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Portrait of Hector Ambriz

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 30)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
55.7 4.48 1.37 46 2 1 1 -0.2
Birth Date5-24-1984
Height6' 2"
Weight235 lbs
Age30 years, 4 months, 27 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.12010
2011
0.42012
-0.42013
-0.22014
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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
2010 CLE 26 34 0 48.3 0.0 48.3 0 2 0 0 0 0 224 68 31 30 10 115 17 16 1 37 5.59 5.32 5.32 1.4 0.1
2012 HOU 28 18 0 19.3 0.0 19.3 1 1 0 1 0 0 83 14 9 9 0 19 11 9 2 22 4.19 2.88 2.96 3.8 0.4
2013 HOU 29 43 0 36.3 0.0 36.3 2 4 2 3 0 0 171 50 28 23 8 82 14 13 1 27 5.70 5.69 6.08 -4.0 -0.4
2014 SDN 30 1 0 2.0 0.0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 2 2 1 0 2 2 2 0 1 4.50 5.10 5.48 -0.4 -0.0
Career960106.00.0106.037240048713470631821844404875.355.005.190.80.1

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
2006 MSO Rk 15 4 42.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .283 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 VIS A+ 28 26 150.0 4.70 103 .242 .266 .342 .421 .272 .278 97 26.5 2.6 26.5 2.6
2008 MOB AA 27 26 152.7 5.98 77 .262 .261 .339 .392 .251 .289 104 -3.1 -0.3 -0.7 0.1
2008 PDD Wnt 12 0 16.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .243 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 MOB AA 5 5 29.0 3.34 121 .165 .249 .321 .383 .269 .243 95 5.0 0.5 5.9 0.6
2009 RNO AAA 23 22 127.7 4.93 100 .290 .277 .343 .427 .278 .361 106 15.0 1.5 16.0 1.7
2010 CLE MLB 34 0 48.3 5.32 88 .318 .262 .327 .408 .258 .365 107 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2010 COH AAA 7 0 8.0 0.53 189 .217 .264 .324 .424 .253 .474 110 5.6 0.5 5.6 0.5
2012 HOU MLB 18 0 19.3 2.96 131 .222 .267 .322 .427 .265 .292 99 3.8 0.4 3.8 0.4
2012 COH AAA 20 1 33.0 5.67 87 .233 .258 .326 .384 .250 .274 113 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2012 OKL AAA 18 0 24.3 4.52 107 .292 .268 .339 .423 .275 .351 93 2.5 0.2 3.7 0.4
2013 HOU MLB 43 0 36.3 6.08 58 .332 .258 .325 .410 .271 .347 100 -4.0 -0.4 -4.0 -0.4
2013 OKL AAA 14 0 16.7 4.91 99 .295 .253 .325 .390 .257 .333 98 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2014 SDN MLB 1 0 2.0 5.48 38 .285 .263 .314 .378 .255 .333 84 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2014 ELP AAA 51 0 55.0 5.19 103 .257 .276 .345 .437 .268 .311 104 5.0 0.5 4.4 0.5

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
2006 MSO Rk 1 3 3 15 4 42.0 29 11 52 1 0% .283 6.2 2.4 0.2 11.1 0.95 1.93 0.0 0.0
2007 VIS A+ 10 8 0 28 26 150.0 137 50 133 12 43% .278 8.2 3.0 0.7 8.0 1.25 4.08 26.5 2.6
2008 PDD Wnt 1 1 0 12 0 16.3 13 5 20 4 0% .243 7.2 2.8 2.2 11.0 1.10 2.76 0.0 0.0
2008 MOB AA 5 13 0 27 26 152.7 155 47 118 22 43% .289 9.1 2.8 1.3 7.0 1.32 4.89 -0.7 0.1
2009 MOB AA 3 2 0 5 5 29.0 18 6 32 1 48% .243 5.6 1.9 0.3 9.9 0.83 2.17 5.9 0.6
2009 RNO AAA 9 9 0 23 22 127.7 164 40 103 12 45% .361 11.6 2.8 0.8 7.3 1.60 5.57 16.0 1.7
2010 CLE MLB 0 2 0 34 0 48.3 68 17 37 10 43% .365 12.7 3.2 1.9 6.9 1.76 5.59 1.4 0.1
2010 COH AAA 0 0 0 7 0 8.0 9 1 15 0 42% .474 10.1 1.1 0.0 16.9 1.25 1.12 5.6 0.5
2012 COH AAA 0 1 1 20 1 33.0 29 17 25 3 54% .274 7.9 4.6 0.8 6.8 1.39 3.55 1.0 0.1
2012 HOU MLB 1 1 0 18 0 19.3 14 11 22 0 52% .292 6.5 5.1 0.0 10.2 1.29 4.19 3.8 0.4
2012 OKL AAA 1 1 2 18 0 24.3 28 11 18 1 53% .351 10.4 4.1 0.4 6.7 1.60 3.33 3.7 0.4
2013 OKL AAA 1 2 3 14 0 16.7 23 3 12 3 40% .333 12.4 1.6 1.6 6.5 1.56 5.40 1.3 0.1
2013 HOU MLB 2 4 2 43 0 36.3 50 14 27 8 48% .347 12.4 3.5 2.0 6.7 1.76 5.70 -4.0 -0.4
2014 ELP AAA 2 3 11 51 0 55.0 60 18 43 5 56% .311 9.8 2.9 0.8 7.0 1.42 3.93 4.4 0.5
2014 SDN MLB 0 0 0 1 0 2.0 2 2 1 0 17% .333 9.0 9.0 0.0 4.5 2.00 4.50 -0.4 -0.0

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
2010 830 0.4952 0.4590 0.8005 0.5985 0.3222 0.9228 0.5778 0.1995
2012 316 0.4937 0.4554 0.7343 0.6218 0.2875 0.8763 0.4348 0.2657
2013 645 0.4806 0.4377 0.7972 0.6032 0.2806 0.8930 0.6064 0.1957
2014 33 0.3636 0.3636 0.6667 0.5833 0.2381 0.8571 0.4000 0.3333
Career18240.48740.44910.78540.60390.30.9030.55990.212

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-02-13 2013-03-05 Camp 20 0 Right Ankle Sprain - -
2011-04-01 2011-09-21 Minors 173 0 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2010-10-01 -
2010-09-09 2010-10-04 60-DL 25 22 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2010-10-01
2010-03-27 2010-04-30 15-DL 34 21 Right Elbow Recovery From Tendinitis -
2010-03-10 2010-03-27 Camp 17 0 Right Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 SDN $
2013 HOU $493,400
2010 CLE $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$893,400
4 yrTotal$893,400

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 147 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 3/18/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by San Diego 5/7/14. DFA by San Diego 5/8/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/10/14.
  • 1 year/$0.4934M (2013). Re-signed by Houston 3/13. DFA by Houston 9/5/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 9/7/13. Elected free agency 10/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Cleveland (minor-league contract). Released by Cleveland 6/17/12. Signed by Houston as a free agent 6/19/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Houston 8/22/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Injured, did not play.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Selected by Cleveland from Arizona in Rule 5 draft 12/10/09. Signed by Cleveland 3/10/10.
  • Drafted by Arizona 2006 (5-147) (UCLA). $0.16M 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 3 1.2 1.6 57 0 68.5 63 21 56 7 .279 1.22 3.73 4.06 6.1 0.6
80o 2.6 1 1.4 52 0 62.3 62 20 51 7 .293 1.31 4.16 4.52 2.2 0.2
70o 2.4 0.9 1.3 48 0 58.1 60 20 47 7 .304 1.38 4.47 4.86 -0.2 -0.0
60o 2.2 0.8 1.1 45 0 54.5 59 19 44 7 .313 1.44 4.75 5.16 -2.1 -0.2
50o 2 0.7 1 43 0 51.2 58 19 42 7 .321 1.50 5.01 5.44 -3.5 -0.4
40o 1.9 0.6 0.9 40 0 48.0 56 18 39 7 .329 1.56 5.27 5.73 -4.9 -0.5
30o 1.7 0.5 0.8 37 0 44.7 55 18 36 6 .338 1.62 5.56 6.04 -6.1 -0.6
20o 1.5 0.4 0.7 34 0 40.8 52 17 33 6 .349 1.70 5.90 6.42 -7.3 -0.7
10o 1.3 0.3 0.6 30 0 35.7 49 16 29 6 .363 1.81 6.39 6.95 -8.4 -0.9
Weighted Mean20.7142050.65719417.3191.484.975.4-3.3-0.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
18% 23% 11% 17% 41%

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
20153121139047521639643.3211.464.775.1810.03.17.51.2-0.1
20163221137045491537643.3161.434.825.249.93.07.51.2-0.1
20173321134041451434543.3191.444.735.159.93.17.51.1-0.1
20183421135042461434543.3171.444.735.149.93.07.31.1-0.1
20193511130036401229543.3171.444.645.0510.03.07.21.2-0.0
20203610128034371127443.3161.434.675.089.92.97.21.1-0.0
20213710126032351025443.3161.424.685.099.92.87.11.1-0.0
20223810125030341024443.3151.454.685.0910.13.07.11.2-0.0
20233910124029321022443.3151.454.705.119.93.16.81.2-0.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
53.81.52.52.5115.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 73)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 84 Jon Leicester 2009 0.00 DNP
2 81 Mike Gosling 2011 0.00 DNP
3 80 Casey Daigle 2011 0.00 DNP
4 79 Chris Smith 2011 0.00 DNP
5 79 Alfredo Simon 2011 5.37
6 79 Michael O'Connor 2011 2.70
7 78 Mike Bacsik 2008 0.00 DNP
8 78 Fu-Te Ni 2013 0.00 DNP
9 77 Matt Daley 2012 0.00 DNP
10 77 Kei Igawa 2010 0.00 DNP
11 76 Jack Taschner 2008 5.06
12 76 Brent Leach 2013 0.00 DNP
13 76 Buddy Carlyle 2008 3.73
14 76 Fernando Nieve 2013 0.00 DNP
15 75 Jerome Williams 2012 4.77
16 75 Kurt Birkins 2011 0.00 DNP
17 75 Kevin Walker 2007 0.00 DNP
18 75 Billy Traber 2010 0.00 DNP
19 75 T.J. Beam 2011 0.00 DNP
20 75 Scott Dohmann 2008 6.14
21 74 Pedro Viola 2013 0.00 DNP
22 74 Matt Yourkin 2012 0.00 DNP
23 74 Kyle Snyder 2008 21.60
24 74 Brian Sanches 2009 2.88
25 73 Chris Bootcheck 2009 11.05
26 73 Jack Egbert 2013 0.00 DNP
27 73 Daniel McCutchen 2013 0.00 DNP
28 73 Matt Kinney 2007 0.00 DNP
29 73 Jose Valdez 2013 0.00 DNP
30 73 Roman Colon 2010 18.00
31 73 Matt Childers 2009 0.00 DNP
32 73 Eric Stults 2010 0.00 DNP
33 73 Tyler Yates 2008 4.79
34 73 Jose Capellan 2011 0.00 DNP
35 73 Matt White 2008 0.00 DNP
36 72 Victor Santos 2007 5.97
37 72 Fernando Cabrera 2012 0.00 DNP
38 72 Logan Kensing 2013 0.00
39 72 Mike Zagurski 2013 17.05
40 72 J.D. Martin 2013 0.00 DNP
41 72 Blaine Neal 2008 0.00 DNP
42 72 Joe Horgan 2007 0.00 DNP
43 72 Kyle Denney 2008 0.00 DNP
44 72 Steven Jackson 2012 0.00 DNP
45 72 Seth Etherton 2007 0.00 DNP
46 72 Daniel Davidson 2011 0.00 DNP
47 72 Wally Whitehurst 1994 5.20
48 71 Greg Aquino 2008 12.54
49 71 Kris Wilson 2007 0.00 DNP
50 71 Jason Bergmann 2012 0.00 DNP
51 71 Jon Switzer 2010 0.00 DNP
52 71 Tom Shearn 2008 0.00 DNP
53 71 Mike Gallo 2007 0.00 DNP
54 71 Carmen Cali 2009 0.00 DNP
55 71 Chad Durbin 2008 3.39
56 71 Casey Fossum 2008 5.66
57 71 Jerome Gamble 2010 0.00 DNP
58 71 Ricardo Rodriguez 2008 0.00 DNP
59 71 Matt Anderson 2007 0.00 DNP
60 71 Josh Towers 2007 6.14
61 71 Josh Hancock 2008 0.00 DNP
62 70 Sun-Woo Kim 2008 0.00 DNP
63 70 Jason Anderson 2009 0.00 DNP
64 70 Mario Ramos 2008 0.00 DNP
65 70 Ryan Ketchner 2012 0.00 DNP
66 70 Mike Burns 2009 6.27
67 70 Chad Cordero 2012 0.00 DNP
68 70 Rocky Cherry 2010 0.00 DNP
69 70 Justin Germano 2013 9.00
70 70 Steve Hamilton 1965 1.85
71 70 Dan Giese 2007 4.82
72 70 Mumba Rivera 2011 0.00 DNP
73 70 Juan Perez 2009 0.00 DNP
74 69 Jon Huber 2012 0.00 DNP
75 69 Gustavo Chacin 2011 0.00 DNP
76 69 Mark Leiter 1993 5.15
77 69 John Boozer 1969 5.05
78 69 Boof Bonser 2012 0.00 DNP
79 69 Eric Cyr 2009 0.00 DNP
80 69 Jonathan Albaladejo 2013 0.00 DNP
81 69 Mark Guthrie 1996 2.71
82 69 Dan Meyer 2012 0.00 DNP
83 69 Dusty Hughes 2012 0.00 DNP
84 69 Greg Jones 2007 6.23
85 69 Adalberto Mendez 2012 0.00 DNP
86 69 Justin Miller 2008 5.01
87 69 Tim Leary 1989 3.65
88 69 Philip Humber 2013 7.90
89 69 Anastacio Martinez 2009 0.00 DNP
90 69 Brian Bass 2012 0.00 DNP
91 69 Zach Jackson 2013 0.00 DNP
92 69 Mitch Wylie 2007 0.00 DNP
93 69 Chad Harville 2007 0.00 DNP
94 69 Mike Wood 2010 0.00 DNP
95 69 Marcus McBeth 2011 0.00 DNP
96 68 Ryan Bukvich 2008 6.75
97 68 Travis Blackley 2013 4.83
98 68 Jeff Robinson 1991 5.53
99 68 Harry Dorish 1952 2.77
100 68 Chris Capuano 2009 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .338 .383 .487 .318
11 vs R (Multi) .288 .366 .503 .307
18 Split (Multi) .050 .017 -.016 .011
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .373 .409 .542 .352
31 vs R (2013) .295 .362 .526 .314
38 Split (2013) .078 .047 .016 .038
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 The final pitch in the National League Astros history was a straight-as-a-rope, right-down-the-middle, 94-mph fastball from Ambriz to Bryan LaHair that resulted in a game-winning single. Originally a soft-tossing starter drafted out of UCLA in 2006, Ambriz throws harder since converting to the bullpen in 2010, but his two fastballs and slider don't have enough variance to fool anyone. Though protected on the 40-man roster, he is unlikely to become more than the answer to an obscure Astros trivia question.
2011 Hector Ambriz was drafted out of college as one of those low-ceiling/high reliability control pitchers. Rule 5'd to the Indians, he gave up an obscene number of home runs in middle relief, then went down for Tommy John surgery in September.
2008 Your basic command-and-control right-hander spat out by innumerable college programs, Ambriz is a UCLA product the Snakes snagged in the fifth round of the 2006 draft who mixes his off-speed stuff well and spots his fastball. Challenged to work deeper in games in the second half of his full-season debut, he not only averaged an inning more per start, but his strikeout rate improved from 7.5 per nine to 8.2, and he generated more grounders. High-pick, big-program pitchers are supposed to be able to handle High-A competition, but if he can pick up more steam while getting up to Double-A, he'll sneak onto people's prospect radars.

BP Articles

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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Call MiloneR.J. Anderson2014-05-12
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: September 6, 2013Clint Chisam2013-09-06
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 30, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-30
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The Week in Quotes: June 10-16Andrew Koo2013-06-17
The Week in Quotes: June 10-16Satchel Price2013-06-17
The Week in Quotes: June 10-16Chris Mosch2013-06-17
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessBullpen Report: Buyers and SellersMike Gianella2013-06-13
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessBullpen Report: A Test of Wil'Mike Gianella2013-06-06
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: June 3, 2013Clint Chisam2013-06-03
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 31, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-31
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: Where the Value of Robot Umpires EndsBen Lindbergh2013-05-10
What You Need to Know: Opening Day MadnessDaniel Rathman2013-04-01
This article requires BP Premium accessSkewed Left: How to Analyze the Astros' SpendingZachary Levine2012-12-20
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Three Rule 5 Draft Picks Most Likely to SucceedJason Martinez2012-12-06
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Game of the Week: Samardzija's Big Day OutR.J. Anderson2012-04-11
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: Rule 5 RouletteBen Lindbergh2011-04-07
Transaction Analysis: AL Central Transaction BackfillChristina Kahrl2010-11-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: White Sox, IndiansChristina Kahrl2010-09-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: A Knack for Getting KnackeredChristina Kahrl2010-06-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Central PreoccupationsChristina Kahrl2010-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessContractual Matters: Rule 5 UpdateJeff Euston2010-04-08
BP Unfiltered: Latest Projected Roster Updates 3/31, 12:30 a.m. ETJohn Perrotto2010-04-01
BP Unfiltered: UPDATED AL Projected Opening Day RostersJohn Perrotto2010-04-01
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Turn of the Screw, ALChristina Kahrl2010-03-31
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Zach, Glad you enjoyed my first-hand photo I took of Keon Barnum last week. Who do you think takes over for Jose Veras? Jose Cisnero or Hector Ambriz?
(Brent from Laguna Beach)
That was a great picture I sent that around to a couple scouts they got a good laugh. From what I hear Jose Cisnero is going to get the first crack at it. (Zach Mortimer)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Hector Ambriz has thrown 1,864 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Slider (87mph), Sinker (94mph) and Fourseam Fastball (95mph), also mixing in a Curve (78mph).