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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
12 2338 .276 .333 .380 91 6.6
Birth Date2-20-1985
Height6' 4"
Weight225 lbs
Age34 years, 7 months, 23 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
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
2006 CHA 21 18 35 8 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 .229 .229 .229 60 -1.7 0.3 -0.6 -0.1
2007 CHA 22 15 49 9 3 0 1 4 5 0 0 1 .200 .265 .333 73 -1.5 0.0 1.7 0.1
2008 OAK 23 115 433 110 18 2 5 38 67 3 9 1 .286 .350 .383 98 -0.2 2.6 5.4 1.8
2009 OAK 24 134 534 142 31 3 6 40 67 3 6 5 .293 .348 .407 98 0.1 4.0 14.4 3.2
2010 OAK 25 82 331 89 20 2 1 24 41 0 1 1 .294 .342 .383 90 -3.4 0.5 -1.0 0.2
2011 OAK 26 108 299 70 11 3 1 33 48 0 1 1 .265 .346 .341 90 -3.1 -3.2 0.9 0.2
2012 BOS 27 63 219 53 19 2 0 12 43 1 0 0 .260 .303 .373 71 -7.1 0.5 2.3 0.0
2013 CHN 28 70 212 51 13 2 6 17 31 0 1 0 .266 .324 .448 101 0.5 -2.0 6.5 1.2
2014 CHN 29 77 226 52 9 0 3 15 33 1 0 0 .251 .304 .338 83 -4.1 -0.7 -0.1 0.0
Career682233858412414231833428189.276.333.38091-20.41.929.46.6

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 BRI Rk APL 19 76 .000 .000 .000 .339 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 GRF Rk PIO 10 36 .000 .000 .000 .387 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 WNS A+ CRL 134 567 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 BIR AA SOU 113 483 .266 .335 .395 .332 97 -1.2 10.3 -4 106 0 7.6 0.3 7.5 2.2
2006 CHA MLB AL 18 35 .285 .341 .439 .286 107 -4 1.1 -0.1 60 9 -0.6 0.3 -1.7 -0.1
2006 CHR AAA INT 118 492 .261 .328 .395 .328 100 11.1 12.9 -1.5 123 0 2.8 2.2 11.1 2.7
2007 CHA MLB AL 15 49 .268 .334 .413 .205 99 -3.5 1.5 -0.2 73 14 1.7 0.0 -1.5 0.1
2007 CHR AAA INT 105 450 .261 .328 .395 .305 97 -0.1 13.0 -1.8 106 0 26.3 -0.9 3.7 3.9
2008 OAK MLB AL 115 433 .264 .330 .420 .330 98 4.7 12.5 -2.3 98 8 5.4 2.6 -0.2 1.8
2008 SAC AAA PCL 8 37 .287 .359 .461 .448 107 3.4 1.1 0.1 148 0 -1.5 -0.5 1.7 0.1
2008 ATH Rk AZL 1 5 .326 .412 .465 .000 100 -0.2 0.2 -0.1 55 0 0.0 0.0 -0.8 -0.1
2009 OAK MLB AL 134 534 .261 .328 .415 .327 102 3.5 15.4 -2.6 98 8 14.4 4.0 0.1 3.2
2010 OAK MLB AL 82 331 .259 .326 .409 .333 98 -1.2 9.1 -3.3 90 10 -1.0 0.5 -3.4 0.2
2011 OAK MLB AL 108 299 .255 .316 .401 .319 97 -1.1 8.1 -1.1 90 15 0.9 -3.2 -3.1 0.2
2012 BOS MLB AL 63 219 .264 .322 .429 .327 107 -5.6 6.0 -1.4 71 10 2.3 0.5 -7.1 0.0
2012 PME AA EAS 2 7 .277 .332 .402 .143 102 -1.1 0.2 -0.1 53 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.0
2013 CHN MLB NL 70 212 .250 .315 .381 .288 104 4.4 5.6 0.2 101 9 6.5 -2.0 0.5 1.2
2013 KNC A MID 1 4 .213 .275 .321 .250 119 -0.6 0.1 0 90 0 0.2 -0.1 -0.1 0.0
2013 IOW AAA PCL 23 91 .268 .337 .410 .355 92 7.6 2.6 -0.9 148 0 -3.6 -0.6 4.0 0.2
2013 CUB Rk AZL 4 17 .287 .359 .418 .308 92 0.6 0.5 -0.2 135 0 -0.2 -0.6 -0.1 -0.1
2014 CHN MLB NL 77 226 .246 .309 .375 .285 101 -2.9 5.8 -0.8 83 12 -0.1 -0.7 -4.1 0.0
2014 KNC A MID 2 6 .217 .304 .311 .000 90 -1.1 0.2 0 73 0 -0.3 -0.2 -0.3 -0.1

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 BRI Rk APL 76 67 11 21 3 0 2 30 5 7 10 3 0 .313 .382 .448 .134 1 1
2003 GRF Rk PIO 36 34 0 12 2 0 0 14 4 2 3 0 2 .353 .389 .412 .059 0 0
2004 WNS A+ CRL 567 515 71 146 22 3 7 195 66 40 65 8 6 .283 .342 .379 .095 3 3
2005 BIR AA SOU 483 429 64 128 22 3 1 159 47 35 53 6 6 .298 .356 .371 .072 7 7
2006 CHR AAA INT 492 449 64 133 25 3 13 203 70 35 73 7 7 .296 .349 .452 .156 3 3
2006 CHA MLB AL 35 35 1 8 0 0 0 8 5 0 7 0 0 .229 .229 .229 .000 0 0
2007 CHA MLB AL 49 45 5 9 3 0 1 15 5 4 5 0 1 .200 .265 .333 .133 0 0
2007 CHR AAA INT 450 397 50 107 17 2 10 158 47 48 71 8 5 .270 .348 .398 .128 2 2
2008 SAC AAA PCL 37 34 5 14 4 0 1 21 5 3 4 0 0 .412 .459 .618 .206 0 0
2008 OAK MLB AL 433 384 53 110 18 2 5 147 45 38 67 9 1 .286 .350 .383 .096 6 2
2008 ATH Rk AZL 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .000 .400 .000 .000 0 0
2009 OAK MLB AL 534 484 68 142 31 3 6 197 53 40 67 6 5 .293 .348 .407 .114 5 2
2010 OAK MLB AL 331 303 41 89 20 2 1 116 36 24 41 1 1 .294 .342 .383 .089 3 1
2011 OAK MLB AL 299 264 34 70 11 3 1 90 25 33 48 1 1 .265 .346 .341 .076 1 1
2012 PME AA EAS 7 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143 .000 0 0
2012 BOS MLB AL 219 204 22 53 19 2 0 76 16 12 43 0 0 .260 .303 .373 .113 1 1
2013 IOW AAA PCL 91 83 12 28 2 2 6 52 16 8 15 1 0 .337 .396 .627 .289 0 0
2013 CHN MLB NL 212 192 19 51 13 2 6 86 19 17 31 1 0 .266 .324 .448 .182 1 2
2013 KNC A MID 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 0 0
2013 CUB Rk AZL 17 14 4 4 2 0 0 6 2 3 1 0 0 .286 .412 .429 .143 0 0
2014 CHN MLB NL 226 207 22 52 9 0 3 70 20 15 33 0 0 .251 .304 .338 .087 1
2014 KNC A MID 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .000 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1576 0.5108 0.4315 0.8426 0.5789 0.2776 0.8841 0.7523 0.1574 0.0026
2009 2050 0.5215 0.4283 0.8759 0.5575 0.2875 0.9144 0.7943 0.1241 0.0067
2010 1304 0.5153 0.4294 0.8893 0.5848 0.2642 0.9262 0.8024 0.1107 0.0092
2011 1287 0.5159 0.3823 0.8760 0.4940 0.2632 0.9055 0.8171 0.1240 0.0045
2012 941 0.5143 0.3985 0.8747 0.5207 0.2691 0.9167 0.7886 0.1253 0.0054
2013 866 0.5092 0.3903 0.8609 0.5465 0.2282 0.9295 0.6907 0.1391 -0.0002
2014 917 0.5005 0.4100 0.8723 0.5403 0.2795 0.9435 0.7344 0.1277 0.0071
Career89410.51380.41370.87010.54940.27040.91420.77460.12990.0053

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
2014-08-27 2014-09-29 60-DL 33 31 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2014-05-03 2014-06-13 15-DL 41 37 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2014-03-10 2014-03-11 Camp 1 0 Right Knee Soreness - -
2013-06-30 2013-09-01 60-DL 63 56 Left Trunk Fracture Rib Crashing Into Wall - -
2012-07-31 2012-10-04 60-DL 65 59 Right Fingers Surgery Fracture 2012-07-30 -
2012-07-14 2012-07-17 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2012-06-17 2012-07-07 15-DL 20 18 Left Stress Fracture Sesamoiditis - -
2012-05-20 2012-05-28 7-DL 8 7 - Head Concussion Diving Catch - -
2012-03-12 2012-03-20 Camp 8 0 Left Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2011-09-15 2011-09-29 DTD 14 13 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2011-04-17 2011-04-19 DTD 2 1 Left Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2011-02-27 2011-03-09 Camp 10 0 Right Knee Recovery From Surgery Patellar Tendon Decompression 2010-07-30
2010-07-12 2010-10-04 60-DL 84 73 Right Knee Surgery Patellar Tendon Decompression 2010-07-30
2010-06-28 2010-06-30 DTD 2 1 Knee Soreness -
2010-05-13 2010-05-15 DTD 2 2 General Medical Respiratory Flu -
2009-09-30 2009-10-04 DTD 4 4 Bilateral Knee Inflammation -
2009-09-05 2009-09-05 DTD 0 0 Knee Soreness -
2009-06-03 2009-06-18 15-DL 15 14 Left Knee Sprain MCL -
2009-03-29 2009-03-31 Camp 2 0 Left Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -
2008-10-02 2008-10-02 Off 0 0 Right Fingers Surgery Tendon In Pinkie Finger 2008-10-02
2008-08-13 2008-08-28 15-DL 15 15 Right Thumb Sprain Thumb -
2008-08-08 2008-08-09 DTD 1 1 Right Hand Contusion HBP -
2008-07-11 2008-07-14 DTD 3 3 Left Fingers Dislocation Little Finger -
2008-06-27 2008-06-30 DTD 3 3 Left Ankle Sprain -
2008-05-29 2008-06-13 15-DL 15 13 Left Contusion Foul Ball Off Toe -
2008-04-13 2008-04-16 DTD 3 3 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps -
2008-03-01 2008-03-03 Camp 2 0 Knee Contusion Collision At First Base -
2007-08-02 2007-08-09 Minors 7 0 Left Wrist Sprain - -
2006-05-07 2006-05-23 Minors 16 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2005-10-15 2005-10-15 Off 0 0 Right Wrist Surgery Cartilage 2005-10-15
2005-04-25 2005-05-02 Minors 7 7 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 CHN $1,500,000
2014 CHN $1,500,000
2013 CHN $
2012 BOS $1,750,000
2011 OAK $1,400,000
2010 OAK $420,000
2009 OAK $410,000
2008 OAK $395,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$7,375,000
7 yrTotal$7,375,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 28 dReynolds Sports2 years/$3.5M (2014-15), 2016 option

Details
  • 2 years/$3.5M (2014-15), plus 2016 club option. Signed extension with Chicago Cubs 10/8/13. 14:$1.5M, 15:$1.5M, 16:$2.5M club option, $0.5M buyout. DFA by Chicago Cubs 4/5/15. Released 4/7/15.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Boston 1/25/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Boston 3/30/13. Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 4/2/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 5/6/13.
  • 1 year/$1.75M (2012). Acquired by Boston in trade from Oakland 12/28/11. Signed by Boston 1/13/12 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Boston 11/30/12.
  • 1 year/$1.4M (2011). Re-signed by Oakland 12/3/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2010). Re-signed by Oakland 3/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.41M (2009). Re-signed by Oakland 2/21/09.
  • 1 year/$0.395M (2008). Acquired by Oakland in trade from Chicago White Sox 1/4/08. Signed by Oakland 2/28/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox 2/07. Optioned to Triple-A 3/07. Recalled 4/07. Optioned to Triple-A 5/20/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Chicago White Sox 9/06.
  • Drafted by Chicago White Sox 2003 (2-52) (Xavier HS, Ia.). $0.785M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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DateQuestionAnswer
2017-10-12 20:00:00 (link to chat)Go back for us and analyze both times the White Sox traded Gio Gonzalez.
(cowhitchurch from Austin, TX)
They would've been better off just keeping Ryan Sweeney let alone Gio. (Nick Schaefer)
2015-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Billy Mckinney has to be a breakout candidate so far, no? Destroyed A+ to start the year and is more than holding his own against AA in his first 10 games or so at that level. Problem is, I think he's solid all around, but does not have an elite tool. Can he be a first division regular? Is a 15/10 season with maybe a .270-.280 AVG possible for him in the future?
(Jeff from Chicago)
It's been a good season, for sure. And I think you nailed the description. I don't see a first division player, but he's a major leaguer. He lacks the athleticism/speed to play CF, but the hit tool will play in the majors. Can he be a Ryan Sweeney type of player (maybe with a little more power)? I see it. (Tucker Blair)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Rays, this offseason, have been uncharacteristically active this offseason thus far and still have a few moves to make before ST starts. They could use another OFer(unless they go against their own grain and start Myers), but need a DH(possibly a platoon-mate for almost-batless Loney) and a 2nd Catcher. With options dwindling for DHs with 1B or C backgrounds, should the Rays: (A)push for a switch-hitter 1B like Berkman or Morales (B) Surprise people with a signing of AJ Pierzynski (C) Swoop in and sign Cody Ross (D) Option A with caveat of OF Ryan Sweeney added. (E) Shrug, say "You Can't Predict Friedman" and let him surprise us all.
(jlarsen from chicago)
Not B. C would give Jason Collette a coronary, he hates Ross. More likely D or E. They'll do something, though (he states obviously). (Paul Sporer)
2012-12-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you were the Rays, would you find a stopgap OFer like Ryan Sweeney to man RF until Myers' arb clock is delayed for another year or do you start Myers on Opening Day and allow him to work through the "growing pains"?
(jlarsen from chicago)
I don't think it's necessary to delay Myers by a full year. He appears to be ready, and the Rays have made a habit of keeping their players in Durham long enough to avoid Super Two status, but I don't think that they'd sit on Myers for the full season if they deem that he is ready, particularly given the expectations of contention in Tampa.

On the jukebox: Dredg, "Gathering Pebbles" (Doug Thorburn)
2012-05-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome to the major leagues of chat. Did you do any booking up ahead of time, to know who asks the power questions, who the pesky submitters (the ones that foul off half a dozen Qs before sneaking one through) are, and who are the easy outs? Or is a question a question and a submitter a submitter? Who was your chatting coach?
(Bill from New Mexico)
There was a story today about Adrian Gonzalez mentoring Ryan Sweeney, where Sweeney talked about being the kind of hitter who doesn't really like to know much about the pitchers before he goes to bat. What they throw and where they throw it, but not more than that, like tendencies on particular counts and so forth. I'm perhaps the Ryan Sweeney of BP chats.

(If we extend the analogy, this means I'm going to give a lot of decent/adequate answers but never really hit a home-run. It also means I'm going to get hurt midway through.) (Jason Wojciechowski)
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ryan Sweeney breaking out at age 27, or are we seeing an anomoly. Do you feel Valentine will continue to give him the same level of playing time he's been seeing?
(NJTomatoes from Bend Oregon)
Anomaly. Sweeney is solid, especially in AL-only, but we're dealing with a guy who's boasting a .533 BABIP. Everything else is pretty much what we've come to expect, so the BA will come down. He'll play for the time being, but Ross will cut in when Crawford comes back, and Ryan Kalish could well overtake both of them by mid-season once he gets healthy. (Derek Carty)
2010-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think the A's will call up Michael Taylor any time soon? He had a poor first half and was hampered by injury. Has been on a nice little tear recently, though. Previous two seasons in the minors were excellent. I'd rather see him out there than Travis Buck....
(Clark Griswold from Inside a Christmas tree)
Kevin Goldstein knows far more than I do about the situation. Earlier this week, he said he'd be surprised if Taylor were up before September. I have nothing informative to add to that, except that with the A's seemingly out of it but now down Ryan Sweeney as well, it wouldn't hurt to take a bit of a longer look at him than September, with its distortions in terms of talent level, traditionally allows. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-06-07 18:30:00 (link to chat)I was expecting Oakland to take Cox. What is most probable scenario for Choice. Does he have All-Star type talent or is it more of a Ryan Sweeney, solid starting caliber outfield.
(brettmar21 from hawaii)
Choice could be a star for sure. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect from Ryan Sweeney? Had a nice second half, turning 25 on Saturday.
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
I've always seen him as a very good fourth outfielder, but stretched as an every day player. Still do. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Michael Taylor starting in a corner for the A's in April? Does that mean Ryan Sweeney's the CF and Rajai Davis is back to fourth OF? Or is that all too much to hope for?
(Jason Wojciechowski from South Texas)
Hey Jason! If nothing else I'd expect the A's to game Taylor's service time by starting him in the minors, but I don't see why you couldn't play all three if they're your best outfielders. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is it time to non-tender Jack Cust and move on to Chris Carter? Is Ryan Sweeney really the solution in right? Can Daric Barton ever hit in months that don't start with "S"? It was nice to see the team play well down the stretch, but there are still a ton of question marks.
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
Cust has been a fine placeholder at DH, but he needs to be seen as such. If he's game for a one-year deal, the A's can afford to buy the time and see if Barton fends off Carter initially. While slotting Cust in an outfield corner if both Carter and Barton earn their keep wouldn't be lovely, nobody's going places with an outfield trio of Sweeney/Rajai Davis/Scott Hairston. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who out of the position players on Oakland right now is part of their next play-off team? Just Suzuki? Nobody? If you say Ryan Sweeney I'm going to drop this match on the gasoline I'm standing in...
(Juan from The City)
It's pretty bleak when you look at it that way, isn't it? I don't see anyone else I'd hang my hat on, unless it's Scott Hairston as the lefty-mashing part of a platoon. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Your last TA, you mentioned putting Eric Patterson in centerfield. Can he play there? I thought he was supposed to be god-awful in the field or is he just better than Sweeney is in center?
(Eric from Denver)
I don't think anybody thinks Patterson would be a good center fielder; I guess my standard is that, with no shot at winning the division anyway, why not see if he's Jerry Mumphrey-level playable? Because I think the motor gave out on the Ryan Sweeney carousel years ago, assuming it was ever really installed properly in the first place. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Better player for the next 5 years, travis Buck or Ryan Sweeney?
(Dave from Oakland)
Ryan Sweeney, though I don't see either one being much more than a slightly above average player. (John Perrotto)
2008-10-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you start in the A's outfield next year out of Travis Buck, Matt Murton, Ryan Sweeney, Carlos Gonzalez, and Aaron Cunningham?
(Dave from Chicago)
Good question. I'm not sure how crazy I am about any of 'em. Gonzalez has star potential but still needs lots of work, and he's the only one with real star potential. I'm not a big Murton or Sweeney fan. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Nate, you still like the Swisher package? The only reason that looks like a good deal to me is that it now seems possible Swisher is the new Ben Grieve. But the two minor-league pitchers they got are struggling, and Ryan Sweeney has no power. Besides, how can an A-ball pitcher with only one good season be the lead player in a package to get a useful, young, cheap major league position player?
(oira61 from San Francisco)
Sweeney's is not a great guy to have on a roto team (trust me, I've learned this by experience) but he nevertheless has a 117 OPS+ and he's 23 years old. That is a reasonably valuable asset any way you slice it. The pitchers have been marginal but not irredeemably so if you look at their peripherals. Yes, I still like that deal for them. (Nate Silver)
2008-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)How long do the A's wait for Jack Cust to come around? Chris Carter has been red-hot lately...could he fill the DH hole this year, or is it too early? Also, will Carlos Gonzalez replace Ryan Sweeney in center this season?
(Matt from St. Paul)
I'm just not sure what they replace him with right now -- you're WAY too early on Carter. Gonzalez SHOULD replace Sweeney, but they might be saving him for '09. C-Gon is the far better player, and I've never been a Sweeney fan. (Kevin Goldstein)


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