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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
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Birth Date10-19-1984
Height6' 5"
Weight205 lbs
Age29 years, 10 months, 12 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 - 60-DL - - 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.

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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

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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).