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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
9 34 83 2 7 1 6.40 0.8
Birth Date9-19-1983
Height6' 1"
Weight210 lbs
Age36 years, 0 months, 4 days
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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
2006 CHA MLB 7 1 18.3 1 1 1 12 13 19 0 113 5.9 6.4 0.0 9.3 0% .255 1.36 3.24 3.44 100 4.15 84.4 0.3
2007 CHA MLB 8 0 11.3 0 1 0 17 8 1 3 103 13.5 6.4 2.4 0.8 0% .304 2.21 8.95 7.15 133 9.59 198.4 -0.5
2008 SDN MLB 4 0 4.3 0 0 0 8 5 4 2 91 16.6 10.4 4.2 8.3 0% .400 3.00 12.10 16.62 94 4.68 99.9 0.0
2009 LAN MLB 6 3 19.0 1 1 0 13 7 15 4 85 6.2 3.3 1.9 7.1 0% .176 1.05 5.63 3.32 87 3.05 65.5 0.5
2010 LAN MLB 9 6 30.0 0 4 0 36 26 30 4 87 10.8 7.8 1.2 9.0 0% .356 2.07 5.53 8.40 98 3.95 89.1 0.4
CareerMLB341083.027186596913959.36.41.47.544%.2931.755.866.401014.5998.20.8

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-
2004 KAN A SAL 5 5 31.3 1 3 0 31 12 21 0 8.9 3.5 0.0 6.0 0% .307 1.37 3.57 2.01 0 0.00 0.0
2004 BRI Rk APL 10 10 57.3 1 6 0 70 22 23 6 11.0 3.5 0.9 3.6 0% .315 1.61 5.94 5.03 0 0.00 0.0
2005 WNS A+ CRL 14 13 81.7 8 2 0 82 40 64 3 114 9.0 4.4 0.3 7.1 0% -.705 1.49 3.89 3.19 110 4.58 90.2
2005 BIR AA SOU 13 13 85.7 6 3 0 84 45 48 1 70 8.8 4.7 0.1 5.0 0% -.838 1.51 4.12 3.78 113 5.15 101.4
2006 CHA MLB AL 7 1 18.3 1 1 1 12 13 19 0 113 5.9 6.4 0.0 9.3 0% .255 1.36 3.24 3.44 100 4.15 84.4
2006 CHR AAA INT 26 25 170.2 14 6 0 143 78 130 9 94 7.6 4.1 0.5 6.9 0% .275 1.30 3.82 3.07 100 3.99 83.7
2007 CHA MLB AL 8 0 11.3 0 1 0 17 8 1 3 103 13.5 6.4 2.4 0.8 0% .304 2.21 8.95 7.15 133 9.59 198.4
2007 CHR AAA INT 24 23 147.7 5 16 0 138 67 126 16 93 8.4 4.1 1.0 7.7 0% .289 1.39 4.35 4.08 108 4.74 97.3
2008 SDN MLB NL 4 0 4.3 0 0 0 8 5 4 2 91 16.6 10.4 4.2 8.3 0% .400 3.00 12.10 16.62 94 4.68 99.9
2008 CHR AAA INT 28 25 178.0 10 13 0 167 77 117 13 88 8.4 3.9 0.7 5.9 0% .280 1.37 4.50 4.45 111 4.77 97.6
2009 LAN MLB NL 6 3 19.0 1 1 0 13 7 15 4 85 6.2 3.3 1.9 7.1 0% .176 1.05 5.63 3.32 87 3.05 65.5
2009 ABQ AAA PCL 22 22 144.7 11 6 0 134 58 103 16 96 8.3 3.6 1.0 6.4 0% .271 1.33 4.91 3.55 108 3.45 72.6
2010 LAN MLB NL 9 6 30.0 0 4 0 36 26 30 4 87 10.8 7.8 1.2 9.0 0% .356 2.07 5.53 8.40 98 3.95 89.1
2010 SBR A+ CLF 5 5 21.0 2 3 0 21 12 17 2 9.0 5.1 0.9 7.3 0% .306 1.57 5.05 5.14 0 0.00 0.0
2010 ABQ AAA PCL 11 10 53.7 4 3 0 45 42 41 4 109 7.5 7.0 0.7 6.9 0% .261 1.62 5.42 5.70 0 0.00 0.0
2010 DOD Rk AZL 1 1 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 0% .000 0.00 0.25 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2011 PME AA EAS 8 8 50.0 4 1 0 40 22 49 5 96 7.2 4.0 0.9 8.8 0% .273 1.24 4.36 3.24 99 3.74 76.3
2011 TAC AAA PCL 9 9 47.7 2 2 0 53 42 35 5 97 10.0 7.9 0.9 6.6 0% .336 1.99 6.75 7.74 126 7.87 160.6
2013 PME AA EAS 12 12 70.0 4 4 0 61 43 56 7 102 7.8 5.5 0.9 7.2 0% .266 1.49 5.16 3.99 116 4.58 99.6
2013 PAW AAA INT 13 13 72.0 4 4 0 77 40 59 11 102 9.6 5.0 1.4 7.4 0% .311 1.63 5.29 4.38 122 5.95 129.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 111 0.4505 0.4234 0.7021 0.7200 0.1803 0.7778 0.4545 0.2979
2009 307 0.4365 0.4821 0.7568 0.7015 0.3121 0.7979 0.6852 0.2432
2010 654 0.4771 0.3838 0.7849 0.5801 0.2047 0.8287 0.6714 0.2151
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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
2012-02-05 2012-02-05 Off 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery - -
2011-04-08 2011-05-26 Minors 48 45 - Not Disclosed - -
2011-03-14 2011-03-31 Camp 17 0 - Low Back Surgery 2011-03-30
2010-07-22 2010-08-16 Minors 25 0 - Low Back Strain -
2010-06-06 2010-06-24 15-DL 18 15 - Sprain Turf Toe -
2010-06-01 2010-06-01 On-Alr 0 0 - Sprain Turf Toe -
2010-05-09 2010-06-03 15-DL 25 23 Right Foot Inflammation Plantar Fasciitis -
2010-03-10 2010-03-15 Camp 5 0 Left Low Back Inflammation Facet Joint -
2009-09-29 2009-10-22 DTD 23 5 Right Knee Contusion Batted Ball -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2010 LAN $411,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$411,000
1 yrTotal$411,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 41 d1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Boston 1/29/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Boston (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Seattle 11/24/10 (minor-league contract). Released by Seattle 7/16/11. Signed by Boston as a free agent 7/23/11 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.411M (2010). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/10. DFA by LA Dodgers 6/25/10, sent outright to Triple-A 6/30/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/26/09 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Dodgers 8/11/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed by White Sox 2/27/08. Claimed by San Diego off waivers from White Sox 9/10/08 after being DFA 9/6/08. Non-tendered by San Diego 12/12/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by White Sox 2/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by White Sox 11/05. Re-signed by White Sox 2/06.
  • Drafted 2001 (25-763) (Catholic Central HS, Novi, Mich.).

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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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 After his brief flash of success in late 2009, the Dodgers gave this knuckleballer a shot at their fifth-starter job out of spring training. Haeger struck out 12 in six innings in his first start, but turned into Haeger the Horrible thereafter, with an 18/22 strikeout-walk ratio in his final 24 innings, an imbalance no pitcher can survive. After May 8 he made just two brief cameos with the big club, and while he kept the ball in the park at Albuquerque, his control there was nothing to write home about. Tim Wakefield broke through at age 28 and has enjoyed a lengthy big-league career, so it could still happen for Haeger. He's now the Mariners' R&D curiosity.
2010 Like wine, cheese, and many of life's other fine things, knuckleballers generally need to age before they're much good. More than three years after debuting with the White Sox, Haeger put together his first major-league quality start in late August, then followed up with seven shutout innings against the Cubs. The magic ran out just as Garland arrived, and Haeger pitched sparingly in September. Though his command of his signature pitch is improving, Haeger doesn't vary his speeds much, so more than two-thirds of his knucklers sit in the 70-73 mph range, producing less break and less variation than Tim Wakefield's 60-70 mph offerings. Fans of the flutterball can hope he'll be ready to hold down a job by the time Wakefield retires. He'll be in the mix for a back-end rotation spot come spring.
2009 Charlie Haeger's brief stint with the Padres got his name into this chapter, but accomplished little else. He continues to mark time until he's old enough to be a successful knuckleballer—age-wise, he's approaching his goal, but performance-wise, he's heading in the wrong direction.
2008 Everybody loves a knuckleballer, but no amount of heavy breathing is going to get him to the Show. According to past master of the flutterball Charlie Hough, Haeger's got the best knuckler since Tim Wakefield first arrived, but it's still a work in progress. Haeger had his moments in a brief July stint, and had his best run in Charlotte's rotation after being sent back down for August, making five quality starts in six and putting up a 34/10 K/BB ratio in 46 2/3 IP, but as you can see above, it was a rough year overall. Sox catchers gave up a quarter of their season total of 20 passed balls in his 11 1/3 IP with the big club, which complicates his chances of making a rotation he could help.
2007 Although there is no official list of knuckleball pitchers, you probably have to go back to Charlie Hough in 1970 to find a true knuckleballer who made his major league debut at a younger age than Charlie Haeger. Hough was 22 years and 219 days old when he pitched in his first game for the Dodgers; Haeger was 22 years and 233 days old when he made a surprise start against the Angels in May. Hough is now mentoring Haeger, though the apprentice might do just as well to study tape of Tim Wakefield. When he`s on, Wakefield will vary the speed of his knuckler--from about 60 MPH to 69 MPH, the slower version having correspondingly more break--to the point where he`s almost throwing two different pitches. When we watched him, Haeger almost always kept the pitch in the 70 to 72 MPH range, alleviating the hitter of a certain amount of guesswork. In any event, the lack of precedent makes Haeger`s PECOTA almost useless. He`s in the White Sox`s plans for 2007 as either as a fifth starter or a set-up man. In the latter case, the contrast between his knuckler and the hard heat of Bobby Jenks and Matt Thornton could leave hitters truly baffled.
2006 Haeger retired from baseball at 20, only to figure out that trying to make it as a knuckleballer would be a far more interesting career choice than anything on the curriculum at Madonna College of Livonia, MI. He benefited from the buzz effect surrounding the very good rotation in Winston-Salem, and his organization takes him seriously, adding him to the 40-man roster this winter in lieu of more traditional prospects. Unlike other knuckleballers, he`s shown the ability to keep the ball down, but otherwise his presence here rests more on backstory than stats.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)95 MPH and a knuckleball for a change. Would the mechanics of throwing a knuckleball telegraph the pitch, or could a pitcher throw it hard like R.A. Dickey and become an impossible match-up?
(rangerfans2 from Fort Worth)
Why not just throw a 95 MPH knuckle ball? Why not make the whole plane out of the knuckleball?

But seriously, Charlie Haeger proved that 94 MPH fastball and a knuckleball isn't a lock to work. (Craig Goldstein)
2010-03-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on these hot Dodger pitching prospects? Josh Lindblom, Scott Elbert, Aaron Miller? Will they or somebody else help this year or will they just stick with a Charlie Haeger in the rotation?
(dangor from New York)
It's gonna be really interesting to see what they do with the bottom of their rotation. Hell, it's already pretty strange what they're doing with the top of their rotation. (Do you think they'd start Padilla Game 1 if this was the playoffs? I really hope not.)

Elbert was a lot better than he gets credit for in the bigs last year. I wouldn't be surprised if he gets back up and pitches very well this year, presumably out of the pen, but who knows. (Shawn Hoffman)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What needs more help: The Twins Bullpen or the White Sox Rotation?
(Brock D from Shakopee, MN)
The White Sox have enough depth to patch rotation issues--free Charlie Haeger! I'm not sure if the Twins can say the same about their bullpen, although persistent rumors that Pat Neshek might come back provide hope. It's interesting in that the Twins, for a few years, had these great no-name pens; now, they have Joe Nathan and dreams of Neshek. (Joe Sheehan)


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