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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 38)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
35.3 4.53 1.40 31 2 1 1 -0.1
Birth Date6-2-1981
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
Age38 years, 3 months, 16 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.12015
-0.12016
2017
2018
-0.12019
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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
2003 COL MLB 9 8 43.3 3 3 0 48 20 29 11 117 10.0 4.2 2.3 6.0 0% .280 1.57 6.59 6.02 118 6.85 143.7 -0.5
2004 COL MLB 10 0 9.3 0 0 1 7 1 11 2 109 6.8 1.0 1.9 10.6 0% .217 0.86 3.69 3.86 89 4.10 84.7 0.2
2005 COL MLB 10 0 11.0 1 0 3 16 5 4 3 110 13.1 4.1 2.5 3.3 0% .302 1.91 7.44 6.55 125 8.59 184.8 -0.4
2007 LAN MLB 21 0 24.7 0 1 0 18 8 16 3 98 6.6 2.9 1.1 5.8 0% .217 1.05 4.54 4.38 97 4.13 85.4 0.4
2015 LAN MLB 5 0 7.0 1 1 0 15 3 7 3 86 19.3 3.9 3.9 9.0 0% .500 2.57 8.01 10.29 93 3.94 91.9 0.1
2016 LAN MLB 2 0 1.7 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 94 5.4 16.2 0.0 0.0 17% .167 2.40 8.58 5.40 145 8.53 188.7 -0.1
CareerMLB57897.05641054067221089.73.72.06.242%.2601.496.025.751105.91124.9-0.4

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-
2000 ASH A SAL 24 24 145.0 11 8 0 119 40 187 8 7.4 2.5 0.5 11.6 0% -.472 1.10 2.46 2.73 0 0.00 0.0
2001 SLM A+ CRL 4 4 17.3 0 4 0 23 5 18 1 12.0 2.6 0.5 9.4 0% -.917 1.62 2.78 4.68 0 0.00 0.0
2002 TRI A- NWN 3 3 11.0 0 0 0 6 2 16 0 4.9 1.6 0.0 13.1 0% .250 0.73 0.93 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2002 SLM A+ CRL 9 9 47.3 4 2 0 34 12 45 3 6.5 2.3 0.6 8.6 0% .258 0.97 2.83 2.09 0 0.00 0.0
2003 COL MLB NL 9 8 43.3 3 3 0 48 20 29 11 117 10.0 4.2 2.3 6.0 0% .280 1.57 6.59 6.02 118 6.85 143.7
2003 TUL AA TXS 18 18 113.3 11 4 0 88 26 125 7 7.0 2.1 0.6 9.9 0% .286 1.01 2.83 2.46 0 0.00 0.0
2004 COL MLB NL 10 0 9.3 0 0 1 7 1 11 2 109 6.8 1.0 1.9 10.6 0% .217 0.86 3.69 3.86 89 4.10 84.7
2004 ASH A SAL 2 2 10.0 1 0 0 8 1 14 1 7.2 0.9 0.9 12.6 0% .304 0.90 2.28 1.80 0 0.00 0.0
2004 TUL AA TXS 2 2 13.0 1 1 0 12 2 10 1 8.3 1.4 0.7 6.9 0% .297 1.08 3.34 2.77 0 0.00 0.0
2004 CSP AAA PCL 4 4 12.7 1 1 0 22 5 14 5 15.6 3.5 3.5 9.9 0% .436 2.13 7.60 8.50 0 0.00 0.0
2005 COL MLB NL 10 0 11.0 1 0 3 16 5 4 3 110 13.1 4.1 2.5 3.3 0% .302 1.91 7.44 6.55 125 8.59 184.8
2005 MOD A+ CLF 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0% .000 0.00 1.85 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2005 CSP AAA PCL 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 113 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0% -1.000 1.00 1.51 0.00 84 4.09 80.6
2007 LAN MLB NL 21 0 24.7 0 1 0 18 8 16 3 98 6.6 2.9 1.1 5.8 0% .217 1.05 4.54 4.38 97 4.13 85.4
2007 LVG AAA PCL 5 0 5.0 0 1 2 4 1 9 0 125 7.2 1.8 0.0 16.2 0% .400 1.00 0.53 3.60 44 1.99 40.9
2008 OMA AAA PCL 7 0 11.3 1 0 1 10 0 10 4 102 8.0 0.0 3.2 8.0 0% .214 0.88 6.31 5.58 104 3.73 76.4
2015 LAN MLB NL 5 0 7.0 1 1 0 15 3 7 3 86 19.3 3.9 3.9 9.0 0% .500 2.57 8.01 10.29 93 3.94 91.9
2015 TUL AA TEX 4 0 5.0 0 1 2 2 4 8 1 3.6 7.2 1.8 14.4 0% .167 1.20 5.09 7.20 82 2.63 57.8
2015 OKL AAA PCL 30 0 39.0 2 1 7 31 11 42 3 7.2 2.5 0.7 9.7 0% .283 1.08 3.29 2.77 84 2.86 62.6
2016 LAN MLB NL 2 0 1.7 0 1 0 1 3 0 0 94 5.4 16.2 0.0 0.0 17% .167 2.40 8.58 5.40 145 8.53 188.7
2016 OKL AAA PCL 17 0 16.3 1 1 6 17 5 14 0 9.4 2.8 0.0 7.7 58% .327 1.35 2.92 3.31 88 4.00 88.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2015 128 0.4688 0.5313 0.7647 0.7000 0.3824 0.8571 0.6154 0.2353
2016 36 0.3889 0.3333 0.8333 0.7143 0.0909 0.9000 0.5000 0.1667
Career1640.45130.48780.77980.70310.31840.86650.59010.2202

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
2007-07-15 2007-10-01 60-DL 78 72 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2007-05-20 2007-06-29 15-DL 40 36 Right Shoulder Strain -
2006-03-02 2006-10-02 60-DL 214 162 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum 2005-05-25
2005-05-12 2005-10-03 60-DL 144 131 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2005-05-25
2005-03-28 2005-04-12 15-DL 15 6 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2003-08-24 2003-09-16 15-DL 23 18 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2001-05-15 2001-09-05 Minors 113 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery - Date Is Approximate 2001-05-28 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 LAN $
2016 LAN $
2015 LAN $
2006 COL $332,000
2005 COL $317,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$649,000
2 yrTotal$649,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 75 d2017

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Re-signed by LA Dodgers (minor-league contract). Contract selected by LA Dodgers 5/19/16. Sent outright to Triple-A by LA Dodgers 11/9/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/3/15 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by LA Dodgers 7/8/15. DFA by LA Dodgers 7/30/15. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/31/15.
  • 2009: Signed by Brother of Taiwan.
  • 1 year (2008). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 1/11/08 (minor-league contract with salary of $0.6M in majors). Performance and award bonuses.
  • 1 year (2007). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/07. Sent outright to Triple-A by LA Dodgers 11/6/07 (refused assignment 11/12/07).
  • 1 year/$0.332M (2006). Re-signed by Colorado 2/06. Non-tendered by Colorado 12/06.
  • 1 year/$0.317M (2005). Re-signed by Colorado 1/05 (split contract, $89,352 in minors).
  • Signed by Colorado 10/7/99 as a free agent from Taiwan. $2.2M signing bonus.

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
90o 2.8 0.9 2.1 45 0 54.1 42 19 45 6 .241 1.13 3.46 3.67 4.8 0.5
80o 2.4 0.7 1.8 39 0 46.8 40 18 39 5 .258 1.24 3.88 4.12 2.0 0.2
70o 2.1 0.6 1.5 35 0 41.8 38 17 35 5 .271 1.32 4.20 4.46 0.4 0.0
60o 1.8 0.5 1.3 32 0 37.7 36 17 31 5 .281 1.39 4.47 4.75 -0.8 -0.1
50o 1.6 0.4 1.2 28 0 33.9 34 16 28 5 .291 1.46 4.73 5.03 -1.7 -0.2
40o 1.4 0.4 1 25 0 30.2 32 15 25 4 .301 1.54 5.00 5.32 -2.4 -0.3
30o 1.2 0.3 0.8 22 0 26.4 29 13 22 4 .312 1.62 5.29 5.63 -2.9 -0.3
20o 1 0.2 0.7 19 0 22.1 26 12 18 4 .325 1.72 5.64 6 -3.3 -0.4
10o 0.7 0.1 0.5 14 0 16.4 21 10 14 3 .343 1.86 6.14 6.54 -3.3 -0.4
Weighted Mean1.60.41.128032.93215274.2881.444.694.98-1.5-0.2

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20203921239046452039649.3081.414.665.228.83.97.61.2-0.2
20214021133040381833549.3051.414.675.238.64.17.51.1-0.1
20224121131037371631549.3081.424.795.378.93.97.51.2-0.2
20234211130036351629549.3071.434.755.328.84.07.31.3-0.2
20244310127032321426449.3081.424.785.358.93.97.21.1-0.2
20254410128034331528549.3081.414.795.378.74.07.41.3-0.2
20264510128034331527549.3081.434.825.408.84.07.21.3-0.2
20274610128034331527549.3081.434.845.428.84.07.21.3-0.2
20284710128033331527549.3091.444.865.458.94.17.31.4-0.2

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3 68 Matt Whiteside 2006 0.00 DNP
4 68 Donovan Osborne 2007 0.00 DNP
5 68 Jason Lane 2015 0.00 DNP
6 66 Joe Borowski 2009 0.00 DNP
7 65 Peter Moylan 2017 3.94
8 65 Brian Sweeney 2012 0.00 DNP
9 65 Giovanni Carrara 2006 4.55
10 65 Cal Eldred 2006 0.00 DNP
11 65 Tom Burgmeier 1982 2.81
12 64 Guillermo Mota 2012 5.66
13 64 Russ Springer 2007 2.45
14 64 Chan Ho Park 2011 0.00 DNP
15 64 Hector Carrasco 2008 0.00 DNP
16 64 Brian Boehringer 2007 0.00 DNP
17 64 Jose Valverde 2016 0.00 DNP
18 64 Tony Fossas 1996 3.83
19 63 Rick White 2007 8.05
20 63 Jamie Walker 2010 0.00 DNP
21 63 Kent Mercker 2006 4.76
22 63 Tim Byrdak 2012 4.40
23 63 Tom Martin 2008 0.00 DNP
24 63 Joe Beimel 2015 4.75
25 63 Darren Holmes 2004 0.00 DNP
26 62 Neal Cotts 2018 0.00 DNP
27 62 Kevin Gregg 2016 0.00 DNP
28 62 Hisanori Takahashi 2013 6.00
29 62 Darren Oliver 2009 2.71
30 62 Lindy McDaniel 1974 4.30
31 62 Bill Henry 1966 2.91
32 62 Rudy Seanez 2007 3.91
33 62 Nelson Figueroa 2012 0.00 DNP
34 62 Ryan Franklin 2011 8.78
35 62 Billy Taylor 2000 8.56
36 62 Doug Brocail 2005 6.01
37 62 Tom Ferrick 1953 0.00 DNP
38 61 Bud Byerly 1959 2.08
39 61 Jesse Orosco 1995 3.44
40 61 Ramon Ortiz 2011 5.40
41 61 Jason Frasor 2016 0.00 DNP
42 61 Tug McGraw 1983 3.88
43 61 Pedro Feliciano 2015 0.00 DNP
44 61 Todd Jones 2006 4.36
45 60 Todd Worrell 1998 0.00 DNP
46 60 Mike MacDougal 2015 0.00 DNP
47 60 Dennis Cook 2001 4.73
48 60 Mike Timlin 2004 4.13
49 60 Bob Wickman 2007 4.29
50 60 Leo Mangum 1934 5.24
51 60 Tanyon Sturtze 2009 0.00 DNP
52 60 Eddie Guardado 2009 4.93
53 59 Mike Bielecki 1998 0.00 DNP
54 59 Barney Schultz 1965 4.68
55 59 Scott Eyre 2010 0.00 DNP
56 59 Roy Face 1966 3.12
57 59 Alan Embree 2008 5.40
58 59 Brendan Donnelly 2010 6.16
59 59 Steve Hamilton 1973 0.00 DNP
60 59 Clint Brown 1942 10.00
61 59 Dan Plesac 2000 4.73
62 59 Bob Patterson 1997 3.49
63 59 Brett Tomko 2011 4.58
64 59 Mark Hendrickson 2012 0.00 DNP
65 59 Ron Mahay 2009 5.01
66 59 LaTroy Hawkins 2011 2.79
67 59 Kyle Farnsworth 2014 4.71
68 59 Bob McClure 1990 6.43
69 58 Matt Herges 2008 5.60
70 58 Dick Tidrow 1985 0.00 DNP
71 58 Chris Capuano 2017 0.00 DNP
72 58 Mike Remlinger 2004 3.93
73 58 Chad Qualls 2017 5.94
74 58 Chris Michalak 2009 0.00 DNP
75 58 Bobby Shantz 1964 3.26
76 58 Pete Walker 2007 0.00 DNP
77 57 Dan Quisenberry 1991 0.00 DNP
78 57 Jeff Montgomery 2000 0.00 DNP
79 57 Trever Miller 2011 3.38
80 57 Jack Quinn 1922 3.71
81 57 Steve Bedrosian 1996 0.00 DNP
82 57 Lee Smith 1996 3.90
83 57 Shawn Camp 2014 5.40
84 57 Chi-Chi Olivo 1966 4.84
85 57 Joel Peralta 2014 4.41
86 57 Mike Maddux 2000 6.59
87 57 Scott Service 2005 0.00 DNP
88 56 Brian Shouse 2007 3.59
89 56 Paul Assenmacher 1999 8.73
90 56 Jack Scott 1930 0.00 DNP
91 56 Ron Reed 1981 3.82
92 56 Steve Reed 2003 3.41
93 56 Joe Hoerner 1975 2.57 DNP
94 56 Doug Bair 1988 4.05
95 56 Troy Percival 2008 5.12
96 55 Mike Myers 2007 5.63
97 55 Kevin Jarvis 2008 0.00 DNP
98 55 Doug Jones 1995 5.79
99 55 Rick Aguilera 2000 5.48
100 55 Buddy Groom 2004 5.13

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Tsao's Wikipedia page alleges that, in no particular order, he accepted “wine and sex” from the mafia in exchange for throwing games in the Taiwan Series; once spoiled a Steve Trachsel no-hitter; embezzled $1.6 million as part of a beef-noodle-soup restaurant scandal; recorded the fastest-ever pitch by a Taiwanese pitcher (100 mph); made two Olympic teams; was banned from the Australian Baseball League; and went eight years between MLB appearances. Can you believe Steve Trachsel almost threw a no-hitter?
2008 Labrum and rotator cuff woes kept Chin-Hui Tsao from fulfilling his promise in Colorado, and after a strong start with the Dodgers, his shoulder troubles returned to wreck yet another season.
2007 We once called Chin-Hui Tsao a `lulu` of an international free agent signing, but after years of shifting roles, heavy workloads, and several major arm injuries, he`s become a long shot, begging the question, Is it better to have had great talent once, even if you have to leave most of it on the surgeon`s table, or to never have had it at all?
2006 After missing nearly all of 2005 with shoulder surgery, Tsao is on track on his rehab but won`t be ready to handle a full spring training workload in March. He`ll spend 2006 working on his fastball and changeup, with the breaking pitches to come later, though if he remains in the bullpen as planned, he may be able to get by with just the first two. That 2003 season in Tulsa is getting smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror, and after the injuries, it`s impossible to know if Tsao will burn out or become a bullpen sleeper by July.
2005 There were several philosophical discussions about the nature of a Colorado pitching prospect that started around Tsao. He missed significant time in 2004 because of external obligations, shoulder soreness, and blister problems. The Rockies see Tsao as a future closer, which is what every team heading for 65 wins needs most, rather than a starting pitcher, right?
2004 The prospect that Cook wasn't, easily the Texas League's best pitcher, and one of the game's best big league-ready pitching prospects, Tsao came back from his 2001 Tommy John surgery with a vengeance. His slider had bite and is especially tough on lefties, and his velocity was back in the low 90s. There's just about nothing he doesn't do well, and he takes his fielding, hitting, and baserunning seriously. A hamstring injury after his call-up cut into his big league debut, keeping him rookie-eligible. The tragedy, such as it is, is that he's coming to Coors, which over the next five years or so might make him the most unappreciated big league starter since Pedro Astacio.

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