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Portrait of Kyle Waldrop

Kyle Waldrop PPirates

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
37.0 4.13 1.31 19 1 1 0 0.0
Birth Date10-27-1985
Height6' 5"
Weight220 lbs
Age28 years, 11 months, 28 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
0.02011
-0.02012
2013
0.02014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2011 MIN 25 7 0 11.0 0.0 11.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 50 10 7 7 1 14 6 4 0 5 5.73 4.97 5.01 0.4 0.0
2012 MIN 26 17 0 21.3 0.0 21.3 0 1 0 1 0 0 94 27 6 6 2 35 6 5 3 7 2.53 4.87 5.48 -0.2 -0.0
Career24032.30.032.31101001443713133491293123.624.915.320.20.0

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 GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2004 ELZ Rk 4 4 25.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .290 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BLT A 27 27 151.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -1.058 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 BLT A 18 18 110.1 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .284 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 FTM A+ 8 7 45.0 5.60 44 .284 .245 .320 .362 .247 .320 70 -2.6 -0.3 -2.6 -0.3
2007 FTM A+ 16 16 92.7 5.06 86 .245 .264 .337 .388 .257 .300 93 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2007 NBR AA 11 11 59.0 5.68 89 .295 .266 .337 .409 .262 .327 111 2.9 0.3 2.9 0.3
2009 FTM A+ 20 0 35.0 4.32 90 .261 .258 .334 .377 .259 .358 97 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2009 NBR AA 31 0 55.7 4.89 78 .250 .261 .331 .383 .266 .283 92 -2.2 -0.2 -2.2 -0.2
2010 ROC AAA 59 0 87.7 4.71 95 .235 .264 .335 .417 .257 .303 100 3.6 0.3 3.6 0.3
2010 PES Wnt 10 0 12.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 MIN MLB 7 0 11.0 5.01 95 .250 .269 .333 .420 .268 .237 107 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2011 ROC AAA 56 0 79.0 5.73 70 .242 .257 .320 .396 .252 .302 99 -6.5 -0.6 -6.5 -0.6
2012 MIN MLB 17 0 21.3 5.48 86 .263 .263 .323 .422 .263 .329 108 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2012 FTM A+ 4 0 4.0 1.84 161 .146 .255 .312 .350 .238 .222 104 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2012 ROC AAA 24 0 35.0 6.44 46 .247 .258 .325 .385 .250 .288 95 -6.9 -0.7 -6.9 -0.7
2013 IND AAA 5 2 19.0 3.49 120 .156 .241 .311 .351 .242 .250 97 2.5 0.3 1.3 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2004 ELZ Rk 2 0 0 4 4 25.0 21 3 25 1 0% .290 7.6 1.1 0.4 9.0 0.96 3.24 0.0 0.0
2005 BLT A 6 11 0 27 27 151.7 182 23 108 17 0% -1.058 10.8 1.4 1.0 6.4 1.35 4.98 0.0 0.0
2006 BLT A 6 3 0 18 18 110.1 110 17 62 8 0% .284 9.0 1.4 0.7 5.1 1.15 3.84 0.0 0.0
2006 FTM A+ 3 2 0 8 7 45.0 48 17 25 4 48% .320 9.6 3.4 0.8 5.0 1.44 3.60 -2.6 -0.3
2007 FTM A+ 7 5 0 16 16 92.7 90 24 57 3 56% .300 8.7 2.3 0.3 5.5 1.23 3.40 -0.8 -0.1
2007 NBR AA 3 6 0 11 11 59.0 74 19 33 7 53% .327 11.3 2.9 1.1 5.0 1.58 5.34 2.9 0.3
2009 FTM A+ 3 2 3 20 0 35.0 43 7 20 0 64% .358 11.1 1.8 0.0 5.1 1.43 3.09 0.4 0.0
2009 NBR AA 2 3 0 31 0 55.7 51 18 30 2 60% .283 8.2 2.9 0.3 4.8 1.24 1.45 -2.2 -0.2
2010 ROC AAA 5 3 2 59 0 87.7 89 20 60 5 63% .303 9.1 2.1 0.5 6.2 1.24 2.57 3.6 0.3
2010 PES Wnt 1 0 0 10 0 12.3 24 6 5 4 0% .400 17.6 4.4 2.9 3.7 2.44 16.10 0.0 0.0
2011 ROC AAA 5 5 3 56 0 79.0 84 18 44 7 66% .302 9.6 2.1 0.8 5.0 1.29 3.87 -6.5 -0.6
2011 MIN MLB 1 0 0 7 0 11.0 10 6 5 1 77% .237 8.2 4.9 0.8 4.1 1.45 5.73 0.4 0.0
2012 MIN MLB 0 1 0 17 0 21.3 27 6 7 2 73% .329 11.4 2.5 0.8 3.0 1.55 2.53 -0.2 -0.0
2012 ROC AAA 0 0 4 24 0 35.0 35 13 16 1 75% .288 9.0 3.3 0.3 4.1 1.37 3.34 -6.9 -0.7
2012 FTM A+ 0 0 0 4 0 4.0 2 1 5 0 33% .222 4.5 2.2 0.0 11.2 0.75 0.00 1.4 0.1
2013 IND AAA 1 0 0 5 2 19.0 13 3 15 0 65% .250 6.2 1.4 0.0 7.1 0.84 2.37 1.3 0.2

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
2011 169 0.4142 0.4911 0.8072 0.5857 0.4242 0.9756 0.6429 0.1807
2012 342 0.4708 0.4474 0.8497 0.6025 0.3094 0.9278 0.7143 0.1503
Career5110.45210.46190.83560.59690.34740.94360.69070.1604

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-03-26 2012-06-01 15-DL 67 50 Right Elbow Recovery From Strain - -
2012-03-24 2012-03-26 Camp 2 0 Right Elbow Strain - -
2008-04-03 2008-09-10 Minors 160 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2008-04-01

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 MIN $480,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$480,000
1 yrTotal$480,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 138 dMichael Moye1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 1/29/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.48M (2012). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/3/12. Sent outright to Triple-A by Minnesota 10/24/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Minnesota 9/5/11.
  • Drafted by Minnesota 2004 (1-25) (Farragut HS, Knoxville, Tenn.). $1M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 2 0.9 0.8 38 0 54.4 46 12 29 4 .262 1.07 3.12 3.39 6.5 0.7
80o 1.8 0.7 0.7 34 0 48.2 44 12 25 4 .276 1.15 3.46 3.76 3.5 0.4
70o 1.6 0.6 0.6 30 0 43.8 42 11 23 4 .286 1.21 3.71 4.03 1.7 0.2
60o 1.4 0.6 0.5 28 0 40.2 40 11 21 3 .295 1.26 3.93 4.27 0.4 0.0
50o 1.3 0.5 0.5 26 0 36.9 38 10 19 3 .304 1.31 4.13 4.49 -0.6 -0.1
40o 1.2 0.4 0.4 23 0 33.7 36 10 18 3 .312 1.36 4.34 4.72 -1.5 -0.2
30o 1 0.4 0.4 21 0 30.3 34 9 16 3 .321 1.42 4.56 4.96 -2.2 -0.2
20o 0.9 0.3 0.3 18 0 26.4 31 8 14 3 .332 1.49 4.83 5.25 -2.8 -0.3
10o 0.7 0.2 0.2 15 0 21.3 27 7 11 2 .346 1.59 5.21 5.66 -3.3 -0.3
Weighted Mean1.30.50.525036.23710193.3021.304.114.46-0.5-0.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
10% 16% 10% 16% 26%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20152921139056561629458.3011.293.914.259.12.64.70.60.5
20163021145064641634558.2981.243.834.179.02.24.80.70.6
20173121137053531429558.2991.263.944.299.02.44.90.80.4
20183221138054551429558.3011.293.964.309.22.34.90.80.4
20193321134049511326558.3031.304.074.439.32.44.70.90.3
20203421133047491124558.3011.274.044.399.32.14.61.00.3
20213521131044451023458.3001.254.014.359.22.04.70.80.3
20223611129041431022458.3011.284.014.369.42.24.80.90.3
2023371112703941920458.3021.274.044.399.42.14.60.90.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
2.20.51.50.80.70.75.8

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Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 77 Pat Egan 2013 0.00 DNP
2 76 Mike McClendon 2013 0.00 DNP
3 75 Ross Wolf 2011 0.00 DNP
4 75 Jeff Gray 2010 8.68
5 74 Kevin Cameron 2008 8.10
6 74 Tim Dillard 2012 5.11
7 73 Roy Corcoran 2008 3.84
8 73 Erick Threets 2010 1.46
9 73 Dan Otero 2013 1.62
10 72 Lincoln Holdzkom 2010 0.00 DNP
11 71 Mariano Gomez 2011 0.00 DNP
12 71 Luis Mendoza 2012 4.55
13 71 Justin Berg 2012 0.00 DNP
14 71 Colt Hynes 2013 9.53
15 70 Chris Hayes 2011 0.00 DNP
16 70 Steve Edlefsen 2013 0.00 DNP
17 69 Steve Schmoll 2008 0.00 DNP
18 69 Gary Majewski 2008 6.97
19 69 Rich Rundles 2009 0.00
20 69 Garrett Parcell 2013 0.00 DNP
21 69 Willie Collazo 2008 0.00 DNP
22 69 Tom Layne 2013 4.15
23 68 Ramon Troncoso 2011 7.15
24 68 Mike Schultz 2008 0.00 DNP
25 68 Tim Wood 2011 5.62
26 68 Ryan Mattheus 2012 2.98
27 68 Logan Ondrusek 2013 4.25
28 68 Carlos Hines 2009 0.00 DNP
29 67 Ryan Tatusko 2013 0.00 DNP
30 67 Cla Meredith 2011 0.00 DNP
31 66 Scott Munter 2008 0.00 DNP
32 66 Geno Espineli 2011 0.00 DNP
33 66 Randy Newsom 2010 0.00 DNP
34 66 Barret Browning 2013 0.00 DNP
35 66 Ryan Speier 2008 3.88
36 66 Chad Qualls 2007 3.16
37 65 Reid Mahon 2011 0.00 DNP
38 65 Evan Meek 2011 4.79
39 65 Frankie De La Cruz 2012 0.00 DNP
40 65 Jon Link 2012 0.00 DNP
41 65 Jonathan Albaladejo 2011 0.00 DNP
42 65 Freddy Dolsi 2011 0.00 DNP
43 65 A.J. Murray 2010 0.00 DNP
44 65 Brian Duensing 2011 5.62
45 65 Jason Cromer 2009 0.00 DNP
46 65 Brian Wolfe 2009 8.80
47 65 Burke Badenhop 2011 4.10
48 64 Jonny Venters 2013 0.00 DNP
49 64 Mark Melancon 2013 1.90
50 64 Clem Labine 1955 3.80
51 64 Bob Stanley 1983 3.59
52 64 Bob McCrory 2010 0.00 DNP
53 64 Bobby Parnell 2013 3.06
54 64 Josh Wilkie 2013 0.00 DNP
55 64 Brandon League 2011 3.67
56 64 Roger McDowell 1989 3.52
57 64 Adam Russell 2011 3.58
58 64 Ron Perranoski 1964 4.45
59 63 Ruddy Lugo 2008 0.00 DNP
60 63 Lucas Harrell 2013 6.50
61 63 Chris Resop 2011 4.39
62 63 Preston Larrison 2009 0.00 DNP
63 63 Mike Koplove 2005 5.80
64 63 Roberto Hernandez 2009 6.89
65 63 Matt Wilhite 2010 0.00 DNP
66 62 Jean Machi 2010 0.00 DNP
67 62 Frank Herrmann 2012 2.33
68 62 Luis Perdomo 2012 4.24
69 62 Doug Mathis 2011 0.00 DNP
70 62 Ryan Sadowski 2011 0.00 DNP
71 62 Royce Ring 2009 0.00 DNP
72 62 Levale Speigner 2009 0.00 DNP
73 62 Zach Kroenke 2012 0.00 DNP
74 62 Dusty Hughes 2010 4.47
75 62 Jesse Crain 2010 3.57
76 62 Chris Leroux 2012 7.15
77 62 Casey Janssen 2010 3.80
78 62 Dwayne Pollok 2009 0.00 DNP
79 62 Pedro Strop 2013 4.71
80 62 Brandon Medders 2008 5.03
81 62 Craig Breslow 2009 4.00
82 62 Kelvin Jimenez 2009 0.00 DNP
83 62 John Franco 1989 3.90
84 62 Jailen Peguero 2009 0.00 DNP
85 61 Abe Woody 2011 0.00 DNP
86 61 Matt Albers 2011 4.87
87 61 Rafael Martin 2012 0.00 DNP
88 61 Ryan Reid 2013 1.64
89 61 Jack Cassel 2009 0.00 DNP
90 61 Aaron Laffey 2013 7.11
91 61 Zech Zinicola 2013 0.00 DNP
92 61 Brandon Kintzler 2013 3.04
93 61 Clay Rapada 2009 5.40
94 61 Loek Van Mil 2013 0.00 DNP
95 61 Dan Runzler 2013 0.00 DNP
96 61 Brian Baker 2011 0.00 DNP
97 61 Shane Youman 2008 0.00 DNP
98 61 Jon Hunton 2011 0.00 DNP
99 61 Wayne Granger 1972 4.32
100 61 Joey Newby 2010 0.00 DNP

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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 Waldrop was drafted in the first round by the Twins way back in 2004. The story since then has been dominated by two themes: injury, including shoulder surgery that cost him all of 2008, and an inability to miss bats, both pre- and post-injury. Waldrop's minor-league strikeout rate is just 5.7 per nine innings, lower still in the upper levels, and in 21 1/3 big-league innings in 2012, he struck out just one for every three innings. That's unacceptably low, even by Twins standards.
2012 A 2004 first-rounder whose climb up the ladder was derailed by Tommy John surgery and an inability to miss bats, Kyle Waldrop finally reached the majors last September as a reliever. A sinkerballer who rarely cracks 90, his future is as a groundballin' machine.
2010 A first-round pick in 2004, big righty Kyle Waldrop stalled for a while, but finaly showed some signs of life in 2009 after moving to the pen.
2008 The rare bit of bad news in Pitcherland, Kyle Waldrop couldn't handle a promotion to Double-A and landed back in the Florida State League. The former first-round pick is now caught behind the team's crop of command prospects.
2007 When the Twins selected Waldrop with a first-round pick in 2004, he seemed like the kind of strike-throwing control artist they love. While he didn`t throw exceptionally hard, there was reason to expect an increase in velocity given that Waldrop is roughly the size of an NBA shooting guard. Unfortunately, Waldrop has not gained a single tick on the heater, rarely touching 90 MPH. That makes him a control specialist who can`t miss bats, and the last thing the Twins need is another Carlos Silva.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of October 10-11, 2014Jeff Moore2014-10-13
The BP Wayback Machine: Another Opening DayKevin Goldstein2014-04-03
This article requires BP Premium accessPurpose Pitches: AL NRIs to WatchChristina Kahrl2011-02-16
Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2011-02-07
Minor Issues: Discoveries and Perspectives, with Kyle WaldropDavid Laurila2010-08-18
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems, AL CentralKevin Goldstein2007-06-14
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems, AL CentralKevin Goldstein2007-04-18
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: High-A PreviewKevin Goldstein2007-04-08


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

A Collaboration between BrooksBaseball.net and Baseball Prospectus - Pitch classifications provided by Pitch Info LLC


Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Kyle Waldrop threw 722 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2012, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Sinker (90mph), also mixing in a Slider (80mph). He also rarely threw a Change (84mph).