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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
325 .264 3 31 28 2 .251 0.4
Birth Date2-3-1980
Height5' 10"
Weight195 lbs
Age34 years, 8 months, 20 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
1.52010
0.72011
0.82012
-0.82013
0.02014
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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
2005 SLN 25 27 26 24 9 6 1 0 0 7 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 .250 .308 .292 .270 1.2 0.3 0.2
2006 SLN 26 28 60 54 3 10 1 0 1 14 5 6 0 0 1 2 2 1 .185 .254 .259 .185 -3.9 -0.1 -0.4
2007 SLN 27 88 188 177 19 59 12 2 2 81 8 20 0 2 1 19 1 1 .333 .358 .458 .270 5.7 -1.1 0.5
2008 SLN 28 153 594 540 87 163 22 5 8 219 47 60 2 1 4 46 8 2 .302 .359 .406 .264 17.3 -4.9 1.2
2009 SLN 29 153 586 532 85 161 34 1 4 209 52 69 0 1 1 35 2 2 .303 .364 .393 .279 29.3 -7.9 2.2
2010 SLN 30 137 529 476 66 126 18 1 5 161 43 64 4 4 2 42 5 3 .265 .328 .338 .254 11.7 2.7 1.5
2011 SLN 31 117 400 367 34 104 19 0 2 129 27 50 2 3 1 38 0 2 .283 .333 .351 .254 5.4 1.4 0.7
2012 SLN 32 107 304 272 37 75 14 4 1 100 27 50 0 2 3 28 1 1 .276 .339 .368 .256 7.5 0.4 0.8
2013 LAN 33 125 356 319 31 84 16 0 2 106 28 54 5 0 3 30 2 2 .263 .332 .332 .242 -0.9 -6.6 -0.8
2014 CIN 34 83 271 247 22 58 12 0 2 76 18 50 1 2 3 22 2 1 .235 .287 .308 .234 -0.7 -2.8 -0.4
Career101833143008393846149132711022574251415192632415.281.339.366.25772.5-18.55.5

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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2001 NWJ A- 49 195 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .313 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 POT A+ 136 606 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .331 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TEN AA 91 387 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TEN AA 138 583 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .349 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SLN MLB 27 26 .270 .244 .317 .376 .244 .273 102 0.3 0.7 -0.1 0.3 0.5 1.2 0.2 1.2 0.2
2005 MEM AAA 115 487 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 SLN MLB 28 60 .185 .272 .331 .438 .263 .191 95 -5.1 1.8 -0.3 -0.1 -0.6 -3.9 -0.4 -3.9 -0.4
2006 MEM AAA 95 403 .265 .268 .341 .410 .264 .342 103 2.2 11.5 0.9 2.6 1.3 13.0 1.5 13.0 1.5
2007 SLN MLB 88 188 .270 .264 .333 .425 .258 .363 102 2 5.6 -0.9 -1.1 -0.9 5.7 0.5 5.7 0.5
2007 MEM AAA 59 264 .274 .277 .348 .432 .262 .337 105 4 7.9 0.2 -3.5 -1.3 9.9 0.6 9.9 0.6
2008 SLN MLB 153 594 .264 .264 .333 .420 .263 .328 97 2.2 17.2 -1.9 -4.9 2.8 17.3 1.2 17.3 1.2
2009 SLN MLB 153 586 .279 .261 .331 .423 .265 .341 92 11.9 16.9 -0.9 -7.9 1.0 29.3 2.2 29.3 2.2
2010 SLN MLB 137 529 .254 .260 .327 .408 .272 .294 89 -3.2 14.6 -0.9 2.7 -0.4 11.7 1.5 11.7 1.5
2011 SLN MLB 117 400 .254 .256 .320 .399 .263 .321 95 -2.2 10.8 -0.6 1.4 -1.2 7.0 0.9 5.4 0.7
2012 SLN MLB 107 304 .256 .254 .317 .400 .259 .332 100 -1.3 8.3 -0.3 0.4 -0.3 7.5 0.8 7.5 0.8
2012 MEM AAA 7 25 .316 .292 .346 .447 .283 .333 91 1.6 0.7 0 -0.7 0.3 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
2013 LAN MLB 125 356 .242 .253 .315 .391 .257 .312 100 -6.2 9.3 -0.6 -6.6 -1.6 -1.2 -0.8 -0.9 -0.8
2014 CIN MLB 83 271 .234 .251 .313 .384 .260 .284 99 -6.7 7.0 -1.2 -2.8 0.8 -0.7 -0.4 -0.7 -0.4
2014 LOU AAA 4 13 .390 .254 .319 .380 .247 .556 103 1.9 0.4 0 0.3 -0.0 2.2 0.3 2.2 0.3

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
2001 NWJ A- 195 22 41 10 1 0 14 29 33 11 2 .253 .366 .327 .074 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 POT A+ 606 71 158 22 4 2 44 45 84 26 16 .287 .339 .352 .065 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TEN AA 387 43 86 20 3 2 22 37 54 6 6 .251 .330 .345 .094 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TEN AA 583 78 163 29 6 4 43 60 61 19 14 .316 .387 .419 .103 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MEM AAA 487 66 127 24 3 7 34 29 54 14 3 .287 .328 .402 .115 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SLN MLB 26 9 6 1 0 0 1 2 2 1 0 .250 .308 .292 .042 .270 1.2 0.3 0.2
2006 MEM AAA 403 47 113 13 3 3 27 23 48 11 4 .306 .348 .382 .076 .265 13.0 2.6 1.5
2006 SLN MLB 60 3 10 1 0 1 2 5 6 2 1 .185 .254 .259 .074 .185 -3.9 -0.1 -0.4
2007 MEM AAA 264 34 71 16 0 7 31 27 37 2 3 .306 .380 .466 .159 .274 9.9 -3.5 0.6
2007 SLN MLB 188 19 59 12 2 2 19 8 20 1 1 .333 .358 .458 .124 .270 5.7 -1.1 0.5
2008 SLN MLB 594 87 163 22 5 8 46 47 60 8 2 .302 .359 .406 .104 .264 17.3 -4.9 1.2
2009 SLN MLB 586 85 161 34 1 4 35 52 69 2 2 .303 .364 .393 .090 .279 29.3 -7.9 2.2
2010 SLN MLB 529 66 126 18 1 5 42 43 64 5 3 .265 .328 .338 .074 .254 11.7 2.7 1.5
2011 SLN MLB 400 34 104 19 0 2 38 27 50 0 2 .283 .333 .351 .068 .254 5.4 1.4 0.7
2012 SLN MLB 304 37 75 14 4 1 28 27 50 1 1 .276 .339 .368 .092 .256 7.5 0.4 0.8
2012 MEM AAA 25 5 6 2 0 0 0 4 3 1 0 .286 .400 .381 .095 .316 2.5 -0.7 0.2
2013 LAN MLB 356 31 84 16 0 2 30 28 54 2 2 .263 .332 .332 .069 .242 -0.9 -6.6 -0.8
2014 LOU AAA 13 1 5 4 0 0 3 1 3 0 0 .417 .462 .750 .333 .390 2.2 0.3 0.3
2014 CIN MLB 271 22 58 12 0 2 22 18 50 2 1 .235 .287 .308 .073 .234 -0.7 -2.8 -0.4

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 2081 0.5262 0.4757 0.8796 0.6393 0.2921 0.9257 0.7674 0.1174
2009 2164 0.5088 0.4533 0.8838 0.5940 0.3076 0.9465 0.7584 0.1162
2010 1925 0.5138 0.4537 0.8935 0.6117 0.2863 0.9488 0.7687 0.1054
2011 1452 0.5041 0.4721 0.8788 0.6175 0.3236 0.9513 0.7382 0.1212
2012 1173 0.5072 0.4411 0.8627 0.5849 0.2924 0.9224 0.7396 0.1373
2013 1373 0.5164 0.4472 0.8453 0.5924 0.2922 0.9119 0.7010 0.1531
2014 1054 0.4924 0.4615 0.8169 0.5800 0.3458 0.9402 0.6162 0.1831
Career112220.51150.45870.87080.6060.30330.93630.73690.1282

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-12 2014-09-29 DTD 17 15 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2014-09-12
2014-07-11 2014-07-20 7-DL 9 5 - Head Concussion Running Into Wall -
2014-03-22 2014-05-03 15-DL 42 29 Left Shoulder Dislocation Dislocation - -
2012-08-09 2012-08-12 DTD 3 3 Left Wrist Contusion HBP - -
2012-05-31 2012-06-19 15-DL 19 16 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-03-26 2012-04-20 15-DL 25 13 Right Abdomen Recovery From Strain Oblique - -
2012-03-17 2012-03-26 Camp 9 0 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2011-10-08 2011-10-19 DTD 11 0 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2011-10-05 2011-10-05 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Cramp Hamstring - -
2011-04-16 2011-05-23 15-DL 37 34 Right Upper Arm Strain -
2010-08-10 2010-08-10 DTD 0 0 Lower Leg Cramp -
2010-08-04 2010-08-09 DTD 5 3 Right Wrist Soreness -
2010-07-20 2010-07-21 DTD 1 1 Left Wrist Soreness -
2010-02-17 2010-02-18 Camp 1 0 General Medical Gastrointestinal GI -
2008-07-31 2008-08-01 DTD 1 1 Thigh Cramp Hamstring -
2007-03-12 2007-03-17 Camp 5 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2005-10-21 2005-10-21 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Bursa Sac 2005-10-21

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CIN $500,000
2015 CIN $2,500,000
2014 CIN $2,000,000
2013 LAN $1,500,000
2012 SLN $1,500,000
2011 SLN $2,700,000
2010 SLN $2,000,000
2009 SLN $430,000
2008 SLN $396,000
2007 SLN $382,000
2006 SLN $329,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$9,237,000
2011Current$2,000,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$11,237,000
2 yrFuture$3,000,000
11 yrTotal$14,237,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 51 dNez Balelo2 years/$5M (2014-15), 2016 option

Details
  • 2 years/$5M (2014-15), plus 2016 club option. Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 11/26/13. 14:$2M, 15:$2.5M, 16:$2.5M club option, $0.5M buyout.
  • 2 years/$3M (2012-13). Signed extension with St. Louis 12/13/11 (avoided arbitration). 12:$1.5M, 13:$1.5M. May earn additional $0.2M annually in performance bonuses. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from St. Louis 12/11/12.
  • 2 years/$4.7M (2010-11). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/8/10 (avoided arbitration, $2.75M-$1.45). 10:$2M, 11:$2.7M. $0.15M annually in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.43M (2009). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/28/09.
  • 1 year/$0.396M (2008). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/4/08.
  • 1 year/$0.382M (2007). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/07.
  • 1 year/$0.329M (2006). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased by St. Louis 6/05.
  • Drafted by St. Louis 2001 (5-165) (UC Santa Barbara). $0.155M 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 324 38 88 16 1 4 29 29 47 2 1 .302 .366 .405 .284 16.1 CF -3 1.5
80o 305 35 79 15 1 3 26 26 45 2 1 .288 .351 .386 .272 11.7 CF -3 1.0
70o 292 32 74 14 1 3 25 24 44 2 1 .278 .339 .373 .263 8.8 CF -2 0.7
60o 281 30 69 13 1 3 23 22 43 2 1 .270 .330 .361 .256 6.5 CF -2 0.5
50o 270 28 65 12 1 3 22 21 42 1 1 .262 .321 .350 .249 4.5 CF -2 0.2
40o 259 27 61 11 1 3 20 20 41 1 1 .254 .312 .340 .243 2.6 CF -2 0.1
30o 248 25 54 10 0 2 19 18 39 1 1 .246 .303 .329 .235 0.8 CF -2 -0.1
20o 235 23 49 9 0 2 17 17 38 1 1 .236 .292 .316 .227 -1.2 CF -2 -0.3
10o 216 20 44 8 0 2 15 14 36 1 1 .223 .277 .298 .215 -3.5 CF -2 -0.6
Weighted Mean2732966121322214211.265.324.354.2515.1CF -20.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 28% 11% 14% 90%

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
20153525025549022021431.243.308.313.233-0.2-0.2-0.60.51.3-1.4-1.8
201636250255610021919430.243.305.309.232-0.2-0.4-0.50.53.3-3.7-1.8
201737259255510011920450.236.296.299.224-0.9-6.3-0.40.414.9-21.2-1.8
20183861259134241345461060.239.300.299.225-1.1-5.8-1.01.014.9-20.7-4.3
201939250245210011819450.231.293.293.221-0.5-2.9-0.40.45.3-8.2-1.8
20204063260130231447491200.226.289.291.219-1.5-9.5-1.00.814.9-24.3-4.4
20214125024509011819480.227.289.291.219-1.1-8.0-0.40.312.2-20.0-1.8
20224263058128231243501230.223.286.276.213-1.9-13.4-1.00.614.9-27.9-4.4
20234325022509011619500.217.279.266.208-2.0-16.5-0.40.214.9-31.2-1.8

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
6.57.97.33.10.40.325.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 90 Mark Ellis 2011 .227
2 89 Nick Punto 2012 .222
3 89 Jack Wilson 2012 .148
4 89 Roberto Alomar 2002 .254
5 86 Todd Walker 2007 .211
6 85 Ronnie Belliard 2009 .272
7 85 Orlando Hudson 2012 .209
8 85 Freddy Sanchez 2012 .000 DNP
9 85 Placido Polanco 2010 .274
10 85 Jamey Carroll 2008 .258
11 84 Bill Madlock 1985 .275
12 83 Alan Trammell 1992 .274
13 83 Orlando Cabrera 2009 .242
14 83 Tadahito Iguchi 2009 .000 DNP
15 83 Edgar Renteria 2011 .244
16 83 Chone Figgins 2012 .208
17 83 Julio Lugo 2010 .212
18 83 Cal Ripken Jr. 1995 .255
19 83 Buddy Bell 1986 .284
20 83 Craig Biggio 2000 .267
21 82 Brian Roberts 2012 .181
22 82 Marco Scutaro 2010 .250
23 82 Red Schoendienst 1957 .295
24 82 Jerry Hairston 2010 .256
25 81 Denny Walling 1988 .233
26 81 Aaron Miles 2011 .249
27 81 Lou Whitaker 1991 .322
28 81 Shannon Stewart 2008 .226
29 81 Bill Doran 1992 .256
30 81 Mark DeRosa 2009 .264
31 81 Kazuo Matsui 2010 .130
32 81 Carney Lansford 1991 .038
33 81 Willie Bloomquist 2012 .262
34 81 Paul Molitor 1991 .315
35 80 Adam Kennedy 2010 .260
36 80 Ramon Martinez 2007 .202
37 80 Bobby Avila 1958 .262
38 80 Barry Larkin 1998 .298
39 80 Tony Phillips 1993 .301
40 80 Pete Rose 1975 .300
41 80 Frank Catalanotto 2008 .252
42 80 Rafael Furcal 2012 .246
43 80 George Kell 1957 .280
44 79 Tim Raines 1994 .264
45 79 Tommy Holmes 1951 .194
46 79 Ross Gload 2010 .291
47 79 Bill Mueller 2005 .269
48 79 Jimmy Rollins 2013 .241
49 79 Solly Hemus 1957 .199
50 79 Roy White 1978 .276
51 79 Ryan Freel 2010 .000 DNP
52 79 David Bell 2007 .000 DNP
53 78 Davey Lopes 1979 .297
54 78 Tom Herr 1990 .248
55 78 Randy Ready 1994 .332
56 78 Jay Payton 2007 .242
57 78 Scott Podsednik 2010 .252
58 78 Don Buford 1971 .334
59 78 Johnny Hopp 1951 .265
60 78 Brooks Robinson 1971 .288
61 78 Tony Gwynn 1994 .348
62 78 Jose Vidro 2009 .000 DNP
63 78 Smoky Burgess 1961 .298
64 77 Don Hoak 1962 .244
65 77 Johnny Ray 1991 .000 DNP
66 77 Doug Mientkiewicz 2008 .272
67 77 Rusty Greer 2003 .000 DNP
68 77 Mark Kotsay 2010 .231
69 77 Alex Cora 2010 .211
70 77 Gene Woodling 1957 .343
71 77 Johnny Damon 2008 .286
72 77 Marlon Anderson 2008 .209
73 77 Toby Harrah 1983 .269
74 77 Brady Clark 2007 .247
75 77 Len Dykstra 1997 .000 DNP
76 77 Ed Kranepool 1979 .221
77 77 Mark Grace 1998 .294
78 77 Brian Schneider 2011 .188
79 77 Dick McAuliffe 1974 .228
80 76 Gabe Kapler 2010 .218
81 76 Gates Brown 1973 .254
82 76 Dan Driessen 1986 .296
83 76 Yorvit Torrealba 2013 .198
84 76 Randy Winn 2008 .285
85 76 Wally Joyner 1996 .279
86 76 Reed Johnson 2011 .291
87 76 Ramon Hernandez 2010 .284
88 76 Kenji Johjima 2010 .000 DNP
89 76 David Eckstein 2009 .241
90 76 John Valentin 2001 .209
91 76 Kevin Seitzer 1996 .305
92 76 Eric Byrnes 2010 .178
93 76 Harvey Kuenn 1965 .241
94 76 Kevin McReynolds 1994 .257
95 76 Clint Barmes 2013 .211
96 75 Johnny Temple 1962 .266
97 75 Sherm Lollar 1959 .272
98 75 Matty Alou 1973 .254
99 75 Brian Harper 1994 .248
100 75 Luis Gonzalez 2002 .303

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .227 .288 .303 .213
11 vs R (Multi) .280 .345 .357 .255
18 Split (Multi) .053 .056 .053 .042
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .255 .305 .327 .221
31 vs R (2013) .265 .338 .333 .246
38 Split (2013) .011 .033 .006 .025
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 Schumaker remains as gritty and adaptable as ever, willing to pitch in defensively all over the field and smack a few line drives against right-handed pitching. Heís a liability with the glove at second base, hasnít slugged over .400 during the Obama administration, is hopeless against lefties, and was supplanted in St. Louis's super-sub role by the arrival of the more capable Matt Carpenter. Traded to the Dodgers for Jake Lemmerman, he's not a bad fit for a platoon with Mark Ellis, but the Dodgers are awash in spare infielders, so his leash may not be long.
2012 With Nick Punto and Ryan Theriot, Schumaker serves as the left-handed bat in the Cardinalsí collection of the most interesting super-utilitymen in the world. Actually, Schu started 89 games at second base, though he was often replaced for defensive purposes. At the plate, he fights through each at-bat, as evidenced by his 10-pitch struggle with Roy Halladay early in the final game of the NLDS, a battle that ended with Schumaker driving in the gameís only run with a double. Still a year away from free agency, Schumaker figures to be in the mix at second base and in the outfield at least one more season.
2011 La Russaís inspired attempt to cobble together an infield with Schumaker at the keystone stubbed its toe last year, when the former part-time outfielder slumped at the plate and made only mild progress in the field. Like double-play partner Brendan Ryan, Schumaker hit more balls in the air and consequently watched his batting average and on-base percentage drop into the danger zone below which middle infielders without defensive street cred fear to tread. With his defense routinely questioned in many circles, the Cardinals will soon be forced to admit the experiment has not paid off as well as they needed. Still, even if Schumaker is no longer a starter, his adventures in pivot-turning have made him even more perfectly adapted to the utility role heís best-suited to fill.
2010 The great infield experiment gave us a fine example of how a merely adequate bat for the outfield can be handy enough at second. Schumaker's athleticism made the proposition possible, and it's possible he'll improve to adequacy with further reps. In the meantime, he's an example of how playing second base in the majors requires more than mere athleticism. He can't hit left-handed pitching and his bat's shy of good enough for an outfield regular, but La Russa looked at what Schumaker could do (get aboard vs. RHPs) and might do, what this club needed, and found value. It's a strange thing to have your starting second baseman be your late-game defensive replacement in the outfield, but take that as another reminder that La Russa remains a canny tactician.
2009 A La Russa blue-collar special, Schumaker won a platoon share of right field in spring training. He ultimately played nearly every day while moving among the three outfield slots, taking over for Duncan in left and then for Ankiel in center, and exceeding his 75th-percentile PECOTA projection along the way. That breakout still represents below-average hitting for a corner, but Schumaker is a terrific defender in either, if overmatched in center. That makes him a tweener, and he's a far better fourth outfielder than a starter. Batting lefty makes him incompatible for platooning with either Duncan or Ankiel, but their injury histories and his favorable standing with La Russa should get Schumaker plenty of PT in '09.
2008 Like Ankiel and Ludwick, organizational soldier Schumaker was pressed into major league action by injuries to others last year. Like Ryan, he rode a batting-average spike to semi-regular playing time. Like a hundred other guys, he's a marginal fifth outfielder who doesn't do enough to stay in the roster unless he's hitting .330.
2007 Skip Schumaker didn`t show much at Memphis last year--certainly not enough to be forcing himself onto a big league roster, even as a fifth outfielder.
2005 Lest you get too excited about Schumaker's season at Double-A Tennessee last season, let's add some perspective. First, Tennessee is a pretty fair park for hitters. Second, at 24, he wasn't that young for the level, and he was repeating it. Third, his numbers are radically different from the rest of his career. Fourth, he showed little in the way of secondary skills. In other words, find something besides Skip Schumaker to get you excited.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2012-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)What available players make sense to help fill the Cardinals' middle infield need?
(Kingpin from Grinnell, IA)
It is a shallow free agent class up the middle, but I could see the Cards signing someone like Jeff Keppinger for his bat at 2B, or if they are leaning on a glove, then perhaps they will give Jason Bartlett a shot (though that would compound the injury concerns with him + Furcal). Given the lack of options they could decide to pursue a trade, or Skip Schumaker might be in line for a lot of AB's in 2013.

On the jukebox: Rancid, "Salvation" (Doug Thorburn)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)As you said you would target MIF and Catchers for reserve rounds in NFBC. Would you take Will Rhymes over Brandon Allen?
(bfitzge3 from Upstate NY)
No. Rhymes has no offensive value. He's the AL version of Skip Schumaker. (Cory Schwartz)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)As regards teams "making a run at" Pujols, do you really think the Cardinals will be unsuccessful in locking him up before spring training? How much of a hit to their payroll should they be willing to incur in order to keep him?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I don't know if he'll sign during spring training but I expect him to sign during the season. I've said this numerous times, but you don't lock Holliday up for 7 yrs unless you are going to keep Pujols in the fold. And if you can't sign Pujols you gravely miscalculated elsewhere. Pujols wants to win, and the Cardinals will need to show him the money as well as getting players who can actually play positions instead of Skip Schumaker. (Eric Seidman)
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Got a snap post-mortem on what went so wrong with St. Louis in the last month? I understand small sample size regression to the mean, but why so many regressions all at once, and why were none of them for the better?
(Bill from New Mexico)
They are a stars and scrubs roster, and when the stars struggle even a little bit, it is very tough to compete. Pitching Jeff Suppan more than zero times hurt, and not playing Rasmus everyday made little sense. I can't get on La Russa for all of this either, as his roster is complete with players like Brendan Ryan, Skip Schumaker, Jon Jay, Felipe Lopez, etc. The Cardinals, like the Mariners this year, needed to have a lot go right for them to have a great season; while everything went wrong with the Mariners, the Cards had some go right, enough to keep them in contention, but not enough to push them into the playoffs. (Eric Seidman)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Whither my Cardinals? While I'd like to see things turn around, they clearly gambled and lost this year in picking up some plug-ins (e.g. Pedro Feliz) hoping to catch lightning. So what should the offseason hold in store for them?
(biggreentevas from Oakland CA )
The Cardinals withered, and it all comes back to the offense's tumble once they essentially traded Ludwick for Westbrook and started playing a regressing Jon Jay over Colby Rasmus. As to their offseason, the first question is whether LaRussa is coming back, because the team should be built in consultation with whoever's managing. But I do think the team's got to do resolve the Rasmus issue one way or the other, and do something to stabilize the middle infield with players better than Skip Schumaker and Brendan Ryan. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-08-17 14:45:00 (link to chat)Skip Schumaker went OF to 2B. Soriano went the opposite way. Ty Wigginton plays every position on the diamond. In general, what is the difference in defensive performance between position players? Would a good defensive 1B like Derek Lee be the worst 3B/2B/SS in the league? Would Torii Hunter win Gold Gloves (and merit them) in his sleep at 1B?
(GM Wannabe from The Front Office)
Not necessarily, because the positions require different skills. Hunter was so valuable because of his range and speed. That doesn't matter at 1B, so while he might be able to field grounders and make Ike Davis catches (the new term for catches where you look silly falling over a dugout rail) it's not like his OF prowess helps him at all. Similarly, Derrek Lee might be agile around the 1B bag, and good at scooping, but can you really see him making plays in the hole between SS and 3B? Certain players excel at certain positions because of what makes them valuable, which would be mitigated by certain defensive switches. Soriano was fast and had a good arm, so going from 2B to LF wasn't a stretch. (Eric Seidman)
2009-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are you optimistic about the Skip Schumaker 2nd base experiment in St. Louis? Also, is Christina aware that she uses the word "tasty" too much in her writing?
(jbuofm from Peoria)
Having not seen him play yet, I'm not terribly optimistic simply because the track record for these types of conversions isn't all that great. Anytime you're moving a guy to a more difficult defensive position the success rate is low, and it doesn't help that Schumaker's defensive numbers don't support the idea that he's a good enough defender to pull it off.

Maybe if Dave Duncan gets involved enough to teach him how to scuff a baseball? (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)As regards "figuring out the WHY," what's your take on why/how St. Louis is overperforming so much?
(Bill from New Mexico)
The Cards have done a great job with a rotation that's largely retreads, converted relievers, and booger-eating spazzes, guys like Braden Looper and Todd Wellemeyer into solid contributors. Credit Dave Duncan, who was able to get enough out of Jeff Weaver to bring home an unlikely World Championship while every other team that's had him since Detroit has been bitterly disappointed. The bottom line is that the Cards aren't beating themselves - they're second in the NL in fewest walks allowed even while running second-to-last in strikeouts.

The other thing that's noteworthy is the way Tony LaRussa has pieced together his outfield. I'm not the biggest TLR fan in the world, and I'm still a little skeptical that guys like Ryan Ludwick and Skip Schumaker can keep it up for a full year, but this is hardly the 70-something win team I foresaw. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-03-18 17:00:00 (link to chat)Colby Rasmus was sent down. Do you think he could start off strong like Hunter Pence or Ryan Braun last year in the PCL. Also what's your thoughts on Jurrijens strong spring and the Braves.
(mike from Utica,NY)
I don't get this move at all. If Rasmus rates the way everyone says he does, don't you make room for him sooner rather than later? According to the depth charts, Skip Schumaker is going to get some time in the outfield now. Realizing he's just a placeholder, why not get Rasmus in there now? The Cardinals are not destined for great things this year, so it's a perfect time to get a rookie into it from the start. Failing that, I think it will end up as Mike foretells, with Rasmus coming along a little later. I'm not saying we're going to see a Pence/Braun-type debut, but it will be good news for St. Louis when he comes. (Jim Baker)


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