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Josh Whitesell 1BD-backs

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
2 142 .200 .352 .313 .247 -0.1
Birth Date4-14-1982
Height6' 3"
Weight220 lbs
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WARP Summary

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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
2008 ARI 26 7 9 7 1 2 0 0 1 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .286 .444 .714 .367 1.2 -0.1 0.1
2009 ARI 27 46 133 108 7 21 7 0 1 31 24 29 1 0 0 14 0 0 .194 .346 .287 .239 -1.5 -0.7 -0.2
Career531421158237023625312001500.200.352.313.247-0.3-0.7-0.1

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
2003 VER A- 49 200 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SAV A 113 444 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .288 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 POT A+ 113 474 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .389 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 HAR AA 127 467 .266 .247 .318 .371 .256 .330 102 2.5 11.2 -7 7.1 -1.4 4.6 1.2 4.6 1.2
2007 HAR AA 119 487 .311 .261 .334 .394 .256 .344 108 26.6 14.1 -9 6.1 2.1 31.9 3.8 31.9 3.8
2008 ARI MLB 7 9 .367 .297 .345 .510 .288 .250 100 1 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 -0.0 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2008 TUC AAA 127 560 .305 .277 .347 .441 .257 .415 116 28.2 17.1 -10.9 -0.0 -0.8 30.5 2.9 30.5 2.9
2009 ARI MLB 46 133 .239 .253 .324 .406 .259 .256 97 -3 3.8 -2.2 -0.7 0.1 -1.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2
2009 RNO AAA 63 274 .281 .282 .354 .442 .281 .343 116 6.2 7.9 -5.1 2.5 -1.1 7.3 1.0 7.3 1.0
2010 SYR AAA 54 219 .291 .268 .332 .414 .259 .391 101 7.3 6.5 -4.1 -1.4 0.9 10.1 0.8 10.1 0.8

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
2003 VER A- 200 13 41 10 1 5 19 28 53 0 0 .246 .367 .407 .162 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SAV A 444 56 95 29 0 16 54 58 91 0 1 .250 .353 .453 .203 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 POT A+ 474 59 114 32 2 18 66 74 125 1 1 .293 .416 .524 .231 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 HAR AA 467 47 106 11 0 19 56 53 125 2 6 .264 .351 .433 .169 .266 4.6 7.1 1.2
2007 HAR AA 487 78 110 23 1 21 74 87 107 6 2 .284 .428 .512 .227 .311 31.9 6.1 3.8
2008 TUC AAA 560 86 156 36 0 26 110 74 136 1 2 .328 .427 .568 .240 .305 30.5 -0.0 2.9
2008 ARI MLB 9 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 .286 .444 .714 .429 .367 1.2 -0.1 0.1
2009 RNO AAA 274 35 66 14 1 8 58 40 48 1 1 .293 .407 .471 .178 .281 7.3 2.5 1.0
2009 ARI MLB 133 7 21 7 0 1 14 24 29 0 0 .194 .346 .287 .093 .239 -1.5 -0.7 -0.2
2010 SYR AAA 219 23 56 12 1 4 34 30 47 0 0 .304 .410 .446 .141 .291 10.1 -1.4 0.8

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 31 0.4516 0.3226 0.6000 0.5714 0.1176 0.5000 1.0000 0.4000
2009 552 0.4819 0.3873 0.7934 0.5526 0.2308 0.8707 0.6212 0.2066
Career5830.48030.38390.78310.55360.22480.8510.64130.2169

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2008-08-22 2008-08-27 Minors 5 0 Hip Strain Gluteal Muscles -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 101 d

Details
  • signed as a free agent from ARZ 12/28/09 (minor-league contract)
  • non-tendered 12/12/09 optioned to Triple-A 8/22/09 recalled 7/16/09 optioned to Triple-A 6/19/09 recalled 5/30/09 optioned to Triple-A 5/20/09 recalled 5/6/09 optioned to Triple-A 4/5/09 re-signed 3/3/09, 1 year/$0.401M (09)
  • recalled 9/2/08 claimed off waivers from WAS 3/14/08 re-signed 1/11/08, 1 year (08)
  • contract purchased 10/24/07 $0.12M signing bonus Loyola Marymount 03 6-177

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
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 Whitesell's minor-league numbers paint a portrait of a Three True Outcomes hitter, one who walks, whiffs, or wallops in a hefty percentage of his plate appearances. Reality might not conform to that perception; he has the reputation of a mistake-punisher, and mistakes occur much less frequently at the major-league level. Still, Whitesell should be a solid bench option if there's space for him, providing more production than Tony Clark or Chad Tracy, the team's first basemen over the last couple of seasons—though that says more about the ineptitude of the latter players than it does for the abilities of this veteran Quad-A hitter.
2009 Whitesell was previously an organizational solider in the Nats' system; he was always a little old for his level, but also drew a ton of walks and hit for solid power. The D'backs picked him up to fill out their Triple-A roster, and he ended up finishing among the Pacific Coast League's leaders in several categories and finally getting to the big leagues. Arizona thinks he's for real, and they'll give him a legitimate shot at a bench job this spring.
2008 A fly-ball hitter with some pop, Whitesell hit right-handers with authority last year (.300/.451/.546), but after repeating Double-A at his age, he can't really be called a prospect. Having both him and Rule 5 pick Matt Whitney on the 40-man roster might seem a bit strange, but if anybody can deal the two starting first basemen in front of them in one season, it's Jim Bowden. Barring that sort of hyperactive miracle, Whitesell's trade fodder at best.
2007 One of the bigger disappointments in a system in which expectations rot on the vine, Whitesell was seen as a power prospect. It`s easy to understand why; he drives the ball well when he gets his arms extended. Unfortunately, he also gets pull-conscious, his long swing can get diced up, and he seems to make few adjustments when down to his last strike. He`ll be 25 this spring, and first base is no place for late learners with basic adaptation issues.
2006 A tough luck story already, having lost a chunk of his college career to a car accident, Whitesell`s facing long odds if he`s going to make it as a prospect at first base. Credited with a nice approach at the plate, patience, and an all-fields stroke, his problems are time and age. He wasn`t young for an A-ball player, and will have to make a clean jump to Double-A this year. If he can do that, even then, he has to hope for some luck, either in terms of bad things happening to other people, or getting dealt to the right team.

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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Value Picks at First, Third and DHMichael Street2011-02-21
Between The Numbers: Dead Men WalkingBen Lindbergh2010-06-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Put Up Your Dukes?Christina Kahrl2010-03-17
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Senior Circuitry, East and CentralChristina Kahrl2010-01-04
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL ActionChristina Kahrl2009-12-15
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: A Teahen Scandal?Christina Kahrl2009-11-05
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Senior Circuit ShufflingChristina Kahrl2009-08-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: The Weekend ShuffleChristina Kahrl2009-07-20
Prospectus Hit and Run: The FlatlinersJay Jaffe2009-07-14
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Snagging a SnakeChristina Kahrl2009-07-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL West RoundupChristina Kahrl2009-07-02
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Diamondbacks Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2008-11-03
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Bankers DozenChristina Kahrl2008-09-03
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL East Rosters ReviewChristina Kahrl2008-04-02
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on First Base ProspectsNate Silver2008-03-28
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL East NRI ReviewChristina Kahrl2008-02-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL Pickups and DiscardsChristina Kahrl2007-11-13
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Positional Rankings - First BaseKevin Goldstein2007-07-22
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems, NL EastKevin Goldstein2007-05-09
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: AFL Preview, Part OneKevin Goldstein2006-10-04


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