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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA
0 0.00
Birth Date4-1-1989
Height6' 3"
Weight240 lbs
Age27 years, 9 months, 17 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2012
0.72013
0.12014
2015
-0.32016
DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2013 LAN MLB 26 0 34.7 3 0 1 20 13 43 5 .258 101 5.2 3.4 1.3 11.2 37% .205 .203 0.95 3.54 2.60 84 2.90 86.9 0.7
2014 LAN MLB 20 0 21.3 0 0 0 10 18 28 1 .265 95 4.2 7.6 0.4 11.8 47% .214 .234 1.31 3.76 2.95 101 4.11 103.3 0.1
2016 ATL MLB 46 0 37.7 3 0 0 29 17 28 5 .275 90 6.9 4.1 1.2 6.7 46% .226 .254 1.22 4.94 3.58 113 5.56 119.0 -0.3
CareerMLB92093.760159489911.267955.74.61.19.543%.217.2311.144.153.071004.25103.50.6

Statistics for All Levels

'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 W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2007 DGR Rk 6 4 9.0 0 0 0 5 4 13 0 .265 61 5.0 4.0 0.0 13.0 36% .364 .230 1.00 2.89 5.00 0 0.00 0.0
2008 SBR A+ 4 0 4.0 0 0 0 2 6 1 0 .294 98 4.5 13.5 0.0 2.2 55% .182 .266 2.00 7.77 4.50 0 0.00 0.0
2009 SBR A+ 19 16 86.3 6 6 0 80 45 105 3 .275 99 8.3 4.7 0.3 11.0 43% .358 .259 1.45 3.52 4.69 0 0.00 0.0
2009 CHT AA 6 6 27.3 2 2 0 24 12 26 2 .267 101 7.9 4.0 0.7 8.6 40% .301 .235 1.32 3.58 3.96 0 0.00 0.0
2010 CHT AA 27 27 129.7 4 9 0 146 69 120 13 .260 99 10.1 4.8 0.9 8.3 40% .340 .301 1.66 4.69 5.97 111 5.77 114.5
2011 CHT AA 25 25 128.7 6 6 0 111 75 130 8 .250 117 7.8 5.2 0.6 9.1 46% .307 .236 1.45 3.96 4.20 100 4.80 104.8
2012 CHT AA 22 7 60.0 3 3 2 52 36 64 3 .265 104 7.8 5.4 0.5 9.6 53% .306 .252 1.47 3.56 4.65 93 4.31 102.2
2013 LAN MLB 26 0 34.7 3 0 1 20 13 43 5 .258 101 5.2 3.4 1.3 11.2 37% .205 .203 0.95 3.54 2.60 84 2.90 86.9
2013 ABQ AAA 25 0 26.3 4 0 0 25 13 33 0 .271 111 8.5 4.4 0.0 11.3 57% .362 .231 1.44 2.54 1.71 78 2.35 81.6
2014 LAN MLB 20 0 21.3 0 0 0 10 18 28 1 .265 95 4.2 7.6 0.4 11.8 47% .214 .234 1.31 3.76 2.95 101 4.11 103.3
2016 ATL MLB 46 0 37.7 3 0 0 29 17 28 5 .275 90 6.9 4.1 1.2 6.7 46% .226 .254 1.22 4.94 3.58 113 5.56 119.0
2016 ROM A 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 .255 9.0 0.0 0.0 27.0 0% 1.000 .183 1.00 -2.60 0.00 92 3.31 97.0
2016 GWN AAA 11 0 10.0 0 1 5 7 6 12 1 .251 6.3 5.4 0.9 10.8 48% .250 .242 1.30 3.87 4.50 100 3.49 97.5

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
2013 604 0.4785 0.4652 0.7295 0.6159 0.3270 0.8315 0.5534 0.2705
2014 371 0.4609 0.4286 0.6541 0.6433 0.2450 0.6727 0.6122 0.3459
2016 644 0.4891 0.4767 0.7492 0.6667 0.2948 0.7714 0.7010 0.2508
Career16190.47870.46140.72010.64240.29540.77120.62560.2799

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-21 - 60-DL - - Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2014-06-03
2013-03-18 2013-03-20 Camp 2 0 Right Lower Leg Contusion Batted Ball - -
2013-02-16 2013-03-17 Camp 29 0 - Low Back Soreness Received Epidural Injection - -
2012-09-02 2012-10-04 60-DL 32 28 Right Chest Strain Pectoral Muscle - -
2011-04-28 2011-05-13 Minors 15 0 Not Disclosed -
2008-04-03 2008-08-10 Minors 129 0 Right Elbow Soreness -
2008-03-15 2008-04-03 Camp 19 0 Right Hand Laceration Snorkeling Mask -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 KCA $
2016 ATL $
2015 LAN $522,500
2014 LAN $506,600
2013 LAN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,029,100
2 yrTotal$1,029,100

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 111 dExcel Sports1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/7/17 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.61M (2016). Re-signed by Atlanta 1/14/16 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Atlanta 12/2/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5225M (2015). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/15. Acquired by Atlanta in trade from LA Dodgers 5/27/15.
  • 1 year/$0.5066M (2014). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/2/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by LA Dodgers 11/18/11. Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/12.
  • Drafted 2007 (1-20) Midland Christian HS, Texas. Signed 6/15/07, $1.35M signing bonus.

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
20159.33.24.33.23.72.823.8

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SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Chris Withrow spent all of 2015 recovering from Tommy John surgery; the Braves grabbed him in the Juan Uribe trade with the hope of future impact innings of the type he provided the Dodgers in 2013.
2015 Withrow and his mustache (though it's possible the order there is wrong) emerged in 2013 after a midyear promotion from Triple-A. The former first-round pick used his starter's arsenal to become one of the most effective Dodgers relievers. He continued his good work to a degree in 2014, though his walk rate was obviously unacceptable, before—you guessed it—Tommy John surgery ended his season. It was a big blow to an already shaky bullpen, and Withrow's absence glared ever brighter as the season progressed. Most of his 2015 season will be lost, too, but the future still shines for Withrow because of his pure stuff, most particularly his 96 mph fastball. Best-case scenario puts him back around midseason.
2014 After four years of near-5 ERAs as a starter in Double-A, Withrow was re-imagined as a reliever and thrived. With a prototypical pitcher's build and a ferocious fastball that averaged 97, the former first-rounder has the makings of a shutdown reliever who could fit near the back of the bullpen. He mixes in a solid set of secondary pitches, including a tight slider with vertical break and a curveball that he uses when ahead in the count. He still has some work to do with fastball command, but Withrow's simple delivery should allow for a repeatable release point in the future. Notable, if you're some kind of weirdo: He's the only active pitcher with "throw" in his name.
2013 Withrow has battled injuries and control problems during his time in the Dodgers chain, spending so long in Chattanooga—three seasons and change—that he could run for mayor. The locals would need a tolerance for control problems and inefficiency, however, since difficulty repeating his delivery has caused the 2007 first-rounder to struggle to harness his mid-to-high-90s heat and a power curve that has the potential to be a plus pitch. After six weeks of starting and a month on the shelf with a pectoral injury, he moved to the bullpen and found better results more due to a drop in BABIP than a decreased walk rate. His future lies in the late innings.
2012 A 2007 first-round pick out of a Midland, Texas, high school, Withrow has progressed slowly up the ladder due to injuries and control problems. In his second full season at Double-A, he cut his ERA significantly thanks to better defensive support and a lower home run rate, but his walk rate rose in direct proportion to his strikeout rate. Scouts are still high on Withrow's stuff—a mid-90s fastball that can touch 98 and a curve that has the makings of a plus offering—but he has difficulty repeating his delivery, causing his pitches to flatten out and forcing him into deep counts, where hitters can await his fastball. Not helping matters is that he tends to battle himself out of frustration and tinker mid-game. Some scouts feel as though he could be a force out of the bullpen, but the Dodgers have yet to conclude that's a better path for him.
2011 After two years mostly lost to injuries (elbow tenderness and a severe hand gash sustained snorkeling), this 2007 first-rounder out of an Odessa, Texas high school enjoyed a breakout season in 2009, one that carried him all the way to Double-A Chattanooga. Alas, the return engagement wasn't so happy, as inconsistent mechanics caused the power righty's velocity and control to suffer. At his best, he has a mid-90s fastball, an above-average curve, and a work-in-progress changeup; he'll need to figure out where he left those to get back on track, but he's still young enough to do so.
2010 A Texas high-schooler taken with the 20th pick in 2007, Withrow totaled just 13 innings in his first two seasons due to elbow tenderness and a hand injury sustained while snorkeling (ignoring the "Please Don't Pet the Blowfish" signs, apparently). Finally healthy in 2009, he made up for lost time, ranking fourth in strikeout rate and homer rate among Cal League pitchers with at least 70 innings, though command of his power arsenal—including a fastball that can reach the mid-90s—was occasionally shaky, and an astronomical BABIP inflated his ERA. After blowing that popsicle stand, he made solid showing in Chattanooga. He's definitely back on the radar, and the Dodgers feel he's got the potential to be a second or third starter.
2009 Chris Withrow, the Dodgers’ top pick from the 2007 draft, had a hard-luck year, injuring his hand snorkeling and then being shut down due to elbow soreness after just four innings.
2008 The Dodgers' first-round pick last June, Withrow is everything the Dodgers like in a young arm. He has size, athleticism, and smooth mechanics and already sits in the low-90s with his fastball. Like most teenage hurlers, his secondary stuff needs improvement, but he's got enough going for him right now to succeed at Low-A this year while he works on those pitches.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)In a points league where SP RP dual eligibility is huge I am going with Jesse Chavez Jim Johnson and J Benoit in my 3 RP slots. Would you drop any for Daniel Webb, Cody Allen, Farquhar Ryan Cook David Carpenter or Chris Withrow? Scoring Saves (8) Holds (4) K (2) W (10) IP (2)
(Stu from Rhinebeck, NY)
I really like Cody Allen as well as Withrow, so I might swap one of them in for Benoit. Withrow is my favorite of the group, but probably ranks last from a fantasy perspective given the longer odds of his finding saves. It depends on the size of your league, but Chavez could have a shorter shelf life of relevance if it's a shallow league, and the A's will likely be cautious with his workloads this year. (Doug Thorburn)
2011-08-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Dodger SP prospect Chris Withrow? Looks like control is still a major issue, but in his last 10 starts he's thrown 50 IP, 39 hits allowed, 35 walks, 51 strikeouts, and a 3.60 ERA (4.22 ERA on the year).
(DS from LA)
Control is a major issue, so s the fact he has thrown 266 innings in AA since the 2009 season. Additionally, a 3.60 ERA despite allowing 74 baserunners in 50 innings screams a very lucky strand rate. Relief potential unless he finds better command. (Jason Collette)
2011-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Withrow of the Dodgers made a few Top 100 prospects lists as recently as 2010. He lost his command last year, but it looks like he's bouncing back this year, with 81.2 IP, 68 hits allowed, and 82 Ks (but 49 BBs). Any thoughts on Withrow and whether he can be a viable mid-rotation guy in the future?
(Dennis from LA)
5.5 walks per 9 at AA worries me. Don't have enough info on him but I'm efforting from someone who's seen him (Mike Ferrin)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome to BP! Would really love to hear more about how you got into Scout School and some tales of how it went. Could you possibly write an article on this?
(SaberTJ from Cleveland, OH)
Thanks! I’m very excited to be here. Unfortunately, if I recall correctly, they didn’t want me to write too much about the inner workings of the program, so an article would probably be out of the question. I can tell you that I remember Billy Hamilton (Reds), Francisco Peguero (Giants), and Chris Withrow (Dodgers) being some of the more impressive guys I saw and thinking all three could be legit big-leaguers. I was kind of unimpressed with the small sample I saw of Randal Grichuk. Also, on the last day, there were some Arizona Fall Leaguers taking BP on the field across from where we were, and I remember watching Jason Heyward and thinking that he had awesome bat speed. At this point I don’t need to tell you that Heyward is good, but given his slow (potentially injury-compromised) start to 2011 and now his DL stint, he might be a good guy to inquire on in fantasy leagues. (Derek Carty)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Logan White claimed in an interview that Chris Withrow's arm is better than Kershaw's - spring training hype or legit evaluation? (does White have a rep for inflating his players?)
(Sanchez101 from Santa Barbara)
Logan certainly likes his own players, but Withrow certainly has Kershaw's velocity, if not a tick more. What he doesn't have in Kershaw's breaking ball, nor his left-handedness. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)A debate's been raging on another site, as to who is the better prospect, Chris Withrow or Jenry Mejia? I say both may wind-up in the pen, if they don't develop better secondary offerings. Care to weigh in?
(Rhys26 from Kansas City)
I think you're first comment there is VERY accurate. I like them both quite a bit -- there's no slam dunk obviously better one. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-02-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)Few 2007 1st rounders that could possibly break out this year: Chris Withrow and Neil Ramirez. Yay or nay?
(Ronald Reagan from GA)
I'm gonna go nay, yay, and then throw in Justin Jackson for fun. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-03-26 12:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Withrow or Tim Alderson?
(Jack from Lexington)
Alderson for now, but I trust Logan White's decision when he chooses Withrow. (Bryan Smith)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Chris Withrow has thrown 1,752 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Slider (88mph), also mixing in a Curve (79mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (87mph).