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Brett Cecil PBlue Jays

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2015 Full Season Projections (seasonal age 27)
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Birth Date7-2-1986
Height6' 3"
Weight220 lbs
Age29 years, 2 months, 1 days
BatsR
ThrowsL
0.12011
0.22012
1.12013
1.32014
0.12015
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2009 TOR MLB 18 17 93.3 116 38 69 17 .267 104 11.2 3.7 1.6 6.7 44% .338 .293 1.65 5.42 5.30 109 6.21 -0.7
2010 TOR MLB 28 28 172.7 175 54 117 18 .259 110 9.1 2.8 0.9 6.1 44% .293 .247 1.33 4.00 4.22 98 4.13 2.2
2011 TOR MLB 20 20 123.7 122 42 87 22 .265 109 8.9 3.1 1.6 6.3 40% .267 .276 1.33 5.13 4.73 106 4.08 1.4
2012 TOR MLB 21 9 61.3 70 23 51 11 .266 107 10.3 3.4 1.6 7.5 40% .324 .291 1.52 4.99 5.72 105 5.81 -0.5
2013 TOR MLB 60 0 60.7 44 23 70 4 .272 102 6.5 3.4 0.6 10.4 53% .267 .224 1.10 2.91 2.82 81 2.44 1.6
2014 TOR MLB 66 0 53.3 46 27 76 2 .263 106 7.8 4.6 0.3 12.8 55% .344 .244 1.37 0.00 2.70 74 2.95 1.0
2015 TOR MLB 49 0 42.7 35 13 47 4 .258 102 7.4 2.7 0.8 9.9 53% .290 .228 1.12 3.19 3.16 0 0.00 0.0
CareerMLB26274607.760822051778.2641079.03.31.27.745%.299.2611.364.244.30984.325.5

Statistics for All Levels

'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 H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
2007 AUB A- 14 13 49.7 36 11 56 1 .262 97 6.5 2.0 0.2 10.1 61% .268 .204 0.95 2.30 1.27
2008 DUN A+ 4 4 10.3 6 2 11 1 .257 103 5.2 1.7 0.9 9.6 72% .208 .177 0.78 2.92 1.75
2008 NHP AA 18 18 77.7 66 23 87 4 .260 107 7.6 2.7 0.5 10.1 60% .302 .216 1.15 2.73 2.55
2008 SYR AAA 6 6 30.7 28 16 31 1 .265 91 8.2 4.7 0.3 9.1 68% .310 .247 1.43 3.29 4.10
2009 TOR MLB 18 17 93.3 116 38 69 17 .267 104 11.2 3.7 1.6 6.7 44% .338 .293 1.65 5.42 5.30
2009 LVG AAA 9 9 49.0 53 19 32 2 .276 101 9.7 3.5 0.4 5.9 61% .313 .255 1.47 4.03 5.69
2010 TOR MLB 28 28 172.7 175 54 117 18 .259 110 9.1 2.8 0.9 6.1 44% .293 .247 1.33 4.00 4.22
2010 LVG AAA 2 2 11.0 13 2 11 0 .252 123 10.6 1.6 0.0 9.0 45% .394 .221 1.36 2.13 2.45
2011 TOR MLB 20 20 123.7 122 42 87 22 .265 109 8.9 3.1 1.6 6.3 40% .267 .276 1.33 5.13 4.73
2011 LVG AAA 12 12 78.7 89 24 63 15 .271 120 10.2 2.7 1.7 7.2 43% .306 .262 1.44 5.58 5.26
2012 TOR MLB 21 9 61.3 70 23 51 11 .266 107 10.3 3.4 1.6 7.5 40% .324 .291 1.52 4.99 5.72
2012 NHP AA 9 9 42.7 44 14 34 2 .262 103 9.3 3.0 0.4 7.2 45% .318 .253 1.36 3.34 3.38
2012 LVG AAA 6 6 39.7 36 7 33 1 .278 102 8.2 1.6 0.2 7.5 50% .312 .211 1.08 2.93 2.50
2013 TOR MLB 60 0 60.7 44 23 70 4 .272 102 6.5 3.4 0.6 10.4 53% .267 .224 1.10 2.91 2.82
2014 TOR MLB 66 0 53.3 46 27 76 2 .263 106 7.8 4.6 0.3 12.8 55% .344 .244 1.37 0.00 2.70
2014 BUF AAA 2 0 2.0 2 0 1 1 .291 96 9.0 0.0 4.5 4.5 83% .200 .281 1.00 0.00 4.50
2015 TOR MLB 49 0 42.7 35 13 47 4 .258 102 7.4 2.7 0.8 9.9 53% .290 .228 1.12 3.19 3.16

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 1603 0.5172 0.4313 0.8162 0.6080 0.2416 0.8730 0.6631 0.1838
2010 2700 0.5193 0.4741 0.8039 0.6384 0.2966 0.8737 0.6416 0.1961
2011 1914 0.5099 0.4757 0.8220 0.6281 0.3166 0.8923 0.6768 0.1780
2012 1021 0.4927 0.4417 0.7916 0.6143 0.2741 0.8706 0.6197 0.2084
2013 909 0.5050 0.4433 0.7270 0.5839 0.3000 0.8396 0.5037 0.2680
2014 877 0.4721 0.4538 0.6256 0.5531 0.3650 0.8166 0.3669 0.3744
2015 650 0.4569 0.4815 0.7157 0.6566 0.3343 0.8667 0.4661 0.2812
Career96740.50450.45970.77890.61720.29810.86810.60020.2204

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-19 2014-07-04 15-DL 15 14 Left Groin Strain -
2014-06-14 2014-06-18 DTD 4 3 Left Groin Tightness -
2013-09-13 2013-09-30 60-DL 17 16 Left Elbow Inflammation - -
2013-08-25 2013-08-30 DTD 5 4 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
2012-04-19 2012-06-15 Minors 57 0 - Groin Strain - -
2011-09-10 2011-09-20 DTD 10 8 Left Fingers Laceration Index Finger Cleaning Blender - -
2010-09-11 2010-09-17 DTD 6 5 Arm Fatigue -
2010-08-07 2010-08-14 DTD 7 6 Right Knee Laceration -
2010-03-04 2010-03-15 Camp 11 0 Left Thumb Laceration Thumb -
2009-08-09 2009-08-20 DTD 11 9 Left Knee Sprain MCL Bothering Since Spring Training -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 TOR $
2015 TOR $2,475,000
2014 TOR $1,300,000
2013 TOR $510,000
2011 TOR $443,100
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$2,253,100
2011Current$2,475,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$4,728,100
5 yrTotal$4,728,100

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 152 dLevinsons ACES1 year/$2.475M (2015)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.475M (2015). Re-signed by Toronto 1/15/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.3M (2014). Re-signed by Toronto 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.51M (2013). Re-signed by Toronto 3/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Toronto 3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4431M (2011). Re-signed by Toronto 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Toronto 3/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Toronto 5/1/09.
  • Drafted by Toronto 2007 1s-38 (Maryland). Signed 6/16/07, $0.81M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .221 .281 .326 .230
11 vs R (Multi) .248 .337 .389 .262
18 Split (Multi) -.026 -.056 -.063 -.033
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.024 -.027 -.064 -.028
30 vs L (2014) .247 .319 .395 .273
31 vs R (2014) .213 .315 .254 .225
38 Split (2014) .034 .004 .141 .048
39 LgAvg (2014) -.020 -.022 -.062 -.025

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DateQuestionAnswer
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Bret, thanks in advance. In a keeper, I drafted Seager and Bryant. Dynasty 10 teams. Don't see myself giving up on Bryant. I need Closer depth. Should I dangle Seager for a closer or should I hold out for bigger return? I have an offer on him in the form of Brett Cecil. Thanks again!
(Number27 from THRILLwaukee)
Do not do that. Please do not do that. If I'm trading Corey Seager in a dynasty league right now, I'd better be getting at least a top-75 overall player back. (Bret Sayre)
2015-02-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Toronto closer: Aaron Sanchez? Brett Cecil? You must have seen these guys in the Int, no?
(CyMature from fountain of youth)
Yes. Saw Sanchez at New Hampshire last year. He wasn't around AAA a long time. The guy is one of the biggest arms around the game. Mid 90's with ease. Tons of natural life and run. I was told he has those big Pedro Martinez fingers that create a natural rifling effect as he releases the ball. Even long tossing he would appear to be throwing 15 degree away from the catcher and the ball ran back that much. I think this is a big reason for his command issues. The other big problem is his short striding. I don't like it and it's not helping him repeat better at all. Two Plus or better pitches and the change has a ton of potential. Big, strong, athlete who can throw hard all day. He'd be a waste in the pen in many ways - it wouldn't hide his command deficiencies, for one. If you're having trouble locating that doesn't really improve if you suddenly ONLY pitch high leverage innings. In either case though, he doesn't need to improve his command to get big leaguers out. He can be effectively wild because the stuff is just so good. Our own Mark Anderson used a AJ Burnett comp I liked a lot. Burnett has basically been a thrower and not a pitcher his whole career and yet he's made a hell of a career of that. Sanchez could do the same and has the potential to evolve into a better type of pitcher (READ: NOT saying better career than Burnett neccesarily ). EDIT: Rambled and Forgot Cecil. Cecil was the Closer for Maryland in College and he's more than capable. I also wouldn't sleep on Aaron Loup. He gets out LHs and RHs and is a pretty strong arm. Neither of those guys has a more impressive resume than Casey Janssen when he took over, no? (Al Skorupa)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)Toronto has a little bit of money left but has a couple of potential needs (Closer, 2B, CF, SP). If you were the team's GM which would you prioritize knowing that the likely fallback options for those positions were Dalton Pompey (CF), Brett Cecil (CL), and Devon Travis (2b). Axford or K-Rod for closer and Hector Olivera at second base would look nice no?
(Jim from Ottawa)
I'm not a believer in Devon Travis as a significant MLB contributor, so I would focus my attention on finding alternatives or ideally an answer at second base. If not that, then I think it makes more sense to focus on finding additional arms for the rotation at this point. (Mark Anderson)
2015-02-16 11:00:00 (link to chat)It looks like the Blue Jays are going to go with Brett Cecil and Aaron Sanchez as their late inning arms. If it were up to you, who would be the closer and who the setup man?
(Mark from Toronto)
I'm not sure the order matters from where I'm sitting. I guess I'd put Cecil in the ninth so I could cushion Sanchez's eventual arb costs (since he's likely to reach Super Two status).

If I were the team, I'd like to know how they approach the ninth inning mentally. It reminds me of what Kevin Goldstein used to say: if the players believe in the closer's mentality, then it exists; it may not mean much to you or I or Suzy by the seashore, but if they value it, then it is valuable. If Sanchez has that mindset and Cecil doesn't, well, who can blame Toronto for putting the youngster in that spot? (R.J. Anderson)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)I give you a chance to make one move before the deadline, what do you do
(Alex Anthopoulos from Toronto)
Alex you are a good man, much smarter than I. If you were to employ me I would make any move you wanted to. The move that I would make would be to sell high on some of your relief pitchers, especially Brett Cecil. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your top LOOGYs that I should target to snipe me some holds?
(GC from 90210)
Cingrani still available? Alex Torres, Brett Cecil, Justin Wilson, Charlie Furbush (Ollie Perez temporarily closing gives him more opps), Sean Doolittle, Robbie Ross, and Tim Collins (Paul Sporer)
2011-03-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which AL East youngster is the better bet for 2011: Brett Cecil or Brian Matusz?
(PepeShady from StP)
Gotta like both, but when the stats look similar I have to trust the scouts, who say that Matusz is the more likely ace among this pair. Cecil hasn't been able to duplicate his minor league ground ball and home run rates yet in the Majors, and he's in a home park where that can hurt... (Cory Schwartz)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)keeper league, one spot left -- Wade Davis or Brett Cecil?
(JB from NYC)
I would keep Davis for the future upside, even if they may be the same guy in 2011. (Marc Normandin)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a shallow 8 team league with some friends. I drafter Chipper, but grabbed Headley on the waiver wire. Do I drop Chipper and grab a pitcher? Jaime Garcia, Brad Penny, Phil Hughes, Brett Cecil, and Wade Davis are all available. Bonus round: I already snagged CJ Wilson off the wire. Do you like any of the guys I listed better than CJ? Thanks!
(Gregjitsu from Cal)
I like C.J. Wilson a lot. I think he's like Buehrle with more strikeouts (more walks too, though). I wonder why he started out as a reliever, because he's got the stuff and repertoire to be a starter.

Hughes, Cecil or Davis would all be worthwhile IMO. Cecil will probably give you the fewest wins though, when the Jays remember they are the Jays. (Marc Normandin)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)It seems as if the Jays have recovered from their hiccup following their early season hot-start. If the standings look the same once Doc Halladay returns next week, what odds would you give the Jays of hanging tight in the playoff race through to September? Making the playoffs?
(rawagman from Toronto)
I'm still not a believer in the long-term viability of that offense. I also don't know if they'll continue to have success with Ricky Romero and Brett Cecil patching the rotation (though I hope they do, because it's fun to watch). (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any opinion on Brett Cecil's ceiling?
(Dennis from Chicago)
4, maybe 3. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina my friend read me my heroscope about a month ago and it said I will recieve very good news on Feb. 10th. I haven't got any yet. Could you tell me something awesome about the Jays?
(dogtothedog from Toronto)
You're still tied for first place? Seriously, though, there are players to look forward to coming into view. J.P. Arencibia and Travis Snider, certainly, maybe Brett Cecil and Ricky Romero... we can all hope Aaron Hill's good to go, right, and there's nothing that say he can't right now this instant... OK, I'm stretching here. A little less than eight hours to go, maybe it's something non-baseball you're supposed to hear. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)In Verducci terms, how long should it be expected to take to convert a young releiver into a starter capable of throwing 180+IP? I'm thinking especially of Brett Cecil here, although I have also heard of this being attempted by other clubs with highly esteemed prospects. Thank you
(rawagman from TO)
That's a pretty extreme case, but I'd say two years. He's either going to handle the workload, or not. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Jhoulys Chacin and Brett Cecil? Are they as good as their numbers suggest and do you think they will be starters or relievers in the majors?
(HunterH from Houston)
I think Cecil profiles well as a No. 3 or 4 starter. As for the other guy...

I talk to a scout about Chacin in tommorow's edition of Future Shock. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Brett Cecil has been posting some fine numbers at high A and AA this season (67.1 ip, 57h, 21bb, 71k, 2.38 GO/AO) - yet I never hear him mentioned among the better pitching prospects. Has his stuff gone downhill since becoming a full time starter?
(nellybud from NS)
He's a good prospect, but not an elite one. He has a deep arsenal and really knows how to pitch, but it's good stuff, not overwhelming stuff. (Kevin Goldstein)


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Brett Cecil has thrown 9,718 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2015, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2015, he has relied primarily on his Curve (84mph) and Fourseam Fastball (93mph), also mixing in a Cutter (91mph), Sinker (92mph) and Change (86mph). He also rarely throws a Slider (86mph).