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Birth Date4-13-1983
Height6' 4"
Weight230 lbs
Age35 years, 2 months, 8 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
3.82014
2.32015
2.52016
1.92017
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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
2007 HOU 24 108 484 456 57 147 30 9 17 246 26 95 1 1 0 69 11 5 .322 .360 .539 .294 34.3 4.6 3.8
2008 HOU 25 157 642 595 78 160 34 4 25 277 40 124 4 3 0 83 11 10 .269 .318 .466 .265 14.0 23.8 3.8
2009 HOU 26 159 647 585 76 165 26 5 25 276 58 109 1 3 0 72 14 11 .282 .346 .472 .271 23.1 15.2 3.9
2010 HOU 27 156 658 614 93 173 29 3 25 283 41 105 0 3 0 91 18 9 .282 .325 .461 .290 35.2 12.4 5.0
2011 HOU 28 100 432 399 49 123 26 3 11 188 30 86 1 2 0 62 7 1 .308 .356 .471 .301 26.0 4.5 3.2
2011 PHI 28 54 236 207 35 67 12 2 11 116 26 38 0 3 0 35 1 1 .324 .394 .560 .349 24.8 -1.0 2.5
2012 PHI 29 101 440 398 59 108 15 2 17 178 37 85 3 2 0 59 4 2 .271 .336 .447 .277 15.1 -5.6 1.0
2012 SFN 29 59 248 219 28 48 11 2 7 84 19 60 4 5 1 45 1 0 .219 .287 .384 .258 3.7 -2.8 0.1
2013 SFN 30 162 687 629 91 178 35 5 27 304 52 115 3 3 0 99 22 3 .283 .339 .483 .294 33.7 10.7 4.8
2014 SFN 31 162 708 650 106 180 29 10 20 289 52 130 3 3 74 13 6 .277 .332 .445 .288 32.1 2.5 3.8
2015 SFN 32 52 223 207 30 57 13 1 9 99 16 48 0 0 0 40 4 1 .275 .327 .478 .288 11.2 10.1 2.3
2016 SFN 33 106 442 395 58 114 23 1 13 178 43 95 1 3 0 57 1 1 .289 .357 .451 .304 25.8 -1.2 2.5
2017 SFN 34 134 539 493 55 128 13 5 13 190 40 102 2 4 0 67 2 3 .260 .315 .385 .265 17.3 2.0 1.9
2018 SFN 35 32 94 87 5 17 2 0 0 19 6 30 0 1 0 7 2 0 .195 .245 .218 .182 -5.4 -0.7 -0.6
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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 TCV A- 51 225 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .317 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LEX A 80 341 .353 .267 .341 .409 .268 .344 106 34.3 9.8 -0.9 1.8 2.2 45.3 4.6 45.3 4.6
2005 SLM A+ 41 171 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .370 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 CCH AA 136 592 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 HOU MLB 108 484 .294 .271 .336 .429 .263 .377 103 18.4 14.4 0.5 4.6 1.1 34.3 3.8 34.3 3.8
2007 ROU AAA 25 106 .309 .274 .340 .443 .259 .364 100 5.8 3.2 -0.1 4.5 -0.4 8.6 1.3 8.6 1.3
2008 HOU MLB 157 642 .265 .263 .332 .419 .262 .301 100 3.4 18.5 -6.9 23.8 -1.1 14.0 3.8 14.0 3.8
2009 HOU MLB 159 647 .271 .260 .327 .417 .262 .308 96 7.8 18.6 -6.9 15.2 3.6 23.1 3.9 23.1 3.9
2010 HOU MLB 156 658 .290 .259 .324 .406 .268 .304 93 20.1 18.1 -6.7 12.4 3.7 35.2 5.0 35.2 5.0
2011 HOU MLB 100 432 .301 .256 .317 .396 .261 .368 100 17.2 11.6 -4.3 4.5 1.4 26.0 3.2 26.0 3.2
2011 PHI MLB 54 236 .349 .253 .314 .391 .259 .348 95 20.6 6.4 -2.3 -1.0 0.2 24.8 2.5 24.8 2.5
2012 PHI MLB 101 440 .277 .255 .316 .403 .260 .305 99 7.6 12.1 -4.5 -5.6 -0.0 15.1 1.0 15.1 1.0
2012 SFN MLB 59 248 .258 .261 .321 .412 .261 .261 96 -0.4 6.8 -2.5 -2.8 -0.2 3.7 0.1 3.7 0.1
2013 SFN MLB 162 687 .294 .254 .315 .395 .258 .308 100 22.7 18.1 -6.7 10.7 -0.4 33.7 4.8 33.7 4.8
2014 SFN MLB 162 708 .288 .252 .311 .386 .259 .318 98 18.6 18.3 -6.7 2.5 2.0 32.1 3.8 32.1 3.8
2015 SFN MLB 52 223 .288 .260 .317 .408 .265 .320 93 6.2 6.0 -2.2 10.1 1.2 11.2 2.3 11.2 2.3
2015 SAC AAA 5 20 .345 .281 .333 .414 .259 .250 101 1.8 0.6 -0.2 -0.3 -0.6 1.5 0.1 1.5 0.1
2016 SFN MLB 106 442 .304 .254 .321 .410 .264 .348 94 19.7 12.5 -4.6 -1.2 -1.8 25.8 2.5 25.8 2.5
2016 SAC AAA 7 25 .444 .302 .360 .450 .281 .389 99 4.8 0.7 -0.3 -0.3 -0.1 5.2 0.5 5.2 0.5
2017 SFN MLB 134 539 .265 .252 .320 .422 .262 .301 89 2.9 15.8 -5.8 2.0 4.4 17.3 1.9 17.3 1.9
2017 SJO A+ 3 12 .359 .279 .326 .418 .264 .375 94 1.2 0.3 -0.1 -0.4 0.0 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2018 SFN MLB 32 94 .182 .245 .309 .407 .260 .293 99 -7.2 2.6 -0.5 -0.7 -0.2 -5.4 -0.6 -5.4 -0.6
2018 SAC AAA 25 111 .255 .272 .342 .450 .263 .380 107 -0.6 3.3 -1.1 0.6 -0.2 1.4 0.2 1.4 0.2

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 TCV A- 225 36 59 18 1 8 37 23 30 3 5 .296 .372 .518 .221 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SLM A+ 171 24 46 8 1 6 30 18 37 1 2 .305 .379 .490 .185 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LEX A 341 59 102 14 3 25 60 38 53 8 3 .338 .413 .652 .315 .353 45.3 1.8 4.6
2006 CCH AA 592 97 148 31 8 28 95 60 109 17 4 .283 .359 .533 .250 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 HOU MLB 484 57 147 30 9 17 69 26 95 11 5 .322 .360 .539 .217 .294 34.3 4.6 3.8
2007 ROU AAA 106 17 31 11 1 3 21 10 15 2 0 .326 .390 .558 .232 .309 8.6 4.5 1.3
2008 HOU MLB 642 78 160 34 4 25 83 40 124 11 10 .269 .318 .466 .197 .265 14.0 23.8 3.8
2009 HOU MLB 647 76 165 26 5 25 72 58 109 14 11 .282 .346 .472 .190 .271 23.1 15.2 3.9
2010 HOU MLB 658 93 173 29 3 25 91 41 105 18 9 .282 .325 .461 .179 .290 35.2 12.4 5.0
2011 HOU MLB 432 49 123 26 3 11 62 30 86 7 1 .308 .356 .471 .163 .301 26.0 4.5 3.2
2011 PHI MLB 236 35 67 12 2 11 35 26 38 1 1 .324 .394 .560 .237 .349 24.8 -1.0 2.5
2012 PHI MLB 440 59 108 15 2 17 59 37 85 4 2 .271 .336 .447 .176 .277 15.1 -5.6 1.0
2012 SFN MLB 248 28 48 11 2 7 45 19 60 1 0 .219 .287 .384 .164 .258 3.7 -2.8 0.1
2013 SFN MLB 687 91 178 35 5 27 99 52 115 22 3 .283 .339 .483 .200 .294 33.7 10.7 4.8
2014 SFN MLB 708 106 180 29 10 20 74 52 130 13 6 .277 .332 .445 .168 .288 32.1 2.5 3.8
2015 SFN MLB 223 30 57 13 1 9 40 16 48 4 1 .275 .327 .478 .203 .288 11.2 10.1 2.3
2015 SAC AAA 20 6 5 0 0 2 5 2 4 0 0 .294 .350 .647 .353 .345 1.5 -0.3 0.1
2016 SAC AAA 25 6 10 2 0 3 7 0 3 0 0 .417 .440 .875 .458 .444 5.2 -0.3 0.5
2016 SFN MLB 442 58 114 23 1 13 57 43 95 1 1 .289 .357 .451 .162 .304 25.8 -1.2 2.5
2017 SJO A+ 12 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 .300 .417 .300 .000 .359 1.4 -0.4 0.1
2017 SFN MLB 539 55 128 13 5 13 67 40 102 2 3 .260 .315 .385 .126 .265 17.3 2.0 1.9
2018 SAC AAA 111 11 31 4 0 1 13 6 24 0 0 .301 .342 .369 .068 .255 1.4 0.6 0.2
2018 SFN MLB 94 5 17 2 0 0 7 6 30 2 0 .195 .245 .218 .023 .182 -5.4 -0.7 -0.6

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 2266 0.5026 0.5093 0.7574 0.6945 0.3221 0.8420 0.5730 0.2426 882 -0.002201
2009 2482 0.4911 0.4786 0.7559 0.6760 0.2882 0.8034 0.6484 0.2441 1026 0.000126
2010 2386 0.4795 0.4845 0.7915 0.6670 0.3164 0.8637 0.6514 0.2085 999 0.000820
2011 2557 0.4646 0.4791 0.7714 0.6574 0.3243 0.8528 0.6284 0.2286 1044 -0.004679
2012 2614 0.4533 0.4705 0.7163 0.6641 0.3100 0.7992 0.5688 0.2837 1053 -0.002114
2013 2573 0.4559 0.4574 0.7545 0.6581 0.2893 0.8368 0.5975 0.2455 1127 -0.002403
2014 2757 0.4363 0.4675 0.7424 0.6417 0.3327 0.7953 0.6634 0.2576 1161 0.000861
2015 847 0.4321 0.4557 0.7047 0.6393 0.3160 0.8205 0.5263 0.2953 354 0.002123
2016 1799 0.4525 0.4580 0.6869 0.6388 0.3086 0.7827 0.5230 0.3131 0 0.000000
2017 2130 0.4380 0.4469 0.7300 0.6570 0.2832 0.7977 0.6077 0.2700 0 0.000000
2018 352 0.4602 0.5227 0.6141 0.7222 0.3526 0.7009 0.4627 0.3859 0 0.000000
Career227630.46240.47290.74320.66190.30980.81830.60480.2568823.762-0.001

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
2014-03-08 2014-03-10 Camp 2 0 Left Shoulder Soreness - -
2012-04-23 2012-04-24 DTD 1 1 Left Shoulder Contusion Rotator Cuff - -
2011-10-11 2011-10-11 Off 0 0 - Surgery Sports Hernia 2011-10-11 -
2011-09-21 2011-09-24 DTD 3 2 Left Knee Strain Patellar Tendon - -
2011-06-18 2011-06-24 DTD 6 5 Left Elbow Hyperextension - -
2011-06-12 2011-06-13 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Tightness -
2011-06-10 2011-06-10 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Tightness -
2011-03-24 2011-03-25 Camp 1 0 Right Lower Leg Laceration Sliding -
2010-09-22 2010-09-23 DTD 1 1 Right Hip Soreness Hip Flexor -
2009-03-18 2009-03-22 Camp 4 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2008-02-19 2008-03-03 Camp 13 0 Bilateral Knee Laceration Falling Through a Door -
2007-09-20 2007-09-21 DTD 1 1 Upper Back Cramp -
2007-07-23 2007-08-21 15-DL 29 27 Right Wrist Fracture Small Chip Fracture and Capsule Sprain -
2007-06-09 2007-06-11 DTD 2 2 Hip Soreness -
2005-06-14 2005-07-02 Minors 18 13 Thigh Strain Quadriceps -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 SFN $18,500,000
2017 SFN $18,500,000
2016 SFN $18,500,000
2015 SFN $18,500,000
2014 SFN $16,000,000
2013 SFN $13,800,000
2012 PHI $10,400,000
2011 HOU $6,900,000
2010 HOU $3,500,000
2009 HOU $439,000
2008 HOU $396,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$106,935,000
2018Current$18,500,000
11 yrPvs + Cur$125,435,000
11 yrTotal$125,435,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 156 dBeverly Hills Sports Council5 years/$90M (2014-18)

Details
  • 5 years/$90M (2014-18). Signed extension with San Francisco 9/29/13. 14:$16M, 15-19:$18.5M annually. Award bonuses, including $25,000 for All-Star selection. Full no-trade clause.
  • 1 year/$13.8M (2013). Re-signed by San Francisco 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$10.4M (2012). Signed by Philadelphia 1/27/12 (avoided arbitration, $11.8M-$9M). Award bonuses: $50,000 each All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, LCS MVP. $0.1M each for NL MVP, WS MVP. Acquired by San Francisco in trade from Philadelphia 7/31/12.
  • 1 year/$6.9M (2011). Won arbitration with Houston 2/19/11 ($6.9M-$5.15M). Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Houston 7/29/11. (Astros pay $1M of remaining 2011 salary of $2.3M.)
  • 1 year/$3.5M (2010). Re-signed by Houston 1/23/10 (avoided arbitration, $4.1M-$3.1M).
  • 1 year/$0.439M (2009). Renewed by Houston 2/25/09.
  • 1 year/$0.396M (2008). Re-signed by Houston 2/22/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Houston.
  • Drafted by Houston 2004 (2-64) (Texas-Arlington). $0.575M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .263 .327 .476 .297
11 vs R (Multi) .290 .352 .449 .296
18 Split (Multi) .028 .025 -.026 -.002
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .256 .326 .496 .311
31 vs R (2016) .302 .371 .432 .301
38 Split (2016) .046 .045 -.064 -.010
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Alex Gordon, Curtis Granderson, Jose Bautista, Joe Mauer, and Hunter Pence. For each one of this bunch of over 30, under performing veterans, please identify which "illness" they suffer from A) undisclosed nagging injury, B) small sample size, or C) stick a fork in him, he's done.
(Paul from DC)
Ooh, good one.

A - Pence. He's sort of been hurt as a matter of course.
B - Gordon. He's hitting EVERYTHING on the ground, that sounds like a mechanical issue. K rate, walk rate, plate discipline all seem OK
Mauer. Too many thins just look weird for him now. Ridiculously high contact rate, ridiculously low K rate and (for him) a really low walk rate. It's like an Ichiro starter kit, and that's not really what he is. He strikes me as a good candidate for regression to the mean, though the mean for him at this point is probably a league-average bat at best.
C - Bautista. Contact rate has fallen off a table. He murdered fastballs when he was good. That's turned around. Has he become a guy who can't catch up with heat anymore?
B or C - Granderson. I'm not sure. B because he was awful in April 2014 (.468 OPS) so we've seen this before. C because he's just not hitting the ball hard; a 17% infield fly rate isn't good for a guy who hits 57% of his balls in the air. I'm just not sure. (Rob Mains)
2017-04-11 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Raimel Tapia an impact prospect once called up?
(Eric from Colorado)
In terms of how he adjusts immediately, I'm not sure, but I like Tapia. I understand why scouts/evaluators get uneasy about guys who just...look weird out there, and Tapia seems like one of those guys. But sometimes that just means the player winds up really underrated. Hunter Pence comes to mind.

Ditto the fact that Tapia looks like a tweener where he doesn't have the power of a traditional corner OF and probably can't hang in center. I think in this era of "everybody strikes out all the time like crazy" there could be something that much nicer about a guy whose bat-to-ball skills you don't worry about as much.

So he winds up a...high floor low ceiling guy who is wonky as he does it? (Nick Schaefer)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty: With Joey Votto on the DL, I'm looking to fill some holes. My current DH is Hunter Pence. Is Pence + Boxberger + A. Torres a good deal for V-Mart + Betances + K. Giles? Neil Walker would move into my DH spot in such a move.
(Sara from Tacoma)
Yeah I love this deal for you. You gain V Mart, potential saves in Giles and great rate stats with a SP4 worth of strikeouts in Betances. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Mike, How much extra value do you give to Jose Abreu and Tanaka in a league where there get four years of keepability as opposed to two for all other players in the draft? Would you draft them ahead of players like Alex Rios or Hunter Pence? Thanks!
(Aaron from Long Beach)
I'd add a slight amount of value, but given that you'll probably be getting both at price without a lot of upside, this doesn't seem like a huge tactical advantage to me. I'd stick with Rios/Pence over Abreu/Tanaka. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who is going to have an April like me this year? I believe the answer is no one because I am the best Mr April of all the Mr Aprils. Also, Shelley Duncan and I are going out looking for women. Who can make us look better as the ugly friend we bring along to raise our appeal? Hunter Pence? Pedroia without a hat and eye black? Thanks man. Don't rule out a comeback from me. Marcus Thames has been teaching me plate discipline.
(Chris Shelton from Bush Leagues)
You're in the early lead for "best fake name" in this chat. Well done. It's impossible to predict who's going to essentially experience a statistical aberration in April, so your guess is as good as mine. With that in mind, let's go with Juan Uribe, for no reason.

You can't do better in the ugly department than Shelley Duncan. Shelley Duncan is uglier than Billy Hamilton is fast. Give my best to Marcus. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)20-team dynasty league. Two of the top three teams about to make a trade: Team A is younger, but lacks enough impact pitching to win a title. Team B is creeping up there in age and injury. Assuming both offenses are stacked and the pitching for both is above average or better, Team A sends Giancarlo Stanton, Matt Cain, and 1-1 pick (aka Byron Buxton) for Team B's Hunter Pence, Yu Darvish, 1-3 pick, and Dylan Bundy... fair trade?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Yeah, that's fair. I prefer Team B's side, but it's fair. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-08-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Phillies are the 4th largest media market in the USA (A.C. Nielsen). Their projected TV deal is supposed to be at least $5 billion. Are they going to unload for Shin-Soo Choo and Hunter Pence plus a couple of shutdown relievers or continue with this Toothpick bat fraud Ben Revere and that no-talent triple-A bullpen? Is some TV network actually going to pay $5 billion for that?
(Free_AEC from South Jersey)
I can't speak for how the Phillies will spend their money, but they should see a lucrative new TV deal which will allow them to try and reload and get competitive. Their player salaries have been very high, and I've wondered how they were able to sustain that through attendance which until this season was off the charts. The new TV deal gets them back in that stage. Now, whether they hang on to veterans that will be deep in the throes of regression is another question. (Maury Brown About Biogenesis and Business)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty League: Giancarlo Stanton for Yu Darvish & Hunter Pence. Team Trading Stanton is loaded with offensive talent, but lacks MLB-ready starting pitching. Team trading Darvish is ravaged by injuries or suspensions, and has a deep rotation? Fair? Buying/Selling someone on the cheap?
(AJ from Phoenix)
Stanton will be at the top of HR lists for years to come, and Darvish will be at the top of strikeout lists for years to come. I'll take the hitter over the pitcher in fantasy every time. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think I can get in a dynasty league with minors rosters for Carlos Correa? Keep forever. I understand this is a hard question without league/team context but I'm just looking for a general baseline in how you value him. Hunter Pence reasonable?
(Joe from Seattle)
You have to find someone else with patience to wait for him. I took him in my AL keeper league this season with the full intent on holding onto him knowing only one or two other guys in the league would take him in a trade this season. (Jason Collette)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some players that are undervalued by Rotiserie Rankings that may be steals in a Points league draft?
(Sean T. from Bethesda)
For hitters, you're looking for boring vanilla guys that contribute stats across the board. Think Hunter Pence: seemingly vanilla players that contribute something across the board. For pitchers, innings munchers matter a lot. Bruce Chen isn't worth much in a Roto format but because he just keeps churning out innings he provides more value in a points format. (Mike Gianella)
2012-11-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wondering how the Giants keep winning titles with such a mediocre farm system? The are never ranked very high and they never sign the big free agent guys. What gives?
(Paul Reiger from Bay)
The most precise answer is the draft. Their farm systems haven't ranked high because their top draft picks since 2006 -- Lincecum, Bumgarner, Posey -- haven't spent a lot of time in the minors. . John Barr has done a good job, especially considering he's not simply the domestic scouting director but the one who oversees the international front, too. Barr's first draft was 2008 (Posey, Crawford, Surkamp), but in '09 he drafted Zack Wheeler (traded for Carlos Beltran), Tommy Joseph (traded n the deal to land Hunter Pence) and Belt. Brian Wilson and Sergio Romo were also draftees. Romo a 28th rounder in 2005.

It also helps that Bruce Bochy runs a goldilocks clubhouse and they have leaders (Posey, Pence, Wilson) that don't allow things to crumble. (Jason A. Churchill)
2012-11-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is it like to root for Hunter Pence? Do you feel bad turning your back on your fellow man to pull for a being that is clearly not of this world?
(Bennett from Raleigh, NC)
Man, he's a weird dude. There was a lot of interview footage of him from yesterday's parade, and it turns out he talks a lot like you and me, not in a series of whirrs and mandible clicks as I'd previously imagined. (Ian Miller)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Not a prospects question, but any thoughts on that weird thrice-batted ball that Hunter Pence hit last night?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I love Pence. He has to be a top 3 player to watch in baseball. It's just abnormal. I've watched that video 100 times. What a freak show. (Jason Parks)
2012-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Hunter Pence more old-timey than someone like Ty Cobb?
(Will from (Rochester))
My Productive Outs comrade Riley Breckenridge broke down Pence perfectly in a recent episode of our PRODcast. Riley said that Pence was kept locked up in a basement for the first 15 or so years of his life and shown nothing but those 1920s-ish baseball films that are all sped-up and funny-lookin', and Pence's entire familiarity with baseball stems from those films.

Which is as good an explanation as I've heard for his completely bizarre ... well, everything. (Ian Miller)
2012-08-30 13:30:00 (link to chat)The splattering of Yadier Molina by Josh Harrison in a home-plate collision is renewing calls for rule changes to reduce the number of injuries from catcher/runner impacts. Got an opinion on that?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I'm generally anti-splattering, unless insects are involved. Real insects, not just Hunter Pence. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your opinion of bumping guys up or down a round or two based on spring training? Hunter Pence and A-Rod are good examples after this weekend.
(Harry from Shibe Park)
Don't buy into ST stats unless someone plays REALLY well. ST is much more important for fringier guys where roles will be determined. And if you see something in a guys mechanics or such that indicates he could be in trouble, that's important too. But an 0-for-5 performance alone is nothing to worry about. (Derek Carty)
2011-07-21 16:00:00 (link to chat)Hunter Pence is heading to Philly, isn't he?
(Nate from Pittsburgh)
As a final parting gift from Ed Wade before he loses his job? I'm doubtful. (Jason Collette)
2011-07-13 12:30:00 (link to chat)I was just thinking about some of the players on the trade market and imagining up deals in my head. What would you think about the Yankees trading Brett Gardner and a Grade B prospect to the Astros for Hunter Pence. Would that make sense for both teams?
(Bob from New York)
Gardner is younger, cheaper, and roughly as good as Pence, so I certainly wouldn't want to see the Yankees do that. Then again, I've been known to become violent at the mere thought of anyone displacing Brett Gardner in either A) the outfield or B) my heart. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Marc, Are you giving Shin-Soo Choo any love in this year's draft?
(Swat Slugger from USA)
I don't see why not! He was good for me last year in a mixed league, minus the whole injury thing. He's very useful, as he excels at nothing but does everything very well. Like a better version of Hunter Pence. (Marc Normandin)
2010-10-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)When you take over for the day can you trade Hunter Pence somewhere? Sure, he might be our best remaining hitter but the way he runs creeps me out and he takes rolls of toilet paper home with him from the clubhouse. They might be related problems
(Astros GM from Houston, DUH)
I'm sure that's something I'll talk about, but I don't see him bringing much back. Pence seems to have found his level at his 2009-2010 level of production, which isn't great for a right fielder; he's arb-eligible, so he's going to get pricey; and he has a pretty fair home-park bias. Maybe someone will overrate him and offer you something real for him, but otherwise, any trade will probably just wash out. The problem with Pence is not his personal habits, but that if he's your lineup's big bat, you're kind of screwed. (Steven Goldman)
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are you drinking? What are you wearing? Most importantly, does Ichiro have the best RF arm of active players, cause Greg Golson made one heck of a throw to end the Rays/Yanks game last night.
(dianagramr from NYC)
Drinking lots of water and wearing very tight under armor as I recover from the surgery I had on Monday. Greg Golson is a former Phillies nothing prospect who was shipped to Texas for fellow nothing prospect John Mayberry, Jr. When my father and I heard Golson's name mentioned on Quick Pitch this morning we instantly double-took (double-taked?) and stared in disbelief. Ichiro! still has a tremendous arm. Francouer, for all his faults, has a strong arm, too. I don't know who has the best, but I do know that Corey Hart and Hunter Pence have the strangest throws. (Eric Seidman)
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)I'm a big Hunter Pence fan. His line has been extremely consistent these last 3 years and I was wondering if there's any chance a big breakout year is in his future. Or is he destined to hit 280 with 25 hrs and 80 rbi's every year?
(Brian Morgan from Chicago, ill.)
Pence has been consistent in the power and slugging department each of the last three seasons (SLG in the .460-.470 range) and his OBP seems secure in the .325-.330 range as I consider his 2009 walk rate to be more fluky than indicative. His RBI numbers may improve from a fantasy standpoint if players like Brett Wallace and Chris Johnson can be effective, but Pence sure seems like a lock for a .280/.330/.470 line with 25 HR, 80 RBI, and 15 SB. (Eric Seidman)
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your opinion of the following proposed trade: Astros Roy Oswalt and Hunter Pence to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler.
(CTM from Houston, TX)
This would be ghastly, especially for the Rangers. Pence may not really stick as much more than a filler in a corner in the better league, and the Rangers already have that on their bench in the form of David Murphy. Putting him in center seems a stretch, so he doesn't fix that problem. And then how do you replace Kinsler, bump Michael Young to the keystone and put Chris Davis at third? Arias and Blanco aren't viable everyday players. And all of this to get Oswalt, an older, shorter right-hander with health issues, coming to the DH league? As Eric Seidman argued this morning, I think any deal for Oswalt's only going to yield pennies on the dollar, given his contract. He's worth more to the Astros as an Astro than as something to dangle and then wangle with. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-05-11 16:30:00 (link to chat)So, I have Chone Figgins, Hunter Pence, Aaron Hill, and Edwin Jackson on my fantasy team. My question: shouldn't I expect big bounce backs from everyone here or did I just select duds?
(Nasi Goreng from SE Asia)
Chone Figgins-- His K-rate has shot up this year. The BABIP drop is small enough and it looks likely to fix itself, but the K-rate is just so high that he's not going to be effective when he's striking out like a power hitter. Even BABIP Superstars need to be make contact to keep their job-- you don't commit $45MM to Fred Lewis. Maybe a new hitting coach helps?

Aaron Hill-- His BABIP is .210 because he's not hitting line dirves-- it seems related to him swinging at too many pitches out of the strike zone. Before he hit 32 HR, pitchers would challenge him more. Now he needs to be more patient.

Hunter Pence-- he isn't swinging any more often than he used to, but he can't seem to tell a ball from a strike anymore. Worse, he's actually making contact with those bad pitches and isn't hitting them hard.

Edwin Jackson is an average pitcher. He's not as good his 2009 or as bad as his early 2010. (Matt Swartz)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have Travis Snider, Adam Jones, Colby Rasmus, Nate McLouth and Hunter Pence in a 10-team mixed league - how good/worthless do you expect that outfield to be by the end of the season?
(ravenight from Boston)
I think Pence, McLouth and Jones are definite candidates to improve on their poor starts. Colby Rasmus has been doing a better job with the strike zone this year and seems to have a better understanding of pitches he can do something with, so I think he's finally going to have that breakout year we've been waiting for. Snider I'm hopeful for, but if you make me pick one he's probably the one I think the development will be slowest for. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Hunter Pence's early struggles?
(ccweinmann from Seattle)
That he has 49 plate appearances. I'd say he isn't seeing the ball well, but he never closes his eyes so I don't see how that would be possible. (Eric Seidman)
2009-11-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any word on what position Todd Frazier will ultimately play? Also, are Klaw's concerns about his arm bar swing shared by others or can he be a #5/6 hitter in a decent lineup despite an unorthodox approach (a la Hunter Pence perhaps)?
(Mario66 from Toronto)
I think he might finally have found a home at second. I like your Pence analogy in the sense that it's more than a bit funky, but I think he's proven it works for him. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)How do scouts typically measure bat speed? Can they just tell or do they look for a hitter's ability to hit mid-90s heat on the inside or up in the zone?
(Dillon from Pasadena)
There's not some kind of timed measurement, but you are looking for barrel velocity as well as kind of a pop-time thing where you want to see how quick the bat flies into the hitting zone from the time one starts their swing. You're looking for warning signs like bat wrap, or hitches and triggers, but you also have to accept the fact that sometimes things just work for a guy. Julio Franco had an INSANE bat wrap, but you had no reason to fix it. Hunter Pence has a big ol' hitch, but it works, Gary Sheffield's waggle trigger -- you'd never teach it, but you'd never ask him to change it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give some sort of explanation as to what the heck happened to Hunter Pence this season?
(abernethyj from Chapel Hill, NC)
It's pretty simple: last year he had a .378 BABIP when he should have been closer to .314, based on his 19.4% line drive rate. This year, his liner rate is just 14%, and he's much closer to expectations with a .295 BABIP.

Pence hit for a ridiculous average on pitches high and outside last season, and he's doing it again this season, but he's weak in all of the other corners. He chases plenty of pitches in each area of the zone regardless of those shortcomings though, and just hasn't (unsurprisingly) had the same luck on balls in play he did in 2007. (Marc Normandin)
2008-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much should the fact that Hunter Pence and Ryan Zimmerman are recovering from wrist injuries (which sap power for a year) effect us drafting them?
(Lucas from NYC)
Somewhat. Neither is really a big power guy. I think Zimmerman's power drop will be disguised by the new park. Both are more line drive guys who will see a few more K's, few less homers. (Will Carroll)
2008-03-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Long-term, Hunter Pence or Chris Young (Diamondback OF, not Padre P)?
(Shore from Jersey)
Thought I had picked this one off. Young being slightly younger, faster, Pence having been a bit over his head last year, I tend to go with the Arizona guy. (Steven Goldman)
2008-03-18 17:00:00 (link to chat)Colby Rasmus was sent down. Do you think he could start off strong like Hunter Pence or Ryan Braun last year in the PCL. Also what's your thoughts on Jurrijens strong spring and the Braves.
(mike from Utica,NY)
I don't get this move at all. If Rasmus rates the way everyone says he does, don't you make room for him sooner rather than later? According to the depth charts, Skip Schumaker is going to get some time in the outfield now. Realizing he's just a placeholder, why not get Rasmus in there now? The Cardinals are not destined for great things this year, so it's a perfect time to get a rookie into it from the start. Failing that, I think it will end up as Mike foretells, with Rasmus coming along a little later. I'm not saying we're going to see a Pence/Braun-type debut, but it will be good news for St. Louis when he comes. (Jim Baker)
2008-01-15 14:30:00 (link to chat)It seems as though Hunter Pence was playing a bit over his head from both a stathead and scouting perspective in '07. How do you see him faring in '08?
(ericmilburn from San Francisco)
I don't think he'll be hitting .322 again, but I'm all for a centerfielder hitting .290/.340/.490. In leagues where outfield positions are individual, he's one to grab. (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-22 16:30:00World Series Game One04 Cats? Hunter Pence on that team? (Kevin Goldstein)
 

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