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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
8 614.7 32 34 3 459 4.83 -0.5
Birth Date8-30-1978
Height6' 2"
Weight215 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2003 CHN 24 15 0 27.7 0.0 27.7 1 1 1 0 0 0 122 25 22 20 5 49 19 18 0 30 6.51 5.21 5.71 0.3 0.0
2004 CHN 25 20 0 24.3 0.0 24.3 2 1 0 0 0 0 119 27 16 16 1 34 20 18 0 30 5.92 3.49 3.55 4.9 0.5
2005 CHN 26 22 0 32.3 0.0 32.3 2 1 1 0 0 0 146 32 23 22 7 58 22 21 0 32 6.12 5.87 6.95 -2.6 -0.3
2006 FLO 27 18 0 21.3 0.0 21.3 0 2 0 0 0 0 97 20 13 13 1 32 13 12 2 17 5.48 4.23 5.20 0.3 0.0
2006 KCA 27 28 0 57.0 0.0 57.0 1 2 1 1 1 0 248 48 25 23 5 75 37 35 2 37 3.63 5.08 5.68 5.3 0.6
2007 KCA 28 12 0 15.7 0.0 15.7 0 1 0 0 0 0 84 25 19 18 4 42 11 9 1 9 10.34 7.78 8.49 -3.6 -0.4
2007 SLN 28 20 11 63.7 49.3 14.3 3 2 0 0 2 0 269 52 31 22 7 82 29 29 2 51 3.11 4.47 4.79 7.6 0.7
2008 SLN 29 32 32 191.7 191.7 0.0 13 9 0 0 17 2 807 178 84 79 25 302 62 61 7 134 3.71 4.48 4.72 11.8 0.9
2009 SLN 30 28 21 122.3 114.0 8.3 7 10 0 0 5 0 561 160 88 80 19 248 57 55 3 78 5.89 5.27 5.67 -9.6 -1.1
2010 SFN 31 13 11 58.7 55.7 3.0 3 5 0 0 4 1 265 57 37 37 12 104 35 34 3 41 5.68 6.31 6.94 -11.9 -1.4
Career20875614.7410.7204.03234312932718624358330861026305292204594.835.015.452.3-0.5

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2003 CHN MLB 15 0 27.7 5.71 81 .272 .269 .330 .440 .263 .294 104 -0.2 -0.0 0.3 0.0
2004 CHN MLB 20 0 24.3 3.55 121 .286 .258 .326 .426 .260 .382 96 4.9 0.5 4.9 0.5
2005 CHN MLB 22 0 32.3 6.95 53 .286 .268 .330 .418 .260 .294 103 -2.8 -0.3 -2.6 -0.3
2006 FLO MLB 18 0 21.3 5.20 85 .278 .270 .336 .435 .270 .297 93 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2006 KCA MLB 28 0 57.0 5.68 98 .238 .279 .343 .442 .263 .257 113 5.1 0.5 5.3 0.6
2007 KCA MLB 12 0 15.7 8.49 29 .362 .264 .338 .410 .265 .356 102 -3.6 -0.4 -3.6 -0.4
2007 SLN MLB 20 11 63.7 4.79 101 .243 .264 .328 .411 .255 .250 101 8.3 0.8 7.6 0.7
2008 SLN MLB 32 32 191.7 4.72 93 .259 .255 .318 .408 .255 .264 95 11.5 1.2 11.8 0.9
2009 SLN MLB 28 21 122.3 5.67 63 .317 .253 .318 .394 .252 .349 92 -8.4 -0.8 -9.6 -1.1
2010 SFN MLB 13 11 58.7 6.94 17 .323 .253 .322 .392 .266 .259 87 -10.6 -1.1 -11.9 -1.4
2011 IOW AAA 1 1 3.7 3.47 135 .343 .293 .347 .455 .267 .471 101 1.7 0.2 1.7 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2003 CHN MLB 1 1 1 15 0 27.7 25 19 30 5 38% .294 8.1 6.2 1.6 9.8 1.59 6.51 0.3 0.0
2004 CHN MLB 2 1 0 20 0 24.3 27 20 30 1 33% .382 10.0 7.4 0.4 11.1 1.93 5.92 4.9 0.5
2005 CHN MLB 2 1 1 22 0 32.3 32 22 32 7 49% .294 8.9 6.1 1.9 8.9 1.67 6.12 -2.6 -0.3
2006 KCA MLB 1 2 1 28 0 57.0 48 37 37 5 52% .257 7.6 5.8 0.8 5.8 1.49 3.63 5.3 0.6
2006 FLO MLB 0 2 0 18 0 21.3 20 13 17 1 45% .297 8.4 5.5 0.4 7.2 1.55 5.48 0.3 0.0
2007 SLN MLB 3 2 0 20 11 63.7 52 29 51 7 42% .250 7.4 4.1 1.0 7.2 1.27 3.11 7.6 0.7
2007 KCA MLB 0 1 0 12 0 15.7 25 11 9 4 41% .356 14.4 6.3 2.3 5.2 2.30 10.34 -3.6 -0.4
2008 SLN MLB 13 9 0 32 32 191.7 178 62 134 25 40% .264 8.4 2.9 1.2 6.3 1.25 3.71 11.8 0.9
2009 SLN MLB 7 10 0 28 21 122.3 160 57 78 19 40% .349 11.8 4.2 1.4 5.7 1.77 5.89 -9.6 -1.1
2010 SFN MLB 3 5 0 13 11 58.7 57 35 41 12 36% .259 8.7 5.4 1.8 6.3 1.57 5.68 -11.9 -1.4
2011 IOW AAA 0 1 0 1 1 3.7 8 2 2 0 47% .471 19.6 4.9 0.0 4.9 2.73 9.82 1.7 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
2008 2993 0.4972 0.4724 0.8033 0.6452 0.3010 0.8979 0.6026 0.1953
2009 2082 0.5197 0.4611 0.8342 0.6340 0.2730 0.9067 0.6520 0.1658
2010 888 0.5270 0.4205 0.8257 0.5940 0.2262 0.8957 0.6211 0.1743
Career59630.50950.46070.81740.63370.28010.90060.62260.1819

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-03-13 2011-03-28 Camp 15 0 Right Hip Soreness -
2010-06-11 2010-08-05 15-DL 55 48 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2009-08-05 2009-09-03 15-DL 29 25 Right Elbow Inflammation -
2008-06-15 2008-06-26 DTD 11 9 Right Elbow Inflammation -
2008-06-06 2008-06-14 DTD 8 7 Right Elbow Inflammation -
2007-07-09 2007-08-24 15-DL 46 39 Right Elbow Sprain -
2004-05-22 2004-07-16 15-DL 55 47 Right Shoulder Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 $
2010 SFN $1,000,000
2009 SLN $4,050,000
2008 SLN $1,000,000
2007 KCA $635,000
2006 FLO $347,500
2005 CHN $329,000
2004 CHN $310,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$7,671,500
7 yrTotal$7,671,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 144 d2011

Details
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 1/25/11 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$1M (2010). Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 2/10/10 (minor-league contract). $1M salary in majors. $0.5M in performance bonuses. Contract purchased by San Francisco 4/4/10. DFA by San Francisco 8/9/10, released 8/17/10.
  • 1 year/$4.05M (2009). Re-signed by St. Louis 1/19/09 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1M (2008). Re-signed by St. Louis 1/28/08 (avoided arbitration, $1.325M-$0.875M). Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 15, 20 starts and 100, 125 IP. $50,000 each for 25 starts, 150 IP.
  • 1 year/$0.635M (2007). Re-signed by KC 2/07 (avoided arbitration, $0.75M-$0.565M). Claimed by St. Louis off waivers from KC 5/15/07 after being DFA 5/10/07.
  • 1 year/$0.3475M (2006). Claimed by KC off waivers from Florida after being DFA 6/06.
  • 1 year/$0.329M (2005)
  • 1 year/$0.31M (2004)
  • Drafted 2000 (4-103).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
Weighted Mean?????0.0????.0000.000.00?0.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
15.37.187.1out of baseball1.537.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 82)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 88 Chris Short 1973 5.25
2 88 Woodie Fryman 1975 3.96 DNP
3 87 Gary Peters 1972 5.06
4 87 Mike Krukow 1987 5.41
5 87 Woody Williams 2002 2.61
6 86 Bruce Kison 1985 4.30
7 86 Steve Renko 1980 4.68
8 86 Jim Clancy 1991 4.32
9 86 Mark Leiter 1998 3.65
10 86 Eric Show 1991 6.27
11 86 Jim Lonborg 1977 4.40
12 86 Dave Goltz 1984 0.00 DNP
13 86 Bobby Witt 1999 6.49
14 85 Mark Gardner 1997 4.59
15 85 Doug Linton 2000 0.00 DNP
16 85 Masato Yoshii 2000 6.02
17 85 Frank Tanana 1989 4.23
18 85 Max Surkont 1957 8.53
19 85 Alex Kellner 1960 0.00 DNP
20 85 Bob Bruce 1968 0.00 DNP
21 85 Catfish Hunter 1981 0.00 DNP
22 84 Steve Ridzik 1964 3.70
23 84 Hideo Nomo 2004 8.25
24 84 Floyd Bannister 1990 0.00 DNP
25 84 Chan Ho Park 2008 4.06
26 84 Todd Stottlemyre 2000 5.19
27 83 Steve Parris 2003 6.60
28 83 Pat Dobson 1977 6.28
29 83 Joe Hesketh 1994 5.53
30 83 Charles Nagy 2002 9.43
31 83 Dave Burba 2002 5.70
32 83 John Montefusco 1985 10.29
33 83 Jack Morris 1990 5.19
34 83 Lou Kretlow 1956 5.72
35 83 Ed Whitson 1990 2.87
36 82 Denny Neagle 2004 0.00 DNP
37 82 Ron Darling 1996 0.00 DNP
38 82 Pete Harnisch 2002 0.00 DNP
39 82 Jim Wilson 1957 3.79
40 82 Joe Horlen 1973 0.00 DNP
41 82 Walt Masterson 1955 0.00 DNP
42 82 Stan Bahnsen 1980 3.94
43 82 Kevin Appier 2003 5.56
44 82 Darrell May 2007 0.00 DNP
45 82 Ramon Ortiz 2008 0.00 DNP
46 82 Bobby Bolin 1974 0.00 DNP
47 81 Bob Knepper 1989 5.35
48 81 Howie Pollet 1956 4.72
49 81 Pat Hentgen 2004 7.51
50 81 Andy Benes 2003 0.00 DNP
51 81 Jackie Brown 1978 0.00 DNP
52 81 Dennis Martinez 1989 3.41
53 81 Bill Krueger 1993 4.72
54 81 Kevin Tapani 1999 5.36
55 81 Johnny Sain 1953 3.13
56 81 Ted Power 1990 4.01
57 81 Camilo Pascual 1969 7.04
58 81 Mike Birkbeck 1996 0.00 DNP
59 81 Willie Blair 2001 11.25
60 81 Ruben Gomez 1963 0.00 DNP
61 81 Joe Dobson 1952 3.00
62 81 John Curtis 1983 4.40
63 80 Jim Deshaies 1995 18.56
64 80 Roger Craig 1965 4.62
65 80 Doug Drabek 1998 7.45
66 80 Rick Mahler 1989 4.61
67 80 Ray Scarborough 1953 5.65
68 80 Nate Robertson 2013 0.00 DNP
69 80 Rodrigo Lopez 2011 5.07
70 80 Aaron Harang 2013 5.65
71 79 Brian Tallet 2013 0.00 DNP
72 79 Steve Hargan 1978 0.00 DNP
73 79 Rick Wise 1981 4.04
74 79 George Brunet 1970 4.61
75 79 Nelson Briles 1979 0.00 DNP
76 79 Jose Lima 2008 0.00 DNP
77 79 Vern Law 1965 2.52
78 79 Johnny Podres 1968 0.00 DNP
79 79 Don Robinson 1992 5.40
80 79 Pedro Astacio 2004 9.35
81 79 Tom Griffin 1983 0.00 DNP
82 79 Juan Pizarro 1972 4.10
83 79 Fred Norman 1978 4.36
84 79 Jim Kaat 1974 3.44
85 78 Dave Mlicki 2003 0.00 DNP
86 78 Wilbur Wood 1977 5.50
87 78 Dick Ruthven 1986 7.59
88 78 Tim Leary 1994 8.14
89 78 Larry McWilliams 1989 4.81
90 78 Mike Smithson 1990 0.00 DNP
91 78 Joe Nuxhall 1964 4.25
92 78 Shane Rawley 1991 0.00 DNP
93 78 Fritz Peterson 1977 0.00 DNP
94 78 Bob Ojeda 1993 4.60
95 78 Terry Mulholland 1998 4.02
96 78 Ray Sadecki 1976 4.29
97 78 Earl Wilson 1970 4.98
98 78 Gerry Staley 1956 3.63
99 78 Randy Gumpert 1953 0.00 DNP
100 78 Steve Barber 1973 4.03

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2010 When spinning some bit of waiver-wire jetsam into gold, it's important to remember that it usually doesn't remain gold. Wellemeyer's rise and fall is sort of the Bottenfield experience redux, but that's the magic: taking something ordinary, making it seem extraordinary, and producing the illusion that convinces batters they're up against a quality pitcher. Duncan's best tricks always go back to ordinariness—it's why they're called tricks. Wellemeyer's fastball lost zip last year; maybe he'll get it back, and maybe his recurring problems getting lefties out will just put him back in somebody's pen as a free agent. From here on out, expect the ordinary.
2009 Among the niftiest tricks of Duncan's lengthy coaching career (he's the longest-tenured pitching coach in MLB history) is the transfiguration of Todd Wellemeyer. Before arriving in St. Louis, Wellemeyer was a fringe reliever with a career 5.65 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 178 1/3 big-league innings. The chance that Wellemeyer would thrive as a starter might have seemed small on that basis, but Duncan recognized Wellemeyer's excellent fastball and nasty slider; since becoming a Cardinal, Wellemeyer boasts a 3.56 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 255 1/3 IP, almost all of them in the rotation. He even fought through some mid-season shoulder soreness to put up a 3.01 ERA over his final 13 starts. Even an extreme fly-ball pitcher like Wellemeyer cannot sustain a .270 BABIP, however, so expect regression in 2009.
2008 In one of the stranger sequences of the year, the Cards claimed Wellemeyer, a journeyman who's never shown any control, off waivers from the Royals and stuck him in the rotation a week later. He made eight starts, allowed 24 runs in 36 1/3 innings, and ended up on the DL with a sprained elbow. He did pitch well after returning in late-August, however, including two good starts in September, so he'll be in the mix for a starting job this year. He shouldn't be; despite a big ERA split, he didn't pitch that much better as a starter, and got hurt while trying.
2007 Twenty different pitchers threw at least 15 innings for the Royals last year; Wellemeyer`s ERA led them all by nearly a full run. The team shouldn`t read too much into that, given that he walked as many as he struck out. They`re talking about giving him a shot in the rotation in the spring, which is silly; Wellemeyer is still a thrower, not a pitcher, and he may never make the transition. His best chance would seem to be one inning at a time, not seven. Becoming the next Kyle Farnsworth is a best-case scenario.
2006 When your manager is as fickle as a tabloid starlet with a sweet tooth for experienced men, it isn`t easy to be a semi-wild young fireballer. Still, while the Cubs cut bait on others, they held onto Wellemeyer. Until he solves his control issues he won`t justify that confidence, but the Cubs put him into Iowa`s rotation last summer to give him the reps to try. The pen is already crowded, so he`ll have to wait for the veterans to start getting hurt before he really gets to demonstrate if it did any good.
2005 Wellemeyer has a quiet demeanor and a calm delivery on the mound, one that you'd naturally associate with a command pitcher. Instead, his walk rate has increased sequentially at each step of the ladder, culminating in two poor major league call-ups in which he walked more than 16% of the batters he faced. One wonders whether Wellemeyer simply needs to be coached to challenge batters more frequently; he's not going to be effective until he does.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)I am amazed to see the St. Louis Cardinals doing so well this year with seemingly so little. Is this a career year for Tony LaRussa?
(mwanders from Moscow, ID)
Well, the guy does have a couple World Series rings, including one won with a team that was barely over .500 after 162 games. But if this is a career year for TLR, it's one for Dave Duncan as well, patching together that pitching staff. I mean, Kyle Lohse and Todd Wellemeyer are 1-2 in SNLVAR on that staff, and if I told you that was a playoff contending recipe at the outset of the year, I'd be doing the Hit List for the Outer Mongolian Independent League myself. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)As regards "figuring out the WHY," what's your take on why/how St. Louis is overperforming so much?
(Bill from New Mexico)
The Cards have done a great job with a rotation that's largely retreads, converted relievers, and booger-eating spazzes, guys like Braden Looper and Todd Wellemeyer into solid contributors. Credit Dave Duncan, who was able to get enough out of Jeff Weaver to bring home an unlikely World Championship while every other team that's had him since Detroit has been bitterly disappointed. The bottom line is that the Cards aren't beating themselves - they're second in the NL in fewest walks allowed even while running second-to-last in strikeouts.

The other thing that's noteworthy is the way Tony LaRussa has pieced together his outfield. I'm not the biggest TLR fan in the world, and I'm still a little skeptical that guys like Ryan Ludwick and Skip Schumaker can keep it up for a full year, but this is hardly the 70-something win team I foresaw. (Jay Jaffe)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Todd Wellemeyer threw 6,447 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2010, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2010, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (91mph) and Slider (82mph), also mixing in a Sinker (91mph). He also rarely threw a Change (80mph).