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Jesse Litsch PBlue Jays

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
5 417.7 27 27 1 239 4.16 2.5
Birth Date3-9-1985
Height6' 1"
Weight235 lbs
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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
2007 TOR 22 20 20 111.0 111.0 0.0 7 9 0 0 12 0 478 116 56 47 14 183 36 34 7 50 3.81 5.21 5.58 0.3 0.2
2008 TOR 23 29 28 176.0 173.0 3.0 13 9 0 0 15 1 735 178 79 70 20 283 39 37 8 99 3.58 4.32 4.79 12.4 1.8
2009 TOR 24 2 2 9.0 9.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 42 14 9 9 4 29 1 1 1 8 9.00 7.81 8.07 -1.4 -0.1
2010 TOR 25 9 9 46.7 46.7 0.0 1 5 0 0 3 0 202 53 30 30 7 88 15 15 2 16 5.79 5.40 5.96 0.8 0.2
2011 TOR 26 28 8 75.0 46.3 28.7 6 3 1 1 3 0 317 69 40 37 10 120 28 26 3 66 4.44 4.27 5.10 4.7 0.5
Career8867417.7386.031.7272711331177443021419355703119113212394.164.745.2616.72.5

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2005 AUB A- 4 3 10.0 5.84 50 .322 .265 .344 .359 .252 .375 79 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2005 PUL Rk 11 11 65.7 4.53 67 .200 .281 .354 .459 .288 .287 61 11.1 1.0 11.1 1.0
2006 DUN A+ 16 15 89.1 3.81 119 .238 .255 .325 .375 .256 .297 98 17.8 1.8 17.8 1.8
2006 NHP AA 12 12 69.1 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .361 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 TOR MLB 20 20 111.0 5.58 79 .270 .273 .342 .425 .267 .275 95 -0.2 -0.0 0.3 0.2
2007 NHP AA 10 10 61.3 4.29 115 .221 .267 .338 .402 .259 .251 109 9.9 1.0 9.9 1.0
2007 SYR AAA 2 2 15.0 3.43 121 .193 .263 .331 .396 .257 .267 93 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2008 TOR MLB 29 28 176.0 4.79 97 .250 .268 .334 .423 .262 .278 98 12.5 1.3 12.4 1.8
2008 SYR AAA 3 3 20.0 4.16 100 .231 .266 .336 .399 .266 .298 88 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2009 TOR MLB 2 2 9.0 8.07 39 .349 .267 .335 .412 .257 .357 104 -1.4 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
2010 TOR MLB 9 9 46.7 5.96 83 .262 .268 .339 .420 .267 .284 114 1.0 0.1 0.8 0.2
2010 DUN A+ 2 2 15.0 5.78 59 .163 .244 .330 .357 .261 .211 93 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2
2010 LVG AAA 4 4 22.0 6.32 89 .295 .293 .357 .450 .272 .366 115 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2011 TOR MLB 28 8 75.0 5.10 94 .256 .262 .328 .417 .267 .281 108 4.7 0.5 4.7 0.5
2011 LNS A 1 1 2.0 3.74 114 .383 .285 .347 .412 .284 .429 94 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2011 NHP AA 2 2 8.7 2.96 127 .168 .266 .335 .402 .279 .273 85 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2011 LVG AAA 6 6 28.7 5.82 110 .292 .292 .359 .462 .268 .396 123 6.7 0.6 6.7 0.6

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 PUL Rk 5 1 0 11 11 65.7 51 10 67 6 59% .287 7.0 1.4 0.8 9.2 0.93 2.74 11.1 1.0
2005 AUB A- 0 1 0 4 3 10.0 11 6 7 0 56% .375 9.9 5.4 0.0 6.3 1.70 3.60 -0.1 -0.0
2006 NHP AA 3 4 0 12 12 69.1 85 13 54 6 0% .361 11.1 1.7 0.8 7.0 1.42 5.08 0.0 0.0
2006 DUN A+ 6 6 0 16 15 89.1 94 8 81 5 57% .297 9.5 0.8 0.5 8.2 1.14 3.54 17.8 1.8
2007 SYR AAA 1 0 0 2 2 15.0 12 3 10 0 64% .267 7.2 1.8 0.0 6.0 1.00 1.80 2.1 0.2
2007 TOR MLB 7 9 0 20 20 111.0 116 36 50 14 50% .275 9.4 2.9 1.1 4.1 1.37 3.81 0.3 0.2
2007 NHP AA 7 2 0 10 10 61.3 51 14 46 5 56% .251 7.5 2.1 0.7 6.8 1.06 2.35 9.9 1.0
2008 SYR AAA 1 1 0 3 3 20.0 18 4 18 1 64% .298 8.1 1.8 0.5 8.1 1.10 3.60 0.8 0.1
2008 TOR MLB 13 9 0 29 28 176.0 178 39 99 20 49% .278 9.1 2.0 1.0 5.1 1.23 3.58 12.4 1.8
2009 TOR MLB 0 1 0 2 2 9.0 14 1 8 4 38% .357 14.0 1.0 4.0 8.0 1.67 9.00 -1.4 -0.1
2010 TOR MLB 1 5 0 9 9 46.7 53 15 16 7 45% .284 10.2 2.9 1.4 3.1 1.46 5.79 0.8 0.2
2010 LVG AAA 0 3 0 4 4 22.0 34 3 13 4 40% .366 13.9 1.2 1.6 5.3 1.68 8.18 2.0 0.2
2010 DUN A+ 1 1 0 2 2 15.0 9 4 10 1 79% .211 5.4 2.4 0.6 6.0 0.87 1.80 -1.9 -0.2
2011 LVG AAA 1 2 0 6 6 28.7 41 11 27 5 49% .396 12.9 3.5 1.6 8.5 1.81 8.16 6.7 0.6
2011 TOR MLB 6 3 1 28 8 75.0 69 28 66 10 45% .281 8.3 3.4 1.2 7.9 1.29 4.44 4.7 0.5
2011 NHP AA 0 0 0 2 2 8.7 6 0 9 0 50% .273 6.2 0.0 0.0 9.3 0.69 1.04 1.9 0.2
2011 LNS A 0 0 0 1 1 2.0 3 1 3 0 71% .429 13.5 4.5 0.0 13.5 2.00 9.00 0.5 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 2426 0.5082 0.4538 0.8427 0.6277 0.2733 0.9147 0.6718 0.1573
2009 157 0.5223 0.4459 0.8286 0.6707 0.2000 0.8364 0.8000 0.1714
2010 771 0.4825 0.4280 0.8424 0.6129 0.2556 0.8904 0.7353 0.1576
2011 1262 0.4857 0.4251 0.7761 0.5824 0.2758 0.8515 0.6257 0.2239
Career46160.49820.44140.8240.61430.26850.89070.67420.176

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-02-27 2013-02-27 FA 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Cartilage Replacement 2013-01-27 -
2012-03-26 2012-10-04 60-DL 192 162 Right Shoulder Surgery Recovery From Infection After PRP Injection for Inflammation with Subsequent Biceps Tendon Surgery 2012-06-14 -
2012-02-28 2012-03-26 Camp 27 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Infection After PRP Injection for Inflammation 2012-02-29 -
2011-05-19 2011-07-18 15-DL 60 54 Right Shoulder Impingement -
2011-03-25 2011-03-25 Camp 0 0 General Medical Dehydration -
2010-08-02 2010-10-04 60-DL 63 57 Right Hip Surgery Labrum Bothered for About 5 Years 2010-09-09
2010-02-19 2010-06-09 60-DL 110 59 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2009-06-12
2009-04-13 2009-10-05 60-DL 175 155 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2009-06-12

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 $
2013 TOR $
2012 TOR $975,000
2011 TOR $830,000
2010 TOR $414,700
2009 TOR $414,400
2008 TOR $395,800
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$3,029,900
5 yrTotal$3,029,900

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 98 d1 year/$0.975M (2012)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.975M (2012). Re-signed by Toronto 12/12/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.83M (2011). Re-signed by Toronto 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4147M (2010). Re-signed 3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4144M (2009). Re-signed 3/3/09.
  • 1 year/$0.3958M (2008). Optioned to Triple-A 7/23/08. Recalled 8/11/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Contract purchased 5/15/07. Optioned to Triple-A 5/31/07. Recalled 7/1/07.
  • Drafted 2004 (24-717).

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
Weighted Mean?????0.0????.0000.000.00?0.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
19.61511.79.1109.665.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 94 Glen Perkins 2012 3.20
2 91 Mike Wood 2009 0.00 DNP
3 90 Ryan Rowland-Smith 2012 0.00 DNP
4 88 Armando Galarraga 2011 7.38
5 88 J.A. Happ 2012 4.85
6 88 Gustavo Chacin 2010 5.17
7 87 Brandon Claussen 2008 0.00 DNP
8 87 Doug Waechter 2010 0.00 DNP
9 87 Boof Bonser 2011 0.00 DNP
10 87 Andy Sonnanstine 2012 0.00 DNP
11 86 Jeff Karstens 2012 4.07
12 85 Cliff Lee 2008 2.74
13 84 Edgar Gonzalez 2012 5.04
14 84 Brian Burres 2010 5.45
15 83 Chris Capuano 2008 0.00 DNP
16 83 Dustin Moseley 2011 4.42
17 83 Tim Redding 2007 3.75
18 83 Manny Parra 2012 5.98
19 83 Jeremy Bonderman 2012 0.00 DNP
20 83 Jason Vargas 2012 3.85
21 82 Tom Gorzelanny 2012 3.38
22 82 Dave Williams 2008 0.00 DNP
23 82 Jason Berken 2013 0.00 DNP
24 82 Garrett Olson 2013 0.00 DNP
25 82 Matt Belisle 2009 5.81
26 82 Cha Seung Baek 2009 0.00 DNP
27 82 Dewon Brazelton 2009 0.00 DNP
28 81 Brad Hennessey 2009 0.00 DNP
29 81 Chris Narveson 2011 4.56
30 81 Ross Ohlendorf 2012 8.14
31 81 Luke Hochevar 2013 1.92
32 81 Craig Stammen 2013 3.31
33 81 Johnny Podres 1962 4.27 DNP
34 80 Brandon Backe 2007 4.08
35 80 Aaron Harang 2007 3.85
36 80 Andy Benes 1997 3.25
37 80 Carl Erskine 1956 4.44
38 80 Dustin Nippert 2010 4.45
39 80 Ed Halicki 1980 5.52
40 80 Jeff Niemann 2012 4.03
41 80 Bill Singer 1973 3.54
42 80 Don Drysdale 1966 3.75
43 80 Denny Neagle 1998 3.89
44 80 John Smiley 1994 4.48
45 80 Gil Meche 2008 4.19
46 80 Chad Gaudin 2012 5.06
47 80 Blake Hawksworth 2012 0.00 DNP
48 80 Moose Haas 1985 4.73
49 80 Steve Carlton 1974 3.65
50 80 Felipe Paulino 2013 0.00 DNP
51 80 Jose Santiago 1970 10.32
52 80 Mike Maroth 2007 7.97
53 80 Ted Higuera 1987 4.13
54 79 Mike Moore 1989 3.05
55 79 Doc Medich 1978 4.11
56 79 Shaun Marcum 2011 3.77
57 79 Ken Holtzman 1975 3.68 DNP
58 79 Dwight Gooden 1994 6.97
59 79 Nate Robertson 2007 4.96
60 79 Wil Ledezma 2010 7.32
61 79 Mike Witt 1990 4.77
62 79 Jon Leicester 2008 0.00 DNP
63 79 Dontrelle Willis 2011 5.00
64 79 Jim Lonborg 1971 4.62
65 79 Rodrigo Lopez 2005 5.42
66 79 John Tudor 1983 4.54
67 79 Ron Reed 1972 4.61
68 79 Chris Short 1967 2.44
69 79 Jason Bergmann 2011 0.00 DNP
70 79 Jorge De La Rosa 2010 4.51
71 79 Rick Langford 1981 3.73
72 79 Larry Christenson 1983 4.66
73 79 Juan Pizarro 1966 4.97
74 79 Ervin Santana 2012 5.46
75 79 Pete Harnisch 1996 4.76
76 79 Casey Fossum 2007 8.41
77 79 Brad Thompson 2011 0.00 DNP
78 79 Ray Culp 1971 4.01
79 79 John Thomson 2003 5.18
80 79 Doug Rau 1978 3.71
81 79 Scott Baker 2011 3.34
82 79 Kelly Downs 1990 3.71
83 79 Byung-Hyun Kim 2008 0.00 DNP
84 79 Matt Chico 2012 0.00 DNP
85 79 J.D. Martin 2012 0.00 DNP
86 79 Joel Hanrahan 2011 2.23
87 79 Justin Germano 2012 6.72
88 79 Chuck James 2011 6.10
89 79 Saul Rogovin 1953 5.56
90 79 Kevin Slowey 2013 4.21
91 78 Joe Gibbon 1964 4.12
92 78 Bud Black 1986 3.57
93 78 Frank Viola 1989 3.97
94 78 Lenny DiNardo 2009 11.81
95 78 Pedro Astacio 1998 6.88
96 78 Brad Penny 2007 3.25
97 78 Livan Hernandez 2004 3.71
98 78 Dennis Leonard 1980 4.05
99 78 Mark Redman 2003 3.87
100 78 Tim Belcher 1991 3.27

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 The Blue Jaysí surfeit of live arms has led them to give new life to the swingman role. Litsch and his five-pitch repertoire demonstrate this flexibility as well as anybody. In eight starts at the beginning of the season, Litsch was 4-3 with a 4.66 ERA and a K/BB ratio of exactly two. In other words, serviceable as a fourth or fifth starter. In 20 appearances out of the bullpen, Litsch had a 4.08 ERA with a K/BB ratio of exactly three. In other words, pretty good for a long reliever. Eight of those appearances were longer than an inning, and six were two innings or more. Treated properly, most starters can become good relievers, and many relievers can start as well. Keep enough guys like Litsch coming through the pipeline, you wonít have to worry so much when the actual Litsch hits his second year of arbitration.
2011 Litsch returned from Tommy John surgery in June and never quite found his groove. Even so, his stuff looked the same as it ever did, which is to say mostly junky. He throws a good cut fastball and a full complement of off-speed pitches, but relies on the sort of approach that requires him to have good command each time out, and in 2010 he just couldnít do that. Litsch had to go back under the knife in August to repair a hip injury, and his recovery schedule should see him healthy in spring training, where the challenge will be to rediscover his command. However, if Kyle Drabek cracks the rotation, Litsch may be left in the bullpen.
2010 The third of the trio of established young Toronto starters to suffer a severe, season-erasing injury over a 12-month period, Litsch left the fourth inning of his second start of 2009 with elbow pain and never returned. Tommy John surgery in June wiped out his season and will likely keep him on the shelf for the first half, if not all of the 2010 season. Heís young enough to get his career back on track after he returns, but one imagines the gains he made in his sophomore season will have been lost in the interim.
2009 As a sophomore last year, Litsch improved his strikeout rate, cut his walk rate, and maintained the low BABIP from his rookie season. A .280 BABIP isnít extremely low, so itís possible that Litsch might actually be doing something that allows him to stay below the curve. Either way, his peripheral improvements suggest whatever correction might come, it wonít be as severe as we'd initially anticipated. Litsch finished his 2008 season by posting a 1.92 ERA over his last nine starts, a stretch that saw him pitch four games against playoff teams and shut out the Twins. He only just turned 24 and has just four pro seasons under his belt, so it could be that heís just getting better.
2008 Another of the Jays' four ground-ball starters, Litsch jumped from the Florida State League to Toronto in less than a year on the strength of his pinpoint command. His stuff is the worst of the four, and there's very little chance that he will repeat his 2007 ERA this year. He pitched in good fortune last year; consider that in his last three starts of the season, against the Red Sox, Yankees and Devil Rays, Litsch walked eight and struck out just five, yet allowed just three runs in 20 1/3 frames. He's the right-handed Chacin.
2007 The Blue Jays tend to teach their farmhands to pitch to contact, and Litsch has posted some outstanding control numbers on top of a reasonable groundball rate. He might be better served, though, by trying to get his slider to break out of the strike zone, because his average fastball is getting hit more and more as he moves up the ladder, leading to some very high BABIP totals. Just like plate discipline sometimes means swinging at a good pitch rather than taking a bad one, good command sometimes means trying to get a hitter to swing through a pitch outside of the strike zone, rather than grooving one down the middle.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)You call the Jays 3rd place also rans but having the best defence and comparable pitching to Boston and NY has to count for something doesn't it? Is there offense that bad?
(Taylor from Toronto)
The Blue Jays are one of those collections of famous guys who don't quite add up to being as good an actual baseball team; it's like the Orioles after they added Fred Lynn and Lee Lacy, or any edition of the Autry Angels. Nobody who's really good is reliable, and nobody who's reliable is really reliably good. The best hope that team has is that Marcum and McGowan continue to blossom, and that Jesse Litsch is better than a strike-throwing guy with no true out pitch. (Christina Kahrl)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Jesse Litsch threw 5,625 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2011, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2011, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (90mph), Slider (84mph) and Sinker (90mph), also mixing in a Change (83mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (78mph) and Cutter (90mph).