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2016 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 37)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
68.3 4.91 1.37 49 3 5 0 -0.3
Birth Date5-25-1979
Height6' 10"
Weight255 lbs
Age37 years, 1 months, 6 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.92012
2013
2.62014
3.02015
-0.62016
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DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2004 TEX MLB 7 7 36.3 36 10 27 7 .264 113 8.9 2.5 1.7 6.7 33% .261 .240 1.27 5.16 4.71 102 4.56 0.5
2005 TEX MLB 31 31 164.7 162 45 137 19 .260 108 8.9 2.5 1.0 7.5 34% .291 .247 1.26 3.84 4.26 0 0.00 0.0
2006 SDN MLB 31 31 179.3 134 69 164 28 .260 86 6.7 3.5 1.4 8.2 28% .226 .246 1.13 4.57 3.46 104 3.79 4.0
2007 SDN MLB 30 30 173.0 118 72 167 10 .253 89 6.1 3.7 0.5 8.7 30% .241 .214 1.10 3.37 3.12 0 0.00 0.0
2008 SDN MLB 18 18 102.3 84 48 93 13 .257 88 7.4 4.2 1.1 8.2 24% .254 .255 1.29 4.38 3.96 101 3.22 2.6
2009 SDN MLB 14 14 76.0 70 40 50 12 .259 85 8.3 4.7 1.4 5.9 33% .250 .278 1.45 5.45 5.21 121 4.96 0.5
2010 SDN MLB 4 4 20.0 10 11 15 1 .269 83 4.5 5.0 0.5 6.8 32% .164 .207 1.05 3.91 0.90 111 4.56 0.2
2011 NYN MLB 4 4 24.0 12 11 22 3 .257 91 4.5 4.1 1.1 8.2 21% .155 .213 0.96 4.29 1.88 102 3.41 0.5
2012 NYN MLB 20 20 115.0 119 36 80 16 .254 96 9.3 2.8 1.3 6.3 25% .287 .278 1.35 4.54 4.15 111 3.77 1.9
2014 SEA MLB 30 29 165.0 143 60 108 26 .264 91 7.8 3.3 1.4 5.9 25% .238 .280 1.23 5.04 3.65 124 3.56 2.6
2015 KCA MLB 34 18 123.3 91 43 83 16 .261 101 6.6 3.1 1.2 6.1 28% .209 .236 1.09 4.49 3.06 110 2.98 3.0
2016 KCA MLB 14 12 57.7 62 29 60 22 .268 99 9.7 4.5 3.4 9.4 28% .270 .335 1.58 7.52 6.24 133 5.75 -0.3
CareerMLB2372181236.710414741006173.259947.63.41.37.329%.248.2541.234.533.81822.7915.4

Statistics for All Levels

'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 GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
2001 HIC A 12 12 74.3 79 20 72 6 .000 9.6 2.4 0.7 8.7 0% -.745 .000 1.33 3.18 4.12
2002 HIC A 26 26 144.7 127 34 136 11 .000 7.9 2.1 0.7 8.5 0% .289 .000 1.11 3.07 3.11
2003 BRV A+ 8 8 50.0 26 5 39 3 .000 4.7 0.9 0.5 7.0 0% .174 .000 0.62 2.63 1.62
2003 HAR AA 15 15 83.0 83 22 64 9 .000 9.0 2.4 1.0 6.9 0% .291 .000 1.27 4.11 4.01
2003 Peo Wnt 7 7 24.0 27 8 15 1 .000 10.1 3.0 0.4 5.6 0% -1.083 .000 1.46 4.57 3.75
2004 TEX MLB 7 7 36.3 36 10 27 7 .264 113 8.9 2.5 1.7 6.7 33% .261 .240 1.27 5.16 4.71
2004 FRI AA 18 18 88.3 94 31 75 9 .000 9.6 3.2 0.9 7.6 0% .315 .000 1.42 4.26 4.48
2004 OKL AAA 5 5 30.3 20 9 34 2 .000 5.9 2.7 0.6 10.1 0% .254 .000 0.96 3.01 1.49
2005 TEX MLB 31 31 164.7 162 45 137 19 .260 108 8.9 2.5 1.0 7.5 34% .291 .247 1.26 3.84 4.26
2006 SDN MLB 31 31 179.3 134 69 164 28 .260 86 6.7 3.5 1.4 8.2 28% .226 .246 1.13 4.57 3.46
2007 SDN MLB 30 30 173.0 118 72 167 10 .253 89 6.1 3.7 0.5 8.7 30% .241 .214 1.10 3.37 3.12
2008 SDN MLB 18 18 102.3 84 48 93 13 .257 88 7.4 4.2 1.1 8.2 24% .254 .255 1.29 4.38 3.96
2008 LEL A+ 2 2 8.7 5 1 7 3 .279 90 5.2 1.0 3.1 7.2 33% .095 .234 0.69 6.99 3.10
2009 SDN MLB 14 14 76.0 70 40 50 12 .259 85 8.3 4.7 1.4 5.9 33% .250 .278 1.45 5.45 5.21
2010 SDN MLB 4 4 20.0 10 11 15 1 .269 83 4.5 5.0 0.5 6.8 32% .164 .207 1.05 3.91 0.90
2010 SAN AA 1 1 0.7 2 4 1 0 .253 77 25.7 51.4 0.0 12.9 0% 1.000 .766 8.57 17.46 64.29
2010 POR AAA 2 2 6.3 2 2 4 1 .271 93 2.9 2.9 1.4 5.7 35% .062 .134 0.63 5.33 1.43
2011 NYN MLB 4 4 24.0 12 11 22 3 .257 91 4.5 4.1 1.1 8.2 21% .155 .213 0.96 4.29 1.88
2012 NYN MLB 20 20 115.0 119 36 80 16 .254 96 9.3 2.8 1.3 6.3 25% .287 .278 1.35 4.54 4.15
2012 SLU A+ 3 3 17.0 17 2 7 1 .247 114 9.0 1.1 0.5 3.7 26% .286 .224 1.12 3.86 3.18
2012 BUF AAA 1 1 6.0 2 3 2 0 .250 106 3.0 4.5 0.0 3.0 32% .105 .163 0.83 3.99 0.00
2013 AUB A- 1 1 3.0 1 1 3 0 .267 110 3.0 3.0 0.0 9.0 43% .143 .137 0.67 2.10 0.00
2013 SYR AAA 7 7 32.0 50 14 16 9 .261 97 14.1 3.9 2.5 4.5 30% .342 .374 2.00 7.17 7.88
2013 NAT Rk 1 1 2.0 1 1 2 0 .246 109 4.5 4.5 0.0 9.0 40% .200 .167 1.00 2.96 0.00
2014 SEA MLB 30 29 165.0 143 60 108 26 .264 91 7.8 3.3 1.4 5.9 25% .238 .280 1.23 5.04 3.65
2015 KCA MLB 34 18 123.3 91 43 83 16 .261 101 6.6 3.1 1.2 6.1 28% .209 .236 1.09 4.49 3.06
2016 KCA MLB 14 12 57.7 62 29 60 22 .268 99 9.7 4.5 3.4 9.4 28% .270 .335 1.58 7.52 6.24

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 1413 0.4742 0.4671 0.7818 0.6299 0.3203 0.8460 0.6681 0.2182
2009 1275 0.4651 0.4416 0.8064 0.6138 0.2918 0.8544 0.7186 0.1936
2010 308 0.4416 0.4221 0.8077 0.6176 0.2674 0.8810 0.6739 0.1923
2011 396 0.4697 0.4369 0.7919 0.6613 0.2381 0.8211 0.7200 0.2081
2012 1824 0.4967 0.4720 0.8084 0.6203 0.3257 0.8612 0.7090 0.1916
2014 2686 0.5019 0.4516 0.8211 0.6269 0.2750 0.8876 0.6685 0.1789
2015 1984 0.4582 0.4471 0.7644 0.6084 0.3107 0.8553 0.6138 0.2356
2016 979 0.4454 0.4545 0.7371 0.6468 0.3002 0.8262 0.5828 0.2629
Career108650.47720.45390.79280.6240.29860.85980.66540.2072

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-05-02 2011-09-29 60-DL 150 134 Right Shoulder Surgery Re-torn Anterior Capsule and Frayed Rotator Cuff 2011-05-16
2011-04-23 2011-04-23 On-Alr 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2011-04-11 2011-04-26 15-DL 15 13 Right Shoulder Inflammation Biceps -
2011-04-06 2011-04-06 DTD 0 0 Right Upper Arm Inflammation Tendonitis -
2010-04-07 2010-09-18 60-DL 164 145 Right Shoulder Sprain Anterior Capsule -
2009-06-15 2009-10-05 60-DL 112 100 Right Shoulder Surgery Impingement and Loose Fragments 2009-08-17
2009-03-13 2009-03-23 Camp 10 0 Right Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis -
2008-08-11 2008-09-01 15-DL 21 18 Right Forearm Strain -
2008-05-22 2008-07-29 60-DL 68 59 - Face Surgery Multiple Fractures and Deviated Septum From Batted Ball 2008-05-30
2008-04-13 2008-04-19 DTD 6 5 Right Elbow Stiffness -
2007-08-22 2007-08-30 DTD 8 8 Low Back Tightness -
2007-07-25 2007-08-09 15-DL 15 14 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2006-08-21 2006-08-29 DTD 8 7 Upper Back Strain -
2006-07-15 2006-07-24 DTD 9 9 Right Foot Stress Reaction -
2006-04-22 2006-04-22 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Circulatory Issue Digital Artery Ulnar Side Thumb -
2005-09-08 2005-09-22 DTD 14 12 Right Arm Fatigue -
2003-04-04 2003-04-20 Minors 16 0 Right Arm Inflammation Triceps Tendinitis - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 KCA $1,500,000
2017 KCA $5,750,000
2016 KCA $4,250,000
2015 KCA $675,000
2014 SEA $1,250,000
2013 WAS $
2012 NYN $
2011 NYN $1,100,000
2010 SDN $6,375,000
2009 SDN $4,625,000
2008 SDN $2,500,000
2007 SDN $750,000
2006 SDN $500,000
2005 TEX $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$18,175,000
2011Current$4,250,000
10 yrPvs + Cur$22,425,000
2 yrFuture$7,250,000
12 yrTotal$29,675,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 162 dLon Babby2 years/$11.5M (2016-17), 2018 option

Details
  • 2 years/$11.5M (2016-17), plus 2018 mutual option. Re-signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/7/15. 16:$4.25M, 17:$5.75M, 18:$8M mutual option, $1.5M buyout. Annual roster bonus: $0.125M each for 90, 120 days on active roster.
  • 1 year/$0.675M (2015). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 3/7/15. Roster bonuses: $0.25M for making Opening Day 25-man roster, $0.25M each for 30, 60, 90 days on 25-man roster. Performance bonuses: may earn additional up to $2.25M through 29 starts and up to $2.075M through 140 innings pitched.
  • 1 year/$1.25M (2014). Re-signed by Washington as a free agent 11/19/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.5M in majors. Value may increase to $6M with performance bonuses. May opt out of contract at end of spring training. Released by Washington 3/25/14. Signed by Seattle as a free agent 3/27/14. Roster bonuses: $0.125M each for 30, 60 days on active Major League roster. $75,000 for 45 days on active Major League roster. Performance bonuses: $0.15M each for 60, 80, 90, 110, 125 innings. $0.2M each for 140, 155 innings. $0.25M each for 170, 180 innings. $0.15M each for 12, 15, 18, 20 starts. $0.2M each for 20, 24 starts. $0.25M each for 26, 28 starts.
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Washington as a free agent 2/21/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $2M in majors. May earn an additional $3.775M in performance bonuses based on innings (80 to 180) and starts (10 to 30). May opt out of contract 3/24/13. Released by Washington 3/26/13. Re-signed by Washington as a free agent 4/4/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by NY Mets as a free agent 3/26/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by NY Mets 6/5/12.
  • 1 year/$1.1M (2011). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 1/19/11. Performance bonuses may bring total earnings to $4.5M.
  • 4 years/$14.5M (2007-10), plus 2011 club option. Signed extension with San Deigo 4/07, replacing 2007 and option in previous deal. $0.5M signing bonus. 07:$0.75M, 08:$2.5M, 09:$4.5M, 10:$6.25M, 11:$8.5M club option. Option price may increase based on 2007-10 performance.
  • 3 years/$1.5M (2005-07), plus 2008 club option. Signed extension with Texas 11/04 (prevented jump to NBA). 05:$0.4M, 06:$0.5M, 07:$0.6M, 08: club option. Acquired by San Diego in trade from Texas 1/06.
  • 1 year (2004). Acquired by Texas in trade from Montreal 4/04. Contract purchased by Texas 8/04.
  • Acquired by Montreal in trade from Pittsburgh 12/02.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2000 (3-89) (Princeton). $1.65M signing bonus.

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 7.8 7.8 0 26 26 149.1 120 48 102 16 .235 1.12 3.19 3.47 27.8 3.0
80o 7.5 8.3 0 26 26 142.4 122 49 97 16 .247 1.20 3.53 3.83 22.5 2.5
70o 7.4 8.6 0 26 26 137.7 123 49 94 16 .255 1.25 3.77 4.1 18.7 2.0
60o 7.2 8.9 0 26 26 133.7 124 49 91 16 .262 1.30 3.99 4.33 15.4 1.7
50o 7 9.2 0 26 26 130.0 125 50 89 17 .268 1.34 4.19 4.55 12.4 1.3
40o 6.8 9.5 0 26 26 126.4 126 50 86 17 .275 1.39 4.39 4.78 9.3 1.0
30o 6.7 9.8 0 26 26 122.5 126 50 83 17 .282 1.44 4.61 5.02 6.1 0.7
20o 6.4 10.1 0 26 26 118.1 127 50 80 17 .290 1.50 4.88 5.3 2.5 0.3
10o 6.1 10.7 0 26 26 112.1 127 51 76 17 .302 1.59 5.24 5.7 -2.5 -0.3
Weighted Mean79.102626129.9124498816.2671.334.174.5312.71.4

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 7/1/2016 09:43 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3.8 4.4 0 12 12 84.1 69 28 60 11 .235 1.15 3.85 4.24 6.2 0.7
80o 3.7 4.6 0 12 12 78.6 68 28 56 11 .246 1.22 4.21 4.63 3.3 0.4
70o 3.6 4.8 0 12 12 74.7 68 28 54 11 .254 1.28 4.47 4.92 1.1 0.1
60o 3.5 5 0 12 12 71.4 67 27 51 11 .261 1.32 4.70 5.17 -0.8 -0.1
50o 3.4 5.1 0 12 12 68.4 67 27 49 11 .268 1.37 4.91 5.4 -2.5 -0.3
40o 3.3 5.3 0 12 12 65.4 66 27 47 10 .274 1.42 5.13 5.64 -4.3 -0.5
30o 3.2 5.5 0 12 12 62.3 65 26 45 10 .281 1.47 5.36 5.9 -6.2 -0.7
20o 3 5.7 0 12 12 58.8 64 26 42 10 .289 1.53 5.64 6.21 -8.5 -0.9
10o 2.9 6 0 12 12 54.0 62 25 39 10 .301 1.61 6.04 6.64 -11.8 -1.3
Weighted Mean3.45.10121268.166274910.2661.364.895.38-2.3-0.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
8% 30% 20% 21% 73%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201738680222212812449871727.2691.364.655.098.73.56.11.20.0
201839560181810810542711427.2701.374.685.138.83.55.91.2-0.0
2019404601616929035601227.2701.364.675.128.83.45.91.20.0
2020415601616979537631327.2691.364.685.138.83.45.81.2-0.0
2021424501313757529491027.2721.394.725.179.03.55.91.2-0.0
2022433309956562236827.2731.394.815.279.03.55.81.3-0.1
2023443401212717127451027.2731.384.765.229.03.45.71.3-0.1
202445340111165652541927.2721.394.805.269.03.55.71.3-0.1
202546340101061612438827.2721.404.835.299.03.65.61.2-0.1

Long-Term Forecast Based on RoS PECOTA (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20173881202828167172721444127.2711.465.826.389.33.97.72.2-2.3
20183971202828166172761354027.2701.495.926.499.34.17.32.2-2.5
20194081302929175179741434327.2661.455.836.399.23.87.42.2-2.4
20204157017179810143822427.2691.465.896.459.23.97.52.2-1.5
2021424701616939843762227.2751.525.926.499.54.27.42.1-1.4
2022433601313788538642027.2841.586.186.779.84.47.42.3-1.4
2023445100202012013359983027.2851.606.186.7710.04.47.42.2-2.2
2025463401010575826491327.2681.475.816.379.14.17.72.0-0.8

Upside By Year

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
11.413.171.66.31.739.4

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201511.413.171.66.31.739.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 92 Bruce Chen 2014 7.45
2 88 Freddy Garcia 2014 0.00 DNP
3 88 Randy Wolf 2014 5.96
4 87 Mike Hampton 2010 0.00
5 87 Aaron Sele 2007 6.04
6 85 Kenshin Kawakami 2012 0.00 DNP
7 85 John Tudor 1991 0.00 DNP
8 84 Woody Williams 2004 4.41
9 84 Tim Wakefield 2004 5.78
10 84 Bronson Arroyo 2014 4.19
11 84 Livan Hernandez 2012 6.42
12 84 Jack Morris 1992 4.26
13 84 Kevin Millwood 2012 4.81
14 83 Esteban Loaiza 2009 0.00 DNP
15 83 Dennis Martinez 1991 2.84
16 83 Art Fowler 1960 0.00 DNP
17 83 Ted Lilly 2013 5.87
18 82 Ed Whitson 1992 0.00 DNP
19 82 Jim Bibby 1982 0.00 DNP
20 82 Brett Tomko 2010 0.00 DNP
21 82 Earl Wilson 1972 0.00 DNP
22 82 Mike Bielecki 1997 5.02
23 81 Brian Moehler 2009 5.82
24 81 Dave Burba 2004 4.68
25 81 Harry Brecheen 1952 3.19
26 81 Fred Norman 1980 4.59
27 81 Joe Hesketh 1996 0.00 DNP
28 81 Joe Nuxhall 1966 4.92
29 81 Frank Castillo 2006 0.00 DNP
30 81 Ken Johnson 1970 9.00
31 80 Sonny Siebert 1974 4.44
32 80 Orlando Hernandez 2003 0.00 DNP
33 80 Bartolo Colon 2010 0.00 DNP
34 80 Jason Schmidt 2010 0.00 DNP
35 80 Chan Ho Park 2010 5.51
36 80 Orel Hershiser 1996 5.02
37 80 Bryn Smith 1993 8.80
38 80 Charlie Leibrandt 1994 0.00 DNP
39 79 Darren Oliver 2008 3.00
40 79 Jim Wilson 1959 0.00 DNP
41 79 Rudy May 1982 3.65
42 79 Al Leiter 2003 4.13
43 79 Mark Hendrickson 2011 5.73
44 79 Bob Veale 1973 3.96
45 79 Doyle Alexander 1988 4.79
46 79 Murry Dickson 1954 4.07
47 79 Pete Walker 2006 7.20
48 79 Ryan Franklin 2010 3.46
49 79 Paul Splittorff 1984 9.64
50 79 Steve Renko 1982 4.50
51 79 Vern Law 1967 5.32
52 78 Willie Ramsdell 1953 0.00 DNP
53 78 Ryan Vogelsong 2015 5.07
54 78 Sam Jones 1963 9.82
55 78 Steve Gromek 1957 6.08
56 78 Rick Sutcliffe 1993 6.07
57 78 Whitey Ford 1966 4.07
58 78 Ramon Ortiz 2010 6.60
59 78 Mark Langston 1998 6.20
60 78 Hiroki Kuroda 2012 3.52
61 78 Joe Dobson 1954 6.75
62 78 Mike Flanagan 1989 4.30
63 78 Preacher Roe 1953 4.47
64 78 Charlie Hough 1985 3.67
65 78 Ted Power 1992 3.08
66 78 Virgil Trucks 1954 2.96
67 78 Carl Pavano 2013 0.00 DNP
68 78 Luis Tiant 1978 3.39
69 78 Nelson Figueroa 2011 9.93
70 77 Marty Pattin 1980 4.04
71 77 Hal Brown 1962 4.97 DNP
72 77 Phil Niekro 1976 3.86
73 77 Pedro Astacio 2006 6.38
74 77 Jim Kaat 1976 3.76
75 77 Paul Byrd 2008 4.80
76 77 Russ Ortiz 2011 0.00 DNP
77 77 Jerry Koosman 1980 4.40
78 77 Don Sutton 1982 3.46
79 77 Tom Seaver 1982 6.06
80 77 Terry Mulholland 2000 5.51
81 77 Dennis Leonard 1988 0.00 DNP
82 77 Elmer Dessens 2008 22.50
83 76 Rick Reuschel 1986 4.42
84 76 Steve Trachsel 2008 9.30
85 76 Kevin Tapani 2001 4.97
86 76 Mike Cuellar 1974 3.54
87 76 Dick Donovan 1965 5.96
88 76 Jim Bunning 1969 4.11
89 76 Danny Darwin 1993 3.65
90 76 Milt Wilcox 1987 0.00 DNP
91 76 Hank Aguirre 1968 2.02
92 76 Max Lanier 1953 8.61
93 76 Mike Garcia 1961 7.11
94 76 Walt Masterson 1957 0.00 DNP
95 75 Jimmy Key 1998 4.42
96 75 Doug Davis 2013 0.00 DNP
97 75 Vic Raschi 1956 0.00 DNP
98 75 Bob Tewksbury 1998 4.98
99 75 Bill Hands 1977 0.00 DNP
100 75 Ken Heintzelman 1953 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .250 .327 .439 .285
11 vs R (Multi) .181 .238 .352 .220
18 Split (Multi) .069 .088 .087 .066
19 LgAvg (Multi) .009 .023 .019 .016
30 vs L (2015) .242 .320 .411 .267
31 vs R (2015) .159 .215 .327 .203
38 Split (2015) .083 .105 .084 .065
39 LgAvg (2015) .009 .024 .022 .017

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 In retrospect, it all makes perfect sense. Young has long been one of the most extreme flyball pitchers in baseball; Royals outfielders cover more ground than Proust; bring them together, and hey presto! you've got yourself a cheap, effective starter. Young remains one of the most incongruous and fascinating players in the game: a giant of a man with a fantastic pitchface and a soft-tossing repertoire, one who annually posts the lowest BABIPs in recent history. Put him in an environment where the fences are distant and the fielders are gazelles, and he can be a solid fourth starter. Like the bumblebee, we don't fully understand his secret, and we're happier not knowing.
2015 If you were among the many who had given Young up for dead, few could blame you. Baseball is a constant parade of funerals, one after another, to the point where you wonder how anything else gets done. It's kind of terrifying when a guy proceeds to leap out of the coffin. We get caught up with looking forward, worrying about the future. There's nothing wrong with that; it's a survival mechanism. But stop and take a moment to enjoy the continued employment of one Chris Young, vicariously if necessary. He'll be rewarded gently for his past performance, and given a chance to regress in front of hundreds of thousands of highly expectant people. Then they'll put him back down into the ground for good, and life will be a little drearier and less troubling.
2013 Young and Rauch are quite a pair of high-altitude, low-velocity righties. Where Rauch is a fly-ball pitcher, Young is an extreme fly-ball pitcher, but historically he has suppressed hits on balls in play, and his strikeout rate is solid. These characteristics don't make Young good, but they let him survive as a starting major-league pitcher. Given his injury history and his established status as a back-end guy, he can likely be had cheaply by anyone with a fetish for tall righties, Ivy League grads, or people who write theses on race in America. And if you like all three? Well, boy howdy.
2012 The Mets signed Young to a $1.1 million dollar deal loaded with incentives, but that's all they had to pay him, as after just four starts, his right shoulder required season-ending surgery. He's always been an enigma, getting the job done, and more, with a mid-80s fastball because of the uniqueness of his arm angles and the shortening of the distance to the plate due to his NBA-center height. The Mets are interested in giving him a look this spring despite the surgery. If there has ever been a pitcher who has proven that he can do his job without much in the way of stuff, it's Young.
2011 There was a time when Young was a successful starter despite below-average stuff. From 2006 through 2008, his cumulative SIERA was 4.04 while his actual ERA was 3.44—the difference can be chalked up to Petco Park, as well as Young's tendency to generate shallow fly balls. His velocity has steadily fallen over the years thanks to repeated injuries: whereas his fastball sat around 88-90 in his glory years, it has been closer to 83-85 ever since, and the difference was apparent in Young's subpar combined SIERA for 2009 and 2010 (5.30). Petco and Will Venable's defense enabled Young to keep runs off the board in his brief 2010 action, but it came as no surprise when the Padres declined his option for 2011 and didn't bother to negotiate a lower rate in its place.
2010 Thanks to the deception caused by his perceived velocity (thanks to his huge size) and handy helping of home cooking, Young can be appear as one of the better pitchers in the league when he's healthy. Unfortunately, he has logged a combined 178 innings over the last two seasons, because he first suffered multiple fractures of facial bones when struck by a line drive off the bat of Albert Pujols in 2008 (which can hardly count in the "he's fragile" brief), then missed the second half of last season after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery. The Padres expect Young to anchor a young starting rotation this season. Given that he is eligible for free agency at the end of the year if they don't exercise a $8.5 million option for 2011, he'll be a prime candidate to be traded at the July trading deadline.
2009 Albert Pujols has been punishing opposing pitchers for years, but the wounds he inflicts are generally of a statistical, and perhaps psychological, nature. His confrontation with Young last May 21, however, left the 6'10" righty in a heap on the mound, felled by a liner through the box. The impact dealt Young a broken nose, a deviated septum, and fractures of the skull and face, putting him out of commission for two months. When he did return, he manifested no lingering effects of his injuries, and actually pitched better than he had prior to the incident. He's still effective when available, but wouldn't be in a full season outside of Petco, as his fly-ball rates and dramatic home/road splits attest. What's most interesting about Young is that his towering height, delivery, and environment appear to have made him the rare pitcher who can suppress BABIP; his .242 is the game's lowest over the last three seasons, below .260 in all three years, whereas no other pitcher has even done it twice. Filling Peavy's shoes as staff ace would be a stretch, but a return to his 2006-2007 level is hardly out of the question.
2008 While Young's work over the past two years has been impressive, it's fair to consider the warts. First, he's as well-suited to his home park as any player in baseball, an extreme fly-ball pitcher playing in a huge yard. Second, his 6-foot-10 body has been a problem for him, with trunk problems-back in '06, oblique in '07-that have now kept him under 180 innings in every season of his career, and he did not pitch well at all after the latter injury (33 walks and six homers allowed in 54 1/3 innings). He's good, but because of those shortcomings, he's not a star.
2007 Peavy might be the more famous name at the moment, but it`s Young who`s developing into the staff`s best starter. That said, even with the advantage in leverage granted by his height boosted even further by an over-the-top delivery and a power assortment, he`s a pretty extreme fly-ball pitcher, so he`d be hard-pressed to blossom anywhere else as fully as he has in San Diego. Back trouble nipped into the tail end of his season, and he allowed 12 homers in his last 69 2/3 innings. When you`re as tall as Young, that`s no small thing. If he can`t bring his pitches down, he`ll have to live dangerously in the high end of the strike zone, but if he`s healthy, the home run rate will come down as he`ll be able to work in the lower half of the zone. If he does that, we`ve got a right-handed answer to Randy Johnson, albeit with Nolan Ryan`s indifference to baserunners (thieves stole 41 bases against four times caught last year).
2005 His seven-start stint at year's end pegged him as a prospect with potential to actually be a plus in the rotation. He's still considered very raw, and more than one scout thinks we'll see an increase in his K rate over the next two seasons—not surprising given his 6'10" frame and the usual talk of projectability. We'll find out, as he was able to leverage a potential NBA career with the Sacramento Kings into a three-year deal. His K rates have never been great, but he's got other skills: Young has always shown good control, and there are worse developments than finding an effective finesse player who can also change clubhouse light bulbs without a stepladder.
2004 Learning to establish a good fastball should be the number-one goal for any young pitcher. Throwing it 43 times in a row, as Young did in one game this season, is overdoing it to the nth degree. If that's the echo of scouts' tut-tuting over Young's inability to go over 91 despite his 6'10" frame, the Expos need to bring him in for reprogramming. Velocity is the product of arm speed, not height; thus Billy Wagner vs well, Chris Young. They're working on lengthening his stride and improving his slider. Young needs a better breaking ball to finish hitters off if he's to crack a major league pitching staff by 2005.

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Painting the Black: The 2016 Free Agent 50R.J. Anderson2015-11-06
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Chris Young has thrown 13,862 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Slider (82mph) and Fourseam Fastball (88mph). He also rarely throws a Change (81mph) and Curve (72mph).