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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 33)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
121.0 5.50 1.54 56 6 9 0 -1.1
Birth Date4-28-1981
Height6' 2"
Weight225 lbs
Age33 years, 5 months, 25 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.62010
2011
-0.12012
2013
-1.12014
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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 MON 23 3 3 9.0 9.0 0.0 1 2 0 0 0 0 51 17 16 16 1 26 7 7 1 10 16.00 4.84 6.09 -0.4 -0.1
2006 WAS 25 6 6 36.7 36.7 0.0 1 3 0 0 4 0 163 43 20 19 2 62 12 10 3 16 4.66 4.17 5.36 0.6 0.2
2007 WAS 26 16 16 97.3 97.3 0.0 4 5 0 0 11 0 399 86 42 37 9 135 25 23 5 65 3.42 3.97 5.06 7.4 0.8
2008 WAS 27 12 12 63.3 63.3 0.0 1 5 0 0 3 0 296 88 47 41 5 132 23 21 1 39 5.83 4.04 4.32 7.9 1.0
2009 SDN 28 3 3 12.0 12.0 0.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 56 15 7 7 1 23 3 3 1 7 5.25 3.97 4.00 0.2 0.0
2010 TOR 29 4 4 20.7 20.7 0.0 1 2 0 0 0 0 91 24 8 6 1 31 4 4 1 14 2.61 3.05 3.39 6.0 0.6
2012 TOR 31 1 0 3.0 0.0 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0.00 5.05 7.67 -0.5 -0.1
Career4544242.0239.03.01018001801067273140126194097670121514.693.994.7621.22.5

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 GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2001 VER A- 7 7 35.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CLN A 25 25 146.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .300 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BRV A+ 22 21 126.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .274 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 HAR AA 4 4 20.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MON MLB 3 3 9.0 6.09 59 .391 .252 .317 .390 .247 .500 92 -0.2 -0.0 -0.4 -0.1
2004 HAR AA 17 17 87.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 WAS MLB 6 6 36.7 5.36 83 .272 .269 .342 .440 .266 .315 94 0.2 0.0 0.6 0.2
2006 HAR AA 10 10 50.0 3.75 118 .225 .264 .334 .383 .261 .284 105 8.1 0.9 8.0 1.0
2006 NWO AAA 1 1 5.1 5.24 108 .248 .265 .326 .395 .241 .316 125 0.9 0.1 1.5 0.2
2007 WAS MLB 16 16 97.3 5.06 90 .232 .268 .332 .438 .262 .261 96 4.8 0.5 7.4 0.8
2007 POT A+ 2 2 7.0 4.42 115 .119 .263 .322 .374 .246 .150 109 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2007 COH AAA 1 1 5.0 4.63 98 .133 .248 .314 .365 .260 .222 98 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2008 WAS MLB 12 12 63.3 4.32 102 .313 .259 .323 .409 .259 .364 94 6.9 0.7 7.9 1.0
2008 POT A+ 1 1 5.0 2.60 143 .161 .249 .331 .408 .264 .286 97 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2008 COH AAA 1 1 6.0 5.58 73 .316 .253 .322 .400 .254 .333 93 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2009 SDN MLB 3 3 12.0 4.00 94 .319 .265 .325 .416 .262 .318 84 0.9 0.1 0.2 0.0
2010 TOR MLB 4 4 20.7 3.39 134 .249 .264 .317 .391 .245 .324 115 6.0 0.6 6.0 0.6
2010 DUN A+ 1 1 6.0 3.07 129 .263 .238 .309 .323 .238 .350 97 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2010 NHP AA 1 1 7.0 3.94 123 .103 .250 .310 .356 .251 .150 113 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2010 LVG AAA 5 5 21.0 5.46 84 .222 .277 .342 .418 .262 .219 95 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2010 BLJ Rk 4 4 22.0 3.81 115 .177 .252 .300 .356 .249 .286 97 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
2012 TOR MLB 1 0 3.0 7.67 45 .140 .278 .332 .432 .272 .000 112 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2012 LVG AAA 15 15 89.7 6.23 83 .273 .284 .352 .443 .275 .340 108 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3
2012 CAN int 1 1 5.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .154 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 TOL AAA 26 26 150.3 6.28 57 .291 .258 .329 .385 .254 .333 96 -17.7 -1.8 -17.7 -1.8
2013 CAN int 1 1 2.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .200 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 NHP AA 3 3 17.7 6.11 62 .250 .272 .333 .416 .267 .217 100 -1.2 -0.1 -1.2 -0.1
2014 BUF AAA 6 4 29.7 7.03 62 .272 .255 .327 .388 .249 .295 108 -4.7 -0.5 -4.7 -0.5
2014 CHR AAA 10 9 58.0 5.93 90 .268 .266 .330 .388 .250 .311 114 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2014 TOL AAA 4 4 24.7 4.63 105 .230 .267 .335 .398 .251 .318 103 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
2001 VER A- 2 2 0 7 7 35.7 22 8 23 0 0% .000 5.5 2.0 0.0 5.8 0.84 2.27 0.0 0.0
2002 CLN A 12 7 0 25 25 146.7 149 35 99 7 0% .300 9.1 2.1 0.4 6.1 1.25 3.44 0.0 0.0
2003 BRV A+ 9 4 0 22 21 126.7 118 26 66 3 0% .274 8.4 1.8 0.2 4.7 1.14 2.56 0.0 0.0
2003 HAR AA 3 1 0 4 4 20.3 23 11 12 0 0% .324 10.2 4.9 0.0 5.3 1.67 3.55 0.0 0.0
2004 HAR AA 5 7 0 17 17 87.7 90 20 53 4 0% .312 9.2 2.1 0.4 5.4 1.25 3.39 0.0 0.0
2004 MON MLB 1 2 0 3 3 9.0 17 7 10 1 36% .500 17.0 7.0 1.0 10.0 2.67 16.00 -0.4 -0.1
2006 NWO AAA 0 0 0 1 1 5.1 6 2 2 0 84% .316 10.6 3.5 0.0 3.5 1.57 3.53 1.5 0.2
2006 HAR AA 3 3 0 10 10 50.0 46 5 32 2 64% .284 8.3 0.9 0.4 5.8 1.02 2.70 8.0 1.0
2006 WAS MLB 1 3 0 6 6 36.7 43 12 16 2 51% .315 10.6 2.9 0.5 3.9 1.50 4.66 0.6 0.2
2007 POT A+ 0 0 0 2 2 7.0 3 1 4 0 70% .150 3.9 1.3 0.0 5.1 0.57 1.29 1.3 0.1
2007 COH AAA 0 1 0 1 1 5.0 4 0 0 0 72% .222 7.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.80 1.80 0.3 0.0
2007 WAS MLB 4 5 0 16 16 97.3 86 25 65 9 56% .261 8.0 2.3 0.8 6.0 1.14 3.42 7.4 0.8
2008 WAS MLB 1 5 0 12 12 63.3 88 23 39 5 49% .364 12.5 3.3 0.7 5.5 1.75 5.83 7.9 1.0
2008 COH AAA 0 1 0 1 1 6.0 9 0 2 1 52% .333 13.5 0.0 1.5 3.0 1.50 7.50 -0.7 -0.1
2008 POT A+ 1 0 0 1 1 5.0 4 1 4 0 79% .286 7.2 1.8 0.0 7.2 1.00 0.00 1.6 0.2
2009 SDN MLB 1 1 0 3 3 12.0 15 3 7 1 33% .318 11.2 2.2 0.8 5.2 1.50 5.25 0.2 0.0
2010 TOR MLB 1 2 0 4 4 20.7 24 4 14 1 50% .324 10.5 1.7 0.4 6.1 1.35 2.61 6.0 0.6
2010 DUN A+ 0 0 0 1 1 6.0 7 0 5 0 55% .350 10.5 0.0 0.0 7.5 1.17 3.00 1.2 0.1
2010 LVG AAA 2 2 0 5 5 21.0 16 5 9 2 47% .219 6.9 2.1 0.9 3.9 1.00 3.00 1.5 0.1
2010 NHP AA 1 0 0 1 1 7.0 3 2 4 0 45% .150 3.9 2.6 0.0 5.1 0.71 0.00 1.3 0.1
2010 BLJ Rk 3 0 0 4 4 22.0 18 1 21 0 60% .286 7.4 0.4 0.0 8.6 0.86 0.41 2.8 0.3
2012 CAN int 1 0 0 1 1 5.7 3 0 7 1 0% .154 4.8 0.0 1.6 11.1 0.53 1.59 0.0 0.0
2012 TOR MLB 1 0 0 1 0 3.0 0 2 0 0 89% .000 0.0 6.0 0.0 0.0 0.67 0.00 -0.5 -0.1
2012 LVG AAA 9 2 0 15 15 89.7 115 22 52 10 53% .340 11.5 2.2 1.0 5.2 1.53 4.52 3.1 0.3
2013 TOL AAA 4 14 0 26 26 150.3 191 47 84 17 54% .333 11.4 2.8 1.0 5.0 1.58 5.51 -17.7 -1.8
2013 CAN int 0 1 0 1 1 2.7 2 1 0 0 0% .200 6.8 3.4 0.0 0.0 1.12 6.75 0.0 0.0
2014 BUF AAA 2 1 0 6 4 29.7 31 14 21 5 61% .295 9.4 4.2 1.5 6.4 1.52 4.85 -4.7 -0.5
2014 CHR AAA 2 4 0 10 9 58.0 74 9 27 8 45% .311 11.5 1.4 1.2 4.2 1.43 4.81 0.6 0.1
2014 TOL AAA 3 1 0 4 4 24.7 28 4 8 0 51% .318 10.2 1.5 0.0 2.9 1.30 3.28 1.8 0.2
2014 NHP AA 0 2 0 3 3 17.7 15 3 7 2 58% .217 7.6 1.5 1.0 3.6 1.02 5.09 -1.2 -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 982 0.5081 0.4098 0.8881 0.5391 0.2754 0.9331 0.7970 0.1095
2009 203 0.5172 0.4631 0.7979 0.6857 0.2245 0.8056 0.7727 0.1915
2010 361 0.4765 0.4639 0.8383 0.6105 0.3280 0.8952 0.7419 0.1617
2012 40 0.4750 0.3750 0.9333 0.5789 0.1905 0.9091 1.0000 0.0667
Career15860.50120.42810.86640.57510.27870.90750.78650.1308

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-11 2014-07-20 Minors 9 0 - Not Disclosed -
2014-05-31 2014-06-14 Minors 14 0 - Not Disclosed -
2010-08-26 2010-09-04 Minors 9 0 Not Disclosed -
2009-04-26 2009-10-05 60-DL 162 145 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2009-06-30
2009-03-05 2009-03-16 Camp 11 0 Right Forearm Inflammation -
2008-06-25 2008-09-29 15-DL 96 82 Right Elbow Surgery Bone Spurs 2008-09-05
2008-03-20 2008-04-19 15-DL 30 17 Right Forearm Strain -
2007-10-11 2007-10-11 Off 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2007-10-11
2007-09-22 2007-10-01 DTD 9 8 Right Elbow Surgery Debridement 2007-09-26
2007-05-12 2007-08-14 60-DL 94 83 Right Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis -
2007-04-26 2007-04-26 DTD 0 0 Left Shoulder Strain -
2006-06-29 2006-10-01 60-DL 94 82 Right Elbow Soreness -
2005-03-24 2005-09-05 Minors 165 0 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2004-09-16
2004-09-16 2004-10-04 DTD 18 16 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2004-09-16

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 SDN $500,000
2008 WAS $402,000
2007 WAS $380,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,282,000
3 yrTotal$1,282,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 18 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 3/24/14 (minor-league contract). Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from Toronto 6/11/14. Released by Chicago White Sox 8/10/14. Signed by Detroit as a free agent 8/12/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Detroit as a free agent 10/24/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 6/18/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Toronto 9/24/12. Sent outright to Triple-A by Toronto 10/4/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Florida as a free agent 1/31/11 (minor-league contract). $0.6M salary in majors. Released by Florida 4/2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 1/22/10 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Toronto 9/8/10. Released by Toronto 11/15/10.
  • 1 year/$0.775M (2009). Won in arbitration with Washington 2/7/09 ($0.775M-$0.5M). Released by Washington 3/18/09 (due 30 days’ pay, $127,049). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 3/23/09 (minor-league contract, $0.5M in majors). Released by San Diego 10/9/09.
  • 1 year/$0.402M (2008). Re-signed by Washington 1/25/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Re-signed by Washington 1/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed by Washington 2/06 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Washington 5/06.
  • 2005: Injured, did not play
  • 1 year (2004). Re-signed by Montreal 2/04. Sent outright to Triple-A 11/04.
  • Drafted by Montreal 2000 (6-165) (Bishop Paul Francis Reding SS, Milton, Ontario). $0.115M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 8 8.9 0 25 25 140.2 147 34 65 16 .276 1.29 4.35 4.73 7.3 0.7
80o 7.3 9 0 24 24 133.5 149 34 62 17 .288 1.37 4.73 5.14 1.0 0.1
70o 6.8 9 0 23 23 128.8 150 35 60 17 .297 1.43 5.01 5.45 -3.2 -0.3
60o 6.4 9.1 0 22 22 124.8 151 35 58 17 .305 1.49 5.26 5.71 -6.4 -0.7
50o 6.1 9.1 0 22 22 121.1 151 35 56 17 .312 1.54 5.49 5.96 -9.2 -0.9
40o 5.7 9.1 0 21 21 117.4 152 35 55 17 .319 1.59 5.72 6.22 -11.9 -1.2
30o 5.3 9.1 0 20 20 113.6 152 35 53 17 .326 1.65 5.97 6.49 -14.4 -1.5
20o 4.9 9.1 0 19 19 109.2 152 35 51 17 .335 1.71 6.28 6.82 -17.0 -1.7
10o 4.3 9.1 0 18 18 103.3 152 35 48 17 .348 1.81 6.70 7.29 -20.2 -2.1
Weighted Mean6.19.102222121.0150355617.3101.535.465.94-9.0-0.9

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
3% 5% 4% 5% 10%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201534350111163791827952.3101.545.556.0311.32.63.91.3-0.6
201635340101059781725952.3171.605.846.3411.82.63.81.4-0.7
2017363409954701523852.3151.565.736.2311.62.53.81.3-0.6
2018372409952671522852.3141.585.696.1811.62.63.81.4-0.5
2019382409951661422752.3131.565.636.1211.62.53.91.2-0.5
2020392409950651421752.3131.575.616.1011.62.53.81.3-0.5
2021402409952671521752.3121.585.606.0911.62.63.61.2-0.5
2022412409951651420752.3111.565.606.0811.52.53.61.2-0.5
2023422308848621318752.3111.565.606.0911.62.43.41.3-0.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index 73)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 91 Brian Cooper 2008 0.00 DNP
2 88 Jon Leicester 2012 0.00 DNP
3 86 Randy Keisler 2009 0.00 DNP
4 86 Yadel Marti 2013 0.00 DNP
5 86 Brian Mazone 2010 0.00 DNP
6 85 Will Glen 2011 0.00 DNP
7 85 Dan Reichert 2010 0.00 DNP
8 84 Jeff Harris 2008 0.00 DNP
9 84 Brian Sweeney 2007 0.00 DNP
10 84 Chris George 2013 0.00 DNP
11 84 Les Walrond 2010 0.00 DNP
12 82 Justin Lehr 2011 0.00 DNP
13 81 Nelson Figueroa 2007 0.00 DNP
14 80 Walter Silva 2010 0.00 DNP
15 80 Michael Tejera 2010 0.00 DNP
16 80 Pete Munro 2008 0.00 DNP
17 78 Horacio Ramirez 2013 0.00 DNP
18 78 Andy Van Hekken 2013 0.00 DNP
19 78 R.A. Dickey 2008 5.21
20 78 Gary Knotts 2010 0.00 DNP
21 77 Tim Corcoran 2011 0.00 DNP
22 77 Britt Reames 2007 0.00 DNP
23 76 Nate Bland 2008 0.00 DNP
24 76 Giancarlo Alvarado 2011 0.00 DNP
25 76 Brandon Duckworth 2009 0.00 DNP
26 75 Marty McLeary 2008 0.00 DNP
27 75 Eric DuBose 2009 0.00 DNP
28 75 Ryan Vogelsong 2011 3.11
29 75 Kyle Snyder 2011 0.00 DNP
30 75 Chris Jakubauskas 2012 0.00 DNP
31 74 Josh Towers 2010 0.00 DNP
32 74 Tim Redding 2011 0.00 DNP
33 74 Jim Parque 2008 0.00 DNP
34 74 Nate Bump 2010 0.00 DNP
35 74 Jim Crowell 2007 0.00 DNP
36 73 Tomo Ohka 2009 5.96
37 73 Eric Stults 2013 4.24
38 73 Tommy Phelps 2007 0.00 DNP
39 73 Chien-Ming Wang 2013 8.00
40 71 Shane Loux 2013 0.00 DNP
41 71 Lindsay Gulin 2010 0.00 DNP
42 71 Wade Miller 2010 0.00 DNP
43 71 Franklin Nunez 2010 0.00 DNP
44 71 Matt Palmer 2012 9.00
45 70 Brian Lawrence 2009 0.00 DNP
46 70 Roman Colon 2013 0.00 DNP
47 70 Brad Thomas 2011 9.82
48 69 Dave Bush 2013 15.00
49 69 Brian Gordon 2012 0.00 DNP
50 69 Brandon Puffer 2009 0.00 DNP
51 69 Jose Santiago 2008 0.00 DNP
52 68 Stephen Randolph 2007 12.82
53 68 Clay Condrey 2009 3.64
54 68 Milt Pappas 1972 3.32
55 68 Scott Richmond 2013 0.00 DNP
56 68 Geremi Gonzalez 2008 0.00 DNP
57 68 Cory Lidle 2005 5.12
58 68 Charlie Leibrandt 1990 3.99
59 68 Bill Wegman 1996 0.00 DNP
60 68 Terry Mulholland 1996 4.97
61 68 Casey Fossum 2011 0.00 DNP
62 68 Josh Fogg 2010 0.00 DNP
63 68 Claude Osteen 1973 3.69
64 68 Bob Ojeda 1991 3.71
65 68 Ray Herbert 1963 3.45
66 68 Vern Law 1963 5.28
67 68 Elmer Dessens 2004 5.23
68 67 Charles Nagy 2000 8.37
69 67 Rick Reed 1998 3.56
70 67 Andy Ashby 2001 3.86
71 67 Ken Ray 2008 0.00 DNP
72 67 Mike Flanagan 1985 5.13
73 67 Mike Caldwell 1982 4.15
74 67 Joaquin Andujar 1986 4.06
75 67 Lew Burdette 1960 3.82
76 67 Jorge Sosa 2011 0.00 DNP
77 67 John Burkett 1998 6.05
78 67 Ron Reed 1976 2.74
79 67 Mike Smithson 1988 6.04
80 67 Doc Medich 1982 5.33
81 67 Ed Lopat 1951 3.18
82 67 Ray Washburn 1971 0.00 DNP
83 67 Rick Reuschel 1982 0.00 DNP
84 67 Pat Hentgen 2002 8.18
85 67 Mark Hendrickson 2007 5.50
86 67 Dave Hillman 1961 3.00
87 67 Sidney Ponson 2010 0.00 DNP
88 67 Denny Neagle 2002 5.53
89 67 Bryn Smith 1989 3.17
90 67 Art Ditmar 1962 7.89 DNP
91 67 Claudio Vargas 2011 0.00 DNP
92 67 Raul Valdes 2011 3.00
93 67 Bob Porterfield 1957 4.89
94 67 Bob Friend 1964 3.59
95 67 Darryl Kile 2002 3.83
96 67 Vladimir Nunez 2008 3.86
97 67 Chris Short 1971 4.42
98 67 Bud Black 1990 3.75
99 67 Mike Boddicker 1991 4.43
100 66 Jack McDowell 1999 8.05

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Shawn Hill went from the independent Atlantic League to the Blue Jays bullpen in a little more than three months, making his first major-league appearance since 2010 at the tail end of the season, and he'll likely ply his trade in Triple-A in 2013.
2011 In between his two Tommy John surgeries, Hill started a mostly harmless 37 games dotted by moments of brilliance. Healthy now for perhaps the first time in his major-league career, Hill recapitulated the ascent of a prospect in his return. It’s tough to question his perseverance or dedication, but it’s fair to wonder about the state of the sinker that endowed him with such promise as a young pitcher. He was impressive in limited action as the replacement for the sidelined Brandon Morrow, but it takes time to achieve repeatability with a motion that once caused pain with each pitch. The Blue Jays released Hill in November, making him a free agent hoping to latch on with a new club and get innings in at any level he can.
2010 The Pads picked up Shawn Hill after the Nats cut him in camp, but he promptly blew out his elbow again, necessitating the fourth arm operation and second TJS of his 10-year career, and perhaps wrecking what had been one of the game's great sinkers.
2009 There is a fairy tale about a princess on a glass hill that no suitor could climb. "Glass Hill" is a perfectly apt description for Shawn, who hasn't managed to pitch 100 innings since 2003. His forearm, which had caused trouble in '07, continued to nag him last year, and ultimately required surgery to clear out bone spurs and calcium deposits. The good news is that the ligaments which had been transplanted from his 2006 surgery were fine; if this clears up his problems (not likely), look for a lot more ground balls in Washington's infield this year.
2008 The Canadian ace (man, that was a really terrible brand of cheap beer in the 1980s, down there with Blatz) of the 2004 Olympics, Hill missed 2005 after TJ surgery on his elbow, came back well in 2006, then alternated good work with trips to the DL last season, struggling through problems with his right forearm and elbow and his left (non-throwing) shoulder. All were addressed surgically, and he should be ready to go in camp. Hill's sinker devours right-handers wholesale, but he can't get lefties to bite on his breaking stuff, though that didn't stop him from delivering 11 quality starts in his first 14. There's a lot to like, and though he should make a solid rotation regular if he can stay healthy, the Nats seem to harbor higher expectations.
2007 Having missed 2005 after TJ surgery on his elbow, Hill`s 2006 was supposed to be a simple season devoted to recovering his command. Instead, he got pressed into action as the Nats` pitching staff started going to pieces. He`s something of a finesse guy, relying on a sinker and hoping he can fool the occasional lefty with a curve or change, but it doesn`t happen as often as he might like. Given the team`s general desperation for pitching of any type, Hill has a good shot at the back of the rotation.
2005 A good control pitcher with lackluster strikeout rates, Hill's upside figured to be limited. Tommy John surgery will cost him a year of development time, meaning we may not see him get established as a big league starter until 2007. The Expos have several back-of-the-rotation candidates among their prospects, but few potential aces. Although…

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-04-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)19 team league 5by5 waiver pickup: Shawn Hill or Daniel Cabrera?
(Ryan from NY)
Hill. I have him myself. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has there ever been a healthy Canadian pitcher? I'm looking at Harden, Gagne, Dempster, Bedard, Jeff Zimmerman, Loewen, Shawn Hill, Scott Mathieson. About the only counterpoint would be Paul Quantrill. Maybe the Mariners should be dealing Aumont before it's too late.
(paulbellows from Calgary)
There's something here and I'd question a lot of northern pitchers as well. If a pitcher does not throw enough when the growth plates are open, he won't get the proper humeral retroversion. Without it, he can't pitch at a major league level. My guess is that it's harder to get enough throwing done when it's cold, but there's a lot of research being done on this now. (Will Carroll)
2008-04-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)other pitchers availible are, Dontrelle Willis,Ted Lilly,Francisco Liriano, Tom Gorzelanny, Ubaldo Jiménez, Jarrod Washburn, Jeff Suppan, Jamie Moyer, Shawn Chacón, Shawn Hill, Kevin Millwood, Andy Sonnanstine, See anything in there you like better the Hughes?
(dogtothedog from Toronto)
Sonnanstine's intriguing. Lilly's using the wrong pitches, from what I can tell. I like Gorzelanny, but I'd like him more if he'd stop hurting my own team's numbers. I'd take Sonnanstine for now, honestly. Phil Hughes is all kinds of messed up at the moment.

Sonnanstine's using a cutter more this year, probably to offset the number of fastballs in the zone hitters knew were coming in '07. It hasn't helped his strikeout rate, but he's lowered the number of base hits he's allowing. That's a tough crowd of FA, I'll give you that... (Marc Normandin)
2008-03-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is it ever a good idea to just pack it in from day 1 and start building for next year? In my (very competitive) NL-only standard 5x5 keeper, I had a terrible, terrible auction. I had a full $30 leftover, my best starting pitcher is probably Shawn Hill, my only hitters of note are D. Lee, Zimmerman, and Franceour, and 4 of my 6 outfield+util spots are guys who probably won't start (Rajai Davis, Nyjer Morgan, Felix Pie, and Elijah Dukes). Oh, and the closest thing I have to a closer is either Bob Howry or Tony Pena. If you were me, would you take up the challenge of trying to compete this year through trades and fa, or just shoot for '09?
(Ameer from Bloomington, IN)
Ameer,

I could never pack it in on the first day or first half in a season. One time I got done in by dial up in a crappy hotel room in Florida for a draft. Honestly part of the fun was digging my way out of the mess the auto pick dealt me. Give it the first half and embrace the challenge. After the first half is over then evaluate and decide if it's time to look to 09'. (Mike Siano)
2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Will, Thanks for the chat. How likely is it that Cole Hamels stays healthy this year? How about Shawn Hill?
(Dave from California)
Worried about both. (Will Carroll)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Other than Tyler Clippard, the Nationals have not added any starting pitchers this off-season. With an additional year on the youngsters, do you think the Nats starting pitchers will be better or worse than last year?
(Kevin from Fairfax VA)
I expect Tim Redding to take a beating with the reality stick, but if they get more than 40 starts combined out of John Patterson and Shawn Hill, this will definitely be a better unit than last year's. (Christina Kahrl)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Shawn Hill threw 1,990 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2013, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and The World Baseball Classic. In 2013, he relied primarily on his Sinker (89mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph) and Fourseam Fastball (89mph). He also rarely threw a Change (80mph).