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Portrait of Matt Clement

Matt Clement PCubs

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
14 238 1412.7 87 86 0 4.47 27.7
Birth Date8-12-1974
Height6' 3"
Weight190 lbs
Age45 years, 3 months, 25 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
1998 SDN MLB 4 2 13.7 2 0 0 15 7 13 0 87 9.9 4.6 0.0 8.6 0% .357 1.61 2.70 4.61 86 2.76 57.3 0.5
1999 SDN MLB 31 31 180.7 10 12 0 190 86 135 18 94 9.5 4.3 0.9 6.7 0% .310 1.53 4.45 4.48 94 4.35 84.6 3.7
2000 SDN MLB 34 34 205.0 13 17 0 194 125 170 22 105 8.5 5.5 1.0 7.5 0% .283 1.56 4.85 5.14 99 4.60 88.5 3.7
2001 FLO MLB 31 31 169.3 9 10 0 172 85 134 15 99 9.1 4.5 0.8 7.1 0% .307 1.52 4.34 5.05 102 5.08 105.2 1.4
2002 CHN MLB 32 32 205.0 12 11 0 162 85 215 18 99 7.1 3.7 0.8 9.4 0% .270 1.20 3.25 3.60 78 2.82 60.5 6.5
2003 CHN MLB 32 32 201.7 14 12 0 169 79 171 22 103 7.5 3.5 1.0 7.6 0% .260 1.23 4.07 4.11 89 3.38 70.9 5.3
2004 CHN MLB 30 30 181.0 9 13 0 155 77 190 23 95 7.7 3.8 1.1 9.4 0% .279 1.28 3.97 3.68 84 3.02 62.3 5.5
2005 BOS MLB 32 32 191.0 13 6 0 192 68 146 18 107 9.0 3.2 0.8 6.9 0% .299 1.36 4.06 4.57 98 4.37 94.1 2.5
2006 BOS MLB 12 12 65.3 5 5 0 77 38 43 8 107 10.6 5.2 1.1 5.9 0% .321 1.76 5.48 6.61 116 7.49 152.6 -1.2
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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-
1994 SPO A- NWN 2 2 7.3 1 1 0 8 11 4 0 9.9 13.6 0.0 4.9 0% .000 2.60 6.96 6.16 0 0.00 0.0
1995 RCU A+ CLF 12 12 57.3 3 4 0 61 49 33 1 9.6 7.7 0.2 5.2 0% .000 1.92 5.17 4.24 0 0.00 0.0
1995 IDA Rk PIO 14 14 81.0 6 3 0 61 42 65 3 6.8 4.7 0.3 7.2 0% .000 1.27 4.36 4.33 0 0.00 0.0
1996 CLN A MDW 16 16 96.3 8 3 0 86 52 109 3 8.0 4.9 0.3 10.2 0% .000 1.43 3.20 2.80 0 0.00 0.0
1996 RCU A+ CLF 11 11 56.3 4 5 0 61 26 75 8 9.8 4.2 1.3 12.0 0% .000 1.55 4.44 5.60 0 0.00 0.0
1997 RCU A+ CLF 14 14 101.0 6 3 0 74 31 109 3 6.6 2.8 0.3 9.7 0% .275 1.04 2.92 1.60 0 0.00 0.0
1997 MOB AA SOU 13 13 88.0 6 5 0 83 32 92 4 8.5 3.3 0.4 9.4 0% .326 1.31 3.50 2.56 0 0.00 0.0
1998 SDN MLB NL 4 2 13.7 2 0 0 15 7 13 0 87 9.9 4.6 0.0 8.6 0% .357 1.61 2.70 4.61 86 2.76 57.3
1998 LVG AAA PCL 27 27 171.7 10 9 0 157 85 160 12 8.2 4.5 0.6 8.4 0% -.560 1.41 4.12 3.98 0 0.00 0.0
1999 SDN MLB NL 31 31 180.7 10 12 0 190 86 135 18 94 9.5 4.3 0.9 6.7 0% .310 1.53 4.45 4.48 94 4.35 84.6
2000 SDN MLB NL 34 34 205.0 13 17 0 194 125 170 22 105 8.5 5.5 1.0 7.5 0% .283 1.56 4.85 5.14 99 4.60 88.5
2001 FLO MLB NL 31 31 169.3 9 10 0 172 85 134 15 99 9.1 4.5 0.8 7.1 0% .307 1.52 4.34 5.05 102 5.08 105.2
2002 CHN MLB NL 32 32 205.0 12 11 0 162 85 215 18 99 7.1 3.7 0.8 9.4 0% .270 1.20 3.25 3.60 78 2.82 60.5
2003 CHN MLB NL 32 32 201.7 14 12 0 169 79 171 22 103 7.5 3.5 1.0 7.6 0% .260 1.23 4.07 4.11 89 3.38 70.9
2004 CHN MLB NL 30 30 181.0 9 13 0 155 77 190 23 95 7.7 3.8 1.1 9.4 0% .279 1.28 3.97 3.68 84 3.02 62.3
2005 BOS MLB AL 32 32 191.0 13 6 0 192 68 146 18 107 9.0 3.2 0.8 6.9 0% .299 1.36 4.06 4.57 98 4.37 94.1
2006 BOS MLB AL 12 12 65.3 5 5 0 77 38 43 8 107 10.6 5.2 1.1 5.9 0% .321 1.76 5.48 6.61 116 7.49 152.6
2006 RSX Rk GCL 1 1 1.1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 101 8.2 0.0 0.0 8.2 0% .333 0.91 1.60 0.00 84 3.60 75.6
2008 PMB A+ FSL 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 1 0 5 0 89 1.5 0.0 0.0 7.5 0% .071 0.17 2.04 0.00 78 1.98 40.4
2008 SFD AA TXS 2 2 10.0 1 0 0 12 3 5 1 91 10.8 2.7 0.9 4.5 0% .306 1.50 5.42 5.40 108 5.28 108.0
2008 MEM AAA PCL 13 1 16.7 1 0 0 17 13 10 5 94 9.2 7.0 2.7 5.4 0% .240 1.80 9.05 7.01 147 6.91 141.4

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
2008-03-21 2008-08-02 60-DL 134 112 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum and Rotator Cuff 2006-09-26
2007-03-23 2007-10-29 60-DL 220 162 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum and Rotator Cuff 2006-09-26
2006-06-15 2006-10-02 60-DL 109 99 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum and Rotator Cuff 2006-09-26
2006-06-05 2006-06-14 DTD 9 8 Right Arm Cramp Biceps -
2005-10-21 2005-10-21 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery 2005-10-21
2005-07-27 2005-08-04 DTD 8 6 Right Head Concussion Batted Ball -
2004-09-08 2004-09-14 DTD 6 6 Neck Strain -
2004-09-08 2004-09-14 On-Alr 6 6 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2004-08-30 2004-09-07 DTD 8 4 Neck Strain -
2003-09-11 2003-09-15 DTD 4 4 Groin Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 SLN $1,250,000
2007 BOS $9,500,000
2006 BOS $9,825,000
2005 BOS $6,500,000
2004 CHN $6,000,000
2003 CHN $4,000,000
2002 CHN $2,500,000
2001 FLO $900,000
2000 SDN $600,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$41,075,000
9 yrTotal$41,075,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 124 d

Details
  • retired 4/09 Triple-A 3/27/09
  • signed as a free agent from BOS (STL?) 08-09 (minor-league contract)

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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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 The Cardinals guaranteed Matt Clement $1.5 million after he missed all of 2007 following shoulder surgery, but Clement didn't begine a minor league rehab assignment until June, and was released two months later. In their desperation, the Blue Jays have offered him another comeback shot.
2007 In retrospect, Clement`s late 2005 woes may not have been attributable to being drilled by a Carl Crawford line drive in July (his ERA rose just 0.43 runs via that split), but rather to the shoulder termites that were confirmed when Dr. Jim Andrews performed surgery in late September. Tagged in three of his final four 2005 appearances, Clement started 2006 slowly, never getting his ERA below 5.35 before things went from bad to worse. With significant damage to both his rotator cuff and labrum, his 2007 is likely shot, setting the cost of Clement`s three-year deal at roughly $4.8 million per marginal win. Ouch.
2006 Clement got a lot of flak in Boston because he was stepping into Pedro Martinez`s slot in the rotation, and he was no Pedro. His 10 first half wins earned him an All-Star nod, but he struggled in the second half, perhaps due to being struck in the head by a Carl Crawford line drive on July 26. Most troublingly, he had his lowest K rate since his rookie year (6.88), with numbers of 7.46 in the first half and 5.96 after the break. Even when healthy he`s miscast as a No. 1 starter, but he can be an asset in the right situation.
2005 Clement has a reputation, not undeserved, for being wildly inconsistent from start to start, but the three seasonal lines that you see above are awfully compatible with one another. He's most effective when he's able to keep the ball down, something he was able to do better in the first half of the year than the second. It's natural to attribute his poor finish to overuse, but Clement hasn't been worked especially hard, and the injuries that were nagging him were to his back and neck, rather than his arm. Signed with the Red Sox; PECOTA thinks he'll do well in the American League, in part because the current crop of junior-circuit hitters, for whatever reason, are notably less patient than their counterparts.
2004 Clement is better on days when he has a big strike zone to work with, and his four-seamer isn't an effective pitch, coming in at 95 but without movement, and either missing the strike zone or getting hit. But as a fourth starter, he's durable and outstanding. Clement had some rough outings in May, but after he and Larry Rothschild worked out some mechanical kinks. all signs were go for the rest of the year. He's a safe bet to have another strong year, and the rare and deceptive example of a player with untapped potential who turns the corner and realizes it.
2003 Tip your cap to Hendry and company, this looks like an old-fashioned breakout. His strikeout rate jumped, his walk rate dropped, and he was much more durable, seemingly putting the strange liver problem he was diagnosed as having in 2001 completely behind him. But how much of his improvement was just allowing fewer hits, i.e., getting good defensive support? The difference in his OBP and his BA allowed between 2001 and 2002 is almost entirely because fewer balls in play dropped for hits, and there’s a good dose of luck involved in that, as it would be with any pitcher. Nevertheless, the big jump in his strikeout rate is the true sign that he’s made gains that should stick. He’s definitely the third starter behind Wood and Prior, but he could be one of the league’s best third starters.
2002 Speaking of mysteries...Clement has excellent stuff that hasn't yet translated into success. He's plateaued following a strong rookie season in 1999, unable to get his control together or learn a pitch he can use to get out lefties. While Clement still has upside as a starter, he really fits the profile of a pitcher who would adapt well to the bullpen, and the Marlins have the rotation depth to move him.
2001 Matt Clement won the Triple Crown of wildness, setting club records in walks, wild pitches, and hit batsmen during the regular season before taking over as Rick Ankiel’s personal pitching coach for the playoffs. He struggled with his control after starting the season hot, leading the team to explore trading him. That would have been a huge mistake; there was little chance of getting appropriate value, and the Padres have to let Clement-type talents take their time. He still brings the fastball with overwhelming movement.
2000 He got his 30 starts as a member of the San Diego rotation in 1999, and the results were uneven but promising. Early in the season, Bochy left Clement in games too long, and Clement got his bell rung, but by September he was cruising and ended the month with a 4-0 record and an ERA in the low 2.00s. Look for improved control and more success next season.
1999 Call him "The Future." Clement is far and away the Padres' top prospect. He has good velocity and his slider is a thing of beauty, but his control needs work. He's never been seriously injured, and hasn't been overworked. Led all of Triple-A with 160 strikeouts, it’s expected he’ll get 30 starts for the Padres in 1999.
1998 Took a huge step forward, dominating at two levels. He’s the Padres best pitching prospect, the best they’ve had since Hamilton, and will probably make the majors sometime this season or in 1999. Clement has a good fastball, good breaking stuff and he’s durable.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you heard anything about Casey Janseen and his recovery from shoulder surgery? What are the chances the Jays get 20 combined starts out of he, Matt Clement and Matt Maroth?
(Taylor from Toronto)
No, we're at the stage of the season where pitchers are just beginning to throw and for guys like Janssen, no one's watching his rehab outside of the Jays staff. It's nearly impossible to follow these other than the "no news is good news" theory. 20 starts out of those? Just off top of my head, I'd say coinflip. I have *some* hope for Clement, especially in the short term, like a run of 8-10 decent starts. (Will Carroll)
2009-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much longer do I have to wait for BP 2009? Two quick questions: 1. How much chance do you see for Matt Clement's healthy return? 2. How much longer do you think we'll be waiting before FAs start grabbing jobs while they can? Rightly or wrongly, clubs are holding onto $ severely, and there are going to players left without chairs when the music stops playing (ST is only a month away).
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
I'm not involved with the book, but I'd assume it will be out at the normal time. I'm sure CK will update as necessary.
1. I'm very cautiously optimistic. Reasonable risk with upside, at least iin the short term.
2. Not long. Some guys will get desperate and there's really not that many left out there. I always thought Manny would be the last one to go, by design and it seems that Dunn is everyone's Plan B. (Will Carroll)
2008-12-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)AJ Burnett (5@82) or Matt Clement (1@subway tokens)? I've always thought Clement could be a very good strikeout pitcher. Back when the Jays first signed Burnett, I had considered them about equivalent. What chance would you give clement for being a competent MLB pitcher after 2+ seasons away from the bigs? And, of course - congrats - how ca I help in setting up a Feed in TO? Either before a Jays game or during the WBC.
(rawagman from Toronto)
I don't hate taking chances on guys like Clement when your team can afford it, has a Plan A (these guys should always be Plan B, a nice bonus if it works), and if you really commit to it. It's a real crapshoot with time away and his injuries, but if you see him and have reason to believe that he MIGHT come back, then you have to decide if your circumstances allow you to take the chance. I'd think Clement might be a bit more selective, but I haven't seen much evidence that players/agents look at medical staff as a signing criteria.

As always, I'll do a Pizza Feed anywhere. My only criteria is that I don't lose money on the deal. Last time I did one in Toronto, it was awesome. The guy sent me a plane ticket and organized everything. I paid for the hotel and showed up to do my thing. Same in Memphis, where I hope we can do another one. You do the groundwork, I'll show up and when possible, I'll bring someone with me. (Will Carroll)
2005-03-21 19:30:00 (link to chat)Is PECOTA (and everyone else) overrating Matt Clement???? I know he's got great stuff, but he's never been able to put together a top season in his entire career in the laid back Cubs environment. What makes everyone so sure he's going to be a top 5 starter in a new league, with a DH, in a big time hitters park, with more pressure on him than he's ever faced? He's replacing PEDRO MARTINEZ, right?? If Vazquez couldn't handle similar circumstances, shouldn't we be a bit more cautious in our optimism with Matt Clement?
(tcfwine from Philly)
I can't speak for anyone else, but PECOTA works by taking the three-year weighted average of a player's performance, sizing up his most comparable list, and sprinkling in some biographical data (age, height, weight) for seasoning. There's no representation of pressure situations or anything like that involved.

As far as Clement goes, if you look at his PECOTA card you'll see a projection that reflects the typical ERA bump expected from an NL to AL switch (AL inflates offense by a little less than half a run per game these days). A lot of Clement's value lies not only in his solid performance, but his durability--he's thrown 94 starts in the last three years. A good pitcher who takes the ball every fifth day is going to rank among the elite by virtually any measure, whether it's VORP or roto value. (Jonah Keri)


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