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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 38)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
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Birth Date4-9-1981
Height6' 2"
Weight225 lbs
Age38 years, 6 months, 12 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.42015
0.62016
-0.02017
-0.32018
-0.12019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2008 LAN 27 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 80 -0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 LAN 28 8 10 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .100 .100 .100 75 -0.3 0.0 0.5 0.1
2010 LAN 29 44 128 30 5 0 0 14 18 1 0 0 .278 .363 .324 80 -2.8 -1.8 -6.6 -0.6
2011 LAN 30 31 103 23 1 1 2 14 16 3 0 1 .271 .392 .376 103 0.4 -1.0 -5.6 -0.2
2012 LAN 31 133 505 114 20 1 13 65 107 7 0 0 .270 .373 .414 112 7.0 -2.9 -10.4 1.7
2013 LAN 32 115 448 93 17 1 10 45 78 3 0 2 .238 .318 .364 100 0.7 -0.6 -1.8 1.9
2014 LAN 33 93 347 54 9 0 3 53 57 4 0 0 .191 .323 .254 91 -3.2 -4.1 -10.9 -0.4
2015 LAN 34 63 217 43 9 0 7 32 38 1 0 0 .238 .355 .403 119 5.6 -2.7 0.5 1.4
2016 LAN 35 53 161 27 5 0 1 16 24 2 1 1 .194 .285 .252 83 -2.9 -0.1 1.3 0.6
2016 PHI 35 11 35 10 3 0 1 3 7 0 1 0 .313 .371 .500 83 -0.6 -0.9 0.2 0.0
2017 MIA 36 51 163 30 5 0 6 12 29 6 0 0 .210 .298 .371 88 -1.9 -1.6 -4.3 0.0
2018 SDN 37 66 183 41 8 0 1 26 37 1 0 0 .272 .378 .344 96 -0.4 -1.4 -8.9 -0.3
Career6722303466823442804142824.239.340.352991.6-17.1-45.94.1

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 PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2003 SGA A SAL 3 7 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 VRO A+ FSL 40 141 .000 .000 .000 .247 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 VRO A+ FSL 57 206 .269 .331 .382 .284 96 0.2 0.5 0.3 100 0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.1
2006 JAX AA SOU 81 314 .257 .327 .377 .312 100 1.7 6.0 3.7 104 0 3.0 -0.4 -3.2 1.0
2007 JAX AA SOU 109 430 .262 .336 .391 .304 91 11 12.5 7.3 124 0 0.5 -0.7 12.3 3.2
2008 LAN MLB NL 4 3 .221 .293 .316 .000 95 -0.9 0.1 0.1 80 10 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2008 LVG AAA PCL 84 337 .283 .352 .451 .368 120 8.3 10.2 6.1 126 0 4.2 -2.6 6.8 2.4
2009 LAN MLB NL 8 10 .259 .344 .384 .111 88 -2.1 0.3 0.2 75 8 0.5 0.0 -0.3 0.1
2009 ABQ AAA PCL 90 360 .272 .338 .411 .366 103 8.8 10.4 5.9 124 0 -0.7 -0.3 11.3 2.6
2010 LAN MLB NL 44 128 .255 .326 .403 .330 89 0.9 3.5 2.1 80 15 -6.6 -1.8 -2.8 -0.6
2010 ABQ AAA PCL 18 76 .268 .337 .414 .320 130 -0.8 2.3 1.4 99 0 -0.6 -0.6 0.1 0.3
2011 LAN MLB NL 31 103 .261 .324 .404 .313 91 3.1 2.8 1.7 103 11 -5.6 -1.0 0.4 -0.2
2011 ABQ AAA PCL 59 248 .281 .352 .436 .338 115 10.7 7.7 4.2 133 0 -7.4 -1.0 11.5 1.4
2012 LAN MLB NL 133 505 .254 .314 .402 .329 93 13.8 13.8 8.4 112 10 -10.4 -2.9 7.0 1.7
2013 LAN MLB NL 115 448 .254 .313 .397 .269 98 2.9 11.8 7.1 100 7 -1.8 -0.6 0.7 1.9
2013 RCU A+ CAL 2 7 .259 .305 .432 .000 84 -2.2 0.2 -0.1 -16 0 0.0 0.0 -0.9 -0.1
2014 LAN MLB NL 93 347 .256 .312 .397 .225 98 -11.3 8.9 5.4 91 9 -10.9 -4.1 -3.2 -0.4
2014 ABQ AAA PCL 2 6 .279 .379 .487 .333 103 1 0.2 0.1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2015 LAN MLB NL 63 217 .262 .322 .416 .265 92 7.7 5.9 3.5 119 9 0.5 -2.7 5.6 1.4
2016 LAN MLB NL 53 161 .258 .321 .420 .226 89 -9.2 4.6 2.6 83 9 1.3 -0.1 -2.9 0.6
2016 PHI MLB NL 11 35 .253 .319 .407 .375 84 2.7 1.0 0.6 83 9 0.2 -0.9 -0.6 0.0
2017 MIA MLB NL 51 163 .258 .328 .432 .222 94 -4.2 4.8 2.7 88 11 -4.3 -1.6 -1.9 0.0
2018 SDN MLB NL 66 183 .244 .312 .394 .348 100 1.7 5.1 2.6 96 9 -8.9 -1.4 -0.4 -0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2003 SGA A SAL 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .143 .000 .000 0 0
2004 VRO A+ FSL 141 114 15 25 4 0 2 35 22 24 20 1 0 .219 .357 .307 .088 1 1
2005 VRO A+ FSL 206 176 27 45 8 0 3 62 22 22 26 1 3 .256 .356 .352 .097 1 1
2006 JAX AA SOU 314 252 34 63 9 1 0 74 21 53 53 2 0 .250 .383 .294 .044 3 3
2007 JAX AA SOU 430 357 59 96 22 2 8 146 57 60 61 1 4 .269 .385 .409 .140 1 1
2008 LVG AAA PCL 337 274 44 88 17 4 4 125 59 50 44 0 2 .321 .437 .456 .135 2 2
2008 LAN MLB NL 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2009 ABQ AAA PCL 360 283 48 89 13 2 0 106 39 64 44 2 2 .314 .441 .375 .060 4 4
2009 LAN MLB NL 10 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .100 .100 .100 .000 0 0
2010 LAN MLB NL 128 108 6 30 5 0 0 35 16 14 18 0 0 .278 .363 .324 .046 1 4
2010 ABQ AAA PCL 76 61 11 16 5 1 0 23 7 13 12 1 0 .262 .395 .377 .115 1 1
2011 ABQ AAA PCL 248 184 36 56 15 0 2 77 28 50 23 0 1 .304 .467 .418 .114 1 6
2011 LAN MLB NL 103 85 8 23 1 1 2 32 11 14 16 0 1 .271 .392 .376 .106 0 1
2012 LAN MLB NL 505 423 44 114 20 1 13 175 52 65 107 0 0 .270 .373 .414 .144 4 6
2013 RCU A+ CAL 7 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2013 LAN MLB NL 448 390 43 93 17 1 10 142 52 45 78 0 2 .238 .318 .364 .126 6 4
2014 LAN MLB NL 347 283 21 54 9 0 3 72 25 53 57 0 0 .191 .323 .254 .064 4
2014 ABQ AAA PCL 6 5 1 2 0 0 1 5 2 1 1 0 1 .400 .500 1.000 .600 0
2015 LAN MLB NL 217 181 24 43 9 0 7 73 21 32 38 0 0 .238 .355 .403 .166 0 3
2016 LAN MLB NL 161 139 8 27 5 0 1 35 13 16 24 1 1 .194 .285 .252 .058 1 3
2016 PHI MLB NL 35 32 3 10 3 0 1 16 9 3 7 1 0 .313 .371 .500 .188 0 0
2017 MIA MLB NL 163 143 17 30 5 0 6 53 14 12 29 0 0 .210 .298 .371 .161 0 2
2018 SDN MLB NL 183 151 19 41 8 0 1 52 15 26 37 0 0 .272 .378 .344 .073 2 3

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 17 0.4706 0.2941 0.8000 0.3750 0.2222 1.0000 0.5000 0.2000 0.0021
2009 40 0.4000 0.3750 0.8667 0.4375 0.3333 0.7143 1.0000 0.1333 0.0007
2010 498 0.5281 0.3614 0.8611 0.4829 0.2255 0.9370 0.6792 0.1389 0.0068
2011 464 0.5237 0.3578 0.8434 0.5185 0.1810 0.8968 0.6750 0.1566 0.0036
2012 2206 0.5258 0.3667 0.8072 0.5026 0.2161 0.8679 0.6504 0.1928 0.0047
2013 1951 0.5382 0.3706 0.8354 0.5219 0.1942 0.8814 0.6914 0.1646 -0.0049
2014 1403 0.5360 0.3699 0.8285 0.5226 0.1935 0.8855 0.6508 0.1715 -0.0069
2015 924 0.5195 0.3517 0.8308 0.5292 0.1599 0.8661 0.7042 0.1692 -0.0048
2016 771 0.5123 0.3774 0.8694 0.5620 0.1835 0.9234 0.6957 0.1306 0.0000
2017 635 0.5496 0.4142 0.8099 0.5702 0.2238 0.8593 0.6563 0.1901 0.0000
2018 780 0.5436 0.3718 0.8414 0.5542 0.1545 0.8723 0.7091 0.1586 0.0000
Career96890.53050.37010.83080.52450.19530.88170.67640.1692-0.0008

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 2014-08-04 DTD 2 2 Right Knee Soreness -
2014-05-25 2014-06-13 15-DL 19 18 Right Ankle Sprain -
2014-04-06 2014-05-14 15-DL 38 34 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus - -
2014-02-27 2014-02-28 Camp 1 0 - General Medical Illness Flu - -
2013-05-30 2013-06-14 15-DL 15 14 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-10-05 2012-10-05 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus 2012-10-05 -
2012-07-19 2012-07-22 DTD 3 2 Left Knee Soreness - -
2012-04-04 2012-04-07 DTD 3 2 Left Elbow Contusion - -
2003-04-12 2003-09-05 Minors 146 0 Left Hand Fracture - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 SDN $1,250,000
2017 MIA $2,500,000
2016 LAN $4,500,000
2015 LAN $4,250,000
2014 LAN $3,550,000
2013 LAN $2,000,000
2012 LAN $490,000
2011 LAN $421,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$18,961,000
8 yrTotal$18,961,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 151 dACES1 year/$1.25M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.25M (2018). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 2/14/18 (minor-league contract with salary of $1.25M in majors). Contract selected by San Diego 3/28/18.
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2017). Signed by Miami as a free agent 12/7/16.
  • 1 year/$4.5M (2016). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 12/2/15 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Philadelphia in trade from LA Dodgers 8/25/16.
  • 1 year/$4.25M (2015). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/13/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3.55M (2014). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/1/14 (avoided arbitration, $4.6M-$3M). Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 110, 115 starts and 450 plate appearances.
  • 1 year/$2M (2013). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.49M (2012). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.421M (2011). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/6/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by LA Dodgers 9/3/08.
  • Drafted by LA Dodgers 2003 (18-541) (Austin Peay).

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 383 46 95 19 2 9 44 41 74 1 0 .289 .377 .441 115 28.7 C -12 1.8
80o 363 42 84 17 1 8 40 37 72 1 0 .268 .354 .404 107 22.5 C -12 1.1
70o 349 39 79 16 1 8 37 35 70 1 0 .261 .347 .399 101 18.4 C -12 0.7
60o 337 36 74 15 1 7 35 33 69 1 0 .253 .338 .382 96 15.1 C -12 0.3
50o 325 34 70 14 1 7 33 30 67 1 0 .246 .327 .377 92 12.1 C -12 0.0
40o 313 32 64 13 1 6 31 29 66 1 0 .233 .315 .353 87 9.4 C -12 -0.3
30o 301 30 60 12 1 6 29 27 64 1 0 .226 .308 .347 82 6.6 C -12 -0.6
20o 287 27 55 11 1 5 27 24 62 1 0 .217 .292 .327 76 3.6 C -12 -0.9
10o 267 24 49 10 1 5 24 21 59 1 0 .207 .281 .321 68 -0.1 C -12 -1.3
Weighted Mean3293571141734316810.247.329.3769313.1C -120.1

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome to the chat room! Got any idea why the Cardinals found it necessary to defenestrate George Kottaras so quickly as Yadier Molina stand-in? Is he THAT bad at catcher defense? Supporting evidence?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Yeah, he is. In 2013 he put up -33 runs per 7000 pitches. That's really bad. Worse than Salty, and worse than A.J. Ellis (who admits he's a terrible framer). (Noah Woodward)
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)He's got a career .882 ops in the minors and as a SS. He doesn't seem to get a lot of love but plate discipline always translates so well(the reason AJ Ellis has been immediately succesful imo) and he's got tons of it.
(Derek from LA)
I'm lost. Who does?

A.J. Ellis is fun. Pretend for a second that small samples and arbitrary endpoints/playing time thresholds aren't things, because I want to mention this stat and don't want you to make fun of me: Ellis has the second-highest OBP (.383) among catchers since 2008, min. 300 PA. (Ben Lindbergh)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2005 afa .000 0.0 510 -.001 0.1 17 -.010 .000 0.1 -0.4 0.0
2006 aax .000 0.0 2352 .000 0.0 44 .008 -.001 -0.1 -0.4 3.0
2007 aax .000 0.0 4720 .000 0.4 102 .006 -.004 0.0 1.4 0.5
2008 mlb -.015 -0.1 40 -.008 0.1 0 .000 -.001 0.0 1.0 0.0
2008 aaa .001 1.1 3719 -.001 1.1 62 -.056 -.004 2.5 4.7 4.2
2009 mlb .011 0.4 140 -.005 0.2 0 .000 -.003 0.0 1.5 0.5
2009 aaa -.003 -2.9 3903 .000 0.0 61 -.023 .000 0.9 -1.9 -0.7
2010 aaa -.006 -1.2 802 .000 0.0 13 -.012 .001 0.1 -1.3 -0.6
2010 mlb -.019 -6.4 1549 .000 0.1 33 .000 -.001 0.0 -6.6 -6.6
2011 mlb -.021 -4.7 976 .002 -0.7 14 .000 -.003 0.1 -5.2 -5.6
2011 aaa -.007 -4.9 2580 .000 -0.2 46 .025 .001 -0.8 -6.8 -7.4
2012 mlb -.013 -14.3 5278 .000 0.3 98 -.053 .000 3.2 -11.5 -10.4
2013 mlb .000 0.2 4405 .002 -2.0 57 -.060 .000 1.9 -0.4 -1.8
2014 mlb -.012 -8.3 3288 .001 -0.9 57 .025 .004 -0.8 -9.6 -10.9
2015 mlb -.008 -3.4 2071 .000 0.0 36 -.050 -.002 1.0 -2.7 0.5
2016 mlb -.001 -0.2 2096 .002 -0.9 37 .013 -.001 -0.3 -1.5 1.5
2017 mlb -.012 -4.3 1563 .000 0.0 13 .005 -.005 0.0 -4.4 -4.3
2018 mlb -.021 -9.3 1822 .001 -0.5 35 -.008 .011 0.2 -9.7 -8.9

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