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Ryan Garko 1B

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
9 1752 .275 .347 .434 108 0.5
Birth Date1-2-1981
Height6' 2"
Weight225 lbs
Age38 years, 9 months, 15 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
2005 CLE 24 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 85 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 CLE 25 50 209 54 12 0 7 14 37 7 0 0 .292 .359 .470 111 4.0 -0.5 -2.0 0.4
2007 CLE 26 138 541 140 29 1 21 34 94 20 0 1 .289 .359 .483 117 13.8 -8.5 -13.0 -0.2
2008 CLE 27 141 563 135 21 1 14 45 86 15 0 0 .273 .346 .404 104 4.4 -4.3 -4.5 0.2
2009 CLE 28 78 273 68 10 0 11 20 40 10 0 0 .285 .362 .464 104 2.2 -2.2 -1.6 0.2
2009 SFN 28 40 127 27 3 1 2 9 10 3 0 0 .235 .307 .330 105 1.2 -1.3 -1.3 0.0
2010 TEX 29 15 38 3 0 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 .091 .167 .091 71 -1.2 0.0 0.6 0.0
Career4631752427753551252725501.275.347.43410824.4-16.7-21.80.5

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
2003 MHV A- NYP 45 183 .000 .000 .000 .285 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 KIN A+ CRL 65 280 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 AKR AA EAS 43 194 .000 .000 .000 .370 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 BUF AAA INT 5 23 .000 .000 .000 .412 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CLE MLB AL 1 1 .359 .432 .744 .000 99 -0.2 0.0 0 85 4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BUF AAA INT 127 520 .267 .332 .420 .344 113 16.2 14.8 -1.3 126 0 -6.7 -2.1 16.8 2.0
2006 CLE MLB AL 50 209 .270 .334 .431 .326 109 1.9 6.3 -4 111 9 -2.0 -0.5 4.0 0.4
2006 BUF AAA INT 103 437 .256 .326 .396 .266 101 2.6 11.4 -7.3 120 0 11.5 -1.8 8.9 2.2
2007 CLE MLB AL 138 541 .266 .332 .425 .320 99 20.6 16.1 -10.1 117 8 -13.0 -8.5 13.8 -0.2
2008 CLE MLB AL 141 563 .265 .332 .417 .300 104 2.6 16.3 -10.3 104 11 -4.5 -4.3 4.4 0.2
2009 CLE MLB AL 78 273 .265 .333 .421 .300 101 8.2 7.9 -4.6 104 12 -1.6 -2.2 2.2 0.2
2009 SFN MLB NL 40 127 .260 .326 .405 .243 93 -5.5 3.7 -2.2 105 12 -1.3 -1.3 1.2 0.0
2010 TEX MLB AL 15 38 .264 .324 .401 .103 109 -6.4 1.0 -0.6 71 7 0.6 0.0 -1.2 0.0
2010 OKL AAA PCL 93 387 .274 .342 .426 .256 100 -5.3 12.1 -7.7 87 0 -1.4 -2.7 -5.2 -0.5
2012 MNT AA SOU 61 267 .257 .328 .386 .345 104 9.7 7.4 -4.6 129 0 -1.0 -3.9 8.2 0.6

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
2003 MHV A- NYP 183 165 23 45 8 1 4 67 16 12 19 1 1 .273 .333 .406 .133 2 2
2004 KIN A+ CRL 280 238 44 78 17 1 16 145 58 26 34 4 1 .328 .427 .609 .282 0 0
2004 AKR AA EAS 194 172 29 57 15 0 6 90 38 14 28 1 0 .331 .401 .523 .192 0 0
2004 BUF AAA INT 23 20 2 7 1 0 0 8 4 2 3 0 0 .350 .409 .400 .050 0 0
2005 BUF AAA INT 520 452 75 137 25 3 19 225 77 44 92 1 3 .303 .386 .498 .195 2 2
2005 CLE MLB AL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2006 BUF AAA INT 437 364 43 90 18 0 15 153 59 45 67 4 5 .247 .360 .420 .173 0 0
2006 CLE MLB AL 209 185 28 54 12 0 7 87 45 14 37 0 0 .292 .359 .470 .178 3 0
2007 CLE MLB AL 541 484 62 140 29 1 21 234 61 34 94 0 1 .289 .359 .483 .194 3 0
2008 CLE MLB AL 563 495 61 135 21 1 14 200 90 45 86 0 0 .273 .346 .404 .131 8 0
2009 CLE MLB AL 273 239 29 68 10 0 11 111 39 20 40 0 0 .285 .362 .464 .180 2 2
2009 SFN MLB NL 127 115 10 27 3 1 2 38 12 9 10 0 0 .235 .307 .330 .096 0 0
2010 OKL AAA PCL 387 340 42 80 11 1 12 129 48 41 62 1 1 .235 .326 .379 .144 0 0
2010 TEX MLB AL 38 33 0 3 0 0 0 3 3 3 4 0 0 .091 .167 .091 .000 0 2
2012 MNT AA SOU 267 229 33 68 9 0 8 101 40 28 50 0 0 .297 .386 .441 .144 3 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 2273 0.5257 0.4417 0.8287 0.6285 0.2347 0.8961 0.6285 0.1713 -0.0036
2009 1447 0.4976 0.4768 0.8304 0.6569 0.2985 0.9006 0.6774 0.1696 0.0084
2010 147 0.5170 0.4218 0.8548 0.5526 0.2817 0.9048 0.7500 0.1452 -0.0007
Career38670.51490.45410.83030.63620.26040.89810.65140.16970.0010

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
2009-06-21 2009-06-24 DTD 3 2 Left Wrist Sprain Originially Hurt 3 Days Ago -
2007-09-15 2007-09-15 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Contusion HBP Middle Finger -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 COL $
2012 TBA $
2010 TEX $550,000
2009 CLE, SFN $446,100
2008 CLE $420,100
2007 CLE $383,100
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$1,799,300
4 yrTotal$1,799,300

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 135 d1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 1/29/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent (minor-league contract).
  • 2011. Korea.
  • 1 year/$0.55M (2010). Signed as a free agent 2/1/10. Performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 325, 350, 375 plate appearances. $50,000 each for 425, 450, 475 PA. $0.1M each 500, 550, 600 PA. Claimed off waivers from Seattle 4/1/10. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/18/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4461M (2009). Re-signed 3/9/09. Acquired in trade from Cleveland 7/27/09. Non-tendered 12/12/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4201M (2008). Re-signed 3/1/08.
  • 1 year/$0.3831M (2007). Re-signed 2/07 (split contract, $86,400 in minors).
  • 1 year (2006). Re-signed 3/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased 9/05.
  • Drafted 2003 (3-78) (Stanford). $0.27M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)I like Willingham a lot. It seems like the Nats do too, so what do you think the Giants would have to part with to get him?
(Gregjitsu from Still Southern Cal)
Well, he won't be a free agent until 2012, so it will take more than it took to get Ryan Garko (which was Single A pitcher Scott Barnes, who was considered one of the team's better pitching prospects) but nothing along the lines of Bumgarner. Maybe someone like Henry Sosa. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Best chat session ever, thanks Christina! If you are the Giants what are you looking to do this off-season? Also, presuming Molina's gone, where do you slot in Buster Posey into the offense?
(Parker from San Fran)
Fiddle, there's nary a mention of Ataturk or the invention of the stirrup's role at the Battle of Hastings, let alone any talk about the redemptive value of heavy metal. Now that'd be something, but I'll settle for baseball. ;)

They really should be in the market for a bat, because Ryan Garko's just a placeholder at first base--assuming they tender him. Perhaps they get in on Adrian Beltre or Chone Figgins, and move Sandoval to first; Figgins might be game for a move back to second, though, which would beat placing faith in Eugenio Velez. Posey and no more screwing around with not just leaving Fred Lewis be gives them enough runs and an improved defense. Spending high on the first basemen on the market isn't very attractive (Adam LaRoche) or comes with risk (Nick Johnson), so I guess I'd rather find ways to get Sandoval off of third base. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt LaPorta is raking at AAA: what do you estimate his ETA to be and who will he be taking PT from?
(KO from Pittsfield, MA)
Ben Francisco isn't an everyday player, more a fourth outfielder, so you could start there. An offense/defense platoon makes some sense with those two. LaPorta can also get time at 1B for Ryan Garko and ... well, Travis Hafner isn't quite ready to cede DH, it appears.

I'd get LaPorta up pretty soon. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-03-10 14:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Joe- I'll be at work this afternoon so, regretfully, I'll miss the live chat this afternoon. If you can sqeeze in my question I'd appreciate it. What can we expect from from Matt Laporta this season? Will the Indians use him at 1st or LF or DH? Perhaps will they will "longoria-nize" him and bring him up mid-April or May. This would allow them to use him where he is most needed. Sometimes if you stand by the barn door the horse (or the decision...) comes to you. Thanks for taking my question...
(mhixpgh from Pittsburgh)
You don't worry about service time with LaPorta, because as a bat-only player who's already 24, you're not concerned about locking up his age-30 season. Just play him once he's ready, and given that the team has a contract that hasn't hit in years at DH, and the open question of Ryan Garko at first base, there should be time for him. If Choo has to miss any time, that seals the deal for carrying LaPorta on Opening Day. I think he'll hit .270/.345/.490 in the majors this year if he plays. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Christina! Thanks, as always, for the chat. How much value should teams place on the defense of their backup catcher? Would it create valuable roster flexibility for a team to have a guy like Ryan Garko or Jayson Werth or Josh Willingham catch one day a week? Or is that just re-arranging the deck chairs? Iím also wondering if this would preserve some of the positional value of prospects who just donít look like they can catch every day, such as Jeff Clement or Hank Conger.
(Rob from Alaska)
You're talking to somebody who fell in love with everything about catchers back when you had backups like Johnny Wockenfuss and Bill Schroeder, guys who really weren't much behind the plate, but gave you something in the lineup, and who hit well enough to have value DHing or playing some first base. (Naturally, that makes me a Chris Coste fan. Jim Leyritz too, for that matter.) While a guy as big and as fragile as Werth would give me pause, I think it makes plenty of sense in Garko's case. I wonder about Willingham, but in part that's because I sort of fancy the notion that he could grow up to be the next Brian Downing. (Christina Kahrl)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2005 aaa .000 0.0 2330 .000 -0.3 34 .061 .000 -1.3 -1.9 -6.7
2006 aaa -.001 0.0 4 .000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 11.5
2012 aax -.001 0.0 42 .000 0.0 3 -.017 .001 0.0 0.0 -1.0

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