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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .229 5 24 23 2 .227 0.0
Birth Date1-16-1986
Height6' 3"
Weight215 lbs
Age28 years, 9 months, 7 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
1.22010
-0.62011
-0.22012
-1.12013
-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
2008 TBA 22 4 11 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .091 .000 .057 -2.2 -0.1 -0.2
2009 TBA 23 31 93 90 10 25 8 2 1 40 3 20 0 0 0 6 2 2 .278 .301 .444 .245 2.9 -0.2 0.3
2010 TBA 24 113 326 301 39 77 13 1 8 116 20 77 3 2 0 45 3 3 .256 .307 .385 .245 7.7 3.5 1.2
2011 TBA 25 92 264 249 18 48 4 0 1 55 10 63 1 0 4 15 3 1 .193 .227 .221 .172 -11.1 5.6 -0.6
2012 TBA 26 16 22 21 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 .095 .136 .095 .092 -2.5 0.3 -0.2
2013 COL 27 29 53 48 4 12 3 0 1 18 3 13 0 0 2 6 0 0 .250 .294 .375 .206 -0.7 -0.3 -0.1
2013 NYA 27 17 45 44 1 5 1 0 0 6 1 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 .114 .133 .136 .079 -6.6 -2.2 -1.0
2014 PHI 28 37 91 81 4 18 5 1 1 28 9 33 0 0 1 10 1 1 .222 .300 .346 .238 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
Career3399058447818734412265482334278397.222.266.314.206-12.75.5-0.8

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
2004 CSC A 3 15 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .583 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PRI Rk 25 109 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .395 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SWM A 127 565 .234 .261 .335 .385 .257 .324 100 -4.3 4.6 2.1 -6.8 -1.3 2.3 -0.4 2.3 -0.4
2006 VIS A+ 100 455 .345 .285 .362 .431 .284 .365 98 32.7 10.3 4.8 0.7 -0.2 48.8 4.9 48.8 4.9
2006 MNT AA 28 121 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .395 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 MNT AA 133 596 .273 .258 .330 .388 .264 .288 92 9.1 18.7 7.7 8.4 4.2 38.9 4.8 38.9 4.8
2008 TBA MLB 4 11 .057 .278 .350 .442 .274 .000 105 -2.4 0.3 0.1 -0.1 0.0 -2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2
2008 DUR AAA 97 386 .233 .263 .330 .401 .263 .315 96 -10.6 10.8 4.6 4.3 -0.2 6.3 1.0 6.3 1.0
2009 TBA MLB 31 93 .245 .267 .341 .430 .266 .348 105 -1.5 2.7 1.1 -0.2 0.3 2.9 0.3 2.9 0.3
2009 DUR AAA 96 453 .240 .260 .327 .394 .248 .320 114 -10 13.2 5.5 -0.1 0.1 7.9 0.8 7.9 0.8
2010 TBA MLB 113 326 .245 .258 .323 .407 .256 .317 106 -5 9.0 1.6 3.5 1.9 7.7 1.2 7.7 1.2
2011 TBA MLB 92 264 .172 .259 .322 .411 .263 .254 99 -23 7.1 3.3 5.6 0.1 -11.1 -0.6 -11.1 -0.6
2011 DUR AAA 11 48 .251 .266 .327 .407 .254 .250 96 -0.5 1.5 0.7 0.1 0.1 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2012 TBA MLB 16 22 .092 .263 .318 .418 .257 .125 102 -3.6 0.6 0.3 0.3 0.0 -2.5 -0.2 -2.5 -0.2
2012 DUR AAA 99 400 .241 .262 .329 .391 .254 .276 104 -8.5 11.9 3.6 -2.4 1.6 7.5 0.5 7.5 0.5
2013 COL MLB 29 53 .206 .259 .325 .394 .264 .324 112 -2.8 1.4 0.1 -0.3 0.0 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2013 NYA MLB 17 45 .079 .243 .308 .379 .256 .185 97 -7.8 1.2 0.5 -2.2 -0.9 -6.6 -1.0 -6.6 -1.0
2013 CSP AAA 48 194 .230 .271 .335 .411 .266 .273 106 -6.4 5.5 1.2 -4.0 -0.3 1.5 -0.3 1.5 -0.3
2014 PHI MLB 37 91 .238 .243 .304 .365 .255 .362 96 -1.9 2.3 0.3 -1.2 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
2014 CLR A+ 3 10 .429 .226 .299 .311 .233 .571 97 1.9 0.3 0.1 0.1 -0.0 2.2 0.2 2.2 0.2
2014 LEH AAA 36 149 .285 .258 .332 .392 .254 .305 101 4.3 4.5 0.1 -2.2 0.5 9.1 0.7 9.1 0.7

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
2004 PRI Rk 109 16 35 4 2 1 25 9 10 2 1 .361 .421 .474 .113 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CSC A 15 3 7 1 0 0 5 1 2 0 0 .500 .533 .571 .071 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SWM A 565 77 135 29 2 15 61 40 131 5 5 .264 .320 .416 .152 .234 2.3 -6.8 -0.4
2006 VIS A+ 455 82 134 26 3 21 83 35 82 12 6 .326 .383 .557 .231 .345 48.8 0.7 4.9
2006 MNT AA 121 18 33 6 2 3 16 7 31 3 0 .300 .358 .473 .173 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 MNT AA 596 91 137 30 5 17 81 55 94 15 5 .260 .333 .433 .173 .273 38.9 8.4 4.8
2008 DUR AAA 386 43 88 26 2 9 43 25 93 5 2 .250 .303 .412 .162 .233 6.3 4.3 1.0
2008 TBA MLB 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 .000 .091 .000 .000 .057 -2.2 -0.1 -0.2
2009 DUR AAA 453 51 117 28 2 8 44 27 69 5 5 .282 .328 .417 .135 .240 7.9 -0.1 0.8
2009 TBA MLB 93 10 25 8 2 1 6 3 20 2 2 .278 .301 .444 .167 .245 2.9 -0.2 0.3
2010 TBA MLB 326 39 77 13 1 8 45 20 77 3 3 .256 .307 .385 .130 .245 7.7 3.5 1.2
2011 TBA MLB 264 18 48 4 0 1 15 10 63 3 1 .193 .227 .221 .028 .172 -11.1 5.6 -0.6
2011 DUR AAA 48 7 9 2 1 1 4 7 6 0 1 .231 .348 .410 .179 .251 1.7 0.1 0.2
2012 DUR AAA 400 45 80 14 2 8 46 45 79 3 3 .231 .323 .353 .121 .241 7.5 -2.4 0.5
2012 TBA MLB 22 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 5 0 0 .095 .136 .095 .000 .092 -2.5 0.3 -0.2
2013 CSP AAA 194 25 38 8 0 2 11 20 33 2 1 .230 .325 .315 .085 .230 1.5 -4.0 -0.3
2013 NYA MLB 45 1 5 1 0 0 0 1 17 0 0 .114 .133 .136 .023 .079 -6.6 -2.2 -1.0
2013 COL MLB 53 4 12 3 0 1 6 3 13 0 0 .250 .294 .375 .125 .206 -0.7 -0.3 -0.1
2014 LEH AAA 149 23 34 8 1 5 21 16 31 3 0 .266 .340 .461 .195 .285 9.1 -2.2 0.7
2014 CLR A+ 10 0 4 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 .500 .600 .625 .125 .429 2.2 0.1 0.2
2014 PHI MLB 91 4 18 5 1 1 10 9 33 1 1 .222 .300 .346 .123 .238 -0.1 -1.2 -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 35 0.3714 0.5143 0.7222 0.6154 0.4545 0.7500 0.7000 0.2778
2009 346 0.4884 0.5318 0.7989 0.7041 0.3672 0.9160 0.5846 0.2011
2010 1263 0.4798 0.5297 0.7829 0.6881 0.3820 0.8393 0.6892 0.2141
2011 977 0.5097 0.5512 0.7602 0.6847 0.4113 0.8006 0.6904 0.2398
2012 76 0.5526 0.5395 0.7561 0.6905 0.3529 0.9310 0.3333 0.2439
2013 372 0.5457 0.5618 0.7703 0.7488 0.3373 0.8816 0.4737 0.2249
2014 381 0.4646 0.5171 0.6548 0.7119 0.3480 0.7460 0.4930 0.3452
Career34500.49510.53810.76140.69720.38030.83140.62640.237

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-20 2014-07-21 15-DL 31 27 Left Ankle Sprain -
2013-06-30 2013-07-07 Minors 7 0 Left Wrist Sprain -
2012-03-16 2012-03-29 Camp 13 0 Right Foot Inflammation Plantar Fasciitis - -
2011-03-05 2011-03-10 Camp 5 0 Groin Soreness -
2008-08-07 2008-09-13 Minors 37 0 Left Wrist Fracture HBP - -
2008-02-27 2008-03-05 Camp 7 0 Right Fracture HBP on Little Toe -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 PHI $
2013 COL $499,000
2012 TBA $490,600
2011 TBA $425,400
2010 TBA $403,700
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$1,818,700
4 yrTotal$1,818,700

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 33 dBeverly Hills Sports Council1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 11/20/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Philadelphia 5/9/14. DFA by Philadelphia 8/23/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/25/14. Refused assignment by Philadelphia 10/6/14.
  • 1 year/$0.499M (2013). Acquired by Colorado in trade 2/14/13 after being DFA by Tampa Bay 2/5/13. Re-signed by Colorado 3/6/13. Acquired by NY Yankees in trade 5/18/13 after being DFA by Colorado 5/16/13. DFA by NY Yankees 6/21/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/24/13 (refused assignment). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 6/26/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.4906M (2012). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4254M (2011). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/26/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4037M (2010). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4004M (2009). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/25/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 7/3/08.
  • Drafted by Tampa Bay 2004 (2-45) (St. Amant HS, La.). $0.795M 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 510 55 124 24 2 11 54 38 109 4 3 .270 .328 .404 .264 17.5 SS -1, 3B 0 1.7
80o 489 51 113 22 2 10 50 35 108 4 3 .255 .312 .382 .251 10.6 SS -1, 3B 0 1.0
70o 474 48 106 21 2 9 47 32 106 4 3 .245 .300 .366 .241 6.0 SS -1, 3B 0 0.5
60o 462 45 100 19 2 9 44 30 105 3 2 .236 .290 .353 .233 2.3 SS -1, 3B 0 0.1
50o 450 42 94 18 2 8 42 29 104 3 2 .228 .281 .340 .225 -1.0 SS -1, 3B 0 -0.3
40o 438 40 88 17 1 8 40 27 102 3 2 .220 .271 .328 .218 -4.1 SS -1, 3B 0 -0.6
30o 426 38 82 16 1 7 37 25 101 3 2 .211 .261 .315 .210 -7.3 SS -1, 3B 0 -0.9
20o 411 35 76 15 1 7 35 23 99 3 2 .201 .249 .300 .200 -10.7 SS -1, 3B 0 -1.3
10o 390 31 67 13 1 6 31 21 96 2 2 .187 .233 .279 .187 -15.1 SS -1, 3B 0 -1.8
Weighted Mean45543971929432910432.231.285.346.2290.4SS -1, 3B 0-0.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
6% 17% 14% 22% 48%

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
20152925025509152315611.218.271.329.222-0.7-5.9-0.62.314.6-22.2-0.7
201630259275110162517651.212.268.330.222-0.7-6.1-0.62.314.9-22.8-0.7
201731620631202221156451483.213.274.318.219-0.8-5.2-1.55.414.9-24.1-1.7
201832633641192021257441582.206.265.311.214-1.1-8.6-1.45.414.9-27.5-1.8
201933627621192111156421581.209.267.308.213-1.2-8.9-1.35.114.9-27.7-1.7
202034636611172211155401661.201.256.300.206-1.6-13.3-1.15.014.9-32.2-1.8
202135621611162111155411550.206.264.306.211-1.3-10.1-0.94.714.9-28.9-1.7
202236634611131911154441690.196.257.291.204-1.8-14.7-0.94.714.9-33.4-1.8
202337628611172011154431550.204.263.299.209-1.5-11.8-0.94.414.9-30.3-1.7

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
9.42.62.50.22.8out of baseball17.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 86 Clint Barmes 2007 .166
2 85 Brandon Fahey 2009 .000 DNP
3 84 Angel Sanchez 2012 .000 DNP
4 83 Josh Wilson 2009 .212
5 82 Tommy Manzella 2011 .000 DNP
6 81 Omar Quintanilla 2010 .000 DNP
7 80 Andy Gonzalez 2010 .000 DNP
8 80 Anderson Hernandez 2011 .000 DNP
9 79 Mike Rouse 2008 .000 DNP
10 79 Robert Andino 2012 .214
11 79 Paul Janish 2011 .205
12 78 Luis Rivas 2008 .198
13 78 Luke Hughes 2013 .000 DNP
14 77 Josh Barfield 2011 .000 DNP
15 77 Hector Luna 2008 .642
16 77 Alberto Gonzalez 2011 .214
17 77 Andres Blanco 2012 .000 DNP
18 77 Jason Donald 2013 .000 DNP
19 77 Gregorio Petit 2013 .000 DNP
20 77 Jason Jaramillo 2011 .259
21 76 Joaquin Arias 2013 .230
22 76 Greg Dobbs 2007 .259
23 76 Brian Barden 2009 .239
24 76 Adam Rosales 2011 .153
25 76 Nick Green 2007 -.012
26 76 Terry Tiffee 2007 .000 DNP
27 76 Mike Rabelo 2008 .223
28 76 Gil Velazquez 2008 .114
29 76 Eugenio Velez 2010 .223
30 76 J.J. Furmaniak 2008 .000 DNP
31 76 Mitch Maier 2010 .256
32 76 Andy Marte 2012 .000 DNP
33 76 Pete Orr 2007 .158
34 76 Tony Abreu 2013 .254
35 75 Daniel Ortmeier 2009 .000 DNP
36 75 Diory Hernandez 2012 .000 DNP
37 75 Ray Olmedo 2009 .000 DNP
38 75 Kory Casto 2010 .000 DNP
39 75 Rob Johnson 2011 .201
40 75 Ramon Santiago 2008 .302
41 75 Craig Tatum 2011 .168
42 75 Charles Thomas 2007 .000 DNP
43 75 Matt Tolbert 2010 .241
44 74 Brendan Harris 2009 .244
45 74 Casey Benjamin 2009 .000 DNP
46 74 Travis Metcalf 2011 .000 DNP
47 74 Choo Freeman 2008 .000 DNP
48 74 Luis Cruz 2012 .274
49 74 Brett Hayes 2012 .169
50 74 Humberto Cota 2007 .289
51 74 Guillermo Quiroz 2010 .257
52 74 Skyler Stromsmoe 2012 .000 DNP
53 74 Danny Richar 2011 .000 DNP
54 74 Jake Wald 2009 .000 DNP
55 74 Sean Kazmar 2013 .000 DNP
56 74 Seth Bynum 2009 .000 DNP
57 73 Skip Schumaker 2008 .264
58 73 Jason Repko 2009 .149
59 73 Tommy Watkins 2008 .000 DNP
60 73 Felix Pie 2013 .167
61 73 Cliff Pennington 2012 .234
62 73 Alex Cintron 2007 .210
63 73 Jeff Mathis 2011 .188
64 73 Edwin Maysonet 2010 .000 DNP
65 73 Ronny Cedeno 2011 .231
66 73 Ryan Klosterman 2010 .000 DNP
67 73 Carlos Corporan 2012 .257
68 73 Kevin Frandsen 2010 .239
69 73 Mike Fontenot 2008 .313
70 73 Trevor Crowe 2012 .000 DNP
71 73 Ryan Rohlinger 2012 .000 DNP
72 73 Juan Uribe 2007 .240
73 73 JD Closser 2008 .000 DNP
74 72 Mike Aviles 2009 .166
75 72 Ozzie Chavez 2012 .000 DNP
76 72 Michael Fisher 2013 .000 DNP
77 72 Chase Lambin 2008 .000 DNP
78 72 Adam Pavkovich 2010 .000 DNP
79 72 Josh Anderson 2011 .000 DNP
80 72 Chris De La Cruz 2010 .000 DNP
81 72 Danny Sandoval 2007 .000 DNP
82 72 Brett Dowdy 2010 .000 DNP
83 72 Lance Zawadzki 2013 .000 DNP
84 72 Brendan Ryan 2010 .225
85 72 Brandon Wood 2013 .000 DNP
86 72 Chris Burke 2008 .221
87 72 Russ Adams 2009 .171
88 72 Luis Hernandez 2012 .015
89 72 Drew Butera 2012 .202
90 72 Scott Youngbauer 2007 .000 DNP
91 72 Davis Stoneburner 2013 .000 DNP
92 72 Ed Rogers 2007 .000 DNP
93 72 Jay Bell 1994 .267
94 72 Gookie Dawkins 2007 .000 DNP
95 72 Jorge Piedra 2007 .000 DNP
96 72 Niuman Romero 2013 .000 DNP
97 72 Lance Niekro 2007 .135
98 72 Luis Maza 2008 .185
99 72 Vasili Spanos 2009 .000 DNP
100 72 Josh Labandeira 2007 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .195 .269 .207 .165
11 vs R (Multi) .198 .229 .279 .174
18 Split (Multi) .003 -.040 .072 .009
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .231 .333 .231 .165
31 vs R (2013) .177 .198 .266 .140
38 Split (2013) -.054 -.136 .035 -.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 Less than two years after he was handed the starting shortstop job at age 24, Brignac not only handed it back, he couldn't even keep his roster spot. With minor-league options left, virtually nil production in limited at-bats, and still sporting the flitting uppercut swing that has hampered him for years, Brignac was sent to Triple-A for regular playing time. He struggled to hit there, too; more alarmingly, his fielding declined. Without his long-admired glove, Brignac has no value unless he makes dramatic improvements at the plate that may require a total overhaul of his stance and mechanics. The 27-year-old is nearly out of time to make good on the promise that led the Rays to draft him in the second round nine years ago.
2012 One of eight players in baseball who hit under .200 while seeing at least 250 plate appearances in 2011. Only Drew Butera managed that many plate appearances and had a lower True Average (TAv) in 2011 than Brignac. He managed just five extra-base hits, though his sole home run was off Jered Weaver. Despite Brignac’s struggles at the plate, he remained one of the better defensive shortstops in baseball; his Fielding Run Above Average (FRAA) was sixth best in baseball at 5.6, and his glovework up the middle was a big reason the pitching staff posted a league-best batting average on balls in play (BABIP) for a second consecutive season. That glove is his best big-league feature but his bat will continue to limit his playing time unless he makes some positive changes to a swing with a pronounced uppercut. Out of options, expect Brignac to open the season on a major league roster. Which one is the question.
2011 The Rays finally carved out significant playing time for Brignac, a 2004 second-round pick who was once hailed as a top prospect but has since seen his stock fall considerably. Brignac backed up both Sean Rodriguez at second and Jason Bartlett at short, making 39 and 36 starts, respectively, as well as pinch-hitting for both and switching between the two positions in-game to increase Joe Maddon's options. Offensively, he was as hacktastic as initially feared; among AL hitters with at least 300 plate appearances, Brignac had the fifth-highest strikeout/unintentional walk (K/UIBB) ratio and swung at more pitches outside the zone (42 percent) than all but Vlad Guerrero. Defensively, he was above average, more so at second than short, but the latter is where he's now penciled into the Rays' lineup after the trade of Bartlett.
2010 Once considered among the game's top handful of prospects, Brignac's star has faded considerably since he won California League MVP honors in 2006. While he's shown decent power for a middle infielder, he's proven quite hacktastic due to a lack of pitch-recognition skills, vulnerability to chasing balls out of the zone, and a tendency to get pull-happy when he falls into slumps. Even so, both his range and his arm have improved, and the Rays have been impressed with his work ethic. His repeat engagement at Durham represented an incremental improvement over 2008 as he upped his contact rate, showed some pop during an extended look from the Rays, and saw time at second base at both levels. That could open up a utility spot on the big-league roster, though he'll have to stand out in a crowd.
2009 He was the California League MVP in 2006 because of his bat, but there were questions about his ability to stay at shortstop. Two years later, his bat has cooled off dramatically, but scouts now rave about his defense; his instincts and quickness give him plus range to both sides, and his arm is outstanding. He's also had above-average power for the position, but not enough hitting or on-base skills for that power to be of value. Brignac is a strange prospect at this point, and he'll have to do something astonishing for the Rays to push Barlett aside.
2008 Brignac entered last season as a blue-chip prospect coming off a California League MVP season, but his showing at Double-A left much to be desired. There was a silver lining, however, as he made great strides defensively. Many of the scouts who believed a move to third would be inevitable now think Brignac can stay in the middle infield as a defender with average range who makes the play on every ball he gets to. Combine that with a projection for 25-plus home runs annually, and he's still pretty special.
2007 At the end of the 2005 season, Brignac was a six-foot-one, 185-pound shortstop. At the beginning of the 2006 season, he was six-foot-three and 200 pounds--and it all came from cleaning living and organic, BGH-free whole milk. We often talk about young prospects `growing into their bodies,` and Brignac`s a pretty good illustration of how much growth there is left in some of these kids. There`s a possibility that he`s grown himself right out of the shortstop position; even as a smaller guy, his range wasn`t terribly great, and it doesn`t figure to improve now that he has to haul more of himself around out there. But no matter, his bat looks good at any position. The good news about his added bulk is that it came with extra power, which helped him earn a late-season promotion to Double-A. The main flaw in his batting game is patience, but he`s one of those players for whom patience should develop later as pitchers start to respect his bat and throw him stuff he can`t drive. This is a small matter given just how good the overall picture is.
2006 The Old Regime`s 2nd-round draft pick in 2004, Brignac had a strong debut for a prep prospect, then put up a strong first full season in a tough hitting environment. If he can stay at short, he`ll have above-average power for the position, and though his swing and pitch selection need improvement, he`s starting from a good place given his age and inexperience.
2005 A high-schooler from Louisiana, Brignac led his team to the state championship and was supposedly a lock to go to LSU, but the Rays managed to pry him away ($795,000 was nicely persuasive). He didn't have any trouble at the plate in his first taste of pro ball, homering in his first game, hitting .378, displaying excellent (and un-Raylike) plate discipline and exceptional bat speed. There's a question about whether he'll be able to stay at short in the long term, but it doesn't cost the team anything to try to keep him there. He's expected to have little trouble if he does move to another position.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please, please, please tell me that the Rays will remove Reid Brignac, Elliot Johnson and possibly Sean Rodriguez for better Utility IFers.
(jlarsen from chicago)
Is Geoff Blum still available? And on that note, I must take my leave. (Geoff Young)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Professor - I know the minor league SS ranks are a bit thin, but what about the guys who have already been promoted? Who out of this group do you like to have the best MLB career - Starlin Castro, Elvis Andrus, Alcides Escobar or Reid Brignac?
(bretsayre from nj)
Best career: Overall, I'll say Andrus. I don't think Castro stays at SS or he would be my choice. (Jason Parks)
2010-11-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)DO you see Matt Garza and or Jason Bartlett on the Rays opening day roster?
(Brian from Florida)
Garza, yes. Bartlett, no. I think the latter gets dealt to make room for Reid Brignac, and that Shields will be the odd man out in the rotation. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Am I being punished or something? My condo floods and makes me miss a flight and next thing I know I go from the everyday 2b to chopped liver over the last 2 weeks.
(Sean-Rod from St Pete)
Between you, Reid Brignac, Jason Bartlett and Ben Zobrist, the Rays certainly have a lot of middle infield options to sort through, and a lot of ways Joe Maddon can try to match them up. So long as you're still on the roster, it's pretty likely your turn will come, though you may be the low man on the totem pole given how much organizational love there is for the other three. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)wher do you see sean rodriguez fitting in tampa?
(mjk415 from elmhurst,ill)
The Rays seem to be bursting at the seams with talent right now. Joe Maddon has some interesting options when it comes to where Ben Zobrist plays, and who that leaves in the mix. If Zobrist is a second baseman, Rodriguez and Reid Brignac probably compete for the final utility spot and the Matt Joyce/Gabe Kapler platoon goes off as planned. If Zobrist is a right fielder, Rodriguez has a shot at winning the second base job.

The fact that he can play the outfield as well as the other infield positions certainly works in his favor if he goes the utility route.

Oh, and an aside to a reader whom I'll leave unidentified: the surest way for me to ignore any question you ever ask in a chat until the end of time is to complain about the pace of things in my chat. I'm not Keith Law firing off two-syllable answers, though I'll gladly give you one: GET BENT. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-01-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Reid Brignac -- impact shortstop, ever?
(JB from NY)
Impact? I doubt it. Pretty darn good? I can see it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Rays do, Matt Joyce/Sean Rodriguez/Reid Brignac all have spent more than enough time in AAA and really have nothing to prove. Do the Rays assume that Jason Bartlett's 2009 is nothing more than a "fluke" and shouldn't be expect from here on out?
(jlarsen from chicago)
I assume you think that Zobrist will be a 2B, Jake? I'm loathe to offer the Rays any advice, but like the Angels a couple years back, they're going to need to turn minor league talent into major league talent via trade. There's a point where "best available" stops being so good on a talent level, especially with a real issue of payroll and bullpen. (Will Carroll)
2009-04-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the Rays presently working to restrict the innings pitched of Price, Davis, and Hellickson, and all expected to be major league ready by 2010, which of these can be expected to play for the Rays in 2010. Which will be moved? Any chance that any present starters from the Rays will be moved in order to make room for multiple pitchers? Do the Rays upgrade at SS? Catcher? Or by getting a closer. Seems that their team only lacks a stud closer as Navarro and Bartlett are perfect role players.
(aclaykearney from St. Pete, FL)
I was bowled over by the idea Joe Sheehan floated last week about trading Scott Kazmir, but it makes a good deal of sense, and I wouldn't be terribly surprised if the Rays front office is already one step ahead of that curve, and if it's that trio plus Shields and Garza as their front five in '10.

As to where else they upgrade, the middle infield seems like the place to start, especially if you're like me, unwilling to buy into Reid Brignac even as a bridge to Tim Beckham. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's your outlook for Desmond Jennings and Reid Brignac? And say hey to Margaret
(jnewfry from Chicago)
I'm willing to give Jennings a bit of a mulligan for 08 due to the injuries, and while the numbers don't overwhelm, some scouts who saw him in the Arizona Fall League said his tools stuck out like a sore thumb, so I'm still very high on him. Brignac is just weird at this point for me. The bat has not come with him at the upper levels, but at the same time, he's gone from a guy that some wondered would be able to stay at short, to a guy that gets really good defensive reviews. So now he's a plus defender with power but low on-base skills? Khalil Greene? (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you feel the Rays did the right thing by not doing a deal and sticking to their guns of not trading one of their top prospects?
(Tommy from OutPerSwing)
I'd have been inclined to move somebody, since not every solid prospect in their system is going to find a home in the Rays' big-league lineup or rotation, such is their embarrassment of riches. IANOPG (I Am Not Our Prospect Guy) but to me there was enough luster lost off of both Jeff Niemann and Reid Brignac to make that reported deal for a year and two months of Jason Bay to make sense. Now, I wouldn't have shelled out that for a Raul Ibañez, but I'd have like to see them take a stronger shot at upgrading.

This certainly leaves them open to second-guessing if they wind up missing the playoffs, but I've got a pretty strong hunch this won't be their only opportunity. The window is just opening on their future of being a force. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-02-25 12:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of years do you see Reid Brignac, Clayton Kershaw and Adam Jones having? Do you see any of them potentially becoming busts?
(Dusty from Not Chicago)
I just hope that Jones plays everyday for the Orioles, and if he does, I think what I envisioned and what PECOTA sees are right in line. Kershaw should start in Double-A and could be a really interesting bullpen option at the end of the year as they look to integrate him in with the big club. I would like Brignac best if he went back to Double-A, but I think he gets the whole year in the minors and hits well. He's probably the one with the most 'bust potential', if you will. (Bryan Smith)
2008-01-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Pecota have any insight into Reid Brignac? He seems to have stumped everyone else on what he is and what he'll be.
(userlock from NC)
Tampa was really happy with how his defense progressed last year -- he now looks like a real shortstop -- and the bat didn't show the improvement you'd like but a lot of that can be explained by his having to transition from the Cali League to the Southern. The PECOTA comp I'm find of for him at this point is Kelly Johnson. (Nate Silver)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-10 13:30:00Friday LCS"jason (tampa): brignac for street offseason deal...fair?"

I'm not the world's biggest Reid Brignac fan, but why do the Rays, who have Bradford signed at a bargain deal, need to trade a good prospect for a sidearming RH-getter?

This, by the way, is the interesting challenge for the Rays--where do you improve? How do you leverage your talent depth to continue making the 25-man roster better? (Joe Sheehan)
 

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