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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 27)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
3 .228 0 0 0 0 .229 0.0
Birth Date9-4-1986
Height6' 1"
Weight205 lbs
Age28 years, 1 months, 19 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2010
0.62011
-0.22012
0.62013
0.12014
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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
2009 ATL 22 50 195 167 18 34 8 0 2 48 27 63 0 1 0 8 2 1 .204 .313 .287 .218 -0.5 1.8 0.1
2011 ATL 24 52 219 196 32 47 6 3 1 62 18 42 1 0 4 7 15 4 .240 .307 .316 .241 2.8 0.2 0.3
2011 HOU 24 30 118 106 14 26 4 0 1 33 10 28 1 1 0 6 7 0 .245 .314 .311 .234 2.0 0.5 0.3
2012 HOU 25 106 360 313 40 66 10 2 4 92 36 106 3 1 6 23 27 9 .211 .297 .294 .227 2.2 -3.7 -0.2
2013 ATL 26 94 265 231 32 57 8 3 3 80 29 73 0 0 5 21 22 6 .247 .331 .346 .251 3.7 1.4 0.6
2014 ATL 27 63 93 80 9 13 4 0 0 17 10 20 0 0 3 2 15 2 .162 .256 .213 .193 -2.0 0.5 -0.2
2014 MIN 27 41 147 130 17 37 5 1 1 47 12 28 0 0 5 13 15 5 .285 .345 .362 .264 2.7 -0.5 0.2
Career436139712231622804591237914236053238010327.229.311.310.23510.90.21.2

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
2006 ROM A 114 422 .233 .261 .336 .383 .264 .293 99 -9.6 9.8 0.8 -2.2 -0.4 1.9 -0.0 1.9 -0.0
2007 ROM A 30 145 .349 .267 .332 .406 .260 .462 108 14.2 4.4 0.4 -6.7 -1.4 19.2 1.3 19.2 1.3
2007 MYR A+ 106 481 .292 .266 .339 .395 .258 .353 98 18 15.0 0.8 -2.6 1.5 38.1 3.4 38.1 3.4
2008 MIS AA 84 349 .290 .263 .341 .393 .252 .352 103 12.7 11.4 0.9 -8.0 0.0 25.2 1.7 25.2 1.7
2009 ATL MLB 50 195 .218 .264 .333 .427 .268 .311 96 -8.7 5.6 0.5 1.8 0.2 -0.5 0.1 -0.5 0.1
2009 GWN AAA 9 38 .230 .273 .332 .397 .247 .261 108 -1.3 1.1 0.1 1.2 -0.5 -0.5 0.1 -0.5 0.1
2010 ROM A 6 26 .289 .275 .351 .415 .281 .353 93 0.8 0.8 0.1 -0.0 -0.1 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2010 MIS AA 18 72 .226 .277 .351 .412 .276 .216 94 -2.7 2.1 -0.3 -0.0 0.1 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2010 GWN AAA 52 209 .192 .258 .325 .397 .247 .253 102 -16.3 6.4 0.3 4.7 -2.3 -12.1 -0.7 -12.1 -0.7
2011 ATL MLB 52 219 .241 .256 .318 .403 .261 .301 97 -4.2 5.9 0.5 0.2 1.4 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
2011 HOU MLB 30 118 .234 .261 .319 .411 .262 .321 102 -3 3.2 0.3 0.5 2.2 2.0 0.3 2.0 0.3
2011 GWN AAA 42 186 .234 .261 .330 .412 .258 .297 95 -5.8 5.8 0.1 3.7 0.0 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.4
2011 OKL AAA 5 22 .388 .294 .360 .467 .265 .667 96 3.3 0.7 0.1 -0.6 0.1 4.1 0.3 4.1 0.3
2012 HOU MLB 106 360 .227 .257 .320 .407 .262 .304 101 -11.8 9.8 0.9 -3.7 4.2 2.2 -0.2 2.2 -0.2
2012 OKL AAA 4 15 .224 .270 .332 .425 .261 .167 95 -0.6 0.4 0 -0.2 0.7 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2012 AST Rk 1 2 .364 .318 .358 .449 .320 .500 95 0.2 0.1 0 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2013 ATL MLB 94 265 .251 .253 .318 .394 .260 .348 101 -2.3 7.0 -0.9 1.4 1.4 3.7 0.6 3.7 0.6
2013 GWN AAA 8 33 .056 .251 .320 .373 .242 .071 103 -6.2 0.8 -0.1 0.1 0.0 -5.1 -0.5 -5.1 -0.5
2014 ATL MLB 63 93 .193 .253 .309 .391 .258 .217 99 -5.8 2.4 -0.1 0.5 1.9 -2.0 -0.2 -2.0 -0.2
2014 MIN MLB 41 147 .264 .254 .315 .389 .261 .356 108 0.5 3.8 -0.7 -0.5 -0.5 2.7 0.2 2.7 0.2

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
2006 ROM A 422 49 93 15 7 8 60 28 95 15 9 .240 .289 .376 .137 .233 1.9 -2.2 -0.0
2007 ROM A 145 16 48 15 2 5 20 16 31 4 4 .372 .441 .636 .264 .349 19.2 -6.7 1.3
2007 MYR A+ 481 70 128 34 8 10 43 40 95 19 11 .294 .352 .477 .183 .292 38.1 -2.6 3.4
2008 MIS AA 349 46 80 18 6 10 51 49 88 12 5 .269 .378 .471 .202 .290 25.2 -8.0 1.7
2009 GWN AAA 38 6 8 0 0 2 3 2 10 3 1 .229 .270 .400 .171 .230 -0.5 1.2 0.1
2009 ATL MLB 195 18 34 8 0 2 8 27 63 2 1 .204 .313 .287 .084 .218 -0.5 1.8 0.1
2010 GWN AAA 209 16 38 5 1 1 8 14 47 9 8 .201 .250 .254 .053 .192 -12.1 4.7 -0.7
2010 ROM A 26 4 6 2 0 0 1 4 5 2 1 .273 .385 .364 .091 .289 1.9 -0.0 0.2
2010 MIS AA 72 7 11 3 0 0 5 8 12 1 1 .175 .268 .222 .048 .226 1.5 -0.0 0.1
2011 GWN AAA 186 21 42 8 0 1 21 14 28 6 3 .256 .309 .323 .067 .234 0.3 3.7 0.4
2011 OKL AAA 22 4 10 2 0 0 3 2 5 3 1 .500 .545 .600 .100 .388 4.1 -0.6 0.3
2011 ATL MLB 219 32 47 6 3 1 7 18 42 15 4 .240 .307 .316 .077 .241 2.8 0.2 0.3
2011 HOU MLB 118 14 26 4 0 1 6 10 28 7 0 .245 .314 .311 .066 .234 2.0 0.5 0.3
2012 AST Rk 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .000 .364 0.4 0.0 0.0
2012 HOU MLB 360 40 66 10 2 4 23 36 106 27 9 .211 .297 .294 .083 .227 2.2 -3.7 -0.2
2012 OKL AAA 15 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 .154 .267 .154 .000 .224 0.5 -0.2 0.0
2013 GWN AAA 33 0 2 2 0 0 2 1 4 0 0 .062 .091 .125 .062 .056 -5.1 0.1 -0.5
2013 ATL MLB 265 32 57 8 3 3 21 29 73 22 6 .247 .331 .346 .100 .251 3.7 1.4 0.6
2014 ATL MLB 93 9 13 4 0 0 2 10 20 15 2 .163 .256 .212 .050 .193 -2.0 0.5 -0.2
2014 MIN MLB 147 17 37 5 1 1 13 12 28 15 5 .285 .345 .362 .077 .264 2.7 -0.5 0.2

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
2009 763 0.4653 0.4941 0.6552 0.7211 0.2966 0.7148 0.5289 0.3448
2011 1320 0.5045 0.4670 0.8198 0.6306 0.2997 0.8786 0.6939 0.1721
2012 1424 0.5119 0.4501 0.7426 0.6077 0.2849 0.8081 0.5960 0.2449
2013 1105 0.4824 0.4489 0.7238 0.6079 0.3007 0.7469 0.6802 0.2641
2014 831 0.5187 0.5427 0.7605 0.7332 0.3375 0.8196 0.6222 0.2328
Career54430.49860.47430.7480.64840.30140.80140.63140.2433

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-24 2014-09-29 DTD 5 5 Left Elbow Nerve Injury Bothered for Over 1 Week -
2014-09-06 2014-09-09 DTD 3 2 - Trunk Contusion Ribcage -
2014-04-20 2014-04-20 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Laceration Middle Finger - -
2013-09-03 2013-09-03 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Strain - -
2013-07-04 2013-08-09 15-DL 36 31 Right Ankle Stress Fracture Foul Ball - -
2013-06-27 2013-07-02 DTD 5 3 Right Ankle Contusion Foul Ball - -
2012-09-10 2012-09-10 DTD 0 0 Left Shoulder Soreness Diving Catch -
2012-08-07 2012-09-01 15-DL 25 22 Left Shoulder Separation AC Joint - -
2012-06-09 2012-06-12 DTD 3 2 - General Medical Illness Conjunctivitis - -
2012-06-05 2012-06-07 DTD 2 2 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-05-23 2012-05-26 DTD 3 2 Right Surgery Removed Part of Toenail Big Toe 2012-05-23 -
2012-05-20 2012-05-22 DTD 2 2 Right Ankle Sprain - -
2012-05-01 2012-05-02 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Soreness - -
2012-04-30 2012-04-30 DTD 0 0 Left Abdomen Soreness Oblique - -
2012-04-23 2012-04-23 DTD 0 0 Right Lower Leg Contusion Calf Foul Ball - -
2012-04-17 2012-04-17 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-03-18 2012-04-04 Camp 17 0 Left Wrist Sprain Diving Catch - -
2011-07-31 2011-08-22 TradedDL 22 20 Left Fingers Recovery From Fracture Chip Fracture Middle Finger - -
2011-07-27 2011-07-31 15-DL 4 4 Left Fingers Fracture Chip Fracture Middle Finger - -
2011-07-23 2011-07-25 DTD 2 2 Left Fingers Fracture Chip Fracture Middle Finger - -
2011-06-04 2011-06-05 DTD 1 1 Face Fracture Sinus Cavity From Batted Ball -
2011-03-04 2011-03-05 Camp 1 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2010-08-19 2010-09-08 Minors 20 0 Not Disclosed -
2010-08-02 2010-08-09 Minors 7 0 Left Hand Inflammation -
2010-03-26 2010-05-17 15-DL 52 37 Left Wrist Continued Recovery From Surgery Bone Spurs 2009-09-05
2010-02-23 2010-03-26 Camp 31 0 Left Wrist Recovery From Surgery Bone Spurs 2009-09-05
2009-09-05 2009-10-04 60-DL 29 26 Left Wrist Surgery Bone Spurs 2009-09-05
2009-06-06 2009-06-28 Minors 22 0 Left Hand Contusion Bone Bruise -
2009-03-06 2009-03-11 Camp 5 0 Right Shoulder Separation AC Joint -
2008-11-20 2008-11-20 Off 0 0 Fingers Contusion HBP -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 MIN $
2014 ATL $1,090,000
2013 ATL $512,500
2012 HOU $489,000
2010 ATL $402,500
2009 ATL $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$1,804,000
2011Current$1,090,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$2,894,000
6 yrTotal$2,894,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 121 dRelativity Baseball1 year/$1.09M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.09M (2014). Re-signed by Atlanta 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration). Claimed off waivers by Minnesota 8/3/14 after being DFA by Atlanta 8/1/14.
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2013). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/27/13.
  • 1 year/$0.489M (2012). Re-signed by Houston 2/12. Claimed by Atlanta off waivers from Houston 11/1/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Atlanta 2/11. Acquired by Houston in trade from Atlanta 7/31/11 (Bourn deal).
  • 1 year/$0.4025M (2010). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/3/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Atlanta 4/3/09.
  • Drafted by Atlanta 2005 (3-107) (Winter Haven HS). $0.32M signing bonus.

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 471 66 108 18 3 7 37 52 116 34 10 .265 .344 .373 .269 18.8 CF 0, RF 4 2.5
80o 451 61 98 17 2 6 34 47 114 31 9 .251 .328 .353 .256 12.3 CF 0, RF 4 1.8
70o 436 57 91 15 2 6 31 44 112 29 8 .240 .316 .338 .247 8.0 CF 0, RF 4 1.3
60o 424 54 86 15 2 5 30 41 110 27 8 .232 .306 .326 .239 4.5 CF 0, RF 3 0.9
50o 412 52 81 14 2 5 28 39 109 25 7 .224 .296 .314 .232 1.4 CF 0, RF 3 0.5
40o 400 49 77 13 2 5 26 37 107 24 7 .216 .286 .303 .224 -1.5 CF 0, RF 3 0.2
30o 388 47 71 12 2 4 25 34 105 22 6 .207 .276 .291 .216 -4.5 CF 0, RF 3 -0.1
20o 373 44 66 11 2 4 23 32 103 21 6 .198 .264 .277 .207 -7.7 CF 0, RF 3 -0.5
10o 353 40 58 10 1 4 20 28 100 18 5 .184 .248 .258 .194 -11.7 CF 0, RF 3 -0.9
Weighted Mean417538314252940109268.227.300.319.2352.6CF 0, RF 30.7

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
7% 42% 6% 22% 87%

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
2015282502650101321246615.225.305.319.2330.30.61.4-0.111.4-12.12.2
201629250264781321276515.219.307.312.2340.30.51.2-0.29.6-10.12.2
201730250254581320256813.207.290.292.223-0.1-2.91.0-0.38.0-11.72.2
201831250264781320266813.215.299.298.227-0.2-3.80.9-0.313.9-18.32.2
201932250254681319256812.208.292.290.221-0.6-7.70.7-0.414.9-22.92.2
202033250254681320246812.211.291.292.222-0.1-3.30.6-0.56.4-9.82.2
202134250254681320256611.207.290.292.221-0.3-5.40.3-0.59.1-14.32.2
20223525025468132024689.209.288.291.219-0.8-9.80.1-0.614.9-24.22.2
20233625025458131924708.204.285.283.216-1.1-12.4-0.2-0.614.9-26.52.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
67.234.243.131.82613.1202.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 87 Michael Bourn 2010 .260
2 84 Jim Landis 1961 .290
3 82 Brian Anderson 2009 .227
4 81 Von Hayes 1986 .293
5 81 Coco Crisp 2007 .248
6 81 Rick Miller 1975 .220
7 80 Bake McBride 1976 .316
8 80 Shane Mack 1991 .307
9 80 Gary Geiger 1964 .364
10 80 Milton Bradley 2005 .283
11 80 Billy North 1975 .279
12 80 Darren Bragg 1997 .253
13 80 Dave Stegman 1981 .000 DNP
14 80 Lloyd Moseby 1987 .289
15 80 Cory Sullivan 2007 .243
16 80 Kenny Lofton 1994 .319
17 80 Chad Curtis 1996 .250
18 80 Marquis Grissom 1994 .272
19 80 Lynn Jones 1980 .256
20 79 Carlos Beltran 2004 .306
21 79 Bernie Williams 1996 .307
22 79 Roger Cedeno 2002 .247
23 79 Bobby Thomson 1951 .335
24 79 Dwayne Murphy 1982 .293
25 79 Mickey Brantley 1988 .247
26 79 Gene Clines 1974 .218
27 78 Bobby Tolan 1973 .215
28 78 Larry Harlow 1979 .247
29 78 Bobby Kielty 2004 .244
30 78 Johnny Damon 2001 .248
31 78 Carlos Gomez 2013 .293
32 78 Gregor Blanco 2011 .000 DNP
33 78 Aaron Rowand 2005 .255
34 78 Willy Taveras 2009 .210
35 78 Felipe Lopez 2007 .238
36 78 Gene Richards 1981 .296
37 78 Amos Otis 1974 .286
38 78 Elliott Maddox 1975 .283
39 78 Tony Gonzalez 1964 .277
40 77 Johnny Grubb 1976 .307
41 77 Irv Noren 1952 .271
42 77 Choo Freeman 2007 .000 DNP
43 77 Norm Miller 1973 .358
44 77 Jason McDonald 1999 .216
45 77 Angel Pagan 2009 .296
46 77 Bob Skinner 1959 .281
47 77 Jackie Brandt 1961 .297
48 77 Gabe Gross 2007 .252
49 77 Oddibe McDowell 1990 .236
50 77 Mickey Rivers 1976 .293
51 77 Pat Kelly 1972 .282
52 77 Ken Boyer 1958 .296
53 77 Franklin Gutierrez 2010 .251
54 76 Dwight Smith 1991 .232
55 76 Ellis Burks 1992 .280
56 76 Billy Hatcher 1988 .266
57 76 Ruppert Jones 1982 .298
58 76 Dan Gladden 1985 .248
59 76 Deion Sanders 1995 .259
60 76 Len Dykstra 1990 .316
61 76 Al Pilarcik 1958 .240
62 76 Shannon Stewart 2001 .288
63 76 Jay Johnstone 1973 .169
64 76 Paul Blair 1971 .265
65 76 Carlos May 1975 .273
66 76 Johnny Groth 1954 .244
67 76 Chuck Tanner 1956 .244
68 76 Kevin McReynolds 1987 .285
69 76 Dion James 1990 .267
70 76 Mark Sweeney 1997 .255
71 76 Roberto Kelly 1992 .259
72 76 Mike Aldrete 1988 .251
73 76 Carmen Castillo 1985 .268
74 76 Johnny Briggs 1971 .323
75 76 Rondell White 1999 .284
76 76 Wally Moon 1957 .309
77 76 Mark Kotsay 2003 .256
78 76 Cleon Jones 1970 .273
79 76 Don Landrum 1963 .226
80 76 George Vukovich 1983 .227
81 76 Lee Mazzilli 1982 .261
82 76 Jose Cruz Jr. 2001 .285
83 76 Randy Bush 1986 .266
84 76 Ron Roenicke 1984 .317
85 75 Tom Tresh 1966 .290
86 75 Curt Ford 1988 .195
87 75 Merv Rettenmund 1970 .332
88 75 Shane Victorino 2008 .278
89 75 Lee Walls 1960 .229
90 75 Trevor Crowe 2011 .189
91 75 Jackie Jensen 1954 .274
92 75 Al Smith 1955 .320
93 75 Sandy Amoros 1957 .292
94 75 Jim Piersall 1957 .259
95 75 Reid Nichols 1986 .224
96 75 Kevin Mench 2005 .264
97 75 Ray Lankford 1994 .294
98 75 Alex Cole 1993 .222
99 75 Chili Davis 1987 .273
100 75 Richie Ashburn 1954 .310

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .143 .207 .183 .154
11 vs R (Multi) .251 .336 .350 .251
18 Split (Multi) .107 .130 .168 .097
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .129 .156 .129 .103
31 vs R (2013) .265 .355 .380 .265
38 Split (2013) .136 .199 .251 .161
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 Nearly 900 plate appearances into his big-league career, itís time to admit that Schafer is unlikely to become a tolerable hitter. His defensive reputation is solid, and his ability to swipe bases at a fair clip gives him value. He could be useful as a fifth outfielder. Atlanta reacquired Schafer off waivers a little more than a year after sending him to Houston in the Michael Bourn trade.
2012 Time was, the mention of Schafer's name conjured up comparisons to players like Grady Sizemore. Posting a .300 TAv at Double-A at age 20 with a superior defensive reputation will lead to talk of this sort. Alas, while that was just 2008, it may well have been a lifetime ago. Schafer has lost weight since his HGH suspension in 2008, and posted an anemic .233 TAv at Triple-A Gwinnett and .237 in Atlanta before coming to the Astros in the Michael Bourn deal. Perhaps a result of being lighter on his feet, his defensive metrics have improved and now are in concurrence with his reputation. He also went 22-4 on stolen base attempts between Atlanta and Houston, making 2011 by far his most productive baserunning season. The natural talent is still there, and he's just 25, so he can't be counted out yet. But it's a long way to adequacy at the plate from where he's at, even as a slick-fielding center fielder.
2011 Remember this guy? The prospect with defense, power, and speed who earned the 2009 center-field job and hit a home run on Opening Day? Two years ago, a majority of scouts would have taken Schafer over Colby Rasmus, but now he's almost completely off the map. There are still plenty of tools here, but he's lost himself mechanically, while also becoming notably thinner. The latter has led to speculation about the extent of his involvement with HGH, something for which he was suspended 50 games in 2008 though he denied using. There's a non-zero chance that he still turns into something, but it's getting smaller by the day.
2010 Schafer hit a huge home run on the nationally televised Opening Day game, and in retrospect, that was probably the worst thing to happen to him. He got into a slump that he just couldn't get out of due to a combination of pressing, an inability to make adjustments, and a nagging wrist problem that never went away. Bobby Cox kept him in the lineup for his strong defense before the team acquired McClouth. The hand bothered Schafer even more at Triple-A, and finally resulted in season-ending surgery. The Braves still envision a future outfield with Schafer flanked by McClouth and Heyward, and scouts still think he can become a Steve Finley (who took a long time to get going himself) type of talent.
2009 A drug suspension (for human growth hormone) cut into Schaferís Double-A debut last year, but it was still a successful campaign for the 21-year-old, who survived the jump with his speed, power, and patience intact. After shaking off the rust from his suspension, Schafer hit .303/.387/.526 in the second half. A stellar defensive center fielder with a strong arm, he could get a shot at the major league job this spring, or he could hit his way into the job with a strong early showing at Triple-A. The only lingering concern is his inability to hit lefties.
2008 Schafer profiles like a lot of the Braves' high draft choices from the Atlanta region, except he hails from Indiana. Already noted for a great glove in center field, Schafer hit for the first time in 2007, showing newfound power (in a home park that usually kills it) and better plate discipline. Schafer gets overlooked in a deep pool of center-field prospects, but he's someone to watch at Double-A this year.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)cheap sources of steals to target on waiver wire?
(jimmy from dc)
If you can stomach a low .200 average, Jordan Schafer is widely available. Carlos Gomez is also seeing fairly regular playing time, and he's a nice stolen base option. His ownership is quickly on the rise though. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)My #4 OF is Dexter Fowler. Considering swapping him out for the following waiver wire options. H2H league, speed not as valuable, keeper value irrelevant. Jordan Schafer, Juan Rivera, josh reddick, Alex Presley, Dayan viciedo, or Eric Thames. Thoughts?
(NJTomatoes from Oregon)
Yeah, if speed is devalued, I like Viciedo's power potential, Thames should post a solid average with a little power, Presley could hit for a good average and score runs leading off. (Derek Carty)
2011-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Astros trade Hunter for Pence on the pound sterling? Feel free to use that one. What one? (Simpsons reference)
(Tbirds from Seattle)
Joke and Simpsons reference aside, the Astros got a very nice return on Pence. Kevin Goldstein had both Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton among his top five prospects traded at the deadline, with Josh Zied among his potential sleepers. By comparison, the Astros got only one of the top 10 prospects dealt in the Michael Bourn deal (Brett Oberholtzer) plus one sleeper (Paul Clemens) AND they had to take on Jordan Schafer, who is the most obvious Astro in the history of obviousness. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-06-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)With all the hitting coaches being fired, when will Larry Parrish be shown the door by the Braves? He's taken one of the best offenses from last season, had Melky Cabrera withdrawn and Dan Uggla added, and has turned them into one of the worst this season.
(Nick Carter from London)
It's never clear how much impact a hitting or pitching coach can have on a team, so it's very tough to lay their problems at the feet of one, not that they don't as a means of scapegoating somebody when things get rough. Did Parrish tell Uggla to start swinging with his eyes closed? Did he trade Yunel Escobar for the hacktastic Alex Gonzalez? Did he drive Nate McLouth's career off a cliff? Cause Jason Heyward's injury woes? Force anyone to play Jordan Schafer?

The bottom line is that I'm very skeptical the Braves' offensive woes owe much to Parrish, though I suspect they'll make an example of him anyway if their fortunes don't turn. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-06-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Ben What do you think will happen to Jordan Schafer once Nate McLouth returns from the DL? Also, what do you think of Brad Hand going forward? Thanks.
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
Once McLouth returns, Schafer will either be cast into the fires of Mount Doom or relegated to glorified fourth-outfielder status. The latter is more likely.

I'm not particularly excited about Hand this season (he may have been promoted prematurely) but at least now that he's arrived, Marlins fans can stop complaining about having no hand--no hand at all!

Yes, I answered this question so I could link to a Seinfeld clip. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jordan Schafer. Stick a fork in him?
(Paul from DC)
Well, at least hold the fork over him, and threaten him with a puncture. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)ut-oh. A-Jax looks good for the tigers and is going to break camp at the top of their lineup, how quickly do the yanks regret this deal?
(workermonkey from CT)
What did Jordan Schafer hit in spring training last year? (Steven Goldman)
2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)What to make of Jordan Schafer? The severe contact problems indicate he wasn't ready last year. Or is it more than that? Is his porspect status fading fast at 23?
(rogero from philly)
He wasn't ready and he was also hurt, trying to play through a wrist problem, which as we discussed earlier probably isn't the wisest thing to do. His future is still an open question, and if you can't outplay Melky Cabrera you really don't deserve a job. He's going to have to go back to Triple-A and show what he can do when healthy before he gets the chance to even try... (Steven Goldman)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jordan Schafer ever going to be a "bright spot" in the Braves' outfield?
(Christopher from Nashville)
Absolutely. Perhaps it'll have to wait until 2011, but it's going to be worth waiting for, the early failure aside. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think the Braves should be doing this off-season? Thoughts on Jason Heyward being given the reins for CF, if he has a good ST?
(Perry from Atlanta)
The speculation has been they'll shop a starter, which makes sense to me, given that they control Hudson for 2010 if they so choose, but Vazquez for only that long as well. Trading Lowe would be strange, having only just added him, but it might also yield the best value. The real question is what they go for--Heyward's going to be in right, not center, and they can always consider shunting McLouth to left if they trade for a center fielder. Dealing Vazquez for a one-year rental of a big-time bat for left field could work, with McLouth handling center and 2011's center-field chores going to Jordan Schafer after he regroups from a derailed 2009. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why the hate on Jordan Schafer? Obviously struggling right now, but no potential over the next 5 years? Didn't you guys have him as a Top 40 prospect?
(Dan from Nation's Capital)
I speak for myself, not BP or Kevin. Schafer was rushed to the majors--he didn't exactly eat up Double-A--and doesn't have the contact rate or power to play. I think he's a tweener--good fourth outfielder or marginal starter. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rookie Atlanta CF-er Jordan Schafer has 23 walks and 43 Ks in 108 ABs, while hitting .217BA/.357OBP/.340SLG. He needs more A) time against MLB pitching; or, B) seasoning in AAA in order to straighten out his swing?
(Paul from DC)
The thing I wonder about is his playing with an injured wrist. If that's holding him back, above and beyond any adjustment problems he might be having, it's not in anyone's interest to let him continue. (Steven Goldman)
2009-04-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Braves look very good early. I loved their offseason, getting Lowe and Vazquez (and NOT getting Burnett/Furcal). Are they a legitimate threat, even with Bobby mismanaging the hell out of the pen so far? Or a mirage?
(Chad from NYC)
I really liked both of those rotation acquisitions -- particularly Lowe, whom the Dodgers will really miss -- and I think they're a Wild Card threat. Chipper, McCann, and Johnson are among the league's most productive players at their positions, and I like the bold move of going with Jordan Schafer to start the year. I worry about their bullpen, too, particularly if Soriano isn't healthy. And I'm not ready to buy into the idea that Jeff Francouer has turned a corner (.240/.269/.520 with just one walk so far). (Jay Jaffe)
2009-04-10 16:30:00 (link to chat)Thank you for the chat, Christina. Who do you like better over the next few years: Colby Rasmus or Jordan Schafer? Is it even close?
(Dennis from LA)
Schafer by a country mile, with no slight intended for Rasmus. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-11-24 15:00:00 (link to chat)I'm confused, Caleb. Did you say Jordan Schafer (.269 in AA this year, with 10 homers, 12 steals in 17 attempts) can "step in and start this season"? Wouldn't Schafer be horribly overmatched in the majors right now? Thanks for taking my call.
(Benton Quest from Montevideo)
It might be a bit of a stretch. Schafer started slow after coming back from his steroids suspension, but then really hit well down the stretch. If not this season, he should be ready by 2010. He's a little underrated now because of the suspension. (Caleb Peiffer)
2008-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)You recently wrote about Jordan Schafer in Monday's 10 pack. Is he still a viable candidate to break with the team in 2009 as the starting centerfielder or does he need to prove himself some more maybe in AAA next season?
(thegame92797 from lynbrook, ny)
I think breaking camp with the big league squad would take something pretty phenomenal. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Gorkys Hernandez or Jordan Schafer as Atlanta's centerfielder of the future?
(Mike from Atlanta)
Gorkys Hernandez. We'll always wonder now if Schafer's 2007 was legit or not after he got bushted for HgH. I think Schafer will be in a different organization by the start of next season. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)So Rich Hill and Matt Murton to the Braves for Jordan Schafer?
(Nate from Work)
No, Cubs need to use those guys to acquire more immediate help (John Perrotto)
2008-03-26 12:00:00 (link to chat)Another question- do you think Jordan Schafer will be called up this season and what would you expect from him?
(Jim from RI)
Yes, I think Schafer will be called up this season, if nothing else because the hype machine has been churning since before the Arizona Fall League and Atlanta might have some need at that position. I won't expect barely anything from him this season -- just the usual getting acclimated to Major League lifestyle. (Bryan Smith)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christina, Love your Transaction Analysis... Speaking of transactions...do the dodgers keep A. LaRoche on the roster if they give the job to Nomar? Why would you give the job to Nomar? Short term? Who do you like better this year...Rick Ankiel, WMO Pena or S. Hairston? Also, down the road..M. LaPorta or I. Stewart or the kid in Atlanta - Schafner?
(BMcG from NY)
Thank you, I'm always gratified by compliments.

I wouldn't waste LaRoche's time with a spot on the bench, should Ned and Joe elect to make that kind of mistake; as Earl Weaver might observe about backups in general, Las Vegas is only a phonecall and a short flight away.

As for the middle question, one of those things is not like the others, so let's take Hairston out of the equation right off. Between Ankiel and Wily Mo, I'd pick Ankiel, not despite his career path being so extraordinary, but perhaps because of it. I don't know if we know how good he can be yet. No slight of Wily Mo intended--he might turn out to be a totally solid everyday left fielder this season.

Finally, we have another broke-leg trio there, because Stewart doesn't belong in a comparison to LaPorta or Jordan Schafer. I'd take Schafer, which again isn't a slight of LaPorta's obvious gifts as a hitter, but because it's easier to find a guy who can hit and play left than a guy who might be a star in center field. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableYatchisin (Realityville): Not to bust anyone's Heyward excitement, but Jordan Schafer hit a home run opening day last year.

Heyward came into the year ranked as the #2 prospect on our Top 101 list. He controls the strike zone better, has much more power, and is much more advanced at 20 years old than Schafer was at 22 last year, when he came into the year as our #50 prospect (down from #17 the year before). (Jay Jaffe)
 

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