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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 32)
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Birth Date7-5-1981
Height6' 1"
Weight215 lbs
Age33 years, 1 months, 15 days
BatsR
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1.02010
1.12011
0.92012
1.42013
0.22014
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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
2004 MIN 22 22 0 27.0 0.0 27.0 3 0 0 2 0 0 109 17 6 6 2 26 12 11 1 14 2.00 4.53 5.91 0.9 0.1
2005 MIN 23 75 0 79.7 0.0 79.7 12 5 1 3 0 0 326 61 28 24 6 85 29 22 5 25 2.71 4.68 5.53 -0.5 -0.0
2006 MIN 24 68 0 76.7 0.0 76.7 4 5 1 3 0 0 325 79 31 30 6 114 18 16 2 60 3.52 3.42 5.06 8.3 0.8
2007 MIN 25 18 0 16.3 0.0 16.3 1 2 0 0 0 0 71 19 16 10 4 35 4 4 1 10 5.51 6.19 6.88 -2.1 -0.2
2008 MIN 26 66 0 62.7 0.0 62.7 5 4 0 4 0 0 268 62 29 25 6 101 24 21 1 50 3.59 4.01 4.15 8.2 0.8
2009 MIN 27 56 0 51.7 0.0 51.7 7 4 0 1 0 0 230 48 28 27 3 71 27 24 5 43 4.70 4.09 4.55 5.5 0.6
2010 MIN 28 71 0 68.0 0.0 68.0 1 1 1 4 0 0 278 53 27 23 5 82 27 23 1 62 3.04 3.41 4.09 7.7 1.0
2011 CHA 29 67 0 65.3 0.0 65.3 8 3 1 6 0 0 268 50 20 19 7 82 31 26 0 70 2.62 3.73 3.43 10.5 1.1
2012 CHA 30 51 0 48.0 0.0 48.0 2 3 0 4 0 0 194 29 14 13 5 49 23 22 1 60 2.44 3.40 2.94 8.5 0.9
2013 CHA 31 38 0 36.7 0.0 36.7 2 3 0 1 0 0 152 31 6 3 0 38 11 10 1 46 0.74 1.55 1.10 12.7 1.4
Career5320532.00.0532.0453042800222144920518044683206179184403.053.794.2559.86.4

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2002 QUD A 9 0 12.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .207 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 ELZ Rk 9 0 15.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .114 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 FTM A+ 10 0 19.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 NBR AA 22 0 39.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .171 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 ROC AAA 23 0 26.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MIN MLB 22 0 27.0 5.91 84 .195 .276 .340 .448 .264 .188 102 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2004 ROC AAA 41 0 50.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .277 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 grc Wnt 11 0 13.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MIN MLB 75 0 79.7 5.53 79 .221 .264 .323 .421 .260 .212 97 -0.5 -0.0 -0.5 -0.0
2006 MIN MLB 68 0 76.7 5.06 101 .231 .272 .334 .433 .256 .305 104 8.3 0.8 8.3 0.8
2006 CDA wor 2 0 2.1 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .200 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 MIN MLB 18 0 16.3 6.88 51 .295 .272 .343 .442 .271 .288 95 -2.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2
2008 MIN MLB 66 0 62.7 4.15 109 .261 .267 .333 .425 .262 .299 97 8.2 0.8 8.2 0.8
2009 MIN MLB 56 0 51.7 4.55 109 .256 .262 .327 .416 .258 .296 104 5.5 0.6 5.5 0.6
2009 ROC AAA 12 0 17.7 1.84 162 .202 .265 .331 .395 .251 .317 112 7.3 0.7 7.3 0.7
2010 MIN MLB 71 0 68.0 4.09 115 .216 .262 .324 .403 .255 .262 108 8.1 0.8 7.7 1.0
2011 CHA MLB 67 0 65.3 3.43 126 .237 .261 .324 .417 .264 .269 105 10.5 1.1 10.5 1.1
2012 CHA MLB 51 0 48.0 2.94 137 .215 .257 .320 .408 .261 .229 106 8.5 0.9 8.5 0.9
2012 CHR AAA 2 2 2.0 3.07 131 .079 .267 .382 .442 .287 .000 96 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2013 CHA MLB 38 0 36.7 1.10 174 .230 .251 .317 .404 .267 .330 99 12.7 1.4 12.7 1.4

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
2002 QUD A 1 1 1 9 0 12.0 6 4 11 0 0% .207 4.5 3.0 0.0 8.2 0.83 1.50 0.0 0.0
2002 ELZ Rk 2 1 2 9 0 15.7 4 7 18 0 0% .114 2.3 4.0 0.0 10.3 0.70 0.57 0.0 0.0
2003 NBR AA 1 1 9 22 0 39.0 13 10 56 0 0% .171 3.0 2.3 0.0 12.9 0.59 0.69 0.0 0.0
2003 FTM A+ 2 1 0 10 0 19.0 10 5 25 0 0% .250 4.7 2.4 0.0 11.8 0.79 2.84 0.0 0.0
2003 ROC AAA 3 1 10 23 0 26.0 24 10 33 0 0% .348 8.3 3.5 0.0 11.4 1.31 3.12 0.0 0.0
2004 ROC AAA 3 2 19 41 0 50.7 38 17 64 5 0% .277 6.7 3.0 0.9 11.4 1.08 2.49 0.0 0.0
2004 MIN MLB 3 0 0 22 0 27.0 17 12 14 2 44% .188 5.7 4.0 0.7 4.7 1.07 2.00 0.9 0.1
2004 grc Wnt 1 0 0 11 0 13.0 10 4 14 0 0% .000 6.9 2.8 0.0 9.7 1.08 2.08 0.0 0.0
2005 MIN MLB 12 5 1 75 0 79.7 61 29 25 6 50% .212 6.9 3.3 0.7 2.8 1.13 2.71 -0.5 -0.0
2006 CDA wor 0 0 1 2 0 2.1 1 0 2 0 0% .200 4.3 0.0 0.0 8.6 0.48 0.00 0.0 0.0
2006 MIN MLB 4 5 1 68 0 76.7 79 18 60 6 57% .305 9.3 2.1 0.7 7.0 1.27 3.52 8.3 0.8
2007 MIN MLB 1 2 0 18 0 16.3 19 4 10 4 48% .288 10.5 2.2 2.2 5.5 1.41 5.51 -2.1 -0.2
2008 MIN MLB 5 4 0 66 0 62.7 62 24 50 6 41% .299 8.9 3.4 0.9 7.2 1.37 3.59 8.2 0.8
2009 MIN MLB 7 4 0 56 0 51.7 48 27 43 3 46% .296 8.4 4.7 0.5 7.5 1.45 4.70 5.5 0.6
2009 ROC AAA 1 0 1 12 0 17.7 13 8 22 0 37% .317 6.6 4.1 0.0 11.2 1.19 2.54 7.3 0.7
2010 MIN MLB 1 1 1 71 0 68.0 53 27 62 5 41% .262 7.0 3.6 0.7 8.2 1.18 3.04 7.7 1.0
2011 CHA MLB 8 3 1 67 0 65.3 50 31 70 7 36% .269 6.9 4.3 1.0 9.6 1.24 2.62 10.5 1.1
2012 CHA MLB 2 3 0 51 0 48.0 29 23 60 5 39% .229 5.4 4.3 0.9 11.2 1.08 2.44 8.5 0.9
2012 CHR AAA 0 0 0 2 2 2.0 0 0 3 0 0% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 13.5 0.00 0.00 1.0 0.1
2013 CHA MLB 2 3 0 38 0 36.7 31 11 46 0 38% .330 7.6 2.7 0.0 11.3 1.15 0.74 12.7 1.4

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 1001 0.4845 0.4760 0.8151 0.6515 0.3101 0.8703 0.7063 0.1849
2009 880 0.5136 0.4716 0.8217 0.6792 0.2523 0.8632 0.7037 0.1783
2010 1022 0.5431 0.4599 0.7809 0.6072 0.2848 0.8368 0.6391 0.2170
2011 1125 0.5040 0.4657 0.7031 0.6367 0.2885 0.7756 0.5404 0.2969
2012 848 0.4988 0.4504 0.7402 0.6454 0.2541 0.7875 0.6204 0.2598
2013 668 0.4895 0.4566 0.7508 0.6055 0.3138 0.8384 0.5888 0.2492
Career55440.50670.4640.76790.63830.28380.82730.63250.2317

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-21 - 60-DL - - Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Biceps 2013-10-10 -
2014-02-19 2014-03-21 Camp 30 0 - Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2013-10-10 2013-10-10 FA 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Biceps 2013-10-10 -
2013-09-23 2013-10-09 60-DL 16 8 Right Shoulder Recovery From Strain - -
2013-07-29 2013-09-23 TradedDL 56 50 Right Shoulder Recovery From Strain - -
2013-06-30 2013-07-29 60-DL 29 24 Right Shoulder Strain - -
2013-02-26 2013-03-25 Camp 27 0 Right Groin Strain - -
2012-06-24 2012-07-21 15-DL 27 22 Right Shoulder Strain Posterior - -
2012-04-21 2012-05-14 15-DL 23 22 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-03-14 2012-03-29 Camp 15 0 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2011-05-30 2011-05-30 DTD 0 0 Left Hip Contusion Batted Ball - -
2010-03-08 2010-03-09 Camp 1 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-04-18 2009-05-04 15-DL 16 13 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2008-03-11 2008-03-16 Camp 5 0 Right Knee Contusion Batted Ball -
2007-05-16 2007-09-30 60-DL 137 123 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum and Rotator Cuff 2007-05-29
2007-04-11 2007-04-19 DTD 8 7 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2006-08-26 2006-08-30 DTD 4 3 Groin Soreness -
2005-02-24 2005-03-04 Camp 8 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 HOU $3,250,000
2013 CHA $4,500,000
2012 CHA $4,500,000
2011 CHA $4,000,000
2010 MIN $2,000,000
2009 MIN $1,700,000
2008 MIN $1,050,000
2007 MIN $500,000
2006 MIN $361,000
2005 MIN $321,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$18,932,000
2011Current$3,250,000
10 yrPvs + Cur$22,182,000
10 yrTotal$22,182,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 39 dSFX1 year/$3.25M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$3.25M (2014). Signed by Houston as a free agent 12/31/13.
  • 3 years/$13M (2011-13). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 12/15/10. 11:$4M, 12:$4.5M, 13:$4.5M. Award bonuses, including $15,000 for All-Star selection. Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Chicago White Sox 7/29/13.
  • 1 year/$2M (2010). Re-signed by Minnesota 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 3 years/$3.25M (2007-09). Signed extension with Minnesota 2/07. 07:$0.5M, 08:$1.05M, 09:$1.7M. Performance bonuses to $0.375M based on games finished in 2008-09. Optioned to Triple-A 6/16/09. Recalled 7/23/09.
  • 1 year/$0.361M (2006). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.321M (2005). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Contract purchased by Minnesota 8/1/04.
  • Drafted by Minnesota 2002 (2-61) (Houston). $0.65M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .245 .328 .337 .255
11 vs R (Multi) .184 .261 .281 .206
18 Split (Multi) .061 .067 .056 .049
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .275 .342 .333 .261
31 vs R (2013) .174 .230 .217 .182
38 Split (2013) .101 .112 .116 .079
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jesse Crain at $5 a worthwhile freeze investment for a 12 team 5X5 roto team looking to speculate on saves and without much spending at the auction?
(cubswin08 from Chicago)
Depends on your budget and all, obviously. But, within a vacuum, a little fantasy birdie named Craig Goldstein told me there should be better, surer options available. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think gets the most saves for Houston this year, and is that player worth drafting?
(uvasuperman from Atlanta)
I still like Jesse Crain assuming health, although that's an open question right now. I have no faith in Chad Qualls even if he does start the year with the job. But to your point, Crain is a trade candidate even if he does get on track so all of these guys are late round fliers and maybe even reserve picks in 12-team mixers. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Rays are on a roll like cottonelle, but recently Joe Maddon has had some questionable bullpen usage. Was the Jesse Crain trade a panic move? And has Merlot Joe logged off his computer in favor of his gut?
(Drizzy from T.Dot)
I don't consider it a panic move. Crain was arguably the top reliever moved, even with the injury situation. Besides, Tampa Bay has a deep bullpen as it is with few specialists. Hard for any manager, including one as skilled as Maddon, to mess up too bad with the available options. (R.J. Anderson Trade Deadline Wrap Chat)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Thornton comes up with the yips again this spring, does CHW go straight to Addison Reed or will Jesse Crain get a shot?
(PepeShady from StPaul)
I thought it was reasonably well established that what Thornton went through last year wasn't "the yips" but an unsuccessful attempt to establish his changeup.

If I'm a team in rebuilding mode, as the Sox should be (but can't truly be given the $82 million owed to Alex Rios and Adam Dunn), I'd probably churn closers if possible, as the Sox did by flipping Sergio Santos. Get the increasingly expensive Thornton to about 20 saves and flip him, then turn to Crain and do the same. By then, Reed will have more than gotten his feet wet in the majors and will be well-prepared to do the job. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)MIN has had good luck in getting mileage out of retread relief pitchers. Any guesses who they turn to this year? I think they still need one more and the organization isn't bursting with anyone that didn't underwhelm last year.
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
Mahay could go there and produce well as a LOOGY. I'd still like to see them give Condrey another shot if he can stay healthy. Maybe Grant Balfour too. But this brings up a very good point. The Twins got guys like Jesse Crain and Matt Guerrier from the scrapheap, and these guys each just signed lucrative three-year deals. Finding ways to get good bullpen production without spending any money is, to me, the next big market inefficiency. (Eric Seidman)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Jesse Crain threw 5,517 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph) and Slider (85mph), also mixing in a Curve (73mph) and Splitter (84mph).