Biographical

Portrait of Rick Ankiel

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .213 7 29 24 3 .238 0.1
Birth Date7-19-1979
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
Age35 years, 3 months, 4 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.12010
1.02011
0.62012
0.22013
0.12014
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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
1999 SLN 19 9 11 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 .100 .100 .100 .080 11.5 -0.5 1.0
2000 SLN 20 35 73 68 8 17 1 1 2 26 4 20 0 0 1 9 0 0 .250 .292 .382 .239 51.3 -0.9 4.7
2001 SLN 21 6 10 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .111 .000 .091 -4.1 0.3 -0.4
2004 SLN 24 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .304 -0.0 0.2 0.0
2007 SLN 27 47 190 172 31 49 8 1 11 92 13 41 0 4 1 39 1 0 .285 .328 .535 .284 12.1 0.5 1.2
2008 SLN 28 120 463 413 65 109 21 2 25 209 42 100 5 3 0 71 2 1 .264 .337 .506 .291 32.4 -5.8 2.7
2009 SLN 29 122 404 372 50 86 21 2 11 144 26 99 3 3 0 38 4 3 .231 .285 .387 .243 5.7 3.0 0.9
2010 ATL 30 47 139 119 17 25 6 1 2 39 19 42 1 0 0 9 2 1 .210 .324 .328 .237 2.3 -2.3 -0.0
2010 KCA 30 27 101 92 14 24 7 0 4 43 7 29 1 1 0 15 1 0 .261 .317 .467 .262 1.3 0.1 0.1
2011 WAS 31 122 415 380 46 91 20 0 9 138 29 96 2 1 3 37 10 3 .239 .296 .363 .245 9.6 -0.3 1.0
2012 WAS 32 68 171 158 15 36 10 2 5 65 12 59 0 0 1 15 1 3 .228 .282 .411 .241 2.2 3.9 0.6
2013 HOU 33 25 65 62 6 12 3 0 5 30 3 35 0 0 0 11 0 0 .194 .231 .484 .255 1.3 1.5 0.3
2013 NYN 33 20 71 66 7 12 4 1 2 24 5 25 0 0 0 7 0 1 .182 .239 .364 .223 -0.0 -1.1 -0.1
Career653211519212604621011076811162555121282512112.240.302.422.256125.6-1.412.1

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
1999 SLN MLB 9 11 .080 .273 .329 .416 .258 .143 98 -2.3 0.3 1.7 -0.5 -0.0 -0.4 -0.1 11.5 1.0
2000 SLN MLB 35 73 .239 .277 .347 .453 .265 .326 106 -1.8 2.0 11.3 -0.9 -1.4 9.6 0.8 51.3 4.7
2001 SLN MLB 6 10 .091 .265 .325 .426 .250 .000 99 -1.9 0.3 1.5 0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -4.1 -0.4
2001 JCY Rk 41 118 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .290 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TEN AA 30 26 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .227 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SLN MLB 5 2 .304 .265 .359 .423 .278 .000 115 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.2 0.0 0.4 0.1 -0.0 0.0
2004 TEN AA 2 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 QUD A 51 223 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .285 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SFD AA 34 146 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .237 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 SLN MLB 47 190 .284 .270 .336 .433 .261 .306 102 5 5.6 -1 0.5 1.4 12.1 1.2 12.1 1.2
2007 MEM AAA 102 423 .284 .273 .338 .430 .261 .270 97 11.3 12.7 0.4 -3.5 -0.1 23.6 1.9 23.6 1.9
2008 SLN MLB 120 463 .291 .265 .333 .421 .264 .289 97 15.3 13.4 0.5 -5.8 0.9 32.4 2.7 32.4 2.7
2009 SLN MLB 122 404 .243 .259 .331 .413 .263 .283 92 -7.4 11.6 -0.9 3.0 1.5 5.7 0.9 5.7 0.9
2010 ATL MLB 47 139 .237 .250 .314 .376 .258 .307 95 -3.2 3.8 0.3 -2.3 0.4 2.3 -0.0 2.3 -0.0
2010 KCA MLB 27 101 .262 .259 .326 .404 .252 .333 115 0.2 2.8 0.2 0.1 -0.3 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2010 OMA AAA 18 68 .266 .273 .345 .440 .264 .295 100 0.5 2.1 -0.3 -0.8 -0.6 1.6 0.1 1.6 0.1
2011 WAS MLB 122 415 .245 .249 .310 .389 .257 .297 97 -5.9 11.2 0.6 -0.3 0.6 9.6 1.0 9.6 1.0
2011 HAR AA 1 4 -.140 .258 .363 .377 .292 .000 85 -1.8 0.1 0 -0.1 0.0 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2011 SYR AAA 2 8 .290 .249 .331 .397 .249 .200 97 0.3 0.2 0 -0.1 0.6 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2011 NAT Rk 1 3 .411 .290 .362 .404 .268 .500 102 0.5 0.1 0 -0.0 -0.5 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2012 WAS MLB 68 171 .241 .255 .320 .408 .263 .330 100 -3.3 4.7 0.4 3.9 -1.0 2.2 0.6 2.2 0.6
2012 HAG A 3 11 .456 .264 .334 .414 .269 .600 112 2.4 0.3 0 -0.1 -0.3 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2012 HAR AA 4 11 .468 .281 .346 .441 .290 .200 98 2.4 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.2 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
2012 SYR AAA 1 4 .329 .271 .310 .419 .265 1.000 94 0.3 0.1 0 -0.1 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2013 HOU MLB 25 65 .255 .245 .304 .398 .260 .318 98 -0.3 1.7 -0.6 1.5 0.2 1.3 0.3 1.3 0.3
2013 NYN MLB 20 71 .223 .250 .302 .385 .250 .256 96 -2.5 1.9 0.1 -1.1 0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1

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
1999 SLN MLB 11 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .100 .100 .100 .000 .080 11.5 -0.5 1.0
2000 SLN MLB 73 8 17 1 1 2 9 4 20 0 0 .250 .292 .382 .132 .239 51.3 -0.9 4.7
2001 SLN MLB 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .000 .111 .000 .000 .091 -4.1 0.3 -0.4
2001 JCY Rk 118 21 30 7 0 10 35 11 26 0 0 .286 .364 .638 .352 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TEN AA 26 2 6 1 0 1 5 1 2 0 0 .240 .269 .400 .160 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TEN AA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SLN MLB 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .000 .304 -0.0 0.2 0.0
2005 QUD A 223 33 50 10 1 11 45 27 37 0 0 .270 .378 .514 .243 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SFD AA 146 18 33 7 0 10 30 10 29 0 0 .243 .295 .515 .272 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 SLN MLB 190 31 49 8 1 11 39 13 41 1 0 .285 .328 .535 .250 .284 12.1 0.5 1.2
2007 MEM AAA 423 62 104 15 3 32 89 25 90 4 3 .267 .318 .568 .301 .284 23.6 -3.5 1.9
2008 SLN MLB 463 65 109 21 2 25 71 42 100 2 1 .264 .337 .506 .242 .291 32.4 -5.8 2.7
2009 SLN MLB 404 50 86 21 2 11 38 26 99 4 3 .231 .285 .387 .156 .243 5.7 3.0 0.9
2010 OMA AAA 68 8 17 6 0 4 9 1 19 0 0 .254 .265 .522 .269 .266 1.6 -0.8 0.1
2010 KCA MLB 101 14 24 7 0 4 15 7 29 1 0 .261 .317 .467 .207 .262 1.3 0.1 0.1
2010 ATL MLB 139 17 25 6 1 2 9 19 42 2 1 .210 .324 .328 .118 .237 2.3 -2.3 -0.0
2011 NAT Rk 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500 .000 .411 0.2 -0.0 0.0
2011 SYR AAA 8 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 .143 .250 .286 .143 .290 1.0 -0.1 0.1
2011 HAR AA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.140 -1.6 -0.1 -0.2
2011 WAS MLB 415 46 91 20 0 9 37 29 96 10 3 .239 .296 .363 .124 .245 9.6 -0.3 1.0
2012 SYR AAA 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .000 .329 0.4 -0.1 0.0
2012 HAR AA 11 3 3 0 0 2 3 2 2 0 0 .333 .455 1.000 .667 .468 2.8 -0.1 0.3
2012 HAG A 11 2 4 1 0 1 4 3 2 0 0 .500 .636 1.000 .500 .456 2.1 -0.1 0.2
2012 WAS MLB 171 15 36 10 2 5 15 12 59 1 3 .228 .282 .411 .184 .241 2.2 3.9 0.6
2013 HOU MLB 65 6 12 3 0 5 11 3 35 0 0 .194 .231 .484 .290 .255 1.3 1.5 0.3
2013 NYN MLB 71 7 12 4 1 2 7 5 25 0 1 .182 .239 .364 .182 .223 -0.0 -1.1 -0.1

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 1718 0.4523 0.5192 0.7478 0.7413 0.3358 0.8368 0.5854 0.2522
2009 1402 0.4544 0.5342 0.7223 0.7268 0.3739 0.8423 0.5280 0.2777
2010 893 0.4759 0.5191 0.6458 0.7200 0.3355 0.7647 0.4140 0.3542
2011 1556 0.4788 0.5058 0.7408 0.6752 0.3502 0.8270 0.5880 0.2579
2012 623 0.4559 0.5136 0.6438 0.6690 0.3835 0.7737 0.4538 0.3563
2013 539 0.4657 0.5436 0.6075 0.7291 0.3819 0.6557 0.5273 0.3925
Career67310.46340.52060.70650.71250.35510.80580.53450.2932

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-03-26 2012-04-14 15-DL 19 8 Left Thigh Recovery From Strain Hamstring - -
2012-03-25 2012-03-26 Camp 1 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-03-13 2012-03-20 Camp 7 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-06-15 2011-07-01 15-DL 16 14 Left Trunk Strain Intercostal -
2011-05-03 2011-05-24 15-DL 21 19 Right Wrist Sprain -
2010-05-03 2010-07-22 15-DL 80 69 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2010-04-25 2010-05-01 DTD 6 6 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2010-03-12 2010-03-29 Camp 17 0 Right Ankle Soreness -
2009-07-28 2009-07-29 DTD 1 1 Groin Strain -
2009-07-13 2009-07-13 DTD 0 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2009-05-25 2009-05-29 DTD 4 3 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2009-05-05 2009-05-24 15-DL 19 17 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2009-03-03 2009-03-05 Camp 2 0 Ankle Inflammation Achilles Tendinitis -
2008-09-10 2008-09-29 DTD 19 18 Surgery Sports Hernia 2008-09-24
2008-08-28 2008-08-30 DTD 2 1 Abdomen Strain -
2008-07-27 2008-07-29 DTD 2 2 Abdomen Strain -
2008-07-23 2008-07-24 DTD 1 1 General Medical Gastrointestinal GI -
2008-07-12 2008-07-12 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2008-06-04 2008-06-10 DTD 6 5 Right Knee Infection Cellulitis -
2008-05-17 2008-05-21 DTD 4 4 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2007-09-24 2007-09-24 DTD 0 0 Foot Contusion -
2007-05-11 2007-05-21 Minors 10 0 Lower Leg Strain Achilles Tendon -
2006-04-01 2006-10-28 60-DL 210 161 Left Knee Surgery Patellar Tendon 2006-05-26
2006-02-28 2006-04-01 Camp 32 0 Left Knee Strain Patellar Tendon -
2005-05-06 2005-05-28 Minors 22 0 Low Back Strain -
2005-03-23 2005-04-28 Minors 36 0 Low Back Strain -
2004-04-05 2004-09-01 60-DL 149 131 Left Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2003-07-16
2003-07-09 2003-09-05 Minors 58 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2003-07-16
2003-06-03 2003-06-10 Minors 7 0 Groin Strain -
2002-03-27 2002-06-05 60-DL 70 57 Left Forearm Strain Wrist Flexors -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 HOU $750,000
2012 WAS $1,250,000
2011 WAS $1,500,000
2010 KCA $2,750,000
2009 SLN $2,825,000
2008 SLN $900,000
2006 SLN $335,000
2005 SLN $400,000
2004 SLN $320,000
2003 SLN $400,000
2002 SLN $400,000
2001 SLN $400,000
2000 SLN $202,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
13 yrPrevious$12,432,500
13 yrTotal$12,432,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 46 dScott Boras1 year/$0.75M (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Houston as a free agent 1/17/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.75M in majors. Performance bonuses: $75,000 each for 200, 250, 300 plate appearances. $0.1M each for 350, 400, 450 PA. Contract purchased by Houston 3/31/13. DFA by Houston 5/6/13. Released by Houston 5/9/13. Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 5/13/13. DFA by NY Mets 6/9/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/10/13 (refused assignment).
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Washington as a free agent 2/5/12 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.25M in majors. Performance bonuses: $0.2M each for 100, 150, 200, 250, 300 PAs. $0.25M for 375, 400 PAs. Contract purchased by Washington 3/30/12. DFA by Washington 7/19/12. Released by Washington 7/27/12.
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2011). Signed by Washington as a free agent 12/18/10. Performance bonuses: $0.2M each for 100, 150, 200, 250, 300 PAs
  • 1 year/$3.25M (2010), plus 2011 mutual option. Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/22/10. 10:$2.75M, 11:$6M mutual option, $0.5M buyout ($0.25M buyout if club exercises & player declines). $0.5M in performance bonuses: $0.5M performance bonus ($0.125M each for 90 games or 405 PAs, 100-450, 110-495, 120-540). Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Kansas City 7/31/10 (Royals paid about $1M of money left on contract).
  • 1 year/$2.825M (2009). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/12/09 (avoided arbitration, $3.3M-$2.25M).
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2008). Re-signed by St. Louis 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonus: $25,000 each for 350, 400, 450, 500 PAs.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by St. Louis as a free agent 1/07 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 8/9/07.
  • 1 year/$0.335M (2006). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/06. Non-tendered 12/06.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2005). Re-signed by St. Louis 1/05 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses. Released 4/05, re-signed 4/05 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 10/05.
  • 1 year/$0.32M (2004)
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2003). Re-signed 1/03 (split contract, $0.32M in minors).
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2002). Re-signed 3/02.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2001). Re-signed 3/01.
  • Drafted by St. Louis 1997 (2-72) (Port St. Lucie HS, Fla.). $2.5M signing bonus.

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 511 61 116 26 2 16 60 44 146 8 5 .251 .318 .421 .276 20.3 CF -1, RF -1 2.0
80o 490 56 105 23 2 15 55 40 144 7 4 .238 .303 .398 .262 13.1 CF -1, RF -1 1.2
70o 475 52 99 22 2 14 51 37 142 7 4 .228 .291 .382 .252 8.3 CF -1, RF -1 0.7
60o 462 50 93 21 2 13 49 35 140 6 4 .220 .282 .368 .244 4.4 CF -1, RF -1 0.3
50o 450 47 86 19 1 12 46 33 138 6 3 .212 .273 .355 .236 0.9 CF -1, RF -1 -0.1
40o 438 44 81 18 1 11 44 31 136 5 3 .205 .264 .343 .229 -2.4 CF -1, RF -1 -0.5
30o 425 42 77 17 1 11 41 29 133 5 3 .197 .254 .329 .220 -5.7 CF -1, RF -1 -0.8
20o 410 39 71 16 1 10 38 27 131 5 3 .187 .243 .313 .210 -9.3 CF -1, RF -1 -1.2
10o 389 35 63 14 1 9 34 24 126 4 2 .174 .227 .292 .197 -13.8 CF -1, RF -1 -1.7
Weighted Mean455489020113473413963.216.277.361.2402.5CF -1, RF -10.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 30% 11% 20% 85%

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
20153525025469162415802.198.251.324.212-1.0-7.8-0.20.59.0-17.1-1.1
201636250254610162417802.200.257.324.215-1.1-9.2-0.20.412.0-21.4-1.1
201737250244510152217802.191.248.302.206-2.0-17.2-0.20.314.9-32.3-1.1
20183825024439152217821.186.243.294.200-2.3-20.4-0.20.314.9-35.4-1.1
20193925024449152216821.190.246.301.203-0.9-6.9-0.10.25.6-12.6-1.1
20204025023429142115820.184.238.286.196-2.6-23.2-0.00.114.9-38.3-1.1
20214125022439142115830.183.235.282.193-2.8-24.60.10.114.9-39.7-1.1
20224225022429131915830.180.233.268.188-3.2-27.90.2-0.014.9-43.0-1.1
20234325021419131815850.175.227.254.181-3.6-31.70.2-0.114.9-46.8-1.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
22.119.311.88.40.30.261.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 89 Dave Henderson 1993 .250
2 88 Fred Lynn 1986 .304
3 86 Ellis Burks 1999 .318
4 85 Amos Otis 1981 .283
5 84 Rick Monday 1980 .296
6 84 Andres Torres 2012 .253
7 84 Larry Doby 1958 .301
8 83 Claudell Washington 1989 .281
9 83 Mike Cameron 2007 .276
10 83 Dale Murphy 1990 .262
11 82 Ron Gant 1999 .264
12 82 Ken Griffey 2004 .295
13 82 Kirk Gibson 1991 .272
14 82 Jeromy Burnitz 2003 .269
15 81 Jim Lemon 1962 .241
16 81 Aaron Rowand 2012 .000 DNP
17 81 Greg Vaughn 2000 .291
18 81 Bob Bailey 1977 .265
19 80 Jerry Lynch 1965 .262
20 80 Andy Van Slyke 1995 .224
21 80 Wally Westlake 1955 .207
22 80 Steve Souchock 1953 .270
23 80 Dwayne Murphy 1989 .278
24 80 Paul Sorrento 2000 .000 DNP
25 80 Charlie Maxwell 1961 .275
26 80 Woodie Held 1966 .232
27 79 Wes Covington 1966 .236
28 79 Champ Summers 1980 .314
29 79 Danny Tartabull 1997 .225
30 79 Joe Carter 1994 .288
31 79 Gus Zernial 1957 .257
32 79 Juan Gonzalez 2004 .261
33 79 Xavier Nady 2013 .000 DNP
34 78 Wally Post 1964 .158
35 78 Bob Cerv 1959 .288
36 78 Ray Lankford 2001 .278
37 78 Geoff Jenkins 2009 .000 DNP
38 78 Brady Anderson 1998 .280
39 78 Frank Thomas 1963 .256
40 78 Hank Sauer 1951 .293
41 78 Glenallen Hill 1999 .293
42 78 Larry Parrish 1988 .232
43 78 Howard Johnson 1995 .247
44 78 Reggie Sanders 2002 .280
45 78 Bobby Bonilla 1997 .293
46 78 Richie Zisk 1983 .259
47 78 Andre Dawson 1989 .272
48 78 Jim Rice 1987 .258
49 77 Leon Wagner 1968 .276
50 77 George Scott 1978 .231
51 77 Todd Hollandsworth 2007 .000 DNP
52 77 Mike Easler 1985 .265
53 77 Dale Long 1960 .281
54 77 Deron Johnson 1973 .271
55 77 Phil Nevin 2005 .235
56 77 Lee Lacy 1982 .282
57 77 Chili Davis 1994 .319
58 77 Brandon Inge 2011 .198
59 77 Dave Clark 1997 .289
60 77 Eduardo Perez 2004 .237
61 77 Jim Hickman 1971 .291
62 77 Ben Oglivie 1983 .302
63 77 Vic Wertz 1959 .282
64 77 Walt Moryn 1960 .260
65 77 Gil Hodges 1958 .273
66 77 Jay Buhner 1999 .285
67 77 Willie Horton 1977 .277
68 76 Gorman Thomas 1985 .282
69 76 Jeff Burroughs 1985 .283
70 76 Cecil Fielder 1998 .253
71 76 Jimmy Wynn 1976 .288
72 76 Graig Nettles 1979 .269
73 76 Matt Williams 2000 .247
74 76 Eric Chavez 2012 .292
75 76 Dusty Baker 1983 .281
76 76 Fred McGriff 1998 .285
77 76 Matt Stairs 2002 .278
78 76 Raul Mondesi 2005 .218
79 76 Ramon Castro 2010 .276
80 76 Hank Bauer 1957 .276
81 76 Hubie Brooks 1991 .268
82 76 George Foster 1983 .256
83 76 Bob Elliott 1951 .305
84 76 David Dellucci 2008 .239
85 76 Bob Nieman 1961 .354
86 76 Mark Parent 1996 .230
87 76 Bobby Grich 1983 .313
88 76 Candy Maldonado 1995 .290
89 75 Jason LaRue 2008 .220
90 75 Jeff Kent 2002 .323
91 75 Greg Luzinski 1985 .000 DNP
92 75 Chet Lemon 1989 .259
93 75 Ernie Banks 1965 .283
94 75 Ricky Ledee 2008 .000 DNP
95 75 Jason Michaels 2010 .280
96 75 Steve Bilko 1963 .000 DNP
97 75 Gene Oliver 1969 .204
98 75 Tony Perez 1976 .281
99 75 Cliff Johnson 1982 .264
100 75 Eric Hinske 2012 .204

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .190 .242 .277 .199
11 vs R (Multi) .224 .281 .427 .251
18 Split (Multi) .034 .039 .150 .052
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .100 .182 .200 .143
31 vs R (2013) .195 .240 .441 .246
38 Split (2013) .095 .058 .241 .103
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).
2012 Now 32, Ankiel has enough left to be a platoon outfielder for a few more years. He plays all three positions well enough to hold a job, but has a hard time controlling the strike zone well enough to get good pitches to hit. In the right circumstances, such as a team looking for a left-handed fourth outfielder, he could help a club as the pinch-hitter off the bench who can hit a bomb and stay in to be another outfielder's legs. If the Nationals don't re-sign him, he'll likely get an NRI from someone.
2011 When Nate McLouth turned his last name into a synonym for "massive disappointment," the Braves made a quick deal to bring in Ankiel, who served them no better save for one dramatic post-season home run. He plays hard, maybe too hard, as it leads to injuries and too many strikeouts. Over the last two seasons, he hasn't hit well even against right-handed pitchers (.240/.308/.433), but he's a good defender with one of the better outfield arms around. Atlanta declined his $6 million option with good reason, but he'll be in the league for a while as a good fourth outfielder.
2010 The game's real-life answer to The Natural, Ankiel's '09 was an obvious setback, but it was also the first time he was trying to overcome injuries as a hitter, in just his fourth full season as a hitter at any level. Given La Russa's decision to start him in barely more than half of the team's games after he returned from injuries suffered colliding with a wall in early May, combined with Ankiel's own comments indicating he still wasn't feeling right a couple of months later, it was clear that he was at less than his best. Ankiel's career path was guaranteed to be unusual at the outset, and good luck separating whether last season's declining rates of pitches per PA and homers to fly balls was due to his injuries, his reserve role, or pitchers adapting to a relative neophyte of batsmanship. A free agent as we go to press (changing from pitching to hitting didn't re-set his service time, after all), somebody's going to take the chance. Given his fly-ball tendencies, heading to a homer haven would put wind beneath his wings.
2009 Forget those names above: perhaps Ankiel's top comparable from a historical perspective is Lefty O'Doul, who washed out as a pitcher mound by age 26 in 1923, returned five years later as an outfielder, and went on to hit .349 over seven seasons. Ankiel's numbers last year would have been even better had he not strained an abdominal muscle on July 26, after which he hit just .169 in 77 PAs before getting shut down in early September. His power is prodigious, and Ankiel also increased his unintentional walk rate by nearly 60 percent from 2007, a rise that could continue given that his batting eye is likely still evolving. Thanks to Ankiel's formative years as a pitcher, he is now in his last season of arbitration eligibility, which is why the Cardinals were open to trading him over the winter. The front office couldn't find value, so he'll be back in center field for at least one more season.
2008 Back up three steps from The Rick Ankiel Story and take a look at Rick Ankiel, baseball player. At 28, he's a low-contact, high-power lefty bat who can play a plus corner or an average center field. Think Russell Branyan minus walks and plus a little defense. The thing most in his favor is that his unique career path makes him a "younger" 28 developmentally; because he has so few pro at-bats, you can expect him to still have some growth left, and he's in a range of production in which even a little improvement-such as cutting his strikeout rate while adding average and OBP-will be worth tens of millions of dollars.
2006 Ankiel`s second career as an outfielder is off to a pretty good start. He`s shown power at the plate and fair plate discipline. His swing generates the coveted backspin-of-death, and he`s shown surprising prowess with the glove. Yes, he`s old for his level, but it`s not out of the question that he`ll develop quickly and end up in the Cardinals outfield later in the season. There`s definitely an opening for him if he performs.
2005 Are better days ahead? It's possible his grievous control problems of yore were at least in part of a physical origin. In his first season back from Tommy John surgery, in 33.2 innings spread across four different levels, Ankiel struck out 32 and walked only three. In tandem with an excellent performance in the Puerto Rican winter leagues, it points to his being back on track. In all likelihood, he'll work exclusively out of the bullpen in 2005, but if all goes well, he could be in the St. Louis rotation the following season.
2004 There's no doubting his raw ability, but injuries and grievous control problems continue to conspire against him. He'll likely miss most of the 2004 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July. Since control problems often follow reconstructive elbow surgery, a meaningful evaluation of his progress in that regard can't be made until he's at least 12 months, and more likely 18-24 months out. Contrary to rumors, shifting him permanently to a hitting role isn't presently on the organizational radar.
2003 On any college campus anywhere, you can see ghosts. Not the paranormal kind, but the kind thatís 18 and away from home and reacting to newfound responsibilities and pleasures and challenges. All sorts of people operate poorly in the free-form environment college offers to raging minds, hormones, and beerbellies. Even kids with a world of talent flop, try, drift out of school...and then they donít really leave. They just haunt the scene of their failure, waiting and wondering what comes next. Welcome to the Ankiel Zone. Heís still here. Heís still talented. And who knows what comes next?

After missing the entire season with elbow tendonitis, the Cardinals say that they might look at him in a relief role this spring. Itís just as well that they already have Kline and Fassero for lefty situational and late-inning situations. Ankiel will be better off getting multi-inning assignments and situations where he doesnít inherit baserunners. If youíre an optimist, you can hope that if he shows that heís under control in those situations, he may yet work his way back into the rotation. If youíre a pessimist, youíll note that some former athletes warn that once you start thinking too much about what youíre doing as youíre doing it, youíre never the same.
2002 After his brutal April in the bigs, Ankiel pitched well at Johnson City. He seemed to relax a bit and by all accounts was enjoying playing the game, both on the mound and in the batter's box. Everyone knows he has the physical skills to pitch, but there is no road map back from where he's gone. Until he's on a major-league mound, pitching in a high-pressure situation in front of a hostile crowd after facing countless questions from the press about his confidence, no one knows what's going to happen. Ankiel is young enough that he'll get ten years and countless chances to try to come back, probably in a variety of roles. We're rooting for him, but we have no idea what's going to happen. Well, we know he'll likely outhit Doug Glanville. Beyond that, anyone who tells you they know how Ankiel will do once he returns is either an idiot, lying, or both. You have to root for him, though.
2001 He's a tough SOB with a golden arm. Rick Ankiel demonstrates maturity well beyond his years both on and off the field. Few left-handed pitchers do a good job of working right-handed hitters inside with anything except "show me" fastballs. Ankiel, like Randy Johnson, has a nasty hard breaking ball that he uses down and in against righties with great effectiveness. Righties his .213 against him, lefties .253. There are a lot of young pitchers who are one walk per nine innings away from having a nice career. Ankiel is already a monster; he's one walk per nine innings away from turning into a left-handed Pedro Martinez.

There's a lot of speculation that his loss of command in the postseason is indicative of major troubles, a la Steve Blass or Mark Wohlers. We all hope not, but look at it this way. Let's say Ankiel has a complete psychological disaster and loses the strike zone for two years, then slowly makes his way back over the course of another year. Then he'd be Tim Hudson with better stuff. Personally, I don't think he'll miss a beat. There is no more fun pitcher to watch in baseball except possibly Martinez or Randy Johnson. Larry Walker is already figuring out ways to duck this guy.
2000 Heís as good a pitching prospect as you're going to find. Ankiel can throw into the mid-90s, but he doesn't do it very consistently. His out pitch is a hammer curve. His problem so far is that he hasn't learned how to put batters away quickly, so that he runs through his 110-pitch limit early in games. They say he's coachable and will iron that out in time, but what pitching prospect has time working under LaRussa? After the winter shopping spree, Ankiel isn't guaranteed to be in the rotation but should win the fourth spot. Between his youth and the LaRussa/Duncan track record, you can't help but worry.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Any news out of camp on Trevor Crowe?
(MarcoVillaCards from New York)
Hi Marco. Crowe signed a minor league deal with the Astros. It's doubtful he'll break camp with the club, though it doesn't take a lot of imagination to see him beating Rick Ankiel out for a spot. Crowe is organizational depth, though, and unless you're in a super deep AL-only Ultra league, I'd cross his name off of your list. (Mike Gianella)
2012-10-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Danny Hultzen. Just what the hell with his second half? Are we looking at a Rick Ankiel or Steve Bass type situation with his loss of control (though the Ks still seemed to be there)?
(Paul from DC)
It's premature to start the Ankiel and Blass comparisons, though the degeneration of Hultzen's command and control is one of the most surprising developments of the year. No one seems to have a good reason for why it happened, but I think it's fair to wait until we see how he looks next year before downgrading him significantly. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it possible to gush too much about Rick Ankiel? Better story than The Natural...and my God what an arm.
(Geer from Bham)
I don't know... it's nice to see Ankiel earning a living after his pitching days came to an end, but I think I'll always think about what could have been. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why should we gush about Rick Ankiel? Decent outfielder, great arm, but he can't hit his way out of a paper bag. Guys like that are a dime a dozen.
(Chris from KC)
Human interest. It's a good story, but he'll never be a difference-maker on the field. (Bradley Ankrom)
2011-08-26 16:00:00 (link to chat)Does the Braves Front Office have any regrets trading away Yunel Escobar who has been terrific since joining the Jays?
(Zooey from LA)
None. We root for Escobar because we want every trade we make to be win-win for both organizations involved. Alex Gonzalez helped us reach the playoffs last year with his Gold Glove defense and had a huge hit in Game 2 of the NLDS to tie the score. Gonzalez has helped us have a great season again in 2011. Escobar is an extremely talented player and we hope he does well in Toronto and, to his credit, he's shown his 2010 numbers in Atlanta were an aberration.

The interesting thing about that deal, which often goes unmentioned, is the second and third players we got in the trade. Tim Collins, who was used a couple of weeks later to help facilitate a trade for Kyle Farnsworth and Rick Ankiel, has spent the entire 2011 season in the Major Leagues as a left-handed reliever for the Kansas City Royals. The third player, Tyler Pastornicky, projects for us as an everyday shortstop and has hit .315 with 7 HR and 27 SB as a 21-year old in Triple-A. There was a lot more to that trade than just Escobar and Gonzalez. (John Coppolella)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Atlanta's offense has looked utterly moribund since the break, and the Phillies are tearing through the NL sans Utley. Time for Braves fans/front office to start panicking?
(atlexile from Detroit)
I would like to see them call up Captain Marvel Jr, Freddie Freeman, and give him a shot instead of the dead-in-the-water Troy Glaus (last 40 games: .187/.325/.306). I guess they weren't about to bid on Adam Dunn, or didn't get anywhere when they did. I don't see too many big bats sliding through waivers, so they may be stuck with internal options and hoping that Rick Ankiel shows a little life. (Steven Goldman)
2010-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Re: Alex Gordon. Mere mortals are not permitted to question "the process". In theory he is learning how to play LF/RF. Unfortunately for the moment those two positions are occupied. DeJesus is having a better season than we could expect Gordon to have and Pods is, well, Pods. GMDM doesn't admit to mistakes about players he acquires thru trade or free agency. Until the Royals cut bait on Jose Guillen there is no roster spot for Kila. And Mitch Maier is a much better option as a 4th OFer who can play all the positions as opposed to Rick Ankiel who can't play any of them.
(kcboomer from kc)
See, that sounds like megalomania. I know things that Moore has said about "the process" sort of SOUND like that, but I doubt he really believes it inasmuch as he doesn't know what he really should say. Which means that what he's really thinking remains a mystery, or he's not confident enough in what he's thinking to tell us, or... Gee, maybe megalomania really is the simplest answer. (Steven Goldman)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Marc, I need some serious help. I thought I drafted really well with a bunch of 4 and 5 star guys, but here I sit in 12th place. I have Kinsler back and Wright and Teixeira seem to be turning things around, but Justin Upton, Brett Anderson, Bucholtz and Kershaw have been disappointments and Ianetta, Jurrjens, Javi Vazquez and Scherzer have been awful. There trade value is non-existent to low. Time to cut bait on any of them?
(DanDaMan from 12th Place)
DanDaMan, it's been just over a month. Here's my take on fantasy: you get frustrated before you get worried. I try to be very patient, because if you get rid of a player that you had that much faith in just weeks ago based on a small sample, then you're going to regret it later far more often than not.

I'm currently in a super-deep AL-only league where you need five outfielders--three of mine were Jack Cust, Mike Cameron and Rick Ankiel. I'm panicking a little more in that league just because there are literally no replacements (the best available OF on waivers has 8 at-bats), but in all of my others that have bad things going on (injuries, early struggles, etc.) I'm just waiting it out. Don't panic. (Marc Normandin)
2010-01-14 16:00:00 (link to chat)Where will Conan end up?
(Mulraney from Downtown)
He'll do a Rick Ankiel and come back as a country singer. (Russell A. Carleton)
2009-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rick Ankiel is a servicable outfielder now, but he's the type of guy that could be sub-replacement level in a couple of years. If that happens, does he hang 'em up or try pitching one more time?
(Loren from Berkeley)
In talking to Ankiel, he would retire before going back to pitching again. He will never step on a mound again. (John Perrotto)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, have pitchers figured out how to pitch to Rick Ankiel or is it still too early?
(Dan from Saint Louis)
Too early. His rates are stable. The power will come, but you have to expect a .260 BA. He's not that much different from Duncan at the plate. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)How likely is it that Rick Ankiel is still developing as a hitter, given his unique situation and minimal experience with the bat - regardless of his age?
(ericmilburn from San Francisco)
How's this for an answer -- I don't know. So much of what I do is based on trends and patterns and history and comparables, that I just don't have enough of a roadmap to be sure at all. I think you could easily argue on either side of that one. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-11-24 15:00:00 (link to chat)Who brings back more in a trade Rick Ankiel or Ryan Ludwick--and what kind of package would the Cards be looking at?
(Andy from Chicago)
Tough call. Ankiel has two more years of service time, roughly, while Ludwick is a year older. Ankiel can also play center, so excepting contracts, I think he's the very slightly more valuable commodity. As for packages, they could sure use some help in the middle infield. (Caleb Peiffer)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Tell us, O trademeister (I've never heard the term "trademistress"): Do the Cardinals trade Colby Rasmus during the off season?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Hi Bill... actually, I prefer the term "editrix," but try putting that on a business card. I don't think so, no; Rasmus' value is down because of his injury-plagued season, so I can't see the Cards getting value, nor do I see all that much incentive for them to give up on him already. And to be blunt, as cool as the last two years of Ludwick's production have been, would you bank on anybody past Rick Ankiel? Can we even bank on Ankiel. That's not to say I don't like them, it's a fascinating group of talent, but I don't know if I'd have the confidence to deal from it. To say that John Mozeliak has some interesting options would be an understatement. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Adam Loewen become the next Rick Ankiel or is his career over?
(Mark from Baltimore)
I think Rick Ankiel is a very unique situatino, and to expect any of these conversion guys (Loewen, Bogusevic, etc.) is to expect a bit much. That said, Loewen was an outstanding hitter as an amatuer, and would have been a high draft pick even if he never took the mound. There's a chance certainly, but it's not a huge one. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)Any health-related issues with Adam Loewen becoming a hitter? Even if he becomes Cal Ripken on the durability front he has to face some monumental odds at getting back to the majors after taking six years off from hitting.
(Drungo from SoMd)
No I don't think so. The screw in his elbow shouldn't affect hitting. I'm still trying to figure out if it's staying in or will need to be re-fixated. My question is if Loewen does it, does it make Rick Ankiel's feat a bit less impressive? Someone figure out who else could do this - John Van Benschoten comes to mind, though I'm told he has no interest. Brian Bogusevic? Where's KG when you need him? (Will Carroll)
2008-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why didn't Rick Ankiel just become an OF in the first place? I mean, he's gone from a novelty to a really good center fielder.
(Jake Brigance from Clanton)
Did you see him pitch? He was the No.1 pitching prospect in baseball at a time. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I maintain to my buddies that what we've seen the last two years from Josh Hamilton (not just the drugs, but never playing above A-ball and very little playing time the prior few years) and Rick Ankiel (conversion to hitter) are probably the two most amazing stories I've seen in my baseball-fan lifetime (I'm 33). Where would you put them in the history of the game?
(Clint from Chicago)
I think you're absolutely right - this came up in the last chat some - when F. Scott Fitzgerald said there are no second acts in American lives he was full of it. The problem, Scott, is that there are no second acts if you can't get your head out of the bottle. Well, he was right in the sense that most people don't get their heads out of the bottle. They don't get their heads out of whatever problem has crippled them. Hamilton and Ankiel did, and that's always something admirable in any field. It's the same reason that I admire Casey Stengel so much - because he had spent 25 years being dismissed as a kook and an idiot and yet he kept coming back. There are many more Hack Wilsons in the history of the game than there are Hamiltons. Ankiel's problems were different, not substance related, but there are only so many Ankiel/Lefty O'Doul (Johnny Cooney?) -type stories to go around. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two quick ones: 1) Have you ever seen an outfielder make two throws in a game as good as Rick Ankiel the other night in Colorado? 2) A team that carries Izturis, Brendan Ryan and Aaron Miles can't really stay in 1st all year, can it? Aren't Miles and Ryan redund
(akrieger from ATX)
1) Yes, but then on some level I'm always going to be in awe of Cory Snyder, and that's no slight of Ankiel. 2) Why not? The NL Central has a couple of very talented teams, but the Cubs and the Brewers have yet to put together the sort of hope-killing talent that could crush the rest of the field. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-05-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Rick Ankiel...for real...he's so confusing to me. Would Owings do something similar? What's more valuable?
(chuckstein17 from Long Beach, NY)
I forget if Kevin said Owings would be a second- or third-rounder or what if Owings had been selected for his bat after a fine career slugging in college. So, in a word, yes, Owings could probably hit well enough to play in the majors, like Ankiel. I'd still take the starting pitcher version of either of them, though, if we're talking Ankiel at his best and before the yips, or Owings in terms of what he's becoming. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)I'm sure you're hearing this from everyone...but what are you seeing with Pujols' value in light of all the surgery talk? I'm in a 10-team 5x5 league that keeps 2 players per team, and I'm sure that Pujols won't be kept in that league. Given that, how far do you let him go before you give it a shot?
(stevedevries from Boston, MA)
Got into a good discussion about this with the Fantasy 411 guys and Will Carroll. I still see Pujols as a late-first, early-second pick. It really comes down to your risk tolerance.

The critical factor is the Cards' performance. They probably can't win anything this year, but you could make a case for 2009. So there's not much reason for Pujols to put that season at risk once we know 2008 is a dead issue.

So Pujols' playing time is as much tied to Chris Carpenter's comeback, and Rick Ankiel's development, and Colby Rasmus' playing time, as his own elbow. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-02-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dan, it would seem logical that a pitcher who threw 90+ MPH would have a pretty strong OF throwing arm. That said, I think Rick Ankiel still surprised a lot people last year with a very good, and at times outstanding, throwing arm. How does his arm stack up against his peers, and how good should we expect his OF play to be for a full season?
(Patrick from STL)
Rick Ankiel played 22 adjusted games in right, 2 in left, and 15 in center field. When you add it all up he was a very impressive +3.3 (+2.1 in RF and +0.3 in CF, his LF numbers are a little skewed since the part of the system that deals with stretching hits works on probabilities and so small sample sizes are problematic).

So I would assume in a full season we'll see him as above average at least at the corners. (Dan Fox)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christina, Love your Transaction Analysis... Speaking of transactions...do the dodgers keep A. LaRoche on the roster if they give the job to Nomar? Why would you give the job to Nomar? Short term? Who do you like better this year...Rick Ankiel, WMO Pena or S. Hairston? Also, down the road..M. LaPorta or I. Stewart or the kid in Atlanta - Schafner?
(BMcG from NY)
Thank you, I'm always gratified by compliments.

I wouldn't waste LaRoche's time with a spot on the bench, should Ned and Joe elect to make that kind of mistake; as Earl Weaver might observe about backups in general, Las Vegas is only a phonecall and a short flight away.

As for the middle question, one of those things is not like the others, so let's take Hairston out of the equation right off. Between Ankiel and Wily Mo, I'd pick Ankiel, not despite his career path being so extraordinary, but perhaps because of it. I don't know if we know how good he can be yet. No slight of Wily Mo intended--he might turn out to be a totally solid everyday left fielder this season.

Finally, we have another broke-leg trio there, because Stewart doesn't belong in a comparison to LaPorta or Jordan Schafer. I'd take Schafer, which again isn't a slight of LaPorta's obvious gifts as a hitter, but because it's easier to find a guy who can hit and play left than a guy who might be a star in center field. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of the Cardinals offering Chris Duncan, Anthony Reyes and your choice of Wellemeyer, Thompson or Jiminez for Tom Gorzelany?
(Jack from (Charleston, WV))
As much as I really, really like Gorzelanny, that's too much to give up. But then I can't shake the anticipation I have of seeing the Cards line up a trio of lefty-hitting howitzers in their outfield at some point: Rick Ankiel, Duncan, and Colby Rasmus. That's just a fun bunch to have at your disposal. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableSo, mid-meltdown, the viewers of the Royals game have been polled as to which newcomer will help the most:

Rick Ankiel 28%
Chris Getz 28%
Jason Kendall 17%
Scott Podsednik 27%

Clearly, "None of the above, they're all godawful, now please let me start my 162 games of suffering in peace" wasn't accepted as a valid answer. (Jay Jaffe)
 

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