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Portrait of James McDonald

James McDonald PCubs

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
73.3 4.16 1.32 67 3 6 0 0.4
Birth Date10-19-1984
Height6' 5"
Weight205 lbs
Age30 years, 0 months, 2 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.82010
-0.52011
1.52012
0.32013
0.42014
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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
2008 LAN 23 4 0 6.0 0.0 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 5 0 0 0 6 1 1 0 2 0.00 2.94 4.04 0.6 0.1
2009 LAN 24 45 4 63.0 13.3 49.7 5 5 0 0 0 0 280 60 34 28 6 87 34 29 5 54 4.00 4.44 4.97 -0.9 -0.2
2010 LAN 25 4 1 7.7 5.0 2.7 0 1 0 0 0 0 38 11 7 7 1 17 5 4 0 7 8.22 4.93 4.79 -1.0 -0.1
2010 PIT 25 11 11 64.0 64.0 0.0 4 5 0 0 5 1 268 59 25 25 3 86 24 20 0 61 3.52 2.93 3.30 9.6 1.0
2011 PIT 26 31 31 171.0 171.0 0.0 9 9 0 0 15 0 754 176 86 80 24 283 78 74 7 142 4.21 4.65 5.15 -4.5 -0.5
2012 PIT 27 30 29 171.0 171.0 0.0 12 8 0 0 15 0 713 147 85 80 21 255 69 63 4 151 4.21 4.25 4.58 15.5 1.5
2013 PIT 28 6 6 29.7 29.7 0.0 2 2 0 0 2 0 138 29 24 19 1 45 20 19 3 25 5.76 4.10 4.42 3.6 0.3
Career13182512.3454.058.3323000371221548726123956779231210194424.204.234.6422.92.0

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
2005 OGD Rk 4 0 6.0 1.17 181 .232 .271 .343 .435 .281 .500 45 4.0 0.4 2.0 0.2
2006 CGA A 30 22 142.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .287 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 SBR A+ 16 15 82.0 3.64 125 .228 .280 .359 .446 .276 .350 96 26.1 2.5 26.1 2.5
2007 JAX AA 10 10 52.7 3.20 124 .229 .259 .328 .387 .263 .289 92 11.6 1.2 11.6 1.2
2008 LAN MLB 4 0 6.0 4.04 106 .199 .272 .321 .402 .261 .238 92 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2008 JAX AA 22 22 118.7 4.19 110 .237 .263 .339 .395 .251 .274 99 16.7 1.7 18.2 1.7
2008 LVG AAA 5 4 22.3 3.93 125 .210 .272 .349 .425 .260 .259 105 6.2 0.6 6.2 0.6
2009 LAN MLB 45 4 63.0 4.97 79 .274 .259 .328 .415 .260 .298 91 0.6 0.1 -0.9 -0.2
2009 ABQ AAA 6 6 30.3 3.88 114 .220 .266 .336 .402 .271 .288 96 6.1 0.6 5.7 0.5
2009 LIC Wnt 3 1 9.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .485 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 LAN MLB 4 1 7.7 4.79 64 .378 .262 .327 .416 .280 .400 80 -0.9 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2010 PIT MLB 11 11 64.0 3.30 117 .250 .252 .316 .393 .262 .311 90 10.7 1.1 9.6 1.0
2010 ABQ AAA 12 12 63.3 4.49 126 .232 .271 .343 .426 .262 .313 123 16.7 1.6 17.3 1.7
2010 DOD Rk 2 2 5.7 4.87 96 .000 .294 .333 .383 .310 .333 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2011 PIT MLB 31 31 171.0 5.15 71 .288 .256 .314 .400 .260 .303 96 -3.0 -0.3 -4.5 -0.5
2012 PIT MLB 30 29 171.0 4.58 90 .252 .252 .313 .395 .256 .269 97 11.2 1.2 15.5 1.5
2013 PIT MLB 6 6 29.7 4.42 91 .282 .241 .306 .382 .251 .315 101 1.8 0.2 3.6 0.3
2013 BRD A+ 1 0 2.0 7.38 33 .382 .249 .321 .363 .255 .375 103 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2013 ALT AA 2 2 4.7 10.24 -28 .344 .263 .339 .416 .277 .231 102 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2013 IND AAA 4 4 20.7 5.77 79 .311 .262 .333 .386 .254 .348 105 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2013 PIR Rk 3 3 5.7 5.11 95 .270 .233 .310 .336 .242 .294 99 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0

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 OGD Rk 0 0 0 4 0 6.0 4 2 9 0 50% .500 6.0 3.0 0.0 13.5 1.00 1.50 2.0 0.2
2006 CGA A 5 10 0 30 22 142.0 119 65 146 15 0% .287 7.5 4.1 1.0 9.3 1.30 3.99 0.0 0.0
2007 JAX AA 7 2 0 10 10 52.7 42 16 64 5 44% .289 7.2 2.7 0.9 10.9 1.10 1.71 11.6 1.2
2007 SBR A+ 6 7 0 16 15 82.0 79 21 104 8 36% .350 8.7 2.3 0.9 11.4 1.22 3.95 26.1 2.5
2008 JAX AA 5 3 0 22 22 118.7 98 46 113 12 36% .274 7.4 3.5 0.9 8.6 1.21 3.18 18.2 1.7
2008 LAN MLB 0 0 0 4 0 6.0 5 1 2 0 19% .238 7.5 1.5 0.0 3.0 1.00 0.00 0.6 0.1
2008 LVG AAA 2 1 0 5 4 22.3 17 7 28 3 32% .259 6.9 2.8 1.2 11.3 1.08 3.63 6.2 0.6
2009 LIC Wnt 0 2 0 3 1 9.7 17 6 12 1 0% .485 15.8 5.6 0.9 11.1 2.37 9.28 0.0 0.0
2009 LAN MLB 5 5 0 45 4 63.0 60 34 54 6 46% .298 8.6 4.9 0.9 7.7 1.49 4.00 -0.9 -0.2
2009 ABQ AAA 1 0 0 6 6 30.3 21 14 40 2 26% .288 6.2 4.2 0.6 11.9 1.16 3.27 5.7 0.5
2010 LAN MLB 0 1 0 4 1 7.7 11 5 7 1 27% .400 12.9 5.9 1.2 8.2 2.09 8.22 -1.0 -0.1
2010 ABQ AAA 6 1 0 12 12 63.3 64 24 57 4 45% .313 9.1 3.4 0.6 8.1 1.39 4.41 17.3 1.7
2010 DOD Rk 0 0 0 2 2 5.7 3 3 8 0 67% .333 4.7 4.7 0.0 12.6 1.05 1.58 0.4 0.0
2010 PIT MLB 4 5 0 11 11 64.0 59 24 61 3 33% .311 8.3 3.4 0.4 8.6 1.30 3.52 9.6 1.0
2011 PIT MLB 9 9 0 31 31 171.0 176 78 142 24 40% .303 9.3 4.1 1.3 7.5 1.49 4.21 -4.5 -0.5
2012 PIT MLB 12 8 0 30 29 171.0 147 69 151 21 42% .269 7.7 3.6 1.1 7.9 1.26 4.21 15.5 1.5
2013 IND AAA 1 3 0 4 4 20.7 26 9 12 2 39% .348 11.3 3.9 0.9 5.2 1.69 6.53 -0.6 -0.1
2013 PIT MLB 2 2 0 6 6 29.7 29 20 25 1 42% .315 8.8 6.1 0.3 7.6 1.65 5.76 3.6 0.3
2013 ALT AA 0 1 0 2 2 4.7 4 5 2 1 36% .231 7.7 9.6 1.9 3.9 1.93 5.79 -1.0 -0.1
2013 BRD A+ 0 0 0 1 0 2.0 4 0 1 1 33% .375 18.0 0.0 4.5 4.5 2.00 9.00 -0.6 -0.1
2013 PIR Rk 0 0 0 3 3 5.7 5 1 5 0 59% .294 7.9 1.6 0.0 7.9 1.06 6.35 0.4 0.0

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 95 0.4316 0.4947 0.8085 0.6829 0.3519 0.8214 0.7895 0.1915
2009 1116 0.4946 0.4412 0.7943 0.6467 0.2376 0.8375 0.6791 0.2057
2010 1190 0.4924 0.4529 0.8033 0.6195 0.2914 0.8815 0.6420 0.1967
2011 2882 0.5062 0.4628 0.8170 0.6271 0.2937 0.8678 0.7057 0.1808
2012 2780 0.5187 0.4492 0.8035 0.6075 0.2773 0.8858 0.6092 0.1949
2013 510 0.4627 0.4008 0.8186 0.6144 0.2153 0.8897 0.6441 0.1814
Career85730.50340.45090.80780.62210.27670.87240.65940.191

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-21 2014-09-29 60-DL 192 162 Right Shoulder Tendonitis - -
2014-03-18 2014-03-21 Camp 3 0 Right Shoulder Strain - -
2013-05-01 2013-09-07 60-DL 129 113 Right Shoulder Strain - -
2011-03-12 2011-03-31 Camp 19 0 Left Trunk Soreness -
2010-05-27 2010-06-28 Minors 32 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-04-19 2010-04-29 Minors 10 0 Right Fingers Laceration Fingernail -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CHN $1,000,000
2013 PIT $3,025,000
2012 PIT $502,500
2011 PIT $443,000
2009 LAN $400,750
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$4,371,250
2011Current$1,000,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$5,371,250
5 yrTotal$5,371,250

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 74 dHendricks Sports1 year/$1M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$1M (2014). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 2/13/14. Performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$3.025M (2013). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/31/13 (avoided arbitration, $3.4M-$2.65M). DFA by Pittsburgh 9/7/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 9/12/13 (refused assignment 9/13/13).
  • 1 year/$0.5025M (2012). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.443M (2011). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/10. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from LA Dodgers 7/31/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/6/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by LA Dodgers.
  • Drafted by LA Dodgers 2002 (11-331) (Golden West JC, Calif.) (draft-and-follow). $0.15M 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 5.1 4.8 0 15 15 103.6 79 34 92 10 .267 1.10 3.15 3.43 15.7 1.6
80o 4.9 5.1 0 15 15 97.2 80 34 87 11 .280 1.17 3.53 3.84 11.3 1.2
70o 4.7 5.4 0 15 15 92.7 80 34 83 11 .290 1.23 3.82 4.15 8.1 0.8
60o 4.6 5.6 0 15 15 89.0 80 34 79 11 .298 1.28 4.06 4.41 5.5 0.6
50o 4.5 5.8 0 15 15 85.5 79 34 76 10 .306 1.33 4.29 4.66 3.0 0.3
40o 4.4 6 0 15 15 82.1 79 34 73 10 .314 1.38 4.52 4.91 0.6 0.1
30o 4.2 6.2 0 15 15 78.5 78 34 70 10 .323 1.43 4.77 5.19 -2.0 -0.2
20o 4.1 6.5 0 15 15 74.4 78 34 66 10 .333 1.49 5.07 5.52 -4.9 -0.5
10o 3.8 6.8 0 15 15 68.9 76 33 62 10 .347 1.59 5.50 5.98 -8.9 -0.9
Weighted Mean4.55.70151585.178347610.3051.324.264.633.30.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
23% 39% 18% 12% 74%

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
201530111103232202182771802339.2991.284.014.368.13.48.01.01.2
20163191002828167162651422339.3091.364.645.048.73.57.71.2-0.2
20173291002727161150641412039.3041.334.314.688.43.67.91.10.5
2018338802323138128531251739.3091.314.254.628.33.58.21.10.5
2019348802323135126511151739.3041.314.244.618.43.47.71.10.5
202035670191911310943951439.3101.344.434.818.73.47.51.10.2
2021365601717999738841339.3141.364.524.918.83.57.61.20.0
2022375501414817831691039.3091.344.384.768.63.47.61.10.2
2023384501313797730671039.3151.354.554.958.83.47.61.10.0

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
49.5343320.517.210.8154.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Byung-Hyun Kim 2008 0.00 DNP
2 89 Cliff Lee 2008 2.74
3 87 Boof Bonser 2011 0.00 DNP
4 87 Chad Gaudin 2012 5.06
5 87 Tom Gorzelanny 2012 3.38
6 86 Gil Meche 2008 4.19
7 86 Shaun Marcum 2011 3.77
8 85 Chuck James 2011 6.10
9 85 Jorge De La Rosa 2010 4.51
10 85 J.A. Happ 2012 4.85
11 85 Jeremy Bonderman 2012 0.00 DNP
12 84 Mickey Lolich 1970 4.13
13 84 Sid Fernandez 1992 2.81
14 84 Felipe Paulino 2013 0.00 DNP
15 84 Aaron Harang 2007 3.85
16 84 Jack Harshman 1957 4.64
17 84 Manny Parra 2012 5.98
18 84 Jose Deleon 1990 4.73
19 84 Juan Pizarro 1966 4.97
20 84 Dontrelle Willis 2011 5.00
21 84 Tim Belcher 1991 3.27
22 84 Armando Galarraga 2011 7.38
23 83 Scott Baker 2011 3.34
24 83 Andy Benes 1997 3.25
25 83 Joaquin Benoit 2007 3.07
26 83 Micah Owings 2012 3.72
27 83 Bill Singer 1973 3.54
28 83 Ray Culp 1971 4.01
29 83 John Patterson 2007 7.18
30 83 Oliver Perez 2011 0.00 DNP
31 83 Dennis Leonard 1980 4.05
32 83 Adam Eaton 2007 6.51
33 83 Jim Lonborg 1971 4.62
34 83 Kelvim Escobar 2005 3.17
35 82 Luke Hochevar 2013 1.92
36 82 Ed Halicki 1980 5.52
37 82 Erik Hiljus 2002 6.90
38 82 Steve Carlton 1974 3.65
39 82 Ervin Santana 2012 5.46
40 82 Ian Snell 2011 0.00 DNP
41 82 Carl Erskine 1956 4.44
42 82 Ted Higuera 1987 4.13
43 82 Mario Soto 1986 5.23
44 82 Pete Harnisch 1996 4.76
45 82 Glen Perkins 2012 3.20
46 82 Scott Bankhead 1993 3.92
47 81 Alex Fernandez 1999 3.83
48 81 Kirk McCaskill 1990 3.98
49 81 Chris Capuano 2008 0.00 DNP
50 81 Tommy Greene 1996 0.00 DNP
51 81 Jonathan Sanchez 2012 8.35
52 81 Joel Pineiro 2008 5.39
53 81 Tony Armas 2007 6.31
54 81 Jose Santiago 1970 10.32
55 81 Joe Hesketh 1988 3.59
56 81 Gary Peters 1966 2.37
57 81 Paul Wilson 2002 5.25
58 81 Don Drysdale 1966 3.75
59 81 Luis Tiant 1970 3.50
60 81 Joe Gibbon 1964 4.12
61 80 Andy Sonnanstine 2012 0.00 DNP
62 80 Don Elston 1958 3.24
63 80 John Tudor 1983 4.54
64 80 Mike Witt 1990 4.77
65 80 Jeff Karstens 2012 4.07
66 80 Gaylord Perry 1968 2.88
67 80 Chuck Finley 1992 4.36
68 80 John Smoltz 1996 3.30
69 80 Kelly Downs 1990 3.71
70 80 Jack Sanford 1958 4.93
71 80 Dennis Rasmussen 1988 3.65
72 80 Jorge Sosa 2007 4.63
73 80 Mike Moore 1989 3.05
74 80 Kevin Millwood 2004 5.17
75 80 Denny Neagle 1998 3.89
76 80 Pat Jarvis 1970 3.90
77 80 Johnny Podres 1962 4.27 DNP
78 80 Frank Viola 1989 3.97
79 80 Joel Hanrahan 2011 2.23
80 80 Ike Delock 1959 3.62
81 80 Mark Gardner 1991 4.17
82 80 Saul Rogovin 1953 5.56
83 80 Jose Guzman 1992 4.14
84 79 Ryan Rowland-Smith 2012 0.00 DNP
85 79 Ryan Vogelsong 2007 0.00 DNP
86 79 Craig Swan 1980 4.14
87 79 Melido Perez 1995 5.97
88 79 Daisuke Matsuzaka 2010 4.92
89 79 Jarrod Washburn 2004 4.88
90 79 David Cone 1992 3.28
91 79 Jim Maloney 1969 3.22
92 79 Livan Hernandez 2004 3.71
93 79 Tom Sturdivant 1959 5.66
94 79 Billy Loes 1959 4.48
95 79 Brad Hennessey 2009 0.00 DNP
96 79 Chris Short 1967 2.44
97 79 Dwight Gooden 1994 6.97
98 79 Billy Pierce 1956 3.52
99 79 Larry Dierker 1976 4.08
100 79 Danny Darwin 1985 4.63

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .234 .325 .388 .255
11 vs R (Multi) .259 .344 .423 .272
18 Split (Multi) -.024 -.020 -.035 -.017
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .232 .328 .375 .250
31 vs R (2013) .271 .419 .407 .305
38 Split (2013) -.039 -.091 -.032 -.055
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .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 On paper, McDonald’s 2012 season looks like a repeat of his 2011. In reality, it had the chance to be more, much more. McDonald posted a strong first half, raising hopes about a new, higher celing, but he fell to earth. His final four appearances served as the thud. He allowed 20 hits, 18 runs, and six home runs in 12 innings. If fatigue is the cause, you have to wonder why; McDonald worked the same number of innings in both seasons. Expect performances worthy of a mid-rotation starter heading forward.
2012 Despite missing time in camp with left trunk soreness, McDonald returned and made his designated April starts. In retrospect, letting him jump into the fire so quickly looks like a mistake. McDonald averaged fewer than five innings per start, gave up more than a hit per inning, walked one more batter than he struck out, and posted a 7.66 earned-run average in his five April starts. From May onward, he looked like the pitcher from 2010. In those final 26 starts, McDonald went nearly six innings per outing, struck out more than twice as many as he walked, and finished with a 3.63 ERA. He might be nothing more than a middle-of-the-rotation starter, but McDonald is better than what his 2011 numbers say.
2011 Red flags were raised when the Dodgers were willing to give McDonald up in a deadline trade for Octavio Dotel last season, particularly since they needed starting pitching themselves and barely gave him a look. McDonald pitched very effectively following the trade, flashing a fastball that routinely sat at 91-93 mph and spiked to 96 while his curveball and changeup also showed plus. The Pirates don't have many sure things on their pitching staff entering this season, but McDonald might qualify as one, and it looks like general manager Neal Huntington may have pulled off a heist in acquiring him.
2010 The Dodgers hoped the two-time winner of their Minor League Pitcher of the Year award would claim the fifth starter's spot in 2009, but McDonald was tarred and feathered in four April starts (13 runs in 13 1/3 IP). He continued to start during a six-week Triple-A refresher, but pitched exclusively in relief upon returning, with considerable success (2.72 ERA, 8.7 K/9, 3.0 K/UBB). Known more for deception than power, McDonald's average fastball speed increased from 91 to 93 mph with the move to the pen, he got far more strikes with his 12-to-6 curveball (his best pitch) and changeup, and he generated enough grounders to move out of the "extreme" category of flyballers. He's a better fit in the pen as a change of pace from the power arms, but may get another shot at the back end of the rotation.
2009 This slender 2002 draft-and-follow dabbled with a move to the outfield when he initially developed arm trouble, but since returning to pitching full-time in 2006, he’s won the Dodgers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year award twice in a row. McDonald didn’t dominate hitters to the same extent last year, but he was impressive in brief stints with Las Vegas and LA, including some long relief work in the NLCS. McDonald doesn’t have a true out pitch, but he effectively mixes a fastball that ranges from 87-93 mph with great movement and command, a big-bending curveball, and a deceptive changeup with some sink. He’ll be in the mix for a spot at the back of the rotation or in middle relief; hope he makes the team because with his fly-ball rate an extended stay in the PCL could get ugly.
2008 Drafted as a pitcher in 2002, converted to the outfield in 2004, then back to the mound in 2006, James Zeil McDonald took a bigger step forward than any other player in the organization in 2007. No statistical fluke, McDonald's was a real performance from a very real pitching prospect; he's tall, throws hard, has an outstanding curveball, and his funky delivery makes all of his pitches that much harder to hit.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there anything the Bucs have done this off-season to give a fan some hope? Or is it a matter of improving by doing nothing to destroy the future?
(Frank from Vegas)
The farm system is doing well, and it just spit out Alvarez, Tabata, Walker, and not too long ago, McCutchen. I like James McDonald a lot, and Correia is by no means an answer in the rotation, but he gives them someone else who knows what a strike looks like besides McDonald and Charlie Morton. It's a slow road to improve the team, but they are moving from embarrassing to just bad. Which is more than you can say for basically the rest of this stretch of failure. (Marc Normandin)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Dodgers do this winter to patch up their rotation on a shoestring budget? Kuroda, Lilly, Padilla are all free agents, and the team needs to find innings to prevent Kershaw and Billingsley from being worked to death.
(The Duke of Flatbush from Brooklyn)
I think they'll sign Lilly and then try to patch the No. 4 starter spot with an inexpensive free agent then give the No. 5 spot to John Ely or someone of his ilk and cross your fingers. I just can't figure whey they never gave James McDonald a shot. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)John, was signing Randy Wolf the right call over aving that money and giving James McDonald a real shot at a rotation spot?
(Gray (Chicago) from Chicago)
If the Dodgers were serious about repeating, they needed one more reliable pitcher in that rotation. I liked it at 5M for one year. (John Perrotto)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Aren't the Dodgers better off saving money and letting James McDonald round out their rotation?
(Gray from Chicago)
Kuroda/Billingsley/Kershaw/McDonald...I think there's definitely room for a signing. Doesn't need to be a high-upside guy so much as someone who will definitely make 32 starts. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why do some teams call-up minor leaguers in Sept. and don't use them at all? Wouldn't it be better to keep them in the minors, since they will at least keep getting innings/at bats. For example, James McDonald of the Dodgers has not pitched yet after being called up 2 weeks ago. Speaking of McDonald, will he have a good chance of being in the rotation for 09?
(Andrew from Washington, D.C.)
Well, the minor league regular season ended on Labor Day for most leagues, so there is no more chances for them to pitch. For many like McDonald, it's kind of a reward for a job well done. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kershaw is now up in the bigs for the 2nd time this year after spending time at AA Jacksonville. Meanwhile, James McDonald, having a great year as well for Jacksonville(although not as dominant as Kershaw), still hasn't even gotten a sniff of AAA despite being nearly 4 years older than Kershaw and dominating the same league LAST year. What's LA waiting for?
(albert2b from NYC)
I talk to a scout about McDonald in tommorow's edition of Future Shock. (Kevin Goldstein)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesFair point. What do you think about James McDonald and Scott Elbert in terms of their 2008 progress. Did any pitchers in the Dodger org take a big step forward? (Jay Jaffe)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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James McDonald has thrown 8,611 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph), Sinker (92mph) and Curve (77mph). He also rarely throws a Change (84mph) and Slider (80mph).