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Portrait of Yuniesky Betancourt

Yuniesky Betancourt 3BBrewers

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
351 .238 9 33 37 1 .228 -0.5
Birth Date1-31-1982
Height5' 10"
Weight205 lbs
Age32 years, 8 months, 23 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.52010
1.52011
-1.12012
-1.42013
-0.52014
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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 SEA 23 60 228 211 24 54 11 5 1 78 11 24 2 2 2 15 1 3 .256 .296 .370 .233 5.7 -2.8 0.3
2006 SEA 24 157 584 558 68 161 28 6 8 225 17 54 1 1 7 47 11 8 .289 .310 .403 .243 19.1 -9.4 0.9
2007 SEA 25 155 559 536 72 155 38 2 9 224 15 48 1 4 3 67 5 4 .289 .308 .418 .257 21.8 -7.5 1.4
2008 SEA 26 153 590 559 66 156 36 3 7 219 17 42 2 6 6 51 4 4 .279 .300 .392 .238 9.5 -19.8 -1.0
2009 KCA 27 71 263 246 25 59 10 5 4 91 11 26 0 3 3 27 0 2 .240 .269 .370 .216 -1.9 -4.2 -0.6
2009 SEA 27 63 245 224 15 56 10 1 2 74 10 18 0 3 8 22 3 1 .250 .278 .330 .221 -0.3 -6.5 -0.7
2010 KCA 28 151 588 556 60 144 29 2 16 225 23 64 1 4 4 78 2 3 .259 .288 .405 .236 8.2 6.0 1.5
2011 MIL 29 152 584 556 51 140 27 3 13 212 16 63 2 10 0 68 4 4 .252 .271 .381 .230 9.7 4.0 1.5
2012 KCA 30 57 228 215 21 49 14 1 7 86 9 25 0 3 1 36 0 1 .228 .256 .400 .230 -3.7 -6.7 -1.1
2013 MIL 31 137 409 391 35 83 15 1 13 139 14 71 1 3 0 46 0 0 .212 .240 .355 .209 -9.4 -3.2 -1.4
Career1156427840524371057218298015731434351039344573030.261.285.388.23458.6-49.90.8

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
2005 SEA MLB 60 228 .233 .261 .319 .409 .254 .282 98 -6.6 6.6 2.6 -2.8 1.4 5.7 0.3 5.7 0.3
2005 SAN AA 52 239 .255 .278 .345 .432 .264 .279 99 -0.9 4.9 2.2 2.3 0.3 7.2 1.0 7.2 1.0
2005 TAC AAA 49 194 .267 .285 .352 .453 .270 .308 87 1.5 5.8 2.6 10.2 0.4 10.1 1.9 10.1 1.9
2006 SEA MLB 157 584 .243 .271 .332 .427 .256 .308 101 -11.1 17.6 8.1 -9.4 2.6 19.1 0.9 19.1 0.9
2007 SEA MLB 155 559 .257 .267 .332 .418 .262 .302 96 -2 16.6 7.6 -7.5 1.2 21.8 1.4 21.8 1.4
2008 SEA MLB 153 590 .238 .264 .331 .412 .259 .289 98 -14.1 17.0 7.8 -19.8 -3.6 9.5 -1.0 9.5 -1.0
2009 KCA MLB 71 263 .216 .266 .329 .424 .259 .251 105 -12.3 7.6 3.5 -4.2 0.5 -1.9 -0.6 -1.9 -0.6
2009 SEA MLB 63 245 .221 .270 .331 .431 .262 .261 98 -10.2 7.0 3.2 -6.5 -1.4 -0.3 -0.7 -0.3 -0.7
2009 NWA AA 3 13 .177 .274 .342 .416 .255 .091 120 -1.1 0.4 0.2 -0.2 0.2 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2009 TAC AAA 1 2 .478 .337 .352 .625 .357 .500 96 0.5 0.1 0 0.1 -0.2 -0.0 0.0 -0.0 0.0
2010 KCA MLB 151 588 .236 .261 .323 .409 .256 .267 111 -14.2 16.2 7.5 6.0 2.3 8.2 1.5 8.2 1.5
2011 MIL MLB 152 584 .230 .260 .322 .408 .265 .259 103 -17 15.7 7.2 4.0 1.2 9.7 1.5 9.7 1.5
2012 KCA MLB 57 228 .230 .261 .322 .415 .263 .226 101 -6.8 6.2 -0.2 -6.7 -1.6 -3.7 -1.1 -3.7 -1.1
2012 NWA AA 4 15 .302 .252 .320 .388 .261 .364 106 0.7 0.4 -0.2 0.3 -0.4 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.1
2012 OMA AAA 2 8 .494 .262 .343 .390 .272 .571 103 2.1 0.2 0 0.0 0.0 2.4 0.2 2.4 0.2
2012 MXC Wnt 26 116 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 MIL MLB 137 409 .209 .253 .317 .398 .260 .226 105 -20 10.8 -2.3 -3.2 -0.0 -9.4 -1.4 -9.4 -1.4

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
2005 SEA MLB 228 24 54 11 5 1 15 11 24 1 3 .256 .296 .370 .114 .233 5.7 -2.8 0.3
2005 SAN AA 239 25 62 10 3 5 20 9 18 12 7 .273 .304 .410 .137 .255 7.2 2.3 1.0
2005 TAC AAA 194 13 54 9 6 2 30 6 14 7 5 .295 .321 .443 .148 .267 10.1 10.2 1.9
2006 SEA MLB 584 68 161 28 6 8 47 17 54 11 8 .289 .310 .403 .115 .243 19.1 -9.4 0.9
2007 SEA MLB 559 72 155 38 2 9 67 15 48 5 4 .289 .308 .418 .129 .257 21.8 -7.5 1.4
2008 SEA MLB 590 66 156 36 3 7 51 17 42 4 4 .279 .300 .392 .113 .238 9.5 -19.8 -1.0
2009 TAC AAA 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 .500 .478 -0.0 0.1 0.0
2009 NWA AA 13 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .154 .154 .385 .231 .177 -0.2 -0.2 -0.0
2009 KCA MLB 263 25 59 10 5 4 27 11 26 0 2 .240 .269 .370 .130 .216 -1.9 -4.2 -0.6
2009 SEA MLB 245 15 56 10 1 2 22 10 18 3 1 .250 .278 .330 .080 .221 -0.3 -6.5 -0.7
2010 KCA MLB 588 60 144 29 2 16 78 23 64 2 3 .259 .288 .405 .146 .236 8.2 6.0 1.5
2011 MIL MLB 584 51 140 27 3 13 68 16 63 4 4 .252 .271 .381 .129 .230 9.7 4.0 1.5
2012 KCA MLB 228 21 49 14 1 7 36 9 25 0 1 .228 .256 .400 .172 .230 -3.7 -6.7 -1.1
2012 MXC Wnt 116 19 32 8 0 7 22 8 12 1 0 .308 .354 .587 .279 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 OMA AAA 8 1 5 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 .625 .625 1.000 .375 .494 2.4 0.0 0.2
2012 NWA AA 15 1 5 1 0 1 4 0 3 0 0 .333 .333 .600 .267 .302 0.3 0.3 0.1
2013 MIL MLB 409 35 83 15 1 13 46 14 71 0 0 .212 .240 .355 .143 .209 -9.4 -3.2 -1.4

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 1829 0.5112 0.5222 0.8973 0.6588 0.3781 0.9529 0.7959 0.1017
2009 1660 0.5500 0.4903 0.8967 0.6243 0.3253 0.9404 0.7942 0.1009
2010 1826 0.5126 0.5299 0.8788 0.6934 0.3551 0.9492 0.7342 0.1212
2011 1832 0.4973 0.5680 0.8596 0.7464 0.3909 0.9382 0.7111 0.1404
2012 808 0.5408 0.5012 0.8515 0.6545 0.3181 0.9021 0.7288 0.1485
2013 1375 0.4975 0.5481 0.8152 0.7310 0.3647 0.8840 0.6786 0.1848
Career93300.51620.5290.87010.68690.35950.93250.74380.1293

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-05-02 2012-06-01 15-DL 30 27 Right Ankle Sprain High Ankle - -
2012-04-01 2012-04-04 Camp 3 0 Right Ankle Soreness - -
2011-09-03 2011-09-04 DTD 1 1 Left Elbow Contusion HBP - -
2011-03-25 2011-03-26 Camp 1 0 General Medical Illness Chest Cold -
2011-03-14 2011-03-16 Camp 2 0 Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2010-05-26 2010-05-28 DTD 2 2 Head Concussion Platey Collision At Home Plate -
2009-10-03 2009-10-05 DTD 2 2 Thigh Contusion -
2009-10-02 2009-10-02 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Contusion -
2009-06-25 2009-07-17 15-DL 22 18 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-02-18 2009-03-04 Camp 14 0 Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-09-26 2007-09-30 DTD 4 5 Right Shoulder Strain -
2007-09-24 2007-09-25 DTD 1 0 Right Shoulder Strain -
2007-07-08 2007-07-08 DTD 0 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2006-09-22 2006-09-24 DTD 2 2 Right Knee Contusion HBP -
2005-08-24 2005-08-25 DTD 1 1 Face Contusion Foul Ball -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 MIL $900,000
2012 KCA $2,000,000
2011 MIL $2,375,000
2011 KCA $2,000,000
2010 KCA $3,375,000
2009 SEA $2,375,000
2008 SEA $1,250,000
2007 SEA $400,000
2006 SEA $677,500
2005 SEA $316,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$15,668,500
9 yrTotal$15,668,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 28 dAlex Esteban1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Orix Buffaloes of Japan 1/28/14.
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2013). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 1/28/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Philadelphia 3/24/13. Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 3/26/13, 1 year/$0.9M (2013). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 50, 60, 70, 80 games. $50,000 each for 90, 100, 110, 120 games. $0.1M each for 130, 140 games.
  • 1 year/$2M (2012). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/20/11. May earn additional $0.5M in performance bonuses based on playing time. DFA by Kansas City 8/6/12. Released by Kansas City 8/14/12.
  • 4 years/$13.75M (2008-11), plus 2012 club option. Signed extension with Seattle 4/07. $1.5M signing bonus. 08:$1.25M, 09:$2M, 10:$3M, 11:$4M, 12:$6M club option, $2M buyout. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Seattle 7/10/09 (Seattle to pay $3M of $10M remaining - all of 2009 salary, $1M each in 2010, 2011). Acquired by Milwaukee in trade from Kansas City 12/19/10 (Royals pay Brewers $2M in the deal). Milwaukee declined 2012 option 10/30/11.
  • 4 years/$2.826M (2005-08). Signed by Seattle as a free agent from Cuba (via Mexico) 1/05. $1.31M signing bonus. 05:$0.316M, 06:$0.35M, 07:$0.4M, 08:$0.45M. May earn additional $0.7M for 1,000 PAs in 2005-07. 2008 season voids if Betancourt qualifies for arbitration after 2007.

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 500 53 128 24 3 14 58 22 61 2 2 .271 .303 .424 .258 11.3 3B -1, SS 0 0.7
80o 483 49 118 22 3 13 54 20 60 2 2 .259 .290 .405 .247 5.8 3B -1, SS 0 0.1
70o 471 46 111 21 2 12 51 19 59 2 2 .250 .281 .391 .239 2.1 3B -1, SS 0 -0.3
60o 460 44 106 20 2 12 49 18 59 2 2 .243 .273 .379 .232 -1.0 3B -1, SS 0 -0.6
50o 450 42 100 19 2 11 47 17 58 2 2 .236 .265 .369 .226 -3.7 3B -1, SS 0 -0.9
40o 440 40 96 18 2 11 45 16 57 2 1 .229 .258 .358 .219 -6.3 3B -1, SS 0 -1.2
30o 429 38 90 17 2 10 43 15 56 2 1 .222 .250 .346 .212 -9.0 3B -1, SS 0 -1.5
20o 417 36 84 16 2 9 40 14 55 1 1 .213 .240 .332 .204 -11.9 3B -1, SS 0 -1.8
10o 400 32 76 14 2 8 37 13 54 1 1 .201 .227 .314 .193 -15.6 3B -1, SS 0 -2.2
Weighted Mean453431011921147175822.238.267.371.227-3.03B -1, SS 0-0.8

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 33% 11% 14% 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
201533250265710172710331.237.270.370.233-0.4-0.7-0.10.311.3-12.2-2.7
201634250255410162511360.225.261.347.225-0.8-4.2-0.10.210.8-15.2-2.7
201735250245010162411350.210.247.332.217-1.0-6.40.00.19.0-15.6-2.7
20183625024509152312350.210.248.316.209-0.9-5.60.10.15.6-11.3-2.7
20193725024519152411350.217.254.327.215-0.7-3.60.1-0.04.6-8.2-2.7
20203825024519152310360.213.248.320.210-0.8-5.00.1-0.15.1-10.1-2.7
20213925023519152211380.211.246.313.206-1.1-7.50.1-0.26.5-13.9-2.7
2022402502248914219380.203.234.298.197-2.4-19.90.1-0.212.9-32.7-2.7
20234125022499142110390.203.236.296.196-1.0-6.50.1-0.34.1-10.4-2.7

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
19.46.67.31.9out of baseball035.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 86 Ray Knight 1985 .215
2 85 B.J. Surhoff 1997 .284
3 85 Frank Malzone 1962 .258
4 85 Terry Pendleton 1993 .258
5 83 Carney Lansford 1989 .304
6 82 Joe Randa 2002 .261
7 82 Denny Walling 1986 .303
8 81 Chris Woodward 2008 .000 DNP
9 81 Dick Williams 1961 .230
10 81 Ron Coomer 1999 .239
11 80 Clete Boyer 1969 .252
12 80 Randy Jackson 1958 .202
13 80 David Bell 2005 .230
14 80 Chris Sabo 1994 .268
15 80 George Kell 1955 .295
16 80 Danny Cater 1972 .250
17 80 Brook Jacoby 1992 .233
18 79 Bill Buckner 1982 .282
19 79 Scott Spiezio 2005 .097
20 79 Chris Stynes 2005 .000 DNP
21 79 Carl Furillo 1954 .276
22 79 Ed Charles 1965 .276
23 79 Keith Lockhart 1997 .296
24 79 Ronnie Belliard 2007 .262
25 79 Sean Berry 1998 .305
26 79 Mel Hall 1993 .000 DNP
27 79 Mark Carreon 1996 .267
28 79 Vic Power 1960 .261
29 79 Vinny Castilla 2000 .197
30 79 Ken Caminiti 1995 .303
31 79 Kelly Gruber 1994 .000 DNP
32 79 Lee Maye 1967 .284
33 79 Jack Wilson 2010 .241
34 79 Buddy Bell 1984 .299
35 78 Bubba Phillips 1960 .205
36 78 Todd Zeile 1998 .276
37 78 Jim Eisenreich 1991 .267
38 78 Red Schoendienst 1955 .250
39 78 Adam Everett 2009 .212
40 78 Bob Aspromonte 1970 .197
41 78 Abraham Nunez 2008 -.035
42 78 Bill Pecota 1992 .228
43 78 Alvin Dark 1954 .260
44 78 Pedro Feliz 2007 .239
45 78 Vance Law 1989 .237
46 78 Tim Wallach 1990 .299
47 78 Billy Johnson 1951 .270
48 78 Jim Morrison 1985 .222
49 78 Brian Harper 1992 .278
50 78 Manny Sanguillen 1976 .262
51 77 Ray Jablonski 1959 .264
52 77 Jay Payton 2005 .260
53 77 Freddy Sanchez 2010 .279
54 77 Herbert Perry 2002 .262
55 77 Scott Brosius 1999 .243
56 77 Jeff Cirillo 2002 .239
57 77 Charlie Hayes 1997 .247
58 77 Johnny Logan 1958 .233
59 77 Steve Finley 1997 .267
60 77 Bill Mazeroski 1969 .241
61 77 Ken McMullen 1974 .282
62 77 Sandy Alomar Jr. 1998 .203
63 77 Harry Bright 1962 .268
64 77 Don Mattingly 1993 .280
65 77 Shea Hillenbrand 2008 .000 DNP
66 76 Joe Orsulak 1994 .228
67 76 Marquis Grissom 1999 .246
68 76 Gus Bell 1961 .235
69 76 Todd Walker 2005 .278
70 76 Travis Fryman 2001 .226
71 76 Willie Davis 1972 .302
72 76 Hal Morris 1997 .235
73 76 Willie Bloomquist 2010 .230
74 76 Ted Uhlaender 1972 .177
75 76 Craig Shipley 1995 .217
76 76 Ken Landreaux 1987 .225
77 76 Jeff Treadway 1995 .202
78 76 Nanny Fernandez 1951 .000 DNP
79 76 Aaron Miles 2009 .162
80 76 Joe Crede 2010 .000 DNP
81 76 Ray Boone 1956 .323
82 76 Lamar Johnson 1983 .000 DNP
83 76 Gene Freese 1966 .204
84 76 Rich Rollins 1970 .248
85 76 Kevin Seitzer 1994 .280
86 76 Tommy Davis 1971 .300
87 76 Ed Kranepool 1977 .280
88 76 Lou Piniella 1976 .279
89 76 Jeff King 1997 .278
90 75 Johnny Ray 1989 .259
91 75 Dane Iorg 1982 .258
92 75 Cristian Guzman 2010 .233
93 75 Glenn Adams 1980 .261
94 75 Denis Menke 1973 .270
95 75 Clint Barmes 2011 .250
96 75 Jim Spencer 1979 .327
97 75 Bengie Molina 2007 .248
98 75 Rich Aurilia 2004 .236
99 75 Troy O'Leary 2002 .254
100 75 Cesar Tovar 1973 .271

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .223 .258 .336 .208
11 vs R (Multi) .233 .255 .388 .225
18 Split (Multi) .009 -.003 .053 .017
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .198 .241 .294 .192
31 vs R (2013) .219 .239 .385 .214
38 Split (2013) .020 -.001 .091 .021
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

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 Possibly baseball's worst regular in 2008-09, Betancourt posted a WARP total of -1.1 for those two seasons as he failed to refine the undisciplined swing of his youth and simultaneously posted dreadful fielding stats. Since then, he has remained an awful and undisciplined offensive player, though the home runs mask it a little. What has changed is that he's posting fielding stats that suggest he helped his teams in 2010-11. The error bars in fielding metrics are still extremely large, but what is known is that shortstops see more hard-hit balls when mediocre (or worse) left-handed pitchers are on the mound, and Betancourt played behind fewer lefties—and higher-quality lefties—the past two years (27.6 percent lefties in 2008-09 for a combined 4.56 ERA vs. 21.1 percent in 2010-11 for a combined 4.18 ERA). That doesn't explain the entire improvement, but the good thing about looking through a statistical "lens" is that the sample size is now very large, and the image that comes into focus is that of an average defensive shortstop.
2011 Betancourt's "improved" 2010 offense still left him with an on-base percentage well under .300, and that career-high in homers has more to do with the right-hander getting out of Safeco for a full season than any real improvement. Betancourt's defense may have undergone a revival, but we'd need more evidence to state that conclusively—for now, all we know is that he made more plays. He is never going to hit well enough to help a lineup, except in relative terms: last year he outhit Alcides Escobar, the shortstop he will replace in Milwaukee, and he out-fielded him as well. The problem is that Betancourt is the mediocre thing that he is whereas Escobar could conceivably get better. Alas, that's the price one pays for a Greinke-level pitcher.
2010 By July, the Royals found themselves comfortably in 30th place in terms of offensive production from their shortstops. Their solution? Poach the starting shortstop from the team that was 29th, trading top prospect Dan Cortes to do so. It wouldn’t be so bad if Betancourt provided a defensive spark, but the numbers reliably say he's a below-average shortstop—even though Moore and his crew insist that he's one of the best. The Royals got aggregate production of .222/.251/.319 from their shortstops in 2009. It should be better than that this year, but not so much that you'll notice.
2009 After three seasons in the major leagues, Betancourt has established the type of player he's going to be. He'll swing at everything, hit most of what he swings at, draw a walk only when John Cleese sits behind the plate and says, "And now for something completely different," and hit enough doubles to keep pitchers honest. He can't hang his hat on his work in the field, either: the League of Extraordinary Defensive Metrics reveals him to be well below-average at shortstop, despite all appearances to the contrary. To use one of the most abused phrases of the 2000s, Betancourt "is what he is," and what he is is a marginal player.
2008 Betancourt is poetry in motion. He may not be the fastest shortstop, but he has a gun for an arm and the type of balance and body control that convince you he must be a hell of a dancer-his feet always seem to be directly underneath his center of gravity. However, defensive metrics don't dig his kind of poetry, looking at his performance and reacting with a collective "meh." In an analog world, we'd be tapping the control panel to make sure none of the dials are stuck. As a hitter, he's platoon material. He sees southpaws well but wilts against righties ( career .284/.323/.452 against LHPs, .283/.302/.390 against RHPs), and has almost completely eliminated walks from his offensive repertoire. When you take only 12 unintentional passes in a full season, you'd better be doing a heck of a lot of hitting, running, and fielding to make up for it. Betancourt isn't quite at that point.
2007 Despite Betancourt`s agility, good footwork, and preternatural ability to make strong, accurate throws on the move, our Davenport Translations show his defensive performance to be seriously sub-par for the second straight season. The statistical evaluation of defense is far from perfect, and its best to get a consensus of different measures. Most other methods--including play-by-play measures based on Zone Rating--seem to be less than excited by Betancourt`s range. Of course, a bad defensive season--or even the 210-game sample we have for Betancourt at the major league level--is not the last word on a player`s defensive ability, just as a single bad season with the bat isn`t the last word on a player`s ability to hit. To go with one high-shelf example, in Dave Concepcion`s first two seasons--a 205-game sample--he was a combined 13 runs below average at shortstop, but he would soon break out as an elite defender, averaging over 20 Fielding Runs Above Average per season from 1974 to 1977. Still, if Betancourt`s numbers don`t come around, he could take Derek Jeter`s place as the shortstop fueling the fielding statistics debate.
2006 Check out the Fielding Runs Above Average--that`s Ozzie Smith territory if Betancourt?can keep it up for a full season. The question is, can he hit? David Eckstein makes for an interesting comparison. Considered a good on-base threat out of the leadoff spot, Eckstein has forged a successful career more out of good hand-eye coordination than high walk rates, with a career .282 batting average and no seasons above 45 walks until last year. The Mariners see many of the same skills in Betancourt, though his pitch recognition needs improvement before he can truly be compared to the Cards` little wonder. He`ll get plenty of opportunities, with top prospects like Adam Jones being moved elsewhere to give Betancourt a clean shot.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)Is there anything Yuniesky Betancourt could beat Barry Bonds at?
(Tanner from Nebraska)
Hot dog eating contest?
Mario Kart Double Dash, but not the original Mario Kart (Yuni thrives on his ability to swap powers)
Bunting
Parcheesi (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would you rather have Michael Gonzalez or Yuniesky Betancourt play at 1B?
(Ron from Milwaukee)
Give me Yuni B. Look at it: http://onmilwaukee.com/images/articles/br/brewersyunibhitting/brewersyunibhitting_fullsize_story2.jpg?20130510101356

He was also hitting .141/.139/.155 in 18 games for Orix in Japan this year. I'm pretty sure he got sent down to the minors in Japan, too, which is hilarious. (J.P. Breen)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)To follow up on your Moustakas comment, I guess I'd be satisfied with his production as long as his numbers don't regress and he matches last year's numbers (.242, 20 homers, 72 RBI). But from what I've seen so far, he has no chance to reach those mediocre numbers without something changing soon.
(Bob from Kansas City)
Then I'd probably hold onto him for just a little longer unless there's a no-brainer available. Remember: We're still at the point in the season where Yuniesky Betancourt, bless his heart, is among the leaders in runs batted in. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Grade your snark
(beckerharry from Guatemala)
Sort of lacking. And Yuniesky Betancourt is playing first base for a major league team, so no writers should have any excuse for lack of snark. It's like a golden era for snark. (Zachary Levine)
2012-04-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Rumor has it Jordany Valdespin is being called up. Do you see him carving out a role in that offense or is it just a short-term move? Thanks..
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
Considering who the Royals have at shortstop, he probably isn't any kind of drop off. But Yuniesky Betancourt is the very definition of a low bar to jump over. (Matthew Kory)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can the Brewers approach last year's 96 wins with three upgrades defensively on the infield and a stable bullpen? Health of the starting rotation has to be the biggest factor, doesn't it? They were incredibly healthy last season.
(Matt from Eau Claire, WI)
Absolutely. They were middle of the pack defensively last year, though much improved over the year before - Ron Roenicke's willingness to shift (the Brewers did so more often than any other team) appears to have been a factor, and losing Yuniesky Betancourt shouldn't hurt.

The Brewers have one of the league's strongest rotations 1-5, but they don't have much organizational depth beyond that, so yes, it's important they stay healthy. If they do, I suspect they can contend again in the NL Central. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ned Yost said that he's more impressed with Alcides Escobar post trade than he was pre trade. What's his ceiling?
(Larry from Missouri)
Well, I would hope that's what he said, as opposed to the alternative of "I sure liked this guy a lot more before we went out and got him". He's not Yuniesky Betancourt, anyway, and that's a plus. Obviously, Escobar had a tough 2010, but I think there's more there. He increased his walk rate and lowered his K rate from his short 2009 debut, and i can't imagine that his BABIP stays at .246 forever. I think he's a good bet to bounce back this year, at least to the level of a solid starter, and his good defense and potential for steals factors into that. (Mike Petriello)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Yuniesky Betancourt, great shortstop or greatest shortstop in the game? Can't believe we got him from the Royals! They even gave us whats his name too!
(BrewCrew4Life from CB4)
I disagree about Betancourt. The other player in that trade was Zack Greinke. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2010-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Royals Fever! Catch it! I loved your old work on them. So I keep hearing how their ownership is smarter. So exactly how smart is a team that thinks Jason Kendall and Yuniesky Betancourt help form a strong middle core? And Gil Meche was worth signing to a huge long-term deal......
(dangor from New York)
Royals fan in NYC. They're everywhere. Obviously, they're misguided in their thinking on those players, though not so much Meche. The brass there just values the wrong things, in my opinion. Latest example is Luis Mendoza, who was picked up two days before the end of spring training and four days later was brought in to protect a one-run lead in the eighth. Yeah, he's got a 94 mph sinker. He also doesn't have a track record of, you know, retiring batters.

You'll never catch me calling the Royals dumb because I know Dayton Moore and like the man and he's always been very good to me. I also know that he's not dumb. I just don't agree with the way he evaluates big-league talent. I have hope that he'll redeem himself when some of his pitching prospects hit Kansas City. (Bradford Doolittle)
2009-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)A: Yuniesky Betancourt Q: What was the tipping point for countless Royals fans who are suddenly in the market for a real team to root for? I don't really have a question here. Feel free to comment as appropriate.
(Royals Fan from Kansas City)
Clearly, Dayton Moore has been a failure as a GM to this point. He simply doesn't get OBP, no matter how much he says he does. I don't think David Glass has it in him to be the owner of a successful major-league team.

This is pretty funny:

http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/team/front_office.jsp?c_id=kc (Joe Sheehan)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableHeyward's home run might have been the most important bomb of the day, but I'm torn between Yuniesky Betancourt's and Carlos Gomez's for the most surprising. (Dan Wade)
 

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