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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
9 44 85.3 1 6 0 5.27 -0.4
Birth Date1-15-1956
Height6' 1"
Weight185 lbs
Age63 years, 8 months, 7 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
1981 MIN MLB 27 2 58.7 1 5 0 61 32 33 9 101 9.4 4.9 1.4 5.1 0% .278 1.59 5.09 4.30 115 5.06 126.5 -0.5
1982 MIN MLB 6 1 11.3 0 1 0 14 11 5 0 102 11.1 8.7 0.0 4.0 0% .341 2.21 4.71 9.53 114 4.92 114.4 0.0
1983 TOR MLB 4 0 5.3 0 0 0 8 0 5 3 108 13.5 0.0 5.1 8.4 0% .333 1.50 8.25 6.75 101 3.89 89.8 0.1
1985 NYA MLB 7 0 10.0 0 0 0 12 3 4 2 100 10.8 2.7 1.8 3.6 0% .286 1.50 5.43 5.40 113 4.45 102.3 0.1
CareerMLB44385.31609546471410210.04.91.55.047%.2911.655.285.271144.89119.7-0.4

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 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-
1979 WTH AA EAS 28 0 54.0 6 4 6 49 30 44 6 8.2 5.0 1.0 7.3 0% .000 1.46 4.08 4.33 0 0.00 0.0
1979 COH AAA INT 8 0 18.0 0 0 2 19 11 14 1 9.5 5.5 0.5 7.0 0% .000 1.67 3.75 5.50 0 0.00 0.0
1980 NAS AA SOU 32 0 60.0 1 5 8 43 29 62 4 6.5 4.4 0.6 9.3 0% .000 1.20 2.77 1.80 0 0.00 0.0
1980 COH AAA INT 12 4 38.0 3 2 0 30 16 29 3 7.1 3.8 0.7 6.9 0% .000 1.21 3.31 2.13 0 0.00 0.0
1981 MIN MLB AL 27 2 58.7 1 5 0 61 32 33 9 101 9.4 4.9 1.4 5.1 0% .278 1.59 5.09 4.30 115 5.06 126.5
1982 MIN MLB AL 6 1 11.3 0 1 0 14 11 5 0 102 11.1 8.7 0.0 4.0 0% .341 2.21 4.71 9.53 114 4.92 114.4
1982 TOL AAA INT 28 28 176.7 12 10 0 196 69 125 19 10.0 3.5 1.0 6.4 0% .000 1.50 3.89 4.63 0 0.00 0.0
1983 TOR MLB AL 4 0 5.3 0 0 0 8 0 5 3 108 13.5 0.0 5.1 8.4 0% .333 1.50 8.25 6.75 101 3.89 89.8
1983 SYR AAA INT 46 1 87.0 10 5 22 69 33 73 7 7.1 3.4 0.7 7.6 0% .000 1.17 3.64 3.21 0 0.00 0.0
1984 COH AAA INT 41 3 88.0 8 6 9 81 31 62 8 8.3 3.2 0.8 6.3 0% .000 1.27 3.58 3.17 0 0.00 0.0
1985 NYA MLB AL 7 0 10.0 0 0 0 12 3 4 2 100 10.8 2.7 1.8 3.6 0% .286 1.50 5.43 5.40 113 4.45 102.3
1985 COH AAA INT 33 4 68.3 7 3 10 61 21 59 7 8.0 2.8 0.9 7.8 0% .000 1.20 3.01 2.37 0 0.00 0.0
1986 SYR AAA INT 32 6 68.7 5 5 4 64 28 42 11 8.4 3.7 1.4 5.5 0% .000 1.34 4.71 3.80 0 0.00 0.0
1987 ROC AAA INT 14 3 37.7 2 2 2 39 14 22 2 9.3 3.3 0.5 5.3 0% .000 1.41 3.56 3.82 0 0.00 0.0

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

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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
2017-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather roster, Anderson Espinoza or Lucas Giolito? Giolito has really lost his luster. Can ChiW turn him around?
(Johnny Walker Black from NJ)
This is well within the fudge factor for me, but Don Cooper has worked miracles with less, and the lead time with Espinoza may be significant and we could be having this same conversation about him in 2019. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2015-10-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Has Don Cooper lost his luster as a PC?
(Jake from Northern suburbs)
I don't see how you can suggest that when Rodon developed really well, Sale has stayed healthy beyond everyone's expectations, Quintana is still a stud. Samardzija's struggles don't mean Coop isn't any good anymore. I saw someone tweet that they have the second-highest pitcher fWAR in baseball since 2006 (Sahadev Sharma)
2015-01-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)Will Rodon blow out his arm within the first 2 yrs of his MLB career? Are you at all concerned about his slider usage in college?
(Crawdads from Reno)
I don't play the injury prediction game, as there are too many variables involved and we are only privy to a couple of them. I am very interested to see how he does while working with Don Cooper; Rodon's in-season development will be an intriguing story line. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-01-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think is the best (or best 2-3) pitching coach in the game today? All-time?
(The Dude from Office)
There's too much going on behind the scenes for me to answer this with any sort of conviction. We hear about the extreme cases, especially when a P-coach has an observable skill - ie Dave Duncan with the splitter or Leo Mazzone with expanding the zone - and we can guess that guys like Ray Searage and Don Cooper do an outstanding job. But a realistic ranking system is difficult, and my own coaching biases would certainly come into play. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-01-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)Can you talk a little bit about Carlos Rodon's delivery and what you think it spells for him success wise? What will he need to work on?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I might be in the minority here, but I really like Rodon's delivery. I gave him B+ stability and B power in this article (which also includes write-ups on Aiken and Kolek). Some might be thrown by his funky angles, but last season he was finishing on-line to the target. Hopefully he retains his solid momentum, but Don Cooper adheres to a "stay back" philosophy that could alter Rodon's pace to the plate. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Craig, what factor do you think the cut fastball has had on the decrease in offense in general? It seems to me that pitch is being called more and more. It was hardly thrown 20-30 years ago, and now nearly everyone throws it. Seems like umpires love to call it. More players are being thrown out for arguing calls, too. Thoughts?
(jbenkard from Madison, Wi.)
I don't know about that last claim, and if it's more anecdotal than actually the case, but I also think baseball goes in cycles a bit. The sinker was all the rage for a bit, and now it's the cutter. It helps when you've got guys like Don Cooper who know how to teach it really well, but I do think these trends come and go in some sense. I wouldn't put the offensive decline in baseball the shoulders of the cutter, no. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why does Erik Johnson decide to have a good start once I've made up my mind to release him?
(Jim from Chicago)
LOL, because everyone can twirl a gem from time-to-time. He's a fifth starter, I just didn't see the hype coming into the season. Don Cooper can maybe extract four-level numbers out of him which will include the occasional gem and some solid outings, but the flameouts erase a lot of good. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)Jose Quintana or Travis Wood in a 15 tm redraft with QS in place of W's
(artful dodger from Nice SN)
Give me Quintana at this point. It was the Twins, but 8 k's is a nice step forward for him. Consider this a vote for Don Cooper as much as Jose Quintana. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)You still love me?
(Felipe Paulino from Chi town )
Yes. A little tepid this year for your fantasy outlook for obvious reasons, but overall I'm still a fan. I'm scooping you up in deeper AL-only leagues. In Don Cooper I trust! (Paul Sporer)
2011-06-20 14:00:00 (link to chat)Philip Humber, 9th in WAR for AL pitchers ... uhm ... please explain.
(Paul from DC)
He doesn't miss a ton of bats but his homer and walk rates are impressively low, and his .226 BABIP is insanely low (and unsustainable). Bet on some significant regression.

That said, Humber's working with one of the game's best pitching coaches in Don Cooper, so I don't think that he's incapable of surviving as a back-end starter. He's going to need to get more groundballs though, particularly in that ballpark. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-11-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would Vazquez's drop in velocity give you pause as a GM looking at FA pitchers?
(Matt from Chicago)
Absolutely, though I think his issues have more to do with mechanics than with injury. The right pitching coach may be able to straighten him out. Then again, he was nothing special in Chicago under Don Cooper, who's one of the best in the biz, so who the hell knows? (Jay Jaffe)
2009-03-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)I don't know about the other two, but Danks only really figured it out after the pitching coach in Chicago taught him to throw a cutter. It's hard to knock the Rangers for that.
(Aaron from YYZ)
Well, why can't they get their own Don Cooper instead of whomever they've had as their pitching coaches over the past decade? And why can't they keep their guys healthy? I do think that the arrival of Mike Maddux marks a step in the right direction, but it's a first step. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-04-25 15:00:00 (link to chat)White Sox: Fluke or for real?
(Izzy from DC)
I'm not a huge believer in the White Sox, but it's clear that at least in the early going, two things are going very right. First, you've got the bouncebacks from Joe Crede and Carlos Quentin that have helped resurrect that offense while marginalizing some rather unproductive players. Second, them Gavin Floyd and John Danks appearing to have finally put it together. These were well-regarded pitching prospects who've taken a long time to live up to their billing, but with a good coach like Don Cooper it shouldn't be terribly surprising to see them make the kind of nonlinear jumps that pitchers do when they finally Get It Together. (Jay Jaffe)


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