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Portrait of Mitch Talbot

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
11 43 232.7 12 19 0 5.30 -2.6
Birth Date10-17-1983
Height6' 1"
Weight180 lbs
Age35 years, 0 months, 0 days
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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 oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2008 TBA MLB 3 1 9.7 0 0 0 16 11 5 3 .266 108 14.9 10.2 2.8 4.7 38% .382 .382 2.79 9.88 11.17 140 9.02 192.3 -0.4
2010 CLE MLB 28 28 159.3 10 13 0 169 69 88 13 .260 106 9.5 3.9 0.7 5.0 49% .301 .270 1.49 4.45 4.41 111 5.76 130.0 -0.9
2011 CLE MLB 12 12 63.7 2 6 0 90 28 36 10 .268 102 12.7 4.0 1.4 5.1 44% .360 .326 1.85 5.43 6.64 120 6.78 157.5 -1.3
CareerMLB4341232.71219027510812926.26310510.64.21.05.047%.322.2921.654.945.301156.17140.2-2.6

Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2003 MAR Rk 12 12 54.0 4 4 0 45 11 46 1 .000 7.5 1.8 0.2 7.7 0% .277 .000 1.04 3.02 2.83 0 0.00 0.0
2004 LEX A 27 27 152.7 10 10 0 145 49 115 16 .000 8.5 2.9 0.9 6.8 0% .279 .000 1.27 4.53 3.83 0 0.00 0.0
2005 SLM A+ 27 27 151.3 8 11 0 169 46 100 15 .000 10.1 2.7 0.9 5.9 0% -.911 .000 1.42 4.37 4.34 0 0.00 0.0
2006 CCH AA 18 17 90.0 6 4 1 94 29 96 4 .000 9.4 2.9 0.4 9.6 0% .353 .000 1.37 2.87 3.40 0 0.00 0.0
2006 MNT AA 10 10 66.0 4 3 0 51 18 59 2 .000 7.0 2.5 0.3 8.0 0% .271 .000 1.05 2.58 1.91 0 0.00 0.0
2007 DUR AAA 29 29 161.0 13 9 0 169 59 124 13 .259 93 9.4 3.3 0.7 6.9 56% .312 .250 1.42 3.96 4.53 0 0.00 0.0
2008 TBA MLB 3 1 9.7 0 0 0 16 11 5 3 .266 108 14.9 10.2 2.8 4.7 38% .382 .382 2.79 9.88 11.17 140 9.02 192.3
2008 DUR AAA 28 28 161.0 13 9 0 165 35 141 9 .266 89 9.2 2.0 0.5 7.9 52% .342 .241 1.24 3.15 3.86 0 0.00 0.0
2009 PCH A+ 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 .213 100 3.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 33% .333 .106 0.33 0.19 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2009 DUR AAA 10 10 54.3 4 4 0 67 18 40 3 .259 112 11.1 3.0 0.5 6.6 49% .365 .267 1.57 3.50 4.48 0 0.00 0.0
2009 RAY Rk 4 4 11.0 0 0 0 5 0 21 0 .254 86 4.1 0.0 0.0 17.2 53% .294 .139 0.45 -0.51 0.82 0 0.00 0.0
2009 PDD Wnt 6 6 22.7 3 0 0 27 6 15 2 .000 10.7 2.4 0.8 5.9 0% .347 .000 1.45 4.85 4.36 0 0.00 0.0
2010 CLE MLB 28 28 159.3 10 13 0 169 69 88 13 .260 106 9.5 3.9 0.7 5.0 49% .301 .270 1.49 4.45 4.41 111 5.76 130.0
2010 MHV A- 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 .274 100 6.0 3.0 0.0 0.0 70% .200 .175 1.00 4.46 3.00 0 0.00 0.0
2011 CLE MLB 12 12 63.7 2 6 0 90 28 36 10 .268 102 12.7 4.0 1.4 5.1 44% .360 .326 1.85 5.43 6.64 120 6.78 157.5
2011 COH AAA 13 7 44.3 4 2 0 54 10 42 4 .249 107 11.0 2.0 0.8 8.5 53% .373 .248 1.44 3.19 4.26 0 0.00 0.0
2013 LVG AAA 1 1 3.7 0 0 0 7 3 0 0 .232 120 17.2 7.4 0.0 0.0 61% .389 .331 2.73 6.02 9.82 0 0.00 0.0
2013 NWO AAA 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 2 2 3 0 .251 88 3.6 3.6 0.0 5.4 67% .133 .172 0.80 3.56 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2013 MRL Rk 2 1 8.0 1 1 0 6 1 8 0 .237 99 6.8 1.1 0.0 9.0 70% .261 .234 0.88 1.83 2.25 0 0.00 0.0
2018 COH AAA 18 17 103.7 4 5 0 98 22 64 9 .259 98 8.5 1.9 0.8 5.6 45% .285 .238 1.16 4.00 2.52 105 4.67 94.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 204 0.4265 0.4069 0.8193 0.6782 0.2051 0.8814 0.6667 0.1807
2010 2614 0.5218 0.4262 0.8483 0.5990 0.2376 0.9045 0.6936 0.1517
2011 1104 0.5254 0.4420 0.8627 0.5966 0.2710 0.9046 0.7606 0.1373
Career39220.51790.42960.85080.60240.24530.90330.71110.1492

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
2011-07-09 2011-07-31 15-DL 22 17 - Low Back Strain - -
2011-04-12 2011-05-25 15-DL 43 36 Right Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament -
2010-09-13 2010-09-23 DTD 10 9 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2010-07-30 2010-08-14 15-DL 15 14 Mid Back Strain -
2009-05-28 2009-09-09 Minors 104 0 Right Elbow Sprain Partial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 MIA $
2011 CLE $431,700
2010 CLE $400,700
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$832,400
2 yrTotal$832,400

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 149 dACES1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Miami as a free agent 1/23/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Samsung of Korea 12/2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4317M (2011). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/8/11. DFA by Cleveland 7/31/11. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/5/11. Contract purchased by Cleveland 9/24/11. Sent outright to Triple-A by Cleveland 10/18/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4007M (2010). Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Tampa Bay 12/21/09. Signed 3/10/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4007M (2009). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/25/09. Optioned to Triple-A 3/16/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/15/08. Optioned to Triple-A 3/14/08. Recalled 7/1/08. Optioned to Triple-A 7/3/08. Recalled 9/14/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Tampa Bay 11/06. Re-signed by Tampa Bay 2/07. Optioned to Triple-A 3/07.
  • Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Houston 7/06.
  • Drafted by Houston 2002 (2-70) (Canyon View HS, Cedar City, Utah). $0.55M signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2012 When the Indians acquired Talbot from the Rays before the 2010 season, GM Chris Antonetti said, "He’s a guy we’ve had interest in for quite a while," and it was easy to see why. Talbot has the arsenal to be a groundballing fourth or fifth starter with his good sinker, plus change, above-average cutter, and a breaking ball that's between a hard curve and a slurvy slider. But while he pitched well in Columbus, he had lukewarm success in Cleveland at best and will look for a new club in 2012. He made just 11 messy starts before getting demoted until September, with his calling card ground-ball rate falling well below league average. Talbot still has the potential to be a solid contributor if, and only if, he can pitch down in the zone, the style he is suited for. He doesn't possess swing-and-miss stuff aside from his change-up, and his command is unremarkable, so he'll need to become an ant-killer if he's to stick in the bigs.
2011 Acquired from the Rays for Kelly Shoppach, Talbot is, in many ways, the ultimate generic right-hander. He has a 90-92 mph fastball that he can sink or cut, average secondary pitches in a slider and changeup, and average command and control. The problem is that when he needs that one pitch to retire a hitter, it's just not in him. With these types of pitchers, you hope for a quality start that can keep you in the game, but Talbot delivered that just 11 times in 28 attempts last year. He's likely the fourth starter to open the season, but only because the Indians don't necessarily have a better option at this time.
2010 Acquired from the Astros in the Aubrey Huff trade along with Ben Zobrist, Talbot—no relation to the Ball Four foil, alas—lost the strike zone during his 2008 cup of coffee with the Rays. That wasn't all he lost, as an elbow sprain cost him more than half of the 2009 season. After showcasing his health with six starts in the Arizona Fall League, he was dealt to Cleveland as the PTBNL in the Kelly Shoppach trade; he's out of options and presumably will battle for a rotation spot with the Tribe. The owner of a 90-ish fastball with good movement, a hard slider, and a changeup with a nice fade, his is a usable arsenal, but one thoroughly lost among the high-upside arms in the Rays system.
2009 In 161 Triple-A innings last year, Mitch Talbot walked 35. During a late-season call-up to The Show, he walked 11 in 9 2/3. That, our friends, is called nerves. We're sounding like a broken record here, but it's hard to stand out as a young pitcher in this system, and the recoil from Talbot's first shot sent him back to the end of the line. He is, believe it or not, a strike-thrower with an average fastball, a decent slider, and a sweet changeup, but he's just in the wrong organization. When it comes to young pitchers in Tampa Bay, average, decent, and nice get thrown overboard.
2008 Talbot is something of a lost soul in the Rays system because of all the high-upside arms around him, but he's a solid prospect in his own right. He lives primarily off his fastball/changeup combination; both are solid pitches that he commands well, but his lack of a plus breaking ball was his downfall at Triple-A last year. His future is in relief anyway, so the need for a third pitch won't be as much of an issue going forward.
2007 Talbot took a huge step forward this year, mostly in the strikeout department, but it`s always hard to separate the guys who have figured things out from the guys who get lucky for a year. Still, Talbot has become less of an extreme ground-baller as his strikeout rate has improved, suggesting a conscious change in approach away from his previous pitch-to-contact style, yet he`s still managed to keep his home-run rate very low. Talbot has very clean mechanics and finally added a breaking pitch, though it`s really more of a slurve, which is often perceived as a poor man`s curve ball. Still, if last year represents a new level of ability, it means the Rays received a bigger bounty for Aubrey Huff than we thought.

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