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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
8 414.3 21 11 11 444 3.71 5.5
Birth Date12-15-1978
Height6' 2"
Weight225 lbs
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
2004 CHN 25 31 0 29.0 0.0 29.0 1 0 1 0 0 0 124 22 14 14 4 42 17 16 0 30 4.34 4.44 5.09 -0.6 -0.1
2005 CHN 26 75 0 75.7 0.0 75.7 6 2 0 4 0 0 319 60 36 32 6 88 40 33 0 89 3.81 3.26 3.06 16.3 1.7
2006 CHN 27 41 0 40.7 0.0 40.7 3 1 0 5 0 0 175 35 14 12 5 58 16 14 1 42 2.66 3.90 4.10 6.2 0.6
2007 CHN 28 73 0 72.3 0.0 72.3 2 3 0 2 0 0 312 64 30 28 8 107 35 29 0 79 3.48 3.88 3.64 13.2 1.3
2008 CHN 29 45 0 44.7 0.0 44.7 1 1 0 6 0 0 189 44 23 18 4 66 20 18 0 30 3.63 4.27 5.21 1.5 0.2
2009 OAK 30 74 0 78.7 0.0 78.7 6 1 4 3 0 0 304 52 25 23 6 88 23 22 0 102 2.63 2.42 2.61 21.3 2.1
2010 OAK 31 48 0 39.7 0.0 39.7 2 3 6 2 0 0 171 35 21 19 6 60 21 16 0 40 4.31 4.58 4.83 0.9 0.1
2011 OAK 32 39 0 33.7 0.0 33.7 0 0 0 2 0 0 162 37 25 25 5 61 26 22 1 32 6.68 5.50 6.44 -4.1 -0.4
Career4260414.30.0414.3211111240017563491881714457019817024443.713.773.9954.85.5

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
1998 WPT A- 14 14 86.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 LNS A 28 28 161.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 DAY A+ 28 28 171.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 WTN AA 27 27 160.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 IOW AAA 28 27 154.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 IOW AAA 43 16 124.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CHN MLB 31 0 29.0 5.09 86 .258 .261 .320 .416 .254 .247 96 0.5 0.0 -0.6 -0.1
2004 IOW AAA 37 0 44.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .260 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHN MLB 75 0 75.7 3.06 135 .224 .261 .331 .415 .261 .293 103 16.5 1.7 16.3 1.7
2006 CHN MLB 41 0 40.7 4.10 113 .241 .272 .337 .451 .271 .270 97 6.3 0.6 6.2 0.6
2006 IOW AAA 30 0 41.0 1.84 162 .207 .263 .334 .398 .255 .315 100 19.9 2.0 19.7 1.9
2007 CHN MLB 73 0 72.3 3.64 127 .241 .267 .334 .427 .260 .295 103 13.1 1.3 13.2 1.3
2008 CHN MLB 45 0 44.7 5.21 93 .261 .253 .319 .398 .254 .296 105 1.7 0.2 1.5 0.2
2008 IOW AAA 17 0 20.0 3.61 138 .218 .276 .346 .428 .255 .268 109 6.3 0.6 6.3 0.6
2009 OAK MLB 74 0 78.7 2.61 146 .201 .265 .331 .424 .260 .266 101 21.3 2.1 21.3 2.1
2010 OAK MLB 48 0 39.7 4.83 94 .251 .265 .331 .424 .261 .279 102 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2010 STO A+ 2 2 3.0 2.81 141 .178 .296 .364 .443 .281 .333 101 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
2010 SAC AAA 4 3 4.7 4.21 103 .228 .287 .367 .455 .281 .286 87 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2011 OAK MLB 39 0 33.7 6.44 51 .307 .263 .325 .414 .265 .327 97 -4.1 -0.4 -4.1 -0.4
2011 STO A+ 3 2 3.0 3.54 128 .346 .263 .347 .419 .274 .714 96 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2011 SAC AAA 3 1 3.0 3.98 138 .191 .312 .390 .480 .280 .429 120 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2

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
1998 WPT A- 7 5 0 14 14 86.3 79 19 59 4 0% .000 8.2 2.0 0.4 6.2 1.14 3.44 0.0 0.0
1999 LNS A 11 12 0 28 28 161.3 191 44 127 11 0% .000 10.7 2.5 0.6 7.1 1.46 4.80 0.0 0.0
2000 DAY A+ 12 7 0 28 28 171.3 166 64 142 15 0% .000 8.7 3.4 0.8 7.5 1.34 3.78 0.0 0.0
2001 WTN AA 4 9 0 27 27 160.0 160 58 135 20 0% .000 9.0 3.3 1.1 7.6 1.36 3.99 0.0 0.0
2002 IOW AAA 9 5 0 28 27 154.0 185 69 131 24 0% .333 10.8 4.0 1.4 7.7 1.65 5.55 0.0 0.0
2003 IOW AAA 3 9 1 43 16 124.0 140 35 92 16 0% .320 10.2 2.5 1.2 6.7 1.41 4.57 0.0 0.0
2004 IOW AAA 1 1 19 37 0 44.7 30 15 59 4 0% .260 6.0 3.0 0.8 11.9 1.01 2.42 0.0 0.0
2004 CHN MLB 1 0 1 31 0 29.0 22 17 30 4 34% .247 6.8 5.3 1.2 9.3 1.34 4.34 -0.6 -0.1
2005 CHN MLB 6 2 0 75 0 75.7 60 40 89 6 43% .293 7.1 4.8 0.7 10.6 1.32 3.81 16.3 1.7
2006 IOW AAA 6 0 10 30 0 41.0 30 9 67 2 44% .315 6.6 2.0 0.4 14.7 0.95 1.76 19.7 1.9
2006 CHN MLB 3 1 0 41 0 40.7 35 16 42 5 55% .270 7.7 3.5 1.1 9.3 1.25 2.66 6.2 0.6
2007 CHN MLB 2 3 0 73 0 72.3 64 35 79 8 46% .295 8.0 4.4 1.0 9.8 1.37 3.48 13.2 1.3
2008 IOW AAA 0 1 4 17 0 20.0 13 14 29 2 56% .268 5.8 6.3 0.9 13.1 1.35 3.60 6.3 0.6
2008 CHN MLB 1 1 0 45 0 44.7 44 20 30 4 46% .296 8.9 4.0 0.8 6.0 1.43 3.63 1.5 0.2
2009 OAK MLB 6 1 4 74 0 78.7 52 23 102 6 47% .266 5.9 2.6 0.7 11.7 0.95 2.63 21.3 2.1
2010 SAC AAA 0 0 0 4 3 4.7 4 3 3 0 43% .286 7.7 5.7 0.0 5.7 1.49 0.00 1.5 0.1
2010 OAK MLB 2 3 6 48 0 39.7 35 21 40 6 44% .279 7.9 4.8 1.4 9.1 1.41 4.31 0.9 0.1
2010 STO A+ 0 0 0 2 2 3.0 3 0 3 0 11% .333 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 1.00 0.00 1.5 0.2
2011 SAC AAA 0 0 0 3 1 3.0 3 2 5 0 57% .429 9.0 6.0 0.0 15.0 1.67 9.00 1.7 0.2
2011 OAK MLB 0 0 0 39 0 33.7 37 26 32 5 47% .327 9.9 7.0 1.3 8.6 1.87 6.68 -4.1 -0.4
2011 STO A+ 0 0 0 3 2 3.0 6 1 7 1 50% .714 18.0 3.0 3.0 21.0 2.33 12.00 2.1 0.2

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
2008 685 0.4672 0.4891 0.7343 0.6719 0.3288 0.8698 0.4917 0.2597
2009 1258 0.4499 0.4427 0.5881 0.5636 0.3425 0.7649 0.3502 0.4101
2010 649 0.4391 0.4761 0.6634 0.6491 0.3407 0.8216 0.4274 0.3366
2011 620 0.4113 0.4045 0.6880 0.5608 0.2932 0.8252 0.5047 0.3120
Career32120.4440.4520.65380.60340.32970.81040.42580.3442

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-07-30 2011-09-02 15-DL 34 31 Right Thumb Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2011-04-02 2011-04-25 15-DL 23 21 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2011-02-21 2011-03-15 Camp 22 0 Shoulder Not Disclosed -
2010-09-26 2010-10-04 DTD 8 8 Right Thumb Inflammation -
2010-09-21 2010-09-25 DTD 4 4 Right Thumb Soreness -
2010-03-26 2010-05-03 15-DL 38 26 Right Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff Tendinitis -
2010-03-17 2010-03-21 Camp 4 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2007-03-01 2007-03-16 Camp 15 0 Right Shoulder Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 MIA $
2012 SEA $
2011 OAK $2,800,000
2010 OAK $2,200,000
2009 OAK $1,100,000
2008 CHN $860,000
2007 CHN $415,000
2006 CHN $355,000
2005 CHN $322,000
2004 CHN $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$8,352,000
8 yrTotal$8,352,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 139 d1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Miami as a free agent 1/15/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Miami 3/8/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 4/12/12 (minor-league contract). Released by Seattle 4/12. Signed by Cincinnati 5/2/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 2 years/$5.25M (2010-11), plus 2012 club option. Signed by extension with Oakland 1/29/10 (avoided arbitration, $2.9M-$1.9M). 10:$2.2M, 11:$2.8M, 12:$3.25M club option, $0.25M buyout. Released by Oakland 10/25/11.
  • 1 year/$1.1M (2009). Re-signed 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Oakland in trade from Chicago Cubs 2/2/09.
  • 1 year/$0.86M (2008). Optioned to Triple-A 7/11/08. Recalled 9/1/08.
  • 1 year/$0.415M (2007). Re-signed 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.355M (2006). Re-signed 3/06. Optioned to Triple-A 4/06. Recalled 5/06. Optioned 5/06. Recalled 7/06.
  • 1 year/$0.322M (2005).
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2004). Contract purchased 2004. Optioned to Triple-A 4/04. Recalled 5/04. Optioned 6/04, 7/04. Recalled 9/04.

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
Weighted Mean?????0.0????.0000.000.00?0.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
17.48.212.35.64.70.148.3

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Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 91 Brad Lidge 2012 9.64
2 89 Michael Gonzalez 2013 5.04
3 86 John Hiller 1978 2.63
4 85 Kyle Farnsworth 2011 2.34
5 85 Barney Schultz 1962 4.11 DNP
6 84 Arthur Rhodes 2005 2.70
7 84 Gary Lavelle 1984 3.21
8 83 Jim Brewer 1973 3.39
9 83 Dan Plesac 1997 3.93
10 83 Luis Arroyo 1962 5.35 DNP
11 82 Tippy Martinez 1985 6.30
12 82 Lee Smith 1993 3.88
13 81 Billy Taylor 1997 3.95
14 81 Todd Jones 2003 7.60
15 81 Jeff Parrett 1997 0.00 DNP
16 81 Ed Vosberg 1997 5.09
17 81 Randy Flores 2011 0.00 DNP
18 80 Randy Myers 1998 4.92
19 80 Eric Plunk 1999 5.26
20 80 Jeff Brantley 1999 6.23
21 80 Norm Charlton 1998 5.44
22 80 Paul Assenmacher 1996 3.66
23 80 Steve Farr 1992 1.73
24 80 Mike Stanton 2002 3.23
25 79 Keith Comstock 1991 54.00
26 79 Jesse Orosco 1992 3.46
27 79 Kazuhiro Sasaki 2003 4.59
28 79 Tom Gordon 2003 3.41
29 79 Jay Howell 1991 3.35
30 79 Luis Vizcaino 2010 0.00 DNP
31 79 Steve Hamilton 1970 3.54
32 79 Tom Henke 1993 3.03
33 79 Moe Drabowsky 1971 3.58
34 79 John Franco 1996 2.50
35 79 Jay Witasick 2008 0.00 DNP
36 79 Jim Gott 1995 7.47
37 79 Will Ohman 2013 0.00 DNP
38 78 Dave Veres 2002 3.70
39 78 Tim Worrell 2003 4.02
40 78 Rollie Fingers 1982 2.60
41 78 Alan Embree 2005 8.13
42 78 Justin Speier 2009 5.17
43 78 Mike Lincoln 2010 7.32
44 77 Troy Percival 2005 5.76
45 77 Aurelio Lopez 1984 3.33
46 77 Kerry Wood 2012 8.31
47 77 Guillermo Mota 2009 3.44
48 77 Jeff Montgomery 1997 3.64
49 77 Scott Linebrink 2012 0.00 DNP
50 77 Mike Henneman 1997 0.00 DNP
51 76 Mike Remlinger 2001 3.00
52 76 Joey Eischen 2005 3.72
53 76 Doug Jones 1992 2.34
54 76 Mike Fetters 2000 3.24
55 76 Bobby Tiefenauer 1965 5.81
56 76 Trever Miller 2008 4.36
57 76 Donnie Moore 1989 0.00 DNP
58 75 Jose Mesa 2001 3.38
59 75 Damaso Marte 2010 4.08
60 75 Mike Marshall 1978 2.91
61 75 Tim Byrdak 2009 3.67
62 75 Chad Durbin 2013 9.56
63 75 Rod Beck 2004 6.75
64 75 Jim Brower 2008 0.00 DNP
65 74 Pete Richert 1975 0.00 DNP
66 74 Joe Hoerner 1972 4.80
67 74 Mike Trombley 2002 15.75
68 74 Fernando Rodney 2012 1.08
69 74 Fred Gladding 1971 2.82
70 74 Octavio Dotel 2009 3.75
71 74 Joe Nelson 2010 9.72
72 74 Lindy McDaniel 1971 5.30
73 74 Brendan Donnelly 2007 3.48
74 74 Dennis Cook 1998 2.78
75 74 Hoyt Wilhelm 1958 2.82
76 74 Mark Guthrie 2001 4.99
77 74 Scott Eyre 2007 4.47
78 74 Joel Peralta 2011 3.06
79 74 Rich Gossage 1987 3.12
80 74 Dave Giusti 1975 3.73 DNP
81 74 Yorkis Perez 2003 0.00 DNP
82 73 Dick Drago 1980 4.55
83 73 Josias Manzanillo 2003 16.88
84 73 Virgil Trucks 1952 4.70
85 73 Joaquin Benoit 2013 2.01
86 73 Tug McGraw 1980 1.56
87 73 Trevor Hoffman 2003 2.00
88 73 Todd Worrell 1995 2.31
89 73 Ryne Duren 1964 3.86
90 73 Mike Williams 2004 0.00 DNP
91 73 Danny Cox 1995 7.80
92 72 Mike Maddux 1997 9.28
93 72 Willie Hernandez 1990 0.00 DNP
94 72 Jeff Reardon 1991 3.19
95 72 Roger Mason 1993 4.33
96 72 Rick White 2004 5.97
97 72 Larry Andersen 1988 3.05
98 72 Darren Holmes 2001 0.00 DNP
99 72 Scott Sauerbeck 2007 0.00 DNP
100 72 Jamie Walker 2007 3.82

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 After a good start to the season, Wuertz got progressively worse, losing all feel for command and getting righteously punished by right-handed bats to the tune of .311/.420/.500. Seriously, that’s rough. The 33 year-old righty lives and dies on his slider, a pitch that he throws over 60% of the time, but in 2011, the pitch killed him, as the angular offering was often flat and completely ineffective against opponents on his arm-side. Without the ability to throw his fastball for strikes or freeze righties with a sharp slider, Wuertz is dead-weight. The A's released Wuertz in October to make room for waiver wire pickups.
2011 Wuertz's 2009 ability to pound the strike zone regressed to his career norms in 2010, but he was still a solid middle reliever who lived off a plus slider and even picked up a few saves when Andrew Bailey went down. While shoulder issues delayed the start of his season—throwing sliders more than half the time is about as dangerous to your arm as playing in traffic—until May, he remained especially effective against right-handers, and should be able to replicate that performance. Wuertz is not a big star, but was an outstanding find, considering he was traded from the Cubs for a pair of minor leaguers who have already played their way out of Chicago's system.
2010 Wuertz was a solid reliever on Chicago's North Side, but the Cubs blithely sent him west for a pair of fringy minor leaguers who are already no longer in their system. Meanwhile, Wuertz delivered the best season of his career, with a WHIP under one and nearly 12 strikeouts per nine. One of the few pitchers you'll find who doesn't rely on his fastball, Wuertz instead relies primarily on a plus slider to set up low-90s fastball as a reverse change-of-pace pitch. With as many breaking balls as he throws, he's always a risk for injury, but he's also yet to have a bad year. There's little reason to think that he won't continue to be a steal for Oakland.
2009 What do you think hurts Wuertz, the fact that he keeps getting opportunities, or that the Cubs keep kicking him to Iowa, seemingly no matter how well he pitches? Admittedly, he's something of a one-trick pony, a slider king with bass-ackward virtues best used when and where a simple situational southpaw won't do. Even in today's hyper-specialized relief environment, that's a pretty fidgety bit.
2008 Wuertz generates a great deal of movement on his pitches, which causes both left- and right-handed hitters a fair amount of trouble; indeed, he has a slight reverse platoon split over the course of his career. He's finally developed decent command over that slippy-slidey arsenal, and if the Cubs are so inclined, that platoon neutrality could make him better suited than most middle relievers to the closer's role, as closers tend to get the platoon advantage less often.
2007 After a solid year and a half with the Cubs, Wuertz should have been assured of a job in 2006, but giving up 15 runs in eight spring innings put him on thin ice, and when he imploded in his third April outing he was banished to Iowa via another Dusty fiat. Triple-A hitters couldn`t touch his fastball-slider combination, and neither could major leaguers when he was finally called back in late July. He`s had no trouble closing in Iowa, but Wood, Howry, and Dempster would all seem to be in line ahead of him for that job.
2005 Wuertz has a ton of natural movement on his pitches, which made him tough to hit last year but created problems because those pitches tended to move out of the strike zone. He doesn't have a history of high walk rates in the minors, however, so his propensity to give up the free pass while with the Cubs may have been a blip. Wuertz is more advanced than Todd Wellemeyer or Jon Leicester, and more likely to have a productive major league career.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Michael Wuertz in the A's bullpen? Did the Cubs sour on him too quickly?
(eamuscatuli from Rochester, NY)
Absolutely, but that's a reflection on how badly things went this winter--the organization had pitching talent to shed because they were short of space on the active roster to keep it all. Ditching Marquis or Vizcaino or Wuertz *and* Gaudin *and* Hill... that's not to say that they've run out of good stuff, but to shed that much usable pitching talent for negligible returns, that's just not how you like to see things play out. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you look at the Cubs' dumping of their 'out of option' guys - Pie, Hill, Cedeno - and see anything less than organizational failure? It seemed to be a lot of useful talent being given away for virtually nothing.
(ChuckR from Addison, IL)
The timing of the deals, given the return, was disappointing. Why not take these players to Arizona and see if they can raise their trade value?

And why trade for Aaron Heilman and trade away Michael Wuertz? I'm not convinced they now possess the better pitcher.

Lightning round. (Joe Sheehan)


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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Michael Wuertz threw 3,778 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2011, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2011, he relied primarily on his Slider (85mph) and Fourseam Fastball (90mph). He also rarely threw a Change (84mph) and Curve (78mph).