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Portrait of Luke Putkonen

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
53.7 5.66 1.64 29 2 3 0 -0.6
Birth Date5-10-1986
Height6' 6"
Weight215 lbs
Age28 years, 5 months, 14 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2011
0.12012
0.12013
-0.92014
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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
2012 DET 26 12 0 16.0 0.0 16.0 0 2 1 1 0 0 72 19 7 7 0 25 8 7 0 10 3.94 3.30 4.34 1.2 0.1
2013 DET 27 30 0 29.7 0.0 29.7 1 3 0 0 0 0 127 30 11 10 4 42 9 9 0 28 3.03 3.85 4.86 0.5 0.1
2014 DET 28 2 0 2.7 0.0 2.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 6 8 8 2 15 2 2 1 1 27.00 15.53 15.96 -2.7 -0.3
Career44048.30.048.315110021755262568219181394.664.315.36-1.0-0.1

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
2007 TGR Rk 3 3 8.7 3.26 77 .344 .249 .324 .369 .265 .429 47 2.4 0.2 2.4 0.2
2008 ONE A- 6 6 24.7 5.85 70 .235 .248 .321 .365 .253 .324 99 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2009 WMI A 28 28 149.3 4.85 93 .249 .256 .328 .379 .256 .318 102 9.5 1.0 9.5 1.0
2010 LAK A+ 27 26 152.7 5.33 58 .246 .258 .326 .375 .266 .284 84 -15.7 -1.6 -15.7 -1.6
2011 LAK A+ 18 8 65.0 6.45 68 .282 .266 .332 .408 .260 .332 103 -4.8 -0.5 -4.8 -0.5
2011 ERI AA 11 11 52.3 7.55 24 .333 .257 .327 .392 .275 .314 90 -10.8 -1.1 -10.8 -1.1
2012 DET MLB 12 0 16.0 4.34 103 .259 .256 .317 .414 .260 .352 101 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2012 TOL AAA 24 2 56.7 4.61 98 .265 .259 .328 .397 .253 .365 100 3.7 0.4 3.7 0.4
2012 MSS Wnt 6 6 21.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .265 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 DET MLB 30 0 29.7 4.86 88 .259 .250 .316 .402 .266 .302 101 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2013 TOL AAA 20 1 37.7 3.14 124 .189 .254 .326 .382 .251 .258 94 7.6 0.8 7.6 0.8
2014 DET MLB 2 0 2.7 15.96 -170 .470 .229 .299 .359 .259 .333 104 -2.7 -0.3 -2.7 -0.3
2014 WMI A 3 0 2.7 17.91 -225 .336 .252 .317 .372 .253 .273 94 -2.6 -0.3 -2.6 -0.3
2014 TOL AAA 2 0 4.0 12.89 -96 .347 .265 .330 .393 .257 .353 97 -2.7 -0.3 -2.7 -0.3

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
2007 TGR Rk 0 1 0 3 3 8.7 8 0 9 0 36% .429 8.3 0.0 0.0 9.3 0.92 4.14 2.4 0.2
2008 ONE A- 2 1 0 6 6 24.7 24 8 17 1 60% .324 8.7 2.9 0.4 6.2 1.30 3.64 -1.1 -0.1
2009 WMI A 7 8 0 28 28 149.3 148 47 115 3 62% .318 8.9 2.8 0.2 6.9 1.31 3.13 9.5 1.0
2010 LAK A+ 9 7 0 27 26 152.7 144 44 87 8 49% .284 8.5 2.6 0.5 5.1 1.23 3.18 -15.7 -1.6
2011 ERI AA 1 7 0 11 11 52.3 68 22 23 8 48% .314 11.7 3.8 1.4 4.0 1.72 7.57 -10.8 -1.1
2011 LAK A+ 2 6 0 18 8 65.0 77 18 52 10 51% .332 10.7 2.5 1.4 7.2 1.46 5.54 -4.8 -0.5
2012 TOL AAA 3 3 0 24 2 56.7 68 20 46 3 48% .365 10.8 3.2 0.5 7.3 1.55 4.92 3.7 0.4
2012 DET MLB 0 2 1 12 0 16.0 19 8 10 0 54% .352 10.7 4.5 0.0 5.6 1.69 3.94 1.2 0.1
2012 MSS Wnt 1 1 0 6 6 21.3 19 7 11 1 0% .265 8.0 3.0 0.4 4.6 1.22 5.06 0.0 0.0
2013 DET MLB 1 3 0 30 0 29.7 30 9 28 4 59% .302 9.1 2.7 1.2 8.5 1.31 3.03 0.5 0.1
2013 TOL AAA 2 0 1 20 1 37.7 25 13 38 0 53% .258 6.0 3.1 0.0 9.1 1.01 1.91 7.6 0.8
2014 TOL AAA 0 0 0 2 0 4.0 7 1 0 1 50% .353 15.8 2.2 2.2 0.0 2.00 11.25 -2.7 -0.3
2014 WMI A 0 1 0 3 0 2.7 4 2 0 1 67% .273 13.5 6.8 3.4 0.0 2.25 13.50 -2.6 -0.3
2014 DET MLB 0 0 0 2 0 2.7 6 2 1 2 43% .333 20.2 6.8 6.8 3.4 3.00 27.00 -2.7 -0.3

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
2012 297 0.5051 0.4512 0.8358 0.6200 0.2789 0.8817 0.7317 0.1642
2013 479 0.5261 0.4193 0.7950 0.5794 0.2379 0.8699 0.5926 0.2050
2014 59 0.4407 0.3729 0.8636 0.5385 0.2424 0.9286 0.7500 0.1364
Career8350.51260.42740.81440.5910.25280.87820.65320.1856

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-19 - 60-DL - - Right Elbow Surgery Bone Spur 2014-06-12 -
2008-08-07 2008-09-08 Minors 32 0 Right Shoulder Strain -
2008-07-10 2008-07-27 Minors 17 0 Right Shoulder Strain - -
2005-01-01 2005-01-01 Coll 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 DET $510,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2011Current$510,000
1 yrTotal$510,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 18 d1 year/$0.51M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.51M (2014). Re-signed by Detroit 2/24/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Detroit 2/18/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Detroit 4/26/12.
  • Drafted by Detroit 2007 (3-121) (North Carolina). $0.236M 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 0 0 0 0 0 71.9 72 25 40 8 .276 1.35 4.39 4.77 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 0 0 0 65.7 71 24 36 8 .290 1.44 4.82 5.23 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 0 0 0 61.4 69 24 34 8 .300 1.51 5.13 5.58 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 0 0 0 57.7 68 23 32 7 .308 1.58 5.41 5.88 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 0 0 0 54.4 67 23 30 7 .316 1.64 5.67 6.16 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 0 0 0 51.1 65 22 28 7 .325 1.70 5.94 6.45 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 0 0 0 47.7 63 22 26 7 .333 1.77 6.23 6.77 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 0 0 0 43.9 61 21 24 7 .344 1.86 6.58 7.15 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 0 0 0 38.7 57 19 21 6 .358 1.98 7.07 7.69 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0000053.86522307.3151.635.646.130.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
22% 27% 5% 18% 32%

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
20152921035037451523550.3201.625.425.8910.93.65.61.2-0.4
20163010028030371217450.3211.655.716.2011.23.65.21.2-0.4
20173110030031361219450.3081.535.115.5610.33.45.51.1-0.2
20183211031033391220450.3111.535.065.5010.53.25.41.1-0.2
20193310029031371118450.3131.555.205.6510.73.25.21.2-0.2
20203410028030351118450.3111.525.155.6010.43.35.31.2-0.2
2021351002402630915350.3121.525.165.6110.53.25.31.1-0.2
2022361002302429914350.3121.565.135.5710.73.35.21.1-0.2
2023371002102327813350.3131.545.145.5810.73.25.21.2-0.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
out of baseball3.31.33.8038.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 85)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 92 Justin Hampson 2008 3.23
2 91 Pedro Liriano 2009 0.00 DNP
3 90 Scot Drucker 2010 0.00 DNP
4 88 Daniel Davidson 2009 5.40
5 88 Graham Taylor 2012 0.00 DNP
6 88 Josh Sullivan 2013 0.00 DNP
7 88 Richie Gardner 2010 0.00 DNP
8 88 Jeremy Guthrie 2007 4.00
9 88 Jeremy Johnson 2011 0.00 DNP
10 88 Josh Stewart 2007 0.00 DNP
11 88 Francisley Bueno 2009 0.00 DNP
12 88 Eric Stults 2008 4.19
13 88 Dan Denham 2011 0.00 DNP
14 87 Troy Cate 2009 0.00 DNP
15 87 Joe Martinez 2011 0.00 DNP
16 87 Jesus A. Castillo 2012 0.00 DNP
17 87 Randy Boone 2013 0.00 DNP
18 87 Heath Phillips 2010 0.00 DNP
19 87 Matt Hensley 2007 0.00 DNP
20 87 Jack Cassel 2009 0.00 DNP
21 87 Lance Broadway 2012 0.00 DNP
22 87 John Webb 2007 0.00 DNP
23 87 Steven Kelly 2008 0.00 DNP
24 87 Josh Butler 2013 0.00 DNP
25 87 Brian Slocum 2009 0.00 DNP
26 87 Robert Ray 2012 0.00 DNP
27 87 Tyson Brummett 2013 0.00 DNP
28 86 Andrew Kown 2011 0.00 DNP
29 86 Cesar Ramos 2012 2.10
30 86 Mario Santiago 2013 0.00 DNP
31 86 Ryan Ketchner 2010 0.00 DNP
32 86 Miguel Gonzalez 2012 3.25
33 85 Eric Hacker 2011 1.69
34 85 Miguel Asencio 2009 0.00 DNP
35 85 Zach Jackson 2011 0.00 DNP
36 85 Philip Humber 2011 3.92
37 85 Tomas Santiago 2010 0.00 DNP
38 85 Anastacio Martinez 2007 0.00 DNP
39 85 Mario Alvarez 2012 0.00 DNP
40 85 Steven Wright 2013 5.40
41 85 Matt Klinker 2013 0.00 DNP
42 85 Jorge De Paula 2007 0.00 DNP
43 85 Chad Beck 2013 0.00 DNP
44 85 Zach Clark 2012 0.00 DNP
45 85 Chance Chapman 2012 0.00 DNP
46 85 Josh Hall 2009 0.00 DNP
47 85 Will Savage 2013 0.00 DNP
48 85 Eddie Gamboa 2013 0.00 DNP
49 84 Mike Hinckley 2011 0.00 DNP
50 84 Jeff Manship 2013 7.34
51 84 Clayton Hamilton 2010 0.00 DNP
52 84 Chris Smith 2009 4.11
53 84 Zack Segovia 2011 0.00 DNP
54 84 Andrew Dobies 2011 0.00 DNP
55 84 Matt Wright 2010 0.00 DNP
56 84 Davis Romero 2011 0.00 DNP
57 84 Derell McCall 2010 0.00 DNP
58 84 Oscar Alvarez 2009 0.00 DNP
59 84 Patrick Stanley 2011 0.00 DNP
60 84 Julio De La Cruz 2009 0.00 DNP
61 84 Matt Smith 2007 11.25
62 84 Kris Johnson 2013 6.10
63 84 Matthew Long 2012 0.00 DNP
64 84 Salvador Aguilar 2010 0.00 DNP
65 84 Blake Johnson 2013 0.00 DNP
66 84 Steve Watkins 2007 0.00 DNP
67 83 Matt Buschmann 2012 0.00 DNP
68 83 Johnnie Lowe 2013 0.00 DNP
69 83 Tom Wilhelmsen 2012 2.72
70 83 Adrian Alaniz 2012 0.00 DNP
71 83 Ramon A. Ramirez 2011 0.00 DNP
72 83 Dave McKae 2010 0.00 DNP
73 83 Ismael Ramirez 2009 0.00 DNP
74 83 Ben Jukich 2011 0.00 DNP
75 83 Matt Bruback 2007 0.00 DNP
76 83 Bobby Cramer 2008 0.00 DNP
77 83 Cristhian Martinez 2010 4.85
78 83 Dave Gassner 2007 0.00 DNP
79 83 Sergio Perez 2013 0.00 DNP
80 83 Tom Cochran 2011 0.00 DNP
81 82 Sam Narron 2010 0.00 DNP
82 82 Mike Gosling 2009 5.40
83 82 Ronald Bay 2012 0.00 DNP
84 82 Heath Totten 2007 0.00 DNP
85 82 Cole DeVries 2013 10.80
86 82 Fernando Rodriguez 2012 5.76
87 82 Brian Baker 2011 0.00 DNP
88 82 Jeff Marquez 2013 0.00 DNP
89 82 Michael Madsen 2011 0.00 DNP
90 82 Gary Moran 2013 0.00 DNP
91 82 Timothy Bascom 2013 0.00 DNP
92 82 Eddie Bonine 2009 4.98
93 82 Mike Parisi 2011 0.00 DNP
94 82 Josh Muecke 2010 0.00 DNP
95 82 Darin Downs 2013 5.35
96 82 Rocky Cherry 2008 7.94
97 82 Andrew Baldwin 2011 0.00 DNP
98 82 Benjamin Fritz 2009 0.00 DNP
99 82 Jack Egbert 2011 0.00 DNP
100 82 Mike Burns 2007 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .278 .329 .316 .226
11 vs R (Multi) .263 .326 .419 .280
18 Split (Multi) .016 .003 -.103 -.054
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .260 .302 .260 .203
31 vs R (2013) .262 .319 .446 .291
38 Split (2013) -.002 -.018 -.186 -.088
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .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).
2013 Putkonen labored in the minors longer than you'd expect a 6-foot-6 righty with a mid-90s fastball to hang around, even after the Tigers finally decided that relief was his future. Upon conversion to the bullpen, his strikeout rate instantly surged, a common phenomenon, but the 7.3-per-nine rate in 57 Triple-A innings wasnít particularly special and he didnít bring much of it with him in a 16-innning major-league stint. He's a fastball-reliant arm who canít even consistently rely on his fastball. His curveball has flashes of usefulness, but command of his heater should be first, second, and third on his list of priorities.

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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Luke Putkonen has thrown 828 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2012 and 2014, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph) and Curve (79mph), also mixing in a Splitter (85mph).