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Brian Downing DH

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
20 9309 .267 .370 .425 123 47.7
Birth Date10-9-1950
Height5' 10"
Weight170 lbs
Age69 years, 5 months, 29 days
BatsR
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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
1973 CHA 22 34 85 13 1 0 2 10 17 0 0 0 .178 .277 .274 81 -1.4 -2.1 -1.0 -0.3
1974 CHA 23 108 350 66 12 1 10 51 72 2 0 1 .225 .344 .375 107 4.3 2.7 -0.4 1.9
1975 CHA 24 138 516 101 12 1 7 76 75 3 13 4 .240 .356 .324 106 6.1 -0.2 6.7 3.7
1976 CHA 25 104 365 81 14 0 3 40 55 1 7 3 .256 .338 .328 99 1.3 0.8 -1.7 1.6
1977 CHA 26 69 214 48 4 2 4 34 21 2 1 2 .284 .402 .402 119 5.6 -2.1 -1.6 1.1
1978 CAL 27 133 476 105 15 0 7 52 47 6 3 2 .255 .345 .342 99 1.3 -0.6 5.4 2.8
1979 CAL 28 148 596 166 27 3 12 77 57 5 3 3 .326 .418 .462 137 28.8 1.3 -6.3 5.0
1980 CAL 29 30 108 27 6 0 2 12 12 0 0 2 .290 .364 .419 108 1.2 -1.0 -0.5 0.3
1981 CAL 30 93 370 79 14 0 9 46 35 4 1 1 .249 .351 .379 112 4.0 0.5 -6.0 0.9
1982 CAL 31 158 725 175 37 2 28 86 58 5 2 1 .281 .368 .482 129 26.0 4.2 5.5 5.4
1983 CAL 32 113 473 99 15 1 19 62 59 5 1 2 .246 .352 .429 118 9.8 1.6 0.6 2.2
1984 CAL 33 156 628 148 28 2 23 70 66 7 0 4 .275 .360 .462 129 22.5 -1.4 -5.6 2.9
1985 CAL 34 150 620 137 23 1 20 78 61 13 5 3 .263 .371 .427 127 21.3 1.1 -7.6 2.8
1986 CAL 35 152 631 137 27 4 20 90 84 17 4 4 .267 .389 .452 133 25.2 -1.8 -9.7 2.8
1987 CAL 36 155 695 154 29 3 29 106 85 17 5 5 .272 .400 .487 133 28.7 -2.7 -4.3 3.1
1988 CAL 37 135 590 117 18 2 25 81 63 14 3 4 .242 .362 .442 139 26.0 -0.2 0.0 3.4
1989 CAL 38 142 610 154 25 2 14 56 87 6 0 2 .283 .354 .414 121 15.4 -4.3 0.0 1.8
1990 CAL 39 96 390 90 18 2 14 50 45 6 0 0 .273 .374 .467 126 11.8 -1.8 0.0 1.5
1991 TEX 40 123 476 113 17 2 17 58 70 8 1 1 .278 .377 .455 127 15.9 4.3 0.0 2.7
1992 TEX 41 107 391 89 18 0 10 62 58 8 1 0 .278 .407 .428 136 17.2 -1.6 0.0 2.1
Career23449309209936028275119711271295044.267.370.425123271.1-3.2-26.547.7

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
1973 CHA MLB AL 34 85 .262 .323 .387 .204 102 -5.2 2.2 0 81 13 -1.0 -2.1 -1.4 -0.3
1974 CHA MLB AL 108 350 .260 .321 .373 .265 103 -1.3 9.1 1.6 107 13 -0.4 2.7 4.3 1.9
1975 CHA MLB AL 138 516 .254 .319 .371 .273 104 -1.8 13.6 8.1 106 10 6.7 -0.2 6.1 3.7
1976 CHA MLB AL 104 365 .258 .316 .367 .298 100 3.2 9.2 4.3 99 11 -1.7 0.8 1.3 1.6
1977 CHA MLB AL 69 214 .269 .327 .410 .297 100 8.5 6.0 3.1 119 11 -1.6 -2.1 5.6 1.1
1978 CAL MLB AL 133 476 .258 .320 .380 .272 97 0.7 12.4 7.2 99 9 5.4 -0.6 1.3 2.8
1979 CAL MLB AL 148 596 .270 .330 .413 .348 97 34.9 16.7 7.6 137 11 -6.3 1.3 28.8 5.0
1980 CAL MLB AL 30 108 .269 .325 .391 .309 97 1.1 2.9 0.1 108 19 -0.5 -1.0 1.2 0.3
1981 CAL MLB AL 93 370 .256 .317 .370 .256 98 5.5 9.3 0.5 112 8 -6.0 0.5 4.0 0.9
1982 CAL MLB AL 158 725 .266 .327 .407 .270 100 34.9 19.6 -4.6 129 12 5.5 4.2 26.0 5.4
1983 CAL MLB AL 113 473 .263 .323 .397 .245 100 8.5 12.8 -4.3 118 7 0.6 1.6 9.8 2.2
1984 CAL MLB AL 156 628 .261 .324 .393 .272 94 23.8 16.8 -4.8 129 10 -5.6 -1.4 22.5 2.9
1985 CAL MLB AL 150 620 .261 .328 .406 .264 96 25 16.9 -5.1 127 9 -7.6 1.1 21.3 2.8
1986 CAL MLB AL 152 631 .263 .330 .411 .281 95 36.4 17.5 -4.6 133 9 -9.7 -1.8 25.2 2.8
1987 CAL MLB AL 155 695 .265 .332 .425 .274 97 36.9 20.5 -11.3 133 11 -4.3 -2.7 28.7 3.1
1988 CAL MLB AL 135 590 .257 .318 .387 .229 96 26.1 15.4 -9.9 139 11 0.0 -0.2 26.0 3.4
1989 CAL MLB AL 142 610 .262 .324 .389 .313 97 19.8 15.9 -10.2 121 9 0.0 -4.3 15.4 1.8
1990 CAL MLB AL 96 390 .257 .322 .382 .276 97 18.6 10.5 -6.6 126 10 0.0 -1.8 11.8 1.5
1991 TEX MLB AL 123 476 .264 .331 .403 .298 100 20 12.9 -8 127 13 0.0 4.3 15.9 2.7
1992 TEX MLB AL 107 391 .257 .327 .384 .312 99 18.5 10.1 -6.3 136 12 0.0 -1.6 17.2 2.1

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
1973 CHA MLB AL 85 73 5 13 1 0 2 20 4 10 17 0 0 .178 .277 .274 .096 0 2
1974 CHA MLB AL 350 293 41 66 12 1 10 110 39 51 72 0 1 .225 .344 .375 .150 0 4
1975 CHA MLB AL 516 420 58 101 12 1 7 136 41 76 75 13 4 .240 .356 .324 .083 6 11
1976 CHA MLB AL 365 317 38 81 14 0 3 104 30 40 55 7 3 .256 .338 .328 .073 3 4
1977 CHA MLB AL 214 169 28 48 4 2 4 68 25 34 21 1 2 .284 .402 .402 .118 4 5
1978 CAL MLB AL 476 412 42 105 15 0 7 141 46 52 47 3 2 .255 .345 .342 .087 2 4
1979 CAL MLB AL 596 509 87 166 27 3 12 235 75 77 57 3 3 .326 .418 .462 .136 2 3
1980 CAL MLB AL 108 93 5 27 6 0 2 39 25 12 12 0 2 .290 .364 .419 .129 2 1
1981 CAL MLB AL 370 317 47 79 14 0 9 120 41 46 35 1 1 .249 .351 .379 .129 0 3
1982 CAL MLB AL 725 623 109 175 37 2 28 300 84 86 58 2 1 .281 .368 .482 .201 8 3
1983 CAL MLB AL 473 403 68 99 15 1 19 173 53 62 59 1 2 .246 .352 .429 .184 2 1
1984 CAL MLB AL 628 539 65 148 28 2 23 249 91 70 66 0 4 .275 .360 .462 .187 9 3
1985 CAL MLB AL 620 520 80 137 23 1 20 222 85 78 61 5 3 .263 .371 .427 .163 4 5
1986 CAL MLB AL 631 513 90 137 27 4 20 232 95 90 84 4 4 .267 .389 .452 .185 8 3
1987 CAL MLB AL 695 567 110 154 29 3 29 276 77 106 85 5 5 .272 .400 .487 .215 3 2
1988 CAL MLB AL 590 484 80 117 18 2 25 214 64 81 63 3 4 .242 .362 .442 .200 6 5
1989 CAL MLB AL 610 544 59 154 25 2 14 225 59 56 87 0 2 .283 .354 .414 .131 4 0
1990 CAL MLB AL 390 330 47 90 18 2 14 154 51 50 45 0 0 .273 .374 .467 .194 4 0
1991 TEX MLB AL 476 407 76 113 17 2 17 185 49 58 70 1 1 .278 .377 .455 .177 2 1
1992 TEX MLB AL 391 320 53 89 18 0 10 137 39 62 58 1 0 .278 .407 .428 .150 1 0

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
1988-04-20 1988-05-06 15-DL 16 15 Left Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
1983-05-09 1983-06-21 15-DL 43 38 Left Wrist Fracture - -
1980-04-21 1980-09-01 133 118 - Ankle Surgery Fracture - -
1976-04-21 1976-05-04 15-DL 13 6 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
1973-07-03 1973-08-10 38 41 - Not Disclosed - -

Compensation

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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
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Christina! Thanks, as always, for the chat. How much value should teams place on the defense of their backup catcher? Would it create valuable roster flexibility for a team to have a guy like Ryan Garko or Jayson Werth or Josh Willingham catch one day a week? Or is that just re-arranging the deck chairs? Iím also wondering if this would preserve some of the positional value of prospects who just donít look like they can catch every day, such as Jeff Clement or Hank Conger.
(Rob from Alaska)
You're talking to somebody who fell in love with everything about catchers back when you had backups like Johnny Wockenfuss and Bill Schroeder, guys who really weren't much behind the plate, but gave you something in the lineup, and who hit well enough to have value DHing or playing some first base. (Naturally, that makes me a Chris Coste fan. Jim Leyritz too, for that matter.) While a guy as big and as fragile as Werth would give me pause, I think it makes plenty of sense in Garko's case. I wonder about Willingham, but in part that's because I sort of fancy the notion that he could grow up to be the next Brian Downing. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneNor did Brian Downing leading off for the Rangers. (Christina Kahrl)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
1973 mlb .000 0.0 257 .000 0.0 10 -.008 .003 0.1 0.1 -1.0
1974 mlb .000 0.0 2206 .000 0.0 54 .013 -.002 -0.3 -0.3 -0.4
1975 mlb .000 0.0 5758 -.002 3.5 137 -.028 -.008 3.5 7.0 6.7
1976 mlb .000 0.0 3535 -.002 1.5 105 .036 -.003 -2.1 -0.6 -1.7
1977 mlb .000 0.0 2261 -.002 1.0 66 .034 -.001 -1.3 -0.3 -1.6
1978 mlb .000 0.0 4989 -.001 1.0 158 -.034 .012 3.2 4.2 5.4
1979 mlb .000 0.0 5080 -.001 0.7 123 .061 .001 -4.6 -3.9 -6.3
1980 mlb .000 0.0 562 .000 0.0 16 .050 .004 -0.6 -0.6 -0.5
1981 mlb .000 0.0 1341 .000 0.1 30 .005 .000 -0.1 0.0 -6.0

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