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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
15 354 1959 132 91 0 3.66 25.3
Birth Date6-1-1981
Height6' 4"
Weight275 lbs
Age37 years, 1 months, 16 days
BatsB
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 oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2001 CHN MLB 6 1 7.7 1 2 0 11 8 4 2 .254 98 12.9 9.4 2.3 4.7 56% .333 .381 2.48 8.87 15.26 127 8.78 182.1 -0.3
2002 CHN MLB 32 16 108.3 4 8 0 94 63 93 9 .252 102 7.8 5.2 0.7 7.7 65% .276 .253 1.45 4.09 3.66 113 6.14 131.6 -0.7
2003 CHN MLB 32 32 214.0 13 11 0 188 94 168 9 .259 104 7.9 4.0 0.4 7.1 60% .286 .229 1.32 3.40 3.11 101 4.77 100.0 2.3
2004 CHN MLB 31 31 209.7 16 8 0 174 81 188 14 .255 97 7.5 3.5 0.6 8.1 52% .274 .229 1.22 3.46 2.75 92 3.98 82.1 4.2
2005 CHN MLB 33 33 223.3 14 6 0 170 86 202 21 .262 102 6.9 3.5 0.8 8.1 53% .252 .223 1.15 3.66 3.26 90 3.26 70.1 5.6
2006 CHN MLB 33 33 214.0 16 7 0 162 115 210 20 .261 97 6.8 4.8 0.8 8.8 49% .252 .235 1.29 4.09 3.41 93 3.61 73.5 5.1
2007 CHN MLB 34 34 216.3 18 13 0 187 101 177 23 .252 102 7.8 4.2 1.0 7.4 48% .269 .242 1.33 4.51 3.95 106 4.83 100.1 2.2
2008 CHN MLB 30 30 188.7 14 6 0 172 72 130 18 .259 104 8.2 3.4 0.9 6.2 48% .270 .240 1.29 4.20 3.91 101 3.65 78.0 4.0
2009 CHN MLB 28 28 169.3 9 7 0 155 78 152 10 .257 99 8.2 4.1 0.5 8.1 46% .300 .245 1.38 3.56 3.77 97 3.80 81.5 3.4
2010 CHN MLB 36 20 129.7 11 6 0 119 69 117 7 .264 96 8.3 4.8 0.5 8.1 45% .301 .257 1.45 3.73 3.33 104 4.42 99.7 1.2
2011 CHN MLB 24 24 145.7 9 7 0 154 56 101 19 .257 102 9.5 3.5 1.2 6.2 46% .299 .277 1.44 4.55 4.82 109 4.79 111.3 0.5
2012 MIA MLB 35 20 132.3 7 10 0 123 75 95 9 .258 96 8.4 5.1 0.6 6.5 51% .284 .278 1.50 4.50 4.49 116 5.45 124.9 -0.5
CareerMLB3543021959.013291017098981637161.2581007.94.10.77.551%.277.2441.333.973.661014.3994.325.3

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 G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1999 LNS A 27 24 153.3 13 7 0 150 62 98 9 .000 8.8 3.6 0.5 5.8 0% -.829 .000 1.38 4.45 4.17 0 0.00 0.0
2000 WTN AA 9 9 60.3 3 1 0 39 21 43 2 .000 5.8 3.1 0.3 6.4 0% -.561 .000 1.00 3.03 1.34 0 0.00 0.0
2000 IOW AAA 34 0 56.7 2 5 6 54 40 46 3 .000 8.6 6.3 0.5 7.3 0% -.560 .000 1.66 4.86 3.97 0 0.00 0.0
2000 Ori Wnt 5 5 19.7 2 2 0 20 10 14 2 .000 9.1 4.6 0.9 6.4 0% -.692 .000 1.52 5.01 4.11 0 0.00 0.0
2001 CHN MLB 6 1 7.7 1 2 0 11 8 4 2 .254 98 12.9 9.4 2.3 4.7 56% .333 .381 2.48 8.87 15.26 127 8.78 182.1
2001 IOW AAA 26 25 150.7 10 5 0 124 68 155 9 .000 7.4 4.1 0.5 9.3 0% -.494 .000 1.27 3.64 3.88 0 0.00 0.0
2001 Ori Wnt 12 12 73.0 3 0 0 61 24 66 4 .000 7.5 3.0 0.5 8.1 0% -.606 .000 1.16 3.17 2.84 0 0.00 0.0
2002 CHN MLB 32 16 108.3 4 8 0 94 63 93 9 .252 102 7.8 5.2 0.7 7.7 65% .276 .253 1.45 4.09 3.66 113 6.14 131.6
2002 IOW AAA 3 3 9.0 0 0 0 2 6 11 0 .000 2.0 6.0 0.0 11.0 0% .111 .000 0.89 3.00 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2003 CHN MLB 32 32 214.0 13 11 0 188 94 168 9 .259 104 7.9 4.0 0.4 7.1 60% .286 .229 1.32 3.40 3.11 101 4.77 100.0
2004 CHN MLB 31 31 209.7 16 8 0 174 81 188 14 .255 97 7.5 3.5 0.6 8.1 52% .274 .229 1.22 3.46 2.75 92 3.98 82.1
2005 CHN MLB 33 33 223.3 14 6 0 170 86 202 21 .262 102 6.9 3.5 0.8 8.1 53% .252 .223 1.15 3.66 3.26 90 3.26 70.1
2006 CHN MLB 33 33 214.0 16 7 0 162 115 210 20 .261 97 6.8 4.8 0.8 8.8 49% .252 .235 1.29 4.09 3.41 93 3.61 73.5
2006 VEN wor 2 1 6.1 1 0 0 5 5 7 1 .000 7.4 7.4 1.5 10.3 0% .267 .000 1.64 4.35 5.90 0 0.00 0.0
2007 CHN MLB 34 34 216.3 18 13 0 187 101 177 23 .252 102 7.8 4.2 1.0 7.4 48% .269 .242 1.33 4.51 3.95 106 4.83 100.1
2008 CHN MLB 30 30 188.7 14 6 0 172 72 130 18 .259 104 8.2 3.4 0.9 6.2 48% .270 .240 1.29 4.20 3.91 101 3.65 78.0
2009 CHN MLB 28 28 169.3 9 7 0 155 78 152 10 .257 99 8.2 4.1 0.5 8.1 46% .300 .245 1.38 3.56 3.77 97 3.80 81.5
2009 PEO A 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 4 0 5 0 .258 103 7.2 0.0 0.0 9.0 57% .286 .173 0.80 1.62 0.00 84 2.74 58.3
2009 DAY A+ 1 1 3.7 0 1 0 5 3 1 0 .248 110 12.2 7.3 0.0 2.4 40% .333 .285 2.16 5.08 9.73 114 6.89 161.1
2010 CHN MLB 36 20 129.7 11 6 0 119 69 117 7 .264 96 8.3 4.8 0.5 8.1 45% .301 .257 1.45 3.73 3.33 104 4.42 99.7
2010 IOW AAA 3 0 4.0 0 0 0 6 1 4 0 .253 113 13.5 2.2 0.0 9.0 57% .429 .235 1.75 3.08 6.75 92 3.96 73.9
2010 CUB Rk 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .303 89 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 100% .000 -.023 0.00 2.25 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2011 CHN MLB 24 24 145.7 9 7 0 154 56 101 19 .257 102 9.5 3.5 1.2 6.2 46% .299 .277 1.44 4.55 4.82 109 4.79 111.3
2011 PEO A 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 3 3 4 0 .277 89 6.8 6.8 0.0 9.0 67% .333 .272 1.50 3.60 0.00 97 4.09 90.8
2011 ORI Wnt 5 5 22.0 0 1 0 17 10 15 3 .000 7.0 4.1 1.2 6.1 0% .233 .000 1.23 4.79 2.45 0 0.00 0.0
2012 MIA MLB 35 20 132.3 7 10 0 123 75 95 9 .258 96 8.4 5.1 0.6 6.5 51% .284 .278 1.50 4.50 4.49 116 5.45 124.9
2012 MAG Wnt 6 6 27.7 4 2 0 27 13 19 3 .000 8.8 4.2 1.0 6.2 0% .289 .000 1.45 4.89 3.90 0 0.00 0.0
2013 CLR A+ 2 2 10.3 1 0 0 7 4 5 0 .256 101 6.1 3.5 0.0 4.4 55% .212 .185 1.06 3.43 0.00 102 2.74 63.9
2013 REA AA 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 3 3 7 1 .256 105 4.5 4.5 1.5 10.5 50% .182 .246 1.00 4.65 1.50 91 3.79 82.6
2013 LEH AAA 4 4 19.0 1 0 0 19 10 18 0 .253 99 9.0 4.7 0.0 8.5 49% .333 .249 1.53 3.04 3.32 100 4.35 100.0
2013 VEN int 1 1 3.7 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 .000 2.5 4.9 0.0 4.9 0% .100 .000 0.82 4.17 4.91 0 0.00 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 2878 0.5063 0.4385 0.8162 0.5978 0.2752 0.8817 0.6701 0.1838
2009 2592 0.4830 0.4429 0.7901 0.6094 0.2873 0.8663 0.6390 0.2099
2010 2281 0.4573 0.4209 0.7875 0.6213 0.2520 0.8704 0.6154 0.2125
2011 2439 0.4900 0.4338 0.8280 0.6167 0.2580 0.8820 0.7040 0.1720
2012 2286 0.4668 0.4024 0.7967 0.5698 0.2559 0.8701 0.6538 0.2033
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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
2012-06-09 2012-06-09 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2011-07-01 2011-07-16 15-DL 15 12 Low Back Soreness Epidural -
2011-05-27 2011-05-27 DTD 0 0 - Neck Soreness Sleeping - -
2011-04-02 2011-04-02 DTD 0 0 Right Hand Cramp -
2011-03-18 2011-03-18 Camp 0 0 Left Wrist Soreness - -
2010-05-27 2010-05-27 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness GI -
2009-08-02 2009-08-25 15-DL 23 20 Low Back Cartilage Injury Bulging Disc -
2009-05-03 2009-05-22 15-DL 19 16 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-01-17 2009-01-17 Off 0 0 Bilateral Surgery LASIK 2009-01-17
2008-09-03 2008-09-14 DTD 11 7 Right Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff Tendinitis -
2008-06-19 2008-07-04 15-DL 15 14 Right Shoulder Strain -
2008-03-31 2008-03-31 Camp 0 0 Right Fingers Cramp Index Finger -
2007-09-23 2007-09-23 DTD 0 0 Right Forearm Cramp -
2007-07-29 2007-07-29 DTD 0 0 Right Lower Leg Cramp Calf -
2006-09-05 2006-09-17 DTD 12 12 Low Back Spasms -
2006-07-12 2006-07-15 DTD 3 1 Right Elbow Contusion on a Backswing During AS Pregame -
2006-06-15 2006-06-15 DTD 0 0 Right Shoulder Fatigue -
2005-09-03 2005-09-03 DTD 0 0 Low Back Soreness -
2005-08-12 2005-08-12 DTD 0 0 Low Back Soreness -
2005-08-07 2005-08-07 DTD 0 0 Low Back Soreness -
2005-08-04 2005-08-04 DTD 0 0 Left Contusion Big Toe -
2005-07-17 2005-07-17 DTD 0 0 Left Hand Contusion Batted Ball -
2005-06-11 2005-06-11 DTD 0 0 Left Sprain Big Toe -
2005-05-14 2005-05-14 DTD 0 0 Right Forearm Tightness Lateral -
2005-04-20 2005-04-21 DTD 1 1 Right Fingers Blister Index Finger -
2004-07-02 2004-07-02 DTD 0 0 Right Forearm Cramp -
2003-05-03 2003-05-03 DTD 0 0 Right Hand Contusion Batted Ball -
2002-05-10 2002-06-07 15-DL 28 25 Right Elbow Sprain Partial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear -
2000-09-20 2000-09-20 Minors 0 0 Left Knee Surgery 2000-09-20 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 PHI $
2012 MIA $2,550,000
2012 CHN $16,450,000
2011 CHN $18,750,000
2010 CHN $18,875,000
2009 CHN $18,750,000
2008 CHN $16,000,000
2007 CHN $12,400,000
2006 CHN $6,500,000
2005 CHN $3,760,000
2004 CHN $450,000
2003 CHN $340,000
2002 CHN $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$115,025,000
11 yrTotal$115,025,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 22 dBarry Praver1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 5/15/13 (minor-league contract). May opt out of contract if not on Major League roster 7/1/13. Retired 9/5/14.
  • 5 years/$91.5M (2008-12), plus 2013 option. Signed extension with Chicago Cubs 2007. $5M signing bonus. 08:$15M, 09:$17.75M, 10:$17.875M, 11:$17.875M, 12:$18M, 13:$19.25M vesting player option. 2013 is player option if Zambrano if first or second in 2011 Cy Young vote or finishes in top four in 2012 Cy Young vote and is healthy. Full no-trade clause. suspended indefinitely by Cubs 6/25/10. Placed on restricted list 6/29/10, reinstated 7/30/10. Placed on disqualified list 8/13/11, reinstated 9/29/11. (In January, 2012, MLB and MLBPA settled grievance regarding disqualification without pay, with Zambrano forfeiting 6 days' worth of salary ($589,286) rather than 30 days' ($2,946,429). Acquired by Miami in trade from Chicago Cubs 1/5/12. (Zambrano waived no-trade clause and 2013 option. Miami pays $2.55M of 2012 salary, with Cubs paying the balance. Miami agreed to add $0.1M award bonus for 2013 Comeback Player of the Year.)
  • 1 year/$12.4M (2007). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/07 (avoided arbitration, $15.5M-$11.025M).
  • 1 year/$6.5M (2006). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/06 (avoided arbitration, $7.2M-$6M).
  • 1 year/$3.76M (2005). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/05 (avoided arbitration, $4M-$3.3M)
  • 1 year/$0.45M (2004).
  • 1 year/$0.34M (2003).
  • 1 year/$0.2M (2002). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/02.
  • 1 year (2001). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 8/20/01.
  • Signed by Chicago Cubs 1997 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-04-06 20:15:00 (link to chat)Liriano walking Cueto was the key in the Reds win. Caused the fielders choice leading to Hamilton getting on, then 1st to 3rd, then balk. Dodgers fan? Sure you'd love the DH, they'd employ one for $20mil Bob Lemon, Carlos Zambrano, and Rick Rhoden scorn you
(D Brown from Da burgh )
Johnny Cueto is a career .101/.128/.132/.104 hitter. Bob Lemon was .232/.288/.386 and was the best of the players you mentioned with a 676 OPS. Jose Iglesias has a career 678 OPS. This isn't a winning argument. (Craig Goldstein)
2012-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to take a flyer on a SP for next year would you rather it be Travis Wood or Carlos Zambrano?
(cubfan131 from Iowa)
Depends on the context. If I really, really needed the innings, I guess I'd go for the non-insane pitcher.

You have to look at a guy like Carlos Zambrano as a lottery ticket. The historical record says he has everything you want from a above-average starter--he even rakes--but heads could explode in that Miami clubhouse this year with some of the people you've got in there.

What do you think of Ozzie Guillen? If he's Captain Shellenburger, you go with Zambrano and cross your fingers. If he's Captain Schettino, don't waste your time.

Also, please write your congressperson about SOPA/PIPA so I can use Wikipedia links for non-baseball stuff. -- Dave (Best of BP with Ben and Dave)
2011-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the rule on releasing players with guaranteed contracts? In suffering through the Teddy Higuera years, I thought you only owed the full amount for the next season. I ask because with Ryan Howard's contract, are the Phillies better off releasing him and going after Prince/ Pujols?
(Capt_Science from Philadelphia)
You confused me for a second, thinking Higuera was on the Phillies at some point.

As for the question, as far as I know the "guaranteed" part of the contract means just that - no matter what happens, Ryan Howard will receive $125 million for the Phillies. I think I remember some cases of players working out a deal with a team to change that guaranteed amount or restructure it, but that's not the same.

If a team could just drop a player and pay him only one year's salary, the Alfonso Soriano's and Vernon Wells' and Carlos Zambrano's and Carlos Lee's of the world would have been cut long ago. (Larry Granillo)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to watch this season? Who ya rootin' for?
(Goo Goo the Cat from Prowlin' Around, PA)
Rooting for? Well, I suppose I'm no supposed to root for players, but c'mon, how can you help it? I'm hoping to see John Danks bust out and get the sort of attention he deserves, and for Gordon Beckham to put everything together and be the star we thought he'd be. I want to see Wandy Rodriguez deliver that back half over a full season. I'm looking forward to seeing Carlos Zambrano get back to being in the news for his pitching. I'm wondering if Andy LaRoche puts up more WARP than any other NRI in anybody's camp if he can win the A's job at third base. I want to see Jim Thome's 600th career home run in person. I want to enjoy a full season of Starlin Castro at shortstop, having had to spend too much time away from Chicago last summer. I want to see what Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison do for the Fish, since that's about as entertaining a tandem of hitting prospects of similar vintage on any team anywhere. That's a few, but there are more. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could the Yank's plan B really include Carlos Zambrano? Is Chicago willing to just dump the contract, or would they need/want a good amount of talent back?
(Bill from Omaha)
The Cubs might be willing to deal the contract to get it off the books, and I could see one scenario where Big Z becomes a Jumbo Wells-style beloved competitor in the Bronx, balanced against another (less likely, IMO) scenario where he winds up like Ed Whitson. I think the downside is enough to keep this in the realm of entertaining speculation. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is the move of Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen the worst roster move any team made last year? If the Giants had missed by a game, maybe keeping Posey in AAA? What other candidates can you think of?
(Razzies from in Baseball)
The first one that comes to mind for me is the Cardinals trading for Pedro Feliz. It didn't cost them much, but really, why bother? They would have been better off calling up Matt Carpenter -- that would at least have had some chance of helping the team. (Ken Funck)
2010-08-02 13:30:00 (link to chat)The Nats could take on salary if a team tried simply to get rid of a contract. Is there any NL player that they could claim with their advantageous waiver position that might be worth paying a large part of an excessive contract? Off the top of my head, someone like Kosuke Fukudome for instance? Might be a bad choice, but you get my point, I hope.
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
Actually, a year of Fukudome at the top of the Nats' order would be sort of fun. But generally speaking, there aren't a lot of guys who match up nicely with the Nats. Sure, someone like Carlos Zambrano or Carlos Lee might be out there, but I can't see that fitting all that neatly. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-06-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)I had a startling self-revelation over the weekend. Ok, I'm 40 and perpetually unmarried, largely because I am both initially drawn to women with high drama factors and then eventually repelled by the drama. So, as a cub fan, my favorite player has been Carlos Zambrano. High drama factor, eventually the drama becomes a liability. Granted I never had 40 milion future reasons not to call a realtionship quits, but it's dysfunctional, and we really should, right? Maybe I should become a rays fan, that BJ Upton guy looks pretty interesting...
(Sigmund from Chicago)
Poor Sigmund, you're already at it again given the drama that has surrounded Upton for the past couple of years. Can I suggest lowering your sights and finding a favorite player who will avoid the drama? The Lyle Overbays of the world need fans, too. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does this make sense for the Mets and Cubs? Cubs trade Carlos Zambrano and Alfonso Soriano to the Mets for Luis Castillo, Oliver Perez and Fernando Martinez.
(Matt from Whippleville, NY)
It might work for the Mets, but there's no way it works for the Cubs. Perez is even more dubious as assets go than the Big Z, and Castillo's somebody only the Mets were willing to afford. Put Milton Bradley in Soriano's place, however, and maybe you make Jim Hendry fidget about personal wish fulfillment. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-05 15:30:00 (link to chat)Hello Eric. Who do you like better for the rest of the year Carlos Zambrano or John Maine. Thanks.
(sbryk7 from Brooklyn, NY)
I've never really been high on John Maine, though I can certainly see why others have been. Over the last three years he has seen rather dramatic declines in both his strikeout and walk rates. Zambrano, on the other hand, has consistently shown that he can sustain BABIPs below .300, strand rates in the 75% range, and ERAs that best his FIPs. Additionally, his strikeout rate is at its highest since 2006. As long as he stays healthy (a caveat you could throw out there for every player) I would take him down the stretch. (Eric Seidman)
2009-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will, I look at Matt Cain and say "he's pitched 200+ innings 3 years in a row. This trend shows that he'll likely do the same this year." You look at him and say "his heavy workload on a young arm is more likely breaking it down, rather than proving he's capable." You're clearly right, but I have a hard time thinking I'm completely off base.
(ericmilburn from San Francisco)
I understand why you think that, but over and over we see that the mileage put on an arm before age 24-25 is, no matter how "babied", damaging in the long and short term. Maybe he's the freak that can handle it, but I'm talking about probabilities not certainties. Carlos Zambrano is the comp that comes to mind here, or Jeremy Bonderman. With him and every good young pitcher, I hope I'm wrong. (Will Carroll)
2008-12-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)With last year's shoulder trouble, and all the innings piled upon it since 2002, is Carlos Zambrano as bright a red as any other pitcher?
(Mike from Chicago)
Somewhere past red. Before the Rule 5, they were showing a highlight reel of the 08 season and when Zambrano dropped to his knees after the no-hitter, I noticed that he couldn't lift his right arm as high as his left. Telling. (Will Carroll)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think we will ever see real two-way players in baseball? Especially in the NL, I see real value in having a guy on the bench you can pitch mop up innings and pinch hit reasonably well. Whatever happened to Brooks Kieschnick? As a side note, as someone who has lived in England for a while, I am struck by the similarities between baseball and cricket. Cricket has "all-rounders", guys who can both bowl (ie pitch) and bat OK. Why don't we?
(erghammer from DC)
Well, Kieschnick wasn't a really good pitcher, so he was an odd sort of utility player, very useful, but also very rare. Generally speaking, I guess I share the skepticism of the scouting community at large when it comes to how often this can be done, because I think the learning curves involved (mastering pitching to advanced competition, *and* mastering hitting advanced pitching) is really very hard. I think we have players who are close to it in Micah Owings or Carlos Zambrano, except that in either instance, the question is what they'd do beyond pitching and pinch-hitting; in Owings' case, I think there's some college-level experience playing in the field, but where on the diamond would you put the Big Z? And what would you do when you wound up getting killed because he got hurt in a rundown or running into an outfield wall? Most teams don't want to deal with that kind of media firestorm, even if they were afforded the rare opportunity. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Who is the real Fausto Carmona? Last years stats? This year? Somewhere in between?
(ken from locust grove)
Darn, erased an answer. He's a Carlos Zambrano knockoff--less fastball, less command, more trouble with lefties. A #3 starter with lots of variance. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are the problems Rich Harden has had due to some mechanical flaw, or just his makeup? What chance would you give him of being able to pitch from now through october without a DL break?
(Mike from Chicago)
Harden made some mechanical changes in the off-season and has had a much better result. I have to think that indicates that at least part of the problem was mechanical. As for his chances, well, that's tougher to say. He's made it this far with only one minor injury. If he gave the Cubs the same second half he gave to the A's in the first -- which includes a DL stint -- would that be bad? I'd like to see the Cubs more cautious with Harden than they have been with Carlos Zambrano, because they're two entirely different pitchers. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Even if Carlos Zambrano comes back 100%, the Cubs could probably use another starter - assuming they don't get Sabathia (probably can't beat other teams in a prospect deal, if he's even dealt), do you see any good fits out there, or is just a bunch of middling guys to the point where they might just want to hold their chips?
(Robert from Chicago)
I wouldn't count the Indians of the Sabathia sweepstakes. I think the Cubs will definitely try to add a starting pitcher. Though they downplay it, the Cubs know that the club they've put together this season has a chance to be very special and that whole 100th-year anniversary of the last World Series title is hanging over them. Look for them to back some kind of splash before the trading deadline. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hear about Matt Garza seeing a renowned sports psychologist? Do you think he's as "excitable" as Carlos Zambrano or did the Rays just replace one hot-head(Dukes or Delmon, take your pick) for another?
(jlarsen from DRays Bay)
Yeah, I read that. I don't think he is in Elijah Dukes' class (I mean who is? Not even Milton Bradley) or will do something as dumb as Delmon Young did in Class AAA. I'd say he's "excitable" like the Big Z. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will, I really need an answer here. My friend and I are having an argument over who would be the Cy Young winner in the NL if the season ended today. We bet a Yoo-hoo on it. Who do you think it would be?
(JoshEngleman from Tamaqua, PA)
If it's me voting, I'd probably go with Tim Lincecum. If you're asking who would win the voting? I'd guess Brandon Webb on wins for a winning team with Carlos Zambrano a close second. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you say is the Cubs' MVP through the first two months of the season? Seems like there are A LOT of viable candidates.
(Scrapper from Itasca)
Probably too many good candidates to name (which is a great problem btw). If I had pick one, I'll go with Carlos Zambrano. He's 8-1 and has gotten off to maybe the best start of his career. You know he's going to give you a great chance to win every 5th day. Offensively, it's just too difficult for me to pick one guy. My honorable mention is Carlos Marmol. (Len Kasper)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is volquez going to drop off a cliff, be pretty good, or does he have the stuff to be an ace?
(justin from Michigan)
Totally for real -- look at his strikeout and groundball rates. The walk rate is highish and is going to cause his ERA to come up a little bit, but I have his QERA at 3.06 right now. His statistics should eventually begin to look a lot like Carlos Zambrano's. (Nate Silver)
2008-04-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)KG, you said earlier that there's not enough info on minor league spring training to do a Monday morning 10-pack. Hey, I sent you a picture of Kyle Blanks with his new '70s-era afro. What more do you need for a column???
(Bill from Tempe, AZ)
This is Bill Mitchell folks. One of our photographers. If you ever see a great photo from a team that has camp in Arizona -- Bill took it.

He also has a great sense for the fun in the game. The Daric Barton mohawk pic, the one with Carlos Zambrano on a bike. We love Bill.

I'm rooting for Kyle Blanks, if only to use that photo for a 10 pack. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for all the pownce updates! What would it take for Carlos Zambrano to not show up red on the THR? Fewer innings pitched, which ironically only probably happens with a minor injury?
(Mike from Chicago)
The irony is that he'd lose value if he was yellow. He'd have a slightly reduced workload. Honestly, the biggest thing he could do would be to change his age and past workload, but that's not possible. The biggest thing he could change would be his pitch efficiency. PIP and Peak PIP are two things I'm taking a much closer look at. (Will Carroll)
2008-02-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)In Jay Jaffe's article today, I noticed that Carlos Zambrano was ranked as the 3rd most valuable pitcher in baseball (warp3) for the past 5 years. I'm a huge cubs fan and this still surprised me. Would you have guessed he was in this spot?
(Ameer from Bloomington, IN)
He's been exceptionally durable and he gains a lot of value with his bat. I don't know that I would have guessed it, but I can't say I'm surprised by it. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am in a keeper league and trying to decide between Fausto Carmona and Carlos Zambrano--Zambrano has done it longer but always seems to be an injury risk where Carmona is younger with more upside...your thoughts?
(jimbo34 from chicago)
I'd agree with you on both. Depends -- are you playing for this year (Zambrano) or building for the future (Carmona). Carmona's much, much more risky this year, even if Cleveland is well aware and handles those risks properly. (Will Carroll)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableWell, it was quite a day. Mark Buehrle made the defensive play of the year on the first day of the season, Jason Heyward began the road to stardom at Carlos Zambrano's expense, and we decided that Vicente Padilla dressed in a white leather anything probably qualified as something better left unimagined. Thanks for joining us! (Dan Wade)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableNormally allowing a run to score on something other than a homer is a team effort, but Carlos Zambrano did a pretty good job making that Prado run his own fault. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableGiven how efficiently Carlos Zambrano is not getting outs in this inning, Heyward may actually hit here in the bottom of the first. (Steven Goldman)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesSorry. Just explaining my absence.

Chad Billingsley against seven RHBs on a cold damp night. Carlos Zambrano against a patient, deep lineup.

Am I missing something, or are the Cubs in a spot here?
(Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesBrian Gallagher (Evanston): Brett Myers is more likely to ______ than Carlos Zambrano.

My answer is "walk J.J. Hardy with the bases loaded to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead." (Kevin Goldstein)
 

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