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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
14 135 683.3 36 48 0 4.24 6.1
Birth Date12-9-1979
Height6' 2"
Weight220 lbs
Age39 years, 11 months, 28 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
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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
2006 LAN MLB 6 2 17.7 1 0 0 17 7 5 4 91 8.7 3.6 2.0 2.5 0% .228 1.36 6.67 5.60 111 5.95 121.1 0.0
2007 LAN MLB 12 5 38.7 1 4 0 50 17 30 5 99 11.6 4.0 1.2 7.0 0% .357 1.73 4.69 5.82 108 5.39 111.6 0.1
2008 LAN MLB 7 7 38.7 2 3 0 38 13 30 6 96 8.8 3.0 1.4 7.0 0% .274 1.32 4.65 3.49 108 4.90 104.5 0.3
2009 LAN MLB 10 10 50.0 4 3 0 51 26 33 3 93 9.2 4.7 0.5 5.9 0% .306 1.54 4.31 4.86 107 5.02 107.6 0.3
2011 COL MLB 6 0 12.0 0 0 0 11 4 7 4 107 8.3 3.0 3.0 5.3 0% .189 1.25 7.40 6.00 131 5.96 138.5 -0.2
2012 CHA 0 2 1 6.7 0 0 0 6 4 4 0 98 8.1 5.4 0.0 5.4 0% .286 1.50 4.09 2.70 97 4.71 107.9 0.0
2012 SDN 0 18 14 92.3 8 3 0 86 23 51 7 94 8.4 2.2 0.7 5.0 0% .262 1.18 3.79 2.92 104 4.55 104.2 0.7
2013 SDN MLB 33 33 203.7 11 13 0 219 40 131 18 97 9.7 1.8 0.8 5.8 0% .302 1.27 3.50 3.93 98 3.72 89.1 3.0
2014 SDN MLB 32 32 176.0 8 17 0 197 45 111 26 98 10.1 2.3 1.3 5.7 0% .296 1.38 4.59 4.30 108 4.19 102.8 1.4
2015 ATL MLB 9 8 47.7 1 5 0 48 13 31 10 87 9.1 2.5 1.9 5.9 0% .268 1.28 5.40 5.85 108 4.17 97.3 0.5
2012 TOT MLB 20 15 99.0 8 3 0 92 27 55 7 94 8.4 2.5 0.6 5.0 0% .000 1.20 3.81 2.91 103 4.56 104.4 0.7
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Statistics for All Levels

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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-
2002 VRO A+ FSL 13 6 42.0 3 1 0 39 20 40 3 8.4 4.3 0.6 8.6 0% .298 1.40 3.70 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2002 JAX AA SOU 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0% .000 0.00 3.01 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2002 GRF Rk PIO 5 0 8.0 1 0 1 6 3 9 0 6.8 3.4 0.0 10.1 0% .273 1.13 2.85 2.25 0 0.00 0.0
2002 Peo Wnt AFL 13 0 22.3 2 1 0 20 15 16 1 8.1 6.1 0.4 6.5 0% -.594 1.57 4.73 2.42 0 0.00 0.0
2003 VRO A+ FSL 1 1 3.0 0 1 0 6 1 1 0 18.0 3.0 0.0 3.0 0% .545 2.33 3.38 6.00 0 0.00 0.0
2003 JAX AA SOU 9 7 38.0 3 4 1 46 13 14 5 10.9 3.1 1.2 3.3 0% .299 1.55 5.07 4.97 0 0.00 0.0
2004 CGA A SAL 12 0 21.7 1 2 3 18 6 16 0 7.5 2.5 0.0 6.6 0% .281 1.11 2.83 2.49 0 0.00 0.0
2004 VRO A+ FSL 7 0 10.0 2 1 1 11 4 6 0 9.9 3.6 0.0 5.4 0% .324 1.50 3.52 2.70 0 0.00 0.0
2004 SCO Wnt AFL 12 0 15.7 1 0 0 16 8 10 0 9.2 4.6 0.0 5.7 0% -.889 1.53 4.75 4.59 0 0.00 0.0
2005 JAX AA SOU 12 12 68.0 4 3 0 73 14 58 6 69 9.7 1.9 0.8 7.7 0% -.859 1.28 3.40 3.31 90 4.78 94.1
2005 LVG AAA PCL 15 14 78.0 3 7 0 107 24 60 15 105 12.3 2.8 1.7 6.9 0% -.920 1.68 5.43 6.58 108 6.31 124.4
2006 LAN MLB NL 6 2 17.7 1 0 0 17 7 5 4 91 8.7 3.6 2.0 2.5 0% .228 1.36 6.67 5.60 111 5.95 121.1
2006 LVG AAA PCL 26 26 153.1 10 11 0 153 68 128 10 107 9.0 4.0 0.6 7.5 0% .320 1.44 3.94 4.23 94 4.50 94.4
2007 LAN MLB NL 12 5 38.7 1 4 0 50 17 30 5 99 11.6 4.0 1.2 7.0 0% .357 1.73 4.69 5.82 108 5.39 111.6
2007 LVG AAA PCL 21 17 89.3 5 7 0 134 36 81 12 113 13.5 3.6 1.2 8.2 0% .411 1.90 4.74 7.56 98 7.37 151.2
2008 LAN MLB NL 7 7 38.7 2 3 0 38 13 30 6 96 8.8 3.0 1.4 7.0 0% .274 1.32 4.65 3.49 108 4.90 104.5
2008 LVG AAA PCL 20 20 117.7 7 7 0 118 35 102 14 121 9.0 2.7 1.1 7.8 0% .301 1.30 4.21 3.82 89 3.47 71.1
2009 LAN MLB NL 10 10 50.0 4 3 0 51 26 33 3 93 9.2 4.7 0.5 5.9 0% .306 1.54 4.31 4.86 107 5.02 107.6
2009 SBR A+ CLF 2 2 7.3 0 0 0 5 0 5 0 91 6.2 0.0 0.0 6.2 0% .227 0.68 2.39 1.23 0 0.00 0.0
2009 ABQ AAA PCL 12 11 64.0 5 4 0 86 24 40 5 105 12.1 3.4 0.7 5.6 0% .363 1.72 4.34 5.20 102 6.29 132.2
2010 HRO npb JCL 21 0 124.3 6 10 0 149 46 87 23 10.8 3.3 1.7 6.3 0% .314 1.57 5.18 5.07 0 0.00 0.0
2011 COL MLB NL 6 0 12.0 0 0 0 11 4 7 4 107 8.3 3.0 3.0 5.3 0% .189 1.25 7.40 6.00 131 5.96 138.5
2011 CSP AAA PCL 52 0 68.0 4 4 1 76 16 69 11 10.1 2.1 1.5 9.1 0% .322 1.35 4.56 4.63 83 3.24 66.1
2012 CHA MLB AL 2 1 6.7 0 0 0 6 4 4 0 98 8.1 5.4 0.0 5.4 0% .286 1.50 4.09 2.70 97 4.71 107.9
2012 SDN MLB NL 18 14 92.3 8 3 0 86 23 51 7 94 8.4 2.2 0.7 5.0 0% .262 1.18 3.79 2.92 104 4.55 104.2
2012 CHR AAA INT 5 5 28.7 1 1 0 25 10 26 0 97 7.8 3.1 0.0 8.2 0% .317 1.22 2.39 2.20 85 4.07 84.8
2012 TUC AAA PCL 2 2 6.7 0 0 0 7 4 10 0 107 9.5 5.4 0.0 13.5 0% .350 1.65 2.46 5.40 70 2.62 54.6
2013 SDN MLB NL 33 33 203.7 11 13 0 219 40 131 18 97 9.7 1.8 0.8 5.8 0% .302 1.27 3.50 3.93 98 3.72 89.1
2014 SDN MLB NL 32 32 176.0 8 17 0 197 45 111 26 98 10.1 2.3 1.3 5.7 0% .296 1.38 4.59 4.30 108 4.19 102.8
2015 ATL MLB NL 9 8 47.7 1 5 0 48 13 31 10 87 9.1 2.5 1.9 5.9 0% .268 1.28 5.40 5.85 108 4.17 97.3
2015 TUL AA TEX 10 8 53.3 4 4 1 47 15 35 2 106 7.9 2.5 0.3 5.9 0% .265 1.16 3.42 3.38 97 3.85 84.4
2015 OKL AAA PCL 6 6 36.7 2 1 0 34 6 26 3 97 8.3 1.5 0.7 6.4 0% .277 1.09 3.73 3.19 91 2.56 56.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 607 0.4563 0.4596 0.8065 0.6318 0.3152 0.8686 0.7019 0.1935
2009 858 0.4592 0.4033 0.7832 0.5685 0.2629 0.8839 0.5984 0.2168
2011 188 0.5532 0.5000 0.7979 0.6442 0.3214 0.8209 0.7407 0.2021
2012 1519 0.4635 0.4536 0.8389 0.5980 0.3288 0.9097 0.7276 0.1611
2013 3225 0.4372 0.4574 0.8305 0.6184 0.3322 0.9048 0.7231 0.1695
2014 2819 0.4452 0.4367 0.8091 0.6135 0.2948 0.8753 0.6985 0.1909
2015 750 0.4440 0.4827 0.8343 0.6366 0.3597 0.8962 0.7467 0.1657
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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
2012-06-04 2012-07-22 15-DL 48 41 Left Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi - -
2009-05-31 2009-07-01 15-DL 31 27 Left Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2009-05-15 2009-05-25 DTD 10 9 Left Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2004-08-01 2004-09-05 Minors 35 0 Left Elbow Surgery Dates Are Estimated -
2003-05-26 2003-09-08 Minors 105 0 Left Forearm Strain - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 ATL $2,000,000
2014 SDN $2,750,000
2013 SDN $507,600
2010 LAN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$5,257,600
5 yrTotal$5,257,600

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 75 d1 year/$2M (2015)

Details
  • 1 year/$2M (2015). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/30/15 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Atlanta 4/5/15. Acquired by LA Dodgers in trade from Atlanta 5/27/15. Sent outright to Triple-A by LA Dodgers 5/30/15.
  • 1 year/$2.75M (2014). Re-signed by San Diego 12/3/13 (avoided arbitration). DFA by San Diego 11/3/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 11/12/14 (refused assignment).
  • 1 year/$0.5076M (2013). Re-signed by San Diego 3/9/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Chicago White Sox 12/1/11 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Chicago White Sox 5/7/12. Claimed by San Diego off waivers 5/17/12 after being DFA by Chicago White Sox 5/15/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 11/29/10 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Colorad0 7/3/11. DFA by Colorado 7/25/11. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/27/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/10. Rights sold to Hiroshima 3/30/10.
  • 1 year/$0.402M (2009). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/6/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/23/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by LA Dodgers 9/06.
  • Drafted by LA Dodgers 2002 (15-451) (Bethel College).

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 Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2015 After going 3-13 with a 5.22 ERA over the first four months, Stults went 5-4 with a 2.74 ERA over the final two. It's tempting to say he turned the proverbial corner, but his track record suggests otherwise. One problem is that, as Beyond the Box Score's Justin Schultz so eloquently put it, "Stults' curveball is terrible." Hitters and their .400-plus ISO against that pitch last year might disagree, but as hitters, they are not to be trusted in such matters. Can Stults continue to survive at the highest level? Without getting into lengthy discussions about the nature of survival, either improving or ditching the curve might help. So might long walks on the beach with Jamie Moyer.
2014 You know the cliché: Lefty out of Indiana gets drafted in the 15th round, spends a decade in the minors, pitches in Japan for a year, lands in San Diego after a few more stops and finally stays in the big leagues for an entire season, leading the Padres in starts, innings and strikeouts at age 33 despite working with a high-80s fastball. So overdone. Stults throws strikes (he walked more than two batters in just three of his 33 starts) but seldom puts the ball past hitters (his career-high 12 strikeouts came against a Mariners lineup not known for making contact). He was hit hard away from Petco, had severe platoon splits and faded badly in the second half.
2013 Another reclamation project that landed in a Padres rotation desperate for healthy arms, Stults pitched surprisingly well last year after being claimed off waivers from the White Sox in mid-May. The journeyman got hit hard his third time through a lineup and fared much better against lefties than righties, suggesting that the bullpen might be a more suitable home. Then again, his versatility is a chief selling point. Stults may never have a clearly defined role or stay in the big leagues for extended periods, but he's a good insurance policy just in case your entire pitching staff gets hurt. Again.
2012 Veteran lefty Eric Stults returned from Japan to deal a few relief innings in Colorado, then signed a minor league deal with the Sox; his fringy stuff and flyball tendencies make him a bad choice to administer a shot of adrenaline to the big club's heart.
2011 Long-time Dodgers property Eric Stults is a 31-year-old lefty starter who doesn't fare all that well against his fellow lefties, which makes him a poor relief option, and gives up a lot of fly balls, which makes him a poor fit for the Rockies, who brought him back from Japan via a minor-league deal.
2010 After three years of only fleeting success trying to crack the rotation, Stults got his best opportunity yet when Kuroda strained his oblique in April. Stults didn't exactly cover himself in glory, but put up a .498 Support-Neutral Winning Percentage despite a high walk rate and just one quality start (a complete-game shutout against the Giants, which barely counts). After spraining his thumb while fielding a bunt, he began an odyssey that included declining performance, a DL stint, and an extended stay in the minors, receiving just one more start. Stults' career big-league numbers (145 innings, with a 4.84 ERA and 6.1 K/9) could probably get him a fifth starter job elsewhere, but they'll likely keep him on the fringes of the Dodgers' rotation picture.
2009 Sin City is no place for a fly-ball pitcher who doesn’t miss many bats, but Stults has remained stuck there for the better part of the last four years, with results varying so widely that it’s difficult to gauge his performance beyond pegging him as a Quadruple-A type. When injuries sidelined Kuroda and Penny in late June, Stults pitched as well as the Dodgers could have hoped, with three quality starts out of six, including a complete-game shutout of the White Sox. Caught in the numbers game, he didn’t reappear in Dodger blue until after they’d clinched. With the departures of Penny, Lowe, and Maddux, he’ll again be in the mix as a back-end rotation option.
2008 The return to Sin City didn't go too well for Eric Stults; he was rocked to a .414/.472/.680 tune at Cashman Field, and while he held PCL hiters to just .263/.308/.369 elsewhere, he's little more than a soft-tossing organizational soldier at this point.
2007 Stults, a 2002 pick out of Bethel College, is no sort of prospect, but he is a lefty. He took a great leap forward in his second tour of duty at Las Vegas, earning a September recall. He gave the Dodgers two respectable starts, the better of which was a key six-inning, two-hit effort at Shea Stadium on September 10. With an 88 to 92 MPH fastball, a plus changeup, and an average cutter, he generates enough ground balls that he could find a spot in the bullpen.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Harry! What's your take on Eric Stults? In his success this year just a case of a guy having a nice couple of months? Has his slow curve become a real weapon? He's been relying on offspeed stuff, what do you think? Thanks!
(BobbyA from NYC)
he's officially a crafty lefty. He'll have good games, he'll get lit up more, though. (Harry Pavlidis)
2009-04-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)How good is Eric Stults in the short-term? (I submitted this question before the chat, but I don't know if it disappeared or what)
(Carl from Boston)
I think Stults would be an above-average #5 if left in place long enough. He's got 15 major league starts and a 3.92 ERA with 6.9 K/9 over the last four years, and he deserves a shot.

I can envision a scenario where he remains in the rotation once Kuroda returns, while McDonald is moved to the bullpen, where he's probably better off getting his feet wet. (Jay Jaffe)


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