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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .242 4 27 23 12 .246 0.5
Birth Date2-8-1985
Height6' 2"
Weight190 lbs
Age29 years, 8 months, 13 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.22010
-0.52011
2012
-0.32013
0.52014
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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
2007 CHN 22 87 194 177 26 38 9 3 2 59 14 43 0 1 2 20 8 1 .215 .271 .333 .207 -2.8 1.4 -0.1
2008 CHN 23 43 93 83 9 20 2 1 1 27 7 29 2 1 0 10 3 0 .241 .312 .325 .220 -2.0 0.9 -0.1
2009 BAL 24 101 281 252 38 67 10 3 9 110 24 58 0 3 2 29 1 3 .266 .326 .437 .252 5.7 8.0 1.4
2010 BAL 25 82 308 288 39 79 15 5 5 119 13 52 1 3 3 31 5 2 .274 .305 .413 .240 7.2 4.2 1.2
2011 BAL 26 85 175 164 15 36 8 1 0 46 10 32 0 0 1 7 3 2 .220 .264 .280 .204 -6.7 2.3 -0.5
2013 PIT 28 27 31 29 5 4 1 0 0 5 2 13 0 0 0 2 1 2 .138 .194 .172 .167 -2.5 -0.3 -0.3
Career425108299313224445131736670227388992110.246.295.369.228-1.116.51.6

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
2002 BOI A- 2 9 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .143 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LNS A 124 555 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .345 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DAY A+ 105 467 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .386 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 WTN AA 59 262 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 IOW AAA 141 623 .275 .269 .339 .411 .266 .334 97 10.1 17.7 0.8 8.9 1.7 35.3 4.4 35.3 4.4
2007 CHN MLB 87 194 .207 .271 .332 .429 .260 .271 105 -11.4 5.8 0.5 1.4 1.5 -2.8 -0.1 -2.8 -0.1
2007 IOW AAA 55 250 .306 .277 .348 .434 .265 .409 115 12.8 7.6 0.4 0.8 1.6 22.2 2.2 22.2 2.2
2008 CHN MLB 43 93 .220 .267 .339 .434 .270 .352 105 -4 2.7 0.2 0.9 -0.6 -2.0 -0.1 -2.0 -0.1
2008 IOW AAA 85 368 .255 .279 .345 .448 .262 .312 109 -2.3 11.8 1.1 5.0 2.7 13.0 1.7 13.0 1.7
2008 CUB Rk 1 4 .694 .311 .437 .444 .313 .500 98 2 0.1 0 -0.0 0.4 2.6 0.2 2.6 0.2
2009 BAL MLB 101 281 .252 .267 .335 .424 .259 .309 109 -2.5 8.1 -0.4 8.0 0.2 5.7 1.4 5.7 1.4
2010 BAL MLB 82 308 .240 .257 .319 .402 .251 .316 114 -6.2 8.5 -1.7 4.2 3.6 7.2 1.2 7.2 1.2
2010 FRD A+ 3 14 .337 .274 .358 .385 .260 .500 105 1.2 0.4 -0.2 0.0 0.3 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2
2010 BOW AA 6 27 .314 .255 .341 .405 .262 .421 106 1.5 0.8 -0.2 0.6 -0.4 1.1 0.2 1.1 0.2
2010 ORI Rk 2 8 .088 .242 .275 .324 .238 .167 104 -1.4 0.3 -0.2 0.0 -0.3 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2
2011 BAL MLB 85 175 .204 .250 .311 .392 .253 .273 104 -9.7 4.7 -1 2.3 0.1 -6.7 -0.5 -6.7 -0.5
2011 NOR AAA 7 27 .259 .253 .336 .387 .254 .300 91 0 0.8 -0.1 -0.3 1.3 2.8 0.2 2.8 0.2
2011 EST Wnt 42 174 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 GWN AAA 96 365 .274 .251 .320 .383 .247 .313 101 5.6 10.8 -3.5 1.5 0.6 14.6 1.6 14.6 1.6
2012 EST Wnt 42 182 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 PIT MLB 27 31 .167 .254 .315 .392 .254 .250 99 -2.8 0.8 -0.1 -0.3 -0.3 -2.5 -0.3 -2.5 -0.3
2013 IND AAA 105 396 .253 .255 .324 .391 .253 .307 101 -3.2 11.4 -1.2 -1.5 2.4 11.4 1.0 11.4 1.0

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
2002 BOI A- 9 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 .125 .222 .250 .125 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 LNS A 555 72 144 22 9 4 47 41 98 19 13 .285 .344 .388 .103 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DAY A+ 467 79 123 17 9 8 47 38 113 31 16 .299 .359 .442 .143 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 WTN AA 262 41 73 17 5 11 25 16 53 13 9 .304 .351 .554 .250 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 IOW AAA 623 78 158 33 8 15 57 46 126 17 11 .283 .337 .451 .168 .275 35.3 8.9 4.4
2007 CHN MLB 194 26 38 9 3 2 20 14 43 8 1 .215 .271 .333 .119 .207 -2.8 1.4 -0.1
2007 IOW AAA 250 51 83 9 5 9 43 19 40 9 6 .362 .410 .563 .201 .306 22.2 0.8 2.2
2008 CHN MLB 93 9 20 2 1 1 10 7 29 3 0 .241 .312 .325 .084 .220 -2.0 0.9 -0.1
2008 CUB Rk 4 3 2 0 0 1 5 1 0 0 0 .667 .750 1.667 1.000 .694 2.6 -0.0 0.2
2008 IOW AAA 368 57 96 20 5 10 55 23 54 11 7 .287 .333 .466 .179 .255 13.0 5.0 1.7
2009 BAL MLB 281 38 67 10 3 9 29 24 58 1 3 .266 .326 .437 .171 .252 5.7 8.0 1.4
2010 ORI Rk 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .125 .125 .125 .000 .088 -1.6 0.0 -0.2
2010 BOW AA 27 2 8 2 1 0 1 3 4 1 0 .348 .444 .522 .174 .314 1.1 0.6 0.2
2010 BAL MLB 308 39 79 15 5 5 31 13 52 5 2 .274 .305 .413 .139 .240 7.2 4.2 1.2
2010 FRD A+ 14 3 5 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 .417 .500 .417 .000 .337 1.7 0.0 0.2
2011 EST Wnt 174 21 44 9 2 4 21 9 29 5 0 .273 .322 .429 .155 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 BAL MLB 175 15 36 8 1 0 7 10 32 3 2 .220 .264 .280 .061 .204 -6.7 2.3 -0.5
2011 NOR AAA 27 6 6 2 1 0 1 3 4 3 0 .250 .333 .417 .167 .259 2.8 -0.3 0.2
2012 GWN AAA 365 39 95 26 7 6 51 23 46 16 0 .285 .338 .459 .174 .274 14.6 1.5 1.6
2012 EST Wnt 182 24 38 4 0 3 19 25 31 9 2 .253 .362 .340 .087 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 IND AAA 396 53 89 17 4 8 40 37 83 38 9 .251 .325 .390 .138 .253 11.4 -1.5 1.0
2013 PIT MLB 31 5 4 1 0 0 2 2 13 1 2 .138 .194 .172 .034 .167 -2.5 -0.3 -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
2008 336 0.4792 0.5179 0.7586 0.6770 0.3714 0.8257 0.6462 0.2356
2009 981 0.4944 0.4903 0.8378 0.6557 0.3286 0.9182 0.6810 0.1622
2010 1035 0.5034 0.5208 0.8330 0.6929 0.3463 0.9307 0.6348 0.1670
2011 631 0.5119 0.4802 0.8647 0.6440 0.3084 0.9231 0.7368 0.1287
2013 145 0.5172 0.4414 0.8594 0.5867 0.2857 0.8864 0.8000 0.1406
Career31280.50030.49910.83410.66470.3330.91190.67870.1639

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-03-13 2012-03-15 Camp 2 0 - Neck Stiffness - -
2011-09-03 2011-09-06 Minors 3 3 - Not Disclosed - -
2010-07-10 2010-07-16 DTD 6 2 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2010-04-16 2010-07-06 60-DL 81 72 Left Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2010-04-08 2010-04-09 DTD 1 1 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2010-04-07 2010-04-07 DTD 0 0 Left Shoulder Strain -
2010-04-04 2010-04-06 Camp 2 0 Right Ankle Contusion HBP -
2010-03-12 2010-03-21 Camp 9 0 Left Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis -
2009-09-26 2009-10-05 DTD 9 9 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2009-09-12 2009-09-15 DTD 3 3 Back Spasms -
2009-08-29 2009-08-30 DTD 1 1 Thigh Cramp Hamstring -
2009-06-07 2009-06-13 DTD 6 5 Neck Contusion Foul Ball -
2009-05-12 2009-05-12 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness GI -
2008-07-25 2008-07-26 Minors 1 0 Ankle Sprain -
2008-06-22 2008-07-01 Minors 9 0 Left Hand Sprain -
2008-03-10 2008-03-16 Camp 6 0 Groin Surgery Testicular Torsion 2008-03-10
2005-07-14 - Minors - - Right Ankle Sprain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 PIT $
2012 CLE $
2011 BAL $985,000
2010 BAL $420,000
2009 BAL $410,000
2008 CHN $401,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$2,216,500
4 yrTotal$2,216,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 28 dAlan Nero1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 11/13/12 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Pittsburgh 8/21/13. Sent outright to Triple-A by Pittsburgh 11/1/13 (refused assignment).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 12/16/11 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.7M in majors. May earn $0.3M in performance bonuses. Released by Cleveland 4/4/12. Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 5/11/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.985M (2011). Re-signed 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration). DFA by Baltimore 8/23/11. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/25/11.
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2010). Re-signed by Baltimore 3/9/10.
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2009). Acquired in trade from Chicago Cubs 1/18/09. Signed by Baltimore 3/8/09
  • 1 year/$0.4015M (2008). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/08. Optioned to Triple-A 5/14/08. Recalled 9/9/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/07. Optioned to Triple-A 3/07. Recalled 4/07. Optioned to Triple-A 5/10/07. Recalled 6/3/07. Optioned to Triple-A 7/13/07. Recalled 8/8/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 11/05.
  • Signed by Chicago Cubs 2001 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

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
90o 512 65 131 26 5 9 50 37 97 30 7 .283 .338 .422 .283 25.1 LF 4, CF -2 3.1
80o 491 60 120 24 5 8 46 34 95 27 6 .269 .322 .400 .270 17.6 LF 4, CF -2 2.2
70o 475 56 113 22 5 8 43 32 93 25 6 .258 .310 .384 .260 12.5 LF 3, CF -2 1.7
60o 462 53 105 21 4 7 41 30 92 24 6 .249 .300 .371 .252 8.4 LF 3, CF -2 1.2
50o 450 51 100 20 4 7 39 28 91 22 5 .241 .291 .358 .244 4.8 LF 3, CF -2 0.8
40o 438 48 94 18 4 7 37 27 90 21 5 .233 .281 .346 .236 1.3 LF 3, CF -2 0.4
30o 425 45 88 17 4 6 35 25 88 20 5 .224 .271 .333 .228 -2.1 LF 3, CF -2 0.1
20o 409 42 81 16 3 6 32 23 86 18 4 .213 .260 .317 .218 -6.0 LF 3, CF -1 -0.4
10o 388 38 72 14 3 5 29 20 84 16 4 .199 .244 .296 .204 -10.8 LF 3, CF -1 -0.9
Weighted Mean456521022047402992236.245.295.364.2476.4LF 3, CF -21.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 25% 15% 29% 75%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201530250255092422185712.219.279.326.223-0.5-6.60.7-0.514.9-21.71.6
2016314304591183741359020.235.299.355.2420.74.11.1-1.014.9-11.02.7
201732634631312559574313827.226.283.334.228-0.0-4.31.2-1.614.9-18.84.0
20183346245921737413210118.218.275.323.223-0.5-7.90.7-1.314.9-22.22.9
201934605581172148514213822.212.270.309.216-1.0-12.80.3-1.914.9-26.23.8
202035625611242359554414520.217.274.323.222-0.7-10.4-0.3-2.114.9-22.93.9
202136631601232349534214018.212.268.309.215-1.2-15.0-0.9-2.314.9-26.73.9
202237640611222249544515016.209.268.308.214-1.3-16.1-1.4-2.514.9-27.14.0
202338626581162147494514614.202.263.289.208-1.8-20.6-1.7-2.714.9-31.23.9

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
6.13.47.67.60.20.425

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 89 Mitch Maier 2011 .242
2 87 Eugenio Velez 2011 .039
3 85 Trevor Crowe 2013 .225
4 83 Marlon Byrd 2007 .284
5 83 Matt Kata 2007 .218
6 83 Cory Sullivan 2009 .260
7 82 Roger Bernadina 2013 .196
8 82 Skip Schumaker 2009 .279
9 82 Dewayne Wise 2007 .353
10 82 Jason Repko 2010 .236
11 82 Eric Patterson 2012 .000 DNP
12 81 Charles Thomas 2008 .000 DNP
13 80 Rajai Davis 2010 .251
14 80 Alejandro De Aza 2013 .266
15 80 Brian Bogusevic 2013 .277
16 80 Travis Buck 2013 .000 DNP
17 80 Luis Matos 2008 .000 DNP
18 80 Adam Rosales 2012 .234
19 79 Hector Luna 2009 .000 DNP
20 79 Delwyn Young 2011 .000 DNP
21 78 Ryan Spilborghs 2009 .242
22 78 Chone Figgins 2007 .289
23 78 Greg Dobbs 2008 .287
24 78 Joe Borchard 2008 .000 DNP
25 78 Lance Niekro 2008 .000 DNP
26 77 Craig Gentry 2013 .293
27 77 Matt Tolbert 2011 .189
28 77 Jeremy Reed 2010 .191
29 77 Matt Downs 2013 .000 DNP
30 77 Brett Carroll 2012 -.001
31 77 Lou Montanez 2011 .213
32 76 Luis Terrero 2009 .000 DNP
33 76 Chris Burke 2009 .212
34 76 Angel Pagan 2011 .263
35 76 Joe Mather 2012 .211
36 76 John Mayberry 2013 .252
37 76 Chris Dickerson 2011 .262
38 76 Josh Bard 2007 .276
39 76 Larry Bigbie 2007 .000 DNP
40 75 John Baker 2010 .222
41 75 Luis Rivas 2009 .000 DNP
42 75 Mike Fontenot 2009 .244
43 75 Aaron Rowand 2007 .292
44 75 Franklin Gutierrez 2012 .273
45 75 Mike Aviles 2010 .252
46 75 Nyjer Morgan 2010 .244
47 75 Willie Harris 2007 .261
48 75 Nick Green 2008 .000 DNP
49 75 Clete Thomas 2013 .228
50 74 Jason Pridie 2013 .160
51 74 Rob Johnson 2012 .206
52 74 Jorge Piedra 2008 .000 DNP
53 74 Alfredo Amezaga 2007 .242
54 74 Jeff Salazar 2010 .000 DNP
55 74 David Murphy 2011 .250
56 74 Chris Aguila 2008 .160
57 74 Chris Duffy 2009 .144
58 74 Jeremy Hermida 2013 .000 DNP
59 74 Freddy Sanchez 2007 .268
60 74 Tim Raines 2009 .000 DNP
61 74 Robert Andino 2013 .186
62 74 John Rodriguez 2007 .000 DNP
63 74 Elliot Johnson 2013 .208
64 74 Jackie Brandt 1963 .260
65 74 Amos Otis 1976 .284
66 74 Nick Stavinoha 2011 .000 DNP
67 74 Russ Adams 2010 .000 DNP
68 74 Gus Bell 1958 .247
69 74 Josh Wilson 2010 .222
70 74 Travis Ishikawa 2013 .107
71 73 Brent Lillibridge 2013 .109
72 73 Andres Blanco 2013 .000 DNP
73 73 Ryan Langerhans 2009 .250
74 73 Josh Rabe 2008 .000 DNP
75 73 Brett Hayes 2013 .313
76 73 Chris Denorfia 2010 .299
77 73 Vada Pinson 1968 .273
78 73 Bernie Williams 1998 .340
79 73 Fred Lewis 2010 .254
80 73 Scott Thorman 2011 .000 DNP
81 73 Mike Rabelo 2009 .000 DNP
82 73 Matt Diaz 2007 .287
83 73 Josh Kroeger 2012 .000 DNP
84 73 Brian Buscher 2010 .000 DNP
85 73 Nate Schierholtz 2013 .274
86 73 Chris Gimenez 2012 .226
87 73 Jayson Nix 2012 .240
88 73 Tommy Murphy 2009 .000 DNP
89 73 John Gall 2007 .063
90 73 Coco Crisp 2009 .241
91 73 Kevin Mench 2007 .262
92 73 Clint Barmes 2008 .258
93 73 Adam Moore 2013 .282
94 73 Jason Jaramillo 2012 .000 DNP
95 72 Irv Noren 1954 .318
96 72 Casey McGehee 2012 .242
97 72 Ben Francisco 2011 .270
98 72 Gabe Gross 2009 .240
99 72 Daryl Boston 1992 .283
100 72 Tony Gonzalez 1966 .287

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .136 .185 .217 .182
11 vs R (Multi) .239 .284 .333 .224
18 Split (Multi) .103 .099 .116 .043
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .000 .000 .000 .122
31 vs R (2013) .167 .231 .208 .178
38 Split (2013) .167 .231 .208 .055
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

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 Journeyman outfielder Felix Pie failed to make a big-league appearance for the first time since 2006.
2012 Once considered one of the top prospects in the game, Pie is now considered little more than organizational depth. He received some playing time in left field for the O's in 2011 when Luke Scott was injured, but failed again, triple-slashing .220/.264/.280. Designated for assignment at the end of August to give younger September call-ups a look, Pie inked a minor league deal with the Tribe this winter with an opt-out clause if he doesn't break camp with the team. To his credit, he has always managed to hit at Triple-A (.299/.353/.477 across parts of four seasons), and his speed is still a plus tool (his best). He'll be just 27 this year, so all hope is not lost, but Pie is running out of time to adjust to major league pitching.
2011 Like Patterson, Pie makes up half of Baltimore's bookend set of failed Cubs outfielders. Well positioned to grab the starting left-field job based on his strong 2009 finish, he was almost instantly sidelined by a severe shoulder injury, and disappeared for the next two and a half months. Pie returned in early July and hit .265/.293/.396 the rest of the way. A hitting coach is limited by the talent he is given, but one of the biggest indictments of deposed instructor Terry Crowley is that he had so many young hitters—including Bell, Jones, and Pie—who not only refused to draw ball four, but went backward from 2009. Pie’s post-injury walk rate would have been the fourth-lowest in the league, had he qualified. Though a fine defensive outfielder, Pie is now in his arbitration years and far removed from his days as a hot prospect. In a deeper organization he would have already been consigned to fourth-outfielder purgatory.
2010 Pie (acquired in a January trade for Garrett Olson) left spring as the Orioles' primary left fielder, but quickly played himself out of a job. Once Nolan Reimold was called up and produced, Pie became almost forgotten, collecting just 70 at-bats over three months from May through July, but he came on strong after Jones got hurt in August. There's still talent here, which is why his name comes up in trade rumors as somebody's center fielder of the immediate future, but his is a mixed bag of gifts: Pie has great speed, yet he's a lousy baserunner, he still can't hit lefties with an M1 Abrams battle tank, and he is almost mystically anti-charismatic, so uninspiring to his managers that they happily forget he exists.
2009 Initially given an opportunity to share the job in center, Pie never ended up inspiring confidence in his manager, who instead got carried away with Reed Johnson. The tools that made Pie the favorite flavor of 2006 on prospect lists are all still there, but that's part of the problem—he hasn't really made progress. Dangled in almost every rumored deal this winter, if he's still a Cub in March and can't beat out Fukudome and/or Gathright, it's an open question if he's going to fulfill the expectations people had for him.
2008 Piniella tends to ride the hot hand, or bury the cold one on the bench for days at a time, and that put Pie under a great deal of pressure to perform last year lest he be shipped back on the next flight to Des Moines. This may have been optimal from the standpoint of steering the Cubs into the playoffs, but it probably wasn't optimal for Pie's development, and it helps to explain the big split in his major and minor league numbers. There's still a ton of upside here in the form of an exciting, throwback player-nearly all of Pie's PECOTA comps date from the 1960s through 1980s-who can win a baseball game in a number of different ways. As of this writing, Pie is the favorite to win the Cubs' center field job. It wouldn't kill the Cubs to sit him from time to time against tough lefties, but they need to make a commitment him as a big-league regular.
2007 Pie is statistically similar to Corey Patterson, which is not something Cub fans are going to want to hear. Both came from the minors with good power and speed (though Patterson was better in both departments) and poor strike-zone judgment. Corey`s stats translated to a 118/36 K/BB ratio through age 21, Pie is at 129/40. Unlike Patterson, however, Pie has shown a remarkable ability to get hits in spite of the strikeouts, causing scouts to praise his `bad-ball` contact ability. Pie still has ample room to fill out and get stronger, but, like Murton, he has a groundball-oriented swing that suppresses his power. He needs more polish with his base-stealing technique, something he can work on in Iowa to start the season, but he`s already a plus center fielder.
2006 Creepy, as far as his top comp, isn`t it? Pie is all raw potential. Although he has tremendous speed, he has no real instinct for basestealing, and he`s still learning the best routes to take in center. He could have excellent power, but he`s still learning how to use his hands. The results hint that he`s a quick study, but any talk of having him start `06 in Wrigley was far too ambitious. He needs all the time he can get in the minors after a bone bruise on his ankle abruptly ended his `05 campaign. Happily, he`ll get that time now that Juan Pierre is a Cub, but like lunch in Twin Peaks, the future belongs to Pie.
2005 A strange prospect. Pie is ridiculously fast, is developing his strength, and already plays a major league-caliber center field. He also strikes out a ton, runs his team out of rallies on the basepaths, and tends to slap at the ball rather than loft it. He's extremely young for his level, and so he has time to correct those things, but it's going to take some time, and the most likely scenario is that he eventually makes the show as a miscast leadoff hitter, hitting .290/.325/.440 with about 18 triples and 17 times caught stealing.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Every time I've watched Gregory Polanco play, I can't help but see a young Felix Pie. Polanco seems to have a similar build and Tool set to PIe when he was a prospect. Am I wrong? I hope so...
(Bill from Florida)
I think Polanco has a better feel for the game than Pie did, and this coming from someone that was slow to come on Polanco in 2012. When I saw him at the end of 2012, he surprised with his feel for the game, how well he took to instruction and how well he adjusted to what pitchers were doing against him. Those are not necessarily things Pie did well. That gives Polanco an extreme edge in avoding the same fate as Pie. I'm a believer in Polanco being an impact big leaguer. (Mark Anderson)
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Who should win the Indians LF carousel? Who has the best chance to stick?
(SaberTJ from Cleveland, OH)
My unofficial survey of who is fighting for the job: Shelley Duncan, Aaron Cunningham, Ryan Spilborghs, Felix Pie, Fred Lewis, and Russ Canzler.

I cannot envision Canzler playing a tolerable corner outfield, so I’ll say not him. Same result with Pie for different reasons. From there, you have Lewis and three righty bats, but Duncan and Cunningham are both out of options. So I guess the Indians might keep those two and store Lewis and Spilborghs in Triple-A for depth. I might opt for a platoon between Lewis and whichever of the two righties you’re higher on. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Marc, 2 Scoresheet keeper league questions. Team 1: Protect Tim Hudson or Sean Marshall? Team 2: Pick one from among Vernon Wells, Travis Snider, Adam Lind and Felix Pie. Thanks for the chat!
(rrydelek from Maryland)
You might want to ask Rob McQuown for help on this one. I'm still just learning Scoresheet and I expect to get destroyed this year. Rob knows what he's doing. (Marc Normandin)
2010-08-17 14:45:00 (link to chat)Felix Pie's best season will come in which year?
(Jeff from Topanga)
Well, no matter how one feels about when the peak of a player occurs, Pie's best season SHOULD come in the next couple of years, but then what do you expect of him? He isn't an Angel Pagan type who will flirt with .300, reach base aplenty and rack up a good number of extra base hits. Pie seems like a decent defender who will max out at around .280/.330/.450. So let's say he finishes around that in 2012... assuming the world doesn't end. (Eric Seidman)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does once highly-touted prospect Felix Pie breakout if given enough playing time? His second half of last year and spring training of this year seem to be promising.
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
Big, big fan. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)If you were the Orioles, would you be shopping Felix Pie, or would you hold onto him as a fourth outfielder?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
It can't hurt to shop him, but it might be better to get him some PAs as a fourth outfielder first to build his value a little more. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Orioles are unwilling to trade Felix Pie straight up for Alberto Callaspo (and then convert him to third base). It sounds like a decent idea to me, but then again I don't have a transaction blog. Any thoughts?
(Christopher from Nashville)
I like the idea, but nosing around the market to see if you can get more than that isn't a bad idea, and Callaspo's had some past problems. The pity is that the Royals don't have much to throw in besides arms, and the Orioles already have those, and better besides. But it would be a nice fix for KC, to have Pie in center. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Padres seem interested in Reed Johnson, and I can't for the life of me figure out why. It seems to me that they should be making serious inquiries on Felix Pie. Would a guy like Correia - just resigned to a reasonable deal for a fourth starter - be enough to get Pie? Too much?
(dcoonce from bloomington indiana)
Pie would be cool, but the last thing the Orioles need is a veteran fourth starter. They already have Jeremy Guthrie, and he might be squeezed out of that rotation by 2011. Reed Johnson's sort of like baseball's answer to apple pie: everybody's supposed to love him. It doesn't matter if you prefer key lime or I preferred pecan (when I could eat pie), everyone's supposed to like the scrappy white guy whose speed is a function of how much sox he shows. No, I don't get it either. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Has Felix Pie built a case for playing every day, obviously not over Jones, but maybe somewhere else? Seems to be good trade bait for the O's, and lots of teams could use a CF.
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
If I were the Orioles I'd go into next season with a Pie/Reimold platoon, since I'm not sure either is an everyday guy, and that would give me coverage for injuries. My other choice would be trade Reimold for middle-infield help, as I think he's been a bit above his head. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Adam Jones' sprained ankle a blessing in disguise? Will Felix Pie take advantage of his big chance? If so, will the Orioles be able to flip this bona fide everyday center fielder for two infield prospects and a bullpen arm? Or will the musical chairs platoon system continue through next year? (Not such a bad thing)
(Christopher from Nashville)
I'm glad to see Pie establish himself somewhat more than most, but he's not going to bring back that kind of package. Given Jones has gotten banged up in consecutive seasons, and that there's the DH slot available to rotate everyone through, it seems to me the Orioles would do well to hang on to Pie until they get an offer worth considering. They need a shortstop, but they won't get a worthwhile upgrade for just Pie. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-09-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Felix Pie has been on fire lately. He was once highly regarded. Has he figured it out and ready to be a significant asset?
(Jay from Madison)
.270/.332/.466 is a nice line. Not OMG he's awesome, but definitely useable. He's only 24 and his plate discipline data is trending nicely, so he could be real, but if the Orioles are planning on platooning him, perhaps they can extract a great return in a deal for him. (Eric Seidman)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Felix Pie a valuable fifth outfielder?
(Gunpuddy from Nashville)
Isn't that by definition an oxymoron? (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)It seems like the Orioles have been pitching-prospect heavy for years, but nothing ever comes of it. This year there's Troy Patton, Jake Arrieta, and Chris Tillman. Is there any reason for hope or do we have to wait for 2010 and Brian Matusz?
(Gunpuddy from Nashville, TN)
There's every reason for hope. Even if we set aside Matt Wieters--which we shouldn't--this should be the most interesting Orioles team in years. Adam Jones, Felix Pie, a real shortstop... that's going to be a good defensive team. The pitching should be a bit better to boot, although I guess the really interesting question isn't whether or not they have talent, it's whether or not Dave Trembley's the skipper who can sort it out and use it to good effect. Lurching from one in-season replacement to the next is no way to operate, but Trembley's track record hasn't moved in any particular direction, and on a team that needs to be serious about how it creates situations for its young pitching to succeed, we're going to have to see something here and now. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-01-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Seattle's off-season?
(R.J. from Beyond The Boxscore)
They turned a lot of nothing into even more somethings, which is the kind of thing Seattle needed to do. They aren't going to win in 2009, so loading up on inexpensive potential at a variety of positions was a good plan by their new G.M. I like him so far.

That last deal with Hendry...I don't know what Chicago was thinking. They essentially just dealt Felix Pie and Ronny Cedeno for a meh reliever that doesn't have the pitches to start, despise his constant need to do so. (Marc Normandin)
2009-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's better Felix Pie or Elijah Dukes this year??
(Hawkeye from Grafton, ND)
Sticking with the Pie-man theme... amid his injuries, Dukes certainly showed he could hit major league pitching last year, and in a tough offensive environment. He gets the nod for the moment. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-12-04 13:30:00 (link to chat)If Baltimore nabs Felix Pie is he getting more AB's than he would in Chi town? Is the Balt OF Scott/Pie, Jones, Markakis or do Pie and Jones share CF???
(Hawkeye from ND)
Acquiring Pie doesn't make sense given that they have Jones, because Jones > Pie in CF, and Pie's bat won't carry left field. I'm not sure there's any match here any longer.
Adam Jones doesn't have to share anything. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Cubs are rumored to be the front runners for Peavy. You mentioned it should take 3 top 100 prospects to get him, do the Cubs even have one outside of Vitters? I don't see how they take Felix Pie, Sean Marshall and Ronny Cedeno for Peavy, do you?
(Parker from Chicago)
No. The Cubs would have to include Vitters. Would Vitters, Pie and an arm do it? The Padres really need a center fielder. Would the Cubs even trade Vitters? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)Hi, Will. We met at your birthday pizza feed in NYC. I owe you an email pursuant to lots of things we talked about there, but first, a Cubs trade question: Do you hear anything about the Cubs wanting to do any roster tweaking at the deadline?
(Dave from Delaware)
I think I remember you. Lots of fuzzy memories. Cubs are hoping to deal from strength -- Scott Eyre is one of those "Plan B" names out there for some pens -- and Felix Pie is drawing some interest. Nothing big, but a tweak? Wouldn't surprise me. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)Cubs get: Reid Brignac Rays get: Felix Pie, Scott Eyre
(Archie from Oklahoma)
No. Brignac isn't "ready" and the Cubs are win now. Pie just isn't the right fit for the Rays. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)What are the trade values for Rich Hill and Felix Pie and should/would the Cubs move them?
(theguag from Louisville)
Their trade values have been crushed by the organization. They shouldn't trade them, they should play them. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-05-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Center field for the Cubs has been a big blank all season. Who should fill it?
(Stephen from Louisville)
Felix Pie, whose handling is a black mark on the stellar career of Lou Piniella. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)I get mad every time I see the Corey Patterson/Felix Pie comparison. There is no comparison am I right ? Pie has performed much better in the high minors than Patterson ever did. Looking back it's hard to see why people thought Patterson would succeed other than scouting reports. Or am I smoking crack ?
(tbwhite from San Diego)
Patterson was Pie's #1 PECOTA comparable last season. (Nate Silver)
2008-03-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is it ever a good idea to just pack it in from day 1 and start building for next year? In my (very competitive) NL-only standard 5x5 keeper, I had a terrible, terrible auction. I had a full $30 leftover, my best starting pitcher is probably Shawn Hill, my only hitters of note are D. Lee, Zimmerman, and Franceour, and 4 of my 6 outfield+util spots are guys who probably won't start (Rajai Davis, Nyjer Morgan, Felix Pie, and Elijah Dukes). Oh, and the closest thing I have to a closer is either Bob Howry or Tony Pena. If you were me, would you take up the challenge of trying to compete this year through trades and fa, or just shoot for '09?
(Ameer from Bloomington, IN)
Ameer,

I could never pack it in on the first day or first half in a season. One time I got done in by dial up in a crappy hotel room in Florida for a draft. Honestly part of the fun was digging my way out of the mess the auto pick dealt me. Give it the first half and embrace the challenge. After the first half is over then evaluate and decide if it's time to look to 09'. (Mike Siano)
2008-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much of an upgrade would Brian Roberts be for the Cubs over DeRosa at 2B. Obviously, he'll give you more steals, but their other numbers from 2007 look quite similar. Along the same lines, it appears the Cubs aren't sold on Felix Pie being their starting center fielder, as they seem to be putting out feelers on players like Coco Crisp. Should they be looking for a center fielder?
(sinfonian11 from Champaign, IL)
I was boarding a plane the other day when I heard, of all things, a Cub fan belittling Felix Pie's offense. Which means absolutely nothing, of course, since Freddy the Frequent Flier from Elgin is not responsible for setting the team's lineup. But it does go to show you how these sorts of memes tend to flow from the team brass on through the media and into the perceptions of ordinary fans. Pie got all of 194 plate appearances in the major leagues last year, and much of that time came in crappy situations where he was being shuffled into and out of the lineup and had to press for at-bats. He's hit like gangbusters on the other hand over nearly 900 plate appearances at Iowa the past two seasons. It would be a shame if the Cubs' misunderstanding of small sample sizes got in the way of Pie's development. (Nate Silver)
2008-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mike Murphy was lamenting today on the radio (WSCR) that the Cubs can't start the season with Felix Pie in CF, that he "just ain't ready," and that he has a huge, looping swing that will prevent him from making consistent contact. Buying or selling this one??
(JWR from IL)
Miss a little, miss a lot. I think Pie is their best option, and I think his PECOTA 50th percentile line of 286/339/469 is not out of the realm of possibilities.

He's certainly a better player than Sam Fuld, who might be a more popular player for his gritty, gutsy style, but can't match Pie's upside. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-01-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Felix Pie fit with your list of outfield prospects above? It seems to be a wide spectrum when it comes to predicting his future.
(Stephen from Louisville, KY)
I don't think it's fair to put Pie in comparison with those guys, but I do still believe in him. He's a very good defensive outfielder, and he's going to hit. He'll be frustratingly inconsistent, I'd bet, but that doesn't mean that he's not a better option than anyone else the Cubs have. (Bryan Smith)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)In my strat league, I have Felix Pie and Carlos Quentin in reserve. Looking long term, if you had to move one of these 2, who would it be?
(Strat Weenie Lou from Cape Cod)
Quentin, even if he's going to have the benefit of hitting to that short corner in left in the Cell. Just as in real life, it's always better to have a piece of Pie. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesNot messing around at ALL, Torre brings in Broxton in an attempt to end this mess.

I had no idea that Felix Pie was on the post-season roster. (Kevin Goldstein)
 

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