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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 28)
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Birth Date12-8-1985
Height6' 0"
Weight220 lbs
Age28 years, 8 months, 19 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.22010
2011
1.72012
6.22013
5.72014
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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
2010 OAK 24 14 34 32 1 5 1 0 1 9 2 12 0 0 0 4 0 0 .156 .206 .281 .173 -1.4 -0.1 -0.2
2012 OAK 26 75 294 274 34 66 16 0 9 109 14 61 5 1 0 33 4 1 .241 .289 .398 .257 10.6 5.5 1.7
2013 OAK 27 158 668 579 89 174 37 3 24 289 76 110 6 6 1 93 5 2 .301 .384 .499 .326 56.0 1.2 6.2
2014 OAK 28 126 555 485 79 122 23 2 25 224 60 107 6 4 0 87 8 0 .252 .339 .462 .296 30.3 16.2 5.1
Career373155113702033677755963115229017111217173.268.346.461.29995.422.912.9

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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
2007 BOI A- 49 202 .354 .253 .339 .381 .260 .395 111 20.5 5.9 2.6 0.1 1.8 33.6 3.4 33.6 3.4
2007 CUB Rk 4 13 .231 .257 .356 .393 .266 .286 104 -0.4 0.4 0.1 -0.0 -0.9 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2008 PEO A 63 254 .234 .249 .320 .366 .258 .239 95 -6.8 7.2 3.1 0.8 3.0 9.5 1.1 9.5 1.1
2008 STO A+ 47 207 .371 .275 .336 .413 .269 .353 97 31.8 7.8 4.2 -0.1 1.4 44.8 4.5 44.8 4.5
2009 MID AA 124 541 .263 .268 .338 .396 .252 .319 129 2 16.4 7.7 0.8 0.6 30.7 3.3 30.7 3.3
2010 OAK MLB 14 34 .173 .252 .326 .401 .253 .211 108 -3 0.9 0.1 -0.1 0.1 -1.4 -0.2 -1.4 -0.2
2010 SAC AAA 86 348 .261 .281 .352 .446 .275 .264 92 0.3 11.1 3.8 1.1 -3.3 16.4 1.7 16.4 1.7
2011 SAC AAA 115 503 .272 .293 .362 .464 .269 .301 98 6.8 15.6 4.8 1.5 1.8 31.3 3.1 31.3 3.1
2011 ESC Wnt 15 66 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 OAK MLB 75 294 .257 .255 .315 .408 .262 .278 94 -0.8 8.1 1.2 5.5 0.5 10.6 1.7 10.6 1.7
2012 SAC AAA 51 234 .342 .288 .351 .445 .275 .350 93 21.6 7.0 1.9 -2.0 -0.2 30.1 2.8 30.1 2.8
2013 OAK MLB 158 668 .326 .256 .320 .406 .268 .333 94 42.1 17.6 2.2 1.2 -2.9 56.0 6.2 56.0 6.2
2014 OAK MLB 126 555 .296 .254 .314 .396 .261 .272 100 19 14.4 1.2 16.2 -2.2 30.3 5.1 30.3 5.1

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
2007 BOI A- 202 37 56 11 2 9 35 37 34 6 2 .346 .473 .605 .259 .354 33.6 0.1 3.4
2007 CUB Rk 13 1 2 2 0 0 0 2 4 0 1 .182 .308 .364 .182 .231 -1.3 -0.0 -0.1
2008 STO A+ 207 37 62 13 2 9 39 17 29 0 2 .330 .391 .564 .234 .371 44.8 -0.1 4.5
2008 PEO A 254 27 51 13 0 6 23 17 41 7 1 .217 .276 .349 .132 .234 9.5 0.8 1.1
2009 MID AA 541 67 123 37 1 9 91 80 92 7 2 .270 .378 .415 .145 .263 30.7 0.8 3.3
2010 OAK MLB 34 1 5 1 0 1 4 2 12 0 0 .156 .206 .281 .125 .173 -1.4 -0.1 -0.2
2010 SAC AAA 348 52 70 14 1 18 67 45 79 3 1 .238 .343 .476 .238 .261 16.4 1.1 1.7
2011 ESC Wnt 66 8 18 2 0 2 10 3 21 1 0 .286 .318 .413 .127 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 SAC AAA 503 79 116 28 0 17 70 51 100 13 4 .261 .344 .439 .178 .272 31.3 1.5 3.1
2012 OAK MLB 294 34 66 16 0 9 33 14 61 4 1 .241 .289 .398 .157 .257 10.6 5.5 1.7
2012 SAC AAA 234 38 70 12 2 13 45 23 34 5 2 .335 .402 .598 .263 .342 30.1 -2.0 2.8
2013 OAK MLB 668 89 174 37 3 24 93 76 110 5 2 .301 .384 .499 .199 .326 56.0 1.2 6.2
2014 OAK MLB 555 79 122 23 2 25 87 60 107 8 0 .252 .339 .462 .210 .296 30.3 16.2 5.1

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
2010 140 0.5071 0.4214 0.6780 0.5493 0.2899 0.7436 0.5500 0.3220
2012 1075 0.5088 0.4912 0.7670 0.6545 0.3220 0.8240 0.6471 0.2330
2013 2687 0.4846 0.4434 0.7951 0.6467 0.2520 0.8432 0.6791 0.2040
2014 2183 0.4801 0.4285 0.7583 0.6279 0.2441 0.8495 0.5415 0.2417
Career60850.48780.4460.77420.63910.26240.83980.62110.2254

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-24 2014-08-25 DTD 1 1 - Knee Soreness -
2014-07-02 2014-07-04 DTD 2 2 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-03-17 2014-03-19 Camp 2 0 Right Lower Leg Tightness Calf - -
2013-06-14 2013-06-15 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-09-01 2012-09-03 DTD 2 2 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor - -
2011-02-25 2011-02-27 Camp 2 0 Knee Contusion -
2010-08-04 2010-09-02 Minors 29 0 Left Knee Sprain MCL -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 OAK $
2014 OAK $500,000
2013 OAK $492,500
2012 OAK $480,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$972,500
2011Current$500,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$1,472,500
3 yrTotal$1,472,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 158 dBledsoe Brothers1 year/$0.5M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2014). Renewed by Oakland 3/8/14.
  • 1 year/$0.4925M (2013). Re-signed by Oakland 3/13.
  • 1 year/$0.48M (2012). Re-signed by Oakland 2/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Oakland 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Oakland 4/30/10.
  • Acquired by Oakland in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/8/08 (Rich Harden deal).
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2007 (1s-48) (Auburn). Signed 7/7/07, $652,500 signing bonus).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .314 .388 .589 .353
11 vs R (Multi) .277 .356 .430 .289
18 Split (Multi) -.037 -.031 -.159 -.065
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .335 .412 .631 .375
31 vs R (2013) .285 .371 .442 .296
38 Split (2013) -.050 -.040 -.189 -.079
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mau, I am contending in my dynasty league and just traded A.J Cole and Jose Peraza for Josh Donaldson. I have Brett Lawrie coming back soon. Should I try to deal Lawrie for a bat that is helping me now,even though I am selling low? Maybin and Quentin have been utterly awful.
(GilaMonster from Boston)
In a vacuum I think the stock is too low. I would dangle him out there and see if anyone bites with a decent bat but I think it's unlikely. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have a prospect fantasy question. Guy offered me Taveras, Springer, and Polanco for Josh Donaldson and Bryant. Do I have to take this even though I don't need all those OF's and it leaves me somewhat depleted at 3B? 10 team H2H dynasty. Building for the next year.
(Joe from Chucktown)
I'm not the best guy for fantasy questions, but I would be inclined to take it. If nothing else you're compiled assets that you can move at a later date. (Mark Anderson)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Josh Donaldson in a dynasty league? In a 12 team roto league, I have Lawrie and ARam. I could potentially deal Heyward and Eovaldi or Bailey for him. What do you think?
(My Elbow from Hurts)
I love Donaldson, but don't do Heyward like that. I'd pass there. (Bret Sayre)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)What are you views on Heyward? 12 team roto dynasty standard 5x5, would you move him and Bailey for Donaldson? What level of player would you want included on the Donaldson side? Already have Lawrie and ARam on the roster. Would try to move Lawrie for some SV's help. Would fill in Heyward's spot with Moss against RHPs and when Moss faces LHPs Revere.
(Geronimo from Big City Crush)
I'm not as high on Jason Heyward as others, but I think that he's a solid outfielder with mid $20s earning potential. With that in mind, I'd pass on Heyward and Homer Bailey for Josh Donaldson. Donaldson might be a little bit better than he was last year but it seems that you're selling low on Bailey. In a two-for-one, I'd want at least a third-tier pitcher back to make that deal.

Sure, you can move Brett Lawrie for a closer. I'd try for right below the elite (Greg Holland/Craig Kimbrel) level. (Mike Gianella)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think about Josh Donaldson this year? Are people underrating Carlos Santana a bit?
(MickeyRivers from NY)
I think Donaldson, with the exception of a few points of batting average, is real and will continue his success into 2014. As far as Santana, I think he's being appropriately valued, as he's never quite put together the average and power. (Bret Sayre)
2014-01-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a believer in Josh Donaldson? What kind of numbers do you expect over the next few years?
(Tony from Work)
I am. I'm not sure he'll be as good as he was last season, I'd expect a drop off on some level (lower OBP almost for sure) but he's a talented player. I don't think four wins a season is out of the question for the next few years at least. (Matthew Kory)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have faith in Josh Donaldson and Matt Carpenter repeating or at least putting up similar numbers to last year in '14? Thanks for the chat Mike!
(David from Montreal)
Hi David:

Love chatting. Thanks for your question.

I have faith that both Donaldson and Carpenter will be solid this year but except both to slip somewhat in 2014, particularly Carpenter. A lot of Carpenter's value is tied up in his batting average and while I think he's a great hitter it is difficult purely from a prognosticator's point of view to say that this is repeatable. Donaldson has a better chance of putting up the similar numbers, but I expect a slight dip for him. Both players are very good, though, and if you wind up with one in the grouping after the elite players go in your draft/auction you've done quite well for yourself. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)Was Josh Donaldson's season legit? How much regression do you see coming? Hopefully not too much!
(Kelly from Oakland)
Hi Kelly:

Josh Donaldson seemed like the real deal to me, although I wouldn't be surprised if the power slipped a little bit. His plate discipline and contact skills seem legit, though, so I wouldn't expect too much regression. One thing to keep in mind is that as great as Donaldson is in real life, this doesn't all translate to Roto. Miguel Cabrera blew him away, and Adrian Beltre outearned Donaldson in 5x5. If the price is too high - or if you can get a lot in trade - don't be afraid to sell high. (Mike Gianella)
2013-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were in charge of the A's, would you offer Josh Donaldson an extension? If so, how much/how many seasons?
(carligula from Oakland)
Donaldson is interesting because he's 27, typical hitter's peak season, and is blowing away what he's done in the past. He's got a 144 OPS+ but he spent 53 games in Triple-A last season, so he's a tough call (which, I gather, is why you're asking). That said, no, I don't offer him an extension. He's got one year of service time and won't cost the A's anything next season. Let's see if he can do it again. If he does, then we'll talk. (Matthew Kory)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Would Josh Donaldson for Ryan Braun in a H2H points dynasty league be fair value? If not, what kind of value could Donaldson garner in this kind of format?
(Larry from Arizona)
Hi Larry:

Unless Braun's owner is really skeptical, that seems like a reach. Donaldson has been terrific, but I'm not sure I buy into a consistent 30 HR, 100 RBI guy with a good batting average. Think second tier OF with Donaldson (assuming you're aiming for an OF). Nelson Cruz and Jay Bruce are better targets. Even if their owners still think you're aiming high, you have a shot. Good luck! (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Think Josh Donaldson is having a legitimate breakout year? Freezer potential for 2014? I am in a mixed sim/points league, 15 teams.
(dscala from New Hampshire)
I mostly think so, yes. The walk rate has improved a great deal, and since his streak starting 2012 when he didn't walk in almost 100 PAs, Donaldson has improved his patience but also his recognition of pitches in the zone. He might not be a 30 HR guy, but 25 HR with a .270-.280 BA is a realistic proposition. He's freezable in deeper mixed. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Josh Donaldson for Oscar Taveres in a dynasty format points league? We don't have contracts, and player can be kept forever.
(Tim from Miami)
Yes, I would make that trade. There's obviously some risk, but I think that even if Oscar Taveras disappoints, you're looking at a $20-25 player long term. Donaldson's ceiling is probably as a $25 player, even with the positional advantage. I'd take the risk here. If you're wrong, you (hopefully) shouldn't get burned too much. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Its a me! Do you like a me or a Josh Donaldson for the rest of deh season a
(Pedro Alvarez from APittsaburgha)
A Josha Donaldasona, asorrya (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)I know Oakland's Josh Donaldson isn't going to keep hitting .319/.394/.516, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts. What do you think his line will be at the end of the season?
(Dave from Chicago)
PECOTA says .239/.302/.416, which isn't too far off the .241/.289/.398 he posted last season. I don't have a strong feeling either way so I'd guess he'll finish closer to PECOTA than his current line. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Josh Donaldson is legit?
(nubber from tx)
Legit as in a guy who could hit .260 with 20 HR? Absolutely. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What a great stat on Josh Donaldson and grounding into double plays! Any other gambling tidbits? Love me those mid-April, baseball prop bets!
(Charles Barkley from Undisclosed Underground Bunker)
Bet on Kevin Youkilis getting hit by a pitch oh wait that already happened sorry. (Matthew Kory)
2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)I have Lonnie Chisenhall as my only 3B and am wondering whether to roll the dice with Mark Reynolds to back him up. Are there any undervalued 3Bs you like this season?
(Thad from Peoria)
You should be fine with Chisenhall - and if you're going to take another flier to back him up, go with someone like Josh Donaldson, who could be very solid this year. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dan,with Hanley out 8-10 weeks how far will he drop in drafts and who do you like to move up at SS or 3b in the top 30.Thanks
(Chesty from New Bern,NC)
I'm hesitant to bank on any hitters coming off of serious hand/wrist/finger injuries, so I'd probably ding Ramirez more than others might. My 3B sleepers are Josh Donaldson and Todd Frazier, but as Bret Sayre pointed out in his tiered rankings column (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19939) today, the pressure to get one early is mounting. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Among the A's "surprise" breakouts (Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss, Josh Donaldson's second half), who do you think has the best chance to maintain their performance in 2013?
(VeganRyan from Oakland, Ca)
Gotta go with Reddick. Elite-level tools, and still super young. I feel like both Moss and Donaldson could build on their 2012 performances, but Reddick is uniquely poised to bounce back from a poor year and really show people what he can do in his age-26 season. (Ian Miller)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Any chance the 2nd half of last season was a sign of things to come for Josh Donaldson?
(Earnest from NJ)
I think the .290/.356/.489 line he posted in the second half might be a little lofty, but I think he will be a very good player for the A's in 2013. (Mark Anderson)
2012-05-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why has it almost always been lefty/righty platoons? Why aren't their more fastball hitter / junkball hitter platoons? or platoons based on who's pitching for their own team such as a more defensive infielder for groundball pitchers, etc. - or have there been many of those that we haven't noticed?
(hotstatrat from T.O.)
To the extent it's not happening, it's hard to say why. BP authors have been calling for this kind of thing since before I started reading, and I'm old. It seems like an obvious thing to try.

Which makes me think, moving to the second half, that it is being done more than we realize. Of course, managers don't really platoon much at all, but when they're picking spots to give someone a rest day, there's a possibility that they're putting the bench infielder at short on the day when the junkballer is throwing and just not really mentioning it because the main reason the starter isn't starting is because it's a day off.

Not to go all-A's, but Bob Melvin did, on Opening Day Part One (the Japan version) start Eric Sogard at third base instead of theoretical starter Josh Donaldson. Felix Hernandez was on the mound, and Melvin reasoned that Sogard had more of a contact-oriented approach than Donaldson. He insisted that it was not a lefty/right issue. (Jason Wojciechowski)


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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
2010 397 -5 -0.7 -11.9 241 0.0 0.0 0.4 -0.7 -11.5
2012 214 -2 -0.3 -11.0 112 0.0 0.0 0.4 -0.3 -10.6
total 611 -6 -0.8 -8.9 353 0.0 0.0 0.3 -0.8 -8.6

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