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Birth Date8-20-1985
Height5' 11"
Weight195 lbs
Age28 years, 11 months, 10 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
1.52010
0.42011
-0.12012
0.02013
0.22014
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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
2008 LAN 22 117 421 368 45 97 13 2 9 141 45 68 3 5 0 52 3 0 .264 .344 .383 .268 20.2 9.4 3.0
2009 LAN 23 31 53 49 4 10 3 0 2 19 3 7 0 1 0 4 0 0 .204 .245 .388 .227 -0.2 -0.1 -0.0
2010 CHN 24 53 204 184 18 46 9 1 4 69 17 37 1 2 0 22 1 0 .250 .314 .375 .252 3.6 -0.1 0.4
2010 LAN 24 82 292 256 29 69 15 4 1 95 30 49 3 1 2 30 2 2 .270 .352 .371 .276 12.2 -1.5 1.1
2011 CHN 25 121 243 230 21 61 11 4 5 95 12 31 1 0 0 26 1 0 .265 .305 .413 .255 3.7 -0.2 0.4
2012 CHN 26 18 30 29 1 4 1 0 0 5 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .138 .133 .172 .157 -1.0 0.1 -0.1
2013 ATL 27 4 4 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 .312 0.3 -0.0 0.0
Career42612471119118288531121426107194810313572.257.324.381.26138.87.54.7

Advanced

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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 OGD Rk 70 332 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CGA A 120 522 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 VRO A+ 8 32 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .444 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 VRO A+ 106 478 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 JAX AA 26 112 .192 .267 .332 .401 .257 .220 98 -6.2 2.5 0.3 0.2 0.3 -3.9 -0.4 -3.9 -0.4
2007 SBR A+ 83 361 .268 .281 .352 .444 .273 .322 100 3.4 11.2 1.4 1.1 1.6 14.6 1.5 14.6 1.5
2007 JAX AA 45 187 .286 .262 .334 .396 .267 .299 92 5.3 5.5 0.8 3.2 -0.7 9.7 1.3 9.7 1.3
2008 LAN MLB 117 421 .268 .265 .332 .422 .266 .297 93 3.7 12.2 1.1 9.4 3.4 20.2 3.0 20.2 3.0
2008 LVG AAA 27 124 .250 .279 .341 .443 .257 .319 116 -1.4 3.8 -0.1 -1.9 -1.6 0.3 -0.2 0.3 -0.2
2009 LAN MLB 31 53 .227 .268 .337 .419 .266 .195 88 -1.9 1.5 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2009 ABQ AAA 92 407 .265 .270 .338 .412 .276 .276 104 2.2 12.1 0.8 -7.7 3.1 18.4 1.1 18.4 1.1
2010 CHN MLB 53 204 .252 .245 .313 .379 .258 .290 95 -1.6 5.6 -0.2 -0.1 0.1 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4
2010 LAN MLB 82 292 .276 .261 .327 .407 .270 .329 88 4.8 8.0 -0.4 -1.5 -1.2 12.2 1.1 12.2 1.1
2011 CHN MLB 121 243 .255 .249 .310 .388 .255 .289 101 -1.2 6.6 -0.4 -0.2 -1.4 3.7 0.4 3.7 0.4
2012 CHN MLB 18 30 .157 .261 .317 .403 .260 .143 99 -3.1 0.8 0 0.1 0.8 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2012 IOW AAA 30 118 .158 .274 .341 .423 .268 .165 94 -13.6 3.5 -0.9 -0.2 -0.4 -11.6 -1.2 -11.6 -1.2
2013 ATL MLB 4 4 .312 .252 .331 .406 .273 .333 101 0.2 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2013 GWN AAA 2 6 .227 .257 .323 .397 .259 .400 105 -0.2 0.2 0 0.4 0.1 0.2 0.1 0.2 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 OGD Rk 332 61 85 19 3 12 47 28 78 1 1 .284 .350 .488 .204 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CGA A 522 61 136 31 3 11 65 34 79 0 1 .283 .335 .428 .146 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 VRO A+ 32 4 13 3 0 1 7 1 3 0 0 .419 .438 .613 .194 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 VRO A+ 478 61 114 18 1 18 61 45 79 8 5 .268 .342 .442 .174 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 JAX AA 112 6 19 1 0 1 6 8 21 0 1 .183 .241 .221 .038 .192 -3.9 0.2 -0.4
2007 JAX AA 187 20 50 13 1 6 20 7 26 0 1 .281 .306 .466 .185 .286 9.7 3.2 1.3
2007 SBR A+ 361 48 101 29 2 8 46 20 42 2 3 .298 .339 .466 .168 .268 14.6 1.1 1.5
2008 LVG AAA 124 16 34 4 2 4 18 10 14 1 0 .306 .366 .486 .180 .250 0.3 -1.9 -0.2
2008 LAN MLB 421 45 97 13 2 9 52 45 68 3 0 .264 .344 .383 .120 .268 20.2 9.4 3.0
2009 LAN MLB 53 4 10 3 0 2 4 3 7 0 0 .204 .245 .388 .184 .227 -0.2 -0.1 -0.0
2009 ABQ AAA 407 64 90 21 9 7 47 48 44 2 2 .256 .351 .426 .170 .265 18.4 -7.7 1.1
2010 LAN MLB 292 29 69 15 4 1 30 30 49 2 2 .270 .352 .371 .102 .276 12.2 -1.5 1.1
2010 CHN MLB 204 18 46 9 1 4 22 17 37 1 0 .250 .314 .375 .125 .252 3.6 -0.1 0.4
2011 CHN MLB 243 21 61 11 4 5 26 12 31 1 0 .265 .305 .413 .148 .255 3.7 -0.2 0.4
2012 CHN MLB 30 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .138 .133 .172 .034 .157 -1.0 0.1 -0.1
2012 IOW AAA 118 5 13 3 0 0 5 14 23 0 0 .128 .246 .157 .029 .158 -11.6 -0.2 -1.2
2013 GWN AAA 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 .227 0.2 0.4 0.1
2013 ATL MLB 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 .333 .312 0.3 -0.0 0.0

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 1611 0.5251 0.3870 0.8395 0.5154 0.2444 0.9060 0.6845 0.1605
2009 202 0.5446 0.4109 0.9036 0.5818 0.2065 0.9375 0.7895 0.0964
2010 1823 0.5014 0.4347 0.8359 0.5755 0.2926 0.9430 0.6241 0.1641
2011 894 0.5011 0.4462 0.8643 0.6161 0.2735 0.9312 0.7131 0.1357
2012 99 0.5253 0.4949 0.8776 0.6346 0.3404 0.9697 0.6875 0.1224
2013 14 0.5714 0.5000 1.0000 0.6250 0.3333 1.0000 1.0000 0.0000
Career46430.51220.42080.84690.56410.26960.92840.67190.1531

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-04-20 2013-08-17 15-DL 119 106 - Low Back Strain - -
2012-05-25 2012-06-16 Minors 22 23 Left Wrist Sprain - -
2012-04-08 2012-04-09 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Spasms - -
2012-03-16 2012-03-17 Camp 1 0 Right Hand Contusion HBP - -
2011-09-05 2011-09-06 DTD 1 1 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2008-05-15 2008-05-17 DTD 2 2 Low Back Stiffness -
2008-04-05 2008-04-05 DTD 0 0 Right Upper Arm Contusion Triceps HBP -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 ATL $
2012 CHN $1,100,000
2011 CHN $460,000
2010 LAN $410,000
2009 LAN $405,000
2008 LAN $390,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$2,765,000
5 yrTotal$2,765,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 51 dJim Turner1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 12/6/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Atlanta 4/7/13. Released by Atlanta 8/17/13.
  • 1 year/$1.1M (2012). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). DFA by Chicago Cubs 2/6/12. Contract selected by Cubs 4/4/12. DFA by Cubs 5/6/12. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/16/12.
  • 1 year/$0.46M (2011). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/11.
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2010). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/10. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from LA Dodgers 7/31/10 (Ted Lilly deal) (Cubs paid Dodgers $2.5M as part of the trade).
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2009). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/09.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2008). Contract purchased by LA Dodgers 3/31/08.
  • Drafted by LA Dodgers 2004 (1-28) (Sikeston HS, Mo.). $1.2M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .301 .367 .450 .291
11 vs R (Multi) .242 .292 .363 .236
18 Split (Multi) -.059 -.075 -.087 -.055
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .000 .000 .000 -.009
31 vs R (2013) .500 .500 1.000 .399
38 Split (2013) .500 .500 1.000 .408
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see any remaining upside for Blake DeWitt or is he just a very marginal starter at 2B?
(Matt from Chicago)
The latter, I guess. The fact he's left-handed helps, but he's a placeholder until the Cubs sign somebody else, or Castro moves to second when Hak-Ju Lee is ready. (Ken Funck)
2010-08-17 14:45:00 (link to chat)What kind of slash line cam I expect from Blake DeWitt next season? I have been pleasantly surprised by him since coming over from LAD- despite mediocre defense.
(Matt from Chicago)
Over the last three seasons, DeWitt's SLG marks have been .383, .388, .388. His OBP has bounced around a bit but he is probably capable of a .335-.343 rate assuming his BA can stay in the .265-.275 range. I would assume the absolute best a projection would have him at is something like .280/.360/.420, which isn't too great for a hypothetical 90th percentile. If I were a betting man I'd say DeWitt hits .262/.343/.384 next year with about average defense. If I recall correctly, Kevin Goldstein once said that DeWitt has the prettiest swing that will never produce at the big league level. He has more offensive potential than Ryan Theriot, but, well, that's not really saying much. (Eric Seidman)
2010-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the chances of Blake DeWitt winning the 2b job in LA, or he's doomed to back up Belliard as well as Casey Blake at 3rd?
(Aly Walk With Me from Auburn, CA)
Belliard is 35 years old and has been Belliard-esque for quite some time. One would think DeWitt is the guy the Dodgers want to win that position battle. (David Laurila)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Dodgers' infield bats seem pretty mediocre going into Spring Training. Do we have any reason to be optimistic? Or should I figure they'll be flashing great leather (will they?) and that makes it a good tradeoff?
(Karl B from Philly)
OK, here's the glass half full scenarios:

James Loney will rebound from a couple of lousy years because his extreme L/R and Home/Road splits have been flukes.

• Blake DeWitt will claim the 2B job with a hot spring, and get by well enough, particularly with Jamie Carroll as his late-inning defensive caddy.

• Another year removed from back surgery, Rafael Furcal will be in good enough shape to flash his near-MVP form.

• Casey Blake hitting in the NL is just one more cue as to how wide the disparity is between leagues.

I don't believe all of those, and I don't know how many of them I actually do believe, but there's your rose-tinted-glasses scenario. At the very least, yes, they should be good defensively, though 2B is a concern. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Dodgers try and re-sign O-dawg or let him walk?
(Dying2Know from La la land)
It seems that relationship's irreparably breached, which is why talking about Blake DeWitt might not be just bold talk. I could see them bringing back September favorite Ronnie Belliard on a low-end deal and using both at the keystone, subbing for Blake, and maybe shuffle things around enough now and again to give James Loney's slack bat a break by using Blake at first. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-24 16:30:00 (link to chat)Not expecting a followup but I think I may be underestimating Sanchez to an extent just because of the hype. If you do have time - Sanchez would be #5 this year and possibly my #4 next year as I will lose Mike Mussina (Beckett, Peavy, Lohse, Braden, Laffey round out the staff). I have Mark Ellis/Blake DeWitt platooning at 2B this year. I guess the question is: am I going to kick myself for getting rid of Kendrick after holding out to him for the last four years? I see his K/UIBB ratio is much improved this year but thats about it.
(Jm from Tucson)
If I'm in your shoes I take a chance on Kendrick since it isn't as if Sanchez makes or breaks your rotation. (Eric Seidman)
2009-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)Saw a suggestion somewhere that the Yankees might simply slide Cano across the diamond to third and then pick up a middle infielder, which seems like an easier option than finding a quality 3B. What do you think?
(Rob from Brighton)
The market does seem to contain more free talent (Esteban German) or free agents (Ray Durham, Mark Grudzielanek) among second basemen than third basemen, so if Cano could pull off the switch it might be worthwhile. That said, Cano's got enough to worry about with resuscitating his bat, so I'd rather see the Yanks try something else; I like Grudz or the Dodgers' Mark Loretta -- rendered redundant by the Orlando Hudson signing and Blake DeWitt's attempt to become a utilityman for the short term -- as backups who would have value even if A-Rod returns. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lowe was pretty damned unhittable after the first inning, had only thrown 74 pitches and his spot didn't get to the plate...why did Torre pull him? And, even if you were, wouldn't McDonald or Kuo have made more sense than Kershaw in that tight a game, where Kersh's control could (and was) an issue?
(Silv from NY, NY)
I think Jay Jaffe made the point that when Lowe's been used on short rest, he hasn't been asked to go past about 80 pitches. McDonald, I'm pretty sure, was not available, and Kuo is someone you save for higher-leverage--later in the game--spots.

Here's a question that did occur to me...why not double-switch Kershaw in? It would have saved Torre having to hit for Beimel in the sixth, and maybe set up the rest of the game better. Have we really decided that Blake DeWitt can't come out that early? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-08-15 15:00:00 (link to chat)If the Dodgers hadn't wasted so many PA's on veterans that are way past their usefulness what would their lead in the division be?
(Frustrated from LA)
Hrm, this deserves something more than an envelope, but off the cuff, I wouldn't say it would be double digits. There was no way to anticipate that Andruw would be *this* bad, just as there was no way to anticipate losing Furcal for the year. It's easy to bash on Colletti for so many bad choices, of course, but they did seem to sort out that Pierre shouldn't start once they'd added Manny in relatively short order, and that's really the only point at which it became obvious, given that Andruw's hit badly enough to make Pierre a better choice than somebody. I'm more annoyed over the LaRoche thing than anything, but there again, injuries were part of the picture, and it isn't like Blake DeWitt's a graybeard. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-05-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Caleb, thanks for the chat. What do you think of Russell Martin moving from catcher in the next few years? I have been pushing for a move to second base to replace Kent next year. Would the Dodgers be crazy to do it or would he get a nice offensive boost?
(jtrichey from Indianapolis)
I'm not sure you want to move Martin from behind the plate. For one thing, he's a good defensive catcher--career Range Factor of 7.86, compared with 7.28 average, career Fielding Runs Above Average of 21 (in just over two seasons--that's outstanding). He's been having trouble throwing out runners this year--just eight of 38--but in his first two years he caught about 1 in 3. Obviously, good fielding catchers who can hit as well as Martin are just about impossible to find, and hold tremendous value. From what I understand LA doesn't have a catching prospect behind Martin, either--not on the Top 11 prospects (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=7094). So I think they should keep him behind the plate.
Jay Jaffe brought up an interesting solution for second base next year: move Blake DeWitt to the position, making room for Andy LaRoche at third. Or heck, maybe you move LaRoche there, if DeWitt keeps hitting like he has (unlikely). I'm not sure either of them can play the position, and I don't think the Dodgers would do it even if they either can, but it's something to think about. At least you didn't give Luis Castillo a four year deal, right?

Did people know that Martin's full name, according to Baseball Reference, is Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin? (Caleb Peiffer)
2008-05-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Blake Dewitt keeps hitting for the Dodgers and now it looks like they're letting him stay and keeping LaRoche down at AAA. Stupid idea? Yank him once he cools off? Any recent precents where a long-awaited rookie got his chance, then got injured in Spring Training and another unheralded kid stole the job and had a ROY-caliber year? Lucky injuries: Andruw Jones and Nomar? Or is no injury ever good?
(chris from Los Angeles)
Man, a tough call at this point. LaRoche is obviously the better prospect, and he's doing his typical thing at Triple-A so far--not hitting for a high average, but drawing a ton of walks (25/7 K/BB ratio), for a line of .246/.444/.459. But I think the Dodgers are right to keep him down there for now. Here's a good quote on the situation from Nate Silver's recent article on third base prospects:

"If you decide to bench the 22-year-old kid who’s hitting .317, that’s going to leave the kid wondering whether he’s going to get a fair shake in your organization and may poison his development. So LaRoche is going to have to bide his time a little while longer, but make no mistake--he’s the stronger prospect than DeWitt. DeWitt’s 90th percentile batting line gives him a .273 EqA, roughly equal in value to LaRoche’s 25th percentile batting line (.270 EqA)."

So I think you basically keep LaRoche in the minors until Dewitt cools off. I've been trying to think of another similar situation to the LaRoche-Dewitt, thing, and can't come up with anything, but I'm sure there have been other times.

As far as injuries: Nomar's was I think pretty fortunate, and it would probably help the Dodgers if he just retired right now, given the LaRoche/Dewitt situation and Nomar's dying bat. Andruw Jones' troubles are more problematic. Pierre has a .355 OBP but has still been well below average offensively, so the Dodgers really need Jones to get healthy and start hitting to keep center field from being a sinkhole. (Caleb Peiffer)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneUnless you believe in Blake DeWitt there (and I don't), the answer is no. Maybe Ivan DeJesus can bounce back after a lost '09, maybe Hu will get another look -- there's some options, but none of them inspire much confidence at this juncture. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-10-13 17:00:00NLCS Game FourIf I can only use small-sample logic, Blake DeWitt had a big triple last night, Caleb.

I think DeWitt is the come-hell-or-high-water guy at this point. Maybe Kazmir in the World Series. Or Lester. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff Games"JoeR (Syracuse): Have the Dodgers found their future 2nd baseman in Blake Dewitt or do they need to keep looking?"

Between DeWitt, Tony Abreu and Chin-Lung Hu, the Dodgers have some young options to fill their infield in a post-Kent, post-Furcal, post-Blake (and post-LaRoche) world. It's too obvious for them to try to let all of those young 'uns have jobs, so they're likely to sign/acquire/retain at least one of them and then let the others battle it out.

I'm not entirely convinced DeWitt's a good enough fielder at 2B. I'm also not convinced his bat can carry 3B yet. I think the chances of one of those two coming through in the next couple years is decent, but I don't know which one.

(Jay Jaffe)
 

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