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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 35)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
325 .261 12 37 43 0 106 0.8
Birth Date7-17-1983
Height6' 2"
Weight195 lbs
Age36 years, 3 months, 2 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.22015
0.02016
1.32017
2018
0.82019
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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
2006 TOR 22 18 65 22 8 0 2 5 12 0 0 0 .367 .415 .600 105 0.8 -1.4 0.1 0.0
2007 TOR 23 89 311 69 14 0 11 16 65 1 1 2 .238 .278 .400 75 -8.5 -0.3 -2.4 -0.4
2008 TOR 24 88 349 92 16 4 9 16 59 2 2 0 .282 .316 .439 91 -2.8 4.9 -2.6 0.6
2009 TOR 25 151 654 179 46 0 35 58 110 5 1 1 .305 .370 .562 137 31.9 1.9 -8.7 3.5
2010 TOR 26 150 613 135 32 3 23 38 144 3 0 0 .237 .287 .425 94 -3.2 -2.6 -2.2 -0.1
2011 TOR 27 125 542 125 16 0 26 32 107 3 1 1 .251 .295 .439 109 6.1 2.0 -6.1 0.8
2012 TOR 28 93 353 82 14 2 11 29 61 0 0 0 .256 .314 .414 101 0.3 -0.1 -5.1 -0.1
2013 TOR 29 143 521 134 26 1 23 51 103 1 1 0 .288 .357 .497 124 14.8 -3.2 -1.4 1.7
2014 TOR 30 96 318 93 24 2 6 28 48 0 0 0 .321 .381 .479 126 9.0 2.9 -1.2 1.5
2015 MIL 31 149 572 139 32 0 20 66 100 1 0 0 .277 .360 .460 116 12.5 -0.2 -6.9 1.2
2016 SEA 32 126 430 96 17 0 20 26 89 1 0 1 .239 .286 .431 97 -0.5 -0.7 -3.2 0.0
2017 WAS 33 116 301 81 14 0 14 28 47 0 1 0 .303 .362 .513 123 9.7 -1.2 -1.0 1.3
Career134450291247259122003939451775.272.330.46511070.01.9-40.710.0

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
2004 AUB A- NYP 70 295 .000 .000 .000 .335 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 DUN A+ FSL 126 554 .276 .347 .411 .352 100 9.4 2.4 -0.6 108 0 -0.8 0.2 5.3 0.7
2006 TOR MLB AL 18 65 .272 .338 .446 .435 105 5.5 2.0 -1.1 105 12 0.1 -1.4 0.8 0.0
2006 NHP AA EAS 91 378 .000 .000 .000 .368 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 SYR AAA INT 34 137 .253 .328 .379 .442 107 14.6 3.9 -0.9 198 0 7.4 1.0 14.7 2.6
2007 TOR MLB AL 89 311 .273 .343 .426 .269 94 -6.1 9.2 -2.1 75 12 -2.4 -0.3 -8.5 -0.4
2007 SYR AAA INT 46 190 .267 .337 .410 .365 96 3.8 5.7 -1.7 112 0 -1.9 -0.1 2.9 0.5
2008 TOR MLB AL 88 349 .266 .330 .421 .317 99 1.3 10.1 -3.2 91 12 -2.6 4.9 -2.8 0.6
2008 SYR AAA INT 51 213 .268 .337 .416 .381 90 17.1 6.5 -2.1 145 0 -6.7 1.3 7.2 0.6
2009 TOR MLB AL 151 654 .265 .331 .423 .323 105 32.6 18.8 -9.2 137 10 -8.7 1.9 31.9 3.5
2010 TOR MLB AL 150 613 .259 .326 .409 .277 112 -14.1 16.9 -10.1 94 10 -2.2 -2.6 -3.2 -0.1
2011 TOR MLB AL 125 542 .254 .317 .404 .265 108 -0.1 14.6 -9.4 109 7 -6.1 2.0 6.1 0.8
2011 DUN A+ FSL 3 12 .270 .348 .398 .667 114 2.8 0.4 -0.2 221 0 0.0 0.2 1.4 0.2
2012 TOR MLB AL 93 353 .250 .315 .401 .282 106 -1.1 9.7 -6.1 101 14 -5.1 -0.1 0.3 -0.1
2012 NHP AA EAS 3 13 .268 .329 .408 .833 102 2.7 0.4 -0.2 163 0 0.1 -0.1 0.8 0.1
2012 LVG AAA PCL 32 143 .291 .354 .446 .436 108 15.5 4.3 -2.7 160 0 -2.3 -3.7 10.6 0.6
2013 TOR MLB AL 143 521 .252 .315 .402 .324 100 21.2 13.7 -8.6 124 9 -1.4 -3.2 14.8 1.7
2014 TOR MLB AL 96 318 .252 .314 .385 .369 103 14.1 8.2 -5 126 12 -1.2 2.9 9.0 1.5
2014 DUN A+ FSL 4 16 .259 .336 .362 .364 116 0.1 0.5 -0.3 116 0 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.1
2014 BLJ Rk GCL 1 2 .000 .000 .000 1.000 0.0 178 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0
2015 MIL MLB NL 149 572 .255 .315 .402 .309 95 23.4 15.4 -9.7 116 8 -6.9 -0.2 12.5 1.2
2016 SEA MLB AL 126 430 .255 .318 .417 .259 103 -8.2 12.2 -7.4 97 9 -3.2 -0.7 -0.5 0.0
2017 WAS MLB NL 116 301 .259 .330 .433 .316 98 13.9 8.8 -3.7 123 13 -1.0 -1.2 9.7 1.3
2018 TAM A+ FSL 8 31 .264 .330 .375 .478 105 3.4 0.9 -0.6 187 0 -0.4 -0.8 2.5 0.2
2018 PAW AAA INT 47 189 .248 .314 .384 .221 94 -3 5.5 -3.5 85 0 1.3 -1.0 -3.3 -0.1
2018 SWB AAA INT 16 63 .246 .312 .384 .279 95 -1 1.8 -1.2 82 0 -0.5 -0.1 -4.2 -0.4

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
2004 AUB A- NYP 295 266 43 82 23 0 7 126 50 24 36 1 0 .308 .369 .474 .165 1 1
2005 DUN A+ FSL 554 495 80 155 42 4 12 241 84 49 77 2 1 .313 .380 .487 .174 0 0
2006 SYR AAA INT 137 109 20 43 7 0 5 65 18 23 18 1 0 .394 .507 .596 .202 0 0
2006 TOR MLB AL 65 60 8 22 8 0 2 36 8 5 12 0 0 .367 .415 .600 .233 0 0
2006 NHP AA EAS 378 348 43 108 24 0 19 189 71 25 87 2 1 .310 .360 .543 .233 0 0
2007 SYR AAA INT 190 174 20 52 8 2 6 82 28 14 42 0 0 .299 .354 .471 .172 0 0
2007 TOR MLB AL 311 290 34 69 14 0 11 116 46 16 65 1 2 .238 .278 .400 .162 2 2
2008 SYR AAA INT 213 189 24 62 17 2 6 101 50 19 36 1 1 .328 .398 .534 .206 0 0
2008 TOR MLB AL 349 326 48 92 16 4 9 143 40 16 59 2 0 .282 .316 .439 .156 4 1
2009 TOR MLB AL 654 587 93 179 46 0 35 330 114 58 110 1 1 .305 .370 .562 .257 4 0
2010 TOR MLB AL 613 569 57 135 32 3 23 242 72 38 144 0 0 .237 .287 .425 .188 3 0
2011 DUN A+ FSL 12 10 2 6 3 0 0 9 4 2 1 2 0 .600 .667 .900 .300 0 0
2011 TOR MLB AL 542 499 56 125 16 0 26 219 87 32 107 1 1 .251 .295 .439 .188 8 0
2012 LVG AAA PCL 143 125 24 49 10 0 8 83 29 15 26 1 0 .392 .448 .664 .272 3 0
2012 TOR MLB AL 353 321 28 82 14 2 11 133 45 29 61 0 0 .256 .314 .414 .159 3 0
2012 NHP AA EAS 13 11 2 6 0 0 1 9 1 2 4 0 0 .546 .615 .818 .273 0 0
2013 TOR MLB AL 521 465 67 134 26 1 23 231 67 51 103 1 0 .288 .357 .497 .209 4 0
2014 BLJ Rk GCL 2 2 1 2 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000 1.000 0
2014 TOR MLB AL 318 290 38 93 24 2 6 139 40 28 48 0 0 .321 .381 .479 .159 0
2014 DUN A+ FSL 16 14 5 4 2 0 0 6 1 2 3 0 0 .286 .375 .429 .143 0
2015 MIL MLB NL 572 502 72 139 32 0 20 231 87 66 100 0 0 .277 .360 .460 .183 3 0
2016 SEA MLB AL 430 401 48 96 17 0 20 173 58 26 89 0 1 .239 .286 .431 .192 2 0
2017 WAS MLB NL 301 267 39 81 14 0 14 137 59 28 47 1 0 .303 .362 .513 .210 6 0
2018 TAM A+ FSL 31 28 5 12 2 0 1 17 7 3 4 0 0 .429 .484 .607 .179 0 0
2018 PAW AAA INT 189 171 21 37 7 0 8 68 32 14 36 0 0 .216 .270 .398 .181 4 0
2018 SWB AAA INT 63 58 7 14 4 0 2 24 7 5 13 0 1 .241 .302 .414 .172 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1238 0.5178 0.4960 0.8257 0.6240 0.3585 0.8875 0.7103 0.1743 0.0086
2009 2599 0.4929 0.4329 0.8213 0.5909 0.2792 0.8626 0.7364 0.1787 0.0120
2010 2313 0.4872 0.4898 0.7599 0.6548 0.3331 0.8157 0.6557 0.2401 0.0128
2011 1896 0.4699 0.5005 0.7756 0.6644 0.3552 0.8497 0.6527 0.2244 0.0079
2012 1387 0.4744 0.4398 0.8311 0.5988 0.2963 0.8934 0.7176 0.1689 0.0152
2013 2109 0.4708 0.4111 0.7866 0.5448 0.2921 0.8595 0.6656 0.2134 0.0116
2014 1257 0.4590 0.4368 0.8033 0.5754 0.3191 0.8584 0.7189 0.1967 0.0102
2015 2211 0.4478 0.4527 0.7882 0.5707 0.3571 0.8655 0.6881 0.2118 -0.0028
2016 1601 0.4760 0.4791 0.7718 0.5958 0.3731 0.8634 0.6390 0.2282 0.0000
2017 1159 0.4702 0.4513 0.8184 0.5908 0.3274 0.8758 0.7264 0.1816 0.0000
Career177700.47640.45800.79530.60130.32680.85990.68860.20470.0078

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
2014-07-08 2014-08-12 15-DL 35 29 Right Foot Fracture -
2014-06-15 2014-06-19 DTD 4 3 Right Foot Contusion -
2014-04-16 2014-05-08 15-DL 22 20 - Low Back Tightness - -
2013-09-29 2013-09-30 DTD 1 1 - Mid Back Soreness - -
2013-09-26 2013-09-28 DTD 2 2 - Back Soreness - -
2013-07-01 2013-07-03 DTD 2 2 - Mid Back Soreness - -
2012-07-26 2012-08-26 15-DL 31 29 - Mid Back Strain - -
2012-03-26 2012-04-01 Camp 6 0 - Low Back Tightness - -
2011-05-08 2011-06-04 15-DL 27 24 Low Back Spasms -
2010-09-19 2010-09-22 DTD 3 2 Face Dental -
2009-09-30 2009-10-05 DTD 5 4 Right Elbow Contusion HBP -
2009-09-12 2009-09-13 DTD 1 1 Lower Leg Contusion HBP -
2007-03-07 2007-03-14 Camp 7 0 Right Fingers Sprain Ring Finger -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 BOS $
2017 WAS $1,000,000
2016 SEA $8,000,000
2015 MIL $7,500,000
2014 TOR $7,000,000
2013 TOR $5,150,000
2012 TOR $5,150,000
2011 TOR $5,150,000
2010 TOR $550,000
2009 TOR $411,800
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$39,911,800
9 yrTotal$39,911,800

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 58 dISE Baseball1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 3/2/18 (minor-league contract). Salary of $2M in majors. May opt out of contract near end of Spring Training if not on Major League roster. Released by NY Yankees 3/14/18. Signed by Boston as a free agent 6/2/18 (minor-league contract). Released by Boston 8/1/18 (exercised right to opt out of contract).
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2017), plus 2018 mutual option. Signed by Washington as a free agent 2/17. 17:$1M, 18:$5M mutual option ($0.5M buyout). Performance bonuses: $0.15M for 80 games. $0.2M each for 90, 100 games. $0.25M each for 110, 120 games. $0.2M for 130 games. Washington declined 2018 option 11/2/17.
  • 4 years/$18M (2010-13), plus 2014-16 club options. Signed extension with Toronto 4/3/10 (replacing 1 year/$0.41M contract signed 3/10). $0.6M signing bonus. 10:$0.4M, 11-13:$5M/year. 14:$7M club option, $2M buyout, 15:$7.5M club option, $1M buyout, 16:$8M club option, $0.5M buyout. Sent outright to Triple-A by Toronto 5/31/12. Contract purchased 6/25/12. Toronto exercised 2014 option 11/1/13. Toronto exercised 2015 option 11/1/14. Acquired by Milwaukee in trade from Toronto 11/1/14. Milwaukee exercised 2016 option 11/3/15. Acquired by Seattle in trade from Milwaukee 12/9/15.
  • 1 year/$0.4118M (2009). Re-signed 2/13/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Optioned to Triple-A 3/15/08. Optioned to Triple-A 5/7/08. Recalled 6/21/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Toronto 3/07. Optioned to Triple-A 3/07. Recalled 4/07. Optioned to Triple-A 7/6/07. Recalled 9/1/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by Toronto 9/06.
  • Drafted by Toronto 2004 (3-83) (South Alabama). $0.44M signing bonus.

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 381 50 102 21 1 15 54 34 69 1 0 .298 .363 .497 128 25.9 1B -2, 2.6
80o 362 46 94 19 1 14 49 31 67 1 0 .288 .352 .482 120 20.1 1B -2, 2.0
70o 348 43 88 18 1 13 46 29 66 0 0 .280 .343 .468 115 16.2 1B -1, 1.6
60o 336 40 82 17 1 12 44 28 64 0 0 .270 .333 .451 110 13.1 1B -1, 1.2
50o 325 38 78 16 1 12 41 26 63 0 0 .264 .326 .447 106 10.3 1B -1, 1.0
40o 314 36 73 15 1 11 39 24 62 0 0 .255 .315 .430 101 7.7 1B -1, 0.7
30o 302 34 68 14 1 10 36 23 60 0 0 .246 .307 .413 97 5.1 1B -1, 0.4
20o 288 31 63 13 1 9 34 21 58 0 0 .239 .295 .398 91 2.3 1B -1, 0.1
10o 269 27 55 11 1 8 30 19 55 0 0 .223 .279 .372 83 -1.2 1B -1, -0.2
Weighted Mean32939791611242266300.265.326.44610711.21B -1,1.0

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20203617622398062215350.249.317.4201010.12.5-0.3-1.94.50.2-1.2
20213713517296041712280.249.318.4151000.11.7-0.3-1.53.50.0-0.9
202238981221403128200.249.316.413990.01.1-0.2-1.12.5-0.1-0.7
2023396881530286140.245.313.407970.00.7-0.1-0.81.7-0.2-0.5
2024404861120264100.244.310.404950.00.4-0.1-0.61.2-0.2-0.3
20254129461013260.242.309.40094-0.00.2-0.1-0.40.8-0.1-0.2
20264215231002130.238.304.38890-0.00.1-0.0-0.20.4-0.1-0.1
20274314231002130.238.305.38790-0.00.1-0.0-0.20.4-0.1-0.1
20284415231002130.238.304.38690-0.00.1-0.0-0.20.4-0.1-0.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 87 Mike Sweeney 2009 112
2 85 Adrian Gonzalez 2017 77
3 84 Don Baylor 1984 137
4 84 Aubrey Huff 2012 93
5 84 Kevin Millar 2007 117
6 84 Kendrys Morales 2018 112
7 84 Justin Morneau 2016 87
8 84 Chris Chambliss 1984 98
9 83 Tino Martinez 2003 105
10 83 Ray Boone 1959 108
11 83 Jim Bottomley 1935 79
12 83 Ty Wigginton 2013 61
13 83 Andre Ethier 2017 88
14 83 Russ Wrightstone 1928 90
15 83 Lyle Overbay 2012 81
16 82 Carl Everett 2006 88
17 82 Hal McRae 1981 113
18 82 David DeJesus 2015 87
19 82 Harold Baines 1994 111
20 82 Jim Spencer 1982 55
21 82 Jeff King 2000 0 DNP
22 82 Rocky Nelson 1960 124
23 82 Julio Franco 1994 134
24 82 Richie Hebner 1983 94
25 82 Ted Simmons 1985 107
26 81 Nick Swisher 2016 0 DNP
27 81 Michael Young 2012 91
28 81 David Segui 2002 93
29 81 Will Clark 1999 124
30 81 Rico Carty 1975 143
31 81 Ernie Banks 1966 100
32 81 Ted Kluszewski 1960 111
33 80 Bobby Murcer 1981 118
34 80 Jose Guillen 2011 0 DNP
35 80 Al Oliver 1982 139
36 80 Joe Judge 1929 119
37 80 Ed Kranepool 1980 0 DNP
38 80 Joe Kuhel 1941 96
39 80 Eddie Robinson 1956 82
40 80 Eddie Murray 1991 107
41 80 Ryan Raburn 2016 75
42 80 Todd Zeile 2001 100
43 80 Kent Hrbek 1995 0 DNP
44 80 Wally Joyner 1997 126
45 79 Phil Cavarretta 1952 91
46 79 Juan Rivera 2014 0 DNP
47 79 Dmitri Young 2009 0 DNP
48 79 Hideki Matsui 2009 127
49 79 Dan Driessen 1987 86
50 79 Charlie Grimm 1934 96
51 79 Tony Oliva 1974 107
52 79 Mickey Vernon 1953 134
53 79 Ross Gload 2011 82
54 79 Olmedo Saenz 2006 115
55 79 Joe Collins 1958 0 DNP
56 79 Fred McGriff 1999 133
57 79 Terry Crowley 1982 118
58 78 Aaron Boone 2008 74
59 78 Gary Redus 1992 98
60 78 Don Mincher 1973 0 DNP
61 78 Rusty Staub 1979 106
62 78 Bob Watson 1981 101
63 78 Todd Walker 2008 0 DNP
64 78 Irish Meusel 1928 0 DNP
65 78 Mark Teixeira 2015 146
66 78 Rondell White 2007 71
67 78 Dale Long 1961 109
68 78 Orlando Cepeda 1973 121
69 78 Raul Ibanez 2007 116
70 77 Trot Nixon 2009 0 DNP
71 77 Roy Smalley 1988 0 DNP
72 77 Adam LaRoche 2015 87
73 77 Doug Mientkiewicz 2009 76
74 77 Rafael Palmeiro 2000 137
75 77 Travis Hafner 2012 117
76 77 Gates Brown 1974 93
77 77 Eric Hinske 2013 77
78 77 Harvey Hendrick 1933 112
79 77 Bill Buckner 1985 101
80 77 Shawn Green 2008 0 DNP
81 77 John Wockenfuss 1984 130
82 77 Ken McMullen 1977 98
83 77 Greg Dobbs 2014 77
84 77 Bruce Bochte 1986 99
85 77 David Dellucci 2009 65
86 77 Victor Martinez 2014 178
87 77 Eric Chavez 2013 113
88 77 Ryan Ludwick 2014 92
89 77 Joe Harris 1926 119
90 77 Goose Goslin 1936 123
91 77 Jeff Baker 2016 0 DNP
92 77 George Crowe 1956 98
93 77 Andre Thornton 1985 107
94 76 Norm Cash 1970 119
95 76 Dae-Ho Lee 2017 0 DNP
96 76 Bobby Veach 1923 108
97 76 Joe Mauer 2018 96
98 76 Gus Suhr 1941 0 DNP
99 76 Luke Scott 2013 95
100 76 Jim Northrup 1975 111

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 To put it simply, Lind sucked in 2016. His biggest strength, the ability to mash righties, completely disappeared (as did just about everything else that could be considered a strength of his). Thankfully, he steered out of that slide in 2017—due in large part to a newfound role as a pinch-hitting god. Lind set the Nationals’ team record for pinch-hit home runs in a season with four, hitting .356/.396/.644 in his 48 plate appearances in the role. He still can’t hit lefties, he still can’t play competent defense, he’s still an injury risk and now he’s coming up on the wrong side of 35. But he still shows flashes of performance at the plate that are worth sticking around for, even if they’re just one pinch at a time.
2017 The list of things the Mariners wanted Adam Lind to do in 2016: punish right-handed pitching, knock some home runs and play a competent first base. You know, good Adam Lind things. The list of things Adam Lind actually did in 2016: posted an on-base percentage of .287...vs. right-handed pitching, knocked some home runs, wore pants that looked uncomfortably tight and had odd little wisps of hair stick out of his cap and batting helmet. You know, bad Adam Lind things.
2016 Lind isn't complicated. He bludgeons right-handed pitching, flails helplessly against southpaws, and is a health risk due to his back. When he's limber and shielded from lefties, he's an easy two-win player and someone who can provide above-average production for a contender on the cheap. He's basically Lucas Duda without the lucky 2015 season against lefties to inflate his perceived value (and before you argue, Duda had a 31.8 percent strikeout rate and .378 BABIP versus southpaws). In fact, Lind had a better OPS against righties than Adrian Gonzalez, Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Lucas Duda, Albert Pujols, and Carlos Santana—which makes him one of the most underrated hitters in the game. Some days.
2015 Lind spent three years below replacement level, trying to recapture his breakout 2009, before the Blue Jays scrapped playing him full-time in 2013 and directed 81 percent of his plate appearances to left-on-right matchups, with tremendous success. Last year, that grew to 88 percent. Lind also added a staggering goatee, which surely contributed to the best on-base percentage and batting average of his career. He hit to the opposite field with much higher frequency, splashing more extra-base hits to left field than his pull side. He's still unusable at first base, which makes his acquisition by the Brewers a little mystifying, even accounting for his reasonable contract status: $7.5 million owed in 2015 and an $8 million club option (with just a $500,000 buyout) in 2016.
2014 Lind might say it was offseason yoga (although his back nonetheless seized up on him midseason) or "swinging 90 percent," as he described his new-age approach. His manager, however, might take credit for physical discipline of his own, and of a very different type: He had Lind assume an extreme platoon split, allowing him to face a lefty in a career-low 19 percent of his plate appearances. The result? Lind had his best year since the breakout 2009 that made him look like a future star. He may never be one, but he made his $7 million option easy to exercise, and as a year-to-year club-option player at reasonable rates through 2016 ($7.5 million and $8 million, with smallish buyouts), he's a useful asset as long as he skips games started by southpaws and goes to yoga class instead.
2013 Linds 2008, when he hit 35 homers with an OPS over 900, set the world afire and heralded the coming of a new star in Toronto. In the 1,508 plate appearances since, he has hit .246/.296/.428. As you can see, Linds problems are beautiful multifaceted gemstones, highly prized by the aristocracy for their richness and complexity. Put bluntly, dude cant hit lefties, play defense, or get on base. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln . . . ? His four-year, $18 million deal expires after this season. Heres hoping he invested wisely.
2012 The chief virtue of Linds campaign was that it was better than his 2010. The chief vice of Linds campaign that it was only slightly so. Only through the magic of arbitrary endpoints is the similarity of his two seasons obscured. It looked, during a first half in which he hit .300/.349/.515, that perhaps the Adam Lind that made a four-year, $17 million contract look like a steal was back. By the All-Star break, it seemed like he was picking up where he left off after a stronger (.267/.309/.498) second half in 2010. He did suffer a back injury that sidelined him for several weeks in the first half, but he came back before the All-Star break and went on a small tear. That isnt decisive, but it suggests the back injury was not to blame for his moribund second half (.197/.233/.356). There is no longer much reason to think that Lind will wind up any better than a league-average hitter.
2011 Just as the season began, Lind signed one of those option-laden multi-year deals that are all the rage these days. A 25-year-old who hit 35 home runs in 2009 looked like someone in whom one might invest $7 million four years down the road. After a supremely disappointing season, thats no longer the case. Lind's plate discipline, already marginal, evaporated entirely, his power declined sharply, and at times he looked lost at the plate. He was consistently beaten to the outside part of the plate, and pitchers learned to exploit that weakness. On top of that, with the trade of Brett Wallace to Houston, Lind suddenly had newfound duties as the first baseman of the future. His favorable second-half split and the ability of even dead cats to bounce temper the pessimism to a degree.
2010 Lind was by far the Jays best hitter in 2009, finally delivering in full on the potential he showed in the minors and in his cup of coffee in 2006. Though he shed more than 200 points of OPS against his fellow lefties and was awful in his limited opportunities afield, Lind battered righties enough to remain valuable, and his split against lefties was hardly disastrous (.275/.318/.461). Still, its damning that the only two hitters under 27 that J.P. Ricciardi left the Jays to build around (Lind and Travis Snider) barely register on the defensive spectrum.
2009 Ticketed for stardom after his brief, blazing introductions to Triple-A and the majors in his age-22 season, Lind failed to seize his opportunity in 2007, but didnt miss when the chance came again last year. Installed in left in late June, Lind hit .355/.377/.626 through the end of July to secure the job, but then cooled off over the final two months of the season. Beyond somewhat limited power potential (his ISOs aren't solid for a corner), Linds plate approach in the bigs seems to be an issue; his K/UIBB was 2.1 at Triple-A last year and is a similar 2.2 over his minor league career, but in the majors his career rate swells to 4.0, and during his poor August and September last year it was up to an even six strikeouts for every unintentional walk.
2008 Lind didn't have an argument for holding onto his playing time after Johnson's return. He was batting .230/.274/.383 as Johnson's replacement in left. The obvious solution-a platoon-was problematic within the parameters of a 12-man pitching staff, the lack of an everyday shortstop, and the need to spot Troy Glaus a day or two a week. All that, and Matt Stairs, too! Lind should be the regular left fielder this year, but both Johnson and Stairs are still around, so he's not going to be handed the job. His lousy September (.273/.298/.473) didn't help his case
2007 Adam Lind is as low-risk a prospect as you`ll find. He has nothing left to prove after demolishing his way through two minor league levels last season and has the sort of natural left-handed swing that scouts love. He`s an instinct hitter who doesn`t get cute at the plate, but he knows how to distinguish balls from strikes and his walk rate should improve. The question is whether he`ll be great or merely good. His secondary traits such as speed and defense aren`t particularly impressive, which may be what leads PECOTA to conclude that he`ll have an early peak.
2006 The rare player on the organizational depth chart who might turn into that elusive "impact bat," Lind had a nice season in the Florida State League, hitting for power and showing just enough patience. The Jays think he made a significant jump last year, and he`ll start the season in Double-A. There are significant defensive concerns, but even if he ends up at DH, by 2007 he might be the homegrown source of the lefty power that Koskie and Hinske have failed to provide.

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2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Will Rowdy Tellez solve his issues Vs. LH to allow him a chance to play everyday in Toronto? or Adam Lind type?
(Jeb from Johnson City)
There's just so much pressure on his bat to be special. I don't think he projects to be an everyday guy. As you said, he's only hitting .245/.328/.382 against southpaws, and that doesn't project to get better as the quality of left-handers improve. (J.P. Breen)
2016-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should we be excited about Dalton Pompey? Toronto doesn't exactly have the best track record of developing hitters internally. Last noteworthy bat they developed was maybe Adam Lind.
(J.P. from Toronto)
It's less about development and more about preparation and maintenance now, isn't it? (Harry Pavlidis)
2015-09-21 20:30:00 (link to chat)Could you justify cutting Pujols for any of Valencia, Lind, Pearce, Forsythe, Bird?
(Bill from Ohio)
Not only could I justify cutting Pujols for Adam Lind, but I'd recommend it. Lind has been a better fantasy first baseman than Pujols this year. All members of the #AdamLindAppreciationSociety step forward. (Bret Sayre)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for believing in me
(Adam Lind from MIL)
Bro, I'm the co-founder of the #AdamLindAppreciationSociety with our fearless leader, Bret Sayre. You shouldn't be thanking me. We should be thanking you. And for all you unbelievers out there, Adam Lind has a 130 wRC+ through his first 210 plate appearances. Get on the bandwagon or gtfo. (J.P. Breen)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Jimmy Paredes? Rather own him or Adam Lind in a shallow re-draft? Thanks!
(Kolten from Seattle)
I think myself, JP Breen and the rest of the Adam Lind Admiration Society need to have a word with you privately. Paredes is a flavor of the week. Don't get attached. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)R.J. - Can you explain Adam Lind? No power, all patience. Both are unprecedented. Can it last and can it be valuable? Thanks
(R.A. Wagman from Toronto)
Lind does have a weird stat line: 21 percent walks, nine percent strikeouts, and a .068 ISO. We all know the walk rate s going to deflate as the year goes on. Frankly I don't buy into high-walk, low-everything else guys until they prove they can do it multiple times. It's hard to take a lot of walks without burning pitchers now and again. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-01-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Delmon Young is a fit for the Blue Jays as a platoon partner for Adam Lind?
(Cam from Waterloo)
I'm not even sure if Delmon is good enough to be an asset as the short half of a platoon. Last year he had a .271 TAv against lefties, with a multi-year weighted TAv against them of .281. (You can see that in the "Splits" section of his player card.) Compare that to say, Scott Hairston, whom I'd rather have (.315 last year, .300 multi-year). Even if .281 is Delmon's true talent against southpaws, once you subtract his defense, his baserunning, and the fact that he'd be taking up a roster spot in a limited role, there's just not a lot of value left there. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-03-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Of the Jays three failed players in 2011 Travis Snider, Colby Rasmus, Kyle Drabek, and Adam Lind, who do you think will put out the most production in 2012?
(Steve from Canada)
I was surprised to see Snider go down this week, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Drabek this week, as he looked really good. I'll go with Drabek. I see little reason to be optimistic about Rasmus or Lind. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-09-06 14:00:00 (link to chat) Can the Jays get up there with the Yankees/Sox/Rays? Lawrie looks great, but they're still short pitching, would Darvish get them there?
(Steve R from Waterloo, ON)
It depends if you believe that Darvish is a #1, or that they'll be up for spending Darvish money. I have doubts about both. Either way, he's not enough. They still need additional help for the rotation, the bullpen, and the lineup. You would, in particular, like them to figure out whether Adam Lind and Travis Snider are ever going to join the first ranks of offensive players. (Steven Goldman)
2011-07-21 16:00:00 (link to chat)I fantasize of trading Yunel Escobar for Adam Lind...should I try to make it a reality or is it too far fetched of a dream?
(Justin from Tinley Park)
Unless I'm really desperate for a shortstop, I am not making that deal. The worse the guy can say is no, but that's a run production drop-off he/she might not want to take in the stats at this point of the season. (Jason Collette)
2011-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Adam Lind return to his 2009 form?
(Tony from Albuquerque)
It just wouldn't be a BP chat without an Adam Lind question. No, probably not, but stranger things have happened, and 25 is pretty early to peak. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Marc, 2 Scoresheet keeper league questions. Team 1: Protect Tim Hudson or Sean Marshall? Team 2: Pick one from among Vernon Wells, Travis Snider, Adam Lind and Felix Pie. Thanks for the chat!
(rrydelek from Maryland)
You might want to ask Rob McQuown for help on this one. I'm still just learning Scoresheet and I expect to get destroyed this year. Rob knows what he's doing. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Eric, I drafted Adam Lind this year in my fantasy league. Coming off a 36 hr run year, I was expecting a top 15-of performance from him (so was ESPN). What happened? 22 hrs and a 229 avg is not what I had in mind when i laid down a high pick on him.
(bill from fargo, north dakota)
Well, for starters, his strikeout rate has increased substantially and he isn't walking as frequently. He isn't being as patient this year, and despite hitting more flyballs, his HR/FB has dropped off significantly. I don't know much about his batting mechanics, admittedly, but Lind's statistical line this season suggests to me that he is having problems seeing the ball, and is trying to compensate for it in the wrong ways. He isn't this bad but he probably isn't as good as he was last year. If he can be a bit more patient at the plate and cut back on swings out of the zone, he should be able to get into the .350 OBP/.480 SLG range, which is where expectations should stay moving forward. (Eric Seidman)
2010-08-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)What can you do with Aaorn Hill and Adam Lind between now and the end of the season? Is it better for them to sit or do they just have to keep flailing in the hope that something will suddenly click?
(garethbluejays2 from Newcastle, UK)
Given that the Jays are out of contention, continued flailing is probably preferable. Lind has actually hit quite well this month. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-06-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)When you have a roster that includes aramis ramirez, nate mclouth, gordon beckham, zach grienke and yunel escobar, is there anything you can do but cry a little and wait 'til next year? I mean I don't think you can go negative in roto, but my team is sure trrying.
(Mike from Chicago)
That's rough. I have a team with McLouth and Beckham on it, but thankfully McLouth was my fifth outfielder. It looks like you took a bullet for the rest of the fantasy baseball universe--about the only thing you're missing is Adam Lind. Some years just don't work, or at least they don't from the start. It's getting to that time of year where it's okay to feel antsy though, so make some moves if you can. (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the most important thing the Jays need to have happen to sneak into the playoffs?
(dtwhite from Toronto)
Adam Lind needs to raise his batting average, and Vernon Wells needs to keep being halfway decent. Fred Lewis was an inspired pick-up, and Jose Bautista is out of his mind right now.

But it's not gonna happen. Too many ifs, too few nahs, not enough heys. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any BABIP buy low candidates I can target in trades?
(Jquinton82 from NY)
Hitters or pitchers? For pitchers, I bow before the wisdom of Seidwartz.

For hitters, I'll say Adam Lind (.260, .307 career). (Tommy Bennett)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What to do with Adam Lind? Snapped his 0-18 streak today (a single!) and looks like the player that was unnecessarily jerked around by Toronto for years before 2009. Thoughts?
(scott from chicago)
I like his bat too much to give up on him, especially after a month. Patience, patience! (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)In re the cover of BP 2010 and the blurb regarding Adam Lind taking a shot at Mike Jacobs: While I love the snarkiness that comes with the analysis found in the book and BP in general, I thought the question posing the aspirational comparison to Bay and the pejorative comparison Jacobs was a little biting. It seems to me it's one thing for your blurb about Jacobs to say that he's underperformed, not met expectactions, etc., and another to ask if one player -- on the cover no less-- "is going to disappoint like Jacobs?" I just thought the comment dipped a little too far into the negative and unnecessarily called out a player by comparing him to another, especially in the context of this being the cover of the book. Thoughts? Was this discussed amongst the staff?
(JDLloyd10 from Biscuits' Stadium, AL)
Let me put it this way: we spend so little time thinking about those blurbs that I had to pull the book out to see what you were talking about. I don't write them, we don't really write them. They're thrown together by a combination of people including the publisher and passed along very quickly. I find it very difficult to think up cover blurbs when I'm desperately trying to edit the book and I haven't seen more than a few chapters. I think your comment is fair, though; in the future we'll try to discourage those comparisons except maybe in a more broad historic sense, like "Is Jayson Heyward the next Dave Winfield?" or something like that. (Steven Goldman)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Adam Lind? Seems to me he is peak Jason Bay without steals no?
(steve from Boston)
That sounds right to me. He's got a great, great bat, but sans steals. (Marc Normandin)
2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Adam Lind's performance in 2009, career year or is the best yet to come?
(Ron from Vancouver)
I think 2009 is a pretty good indicator of my expectations for him. I was optimistic about him for '09, but he did what I thought he would be capable of later on already. (Marc Normandin)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it possible we've seen the best of Adam Lind?
(Rob from Alaska)
I don't see why he couldn't be a consistent .290/.360/.530 hitter for the next several seasons. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Joe, if you were JP Ricciardi, or his replacement, who you sign Adam Lind to an extension now, or wait and see 'til next season to see if he can even come close to producing this level of performance again. Ricciardi got burned by signing Hinske up to soon. Thanks.
(Shane from East Coast)
I don't think Lind is someone you need to make that kind of commitment to. DHs aren't building blocks, and he's a bit older, so if you can sign away arb at a reasonable price, fine, but don't sweat buying out FA years. And yeah, I'd probably make him do it twice anyway (I think he can). (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do see Adam Lind putting up all star numbers again next season or do you see him regressing next year?
(Matt from Calgary)
All-Star numbers, I'd suspect. This is the type of hitter many scouts and statheads expected him to be, which is why there was so much screeching about J.P. Ricciardi keeping him on the farm for so long last year. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Travis Snider have the ability to breakout like his fellow teammate Adam Lind, who experienced many of the same performance issues Snider has faced (K vs. LHP in particular) as a rookie?
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
Yes, and maybe even more so. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Help, I'm a Jays fan. Ryan's contract, eaten. Halladay on the block. Entire starting rotation on DL. What are three good reasons I shouldn't permanently renounce baseball for lacrosse?
(jerjapan from Toronto)
1. Cito Gaston (who should have never been let go). 2. Aaron Hill's amazing comeback (underreported in the U.S.), 3. Adam Lind emerging as an offensive force. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Obviously Travis Snider has more potential but do you see Adam Lind outperforming him this season? At it's best how does a outfield of Snider, Wells and Rios stack up around the league in 3 years?
(Bill from Toronto)
This year, probably but not certainly, but N+1 through forever belongs to Snider. I think the problem with the proposition is that Wells and Rios aren't going to get any better, so we can probably shelve those Barfield/Bell/Moseby comparisons now. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can we get a one-sentence 2009 Travis Snider preview/prediction?
(mschroeder14 from WI)
He could have enough trouble making contact that he has trouble hitting for average and gets into some frustrating slumps, but he's young enough to make big strides if the Jays show more patience than they have did Adam Lind. ...Switched to Squeeze at random. Does the guitar solo from "In Quintessence" ever get nominated as one of the best ever? (Steven Goldman)
2009-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)I had a smoke with Adam Lind outside the Rogers Center just as he arrived from the airport. Not that I'm proud of the smoking part just wanted to point out one major league who does smoke.
(dogtothedog from Toronto)
So there's one. (Will Carroll)
2008-08-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Adam Lind: buying or selling?
(Rob from Alaska)
If I could buy twice, I would. Lightning round folks, sorry to cut things short early, but I have a list of things to accomplish today. (Marc Normandin)
2008-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Whats your two cents on Adam Lind? He was crushing AAA through half a year, and has remained pretty hot in the majors since his callup 6 weeks ago. Will he this good? Or come back to earth as like a .280 20 hr 80rbi guy?
(Chris from Toronto)
I think he'll come back to your earth as you describe it, but that's a pretty good player still, no? (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Adam Lind has been raking lately...can he keep it up?
(uptick from St. Louis, MO)
Yes. He's Bobby Higginson or Geoff Jenkins with less defense. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should JP Riccardi be fired with all the problems he has opening his mouth and Toronto's lack of offense to match the greatness that the pitching staff has given the team?
(jlarsen from DRays Bay)
I don't like to suggest that anyone should lose their job - bad karma and all that - but ownership's patience with a team that has been running in place for so long is... impressive. The Jays often have some very nice components - good pitching, some great complimentary players - but they haven't been able to develop or acquire the MVP candidate on offense that they have needed to bring the club together. Maybe Travis Snider will be that guy... Assuming he gets more of a chance than Adam Lind. (Steven Goldman)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Joe, how long do you think the Blue Jays will let Adam Lind crush the ball in AAA before giving him a real shot in the bigs? I know he has struggled when they bring him up and play him once a week, but will he ever get a fair shot? Is there anybody who has been mishandled more than Mr. Lind?
(Steve from Cambridge)
Plenty of guys have been handled worse than Lind has. Willie Greene mocks his pain, for one. I just don't get how a team can choose Shannon Stewart, who's just a terrible baseball player now, over Lind. Or drag in Brad Wilkerson and Kevin Mench. Or play Joe Inglett. It just doesn't make sense. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-02 12:00:00 (link to chat)Would a Adam Lind and David Purcey for Bay deal workout well for both teams? Wouldn't Lind project as a lefthanded Bay with a little less power in his prime?
(Taylor from Toronto)
I think the Pirates would want some higher-end guys than Lind and Purcey. I don't think Lind is in Bay's class and Purcey doesn't excite me. (John Perrotto)
2008-05-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)What could JP Ricciardi do to lessen your (and not only your) general invective? He has made mistakes, but he seems to be learning on the job and has shown some ability to correct his mistakes. As long as you don't listen to his purposely misleading explanations, his recent actions have had purpose and make sense. Thanks
(rawagman from Work in Toronto)
You mean like when Adam Lind got 15 minutes to hold a job that he's been the Jay most qualified for since August 2006? Or when he released a player, based on 11 games, who's outhit his entire roster since he was cut? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)If I kidnapped Adam Lind and brought him down to Orlando the Jays would have to play him over Joe Inglett right?
(Taylor from Toronto)
You supply the van, and I'll drive. (Kevin Goldstein)


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