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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
352 .258 10 41 41 8 105 1.8
Birth Date8-29-1990
Height6' 1"
Weight196 lbs
Age28 years, 8 months, 24 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.22015
0.02016
3.92017
2.72018
1.82019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2014 SEA 23 47 151 39 8 0 0 11 39 2 5 2 .287 .347 .346 87 -2.0 2.4 3.8 1.1
2015 SEA 24 37 102 16 3 1 0 6 31 0 3 2 .170 .220 .223 58 -4.6 -0.6 -0.8 -0.2
2016 LAN 25 34 62 12 2 2 1 4 13 0 0 0 .207 .258 .362 79 -1.4 0.7 -1.0 0.0
2016 SEA 25 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 74 -0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.0
2017 LAN 26 140 568 148 34 5 21 50 142 3 17 4 .288 .354 .496 114 11.3 4.4 6.9 3.9
2018 LAN 27 155 604 136 35 8 17 55 178 9 9 6 .254 .331 .444 103 3.9 0.9 0.3 2.7
2019 LAN 28 46 133 24 6 1 3 12 34 1 3 0 .203 .280 .347 76 -3.2 -0.3 -1.4 -0.1
Career4611623376881742138439153714.258.327.428993.87.57.67.4

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 LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2012 CLN A MID 12 53 .269 .348 .391 .333 96 -0.1 1.6 0.2 102 0 -1.6 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2012 EVE A- NOR 37 165 .253 .330 .365 .361 112 9.8 4.5 1.7 175 0 1.4 -3.2 9.3 1.4
2013 HDS A+ CAL 67 319 .262 .329 .417 .407 113 19.6 8.5 3.3 151 0 1.0 5.2 9.2 2.7
2013 WTN AA SOU 67 300 .244 .316 .361 .368 105 9.5 8.2 1.9 144 0 4.2 5.3 9.3 3.1
2014 SEA MLB AL 47 151 .251 .314 .391 .398 92 4.8 3.9 1.8 87 13 3.8 2.4 -2.0 1.1
2014 TAC AAA PCL 75 346 .284 .351 .445 .412 91 22.9 10.2 3 142 0 5.5 2.1 13.7 3.4
2015 SEA MLB AL 37 102 .247 .305 .399 .254 102 -8.9 2.8 1.2 58 12 -0.8 -0.6 -4.6 -0.2
2015 TAC AAA PCL 86 396 .279 .339 .426 .355 108 7.7 11.0 3.9 127 0 3.1 -0.4 4.2 2.2
2016 LAN MLB NL 34 62 .252 .322 .414 .250 91 -3.4 1.8 0.2 79 14 -1.0 0.7 -1.4 0.0
2016 SEA MLB AL 2 3 .195 .269 .261 1.000 101 -0.1 0.1 0 74 12 -0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2016 OKL AAA PCL 15 64 .273 .339 .428 .512 96 6 1.8 0.7 137 0 -1.3 1.0 1.5 0.4
2016 TAC AAA PCL 63 280 .284 .345 .440 .378 94 12.3 7.9 2.8 135 0 0.9 0.0 6.0 1.8
2017 LAN MLB NL 140 568 .259 .325 .430 .361 92 29 16.6 -0.3 114 10 6.9 4.4 11.3 3.9
2017 OKL AAA PCL 10 49 .268 .321 .421 .243 94 0.4 1.5 0.4 90 0 0.6 0.6 -1.0 0.2
2018 LAN MLB NL 155 604 .248 .317 .405 .345 98 13.6 16.9 4.1 103 8 0.3 0.9 3.9 2.7
2019 LAN MLB NL 46 133 .247 .317 .425 .256 83 -0.4 3.9 -0.1 76 15 -1.4 -0.3 -3.2 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2012 EVE A- NOR 165 137 26 45 12 1 2 65 18 21 18 13 5 .329 .430 .474 .146 2 0
2012 CLN A MID 53 46 5 14 0 0 0 14 4 2 4 4 1 .304 .373 .304 .000 0 2
2013 HDS A+ CAL 319 269 62 90 16 7 7 141 44 44 62 20 2 .335 .426 .524 .190 4 0
2013 WTN AA SOU 300 256 46 75 12 4 1 98 16 40 55 18 3 .293 .391 .383 .090 1 1
2014 TAC AAA PCL 346 302 63 99 22 7 5 150 37 35 74 14 6 .328 .397 .497 .169 5
2014 SEA MLB AL 151 136 16 39 8 0 0 47 9 11 39 5 2 .287 .347 .346 .059 1
2015 SEA MLB AL 102 94 9 16 3 1 0 21 1 6 31 3 2 .170 .220 .223 .053 0 2
2015 TAC AAA PCL 396 343 56 103 20 6 4 147 32 50 61 16 8 .300 .391 .429 .128 1 0
2016 SEA MLB AL 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 0 0
2016 LAN MLB NL 62 58 8 12 2 2 1 21 7 4 13 0 0 .207 .258 .362 .155 0 0
2016 OKL AAA PCL 64 57 7 21 6 2 0 31 8 6 16 5 0 .368 .438 .544 .175 0 0
2016 TAC AAA PCL 280 247 41 77 19 4 3 113 29 29 49 12 5 .312 .387 .457 .146 1 1
2017 OKL AAA PCL 49 43 8 10 2 2 1 19 5 5 5 1 2 .233 .327 .442 .209 0 0
2017 LAN MLB NL 568 514 85 148 34 5 21 255 72 50 142 17 4 .288 .354 .496 .208 1 0
2018 LAN MLB NL 604 536 85 136 35 8 17 238 63 55 178 9 6 .254 .331 .444 .190 4 0
2019 LAN MLB NL 133 118 9 24 6 1 3 41 17 12 34 3 0 .203 .280 .347 .144 1 1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2014 562 0.5516 0.4484 0.7103 0.6387 0.2143 0.7929 0.4074 0.2897 0.0014
2015 374 0.5241 0.4439 0.6867 0.6276 0.2416 0.7724 0.4419 0.3133 0.0060
2016 250 0.5080 0.5040 0.6984 0.7480 0.2520 0.8000 0.3871 0.3016 0.0000
2017 2233 0.5038 0.4559 0.7456 0.6747 0.2338 0.8498 0.4402 0.2544 0.0000
2018 2420 0.4938 0.4731 0.6821 0.7013 0.2506 0.7673 0.4495 0.3179 0.0000
2019 527 0.5028 0.4858 0.6563 0.7208 0.2481 0.7539 0.3692 0.3438 0.0000
Career63660.50550.46540.70560.68560.24080.79900.43300.29440.0005

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
2014-05-14 2014-06-10 Minors 27 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2012-08-13 2012-09-05 Minors 23 0 Right Wrist Contusion - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 LAN $3,500,000
2018 LAN $575,000
2017 SEA $
2016 SEA $
2015 SEA $512,400
2014 SEA $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,087,400
2019Current$3,500,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$4,587,400
3 yrTotal$4,587,400

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 37 d1 year/$3.5M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$3.5M (2019). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/11/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.575M (2018). Renewed by LA Dodgers 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by Seattle 3/3/16. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Seattle 6/19/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5124M (2015). Re-signed by Seattle 3/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Seattle 7/24/14.
  • Drafted by Seattle 2012 (5-161) (Virginia). $0.5M signing bonus ($0.2645M slot).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 398 51 101 22 4 12 51 40 96 10 4 .288 .365 .476 123 28.9 2B 0, LF 3 3.2
80o 382 48 94 21 4 11 47 38 94 9 4 .278 .356 .462 117 23.8 2B 0, LF 3 2.7
70o 371 45 90 20 4 11 45 36 93 9 4 .274 .350 .459 113 20.5 2B 0, LF 3 2.4
60o 361 43 85 19 3 10 43 34 91 9 4 .265 .341 .436 109 17.7 2B 0, LF 3 2.1
50o 352 41 81 18 3 10 41 32 90 8 3 .258 .330 .430 105 15.1 2B 0, LF 3 1.8
40o 343 40 77 17 3 9 39 31 89 8 3 .251 .324 .414 101 12.7 2B 0, LF 3 1.5
30o 333 38 73 16 3 9 37 29 87 7 3 .244 .315 .408 98 10.3 2B 0, LF 3 1.2
20o 322 35 69 15 3 8 35 27 85 7 3 .239 .308 .394 93 7.6 2B 0, LF 2 0.9
10o 306 32 63 14 2 8 32 25 83 6 3 .228 .297 .380 87 4.1 2B 0, LF 2 0.7
Weighted Mean35442821831041339084.260.334.43210615.62B 0, LF 31.8

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 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 DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2020295246311827415624613610.251.322.4211002.016.82.01.413.5-0.11.8
202130520631192741461461359.256.328.4231022.218.31.91.313.41.81.8
202231519651182641663491378.255.332.4291052.419.91.81.113.33.71.8
202332482581052331355451316.246.322.407971.713.71.60.912.4-1.11.7
202433489601092441457471325.248.325.4161001.814.91.60.812.6-0.11.7
20253444654982231251421194.247.324.410991.612.91.40.611.5-0.51.5
20263542452942131249401142.248.325.413991.512.51.40.410.9-0.21.5
20273639347871931145371061.245.322.408981.310.91.30.310.1-0.81.3
20283737845831831043351021.246.322.407971.310.31.30.29.7-0.91.3

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1 87 Sean Rodriguez 2013 85
2 86 Brendan Harris 2009 83
3 85 Tim Beckham 2018 82
4 84 Ben Zobrist 2009 143
5 83 Jason Donald 2013 0 DNP
6 82 Bobby Crosby 2008 71
7 82 Jordy Mercer 2015 72
8 79 Jed Lowrie 2012 119
9 79 Fred Lewis 2009 78
10 79 Cliff Pennington 2012 78
11 79 Nolan Reimold 2012 108
12 78 Ian Desmond 2014 104
13 78 David Murphy 2010 116
14 78 Ty Wigginton 2006 108
15 78 Trevor Plouffe 2014 111
16 78 Will Venable 2011 92
17 78 Adam Rosales 2011 76
18 77 Roger Bernadina 2012 97
19 77 Dan Uggla 2008 130
20 77 Jayson Nix 2011 61
21 77 Ben Francisco 2010 101
22 77 Larry Bigbie 2006 64
23 77 Josh Donaldson 2014 131
24 77 Seth Smith 2011 109
25 77 Derek Dietrich 2018 100
26 77 Travis Buck 2012 67
27 77 Khalil Greene 2008 73
28 77 Mark Canha 2017 67
29 77 Tyler Greene 2012 76
30 77 Nate Schierholtz 2012 89
31 77 Chase Utley 2007 140
32 76 Matt LaPorta 2013 0 DNP
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34 76 Cody Asche 2018 0 DNP
35 76 Welington Castillo 2015 103
36 76 Mikie Mahtook 2018 86
37 76 Logan Forsythe 2015 124
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39 76 Matt Downs 2012 83
40 76 Travis Snider 2016 0 DNP
41 76 Chase Headley 2012 136
42 76 Jake Smolinski 2017 82
43 76 Todd Frazier 2014 123
44 75 Hector Luna 2008 89
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52 75 Xavier Paul 2013 97
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55 75 Charlie Blackmon 2015 104
56 74 Desmond Jennings 2015 85
57 74 Brandon Phillips 2009 101
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60 74 Casper Wells 2013 47
61 74 Casey McGehee 2011 76
62 74 Josh Rutledge 2017 64
63 74 Jeff Blauser 1994 86
64 74 Marlon Byrd 2006 87
65 74 Ryan Garko 2009 105
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68 74 Jason Bartlett 2008 86
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80 73 Travis Jackson 1932 88
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82 73 Brock Holt 2016 88
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84 73 Dickie Thon 1986 77
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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 Taylor entered his age-26 season with 0.9 career WARP, collecting dust on the shelf, then proceeded to rewrite the whole damn book. Chalk it up to another confluence of natural talent and newfound Dodgerness; the analytic Blues have shown an uncanny ability to tweak and twist with fringy-looking acquisitions to great success, and Taylor might be the best example yet. Swing changes unlocked never-seen power to the pull side, and after going five for his first nine and seizing a more-or-less everyday role by early May, he never stopped hitting. By the season's second half his versatility and shiny new thump at the top of the lineup made him one of the more indispensable players in the league, and he'll enter 2018 under full pre-arbitration control for a final time with one of the best cost-benefits in baseball.
2017 The acquisition of Chris Taylor has to be considered a wild success on the basis of how Not Zach Lee he is.
2016 Taylor was an exciting concept heading into 2015: Not only did the Mariners have a two-win shortstop, they had two! Surplus value at any position, given their generally moribund offense, was a happy dream. Sadly, it proved just that. His gap power and fast hands were lauded last year in this space, but pitchers made the adjustments that major-league pitchers generally do and Taylor had the bat knocked out of his hands before getting demoted to Triple-A. Taylor's glove work will bring him back to the majors, either as a starter or as a utility infielder, but in the meantime a third shortstop stole the job. He'll have to bide his time, waiting for another chance.
2015 It took Taylor less than two years to go from being a fifth-round draft pick to big-league starting shortstop. The defense is no surprise: Taylor was projected to wield a strong glove along with above-average range. He showed a pleasant aptitude toward the stolen base, developing the instincts to steal more than his pure speed might lead one to guess. But it's the pop in his bat that has upgraded his prospect luster, not the pop that puts the ball over the wall but the pop that puts the ball over infielder's gloves. Taylor's approach and quick hands keep him from being overmatched at the plate. He heads into 2015 competing with Brad Miller for the starting shortstop role, one for which both candidates, though different in their strengths, are fully capable. Either way, Taylor's next step will be to improve his contact rate to match his batting eye, giving him more opportunities to put that beautiful BABIP of his to use.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2019-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Sale and Kris Bryant are showing signs of returning to form. Are there any buy low candidates you'd be trying to acquire?
(Dovahkiin from Whiterun)
I wrote about Jose Ramirez this week. I don't really know what has happened to him, but all the underlying numbers are really similar to back when he was one of the best hitters in the league. I'm still (relatively) optimistic. I'll take all the Vladito panic shares and I'm picking Chris Taylor back up. (Mark Barry)
2018-06-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)I may not reach 25 HR this year, and my BA sucks again. Am I finished as a top 2B keeper?
(Brian Dozier from Min)
He's only 31 this year. His hard hit rate is up from last year. He's making more contact and not swinging out of the zone. But he's hitting more grounders, and his hard hit rate on fly balls (HHFB%) is down a lot, which may explain the lower BABIP and average. I'm more willing to say it's an off year for Dozier and not a "give up on him as a keeper," at least depending on your format and how many keepres you get. Given how many other question marks there are among the top preseason 2B (Cano, Murphy, Chris Taylor, Schoop), I'll stick with him a bit longer. (Kevin Jebens)
2018-05-25 12:15:00 (link to chat)Is Max Muncy this year's Chris Taylor?
(I Have a Problem from Yes)
No, I don't think so. I appreciate that Muncy went home and got back to basics, and think he's a useful player/depth type piece. Taylor was a star last year though, and I don't think Muncy has that type of ceiling. (Craig Goldstein)
2018-01-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)15-team 5x5, 4 keepers with no restrictions. I have Freeman, C. Seager, Donaldson locked in. My final spot could go to Encarnacion, Chris Taylor, Moustakas, or G. Cole. EE seems best bet for 2018, but given age, would Cole or Moose make more sense?
(GoCubsGo from NC)
Edwin's consistency has been legit amazing. I'd flip Cole and Moose and that's how I'd rank those four. (Mark Barry)
2018-01-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)$280 cap 12 team keeper league - Please rank the following 4 potential keepers in terms of 2018 value: Eric Hosmer $26, Jake Lamb $11, Chris Taylor $7, Justin Smoak $6 Locked in Keepers are Willson Contreras, Jose Ramirez, Alex Bregman, Tim Anderson and Hunter Renfroe Thanks!
(Corey from Hoboken, NJ)
Taylor, Smoak, Lamb, Hosmer. Hosmer is good, despite a sabr reputation to the contrary, but he's not $20 better than Smoak. (Mark Barry)
2017-10-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your World Series MVP picks for each team?
(k3o3r9n0 from Boston)
If LA wins, Chris Taylor will deserve the award and Justin Turner will win it. If Houston wins, Alex Bregman will deserve the award and Jose Altuve will win it. -MT (World Series Chat)
2017-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were starting a team and had a choice between Ryon Healy, Oak 3B, Nicky Delmonico, CWS 3B and Chris Taylor, LAD, 2 out of the 3 what would your pick be for 3B and why?
(OB1 from Tampa)
Oh man, Taylor by a mile, then Healy. I like Delmonico, happy he overcame what he did to reach the Majors, but Taylor is way out in front of that pack. So much of what he's doing seems real. Healy might be a better bat in the long run, but he's also probably a first baseman. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-09-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What have you heard about mariners prospect Drew Jackson? Very good year in Everett.
(John from Seattle)
Really impressive season, sort of came out of nowhere. Say what you will about the Mariners, but they've found some interesting collegiate infielders the past few seasons (Brad Miller, Chris Taylor, etc.) I think utility guy is the ceiling, but certainly a name to keep an eye on moving forward. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Best player of the bunch for the next 5 yrs: Nick Franklin, Brad Miller, or Chris Taylor?
(Whatissidgraphsanyway from Your Chat)
Cautiously I will say Chris Taylor, based on PECOTA leavened with my own intuition. But I will be honest, I have no idea. (Rob Arthur)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)What are the odds these players have good careers? Jon Singleton, Domingo Santana, Chris Taylor, Yorman Rodriguez.
(ColeWhittier from Pasadena)
1/14, 1/16/, 1/9, 1/22, respectively (Craig Goldstein)
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What does the Mariners shortstop position look like for next year?
(challenger from columbia)
If I were calling the shots it'd be Chris Taylor but I do think they give Miller another run at it. His ceiling is a bit higher cause he can hit for power, but I think Taylor's empty average might be their best play. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Craig, thanks for doing this chat. I've got a fantasy trade question for you regarding a dynasty league. Would you trade Jorge Soler, Trevor Bauer, and a 2nd round pick for Starlin Castro? Honestly, I've got no clue what the 2nd round pick will end up being. It's a late 2nd rounder, and it all depends on who Yahoo adds. My team is in a complete rebuild, but SS doesn't look like it'll be filled until Carlos Correa comes up. My other prospects include Seager, but he could move to 3B, and Baez doesn't look like he'll retain SS eligibility. Chris Taylor is also there, not sure he's the answer though. What do you think? Accept or Decline?
(Fred from Vegas)
My pleasure, Fred. Thanks for coming!

I honestly think I might hold on to your side of the deal. I like Castro plenty and Shortstops are hard to come by but I think you can get by with a Chris Taylor, and Soler/Bauer still have plenty of room to grow. I think Soler contributes by early next season (Craig Goldstein)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Taylor is having a strong year on paper. Is he a top 100 prospect at this point?
(Matt P from Baltimore)
Nope. Doesn't mean he's a bad player, either. Just means his upside is too limited to crack the top-100. Many useful big leaguers won't make the top-100 prospects. (J.P. Breen)


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