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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 36)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
370 .254 11 42 43 0 107 1.3
Birth Date4-13-1983
Height5' 11"
Weight200 lbs
Age36 years, 7 months, 7 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.02015
1.92016
1.22017
1.12018
1.32019
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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
2007 PIT 24 23 73 20 5 1 0 5 12 0 2 1 .294 .342 .397 67 -2.8 0.6 0.4 0.0
2008 PIT 25 37 119 27 7 0 4 5 22 3 2 0 .248 .294 .422 96 -0.2 -0.6 -1.4 0.0
2009 PIT 26 60 186 34 13 1 4 21 43 0 1 0 .206 .296 .370 75 -5.3 -0.1 1.6 -0.1
2010 PIT 27 15 38 8 2 1 0 7 6 0 0 0 .276 .395 .414 84 -0.7 0.3 1.0 0.1
2011 PIT 28 50 105 19 2 0 1 7 21 1 0 0 .202 .260 .255 76 -2.8 -0.4 -1.4 -0.3
2012 BAL 29 28 83 18 4 0 3 8 17 0 0 1 .254 .321 .437 96 -0.4 0.1 0.4 0.2
2012 HOU 29 21 75 16 4 1 0 7 16 3 1 1 .254 .347 .349 94 -0.5 0.1 -2.6 -0.2
2012 NYA 29 12 30 4 0 0 1 5 8 0 0 0 .160 .300 .280 98 -0.1 0.2 0.0 0.0
2013 BAL 30 44 138 31 7 0 4 15 25 4 1 0 .261 .362 .420 107 1.3 -0.7 -0.7 0.2
2014 BAL 31 102 383 99 26 0 21 40 76 4 5 0 .293 .373 .556 154 22.6 -2.1 10.9 4.0
2015 BAL 32 92 325 64 13 1 15 23 69 7 1 1 .218 .289 .422 102 1.8 2.0 0.1 1.0
2016 BAL 33 25 70 13 2 0 3 8 14 2 0 0 .217 .329 .400 128 2.5 1.5 -0.3 0.5
2016 TBA 33 60 232 63 11 1 10 26 40 1 0 3 .309 .388 .520 126 7.6 0.0 2.0 1.4
2017 TOR 34 92 348 79 17 1 13 27 68 5 0 0 .252 .319 .438 100 0.9 0.3 2.9 1.2
2018 BOS 35 50 165 38 8 1 7 22 27 5 0 0 .279 .394 .507 133 7.0 -1.4 -1.2 0.7
2018 TOR 35 26 86 23 6 0 4 7 14 0 0 0 .291 .349 .519 130 3.4 0.7 -0.8 0.5
2019 BOS 36 29 99 16 4 0 1 7 31 1 0 0 .180 .245 .258 60 -4.7 -0.3 1.5 -0.2
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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 LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2005 WPT A- NYP 72 312 .253 .324 .363 .338 90 19.6 7.6 -4.8 153 0 5.3 -0.5 19.2 2.7
2006 HIC A SAL 41 179 .270 .345 .406 .293 100 7 3.7 -2.4 128 0 6.6 0.8 2.0 1.1
2006 LYN A+ CRL 90 377 .260 .341 .395 .292 103 9.3 9.1 -5.9 137 0 5.3 -1.2 6.3 1.4
2007 PIT MLB NL 23 73 .267 .331 .426 .357 100 -1 2.2 -0.8 67 15 0.4 0.6 -2.8 0.0
2007 LYN A+ CRL 19 85 .249 .333 .373 .294 104 15.1 2.6 -1.7 227 0 0.1 1.1 12.5 1.4
2007 ALT AA EAS 81 335 .265 .339 .400 .359 108 23.5 9.8 -6.2 160 0 3.3 -1.1 22.8 2.9
2007 IND AAA INT 34 131 .263 .329 .398 .317 94 8.5 3.4 -1.9 145 0 3.1 0.9 6.1 1.1
2008 PIT MLB NL 37 119 .262 .330 .416 .271 97 -0.4 3.4 -1.2 96 11 -1.4 -0.6 -0.2 0.0
2008 IND AAA INT 103 433 .263 .328 .404 .281 87 4.3 12.8 -5.9 103 0 -13.0 -1.0 -4.9 -1.2
2009 PIT MLB NL 60 186 .253 .323 .400 .254 97 -6.3 5.4 -3.1 75 14 1.6 -0.1 -5.3 -0.1
2009 IND AAA INT 77 317 .260 .326 .397 .302 104 9.7 9.1 -5.8 149 0 5.0 -2.1 16.5 2.2
2010 PIT MLB NL 15 38 .250 .309 .401 .320 94 2.4 1.0 -0.6 84 13 1.0 0.3 -0.7 0.1
2010 BRD A+ FSL 2 8 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 IND AAA INT 35 158 .272 .342 .432 .394 105 10 4.8 -2.4 146 0 1.1 0.4 8.0 1.1
2011 PIT MLB NL 50 105 .257 .322 .399 .243 96 -7.2 2.8 -0.7 76 11 -1.4 -0.4 -2.8 -0.3
2011 BRD A+ FSL 3 10 .268 .302 .441 .000 113 0.3 0.3 0 116 0 0.4 0.0 0.1 0.1
2011 IND AAA INT 7 30 .251 .318 .382 .278 109 0.3 0.9 -0.3 122 0 -0.2 -0.8 0.7 0.0
2011 PIR Rk GCL 1 4 .280 .338 .408 1.000 126 0.7 0.1 0 158 0 -0.5 0.0 0.1 0.0
2012 BAL MLB AL 28 83 .240 .305 .379 .283 102 1.8 2.3 -0.6 96 11 0.4 0.1 -0.4 0.2
2012 HOU MLB NL 21 75 .247 .304 .388 .327 100 -1 2.1 -0.9 94 11 -2.6 0.1 -0.5 -0.2
2012 NYA MLB AL 12 30 .251 .320 .402 .188 104 -1.2 0.8 -0.5 98 11 0.0 0.2 -0.1 0.0
2012 SWB AAA INT 53 227 .256 .326 .392 .336 101 19.4 6.7 -4 173 0 0.7 -0.6 17.8 2.0
2013 BAL MLB AL 44 138 .258 .323 .405 .300 98 5.6 3.6 -1.7 107 13 -0.7 -0.7 1.3 0.2
2013 FRD A+ CAR 2 8 .229 .325 .356 .200 109 -0.6 0.2 -0.2 87 0 -0.1 -0.2 -0.3 0.0
2013 ORI Rk GCL 2 5 .284 .354 .401 .400 96 0.1 0.2 0 127 0 -0.2 0.2 0.0 0.0
2014 BAL MLB AL 102 383 .247 .305 .383 .322 98 31.5 9.9 -4.7 154 10 10.9 -2.1 22.6 4.0
2015 BAL MLB AL 92 325 .248 .310 .399 .232 114 -6.1 8.8 -3 102 8 0.1 2.0 1.8 1.0
2015 BOW AA EAS 2 7 .248 .328 .358 .167 95 0 0.2 -0.1 63 0 0.2 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2015 ORI Rk GCL 2 8 .262 .335 .374 .333 94 -0.2 0.2 -0.1 91 0 0.1 -0.2 -0.3 0.0
2016 BAL MLB AL 25 70 .250 .313 .413 .233 109 0.3 2.0 -0.8 128 12 -0.3 1.5 2.5 0.5
2016 TBA MLB AL 60 232 .256 .317 .421 .342 101 13.7 6.6 -3.1 126 12 2.0 0.0 7.6 1.4
2016 PCH A+ FSL 2 8 .266 .360 .350 .429 104 1.8 0.2 -0.1 160 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0
2017 TOR MLB AL 92 348 .249 .318 .416 .281 104 -0.2 10.2 -2.7 100 8 2.9 0.3 0.9 1.2
2017 NHP AA EAS 4 16 .256 .306 .416 .000 107 -3.3 0.4 -0.2 16 0 -0.7 0.0 -1.3 -0.2
2017 BUF AAA INT 2 8 .262 .348 .409 .400 90 0.1 0.2 -0.1 87 0 0.8 0.2 -0.1 0.1
2018 BOS MLB AL 50 165 .246 .315 .402 .298 107 10.1 4.6 -2.7 133 14 -1.2 -1.4 7.0 0.7
2018 TOR MLB AL 26 86 .246 .315 .407 .311 109 3.1 2.4 -1.1 130 14 -0.8 0.7 3.4 0.5
2018 BUF AAA INT 4 15 .229 .304 .358 .333 93 2.6 0.4 -0.2 172 0 0.5 -0.5 1.1 0.1
2019 BOS MLB AL 29 99 .259 .329 .444 .259 104 -7.4 3.0 -1.6 60 14 1.5 -0.3 -4.7 -0.2
2019 LOW A- NYP 2 7 .246 .343 .355 .250 97 -0.3 0.2 -0.1 27 0 0.1 0.0 -0.4 0.0
2019 PAW AAA INT 7 29 .250 .333 .429 .286 85 -1 1.0 -0.6 68 0 1.0 0.3 -1.2 0.0

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
2005 WPT A- NYP 312 272 48 82 26 0 7 129 52 35 43 2 4 .301 .385 .474 .173 0 0
2006 HIC A SAL 179 160 35 46 13 1 12 97 38 15 32 1 3 .288 .363 .606 .319 0 0
2006 LYN A+ CRL 377 328 48 87 27 1 14 158 60 34 65 7 5 .265 .351 .482 .216 1 1
2007 ALT AA EAS 335 290 57 97 27 2 14 170 72 33 45 7 2 .334 .410 .586 .252 0 0
2007 LYN A+ CRL 85 75 19 26 4 1 11 65 24 8 13 2 0 .347 .417 .867 .520 0 0
2007 IND AAA INT 131 122 18 39 9 1 6 68 17 6 12 5 0 .320 .366 .557 .238 0 0
2007 PIT MLB NL 73 68 13 20 5 1 0 27 6 5 12 2 1 .294 .342 .397 .103 0 0
2008 PIT MLB NL 119 109 6 27 7 0 4 46 15 5 22 2 0 .248 .294 .422 .174 2 0
2008 IND AAA INT 433 386 47 97 26 1 12 161 60 32 75 10 4 .251 .314 .417 .166 4 4
2009 IND AAA INT 317 273 37 78 18 1 13 137 54 34 46 3 7 .286 .376 .502 .216 1 1
2009 PIT MLB NL 186 165 19 34 13 1 4 61 16 21 43 1 0 .206 .296 .370 .164 0 0
2010 BRD A+ FSL 8 7 2 3 2 0 0 5 2 1 1 0 0 .429 .500 .714 .286 0 0
2010 PIT MLB NL 38 29 4 8 2 1 0 12 5 7 6 0 0 .276 .395 .414 .138 2 0
2010 IND AAA INT 158 129 25 42 14 2 3 69 15 24 27 7 2 .326 .435 .535 .209 0 0
2011 PIT MLB NL 105 94 8 19 2 0 1 24 10 7 21 0 0 .202 .260 .255 .053 2 1
2011 PIR Rk GCL 4 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 .667 .750 .667 .000 0 0
2011 BRD A+ FSL 10 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 .000 .400 .000 .000 0 0
2011 IND AAA INT 30 30 5 8 2 0 3 19 6 0 9 0 0 .267 .267 .633 .367 0 0
2012 SWB AAA INT 227 192 37 61 15 0 11 109 30 29 33 3 1 .318 .419 .568 .250 1 0
2012 BAL MLB AL 83 71 8 18 4 0 3 31 14 8 17 0 1 .254 .321 .437 .183 2 2
2012 NYA MLB AL 30 25 6 4 0 0 1 7 4 5 8 0 0 .160 .300 .280 .120 0 0
2012 HOU MLB NL 75 63 2 16 4 1 0 22 8 7 16 1 1 .254 .347 .349 .095 2 0
2013 BAL MLB AL 138 119 14 31 7 0 4 50 13 15 25 1 0 .261 .362 .420 .160 0 0
2013 ORI Rk GCL 5 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .000 0 0
2013 FRD A+ CAR 8 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 .167 .375 .167 .000 0 0
2014 BAL MLB AL 383 338 51 99 26 0 21 188 49 40 76 5 0 .293 .373 .556 .263 1
2015 ORI Rk GCL 8 7 2 2 1 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 .286 .375 .429 .143 0 0
2015 BAL MLB AL 325 294 42 64 13 1 15 124 40 23 69 1 1 .218 .289 .422 .204 1 0
2015 BOW AA EAS 7 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 .200 .286 .400 .200 1 0
2016 PCH A+ FSL 8 7 2 3 1 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 .429 .500 .571 .143 0 0
2016 BAL MLB AL 70 60 9 13 2 0 3 24 6 8 14 0 0 .217 .329 .400 .183 0 0
2016 TBA MLB AL 232 204 26 63 11 1 10 106 29 26 40 0 3 .309 .388 .520 .211 1 0
2017 NHP AA EAS 16 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .000 .063 .000 .000 0 0
2017 TOR MLB AL 348 313 38 79 17 1 13 137 37 27 68 0 0 .252 .319 .438 .185 3 0
2017 BUF AAA INT 8 7 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 .286 .375 .286 .000 0 0
2018 BOS MLB AL 165 136 19 38 8 1 7 69 26 22 27 0 0 .279 .394 .507 .228 2 0
2018 TOR MLB AL 86 79 16 23 6 0 4 41 16 7 14 0 0 .291 .349 .519 .228 0 0
2018 BUF AAA INT 15 11 1 4 0 0 1 7 3 3 1 0 0 .364 .533 .636 .273 0 0
2019 PAW AAA INT 29 24 3 4 1 0 0 5 2 3 10 0 0 .167 .310 .208 .042 0 0
2019 LOW A- NYP 7 6 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 0 .167 .143 .333 .167 1 0
2019 BOS MLB AL 99 89 9 16 4 0 1 23 9 7 31 0 0 .180 .245 .258 .079 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 416 0.5192 0.4375 0.7637 0.6157 0.2450 0.8496 0.5306 0.2363 0.0003
2009 777 0.5019 0.4003 0.7395 0.5744 0.2248 0.8393 0.4828 0.2605 0.0035
2010 180 0.5111 0.3556 0.8125 0.5652 0.1364 0.9038 0.4167 0.1875 0.0050
2011 416 0.5505 0.3990 0.7410 0.5590 0.2032 0.8281 0.4474 0.2590 0.0031
2012 733 0.4775 0.3970 0.7595 0.6143 0.1984 0.8651 0.4605 0.2405 0.0023
2013 555 0.4829 0.4450 0.7571 0.6194 0.2822 0.8494 0.5679 0.2429 -0.0022
2014 1521 0.4826 0.4675 0.7426 0.6717 0.2770 0.8316 0.5413 0.2574 -0.0096
2015 1211 0.5037 0.4740 0.7753 0.6721 0.2729 0.8683 0.5427 0.2247 0.0039
2016 1157 0.4866 0.4503 0.7524 0.6554 0.2559 0.8645 0.4803 0.2476 0.0000
2017 1367 0.4835 0.4726 0.7879 0.7035 0.2564 0.8817 0.5470 0.2121 0.0000
2018 1047 0.4776 0.4298 0.7556 0.6600 0.2194 0.8545 0.4833 0.2444 0.0000
2019 441 0.5102 0.4785 0.6872 0.6933 0.2546 0.7949 0.3818 0.3128 0.0000
Career98210.49260.44540.75690.64990.24720.85380.50590.2431-0.0004

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
2014-09-20 2014-09-24 DTD 4 4 Right Wrist Soreness -
2014-08-30 2014-09-06 DTD 7 7 Right Abdomen Strain -
2014-07-08 2014-07-09 DTD 1 0 - Thigh Tightness -
2013-08-28 2013-09-17 15-DL 20 19 Left Wrist Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2013-06-20 2013-07-31 15-DL 41 34 Left Wrist Inflammation Tendonitis - -
2012-03-14 2012-03-27 Camp 13 0 - Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2011-08-23 2011-09-29 60-DL 37 35 Right Fingers Fracture Index Finger - -
2011-05-29 2011-07-22 15-DL 54 46 Right Lower Leg Strain Partial Tear Calf -
2010-05-25 2010-05-25 On-Alr 0 0 Right Ankle Sprain -
2010-05-25 2010-10-04 60-DL 132 117 Left Knee Surgery Patellar Tendon Repair 2010-08-04
2010-05-14 2010-05-17 DTD 3 3 Right Knee Soreness Back of Knee -
2009-03-05 2009-03-11 Camp 6 0 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 BOS $6,250,000
2018 TOR $6,250,000
2017 TOR $6,250,000
2016 TBA $4,750,000
2015 BAL $3,700,000
2014 BAL $850,000
2013 BAL $700,000
2011 PIT $427,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$22,927,500
2019Current$6,250,000
9 yrPvs + Cur$29,177,500
9 yrTotal$29,177,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 116 dExcel Sports1 year/$6.25M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$6.25M (2019). Re-signed by Boston as a free agent 11/16/18. Award bonuses.
  • 2 years/$12.5M (2017-18). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 12/5/16. 17:$6.25M, 18:$6.25M. Award bonuses, including $0.15M for WS MVP (met). Acquired by Boston in trade from Toronto 6/28/18, with $3,158,602 remaining on contract. Blue Jays pay $1,658,602 as part of the deal, with Red Sox responsible for $1.5M balance.
  • 1 year/$4.75M (2016). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 1/28/16. Performance bonuses: $0.125M each for 400, 425 plate appearances. $0.25M each for 500, 525, 550, 575 PA. Assignment bonus: $0.25M with trade. Acquired by Baltimore in trade from Tampa Bay 8/1/16 with $1,609,290 remaining on contract.
  • 1 year/$3.7M (2015). Re-signed by Baltimore 1/30/15 (avoided arbitration, $5.4M-$2M).
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2014). Re-signed by Baltimore 12/3/13 (avoided arbitration). DFA by Baltimore 4/22/14. Released by Baltimore 4/27/14. Re-signed by Baltimore 4/29/14.
  • 1 year/$0.7M (2013). Re-signed by Baltimore 11/30/12 (avoided arbitration). Sent outright to Triple-A by Baltimore 12/21/12.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 12/19/11 (minor-league contract). Released by Minnesota 3/27/12. Signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 3/28/12 (minor-league contract). Acquired by Baltimore in trade from NY Yankees 6/2/12. Claimed by Houston off waivers 7/28/12 after being DFA by Baltimore 7/21/12. Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Houston 8/27/12. Claimed by Baltimore off waivers 9/29/12 after being DFA by NY Yankees 9/25/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4275M (2011). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/11. Sent outright to Triple-A by Pittsburgh 10/31/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4075M (2009). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/11/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Pittsburgh 9/1/07.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2005 (8-241) (South Carolina). $40,000 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 424 54 109 23 2 14 56 47 77 1 1 .295 .382 .482 129 25.8 1B 1, 2.8
80o 406 50 100 21 2 13 51 43 75 1 1 .282 .367 .462 122 19.8 1B 1, 2.2
70o 392 47 92 19 1 12 48 40 74 1 1 .267 .350 .433 116 15.7 1B 1, 1.7
60o 381 45 88 18 1 12 46 38 73 1 1 .262 .344 .429 112 12.4 1B 1, 1.4
50o 370 42 83 17 1 11 44 36 72 0 1 .254 .335 .413 107 9.5 1B 1, 1.1
40o 359 40 78 16 1 10 41 34 71 0 1 .245 .323 .395 103 6.8 1B 0, 0.8
30o 348 38 75 16 1 10 39 32 69 0 1 .243 .320 .398 99 4.0 1B 0, 0.5
20o 334 35 69 14 1 9 37 30 68 0 1 .231 .307 .375 93 0.9 1B 0, 0.1
10o 316 32 62 13 1 8 33 27 65 0 0 .219 .292 .357 86 -2.9 1B 0, -0.3
Weighted Mean37343851811144377211.258.340.41910810.31B 1,1.2

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
202037341417417193932670.244.323.3991010.87.40.6-2.58.80.60.1
202138265315512172924540.232.312.377950.44.00.4-2.06.8-1.20.1
202239244295111162623490.238.319.383970.54.20.4-1.96.3-0.60.1
202340210254510152319420.237.316.380950.33.10.3-1.75.4-0.90.1
20244119723429152118400.235.314.375930.32.60.3-1.65.1-1.10.1
20254218321388141917370.234.312.369910.22.20.3-1.54.7-1.30.1
20264316719357141715350.231.309.360890.21.70.3-1.44.3-1.50.0
20274416819358131715350.231.309.360890.21.60.3-1.54.3-1.50.1
20284516819358131715350.230.307.356880.21.40.3-1.54.3-1.70.1

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Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 90 Rafael Palmeiro 2001 148
2 89 Hideki Matsui 2010 126
3 89 Travis Hafner 2013 94
4 88 Luke Scott 2014 0 DNP
5 88 Mark Teixeira 2016 85
6 88 Ryan Klesko 2007 90
7 88 Vladimir Guerrero 2011 99
8 87 Cliff Floyd 2009 62
9 87 David Justice 2002 108
10 87 Derrek Lee 2012 0 DNP
11 87 Paul Konerko 2012 131
12 87 Mike Piazza 2005 111
13 87 Bob Watson 1982 107
14 87 Aubrey Huff 2013 0 DNP
15 86 Eduardo Perez 2006 98
16 86 Norm Cash 1971 146
17 86 Adam LaRoche 2016 0 DNP
18 85 Al Oliver 1983 100
19 85 Don Baylor 1985 112
20 85 Paul Molitor 1993 141
21 85 Pedro Guerrero 1992 63
22 85 Andre Thornton 1986 113
23 84 Hal McRae 1982 141
24 84 Harold Baines 1995 147
25 84 John Wockenfuss 1985 90
26 84 Oscar Gamble 1986 0 DNP
27 84 Eddie Murray 1992 112
28 84 Stan Musial 1957 151
29 84 Lyle Overbay 2013 91
30 84 Adrian Gonzalez 2018 92
31 83 Rocky Nelson 1961 89
32 83 Mike Sweeney 2010 121
33 83 Dwight Evans 1988 132
34 83 Frank Thomas 2004 154
35 83 Albert Pujols 2016 119
36 83 Keith Hernandez 1990 79
37 82 Frank McCormick 1947 106
38 82 Julio Franco 1995 0 DNP
39 82 Chili Davis 1996 126
40 82 Roy Sievers 1963 113
41 82 Kevin Millar 2008 105
42 82 Billy Williams 1974 132
43 82 Ray Boone 1960 88
44 82 Mike Stanley 1999 124
45 81 Ron Fairly 1975 136
46 81 Tony Oliva 1975 107
47 81 Sid Gordon 1954 133
48 81 Bobby Murcer 1982 103
49 81 Fred McGriff 2000 115
50 81 Carlos Beltran 2013 123
51 81 Magglio Ordonez 2010 133
52 81 Monte Irvin 1955 90
53 81 Michael Cuddyer 2015 94
54 81 Orlando Cepeda 1974 82
55 81 Aramis Ramirez 2014 113
56 80 Will Clark 2000 139
57 80 Don Money 1983 67
58 80 Bill Terry 1935 116
59 80 David Ortiz 2012 165
60 80 Torii Hunter 2012 116
61 80 Joe Judge 1930 123
62 80 Tim Salmon 2005 0 DNP
63 80 Zack Wheat 1924 143
64 80 Moises Alou 2003 112
65 80 Todd Helton 2010 101
66 80 Justin Morneau 2017 0 DNP
67 80 Olmedo Saenz 2007 91
68 80 Michael Young 2013 95
69 80 Javy Lopez 2007 0 DNP
70 80 Champ Summers 1982 105
71 79 J.D. Drew 2012 0 DNP
72 79 Eddie Mathews 1968 103
73 79 Joe Kuhel 1942 96
74 79 Matt Holliday 2016 109
75 79 Chris Chambliss 1985 89
76 79 Raul Ibanez 2008 116
77 79 Rod Carew 1982 112
78 79 Jim Hickman 1973 111
79 79 Bobby Abreu 2010 117
80 79 Minnie Minoso 1962 66
81 79 Jim Rice 1989 83
82 79 Dusty Baker 1985 120
83 79 Ben Oglivie 1985 110
84 79 Mickey Vernon 1954 121
85 79 Joe Harris 1927 123
86 79 Al Kaline 1971 148
87 79 Bill White 1970 0 DNP
88 79 Mark DeRosa 2011 77
89 79 Bob Elliott 1953 99
90 78 George Brett 1989 127
91 78 Terry Crowley 1983 88
92 78 Dale Long 1962 101
93 78 Rico Carty 1976 139
94 78 Denny Walling 1990 76
95 78 Paul O'Neill 1999 104
96 78 Curtis Granderson 2017 107
97 78 Rondell White 2008 0 DNP
98 78 Harvey Hendrick 1934 74
99 78 David Segui 2003 91
100 78 Brian Downing 1987 133

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 Pearce is Mr. Inconsistent. Historically praised for his ability to hit lefties, he fulfilled the reputation in 2014 and 2016 by posting a 1.109 and 1.032 OPS against them, respectively. In those two seasons, that made him one of the league's 20 best hitters. In 2015 and 2017, however, he wasn’t even as good as the average hitter. He went from hitting lefties as well as Mike Trout does to hitting them as poorly as Kevin Pillar. In both seasons he was even worse against lefties than against righties. On the plus side, 2018 is a new year and an even year, so if the gods of inconsistency are to have their way, Pearce will be Troutastic against southpaws once again.
2017 Despite a rough 2015, Pearce has proven himself a more than capable hitter with above-average power, good plate discipline and enough athleticism to play average or better defense in left field or at first base. That, at least, was true through his age-33 season. Blooming late doesn't guarantee a late decline, and Pearce's injury history might even hint at an early one. He can help any team in need of a good bat off the bench, but the less you're counting on him, the better.
2016 At least it's never boring. A year after overshooting his 90th percentile projection, Pearce undershot his 10th percentile. He played the outfield, some first base and even a handful of games at the keystone (for the first time in his professional career), as he tried to convince Buck Showalter to justify writing “Pearce” on the lineup card long enough for him to figure this thing out. The destruction of southpaws was the predominant aspect of his 2014 breakout, but he summoned Mendoza for a .623 OPS against them in 2015. The stat line gives the impression that Pearce reverted to old tactics, but there was at least one subtle improvement in his game: He figured out the curveball. He hit six bombs off the bender last season, after failing to leave the yard against any of the 500-plus curves he had seen in his career.
2015 Scholars don't typically keep track of such records, but Pearce might have had the best season ever by someone whose own team released him in the same season. He was re-signed two days after Chris Davis got injured in April, and by a technicality—the Orioles fielded a 24-man roster for a day—they were able to circumvent the 30-day waiting period to re-add Pearce to the active roster. Few experience breakout years at age 31, but Pearce outhit even Davis' PECOTA projection, and was also a valuable defender, being credited with nine Defensive Runs Saved (best in the AL) in just 400 innings at the position. The margins are small for lefty-mashing corner guys, even after such a charmed season, but Pearce's .279/.360/.496 line against righties buys him at least three or four months of not having to check the lineup card each day.
2014 After a 2012 in which Pearce changed organizations six different times, including twice apiece to the Yankees and Orioles, 2013 might have been as relaxing and anxiety-free as baseball gets for the ex-Pirate: no waivers, no releases, no trades. Pearce did lose two months to left wrist tendinitis, but the disabled list is nothing compared to being claimed and then waived by the Astros. He'll still mash a lefty if you let him, but there aren't enough lefties in the league to get rich doing so. Not to be confused with the British equestrian painter, New Mexico Congressman or owner of Soft Cell's first record label. (You'd be surprised.)
2013 Once a top prospect in the Pirates organization, Pearce has been reduced to a hollow shell of his former self. In the past year, unbelievably, he's been mauled by a squirrel, ambushed on The Jerry Springer Show, and claimed off waivers five times. Okay, only that last one's true. It's telling that he was even discarded by the lowly Astros, which is like flunking out of fourth-grade remedial English as a high-school senior. He still shows patience and power at the minor-league level, but he has never been able to handle right-handed pitching in the bigs. Hitters who are lefty specialists don't get nearly the same job security as their pitching counterparts.
2012 Injuries and the worst managerial malady of them allveteran obsessionkilled Pearces chance of having a meaningful career with the Pirates. Pearce made the team out of spring training and hit acceptably (.291/.339/.382 in 62 plate appearances) before suffering a partially torn calf muscle. When he returned, the only thing he accomplished was successfully torpedoing his seasonal line (.077/.143/.077 in 43 plate appearances). True to form, Pearce then missed the rest of the year when he broke a finger. Better suited for first base or right field than third base, Pearce has hit major league lefties and could be a useful bench piece should he ever stay healthy.
2011 The Pirates' front office was granted a fourth minor-league option for Pearce last winter, meaning that he won't be subjected to waivers if he fails to make the club in spring training and faces the strong possibility of spending the large part of another summer in Indianapolis playing Triple-A ball. Pearce, who underwent season-ending knee surgery last August, will be 28 this season and has nothing left to prove in the International League. He may not be an everyday player, but he can hit for power against left-handers (.304/.372/.552 in 129 major-league PAs), which would have made him a good short side of a platoon at first base with Garrett Jones if the Pirates had not decided to sign Lyle Overbay instead.
2010 Pearce hasn't come close to matching his outstanding 2007 season, during which he began the year in Low-A and ended it in the majors while being named the Pirates' minor-league player of the year. He's been stalled out ever since, struggling to make much with his sporadic opportunities in the majors. Heading into his age-27 season, Pearce will go to spring training with a small chance of winning the starting first baseman's job, but he is definitely a long shot behind Jeff Clement, and may have to settle for a shot to stick as a right-handed bench bat behind Clement at first and Jones in right.
2009 No doubt about it, Pearce was a massive disappointment last season. Making matters worse was his status as the Pirates' Minor League Player of the Year in 2007, when he'd begun the year at Lynchburg and finished it slugging his way all the way up to the major leagues. He had a good spring in 2008, but struggled in Triple-A after that good camp didn't lead anywhere but Indy. He experienced a curious power outage when called up, going 78 PA before touching off a home run. However, he did hit four of them in September, so while he'll be coming into his age-27 season without having really established himself, he'll get a shot at a starting corner outfield spot.
2008 Pearce has hit ever since being drafted out of high school by the Pirates in the eighth-round in 2005. He had one of the best seasons in the minor leagues in 2007, beginning the year in High-A, ending it in the major leagues, and hitting a combined .333/.394/.622 on the way up. Pearce does not look the part of an athlete with his short, stocky build, but he stole 16 bases in 19 attempts last season and quickly made the conversion from first baseman to right fielder in Triple-A. He did not tear up the majors as a September call-up, but was not overmatched either and has the look of a productive middle-of-the-order hitter.
2007 Pearce hit just enough between Hickory and Lynchburg last year to keep himself on the periphery of the Pirates` plans. He stayed hot immediately after his promotion, but cooled considerably in the second half. He has the reputation of being a bit clumsy, and his 10-for-22 career stolen base record is an indication that, once on board, he best stay where he is and let somebody else move him around. Given his age, rate of progress and accomplishment, and how hard it is to make it as a major league first baseman, there`s a good chance that this listing is purely a courtesy.

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2019-05-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)Is Steve Pearce done?
(Bill Lee from North Country)
Probably? He's gone through stretches like this before though. (Mike Gianella)
2018-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Blue Jays have been revolving OFs all season. Barring injuries, who do you see them settling on for the 3 spots this year and next? Do you think they start a youth movement? Thanks...
(Jim from Kansas)
Ah, now here's a question that fits in my wheelhouse. I'm all aboard the Teoscar Hernandez hype train after getting a live look at him in Pawtucket last year after the trade. I think his power and athleticism will play, and he should be on the field every day. And while Kevin Pillar has his warts, I'd like to see him continue to get reps in center even though he's hitting way above his head right now.

For the third spot, I think this season should be a Curtis Granderson / Anthony Alford platoon. I'd like to see Alford continue to get big league reps, and Granderson is likely to be an amazing influence in the clubhouse who can also still hit a little ... sometimes. (Steve Pearce should play super-sub and Randal Grichuk should play golf.)

For 2019, I'd probably go out and get an outfielder unless all three of Alford, Hernandez, and Pillar have breakout years. Preferably, it'd be an upper-tier guy and I'd love to see them land Charlie Blackmon. (Bryan Grosnick)
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Strategy question, 20 team, 25 player rosters, up to 13 keepers, do you keep outfielders like Josh Reddick or Jayson Werth or take your chances trying to get someone else.
(Andrew from Nebraska)
I'd take my chances on someone else, but Reddick has value in the right format as a platoon option. I've had success doing that with guys like Matt Joyce, Brandon Guyer, Danny Valencia, Steve Pearce, etc...just mixing and matching based on daily lineups...It can work in a deeper league. (George Bissell)
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's your hitting and pitching deep sleepers for 2017 for deeper leagues - say 16 team or so - and why?
(Anthony from Lunch)
Whats for lunch? Seriously, I'm starving. Um...I'll give you one each. Robert Gsellman & Jharel Cotton on the pitching side. I keep coming back to Steve Pearce as a guy who is a lock to outperform where he's getting drafted. Same goes for Yulieski Gurriel & Asdrubal Cabrera. (George Bissell)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Which two of these second basemen would you suggest for a competing team in a 10-team dynasty league: Jon Schoop, Devon Travis, Steve Pearce, Joe Panik?
(Joey from Michigan)
Schoop and Panik, although I thought about replacing Panik with Pearce for a second. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-05-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you like better ROS: Yunel Escobar or Steve Pearce?
(Jimmy from SF)
I really value Pearce's versatility he's filled in admirably for an injured Logan Forsythe at second and he can play first and third as well. Pearce has also been hitting for power. We know pretty much what Escobar is going to do, he's a BABIP monster that will end up hitting .300 but the Angels offense isn't good (outside of Trout). I'd rather have Pearce hitting in the middle of that Rays lineup. (George Bissell)
2016-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the over/under for Steve Pearce at bats in TB? He should play every game against lefties, but with so many left handed bats on the roster, will he get any starts against righties?
(RH from East Coast Bias)
300? Short-side 1B platoon, plus some utility work? I never got why the Rays devoted so much money (comparatively speaking) to Pearce and LoMo. Just give Richie Shaffer the ball already. (Michael Baumann)
2015-03-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is more likely to maintain 2014 production: J.D. Martinez or Steve Pearce?
(cgoble from KC)
Martinez, but obvious caveat is obvious. (Sam Miller)
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)In the very deapest of dynasty leagues, would you consider Kevin Kiermaier, Jesus Montero, Brock Holt, Brandon Barnes, Bobby Abreu, Eugenio Suarez, Rene Rivera, Steve Pearce, and Juan Lagares. In what order would you rank them of those you would consider?
(Donald from Orlando)
I'd look at Kiermaier, and Holt most among that group. Kiermaier has some nice PT with Myers down and Holt seems to be ready to play anywhere to stay in the lineup. There isn't a lot of disparity in the group, but for this year only, I'd still give Abreu a look, too. Beyond that, Suarez and Montero would be my next two. (Paul Sporer)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)The LaRoche brothers; which one will prove to be the better? And should the Bucs keep both, neither, or just the good one?
(Neal from Pitt, PA)
I think Andy, but I don't mean to slight Adam in saying so. I think it's fine to keep both, because it doesn't look like Steven Pearce is necessarily the (alternative) answer at first base. OTOH, once somebody loses on the Teixeira sweepstakes this winter, it will make good sense to shop LaRoche around, because anybody who might want Nick Johnson might instead prefer to have someone more likely to play 150 games. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)what player do you think will turn into the carlos quinten of 2009? a player stuck between AAA and the majors and never gets a chance to prove himself but when he finally does he goes off
(krgrecw from cola sc)
I think it's a bit of a misconception that Quentin was never given an opportunity in Phoenix--he did, and he blew it. The Snakes then made the overlapping decisions to bring up Justin Upton and (unfortunately) to commit to Eric Byrnes on a multi-year deal. The former made sense, and the latter was something a few of us here panned pretty vociferously at the time. The upshot was that Quentin became available, and while dealing from a surplus is fine in principle, the Snakes didn't have a surplus, they had an affectation for Eric Byrnes. That's a gift that's going to keep on giving.

As a result, I don't have an answer per se, in that Quentin's situation was unfortunate, but then his explosion, to this extent, was also very much unanticipated, both inside and outside the game. A year ago, some people might have said Steven Pearce was that guy; it's fun to say that Dallas McPherson could be, but he's not that good either. If you're looking for guys who had bumpy rookie years who should blossom as sophomores, I'd suggest Carlos Gonzalez in Oakland, or Jeff Clement in Seattle. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-08-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the LaRoche brothers manning the corner IF spots and Steven Pearce likely plugged into one of the OF corners spots in Pittsburgh, what do the Pirates do now with Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker?
(JoshC77 from Columbus, OH)
With the caveat that I'm not Kevin Goldstein, I'll take a swing at this. I don't think you worry about Walker or Alvarez until they're pressing for a spot on the big league roster. Walker is hitting just .232/.266/.421 in Triple-A, Alvarez has yet to sign and begin his pro career. They're both a ways off, and you can always trade from strength to fill other organizational needs if there's a logjam. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-01-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)kala kaaihue in double-a: did he experience normal growing pains at a new level, or was he simply exposed?
(bubba from maine)
I think he was exposed. I think the swing is long and problematic, and those strikeout numbers are very damning. More Brad Eldred than Steven Pearce here, I'm afraid. (Bryan Smith)


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