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Brad Bergesen PD-backs

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
37.0 4.39 1.29 23 2 2 0 0.1
Birth Date9-25-1985
Height6' 2"
Weight210 lbs
Age29 years, 0 months, 27 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
-0.12010
0.22011
0.22012
2013
0.12014
+proj
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
2009 BAL 23 19 19 123.3 123.3 0.0 7 5 0 0 13 2 519 126 52 47 11 189 32 28 5 65 3.43 4.15 5.08 13.3 1.8
2010 BAL 24 30 28 170.0 166.7 3.3 8 12 0 0 12 2 746 193 104 94 26 332 51 47 7 81 4.98 5.11 6.09 0.1 -0.1
2011 BAL 25 34 12 101.0 62.3 38.7 2 7 0 0 3 0 451 119 73 64 16 208 32 29 3 61 5.70 4.95 5.43 1.5 0.2
2012 ARI 26 19 0 29.7 0.0 29.7 2 1 0 1 0 0 121 29 14 12 2 44 7 7 1 18 3.64 3.61 4.50 1.5 0.2
Career10259424.0352.371.7192501284183746724321755773122111162254.614.695.5316.52.0

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 BLU Rk 5 0 7.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .381 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ABE A- 15 15 71.0 5.27 66 .298 .261 .343 .385 .270 .343 82 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2006 DEL A 18 14 86.1 5.24 68 .249 .256 .331 .372 .267 .322 86 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2007 DEL A 15 15 94.3 4.54 95 .214 .267 .344 .402 .269 .260 91 7.0 0.7 7.0 0.7
2007 FRD A+ 10 10 56.3 5.10 94 .274 .264 .331 .385 .252 .356 100 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2008 FRD A+ 4 3 17.3 5.98 79 .244 .253 .323 .382 .257 .265 105 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2008 BOW AA 24 23 148.0 5.36 89 .226 .264 .339 .406 .257 .265 103 3.2 0.3 3.2 0.3
2009 BAL MLB 19 19 123.3 5.08 102 .245 .262 .331 .423 .260 .283 107 12.0 1.2 13.3 1.8
2009 NOR AAA 2 2 11.0 4.56 111 .189 .252 .326 .389 .244 .194 114 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2010 BAL MLB 30 28 170.0 6.09 79 .277 .260 .327 .416 .259 .287 113 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 -0.1
2010 NOR AAA 3 3 14.7 4.94 93 .259 .241 .305 .377 .236 .300 98 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2011 BAL MLB 34 12 101.0 5.43 83 .296 .262 .330 .423 .269 .304 104 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
2011 NOR AAA 3 3 22.0 4.09 113 .188 .261 .333 .409 .257 .213 97 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2012 ARI MLB 19 0 29.7 4.50 98 .255 .261 .320 .409 .262 .290 102 1.2 0.1 1.5 0.2
2012 NOR AAA 22 10 80.3 6.13 63 .275 .253 .325 .385 .249 .297 96 -5.9 -0.6 -5.9 -0.6
2012 RNO AAA 1 1 3.7 3.08 129 .110 .264 .314 .373 .253 .111 88 1.0 0.1 0.7 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
2004 BLU Rk 0 0 0 5 0 7.3 9 4 9 1 0% .381 11.1 4.9 1.2 11.1 1.78 6.16 0.0 0.0
2005 ABE A- 1 3 0 15 15 71.0 89 14 54 5 51% .343 11.3 1.8 0.6 6.8 1.45 4.82 1.2 0.1
2006 DEL A 5 4 0 18 14 86.1 97 10 49 6 46% .322 10.1 1.0 0.6 5.1 1.24 4.29 1.1 0.1
2007 FRD A+ 3 6 0 10 10 56.3 78 9 35 4 55% .356 12.5 1.4 0.6 5.6 1.55 5.75 2.0 0.2
2007 DEL A 7 3 0 15 15 94.3 75 17 73 3 59% .260 7.2 1.6 0.3 7.0 0.98 2.20 7.0 0.7
2008 FRD A+ 1 1 0 4 3 17.3 15 6 15 2 65% .265 7.8 3.1 1.0 7.8 1.21 2.08 1.0 0.1
2008 BOW AA 15 6 0 24 23 148.0 143 27 72 11 54% .265 8.7 1.6 0.7 4.4 1.15 3.22 3.2 0.3
2009 NOR AAA 1 1 0 2 2 11.0 6 3 9 0 55% .194 4.9 2.5 0.0 7.4 0.82 2.45 1.4 0.1
2009 BAL MLB 7 5 0 19 19 123.3 126 32 65 11 51% .283 9.2 2.3 0.8 4.7 1.28 3.43 13.3 1.8
2010 BAL MLB 8 12 0 30 28 170.0 193 51 81 26 50% .287 10.2 2.7 1.4 4.3 1.44 4.98 0.1 -0.1
2010 NOR AAA 1 0 0 3 3 14.7 17 3 10 2 63% .300 10.4 1.8 1.2 6.1 1.36 4.29 0.6 0.1
2011 NOR AAA 2 1 0 3 3 22.0 14 8 18 1 48% .213 5.7 3.3 0.4 7.4 1.00 1.64 2.0 0.2
2011 BAL MLB 2 7 0 34 12 101.0 119 32 61 16 41% .304 10.6 2.9 1.4 5.4 1.50 5.70 1.5 0.2
2012 NOR AAA 4 3 1 22 10 80.3 90 23 41 10 44% .297 10.1 2.6 1.1 4.6 1.41 4.03 -5.9 -0.6
2012 ARI MLB 2 1 0 19 0 29.7 29 7 18 2 45% .290 8.8 2.1 0.6 5.5 1.21 3.64 1.5 0.2
2012 RNO AAA 0 0 0 1 1 3.7 1 1 3 0 33% .111 2.5 2.5 0.0 7.4 0.55 0.00 0.7 0.1

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
2009 1847 0.5203 0.4727 0.8660 0.6316 0.3002 0.9193 0.7444 0.1340
2010 2599 0.5248 0.4534 0.8812 0.6144 0.2753 0.9427 0.7294 0.1163
2011 1637 0.5205 0.4722 0.8693 0.6502 0.2790 0.9007 0.7900 0.1294
2012 412 0.5728 0.4976 0.8585 0.6695 0.2670 0.8861 0.7660 0.1366
Career64950.52550.46640.87240.63180.28280.92190.75130.1259

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-03-26 2011-03-31 Camp 5 0 Right Forearm Contusion Batted Ball -
2011-02-18 2011-02-19 Camp 1 0 General Medical Illness -
2010-02-12 2010-02-28 Camp 16 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2009-12-15 2009-12-15 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Strain Shooting Commercial -
2009-07-31 2009-10-05 60-DL 66 61 Left Lower Leg Contusion Shin -
2009-02-26 2009-03-01 Camp 3 0 Right Elbow Soreness -
2006-08-05 2006-09-05 Minors 31 0 - General Medical Illness Mononucleosis - -
2004-08-01 2004-09-05 Minors 35 0 Right Shoulder Soreness - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 BAL $800,000
2011 BAL $434,000
2010 BAL $405,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,639,000
3 yrTotal$1,639,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 45 d2013

Details
  • 2013. Signed with Chunichi Dragons of Japanese Central League 11/30/12.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2012). Lost in arbitration with Baltimore 2/9/12 ($1.2M-$0.8M). DFA by Baltimore 5/12/12. Sent outright to Triple-A by Baltimore 5/17/12. Contract purchased by Baltimore 7/17/12. Claimed by Arizona off waivers 7/20/12 after being DFA by Baltimore 7/18/12. Released by Arizona 11/28/12.
  • 1 year/$0.434M (2011). Re-signed by Baltimore 2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2010). Re-signed 3/9/10. Optioned to Triple-A 4/20/10. Recalled 5/1/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Contract purchased 11/18/08. Re-signed 2/11/09. Optioned to Triple-A 3/21/09. Recalled 4/21/09.
  • Drafted 2004 (4-109) (Foothill HS, Pleasanton, Calif.). $0.31M 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 2.3 0.1 14 7 53.3 45 13 32 5 .259 1.07 3.35 3.64 7.6 0.8
80o 2.6 2.2 0.1 13 6 47.6 43 12 29 5 .272 1.14 3.70 4.02 4.6 0.5
70o 2.3 2.1 0.1 12 6 43.6 41 11 26 5 .281 1.20 3.96 4.3 2.8 0.3
60o 2.1 2 0.1 11 5 40.2 39 11 24 5 .289 1.25 4.18 4.55 1.4 0.1
50o 1.9 1.9 0.1 10 5 37.1 37 10 23 4 .297 1.29 4.39 4.78 0.3 0.0
40o 1.7 1.8 0.1 9 5 34.1 36 10 21 4 .304 1.34 4.61 5.01 -0.6 -0.1
30o 1.5 1.7 0.1 8 4 30.9 34 9 19 4 .312 1.39 4.84 5.26 -1.3 -0.1
20o 1.3 1.5 0.1 7 4 27.3 31 9 17 4 .322 1.45 5.11 5.55 -2.0 -0.2
10o 1 1.3 0 6 3 22.5 27 8 14 3 .335 1.54 5.50 5.97 -2.6 -0.3
Weighted Mean1.91.80.110536.53610224.2951.284.374.750.40.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
24% 49% 13% 21% 80%

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
2015299704421173160491131749.2851.213.804.138.32.65.90.91.5
201630660331612813337811549.3051.334.605.009.42.65.71.1-0.1
201731660341713213136791649.2931.274.374.759.02.55.41.10.2
201832660331612813336771649.3031.324.605.009.42.55.41.1-0.1
201933550261310010327621349.3011.304.514.909.22.45.61.20.0
2020344402311889125541249.3001.324.564.959.32.65.51.2-0.0
2021354402110788221461049.3001.314.605.009.42.45.31.1-0.1
20223634019971742042949.3001.324.615.019.42.55.31.1-0.1
20233733017864671838949.3021.334.655.059.42.55.31.3-0.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
7.49.22.42.62.34.123.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 83)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 91 Jesse Litsch 2013 0.00 DNP
2 89 Jason Davis 2008 6.35
3 88 Kyle Kendrick 2013 5.14
4 87 Sergio Mitre 2009 7.66
5 87 Gavin Floyd 2011 4.51
6 87 Brian Bannister 2009 5.49
7 86 Kevin Correia 2009 4.18
8 86 Manny Parra 2011 0.00 DNP
9 85 Jason Hammel 2011 5.28
10 84 Luke Hochevar 2012 6.17
11 84 Tom Gorzelanny 2011 4.29
12 84 Charlie Morton 2012 5.36
13 84 Francisco Cordova 2000 5.97
14 84 Ryan Rowland-Smith 2011 0.00 DNP
15 84 Joe Horlen 1966 2.73
16 84 Micah Owings 2011 3.86
17 83 Doug Drabek 1991 3.53
18 83 Dallas Braden 2012 0.00 DNP
19 83 Dave Bush 2008 4.48
20 83 Dontrelle Willis 2010 5.62
21 83 Shawn Hill 2009 5.25
22 83 Bob Rush 1954 4.16
23 83 Mike Grace 1998 6.08
24 83 Ron Reed 1971 4.25
25 83 Joe Blanton 2009 4.10
26 83 Brian Lawrence 2004 4.48
27 83 Jimmy Key 1989 4.12
28 83 Kirk Saarloos 2007 7.38
29 83 Bob Friend 1959 5.10
30 83 Noah Lowry 2009 0.00 DNP
31 83 Andy Sonnanstine 2011 5.55
32 83 John Thomson 2002 5.75
33 83 Brad Thompson 2010 7.32
34 82 Dave Rozema 1985 4.50
35 82 Clayton Richard 2012 4.49
36 82 Burt Hooton 1978 2.82
37 82 Bud Black 1985 4.86
38 82 Rick Wise 1974 4.22
39 82 Carlos Perez 1999 7.73
40 82 Dave Goltz 1977 3.83
41 82 Nick Blackburn 2010 5.65
42 82 Ramiro Mendoza 2000 4.39
43 82 Kelly Downs 1989 5.12
44 82 Alejandro Pena 1987 4.23
45 82 Pat Hentgen 1997 3.95
46 82 Mel Stottlemyre 1970 3.65
47 82 Billy O'Dell 1961 4.35
48 82 Kyle Lohse 2007 5.09
49 82 Ned Garver 1954 3.40
50 82 Wil Ledezma 2009 11.12
51 82 Ben McDonald 1996 4.23
52 82 Jim Colborn 1974 4.18
53 82 Mike Moore 1988 4.09
54 82 Jason Vargas 2011 4.70
55 82 John Maine 2009 4.65
56 81 Dock Ellis 1973 4.03
57 81 Casey Janssen 2010 3.80
58 81 Frank Lary 1958 3.15
59 81 Armando Galarraga 2010 4.68
60 81 Frank Viola 1988 2.82
61 81 Gustavo Chacin 2009 0.00 DNP
62 81 Brian Moehler 2000 4.96
63 81 Pat Jarvis 1969 4.68
64 81 Jeff Francis 2009 0.00 DNP
65 81 Steve Avery 1998 5.39
66 81 Pedro Astacio 1997 4.36
67 81 Lenny DiNardo 2008 7.83
68 81 Joe Kennedy 2007 5.37
69 81 Jorge De La Rosa 2009 4.62
70 81 Bob Sadowski 1966 7.02
71 81 Jarrod Washburn 2003 4.60
72 81 Dustin Hermanson 2001 4.91
73 81 Tommy John 1971 4.51
74 81 Zach Miner 2010 0.00 DNP
75 81 Omar Daal 2000 6.90
76 81 Paul Maholm 2010 5.78
77 81 Kyle Davies 2012 0.00 DNP
78 81 Claude Osteen 1968 3.93
79 81 Jason Marquis 2007 5.21
80 81 Charles Nagy 1995 4.80
81 81 Curt Schilling 1995 4.03
82 80 Ken Holtzman 1974 3.91
83 80 Bill Lee 1975 4.22 DNP
84 80 Roger Nelson 1972 2.13
85 80 Jaime Navarro 1995 3.55
86 80 Mike Wood 2008 0.00 DNP
87 80 Seth McClung 2009 4.94
88 80 Curt Simmons 1957 3.91
89 80 Jon Matlack 1978 3.10
90 80 Wayne Garland 1979 6.65
91 80 Scott Baker 2010 4.60
92 80 Sean Marshall 2011 2.50
93 80 Kevin Millwood 2003 4.18
94 80 Vida Blue 1978 3.03
95 80 Horacio Ramirez 2008 4.82
96 80 Ken Brett 1977 4.73
97 80 Carlos Silva 2007 4.41
98 80 Shaun Marcum 2010 3.87
99 80 Fritz Peterson 1970 3.53
100 80 John Lannan 2013 5.81

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 One of a slew of arms that have exchanged Orioles uniforms for Arizona Red in recent years, Brad Bergesen flew the coop for Japan this winter.
2012 Bergesen was one of the first pitchers to be thrown out of the revolving door that was Baltimore's rotation this season. He was demoted after nine starts, then returned in a bullpen role, making just three more starts the rest of the season. A pitch-to-contact guy who relies on ground-ball outs, those grounders were fewer and further between this season, dropping from his usual 50 percent to 41 percent. Part of the reason for that was an increased reliance on his four-seamer over his sinker and slider. If he can work down in the zone, he'll induce more grounders next year, but he's a back-end starter for a bad team at best, and the O's have plenty of those.
2011 Bergesen’s season conformed to a pattern that you will see repeatedly throughout these comments: he started poorly, then came on after Showalter arrived and the Orioles made changes to their defense. His ERA through July 26 was 6.95; in 12 starts thereafter, it was 2.85. His strikeout rate rose, his walk rate decreased, and his home-run rate fell as well. Given that what happened to the Orioles was unprecedented, it is difficult to discern what is real progress from what may be one of Divine Providence’s cruelest jokes, having the Orioles experience success only to yank them back hard. What is clear is that for Bergesen, success depends upon using his sinking fastball and slider to induce weak contact; of AL pitchers who threw 100 or more innings, his swinging-strike percentage ranked 70th out of 72. So far, not missing bats has been a break-even proposition for him, with a quality start rate of around 50 percent. As good as he was down the stretch, that might be his limit; as an extreme pitch-to-contact type, he is always going to be excessively vulnerable to variable results on balls in play.
2010 We weren't high on Bergesen last year despite his strong 2008 performance at Bowie, and that was due to his his low strikeout rate. He was nevertheless called up after just two starts in Norfolk—necessity getting the better of discretion—and merely wound up as the Orioles' best pitcher in 2009. Even though he still didn't get many strikeouts, Bergesen's sinker/changeup/slider combo has allowed him to avoid hard contact; he's consistently put up better BABIP marks than his team. His season was cut short in July when a line drive hit him in the shin so hard that, even two months later, he wasn't able to run. With all winter to heal, he's expected to be fully ambulatory by spring training, and take his place in the rotation as the unit's overachiever who earned it.
2009 Bergesen was an afterthought going into last season, but he rocketed up the team's prospect charts with a 16-win performance that earned him recognition as the Orioles' minor league Pitcher of the Year. His best pitch is a sinking fastball, and the Orioles can hope that he'll get enough grounders from it for him to develop into a back-end starter in the rotation. A worrisome sign for his prospect status was his getting +12 runs of defensive support, the third-highest total of any pitcher in the Eastern League.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Last season Brad Bergesen succeeded in his first major league season despite a low strikeout rate. One of your writers (I think it was Sheehan) cited the low strikeout rate as a reason to believe that Bergesen will decline this season. Do you agree with this writer's analysis?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
I do, but that doesn't mean I think Bergesen can't be an asset at the back end of a rotation, especially one that might wind up as jam-packed with talent as the Orioles' figures to be over the next several seasons. I'd like his lot to Walt Terrell's coming up with the Mets in the mid-'80s: no, he's not Doc Gooden or Ron Darling or Sid Fernandez, but yes, he can pitch in this league. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do we have any statistical analysis of whether pitchers' performance is improved by certain catchers calling the game? I know the Times recently ran a story where Burnett was questioning Posada's game-calling, and the Orioles media has gone hog-wild with crediting Wieters for Brad Bergesen's recent improvements. Is this actually proven?
(John from DC)
It's one of those things where I feel like we don't have enough information to gauge it one way or the other. There are too many variables involved, and the stats we can use to figure it out just don't do it for me. I think if a pitcher is comfortable with a particular catcher, and therefore is a bit more relaxed or focused on the mound, then let the dude have his catcher. Assuming he doesn't hit like Brad Ausmus of course.

I would love to see someone come out with a mind blowing study that tells us one way or the other, but I'm not the guy to do it. (Marc Normandin)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Brad Bergesen threw 6,361 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2012, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Sinker (92mph) and Slider (86mph). He also rarely threw a Change (85mph).