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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
9 43 220 7 15 0 4.95 -2.2
Birth Date6-10-1983
Height5' 11"
Weight210 lbs
Age36 years, 4 months, 8 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
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 PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2007 WAS MLB 31 31 167.0 7 9 0 183 74 94 26 96 9.9 4.0 1.4 5.1 0% .286 1.54 5.48 4.63 126 7.16 148.1 -2.6
2008 WAS MLB 11 8 48.0 0 6 0 63 17 31 10 95 11.8 3.2 1.9 5.8 0% .331 1.67 5.64 6.19 105 4.96 105.7 0.3
2010 WAS MLB 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 91 10.8 0.0 0.0 5.4 0% .333 1.20 2.50 3.60 107 4.54 102.4 0.0
CareerMLB4340220.0715025291128369510.33.71.55.236%.2981.565.454.951216.62137.8-2.2

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 GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2003 YAK A- NWN 17 13 71.3 7 4 0 75 25 71 4 9.5 3.2 0.5 9.0 0% .348 1.40 3.36 3.53 0 0.00 0.0
2004 SBN A MDW 14 14 87.7 8 5 0 59 27 89 9 6.1 2.8 0.9 9.1 0% .229 0.98 3.80 2.57 0 0.00 0.0
2004 ELP AA TXS 14 12 62.3 3 7 0 82 36 59 7 11.8 5.2 1.0 8.5 0% .375 1.89 4.81 5.78 0 0.00 0.0
2005 LNC A+ CLF 18 18 110.0 7 2 0 101 39 102 13 8.3 3.2 1.1 8.3 0% -.561 1.27 4.68 3.76 0 0.00 0.0
2005 TEN AA SOU 10 10 52.7 1 7 0 75 15 35 8 50 12.8 2.6 1.4 6.0 0% -1.117 1.71 4.95 5.98 112 7.29 143.8
2006 LNC A+ CLF 10 10 50.2 3 4 0 48 11 49 5 74 8.6 2.0 0.9 8.8 0% .289 1.18 3.81 3.76 83 3.07 64.5
2006 HAR AA EAS 4 4 22.2 2 0 0 28 8 13 3 84 11.4 3.2 1.2 5.3 0% .347 1.62 5.01 3.24 114 6.68 140.1
2006 TEN AA SOU 13 13 81.1 7 2 0 62 21 63 6 88 6.9 2.3 0.7 7.0 0% .245 1.02 3.16 2.22 92 3.52 73.9
2007 WAS MLB NL 31 31 167.0 7 9 0 183 74 94 26 96 9.9 4.0 1.4 5.1 0% .286 1.54 5.48 4.63 126 7.16 148.1
2007 COH AAA INT 2 2 11.0 1 1 0 9 5 7 1 95 7.4 4.1 0.8 5.7 0% .258 1.27 4.44 3.27 113 5.20 106.7
2008 WAS MLB NL 11 8 48.0 0 6 0 63 17 31 10 95 11.8 3.2 1.9 5.8 0% .331 1.67 5.64 6.19 105 4.96 105.7
2008 COH AAA INT 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 7 2 1 0 87 15.8 4.5 0.0 2.3 0% .412 2.25 4.31 9.00 116 8.03 164.3
2009 HAG A SAL 3 3 11.0 0 0 0 11 0 8 2 83 9.0 0.0 1.6 6.5 0% .281 1.00 4.63 2.45 111 4.55 95.7
2009 HAR AA EAS 12 12 50.3 2 4 0 54 28 36 2 94 9.7 5.0 0.4 6.4 0% .333 1.63 3.88 4.29 108 6.02 126.6
2010 WAS MLB NL 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 6 0 3 0 91 10.8 0.0 0.0 5.4 0% .333 1.20 2.50 3.60 107 4.54 102.4
2010 HAR AA EAS 5 5 26.0 1 2 0 26 7 17 2 104 9.0 2.4 0.7 5.9 0% .289 1.27 3.85 3.12 0 0.00 0.0
2010 SYR AAA INT 21 21 115.7 6 7 0 120 34 69 12 103 9.3 2.6 0.9 5.4 0% .287 1.33 4.32 3.73 0 0.00 0.0
2011 HAR AA EAS 10 0 14.0 1 1 1 25 7 16 3 16.1 4.5 1.9 10.3 0% .458 2.29 5.83 10.93 110 8.35 170.4
2011 SYR AAA INT 8 0 10.7 0 2 0 16 5 8 0 13.5 4.2 0.0 6.8 0% .421 1.97 3.14 5.06 99 6.77 138.2
2011 NAT Rk GCL 9 2 21.3 2 1 0 19 2 14 0 98 8.0 0.8 0.0 5.9 0% .279 0.98 2.37 2.95 87 3.55 72.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 801 0.5031 0.4307 0.8000 0.5881 0.2714 0.8439 0.7037 0.2000
2010 79 0.4684 0.4557 0.8889 0.6757 0.2619 0.9200 0.8182 0.1111
Career8800.50000.43290.80800.59600.27050.85070.71400.1920

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
2011-06-09 2011-07-21 Minors 42 38 - Not Disclosed Released After - -
2009-03-28 2009-07-08 60-DL 102 82 Right Elbow Recovery From Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2008-07-03
2008-05-23 2008-09-05 Minors 105 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2008-07-03

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 WAS $431,000
2008 WAS $409,000
2007 WAS $380,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,220,000
3 yrTotal$1,220,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 100 d2012

Details
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 12/11 (minor-league contract). Released by LA Dodgers 3/30/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Washington as a free agent 2/4/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Washington 2/10. Designated for optional assignment by Washington 5/9/10 (optional ML waivers required as player more than 3 years removed from first appearance on Major League roster). DFA by Washington, sent outright to Triple-A 12/22/10.
  • 1 year/$0.431M (2009). Re-signed by Washington 2/14/09.
  • 1 year/$0.409M (2008). Re-signed by Washington 1/25/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Re-signed by Washington 1/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Acquired in trade 8/06, with Washington paying Arizona about $2M to cover a portion of remaining money due on Livan Hernandez' contract.
  • Drafted 2003 (3-96). $0.365M signing bonus.

2019 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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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 Chunky Matt Chico finally came all the way back from elbow surgery, but was left with the same mediocre assortment he started out with; he re-signed with the team after being designated for assignment in December, and will be auditioning for fifth-man gigs forever more.
2010 A finesse lefty, Chico has struggled with command in 42 big-league outings, a performance characteristic he will need to master if his goal is to succeed as a starter with an 86-88 mph fastball. His development was stunted by Tommy John surgery in the middle of the 2008 season, and while he recovered in time to pitch in the second hafl last year, there is no guarantee that he will stick as a starter, even with a successful rehab. Chico has struggled equally against batters from both sides of the plate—his 852 OPS against lefties ranks fifth-worst among southpaws facing 200 or more of them since 2007; his 854 OPS against right-handed hitters ranks as the sixth worst (750 batters faced). Given that Chico's numbers worsen exponentially multiple times through the order, he seems destined to become a long reliever or specialist barring a change in approach or improvement in command.
2009 Chico struggled throughout the spring, but still managed to break camp in the rotation as the other candidates (Patterson, Bergmann) fared even worse. He was trying to return to a pitching motion that he'd used in high school in an attempt to improve his control, stop throwing across his body, and protect his shoulder; he wound up blowing out his elbow, and won't be ready to play until sometime during the 2009 season.
2008 Chico wound up leading the Nats staff in most of the counting stats as a rookie last year simply by surviving the season (save for a brief late-August demotion to have him clean up his mechanics). Acta handled Chico with admirable care, monitoring his pitch counts, pulling him early, and only twice letting him go through an opposing lineup more than three times. The August demotion delivered tangible results-he made three quality starts in his last six after his recall (compared to seven in his first 25), with 18 Ks and eight unintentional walks in 34 2/3 innings pitched. That's still not as many strikeouts as you'd expect from a lefty who throws in the low 90s, but Chico's heat isn't overpowering or endowed with any extra english. He's more talented than your typical crafty lefty in the making, but still lacks an out pitch, and his extreme fly-ball rates aren't usually survivable for a rotation regular who isn't fooling people at home plate. His upside is as a fourth starter, which is pretty much what he is now.
2007 Chico has had a bumpy road by prospect standards. A top amateur in high school, he passed up pro money from the Red Sox to play at USC, couldn`t hack the coursework, drifted out of sight and into a SoCal semi-pro league, then got rediscovered by the D`backs in 2003. They taught him how to use a decent curve and change to support his low-90s heat; he`s not a reliever in the making. Although it took him three years to get past Double-A, the first time was an aggressive late-season promotion from Low-A in only his first full season as a pro, and the second came when he started off at that level and proved he really did need to get in some time at High-A. He`s been challenged by his parent organization, and the challenges have made him a better prospect for the long haul. He`ll come into camp with an outside shot at winning a job in the rotation, but it`s more likely that he`ll get some extra seasoning in Triple-A to show he`s the real Tabasco, then get the call in June or July after the veterans have flopped.
2005 Little SoCal lefty pitched well in the Midwest League, but upon arrival in the Texas League, got more pasted than a 21-year old Kennedy watching pole dances. Has problems keeping the ball in the park, falling behind in the count and then laying cookies down the middle of the plate in order to throw a strike. Good enough stuff to succeed in a relief role in the majors, especially given his youth, but there's some work to go before that time arrives.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2008-04-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Did I make the right decission sending John Lannan down to AAA instead of Matt Chico to start the season?
(Jim Bowden from Washington, DC)
Absolutely. (Kevin Goldstein)


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