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Birth Date2-3-1980
Height5' 10"
Weight195 lbs
Age34 years, 10 months, 19 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
1.52010
0.72011
0.82012
-0.82013
-0.42014
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

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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.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .225 .287 .265 .209
11 vs R (Multi) .262 .321 .344 .250
18 Split (Multi) .037 .034 .079 .041
19 LgAvg (Multi) .021 .030 .060 .030
30 vs L (2014) .222 .286 .222 .204
31 vs R (2014) .238 .288 .327 .241
38 Split (2014) .015 .002 .105 .037
39 LgAvg (2014) .016 .023 .052 .025

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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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