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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
12 152 803.7 38 53 0 4.80 7.9
Birth Date10-30-1981
Height5' 11"
Weight200 lbs
Age37 years, 1 months, 10 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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 oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2004 PIT MLB 3 1 12.0 0 1 0 14 9 9 2 .272 95 10.5 6.8 1.5 6.8 39% .333 .299 1.92 5.86 7.50 116 6.49 133.8 -0.1
2005 PIT MLB 15 5 42.0 1 2 0 43 24 34 5 .257 101 9.2 5.1 1.1 7.3 38% .304 .277 1.60 4.70 5.14 107 4.63 99.5 0.4
2006 PIT MLB 32 32 186.0 14 11 0 198 74 169 29 .259 97 9.6 3.6 1.4 8.2 44% .314 .274 1.46 4.54 4.74 92 4.04 82.3 3.6
2007 PIT MLB 32 32 208.0 9 12 0 209 68 177 22 .257 100 9.0 2.9 1.0 7.7 46% .309 .249 1.33 3.94 3.76 88 3.42 70.8 5.3
2008 PIT MLB 31 31 164.3 7 12 0 201 89 135 18 .261 99 11.0 4.9 1.0 7.4 40% .351 .293 1.76 4.54 5.42 112 5.96 127.2 -0.8
2009 PIT 0 15 15 80.7 2 8 0 87 44 52 7 .257 95 9.7 4.9 0.8 5.8 43% .313 .293 1.62 4.56 5.36 107 4.65 99.7 0.8
2009 SEA 0 12 12 64.3 5 2 0 61 39 37 7 .266 98 8.5 5.5 1.0 5.2 37% .263 .265 1.55 5.26 4.20 127 6.76 145.0 -0.9
2010 SEA MLB 12 8 46.3 0 5 0 60 25 26 10 .260 100 11.7 4.9 1.9 5.1 36% .307 .336 1.83 6.41 6.41 119 6.09 137.4 -0.5
2009 TOT MLB 27 27 145.0 7 10 0 148 83 89 14 .261 96 9.2 5.2 0.9 5.5 40% .291 .281 1.59 4.87 4.84 116 5.59 119.8 0.0
CareerMLB152136803.738530873372639100.259989.84.21.17.242%.315.2781.554.584.801024.74100.17.9

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2001 WPT A- 10 9 64.7 7 0 0 55 10 56 2 .000 7.7 1.4 0.3 7.8 0% -.779 .000 1.00 2.55 1.39 0 0.00 0.0
2002 HIC A 24 22 139.7 11 6 0 127 45 149 8 .000 8.2 2.9 0.5 9.6 0% .318 .000 1.23 2.75 2.71 0 0.00 0.0
2003 LYN A+ 20 20 116.3 10 3 0 105 33 122 3 .000 8.1 2.6 0.2 9.4 0% .323 .000 1.19 2.28 3.33 0 0.00 0.0
2003 ALT AA 6 6 36.7 4 0 0 36 10 23 2 .000 8.8 2.5 0.5 5.6 0% .286 .000 1.25 3.62 1.96 0 0.00 0.0
2004 PIT MLB 3 1 12.0 0 1 0 14 9 9 2 .272 95 10.5 6.8 1.5 6.8 39% .333 .299 1.92 5.86 7.50 116 6.49 133.8
2004 ALT AA 26 26 151.0 11 7 0 147 40 142 16 .000 8.8 2.4 1.0 8.5 0% .311 .000 1.24 3.64 3.16 0 0.00 0.0
2005 PIT MLB 15 5 42.0 1 2 0 43 24 34 5 .257 101 9.2 5.1 1.1 7.3 38% .304 .277 1.60 4.70 5.14 107 4.63 99.5
2005 IND AAA 18 18 112.0 11 3 0 90 23 104 14 .244 91 7.2 1.8 1.1 8.4 43% .250 .219 1.01 3.61 3.70 0 0.00 0.0
2006 PIT MLB 32 32 186.0 14 11 0 198 74 169 29 .259 97 9.6 3.6 1.4 8.2 44% .314 .274 1.46 4.54 4.74 92 4.04 82.3
2007 PIT MLB 32 32 208.0 9 12 0 209 68 177 22 .257 100 9.0 2.9 1.0 7.7 46% .309 .249 1.33 3.94 3.76 88 3.42 70.8
2008 PIT MLB 31 31 164.3 7 12 0 201 89 135 18 .261 99 11.0 4.9 1.0 7.4 40% .351 .293 1.76 4.54 5.42 112 5.96 127.2
2009 PIT MLB 15 15 80.7 2 8 0 87 44 52 7 .257 95 9.7 4.9 0.8 5.8 43% .313 .293 1.62 4.56 5.36 107 4.65 99.7
2009 SEA MLB 12 12 64.3 5 2 0 61 39 37 7 .266 98 8.5 5.5 1.0 5.2 37% .263 .265 1.55 5.26 4.20 127 6.76 145.0
2009 IND AAA 6 6 37.3 2 2 0 28 13 47 0 .247 102 6.8 3.1 0.0 11.3 42% .315 .205 1.10 1.75 0.97 0 0.00 0.0
2010 SEA MLB 12 8 46.3 0 5 0 60 25 26 10 .260 100 11.7 4.9 1.9 5.1 36% .307 .336 1.83 6.41 6.41 119 6.09 137.4
2010 TAC AAA 9 9 48.7 3 4 0 58 22 39 6 .276 94 10.7 4.1 1.1 7.2 41% .335 .297 1.64 5.06 6.65 0 0.00 0.0
2011 ABQ AAA 6 5 22.0 1 2 0 26 17 18 11 .254 129 10.6 7.0 4.5 7.4 39% .250 .328 1.95 11.09 11.05 0 0.00 0.0
2015 CAR Wnt 8 0 8.7 0 0 0 2 5 7 1 .000 2.1 5.2 1.0 7.3 0% .053 .000 0.81 4.26 2.08 0 0.00 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 2709 0.5201 0.4681 0.7784 0.6352 0.2869 0.8670 0.5657 0.2216
2009 2506 0.4904 0.4262 0.8127 0.6176 0.2420 0.8801 0.6472 0.1873
2010 876 0.5000 0.4475 0.8189 0.6393 0.2557 0.8643 0.7054 0.1811
Career60910.50500.44790.79830.62850.26390.87200.61930.2017

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
2010-10-04 2010-10-04 DTD 0 0 Right Arm Soreness Through Most of 2010 -
2010-08-05 2010-09-07 Minors 33 0 Right Elbow Strain -
2010-04-18 2010-04-18 DTD 0 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-09-15 2009-09-15 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Sprain -
2009-08-29 2009-08-29 DTD 0 0 Right Wrist Contusion Batted Ball -
2009-08-02 2009-08-02 DTD 0 0 Right Forearm Tightness -
2009-03-29 2009-04-06 Camp 8 0 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2008-08-03 2008-08-03 DTD 0 0 Low Back Tightness -
2008-06-23 2008-07-08 15-DL 15 12 Right Elbow Inflammation Medial Epicondylitis -
2007-06-14 2007-06-23 DTD 9 8 Right Fingers Blister Index Finger -
2006-09-27 2006-10-01 DTD 4 4 Right Elbow Tightness -
2006-08-28 2006-08-28 DTD 0 0 Right Shoulder Strain -
2006-07-25 2006-07-25 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 SEA $4,450,000
2009 PIT $3,200,000
2008 PIT $750,000
2007 PIT $408,000
2006 PIT $330,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$9,138,000
5 yrTotal$9,138,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 141 dJoe Sroba1 year (2011)

Details
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 1/14/11 (minor-league contract).
  • 3 years/$8.6M (2008-10), plus 2011-12 club options. Signed extension with Pittsburgh 3/16/08, replacing 1 year/$0.435M deal renewed 3/10/08. $0.6M signing bonus. 08:$0.75M, 09:$3M, 10:$4.25M, 11:$6.75M club option, 12:$9.25M club option. Performance bonuses. Optioned to Triple-A 6/25/09. Acquired by Seattle in trade from Pittsburgh 7/29/09 (Pirates pay all but $0.4M of 2009 salary). Recalled 7/31.09.
  • 1 year/$0.408M (2007). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.33M (2006). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/06.
  • 1 year/$0.316M (2005). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 2/05. Optioned to Triple-A 3/05. Recalled 6/05. Optioned to Triple-A 8/05. Recalled 9/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 11/03. Recalled 8/04. Optioned Double-A 8/04.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2000 (26-779) (Caesar Rodney HS, Camden, Del.).

2018 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
2011 Snell suffered from clinical depression in 2009, but it likely didn’t take a chemical imbalance to get him down last season; a glance at his six-plus ERA would have sufficed. Every aspect of the undersized righty’s game has taken a steep trip downhill since his successful 2006 and 2007 seasons in Pittsburgh: he’s surrendered a couple of miles per hour from his average fastball, abdicated much of his ability to induce ground balls, and lost control of the strike zone, with attendant consequences for his unsightly strikeout and walk rates. In his major-league work for the Mariners, Snell struck out 63 batters and walked 64, and hit his targets only slightly more often after a mid-June demotion to Triple-A. In some cases, a trade only changes the scenery.
2010 Snell had a bizarre season. He began the season looking even more lost than he had in 2008, itself a disappointment following as it did on the heels of his 2007 breakthrough. On the verge of being pulled from the rotation, he requested a demotion instead, citing "too much negativity" in Pittsburgh. As if to prove his point, in his first start at Indianapolis he struck out 17 batters in seven innings, including 12 in a row. At the same time, Neil Huntington was telling the media that the Pirates had "missed" on the "human element" when they gave Snell a three-year extension in March of '08, and it was clear that Snell wasn't coming back from Indianapolis no matter how many batters he struck out. A month later, Snell was off to Seattle along with Jack Wilson in a classic "change of scenery" exchange. He pitched superficially better for the M's, but his walk and strikeout rates continued to head in the wrong directions. If he's not hurt there's still something here to salvage, but the second half proved nothing.
2009 Snell signed a three-year contract in the latter stages of spring training last year with the Pirates, made his first Opening Day start, and then promptly went off the rails from this seeming road to acedom. He was bothered by a sore elbow at times, and did pitch better late in the season, but until he learns to pitch inside, his 95 mph heater and sharp slider won't be as effective as they should be.
2008 Snell established himself as a top-notch young starter last season. The only hiccup came when the Pirates suddenly had the goofy idea of turning him into a curveball pitcher, resulting in a five-game losing streak coming out of the All-Star break. Scouts worry that the slender Snell will eventually break down under the stress of throwing 95 mph fastballs and sharp sliders, but he is a well-conditioned athlete who has never had an arm problem. He is definitely a rising star.
2007 Lefties munched this control artist pretty good last year, belting him around at a .305/.380/.526 clip. As long as they treat him with so little regard, he`s never going to get to make much progress. Not all of that is attributable to poor defensive support; he was nearly twice as likely to walk a lefty batter as he was a right-hander. Still, all told it was a decent first full season. The Pirates were one of only six teams in the National League to have three starting pitchers posting a VORP of at least 20, and all three are fairly young. While that doesn`t make them the Marlins, it`s certainly a positive.
2006 Snell has a highly impressive minor league dossier, but control was a problem for him in his major league innings last year. Chalk that up to nerves and figure he`ll be better the second time around, because in the minors, he displayed excellent control. His consistently good heat and late-breaking curve should guarantee him a future as a reliever at the very least, but he might have problems making it as a starter. Snell tends to work high in the zone, so it would help if he refined his changeup and relied less on flyball outs. As is, he`ll have to beat out Maholm and Brewers refugee Victor Santos in the fight for the fifth slot this spring.
2005 A short, slight righty, and so a victim of the usual biases against the type, but Snell's a comer. First, he had a brilliant season at Altoona, posting the best year of any starter in the Eastern League. Perhaps more importantly for some, his velocity picked up a couple of ticks, moving more consistently into the low- to mid-90s range. There's already talk of his having a shot at a utility pitcher or relief role in camp this year, but that could turn into more if he stays healthy while guys like Vogelsong fizzle out.
2004 Also known as Ian Snell, as well as "the really good Pirates' pitching prospect who wasn't a #1 pick," Oquendo is a small right-hander from a high school in Delaware. In other words, he's the polar opposite of Maholm. He's largely a two-pitch pitcher, with a fastball and a good curve. Between that and the physical resemblance, comparisons to Octavio Dotel and a similar role out of the bullpen in the future are apt.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)This deal just went down in our 12 team mixed keeper league. Team 1 is the commishiner, team 2 a new team. Team 1 Josh Johnson and Ian Kinsler Team 2 David Price, Jorge De La Rosa and Matt Carpenter Fair?
(Dave from Miami)
Not a fantasy guy, but I'm not outraged by either side. Please ask again in one of our fantasy chats, though.

By the way, on things I actually do write, a quick plug for today's article on my favorite names discovered on the rosters of the independent Atlantic League. Ian Snell, Hayden Penn, Vladimir Guerrero, Adam Greenberg and many more.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=20323 (Zachary Levine)
2009-07-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)I'm assuming you will give us your reaction to the Pirates / Mariners trade in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ... now!
(mymrbig from New Orleans)
I like it for both sides. The Mariners stress defense and Jack Wilson is one of the best at his position and is likely amenable to signing a multi-year deal. Ian Snell could become a big winner with a change of scenery. I think Clement could really be a good hitter for the Pirates, especially in a new environment, Cedeno is a decent stop gap at shortstop (or maybe more) and three pitching prospects all have some degree of promise. It's a win-win. (John Perrotto)
2009-04-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Cheerio, I probably have the distinction of being the only Pittsburgh Pirates fan in the UK (began following baseball in 1990.) I thought we'd have to wait until the arrivals of Alvarez and McCutchen to have any hope, but the pitching's been great this year aside from one bad Ian Snell start where he was victimized by Albert Pujols, and the Bucs are already leading their home opener 4-0. Have Maholm and Duke turned the corner? I could see a (barely) winning season with some solid pitching.
(Horace Steenblatter from London, England, UK)
Wow, a Bucs fan in the UK? I suppose I can add it to my now-I've-seen-everything list.

Maholm had a pretty decent 2008 season camouflaged by a low win total (9). If I'm a Pirates fan I'd be happy with a repeat of that. The reports regarding Duke out of spring training said he had tweaked his delivery based upon reviewing video of his rookie season. I'd be optimistic for some improvement there. But with the erratic Snell, as well as Ohlendorf and Karstens at the back of the rotation, i'm afraid .500 is a pipe dream at the moment. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on the post-Littlefield era in Pittsburgh? While I'm encouraged by the lack of bone-headed moves, there hasn't been much tangible progress yet either. Or am I missing things?
(rick from co)
You're not going to see progress in the short term. The talent base isn't there. Andy LaRoche is the guy to watch this year, and Ian Snell as well; are they part of the 2011 team, the one that might get to .500, or not. The championship core is Alvarez, McCutchen, Tabata and the next two #1 picks. Maybe Doumit. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two pitchers that many had pegged for positive growth (if not breakouts) last season, were Ian Snell and Rich Hill. Do you see bounce-backs for either of them in 2009, or is mediocrity all that can be hoped for?
(Joe from Brooklyn)
I think the change of scenery will help Hill. Snell is a hard guy to figure, talented but flighty. He could literally win 18 games this season or wind up in Indianapolis. (John Perrotto)
2008-06-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hey John, loved getting a chance to hear you on the radio last week. Anyway, have you heard anything from the Pirates FO on Ian Snell's elbow? BTW, speaking of Ramirez, will the Ramirez and Lofton for Bobby Hill, Jose K and Matt Bruback trade go down as the single worst trade in Pirates history.
(cchatham from Pittsburgh)
Thanks. Cchatham is referring to a guest host spot I had on ESPN 1250 in Pittsburgh last week where I had a chance to make a fool of myself for four hours. No word yet on Snell's elbow, though it would be a devestating blow to the Pirates if the injury is serious despite his troubles this season. The have no pitching depth in the minors. As far as the Ramirez trade, that was bad but that is one deal where I give Dave Littlefield at least a bit of a pass because he was under orders to move a big salary immediately. (John Perrotto)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Mets need a good 5th starter. How about El Duque, Mike Pelfrey, Ruben Gotay, Marlon Anderson and Aaron Heilman for Ian Snell?
(Jay from Flushing)
That plus a ton of Famous Amos hot dogs still doesn't get you Snell, I suspect. Remember, it isn't Littlefield who's picking up the phone any more. (Christina Kahrl)


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