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Portrait of Yorvit Torrealba

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
20 3183 .256 .315 .379 .240 10
Birth Date7-19-1978
Height5' 11"
Weight200 lbs
Age39 years, 9 months, 4 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
2001 SFN 22 3 4 4 0 2 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 .498 1.2 -0.0 0.1
2002 SFN 23 53 155 136 17 38 10 0 2 54 14 20 2 0 3 14 0 0 .279 .355 .397 .257 6.5 0.1 0.7
2003 SFN 24 66 221 200 22 52 10 2 4 78 14 39 2 2 3 29 1 0 .260 .312 .390 .254 7.1 -2.8 0.4
2004 SFN 25 64 196 172 19 39 7 3 6 70 17 31 2 1 4 23 2 0 .227 .302 .407 .232 3.5 -11.0 -0.7
2005 SEA 26 42 119 108 14 26 4 0 2 36 7 25 1 0 3 8 0 0 .241 .293 .333 .203 -0.8 1.4 0.1
2005 SFN 26 34 105 93 18 21 8 0 1 32 9 25 1 0 2 7 1 0 .226 .301 .344 .244 3.6 -2.1 0.2
2006 COL 27 65 241 223 23 55 16 3 7 98 11 49 4 1 2 43 4 3 .247 .293 .439 .248 7.7 -2.7 0.5
2007 COL 28 113 443 396 47 101 22 1 8 149 34 73 6 1 6 47 2 1 .255 .323 .376 .219 3.6 9.5 1.3
2008 COL 29 70 261 236 19 58 17 0 6 93 12 44 5 3 5 31 0 4 .246 .293 .394 .232 2.2 7.1 0.9
2009 COL 30 64 242 213 27 62 11 1 2 81 21 42 1 4 3 31 1 1 .291 .351 .380 .262 11.8 9.1 2.1
2010 SDN 31 95 363 325 31 88 14 0 7 123 33 67 3 1 1 37 7 5 .271 .343 .378 .279 24.7 16.9 4.4
2011 TEX 32 113 419 396 40 108 27 1 7 158 20 65 0 2 1 37 0 2 .273 .306 .399 .238 2.2 2.5 0.5
2012 MIL 33 5 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .095 -0.8 -0.1 -0.1
2012 TEX 33 49 182 161 16 38 8 0 3 55 14 31 2 2 3 12 1 1 .236 .302 .342 .242 1.3 0.2 0.2
2012 TOR 33 10 30 28 3 6 0 0 1 9 2 7 0 0 0 2 0 0 .214 .267 .321 .216 0.3 -0.0 0.0
2013 COL 34 61 196 179 10 43 8 0 0 51 13 24 1 0 3 16 0 0 .240 .295 .285 .198 -3.5 -0.8 -0.5
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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
1995 BLN A- 26 75 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .193 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 BUR A 1 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 BLN A- 48 165 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .310 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 SJO A+ 2 6 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 BAK A+ 0 482 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .307 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 SJO A+ 0 71 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 SHV AA 0 218 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .277 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 FRE AAA 0 12 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 SJO A+ 0 80 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .375 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 SHV AA 0 228 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .274 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 FRE AAA 0 69 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .280 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SHV AA 0 438 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .324 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SFN MLB 3 4 .498 .250 .310 .401 .243 .500 91 1 0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.0 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2001 FRE AAA 115 422 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 SFN MLB 53 155 .257 .259 .331 .413 .260 .316 98 -0.4 3.9 2.7 0.1 0.3 6.5 0.7 6.5 0.7
2003 SFN MLB 66 221 .254 .264 .331 .416 .259 .302 97 -1.5 5.8 3.9 -2.8 -1.2 7.1 0.4 7.1 0.4
2004 SFN MLB 64 196 .232 .258 .325 .415 .256 .243 99 -6.1 5.8 3.5 -11.0 0.2 3.5 -0.7 3.5 -0.7
2005 SEA MLB 42 119 .203 .267 .324 .415 .257 .296 98 -7.3 3.4 2.1 1.4 0.9 -0.8 0.1 -0.8 0.1
2005 SFN MLB 34 105 .244 .263 .328 .419 .259 .299 99 -1.8 3.0 1.6 -2.1 0.8 3.6 0.2 3.6 0.2
2006 COL MLB 65 241 .248 .263 .327 .422 .261 .286 104 -3.3 7.3 4.4 -2.7 -0.6 7.7 0.5 7.7 0.5
2006 CSP AAA 10 40 .151 .264 .336 .401 .263 .222 106 -4.6 1.2 0.4 -0.5 -0.2 -3.2 -0.4 -3.2 -0.4
2007 COL MLB 113 443 .219 .259 .325 .404 .252 .294 109 -20 13.1 7.9 9.5 2.6 3.6 1.3 3.6 1.3
2008 COL MLB 70 261 .232 .260 .328 .408 .262 .275 104 -7.8 7.5 4.5 7.1 -2.0 2.2 0.9 2.2 0.9
2009 COL MLB 64 242 .262 .254 .325 .401 .259 .347 104 0.5 7.0 4.2 9.1 0.2 11.8 2.1 11.8 2.1
2009 CSP AAA 4 16 .239 .276 .337 .428 .281 .267 104 -0.4 0.5 0.1 0.1 -0.1 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2010 SDN MLB 95 363 .279 .250 .317 .391 .261 .321 84 7.1 10.0 6 16.9 1.6 24.7 4.4 24.7 4.4
2011 TEX MLB 113 419 .238 .257 .318 .402 .261 .310 111 -9.3 11.3 5 2.5 -4.8 2.2 0.5 2.2 0.5
2011 CAR Wnt 17 62 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 MIL MLB 5 6 .095 .214 .278 .316 .215 .000 102 -1 0.2 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.8 -0.1 -0.8 -0.1
2012 TEX MLB 49 182 .242 .259 .321 .415 .264 .271 105 -3.3 5.0 3 0.2 -3.5 1.3 0.2 1.3 0.2
2012 TOR MLB 10 30 .216 .247 .306 .403 .251 .250 109 -1.3 0.8 0.4 -0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
2012 NHP AA 4 15 .355 .275 .334 .431 .273 .455 102 1.5 0.4 -0.1 -0.1 -0.4 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2013 COL MLB 61 196 .198 .250 .310 .390 .254 .277 114 -11.7 5.2 2.9 -0.8 0.1 -3.5 -0.5 -3.5 -0.5
2014 CUB Rk 4 13 .308 .260 .319 .393 .261 .364 100 0.7 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.1 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2

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
1995 BLN A- 75 2 11 3 0 0 8 2 14 0 1 .155 .189 .197 .042 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 SJO A+ 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 BUR A 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 BLN A- 165 23 40 4 0 1 10 9 27 4 1 .267 .301 .313 .047 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 BAK A+ 482 52 122 15 3 4 40 31 58 4 2 .274 .328 .348 .074 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 FRE AAA 12 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 .182 .250 .273 .091 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 SHV AA 218 18 46 7 0 0 13 18 30 0 5 .235 .312 .270 .036 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 SJO A+ 71 10 20 2 0 0 10 1 6 2 2 .286 .296 .314 .029 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 FRE AAA 69 9 16 2 0 2 10 4 11 0 1 .254 .319 .381 .127 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 SHV AA 228 25 53 10 1 4 19 9 34 0 2 .244 .281 .355 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 SJO A+ 80 10 23 3 0 2 14 6 15 0 0 .315 .375 .438 .123 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SHV AA 438 50 114 21 1 4 32 34 55 2 3 .286 .352 .374 .088 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 FRE AAA 422 56 108 23 3 8 36 19 65 2 3 .274 .312 .409 .135 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 SFN MLB 4 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 .500 .498 1.2 -0.0 0.1
2002 SFN MLB 155 17 38 10 0 2 14 14 20 0 0 .279 .355 .397 .118 .257 6.5 0.1 0.7
2003 SFN MLB 221 22 52 10 2 4 29 14 39 1 0 .260 .312 .390 .130 .254 7.1 -2.8 0.4
2004 SFN MLB 196 19 39 7 3 6 23 17 31 2 0 .227 .302 .407 .180 .232 3.5 -11.0 -0.7
2005 SEA MLB 119 14 26 4 0 2 8 7 25 0 0 .241 .293 .333 .093 .203 -0.8 1.4 0.1
2005 SFN MLB 105 18 21 8 0 1 7 9 25 1 0 .226 .301 .344 .118 .244 3.6 -2.1 0.2
2006 CSP AAA 40 0 6 2 0 0 2 4 9 0 0 .167 .250 .222 .056 .151 -3.2 -0.5 -0.4
2006 COL MLB 241 23 55 16 3 7 43 11 49 4 3 .247 .293 .439 .193 .248 7.7 -2.7 0.5
2007 COL MLB 443 47 101 22 1 8 47 34 73 2 1 .255 .323 .376 .121 .219 3.6 9.5 1.3
2008 COL MLB 261 19 58 17 0 6 31 12 44 0 4 .246 .293 .394 .148 .232 2.2 7.1 0.9
2009 COL MLB 242 27 62 11 1 2 31 21 42 1 1 .291 .351 .380 .089 .262 11.8 9.1 2.1
2009 CSP AAA 16 1 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .267 .312 .267 .000 .239 0.2 0.1 0.0
2010 SDN MLB 363 31 88 14 0 7 37 33 67 7 5 .271 .343 .378 .108 .279 24.7 16.9 4.4
2011 TEX MLB 419 40 108 27 1 7 37 20 65 0 2 .273 .306 .399 .126 .238 2.2 2.5 0.5
2011 CAR Wnt 62 3 14 2 0 1 3 3 5 0 1 .246 .290 .333 .088 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 NHP AA 15 1 5 0 0 0 1 3 1 1 0 .417 .533 .417 .000 .355 1.4 -0.1 0.1
2012 TEX MLB 182 16 38 8 0 3 12 14 31 1 1 .236 .302 .342 .106 .242 1.3 0.2 0.2
2012 MIL MLB 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .167 .000 .000 .095 -0.8 -0.1 -0.1
2012 TOR MLB 30 3 6 0 0 1 2 2 7 0 0 .214 .267 .321 .107 .216 0.3 -0.0 0.0
2013 COL MLB 196 10 43 8 0 0 16 13 24 0 0 .240 .295 .285 .045 .198 -3.5 -0.8 -0.5
2014 CUB Rk 13 3 4 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .308 .308 .538 .231 .308 1.8 0.0 0.2

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 900 0.4844 0.4667 0.7571 0.6376 0.3060 0.8561 0.5634 0.2429 387 -0.003522
2009 852 0.5082 0.4495 0.7937 0.5958 0.2983 0.8876 0.6000 0.2063 386 0.004727
2010 1381 0.4801 0.4323 0.7672 0.6063 0.2716 0.8507 0.5949 0.2328 641 -0.000485
2011 1540 0.5221 0.4643 0.7902 0.5983 0.3179 0.8545 0.6581 0.2098 690 0.001551
2012 812 0.4988 0.4335 0.7784 0.5728 0.2948 0.8836 0.5750 0.2216 396 -0.007889
2013 695 0.4892 0.4892 0.8147 0.6676 0.3183 0.8943 0.6549 0.1853 278 0.002790
Career61800.49850.45420.78190.60990.30010.86670.61090.2181508.051-0.0003

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
2013-10-01 2013-10-01 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Surgery Medial Meniscus 2013-10-01 -
2013-09-26 2013-09-30 DTD 4 3 Right Thumb Contusion - -
2013-08-19 2013-08-27 7-DL 8 8 - Head Concussion Foul Ball - -
2012-03-18 2012-03-22 Camp 4 0 - Low Back Soreness - -
2011-09-22 2011-09-22 DTD 0 0 - Head Dizziness - -
2011-07-31 2011-08-02 DTD 2 1 - Low Back Spasms - -
2011-06-20 2011-06-21 DTD 1 1 General Medical Fatigue -
2011-03-01 2011-03-05 Camp 4 0 Low Back Stiffness -
2010-08-31 2010-09-03 DTD 3 3 Low Back Stiffness -
2010-08-22 2010-08-24 DTD 2 2 Head Lightheaded -
2010-03-12 2010-03-16 Camp 4 0 Right Fingers Soreness Little Finger -
2009-10-03 2009-10-05 DTD 2 2 Thigh Soreness Hamstring -
2008-08-30 2008-09-28 15-DL 29 25 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus 2008-09-03
2008-08-14 2008-08-16 DTD 2 2 Left Knee Cartilage Injury Meniscus -
2006-09-10 2006-10-01 60-DL 21 19 Right Shoulder Strain -
2006-04-02 2006-06-02 60-DL 61 53 Right Upper Arm Strain Biceps -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 COL $1,000,000
2012 TEX $3,250,000
2011 TEX $3,000,000
2010 SDN $750,000
2009 COL $3,750,000
2008 COL $2,750,000
2007 COL $1,075,000
2006 COL $850,000
2005 SFN $715,000
2004 SFN $334,000
2003 SFN $312,000
2002 SFN $200,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
12 yrPrevious$17,986,000
12 yrTotal$17,986,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
12 y 28 dMelvin Roman1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by LA Angels as a free agent 2/11/14 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.95M in majors. May opt out of contract if not on Major League roster 3/23/14. Released by LA Angels 3/24/14. Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 6/12/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Colorado as a free agent 1/24/13 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. Contract purchased by Colorado 3/29/13.
  • 2 years/$6.25M (2011-12). Signed by Texas as a free agent 11/29/10. 11:$3M, 12:$3.25M. DFA by Texas 7/31/12. Released by Texas 8/8/12. Signed by Toronto as a free agent 8/14/12 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Toronto 8/21/12. Acquired by Milwaukee in trade from Toronto in exchange for cash 9/21/12. Sent outright to Triple-A by Milwaukee 10/12 (refused assignment 10/17/12).
  • 1 year/$1.25M (2010). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 2/5/10. 10:$0.75M, 11:$3.5M mutual option, $0.5M buyout. Restricted list 5/31/10.
  • 2 years/$7.25M (2008-09), plus 2010 mutual option. Re-signed by Colorado as a free agent 11/29/07. $0.5M signing bonus, 08:$2.75M, 09:$3.5M, 10:$4M mutual option, $0.5M buyout. Colorado declined 2010 option 11/6/09.
  • 1 year/$1.075M (2007). Signed by Colorado 12/06 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2006). Re-signed 1/06 ($1.05M-$0.815M). $0.15M in performance bonuses.
  • 1 year/$0.715M (2005). Re-signed by San Francisco 1/05 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Seattle in trade from San Francisco 7/05. Acquired by Colorado in trade from Seattle 12/05.
  • 1 year/$0.334M (2004).
  • 1 year/$0.312M (2003).
  • 1 year/$0.2M (2002).
  • Signed by San Francisco 1994 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela.

2018 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 TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Torrealba returned to Colorado and posted his worst season yet. He still makes consistent contact, but his power is completely gone—that his first season with a sub-.300 slugging percentage came at Coors Field is a No Through Road sign if we ever saw one. He still looked competent behind the plate, so he could find a job as a second or third catcher out of spring training, but his run as the league's 28th- or 29th-best starting catcher is over.
2013 Have shin guards, will travel. Torrealba plied his trade in three major-league cities last season, deploying his usual mélange of solid backstoppery and clubhouse alchemy to cover the taste of his increasingly modest offensive achievements. Viewed as a steady hand with young pitchers, the aging Venezuelan will likely spend a few more years talking softly, carrying a small stick, and earning his pay in ways that won’t do much to help your fantasy team but are greatly prized by major-league organizations.
2012 Signed as a free agent in the fall of 2010, Torrealba was brought in to become the de facto starter behind the plate, a field general for a team looking to go forward with a young staff of arms. The 33-year-old Venezuelan provided just that, remaining steady when called upon to wear the mask and solid with the stick, except for one horrid month at the plate (May) that saw Torrealba produce a woeful .346 OPS. With the emergence of Mike Napoli and aging skills that offer more value with the intangible than the tangible, Torrealba looks to have a decreased role on the field in 2012, although he will remain a presence in the clubhouse.
2011 You would think that moving from Coors to Petco would have robbed Torrealba of any hint of offensive production, but the dimensions and cool air of his new park didn't keep him from posting his highest home run-per-fly ball rate since 2006 as the catcher hit .312/.394/.429 at home. He finished around his 90th-percentile PECOTA projection, a sign that we shouldn't expect him to repeat the act—the backstop's BABIP at Petco was an unsustainable .396. The Padres won't have to worry about Torrealba regressing on their dime, as he elected to become a free agent and signed with the Rangers, automatically becoming the best all-around player (of a very weak bunch) they have had at the position since Ivan Rodriguez's heyday, albeit one who has never started more than 105 games in a season.
2010 The veteran reserve backstop endured a roller-coaster season that included the June kidnapping and subsequent safe release of his 11-year-old son back home in Venezuela. After taking a month off to get over the trauma, Torrealba posted a .322/.373/.392 second-half line and took over for a struggling Chris Iannetta down the stretch and in the playoffs. A solid defensive catcher with marginal power, Torrealba’s offensive value depends on the vagaries of safeties dropping in. Last season’s career high .291 batting average was the result of an unrepeatable .355 BABIP, thus the Rockies wisely bought out his option and will only bring him back at a more reasonable price, knowing Ianetta is the starter, and that minor-league options Michael McKenry and Wilin Rosario may soon be ready.
2009 Chris Iannetta's first-year struggles cost the Rockies in a few ways. Torrealba stepped up in 2007 as the starter, and while he wasn't even league average, he was all the Rockies had, so they committed a couple of years and $7.25 million dollars to him. While the club is obviously thrilled that Iannetta figured things out, they now have an over-priced backup, and that money could be used for some help in the bullpen or elsewhere. You can't blame the Rockies for doing what they did—at the time Torrealba was the only catcher they could depend on, but now they're kind of stuck with him, and it hurts the team on more of an economic than a talent level.
2008 When Iannetta spit the bit, this career backup inherited his playing time behind the plate. Like Matsui, Torrealba was a humidor hero, batting just .212/.292/.326 away from Denver. He didn't even throw as well as he usually does. Back with the Rockies, he should revert to a backup role, while being cheered wildly for his heroics last October.
2007 Fished out of the teeming pool of backup catchers, Torrealba started the season on the DL, but when he finally did play from June through August he did well, at least by backup catcher standards. The shoulder that had troubled him from the start finally shelved him for good in September. A good defensive catcher with a very strong arm, Torrealba should make a satisfactory backup to Iannetta this year.
2006 Considered a promising prospect after a solid 2002 season as a 23-year-old backup for the Giants, the M`s snagged Torrealba along with Jesse Foppert for Randy Winn at the trade deadline, hoping to find the production they`ve lacked behind the plate for years. One hundred eight at-bats and a Kenji Johjima signing later, Torrealba was shipped to Colorado for Marcos Carvajal, a deal that could end up being the proverbial good trade for both teams.
2005 When Brian Sabean traded Joe Nathan, Boof Bonser and Francisco Liriano for A.J. Pierzynski, many Giants fans wondered why they didn't simply play Torrealba instead. Now the Pierzynski deal looks even worse, while Torrealba remains a somewhat flawed but cheap, serviceable option. He won't play much with Matheny on board for the next three years.
2004 When the Giants traded for A. J. Pierzynski to replace the departing Benito Santiago at catcher, most reports ignored the home-grown catching alternative the Giants had on hand. Sure, Pierzynski is an upgrade over Torrealba, but how much of one? PECOTA projects an OBP/SLG (park neutral) of .318/.416 for Torrealba, and .336/.441 for Pierzynski. Are those 18 points of OBP and 25 points of SLG worth the extra $2 to $3 million Pierzynski will cost in a tight budget situation, not to mention the three decent young pitchers it took to get him? And that's not even considering Torrealba's defense, which is outstanding. Acknowledging that Pierzynski's longer track record makes for a more stable projection, the Giants don't appear to have upgraded much. On the bright side, the Giants can fashion a nifty platoon, with Torrealba spelling the lefty-swinging Pierzynski.
2003 The unsung hero of the 2002 Giants. No one said word one about Torrealba’s performance all year, but when all was said and done he probably should have been part of the Rookie of the Year discussion. The list of catchers with as many plate appearances as Torrealba who hit better (measured by EQA) is awfully short: Posada, Piazza, Rodriguez, Lieberthal, and Redmond. That’s it. While 150 plate appearances doesn’t wipe out seven years of so-so play in the minors, you also can’t completely ignore that kind of hitting from a 23-year-old with a good defensive rep in his first major league season. He could have a nice career in front of him.
2002 What were the odds of two catchers named "Torrealba" making their major-league debuts in the same week? Yorvit and Steve (with the Braves) turned the trick last September. This Torrealba is a glove man who could hit an empty .275 in the majors; that sucks, until you realize he would be both better and cheaper than Benito Santiago. John Flaherty looked about like this in 1994, so don't be surprised to see Torrealba as a staple of Hacking Mass lineups for years to come.
2000 Perhaps the closest thing the Giants have to a sleeper, Torrealba hit .315 in A ball before struggling at both Double- and Triple-A. He's a 21-year-old catcher with a very nice upside. Given the Giants' recent track record with young talent, that probably means he's the next Doug Mirabelli.
1999 Came up quickly through the ranks last season, but he sure didn't do it with his bat. He gets lots of attention for his glove, which may just be Nichols' Law at work (Nichols’ Law: if a catcher isn’t hitting, he’ll get a rep as a great defensive player). Regardless, his hitting makes Kirt Manwaring look like Yogi Berra, which means Yorvit's glove must be a lot better than Manwaring's.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-11-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Red Sox do at catcher with Victor Martinez headed to Detroit?
(Frank from Dover)
If it's me, I'm signing Yorvit Torrealba or Miguel Olivo to a two-year deal and hoping Salty shows enough to merit playing time in front of them. Both of those free agents are at least average defensively while delivering adequacy in one of the two key offensive categories (OBP for Yorvit, SLG for Miggy). Neither made $3 million last year, so neither should be too expensive, though John Buck's contract may have blown up the market. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Rockies are evidently closing in on a two-year deal for Yorvit Torrealba. Hasn't Chris Iannetta earned a shot yet?
(Ryan from Denver)
You would think he had after killing the ball in '08, but he was back on the bench in '09. If this contract happens, 22 GMs should be calling O'Dowd, immediately. Iannetta can play. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)With Yorvit Torrealba now a free agent, will the Rockies finally hand the full-time starting duties to Chris Iannetta? Or are they going to sign some lesser veteran catcher (such as Torrealba) to eat away half of Iannetta's potential playing time again?
(Frenk from Brooklyn)
If they don't make Iannetta their first-string catcher, then they're idiots. I can think of at least 25 teams who should trade for him if that's the case. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is it too early to start chanting for my freedom?
(Chris Ianetta from Colorado)
Heehee... perhaps not, but to be fair, you're pretty far-removed from arbitration, so Yorvit Torrealba's contract might not be a stumbling block to your getting the playing time you deserve, and that would be poorly invested in him as a regular. (Christina Kahrl)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-10-06 10:00:002010 Playoffs Day OneIf he leaves San Diego, how about Yorvit Torrealba (signing with New York)? (Jesse Behr)
2009-10-12 15:00:00Phillies/Rockies Playoffs RoundtableRyan (Denver): Yorvit Torrealba may be a poor baseball player, but he's on a one-man crusade to make me believe in clutch.

And Pat Borders was a World Series MVP. This stuff happens.

...And a couple of the Joe Cocker covers, "With a Little Help From My Friends," and "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" are pretty good interpretations. I'm also partial to Elvis Costello's take on "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away." (Steven Goldman)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2001 mlb 90 -.001 -0.0 38 -.000 0.0 0 .000 -.001 0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2002 mlb 3200 -.000 -0.2 1862 -.002 0.9 31 .003 -.004 0.1 0.8 0.1
2003 mlb 4440 -.006 -3.8 2444 -.000 0.2 39 -.028 -.001 0.7 -2.9 -2.8
2004 mlb 4101 -.018 -9.9 2400 -.000 0.2 28 -.002 -.002 0.1 -9.6 -11.0
2005 mlb 4781 -.003 -1.9 2428 -.001 0.3 49 -.048 -.001 1.5 -0.1 -0.6
2006 aaa 580 -.005 -0.5 301 -.000 0.0 4 .007 -.001 -0.0 -0.5 -0.5
2006 mlb 4496 -.011 -7.2 2391 -.001 0.6 43 -.070 -.007 2.1 -4.5 -2.7
2007 mlb 8227 .001 1.6 4423 -.001 0.9 71 .038 -.001 -1.8 0.8 9.5
2008 mlb 4352 .015 9.0 2846 .000 -0.1 52 .006 .005 -0.2 8.7 7.1
2009 aaa 170 -.000 -0.0 82 -.000 0.0 0 .000 .000 0.0 -0.0 0.1
2009 mlb 4047 .015 8.8 2845 -.002 1.8 48 .061 .002 -1.8 8.8 9.1
2010 mlb 5954 .018 14.6 3505 -.003 2.4 55 -.016 .002 0.6 17.6 16.9
2011 mlb 6427 .003 2.6 3928 -.001 0.8 74 -.000 .002 0.0 3.4 2.5
2012 aax 113 -.003 -0.0 78 -.000 0.0 1 .013 .000 -0.0 -0.1 -0.1
2012 mlb 3560 .002 0.9 2174 .001 -0.5 40 .021 -.001 -0.5 -0.1 0.1
2013 mlb 3105 -.003 -1.2 2086 -.003 1.6 41 .002 .002 -0.1 0.3 -0.8

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