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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 31)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
1 .230 0 0 0 0 .273 0.0
Birth Date4-8-1983
Height6' 0"
Weight230 lbs
Age31 years, 6 months, 16 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.32010
2.52011
1.52012
1.42013
2.92014
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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
2006 COL 23 21 93 77 12 20 4 0 2 30 13 17 1 1 1 10 0 1 .260 .370 .390 .258 2.0 -0.0 0.2
2007 COL 24 67 234 197 22 43 8 3 4 69 29 58 5 2 1 27 0 0 .218 .330 .350 .246 7.1 0.3 0.7
2008 COL 25 104 407 333 50 88 22 2 18 168 56 92 14 2 2 65 0 0 .264 .390 .505 .303 34.9 0.7 3.6
2009 COL 26 93 350 289 41 66 15 2 16 133 43 75 11 6 1 52 0 1 .228 .344 .460 .274 20.2 2.5 2.3
2010 COL 27 61 223 188 20 37 6 1 9 72 30 48 4 1 0 27 1 0 .197 .318 .383 .242 1.8 0.7 0.3
2011 COL 28 112 426 345 51 82 17 1 14 143 70 89 5 4 2 55 6 3 .238 .370 .414 .271 23.6 -0.1 2.5
2012 ANA 29 79 253 221 27 53 6 1 9 88 29 60 2 1 0 26 1 3 .240 .332 .398 .268 14.5 -0.5 1.5
2013 ANA 30 115 399 325 40 73 15 0 11 121 68 100 2 4 0 39 0 1 .225 .358 .372 .275 13.4 -0.9 1.4
2014 ANA 31 108 373 306 41 77 22 0 7 120 54 91 8 5 0 43 3 0 .252 .373 .392 .298 27.5 -1.5 2.9
Career76027582281304539115109094439263052267344119.236.357.414.275144.91.315.3

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
2004 ASH A 36 152 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .379 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MOD A+ 74 312 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .323 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TUL AA 19 70 .274 .271 .347 .401 .251 .279 110 0.8 1.5 0.4 -0.0 -0.3 2.6 0.3 2.6 0.3
2006 COL MLB 21 93 .258 .260 .330 .414 .264 .305 105 -0.3 2.8 1.7 -0.0 0.1 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2006 TUL AA 44 185 .367 .285 .361 .461 .286 .325 106 16.6 4.2 1.6 -0.4 1.3 23.7 2.5 23.7 2.5
2006 CSP AAA 47 180 .295 .277 .347 .422 .268 .417 113 6.4 5.0 2 0.8 -3.2 12.3 1.3 12.3 1.3
2007 COL MLB 67 234 .246 .268 .333 .418 .260 .285 109 -3.5 6.9 4.1 0.3 -0.4 7.1 0.7 7.1 0.7
2007 CSP AAA 16 63 .228 .295 .358 .459 .269 .319 126 -2.2 1.8 1 0.1 -0.8 -0.0 0.0 -0.0 0.0
2008 COL MLB 104 407 .303 .268 .333 .421 .266 .311 105 18.8 11.8 7 0.7 -1.4 34.9 3.6 34.9 3.6
2009 COL MLB 93 350 .274 .258 .327 .416 .262 .245 102 5.2 10.1 6 2.5 0.8 20.2 2.3 20.2 2.3
2009 CSP AAA 4 17 .337 .264 .330 .418 .271 .500 98 1.4 0.5 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2010 COL MLB 61 223 .242 .254 .320 .405 .266 .212 102 -4 6.1 3.3 0.7 -1.4 1.8 0.3 1.8 0.3
2010 CSP AAA 17 76 .334 .283 .349 .440 .266 .354 112 6.2 2.3 1 -0.0 0.7 11.1 1.1 11.1 1.1
2011 COL MLB 112 426 .271 .251 .318 .388 .261 .276 110 4.5 11.5 6.9 -0.1 -1.0 23.6 2.5 23.6 2.5
2012 ANA MLB 79 253 .268 .255 .316 .408 .262 .288 96 2 6.9 4.2 -0.5 0.1 14.5 1.5 14.5 1.5
2012 SLC AAA 6 25 .261 .291 .352 .468 .287 .400 107 0 0.7 0.1 -0.0 -0.2 0.7 0.1 0.7 0.1
2013 ANA MLB 115 399 .275 .255 .317 .401 .266 .284 97 5.8 10.5 6.2 -0.9 -3.1 13.4 1.4 13.4 1.4
2014 ANA MLB 108 373 .298 .250 .310 .385 .261 .329 96 13.3 9.6 5.6 -1.5 -0.3 27.5 2.9 27.5 2.9

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 ASH A 152 23 38 5 1 5 17 27 29 0 1 .314 .454 .496 .182 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MOD A+ 312 51 72 17 3 11 58 45 61 1 2 .276 .386 .490 .215 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 TUL AA 70 7 14 3 1 2 11 8 15 0 0 .233 .333 .417 .183 .274 2.6 -0.0 0.3
2006 COL MLB 93 12 20 4 0 2 10 13 17 0 1 .260 .370 .390 .130 .258 2.0 -0.0 0.2
2006 CSP AAA 180 23 53 12 1 3 22 24 29 0 0 .351 .447 .503 .152 .295 12.3 0.8 1.3
2006 TUL AA 185 38 50 10 2 11 26 24 26 1 0 .321 .418 .622 .301 .367 23.7 -0.4 2.5
2007 CSP AAA 63 8 16 3 0 1 7 7 6 0 0 .296 .397 .407 .111 .228 -0.0 0.1 0.0
2007 COL MLB 234 22 43 8 3 4 27 29 58 0 0 .218 .330 .350 .132 .246 7.1 0.3 0.7
2008 COL MLB 407 50 88 22 2 18 65 56 92 0 0 .264 .390 .505 .240 .303 34.9 0.7 3.6
2009 COL MLB 350 41 66 15 2 16 52 43 75 0 1 .228 .344 .460 .232 .274 20.2 2.5 2.3
2009 CSP AAA 17 3 5 2 0 1 3 2 6 0 0 .333 .412 .667 .333 .337 1.8 -0.1 0.2
2010 CSP AAA 76 17 22 7 0 5 21 10 10 0 0 .349 .453 .698 .349 .334 11.1 -0.0 1.1
2010 COL MLB 223 20 37 6 1 9 27 30 48 1 0 .197 .318 .383 .186 .242 1.8 0.7 0.3
2011 COL MLB 426 51 82 17 1 14 55 70 89 6 3 .238 .370 .414 .177 .271 23.6 -0.1 2.5
2012 ANA MLB 253 27 53 6 1 9 26 29 60 1 3 .240 .332 .398 .158 .268 14.5 -0.5 1.5
2012 SLC AAA 25 3 6 2 0 0 2 3 7 0 0 .273 .360 .364 .091 .261 0.7 -0.0 0.1
2013 ANA MLB 399 40 73 15 0 11 39 68 100 0 1 .225 .358 .372 .148 .275 13.4 -0.9 1.4
2014 ANA MLB 373 41 77 22 0 7 43 54 91 3 0 .252 .373 .392 .141 .298 27.5 -1.5 2.9

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 1660 0.5295 0.4370 0.7379 0.6519 0.1946 0.7993 0.5066 0.2621
2009 1444 0.5395 0.4525 0.7596 0.6855 0.1789 0.8221 0.4790 0.2374
2010 929 0.5339 0.4489 0.7818 0.6573 0.2102 0.8466 0.5495 0.2182
2011 1789 0.5154 0.4208 0.7606 0.6388 0.1880 0.8404 0.4724 0.2394
2012 1024 0.5342 0.4481 0.7402 0.6728 0.1887 0.8152 0.4333 0.2598
2013 1655 0.4888 0.4259 0.7173 0.6489 0.2116 0.8133 0.4358 0.2827
2014 1483 0.5192 0.4386 0.7369 0.6623 0.1964 0.8196 0.4357 0.2631
Career99840.5210.4370.74590.65810.19510.82130.47070.2537

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-09-26 2012-09-26 DTD 0 0 - Cramp - -
2012-06-12 2012-06-12 On-Alr 0 0 Right Forearm Strain - -
2012-05-09 2012-07-27 15-DL 79 68 Right Wrist Surgery Pisiform Fracture 2012-05-11 -
2012-03-17 2012-03-22 Camp 5 0 Right Elbow Contusion Foul Tip - -
2011-04-20 2011-04-22 DTD 2 1 Low Back Strain -
2011-04-01 2011-04-01 DTD 0 0 Right Neck Contusion Player Collision -
2011-03-16 2011-03-17 Camp 1 0 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2010-09-13 2010-09-23 DTD 10 8 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2009-05-24 2009-06-09 15-DL 16 15 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-11-07 2007-11-07 Off 0 0 Hand Surgery Bone Spurs 2007-11-07
2005-08-20 2005-09-08 Minors 19 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 ANA $5,525,000
2014 ANA $4,975,000
2013 ANA $5,050,000
2012 ANA $3,630,000
2011 COL $2,630,000
2010 COL $1,833,333
2009 COL $415,000
2008 COL $396,000
2007 COL $381,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$14,335,333
2011Current$4,975,000
8 yrPvs + Cur$19,310,333
1 yrFuture$5,525,000
9 yrTotal$24,835,333

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 13 dLou Jon Nero3 years/$15.55M (2013-15)

Details
  • 3 years/$15.55M (2013-15). Signed extension with LA Angels 10/5/12. 13:$5.05M, 14:$4.975M, 15:$5.525M. Performance bonuses for 2013: $0.1M each for 100, 110, 115, 120 and 125 games started at catcher. Performance bonuses for 2014 and 2015: $0.1M for 90 games started as catcher. $0.125M each for 100, 110, 115, 120 and 125 games started as catcher.
  • 3 years/$8.35M (2010-12), plus 2013 club option. Signed extension with Colorado 12/12/09. $0.25M signing bonus, 10:$1.75M, 11:$2.55M, 12:$3.55M, 13:$5M club option, $0.25M buyout. 2013 option becomes mutual if traded. (Option increased to $5.05M with bonuses.) Acquired by LA Angels in trade from Colorado 11/30/11.
  • 1 year/$0.415M (2009). Re-signed by Colorado 3/4/09.
  • 1 year/$0.396M (2008). Re-signed by Colorado 2/08.
  • 1 year/$0.381M (2007). Re-signed by Colorado 2/07 (split contract, $60,000 in minors).
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Colorado 8/06.
  • Drafted by Colorado 2004 (4-110) (North Carolina). $0.305M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 311 42 65 12 1 11 39 49 68 2 1 .256 .381 .439 .303 21.0 C 0 2.3
80o 292 38 59 11 1 10 35 44 65 2 1 .244 .366 .418 .291 16.4 C 0 1.8
70o 278 35 55 10 1 9 33 40 63 2 1 .235 .355 .403 .282 13.3 C 0 1.5
60o 267 33 52 10 1 9 31 38 62 1 1 .228 .346 .390 .275 10.9 C 0 1.2
50o 256 31 47 9 0 8 29 35 60 1 1 .221 .337 .378 .268 8.7 C 0 1.0
40o 245 29 43 8 0 7 27 33 58 1 1 .214 .328 .367 .261 6.7 C 0 0.8
30o 234 26 41 8 0 7 25 31 56 1 1 .207 .319 .354 .253 4.8 C 0 0.5
20o 220 24 37 7 0 6 23 28 54 1 1 .199 .308 .340 .245 2.6 C 0 0.3
10o 201 21 32 6 0 5 20 24 50 1 1 .188 .293 .321 .232 0.1 C 0 0.0
Weighted Mean259314890829366011.223.340.382.2709.3C 01.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 32% 6% 10% 95%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201532608761092001765811512.214.327.355.2551.08.8-1.73.19.0-1.60.6
201633614771051811865851512.203.323.346.2511.08.3-1.63.010.5-3.60.6
201734604761051901865821570.207.324.351.2531.412.0-1.42.814.9-4.30.6
201835621771071911865861620.204.322.343.2501.210.1-1.32.714.9-6.20.6
20193654767941711456731380.204.320.338.2470.53.6-1.12.25.1-2.60.5
202037575701011811661731420.207.316.348.2480.64.5-1.22.26.6-3.10.6
20213853163931611352661340.205.312.331.2420.53.9-1.11.911.7-8.50.5
202239624731102011561761580.205.311.329.2410.54.1-1.32.014.9-11.60.6
202340581671011811356711470.203.308.324.2370.32.0-1.21.714.9-13.40.6

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
40.937.521.517.815.710.1133.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 92 Chris Snyder 2012 .218
2 85 Dick Dietz 1973 .328
3 84 Ted Simmons 1981 .243
4 83 Johnny Romano 1966 .292
5 83 Chris Hoiles 1996 .286
6 82 Lyle Overbay 2008 .270
7 82 Carlton Fisk 1979 .253
8 81 Ryan Doumit 2012 .269
9 80 Joe Ferguson 1978 .285
10 80 Randy Milligan 1993 .313
11 80 Darrell Porter 1983 .283
12 79 John Buck 2012 .237
13 79 Gene Tenace 1978 .319
14 79 Gary Carter 1985 .303
15 79 Jason Thompson 1986 .259
16 79 Keith Hernandez 1985 .292
17 78 Austin Kearns 2011 .222
18 78 Norm Cash 1966 .303
19 78 Paul Konerko 2007 .280
20 78 Kent Hrbek 1991 .288
21 78 Sal Bando 1975 .265
22 78 David Justice 1997 .336
23 78 Ryan Klesko 2002 .311
24 78 Eric Chavez 2009 .102
25 78 Morgan Ensberg 2007 .249
26 78 Rocky Colavito 1965 .325
27 78 Bill Freehan 1973 .238
28 78 Duke Sims 1972 .263
29 78 Victor Martinez 2010 .281
30 78 Matthew Lecroy 2007 .142
31 77 Bobby Abreu 2005 .313
32 77 Brian Giles 2002 .350
33 77 Tom Haller 1968 .303
34 77 Boog Powell 1973 .301
35 77 Ken Singleton 1978 .326
36 77 Don Mincher 1969 .294
37 77 Erubiel Durazo 2005 .235
38 77 Ron Santo 1971 .281
39 77 Ron Cey 1979 .313
40 77 Mike Stanley 1994 .308
41 77 Yogi Berra 1956 .322
42 77 Brad Wilkerson 2008 .231
43 77 John Milner 1981 .271
44 77 Alvin Davis 1992 .255
45 77 Jason Giambi 2002 .351
46 77 Jack Clark 1987 .367
47 76 Gabe Gross 2011 .000 DNP
48 76 Nick Swisher 2012 .292
49 76 Kevin Youkilis 2010 .329
50 76 Darrell Evans 1978 .294
51 76 Norm Siebern 1965 .295
52 76 Smoky Burgess 1958 .265
53 76 Bobby Kielty 2008 .000 DNP
54 76 Milton Bradley 2009 .271
55 76 Will Clark 1995 .308
56 76 Don Baylor 1980 .238
57 76 Gary Roenicke 1986 .278
58 76 Mike Sweeney 2005 .290
59 75 Fred Lynn 1983 .296
60 75 Eric Hinske 2009 .272
61 75 John Kruk 1992 .325
62 75 John Mayberry 1980 .291
63 75 Mike Epstein 1974 .271
64 75 Jim Leyritz 1995 .270
65 75 Rafael Palmeiro 1996 .307
66 75 Matt Stairs 1999 .297
67 75 Rico Carty 1971 .000 DNP
68 75 Carl Yastrzemski 1971 .280
69 75 Bob Watson 1977 .314
70 75 Ben Broussard 2008 .178
71 75 Merv Rettenmund 1974 .244
72 75 Kelly Johnson 2013 .268
73 75 Orlando Cepeda 1969 .277
74 75 Ben Francisco 2013 .180
75 75 Pat Burrell 2008 .300
76 75 Nate McLouth 2013 .269
77 75 Reggie Smith 1976 .292
78 75 Hal McRae 1977 .299
79 74 Ryan Church 2010 .224
80 74 Roger Maris 1966 .269
81 74 Hank Thompson 1957 .000 DNP
82 74 Garrett Atkins 2011 .000 DNP
83 74 Cliff Johnson 1979 .303
84 74 Benny Ayala 1982 .300
85 74 Ted Kluszewski 1956 .300
86 74 Michael Cuddyer 2010 .254
87 74 Bobby Bonilla 1994 .291
88 74 Toby Harrah 1980 .280
89 74 Eddie Murray 1987 .285
90 74 Ramon Hernandez 2007 .250
91 74 Von Hayes 1990 .294
92 74 Ben Zobrist 2012 .311
93 74 Aubrey Huff 2008 .302
94 74 Billy Williams 1969 .292
95 74 Nick Johnson 2010 .249
96 74 Edgar Martinez 1994 .295
97 74 Darren Daulton 1993 .304
98 74 Cliff Floyd 2004 .286
99 74 Gene Oliver 1966 .242
100 74 Tim Salmon 2000 .305

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .255 .381 .448 .309
11 vs R (Multi) .217 .340 .360 .253
18 Split (Multi) -.038 -.041 -.088 -.057
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .266 .382 .453 .320
31 vs R (2013) .198 .343 .320 .245
38 Split (2013) -.068 -.039 -.133 -.074
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Surprise! Iannetta’s defense was an issue, and if not quite the drama that Napoli & Mathis was, certainly a distraction. Iannetta actually does the basics capably, but Scioscia’s concern for his backstops has always gone beyond mere pitch-blocking and throwing. Iannetta’s inability to work effectively with his pitchers led to at least two sit-downs, one of which involved GM Dipoto. None of that stopped Scioscia from playing his better hitter, though, and Iannetta matched the second-best TAv of his career. He agreed to a three-year extension two days after the regular season ended. If you really want to turn a ballgame into a soap opera, you might note that Iannetta has become a pretty good bet to outlast Scioscia in the organization.
2012 Since a 2008 campaign that hinted at Gene Tenace/Mickey Tettleton lite, Iannetta has drifted into a holding pattern at decidedly lower levels. He still draws walks and hits homers, which makes him somewhat useful, but his window of opportunity to develop into a cult hero is closing. Part of the problem is that he can't hit on the road. Iannetta batted .301/.419/.557 at Coors Field in 2011 but just .172/.321/.266 away from it, which is like Kirt Manwaring without the batting average. This isn't a one-year thing, either; the last time Iannetta did anything on the road was in that now-mythical 2008 season. The Angels must hope Iannetta feels at home at Angel Stadium. Iannetta, for his part, must hope Mike Scioscia is comfortable with his game-calling.
2011 The Rockies bought out Iannetta’s arbitration years with a three-year, $8.35 million extension prior to the 2010 season. Then, before the end of April, having given him just eight starts behind the plate, they sent him down to Triple-A. Though he returned to the majors a month later after once again demolishing Triple-A pitching, Iannetta never broke free of the backup catcher role in 2010. After starting the first two games of the season, he didn’t start consecutive games again until late July and never started three in a row all season. Blame the Rockies if you want, but they let him hit his way into the starting job in 2008, and he hit his way out of it in 2009. Now that they’re s perennial contender, there’s only so much patience the team can show an aging prospect who keeps flirting with the Mendoza line. It might take a change of scenery for the soon-to-be 28-year-old Iannetta to avoid having four scarlet A’s hung on his chest.
2010 Front offices and fans continue to slowly accept that batting average is not a particularly compelling statistic, but there is a limit, and when Rockies broadcasts continued to flash ".222" under Iannetta’s name he gradually lost playing time to Yorvit Torrealba’s more appealing digits. Regardless, Iannetta’s power and patience made him a valuable offensive contributor even in a down year, with an EqA that not only beat Torrealba’s but was fifth in the NL among the backstop set. A 60-point drop in BABIP was part luck and part approach; Iannetta’s fly-ball rate spiked, hinting at a player who spent too much time swinging for the fences. Reinstated to the starting lineup and entering his age-27 season, look for Iannetta to reward the team’s confidence in him with a season more like his 2008 breakout.
2009 We told you he'd be good, it just took an extra year. This happens quite often, as the jump to big-league baseball is not only remarkably difficult on a pure talent level, there is also so much else to cope with, from the crowds to the media to the travel. It's hard to say exactly why it took Iannetta so long, but that's water under the bridge. This is the real Chris Iannetta, and he'll be one of the National League's better catchers for years to come.
2008 Yell all you want, but if a player doesn't hit .200, he can't keep his job, no matter what else he's doing. Clint Hurdle, who knows a bit about how young players can scuffle, was fairly patient last year with his rookie catcher; Iannetta was the starter through about mid-May and had a share of the job up through the All-Star break. One challenge Iannetta faced was his lineup spot. It's not easy batting eighth in the NL and getting pitched around much of the time. He batted .190/.296/.306 in the eight hole, but .237/.375/.424 with a better contact rate batting seventh. He also hit much better after being recalled in late August: .348/.434/.565 in 53 PA. Even with Torrealba back, Iannetta should be the starter in 2008.
2007 The organization`s first true catching prospect, Iannetta earned his call-up on August 26 by hitting a combined .336/.433/.567 at Double- and Triple-A. After starting out 2-for-22 with the big club, he had a nice September showing, hitting .261/.381/.406. Those rates reflect his skills; his ability to get on base is more developed than his power, which leads to some odd comps in PECOTA; you might be better off thinking of him as the new Jim Sundberg. Given the traditional low standards of Rockies backstops, he`ll be a Denver revelation.
2006 Iannetta`s glovework initially got all the attention, but since it`s an inviolable law of the universe that a catcher cannot be praised simultaneously for both his defense and offense, his surprising bat has led to increased talk that he`s only an average defensive backstop. He`s a catcher who`s mastered High-A ball at 22, won`t have to move from behind the plate as he moves up, and hits for power with patience. Everything else is just commentary.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)My catcher situation in a 10-team AL-only league is ugly. I spent most of last year with Chris Iannetta in my lineup, then I picked up Josh Phegley when he was called up. Will Phegley be usable in such a league in 2014? The next-best available option seems to be Derek Norris.
(Fred from Chicago)
I'd take Norris over Phegley in a heartbeat. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)I whiffed on catcher in my 10-team AL-only head-to-head league. Now I have to make a heroic decision between the likes of Chris Iannetta, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Jason Castro, and John Jaso. Your thoughts?
(Jim from Chicago)
I'd go with Jaso then Salty. Not too shabby. (Paul Singman)
2011-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have the following four catchers in a 16 team Strat-O-Matic league where you can keep a guy forever if you like. Which do you like long term: Chris Iannetta, Ryan Hanigan, Josh Thole, Jason Castro? I'd love to have a stronger catcher, but that's not a possibility until next year's draft.
(jhardman from Strat-O-Matic land)
Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to play a strat-o-matic league before, so I'm not sure how all the specifics work, like how catcher defense is factored in. Hitting wise in regular roto terms, I like Iannetta the best. (Derek Carty)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the Reds were to consider promoting Mesoraco, why wouldn't they be trading Hanigan first? Hanigan is the new Chris Iannetta - except Hanigan always produces and is very solid defensively. Wouldn't a team hurting for a catcher try to trade for one of Hernandez or Hanigan if the Reds were hell bent on promoting Mesorasco?
(jhardman from Apex, NC)
It's possible. He would certainly make an attractive target. Again, its a good problem to have. (Jason Parks)
2011-04-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'd love your thoughts on a couple of players that seemed consistently ready to break out but never have - Chris Iannetta and Travis Snider. Will these guys get the full year to play and establish their worth or will circumstances yet again derail them?
(jhardman from Apex, NC)
Big fan of Iannetta, who can provide significant offense and adequate defense. He had a nice season in 2008 but has been stuck behind better receivers for the past two years. With no such obstacle in place this year, the job is his. As for Snider, I'm just not sold, but it's possible that his injuries have held him back. With the move of Lind to first base, I do think the Jays want to give him a full shot, though. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-11-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which of the COL 2B surplus players would you try to poach if you were an opposing GM?
(Matt from Chicago)
I suppose there's a surplus, but is it a surplus of good players? None of the names particularly excites me. Does Chris Iannetta count as a surplus 2B? (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm not sure there's an answer to this or if it's even a question, but as a fantasy owner what Colorado is doing to Chris Iannetta is actually making me root for him to be dealt to Florida for Uggla even though I'm a Rockies fan. Will there be an end to this suffering??
(Rob from Alaska)
The answer is I have Miguel Olivo and don't want Iannetta to play, even if I know it's wrong of me to want the better player to be sitting. I agree with you though, I wish they would deal him somewhere if they aren't going to use him. (Marc Normandin)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Free Chris Iannetta!!!
(Brandon Wood from LA)
Oh stop it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-12-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Rockies are evidently closing in on a two-year deal for Yorvit Torrealba. Hasn't Chris Iannetta earned a shot yet?
(Ryan from Denver)
You would think he had after killing the ball in '08, but he was back on the bench in '09. If this contract happens, 22 GMs should be calling O'Dowd, immediately. Iannetta can play. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)With Yorvit Torrealba now a free agent, will the Rockies finally hand the full-time starting duties to Chris Iannetta? Or are they going to sign some lesser veteran catcher (such as Torrealba) to eat away half of Iannetta's potential playing time again?
(Frenk from Brooklyn)
If they don't make Iannetta their first-string catcher, then they're idiots. I can think of at least 25 teams who should trade for him if that's the case. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Let's assume for arguments sake that O'Down lets Marquis walk, trades Hawpe for a prospect and non tenders Atkins. That would free up nearly $20MM for 2010. Where would you spend that money? I guess 2B is an obvious upgrade spot, but beyond that, I'm not sure O'Dowd could spend that amount money effectively in free agency. Maybe they could allocate it to the draft and Venezuala?
(Dan from Denver)
It's never that simple. Betancourt's on the books for next season if they pick up his option, so that's a big chunk of change ($5+ million). Huston Street's arb-eligible, so is Jorge De La Rosa and Chris Iannetta and Ryan Spilborghs; all will get raises. Tulo's salary goes up a couple of million; so does Jeff Francis' and Manny Corpas'. I wouldn't be surprised if they don't go big-game hunting, beyond seeing what they might get out of a Hawpe deal, whether win-now help or a prospect with near-term value on the big-league team. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)In your analysis of the Phillies/Rockies series, you mentioned how the Phils Offense was not well suited to hit against the Rockies D. But how about the opposite match-up? The Rockies only played .500 ball against lefties this year and the Phils can throw three lefties at them (four games, maybe five depending on the schedule). Isn't this an advantage for Philly? Also, can you do anything about the annoying Outback commercial that keeps covering up the screen?
(jschmeagol from college park, md)
No, I can't, but I've complained about it myself. It's absurd.

I felt the two teams' rotations were fairly even, which may have been overrating Ubaldo Jimenez against this particular lineup. I also didn't think Jim Tracy would play Brad Hawpe over Ryan Spilborghs. Not that that was the only factor, but man, can you leave Spilborghs and Chris Iannetta on your bench if you're serious about beating a lefty?

Anyway, with the Rockies having lost the Jimenez start and not having de la Rosa, their situation isn't that great. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Yankees try to make a trade for Chris Iannetta this offseason? As Jorge gets less playing time at C it would be nice to have a better backup option than Jose Molina (who is a free agent anyway) or Cervelli. And the Rockies apparently don't think much of Iannetta since they have benched him for Yorvit.
(Heathcliff from Waterbury, CT)
I'd love to see that happen, but I'm skeptical Colorado is stupid enough to let him get away. Or that Brian Cashman is smart enough to realize he needs a usable backup catcher; that's been a career-long Achilles heel for him as the Yankees' GM. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Following up on jsmoore (dallas), in your opinion, who should the Red Sox target to catch next season?
(mattymatty from Philly)
Well, they'll no doubt talk to the Rangers. As a one-year patch, I could love with Bengie Molina, although I suspect the Giants will overprice him in trade. Ramon Castro might be part of a solution. Too late to get Chris Iannetta, I guess. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any chance I get set free this spring?
(Matt Murton from Chicago)
Maybe if you're on Chris Iannetta's trireme? Sadly, I think you're starting to run into the same problems Jason Dubois did--you can hit, but not a lot of teams build platoons, and righty-hitting corner men without massive power or something else going for them tend to lose out. (Christina Kahrl)


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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
2008 7280 -125 -24.3 -23.3 4103 -3.3 -1.1 -1.8 -25.3 -25.2
2009 6510 -51 -10.6 -11.4 3641 -0.5 -0.1 -0.2 -10.7 -11.6
2010 3972 -27 -2.7 -4.8 2298 -2.6 -0.7 -2.1 -3.4 -6.9
2011 8205 -162 -17.6 -15.0 4459 -0.4 -0.2 -0.3 -17.8 -15.3
2012 5391 -123 -14.1 -18.3 2719 -1.0 -0.3 -0.8 -14.4 -19.0
2013 8234 -148 -17.6 -14.9 4798 1.4 0.3 0.4 -17.2 -14.5
2014 7717 -59 -8.3 -7.5 4277 -7.7 -2.2 -3.5 -10.5 -11.1
total 47309 -694 -94.2 -13.9 26295 -13.7 -4.0 -1.1 -98.2 -15.0

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