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Portrait of Royce Clayton

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
20 8164 .258 .312 .367 74 15.8
Birth Date1-2-1970
Height6' 0"
Weight175 lbs
Age49 years, 8 months, 19 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
1991 SFN 21 9 27 3 1 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 .115 .148 .154 64 -1.1 -0.3 -2.2 -0.3
1992 SFN 22 98 352 72 7 4 4 26 63 0 8 4 .224 .281 .308 74 -8.9 0.7 0.7 0.6
1993 SFN 23 153 607 155 21 5 6 38 91 5 11 10 .282 .331 .372 85 -9.2 -1.2 0.1 1.5
1994 SFN 24 108 423 91 14 6 3 30 74 3 23 3 .236 .295 .327 70 -14.8 4.3 3.5 1.1
1995 SFN 25 138 557 124 29 3 5 38 109 3 24 9 .244 .298 .342 68 -21.0 0.4 1.6 0.5
1996 SLN 26 129 531 136 20 4 6 33 89 1 33 15 .277 .321 .371 79 -12.6 -2.0 5.3 1.4
1997 SLN 27 154 619 153 39 5 9 33 109 3 30 10 .266 .306 .398 77 -15.4 3.5 17.8 3.0
1998 SLN 28 90 402 83 19 1 4 40 51 2 19 6 .234 .313 .327 83 -7.7 4.3 8.0 2.0
1998 TEX 28 52 206 53 12 1 5 13 32 1 5 5 .285 .330 .441 81 -4.5 1.5 1.8 0.7
1999 TEX 29 133 520 134 21 5 14 39 100 4 8 6 .288 .346 .445 92 -3.3 3.3 10.0 3.0
2000 TEX 30 148 573 124 21 5 14 42 92 3 11 7 .242 .301 .384 73 -17.6 -1.2 -13.8 -0.6
2001 CHA 31 135 485 114 21 4 9 33 72 3 10 7 .263 .315 .393 79 -11.0 1.6 2.6 1.4
2002 CHA 32 112 376 86 14 2 7 20 67 3 5 1 .251 .295 .365 72 -11.4 -1.0 2.5 0.6
2003 MIL 33 146 543 110 16 1 11 49 92 3 5 2 .228 .301 .333 71 -17.7 1.4 -1.6 0.4
2004 COL 34 146 652 160 36 4 8 48 125 4 10 5 .279 .338 .397 69 -24.5 6.3 -9.1 0.1
2005 ARI 35 143 573 141 28 4 2 38 105 1 13 3 .270 .320 .351 64 -24.2 1.6 -4.4 -0.3
2006 CIN 36 50 164 35 8 0 2 11 32 1 6 3 .235 .290 .329 64 -6.9 0.7 -2.3 -0.1
2006 WAS 36 87 338 82 22 1 0 19 53 4 8 3 .269 .315 .348 64 -14.1 -0.7 6.1 0.6
2007 BOS 37 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 53 -0.3 1.0 -0.1 0.1
2007 TOR 37 69 210 48 14 0 1 14 50 1 2 1 .254 .304 .344 59 -10.1 0.0 1.6 0.1
Career21088164190436355110565141545231100.258.312.36774-236.424.128.315.8

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
1988 EVE A- NWN 60 245 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 CLN A MDW 104 437 .000 .000 .000 .316 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1989 SJO A+ CLF 28 106 .000 .000 .000 .169 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 SJO A+ CLF 123 536 .000 .000 .000 .327 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 SFN MLB NL 9 27 .231 .306 .345 .150 100 -4.2 0.7 0.3 64 13 -2.2 -0.3 -1.1 -0.3
1991 SHV AA TXS 126 557 .000 .000 .000 .346 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 SFN MLB NL 98 352 .250 .309 .362 .266 99 -13.4 9.1 4.2 74 12 0.7 0.7 -8.9 0.6
1992 PHX AAA PCL 48 212 .000 .000 .000 .259 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 SFN MLB NL 153 607 .264 .324 .400 .325 98 -0.5 17.4 8 85 9 0.1 -1.2 -9.2 1.5
1994 SFN MLB NL 108 423 .262 .322 .406 .284 95 -15.6 12.8 5.9 70 8 3.5 4.3 -14.8 1.1
1995 SFN MLB NL 138 557 .260 .324 .400 .299 98 -20.8 16.7 7.6 68 7 1.6 0.4 -21.0 0.5
1996 SLN MLB NL 129 531 .266 .329 .411 .325 98 -13.9 16.4 7.3 79 7 5.3 -2.0 -12.6 1.4
1997 SLN MLB NL 154 619 .262 .330 .411 .311 96 -12.8 16.5 8.4 77 9 17.8 3.5 -15.4 3.0
1998 SLN MLB NL 90 402 .266 .332 .419 .262 100 -16.5 10.4 5.4 83 7 8.0 4.3 -7.7 2.0
1998 TEX MLB AL 52 206 .266 .332 .425 .316 105 0.8 5.6 2.8 81 7 1.8 1.5 -4.5 0.7
1999 TEX MLB AL 133 520 .276 .347 .443 .339 103 2.6 14.5 7.5 92 8 10.0 3.3 -3.3 3.0
1999 OKL AAA PCL 0 10 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 TEX MLB AL 148 573 .272 .339 .435 .268 93 -17.4 18.1 8.3 73 9 -13.8 -1.2 -17.6 -0.6
2001 CHA MLB AL 135 485 .270 .334 .435 .292 103 -12 14.4 6.6 79 11 2.6 1.6 -11.0 1.4
2002 CHA MLB AL 112 376 .271 .336 .432 .290 100 -7.2 10.8 5 72 9 2.5 -1.0 -11.4 0.6
2003 MIL MLB NL 146 543 .262 .329 .421 .258 102 -27.5 14.3 7.3 71 7 -1.6 1.4 -17.7 0.4
2004 COL MLB NL 146 652 .260 .325 .422 .343 115 -18.2 19.4 8.9 69 7 -9.1 6.3 -24.5 0.1
2005 ARI MLB NL 143 573 .264 .329 .421 .333 105 -21.5 16.5 7.5 64 11 -4.4 1.6 -24.2 -0.3
2006 CIN MLB NL 50 164 .261 .326 .414 .284 96 -8.8 4.9 2.1 64 11 -2.3 0.7 -6.9 -0.1
2006 WAS MLB NL 87 338 .269 .338 .435 .319 91 -9.9 10.2 4.7 64 10 6.1 -0.7 -14.1 0.6
2007 BOS MLB AL 8 6 .309 .361 .471 .000 105 -2.4 0.2 0.1 53 11 -0.1 1.0 -0.3 0.1
2007 TOR MLB AL 69 210 .275 .343 .432 .333 95 -8.2 6.2 2.9 59 10 1.6 0.0 -10.1 0.1
2007 PAW AAA INT 7 30 .266 .331 .395 .222 95 -3.3 0.9 0.3 49 0 -0.1 0.2 -1.7 0.0

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
1988 EVE A- NWN 245 212 35 55 4 0 3 68 29 27 54 10 4 .259 .350 .321 .061 1 1
1989 CLN A MDW 437 385 39 91 13 3 0 110 24 39 101 28 16 .236 .310 .286 .049 4 4
1989 SJO A+ CLF 106 92 5 11 2 0 0 13 4 13 27 10 1 .120 .236 .141 .022 0 0
1990 SJO A+ CLF 536 460 80 123 15 10 7 179 71 68 98 33 15 .267 .367 .389 .122 0 0
1991 SFN MLB NL 27 26 0 3 1 0 0 4 2 1 6 0 0 .115 .148 .154 .038 0 0
1991 SHV AA TXS 557 485 84 136 22 8 5 189 68 61 104 36 10 .280 .362 .390 .109 3 3
1992 SFN MLB NL 352 321 31 72 7 4 4 99 24 26 63 8 4 .224 .281 .308 .084 2 3
1992 PHX AAA PCL 212 192 30 46 6 2 3 65 18 17 25 15 6 .240 .299 .339 .099 2 2
1993 SFN MLB NL 607 549 54 155 21 5 6 204 70 38 91 11 10 .282 .331 .372 .089 7 8
1994 SFN MLB NL 423 385 38 91 14 6 3 126 30 30 74 23 3 .236 .295 .327 .091 2 3
1995 SFN MLB NL 557 509 56 124 29 3 5 174 58 38 109 24 9 .244 .298 .342 .098 3 4
1996 SLN MLB NL 531 491 64 136 20 4 6 182 35 33 89 33 15 .277 .321 .371 .094 4 2
1997 SLN MLB NL 619 576 75 153 39 5 9 229 61 33 109 30 10 .266 .306 .398 .132 5 2
1998 TEX MLB AL 206 186 30 53 12 1 5 82 24 13 32 5 5 .285 .330 .441 .156 3 3
1998 SLN MLB NL 402 355 59 83 19 1 4 116 29 40 51 19 6 .234 .313 .327 .093 2 3
1999 TEX MLB AL 520 465 69 134 21 5 14 207 52 39 100 8 6 .288 .346 .445 .157 3 9
1999 OKL AAA PCL 10 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 3 0 0 .143 .400 .143 .000 0 0
2000 TEX MLB AL 573 513 70 124 21 5 14 197 54 42 92 11 7 .242 .301 .384 .142 3 12
2001 CHA MLB AL 485 433 62 114 21 4 9 170 60 33 72 10 7 .263 .315 .393 .129 7 9
2002 CHA MLB AL 376 342 51 86 14 2 7 125 35 20 67 5 1 .251 .295 .365 .114 4 7
2003 MIL MLB NL 543 483 49 110 16 1 11 161 39 49 92 5 2 .228 .301 .333 .106 4 4
2004 COL MLB NL 652 574 95 160 36 4 8 228 54 48 125 10 5 .279 .338 .397 .118 2 24
2005 ARI MLB NL 573 522 59 141 28 4 2 183 44 38 105 13 3 .270 .320 .351 .080 2 10
2006 CIN MLB NL 164 149 13 35 8 0 2 49 13 11 32 6 3 .235 .290 .329 .094 1 2
2006 WAS MLB NL 338 305 36 82 22 1 0 106 27 19 53 8 3 .269 .315 .348 .079 5 5
2007 PAW AAA INT 30 28 2 4 3 0 0 7 3 2 10 0 0 .143 .200 .250 .107 0 0
2007 BOS MLB AL 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2007 TOR MLB AL 210 189 23 48 14 0 1 65 12 14 50 2 1 .254 .304 .344 .090 3 3

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA

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
2007-05-30 2007-06-02 DTD 3 3 - Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2006-06-17 2006-06-19 DTD 2 2 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2006-04-17 2006-04-18 DTD 1 0 Left Forearm Contusion HBP - -
2004-06-13 2004-06-13 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Spasms - -
2003-05-27 2003-05-27 DTD 0 0 - Hand Contusion HBP - -
2002-05-06 2002-05-06 DTD 0 0 - Face Other Tooth Pulled - -
2002-04-04 2002-04-06 DTD 2 1 - Soreness - -
2001-08-30 2001-08-31 DTD 1 1 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2001-08-16 2001-08-18 DTD 2 2 - Low Back Spasms - -
2001-07-13 2001-07-13 DTD 0 0 - Forearm Laceration Spiked - -
2000-07-03 2000-07-13 DTD 10 6 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
1999-05-30 1999-06-04 DTD 5 4 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
1999-05-01 1999-05-21 15-DL 20 17 Right Shoulder Strain - -
1999-04-08 1999-04-13 DTD 5 4 Right Shoulder Strain - -
1998-06-24 1998-07-09 15-DL 15 11 Right Abdomen Strain Side - -
1997-09-03 1997-09-03 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
1997-06-27 1997-06-27 DTD 0 0 - Knee Soreness - -
1997-06-15 1997-06-15 DTD 0 0 - Sprain Big Toe - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 TOR $1,500,000
2006 WAS $1,000,000
2005 ARI $1,350,000
2004 COL $650,000
2003 MIL $1,500,000
2002 CHA $4,500,000
2001 CHA $4,500,000
2000 TEX $4,500,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$19,500,000
8 yrTotal$19,500,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
15 y 132 dRick Licht1 yr/$1.5M (07)

Details
  • designated for assignment 10/29/07
  • contract purchased 9/1/07 signed as a free agent from TOR 8/23/07 (minor-league contract)
  • released 8/7/07
  • designated for assignment 8/3/07
  • signed as a free agent from CIN 11/06, 1 year/$1.5M (07)
  • $0.75M signing bonus, 07:$0.75M
  • performance bonus:$0.1M each 525,550,575 plate appearances, $0.2M 600 plate appearances
  • acquired in trade from WAS 7/06 signed as a free agent from AZ 1/06 (minor-league contract)
  • signed as a free agent from COL 12/04, 1 year/$1.3M (05)
  • contract purchased 4/04 signed as a free agent from MIL 1/04 (minor-league contract), 1 year/$0.65M (04)
  • FA 10/03 after club declined 04 opt
  • 03:$1.5M
  • 1 year/$1.75M (03)+$2M 04 club option, option increases to $2.3M with 375 plate appearances in 03, $2.5M with 400 plate appearances, $2.7M with 450 plate appearances, $3M with 500 plate appearances, $3.3M with 550 plate appearances
  • 03 bonuses:$0.1M each for 375,400,450,500,550 plate appearances
  • ($0.5M total) signed as a free agent from CWS 12/02
  • waived-CWS 9/02

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2008 As Royce Clayton's career comes to a close, it's worth mentioning that he had more than 7,000 at-bats, nearly 2,000 hits, and more than 200 steals. Moreover, he played very good defense at shortstop, good enough to justify his lineup spot for a decade from 1993 to 2003.
2007 A shadow of a once useful player, and now the second entry under `Mostly Harmless` in The Hitchhiker`s Guide to the Galaxy. At this point, his skills are limited to running the bases well, dropping bunts on command, and playing a merely functional short. Bound for Toronto and a battle for playing time, at least he`ll not be in any danger of being tarred and feathered for being part of the Kearns/Lopez deal.
2006 Baseball is a simple game. You hit the ball, you catch the ball, you throw the ball. Clayton`s ability to do all three declined once again, though the "you have to watch him play every day" camp might disagree. While his defensive reputation is still intact, and fans still point to the (increasingly) occasional highlight-reel play, most defensive metrics (Clay Davenport`s numbers, Ultimate Zone Rating, Range Factor) show him as squarely middle-of-the-road, if not bottom-of-the-barrel. Cintron could have done the same job for less money. In fact, he did. Clayton wasn`t offered arbitration, so in 2006 he`ll join his fifth team in five years.
2005 An aging defensive specialist hits .279/.338/.397 in Coors Field, and his defense deteriorates due to age in front of the eyes of a dwindling fan base. The obvious thing to do? Let him go. The Rockies nailed this one, letting Clayton leave for grayer pastures in Arizona, where he signed a one-year deal for $1.35 million. You know what he'll do.
2004 Clayton's hitting is bad enough that he's not even as much of a hoped-for intentional walk as you might want in the eighth slot; opposing pitchers and managers can generally take it for granted that they can knock the bat out of his hands at will. He isn't even hitting lefties with any authority any more. What he did do right was give the Brewers a regular while Bill Hall and J. J. Hardy got development time. He'll mark time with the Rockies, on the basis of his defensive skills, but the odds of Clayton being a useful regular on a good team are nil.
2003 Clayton was one of the worst players in the majors in 2002. That said, he is the kind of player you might take a chance on if you need leather at short and can deal with light offensive contributions. Clayton’s last year was bad enough that he stood a chance of scaring that market away, leaving him the rare veteran bit player that comes cheap enough to make him worth the bother. It didn’t happen this time; the Brewers will be paying him too much to start for them at short in 2003.
2002 Know any people who can't resist a bargain? Ooh, there's a '30% Off' sale at "Useless Crap'R'Us!" They buy things just because the price is right, irrespective of whether they need or want the items. It's the thrill of the buy, of getting something at less than cost. That's how Kenny Williams ended up with Royce Clayton. The price was a couple of B-/C+ arms, because the Rangers had just signed Alex Rodriguez. Of course, the Sox didn't need a shortstop—Jose Valentin had just re-upped for three seasons—and even if they had needed one, they certainly didn't need Royce Clayton. Clayton was terrible in the first half, helping bury the Sox. His big second half helped them get over .500, but on the whole, he was the shortstop equivalent of a set of hand-stitched leg warmers going for $4.99 a pair.
2001 Ugggg. PAX-TV had a better season than Royce Clayton, behind such fine family fare as Diagnosis Murder and Pablum Theatre. At the end of 1999, Clayton appeared to have turned an offensive corner, posting career highs in OBP and slugging average. As it turns out, the improvement was short-lived, and his season was effectively a total loss. He had identical extra-base-hit numbers in 1999 and 2000 but lost ten singles and made an extra 50 outs. Barring another run-in with the gentleman below, expect a mild comeback in 2001.
2000 A shoulder injury hampered both his fielding and hitting in the first half (639 pre-break OPS). After the break, he joined the growing list of players converting to the new Sam Bat, and he suddenly started hitting like he wanted to join the Jeter/Rodriguez/Garciaparra club (912 post-break OPS). With the shoulder problem behind him, I think there's a good chance we'll see a career year from Clayton in 2000.
1999 One of the top few fielding shortstops in the game, by reputation and by numbers. The only questions are the bat and the price tag. Is the difference between him and Elster (or him and Sheldon) worth Tatis? At $5 million a year? My answers: no, no, and no.
1998 Clayton will wind up being one of the unrecognized defensive greats: the window of opportunity for him to get recognized with at least a Gold Glove never existed, because of Barry Larkin and now the Rey Ordonez publicity machine. Unlike Ordonez, he’s a ballplayer.
1997 An absolute disaster as the leadoff man. He had a .321 OBP on the season, .314 when batting leadoff. He handled the LaRussa-Smith war as well as you could hope. Clayton is an excellent defensive player, but the Cardinals are touting him as an up and coming young player, when he’s at the peak of his career right now; to hope for more offense is unrealistic.
1996  A poor hitter even by shortstop standards, Royce has been anointed to take over the position long held by Ozzie Smith is St. Louis. His defense is well-regarded, but hardly overwhelming. Of course, he does meet the Cardinal credo of speed.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2008-11-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Feeling any better about Elvis Andrus after his steady second half?
(Joey Matschulat from Tyler, TX)
Another guy I'm not as high on as others. Decent average, great speed, no other secondary skills, good defense. He's almost Royce Clayton for me, but I also think Royce Clayton is underrated. (Kevin Goldstein)


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