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Portrait of Randy Wells

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
11 98 529 28 32 0 4.08 3.2
Birth Date8-28-1982
Height6' 5"
Weight230 lbs
Age37 years, 2 months, 24 days
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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
2008 CHN 0 3 0 4.3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 110 0.0 4.2 0.0 2.1 0% .000 0.46 4.02 0.00 121 6.48 138.3 -0.1
2008 TOR 0 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 91 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 0% .000 1.00 6.15 0.00 116 6.52 139.0 0.0
2009 CHN MLB 27 27 165.3 12 10 0 165 46 104 14 98 9.0 2.5 0.8 5.7 0% .288 1.28 3.83 3.05 96 3.95 84.6 3.0
2010 CHN MLB 32 32 194.3 8 14 0 209 63 144 19 97 9.7 2.9 0.9 6.7 0% .311 1.40 3.95 4.26 99 4.70 106.1 1.3
2011 CHN MLB 23 23 135.3 7 6 0 141 47 82 23 100 9.4 3.1 1.5 5.5 0% .275 1.39 5.07 4.99 118 5.19 120.6 -0.2
2012 CHN MLB 12 4 28.7 1 2 0 35 24 14 1 102 11.0 7.5 0.3 4.4 0% .333 2.06 5.33 5.34 135 7.53 172.7 -0.9
2008 TOT MLB 4 0 5.3 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 107 0.0 5.1 0.0 1.7 0% .000 0.56 4.42 0.00 120 6.49 138.5 -0.1
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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-
2003 LNS A MDW 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0% .333 1.00 3.16 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2004 LNS A MDW 36 15 107.7 6 7 1 112 40 121 9 9.4 3.3 0.8 10.1 0% .350 1.41 3.56 4.43 0 0.00 0.0
2005 DAY A+ FSL 41 10 98.7 10 2 2 93 22 106 5 8.5 2.0 0.5 9.7 0% -.647 1.17 2.72 2.74 0 0.00 0.0
2005 WTN AA SOU 6 0 9.3 0 1 1 13 7 4 0 18 12.6 6.8 0.0 3.9 0% -1.182 2.15 4.74 3.87 122 8.24 162.5
2006 WTN AA SOU 12 12 62.1 4 2 0 45 13 54 2 6.5 1.9 0.3 7.8 0% .246 0.93 2.42 1.59 0 0.00 0.0
2006 IOW AAA PCL 13 12 69.2 5 5 0 87 23 59 7 99 11.3 3.0 0.9 7.7 0% .357 1.59 3.98 4.94 96 5.90 123.9
2007 IOW AAA PCL 40 9 95.7 5 6 2 100 41 101 11 115 9.4 3.9 1.0 9.5 0% .333 1.47 4.35 4.51 91 4.18 85.8
2008 CHN MLB NL 3 0 4.3 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 110 0.0 4.2 0.0 2.1 0% .000 0.46 4.02 0.00 121 6.48 138.3
2008 TOR MLB AL 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 91 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 0% .000 1.00 6.15 0.00 116 6.52 139.0
2008 IOW AAA PCL 27 19 118.7 10 4 0 127 34 102 15 109 9.6 2.6 1.1 7.7 0% .310 1.36 4.29 4.02 95 4.36 89.2
2009 CHN MLB NL 27 27 165.3 12 10 0 165 46 104 14 98 9.0 2.5 0.8 5.7 0% .288 1.28 3.83 3.05 96 3.95 84.6
2009 IOW AAA PCL 5 5 26.0 3 0 0 19 7 21 1 84 6.6 2.4 0.3 7.3 0% .250 1.00 3.14 2.77 88 2.97 62.6
2010 CHN MLB NL 32 32 194.3 8 14 0 209 63 144 19 97 9.7 2.9 0.9 6.7 0% .311 1.40 3.95 4.26 99 4.70 106.1
2011 CHN MLB NL 23 23 135.3 7 6 0 141 47 82 23 100 9.4 3.1 1.5 5.5 0% .275 1.39 5.07 4.99 118 5.19 120.6
2011 PEO A MID 1 1 3.7 0 1 0 6 0 1 0 89 14.7 0.0 0.0 2.5 0% .353 1.64 2.81 2.45 104 6.52 133.1
2011 IOW AAA PCL 1 1 4.0 0 1 0 6 3 3 1 101 13.5 6.8 2.3 6.8 0% .357 2.25 7.78 13.50 109 6.40 130.8
2012 CHN MLB NL 12 4 28.7 1 2 0 35 24 14 1 102 11.0 7.5 0.3 4.4 0% .333 2.06 5.33 5.34 135 7.53 172.7
2012 IOW AAA PCL 9 9 43.3 3 3 0 52 18 29 6 91 10.8 3.7 1.2 6.0 0% .317 1.62 5.57 7.89 119 7.16 149.1
2013 ROU AAA PCL 5 5 23.7 0 4 0 32 12 20 4 88 12.2 4.6 1.5 7.6 0% .354 1.86 5.59 6.08 115 7.46 162.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 54 0.5000 0.3519 0.8947 0.5185 0.1852 0.9286 0.8000 0.1053
2009 2516 0.4599 0.4539 0.8047 0.6171 0.3149 0.8754 0.6869 0.1953
2010 3058 0.4536 0.4601 0.7669 0.6395 0.3112 0.8512 0.6231 0.2331
2011 2155 0.4371 0.4404 0.7956 0.6348 0.2894 0.8980 0.6211 0.2044
2012 542 0.3579 0.3893 0.7678 0.5928 0.2759 0.8783 0.6354 0.2322
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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
2012-07-15 - Minors - - Right Elbow Loose Bodies 2012-07-24 -
2011-04-06 2011-05-28 15-DL 52 44 Right Forearm Strain -
2008-09-22 2008-10-05 DTD 13 7 Right Forearm Stress Fracture -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2012 CHN $2,705,000
2011 CHN $475,000
2010 CHN $427,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$3,607,000
4 yrTotal$3,607,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 16 d1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Texas as a free agent 12/6/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$2.705M (2012). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). DFA by Chicago Cubs 6/27/12. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/29/12.
  • 1 year/$0.475M (2011). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/11.
  • 1 year/$0.427M (2010). Re-signed 2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.402M (2009). Re-signed 2/25/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Selected by Toronto from Chicago Cubs in Rule 5 draft 12/6/07. DFA 4/9/08, returned to Chicago Cubs 4/16/08. Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 9/9/08.
  • Drafted 2002 (38-1,143).

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 Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Randy Wells truly an underappreciated-particularly for the $- back-end starter ,or what?
(Matt from Chicago)
Wells was so overrated for a while there that he may have swung back to the opposite end of the spectrum. As someone (or someones) pointed out at the time, the guy the Cubs traded most of their farm system for over the winter isn't a whole lot better than what they already had in Wells. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've been very frustrated by Randy Wells' inconsistency. Do you see anything in his peripherals that tells you I should lay off him a bit?
(Matt from Chicago)
Without exaggeration, I get at least one Randy Wells question every time I have a chat. I am not sure what else I can say about the guy so I will repeat what I always write. I am not sure what people saw that made them think this was a future front of the rotation pitcher, but he isn't one. He is very similar to JA Happ, only without the deceptive delivery. Wells is about league average when it comes to strikeouts, walks, and home runs allowed, though he is good at keeping the ball on the ground. If he fills out a rotation, that's great, as his run prevention skills likely lie somewhere between his rates of this year and last, but this is not a future ace, and inconsistency should be expected. I wouldn't say lay off of him, but rather lay off of your expectations of him. This is a #4 starter, not a #2. (Eric Seidman)
2010-08-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Randy Wells' sophomore campaign? Some of his peripherals have improved but he gets really torched about once a month.
(Mark from Chicago)
Looks to me like he's pitching better than he did in his rookie season. The ERA's not as pretty, but the strikeout rate bodes better for the future. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-08-17 14:45:00 (link to chat)I don't know what to make of Randy Wells. His FIP and xFIP numbers have been decent but he gets just shelled about once a month. Any insights?
(Matt from Chicago)
I have long been equating Wells to JA Happ, formerly of the Phillies and now of the Astros. Both pitchers have okay stuff, neither is dominant, neither is a future ace, but both have shown the ability to get batters out consistently. Pitchers like that are sort of boom or bust. They could put up the shiny ERAs like last year, or balloon to Wells's current 4.60. I believe Randy Wells is an okay pitcher, the kind that every team would love to have as a #4 while under team control, but he is not anything more than that. He is not a future front of the rotation stud, nor is he someone with oodles of potential moving forward. For the next few years he will be a cost-effective option in the rotation, but he isn't someone the Cubs should be looking to lock into a long-term deal or build around for the future. (Eric Seidman)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)When looking at his peripherals, do you find Randy Wells' performance sustainable?
(Matt from Chicago)
Wells belongs to the same group as John Lannan in that guys of this ilk don't do anything that would make you think they should experience success at the big league level, but they do. I don't know if PITCHf/x is a route to take in exploring their attributes or something else, but they get batters out without blistering fastballs, oodles of movement, propensities for grounders, etc. Is Wells a sub-3.00 ERA pitcher? No, not a chance. But can he stick around with his skill-set? Of course. I could see him settling into that upper-3/lower-4 ERA area Lannan lives in and remaining a staple in the middle to back end of any rotation. (Eric Seidman)
2010-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)There are a handful of players who've discovered vision problems this offseason or spring and are getting glasses (Nate McLouth, Corey Hart, Randy Wells, probably others). How do medical staffs miss this for so long, and how much effect is getting their vision corrected likely to have on their performance this year?
(wilykat from San Francisco)
This one is fascinating to me. There's usually more to it than you see, but there's also changes. We're all aging, even McLouth, and our bodies change. I've certainly paid a lot more attention to my eyes lately! Suffice it to say that this is almost always on the player, not the med staff. (Will Carroll)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have Happ and Randy Wells in a keeper league where I can keep 1 for $2. Both seem to be regression candidates, is it more than a coinflip or do you think one is surely better than the other?
(mike from chicago)
Wells seems like he had a better year, but I think Happ may improve some in 2010 and have a better adjusted ERA. I'd go with Happ, especially since the Phils > Cubs. (Marc Normandin)
2010-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rate in order the following pitchers by overall (short and long term) value? Johan Santana, Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Randy Wells, Derek Lowe and Josh Johnson.
(caseyj15 from Medford, OR)
Short term: Santana, Johnson, Beckett, Lester, Lowe, Wells

Long term: Santana, Johnson, Lester, Beckett, Wells, Lowe (Shawn Hoffman)
2010-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are the Cubs best off choosing from internal bullpen options and spending their remaining dollars on a starter? If so, who could you see in play?
(Matt from Chicago)
With Zambrano, Demptster, Lilly, and Randy Wells as the front four, and guys like Gorzelanny, Marshall and maybe Samardzija and - ooh, Carlos Silva - as candidates for the fifth, the Cubs' rotation is well stocked. Given the fact that they've got so much money already spent, any additional dollars are better spent elsewhere. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)You think the Cubs can win the NL Central? Thoughts on Randy Wells?
(Salmon from Chitown)
Can? Certainly. Will they? Hmmm.....I'm not sure who to peg as the likely winner. I know that I irked a lot of Cardinals fans at the beginning of the season when I picked them to finish near the bottom of the division. Clearly, they are a better team than I envisioned, and I readily admit to missing something. The Brewers MIGHT have enough, and presumably are exploring Halladay options. Without the Jay Bruce injury, I think the Reds would have contended late into September. So, my final answer....the Cubs probably fall short. (David Laurila)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Randy Wells a flash in the pan, a nice story for a team in a down year, a permanent solution to a rotation spot, none of the above?
(Mike from Chicago)
If your definition of which rotation slot he solves is "fourth starter," I figure he can be all three at once. (Christina Kahrl)


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