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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
9 131 512.3 32 30 0 4.20 2.2
Birth Date10-19-1984
Height6' 5"
Weight205 lbs
Age34 years, 10 months, 5 days
BatsL
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
2008 LAN MLB 4 0 6.0 0 0 0 5 1 2 0 92 7.5 1.5 0.0 3.0 0% .238 1.00 2.93 0.00 97 3.88 82.8 0.1
2009 LAN MLB 45 4 63.0 5 5 0 60 34 54 6 91 8.6 4.9 0.9 7.7 0% .298 1.49 4.43 4.00 105 5.04 108.0 0.2
2010 LAN 0 4 1 7.7 0 1 0 11 5 7 1 80 12.9 5.9 1.2 8.2 0% .400 2.09 4.92 8.22 96 4.42 99.7 0.1
2010 PIT 0 11 11 64.0 4 5 0 59 24 61 3 90 8.3 3.4 0.4 8.6 0% .311 1.30 2.92 3.52 100 4.57 103.2 0.5
2011 PIT MLB 31 31 171.0 9 9 0 176 78 142 24 96 9.3 4.1 1.3 7.5 0% .302 1.49 4.64 4.21 109 4.99 115.9 0.2
2012 PIT MLB 30 29 171.0 12 8 0 147 69 151 21 97 7.7 3.6 1.1 7.9 0% .269 1.26 4.24 4.21 99 4.32 98.9 1.7
2013 PIT MLB 6 6 29.7 2 2 0 29 20 25 1 102 8.8 6.1 0.3 7.6 0% .315 1.65 4.10 5.76 119 6.43 153.9 -0.5
2010 TOT MLB 15 12 71.7 4 6 0 70 29 68 4 89 8.8 3.6 0.5 8.5 0% .000 1.38 3.14 4.02 100 4.55 102.8 0.6
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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.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
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-
2005 OGD Rk PIO 4 0 6.0 0 0 0 4 2 9 0 42 6.0 3.0 0.0 13.5 0% -.333 1.00 2.51 1.50 71 2.15 42.4
2006 CGA A SAL 30 22 142.0 5 10 0 119 65 146 15 7.5 4.1 1.0 9.3 0% .287 1.30 4.23 3.99 0 0.00 0.0
2007 SBR A+ CLF 16 15 82.0 6 7 0 79 21 104 8 96 8.7 2.3 0.9 11.4 0% .350 1.22 3.45 3.95 0 0.00 0.0
2007 JAX AA SOU 10 10 52.7 7 2 0 42 16 64 5 92 7.2 2.7 0.9 10.9 0% .289 1.10 3.21 1.71 79 2.93 60.1
2008 LAN MLB NL 4 0 6.0 0 0 0 5 1 2 0 92 7.5 1.5 0.0 3.0 0% .238 1.00 2.93 0.00 97 3.88 82.8
2008 JAX AA SOU 22 22 118.7 5 3 0 98 46 113 12 99 7.4 3.5 0.9 8.6 0% .274 1.21 3.96 3.18 96 3.85 78.9
2008 LVG AAA PCL 5 4 22.3 2 1 0 17 7 28 3 105 6.9 2.8 1.2 11.3 0% .259 1.08 4.06 3.63 78 2.08 42.6
2009 LAN MLB NL 45 4 63.0 5 5 0 60 34 54 6 91 8.6 4.9 0.9 7.7 0% .298 1.49 4.43 4.00 105 5.04 108.0
2009 ABQ AAA PCL 6 6 30.3 1 0 0 21 14 40 2 96 6.2 4.2 0.6 11.9 0% .288 1.16 3.05 3.27 81 2.79 58.6
2009 LIC Wnt DWL 3 1 9.7 0 2 0 17 6 12 1 15.8 5.6 0.9 11.1 0% .485 2.37 4.00 9.28 0 0.00 0.0
2010 LAN MLB NL 4 1 7.7 0 1 0 11 5 7 1 80 12.9 5.9 1.2 8.2 0% .400 2.09 4.92 8.22 96 4.42 99.7
2010 PIT MLB NL 11 11 64.0 4 5 0 59 24 61 3 90 8.3 3.4 0.4 8.6 0% .311 1.30 2.92 3.52 100 4.57 103.2
2010 ABQ AAA PCL 12 12 63.3 6 1 0 64 24 57 4 121 9.1 3.4 0.6 8.1 0% .319 1.39 3.97 4.41 0 0.00 0.0
2010 DOD Rk AZL 2 2 5.7 0 0 0 3 3 8 0 4.7 4.7 0.0 12.6 0% .250 1.05 3.02 1.58 0 0.00 0.0
2011 PIT MLB NL 31 31 171.0 9 9 0 176 78 142 24 96 9.3 4.1 1.3 7.5 0% .302 1.49 4.64 4.21 109 4.99 115.9
2012 PIT MLB NL 30 29 171.0 12 8 0 147 69 151 21 97 7.7 3.6 1.1 7.9 0% .269 1.26 4.24 4.21 99 4.32 98.9
2013 PIT MLB NL 6 6 29.7 2 2 0 29 20 25 1 102 8.8 6.1 0.3 7.6 0% .315 1.65 4.10 5.76 119 6.43 153.9
2013 BRD A+ FSL 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 4 0 1 1 18.0 0.0 4.5 4.5 0% .375 2.00 8.74 9.00 115 6.21 134.9
2013 ALT AA EAS 2 2 4.7 0 1 0 4 5 2 1 102 7.7 9.6 1.9 3.9 0% .231 1.93 8.46 5.79 143 6.49 141.1
2013 IND AAA INT 4 4 20.7 1 3 0 26 9 12 2 104 11.3 3.9 0.9 5.2 0% .348 1.69 4.89 6.53 118 6.82 148.3
2013 PIR Rk GCL 3 3 5.7 0 0 0 5 1 5 0 99 7.9 1.6 0.0 7.9 0% .294 1.06 2.75 6.35 94 3.27 71.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 95 0.4526 0.4737 0.8000 0.6279 0.3462 0.8519 0.7222 0.2000
2009 1113 0.4726 0.4349 0.7665 0.6331 0.2572 0.8108 0.6689 0.2335
2010 1190 0.4992 0.4403 0.7767 0.6044 0.2768 0.8719 0.5697 0.2233
2011 2877 0.4852 0.4539 0.8009 0.6261 0.2917 0.8513 0.6991 0.1991
2012 2776 0.4993 0.4377 0.7827 0.5988 0.2770 0.8651 0.6052 0.2173
2013 509 0.4597 0.4008 0.7941 0.6026 0.2291 0.8652 0.6349 0.2059
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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
2014-03-21 2014-09-29 60-DL 192 162 Right Shoulder Tendonitis - -
2014-03-18 2014-03-21 Camp 3 0 Right Shoulder Strain - -
2013-05-01 2013-09-07 60-DL 129 113 Right Shoulder Strain - -
2011-03-12 2011-03-31 Camp 19 0 Left Trunk Soreness -
2010-05-27 2010-06-28 Minors 32 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2010-04-19 2010-04-29 Minors 10 0 Right Fingers Laceration Fingernail -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CHN $1,000,000
2013 PIT $3,025,000
2012 PIT $502,500
2011 PIT $443,000
2009 LAN $400,750
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$5,371,250
5 yrTotal$5,371,250

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 74 dHendricks Sports1 year/$1M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$1M (2014). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 2/13/14. Performance bonuses. Elected free agency 10/30/14.
  • 1 year/$3.025M (2013). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 1/31/13 (avoided arbitration, $3.4M-$2.65M). DFA by Pittsburgh 9/7/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 9/12/13 (refused assignment 9/13/13).
  • 1 year/$0.5025M (2012). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.443M (2011). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/10. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from LA Dodgers 7/31/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/6/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by LA Dodgers.
  • Drafted by LA Dodgers 2002 (11-331) (Golden West JC, Calif.) (draft-and-follow). $0.15M signing bonus.

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 Articles

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2011-01-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there anything the Bucs have done this off-season to give a fan some hope? Or is it a matter of improving by doing nothing to destroy the future?
(Frank from Vegas)
The farm system is doing well, and it just spit out Alvarez, Tabata, Walker, and not too long ago, McCutchen. I like James McDonald a lot, and Correia is by no means an answer in the rotation, but he gives them someone else who knows what a strike looks like besides McDonald and Charlie Morton. It's a slow road to improve the team, but they are moving from embarrassing to just bad. Which is more than you can say for basically the rest of this stretch of failure. (Marc Normandin)
2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Dodgers do this winter to patch up their rotation on a shoestring budget? Kuroda, Lilly, Padilla are all free agents, and the team needs to find innings to prevent Kershaw and Billingsley from being worked to death.
(The Duke of Flatbush from Brooklyn)
I think they'll sign Lilly and then try to patch the No. 4 starter spot with an inexpensive free agent then give the No. 5 spot to John Ely or someone of his ilk and cross your fingers. I just can't figure whey they never gave James McDonald a shot. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)John, was signing Randy Wolf the right call over aving that money and giving James McDonald a real shot at a rotation spot?
(Gray (Chicago) from Chicago)
If the Dodgers were serious about repeating, they needed one more reliable pitcher in that rotation. I liked it at 5M for one year. (John Perrotto)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Aren't the Dodgers better off saving money and letting James McDonald round out their rotation?
(Gray from Chicago)
Kuroda/Billingsley/Kershaw/McDonald...I think there's definitely room for a signing. Doesn't need to be a high-upside guy so much as someone who will definitely make 32 starts. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why do some teams call-up minor leaguers in Sept. and don't use them at all? Wouldn't it be better to keep them in the minors, since they will at least keep getting innings/at bats. For example, James McDonald of the Dodgers has not pitched yet after being called up 2 weeks ago. Speaking of McDonald, will he have a good chance of being in the rotation for 09?
(Andrew from Washington, D.C.)
Well, the minor league regular season ended on Labor Day for most leagues, so there is no more chances for them to pitch. For many like McDonald, it's kind of a reward for a job well done. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kershaw is now up in the bigs for the 2nd time this year after spending time at AA Jacksonville. Meanwhile, James McDonald, having a great year as well for Jacksonville(although not as dominant as Kershaw), still hasn't even gotten a sniff of AAA despite being nearly 4 years older than Kershaw and dominating the same league LAST year. What's LA waiting for?
(albert2b from NYC)
I talk to a scout about McDonald in tommorow's edition of Future Shock. (Kevin Goldstein)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff GamesFair point. What do you think about James McDonald and Scott Elbert in terms of their 2008 progress. Did any pitchers in the Dodger org take a big step forward? (Jay Jaffe)
 

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