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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
11 882 .219 .309 .299 .224 -2.5
Birth Date6-26-1986
Height6' 1"
Weight205 lbs
Age32 years, 3 months, 22 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
2008 PHI 22 1 4 4 2 2 0 0 1 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 1.250 .577 1.5 0.1 0.2
2009 CLE 23 14 52 44 6 11 6 0 0 17 7 14 0 1 0 4 0 0 .250 .346 .386 .241 1.0 -1.7 -0.1
2009 PHI 23 7 20 17 3 4 1 0 0 5 3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 .235 .350 .294 .219 0.6 -0.7 -0.0
2010 CLE 24 87 294 262 29 51 15 0 3 75 26 55 3 1 2 22 8 1 .195 .274 .286 .211 -0.8 -9.3 -1.1
2011 CLE 25 79 272 243 26 56 9 2 1 72 24 68 1 2 2 19 4 2 .230 .300 .296 .218 0.5 -12.5 -1.3
2012 CLE 26 70 235 195 27 44 8 2 0 56 36 44 1 1 2 13 4 2 .226 .348 .287 .238 5.5 -8.1 -0.3
2013 CLE 27 3 5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .400 .000 .260 0.2 0.2 0.0
Career2618827689316839452309819055660165.219.309.299.2248.6-32.0-2.5

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
2005 BAT A- 60 252 .238 .257 .329 .379 .263 .295 108 -5 5.8 3 2.3 -0.8 3.0 0.5 3.0 0.5
2006 LWD A 104 410 .250 .251 .329 .365 .261 .301 93 -4.1 10.8 6.4 14.9 0.3 13.5 2.9 13.5 2.9
2007 CLR A+ 111 457 .287 .262 .331 .385 .256 .345 100 15.2 15.1 8.7 6.3 -0.5 38.4 4.3 38.4 4.3
2008 PHI MLB 1 4 .577 .276 .349 .503 .300 1.000 99 1.4 0.1 0.1 0.1 -0.0 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
2008 REA AA 94 395 .297 .264 .337 .401 .256 .389 107 16.2 11.7 6.2 0.3 0.6 34.6 3.5 34.6 3.5
2009 CLE MLB 14 52 .241 .264 .325 .422 .255 .355 101 -1 1.5 0.9 -1.7 -0.3 1.0 -0.1 1.0 -0.1
2009 PHI MLB 7 20 .219 .270 .335 .437 .275 .400 97 -0.9 0.6 0.3 -0.7 0.5 0.6 -0.0 0.6 -0.0
2009 COH AAA 28 116 .212 .268 .331 .413 .250 .289 115 -6 3.3 1.9 1.2 -1.6 -2.3 -0.1 -2.3 -0.1
2009 LEH AAA 63 241 .256 .268 .334 .400 .250 .359 105 -1 7.1 4.3 -8.1 -2.8 7.5 -0.1 7.5 -0.1
2010 CLE MLB 87 294 .211 .261 .324 .405 .254 .234 107 -14.6 8.1 4.9 -9.3 0.8 -0.8 -1.1 -0.8 -1.1
2010 COH AAA 37 147 .246 .275 .340 .413 .257 .219 107 -2.4 4.5 2.6 -3.3 1.1 5.9 0.2 5.9 0.2
2011 CLE MLB 79 272 .218 .263 .323 .413 .263 .312 102 -11.3 7.3 4.4 -12.5 0.1 0.5 -1.3 0.5 -1.3
2012 CLE MLB 70 235 .238 .253 .318 .403 .258 .289 101 -5.1 6.4 3.9 -8.1 0.3 5.5 -0.3 5.5 -0.3
2013 CLE MLB 3 5 .260 .247 .314 .380 .259 .000 96 0 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2013 AKR AA 1 3 .242 .242 .332 .431 .288 .500 99 -0.1 0.1 0 -0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
2013 COH AAA 8 23 .144 .255 .318 .387 .260 .167 100 -2.9 0.7 0.3 -1.0 -0.2 -2.1 -0.3 -2.1 -0.3
2014 PEN AA 7 29 .209 .238 .304 .364 .251 .250 99 -1.5 0.8 0.5 -1.0 0.3 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.1
2015 PEN AA 6 21 .240 .245 .309 .350 .255 .294 101 -0.4 0.6 0.3 -1.0 -0.1 0.4 -0.1 0.4 -0.1

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
2005 BAT A- 252 25 54 11 3 5 25 27 52 0 1 .245 .327 .391 .145 .238 3.0 2.3 0.5
2006 LWD A 410 44 85 16 5 4 39 49 82 4 0 .243 .340 .351 .109 .250 13.5 14.9 2.9
2007 CLR A+ 457 68 113 24 1 7 63 52 80 3 1 .288 .377 .407 .120 .287 38.4 6.3 4.3
2008 PHI MLB 4 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 1.250 .750 .577 1.5 0.1 0.2
2008 REA AA 395 55 101 18 0 5 46 68 70 3 3 .314 .436 .416 .102 .297 34.6 0.3 3.5
2009 PHI MLB 20 3 4 1 0 0 0 3 7 0 0 .235 .350 .294 .059 .219 0.6 -0.7 -0.0
2009 CLE MLB 52 6 11 6 0 0 4 7 14 0 0 .250 .346 .386 .136 .241 1.0 -1.7 -0.1
2009 COH AAA 116 10 25 5 1 1 9 10 19 1 0 .243 .322 .340 .097 .212 -2.3 1.2 -0.1
2009 LEH AAA 241 32 62 13 0 1 24 30 40 3 1 .294 .382 .370 .076 .256 7.5 -8.1 -0.1
2010 CLE MLB 294 29 51 15 0 3 22 26 55 8 1 .195 .274 .286 .092 .211 -0.8 -9.3 -1.1
2010 COH AAA 147 19 25 7 1 4 14 22 24 5 0 .202 .327 .371 .169 .246 5.9 -3.3 0.2
2011 CLE MLB 272 26 56 9 2 1 19 24 68 4 2 .230 .300 .296 .066 .218 0.5 -12.5 -1.3
2012 CLE MLB 235 27 44 8 2 0 13 36 44 4 2 .226 .348 .287 .062 .238 5.5 -8.1 -0.3
2013 AKR AA 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .000 .242 0.1 -0.0 0.0
2013 COH AAA 23 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 8 0 0 .100 .217 .100 .000 .144 -2.1 -1.0 -0.3
2013 CLE MLB 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .000 .400 .000 .000 .260 0.2 0.2 0.0
2014 PEN AA 29 2 5 0 0 0 2 6 3 1 0 .217 .379 .217 .000 .209 0.0 -1.0 -0.1
2015 PEN AA 21 2 5 2 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 .263 .333 .368 .105 .240 0.4 -1.0 -0.1

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 20 0.6000 0.4500 0.5556 0.5833 0.2500 0.5714 0.5000 0.4444 9 0.000391
2009 308 0.5584 0.3701 0.7807 0.5465 0.1471 0.8617 0.4000 0.2193 163 -0.002179
2010 1117 0.5694 0.3975 0.8311 0.5519 0.1933 0.8974 0.5806 0.1689 567 0.004625
2011 1077 0.5367 0.4095 0.7732 0.5744 0.2184 0.8675 0.4862 0.2268 548 0.000217
2012 969 0.5593 0.3560 0.7884 0.5148 0.1546 0.8638 0.4697 0.2116 548 -0.000305
2013 25 0.5200 0.3200 0.5000 0.4615 0.1667 0.6667 0.0000 0.5000 14 -0.002555
Career35160.55550.38710.79330.54760.18640.87240.50070.2067513.44740.0012

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
2014-07-18 - Minors - - Right Shoulder Strain -
2013-04-25 2013-10-03 60-DL 161 143 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2013-04-09 2013-04-24 15-DL 15 11 - Neck Strain Collision At Home Plate - -
2013-04-07 2013-04-08 DTD 1 1 - Neck Soreness - -
2012-05-28 2012-06-01 DTD 4 3 - Face Contusion HBP - -
2009-06-12 2009-06-19 Minors 7 0 Right Foot Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 PHI $
2013 CLE $1,000,000
2012 CLE $491,700
2011 CLE $424,300
2010 CLE $401,200
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$2,317,200
4 yrTotal$2,317,200

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 36 dWasserman Media Group1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 12/18/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Philadelphia 3/14/14.
  • 1 year/$1M (2013). Re-signed by Cleveland 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Cleveland 12/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4917M (2012). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/9/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4243M (2011). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/8/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4012M (2010). Re-signed 3/10/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed 2/2/09. Optioned to Triple-A 3/23/09. Recalled 4/11/09. Optioned to Triple-A 5/2/09. Acquired in trade from Philadelphia 7/29/09 (Cliff Lee deal). Recalled 9/7/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased 8/31/08.
  • Drafted 2004 (4-122) (Coronado HS, Scottsdale). $0.265M signing bonus.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Extremely unlikely that a Cleveland fan is going to take anyone up on that. They seem to relish their status as the most tortured sports city. And in a twisted way it, makes sense--if you can't be happy, at least try to claim you're tougher than anyone else. But how awesome is Carlos Santana and his .548 secondary average?
(P from Cleveland)
I love Carlos Santana! I drafted Lou Marson and Santana in an AL-only league (AL catchers are horrific) and was very excited to finally ditch Lou. Santana's going to be special--hell, he already is. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who gets called up first: Carlos Santana or Pedro Alvarez?
(Lane from Austin, TX)
Pedro Alvarez will be called up first, but I don't think Santana is that far behind. I wish Santana would get called up now so he could move from my bench and replace Lou Marson in my deep AL-only (just like real life!) (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)A couple of catchers with prospects behind them... do you like Lou Marson or JR Towles better?
(APBA player from 16th Round of draft)
Marson, because he's more likely to have a career, even if his shot at everyday play with the Tribe should be necessarily brief. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Lou Marson highly-regarded enough to be flipped in 2010 when Carlos Santana is ready? I mean, there's no roster on Earth that needs this many catchers. I assume that was part of the thought process, and not that Marson is really going to keep Santana from getting the starting gig when he's ready ... please?
(buffum from Austin TX)
Gads, I hope so. I sort of don't understand how readily it seemed that so many people inside the media or outside of it seemed to overlook that Marson's just not even close to being their best option when it comes to nominating a catcher of the future. It's sort of like preferring Andy Allanson to Sandy Alomar Jr. because he started his career 10-for-20, donchaknow. (A few decades ago, I knew such people.) (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableBuehrle's play was terrific, though I felt bad for Lou Marson, who not only got robbed on that play but was complicit in four Jake Westbrook wild pitches, all of which were balls Marson probably could have stopped. (Ken Funck)
2008-10-22 16:30:00World Series Game OneRichard (San Diego): Back-up catcher as your DH? When your normal starting catcher is already begging for a late-inning pinch hitter? Reactions?

As John Perroto pointed out in his Unfiltered entry, this isn't exactly uncharted territory for Charlie Manuel. Joe's the one who apparently reserached this on John's behalf: "Manuel left himself without a backup catcher 32 times during the regular season as he pinch hit for Coste 22 times and pinch hit or pinch ran for Ruiz 13 times. While that adds up to 35, three of those games came after the September roster expansion when rookie catcher Lou Marson was also available. "

It's an odd move, nonetheless, particularly because it's compounded by the fact that EITHER player may make an early exit for pinch-hitting/running purposes. If your DH has to take the field and you're stuck batting the pitcher, that's still workable with pinch-hitters and sacrifice bunt attempts. But leaving yourself with, say, Jayson Werth (who was drafted as a catcher, IIRC) behind the plate as an emergency catcher - well, now you've kind of got me rooting for the splatter just to see how it looks. (Jay Jaffe)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2005 A- 0 .000 0.0 2661 -.003 2.5 63 .000 -.004 0.3 3.1 2.3
2006 A 0 .000 0.0 4244 -.002 2.8 93 -.058 -.012 3.8 9.0 14.9
2007 A+ 0 .000 0.0 4680 -.003 4.5 99 -.034 -.008 3.1 6.8 6.3
2008 AA 0 .000 0.0 3728 -.000 0.4 78 -.016 -.001 0.8 0.6 0.3
2008 MLB 64 -.008 -0.1 43 -.014 0.2 1 -.007 .000 0.0 0.4 0.1
2009 AAA 6721 -.008 -7.9 3758 -.001 1.2 94 -.006 .000 0.4 -7.1 -6.9
2009 MLB 1581 -.019 -4.5 976 -.004 1.2 21 -.054 -.004 0.7 -2.0 -2.3
2010 MLB 5939 -.014 -11.6 3619 -.002 2.0 77 -.034 .002 1.7 -9.0 -9.3
2010 AAA 2807 -.009 -3.8 1647 -.001 0.4 34 -.011 -.001 0.2 -3.4 -3.3
2011 MLB 5132 -.023 -15.9 3152 -.003 2.5 68 -.000 -.000 0.0 -13.1 -12.5
2012 MLB 4425 -.010 -6.0 2769 -.003 2.0 69 .069 -.000 -2.9 -7.4 -8.1
2013 AAA 415 -.010 -0.7 248 .000 -0.0 6 .045 -.000 -0.2 -0.9 -1.0
2013 MLB 116 .007 0.1 80 -.005 0.1 4 .013 .003 -0.0 0.2 0.2
2013 AA 40 .004 0.0 14 -.000 0.0 2 .022 .002 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2014 AA 530 -.010 -0.8 314 -.000 0.0 7 .038 -.001 -0.2 -0.9 -1.0
2015 AA 364 -.015 -0.8 226 .000 -0.0 4 .018 .001 -0.0 -0.9 -1.0

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