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2018 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 34)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
33.3 5.17 1.54 27 1 0 0 -0.1
Birth Date10-5-1983
Height6' 4"
Weight200 lbs
Age34 years, 4 months, 16 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.12014
-0.12015
0.12016
2017
-0.12018
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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
2010 TEX MLB 44 0 41.7 4 1 0 31 16 39 2 .254 112 6.7 3.5 0.4 8.4 45% .257 .207 1.13 3.02 1.30 92 3.84 86.6 0.5
2011 TEX MLB 31 29 169.0 13 8 0 149 43 126 16 .261 114 7.9 2.3 0.9 6.7 38% .266 .229 1.14 3.68 3.51 95 4.11 95.6 1.9
2012 TEX MLB 58 1 66.0 2 0 3 49 17 66 9 .260 104 6.7 2.3 1.2 9.0 39% .237 .231 1.00 3.68 3.27 83 3.63 83.3 0.9
2013 TEX MLB 23 18 104.3 7 4 0 87 41 72 11 .273 99 7.5 3.5 0.9 6.2 43% .254 .246 1.23 4.38 3.11 109 4.23 101.3 0.9
2014 TEX MLB 27 0 25.0 2 3 1 33 15 22 1 .265 104 11.9 5.4 0.4 7.9 37% .386 .286 1.92 3.84 6.84 102 4.86 119.2 -0.1
2015 BOS MLB 64 0 65.3 3 1 0 59 28 53 12 .262 111 8.1 3.9 1.7 7.3 44% .260 .268 1.33 5.29 3.99 108 4.79 112.0 -0.1
2016 ATL MLB 36 0 32.0 2 1 0 32 23 29 2 .266 89 9.0 6.5 0.6 8.2 42% .323 .305 1.72 4.43 3.94 100 4.72 104.4 0.1
CareerMLB28348503.33318444018340753.2631077.93.30.97.341%.269.2451.244.043.47994.2298.34.1

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 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-
2006 DGR Rk 16 0 30.1 4 0 2 23 3 44 0 .000 6.9 0.9 0.0 13.2 0% .338 .000 0.86 0.45 0.60 0 0.00 0.0
2007 DGR Rk 15 0 28.0 6 1 3 25 7 35 1 .000 8.0 2.2 0.3 11.2 0% .353 .000 1.14 2.02 0.96 0 0.00 0.0
2009 azu Wnt 4 0 4.0 0 0 0 6 1 3 0 .000 13.5 2.2 0.0 6.8 0% .400 .000 1.75 2.53 4.50 0 0.00 0.0
2010 TEX MLB 44 0 41.7 4 1 0 31 16 39 2 .254 112 6.7 3.5 0.4 8.4 45% .257 .207 1.13 3.02 1.30 92 3.84 86.6
2010 FRI AA 7 3 15.7 0 0 0 4 5 21 1 .253 92 2.3 2.9 0.6 12.0 47% .103 .125 0.57 2.27 1.15 83 2.93 85.5
2010 OKL AAA 11 0 15.0 0 0 1 10 6 21 0 .265 95 6.0 3.6 0.0 12.6 44% .278 .185 1.07 1.98 3.00 87 2.72 84.6
2011 TEX MLB 31 29 169.0 13 8 0 149 43 126 16 .261 114 7.9 2.3 0.9 6.7 38% .266 .229 1.14 3.68 3.51 95 4.11 95.6
2012 TEX MLB 58 1 66.0 2 0 3 49 17 66 9 .260 104 6.7 2.3 1.2 9.0 39% .237 .231 1.00 3.68 3.27 83 3.63 83.3
2012 ROU AAA 2 1 3.0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 .280 88 3.0 0.0 0.0 15.0 60% .200 .054 0.33 0.32 0.00 89 3.42 93.1
2013 TEX MLB 23 18 104.3 7 4 0 87 41 72 11 .273 99 7.5 3.5 0.9 6.2 43% .254 .246 1.23 4.38 3.11 109 4.23 101.3
2013 FRI AA 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 4 0 4 1 .256 102 6.0 0.0 1.5 6.0 22% .176 .231 0.67 3.88 0.00 97 4.25 103.1
2013 ROU AAA 3 3 13.0 0 1 0 12 4 4 4 .256 89 8.3 2.8 2.8 2.8 38% .186 .298 1.23 7.87 6.23 112 5.98 114.4
2014 TEX MLB 27 0 25.0 2 3 1 33 15 22 1 .265 104 11.9 5.4 0.4 7.9 37% .386 .286 1.92 3.84 6.84 102 4.86 119.2
2015 BOS MLB 64 0 65.3 3 1 0 59 28 53 12 .262 111 8.1 3.9 1.7 7.3 44% .260 .268 1.33 5.29 3.99 108 4.79 112.0
2016 ATL MLB 36 0 32.0 2 1 0 32 23 29 2 .266 89 9.0 6.5 0.6 8.2 42% .323 .305 1.72 4.43 3.94 100 4.72 104.4
2016 RNO AAA 6 0 5.3 1 0 0 10 7 2 0 .285 16.9 11.8 0.0 3.4 52% .435 .341 3.19 6.90 13.50 122 7.87 124.4
2016 TOR Wnt 15 0 13.0 0 1 7 10 5 4 0 .000 6.9 3.5 0.0 2.8 0% .222 .000 1.15 3.45 2.77 0 0.00 0.0

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
2010 682 0.5396 0.4604 0.7516 0.6114 0.2834 0.8133 0.5955 0.2484
2011 2720 0.5103 0.4721 0.7874 0.6354 0.3018 0.8526 0.6443 0.2126
2012 1040 0.5442 0.4933 0.7115 0.6555 0.2996 0.7493 0.6127 0.2885
2013 1706 0.4971 0.4443 0.7982 0.6156 0.2751 0.8467 0.6907 0.2018
2014 481 0.4844 0.4595 0.7692 0.6781 0.2540 0.8228 0.6349 0.2308
2015 1111 0.4572 0.4752 0.7424 0.6772 0.3051 0.8110 0.6141 0.2576
2016 597 0.5310 0.4456 0.7707 0.6625 0.2000 0.8095 0.6250 0.2293
Career83370.50710.46590.7690.64190.28490.82490.63990.231

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
2014-06-04 2014-09-29 60-DL 117 104 Right Elbow Sprain Ulnar Collateral Ligament -
2014-05-18 2014-05-20 DTD 2 1 Right Wrist Contusion - -
2013-08-14 2013-09-03 15-DL 20 17 Right Shoulder Nerve Injury - -
2013-06-06 2013-07-23 15-DL 47 41 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2013-05-16 2013-06-05 15-DL 20 17 Right Upper Arm Strain Biceps - -
2012-09-06 2012-09-11 DTD 5 4 Right Arm Soreness Biceps - -
2012-06-11 2012-07-16 15-DL 35 28 Right Groin Strain - -
2012-05-28 2012-05-29 DTD 1 1 Right Forearm Contusion Batted Ball - -
2011-06-19 2011-06-19 DTD 0 0 General Medical Dehydration Needed IV Fluids -
2011-04-11 2011-04-11 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Blister -
2011-04-05 2011-04-05 DTD 0 0 Right Fingers Blister Index Finger -
2010-10-31 2010-11-01 15-DL 1 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 ATL $2,000,000
2015 BOS $1,500,000
2014 TEX $2,625,000
2013 TEX $506,600
2012 TEX $497,600
2011 TEX $430,150
2008 TEX $390,000
2007 TEX $380,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$8,329,350
8 yrTotal$8,329,350

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 114 dReynolds Sports1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 12/17 (minor-league contract).
  • 2017. Hanwha of Korea.
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/8/16 (minor-league contract). Salary of $2M in majors. May earn additional $1.5M in performance bonuses. Contract selected by Atlanta 4/3/16. DFA by Atlanta 6/27/16. Released by Atlanta 7/1/16. Signed by Arizona 7/11/16 (minor-league contract). Released by Arizona 8/3/16 (opted out of contract).
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2015). Signed by Boston as a free agent 1/30/15. May earn additional $1.5M in performance bonuses. Sent outright to Triple-A by Boston 11/6/15.
  • 1 year/$2.625M (2014). Re-signed by Texas 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Texas 12/2/14.
  • 1 year/$0.5066M (2013). Re-signed by Texas 2/18/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4976M (2012). Re-signed by Texas 2/27/12.
  • 1 year/$430,150 (2011). Re-signed by Texas 2/26/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Contract purchased by Texas 3/4/10.
  • 1 year/$0.39M (2008). Re-signed by Texas 2/25/08.
  • 1 year/$0.38M (2007). Contract purchased by Texas 11/06. Re-signed by Texas 2/07.
  • Selected by Texas from Oakland in Rule 5 draft 12/05.
  • Signed by Oakland 2002 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2018 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
90o 2.9 1 0.2 52 0 49.9 41 21 40 6 .253 1.24 3.71 4.21 5.0 0.5
80o 2.5 0.8 0.1 46 0 44.0 39 20 35 5 .267 1.34 4.11 4.66 2.4 0.3
70o 2.2 0.7 0.1 42 0 39.9 38 19 32 5 .278 1.41 4.41 4.99 0.8 0.1
60o 2 0.6 0.1 38 0 36.5 36 18 29 5 .287 1.48 4.67 5.27 -0.3 -0.0
50o 1.8 0.5 0.1 35 0 33.4 34 17 27 5 .296 1.54 4.92 5.54 -1.2 -0.1
40o 1.6 0.4 0.1 32 0 30.4 33 16 24 5 .304 1.61 5.17 5.82 -2.0 -0.2
30o 1.4 0.4 0.1 28 0 27.3 31 15 22 4 .313 1.68 5.45 6.12 -2.6 -0.3
20o 1.2 0.3 0 25 0 23.7 28 14 19 4 .324 1.77 5.77 6.48 -3.1 -0.3
10o 0.9 0.2 0 20 0 19.0 24 12 15 3 .340 1.89 6.24 6.99 -3.5 -0.4
Weighted Mean1.80.50.134032.83317265.2931.534.885.5-1.0-0.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20193521039038402031644.3021.595.275.689.64.87.41.4-0.2
20203621032031311625444.2961.535.115.519.14.77.31.2-0.1
20213711031030301524444.2931.525.085.479.14.67.31.2-0.1
20223810028026271321444.2941.525.145.549.24.47.21.4-0.1
20233910026025261320444.2971.545.195.599.24.67.11.4-0.1
20244010025024251219444.2971.545.245.659.44.57.11.5-0.1
20254110024024251218444.2961.565.215.629.54.66.81.5-0.1
20264210023022231117344.2971.575.255.669.64.67.11.2-0.1
20274310021020211015344.2981.585.305.719.64.66.91.4-0.1

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 91 Alfredo Simon 2015 5.40
2 86 Brian Duensing 2017 2.74
3 86 Jamey Wright 2009 5.92
4 85 Gavin Floyd 2017 0.00 DNP
5 85 Nick Masset 2016 0.00 DNP
6 85 Jorge De La Rosa 2015 4.41
7 85 Scott Schoeneweis 2008 3.65
8 84 Braden Looper 2009 5.69
9 84 Chad Durbin 2012 3.69
10 84 Aaron Fultz 2008 0.00 DNP
11 83 Stu Miller 1962 4.79 DNP
12 83 Tom Gorzelanny 2017 0.00 DNP
13 83 Javier Lopez 2012 3.25
14 82 Matt Guerrier 2013 4.64
15 82 Steve Ontiveros 1995 5.21
16 82 Dustin Hermanson 2007 0.00 DNP
17 82 Julian Tavarez 2007 5.95
18 82 Carlos Torres 2017 4.58
19 82 Danys Baez 2012 0.00 DNP
20 82 Bob Rush 1960 5.83
21 82 Salomon Torres 2006 4.05
22 81 Hoyt Wilhelm 1957 4.45
23 81 Todd Coffey 2015 0.00 DNP
24 81 Craig Breslow 2015 4.57
25 81 Tom Candiotti 1992 3.45
26 81 John Denny 1987 0.00 DNP
27 81 Shawn Camp 2010 3.36
28 81 Peter Moylan 2013 6.46
29 81 Jim Brower 2007 18.90
30 81 Scott Downs 2010 2.79
31 81 Scott Eyre 2006 3.67
32 81 Whitey Ford 1963 3.11
33 80 Barry Zito 2012 4.44
34 80 Jim Perry 1970 3.55
35 80 Mike Lincoln 2009 8.22
36 80 Doug Brocail 2001 0.00 DNP
37 80 Jose Veras 2015 0.00 DNP
38 80 Jake Westbrook 2012 4.38
39 80 Jason Marquis 2013 4.67
40 80 Terry Adams 2007 0.00 DNP
41 80 Doug Davis 2010 8.45
42 80 Vic Raschi 1953 3.48
43 80 Murry Dickson 1951 4.89
44 80 Mike Maddux 1996 5.18
45 79 Dennys Reyes 2011 10.80
46 79 Cory Lidle 2006 5.27
47 79 Steve Rogers 1984 4.89
48 79 Joe Thatcher 2016 0.00 DNP
49 79 Jarrod Washburn 2009 3.94
50 79 Joe Dobson 1951 4.64
51 79 Luis Ayala 2012 3.36
52 79 Bob Lemon 1955 4.39
53 79 Art Fowler 1957 6.67
54 79 Jose Contreras 2006 4.59
55 79 Clay Hensley 2014 0.00 DNP
56 79 Vicente Padilla 2012 4.68
57 79 John Halama 2006 6.44
58 79 Jason Vargas 2017 4.21
59 79 Matt Albers 2017 1.77
60 79 Mike Marshall 1977 5.40
61 79 Mark Redman 2008 7.94
62 79 Mike Henneman 1996 6.00
63 78 Bob Veale 1970 4.41
64 78 J.A. Happ 2017 3.96
65 78 Felix Rodriguez 2007 0.00 DNP
66 78 Allie Reynolds 1951 3.50
67 78 Joe Beimel 2011 6.04
68 78 John Thomson 2008 0.00 DNP
69 78 David Riske 2011 0.00 DNP
70 78 Bob Wickman 2003 0.00 DNP
71 78 Bobby Shantz 1960 3.19
72 78 Dave Giusti 1974 3.58
73 78 Brandon Lyon 2014 0.00 DNP
74 78 Jared Burton 2015 0.00 DNP
75 78 Jason Frasor 2012 4.12
76 78 Scott Feldman 2017 5.01
77 78 Tug McGraw 1979 5.92
78 78 Ervin Santana 2017 3.62
79 78 Bob Shaw 1967 5.21
80 78 Gaylord Perry 1973 3.74
81 78 Rick Reuschel 1983 3.92
82 78 Tom Gorman 1959 8.41
83 78 Larry Jackson 1965 4.49
84 78 Mark Hendrickson 2008 5.86
85 78 Wandy Rodriguez 2013 3.73
86 78 Antonio Alfonseca 2006 5.62
87 78 Kevin Gregg 2012 5.36
88 78 J.C. Romero 2010 4.42
89 78 Jeremy Guthrie 2013 4.17
90 77 Mike Garcia 1958 11.25
91 77 D.J. Carrasco 2011 6.39
92 77 Brian Tallet 2012 0.00 DNP
93 77 Matt Herges 2004 6.20
94 77 Glendon Rusch 2009 7.23
95 77 Ryan Dempster 2011 4.94
96 77 Jay Howell 1990 2.32
97 77 Bob Friend 1965 3.37
98 77 Tim Harikkala 2006 0.00 DNP
99 77 Kyle Lohse 2013 3.53
100 77 Jason Johnson 2008 5.83

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .247 .325 .408 .275
11 vs R (Multi) .259 .360 .403 .277
18 Split (Multi) -.011 -.035 .005 -.002
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .314 .426 .571 .380
31 vs R (2016) .256 .367 .317 .270
38 Split (2016) .058 .058 .254 .111
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 The good news is Ogando regained some velocity last season. That's it. That's all the good news. The former Ranger gave up 12 homers in 64 games and allowed nearly a hit per inning while posting a DRA north of 4.50 and a FIP north of 5.00 with Boston. Ogando is now two seasons removed from being mildly useful and four seasons removed from being good, which means he should probably be removed from the big leagues altogether. Instead, he'll end up closing for the A's or the Marlins or something.
2015 A 2014 return to the bullpen for Ogando didn't bring back the velocity he lost in 2013, when his fastball dropped around 3 mph. And despite the big spike in walk rate, he probably didn't deserve the .386 BABIP or 63 percent strand rate that contributed to his inflated ERA. The big right-hander was heavily used at the outset of the season, appearing in 17 of the Rangers' first 30 games. A month later, he was sidelined with right-elbow inflammation and disappeared into the abyss known as the Rangers' 60-day disabled list. (Seriously, have they checked there for Jimmy Hoffa?) Ogando was non-tendered and hadn't signed anywhere before we sent this book to press.
2014 It was a frustrating year for Ogando, who returned to the rotation after spending 2012 in the bullpen only to endure three different stints on the disabled list with arm issues. He relied more heavily on his changeup in 2013, but he is primarily a fastball/slider pitcher, which some believe makes him better suited for the bullpen. Repeated DL trips (biceps once, shoulder twice) gave ammunition to those who believe he lacks the durability to start. The Rangers' preference appears to be preparing him to start once again, but if Colby Lewis or Nick Tepesch or Bachelor No. 3 steps up and wins the fifth starter job, Ogando will go back to the bullpen.
2013 Injuries to Lewis and Feliz facilitated a return to the rotation for Ogando. It’s a role in which the Dominican excelled two seasons ago, when he took a bow on the All-Star stage after a dominant first half. Despite his 6-foot-4 frame, Ogando doesn’t have the attributes of a traditional starting pitcher. He’s almost strictly a two-pitch hurler, featuring an overpowering fastball-slider combination but rarely using a changeup. Still, his ability to command both pitches, while maintaining his mid-90s velocity into the late innings, compensates for his lack of a third offering. The right-hander faded down the stretch as a starter in 2011 before returning to the bullpen in September. The Rangers may have the pitching depth and flexibility to place Ogando in the rotation initially and then transition him to the bullpen as he tires.
2012 An underappreciated story of the 2011 season, outfielder-turned-reliever-turned-starter Alexi Ogando continued his magical journey, transforming into one of the better young arms (as far as mileage goes) in a division stacked with quality arms. A failed outfielder in the A’s system, Ogando's elite arm-strength enticed the Rangers to nab him in the Rule 5 draft and convert him to pitching. Before that move could bear fruit, Ogando was caught in a marriage-for-visa scandal, was denied entry to the United States, and left to toil in the Dominican Summer League for five years. The long nightmare ended in 2010, when Ogando and Omar Beltre (one of the other ballplayers caught in the trafficking scandal) were granted visas. Ogando pitched well in the minors and eventually logged 40 innings of late-innings work for the big club. In 2011, Ogando took another step forward, taking his high-octane, short-burst heat and turning it into high-octane, long-burst heat, making 29 starts and pitching well until the increased workload started to affect his stuff. Going forward, Ogando should stick around in a major league rotation, but if his changeup fails to develop or his mechanical profile suggests a move to the ‘pen is necessary, that transition should be an easy one.
2011 Selected by the Rangers in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft back in 2005, Ogando was to be a reclamation project—a failed hitter with an electric arm who was bound for the mound at age 22. The odds were long to begin with, but they were about to get even longer: in 2005, both Ogando and fellow Rangers farmhand Omar Beltre were involved with a human trafficking ring, in which organized crime figures paid minor-league players to engage in marriage-for-visa fraud. Banned from entering the United States as a result, Ogando honed his pitching chops in the Dominican Summer League in hopes of one day returning to US soil. After the ban was lifted and a visa was issued (with no phony marriage required), Ogando embarked on a magical season that saw him ride the promotion train from Double-A to the majors, where he not only saw significant and successful time, but also pitched in the World Series. At his best, Ogando features an upper-90s heater that pairs well with a hard slider, but he also mixes in a changeup that moves like a splitter. With a power arsenal, a good feel for the strike zone, and the intestinal fortitude to handle high-leverage situations, Ogando could slide into Francisco’s soon-to-be-vacated eighth-inning role.

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DateQuestionAnswer
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)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)Did you see any of Luis Severino's starts while he was with Charleston? If so, what notes did you take?
(Ace from PA)
He's a poor man's Alexi Ogando. The velo is good but he catches lots of the plate and I was never wowed. Should contribute at big league level. (Ryan Parker)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)I'd love some help prioritizing some available Al SPs for the rest of the year: Phil Hughes, Alexi Ogando, John Danks, Dan Straily, RHernandez, and Erik Bedard. Thanks!!!!!
(Frank Finley from Jasper)
Heya Frank.

Think I'll go Ogando, Straily, Bedard, Danks, Roberto Hernandez and Phil Hughes. With a group like this, you're looking for upside and Ogando and Straily probably have the most upside of the group. Bedard has some upside but runs into problems with high pitch counts; if you're in a wins league, that's a problem. Danks is meh even for onlies, and I'm not a fan of Hernandez or Hughes. Both are risks even in only. (Mike Gianella)
2012-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Regarding Neftali Feliz and the Rangers pitching - do you think Texas would send him to AAA at the beginning of the season to refine his starting arsenal because they have too many starters? Or is Alexi Ogando going to have a more permanent role in the bullpen?
(jhardman from Apex, NC)
I don't know what the Rangers are going to do, and I haven't paid close attentions to the rumblings out of Arlington to know which way they are leaning. With Darvish slotting in for Wilson, do they still really have a surplus of starters? Darvish, Lewis, Holland, Harrison...okay so technically I suppose Ogando and Feliz don't both fit there, and maybe that means one of them has to start the year in the bullpen and thus can't easily be moved to the rotation mid-year. I don't have a strong opinion. (Mike Fast)
2011-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Based on pure stuff/dominance/command (whatever strikes you), which pitchers are you most looking forward to watching this postseason?
(Lucas Apostoleris from Amherst, MA)
Kenley Jansen is the guy that has piqued my interest most recently, but I'll have all offseason to look at him, I suppose.

Of the pitchers who look playoff-bound, Craig Kimbrel is just amazing. I'm curious about Verlander's BABIP this year. Doug Fister is an interesting story. I've wanted to look at Alexi Ogando's switch to the rotation. Koji Uehara fascinates me, with his splitter and high flyball/popup rate. Josh Collmenter and Ian Kennedy are interesting.

Of course there's no way I'll end up analyzing all or even most of those guys, but those are a few names who grab my attention. (Mike Fast)
2011-06-29 13:30:00 (link to chat)I don't think Alexi Ogando's really a rookie...
(Bob from Seattle)
Ogando did not go over the rookie limit of 50 innings last season but he may have surpassed the service time requirements. Anyway, I'll change my vote to Michael Pineda. (John Perrotto)
2011-06-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have a very strong pitching staff in a long term keeper Strat-O-Matic 16 team league and I only need five starters. Which five of these would you keep? Josh Beckett, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Zack Greinke, CJ Wilson, Jordan Zimmermann, Clayton Kershaw, Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando, and Chris Narveson. Keep in mind I can keep them forever.
(jhardman from Apex, NC)
Lincecum, Kershaw, Greinke, and Cain seem like obvious choices. I'd probably go with Beckett for the last spot, though Wilson might be safer, given Beckett's age and injury history. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-06-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Dan, In my 6x6 roto league, I was just offered Shin-Soo Choo for Rajai Davis and Alexi Ogando. What do you think? Is Choo going to return to form?
(SnakeDoctor18 from NY)
That's a tough call. Choo admitted this weekend that he's been pressing as a way to make up for his DUI arrest. Clearly he's the best player in the deal when he's on, but you have to wonder whether (and when) he'll put the arrest behind him. (Dan Turkenkopf)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I drafted Alexi Ogando this season banking that he would be the closer in lieu of Neftali Feliz. Fortunately, when it was announced that Feliz would remain the closer, I kept Ogando and have been rewarded with outstanding performance from a SP. So the question is, should I expect this to keep up, or should I sell high on him? I'm concerned about a career high usage and him having to pitch in Arlington this summer. What are your thoughts?
(JoshC77 from Columbus, OH)
There were concerns about Oganda's ability to get lefties out entering the season, but he has fared really well against them so far (an OPS against just over 600). Nobody is going to keep a sub-2 ERA, but as long as he stays healthy, he should be a decent option heading forward.

You have to tip your cap to Texas on reliever-to-starter transitions too. Either they've gotten lucky a few times, or they know what's up. Maybe a bit of both. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-05-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking at CJ Wilson and Alexi Ogando, I'm curious which relievers out there do you feel have adequate secondary stuff to succeed as starters?
(Teenwolf from Vancouver, BC)
I was a big fan of the C.J. Wilson switch to the rotation, as you know. In general, I fall with the camp that likes to see good pitchers in the rotation where they can maximize their value.

However, as a way of ducking your very good question, one thing near the top of my research list is learning what it really takes for pitchers to succeed at the relief-to-starting switch. There are so many sample biases that it makes for a difficult to study to undertake. (Mike Fast)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey John, you think guys like Brandon Morrow, Kyle Drabek, and Alexi Ogando should be held onto or sold for 2011?
(SnakeDoctor18 from NY)
Of the three, I'd be most apt to hold onto Drabek but I'd be willing to give up any of the three if I felt I was getting a really good deal. (John Perrotto)
2011-04-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Four starts for Alexi Ogando and he has a WHIP of 0.79. Shouldn't the other teams have had a chance to make adjustments to his two-pitch arsenal by now? Or is he for real?
(jhardman from Apex, NC)
Using your own question, I can answer that. Four starts. Not a lot of repeat opponents in that mix who can adjust to him the second time around.

I like Ogando and all, but he has been more successful than he will end up being, assuming he remains in this job. (Marc Normandin)
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Ben, What do you think of Alexi Ogando? Can he maintain being a dominant starter as he's shown in his first two starts?
(SnakeDoctor18 from New York, NY)
I like Ogando--he was effective out of the pen last season, even if he couldn't convince Ron Washington to use him in any high-leverage spots. I don't think he'll continue to be this dominant, though, since I'm not sure his control or luck are this good. You wonder if he'll run out of gas at some point, too. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Evan Grant put Alexi Ogando in his projected Rangers starting rotation this morning. What are your thoughts on that?
(T.R. Sullivan's Merkin from El Segundo)
I makes me think he has never seen Ogando pitch (Jason Parks)


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