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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
12 273 1556.3 77 100 0 4.30 12.9
Birth Date6-25-1982
Height6' 2"
Weight245 lbs
Age37 years, 3 months, 27 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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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
2005 PIT MLB 6 6 41.3 3 1 0 31 17 26 2 103 6.8 3.7 0.4 5.7 0% .242 1.16 3.80 2.18 104 5.00 107.5 0.2
2006 PIT MLB 30 30 176.0 8 10 0 202 81 117 19 97 10.3 4.1 1.0 6.0 0% .327 1.61 4.76 4.76 100 5.52 112.5 0.6
2007 PIT MLB 29 29 177.7 10 15 0 204 49 105 22 102 10.3 2.5 1.1 5.3 0% .312 1.42 4.52 5.02 96 4.68 96.8 2.1
2008 PIT MLB 31 31 206.3 9 9 0 201 63 139 21 100 8.8 2.7 0.9 6.1 0% .290 1.28 4.12 3.71 98 4.21 89.8 3.1
2009 PIT MLB 31 31 194.7 8 9 0 221 60 119 14 97 10.2 2.8 0.6 5.5 0% .325 1.44 3.78 4.44 96 4.27 91.5 2.8
2010 PIT MLB 32 32 185.3 9 15 0 228 62 102 15 95 11.1 3.0 0.7 5.0 0% .327 1.56 4.20 5.10 104 5.42 122.5 -0.3
2011 PIT MLB 26 26 162.3 6 14 0 160 50 97 11 99 8.9 2.8 0.6 5.4 0% .286 1.29 3.74 3.66 102 4.21 97.9 1.7
2012 ATL 0 11 11 68.7 4 5 0 63 19 59 8 97 8.3 2.5 1.0 7.7 0% .281 1.19 3.80 3.54 87 3.71 84.9 1.2
2012 CHN 0 21 20 120.3 9 6 0 115 34 81 12 98 8.6 2.5 0.9 6.1 0% .281 1.24 4.18 3.74 99 4.84 111.0 0.5
2013 ATL MLB 26 26 153.0 10 11 0 169 47 105 17 99 9.9 2.8 1.0 6.2 0% .310 1.41 4.21 4.41 101 4.08 97.7 1.6
2014 LAN MLB 30 8 70.7 1 5 0 82 28 34 8 95 10.4 3.6 1.0 4.3 0% .311 1.56 4.92 4.84 118 5.24 128.4 -0.5
2012 TOT MLB 32 31 189.0 13 11 0 178 53 140 20 98 8.5 2.5 1.0 6.7 0% .000 1.22 4.04 3.67 94 4.43 101.6 1.6
CareerMLB2732501556.37710001676510984149989.72.90.95.754%.3061.404.194.301004.65102.512.9

Statistics for All Levels

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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 WPT A- NYP 8 8 34.3 2 1 0 25 10 32 1 6.6 2.6 0.3 8.4 0% .253 1.02 2.64 1.84 0 0.00 0.0
2004 HIC A SAL 3 3 12.3 0 2 0 17 10 12 2 12.4 7.3 1.5 8.8 0% .441 2.20 6.81 9.51 0 0.00 0.0
2004 LYN A+ CRL 8 8 44.0 1 3 0 39 15 28 2 8.0 3.1 0.4 5.7 0% .272 1.23 3.71 1.84 0 0.00 0.0
2005 PIT MLB NL 6 6 41.3 3 1 0 31 17 26 2 103 6.8 3.7 0.4 5.7 0% .242 1.16 3.80 2.18 104 5.00 107.5
2005 ALT AA EAS 16 16 81.7 6 2 0 73 26 75 5 79 8.0 2.9 0.6 8.3 0% -.624 1.21 3.17 3.19 87 4.15 81.9
2005 IND AAA INT 6 6 35.7 1 1 0 40 12 21 2 90 10.1 3.0 0.5 5.3 0% -1.056 1.46 3.84 3.53 96 5.12 100.8
2006 PIT MLB NL 30 30 176.0 8 10 0 202 81 117 19 97 10.3 4.1 1.0 6.0 0% .327 1.61 4.76 4.76 100 5.52 112.5
2007 PIT MLB NL 29 29 177.7 10 15 0 204 49 105 22 102 10.3 2.5 1.1 5.3 0% .312 1.42 4.52 5.02 96 4.68 96.8
2008 PIT MLB NL 31 31 206.3 9 9 0 201 63 139 21 100 8.8 2.7 0.9 6.1 0% .290 1.28 4.12 3.71 98 4.21 89.8
2009 PIT MLB NL 31 31 194.7 8 9 0 221 60 119 14 97 10.2 2.8 0.6 5.5 0% .325 1.44 3.78 4.44 96 4.27 91.5
2010 PIT MLB NL 32 32 185.3 9 15 0 228 62 102 15 95 11.1 3.0 0.7 5.0 0% .327 1.56 4.20 5.10 104 5.42 122.5
2011 PIT MLB NL 26 26 162.3 6 14 0 160 50 97 11 99 8.9 2.8 0.6 5.4 0% .286 1.29 3.74 3.66 102 4.21 97.9
2012 ATL MLB NL 11 11 68.7 4 5 0 63 19 59 8 97 8.3 2.5 1.0 7.7 0% .281 1.19 3.80 3.54 87 3.71 84.9
2012 CHN MLB NL 21 20 120.3 9 6 0 115 34 81 12 98 8.6 2.5 0.9 6.1 0% .281 1.24 4.18 3.74 99 4.84 111.0
2013 ATL MLB NL 26 26 153.0 10 11 0 169 47 105 17 99 9.9 2.8 1.0 6.2 0% .310 1.41 4.21 4.41 101 4.08 97.7
2013 ROM A SAL 1 1 5.7 1 0 0 4 0 6 0 92 6.4 0.0 0.0 9.5 0% .267 0.71 1.88 1.59 80 3.07 66.7
2014 LAN MLB NL 30 8 70.7 1 5 0 82 28 34 8 95 10.4 3.6 1.0 4.3 0% .311 1.56 4.92 4.84 118 5.24 128.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 2924 0.5212 0.4552 0.8062 0.5938 0.3043 0.8862 0.6362 0.1938
2009 3035 0.5110 0.4524 0.8332 0.5777 0.3214 0.9163 0.6771 0.1668
2010 3054 0.4961 0.4198 0.8463 0.5762 0.2658 0.9003 0.7311 0.1537
2011 2434 0.4803 0.4318 0.8582 0.5706 0.3036 0.9385 0.7188 0.1418
2012 2958 0.4561 0.4270 0.8155 0.5589 0.3163 0.9058 0.6817 0.1845
2013 2485 0.4696 0.4374 0.8316 0.5750 0.3156 0.9046 0.7139 0.1684
2014 1151 0.4726 0.4170 0.8542 0.5901 0.2619 0.9128 0.7358 0.1458
Career180410.48880.43610.83260.57640.30140.90820.69480.1674

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
2014-08-02 - 60-DL - - Right Knee Surgery ACL Tear 2014-08-15
2014-02-18 2014-03-02 Camp 12 0 Left Elbow Soreness - -
2013-09-09 2013-09-20 DTD 11 10 Left Elbow Inflammation - -
2013-07-21 2013-08-22 15-DL 32 29 Left Wrist Sprain - -
2012-02-27 2012-03-12 Camp 14 0 - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2011-08-18 2011-09-29 60-DL 42 40 Left Shoulder Strain - -
2010-09-27 2010-10-04 DTD 7 7 Knee Soreness -
2009-06-16 2009-06-16 DTD 0 0 Groin Strain -
2009-04-06 2009-04-06 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Soreness -
2008-03-28 2008-04-05 Camp 8 4 Low Back Tightness -
2007-09-22 2007-10-01 DTD 9 8 Low Back Tightness -
2007-08-29 2007-09-16 DTD 18 17 Low Back Tightness -
2006-09-16 2006-10-01 DTD 15 13 Left Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff - -
2006-02-22 2006-02-22 Camp 0 0 - Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2005-05-03 2005-05-17 Minors 14 13 Left Groin Strain - -
2004-09-01 2004-09-01 Minors 0 0 Left Face Surgery Corrected Double Vision -
2004-05-16 2004-08-01 Minors 77 0 Left Face Fracture Nose and Orbital Bones From Batted Ball 2004-05-21

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 LAN $1,500,000
2013 ATL $6,500,000
2012 CHN $4,250,000
2011 PIT $6,250,000
2010 PIT $5,000,000
2009 PIT $2,500,000
2008 PIT $424,500
2007 PIT $403,000
2006 PIT $328,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$27,155,500
9 yrTotal$27,155,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 37 dBo McKinnis1 year (2015)

Details
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 2/1/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.5M in majors. Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 starts. Released by Cincinnati 3/30/15.
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2014). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/8/14. Performance bonuses: May earn up to $5M based on points earned up to 60 points (2 points for each game started, 1.5 points for each relief appearance of 2 innings or more, 1 point for each relief appearance of less than 2 innings).
  • 1 year/$4.75M (2012), plus 2013 club option. Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 1/10/12. 12:$4.25M, 13:$6.5M club option, $0.5M buyout. Acquired by Atlanta in trade from Chicago Cubs 7/31/12. Atlanta exercised 2013 option 10/30/12.
  • 3 years/$14.5M (2009-11). Signed extension with Pittsburgh 1/30/09 (avoided arbitration, $3.8M-$2.65M). $1.5M signing bonus, 09:$2M, 10:$4.5M, 11:$5.75M, 12:$9.75M club option, $0.75M buyout. 2012 option may increase by $1.3M based on performance. Pittsburgh declined 2012 option 10/31/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4245M (2008). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 2/08.
  • 1 year/$0.403M (2007). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.328M (2006). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 2/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 8/05.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2003 (1-8) (Mississippi State). $0.2M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2015 Now that he's past his 2011 to 2012 peak, Maholm's main value is as evidence that you definitely pronounce the "l" in "calm" and "palm." The Dodgers seemed to think he had pitching value, though, and signed him early in spring training to add starter depth and a true long reliever. He played that role, but not as well as the Dodgers hoped. Hitters just don't miss his pitches: Maholm had the 10th-lowest whiff rate among pitchers with at least 50 innings. His season ended with an ugly left knee injury.
2014 Maholm appeared en route to another solid season, with three scoreless starts to begin the year and decent numbers across the board in the first half. But then the second half came and brought with it elbow and wrist issues. Maholm started just seven times after the break, and underwhelmed by allowing 47 hits in 37 innings, an unprofitable prelude to free agency. He's a capable no. 4 starter when healthy, the kind who gives quality starts in half his appearances.
2013 After chasing Ryan Dempster for weeks, including reportedly acquiring him in a deal contingent on his approval, the Braves turned their attention to another Chicago starter. Maholm lacked Dempsterís sizzle but gave Atlanta a boost down the stretch, recording seven quality starts in 11 tries. The veteran southpaw pounds the bottom of the zone in order to generate a high rate of ground balls. Itís not a sexy package, but the Braves were pleased enough to exercise Maholmís club option, worth $6.5 million.
2012 What kind of pitcher is Paul Maholm? Only five National League pitchers have given up more hits over the past three years, all in more innings: Derek Lowe, Mike Pelfrey, Livan Hernandez, Bronson Arroyo, and Chris Carpenter. Itís an odd group, because you have to be good enough to pitch all those innings and bad enough to give up all those hits. It feels like just yesterday Maholm was often mentioned in a different group, the quartet of promising young pitchers named Perez, Snell, Duke, and Maholm that would lift the franchise back to respectability. Six years later, Pittsburgh chose to decline Maholmís club option, thus guaranteeing all four would be elsewhere when the Pirates finally enjoy their first winning season since 1992.
2011 Maholm had quietly been a consistent starter for the Pirates for four-and-a-half seasons before everything fell apart for him in the second half of 2010. His fastball often failed to crack 85 mph after usually sitting in the 88-91 range, and he sometimes had trouble commanding his curveball, slider, and changeup. Perhaps Maholm just got beaten down from year after year of losing. It's happened to plenty of other Pirates. Regardless, he will again be asked to serve as one of the key members of a shaky rotation in 2011. On an average team, he would be a fourth starter, but the Pirates need him to play a more prominent role. It would be unrealistic to believe that he'll suddenly morph into an ace, but that's the situation in which the Pirates' thin staff has put them.
2010 "Pirates ace" might sound sort of fearsome, sort of like Blackbeard on his best days as far as scary-good, but sadly Maholm's current claim on the title is more a function of the youth and the talent level of their staff than his ability. He would be a solid third or fourth starter on most clubs, as his average repertoire of four effective pitches (fastball, curve, slider, change) plays up because he has good control and excellent pitching savvy. He is particularly tough on left-handers, and has learned to use PNC Park to his advantage, as its 410-foot gap in left-center makes it a difficult park for right-handed batters. Maholm is one of the few players the Pirates refuse to trade, as they believe his workmanlike approach to the game set a good example on a young team.
2009 Maholm was the only one of the team's touted stable of young starters to take a step forward last season, which is a reflection of how disappointing that particular bit of packaging was, sort of like actually getting a box of magazine sea monkeys and finding out it's not that happy family of finny anthropomorphic friends. He's not overpowering and lacks a dominant out pitch, but he's intelligent and knows how to work hitters, managing to deliver 20 quality starts through six innings in his 31. Maholm would make a solid fourth starter in a good team's rotation, but he'll almost certainly draw the assignment to be the Pirates' starter on Opening Day, which kind of explains why the Buccos are working on a 17th straight losing season.
2008 Maholm gets by more on guile than stuff. He lacks a dominant pitch and succeeds by mixing up his arsenal and throwing strikes. He's also quite adept at inducing groundballs with runners on base, which helps make up for the fact he allows a lot of batters to reach. When he's not throwing strikes or starts leaving the ball up in the zone, however, he is in trouble. Maholm rose into the role of the third starter last year, but is really more of a number-four.
2007 Maholm is a pitch-to-contact, ground-ball lefty. In last year`s book, PECOTA named Danny Jackson as Maholm`s top comp. This year it says Andy Hassler. The former won 23 games in 1988; the latter never won 10. We didn`t tell PECOTA that Maholm finished the season with a supposedly harmless sore rotator cuff, but the program reads extensively in its spare time, so that could be what was on its mind. If not for the medical news, Maholm`s second half would have rated a thumbs up as he overcame a rough first half and the Pirates nightmarish defense to post a 4.28 second-half ERA.
2006 Another gifted young Pirate port-sider, Maholm`s stuff is very similar to Duke`s, minus some of the wonder boy`s giddy-up. A top college hurler at Mississippi State with good command of four pitches, the Pirates moved him up fast, jumping him up to Double-A after just three starts in the Sally League. The move made sense; Maholm lost most of `04 while recovering from getting his noggin and nose cracked by a hard-hit liner, and he would have been in Double-A earlier without that. The Pirates kept moving Maholm up, and he ended the season with five quality starts in six tries at the major league level. Since his stuff isn`t eye-popping, Maholm will simply have to out-pitch Ian Snell and Victor Santos if he wants to build on his quality come April.
2005 Although Bullington's selection over B.J. Upton doesn't look so good, picking Maholm over Jeff Allison the following season doesn't look so bad. Unfortunately, Maholm had his skull and nose cracked by a line drive that ended his year early and kept him out of both the instructional league and the AFL. He does still have the tools that made him a top prospect out of Mississippi State, and everybody likes lefties who can reach 90 and throw a good curve. Here's hoping for a complete recovery.
2004 The latest of the Pirates' first-round investments in pitching, Maholm dropped in competition from the SEC, where he pitched for Mississippi State, to the New York-Penn League. Predictably, he slapped the league around for eight starts. Like Burnett, he's more of a command guy than a stuff guy, which is why his upside comes in behind those of Bryan Bullington and John VanBenschoten.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Bravos are entertaining the thought these days with going to a 6-man rotation because Paul Maholm is nearly ready to come off the DL. From my perspective, my intuition tells me that that GM Wrenn and Fredi-G are tinkering, allowing the starters more time between starts to rest arms while also trying to figure out who Da' Top 4 will be come playoff time. What do you think?
(1738679 from Northern Cali..)
makes sense to keep arms fresh, won't be hard to do since rosters expand soon. They have a solid lead, so yea, I can't say it has any obvious downside. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul Maholm or Matt Garza? 12 team mixed
(Joe from Boston)
Maholm and I'm a Garza backer, but he's not right at this pt and no sense waiting in a 12-team mixer (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will need 3 pitchers for next week in 5x5...main need is saves but can use all categories...Suspects are Lyons, Gregerson, Jansen, Maholm, Turner, Tillman, Vargas...WW has guys like Phelps, Westbrook, Kendrick, Norris, Straily, Lohse, Gee, McCawthy, Archer...Suggestions please!
(LittleRon from WV)
If you need saves, keep an eye on the news regarding Huston Street (who is ready to begin a rehab assignment) and Brandon League (who might not be long for the ninth inning). Depending on the headlines there, either Gregerson or Jansen could take one of the three spots.

For the others, without taking the time to look closely at matchups, I'd roll with Paul Maholm and Dan Straily (who I believe will face the Mariners at the tail-end of the week, albeit with a start in Texas earlier). Also, I'd recommend checking out Paul Sporer's SP Planner on Friday for more info. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Paul, rank these pitchers for 5x5 rest of season: Paul Maholm, Josh Johnson, Roy Halladay, Marco Estrada, Kyle Kendrick, Jarrod Parker. Thanks.
(trippical from cville)
Maholm, JJ (injury guys just scare me & TOR is a mess; upside keeps him 2nd), Kendrick, Parker, Estrada, the chapstick I'm putting on, the desk this computer is on, Halladay (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)How long can Paul Maholm keep this up ?
(William from Pensacola, FL)
I'm calling it: 32-0, 0.00 ERA. But seriously, not much longer. (Geoff Young)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am in a NL only 5x5 auction league and really debating my last carryover...I have Lance Lynn at $7, Paul Maholm at $1, Ian Stewart at $2 and Chris Nelson at $3....Considering their prices, what order would you put them in for terms of potential profit over their cost? Thanks! Chris PS--got the Starting Pitching Guide for the first time this year....WOW!!! incredible breadth of coverage and depth to the point I really feel like I have a unfair advantage going into drafting my pitchers this year...THANKS!!
(cgraham73 from Charleston, SC)
Thanks so much, Chris. As you'll note in the said guide, I like Maholm a good bit with Atlanta, but I have to go Lynn because I think he can be special. (Paul Sporer)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Better Christmas gift for my BF, tickets to the Winter Classic or a 10 game ticket package to the Pirates?
(Marissa from Pittsburgh)
I'm a baseball lifer. I'd rather watch Paul Maholm go 6.1 IP, 4 ER than watch Sidney Crosby any day of the week. I just can't get into hockey. I don't want to demean it at all, but the Pirates have, in my view, the nicest stadium in baseball history. Go there 10 times. (Eric Seidman)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)2009 "Cliff Lee Award" Nominee: Paul Maholm
(mhixpgh from Pittsburgh)
We've got a vote for Paul Maholm, and another vote for Davies from Jonathan in New York. (Marc Normandin)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)7 of the last 10 Pirate #1 draft picks have been pitchers, with none (except for Paul Maholm) having much of an impact on the major league team. Compared to many other clubs seeming success vs the Pirates poor showing, is this a result of bad drafting, or just bad luck (due to injuries)?
(Frank from Vegas)
Mostly bad drafting. Bullington was never anyone's #1, Moskos? Cmon. There's some bad luck in there, but man, they took pretty much the same opportunity that the Rays had over the last decade and did a Bree Olson on it. (Will Carroll)


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