86 69 Brandon League 2012 3.38
87 69 John Franco 1990 2.93
88 69 Felix Rodriguez 2002 4.30
89 68 Bob Lee 1967 5.34
90 68 Mike Henneman 1991 3.09
91 68 Jensen Lewis 2013 0.00 DNP
92 68 Eddie Watt 1970 3.25
93 68 Bill Bray 2012 5.19
94 68 Jason Davis 2009 0.00 DNP
95 68 Saul Rivera 2007 3.68
96 68 Stephen Marek 2013 0.00 DNP
97 68 Jose Veras 2010 3.75
98 68 Jordan De Jong 2008 0.00 DNP
99 68 Vinnie Chulk 2008 5.12
100 68 Danys Baez 2007 6.26

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .213 .285 .309 .212
11 vs R (Multi) .265 .337 .370 .246
18 Split (Multi) -.052 -.052 -.061 -.033
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .207 .267 .281 .195
31 vs R (2013) .274 .341 .376 .247
38 Split (2013) -.067 -.074 -.095 -.052
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 A strained pectoral muscle sabotaged Varvaro’s shot at making the Opening Day bullpen. He spent most of the season at Gwinnett, where he pitched well enough to merit a promotion. Varvaro’s cameo in the majors was more of the same old, same old. He misses bats and the zone consistently, but has not missed barrels enough to become a full-fledged big-league reliever. Varvaro is without options, so he should start the season in the majors—with Atlanta or some other team.
2012 The last time Atlanta rescued a reliever from Seattle, he led the major leagues in earned run average three seasons later. As unlikely as Varvaro is to assume Eric O’Flaherty’s success, he does have perceived upside. With a fastball that can touch the mid-90s and two secondary offerings—a curveball and changeup, vestiges from his days as a starter—Varvaro is armed to wage war with any batter, although his time in the majors has shown a favoritism toward righties. Varvaro should split time between Gwinnet and Atlanta.
2011 The Varvaro who made his major-league debut after a September call-up to Seattle sports a different elbow ligament, delivery, and role from the one whose elbow problems dropped him to the 12th round of the 2005 draft. The current model’s fastball hits the low-90s with good deception, complemented by a major league-caliber curve and changeup. He’s used that repertoire to excellent effect when it comes to striking out minor-league batters, and the five he rung up in his first four innings of major-league labor offer hope that he might continue to miss bats in the majors. However, he also walked six batters in those four frames, which hints at the dark side of his plus stuff, namely that he doesn’t always know where it’s going. Varvaro’s mechanics improved to an extent following his 2005 elbow reconstruction, but he remains at risk for re-injury and wildness, and should be kept no further than a spot start away from the bullpen at all times.
2010 Anthony Varvaro made an impressive return from Tommy John surgery (his second spin with blowing out his elbow), but he'll need to improve his command beyond the usual case of post-surgical yips.

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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Wren's EndR.J. Anderson2014-09-23
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: July 23, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-07-23
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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Single's Going SteadyR.J. Anderson2014-06-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Relief PitchersIan Lefkowitz2014-03-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Relief PitchersJared Weiss2014-03-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Relief PitchersBen Murphy2014-03-07
This article requires BP Premium accessPlayoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Dodgers at BravesDaniel Rathman2013-10-03
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: August 31, 2013Clint Chisam2013-08-31
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Wheeling and DealingDaniel Rathman2013-06-19
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: The Most Surprising Team Performances So FarBen Lindbergh2013-06-18
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessBullpen Report: Buyers and SellersMike Gianella2013-06-13
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessBullpen Report: A Test of Wil'Mike Gianella2013-06-06
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessBullpen Report: Movin' on UpMike Gianella2013-05-30
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessBullpen Report: Introducing TiersMike Gianella2013-05-23
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessBullpen Report: Boston BluesMike Gianella2013-05-09
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Haranging AroundR.J. Anderson2013-04-12
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: April 11, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-11
Minor League Update: Games of March 7, 2013Jason Martinez2013-03-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Getting Caught Up Before Opening DayR.J. Anderson2012-04-05
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: How Much Pain Could the Doctor (Up)Chuck?Stephani Bee2012-04-04
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: How Much Pain Could the Doctor (Up)Chuck?Corey Dawkins2012-04-04
Collateral Damage: The Tommy John BrotherhoodStephani Bee2012-03-26
Collateral Damage: The Tommy John BrotherhoodCorey Dawkins2012-03-26
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Catching Up with NL ContendersBen Lindbergh2011-08-16
Transaction Analysis: Votto's Extension and Being Young in New YorkChristina Kahrl2011-01-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Bartlett's Price QuoteChristina Kahrl2011-01-11
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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Anthony Varvaro has thrown 2,873 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Curve (81mph), also mixing in a Change (86mph).