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Willy Taveras CF

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
17 2644 .274 .320 .327 69 7.1
Birth Date12-25-1981
Height6' 0"
Weight180 lbs
Age37 years, 9 months, 22 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2004 HOU 22 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000 78 -0.1 0.3 -0.5 0.0
2005 HOU 23 152 635 172 13 4 3 25 103 7 34 11 .291 .325 .341 71 -21.7 7.0 10.2 1.6
2006 HOU 24 149 587 147 19 5 1 34 88 11 33 9 .278 .333 .338 71 -19.2 7.5 22.9 3.0
2007 COL 25 97 408 119 13 2 2 21 55 7 33 9 .320 .367 .382 80 -9.0 1.2 7.0 1.2
2008 COL 26 133 538 120 15 2 1 36 79 5 68 7 .251 .308 .296 64 -22.4 8.8 5.2 0.8
2009 CIN 27 102 437 97 11 2 1 18 58 2 25 6 .240 .275 .285 61 -19.9 3.0 7.5 0.4
2010 WAS 28 27 37 7 0 1 0 2 6 0 1 2 .200 .243 .257 66 -1.4 -0.2 2.0 0.1
Career6702644662711681363903219544.274.320.32769-93.727.654.37.1

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 PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2000 BNC Rk APL 0 219 .000 .000 .000 .338 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 CGA A SAL 97 430 .000 .000 .000 .322 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 CGA A SAL 85 381 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 KIN A+ CRL 113 468 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 HOU MLB NL 10 2 .286 .351 .467 .000 91 -0.4 0.1 0 78 8 -0.5 0.3 -0.1 0.0
2004 ROU AA TXS 103 464 .000 .000 .000 .401 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 HOU MLB NL 152 635 .266 .330 .421 .345 99 -11.3 18.3 1.7 71 10 10.2 7.0 -21.7 1.6
2006 HOU MLB NL 149 587 .267 .336 .429 .330 95 -13.2 17.7 1.6 71 7 22.9 7.5 -19.2 3.0
2007 COL MLB NL 97 408 .269 .331 .421 .370 109 -3.1 12.1 0.7 80 7 7.0 1.2 -9.0 1.2
2007 CSP AAA PCL 4 15 .249 .321 .373 .417 85 -0.5 0.4 -0.1 91 0 -0.6 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1
2008 COL MLB NL 133 538 .264 .329 .414 .296 104 -20.4 15.5 1.4 64 8 5.2 8.8 -22.4 0.8
2009 CIN MLB NL 102 437 .262 .329 .417 .277 96 -23.2 12.6 1.1 61 8 7.5 3.0 -19.9 0.4
2010 WAS MLB NL 27 37 .276 .344 .426 .241 91 -2.5 1.0 -0.2 66 15 2.0 -0.2 -1.4 0.1
2010 GWN AAA INT 17 47 .267 .336 .411 .139 103 -7.4 1.4 -0.2 26 0 0.2 0.6 -11.8 -0.9
2010 LEH AAA INT 23 104 .272 .335 .421 .250 96 -8.5 3.2 0.2 26 0 1.6 0.5 -11.8 -0.6
2010 OKL AAA PCL 23 100 .276 .343 .430 .284 108 -5.5 3.5 0.3 75 0 0.5 0.5 -3.1 0.2
2011 CSP AAA PCL 97 424 .291 .357 .459 .323 128 -7.4 13.2 -0.8 76 0 -7.1 0.0 -11.4 -0.6
2012 OBR Wnt LMP 52 214 .000 .000 .000 .290 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 OMA AAA PCL 79 279 .264 .333 .403 .274 94 -6.5 8.0 -1.5 60 0 1.3 4.0 -14.5 -0.3
2015 PUE AAA MEX 5 23 .000 .000 .000 .421 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 PUE AAA MEX 81 367 .000 .000 .000 .368 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 MVA AAA MEX 103 483 .000 .000 .000 .355 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2000 BNC Rk APL 219 190 46 50 4 3 1 63 16 23 44 36 9 .263 .361 .332 .068 0 0
2001 CGA A SAL 430 395 55 107 15 7 3 145 32 22 73 29 9 .271 .316 .367 .096 4 4
2002 CGA A SAL 381 313 68 83 14 1 4 111 27 45 68 54 12 .265 .386 .355 .089 2 2
2003 KIN A+ CRL 468 397 64 112 9 6 2 139 35 52 68 57 12 .282 .377 .350 .068 6 6
2004 ROU AA TXS 464 409 76 137 13 1 2 158 27 38 76 55 11 .335 .398 .386 .051 6 6
2004 HOU MLB NL 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 1
2005 HOU MLB NL 635 592 82 172 13 4 3 202 29 25 103 34 11 .291 .325 .341 .051 4 7
2006 HOU MLB NL 587 529 83 147 19 5 1 179 30 34 88 33 9 .278 .333 .338 .060 2 11
2007 CSP AAA PCL 15 14 0 5 0 0 0 5 0 0 2 1 2 .357 .400 .357 .000 0 0
2007 COL MLB NL 408 372 64 119 13 2 2 142 24 21 55 33 9 .320 .367 .382 .062 1 7
2008 COL MLB NL 538 479 64 120 15 2 1 142 26 36 79 68 7 .251 .308 .296 .046 3 15
2009 CIN MLB NL 437 404 56 97 11 2 1 115 15 18 58 25 6 .240 .275 .285 .045 2 11
2010 OKL AAA PCL 100 91 12 25 3 1 2 36 10 6 9 2 2 .275 .323 .396 .121 1 1
2010 LEH AAA INT 104 96 10 20 4 1 0 26 3 4 18 9 0 .208 .250 .271 .063 2 2
2010 WAS MLB NL 37 35 7 7 0 1 0 9 4 2 6 1 2 .200 .243 .257 .057 0 0
2010 GWN AAA INT 47 42 6 5 1 0 0 6 1 4 6 4 1 .119 .213 .143 .024 0 0
2011 CSP AAA PCL 424 391 67 118 17 5 10 175 44 21 51 13 4 .302 .336 .448 .146 4 7
2012 OBR Wnt LMP 214 192 32 49 15 0 2 70 22 14 30 9 3 .255 .310 .365 .109 2 4
2013 OMA AAA PCL 279 247 36 59 9 5 2 84 27 18 40 11 2 .239 .308 .340 .101 3 3
2015 PUE AAA MEX 23 21 4 8 1 0 0 9 3 0 2 3 1 .381 .435 .429 .048 0 0
2016 PUE AAA MEX 367 329 68 107 13 9 4 150 44 26 47 16 7 .325 .390 .456 .131 2 0
2017 MVA AAA MEX 483 431 77 131 17 6 12 196 62 27 87 21 5 .304 .369 .455 .151 3 3

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1856 0.5399 0.3901 0.8757 0.5200 0.2377 0.9175 0.7685 0.1243 -0.0065
2009 1571 0.5582 0.4284 0.8737 0.5542 0.2695 0.9321 0.7219 0.1263 0.0071
2010 122 0.5246 0.4918 0.8667 0.5625 0.4138 0.9167 0.7917 0.1333 0.0020
Career35490.54750.41050.87450.53660.25780.92390.74870.1255-0.0002

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
2011-07-24 2011-08-13 Minors 20 19 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2009-08-19 2009-09-22 15-DL 34 32 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2009-07-30 2009-08-03 DTD 4 4 Left Wrist Soreness -
2009-06-03 2009-06-07 DTD 4 4 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-05-31 2009-06-02 DTD 2 2 Right Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2009-04-03 2009-04-09 DTD 6 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2008-09-24 2008-09-28 DTD 4 4 Right Lower Leg Stress Fracture Shin -
2008-07-02 2008-07-04 DTD 2 2 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2008-05-24 2008-05-26 DTD 2 2 Right Knee Contusion -
2007-09-09 2007-10-11 DTD 32 22 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2007-08-15 2007-09-01 15-DL 17 16 Right Groin Strain -
2007-08-07 2007-08-10 DTD 3 3 Right Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2007-07-09 2007-07-16 DTD 7 3 Right Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2007-07-04 2007-07-06 DTD 2 1 Right Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2007-06-30 2007-07-01 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Tightness Quadriceps -
2007-05-29 2007-06-01 DTD 3 3 Hand Contusion HBP -
2007-05-07 2007-05-12 DTD 5 5 Groin Strain -
2006-09-17 2006-09-23 DTD 6 6 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2005-09-14 2005-09-16 DTD 2 2 Right Fingers Laceration Middle Finger -
2005-06-06 2005-06-10 DTD 4 3 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2004-11-08 2004-11-14 WIN 6 0 Hip Strain Hip Flexor -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 WAS $400,000
2009 CIN $2,250,000
2008 COL $1,975,000
2007 COL $402,000
2006 HOU $400,000
2005 HOU $316,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$5,743,000
6 yrTotal$5,743,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 76 dScott Shapiro, Barry Praver2011

Details
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 1/25/11 (minor-league contract)
  • 2 years/$6.25M (2009-10). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 12/27/08. 09:$2.25M, 10:$4M. Performance bonus: up to $0.25M for 600 PAs in 2009, up to $0.5M for 600 PAs in 2010. Taveras to donate one percent of annual base salary to club charity. Acquired by Oakland in trade from Cincinnati 2/1/10. DFA by Oakland 2/1/10, released 2/9/10. Signed by Washington as a free agent 2/15/10 (minor-league contract), with Nationals paying $0.4M of 2010 salary (if Taveras makes team) and Oakland paying remainder. Contract purchased by Washington 4/4/10. Released by Washington 5/21/10 after being DFA 5/16/10. Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 6/3/10 (minor-league contract). Released by Philadelphia 6/29/10. Signed by Texas as a free agent 8/15/10 (minor-league contract)
  • 1 year/$1.975M (2008). Re-signed by Colorado 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 500, 550, 600 PAs. Non-tendered by Colorado 12/12/2008.
  • 1 year/$0.402M (2007). Renewed 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2006). Re-signed 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.316M (2005). Re-signed 2/05
  • Rights retained in trade 3/04, allowing him to go to minors after being selected in Rule 5 draft 12/03

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who's your early pick for biggest surprise team of 2010?
(Matt from Whippleville, NY)
I suppose it depends on your definition of what's surprising. The Marlins will probably upset the concept of $ = results by again finishing around .500. The Rangers making a run at 95 wins wouldn't surprise me, but it might surprise some observers. The Reds topping .500 and contending with relative good health (and a whole lot less PT for Willy Taveras)? Seems possible to me. The Angels imploding next year, maybe? The Padres finishing .500? Again, I don't think this year delivered all that many surprises, beyond the Rays' underwhelming their expected record, but I might not have the same capacity for easy startling. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-05 16:00:00 (link to chat)The Reds dumped the pitching coach, Dick Pole. Next I'm sure they'll finish rearanging the deck chairs. AFTER THAT, what are the 3 things they should do this offseason?
(Browning Nagle from Cinti)
Willy Taveras needs to go, big time. Or at least only be used as a pinch-runner/defensive replacement. A push for a legit cleanup bat--Phillips is good but if he is your cleanup hitter...--would be good but I can ultimately see them only getting someone like Jermaine Dye, which wouldn't be awful but is certainly not a franchise changing signing. And lastly, let Stubbs, Bruce, Bailey, et al play the whole year. (Eric Seidman)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)To what extent do you consider Dusty Baker a good manager? In 16 years of managing, his first year was his best, and his record on teams sans Bonds is below .500. He's had Cubs teams with talent and never won more than 90 games, and his record with young pitchers is atrocious. I don't see the substance behind the reputation.
(BambinosCurse from Boston)
I've been willing to concede that Baker, while no tactician, might have his uses as a veteran skipper of a predominantly veteran ballclub. Paired with a GM with a strong grip on personnel decisions, he can have value. In the abstract, I'd have thought that he and Walt Jocketty would be a good tandem, but then you wind up with Willy Taveras, and it looks more like a murder/suicide pact. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ignoring for a moment the massive whipping they've taken in the last 18 innings (outscored 32-1), should the Reds be buying or selling? Is there a move out there which helps them now and later?
(Rick from Chicago)
Well, if Dusty Baker could actually figure out that his Willy Taveras fetish is absolutely KILLING his team, I'd say they should be buying, because they're just 3.5 back and they've got the strongest pitching staff they've had in years.

In other words: SELL SELL SELL.

I imagine they could do reasonably well marketing Harang to a contender, though they'd have to make a choice between eating salary and getting Grade-A prospects. Arroyo won't bring back much, but he'll net something, somewhere. A team desperate for a catcher might be able to squint and see a use for Ramon Hernandez. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-06-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Of course, with Jocketty now in cincy, does that change your answer?
(mike from chicago)
Whoops. Sorry about that. I still call it "Shea," too, and often talk about Yankee prospects at Columbus.

I wouldn't trade for a 3B. The guy you get might be a win better than Encarnacion over three months, and he could just as easily be two wins' worse. Maybe that's being optimistic about a disappointing player. The Reds would be better served looking for an OBP source in the outfield, where Willy Taveras and Laynce Nix are killing them. (Is Taveras still trying to steal 100 bases? He has some ground to make up.) (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)In order for the Reds to be in the wildcard race come September, they need to __________?
(dshugert from Ohio)
The short answer: They Aaron Harang to pitch like he did in 2006 and 2007 while Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto advance or at least hold their ground relative to last year while maintaining health. They also need Dusty to get Willy Taveras out of the leadoff spot, and preferably out of the lineup in favor of someone who can get on base regularly. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-04-10 16:30:00 (link to chat)It seems like there's rigid dogma at BP against stolen bases, claiming they're overrated and largely unnecessary. But if someone steals at a high enough clip (say, 85%+) aren't those extra bases very much worthwhile, akin to hitting a double instead of a single?
(Charles from Ann Arbor)
You mistake the target; it's more often the problem with who's getting played to generate those steals than the stealing of the bases that is the problem. Stealing bases doesn't make Willy Taveras or Juan Pierre incredibly valuable in the real world; in the real world, stolen bases aren't a category you play people like that to "win," you use tactics as an element of victory. Everybody should keep an active arsenal of tactical options to put pressure on defenses, but going so far as to play Juan Pierre is where the wisdom involved evaporates. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Reds have any chance of contending for a wildcard berth this season with the their offense?
(Brandon from Charleston)
You've hit the nail on the head as to why they might not; while I like their picking up Ramon Hernandez, picking Willy Taveras is a huge disappointment for a lineup that has OBP issues already, and absent Bruce really blossoming and their adding another outfield bat (I'd rather see Dickerson in center), scoring will be an issue once you take the park into account. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)If the Cameron deal is dead (according to the latest reports), who is Plan B for the Yanks in CF?
(Anthony from Paramus, NJ)
Melky Cabrera or perhaps Willy Taveras if he gets non-tendered tomorrow as expected. (John Perrotto)
2008-07-30 12:30:00 (link to chat)Since the Rockies aren't selling, any chance they call up Dexter Fowler right after the Olympics to see if he can help and be playoff eligible? It's only Willy Taveras ahead of him.....
(Jonathan from New York)
Haven't heard anything on that but I would say it's possible. (John Perrotto)


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