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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .244 3 27 20 13 .239 0.4
Birth Date7-20-1984
Height5' 9"
Weight170 lbs
Age30 years, 3 months, 6 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
0.62010
2.02011
-0.32012
-0.22013
0.32014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 MIN 21 9 6 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .500 .250 .292 0.0 0.2 0.0
2007 MIN 22 56 204 189 15 42 5 1 0 49 9 29 0 1 5 9 11 1 .222 .256 .259 .175 -7.4 1.8 -0.5
2008 MIN 23 98 437 385 58 108 15 0 7 144 31 45 2 6 13 50 7 2 .281 .333 .374 .255 9.0 -8.5 0.1
2009 MIN 24 80 256 228 25 46 7 3 0 59 22 36 3 1 2 17 11 0 .202 .280 .259 .192 -11.1 -2.9 -1.4
2010 MIN 25 69 170 152 26 42 7 4 1 60 13 17 0 1 4 20 6 1 .276 .331 .395 .246 4.5 1.6 0.6
2011 MIN 26 97 365 323 52 84 21 4 2 119 28 45 3 3 8 21 15 4 .260 .322 .368 .252 12.4 6.1 2.0
2012 MIN 27 106 326 299 33 72 17 2 1 96 16 52 3 5 3 30 21 1 .241 .282 .321 .219 -1.2 -1.7 -0.3
2013 BAL 28 62 125 112 15 24 4 1 1 33 9 20 0 2 2 10 9 2 .214 .268 .295 .230 -1.3 -0.6 -0.2
2014 BAL 29 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .021 -0.9 -0.1 -0.1
Career578189316962254197615125611302461119371578011.247.302.331.2284.0-4.00.1

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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2004 CDR A 9 34 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .360 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PRO Rk 4 17 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CDR A 78 347 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ARK AA 7 21 .186 .285 .369 .424 .259 .250 119 -1.7 0.6 0.1 -0.1 0.3 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2005 SLC AAA 13 46 .196 .268 .341 .406 .266 .270 90 -3.2 1.3 0.1 1.1 -0.5 -2.1 -0.1 -2.1 -0.1
2006 MIN MLB 9 6 .292 .278 .364 .412 .267 .333 103 0.2 0.2 0 0.2 -0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 FTM A+ 78 359 .307 .258 .324 .384 .254 .369 100 15.2 8.8 1.7 2.2 1.6 25.9 2.8 25.9 2.8
2006 NBR AA 45 199 .274 .252 .323 .388 .265 .314 93 2.1 4.0 1.9 1.9 1.4 9.9 1.3 9.9 1.3
2007 MIN MLB 56 204 .175 .277 .336 .430 .264 .261 95 -19.2 6.1 -0.1 1.8 3.2 -7.4 -0.5 -7.4 -0.5
2007 ROC AAA 84 365 .257 .269 .334 .408 .263 .304 93 -1.3 10.5 2.3 -13.2 -0.8 10.3 -0.3 10.3 -0.3
2008 MIN MLB 98 437 .255 .268 .333 .420 .261 .298 98 -2.2 12.6 -0.5 -8.5 0.1 9.0 0.1 9.0 0.1
2008 BLT A 2 9 .457 .269 .362 .395 .275 .667 98 1.9 0.3 0 0.1 0.1 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2008 ROC AAA 32 121 .226 .251 .322 .383 .252 .256 92 -3.8 3.0 0.9 -2.4 -0.4 -0.9 -0.3 -0.9 -0.3
2009 MIN MLB 80 256 .192 .265 .332 .424 .260 .238 104 -18.6 7.4 -0.4 -2.9 0.6 -11.1 -1.4 -11.1 -1.4
2009 ROC AAA 40 171 .279 .262 .329 .399 .247 .383 113 3.6 5.0 -0.2 0.4 -1.4 6.6 0.7 6.6 0.7
2010 MIN MLB 69 170 .246 .258 .324 .403 .255 .304 110 -2.5 4.7 0.8 1.6 1.5 4.5 0.6 4.5 0.6
2010 FTM A+ 3 14 .170 .259 .334 .348 .263 .200 89 -1.4 0.4 0.1 0.2 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2010 NBR AA 6 23 .283 .264 .327 .416 .258 .368 98 0.6 0.7 0.1 0.1 0.1 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2010 TWI Rk 5 17 .204 .225 .273 .332 .239 .143 107 -1 0.6 0 0.1 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2011 MIN MLB 97 365 .252 .251 .313 .394 .254 .294 104 -2.8 9.8 1.4 6.1 2.1 12.4 2.0 12.4 2.0
2011 FTM A+ 1 2 .006 .240 .321 .300 .233 .000 101 -0.6 0.1 0 0.1 0.0 -0.6 -0.0 -0.6 -0.0
2011 GIG Wnt 31 137 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .408 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 MIN MLB 106 326 .219 .256 .319 .408 .260 .283 105 -13.4 8.9 -0.4 -1.7 0.6 -1.2 -0.3 -1.2 -0.3
2012 GIG Wnt 37 170 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .316 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 BAL MLB 62 125 .230 .260 .323 .409 .271 .247 99 -3.6 3.3 -0.1 -0.6 -1.3 -1.3 -0.2 -1.3 -0.2
2014 BAL MLB 1 4 .021 .228 .287 .381 .246 .000 111 -0.9 0.1 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2014 ABE A- 4 16 .399 .275 .319 .418 .277 .538 94 2.3 0.4 0 0.2 -1.2 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2014 NOR AAA 56 213 .221 .258 .327 .386 .248 .302 101 -9.4 6.4 0.9 0.1 2.0 0.3 0.0 0.9 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 CDR A 34 6 9 2 1 0 1 5 4 1 1 .310 .412 .448 .138 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PRO Rk 17 4 4 1 1 0 1 4 0 1 0 .333 .529 .583 .250 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ARK AA 21 4 4 0 0 0 4 2 3 1 1 .211 .286 .211 .000 .186 -1.2 -0.1 -0.1
2005 SLC AAA 46 3 10 0 0 0 1 3 6 1 1 .256 .283 .256 .000 .196 -2.1 1.1 -0.1
2005 CDR A 347 62 100 11 3 3 17 29 31 47 12 .325 .390 .409 .084 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 FTM A+ 359 56 107 12 6 0 33 30 36 31 6 .331 .388 .406 .074 .307 25.9 2.2 2.8
2006 NBR AA 199 28 50 10 1 1 13 18 20 19 4 .294 .362 .382 .088 .274 9.9 1.9 1.3
2006 MIN MLB 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .250 .500 .250 .000 .292 0.0 0.2 0.0
2007 ROC AAA 365 53 86 13 1 3 20 34 50 24 12 .269 .341 .344 .075 .257 10.3 -13.2 -0.3
2007 MIN MLB 204 15 42 5 1 0 9 9 29 11 1 .222 .256 .259 .037 .175 -7.4 1.8 -0.5
2008 ROC AAA 121 11 21 3 0 0 2 18 18 4 3 .219 .342 .250 .031 .226 -0.9 -2.4 -0.3
2008 BLT A 9 2 4 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 .571 .667 .571 .000 .457 2.0 0.1 0.2
2008 MIN MLB 437 58 108 15 0 7 50 31 45 7 2 .281 .333 .374 .094 .255 9.0 -8.5 0.1
2009 ROC AAA 171 21 53 3 4 2 17 11 23 9 6 .340 .379 .449 .109 .279 6.6 0.4 0.7
2009 MIN MLB 256 25 46 7 3 0 17 22 36 11 0 .202 .280 .259 .057 .192 -11.1 -2.9 -1.4
2010 FTM A+ 14 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 2 1 1 .167 .286 .167 .000 .170 -0.7 0.2 -0.1
2010 MIN MLB 170 26 42 7 4 1 20 13 17 6 1 .276 .331 .395 .118 .246 4.5 1.6 0.6
2010 NBR AA 23 1 7 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 0 .350 .435 .350 .000 .283 1.0 0.1 0.1
2010 TWI Rk 17 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .143 .294 .214 .071 .204 -0.3 0.1 -0.0
2011 FTM A+ 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .006 -0.6 0.1 -0.0
2011 MIN MLB 365 52 84 21 4 2 21 28 45 15 4 .260 .322 .368 .108 .252 12.4 6.1 2.0
2011 GIG Wnt 137 22 40 7 1 0 7 15 21 6 1 .336 .419 .412 .076 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 MIN MLB 326 33 72 17 2 1 30 16 52 21 1 .241 .282 .321 .080 .219 -1.2 -1.7 -0.3
2012 GIG Wnt 170 24 44 9 3 2 11 12 17 7 3 .289 .349 .428 .138 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 BAL MLB 125 15 24 4 1 1 10 9 20 9 2 .214 .268 .295 .080 .230 -1.3 -0.6 -0.2
2014 NOR AAA 213 25 52 8 0 1 19 14 28 9 2 .264 .315 .320 .056 .221 0.9 0.1 0.1
2014 ABE A- 16 4 7 2 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 .467 .500 .600 .133 .399 1.1 0.2 0.1
2014 BAL MLB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .021 -0.9 -0.1 -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
2008 1640 0.5396 0.4188 0.9125 0.5424 0.2728 0.9479 0.8301 0.0831
2009 942 0.5244 0.4421 0.8341 0.5810 0.2879 0.8850 0.7209 0.1538
2010 605 0.5488 0.4470 0.8963 0.5693 0.2967 0.9259 0.8272 0.1037
2011 1366 0.5388 0.3930 0.8750 0.5149 0.2492 0.9340 0.7325 0.1194
2012 1195 0.5515 0.4782 0.8348 0.6115 0.3097 0.8784 0.7289 0.1582
2013 412 0.5146 0.4903 0.8416 0.6321 0.3400 0.8806 0.7647 0.1436
2014 12 0.5000 0.5000 0.8333 0.5000 0.5000 1.0000 0.6667 0.1667
Career61720.53860.43580.87070.56410.28430.91520.76730.1227

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-27 2014-08-13 Minors 47 0 Right Wrist Fracture Hamate -
2014-05-22 2014-05-31 Minors 9 0 - Thigh Strain -
2014-03-14 2014-03-19 Camp 5 0 Left Knee Swelling - -
2014-02-25 2014-03-11 Camp 14 0 - Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2013-09-24 2013-09-30 DTD 6 6 - Head Concussion Player Collision While Fielding - -
2013-06-10 2013-06-15 DTD 5 5 Right Fingers Sprain Index Finger - -
2012-05-07 2012-05-10 DTD 3 3 - Shoulder Soreness - -
2012-04-23 2012-04-25 DTD 2 2 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-03-29 2012-04-04 Camp 6 0 Right Knee Inflammation Bursitis - -
2011-08-13 2011-09-29 60-DL 47 44 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2011-07-28 2011-08-12 15-DL 15 13 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2011-06-29 2011-07-01 DTD 2 1 Thumb Soreness -
2011-03-07 2011-03-08 Camp 1 0 Left Ankle Sprain Running The Bases -
2010-09-24 2010-09-24 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness -
2010-08-08 2010-08-11 DTD 3 2 Right Ankle Bone Chips -
2010-06-01 2010-07-21 15-DL 50 43 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Chips 2010-06-04
2009-08-16 2009-08-17 DTD 1 1 Left Foot Contusion -
2008-07-29 2008-08-20 15-DL 22 20 Right Thumb Sprain Ligament -
2008-07-03 2008-07-05 DTD 2 1 Left Fingers Sprain Middle Finger -
2008-06-28 2008-06-29 DTD 1 1 Left Fingers Sprain Middle Finger -
2008-06-08 2008-06-09 DTD 1 1 Low Back Soreness -
2007-03-04 2007-03-06 Camp 2 0 Hip Contusion Tailbone -
2006-09-30 2006-10-02 DTD 2 2 Low Back Spasms -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 BAL $
2013 BAL $1,700,000
2012 MIN $1,382,500
2011 MIN $865,000
2010 MIN $437,500
2009 MIN $427,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$4,812,500
5 yrTotal$4,812,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 38 dProformance1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Baltimore as a free agent 1/10/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Baltimore 9/27/14.
  • 1 year/$1.9M (2013), plus 2014 club option. 13:$1.7M, 14:$3M club option, $0.2M buyout. Baltimore declined 2014 option 11/4/13.
  • 1 year/$1.3825M (2012). Re-signed by Minnesota 2/15/12 (avoided arbitration, $1.75M-$1.065M). Claimed by Baltimore off waivers from Minnesota 11/2/12.
  • 1 year/$0.865M (2011). Re-signed by Minnesota 1/16/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4375M (2010). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/7/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4275M (2009). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/8/09. Optioned to Triple-A 5/6/09. Recalled 5/30/09. Optioned to Triple-A 6/12/09. Recalled 7/16/09.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2008). Re-signed by Minnesota 2/27/08. Optioned to Triple-A 3/14/08. Recalled 5/11/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Optioned to Triple-A 3/07. Recalled 4/07. Optioned to Triple-A 5/07. Recalled 7/30/07.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2006). Acquired by Minnesota in trade from LA Angels 12/05. Contract purchased by Minnesota 9/06.
  • Signed by Anaheim 2003 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 512 62 130 25 5 6 46 43 71 31 6 .286 .348 .403 .277 25.0 2B 0, SS 1 2.9
80o 490 57 119 23 5 5 42 39 70 28 5 .271 .330 .381 .263 17.5 2B 0, SS 1 2.0
70o 475 54 110 21 4 5 40 37 69 26 5 .260 .318 .366 .253 12.4 2B 0, SS 1 1.5
60o 462 51 105 20 4 5 37 35 68 25 5 .251 .308 .352 .245 8.3 2B 0, SS 1 1.0
50o 450 49 98 19 4 4 35 33 67 23 4 .242 .298 .340 .237 4.7 2B 0, SS 1 0.6
40o 438 46 93 18 4 4 33 31 67 22 4 .233 .288 .328 .229 1.2 2B 0, SS 1 0.2
30o 425 44 87 17 3 4 31 29 66 20 4 .224 .278 .315 .221 -2.3 2B 0, SS 1 -0.1
20o 410 41 80 15 3 4 29 26 64 19 4 .214 .265 .300 .211 -6.1 2B 0, SS 1 -0.6
10o 388 37 71 14 3 3 26 23 62 17 3 .199 .248 .279 .198 -10.9 2B 0, SS 1 -1.1
Weighted Mean456501011945363468244.246.302.346.2416.32B 0, SS 10.8

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
3% 49% 7% 12% 99%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2015302502453112221183712.232.291.327.2310.0-0.30.01.813.5-15.60.5
2016312502453112321183811.232.290.334.2320.0-0.1-0.11.714.9-16.70.5
2017324154184163434346518.225.292.314.228-0.1-2.0-0.42.814.9-19.30.9
2018332502450101320193910.221.284.309.223-0.2-2.4-0.31.67.5-11.10.5
2019343012957112324234811.212.279.303.220-0.8-7.8-0.71.814.9-23.90.6
202035250244910122019418.218.282.305.220-0.3-3.3-0.81.46.5-10.40.5
202136261245010122019437.215.277.296.215-1.2-11.4-1.11.414.9-26.70.5
202237250234810121918426.211.274.291.213-1.4-13.2-1.31.314.9-28.10.5
202338612551162344454310513.209.269.286.208-1.6-16.4-3.43.014.9-31.01.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
49.538.936.124.616.89.5165.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 86 Chris Getz 2013 .198
2 85 Billy Goodman 1955 .266
3 83 Dave Cash 1977 .253
4 83 Steve Sax 1989 .273
5 83 Brian Roberts 2007 .279
6 82 Orlando Hudson 2007 .270
7 81 Chuck Knoblauch 1998 .274
8 81 D'Angelo Jimenez 2007 .274
9 81 Bill Doran 1987 .284
10 81 Bobby Avila 1953 .280
11 80 Craig Biggio 1995 .315
12 80 Alex Cintron 2008 .221
13 80 Jason Bartlett 2009 .299
14 80 Nellie Fox 1957 .305
15 80 Chris Stynes 2002 .246
16 80 Luis Castillo 2005 .276
17 80 Lou Whitaker 1986 .274
18 80 Brendan Ryan 2011 .248
19 80 Roberto Alomar 1997 .307
20 80 Omar Infante 2011 .267
21 80 Felipe Lopez 2009 .284
22 80 Don Buford 1966 .270
23 79 Jose Vidro 2004 .283
24 79 Ted Sizemore 1974 .238
25 78 George Kell 1952 .304
26 78 Ryan Theriot 2009 .245
27 78 Jeff Frye 1996 .262
28 78 Robert Andino 2013 .186
29 78 Ray Durham 2001 .269
30 78 Endy Chavez 2007 .241
31 78 Alan Bannister 1981 .247
32 78 Jody Reed 1992 .241
33 78 Placido Polanco 2005 .287
34 77 Paul Janish 2012 .198
35 77 Cesar Izturis 2009 .209
36 77 Davey Lopes 1974 .277
37 77 Jim Gilliam 1958 .260
38 77 Cookie Rojas 1968 .229
39 77 Alberto Gonzalez 2012 .178
40 76 Wally Backman 1989 .222
41 76 Ken Aspromonte 1961 .224
42 76 Todd Walker 2002 .266
43 76 Bill Sample 1984 .232
44 76 Carlos Baerga 1998 .234
45 76 Shannon Stewart 2003 .287
46 76 Rafael Furcal 2007 .241
47 76 Johnny Ray 1986 .272
48 76 Luis Rodriguez 2009 .220
49 76 Tim Teufel 1988 .261
50 76 Ken Oberkfell 1985 .260
51 76 Willy Taveras 2011 .000 DNP
52 76 Tony Gwynn 2012 .214
53 76 Jose Oquendo 1993 .193
54 76 Quilvio Veras 2000 .290
55 76 Frank Bolling 1961 .252
56 76 Cesar Tovar 1970 .286
57 76 Jeff Cirillo 1999 .289
58 76 Johnny Damon 2003 .260
59 76 Ichiro Suzuki 2003 .282
60 76 Tony Fernandez 1991 .249
61 76 Paul Schaal 1972 .253
62 76 Rich Dauer 1982 .263
63 76 Tom Herr 1985 .306
64 75 Delino DeShields 1998 .274
65 75 Jim Gantner 1982 .261
66 75 Curt Flood 1967 .310
67 75 Willie Randolph 1984 .271
68 75 Jeff Treadway 1992 .205
69 75 Mike Andrews 1973 .211
70 75 Craig Wilson 2000 .202
71 75 Rich Rollins 1967 .242
72 75 Rod Carew 1975 .328
73 75 Maicer Izturis 2010 .247
74 75 Dale Mitchell 1951 .293
75 75 Darryl Hamilton 1994 .241
76 75 Cliff Pennington 2013 .233
77 75 Davey Johnson 1972 .258
78 75 Randy Ready 1989 .305
79 75 Chone Figgins 2007 .289
80 75 Harvey Kuenn 1960 .294
81 75 Joey Cora 1994 .258
82 75 Kevin Seitzer 1991 .262
83 75 Jack Wilson 2007 .265
84 75 Jose Offerman 1998 .294
85 75 Angel Berroa 2009 .128
86 75 Chris Sabo 1991 .293
87 75 Morgan Ensberg 2005 .315
88 75 Matt Tolbert 2011 .189
89 75 Lenny Green 1962 .280
90 74 Alan Trammell 1987 .331
91 74 Mike Lansing 1997 .273
92 74 Eric Young 1996 .254
93 74 Tracy Jones 1990 .254
94 74 Felix Millan 1973 .255
95 74 Barry Larkin 1993 .296
96 74 Bobby Adams 1951 .257
97 74 Kenny Lofton 1996 .281
98 74 Mark Loretta 2001 .245
99 74 Alex Ochoa 2001 .252
100 74 Jerry Remy 1982 .243

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .250 .290 .316 .238
11 vs R (Multi) .232 .290 .331 .227
18 Split (Multi) -.018 .000 .016 -.011
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.007 .000 .004 .002
30 vs L (2013) .227 .268 .288 .230
31 vs R (2013) .196 .269 .304 .211
38 Split (2013) -.032 .002 .016 -.018
39 LgAvg (2013) -.008 -.001 .005 .003

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 Twins waited for Casilla to develop into the every-day second baseman they were expecting for almost seven seasons. And at times, 2008 in particular, Casilla actually looked like he was going to blossom. But he never developed plate discipline and alternated good seasons with embarrassingly poor ones, and the Twins grew understandably frustrated. He is a capable defender at second, but a move to short didnít pan out in 2011. He is a very good basestealer, with an 89 percent career success rate. He was waived in November and claimed by the Orioles, where he will serve as a utility infielder and insurance for Brian Roberts.
2012 The Twins spent spring training pondering whether Casilla or Tsuyoshi Nishioka would play shortstop, with the other one playing second, and they chose poorly. While Nishioka suffered a broken fibula in the season's seventh game due partly to his inexperience at the keystone, Casilla hit just .167/.227/.200 in April, struggled defensively, and lost his job. He didn't stay buried for long, as Trevor Plouffe disappointed on both sides of the ball. By mid-June, Casilla shifted back to second base to accommodate Nishioka's return. Alas, after a respectable .281/.344/.408 line from May through July, he strained his right hamstring on July 27, and re-injured it in his return 15 days later, shelving him for the season. The year where he holds onto a job may never come, and perhaps it shouldn't given his limitations, but the Twins appear ready to go into 2012 with him as their starting second baseman. Yippee.
2011 Casilla re-entered the good graces of Twins management last season after a 2009 in which he had not only been dreadful statistically, but angered his employers with a series of mental lapses and a general lack of hustle. He bounced back with a fine 2010 as a part-time player, convincing the Twins to pencil him in as their starting second baseman this season. Casilla will provide some of the speed with which Ron Gardenhire wants to furnish his lineup in order to take advantage of Target Field's dimensions. Orlando Hudson's rates were almost identical to Casilla's, so if the latter is consistent they won't be losing anything, but that's not the same as saying the Twins have solved their longstanding problem at the position.
2010 For three years, Casilla has been a source of frustration while trying and failing to establish himself. With enough quality work on the farm scene to be a 4-H all-star, Casilla has the numbers and the scouting reports to deserve more chances, but he's pressed every time he's in the majors, while also occasionally getting on Ron Gardenhire's bad side for his effort and attitude. The Twins aren't giving up on him yet, and now that he's got hero status after getting the walk-off hit against the Tigers to put the Twins in the playoffs, he'll get another chance in 2010. It's up to him to avoid joining the Giants' John Patterson in history's dustbin as a one-clutch-hit-wonder.
2009 Sent out during spring training in favor of Brendan Harris, Casilla didn't hit at Triple-A but was recalled on May 10 just the same when an injury crunch hit. Gardenhire's dissatisfaction with Harris's defense eventually got Casilla a shot at the starting lineup, and when he batted .340/.417/.520 over the balance of the month the job was his. Batting .313/.351/.424 in late July when he tore a tendon in his thumb, Casilla spent a month of the DL. Season-ending surgery had been an option, and given that Casilla hit .225/.302/.289 the rest of the way it might have been the better choice. That's the benefit of hindsight, of course, and the longer Casilla stayed hurt, the longer Adam Everett persisted in the starting lineup, an argument for rolling the dice if ever there was one. It remains to be seen if Casilla can put together an entire season like the one he was having before he was injured.
2008 When the Twins traded Luis Castillo to the Mets, they created space for an inferior version of the same player in Casilla. Casilla has very little power and is thus reliant on making contact, working walks, and his speed. A switch-hitter, he also shares Castillo's preference for batting from the right side. The 50 walks he drew in the minors will be 25 to 30 in the majors, forcing him to hit .300 to carry a job, but he was clearly overmatched after his call-up. The addition of Adam Everett may allow the Twins to start Casilla at Triple-A, which would be best for all parties.
2007 Who wants to be the next Luis Castillo? No, it`s not the latest reality show on Fox, but if it was, here`s your favorite to win the big prize. Casilla is a small, switch-hitting speedster, and he understands his strengths--making contact, legging out hits, and stealing second base when the opportunity presents itself. The one big difference between Castillo and Casilla is that the latter can play both middle infield positions. Bonus!

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-09-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)Will Johnathan Schoop be the Orioles everyday 2B next year? Do you see him as an eventual top-10 fantasy guy at the position?
(Jim from Baltimore)
Hi Jim

I can't predict whether or not Schoop will be the Orioles 2B next year, but I do think that he'll get an opportunity in camp. Brian Roberts is a free agent, and Alexi Casilla and Ryan Flaherty shouldn't be viewed as road blocks. I suspect the Orioles will bring in a cheap veteran as a back-up plan in Spring Training and let them compete.

Will Jonathan Schoop be a Top 10 guy? That all depends on how his power develops. He probably will eventually be Top 10, but given his age and the minor league numbers he has put up to date, I don't see this happening until 2017-2018. These players play different positions, but I think you have to look at players like Brett Lawrie and Eric Hosmer as examples. Everyone got too enthusiastic about Lawrie/Hosmer and got burned the last couple of years. That doesn't mean these players aren't good and won't get better, but it's a long learning curve, particularly if you're not a made-to-order superstar like Mike Trout or Schoop's teammate, Manny Machado. (Mike Gianella)
2009-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bill Smith says he expects that Ron Gardenhire will keep Nick Punto in the lineup somewhere. This guy is supposed to be Gardenhire's boss. Can't he make him see sense? I'm tired of this cycle where Punto is handed an opening day job, fails miserably, gets replaced by even worse players, gets the job back for the last month, hits decently, and gets a job again the next year. And since it also seems that the Twins are considering bringing back Joe Crede at third or Orlando Cabrera at second (in order to keep Punto somewhere), which is the better alternative? Finally, wouldn't someone like Felipe Lopez be great for the Twins?
(russadams from Target Center)
I'm not sure Nick Punto is so much the problem as an inability to put real players at third base and left field is the problem. If Punto can bat ninth, hit what he hits and play plus defense, he's an acceptable solution on a team with seven or eight actual hitters. Punto is better, relative to his position, than Delmon Young or the collective nightmare at third base or what Alexi Casilla (who I like) did this year. Focusing on him and not those problems is a mistake.

Lopez is a good player who brings more offense than defense, and that's always been a good path to the bench in Minnesota. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Liriano seems poised to start on Monday for the Twins... why didn't they shore up at 3B again? Is 2nd in the division just more comfortable?
(themcneills from PDX)
If that's true on Liriano, it's about damn time. As for third base, Brian Buscher has been doing a nice enough job there (.313/.342/.438) that the team should be worrying about second base (Alexi Casilla is done for the year) and shortstop (where Brendan Harris is currently playing) ahead of their third base concerns.

I think the Casilla injury is a major blow to that club. He was playing a bit over his head, but he'd really provided a nice spark for them. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Alexi Casilla is over his head, or finally making good on PECOTA's high hopes for him? (And how was the Sex and the City movie?)
(prayer to god from shellac)
What a great song Prayer To God is -- one of their best. I think Casilla at .320 is over his head, but I do think he could hit .280-.295 consistently with the same level of secondary skills, and that's a pretty good player. Sex And The City movie was pretty darn good -- I'll give it three stars. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-02-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Am I better off long term with 3 guys at the end of Kevin Goldstein's top 100 (Carter, Revere, etc) or with Ronnie Cedeno, Andy Marte, and Alexi Casilla?
(LindInMoskva from DC)
Without double-checking, I believe that Kevin has Lars Anderson at #100, so yes. As in definitely yes.

Lars. Anderson. will. be. very. very. good. (David Laurila)
2008-01-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bryan, how high are you on Alexi Casilla, after his underwhelming performance at Rochester and in MN this past year? Still SS/2B of the future?
(collins from greenville nc)
I'm not very high on Casilla. His contact abilities are pretty fantastic, and he deserves praise for that, but his OBP is just not high enough to make up for the fact that a .400 SLG will always be difficult for him. My leadoff series I did in July really painted a picture that Casilla faces an uphill, uphill climb. (Bryan Smith)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableNot sure why, but I have a feeling O-Dog could become a short-term folk hero in Minneapolis. And not just because he'll keep Alexi Casilla off the field. (Ken Funck)
 

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