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Birth Date8-17-1983
Height5' 9"
Weight175 lbs
Age34 years, 6 months, 6 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
3.62014
1.92015
2.42016
1.02017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 BOS 22 31 98 89 5 17 4 0 2 27 7 7 1 0 1 7 0 1 .191 .258 .303 .193 -6.1 2.6 -0.3
2007 BOS 23 139 581 520 86 165 39 1 8 230 47 42 7 2 5 50 7 1 .317 .380 .442 .282 29.1 -0.6 2.8
2008 BOS 24 157 726 653 118 213 54 2 17 322 50 52 7 9 7 83 20 1 .326 .376 .493 .293 50.4 3.5 5.4
2009 BOS 25 154 714 626 115 185 48 1 15 280 74 45 5 6 3 72 20 8 .296 .371 .447 .274 34.0 0.3 3.5
2010 BOS 26 75 351 302 53 87 24 1 12 149 37 38 4 6 2 41 9 1 .288 .367 .493 .283 18.8 -8.0 1.1
2011 BOS 27 159 731 635 102 195 37 3 21 301 86 85 1 7 2 91 26 8 .307 .387 .474 .295 45.5 1.2 5.0
2012 BOS 28 141 623 563 81 163 39 3 15 253 48 60 5 6 1 65 20 6 .289 .347 .449 .281 28.3 -9.3 2.0
2013 BOS 29 160 724 641 91 193 42 2 9 266 73 75 3 7 0 84 17 5 .301 .372 .415 .289 37.0 4.3 4.5
2014 BOS 30 135 609 551 72 153 33 0 7 207 51 75 1 6 53 6 6 .278 .337 .376 .268 22.6 10.0 3.6
2015 BOS 31 93 425 381 46 111 19 1 12 168 38 51 2 3 1 42 2 2 .291 .356 .441 .271 14.9 2.7 1.9
2016 BOS 32 154 698 633 105 201 36 1 15 284 61 73 0 3 1 74 7 4 .318 .376 .449 .274 26.4 -2.7 2.4
2017 BOS 33 105 463 406 46 119 19 0 7 159 49 48 2 4 2 62 4 3 .293 .369 .392 .266 9.5 -0.1 1.0
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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 G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2004 AUG A 12 57 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .413 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SAR A+ 30 128 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PME AA 66 298 .340 .265 .330 .409 .267 .335 96 11.4 3.8 -0.1 0.9 -2.4 12.7 1.4 12.7 1.4
2005 PAW AAA 51 240 .247 .269 .336 .423 .249 .257 108 -3.4 7.0 0.1 5.2 0.6 4.3 0.9 4.3 0.9
2006 BOS MLB 31 98 .193 .258 .322 .408 .247 .188 104 -7.3 3.0 0.1 2.6 -1.9 -6.1 -0.3 -6.1 -0.3
2006 PAW AAA 111 493 .285 .258 .323 .388 .253 .310 98 12.4 13.3 3.9 6.9 -4.6 25.0 3.1 25.0 3.1
2007 BOS MLB 139 581 .282 .270 .338 .420 .264 .333 102 14.5 17.2 -0.8 -0.6 -1.8 29.1 2.8 29.1 2.8
2008 BOS MLB 157 726 .293 .264 .330 .414 .258 .331 107 25.9 21.0 -1 3.5 4.5 50.4 5.4 50.4 5.4
2009 BOS MLB 154 714 .274 .267 .335 .428 .262 .297 111 10.8 20.5 -0.9 0.3 3.6 34.0 3.5 34.0 3.5
2010 BOS MLB 75 351 .283 .259 .326 .410 .258 .291 114 8.3 9.7 -0.4 -8.0 1.3 18.8 1.1 18.8 1.1
2010 PAW AAA 2 7 .134 .270 .327 .413 .258 .167 85 -1 0.2 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2011 BOS MLB 159 731 .295 .255 .319 .408 .261 .325 109 25.4 19.7 -0.9 1.2 1.4 45.5 5.0 45.5 5.0
2012 BOS MLB 141 623 .281 .253 .313 .406 .258 .300 104 13.1 17.1 -0.9 -9.3 -0.9 28.3 2.0 28.3 2.0
2013 BOS MLB 160 724 .289 .258 .318 .411 .267 .326 101 20.2 19.0 -0.9 4.3 -1.4 37.0 4.5 37.0 4.5
2014 BOS MLB 135 609 .268 .250 .310 .386 .259 .307 103 4.7 15.7 -0.7 10.0 2.9 22.6 3.6 22.6 3.6
2015 BOS MLB 93 425 .271 .254 .316 .408 .261 .308 110 4.5 11.5 -0.6 2.7 -0.4 14.9 1.9 14.9 1.9
2016 BOS MLB 154 698 .274 .257 .320 .427 .258 .339 112 9.6 19.7 -0.9 -2.7 -2.0 26.4 2.4 26.4 2.4
2017 BOS MLB 105 463 .266 .259 .326 .432 .262 .315 104 2.8 13.6 -1.2 -0.1 -5.7 9.5 1.0 9.5 1.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 SAR A+ 128 23 36 8 3 2 14 13 4 0 2 .336 .424 .523 .187 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 AUG A 57 11 20 5 0 1 5 6 3 2 0 .400 .474 .560 .160 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 PAW AAA 240 39 52 9 1 5 24 24 17 1 0 .255 .357 .382 .127 .247 4.3 5.2 0.9
2005 PME AA 298 39 83 19 2 8 40 34 26 7 3 .324 .409 .508 .184 .340 12.7 0.9 1.4
2006 PAW AAA 493 55 129 30 3 5 50 48 27 1 4 .305 .380 .426 .121 .285 25.0 6.9 3.1
2006 BOS MLB 98 5 17 4 0 2 7 7 7 0 1 .191 .258 .303 .112 .193 -6.1 2.6 -0.3
2007 BOS MLB 581 86 165 39 1 8 50 47 42 7 1 .317 .380 .442 .125 .282 29.1 -0.6 2.8
2008 BOS MLB 726 118 213 54 2 17 83 50 52 20 1 .326 .376 .493 .167 .293 50.4 3.5 5.4
2009 BOS MLB 714 115 185 48 1 15 72 74 45 20 8 .296 .371 .447 .152 .274 34.0 0.3 3.5
2010 PAW AAA 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .167 .286 .167 .000 .134 -0.9 -0.0 -0.1
2010 BOS MLB 351 53 87 24 1 12 41 37 38 9 1 .288 .367 .493 .205 .283 18.8 -8.0 1.1
2011 BOS MLB 731 102 195 37 3 21 91 86 85 26 8 .307 .387 .474 .167 .295 45.5 1.2 5.0
2012 BOS MLB 623 81 163 39 3 15 65 48 60 20 6 .289 .347 .449 .160 .281 28.3 -9.3 2.0
2013 BOS MLB 724 91 193 42 2 9 84 73 75 17 5 .301 .372 .415 .114 .289 37.0 4.3 4.5
2014 BOS MLB 609 72 153 33 0 7 53 51 75 6 6 .278 .337 .376 .098 .268 22.6 10.0 3.6
2015 BOS MLB 425 46 111 19 1 12 42 38 51 2 2 .291 .356 .441 .150 .271 14.9 2.7 1.9
2016 BOS MLB 698 105 201 36 1 15 74 61 73 7 4 .318 .376 .449 .131 .274 26.4 -2.7 2.4
2017 BOS MLB 463 46 119 19 0 7 62 49 48 4 3 .293 .369 .392 .099 .266 9.5 -0.1 1.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 2605 0.4530 0.4430 0.9194 0.6025 0.3109 0.9494 0.8713 0.0806 1205 -0.013858
2009 2777 0.4703 0.3867 0.9274 0.5245 0.2644 0.9445 0.8972 0.0726 1440 -0.010942
2010 1506 0.5173 0.4223 0.8899 0.5623 0.2724 0.9224 0.8182 0.1101 728 -0.018661
2011 3042 0.4707 0.4283 0.8526 0.5880 0.2863 0.8848 0.7939 0.1474 1439 -0.010816
2012 2444 0.4853 0.4206 0.8745 0.5801 0.2703 0.9055 0.8118 0.1255 1187 -0.015454
2013 2910 0.4739 0.4275 0.8746 0.5801 0.2900 0.9088 0.8131 0.1254 1402 -0.013116
2014 2480 0.5185 0.4339 0.8773 0.5770 0.2797 0.9070 0.8114 0.1227 1189 -0.017281
2015 1634 0.5226 0.4315 0.8709 0.5749 0.2744 0.9104 0.7804 0.1291 813 -0.010555
2016 2706 0.4978 0.4302 0.8780 0.5761 0.2855 0.9021 0.8299 0.1220 0 0.000000
2017 1843 0.4894 0.4107 0.8877 0.5798 0.2487 0.9178 0.8205 0.1123 0 0.000000
Career239470.48650.42350.88520.57480.27990.91470.8270.1148996.7729-0.011

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
2014-09-09 2014-09-29 DTD 20 18 Left Hand Surgery 1st Dorsal Compartment Release with Tenosynovectomy 2014-09-11
2014-08-31 2014-09-05 DTD 5 5 - Head Concussion Player Collision with Runner While Fielding -
2014-08-17 2014-08-18 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness -
2014-08-16 2014-08-16 DTD 0 0 - Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2014-04-13 2014-04-15 DTD 2 1 Left Wrist Inflammation - -
2013-11-13 2013-11-13 Off 0 0 Left Thumb Surgery Ulnar Collateral Ligament 2013-11-13 -
2013-08-18 2013-08-18 DTD 0 0 Left Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2013-05-29 2013-05-29 DTD 0 0 Left Thumb Sprain UCL Sprain - -
2013-04-02 2013-04-03 DTD 1 0 Right Thumb Soreness - -
2012-10-11 2012-10-11 Off 0 0 Right Fingers Surgery Fracture 2012-10-11 -
2012-10-01 2012-10-02 DTD 1 1 Left Fingers Fracture Ring Finger - -
2012-07-04 2012-07-19 15-DL 15 11 Right Thumb Sprain Volar Plate - -
2012-06-20 2012-06-21 DTD 1 1 - Thumb Soreness - -
2012-05-29 2012-06-05 DTD 7 6 Right Thumb Strain Abductor Muscle - -
2012-03-23 2012-03-24 Camp 1 0 Right Forearm Contusion HBP - -
2011-09-30 2011-09-30 Off 0 0 Left Foot Surgery Hardware Removal 2011-09-30 -
2011-06-09 2011-06-10 DTD 1 1 Knee Contusion Patella -
2011-05-24 2011-05-25 DTD 1 1 Left Ankle Sprain -
2011-05-18 2011-05-18 DTD 0 0 Knee Contusion Patella -
2011-04-20 2011-04-20 DTD 0 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2010-08-19 2010-10-04 15-DL 46 41 Left Foot Surgery Nonunion Navicular Fracture 2010-09-03
2010-06-26 2010-08-17 15-DL 52 44 Left Foot Fracture Navicular From Foul Ball -
2010-05-16 2010-05-17 DTD 1 1 - Knee Soreness -
2010-03-24 2010-03-27 Camp 3 0 Left Wrist Sprain Diving Catch -
2009-05-30 2009-05-30 DTD 0 0 - Knee Contusion HBP -
2009-05-10 2009-05-14 DTD 4 3 Right Groin Strain -
2009-03-05 2009-03-20 Camp 15 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2007-11-06 2007-11-06 Off 0 0 Left Wrist Surgery Hamate Been Playing with for 2 Months 2007-11-06
2007-10-05 2007-10-05 DTD 0 0 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2007-08-23 2007-08-24 DTD 1 0 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2007-03-18 2007-03-20 Camp 2 0 Left Hand Contusion HBP -
2006-04-06 2006-04-17 Minors 11 0 - Not Disclosed -
2005-07-18 2005-07-30 Minors 12 13 Right Wrist Soreness - -
2005-06-28 2005-07-05 Minors 7 7 Right Wrist Contusion HBP - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2021 BOS $12,125,000
2020 BOS $13,125,000
2019 BOS $15,125,000
2018 BOS $16,125,000
2017 BOS $15,125,000
2016 BOS $13,125,000
2015 BOS $12,625,000
2014 BOS $12,625,000
2013 BOS $10,250,000
2012 BOS $8,250,000
2011 BOS $5,750,000
2010 BOS $3,750,000
2009 BOS $1,750,000
2008 BOS $457,000
2007 BOS $380,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$84,087,000
2018Current$16,125,000
12 yrPvs + Cur$100,212,000
3 yrFuture$40,375,000
15 yrTotal$140,587,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 41 dLevinsons8 years/$110M (2014-21)

Details
  • 8 years/$110M (2014-21). Signed extension with Boston 7/23/13, replacing final year and option in previous contract. $1M signing bonus. 14:$12.5M, 15:$12.5M, 16:$13M, 17:$15M, 18:$16M, 19:$15M, 20:$13M, 21:$12M. Undisclosed amount of money to be deferred. Limited no-trade clause. First $100 million contract for a second baseman.
  • 6 years/$40.5M (2009-14), plus 2015 club option. Signed extension with Boston 12/3/08. $1.5M signing bonus. 09:$1.5M, 10:$3.5M, 11:$5.5M, 12:$8M, 13:$10M, 14:$10M, 15:$11M, $0.5M buyout. Trade voids club option. escalators based on MVP vote: MVP in 2009-13 increases 2014 and 2015 salaries by $2M each. 2nd or 3rd place in 2009-13 MVP votes increases 2014 and 2015 salaries by $1M each (up to maximum of twice, for $2M increase). 2015 club option and buyout are voided if Pedroia wins MVP in 2008 (met) and is traded. Award bonuses: $50,000 each for All Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, LCS MVP. $0.1M for WS MVP. $0.1M for MVP ($75,000 for 2nd in vote, $50,000 for 3rd). Perks: suite on road.
  • 1 year/$0.457M (2008). Re-signed by Boston 2/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Re-signed by Boston 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Boston 8/06.
  • Drafted by Boston 2004 (2-65) (Arizona State). $0.575M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .294 .381 .435 .288
11 vs R (Multi) .308 .362 .437 .270
18 Split (Multi) .015 -.019 .002 -.017
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .305 .397 .415 .280
31 vs R (2016) .320 .371 .456 .272
38 Split (2016) .015 -.026 .041 -.008
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-05-22 23:00:00 (link to chat)Is Dustin Pedroia a good playing style comparison for Bo Bichette at peak development?
(JJ83 from Toronto)
Laser Show ain't a good playing style comp for literally *anyone*, ever. Guy's a lunatic, in the best possible way. I can see where you're coming from, though. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-08-01 16:00:00 (link to chat)Is Moncada have the tools move to third until Pedroia is done in 3-4 years at 2B?
(caseyj15 from Medford, OR)
Yes. While shifting to any new position isn't as "automatic" as some casual observers suggest, Yoan Moncada would likely be fine at third base until Dustin Pedroia was done there. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-14 14:30:00 (link to chat)I have always seen Jose Altuve as a mini Dustin Pedroia, if that is possible.
(oldbopper from New Britain, CT)
Fun question: who embellishes more when they list their height?

Skills wise, they're pretty different players. Excellent second basemen, but they ply their crafts very differently. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-01-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)The prospects series are great, thanks. I'm asking about a guy who is a couple of years removed from being a prospect and isn't setting the baseball world alight yet, Kolten Wong. I enjoy the way he plays the game and was rooting for him to be the next Dustin Pedroia, so his big second-half slump in 2015 was rather disappointing. Is there still projection there for him and what can he become?
(Kalimantan from Cornwall)
I've always been lower on Wong -- and outside of position he and Pedroia couldn't be much more different -- but I still do believe he's an everyday second baseman even with the struggles in the second half. Still a good approach, still a solid defender. Just not gonna be a guy you want hitting at the top of the lineup. Not for me, anyway. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Joe Panik a taller slightly less toolsy Dustin Pedroia? They seem remarkably similar to me.
(Eric from LA)
Oh man. Player comps...Ahhhhhh...I really like Joe Panik. Pedroia had more power I feel like at a younger age. Different hitters but I see the same guy defensively, I do. (George Bissell)
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)If the Red Sox were characters on Game of Thrones, who would they be? thanks
(Bill from Los Angeles)
This is super played out ...

... and as such, right in my wheelhouse.

Xander Bogaerts: Jon Snow
Mookie Betts: Danaerys Targaryen

Ben Cherington: Ned (tried to do the right thing, will probably lose head)
Wade Miley: Catelyn (doesn't do much but yell)
Rick Porcello: Robb Stark (handsome, ineffective)
Clay Buchholz: Sansa (WHAT EVEN ARE YOU?)
Eduardo Rodriguez: Arya (so much potential)
Brock Holt: Bran (takes a lot of forms)
Joe Kelly: Rickon (why do you exist?)
Mike Napoli: Hodor (...yep)
Christian Vazquez: Benjen Stark (plz come back)

John Henry: Tywin (still calling the shots)
Dustin Pedroia: Tyrion (most watchable/resourceful)
Larry Lucchino: Cersei (...)
David Ortiz: Jaime (lost a step but still badass)
Blake Swihart: Tommen (keep trying, little guy)

John Farrell: Stannis (stern but no one seems to listen)
Melisandre: Pablo Sandoval (is your power real or what)
Our Hopes/Dreams: Shireen

Hanley Ramirez: The Hound (unlikeable but powerful)
Koji Uehara: Brienne (still rooting for ya)
Daniel Nava: Pod (you too!)

Junichi Tawawa: Bronn (just gets stuff done)
Allen Craig: Janos Slynt (just doesn't)
Shane Victorino: Jorah (always hurt)
Jackie Bradley: Theon (has he not suffered enough?)
Justin Masterson: Beric Dondarrion (should not have been revived)

Craig Breslow: Doran (smart, ineffective)
Alejandro De Aza: sandsnake 1
Alexi Ogando: sandsnake 2
Tommy Layne: sandsnake 3

The Yankees: Roose Bolton
The Rays: Ramsay Bolton
The Blue Jays: The Night's King
The Orioles: Mance Rayder

And two for the book readers ...
Yoan Moncada: Young Griff
Rusney Castillo: Patchface (Ben Carsley)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite buy/sell targets right now? Maybe 1 hitter and 1 pitcher to each buy/sell on?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
Ian Desmond is my favorite "buy" target for hitters. Carlos Carrasco for pitchers. In terms of selling, I'd be cashing out on someone like Dustin Pedroia and Ubaldo Jimenez. I'd also sell hard on Nick Martinez, but I'm not sure you'll get much value for him. (J.P. Breen)
2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)You've seen a lot of Dilson Herrera, both toward the beginning of the year and as he's made adjustments during its course. The swing isn't orthodox but at this point it clearly works. To what degree is Herrera's lack of quick-twitch athleticism going to limit his upside going forward? Some people have casually compared him to Dustin Pedroia back when Pedroia was similarly valued as a minor league player, but it seems to me that the latter guy (even back then) had much better athleticism in the batter's box. I'm still not convinced Herrera is even a league-average second baseman (although one more good year should win me over). Your thoughts?
(JD from New York)
Herrera was one of the most interesting prospects I saw this season because of the improvement he made from March to September. I saw him in spring training and noted that he was a good athlete still learning how to play baseball. I actually like his athleticism very much. His swing had issues though. I saw him early in the season and it was better but still inconsistent, though he was barreling the ball up pretty well. The next time St. Lucie came to town a few months later, the swing was much more refined and consistent and he hit everything in sight hard. Obviously, he kept getting better, torched Double-A and made it to the majors. If he continues to make improvements, he can be an everyday second baseman. If not, I think he falls into a utility role (I think he'd make a solid outfielder). I'm not convinced that he's an everyday 2B either, but I'm a lot closer to being convinced of it than I was this time last year. Another solid month or two in Triple-A will do it for me. I think he's earned shot to prove he can't do it, at the very least. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Dustin Pedroia and good comp for Rougned Odor or is that more on the optimistic side? Both play with a lot of intensity, power in the 15-20 HR range, 35-40 doubles, hit between 280 - .300? Pedroia may strikeout less, but, to me, those seem like reasonable numbers for Odor.
(Lorenzo from Jacksonville)
Giving anyone that comp would be VERY optimistic. Probably more Omar Infante, but perfect world stuff would be the Pedroia stuff (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Help on a trade proposed: Give George Springer for Dustin Pedroia? 10-team/12 Keeper Standard league....and generally what 2Bs would you target in dynasty leagues?
(pmitchell60 from NOLA)
I'm not making this trade. I'm worried about Pedroia. He's on the wrong side of thirty, the homers have declined as his fly-ball rate has declined, and he's not running this year. I wouldn't feel comfortable giving up a top-tier talent like Springer for that profile.

In dynasty leagues, I'd be very interested in Jason Kipnis right now, as his price is likely lower than it should be. (J.P. Breen)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kolten Wong - the next Dustin Pedroia, or the next Fernando Vina (I'm not implying PEDs, FWIW)? Much thanks.
(Dan from Idaho )
Closer to Vina (Jason Parks)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please fill in the blank. This is the best NL Rookie Class since ________ (blank). Thanks! Bobby
(Bobby from New York)
Are we going strictly by league? Because the 2007 class had Ryan Braun, Troy Tulowitzki, Dustin Pedroia and Josh Hamilton among hitters, Tim Lincecum and Joakim Soria among pitchers. 2006 had Hanley Ramirez, Ryan Zimmerman, Andre Ethier, Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, Francisco Liriano, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, Josh Johnson, Matt Cain, Cole Hamels, Jonathan Papelbon (who used to not suck), Jonathan Broxton (ditto)...

There's a lot to be excited about with this year's rookie class (Posey, Heyward, Santana, Stanton) but I'm in no rush to appoint them the best class of the past five years until I see much more. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much does the type of workouts players do during the off season matter? For example, Evan Longoria concentrated on his hamstrings/glutes during the winter. Is this more of an overreaction to the previous year or something likely to prevent recurrences in the future? (or, more likely, depends on the individual and workouts in question?)
(Stephanie from DC)
Great question. Bypassing the easy joke about Longoria, it's an interesting point that we know so little about the off-season workouts. They're actually a new innovation. Players used to WORK during the offseason. Yogi Berra was a maitre d' early in his career. Mickey Mantle I think sold cars. Since so many are done ad hoc and followed only "light touch" by the teams, there's very little data. Mostly we get people following on someone's success. Lots of Red Sox go to API in Arizona because Dustin Pedroia was an advocate and won an MVP. (Will Carroll)
2010-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm surprised you didn't put Brian Barton on that well-read list. His mind is reportedly ... interesting. But how about the other extreme? I once read that the ideal athlete, for coachability purposes, has "slightly above average" intelligence. The reasoning is that the very bright ones may resist coaching because of their own ideas, and the dim ones never "get" what they're supposed to be taught. Does that fit your observations? Without naming names, have you ever dealt with players who left you thinking, "Man, how can somebody this dumb ever play major-league baseball?"
(Bill from New Mexico)
Barton is absolutely someone who belongs on such a list. This is a great example of: I wish more people sent in questions ahead of time so I could think about my answers rather than just respond off the top of my head.

Have I ever walked away thinking,"Man, how can somebody this dumb ever play major-league baseball?" I've walked away thinking someone isn't a MENSA cnadidate, but hell, being dumb might sometimes help you play baseball. Or even pretending that you're dumb. Dustin Pedroia might fit that category. He gives a lot of mundane non answers to questions and claims to pay zero attention to stats. Bullcrap. Dustin Pedroia knows every one of his numbers short of maybe VORP. (David Laurila)
2010-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Scott Sizemore - The last 2B prospect I remember getting such high marks on being "scrappy" was Dustin Pedroia. And their minor league numbers aren't mindblowingly different. Any reason why Sizemore can't succeed as Pedroia did?
(ericmilburn from San Francisco)
Because I could pull out 26 guys with that Pedroia profile, and we'd end up with just one Dustin Pedroia. That said, I actually really like Sizemore and think he could hit .270-280 this year with 10-12 home runs and 30 doubles, and that's pretty good. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Given your fandom, do you find you end up with more or less Red Sox on your fantasy teams each year?
(Hammer from Pumps & A Bump)
I don't think I draft very many Red Sox players at all. Padres, either. I feel like I'm double-rooting for them, and that's just too much pressure.

I find it easier to root for James Shields to throw eight scoreless against Boston and have Tampa Bay's bullpen blow it in the ninth than it is to count on Dustin Pedroia to win it for two teams. (Marc Normandin)
2009-03-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Whose "minor" injury has you most concerned?
(Jake from Chicago)
Cole Hamels. Dustin Pedroia is a close second, for the reasons I have in today's THR. (Will Carroll)
2009-02-16 14:00:00 (link to chat)On the 20-80 scale...how would you rate all of Dustin Pedroia's tools? Does a 55 sound about right? Above average tools but once those excellent intangibles are factored in he becomes a top 2B in the league??
(Albert Einstein from Heaven)
Would you really put a 55 on his hit tool? That's a 70-plus, easy. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is this as good as Dustin Pedroia gets or are we seeing the beginning of something great?
(mattymatty from Philly)
Based on nothing other than instinct -- I haven't seen the new PECOTA comps yet or anything (Nate is still busy with OBAMA comps) -- I suspect that this is who he is, and if it isn't something great, it's pretty darned close. As I've said many times, he's one of the most entertaining players in baseball to watch. (Steven Goldman)
2008-09-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)How ridiculous and disappointing is the talk of Dustin Pedroia as AL MVP?
(KerryFam4 from ATL)
There's just so few candidates--they keep getting hurt--that it's almost natural to focus on the guys who's still playing and playing well for a good team. I can understand the discussion, and frankly, I expect the AL MVP to be a random these days, anyway. Pedroia will end up top six or so in most metrics, and probably the best player on his team (him or Youkilis) so he's not Justin Morneau, 2006. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does the recent hot streak make you think differently about Dustin Pedroia going forward? Theres not much time in the majors to look at so I wonder if he's taking a step forward or if this is just one of those blips that happens over the course of 162. Thanks, Ms. Kahrl.
(mattymatty from Philly)
It would be somewhat ironic if we had the new Bobby Grich on our hands, yet we in the analysis community shrank from identifying him until he already made it imminent. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sorry about that felix pie projection, I just have a sweet tooth.
(PECOTA from parts unknown)
Did someone change the rules when I wasn't looking and decide that if a ballplayer has an underwhelming first 200 at-bats in a major league uniform when he's 22/23, he's completely done as a major league prospect? Yes, there's the Soriano injury now to force Lou's hand, but the Cubs just needed to commit to giving him 500 at-bats in a major league uniform this year, no questions asked. That's what the Red Sox were prepared to do with Dustin Pedroia last year, and that turned out very well for him. That's what organizations like the Braves, who know how to develop talent, do with their players. (Nate Silver)
2008-01-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any regrets on last year's list or does some amount of acceptable error always enter into any process no matter how well refined?
(LindInMoskva from DC)
Sure, there are always going to be mistakes. Last year's list had two major ones, and both were makeup related, on both ends of the spectrum.

1. Dustin Pedroia
2. Justin Upton (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-01-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)how good can Jed Lowrie be offensively? any comparisons?
(Randall from Boston)
This probably doesn't work on a scouting level, but on a pure statistical basis he reminds me a lot of Dustin Pedroia - great college career, lots of walks and extra-base hits in the minors despite not a lot of home runs. Pedroia hit .293/.385/.452 between AA and AAA in 2005; Lowrie hit .298/.393/.503 between AA and AAA last year, but was about 18 months older.

Like Pedroia, I think Lowrie's going to be stretched to play shortstop, but could be an above-average second baseman for a long time. (Rany Jazayerli)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star Game"Red Carpet Show" repeat on MLB channel, showing a parade of ballplayers at Disneyland."Fans just can't get enough" says the host. Actually, as a frequent Disney visitor, the PITA about parades is that they crowd up the sidewalks and you can't navigate to any of the rides. OTOH, Kevin Millar remarking that "It's a Small World" is "Dustin Pedroia's house" is kind of funny. (Steven Goldman)
 

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