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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
4 885 .272 .329 .416 .258 2.7
Birth Date2-4-1973
Height6' 1"
Weight200 lbs
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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 PHI 33 65 213 198 25 65 14 0 7 100 10 31 5 0 0 32 0 0 .328 .376 .505 .294 14.9 -1.6 1.3
2007 PHI 34 48 137 129 15 36 3 0 5 54 4 20 2 0 2 22 0 0 .279 .311 .419 .246 4.8 -0.6 0.4
2008 PHI 35 98 305 274 28 72 17 0 9 116 16 51 10 2 3 36 0 1 .263 .325 .423 .262 14.6 -1.5 1.3
2009 HOU 36 43 112 103 3 21 5 0 0 26 8 28 0 1 0 10 0 0 .204 .259 .252 .188 -7.3 0.8 -0.7
2009 PHI 36 45 118 102 12 25 8 0 2 39 14 27 1 0 1 8 0 0 .245 .342 .382 .261 3.9 -0.1 0.4
Career299885806832194702333552157183610801.272.329.416.25830.9-3.12.7

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
2000 AKR AA 0 259 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .380 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 BUF AAA 0 100 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 AKR AA 6 25 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .143 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BUF AAA 75 295 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BUF AAA 124 528 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .346 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PAW AAA 29 102 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .218 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 IND AAA 78 290 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .336 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SWB AAA 134 562 .255 .270 .337 .420 .251 .319 103 -3 16.2 -0.9 2.0 -7.4 8.5 1.0 8.9 1.0
2006 PHI MLB 65 213 .294 .264 .336 .431 .267 .362 97 8.1 6.4 3.7 -1.6 -3.4 14.9 1.3 14.9 1.3
2006 SWB AAA 39 161 .200 .260 .331 .390 .261 .205 89 -9 4.1 -1 -1.4 0.3 -6.2 -0.8 -6.2 -0.8
2007 PHI MLB 48 137 .246 .270 .336 .426 .261 .298 104 -2.1 4.1 2 -0.6 0.3 4.8 0.4 4.8 0.4
2007 CLR A+ 3 10 .314 .285 .360 .405 .269 .444 103 0.6 0.3 0 0.0 0.2 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2007 REA AA 27 116 .267 .265 .339 .408 .260 .289 109 0.9 3.4 0.8 0.3 -0.2 6.7 0.7 6.7 0.7
2007 OTT AAA 26 102 .238 .261 .326 .392 .258 .273 95 -2.5 3.1 -0.9 0.4 0.3 -0.1 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2008 PHI MLB 98 305 .262 .261 .330 .417 .265 .292 98 0.8 8.8 4.8 -1.5 -0.7 14.6 1.3 14.6 1.3
2009 HOU MLB 43 112 .188 .257 .323 .405 .259 .276 94 -8.6 3.2 0.1 0.8 -1.0 -7.3 -0.7 -7.3 -0.7
2009 PHI MLB 45 118 .261 .273 .344 .441 .276 .315 98 0.1 3.4 1.3 -0.1 -0.3 3.9 0.4 3.9 0.4

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
2000 BUF AAA 100 15 29 2 0 4 8 3 12 0 1 .302 .330 .448 .146 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 AKR AA 259 32 80 20 4 2 31 15 33 1 2 .333 .382 .475 .142 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 AKR AA 25 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 .125 .160 .125 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 BUF AAA 295 31 78 16 2 7 50 15 50 0 1 .288 .333 .439 .151 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BUF AAA 528 59 152 32 1 8 67 34 54 0 0 .318 .379 .439 .121 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 PAW AAA 102 5 18 5 0 1 8 4 18 0 0 .188 .218 .271 .083 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 IND AAA 290 34 77 21 1 2 26 21 37 2 3 .296 .358 .408 .112 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SWB AAA 562 73 148 26 1 20 89 40 85 3 4 .292 .355 .466 .174 .255 8.9 2.0 1.0
2006 SWB AAA 161 12 26 8 0 2 14 9 28 1 1 .177 .239 .272 .095 .200 -6.2 -1.4 -0.8
2006 PHI MLB 213 25 65 14 0 7 32 10 31 0 0 .328 .376 .505 .177 .294 14.9 -1.6 1.3
2007 REA AA 116 14 31 5 0 5 31 5 13 0 0 .287 .325 .472 .185 .267 6.7 0.3 0.7
2007 OTT AAA 102 8 21 5 0 0 10 10 14 0 0 .233 .314 .289 .056 .238 -0.1 0.4 0.0
2007 CLR A+ 10 3 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .400 .400 .500 .100 .314 1.2 0.0 0.1
2007 PHI MLB 137 15 36 3 0 5 22 4 20 0 0 .279 .311 .419 .140 .246 4.8 -0.6 0.4
2008 PHI MLB 305 28 72 17 0 9 36 16 51 0 1 .263 .325 .423 .161 .262 14.6 -1.5 1.3
2009 PHI MLB 118 12 25 8 0 2 8 14 27 0 0 .245 .342 .382 .137 .261 3.9 -0.1 0.4
2009 HOU MLB 112 3 21 5 0 0 10 8 28 0 0 .204 .259 .252 .049 .188 -7.3 0.8 -0.7

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
2007 24 0.3333 0.5417 0.7692 0.7500 0.4375 0.8333 0.7143 0.2308
2008 1119 0.5139 0.4692 0.8152 0.6226 0.3070 0.8994 0.6347 0.1829
2009 857 0.5111 0.4679 0.7830 0.5616 0.3699 0.8659 0.6516 0.2170
Career20000.51050.46950.80090.5980.33550.88430.64290.1981

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-04-02 2010-06-05 60-DL 64 56 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2010-05-25
2009-02-25 2009-03-11 Camp 14 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-03-23 2007-04-08 15-DL 16 5 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 $
2012 WAS $
2011 WAS $
2010 WAS $650,000
2010 WAS $650,000
2009 PHI, HOU $460,000
2008 PHI $415,000
2007 PHI $385,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$2,560,000
4 yrTotal$2,560,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 77 dPat Arter1 yr/$0.65M (10)

Details
  • claimed off waivers from NYM 3/29/10 signed as a free agent from HOU 12/3/09, 1 year/$0.65M (10)
  • sent outright to Triple-A 10/27/09 claimed off waivers from PHI 7/10/09 re-signed 3/3/09, 1 year/$0.46M (09)
  • 1 year/$0.415M (08) recalled 6/28/07
  • optioned Double-A 5/25/07
  • recalled 5/12/07
  • optioned to Triple-A 4/07 1 year/$0.385M (07)
  • contract purchased 5/06
  • FA 11/03 (minor-league contract)
  • amateur free agent 98

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
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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 TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 The game's most famous indy leagues graduate had a pretty good first half with the Phillies, filling in for an injured Carlos Ruiz for most of April. Then the team chose Paul Bako as their backup due to defensive concerns, and placed Coste on waivers in July. Claimed by the Astros, he shared the catching chores after Pudge Rodriguez was sent to the Rangers, and also subbed for Berkman at first. The wheels came off, as that .252 slugging percentage attests, but that shouldn't surpriseóCoste may have only four years in the majors, but he arrived late. He signed a one-year deal with the Mets that guaranteed him a spot on the 40-man, but not necessarily a job in the majors.
2009 Coste came as close as he ever has to a full-time job last season, starting 19 of 34 games in one stretch, and never being out of the starting lineup in more than consecutive games. Whether cause or coincidence, Costeís performance slipped badly with the additional run of playing time, going .232/.308/.304 capped by an 0-for-14 that made it easy for Manuel to give the job back to Ruiz (who batted .283/.387/.396 in that same stretch). Coste is a plus backup catcher who needs to play for a manager, like Manuel, who is not afraid to use his backup as a pinch-hitter, so he's in the right place at the right time.
2008 Charlie Manuel's Crash Davis, Coste was in the minors long enough to have done the breaking-in-Nuke LaLoosh thing with Lefty Grove. The Phillies regarded his unexpected 2006 breakthrough with appropriate skepticism and returned him to the minors to start 2007, then busted him all the way down to Double-A after an early call-up. At age 35, Coste won't have much of a shelf life, but if he beats out Jason Jaramillo for the reserve catcher spot this year, he'll provide a bit of sock and the versatility to play either infield corner in an emergency.
2007 Coste ranks right up there with the Tigers as one of the feel-good stories of 2006. Undrafted out of college, Coste spent four years in the Northern League and didn`t play his first game in the minors until age 27. He`s bounced around constantly since then, both from team to team and around the field (he`s played everywhere but center field). He`s done whatever it took to keep playing baseball, including writing a book about his long minor league odyssey; a second tome is on its way. At the risk of spoiling the fairy tale, Coste has never been nearly as a good a hitter in the minors as he was for Philadelphia last year, and cannot be expected to repeat his performance.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who the heck do the Nats use in place of Ivan Rodriguez for the next couple of weeks? Wil Nieves as the statrer is bad enough, but there is nobody else available.
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
As you know, Chris Coste is out for the year, and they've pressed Jamie Burke up to Syracuse to get him back in gear ASAP. And last I heard, Jesus Flores hasn't even tried to catch yet in his slow rehab. I wouldn't be surprised at all to see a mercy-minded swap get made if Burke can't be ready in time, but it reflects an interesting industry-wide issue: the lack of readily available free talent behind the plate. It seems worse this year than it has been in recent memory, but the extent to which that's true deserves further exploration. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Christina! Thanks, as always, for the chat. How much value should teams place on the defense of their backup catcher? Would it create valuable roster flexibility for a team to have a guy like Ryan Garko or Jayson Werth or Josh Willingham catch one day a week? Or is that just re-arranging the deck chairs? Iím also wondering if this would preserve some of the positional value of prospects who just donít look like they can catch every day, such as Jeff Clement or Hank Conger.
(Rob from Alaska)
You're talking to somebody who fell in love with everything about catchers back when you had backups like Johnny Wockenfuss and Bill Schroeder, guys who really weren't much behind the plate, but gave you something in the lineup, and who hit well enough to have value DHing or playing some first base. (Naturally, that makes me a Chris Coste fan. Jim Leyritz too, for that matter.) While a guy as big and as fragile as Werth would give me pause, I think it makes plenty of sense in Garko's case. I wonder about Willingham, but in part that's because I sort of fancy the notion that he could grow up to be the next Brian Downing. (Christina Kahrl)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 5368 56 6.7 8.7 3029 4.3 1.4 3.2 8.1 11.9
2009 3100 32 4.4 10.0 1712 2.5 0.7 3.0 5.2 13.0
total 8468 86 10.6 8.8 4741 5.2 1.6 2.4 12.3 11.2

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