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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
5 81.7 1 9 0 54 5.62 0.3
Birth Date9-30-1980
Height6' 4"
Weight210 lbs
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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
2005 PIT 24 1 0 1.3 0.0 1.3 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 1 2 2 0 2 1 1 1 1 13.50 5.99 7.54 -0.3 -0.0
2007 PIT 26 5 3 17.0 13.0 4.0 0 3 0 0 0 0 76 24 11 10 3 36 5 5 0 7 5.29 5.53 6.28 -0.2 -0.0
2008 CLE 27 3 2 14.7 9.7 5.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 60 15 9 8 4 30 2 2 1 12 4.91 5.69 5.88 0.5 0.0
2009 TOR 28 4 0 6.0 0.0 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 7 2 2 0 10 6 5 0 5 3.00 4.48 3.53 1.1 0.1
2010 KCA 29 13 5 42.7 28.3 14.3 1 4 0 0 2 0 196 51 29 29 6 82 17 15 4 29 6.12 4.99 5.39 1.9 0.2
Career261081.751.030.71901203709853511316031286545.625.215.533.00.3

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
2005 PIT MLB 1 0 1.3 7.54 44 .340 .255 .349 .446 .270 .250 105 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2007 PIT MLB 5 3 17.0 6.28 70 .283 .278 .339 .450 .264 .344 101 -0.7 -0.1 -0.2 -0.0
2008 CLE MLB 3 2 14.7 5.88 84 .280 .272 .330 .432 .259 .268 107 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2009 TOR MLB 4 0 6.0 3.53 132 .306 .237 .308 .377 .235 .350 107 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2010 KCA MLB 13 5 42.7 5.39 90 .288 .261 .329 .406 .257 .321 109 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
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
2005 PIT MLB 0 0 0 1 0 1.3 1 1 1 0 50% .250 6.8 6.8 0.0 6.8 1.50 13.50 -0.3 -0.0
2007 PIT MLB 0 3 0 5 3 17.0 24 5 7 3 52% .344 12.7 2.6 1.6 3.7 1.71 5.29 -0.2 -0.0
2008 CLE MLB 0 2 0 3 2 14.7 15 2 12 4 53% .268 9.2 1.2 2.5 7.4 1.16 4.91 0.5 0.0
2009 TOR MLB 0 0 0 4 0 6.0 7 6 5 0 20% .350 10.5 9.0 0.0 7.5 2.17 3.00 1.1 0.1
2010 KCA MLB 1 4 0 13 5 42.7 51 17 29 6 47% .321 10.8 3.6 1.3 6.1 1.59 6.12 1.9 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 140 0.4500 0.5108 0.7183 0.7143 0.3377 0.8000 0.5769 0.2817
2009 113 0.5310 0.4159 0.7872 0.5667 0.2453 0.8824 0.5385 0.2128
2010 711 0.5035 0.4548 0.8416 0.6285 0.2748 0.9111 0.6804 0.1584
Career9640.4990.45840.81730.63370.28050.89160.64870.1827

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-06-30 2009-09-08 Minors 70 0 Not Disclosed -
2006-03-31 2006-10-01 60-DL 184 161 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum - Posterior Aspect 2005-10-17
2005-10-17 2005-10-17 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum - Posterior Aspect 2005-10-17
2005-09-19 2005-10-03 DTD 14 13 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2005-06-13 2005-07-06 Minors 23 22 Not Disclosed -
2005-04-05 2005-05-11 Minors 36 31 Right Shoulder Inflammation -

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 92 dCasey Close

Details
  • optioned to Triple-A 5/24/10 contract purchased 5/17/10 signed as a free agent from TOR 11/24/09 (minor-league contract)
  • sent outright to Triple-A 5/7/09 optioned to Triple-A 4/30/09 contract purchased 4/23/09 sent to minor-league camp 3/11/09 sent outright to Triple-A 3/2/09 re-signed 2/17/09, 1 year/$0.4024M (09)
  • claimed off waivers from CLE 10/24/08 recalled 9/8/08 optioned to Triple-A 7/10/08 claimed off waivers from PIT 7/10/08 designated for assignment 7/3/08 optioned to Triple-A 6/13/08 recalled 5/29/08 optioned to Triple-A 3/17/08
  • recalled 9/3/07 optioned to Triple-A 3/07 re-signed 3/07, 1 year (07)
  • re-signed 2/06, 1 year/$0.327M (06)
  • contract purchased 9/05 sent to minor-league camp 3/03 signed 10/02
  • $4M signing bonus
  • Ball St 02 1-1

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
Weighted Mean?????0.0????.0000.000.00?0.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 Selected first overall in the 2002 draft by the Pirates, Bryan Bullington set a career high in innings pitched and even toppled the Yankees for his first major-league victory with eight shutout frames in August. Glory is fleeting: after the Royals designated him for assignment, Bullington signed with the Hiroshima Carp.
2010 Though the Pirates were to blame, Bryan Bullington will forever bear the scarlet letter 'B' for bust as the top overall pick in 2002. His conversion to relief last year resulted in some impressive peripherals after an abbreviated stint in the majors in late April.
2009 Bearing the stigma of being the first overall pick in the 2002 draft and the scars of 2006 Tommy John surgery, Bullington started what could be a long period of wandering when he moved from the Pirates to the Indians, and then to Toronto on an October waiver claim. He's still searching for his first major league victory, as well as a performance that will prevent his career from serving as a memento of the previous Pittsburgh regime's failures.
2008 If nothing else, Bullington has shown perseverance since being drafted out of Ball State with the first overall pick in 2002. Despite being labeled a bust, sitting out 2006 because of shoulder surgery, and having fans continually question why the Pirates chose him, Bullington bounced back last season, finishing the year in the major leagues and making two solid starts in the final weeks. Bullington is never going to be a star, but he could fashion a career as a back-of-the-rotation starter.
2007 The Pirates have the poor man`s version of the Cubs oft-shelved Kerry Wood-Mark Prior duo in the persons of Bryan Bullington and John van Benschoten. After missing all of 2006, Bullington is expected to be at 100 percent by the time pitchers and catchers report. Whether he can continue the progress he showed in 2005 seems like an afterthought compared to his health issues, and he still has to show the velocity he used to have in college. Indianapolis beckons--at least for a few months--but a strong spring could land him a spot in the rotation.
2006 Let us not forget that the Pirates made Mr. Bullington the top overall pick of the 2002 draft, and in doing so they passed over talents like B.J. Upton, Prince Fielder, Jeremy Hermida, Khalil Greene, Nick Swisher, Scott Kazmir, Joe Blanton and Jeff Francoeur. Sure, we`ve got the benefit of hindsight, but in that crowd you could have hit a future star by playing `Pin the Tail on the Prospect.` Bullington did make strides this past season, mostly thanks to improved off-speed stuff, but that`s all out the window after October labrum surgery. He won`t pitch again until June.
2005 Although he's cursed with being the guy the Pirates picked instead of B.J. Upton in the first round of '02, the former Ball State star is on track to reach the majors at the tail end of this year. He might not grow up to be a dominant starter, but he has the assortment to be a useful rotation regular. He's gotten his velocity up into the low 90s, and he can throw four pitches for strikes. The problem is that he illustrates the peril of making safe choices when there's no breakout potential anywhere in the organization, and no money to acquire it anywhere but the draft.

BP Articles

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Perfect Game Presents: The Baseball Draft: A 50-Year Retrospective, Part TwoAllan Simpson2014-06-09
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: The Importance of Top Prospect TrajectoriesSam Miller2014-02-12
The Lineup Card: Six Toolsy Players Who Haven't Put It TogetherBaseball Prospectus2012-09-19
Prospectus Hit and Run: The Yankees' Virgin SpringJay Jaffe2011-06-27
Transaction Analysis: Angels and Royals MovesChristina Kahrl2010-12-01
Prospectus Hit List: AL: September SongJay Jaffe2010-09-10
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: Hit It and Twit ItJay Jaffe2010-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Dog Days: The YankeesJay Jaffe2010-08-18
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Tuesday Morning TriptychChristina Kahrl2010-08-03
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Podzilla Washes Up in Malibu?Christina Kahrl2010-07-29
This article requires BP Premium accessAhead in the Count: Production and the DraftMatt Swartz2010-06-07
One-Hoppers: Ken Griffey Jr. Bows OutJay Jaffe2010-06-02
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Central PreoccupationsChristina Kahrl2010-05-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Changing their StripesChristina Kahrl2010-05-17
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of May 6Kevin Goldstein2010-05-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Captive, O Captive!Christina Kahrl2010-04-13
Fantasy Beat: Depth Chart/PFM UpdateClay Davenport2010-03-17
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Turkey TalkChristina Kahrl2009-11-29
This article requires BP Premium accessYou Could Look It Up: Inglorious BastardsSteven Goldman2009-06-19
Transaction Analysis: AL East and Central UpdatesChristina Kahrl2009-06-12
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: Outside Help, AL EastJay Jaffe2009-03-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: AL October RoundupChristina Kahrl2008-11-03
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Building the Better BallclubKevin Goldstein2008-10-22
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit and Run: A Strange but Memorable BrewJay Jaffe2008-09-29
Prospectus Preview: Sunday's Games to WatchMarc Normandin2008-09-28
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: ReshuffleuppagusJay Jaffe2008-07-11
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Preview: Friday's Games to WatchCaleb Peiffer2008-06-27
Future Shock: Mock Draft 2008Kevin Goldstein2008-06-04
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: The Lost Generation?Nate Silver2008-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Toolbox: Is Moneyball Dead?Derek Jacques2008-03-04
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Pirates Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2008-02-14
Spring Training Preview: NL CentralJoe Sheehan2008-02-11
This article requires BP Premium accessWait 'Til Next Year: Your 2010 PiratesBryan Smith2007-09-18
This article requires BP Premium accessEvery Given Sunday: The Upcoming MarketJohn Perrotto2007-09-09
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Hit List: September SongJay Jaffe2007-09-07
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: Trade Deadline ImpactJeff Erickson2007-08-02
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Hack, Slash, and RehabWill Carroll2007-07-30
This article requires BP Premium accessWait 'Til Next Year: The Scouting Directors, NL CentralBryan Smith2007-05-27
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Unpaid HazardsKevin Goldstein2007-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems, NL CentralKevin Goldstein2007-04-25
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This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: A Tale of Two ClosersWill Carroll2007-03-13
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: March 1-12, 2007Christina Kahrl2007-03-13
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL Central CatchupChristina Kahrl2007-02-06
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Matchups: Uni-gamersJim Baker2007-01-12
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Two Steps Back, NLKevin Goldstein2006-09-12
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This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: National League, March 30-April 4Christina Kahrl2006-04-07
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This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: It Happens Every SpringWill Carroll2006-02-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTeam Health Reports: Pittsburgh PiratesWill Carroll2006-02-14
Prospectus Notebook: Pirates, RangersBaseball Prospectus2005-10-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: September 14-20Christina Kahrl2005-09-21
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: Almost HomeWill Carroll2005-09-15
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: September 8-13Christina Kahrl2005-09-14
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Focus: NL Call-UpsRandy Hale2005-08-31
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: The I Don't Know EditionWill Carroll2005-04-29
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Wests, etc.Christina Kahrl2005-03-25
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The 2002 Draft: Status of the First Round PicksDeric McKamey2002-09-17


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, I am shocked that Brian Burres and Bryan Bullington didn't work out.
(JP from Toronto)
Yeah, but you cut bait quickly. That was good. You sure have a lot of pitchers up there. (Joe Sheehan)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Bryan Bullington threw 1,203 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2010, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2010, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph), Sinker (92mph) and Slider (83mph), also mixing in a Change (87mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (78mph).