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Portrait of Darren Dreifort

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
9 274 872.7 48 60 11 4.36 22.8
Birth Date5-3-1972
Height6' 2"
Weight205 lbs
Age47 years, 7 months, 9 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
1994 LAN MLB 27 0 29.0 0 5 6 45 15 22 0 97 14.0 4.7 0.0 6.8 0% .421 2.07 3.51 6.21 86 5.43 109.6 0.0
1996 LAN MLB 19 0 23.7 1 4 0 23 12 24 2 91 8.7 4.6 0.8 9.1 0% .309 1.48 3.68 4.94 75 2.91 57.5 0.7
1997 LAN MLB 48 0 63.0 5 2 4 45 34 63 3 95 6.4 4.9 0.4 9.0 0% .256 1.25 3.36 2.86 88 3.22 66.9 1.4
1998 LAN MLB 32 26 180.0 8 12 0 171 57 168 12 92 8.6 2.9 0.6 8.4 0% .315 1.27 3.18 4.00 78 2.90 60.1 5.8
1999 LAN MLB 30 29 178.7 13 13 0 177 76 140 20 93 8.9 3.8 1.0 7.1 0% .296 1.42 4.35 4.79 93 4.03 78.4 4.2
2000 LAN MLB 32 32 192.7 12 9 0 175 87 164 31 104 8.2 4.1 1.4 7.7 0% .263 1.36 4.98 4.16 95 4.10 78.8 4.4
2001 LAN MLB 16 16 94.7 4 7 0 89 47 91 11 98 8.5 4.5 1.0 8.7 0% .299 1.44 4.27 5.13 92 3.68 76.4 2.2
2003 LAN MLB 10 10 60.3 4 4 0 58 25 67 6 88 8.7 3.7 0.9 10.0 0% .319 1.38 3.28 4.03 67 2.20 46.0 2.4
2004 LAN MLB 60 0 50.7 1 4 1 43 36 63 5 97 7.6 6.4 0.9 11.2 0% .309 1.56 3.87 4.44 77 2.75 56.7 1.6
CareerMLB274113872.748601182638980290968.54.00.98.358%.2981.394.024.36863.5370.622.7

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-
1994 LAN MLB NL 27 0 29.0 0 5 6 45 15 22 0 97 14.0 4.7 0.0 6.8 0% .421 2.07 3.51 6.21 86 5.43 109.6
1994 SAN AA TXS 8 8 35.3 3 1 0 36 13 32 0 9.2 3.3 0.0 8.2 0% .000 1.39 2.67 2.80 0 0.00 0.0
1994 ABQ AAA PCL 1 1 6.3 1 0 0 8 3 3 1 11.4 4.3 1.4 4.3 0% .000 1.75 6.47 5.71 0 0.00 0.0
1996 LAN MLB NL 19 0 23.7 1 4 0 23 12 24 2 91 8.7 4.6 0.8 9.1 0% .309 1.48 3.68 4.94 75 2.91 57.5
1996 ABQ AAA PCL 18 18 86.3 5 6 0 88 52 75 6 9.2 5.4 0.6 7.8 0% .000 1.62 4.63 4.17 0 0.00 0.0
1997 LAN MLB NL 48 0 63.0 5 2 4 45 34 63 3 95 6.4 4.9 0.4 9.0 0% .256 1.25 3.36 2.86 88 3.22 66.9
1997 ABQ AAA PCL 2 2 5.7 0 0 0 2 1 3 1 3.2 1.6 1.6 4.7 0% .071 0.53 5.62 1.58 0 0.00 0.0
1998 LAN MLB NL 32 26 180.0 8 12 0 171 57 168 12 92 8.6 2.9 0.6 8.4 0% .315 1.27 3.18 4.00 78 2.90 60.1
1999 LAN MLB NL 30 29 178.7 13 13 0 177 76 140 20 93 8.9 3.8 1.0 7.1 0% .296 1.42 4.35 4.79 93 4.03 78.4
2000 LAN MLB NL 32 32 192.7 12 9 0 175 87 164 31 104 8.2 4.1 1.4 7.7 0% .263 1.36 4.98 4.16 95 4.10 78.8
2001 LAN MLB NL 16 16 94.7 4 7 0 89 47 91 11 98 8.5 4.5 1.0 8.7 0% .299 1.44 4.27 5.13 92 3.68 76.4
2003 LAN MLB NL 10 10 60.3 4 4 0 58 25 67 6 88 8.7 3.7 0.9 10.0 0% .319 1.38 3.28 4.03 67 2.20 46.0
2004 LAN MLB NL 60 0 50.7 1 4 1 43 36 63 5 97 7.6 6.4 0.9 11.2 0% .309 1.56 3.87 4.44 77 2.75 56.7

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
2005-04-05 2005-10-03 60-DL 181 162 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery 2005-02-15 -
2005-02-15 2005-04-05 Camp 49 0 Right Shoulder Surgery 2005-02-15 -
2005-01-06 2005-01-06 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus 2005-01-06 -
2004-10-22 2004-10-22 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery ACL 2004-10-22 -
2004-09-10 2004-09-10 On-Alr 0 0 - Hip Surgery Labrum and Loose Bodies 2004-09-10 -
2004-08-17 2004-10-11 15-DL 55 45 Right Knee Sprain ACL - -
2003-09-23 2003-09-23 On-Alr 0 0 Right Hip Surgery Labrum 2003-09-23 -
2003-05-29 2003-09-29 60-DL 123 110 Right Knee Surgery MCL 2003-06-17 -
2003-05-04 2003-05-10 DTD 6 5 Right Knee Arthritis - -
2002-07-30 2002-07-30 On-Alr 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Loose Cartilage 2002-07-30 -
2002-04-02 2002-09-30 60-DL 181 162 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery and Flexor Tendon 2001-07-09 -
2001-06-30 2001-10-08 60-DL 100 83 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery and Flexor Tendon 2001-07-09 -
1999-09-16 1999-10-04 DTD 18 16 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
1999-05-13 1999-05-18 DTD 5 3 Right Lower Leg Inflammation Shin - -
1998-09-05 1998-09-28 DTD 23 21 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
1997-05-12 1997-06-18 15-DL 37 34 Right Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis - -
1996-04-01 1996-05-17 60-DL 46 42 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 1995-03-14 -
1995-04-25 1995-10-07 60-DL 165 144 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 1995-03-14 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2005 LAN $13,400,000
2004 LAN $12,400,000
2003 LAN $12,400,000
2002 LAN $9,400,000
2001 LAN $9,400,000
2000 LAN $3,700,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$60,700,000
6 yrTotal$60,700,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 86 dScott Boras5 yr/$55M (01-05) incl $2M sb

Details
  • disability ins likely to cover up to 80% of $13M 05 salary
  • 01-02:$9M ea, 03-04:$11M ea, 05:$13M

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 )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2005 Hey, *there's* a nice contract, huh? Dreifort signed a five-year deal, at a tidy average of eight figures per season, in December of 2000. Since then, he's pretty much physically exploded, with limbs flying all over the field, his head exploding in that regrettable game against the Astros in '02, and the unfortunate hip and knee problems that will make him unavailable for the start of the season, and possibly keep him out for all of '05. Hopefully, he'll rehab well and come back and pitch. You never want to see anyone go down so many times, get back up again and again, and just keep getting beaten down by freak injuries.
2004 Remember O.J. Simpson's character in the Naked Gun movies? How he'd spend most of his screen time in hospitals, thanks to some unlikely accident that could only happen to him? And remember how the other members of the police force just took it in stride? That's Darren Dreifort. He's always hurt, but it's become expected at this point. Sure, he can be a decent pitcher when healthy, but that happens about as often as a David Spade makes a film that doesn't make you bolt. Dreifort will be paid $24 million over the next two seasons, mostly to rehab.
2003 Even the biggest optimist would concede that Dreifort’s days as a starter, let alone an effective one, are done. So what can we expect from a pitcher whose best years weren’t all that special, coming off a year and a half off the mound, with multiple Tommy John surgeries in the bank? With Eric Gagne around, Dreifort won’t get the closer’s job once rumored to be his. But he could fare well as a two-pitch setup man if his elbow holds up. The Dodgers would do well to spot him as a pinch hitter on the odd night they’re short of bodies, assuming his bat hasn’t atrophied. Having a pitcher who can hit as well as your shortstop is a neat little tactical advantage to have, even if it doesn’t bode well for your shortstop.
2002 At this point, the question is whether Dreifort will be able to live a normal life and play catch with his kids. He could well make it back from another Tommy John surgery; Dr. Frank Jobe thinks he'll be pitching by the second half of this season. Dr. Jobe knows more about orthopedia than we do. It would be great to see Dreifort get back on the mound; we just don't know how likely it is, particularly given his power-based repertoire.
2001 One of the more inexplicable things in baseball is the idea that Darren Dreifort is a star. His won/loss record comes up as a negative, but there's much better evidence that he's overrated. He's never thrown 200 innings in a season. Despite a good fastball and a nasty slider, he's never put up good peripheral numbers. Or primary ones, for that matter. Five years and $55 million is a huge investment in a #3 starter, and the fact that there were worse contracts given out--Kevin Appier, anyone?--doesn't make this one any better.
2000 His self-perception is keeping him from being a great pitcher. Dreifort wants to start, over the wishes of Johnson, who wants to use him as a reliever. Regular readers know how we feel about this: Dreifort can be a dominant reliever, and since he consistently breaks down at around the 180-inning mark, there’s every reason to move him to the bullpen. He is slated to be the Dodgers’ #3 starter.
1999 Really not a good year for someone whose stuff is described the way Dreifort's is. He's very inconsistent (his Support-Neutral data looks better than his conventional numbers), and despite being babied for a few years, still had to be shut down in September with arm stiffness. There's two ways to go with him: plug him in the rotation in April, let him go 6-1, 2.15, and trade him before he gets hurt, or make him a high-leverage reliever like Mariano Rivera 1996 or Arthur Rhodes 1997 and see if you can't shorten games to six innings. He'd be awesome in that role.
1998 Flamethrower rumored to be joining the starting rotation. Doesn’t matter what role you put him in—he’ll succeed in it. Personally, I’d be tempted to see how he handles the long relief role; the Dodgers are likely to play a lot of close games, and I’d love to have 120 high-leverage innings of this quality. Perhaps eight starts and 40 relief appearances carefully spotted can maximize his contribution and minimize his injury risk.
1997 Seems to have come back from the injury fairly well; now he’s got a much tougher battle ahead of him—learning to pitch and control his stuff. There’s a good chance he won’t be able to do it. Often compared to a young Todd Worrell, but Worrell had a bit more control than this at the same age. Did not attend Pepperdine University.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Worse signing: Darren Dreifort or Andruw Jones?
(Mike from la)
Dreifort by a country mile. Five years and $55 million in year 2000 dollars is a much bigger time and money commitment than two years and $36 million in 2007 dollars. It's really tough to do much damage with a two-year deal, though the peripheral decisions around the Jones one -- such as trading LaRoche -- certainly are testing that theory. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-07-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)Darren Dreifort could come out of retirement as a hitter (joking).
(David from Sonoma State University, CA)
Mike Hampton too. (Will Carroll)


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