Biographical

Portrait of Lou Palmisano

Lou Palmisano DH

Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0
Birth Date9-16-1982
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
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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

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
2003 HEL Rk 47 203 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .446 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BLT A 113 464 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .365 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BRV A+ 118 475 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .289 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 HUN AA 99 393 .268 .251 .327 .369 .253 .280 92 2.6 8.4 5 1.0 -0.2 15.1 1.7 15.1 1.7
2007 HUN AA 103 421 .291 .264 .337 .395 .265 .304 94 15.4 13.4 7.8 0.4 -0.5 32.0 3.3 32.0 3.3
2008 BRV A+ 19 79 .292 .244 .329 .358 .253 .339 94 2.7 2.3 -1.5 0.0 -1.0 2.6 0.3 2.6 0.3
2008 BRR Rk 8 34 .273 .270 .349 .372 .263 .320 96 0.5 1.1 -0.7 0.0 -0.6 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0

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
2003 HEL Rk 203 32 68 13 2 6 43 18 29 13 2 .391 .467 .592 .201 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BLT A 464 59 120 22 3 7 65 43 93 3 2 .293 .372 .413 .120 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BRV A+ 475 47 110 16 7 5 49 34 65 3 1 .255 .316 .359 .104 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 HUN AA 393 39 80 17 1 4 37 48 65 2 0 .241 .333 .334 .093 .268 15.1 1.0 1.7
2007 HUN AA 421 49 90 22 1 11 63 57 80 8 2 .256 .373 .419 .162 .291 32.0 0.4 3.3
2008 BRR Rk 34 4 8 2 1 0 1 5 4 1 0 .276 .382 .414 .138 .273 0.3 0.0 0.0
2008 BRV A+ 79 8 22 2 0 2 8 5 11 0 1 .306 .367 .417 .111 .292 2.6 0.0 0.3

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

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status

Details
  • sent outright to Triple-A 3/22/09 after MIL declined to accept him back as Rule 5
  • signed 2/19/09, 1 year/$0.4M (09)
  • acquired in trade from BAL 12/11/08 Rule5-MIL 12/11/08
  • sent outright to Triple-A 9/10/08 designated for assignment 9/5/08 optioned to Triple-A 3/11/08
  • re-signed 2/21/08, 1 year (08)
  • contract purchased 11/19/07 sent to minor-league camp 3/06 $0.5M signing bonus
  • Broward CC 03 3-69

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
Weighted Mean???????????.000.000.000.0000.0?0.0

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
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 Once considered among the top catching prospects in the minors, Lou Palmisano had already seen his stock fall before he missed most of the season with a knee injury. The Orioles plucked him in the Rule Five draft, then traded him to the Astros, where he has at least a chance to figure into their wide-open catching situation.
2008 A third-round pick in 2003, Palmisano was once considered among the top catching prospects in all of the minors, but his stock plunged with his hitting performance as he rose through the ranks. A torrid start to his repeat appearance at Double-A Huntsville last year (.315/.426/.475 through June) helped restore some hope, though he tailed off badly (.175/.293/.344) the rest of the way. Regarded as the best defensive backstop in the organization, Palmisano has enough secondary offensive skills that he could one day join the International Brotherhood of Backup Catchers.
2005 A third round pick in the 2002 draft, Palmisano made a nice splash during his debut and earned raves for his abilities with the bat in his hands. However, a troubling 2004 season has lowered his stock. He was suspended for 20 games for using a banned substance, though he is adamant that he did not realize it was outlawed. On the field, he didn't perform as hoped, and his defense, never a strong suit, continued to raise concerns. Palmisano will be looking to rebound in 2005 and reclaim his role as catcher of the future. Of officials polled, however, most expect him to spend most of his major league service time at first base, which hampers his prospects.

BP Articles

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  Title Author Date
This article requires BP Premium accessPebble Hunting: What it Means to Have the Best Farm System in BaseballSam Miller2013-02-08
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Central HousekeepingChristina Kahrl2009-01-21
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: The 2008 Rule 5 DraftKevin Goldstein2008-12-11
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: National League RoundupChristina Kahrl2008-09-20
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: NL RoundupChristina Kahrl2008-09-06
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Catching ProspectsNate Silver2008-03-20
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems, NL CentralKevin Goldstein2007-04-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: The Wests, etc.Christina Kahrl2005-03-25


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Rangers really screw up by not trading one of Salty, Ramirez and Teagarden when their values were all high?
(rwinter from Boston)
In the sense that they didn’t trade prospects who flopped, sure. You could say that about every team and every prospect who flopped. Did the Angels err in not trading Brandon Wood when he was a top-10 prospect? In retrospect, of course, but there was no way of knowing that.

The fact that all three of those players flopped in their own ways supports the decision to keep all of them, though, instead of treating them as depth. Catchers have a brutal attrition rate. Baseball America’s top 100 in 2000 included six catchers: Eric Munson, Ben Petrick, Matt LeCroy, Jayson Werth (Orioles), Steve Lomasney, Ryan Christianson. In 2001: Joe Lawrence, Dane Sardinha, Brandon Inge, J.R. House. In 2002: Mauer, Josh Phelps, House, John Buck, Werth (Blue Jays), Victor Martinez. In 2003: Mauer, Martinez, Jeff Mathis, Justin Huber, Buck.

In 2007, when the Rangers had to make this decision, Kevin Goldstein ranked the catchers in the minors. He named 17 players. These are the 17:

Jeff Clement
Bryan Anderson
J.R. Towles
Teagarden
Hank Conger
John Jaso
Ramirez
Nick Hundley
Tony Recker
Jesus Montero
Brett Hayes
Francisco Hernandez
Lou Palmisano
Landon Powell
Shawn Riggans
Jamie Skelton
Brian Jeroloman

Out of those 17, there are basically one and a half every day catchers, maaaaaaybe another one in Hank Conger, and a DH. We thought the Rangers had three catchers, plus Gerald Laird. In fact, they had Gerald Laird.

Also:
2007 Baseball Prospectus Annual: “When Teagarden is behind the dish, he’s one of the top defensive catchers around. If he can stay there, he’s Mickey Tettleton with defensive chops.”
2008 Baseball Prospectus Annual: “If you want to get really dreamy and optimistic, think Mickey Tettleton with Gold Glove-level skills, and you get the picture.”

This is why comps are the best/worst. (Sam Miller)


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