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2013 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
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Birth Date6-9-1980
Height5' 9"
Weight165 lbs
Age34 years, 5 months, 18 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.52010
0.82011
0.12012
2013
0.02014
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
2005 CHN 25 7 5 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .600 .000 .337 1.9 0.0 0.2
2007 CHN 27 86 260 234 32 65 12 4 3 94 22 43 0 3 1 29 5 4 .278 .336 .402 .246 5.7 -0.2 0.5
2008 CHN 28 119 284 243 42 74 22 1 9 125 34 51 3 1 3 40 2 0 .305 .395 .514 .313 24.1 -1.0 2.3
2009 CHN 29 135 419 377 38 89 22 2 9 142 35 83 2 5 0 43 4 1 .236 .301 .377 .244 1.2 1.2 0.2
2010 CHN 30 75 185 169 14 48 11 3 1 68 10 28 3 2 1 20 1 2 .284 .332 .402 .262 3.5 -1.2 0.2
2010 SFN 30 28 76 71 10 20 2 0 0 22 5 13 0 0 0 5 0 2 .282 .329 .310 .251 2.0 0.3 0.2
2011 SFN 31 85 252 220 22 50 15 3 4 83 25 48 1 4 2 21 5 1 .227 .304 .377 .253 8.2 -0.8 0.8
2012 PHI 32 47 105 97 13 28 2 0 1 33 7 23 1 0 0 5 0 1 .289 .343 .340 .244 1.0 0.1 0.1
Career58215861413175374861327567140289111571631711.265.332.401.26147.7-1.54.7

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
2002 FRD A+ 122 547 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BOW AA 126 515 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .381 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 OTT AAA 136 590 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .337 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CHN MLB 7 5 .337 .251 .311 .370 .257 .000 94 0.4 0.1 0 0.0 1.3 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2005 IOW AAA 111 449 .286 .270 .344 .425 .269 .324 97 9.4 9.9 -0.1 -3.4 -0.3 17.7 1.3 17.7 1.3
2006 IOW AAA 111 418 .296 .271 .341 .412 .265 .339 99 15.4 11.7 -0.5 4.4 -1.7 26.4 3.0 26.4 3.0
2007 CHN MLB 86 260 .246 .267 .328 .418 .255 .325 103 -4 7.7 -0.2 -0.2 2.2 5.7 0.5 5.7 0.5
2007 IOW AAA 55 231 .286 .276 .345 .427 .263 .371 108 6.7 6.9 1.2 1.6 1.9 18.5 1.9 18.5 1.9
2008 CHN MLB 119 284 .313 .263 .327 .419 .261 .353 103 16.3 8.2 -0.3 -1.0 1.1 24.1 2.3 24.1 2.3
2009 CHN MLB 135 419 .244 .262 .332 .424 .267 .276 98 -7.1 12.1 0.3 1.2 -4.6 1.2 0.2 1.2 0.2
2010 CHN MLB 75 185 .262 .262 .324 .415 .268 .331 99 0.4 5.1 0.1 -1.2 -0.3 3.5 0.2 3.5 0.2
2010 SFN MLB 28 76 .251 .245 .309 .373 .253 .345 90 -0.7 2.1 0.2 0.3 0.5 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2011 SFN MLB 85 252 .253 .250 .314 .392 .259 .267 90 -1.7 6.8 1.6 -0.8 2.2 8.2 0.8 8.2 0.8
2011 FRE AAA 10 37 .205 .300 .383 .466 .285 .222 98 -2.4 1.1 0 -1.2 -0.3 -1.8 -0.3 -1.8 -0.3
2012 PHI MLB 47 105 .244 .252 .314 .401 .257 .370 103 -1.7 2.9 0.1 0.1 0.7 1.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
2012 LEH AAA 16 58 .289 .248 .317 .381 .247 .375 97 1.9 1.7 0.1 -0.8 -0.3 4.3 0.4 4.3 0.4
2013 DUR AAA 120 472 .240 .258 .329 .390 .257 .322 109 -10.3 13.5 0 -2.2 -1.2 3.6 0.1 3.6 0.1
2014 DUR AAA 113 455 .250 .262 .334 .397 .255 .341 103 -5.4 13.6 -2 0.4 -3.1 1.0 0.1 1.0 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
2002 FRD A+ 547 61 127 16 4 8 53 42 117 13 9 .264 .330 .364 .100 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BOW AA 515 63 146 24 5 12 66 50 89 16 5 .325 .399 .481 .156 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 OTT AAA 590 73 146 30 10 8 49 48 111 14 7 .279 .347 .420 .141 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 IOW AAA 449 60 103 22 10 6 39 59 77 3 2 .272 .376 .430 .158 .286 17.7 -3.4 1.3
2005 CHN MLB 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .000 .600 .000 .000 .337 1.9 0.0 0.2
2006 IOW AAA 418 54 107 28 2 8 36 47 64 5 4 .296 .378 .450 .155 .296 26.4 4.4 3.0
2007 CHN MLB 260 32 65 12 4 3 29 22 43 5 4 .278 .336 .402 .124 .246 5.7 -0.2 0.5
2007 IOW AAA 231 46 71 17 4 6 34 16 32 3 1 .336 .383 .540 .204 .286 18.5 1.6 1.9
2008 CHN MLB 284 42 74 22 1 9 40 34 51 2 0 .305 .395 .514 .210 .313 24.1 -1.0 2.3
2009 CHN MLB 419 38 89 22 2 9 43 35 83 4 1 .236 .301 .377 .141 .244 1.2 1.2 0.2
2010 CHN MLB 185 14 48 11 3 1 20 10 28 1 2 .284 .332 .402 .118 .262 3.5 -1.2 0.2
2010 SFN MLB 76 10 20 2 0 0 5 5 13 0 2 .282 .329 .310 .028 .251 2.0 0.3 0.2
2011 FRE AAA 37 5 7 0 0 1 3 5 4 0 0 .219 .324 .312 .094 .205 -1.8 -1.2 -0.3
2011 SFN MLB 252 22 50 15 3 4 21 25 48 5 1 .227 .304 .377 .150 .253 8.2 -0.8 0.8
2012 LEH AAA 58 5 16 6 0 1 7 5 11 0 0 .308 .368 .481 .173 .289 4.3 -0.8 0.4
2012 PHI MLB 105 13 28 2 0 1 5 7 23 0 1 .289 .343 .340 .052 .244 1.0 0.1 0.1
2013 DUR AAA 472 53 110 32 2 4 42 37 87 6 1 .264 .335 .379 .115 .240 3.6 -2.2 0.1
2014 DUR AAA 455 35 110 24 1 3 48 43 85 5 2 .276 .350 .364 .088 .250 1.0 0.4 0.1

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
2008 1080 0.5074 0.4161 0.8151 0.5912 0.2350 0.8704 0.6720 0.1826
2009 1653 0.5330 0.4545 0.8213 0.6390 0.2422 0.8632 0.6952 0.1760
2010 1001 0.5085 0.4700 0.8383 0.6523 0.2805 0.9247 0.6304 0.1617
2011 1006 0.5249 0.4327 0.8341 0.5928 0.2531 0.9010 0.6612 0.1636
2012 396 0.5530 0.4456 0.7898 0.5708 0.2881 0.8800 0.5686 0.2045
Career51360.52280.44450.82340.61720.25380.88540.66130.1744

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-05-26 2011-07-08 15-DL 43 41 Groin Strain -
2010-03-05 2010-03-07 Camp 2 0 Right Shoulder Strain -
2008-04-05 2008-04-05 DTD 0 0 Low Back Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 TBA $
2013 TBA $
2012 SFN $259,615
2011 SFN $1,050,000
2010 CHN $1,000,000
2009 CHN $430,000
2008 CHN $405,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$3,144,615
5 yrTotal$3,144,615

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 53 dParagon Sports1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Washington as a free agent 1/8/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Washington 3/26/14. Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 3/27/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 11/29/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$1.05M (2012). Re-signed by San Francisco 12/13/11 (avoided arbitration). Released by San Francisco 3/30/12 (due 60 days' salary, about $259,615). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 4/13/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Philadelphia 5/12/12. DFA by Philadelphia 8/1/12.
  • 1 year/$1.05M (2011). Re-signed by San Francisco 12/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1M (2010). Re-signed 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by San Francisco in trade from Chicago Cubs 8/11/10.
  • 1 year/$0.43M (2009). Re-signed 2/25/09.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2008).
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased 5/15/07.
  • Drafted 1999 (21-625).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)Doesnt it make sense for the Cubs to attempt to . upgrade in the middle infield? It appears that there are several low-cost, both in terms of prospects required and contractual obligations, available to them(Cabrera,Scutaro,Kennedy). Mike Fontenot has been doing his best to turn the lower part of their lineup into a black hole.
(Matt from Chicago)
The Cubs have two problems in trying to make a trade right now. One, is they aren't allowed to make any big expenditures with the sale of the team in flux. Two, they don't have many propsects that teams are interested in. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bryan, have you picked up on Jim Hendry's fondness for Notre Dame players? I'm wondering if you think it's beginning to cloud his judgment (i.e. the acquisition of Aaron Heilman)?
(Shane from Bucktown)
I brought this up to Paul Mainieri -- coach of LSU, former coach of Notre Dame, who was with the Irish when Heilman and Samardzija and Grant Johnson and the rest went there. Mainieri laughed, and reminded that the connection runs deeper: Paul and Ryan Dempster are still good friends since Dempster committed to ND (ultimately choosing pro ball out of high school), and infields Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot are LSU grads, both of whom Mainieri has become friendly with. Don't be surprised if the Cubs draft a LSU player or two in the upcoming draft ... it's always been a fondness for Mainieri moreso than for Notre Dame. (Bryan Smith)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Steve: Loved the book on Casey. There's nothing else like it. The Swisher trade is a great deal for which Cashman deserves a lot of credit-first of all in finding him, hadn't the Sox put him in the Witness Protection Program? But I digress. I do have the opinion that the Yankees must move on with Robinson Cano. While his trade value has been diminished, wait til you see what it is this time next year! Proposed replacements: (a) Available inexpensively: Mike Fontenot, who is a free agent. Available expensively: Jeff Kent (please NO!), Brian Roberts. Am I jumping the shark on Cano?
(BeplerP from New York City)
Thank you, BeplerP, for reading Forging Genius and for the kind words. The question isn't whether you've jumped the shark on Cano, but whether Cano himself has jumped the shark (I've never heard jumping the shark used to signify that one might be ahead of the shark). I don't think he has, given his age and post-April rates of .297/.326/.448. The problem with Cano is that he seems like he doesn't care half the time. He's locked in for a week, and then he goes 0-for-20 swinging at first pitches and starts making careless plays in the infield. This makes him immensely frustrating to watch, not least of all to the Yankees themselves. How do you keep this guy locked in? They don't know, so the temptation is to make him someone else's problem--and it wouldn't be the end of the world. You could get a 2B who has lower highs but also higher lows, or lower batting averages but is better at getting on base. In that case, the decision to make a change depends on who you can get--the Yankees really need to stay focused on offense. But if your question is, "Will he rebound and improve his value?" I think yes, he will. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)Given that Theriot's performance has likely entrenched him in the starting lineup, and Ronny Cedeno's performance seemingly has him getting the lion-share of middle infield spot starts, what is Mike Fontenot's use now? Does he have any value in a trade? He seems like he could possibly bring the offensive value of Mark Derosa if he got the playing time. Also, what does Rich Hill have to do in order to return to the majors? Change teams?
(mlapointe from chicago)
Fontenot's getting starts at second with DeRosa moving out to left in the positional wheel that Piniella has been employing whenever his roster's Soriano-free, and it works pretty nicely. Add in that it means that he's got a bench player kept sharp with a goodly amount of playing time, and it makes for a better stabbity to go after the opposition with when he's back to pinch-hitting. And if Theriot or Cedeno or DeRosa goes down, it's a happier thing to be the team that still has Fontenot. He'd make for a mediocre regular, and while that might make him wealthy, I think it's more useful to keep him on this roster, especially as the lefty alternative to the righty-hitting Reed Johnson off of the bench.

Hill... it's a gut-wrenching thing to see a guy's control just go away like that. I'd trade for him, but I'm not sure the Cubs can afford to trust him until he gives Iowa a good month or so. It's interesting that Will brought up the Cubs in today's lead article about dealing for Sabathia--I would think that Hill would make a pretty important piece in such a swap, although it would be a bit risky to have both Cliff Lee and Hill in the same rotation. That would be sort of a southpaw roller-coaster ride that would require splatter shielding to protect bystanders. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ronny Cedeno and Eric Patterson--are they in the Cubs' plans for '08? Should they be? If I may indulge one more, what do you expect from Franklin Morales in '08 and down the road? Thanks!
(jromero from seattle)
At the moment it certainly doesn't seem like either is the Cub's first choice for a starting spot in the middle infield. Theriot would be pretty easy to displace at short, but Cedeno, as good as his minor-league numbers are, simply hasn't hit in his major-league opportunities.

As for Patterson, the Cubs are even deeper at 2B, with Mark De Rosa and Mike Fontenot, another Piniella favorite ahead of him. Patterson's got youth and more upside, but the other two were a pretty capable tandem last year, and PECOTA likes both of them - they're .360 OBPs and average-plus fielders, whereas Patterson's a .340 OBP type with below-average D.

Morales - as critical a part of the Rox run last year, I see him struggling a little bit. He's got to cut down the walks to succeed at Coors. (Jay Jaffe)


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