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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 36)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .231 2 25 18 7 .223 0.1
Birth Date6-3-1981
Height5' 11"
Weight175 lbs
Age36 years, 4 months, 13 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.52013
0.92014
0.02015
0.32016
0.02017
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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
2012 SEA 31 61 115 104 13 20 1 0 0 21 8 18 1 0 2 7 2 2 .192 .257 .202 .185 -4.9 -1.5 -0.7
2013 TOR 32 96 289 240 27 55 6 5 1 74 32 41 4 3 10 24 7 1 .229 .326 .308 .245 5.9 -1.3 0.5
2014 TOR 33 82 274 240 31 62 7 1 0 71 22 49 3 1 17 1 0 .258 .327 .296 .240 3.3 4.8 0.9
2015 TOR 34 23 34 28 6 6 2 0 0 8 4 6 0 0 2 2 0 1 .214 .312 .286 .214 -0.5 1.0 0.0
2016 CHN 35 14 26 21 3 7 2 0 0 9 4 5 1 0 0 1 2 0 .333 .462 .429 .339 3.1 -0.3 0.3
Career27673863380150186118370119941451124.237.320.289.2367.02.61.1

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 PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2012 SEA MLB 61 115 .185 .242 .312 .397 .257 .233 94 -8.6 3.1 1.1 -1.5 -0.7 -4.9 -0.7 -4.9 -0.7
2013 TOR MLB 96 289 .245 .255 .316 .408 .264 .269 103 -4.2 7.6 1.7 -1.3 0.9 5.9 0.5 5.9 0.5
2013 BUF AAA 25 81 .234 .275 .339 .415 .268 .312 103 -2.3 2.3 0.5 -1.1 -0.9 -0.3 -0.2 -0.3 -0.2
2014 TOR MLB 82 274 .240 .248 .308 .380 .257 .323 102 -5.1 7.1 0.1 4.8 1.3 3.3 0.9 3.3 0.9
2014 BUF AAA 44 129 .253 .265 .332 .395 .252 .320 102 -1 3.9 1.1 0.2 -0.3 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4
2015 TOR MLB 23 34 .214 .253 .314 .396 .256 .273 104 -1.5 0.9 0 1.0 0.1 -0.5 0.0 -0.5 0.0
2015 BUF AAA 62 227 .258 .257 .325 .363 .257 .291 93 -0.6 6.3 1 3.3 -1.4 5.3 0.9 5.3 0.9
2016 CHN MLB 14 26 .339 .255 .319 .421 .266 .438 95 2.1 0.7 0 -0.3 0.3 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3
2016 IOW AAA 102 378 .254 .266 .330 .404 .269 .307 92 -2.4 10.6 4.9 -4.0 4.9 18.1 1.4 18.1 1.4

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
2012 SEA MLB 115 13 20 1 0 0 7 8 18 2 2 .192 .257 .202 .010 .185 -4.9 -1.5 -0.7
2013 TOR MLB 289 27 55 6 5 1 24 32 41 7 1 .229 .326 .308 .079 .245 5.9 -1.3 0.5
2013 BUF AAA 81 9 15 0 0 0 3 14 12 3 0 .250 .400 .250 .000 .234 -0.3 -1.1 -0.2
2014 TOR MLB 274 31 62 7 1 0 17 22 49 1 0 .258 .327 .296 .037 .240 3.3 4.8 0.9
2014 BUF AAA 129 12 32 11 1 0 9 8 17 1 1 .276 .320 .388 .112 .253 3.6 0.2 0.4
2015 TOR MLB 34 6 6 2 0 0 2 4 6 0 1 .214 .312 .286 .071 .214 -0.5 1.0 0.0
2015 BUF AAA 227 18 48 8 0 0 8 24 32 8 4 .245 .332 .286 .041 .258 5.3 3.3 0.9
2016 IOW AAA 378 42 80 11 2 1 39 49 61 20 8 .255 .352 .312 .057 .254 18.1 -4.0 1.4
2016 CHN MLB 26 3 7 2 0 0 1 4 5 2 0 .333 .462 .429 .095 .339 3.1 -0.3 0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2012 416 0.5288 0.4375 0.8132 0.6045 0.2500 0.8797 0.6327 0.1868 175 -0.002006
2013 1205 0.4979 0.3610 0.8713 0.5167 0.2066 0.9258 0.7360 0.1287 614 0.000152
2014 1128 0.5124 0.3564 0.8532 0.4983 0.2073 0.9097 0.7105 0.1468 598 -0.001813
2015 122 0.5492 0.4180 0.7255 0.5821 0.2182 0.7949 0.5000 0.2745 58 0.003317
2016 106 0.5189 0.3868 0.7805 0.5818 0.1765 0.7813 0.7778 0.2195 0 0.000000
Career29770.51060.37320.84710.5270.21230.90270.70370.1529501.9449-0.0008

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
2014-07-12 2014-07-18 DTD 6 2 Right Thigh Tightness Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CHN $
2015 TOR $
2014 TOR $
2013 TOR $
2012 SEA $625,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$625,000
1 yrTotal$625,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 2 dISE Baseball1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 1/7/17 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.9M in majors. Released by Chicago Cubs 3/28/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 1/19/16 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.9M in majors. Re-signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 3/29/16 following opt-out date (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 4/3/16. Elected free agency 11/3/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Re-signed by Toronto as a free agent 1/16/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.825M in majors. Contract selected by Toronto 5/22/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Toronto as a free agent 12/24/13 (minor-league contract). Sent outright to Triple-A by Toronto 10/1/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 3/14/13 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Toronto 4/13/13. Toronto declined $1M 2014 option 11/1/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Seattle as a free agent from Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 1/11/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Seattle 3/26/12. Released by Seattle 10/24/12.

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 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
2018376971420157132.226.312.297.2310.00.50.20.61.8-2.0-0.3
20193834361002361.223.305.288.226-0.00.10.10.30.9-1.2-0.1
20203917230001230.222.306.288.225-0.0-0.00.00.10.4-0.6-0.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 69)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 76 Miguel Cairo 2010 .286
2 76 Bill Russell 1985 .259
3 75 Craig Counsell 2007 .222
4 75 Omar Vizquel 2003 .236
5 74 Phil Rizzuto 1954 .212
6 74 Nick Punto 2014 .236
7 74 Alex Grammas 1962 .184
8 74 Walt Weiss 2000 .263
9 74 Larry Bowa 1982 .216
10 73 Don Kessinger 1979 .191
11 72 Luis Aparicio 1970 .277
12 72 Chris Woodward 2012 .000 DNP
13 72 Augie Ojeda 2011 .000 DNP
14 71 Roy McMillan 1966 .228
15 71 Alberto Castillo 2006 .000 DNP
16 71 Mark McLemore 2001 .283
17 71 Aaron Miles 2013 .000 DNP
18 71 Mark Belanger 1980 .211
19 71 Jamey Carroll 2010 .293
20 71 So Taguchi 2006 .256
21 71 Craig Grebeck 2001 .057
22 71 Ted Sizemore 1981 .000 DNP
23 71 Scott Fletcher 1995 .229
24 70 Dick Groat 1967 .184
25 70 Johnny Logan 1962 .269
26 70 Manny Alexander 2007 .000 DNP
27 70 Ozzie Smith 1991 .279
28 70 Bert Campaneris 1978 .189
29 70 Jeff Huson 2001 .000 DNP
30 70 Chris Speier 1986 .285
31 70 Denny Hocking 2006 .000 DNP
32 70 Bob Lillis 1966 .192
33 70 Darryl Hamilton 2001 .236
34 70 John Valentin 2003 .000 DNP
35 70 Johnny Pesky 1955 .000 DNP
36 69 Jose Vizcaino 2004 .241
37 69 Orlando Cabrera 2011 .215
38 69 Billy Cox 1956 .000 DNP
39 69 Tony Fernandez 1998 .296
40 69 Jeff Reboulet 2000 .219
41 69 Endy Chavez 2014 .277
42 69 Keith Lockhart 2001 .219
43 69 Pee Wee Reese 1955 .262
44 69 Jeff Cirillo 2006 .287
45 69 Howie Clark 2010 .000 DNP
46 69 Fernando Vina 2005 .000 DNP
47 69 Cal Ripken Jr. 1997 .261
48 69 Luis Alicea 2002 .221
49 68 Johnny Temple 1964 .195
50 68 Orlando Palmeiro 2005 .275
51 68 Lenny Harris 2001 .185
52 68 Dal Maxvill 1975 .189
53 68 Otis Nixon 1995 .255
54 68 Mike Bordick 2002 .231
55 68 Tom Herr 1992 .000 DNP
56 68 Bobby Avila 1960 .000 DNP
57 68 Peanuts Lowrey 1954 .155
58 68 Floyd Baker 1953 .245
59 68 Doug Bernier 2016 .000 DNP
60 68 Quinton McCracken 2007 .000 DNP
61 68 Manny Trillo 1987 .273
62 68 Mike Gallego 1997 .127
63 67 Ozzie Guillen 2000 .232
64 67 Cookie Rojas 1975 .226
65 67 Royce Clayton 2006 .227
66 67 Skip Schumaker 2016 .000 DNP
67 67 Rich Amaral 1998 .255
68 67 Eric Young 2003 .255
69 67 Rick Burleson 1987 .209
70 67 Cesar Tovar 1977 .000 DNP
71 67 Willie Randolph 1991 .295
72 67 Tony Taylor 1972 .281
73 67 Alex Cora 2012 .000 DNP
74 67 Tony Womack 2006 .242
75 67 Stan Javier 2000 .260
76 67 David Eckstein 2011 .000 DNP
77 67 Dave Martinez 2001 .248
78 67 Rey Sanchez 2004 .214
79 67 Gene Michael 1974 .235
80 67 Chris Widger 2007 .000 DNP
81 67 Dave Roberts 2008 .237
82 67 Eddie Waitkus 1956 .000 DNP
83 66 Clint Barmes 2015 .244
84 66 Jason Kendall 2010 .214
85 66 Jim Gantner 1989 .244
86 66 David Newhan 2010 .000 DNP
87 66 Alan Trammell 1994 .238
88 66 Jamie Burke 2008 .220
89 66 Scott Podsednik 2012 .243
90 66 Jolbert Cabrera 2009 .000 DNP
91 66 Mike Kingery 1997 .000 DNP
92 66 Freddie Patek 1981 .197
93 66 Mark Loretta 2008 .258
94 66 Tommy Helms 1977 .193
95 66 Mike Mordecai 2004 .211
96 66 Bill Doran 1994 .000 DNP
97 66 Bobby Adams 1958 .253
98 66 Bob Boone 1984 .190
99 66 Bubba Morton 1968 .272
100 66 John Cangelosi 1999 .153

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .241 .341 .275 .265
11 vs R (Multi) .259 .346 .324 .248
18 Split (Multi) .018 .005 .049 -.017
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .000 .333 .000 .320
31 vs R (2016) .412 .500 .529 .344
38 Split (2016) .412 .167 .529 .024
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 Despite his TAv falling back into the abyss and his playing time almost completely evaporating in 2015, Kawasaki still managed to lead the team in HARP (Happiness Above Replacement Player). Whether it's his post-game interviews, his car commercials for Bob Bannerman Motors or his interpretative dance moves, the city of Toronto loves the utility infielder almost as much as he loves everything. However, the simple facts that he had more bunts than line drives and didn't play an inning at shortstop in 2015 highlight why he'll need all of his personality to keep finding jobs going forward.
2015 According to PITCHf/x, Kawasaki saw fastballs on over 68 percent of pitches last year, "bettered" only by Austin Romine among hitters with 250 plate appearances. Hitting for no power, nor even fly balls, limited any serious damage from Kawasaki; he produced an absurd line drive rate that lifted his batting average, but that was it. The rest of his production was mediocre, including a walk rate that regressed to league average after a 2013 spike. That left his contributions to his ability to work a count, play middle infield and provide between-inning entertainment.
2014 What does a dreadfully disappointing team need? A distraction. Kawasaki replaced the injured Jose Reyes early in the season and made everybody happy (well, less sad) with his irrepressible antics. He even went from being "unspeakably bad," as we called him last year, to merely mediocre, his hugely improved True Average (tied with the great Nick Punto's) good for 26th among 38 shortstops with 280+ plate appearances. The improvement owed to a simple change, one that was also Puntoesque: Kawasaki stopped swinging the damn bat so much. His swing rate was fifth-lowest in baseball, a dramatic plunge from its previous mid-pack rank. Pitchers will wise up this year and pound the zone; the Blue Jays didn't, and after declining his option re-signed him to a minor-league deal. Heck, guess every team can use some comic relief.
2013 Kawasaki's story can be told in full because it’s over and there won’t be a sequel: Kawasaki wanted to play in the majors but only if he could play with his hero, Ichiro. He got an invite to Mariners spring training even though he didn't hit in Japan in 2011 as a 30-year-old. But he led all of baseball in batting average in spring training and made the team. Ichiro’s team! What a story! And then he was unspeakably bad, knocking one extra-base hit all year. Among pitchers he would have been in the 65th percentile for slugging. But he was the smiliest Mariner, “often seen dancing or doing aerobics in the dugout,” according to a local newspaper account. He was released in October. 
2012 Kawasaki is a veteran shortstop from the Japanese leagues trying his luck on a minor-league deal with the Mariners. He's chosen the right team to sign with given the Mariners' notable past successes with NPB imports, and he's gotten some attention early in spring training. Kawasaki is a glove-first player who is very unlikely to hit at all, and the Mariners already have one of those guys to play shortstop in Brendan Ryan. He'd add some speed off the bench, but he's fragile, and he offers zero positional flexibility.

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Liner Notes: NRI Watch: National LeagueBryan Grosnick2017-02-15
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-05-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey, Jason. I'm just wondering who, in your opinion, are the five scrappiest players in the majors today. Please use statistics to back up your assertions.
(Noah from NY)
Mark Ellis: almost died, definitely scrappy
Adam Rosales: runs real fast everywhere he goes, super scrappy
Josh Willingham: plays baseball despite having two-foot-long legs, mad scrappy
Jose Altuve: like 5'2", so scrappy
Munenori Kawasaki: has made a career out of being an Ichiro-stalker, hella scrappy

Stats are not scrappy. (Jason Wojciechowski)


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