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Ian Snell PPirates

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
7 803.7 38 53 0 639 4.80 3.7
Birth Date10-30-1981
Height5' 11"
Weight200 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
2004 PIT 22 3 1 12.0 5.0 7.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 56 14 10 10 2 24 9 9 0 9 7.50 5.87 6.22 -1.5 -0.2
2005 PIT 23 15 5 42.0 24.0 18.0 1 2 0 0 1 0 189 43 25 24 5 72 24 21 1 34 5.14 4.71 5.27 0.5 -0.0
2006 PIT 24 32 32 186.0 186.0 0.0 14 11 0 0 14 0 813 198 104 98 29 334 74 70 2 169 4.74 4.55 5.00 14.6 1.5
2007 PIT 25 32 32 208.0 208.0 0.0 9 12 0 0 22 0 882 209 94 87 22 327 68 64 8 177 3.76 3.95 4.62 22.4 1.9
2008 PIT 26 31 31 164.3 164.3 0.0 7 12 0 0 13 2 766 201 107 99 18 314 89 89 2 135 5.42 4.55 4.95 11.1 1.1
2009 PIT 27 15 15 80.7 80.7 0.0 2 8 0 0 8 0 360 87 50 48 7 151 44 41 1 52 5.36 4.57 5.09 1.7 0.2
2009 SEA 27 12 12 64.3 64.3 0.0 5 2 0 0 5 0 289 61 32 30 7 97 39 39 1 37 4.20 5.27 5.77 -0.3 -0.0
2010 SEA 28 12 8 46.3 35.3 11.0 0 5 0 0 1 0 227 60 36 33 10 110 25 25 1 26 6.41 6.41 6.82 -6.6 -0.7
Career152136803.7767.736.038530064235828734584291001429372358166394.804.595.1041.93.7

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2001 WPT A- 10 9 64.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 HIC A 24 22 139.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .318 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LYN A+ 20 20 116.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .323 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 ALT AA 6 6 36.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 PIT MLB 3 1 12.0 6.22 60 .299 .273 .339 .449 .272 .333 95 -1.3 -0.1 -1.5 -0.2
2004 ALT AA 26 26 151.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .311 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PIT MLB 15 5 42.0 5.27 85 .277 .257 .322 .407 .257 .304 101 1.6 0.2 0.5 -0.0
2005 IND AAA 18 18 112.0 4.56 104 .215 .270 .335 .423 .249 .233 95 14.8 1.3 14.6 1.3
2006 PIT MLB 32 32 186.0 5.00 94 .274 .264 .325 .427 .259 .314 97 17.0 1.7 14.6 1.5
2007 PIT MLB 32 32 208.0 4.62 103 .249 .265 .329 .417 .257 .309 100 23.7 2.3 22.4 1.9
2008 PIT MLB 31 31 164.3 4.95 93 .293 .261 .329 .419 .261 .351 99 11.1 1.1 11.1 1.1
2009 PIT MLB 15 15 80.7 5.09 82 .293 .258 .325 .400 .257 .312 95 1.1 0.1 1.7 0.2
2009 SEA MLB 12 12 64.3 5.77 77 .265 .273 .339 .439 .266 .263 98 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2009 IND AAA 6 6 37.3 2.41 147 .205 .263 .331 .405 .247 .315 102 12.5 1.2 12.3 1.2
2010 SEA MLB 12 8 46.3 6.82 47 .336 .263 .329 .397 .260 .307 100 -6.6 -0.7 -6.6 -0.7
2010 TAC AAA 9 9 48.7 5.23 89 .297 .282 .357 .443 .276 .335 94 4.3 0.4 4.3 0.4
2011 ABQ AAA 6 5 22.0 13.48 1 .328 .272 .335 .425 .254 .250 129 -6.3 -0.6 -5.7 -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
2001 WPT A- 7 0 0 10 9 64.7 55 10 56 2 0% .000 7.7 1.4 0.3 7.8 1.00 1.39 0.0 0.0
2002 HIC A 11 6 0 24 22 139.7 127 45 149 8 0% .318 8.2 2.9 0.5 9.6 1.23 2.71 0.0 0.0
2003 ALT AA 4 0 0 6 6 36.7 36 10 23 2 0% .286 8.8 2.5 0.5 5.6 1.25 1.96 0.0 0.0
2003 LYN A+ 10 3 0 20 20 116.3 105 33 122 3 0% .323 8.1 2.6 0.2 9.4 1.19 3.33 0.0 0.0
2004 ALT AA 11 7 0 26 26 151.0 147 40 142 16 0% .311 8.8 2.4 1.0 8.5 1.24 3.16 0.0 0.0
2004 PIT MLB 0 1 0 3 1 12.0 14 9 9 2 39% .333 10.5 6.8 1.5 6.8 1.92 7.50 -1.5 -0.2
2005 IND AAA 11 3 0 18 18 112.0 90 23 104 14 43% .233 7.2 1.8 1.1 8.4 1.01 3.70 14.6 1.3
2005 PIT MLB 1 2 0 15 5 42.0 43 24 34 5 38% .304 9.2 5.1 1.1 7.3 1.60 5.14 0.5 -0.0
2006 PIT MLB 14 11 0 32 32 186.0 198 74 169 29 44% .314 9.6 3.6 1.4 8.2 1.46 4.74 14.6 1.5
2007 PIT MLB 9 12 0 32 32 208.0 209 68 177 22 46% .309 9.0 2.9 1.0 7.7 1.33 3.76 22.4 1.9
2008 PIT MLB 7 12 0 31 31 164.3 201 89 135 18 40% .351 11.0 4.9 1.0 7.4 1.76 5.42 11.1 1.1
2009 IND AAA 2 2 0 6 6 37.3 28 13 47 0 42% .315 6.8 3.1 0.0 11.3 1.10 0.97 12.3 1.2
2009 SEA MLB 5 2 0 12 12 64.3 61 39 37 7 37% .263 8.5 5.5 1.0 5.2 1.55 4.20 -0.3 -0.0
2009 PIT MLB 2 8 0 15 15 80.7 87 44 52 7 43% .312 9.7 4.9 0.8 5.8 1.62 5.36 1.7 0.2
2010 TAC AAA 3 4 0 9 9 48.7 58 22 39 6 41% .335 10.7 4.1 1.1 7.2 1.64 6.65 4.3 0.4
2010 SEA MLB 0 5 0 12 8 46.3 60 25 26 10 36% .307 11.7 4.9 1.9 5.1 1.83 6.41 -6.6 -0.7
2011 ABQ AAA 1 2 0 6 5 22.0 26 17 18 11 39% .250 10.6 7.0 4.5 7.4 1.95 11.05 -5.7 -0.6

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 2805 0.5251 0.4796 0.7975 0.6517 0.2875 0.8802 0.5901 0.2003
2009 2506 0.5056 0.4310 0.8222 0.6212 0.2365 0.8856 0.6519 0.1778
2010 877 0.5074 0.4577 0.8300 0.6607 0.2454 0.8912 0.6604 0.1675
Career61880.51470.45680.81210.64060.26090.88390.62510.1865

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-10-04 2010-10-04 DTD 0 0 Right Arm Soreness Through Most of 2010 -
2010-08-05 2010-09-07 Minors 33 0 Right Elbow Strain -
2010-04-18 2010-04-18 DTD 0 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-09-15 2009-09-15 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Sprain -
2009-08-29 2009-08-29 DTD 0 0 Right Wrist Contusion Batted Ball -
2009-08-02 2009-08-02 DTD 0 0 Right Forearm Tightness -
2009-03-29 2009-04-06 Camp 8 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2008-08-03 2008-08-03 DTD 0 0 Low Back Tightness -
2008-06-23 2008-07-08 15-DL 15 12 Right Elbow Inflammation Medial Epicondylitis -
2007-06-14 2007-06-23 DTD 9 8 Right Fingers Blister Index Finger -
2006-09-27 2006-10-01 DTD 4 4 Right Elbow Tightness -
2006-08-28 2006-08-28 DTD 0 0 Right Shoulder Strain -
2006-07-25 2006-07-25 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 SEA $4,450,000
2009 PIT $3,200,000
2008 PIT $750,000
2007 PIT $408,000
2006 PIT $330,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$9,138,000
5 yrTotal$9,138,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 141 dJoe Sroba1 year (2011)

Details
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 1/14/11 (minor-league contract).
  • 3 years/$8.6M (2008-10), plus 2011-12 club options. Signed extension with Pittsburgh 3/16/08, replacing 1 year/$0.435M deal renewed 3/10/08. $0.6M signing bonus. 08:$0.75M, 09:$3M, 10:$4.25M, 11:$6.75M club option, 12:$9.25M club option. Performance bonuses. Optioned to Triple-A 6/25/09. Acquired by Seattle in trade from Pittsburgh 7/29/09 (Pirates pay all but $0.4M of 2009 salary). Recalled 7/31.09.
  • 1 year/$0.408M (2007). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.33M (2006). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.316M (2005). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 2/05. Optioned to Triple-A 3/05. Recalled 6/05. Optioned to Triple-A 8/05. Recalled 9/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 11/03. Recalled 8/04. Optioned Double-A 8/04.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2000 (26-779) (Caesar Rodney HS, Camden, Del.).

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2013-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)This deal just went down in our 12 team mixed keeper league. Team 1 is the commishiner, team 2 a new team. Team 1 Josh Johnson and Ian Kinsler Team 2 David Price, Jorge De La Rosa and Matt Carpenter Fair?
(Dave from Miami)
Not a fantasy guy, but I'm not outraged by either side. Please ask again in one of our fantasy chats, though.

By the way, on things I actually do write, a quick plug for today's article on my favorite names discovered on the rosters of the independent Atlantic League. Ian Snell, Hayden Penn, Vladimir Guerrero, Adam Greenberg and many more.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=20323 (Zachary Levine)
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)I'm assuming you will give us your reaction to the Pirates / Mariners trade in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... now!
(mymrbig from New Orleans)
I like it for both sides. The Mariners stress defense and Jack Wilson is one of the best at his position and is likely amenable to signing a multi-year deal. Ian Snell could become a big winner with a change of scenery. I think Clement could really be a good hitter for the Pirates, especially in a new environment, Cedeno is a decent stop gap at shortstop (or maybe more) and three pitching prospects all have some degree of promise. It's a win-win. (John Perrotto)
2009-04-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Cheerio, I probably have the distinction of being the only Pittsburgh Pirates fan in the UK (began following baseball in 1990.) I thought we'd have to wait until the arrivals of Alvarez and McCutchen to have any hope, but the pitching's been great this year aside from one bad Ian Snell start where he was victimized by Albert Pujols, and the Bucs are already leading their home opener 4-0. Have Maholm and Duke turned the corner? I could see a (barely) winning season with some solid pitching.
(Horace Steenblatter from London, England, UK)
Wow, a Bucs fan in the UK? I suppose I can add it to my now-I've-seen-everything list.

Maholm had a pretty decent 2008 season camouflaged by a low win total (9). If I'm a Pirates fan I'd be happy with a repeat of that. The reports regarding Duke out of spring training said he had tweaked his delivery based upon reviewing video of his rookie season. I'd be optimistic for some improvement there. But with the erratic Snell, as well as Ohlendorf and Karstens at the back of the rotation, i'm afraid .500 is a pipe dream at the moment. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on the post-Littlefield era in Pittsburgh? While I'm encouraged by the lack of bone-headed moves, there hasn't been much tangible progress yet either. Or am I missing things?
(rick from co)
You're not going to see progress in the short term. The talent base isn't there. Andy LaRoche is the guy to watch this year, and Ian Snell as well; are they part of the 2011 team, the one that might get to .500, or not. The championship core is Alvarez, McCutchen, Tabata and the next two #1 picks. Maybe Doumit. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two pitchers that many had pegged for positive growth (if not breakouts) last season, were Ian Snell and Rich Hill. Do you see bounce-backs for either of them in 2009, or is mediocrity all that can be hoped for?
(Joe from Brooklyn)
I think the change of scenery will help Hill. Snell is a hard guy to figure, talented but flighty. He could literally win 18 games this season or wind up in Indianapolis. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hey John, loved getting a chance to hear you on the radio last week. Anyway, have you heard anything from the Pirates FO on Ian Snell's elbow? BTW, speaking of Ramirez, will the Ramirez and Lofton for Bobby Hill, Jose K and Matt Bruback trade go down as the single worst trade in Pirates history.
(cchatham from Pittsburgh)
Thanks. Cchatham is referring to a guest host spot I had on ESPN 1250 in Pittsburgh last week where I had a chance to make a fool of myself for four hours. No word yet on Snell's elbow, though it would be a devestating blow to the Pirates if the injury is serious despite his troubles this season. The have no pitching depth in the minors. As far as the Ramirez trade, that was bad but that is one deal where I give Dave Littlefield at least a bit of a pass because he was under orders to move a big salary immediately. (John Perrotto)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Mets need a good 5th starter. How about El Duque, Mike Pelfrey, Ruben Gotay, Marlon Anderson and Aaron Heilman for Ian Snell?
(Jay from Flushing)
That plus a ton of Famous Amos hot dogs still doesn't get you Snell, I suspect. Remember, it isn't Littlefield who's picking up the phone any more. (Christina Kahrl)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Ian Snell threw 7,173 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2010, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, The World Baseball Classic and Spring Training. In 2010, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Slider (83mph), also mixing in a Sinker (90mph) and Change (85mph). He also rarely threw a Curve (79mph).