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Portrait of Luis Ayala

Luis Ayala PBlue Jays

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 36)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
42.7 4.61 1.40 30 2 1 1 0.0
Birth Date1-12-1978
Height6' 2"
Weight205 lbs
Age36 years, 9 months, 13 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
0.12011
1.12012
0.22013
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
2003 MON 25 65 0 71.0 0.0 71.0 10 3 5 3 0 0 288 65 27 23 8 101 13 10 5 46 2.92 3.90 4.77 5.2 0.8
2004 MON 26 81 0 90.3 0.0 90.3 6 12 2 6 0 0 367 92 30 27 6 132 15 13 5 63 2.69 3.09 4.77 5.1 0.7
2005 WAS 27 68 0 71.0 0.0 71.0 8 7 1 2 0 0 293 75 23 21 7 111 14 10 6 40 2.66 3.99 4.23 7.4 0.9
2007 WAS 29 44 0 42.3 0.0 42.3 2 2 1 1 0 0 181 43 16 15 5 64 12 12 1 28 3.19 4.31 4.48 4.6 0.5
2008 NYN 30 19 0 18.0 0.0 18.0 1 2 9 2 0 0 78 23 12 11 3 37 2 2 0 14 5.50 4.05 4.89 0.5 0.1
2008 WAS 30 62 0 57.7 0.0 57.7 1 8 0 5 0 0 257 63 41 37 6 96 22 18 4 36 5.77 4.56 5.15 1.1 0.2
2009 FLO 31 10 0 7.7 0.0 7.7 0 3 0 1 0 0 42 12 10 10 1 20 6 3 1 7 11.74 5.67 6.21 -0.9 -0.1
2009 MIN 31 28 0 32.3 0.0 32.3 1 2 0 3 0 0 138 38 18 15 4 60 8 8 3 21 4.18 4.47 4.55 3.6 0.3
2011 NYA 33 52 0 56.0 0.0 56.0 2 2 0 1 0 0 233 51 17 13 5 74 20 17 6 39 2.09 4.22 5.27 0.5 0.1
2012 BAL 34 66 0 75.0 0.0 75.0 5 5 1 4 0 0 320 81 27 22 7 121 14 11 4 51 2.64 3.62 3.94 9.9 1.1
2013 ATL 35 37 0 31.0 0.0 31.0 1 1 0 3 0 0 133 34 10 10 1 42 13 11 0 20 2.90 3.41 3.30 3.2 0.4
2013 BAL 35 2 0 2.0 0.0 2.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 10 4 2 2 1 8 0 0 0 2 9.00 7.58 12.03 -1.5 -0.2
Career5340554.30.0554.33847193200234058123320654866139115353673.343.924.6138.74.6

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
2001 SLM A+ 13 0 13.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 Cul Wnt 31 0 34.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 OTT AAA 6 0 7.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 MON MLB 65 0 71.0 4.77 99 .233 .267 .335 .426 .264 .264 102 5.6 0.6 5.2 0.8
2003 Cul Wnt 12 0 13.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MON MLB 81 0 90.3 4.77 89 .234 .268 .333 .434 .265 .309 92 3.1 0.3 5.1 0.7
2005 WAS MLB 68 0 71.0 4.23 97 .263 .269 .330 .423 .262 .301 90 6.2 0.6 7.4 0.9
2006 MEX wor 3 0 1.2 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 WAS MLB 44 0 42.3 4.48 104 .255 .281 .348 .450 .269 .281 97 4.6 0.5 4.6 0.5
2007 POT A+ 3 1 2.7 3.82 121 .105 .285 .365 .434 .278 .125 102 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2007 COH AAA 5 0 7.0 4.79 82 .183 .256 .323 .367 .255 .176 93 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2008 NYN MLB 19 0 18.0 4.89 87 .282 .264 .333 .417 .262 .339 93 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2008 WAS MLB 62 0 57.7 5.15 83 .280 .267 .336 .430 .268 .302 95 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.2
2009 FLO MLB 10 0 7.7 6.21 56 .373 .243 .317 .381 .252 .407 95 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2009 MIN MLB 28 0 32.3 4.55 109 .275 .259 .327 .418 .258 .333 104 3.5 0.3 3.6 0.3
2009 NWO AAA 9 0 10.0 2.56 137 .160 .271 .340 .411 .275 .160 83 2.5 0.2 2.5 0.2
2009 CUL Wnt 17 0 19.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .193 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 ABQ AAA 14 0 14.0 5.72 108 .271 .273 .343 .427 .264 .277 119 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2010 CSP AAA 4 0 7.3 7.17 77 .310 .277 .347 .444 .276 .250 112 -0.5 -0.0 -0.5 -0.0
2010 RNO AAA 18 0 26.3 4.44 124 .296 .278 .349 .425 .262 .398 112 5.8 0.6 6.5 0.7
2010 MXC Wnt 16 0 18.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .300 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 NYA MLB 52 0 56.0 5.27 88 .249 .256 .320 .403 .259 .282 105 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2011 SWB AAA 3 0 5.0 0.62 183 .282 .258 .338 .400 .262 .500 82 2.6 0.2 2.6 0.2
2011 OBR Wnt 20 0 19.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .190 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 BAL MLB 66 0 75.0 3.94 115 .265 .257 .318 .412 .262 .303 105 9.9 1.1 9.9 1.1
2012 OBR Wnt 10 0 13.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .364 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 ATL MLB 37 0 31.0 3.30 119 .249 .250 .307 .375 .247 .333 100 3.2 0.4 3.2 0.4
2013 BAL MLB 2 0 2.0 12.03 -88 .447 .238 .315 .385 .260 .429 97 -1.5 -0.2 -1.5 -0.2
2013 MIS AA 3 0 3.0 3.46 104 .214 .256 .324 .360 .264 .222 88 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2013 GWN AAA 8 0 8.3 5.68 69 .293 .266 .331 .411 .261 .333 100 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2014 BOW AA 5 0 5.3 2.96 136 .357 .256 .318 .376 .254 .524 102 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2014 BUF AAA 11 0 11.7 4.56 97 .301 .269 .339 .409 .259 .419 98 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1

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
2001 SLM A+ 0 1 7 13 0 13.3 19 5 10 0 0% .000 12.9 3.4 0.0 6.8 1.80 4.06 0.0 0.0
2001 Cul Wnt 1 1 13 31 0 34.7 25 6 32 2 0% .000 6.5 1.6 0.5 8.3 0.89 2.33 0.0 0.0
2002 OTT AAA 0 0 0 6 0 7.7 7 4 6 1 0% .286 8.2 4.7 1.2 7.0 1.43 3.51 0.0 0.0
2003 MON MLB 10 3 5 65 0 71.0 65 13 46 8 60% .264 8.2 1.6 1.0 5.8 1.10 2.92 5.2 0.8
2003 Cul Wnt 1 1 2 12 0 13.3 7 3 11 4 0% .000 4.7 2.0 2.7 7.4 0.75 3.38 0.0 0.0
2004 MON MLB 6 12 2 81 0 90.3 92 15 63 6 56% .309 9.2 1.5 0.6 6.3 1.18 2.69 5.1 0.7
2005 WAS MLB 8 7 1 68 0 71.0 75 14 40 7 43% .301 9.5 1.8 0.9 5.1 1.25 2.66 7.4 0.9
2006 MEX wor 0 0 0 3 0 1.2 2 2 0 0 0% .333 15.0 15.0 0.0 0.0 3.33 7.50 0.0 0.0
2007 WAS MLB 2 2 1 44 0 42.3 43 12 28 5 39% .281 9.1 2.6 1.1 6.0 1.30 3.19 4.6 0.5
2007 COH AAA 0 0 0 5 0 7.0 4 2 5 1 56% .176 5.1 2.6 1.3 6.4 0.86 1.29 -0.0 -0.0
2007 POT A+ 0 0 0 3 1 2.7 1 1 1 0 38% .125 3.3 3.3 0.0 3.3 0.74 0.00 0.9 0.1
2008 NYN MLB 1 2 9 19 0 18.0 23 2 14 3 53% .339 11.5 1.0 1.5 7.0 1.39 5.50 0.5 0.1
2008 WAS MLB 1 8 0 62 0 57.7 63 22 36 6 47% .302 9.8 3.4 0.9 5.6 1.47 5.77 1.1 0.2
2009 NWO AAA 0 0 4 9 0 10.0 4 3 10 0 52% .160 3.6 2.7 0.0 9.0 0.70 0.00 2.5 0.2
2009 MIN MLB 1 2 0 28 0 32.3 38 8 21 4 42% .333 10.6 2.2 1.1 5.8 1.42 4.18 3.6 0.3
2009 FLO MLB 0 3 0 10 0 7.7 12 6 7 1 39% .407 14.1 7.0 1.2 8.2 2.35 11.74 -0.9 -0.1
2009 CUL Wnt 0 1 5 17 0 19.7 16 9 11 5 0% .193 7.3 4.1 2.3 5.0 1.27 4.11 0.0 0.0
2010 ABQ AAA 1 3 4 14 0 14.0 14 7 10 1 50% .277 9.0 4.5 0.6 6.4 1.50 4.50 1.7 0.2
2010 CSP AAA 1 1 0 4 0 7.3 8 0 4 2 54% .250 9.9 0.0 2.5 4.9 1.10 4.93 -0.5 -0.0
2010 RNO AAA 0 6 0 18 0 26.3 38 11 17 1 52% .398 13.0 3.8 0.3 5.8 1.86 7.87 6.5 0.7
2010 MXC Wnt 1 0 8 16 0 18.0 20 3 10 2 0% .300 10.0 1.5 1.0 5.0 1.28 2.50 0.0 0.0
2011 SWB AAA 0 0 0 3 0 5.0 6 0 7 0 67% .500 10.8 0.0 0.0 12.6 1.20 1.80 2.6 0.2
2011 OBR Wnt 0 0 12 20 0 19.7 12 4 13 1 0% .190 5.5 1.8 0.5 5.9 0.81 0.92 0.0 0.0
2011 NYA MLB 2 2 0 52 0 56.0 51 20 39 5 52% .282 8.2 3.2 0.8 6.3 1.27 2.09 0.5 0.1
2012 BAL MLB 5 5 1 66 0 75.0 81 14 51 7 50% .303 9.7 1.7 0.8 6.1 1.27 2.64 9.9 1.1
2012 OBR Wnt 1 2 4 10 0 13.7 19 1 11 3 0% .364 12.5 0.7 2.0 7.2 1.46 4.61 0.0 0.0
2013 GWN AAA 0 1 0 8 0 8.3 9 5 8 1 64% .333 9.7 5.4 1.1 8.6 1.68 6.48 -0.5 -0.1
2013 ATL MLB 1 1 0 37 0 31.0 34 13 20 1 60% .333 9.9 3.8 0.3 5.8 1.52 2.90 3.2 0.4
2013 BAL MLB 1 0 0 2 0 2.0 4 0 2 1 50% .429 18.0 0.0 4.5 9.0 2.00 9.00 -1.5 -0.2
2013 MIS AA 0 0 0 3 0 3.0 2 0 2 0 67% .222 6.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 0.67 0.00 0.2 0.0
2014 BUF AAA 1 2 0 11 0 11.7 19 4 9 1 57% .419 14.7 3.1 0.8 6.9 1.97 5.40 0.5 0.1
2014 BOW AA 1 0 0 5 0 5.3 11 2 5 0 52% .524 18.6 3.4 0.0 8.4 2.44 5.06 1.6 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
2008 1225 0.5673 0.4620 0.8799 0.6201 0.2547 0.9142 0.7704 0.1201
2009 645 0.5643 0.4806 0.8903 0.6374 0.2776 0.9310 0.7692 0.1097
2011 832 0.5517 0.4621 0.8438 0.6253 0.2601 0.8885 0.7113 0.1563
2012 1194 0.5276 0.4912 0.8464 0.6381 0.3262 0.8930 0.7446 0.1519
2013 544 0.4651 0.4622 0.8287 0.6047 0.3368 0.9608 0.6224 0.1713
Career44400.54070.47260.85940.62650.28830.91180.73410.1402

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-02 2014-05-13 Minors 41 0 - Not Disclosed -
2013-04-25 2013-07-05 15-DL 71 64 - General Medical Anxiety Disorder - -
2013-04-08 2013-04-08 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2011-04-10 2011-05-11 15-DL 31 25 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2008-01-04 2008-01-04 Off 0 0 Left Upper Arm Gunshot Wound Bruised Nerve From Shotgun Pellet -
2007-03-28 2007-06-20 60-DL 84 71 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2006-03-30
2006-03-24 2006-10-02 60-DL 192 162 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2006-03-30
2005-10-28 2005-10-28 Off 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Spurs 2005-10-28 -
2005-09-02 2005-09-22 DTD 20 18 Right Elbow Bone Spur 2005-10-28
2005-08-22 2005-09-01 DTD 10 9 Right Elbow Soreness -
2003-06-22 2003-07-21 15-DL 29 0 Right Shoulder Inflammation -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 BAL $
2013 BAL $1,000,000
2012 BAL $825,000
2011 NYA $650,000
2009 MIN $1,300,000
2008 WAS $1,700,000
2007 WAS $1,300,000
2006 ARI $900,000
2005 WAS $363,000
2004 MON $317,500
2003 MON $300,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$8,655,500
10 yrTotal$8,655,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 121 dJoe Longo1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Washington as a free agent 2/7/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. Performance bonuses: $0.5M for 60 games pitched. Released by Washington 3/19/14. Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 3/20/14 (minor-league contract). Opted out of contract 5/31/14. Signed by Toronto as a free agent 6/8/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.925M (2012), plus 2013 club option. Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 2/10/12. 12:$0.825M, 13:$1M club option, $0.1M buyout. May earn additional $0.325M annually in performance bonuses. Baltimore exercised $1M option for 2013 10/31/12. Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Baltimore 4/10/13.
  • 1 year/$0.65M (2011). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 2/9/11 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by NY Yankees 3/30/11.
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2010). Signed by LA Dodgers 12/17/09 (minor-league contract). $0.75M salary in majors. Released by LA Dodgers 5/17/10 (exercised opt-out). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 5/19/10 (minor-league contract). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 8/26/10 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$1.3M (2009). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 2/19/09. DFA by Arizona 6/23/09, released 7/2/09. Signed by Florida as a free agent 7/3/09 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Florida 7/12/09. DFA by Florida 9/1/09.
  • 1 year/$1.7M (2008). Re-signed by Washington 12/12/07 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Washington 8/17/08.
  • 2 years/$2.2M (2006-07). Re-signed by Washington 1/06 (avoided arbitration). 06:$0.9M, 07:$1.3M.
  • 1 year/$0.363M (2005). Re-signed by Washington 2/05.
  • 1 year/$0.3175M (2004). Re-signed by Montreal 3/04
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003)

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 1.3 1.5 58 0 63.5 53 15 45 5 .276 1.08 3.12 3.39 9.8 1.0
80o 2.7 1.1 1.3 52 0 57.1 51 15 40 5 .291 1.16 3.49 3.79 6.0 0.6
70o 2.5 1 1.1 48 0 52.7 50 14 37 4 .301 1.22 3.76 4.09 3.7 0.4
60o 2.3 0.9 1 44 0 49.0 48 14 35 4 .311 1.27 4.00 4.34 2.0 0.2
50o 2.1 0.8 0.9 41 0 45.6 47 13 32 4 .319 1.32 4.22 4.59 0.5 0.0
40o 1.9 0.7 0.8 38 0 42.2 45 13 30 4 .328 1.38 4.45 4.83 -0.8 -0.1
30o 1.7 0.6 0.7 35 0 38.8 43 12 27 4 .338 1.43 4.69 5.1 -1.9 -0.2
20o 1.5 0.5 0.6 32 0 34.8 41 12 25 4 .349 1.50 4.98 5.42 -3.0 -0.3
10o 1.3 0.4 0.5 27 0 29.5 37 10 21 3 .364 1.60 5.40 5.87 -4.1 -0.4
Weighted Mean2.10.80.941044.94613324.3171.314.194.560.60.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
14% 29% 20% 6% 53%

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
20153721139043481227548.3251.414.755.1710.12.55.71.1-0.1
20163821136039431225548.3191.404.745.159.82.75.71.1-0.1
20173921134038421125448.3241.394.705.119.92.65.90.9-0.1
20184021134038421123448.3241.414.865.2810.02.65.51.0-0.1
20194121134037411122448.3201.414.805.2110.02.75.41.0-0.1
20204210130033371019448.3231.445.085.5210.22.85.21.1-0.2
2021431002502832916448.3251.465.175.6210.32.95.11.3-0.2
2022441012703035917448.3241.475.155.5910.52.75.11.2-0.2
2023451012702934916448.3241.475.235.6810.42.84.91.2-0.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
4.31.53.24.81.80.215.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 87 D.J. Carrasco 2013 0.00 DNP
2 85 John Bale 2010 0.00 DNP
3 85 Steve Kline 2009 0.00 DNP
4 83 Shawn Camp 2012 3.71
5 83 Mark Eichhorn 1997 0.00 DNP
6 82 Dave Smith 1991 6.00
7 82 Hideki Okajima 2012 0.00 DNP
8 82 Mike Timlin 2002 3.26
9 81 Mike MacDougal 2013 0.00 DNP
10 81 Scott Schoeneweis 2010 7.90
11 81 Randy Flores 2012 0.00 DNP
12 81 Salomon Torres 2008 3.94
13 81 Dave Giusti 1976 4.94
14 81 Scott Atchison 2012 1.93
15 81 Mike Marshall 1979 3.03
16 81 Bob Locker 1974 0.00 DNP
17 81 Buddy Groom 2002 1.60
18 80 Ramon Hernandez 1977 8.85
19 80 Tim Worrell 2004 4.14
20 80 Bill Landrum 1994 0.00 DNP
21 80 Julian Tavarez 2009 6.94
22 80 Bob Wickman 2005 2.47
23 80 Paul Quantrill 2005 5.74
24 79 Antonio Alfonseca 2008 0.00 DNP
25 79 Steve Reed 2001 3.86
26 79 Gene Garber 1984 3.82
27 79 Randy Choate 2012 3.96
28 79 Kiko Calero 2011 0.00 DNP
29 79 Stu Miller 1964 3.43
30 79 Luis Arroyo 1963 13.50
31 78 Sparky Lyle 1981 4.80
32 78 Scott Eyre 2008 3.86
33 78 Jamey Wright 2011 3.42
34 78 Hoyt Wilhelm 1959 2.51
35 78 Todd Williams 2007 7.53
36 78 Shingo Takatsu 2005 5.20
37 78 Brian Shouse 2005 5.91
38 78 Joel Peralta 2012 3.76
39 78 Jamie Walker 2008 7.34
40 77 Mike Lincoln 2011 0.00 DNP
41 77 Clay Carroll 1977 3.20
42 77 Joe Borowski 2007 5.35
43 77 Anthony Telford 2002 6.85
44 77 Brendan Donnelly 2008 8.56
45 77 Dennis Lamp 1989 3.04
46 77 Dan Quisenberry 1989 2.87
47 77 Yoshinori Tateyama 2012 10.06
48 77 Roberto Hernandez 2001 4.52
49 76 Al Worthington 1965 2.80
50 76 Trever Miller 2009 2.06
51 76 Ron Mahay 2007 2.69
52 76 Tug McGraw 1981 2.66
53 75 Jim Gott 1996 0.00 DNP
54 75 Mike Magnante 2001 3.74
55 75 Steve Farr 1993 4.21
56 75 Guillermo Mota 2010 4.83
57 75 Yasuhiko Yabuta 2009 14.14
58 75 Mike Stanton 2003 4.96
59 75 Jim Brower 2009 0.00 DNP
60 75 Scott Sauerbeck 2008 0.00 DNP
61 75 Graeme Lloyd 2003 6.23
62 75 Alberto Castillo 2012 0.00 DNP
63 75 Steve Howe 1994 1.80
64 75 Rollie Fingers 1983 0.00 DNP
65 74 Larry Andersen 1989 1.95
66 74 John Franco 1997 2.70
67 74 LaTroy Hawkins 2009 2.27
68 74 Gary Lavelle 1985 3.84
69 74 Bill Campbell 1985 4.48
70 74 Rheal Cormier 2003 1.91
71 74 Jose Mesa 2002 3.09
72 74 Dixie Howell 1956 5.46
73 74 Jason Grimsley 2004 5.29
74 74 Kip Wells 2013 0.00 DNP
75 74 Ron Perranoski 1972 6.11
76 74 Jay Howell 1992 1.74
77 73 Shigetoshi Hasegawa 2005 4.05
78 73 Steve Mingori 1980 0.00 DNP
79 73 Joe Hoerner 1973 5.62
80 73 Bob Howry 2010 9.26
81 73 Kent Tekulve 1983 2.73
82 73 Damaso Marte 2011 0.00 DNP
83 73 Tony Castillo 1999 0.00 DNP
84 72 Randy Myers 1999 0.00 DNP
85 72 Tom Ferrick 1951 4.10
86 72 Rich Gossage 1988 4.53
87 72 Paul Lindblad 1978 3.88
88 72 Bobby Shantz 1962 2.99 DNP
89 72 Grant Jackson 1979 3.40
90 72 Matt Miller 2008 0.00 DNP
91 72 Kerry Ligtenberg 2007 0.00 DNP
92 72 Bryan Corey 2010 0.00 DNP
93 72 Akinori Otsuka 2008 0.00 DNP
94 72 Roy Face 1964 5.75
95 72 Ted Wilks 1952 4.50
96 71 Dave Veres 2003 4.68
97 71 Joe Nelson 2011 0.00 DNP
98 71 Mike Norris 1991 0.00 DNP
99 71 Fernando Rodney 2013 3.65
100 71 Kyle Farnsworth 2012 4.33

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .284 .350 .417 .275
11 vs R (Multi) .277 .325 .385 .255
18 Split (Multi) .007 .025 .032 .020
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .295 .392 .386 .268
31 vs R (2013) .294 .341 .388 .251
38 Split (2013) .001 .051 -.002 .017
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 After resurrecting his career in 2011 with the Yankees, Ayala has managed to become a league-average reliever, though he’s received some surface-stat luck. He managed to cut his walk rate practically in half last season, but issuing so few free passes seems unsustainable. A good portion of his resurgence can be attributed to the flip-flopping of his two- and four-seam fastball usage beginning in 2011, generating more grounders with heavy reliance on the sinker (48 percent last year). Despite his mediocre peripherals, the Orioles picked up Ayala’s option this offseason.
2012 Journeyman Ayala was a decent middle-relief option for the Expos/Nats back before overuse caught up with him and forced Tommy John surgery. He then pitched his way out of memory by going 5-25 with a 5.90 ERA between the majors and minors from 2008 to 2010. The Yankees signed him to a minor-league deal despite that track record, and lo and behold, he won the final roster spot in spring training, because why give a tertiary relief job to a rookie for the major-league minimum when you can pay a 33-year-old $650,000? Ayala posted a good ERA in a low-leverage relief role, but that fails to convey the unearned runs, poor peripherals, and bequeathed runners stranded by subsequent relievers. In short, Ayala pitched about as well as his most recent seasons suggested he would, while another kid was stranded at Triple-A. Mission accomplished?
2010 Signed as a free agent in July having been released by the Twins, Luis Ayala personally destroyed the Marlins' dark horse campaign to unseat the Phillies and was released. Pitching for four teams in the last two seasons, Ayala has gone 3-15 with a 5.68 ERA.
2009 Fed up with the repeated failures of their on-hand options in Wagner's absence, out of sheer desperation the Mets dealt Andy Hernandez for Ayala in mid-August. It just didn't work: Ayala proved adequate as the notional closer until mid-September, but then allowed eight runs in his last five innings, adding two crucial losses to his MLB-leading 10 relief defeats. The Mets understandably declined to offer him arbitration; relievers who strike out fewer than six per nine represent more risk than reward.
2008 After missing 2006 following elbow surgery possibly brought on by pitching in the World Baseball Classic (what, you've already forgotten about that epic contest?), Ayala made his comeback in late June of last year. While he wasn't the middle innings iceman he'd been before the injury, he still provided value as one of the Nats' cast of thousands in the pen. The one thing that he probably would rather have left on the surgeon's table is his tendency to make a few too many mistakes up in the zone, especially against right-handers.
2007 Another victim of the ill-considered World Baseball Classic, Ayala sacrificed a year of his career for the greater glory of Mexico in a series with less cachet than most Olympic qualifying games. One sprained elbow-cum-ligament transplant surgery later, the Nats are hoping they`ll have their primary setup man back . . . at some point. To be fair, Ayala seemed to be wearing down under the heavy workloads of seasons past, and there`s a lot we don`t know about relief workloads. Do fewer games and more innings make more sense than more games and fewer innings? At what age? How much does the type of pitches a reliever throws matter? What about their varying abilities to work from the stretch? What we do know is that Ayala did too much, and that the Nats were out one strike-throwing sinker-slider guy.
2006 The club`s primary setup man gave a performance that earned him a two-year contract in January, but PECOTA is very pessimistic about his near-term future. He had surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow, and naturally the Nats are saying he`ll be fine. At his best, he`s a sinker-slider guy who keeps the ball on the ground, but the problematic elbow seems to have forced his offerings up in the zone, where it took RFK`s forgivingly open spaces to keep Ayala from getting toasted. The park can forgive a lot, but Ayala`s a risky proposition, and the Nats would be better off flipping him while he`s still notable for the right reasons.
2005 See, you can get good things in the Rule 5 draft. You can get quality bullpen arms like Ayala here, who was the second-best pitcher on the team this year. Ayala had a little trouble with elbow stiffness, and this was a big jump in innings for him, after he went from throwing 60 innings in two years to more than 70 in 2003 and 90+ in '04. Temper your expectations.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2008-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Here's the problem with the argument that you take flyers on kids and "guys" in the bullpen: the Mets did precisely that this year (besides Wagner), and it cost them a playoff berth. I understand not overpaying for the next Kyle Farnsworth, but all the Flushing Faithful will not miss Luis Ayala's corpse.
(Razz from New York, NY)
Who made that argument? I just said I wouldn't waste money on guys like Farnsworth or Fuentes, nor would I overpay for Rodriguez. Look at the Rays pen. The Phillies. Heck, outside of Papelbon, it's not exactly a distinguished crew in Boston. The closer doesn't matter if you can't get to him. (Will Carroll)
2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mets, Phils or BrewCrew...who get's left out?
(Vinny from NYC)
I wish I knew. The Phillies seem to have a slightly easier road than the Mets and Brewers. I have this sense that the Mets bullpen situation is going to boomerang on them again, though. There's no reason for Luis Ayala to be a successful closer, and just because it worked for a couple of weeks doesn't mean it's going to keep working. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Come on, say something nice about Luis Ayala, he's certainly had value to the mets outside of being a token latino, right?
(Dep from NYC)
I don't know if anyone one on the Mets could be singled out as "a token latino," but what I do think he demonstrates is my original point, which is that most closers are made, not born. (Christina Kahrl)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Luis Ayala threw 4,616 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and The World Baseball Classic. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Sinker (91mph) and Slider (85mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (77mph), Change (85mph) and Fourseam Fastball (91mph).