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Ernesto Frieri PPirates

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 28)
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Birth Date7-19-1985
Height6' 2"
Weight205 lbs
Age29 years, 0 months, 11 days
BatsR
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0.52010
1.02011
0.92012
1.12013
-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
2009 SDN 23 2 0 2.0 0.0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.00 2.56 3.36 0.2 0.0
2010 SDN 24 33 0 31.7 0.0 31.7 1 1 0 1 0 0 128 18 7 6 2 31 17 14 0 41 1.71 2.95 2.86 4.9 0.5
2011 SDN 25 59 0 63.0 0.0 63.0 1 2 0 0 0 0 276 51 21 19 3 81 34 29 9 76 2.71 3.25 2.77 9.6 1.0
2012 ANA 26 56 0 54.3 0.0 54.3 4 2 23 3 0 0 219 26 15 14 7 50 26 26 5 80 2.32 3.49 3.48 8.4 0.9
2012 SDN 26 11 0 11.7 0.0 11.7 1 0 0 0 0 0 50 9 5 3 2 16 4 4 2 18 2.31 3.82 4.04 0.2 0.0
2013 ANA 27 67 0 68.7 0.0 68.7 2 4 37 4 0 0 292 55 29 29 11 97 30 29 3 98 3.80 3.75 3.12 9.8 1.1
2014 ANA 28 34 0 31.0 0.0 31.0 0 3 11 3 0 0 133 33 22 22 8 64 9 8 1 38 6.39 5.04 5.73 -2.1 -0.2
2014 PIT 28 11 0 8.0 0.0 8.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 40 13 10 10 2 23 4 3 0 8 11.25 5.85 6.67 -1.8 -0.2
Career2730270.30.0270.31013711100114520510910335362125114203613.433.693.5429.33.1

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2005 LEL A+ 2 0 3.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.400 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 FTW A 1 0 1.2 12.33 -102 .000 .275 .347 .380 .250 .500 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2006 EUG A- 27 1 37.2 3.74 117 .278 .248 .326 .358 .266 .303 97 8.2 0.9 8.2 0.9
2006 LEL A+ 2 0 6.1 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .381 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 FTW A 40 0 64.7 3.02 128 .230 .253 .327 .369 .260 .262 96 14.4 1.4 14.4 1.4
2007 LEL A+ 13 1 21.7 4.77 101 .218 .276 .346 .439 .278 .263 92 6.6 0.6 6.6 0.6
2008 LEL A+ 33 18 123.7 4.19 112 .273 .277 .339 .423 .269 .306 99 29.2 2.9 29.2 2.9
2008 SAN AA 2 2 11.0 6.70 40 .234 .265 .337 .410 .272 .160 89 -1.6 -0.2 -1.0 -0.1
2008 POR AAA 1 1 6.0 2.68 156 .149 .299 .347 .465 .262 .143 121 2.7 0.3 2.8 0.3
2009 SDN MLB 2 0 2.0 3.36 120 .093 .236 .288 .380 .254 .000 92 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2009 SAN AA 27 26 140.3 4.77 108 .232 .266 .339 .393 .249 .271 114 23.9 2.5 25.9 2.4
2010 SDN MLB 33 0 31.7 2.86 123 .216 .260 .325 .413 .271 .235 85 5.1 0.5 4.9 0.5
2010 POR AAA 34 0 37.7 3.69 118 .158 .274 .349 .431 .268 .164 86 5.5 0.5 5.5 0.5
2011 SDN MLB 59 0 63.0 2.77 128 .270 .251 .315 .388 .257 .312 92 9.6 1.0 9.6 1.0
2011 TUC AAA 4 0 3.3 1.70 167 .267 .298 .368 .454 .281 .375 90 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2012 ANA MLB 56 0 54.3 3.48 119 .216 .259 .322 .419 .266 .188 96 8.4 0.9 8.4 0.9
2012 SDN MLB 11 0 11.7 4.04 98 .268 .259 .320 .414 .262 .292 92 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2013 ANA MLB 67 0 68.7 3.12 125 .263 .252 .315 .401 .264 .293 97 9.8 1.1 9.8 1.1
2014 ANA MLB 34 0 31.0 5.73 64 .302 .257 .322 .393 .265 .325 99 -2.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2
2014 PIT MLB 11 0 8.0 6.67 30 .370 .263 .313 .395 .260 .423 98 -1.8 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2

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
2005 LEL A+ 0 0 0 2 0 3.3 3 1 3 1 0% -.400 8.2 2.7 2.7 8.2 1.21 2.73 0.0 0.0
2006 LEL A+ 0 0 0 2 0 6.1 8 3 4 0 0% .381 11.8 4.4 0.0 5.9 1.80 5.90 0.0 0.0
2006 FTW A 0 0 0 1 0 1.2 1 5 1 0 50% .500 7.5 37.5 0.0 7.5 5.00 7.50 -0.7 -0.1
2006 EUG A- 3 3 2 27 1 37.2 31 15 38 3 41% .303 7.5 3.6 0.7 9.2 1.24 3.87 8.2 0.9
2007 LEL A+ 1 0 1 13 1 21.7 11 6 27 1 30% .263 4.6 2.5 0.4 11.2 0.78 1.24 6.6 0.6
2007 FTW A 1 2 0 40 0 64.7 48 23 65 4 36% .262 6.7 3.2 0.6 9.0 1.10 2.64 14.4 1.4
2008 LEL A+ 8 6 0 33 18 123.7 125 32 108 14 30% .306 9.1 2.3 1.0 7.9 1.27 4.00 29.2 2.9
2008 POR AAA 1 0 0 1 1 6.0 2 2 7 0 36% .143 3.0 3.0 0.0 10.5 0.67 1.50 2.8 0.3
2008 SAN AA 1 0 0 2 2 11.0 7 2 10 3 32% .160 5.7 1.6 2.5 8.2 0.82 4.09 -1.0 -0.1
2009 SAN AA 10 9 0 27 26 140.3 125 62 118 13 35% .271 8.0 4.0 0.8 7.6 1.33 3.59 25.9 2.4
2009 SDN MLB 0 0 0 2 0 2.0 0 1 2 0 0% .000 0.0 4.5 0.0 9.0 0.50 0.00 0.2 0.0
2010 POR AAA 3 1 17 34 0 37.7 14 18 49 2 20% .164 3.3 4.3 0.5 11.7 0.85 1.43 5.5 0.5
2010 SDN MLB 1 1 0 33 0 31.7 18 17 41 2 24% .235 5.1 4.8 0.6 11.7 1.11 1.71 4.9 0.5
2011 TUC AAA 1 0 0 4 0 3.3 3 2 5 0 25% .375 8.1 5.4 0.0 13.5 1.50 2.70 1.6 0.2
2011 SDN MLB 1 2 0 59 0 63.0 51 34 76 3 24% .312 7.3 4.9 0.4 10.9 1.35 2.71 9.6 1.0
2012 ANA MLB 4 2 23 56 0 54.3 26 26 80 7 27% .188 4.3 4.3 1.2 13.3 0.96 2.32 8.4 0.9
2012 SDN MLB 1 0 0 11 0 11.7 9 4 18 2 27% .292 6.9 3.1 1.5 13.9 1.11 2.31 0.2 0.0
2013 ANA MLB 2 4 37 67 0 68.7 55 30 98 11 25% .293 7.2 3.9 1.4 12.8 1.24 3.80 9.8 1.1
2014 ANA MLB 0 3 11 34 0 31.0 33 9 38 8 36% .325 9.6 2.6 2.3 11.0 1.35 6.39 -2.1 -0.2
2014 PIT MLB 1 1 0 11 0 8.0 13 4 8 2 32% .423 14.6 4.5 2.2 9.0 2.12 11.25 -1.8 -0.2

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
2009 25 0.4800 0.4000 0.7000 0.5833 0.2308 0.5714 1.0000 0.3000
2010 566 0.5300 0.4850 0.7044 0.6400 0.3083 0.7760 0.5366 0.2956
2011 1116 0.5188 0.4645 0.7718 0.6321 0.2812 0.8197 0.6556 0.2282
2012 1199 0.5354 0.4858 0.6936 0.6589 0.2837 0.7187 0.6266 0.3064
2013 1252 0.5687 0.5304 0.6968 0.7065 0.2963 0.7058 0.6688 0.3017
2014 719 0.5396 0.4798 0.7855 0.6753 0.2508 0.8092 0.7108 0.2145
Career48770.53990.4910.72720.66480.28410.75770.6480.2725

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-08-06 2011-08-21 15-DL 15 15 - Low Back Strain - -
2011-03-04 2011-03-17 Camp 13 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2010-02-28 2010-03-23 Camp 23 0 Groin Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 PIT $
2014 ANA $3,800,000
2013 ANA $530,000
2012 SDN $489,100
2011 SDN $417,100
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,436,200
2011Current$3,800,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$5,236,200
4 yrTotal$5,236,200

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 101 dMatt Colleran1 year/$3.8M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$3.8M (2014). Re-signed by LA Angels 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from LA Angels 6/27/14.
  • 1 year/$0.53M (2013). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4891M (2012). Re-signed by San Diego 3/8/12. Acquired by LA Angels in trade from San Diego 5/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4217M (2011). Re-signed by San Diego 2/27/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by San Diego 3/3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by San Diego 2/27/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by San Diego 11/19/07. Re-signed by San Diego 3/3/08.
  • Signed by San Diego 1/03 as an amateur free agent from Colombia.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .152 .269 .287 .224
11 vs R (Multi) .245 .329 .411 .284
18 Split (Multi) -.093 -.060 -.123 -.060
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .155 .262 .310 .230
31 vs R (2013) .292 .357 .469 .309
38 Split (2013) -.137 -.095 -.159 -.079
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Any AL set-up men you like to potentially get the closer job this year?
(Dave from Boston)
Whoever is setting up Tommy Hunter seems like a pretty good bet in Baltimore. Otherwise, Joe Smith is a good get in AL-only. Mike Scioscia showed wavering confidence with Ernesto Frieri last year and Smith could steal the job if Frieri falters. (Mike Gianella)
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Closers are on the mind today. Thoughts on how the Jays' and Angels' closer situations play out?
(Carlester from Seaboard)
There was a story yesterday or the day before that Ryan Madson could miss the first week of the season, so Ernesto Frieri might get the ninth-inning job on Opening Day, but Madson (if healthy) should get the opportunities the rest of the way. In Toronto, given how well Casey Janssen performed last year and his success against both righty and lefty batters I'd consider him the favorite. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)You think that the Angels were kicking themselves a bit at the end of the season when Fernando Rodney broke Eck's ERA record? While Ernesto Frieri looked good, he was the team's 3rd or 4th closer for the year and wasn't even on the team to begin the season.
(jlarsen from chicago)
I doubt the Angels are kicking themselves. They got good value out of Frieri, and Rodney had shown zero indication that he was capable of doing anything close to what he ended up doing. But such is the nature of relievers. Plus the hat. I still want to fix that for him. (Geoff Young)
2012-08-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)Ernesto Frieri: Buy or Sell? Why?
(Michael from Milwaukee)
Soft "buy." He's the best reliever in the Angels bullpen and is the one getting the majority of the saves right now. They could work Downs or even Walden back into the mix, but Frieri is the best option. (Derek Carty)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)How much do you believe in Ernesto Frieri long term? I am in a league where saves are pretty valuable, but I have been offered a couple of decent bats in return. Is right now the perfect time to sell high?
(Justin from Chicago)
I treat all closers not named Rivera or Papelbon on a year to year basis. They're too damn volatile. Bats for closers is a deal I do every time. (Jason Collette)
2012-05-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Doug, thanks for the chat...I'm going to Angels Mariners game tonight, any particular relievers you 'd like to study? especially stride, I may be able to snap some bird eye view if they are up in the bullpen.
(Jim from Seattle)
Check out the Halos' Ernesto Frieri - he has great momentum and a killer stride (Doug Thorburn)
2012-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)As an owner of Jordan Walden, should I be looking to pick up Ernesto Frieri? How do you see the LAA closer situation shaking out moving forward?
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
I wouldn't. For one thing, Downs has a hold on the job at the moment. For another, I really think Walden is just getting a few days to collect himself, or something. If I had to bet, with I swear no useful information that could possibly help you, I would bet that Walden is saving games by May 15. (Sam Miller)
2012-02-23 11:00:00 (link to chat)Is Brad Boxberger the Closer by the end of the year? Any chance he starts the year in the Bullpen? Thanks
(jake1m from Jenny Lind, Ca.)
Boxberger will compete for a spot in the bullpen. Whether he makes the big club out of spring training or not, he'll see material time with the Padres in 2012. I'm not sure he'll be the closer. If Huston Street is traded at some point, I'm guessing that Andrew Cashner or maybe Ernesto Frieri would be next in line, although Cashner's health and Frieri's control raise questions. (Geoff Young)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)i'm assuming you dont think the padre bullpen will have anything like a repeat performance, right?
(nicety from ca)
It's probably hard to believe without accusing me of being a biased fanboy about it, but I see them performing pretty close to that level. Here's the thing--Bell/Adams/Gregerson are all legitimately excellent pitchers, and the kind of guys who can replicate their success from year-to-year. Edward Mujica was unlucky in 2010, and is much better than his ERA indicates--have a look at his K/BB ratio of 12.0 for proof of that. Ernesto Frieri is a young pitcher with some promise who did well in his first stint in the bigs, and I expect him to be a bit better. Joe Thatcher should be there all season long in 2011. Ryan Webb has some upside and is the last option in the pen. This is a collection of fantastic pitchers who, if they are all together again, can perform just as well.

Will they *definitely* repeat? I'm not saying that. But if you asked me to pick one pen that could replicate its previous season, my money would be on the one in San Diego. (Marc Normandin)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Ernesto Frieri has thrown 5,011 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (95mph), also mixing in a Slider (83mph). He also rarely throws a Change (87mph), Cutter (87mph) and Curve (80mph).