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Portrait of Russ Ortiz

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
15 311 1661.3 113 89 0 4.51 15.9
Birth Date6-5-1974
Height6' 1"
Weight200 lbs
Age45 years, 4 months, 12 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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
1998 SFN MLB 22 13 88.3 4 4 0 90 46 75 11 97 9.2 4.7 1.1 7.6 0% .306 1.54 4.68 4.99 99 4.09 84.8 1.7
1999 SFN MLB 33 33 207.7 18 9 0 189 125 164 24 98 8.2 5.4 1.0 7.1 0% .274 1.51 4.89 3.81 104 4.73 91.9 3.4
2000 SFN MLB 33 32 195.7 14 12 0 192 112 167 28 104 8.8 5.2 1.3 7.7 0% .294 1.55 5.03 5.01 100 4.55 87.5 3.6
2001 SFN MLB 33 33 218.7 17 9 0 187 91 169 13 99 7.7 3.7 0.5 7.0 0% .273 1.27 3.48 3.29 92 3.70 76.7 5.1
2002 SFN MLB 33 33 214.3 14 10 0 191 94 137 15 97 8.0 3.9 0.6 5.8 0% .266 1.33 3.87 3.61 100 3.91 83.9 4.1
2003 ATL MLB 34 34 212.3 21 7 0 177 102 149 17 98 7.5 4.3 0.7 6.3 0% .250 1.31 4.10 3.81 104 4.21 88.3 3.6
2004 ATL MLB 34 34 204.7 15 9 0 197 112 143 23 92 8.7 4.9 1.0 6.3 0% .283 1.51 4.69 4.13 112 5.55 114.4 0.6
2005 ARI MLB 22 22 115.0 5 11 0 147 65 46 18 106 11.5 5.1 1.4 3.6 0% .309 1.84 6.02 6.89 136 8.76 188.5 -4.2
2006 ARI 0 6 6 22.7 0 5 0 27 22 21 3 100 10.7 8.7 1.2 8.3 0% .364 2.16 6.01 7.54 123 8.21 167.1 -0.6
2006 BAL 0 20 5 40.3 0 3 0 59 18 23 15 107 13.2 4.0 3.3 5.1 0% .333 1.91 8.36 8.48 142 9.75 198.6 -1.7
2007 SFN MLB 12 8 49.0 2 3 0 57 20 27 4 97 10.5 3.7 0.7 5.0 0% .319 1.57 4.72 5.51 109 5.47 113.2 0.1
2009 HOU MLB 23 13 85.7 3 6 0 95 48 65 8 95 10.0 5.0 0.8 6.8 0% .332 1.67 4.57 5.57 102 5.31 113.9 0.2
2010 LAN MLB 6 0 7.0 0 1 0 10 5 6 0 85 12.9 6.4 0.0 7.7 0% .417 2.14 3.52 10.29 101 4.33 97.7 0.0
2006 TOT MLB 26 11 63.0 0 8 0 86 40 44 18 105 12.3 5.7 2.6 6.3 0% .000 2.00 7.52 8.14 135 9.19 187.3 -2.3
CareerMLB3112661661.311389016188601192179988.84.71.06.546%.2861.494.604.511064.97102.415.8

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-
1995 BLN A- NWN 25 0 34.3 2 0 11 19 13 55 1 5.0 3.4 0.3 14.4 0% .000 0.93 1.44 0.52 0 0.00 0.0
1995 SJO A+ CLF 5 0 6.0 0 1 0 4 2 7 0 6.0 3.0 0.0 10.5 0% .000 1.00 2.20 1.50 0 0.00 0.0
1996 SJO A+ CLF 34 0 36.7 0 0 23 16 20 63 0 3.9 4.9 0.0 15.4 0% .000 0.98 2.07 0.25 0 0.00 0.0
1996 SHV AA TXS 26 0 26.7 1 2 13 22 21 29 0 7.4 7.1 0.0 9.8 0% .000 1.61 3.44 4.04 0 0.00 0.0
1997 SHV AA TXS 12 12 56.7 2 3 0 52 37 50 3 8.3 5.9 0.5 7.9 0% .310 1.57 4.54 4.13 0 0.00 0.0
1997 PHX AAA PCL 14 14 85.0 4 3 0 96 34 70 11 10.2 3.6 1.2 7.4 0% .328 1.53 5.17 5.51 0 0.00 0.0
1998 SFN MLB NL 22 13 88.3 4 4 0 90 46 75 11 97 9.2 4.7 1.1 7.6 0% .306 1.54 4.68 4.99 99 4.09 84.8
1998 FRE AAA PCL 10 10 50.7 3 1 0 35 22 59 3 6.2 3.9 0.5 10.5 0% -.381 1.12 3.30 1.60 0 0.00 0.0
1999 SFN MLB NL 33 33 207.7 18 9 0 189 125 164 24 98 8.2 5.4 1.0 7.1 0% .274 1.51 4.89 3.81 104 4.73 91.9
2000 SFN MLB NL 33 32 195.7 14 12 0 192 112 167 28 104 8.8 5.2 1.3 7.7 0% .294 1.55 5.03 5.01 100 4.55 87.5
2001 SFN MLB NL 33 33 218.7 17 9 0 187 91 169 13 99 7.7 3.7 0.5 7.0 0% .273 1.27 3.48 3.29 92 3.70 76.7
2002 SFN MLB NL 33 33 214.3 14 10 0 191 94 137 15 97 8.0 3.9 0.6 5.8 0% .266 1.33 3.87 3.61 100 3.91 83.9
2003 ATL MLB NL 34 34 212.3 21 7 0 177 102 149 17 98 7.5 4.3 0.7 6.3 0% .250 1.31 4.10 3.81 104 4.21 88.3
2004 ATL MLB NL 34 34 204.7 15 9 0 197 112 143 23 92 8.7 4.9 1.0 6.3 0% .283 1.51 4.69 4.13 112 5.55 114.4
2005 ARI MLB NL 22 22 115.0 5 11 0 147 65 46 18 106 11.5 5.1 1.4 3.6 0% .309 1.84 6.02 6.89 136 8.76 188.5
2005 LNC A+ CLF 1 1 2.3 0 1 0 12 1 1 2 47.0 3.9 7.8 3.9 0% -2.500 5.65 15.59 43.04 0 0.00 0.0
2005 TUC AAA PCL 2 2 9.0 0 1 0 14 5 5 4 94 14.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 0% -.714 2.11 9.84 13.00 142 8.28 163.3
2006 ARI MLB NL 6 6 22.7 0 5 0 27 22 21 3 100 10.7 8.7 1.2 8.3 0% .364 2.16 6.01 7.54 123 8.21 167.1
2006 BAL MLB AL 20 5 40.3 0 3 0 59 18 23 15 107 13.2 4.0 3.3 5.1 0% .333 1.91 8.36 8.48 142 9.75 198.6
2006 TUC AAA PCL 4 4 20.0 1 0 0 22 5 10 1 100 9.9 2.3 0.5 4.5 0% .284 1.35 3.73 2.70 100 4.03 84.6
2007 SFN MLB NL 12 8 49.0 2 3 0 57 20 27 4 97 10.5 3.7 0.7 5.0 0% .319 1.57 4.72 5.51 109 5.47 113.2
2007 SJO A+ CLF 1 1 4.0 0 0 0 2 1 5 0 70 4.5 2.3 0.0 11.3 0% .200 0.75 2.02 0.00 71 2.42 49.7
2007 FRE AAA PCL 5 3 16.7 1 1 0 16 2 12 1 98 8.6 1.1 0.5 6.5 0% .294 1.08 3.23 3.23 90 3.78 77.6
2009 HOU MLB NL 23 13 85.7 3 6 0 95 48 65 8 95 10.0 5.0 0.8 6.8 0% .332 1.67 4.57 5.57 102 5.31 113.9
2009 CSP AAA PCL 3 2 14.0 0 1 0 18 10 9 2 121 11.6 6.4 1.3 5.8 0% .340 2.00 6.16 7.07 116 5.30 111.4
2009 SWB AAA INT 3 3 17.0 2 1 0 14 8 12 1 104 7.4 4.2 0.5 6.4 0% .245 1.29 3.91 1.59 106 3.86 81.3
2010 LAN MLB NL 6 0 7.0 0 1 0 10 5 6 0 85 12.9 6.4 0.0 7.7 0% .417 2.14 3.52 10.29 101 4.33 97.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2009 1578 0.4804 0.4100 0.7913 0.5844 0.2488 0.8442 0.6765 0.2087
2010 145 0.4483 0.3724 0.7593 0.5692 0.2125 0.8378 0.5882 0.2407
Career17230.47770.40680.78860.58310.24570.84370.66910.2114

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
2007-08-21 2007-09-30 60-DL 40 36 Right Elbow Surgery Tommy John and Common Flexor Tendon 2007-08-29
2007-06-05 2007-08-10 15-DL 66 57 Right Forearm Strain -
2007-05-02 2007-05-23 15-DL 21 20 Right Elbow Inflammation Ulnar Neuritis -
2006-04-24 2006-06-06 15-DL 43 38 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2006-04-18 2006-04-18 DTD 0 0 Right Lower Leg Cramp Calf - Severe -
2005-06-16 2005-08-13 15-DL 58 50 Right Trunk Stress Fracture Ribs -
2004-07-22 2004-07-22 DTD 0 0 Groin Tightness -
2003-06-18 2003-06-18 DTD 0 0 Hand Contusion HBP -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 HOU $750,000
2007 SFN $380,000
2006 ARI $7,875,000
2005 ARI $7,375,000
2004 ATL $6,200,000
2003 ATL $4,662,500
2002 SFN $2,862,500
2001 SFN $912,500
2000 SFN $462,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$31,480,000
9 yrTotal$31,480,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 70 dJohn Boggs1 yr (10)

Details
  • released 4/22/10 designated for assignment 4/18/10 signed as a free agent from COL 1/9/10 (minor-league contract)
  • contract purchased 4/5/10 signed as a free agent from NYY 8/24/09 (minor-league contract)
  • chose FA 8/17/09 signed as a free agent from HOU 8/6/09 (minor-league contract)
  • released 7/30/09 contract purchased 4/4/09 signed as a free agent from SF 1/13/09 (minor-league contract, $0.75M major league)
  • award bonus
  • signed as a free agent from BAL 1/07, 1 year/$0.38M (07) (minor-league contract)
  • signed as a free agent from AZ 6/06 waived 6/06 designated for assignment 6/06
  • signed as a free agent from ATL 12/04, 4 year/$33M (05-08), $3.5M signing bonus, 05:$6.5M, 06:$7M, 07:$7.5M, 08:$8.5M
  • club exercised $5.7M 04 option 11/03
  • $50K All Star bonuses
  • acquired in trade from SF 12/02
  • 4 year/$8.7M (00-03)+$5.7M 04 club option $0.3M buyout
  • 00:$0.65M, 01:$0.85M, 02:$2.5M, 03:$4.6M, 04:$5.7M club option $0.3M buyout
  • innings pitched bonuses each year

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 So short of pitching were the Dodgers that they broke camp with not one but two Zombie Ortizes. Russ Ortiz was the one who had put up a 6.56 ERA in over 300 innings from 2005-2009; luckily, he was waxed within two weeks of Opening Day.
2008 "Near . . . far . . . whereeeeeeeever you are, I believe that my contract goes ooooooonnnnnn." Ortiz will miss the 2008 season following Tommy John surgery, denying us the chance to see him pitch for four other teams while still being paid by the Diamondbacks, whose four-year, $33 million deal with Ortiz runs through the end of the season. Those of you annoyed that we've put a C?line Dion song in your head should note that the composition in question is from a movie in which a large, expensive item filled with food broke apart and sunk quickly without being used much. Apology accepted.
2007 Ortiz pitched so badly in early 2006 that the Diamondbacks chose to eat the remaining two years and $20 million left on his contract and spare themselves and their fans anymore pain. The Orioles picked him up, reasoning that he had pitched well under Mazzone in the past and might do so again, a nice thought, but wrong. American League batters played Home Run Derby with Ortiz`s offerings. You would think that the resounding success of this move would have influenced the decision to pick up Jaret Wright. A free agent at this writing, Ortiz will no doubt be offered at least a spring training invite by some team hoping to recapture the glorious spirit of 2001.
2006 If denial, as Robert Bly asserts, is the "na?ve person`s inability to face the harsh facts of life," then the Diamondbacks were certainly in denial about Russ Ortiz, who had been offering harsh facts for a few years before signing with Arizona. Take away years of good run support, good defense, good pitchers` parks, and a "resurgence" under Leo Mazzone, and you`re left with a replacement-level pitcher with a Victor Zambrano-sized walk problem that not even Rick Peterson would claim to be able to fix.
2005 He's the quintessence of a tolerable third starter. Ortiz has been blessed with capable teammates throughout his career, which is in part why he sports that comely .632 career winning percentage. In a vacuum, he's a few ticks above average and has never missed a start in his career. That's valuable, but he's not the quasi-ace some see. You'd expect worse from a pitcher who's not noted for his strikeout abilities and also walks a batter every two innings. His groundball-flyball ratio has been down modestly since arriving in Atlanta, and this past season his home run rate finally reflected that. Something to keep in mind as he enters his post-prime seasons. For some reason, the Dbacks saw fit to sign him for $33 million. He'll be critical to their rousing charge for 70 wins.
2004 Ortiz is sort of the anti-Maddux. His fastball-curve combo is plenty good, but he gets tentative on the mound, and throws far more pitches than he really needs to. His hits allowed were lower than they should have been based on his strikeout rate, his walk totals routinely push the century mark, and he's got a lot of mileage on that arm, so he's a good candidate to regress this year. Schuerholz deserves credit for disposing of Damian Moss when his value was at its highest, but if Ortiz is the Opening Day starter, the Braves could be in for a long season.
2003 Ortiz may have regressed a little from his breakthrough 2001, but the Giants arenít complaining about what he gave them: a solid start every fifth day from the beginning of April to the end of October, plus the best hitting of any pitcher in the league. The declining strikeout rate isnít a good sign for those who expect him to take another step up in the near future. Neither is his eyebrow-raising 2002 workload: 4,017 pitches in the regular- and post-seasons, by far a career high, and second in the majors only to Randy Johnson. On the other hand, joining the Cox/Mazzone pitching factory in Atlanta is usually a good sign for any pitcher.
2002 A big guy who just looks like a workhorse, Ortiz improved his control last season and made fewer mistakes, leading to his best season as a Giant. He didn't exceed 121 pitches all season, thanks to a better job of throwing strikes and the presence of some great relievers. Ortiz could shave a bit more off of his walk rate and move to the fringes of the Cy Young Award race.
2001 Russ Ortiz was pitching like Don Knotts on a Ritalin binge for the first half of the season. The only thing rising faster than the line drives he was giving up was his ERA. During May and June, he threw perhaps ten pitches that didn't come back faster than they went in, and most of those ten were return throws from Estalella after walks.

In the second half, Ortiz found his release point and threw pretty well, posting a 3.22 ERA after the All-Star break. Ortiz has worked a fair number of innings but was very strong in the second half and showed no signs of fatigue down the stretch. He could be a very capable #2 starter for a few years.
2000 The good news is very good. Ortiz improved in most areas, winning 18 games in his first full season in the majors and holding opposing hitters to a .244 batting average. The bad news is ominous, though. He threw 207 2/3 innings, up from his previous seasonal high of 141 2/3. They were tough innings, putting Ortiz among the league leaders in Pitcher Abuse Points. Ortiz is simultaneously the team's rotation ace, a pitcher with major control problems and a significant injury risk. All of that could have been said about Shawn Estes two years ago: heís gone 18-22 with an 4.98 ERA since then.
1999 Have the Giants actually developed a pitcher in their farm system? Ortiz started as a reliever, so he hasn't had to carry a heavy workload yet. His control is improving gradually, he's a year younger than Shawn Estes, and his arm is a lot healthier. He's not there yet, but by Giants' standards, he's already a stud.
1998 Eye-popping strikeout totals have had fans drooling, but the Giants made him a starter in í97 and nothing went right. If Ortiz becomes more comfortable in his new role, he could still be a good one. Or he could return to the bullpen and be great. Or he could be a flop; after all, you never know with pitchers.
1997 Struck out 3.74 guys per inning at San Jose, so the Giants decided to move him to Shreveport. That number should come down under 3 there, and his walk numbers will likely step up a bit. Could be the next Rob Dibble, could be the next Brad Pennington. I canít call this one.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2009-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Were the Yankees really interested in Penny (as a better option than Mitre or Gaudin) or were they just trying to hurt the Red Sox (or both)? Do you see the Yankees making any other moves to shore up the back end of the rotation for September, including giving Jason Hirsch a shot?
(Eli from Brooklyn)
Yankees have no real interest in Penny and I doubt they'll give Hirsch a shot unless they have already clinched as they didn't bring Russ Ortiz up after he pitched well in Scranton. (John Perrotto)
2008-02-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)What did you think of the Rays signing Shields to a long term deal this early in his major league life?
(Jules from TheStatpack)
What's not to like? Four years of James Shields for the price of one year of Carlos Silva?

In this market, even if Shields is hit by a bus, run over by a train, becomes a contestant on "I Love New York", and finishes the day in a car accident with Julio Machado, it's still better than going all Russ Ortiz on Silva. (Gary Huckabay)


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