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Portrait of Fernando Valenzuela

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
17 453 2930 173 153 2 3.54 52.7
Birth Date11-1-1960
Height5' 11"
Weight180 lbs
Age58 years, 11 months, 18 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
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 W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1980 LAN MLB 10 0 17.7 2 0 1 8 5 16 0 97 4.1 2.5 0.0 8.2 0% .178 0.74 1.77 0.00 73 2.36 55.0 0.5
1981 LAN MLB 25 25 192.3 13 7 0 140 61 180 11 95 6.6 2.9 0.5 8.4 0% .255 1.05 2.51 2.48 55 1.81 45.3 6.9
1982 LAN MLB 37 37 285.0 19 13 0 247 83 199 13 96 7.8 2.6 0.4 6.3 0% .272 1.16 2.83 2.87 74 2.62 61.0 8.2
1983 LAN MLB 35 35 257.0 15 10 0 245 99 189 16 96 8.6 3.5 0.6 6.6 0% .291 1.34 3.19 3.75 82 3.25 75.1 5.7
1984 LAN MLB 34 34 261.0 12 17 0 218 106 240 14 91 7.5 3.7 0.5 8.3 0% .285 1.24 2.89 3.03 69 2.60 60.8 7.7
1985 LAN MLB 35 35 272.3 17 10 0 211 101 208 14 87 7.0 3.3 0.5 6.9 0% .251 1.15 2.87 2.45 80 2.74 62.8 8.0
1986 LAN MLB 34 34 269.3 21 11 0 226 85 242 18 92 7.6 2.8 0.6 8.1 0% .275 1.15 2.77 3.14 68 2.68 60.6 8.3
1987 LAN MLB 34 34 251.0 14 14 0 254 124 190 25 91 9.1 4.4 0.9 6.8 0% .296 1.51 4.17 3.98 97 4.52 94.9 3.6
1988 LAN MLB 23 22 142.3 5 8 1 142 76 64 11 97 9.0 4.8 0.7 4.0 0% .276 1.53 4.41 4.24 116 4.98 120.0 0.0
1989 LAN MLB 31 31 196.7 10 13 0 185 98 116 11 96 8.5 4.5 0.5 5.3 0% .278 1.44 3.73 3.43 111 4.57 110.0 1.0
1990 LAN MLB 33 33 204.0 13 13 0 223 77 115 19 99 9.8 3.4 0.8 5.1 0% .296 1.47 4.02 4.59 106 4.70 109.5 1.2
1991 CAL MLB 2 2 6.7 0 2 0 14 3 5 3 91 18.9 4.1 4.1 6.8 0% .440 2.55 8.60 12.15 122 5.73 132.8 0.0
1993 BAL MLB 32 31 178.7 8 10 0 179 79 78 18 102 9.0 4.0 0.9 3.9 0% .273 1.44 4.82 4.94 122 6.29 135.7 -1.4
1994 PHI MLB 8 7 45.0 1 2 0 42 7 19 8 94 8.4 1.4 1.6 3.8 0% .230 1.09 4.99 3.00 107 4.46 89.8 0.7
1995 SDN MLB 29 15 90.3 8 3 0 101 34 57 16 98 10.1 3.4 1.6 5.7 0% .295 1.49 5.23 4.98 109 5.42 111.1 0.4
1996 SDN MLB 33 31 171.7 13 8 0 177 67 95 17 98 9.3 3.5 0.9 5.0 0% .285 1.42 4.44 3.62 106 5.26 103.9 1.6
1997 SDN 0 13 13 66.3 2 8 0 84 32 51 10 97 11.4 4.3 1.4 6.9 0% .343 1.75 5.12 4.75 107 5.76 119.8 0.1
1997 SLN 0 5 5 22.7 0 4 0 22 14 10 2 96 8.7 5.6 0.8 4.0 0% .253 1.59 5.32 5.56 94 4.31 89.6 0.4
1997 TOT MLB 18 18 89.0 2 12 0 106 46 61 12 96 10.7 4.7 1.2 6.2 0% .000 1.71 5.17 4.96 104 5.39 112.1 0.4
CareerMLB4534242930.01731532271811512074226958.33.50.76.450%.2791.323.583.54903.7784.552.7

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 GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1980 LAN MLB NL 10 0 17.7 2 0 1 8 5 16 0 97 4.1 2.5 0.0 8.2 0% .178 0.74 1.77 0.00 73 2.36 55.0
1981 LAN MLB NL 25 25 192.3 13 7 0 140 61 180 11 95 6.6 2.9 0.5 8.4 0% .255 1.05 2.51 2.48 55 1.81 45.3
1982 LAN MLB NL 37 37 285.0 19 13 0 247 83 199 13 96 7.8 2.6 0.4 6.3 0% .272 1.16 2.83 2.87 74 2.62 61.0
1983 LAN MLB NL 35 35 257.0 15 10 0 245 99 189 16 96 8.6 3.5 0.6 6.6 0% .291 1.34 3.19 3.75 82 3.25 75.1
1984 LAN MLB NL 34 34 261.0 12 17 0 218 106 240 14 91 7.5 3.7 0.5 8.3 0% .285 1.24 2.89 3.03 69 2.60 60.8
1985 LAN MLB NL 35 35 272.3 17 10 0 211 101 208 14 87 7.0 3.3 0.5 6.9 0% .251 1.15 2.87 2.45 80 2.74 62.8
1986 LAN MLB NL 34 34 269.3 21 11 0 226 85 242 18 92 7.6 2.8 0.6 8.1 0% .275 1.15 2.77 3.14 68 2.68 60.6
1987 LAN MLB NL 34 34 251.0 14 14 0 254 124 190 25 91 9.1 4.4 0.9 6.8 0% .296 1.51 4.17 3.98 97 4.52 94.9
1988 LAN MLB NL 23 22 142.3 5 8 1 142 76 64 11 97 9.0 4.8 0.7 4.0 0% .276 1.53 4.41 4.24 116 4.98 120.0
1989 LAN MLB NL 31 31 196.7 10 13 0 185 98 116 11 96 8.5 4.5 0.5 5.3 0% .278 1.44 3.73 3.43 111 4.57 110.0
1990 LAN MLB NL 33 33 204.0 13 13 0 223 77 115 19 99 9.8 3.4 0.8 5.1 0% .296 1.47 4.02 4.59 106 4.70 109.5
1991 CAL MLB AL 2 2 6.7 0 2 0 14 3 5 3 91 18.9 4.1 4.1 6.8 0% .440 2.55 8.60 12.15 122 5.73 132.8
1993 BAL MLB AL 32 31 178.7 8 10 0 179 79 78 18 102 9.0 4.0 0.9 3.9 0% .273 1.44 4.82 4.94 122 6.29 135.7
1994 PHI MLB NL 8 7 45.0 1 2 0 42 7 19 8 94 8.4 1.4 1.6 3.8 0% .230 1.09 4.99 3.00 107 4.46 89.8
1995 SDN MLB NL 29 15 90.3 8 3 0 101 34 57 16 98 10.1 3.4 1.6 5.7 0% .295 1.49 5.23 4.98 109 5.42 111.1
1996 SDN MLB NL 33 31 171.7 13 8 0 177 67 95 17 98 9.3 3.5 0.9 5.0 0% .285 1.42 4.44 3.62 106 5.26 103.9
1997 SDN MLB NL 13 13 66.3 2 8 0 84 32 51 10 97 11.4 4.3 1.4 6.9 0% .343 1.75 5.12 4.75 107 5.76 119.8
1997 SLN MLB NL 5 5 22.7 0 4 0 22 14 10 2 96 8.7 5.6 0.8 4.0 0% .253 1.59 5.32 5.56 94 4.31 89.6

Plate Discipline

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

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
1991-06-13 1991-07-05 15-DL 22 20 - General Medical Cardiac Arrhythmia - -
1988-08-01 1988-09-26 56 52 Left Shoulder Sprain Anterior Capsule - -

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2019 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any concern about Felix's elbow? Should I be concerned about him in fantasy this year?
(Brian from Madison)
Hey Brian, I don't know that I have a specific concern about Felix other than his significant workload. The last three pitchers to log 1,600 innings by age 26 were Dwight Gooden, Fernando Valenzuela, and Frank Tanana. Those guys went on to have great careers, although not as great as people might have expected based on their earlier success. On the bright side, Bert Blyleven was the last before them (he had thrown 500 more innings than Felix by this point), and he ended up in the Hall of Fame. You never know with pitchers, but so far it seems like he's up to the task. (Geoff Young)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Good chat. Over the last 15 - 20 years, who are some of your favorite players to go to the ballpark and see play and why?
(Jerome from T Hills)
Some of them are obvious - warts and all, I'm thrilled that I've gotten to see Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez as often as I have over the years - both have provided some incredible moments. Mariano Rivera, of course. I'm lucky to have seen Tim Raines and Rickey Henderson relatively late in their careers. Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and Randy Johnson were pretty special because the Mariners were a favorite before I came to New York, and a common point of reference for me and my brother. Manny Ramirez, when he was still an Indian, was a lot of fun. Jim Thome was a beast who seemed to homer every time he came to town.

Going further back, I'm thrilled I got to see Fernando Valenzuela pitch in person, even if it was only spring training. Likewise for seeing Reggie Jackson in spring training - both were huge parts of my childhood and adolesence. My first regular season major league game was Roger Clemens vs. Nolan Ryan in 1989 (read about it in today's column). That was incredibly special in retrospect because Ryan always meant a great deal to me.

I'm sure I've forgotten somebody, but that's a good start. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)You were perhaps the very first media person who discounted the scouts' concerns with Tim Lincecum and said two winters ago he was your choice for franchise pitcher for the next 10 years. Given that Tim had never thrown a pitch above High A, most would have considered that a very bold prediction. Today (and I ask this question four days before I expect Lincecum to become the Giants' first Cy Young Award winner in 41 years and I believe the second-ever NL pitcher to win the award in his first full season -- with Fernando Valenzuela being the other)that prediction looks like genius. What were the specific factors that allowed you to make what appears to be a prediction ahead of its time, and what implications do these factors have for Tim's continuing future?
(sharksrog from San Francisco)
That's a really early submit, so I have to get this one up. Lincecum did win the award, so I look really smart, but basically I could have been wrong for the reasons I was right. Eyes are a terrible tool for judging pitchers and without facts and data on his joint load, I can't say anything with surety. I didn't see anything terribly wrong mechanically, but the same could be said about Mark Prior. I just didn't think "looks strange" ever equalled "dangerous." (Will Carroll)
2008-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)I don't recall exactly when Eric Davis retired, and I have to acknowledge that his career numbers don't come close to HOF material. However, he stands out to this Reds fan as one of the most exciting players of his era, and I'll forever wonder what might have been had he stayed healthy. What's your top-5 list of "coulda shoulda" players?
(BelongstotheReds from Seattle)
No joke, I got all verklempt when I wrote up Davis' blurb for a JAWS piece a couple years back. The man possessed the most electrifying speed/power combo to hit the majors between Willie Mays and Barry Bonds, period. What I wouldn't give to see him play at his peak again...

Davis and his childhood pal Darryl Strawberry make a good strat to a top five for the Hall of Should aWouldaCoulda, and you can't mention the straw without calling upon Dwight Gooden too. Add David Cone and Fernando Valenzuela and you've got an easy five from me, though I'm certain there are others I could include particularly from other eras. (Jay Jaffe)


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