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Birth Date8-11-1986
Height5' 11"
Weight268 lbs
Age33 years, 2 months, 8 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
-0.82015
0.02016
-0.22017
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2008 SFN 21 41 154 50 10 1 3 4 14 1 0 0 .345 .357 .490 110 2.2 0.1 1.4 0.8
2009 SFN 22 153 633 189 44 5 25 52 83 4 5 5 .330 .387 .556 137 30.8 -4.5 -6.4 3.9
2010 SFN 23 152 616 151 34 3 13 47 81 1 3 2 .268 .323 .409 96 -2.1 -1.4 -2.6 1.3
2011 SFN 24 117 466 134 26 3 23 32 63 0 2 4 .315 .357 .552 146 25.0 -1.7 10.9 5.1
2012 SFN 25 108 442 112 25 2 12 38 59 1 1 1 .283 .342 .447 111 5.5 -0.2 5.9 2.6
2013 SFN 26 141 584 146 27 2 14 47 79 6 0 0 .278 .341 .417 108 5.8 -4.8 -17.6 0.1
2014 SFN 27 157 638 164 26 3 16 39 85 4 0 0 .279 .324 .415 113 9.2 -4.7 -0.4 2.5
2015 BOS 28 126 505 115 25 1 10 25 73 7 0 0 .245 .292 .366 82 -8.8 -5.5 -8.4 -0.8
2016 BOS 29 3 7 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 .000 .143 .000 69 -0.2 0.0 0.1 0.0
2017 BOS 30 32 108 21 2 0 4 8 24 0 0 1 .212 .269 .354 81 -2.3 -0.2 -1.4 0.0
2017 SFN 30 47 171 36 9 0 5 8 29 1 0 0 .225 .263 .375 80 -3.9 -0.4 -2.7 -0.2
2018 SFN 31 92 252 57 10 1 9 19 52 2 0 0 .248 .310 .417 96 -0.5 -2.8 -3.8 -0.1
2019 SFN 32 108 296 73 23 0 14 18 67 1 1 0 .268 .313 .507 98 0.5 0.0 -4.0 0.4
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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 SLO A- NWN 75 327 .265 .333 .390 .360 102 12.4 4.8 0.3 137 0 -5.3 -1.1 12.2 1.1
2006 AUG A SAL 117 473 .257 .336 .377 .316 92 -9.7 12.0 -6.1 86 0 -19.8 -3.5 -10.1 -2.9
2007 SJO A+ CLF 102 423 .268 .341 .418 .305 87 10 14.3 1.7 92 0 4.9 3.8 -4.1 2.0
2008 SFN MLB NL 41 154 .267 .331 .411 .356 96 7.4 4.4 -0.1 110 14 1.4 0.1 2.2 0.8
2008 SJO A+ CLF 68 301 .270 .340 .409 .387 92 41.5 8.9 2.9 185 0 0.7 -1.8 20.4 3.1
2008 NRW AA EAS 44 184 .268 .345 .404 .347 94 13.2 5.5 1.3 146 0 0.9 1.8 7.3 1.7
2009 SFN MLB NL 153 633 .261 .329 .410 .350 91 50 18.2 0.3 137 8 -6.4 -4.5 30.8 3.9
2010 SFN MLB NL 152 616 .255 .320 .396 .291 89 6.3 17.0 1.5 96 8 -2.6 -1.4 -2.1 1.3
2011 SFN MLB NL 117 466 .253 .315 .394 .320 90 31.8 12.6 1 146 9 10.9 -1.7 25.0 5.1
2011 SJO A+ CAL 1 3 .311 .382 .459 .000 91 -1 0.1 0 32 0 -0.1 0.0 -0.3 0.0
2011 FRE AAA PCL 5 22 .307 .386 .508 .167 107 1.3 0.7 0 101 0 -0.5 0.0 0.1 0.0
2012 SFN MLB NL 108 442 .257 .314 .405 .301 93 13.9 12.1 1.4 111 8 5.9 -0.2 5.5 2.6
2012 SJO A+ CAL 6 23 .263 .316 .418 .313 87 0.4 0.7 -0.1 109 0 -0.7 0.0 0.2 0.0
2012 FRE AAA PCL 3 12 .270 .328 .423 .111 100 2.3 0.4 0 135 0 -0.8 -0.5 0.5 0.0
2012 MAG Wnt VWL 9 40 .000 .000 .000 .212 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 SFN MLB NL 141 584 .255 .316 .398 .301 100 8.8 15.4 2 108 9 -17.6 -4.8 5.8 0.1
2013 SJO A+ CAL 2 6 .285 .312 .479 .500 87 3.9 0.2 0 235 0 0.0 0.2 0.7 0.1
2013 VEN int WBC 3 14 .000 .000 .000 .300 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 SFN MLB NL 157 638 .251 .310 .381 .300 99 11.7 16.5 2 113 7 -0.4 -4.7 9.2 2.5
2015 BOS MLB AL 126 505 .251 .313 .401 .270 114 -16.6 13.6 1.9 82 7 -8.4 -5.5 -8.8 -0.8
2016 BOS MLB AL 3 7 .240 .311 .416 .000 110 -1.2 0.2 0 69 9 0.1 0.0 -0.2 0.0
2017 BOS MLB AL 32 108 .267 .335 .454 .236 107 -5 3.2 0.2 81 12 -1.4 -0.2 -2.3 0.0
2017 SFN MLB NL 47 171 .244 .313 .406 .242 90 -5.6 5.0 0.1 80 11 -2.7 -0.4 -3.9 -0.2
2017 SJO A+ CAL 3 11 .256 .310 .378 .222 95 -0.2 0.3 -0.1 124 0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.1
2017 PAW AAA INT 20 81 .244 .315 .383 .267 95 -4.8 2.4 -0.1 68 0 -1.6 -0.5 -2.6 -0.2
2017 SAC AAA PCL 9 37 .275 .343 .432 .185 87 0.4 1.1 -0.1 81 0 1.2 -0.1 -0.7 0.1
2018 SFN MLB NL 92 252 .240 .311 .396 .282 95 -1.5 7.0 -1.2 96 11 -3.8 -2.8 -0.5 -0.1
2019 SFN MLB NL 108 296 .254 .322 .438 .304 96 9.2 8.9 -0.9 98 15 -4.0 0.0 0.5 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
2005 SLO A- NWN 327 294 46 97 15 2 3 125 50 21 33 2 3 .330 .383 .425 .095 3 3
2006 AUG A SAL 473 438 43 116 20 1 1 141 49 22 74 3 4 .265 .311 .322 .057 1 1
2007 SJO A+ CLF 423 401 56 115 33 5 11 191 52 16 52 3 1 .287 .312 .476 .190 3 3
2008 SFN MLB NL 154 145 24 50 10 1 3 71 24 4 14 0 0 .345 .357 .490 .145 4 0
2008 SJO A+ CLF 301 273 61 98 25 2 12 163 59 23 39 2 1 .359 .415 .597 .238 0 0
2008 NRW AA EAS 184 175 29 59 13 0 8 96 37 8 20 0 1 .337 .366 .549 .211 0 0
2009 SFN MLB NL 633 572 79 189 44 5 25 318 90 52 83 5 5 .330 .387 .556 .226 5 0
2010 SFN MLB NL 616 563 61 151 34 3 13 230 63 47 81 3 2 .268 .323 .409 .140 5 0
2011 SFN MLB NL 466 426 55 134 26 3 23 235 70 32 63 2 4 .315 .357 .552 .237 7 1
2011 SJO A+ CAL 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0
2011 FRE AAA PCL 22 18 4 5 0 0 2 11 7 2 0 0 0 .278 .318 .611 .333 2 0
2012 MAG Wnt VWL 40 35 5 8 1 0 1 12 5 4 1 0 0 .229 .325 .343 .114 0 0
2012 SJO A+ CAL 23 22 1 6 2 0 1 11 1 1 5 0 0 .273 .304 .500 .227 0 0
2012 SFN MLB NL 442 396 59 112 25 2 12 177 63 38 59 1 1 .283 .342 .447 .164 7 0
2012 FRE AAA PCL 12 11 3 3 1 0 2 10 2 1 0 0 0 .273 .333 .909 .636 0 0
2013 SFN MLB NL 584 525 52 146 27 2 14 219 79 47 79 0 0 .278 .341 .417 .139 6 0
2013 SJO A+ CAL 6 6 2 4 0 0 2 10 2 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 1.667 1.000 0 0
2013 VEN int WBC 14 13 1 4 2 0 1 9 4 1 2 0 0 .308 .357 .692 .385 0 0
2014 SFN MLB NL 638 588 68 164 26 3 16 244 73 39 85 0 0 .279 .324 .415 .136 7
2015 BOS MLB AL 505 470 43 115 25 1 10 172 47 25 73 0 0 .245 .292 .366 .121 2 1
2016 BOS MLB AL 7 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 .000 .143 .000 .000 0 0
2017 SJO A+ CAL 11 9 0 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 .222 .364 .222 .000 0 0
2017 SAC AAA PCL 37 29 4 6 1 0 1 10 3 5 3 0 0 .207 .324 .345 .138 2 0
2017 SFN MLB NL 171 160 17 36 9 0 5 60 20 8 29 0 0 .225 .263 .375 .150 2 0
2017 BOS MLB AL 108 99 10 21 2 0 4 35 12 8 24 0 1 .212 .269 .354 .141 1 0
2017 PAW AAA INT 81 77 7 17 3 0 1 23 4 4 16 0 0 .221 .259 .299 .078 0 0
2018 SFN MLB NL 252 230 22 57 10 1 9 96 40 19 52 0 0 .248 .310 .417 .170 1 0
2019 SFN MLB NL 296 272 42 73 23 0 14 138 41 18 67 1 0 .268 .313 .507 .239 3 2

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 469 0.4478 0.6461 0.8614 0.7571 0.5560 0.9057 0.8125 0.1386 0.0008
2009 2110 0.3844 0.5739 0.8175 0.8027 0.4311 0.8602 0.7679 0.1825 -0.0042
2010 2059 0.4133 0.5614 0.8080 0.7544 0.4255 0.8287 0.7821 0.1920 -0.0037
2011 1601 0.4004 0.5765 0.7974 0.7629 0.4521 0.8241 0.7673 0.2026 -0.0011
2012 1619 0.3823 0.5608 0.7885 0.7658 0.4340 0.8080 0.7673 0.2115 -0.0115
2013 2145 0.3995 0.5562 0.8164 0.7620 0.4193 0.8484 0.7778 0.1836 -0.0031
2014 2199 0.4061 0.5830 0.8245 0.7682 0.4564 0.8484 0.7970 0.1755 -0.0111
2015 1837 0.4371 0.5890 0.8087 0.7385 0.4729 0.8415 0.7689 0.1913 -0.0065
2016 37 0.5135 0.6216 0.6087 0.9474 0.2778 0.5556 0.8000 0.3913 0.0000
2017 1093 0.4081 0.5782 0.7642 0.7870 0.4343 0.7977 0.7224 0.2358 0.0000
2018 1055 0.4351 0.4796 0.7826 0.6209 0.3708 0.8035 0.7557 0.2174 0.0000
2019 1134 0.4586 0.5441 0.7326 0.6962 0.4153 0.7624 0.6902 0.2674 0.0000
Career173580.41070.56660.80140.75370.43740.83010.76710.1986-0.0046

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
2014-09-16 2014-09-16 DTD 0 0 Right Hip Soreness -
2014-07-06 2014-07-08 DTD 2 2 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2014-06-11 2014-06-11 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness -
2014-05-15 2014-05-16 DTD 1 1 Left Inflammation Great Toe - -
2014-03-26 2014-03-27 Camp 1 0 - Hand Laceration - -
2013-09-26 2013-09-27 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2013-09-08 2013-09-08 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2013-08-20 2013-08-22 DTD 2 2 - Back Soreness - -
2013-08-01 2013-08-01 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Contusion Heel - -
2013-06-09 2013-06-24 15-DL 15 14 Left Foot Strain Peroneal - -
2013-05-31 2013-06-04 DTD 4 3 Left Foot Strain - -
2013-05-22 2013-05-22 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness - -
2013-05-12 2013-05-12 DTD 0 0 - Forearm Contusion HBP - -
2013-04-30 2013-04-30 DTD 0 0 Right Elbow Inflammation - -
2013-04-20 2013-04-20 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Contusion Foul Ball - -
2013-03-30 2013-04-01 Camp 2 0 Right Elbow Soreness - -
2013-03-17 2013-03-29 Camp 12 0 Right Elbow Inflammation Ulnar Neuritis and Bone Spur - -
2012-08-23 2012-08-23 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2012-07-25 2012-08-13 15-DL 19 18 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-05-03 2012-06-09 15-DL 37 35 Left Wrist Surgery Hamate 2012-05-04 -
2011-11-15 2011-11-15 Off 0 0 Left Surgery LASIK 2011-11-15 -
2011-08-26 2011-08-27 DTD 1 1 Left Shoulder Strain -
2011-08-19 2011-08-20 DTD 1 1 Left Shoulder Strain Cannot Bat Right Handed - -
2011-07-20 2011-07-20 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Tightness Quadriceps - -
2011-06-27 2011-06-28 DTD 1 0 Left Thigh Tightness Quadriceps -
2011-04-30 2011-06-14 15-DL 45 41 Right Wrist Surgery Hamate 2011-05-03
2011-04-20 2011-04-22 DTD 2 1 Upper Arm Strain Triceps -
2010-09-07 2010-09-08 DTD 1 1 Hip Soreness -
2010-05-15 2010-05-16 DTD 1 1 Left Foot Contusion HBP -
2010-03-20 2010-03-23 Camp 3 0 Right Lower Leg Laceration Shin -
2009-09-01 2009-09-01 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2009-08-26 2009-08-28 DTD 2 2 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2009-07-05 2009-07-06 DTD 1 1 Knee Contusion -
2009-05-24 2009-05-29 DTD 5 4 Right Elbow Strain -
2009-05-05 2009-05-05 DTD 0 0 Right Groin Soreness -
2009-04-30 2009-05-01 DTD 1 0 Groin Strain -
2009-04-05 2009-04-05 Camp 0 0 General Medical Illness -
2009-03-29 2009-03-30 Camp 1 0 Ankle Sprain -
2009-03-18 2009-03-21 Camp 3 0 Face Contusion -
2008-09-20 2008-09-20 DTD 0 0 Left Thigh Soreness Quadriceps -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 BOS $5,000,000
2019 SFN $555,000
2019 BOS $18,445,000
2018 SFN $545,000
2018 BOS $18,055,000
2017 BOS $17,600,000
2016 BOS $17,600,000
2015 BOS $17,600,000
2014 SFN $8,250,000
2013 SFN $5,700,000
2012 SFN $3,200,000
2011 SFN $500,000
2010 SFN $465,000
2009 SFN $401,750
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$89,916,750
2019Current$19,000,000
11 yrPvs + Cur$108,916,750
1 yrFuture$5,000,000
12 yrTotal$113,916,750

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
10 y 42 dBeverly Hills Sports5 years/$95M (2015-19), 2020 option

Details
  • 5 years/$95M (2015-19), plus 2020 club option. Signed by Boston as a free agent 11/25/14. $3M signing bonus. 15-17:$17M/year. 18-19:$18M/year. 20:$17M club option ($5M buyout). Award bonuses: $50,000 each for All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, LCS MVP. $0.1M for WS MVP. $0.1M for MVP ($75,000 for 2nd place in vote, $50,000 for 3rd). Limited no-trade protection (may block deals to three clubs). DFA by Boston 7/14/17. Released by Boston 7/19/17 ($47,874,316 remaining on contract). Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 7/22/17 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by San Francisco 8/5/17.
  • 3 years/$17.15M (2012-14). Signed extension with San Francisco 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). 12:$3.2M, 13:$5.7M, 14:$8.25M.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2011). Re-signed by San Francisco 3/2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.465M (2010). Re-signed by San Francisco 3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.40175M (2009). Re-signed by San Francisco 3/9/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by San Francisco 8/13/08.
  • Signed by San Francisco 2002 as an amateur free agent from Venezuela.

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 322 39 81 16 1 10 40 28 64 0 0 .281 .349 .448 110 12.5 3B -4, 1B -1 0.8
80o 301 35 72 14 1 9 36 25 61 0 0 .266 .332 .424 102 7.7 3B -4, 1B -1 0.3
70o 286 32 66 13 1 8 33 23 59 0 0 .255 .321 .405 96 4.6 3B -4, 1B -1 0.0
60o 274 30 62 12 1 8 31 21 57 0 0 .250 .311 .403 91 2.1 3B -4, 1B 0 -0.2
50o 262 27 57 11 1 7 29 20 56 0 0 .239 .303 .382 86 0.0 3B -3, 1B 0 -0.4
40o 250 25 53 10 1 7 27 18 54 0 0 .232 .293 .377 82 -1.9 3B -3, 1B 0 -0.6
30o 238 23 48 9 1 6 25 17 52 0 0 .221 .283 .355 77 -3.7 3B -3, 1B 0 -0.8
20o 223 21 45 9 1 6 23 15 49 0 0 .221 .279 .363 71 -5.6 3B -3, 1B 0 -1.0
10o 202 18 38 7 1 5 19 13 46 0 0 .204 .259 .333 63 -7.8 3B -3, 1B 0 -1.1
Weighted Mean2672860121830215600.248.311.405880.93B -3, 1B 0-0.3

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DateQuestionAnswer
2016-12-05 20:00:00 (link to chat)Can Jeimer Candelario be a Pablo Sandoval type hitter if he ever gets the at bats?
(HIlly from LA)
I don't think so. Sandoval is kind of an outlier. In case you couldn't tell. My girlfriend loves Sandoval. One time a few years back, I had to work so she drafted for me in a keeper league. She took Sandoval over Donaldson as my third baseman. We're still together even if Sandoval isn't... (George Bissell)
2015-06-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)If the Red Sox were characters on Game of Thrones, who would they be? thanks
(Bill from Los Angeles)
This is super played out ...

... and as such, right in my wheelhouse.

Xander Bogaerts: Jon Snow
Mookie Betts: Danaerys Targaryen

Ben Cherington: Ned (tried to do the right thing, will probably lose head)
Wade Miley: Catelyn (doesn't do much but yell)
Rick Porcello: Robb Stark (handsome, ineffective)
Clay Buchholz: Sansa (WHAT EVEN ARE YOU?)
Eduardo Rodriguez: Arya (so much potential)
Brock Holt: Bran (takes a lot of forms)
Joe Kelly: Rickon (why do you exist?)
Mike Napoli: Hodor (...yep)
Christian Vazquez: Benjen Stark (plz come back)

John Henry: Tywin (still calling the shots)
Dustin Pedroia: Tyrion (most watchable/resourceful)
Larry Lucchino: Cersei (...)
David Ortiz: Jaime (lost a step but still badass)
Blake Swihart: Tommen (keep trying, little guy)

John Farrell: Stannis (stern but no one seems to listen)
Melisandre: Pablo Sandoval (is your power real or what)
Our Hopes/Dreams: Shireen

Hanley Ramirez: The Hound (unlikeable but powerful)
Koji Uehara: Brienne (still rooting for ya)
Daniel Nava: Pod (you too!)

Junichi Tawawa: Bronn (just gets stuff done)
Allen Craig: Janos Slynt (just doesn't)
Shane Victorino: Jorah (always hurt)
Jackie Bradley: Theon (has he not suffered enough?)
Justin Masterson: Beric Dondarrion (should not have been revived)

Craig Breslow: Doran (smart, ineffective)
Alejandro De Aza: sandsnake 1
Alexi Ogando: sandsnake 2
Tommy Layne: sandsnake 3

The Yankees: Roose Bolton
The Rays: Ramsay Bolton
The Blue Jays: The Night's King
The Orioles: Mance Rayder

And two for the book readers ...
Yoan Moncada: Young Griff
Rusney Castillo: Patchface (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Nick Williams is all kinds of interesting. Not only is he the rare prospect with a potential plus or better hit tool, but it's how he gets that hit tool- with this free swinging ways. Where do you see him ultimately settling in? I keep thinking Pablo Sandoval when I read about Williams- swings at everything, but makes contact and has respectable power.
(Shawn from Cubicle)
"Lacks feel" is the common thread with Williams. He is tremendously talented but has yet to show an aptitude for the strike zone (among other areas of his game). I think he eventually ends up hitting .270 with 15 HRs but we'll always expect more from him. The lack of zone control is concerning. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)With the signing of Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox have boxed themselves in on Hanley Ramirez as a shortstop. Considering the groundball heavy makeup of the starting staff right now, this could potentially be an issue. What's your opinion as to his defensive skills? Can he approach average defensively?
(mattymatty2000 from Portland)
No, he really can't, but he'll also be a left fielder with Bogaerts at short. Hanley just doesn't have the range and his arm is hit or miss from short because he waits on grounders and has to rush throws. We'll see if that problem alleviates itself in the outfield, or if dealing with walls is a detriment to his already brittle body. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)Mike,need a third baseman.Sandoval,audible,McGehee,C.Johnson,Reynolds.Hr,RBI,R,Xbh,Sb,OBP.Thanks
(Chesty from New Bern ,NC)
I think I'd bank on improvement and grab Pablo Sandoval. He's clearly better than all of those other guys when he's going well, and he can't be this bad all year. (Mike Gianella)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)I saw your writeup of 3B Jhoan Urena this morning. I love newfound prospects. If you were to anticipate, what would be a best case Comp. for him and where do you think he will rank at the end of the year amongst all prospects?
(Silverback38 from VA)
It's so hard to put comps on guys that are this far away, but my first thought when I saw him was, "I wonder if this is what Pablo Sandoval would've looked like if had been in better shape." He's a bigger guy too but moves well with it, switch-hits and plays third base so that's about the best I could do for a guy so far away. Has to prove the hit tool is that good, but it's got a chance. Love the swing from the left side, waiting to see him face a lefty one of these days. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)I can keep Pablo Sandoval or Wilson Ramos on my fantasy team. Who do you think will have the better season?
(cracker73 from Florida)
I want to say Ramos but the health aspect scares me. So I guess Sandoval. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Contract year for Sandoval and he has lost 42 lbs. Do you think that he will ever stay healthy and reach his potential as a hitter?
(cracker73 from Florida)
Hi cracker73

I think Pablo Sandoval could stay healthy but if by "potential" you mean put up a 30 HR/.320 BA year I doubt it. He'll be a solid fantasy asset but not a superstar in my opinion. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)What about Donaldson for Sandoval?
(NotRocky from Chicago)
Hi Not Rocky. I wish you were Rocky...I have many questions about that fight against Drago in Russia for no money. What was he thinking?

No way on that deal if you're getting Pablo Sandoval. He has been terrible, and even assuming Sandoval's upside, you're probably looking at 15-20 HR with a solid but not great batting average. Go with the certainty in Donaldson. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Mr. Vlad Guerrero's nephew Gabriel Guerrero tore up the summer league last year. Do you know if he has the chance to be anything close to his uncle when the time comes? Thanks for the chat!
(Kyle from Minnesota)
To be fair, nothing is close to Vlad Guerrero. He was a rare specimen in so many ways. You might be able to comp Pablo Sandoval with respect to pure contact skills and approach at the plate, but the defensive profiles are miles apart. Gabriel Guerrero performed well in rookie league, but we are a long way from knowing whether his game will translate to the higher levels (.192/.232/.250 in 112 PA in the Midwest League this season). (Doug Thorburn)
2013-02-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Am I the only concerned that Mike Trout was on the Pablo Sandoval diet in the offseason?
(Shawnykid23 from My Desk)
I was asked about this on the radio the other day, and I said I wasn't concerned. I don't really think it's the Sandoval diet--most of the weight Trout put on was muscle, it seems, and he'll lose some of it this spring. The expected career trajectory for Trout has always been that he'd lose some speed and add some power as he aged and bulked up. Maybe that's happening already, but it's not necessarily a bad thing--maybe a few more homers makes up for fewer steals, infield hits, and fly balls caught. For now, he'll still be freakishly fast for someone his size, and amazing at baseball. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which major leaguer wins an episode of Chopped?
(Jake Mintz from Maryland)
Can John Axford cook? I feel like he can. Maybe it's just the mustache. I bet Pablo Sandoval can whip up a pretty decent spread too. (Ian Miller)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of effect does Pablo Sandoval's weight have on his playing style? Obviously it makes him a below average runner, but would he be a better player if he weighed 200 pounds instead of 2000?
(Jake from DC)
He would be different, yes, but he's also the type of athlete that wears his weight well. He's clearly fat, but he makes it work. Again, it comes down to the individual. Not every overweight individual has the natural athleticism and coordination to make their fat work in a professional environment. (Jason Parks)
2012-10-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does WARP pay any attention to left/right splits with respect to value. Jose Altuve has a 3.3 Warp despite being ordinary against righties, whom he sees the majority of times. Likewise,righty Colby Lewis is ordinary against lefties, but has the same WARP as Tommy Milone who pitched about twice as many starts and whose split is fairly ordinary for a lefty. Given platooning, isn't Milone a better pitcher than Lewis? And even with positional adjustments, shouldn't we prefer Pablo Sandoval with fewer ABs and a more even split vs Altuve even though according to WARP they are of similar value?
(pathard from London)
There's no platoon adjustment in WARP. The lack of use a platoon player gets in terms of the WARP they accumulate is very real, though, and playing time is one of the big reasons we use replacement-level baselines. Now, there is an argument to be made that there's an additional roster spot opportunity cost WARP isn't factoring in, but I don't know how to quantify that. (Colin Wyers)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is it possible that Pablo Sandoval will compete for NL MVP?
(Tim from Seattle)
I don't think so. I think sportswriters secretly judge fat people. (Jason Parks)
2012-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Let's try something fantasy related. Who gets the better end of Pablo Sandoval for Bonafacio/Alexi Ramirez?
(will.I.ain't from Holding pattern)
Getting past the it-depends-on-the-league caveat, I'd take Sandoval and a roster spot in any league that's not absurdly deep. (Sam Miller)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)That's funny, I never even think of C as a position since I've never, ever had a good C before.
(kddean from loop)
That might be a mistake. Catcher is the most scarce and definitely needs to be paid attention to. Their stats count just as much as anyone else's. Would you rather have Brian McCann and Placido Polanco or Pablo Sandoval and George Kottaras? (Derek Carty)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I don't know. I respectfully disagree with you. I think Sandoval was moved from catcher because they thought they had a guy who was going to hit .315 over a twelve year career and playing catcher would jeopardize that potential. Well, the lustere has worn off Pablo Sandoval and he is in great shape. They got Miguel Tejada, Fontenot, Manny Buress, and Sanchez to play 3B, SS, and 2B. Throw Sandoval behind the dish.
(Aceball from Reno)
That's fair, and the weight loss should help. I'm not sure if getting Burress into the lineup is really that much better than whoever would become the fulltime catcher. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Injuries are plaguing my team at the moment. - Joe Mauer - Pablo Sandoval - Andrew Bailey - And now Ike Davis Which first baseman do you think will have the most value in the short term? - Brett Wallace (who I picked up and can quickly drop) - Mitch Moreland - Eric Hosmer
(HonusCobb from Hopedale, IL)
I'll jump on the Eric Hosmer bandwagon here. He's made a pretty smooth transition to the major leagues and is also showing power. I like Wallace a lot, too, but he plays on a bad team, which cuts down on his RBI opportunities. (John Perrotto)
2011-03-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jeremy - While early Pablo Sandoval seems to be back to the old Panda. Thoughts on his numbers for this year in a standard 5x?
(Shane from Miami)
I'll probably target Sandoval. He should get back over .300 and be a top-10 third baseman. Deinitely would take him over Casey McGehee, who's being drafted first on average. (Jeremy Greenhouse)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Now that Pablo Sandoval reported to camp 38 pounds lighter and 11% less body fat, do you expect him to return to his 2009 form? .300+ average with 25 HRs?
(Sean from DC)
I expect him to eat 38 pounds of food in the next 24 hours. (Jason Parks)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you buy a weight related Pablo Sandoval resurgence? Or will he be my generations Mark Fidrych? Stealing what Bill James wrote about The Bird, Pandamonium was more fun than a barrel of monkeys
(EricJ from SF)
Well, we heard the same stories last year, and it didn't help, but I'm enough of an optimist to think maybe this time around he got the message. He'll be better than last year, if short of 2009's magic. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-11-09 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Pablo Sandoval's ass bigger than Kevin Mench's head?
(dianagramr from NYC)
Yes. But smaller than Benny Agbayani's. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-10-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)My unsubstantiated observation is that free swinging young players (ie Pablo Sandoval, Delmon Young, etc) who don't take many walks peak earlier in their careers than others (Vlad would obviously be an exception). This would be the result of pitchers doing a better job of not giving them good pitches to hit. Do you think my hypothesis would bear out empirically? and can Carlos Gonzalez be an exception if that's indeed the case?
(Randy K from Kansas)
Walks are key for a few reasons. One, they're valuable in their own right. Two, they're a sign that a player is able to be selective, and won't swing at as many pitcher's pitches. When a player is younger, they can get away with it more, because they can compensate for it with good bat speed. (This is why walk rates tend to be one of the skills that peaks late.) As far as Carlos Gonzalez - his batting line is so, so weird. And it's hard to learn discipline when you're getting results like this. (Colin Wyers)
2010-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Just how far has Pablo Sandoval's stock fallen? I'm in a very deep mixed league keeper with knowledgeable, dedicated owners and I haven't even been able to give the man away...(I have better options at 3B).
(Michael from St. Louis)
I'd give you something (not much, but something) for him. He's not as bad as this year's numbers, any more than he was as good as last year's numbers. He's a likely bounceback candidate for next year. If you would have told me the Giants would be where they are today with KFP playing as poorly as he has, I'd have laughed at you. (Ken Funck)
2010-03-24 11:00:00 (link to chat)Follow up on the NL West, why do you think the Giants won't be in the mix?
(SprungOnSports from Long Island)
They could be, but that offense is just plain, old-fashioned, bad. It's Pablo Sandoval and ... who's the next best hitter? Shierholtz? I mean seriously, that's bad. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Am I the only one who still fantasizes about the possibilities of Pablo Sandoval catching; even on a limited (backup) basis? That bat is HOF caliber there.
(beta461 from SF)
Even with the lost weight, it just isn't going to happen. This is definitely the stuff of fantasy, Strat, and wishcasting. Not that it isn't lovely to think about, of course. ;-) (Christina Kahrl)
2010-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to choose one player for the next 10 years out of Adam Jones and Pablo Sandoval, who would you pick?
(Jimmy from DC)
Sandoval has the better bat, but Jones plays a weaker position and can field well...I still think I may go with Sandoval. I really, really, really love his bat. (Marc Normandin)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any way to look at the Giants off-season as anything but another disaster?
(bjmd from SF)
It's glum stuff in terms of Sanchez and Huff, certainly, because the disasters involve the elective decisions to sign them, and forgo other alternatives. If the goal was to wind up with a first baseman who might not outhit Travis Ishikawa or Nate Shierholtz or John Bowker, with the flexibility of Mark DeRosa and Pablo Sandoval allowing you to rotate around if all three deliver (no laughing... OK, some laughing), maybe all that's lost is money. I still think the Dodgers and Rockies are takeable, but the disaster is that Sabean didn't seem to realize it, and lined up adequate propositions in an offseason where other teams have been considerably bolder and more creative in fixing their problems. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-01-14 16:00:00 (link to chat)Nothing lasts forever? Look no further than my career. Thoughts on the Giants off-season moves?
(Axel Rose from Cold November Rain)
(Tries to think of clever linkage between GNR's "comeback" and the Giants. Not working.) Pablo Sandoval, Travis Ishikawa, Aubrey Huff, Mark DeRosa. They will all play where? I'm scratching my head. (Russell A. Carleton)
2010-01-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lightning round: Pablo Sandoval in 2010: about the same as 09, better, or worse?
(Gregjitsu from Rside)
Honestly, about the same. Pablo Sandoval is Nomar Garciaparra to me. The good version that hit for a high average with solid power. (Marc Normandin)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)True or false: The slimmer, trimmer 2010 version of Pablo Sandoval will be a strong MVP candidate.
(dianagramr from NYC)
A. Are we sure he'll be slimmer and trimmer?
B. (More difficult bonus question) -- Are we sure that being slimmer and trimmer makes him a better player? (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)In all seriousness would liposuction be good for someone like Pablo Sandovals career? Im not so much worried about this or next season; more to helping those knees hold up 10+ years.
(Eric J from SF)
How about just a diet? Or a Wii Fit? (Will Carroll)
2009-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Huge Giants fan here, wondering what your thoughts were regarding Pablo Sandoval in terms of 1)a comparison to another player that you think he will become and 2)whether he can stick at 3rd base for the next few years?
(brianpekrul from San Francisco)
I still swear that he's like a shorter, fatter version of Nomar Garciaparra, back when Nomar could catch up to anything and was a lock to hit for a high average. He's doing pretty well at third, so as long as the big guy doesn't turn into a bigger guy, then he should be fine. (Marc Normandin)
2009-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)How is Pablo Sandoval not on the All-Star team, even after two injuries?
(Jon from SF)
I count just one injury, Beltran, and Manuel picked his own guy. Which seems to be the thing to do. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Biggest snub is clearly Matt Kemp, right?
(Michael from Los Angeles)
It's one of the bigger ones, for sure, though at least he's still eligible in the final vote, as is Pablo Sandoval, another worthy who was snubbed. As a matter of fact I think most of the 10 candidates on those two ballots have solid cases with Pena, Lind, Inge, Sandoval, and Figgins giving Kemp a run for his money. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on Pablo Sandoval, is this what we can expect from him moving forward? Also, is there a better nickname for him than Kung Fu Panda?
(Auggie from Anaheim)
I don't think we should expect him to slug in the .550s indefinitely, but the guy can rake, yes. Hrm... "Human Flesh Hydrant" probably isn't flattering, but if we translate it into Japanese, that could be a lot cooler than "Kung Fu Panda." (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)As of the submission of this question Pablo Sandoval has seven walks in his last ten games. Fluke, or a sign that Pablo may be able to add a little patience to his approach now that pitchers aren't throwing him strikes?
(Jake from S.F.)
He's young enough to learn, no question. Locker him across the room from Bengie Molina, though. Maybe even in the visitor's cubhouse. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Marc. Who will be the better 3B option in a 10 team/20 keeper league: Pablo Sandoval or Andy LaRoche? What are the odds LaRoche hits 20 homers in 2010?
(Guancous from Silver Spring, MD)
I like Sandoval a lot. I have faith in LaRoche to be a pretty good third baseman, but Sandoval is going to be a scary hitter in his own right. I would stick with Sandoval if I had to pick one (and I did, Sandoval is catching for me right now). (Marc Normandin)
2009-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will - heard anything on Pablo Sandoval's elbow? Is a return to 3B where he has increased value imminent?
(Rob from Oakland)
Yeah, he's been throwing and with Uribe out (and saying that makes me feel like I'm in a time machine ...) it's good timing. (Will Carroll)
2009-05-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Given your love of fat players, how would you describe Pablo Sandoval? "Pandaesque" comes to mind.
(dianagramr from NYC)
I really need to compile like a short book of best scout quotes I've ever heard. On Sandoval: "Man, that fat [expletive]-er can hit." (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Pablo Sandoval can hit, but can he stay at 3rd? How long does this experiment go and is there any chance they let him try and catch until Posey is ready?
(Dave from Boston)
Given the other options, I'd run him out there until a better choice pushed him to first base. It could be a while, and will almost certainly involve an external choice. (Why do I have this image of Adrian Beltre signing with the Giants?) I also would try and have him catch 10-20 times, just to keep those skills on his resume. Realistically, he's an everyday 1B by 2011. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-03-10 14:30:00 (link to chat)Pablo Sandoval: over/under .300, over/under 15 home runs?
(Drew from Columbus)
Under, over. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are you thoughts thus far on Pablo Sandoval and Travis Ishikawa in San Fran?
(Elmo from Bay Area)
I was pretty sunny on both of them a few weeks back in TA, and so far, they haven't been disappointments. I think it's safe to say neither one of them is the new Lance Niekro. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)How common is it for a guy like Pablo Sandoval to just wake up one day and understand how to hit? He had never been above Double-A and hadn't been all that good even at single-A and suddenly he is a big league catcher...err third basemen...err first baseman? Did the matrix find him? Also, what's his ceiling?
(miasmu from boston)
Dude hit in the DSL, dude hit in the Northwest League, and dude showed some real signs of life even last year, when I'm pretty sure I was the only living human to put him in the Giants top 10. He always hit, it was more of a matter of where he ends up defensively. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you please say something nice about a Giants' position prospect?
(AF from brooklyn)
I'm a big Nick Noonan fan, and he's hitting well in the Sally League, although it would be nice if he took a walk . . . just one. Pablo Sandoval remains the best kept secret in that system. (Kevin Goldstein)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableHow is it that Bill Madlock doesn't show up on Pablo Sandoval's list of PECOTA comps? They're the same guy. Same chunky build (official heights and weights are identical) similar batting results, same position(s)... (Steven Goldman)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2005 asx .000 0.0 38 .000 0.0 0 .000 .001 0.0 0.0 -5.3
2007 afa .000 0.0 2802 -.002 1.4 59 -.057 -.007 2.5 3.5 4.9
2008 aax .000 0.0 1192 -.001 0.3 17 -.008 -.011 0.3 1.7 0.9
2008 afa .000 0.0 2101 .002 -1.1 42 -.051 -.007 1.5 1.2 0.7
2008 mlb .011 1.1 482 .001 -0.1 9 .002 .004 0.0 2.3 1.4
2009 mlb .018 0.6 165 .001 0.0 2 -.007 -.001 0.0 0.6 -6.4

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PITCHf/x Hitter Profile

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