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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 29)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
3 .258 0 0 0 0 .263 0.0
Birth Date11-1-1984
Height6' 0"
Weight215 lbs
Age29 years, 11 months, 22 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2010
2011
-0.52012
0.52013
1.22014
+proj
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
2012 TBA 27 18 27 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .074 .000 .042 -4.5 -0.0 -0.5
2013 OAK 28 47 148 135 18 34 6 1 4 54 9 28 0 2 2 16 0 1 .252 .295 .400 .255 5.0 -0.5 0.5
2014 OAK 29 84 287 269 26 75 10 2 9 116 16 39 1 1 0 35 1 0 .279 .321 .431 .284 13.3 -2.9 1.2
Career149462429441091631317027691325111.254.298.396.26013.9-3.41.2

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
2007 HUD A- 70 279 .308 .252 .341 .365 .266 .330 98 15 8.4 -2.5 5.2 0.9 23.0 2.8 23.0 2.8
2008 CGA A 113 448 .294 .259 .332 .379 .264 .318 101 15.6 12.8 -2.9 1.1 0.7 28.9 3.1 28.9 3.1
2009 PCH A+ 10 37 .148 .248 .320 .343 .252 .194 96 -4.4 1.1 0.1 -0.3 -0.7 -3.3 -0.4 -3.3 -0.4
2010 PCH A+ 106 414 .336 .254 .329 .370 .261 .375 92 32.4 11.6 -2.2 0.0 -0.2 43.0 4.3 43.0 4.3
2011 MNT AA 97 427 .285 .264 .333 .399 .254 .310 107 11.7 12.6 1.1 -4.2 1.3 28.3 2.4 28.3 2.4
2011 DUR AAA 31 131 .285 .258 .326 .400 .255 .340 93 3.9 4.1 -1.2 0.1 -1.7 5.7 0.6 5.7 0.6
2011 CAR Wnt 32 134 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .295 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 TBA MLB 18 27 .042 .245 .315 .389 .252 .000 97 -5.8 0.7 -0.1 -0.0 0.0 -4.5 -0.5 -4.5 -0.5
2012 DUR AAA 94 396 .259 .264 .329 .398 .254 .306 104 -0.4 11.8 -0.4 -1.7 -2.4 8.6 0.7 8.6 0.7
2013 OAK MLB 47 148 .255 .251 .319 .398 .266 .286 94 -0.8 3.9 2.2 -0.5 -0.4 5.0 0.5 5.0 0.5
2013 SAC AAA 75 338 .325 .282 .351 .446 .278 .344 97 23.8 9.7 4.3 0.2 -0.2 42.0 4.3 42.0 4.3
2014 OAK MLB 84 287 .284 .251 .310 .385 .261 .297 96 6.4 7.4 -3.1 -2.9 0.4 13.3 1.2 13.3 1.2
2014 SAC AAA 21 97 .371 .284 .356 .451 .277 .372 91 12.2 2.9 1.4 -0.6 1.3 18.0 1.7 18.0 1.7

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
2007 HUD A- 279 40 72 8 0 4 48 31 31 6 1 .300 .379 .383 .083 .308 23.0 5.2 2.8
2008 CGA A 448 57 114 22 3 6 54 47 48 6 1 .291 .369 .408 .117 .294 28.9 1.1 3.1
2009 PCH A+ 37 0 6 2 0 0 3 2 4 0 1 .171 .216 .229 .057 .148 -3.3 -0.3 -0.4
2010 PCH A+ 414 56 127 31 3 8 47 31 46 3 1 .345 .402 .511 .166 .336 43.0 0.0 4.3
2011 DUR AAA 131 15 36 14 1 4 20 4 29 0 0 .290 .305 .516 .226 .285 5.7 0.1 0.6
2011 MNT AA 427 52 116 21 6 13 85 30 51 4 2 .301 .344 .487 .187 .285 28.3 -4.2 2.4
2011 CAR Wnt 134 12 31 9 1 3 19 12 23 1 1 .258 .323 .425 .167 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 TBA MLB 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 .000 .074 .000 .000 .042 -4.5 -0.0 -0.5
2012 DUR AAA 396 48 95 18 4 9 43 42 61 1 0 .272 .350 .424 .152 .259 8.6 -1.7 0.7
2013 SAC AAA 338 55 96 21 3 13 58 38 45 0 1 .324 .398 .547 .223 .325 42.0 0.2 4.3
2013 OAK MLB 148 18 34 6 1 4 16 9 28 0 1 .252 .295 .400 .148 .255 5.0 -0.5 0.5
2014 SAC AAA 97 18 32 8 2 3 19 8 8 1 0 .364 .412 .602 .239 .371 18.0 -0.6 1.7
2014 OAK MLB 287 26 75 10 2 9 35 16 39 1 0 .279 .321 .431 .152 .284 13.3 -2.9 1.2

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
2012 101 0.5743 0.4653 0.8511 0.6552 0.2093 0.8947 0.6667 0.1489
2013 594 0.5135 0.4781 0.8486 0.6000 0.3495 0.8852 0.7822 0.1514
2014 1179 0.5030 0.4143 0.8791 0.5497 0.2765 0.9325 0.7716 0.1209
Career18740.51020.43730.86790.57130.2960.91550.76930.1321

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-04 2014-09-17 DTD 13 11 Left Ankle Sprain -
2014-04-10 2014-05-12 Minors 32 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2009-04-25 2009-09-17 Minors 145 0 Right Shoulder Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 OAK $
2013 OAK $
2012 TBA $480,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$480,000
1 yrTotal$480,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 136 d1 year/$0.5025M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5025M (2014). Re-signed by Oakland 3/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/2/13. Acquired by Oakland in trade 4/5/13 after being DFA by Tampa Bay 3/31/13.
  • 1 year/$0.48M (2012). Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 11/18/11.
  • Drafted by Tampa Bay 2007 (12-365) (Azusa Pacific).

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 314 37 81 16 2 9 39 28 51 1 0 .290 .352 .470 .300 20.8 C -1 2.2
80o 292 33 73 15 2 8 35 25 48 0 0 .275 .336 .445 .286 15.4 C -1 1.6
70o 276 30 65 13 2 7 32 23 46 0 0 .264 .324 .427 .276 11.9 C -1 1.2
60o 263 28 61 12 2 7 30 21 45 0 0 .255 .314 .412 .267 9.1 C -1 0.9
50o 250 25 56 11 2 6 27 19 43 0 0 .247 .304 .398 .259 6.8 C -1 0.7
40o 237 23 52 10 2 6 25 18 42 0 0 .239 .295 .384 .251 4.6 C -1 0.4
30o 224 21 46 9 1 5 23 16 40 0 0 .230 .284 .370 .242 2.4 C -1 0.2
20o 208 19 41 8 1 5 21 14 38 0 0 .219 .272 .352 .232 0.3 C -1 0.0
10o 186 16 35 7 1 4 18 12 34 0 0 .205 .256 .329 .218 -2.3 C 0 -0.3
Weighted Mean2562658122628204400.251.309.405.2637.9C -10.8

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
3% 14% 10% 23% 34%

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
201530358387615283724650.231.280.365.2350.01.3-0.61.99.5-9.5-0.9
201631578611222531460401070.229.281.366.2340.01.6-1.02.814.9-15.2-1.4
201732636691362741668451170.232.285.373.2390.34.1-1.12.914.9-12.7-1.6
201833634641282531462421200.218.268.341.223-0.8-5.6-1.22.714.9-22.1-1.6
201934624641262431361431130.221.273.343.225-0.7-4.7-1.22.514.9-21.0-1.6
202035617631262331259421170.224.276.340.224-0.7-5.1-1.22.314.9-21.2-1.5
202136613611222331157411150.217.268.329.219-1.1-8.7-1.12.114.9-24.6-1.5
202237615611232331258411200.218.268.332.219-1.1-8.4-1.22.014.9-24.1-1.5
202338635611242331157421210.212.263.319.213-1.5-12.2-1.21.914.9-27.8-1.6

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
21.40.61.10.11.15.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 88 Rene Rivera 2013 .224
2 84 Michael Aubrey 2011 .000 DNP
3 84 Jed Morris 2009 .000 DNP
4 84 John Hester 2013 .624
5 83 Adam Moore 2013 .282
6 83 Chris Carter 2012 .000 DNP
7 82 Brad Davis 2012 .000 DNP
8 82 Cole Armstrong 2013 .000 DNP
9 82 Jose Morales 2012 .000 DNP
10 82 Bobby Wilson 2012 .216
11 82 Shawn Riggans 2010 .000 DNP
12 82 J.R. House 2009 .000 DNP
13 81 Erik Kratz 2009 .000 DNP
14 81 Vinny Rottino 2009 .000 DNP
15 81 Jesse Gutierrez 2007 .000 DNP
16 80 Anthony Recker 2013 .263
17 80 Carlos Corporan 2013 .242
18 80 Paul McAnulty 2010 .184
19 80 Cody Clark 2011 .000 DNP
20 80 Dusty Brown 2011 .088
21 80 Carlos Maldonado 2008 .000 DNP
22 79 Jordan Brown 2013 .204
23 79 Jeff Frazier 2012 .000 DNP
24 79 Hector Gimenez 2012 .338
25 79 Matt Craig 2010 .000 DNP
26 79 Carlos Rivera 2007 .000 DNP
27 79 Jeff Baisley 2012 .000 DNP
28 79 Johan Limonta 2013 .000 DNP
29 78 Steve Holm 2009 .305
30 78 Guillermo Quiroz 2011 .000 DNP
31 78 Brad Nelson 2012 .000 DNP
32 78 Salomon Manriquez 2012 .000 DNP
33 78 John Gall 2007 .063
34 78 Brian Stavisky 2010 .000 DNP
35 78 Alvin Colina 2011 .000 DNP
36 78 JD Closser 2009 .000 DNP
37 78 Jorge Piedra 2008 .000 DNP
38 78 Joe Mather 2012 .211
39 78 Scott Thorman 2011 .000 DNP
40 77 Josh Rabe 2008 .000 DNP
41 77 Freddy Sandoval 2012 .000 DNP
42 77 Koyie Hill 2008 .090
43 77 Emerson Frostad 2012 .000 DNP
44 77 Cole Gillespie 2013 .205
45 77 Terry Tiffee 2008 .274
46 77 Tuffy Gosewisch 2013 .146
47 77 Chris Denorfia 2010 .299
48 77 Kevin Thompson 2009 .000 DNP
49 77 Devin Ivany 2012 .000 DNP
50 77 Mike Vento 2007 .000 DNP
51 77 Drew Locke 2012 .000 DNP
52 77 Blake Lalli 2012 .132
53 76 Reid Gorecki 2010 .000 DNP
54 76 Scott Moore 2013 .000 DNP
55 76 Steve Tolleson 2013 .000 DNP
56 76 Tagg Bozied 2009 .000 DNP
57 76 Leslie Anderson 2011 .000 DNP
58 76 Neil Sellers 2011 .000 DNP
59 76 Daniel Nava 2012 .268
60 76 Brian Peterson 2008 .000 DNP
61 76 John Suomi 2010 .000 DNP
62 76 Kory Casto 2011 .000 DNP
63 76 Ryan Jorgensen 2008 .009
64 76 Brett Roneberg 2008 .000 DNP
65 76 Jeff Salazar 2010 .000 DNP
66 76 Trent Oeltjen 2012 .000 DNP
67 76 Josh Kroeger 2012 .000 DNP
68 76 Tug Hulett 2012 .000 DNP
69 76 Val Majewski 2010 .000 DNP
70 75 Lou Montanez 2011 .213
71 75 Mario Lisson 2013 .000 DNP
72 75 Aaron Bates 2013 .000 DNP
73 75 Chip Ambres 2009 .000 DNP
74 75 Matt Downs 2013 .000 DNP
75 75 Jason Pridie 2013 .160
76 75 Chris Gimenez 2012 .226
77 75 Brett Carroll 2012 -.001
78 75 Matt Miller 2012 .000 DNP
79 75 Nick Stavinoha 2011 .000 DNP
80 75 Guillermo Rodriguez 2007 .235
81 75 Ben Lasater 2013 .000 DNP
82 75 Micah Hoffpauir 2009 .262
83 75 Kevin Reese 2007 .000 DNP
84 75 Jeff Fiorentino 2012 .000 DNP
85 75 Larry Broadway 2010 .000 DNP
86 75 Bronson Sardinha 2012 .000 DNP
87 75 Lance Niekro 2008 .000 DNP
88 75 Nate Gold 2009 .000 DNP
89 75 Kevin Melillo 2011 .000 DNP
90 74 Amaury Cazana 2008 .000 DNP
91 74 Ryan Rohlinger 2013 .000 DNP
92 74 Jason Hart 2007 .000 DNP
93 74 George Kottaras 2012 .275
94 74 Darnell McDonald 2008 .000 DNP
95 74 Nathan Espy 2007 .000 DNP
96 74 Eric Patterson 2012 .000 DNP
97 74 Prentice Redman 2009 .000 DNP
98 74 Ryan Roberts 2010 .212
99 74 Josh Bard 2007 .276
100 74 John Baker 2010 .222

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .211 .211 .421 .202
11 vs R (Multi) .233 .285 .358 .237
18 Split (Multi) .023 .074 -.063 .035
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .222 .222 .444 .214
31 vs R (2013) .256 .305 .393 .255
38 Split (2013) .034 .082 -.051 .041
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

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 In Vogt's last at-bat of the final regular-season game of 2012, a bad call at first base denied his bid for an infield single. That extended his career-opening hitless streak to 27 plate appearances. Vogt carries an OF/C/1B business card, awkward mainly because he plays none of those positions especially well. Factor in his advanced age, and he might never get another shot at that hit. Vogt wants to manage someday, and he'll be good at it: He's personable, intelligent, hard-working, and a candid yet diplomatic teammate with a statesman's poise. If he never gets his big-league knock, he can use his career oh-fer to motivate his young charges. For now, he'll go back to whacking Triple-A pitching around the yard while waiting for another chance at box-score glory.
2012 Stephen Vogt played at two levels and five positions in search of a position last season, but they must believe in the 27-year-old's bat, as they protected him from the Rule 5 draft; The top RBI total in the organization (105) probably had something to do with that.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-10-03 11:00:00 (link to chat)I'm reading a lot of comments that the Cespedes/Lester trade was a bad deal for Oakland. But I still think the Russell/Samardzija trade is the one that will haunt them. Your thoughts?
(Jim from St Paul)
A superficial (but still emotionally compelling) answer is: Lester pitched in a playoff game. There's a decent chance Samardzija never will, either because he's traded this offseason or because the A's don't quite have enough next year, sans a middle infield, a left fielder, a catcher who can be counted on defensively, a center fielder who can play even close to every day, etc. etc. etc. etc.

But more importantly, in the wake of the Cespedes/Lester trade, it became clear that Cespedes wasn't going to be in Oakland in 2015 no matter what. The question was what they could get back for him in the offseason vs. midyear 2014, and while the classic trade would have been to get prospects back for him, it's hardly unforgivable to instead take a two-month maybe-ace and add him to what was looking at the time like a real shot at a World Series trophy.

I'd hope it goes unsaid that all the bunk about how the Cespedes trade killed the A's offense is bunk. John Jaso's concussion and Brandon Moss' hip and Coco Crisp's neck and Stephen Vogt's foot, along with that unfortunate few weeks where both Jed Lowrie and Nick Punto were hurt at the same time all have a lot more to do with the A's regression in run-scoring than the mystical Cespedes and his magical protection abilities.

That said, if Jeff Samardzija pitches 2015 for the A's and pitches it as well as he did in 2014 for the A's (that 8:1 K:BB ratio is incredible) and Oakland gets back to the playoffs again despite looking for all the world like 2014 was the last gasp, then even that trade won't look quite so bad. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2012-06-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any impressions of Hideki Matsui so far?
(Glow from Memphis)
Hes been hitting the ball hard in the air, but only two have cleared the fence, leading to some debate as to whether he has warning-track power. Still an upgrade over Stephen Vogt. (R.J. Anderson)


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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
2012 126 0 -0.1 -3.8 76 -0.0 -0.0 -0.3 -0.1 -4.1
2013 2993 -35 -4.2 -9.8 1645 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 -4.3 -10.2
2014 574 11 1.3 16.2 294 -0.1 -0.0 -0.9 1.3 15.3
total 3693 -17 -1.9 -3.6 2015 -0.5 -0.1 -0.4 -2.0 -4.0

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