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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .274 4 24 26 1 .268 1.0
Birth Date2-20-1985
Height6' 4"
Weight225 lbs
Age29 years, 8 months, 1 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.42010
0.62011
0.12012
1.72013
1.12014
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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
2006 CHA 21 18 35 35 1 8 0 0 0 8 0 7 0 0 0 5 0 0 .229 .229 .229 .158 -3.3 0.6 -0.3
2007 CHA 22 15 49 45 5 9 3 0 1 15 4 5 0 0 0 5 0 1 .200 .265 .333 .196 -1.4 -0.2 -0.2
2008 OAK 23 115 433 384 53 110 18 2 5 147 38 67 3 6 2 45 9 1 .286 .350 .383 .270 20.0 4.1 2.4
2009 OAK 24 134 534 484 68 142 31 3 6 197 40 67 3 5 2 53 6 5 .293 .348 .407 .266 23.4 8.9 3.3
2010 OAK 25 82 331 303 41 89 20 2 1 116 24 41 0 3 1 36 1 1 .294 .342 .383 .256 4.1 -0.6 0.4
2011 OAK 26 108 299 264 34 70 11 3 1 90 33 48 0 1 1 25 1 1 .265 .346 .341 .256 5.2 0.8 0.6
2012 BOS 27 63 219 204 22 53 19 2 0 76 12 43 1 1 1 16 0 0 .260 .303 .373 .234 -1.1 1.9 0.1
2013 CHN 28 70 212 192 19 51 13 2 6 86 17 31 0 1 2 19 1 0 .266 .324 .448 .282 9.5 6.1 1.7
2014 CHN 29 77 226 207 22 52 9 0 3 70 15 33 1 1 2 20 0 0 .251 .304 .338 .250 2.8 -1.7 0.1
Career68223382118265584124142380518334281811224189.276.333.380.25859.219.98.2

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
2003 BRI Rk 19 76 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .339 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 GRF Rk 10 36 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .387 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 WNS A+ 134 567 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BIR AA 113 483 .268 .266 .341 .393 .266 .332 89 3.1 10.2 -3.9 -0.4 1.0 14.8 1.5 14.8 1.5
2006 CHA MLB 18 35 .158 .285 .341 .439 .263 .286 107 -4 1.1 -0.1 0.6 0.3 -3.3 -0.3 -3.3 -0.3
2006 CHR AAA 118 492 .283 .261 .328 .395 .259 .328 100 11.1 12.9 -1.5 -2.4 2.2 27.9 2.5 27.9 2.5
2007 CHA MLB 15 49 .196 .268 .334 .413 .262 .205 99 -3.5 1.5 -0.2 -0.2 -0.0 -1.4 -0.2 -1.4 -0.2
2007 CHR AAA 105 450 .260 .261 .328 .395 .258 .305 97 -0.1 13.0 -1.8 9.2 -0.9 14.5 2.3 14.5 2.3
2008 OAK MLB 115 433 .270 .264 .330 .420 .260 .330 98 4.7 12.5 -2.3 4.1 2.6 20.0 2.4 20.0 2.4
2008 SAC AAA 8 37 .341 .287 .359 .461 .268 .448 107 3.4 1.1 0.1 -0.9 -0.5 3.9 0.3 3.9 0.3
2008 ATH Rk 1 5 .223 .326 .412 .465 .300 .000 100 -0.2 0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2009 OAK MLB 134 534 .266 .261 .328 .415 .256 .327 102 3.5 15.4 -2.6 8.9 4.0 23.4 3.3 23.4 3.3
2010 OAK MLB 82 331 .256 .259 .326 .409 .261 .333 98 -1.2 9.1 -3.3 -0.6 0.5 4.1 0.4 4.1 0.4
2011 OAK MLB 108 299 .256 .255 .316 .401 .259 .319 97 -1.1 8.1 -1.1 0.8 -3.2 5.2 0.6 5.2 0.6
2012 BOS MLB 63 219 .234 .264 .322 .429 .266 .327 107 -5.6 6.0 -1.4 1.9 0.5 -1.1 0.1 -1.1 0.1
2012 PME AA 2 7 .114 .277 .332 .402 .268 .143 102 -1.1 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.0 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2013 CHN MLB 70 212 .282 .250 .315 .381 .256 .288 104 4.4 5.6 0.2 6.1 -2.0 9.5 1.7 9.5 1.7
2013 KNC A 1 4 .104 .213 .275 .321 .216 .250 115 -0.7 0.1 0 0.2 -0.1 -0.6 -0.0 -0.6 -0.0
2013 IOW AAA 23 91 .337 .268 .337 .410 .270 .355 93 7.6 2.6 -0.9 -0.8 -0.6 6.7 0.6 6.7 0.6
2013 CUB Rk 4 17 .293 .287 .359 .418 .300 .308 91 0.6 0.5 -0.2 -0.1 -0.6 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2014 CHN MLB 77 226 .250 .246 .309 .375 .256 .285 99 -2.1 5.8 -0.8 -1.7 -0.7 2.8 0.1 2.8 0.1
2014 KNC A 2 6 .088 .217 .304 .311 .243 .000 91 -1.1 0.2 0 -0.1 -0.2 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1

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 GRF Rk 36 0 12 2 0 0 4 2 3 0 2 .353 .389 .412 .059 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 BRI Rk 76 11 21 3 0 2 5 7 10 3 0 .313 .382 .448 .134 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 WNS A+ 567 71 146 22 3 7 66 40 65 8 6 .283 .342 .379 .095 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BIR AA 483 64 128 22 3 1 47 35 53 6 6 .298 .356 .371 .072 .268 14.8 -0.4 1.5
2006 CHR AAA 492 64 133 25 3 13 70 35 73 7 7 .296 .349 .452 .156 .283 27.9 -2.4 2.5
2006 CHA MLB 35 1 8 0 0 0 5 0 7 0 0 .229 .229 .229 .000 .158 -3.3 0.6 -0.3
2007 CHR AAA 450 50 107 17 2 10 47 48 71 8 5 .270 .348 .398 .128 .260 14.5 9.2 2.3
2007 CHA MLB 49 5 9 3 0 1 5 4 5 0 1 .200 .265 .333 .133 .196 -1.4 -0.2 -0.2
2008 SAC AAA 37 5 14 4 0 1 5 3 4 0 0 .412 .459 .618 .206 .341 3.9 -0.9 0.3
2008 ATH Rk 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .000 .400 .000 .000 .223 -0.2 0.0 -0.0
2008 OAK MLB 433 53 110 18 2 5 45 38 67 9 1 .286 .350 .383 .096 .270 20.0 4.1 2.4
2009 OAK MLB 534 68 142 31 3 6 53 40 67 6 5 .293 .348 .407 .114 .266 23.4 8.9 3.3
2010 OAK MLB 331 41 89 20 2 1 36 24 41 1 1 .294 .342 .383 .089 .256 4.1 -0.6 0.4
2011 OAK MLB 299 34 70 11 3 1 25 33 48 1 1 .265 .346 .341 .076 .256 5.2 0.8 0.6
2012 BOS MLB 219 22 53 19 2 0 16 12 43 0 0 .260 .303 .373 .113 .234 -1.1 1.9 0.1
2012 PME AA 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .000 .114 -1.0 -0.1 -0.1
2013 IOW AAA 91 12 28 2 2 6 16 8 15 1 0 .337 .396 .627 .289 .337 6.7 -0.8 0.6
2013 CUB Rk 17 4 4 2 0 0 2 3 1 0 0 .286 .412 .429 .143 .293 0.5 -0.1 0.0
2013 KNC A 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 .104 -0.6 0.2 -0.0
2013 CHN MLB 212 19 51 13 2 6 19 17 31 1 0 .266 .324 .448 .182 .282 9.5 6.1 1.7
2014 KNC A 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .000 .088 -1.1 -0.1 -0.1
2014 CHN MLB 226 22 52 9 0 3 20 15 33 0 0 .251 .304 .338 .087 .250 2.8 -1.7 0.1

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 1550 0.4994 0.4338 0.8571 0.5879 0.2796 0.9077 0.7512 0.1429
2009 2051 0.5002 0.4298 0.8899 0.5692 0.2898 0.9332 0.8047 0.1101
2010 1304 0.5077 0.4302 0.9127 0.5891 0.2664 0.9436 0.8421 0.0873
2011 1287 0.4895 0.3846 0.8869 0.4952 0.2785 0.9263 0.8197 0.1131
2012 943 0.4878 0.3998 0.8806 0.5217 0.2836 0.9417 0.7737 0.1194
2013 866 0.4954 0.3926 0.8765 0.5478 0.2403 0.9447 0.7238 0.1235
2014 922 0.4761 0.4143 0.8848 0.5581 0.2836 0.9510 0.7664 0.1152
Career89230.49530.41570.88430.55640.27690.93310.7880.1157

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-27 2014-09-29 60-DL 33 31 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2014-05-03 2014-06-13 15-DL 41 37 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2014-03-10 2014-03-11 Camp 1 0 Right Knee Soreness - -
2013-06-30 2013-09-01 60-DL 63 56 Left Trunk Fracture Rib Crashing Into Wall - -
2012-07-31 2012-10-04 60-DL 65 59 Right Fingers Surgery Fracture 2012-07-30 -
2012-07-14 2012-07-17 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2012-06-17 2012-07-07 15-DL 20 18 Left Stress Fracture Sesamoiditis - -
2012-05-20 2012-05-28 7-DL 8 7 - Head Concussion Diving Catch - -
2012-03-12 2012-03-20 Camp 8 0 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2011-09-15 2011-09-29 DTD 14 13 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2011-04-17 2011-04-19 DTD 2 1 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2011-02-27 2011-03-09 Camp 10 0 Right Knee Recovery From Surgery Patellar Tendon Decompression 2010-07-30
2010-07-12 2010-10-04 60-DL 84 73 Right Knee Surgery Patellar Tendon Decompression 2010-07-30
2010-06-28 2010-06-30 DTD 2 1 Knee Soreness -
2010-05-13 2010-05-15 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-09-30 2009-10-04 DTD 4 4 Bilateral Knee Inflammation -
2009-09-05 2009-09-05 DTD 0 0 Knee Soreness -
2009-06-03 2009-06-18 15-DL 15 14 Left Knee Sprain MCL -
2009-03-29 2009-03-31 Camp 2 0 Left Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2008-10-02 2008-10-02 Off 0 0 Right Fingers Surgery Tendon In Pinkie Finger 2008-10-02
2008-08-13 2008-08-28 15-DL 15 15 Right Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2008-08-08 2008-08-09 DTD 1 1 Right Hand Contusion HBP -
2008-07-11 2008-07-14 DTD 3 3 Left Fingers Dislocation Little Finger -
2008-06-27 2008-06-30 DTD 3 3 Left Ankle Sprain -
2008-05-29 2008-06-13 15-DL 15 13 Left Contusion Foul Ball Off Toe -
2008-04-13 2008-04-16 DTD 3 3 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2008-03-01 2008-03-03 Camp 2 0 Knee Contusion Collision At First Base -
2007-08-02 2007-08-09 Minors 7 0 Left Wrist Sprain - -
2006-05-07 2006-05-23 Minors 16 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2005-10-15 2005-10-15 Off 0 0 Right Wrist Surgery Cartilage 2005-10-15
2005-04-25 2005-05-02 Minors 7 7 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CHN $500,000
2015 CHN $1,500,000
2014 CHN $1,500,000
2013 CHN $
2012 BOS $1,750,000
2011 OAK $1,400,000
2010 OAK $420,000
2009 OAK $410,000
2008 OAK $395,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$4,375,000
2011Current$1,500,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$5,875,000
2 yrFuture$2,000,000
8 yrTotal$7,875,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 28 dReynolds Sports Management2 years/$3.5M (2014-15), 2016 option

Details
  • 2 years/$3.5M (2014-15), plus 2016 club option. Signed extension with Chicago Cubs 10/8/13. 14:$1.5M, 15:$1.5M, 16:$2.5M club option, $0.5M buyout.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Boston 1/25/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Boston 3/30/13. Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 4/2/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 5/6/13.
  • 1 year/$1.75M (2012). Acquired by Boston in trade from Oakland 12/28/11. Signed by Boston 1/13/12 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Boston 11/30/12.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2011). Re-signed by Oakland 12/3/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2010). Re-signed by Oakland 3/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2009). Re-signed by Oakland 2/21/09.
  • 1 year/$0.395M (2008). Acquired by Oakland in trade from Chicago White Sox 1/4/08. Signed by Oakland 2/28/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 2/07. Optioned to Triple-A 3/07. Recalled 4/07. Optioned to Triple-A 5/20/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Chicago White Sox 9/06.
  • Drafted by Chicago White Sox 2003 (2-52) (Xavier HS, Ia.). $0.785M 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 465 51 133 30 4 8 54 42 66 2 1 .317 .381 .462 .306 30.9 CF 6 4.0
80o 443 46 121 28 3 7 49 38 65 2 1 .302 .363 .439 .292 23.6 CF 5 3.2
70o 428 43 112 26 3 6 46 36 63 2 1 .290 .351 .423 .282 18.7 CF 5 2.6
60o 414 41 105 24 3 6 44 34 63 2 1 .281 .340 .409 .274 14.7 CF 5 2.2
50o 402 38 100 23 3 6 41 32 62 2 1 .272 .331 .396 .266 11.2 CF 5 1.8
40o 390 36 93 21 3 5 39 30 61 2 1 .263 .321 .383 .258 7.9 CF 5 1.4
30o 376 34 87 20 2 5 37 28 59 2 1 .254 .310 .369 .249 4.6 CF 5 1.0
20o 361 31 80 18 2 5 34 26 58 2 1 .243 .298 .353 .239 1.0 CF 4 0.6
10o 339 28 71 16 2 4 31 23 56 1 1 .228 .281 .331 .226 -3.6 CF 4 0.1
Weighted Mean40840102233643336221.276.335.402.26912.8CF 51.9

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 43% 2% 7% 99%

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
2015306206915236486155992.272.336.395.2702.919.8-3.21.914.96.27.2
2016316216814635496154972.262.328.387.2652.616.5-3.21.714.93.07.2
2017325576012930375347901.259.323.376.2612.214.0-2.81.414.90.56.4
20183363167141332960521110.248.311.363.2511.78.2-3.11.414.9-5.17.3
20193462968139322959561110.246.314.360.2511.78.0-3.11.314.9-5.27.3
20203561064139333856511100.249.312.358.2501.67.3-3.01.114.9-5.77.1
20213660562135312753481110.245.305.345.2431.02.7-3.01.014.9-10.27.0
20223763363136312754481210.235.294.332.2340.5-2.6-3.10.814.9-15.37.3
20233863263138302653491170.241.300.333.2380.7-0.8-3.10.714.9-13.37.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
56.354.943.738.341.212.1234.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 78)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 90 David DeJesus 2009 .265
2 87 Jacoby Ellsbury 2013 .277
3 87 Coco Crisp 2009 .241
4 86 Angel Pagan 2011 .263
5 85 Denard Span 2013 .251
6 85 Vernon Wells 2008 .295
7 85 Nate McLouth 2011 .256
8 84 Shane Victorino 2010 .276
9 84 Franklin Gutierrez 2012 .273
10 83 Amos Otis 1976 .284
11 82 Bernie Williams 1998 .340
12 82 Magglio Ordonez 2003 .307
13 81 Aaron Rowand 2007 .292
14 81 Pete Rose 1970 .308
15 81 Kevin Mench 2007 .262
16 81 Martin Prado 2013 .264
17 80 Chet Lemon 1984 .305
18 80 Len Dykstra 1992 .292
19 80 Conor Jackson 2011 .249
20 79 Alex Rios 2010 .261
21 79 Reggie Smith 1974 .325
22 79 Floyd Robinson 1965 .299
23 79 Tony Gwynn 1989 .303
24 79 Jeff Francoeur 2013 .191
25 79 Al Kaline 1964 .308
26 78 Harvey Kuenn 1960 .294
27 78 Mike Greenwell 1993 .289
28 78 Rusty Greer 1998 .289
29 78 Milton Bradley 2007 .332
30 78 Mike Sweeney 2003 .295
31 78 Aaron Hill 2011 .236
32 78 Bill Madlock 1980 .262
33 78 Ryan Spilborghs 2009 .242
34 78 Billy Williams 1967 .308
35 77 Nate Schierholtz 2013 .274
36 77 Kenny Lofton 1996 .281
37 77 Juan Rivera 2008 .244
38 77 Bob Watson 1975 .323
39 77 Jorge Cantu 2011 .184
40 77 Tony Gonzalez 1966 .287
41 77 Austin Kearns 2009 .226
42 77 Fred Lynn 1981 .244
43 77 Rickey Henderson 1988 .310
44 77 Carl Crawford 2011 .243
45 77 Barry Larkin 1993 .296
46 77 Nick Markakis 2013 .255
47 77 Cal Ripken Jr. 1990 .281
48 77 Tim Raines 1989 .302
49 77 J.J. Hardy 2012 .229
50 77 Edgardo Alfonzo 2003 .260
51 77 Gene Woodling 1952 .342
52 77 James Loney 2013 .282
53 77 Chris Young 2013 .247
54 77 Terry Puhl 1986 .237
55 77 Steve Kemp 1984 .289
56 77 Lee Mazzilli 1984 .251
57 76 Chone Figgins 2007 .289
58 76 Roy White 1973 .260
59 76 Moises Alou 1996 .267
60 76 Cesar Cedeno 1980 .311
61 76 Brandon Phillips 2010 .274
62 76 Jose Vidro 2004 .283
63 76 Marcus Giles 2007 .230
64 76 Rafael Palmeiro 1994 .309
65 76 Jose Lopez 2013 .000 DNP
66 76 Tony Oliva 1968 .325
67 76 Kurt Suzuki 2013 .240
68 76 Jimmy Rollins 2008 .271
69 76 Jackie Jensen 1956 .304
70 76 Jose Bautista 2010 .321
71 76 Johnny Damon 2003 .260
72 76 Roger Bernadina 2013 .196
73 76 Stephen Drew 2012 .249
74 76 Ian Kinsler 2011 .281
75 76 Roberto Alomar 1997 .307
76 76 Felipe Lopez 2009 .284
77 76 Brian Giles 2000 .328
78 76 Chad Tracy 2009 .240
79 76 Wally Joyner 1991 .307
80 75 Skip Schumaker 2009 .279
81 75 Brady Clark 2002 .215
82 75 Ken Henderson 1975 .253
83 75 Carney Lansford 1986 .288
84 75 Omar Infante 2011 .267
85 75 Edwin Encarnacion 2012 .324
86 75 Michael Cuddyer 2008 .257
87 75 Edgar Martinez 1992 .340
88 75 Lonnie Smith 1985 .256
89 75 Kevin McReynolds 1989 .291
90 75 Joe Cunningham 1961 .286
91 75 Bernard Gilkey 1996 .323
92 75 Gus Bell 1958 .247
93 75 Ted Kluszewski 1954 .350
94 75 Sal Bando 1973 .318
95 75 Rafael Furcal 2007 .241
96 75 Garrett Atkins 2009 .230
97 75 Johnny Grubb 1978 .305
98 75 John Valentin 1996 .275
99 75 Luis Matos 2008 .000 DNP
100 75 Wally Moon 1959 .310

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .256 .320 .357 .247
11 vs R (Multi) .272 .328 .416 .270
18 Split (Multi) .017 .008 .059 .023
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .312 .365 .458 .293
31 vs R (2013) .250 .310 .444 .275
38 Split (2013) -.062 -.055 -.014 -.017
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 Expected to be the left-handed part of a right-field platoon with Cody Ross, Sweeney got off to a hot start that kept him in the lineup through most of April, though his early 962 OPS was assisted by an over-the-top .468 BABIP. Sweeney managed a powerless 536 OPS (with .256 BABIP) through July, shedding playing time as he went. A fractured finger then put him down for the rest of the season. A candidate to be non-tendered, Sweeney’s above-average defense and acceptable mediocrity against left-handers should get him a bench seat somewhere.
2012 A versatile defensive outfielder with on-base ability should be considered a valuable resource for a team to have cost-control over. Not that he lacks value, but as an everyday player, Sweeney falls flat. In the field, the former second round pick does have the aforementioned versatility, but he’s not a 162 game center fielder. He’s more of a hole-plugger, taking reps at a position that needs a warm body. At the plate, the 6-foot-4, 225-lb. athlete hits like a shortstop from the 1980s, making decent contact but managing a slugging percentage of only .341. Not to throw salt on the wound, but Cliff Pennington out slugged Sweeney, and Cliff Pennington isn’t known for his slugging prowess.
2011 Sweeney has been a tease for years: no Oakland player looks better in a uniform, and no player on the team has a prettier swing, but now that he's gotten nearly 1,500 plate appearances, it's time to accept the fact that he can hit for average but has no secondary skills. In other words, he's a nice bench outfielder masquerading as an everyday player, something the A's suffered from a surplus of last season. Oakland is onto the charade, and with the acquisitions of David DeJesus and Josh Willingham, Sweeney will go from being part of the problem to part of the solution in a reduced role.
2010 Sweeney certainly looks the part of a slugging outfielder, a six-foot-four athlete with as pretty a swing as you'll find, but the power that was forecast to come from that swing has now generated 12 home runs in 948 big-league at-bats. He's an excellent defensive outfielder, but given his lack of power (and patience, too) plus his troubles hitting lefties, he's simply not enough of a hitter to play every day. He'd be an excellent fourth outfielder on a good team, but Oakland isn't that team yet.
2009 Sweeney just looks like he should be a star, and that is what has been so frustrating. He's tall, lean, strong, and athletic, has tools a-plenty, but the White Sox got understandably sick of waiting for his pretty swing to develop some power, and included him in the package that got them Nick Swisher. Sweeney spent most of the year in the big leagues, and he did the same thing that he did in the past—hit for average, and little else. While he's still relatively young, it's time to give up on him as a future star. The A's believe in him enough that he will likely begin the year as their starting center fielder (where his range is a bit short) and possible leadoff man (he's hardly a walk machine), but that's because you have to have one of each, and they don't have a lot of obvious alternatives.
2008 Though only 23, Sweeney is already seen as a disappointment for his failure to develop any kind of meaningful power. What thumping he did do last year was all done in hitter-friendly Charlotte, and following up that season with a punchless Arizona Fall League campaign only reinforced concern that he has little or no projection other than as a fourth outfielder. Sweeney has a fine throwing arm, good plate coverage, and can play center in a pinch, so there's certainly enough there to recommend him for the bench. It's just that so much more was expected.
2007 Perhaps no player creates more dissension in the prospect community than Ryan Sweeney. Many scouts take one look at his picture-perfect swing, his Abercrombie & Fitch-catalog physique, and his tender age for his levels and insist that he`s a future stud. Statheads--and a silent minority of scouts--look at his statistical record and see a fourth outfielder. These sorts of debates often rage over pitching prospects or players in the very low minors, but rarely over a corner outfielder who has already hit Triple-A. The wrench in the stathead argument is that Sweeney has actually started to hit. Whether he`ll develop the power to work in a corner outfield spot remains to be seen, but the upside is there, and one benefit of Sweeney`s athleticism is that he should be able to handle center field, at least early in his career. Even PECOTA has come around on him, citing Nick Markakis as a positive precedent.
2006 There was a lot of talk about White Sox`s tremendous organizational outfield depth over the course of the season, but if people were lumping Sweeney in with Brian Anderson and Chris Young, they weren`t paying attention. Although power is generally the last skill to develop, there are serious questions about how much a guy whose slugging ability falls below the Sean Burroughs Threshold can expect to grow. PECOTA has trouble finding comparables for Sweeney who eventually developed worthwhile major league bats. Sweeney is not unathletic, hence the Crawford comp, but Crawford had significant advantages in the defense and baserunning departments.
2005 An organizational favorite since being picked in the second round of the draft in '03, his pretty swing made him the beneficiary of an awful lot of spring slobber from Guillen and hitting coach Greg Walker. Nevertheless, there are concerns he's got a slow bat, and being young for the level only means so much when you slug just .379. He's a right fielder for the moment because he's got the arm for it, but he'll have to develop significantly as a hitter.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Rays, this offseason, have been uncharacteristically active this offseason thus far and still have a few moves to make before ST starts. They could use another OFer(unless they go against their own grain and start Myers), but need a DH(possibly a platoon-mate for almost-batless Loney) and a 2nd Catcher. With options dwindling for DHs with 1B or C backgrounds, should the Rays: (A)push for a switch-hitter 1B like Berkman or Morales (B) Surprise people with a signing of AJ Pierzynski (C) Swoop in and sign Cody Ross (D) Option A with caveat of OF Ryan Sweeney added. (E) Shrug, say "You Can't Predict Friedman" and let him surprise us all.
(jlarsen from chicago)
Not B. C would give Jason Collette a coronary, he hates Ross. More likely D or E. They'll do something, though (he states obviously). (Paul Sporer)
2012-12-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you were the Rays, would you find a stopgap OFer like Ryan Sweeney to man RF until Myers' arb clock is delayed for another year or do you start Myers on Opening Day and allow him to work through the "growing pains"?
(jlarsen from chicago)
I don't think it's necessary to delay Myers by a full year. He appears to be ready, and the Rays have made a habit of keeping their players in Durham long enough to avoid Super Two status, but I don't think that they'd sit on Myers for the full season if they deem that he is ready, particularly given the expectations of contention in Tampa.

On the jukebox: Dredg, "Gathering Pebbles" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-05-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome to the major leagues of chat. Did you do any booking up ahead of time, to know who asks the power questions, who the pesky submitters (the ones that foul off half a dozen Qs before sneaking one through) are, and who are the easy outs? Or is a question a question and a submitter a submitter? Who was your chatting coach?
(Bill from New Mexico)
There was a story today about Adrian Gonzalez mentoring Ryan Sweeney, where Sweeney talked about being the kind of hitter who doesn't really like to know much about the pitchers before he goes to bat. What they throw and where they throw it, but not more than that, like tendencies on particular counts and so forth. I'm perhaps the Ryan Sweeney of BP chats.

(If we extend the analogy, this means I'm going to give a lot of decent/adequate answers but never really hit a home-run. It also means I'm going to get hurt midway through.) (Jason Wojciechowski)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ryan Sweeney breaking out at age 27, or are we seeing an anomoly. Do you feel Valentine will continue to give him the same level of playing time he's been seeing?
(NJTomatoes from Bend Oregon)
Anomaly. Sweeney is solid, especially in AL-only, but we're dealing with a guy who's boasting a .533 BABIP. Everything else is pretty much what we've come to expect, so the BA will come down. He'll play for the time being, but Ross will cut in when Crawford comes back, and Ryan Kalish could well overtake both of them by mid-season once he gets healthy. (Derek Carty)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the A's will call up Michael Taylor any time soon? He had a poor first half and was hampered by injury. Has been on a nice little tear recently, though. Previous two seasons in the minors were excellent. I'd rather see him out there than Travis Buck....
(Clark Griswold from Inside a Christmas tree)
Kevin Goldstein knows far more than I do about the situation. Earlier this week, he said he'd be surprised if Taylor were up before September. I have nothing informative to add to that, except that with the A's seemingly out of it but now down Ryan Sweeney as well, it wouldn't hurt to take a bit of a longer look at him than September, with its distortions in terms of talent level, traditionally allows. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-06-07 18:30:00 (link to chat)I was expecting Oakland to take Cox. What is most probable scenario for Choice. Does he have All-Star type talent or is it more of a Ryan Sweeney, solid starting caliber outfield.
(brettmar21 from hawaii)
Choice could be a star for sure. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect from Ryan Sweeney? Had a nice second half, turning 25 on Saturday.
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
I've always seen him as a very good fourth outfielder, but stretched as an every day player. Still do. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Michael Taylor starting in a corner for the A's in April? Does that mean Ryan Sweeney's the CF and Rajai Davis is back to fourth OF? Or is that all too much to hope for?
(Jason Wojciechowski from South Texas)
Hey Jason! If nothing else I'd expect the A's to game Taylor's service time by starting him in the minors, but I don't see why you couldn't play all three if they're your best outfielders. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is it time to non-tender Jack Cust and move on to Chris Carter? Is Ryan Sweeney really the solution in right? Can Daric Barton ever hit in months that don't start with "S"? It was nice to see the team play well down the stretch, but there are still a ton of question marks.
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
Cust has been a fine placeholder at DH, but he needs to be seen as such. If he's game for a one-year deal, the A's can afford to buy the time and see if Barton fends off Carter initially. While slotting Cust in an outfield corner if both Carter and Barton earn their keep wouldn't be lovely, nobody's going places with an outfield trio of Sweeney/Rajai Davis/Scott Hairston. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who out of the position players on Oakland right now is part of their next play-off team? Just Suzuki? Nobody? If you say Ryan Sweeney I'm going to drop this match on the gasoline I'm standing in...
(Juan from The City)
It's pretty bleak when you look at it that way, isn't it? I don't see anyone else I'd hang my hat on, unless it's Scott Hairston as the lefty-mashing part of a platoon. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your last TA, you mentioned putting Eric Patterson in centerfield. Can he play there? I thought he was supposed to be god-awful in the field or is he just better than Sweeney is in center?
(Eric from Denver)
I don't think anybody thinks Patterson would be a good center fielder; I guess my standard is that, with no shot at winning the division anyway, why not see if he's Jerry Mumphrey-level playable? Because I think the motor gave out on the Ryan Sweeney carousel years ago, assuming it was ever really installed properly in the first place. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Better player for the next 5 years, travis Buck or Ryan Sweeney?
(Dave from Oakland)
Ryan Sweeney, though I don't see either one being much more than a slightly above average player. (John Perrotto)
2008-10-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you start in the A's outfield next year out of Travis Buck, Matt Murton, Ryan Sweeney, Carlos Gonzalez, and Aaron Cunningham?
(Dave from Chicago)
Good question. I'm not sure how crazy I am about any of 'em. Gonzalez has star potential but still needs lots of work, and he's the only one with real star potential. I'm not a big Murton or Sweeney fan. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Nate, you still like the Swisher package? The only reason that looks like a good deal to me is that it now seems possible Swisher is the new Ben Grieve. But the two minor-league pitchers they got are struggling, and Ryan Sweeney has no power. Besides, how can an A-ball pitcher with only one good season be the lead player in a package to get a useful, young, cheap major league position player?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
Sweeney's is not a great guy to have on a roto team (trust me, I've learned this by experience) but he nevertheless has a 117 OPS+ and he's 23 years old. That is a reasonably valuable asset any way you slice it. The pitchers have been marginal but not irredeemably so if you look at their peripherals. Yes, I still like that deal for them. (Nate Silver)
2008-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)How long do the A's wait for Jack Cust to come around? Chris Carter has been red-hot lately...could he fill the DH hole this year, or is it too early? Also, will Carlos Gonzalez replace Ryan Sweeney in center this season?
(Matt from St. Paul)
I'm just not sure what they replace him with right now -- you're WAY too early on Carter. Gonzalez SHOULD replace Sweeney, but they might be saving him for '09. C-Gon is the far better player, and I've never been a Sweeney fan. (Kevin Goldstein)


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